Boko Haram extremists have killed more than 100 people and hoisted their black and white flag over a north-eastern town left undefended by Nigeria's military, according to a civil defence spokesman and a human rights advocate.
Hundreds of people in another north-eastern area, Askira Uba, are fleeing after receiving letters from the Boko Haram threatening to attack and take over their villages, Abbas Gava, a spokesman for the Nigerian Vigilante Group said.
"Nine major villages are on the run," he said.
Survivors said on Saturday that the insurgents had attacked the town of Damboa before dawn on Friday, firing rocket-propelled grenades, throwing homemade bombs into homes and gunning down people as they tried to escape the ensuing fires. Most of the town had burned down, they said.
A human rights advocate said Boko Haram had struck again as people were trying to bury their dead, and that the toll was probably much higher than 100. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorised to speak to reporters.
The only defence came from vigilantes armed with clubs and homemade rifles, Gava said.
The town had been under siege for two weeks, since Boko Haram dislodged soldiers from a new tank battalion camp on its outskirts.
The defence ministry claimed to have repelled the attack and killed at least 50 insurgents for the loss of six soldiers, including the commanding officer, but locals said many soldiers had been killed and that the military had been driven from the base. They said in the past week the extremists have twice ambushed military convoys trying to reach the base.
The militants cut off access to the town on Monday, when they blew up a bridge to the south of it. Damboa is on the main road south from Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, and at a strategic crossroads for farmers bringing their produce to market.
Hundreds of thousands of farmers have been driven from their land by the five-year-old insurgency, and officials have been warning of imminent food shortages.
Boko Haram has attracted international condemnation for the abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls who have been held in captivity for three months.
The insurgents have increased the number and ferocity of their attacks this year, particularly in their north-eastern stronghold, and they also have detonated bombs as far away as Lagos, the commercial capital in the south-west.
Human Rights Watch published a report this week which said Boko Haram had killed more than 2,000 civilians in an estimated 95 attacks during the first half of 2014. That compares with an estimated 3,600 people killed in the first four years of the insurgency.
Boko Haram wants to enforce an Islamic state in Nigeria, though half the country's population of 170 million is Christian.
Posted by Women Against Shariah on Monday, July 21, 2014
From The Guardian:
From the Daily Star:
The former student came to prominence last month when he appeared in a 13-minute recruitment video for jihadist group ISIS, which recently changed its name to the Islamic State (IS).
But now we can reveal he has gloated about participating in a raid on the home of the leader of a rival al-Qaida-linked group known as Jabhat Al- Nusra (JAN).
The A-grade student, who left Cardiff earlier this year, said the attack took place near the eastern Syrian city of Deir-ez-Zur and that his victim tried to escape by donning a dress and pretending to be a woman.
The baby-faced fighter tweeted: “We killed the JN amir in deir whilst he was dressed as a woman trying to escape. You die the way you lived and this guys dress had sequins.”
Further messages online by Khan included images of the corpses of four other men who are thought to be associates of the JAN commander.
He added: “JN guys we caught & executed. This is how they looked less than an hr l8er.
“Still think JN r knights of the Ummah (Muslim community)?”
Khan also posted images that claimed to show documents seized from the house during the raid, while a colleague added two pictures of a dead man lying on the floor.
Earlier, he warned: “My advise to hardmans who want money and power and are considering fighting #IS. Don’t start a war you can’t finish. Look at those who tried.
“Whilst those who hate us exhaust their keyboards, we are actually doing something practical and making progress.” On Thursday, he posted a picture of a snub-nosed Kalashnikov AK-47 automatic assault rifle, inset, which was the weapon favoured by al-Qaida founder Osama bin Laden.
The caption underneath said: “Check this little badboy out”.
Until recently, his Facebook page appeared to represent a typical youth’s life with complaints about homework, chores and also his mother nagging him.
And in October 2010 he wrote: “i need 2 become the 1st Asian Prime Minister!”
