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Has British White Widow been Killed in Final Assault on Kenyan Shopping Mall? -Body of White Woman Terrorist is Found at Scene



As attempts to flush the remaining militants out of a shopping centre continued,
officials said three Islamist extremists had died during attempts to free hostages.



  • Samantha Lewthwaite - widow of 7/7 bomber Jermaine Lindsay - wanted by Kenyan police on terror charges
  • Officials said three Islamist extremists had died during attempts to free their hostages from the Nairobi mall
  • One said to be a white woman - adding weight to theory that Lewthwaite was behind attack that has killed 62
  • Downing Street said at least six of the dead are British and warned there was 'potential for further bad news'
  • Three US citizens part of the group that attacked the mall, according to Kenya's foreign minister Amina Mohamed


'White widow' Samantha Lewthwaite may have been killed during the Nairobi siege.
As attempts to flush the remaining militants out of a Kenyan shopping centre continued, officials said three Islamist extremists had died during attempts to free their hostages.
Insiders said one was a white woman – adding weight to the theory that Lewthwaite, the fugitive widow of 7/7 bomber Jermaine Lindsay, was behind the attack that has left 62 dead and 170 injured.

Part of the group that carried out the attack on the mall was formed by US citizens, according to Kenya's foreign minister Amina Mohamed.



'White widow': Weight has been added to the theory that Samantha Lewthwaite,
the fugitive widow of 7/7 bomber Jermaine
Lindsay, was behind the attack






A dead white woman has been found among Islamic terrorists killed by soldiers as they stormed the mall where 62 shoppers were slaughtered this weekend, Kenyan officials said. It will fuel speculation the dead woman is Samantha Lewthwaite (left and right), widow of 7/7 bomber Jermaine Lindsay, wanted on terror charges




Police will also investigate the possibility that she is a hostage dressed in one of the terrorist's clothes.
Asked if it was Lewthwaite, dubbed the 'White Widow', an intelligence officer said: 'We don't know'




Lewthwaite, 29, was married to Jermaine Lindsay, the suicide bomber who blew up a Tube train at King?s Cross in 2005



Operation: Kenyan soldiers take cover after heavy gunfire near the Westgate mall in
Nairobi. Defence troops remain inside the mall, in a standoff with Somali militants


U.S. officials said they were looking into whether any Americans were involved. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Monday the department had 'no definitive evidence of the nationalities or the identities' of the attackers.
Downing Street said at least six of the dead are British and warned there was ‘potential for further bad news’.


THE 'WHITE WIDOW' OF A COLD BLOODED KILLER


Samantha Lewthwaite converted to Islam as a young woman and married a man who went on to be a 7/7 London suicide bomber. She has become a key figure in the terror group behind this weekend’s attack.

Lewthwaite has even been involved in training a group of all-female suicide attackers at camps in lawless neighbouring the 29-year-old, who grew up as a normal teenager in Aylesbury before meeting Jermaine Lindsay, a British Muslim, in an online chat room when she was 17. The pair married three years later.
When her husband was named as one of four suicide bombers who blew up Tube trains and a bus in 2005, killing 52 people, Lewthwaite initially condemned her late husband’s attack and denied any knowledge of his plan. This was a lie.

More than eight years later, Lewthwaite is one of Al Qaeda’s main recruiters in East Africa and is an official spokesman for Al Shabaab (The People), the terrorist group behind the horror in Nairobi.
The so-called ‘White Widow’, who is the world’s most wanted woman, has been on the run in East Africa after police foiled a Christmas bomb plot against Western tourists in the coastal resort of Mombasa in 2011.

A report from the Reuters news agency said three sources – one intelligence officer and two soldiers – had confirmed that a white woman was among the fallen terrorists.

Police are exploring whether she could be a hostage dressed in one of the terrorist’s clothes, but the Foreign Office is also examining Muslim convert Lewthwaite’s links to the massacre.
The 29-year-old mother of four, from the Home Counties, is now a leading figure in Al Shabaab – the terror group that has claimed responsibility for the killings in the Israeli-owned Westgate shopping centre.
Police believe she is the one of the group’s main financiers and bomb-making tutors. However, sources admit they still do not know the full extent of her involvement in the attack in Nairobi.

Nevertheless, a senior Kenyan anti-terror officer yesterday claimed: ‘We believe she was commanding the operation but her fate is not yet known. It is understood she was a sniper also.’

The Mail revealed yesterday that soldiers say they saw a white woman in a veil shouting orders to gunmen in Arabic, while a Twitter account purporting to represent Al Shabaab claimed responsibility for the atrocity and praised Lewthwaite, from Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, as ‘a brave lady’.
Despite this, Kenya’s interior minister Joseph Ole Lenku said that all of the terrorists were men, with some dressed as women. Lewthwaite has been on the run in East Africa since police foiled her plot to blow up a shopping centre in another Kenyan city, Mombasa, two years go.

Her London-born accomplice, Jermaine Grant, was due to stand trial yesterday, but his hearing was delayed so that terror officers preparing to give evidence could instead be diverted to Nairobi, to assist officials there.

Lewthwaite, whose family say they have not spoken to her in years, was seven months pregnant when Lindsay blew himself up on a Tube train in 2005, killing 26.
She is known to her followers as ‘Dada Mzungu’ – Swahilli for white sister – and has occasionally taken to Twitter to rail against the ‘infidels of the West’.
She is understood to have avoided arrest so far by wearing a full-face veil while flitting between Somalia, Kenya and Tanzania.

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Paramedics run beside parked ambulances outside the Westgate Mall in Nairobi
after heavy shooting started for the third time since this morning


A police helicopter hovers next to a plume of rising black smoke from the shopping mall as an assault team was continuing
with a rescue operation at the Westgate shopping mall, where the hostage situation continues





Distressing: A woman holds a baby sitting with other injured people who are crying for help



People take cover after hearing gun shots near the centre. The start of the final assault was heralded
by a series of loud blasts and a barrage of gunfire as a pall of thick black smoke began to rise over the mall



Help: Relatives and friends of victims line up to donate blood in Nairobi,
following the overwhelming numbers of casualties from the Westgate mall shooting



The Westgate Shopping Centre is on fire and a fierce gun battle is underway as Kenyan
special forces try to end the three day siege that has killed at least 62 people




Witnesses have reported hearing rapid gun fire at the shopping mall and Kenyan
soldiers have been seen moving towards Westgate


They joined two British Special Forces advisers and several MI6 agents based in East Africa, who are assisting local authorities in the huge security operation. Kenyan troops and police have, however, entered the shopping centre without help from outside forces.
The monitoring of communications by members of the Somali-based Al Shabaab in and around the shopping centre are said to ‘indicate’ two of the killers spoke with ‘UK accents’.
This would support information posted on Twitter, which suggested the terror cell was 15-strong, containing two Londoners.



A paramedic runs for cover outside the mall in Nairobi after a large
explosion was followed by sustained shooting



Security forces say they have evacuated almost all the hostages from the
shopping centre, which was on fire earlier on Monday

Explosions and then black smoke rises from besieged mall



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A Kenyan minister claimed the heavy black smoke billowing from
the shopping mall on Monday was caused by burned mattresses





The area around the mall was teeming with Kenyan soldiers and armoured personnel
carriers, as emergency workers and reporters were told to take cover



Kenyan police said they have rescued some hostages after storming the mall
and said they are 'increasingly gaining advantage [over] the attackers'




Police officers take cover following a string of explosions and fierce gun fire on Monday - the third day of the siege





Militants inside Westgate Shopping Centre have threatened to kill the remaining hostages
as Kenyan security personnel try to end the siege (pictured)





Kenya Security personnel take cover outside the Westgate Mall. Islamist terror group Al Shabaab claimed
it carried out the atrocity in which four Britons were killed and 175 people were left injured





Kenyan military said last night that 'most' of the hostages have been freed,
but a spokesman admitted today that the situation is still not clear





Militants inside the shopping centre said hostages would 'bear the brunt' of any action by the Kenyan military




Tense: Kenyan paramilitary officers walk towards a small shopping arcade adjacent to the
Westgate shopping mall where the fate of the hostages remained unclear on Monday morning




Hunting down the terrorists: Soldiers from the Kenya Defence Forces
arrive at the Westgate Shopping Centre in the capital Nairobi




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'Bucket full of heads any1 in aus want some organs please dont be shy to ask':
-Smirking Australian Terrorist Poses With Decapitated Heads in Sickening Pictures Posted Online

  • Khaled Sharrouf posted the pictures on Twitter on Friday
  • His friend Mohamed Elomar is seen holding up severed heads
  • Both men fled Australia for Syria in December last year
  • They are fighting for terror group the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)
  • Sharrouf has been taunting Australian police on social media
Daily Mail UK, 26 July 2014





With sunglasses tucked into his shirt, an Australian terrorist smiles as he holds up two decapitated heads for the camera in Syria.

Sydney born boxer Mohamed Elomar casually poses with the severed heads in photos posted on Twitter by his friend, convicted terrorist Khaled Sharrouf.

Another image, uploaded on Friday, shows the heads of alleged Syrian solders being impaled on metal railings.

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Disgusting: Mohamed Elomar, who is believed to have left Australia last year to fight in Syria, is shown holding up the decapitated heads of two men


Like something out of the 18th century, the heads were left on show in a sickening display that aims to cause terror and fear.

The photos were uploaded by terrorist Khaled Sharrouf, alongside disgusting tweets such as 'bucket full of heads any1 in aus want some organs please dont be shy to ask I would love to assist u with body parts [sic]'.
His disturbing rant continued 'few more heads how lovely bludy amazing stuff abuhafs u keep cutting those infidel throats but the last 1 is mine! [sic]'

Elomar and Sharrouf, who spent time in jail for his part in a foiled plot to blow up targets in Sydney and Melbourne, are believed to be fighting with terror group the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).




Disturbing: Sharrouf also posted a photo of two men placing severed heads on a metal railing


Australian jihadist in Syria 'From the Front Line':




They are thought to have flown to Syria together late last year after Sharrouf fled the country on his brother Mustafa's passport.


Meanwhile, Elomar's wife Fatima, 29, appeared in court in Sydney on July 8 charged with 'preparing for incursions into a foreign state with the intention of engaging in hostile activities'.

On Thursday night Attorney General George Brandis's spokesman told The Australian that 'if real, these photos are evidence of serious crimes against Australian law and possible war crimes.'
Daily Mail Australia has contacted the Attorney General's office for further comment.




Khaled Sharrouf posted the photos on Twitter alongside captions such as 'this guy lost his head!!! Lol'




The convicted terrorist said he wanted to cut 'infidel throats'




He directed his tweets to people in Australia and joked about organ donation





Convicted terrorist Khaled Sharrouf has threatened the Australian Federal Police and his countrymen on his Twitter account


Sharrouf, also a former Sydney resident, last week taunted Australian police via his social media account, boasting that he would 'slaughter' Australians.
The jihadist is currently in the Middle East fighting with the extremist group after he evaded authorities in December.
The tweets came as the nation's Director General of Security David Irvine revealed 'tens of people' had already returned to Australian shores from fighting alongside suspected terrorist organisations.




Fatima Elomar hides under a burqa as she emerges from the Downing Centre court complex
with her lawyer Zali Burrows (right) and four children after appearing on terrorism related charges



On July 14, Sharrouf fired off a tweet to the AFP and Australians, saying: 'you cowards I am running to my death I want martyrdom thats [sic] why I am blessed u rock spiders'.
Just half an hour earlier, he claimed 'Australia belongs to the muslims not infidels like you' as well as boasting of his evasion of police.


'u can't stop and trust me if I wanted to attack aus I could have easily,' Sharrouf said.
He also added: 'I love to slaughter [Australians] & ALLAH LOVEs when u dogs r slaughtered'.




On July 14, Sharrouf tweeted he loved to slaughter Australians to the AFP




He said it would have been easy for him to attack Australia if he wanted


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WHO IS KHALED SHARROUF?
  • According to Attorney-General George Brandis, the former Sydney resident fled the country - believed to be on the way to Syria - on his brother's passport last December
  • At that time, Sharrouf was being monitored by the Australian Government. His passport had been cancelled and he was put on airport watch-lists
  • Sharrouf is being investigated by authorities in relation to allegations he is fighting with Islamic State
  • It was revealed he had been receiving disability pension payments for at least two months after fleeing the country
  • He is a convicted jihadi terrorist after he pleaded guilty and was jailed for acts in preparation for a terrorist act in 2008 and was released in 2009, the Daily Telegraph reported
  • The conviction came after Sharrouf was one of eight people arrested in a plot to attack the Lucas Heights nuclear reactor - in Sydney's south, according to the Sydney Morning Herald
These threatening tweets are part of a more disturbing picture of Sharrouf painted by his Twitter account.
Some of the content is so graphic that Daily Mail Australia has chosen not to publish the posts.
Speaking to media on Thursday, Attorney-General George Brandis said engagement with the Islamic community was an important strategy 'to keep Australia free from terrorism'.
'The imams who are faith leaders, who are influential and respected opinion members in their communities, are integral to our goal to saving young men - it is almost always young men - in their communities from being radicalised,' he said.
Director General of Security and ASIO chief David Irvine added a majority of the 60 Australians they were aware of fighting with Islamic radicals were siding against the government with Al-Qaeda off-shoots.
'We have some tens of people that have already returned [from the Middle East], we have probably another 150 we're looking at here in Australia who have inclinations to support those two extremist movements,' he said.
When asked if the ones who had returned to Australia were being actively monitored, Mr Irvine said 'I'm not saying anything further'.


Two Australian militants call for others to join the fight ...






Sharrouf's account is littered with photos of him posing with weapons and military trucks as well as a young child brandishing a rifle


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Australian jihadist in Syria 'From the Front Line'



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These are sick NON Australians who cause troble and unfairness From our Liberial Barstud Government to get a bill past last week to invade our private lives by keeping our Freekin phone calls and internet stuff for two years, which the already corrupt police will love to death to convict us Normal REAL fair Drinkun Aussies on mindless ****e charges, while these sicko's get away with total bluddy murder!!!!!!!!!
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These are immigrants to Australia, who do not value their freedom here.They wish to follow radical coward clerics promoting fighting in far off lands to kill their own kind.? Incredible that muslm would promote killing fellow islamists!
Amazing how priests can influence the gullible, to kill and ignore even sex abuse against their own children, guess catholics priest have led the charge., Now its the muslim clerics turn?
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United States of America ISIS in Mexico -Planning Bomb Attacks on US???

ISIS in Mexico? Feds DENY Watchdog Group's Claim that the Terror Group is Operating in Juarez and Plans 'Imminent' Car-Bomb Attacks on US Targets

  • Three online reports warned Friday of ISIS involvement south of the border, including one from Judicial Watch that cited 'imminent' car-bomb attacks
  • The Department of Homeland Security and the White House quickly denied that they have any information about ISIS gathering an attack force in Mexico
  • DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson said America is 'unaware of any specific, credible threat to the US homeland' from the terror network
  • Other reports cited social media warnings from ISIS militants and an online video showing a conservative filmmaker in a bin Laden mask sneaking into the US from Mexico
Daily Mail UK, 29 August 2014


The Department of Homeland Security quickly denied claims on Friday from a watchdog group that the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) has militants stationed in Juarez, Mexico who plan an 'imminent' attack against the United States.


A DHS spokesman was bewildered, telling MailOnline that 'we are aware of absolutely nothing credible to substantiate this claim' made by Judicial Watch, a center-right group.
'In Mexico?' the official said on the phone. 'I haven't seen that at all.'
An hour before Judicial Watch's report surfaced, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said publicly that his agency and the FBI 'are unaware of any specific, credible threat to the U.S. homeland' from the terror network.

And during a late-morning media briefing, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said flatly that 'the most detailed intelligence assessment that I can offer from here is that there is no evidence or indication right now that [ISIS] is actively plotting to attack the United States homeland. That’s true right now.'





Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton, shown this week in an unrelated TV interview,
-said his organization had credible information suggesting that the terror group ISIS is planning car-bomb attacks in the US







'Unaware of any specific, credible threat': Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Friday that the US doesn't have any intelligence supporting an ISIS-threat theory,
-but Fitton insisted 'you could drive a truck bomb through' loopholes in his denial




But Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton said in an interview that his sources were 'golden' and called the government's insistence 'so dishonest.'
'It's a non-denial denial,' he told MailOnline.
Citing Johnson's use of words like 'credible' and 'specific,' Fitton said, 'You could drive a truck bomb through that loophole. DHS has not denied our story.'

Based on sources that it would not identify to MailOnline out of concern for their safety, that ISIS terrorists are 'planning to attack the United States with car bombs or other vehicle born [sic] improvised explosive devices.'
The group said a 'warning bulletin for an imminent terrorist attack' had been issued to 'agents across a number of Homeland Security, Justice and Defense agencies,'instructing them 'to aggressively work all possible leads and sources' to prevent it.
It also claimed the commander of Fort Bliss, a U.S. Army base near the Juarez border crossing, has been briefed on the threat.

'This is dire,' Fitton said. 'Look, this needs to be – It's impossible for me to overstate the seriousness of the threat.'
'The president calls ISIS a Jayvee terror organization, and now we have a report they're in Juarez, planning attacks with al-Qaeda.'
Fitton predicted that the federal government may be playing a stalling game, with the anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks approaching in less than two weeks.

'This may be a case of them saying two weeks from now that they took care of the threat the Judicial Watch was saying [was there],' he said.
Later in the afternoon the Fox News Channel and Breitbart.com both published stories about a situation report distributed to law enforcement agencies by the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Fox didn't respond to questions about whether the documents were the same, but a Breitbart reporter said they were.

Fitton said Judicial Watch did not base its reporting on the same bulletin they cited.





