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THE BATTLE AGAINST ISIS


'There Can be no Reasoning – no Negotiation – with This Brand of Evil':
Obama Calls on UN Nations to Help America Speak 'the Language of Force' Against ISIS 'Network of Death'

  • 'The only language understood by killers like this is the language of force,' Obama announced
  • 'The United States of America will work with a broad coalition to dismantle this network of death'
  • The US and an alliance of five Arab nations have now carried out 20 airstrikes against ISIS in Syria
  • Nobel Peace Prize-winning Obama has led airstrikes in seven Muslim countries: Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen and Syria
  • Sweeping UN General Assembly speech explained rationale for destroying ISIS terror army
  • Other attacks hit a lesser-known terror network called the Khorasan Group, which is linked to al-Qaeda and was reportedly planning attacks on the US or Europe using airliners and explosives
Daily Mail UK, 24 September 2014




President Obama explained to the global community on Wednesday morning that his decision to launch military strikes against ISIS targets in Iraq and Syria was guided by a belief that 'the only language understood by killers like this is the language of force. So the United States of America will work with a broad coalition to dismantle this network of death,' he told the United Nations General Assembly. 'There can be no reasoning - no negotiation - with this brand of evil,' Obama said, calling on nations everywhere to reject 'the cancer of violent extremism that has ravaged so many parts of the Muslim world.'


'There can be no reasoning – no negotiation – with this brand of evil,' Obama said, calling on nations everywhere to reject 'the cancer of violent extremism that has ravaged so many parts of the Muslim world.'

U.S. Central Command said Wednesday morning that American and allied forces executed five new airstrike missions overnight against ISIS, the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham.




There can be no reasoning – no negotiation – with this brand of evil,' Obama told the UN General Assembly


That terror network has killed tens of thousands, and raped or captured thousands more, during its march across more than one-third of Syria and Iraq.

ISIS proclaimed in June that it is a 'caliphate' – a nation-state led by an Islamic religious leader – and demanded recognition as a country.
The Obama administration's latest bombing runs against the terror army, estimated to be 31000-strong, included two airstrikes west of Baghdad last night that destroyed armed vehicles and a weapons cache; two southeast of Irbil that obliterated ISIS fighting positions; and a fifth that damaged eight ISIS vehicles in Syria, northwest of Al Qa'im.

The total of airstrikes in Obama's Iraq-Syria campaign has reached 198 in Iraq and 20 in Syria.


Obama offered a largely upbeat, hopeful tone on Wednesday, saying that while there is 'pervasive unease' in the world, 'all of us – big nations and small – must meet our responsibility to observe and enforce international norms.'

'We come together at a crossroads between war and peace; between disorder and integration; between fear and hope,' Obama said, acknowledging 2014 as a moment when the world senses 'that the very forces that have brought us together have created new dangers, and made it difficult for any single nation to insulate itself from global forces.'

He blamed the result on 'the failure of our international system to keep pace with an interconnected world' and insisted that the United States is not at war with the Muslim religion.

'Islam teaches peace,' he said. 'Muslims the world over aspire to live with dignity and a sense of justice.'
'And when it comes to America and Islam, there is no us and them – there is only us, because millions of Muslim Americans are part of the fabric of our country.

But ultimately, Obama said, 'it is no exaggeration to say that humanity’s future depends on us uniting against those who would divide us along fault lines of tribe or sect; race or religion.'
ISIS, he insisted, 'must be degraded, and ultimately destroyed. This group has terrorized all who they come across in Iraq and Syria. Mothers, sisters and daughters have been subjected to rape as a weapon of war. Innocent children have been gunned down. Bodies have been dumped in mass graves. Religious minorities have been starved to death.'





The president urged the global community to support his effort to wipe away the terrorist ISIS army, which he said has committed 'the most horrific crimes imaginable'


'In the most horrific crimes imaginable,' Obama said, recalling the recorded grisly deaths of James Foley, Steven Sotloff and David Haines, 'innocent human beings have been beheaded, with videos of the atrocity distributed to shock the conscience of the world.'
'The only language understood by killers like this is the language of force,' he announced. 'So the United States of America will work with a broad coalition to dismantle this network of death.'

Obama's piecemeal pursuit of terror networks has led to bombing campaigns over the skies of seven different Muslim countries: Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen – and now Syria.
He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009 after serving less than a year in the White House.

Great Britain's parliament is expected to be recalled on Friday for a special session to consider whether it will join in anti-ISIS airstrikes. At present, only the U.S. and France are known to have flown sorties.

The BBC reported that Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi will officially ask the UK for its support. He, along with British Prime Minister David Cameron, is in New York for the United Nations General Assembly.
Cameron told NBC News on Tuesday that he believes the UK 'cannot opt out of' the ISIS fight.

'It has oil, it has money, it has territory, it has weapons, and there's no doubt in my mind it has already undertaken and is planning further plots in Europe and elsewhere,' he said.



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ISIS 'Must be Degraded, and Ultimately Destroyed': OBAMA'S UN ADDRESS

‘Mr. President, Mr. Secretary General, fellow delegates, ladies and gentlemen: we come together at a crossroads between war and peace; between disorder and integration; between fear and hope.


‘Around the globe, there are signposts of progress. The shadow of World War that existed at the founding of this institution has been lifted; the prospect of war between major powers reduced. The ranks of member states has more than tripled, and more people live under governments they elected. Hundreds of millions of human beings have been freed from the prison of poverty, with the proportion of those living in extreme poverty cut in half. And the world economy continues to strengthen after the worst financial crisis of our lives.

‘Today, whether you live in downtown New York or in my grandmother’s village more than two hundred miles from Nairobi, you can hold in your hand more information than the world’s greatest libraries. Together, we have learned how to cure disease, and harness the power of the wind and sun. The very existence of this institution is a unique achievement – the people of the world committing to resolve their differences peacefully, and solve their problems together. I often tell young people in the United States that this is the best time in human history to be born, for you are more likely than ever before to be literate, to be healthy, and to be free to pursue your dreams.

‘And yet there is a pervasive unease in our world – a sense that the very forces that have brought us together have created new dangers, and made it difficult for any single nation to insulate itself from global forces. As we gather here, an outbreak of Ebola overwhelms public health systems in West Africa, and threatens to move rapidly across borders. Russian aggression in Europe recalls the days when large nations trampled small ones in pursuit of territorial ambition. The brutality of terrorists in Syria and Iraq forces us to look into the heart of darkness.
‘Each of these problems demands urgent attention. But they are also symptoms of a broader problem – the failure of our international system to keep pace with an interconnected world. We have not invested adequately in the public health capacity of developing countries. Too often, we have failed to enforce international norms when it’s inconvenient to do so. And we have not confronted forcefully enough the intolerance, sectarianism, and hopelessness that feeds violent extremism in too many parts of the globe.

‘Fellow delegates, we come together as United Nations with a choice to make. We can renew the international system that has enabled so much progress, or allow ourselves to be pulled back by an undertow of instability. We can reaffirm our collective responsibility to confront global problems, or be swamped by more and more outbreaks of instability. For America, the choice is clear. We choose hope over fear. We see the future not as something out of our control, but as something we can shape for the better through concerted and collective effort. We reject fatalism or cynicism when it comes to human affairs; we choose to work for the world as it should be, as our children deserve it to be.

‘There is much that must be done to meet the tests of this moment. But today I’d like to focus on two defining questions at the root of many of our challenges– whether the nations here today will be able to renew the purpose of the UN’s founding; and whether we will come together to reject the cancer of violent extremism.

‘First, all of us – big nations and small – must meet our responsibility to observe and enforce international norms.
‘We are here because others realized that we gain more from cooperation than conquest. One hundred years ago, a World War claimed the lives of many millions, proving that with the terrible power of modern weaponry, the cause of empire leads to the graveyard. It would take another World War to roll back the forces of fascism and racial supremacy, and form this United Nations to ensure that no nation can subjugate its neighbors and claim their territory.

‘Russia’s actions in Ukraine challenge this post-war order. Here are the facts. After the people of Ukraine mobilized popular protests and calls for reform, their corrupt President fled. Against the will of the government in Kiev, Crimea was annexed. Russia poured arms into Eastern Ukraine, fueling violent separatists and a conflict that has killed thousands. When a civilian airliner was shot down from areas that these proxies controlled, they refused to allow access to the crash for days. When Ukraine started to reassert control over its territory, Russia gave up the pretense of merely supporting the separatists, and moved troops across the border.

‘This is a vision of the world in which might makes right – a world in which one nation’s borders can be redrawn by another, and civilized people are not allowed to recover the remains of their loved ones because of the truth that might be revealed. America stands for something different. We believe that right makes might – that bigger nations should not be able to bully smaller ones; that people should be able to choose their own future.

‘These are simple truths, but they must be defended. America and our allies will support the people of Ukraine as they develop their democracy and economy. We will reinforce our NATO allies, and uphold our commitment to collective defense. We will impose a cost on Russia for aggression, and counter falsehoods with the truth. We call upon others to join us on the right side of history – for while small gains can be won at the barrel of a gun, they will ultimately be turned back if enough voices support the freedom of nations and peoples to make their own decisions.

‘Moreover, a different path is available – the path of diplomacy and peace and the ideals this institution is designed to uphold. The recent cease-fire agreement in Ukraine offers an opening to achieve that objective. If Russia takes that path – a path that for stretches of the post-Cold War period resulted in prosperity for the Russian people – then we will lift our sanctions and welcome Russia’s role in addressing common challenges.

That’s what the United States and Russia have been able to do in past years – from reducing our nuclear stockpiles to meet our obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, to cooperating to remove and destroy Syria’s declared chemical weapons. And that’s the kind of cooperation we are prepared to pursue again—if Russia changes course.

‘This speaks to a central question of our global age: whether we will solve our problems together, in a spirit of mutual interests and mutual respect, or whether we descend into destructive rivalries of the past. When nations find common ground, not simply based on power, but on principle, then we can make enormous progress. And I stand before you today committed to investing American strength in working with nations to address the problems we face in the 21st century.

‘As we speak, America is deploying our doctors and scientists – supported by our military – to help contain the outbreak of Ebola and pursue new treatments. But we need a broader effort to stop a disease that could kill hundreds of thousands, inflict horrific suffering, destabilize economies, and move rapidly across borders. It’s easy to see this as a distant problem – until it isn’t. That is why we will continue mobilizing other countries to join us in making concrete commitments to fight this outbreak, and enhance global health security for the long-term.

‘America is pursuing a diplomatic resolution to the Iranian nuclear issue, as part of our commitment to stop the spread of nuclear weapons and pursue the peace and security of a world without them. This can only happen if Iran takes this historic opportunity. My message to Iran’s leaders and people is simple: do not let this opportunity pass. We can reach a solution that meets your energy needs while assuring the world that your program is peaceful.

‘America is and will continue to be a Pacific power, promoting peace, stability, and the free flow of commerce among nations. But we will insist that all nations abide by the rules of the road, and resolve their territorial disputes peacefully, consistent with international law. That’s how the Asia-Pacific has grown. And that’s the only way to protect this progress going forward.

‘America is committed to a development agenda that eradicates extreme poverty by 2030. We will do our part – to help people feed themselves; power their economies; and care for their sick. If the world acts together, we can make sure that all of our children can enjoy lives of opportunity and dignity

‘America is pursuing ambitious reductions in our carbon emissions, and we have increased our investments in clean energy. We will do our part, and help developing nations to do theirs. But we can only succeed in combating climate change if we are joined in this effort by every major power. That’s how we can protect this planet for our children and grandchildren.

‘On issue after issue, we cannot rely on a rule-book written for a different century. If we lift our eyes beyond our borders – if we think globally and act cooperatively – we can shape the course of this century as our predecessors shaped the post-World War II age. But as we look to the future, one issue risks a cycle of conflict that could derail such progress: and that is the cancer of violent extremism that has ravaged so many parts of the Muslim world.

‘Of course, terrorism is not new. Speaking before this Assembly, President Kennedy put it well: “Terror is not a new weapon,” he said. “Throughout history it has been used by those who could not prevail, either by persuasion or example.” In the 20th century, terror was used by all manner of groups who failed to come to power through public support. But in this century, we have faced a more lethal and ideological brand of terrorists who have perverted one of the world’s great religions. With access to technology that allows small groups to do great harm, they have embraced a nightmarish vision that would divide the world into adherents and infidels – killing as many innocent civilians as possible; and employing the most brutal methods to intimidate people within their communities.

‘I have made it clear that America will not base our entire foreign policy on reacting to terrorism. Rather, we have waged a focused campaign against al Qaeda and its associated forces – taking out their leaders, and denying them the safe-havens they rely upon. At the same time, we have reaffirmed that the United States is not and never will be at war with Islam. Islam teaches peace. Muslims the world over aspire to live with dignity and a sense of justice. And when it comes to America and Islam, there is no us and them – there is only us, because millions of Muslim Americans are part of the fabric of our country.

‘So we reject any suggestion of a clash of civilizations. Belief in permanent religious war is the misguided refuge of extremists who cannot build or create anything, and therefore peddle only fanaticism and hate. And it is no exaggeration to say that humanity’s future depends on us uniting against those who would divide us along fault lines of tribe or sect; race or religion.

‘This is not simply a matter of words. Collectively, we must take concrete steps to address the danger posed by religiously motivated fanatics, and the trends that fuel their recruitment. Moreover, this campaign against extremism goes beyond a narrow security challenge. For while we have methodically degraded core al Qaeda and supported a transition to a sovereign Afghan government, extremist ideology has shifted to other places – particularly in the Middle East and North Africa, where a quarter of young people have no job; food and water could grow scarce; corruption is rampant; and sectarian conflicts have become increasingly hard to contain.

‘As an international community, we must meet this challenge with a focus on four areas. First, the terrorist group known as ISIL must be degraded, and ultimately destroyed.

‘This group has terrorized all who they come across in Iraq and Syria. Mothers, sisters and daughters have been subjected to rape as a weapon of war. Innocent children have been gunned down. Bodies have been dumped in mass graves. Religious minorities have been starved to death. In the most horrific crimes imaginable, innocent human beings have been beheaded, with videos of the atrocity distributed to shock the conscience of the world.

‘No God condones this terror. No grievance justifies these actions. There can be no reasoning – no negotiation – with this brand of evil. The only language understood by killers like this is the language of force. So the United States of America will work with a broad coalition to dismantle this network of death.

‘In this effort, we do not act alone. Nor do we intend to send U.S. troops to occupy foreign lands. Instead, we will support Iraqis and Syrians fighting to reclaim their communities. We will use our military might in a campaign of air strikes to roll back ISIL. We will train and equip forces fighting against these terrorists on the ground. We will work to cut off their financing, and to stop the flow of fighters into and out of the region. Already, over 40 nations have offered to join this coalition.

Today, I ask the world to join in this effort. Those who have joined ISIL should leave the battlefield while they can. Those who continue to fight for a hateful cause will find they are increasingly alone. For we will not succumb to threats; and we will demonstrate that the future belongs to those who build – not those who destroy.

‘Second, it is time for the world – especially Muslim communities – to explicitly, forcefully, and consistently reject the ideology of al Qaeda and ISIL.

‘It is the task of all great religions to accommodate devout faith with a modern, multicultural world. No children – anywhere – should be educated to hate other people. There should be no more tolerance of so-called clerics who call upon people to harm innocents because they are Jewish, Christian or Muslim. It is time for a new compact among the civilized peoples of this world to eradicate war at its most fundamental source: the corruption of young minds by violent ideology.

‘That means cutting off the funding that fuels this hate. It’s time to end the hypocrisy of those who accumulate wealth through the global economy, and then siphon funds to those who teach children to tear it down.

‘That means contesting the space that terrorists occupy – including the Internet and social media. Their propaganda has coerced young people to travel abroad to fight their wars, and turned students into suicide bombers. We must offer an alternative vision.

‘That means bringing people of different faiths together. All religions have been attacked by extremists from within at some point, and all people of faith have a responsibility to lift up the value at the heart of all religion: do unto thy neighbor as you would have done unto you.

‘The ideology of ISIL or al Qaeda or Boko Haram will wilt and die if it is consistently exposed, confronted, and refuted in the light of day. Look at the new Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies – Sheikh bin Bayyah described its purpose: “We must declare war on war, so the outcome will be peace upon peace.” Look at the young British Muslims, who responded to terrorist propaganda by starting the “notinmyname” campaign, declaring – “ISIS is hiding behind a false Islam.” Look at the Christian and Muslim leaders who came together in the Central African Republic to reject violence – listen to the Imam who said, “Politics try to divide the religious in our country, but religion shouldn’t be a cause of hate, war, or strife.”

‘Later today, the Security Council will adopt a resolution that underscores the responsibility of states to counter violent extremism. But resolutions must be followed by tangible commitments, so we’re accountable when we fall short. Next year, we should all be prepared to announce the concrete steps that we have taken to counter extremist ideologies – by getting intolerance out of schools, stopping radicalization before it spreads, and promoting institutions and programs that build new bridges of understanding.

‘Third, we must address the cycle of conflict – especially sectarian conflict – that creates the conditions that terrorists prey upon.

‘There is nothing new about wars within religions. Christianity endured centuries of vicious sectarian conflict. Today, it is violence within Muslim communities that has become the source of so much human misery. It is time to acknowledge the destruction wrought by proxy wars and terror campaigns between Sunni and Shia across the Middle East. And it is time that political, civic and religious leaders reject sectarian strife. Let’s be clear: this is a fight that no one is winning. A brutal civil war in Syria has already killed nearly 200,000 people and displaced millions. Iraq has come perilously close to plunging back into the abyss. The conflict has created a fertile recruiting ground for terrorists who inevitably export this violence.
‘Yet, we also see signs that this tide could be reversed – a new, inclusive government in Baghdad; a new Iraqi Prime Minister welcomed by his neighbors; Lebanese factions rejecting those who try to provoke war.

These steps must be followed by a broader truce. Nowhere is this more necessary than Syria. Together with our partners, America is training and equipping the Syrian opposition to be a counterweight to the terrorists of ISIL and the brutality of the Assad regime. But the only lasting solution to Syria’s civil war is political – an inclusive political transition that responds to the legitimate aspirations of all Syrian citizens, regardless of ethnicity or creed.


‘Cynics may argue that such an outcome can never come to pass. But there is no other way for this madness to end – whether one year from now or ten. Indeed, it’s time for a broader negotiation in which major powers address their differences directly, honestly, and peacefully across the table from one another, rather than through gun-wielding proxies. I can promise you America will remain engaged in the region, and we are prepared to engage in that effort.

‘My fourth and final point is a simple one: the countries of the Arab and Muslim world must focus on the extraordinary potential of their people – especially the youth.
‘Here I’d like to speak directly to young people across the Muslim world. You come from a great tradition that stands for education, not ignorance; innovation, not destruction; the dignity of life, not murder. Those who call you away from this path are betraying this tradition, not defending it.
‘You have demonstrated that when young people have the tools to succeed –good schools; education in math and science; an economy that nurtures creativity and entrepreneurship – then societies will flourish. So America will partner with those who promote that vision.

‘Where women are full participants in a country’s politics or economy, societies are more likely to succeed. That’s why we support the participation of women in parliaments and in peace processes; in schools and the economy.
‘If young people live in places where the only option is between the dictates of a state, or the lure of an extremist underground – no counter-terrorism strategy can succeed. But where a genuine civil society is allowed to flourish – where people can express their views, and organize peacefully for a better life – then you dramatically expand the alternatives to terror.

‘Such positive change need not come at the expense of tradition and faith. We see this in Iraq, where a young man started a library for his peers. “We link Iraq’s heritage to their hearts,” he said, and “give them a reason to stay.” We see it in Tunisia, where secular and Islamist parties worked together through a political process to produce a new constitution. We see it in Senegal, where civil society thrives alongside a strong, democratic government. We see it in Malaysia, where vibrant entrepreneurship is propelling a former colony into the ranks of advanced economies. And we see it in Indonesia, where what began as a violent transition has evolved into a genuine democracy.

‘Ultimately, the task of rejecting sectarianism and extremism is a generational task – a task for the people of the Middle East themselves. No external power can bring about a transformation of hearts and minds. But America will be a respectful and constructive partner. We will neither tolerate terrorist safe-havens, nor act as an occupying power. Instead, we will take action against threats to our security – and our allies – while building an architecture of counter-terrorism cooperation. We will increase efforts to lift up those who counter extremist ideology, and seek to resolve sectarian conflict. And we will expand our programs to support entrepreneurship, civil society, education and youth – because, ultimately, these investments are the best antidote to violence.

‘Leadership will also be necessary to address the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis. As bleak as the landscape appears, America will never give up the pursuit of peace. The situation in Iraq, Syria and Libya should cure anyone of the illusion that this conflict is the main source of problems in the region; for far too long, it has been used in part as a way to distract people from problems at home. And the violence engulfing the region today has made too many Israelis ready to abandon the hard work of peace. But let’s be clear: the status quo in the West Bank and Gaza is not sustainable. We cannot afford to turn away from this effort – not when rockets are fired at innocent Israelis, or the lives of so many Palestinian children are taken from us in Gaza. So long as I am President, we will stand up for the principle that Israelis, Palestinians, the region, and the world will be more just with two states living side by side, in peace and security.

‘This is what America is prepared to do – taking action against immediate threats, while pursuing a world in which the need for such action is diminished. The United States will never shy away from defending our interests, but nor will we shrink from the promise of this institution and its Universal Declaration of Human Rights – the notion that peace is not merely the absence of war, but the presence of a better life.

‘I realize that America’s critics will be quick to point out that at times we too have failed to live up to our ideals; that America has plenty of problems within our own borders. This is true. In a summer marked by instability in the Middle East and Eastern Europe, I know the world also took notice of the small American city of Ferguson, Missouri – where a young man was killed, and a community was divided. So yes, we have our own racial and ethnic tensions. And like every country, we continually wrestle with how to reconcile the vast changes wrought by globalization and greater diversity with the traditions that we hold dear.

‘But we welcome the scrutiny of the world – because what you see in America is a country that has steadily worked to address our problems and make our union more perfect. America is not the same as it was 100 years ago, 50 years ago, or even a decade ago. Because we fight for our ideals, and are willing to criticize ourselves when we fall short. Because we hold our leaders accountable, and insist on a free press and independent judiciary. Because we address our differences in the open space of democracy – with respect for the rule of law; with a place for people of every race and religion; and with an unyielding belief in the ability of individual men and women to change their communities and countries for the better.

‘After nearly six years as President, I believe that this promise can help light the world. Because I’ve seen a longing for positive change – for peace and freedom and opportunity – in the eyes of young people I’ve met around the globe. They remind me that no matter who you are, or where you come from, or what you look like, or what God you pray to, or who you love, there is something fundamental that we all share.

Eleanor Roosevelt, a champion of the UN and America’s role in it, once asked, “Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places,” she said, “close to home – so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person; the neighborhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm or office where he works.”


‘The people of the world look to us, here, to be as decent, as dignified, and as courageous as they are in their daily lives. And at this crossroads, I can promise you that the United States of America will not be distracted or deterred from what must be done. We are heirs to a proud legacy of freedom, and we are prepared to do what is necessary to secure that legacy for generations to come. Join us in this common mission, for today’s children and tomorrow’s.’
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BREAKING NEWS: Tony Abbott Announces Australian Bombing Missions Against Islamic State in Iraq

  • Tony Abbott said the federal cabinet had approved combat flights in Iraq
  • Australian Super Hornets will be sent in as part of a US-led mission
  • Prime Minister warned the deployment would be 'quite lengthy'
Daily Mail UK, 3 October 2014


The federal government has approved air combat operations in Iraq to fight Islamic State extremists.

The decision to send in Super Hornets as part of a US-led mission came after a meeting of the national security committee and cabinet in Canberra on Friday.
'Today cabinet has authorised Australian air strikes in Iraq at the request of the Iraqi government in support of the Iraqi government,' Prime Minister Tony Abbott said.





Prime Minister Tony Abbott (right) and defence force chief Air Marshal Mark Binskin during a press conference at Parliament House to announce the approval of air combat operations in Iraq





F/A-18F Super Hornet aircrew head to their aircraft in preparation for departure to the Middle East from RAAF Base Amberley last week in Amberley, Australia


Tony Abbott announces air strikes against Islamic State in Iraq





'Also, subject to final legal documentation, cabinet has authorised the deployment of Australian special forces into Iraq to advise and assist Iraqi forces.'

Six Super Hornets, a Wedgetail surveillance aircraft, a KC-30 refueller and a special forces contingent have been pre-deployed to the United Arab Emirates.
Australia ended its military commitment to Iraq in July 2009, after six years of war involving more than 20,000 personnel.
He warned the mission would be 'quite lengthy' and would be months rather than weeks.

'I want to assure the Australian people this will be as long as it needs to be, and as short as it possibly can be,' he said.
Only Iraq can defeat IS, but Iraq shouldn't and won't be alone, Mr Abbott said.
Mr Abbott warned it would be a dangerous mission.
But he's confident the Defence Force has all possible measures to minimise risk in place.





RAAF aircraft set to participate in attacks on Islamic State jihadists have conducted their first training missions in the Middle East region


Australia is set to begin airstrikes in Iraq against ISIS





'It is a combat deployment, but it is an essentially humanitarian mission to protect the people of Iraq and ultimately the people of Australia from the murderous rage of the ISIL death cult,' Mr Abbott said.
'It is absolutely in Australia's national interests that this mission go ahead.'

Mr Abbott says Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has given his full support.
Defence Minister David Johnston said the Iraqi government was 'gratefully welcoming' of Australia's role.
'The skill, commitment and professionalism of our uniform personnel is simply first class,' he said.
'They will do a very good job for us.'

Defence Force chief Mark Binskin said the air task group and commando unit were 'potent'.
'The team is well trained, they're well equipped, they're well prepared,' Air Chief Marshal Binskin said.
'The air traffic group's been flying supporting missions and some training missions over Iraq for the last couple of days and we're ready to get on with the job.'

The prime minister again refused to rule out potential involvement in Syria and cautioned against trying to predict future missions.
'Let's focus on what's being done today rather than speculate on what might be done in months or years to come,' he said.
Success would be evident when the Iraqi government was restoring control over its own cities and towns and when IS was in retreat.
'If we could degrade them to the point where they no longer existed that would be obviously the best possible result.'

But Mr Abbott warned that Australia was not at war.
'I know that you'd love to have that headline, but it's not strictly accurate,' he told reporters.
'Yes, we are engaged in combat operations. But these are combat operations against an insurgency in support of the legitimate government of Iraq.
'We're not trying to build liberal pluralism in Iraq, we're not trying to create a shining city on a hill.'
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The Ordinary UK Taxi Driver Killed by ISIS Terrorists: Murdered Alan Henning Had Travelled to Syria to Help child Refugees in War-Torn Country

  • Mr Henning travelled to Syria after previously visiting a refugee camp
  • Said he was inspired to help innocents whose lives were being ruined
  • Agreed to drive 3,000 miles in an aid convoy to deliver supplies to refugees
  • But he was snatched by ISIS militants on boxing day near town of Al-Dana
  • Appeared in video showing murder of British hostage David Haines
  • Has now been beheaded by ISIS terrorists despite pleas to release him
Daily Mail UK, 3 October 2014


Alan Henning – the second British hostage to be murdered by ISIS terrorists – was an ‘ordinary’ taxi driver compelled to travel to Syria to help child refugees in the war-torn country.


Originally from Salford, Greater Manchester, he had seen the suffering first hand during a life-changing visit to a refugee camp, which inspired him to help the innocents whose lives were being wrecked by the conflict.
After volunteering with a Muslim charity, the 47-year-old married father-of-two agreed to drive 3,000 miles in a convoy of old ambulances to help the aid effort and take much-needed medical supplies to hospitals in the northern Syrian province of Idlib.





Originally from Salford, Greater Manchester, Alan Henning, was an ordinary taxi driver compelled to travel to Syria to help child refugees in the war-torn country


Known as ‘Gadget’ to friends and family for his fondness for technology, Mr Henning had been washing cars in the UK to raise money for donations before setting off on his fourth visit to the country.
He travelled with eight others from charity Al-Fathiha Global, who intended to deliver vital equipment, including NHS ambulances packed with baby milk, nappies, food and defibrillators, but was kidnapped by Islamic State extremists on Boxing Day, shortly after making the 4,000-mile journey to the town of Al-Dana

Footage emerged three weeks ago of the keen fisherman looking ill and exhausted as he knelt before the knife-wielding militant nicknamed Jihadi John at the end of the chilling video of the barbaric murder of aid worker David Haines.

Last night the terrorist’s threat that Mr Henning would become the next British hostage to be killed if David Cameron persisted 'in fighting the Islamic State' appeared to have been carried out.

His death comes just two days after his wife of 23 years Barbara Henning, 45, appeared on camera to make a heart-breaking plea to his captors to spare his life.
Tearfully, she said Mr Henning, 47, was 'in the right place, doing the right thing' when he travelled to Syria to deliver aid.





Mr Henning travelled with eight others from charity Al-Fathiha Global, who intended to deliver vital equipment, including NHS ambulances packed with baby milk, nappies, food and defibrillators





Footage emerged three weeks ago of the keen fisherman looking ill and exhausted as he knelt before the knife-wielding militant nicknamed Jihadi John


She described her husband as a ‘peaceful, selfless man’ and begged ISIS to show him mercy.
Earlier she had revealed that she had heard her husband’s voice just once over the past nine months – in an audio message sent by his captors in which he could be heard begging for his life.

Neighbours living near his family's red-brick terrace house in Eccles, Greater Manchester, where the couple had lived for a decade, covered their community with yellow ribbons in a show of support for Mr Henning, his wife and their children Lucy, 17, and Adam, 15.
‘Free Alan’ ribbons were attached to cars, gates and lampposts and more than 100 friends and well-wishers attended a vigil for all faiths last week to pray for his safe return.

Muslim leaders across the globe also urged the Islamic terrorists to show mercy to Mr Henning, who was 'an ordinary guy just trying to help women and kids.’
They said killing Mr Henning is against shariah law and would be the 'worst condemnable sin' against Islam.
A fan of Phil Collins, which he enjoyed playing as he drove, Mr Henning was incredibly popular and during one trip insisted on sleeping inside his ambulance instead of a hotel to save money so it could be donated to the refugees instead.





Mr Henning's death comes just two days after his wife Barbara, pictured, made a tearful plea to his captors to release him


BBC documentary maker Catrin Nye, who met Mr Henning when he was packing an aid convoy bound for Syria, said he had no formal background in aid work, but felt a 'pull' to return to Syria after a previous trip to a refugee camp.
'He was a funny man and was cracking jokes while we were packing up,' Ms Nye said.
'He told me that he'd been on one of those convoys previously and he was inspired by his friends who'd been, and since he'd got back he'd found it hard not to return.
'He's a taxi driver, not a professional aid worker - but he said he looked at the world differently [after he returned] and felt a pull to go back to Syria.
'He was very popular and friends would comment that he was very funny and very kind.
'He described holding the children ... and how that really affected him. He told me he had to go back.'





Last week people held a candlelit vigil for Mr Henning near his home in Eccles Park, Greater Manchester





‘Free Alan’ yellow ribbons were also attached to cars, gates and lampposts as a show of support for Mr Henning's family


Kasim Jameel, leader of the convoy on which Mr Henning was travelling when he was kidnapped, described his friend as a ‘big softie.’

While Dr Shameela Islam-Zulfiqar, who was also in the convoy, said Mr Henning was ‘remarkable.’
‘He’s such a compassionate and selfless human being,’ she said. ‘It just simply wasn’t enough for Alan to sit back and just donate or raise awareness.
He had to get up and do something about what he’d seen Every time the convoys went he had a yearning to go. That really motivated him, to see, practically, first-hand the difference he was making.’

But after the Ministry of Defence announced that RAF Tornados had attacked IS targets inside Iraq – many feared a backlash against Mr Henning.
Relatives and colleagues said they feared air strikes would make it harder for him to be found alive.
Last night it appeared their worst fears had been realised.
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Even Al Qaeda Tried To Free Alan Henning

An al Qaeda negotiator was sent to try to secure Alan Henning's release but found Islamic State fighters "difficult" and "tough".

UK, Saturday 04 October 2014




Even Al Qaeda Could Not Free Alan

A filmmaker, who was involved in the early negotiations to free Alan Henning, has told Sky News how even al Qaeda thought holding him hostage was "not a good idea".
The terrorist group sent a member to bargain with the Islamic State fighters holding him but failed to secure his release.

The al Qaeda member, who was sent to bargain with the Manchester taxi driver's captors, said the jihadists were "difficult" and "tough".



Alan Delivering aid to the suffering in Syria


Bilal Abdul Kareem told how Mr Henning, who was helping to make an aid delivery in Syria, was captured just an hour after arriving in al-Dana, around 30 minutes from the Turkish border, on Boxing Day.
He said Islamic State fighters had arrived in the town and detained all of those in the convoy but quickly released the Muslim members, holding only Mr Henning.




Mr Kareem said when Mr Henning was first taken he was set to be released later that day or even the next but when that did not happen people started to worry.

Then the jihadists claimed the 47-year-old, father-of-two as their prisoner and said they were planning to exchange him for people in British custody.

Mr Kareem said: "They had a course of action that they were going to take and nobody was going to be able to talk them out of
it.


UK PM Pledges 'All Assets' Against IS:




"Even al Qaeda affiliates al Nusra went there to talk to them because nobody outside of ISIS thought this was a good idea, nobody thought that it was OK to do this, none of the other groups were doing that, nobody thought it was a good idea.
"When the al Qaeda representative went to go down and try to talk to them he returned, his face was different, he said something to the effect these guys are really being difficult, really being tough but they did say that they were going to release him.
"Everybody was anticipating that but that never happened."



UK Muslims 'Disgusted'



On Friday the terrorists posted a video of Mr Henning's killing. In it he is pictured kneeling in front of a masked man, who speaks with a British accent and is believed to be the man responsible for previous beheadings.

The man makes a direct appeal to David Cameron saying: "The blood of David Haines was on your hands, Cameron. Alan Henning will also be slaughtered, but his blood is on the hands of the British Parliament."


Muslim leaders have condemned the beheading on the eve of the Muslim festival of Eid Al-Adha, which represents a day of mercy, and said they want to see justice done.



Eccles Pastor: 'It's Gut-wrenching'


As the community of Eccles mourned, Mr Cameron said Britain would use all of its assets to destroy Islamic State.


Shock At Murder Of Alan Henning




  • Wife Pleaded For Henning's Release


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Khorosan Group will Strike U.S. 'Very, Very Soon' Warns FBI Director
-He Admits 12 American ISIS Fighters Cannot be Stopped from Coming Back Home

  • James Comey said the Al Qaeda veterans are 'bent on destruction'
  • Suggested that they are working on an attack directed at US and its allies
  • Said people with American passports who have joined extremists can return
  • They are powerless from stopping them even though they've been identified
Daily Mail UK, 6 October 2014


The Director of the FBI has warned the Khorosan terror group will strike the US 'very very soon' and says Americans fighting alongside militants in Syria cannot be stopped from returning home.
James Comey said the unit of Al Qaeda veterans are 'bent on destruction' and are believed to be working on an attack directed at the United States or its allies.
However he assured the public by saying changes made since 9/11 mean the security services are 'better in every way that you'd want' and have the systems in place to quash any threat.





Concerns: FBI Director James Comey said the Khorosan terror group could attack 'very very soon' and admitted that Americans fighting alongside militants in the Middle East are entitled to return


Speaking on CBS 60 Minutes, he confirmed that there are around a dozen American citizens fighting in the Middle East for the extremist groups, and the government is aware of who they are.



The interviewer Scott Pelley asks:

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'How many Americans are fighting in Syria on the side of the terrorists?'
'In the area of a dozen or so,' Comey replied.

'Do you know who they are?'
Comey answers: 'Yes.'

Pelley then pressed: 'Each and every one of them?'
'I think of that, dozen or so, I do. I hesitate only because I don't know what I don't know,' Comey said.

He said: 'Ultimately, an American citizen, unless their passport's revoked, is entitled to come back. So, someone who's fought with ISIL, with American passport wants to come back, we will track them very carefully.'
Discussing the US fight against terrorism, Comey added that the terrorist networks within Syria as a sophisticated 'metastasis' of Al Qaeda
Khorosan, a small group of Al Qaeda veterans from Afghanistan and Pakistan, was targeted in strikes near Aleppo, Syria, last month. Senior U.S. officials have not said whether the group's plots have been disrupted.
Comey said: 'Given our visibility we know they're serious people, bent on destruction.'


Director of the FBI, James Corney, discusses US ISIS defectors:




But he added that Americans should have confidence in changes made since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, pointing to a government 'better organized, better systems, better equipment, smarter deployment. We're better in every way that you'd want us to be since 9/11.'

During the interview, he also compared Chinese hackers to a 'drunk burglar' who steals with reckless abandon, even as they cost the U.S. economy billions of dollars every year.





Questioning: When interviewer Scott Pelley asked Comey whether he knew who the Americans fighting with the extremists were, he replied simply saying 'Yes'


In an interview broadcast Sunday on CBS' '60 Minutes,' Comey said Chinese hackers target the intellectual property of U.S. companies in China every day.
'I liken them a bit to a drunk burglar. They're kickin' in the front door, knocking over the vase, while they're walking out with your television set. They're just prolific. Their strategy seems to be: `We'll just be everywhere all the time. And there's no way they can stop us,'' Comey said.

The Justice Department earlier this year announced a 31-count indictment against Chinese hackers accused of breaking into computer networks at steel companies and the manufacturers of solar and nuclear technology, with the goal of gaining a competitive advantage. China has denied the allegations.




Comey admitted that the government knows the citizens who have travelled to join the fighting and will 'track them very carefully' if they return


In the CBS interview, Comey also discussed the U.S. fight against terrorism. He described the terrorist networks within Syria as a sophisticated 'metastasis' of al-Qaida.

He said the Khorasan Group, an al-Qaida cell in Syria that was targeted in military strikes last month, was 'working and, you know, may still be working on an effort to attack the United States or our allies, and looking to do it very, very soon.'


