Egypt: Militants Promise To Kill More Copts After Murder Of 27-year-Old

From World Watch Monitor:
Militants belonging to the ‘State of Sinai’ group in Egypt have promised to “kill more Copts” after murdering a 27-year-old Coptic man because of the tattoo of a cross on his wrist.

Bassem Herz Attalhah [pictured], also known as Haythem Shehata, was on his way home from work in El-Arish, capital of North Sinai governorate, on Saturday evening (13 January), with his brother Osama and neighbour and friend Mohamed, when they were stopped by three armed men, aged between 23 and 25.

“We thought they were policemen because they weren’t masked… They were wearing black jackets,” Osama, 38, told World Watch Monitor. “They approached us and asked Bassem to show them the wrist of his right hand, and when they saw the tattoo of the cross, they asked him: ‘Are you Christian?’ Bassem answered ‘Yes, I am Christian’, and repeated that again in a loud voice.”

The men then asked Mohamed his name and made him show his wrist. When they saw he had no tattoo, he was allowed to leave.

Then they turned to Osama.

Osama is a common name, also among Muslims, and the men didn’t know he was Bassem’s brother.

“Bassem told them that I had children,” Osama recalls. “They asked me to show them the wrist of my right hand and, when they didn’t see any cross, they thought that I was Muslim.” The men didn’t see the cross that Osama has tattooed on the top of his hand because it was hidden under his sleeve.

“They fired two shots on the ground close to my legs and asked me to leave,” he recalled. “And then they shot Bassem in the head. I could not believe what happened to my brother. He fell on the ground in front of me and I was unable to do anything.”

On his way to find help, Osama says his legs gave way from the shock. Their mother, upon hearing the news, fainted and had to be taken to hospital.

“We lost a person dear to our hearts. My brother Bassem was a very good and kind man. He had a strong relationship with God. He was always reading in the Bible, praying and going to the church. He was loved by all people,” Osama said.

String of killings

When Bassem’s close friend Milad Wasfi heard he had been killed, he couldn’t believe it and called his friend’s phone. His call was answered, but not by his friend.

“The terrorists answered me and said they belong to State of Sinai and promised to kill more Copts before they put down the phone,” he told World Watch Monitor.

Scores of Coptic Christian families left for Ismailia and Suez, about 200km away, after a string of killings in El-Arish last year – including one incident where a woman witnessed her husband and son killed by a gunman who then ticked them off an IS hit-list. In March 2017 it was estimated that 70 per cent of the 160 Coptic Christian families living in the city had left.

Bassem, Osama and their parents had been among those who fled the city. Struggling to find work in Ismailia, however, the two brothers left for Cairo, and when things did not work out for them there either, they decided to return to El-Arish in September….

Germany: Elite Anti-Terror Police Unit To Grow, Set Up Base In Berlin

We should ask why they're needed. Radical Islam brings about an increase of such ranks.

From The Local:
The elite German police unit, the GSG 9 is to recruit a large number of new personnel and set up base in Berlin, the federal police unit’s commander said on Monday.

GSG 9 commander Jerome Fuchs told broadcaster RBB that a second base is to be built in Berlin to ensure that the anti-terror cops had the ability to respond to threats quickly in the capital.

“We are talking about a growth of about a third of our current ranks,” Fuchs said.

The GSG 9 currently is based in St Augustine near the former West German capital, Bonn.

While there has been no final decision on where the base in Berlin is to be built, Fuchs said it would most likely be in Spandau, a district on the northwestern fringe of the capital.

Fuchs said that a heightened risk of a terror attack was the reason for creating the second base.

“When one looks at similar terror situations across Europe, one sees that the capital city was often hit. We certainly need to equip ourselves in the capital better,” he said.

“The goal is clear: that the GSG 9 have the ability to act quickly in Berlin.”

Nigeria: Student Arrested For Converting To Christianity From Islam

From World Watch Monitor:
Simput Dafup, 33, and Nabila Umar Sanda, 19, have both been arrested (World Watch Monitor) 
A Nigerian university student who converted from Islam to Christianity has been arrested by state security forces, as has the man who introduced her to Christianity.

Nabila Umar Sanda, 19, is a student at Bingham University in Karu, in the central state of Nasarawa, which is owned by one of Nigeria’s major churches – Evangelical Church Winning All, or ECWA. It was while studying there that she became friends with Simput Dafup, a 33-year-old Christian, who, once she expressed an interest in Christianity, invited her to meet a local church leader, Jeremiah Datim.

