Thursday, July 30, 2015

No American inspectors for Iran nuclear program

Part of the deal is that only countries that have diplomatic relations with Iran will be allowed to inspect their facilities.  The IAEA will also be barred from looking at any sensitive or military information related to the nuclear program.

What could possibly go wrong?

From AP July 30


TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran will not allow American or Canadian inspectors working for the U.N. nuclear watchdog to visit its nuclear facilities, an official said in remarks broadcast by state TV on Thursday.

Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi said Iran will only allow inspectors from countries that have diplomatic relations with it. The previously undisclosed remarks were made during a Sunday meeting with parliamentarians.

"American and Canadian inspectors cannot be sent to Iran," said Araghchi. "It is mentioned in the deal that inspectors should be from countries that have diplomatic relations with Islamic republic of Iran."

He also said inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency will not have access to "sensitive and military documents."

Iran and world powers reached a historical deal earlier this month aimed at curbing Tehran's disputed nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of international sanctions. Western nations have long suspected Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons alongside its civilian atomic program, allegations denied by Tehran, which insists its nuclear activities are entirely peaceful.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Iran supremos want to trample Israel and claim the US created ISIS

Just another day on the jihad circuit.  After giving Iran everything they wanted, this is the thanks we get.

Why am I not surprised?

Two stories for example below.

From Breitbart July 19 by Jordan Schachtel

Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei went into a conspiracy-laden tirade on Saturday, blaming the “arrogant powers” for getting in the way of the Muslim world’s mission to unite and destroy Israel.

“If the Islamic Ummah were united and relied on their own commonalities, they would certainly be a unique power in the international political scene but big powers have imposed such divisions on the Islamic Ummah to pursue their own interests and safeguard the Zionist regime [of Israel],” Khamenei said in remarks to commemorate the end of Ramadan.

Khamenei also defended Iran’s support for its Lebanese proxy, Hezbollah, which is a U.S.-designated terrorist organization, and the Assad regime in Syria.

“The Americans dub the Lebanese resistance as terrorist and regard Iran as a supporter of terrorism because of its support for the Lebanese Hezbollah, while the Americans, themselves, are real terrorists,” Khamenei said. Hezbollah was originally created by Tehran’s first “Supreme Leader” with the mission to “turn Lebanon to a graveyard for Jews,” according to its leader, Hassan Nasrallah.

The Iranian dictator claimed that al-Qaeda and the Islamic State terror group were created by the United States, according to Iran’s state-controlled media. The U.S. “have created al-Qaeda and Daesh [ISIL]” and “support the wicked Zionists [Israel],” he said.

The U.S. cannot criticize Iran’s support for Hezbollah’s “resistance” movement because the U.S. supports the “Zionist, terrorist and infanticidal” Israelis, added Iran’s ruler.

With Iran it is always the IZCTTOTW* that is the crux of their hatred, and it is always attached to America and the support we give.

As if Iran really wants peace, we have this example from the Washington Free Beacon July 20 by Adam Kredo

Iran: ‘We Will Trample Upon America’

A senior Iranian cleric delivered Friday prayers in Tehran while standing behind a podium that declared, “We Will Trample Upon America,” according to photos released by Iran’s state-controlled media.

Iranian cleric Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Movahedi Kermani, who was handpicked by the Islamic Republic’s supreme leader to deliver the prayers, delivered a message of hostility toward the United States in the first official remarks since a final nuclear deal was signed between Iran and world powers in Vienna last week.

A Persian-language message on the podium declared, “We will trample upon America” while the English phrase “We Defeat the United States” can be seen underneath.

Friday prayers are known for being officially sanctioned by the state and a sign of the supreme leader’s thinking on various issues. Analysts who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon about the anti-American tone of last week’s prayers said it is a sign Tehran believes it bested the United States in the talks.

“The slogans of the Iranian nation on Al-Quds Day show what [Iran's] position is,” said the Middle East Media Research Institute. “The slogans ‘Death to Israel’ and ‘Death to America’ have resounded throughout the country, and are not limited to Tehran and the other large cities. The entire country is under the umbrella of this great movement [of 'Death to America'].”

