Death Toll Rises To 161 In Bombings Of Syrian Government Strongholds

From Fox News:
A suicide bomber who targeted a hospital in a Syrian coastal city the previous day killed 43 people, the World Health Organization said Tuesday, as an activist group raised the overall death toll from the day's unprecedented wave of attacks on government strongholds to 161.

The attacks — seven bombings altogether — targeted civilians in the coastal cities of Tartus and Jableh for the first time in the country's five-year war, raising fears of more violence among residents living in government bastions who have enjoyed relative quiet. The wave of explosions also underlined the inability of world powers to jumpstart Syrian peace talks in Geneva as the violence worsens and reaches new areas.

A coalition of nearly 30 rebel factions have warned they would consider the partial cease-fire brokered in late February "dissolved" if the government does not end its offensives around besieged opposition-held suburbs of Damascus. Yet fighting had resumed in earnest around the country by late April.

Most of those killed in Monday's explosion at the Jableh National Hospital in the city of Jableh were patients and visiting family members, but three doctors and nurses were also among the dead, WHO said. [...]

UK: NHS Doctor Leaves Family In Sheffield To 'Join Islamic State In Syria'

From The Telegraph:
An NHS doctor who spent seven years working in Britain left his wife and two children in Sheffield to join Isil fighters, it has emerged.

Issam Abuanza - who is pictured on Facebook wearing medical scrubs and carrying a gun in a holster - moved to Syria with the militant group, leaked recruitment papers have disclosed.

The 37-year-old, who is believed to be the first practising NHS doctor known to have joined Isil fighters, is said to have gained a licence to practise medicine in Britain in 2009.

Dr Abuanza reportedly combined shifts as a registrar with running an online clothing company selling kaftan dresses.

But Dr Abuanza - a Palestinian doctor with British citizenship - left Britain to join Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) fighters in 2014, documents obtained by the BBC showed.

His sister Najla said that his parents will "never forgive him".

Dr Abuanza is believed to have crossed into Syria on July 26 2014, soon after the creation of Isil's self-proclaimed caliphate.

In his registration document, he is said to have described himself as a doctor specialising in endocrinology - the treatment of hormonal imbalances.

Dr Abuanza is understood to have qualified as a doctor in Baghdad in 2003 before later moving to Britain and working in the NHS from 2007.

In pictures on his Facebook page, he is seen in combat fatigues, carrying an automatic rifle and reading the Koran. [...]

Iraqi Shiite Militia Leader Aws Al-Khafaji: This Is Our Opportunity to Eradicate The Fallujah Tumor

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Turkish Prime Minister Threatens To Block Laws Stemming Flow Of Migrants To EU

From France 24:
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday warned the European Union that the Turkish parliament would block laws related to the landmark deal to stem the flow of migrants to Europe if Ankara was not granted its key demand of visa-free travel.

The stark and unexpected warning from Erdogan came amid spiralling tensions between the Turkish strongman and the bloc over a string of issues ranging from existing accords and human rights as he seeks to further consolidate his powers.

"If that (the visa exemption) is not what will happen... no decision and no law in the framework of the readmission agreement will come out of the parliament of the Turkish Republic," Erdogan said at the close of the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul.

"Our foreign ministry, our EU affairs ministry will have discussions with the Europeans. If there is a result then great. If not, then I'm sorry."

There have been growing indications Turks will not be given the visa-free travel by the target of the end of June and Chancellor Angela Merkel warned after talks with Erdogan on Monday that the target was unlikely to be met.

The agreement -- which is already being implemented -- saw Turkey pledge to work to stop migrants cross the Aegean to Europe and also readmit migrants who crossed illegally.

EU officials have hailed the success of the deal, but Ankara has grown increasingly uneasy about the bloc's wariness to grant it the visa-free travel to the passport free Schengen area it was offered in return. [...]

Hamas Founder’s Son: Islam Is The Problem

From the Daily Caller:
Pop quiz for the bi-partisan Donald Trump circle jerk: who said the following in an extraordinary but little-noticed speech yesterday in New York?

“Today the free world should unite against Islam, not against Muslims but against Islam as a belief system. When the president of the free world stands and says that Islam is a religion of peace, he creates the climate, he provides the climate, the perfect climate, to create more terrorism.”

a)Donald Trump

b)Pamela Geller

c)Rabbi Meir Kahane, the late great founder of the Jewish Defense League, upon his reincarnation

Nope. The correct answer is none of the above.

It was Mosab Hassan Yousef, the son of a Hamas founder, who, after laboring in the family business, worked undercover for the Israeli domestic security service to thwart terrorist attacks and later converted to Christianity.

Yousef, who eventually settled in the United States but the Obama administration unsuccessfully tried to have deported upon publication of his 2010 memoir, said at a conference sponsored by the Jerusalem Post that, “Today, free people need to unite against Islam, not against the Muslim people. Against Islam itself, as a belief system.”

“We can fool ourselves, but there is an Islamic problem,” he argued. “Al-Qaeda, Hamas, Hezbollah, the Islamic Jihad, the Islamic State [ISIS] and Boko Haram — all of them kill in the name of Allah.”

In other words, the problem is not, per Obama, some amorphous brand of “violent extremism” — it is Islam.

“There is an Islamic problem. And I think humanity needs to stand against this danger, because this danger is not only against the State of Israel. This danger is against the evolvement of mankind.”

He pleaded with Muslims to find a better way.

“The Muslim people have a problem. And their problem is in their belief system. They have to face it, and we need to encourage them to fight the good fight,” he explained. “I had privileges as the son of a top Hamas leader. I had something to lose. But the average Muslim person [doesn’t] have lots of things to lose. They’re already living in darkness and misery. If they leave it, it’s better for them.”

