Islamic Extremist Threatens That Jihadists Will Flood Australia

From the Daily Mail:
An Islamic extremist who has refused to stand for a judge at his murder trial was filmed threatening that jihadists would flood into Australia, saying 'the youth are now waking up', a court has heard.

Milad Bin Ahmad-Shah Al-Ahmadzai, 25, was seen asking a speaker at a Sharia law debate what he would do when fighters come to wage jihad in video footage played during his murder trial.

Wearing a black mask covering his face and a headdress Al-Ahmadzai said: 'What are you going to do the day the mujahideen decide to jihad here, whether by air, on train or foot?'

The debater, who was speaking against Sharia law during the 2011 meeting at Parramatta Town Hall, west of Sydney, asked him whether he would commit 'an act of war' against Australia.

But Al-Ahmadzai replied saying: 'I never said such a thing.'

The video was played during a hearing on Friday at Parramatta District Court where Al-Ahmadzai is standing trial for shooting a 52-year-old man outside a gay nightclub in Sydney's west.

During his lengthy tirade calling for Sharia law he argued that many Muslims have been left with 'nothing' since the abolition of the Caliphate in 1924, which followed the rise of the Turkish Republic.

Al-Ahmadzai said: 'Since the abolition of our caliphate by your governments in 1924, since that point to now we don't have anything.' [...]

Terror Plot: German Police Arrest Two Men Linked To Islamic Cultural Center

From CNN:
German special forces unit arrested two men in a Berlin raid Thursday who are accused of plotting "a significant criminal act against state security," according to Berlin authorities.

The two men were arrested in the Britz section of the German capital after a search was conducted on an Islamic cultural center, police said.

The suspects, whose identities have not been released, are 28 and 46, according to police, and the German newspaper Der Tagesspeigel reports that one of them was Tunisian and the other Syrian.

Police said "a suspected dangerous object" found in a vehicle linked to the suspects prompted an evacuation of nearby residences.

Berlin's attorney general is heading up the ongoing investigation.

Italian Police Seize 800 Shotguns Bound For Belgium From Turkey

From The Daily Star:
Italian police seized almost 800 shotguns bound for Belgium from Turkey from a truck that arrived in the northeastern port of Trieste, a statement said Thursday.

The finance police, who are often in charge of port security, said that while customs rules had not been violated, the Turkish truck driver did not have the licences needed to transport the 781 Winchester SXP shotguns.

Pump-action Winchester SXP rifles are made for hunting and are not considered assault weapons, but police said they had "substantially" increased their border inspections in the wake of the Nov. 13 Paris attacks and subsequent alert in Belgium.

"Given the delicate nature of the cargo, its origin and its destination, the documentation regarding the rifles was immediately examined," the statement said.

According to the company's website, the shotguns seized are the fastest pump-action rifles in the market, capable of delivering three shots in half a second.

The Islamist militants who killed 130 people in the French capital mainly used Kalashnikov assault rifles, or AK-47s.

FBI Using Elite Surveillance Teams To Track At Least 48 High-Risk ISIS Suspects

From Fox News:
With as many as 1,000 active cases, Fox News has learned at least 48 ISIS suspects are considered so high risk that the FBI is using its elite tracking squads known as the mobile surveillance teams or MST to track them domestically.

“There is a very significant number of people that are on suspicious watch lists, under surveillance," Republican Sen. Dan Coats said.

Coats, who sits on the Select Committee on Intelligence, would not comment on specifics, but said the around-the-clock surveillance is a major commitment for the bureau. "The FBI together with law enforcement agencies across the country are engaged in this. It takes enormous amount of manpower to do this on a 24-7 basis.  It takes enormous amount of money to do this," Coats explained.

These elite FBI teams are reserved for espionage, mob violence and high-priority terrorism cases, like a joint terrorism task force case last June, where a 26 year old suspect Usaama Rahim, was killed outside a Massachusetts CVS. When a police officer and FBI agent tried to question him, the Boston Police Commissioner said Rahim threatened them with a knife, and was shot dead.