Remember, when Iran attacks Israel with their nuke our dear leaders will be scratching their heads in wonder and asking themselves "why did this happen, we gave them everything they wanted."

Read the complete articles at the links.

*International Zionist Conspiracy To Take Over The World

Senior FBI official on Chattanooga jihadist: "We may never know what his ultimate motivation was"

Of course not, as the willful blindness to what is right in front of their face prevents any truthful analysis of what really motivated Mohammod Abdulazeez.  It is all about the mental illness and depression, not anything to do with Islamic texts and teachings.  For to make that connection makes one an Islamophobe.

From GMA/Yahoo July 21 by Brian Ross, Doug Lantz and James Gordon Meek

Chattanooga Shooter Researched Religious Justification For Violence: Official

The gunman who killed five American troops in a Chattanooga shooting spree last week did online research for militant Islamist "guidance" on committing violence that he may have believed would wipe away in the afterlife his sins on earth including drug and alcohol abuse, an arrest and a lost job, officials said on Monday.
The Internet searches were discovered on electronic devices such as his smartphone analyzed over the weekend by the FBI Lab in Quantico, Virginia, several counter-terrorism officials confirmed to ABC News.

But there is no evidence so far that Mohammod Abdulazeez, 24 -- whose family insists he was deeply troubled and mentally ill -- was inspired by or directed by ISIS to carry out a bloody attack on U.S. military targets of the sort the Syria and Iraq-based terror group has publicly called for over the past year, the officials said.

"I don't think that there is any evidence it was ISIL-inspired. He may have been seeking some religious guidance to conduct an act. He could readily find that anywhere online," a senior official briefed on the investigation told ABC News.

So if it isn't ISIL it isn't Islam, right?

Some of Abdulazeez's friends, who often partied with the young engineering graduate and went shooting together at local ranges, may have known he was seeking answers in his religion but they do not appear to have been aware he was about to take lethal action that he may have become convinced would earn his place in Heaven, the officials said.

"We may never know what his ultimate motivation was," the senior official added.

The Reuters news agency reported on Monday that some officials said Abdulazeez had been inspired by "general propaganda" by jihadists and not specifically by ISIS, al Qaeda or other militant groups. One friend James Petty, told ABC News that Abdulazeez actually loathed ISIS for its brutality “ He believed that ISIS was not a group to go towards” and did not think that “ISIS was even Islamic” said Petty.

Many jihadis who oppose killing innocent civilian "disbelievers" still view the military as a legitimate target because U.S. troops are the nation's blunt instrument of foreign policy.

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Charlie Hebdo caves to Islamic intimidation and stops drawing Muhammad

Tyranny on the march, aided by Charlie Hebdo and the many others who have caved to violent intimidation courtesy Islamic texts and teachings.

From DW July 16

No more Muhammad comics, says Charlie Hebdo editor Sourisseau

"Charlie Hebdo" editor Laurent Sourisseau has told "Stern" magazine he will no longer draw cartoons of the Muslim prophet Muhammad. Souriseau's statement comes six months after a deadly attack on the magazine's offices.

During an interview with the Hamburg-based news magazine "Stern," editor of the French weekly "Charlie Hebdo" said he would no longer draw comics of the Muslim prophet Muhammad.

"We have drawn Muhammad to defend the principle that one can draw whatever they want. It is a bit strange though: we are expected to exercise a freedom of expression that no one dares to," Sourisseau told "Stern."

The editor said that the magazine had done what it set out to do.

"We've done our job. We have defended the right to caricature," Sourisseau said.

"We still believe that we have the right to criticize all religions," the editor said, adding that he did not want to believe that the magazine "was possessed by Islam."

"The mistakes you could blame Islam for can be found in other religions," Sourisseau noted.

Not anymore.  Charlie Hebdo is giving in to violent intimidation and trying to rationalize it so as to assuage Muslims.  They don't realize, or are deliberately blind to the fact that the alligator will eat them last.

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Chattanooga jihadist seen at local gun range with three friends

But not to worry, they were just shooting BB guns, you see.

"According to a published CBS News report, the men reportedly shot rifles, BB guns and pistols last month"

Feel better now?