Map: The Department of Homeland Security quickly denied claims on Friday from a watchdog group that the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) has militants stationed in Juarez, Mexico





ISIS, a fearsome and deadly terror group that dominates much of Iraq and Syria, now includes some militants with passports from the US and other Western nations,
-a fact that worries American intelligence agencies





Nope: White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said US intelligence services have 'no evidence or indication right now that [ISIS] is actively plotting to attack the United States homeland'




White House: No specific threat to US homeland from ISIS






'The Texas bulletin is not inconsistent with our information,' he said, but 'our story highlights more specific and imminent warnings.'
'It would not surprise us if it turns out the Texas bulletin is a watered-down-for-public-consumption-version of what our sources report.' Fox described a 'three-page bulletin, entitled "ISIS Interest on the US Southwest Border".'
'Social media account holders believed to be ISIS militants and propagandists have called for unspecified border operations,' the bulletin read, according to Fox, 'or they have sought to raise awareness that illegal entry through Mexico is a viable option.'

Another had published its own report two hours earlier, reproducing a portion of one page.
That page showed a recent video stunt in which conservative filmmaker James O'Keefe demonstrated the ease with which a terrorist could cross the Rio Grande River by donning an Osama bin Laden mask and wading from Mexico into Texas.
Neither news outlet claimed the law enforcement bulletin articulated any warnings about an imminent terror attack.





Cuidad Juarez: The crime-ridden Mexican border town opposite El Paso, Texas has become a staging ground for illegal immigrants – including drug cartel members and narcotics smugglers – to enter the US illegally




Judicial Watch claimed the commander of Fort Bliss, an Army base in Texas, has been briefed


But Fitton stuck to his guns, insisting that the threat of an ISIS incursion into Texas – Juarez abuts El Paso with just the Rio Grande in between – is real.
'We take it seriously,' he said. 'We didn't put it out there lightly.'
In a nod to his organization's frequent alarms about border security in America's southwest, he suggested that if the Obama administration was waving reporters away from the story, it was in order to draw attention away from illegal immigration concerns.
'I can't say who in Washington knows about this,' Fitton said. 'But to be sure, this is exactly the type of information that this administration would have an interest in minimizing, downplaying and withholding, to distract from the disaster on the border and the national security threat there.'

Earnest, President Barack Obama's chief spokesman, told reporters on Friday that America's border crisis is over 'for now.'......



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New Zealand PhOtOs-Australia HUGE Terror Raids=800 Cops

At Least 800 Officers from AFP and NSW Police Were Involved in Anti-Terror Raids on Thursday...
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  • 25 search warrants and 15 arrests were carried out in Sydney
  • Omarjan Azari, 22, has been charged with a serious terrorism related offence
  • Azari was denied bail and will reappear in court on November 13
  • Another man, 24, has been charged with weapons offences
  • Two females were issued Future Court Attendance Notices
  • Homes were searched in Sydney's northwest suburbs
  • Raids also took place in three Brisbane suburbs related to last week's raids in a Logan Islamic bookstore
  • Police sources say they had to act now
Daily Mail, Australia


A 22-year-old Sydney man arrested in the nation's largest counter-terrorism operation allegedly conspired with Australia's most senior Islamist militant to launch a deadly attack on a random passerby, court documents show.

Early on Thursday morning hundreds of police swooped on a number of properties in Sydney and Brisbane conducting raids as part of and anti-terror operation.
Around 12 homes were searched in Sydney’s northwest suburbs by NSW Police and Australian Federal Police (AFP).

Police executed search warrants in Beecroft, Bellavista, Guildford, Merrylands, Northmead, Wentworthville, Marsfield, Westmead, Castle Hill, Revesby, Bass Hill and Regents Park.


The AFP also carried out three search warrants in Brisbane in the suburbs of Mount Gravatt East, Logan and Underwood.
The Queensland raids were not directly related to the operations in Sydney.
Bundles of cash and a curved sword inscribed with black foreign lettering were some of the incriminating pieces of evidence removed from a Sydney home during Thursday's terror raids.





Omarjan Azari appeared in Sydney's Central Local Court charged with conspiracy to prepare a terrorist attack on Australian soil



According to court documents, police intercepted a phone call two days ago between Omarjan Azari, who was arrested on Thursday morning, and Mohammad Ali Baryalei - who is alleged to have recruited half of the 60 Australians fighting in the Middle East.
The account said Baryalei ordered him to carry out an attack which Sydney Central Local Court heard was 'clearly designed to shock, horror and terrify the community'.


Before it emerged this month that Baryalei had become a senior Islamic State militant, he worked as a bouncer in Sydney’s Kings Cross nightclub district and had also played a bit part in the TV series Underbelly.
Azari today appeared in court charged with a conspiracy to prepare a terrorist attack on Australian soil. He is the only man charged so far after police arrested 15 people in raids earlier today.


A second man, a 24-year-old from Merrylands in Sydney's west, was charged with possessing ammunition without license and unauthorised possession of a prohibited weapon.
He has been bailed to appear in Fairfield Local Court on September 24th.
Nine people were detained on Thursday, and two females were issued Future Court Attendance Notices.

Police Prosecutor Michael Allnutt told Central Local Court that Azari had made a threat during a phone call a few days ago which involved a 'random selection of persons to execute'.




A large sword was seized as part of the evidence found at a home in the suburb of Marsfield, in Sydney




The accused terrorist was taken from court in a high risk security orange prison jumpsuit by heavily armed NSW Corrective Services officer


Australian Federal Police conduct terror raids across Sydney:





Azari, who has dark hair, a beard and moustache, had displayed 'an unusual level of fanaticism' in the call, which was intercepted by police.
Azari's lawyer Steve Boland did not apply for bail but asked Magistrate Richard Bailey if Azari could go back down to the dock during the hearing.Magistrate Bailey agreed and Azari, who had sat in the dock stroking his beard and smiled briefly while talking to Mr Boland, left the courtroom.
The hearing adjourned shortly afterward, and Mr Azari is due reappear in court via video link from prison on November 13.

The accused terrorist was taken from court in a high risk security orange prison jumpsuit by heavily armed NSW Corrective Services officers.
Officers with shotguns drove Azari - who put his head down between his handcuffs in the back seat of an armoured vehicle - from Central Local Court where the Sydney man made a brief appearance.

As a person accused of conspiracy to prepare for a terrorist act, Azari will be taken to a maximum security prison, most likely the High Risk Management Correctional Centre - also known as Supermax - inside Goulburn prison.








Police intercepted a phone call between the arrested Omarjan Azari and Mohammad Ali Baryalei (pictured) who worked as a bouncer at a Kings Cross nightclub and played a bit part in an episode of Underbelly







Mohammad Ali Baryalei (pictured) played a bit part in the popular Underbelly TV program





An armed police officer escorted Azari from court into a waiting prison van




Heavily armed police have made a number of arrests in a series of dawn raids in northwest Sydney




A car was searched across the road from the house that Omarjan Azari was arrested at


across Sydney's northwest, as well as a series of raids in three suburbs in Brisbane. Officers said of the raids that: 'Police believe that this group that we have executed this operation on today had the intention, and had started to carry out planning, to commit violent acts here in Australia,' AFP Acting Commissioner Andrew Colvin told reporters in Sydney.

'Those violent acts particularly related to random acts against members of the public.'

Police sources revealed more details to Daily Mail Australia, that the plot involved abducting a member of the public in Sydney and beheading them. ABC reported that the abducted member of the public would be draped in an Islamic State flag and beheaded on camera.
Reports say that the random beheading would have been carried out in the streets of Martin Place in Sydney's CBD.


Prime Minister Tony Abbott confirmed that he was briefed on the anti-terror operation on Wednesday night.
He said a senior Australian ISIL member has asked supporters in Australia to carry out 'demonstration killings'.

'That's the intelligence we've received. That exhortations, quite direct exhortations, were coming from an Australian who is apparently quite senior in ISIL to networks of supporters in Australia to direct demonstration killings in Australia. This is not just suspicion this is in intent,' Mr Abbott said.







Police executed search warrants in what is thought to be Australia's largest ever counter-terror operation





Mr Abbott said the information he has received shows Australia is at a 'serious risk' from a terrorist attack.

'There are networks of people here in Australia who will do us harm and it's very important that we are one step ahead of them and I think this morning we were,' he added.

A similar attack occurred on British Army soldier, Lee Rigby, in May 2013. Quoting Canberra sources, the Nine Network reported an attack was imminent.


AFP Commissioner Colvin said: 'It is the largest operation of its type undertaken in Australia's history.'





AFP Acting Commissioner Andrew Colvin and NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione appeared in a joint press conference on Thursday







One Sydney man (TOP) involved in the raids was reportedly taken to hospital with injuries he claims he received from police.

On 22 May, a British Army soldier, Fusilier Drummer Lee Rigby (above), was nearly beheaded by exteremists Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale in Woolwich, southeast London



Police Commissioner: This operation reflects the reality we face






Police revealed officers had to use force to detain three people. One Sydney man involved in the raids was reportedly taken to hospital with injuries he claims he received from police.
A photo of the man, obtained by the ABC, shows bruising around his eye.
Some members of Sydney's Muslim community staged a protest on Thursday night in response to the dawn-raids.

A Facebook event group called 'STOP TERRORISING MUSLIMS!' claims that brutality was used by the police during the raids.








Front and back yards were dug up at a Guildford home after it was raided






Forensic teams appeared to leave no stone unturned at the Guildford home






A policeman was seen shovelling mud outside of the house on Thursday afternoon


The arrests in Sydney follow months of surveillance of people linked to the terrorist group Islamic State, which has been cutting a barbaric path through Iraq and Syria.

AFP Acting Commissioner Andrew Colvin said: 'The operation commenced earlier this year and the police believe that they had the intention and had started to carry out planning the attack here in Australia particularly related to random acts to members of the public.'
It's believed those arrested in Sydney could have links to a Brisbane man now facing terrorism related charges.







In Queensland police were seen searching a house in Mount Gravatt, Brisbane




The raids at the Brisbane homes on Thursday are said to be linked to a series of raids that were carried out last week in the city


Father denies son is a terrorist after their house was raided
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The search warrants carried out in Queensland are a follow up to the previous terror investigation in Queensland last week.
'We are investigating links between the two investigations in Sydney today and Queensland last week, it's too early to speculate about what those linkages are,' Mr Colvin said.

NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione told reporters Sydney residents will see large numbers of police in public places in the coming days.
'There will be 220 police very visible dealing with any troublemakers,' Mr Scipione said, in what is known as Operation Hammerhead.

Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart confirmed that the raids in three properties in Brisbane today were linked to the arrests last week of two men charged with preparing for incursions into Syria with the intention of engaging in hostile activities.
However, he said no arrests were made on Thursday in his state.
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OPERATION APPLEBY: THE FACTS

On Thursday 18 September a series of pre-dawn raids were carried out in what has been declared as Australia's largest ever counter-terrorism operation.
In Sydney:
  • 25 search warrants were executed
  • 10 warrants were undertaken in relation to vehicles
  • 800 NSW police and AFP officers were involved
  • 15 people were arrested
  • One man has been charged so far with serious terrorism related offences
  • Homes were searched in at least 12 suburbs in the city's north-west including Beecroft, Bella Vista, Guildford, Merrylands, Northmead, Wentworthville, Marsfield, Westmead, Castle Hill, Revesby, Bass Hill and Regents Park
In Brisbane:
  • A series of raids related to last week's raids in Brisbane were carried out
  • Police are investigating links to the Sydney terror suspects
  • 60 officers were involved in the raids
  • No arrests were made
  • Last week two men were arrested in Brisbane and appeared in court charged with terrorism-related offences
  • Homes in the Brisbane suburbs of Mount Gravatt East, Logan and Underwood were raided as part of the coordinated operation on Thursday



More than 15 locations in Australia were the subject of terror raids


Commissioner Stewart said: 'Since that time we have come across disturbing information about another person.'
Omar Succarieh, 31, who is the brother of Australia's first suicide bomber to die in Syria, was arrested along with a 21-year-old man after a raid on iQraa Islamic Centre in Logan.
Seven homes and a gym in the area near Underwood were also raided last week.
Queensland's Premier Campbell Newman said that it is alleged 'at least one individual was contemplating onshore terrorist action'.
The Queensland police deployed 60 officers to Thursday's raids and their investigation is ongoing.
Commissioner Stewart said there were direct links between the raids in Queensland and the raids in Sydney.




Around 12 homes were searched in Sydney’s northwest suburbs





Authorities raided a string of homes and made several arrests


'It is of serious concern that in the heart of our community there have been plans to conduct a random attack. We know there were plans on foot and we have been able to disrupt that.
'Our police will continue to work tirelessly to prevent any such attacks but I stress this is a time for calm.

'We want people to continue to enjoy the freedoms that make our country such a wonderful and harmonious country,' Commissioner Scipione said
Earlier in the day, Commissioner Scipione told the Today Show: 'This has been a big operation and it reflects what we are dealing with right now. We've committed a lot of staff to the work today and I'm incredibly proud of what we've done already.'

Scott Morrison, the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, said the scale of the operation 'demonstrates the very real threat' of an attack.




A woman arrives back at a house in Mt Gravatt where police had carried out a search





NSW Police and Australian Federal Police officers raid a house in Bursill Street, Guildford





Scott Morrison, the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, said the scale of the operation 'demonstrates the very real threat' of an attack




Police interviewed suspects inside their homes and also took photos


Federal police raid house in Sydney suburb of Guildford
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Mr Morrison told ABC's AM program on Thursday morning: 'I think the scale of what we're seeing in this ongoing operation this morning, over 600 police officers involved, I think demonstrates the very real threat that's there.
'And the incredibly good work which is being done by our agencies, and I think again supports why the Government has been so strong in its response to this threat.'

Coalition frontbencher Malcolm Turnbull told ABC radio: 'There is no cause for being complacent about security.
'There are people, regrettably some of them in our midst, that don’t have the nation’s best interest at heart.'

A witness named Chris, from Bass Hill, told Triple M's Grill Team breakfast show that the scene outside his home was ‘surreal’.



A man was taken away in handcuffs from a property in Marsfield







Police swooped on the houses before sunrise in Sydney and Brisbane





Police sources say they had to act now and the operation is ongoing


'I was woken up about 4 o'clock by a helicopter going over head. And at 5am the dog started barking.And I had a look outside and there would have been 30 or 40 coppers.
'I went out, and without being a stickybeak (as you do), I was told quite probably 'GO, go back inside, do not come out'.
'It was only six doors down.'

Guildford resident Mark Anderson said he had just got up for work at 4.30am at his home on Bursill Street when the raids took place.
He saw a helicopter circling the area, a bright light and police yelling on a loudspeaker for someone to come outside.





Officers from AFP, NSW Police, and ASIO were heavily armed when they swooped on the houses





The raids come amid growing concerns that some Australians have been sending money overseas to support terrorist organisations









Police sniffer dogs were used inside the homes of the terror suspects

Callers describe the terror raids on Sydney radio station Triple...






'I heard them calling out to him to 'Come out!' for about 10 to 15 minutes. I don't know if he was too agreeable. I didn't really understand a name. It was pretty intense,' Mr Anderson said.

Dr Jamal Rifi, one of the Australian Islamic community’s most vocal critics of extremists fighting in the Middle East, tweeted his support for the raids.
‘Safety and security of ALL AUSTRALIAN is (everyone’s) responsibility,’ he said.

The raid comes after Prime Minister Tony Abbott raised Australia's terror threat alert from medium to high last week.
It's the highest alert level in more than a decade and means the chances of a terror strike is now considered 'much more likely', according to Mr Abbott.





NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said some of the people who were arrested had previously had their passports revoked








NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said now is a time for 'calm' as he spoke alongside AFP Acting Commissioner Andrew Colvin





NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione spoke at Sydney Police headquarters in Surry Hills, Sydney


The high alert means there will be more security at airports, ports, military bases, government buildings, public landmarks and major sporting events.
'Normal life in Australia can and must go on but there are people who wish to do us harm,' Mr Abbott said.
‘What we do have is intelligence is that there are people with the intent and the capability to mount attacks, here in Australia.

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THE LARGEST TERROR RAID IN AUSTRALIA'S HISTORY

Australia’s previous largest counterterrorism operation was Operation Pendennis, in which Victoria Police, the AFP and ASIO officers launched a series of raids in Melbourne in November 2005 and March 2006 and arrested 13 alleged members of an Islamic extremist cell that was planning a terrorist attack.
At trial, prosecutors alleged the group was committed to violent ‘jihad’ against those they perceived to be the enemies of Islam, and were planning a terrorist attack at the AFL Grand or at Melbourne’s Crown Casino.
Twelve of the 13 men arrested, including the organisation’s alleged ringleader Abdul Nacer Benbrika, were convicted in 2008 of terrorism-related charges, including being members of a terrorist organization and providing funding to a terrorist organisation.
'We do know of people coming back from the Middle East, brutalised and accustomed to kill and do pose a direct threat to our community.'
ASIO Director-General of Security, David Irvine, advised the Federal Government to raise the terror threat to high.
'For some considerable years, indeed since the Bali attacks, Australia and Australian institutions and people have been regarded by al-Qaeda and its offshoots as, they would say, legitimate targets for attack,' Mr Irvine said.
'Here in Australia a number of plots have been thwarted. The threat, therefore has always been with us.
'What has happened in recent months, has been that the events in the Middle East have increased the level of activity among people who support some pretty distorted views, extremist violent views.'

The raids on Thursday come a day after a Sydney-based money transfer business owned by the sister and brother-in-law of convicted Sydney terrorist Khaled Sharrouf was shut down amid concerns it was being used to funnel funds to the Middle East to finance terrorism.