With at least a dozen agents assigned to each case, providing 24/7 coverage, this high level of surveillance reflects the severe risk associated with suspects most likely to attempt copycat attacks after Paris. [...]

Al Aqsa Preacher Arrested For Inciting Violence

Israeli TV 1 newsreader: “The inciting preacher from the Temple Mount has been ‎arrested. Last week, we reported that Sheikh Khaled Al-Mughrabi incites freely.

Iranian Christian Convert Beaten By Muslim Man At German Refugee Camp

From Mohabat News:
A Muslim man at a refugee camp in Germany beat a 24 year old Iranian Christian convert because he shared his faith with people at the camp.

The young Iranian Christian man was hospitalized, according to a German police report.

The attacker is an Afghan national and is currently under arrest for physical assault.

Hamburger Abendblatt, a German paper, reported the Iranian Christian man’s name as Amir Ali. He is 24 years old and came to know Christ in Germany. Eye-witnesses reported that Mohammad, the attacker, had an argument with Amir Ali about Christianity before starting to beat him up.

This beating has happened while anti-refugee feelings are on the rise in Europe.

Opposition parties in Germany consider this incident a failure for Angela Merkel Administration’s refugee policies. One of the senior officials from the Christian Social Party, a conservative party, expressed serious concerns regarding this incident.

Those opposing Merkel’s refugee policies believe allowing such huge a large number of Muslim refugees into the country could possibly have catastrophic consequences for Germany.

Muslim refugees’ intolerance of other beliefs as well as their disrespect for German laws in response to the German government’s hospitality has worried many German officials as well as the general populace.

State Department Says Iran Never Signed Nuclear Deal

From the Daily Mail:
The Obama administration has disclosed to Congress that this summer's controversial nuclear arms agreement with Iran was never signed and is not legally binding, according to a new report this week.

The State Department made the disclosures in a letter to Kansas congressman Mike Pompeo, a Republican, who had written the department to inquire why the agreement as submitted to Congress in July did not bear the signature of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

'The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is not a treaty or an executive agreement, and is not a signed document,' Julia Frifield, an assistant secretary for legislative affairs wrote Pompeo last Thursday.

As detailed in a story in National Review, Frifield went on to describe the agreement as a group of 'political commitments' instead of a legally binding document, telling Pompeo that the success of the agreement will depend on other factors.

'The success of the JCPOA will depend not on whether it is legally binding or signed, but rather on the extensive verification measures we have put in place, as well as Iran’s understanding that we have the capacity to re-impose — and ramp up — our sanctions if Iran does not meet its commitments,' she wrote.

Congress took a series of votes in September on the deal but never formally approved it - a step that was ultimately considered unnecessary by the White House since President Obama could have vetoed any attempt to strike it down.

In Iran, Rouhani persuaded the Iranian parliament not to vote on the deal to avoid creating 'an obligation for the government.'

'It will mean the president, who has not signed it so far, will have to sign it,' Rouhani said, according to news reports in August. 'Why should we place an unnecessary legal restriction on the Iranian people?'

Pompeo had referenced Rouhani's remark in his initial letter, which was addressed to Secretary of State John Kerry, who negotiated the agreement.

'This is not a mere formality,' Pompeo wrote Kerry on Sept. 19. 'Signatures represent the commitment of the signatory and the country on whose behalf he or she is signing. A signature also serves to make clear precisely who the parties to the agreement are and the authority under which that nation entered into the agreement.'

'In short, just as with any legal instrument, signing matters.'

The controversial agreement is expected to start taking effect in January. Under its terms, Iran has agreed to reduce by two-thirds its number of centrifuges which purify or 'enrich' uranium.

The country has also agreed to lower its stockpile of uranium and to modify a new nuclear reactor that is being built.

The six countries that signed the deal - the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany - have agreed to lift sanctions against Iran in return.

Authorities Identify Suicide Bomber In Deadly Tunisia Bus Attack

From NPR:
The Tunisian Interior ministry identified the suicide bomber in Tuesday's bus attack as a 27-year-old Tunisian man named Houssam Abdelli.

