Al-Aqsa TV Reporter Killed In Gaza War Turned Out To Be A Hamas Fighter

This video-clip, posted on the Internet on October 30, 2014, is the "recorded will" of Al-Qassam Brigades fighter Abdallah Murtaja. On November 14, UNESCO retracted its August 29 condemnation of the killing of Al-Aqsa TV reporter Abdallah Murtaja in Gaza, after it transpired that Murtaja was in fact a fighter in the Al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas.

Analysts: ISIS Developing Colonies In Mideast, Gain Credibility Among Jihadists

From Breitbart:
Reports coming out of the Middle East warn that the Islamic State terrorist group has established provinces across the region and a colony in Libya.

One report from the Washington Institute says ISIS has developed colonies in areas as far as Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Algeria, and in the Sinai Peninsula through jihadist groups declaring loyalty to the Islamic State.

ISIS has spread, they note, as far as Africa. One station is the result of fighters loyal to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi gaining complete control of the Libyan seaport city of Derna. Derna is near the Egyptian border and about 200 miles from Greece.

Jerusalem-based intelligence analyst Adina Kutnicki told Breitbart in an interview that ISIS’ expansion into Libya is definitely an offensive move.

“Wherever the Caliphate (ISIS) claims as its address and hoists its banner, rest assured, offensive jihad gains exponential traction,” Kutnicki said.

Jihad Watch publisher Robert Spencer told Breitbart that the number of declared Islamic State loyalists means the Caliphate is gaining credibility.

“This means the caliphate claim is gaining traction. In Sunni Islam, only the caliph is authorized to wage offensive jihad. Therefore this ultimately means that there will be even more violence against Westerners and non-Muslims. This is a new level that will make these days look like times of peace,” Spencer said.

Center for Security Policy Vice President for Research Clare Lopez agrees with both assessments. Lopez said in an interview that ISIS’ successful expansion is because they’re following a successful formula.

“It seems that the Islamic State is establishing franchises in the same way that al-Qaida did before them,” Lopez said.

The successful ISIS expansion of its brand is causing Middle East analysts to project ISIS next move militarily.
Adina Kutnicki says ISIS has further plans for expansion. She also told Breitbart that she believes ISIS’ will move on Saudi Arabia.

“I believe they will first target Saudi Arabia, for capturing the Kingdom brings them one step closer to controlling Sunni Islam. After which, the rest will be much easier to control, but in this order: Jordan, Lebanon and Israel. Rest assured, once they close in on Israel, Jerusalem's nukes will be brought out, albeit the low yield ones,” Kutnicki said.

Even if ISIS doesn’t move to attack Saudi Arabia, Yan St-Pierre, CEO of the Intelligence firm MOSECON told Breitbart in an interview that there are three possibilities for ISIS expansion.

St-Pierre says there are three possibilities.

“First, it gives notoriety to certain groups that have been embroiled in civil wars like in Libya or conflict zones like Sudan, Mali or Tunisia. This prominence enables a stronger recruitment and the establishment of various partnerships that could alter the tendencies of some of the aforementioned conflicts.

“Second, while not necessarily opening new fronts, it does create more favorable conditions for a regional spill-over of the localized conflicts, something that is already a great concern in the Middle East, North Africa, and Sahel (the desert territory south of the Sahara).

“Third, and this remains iffy at this point, if ISIS does decide to financially, logistically, or strategically support these colonies, it would indeed create forward bases for ISIS, allowing it not only to open new fronts but also provide it with a greater access to resources and trafficking routes that could be used to (re)supply its existing fronts and territories,” St-Pierre said.

However, Kutnicki believes ISIS has the power to move forward. She adds that in the push to enlarge its influence and territory, no city will be spared and the Islamic State will ignore Western leaders.

“Baghdad will not be spared, it is an integral part of their Caliphate plans. As to the west, they have no fear of the leadership of the free world and will not take any of the leaders into consideration,” Kutnicki said.

Kutnicki also says she takes seriously the recent reports that ISIS’ army numbers 200,000.

“I believe it is entirely possible that the 200,000 number is a close estimate, though proving it would be nearly impossible. Nevertheless, it is a viable guesstimate,” Kutnicki said.

