UK: Manchester Stabbing Spree Likely Terrorism

From Fox News:
A British stabbing spree Friday -- in which a man in his 40s attacked numerous pedestrians in a shopping center before he was subdued by police -- is believed to be an act of terrorism, officials said.

The man, who has not been identified, was taken in for questioning after police confronted him at the Arndale shopping center in Manchester. Investigators say three people were injured there during a stabbing spree this morning and that the man is being detained on suspicion of the commission, preparation and instigation of an act of terrorism.

Greater Manchester Police said two women – one of whom is 19 – are in stable condition after being taken to local hospitals with stab wounds. The condition of a 50-year-old man who police say also was stabbed in the attack was not immediately clear.

“We do not know the motivation for this terrible attack,” Greater Manchester Police Assistant Chief Constable Russ Jackson told reporters. “It appears random, is certainly brutal and of course, extremely frightening for anyone who witnessed it.
“This is bound bring to back memories of the awful events of 2017,” he added, referring to a terror attack in which a suicide bomber killed 22 at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.

ISIS Fighters Seek To Break Out Of Prison In Syria

Now that the U.S. administration has allowed Turkey to move in, things aren't looking too good.

From Business Insider:
ISIS fighters will be closely watching the fighting between Turkish and Kurdish troops in northeastern Syria, waiting for a chance to break thousands of fighters, and tens of thousands of family members, out of Kurdish prisons, according to a former member of the group, Western intelligence officials, and Kurdish commanders.

Concerns of a mass-scale ISIS prison break have grown as Turkish troops enter northeastern Syria to confront the Syrian Defence Forces. The SDF is a predominately Kurdish group regarded as terrorists by Turkey but a key American ally in the ground war against ISIS. SDF officials, who have warned that their resources were already overstretched guarding tens of thousands of ISIS prisoners before the invasion, now say the situation is critical.

Thousands of ISIS fighters are being held in a dozen SDF facilities. Nearly 70,000 women and children are being held at the al Hol camp in Syria. US special operations troops overnight Wednesday moved several dozen high profile prisoners, including those accused of murdering Western hostages, to an undisclosed location outside of Syria.

But that won't be enough to prevent ISIS from attempting to break out thousands of lesser known but vital fighters, according to a former member of the group. [...]

India: Hindu Procession Heavily Pelted With Stones In Balrampur For Not Stopping Music Near Mosque

From Swarajya:
A Durga Puja Visarjan procession in Uttar Pradesh’s Balrampur was recently pelted with stones near a mosque for not stopping its music while crossing the area, Opindia has reported.

A video was captured by a member of the Durga Puja procession.

In the video a large mob including individuals wearing skull caps can be seen pelting heavy stones at the mini-truck which was part of the procession.

One can also see the mosque towers a few metres away from the vehicle and an injured individual lying on the ground.

As per the OpIndia report, the Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) from Balrampur informed that the procession was attacked after it reached near the mosque.

The procession was playing the customary DJ music which was not switched off after reaching the Mosque, which aggravated the residents….

Five ISIS Militants Break Out Of Prison, Thanks To Turkey

From The Independent:
Five Isis militants have broken out of a prison in northern Syria after Turkish shelling nearby, a spokesman in the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) has said.

The detainees escaped from a prison in Qamishli city, Marvan Qamishlo said.

Meanwhile, women affiliated with Isis attacked security offices with sticks and stones during unrest at a camp in the region where Turkey has launched attacks.

The unrest at al-Hol camp started in the foreigners’ section and involved more people than previous incidents at the camp, Mr Qamishlo said.

“The [Isis] women rose against the internal security forces at al-Hol, they set ablaze tents and attacked the administrative and security offices there with stones and sticks,” he added said. [...]

Who Invented Palestinians?

From Jihad Watch:
It’s one of the oddest phenomena of our extraordinarily odd age: the “Palestinian people” are clamoring for freedom and an end to what they claim is an unlawful Israeli occupation of their historic land. Yet search through the history of nations and peoples, and you won’t find any “Palestinian people” at all. Not one mention of such a nation, or such a nationality, until quite recent times.

So who invented the “Palestinians,” and why? And how have these people managed to convince the world that such a people not only exists, but always has existed, and deserves billions of dollars in aid and the avid support of global organizations, as well as the indefatigable sympathy of the international media, no matter what atrocities this newly-minted people commit?

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Two Surviving Members Of ISIS Talk About Murder Of Aid Worker

From ITV News:
The two surviving British members of the ISIS terror cell dubbed “The Beatles” have been confronted by ITV News about what they know of the last moments of murdered aid worker, David Haines.

In their last TV interviews before both were taken into custody by the US, Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh dodged the opportunity to directly apologise for his death.

But Elsheikh did say he would “offer my sincere apology” for his role in the logistical side of the terror group.

He added he has “no problem apologising” for moving Mr Haines from location to location during his time in captivity.

Kotey, however, remains evasive when pressed by ITV News Security Editor Rohit Kachroo: “I won’t forget what I’ve said before.”

Before adding: “I find your line of questioning irritating.”