Police involved in the counter-terrorism raid on a unit block in Wentworthville, Sydney





Residents were shocked to find a huge police presence on their street when they woke up




The operation is bigger than Operation Pendennis in 2005







Police have revealed aerial footage of the moment they caught the terror suspects





Fifteen warrants have been undertaken at Sydney premises, with a further 10 warrants undertaken in relation to vehicles





The 12 locations where raids took place across Sydney's northwest



The Lakemba remittance provider, Bisotel Rieh Pty Ltd, owned by Damour Sharrouf and her husband Ahmed Alwash, was suspended after they could not account for millions of dollars transferred to Turkey and Lebanon.
While about 60 Australians are fighting in Iraq and Syria with groups such as Islamic State, another 100 are believed to be providing support from Australia.

The size of Thursday’s raid is reportedly larger than those carried out in 2005 when hundreds of AFP, ASIO and NSW police arrested 13 men who had been planning bomb attacks in Melbourne and Sydney.








A Sydney-based money transfer business owned by the sister and brother-in-law of convicted Sydney terrorist Khaled Sharrouf was shut down on Thursday





About 60 Australians, including Khaled Sharrouf (pictured), are fighting in Iraq and Syria with groups such as Islamic State


Father denies son is a terrorist after their house was raided:



Federal police raid house in Sydney suburb of Guildford:




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'Australians Authorities are the Real Terrorists... They Want to Destroy Islam':

-Islamist Firebrands Link Raids to New Anti-Terror Laws in Inflammatory Posts -Muslim Leader Calls for Calm

  • Perth preacher Mohammed Junaid Thorne said Australian authorities are 'the real terrorists'
  • Uthman Badar, from extremist group Hizb ut-Tahrir slams terror raids as stunt to 'justify' new terror laws
  • Moderate Muslim leader calls for calm as snap protest called demonstrating over brutality against Muslims
  • One person has been charged and is due to face court this morning
  • Fifteen people were detained in New South Wales
  • The raids were part of the largest counter-terrorism operation in the nation's history
By Daily Mail UK, 18 September 2014

An Islamic radical has branded Australian authorities 'the real terrorists', accusing them of plotting to destroy the religion, while an outspoken Islamist firebrand declared today's anti-terror raids were a 'bogus' stunt to justify new terror laws.
Off the back of the largest terror raids in the nation's history, controversial Perth preacher Mohammed Junaid Thorne wrote on Facebook:

'THE AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT ALONG WITH ITS AUTHORITIES ARE CLEARLY ATTACKING ISLAM AND MUSLIMS!! (sic)'.

He said the Australian government wants to 'destroy Islam by any means...closing down Islamic centres, raiding Muslim houses, arresting active Muslim youth and preachers, intimidating Muslims cancelling their passports... and creating a vibe of fear within the Australian community to make them afraid of Muslims'.

At the same time, in remarks labelled 'inflammatory' by one moderate Muslim leader, Uthman Badar, the spokesman for the Hizb ut-Tahrir group, said the mass police raids in Brisbane and Sydney were 'just in time to justify the bogus terror threat level rise'.
As members of the Islamic community organised a protest in Sydney tonight claiming brutality against Muslims, community leader Dr Jamal Rifi issued a call for calm, asking members of the community, politicians and the media 'not to inflame the situation by throwing oil in the fire'.

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Remarks: Perth preacher Mohammed Junaid Thorne (top) and Uthman Badar, the spokesman for the Hizb ut-Tahrir political group, both made the fiery statements this morning.






Remarks: Mr Badar made his statement after news of the terror raids this morning.








NSW Police released these images of arrests that were made in Sydney this morning. Fifteen people were detained in NSW.


Terror raids take place across Sydney's North West






Come with us: This arrest, from today's raid, was made in Logan, south of Brisbane.





Mr Badar (pictured) made the remarks on his Facebook page this morning.


Dr Rifi, who hosted a succesful 'Muslims for Australia' barbeque, at the weekend, said: 'We all have to invest together fighting anyone who is going to affect the safety and security of all Australians.'

Both Thorne and Badar today linked the raids to the Abbott government's proposed terror laws.
Thorne said the government would use 'the excuse of "terrorism" to launch a crazy indiscriminating assault against harmless youth who have done nothing wrong'.
Badar said:

'Last week the PM and ASIO head were telling us that there was no intelligence of any plans for attacks in Australia'.
'Few days later we wake up to yet more dawn "terror" raids with hundreds of police raiding Muslim homes in Sydney and Brisbane.'
'Just in time to justify the bogus terror threat level rise and the 'anti-terror' laws which will be tabled to Parliament next week.'


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EXCERPTS OF MOHAMED JUNAID THORNE'S REMARKS

'Once again, we wake up to the sad news of our innocent Muslim brothers being arrested by the Australian authorities, their families being terrorized, their houses being raided, their freedoms being confiscated, their rights abused... This is becoming more than what a sane person can bare.'
'The Australian government want to destroy Islam by any means, and they know that they can't do so by attacking it directly, so they resort to closing down Islamic centres, raiding Muslim houses, arresting active Muslim youth and preachers, intimidating Muslims, cancelling their passports, restricting their freedom, enforcing policies that aim to dividing the Muslim community, and creating a vibe of fear within the Australian community to make them afraid of Muslims, and therefore, they will face no opposition when it comes to passing these new terror laws or arresting innocent Muslims...
'The Australian government is practising institutional terrorism. Its authorities are the real terrorists.
'We ask Allah to destroy those who plot against us, and to keep their harm away from us. Ya Allah look after your obedient servants and protect them from the harm of this government. Ya Allah this government and its authorities have felt safe from your punishment and therefore unleashed their wrath against the innocent harmless Muslims, O Allah so please deal with them according to your justice, and substitute them with others who are less harmful to your religion and its followers.'
He continued by saying it was the 'same thing (former Prime Minister) John Howard did' in 2005 when terror raids also took place.
Nine men were arrested as part of Operation Pendennis in 2005, which found Australian jihadist cells were amassing equipment to use in a terrorist attack on Australia.

Muslim leader Dr Jamal Rifi told Daily Mail Australia those remarks were 'inflammatory' and 'totally premature' given those arrested have not faced court.
Dr Rifi said:

'Anti terror raids are really serious matters, and I believe in the professionalism of our security agencies.
'Such a raid shouldn't be taken lightly and I have no doubt that if there isn't enough sufficient evidence, arrest warrants would not be given for such raids.'
He said those arrested were entitled to the presumption of innocence and a fair hearing in a court of law.
'Any arrest will be tested in the court of law and we have full confidence in the judiciary systems.'
'We are lucky to be living in the country where the judicial arm will not be influenced by the executive arm of the government - and we (should) just have to wait before making such inflammatory remarks.'

Badar said in his post that it would be a 'tough week' for the Muslim community but agreed that the presumption of innocence needed to be upheld.
'It's the government that needs to be interrogated here to prove its claims, not those being made examples of,' he said.
He issued a follow up statement this morning labelling the timing of the raids as 'suspect'.

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'The timing of these raids is suspect indeed. With the "anti-terror" laws, which hit a wall in the community, to be tabled to Parliament next week and with "military intervention" imminent in Iraq, these raids are very timely for the government and its propaganda campaign for the same.'
Today's raids, which occurred at dawn in suburbs in Sydney and Brisbane, involved 800 police in New South Wales alone.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott and outgoing ASIO chief David Irvine announced Australia's terror alert level would be raised to 'high' - meaning an attack is likely - last Friday.

Terror raids take place across Sydney's North West:


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Parliament Hill Attacked, Soldier Shot at National War Memorial in Ottawa
-Bystanders Providing First Aid to Injured at Downtown Landmark



By Dean Beeby,CBC News, 22 Oct, 2014 10:42 AM ET


A man with a rifle shot a soldier standing guard at the War Memorial in downtown Ottawa, and witnesses said there were further shots fired on Parliament Hill nearby.



It was not immediately known if there were further injuries.
Alain Merisier. who works at the cafeteria in the Parliament building, told CBC News that said he saw a man in a car at the Centre Block with a long gun.
Witnesses said they then heard shots fired, and there was an unconfirmed report of a person injured outside the Library of Parliament.
Police confirmed the shooting at the War Memorial, and sealed off the area while the injured soldier was given emergency medical aid. He was later put into an ambulance.

Reports say 1 Canadian MP inside the Parliament building has been shot dead





First responders at a shooting at the War Memorial in Ottawa on Oct. 22, 2014 (Daniel Thibeault/CBC)


Scott Walsh, who was working on Parliament Hill, said he saw a man running with double-barrelled shotgun, wearing a scarf and blue jeans.
Walsh said the man hopped over the wall or fence that surrounds Parliament Hill, -with his gun, forcing someone out of their car. He then drove to the front doors of Parliament and fired at least two shots, Walsh said.
Police said the man was not yet in custody.

The National War Memorial stands in Confederation Square in the heart of downtown Ottawa. The Parliament buildings and the Gatineau Hills are in the background.

The Canadian Prime Minister is safe. Government members/staff are under 'Lockdown', within The Parliament buildings. The surrounding area has been cleared of members of the public
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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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Pictured: Recent Muslim Convert Michael Zehaf-Bibeau Who Shot Dead a Solider and Opened Fire on Canadian Parliament

  • Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, 32, was shot dead after opening fire at Parliament Hill
  • He was born in Quebec but reportedly recently converted to Islam and had his passport seized after being designated a 'high-risk traveler'
  • He also had multiple drug arrests and a 2011 arrest for bank robbery, for which he served just one day in prison
  • He shot reserve soldier Corporal Nathan Cirillo at the National War Memorial before running inside Parliament and exchanging gunfire with guards
  • Heroic Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers shot him dead
  • Police initially said there were multiple gunmen and at a press conference, they would not rule out other suspects
  • This came on the same day Prime Minister Stephen Harper had been scheduled to give Nobel peace Prize winning Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai her Canadian citizenship
  • Witness accounts of a suspect include descriptions of him as short with long hair, overweight, wearing a dark jacket and 'Arabic scarf'
  • A photo has now been released of Zehaf-Bibeau holding a gun and wearing a keffiyeh

Terror alert had been raised in Canada two days earlier after 'lone wolf' jihadi killed soldier in car attack and ISIS singled out country for revenge over air strikes

Soldier, 24, shot dead by Muslim convert Michael Zehaf-Bibeau who opened fire on Canadian Parliament in terrifying attack that left capital on lockdown





Daily Mail UK, 22 October 2014


A Muslim convert shot dead a Canadian soldier at the National War Memorial in Ottawa today before exchanging dozens of shots with guards inside Parliament in a terrifying attack that left the nation's capital on lockdown. Michael Zehaf-Bibeau (center) fatally shot Corporal Nathan Cirillo (left), a 24-year-old father, as he stood guard at the War Memorial on Wednesday morning. Zehaf-Bibeau then ran inside the Parliament, where he opened fire before he was shot dead by the House of Commons Sergeant-at-Arms. And now, we have our first look at Zehaf-Bibeau, who grew up Michael Joseph Hall in Quebec. In the past ten years he had been arrested numerous times for drug possession and robbery, and recently had his passport seized after being designated a 'high-risk traveler.'




Final moments: Corporal Nathan Cirillo (left) is pictured guarding the National War Memorial just minutes before he was shot


Zehaf-Bibeau was born in Quebec as Michael Joseph Hall and raised in Laval, just north of Montreal.
A criminal court database shows a man with the same name was arrested five times while living in Montreal.
Zehaf-Bibeau was charged in February 2004 for possession of marijuana and possession of PCP. He pleaded guilty to both charges in December 2004, serving one day in prison for marijuana possession and 60 days for PCP possession.
He also spent a day in jail in March of 2004 for a parole violation and was again convicted of marijuana possession in 2009.

In 2011, he was charged with bank robbery in Vancouver but served only one day in prison after he pleaded guilty to the lesser offense of uttering threats, and was credited with 66 days in pre-trial custody.

His attack comes just two days after another Canadian soldier was killed in Quebec by Martin Couture-Rouleau, a man with jihadist sympathies.


Fox has reported that Zehaf-Bibeau was recently in communication with Couture-Rouleau.
Authorities initially said they believed 'two or three' gunmen were responsible for the attack in Ottawa on Wednesday, but at an afternoon press conference, Chief of Police Charles Bordeleau would not confirm whether or not they are still searching for other shooters.




Killed: Corporal Cirillo leaves behind a young son




Gunned down: Cirillo is raced to an ambulance after he was fatally shot in the abdomen by a gunman as he stood guard at the National War Memorial outside the Canadian Parliament this morning




Gathering clues: Forensic police officers work near the National War Memorial in Ottawa


'We're still in the process of clearing Parliament Hill,' he said. 'It is a slow and methodical process.'
The shooting spree began at 9.52am when witnesses reported seeing a gunman climb out of a car, grab a rifle, shoot the soldier in the abdomen and then run towards Parliament.
Corporal Cirillo was rushed to hospital but later succumbed to his injuries.
Cirillo, a fitness fanatic and animal lover with a young son, was a reservist serving with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders in Hamilton.
'Nathan was a good man,' friend Marie Michele told CBC 'He would give anything to anyone.'
Ottawa police then received a call at 9.54am that shots had been heard inside the Parliament, while journalists cowering inside said they heard dozens of rounds and could smell gunpowder in the halls.




Race: Emergency personnel tend to the soldier after he was shot a the National Memorial just before 10am




Terror: Police are hunting the streets for more suspects and have asked the public to stay away from the area




Attacks: Ottawa police said there were shootings at the War Memorial and at the Parliament. They initially thought there was a shooting at the Rideau Centre Mall, but have since said this was not the case








Loss: 24-year-old Carillo served with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders in Hamilton, Ontario


A shootout unfolded and Zehaf-Bibeau was killed by Sergeant-At-Arms Kevin Vickers, who worked for the RCMP for 29 years before joining the Parliament in 2006.

'I am safe & profoundly grateful to Sgt at Arms Kevin Vickers & our security forces for selfless act of keeping us safe,' said Julian Fantino, Canada's Minister of Veterans Affairs, on Twitter.

The Sergeant-at-Arms is responsible for safeguarding the authority of the House of Commons and providing safety and security of the Parliament buildings and the people inside.
As gunfire erupted in the hallways, journalists and politicians scrambled for safety, while members in the Conservative Party caucus room blocked the door with a stack of chairs.

A parliamentary guard was shot in the leg during the gunfight but is recovering in hospital, according to Globe and Mail reporter Josh Wingrove, who is inside the building.








Horror: Footage shows the moment multiple gunshots ran out around the marble halls - too many to count - and the police were seen to advance on the shooters apparent position




Terrifying: Sgt. At Arms Kevin Vickers reportedly killed the shooter this morning in the Canadian parliament




Gunfire: An image taken inside the halls of Parliament this morning shows armed police officers




Defense: People inside the Conservative Party caucus room blocked the door with a stack of chairs





Heroic: Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers, pictured, shot dead Zehaf-Bibeau




Waiting: A reporter shared this image on Twitter showing a running car police say belongs to the suspect


A spokesman for Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Harper was safe after being evacuated from Parliament Hill. He is expected to make a statement about the attacks later today.


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I heard dozens of gunshots and the smell of gunpowder is heavy in the hallways
Josh Wingrove, Globe and Mail reporter inside Parliament
He had been scheduled to give Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai, co-winner of this year's Nobel Peace Prize, her Canadian citizenship today.
The government said there is not yet any evidence that Zehaf-Bibeau has any ties to violent Islamic extremism but noted that it is still early in the investigation.
An Ottawa Citizen reporter inside the Parliament building, wrote on Twitter that a suspect was '5'9-5'10, overweight & wearing a dark jacket'.
Witnesses also told the Citizen that they saw a man wearing an 'Arabic scarf' and carrying a long rifle, while others said the suspect looked South American.




Armed: Law enforcement officers walk on the lawn of the Parliament grounds as they search for gunmen




Hunt: A small plane equipped with surveillance equipment flies over the scene of multiple shootings




Forced out: People evacuate downtown Ottawa as emergency responders try to secure the area







Help: Police and paramedics perform CPR on the shot reserve soldier, who was based out of Hamilton




Hurt: The Parliament was placed under lockdown after the gunman opened fire on the soldier, pictured




Rush: Emergency responders attempt to secure a portion of downtown Ottawa near Parliament Hill


Scott Walsh, who was working on Parliament Hill, told CBC that he saw a man running with a shotgun, wearing a scarf and blue jeans.
He said that the man jumped over a fence around Parliament Hill and forced someone out of their car, then drove to the front doors of the Parliament building and fired at least twice.
Reporter Jordan Press added that the car - a Toyota Corolla - was parked in front of the building with its engine still running.

A video shot by a Globe and Mail reporter showed RCMP officers moving through Parliament's main hall toward the Parliamentary library, as the hallway echoed with gunfire.

Other reporters inside the building described the panic in the hallways.





Guns raised: Emergency responders escort VIPs out of building on Sparks Street near the Post Office




In action: Emergency responders attempt to secure Wellington St near Parliament Hill on Wednesday




Armored: Police officers take cover near Parliament Hilll following a shooting incident in Ottawa October 22




Fears: A Royal Canadian Mounted Police intervention team responds to a shooting at Parliament building in Ottawa on Wednesday. Gunfire was heard inside the building shortly before 10am




On their way: A reporter tweeted that he could see a body on the floor inside the building




Trained: A heavily armed RCMP officer takes position at the gate of 24 Sussex Dr., the official residence of the Prime Minister, on Wednesday at the National War Memorial




Shut: A sign in a closed storefront as emergency responders attempt to secure a portion of Ottawa






'Dozens of shots in parliament,' a reporter for the Globe and Mail, tweeted just before 10am. 'I see a body on the ground outside the library of parliament.
He went on: 'I was in the west wing of the building and shooter appears to have entered through main door on south side, heading north along hallway.
'I heard dozens of gunshots and the smell of gunpowder is heavy in the hallways right now.'
He added: 'One security guard said that it appears one officer may have been shot but we have no way to confirm that.'
Speaking to CNN, Wingrove said it appeared Zehaf-Bibeau entered the front entrance that has 'many armed guards' but no metal detector'.
'If you flash your valid pass, they allow you to go in,' he said. 'This appears to be the entry point [of the gunman] based on witness accounts.'