Speaking to the press in Jos, capital of neighbouring Plateau state, Datim explained that after the young woman decided to become a Christian, he immediately made contact with the local Islamic organisation, as has become customary.

“Knowing the sensitive nature of conversion from lslam to Christianity, and given that between the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and the Jama’atu Nasril lslam (JNI) … there is a working understanding, or protocol, that where such issues or situations arise relating to any of the two religions, the leaders of the affected religion should contact the leadership of the other religion from which the convert is coming, I immediately contacted the leadership of JNI in the state and informed them that I had one Miss Nabila Umar Sanda in my possession and that she had converted to Christianity,” he said.

Datim then went to meet a JNI leader, who made contact with Ms Sanda’s parents. Later that day, Monday 8 January, Datim said detectives from the Department of State Security Services “stormed my house, assaulted my wife, daughter and eight-month-old baby, and took Nabila away”.

Her friend, Simput Dafup, was arrested that same day, and both are still being held in an unknown location.

“I want to state, for the avoidance of doubt, that the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria guarantees the right to anyone to propagate his faith and the right to also practise any religion of one’s choice,” Datim said. “Miss Nabila told me she is 19 years old and therefore free to choose a religion for herself.

“After I met Miss Nabila for the first time … I interacted with her and asked her a lot of questions about both the Christian faith and Islamic faith. Nabila clearly said that she had made up her mind to join the Christian faith and was willing to be a Christian no matter what obstacles were placed on her way.

“I understand that her father has said he has all the ‘connections’ in this country to deal with me, Dafup and any other person found to have been involved in the conversion of his daughter to Christianity, and that he will ensure that we rot in jail. l want to state here without fear of contradiction that neither Dafup, myself or any other person that has established contact with Nabila has breached any law of this land.

“I also learnt that Nabila’s father reported to the DSS that we forcefully abducted and brainwashed her into becoming a Christian. l challenge the DSS to produce Nabila and put us side by side so they can ask her if she was forcefully converted to Christianity or abducted or brainwashed.”…

Pakistan: Muslims Gang-Rape Christian Woman, Escape {unishment

From the British Pakistani Christian Association:
A Christian woman from Gujranwala, Pakistan was brutally gang-raped by three men and then left tied in the courtyard of a Muslim man’s house until she was found by police two days later.

At 3 pm on 28th October Sidhra (20 yrs) travelled from her husband Sunny Masih’s (22 yrs) home in Talwinda Musa Khan, Gujranwala, on a visit to her mother in the same village but some 10 km distance away. Her father-in-law Boota Masih transported her by motorcycle and safely delivered her to her mother’s home where she spent three hours talking and helping with household chores.

At 6:30 Sidhra left her mothers house after she saw her father in law on the other side of the road. Thinking he had come to collect her, Sidhra she rushed her goodbyes with her mother and headed in his direction.

As Sidhra started walking towards him it became clear that Boota had not seen her as he started off on his way home and Sidhra could not reach him in time to stop him. When Sidhra looked back she noticed her mother had already closed her door and was safely back inside, so she decided to walk back home.

Some distance away from her home Sidhra noticed three suspicious looking men were watching her, so she began to walk faster and crossed the road. The three men started walking behind her first at some distance but then they began to chase her. With the men in pursuit Sidhra fled running until the men caught up to her and grabbed her at which point Sidhra blacked-out. She is unable to recall the events of the next 36 hours at this time.

Sidhra’s family at this point were not aware of her abduction and carried on as normal as both sides of the family assumed that Sidhra was with the other side. This delayed any help in rescuing her from her abductors.

36 hours later (30th October) while on cleaning rounds a local domestic cleaner named Sultan reported to Sajjida Bibi, Sidhra’s mother, that he had seen Sidhra bound to a chair in the courtyard of a local neighbour’s home. The residence belonged to a Muslim man named Mohammed Ilyas who was living abroad in Italy and had left his house in the care of relatives.

Sajjida and all her family ran to the house of Mohammed Ilyas and peered through the gates when the mother saw her daughter tied up unconscious to a chair with a gag in her mouth, restrained in the courtyard of the neighbours home, she started to scream. As each sibling saw their sister they too began to scream and shout hysterically. They banged on the gates and one brother climbed over and unlocked the gate from inside and rushed towards his sister. Sidhra was fully clothed and tied at her wrists and legs the rope securing her was so tight bruises could be seen on her wrists. Despite attempts to wake her it took a few minutes to revive her and she remained dizzy – she showed signs of having been drugged.