'Given our visibility we know they're serious people, bent on destruction,' he said.Comey said the U.S. believes there are about a dozen Americans fighting alongside extremist groups in Syria. He said if someone has fought alongside the Islamic State militant group and tries to come back to the U.S., 'we will track them very carefully.'
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British Hostage Killed by Al-Qaeda Terrorists at BP Plant in Algeria Texted His Wife Saying She Was 'Amazing' Moments Before His death

  • Father-of-one Sebastian John among six Britons killed by jihadi insurgents
  • 40 hostages killed during four-day standoff at In Amenas complex in 2013
  • Mr John's wife Nicola told inquest how 26-year-old sent texts before death
  • He also sent 'brave' covert emails trying to reveal identities of terrorists
  • Wife of Carlos Estrada - BP's VP for North Africa - also received messages
  • Mr Estrada text: 'I'm OK darling, the worst is over and returning to normal'
  • 800 people were at desert complex when militants entered in January 2013
  • Facility jointly run by Statoil, BP and Algerian state energy firm Sonatrach
  • Inquest into British hostages' deaths continues at Royal Courts of Justice
Daily Mail UK, 9 October 2014


A British hostage killed at a BP glass plant in Algeria by terrorists linked to Al-Qaeda sent his wife a final text saying: 'You are the most amazing wife ever', an inquest has heard.
Sebastian John, 26, from the East Midlands, was among six British men and a UK-based Colombian killed by jihadi insurgents from the Sahara during a four-day standoff at the In Amenas complex last year.
A total of 40 hostages were killed when the al-Qaeda linked terrorist Mokhtar Belmokhtar stormed the facility in January 2013.





Sebastian John, 26, pictured with his wife Nicola and their seven-month old son, was among six British men killed by jihadi insurgents during a four-day siege at the In Amenas gas complex in Algeria in January 2013


The other British victims were Carson Bilsland and Kenneth Whiteside, both from Scotland; Stephen Green, from Hampshire; Paul Morgan and Garry Barlow, both from Liverpool, and Colombian Carlos Estrada.

During evidence today at the inquest, Nicola John described how her late husband phoned her on 16 January to say he had been taken hostage by Al-Qaeda.
The inquest heard how he later text her asking her to look after their 'tiny man', before sending a brave email - the last contact he had with his wife - trying to reveal the identities of the terrorists.

Mrs John told the court: 'He told me he had called the British Embassy to get the helicopters of the Algerian army to get back. He told me either they would kill the hostages or blow the plant up.'

During the phone call, he urged his wife to relate instructions to 'get the army back', fearing an attack would create mayhem.

She told the inquest: 'I told Seb that I loved him and he told me that he did too. I said I would do as he asked and I believe he just hung up. This was the last time I spoke to Seb.'

She later received agonising text messages, one reading, 'I love you so much, never forget that xx'.
Eight minutes later, Mr John wrote another message saying: 'Talk to my mum please. Look after our tiny man. You are the most amazing wife ever xx'.


The civil engineer, whose UK home was in Nottingham when he died, had already been singled out by assistant coroner for West Sussex, judge Nicholas Hilliard QC, for attempting to send the covert emails.
The court heard that, during the attack, hostages were 'encouraged' to make contact with the outside world, relaying the terrorists' demand that 100 Jihadi prisoners be released in northern Mali.

Senior investigating officer Detective Superintendent James Stokley told how Mr John had sent emails with pictures of the terrorists while he was held hostage.
Judge Hilliard said it was 'an extremely brave thing to do at considerable risk to himself'.





BP executive Carlos Estrada was among hostages who were killed at the In Amenas plant during a four-day stand-off. His wife said he text her saying 'The worst is over' before he was killed








Paul Morgan (top) and Garry Barlow, both from Liverpool, were also killed in the four-day siege


In her evidence, Mrs John also told the inquest her husband had been informed by e-mail that he would be going to work in Algeria but was unaware of any terrorist threat.
She said his only worry was being away from his young family, the hot weather and a possible driver's strike.
But she said her husband would 'often break down in tears at the prospect of going' because he did not want to leave his wife and baby son.
She said: 'If he had been able to identify an objective reason, he would not have gone.'

Once in the Maghreb, Mr John 'did not really like it and wanted to come home'.


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I told Seb that I loved him and he told me that he did too. I said I would do as he asked and I believe he just hung up. This was the last time I spoke to Seb
Nicola John
Mrs John added: 'He thought if there were any concerns at all then BP would get him out of there'.

Today, Claudia Gaviria, the wife of another victim, Carlos Estrada, told the inquest how her husband had been pressurised into travelling to In Amenas by other executives.
Mr Estrada had worked for BP for 18 years and had risen to the post of Vice President for North Africa when he was taken captive and killed, the inquest heard.
She said: 'I strongly believe that had Carlos known of the risks posed, he would not have elected to travel to Algeria and would have travelled to his meeting in Egypt, as was originally planned.'

At the start of the crisis, Ms Gaviria began to receive worrying text messages from her husband, the inquest heard.
The first read: 'Love, there was an attack on the camp with lots of shooting. It is okay, it is fine, I love you'.

Mr Estrada asked his wife not tell their daughter about the situation 'so she is relaxed for the exam'.
He later wrote: 'I am okay my darling. The worst is over and the situation is returning to normal', the inquest heard.





Kenneth Whiteside, from Scotland, was another of the British men inside the gas facility when terrorists took workers hostage


But, tragically, at around 9pm that night, Mr Estrada left a voicemail on his wife's landline telling her he loved her - the last contact she had with her husband.
She told the inquest: 'He did not saying anything about the situation in Algeria. I think he was crying.'





Carson Bilsland died from injuries caused by an explosion, the inquest heard


David Green, the father of another victim Stephen, also told the court how he was reassured all British casualties had been taken to a hospital to await repatriation.
But the court heard Stephen's body was not identified for days and was left with the dead terrorists.
Mr Green added that a family liaison officer informed him the British Ambassador was on the site, co-ordinating the operation.
He said: 'I did not want my son Stephen to be lying out in the desert.
'The Algerians mistook him for a terrorist and he was not identified for another ten days after that which caused further distress, but that is my knowledge of what the British Ambassador did in In Amenas.
'I believed wrongly - as it turned out - that he would be protected by BP and the Algerian government.'

The court also heard the account of survivor Nick Hitch, the highly experienced project manager at the In Amenas Compression Project.
He said in a written statement of his belief the hostage crisis was 'an inside job', saying one spoke with an English accent and the other with a North American.
The oil worker added the In Amenas plant had two forms of emergency siren - an intermittent siren for fire and a constant siren for a security breach.

On the morning of the crisis, the intermittent siren began to blare, leading Mr Hitch to believe it was 'a fire drill'.





Almost 800 people were at the desert complex in eastern Algeria, pictured, when heavily armed militants entered at dawn on January 16 last year





The gas facility is a joint venture run by Statoil, the British company BP and the Algerian state energy firm Sonatrach


But, after hiding out with fellow workers, the extremists finally located Mr Hitch and his two colleagues.
The group were lead to a courtyard and held together with their fellow ex-pats. He recounted how the Islamists brought two barrels of 'TNT' into the courtyard, along with land-mines and a long fuse cord.
The terrorists then proceeded to attach the hostages to the explosive cache by the neck.

'They rigged us up with the cord around our necks and attached us to the explosives', he said.

Mr Hitch became convinced the attackers had deliberately targeted VIPs - senior employees - like himself.
He said the killers 'clearly had had help from people inside the facility'.
He said: 'Most [of the Algerian workers] appeared wary of the terrorists. However, there was a distinct group of about twenty or thirty terrorists who were separate from the rest.'
This group was 'laughing with them [the terrorists] and engaging in conversation with them', he told the court.

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I formed the view there was effectively an al-Qaeda cell in the camp. They showed a lot of inside knowledge in the way they took out the facilities
Survivor Nick Hitch

Almost 800 people were at the desert complex when heavily armed militants entered at dawn on January 16 last year.

The coroner previously heard the terrorists were allowed to travel 30 miles across the Sahara desert from the Malian border with Algeria, to the facility, unchecked.




The six-week inquest into the deaths of the British men is being held at the Royal Courts of Justice, pictured


The court heard that the complex had been stormed by some 34 Islamists armed with AK47-type machine guns, telescopic rifles and explosives and dressed in military fatigues.
Gunmen attacked two buses carrying foreign gas workers at the plant before taking hostages at the plant's living quarters.

The first British victim to be killed was Mr Morgan, a 46-year-old security contractor, who was said to have died during the initial attack as the terrorists.

Many of the victims were last seen alive being placed in terrorist vehicles on the second day of the stand-off, the inquest heard.
The inquest heard how on January 17 hostages were grouped together according to nationality and told they were going to be moved as the terrorists anticipated an attack from the Algerian military.

Post-mortem examinations carried out in the UK found that Mr Barlow, Mr Whiteside and Mr Bilsland had all died from injuries caused by an explosion.
Mr John died from a blunt injury to the head, Mr Morgan was killed by a gunshot wound to the head and Mr Green died from a gunshot wound to the chest.
Mr Estrada, who lived in Chelsea, west London, died from injuries caused by an explosion and multiple gun shot wounds, the court heard.

The gas facility, in eastern Algeria, is a joint venture run by Statoil, the British company BP and the Algerian state energy firm Sonatrach.
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EBOLA EPIDEMIC:
Could Terrorists Turn Themselves into Ebola Suicide 'Bombs'? Experts Fear ISIS Jihadists May Infect Themselves to Spread Virus in West

Isis fanatics may be thinking of infecting themselves with Ebola, says expert
A U.S Naval War College lecturer says strategy is entirely plausible
The virus is running rampant in West Africa, with 3,800 dead in a few months
New Ebola cases reported in the US, Spain
and Australia
  • Barack Obama orders officials to screen travellers at five major airports
  • Every major hospital in England told to prepare for Ebola patients' arrival
  • UK Health experts urge anyone with symptoms not to visit their GP or A&E
  • World Health Organisation: March of virus across Europe is 'unavoidable'
  • 750 British military personnel going to West Africa to help tackle spread
Daily Mail UK, 9 October 2014


Terrorist group Isis may be considering using Ebola as a suicide bio-weapon against the West, according to a military expert.

The virus is transmitted by direct contact with an infected person who is showing the symptoms – and it wouldn't be difficult for fanatics to contract it then travel to countries they want to wreak havoc in, according to a military expert.

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Terrorist group Isis may be considering using Ebola as a suicide bio-weapon against the West, according to a military expert


'The individual exposed to the Ebola Virus would be the carrier. In the context of terrorist activity, it doesn't take much sophistication to go to that next step to use a human being as a carrier.'
And Professor Anthony Glees, Director at Buckingham University's Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies, agrees that the strategy might be considered.
He said: 'In some ways it’s a plausible theory – IS fighters believe in suicide and this is a potential job for a suicide mission. They are sufficiently murderous and well-informed to consider it, and they know that we’ve been remiss in the UK.'





The virus is running rampant in West Africa, with 3,800 dead in just a matter of months and the first cases appearing in Europe at the U.S.
The possibility that Isis, also known as Islamic State and Isil, could make the situation far worse is one that should be taken very seriously, another expert said.

In the May 2013 issue of the journal Global Policy, Amanda Teckman, author of the paper The Bioterrorist Threat Of Ebola In East Africa And Implications For Global Health And Security concluded: 'The threat of an Ebola bioterrorist attack in East Africa is a global health and security concern, and should not be ignored,' Forbes reported.

Far from being lone voices on this theory, concern in America about Ebola being used as a bioweapon was in fact a catalyst for its $5.6billion Project Bioshield, according to a source familiar with the matter, who did not wish to be named.




The virus is running rampant in West Africa, with 3,800 dead in just a matter of months and the first cases appearing in Europe at the U.S



Signed off by President George W. Bush in 2004, it ensures generous funding for scientists researching bioweapon counter-measures, as well as accelerating research against chemical, radiological and nuclear agents.
It also grants the U.S government the power to stockpile huge quantities of medical countermeasures.

However, Jennifer Cole, Senior Research Fellow, Resilience & Emergency Management, at the Royal United Services Institute, while acknowledging that Isis using Ebola as a weapon isn't out of the question, says that now would not be the best time to employ this strategy.
She told MailOnline: 'Everyone's looking out for signs of Ebola at the moment so they'd be very unlikely to get away with it.
'The other issue with Ebola is that it's very hard to control. The militants could just end up wiping themselves out before they've had the chance to pass it on.
'For a suicide attack, strapping sticks of dynamite to your chest is far more effective.'

Middle East security expert Andreas Krieg, from King’s College London's Department of Defence Studies, echoed Cole's scepticism.
He said: 'It is certainly possible for Isis to use the Ebola virus as it is a cheap and accessible source in West Africa. However, considering the WHO’s and international community’s effort to contain the spread of the virus it will be increasingly difficult to "export" the virus via air transport to other parts of the world. It would require a lot of effort and have a low chance of success.'
He added: 'Isis is not currently focusing on the West. At the moment Isis’ focus is on expanding its territory and influence in Syria and Iraq. It is bogged down there. Within this context I do not see any place for Ebola as a bio-weapon to be used against any of the opponents. It would be too risky as they would likely infect their own fighters and people living in their territory.'

Professor Glees added: 'It would be logistically very difficult to get an IS fighter to West Africa, come into contact with Ebola, wait to find out if they were infected, then leg it to London.'

The first person diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. died on Wednesday despite intense but delayed treatment, and the government announced it was expanding airport examinations to guard against the spread of the deadly disease.





The possibility that Isis, also known as Islamic State and Isil, could make the situation far worse is one that should be taken very seriously, another expert said.


The checks will include taking the temperatures of hundreds of travelers arriving from West Africa at five major American airports.
The new screenings will begin Saturday at New York's JFK International Airport and then expand to Washington Dulles and the international airports in Atlanta, Chicago and Newark. An estimated 150 people per day will be checked, using high-tech thermometers that don't touch the skin.
The White House said the fever checks would reach more than 9 of 10 travelers to the U.S. from the three heaviest-hit countries - Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

President Barack Obama called the measures 'really just belt and suspenders' to support protections already in place. Border Patrol agents now look for people who are obviously ill, as do flight crews, and in those cases the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is notified.
As of Wednesday, Ebola has killed about 3,800 people in West Africa and infected at least 8,000, according to the World Health Organization.

A medical official with the U.N. Mission in Liberia who tested positive for Ebola arrived in the German city of Leipzig on Thursday to be treated at a local clinic with specialist facilities, authorities said.
The unidentified medic infected in Liberia is the second member of the U.N. mission, known as UNMIL, to contract the virus. The first died on September 25. He is the third Ebola patient to arrive in Germany for treatment.

The virus has taken an especially devastating toll on health care workers, sickening or killing more than 370 of them in the hardest-hit countries of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone - places that already were short on doctors and nurses.

There are no approved medications for Ebola, so doctors have tried experimental treatments in some cases, including drugs and blood transfusions from others who have recovered from Ebola.
The survivor's blood could carry antibodies for the disease that will help a patient fight off the virus.


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Canada Raises Terrorism Threat Level
-Cites Islamist Chatter

22 October 2014, By David Ljunggren

OTTAWA, Oct 22 (Reuters)

- Canada has raised its terrorism threat level to medium from low because of a rise in "general chatter" from radical groups such as Islamic State and al Qaeda, a government official said on Tuesday.


"This increase is not the result of a specific threat," said Jean-Christophe de Le Rue, a spokesman for Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney.

A suspected Canadian militant ran over two soldiers in Quebec on Monday, killing one of them.


De Le Rue said the new terrorism threat level meant Canadian intelligence services had "indicated an individual or group within Canada or abroad has the intent and capability to commit an act of terrorism".
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Three Teenage Denver Girls Stole $2,000 From Their Parents and Ran Away to Join ISIS - But Were Caught in Germany After FBI Tip Off

  • The three teenage girls went missing from Denver, Colorado, US, last Friday
  • Teenagers were apprehended in Frankfurt, Germany
  • The girls left Denver and flew to Frankfurt via Chicago
  • Girls are 15 and 16 years old and are believed to be of Somali descent
  • They are minors so it is unclear if they'll be charged with anything
  • Law enforcement official: There are other cases of high school-age kids trying to get to Syria that haven't been made public
  • Trio due to arrive back home this week - they have spoken to their relatives

Daily Mail UK, 22 October 2014





Three teenage girls from suburban Denver may have been trying to join Islamic State militants in Syria after stealing their parents' money and flying to Germany, authorities said Tuesday.


The girls - two sisters, ages 17 and 15, and their 16-year-old friend - were reported missing after they skipped school Friday, but the families had no indication of where they might have gone, said Glenn Thompson, bureau chief of the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Department Suspicion arose when the sisters' father realized his daughters were gone, along with $2,000 and their passports.

They were stopped at the Frankfurt, Germany, airport over the weekend by FBI agents and returned to Colorado where they were reunited with their families, FBI spokeswoman Suzie Payne said.






Three American teenage girls from Colorado have been detained in Germany while reportedly on their way to Syria to join ISIS. Pictured: Frankfurt airport


A U.S. official said the girls were headed toward Turkey en route to Syria and that investigators were now reviewing evidence, including the girls' computers.


Another U.S. official called the case "concerning" both to the community and to the country in general. The official said the evidence gathered so far made it clear that the girls were headed to Syria, though the official said investigators were still determining what sort of contacts they had in that country. The official said investigators would be trying to figure out whether there were "like-minded" friends and acquaintances in the girls' social circle.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the ongoing investigation by name.
The Arapahoe County missing person's report contains details of the girls' movements.

They said they stayed in the Frankfurt airport for an entire day before being detained, questioned and returned to Denver, where they were further questioned by the FBI and sent home.They told authorities they had gone to Germany for "family" but wouldn't elaborate.
The 16-year-old girl's father became concerned when he got a call from her high school saying she hadn't reported to class, according to the police reports.
The families reported no prior problems with the girls.

Deputies closed the missing person's case Monday after they learned the girls had been returned.
A man who answered the door at the sisters' home in the Denver suburb of Aurora identified himself as a family member but said he had no comment.




An ISIS fighter waving their flag from inside a captured government fighter jet in Raqqa


The announcement comes one month after 19-year-old Shannon Conley of Arvada, Colorado, pleaded guilty to charges that she conspired to help militants in Syria.


The U.S. Attorney's Office in Denver declined to comment on the latest cases. It's unclear whether the girls will face charges.

Crimes committed by juveniles are treated as acts of "delinquency" in the federal system and are not handled the same way as crimes committed by adults.

Authorities have not said how they think the girls became interested in helping the Islamic State militants. In Conley's case, she told agents she wanted to marry a suitor she met online who said he was a Tunisian man fighting with the Islamic State in Syria.




Earlier this month, 19-year-old Shannon Conley (pictured) of Denver, who authorities say intended to wage jihad, pleaded guilty to trying to help the Islamic State militant group in Syria



Conley said she wanted to use her American military training with the U.S. Army Explorers to fight a holy war overseas, authorities said. If she could not fight with the extremists, she told agents, she would use her training as a nurse's aide.
Agents, who had been overtly trying to stop Conley, arrested her in April as she boarded a flight she hoped would ultimately get her to Syria. She could face up to five years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine when she is sentenced in January.

Foreign fighters from dozens of nations are pouring into the Middle East to join the Islamic State group and other terrorist organizations. U.S. officials are putting new energy into trying to understand what radicalizes people far removed from the fight, and into trying to prod countries to do a better job of keeping them from joining up.
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ISIS Unveils its Osama Bin Laden School in Syria as the Islamist Group Continues its Reign of Terror in Rebel-Held Parts of the Country with Beheadings for ‘Blasphemy’ and ‘Sorcery’

  • Islamic State militants have set up 'Osama Bin Laden' school in Manbij, Syria
  • Facility has already started religious instruction classes for town residents
  • Students being taught about Islamic State's extremist brand of Sharia Law
  • Comes as pictures emerge of beheadings in ISIS strongold of Raqqa, Syria
  • Civilians had been sentenced to death for 'cursing God' and 'sorcery'
  • Photos show a large all-male crowd with children also watching execution
  • WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT

Daily Mail UK, 4 November 2014


Islamic State extremists have set up a new learning centre in Syria dubbed 'Osama Bin Laden' school.
The religious school, named after the mastermind of the the 9/11 attacks and former leader of Al Qaeda, has been set up in a town held by ISIS militants.
It comes as new pictures emerged showing the beheading of three civilians in Raqqa, another of Islamic State’s strongholds in the war-torn country.

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Brutal: Pictures have emerged showing the beheading of three civilians in Raqqa, one of Islamic State’s strongholds in Syria




Disturbing: An executioner holds his sword aloft as armed guards watch on in front of an all-male crowd


The public executions were carried out with the victims accused of 'cursing God' and committing 'sorcery'.
The school has been opened in Manbij, a small ISIS held town in northern Syria.
The facility has already started religious instruction classes for residents living in the town, offering classes in Islamic State’s extremist brand of Sharia law.

A short propaganda video was also released by the provincial media branch of Islamic State.
The five minute film, entitled 'Sharia Educational Session for the Teachers', features brief interviews with a few residents of Manbij, discussing their opinions about the apparent positive benefits of the new religious school.
Manbij was once a Free Syrian Army (FSA) stronghold before it was overrun by ISIS.





Several young children can be seen watching from the front of the crowd while a number of masked gunmen also appear to be standing guard, monitoring the execution




The three civilians were reportedly put to death in the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa for 'cursing God' and 'sorcery'


Fierce fighting with the FSA forced ISIS into its first withdrawal in January 2014. However the extremist group regrouped and re-captured the strategic town 18 days later.
Kurdish forces have repeatedly tried to capture the town but have come up short against tough Islamic State resistance.
The Kurds have recently called upon the Free Syrian Army to join them in their efforts to re-take Manbij.

In a rare act of defiance, locals in Manbij even demonstrated against Islamic State in May 2014, angered at the militant group’s harsh rule of governance over the city.

However the town remains under control of the extremist group.
Any rare acts of rebellion or questioning of Islamic State have always been brutally dealt with by the extremist group.

Recent photos of the execution of three civilians for 'cursing God' and 'sorcery' epitomise the brutal regime being maintained by Islamic State.
The victims were beheaded in front of a crowd of Muslims 'to serve as a deterrent to those who dare to criticise Allah,' it has been reported.

Shelling continues in major Syrian cities







An IS fighter, wearing a black balaclava, reads out the victims' crimes through a small black handheld microphone




The images show a large all-male crowd standing near a square in the city, where corporal punishments, like beheadings and crucifixions, have previously been carried out for crimes against the Islamic State


The images show a large all-male crowd standing near the main square in Raqqa, where corporal punishments, like beheadings and crucifixions, have previously been carried out for crimes against the Islamic State.
Several young children can be seen watching from the front of the crowd while a number of masked gunmen also appear to be standing guard, monitoring the execution.

One photo shows an IS fighter, wearing a black balaclava, reading out the victims' crimes through a small black handheld microphone.
All three of the victims are shown wearing a red blindfold and have their hands tied behind their back.
They appear to have been individually led to the execution block, a crude hand cut log with a raised notch for the victims to rest their head on.





A religious school, named after former Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden (pictured), has been set up in a town in Syria held by ISIS militants


The black flag of Islamic State can be seen flying from a tall flag pole in the background, near one of the main streets.
The executor is masked and wearing a pair of sandy-coloured military issue boots.
The photos show the executioner holding a curved sword above his head.
A small blood trail can be seen near the back of a nearby pick up truck. Its white boot has been left open so the bodies can be taken away from the execution site.

Like Minbaj, Raqqa has been one of the main bombing targets by the US-led coalition last month.
The headquarters of Islamic State were reportedly bombed yesterday in Raqqa.
The building, situated in the southern part of the city had been evacuated and no militants were reported to have been killed in the nine air strikes on the city.
Questions have been raised about the effectiveness of the air strikes with the British based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reporting that the recent strikes on Manbij had been a failure.

Shelling Continues in Major Syrian Cities




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UN Report says 'Unprecedented' Number of Jihadists are Flocking to Join ISIS... Partly Thanks to the Terror Group's Love of Posting Kitten Photos on Twitter

  • 15,000 fighters from 80 countries have flocked to fight in Iraq and Syria
  • Numbers joining since 2010 exceed total from previous 20 years 'many times'
  • Jihadists from France, Russia and UK are operating together, says UN study
  • There are believed to be about 500 British nationals fighting in Syria and Iraq


Foreign jihadists from more than 80 countries have flocked to fight in Iraq and Syria on an 'unprecedented scale', according to extracts of a UN report.
Around 15,000 people have travelled to fight alongside Islamic State (ISIS) and other hardcore militant groups from 'countries that have not previously faced challenges relating to Al Qaeda,' it said.

The study found a new breed of terrorist was being attracted by the extremist group's 'cosmopolitan' use of social media, pointing to examples when jihadists posted 'kitten photographs' on Twitter.






Cute: A UN report says 'unprecedented' numbers of jihadists are flocking to join ISIS in part thanks to the terror group's love of posting kitten photos on Twitter like this one on an account called Islamic State of Cat




Big softy: This picture posted by the Islamic State of Cat shows a kitten next to two AK-47 machine guns




The UN study found a new breed of terrorist was being attracted by the extremist group's 'cosmopolitan' use of social media, pointing to examples when jihadists posted 'kitten photographs' on Twitter


ISIS leaders recognise 'the terror and recruitment value of multi-channel, multi-language social and other media messaging,' it added.

The number of foreign jihadists travelling to fight since 2010 exceeds the cumulative total of the 20 preceding years 'many times', the Security Council study found.

'There are instances of foreign terrorist fighters from France, the Russian Federation and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland operating together,' the report said, according to the Guardian.

Britain's top police officer, Bernard Hogan-Howe, estimated last week that five people a week were leaving the country to fight with ISIS.
Security officials estimate there are currently around 500 British nationals fighting in Syria and Iraq.




A cat takes a rest among the parts of an assault rifle




The UN report said ISIS leaders recognise 'the terror and recruitment value of multi-channel, multi-language social and other media messaging'


Dozens have been arrested for preparing to leave to join the IS group or helping others to do so.


France is also moving closer to adopting an 'anti-terrorism' law which would slap a travel ban on anyone suspected of planning to wage jihad.

The UN warned that more nations than ever face the problem of dealing with fighters returning from the battle zone.

The US Central Intelligence Agency last month announced figures showing that there were around 20,000 to 31,500 ISIS fighters active in Iraq and Syria, much higher than previous estimates.





Around 15,000 people have travelled to fight alongside Islamic State (ISIS) and other hardcore militant groups from 'countries that have not previously faced challenges relating to Al Qaeda,' the report said




The UN found that foreign fighters preferred ISIS's use of social media and were put off by the more dogmatic communication tactics of Al Qaeda


A US security official estimated that there were close to 2,000 westerners among the 15,000 foreign fighters.

Previous figures showed there were 7,000 foreign jihadists fighting in March and 12,000 in July suggesting 1,000 a month were travelling to fight, despite the launch of U.S. air strikes three months ago, although there is a lag of a few weeks in the figures.

The report was produced by a committee that monitors Al Qaeda and concluded that the once mighty and feared group was now 'maneuvering for relevance' following the rise of the even more militant ISIS, which was booted out of Al Qaeda by leader Ayman al-Zawahiri.

Despite the split, the UN concluded that the legal basis for US President Barack Obama's fight against ISIS was justified by its ideological congruence with Al Qaeda and considered the two groups as part of a broader movement.





Huge support: Fighters from the Islamic State march through their stronghold of Raqqa in Syria


'Al Qaeda core and Isil (ISIS) pursue similar strategic goals, albeit with tactical differences regarding sequencing and substantive differences about personal leadership,' the UN wrote.

Obama has vowed he will not order a large force into combat in Iraq or Syria, relying instead on air power and local forces.

But his 'no boots on the ground' pledge is coming under pressure amid growing calls for advisers and forward air controllers to deploy with Iraqi or Kurdish soldiers to help direct air raids and plan operations.


The ISIS group's 'cosmopolitan' use of social media, 'as when extremists post kitten photographs', was attracting a new breed of foreign fighters who are put off by the more dogmatic communication tactics of Al Qaeda, said the report.

The UN agreed with the Obama administration that 'core al-Qaeda remains weak', but argued that its demise had only paved the way for more bloody groups, for whom 'cross-border attacks - or attacks against international targets - remain a minority.'
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Now Jihadi Fighters are Booking Tickets on Cruise Ships to Join Extremists in Syria and Iraq

  • Jihadists hoping to bypass efforts to thwart them in neighbouring Turkey
  • According to Interpol, the phenomenon has been used for three months
  • Interpol now wants to expand I-Checkit programme - where airlines share information from its databases - to include cruise operations
Daily Mail UK, 7 November 2014


Would-be jihadi fighters are booking tickets on cruise ships to join extremists in battle zones in Syria and Iraq.


The new tactic has been deployed by jihadists hoping to bypass the stepped-up efforts to thwart them in neighbouring Turkey.
According to Interpol officials, the phenomenon is relatively new and has been used by would-be fighters in the last three months.





Would-be jihadi fighters are travelling on cruise ships to try and join extremist groups in Syria and Iraq


Turkey, with its long and often porous border with Syria, has been a major thoroughfare for many of the thousands of foreign fighters seeking to join extremists like ISIS, which has captured territory across Iraq and Syria.
Turkish authorities say they have set up teams to capture suspected foreign fighters in airports and bus stations, and have deported hundreds in recent months.

As such, would-be jihadists have made alternative travel arrangements to reach battle zones.

Pierre St. Hilaire, director of counterterrorism at Interpol, said:

'Because they know the airports are monitored more closely now, there's a use of cruise ships to travel to those areas.
'There is evidence that the individuals, especially in Europe, are traveling mostly to Izmit and other places to engage in this type of activity,' he said, referring to a Turkish coastal town.
'Originally, our concern about people on cruise ships - dangerous people on cruise ships - really focused on the classic sort of rapist, burglar, or violent criminal.
'But as we've gathered data, we've realised that there are more and more reports that people are using cruise ships in order to get to launch pads, if you will - sort of closer to the conflict zones - of Syria and Iraq.'





The outgoing Interpol chief called on countries to step up screening at all transportation hubs to halt the advance of extreme groups such as ISIS


Cruise ships, which often make repeated stops, offer an added benefit by allowing would-be jihadis to hop off undetected at any number of ports - making efforts to track them more difficult.

Mr St. Hilaire said it wasn't exactly clear yet how many would-be foreign fighters were travelling by cruise ship to reach Syria.
He added that some people have driven all the way from their homes in Europe to the Syrian border to avoid passing through airports.

He was quick to caution that Europe is by no means the only or even the main source of foreign fighters for Syria.

'It's a global threat - 15,000 fighters or more from 81 countries traveling to one specific conflict zone,' he said, noting that that there are some 300 from China alone. 'In order to prevent their travel and identify them, there needs to be greater information-sharing among the region, among national security agencies.'

Speaking in Monaco, where Interpol is holding its general assembly this week, outgoing chief Ronald Noble confirmed that Turkey was a destination, but declined to identify any others.
He also refused to indicate how many people might be involved, but called on countries to step up screening at all transportation hubs - 'airports and, more and more, cruise lines.'

This is one of the reasons why the international police body is preparing to expand a pilot programme known as I-Checkit, where airlines share passenger information off Interpol's databases - in the hope that one day the system could expand to include cruise operators, banks, hotels and other private-sector partners.

Many European governments have expressed concern that home-grown jihadis who self-radicalise online and then travel to Syria will return home with skills to carry out terror attacks.

Frenchman Mehdi Nemmouche, who allegedly spent a year in Syria and fought with Islamic State, is the chief suspect in a May attack on the Jewish Museum of Brussels that killed four people.
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'We Hope He is Remembered for His Work and Love for Others': Parents of US Aid Worker Peter Kassig Issue Emotional Statement after ISIS Releases New Video Claiming to Show Their Son's Execution
  • Video purporting to show Peter Kassig's severed head released Sunday
  • Hostage's parents have released emotional statement about his 'death'
  • Said they hoped war veteran, 26, would be remembered for his aid work
  • Added they were waiting for U.S. Government to confirm if video is real
  • Mr Kassig was captured in Syria in October last year while providing aid
  • Video of his 'murder' also shows execution of dozens of Syrian soldiers
  • Militant warns Obama that ISIS 'will slaughter your people in your streets'
  • In last letter to parents, received in June, Peter said he was 'scared' to die
  • White House said intelligence agencies are examining latest ISIS video
  • If it is real, they will be 'appalled by brutal murder of innocent American'

  • Daily Mail UK, 16 November 2014

The parents of American aid worker Peter Kassig today issued an emotional statement following the apparent beheading of their 'treasured' son at the hands of Islamic State militants.
In the release, Ed and Paula Kassig, of Indianapolis, said they hoped the 26-year-old war veteran would be remembered for his 'important work' and the love he shared with his friends and family.

They added that they were waiting for the U.S. Government to verify the authenticity of a 16-minute long ISIS propaganda video purporting to show a militant standing over Peter's severed head.


'We are aware of the news reports being circulated about our treasured son and are waiting for confirmation from the government as to the authenticity of these reports,' said Mr and Mrs Kassig.


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Awaiting confirmation: Paula and Ed Kassig (both pictured) today issued an emotional statement following the apparent beheading of their 'treasured' son and aid worker Peter at the hands of Islamic State militants


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THE KASSIG FAMILY'S STATEMENT 'We are aware of the news reports being circulated about our treasured son and are waiting for confirmation from the government as to the authenticity of these reports. We will have no other statement at this time and ask that you please respect our privacy.
'The family respectfully asks that the news media avoid playing into the hostage takers’ hands and refrain from publishing or broadcasting photographs or video distributed by the hostage takers.
'We prefer our son is written about and remembered for his important work and the love he shared with friends and family, not in the manner the hostage takers would use to manipulate Americans and further their cause.'



'Murdered': In the release, the Kassigs, of Indianapolis, said they hoped the 26-year-old war veteran (pictured) would be remembered for his 'important work' abroad and the love he shared with his friends and family





Family: Mr and Mrs Kassig are seen with Peter - who changed his name to Abdul-Rahman - in an old photo


'We prefer our son is written about and remembered for his important work and the love he shared with friends and family, not in the manner the hostage takers would use to manipulate Americans and further their cause.
'The family respectfully asks that the news media avoid playing into the hostage takers’ hands and refrain from publishing or broadcasting photographs or video distributed by the hostage takers.'

The video claiming to show Peter's severed head - which was released by the terror group on Sunday morning - also featured the graphic mass murder of dozens of Syrian soldiers and airmen.


Footage shows the victims being led to a place in the desert by uniformed jihadis who each pick up a knife before sawing off victims' heads. The militants claim U.S. soldiers will meet a similar fate.


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Speaking in the now-familiar London accent of ISIS executioner-***-spokesman Jihadi John, a masked jihadist warns:

'To Obama, the dog of Rome. Today we are slaughtering the soldiers of Bashar and tomorrow we will be slaughtering your soldiers.
'And with Allah’s permission we will break this final and last crusade. And the Islamic State will soon, like your puppet David Cameron said, begin to slaughter your people in your streets.’



Boastful: The Kassigs added that they were waiting for the U.S. Government to verify the authenticity of a 16-minute long ISIS video purporting to show a militant (pictured) standing over Peter's severed head




Last seen:It comes a month after Peter - who changed his name to Abdul-Rahman after converting to Islam - was paraded at the end of a graphic video (pictured) showing the murder of British aid worker Alan Henning





Unsettling: The video also shows the mass murder of Syrian military personnel by beheading led by Jihadi John at a desert location. Unlike the murder of Western hostages, the killing of the Syrians is shown in full


It comes a month after Peter - who changed his name to Abdul-Rahman after converting to Islam - was paraded at the end of a graphic video showing the murder of British aid worker Alan Henning.

According to the White House, U.S. intelligence agencies are currently trying to determine whether the latest video by ISIS, which now controls a third of Syria and Iraq, is real.

National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan said that if the video was authentic, the administration would be 'appalled by the brutal murder of an innocent American.'
She added that the White House expresses its deepest condolences to Peter's family and friends.

Meanwhile, British Prime Minister David Cameron said he was 'horrified by the cold blooded murder' of Peter and claimed that Islamic State militants 'have again shown their depravity'.

Mr Kassig was captured in Syria in October last year while providing medical training and humanitarian aid to victims of the country's conflict.

Previous beheading videos showed a desert landscape but in this latest release appears to be in front of a town with fields in the distance. Mr Kassig's apparent murder is not shown.
At the end of the video, which intersperses various executions with file footage of U.S. forces in Iraq and later clips of Islamic State battles, a bloodied, decapitated head is shown at the feet of a militant wearing khaki boots.

The masked militant may be Jihadi John, the man believed be from Britain who wielded the knife in four previous murders of Western hostages.
His voice sounds similar to the voice of the masked militant who has featured in previous videos. and he has what sounds like a London accent despite his voice being distorted.

However, the news of Peter's death broke hours after Jihadi John was reportedly injured in U.S. airstrikes on Saturday night.






Bloodthirsty: The video shows in full graphic detail how the militants saw the heads off their victims





Grandparents: A younger Peter is pictured with his grandparents. His grandfather, a co-founder of Christians for Peace and Justice in the Middle East, was an advocate for Palestinians in their struggle for a homeland









Tragic: Peter is pictured cradling an injured kitten that he and a friend rescued and nursed back to health (left) and smiling in his high school graduation portrait from North Central High School in Indianapolis (right)



Peter Kassig's parents make plea to ISIS for son's return:






In the video, the militant says:

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'This is Peter Edward Kassig, a U.S. citizen of your country. Peter, who fought against the Muslims in Iraq while serving as a soldier under the American army, doesn't have much to say. His previous cell mates have already spoken on his behalf.

'But we say to you Obama ... you claim to have withdrawn from Iraq four years ago. We said to you then that you are liars, that you have not withdrawn and that if you had withdrawn that you would return, even if after some time.

'You would return. Here you are. You have not withdrawn. Rather, you hid some of your forces behind your proxies and withdrawn the rest. Your forces will return, greater in number than they were before. You will return and your proxies will not benefit you.'And we also remind you of the haunting words that our Sheikh Abu Musab al-Zarqawi told you. The spark has been lit here in Iraq and its heat will continue to intensify by Allah's permission until it burns the crusader army in Dabiq.
'And here we are, burying the first crusader in Dabiq. Eagerly awaiting for the remainder of your armies to arrive.'

A dateline on the video says it has been shot in Dabiq, which is the location where Islamic State militants believe a decisive final battle will be fought with Western forces.



Footage also shows the militant leading the mass execution of Syrian military personnel by jihadis at a desert location.
Unlike the apparent murders of Western hostages, in which the camera cuts away at the moment their throats are cut, these killings are shown in full.