Briefed: The head of RCMP Bob Paulson briefs Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper on the shootings




Patrol: Police set up a perimeter near Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday




Police secure an area around Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday Oct. 22, 2014 after a soldier standing guard at the National War Memorial was shot by an unknown gunman




At least 10 Royal Canadian Mounted Police squad cars converged on Parliament Hill's Centre Block as people were rushed out of the city's Post Office




Recovered: A car thought to be the car of one of the suspects is pictured on Parliament Hilll following a shooting incident in Ottawa October 22, 2014


The RMP advised people in downtown Ottawa to stay away from windows and off roofs as they responded to the incident. The University of Ottawa was also placed on lockdown.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the nation's thoughts and prayers are with Canada.
The doors to the Canadian Embassy in the U.S. are locked, while the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa has also been shuttered.
The caucuses for the Conservative and Liberal and NDP were holding their Wednesday meetings when the incident happened, the Citizen reported.





Keeping guard: A heavily armed Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer stands guard at 24 Sussex, the residence of Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper after a shooting at the Parliament building





Secure: A heavily armed RCMP officer enters 24 Sussex Drive, the official residence of the Prime Minister




Address: Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard makes a statement in regarding the shooting at the Parliament in Ottawa from the legislature in Quebec City




Fears: Police tape surrounds the Canadian War Memorial in Ottawa on Wednesday after the shooting



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TIMELINE OF TERROR IN THE CANADIAN CAPITAL: SHOOTINGS IN OTTAWA

9.52am: Gunfire reported to emergency services at the National War Memorial. One reporter there said he saw a man shot and fall to the ground and another run.
9.54am: Gunfire breaks out in the Ottawa Parliament's Centre Block building
9.56am: Multiple gunshots ring out inside the Parliament building and a reporter says he witnesses a body lying motionless on the ground outside the Library of Parliament.
At the same time it is reported that a soldier has been shot at the War Memorial
9.58am: Passersby witness CPR being urgently performed on the soldier as he lies stricken on the ground
9.59am: A police source confirms that there is an 'active shooter' situation currently underway inside the Canadian Parliament.
10.00am: Heavily armed rapid response teams arrive at the Parliament Hill building
10.04am: A number of witnesses at the War Memorial claim to see the soldiers assailant running towards Parliament Hill carrying a large rifle
10.05am: Officers at the War Memorial shout 'there is a shooter on the loose' to the public and tell them to clear the area
10.12am: Parliament Hill is put into official lockdown
10.13am: Those who saw the shooter at the War Memorial say that he had dark hair, a dark complexion and a scarf on his head and was armed with a rifle.
10.18am: A grey Toyota Carolla is found with no front or back license plates. Witnesses claim to have seen two shooters emerge from it.
10.24am: A staff member at the Parliament cafeteria claims to have seen a man drive away from Parliament Hill in a black Chrysler and enter the building with a hunting rifle
10.30am: Reports start emerging that the gunman at Parliament's Centre Block was shot and killed
10.37am: Prime Minister Stephen Harper is confirmed to no longer be on the premises of Parliament Hill.
10.42am: Police say a shooter is still on the loose: 'There's an active shooter, we haven't got it contained yet.'
10.53am: RCMP advises citizens to 'stay off rooftops and away from windows in the downtown core'
10.54am: Reports of shootings by the Rideau Centre and a nearby hotel - although they later said there had been no incidents at these sites
11am: Police say they are still searching for a shooter or shooters

Prime Minister Stephen Harper Addresses The Nation over Ottawa Shooting





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Update re: PhOtOs-ISIS Calls For More Attacks in Canada

Residents Scrub Hate Messages off Canadian Mosque

By Frazer Snowden, Reuters, 26 October 2014


COLD LAKE, Alberta, CANADA, Oct 24 (Reuters) -

Residents of the small Canadian city of Cold Lake gathered on Friday to scrub away hate messages that had been scrawled in paint on the walls of a mosque and replace them with posters reading "Love your neighbour" and "You are home."

The battle of words playing out on the facade of the Cold Lake Mosque follows two separate deadly attacks on Canadian soldiers this week by extremist Muslim converts, including one on Wednesday that spilled into Canada's parliament building.

Cold Lake is home to a Canadian air base that has deployed fighter jets against Islamic State militants in Iraq.

The mosque was hit overnight with red spraypainted graffiti reading "Go home" and its windows were smashed. By Friday afternoon, the community volunteers had removed the spray paint, fixed the windows and taped their posters up.

"These guys are peaceful, and I think it's important for the community to show them that we know the difference between extremists and a religion," Cold Lake resident Matt Downy said, bringing a vase of flowers to the mosque.

Imam Syed Soharwardy, founder of Muslims Against Violence in Calgary, told reporters earlier that the vandalism revealed "how fragile the situation can be if it is not properly managed."
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'Follow the Footsteps of Our Brave Brother': ISIS Takes to Twitter to Call for MORE Attacks on Canada as it's Feared More Than 130 Young Muslims Have Already Left the Country to Join The Terror Group

  • Suspected terrorist attacks in Canada have sparked commentary from the online jihadist community on Twitter who are calling upon others to strike
  • 'Muslims in Canada, follow the footsteps of our brave brother Martin Rouleau who took revenge for Canadian military aggression in our lands,' wrote suspected jihadist Abu Khalid Al-Kanadi
  • The Canadian government estimates that over 130 Muslim youth have already left the country to join ISIS and that the number is growing
Daily Mail UK, 26 October 2014


After two terrorist attacks in Canada in a week left two Canadian soldiers dead, ISIS has stepped up its rhetoric calling for even more radicals to carry out mass murder and mayhem in the country.

An even more horrifying fact is that an estimated 130 Muslim youths in Canada have been seduced and radicalized by ISIS and have even left Canada behind to join forces with them.


The first attack happened Monday night - a hit-and-run by suspected jihadist Martin Rouleau.





Jihadist tweets: ISIS supporters have taken to Twitter to call upon more lone wolf terrorist attacks in Canada




The gunman: Alleged jihadist Michael Zehaf-Bibeau was shot during an attack against Canadians on October 20 and supporters of ISIS have been glamorizing him online ever since


The second strike was carried out by a gunman on Wendesday on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. One of the shooters, Canadian national Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, was shot dead

Ever since Canada announced their involvement in the coalition against ISIS, jihadist supporters have taken to Twitter to call for 'justice' in the hopes to shake the country’s nerves by instilling fear and terror.


One such Twitter account is that of Abu Khalid Al-Kanadi who has tweeted several calls for attack and commented on Rouleu's attack on October 21, 2014.

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'Muslims in Canada, follow the footsteps of our brave brother Martin Rouleau who took revenge for Canadian military aggression in our lands,' he wrote.


One day later his account was suspended.


Insite Blog reports that a second jihadist Twitter account posted on October 21 and said that Canada is 'starting to pay the price of intervention' of the war against ISIS and followed up with a second tweet urging more attacks.

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'A Canadian Revert killed a Canadian Soldier then he earned Shahada at the hands of the kuffar All This reward.. without evn leaving Canada.'




Gaining support: Jihadists are hoping that by posting their opinions on Twitter more youths will join ISIS


On the same user's Ask.fm account a different anonymous user commented on the fact that Rouleau attacked soldiers and not civilians.

'Rouleau was NOT cowardly...he attacked soldiers, not civilians.'
The writer of the post responded, 'yep..very true.'


Insite Blog adds that on the next day, the same jihadist commented on the shootings by saying;

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'Canadian Soldiers told to leave their uniforms at home when out in public. Now they are like their allies the Iraqi Army.'

A separate allegedly Canadian jihadist took to Twitter to post an article about Rouleau's shooting and wrote;

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'it was only a matter of time' ending with '#IS.'
For jihadists on Twitter, the attacks are not against fellow Canadian citizens, rather they believe they are against soldiers fighting the ISIS movement.
'u kill innocent Muslims in Syr, Irq and so on in the na,e of dfnding agnst terrorism and u lie to the masses, dnt be surprised.'





Spreading propaganda: Charismatic online personalities are calling upon youth to join forces with ISIS

The account of a fighter believed to be in Syria added,

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'After Canada decided to Bomb and murder Muslims, Supposedly just few bullets shook all of #Canada. Expected wasnt it? #Ottawashooting.'

The Twitter account of a Dutch jihadist militant in Syria stated something along the same lines with;

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'Bomb innocent people in Syria/Iraq and you expect roses and hus from Muslims back home? It's called action/reaction. Go figure.'

Another jihadist on Twitter referenced Canada's shock after the attacks and claims they should have 'expected' the retaliation.


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'It's always stunning when a country that has brought violence and military force to numerous countries acts shocked and bewildered. when someone brings a tiny faction of that violence back to that country. it's not the slightest bit surprising or difficulty to understand why people who identify with those on the other end of the Canadian bombs. and bullets would decide to attack the military responsible for that violence.'

The wave of Canadians joining ISIS has fueled citizens, many of them Muslim, to fight against the radicalization of youth in the country.






Shooting: Michael Zehaf-Bibeau shot dead a soldier guarding the national war memorial before storming into the parliament on Wednesday and was later shot dead inside the parliament after firing multiple shots



One such person is Christianne Boudreau, whose son Damian Clairmont died fighting near the Syrian city of Aleppo for jihadist causes.

'My knees are shaking so please forgive me. I’m a mother, not a public speaker,' said Boudreau at the OWN IT 2014 conference in Calgary in early October.


The OWN IT conference calls upon Muslim families to come together and fight the radicalization of Muslim youth.

According to the Canadian government there are about 130 jihadist fighters who've left the country to fight but that the number is growing.
Unfortunately, the Muslim community estimates that the number is already much higher.

With the popularization of Twitter and online forums as tools to express beliefs worldwide, radical youths are able to lure in other supporters from around the globe.
ISIS uses Twitter to spread propaganda and call for lone wolf attacks.
These attackers are later revered as demigods and used as bait to call other into action.

The Star reports that having declared the Western world full of hypocrites, radicalized youth see themselves as the chosen ones, turning to online radical imams and charismatic leaders.

Community leaders have coined this jihadist online support movement the 'Sheikh Google' phenomenon.
END

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Nathan. -The Incredible Soldier who was Shot Dead, Whilst Simply Just Doing His Duty for Canada



Canadian Reservist's Beloved Dogs Wait for Him to Return Home.... a Day After he was Needlessly
Shot Dead ...

  • Corporal Nathan Cirillo was gunned down as he stood guard at Canada's National War Memorial on Parliament Hill
  • The Hamilton, Ontario native was rushed to the hospital but later died
  • Cirillo, a fitness fanatic and animal lover, served with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and worked as a personal trainer and bouncer
  • His mother, who is travelling to Ottawa, is 'completely broken', relatives said
  • Another constable Samearn Son was shot in the leg but is expected to make a full recovery
  • Cirillo's killer, Muslim convert Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, 32, was shot dead after opening fire while wearing a scarf at Parliament Hill on Wednesday

  • Bibeau was the SON of Susan Bibeau, - a High-Ranking Official on the Immigration and Refuge Board of Canada





Where is he?
...Heartbreaking images show dogs peeking out from beneath Corporal Nathan Cirillo's family home on Thursday, a day after he was shot dead outside the Parliament







Forlorn: The two dogs peeked out from beneath the fence at the family's home in Hamilton, Ontario





Missed: Cirillo had two German shepherd-type dogs and recently nursed an abandoned puppy to health


Cirillo, who was shot dead as he stood guard at the National War Memorial outside the Canadian Parliament on Wednesday, also leaves behind a six-year-old son.

He was bringing up the boy, Marcus, alone - with help from his mother, Kathy - after the boy's mother was no longer in the picture, friends have said.

Now his son doesn't have a dad...

Cirillo's son is now expected to stay with his mother, Kathy, who has helped with his care




Tragic: The animal-loving Hamilton, Ontario native was shot at close range





Family: Cirillo leaves behind his Mum, two dogs and his six-year-old son Marcus, left





Waiting......





Gunned down: He had been in Ottawa because members of the Argylls were standing guard this week








Loss: 24-year-old Carillo served with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders in Hamilton, Ontario





Friends described Cirillo as a fitness fanatic. The 24-year-old worked part-time as a personal trainer as well as a bouncer at a Hamilton nightclub





Seconds before: A tourist snapped this photo, likely the last ever taken of Corporal Nathan Cirillo (left) before he was gunned down by Michael Zehaf-Bibeau in an attack on Ottowa's Parliament Hill on Wednesday





Paying respects: A man wearing an Argylls jacket places flowers at a memorial outside the gates of the John Weir Foote Armory, the home of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada






Loved: People sign a Canadian flag at a makeshift memorial to Cirillo outside of The Lieutenant-Colonel John Weir Foote Armoury in Hamilton, Ontario on Thursday
No matter how tired he was from back-to-back shifts, he lifted the mood of every room he entered.......


RIP Nathan...

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Facebook and Twitter have Become 'Command and Control Network of Choice' for Isis, GCHQ Chief Warns

The Independant UK, 4 November 2014





Tech giants are in denial of role their play in helping terrorists to push their message on social media, Robert Hannigan says

US tech giants such as Twitter, Facebook and Whatsapp have become the "command and control networks of choice" for Isis, the new head of Britain’s GCHQ intelligence agency has warned.



Accusing the US and internet companies of being “in denial” over the role they play in terrorism, Robert Hannigan said Silicon Valley firms needed to co-operate more with the intelligence services to target the growth of extremist content online.

The use of social media by Isis has been a key element in Isis's propaganda and recruitment process.



Videos of the beheadings of British aid workers David Haines and Alan Henning by Isis militants were posted on YouTube in an attempt to "exploit the power of the web to create a jihadi threat with near-global reach", Mr Hannigan warned in the Financial Times.

He said the fact the "grotesque" videos were self-censored and did not show the actual beheadings enabled the group to stay within the rules of social media sites in order to "capitalise on Western freedom of expression".

The jihadist group is also adept at using Twitter and Facebook in order to spread its message to a worldwide audience.

He highlighted Isis's sophisticated use of the World Cup and Ebola hashtags and its ability to send tens of thousands of tweets during an attack on Mosul without triggering spam controls as evidence of its ease with new media.

Mr Hannigan said:

"The extremists if Isis use messaging and social media services such as Twitter, Facebook and Whatsapp, and a language their peers understand.


The debate around states surveying personal communications came to the fore when US whistleblower Edward Snowden exposed the secret mass data collection programmes run by the US and UK authorities.

Mr Hannigan argued that it must be easier for security and intelligence agents to police online traffic, and said that users did not want their social networks used “to facilitate murder or child abuse”.

"GCHQ and its sister agencies, MI5 and the Secret Intelligence Service, cannot tackle these challenges at scale without greater support from the private sector, including the largest US technology companies which dominate the web," he wrote on his first day in the post.

He went on to write that while he understood why “[internet firms] have an uneasy relationship with governments” and aspire to be “neutral conduits of data and to sit outside or above politics”, they not only host the material of violent extremism or child exploitation, but facilitate crime and terrorism.

"However much they may dislike it, they have become the command-and-control networks of choice for terrorists and criminals, who find their services as transformational as the rest of us," he said.


Mr Hannigan conceded that GCHQ had to be accountable for the data it uses to protect people and was “happy to be part of a mature debate on privacy in the digital age.
But he went on to add:

“Privacy has never been an absolute right and the debate about this should not become a reason for postponing urgent and difficult decisions.
"To those of us who have to tackle the depressing end of human behaviour on the internet, it can seem that some technology companies are in denial about its misuse," he argued.

But Emma Carr, director of Big Brother Watch, said:

"It is wholly wrong to state that internet companies are failing to assist in investigations.
"The Government and agencies have consistently failed to provide evidence that internet companies are being actively obstructive.
"These companies have consistently proved through their own transparency reports that they help the intelligence agencies when it is appropriate for them to do so, which is in the vast majority of cases.
"Public debate on this issue would make the country stronger and more unified, yet we have so far failed to achieve this in the UK. Perpetuating falsehoods about the nature of relations between internet companies and the intelligence agencies is certainly not going to help," she added.


Whistleblowing Controversies of the Last Decade



WikiLeaks' US diplomatic cables leak
In 2009, former US soldier Chelsea Manning, downloaded hundreds of thousands of classified US Government documents, and passed them on to Jullian Assange's whistleblowing website WikiLeaks. Among the documents were 250,000 State Department diplomatic cables. One disclosed the close relationship between Russian President Vladimir Putin and then-Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, the Guardian reported. Allegations included "lavish gifts", lucrative energy contracts and the use by Berlusconi of a "shadowy" Russian-speaking Italiango-between.
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WikiLeaks' US diplomatic cables leak: In a revelation which bruised the UK's 'special relationship' with the US, WikiLeaks published conversations by US commanders criticising Britain's military operations in Afghanistan.


  • WikiLeaks' US diplomatic cables leak: One document disclosed startling levels of corruption in Afghanistan, including an incident involving the then vice-president, Ahmad Zia Massoud, who was reportedly stopped and questioned in Dubai when he flew into the emirate with $52m in cash.


WikiLeaks' US diplomatic cables leak
Another cable documented fears in Washington over Pakistan's nuclear weapons programme, in a volatile country with a strategic position in the Middle East.



WikiLeaks' US diplomatic cables leak
Day four of the gradual drip of leaks exposed allegations that Russia and its intelligence agencies are using mafia bosses to carry out criminal operations, with one cable reporting that the relationship is so close that the country has become a "virtual mafia state".