The Interior Ministry released a statement Thursday:
"The final biological analyses carried out by the services of the technical and scientific police services proved that the body of the terrorist who blew up the bus of the presidential guard 24 November 2015 is that of "Houssam ben Hedi Ben Miled Abdelli", born December 10, 1988, rĂ©sident Daouar Hicher in Manouba, day labourer (itinerant vendor) holds a national identity card No. 09168137." 
The explosion at a bus stop in the capital city of Tunis killed 12 people. On Wednesday, ISIS claimed responsibility in a message on social media, according to the BBC.

NPR's Leila Fadel reports that the Interior Minister says it has carried out hundreds of raids and arrested more than 30 people in the wake of the attack.

As we previously reported, this is the third terrorist attack the country has suffered this year. In March, militants opened fire on tourists inside the Bardo Museum, killing 24 people. And in June, a lone gunman killed more than three dozen tourists at a beach resort north of Sousse.

After Tuesday's attack, Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi issued a state of emergency for the North African country, set to last for 30 days.

Palestinian High School Girls Stab Elderly Man In Jerusalem With Scissors

From Washington Free Beacon:
JERUSALEM—Two Palestinian high school girls, cousins aged 14 and 16, from a refugee camp north of Jerusalem, skipped school Monday morning and took a tram to the Jewish side of the city. Leaving their school bags on a bench, they proceeded toward the main market place until they encountered an elderly man whom they began to stab. A policeman across the street drew his gun and called on them to drop their weapons. Instead, say police officials, the girls charged him. The policeman fired, killing one of the attackers and seriously wounding the other. Their weapons, it turned out, were pairs of scissors.

The unexpected nature of the attack, and of the attackers, has been a hallmark of the current round of Palestinian violence which began two months ago. Hardly a day passes without one or more attacks, almost all “lone-wolf” incidents involving individuals acting on their own initiative and not as part of a terror network.

During this period of violence, 23 Israelis have been killed and 192 wounded, 20 of them seriously. The perpetrators have ranged from pre-teens to grandmothers. Few of the male attackers have had a record as terrorists. Although the attackers initially were almost all in their late teens or early 20s, they have come in recent weeks to include family men with children. Most of the attacks have been with knives, some with vehicles, which plow into people waiting at bus stops, and a handful with gunfire. Some of the attacks have been carried out in Israel proper but most have been on the West Bank.

On a few occasions, the victims have inadvertently included fellow Palestinians. The 70-year-old man stabbed by the girl cousins ,Yussuf Alharoub, is a West Bank Palestinian who worked in the Jewish marketplace, as do many Arabs.

“Both the Jews and Arabs are suffering from what’s happening now and no one benefits,” he told Ynet from his hospital bed.

From the Palestinian point of view, the unorganized nature of the current mini-intifada is what gives it its strength as an authentic expression of popular feeling. To the extent there is a positive aspect in Israeli eyes it is that the unrest has not approached the proportions of the intifada that broke out in 2000 and took 1,000 Israeli lives (as well as 3,000 Palestinian lives).

Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon, visiting the current focus of attacks in the area of the Gush Etzion settlement bloc, noted Monday that the current unrest does not include the use of suicide bombers or attacks on buses as during the previous intifada. He said that steps are being taken to further separate the movement of Palestinian and Israeli vehicles on the West Bank by building bypass roads.

Behind the current unrest, said the minister, are Palestinian claims that Israel is intending to change the Muslim character of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, which Israel vehemently denies. Although the Temple Mount itself, sacred to both Muslims and Jews, was the focus of disturbances initially, it has been almost totally quiet in recent week. But incitement on the issue continues, said Yaalon.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that action will be taken against the extended families of attackers who will have their permits to work in Israel revoked. He said that steps will also be taken to neutralize social networks that carry out incitement.

A few hours after the scissor attack by the cousins, an 18-year-old Israeli man was knifed to death at a gas station in the West Bank. The assailant was shot dead by soldiers.