It comes five months after Peter wrote a final letter to his parents, in which he revealed that he was 'scared to die' and saddened by the pain the ordeal has caused his family, BBC News reported.

In the letter, which the Kassigs received on June 2, he wrote: 'I am obviously pretty scared to die but the hardest part is not knowing, wondering, hoping, and wondering if I should even hope at all.'





Aid: Mr Kassig in front of a truck somewhere along the Syrian border between late 2012 and autumn 2013





Helping others: National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan said that if the latest video was authentic, the administration would be 'appalled by the brutal murder of an innocent American'




Shocked: British Prime Minister David Cameron said he was 'horrified by the cold blooded murder' of Peter and claimed that Islamic State (also known as ISIL) militants 'have again shown their depravity'



Peter continued: 'If I do die, I figure that at least you and I can seek refuge and comfort in knowing that I went out as a result of trying to alleviate suffering and helping those in need.'
The hostage told his parents that he prayed every day and was not angry about his situation 'in terms of my faith'. The letter ended with the words: 'I love you.'

Mr Kassig's parents broke their silence over his captivity last month because 'the dynamics' had changed and they feared for his life.

Their son had formed the aid organisation Special Emergency Response and Assistance, or SERA, in Turkey to provide aid and assistance to Syrian refugees.
He began delivering food and medical supplies to Syrian refugee camps in 2012 and was also a trained medical assistant who provided trauma care to injured Syrian civilians and helped train 150 civilians in providing medical aid.

Mr and Mrs Kassig said they had been doing all they could to free their son but were silent about his plight for a year at the instructions of the IS militants. Mr Kassig told U.S. show CBS This Morning: 'They demand. They simply demand.'
His wife added: 'We have sent them back messages that we cannot do what you ask. We have tried. But we don't have the power to do it.'

Mrs Kassig told NBC's Today show that the couple received an audio recording of their son in which he said he thought his time was running out.

The couple also released excerpts from a letter written by Peter in which he feared 'it may very well be coming down to the wire here'.

The latest video is the fourth time this year that IS has published footage showing the murder of Western hostages.
The beheading of American journalist James Foley was released online in August, while videos of the killings of British aid workers David Haines and Alan Henning were posted in September and October, respectively.

A British Muslim leader condemned the latest killing. Shaukat Warraich, editor of Imamsonline.com, said:

'The murder of Abdul-Rahman Kassig is an affront to Islam. The murderous criminals are a stain on humanity and their wicked ways must be stopped.
'To take the life of another, one whose life has been dedicated to providing aid to our brothers and sisters suffering in Syria, Iraq and the surrounding regions further highlights the inhumane, revolting and unIslamic terrorists for what they really are.'


Former British prime minister Sir John Major described the murder as '13th-century barbarism'.





Speaking out: Mr Kassig's parents broke their silence over his captivity last month because 'the dynamics' had changed and they feared for his life. Mr Kassig told U.S. show CBS that the militants 'simply demand'






Desperate: Last month, the couple appealed directly to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi on Twitter, begging him to spare their only son's life. Above, Mrs Kassig's tweet, featuring a letter to al Baghdadi



He told BBC1's The Andrew Marr Show:

'The people they are murdering, which makes it doubly worse, triply worse, are people who actually went there to help those in difficulty and in need.
'They are being murdered in the most brutal ways, almost beyond belief.'

On whether Britain is in a position to do something about the situation, Sir John added: 'I don't think we can do all that much about it alone, but can we contribute to helping other people to do something about it - I think the answer is undoubtedly yes.

Though unless we want the old argument that the crusaders have come in to attack, we really need to support other Arabs on the ground and use our power in other ways to help them - surveillance, training, provide weapons and so forth - I think that is a proper role for us.'

Shadow foreign secretary Douglas Alexander said: 'If this video is authenticated, all of us in the UK will feel revulsion at this latest sickening murder. It only emphasises the scale of the threat posed by Isil and the importance of the international community working together to confront that threat.'

The militant Islamic State group has beheaded and shot dead hundreds of captives - mainly Syrian and Iraqi soldiers - during its sweep across the two countries, and has celebrated mass killings in a series of slickly produced but extremely graphic videos.
The group has declared an Islamic caliphate in the areas under its control in Syria and Iraq, which it governs according to a harsh version of Shariah law.

The U.S. began launching air strikes in Iraq and Syria earlier this year in a bid to halt the group's rapid advance and eventually degrade and destroy it.


David Cameron outlines plans to 'confront' extremism






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TIMELINE OF BRUTAL ISLAMIC STATE KILLINGS
By Neil Lancefield, Press Association

The murder of US aid worker Peter Kassig was the fifth such killing to be filmed and released by the Islamic State (IS). Here is a timeline of events, starting with the days leading up to the death of the first hostage, US journalist James Foley.
  • Summer 2014 - A rescue mission fails to free Mr Foley from a secret location where he is being held by IS. The American freelance journalist, 40, was captured two years earlier.
  • August 13: Mr Foley's family receive a message that he will be murdered.
  • August 19: al-Furqan Media, which is controlled by the terror group, releases a video appearing to show Mr Foley's killing. His death apparently happened at some time in the previous week. Social media bosses are forced to act swiftly in banning both the video and still images of the beheading, while concerns mount for fellow reporter and captive Steven Sotloff, who is seen pleading for the US to stop air strikes in Iraq at the end of the video.
  • August 20: David Cameron cuts short a family holiday in Cornwall to hold meetings in Downing Street over the 'shocking and depraved' murder. Meanwhile, US President Barack Obama remains defiant over his country's war on terror. He says: 'We will be vigilant and we will be relentless.'
  • August 21: The killer is reported to be a British man who goes under the moniker 'Jihadi John'.
  • September 2: Mr Cameron condemns the 'disgusting and despicable' video apparently showing Mr Sotloff wearing an orange jumpsuit and being beheaded by IS militants. The alleged killer speaks with a British accent, prompting suggestions he is the man who murdered Mr Foley. It emerges that a British hostage, now known to be aid worker David Haines, is also under threat.
  • September 4: At the start of a Nato summit in Wales, leaders of the Western alliance show a united front in response to terror threats. Mr Cameron and Mr Obama insist they will not weaken in the face of threats from IS terrorists. The Prime Minister refuses to rule out joining the US in air strikes on IS. He says Britain must 'use everything we have in our armoury' to squash the terrorists out of existence.
  • September 5: Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond joins Mr Cameron in saying the Government will not hold back on launching air strikes, and says threats on Mr Haines's life by his captors will not deter the UK from taking action. The Nato summit ends with a pledge to 'degrade and defeat' IS militants.
  • September 9: Defence Secretary Michael Fallon confirms Britain will supply £1.6 million of machine guns and ammunition to Kurdish forces fighting IS militants in northern Iraq as part of a burgeoning international effort to drive back the jihadists.
  • September 10: Mr Obama authorises air strikes inside Syria for the first time as well as an expansion of strikes in Iraq.
  • September 13: A video showing the murder of British aid worker Mr Haines is released. The video, which involves the 44-year-old saying Mr Cameron and former PM Tony Blair should be held responsible for his death, is widely condemned. It comes hours after Mr Haines's family issue a plea to his captors to contact them. The clip also includes a threat to kill a second British hostage.
  • September 14: Mr Cameron calls an emergency meeting of its Cobra committee in the wake of the murder. The next British hostage, 47-year-old minicab driver Alan Henning, is named as the man shown in the video.
  • September 19: Islamic militants release a propaganda video featuring a British hostage believed to be journalist John Cantlie.
  • September 23: Islamic extremists release a new propaganda video appearing to feature Mr Cantlie. The clip is the second showing the journalist to be circulated by IS militants in less than a week. It comes as the US - backed by Arab allies - carries out its first wave of air strikes on IS militants in Syria.
  • September 24: Britain appears ready to ramp up its military involvement in the struggle against IS, as Mr Cameron addresses the United Nations in New York.
  • September 25: FBI director James Comey is reported to have confirmed that the identity of Jihadi John has been uncovered. However, he refused to give the individual's name publicly.
  • September 26: MPs vote by 524 to 43 to endorse attacks on the militants in Iraq in support of the United States-led coalition. The vote clears the way for RAF warplanes stationed in Cyprus to begin combat operations as soon as suitable targets are identified.
  • September 27: RAF Tornado GR4 fighter bombers carry out their first sortie over Iraq since Parliament gave the green light for air strikes without finding any targets to attack.
  • October 3: A video showing the brutal murder of Mr Henning, 47, by IS militants is posted on the internet. Mr Cameron vows to 'hunt down' the 'repulsive' terrorists responsible for the beheading.
  • October 7: Former Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg claims he offered to help the Government secure the release of Mr Henning but was rebuffed. Mr Begg says he believed he knew those who held the murdered aid worker and had helped secure the release of hostages from extremists in Syria in the past.
  • October 13: Mr Cantlie's sister urges IS to 'restart dialogue' with his family.
  • November 16: IS releases a video showing the beheading of American hostage Peter Kassig. The IS militant in the footage speaks with a London accent and appears to be Jihadi John. Mr Kassig was captured in Syria in October 2013 while providing medical training and humanitarian aid to victims of the country's conflict




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ISLAMIC STATE'S WESTERN VICTIMS
  • James Foley - this 40-year-old American freelance photojournalist was documenting the Syrian civil war when he was snatched in November 2012 in the country's north west. His murder was shown in a video released in August.
  • Steven Sotloff - an Israeli-American journalist working for both TIME and The Jerusalem Post who was kidnapped in Aleppo, Syria, in 2013. The 31-year-old's apparent beheading was shown in a video released on September 2.
  • David Haines - the 44-year-old British humanitarian aid worker was taken hostage while working at a refugee camp in Idlib, Syria, near the Turkish border. His abduction only became public when he appeared in the Sotloff execution video. He was apparently killed on camera in a video released on September 13.
  • Alan Henning - this volunteer aide worker from Britain, 47, had been working with Islamic charities to deliver food and water to people affected by Syria's civil war. He was abducted in the city of Al-Dana when that area fell under the control of Islamic State fighters in December 2013. A video showing his apparent murder was released on October 3.

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EXCLUSIVE: GOT HIM!
-'Jihadi John' is Wounded in US Airstrike That Killed 10 Top ISIS Commanders at Secret Bunker Meeting in Iraq'

  • Jihadi John was in a bunker in northern Iraq with the leader of ISIS
  • A US airstrike destroyed the bunker, killing an estimated 10 ISIS leaders
  • Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was believed to have been injured in the airstrike
  • The Foreign Office confirmed they are investigating reports the injuries
  • A nurse claimed one of the men was the man who 'slaughtered journalists'
Daily Mail UK, 16 November 2014


Jihadi John, the Briton who beheaded British and American hostages held by Islamic State terrorists, has been injured in a US-led air strike, according to reports received by the UK Foreign Office.


The masked ‘executioner’ with a London accent is believed to have narrowly escaped death when he attended a summit of the group’s leaders in an Iraqi town close to the Syrian border last Saturday.
The meeting was targeted by American and Iraqi jets.

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The US Air Force attacked a bunker where Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi and Jihadi John were meeting in Iraq



‘We are aware of reports that this individual [Jihadi John] has been injured, and we are looking into them,’ a UK Foreign Office spokesman told The Mail on Sunday.

This newspaper has received an independent account of how Jihadi John was injured and rushed to hospital after a devastating air strike in Al Qaim, in Anbar Province, Western Iraq.


The UK Foreign Office spokesman added:

‘We have a number of sources of information coming in.
‘The incident occurred last weekend, and so we have received the reports in the last few days. We don’t have any representation inside Syria, and so it is difficult to confirm these reports.’


The Foreign Office also issued an official statement saying:

‘We are aware of reports. We cannot confirm these reports.’

A spokesman for US Central Command said they were unable to confirm the details for security reasons.

The joint US-Iraqi mission left at least ten IS commanders dead, and around 40 injured.
Those reportedly hurt, or killed, included IS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi.

But until now, Jihadi John’s presence at the meeting has not emerged.
It is also not known whether Jihadi John was intentionally targeted or merely happened to be present.



The secret, heavily guarded meeting took place last Saturday in a makeshift underground bunker beneath a house in Al Qaim. At least 30 tribal elders from various parts of Syria and Iraq gathered to pledge allegiance to Al-Baghdadi, according to our well-placed Syrian source. He said Jihadi John, as a senior IS figure in his own right, who goes by the nomme de guerre Jalman Al-Britani, was also present.

Cameron: 'I want Jihadi John to face justice'









Sources claim that Jihadi John, pictured, was injured and rushed to hospital following the surgical airstrike in Iraq which killed ten ISIS commanders, the killer, who has a London accent, murdered Steven Sotloff and other hostages



According to our source, a nurse who treated the wounded in a hospital in Deir-ez-Zour, confirmed that one of the names on the injured list was Jalman, saying it was ‘the one who slaughtered the journalists’.

It is not clear how seriously the British fanatic was hurt, but the source said that both he and Al-Baghdadi were rushed to the Al Qaim General Hospital for treatment.

IS members issued urgent calls through the local mosque’s loudspeakers, appealing for the town’s residents to donate blood at the hospital.

Our source, who does not want to be identified for his own safety, added that Jihadi John, Al-Baghdadi and the other wounded IS personnel were then driven to Syria, and travelling 200 miles north along the Euphrates valley to the IS stronghold of Raqqa.

The injured were taken to two captured Syrian army barracks near the city in the hope that underground medical facilities there would provide protection against further air strikes.

The source said that hospitals in Raqqa and nearby Deir-ez-Zour were ordered to take their medical supplies and staff to the secure bases, once the HQs of the Assad regime’s 17th Division and 93rd Brigade.

Jihadi John has become one of the world’s most hunted terrorists after beheading British aid workers David Haines, 44, from Perth, and Alan Henning, 47, from Manchester; and American journalists James Foley, 40, and Steven Sotloff, 31.

Footage of the atrocities has been released online, and in the most recent gruesome execution video of Mr Henning, put out last month, the murderer threatened to behead another US hostage, Peter Kassig, 26, an aid worker...... which has now apparently happened...

British journalist John Cantlie, also held hostage, has been forced to appear in a series of internet propaganda videos for IS.

Our source, who has contacts with the IS leadership in Syria, also throws fresh light on the role played by Jihadi John within the terrorist group.
Unlike most other western Muslim recruits, he has risen to a position of some seniority.
Normally, Western fighters occupy lowly positions, mainly being used as foot soldiers or performing guard duty. Although believed to formerly have been a prison guard for IS, Jihadi John was made a member of a shura council, or governing body, of an IS ‘wilayat’, or province.

IS is now controlling large areas of Syria and Iraq, which it has declared an Islamic caliphate. Jihadi John is understood to be in the shura council for the wilayat of Al Furat, an area that straddles the Syria-Iraq border and includes Al Qaim, the scene of the air strike.

Our source added that Jihadi John does not live in Raqqa, but in Al Bukamal, a small desert town which borders Iraq.
He is aged between 28 and 31, and is fluent in English, Arabic and classical Arabic, the language of the Koran.
According to our source. He first joined IS in Iraq when he left the UK, but then moved to Syria.






The raid is believed to have injured or killed, the leader of ISIS Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, pictured


The source said that 'Jihadi John' usually travels in a black Audi jeep, and he has six other British terrorists with him who act as his bodyguards.


In the confusion following the bombing last weekend, rumours swiftly spread that IS leader Al-Baghdadi had been killed.

Last week, in order to scotch those rumours, he issued a 17-minute audio recording, exhorting extremists to ‘erupt volcanoes of jihad everywhere’.

The Mail on Sunday has obtained an Iraqi intelligence document from the Federal Intelligence and Investigation unit of the Ministry of Interior, which outlines last Saturday’s attack.

The document said that Al-Baghdadi was wearing black and first went to a kindergarten building before going to have lunch at an IS leader’s house.
It is believed that the air strikes took place when he was meeting the other leaders in a bunker beneath that property.





It is understood that Jihadi John has been moved to the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa in Syria, pictured



Muhammad Nasser Delli, an MP for Anbar province, told The Mail on Sunday that local residents confirmed to him that they saw Al-Baghdadi being treated at Al Qaim.
He said:

‘A number of people saw him there, but he did not stay at the hospital long. There were lots of women and children that were killed on Saturday during the air strikes.’

The Iraqi intelligence paper also states that Al-Baghdadi was taken to Al Qaim hospital, before being driven to Syria.

It lists 16 IS leaders as having been killed in the attack, and nine injured.

Among the dead are;

Abu Huzaifa Al-Adnany, a security guard to Al-Baghdadi, and Abu Quatayba, the cleric of Al Furat wilaya, who would sit in the same shura council as 'Jihadi John'.
Also dead is a prominent IS fighter from Chechnya called Abu Abdul Rahman Al-Shishani, says the document.



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World Coalition Actions Have Weakened Islamic State

3 December 2014, By Lesley Wroughton and Adrian Croft, Reuters

BRUSSELS, Dec 3 (Reuters) - The coalition has inflicted serious damage on Islamic State, carrying out around 1,000 air strikes so far in Iraq and Syria, but the fight against the militants could last years, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday.


The United States and its allies began air strikes against Islamic State after the Sunni militants made large territorial advances last summer. The Iraqi army, Sunni tribal fighters and Kurdish forces have since recovered some ground against them.

"Our commitment will be measured most likely in years but our efforts are already having a significant impact," Kerry said at the start of a first meeting of ministers from a coalition of more than 60 countries that Washington has assembled to destroy Islamic State, which is also known as Daesh.
"The roughly 1,000 coalition air missions we have flown have reduced Daesh's leadership and inflicted damage on its logistical and operational capabilities."

Kerry said Islamic State's momentum in Iraq had dissipated and Iraqi forces had retaken territory around Mosul and in Tikrit and had expanded security around some oil refineries.
In northern and western Iraq, Kurdish troops are battling Islamic State, while Sunni tribal fighters are "beginning to come on board," Kerry added.

In Syria, he said Islamic State command facilities had been destroyed, oil infrastructure damaged and a siege of the border town of Kobani blocked.

"It is much harder now than when we started for Daesh to assemble forces in strength, to travel in convoys and to launch concerted attacks," Kerry said. "No large Daesh unit can move forward aggressively without worrying what will come down on it from the skies."

The U.S.-chaired meeting was held at NATO headquarters in Brussels, but Kerry stressed it was not a NATO event.

Washington wants to discuss political coordination among coalition members but otherwise officials have been vague about the aims of the meeting.

Kerry praised the role of Arab states in the fight against Islamic State. Apart from Iraq, the meeting had 60 representatives from countries around the world, including Kuwait, Bahrain and Morocco.

Kerry, who held talks with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi before the meeting, also hailed "the significant progress" the new Baghdad government was making to implement a national programme and to unite against Islamic State.

Kerry cited Baghdad's agreement this week with Kurds on oil exports and revenue and its order for the release of detainees held without formal charges.


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The Enemy of my Enemy: Pentagon Confirms Iran has Launched Airstrikes Alongside U.S. and UK in Fight Against ISIS

  • Iran has launched several airstrikes against ISIS in recent days
  • Attacks in eastern Iraq are not coordinated with coalition forces
  • Tehran has not been invited to join the coalition, Pentagon said
  • Shortly after strikes were confirmed, Iran's ambassador to Yemen was targeted in suicide bomb attack


Iran has joined the fight against ISIS and has launched airstrikes against militants in eastern Iraq, Pentagon said today.

Tehran has targeted ISIS in recent days, but is not coordinating attacks with the U.S. and the UK, and has not been invited to join the coalition, a Pentagon spokesman said.
Rear Admiral John Kirby says the U.S. believes this may be the first time Tehran has launched manned aircraft from inside Iran to strike targets in Iraq.

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Joining forces: Iran has launched airstrikes against militants in eastern Iraq alongside coalition forces (pictured is two U.S. Navy F-18E Super Hornets over Iran



The fight against ISIS has seen Tehran and the Washington set aside their customary hostility to battle a common enemy which both governments view as a dangerous threat.

Earlier this week, an F-4 fighter, similar to those used by the Iranian air force, was filmed attacking targets in the eastern province of Diyala, and its nationality was confirmed by Pentagon yesterday.

'We have indications that they [Iran] did indeed fly air strikes with F-4 Phantoms in the past several days,' Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby said.

Iranian forces have been active on the ground in Iraq assisting Shiite militia and Baghdad government units, but this was the first time the United States had confirmed the Iranian air force was conducting strikes against the IS group.
Kirby said the United States was not coordinating with Iranian forces and that it was up to the Iraqi government to oversee military flights by different countries.


Car bomb explodes on street in Yemen killing three people;







Attack: Yemeni police troopers gather at the damaged residence of the Iranian ambassador in Sanaa, after a car bomb exploded on the street outside, killing three people





Possible retaliation: Iranian ambassador Hassan Sayed Nam was not in the house when the attack took place






Suicide mission: Witnesses say a suicide attacker drove a car laden with explosives at the residence of the Iranian ambassador in the Yemeni capital Sanaa, but this has not been confirmed



'We are flying missions over Iraq. We coordinate with the Iraqi government as we conduct those. It's up to the Iraqi government to deconflict that air space,' Kirby told reporters.
'Nothing has changed about our policy of not coordinating military activity with the Iranians.'

Shortly after Tehran's airstrikes were confirmed, Iran's ambassador to Yemen was targeted in a bomb attack in the capital of Sanaa.
A car bomb detonated outside the residence of Ambassador Hassan Sayed Nam in Sanaa this morning, killing at least three people, security officials and witnesses said.


The ambassador was not in the house when the attack took place, and it was not immediately clear whether the attack was in retaliation for Iran's airstrikes against ISIS.
It is also not known if the attack was carried out by a suicide bomber or if the device was remotely detonated.

Shiite-ruled Iran has close ties to the Shia-led government in Baghdad, and Tehran quickly came to the government's aid after the Sunni jihadists overran Iraqi army units in western and northern Iraq earlier this year.

Iran also has provided weapons to ****e fighters in Iraq and several fighter jets, amid widespread speculation that the planes are flown by Iranian pilots.
The commander of Iran's elite Quds Force, Major General Qassem Suleimani, led a counter-attack in Iraq over the summer that pushed back IS militants from a key route leading from Samarra to Baghdad, according to Lebanon's Shiite movement Hezbollah.



Even if there is no direct communication between Iranian and U.S. forces, the Americans likely would be aware and easily monitor flights over Iraq by Iran's less sophisticated air fleet, which uses a fighter jet that dates back to the Vietnam War





A F-4 fighter, similar to those used by the Iranian air force, was filmed by Al Jazeera attacking targets in the eastern province of Diyala (pictured)


A US air command center in Qatar coordinates American fighters, bombers, drones and surveillance aircraft flying round-the-clock missions over Iraq along with other coalition warplanes from European governments as well as Australia and Canada.

The onslaught of the IS in Iraq has forged an unlikely alignment between Iran and the United States, which have been locked in a cold war for more than three decades.


The fight against the IS has come amid a US diplomatic drive to agree a deal with Iran over its nuclear program, and officials acknowledge the two sides have discussed the war in Iraq on the margins of the nuclear talks.
But the two rivals remain deeply opposed over Syria, with Iran providing crucial military backing for President Bashar al-Assad while Washington has vowed to train a moderate rebel force to eventually confront the Damascus regime.

Analysts and former US officials say neither country appears ready to pursue elaborate cooperation for military operations in Iraq, but there appears to be some level of tactical communication at least to avoid accidents.

As the two governments expand their military activity in Iraq, there is a growing risk of potential crossed signals or conflict as Washington and Tehran remain bitter enemies.

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Update re: VIDEOs>ISIS Shoots Down Jet-Captures Pilot +Dungeon That Held Starving Hostages

EXCLUSIVE: Is This the Syrian Dungeon Where Beheaded U.S. and British Hostages Were Caged by ISIS?
-Pictures Show Factory Basement 'Where Half-Starved Westerners Were Held in Darkness'

  • A Syrian held alongside the westerners claims factory basement shown on TV report is where he was held with Jim Foley and other hostages
  • Video and pictures show a dusty basement in Sheikh Najjar is strewn with blankets, tattered mattresses, cardboard, plastic bottles and other detritus
  • Westerners were caged there half-starved, in permanent darkness for months until December 2013 - before being handed over to 'Jihadi John'
  • One European captive claimed he saved eggs for Steven Sotloff, who secretly fasted on Yom Kippur. He didn't want ISIS to know he was Jewish
  • Guards treated Westerners better than Syrian prisoners - who were beaten and tortured - and were given treats like sweets and extra jam
  • Prison boss played cruel trick when they were being moved. He said they'd be freed - but instead were taken to Raqqa and Jihadi John
Daily Mail UK, 19 December 2014


This is the first glimpse inside the secret underground prison where ISIS caged Western hostages - including James Foley, Steven Sotloff and David Haines - former fellow prisoners have claimed.
Freed captives told MailOnline they lived in wretched conditions alongside them, half-starved on hard concrete floors in almost permanent darkness in the basement room of the abandoned factory in the Sheikh Najjar Industrial City, in the suburbs of Aleppo, during the last four months of 2013.

They were then moved to Raqqa, Syria, where they were handed over to their executioner, the infamous 'Jihadi John' and his death squad.

The former prisoners gave a chilling insight into the ordeal that the men - and allegedly one woman - endured in the bleak darkness.


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Hellish: A Syria TV reporter took this image in an abandoned factory turned ISIS prison in Sheikh Najjar, Syria - unaware that later it would be claimed that it was where Western hostages were kept for months





Separated: One hostage claimed that the basement was divided into two different sections; the first was converted into about 14 dingy single cells and the second into 12 single cells and three big rooms






Together in the dark: It is claimed that the Western hostage men were kept together in one of the larger rooms



One of the former hostages who talked to MailOnline identified the dungeon - either a disused wood or furniture factory - from footage broadcast by a pro-Syrian TV Channel earlier this year, after President Bashar Al-Assad's forces pushed out Islamist rebel groups from the heavily contested area.

But the Syrian reporter walking through the ISIS prison - before the world was revulsed by the video of Jim Foley's execution in August - had no idea that it had housed nearly 20 Western journalists and aid workers.

As he walks through, he points the cameraman to discarded blankets, tattered mattresses and plastic water bottles that are strewn around the dusty floor in the footage - haunting evidence of the miserable existence of the prisoners who had been caged there.

The reporter also posted images of his visit to the Sheikh Najjar prison to his Facebook page, showing the cubicles in which some of the prisoners were believed to have been kept.


Cells have been uncovered believed to have held James Foley





A shocking separate image he uploaded on the same day shows a chair apparently used to restrain prisoners with belts, but it's not clear whether this picture was taken in the factory.


The movements and ordeal of ISIS' valuable foreign hostages - used either for ransom or propaganda - have been shrouded in mystery and speculation for more than a year.

The apparent location of where many of the Western prisoners spent long periods of their captivity came from interviews with two European hostages, freed earlier this year after ransoms were reportedly paid.

And a Syrian prisoner who spent two months in Sheikh Najjar identified the location from the TV report. He said he regularly heard the American and European prisoners, including Jim Foley, from his nearby cell.

ISIS, according to the Syrian, had divided the basement into two different sections; the first was converted into around 14 dingy single cells and the second into 12 single cells and three big rooms.

The foreign aid workers and journalists spent most of their time together in one of the big rooms, he said, while most of the Syrians were housed in the individual cubicles. An American woman was held in a separate cell in the same location, it is claimed.





Courage: The Syrian remembers Jim Foley as a cheerful and funny interlocutor, frequently bantering with the guards and cajoling them into better treatment. This was before he was handed over to Jihadi John









Cameraderie: David Haines, top, was part of the congregation of western hostages at Sheikh Najjar. As was American-Israeli journalist Steven Sotloff. One hostage said that as Sotloff secretly observed the Yom Kippur fast by pretending to have an upset stomach, he kept his eggs for him that had been served that day






Desperate: British photojournalist John Cantlie, who is apparently still alive and has appeared in numerous ISIS propaganda videos, was believed to be in the Sheikh Najjar prison in October 2013


A freed European hostage claimed:

'They built the prison around us. When we came in, there was nothing there. It was just a normal factory.'
The room where the male hostages spent their time was 'about five metres by five metres, with a toilet, but not really square', he said.

Conditions were grim. Many of the prisoners were in a state of constant hunger and the basement was freezing cold.

'Only in Raqqa did they decide to feed us', one of the European hostages told MailOnline - referring to the Syrian city that is the headquarters of ISIS - where the prisoners were moved to later.

Candles were only brought when it was time to eat, according to the Syrian prisoner, which wasn't very often.


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We had eggs that day, and eggs were very important food to keep. He didn't say he was doing Yom Kippur to the other ones, only to two people. Because I saw him doing it, I said "are you doing Kippur?". He said 'how do you know?
Prisoner on American-Israeli Steven Sotloff's secret fast


The European arrived in the Sheikh Najjar prison on August 29.
It was in Sheikh Najjar that Steven Sotloff quietly observed the Yom Kippur fast weeks later by feigning an upset stomach, said the European.
Sotloff, an American-Israeli who hailed from Florida, had been kidnapped in Aleppo province in August. A video of his beheading was released by ISIS on September 2 this year.

The European hostage told MailOnline that he kept Sotloff's eggs for him that had been served up by their captors that day.

'We had eggs that day, and eggs were very important food to keep. He didn't say he was doing Yom Kippur to the other ones, only to two people. Because I saw him doing it, I said "are you doing Kippur?". He said 'how do you know?'.

The hostage remembers being put in a room on October 5 with Jim Foley and British photojournalist John Cantlie. Also there around that time was British aid worker and father-of-two David Haines, who was kidnapped in early 2013 and executed by Jihadi John this September.

Both Haines and Cantlie, who is apparently still alive and has appeared in numerous ISIS propaganda videos, had spent the early period of their captivity with the British Jihadis in Aleppo City. All would end up in Shekih Najjar.

Hostages were collected from different parts of Northern Syria and added to the group; by the time they left Sheikh Najjar, they numbered 19, it is claimed.





Restraint: The reporter also uploaded this picture on the same day as the factory visit of what looks like a chair used to restrain prisoners. But it has not been confirmed that it was at the alleged prison site





Grim: The conditions were extremely basic. There was hardly any light and it was extremely cold at night





Starving: Food was rarely served, said one Syrian prisoner. When it was served it was by candlelight - a rare moment of light in the gloom





Beatings: A former prisoner claims that the Western prisoners were treated relatively well, given their situation. But Syrian prisoners held with them were beaten and one Russian was treated especially harshly





Treatment: Some guards gave the Western hostages extra bread, jam and sweets, said a Syrian prisoner






Tortured and shot: Russian prisoner Sergey Gorbunov was marked out for particularly harsh beatings by a Chechen guard. He was eventually shot dead and pictures of his body was shown to prisoners and their families to intimidate them


Almost everything was audible in the darkness. Peering through the darkness from a hole in his cell, the Syrian said that he'd heard American and European voices, including that of Jim Foley, 40.

'Maybe he was the oldest there', said the Syrian, who said that Foley had become one of the leaders of the hostages who conversed with the guards on their behalf. 'He was always talking in the name of the group, so I heard him more than anyone else.'

The Syrian remembers Jim Foley as a cheerful and funny interlocutor, frequently bantering with the guards and cajoling them into better treatment.

'Once they brought them clothes and T-shirts and stuff, and gave it to them. And he said "Oh thank God, these are the first new clothes for two years."'


Like many of the other Syrians there, the prisoner MailOnline spoke to was tortured in the first weeks of his captivity.

Many of the guards were mostly either French or French-speaking, or Belgian; the same sub-group of ISIS militants who'd held them for several months in Aleppo city.
Whereas their prison chief in Aleppo city had been a lanky Dutch Moroccan engineer called Abu Ubaida al-Magribi, the head of the prison in Sheikh Najjar was a French Tunisian who went under the name Abu Mohammed al-Franci. He was more French than Tunisian; he didn't seem to know any Arabic.

'He was nice to some and tough with others', recalls the Syrian prisoner. 'He tortured some people himself.'

None of the Western prisoners were tortured while in Sheikh Najjar, though many of them had been before they arrived.


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He was always talking in the name of the group, so I heard him more than anyone else
- Syrian prisoner on Jim Foley

It has been reported that Jim Foley and John Cantlie had already been beaten, waterboarded and brutalized in their first encounters with the British kidnappers known as 'The Beatles', including Jihadi John, in the first six months after their kidnapping.

But the time they spent with European and Syrian guards in Sheikh Najjar and in Aleppo city must have been one of relative relief.
Many of the guards were friendly, says the Syrian prisoner, especially with the foreigners.

'Some of the Syrian guards were nice with the foreigners – they used to bring them sweets, jam, and extra bread.'

One exception however was a Russian called Sergey Gorbunov, who arrived separately in Sheikh Najjar, having been kidnapped by one of several volatile sub-groups which went on go on to create the nucleus of ISIS.





Timeline of captivity: It is thought that most of the Western hostages were imprisoned from July to August 2013 at an Eye hosptial in Aleppo, then were moved to the wood or furniture factory in Sheikh Najjar from late August/beginning of September to December 2013. Then they were moved to at least three different prisons in the ISIS de facto capital of Raqqa for most of 2014





Devastation: Sheikh Najjar (above in March) has been the scene of intense fighting between rebels, ISIS and forces loyal to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad






Hope: A former hostage told MailOnline that they heard almost constant gun battles overhead and not far away as they were caged underground



Even before he arrived at the prison, according to one of the European hostages, it was clear that he'd been badly tortured.
On two or three occasions while there, says the Syrian, a Chechen guard took him outside the communal cell into the corridor, where he could hear him being beaten.


'They took him from inside the cell, out into the corridor. He was beating him with his fists', said the Syrian.



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We need to make sure you will be in a secure situation, to make sure any other groups don't take you again. This trip will take two or three hours, so please be patient. You will be with your families by tonight
Cruel lie told by ISIS prison supervisor

In the end, Mr Gorbunov was shot dead in the first week of March 2014 in Raqqa, simply because he had no value to his captors.

The picture of his bullet-riddled body was sent to the families of some European hostages to add impetus to their demands for millions of euros in ransom money - and shown to the remaining hostages to terrify them into submission.

The hostages were ushered out of their basement on December 23 and Christmas Eve; their captors were now in a hurry.

The Sheikh Najjar Industrial City was the scene of heavy fighting between the Syrian regime and various Islamist groups.
The frontline was constantly changing and the prisoners remember hearing the fighting going on not far away above ground.

The day that the Western hostages were herded off, the Syrian prisoner remembers hearing lots of activity after morning prayers. The foreigners were given new clothes.

Abu Maryam, a Syrian from the Iraqi border area who was in charge of supervising ISIS's prison network and a close associate of Al-Magribi, arrived to make an announcement.

'We are sorry', he told the assembled hostages, via a translator. 'It is wartime; we don't know our friend and we don't know our enemy, but we are going to release you soon. Please be patient. We will take you to the Turkish border.
'We need to make sure you will be in a secure situation, to make sure any other groups don't take you again. This trip will take two or three hours, so please be patient. You will be with your families by tonight.'



It was another cruel trick. After two short pit stops, they'd be taken to ISIS's stronghold in Raqqa. Their numbers would soon swell with half a dozen fresh hostages, including executed aid worker Alan Henning – and where Jim Foley, John Cantlie and David Haines would be reunited with their most cruel tormentors in the form of British guards and Jihadi John.





Alone: A female U.S. hostage was held in one of the many separate cubicles in the basement, it is claimed





Propaganda: The TV report showed ISIS pamphlets found in the alleged prison after Assad's forces pushed the Islamic militants out of Sheikh Najjar Industrial City





Cat and mouse: Those searching for the hostages had allegedly been aware of a 'wood factory' in Sheikh Najjar being where they had been moved to. But by that time the prisoners had been moved on


As the prisoners kept their hopes up as best they could during their captivity, those desperately searching for them were playing a game of cat and mouse that they were eventually to lose.

According to the testimony of freed European hostages, the ISIS prisoners began to arrive in the summer of 2013 in an Eye Hospital in Aleppo, Syria.
In the same large compound two American prisoners Matthew Schrier and Theo Padnos, had been hostage for some months in a Children's Hospital by the Al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra. They were later freed.

Jim Foley and John Cantlie were first sighted in the Eye Hospital in July 2013 by another European hostage.

It has been reported that US Special Forces mounted a raid to rescue the prisoners from the compound. But by the time that information was passed to investigators in November, the prisoners were long gone.

Beginning in late August through the first week of October, they had quietly moved out of Aleppo city to the new location in Sheikh Najjar Industrial City.
To investigators, the suspicion that they had been moved to Sheikh Najjar facility had been clear for some time.

Yosef AboBaker, the rebel activist who accompanied Steven Sotloff into North Syria and who was kidnapped for 15 days before being released, began making his own enquiries about the location of his friend soon afterwards.
In an interview in Antakya, Turkey, in March 2014 he said that 'the interesting information is coming from Sheikh Najjar', where the hostages had been seen by another released Syrian prisoner in a 'wood factory'.

Once again, however, the information came too late – the hostages had already been moved.


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ISIS 'TESTED CHEMICAL WEAPONS ON PRISONERS AT SHEIKH NAJJAR'

Just over a week after the Western hostages were taken away from the Sheikh Najjar facility, ten Syrian rebels – eight men and two women – were taken outside and executed, according to a Syrian prisoner.
At around the same time some of the prison guards appear to have tested primitive chemical weapons on the prisoners being held in the individual cells.

'Two or three times they tried chemical stuff on us', said the Syrian. 'They put liquid on a cloth, and forced us to breathe it. It happened to two or three people in the prison but not me.
'But once they brought something like tear gas, they just mixed some liquids together in a small bottle, and they threw it in the corridor in our part of the prison. Everybody started coughing and breathing badly.' It definitely wasn't tear gas, according to the Syrian prisoner.
'Syrian regime forces used to use tear gas on us. It makes a white fog with dirty smells, which made you feel uncomfortable. But this was colourless. I coughed for two or three hours…I don't know whether it was done for fun or whether it was a serious attempt to experiment with chemicals.'

That chemical weapons which had fallen into the hands of the ISIS would be tested in Sheikh Najjar Industrial City would make sense; the factories and raw materials of the industrial city would make an ideal testing ground for any ISIS experimentation with chemical weapons.
Such chemicals may also have been raided from Syrian army stocks. Several of the volatile precursor groups which gave rise to ISIS in the spring of 2013 were involved in a successful raid on a nearby Sheikh Suleiman Syrian army base, which was believed to be home to Syria's chemical weapons programme.