Other neighbours also heard the screaming and loud noise and were alerted to the situation. They joined the family to search the home for the culprits of the heinous crime, but no-one was present in the home and it was assumed that the rapists had fled.

As Sidhra awoke it was obvious that she had been drugged as she was very groggy and was suffering short-term amnesia. She told her family that she saw three men form the local community chasing her before she became unconscious and fortunately she was able to name them. Sidhra identified the three men Talha aka Moon (21 yrs), Zubair aka Zaidi (22 Yrs) and Ameer Hamza all who are well known for criminal activity in the local community and all three are nephews of Mohammed Ilyas the owner of the home. Sidhra had also throughout the last ten years been harassed by Talha who even offered her marriage which she had declined every time.

Sidhra’s family members untied her and rushed her home to recover and the father visited the police station the next day (31st October) to lodge a complaint for kidnap and rape. Sidhra was unconscious for the whole two days and believes that she was subjected to rape.

The Police refused to acknowledge her kidnap or rape and did not initially register a First Incident Report (FIR), as they told the family they had no evidence. They advised the family that in future before untying a victim they should inform and call the police to a crime location. However the next day (1st November) the family returned to the police station Councillor Salim a paternal councillor and some elders and together they convinced local police to register a crime. The next day (2nd November) the police finally lodged FIR 943/17 at Saddar Police Station, Gujaranwala and arrested Zubair and Ameer. They discovered that Talha had absconded to Karachi and he is currently a fugitive. The boys were charged under section 376 for offences of gang-rape however police failed to charge the boys with kidnap.

Ameera was given bail within a week of his arrest to the chagrin of the family and it is believed that he bribed the local police and local politicians to obtain his freedom. Zubair remained in custody for 1 and half months after arrest but was recently released by police who have informed the family that there is no compelling evidence that permits his ongoing incarceration.

Sidra’s medical examinations were taken on the 1st of November and no genetic trace was found for Zubair, however reports are still awaited for any genetic trace from the other two assailants. The delay in the medical examination is believed to be a factor that may allow the assailants to escape justice, especially as the police have not listed kidnap as a crime.

For the medical examination Sidhra was sent to District headquarters Civil Hospital Gujranwala on the 2nd November and they have indicated that any evidence would have been stronger had she arrived at a sooner date.

The court hearings for Sidhra’s case are going through the session court of Gujranwala and the next hearing is on the 12th January (today), however the family holds little hope of any prosecution, as the courts and the police are exhibiting little empathy and seem keen on exonerating the wealthy Muslims….

Maine: Muslim Police Officer Put On Leave After Misdemeanors

As Jihad Watch points out: "Mohamed Noor, the Muslim cop in Minneapolis who shot an unarmed woman, Justine Damond, had been fast-tracked onto the force so that the Minneapolis police could showcase their “diversity.” Now it looks as if the Portland, Maine Police Department was trying to do the same thing with Zahra Munye Abu. After the shooting of Justine Damond, there should have been a searching reevaluation of the wisdom of hiring police officers based on their religion and ethnicity rather than their merit. But of course there was not. And so Muslim police officers keep being hired because they’re Muslim, not because they’re competent police officers, and here we are again."

From the Press Herald:
A 24-year-old Portland police officer has been charged with five misdemeanors, including assault and battery, after being arrested Saturday night at a concert venue in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Worcester police said Zahra Munye Abu, of Portland, is also facing charges of trespassing, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace.

Abu caused a disturbance while attending a Ja Rule and Ashanti concert at the Palladium Nightclub on Main Street, said Worcester police Sgt. Kerry F. Hazelhurst.

“The nightclub was hosting several live musical acts,” Hazelhurst said in an email. “She was (given) several opportunities to leave and refused. Eventually she was placed under arrest.”

Worcester police would not provide more details about the incident, and members of Abu’s family declined to comment when contacted by phone at their home.

Portland Police Chief Michael Sauschuck said Abu has been placed on administrative leave with pay pending a review of the matter….

Abu is a high-profile member of the Portland police force because she is the first member of Maine’s Somali immigrant community to become a police officer in Maine.

She was born to Somali parents in a Kenyan refugee camp and has lived in Portland since she was 2 years old. She graduated from Deering High School in Portland and studied criminal justice and women-and-gender issues at the University of Southern Maine.

