Terror

al Qaeda appears to control more territory in the Arab world than it has done at any time in its history

al Qaeda appears to control more territory in the Arab world than it has done at any time in its history

(CNN) — From around Aleppo in western Syria to small areas of Falluja in central Iraq, al Qaeda now controls territory that stretches more than 400 miles across the heart of the Middle East, according to English and Arab language news accounts as well as accounts on jihadist websites. Indeed, al Qaeda appears to control more territory in the Arab… Read more →

Russian terror attacks could be chilling prelude to Olympic violence

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A pair of suicide bombings that left 31 dead in Russia could be a chilling tune-up for the Olympic Games, where a Muslim terrorist leader has vowed to put Chechnya’s long-standing grievance with Moscow in the international spotlight, according to terrorism experts.

Although no one has claimed responsibility for the twin bombings, which occurred less than 24 hours apart in the city of Volgograd, formerly known as Stalingrad, terror experts strongly suspect they were inspired, if not ordered, by Chechen Muslim rebel leader Doku Umarov. Umarov, who calls himself the emir of the terror group the Caucasus Emirate, has called on Muslims to attack civilians and to prevent the Olympics from occurring.

The games, scheduled to begin in six weeks in Sochi, the Black Sea resort about 400 miles southwest of Volgograd, are “Satanic dancing on the bones of our ancestors,” Umarov said in a video released online in July.

“No Olympics in recent memory will commence as inauspiciously at the 2014 Sochi Games,” Hoffman told FoxNews.com. “Although fear of terrorist attack has been a staple of Olympics security for the past four decades, the back-to-back blasts yesterday and today, coupled with another attack in the same city in October, are likely intended to be the opening salvos in a sustained terrorist campaign.

“This would be unprecedented in Olympic history and likely reflects the perpetrators’ intention to disrupt the games even before the opening ceremony,” Hoffman added.

In the first attack, a bomber authorities believe may have been a woman detonated explosives in front of a metal detector just outside a train station entrance Sunday as a suspicious police sergeant approached to check the bomber’s ID. The officer was one of 17 killed by the blast. Hours later, early Monday, a suicide bomber on a bus killed at least 14 people and left nearly 30 wounded, Russian officials said. The bombs were similar, according to Vladimir Markin, the spokesman for Russia’s main investigative agency.

“That confirms the investigators’ version that the two terror attacks were linked,” Markin said in a statement. “They could have been prepared in one place.”

Following the most recent attack in Volgograd, Russian news outlet Lifenews.ru, posted what it claimed was an image of the severed head of the female attacker. The report said the woman’s two successive rebel husbands had been killed by Russian security forces in the Caucasus. Female suicide bombers, often widows or sisters of slain rebels, have mounted numerous attacks in Russia and are commonly referred to as “black widows.”

 

Fox News has the full article

(Photo: Police and medics work at the site of a bomb blast on a bus in Volgograd Dec. 30, the second suicide bombing in less than 24 hours. (Reuters))

Muslim Brotherhood declared terrorists: ‘Expect more bloodshed in Egypt’

The Muslim Brotherhood has officially been named a terrorist group in Egypt – less than a year after its candidate Mohammed Morsi won the presidential election. Now, the group is outlawed by the country’s military-backed interim government, which ousted Morsi six months ago.

Bomb attacks on Christians in Baghdad kill 37

Bomb attacks on Christians in Baghdad kill 37

At least 37 were killed in Iraq after militants targeted Christians in two separate bomb attacks on Wednesday, according to officials. In one attack, a car bomb went off near a church during Christmas Mass in the capital’s southern Dora neighborhood, killing at least 26 people and wounding 38, a police officer said. A little bit earlier, a bomb ripped… Read more →

POV video: What Is It Like to Be Attacked By Rocks?

Think rock throwing is harmless? See the reality of everyday life in places like Judea and Samaria. Read more about rock throwing:http://www.idfblog.com/2013/03/18/roc…

Too Many Jews: NYC Politician ‘Explains’ Racial Roots of Knockout Game

Laurie Cumbo, who was recently elected to represent Crown Heights in the New York City Council, released a disturbing open letter about the “knockout game” on Tuesday. Posted on her Facebook page, Ms Cumbo published her thoughts after attending a November community forum of religious, school, and other community leaders to address the knockout crime wave.

In her statement, the future member of the NY City Council evoked many anti-Semitic stereotypes, praising the success of local Jews but saying many in the local African American community were worried their Jewish landlords would evict them from their homes. According to Ms Cumbo, during her campaign she met with thousands of Jewish and African American/Caribbean​ residents, from whom she learned about a building resentment in the black community, which may be the root cause of the knockout attacks.