From WDEF July 18

Muhammad Abdulazeez reportedly spotted at gun range before deadly attack

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee(WDEF) - According to a tip that came into WDEF, Muhammad Abdulazeez was spotted at a gun range just weeks before killing four Marines and one Navy Petty Officer.

Abdulazeez was reportedly spotted with three other men who were wearing long beards like Abdulazeez. All four were reportedly practice shooting.

The claim has not been confirmed by law enforcement but several sources told WDEF the men were likely spotted at Prentice Cooper Gun Range.

When News 12 arrived at the gun range, several men who were practicing shooting said a man who claimed to be a former Marine arrived at the range Saturday morning and said he was doing his own investigation to see if Abdulazeez had been shooting at that location....

Saturday, July 18, 2015

When is jihad not jihad?

When it is talked about at the White House, polite social circles, newsrooms worldwide and the pundit circuit.  Islam is not responsible for the actions of those who claim that Islam drives their actions.  So say Western leaders; non-Muslims who obviously know more about Islam than Muslims.

From WND July 18 by Garth Kant


WASHINGTON – The nation’s top talk-radio host, Rush Limbaugh, says parody becomes real life when the Obama administration tries to respond to Islamic terrorism in America.
President Obama said it was a “lone gunman.”
White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the FBI was “looking at a variety of possible motives.”
U.S. Attorney Bill Killian said “it’s premature to speculate on the motives of the shooter.”
FBI Special Agent-in-Charge Edward Reinhold said he “no idea” what the shooter’s motive was because because, “There is nothing that ties him to an international terror organization.”

Given those statements, Limbaugh observed that life seemed to be imitating art, as the nation’s top investigators claim to be stumped as to what possibly could have prompted Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez to murder four Marines in broad daylight in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on Thursday.

On Friday, Limbaugh dug up a comedy skit from 2007 that he said “parodies exactly what’s happening in the Drive-By Media this moment, today and last night.”

The eight-year-old skit on Fox News Channel’s “1/2 Hour News Hour” included dialogue that Limbaugh suggested was a mirror of the real-life reaction to Thursday’s shooting:

Female anchor: Six men have just been charged with conspiracy to murder in connection with a plot to blow up buses and subway cars in London during the summer of 2005.

Male anchor: The six would-be suicide bombers charged are Muktar Said Abraham, Ramzi Muhammed, Yasin Omar, Manfu Asiedu, Adel Yahya and Hussain Osman.

Female anchor: Since their capture, the big question for Scotland Yard has been, “What exactly is it that links these six individuals? What common denominator motivated this seemingly random group of young men?”

Male anchor: It is puzzling, isn’t it?

“Yes, it was, very puzzling,” Limbaugh jested sarcastically. “That was parody in 2007, eight years ago. Today it’s the news.”

If the administration, the FBI and the media were stumped, a group that monitors online posts by radical Islamists was on the case.

A picture of Abdulazeez had already begun to emerge on the day of the massacre, after the SITE Intelligence Group discovered a blog post from the shooter extolling the virtues of fighting “Jihad for the sake of Allah.”

On July 13, Abdulazeez wrote, “Don’t let the society we live in deviate you from the task at hand. Take your study guide, the Quran and Sunnah, with strength and faith, and be firm as you live your short life in this prison called Dunya.” In the context of the post, Dunya apparently signified the world, as opposed to the afterlife.

Limbaugh also observed how readily the media parroted the Obama administration’s line that investigators were still searching for a motive in Thursday’s attack.

He played a series of audio clips from television news coverage of the massacre:
Shepard Smith: “Now the search for motive.”
Don Lemon: “… too soon to know the motive.”
Lester Holt: “The motive for the attacks unknown.”
John Berman: “Any sign of a motive?”
Paul Cruickshank: “We do not yet know the motive at this point.”
Erin Burnett: “They’re desperately trying to figure out what the motive might have been.”
Wolf Blitzer: “This individual, we don’t yet know the motive, Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez.”
Joie Chen: “Investigators are already looking into the suspected shooter’s background to identify some motive. The trail so far has not revealed much.”