Intelligence Community analyst Peter Cohen said in an interview that whether ISIS moves militarily or organically through colonies or constituent alliances, two nations in the report have the organization to stop them.

“Libya has collapsed and is no longer a true nation. The residue of the former government has no influence and Tripoli is occupied by radical Islamists. The same thing in Yemen, except Libya has no Shias,” Cohen said.

St-Pierre, whose firm provides intelligence to governmental and non-governmental groups, adds that one of the burdens ISIS faces is maintaining control of its existing territories ...

Bangladesh Politician Detained For Offensive Comments On Muslims

From Bloomberg:
A former member of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed’s cabinet surrendered to police after he was accused of offending Muslims by saying “so much manpower is wasted” during the annual pilgrimage to Mecca.

Abdul Latif Siddique, who was fired as telecommunications minister two months ago after he made the comments during a trip to the U.S., was arrested and detained today in Dhaka, Mohammad Jahangir, a police sub-inspector, said by phone. He has yet to apply for bail and the trial is pending.

“During Hajj, so much manpower is wasted,” Siddique said on Sept. 28, according to The Daily Star newspaper, referring to the annual trip to Mecca. “More than two million people have gone to Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj. They have no work, no production.”

Siddique is one of Bangladesh’s most senior politicians to be arrested under laws that criminalize any behavior that hurts the religious sentiments of people, a charge that could land him in jail for two years. Of the country’s 166 million people, 90 percent are Muslim, according to the CIA World Factbook.

Siddique returned to Bangladesh two days ago after spending time in India. Hasina last month removed Siddique from the Awami League party’s presidium, its highest policy making forum. He had 22 separate police cases filed against him over the remarks.

Hefajat-e-Islam, an Islamist group, is demanding the death penalty for Siddique and has threatened to besiege the capital Dhaka.

Pakistan: Bollywood Actress Veena Malik Gets 26 Years For Blasphemy

From Jihad Watch:
“In the episode, Veena was seen dancing with her husband while a group of Sufi musicians sang a devotional song about the wedding of the Prophet’s daughter.” That was it. Twenty-six years in prison for that, apparently because she was dancing while a devotional song was being sung. Nonetheless, “she says her faith in the country’s judicial system is intact.”

Veena Malik is higher-profile than Asia Bibi and other victims of Pakistan’s blasphemy laws. Maybe this will finally lead to an international outcry sufficient to get them repealed. But it probably won’t: that would be “Islamophobic.”

“Veena Malik ‘shocked’ at conviction for blasphemy,” IANS, November 26, 2014:
Pakistani actress Veena Malik has expressed “shock” at a Pakistan court sentencing her and her husband, among others, to 26 years in jail on blasphemy charges. However, she says her faith in the country’s judicial system is intact and she plans to take the fight for justice forward.

An anti-terrorism court in Gilgit-Baltistan Tuesday sentenced Veena, her husband Asad Bashir Khan Khattak, Geo TV owner Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman and TV host Shaista Lodhi over a controversial morning show, which was aired May 14.

In the episode, Veena was seen dancing with her husband while a group of Sufi musicians sang a devotional song about the wedding of the Prophet’s daughter.

The court also sentenced the convicts to pay fines of 1.3 million Pakistani rupees (about $12,500) each.

Veena sent out a statement Wednesday, saying: “It’s a shock to me but I have complete faith in Pakistan’s higher courts and judiciary… This court works separately from the other courts in Pakistan. There are higher courts in Pakistan such as the Supreme Court.”

“Whenever there is an issue, a court will look into the facts of the case. We were not even present in the court at the time of the verdict. I have belief and trust in courts.”

The actress has always courted controversies like a magnet — be it for her closeness with Indian actor Ashmit Patel during her stint on reality TV show “Bigg Boss 4″ or her shelved ‘swayamvar’, or her bold photoshoots. This time it is for hurting religious sentiments.

Her lawyer has already started the work on an appeal against the verdict in higher courts. Veena, who is in Dubai, asserts that she is innocent.

“We are planning to return to Pakistan in December. I have always been a person who faced troubles by looking it in the eye. I have faced highs and lows in my life. But I am sure I haven’t done anything wrong,” she added.