Hamish de Bretton-Gordon, CEO of SecureBio and one of Britain's leading British chemical experts, believes that that the Islamic State has advanced to the stage of using toxic industrial chemicals like chlorine and ammonia to attack rebel forces in Syria and the Iraqi Army and Peshmerga in Iraq.
When MailOnline showed him the testimony from the Syrian prisoner, he said: 'Reports that ISIS are using these types of chemicals to torture captives in their prisons seems entirely plausible from the information I have and demonstrates that they [ISIS] have no boundaries in their ability to create terror.

'They are likely to use chemical weapons like these in greater numbers and all forces arrayed against them should be prepared for this type of attack.'

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Update re: VIDEOs>ISIS Shoots Down Jet-Captures Pilot +Dungeon That Held Starving Hostages

Iraqi Kurds Claim More Territory After Breaking Siege of Sinjar
-Top Jihadist Reported Killed


19 December 2014, DOHUK, Iraq, (Reuters) -


Kurdish forces claimed to have seized more territory on Friday after breaking the siege of Sinjar mountain in what they called their biggest victory yet in their war against Islamic State.






Map locating Sinjar in northern Iraq, where Iraqi Kurds broke an IS siege of Yazidi civilians and fighters



A senior Kurdish official said the peshmerga forces had driven the Sunni Islamist militants out of Snuny district north of the mountain on Friday, bringing them closer to retaking the entire Sinjar area on the border with Syria in northwest Iraq.

Islamic State captured huge swathes of Syria and Iraq earlier this year, killing or driving out thousands of Shi'ites and non-Muslims from the region, but the tide of fighting has been reversed in northern Iraq.
Helped by intensified coalition air strikes, the peshmerga fought their way to the eastern tip of Sinjar mountain range on Thursday, opening a corridor for hundreds of minority Yazidis who had been trapped there for months.

"Until now we haven't started evacuating people. We are still taking up defensive positions. Then we will bring them down," said Zaim Ali, the commander of peshmerga for Sinjar, Zumar and Mosul dam.





A displaced Iraqi family from the Yazidi community eats under a bridge where they found refuge after IS militants attacked the town of Sinjar, northern Iraq on August 17, 2014 ©Ahmad al-Rubaye (AFP/File)






A Kurdish Peshmerga member pictured during fighting in Tal al-Ward, west of Kirkuk in northern Iraq on December 14, 2014 ©Marwan Ibrahim (AFP/File)



The Kurdistan region's president Massoud Barzani is personally directing the offensive, in which as many as 8,000 peshmerga are taking part.
The aim of the operation is to reach Sinjar town on the southern side of the mountain, which sits on a road linking Mosul to neighbouring Syria and is a key supply route for the militants.
Sinjar has become highly symbolic for the Kurds, whose reputation as fearsome warriors was bruised after Islamic State overpowered the peshmerga in Sinjar and killed or captured hundreds of Yazidis in August.
U.S. President Barack Obama cited the duty to prevent an impending "genocide" of Yazidis by Islamic State as one of the main motives for authorising air strikes in Iraq this summer.

Since then, Kurdish forces have regained most of the ground they lost to Islamic State in northern Iraq, but Sinjar's awkward geography, out on a limb to the west, has made it difficult to penetrate.

The Kurdish region's National Security Council said on Friday the U.S.-led air strikes had killed a senior Islamic State figure in Mosul on Wednesday.
It identified the man as Shihab Ahmed Hassan al-Luhaibi, the Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's deputy for military affairs in Nineveh province and head of security for Mosul.
His vehicle was hit in a strike on the city's east side, according to the statement. There was no way to independently confirm the information.
In Baghdad, three bombs exploded in eastern and western parts of the city, killing eight people, police said.
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Update re: VIDEOs>ISIS Prep for Attack in Israel>Practise Decapitating Animals

Father of Jordanian Pilot Captured in Syria Pleads with ISIS to Show Mercy and Release his Son
-as U.S. Claims jet was NOT Shot by Terrorists -Despite Their Claims

  • F-16 warplane came down while conducting air strikes over Syria
  • Jordanian military admitted that one of its pilots had been captured
  • Isis published photos showing the captured pilot surrounded by fighters
  • Pilot has been named as First Lieutenant Mu'ath Safi Yousef al-Kaseasbeh
  • Jordanian authorities said that the plane was brought down by 'ground fire'
  • U.S dismissed claims Isis had been responsible for bringing aircraft down
Daily Mail UK, 25 December 2014

The father of a Jordanian pilot captured by Isis has issued a heartfelt plea to the militants to release him, as concerned relatives gathered in front of his family home.

Jihadists captured First Lieutenant Mu'ath Safi Yousef al-Kaseasbeh after his warplane came down while conducting airstrikes over Syria, the Jordanian military said.
Jordanian Information Minister Mohammad Momani told The Associated Press that the plane was shot down by 'ground fire' but did not elaborate.
But tonight, the US dismissed claims Isis were responsible for bringing the aircraft down.
It was the first instance of a foreign soldier falling into the group's hands since the U.S.-led coalition began its air campaign against the extremists.

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Prisoner: Isis published a picture of a Jordanian pilot that they captured after shooting down his plane over Syria





This picture shows a captured Jordanian pilot, naked from the waist down, being carried out of a body of water by militants






The images of the prisoner appeared on social media on Wednesday, with the Jordanian army confirming that one of its servicemen has been captured





Jordanian pilot Lieutenant Mu'ath al-Kaseasbeh (pictured) has been captured by Islamic State militants





Friends and relatives of Mu'ath Safi al-Kaseasbeh gather in the town of Aey near Al Karak in southern Jordan





Mu'ath Safi al-Kaseasbeh is the first foreign military member to fall into Isis' hands since an international coalition launched its bombing campaign against the group months ago. The pilot's clan gathered last night to discuss the crisis





There have been contradictory accounts of how the Jordanian pilot's plane crashed. Relatives of the pilot (pictured) met to see what could be done about the situation



Mr Joseph Kasasbeh, a retired education director, said that he hoped Isis would be compassionate.
He said:

'I hope god will put mercy in their hearts and they will release my son.'

His plea came as distraught relatives gathered outside the pilot's family home, anxious to hear the latest news about him.
The Raqqa Media Center published a photograph said to be of the pilot - in a white shirt, naked from the waist down and sopping wet - being pulled by gunmen out of what appeared to be a lake.
Another picture shows him surrounded by more than a dozen fighters, some of them masked. The center said IS fighters are scouring the area in case there is a second pilot.


A coalition official, who was not authorised to discuss the episode publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity, said the pilot was in an F-16 fighter and was able to eject.

U.S. Central Command, the body overseeing the coalition air war over Iraq and Syria, said tonight:

'Evidence clearly indicates that ISIL did not down the aircraft as the terrorist organisation is claiming.'

The statement did not give a cause for the 'crash,' and confirmed the lost jet's Jordanian pilot had been taken captive by IS guerrillas.

'We strongly condemn the actions of ISIL, which has taken captive the downed pilot,' said CentCom commander General Lloyd Austin.
'We will support efforts to ensure his safe recovery, and will not tolerate ISIL's attempts to misrepresent or exploit this unfortunate aircraft crash for their own purposes.
'The Jordanians are highly respected and valued partners and their pilots and crews have performed exceptionally well over the course of this campaign,' he added.


Jordan confirm ISIS shot down and captured their pilot








Relatives of the Jordanian pilot who was captured by Islamic State congregate in front of his family's home in the city of Karak





Concerned relatives of the captured lieutenant spoke anxiously on the phone, desperate for news





A friend said Kasaesbeh, who is from a prominent Jordanian family, was fervent in his commitment to his mission against the Islamic State. Pictured are relatives of the pilot outside the family home





Recovered parts: This photograph is part of the downed Jordanian jet's canopy





Crash site: A picture said to be of the smouldering wreckage of the crashed Jordanian fighter jet





Trophy: Parts of the F-16 are being put on display in the Isis stronghold of Raqqa





A still image released by the Islamic State group's branch in Raqqa on jihadist websites purportedly showing IS fighters inspecting the wreckage of a Jordanian warplane





A picture released by Isis said to show a jihadist holding up pieces of the warplane, which came down near Raqqa





Proof: Isis published photographs of the captured pilot's ID cards, which show his date of birth, rank and full name



UN urges humane treatment of Jordanian pilot captured in Syria







The pilot's capture raises a nightmare scenario for Jordan, which has been sharply criticized by militant sympathizers for its participation. IS in the past has beheaded dozens of Syrian soldiers it captured in operations around the country. The group has also beheaded three Americans and two Britons.

Jordan's military said in a statement that as its air force was carrying out a military mission against the Islamic State group Wednesday morning,

'One of our warplanes crashed,' it said. 'The pilot was taken hostage by the Daesh terrorist organization,' it added, using the Arabic acronym for the Isalmic State group.
It said IS and 'those who support it' will be responsible for the safety of the pilot.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it had confirmation from activists on the ground that the aircraft was shot down.

Earlier Independent Defence Analyst Paul Beaver warned that Isis is capable of downing warplanes.


He told MailOnline:

'Isis do have the capability to hit aircraft, as they have surface-to-air missiles and heavy machine guns.'

It was not immediately known how the fighters shot down the warplane. But the Islamic State group is known to have stocks of Russian-made Igla anti-aircraft missiles.
The shoulder-fired weapon has long been in the Syrian and Iraqi government arsenals - it was used during the 1991 Gulf War by Iraqi forces to down a British Tornado jet, for example. More recently, militants in Chechnya have used them to down Russian helicopters.

The Raqqa Media Center, an agency of activists that operates openly in IS-ruled areas with permission of the group, said the plane was downed near the village of Hamra Ghannam outside Raqqa.





The Islamic State group is known to have stocks of Russian-made Igla anti-aircraft missiles (pictured), which may have been used to down the F-16 jet


It posted photos of militants posing with shards of wreckage and the canopy being loaded onto a van and then placed in the centre of Raqqa seemingly as a trophy.
It also posted a phot of the pilot's military identification card, identifying him as First Lieutenant Mu'ath Safi Yousef al-Kaseasbeh, aged 27.

In Jordan, the pilot's cousin Marwan al-Kaseasbeh confirmed by telephone with The Associated Press that the photos are of his cousin.
A friend said Kasaesbeh, who is from a prominent Jordanian family, was fervent in his commitment to his mission and felt it was a religious duty to fight extremist groups such as Islamic State that were 'distorting the true spirit of Islam'.
Momani said al-Kaseasbeh, who got married in July, was 'a symbol of heroism and sacrifice'. He added that 'the war on terrorism will continue', saying that the fight with the extremists was 'to defend the Islamic religion'.

The United States and several Arab allies have been striking the Islamic State group in Syria since September 23, and U.S. and other international warplanes have been waging an air campaign against the extremists in Iraq for even longer.
The campaign aims to push back the jihadi organization after it took over much of Iraq and Syria and declared a 'caliphate.'

Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates are participating in the Syria strikes, with Qatari logistical support.
Staunch U.S. ally Jordan has provided a logistics base for the U.S.-led air campaign and is a hub for intelligence-gathering operations against the jihadists, a western diplomatic source said.

King Abdullah has been in the forefront of regional U.S. allies supportive of the campaign but has said radical Sunni extremists cannot defeated by military means alone and their ideology must be confronted with reason.

In Washington, a Pentagon official said they are aware of the claims being made over social media that a pilot has been shot down, but they could not confirm the report at this time.
The official said any further questions about the alleged capture should be referred to the government of Jordan. He spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the reports by name.

Tonight, UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond voiced fears for the fate of the Jordanian pilot.
Posting on Twitter, Mr Hammond said:

'Concerned for Jordanian pilot held by ISIL (IS).
'We stand with Jordan at this difficult time.'



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Islamic State terrorists uploaded a picture of a survival kit belonging to the pilot they captured.
These kits are fitted as standard to F-16s, though their exact contents depends on the type of mission the pilots will typically fly.
For example, the survival kits given to pilots flying desert missions, will be adapted to help them survive in arid conditions, should they crash.





Islamic State terrorists uploaded a picture of a survival kit belonging to the pilot they captured



The kits are normally fitted to the back of the ejector seat and are crammed with useful items.
For example, they are likely to contain candles, lighters, a sleeping bag, insect repellent and flares.
Some also contain special dyes to colour water in case the pilot needs to attract passing planes while stranded far from solid ground.
Several knives are normally included, too, along with a sharpening stone.
Toothpaste and a razor are standard issue, along with a piercing whistle to attract attention.
The pilot's radio and phone might be broken, so some contain a signalling mirror to help rescuers home in on their location


Toys are scattered across the floor after bombardment in Raqqa







This picture shows the captured Jordanian pilot posing next to a warplane





Mu'ath Safi Yousef al-Kaseasbeh pictured here riding a quad bike in the desert





In Jordan, the pilot's cousin, Marwan al-Kaseasbeh, confirmed by telephone with The Associated Press that the photos published by Isis are of his cousin





A friend of the pilot (pictured) said that he felt it was a religious duty to fight extremist groups such as Islamic State





In October it was reported that Isis is now in possession of MANPADS - shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles


Over the past week, Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters have been battling Isis to liberate the town of Sinjar, a tiny desert community in northern Iraq that the gunmen overran in August, massacring and enslaving hundreds of its residents.
The Islamic State group swept into Sinjar and surrounding villages as part of their summer blitz across northern Iraq.
The advance of the extremists struck particular fear there. Much of the population belongs to the minority Yazidi religious community, a tiny sect that the Sunni Muslim radicals consider heretics.
Hundreds were killed, and hundreds more Yazidi women and girls were taken captive by the militants, turned into sex slaves or forcibly 'married' to Islamic State supporters in Syria and Iraq.





Celebration: Fanatics were seen displaying Isis flags in Raqqa as they revelled in the capture of the Jordanian pilot





Convoys of terrorists paraded around Raqqa to celebrate the jet coming down






Militants celebrated as the Jordanian military confirmed that one of their servicemen had been captured


Thousands of other Yazidis fled into Mount Sinjar, a long, steep mountain range that erupts from the flat desert landscape and looms over the town. There they languished for weeks with little food or protection until they were rescued, many by Syrian Kurds who freed a corridor to reach them.

Now, Iraqi Kurdish fighters are on an offensive to push back the Islamic State in this corner of Iraq near the Syrian border.
Meanwhile, officials say a suicide attack against pro-government, anti-Islamic State group Sunni militias near Baghdad has killed at least 13 people.

A police officer says the attacker blew himself up early Wednesday morning among a group of militiamen gathered at a military base south of Baghdad to receive their monthly payment. He said 10 militiamen and three soldiers were killed and 25 others wounded.
The group, known as Sahwa, is made up of Sunni militiamen who joined U.S. troops in the fight against al-Qaida during the height of the insurgency in 2007 and 2008. They are viewed as traitors by the Sunni militants.

A medical official confirmed the casualty figures. Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to release information to the media.


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Update re: VIDEOs>ISIS Prep for Attack in Israel>Practise Decapitating Animals

ISIS Cell Members Caught Beheading Animals as They Practised How to Decapitate People for an Attack in Israel

  • ISIS cell caught in Israel used animals to practice how to behead people
  • They were planning an imminent attack on Druze Israelis and the police
  • The seven men arrested are the first cell discovered operating in Israel
  • Men were planning to set up terror network in Israel before fleeing to Syria
Daily Mail UK, 19 January 2015


ISIS cell members who used animals to practice how to behead people ahead of an imminent attack are the first to be discovered operating in Israel.


The seven men were caught just before executing an attack and had brutally slaughtered live animals, Israel's Shin Bet intelligence agency said.
All seven admitted to belonging to ISIS and were part of a plot to attack Druze Israelis - a branch of Shia Islam - as well as police officers and the security service.





Members of the first ISIS cell in Israel were caught using animals to practice how to behead people ahead of an imminent attack (file picture)


The defendants, who are the first ISIS members found in Israel, were arrested in Haifa and charged with joining and aiding the terrorist group, as well as attempting to contact terrorists abroad.
It is believed that the men, all from the northern city of Sakhnin, were trying to set up a branch of the terrorist network in Israel.

The men were named as Adnan Aladin, 40, a lawyer in Nazareth, Hasam Marisat, 30, Karim Abu-Tzalah, 22, Alaa Abu-Tzalah, 27, Halad Abu Tzahalh, 30, Sarif Khaled Abu-Tzalah, 29, and Muhammad Abu Tazalah, 27.

The security service added that the men were planning to flee to Syria to fight for ISIS after carrying out their attack.





The seven men were caught by Israeli security services in the northern city of Haifa and were charged with joining terrorist network ISIS (file picture)


The extremist group currently controls about a third of Iraq and Syria, where it has beheaded scores of captives.
Victims include western journalists and aid workers such as Britons David Haines and Alan Henning and Americans James Foley and Steven Sotloff.
Thousands of Muslims from Western countries are believed to have flocked to Syria to join ISIS, including an estimated 30 Israelis.


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Benjamin Netanyahu has announced plans to increase trade with the Far East following a 'wave of Islamisation' in western Europe.


The Israeli Prime Minister said rising hostility in Europe had forced his hand into expanding trade with countries like Japan, China and India.

'We definitely want to reduce our dependence on certain markets in western Europe,' Mr Netanyahu said at a cabinet meeting yesterday.
'Western Europe is undergoing a wave of Islamisation, of anti-Semitism, and of anti-Zionism. It is awash in such waves, and we want to ensure that for years to come the state of Israel will have diverse markets all over the world.'

His remarks came as Shinzo Abe, Japan's prime minister, arrived in Israel with a trade delegation.
According to Israel's Central Bureau of Statistics, Europe accounted for 45.8 percent of imports and 35.8 percent of exports in the first 11 months of 2014. Asia accounted for 22.5 percent of Israeli imports and 25.4 percent of exports.

Viewers of Israel's parliamentary TV channel were asked: 'Can Israel do without exports to Europe and pursue policy that is liable to bring about an economic embargo?'
62 two percent of Israelis said no and 32 percent said yes.
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Update re: VIDEOs-ISIS Threatens Japan>Pay $200mil or We Kill Hostages

ISIS Executioner 'Jihadi John' Threatens to Kill Japanese Hostages Unless They Receive $200m in 72-hour Ultimatum After Their Prime Minister Pledged the Same Amount to Countries Fighting ISIS
  • New video featuring 'Jihadi John' threatens to kill two Japanese hostages
  • Demands $200m in 72 hours to save Kenji Goto Jogo and Haruma Yukawa
  • Yukawa 'seized in Syria in August after going there to train with militants'
  • Video shows him firing an AK-47 with caption: 'Syria war in Aleppo 2014'
  • Goto is freelance journalist who went to report on Syria's civil war last year
  • Japanese PM Shinzo Abe pledged $200m to fight ISIS two days ago
Daily Mail UK, 20 January 2015



The Islamic State has released a video threatening to kill two Japanese hostages unless they receive $200 million within 72 hours.

It comes two days after Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged $200million in non-military support for countries fighting ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

The video, identified as being made by the group's al-Furqan media arm and posted on militant websites associated with the extremist group, mirrored other hostage threats it has made.
The clip, posted on militant websites associated with the extremist group, featured the British-accented militant widely known as 'Jihadi John' who appeared in the beheading videos of four Western hostages last year.
It shows the two Japanese captives in orange jumpsuits that the militants identify as journalist Kenji Goto Jogo and military company operator Haruna Yukawa.

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Ransom: A video purportedly from ISIS shows Japanese hostages Kenji Goto Jogo and Haruna Yukawa in orange jumpsuits with a British-accented jihadi demanding $200 million in exchange for their lives









Kenji Goto Jogo (top) is a Japanese journalist who went to report on Syria's civil war last year, while Haruna Yukawa, a private military company operator, is thought to have been captured in Syria in August







The militant directly addresses Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, now on a six-day visit to the Middle East with more than 100 government officials and presidents of Japanese companies.

Brandishing a knife and dressed all in black, the says:


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'To the prime minister of Japan: Although you are more than 8,000 and 500 kilometres (5,280 miles) from the Islamic State, you willingly have volunteered to take part in this crusade.

'You have proudly donated $100 million to kill our women and children - to destroy the homes of the Muslims.
'So the life of this (points knife at Kenji Goto Jogo) Japanese citizen will cost you $100million.

'And in an attempt to stop the expansion of the Islamic State, you also donated another $100million to train the mujahideen against the mujahideen.

'And so the life of this (points knife at Haruna Yukawa) Japanese citizen will cost you another $100million.

'And to the Japanese public: Just as your government has made the foolish decision to pay $200million to fight the Islamic State, you now have 72 hours to pressure your government into making a wise decision by paying the $200million to save the lives of your citizens.
'Otherwise, this knife will become your nightmare.'



Haruma Yukawa, a private military company operator in his early 40s, was kidnapped in Syria, but his reasons for going to the country remain unclear





On the frontline: One video on Haruna Yukawa's Facebook page shows him test-firing a Kalashnikov assault rifle with the caption: 'Syria war in Aleppo 2014'






Yukawa switches the AK-47 from single-shot to automatic. In his last blog post, Yukawa says: 'I cannot identify the destination. But the next one could be the most dangerous'






Footage posted on YouTube in August purportedly shows Yukawa blooded and bruised after being captured by ISIS sympathisers in Syria


Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe demanded that the two men be released unharmed.

'I am extremely indignant at such an act,' he told a news conference during a visit to Jerusalem.
He insisted the aid would be disbursed as promised.

'This posture will not change at all,' he said, stressing that the money was to help the displaced and those made homeless by the conflict in Iraq and Syria.
Asked whether Japan would pay ransom to secure their release, he replied: 'With regard to this case, we attach the utmost priority to saving lives and gathering information with the help of other countries.
'We'll make utmost efforts to save the lives (of the captives) from now on.'

Japan's Foreign Ministry's anti-terrorism section has seen the video and analysts are assessing it, a ministry official said.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because of department rules.
Speaking in Tokyo, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga declined to say whether Japan would pay the ransom.

'If true, the act of threat in exchange of people's lives is unforgivable and we feel strong indignation,' Suga told journalists. 'We will make our utmost effort to win their release as soon as possible.'





In the line of fire: Footage on Kenji Goto Jogo's last Twitter post in October shows him talking in front of the Syrian city of Kobani (above), which has been under siege from ISIS fighters for months


In August, a Japanese citizen believed to be Yukawa, a private military company operator in his early 40s, was kidnapped in Syria after going there to train with militants, according to a post on a blog he kept.
Pictures on his Facebook page show him in Iraq and Syria in July.
One video on his page showed him test-firing a Kalashnikov assault rifle with the caption: 'Syria war in Aleppo 2014.'

'I cannot identify the destination,' Yukawa wrote in his last blog post. 'But the next one could be the most dangerous.'

He added: 'I hope to film my fighting scenes during an upcoming visit.'

Yukawa, 43, travelled to Iraq and Syria last year after telling friends and family that he thought it represented a last chance to turn his life around.
Over the previous decade, he had lost a business to bankruptcy, lost his wife to cancer and became homeless, according to his father and an online journal.
He even considered cutting off his genitals because of his perceived failures, deciding that he would instead 'live as a woman and leave the rest to destiny'.

It was these life-changing events that drove him to conflict zones, where he dreamed of providing security to Japanese companies in Syria and Somalia.
He was initially captured by the Free Syrian Army in Aleppo before befriending them.





Revenge: The militant said the Japanese were targeted for supporting Western military efforts against the Islamic State group, which now holds a third of Iraq and Syria under its self-declared caliphate






Speaking at a news conference during a visit to Jerusalem, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe demanded that the two men be released unharmed, adding: 'I am extremely indignant at such an act'


Footage released in August last year purportedly shows Yukawa bloodied and bruised after being captured by ISIS sympathisers while travelling with the Free Syria Army in northern Aleppo.
He was treated as a spy because he was carrying a gun

In the video, he is asked: 'You thief? Why you have gun? You kill soldier?' To which, he replies: 'I am no soldier'.

After his capture, it was discovered that he owned a firm simply called Private Military Company.
The website makes it appear it had offices around the world and boasts that it specialises in 'international private military work, international bodyguard, armed shipping escort, logistical support and conflict zone escorts'.
However, it transpired that he was the only employee - and the firm didn't even have an office.

Yukawa's father, Shoichi Yukawa, declined to comment, saying he was overwhelmed by the news reports.

Goto is a freelance reporter who was based in Tokyo. He met Yukawa last year and helped him travel to Iraq in June.
He has written books on AIDS and children in war zones from Afghanistan to Africa and reported for news broadcasters in Japan.

'I'm in Syria for reporting,' he wrote in an email to an Associated Press journalist in October.
'I hope I can convey the atmosphere from where I am and share it.'





Threats: The same British-accented jihadi that appeared in James Foley's beheading made the threat to Abe


Footage on his last Twitter post in October shows him talking in front of the Syrian city of Kobani, which has been under siege from ISIS fighters for several months.

The Islamic State group has beheaded and shot dead hundreds of captives - mainly Syrian and Iraqi soldiers - during its sweep across the two countries and has celebrated its mass killings in extremely graphic videos.
A British-accented jihadi also has appeared in the beheading videos of slain American hostages James Foley and Steven Sotloff, and with British hostages David Haines and Alan Henning.

The group also holds British photojournalist John Cantlie, who has appeared in other extremist propaganda videos, and a 26-year-old American woman captured last year in Syria while working for aid groups.
U.S. officials have asked that the woman not be identified out of fears for her safety.

The British Foreign Office said it was also investigating the video.
A spokeswoman said: 'We are aware of the video and we are studying the content.'

Tuesday's video marks the first time the Islamic State group specifically has demanded cash for hostages.

Though the militant in the video links it to the Japanese funding efforts to counter the Islamic State group, it comes amid recent losses for the extremists targeted in airstrikes by a U.S.-led coalition.

Its militants also recently released some 200 mostly elderly Yazidi hostages in Iraq, fueling speculation by Iraqi officials that the group couldn't support them.

This is Abe's second Mideast hostage crisis since becoming prime minister.

Two years ago, Al Qaeda-affiliated militants attacked an Algerian natural gas plant and the ensuing four-day hostage crisis killed 29 insurgents and 37 foreigners, including 10 Japanese who were working for a Yokohama-based engineering company, JCG Corp. Seven Japanese survived.

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Update re: VIDEOs- ISIS Burnt Hostage Alive-Jordan & Japan's Revenge Attacks

BBC, 22 January 2015

Islamic State Conflict: London, UK, Hosts Coalition Talks



Foreign ministers from 21 countries are meeting in London to discuss ways to co-ordinate their efforts to combat the jihadist group Islamic State (IS).
IS controls large swathes of Syria and Iraq and the US-led coalition has been carrying out air strikes since August.



But UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond insisted much more needed to be done.
He told the BBC that the countries wanted to find ways to halt the flow of recruits to IS, cut off its funding and "tackle the underlying narrative".
They will also look at providing more military assistance to those fighting IS on the ground, and more humanitarian aid to its victims.

BBC diplomatic correspondent James Robbins says the recent attacks by Islamist militants in France have put even greater political pressure on governments to show decisive results.

'Greater Resolve'


At the start of Thursday's conference at Lancaster House, which he is co-hosting with Mr Hammond, US Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters: "We still have a lot of work to do."
"The purpose of coming here is to bring everybody's best advice, everybody's thoughts about where there may be weaknesses, everybody's thoughts about things we can do better, put that together and lay down the strategy for the days ahead."




Coalition air strikes have targeted IS positions in Syria and in Iraq



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"They are the most brutal and most dangerous enemy I have ever seen in my life”





But fighters on the ground, including members of the Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga, say they need more support


A senior US state department official said foreign fighters would be the "real focus" of the London conference, and that an expert working group would be formed to discuss sharing information to stop them travelling.
The European police agency, Europol, estimates that up to 5,000 EU citizens have travelled to Syria and Iraq to fight. Thousands of others have travelled from Arab and Muslim states.






Looking back at the past five months, Mr Hammond said the coalition's strategy had arrested the momentum of Islamic State, whose advance across Iraq began in June when it routed several army divisions and captured the northern city of Mosul.

"The engagement of the coalition and the beginning of air strikes against [IS] positions halted that advance and in some cases it has begun to turn it back," he told the BBC.

The state department official said IS had "gone from a force that was very much capable militarily to conduct fairly large-scale offensive operations to a force that is now digging in for defensive operations".







IS still controls many cities and major towns in northern and western Iraq. However, Iranian-backed Shia militia have begun advancing northwards from Baghdad, and Kurdish Peshmerga forces in the north-east have retaken the Mosul dam and the town of Sinjar.

In Syria, air strikes have failed to dislodge IS from its stronghold of Raqqa or stop the group from expanding its control in neighbouring areas. However, it has been unable to capture the town of Kobane after facing fierce resistance from Kurdish fighters backed by coalition aircraft.

Mr Hammond warned that there was "a big job ahead" in Iraq. "We are building the Iraqi security forces from a state of disarray and poor training and poor leadership... for what will need to be a sustained offensive against [IS] forces on the ground."
"It will be months yet before they are ready to start significant combat operations."





Speaking in Iraq before flying to London, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said the international community needed to do more to train and equip ground forces.

In Syria, the US and its Western allies are relying on "moderate" rebels to take the fight to IS, and are reluctant to co-operate with President Bashar al-Assad, who they want out of power.

The countries taking part in the conference along with the UK and US are Australia, Bahrain, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Iraq, Italy,Jordan, Kuwait, the Netherlands, Norway, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.



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Formed out of al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) in 2013, IS first captured Raqqa in eastern Syria

It captured broad swathes of Iraq in June, including Mosul, and declared a "caliphate" in areas it controls in Syria and Iraq

Pursuing an extreme form of Sunni Islam, IS has persecuted non-Muslims such as Yazidis and Christians, as well as Shia Muslims, whom it regards as heretics

Known for its brutal tactics, including beheadings of soldiers, Western journalists and aid workers

The CIA says the group could have as many as 31,000 fighters in Iraq and Syria
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LONDON, Jan 22 (Reuters) - The Anti-IS Coalition could take up to two years to expel Islamic State from Iraq, and Baghdad's own forces will be incapable of proper combat operations for months, Britain's foreign minister warned on Thursday.


Speaking before he hosted a meeting of 21 coalition members in London, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said the task of pushing the Islamist militants back would be slow.

"This isn't going to be done in three months or six months. It's going to take a year, two years to push ISIL (IS) back out of Iraq but we are doing the things that need to be done in order to turn the tide," Hammond told Sky News.

Thursday's meeting, attended by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, will examine ways of intensifying the campaign against IS in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere by doing more militarily, more to cut off the group's finances and more to stem the flow of foreign fighters. Kerry said before the meeting it was a vital opportunity to adjust the coalition's strategy.

"The purpose of coming here is to bring everybody's best advice, everybody's thoughts about where there may be weaknesses, everybody's thoughts about things we can do better, put that together, improve our own performance and operations, and lay down the strategy for the days ahead," he said.

Iraq's Abadi, who will tell delegates how his government's fight against IS is progressing, met British Prime Minister David Cameron beforehand and asked for more military training and ammunition.
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Britain has taken part in air strikes against IS forces, trained Iraqi troops, and provided some equipment already.
Cameron told Abadi that Britain was ready to help, but stopped short of making any new commitments.

"The threat from extremist terror you face in Iraq is also a threat we face here in the United Kingdom," he said. "We will do everything we can to help stop foreign fighters coming to your country and creating the mayhem we see today."

The meeting is taking place a day after Kurdish forces in northern Iraq said they had cleared IS insurgents from nearly 500 sq km of territory and broken a key IS supply line between the city of Mosul and strongholds to the west.
Hammond said Thursday's meeting would take stock of coalition progress in the last five months and hear an update from U.S. General John Allen.
He praised Iraqi forces, saying the coalition was helping rebuild them so they could launch a sustained ground offensive against IS. But he warned it was a long process.

"It will be months yet before they are ready to start significant combat operations," Hammond told BBC Radio.


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Update re: VIDEOs- ISIS Burnt Hostage Alive-Jordan & Japan's Revenge Attacks

Japan Attempts to Verify Video Claiming ISIS Have Beheaded one Japanese Prisoner and Demanding Release of Female Suicide Bomber in Exchange for Life of the Second

  • Audio recording purporting to be from Kenji Goto, 47, has surfaced online
  • In it voice claims fellow captive Haruna Yukawa has already been executed
  • Says ISIS are demanding release of attempted bomber Sajida al-Rishawi
  • Rishawi is currently in prison in Jordan facing the death penalty
  • Japanese government condemns video but cannot confirm if it is genuine

Daily Mail UK, 24 January 2015





The Japanese government has branded a new audio recording purporting to be from one of the hostages pictured with Jihadi John 'outrageous and disgusting', but cannot confirm if it is genuine.
In the recording, a voice claiming to be that of Kenji Goto,(center), 47, one of the Japanese men who appeared in the latest Jihadi John video, says his fellow captive Haruna Yukawa (left) has been killed.

He blames the death on Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and says he will be killed as well if ISIS's new demand to release a failed female suicide bomber Sajida Mubarak Atrous al-Rishawi, (right) is not met.


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WHO IS SAJIDA AL-RISHAWI?

Sajida al-rishawi gained notoriety in 2005 after confessing on Jordanian television that she tried to blow herself up alongside her husband in an Al Qaeda attack in Amman, Jordan.
The failed suicide bomber's chilling confession came after she was arrested when her bomb belt failed to detonate at the Radisson Hotel, a building commonly frequented by diplomats.
Appearing in a headscarf and a long black coat, she said:
'We went into the hotel. He (my husband) took a corner and I took another.
'My husband executed the attack. I tried to detonate and it failed. People started running and I ran with them.'

Rishawi's husband and two other suicide bombers belonging to Al Qaeda in Iraq killed themselves and 60 other people in the three simultaneous attacks at the Hyatt, Radisson and Days Inn hotels.
Following her capture and confession, she was sentenced to death.
Despite later retracting the confession and appealing her sentence, she remains imprisoned in Jordan.



The Japanese government has condemned the message, but say they cannot verify its authenticity after allegations that the Jihadi John video was also stitched together from several recordings.


Japanese chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga said cabinet ministers were holding an emergency meeting about the new message.
In a televised statement he added:

'We strongly demand the prompt release of the remaining captive Mr. Kenji Goto, without harm.'
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe added 'I have a strong sense of anger,' before reiterating that Japan 'will not give in to terrorism.'

The post comes four days after ISIS released a video demanding the Japanese government pay $200million within 72 hours for the hostages' release.
The new recording claims the terrorists no longer want the money.
The audio recording is accompanied by a still image showing Mr Goto apparently holding a picture of Mr Yukawa's beheaded body.


However, the arms holding the paper appear to have been doctored on to the body, leading to speculation that the whole recording is an elaborate hoax.


Patrick Ventrell, a spokesman for the White House National Security Council, said U.S. intelligence officials were working also to confirm whether it was authentic. 'We stand in solidarity with Japan and are coordinating closely,' he said, and called for the immediate release of people held by the Islamic State group.

Kyodo News agency reported that the video has been emailed to the wife of one of the hostages.
If the video does turn out to be genuine, then it would be a radical departure from the Islamic State's usual method of operations.

ISIS typically uses high-definition video recordings to make its threats, usually recorded somewhere in the desert, though to be located in the area around Raqqa in Syria.
The latest clip is accompanied by Arabic subtitles, as is standard for ISIS videos, but is missing the black and white jihadi flag that appears on all other ISIS propaganda.
In most recordings it is only usually Jihadi John, the masked executioner, who speaks. The hostages typically only recite a short, scripted message before they are killed.

However in this case, the man claiming to be Mr Goto narrates a two-minute message in which he issues a heartfelt plea to his wife.
Twitter users have also suggested that Mr Goto sounds different in this video compared to previous footage before he was kidnapped.
In the latest recording he says in English:

'You have seen the photo of my cellmate, slaughtered in the land of the Islamic Caliphate.
'You were warned, you were given a deadline and so my captives acted upon their words. (Prime Miniseter) Abe you killed Haruna, you did not take the threat of my captors seriously and you did not act within the 72 hours.'

He then speaks directly to his wife, who he names as Rinco, asking her to listen to the captors new demands.
He continues:

'Their demand is easy. They are being fair. They no longer want money so you do not need to worry about funding terrorists.
'They are just demanding the release of their imprisoned sister Sajida al-Rishawi. It is simple, you give them Sajida, and I will be released.
'At the moment it actually looks possible and our government are indeed a stone's throw away.
'Our government representatives are ironically in Jordan where their sister Sajida is held by the Jordanian regime.'

The video, which lasts nearly three minutes, was quickly deleted on Saturday after it was posted.

Jihadis on a website affiliated with the regime also disagreed about the message's authenticity.
One militant on the website warned that the new message was fake, while another said that the message was intended only to go to the Japanese journalist's family.
A third militant noted that the video was not issued by al-Furqan, one of the media arms of the Islamic State and the message did not bear al-Furqan's logo.




In the audio clip the man claiming to be Mr Goto says ISIS are demanding the release of Sajida Mubarak Atrous al-Rishawi, an attempted suicide bomber who is currently being held by the regime




Mr Goto, pictured, is a war correspondent with experience in Middle East hot spots. He went to Syria in late October to try to help Mr Yukawa, who was described as a friend, after he was captured in Aleppo in August


Suspicion is running high over the latest tape after the video footage of Mr Goto and Mr Yukawa kneeling in the desert beside Jihadi John was also branded a fake.
Experts said the footage was likely stitched together from several recordings as the shadows cast on the ground and on the captive's faces are all falling in different directions.

Another giveaway is their shirts, which do not blow in the breeze at the same time, but instead move at different points in the video.

Tsuyoshi Moriyama, an associate professor at Tokyo Polytechnic University and image technology expert, said:

'It's possible that video images taken at different times were combined.
'A very high level of knowledge and skill would be necessary to make such a composite video.'

Shiego Mori-shima, a Waseda University Professor on information-communication engineering, agreed, noting the jumpsuits were different shades of orange.

Yukawa, aged around 42 and who dreamed of becoming a military contractor, was captured in August outside the Syrian city of Aleppo.
Goto, 47, a war correspondent with experience in Middle East hot spots, went to Syria in late October to try to help Yukawa.