If convicted, Abu faces a maximum penalty of up to 2½ years in a county jail on the assault and battery and the resisting arrest charges. Each of the other charges include less severe maximum penalties.

Huffington Post Suggests Muslim Girl Who Lied About Hate Crime Deserves Apology

From Jihad Watch:
The Huffington Post here spectacularly illustrates the accuracy of my observation here: “When racist, bigoted ‘Islamophobes’ supposedly target Muslims, Muslims are victims. And when Muslims fake ‘Islamophobic hate crimes,’ Muslims are victims. Not only that, but when Muslims scream ‘Allahu akbar’ and murder infidels, Muslims are victims. Always and in every situation, Muslims are victims, to be appeased and accommodated in every possible way.”

Danielle S. McLaughlin writes: “Rather than call for an apology (what good would that do?) from the girl and her family, I believe we owe her an apology for not remembering that, even though she is well-spoken, she is still a child. She even told us, although it was while describing her fear at the fictitious attack: ‘I am a kid.’ Exactly.”

Would Danielle S. McLaughlin be this sympathetic and understanding if an 11-year-old non-Muslim girl had fabricated a story about being attacked by a Muslim? I don’t think so. In any case, McLaughlin’s reminders that Khawlah Noman is just eleven years old lead to an obvious question that McLaughlin never asks: did someone put this girl up to it? Are there forces behind her that were trying to use her to further the spurious narrative of Muslim victimhood that is being used to fuel attempts to shut down the freedom of speech in Canada?

Or if Khawlah Noman fabricated the story herself, why did she do so? Was she issuing a cry to help or trying to protect herself from a dangerous home situation, a la Yasmin Seweid? Even to raise such a question is “Islamophobic” in today’s ridiculous politically incorrect environment, and so the Huffington Post doesn’t raise it. But what if behind their airy avowals that Khawlah Noman is “just a kid” is an ugly reality about her being forced to wear the hijab by a threatening father? There are, unfortunately, abundant precedents. But don’t expect the Huffington Post, or anyone in the Canadian government or establishment media, to be “Islamophobic” enough to investigate such possibilities and, if necessary, step in to protect this girl.
Read it all here.

Canada: If You Don't Want Returning ISIS Fighters On Your Streets, You're Racist

Don't want an ISIS fighter living on your block? One Canadian party thinks you're racist ... We can't make this up.

From Breitbart:
An MP of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party slammed protests in his city directed against returning Islamic State fighters, calling the protestors “racists” and “white supremacists.”

Liberal Party MP for St. Catherines Chris Bittle took to Facebook earlier this week to condemn a protest against Islamic State fighters returning from the Middle East to Canada in front of his office.

For Mr Bittle, the four or so people who carried signs reading “Jail ISIS Fighters” were, in his words, “white supremacists”, using the issue of Islamic State fighters to “promote their hateful, racist views.”

Since making the post Bittle has received over two thousand comments, with many asking Mr Bittle to point out the protesters’ links to white supremacist movements or ideologies. While Bittle did link to an post allegedly made by a person who he claimed led the protest which contained anti-Muslim imagery, many were not satisfied.

When one user asked Bittle to “put Canadians first” and refuse entry for returning Islamic State fighters, Bittle said “returning fighters are Canadians who have not been charged with a crime”.  He added that most returnees had come back to Canada under the previous conservative government.

Returning Islamic State fighters have become a major issue in Canada, with many seeing the Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau being incredibly weak on the issue.

Many slammed Mr Trudeau when he insisted that returning fighters would be deradicalised with podcasts and poetry, and that many of the returnees would be “an extraordinarily powerful voice for preventing radicalization.” [...]

Corrupt Politicians And Terrorism Directly Linked In Iraq, Say Officials

From Arab News:
Government corruption provided Daesh and local militias with the umbrella they needed to seize power in Iraq, officials and lawmakers told Arab News on Thursday.

They said Iraq’s security and political stability will remain threatened as long as corrupt officials continue to control the country’s assets.

Iraq is high on the list of the most corrupt countries. The Iraqi Parliamentary Committee of Integrity told Arab News that the estimated value of “looted” amounts during the past 12 years has been more than $200 billion.

Almost a third of Iraqi territories in the north and west fell into the hands of Daesh militants in June 2014 after the dramatic collapse of the Iraqi Army. That was the result of financial and administrative corruption which undermined the security establishment at the time.

The results of an eight-month-long investigation by the Iraqi Parliamentary Committee for Security and Defense in August 2015 showed that financial and administrative corruption played a key role in widening the gap between the residents and the security services of Mosul, Iraq’s second most populated city.