Of course, in addition to bigotry, Donald Trump is often accused of ignorance when he links Islam to terrorism. But Yousef emphasized that, “I speak with the authority of experience, not from books or second-hand knowledge.”

“In the Muslim society, I witnessed a woman who sent five of her children to die in suicide bombing attacks. One after another. She would put the explosive belt on them and bless them and say: “Go, kill the Jews!” to gain respect in her society. This is hypocrisy.”

“At one point I thought that the Jewish nation is the enemy of humanity. I thought they were the enemy of our people, the Palestinian people, until I experienced what the Jewish nation truly is.“

Note to any Stalinist androids at Media Matters who might now feel compelled to try and discredit Yousef. His fascinating political, intellectual and religious journey was the subject of a 2014 film documentary favorably reviewed by The New York Times.

Are they Islamophobes, too?

Switzerland Begs EU For Migrant Cap

From The Express:
The Swiss voted in their own referendum in 2014 in favour of limiting migration into the country through a quota system.

But time is running out to enforce the legislation before next February, forcing the the country to challenge the EU’s free movement policy.

The move comes after a refusal by Brussels chiefs to agree to a negotiated deal to limit EU migration across the Swiss border.

But local media last night said Swiss diplomats are hoping to find a compromise by July 6 when a meeting will be held.

It follows claims from a senior Swiss official in February that talks have been on hold until after Britain's in/out referendum on June 23.

The negotiations are said to have been put on hold because Brussels worries the move could "encourage" the Brexit campaign. [...]

‘Religious War’: Muslim Migrants ‘Ambush’ Yazidis With Knives And Baseball Bats

From Breitbart:
A gang of Chechen Muslims wielding knives and baseball bats have allegedly “ambushed” a group of Yazidi migrants in Germany, sparking a “religious war” involving more than 100 people and leaving several hospitalised.

The showdown in Bielefeld, West Germany on Saturday night was initially reported as a random fight. However, Westfalen-Blatt reports that those suffering injuries were exclusively Yazidi.

A group called ‘Yazidis International’ has now claimed the Muslims lured the Yazidis out of their hostel, before attacking them with weapons in an assault that correlates with other attacks on non-Muslim minorities seen in Germany’s migrant centres. [...]

Egyptian Commentator Calls To Establish Death Squads That Will Kill Israelis, Mutilate Their Bodies

Egyptian political commentator Nabih Al-Wahsh accused Israel of downing EgyptAir Flight 804, and called for Egyptians and Arabs to kill any Israeli they come across and to mutilate his body. Al-Wahsh, a lawyer, filed a lawsuit with Egyptian courts four years ago in an attempt to abolish the Camp David Accords. Al-Asseema TV presenter tried to stop Al-Wahsh from inciting to violence, but to no avail, as Al-Wahsh called for the establishment of “death squads” that would hunt down Israelis all over the world. The show aired on May 20.

Islamic State Executioner Was Refugee In UK Who Turned To Jihad After 17 Days Of Sermons At Local Mosques

From The Telegraph:
A refugee given shelter in Britain as a child has been unmasked as the fourth brutal member of Jihadi John’s “Beatles” execution squad who went to Syria after being radicalised in just 17 days.

Former fairground mechanic El Shafee Elsheikh is believed to be the fourth member of the all-British group of fanatics who held and executed western hostages, including two Britons, for Isil.

The 27-year-old was a close friend of Mohammed Emwazi, who was revealed as Jihadi John last year, and grew up in the same part of west London.

In a further insult to the UK, Elsheikh was given shelter here aged just five when his Communist supporting parents fled Sudan and claimed asylum.

His devastated mother last night disowned her son and revealed how he became an extremist just 17 days after attending sermons at local mosques. [...]

Iran Threatens To Destroy Israel In ‘Less Than Eight Minutes’

From the Washington Beacon:
A top Iranian commander has claimed that the Islamic Republic had the ability to destroy Israel “in less than eight minutes,” according to comments offered on the same day that Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei declared that Iran would continue to build its ballistic missile arsenal in defiance of U.S. demands.

“If the Supreme Leader’s orders [are] to be executed, with the abilities and the equipment at our disposal, we will raze the Zionist regime in less than eight minutes,” Ahmad Karimpour, a senior adviser to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corp’s al-Quds Force, was quoted as stating, according to regional reports.

The threat comes as Khamenei declared in a speech Monday that U.S. “cries” over Iran’s ballistic missile program will not alter the regime’s behavior.

“They [the U.S.] have engaged in a lot of hue and cry over Iran’s missile capabilities, but they should know that this ballyhoo does not have any influence and they cannot do a damn thing,” Khamenei was quoted as saying during a speech Monday in Tehran, according to Iran’s state-controlled media.

“Jihad still exists,” Khamenei added “Great Jihad means not abiding by the enemy whom we are fighting; not abiding by enemy in economy, politics, culture and art is the great Jihad.”

The Supreme Leader said the United States is the source of all hostility in the region.

“The main cause of all such animosities … is opposition to the arrogant powers,” he was quoted as saying.

“The nuclear issue and missiles are excuses and of course excuses are useless and they can do no damn thing,” Ayatollah Khamenei said, according to Fars. “The point is Iran doesn’t follow arrogant powers.”

“The U.S. and other powers are extremely sad at this issue and they have no other option; that is why they made huge efforts in order to bring the country’s decision-making and decision-taking centers under their control, but they failed and God willing, they will continue to fail,” he added.