Just yesterday Junko Ishido, Mr Goto's mother, issued a tearful appeal for her son to be released.
Speaking at a press conference, she said:

'I say to you people of the Islamic State, Kenji is not your enemy. Please release him.
'Kenji was always saying 'I hope to save lives of children on battlefields'. He was reporting war from a neutral position.'

If Mr Yukawa is confirmed killed, he will join growing list of Jihadi John's victims, that includes British aid workers David Haines and Alan Henning.
Also killed by the masked murderer were American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, and aid worker Peter Kassig.


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THREATS, RANSOM DEMANDS, AND A PLEA TO HIS WIFE: NEW AUDIO RECORDING IN FULL... BUT IS IT A FAKE?

You have seen the photo of my cellmate, slaughtered in the land of the Islamic Caliphate.
You were warned, you were given a deadline and so my captives acted upon their words.
(Prime Minister Shinzo) Abe you killed Haruna, you did not take the threat of my captors seriously and you did not act within the 72 hours.
Rinco, my beloved wife, I love you and I miss my two daughters. Please do not let Abe do the same for my case. Don't give up.
You, along with our family, friends and colleagues in Independent Press must continue to press our government.
Their demand is easy. They are being fair. They no longer want money so you do not need to worry about funding terrorists.
They are just demanding the release of their imprisoned sister Sajida al-Rishawi. It is simple, you give them Sajida, and I will be released.

At the moment it actually looks possible and our government are indeed a stone's throw away. How?
Our government representatives are ironically in Jordan where their sister Sajida is held by the Jordanian regime.
Again I would like to say how easy it is to save my life. You bring them their sister from the Jordanian regime and I will be released immediately. Me for her.
Rinco, these could be my last hours in this world and I may be a dead man speaking. Don't let these be my last words you ever hear.
Don't let Abe also kill me.
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Update re: VIDEOs- ISIS Burnt Hostage Alive-Jordan & Japan's Revenge Attacks

Japan Seeks Jordan's Help in Gaining Hostage's Release

By AP, 26 January 2015

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese diplomat emerged from talks in Jordan on Monday with no signs of progress in securing the release of a freelance journalist held hostage by the extremist Islamic State group.

Japanese officials refused direct comment on the contents of the talks in Jordan, where Japanese Deputy Foreign Minister Yasuhide Nakayama is coordinating regional efforts to save hostage Kenji Goto.
The Islamic State group said in an online video on Jan. 20 that it had two Japanese hostages and would kill them within 72 hours unless Japan paid it $200 million — the same amount Tokyo recently pledged in aid to nations fighting the militants.





Japan's government spokesman Yoshihide Suga speaks at a press conference in Tokyo Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. Suga told reporters that the government was still analyzing a video posted online that purported to show Haruna Yukawa, one of the two hostages held by the extremist Islamic State group, had been killed. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)



Over the weekend, a new, unverified video showed a still photo of Goto, a 47-year-old journalist, holding a picture of what appears to be the body of fellow hostage Haruna Yukawa. It included a recording of a voice claiming to be Goto, saying his captors now want the release of a prisoner held in Jordan instead of a ransom.
Asked if the latest demand makes the situation more complex, chief Japanese government spokesman Yoshihide Suga avoided a straight answer.

But he said, "Naturally, Jordan has its own thoughts."
"The government is doing its utmost as the situation is still developing," he told reporters. "We are seeking cooperation from every possible party toward a release (of the remaining hostage)."

Japanese officials have indicated they are treating the video released over the weekend as authentic and thus accepting the likelihood that Yukawa, a 42-year-old adventurer captured in Syria last summer, was killed.
"It was an extremely dastardly act," Suga said.

In Amman, Jordan, Deputy Foreign Minister Nakayama emerged from meetings with no fresh progress to report.

"Due to the nature of this problem, please understand why I cannot disclose information such as with whom I had meetings," he said.
Nakayama vowed to "absolutely not give up until the end."

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealed for Goto's unconditional release.
"The Japanese hostage Mr. Goto needs to be released unconditionally," U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said. "That's what we call for and we call for the release of all other people who are being held against their will by extremist groups in the region."

The Associated Press could not verify the contents of the weekend video message, which differed from earlier videos released by the Islamic State group, which now holds a third of both Syria and Iraq.

News of the likely killing of Yukawa drew international condemnation, and outrage in Japan. Goto is thought to have been seized in late October after going there to try to rescue him.

Some in Japan are critical of the two men for taking such risks. Some Japanese also are criticizing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for pursuing a more assertive foreign policy, saying it may have contributed to the crisis.

Abe has pushed to expand the role for Japan's troops — one that has remained strictly confined to self-defense under the pacifist constitution adopted after the nation's defeat in World War II.

While on a visit to the Middle East earlier this month, Abe announced $200 million in humanitarian aid to the nations fighting the militants.
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Update re: VIDEOs- ISIS Burnt Hostage Alive-Jordan & Japan's Revenge Attacks

Jordan Launches 56 Revenge Airstrikes Against ISIS After Terror Group Released Video Showing Jordanian Pilot Being Burned Alive

  • Air force chief Mansour al-Jabour said attacks were 'just the beginning'
  • Three days of bombing targeted ISIS depots, barracks and training centres
  • Officials had promised to retaliate harshly after Moaz al Kasasbeh's murder
  • Campaign, believed to be targeting Syria, called Operation Martyr Moaz in pilot's memory
Daily Mail UK, 8 Feb 2015



Jordan says it has carried out 56 airstrikes on Islamic State targets in revenge for the murder of Jordanian pilot Moaz al Kasasbeh.
The country's air force chief said the three consecutive days of attacks were 'just the beginning' of campaigns planned in a bid to avenge the 26-year-old's death.

Last week, ISIS released a video purporting to show Kasasbeh being burnt alive in a cage as masked militants in camouflage uniforms looked on.

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Airstrike: Jordan has carried out 56 aerial bombings on Islamic State targets in revenge for the murder of Jordanian pilot Moaz al Kasasbeh. Pictured: Aerial strike from video released last week by officials




Tribute: A plane belonging to the Jordanian Royal Air Force made a deliberate diversion over over the home town of the pilot brutally murdered by ISIS after carrying out airstrikes against the terror group in Syria




Major General Mansour al-Jabour (pictured) said: 'We achieved what we were looking for: revenge for Muath'


The act has been widely condemned as among the most sickening ever committed to film and sent waves of revulsion across the Middle East.
Today, Major General Mansour al-Jabour said: 'We achieved what we were looking for: revenge for Muath. And this is not the end. This is the beginning.'

According to Major General, the strikes - dubbed Operation Martyr Moaz in the pilot's memory - targeted ISIS's weapon depots, training centres, warehouses and military barracks.

Jordanian military experts say the kingdom could soon struggle to sustain the intensity of the past few days of air strikes, given the air force only has 40 mid-life F16 jets at its disposal.

A squadron of F16 jet fighters from the United Arab Emirates arrived in Jordan on Sunday a day after the Gulf state announced it was being sent to bolster the coalition's military effort.




A squadron of United Arab Emirates F-16 fighters has arrived in one of Jordan's air bases to support it in strikes against the Islamic State group








Brutal: ISIS released footage purportedly showing the 26-year-old pilot being burned to death in a cage




Major General Mansour al-Jabour said the strike had 'achieved what we were looking for: revenge for Muath'





Looking for revenge: King Abdullah (pictured today with Prince Charles) had vowed to wage a 'harsh' war against ISIS militants who control parts of neighboring Syria and Iraq


It will conduct joint air strikes with Jordanian colleagues against the Islamic militants, Jordanian officials said on Saturday.

The focus of Jordan's airstrikes are reported to be Raqqa, the ISIS stronghold in Syria.

The intensified air assaults come almost one week after the extremists released the chilling footage, which sparked protests throughout Jordan.
Entitled 'Healing the Believers' Chests', the 22-minute film showed the captured airman wearing an orange jumpsuit and being seemingly doused in fuel, as a trail of petrol leading up to the iron bars of the cage is set alight.

Officials believe Kasasbeh had been killed almost one month earlier, despite ISIS attempting to carry out a prisoner exchange in return for the stricken pilot.

After the footage was released, Jordanian officials promised to retaliate harshly and quickly executed two Iraqi militants connected with ISIS.
This included Sajida al-Rishawi, the female would-be suicide bomber whose freedom ISIS had originally demanded in exchange for releasing Kasasbeh.

King Abdullah II later said Jordan's response would 'be harsh because this terrorist organisation is not only fighting us, but also fighting Islam and its pure values.'
In a statement, he pledged to hit the militants 'hard in the very centre of their strongholds'.

Days later, the country released a slickly-edited video showing its war planes being prepared for bombing strikes against ISIS jihadists in Syria.





Jordan released a video last week showing its war planes being prepared for bombing strikes against ISIS




The video also featured a pilot holding up a sign that reads: 'And do not think that God is unaware of what the evildoers are doing' - an apparent warning to ISIS militants


The footage, believed to have been broadcast on state TV, was understood to have been recorded at Muwaffaq Salti Air Base and showed troops on plane-mounted missiles before the fleet of fighter jets are launched.
The clip shows uniformed people, believed to be members of the Jordanian military, writing messages in Arabic across plane-mounted missiles. One reads 'for you, the enemy of Islam'.

ISIS seized control of large areas of Iraq and Syria last year, prompting hundreds of raids by coalition war planes.
The United States and several Arab allies, including Jordan, have been striking ISIS in Syria since September 23.

Warplanes from the U.S. and other countries have been waging an air campaign against the extremists in Iraq for even longer.
The campaign aims to push back the jihadi organisation after it took large parts of Iraq and Syria and declared a 'caliphate.'

Al-Jabour said coalition planes have flown 5,500 sorties since the beginning of the air campaign, including 2,000 reconnaissance flights. He did not say whether this included flights over both Syria and Iraq. He said Jordan's air force participated in 946 sorties.
The general said about 7,000 Islamic State group militants have been killed since the beginning of the coalition airstrikes.


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Family of Isis Hostage Kayla Mueller Confirms Aid Worker Has Been Killed

Family ‘heartbroken’ after receiving confirmation that 26-year-old aid worker held hostage since August 2013 has been killed


The Guardian UK, 11 Feb 2015

The family of Kayla Mueller, the 26-year-old aid worker held hostage by Isis since August 2013, has confirmed in a statement that she has been killed.

“We are heartbroken to share that we’ve received confirmation that Kayla Jean Mueller, has lost her life,” her parents and brother said on Tuesday.
Supporters of Islamic State had claimed on Friday that she was killed in a Jordanian air strike intended to avenge the burning to death of a captured Jordanian pilot. US officials could not determine her cause of death.

The National Security Council spokeswoman, Bernadette Meehan, said that over the weekend, the family received a private message from Mueller’s captors containing “additional information”.
“Once this information was authenticated by the intelligence community, they concluded that Kayla was deceased,” Meehan said.





'Even in prison, one can be free' – Kayla Mueller's letter to her family


Barack Obama sent his “deepest condolences” to the Mueller family, and vowed to bring those responsible for Kayla’s death to justice.

“Kayla represents what is best about America, and expressed her deep pride in the freedoms that we Americans enjoy, and that so many others strive for around the world,” he said in a statement released by the White House. “In how she lived her life, she epitomized all that is good in our world.”

Mueller’s parents, Carl and Marsha Mueller, and her brother Eric, said in their statement:

“Our hearts are breaking for our only daughter, but we will continue on in peace, dignity, and love for her.”

The family also released a note written by Mueller during her 18-month captivity.

“I have been shown in darkness, light + have learned that even in prison, one can be free. I am grateful. I have come to see that there is good in every situation, sometimes we just have to look for it,” it says.





The family has released a letter written by Mueller during her 18-month captivity. -Photograph: Guardian-

Several hours after the confirmation of Mueller’s death, friends and family paid tribute to the aid worker by sharing memories and personal stories in the Prescott Town Square.

Kathleen Day, the Head of United Christian Ministry at Northern Arizona University where Mueller had been a student, recounted how family and friends were told that while in captivity, she tried to teach her guards crafts, including origami.

“She did ordinary things in extraordinary measure,” Day said.
“Kayla has done more at her age than many people can imagine doing in their lifetime,” said Lori Lyon, one of Kayla’s maternal aunts who read a statement on behalf of Mueller’s extended family. “At a young age, she knew her calling.”
“Kayla touched the heart of the world. The world grieves with us. The world mourns with us,” Lyon said.

In a statement distributed widely by Isis supporters on Friday, the group had claimed that Mueller was killed when “missiles” targeted the building she was being held in in Raqqa, Syria. The statement included pictures of the badly shelled building but no photographic evidence of her death was shown.

Mueller is the fourth American to die in Isis captivity. Journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff were beheaded by the group in August and September 2014. Aid worker Peter Kassig was killed by the group in November 2014.

Mueller was seized by Isis fighters in August 2013, as she left a hospital run by the Spanish branch of Médecins Sans Frontières in Aleppo.
In her letter, which her family said was written in the spring of 2014, Mueller says she had been “treated with the utmost respect + kindness”, adding that she was being kept in a safe location, “completely unharmed + healthy”.

The letter was brought to Mueller’s family at her request by her cell mates, who she says had been released “starting from 11/2/2014”.
In the letter, Mueller asks that her parents not take on the “burden” of negotiating for her release.

“I DO NOT want the negotiations for my release to be your duty, if there is any other option take it, even if it takes more time. This should never have become your burden. I have asked these women to support you; please seek their advice.”

Of her family, she states that the only suffering she has endured throughout her time in captivity, is “knowing how much suffering I have put you all through forgive me as I do not deserve forgiveness”.

Mueller, originally from Prescott, Arizona, had traveled to the Turkish-Syrian border in December 2012 to work with groups providing support to Syrian refugees, her family said.

Kayla Mueller expresses solidarity with people of Syria in 2011 YouTube clip In a 2013 profile in Mueller’s hometown paper which highlighted her humanitarian work abroad, Mueller said she felt drawn to help after learning more about the situation in war-torn Syria.
When asked what kept her going in her mission, Mueller said

“I find God in the suffering eyes reflected in mine, if this is how you are revealed to me, this is how I will forever seek you.”

Mueller said that during her captivity, she drew comfort from her deep Christian faith, writing: I remember mom always telling me that all in all in the end the only one you really have is God. I have come to a place in experience where, in every sense of the word, I have surrendered myself to our creator b/c literally there was no else ... + by God + by your prayers I have felt tenderly cradled in freefall.”

She had spent the previous four years working for various aid groups in northern India, Israel and the Palestinian territories.

“We are so proud of the person Kayla was and the work that she did while she was here with us,” her family said. “She lived with purpose, and we will work every day to honor her legacy.”
“We remain heartbroken, also, for the families of the other captives who did not make it home safely and who remain in our thoughts and prayers. We pray for a peaceful resolution of the conflict in Syria.”

Secretary of state John Kerry said the US was “unshaken” in its resolve to defeat the Islamic State, a group he called an “ugly insult to the civilized world.”
Arizona senator John McCain, who represents Mueller’s home state, said, “The thoughts and prayers of the people of Arizona, America, and the civilized world are with the Mueller family at this terrible hour.”

In his statement, Obama said: “Isil is a hateful and abhorrent terrorist group whose actions stand in stark contrast the spirit of people like Kayla.”
He said: “No matter how long it takes, the United States will find and bring to justice the terrorists who are responsible for Kayla’s captivity and death.”

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Update re: VIDEOs-ISIS >al-Qaeda Prepared for Vatican Attack >Many Arrested

Islamic State Militants 'Burn 45 People to Death in Iraq'

Jihadist militants from Islamic State (IS) have burned to death 45 people in the western Iraqi town of al-Baghdadi, the local police chief says.


BBC 18 Feb 2015






Exactly who these people were and why they were killed is not clear, but Col Qasim al-Obeidi said he believed some were members of the security forces.

IS fighters captured much of the town, near Ain al-Asad air base, last week.
Col Obeidi said a compound that houses the families of security personnel and local officials was now under attack.
He pleaded for help from the government and the international community.
The fighting and poor communications in the area make it difficult to confirm such reports.

Earlier this month, IS published a video showing militants burning alive a Jordanian air force pilot, whose plane crashed in Syria in December.

Siege

Al-Baghdadi had been besieged for months by Islamic State fighters before its fall on Thursday.
It had been one of the few towns to still be controlled by the Iraqi government in Anbar province, where IS and allied Sunni Arab tribesmen launched an offensive in January 2014.
Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm John Kirby told reporters on Friday that al-Baghdadi's capture needed to be put in perspective.
He said it was the first time in the last couple of months that the jihadist group had taken new ground.

However, Ain al-Asad air base, where about 320 US Marines are training members of the Iraqi army's 7th Division, is only 8km (5 miles) away.
The base was itself attacked by IS militants, among them several suicide bombers, on Friday. The militants were eventually repelled by Iraqi troops backed by US-led coalition aircraft.

In a separate development on Tuesday, the influential Shia cleric Moqtada Sadr announced he was withdrawing his forces from an umbrella group of Shia militia fighting IS alongside the Iraqi army.
He cited what he called the bad behaviour of other militia within the Popular Mobilisation Forces, whom he accused of "wreaking havoc through murdering, kidnapping and violating sanctuaries".

Shia militia have been accused of kidnapping and killing scores of Sunni civilians since Islamic State launched an offensive in northern Iraq last June that saw it seize large swathes of the country.


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UN Urged to Investigate ISIS's Bloody Trade in Human Organs After Iraqi Ambassador Reveals Doctors are Being Executed For Not Harvesting Body Parts

  • Iraqi ambassador says corpses are being found with missing body parts
  • Victims have been found in mass graves close to ISIS stronghold Mosul
  • Mohamed Alhakim says doctors are killed if they refuse to harvest organs
  • Horrifying trade in human organs is boosting ISIS' $2 million-a-day income

Daily Mail UK, 18 Feb 2015

Iraq has urged the United Nations to investigate Islamic State terrorists' bloody trade in human organs after the Iraqi ambassador said doctors are being executed for not harvesting body parts.

Mohamed Alhakim claimed that dozens of bodies with surgical incisions and missing body parts have been found in shallow mass graves near ISIS stronghold Mosul over the past few weeks.
ISIS' horrifying trade in human organs, which was revealed by MailOnline last December, is just the latest way for the terrorist organisation to finance its activities, with other major sources of the group's $2 million-a-day income being the sale of oil, ransom payments, and smuggled antiques.





Lucrative: ISIS has set up a specialist organ-smuggling division whose sole responsibility is to sell human hearts, livers and kidneys on the lucrative international black market


Speaking of ISIS' organ harvesting operations, Mr Alhakim said: 'We have bodies. Come and examine them. It is clear they are missing certain parts.'
He also said a dozen doctors have been 'executed' in Mosul for refusing to participate in organ harvesting.

Mr Alhakim briefed the UN Security Council on the overall situation in Iraq and accused ISIS of 'crimes of genocide' in targeting certain ethnic groups.

The outgoing UN envoy to Iraq, Nikolay Mladenov, also told the council that last month alone, 790 people were killed by terrorism and armed conflict in the country.
He also noted the increasing number of reports and allegations that IS is using organ harvesting as a financing method, but he said only that 'it's very clear that the tactics ISIL is using expand by the day'. He used an acronym for the group.





Making them rich: Mohamed Alhakim claimed that dozens of bodies with surgical incisions and missing body parts have been found in shallow mass graves near ISIS stronghold Mosul (pictured) over the past few weeks


Mr Mladenov said Iraq's most pressing goal is to win back the vast territory that ISIS has seized over the past year.
The Sunni militants currently controls around a third of both Iraq and neighbouring Syria and imposed its strict interpretation of Sharia law in its self-declared caliphate - subjecting a population of around four million people to a brutal campaign of rape and massacre.

'Especially worrying is the increasing number of reports of revenge attacks committed particularly against members of the Sunni community in areas liberated from ISIL control,' Mr Mladenov said, using an alternative acronym for the group known as ISIS in the West and Daesh in Arab nations.

The shocking news of ISIS trade in human organs was first revealed in a report by al-Monitor news website in December, citing an Iraqi ear, nose and throat doctor named Siruwan al-Mosuli.
He told the site that ISIS commanders hired foreign doctors to run an extensive organ trafficking system from a hospital in Mosul that is already beginning to generate huge profits.





Militants: Each of the letters is signed with a purple stamp, indicating the province from which it was sent. They are understood to have been handed to ISIS' network of messengers and fighters


The al-Monitor report also claims the terror organisation has even set up a specialist organ-smuggling division whose sole responsibility is to sell human hearts, livers and kidneys on the lucrative international black market.

'[Al-Mosuli] said that lately he noticed unusual movement within medical facilities in Mosul Arab and foreign surgeons were hired, but prohibited from mixing with local doctors,' the report's author wrote. 'Information then leaked about organ selling.'

The report went on: 'Surgeries take place within a hospital and organs are quickly transported through networks specialized in trafficking human organs. Mosuli said that the organs come from fallen fighters who were quickly transported to the hospital, injured people who were abandoned or individuals who were kidnapped.'

Most of the organs are then smuggled out of Syria and Iraq into neighboring countries like Saudi Arabia or Turkey where criminal gangs sell them on to shady buyers across the globe, the Assyrian International News Agency reported.

While organ harvesting may be the most shocking of IS' revenue streams, the report highlights a string of others that contribute to the group's $2million annual income.





Security: ISIS' horrifying trade in human organs, which was revealed by MailOnline last December, is just the latest way for the terrorist organisation to finance its activities, with other major sources of the group's $2 million-a-day income being the sale of oil, ransom payments, and smuggled antiques


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Intelligence chiefs are investigating claims the Islamic State jihadi who led the executions of 21 Egyptians was an American recruit.

The militant, who spoke English with a U.S. accent, appeared in a horrific video on Sunday showing the beheadings of a group of Coptic Christians on a beach in Libya.




Brandishing a knife, he declares: 'All crusaders... the sea you have hidden Sheikh Osama bin Laden's body in, we swear to Allah we will mix it with your blood.'



The men are then forced to lie face-down before they are beheaded simultaneously.

U.S. officials are understood to be analysing the militant's facial features and speech patterns as has been done in the hunt for the British executioner known as Jihadi John, who has appeared in a number of beheading videos in Syria.

Professor Erik Thomas, a linguistics expert at North Carolina State University, believes he 'sounds like an American' with some Arabic influence, based on some of word pronunciations.

One tactic is smuggling families and individuals into other countries. The report highlights one instance when a family paid ISIS over $8,000 per individual to sneak them into Turkey.

Drug smuggling is another. Al Monitor's report claims that IS traffics Afghan heroin into Europe from the city of Nineveh, which the Russian Federal Drug Control Service (RFDCS) says is generating 'significant revenues.'


Its drug business has become so successful in recent months that the RFDCS claims that IS now supplies half of Europe's entire heroin market.

Yesterday it was revealed that militants fighting for ISIS in Syria are making millions of pounds selling ancient statues and mosaics to wealthy Westerners using a complex system of smugglers and middle men.

Looted from ancient buildings in ISIS strongholds, such as the group's de facto capital city Raqqa, the antiquities are up to 10,000-years-old and can exchange hands for more than $1 million each.

The most expensive items are covertly smuggled overseas - usually on the orders of wealthy Europeans - but there is also a lucrative trade in less historically important objects, which often find their way into tourist shops and markets in neighbouring Lebanon and Turkey.

The trade in antiquities is one of ISIS' primary sources of funding, along with oil and ransom payments, and is estimated to fills the terrorists coffers with tens of millions of pounds every year.

The finer points of ISIS trade in antiquities was uncovered in an investigation by the BBC.

It revealed that ISIS militants charge smugglers 20 per cent on the sale of ancient items found or looted in territory under its control. If the smugglers decide not to buy the items, they are promptly smashed to pieces as examples of idolatry, regardless of their historic significance.
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Isil Abducts at Least 90 from Christian Villages in Syria

Two Syria-based activist groups confirm Assyrian hostages seized ancient Christian villages from northeastern Syria by Islamic State jihadists


The Telegraph UK, 24 Feb 2015





Isil fighters are believed to be holding between 70 and 100 hostages captive,
-most of them from the Christian Assyrian village of Tal Shamiram


Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) militants have abducted at least 90 people from Assyrian Christian villages in northeastern Syria, two monitor groups that track violence in Syria said on Tuesday.

The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the abductions took place after dawn raids in villages inhabited by the ancient Christian minority near the town of Tel Hmar, a mainly Assyrian town, in the western countryside of the city of Hasaka, a city mainly held by the Kurds.





The latest offensive coincides with a push by Syrian Kurds in northeastern Syria near the Iraqi border since Sunday that had compounded losses for the militant group in Syria.


Nuri Kino, the head of a separate activist group A Demand For Action that focuses on religious minorities in the Middle East, said Isil fighters are holding between 70 and 100 captive, most of them from the Christian Assyrian village of Tal Shamiram.
Kino said on Tuesday his group based its information on conversations with villagers who fled the onslaught and their relatives.

Tal Shamiram is located some 50 miles southwest of the Hassakeh provincial capital of Qamishli. Isil overran Tal Shamiram and other nearby Assyrian villages on Monday.
On Monday night, Christian groups had said they were checking a report that up to 200 civilians had been kidnapped by Isil jihadists in the fighting and were being held as hostages.

A number of fighters from a Christian militia, the Syriac Military Council, were also said to be missing.

The council, known by the initials MFS from its title in Aramaic, the ancient language of the Christian church, was founded in 2013 as jihadists began to dominate more of northern Syria.
It is allied to the YPG, the Syrian Kurdish militia involved in the defence of the town of Kobane, and on Sunday joined it in a drive against Isil in the north-eastern province of Hassakeh.

On Sunday night, it claimed to have driven the jihadists out of 22 villages, including a string of settlements occupied by the Assyrian Catholic minority between Hassakeh town and the Turkish border.
However, on Monday morning, Isil struck back, fighting its way into Tel Hormizd, nearby Tel Shamiran and Tel Tawil, and several other villages, according to a statement. According to one report, the Isil fighters were led by the infamous Chechen jihadist Omar al-Shishani.

A separate statement issued on the Facebook page of a group set up to campaign for Christians under threat from Isil said a large number of Christians had been seized by the group in yesterday morning’s attack.

“The men were later brought to a mountain called Abd al Aziz to be held as hostages,” it said. “The women and children were left in the village with Isil guards controlling them.


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Jihadi John Named as Mohammed Emwazi from West London UK

>The Jihadi John Apologists: Outrage as Human Rights Group Describes ISIS Executioner as a 'Beautiful, Extremely Kind and Gentle Young Man' - Then Blames BRITAIN for Radicalising Him

Asim Qureshi helped name his friend Mohammed Emwazi as Jihadi John

Mr Qureshi said that MI5 had harassed Emwazi and help radicalise him
Campaigner was tearful as he described him as 'extremely kind and gentle'

He added that 'the man I knew would never hurt a single person

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'When are we going to finally learn that when we treat people as if they're outsiders they will look for belonging elsewhere'

Comments caused fury from people who believe MI5 were doing their job


CAGE broadcast was on Sky News for 58 minutes without interruption and the
BBC showed it for 52 minutes

Daily Mail UK, 26 Feb 2015


The group who helped name Mohammed Emwazi as ISIS executioner Jihadi John caused outrage today after blaming MI5 for pushing him towards his killing spree in Syria. Asim Qureshi, research director at the rights group CAGE, described the world's most wanted man as 'extremely kind, extremely gentle and the most humble young person that I ever knew'.

At a press conference today Mr Qureshi was close to tears as he said Emwazi, who is linked to a string of executions of ISIS prisoners, 'was such a beautiful man'.Mr Qureshi said he was radicalised after the security services harassed him and alienated him because 'the man I knew would never hurt a single person.'He said: 'When are we going to finally learn that when we treat people as if they're outsiders, they are going to feel like outsiders and they will look for belonging elsewhere.'








Defence: Asim Qureshi, research director at the rights group CAGE, described Mohammed Emwazi, who is believed to be Jihadi John, as 'extremely kind' and blamed MI5 for his radicalisation





Unmasked: ISIS executioner 'Jihadi John' has been identified as Mohammed Emwazi from west London



Mr Qureshi was asked if he had failed to report him to the authorities if had suspicions that Emwazi was Jihadi John, but he said he had no idea until approached by journalists.


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A Cage spokesman walked off a Sky News interview live on air after being asked if he condemned the actions of Jihadi John.
Cerie Bullivant accused interviewer Kay Burley of asking him 'inherently xenophobic' questions, to which she replied: ‘Nonsense, get over yourself.’





Removing his earpiece: Cage spokesman Cerie Bullivant walked off a live Sky News interview





Off he goes: Mr Bullivant accused Kay Burley of asking him 'inherently xenophobic' questions


He claimed that the security services in Britain have ‘time and again harassed people and pushed them , and that has played a part in the radicalisation of this man’.

Mr Bullivant - who spent two years on a control order designed for terrorist suspects, but was an innocent man - was then asked by Burley: ‘Do you condemn his actions’

But he replied, before walking off: ‘I've already said… I'm sorry, I'm not answering that question, that's a ridiculous question, I’ve already gone through this and dealt with it.’

After he walked off screen, Burley paused before looking at the camera and smiling.

The assertion that MI5 'alienated' Emwazi caused fury online, accusing CAGE of being apologists for 'barbarism'.

Bev Hateley ‏said she was 'enraged and disgusted' by 'excuses' that 'Jihadi John was radicalised by MI5 harassment'.

Anthony Shaw wrote: 'So it's all the fault of MI5 that 'Jihadi John' takes great delight in cutting innocents' heads off.

Dean from Liverpool tweeted: 'How can MI5 in ANY way, even if they did harass him, create a man who cuts people heads off their shoulders'.

Another said: 'You don't go from innocent to executioner because your being harassed. Maybe MI5 had reason to suspect, and he's proved them right'.

Emails releases by CAGE today revealed how MI5 repeatedly tried to recruit Mohammed Emwazi as an informant and put him on a terror watchlist to stop him leaving Britain.

Emwazi is believed to have become known to the security services in 2009 when he was accused of trying to fight with Somali terror group Al-Shabaab in east Africa.

The British citizen, who was born in Kuwait and moved to the UK aged six, flew to Tanzania with two friends after he graduated from the University of Westminster claiming he was going on safari.

But he was arrested as soon as he touched down in capital Dar es Salaam and deported by Tanzanian's officials.
He flew back to Britain via Amsterdam and told a friend MI5 were waiting for him at Schiphol Airport and tried to recruit him to share information on extremists, Emwazi told a confidant.
Emwazi claimed that an MI5 agent called Nick accused him of trying to go to Somalia to fight for Al Shabaab and said:

'Listen Mohammed: You've got the whole world in front of you; you're 21 years old; you just finished Uni – why don't you work for us?'.

The Jihadi John suspect turned down the offer and claims he was told:

'You're going to have a lot of trouble ...you're going to be known...you're going to be followed...life will be harder for you.'

Emwazi claimed in emails to Qureshi that he was repeatedly approached by the security services over the course of the following year but he said he refused to co-operate and denied he had any links to terrorism.














Hostages who have survived being held by ISIS in Syria and Iraq have said that Jihadi John is a man 'obsessed' with Somalia and would make them watch Al-Shabaab videos while in captivity.


Hostages who have survived being held by ISIS in Syria and Iraq have said that Jihadi John is a man 'obsessed' with Somalia and would make them watch Al-Shabaab videos while in captivity.


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KUWAIT, BRITAIN AND TANZANIA: TRAVELS AND TIMELINE OF EMWAZI

1988: Born in Kuwait
c1994: Moved to Britain aged six, where he grew up in Queen's Park, west London
2009: Graduated from University of Westminster in computer programming
May 2009: Flies to Tanzania for 'planned safari' but is detained by police in Dar es Salaam. Eventually deported but he is allegedly accused by MI5 of trying to reach Somalia, en route in Amsterdam
Autumn 2009: Returns to Britain but soon moves back to Kuwait and finds work at a computer firm
June 2010: Counter-terrorism police detain him upon his return to London to finalise his wedding plans, and he is not allowed to return
2012: Emwazi heads for Syria and joins ISIS

In June 2010 counter-terrorism officers, linked to the security services and Scotland Yard, allegedly arrested him as he tried to fly to Kuwait. He was fingerprinted and searched, it was said, and put on a terror watchlist preventing him from leaving Britain.
In an email to Mr Qureshi he said:

'I feel like a prisoner, only not in a cage, in London. A person imprisoned & controlled by security service men, stopping me from living my new life in my birthplace & country, Kuwait'.

Another friend said that Emwazi later tried to travel to Saudi Arabia to teach English in 2012 but again stopped from leaving.

He was 'desperate' to leave Britain and 'was ready to exhaust every single kind of avenue within the machinery of the state to bring a change for his personal situation', Mr Qureshi said.
Mr Qureshi said he last heard from him that year and said the Jihadi John suspect believed 'actions were taken to criminalize him and he had no way to do something against these actions'.

Soon afterwards he vanished and is believed to have travelled to Syria, where he may now be ISIS' figurehead.





On the scene: Police officers near the property where Emwazi once lived in Queen's Park, west London



If Emwazi's account of his contact with MI5 is accurate, his case has a parallels with that of Lee Rigby's murderer Michael Adebolajo, who was jailed for life in 2013.

His trial heard that just three months before the appalling murder in Woolwich, MI5 was trying to recruit Michael Adebolajo as an informant.
He had been on their radar for ten years and in 2010 was even arrested with fellow Al Qaeda followers in Kenya.

Adebolajo complained of being 'harassed' by MI5 agents before the killing and it later it emerged that they had failed to watch him carefully enough before he murdered Drummer Rigby with the help of his friend Michael Adebowale.


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Jihadi John's Old University was a 'Hotbed of Radicalism Where Students Celebrated 9/11', Claims Ex-Pupil - and Hate Preacher was Even Due to Speak There TONIGHT

  • University has been described as a hotbed of radicalism by former student
  • Raheem Kassam claims he walked in on Islamic Society celebrating 9/11
  • Haitham al-Haddad was due to speak at University of Westminster tonight
  • Event postponed due to 'increased sensitivity and security concerns'
  • It will not go ahead as planned after Jihadi John’s identity was revealed
  • Mohammed Emwazi is a former student studied computer programming
Daily Mail UK, 26 Feb 2015


Jihadi John's former university was a 'hotbed of radicalism' where students 'celebrated 9/11', it has been claimed.

A former student two years older than the Islamic State executioner has lifted the lid on his time at the university - as it's also revealed a talk by a Muslim hate preacher has been postponed due to 'security concerns'.




Hate preacher: Haitham al-Haddad's speech has been posponed



Haitham al-Haddad was set to speak tonight, but the event will not go ahead as planned after it was revealed 'Jihadi John' studied computer programming at the university.

Today, the terrorist was named as a university graduate from London who was able to flee to Syria despite being on an MI5 terror watch list.
Mohammed Emwazi, 27, of Queen’s Park, west London is said to have travelled to the Middle East three years ago and later joined ISIS.
Jihadi John has featured in the execution videos of British aid workers Alan Henning and David Haines, U.S. journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, Japanese reporter Kenji Goto and Syrian soldiers.
Former University of Westminster pupil Raheem Kassam, who campaigns against extremism at British universities, said the conditions at the university are right for the radicalisation of someone like Emwazi.

Speaking today, he said: ‘I once walked into a meeting of the Islamic Society where they were clapping and cheering the events of 9/11.
‘I did not know him, he would have been two years behind me, but I am utterly unsurprised.'

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Petition: Haitham al-Haddad was set to speak tonight, but the event will not go ahead as planned after it was revealed 'Jihadi John' studied computer programming at the university







‘The university was nothing less than a hotbed of radicalism when I was there.
‘Universities across the country, the University of Westminster in particular, are being targeted by radical recruiters.'

A spokesperson from the University of Westminster said: 'We take these allegations very seriously. We condemn any behaviour that promotes terrorism and violence on any of our campuses.
'We have strict policies to promote tolerance among our 20,000 student community, who come to study from over 150 nations.
'Any student found to be engaging in radicalised activity would be referred to disciplinary procedures.
'As a London-based university operating in a diverse multi-cultural city, we are fully aware of all the influences within this international city. With other universities in London, we are working together to implement the Government’s Prevent strategy to tackle extremism.
'We strongly encourage anyone who is concerned about radicalisation to speak out and contact the Student Support and Well-being team. The safety and security of our students is our foremost concern.'





Former pupil Raheem Kassam, who campaigns against extremism at British universities, said the conditions at the university are right for the radicalisation of someone like Emwazi



Dr Al-Haddad's planned visit to the university sparked anger and a petition launched by the university’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) society opposing his visit was signed by more than 3,000 people.

He has advocated that gays should be outlawed and has also praised terror boss Osama bin Laden. He has also spoken out in favour of female genital mutilation.

He has claimed Jewish people are descended from 'apes and pigs' and says people who leave Islam should be executed, although he has claimed in the past his comments have been misinterpreted.


This afternoon, a spokesperson for the university said: ‘Tonight’s event has been postponed due to increased sensitivity and security concerns.’

The University of Westminster has been criticised for segregating male and female students during talks by Islamic scholars.
It was one of 21 university institutions which were found to promote gender segregation.

Research by Student Rights, a group which aims to prevent extremism at universities, said that from September to March 2013, 46 events at 21 separate institutions were found to have been segregated.

At the University of Westminster, at least two events were found to have been advertised as ‘women only’.
The research found that on March 21, 2013 a debate entitled ‘Secularism vs. Islam’ was held by the Women’s Take on Current Affairs Society (WTCA), a Hizb ut-Tahrir front group, and featured Shohana Khan as a speaker.

When challenged by students as to why the WTCA was able to hold events segregated by gender, the Student Union Interfaith Officer allegedly claimed that the society’s events were ‘faith-based’, which exempted it from equal opportunities policy.

In addition to this, an event the following day was held by the Islamic Society called ‘The Concept of Love in Islam’ which was also advertised as ‘Sisters only’. It was logged by Student Rights for this reason.

Student Rights said that when a male student from the society complained about not being able to attend, the Islamic Society highlighted that segregated events were common on campus stating ‘we’ve had many brothers only events too...the information discussed in the only women talks/or notes can be put to the public after the talk...the topics at hand do not only concern women.’