Islamic State Radicalizes ‘Thousands’ In United States

From Washington Free Beacon:
The Islamic State has likely radicalized thousands of people in the United States, according to a new report, aising concerns that supporters of the terrorist group could be plotting domestic attacks similar to the recent shootings and bombings in Paris.

The Threat Knowledge Group, an organization led by the counterterrorism experts Sebastian and Katharine Gorka, has compiled a list of 82 individuals in the United States who were affiliated with the Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL) and apprehended by law enforcement officials, including those who traveled or attempted to travel to Iraq and Syria, launched domestic attacks, or participated in recruiting or fundraising.

The Gorkas note in a new report that almost one third of these individuals had plotted attacks against Americans on U.S. soil in the last 18 months. Sebastian is also an adviser to the Department of Defense, while Katharine has authored several publications about the terrorist threat to the U.S. homeland.

Through Islamic State propagandists on Twitter and other social media sites, the terrorist group has been able to attract hundreds more supporters in the United States, they said.

Ali Shukri Amin, a 17-year-old Virginia resident and Islamic State supporter who was sentenced to 11 years in prison in August, used his Twitter account with 4,000 followers to raise funds for the group and encourage friends to join it overseas.

Ahmad Musa Jibril [pictured], an Islamist preacher in Dearborn, Michigan, who has also spent time in jail for money laundering and tax evasion, also points to the terrorist group’s online reach. Jibril has more than 38,000 Twitter followers, though he has not tweeted since last July and may have found other methods of communication. He is reported to have a large following among foreign fighters in Iraq and Syria.

“Based on the evidence available, the number of ISIS supporters in the United States measures in the thousands, rather than hundreds,” the Gorkas said in their report.

“Whether ISIS will launch an attack on the scale of the Paris attack is unknown, but it is clear that the United States is a primary target for ISIS and that ISIS has the necessary supporters in place and the financial means to carry out such an attack,” they continued. “The challenges of screening incoming refugees may further exacerbate the problem.”

The Islamic State has displaced al Qaeda as the top threat to the U.S. homeland, the Gorkas said. After examining arrests per month, they found that U.S. police are interdicting 300 percent more Islamic State recruits than al Qaeda supporters.

The Islamic State has been able to attract thousands of foreign fighters and U.S. supporters through its aggressive dissemination of propaganda on social media and urgent ideological and religious narrative.

Religious authorities for the group claim that the “end times” are swiftly approaching, a period when Muslims will defeat invading Christians in Syria in “the final jihad” before the world ends and devout Muslims ascend to heaven. “They are able to persuade many supporters to come fight on the grounds that this is ‘The Final Jihad,’” the Gorkas said.

The Islamic State also focuses on young recruits, who are more vulnerable to radicalization. The report notes that 63 percent of those arrested in the United States for supporting the group were between the ages of 15 and 25.

Islamic State supporters often recruit in clusters in the United States, with friends and family members forming a local jihad network.

“For law enforcement, it suggests that if one person in a community affiliates themselves with ISIS, one can expect to see more, especially among those who are close to the recruit,” the Gorkas said.

Still, Islamic State adherents in the United States are vulnerable to capture. Among the 82 cases of U.S. supporters studied by the Threat Knowledge Group, about 60 percent were identified by authorities through their social media posts or a tip from someone close to them. The Gorkas recommended that police build trust in communities so families and residents will feel comfortable turning in those that they suspect are radicalized.

Additionally, they urged law enforcement authorities to work with educators about identifying signs of radicalization among youth, focus more on tracking the Islamic State’s religious authorities online and their propaganda, and develop a more rigorous screening process for refugees from the Middle East.

The State Department recently issued a worldwide travel alert through Feb. 24, 2016, for Americans, urging them to “exercise vigilance when in public places or using transportation.” Potential terrorist “attacks may employ a wide variety of tactics, using conventional and non-conventional weapons and targeting both official and private interests,” the department said.

“There is a continuing threat from unaffiliated persons planning attacks inspired by major terrorist organizations but conducted on an individual basis,” the department added.