David Haines was executed by Mohammed Emwazi, otherwise known as Jihadi John – and the gruesome video showing the beheading used for propaganda by so-called Islamic State ….

Jewish Kid Who Was Forced To Kiss Shoes Of Muslim Student Is Further Harassed

From JTA:
The Jewish boy who was forced to kneel and kiss the shoes of a Muslim classmate has been sent threatening text messages.

The messages were sent Friday after photos of the incident were splashed across the front pages of newspapers in Australia and around the world, the Daily Mail reported. The photo was first published by the Australian Jewish News.

The messages told the 12-year-old boy that he would be slaughtered and asked if he wanted to “talk about suicide,” according to the report….

Turkish Navy Surrounds Cyprus

The fall out from bad policy?

From ekathimerini:
Tension mounted in the Eastern Mediterranean on Tuesday as the Turkish Navy practically encircled Cyprus with almost 20 vessels, including frigates and submarines.

Turkey’s move coincided with the imminent launch of operations by the Yavuz drillship within Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ), while the Barbaros vessel is also conducting seismographic research in the island’s waters.

At the same time, there were no French or American military forces present in the region.

This absence of Western powers with economic interests in the region at a time when Turkey is blatantly violating Cyprus’s EEZ is seen to signify that countries like France and the United States clearly want to avoid a militarization of the crisis in the Eastern Mediterranean, which is something that Ankara obviously wants.

Meanwhile, Turkey’s behavior in the Eastern Mediterranean was at the epicenter of Tuesday’s trilateral summit in Cairo between Greece, Cyprus and Egypt, and was roundly condemned….

Sweden: Sexual Violence Tripled From 2014 to 2018

From Breitbart:
The number of Swedes reporting to have been victims of sexual crimes has tripled between 2014 and 2018, according to a report by the Swedish Crime Prevention Council Brå.

The report reveals that in 2018, around six per cent of the Swedish population between the ages of 16 and 84 say they had been victims of sexual offences, a total of around 482,000 people.

The percentage is a slight decrease from the previous year, which saw 6.4 per cent of Swedes claiming to have been victims of sex crimes. However, it marks a tripling of the 2014 figure, which was just two per cent.

Between 2006 and 2012, the number of reported sex attack victims remained under two per cent, with a low of 1.4 per cent in 2011.

Women had a much higher rate of reported sex attacks with 9.9 per cent — around one in ten — saying they had been a victim in 2018, compared to just 1.6 per cent of men.

The report notes that sex attack statistics cover serious crimes such as rape but also cover other offences such as abusive sexual remarks.

While the overall number of reports decreased slightly in 2018 from 2017, the county of Örebro reported a substantial increase from 6.7 per cent of women reporting sex attacks in 2017 to 11.4 per cent the following year, according to broadcaster SVT….

Trump’s Syria Mistake

From the National Review:
The Trump administration is making a serious mistake. Late Sunday night, it released a statement declaring that Turkey would be “moving forward with its long-planned operation into Northern Syria” and that American forces “will no longer be in the immediate area.” The practical result of this statement is obvious: Turkey now has an American permission slip to conduct an invasion into Kurdish territory, kill American allies, and carve out a zone of dominance that will further inflame and complicate one of the world’s most dangerous regions.

There are no easy answers in Syria. While the ISIS caliphate is in ruins, ISIS itself is still potent and active in both Syria and Iraq. The Syrian Civil War grinds on, and the conflict between the Turks and the Kurds has festered for decades. American forces are in a perilous place, but their presence not only helps maintain momentum in the fight against ISIS, it also deters further genocidal bloodshed in northern Syria. The United States should have an exit strategy, but one that neither squanders our tactical gains against ISIS nor exposes our allies to unacceptable retribution.

Trump’s action, unfortunately, raises the risk of both bad outcomes. As Kurds reposition to confront a potential Turkish invasion, they’ll invariably pull back from the fight against ISIS, and while Trump seems to believe (based on Sunday night’s statement) that “Turkey will now be responsible for all ISIS fighters in the area captured over the past two years in the wake of the defeat of the territorial “Caliphate” by the United States,” the more likely outcome is a loss of control of ISIS detention camps.

In August, the Defense Department’s inspector general released a report detailing how American and allied forces were struggling to contain the ISIS insurgency, noting that ISIS had between 14,000 and 18,000 forces in the field. If Kurdish forces are fighting for their lives against a Turkish invasion, then that creates a power vacuum that ISIS can exploit — with nowhere near sufficient American forces remaining in the region to make up the difference.

Moreover, there is a cost to allowing allies to become cannon fodder. It deters future alliances, and local alliances are particularly important if America hopes to combat jihadists without large-scale troop deployments. Making matters worse, reports indicate that Kurdish forces had actually dismantled defensive fortification at American urging — apparently hoping to defuse tensions with Turkey. We made our ally more vulnerable, then abandoned it to face a superior military force.

It’s important to note that by shifting American forces and exposing the Kurds to attack, Trump is not in any way ending America’s military involvement in Syria. Our troops will still be there. We’ll just move them to enable an attack on our ally. [...]
Read it all here.