The University of Westminster’s ‘Dignity and Diversity at Work and Study Policy’ states that: ‘The University of Westminster is committed to creating a stimulating, supportive, inclusive and accessible learning and working environment... The University has a legal responsibility to provide a healthy and safe working environment that is free from unlawful discrimination and harassment.’






Dr Al-Hadda has claimed Jewish people are descended from 'apes and pigs' and says people who leave Islam should be executed



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RAHEEM KASSAM'S ACCOUNTI did not know him, he would have been two years behind me, but I am utterly, utterly unsurprised.
The university was nothing less than a hotbed of radicalism when I was there.
Are the conditions at Westminster right for the radicalisation of someone like him? The answer is yes, 100 per cent.
I once walked into a meeting of the Islamic Society where they were clapping and cheering the events of 9/11.
It was at that moment in my life I realised I wanted to set up an organisation in my life to tackle it.
Having been brought up in a Muslim household and then seeing that happening is pretty galling stuff.’
Universities across the country, the University of Westminster in particular, are being targeted by radical recruiters.
These guys [students] are being professionally radicalised. They tried it with me and they try it with any Muslim.
I remember very vividly how I would get cornered by three or four Somali guys - students in the class with me who were dressed in non-western clothing – and they would say I must come along to the Islamic Society meetings otherwise I’m not a proper Muslim.
When you are 18-years-old and a practising Muslim you feel inclined to go.
I went along and saw what was happening and it absolutely disgusted me.



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Pumped Full of Drugs as His Arm is Tightly Bandaged to Reduce Blood Flow
-Another 'Thief' is Maimed by ISIS in Photographs Revealing how Criminals are Medically Prepared Before Sickening Amputation

  • Photos taken in Mosul show ISIS militants exacting harsh punishments
  • Men are seen having their hands hacked off with massive meat cleavers
  • Images show in graphic detail the medical preparation for the brutal act
  • Victims are pumped full of drugs to reduce the agony of the punishment
Daily Mail UK, 6 March 2015


Militants fighting for the Islamic State in Iraq have released gruesome new images of alleged thieves having their hands hacked off in front of crowds bloodthirsty onlookers.
The photographs were taken in ISIS stronghold Mosul and show in gruesome detail how the terrorists pump their victims full of drugs before using a massive meat cleaver to cut off the hands.

Hundreds of people are seen lining the streets of the oil-rich city to get a better view of the barbaric act, which is carried out by several masked militants led by a white-bearded elderly man named Abu Ansar al-Ansari, who appears to be orchestrating proceedings.





Depraved: One elderly militant known as Abu Ansar al-Ansari does not cover his thick white beard as he oversees the alleged thief's hand being hacked off from his arm





Preparation: The photographs were taken in ISIS stronghold Mosul and show in gruesome detail how the terrorists pump their victims full of drugs before using a massive meat cleaver to cut off the hands






Hundreds of people are seen lining the streets of the oil-rich city to get a better view of the barbaric act



Photographs of the horrific punishments are being shared by pro-ISIS social media users, who use the Arabic file sharing website Nasher to exchange images of the terror group's latest atrocities.
The images begin by showing charge sheets carrying ISIS' chilling black and white logo which accuse the prisoners of stealing.

Crowds of men are then shown lining the streets to witness the savage punishments, with young boys clambering on to their father's shoulders in order to get a better view.
Keeping the baying crowd in line are dozens of heavily armed militants, who wear military fatigues as they stand facing the onlookers in an intimidating fashion.

The next shots showing in gruesome detail the medical preparation for the sickening amputations. The men's arms are pumped full of drugs and wrapped in tight bandages both to lessen the agony of the sickening act and to reduce the amount of blood flowing from the open wound.





Getting ready: The men's arms are pumped full of drugs and wrapped in tight bandages both to lessen the agony of the sickening act and to reduce the amount of blood flowing from the open wound






Grim: The photographs of the horrific punishments are being shared by pro-ISIS social media users, who use the Arabic file sharing website Nasher to exchange images of the terror group's latest atrocities





Sick: Images of the actual amputation itself show militants crowding around the victim, while ropes are used to pull his arm taut and allow the cleaver-wielding jihads and clean strike





Bloodthristy: Crowds of men are shown lining the streets to witness the savage punishments, with young boys clambering on to their father's shoulders in order to get a better view


Images of the actual amputation itself show militants crowding around the victim, while ropes are used to pull his arm taut and allow the cleaver-wielding jihads and clean strike.
While most of those involved cover their faces, one elderly militant known as Abu Ansar al-Ansari does not cover his thick white beard as he oversees the entire atrocity.

The distinctive fighter has become notorious in recent months after appearing in numerous videos released by ISIS showing their barbaric acts.
After having his hand hacked off, the victim is seen receiving medical treatment to ensure the wound does not become infected.

His arm is wrapped in thick bandages and more anaesthetising drugs are seen being pumped into his body to numb the pain before he is driven away from the crowds in the back of a van.





Agony: After having his hand hacked off, the victim is seen receiving medical treatment to ensure the wound does not become infected






The photographs show in gruesome detail the medical preparation for the sickening amputations






A man is seen recuperating after having his right arm hacked off by militants from the Islamic State






Taken away: The man's arm is wrapped in thick bandages and more anaesthetising drugs are seen being pumped into his body to numb the pain before he is driven away from the crowds in the back of a van



The images emerged just days after similar photographs taken in the terror group's de facto capital Raqqa showed a terrified young man being dragged into a public square to have his hand cut off.

The blindfolded victim was forced to sit in a chair in the centre of the square, where he was held in place by one of the jihadis, while two others use a cleaver to brutally sever his hand from his arm.

The horrific images were shared on the Twitter page of the local activist group Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently, who work undercover in the city to expose the atrocities committed by ISIS.
The four photographs are high quality shots and carry the distinctive yellow branding of ISIS' Al-Hayat Media Center, suggesting they may be stills from an as-yet unreleased propaganda video.


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HURLED TO HIS DEATH IN FRONT OF A BAYING MOB: ISIS BARBARIANS THROW 'GAY' MAN OFF BUILDING IN ANOTHER SICKENING DAY IN JIHADI CAPITAL OF RAQQA

Militants fighting for the Islamic State in Syria have thrown yet another young man to his death from a building after accusing him of being gay.
Stomach-churning photographs show a large bloodthirsty crowd gathered at the foot of a multi-storey building in the group's de facto capital Raqqa to watch the murder of the young victim.

With the baying crowd clambering on to rooftops to get a better view of the savage scene, the blindfolded man is dragged to the roof of the tallest building in the neighbourhood by bearded militants, who use mobile phones to film him being barbarically thrown to his death.





Barbarians: Militants fighting for the Islamic State in Syria have thrown yet another young man to his death from a building after accusing him of being gay





Horror: The blindfolded man is dragged to the roof of the tallest building in the neighbourhood by bearded militants, who use mobile phones to film him being barbarically thrown to his death






Sick: The stomach-churning photographs show a large bloodthirsty crowd gathered at the foot of a multi-storey building in the group's de facto capital Raqqa to watch the murder of the young victim



The images were released by local activist group Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently, who work undercover in the ISIS stronghold to expose the terror group's atrocities.
The photographs carry the distinctive yellow logo of ISIS' propaganda wing Al Hayat Media Centre, suggesting they come from an as-yet unreleased video of the savage murder.
The photographs shows a huge crowd gathering at the foot of a run-down building in the west of the city, which ISIS captured in early 2014 amid the ongoing chaos of the Syrian Civil War.

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19+ Tourists Shot Dead-89 Injured Terrorist Attack in Tunisia

Daily Mail UK, 18 March 2015


Nineteen tourists are reported to have died, and many injured after an attack in a Tunisian museum.

The Tunisian prime minister announced that the victims were Polish, Spanish, German, Italian and Tunisian, according to the BBC.

British tour operators confirmed that thousands of customers are believed to be in the country, but "very few" are in the capital.






A UK Foreign Office spokesman said: "We are urgently looking into the serious situation in Tunisia."


A spokesman for the Association of British Travel Agents (Abta) said: "We are currently liaising with our members and the Foreign Office to assess the impact and understand if any British nationals have been caught up in the attack on the Bardo Museum in Tunis.

"Tunisia attracts over 400,000 UK visitors each year, with the vast majority travelling to resorts on the coast.
"Abta members have reported that they have currently approximately 6,500 customers in Tunisia, though very few of these are staying in Tunis. As a precaution many Abta tour operators have cancelled local excursions to Tunis due to depart over the next few days."

The National Bardo Museum is near the national parliament building, which was evacuated after the shooting.
The museum is a leading tourist attraction that chronicles Tunisia's history and houses one of the world's largest collections of Roman mosaics.


People running to safety amid chaos of Tunisia attack:



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European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini blamed Islamic State on Wednesday for an attack on tourists in Tunisia that killed 19 people, including 17 foreign tourists.

"With the attack that has struck Tunis today, the Daesh terrorist organisation is once again targeting the countries and peoples of the Mediterranean region," she said in a statement, using the Arabic acronym for Islamic State.
"This strengthens our determination to cooperate more closely with our partners to confront the terrorist threat," she said. "The EU is determined to mobilise all the tools it has to fully support Tunisia in the fight against terrorism and reforming the security sector." (Reporting by Adrian Croft; editing by Philip Blenkinsop)

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Girls as Young as Nine Dragged Away From Their Families by Their Hair...
and Forced to Endure Beatings and Rapes at the Hands of ISIS Fighters:
Yazidi Survivor Reveals Hell She Suffered Before Escaping


  • ISIS snatched dozens of girls after storming the town of Sinjar last August
  • Taken to warehouse where they were lined up and hand picked by fighters
  • Survivor says she shakes with fear when she sees 'someone with a beard'


Daily Mail UK, 15 April 2015


A Yazidi teenager has told how Islamic State fighters stormed her town with shocking brutality, dragging girls as young as ten by their hair and carting them off like cattle to become sex slaves.



Hanan, 19, was snatched from her family, suffered regular beatings and taken to a warehouse in Mosul, Iraq, where hundreds of women were lined up and hand picked by jihadist militants.
She and six others were then taken to a house in a nearby village where they met a fellow Yazidi girl who had been incarcerated there for the last two months, she said.

The girl told them she had been beaten, handcuffed and raped and their captors warned they would soon suffer the same fate.

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Newly released members of the Yazidi minority, including one girl with an injured leg, wait for medical help after being set free by ISIS near Kirkuk, northern Iraq last week. One Yazidi survivor (not pictured) has told how girls as young as ten were dragged away from their families and raped at the hands of ISIS militants




Hanan managed to escape that night with some of the other girls by jumping out of a bedroom window, but two of them were caught as they fled.
Speaking of the moment ISIS attacked her village last August, she said: 'They separated all of us. They dragged us away by our hair.

The youngest with us was just 10. We were all crying. They said we are going to marry you off, you will forget your family.'

Hanan is now recovering at the Shariya refugee camp in Dohuk Iraqi Kurdistan, where hundreds of other Yazidis have fled, but says she shakes with fear every time she sees 'someone with a beard'.

Tens of thousands of Yazidis were forced to flee for their lives - many of them into the nearby Sinjar mountains and then into Kurdish-held regions of northern Iraq during the ISIS offensive in August.








Relief: 216 prisoners, including 40 children, believed they were being led to their execution, but were instead piled onto minibuses for a handover southwest of Kirkuk. It is not known why they were released


However many were captured by the militants, resulting in the massacre of hundreds of men and the selling into slavery of women and children, after they were first divided up between militants

A magazine published by the terror group, Dabiq, last year attempted to justify the sickening treatment of the Yazidis.
Explaining why Yazidis have been sold into sex slavery while those from other groups have not, the magazine claims Islamic Sharia law allows the enslavement of innocent 'polytheists and pagans' but not of those the militants regard as simply heretical.

Last week, aid workers reported that a nine-year-old girl was pregnant after suffering horrific sexual abuse at the hands of ISIS militants in northern Iraq.



She was among more than 200 Yazidi women, children and elderly who were released near Kirkuk, northern Iraq after being taken hostage last June.
According to aid workers, she was 'sexually abused by no fewer than ten men', while in captivity inside the self-proclaimed caliphate.



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Mexican Authorities Say ISIS Camps Located a Few Miles from Texas and New Mexico

Terrorists Allegedly Smuggled into the U.S. With Illegal Drugs





by Kurt Nimmo | Infowars.com | 15 April, 2015


The government watchdog group Judicial Watch cites Mexican government and military officials as saying the terror group ISIS, or Islamic State, has two camps in Mexico near the U.S. border.

One of the camps is reportedly located in Anapra, an area just west of Ciudad Juárez, and the other is near Puerto Palomas, a few miles from Columbus, New Mexico.

The Anapra area is dominated by the Vicente Carrillo Fuentes Cartel (Juárez Cartel), La Línea (the enforcement arm of the cartel) and the Barrio Azteca (a gang originally formed in the jails of El Paso), according to the Judicial Watch report.

A Mexican Army field grade officer and a Mexican Federal Police Inspector told Judicial Watch human traffickers, known as coyotes, working for the Juárez Cartel are smuggling IS terrorists into the United States through the porous border between Acala and Fort Han****, Texas.

Judicial Watch says this area was targeted because of understaffed municipal and county police forces and and large scale transit of illegal drugs from Mexico.


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ISIS intends to exploit the railways and airport facilities in the vicinity of Santa Teresa, NM (a US port-of-entry). The sources also say that ISIS has “spotters” located in the East Potrillo Mountains of New Mexico (largely managed by the Bureau of Land Management) to assist with terrorist border crossing operations. ISIS is conducting reconnaissance of regional universities; the White Sands Missile Range; government facilities in Alamogordo, NM; Ft. Bliss; and the electrical power facilities near Anapra and Chaparral, NM.


In 2014, Midland County, Texas Sheriff Gary Painter said ISIS would cross the border and strike the United States.

In August, a former CIA officer, Mike Baker, told the Laura Ingraham Show ISIS works with the drug cartels.

Judicial Watch said in August ISIS was using Juárez as a staging area and planned to launch a car bomb attack against Fort Bliss, a U.S. Army base about fifteen minutes from the border.

“The US administration has also covered up, or at the very least downplayed, a serious epidemic of crime along the Mexican border even as heavily armed drug cartels have taken over portions of the region,” the group stated. “Judicial Watch has reported that the U.S. Border Patrol actually ordered officers to avoid the most crime-infested stretches because they’re ‘too dangerous’ and patrolling them could result in an ‘international incident’ of cross border shooting. In the meantime, who could forget the famous words of Obama’s first Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Napolitano; the southern border is ‘as secure as it has ever been.’”


In September, Infowars reporter Joe Biggs. traveled to the area and crossed the Rio Grande dressed in an ISIS terrorist outfit. The stunt demonstrated how easy it would be for terrorists to enter the country:

Man Crosses U.S. Border Dressed as ISIS Terrorist, Simulates Beheading




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ISIS Behead and Shoot Ethiopian Christians in Sickening New Propaganda Video


  • Video seems to show militants in Libya holding one group of at least 16 captive on a beach and 12 others in a desert
  • Before the killings a masked fighter in black brandishes a pistol as he vows to kill Christians if they do not convert
  • Ethiopia unable to confirm its citizens were killed by militants in the footage but condemned the 'atrocious act'
  • It comes two months after 21 Egyptian Christians were beheaded by extremists in a similar video from Libya
Daily Mail UK, 19 April 2015


A shocking new video appearing to show at least 30 Christians being beheaded and shot by ISIS in Libya has been released.

The 29-minute video, titled 'Until It Came To Them - Clear Evidence', shows dozens of militants holding two separate groups captive, thought to be in the south and the west of the country.

At least 16 men, described by Islamic State as the 'followers of the cross from the enemy Ethiopian Church', are lined up and shot in a desert area while 12 others are filmed being forced to walk down a beach before being beheaded.

This follows another video in February of the beheading of a group of 21 Coptic Christians on the beach in Libya, though that terrain was rockier than the one shown in the latest film.

It raises fears that ISIS is consolidating its presence on the 'doorstep of Europe', as Libya is just a few hundred miles from the coast of Italy.

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Thirty Ethiopian Christians appear to have been beheaded and shot by ISIS in a sickening new propaganda video. Above, at least 16 men are marched down a beach in Libya by militants before they are killed


Ethiopia was unable to confirm its citizens were killed in the footage but condemned the 'atrocious act', a government official said.

The video shows the men at the coast wearing Guantanamo-style orange jumpsuits and being held at the neck by fighters in combats with balaclavas covering their faces. The victims inland are forced to kneel as militants dressed in combats and green masks stand behind them holding rifles.

It starts with what it called a 'history of Christian-Muslim relations', which includes scenes of militants destroying churches, graves and icons.
A masked fighter in black then brandishes a pistol as he vows to kill Christians if they do not convert.

In an apparent reference to Ethiopia's attacks on neighbouring Somalia, whose population is almost entirely Muslim, he says: 'Muslim blood shed under the hands of your religions is not cheap. To the nation of the cross we are now back again.'

The footage, which was released on websites and social media accounts officially linked to ISIS, also cuts to Christians in Syria explaining how they were given the choice of converting to Islam or paying a 'special tax'.

At the end it switches between the two sets of captives - thought to be mainly migrant workers - with one group shot dead at point-blank range and the others beheaded on the beach. The video has not yet been verified.





The men - wearing Guantanamo-style orange jumpsuits - are held at the neck and forced to kneel by fighters in combats with balaclavas covering their faces





The men, thought to be migrant workers, are described by Islamic State in the video as the 'followers of the cross from the enemy Ethiopian Church'





The footage also shows around 12 men being shot in a desert area, believed to be in the south of the country, by militants wearing green balaclavas and combats





A masked fighter in black (right) brandishing a pistol vows to kill Christians if they do not convert, saying: 'Muslim blood shed under the hands of your religions is not cheap. To the nation of the cross we are now back again'





The victims are forced to kneel in front of the militants (above) before being shot at point-blank range simultaneously. The video bore the official logo of the IS media arm Al-Furqan and resembled previous footage released by the extremist group





The militant in black - who is completely covered apart from his eyes - remains flanked by two people holding guns throughout the clip



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CHRISTIANITY IN ETHIOPIA

Ethiopia is a predominantly Christian country with the religion being introduced in the country the 4th century, making it one of the oldest Christian states in the world.
The Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church is one of the oldest organized Christian bodies in the world, and more than 40 per cent of the population are members of the church.
Around 20 per cent of the population follow other branches of Christianity, a majority being Protestant.
Islam was not introduced in the country for another 300 years, and now about one third of Ethiopians identify as Muslim.
Initial reports did not make clear who the captives were or when they were captured.
The video bore the official logo of the IS media arm Al-Furqan and resembled previous footage released by the extremist group.

Redwan Hussein, an Ethiopian government spokesman, said: 'We have seen the video but our embassy in Cairo has not been able to confirm that the victims are Ethiopian nationals. Nonetheless, the Ethiopian government condemns the atrocious act.'

He added that Ethiopia, which does not have an embassy in Libya, would help repatriate Ethiopians if they wanted to leave. Libyan officials were not immediately available for comment.
It comes just two months after IS militants filmed themselves beheading 21 captured Egyptian Christians on a similar beach, which immediately drew Egyptian airstrikes on the group's suspected positions in Libya.
Whether Ethiopia would - or could - respond with similar military force remains unclear.

Islamic State has been able to gain a foothold amid chaos in Libya, where two governments backed by rival alliances of militias are battling each other as well as extremist groups.
The group is also advancing in Iraq, where it has captured three villages near the city of Ramadi.





It comes just two months after the extremist group in Libya beheaded 21 captured Egyptian Christians on a beach (above)





Islamic State fighters, pictured carrying flags and dressed in black, have been able to gain a foothold amid the chaos in Libya



More than 90,000 people have fled the ISIS's advance in Anbar, a United Nations humanitarian agency said earlier this morning.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said in a statement that civilians are fleeing Ramadi as well as the three nearby villages captured by the IS group a few days ago.
Lise Grande, the UN humanitarian coordinator for Iraq, said: 'Our top priority is delivering life-saving assistance to people who are fleeing - food, water and shelter are highest on the list of priorities.'

Iraqi officials in Anbar have described Ramadi as a ghost town, with empty streets and closed shops.

Iraqi troops backed by Shiite militias and U.S.-led airstrikes managed to dislodge ISIS, which controls large parts of Iraq and Syria and wants to redraw the map of the Middle East, from the northern city of Tikrit earlier this month.
But the troops have struggled against the militants in Anbar, which saw some of the heaviest fighting of the eight-year U.S. military intervention that ended in 2011.


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Italy Terror Cell Prepared for Vatican Attack, Prosecutors Claim

Italian police make series of raids against 18 people suspected of links to al-Qaeda




Vatican City and Rome. Photograph: Sylvain Sonnet/Getty Images


Agencies in Milan and Rome, Friday 24 April 2015


Italian prosecutors said that terror suspects, including two purported bodyguards of Osama bin Laden, targeted in raids on Friday had made preparations for a 2010 attack against the Vatican.


Prosecutor Mauro Mura told a press conference in Cagliari, Sardinia, on Friday that wiretaps indicated the suspected terrorists were planning a bomb attack at the Vatican and that a suicide bomber had arrived in Rome.
Mura said the attack plans never went further and that the suicide bomber left Italy, though it wasn’t clear why. He said the wiretaps gave “signals of some preparation for a possible attack.”

Police conducted raids across Italy on Friday, targeting 18 people suspected of links with al-Qaida. Some were arrested, including the group’s suspected spiritual leader, but others were believed to have left the country.

“We don’t have proof, we have strong suspicion,” said Mario Carta, head of the police unit leading the investigation said when asked for more details on a possible attack against the seat of the Catholic Church.

The suspects arrested on Friday had also sought to topple the Pakistani government, police said.


Counter-terrorism police in Sardinia said some of the 18 suspects were responsible for “numerous bloody acts of terrorism in Pakistan”, including the October 2009 explosion in a market in Peshawar in which more than 100 people died.
Telephone wiretaps also indicated that two of the suspects were part of a network of people who protected Bin Laden in Pakistan, a police statement said.

Police said the aim of the network was to create an insurrection against the Pakistani government.

Pasquale Errico, the police chief in the city of Sassari, said the warrants were being executed throughout Italy. The suspects were being sought also for financing terrorist movements in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Sardinian daily L’Unione Sarda reported that one of the suspects ran a construction business in Olbia.

“There is the hypothesis that he was recruiting immigrants who arrived here by airplane with false documents and involved them in illegal activities,” the paper’s editor, Anthony Muroni, told Sky TG24.
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ISIS Claims Responsibility for Texas Attack: Radio Station Issues Chilling Warning that US will 'See Soldiers of the Islamic State do Terrible Things'

  • 'Two soldiers of the caliphate executed an attack in Garland,' group said
  • 'We tell America that what is coming will be even bigger,' it announced
  • The terrorist group made the statement through its Al Bayan radio station
Daily Mail UK, 6 May 2015

The Islamic State terrorist group claimed its first attack on US soil, a shooting at an anti-Muslim event in Texas over the weekend showcasing cartoons mocking the Prophet Mohammed.


'Two of the soldiers of the caliphate executed an attack on an art exhibit in Garland, Texas, and this exhibit was portraying negative pictures of the Prophet Mohammed,' the jihadist group said through its Al Bayan radio station.
'We tell America that what is coming will be even bigger and more bitter, and that you will see the soldiers of the Islamic State do terrible things,' the group announced.

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Debris of a car blown up by police as a precaution near the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, Texas following the attack on an anti-Muslim event








Shot dead: Elton Simpson, pictured top, and Nadir Soofi, opened fire outside an anti-Islam event on Sunday evening in Texas





A man carries a broken door away from the Garland shooting suspects' bottom floor apartment at the Autumn Ridge complex in Phoenix, Arizona, after the FBI forcefully entered the apartment to perform a search





Attack: The bodies of Simpson and Soofi are seen next to their vehicle as it is searched for explosives





Investigation: Agents work on the scene near to where the men opened fire before they were shot dead by a traffic officer. Investigators destroyed some of the belongings found inside the back of the suspects' car, pictured, as a precaution


Inside the Arizona Apartment Shared by Texas Terror Gunmen;





It was unclear whether the group was opportunistically claiming the attack as its own.

Police said two men drove up to the conference centre Sunday in Garland, Texas, where the right-wing American Freedom Defense Initiative was organising the controversial cartoon contest, and began shooting at a security guard.

Garland police officers then shot and killed both men.
According to US media reports, the two suspected jihadists were Elton Simpson, 31, and Nadir Soofi, 34, who shared an apartment in Phoenix, Arizona.
Simpson was being investigated by the FBI over alleged plans to travel to Somalia to wage holy war, court records show.

Many Muslims find drawings of the prophet to be disrespectful or outright blasphemous, and such cartoons have been cited by Islamists as motivation in several previous attacks.


Resident Describes the Shooting as Sounding 'Like a Sledgehammer';







Killed: FBI crime scene investigators look at the bodies of the two killed gunmen outside the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, Texas on Monday





Members of the FBI Evidence Response Team investigate the crime scene outside of the Curtis Culwell Center





Controversial: On Sunday, two heavily armed police officers can be seen securing art work following the shooting



Inside Texas Community Center Moment of Attack



Inside the Arizona Apartment Shared by Texas Terror Gunmen




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Islamic State Group Radio Claims Saudi Mosque Suicide Attack

Carnage as ISIS Suicide Bomber 'Dressed as a Woman in a Burka' Blows up Car Outside Mosque in Saudi Arabia - Killing Four

  • ISIS fighter detonated bomb in car park outside mosque in Dammam
  • It is thought he was trying to target Shia Muslims during Friday prayers
  • Witnesses say he was trying to get in via women's gate dressed in burka
  • When security stopped him he detonated killing four, including himself
  • Attack comes a week after another IS fighter killed 21 in suicide bombing
Daily Mail UK, 29 May 2015


Four people have been killed in Saudi Arabia after an ISIS suicide bomber, reportedly dressed in a burka, blew up a car outside a mosque during Friday prayers.

The man is said to have tried to drive into the Shia Imam Hussein mosque in Dammam, but was stopped by security.
As security tried to get to him, the jihadist detonated his bomb in the in the car park in front of the women's entrance, blowing up his car and killing four in the blast.











The fighter, from the Sunni branch of Islam, launched his attack on the Shia Imam Hussein mosque as worshipers flocked to the site for Friday prayers (pictured, a wounded man is treated in the street)


ISIS has since claimed responsibility for the attack, with a message posted on one of the group's Facebook pages saying a 'soldier of the caliphate,' blew himself up among 'an evil gathering of those filth in front of one of their shrines in Dammam.'

The fighter was identified as Abu Jandal al-Jazrawi, with his surname indicating that he likely came from Saudi Arabia.
The latest bombing comes just a week after another device was detonated by ISIS fighters in the nearby village of al-Qudeeh, killing 21 mostly Shia Muslims.

IS fighters hail from the Sunni sect of Islam, and view Shias as devil-worshipers and blasphemers deserving of death.

The pair of suicide bombings threaten to spark sectarian conflict in Saudi Arabia, which is a predominantly Sunni nation, but has a large Shia population in the oil-rich east.

Video of the attack shows a thick pall of black smoke rising from cars burning in the parking lot outside, while pictures of the attack show men treating a badly wounded person on the ground.

Another video apparently taken from inside the mosque captures the horror of the crowd from inside the Imam Hussein mosque, the only Shia mosque in the region, as the bomb goes off.

The state-run Saudi Press Agency said security guards halted a car in the parking lot of the mosque and that the bomber detonated his payload as they approached.

'Thank God, security authorities managed to foil a terrorist crime targeting worshippers,' the agency said in a statement. It was unclear if the bomber was among the four dead.


Onlookers witness the bomb blast outside Shiite mosque
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According to witnesses the man was trying to drive through the women's entrance to the mosque while wearing a burka when suspicious security guards stopped him, moments before the explosion





A pall of black smoke coming from burning cars was visible in the sky above Dammam today after the second suicide bombing carried out by ISIS against Shia Muslims in two weeks



There have also been anonymous reports that the bomber had been dressed in the traditional female burka in an attempt to get past security.
Witness Mohammed Idris said the suicide bomber attempted to enter the mosque but was chased by young men, who had set up checkpoints at the entrance.

'They chased the suicide bomber when he tried to enter the women's section of the mosque in the south entrance,' he said. He identified one of the dead as Abdul-Jalil Abrash, a 25-year-old graduate student from an American university.

Mohammed al-Saeedi, who arrived half an hour after the blast, said four cars were damaged by the explosion, and body parts from the bomber were scattered around the site.

'Pieces of the body were everywhere at the main gate and in the roof of the mosque,' he said.
He called on police to do a better job of sharing information with the local Shiite community to protect against future attacks.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was carried out by its 'Najd Province,' referring to a region in the central Arabian Peninsula.

Last Friday, an Islamic State suicide bomber killed 21 people in the village of al-Qudeeh, in the oil-rich eastern Qatif region.

It was the deadliest militant assault in the kingdom since a 2004 al-Qaida attack on foreign workers as Saudi Arabia's king vowed to punish those responsible for the 'heinous terrorist attack.'





A video reportedly taken from inside the mosque shows the Imam had already begun prayers when the explosion suddenly went off outside (pictured, firemen extinguish the blazing cars)





Several vehicles were destroyed in the blast, which also left shrapnel marks in the walls of the mosque, and scattered human remains around the cap park, according to witnesses



Saudi Arabia's Shiite minority is a branch of Islam that both the Islamic State group and ultraconservatives in Saudi Arabia regularly denounce as heretical.
Shiites in Saudi Arabia have long complained of discrimination and say their communities have benefited little form the country's vast oil riches, which are also concentrated in the east.

In 2011, Shiites in the east inspired by the Arab Spring uprising in neighboring Bahrain took to the streets to demand greater rights.
Police arrested hundreds of people and a counterterrorism court sentenced an outspoken cleric, Nimr al-Nimr, to death.

Saudi Arabia views Shiite movements elsewhere in the Middle East as proxies of its main regional rival, Shiite-majority Iran.

Riyadh is currently leading a coalition in bombing raids against Shiite rebels in neighboring Yemen, known as Houthis, who seized the capital, Sanaa, last year.





The attack comes a week after 21 people were killed in al-Qudeeh in an ISIS suicide bombing carried out by a fighter going under the name of Abu Amer al-Najdi (pictured)
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Staten Island Man, 21, Arrested in Alleged ISIS-Related Conspiracy >Knife Attack on FBI Agent: Court Papers

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The FBI-NYPD Joint Terrorism Task Force arrested a 21-year-old Staten Island man who allegedly repeatedly tried to stab an FBI agent with a kitchen knife Wednesday as officers attempted to search his home in connection with an ongoing ISIS-related investigation involving a Queens college student arrested over the weekend, according to court documents.


Fareed Mumini was charged Wednesday with attempting to murder an FBI agent, though no serious injuries were reported in the scuffle, conspiring to provide material support to ISIS and trying to assist the terror group in carrying out an attack in the New York area, according to the complaint.


After his arrest, Mumini allegedly told investigators he had pledged his allegiance to ISIS and that he planned to travel overseas to join the group. If he wasn't able to join ISIS overseas, he allegedly planned to attack law enforcement officers at home, and was coordinating that plan with others.
Mumini's alleged conspirators include Munther Omar Saleh, the 20-year-old college student from Queens arrested over the weekend for allegedly scouting possible targets for an ISIS-inspired attack. Court documents say Saleh also charged law enforcement officers with a knife when he saw them conducting surveillance of him and another alleged conspirator Saturday. No one was hurt


Saleh allegedly named Mumini as a co-conspirator when he agreed to speak with investigators following his arrest, court documents indicate.


Investigators began reviewing cellphone records between the duo, and found discussions about attacking law enforcement.
In one conversation, Saleh allegedly told Mumini to use a bomb, then to fight, later clarifying he should detonate an explosive, then run over law enforcement officers with a vehicle, gather up their weapons and use them to shoot at other victims, court papers say.


Court documents indicate Saleh allegedly emailed himself information about how to build a pressure cooker bomb like the ones used in the 2013 Boston Marathon attack; he and another man also allegedly searched for items like an LED light, lava lamp, chemistry model, propane and other components that authorities say could be used in the creation of explosive devices. While Saleh allegedly was running the "op," as he described it to a confidential informant, authorities allege Mumini helped him in his alleged efforts to carry out an attack on behalf of ISIS.

The two were seen meeting on several occasions since May 2015; during one meeting, Saleh contacted Mumini to tell him he had money and wanted to meet, stating that he had money that "talks," possibly referring to funding for an illegal transaction, the complaint alleges. Saleh eluded surveillance teams on the way to a meeting with Mumini on Staten Island.

Saleh and Mumini also met in lower Manhattan late last month. On June 1, Saleh and another alleged co-conspirator allegedly talked about how the meeting with Mumini went. Saleh allegedly said it was "awesome" and "motivating."

When Saleh told Mumini 11 days later, "I decided to tell my parents 'i will be gone in much less than a year, in sha Allah, you have two choices, either you let me go to Darul Islam or you watch me kill nonMuslims here," Mumini replied, "May Allah make it easy for you," court documents say.

Authorities went to Mumini's home Wednesday to execute a search warrant in the case when Mumini allegedly attacked them. Court papers say the suspect's mother and sister opened the door to let law enforcement officers in, and when they entered, Mumini walked down the main staircase.

Officers ordered him to move to a couch in the living room and Mumini refused, then allegedly lunged at the agents with a kitchen knife. He repeatedly tried to stab one officer as others attempted to restrain him, court papers say. None of the stabs penetrated the agent's body armor.

After Mumini's arrest, his mother allowed agents to search his car, where investigators found a bag containing another large kitchen knife, court papers say. After his arrest, he allegedly told FBI agents Wednesday's attack on the officers was premeditated and that he kept the knife used to attack the agent wrapped in a T-shirt in his bed for just such an occasion. He said he also stowed the knife found in his mother's car for a potential encounter with law enforcement, the complaint says.

Court papers say Mumini also admitted to talking about building a pressure cooker bomb with Saleh.

Mumini appeared briefly in federal court in Brooklyn; he was appointed an attorney, Anthony Ricco, who denied his client pledged allegiance to ISIS. Ricco said Mumini would plead not guilty at an appropriate time. He said Mumini is a religious man who had a job before Wednesday. The lawyer also said Mumini and Saleh know each other, but he declined to elaborate on their relationship.

Ricco said Mumini's mother and cousins, who were in court Wednesday, were surprised by the charges. They did not comment as they left court. The young man's uncle, who was also in court, said he didn't believe the charges. He said Mumini attends the College of Staten Island and works as a home health aide on the weekends. The uncle described Mumini as a good kid.

A neighbor who witnessed the arrest was Mumini was cooperative when he was arrested by authorities; he was led out of his home wearing a bathrobe and shackles. The neighbor reiterated the uncle's statements that Mumini is a good kid, saying he was always offering to shovel and carry groceries. The neighbor said he doesn't believe the allegations "for a minute."

Mumini was held without bail. He faces 20 years in prison if convicted of the charge of attempting to murder a federal officer.

Saleh appeared in court Saturday when the complaint against him was unsealed. The name of his attorney wasn't available, but his family denied the allegations Wednesday.
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Kalashnikov Raised, Tunisian Terrorist's Last Moments Revealed as He Roams the Streets Looking for More Victims After Slaughtering 37 Tourists in Hotel Massacre Before Police Shoot Him Dead

  • Gunmen have carried out a terrorist attack at holiday destination of Sousse
  • Militants, thought to be from ISIS, exchanged gunfire with security services
  • English boy, 16, survived after seeing his parents and grandmother killed
  • Another Brit left fighting for his life after being shot four times in stomach
Daily Mail UK, 26 June 2015


The final moments of a machine gun-wielding terrorist who caused havoc on a beach in Tunisia today have been captured on camera.

AK47 in hand, the man prowls the streets of Sousse, the popular resort town where he killed at least 37 and injured another 36 having opened fire on a beach packed with holiday makers.

It has emerged that a heroic British man, who was shot three times on the beach during the onslaught, bravely used his body as a human shield to protect his fiancee from being killed by the maniac gunman.

The massacre took place at about the same time as the bombing of a Shi'ite mosque in Kuwait, where 25 worshippers were killed, and another attack on a United States-owned factory in France in which a man was beheaded.


The violence comes just days after ISIS urged its fanatic followers to 'make Ramadan a month of calamities' and rise up against the 'non-believers'.

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Terrorist: New images show the final moments of a gunman (pictured) who caused havoc by opening fire on a beach packed with holidaymakers in Tunisia today, before police shot him dead






Predator: Assault rifle in hand, he roams the streets of the popular holiday resort town Sousse where he and possible accomplices killed at least 37 people today





Killer: Witnesses in Sousse said the terrorists used a jet ski and a boat to access the beach and hid their machine guns in parasols before indiscriminately opening fire on civilians





An officer speaks on his phone as he walks past the dead body of one of the gunmen on the ground





Bodies lie on a beach in Sousse after gunmen opened fire on tourists at two hotels, killing at least 37




Massacre: At least 37 people were killed on the beach when gunmen opened fire on innocent sunbathers





Killed: A 16-year-old British boy saw his grandmother and parents gunned down by the men who killed 37 (one pictured)





Deceased: Tunisian lifeguards stand next to a covered body in the resort town of Sousse, which has been brought to its knees following a merciless terrorist attack





Armed police stand over the body of a victim shot dead on the beach by Islamist gunmen in Tunisia





Hero: British man Matthew James (right), who was shot three times on the beach during the onslaught, used his body as a human shield to protect his fiancee Sarah Wilson (left) from being killed by the maniac gunman





Onslaught: One of the survivors of the massacre on a beach in Tunisia sits inside the Imperial Marhaba Hotel, where a window was smashed by gunfire





Attack: A broken glass window of the Imperiale Marhaba hotel is seen after a gunman opened fire at the beachside hotel in Sousse





Medics help an injured man in Sousse after gunmen stormed beaches of two hotels in the town of Sousse



Matthew James, 30, from Cardiff, is fighting for his life after being shot four times in the stomach, his father-in law William Wilson told MailOnline.
The gas engineer was hit in the shoulder, chest and hip as the gunman opened fire on the sunbeds as he lay next to fiancee Sarah Wilson.
Speaking from the hospital in Tunisia, Sarah, 26, said: 'He took a bullet for me. I owe him my life because he threw himself in front of me when the shooting started. He was covered in blood from the shots but he just told me to run away.
'He told me: "I love you babe. But just go - tell our children that their daddy loves them".
'It was the bravest thing I've ever known. But I just had to leave him under the sunbed because the shooting just kept on coming.
'I ran back, past bodies on the beach to reach our hotel. It was chaos - there was a body in the hotel pool and it was just full of blood.
'You just can't explain how terrible it was. It was chaos with screaming and gunshots. I'm just so glad Matthew is alive because so many other people are dead.'
Engaged couple Sarah and Matthew, from Pontypridd, South Wales, left their two children Tegan, six, and Kaden, 14 months at home with their family when they jetted out to Sousse on June 21 for a two week break.