Limbaugh then deadpanned, “The media’s pulling its hair out trying to figure why in the world would this average, ordinary blend-in-with-the-crowd, never-stop-him-in-a-lineup American teenager, Mohammed Youssuf Abdulazeez, what in the world could have motivated him to shoot five people. Why in the world would something like this happen?”

Tongue firmly in cheek, the talk-radio king then diagnosed the hesitation to state the obvious.

“We have to be very, very careful here, my friends, not to rush to judgment. We have to move slower than the glaciers move to avoid bigotry, to avoid prejudice, to avoid racism and, obviously, to avoid the truth. And that’s what we must avoid at all costs. We must not find the truth. And if anybody does find the truth, they better not say it.”

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"Unfortunately, there are a few extremists that have given Islam a bad name...but those people have no connection with the religion"

The standard line that has no substance.  How have the "extremists" given Islam a bad name, and what doctrinal rebuttal do you have to counter the claim that jihad has everything to do with Islam?  Therein lies the problem, as there is no answer that can be posited.  Empty rhetoric that placates the uneducated.

From ABC27 July 17 by Mark Hall

Local Muslims on Tennessee shootings: Islam does not teach hate

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Members of the Hadee Mosgue took part in a prayer service on the last day of the holy month of Ramadan. Many of those in attendance have been fasting to remember those who are less fortunate.

A lot of those in attendance said they always feel the pain of innocent people killed at the hands of Islamic extremists.

Aquil Sharif was born in York County and has been a Muslim since birth. He says violence is not the answer among the true followers of Islam, but he says it happens all the time.

“Unfortunately, there are a few extremists that have given Islam a bad name,” Sharif said, “but those people have no connection with the religion.”

Sharif says as soon as he heard about the shootings in Chattanooga, he expected an attack on Islam by those who call Islam a religion of hate.

Why is Islam seen as a religion of hate?  Could it be the jihad that is done using Islamic texts and teachings as justification?

Dr. Zarar Bajwa says true followers of Islam love all people, and those who were responsible for the attacks on September 11, 2001 also hijacked the religion.

Islam does not teach hate,” Bajwa said. “There may be some radicals, but that does not make the religion bad.”

Read your Qur'an, Bajwa and it is obvious Islam teaches hatred against non-believers.  Listen to Al-Azhar University and you will hear the hatred.

Chattanooga jihad: what the MSM never tells you

Here are some of the facts surrounding the Chattanooga jihad, facts that the MSM, politicians, pundits and Islamic apologists will never tell you, or admit are true.

Isn't it interesting that once again, the motive for the attack remains a mystery.  Nothing will intrude on the world of "Islam is a religion of peace" and anyone who says otherwise is one big Islamophobe.  Even as the world focuses on how this cannot be about Islam, our jihadist claims, in a lengthy blog post that indeed, this is all about Islamic texts and teachings.

From The Right Scoop July 17

REVEALED! READ the FULL DISTURBING BLOG POSTS of Muslim Jihadi Terrorist Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez

Instead of trying to summarize this Islamo-Nazi’s blog entries, I decided to just post them and let you read them yourselves. It’s way more revealing that what’s been posted thus far and it will leave no doubt that Abdulazeez murdered the four Marines in Chattanooga for Islam and the prophet Muhammad. You might say it’s a kind of manifesto he left behind:

Understanding Islam: The Story of the Three Blind Men

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

In the Name of Allah (SWT), the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

Understanding Islam: The Story of the Three Blind Men

There were three blind men that wanted to know what an elephant looks like. Somebody took them to the zoo and directed them to the elephant cage. Since they cannot see, they used their sense of touch to get a description of the appearance of the elephant.

They went around the elephant touching it from different parts. One of the blind men grabbed the ear of the elephant, the second one grabbed the foot, and the third one grabbed the tail of the elephant.

When they went back people were asking them, “what do you know about the elephant?” The one who grabbed the ear said, “Well the elephant is very wide and flat”. The other two became upset and said, “No, that is not correct”. The one who grabbed the foot said, “He’s wrong. It’s just like the trunk of a tree”. The third one said “Both of you don’t know what you are talking about, the elephant is like a long rope”. They continued arguing and could not come to an agreement on the appearance of the elephant.