Last month Khan was seen in an IS recruitment video alongside two other Britons, Nasser Muthana, 20, also from Cardiff, and Aberdeen student Abdul Raqib Amin, 26...
From Jihad Watch:
From Jihad Watch:
Is any political authority in the U.S. going to denounce this savagery — or even acknowledge its existence? Or are government and law enforcement authorities going to let “Palestinians” bring their jihad to the U.S. and elsewhere in the West, for fear of being labeled “Islamophobic”?
“Leaflets threaten Chicago Jews over Israel in Gaza,” JTA, July 21, 2014:
Leaflets threatening the Jewish community because of Israel’s Gaza operation were found on parked cars in a Chicago neighborhood.
The leaflets found Saturday on six cars in the Pulaski Park neighborhood, in the northwestern part of the city, threatened violence if Israel did not pull out of Gaza and end its operation in the coastal strip that began July 8, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Chicago Police opened an investigation and notified the department’s hate crimes unit, according to the newspaper.
The leaflets were discovered a day after hundreds of protesters held a demonstration in downtown Chicago, including a “die-in” in which protesters representing the more than 400 Palestinians killed by Israel in the Gaza operation lay on the ground. Some 20 Israelis, most of them soldiers, have been killed in Israel’s effort to stop Hamas rockets and destroy the terror group’s tunnels into Israel. About 1,500 rockets have been fired into Israel, and five Hamas cells have been thwarted emerging from tunnels dug under the Israel border en route to carrying out terror attacks.
The demonstrators then moved their protest in front of the Israeli Consulate in Chicago, according to the Tribune.
Posted by Women Against Shariah
From Arutz 7:
The UN agency for Palestinian Arab “refugees,” UNRWA, has caused outrage by apparently giving rockets to Hamas.
On Thursday, UNRWA confirmed that 20 rockets had been found in one of its vacant schools in Gaza.
UNRWA staff said last week that they had “informed the relevant parties and successfully took all necessary measures for the removal of the objects.”
However, Channel 2 reports Sunday that - rather than destroying the rockets - UNRWA workers called Hamas to come remove them.
Hamas has fired over 1,500 rockets at Israeli population centers over the past two weeks. Any new rockets would presumably be used in similar attacks.
UNRWA Refuses to Provide Pictures
While UNRWA confirmed the existence of rockets in one of its schools last week, the organization refused an Israeli request to provide a picture of the weapons. A picture could have helped Israel show that Hamas uses civilian institutions to store weapons and launch attacks.
Hamas has openly used human shields in its latest conflict with Israel. The terrorist group issued a statement Thursday urging Gaza residents to ignore IDF warnings to evacuate their homes.
Earlier, Hamas gathered civilians to stand on the roof of a senior terrorist’s home in order to deter an IDF strike.
Posted by Women Against Shariah on Sunday, July 20, 2014
From Jihad Watch:
Inspiring piety by means of terror: “One of the women in the brigade came over, pointing her firearm at me. She then tested my knowledge of prayer, fasting and hijab.”
“In Raqqa, an All-Female ISIS Brigade Cracks Down on Local Women,” by Ahmad al-Bahri, Syria Deeply, July 15, 2014 (thanks to Jerk Chicken):
Shortly after the Sunni militant group the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) retook control of Raqqa earlier this year, it created the al-Khansaa’ Brigade, an all-female unit operating in the city. Its purpose is to apprehend civilian women in Raqqa who do not follow the organization’s strict brand of Sharia law, including a mandate that all women be fully covered in public and that they be accompanied by a male chaperone.
“We have established the brigade to raise awareness of our religion among women, and to punish women who do not abide by the law,” says Abu Ahmad, an ISIS official in Raqqa. “There are only women in this brigade, and we have given them their own facilities to prevent the mixture of men and women.”
He says the organization, which has been pushing further into eastern Syria after taking control of the Iraqi city of Mosul and key points on the Iraq-Syria border last month, needs a female brigade to “raise awareness among women, and arrest and punish women who do not follow the religion correctly. Jihad is not a man-only duty. Women must do their part as well.”