Emotions running high: A man launches a furious attack on a man apparently arrested over the shootings






The suspect gunman was attacked after reportedly being captured by the entrance to the Sousse motorway








Safety: Terrified tourists are holed up inside the Imperial hotel in the resort town of Sousse, a popular tourist destination 90 miles south of the Tunisian capital














Ellie Makin, from Ripon, who was on holiday with her friend Debbie Horsfall from Huddersfield, said she saw a gunman pull a weapon from an umbrella right next to them on the beach while they were sunbathing.


She told ITV News: 'He was to the right of me because we were on the last sun bed on the beach. All of a sudden I got up anyway and just happened to look right and all I saw was a gun and an umbrella being dropped.
'Then he started firing to the right hand side of us. If he had fired to the left I don't know what would have happened, but we were very lucky.'

A 16-year-old British boy reportedly saw his parents and grandmother slaughtered by the gunman and possible accomplices. The boy is being treated for his injuries in hospital, according to a report by a Tunisian radio station.

Staff at the Clinic Les Oliviers in Sousse where many of the injured have been taken said they were treating 13 British nationals.

Other victims who died included an Irish woman, Tunisians, Germans and Belgians.

Witnesses in Sousse said the terrorists used a jet ski and a boat to access the beach and hid their machine guns in parasols while dressed in Western clothing.

The body of one gunman lay at the scene with a Kalashnikov after he was shot in an exchange of gunfire with police.

A second suspect was later arrested near a motorway. Pictures showed him being punched in the face by a furious woman as he was marched through the town by armed police.


Bodies of victims are covered up on the beach in Sousse;








This picture shows the body of a western holidaymaker lying dead on the beach in Sousse - empty sun loungers can be seen behind him after people fled the area





This picture shows dead bodies on the beach following the attack on the beach today



A Tunisian student, previously unknown to the security services, is the prime suspect in the massacre, Tunisia's Secretary of State for Security, Rafik Chelly revealed.

Mr Chelly told Tunisia's Mosaique FM radio station:

'He is Tunisian, from the Kairouan region [in the centre of Tunisia]. He is a student. He was not known [to the security services].
'He went to the beach, dressed like someone who is going for a swim and he had a parasol [sun umbrella] inside which he had his weapon. After he arrived at the beach, he used his weapon.'

The attack took place at the Al-Qantawi resort in the city of Sousse, around 140 kilometres south of the capital Tunis on the Mediterranean coast.
The hotels attacked are understood to be the Imperial Marhaba and the Soviva.

Ridha Jegham, director general of the Royal Kenz Hotel opposite the Imperial Marhaba Hotel, told a local radio station that the terrorists used a jet ski and boat to access the beach.
He said he had passed the information to the country's Interior Minister.

British tourist Gary Pine told Sky News said: 'We thought fire crackers were going off but you could see quite quickly what was going on.
'There was a mass exodus off the beach. My son was in the sea at the time and myself and my wife were shouting at him to get out and as he ran up he said I've just saw someone get shot.

'One attacker opened fire with a Kalashnikov on tourists and Tunisians on the beach of the hotel', said a hotel worker at the site.
'It was just one attacker. He was a young guy dressed in shorts like he was a tourist himself.'








Police stand over one of the gunmen after the attack in the popular tourist destination today



Elizabeth O'Brien, an Irish woman on holiday with her two sons in the resort, described how she grabbed her children and ran for their lives when they heard gunfire erupting from one of the hotels.

She said: 'We were on the beach. My sons were in the sea and I just got out of the sea.

'It was about 12 o'clock and I just looked up about 500 metres from me and I saw a (hot air) balloon collapse down, then rapid firing, then I saw two of the people who were going to go up in the balloon start to run towards me - because I thought it was fireworks.

'So, I thought 'oh my God, it sounds like gunfire', so I just ran to the sea to my children and grabbed our things and as I was running towards the hotel.
'The waiters and the security on the beach started saying 'run, run run!' and we just ran to our room, which is like a little bungalow. So we are actually trapped in our room.'


The British Government's emergency Cobra committee will meet this afternoon following the attack in Tunisia and another one in France where a man was decapitated at a gas factory by terrorists carrying Islamist banners.

Prime Minister David offered 'our solidarity in fighting this evil of terrorism'.
He added: 'Our hearts go out to the victims of appalling terrorist acts in France and Tunisia.'





Tunisian troops stand guard outside the hotel in an armoured car after the terror attack






Susan Rickett, who was staying at the Palm Marina Hotel near Sousse, said: 'My sister was talking to someone who had seen some people shooting and had shot someone on a sun bed but we don't know if that's true.
'It sounded like a machine gun going off... and there was a kind of explosion a little bit later.

'They're saying its going on in the hotel next to us. Police were chasing some men, that's all I know.'

Rebecca Miles, a British tourist who was staying at the Royal Kenz hotel with her boyfriend Dean Anderson, 24, told MailOnline: 'We were told to go back to our rooms because there were reports of a bomb.
'It happened about half an hour ago – I heard a bang and I thought it was thunder but it was a clear sky so it obviously wasn't.

'I heard sirens going off about 20 minutes ago and everyone came running back from the private hotel beach which is about 400 metres from the hotel. Everyone is a bit clueless about what is happening.

'People are anxious because they don't really know what is happening and we are now stuck in our rooms. There have been deaths apparently.'








A holidaymaker John Yeoman has barricaded himself inside his hotel room in Sousse (pictured)



David Schofield said: 'We heard quite a large explosion...People are running around the hotel. No-one has really been told what to do.'

The Foreign Office said it is aware of the reports and is looking into them.

In a statement, Thomas Cook said:

'Thomas Cook has been advised of an incident that occurred earlier today in Sousse, Tunisia.
'At this time, details are not clear as to which properties have been affected, with conflicting news reports.
'We are currently gathering information and will provide an update as soon as possible.
'Our teams on the ground are offering every support to our customers and their families in the area.

'We will continue to monitor the situation, working closely with the FCO and local authorities.'



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SOUSSE: POPULAR HOLIDAY AREA

Sousse is a city on the east coast of Tunisia, about 87 miles (140km) south of the capital, Tunis.

Around 1.2 million tourists visit Sousse every year, drawn by the hotels, sandy beaches and culture.
Hotel complexes with 40,000 beds span from the old city to the Port El Kantaoui and the city is home to a Unesco-protected mosque, as well as a historic medina.

Boujaafar Beach stretches from the Gulf of Hammamet several miles north to Port El Kantaoui - a purpose-built resort with dozens of hotels including the El Mouradi Palm Marina, El Mouradi Palace and Riu Imperial Marhaba.
Mohamed Ali Aroui, spokesman for Tunisia's Interior Minister, said: 'The perpetrator of the massacre has been killed but there could be more.
'That that are others with him is something we cannot confirm or deny.'

While the country's president Mohamed Beji Caid Essebsi said: 'We have seen today that Tunisia is facing an international movement.

'It cannot respond alone. The proof is that at the same time and on the same day, France has been the target of an similar operation as well as Kuwait.


'This is the proof that a global strategy is needed and that every democratic country should unite its forces... I hope this time is the last time.'

Holiday brands Thomson and First Choice said they were 'aware of a suspected terrorist incident in Tunisia'.
They added: 'We are working closely with our teams in Tunisia and the relevant authorities to determine exactly what has happened and provide assistance to those affected.
'More information will be released as it becomes available.'

This morning's news follows a similar attack in March, when three terrorists attacked the Bardo National Museum in the Tunisian capital city of Tunis, and took hostages.
Twenty-one people, mostly European tourists, were killed at the scene, while an additional victim died ten days later.














It has been reported that the attack happened on the private beach of the Royal Kenz Hotel, which is situated 400 metres away



ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack, the deadliest involving foreigners in Tunisia since a 2002 suicide bombing on the island of Djerba.

The attack comes just hours after a man was decapitated and dozens more injured at a gas product factory in France by terrorists carrying Islamist banners.



The attack took place at the headquarters of the American owned Air Products, in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier, near the city of Lyon, in the south east of the country.

The murder is believed to have been accompanied by several explosions on the site cause by a terrorist igniting small 'gas bombs' that injured dozens of factory workers.
It is believed the explosions may have intended to blow up the entire factory site but failed.

The murdered man's head is understood to have been found 30 feet away from his body, hanging on the factory's fence.
The dead man's head was covered in Arabic 'inscriptions' before being placed on the fence, according to local journalists at the scene.



A 30-year-old man - named by French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve as Yacine Sali who is understood to have been known to security services since at least 2006 - has already been arrested at the scene, telling police officers that he is a member of the Islamic State terror group.

The man is believed not to have a criminal record but was considered to have 'possibly been radicalised'.



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TERROR IN TUNISIA: SOUSSE MASSACRE COMES JUST THREE MONTHS AFTER 22 PEOPLE WERE KILLED IN BARDO MUSEUM ATTACK


This morning's savage attack on a beach near two tourist hotels on the Mediterranean comes as Tunisia was just beginning to recover from the massacre of 22 people in March.

In that attack gunmen stormed the Bardo National Museum in the capital Tunis, firing indiscriminately in a brazen daylight raid.

Three jihadis opened fire on a bus load of tourists arriving at the museum before chasing them into the building and killing more, Prime Minister Habib Essid said at the time.
21 people were killed at the scene - including one Briton - while another person died 10 days later in hospital.

A further 50 people were injured in what is believed to be the worst terror attack in modern Tunisian history.

Two of the perpetrators, Yassine Labidi and Saber Khachnaoui, were killed at the scene of the attack, while the third identity is not yet clear.

Dozens of men have so far been arrested in connection with the attack, although many of them were detained on suspicion of helping to plan the massacre, rather than taking part.

Tunisian officials blamed the Bardo museum attack on a local terror group called the Okba Ibn Nafaa Brigade - an Al Qaeda offshoot that declared allegiance to ISIS last September.

The British victim of the Bardo museum attack was mother-of-two Sally Adey, of Caynstall, near Shifnal, Shropshire.
The retired British solicitor died from wounds to her stomach and pelvis while on a stop off on a Mediterranean cruise with her 52-year-old husband Robert, who survived the attack and had to identify his wife's body.


Sousse Terror Attack: Wounded Arrive at Private Clinic



Tourist Describes Hearing Gunman Fire Shots Below Them



Wounded are Taken into Hotel for Treatment in Sousse




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Armed Police Investigating French Decapitation Terror Attack Swoop on Former Home of Suspected Islamist and Remove Woman and Child After Yassine Salhi is Accused of Beheading His Boss

  • Shocking attack took place at the headquarters of American-owned Air Products close to Lyon in southern France
  • A severed head covered in Arabic writing was then placed on the factory's fence along with two Islamist flags
  • Suspect then drove through factory gates, crashing into gas cannisters and causing blasts that injured onlookers
  • Alleged killer has been named as father of three Yassine Salhi, 30, with the victim believed to be his employer
  • The company both men worked for is understood to have regularly delivered to the Air Products factory
  • Delivery driver's wife later claimed that Salhi was a 'normal Muslim' who left for work as usual at 7am today
Daily Mail UK, 26 June, 2015




Police swooped on the apartment building in Saint-Priest (right), near the city of Lyon, just hours after the 30-year-old delivery driver was arrested on suspicion of decapitating his boss, writing Arabic slogans on the severed head and hanging it on a fence outside the nearby headquarters of Air Products (left).

Salhi is accused of going on to crash his Ford Fusion delivery van through the factory's gates before crashing it into several large gas cannisters left in the car park, apparently in the hope they would explode and destroy the entire factory complex.


Four people are in custody in connection to a beheading and explosion at a gas factory in south-eastern France - and police are still searching buildings for evidence.

Heavily armed police investigating this morning's brutal terror attack in France have removed a woman and child from the home of Yassine Salhi - the suspected Islamist accused of beheading his boss and trying to blow up the American-owned gas factory.

He was known to factory personnel because he came in regularly for deliveries, Paris Prosecutor Francois Molins said.

Police swooped on the apartment building in Saint-Priest, in the suburbs of the city of Lyon, just hours after the 30-year-old delivery driver was arrested on suspicion of writing Arabic slogans on his employer's severed head and hanging it on a fence outside the nearby headquarters of Air Products.

Salhi is accused of going on to crash his Ford Fusion delivery van through the factory's gates before ramming it into several large gas cannisters left in the car park - apparently in the hope they would explode and destroy the entire factory complex.

The explosions were relatively small, however, leaving just two factory workers with non life-threatening injuries.

The murdered man - who French media say owned the delivery company Salhi worked for - is believed to have been killed elsewhere before his corpse was dumped at the factory site in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier and his head impaled on a fence 30 feet away surrounded by homemade Islamist flags.

Speaking before the raid on her home, Salhi's wife described her husband as a 'normal Muslim' who left for work as usual at 7am this morning. 'My heart stopped when I heard he was a suspect....I expected him this afternoon,' the unnamed woman told French radio station Europe 1.

Salhi - who is understood to have been known to security services since at least 2006 - reportedly told arresting officers that he is a member of the Islamic State terror group. He is believed not to have a criminal record and an investigation into his 'possible radicalisation' was dropped in 2008.





Sickening: The victim's head (which MailOnline has chosen to disguise in this image) was found hanging on a fence near the factory's entrance. Two homemade Islamist flags - one white and one black, both with Arabic inscriptions - were found alongside it





Terror raid: French special forces escort an unidentified woman and child as they leave Yassine Salhi's apartment building today



















Under cover: French police cordon off the area where the decapitated body was found at the Air Products headquarters






Location: The attack took place in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier, close to the city of Lyon in the south east of France

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Suicide Bomb Rips Through Kuwaiti Mosque After Friday Prayers Killing at Least 27 Worshippers as ISIS Claims Responsibility

  • Bomber kills 27 and injures 227 in attack on Shiite mosque in Kuwait City
  • Attack carried out when mosque was packed for Ramadan Friday prayers
  • Witnesses said bomber walked among worshippers and detonated device
26 June, 2015


At least 27 worshippers have been killed today a further 227 were injured after an ISIS suicide bomber struck at a packed Kuwaiti mosque after Friday prayers.

Shocking photos show dozens of dead and wounded Muslims who were all observing the holy month of Ramadan in the Al-Imam al-Sadeq Shiite mosque in Kuwait City.

Witnesses said worshippers were standing shoulder-to-shoulder in group prayer when the bomb ripped through the building.





Carnage: Medics and security forces gather inside the Imam Sadiq Mosque attempt to secure the scene following the devastating blast





Rushed to safety: Rescue workers carry out one seriously injured man from the mosque attack, where as many as 25 worshipers were killed





The attacker has reportedly been named and is thought to be a 25-year-old Saudi national







The ISIS-affiliated group in Saudi Arabia, calling itself Najd Province, said its militant Abu Suleiman al-Muwahhid carried out the suicide bombing.



CCTV footage has emerged of the bomber arriving outside the mosque in a white car. He calmly gets out of the car, walks slowly up the steps and inside the mosque.
Dressed in a white dishdasha and matching kheffiyah in order not to raise suspicion, the bomber heads towards the prayer room.

His white thobe slightly bulging at the sides due to the explosive vest concealed underneath his clothes.
He was seen walking in to the back of the mosque during prayers, before standing among his victims and blowing himself up.
The group said the mosque was targeted because they believe it was spreading Shiite teachings among Sunni Muslims. ISIS, a radical Sunni Muslim group, considers Shiites to be heretics.





The final moments of footage show the bomber approaching the main prayer room. His robe can be seen slighty bulging at the sides from the deadly explosive vest concealed underneath







The group said the mosque was targeted because they believe it was spreading Shiite teachings among Sunni Muslims. ISIS, a radical Sunni Muslim group, considers Shiites to be heretics.

Kuwait's health minister said that 27 people had been killed and a further 227 worshippers were badly injured in the horrific attack.

Kuwaiti Emir Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah has reportedly visited the Imam Sadiq Mosque following a suicide bombing in al-Sawaber.

This week ISIS promised 'paradise' and 'rewards in heaven' for those who carry out Ramadan attacks.



Najd Province claimed similar bombings against Shiite mosques in Saudi Arabia in recent weeks.
Last month, the group claimed two deadly bombings against Shiite mosques in Saudi Arabia, both of which took place during the weekly Friday prayers.





Aftermath: Mourners climb through the rubble and dust in the search for bodies after a suicide bomber killed 25 in Kuwait









Crime scene: Police and Kuwaiti officials survey the scene at the mosque, which was itself badly damaged by the blast







ISIS has also claimed several such attacks against Shiites in Yemen, the last of which was just a week ago.

On June 17, it claimed five simultaneous bombings at Shiite mosques and offices in Sanaa that killed at least 31 people and wounded dozens. But Friday's attack is the first of its kind in oil-rich Kuwait.

One eyewitness said today that he saw at least 10 dead bodies lying close together.

Police formed a cordon around the mosque's complex immediately after the explosion, banning people from entering or gathering near the area.
Ambulances could be seen ferrying the wounded from the site.












Hassan al-Haddad, 21, said: 'We couldn't see anything, so we went straight to the wounded and tried to carry them out. We left the dead'.

Abdullah al-Saffar, who was at the mosque, said the explosion took place just after midday Friday prayers.
Friday midday prayers are typically the most crowded of the week, and attendance increases during the holy Muslim month of Ramadan, which started last week.

Another witness, Ahmad al-Shawaf, said worshippers were standing shoulder to shoulder in group prayer when the explosion struck near the door of the mosque, behind some of the worshippers.





Disbelief: An injured man is carried away by friends as other shock Kuwaitis discuss what they saw





Al-Shawaf said the explosion took place near the end of a second prayer that is traditional to Shiites and that follows the main midday Friday prayer.
He said witnesses standing behind him said they saw a man walk in, stand in the back with other congregants and detonate his device.

Mohammed al-Faili, 32, said that his 70 year-old father was killed in the explosion and two of his brothers were also wounded.
He said he was not at the mosque at the time of the explosion but was heading to the morgue to identify his father's body.

Kuwaiti Justice, Religious Endowment and Islamic Affairs Minister Yacoub al-Sanna described the attack as a 'terrorist and cowardly action which threatens our nation and works at tearing apart the national unity.'

Al-Sanna told the official state agency KUNA that, the government would take all necessary measure to ensure protection of houses of worship. 'Kuwait was and will remain the oasis of security and safety to all components of the Kuwaiti society and sects,' he said.
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Body Parts, Bloody Battles and Being One of the Boys: Model who Went to Fight ISIS in Syria Reveals Horrors She Saw on the Frontline

  • Tiger Sun, 46, gave up her life in Canada and went to Syria in March to fight Islamic State jihadis
  • She worked as a 'spotter' for Kurdish troops, using binoculars she identified jihadis for snipers to take out
  • The former model told how the sight of bodies don't 'haunt' her and how she once ate her lunch next to a 'pile of brains'
  • Despite being a stunning blonde she said she was treated in battle like 'one of the boys'
Daily Mail UK, 6 July 2015






Former model Tiger Sun (pictured), who grew up in Canada and has asked for her real name not be published, has spoken exclusively to MailOnline about bloody battles and killing jihadis.

Earlier this year she decided to leave the comforts of home and head to the Middle East. With no training, other than how to fire a weapon (inset), Tiger was soon on the front line.



A former model who swapped her comfortable life to fight ISIS in Syria has told of the horrors of her time in battle on the frontline.
Stunning Tiger Sun said she saw a little girl, who had been blown up by a landmine, die because the Kurds have no medical training.

She also revealed how, on patrol, she trod on a charred finger and looked round - but couldn’t find the body it belonged to.

The former model, 46, fought jihadist fighters from Islamic State for four months with the Kurdish YPJ (People's Protection Units), until her legs buckled under the weight of her kit and malnutrition forced her to return home to Canada.





Fierce fighter: Tiger Sun, 46, left Canada in March to fight with the Kurdish People's Protections Units in Syria






Armed: With little training, Tiger began fighting on the front line alongside Kurdish troops and Westerners





Biker chick: Motorcycle fan Tiger left her friends and family in Canada to fight ISIS in Syria earlier this year


Tiger revealed that while women fight alongside male soldiers, sexual relationships do happen, although they are kept secret.
But she said despite being a stunning ex-model she was treated as an equal during battle.

In an exclusive interview with MailOnline, Tiger said: 'I witnessed things I never could have imagined.
‘I stepped on a finger once - it was charred black and bent at a weird angle. The body it came from was nowhere in sight.
‘I watched a little girl die from her injuries from a landmine explosion because the Kurds have no medical training or equipment.’

The mother-of-one, who was born in Zambia, left Vancouver, Canada, for the battlefields of the Middle East after a Lebanese man she was in a relationship with left her for an arranged marriage.

She also saw an ISIS propaganda video featuring John McGuire, a white convert jihadist, from Ottawa, and it prompted her to go and fight.








Family: Tiger has a daughter but says she was most worried about telling her mother she was going to fight





Lookout: Although she never killed a jihadi herself, Tiger says she was contributed to deaths of ISIS fighters



On March 1 she left behind her grown up daughter from a previous relationship and flew to Iraq where she was smuggled through the country and into Syria.
With no real training other than how to fire a gun, she was thrust straight into battle.

'Did I see violence? Did I see ISIS kill innocent people? Yes, I was in the fight. I saw them trying to kill us. We see Daesh (ISIS), we kill Daesh, and that's about it. It's actually quite simple.

I had lunch by a pile of brains once. It was no big deal

'To be honest, the bodies don't haunt me. The friends I lost do make me sad though, and the unfairness of it all upsets me.
'When I saw friends killed I cried a little, but you just have to accept that this happens in war,' she explained. 'It's incredibly unfair but it's the reality in those circumstances.
'It still makes me cry when I think about it.

'Yazidis, Arabs, Kurds. Everyone has lost someone it seems. Many join the YPG or YPJ for revenge, or because they no longer have a family.
'They seem to hide their mourning though. I rarely ever saw anyone cry.'





Modelling: Tiger Sun worked in fashion and corporate modelling until 2006 and now lives in Vancouver








Life in Canada: As well as being a model, Tiger Sun says she's worked in sales, factories and the film industry





Biker: Tiger Sun is now back home in Vancouver where she enjoys riding motorbikes and photography


Tiger witnessed death and destruction every day while fighting ISIS.
In June her group seized control of Tal Abyad – in the north of Syria, close to the border with Turkey – a key town used by ISIS to exports goods such as black market oil into eastern Syria.

The person in the trench next to you could be a guy or a girl and it makes no difference. They're soldiers first. Not once did I feel harassed, objectified or in danger when I was around the men

In battle Tiger fought with a woman who shot 28 jihadists dead – although she never killed anyone herself.

‘They were always just out of range,’ she said. ‘I brought my own pair of binoculars with me because they weren’t readily available, so I was doing a lot of the spotting, which led to kills.
‘I would go and look at the bodies afterwards, but it didn't and still doesn't bother me. I had lunch by a pile of brains once. It was no big deal.

‘However, I saw those who did kill someone go through a whole range of emotions, like elation, then guilt, and I realised if I did kill someone directly, I may obsess about it and ruin the rest of my life.’

Tiger said she wasn’t sexually harassed and didn’t feel objectified because she was treated ‘just like one of boys’ - as men and women are treated as equal on the front line.



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Dozens of western fighters - many of them ex-soldiers in the British and America armies - have volunteered to join Kurdish troops battling ISIS in Iraq and Syria.
As many of the Kurdish fighters do not speak English, the foreign soldiers usually form new English-language regiments.

The majority of the Western fighters travelling to the Middle East to battle ISIS have joined the YPG or YPJ (People's Protection Units) - Kurdish militia who are based in northern Syria.





Western fighters: Westerners have joined Kurdish troops, including American Jordan Matson (pictured)



Perhaps the most famous of the YPG-affiliated foreign legions is the so-called 'Lions of Rojava', whose flag Western soldiers such as Britons Jamie Read and James Hughes, and Americans Jordan Matson and Joshua Bell, are believed to have fought under.

Other Westerners are known to have joined the Peshmerga forces fighting ISIS over the border in northern Iraq.

To protect their identities and build loyalty among the group, the Westerners all adopt Kurdish nom de guerres while fighting alongside local forces.
These pseudonyms typically include the word 'Heval' which means friend in Kurdish.

There is often confusion in the West about the Kurdish fighters battling ISIS, not least because the Kurdish word for a military force is 'peshmerga', which translates as 'those who confront death'.

While the YPG in Syria is therefore technically peshmerga, the Kurdish military in neighbouring Iraq is actually called Peshmerga.


American who joined Kurdish militants to battle ISIS;







YPJ fighters: Tiger took this picture of Heval Arjin searching for grenades in a trunk filled with weapons





Deceptive: Tiger took this photo of Heval Saleen and Heval Arjin, but warns: 'Don't be fooled. These girls are killers'





Strike a pose: Tiger took this picture of Heval Souzda with her weapon while she was in Syria fighting ISIS


‘The person in the trench next to you could be a guy or a girl and it makes no difference. They're soldiers first. Not once did I feel harassed, objectified or in danger when I was around the men.
‘When people join the YPJ/YPG, they commit completely to it. There's no time for anything else.
I love the people and I'm worried about my friends. It also turns out that I really like the fighting

‘This was a problem for some of the western guys who wanted to get it on with the girls,’ she said. ‘An American kept complaining about how cold the girls were. I told him to stop disrespecting them with his flirting.
‘Flirting is a way of gaining control and that's not part of their (Kurdish) culture.'

‘A YPG soldier explained to me that in a society where the men elevate themselves, the women get left behind, but in their society where the women are elevated, the men get elevated with them,’ she said.





Weapons: Tiger Sun was taught how to fire a weapon, but received no other training before heading to the front line



‘It's very close to a matriarchal society. It was normal for a 17-year-old-girl to be in charge of an entire guard watch of men.’

Suffering from malnutrition, having lost nearly two and a half stone due to a vegetarian diet and no protein, Tiger left Syria a week ago.
She said after three months fighting, most westerners 'hit a wall' – and have to take a break.

'We lose too much weight and strength and have to leave. Some go to Erbil in Iraq to regain strength, some go home.

'I had become too weak. When we were taking the bridge leading into Tal Abyad, I had to jump down a ledge and my legs gave out under the weight of my gear.





Front line: Tiger fought with both male YPG and fellow female YPJ fighters, who lived side-by-side in Syria





Friends: Tiger pictured with Heval Berxodan, who's known to fellow fighters as the Dutch falcon of Rojava



'Another girl tried to help me up and that's when I realised I had become a detriment. I wouldn't want someone else to get hurt while trying to help me.'

But Tiger is one of the lucky ones who survived long enough in Iraq or Syria to get home.

Keith Broomfield, from Massachusetts, became the first American volunteer to die battling ISIS on June 3.

Reece Harding, an Australian who was fighting with Kurdish forces in Syria, also died in June when he stepped on a mine.

They died along with Ashley Johnston, from Australia, British fighter Konstantinos Scurfield, who died in March and 19-year-old German Ivana Hoffmann, who lost her life during battle in Tel Tamr.





Hobbies: Tiger Sun is back in Canada and is staying with a friend while she recovers from malnutrition





Flying high: Tiger flying a plane in Canada before she left for Syria. She must now decide whether to return


Tiger is now back home recovering while she considers a return to Syria.
But she’s not scared of ISIS, whom she described as ‘a bunch of little men with crazy beards.’

'All I saw were a bunch of social misfits pretending to be something bigger than they really were. They use fear tactics to scare people, but in reality they're not that intimidating.’

She added: ‘I love the YPJ and all the friends I made. I love the people and I'm worried about my friends. It also turns out that I really like the fighting.’


'Did I see violence? Did I see ISIS kill innocent people? Yes, I was in the fight. I saw them trying to kill us,' she said before adding: 'I had lunch by a pile of brains once. It was no big deal'
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The Heroes Risking Their Lives to Free ISIS Sex Slaves Subjected to Rapes, Stonings and Whippings:
> Undercover Footage Reveals Bravery of Undercover Network Dedicated to Saving Women and Children

  • Dozens of ISIS sex slaves have been rescued by secret resistance network
  • Brave guides inside ISIS are helping abused captives flee jihadi territory
  • They are led to the Iraq border and smuggled across into refugee camps
  • Locals and political activists risk their lives helping the women escape
Daily Mail UK, 13 July 2015




Women and young girls held as sex slaves by depraved Islamic State militants are fleeing their captors with the help of a heroic underground network of resistance fighters (pictured left).

Risking certain death and torture in a bid to flee their brutal oppressors, many spend several days making their way through Syria and Iraq to the safety of government-controlled territory (bottom right).

Their plight, and that of their brave rescuers operating with hidden cameras (top right) inside ISIS-controlled territory, has been detailed in a new documentary due to air on Wednesday.

Many of them have been subjected to appalling violence, rape and sexual abuse at the hands of ISIS fighters and commanders.

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A resistance fighter in Syria carries a girl once held captive as a sex slave to safety across the Sinjar Mountain, in northern Iraq






Hidden cameras record a group of women in the streets of the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa, Syria






A young girl covered head to toe in a burqa in accordance with the bloodthirsty militants' strict laws






Using a hidden camera, a young woman is filmed lifting her veil in order to see where she is walking






The hidden cameras also captured this harrowing moment when an activist was questioned at an ISIS checkpoint



Their plight has been documented in the harrowing new Channel 4 documentary Escape from ISIS, which is due to be broadcast this week.


The film follows those responsible for helping the ISIS sex slave victims through a highly co-ordinated escape network.
With little food or water, their escape is made possible with the help of Khaleel Al Dakhi, a lawyer-turned-activist.

ISIS has carried out 'systematic sexual crimes' against girls from the Yazidi community since kidnapping more than 3,000 girls from their homes in northern Iraq last August.

Unjustly regarded as ‘devil worshippers’ on account of their unusual beliefs, the Yazidi have for centuries been one of the most persecuted minorities of the Middle East. Islamic extremists regard them as infidels, worthy only of being killed.

Those considered the 'most beautiful' by ISIS leaders are sent to horrendous auction houses where they are stripped naked and sold to the highest bidder.



Edward Watts, the documentary director, told MailOnline the majority those being rescued were Yazidis who had been treated as 'subhuman' due to the ISIS belief they were 'devil worshippers'.
He said: 'They're desperate to get their hands on a mobile phone and when they do they call their families and tell them "I'm alive".'

Once the families of the women were notified, they contact the resistance network to arrange a rescue, he said.


Escape From ISIS: The Heroes freeing ISIS sex slaves;







Khaleel Al Dakhi (pictured) is a lawyer who co-ordinates the captive women's escape routes to Iraq





A young girl who was abducted by ISIS is reunited with her family at a refugee camp in northern Iraq






Two young girls who were captured by ISIS pose for a photo having made it the safety of a refugee camp in Dohuk, Iraq



He added: 'They have all sorts of different ways of doing it, but they have a network of guys inside ISIS [territory].
'They identify where the girls are being held, go in and grab the girls and take them across the frontline.'

The journey to safe territory can be arduous - the film follows the fortunes of a group of women who spend days hiding in a field during downpours, while another young girl loses her shoes and makes the two-day trek barefoot.

Mr Watts said the group claimed to have rescued up to 500 women in total but some rescuers had died in the process.
Only recently two men were killed after ISIS militants set a trap for the rescuers.


Mr Watts explained: 'They got a woman under duress to call up and say "I'm in this house can you come and rescue me, the guy holding me is away", when in fact it was a trap.
'These two guys turned up, ISIS caught them and they were stoned to death.'


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Horrifying: The teenager told how she and and her 10-year-old sister were handcuffed and taken to a hotel where other scantily dressed women and girls were auctioned off to jihadis Picture: A sex slave victim of ISIS, many of whom say they try to kill themselves so that they won't be raped again


A Yazidi teenager has told how she and her little sister were raped daily by depraved jihadists after they were sold into slavery at an auction of virgins - as she revealed she is now pregnant with the vile extremist's baby.
The girl, who is just 17, revealed how every day of her nine-month ordeal was 'like choosing between death and death' as she was faced with beatings and sexual assaults by the ISIS militant and his team of 'bodyguards'.

The teenager told how she was gang-raped, whipped and even scalded on the thigh with boiling hot water if she didn't keep with her ISIS rapist's depraved sexual demands.



Now, three months pregnant with Al-Russiyah's baby, the girl says she gets flashbacks and nightmares about what he did to her.
The girl was bought by Al-Russiyah, originally from Chechnya, who purchased her, her 10-year-old sister and two other girls in 10 minutes.

But it was not only the prospect of what the horrors they would face once they were taken away from the auction house which left the girls distraught.

Once at their new 'home', an abhorrent daily routine from which they could not escape began.
Each morning, Al-Russiyah would strip the girls naked, then smell them and decide who he wanted to have sex with that day, she said.

After the he had made his choice, his bodyguards would select one of the remaining girls for themselves.
But the bodyguards were so rough with her that the teenager felt relief at being picked by her captor, who would 'beat her less than the other men'.

It was only when he and his bodyguards were killed in battle that she managed to successfully flee.




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Channel 4's latest episode of Dispatches, Escape from Isis, which includes secret footage inside the terror state, is TV at its most unmissable, says James Delingpole, The Spectator UK.




So you’ve just popped out of town for the day on an errand. And when you get back, everyone has gone. Your wife, your kids, your nephews and nieces, your friends, your customers: they’ve all been kidnapped and dragged off to a place so barbarically horrible that really they’d be better off dead.

Your daughter, for example. If she’s nine or over then she’s considered fair game. She’ll be sold as a slave in the market to the highest bidder — as ever, there’s a premium for blonde hair or blue eyes— after which her new owner can use her as she wishes.

The very least she can expect is to have to spend her every day in the most restrictive clothing anywhere in the Muslim world. Her hands must be hidden by black gloves, her eyes invisible behind three veils. On those rare occasions when she is allowed outside, she must stumble as if half blind.

If she accidentally breaks these rules she’ll be beaten; if she raises her voice she’ll be beaten; if she disobeys an order she’ll be beaten — usually by the al-Khansaa Brigade, a special female police group of brutal enforcers, mostly foreign recruits determined to prove their loyalty by being extra zealous.

Really, though, these may be the least of her worries. One 18-year-old escapee reports what happened when she was bought by a self-styled ‘sheikh’: first, her owner raped her; then his six bodyguards — through the night till morning (‘they were not raping me in a gentle way, but with force and fast movement, without care’); then, the driver gave her to 12 men. ‘They did everything to me. I’m still in pain.’

Even now that this (relatively) lucky girl is back safe with her family, the stink of those men is still with her and no matter how hard she tries she knows she’ll never get rid of it. She now cleans her teeth ten times a day (the first thing her owner did was dip his toe in honey and shove it in her mouth) but of course it makes no difference.

Yes, of course, we most of us now have a rough idea of the terrible things that are happening in Isis-held territory in Syria and Iraq. But up until now it has been tempting to inure oneself to the full horror with the bromide that these are people a long way off about whom we know little.

Not any more. Next Wednesday (15 July), Channel 4 airs a documentary in its Dispatches slot so important it ought to rank with John Pilger’s exposés of Cambodia’s Killing Fields or even the footage of British troops liberating Belsen.


Escape From Isis
uses secret footage — filmed by extremely brave people who would have been killed if discovered
— to show you in unsparing detail what it’s like behind the Black Flag curtain: everything from the small talk of Islamic State fighters as they jauntily discuss what they’re going to do with their Yazidi captives to the dull thump heavy rocks make as they hit the flesh of a woman being stoned to death by a group of religious zealots led by her own father. It’s ugly, it’s almost unbearable to watch and it’s essential viewing.

One of the questions most often asked about the Holocaust is: why didn’t the Allies do something to stop it sooner? I imagine the time will come when we give ourselves a similar beating-up over our inertia in dealing with Islamic State. (‘So the UK Prime Minister wrote to the BBC urging it to call them by a different name. And that was it?!’)

I remember when the Prime Minister was trying, unsuccessfully, to co-ordinate military action against the Assad government, one of the things he urged MPs to do before they voted was to watch a film he’d seen showing the atrocities Assad’s supporters had committed.

This, it struck me at the time, as it does even more so now, was an hysterical and irresponsible suggestion. Important decisions regarding military action should not be decided in a mood of heightened emotion. The same applies to this Dispatches documentary.

It is not an argument for or against anything. It merely shows you what is. I’ve made it sound ghastly but what makes it bearable, uplifting even, is the extraordinary story it tells of the rescue operations that have brought at least some of these captured Yazidis back to the bosom of their tearful families. Watch and you will share their joy. This is TV at its most unmissable.

This article first appeared in the print edition of The Spectator magazine, dated 11 July 2015
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Terror Hits the High Seas:
>>>Egyptian Navy Vessel Erupts in Fireball as ISIS Carries Out its First Rocket Strike on Patrol Ship in the Med


  • Patrol ship spotted ISIS jihadis on the Sinai shoreline and fired at them
  • The group of Islamic extremists returned fire using high-powered rockets
  • At least one of the rockets struck the ship, causing it to burst into flames
  • Several patrol workers suffered burn injuries, but there were no fatalities
Daily Mail UK, 16 July 2015





The Egyptian military said the patrol ship burst into flames (left) after the coastguard vessel exchanged shots (top right) with ISIS militants just two miles off the coast of northern Sinai, an area bordering Israel and the Gaza Strip.

There were no fatalities among the vessel's crew in the shootout with the terrorists, although several were treated for injuries caused by the flames and smoke (bottom right).


Extremists loyal to ISIS in Egypt have attacked a naval patrol ship in the Mediterranean Sea, causing it to burst into flames.


ISIS declared their presence on Sinai - a peninsula popular with British holidaymakers - last November when up to 2,000 members of the already established jihadi group Ansar Bait al-Maqdis swore allegiance to ISIS' leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.