At the meeting, I shared that many African American/Caribbean residents expressed a genuine concern that as the Jewish community continues to grow, they would be pushed out by their Jewish landlords or by Jewish families looking to purchase homes. I relayed these sentiments at the forum not as an insult to the Jewish community, but rather to offer possible insight as to how young African American/Caribbean teens could conceivably commit a “hate crime” against a community that they know very little about.

Using politically correct versions of Jewish stereotypes, Cumbo notes her admiration for the Jewish community’s family values and unity that has led to strong political, economic, and cultural gains–but warned that success breeds resentment.

She added her belief that though the perpetrators should face justice, they are ultimately victims themselves of social injustice:

As an African American woman, this is challenging, because I recognize that it is Black children and not Jewish children that are playing the “Knock Out Game.” Why is this? In many ways governmental neglect, outside uncontrolled influences and failed leadership have led to the breakdown that so many young people of color are currently facing. I feel torn because I feel apart of the very system that has caused the destructive path that so many young people have decided to take while I am simultaneously demanding that they be arrested by that same system.

Cumbo pointed to a recent article in the Jewish Week as being harmful to the black youth in the community. In that article, she was quoted as saying, “Many [blacks living in private homes] talk about how proud they are, that no matter how many ‘bags of money’ were brought to their doors [by Jews] to buy their homes, they’re not selling.”​

She concludes by complaining that other recent crimes in the neighborhood have not received the same attention as the wave of “knockout game” attacks:

As the media has recently focused our attention on the “Knock Out Game,” I am challenged with the reality that a 66 year old grandfather was shot and killed earlier this week while dropping off money in Fort Greene’s Walt Whitman Houses to help a family pay for Thanksgiving dinner. There was no public outcry or calls for swift legal action for this loss of life or for the dozens of others that were killed in the public housing developments this year in the District. I want us to move forward as a community and recognize that we must all come together across religious and racial lines anytime someone in our community is attacked.

 

This is a copy of the full article provided by the Conservatives at Truth Revolt

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UK police threaten Guardian editor with terrorism charges over Snowden leaks

The editor of The Guardian Alan Rusbridger.(Reuters / Luke MacGregor)

British police have launched an investigation into whether the Guardian committed “potential” terrorism offenses by publishing the incriminating NSA and GCHQ documents leaked earlier this year by Edward Snowden.

Alan Rusbridger, editor of the British paper, was testifying in front of a British parliamentary committeeTuesday when lawmakers suggested that the Guardian had helped terrorists by revealing the clandestine activity conducted by the American and British intelligence agencies.

Scotland Yard assistant commissioner Cressida Dick told the MPs Tuesday that is appears “possible that some people may have committed offenses” in connection with the material seized from David Miranda’s laptop earlier this year. Miranda, journalist Glenn Greenwald’s partner, was detained for hours at London’s Heathrow Airport and authorities confiscated his computer, cell phone, and other devices, some of which allegedly held material related to Snowden’s disclosures.

UK officials claim that Snowden’s trove of data included information about British spies and that the information’s publication puts lives in direct danger. Rusbridger said his paper would not publish any such information and that Guardian editors have not even looked at some of the information Snowden provided regarding the Iraq war.

Lawmakers also threatened Rusbridger by implying Guardian staff had violated Section 58A of the Terrorism Act, which stipulates that it is against the law to publish or even transmit any information regarding members of the armed forces or intelligence employees.

It isn’t only about what you’ve published, it’s about what you’ve communicated,” committee member Michael Ellis said. “That is what amounts, or can amount, to a criminal offense.”

 

RT has the full article

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Hezbollah commander Hassan Lakkis killed in Beirut

Hezbollah commander Hassan Lakkis killed in Beirut

A senior commander of the Lebanese Shia militant group Hezbollah has been killed near Beirut, the group says. Hassan Lakkis was killed near his home in Hadath – 7km (4.3 miles) south-east of the Lebanese capital. He has been buried in the town of Baalbek. Hezbollah blamed Israel for his death but Israel has denied the accusation. Little is known… Read more →

Feinstein: Jihadists Will Stop Hating the West Only When They Achieve Shariah Law

Feinstein: Jihadists Will Stop Hating the West Only When They Achieve Shariah Law

Yesterday was a red letter day–or perhaps it should be called an Islamic green letter one–for U.S. intelligence. For the first time I can recall, the top legislator on a congressional oversight committee actually made clear what motivates our enemies in what used to be called euphemistically the “War on Terror,” and what Team Obama now dubs even more opaquely as the… Read more →