Australian Model Who Joined ISIS Reportedly Dead

From the CNN:
A former model and DJ from Melbourne, described by his former agency as having a promising future, is the latest Australian believed to have been killed while fighting alongside ISIS militants in Syria.

The parents of Sharky Jama, 25, were informed of their son's death via a text message and phone call Monday, said Hussein Harakow, president of the Somali Australian Council of Victoria.

"They're very shocked and very disappointed," said Harakow, who knows the Jama family.

He said Jama had disappeared along with another Somali-Australian, named in Australian media reports as former business student Yusuf Yusuf, in August of last year.

'He never explained what's happening over there'

Harakow said Jama's parents had subsequently been in contact with their son in the Iraqi city of Falluja, held by ISIS militants, where he was understood to be living.

But they had been told he had been killed by gunfire in Syria...

Hezbollah's Nasrallah Says Terror Group Is Incapable Of Wiping Israel Off The Map By Itself

On the same month Israel commemorates Holocaust Remembrance, Islamic terrorists talk about strategizing to eliminate the only Jewish nation.

 In an April 6 interview with the Syria News TV channel, Hizbullah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah said: "Are we supposed to lie to our people and ourselves, saying that we are capable of launching a war against Israel, wiping it off the map, and liberating Palestine? Hizbullah is incapable of doing this all by itself."

UK: Four People Arrested At Manchester Airport On Suspicion Of Terrorism, Including Politician's Son

From the Independent:
All six people arrested, which includes two women aged 22 and 47, have been detained under the Terrorism Act and remain in police custody.

Labour councillor Shakil Ahmed said he had believed his son had been in Birmingham on a work placement when he discovered Waheed had been detained in Turkey.

He said he was “shocked, worried and extremely upset” to hear that his son had been arrested on the Syria-Turkey border, adding that it was a “total mystery” as to why his son was there.

“My son is a good Muslim and his loyalties belong to Britain, so I don’t understand what he’s doing there. If I thought for a second that he was in danger or being radicalised, I would have reported him to the authorities,” he said at the time.

Police searched the councillor’s home after Waheed’s arrest in Turkey, but Greater Manchester police said it had uncovered “no evidence whatsoever” of any imminent threat to Rochdale.

In a statement today police said: “Officers continue to work closely with Rochdale Borough Council, local partners, and faith leaders as part of the 'Prevent' initiative.”

Canada: Montreal Teens Arrested Over Terrorism Fears

From The Canadian Press:
Two 18-year-olds will remain in custody until at least next Monday because authorities fear they will commit a terrorism-related offence.

No charges have been filed against the man and woman, who both appeared briefly in court Wednesday.

Federal prosecutor Lyne Decarie would not comment on the evidence against El Mahdi Jamali and Sabrine Djaermane.

But Decarie described their arrests Tuesday as a preventive measure that is justified "when police have reasonable grounds to fear that a person will commit a terrorist act."

Decarie told reporters she intends to seek peace bonds which will set out conditions the two must agree to.

Marc Giroux, Jamali's lawyer, said outside the courtroom it was the first time he has had to deal with such a case and that the country's police forces have become more sensitive in recent months.

"What's going on in the world, and especially what went on in Ottawa and Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, the police officers are kind of sensitive to that reality and I think it's kind of normal," he said.

"I don't say it justified the procedure but, that being said, the behaviour of the police is representative of the society in which we are living."

Last year, two soldiers were killed in separate attacks by so-called lone-wolf terrorists. Cpl. Nathan Cirillo died when he was shot while standing guard near Parliament Hill in Ottawa and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent died after he was run over in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que.

Giroux said his client was a bit bowled over that he was taken into custody and now has to deal with conditions he is not used to.

The lawyer also said family members who were in court were not happy that Jamali was being detained.

"It's never a nice experience to see that your child is being detained whatever the nature of the accusation is," Giroux said.

"They seemed surprised."

The two, who will be back in court on Monday, are the latest to be picked up by the RCMP under similar circumstances.

Two other Montrealers agreed in recent weeks to sign peace bonds amid terrorism-related fears.

Ohio Man Who Trained With Jabhat Al-Nusra Is Indicted On Terrorism Charges

From the Washington Post:
An Ohio man who traveled to Syria in 2014 and trained with an al-Qaeda affiliate before returning to the United States, possibly to launch an attack on American soldiers, has been indicted on terrorism charges, federal prosecutors said Thursday.