Corruption led to the fall of the city and its suburbs into the hands of the militants in 2014. The report states that Nuri Al-Maliki, the former Iraqi prime minister, tops the list of officials responsible for the fall of Mosul as he was in charge of “the appointment of incompetent leaders … and the lack of accountability of corrupt security officials.”

Late in November, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi established a campaign to combat corruption.
“The corrupt (officials and politicians) and those who seized state funds are the ones who caused these disasters (the fall of Mosul and other cities into the hands of militants),” Abadi tweeted last week.
“Daesh was only able to occupy cities because of corruption,” he said.

Iraqi lawmakers involved in the fight against corruption told Arab News that financial and administrative corruption had provided cover for the armed groups, and not vice versa.

“Before the emergence of Daesh, there was a great deal of evidence that the governors of these provinces (the three seized by Daesh) were involved in many thefts of state funds,” Talal Al-Zubaie, the head of the Parliamentary Committee for Integrity, told Arab News.

“The armed groups emerged as a result of this corruption, which aimed to undermine the authority of the state so no one could discover the thefts by some governors, which would make it seem as if Daesh was responsible,” Al-Zubaie said.

“The corruption provided cover for armed groups to ensure that chaos continued to serve the corrupt officials,” he said.

Mossa Faraj, the former head of the Integrity Committee, a governmental body established in 2004 to combat corruption and supervise the government’s performance, agrees with Abadi and Al-Zubaie.

“The relationship between politicians and terrorism in Iraq is direct and cannot be denied. It (the corruption) aims to seize power, not to accumulate money or wealth,” Faraj said.

“Seizing power requires headquarters, weapons, cars, militiamen, TV channels, and thousands of followers. All of these require a lot of money every month,” he said.

“Because of this, all Iraqi political parties have been involved in corruption since 2003,” according to Faraj.

Iranian Cleric Calls Kurdistan A 'Second Israel'

For many Muslims, Kurds aren't Muslim enough.

 From Kurdistan 24:
During a Friday prayer sermon in Tehran, Ahmed Khatami blamed Erbil and other capitals of being behind the wave of anti-government protests in Iran, and called the Kurdistan Region a “second Israel.”

Protests erupted across Iran over a week ago, spurring up in various cities. Twenty-four people so far have been killed in some violent incidents, while hundreds of protesters have been arrested as police and government headquarters were being targeted.

In a Friday sermon in the Iranian capital, Ahmed Khatami, a senior Iranian cleric, also accused the US of wanting to create a “second Israel” in the region, but claimed that Iran had successfully “thwarted the plan.”

Khatami was referring to the referendum on independence held in the Kurdistan Region on Sep. 25, which saw an overwhelming support for secession from Iraq.

Iran has played a pivotal role in helping Baghdad in punishing the Kurdistan Region, by closing its borders – and only recently reopening them – and with its proxy network of Iranian-trained and funded Shia militias, known as the Hashd al-Shaabi, who helped the Iraqi forces forcibly take control of disputed territories in retaliation to the vote.

The Friday prayer leader claimed the US would attempt to send weapons for anti-Iranian operations through Erbil and via the Afghan border.

“This was aimed at putting an end to the Islamic Republic,” he stated.

The Kurdistan Regional Government has refrained from commenting on the Iranian protests since they first broke out.

On Wednesday, Iran deployed their Revolutionary Guards forces to three provinces to crackdown on anti-government protests following six days of country-wide demonstrations which left 22 people dead and hundreds more arrested.

Pro-government demonstrators, however, have accused the United States, Israel, and Britain of instigating the anti-government protests.

Turkmenistan: No More Black Cars!

From RadioFreeEurope:
Turkmenistan's president, Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov, thinks white cars bring good fortune. And that's bad luck for owners of black cars in the capital.

For weeks, officials in Ashgabat have been impounding black vehicles without warning, wreaking havoc for owners who need special permission for repainting and then reregistering their cars.

While there don't appear to have been any official announcements, Berdymukhammedov has expressed frustration at swank black cars in the capital, known as the "city of white marble," and motorists told RFE/RL that the traffic stops and towing of parked dark cars began late last month.

The campaign is also foisting unforeseen costs on residents in a city where the State Statistics Committee puts the average monthly wage at under 1,200 manats, roughly $300 at the government-established exchange rate or less than $200 per month at the black-market rate that many are forced to use. [...]