Two Americans Charged With Supporting ISIS

From the AFP via Yahoo! News:
Two young American men, one of whom is in the Middle East fighting, have been charged with supporting the Islamic State group, the Justice Department said Tuesday.

Somali Americans Abdi Nur, 20, and Abdullahi Yusuf, 18, have been charged with "conspiracy to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, namely, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)," Assistant Attorney General John Carlin said.

Yusuf was to appear in court Tuesday in Minneapolis, where there is a large Somali American community.

Abdi Nur, who traveled May 29 to Turkey, through which many jihadists pass en route to fight with IS, was to have returned to the United States June 16 but did not, the statement added.

"More than 16,000 recruits from over 90 countries traveled to Syria to become foreign terrorist fighters with alarming consequences," said Carlin.

"This is a global crisis and we will continue our efforts to prevent Americans from joining the fight and to hold accountable those who provide material support to foreign terrorist organizations," he added. "With these two defendants, we have now charged more than 15 individuals with offenses related to the foreign fighter threat in Syria."

Yusuf in Minneapolis sought an expedited US passport for his trip to Turkey, but could not give an itinerary or explain the source of his funds for his trip, as he was unemployed, authorities said.

The Islamic State organization emerged in Syria's war in spring 2013.

The jihadists proclaimed a "caliphate" in June after seizing swathes of Iraq and Syria.

Looking At Draft Decision In UN For Saving Mideast's Christians

From RT:
A woman and a soldier loyal to Syria's president Bashar Al-Assad stand beside a damaged church in Maaloula August 21, 2014. (Reuters/Omar Sanadiki) 
Russia is currently considering the possibility of initiating a draft decision of the UN Human Rights Council on the protection of Christians in the Middle East and North Africa. Russian experts are now working on this document.

In addition, at the OSCE Ministerial Council in Basel on December 4-5, the Russian side will be calling for a thorough analysis of the processes leading to “Christianophobia” in the Middle East and the broader region. The scale of the problems demands the coordination of international efforts to protect Christians in the Middle East. Further initiatives, new measures and relevant discussions aimed at finding durable solutions in this regard are strongly needed. Of course, we believe that Europe, including the UK, should make its contribution to these efforts, taking into account the Christian roots of the European civilization, which are now often forgotten for the sake of political correctness.

Today the Middle East is at the very top of the international agenda. The wave of conflicts in the Arab world affects the interests not only of the region but also of the world's leading players and can have far-reaching consequences, including in the context of intercultural and inter-religious relations. The fate of the region’s religious minorities is of the greatest concern. The mass exodus of Christians, who have been an integral part of the Middle Eastern mosaic for centuries, is particularly troubling.

The war in Syria between government forces and numerous extremist and terrorist groups is continuing. In fact, this country has been turned into a hotbed of international terrorism. Extremists, gathered from around the world, are causing chaos, destroying the cultural and demographic lifestyle that has been formed for centuries, creating an atmosphere of intolerance. The extremists in Syria aim at a genocide of ethno-religious minorities – Christians, Alawites, Kurds.

You may know that ISIL (the Islamic State) has levied head tax on all Christians staying in the respective territories. Moreover, Christians are prohibited from building new and repairing old churches and monasteries. They cannot place crosses on their temples, organize services outside their cult buildings, ring bells or organize sacred processions, or distribute religious attributes or literature. Women are obliged to wear traditional Muslim clothes and cover their heads ...

UK: Terror Suspect From London In Syria With ISIS

From the Daily Mail:
Siddhartha Dhar, circled, disappeared only 24 hours after being released on police bail, the follower of Anjem Choudary, centre, took a coach to Paris with his family before travelling on to Syria 
A wanted terror suspect from London who claims not to love his own mother because she is not a Muslim has posted a photo of himself in Syria - posing with an AK47 gun and his newborn baby.

Siddhartha Dhar, 31, was one of nine men who were held under suspicion due to their alleged links with the radical hate preacher Anjem Choudary and the banned radical group, al-Muhajiroun in September.

Known by the nom de guerre, Abu Rumaysah, Dhar had been made to hand over his travel documents to police, in an attempt to prevent him leaving Britain.