Edward Snowden NSA leak
In 2013, The Guardian published classified US National Security Agency (NSA) documents, from a then anonymous whistleblower. Four days later he was exposed as former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. A month after the initial leak, the New York Times allegeded that the NSA received emails, video clips, photos, voice and video calls, social networking details, logins and other data held by a range of US internet firms.



Edward Snowden NSA leak
Since Snowden revealed that the US had eavesdropped on German Chancellor Angela Merkel's phone, German-US relations have been strained. In May 2014, Mrs Merkel said still had significant differences with the United States over surveillance practices and that it was too soon to return to “business as usual," according to the New York Times.



Edward Snowden NSA leak
On 7 June, The Guardian published the Presidential Policy Directive 20, whcih included a list of potential targets for cyber-attacks by the US Government.
Rex Features



Edward Snowden NSA leak
Articles in The Guardian revealed that the US and the UK spied on foreign leaders and diplomats at the 2009 G20 summit.



Samy Kamkar iPhone and Android exposé
In April 2014, hacker and researcher Samy Kamkar revealed that Android phones collect user location data every few seconds. Files are then transited to Google several times an hour.



Samy Kamkar iPhone and Android exposé
It is believed Apple and Google are using the data to better target adverts to smartphone users, according to The Guardian.


Samy Kamkar iPhone and Android exposé
The two companies have since justified the collection of data. In a letter to the US congress Apple confirmed it collected the data and said that, in order to be useful, "the databases [of tower and network locations] must be updated continuously". A Google spokesman told the Guardian Android phones explicitly asked to collect anonymous location data when users turned them on.
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Wanted British 'White Widow Terrorist Killed in Ukraine', -Claims Russian News Agency

  • Lewthwaite was reported last month as fighting for the ISIS terrorists
  • She was reportedly gunned down by a Russian sniper two weeks ago
  • The claim was made by Regnum news agency in Moscow
  • The extraordinary claim that the 30-year-old is dead has yet to be verified
  • Claims come amid huge build up of Russian armour and troops in Ukraine
By AP, 12 November 2014


A dangerous British woman terrorist suspect, dubbed the 'White Widow' has been killed in Ukraine, it was claimed today, Wednesday.
Samantha Lewthwaite, 30, was gunned down by a Russian sniper two weeks ago, alleged Regnum news agency in Moscow.
One of Britain's most wanted people, she was reported last month as fighting for the Islamic State's terrorists in Syria.

The extraordinary Russian claim could not be verified last night.





A British woman terrorist suspect dubbed the 'White Widow' has been killed in Ukraine, it was claimed on Wednesday



Lewthwaite was married to 7/7 suicide bomber Germaine Lindsay, 19, a Jamaican-born Yorkshireman, and allegedly left Britain in 2009 before being linked to atrocities in Africa.

'One of the world's most wanted terrorists Samantha Lewthwaite, who fought as part of a Ukrainian battalion has been killed by a volunteer sniper,' said the news agency report.

'According to our information, the White Widow fought on the side of Ukrainian volunteer battalion Aidar as a sniper.
She was killed by 'a volunteer sniper who came to fight at the Lugansk front from Russia'.

The report continued: 'The Russian sniper who killed the British terrorist now has a price of nearly one million dollars on his head from Ukrainian special services.'


The extraordinary unconfirmed claim came amid a welter of propaganda from Moscow and Kiev over the Ukrainian crisis.

The claim that Lewthwaite is dead could be an attempt by Russia to bolster its anti-terrorism credentials at a time when it is controversially massing armour and troops in Ukraine.

Nato today warned that Russian military equipment is entering Ukraine on a large-scale.






Lewthwaite was married to 7/7 suicide bomber Germaine Lindsay, 19, a Jamaican-born Yorkshireman, and allegedly left Britain in 2009 before being linked to atrocities in Africa






Reports last month claimed Lewthwaite - a former soldier's daughter - joined Islamic State earlier this year and became one of the most powerful women in the network




The White Widow's temporary Nairobi lair (Archive)





'Across the last two days we have seen the same thing that OSCE is reporting. We have seen columns of Russian equipment, primarily Russian tanks, Russian artillery, Russian air defence systems and Russian combat troops entering into Ukraine,' said US General Philip Breedlove, supreme allied commander.

The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) said: 'The level of violence in eastern Ukraine and the risk of further escalation remain high and are rising,' said Michael Bociurkiw of the OSCE's Special Monitoring Mission.

In response, Ukraine has said that it's preparing for all-out war.


Ukrainian Defence Minister Stepan Poltorak told a cabinet meeting:

'The main task I see is to prepare for combat operations. We are doing this, we are readying our reserves.'

Reports last month claimed Lewthwaite - a former soldier's daughter - joined Islamic State earlier this year and became one of the most powerful women in the network.


Born in Northern Ireland and schooled in Aylesbury, she was not previously linked to Ukraine.

She was responsible for training a special team of female suicide bombers in Syria, it was alleged.

Lewthwaite allegedly trained and mentored British converts who volunteered to fight for ISIS.

The 7/7 attack on the London transport network on 7 July 2005 killed 52 people.




Trucks without license plates tow a 122mm howitzer artillery piece through Makiivka in Ukraine





Force: An armored personnel carrier belonging to pro-Russian separatists travels on a main road through rebel-territory near the east Ukrainian village of Torez this morning




Lewthwaite had been viewed as the innocent Home Counties' wife of a suicide bomber but was later seen as...

'the world's most dangerous female terrorist'.



In June 2012 two men and a white woman - believed to be her - wearing Islamic dress killed three and injured 25 at a beer garden in Mombasa after throwing grenades at foreigners watching England play Italy at Euro 2012.
She was also linked to another grenade attack which killed security guards in an upmarket restaurant + the attack at an African mall
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Update VIDEOs/PhOtOs-Sydney-Terrorist Took Hostages-SIEGE Now Over

Lights Out at Siege Cafe as Stand-Off Enters 12th Hour: One Gunman was 'Extremely Agitated' When Five Hostages Escaped as Witnesses Report Seeing Food Being Brought for Those Trapped Inside

Gunman stormed a cafe in central Sydney during morning rush hour and took at least 15 people hostage

He forced hostages to hold up black flag with white writing in Arabic, an emblem linked to terror groups

Two women and three men were able to flee the Lindt cafe in Sydney's Martin Place


The gunman became 'extremely agitated' after the five escaped, a witness said


As night fell, food was seen being brought from the cafe kitchen for the hostages

Lights went out in the cafe, though police declined to say if they cut power to the building

Police commanders say they will be patient while no one has been injured and want to end the siege without violence


Daily Mail Australia, 15 December 2014


As many as 15 hostages seized by a gunman who stormed a Sydney cafe at morning rush hour are facing a terrifying night as a siege in the centre of the city continued after dark, hours after five captives made a courageous break for freedom.



Witnesses saw food prepared in the cafe's kitchen brought out to the remaining hostages, thought to number between ten and 15, as the stand-off with heavily armed police entered its twelfth hour.

The drama began unfolding around 9,30 am, when a gunman entered the cafe, located in one of busiest plazas in Sydney's central business district, and pulled a shotgun from a blue carry bag and disabled the doors to the business.

Soon afterwards, hostages were seen with their hands pressed against the windows holding up the Islamic Shahada flag. It is an emblem of extremist group Jabhat al-Nusra, which is fighting the Assad government in Syria. The man was described as wearing a headband with Arabic writing on it.

Scores of police rushed to the scene, evacuating surrounding buildings and closing off part of the city. The scene sent shockwaves across Australia, where terror attacks have rarely touched home soil.

Paramilitary police armed with automatic rifles spent all day Monday surrounding the cafe, but senior commanders said they would be taking a patient approach to the siege and hoped to end it through negotiation with the gunman.

A total of five hostages, including barista Elly Chen, managed to escape the cafe by scrambling out a side door about seven hours into the drama. Fear etched on their faces, they ran into the arms of waiting police.
It is understood the hostages escaped from the cafe, rather than being released by their captor. One former male hostage has been taken to nearby St Vincent's Hospital, in Sydney's inner suburbs, and is being treated for a pre-existing condition.
The gunman flew into a rage when he realised some of his captives had escaped.

'The gunman could be seen from here getting extremely agitated, shouting at remaining hostages,' tweeted journalist Chris Reason, who has a direct line of sight into the cafe from the Seven Network newsroom directly opposite and inside the police cordon.

The light inside the building has gone off tonight, Mr Reason said, but police would not reveal whether it was a law enforcement or hostage-taker tactic.
Police negotiators have learned the name of the man and have made contact.
This evening, Mr Reason said he could see the gunman rotating the hostages through positions in the store's window.

'From inside Martin Place we can see the faces of hostages - pained, strained, eyes red and raw,' he recounted. Food and water was also being delivered to the prisoners from the cafe's back kitchens.

Seven Network staff have counted around 15 hostages in the cafe, he said, rather than the 50 reported by Lindt Australia CEO Steve Loane earlier on Monday.

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A young female employee came running out of the Lindt cafe shortly before 5pm and was sheltered by waiting police







Another distraught female worker, cafe barista Elly Chen, bolted from the shop before taking cover with police




A total of five hostages have now escaped Lindt cafe - it's believed they escaped and were not released





One of the young female employees was visibly upset as she grabbed hold of armed police





'Omg Elly!! So glad you're OK': Ms Chen, pictured, was the fifth hostage, scrambling from the cafe with her hands in the air





Freedom: Ms Chen was helped to a cover letter immediately after he burst from the Lindt Cafe store








As night fell, the lights went out in the cafe and witnesses described food being brought out from the cafe kitchen for the remaining hostagesDaily Mail Australia understands a 25-year-old female fashion industry worker and two female baristas aged in their 30s are among that number.As scores of heavily armed police, clad in black, remained on guard in Martin Place, Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione tonight said police would do whatever it takes for the situation to be peacefully resolved.

The hostage taker is believed to have demanded a flag of the Islamic State terror group in Iraq and Syria and to talk to Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Sydney was eerily quiet on Monday night.

Office buildings went into lockdown earlier this morning, Martin Place train station - a central thoroughfare for workers - was shuttered. Events at the Opera House, such as a performance of the Nutcracker, were cancelled as the city icon was evacuated.Hundreds of heavily armed police, operating under unprecedented Task Force Pioneer counter-terrorism protocols, were scouring the city, completely isolating the darkened cafe.

In an evening press conference, state Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione sent a message of support directly to those imprisoned in the chocolate cafe, at the whims of an unknown quantity.

'Rest assured, we are doing all we can to set you free,' he said, boasting that the state has the 'best police negotiators in the country' and that the safety of hostages was authorities' 'number one priority'.

Police believe all hostages remain uninjured. '[And] if that's true, for that we're grateful,' Commissioner Scipione said.

Detectives have refused to confirm what weapons the militant is carrying, or even if the militant is accompanied by allies. Queensland's police commissioner Ian Stewart said earlier on Monday that he had information an improvised explosive device may be involved, but state Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione has tonight refused to confirm that.

NSW Premier Mike Baird warned workers in the Central Business District that Martin Place and surrounding areas would remain an exclusion zone into Tuesday. 'If you work in this exclusion zone, I'd ask you to work from home tomorrow morning,' a resolute Mr Baird told reporters.

Monday's crisis began just hours after a 25-year-old suspect was arrested in a terror raid in Beecroft, a leafy suburb in Sydney's north-west, but police denied a link between the two events.




Two terrified men were spotted fleeing the Lindt cafe in Martin Place shortly before 3.45pm









Two men, believed to be customers, ran around a corner and hid behind heavily armed police after six hours inside the cafe





A male employee wearing an apron frantically ran out of a side fire exit and hid behind police









The three men are believed to have escaped from the cafe after six hours





Many remain: Around 10 hostages are thought to remain inside the Lindt chocolate cafe



On Monday morning, columnist Chris Kenny, who was in the shop about 20 minutes before the siege began, said he understood the automatic glass sliding doors had been disabled after the gunman stormed the store.

'I did speak to a couple of people who saw a bit more of this unfold than I did,' he said. 'One woman said she tried to go into the shop just after I came out with my takeaway coffee but the doors wouldn't open.
'So obviously whoever is doing this has disabled the automatic glass sliding doors to stop anyone else going in and she said immediately she could see there was a weapon.
'The woman was quite frantic but very clear what she was telling (the police).
'I know the faces of the people who are sitting there enjoying a morning coffee.'

2GB radio host Ray Hadley said he had three tense telephone conversations with one of the hostages inside the cafe and he could hear the gunman giving demands.
The hostage asked to be put to air live following the instructions of the gunman. However, Hadley refused saying he didn't have the expertise to deal with the situation.

'There are some people who are not well. They've been in there for five hours, they're distraught,' he said.
'I'm not in a position to comply with requests that have been made, I can't.
'The media can't play a role in negotiating with people purporting to be from Islamic State holding hostages in a cafe in Sydney. This is the job of authorities to solve htis problem.
'They want us to say things that we simply can't say.'

Witnesses described the chaotic scenes in the legal, business and media centre as it was shut down and scores of heavily armed police surrounded the Lindt building.
All of the chocolate chain's stores around Sydney were closed following the incident, in an act of camaraderie.





Dozens of people are being held hostage by a terrorist who stormed into a central Sydney cafe with a gun and forced crying women to hold a black Islamic flag up to the window






A man believed to be one of the hostage-takers was filmed wearing a black headband covered in Arabic inside the cafe








Terrified customers and employees were among those standing with their hands against the window at the Lindt cafe in Sydney






A hostage could be seen pressing their hands up against the window of the cafe






One blonde-haired hostage was pictured inside the cafe through the glass doors standing in the middle of the shop







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SYDNEY SIEGE TIMELINE

9.45am - A number of hostages held inside a cafe in Sydney's Martin Place with an Islamic flag pressed up against a window.
10.14am - Police establish a 150m exclusion zone around the cafe with specialist police outside the shop.
10.55am - The flag being displayed appears to be the Shahada flag which has been adopted by extremist groups such as the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front.
11.40am - Channel Seven air footage of alleged armed offender. He is middle aged with a salt and pepper beard, wearing a headband with Islamic writing.
11.51am - NSW Police try to make contact with the people inside the cafe. They advise workers who are trapped in buildings inside the police cordon to stay away from windows.
1.30pm - NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione says they had moved to a 'footing' similar to dealing with a terrorist attack.
1.55pm - NSW Premier Mike Baird says Sydney is being tested today, but 'we will remain a democratic society'
2.45pm - Lindt Chocolat Cafe Australia thank the public for their support via Facebook, saying they are 'deeply concerned over this serious incident'
3.37pm - Three male hostages run out of the cafe.
3.50pm - NSW Police Deputy Commissioner Catherine Burn confirms negotiators have spoken with a gunman.
5.00pm - Two female Lindt workers leave the cafe.







Police kept their guns raised on the fire exit after an employee unexpectedly ran from the cafe






Police are stationed behind a ballistic shield with weapons drawn outside the fire door where a hostage escaped from






Police officers were spotted climbing through the first floor window above the Lindt cafe to help evacuate those inside






Scores of police have surrounded the cafe in Martin Place amid claims the terrorists are also armed with a machete and may have explosives








Armed police have sealed off streets around the cafe and Martin Place station is shut






Police heavily armed with weapons have covering all corners of Martin Place









Thousands of workers have been evacuated from the buildings in Martin Place and have been directed to another area






People in the area encompassing Hunter, George, Elizabeth and Macquarie streets bordering Martin Place have been directed to remain indoors and away from open windows






Emergency services have shut down the area surrounding Martin Place as they continue the operation




A Lindt cafe employee, who was due to start her shift just an hour after the Sydney hostage drama unfolded, said she was 'shaking with fear' when the gunman arrived.
Kathryn Chee, a chocolatier at the cafe said she meant to turn up early for her 11am shift because the business had been so busy in the lead up to Christmas.

'It shakes me to the bone,' Ms Chee told the ABC. She said her colleagues who are now hostages are 'people who I hold like another family'.
'It's good I'm not there but I wish I could be there for them. That could be me standing there.'

Ms Chee said the young woman seen in footage holding an Islamic flag pressed against the window had 'a look of sheer horror on her face'.

She says the woman is a thoughtful colleague who bakes treats for people's birthdays.
Ms Chee said the male hostage seen in the TV footage is a funny guy who jokes with the customers.





Police have handcuffed a man 200m from the cafe with reports an officer has hit foot on what appears to be a small black handgun






Hostages: People could be seen with their hands pressed against the window of the Lindt cafe in Sydney






Police have shut down Martin Place train station and office buildings in the area have been evacuated










Prime Minister Tony Abbott described the incident as 'deeply concerning' but said police were well equipped to respond






Officials have also evacuated the Opera House after reports of a suspicious device









Other areas of Sydney are feeling a heavy police presence as the siege at Martin Place continues










Witnesses have described the chaotic scenes in Martin Place as the area was shut down and scores of police surrounded the building



The Seven Network newsroom, which is in a building opposite the cafe, was among the first to be evacuated, immediately followed by the nearby Westpac building and the Reserve Bank of Australia. Surrounding buildings soon followed or went into lockdown.
Even the city's courts, including the venerable Downing Centre building, were sealed for the day, with police quickly vacating the areas.

Rosemary Healion, who works at Frederick Jordan Chambers, told Daily Mail Australia on Monday morning that 'a couple hundred' of her colleagues were inside at the time of the attack.


'My colleagues are still in there. They're trying to get them out now,' Ms Healion told Daily Mail Australia.
Ms Healion said her office was on the ground floor, the same one as Lindt and they had been pushed behind the office's reception area.

'I'm so so worried as you would be. I was about to walk into the cafe. I get coffee there all the time.'

Window cleaner, David Wilson, managed to get a birds-eye-view of police swarming into Martin Place as he and a colleague cleaned the windows of a building across from Lindt.