Why did they get this different understanding of what an elephant is? It was because of their physical impairment and being limited to their sense of touch. They were all telling the truth and described to the best of their knowledge. But they were accusing the others of lying. Why? Because they don’t know where the others are coming from.

As Muslims, we often do this. We have a certain understanding of Islam and keep a tunnel vision of what we think Islam is. What we know is Islam and everything else is not. And we don’t have appreciation for other points of view and accept the fact that we may be missing some important parts of the religion.

Because Islam is a comprehensive religion we need to know everything from its message. The more comprehensive our knowledge of it is, the better our understanding of it will be and of what goes on around us.

We often talk about the Sahaba (RA) and their Ibada. We talk about their worshiping at night, making thikr, reading quran, fasting, sala. But did you ever notice that in one certain period towards the end of the lives of the Sahaba (RA), almost every one of the Sahaba (RA) was a political leader or an army general? Every one of them fought Jihad for the sake of Allah....

Read it all, and then ponder this question; why do all those in power openly deny the Islamic influence?  Witness this disturbing display of spin as just one of the many obfuscations of the danger of telling the truth about Islam.

From Newsbusters July 16 by Matthew Balan

CNN Analyst Unsure If Mass Shooter Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez's Name is Muslim

On Thursday's The Lead, CNN analyst Tom Fuentes was unwilling to conclude that the perpetrator of a mass shooting against servicemen in Chattanooga, Tennessee was Muslim. John Berman asked the former FBI assistant director, "Now that we have the name [Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez], the key questions are what?" Fuentes replied, "I know...what the name sounds like, but we don't know that it's a Muslim name. We know it's an Arabic name. We don't know what this individual was believing in, and that's what they're going to be trying to determine." 

Minutes earlier, Berman brought on Juliette Kayyem, a former assistant secretary of homeland security, and made a much more conclusive statement: "I got to state the obvious here...this is a Muslim name, Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez." Kayyem, who is of Lebanese Christian descent, confirmed that this was the case, and provided some background:

JOHN BERMAN: I want to bring in our security analysts: Juliette Kayyem, a homeland security analyst; former Massachusetts homeland security advisor; and federal homeland security advisor – Harry Houck, former cop, security advisor to us as well – CNN analyst. I got to state the obvious here: this is a name – this is a Muslim name, Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez-


BERMAN: Does that change the nature of this investigation?

KAYYEM: Well, change – we just don't know where it began, so 'change' is a strong word. It does, obviously, make people concerned – both about other domestic ties – are there others that he was affiliated with? And then, of course international ones.

Now, I should say, just from my knowledge of this: 'Youssef' is a common Egyptian – excuse me, Iraqi or Kuwaiti name – so, just something for people to know. And so, this will now require not just the FBI's domestic case; but obviously now, the CIA and other foreign intelligence agencies.

It should be pointed out that Iraq is 99 percent Muslim, and Kuwait is 76.7 percent Muslim, according to the CIA's World Factboook.

Is it any wonder Americans, and the West are clueless as to the reality of jihad?  How can you defeat a stated enemy when you refuse to say what motivates the hatred?

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Gay marriage can defeat the Islamic State...wait, what?

So says Foreign Policy magazine.

No really, this surreal construct is serious and believes showing more pictures of happily wed gay couples will demoralize the Islamic State to the point where they will just evaporate.

This is what passes for honest dialogue on Islam from the media these days.

From PJ Media July 9 by Robert Spencer

The Claim That ‘Gay Marriage Can Defeat the Islamic State’ Is Everything You Need to Know About the Left

For absurd foreign policy prescriptions, it’s hard to beat the Obama State Department. But Foreign Policy magazine gave them a run for their money: in an article entitled “Can Gay Marriage Defeat the Islamic State? A Few — Admittedly Sappy — Thoughts on the Power of #LoveWins,” Rosa Brooks argues that the horrific terror entity can be overcome by the awesome power of the rainbow.

Brooks asks her readers: Do you want to fight the Islamic State and the forces of Islamic extremist terrorism? … I’ll tell you the best way to send a message to those masked gunmen in Iraq and Syria and to everyone else who gains power by sowing violence and fear. Just keep posting that second set of images.