The women who join the brigade are either women of Raqqa who wanted to take part in ISIS’s activities there, or, often, the wives of mujahedeen who have come to fight from other parts of Syria or the region.
Though women are assuming new, more powerful roles across Syria – the U.N. now estimates that one in four displaced families in Syria has a female head – residents here say that any “girl power” wrought by the brigade is mitigated by the harsher restrictions they have been tasked with imposing on Raqqa’s women.
“ISIS created it to terrorize women,” says Abu al-Hamza, a local media activist. He says the brigade raided the city’s Hamida Taher Girls School and arrested 10 students, two teachers and a secretary on the grounds that some of them were wearing veils that were too thin. Others were accused of wearing hair clips under the veil, pinning them in a way that showed too much of their faces.
Al-Hamza says that the women subsequently spent six hours in an ISIS detention center, where they were whipped. “After arresting those women and girls,” continues al-Hamza, “they took them to ISIS prisons and locked them in for six hours and punished some of them with 30 whips each.”
Zainab is a local teen who was arrested by female members of ISIS four months ago.
“I was walking down the street when a car suddenly stopped and a group of armed women got out,” she says. “They insulted me and yelled at me. They took me to one of their centers and kept me locked in a room. Nobody talked to me or told me the reason for my detention. One of the women in the brigade came over, pointing her firearm at me. She then tested my knowledge of prayer, fasting and hijab.”
The fighter told Zainab she had been arrested because she had been walking alone, without an escort, and because her hijab was not worn properly. “You should be punished for taking your religion lightly,” she told Zainab, before threatening harsher punishment should she be arrested again.
Two hours later, she was released. But for Zainab – and other women here – the message was clear.
“The brigade has created fear among the women and girls of Raqqa,” she says. “We’ve seen how they move, always watching women on the street, raiding schools, arresting students and locking them in for hours.”
From the Daily Star:
The smiling youngster, aged about four, is said to be the son of a terror group fighter in Syria.
A growing group of British women have moved to Syria to raise children under the radical Isis regime.
Using the name of Umm Isa and Muhajirah fi Sham, the mum is urging other British women to join her.
In a Twitter post she blasted: “Wer r all da sisters dat want 2 join us in Sham nd marry nd support a mujahid?”
Her boy, called Isa, the Arabic version of Jesus, has a younger brother she calls “mini mujahid” or holy warrior.
The mum is said to be a former UK student in media, film, psychology and sociology and is an Islam convert who attended a mosque in south London.
She is married to Isis fighter Abdur Rahman, from Sweden.
Her neighbour, another British woman who uses the alias Umm Khattab al-Britaniyya posted the image with the message: “Look at my little mujahid this kid is the funniest man love him to much.”
A baying mob of Isis fanatics stoned a woman to death in the Syrian town of Tabaqau after she was accused of adultery.
Meanwhile, not a peep from the protesters (who are anti-Semites) over the situation in Syria.
From the Times of Israel:
From the Times of Israel:
Thousands of anti-Israel protesters gathered in Paris Saturday, defying a police ban on demonstrations that was announced Friday following a clash with riot police last weekend that trapped hundreds of Jews in two synagogues.
The demonstrators were protesting against Israel’s Operation Protective Edge, using the event to also chant against the French government and French President Francois Hollande in particular, for issuing the ban, France 24 reported.
The demonstrators threw rocks and bottles at anti-riot squads, which responded with tear gas lobbied into the streets.
Several protesters climbed onto a building under construction, burning an Israeli flag. Others waved a Palestinian flag from atop a street sign.
Other protesters put up banners reading “Palestine Will Live” and “Israel Assassins” in front of Montmartre’s famed basilica....
From Jewish Press
:A senior IDF officer reports that terrorists in Gaza are transporting themselves around Gaza via ambulances with children in them, to avoid being targeted by the IDF.