'We were looking around and there were cops running around and guns drawn. Some people came out, they looked like just coffee drinkers and that was about all we saw,' Mr Wilson said, adding that his colleague's first response was to get out his phone and start filming.

Rodrigo Neryt was arriving at Channel Seven for his first day of work experience when he heard screaming out the front of the cafe.

'I was at the corner when everything started. I saw people yelling and screaming and two police cars arriving at the scene. I saw what looked like a black ISIS flag and they were holding it up'.





Armed police evacuated office staff next to the Lindt cafe on Monday afternoon






Police helped direct employees who were in lockdown in a building near the cafe under siege









Police in white jumpsuits were helping people climb from the offices on the level above the Lindt cafe






Women helped an elderly lady as they are evacuated by NSW Police from Martin Place






Three women were pictured rushing through Philip Street past armed police as they fled Martin Place






It is unclear how many people are involved in the siege in a Lindt cafe in Martin Place but people could be seen with their hands pressed against the windows (second window)






At least two gunmen are involved in the siege but dozens of armed police have sealed off the streets surrounding the site




John Edwards works across the road from the cafe on the ninth floor of 53 Martin Place.
He said every floor of the building had been cleared about 11.15am.


'We were evacuated out of the building from the basement,' Mr Edwards told Daily Mail Australia.
'All we were told by security was to get out.'

Lindt Australia issued a statement about the siege on its Facebook page.

'We are deeply concerned over this serious incident and our thoughts and prayers are with the staff and customers involved and all their friends and families,' they said.

Premier Mike Baird said the public and police in Sydney were being tested by the events of the siege.

'But whatever the test, we will face it hear and we will remain a strong democratic civil society,' he said.
'I have full confidence in the police commissioner and the incredible work of the NSW Police Force.
'They are the world's best. They have acted decisively. They are on top of the situation. They are doing everything possible that has to be done. We are incredibly lucky.'

Prime Minister Tony Abbott said he had offered Mr Baird all possible Commonwealth support and assistance.
'The National Security Committee of Cabinet has also convened for briefings on the situation,' he said in a statement.
'This is obviously a deeply concerning incident but all Australians should be reassured that our law enforcement and security agencies are well trained and equipped and are responding in a thorough and professional manner.'

The US President Barack Obama has been briefed on the unfolding situation in Sydney.

World leaders, including UK Prime Minister David Cameron and Indian President Narendra Modi have sent messages of support to the Australian people.

Opposition leader Bill Shorten said all of Australia would be thinking of the hostages.

'There are many innocent people caught up in this horrifying incident,' he said.
'Australians are shocked but we won't be shaken. At times like this its more critical than ever that the Australian community stick together.


Earlier this year, it was reported that Martin Place was the planned location of a terror plot. It was alleged in September that Omarjan Azari, the 22-year-old Sydney man arrested on terrorism charges, was planning a public beheading there.


The alleged terror plot, mentioned in a conversation between now deceased Australian terrorism recruiter in Syria, Mohammad Ali Barylei and Azari, involved selecting a member of the public at random, beheading them and then covering their body in a flag.

The whole incident was going to be filmed, and then used as propaganda for the Islamic State cause. Federal prosecutors said the alleged terror plot was 'clearly designed to shock, horror and terrify the community'

Police Prosecutor Michael Allnutt said that Azari had made a threat which involved a 'random selection of persons to execute' during a telephone conversation with Baryalei.
Azari was arrested on September 18 and charged with preparing for an act of terrorism.
He is due in court this week for a bail application.





Thousands of office workers have relocated from Martin Place to Sydney's Hyde Park






Patients from the nearby Sydney Hospital patients were also evacuated alongside office workers






Police are guarding the area in Hyde Park where people are congregating after evacuating






People evacuated from offices in Martin Place have been told to congregate in Hyde Park






Martin Place is one of Sydney's busiest streets and is at the centre of the CBD




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WHAT IS THE SHAHADA FLAG?

Held up to a window by terrified hostages, a black flag covered in white Arabic was the first sign that the Martin Place siege could be linked to extremist Islam.

Witnesses initially believed that it was the standard of ISIS. However, close examination revealed it was in fact the Shahada flag, bearing the words
'There is no god but Allah, Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah'


It is used by the extremist group, Jabhat al Nusra, which is fighting the Assad government in Syria.
But it has meaning for all Muslims, in that the Shahada is the Islamic Creed, one of the Five Pillars of Islam, which is recited by Muslims when they pray.




The flag displayed at the Lindt cafe


Running to Safety: Two Hostages Flee Martin Place Lindt Cafe



Sydney Terror Siege: 5 Hostages Free, City Still on Lockdown



The 'Lone Wolf': Sydney Gunman Caught on Camera Inside Cafe



Mother of 18-year-old Hostage Describes Horror at Cafe Siege



Sydney Opera House Evacuated After Hostage Siege in the CBD



Police Will Work Indefinitely to Ensure Hostages' Safety




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Update re: VIDEOs/PhOtOs-ISIS Attacks Around The World & UPDATES

UPDATE:

Gunman Who Has up to 15 People Hostage in Sydney Cafe is a Self-Styled Sheik from Iran Who is on Bail Over the Murder of his Ex-Wife
-Has Also been Charged with Multiple Sexual Assaults and Sent Hate-Filled Letters to Families of dead Soldiers

  • Man Haron Monis has been named as the gunman holding up to 15 people hostage in a Sydney café
  • The 49-year-old man lives in southwest Sydney, but is originally from Iran and a self-proclaimed sheik
  • He was charged with accessory in the murder of his ex-wife - who was allegedly stabbed and set on fire on a flight of stairs in her western Sydney apartment block
  • He was also arrested for the sexual assault of a 27-year-old woman in 2002 in April this year after luring her to his clinic following claims he was as 'spiritual healer'
  • Monis was slapped with an additional 40 charges in October after more victims to come forward
  • Monis received 300 community service hours for sending hate mail to the families of Australian dead soldiers
  • The seige follows an unsuccessful attempt to have these charges overturned in the High Court on Friday
  • Terror siege in central Sydney stretches into the night after gunman raids busy cafe at morning peak hour
  • Witnesses described hostages as looking 'pained, strained' as drama enters its 12th hour
  • Food was brought in to the hostages from the cafe kitchen as darkness fell, and the lights were turned off inside
  • Five people, including three cafe workers, were able to flee to safety, leaving up to 15 people inside
  • Gunman was described as 'extremely agitated' after learning some hostages had escaped
  • He stormed the Lindt cafe in Martin Place during the morning rush hour stopped anyone from leaving
  • He forced hostages to hold up black flag with white writing in Arabic, an emblem linked to terror groups
  • Police commanders say they will be patient while no one has been hurt and want to end the siege without violence




The gunman holding as many as 15 people hostage has been named as Man Haron Monis (centre and left inset), a self-styled sheik from Iran who arrived in Australia in 1996.

He is on bail for being an accessory to the murder of his ex-wife, allegedly carried out by his current partner.

Monis also faces 50 charges of indecent and sexual assault during his time as a 'spiritual healer'. He also appeared in court for sending hate-filled letters to the families of soldiers killed in Afghanistan.

Monis walked into the Lindt Chocolate Cafe in Martin Place, Sydney at 9.30am on Monday and pulled a gun and ordered those trapped inside to hold an Islamic flag at the window.

He has been in a stand-off with police ever since and has demanded he be sent an ISIS flag and have a one-on-one conversation with Prime Minister Tony Abbott.


Man Haron Monis - also known as Sheik Haron - has been named as the gunman holding up to 15 people hostage in a Sydney café and is believed to be an Islamic State preacher who is on bail for accessory to murder.
The news came as a sixth hostage managed to escape the cafe at about 2am



The 49-year-old man lives in southwest Sydney, but is originally from Iran and a self-proclaimed sheik, and also sent hate mail to the families of Australian dead soldiers between 2007 and 2009, according to The Daily Telegraph.
The seige in the Lindt cafe in Martin Place on Monday follows an unsuccessful attempt to have these charges overturned in the High Court on Friday.

Monis received 300 community service hours and a two-year good behaviour bond for the correspondence, which he claims were his version of sympathy cards, sent with the help from his girlfriend Amirah Droudis.



Arriving as a refugee in Australia in 1996, the hostage-taker was charged as an accessory to the murder of his ex-wife - who was allegedly stabbed and set on fire on a flight of stairs in her western Sydney apartment block in November 2013.

The man's current partner was charged with murder but they both received bail as the case was deemed too weak.

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Man Haron Monis - also known as Sheik Haron - has been named as the gunman holding up to 15 people hostage in a Sydney café and is believed to be an Islamic State preacher who is on bail for accessory to murder









Man Haron Monis - also known as Sheik Haron - has been named as the gunman holding up to 15 people hostage in a Sydney café









Heavily armed police remained posted around the cafe as night fell and the hostage drama continued into the night. Inside, the remaining hostages were brought food and were observed by witnesses as looking 'pained'




He was also arrested in April this year for the sexual assault of a 27-year-old woman in 2002 after luring her to his clinic following claims he was as an expert in astrology, meditation and black magic, The Daily Telegraph also reported.


Monis was slapped with an additional 40 charges in October after more victims to come forward after the alleged incidents that occurred from his spiritual healing clinic in Station Street in Wentworthville - western Sydney.

As many as 15 hostages seized by the gunman, who stormed a Sydney cafe at morning rush hour on Monday, are facing a terrifying night as a siege in the centre of the city continued after dark, hours after five captives made a courageous break for freedom.

Three videos were released on YouTube of three female hostages declaring the gunman's demands, which included the police bringing an ISIS flag to the cafe and insisting that he speak with Prime Minister Tony Abbott - however Daily Mail Australia decided not to air the disturbing footage which has since been taken down.

Channel Nine reported the gunman's name after receiving approval from senior police.

Witnesses saw food prepared in the cafe's kitchen brought out to the remaining hostages, thought to number between ten and 15, as the stand-off with heavily armed police entered its twelfth hour.
The drama began unfolding around 9,30 am, when a gunman entered the cafe, located in one of busiest plazas in Sydney's central business district, and pulled a shotgun from a blue carry bag and disabled the doors to the business.





The seige in the Lindt cafe in Martin Place on Monday follows an unsuccessful attempt to have the charges overturned linked to the hate mail he sent to the families of dead Australian soldiersin the High Court on Friday


Soon afterwards, hostages were seen with their hands pressed against the windows holding up the Islamic Shahada flag. It is an emblem of extremist group Jabhat al-Nusra, which is fighting the Assad government in Syria. The man was described as wearing a headband with Arabic writing on it.

Scores of police rushed to the scene, evacuating surrounding buildings and closing off part of the city. The scene sent shockwaves across Australia, where terror attacks have rarely touched home soil.

Paramilitary police armed with automatic rifles spent all day Monday surrounding the cafe, but senior commanders said they would be taking a patient approach to the siege and hoped to end it through negotiation with the gunman.

A total of five hostages, including barista Elly Chen, managed to escape the cafe by scrambling out a side door about seven hours into the drama. Fear etched on their faces, they ran into the arms of waiting police.
It is understood the hostages escaped from the cafe, rather than being released by their captor. One former male hostage has been taken to nearby St Vincent's Hospital, in Sydney's inner suburbs, and is being treated for a pre-existing condition.
The gunman flew into a rage when he realised some of his captives had escaped.

'The gunman could be seen from here getting extremely agitated, shouting at remaining hostages,' tweeted journalist Chris Reason, who has a direct line of sight into the cafe from the Seven Network newsroom directly opposite and inside the police cordon.

The light inside the building has gone off tonight, Mr Reason said, but police would not reveal whether it was a law enforcement or hostage-taker tactic.
Police negotiators have learned the name of the man and have made contact.

This evening, Mr Reason said he could see the gunman rotating the hostages through positions in the store's window.

'From inside Martin Place we can see the faces of hostages - pained, strained, eyes red and raw,' he recounted. Food and water was also being delivered to the prisoners from the cafe's back kitchens.

Seven Network staff have counted around 15 hostages in the cafe, he said, rather than the 50 reported by Lindt Australia CEO Steve Loane earlier on Monday.






Arriving as a refugee in Australia in 1996, the hostage-taker was charged as an accessory to the murder of his ex-wife - who was allegedly stabbed and set on fire on a flight of stairs in her western Sydney apartment block in November 2013










Daily Mail Australia understands a 25-year-old female fashion industry worker and two female baristas aged in their 30s are among that number.
As scores of heavily armed police, clad in black, remained on guard in Martin Place, Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione tonight said police would do whatever it takes for the situation to be peacefully resolved.

The hostage taker is believed to have demanded a flag of the Islamic State terror group in Iraq and Syria and to talk to Prime Minister Tony Abbott.


Sydney was eerily quiet on Monday night. Office buildings went into lockdown earlier this morning, Martin Place train station - a central thoroughfare for workers - was shuttered. Events at the Opera House, such as a performance of the Nutcracker, were cancelled as the city icon was evacuated.

Hundreds of heavily armed police, operating under unprecedented Task Force Pioneer counter-terrorism protocols, were scouring the city, completely isolating the darkened cafe.
In an evening press conference, state Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione sent a message of support directly to those imprisoned in the chocolate cafe, at the whims of an unknown quantity.

'Rest assured, we are doing all we can to set you free,' he said, boasting that the state has the 'best police negotiators in the country' and that the safety of hostages was authorities' 'number one priority'.
Police believe all hostages remain uninjured. '[And] if that's true, for that we're grateful,' Commissioner Scipione said.

Detectives have refused to confirm what weapons the militant is carrying, or even if the militant is accompanied by allies.
Queensland's police commissioner Ian Stewart said earlier on Monday that he had information an improvised explosive device may be involved, but state Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione has tonight refused to confirm that.

NSW Premier Mike Baird warned workers in the Central Business District that Martin Place and surrounding areas would remain an exclusion zone into Tuesday.
'If you work in this exclusion zone, I'd ask you to work from home tomorrow morning,' a resolute Mr Baird told reporters.

Monday's crisis began just hours after a 25-year-old suspect was arrested in a terror raid in Beecroft, a leafy suburb in Sydney's north-west, but police denied a link between the two events.


Man Haron Monis: The Sydney Gunman Holding People Hostage




FURTHER UPDATE TO FOLLOW - Gunfire/Explosions Heard = SIEGE IS NOW OVER......


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BREAKING NEWS: Dramatic End to Sydney Siege as Police Storm Cafe With Guns and Stun Grenades as Terrified Hostages Run for Their Lives
-Two People Dead, Including Terrorist, 3 Injured

  • Police stormed the cafe in central Sydney where a gunman held hostages for more than 16 hours
  • Police moved in firing automatic weapons and throwing grenades as hostages were seen fleeing in terror from the cafe
  • Live TV footage showed hostages running frantically from the cafe at shortly after 2am in small groups
  • It came hours after Man Haron Monis was named as the gunman holding people hostage in a Sydney café
  • The 49-year-old man lives in southwest Sydney, but is originally from Iran and a self-proclaimed sheik
  • He was charged with accessory in the murder of his ex-wife - who was allegedly stabbed and set on fire on a flight of stairs in her western Sydney apartment block
  • He was also arrested for the sexual assault of a 27-year-old woman in 2002 in April this year after luring her to his clinic following claims he was as 'spiritual healer'
  • Monis was slapped with an additional 40 charges in October after more victims to come forward
  • Monis received 300 community service hours for sending hate mail to the families of Australian dead soldiers
  • The seige follows an unsuccessful attempt to have these charges overturned in the High Court on Friday
  • He stormed the Lindt cafe in Martin Place during the morning rush hour on Monday stopped anyone fro
  • He forced hostages to hold up black flag with white writing in Arabic, an emblem linked to terror groups
15 December 2014





Two people are reported to have died, one of them possibly the gunman, after police burst into the Sydney cafe at 2.11am and opened fire. Loud bangs and bursts of light could be seen as they stormed the cafe in Martin Place. Minutes before at least six more hostages escaped. In all, 11 were reported to have been freed during the dramatic climax to the siege which lasted 17 hours. Channel 9 reported four hostages may have been injured but this is yet to be confirmed. The gunman was named as Man Haron Monis, a self-styled sheik from Iran who arrived in Australia in 1996. He is on bail for being an accessory to the murder of his ex-wife, allegedly carried out by his current partner. Monis also faces 50 charges of indecent and sexual assault during his time as a 'spiritual healer'. He also appeared in court for sending hate-filled letters to the families of soldiers killed in Afghanistan.


Police firing automatic weapons and lobbing stun grenades stormed the cafe in central Sydney early on Tuesday where a gunman had been holding more than a dozen hostages, bringing a dramatic end to a siege lasting more than 16 hours.

There were reports that two people were killed and at least three others were injured, but this could not immediately be confirmed.


Live television coverage showed at least two people being taken away from the scene on stretchers. One hostage was seen being carried out of the building. She appeared to be in pain, and blood flowed down her legs.
Nine News reported that eleven hostages had been accounted for after the police raid, which occurred shortly after 2am.





Siege over: Police raided the cafe in central Sydney early Tuesday, bringing a dramatic end to a 17-hour siefe. The raid came moments after some hostages fled the Lindt cafe after more than 16hrs






Heavily armed police opened fire with automatic weapons and hurled what appeared to be stun grenades as they stormed into the cafe



A police spokeswoman told Daily Mail Australia that the siege was over, but that no more details would be immediately released.

A scene of pandemonium erupted in the early morning just minutes after hostages started emerging from the cafe.

Initially one man emerged with his hands up and lay down on the ground in front of police. Seconds later, a group of of five hostages appeared suddenly after apparently escaping the cafe.
This appeared to be the trigger for tactical police to move in.

Within seconds, they had blasted open the cafe door and opened fire with automatic weapons, also hurling what appeared to be stun grenades. The sounds of explosions echoed through the city, and the flashes of rifle fire and the grenades lit up the area.