Brooks is referring to images of gay marriage supporters celebrating the Supreme Court’s ruling.

Post them on Facebook and Twitter and Reddit and in comments all over the Internet. Send them to your friends and your family. Send them to your pen pal in France and your old roommate in Tunisia. Send them to strangers.

Where did Brooks get the idea that a mass posting of photos of gay marriage supporters would conquer the Islamic State? Because, well:

… that’s the lesson of history: Brutality and fear can keep people down for only so long. The Nazis learned this; the Soviets learned it; the Ku Klux Klan learned it; Pol Pot learned it; the Rwandan génocidaires learned it. One of these days, the Islamic State and al-Qaeda will learn it too.

It is much, much more likely — or certain — that the Islamic State sees the Supreme Court decision on gay marriage as evidence of the United States’ decadence and societal decay, and that this will serve to embolden and encourage them.

There is another glaring fallacy in her “analysis”: if the Nazis and Soviets and KKK and Pol Pot and Rwandan génocidaires ever really learned that “brutality and fear can keep people down for only so long,” they didn’t learn it in the manner Brooks seems to think they did.

It is hard to tell how, exactly, she thinks they learned this. By viewing photos of loving couples of any persuasion? Did a photo of an embracing couple move Adolf Hitler to call his genocidal armies back home and close the extermination camps?

Did some image of happiness make Pol Pot realize his stacks and shelves full of skulls were a terrible mistake, leading him to resign and become a florist?

No rational analysis will find Brooks’ claim to be the “lesson of history.” If the Nazis learned that “#LoveWins,” they must have learned it in the blood and ruin of Berlin, as Soviet troops ran wild and raped every young German woman they could catch. The groups Brooks names learned that #LoveWins — if they ever learned it — at the point of a gun.

They were forced by violence to stop what they were doing.

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Another Mosul church destroyed by the Islamic State

And the leveling just keeps on rollin...

From Rudaw July 7

4 killed as ISIS destroys another Mosul church
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region- The Islamic State, or ISIS, has blown up on Monday an historic Christian church in Mosul known as the Mother of Aid.

Saeed Mamuzini, media officer of the Mosul branch of the Kurdistan Democratic Party(PDK), told Rudaw the jihadists also killed four children who were near the church at the time of its destruction.

Mamuzin said the church was located in central of Mosul dates back to thousands of years.

Mosul fell in early June after the rapid capitulation by the Iraqi military, whose members reportedly abandoned their posts as the jihadists advanced.

After one year of controlling Mosul, the Islamic State has blown up many mosques and churches. In early March, it was reported that ISIS militants used explosives to demolish the much-loved 19th century Hamo mosque, deeming it sacrilegious.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Bankers sacked for staging a mock IS beheading

"...a video posted on Instagram but later deleted, showed five men wearing balaclavas force an Asian colleague to kneel down while wearing an orange jumpsuit. One banker then reportedly yells "Allahu Akbar", meaning "God is great", and pretends to execute his prisoner with a coat hanger"

From USA Today July 7 by Caroline Mortimer

HSBC employees sacked for ISIL-style mock beheading

HSBC has sacked six employees after a video emerged of them engaging in an Islamic State group-style "mock beheading".

British newspaper The Sun revealed that a video posted on Instagram but later deleted, showed five men wearing balaclavas force an Asian colleague to kneel down while wearing an orange jumpsuit.

One banker then reportedly yells "Allahu Akbar", meaning "God is great", and pretends to execute his prisoner with a coat hanger.

The workers filmed the stunt while be on a team-building day organised by HSBC inBirmingham, England, according to The Sun.

On Monday the bank apologized for its employees.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Islamic State kidnaps over 100 children for training in jihad

But of course, this has nothing to do with Islam, and to make that connection is only done by Islamophobes.

There is historical precedent for this kidnapping.  During the Ottoman Empire, Christian men were required to offer up their sons, who then were converted to Islam and trained in jihad.  Called janissaries they were top notch fighters, so much so that the tradition of devsherme became a yearly event.  