Less than 24 hours after he was released on bail, Dhar took a bus to Paris with his pregnant wife and four young children. The family then travelled on to Syria, where they joined the Islamic State.

Dhar was interviewed by CBS News' 60 Minutes programme earlier this month, telling presenter Clarissa Wards that he was unable to love his mother because she was not a Muslim.

It is understood that Dhar is of Indian origin and was raised a Hindu before converting to Islam.

A photo was subsequently posted this morning, showing Dhar proudly standing beside a mustard coloured pickup truck, wearing a thick military style coat and boots. Held against his chest with his left arm is believed to be Dhar's newborn baby. The baby's face can be seen peaking out of its tightly knitted baby grow. In the same photo, Dhar is also shown holding a machine gun in his other hand. The gun is supported on his right shoulder, with the barrel pointing up towards the sky and away from his baby. 
This afternoon a woman in her twenties who is believed to be Dhar's sister spoke of how her family had been trying unsuccessfully to contact him since he left the country.

Speaking on the doorstep of their terraced home on the busy North Circular road of Edmonton, north London, she said: 'We ourselves are trying to reach out to him and haven't found a route.' 'We don't wish to speak to any media... I'm not going to tell you my name sorry.'

As she spoke a second woman, thought to be Dhar's mother, appeared cradling a baby. In an interview with Channel 4 News just weeks before his escape to Syria, Dhar publicly stated how he was desperate to live under Islamic State and wanted to denounce his British citizenship. It appears Dhar was eager that his new son be born in the Islamic State rather than the UK ...

Egyptian TV Hosts Praises Jerusalem Synagogue Murderers

Some Islamic math for you ... A celebration of evil, while at the same time chastising Hamas for not killing more Jews and/or Israelis.

Following the recent wave of terror attacks in Jerusalem, Egyptian TV host Amani Al-Khayat criticized Hamas, saying: "13 Palestinians [in Jerusalem] succeeded, by sacrificing their pure souls, in getting rid of 11 Israeli settlers, whereas Hamas, with all its mighty missiles, only managed to get rid of three." Her address was broadcast on November 18, 2014 on the Egyptian Al-Kahera Wal-Nas TV channel.

Iran: Death Sentence Upheld For Man Who Insulted Muhammad On Facebook

From Radio Free Europe:
Iranian opposition websites are reporting that an appeal court in Iran has confirmed the death sentence for an Internet activist who allegedly insulted Prophet Muhammad.

Soheil Arabi was reportedly arrested last year by the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps over his posts on Facebook, where he is said to have been active under different names.

Arabi’s wife, Nastaran Naeimi, has said that printouts of Arabi’s alleged Facebook posts are the only proof that authorities have provided against him.

She said her husband, a photographer by profession, had not personally written some of the posts which served as basis for his conviction.

In recent months, a number of Facebook activists have been sentenced to jail in Iran.

Islamic State Has Lured 550 Germans Into Fighting

From Reuters:
The number of Germans fighting alongside Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq has increased sharply to 550 and around 180 have returned, the head of Germany's domestic intelligence said in a newspaper interview published on Sunday.

"We are concerned about the high number of departures. Especially in the last six weeks, it has risen further," Hans-Georg Maassen told Welt am Sonntag.

"By now we are counting 550 people, that is how many have left Germany to go to Syria and Iraq," he added. The previous number was 450 people.

Around 60 of them have been killed during fighting, with at least nine killing themselves in suicide attacks, Maassen said. "That is a sad success for the Islamist propaganda."

As with other Western European countries, Germany is struggling to stop the radicalization of young Muslims, some of whom want to become jihadists in Syria or Iraq. Officials also worry that they might return to plot attacks on home soil.

Since Germany is part of the alliance fighting Islamic State, the country is "naturally" a target for the militants as well as al Qaeda members, Maassen said.

Intelligence services estimate that around 180 jihadists have returned to Germany after having fought in Syria and Iraq, Maassen said.

In one of the largest sweeps against alleged Islamists in Germany yet, authorities last week arrested nine men suspected of supporting militant groups in Syria and raided numerous properties in several German states.