The gunfight lasted less than two minutes, and more hostages appeared to emerge after the police raid.
As the scene calmed down, a bomb disposal robot was seen entering the cafe.

The dramatic end to the siege came as the gunman holding the remaining captives was revealed as a self-proclaimed Islamic cleric Man Haron Monis.

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A female hostage is carried out and away from the cafe - clearly in distress with blood pouring down the legs






Two female hostages look exhausted and in disbelief





Six hostages came out all at once at 2am






A woman appeared distressed and injured as she is carried by emergency workers










Man Haron Monis - also known as Sheik Haron - has been named as the gunman holding up to 15 people hostage in a Sydney café






Police Storm Lindt Cafe Firing Live Ammunition



Witnesses of the Hostage Situation at Martin Place, Sydney


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ANZAC Day Terror Plot:
Friends of Slain Militant Numan Haider Planned to Hack Police Officers to Death With Swords and Knives at Memorial Ceremonies for Australia's Fallen Soldiers


  • Sevdet Besim, 18, was charged with 'conspiracy to commit acts done in preparation for, or planning, terrorist acts' on Saturday afternoon
  • He was one of five teenagers who officers arrested for planning terror acts
  • Police allege they planned to target an 'Anzac Day ceremony'
  • They are expected to be charged with a number of offences including the possession of prohibited items, with 'edged weapons' found at a property
  • Over 200 police officers raided seven properties in Melbourne on Saturday
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SYDNEY (AP) — Five Australian teenagers were arrested Saturday on suspicion of plotting an Islamic State group-inspired terrorist attack at a Veterans' Day ceremony that included targeting police officers, officials said.


The suspects included two 18-year-olds who are alleged to have been preparing an attack at the ANZAC Day ceremony in Melbourne later this month, Australian Federal Police Acting Deputy Commissioner Neil Gaughan told reporters.


Another 18-year-old was arrested on weapons charges, and other men, aged 18 and 19, were in custody and assisting police. All the arrests took place in Melbourne.





In this April 25, 2014 file photo, a pipe band marches on George Street during the ANZAC Day parade, in Sydney, commemorating the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) during the First World War. Five Australian teenagers were arrested Saturday, April 18, 2015 on suspicion of plotting an Islamic State-inspired terrorist attack at an ANZAC Day ceremony that included targeting police officers, officials said. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, File)


ANZAC Day is the annual April 25 commemoration of the 1915 Gallipoli landings — the first major military action fought by the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps during World War I.
Police said they believe the plot was inspired by the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS, and was to have involved "edged weapons."

"At this stage, we have no information that it was a planned beheading. But there was reference to an attack on police," Gaughan said. "Some evidence that we have collected at a couple of the scenes, and some other information we have, leads us to believe that this particular matter was ISIS-inspired."

Australia's government has raised the country's terror warning level in response to the domestic threat posed by supporters of the Islamic State group. In September last year, the group's spokesman Abu Mohammed al-Adnani issued a message urging attacks abroad, specifically mentioning Australia.

Federal Police Deputy Commissioner Michael Phelan said at a separate news conference that the teens had links to Numan Haider, an 18-year-old who stabbed two Melbourne police officers and was subsequently shot dead in September. Haider had caught authorities' attention months earlier over what police considered troubling behavior, including waving what appeared to be an Islamic State group flag at a shopping mall.

Phelan said the teens arrested Saturday were on officials' radar for months, but the investigation was ramped up when it appeared they were planning a specific attack.



"This is a new paradigm for police," Phelan said. "These types of attacks that are planned are very rudimentary and simple. ... All you need these days is a knife, a flag and a camera and one can commit a terrorist act."

One of the teens, Sevdet Besim, appeared briefly in court Saturday on a charge of preparing for, or planning, a terrorist act. He did not apply for bail and was ordered to reappear in court next week.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has warned that the terrorism threat in Australia has escalated, with one-third of all terrorism-related arrests since 2001 occurring in the last six months. At least 110 Australians have gone to Iraq and Syria to fight alongside extremists, and the nation's security agency is juggling more than 400 high-priority counterterrorism investigations — more than double the number a year ago.


In September 2014, a man arrested during a series of counter terrorism raids was charged with conspiring with an Islamic State group leader in Syria to behead a random person in Sydney.

In December 2014, Man Monis, an Iranian-born, self-styled cleric with a long criminal history, took 18 people hostage inside a Sydney cafe, forced them to hold up a flag bearing the Islamic declaration of faith and demanded he be delivered a flag of the Islamic State group. Monis and two hostages were killed.


In February 2015, two men were charged with planning to launch an imminent, Islamic State group-inspired terrorist attack after authorities said they appeared on a video threatening to stab the kidneys and necks of their victims.


Abbott said the latest alleged plot was at an advanced stage of planning, prompting police to swoop in. Still, he urged the public to participate in ANZAC Day events as usual.

"The best sign of defiance we can give to those who would do us harm is to go about a normal, peaceful, free and fair Australian life," he said. "And I say to everyone who is thinking of going to an ANZAC Day event, please don't be deterred. Turn up in the largest possible numbers to support our country."





Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott answers questions at a media conference before attending the parliament's question time in Canberra, in this 9 Feb., 2015 file photo. Abbott has warned that the terrorism threat in Australia has escalated with one-third of all terrorism-related arrests since 2001 occurring in the last six months. Abbott said the latest alleged plot Saturday 18 April, 2015 was at an advanced stage of planning, prompting police to swoop. (AP Photo/Andrew Taylor, File)






Sevdet Besim, from Hallam in Melbourne's south-east, was charged with 'conspiracy to commit acts
-done in preparation for, or planning, terrorist acts' at the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Saturday afternoon





Multiple photos of Mr Besim on his social media pages show him posing with one raised index finger,
-a symbol that other ISIS supporters have also frequently used




An Instagram picture of Melbourne accused Sevdet Besim.




He is one of five men police arrested for allegedly planning an 'ISIS inspired' attack on an Anzac Day ceremony.
They were 'associates' of Abdul Numan Haider (pictured)



Victoria Police Deputy Commissioner Shane Patton said the men, from Hallam and Hampton Park, were 'associates' of Abdul Numan Haider, the 18-year-old who was shot dead after stabbing two officers outside a Melbourne police station on 23 September 2014.

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AFP Deputy Commissioner Michael Phelan and Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Picture: Carly Earl. Source: News Corp Australia



Accused Teens Were on Police Radar

Counter-terrorism investigators had been monitoring the teenagers arrested in Melbourne long before this weekend’s pre-dawn raids, officials say.

“These people have been on our radar but particularly since late last month the investigation ramped up and it became very obvious to us that their plans were specific,” AFP Deputy Commissioner Phelan told reporters in Sydney.

Authorities have refused to give specific details of the alleged planned attacks but say police at Anzac activities around Melbourne were the immediate target.

Accused Terror Teens Were on Police Radar



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Boxing PHOTOs:US Military Vet Told FBI He Was Forced by CIA to Fight for ISIS

Anthony Small, Former British Boxing Champion, Accused of Trying to Join ISIS

AP, 20 Jun , 2015




Anthony Small, a retired boxer who held light middleweight championships in Great Britain, was one of three London men accused by a court of attempting to join terror group ISIS.

"The prosecution's case is they intended to travel to Syria to join and support what is called Islamic State of Iraq and Levant, known as Isil or Isis," prosecutor Richard Whittam said in his opening statement of the trial, per BBC.

Small, Michael Coe and Simon Keeler were arrested last year on terror-related charges. Prosecutors allege that Small tried to smuggled jihadists out of the United Kingdom and into Syria, where they would then perform acts of terror in support of ISIS.

Small, who converted to Islam at age 24 and is otherwise known as Abdul Haqq, has been an outspoken supporter of the Islamic State group. He released a video in September of last year excusing ISIS beheadings of American journalists, saying they "[weren't] unprovoked." Small had previously participated in rallies calling for Great Britain to not involve itself with the War in Afghanistan.

British prosecutors also charged Small with disseminating terrorist publications, saying he published an article titled "Attacks By Muslims In Perspective" and recorded a speech titled "Another James Foley beheading."

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Breaking News PhOtOs -Australia Concerned About 2 PRO-ISIS Pilots

A Leaked AFP Report Concludes Two Indonesian Pilots Radicalised by ISIS are Now a Major Security Threat

New.com au, 11 July 2015




Islamic State: The terror threat on Australian shores


TWO Indonesian pilots believed to be lured by the Islamic State terror group risk posing a major global security threat, according to leaked AFP intelligence report.


The radicalisation of Ridwan Agustin and Tommy Abu Alfatih — who flew to Australia as recently as last year — is detailed in a report dated March 18 compiled by the AFP and obtained by US website The Intercept.

The document says there are fears the two men, who interacted on social media, could pose a terror threat after investigators examined their Facebook accounts.

“Both appear to be influenced by pro-ISIS elements including extremist online propaganda by well-known radical Indonesia outlets and a suspected foreign terrorist fighter who is likely to be either in Syria or Iraq,” the report, titled ‘Identification of Indonesian pilots with possible extremist persuasions’ concludes.




Global travel ... Tommy Abu Alfatih is pictured in front of the Sydney Opera House in August last year. Source: Facebook



While the current employment status of both men is unclear, the document says both Agustin and Abu Alfatih would still possess the skills to fly and have contacts in the aviation sector.
It warns that aviation workers have been actively urged by powerful terror groups to arrange attacks.

“Pilots, air crew and others with access to and within the aviation environment can pose obvious threats if these persons are radicalised,” the report says.

“Their access and knowledge of security and safety regimes provides the ability to attempt attacks as witnessed by past global events. It is noted that a recent edition of the al-Qaeda magazine Inspire actively encouraged attacks within the aviation environment.”




Ridwan Agustin before his image changed. Source: Facebook




A more recent image of Ridwan Agustin. Source: Facebook



The intelligence paper has reportedly been distributed among the AFP’s law enforcement counterparts including in Turkey, Jordan, London, the US and Europol.
The AFP would not confirm or deny the authenticity of the report when approached by News Corp Australia.

“The AFP does not comment on matters of intelligence,” a spokesperson said.
“The AFP maintains strong relationships with its domestic and foreign law enforcement partners to ensure the ongoing safety of Australians both within Australia and abroad.”

Agustin, a former AirAsia pilot, began showing signs of extremist influences in September last year by posting in support of IS on social media, interacting with foreign fighters including militant Heri Kustyanto and following pro-IS pages with graphic images of executions.

The report also draws on a progressive change to Agustin’s image “towards more conservative Islamic dress and (the) growing of facial hair”



Under investigation ... Abu Alfatih pictured in the ****pit of a plane. Source: Facebook

The report says he graduated from the AirAsia academy in 2010 and flew domestic and international routes.

Agustin, who is now believed to be using a different name on Facebook, expressed interest in joining IS forces in conflict zones.

On March 17, he posted his current location as Raqqa, Syria. The location of his wife Diah Suci Wulandari, who lists her last job as an air hostess at AirAsia, is unknown. Her Facebook page was removed this afternoon.

The second pilot, Mr Abu Alfatih, whose Facebook profile says he was employed by airline Premiair until June 1 and is in Indonesia, began posting in support of IS in December and liked several of Agustin’s posts relating to the terror group.
Prior to this, he posted many images of his worldwide travels “most likely as a pilot” including Australia.

The report says he began using extremist phrases, describing police as “ansharu thagut”, a term often used by jihadists “to describe police as helpers of the oppressive government”.

Agustin also uses the name Ridwan Ahmad Al Indonesia, while Abu Alfatih is also known as Tomi Hendratno.

Sidney Jones, the director of the Jakarta-based Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict, told The Intercept “it makes a lot of sense that the Australians would be extremely nervous” amid the upsurge in people turning to religious extremism.

She said the document suggested ISIS was now “recruiting skill sets, professional groups.”
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European Union PhOtOs -Irish Muslims March Against ISIS

Irish Muslims March Against ISIS – Saying “Not In Our Name”

James O'Shea Irish Central 27 July,2015






Irish Muslims have protested the “murderous campaign” of ISIS following the deadly attack in Tunisia last month, which killed three Irish citizens.


Close to 300 Muslims took part in an anti-Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) rally on Dublin’s O’Connell Street, on Sunday. They denounced last month's killings in Tunisia, which included three innocent Irish victims.

According to the Islamic Centre of Ireland, the “Not In My Name” march aimed to show that the “murderous campaign” by the Islamic State terrorist group is “absolutely against the teachings of Islam.”

Imams from all over Ireland addressed the participants of the protest.





“Muslims marched against the caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) in Dublin few years ago. The terrorists are damaging Islam and Muslims far more than the caricatures and Islamophobia is increasing rapidly due to the atrocities of terrorists,” said Shaykh Umar Al-Qadri, CEO of the Irish Muslim Peace and Integration Council.

“If Muslims can march against caricatures that do not damage Islam, then why can Muslims not protest against ISIS that undermine Islamic teachings. Silence of Muslims may wrongfully be interpreted by some as silent approval of ISIS.”

A two-minute silence was held in memory of the three Irish victims of last month’s attack on a Tunisian beach.

Shaykh Dr Umar Al-Qadri said that all Muslims are offended by the acts of ISIS.

"As Muslims we need a strategy to prevent radicalization.

"The vast majority of Muslims are silent and need to find their voice and speak out against these atrocities.

"Our jihad is a peaceful one, and its aim is to bring about awareness of the true teachings of the Koran which are not violent."

The group launched a detailed 'Declaration of peace and guide to preventing radicalization' document.

More events are planned, with the Shaykh saying "today is only the beginning of our campaign."

The event was controversial among Irish Muslim groups with some major ones, including the largest Mosque in Dublin, refusing to take part.
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United States of America PHOTOs:US Military Vet Told FBI He Was Forced by CIA to Fight for ISIS

PICTURED: Discharged Military Vet, 26, Who Shot Dead Five at Ft.Lauderdale Airport Baggage Claim
- After Telling FBI Two Months Ago He Was Being Forced by the CIA to Fight for ISIS


  • Five people dead and eight injured after gunman opened fire in Florida's Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport
  • Gunman Esteban Santiago, 26, - an Iraq army veteran - was taken into custody after he threw his empty weapon down and lay spread-eagle on the ground
  • Santiago flew into the Florida airport from Anchorage, Alaska, and had checked his gun for the flight
  • He loaded his gun in the bathroom after landing and was silent as he shot dead victims in baggage claim area
  • Santiago had been living in Anchorage for two years with his girlfriend and their newborn baby
  • He reportedly had a history of mental health problems and family say he returned from Iraq acting strangely
  • Sources say he walked into an FBI office in Alaska last year claiming he was being forced to fight for ISIS
  • Santiago was pictured previously giving a one-fingered salute similar to one used by Islamic State jihadists
  • He was discharged from the National Army Guard for unsatisfactory performance in August last year
  • President Obama said he was 'heartbroken' for the families affected by the shooting
Daily Mail UK, 7 January 2017





Police are investigating whether the lone shooter who opened fire at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport in Florida was mentally disturbed after he executed five people


Police are investigating whether the lone shooter who opened fire at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport in Florida was mentally disturbed or if he had any links to ISIS after he executed five people in the baggage claim hall with a gun he had checked in his luggage.

Gunman Esteban Santiago - an Iraq war veteran - opened fire in the lower level baggage claim area in Terminal 2 on Friday about 1pm. He was taken into custody after he threw his empty weapon down and lay spread-eagle on the ground, one witness said.

Santiago flew into the airport from Anchorage, Alaska (with a layover in Minneapolis, St. Paul) on Delta flight 2182 with a firearm as his only piece of checked luggage. The 26-year-old, who was dressed in a Star Wars t-shirt, claimed his bag, went to the bathroom to load his handgun and then started shooting people dead.

Terry Andres, of Virginia, and Olga Woltering, of Georgia, were among those who were killed.
Mr Andres, a 62-year-old grandfather, was at the airport with his wife to go on a vacation, while Mrs Woltering was scheduled to leave on a cruise from Florida on Saturday with her husband Ralph to celebrate his 90th birthday.
Law enforcement are now investigating why Santiago was in Florida as they try to determine a motive for the shooting spree. FBI officials said late Friday they had not ruled out terrorism and were investigating all angles.









Esteban Santiago, 26 (pictured giving a one-fingered salute similar to ISIS jihadists), has been identified as the gunman in the Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood airport shooting. He is said to have a girlfriend and child back in Alaska





Santiago served in Iraq in 2010 as a private first class and combat engineer. He received half a dozen medals before receiving a general discharge for unsatisfactory performance in August last year



Santiago's relatives said the 26-year-old had a history of mental health issues - some of which followed his military service in Iraq several years ago.



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Named Victims So Far

A 62-year-old man and a great grandmother were among the victims of the deadly Ft. Lauderdale airport shooting in Florida.
Terry Andres, of Virginia, and Olga Woltering, of Georgia, were among the five shot dead by 26-year-old gunman Esteban Santiago as passengers collected their baggage in the terminal on Friday.
Mr Andres was on vacation with his wife when he was killed.
Olga Woltering, who lives in Atlanta, Georgia, was scheduled to leave on a cruise from Florida on Saturday with her husband Ralph to celebrate his 90th birthday.

Authorities said Santiago walked into an FBI office in Anchorage in November last year claiming the government was trying to control his mind and he was being forced to watch ISIS videos, CBS reports. After that incident, Santiago started getting treatment for his mental health issues.
He was previously pictured giving a one-fingered salute, which is commonly used by Islamic State jihadists often before they embark on a suicide bombing.

Santiago was also contacted by the FBI after an employer back in Alaska raised concerns about certain things he had said, according to ABC News
Santiago served from 2007 to 2016 in the Puerto Rico National Guard and Alaska National Guard including a deployment to Iraq from 2010 to 2011.
A private first class and combat engineer, he received half a dozen medals before receiving a general discharge for unsatisfactory performance in August last year.