From AsiaNews July 7

Mosul: Islamic State abducts 111 children

Baghdad (AsiaNews/Agencies) – Islamic State group militants abduct 111 schoolchildren in Mosul to train as terrorists, Iraq’s Arabic news channel Al Sumaria reported.

The abducted children, mostly aged between 10 and 15 years, were moved to the IS terrorist group’s educational and military centres for brainwashing, Iraqi Kurdistan Democratic Party spokesperson Saeed Mamuzini told the TV channel.

IS terrorists also detained 78 men who protested against the abduction of their children.

Since the terrorist group captured Iraq’s second city over a year ago, it has kidnapped 1,420 Iraqi children, the Kurdish official said.

In a previous statement, he said that IS terrorists had executed 15 of its own militants after facing a defeat in Bashiqa town, northeast of Mosul, adding that they were executed by children trained by the terrorist group.

Local Iraqi government and security officials also said that IS terrorists abducted 500 children in the eastern province of Diyala and western province of al-Anbar.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Israel closes Egyptian border crossings after Islamic State attacks

Hamas is part of this, and the US could be drawn into another battle front depending on what the Islamic State accomplishes.

From Brietbart July 3 by Donna Rachel Edmunds

Israel has closed border crossings into Egypt and shut off a highway running along the border. This follows a wave of attacks by ISIS in Egypt which have been described as “full-fledged war”. Hamas is believed to be working with the jihadist insurgents.

As the world mourned the victims of the terrorist atrocities in France, Tunisia and Kuwait which between them claimed dozens of lives, Egypt was fighting its own battles with a home-grown ISIS insurgent group known as “Sinai Province”.

On Monday, the Egyptian state prosecutor Hisham Barakat was killed when a car bomb detonated as his motorcade made its way from the Misr al-Jadida quarter of Cairo to his office. A number of Barakat’s security personnel and passers-by were injured, and 30 cars damaged in the blast, the first in many years to successfully claim the life of a senior official, according to Haaretz.

Then on Wednesday, Sinai Province unleashed a wave of attacks on towns all along the coast, including Rafah on the Gaza border, Sheikh Zuweid and El-Arish. There are conflicting reports on the numbers of casualties; The Guardian reported a source in the Egyptian army putting the death toll at 17 soldiers and 100 militants, although both figures are likely to have been massaged for PR purposes. The paper notes that others have estimated the military’s death toll at around 30, while Haaretz puts the total death toll atat least 50.

A spokesman for the Egyptian military, Mohammed Samir Abdelaziz Ghaneem posted to his Facebook page: “70 terrorists attacked 5 checkpoints simultaneously in North Sinai.” The jihadists appear to be adopting techniques used in Syria and Iraq by ISIS, in which towns are laid siege to and overtaken, allowing the group to then lay claim to the surrounding villages and rural areas.

Haaretz said that the battles have gone further than mere insurgency, noting: “the fighting raging in Sinai since Wednesday has crossed the line between combating “terror cells” and turned into a full-fledged war. This is a war on many fronts – similar to the war waged in Iraq against Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL). Some of this war is taking place in the big cities like Cairo, Faiyum, El Arish and Rafah; and some in open areas. It’s like a war against a foreign enemy, although most of the enemy consists of Egyptian citizens.”

Most of Wednesday’s fighting was based around Sheikh Zuweid on the Mediterranean coast, where all military posts were hit simultaneously. Security forces have reported that the attack was repelled, but other sources have said that the town has already been taken over, and that militants have been lining the roads approaching the town with bombs in order to deter Egyptian forces attempting to regain control.

El Arish may also have come under ISIS control. If they are being run by Sinai Province, the region is likely to witness the sorts of severe punishments for infringement of religious rules already witnessed in Islamic State territory.

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Islamic State murders dozens at Palmyra

Just another day for the spread of Islam.  Innocents die and the jihad marches on.

From MSN July 4

IS video shows mass execution in ruins of Syria's Palmyra

The Islamic State group on Saturday released a video showing several dozen Syrian government soldiers being executed by teenagers in the ancient amphitheatre in the city of Palmyra.

The video documented an execution that reportedly happened shortly after the group captured the city on May 21, showing 25 soldiers being shot dead on the amphitheatre's stage in front of the group's black and white flag.