Authorities also revealed that the man’s brother was killed last year fighting in Syria on behalf of the affiliate, Jabhat al-Nusra.

Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud, 23, of Columbus faces three felony counts that include attempting to provide and providing material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization as well as lying to the FBI.

It is the first public case the Justice Department has brought this year in connection with al-Nusra, unlike a string of federal cases tied to the Islamic State, the brutal militant group that produces slick propaganda and has attracted thousands of Western recruits.

Mohamud, who was born in Somalia, was previously arrested in February and pleaded not guilty to state terrorism charges and held on a $1 million bond. He was transferred to federal custody Thursday.

According to the indictment, Mohamud, a naturalized U.S. citizen, began planning in 2013 to join his brother, Abdifatah Aden, who had left for Syria in May of that year.

On his Facebook page, he posted an image of what appeared to the black flag of the Islamic State and he uploaded another photograph of a soldier holding a sniper rifle with the Islamic State emblem on it.

In April 2014, prosecutors said, Mohamud bought a one-way ticket to Athens via a connecting flight from Istanbul.

Authorities said Mohamud never caught his connecting flight to Greece and instead began to make his way to the Turkish border with Syria. Turkey has become the most popular transit country for aspiring jihadists trying to reach the Islamic State and other groups.

In late April, the United States intercepted communications indicating that Mohamud had joined al-Nusra, although he had apparently traveled with the intention of enlisting in the Islamic State, according to court documents.

Once in Syria, Mohamud shared videos of himself holding weapons. But before he could join the fight, he said a cleric told him to return to the United States and carry out an act of terrorism at home, according to court documents.

Authorities said Mohamud flew back to the United States and later told an unnamed person that he had learned how to shoot weapons, had undergone explosives training, and wanted to target the U.S. armed forces as well as police officers. He said he would soon join his brother in death.

Mohamud told another unnamed person whom he attempted to recruit that he wanted to do something “big” and discussed attacking a military base in Texas and killing U.S. soldiers “execution style,” according to the indictment.

Mohamud is not the first person in the United States to be charged in connection with al-Nusra. A former U.S. soldier named Eric Harroun pleaded guilty to violating defense export controls after he fought with al-Nusra in 2013 and was released for time served.

He later died of a drug overdose.

At least four other men have been charged with providing material support to al-Nusra. Two were arrested in South Florida and the others in Illinois and North Carolina. One of the men, Gufran Ahmed Kauser Mohammed, a naturalized U.S. citizen and Saudi resident, pleaded guilty to providing material support and last year was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

In May 2014, a Floridian named Moner Mohammad Abusalha killed himself in a suicide bombing in Syria. The 22-year-old was also fighting with al-Nusra.

Muslim Refugees Throw Christian Refugees Overboard During Crossing From Libya To Italy

From the AP:
Italy's migration crisis took on a deadly new twist Thursday as police in Sicily reported that Muslim migrants had thrown 12 Christians overboard during a recent crossing from Libya, and an aid group said another 41 were feared drowned in a separate incident.

Palermo police said they had detained 15 people suspected in the high seas assault, which they learned of while interviewing tearful survivors from Nigeria and Ghana who had arrived in Palermo Wednesday morning after being rescued at sea by the ship Ellensborg.

The 15 were accused of multiple homicide aggravated by religious hatred, police said in a statement.

The survivors said they had boarded a rubber boat April 14 on the Libyan coast with 105 passengers aboard, part of the wave of migrants taking advantage of calm seas and warm weather to make the risky crossing from Libya, where most smuggling operations originate.

During the crossing, the migrants from Nigeria and Ghana — believed to be Christians — were threatened with being abandoned at sea by some 15 other passengers from the Ivory Coast, Senegal, Mali and Guinea Bissau.

Eventually the threat was carried out and 12 were pushed overboard. The statement said the motive was that the victims "professed the Christian faith while the aggressors were Muslim."

The surviving Christians, the statement said, only managed to stay on board by forming a "human chain" to resist the assault.

Earlier Thursday, the International Organization of Migration said four migrants who were picked up in recent days by the Italian Navy reported a shipwreck to aid workers after arriving in the Italian port of Trapani Thursday. Their boat had originally been carrying 45 people; the others are presumed dead.