Explosion: Extremists loyal to the Islamic State in Egypt have attacked a naval patrol ship in the Mediterranean Sea, causing it to burst into flames






Attack: Eyewitnesses said a boat patrolling the Sinai coastline spotted a group of ISIS jihadis on the shore and engaged them. A rocket fired from the shore (circled) struck the vessel moments later






Smoke: A witness, fisherman Abu Ibrahim Mohammed from the neighboring Gaza Strip, said the vessel was a gunboat that was about a nautical mile off the coast when it was struck by the rocket



Eyewitnesses said a boat patrolling the Sinai coastline spotted a group of ISIS jihadis on the shore and engaged them.
At some point during the fire fight the vessel was struck by a rocket, causing it to burst into flames and withdraw from the battle.
The military said it suffered no casualties although it is understood several patrol workers suffered minor burn injuries.

An AFP photographer and a witness in the Palestinian Gaza Strip, just across the border, said the boat was struck at least two miles from shore.
'We were sitting on the beach and suddenly there was an explosion,' said Ahmed Nofal.

Other navy boats came to rescue the crew as their vessel spewed a plume of smoke.

A witness, fisherman Abu Ibrahim Mohammed from the neighboring Gaza Strip, said the vessel was a gunboat that was about a nautical mile off the coast when it was struck by the rocket.
He did not hear the explosion but saw two smaller boats later trying to put out the fire and that a third, larger one later arrived and towed the burned vessel away.

Two speed boats were seen later combing the area as gunshots occasionally rang out, he added.


Smoke billows from Egyptian Mediterranean patrol ship hit by ISIS
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Location: The Egyptian military said earlier a coastguard vessel had exchanged shots with militants just two miles off the coast of northern Sinai, an area bordering Israel and the Gaza Strip






Blast: The military said it suffered no casualties although it is understood several patrol workers suffered minor burn injuries






A Palestinian boy watches smoke rising from the Egyptian patrol vessel off the coast of northern Sinai


Authorities refused to officially confirm whether or not the vessel was hit by a rocket but said they are looking into both that possibility as well as theory that ISIS jihadis could have swam out to the patrol ship and placed explosives on it, which were later detonated by remote control.

In his Facebook message Samir did not say how much damage the vessel suffered and gave no details on the type of ship or the size of its crew.

The vessel, according to the security officials, routinely patrols Egyptian territorial waters and has frequently been used to transport army and police personnel to mainland Egypt.

The sea route avoids the overland journey through Sinai, where ISIS targets government forces.
Jihadis loyal to ISIS have killed scores of soldiers and policemen in the peninsula since the army's overthrow of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013.

The militants have also carried out attacks west of the Suez Canal, which separates the Sinai from the rest of Egypt.





Stricken: Authorities refused to officially confirm whether or not the vessel was hit by a rocket but confirmed that they are looking into the possibility






Palestinian fishermen go about their business as an Egyptian naval vessel approaches the stricken patrol ship



Yesterday, the military said it foiled an attempted attack on a military post on a highway linking Cairo with the Red Sea coast.
The driver of a car that was carrying 1,100 pounds of dynamite refused to stop at a checkpoint, drawing fire from the troops, the military said.
The car then swerved off the road and the driver was killed, the military said in a statement.

Egypt faces threats from multiple insurgent factions, including the ISIS affiliate in Sinai, which the military says killed at least 17 soldiers in a July 1 assault there.
Officials from several branches of Egypt's security forces previously said that that attack killed dozens more.

In another attack claimed by ISIS, Egypt's state prosecutor, Hisham Barakat, was assassinated in Cairo by a car bomb in late June.
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Update re: PhOTOs--Confirmed>Jihadi John Killed is Dead +IS Use Missiles for 1st Time

Jihadi John is 'Evaporated' at ISIS' 'Crucifixion' Clocktower:
US Drone Strike Takes out British Executioner at Site of Fanatics' Worst Crimes
- But Victims' Families Say They Wanted 'Coward to Suffer'


  • Mohammed Emwazi targeted by a missile in Islamic State's capital in Syria
  • Former London student hit at 11.40pm last night near symbolic clock tower
  • Pentagon officials are '99 per cent' sure the British militant has been killed
  • Daughter of Briton David Haines says she felt 'an instant sense of relief'
  • David Cameron says UK has worked 'hand in glove' with US to take him out
  • His body is said to be 'lying in hospital in Raqqa' but ISIS claim he is alive
  • Emwazi, 27, hunted after beheading Western hostages in sickening videos
Daily Mail UK, 13 November 2015




The depraved ISIS militant (left and inset), whose real name is Mohammed Emwazi, has been hunted for more than a year after appearing in a string of sickening beheading videos of Western hostages including two British aid workers.

The 27-year-old from London is believed to have been wiped out by a drone missile while getting into a car near a symbolic clock tower (circled, centre, and pictured, bottom right) in the heart of Raqqa where ISIS has staged a number of horrific public executions (top right) since capturing the city two years ago.

Bethany Haines, the daughter of one of his British victims, David Haines, today told how she felt 'an instant sense of relief' after hearing reports of his death.

Pentagon officials say they are '99 per cent' sure they had killed the executioner. However, ISIS sources in Raqqa are claiming that he survived the attack and was taken badly injured to a hospital which has been placed in lockdown by the Sunni militant group.


The 27-year-old from London, who appeared in sickening beheading videos of Western hostages including two British aid workers, was 'evaporated' by a missile as he climbed into a car.
He is believed to have been hit near a symbolic clock tower where the group carries out barbaric killings, including crucifixions, after capturing the city two years ago, activists said.

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This annotated image posted online by anti-ISIS activists Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently claims to show where Emwazi is believed to have been killed (circled), just yards from the group's headquarters in Raqqa






Mohammed Emwazi was blitzed by a missile fired from a drone which is thought to have been controlled by U.S. air force pilots sitting in a control centre thousands of miles away. A senior U.S. official said the ISIS executioner was pinpointed in the centre of the terror group's capital Raqqa after 'persistent surveillance'


U.S. military spokesman Colonel Steve Warren said they are 'reasonably certain' that they had killed Emwazi, who was the only 'high value' target in the mission but a driver may also have been killed.
He said formal confirmation would take time but they had 'great confidence that this individual was Jihadi John'.

Colonel Warren added: 'We know for a fact that the weapons system hit its intended target, and that the personnel who were on the receiving end of that weapons system were in fact killed.
'This guy was a human animal, and killing him is probably making the world a little bit better place.'
'There were no other high value individuals. Jihadi John did have a worst best friend with him who is also now dead,' he said.





Symbolic: Anti-ISIS activist group Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently said Emwazi was thought to have been hit near a clock tower (above) in the city centre where ISIS has carried a number of public executions


ISIS fanatics are claiming he survived the attack, with eyewitnesses telling Sky News he was taken badly injured to hospital which has been placed in lockdown by the Sunni fanatics.

Emwazi has been the subject of an international manhunt for more than a year after he first appeared in a chilling execution video in August last year.
He topped the UK Government's 'kill list' of up to a dozen radicals who they wanted dead and David Cameron today said Britain had been working 'hand in glove' with the U.S. to track him down.

The British Prime Minister welcomed reports of the killing which he called an 'act of self defence'.
He stopped short of confirming that Emwazi - who he branded a 'barbaric murderer' - was dead but said the targeted attack was 'the right thing to do'.


There is a high possibility British spies were operating on the ground in Raqqa to help identify Emwazi before the strike and may now be trying to collect DNA evidence to prove his death.


A senior U.S. official, said the drone strike came after 'persistent surveillance' and claimed the authorities were certain it was Emwazi when they fired the missile.
The drone is believed to have been tracking Emwazi for most of the day yesterday and he was 'ID'd and engaged' when he came out of a building and got into a vehicle in Raqqa.





A video released by the terror group shows a man being crucified near the clock tower in the centre of Raqqa





Pentagon Press secretary Peter Cook said: 'US forces conducted an air strike in Raqqa, Syria, on November 12, 2015 targeting Mohamed Emwazi, also known as 'Jihadi John' (file photo)



Another senior military source told the BBC there is a 'high degree of certainty' he had been killed.

Anti-ISIS activist group Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently (RIBSS), which operates in the Syrian city, reported that Emwazi was killed at around 11.40pm last night and said it counted a further 14 air strikes in just nine minutes between 11.51pm and midnight.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitoring group, said a car carrying four foreign Islamic State leaders, including one British Jihadi, was hit near the municipality building in the city.

Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman said: 'All the sources there are saying that the body of an important British Jihadi is lying in the hospital of Raqqa. All the sources are saying it is of Jihadi John but I cannot confirm it personally.'

RIBSS said Emwazi was thought to have been hit near a symbolic clock tower in the city centre where ISIS has carried a number of public executions.
The strike is also understood to have hit another member of 'The Beatles' – a nickname given to three or four British-sounding ISIS captors who guarded Western hostages, with Jihadi John being a reference to John Lennon.

A second member of the cell – nicknamed 'Jihadi George' after George Harrison – is believed to be London rapper Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary who fled to Syria in 2013.





Officials in the US are still trying to determine whether he has been killed, following the drone attacks in Raqqa, Islamic State's capital


The former rap star, whose father was a key lieutenant of Osama bin Laden, was among the first foreign fighters to take up arms in the war zone two years ago.
However, it was reported in July he had fled to Turkey after becoming disillusioned with jihadi life.

Another one of Emwazi's associates, Ayne Lesley Davis, has been arrested by Turkish authorities, two officials said today.
The former tube driver from Hammersmith, London, who travelled to Syria in 2013, was said to be one of the British extremists who were assigned to guard foreign prisoners in Syria.

Turkish authorities declined to give further details because investigations by police and intelligence agencies were ongoing.

Confirming the drone strike which killed Emwazi, Pentagon Press secretary Peter Cook said: 'US forces conducted an airstrike in Raqqa, Syria, on November 12, 2015 targeting Mohamed Emwazi, also known as Jihadi John.
'We are assessing the results of tonight's operation and will provide additional information as and where appropriate.'


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KILLING 'BARBARIC MURDERER' WAS 'RIGHT THING TO DO' SAYS CAMERON – BUT CORBYN INSISTS JIHADI JOHN SHOULD HAVE BEEN CAPTURED ALIVE




'Right thing to do': Prime Minister David Cameron welcomed reports of the killing which he called an 'act of self defence' but stopped short of confirming that Emwazi - who he branded a 'barbaric murderer' - was dead


David Cameron has welcomed the reported killing of Jihadi John, calling the attack an 'act of self defence'.
The Prime Minister stopped short of confirming the death of Mohammed Emwazi - who he branded a 'barbaric murderer' - but said the targeted strike was 'the right thing to do'.

Mr Cameron said Britain had been working 'hand in glove' round the clock with its closest ally the US to track down and target the militant executioner, who has killed a number of ISIS hostages, including Britons Alan Henning and David Haines.
He called it a 'strike at the heart' of terror group ISIS.

In a statement outside 10 Downing Street, the Prime Minister said that Emwazi had remained a threat to innocent people, including those in the UK.
He said: 'I have always said that we would do whatever was necessary, whatever it took, to track down Emwazi and stop him taking the lives of others.

'We have been working, with the United States, literally around the clock to track him down.
'This was a combined effort. And the contribution of both our countries was essential.'

Mr Cameron added: 'Emwazi is a barbaric murderer. He posed an ongoing and serious threat to innocent civilians not only in Syria, but around the world, and in the United Kingdom too.
'He was ISIL's lead executioner and let us never forget that he killed many, many, Muslims too.
'And he was intent on murdering many more people. So this was an act of self-defence. It was the right thing to do.'

However, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn hit back at Mr Cameron, saying it would have been 'far better' to capture Emwazi alive and put him on trial.
Mr Corbyn said in a statement:

'We await identification of the person targeted in last night's US air attack in Syria.
'It appears Mohammed Emwazi has been held to account for his callous and brutal crimes.
'However, it would have been far better for us all if he had been held to account in a court of law.
'These events only underline the necessity of accelerating international efforts, under the auspices of the UN, to bring an end to the Syrian conflict as part of a comprehensive regional settlement.'

Emwazi was involved in the murders of British aid workers David Haines and Alan Henning, U.S. journalists Steven Sotloff and James Foley, American aid worker Abdul-Rahman Kassig (also known as Peter Kassig).

They were followed by Japanese journalist Kenji Goto and Japanese businessman Haruna Yukawa, who were killed in January.

Mr Haines, an aid worker from Scotland, was executed in September last year, having been held captive for 18 months.
His daughter, Bethany, told ITV News: 'After seeing the news that Jihadi John was killed I felt an instant sense of relief'
But she added: 'As much as I wanted him dead, I also wanted answers as to why he did it, why my dad, how did it make a difference.'

Previously she said she felt families of Emwazi's victims would only feel closure 'once there's a bullet between (his) eyes'.

A video released a month later showed 47-year-old Salford taxi driver Mr Henning appearing to be beheaded.





An aerial view of explosions at a fortified position in what Russia says was an ISIS ammunition depot in Syria. ISIS executioner Jihadi John is believed to have been killed in a similar strike by a U.S. drone


His daughter Lucy said she found out he had been killed when she saw an image posted on social media site Instagram.

Meanwhile, writing on Twitter, Mr Henning's nephew, Stuart, said: 'Mixed feelings today wanted the coward behind the mask to suffer the way Alan and his friends did but also glad (he's) been destroyed.'

Mr Henning's brother, Reg Henning, told ITV News that he hoped it was 'the end of it' but 'would have preferred him to face justice'.
He added: 'I think things will quieten down. If they had arrested him and gone to court, it would have dragged on for months and months.'

A British campaign group which sparked controversy after it described Jihadi John as a 'beautiful young man' has said the terrorist should have been tried as a war criminal and not killed.

In a statement today, Cage said the Briton's reported killing 'presents more questions than it does answers', adding: 'State-sponsored targeted assassinations undercut the judicial processes that provide the lessons by which spirals of violence can be stopped.'



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JIHADI JOHN: LONDON BOY TO 'COLD, SADISTIC AND MERCILESS KILLER'

Mohammed Emwazi was six years old when his family moved to London.
He grew up in North Kensington, a leafy middle-class area where a network of Islamist extremists was uncovered in recent years.
As a child he was a fan of Manchester United football club and the band S Club 7, according to a 1996 school year book published by The Sun.

His former headteacher at Quintin Kynaston Community Academy in the north of the city recalled a 'hard-working aspirational young man'.
She said he had been bullied at school but insisted she was not aware of any radicalisation of pupils there.








Emwazi aged around seven at St Mary Magdalene CE Primary School in Maida Vale, London, and aged 15, in the playground of Qunitin Kynaston Academy in North London, in May 2004


He later went on to study information technology at the University of Westminster.
Emwazi went on to work with an IT firm in Kuwait during a stint in the Gulf and was described by a former boss as 'the best employee we ever had' and a 'calm and decent' person.

Claims earlier this year by campaign group Cage that he was harassed by British security services, driving him to extremism, were branded 'reprehensible' by Downing Street.

He was known to intelligence services in the UK since at least 2009 and had been on a list of potential terror suspects.





Journalists knock on doors at a residential address where Kuwaiti-born London computer programmer Mohammed Emwazi is once believed to have lived


After Emwazi was identified as the man in the videos Cage director Asim Qureshi, who had been a former confidant, controversially described him as a 'beautiful young man'.

Last month Cage admitted it made mistakes in its handling of the issue, but added that they believed their intervention had made an 'important contribution to the debates around security services' accountability'.

Court papers published by British media connected Emwazi to a network of extremists known as 'The London Boys' that were originally trained by al-Shabab, Al-Qaeda's East Africa affiliate.

One hostage who fell under Emwazi's control in the ISIS group's hub in Raqa talked of a 'cold, sadistic and merciless' killer.


Raffaello Pantucci, director of international security studies at the Royal United Services Institute, said if confirmed, Emwazi's death would make little strategic difference and could create a 'martyr culture' around him.
'It's more a symbolic strike, he said. 'Tactically it's not really going to change anything for the group.'

But Charlie Winter, a British academic from the Quilliam Foundation which focuses on ISIS activities, said it could be a 'big blow'.
'Symbolically it's really important. Jihadi John... was someone who was a source of hubris, a sort of an aspirational figure for fighters in Islamic State,' he said.
'He was a key figure of defiance in the face of the international coalition, so if in fact he has been killed, this is going to be a big blow.'

However, one of Emwazi's former neighbours in London today said he should have been captured, interrogated and made to face trial rather than being killed.
James Beker, 47, who lives above the Emwazi family in West Kilburn, west London, said the ISIS killer would have had vital information that could have kept Britain safe from attack.





Emwazi hunted for over a year after he first appeared in a beheading video in August 2014



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WAS THE DECISION TO BLOW UP JIHADI JOHN IN A DRONE ATTACK LEGAL?

WHAT DOES THE LAW ALLOW?

Downing Street cites article 51 of the United Nations charter, which states that countries have a right to defend themselves in the event of an 'armed attack'.

Britain also argues that Syria is lawless and has no forces on the ground who could apprehend Jihadi John and arrest him.

The debate may focus on the extent to which Jihadi John - living 3,000 miles away in Syria - posed a direct threat to Britain - although the PM argued he posed a threat to the UK and the wider world.

Announcing his part in the drone attack, the Prime Minister described Emwazi as 'lead executioner' of ISIS and said that he was 'intent on murdering many more people'.
This is his defence and he will have had legal advice to that end.

Mr Cameron said: 'If this strike was successful - and we still await confirmation of that - it will be a strike at the heart of Isil.

'And it will demonstrate to those who would do Britain, our people and our allies harm, we have a long reach, we have an unwavering determination, and we never forget our citizens.'
When terrorist Reyaad Khan was killed in a drone attack this year Mr Cameron said he was also 'directing murder on our streets' and there was 'no other means to stop him'.
Have other Britons been killed in drone strikes?
Yes. At least 11 have now been killed by UK and US drones and it could be as many as 20.

The minimum tally includes Emwazi, if confirmed, as well as Khan and Ruhul Amin, who was travelling in the same vehicle.

Eight have been killed by US drone strikes in Pakistan and Somalia, including Rashid Rauf, who had links to the 7/7 atrocity.


The father-of-three said: 'I feel sorry he has been killed in this way. They should have put him on trial and interrogated him for information.
'They might have got information that we need for the safety of our country and find out why did he do that.
'They said he was intelligent so how did he turn evil? He turned into not really a beast but a monster.'

Emwazi appeared in the videos dressed in black with only his eves visible, and spoke with a British accent as he went on anti-western rants to the camera while wielding a knife.

It was not until February this year that the jihadist was unmasked as Kuwaiti-born Emwazi, who lived in the UK since the age of six.

It emerged that Emwazi had been known to British intelligence services, but managed to travel to Syria in 2013.
In the videos, the tall masked figure was clad in black and speaking in a British accent.

He began one of the gruesome videos with a political rant and a kneeling hostage before him, then ended it holding a large knife in his hand with the headless victim lying before him in the sand.
Journalist Sotloff's mother, Shirley Sotloff was unaware of the air strikes, but said Emwazi's death would not bring closure.
She said: 'If they got him great. But it doesn't bring my son back.'

Diane Foley, the mother of James Foley, who previously said she had forgiven Emwazi, told ABC News: 'This huge effort to go after this deranged man filled with hate when they can't make half that effort to save the hostages while these young Americans were still alive.'



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THE ISIS HOSTAGES WHO WERE KILLED IN JIHADI JOHN'S MURDER VIDEOS

Mohammed Emwazi was involved in the murders of British aid workers David Haines and Alan Henning, American journalists Steven Sotloff and James Foley, American aid worker Abdul-Rahman Kassig (also known as Peter Kassig) and Japanese journalist Kenji Goto.

In the videos, the tall masked figure was clad in black and speaking in a British accent.
He began one of the gruesome videos with a political rant and a kneeling hostage before him, then ended it holding a large knife in his hand with the headless victim lying before him in the sand.








Alan Henning (top) was a Salford taxi driver, who volunteered as an aid worker and David Haines turned to humanitarian aid after a career in the RAF



Alan Henning was a Salford taxi driver, who volunteered as an aid worker in Syria in 2013, after being deeply affected by the plight of orphan children in the war-torn country.

The 47-year-old was kidnapped and held hostage for 10 months. Despite worldwide appeals and calls for mercy by his family the terror group released a video in October last year, of him kneeling in an orange jump-suit in the desert as he was beheaded by Jihadi John.

David Haines was a former RAF aircraft engineer, from Perth, who turned to humanitarian aid in 1999. He was kidnapped in March 2013 and was subject to a failed rescue mission by American forces in July 2014.

A video of the lead up and aftermath of Haines' beheading, entitled 'A Message to the Allies of America', was released by ISIS in September last year.

At the end of the video Emwazi said to the camera:

'If you, (David) Cameron, insist on fighting the Islamic State then you, like your master (Barack) Obama, will have the blood of your people on your hands.'








Steven Sotloff (top) was an American-Israeli journalist who was kidnapped by ISIS militants in Aleppo, Syria, in August 2013, after the kidnapping of James Foley



Steven Sotloff was an American-Israeli journalist who was kidnapped by ISIS militants in Aleppo, Syria, in August 2013.
A video of his death was also released in September last year, sparking President Obama to come and warn ISIS that the US will take action to 'degrade and destroy' them.

James Foley was reporting on the Syrian civil war as a freelance journalist when he was abducted three years ago.
His captors spent months trying to negotiate a deal with US authorities, his employers and his family, demanding 130million euros for his release.

He was subjected to many mock executions, tortures and beatings during his time in captivity, before he appeared in an ISIS murder video in 2014.








Abdul-Rahman Kassig (top) and Japanese journalist Kenji Goto were both killed in Jihadi John's videos



Former US army ranger Abdul-Rahman Kassig (also known as Peter Kassig) was 26 years old when he was beheaded.
He had been doing aid work in Lebanon and Syria when he was captured, while on his way to deliver food to refugees in Eastern Syria.
He converted to Islam while in captivity and changed his name to Abdul-Rahman in December 2013.
In October last year ISIS released a video which showed Kassig being killed.

Japanese journalist Kenji Goto appeared in an ISIS video in January, where Jihadi John proclaimed to Japanese prime minister:

'Because of your reckless decision to take part in an unwinnable war, this knife will not only slaughter Kenji, but will also carry on and cause carnage wherever your people are found. So let the nightmare for Japan begin.'


A Downing Street spokeswoman said: 'We are aware of the US statement about the air strike targeting Mohamed Emwazi. Like them, we are not commenting further at this stage.'

In September the MailOnline revealed that Emwazi had a crippling fear of being killed in a drone attack and shielded himself behind civilians in the hope it will stop him being targeted.

Two visitors to ISIS territory described how he and his depraved cohorts fled onto a football pitch packed with civilians in a desperate attempt to dodge a drone attack.

Emwazi emigrated with his family to London in 1994, aged six. He attended Qunitin Kynaston Academy and then went on to study computer programming at the University of Westminster, graduating in 2009.
He was reported missing in August 2013 and it was confirmed in December that year that he had travelled to Syria.

He had been known to MI5 and was detained a number of times in 2009, but never charged.
It was believed that he had been a member terrorist supporters and was in contact with one of the men involved in the London 7/7 bombings in 2005, two weeks after the attacks which killed 52 people.


'He didn't deserve to die so easily': Wife of murdered hostage David Haines says she wishes Jihadi John had been taken alive so he could look her in the eyes in court
By JENNY STANTON



The widow of beheaded hostage David Haines today said her husband's executioner 'didn't deserve to die so easily' amid reports Jihadi John has been killed in a U.S. drone strike.

The British aid worker's wife Dragana, 45, said Mohammed Emwazi's unconfirmed killing brought her no relief - as she wanted to 'look him in the eyes' and see him brought to justice in court.

Speaking from her home in Croatia, where she lives with the couple's daughter, five, Mrs Haines told MailOnline: 'I was hoping he would be caught alive.'





No relief: Beheaded Brit aid worker David Haines' widow Dragana (left) told MailOnline that her husband's killer, the ISIS executioner Mohammed Emwazi died 'too easily' if reports he was killed in U.S. strike are true


'I really wish it was handled a different way - I would like to have seen if he could have looked us in the eyes,' she added.
'I was always wondering what's in his head. The perfect way for all of us would have been to see him in a courtroom.
'He didn't deserve to die so easily - this is way too easy for him.'

Mr Haines, 44, was a former RAF aircraft engineer from Perth, Scotland, who turned to humanitarian aid in 1999.
He was kidnapped in March 2013 and was the subject of a failed rescue mission by American forces in July 2014.





Family: Dragana (right), pictured with her late husband and their daughter, now five, told how reports of Jihadi John's killing in Raqqa, Syria, had brought her no relief or joy


A video of the lead up and aftermath of Mr Haines' beheading, entitled 'A Message to the Allies of America', was released by ISIS in September last year.

Mr Haines was the first British hostage to be killed on screen by the ISIS killer.

Mrs Haines added: 'If it's true he (Emwazi) has been killed, in a way it's a relief because that way he won't be able to hurt anyone anymore.
'But it doesn't bring any relief - it wouldn't undo what has been done. He has killed my husband and his death doesn't change anything for us.'

She said she wishes the same effort put into locating her husband's killer had been put into rescuing him.

Mr Haines's daughter by his first marriage, Bethany Haines, 18, today said she felt 'an instant sense of relief' after hearing reports of Emwazi's death, having previously said she would only have closure 'once there's a bullet between his eyes'.


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Update re: PhOTOs--Confirmed>Jihadi John Killed is Dead +IS Use Missiles for 1st Time

How We Finally Got Jihadi John: UK's GCHQ Spotted Him in June
>Drones Followed Him for Weeks... Then 1,000mph Missile Slammed Into His Car

  • Intelligence sources located Jihadi John six months ago and have been following him around the clock
  • A Reaper drone piloted at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada circled Jihadi John on Thursday night in Raqqa
  • Once identified getting into his car, the pilot fired a HellFire Missile which completely destroyed the vehicle
  • It is understood that Britain's SAS (special forces operatives), may have even infiltrated the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa
Daily Mail UK, 14 November 2015


For obvious security reasons, neither the Ministry of Defence nor the Pentagon have revealed precisely how Jihadi John was tracked down and killed.
But it is possible to assemble the likely sequence of events by drawing on intelligence sources, the scant details we have been given – and from the experience of previous drone strikes.

After this sinister masked figure first appeared on YouTube in August last year, British and US intelligence services were straight on his trail, crucially helped by voice-tagging technology.





Mohammed Emwazi was blitzed by a missile fired from a drone controlled by U.S. air force pilots sitting in a control centre thousands of miles away. A U.S. official said the ISIS executioner was pinpointed in the centre of the terror group's capital Raqqa after 'persistent surveillance'





This annotated image posted online by anti-ISIS activists Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently claims to show where Emwazi is believed to have been killed (circled), just yards from the group's headquarters in Raqqa


Used previously to good effect in Afghanistan, the technology meant that staff at the Government’s GCHQ spy agency in Cheltenham could analyse voice-recordings collected by Nimrod spy planes.
They can create individual voice profiles of terrorists, in the same way as police use fingerprints.

Confirmation that Jihadi John had been found was finally made by ‘other means’ – most likely an informant.

Next, in intelligence jargon, came ‘Find – Fix – Finish’.
As well as using CIA and MI6 spies in Syria, it is believed that heavily-disguised special forces, such as the SAS, will have infiltrated Islamic State strongholds including Raqqa.

Such ground-level intelligence is known as ‘humint’ – short for human intelligence – but electronic intelligence or ‘elint’ is a far more powerful weapon in their armoury.
This includes the interception of suspects’ mobile phone calls through the use of drones, spy planes and satellites.





The Reaper drone is thought to have taken off from Incirilik Air Force base in southern Turkey, around 200 miles from the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa





Former drone pilot John Reed spent six years spying and attacking Islamist extremists in Afghanistan, Somalia and Syria has told of how people would crowd around his screen if a high profile militant was being targeted (file photo)



Staff at the UK military intelligence base at Ayios Nikolaos, Cyprus, can also sweep up complex communications ‘chatter’.


Terrorist targets will try to keep one step ahead of their pursuers: they may not use mobile phones as SIM cards can be tracked, neither will they connect their phones or computers to the internet in an attempt to prevent their UK and US watchers following their IP address, which is automatically recognised by servers.
Instead they use encrypted instant messages – although it is believed GCHQ can decode these, too.

But however it happened, Jihadi John was finally located in June. He would then have been constantly followed by British or US unmanned drones operated by crew at RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire – 2,250 miles from Raqqa – or American pilots at Creech Air Force Base near Las Vegas, 7,200 miles away.


Over weeks, drone pilots will ‘fix’ intimate knowledge of their target – such as watching them visiting a mosque, seeing friends and shopping – to establish their routine and to identify a location where they can be taken out with little or no collateral damage.

The fliers, as well as being able to launch drones carrying Hellfire missiles, also have in their possession pre-prepared legal clearance to kill high-value targets – since approval to strike cannot always be obtained from David Cameron or President Obama at a moment’s notice.

Jihadi John was watched in August as he travelled in a convoy which included women and children; in such circumstances, a drone strike would not have been wise.

This week, he was finally tracked to Raqqa by GCHQ staff who picked up chatter among IS militants.





Raffaello Pantucci, the director of International Security Studies at the Royal United Services Institute – a defence and security forum – said the strike could only have happened using 'local' intelligence


Drones circling above the terrorists’ stronghold would then have been despatched to find his exact location by picking up his voice.
On Wednesday they found him.

With such a high-profile target, it is likely the British and US governments wanted ‘eyes-on’ confirmation, perhaps from SAS observers. Once established, his location would have been passed to the US pilots at Creech – for the Finish.

Throughout Thursday, Jihadi John was watched by drones 50,000ft above as operators waited until they could kill him ‘safely’.
At 11.40pm he was seen emerging from a building in central Raqqa and getting into a car with three more IS terrorists.

At that point, one pilot would have clicked a mouse or control stick trigger to ‘paint’ the target vehicle with a laser, which is used by Hellfire missiles to lock on the target.
Then with either a keyboard command or another click of a mouse, transmitted via satellite, the Hellfire would have been launched.

The next 20 seconds would have been tense, as the US pilots waited for it to strike...
Success! The car was struck – with some poetic justice, near an Islamic court and the clock tower location of IS crucifixions.

A Pentagon official confirmed yesterday: ‘We have been following this target for some time.
‘And when the opportunity presented itself for minimal civilian casualties, we took the shot.’ The explosion, visible on United States Air Force screens in Nevada, would not have been the end of the mission for the drone’s operators.

They had to keep the craft circling above Raqqa, performing Battle Damage Assessment to check the target was ‘Finished’.

It is understood they watched Jihadi John being taken to hospital, where he is thought to have died.


The last word goes to that Pentagon official, who said clinically: ‘We’ve got several methods to determine whether or not the strike successfully killed the target that we wanted killed.
‘We know for a fact that the weapons system hit the intended target and that the personnel on the receiving end were killed by that.’





The unmanned drone, which is thought to have been piloted from 7,000 miles away from the Creech Air Force base (file photo), Nevada, has the advantage of being able to locate and monitor targets while airstrikes are planned
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Update re: VIDEOs/PhOTOs--FRANCE & RUSSIA Pulverize ISIS

France Turns The Screw: Dramatic Footage Shows Joint Airstrikes with Russia Targeting Raqqa Training Centres, Checkpoints and Weapons Depots as Bombs Kill 33+ ISIS Militants in Three Days

  • Dramatic footage emerges of French bombers launching a series of raids on ISIS command units in Raqqa, Syria
  • There are reports that at least 33 ISIS terrorists have been killed during a 72-hour campaign of air strikes on the city
  • Russia yesterday launched cruise missile strikes over Raqqa, which is seen as the ISIS capital city in Syria
  • Russian president Vladimir Putin has ordered his warships to work with France as 'allies' in their fight
  • Their forces carried out 34 cruise missile strikes over Raqqa, Idlib and Aleppo just days after the Paris terror attacks
  • Russia are also reportedly transporting paramilitary forces across Syria to fight ISIS in the Christian town of Sadad
Daily Mail UK, 18 November 2015


French and Russian air strikes in Syria have killed at least 33 ISIS terrorists in three-days of air strikes over northern Syria, it has emerged.

Dozens more jihadists have been wounded in the raids which targeted weapons depots, barracks and checkpoints in the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa.
Dramatic new footage of the French airstrikes shows rockets slamming into buildings below during a 72-hour bombing campaign.

France intensified strikes on Raqqa following last week's attacks in Paris that left 129 dead, with warplanes carrying out dozens of attacks on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.

Russia also pounded Raqqa with long-range bombers and sea-launched missiles on Tuesday, after Moscow confirmed that a bomb attack brought down a Russian passenger jet over Egypt last month, killing all 224 people on board.

Reports have emerged today that ISIS militants are stiffening their defences for a possible assault on their de facto capital. Fighters are hiding in civilian neighborhoods, preventing anyone from fleeing, former residents say.





Attack: French warplanes have bombed operational sites at the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa in Syria for the third consecutive day





French and Russian air strikes in Syria have killed at least 33 ISIS terrorists in three-days of air strikes over northern Syria, it has emerged. Footage shows French jets pounding ISIS targets





France intensified strikes on Raqqa following last week's attacks in Paris that left 129 dead, with warplanes carrying out dozens of raids on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday





Deployment: The French nuclear aircraft carrier Charles De Gaulle leaves Toulon military harbour in southern France on its way to the Middle East





Setting sail: France has decided to deploy its aircraft carrier in the eastern Mediterranean sea for fighting ISIS militants


The northern Syrian city's estimated 350,000 people are gripped by fear, rattled by powerful Russian and French bombing raids that shake the city daily.

They are also worried they will be trapped with nowhere to go amid signs of a looming ground invasion by U.S.-allied Kurdish and Arab forces in Syria, according to the former residents who have fled to Turkey and now report on events in Raqqa through acquaintances and activists inside.

Raqqa activists say the militants have been stepping up defenses of the city since late October, after the Democratic Forces launched their campaign vowing to retake the city. Shortly afterward, IS banned people leaving the city and activists said it has stepped up enforcement of the ban in the past few days, leading to fears the group intends to use civilians as human shields in future fighting.

To avoid being hit in their bases, the fighters have moved into residential neighboUrhoods in empty homes abandoned by people who fled Raqqa earlier, said an activist from Raqqa. He spoke on condition he be identified only by the name he uses in his political activism, Khaled, for security reasons.

'There is major fear in the city, especially with Daesh preventing civilians from leaving the city,' Khaled said, using the Arabic acronym for the group.





France's defense minister says French fighter jets have carried out a series of airstrikes on ISIS targeting command units, training camps and weapons depots





France have launched a three-day bombging campaign hitting jihadists who claimed responsibility for the Paris attacks, Defence Minister Jean Yves Le Drian said





The Egyptian plane crash and the weekend wave of terrorist attacks in Paris have raised Russia's determination to fight ISIS. Pictured is a French airstrike over Syria yesterday





Portsmouth based HMS Defender, which has been carrying out exercises with the French Air Force in the Gulf, has just arrived on tasking in the region and will work with the French and US Navies amongst other partners






Two fighter jets fly past the Portsmouth based HMS Defender which has been carrying out exercises with the French Air Force


Khaled, who now lives in Turkey, is in touch with people back in Raqqa. Raqqa residents could not be reached because of an IS ban on private Internet access across the city.

Among new measures that have been put in place by ISIS, according to several of the activists, is an order that IS fighters move only in alleys and side streets to avoid detection from the air and not use vehicles at night.

Those measures have intensified after a series of successful hits by the coalition that killed a number of IS leaders, including Jihadi John who appeared in several videos depicting the beheadings of U.S. and Western hostages.

On the roads leading into Raqqa, the extremists have dug extensive tunnels and trenches, said another activist from Raqqa, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of IS retaliation.

More recently, the militants placed tires filled with fuel on empty barrels around the city, with plans to ignite them in case of an attack to cloud the skies with smoke.


The attacks on Raqqa since the Paris attacks include:

  • November 14 - Russian airstrikes that activists say struck central Raqqa near the Grand Mosque and the museum building that killed up to 13 civilians in addition to a number of IS militants.
  • November 15 - France's Defense Ministry said 12 aircraft dropped a total of 20 bombs Sunday night in the biggest air strikes since France extended its bombing campaign against the extremist group to Syria in September.
  • November 16-17 - French jets bombed a jihadi training camp and munitions dump in Raqqa.
  • November 17 - Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Russian bombers hit Islamic State positions in Raqqa and Deir el-Zour, to the southeast. Russian warplanes also fired cruise missiles on militant positions in Syria's Idlib and Aleppo provinces. French warplanes also carried out new strikes in the evening.


Abdel Rahman, director of the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said of the the 'limited number' of ISIS deaths from the three-day bombing campaign 'can be explained by the fact that the jihadists had taken precautions'.
He added: 'There were only guards around the depots and barracks and most of those killed were at the checkpoints.'





Pictures show the inside the ****pit of Tupolev-160, a strategic supersonic missile carrier plane on its way to Syria for its first ever combat mission





Russia said that more than 30 missiles were due to be fired aimed at taking out 14 ISIS fighting positions in a matter of hours.


He said many families of foreign fighters had also left the city for Mosul in Iraq, another stronghold of IS, which has seized control of large parts of Syria and Iraq.

As part of its own bombing campaign, Russia is reported to have deployed its Tupolev-160 bombers for their first ever combat mission, Russian media has reported.

The supersonic war plane can carry up to 12 missiles, it has been reported, and fly at up to 2,000km per hour.

TV Zvezsa reported that Tupolev-95 and Tupolev-160 planes took off from Engels air force base in the Saratov region of Russia.
More than 30 missiles were due to be fired aimed at taking out 14 ISIS fighting positions in a matter of hours.

The strategic missile carrier planes were in the air for 9 hours 30 minutes and they flew 6500 km away, it was reported.

'The planes are working in groups, while one plane is attacking, the second one is covering it. The usage of this air force was agreed with the countries-allies,' the network said.

'The planes are taking off from Mozdok base in pairs and follow each other at several hundreds of meters distance. Six night flights and six day time flights were aimed at the ISIS targets in Raqqa and Deir-ez-Zor regions of Syria. All Tupovel-22 planes successfully returned to the base in Mozdok and are ready for new combat missions.'

Yesterday Putin ordered his warships to co-operate with the French military as both countries launched revenge attacks on ISIS targets in Syria.





Missiles are loaded onto a French fighter jet, before it heads to Syria to attack ISIS tar