The IOM said the migrants — two Nigerians, a Ghanaian and one Nigerien — were found floating in the sea by a helicopter and were rescued by the Italian Naval ship Foscari. They had left Tripoli in Libya on Saturday and stayed adrift for four days. The location of the rescue was not immediately known.

The new tragedies come just days after aid agencies reported 400 presumed dead in the sinking of another ship near the Libyan coast. The deaths have raised calls for a more robust search and rescue of the seas between Libya and Europe amid a surge in migration between the Middle East and Africa toward Italy.

UK Prison Service Allowing Jihadi Book To Be Distributed to Inmates

From Newsweek:
The extreme views of a “racist, homophobe and anti-Semite”, who supports killing non-Muslims and “stoning adulterers” are being made available to prison imams and prisoners throughout England and Wales with the blessing of the authorities, according to a former adviser to the UK government.

Haras Rafiq, managing director of the Quilliam Foundation, a counter-extremism think tank, warned that prisons have become “incubators for Islamic extremism” by allowing inmates to read the works of controversial South Asian cleric, Abul Ala Maududi. He described  Maududi – who died in 1979 – as the “grandfather of Islamism”.

Newsweek has discovered that hundreds of gold-laminated, hardback copies of Maududi’s analyses of the Koran were distributed last month at a training event for prison imams and chaplains held at the prison service college in Rugby. The books came from the Markfield Institute for Higher Education, part of the Islamic Foundation, a UK-based organisation that publishes educational materials on Islam.

A spokesman for the commercial sales arm of the Islamic Foundation, Kube Publishing, confirmed that it does supply books to the Muslim Chaplaincy and publishes books by Maududi, but said that it had no contracts with Her Majesty’s Prison Service, and was unaware of the prison training event.

The Islamic Foundation is “inspired by the Muslim Brotherhood”, according to Rashad Ali, a Counter Terrorism Interventionist for the Home Office, and is the only publishing house to have published the entire translations of commentaries on the Koran by Sayyid Qutb, who was widely cited as the scholar who most inspired the al-Qaida leader, Osama bin Laden.

Rafiq, an adviser to the UK government on combating extremism in the wake of the 2005 terrorist bombings in London, said Maududi was the “grandfather of Islamism”, who called for Sharia law, an Islamic State and violent jihad.

“He was a racist, a homophobe, an anti-Semite, and a man who believed in the Hudood laws, laws that proscribe killing those who change their religion and stoning adulterers,” says Rafiq. “We’ve got prisons allowing literature by Islamist extremists. Prisons are not restricting or filtering this literature and they are becoming incubators for Islamic extremism.”

While a minority of the imams and chaplains at the event in Rugby expressed concern about the books, they were told by HM Prison Authorities that the only banned author from prison libraries is Anwar al-Awlaki, an American-born Muslim cleric who advocated violent jihad against the US, and was linked to a series of attacks including 9/11.

In one of his books, Maududi says:  “There are only two methods of dealing with an apostate. Either make him an outlaw by depriving him of his citizenship and allowing him mere existence, or end his life. The first method is definitely more severe than the second, because he exists in a state in which ‘he neither lives nor dies’ .Killing him is preferable. That way both his agony and the agony of the society are brought to an end simultaneously.”

Hannah Stuart, a research fellow at the Henry Jackson Society and an expert on extremism, terrorism and jihadi ideology, said the ideas expressed in Maududi’s books are “inherently violent if not explicitly violent” and that revelations about their availability in UK prisons was “worrying”.

“All jihadis have the ideas that Maududi expresses at their root,” says Stuart. “His books have the same underpinning as what Islamic State are doing”.

Both Rafiq and Stuart cautioned against outright censorship of Maududi’s books. But Stuart described them as “incredibly powerful” and said they could lead to extremist views.

The Ministry of Justice, which oversees prisons in England and Wales, declined to comment.

Lebanese Journalist Al-Amin: I Support Fighting U.S., France, Britain; Saudi Arabia "Kingdom of Evil"

During a recent interview with the Hizbullah-owned Al-Manar TV channel, leading Lebanese journalist Ibrahim Al-Amin called Saudi Arabia the "kingdom of evil" and said that "getting rid of the rule of the Saud clam was no less important than wiping Israel out of existence." Al-Amin, who serves as Chairman of the Board of the "Al-Akhbar" newspaper, further said: "I support fighting America, France, and Britain." The interview aired on April 10, 2015.

Eastern Michigan U: Muslims Disrupt “American Sniper” Showing, Force Cancellation

From Jihad Watch:
In the early 1930s, both before and just after the National Socialists came to power, National Socialist brownshirts would go to universities and disrupt the lectures of anti-Nazi professors, shouting them down and physically menacing them. These students are the new brownshirts, fascists who are determined to shout down and silence anyone and everyone who dares utter a critical word about jihad terror.

“Protesters disrupt ‘Sniper’ screening, arrested at Eastern Michigan,” by Chad Dees, Campus Reform, April 15, 2015 (thanks to Jerk Chicken):
Eastern Michigan University planned to show two screenings of ‘American Sniper’ last Friday. 
During the first showing, four protesters climbed onstage at the Student Center Auditorium. The four were briefly arrested.

Four students at Eastern Michigan University (EMU) were arrested Friday after disrupting and causing the cancellation of a screening of American Sniper.

The Echo, EMU’s student newspaper, reported that roughly 35 students walked onto the stage at the Student Center Auditorium in protest during the 8P.M. screening of the Academy Award-winning film. The group of students worked together to try to shut down the 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. screenings of the film about the deceased Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle.

“The reality is, this is about a process of not allowing cultural appropriation for the movies being allowed into the university.”

Protest leaders Ahmed Abbas, Layali Alsadah, Jenna Hamed, and Sabreen Dari were arrested after attempting to shut down the 8 P.M. screening. The protesters were successful in getting the 10 P.M. screening cancelled.

“Once the film started the protesters moved into the theater and disrupted the movie. Department of Public Safety officers were summoned and the protesters were given several warnings. Four protesters were arrested and released shortly thereafter without any charges being sought,” Geoff Larcom, EMU spokesperson, told Campus Reform.

Lacom said that after the students were escorted out, the first showing of the film resumed and finished without interruption. He also noted that the second showing of the movie was cancelled because of the late time and there is further discussion about showing the cancelled screening.

However, according to Student Body President Desmond Miller, the decision to cancel the second showing was a joint-decision he made with EMU President Susan Martin, Associate Vice President of Student Affairs Calvin Phillips, and Campus Life coordinator of arts, entertainment and marketing Gregg Costanzo.

“The conversation we had wanted to make sure student safety was at the forefront. We wanted to make sure whatever happens, students would be safe. The second part of it, which is actually just as important as the first part, was making sure we have a very serious dialogue about the movie and the propaganda associated with this movie,” Miller told The Echo….

Ramadi Could Fall As ISIS Militants Lay Siege, Iraqi Official Warns

From CNN:
A member of the tribal groups fights alongside Iraqi government forces during clashes with ISIS jihadists in Ramadi in March. 
Falih Essawi shouted on the phone as he described his situation. From his point of view, ISIS militants might be just hours away from taking the key Iraqi city of Ramadi.

Fierce fighting has engulfed Ramadi, which lies only about 70 miles (113 kilometers) west of Baghdad and is the capital of Anbar province, Iraq's Sunni heartland.

Essawi, the deputy head of the Anbar Provincial Council, told CNN from inside the city Wednesday that it's unclear how much longer government troops can hold their front lines against the ISIS offensive.

The politician said he was on a front line himself, armed with a machine gun. Security was "collapsing rapidly in the city," and he begged the Iraqi government for reinforcements and the U.S.-led coalition against ISIS for air support. He stressed that urgent support from the military and security forces is needed to save the city.

"This is what we warned Baghdad of what's going to happen," Essawi told CNN by phone, referring to the Iraqi government at the capital. "Where is Baghdad? Where is al-Abadi?"

'Just Allah knows if we will survive this' 
His plea for help comes the day after Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi met with U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington to seek more support for the fight against ISIS.

"Just Allah knows if we will survive this," Essawi said.

According to the Anbar official, at least 10 Iraqi security forces were killed and more than 100 others were wounded in the fighting against ISIS on Wednesday.

The extremist group's offensive in Ramadi shows its resilience despite months of U.S.-led airstrikes and its recent defeat by Iraqi forces in the northern city of Tikrit.

ISIS fighters have Ramadi under pressure from several angles.

Essawi said ISIS militants made significant advances Wednesday in three areas east of Ramadi: Albu Soda, Albu Ghanem and parts of Soufia, which leads to central Ramadi. Later, he said that militants were rolling into the center of Ramadi...