His aunt Maria Ruiz said that Santiago had returned from Iraq acting strangely but had seemed happy after the birth of his child in September last year.
But she said something happened to him about a month ago and he was hospitalized for two weeks. She did not have details of his condition.
'Like a month ago, it was like he lost his mind. He said he saw things,' she said.
Santiago's brother Bryan Santiago said he could have suffered a 'flashback' from his time in Iraq, despite never being diagnosed with PTSD










Santiago was an Iraq veteran having served in the country for one year before being discharged in August last year. He flew into Florida from Alaska on Friday, after transferring at Minneapolis-St. Paul





Among the first of the victims to be named is Terry Andres (pictured) - a 62-year-old grandfather who was at the airport with his wife to go on a vacation





Olga Woltering, who lives in Atlanta, Georgia, was scheduled to leave on a cruise from Florida on Saturday with her husband Ralph to celebrate his 90th birthday





Law enforcement officers examined the crime scene inside the baggage hall on Friday night



A picture shared on social media allegedly showed one of the people who was shot by a gunman;






A shooting victim is taken into Broward Health Trauma Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida





A shooting victim is seen in the back of an ambulance after arriving at the Broward Health Trauma Center on Friday




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Gunman 'Lost His Head' After Iraq tour, Say His Family





Santaigo's aunt Maria Ruiz, who lives in New Jersey, said that Santiago had returned from Iraq acting strangely but had seemed happy after the birth of his child last year


The gunman behind the deadly shooting at Florida's Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport is an Iraq war veteran who had recently become a father and was suffering mental health issues, according to his family.
Esteban Santiago, 26, left five people dead and eight wounded when he opened fire in the airport's baggage claim terminal on Friday.

His family have said Santiago was struggling with psychiatric problems in the lead up to the shooting and had recently been hospitalized for treatment in Anchorage, Alaska.

Santiago had also been charged with domestic violence against his ex-girlfriend in January 2016
He allegedly verbally abused her in their apartment in Anchorage, Alaska while she was locked in the bathroom. Santiago is accused of then breaking down the door and hitting the woman in the head and strangling her.
Santiago was arrested days later after fleeing the scene but was released on the condition he stayed away from the victim. He was charged with violating the conditions in February 2016 after police found him at his girlfriend's home. The assault case was resolved in March.

His brother Bryan Santiago, who lives in Puerto Rico, said his family got a call in recent months from Santiago's girlfriend alerting them to his health situation.
He said he didn't know what his brother was being treated for and that they never talked about it over the phone.

The incident that sparked his hospitalization occurred in November when Santiago walked into an FBI office in Anchorage claiming the government was controlling his mind and forcing him to watch videos for ISIS, CBS reports.
A law enforcement official said the FBI interviewed him and then called the police, who took him for a mental health evaluation. The FBI said Santiago stated he did not want to harm anyone, but authorities were concerned by his erratic behavior. They said they closed their assessment of him once he was admitted for treatment.

He was also contacted by the FBI after an employer back in Alaska raised concerns about certain things he had said, according to ABC News.
Santiago was born in New Jersey but moved to the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico when he was two years old with his mother and brother.





He grew up in the southern coastal town of Penuelas before serving with the Puerto Rico National Guard from 2007. He eventually joined the Alaska National guard from 2014 to 2016.


Santiago was deployed to Iraq in 2010 and spent a year there with the 130th Engineer Battalion.
A private first class and combat engineer, he received half a dozen medals before receiving a general discharge for unsatisfactory performance in August last year.

He had been living in Anchorage, Alaska with his girlfriend for two years before they welcomed a child in September last year.

His aunt Maria Ruiz told NorthJersey.com that Santiago had returned from Iraq acting strangely but had seemed happy after the birth of his child.
But she said something happened to him about a month ago and he was hospitalized for two weeks. She did not have details of his condition.
'Like a month ago, it was like he lost his mind. He said he saw things,' she said.

His uncle, Hernan Rivera, said: 'Only thing I could tell you was when he came out of Iraq, he wasn't feeling too good.'

Santiago's brother Bryan Santiago speculated about a motive for the shooting, saying he could have suffered a 'flashback' from his time in Iraq, despite never being diagnosed with PTSD, NBC reports.
He said had recently been fighting with people back in Alaska, including his girlfriend who he was having relationship issues with.
He said Santiago, who was 'was pro-America', has not spoken to his family for several weeks, which was unusual.

The motive for the shooting is still not known, but Florida Senator Marco Rubio told CNN that Santiago may have gotten into an altercation on his flight earlier that morning.

'I know that was mentioned as a potential cause and they wanted to kind of look into that a little further and get to that point,' Rubio said.
Santiago's brother said he had been fighting with people back in Alaska, including his girlfriend who he was having relationship issues with.
He said Santiago, who was 'was pro-America', has not spoken to his family for several weeks.
'We have not talked for the past three weeks,' Bryan told the Associated Press. 'That's a bit unusual... I'm in shock. He was a serious person... He was a normal person.'

The gunman was born in New Jersey but moved to Puerto Rico where his mother and brother still live. He came back to Puerto Rico after serving in Iraq, before moving to Alaska. He lived there from 2014 to 2016 and his girlfriend and child are still there. His most recent address was in Naples, Florida.
Other details about the shooter reveal he had a minor criminal record for traffic violations, according to court records. He was also evicted by his landlord for failing to pay rent in February 2015.

Santiago was charged with fourth-degree assault and damage of property in January 2016, stemming from a domestic violence incident.
In March, Santiago settled the charges by agreeing to complete unknown requirements demanded by prosecutors in exchange for dismissing the case.









People were seen on the floor trying to comfort loved ones, while others appeared to be shielding others





This picture shows what may be the weapon that was used by the gunman in the shooting on Friday




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HOW CAN YOU CARRY A GUN IN LUGGAGE?

It is legal for unloaded firearms to be transported, according to rules set out by the Transportation Security Administration.
Unloaded firearms must be locked in a hard-sided container in checked baggage only.
The firearm and ammunition must be declared to the airline at the baggage counter.
Locked cases that can be easily opened are not permitted.
*Source: Transportation Security Administration

About 90 minutes after the shooting in the airport on Friday, chaos broke out again when police officers were seen rushing into the parking garage with their guns drawn while bystanders sought shelter behind vehicles.
But the Broward County Sheriff said the only shooting that happened was in Terminal 2 and that he believes only the one gunman was involved.

A witness said that the shooter was silent and didn't appear to be targeting anyone in particular - 'popping off bullets at random'.
John Schlicher, who told MSNBC he saw the attack, said the shooter was 'directly firing at us' while passengers waited for their bags to come off the carousel

In another interview with Fox News, Schlicher said that the shooter was aiming at people's heads.
'All the people seemed to be shot in the head,' Schlicher said. 'He was shooting people who were down on the ground too.'
The shooter reloaded once for a second burst of shooting, Schlicher said, but he could not say how many bullets were fired.





His aunt Maria Ruiz, who lives in New Jersey, said that Santiago had returned from Iraq acting strangely but had seemed happy after the birth of his child last year





Authorities investigate the home of Maria Luisa Ruiz in Union City, New Jersey. Ruiz is the aunt of the Esteban Santiago, the main suspect in the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport Shooting on Friday





Santiago had been living in this apartment complex in Anchorage, Alaska with his girlfriend and their newborn baby





Terrified people were seen running across the tarmac about 2:30pm - more than an hour after the shooting was reported





An armed police officer with his handgun drawn is seen helping a woman evacuate during the chaos





People leave a garage area with their hands up in the air outside the airport after the shooting on Friday





People take cover outside Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Friday, 6 Jan.





Police assist people seeking cover outside of Terminal 2 at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport





Police forced bystanders to take cover and lay low outside the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood airport





People are seen desperately running across the tarmac after the shooting earlier in the afternoon





Law enforcement personnel arrive in an armored car at the airport after the deadly shooting that saw five killed





People stand on the tarmac at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport





People wait at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International airport after a shooting took place near the baggage claim





Police question people who are evacuating from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport near the tarmac









Shocking video has emerged from inside the terminal where a gunman opened fire on Friday





Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel spoke to the media about 3:30pm and provided more details on the incident



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TIMELINE OF THE SHOOTING

12:57pm - Reports of the shooting emerged. Former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer said: 'everyone is running'
1:16pm - Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport released a statement confirming there was an 'ongoing incident' at the baggage claim in Terminal 2
1:37pm - Pictures and videos emerged of passengers being evacuated out onto the tarmac
1:50pm - Officials said all services at the airport had been temporarily suspended
2:33pm - TSA issued a second warning. 'Update: Active shooter. Shelter in place.' There were reports of an incident in Terminal 1, where a pilot said they smelled gun powder
2:37pm - Broward County Commissioner Chip LaMarca said the shooter had landed at the airport on an international flight and collected the gun - which he had checked into his luggage. He then, according to LaMarca, walked into the bathroom, loaded his weapon, then walked back out into the baggage claim and opened fire.
3:33pm - Broward Sheriff Scott Israel said only one person had been arrested in the shooting.


Mark Lea, a 53-year-old financial adviser from Minneapolis, says he was in baggage claim when the shooting started.
'I was dodging bullets and trying to help people get out of the way,' Lea said.
'At first we thought it was firecrackers,' he said. 'Everyone started screaming and running. The shooter made his way down through baggage claim. He had what looked like a 9mm and emptied his entire clip. People were trying to run.'
Ari Fleischer, a former White House spokesman who was at the scene, tweeted: 'I'm at the Ft. Lauderdale Airport. Shots have been fired. Everyone is running.'
Cellphone video footage broadcast by local Fox television affiliate Channel 7 showed one person lying bloodied on the floor, and several others on their knees.
A passenger named as Peter Cruise said he believed that travelers on his plane were among the victims.
He said he and his family 'were walking up the ramp and just passed the checking gate when all a sudden everybody started running.'
'I grabbed the kids and took off running down the ramp. Told the flight attendant to let us off the tarmac, we ran to hide behind some luggage carts.'
Video from the airport Friday afternoon showed hundreds of passengers corralled together on the tarmac with emergency vehicles parked outside the terminal with lights flashing.
Governor Rick Scott rushed to the airport to be briefed on the shooting, as dozens of police and emergency vehicles converged on the scene.
President-elect Donald Trump said he had spoken with Scott, and was 'monitoring the terrible situation in Florida.'
'Thoughts and prayers for all. Stay safe!' he tweeted.
President Barack Obama has also been briefed on the developing situation.
He told ABC News on Friday night that he was 'heartbroken' for the families affected.
'These kinds of tragedies have happened too often during the eight years I have been president. The pain, the grief, the shock that they must be going through is enormous,' he said.
The Florida attack was the latest in a series of mass shootings that have plagued the United States in recent years, some inspired by militants with an extreme view of Islam, others who are loners or mentally disturbed who have easy access to weapons under U.S. gun laws.
Jesse Davis, chief of police at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, said Santiago didn't call attention to himself and 'as far as we can tell' traveled alone from Alaska to Florida.
He said that a firearm was his only piece of checked luggage.
Authorities are trying to track Santiago's movements through Alaska's largest commercial airport using video footage.
Davis noted that it's not usual for travelers at the Alaska airport to check firearms because many people hunt.


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The One-Fingered ISIS Salute Adopted by The Gunman















A photo of Florida airport gunman Esteban Santiago appears to show him making a jihadist one-fingered salute while wearing a Mid-Eastern keffiyeh sometime prior to him carrying out the shooting massacre.


The 26-year-old Iraq war veteran was pictured in the photo gesturing with his index finger in a pose that has become notorious among supporters of the Islamic State.

Law enforcement officers are currently looking at whether Santiago had any links to ISIS or if he was mentally disturbed as part of their investigation into the deaths of five people in the baggage claim hall at Ft. Lauderdale airport on Friday.

FBI officials said late on Friday night they had not ruled out terrorism and were investigating all angles as they try to determine a motive for the shooting spree.

It was not immediately clear where or when the photo of Santiago was taken in which he appears to be making the jihadist salute.
The traditional Islamic gesture - which refers to the tawhid or 'the belief in the oneness of God' - has been widely adopted by Islamic State supporters (above).

Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev posed in a similar stance in front of an Islamic flag in his bedroom.




Photo courtesy of Taylor Elenburg shows passengers gathering on the tarmac of the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood airport in Florida after a gunman opened fire





Travelers and airport workers are evacuated out of the terminal after airport shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida





A heavily armored vehicle is seen heading to the the airport after the shooting





An aerial view taken on April 20, 2016 shows the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood airport in Florida, where a gunman opened fire on Friday





People who were evacuated onto the tarmac were put onto buses and moved. The airport has since been shut down



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'My Laptop Saved My Life', Claims Passenger





A man's laptop remarkably saved him from being struck by a bullet in the deadly shooting at Florida's Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport.
Steve Frappier was in the baggage claim area of the airport's terminal when gunman Esteban Santiago opened fire on Friday, killing five and injuring eight.


Mr Frappier told CNN that his laptop, which was in the bag he was carrying on his back, managed to deflect a bullet.
'The backpack saved my life,' he said.

When he dropped to the floor after hearing gunfire, Mr Frappier said his backpack remained on his back.
'I was on the ground like a tortoise with the backpack,' he said.
He said the shooter shot in his direction and he felt something hit his back, but he just assumed it was pieces of nearby luggage given he was not injured.
'It was only later when I went to the bathroom to check myself out that (I found) the bullet had entered my backpack, hit my laptop,' he said.
'Later when I gave my bag to the FBI for investigation, they found the bullet in the pocket of my backpack.'

Mr Frappier took a photo of where the bullet struck his laptop.
He was one of the many inside Terminal 2 of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport when the 26-year-old Iraq war veteran started randomly shooting people with his handgun.






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Interpol Circulates List of 173 Suspected Members of Isis Suicide Brigade

Exclusive: Agency believes the fighters could have been trained to bomb Europe as revenge for military defeats in Middle East


The Guardian/Daily Mail UK, 22 July 2017


Interpol has circulated a list of 173 Islamic State fighters it believes could have been trained to mount suicide attacks in Europe in revenge for the group’s military defeats in the Middle East.


The global crime fighting agency’s list was drawn up by UK intelligence services, from information captured during the assault on Isis territories in Syria and Iraq.



European counter-terror networks are concerned that as the Isis “caliphate” collapses, there is an increasing risk of determined suicide bombers seeking to come to Europe, probably operating alone.

There is no evidence that any of the people on the list, whose names the Guardian has obtained, have yet entered Europe, but the Interpol circulation, designed to see if EU intelligence sources have any details on the individuals, underlines the scale of the challenge facing Europe.


The list, sent out by the general secretariat of Interpol on 27 May, defines the group of fighters as individuals that “may have been trained to build and position improvised explosive devices in order to cause serious deaths and injuries. It is believed that they can travel internationally, to participate in terrorist activities.”


The data was originally collected by UK intelligence “through trusted channels”. The material was handed over to the FBI, which transmitted the list to Interpol for global sharing.


A note appended to the Interpol list circulated in Italy explains how the terrorist database was constructed, putting together the pieces of the puzzle from hundreds of elements, mainly gathered when Isis local headquarters were captured.

“The people,” the note says, “have been identified through materials found in the hiding places of Isil, the Islamic state of Iraq and the Levant.” The note adds that “it emerges that those subjects may have manifested willingness to commit a suicidal attack or martyrdom to support Islam”.

The list shows the suspects’ names, the date Isis recruited them, their last likely address including the mosque at which they have been praying while away fighting, their mother’s name and any photographs.

For each of the fighters, an ID was created to ensure that each member country in the Interpol network could integrate the data with local databases.

Interpol has asked its national partners for any information they might have about each name on the list, and any other background personal data they have on their files, such as border crossings, previous criminal offences, biometric data, passport numbers, activity on social media and travel history.

The information will then be included in Interpol’s ASF (automatic search facility) database in order to possibly put the names on a higher level watch list.

US intelligence is apparently confident about the reliability of the sources used to compile the list. But western counter-terrorism forces have said they face an uphill struggle identifying potential suspects, who have access to a mountain of false documents, double identities and fake passports.

Interpol stressed the list’s transmission came as part of its role circulating information between national crime-fighting agencies. “Interpol regularly sends alerts and updates to its national central bureaux (NCB) on wanted terrorists and criminals via our secure global police communications network,” a spokesman said. “It is the member country which provides the information that decides which other countries it can be shared with.

“The purpose of sending these alerts and updates is to ensure that vital policing information is made available when and where it is needed, in line with a member country’s request.”

A European counter-terrorism officer said one of the purposes of circulating the list around Europe was to identify those on it who might have been born and raised in European countries.

In 2015 the UN considered there were 20,000 foreign fighters in Iraq and Syria, of whom 4,000 were from Europe, but there has not previously been a specific list of those fighters including those born in the Middle East who have been identified as potential suicide bombers.

The speed with which Isis fighters are likely to attempt to reach Europe will depend on a range of issues including whether the group tries to set up a new base in Syria in the wake of the impending fall of Raqqa, its last major redoubt in north-west Syria. There is a growing suggestion that Isis fighters will shift south from Raqqa to the defensible territory stretching from Deir el-Zourez-Zor to Abu Kamal.

The jihadi group is currently struggling to come to terms with the loss of Mosul in northern Iraq following a battle that produced some of the most brutal fighting since the end of the second world war.

The parallel advance on Raqqa, the group’s other urban stronghold in the region, has been stalled partly due to the severity of the resistance being mounted against the Syrian Democratic Forces made up of an alliance of Kurds, Arabs and US Special forces.

US Army Col Ryan Dillon on Friday estimated there were around 2,000 Isis militants in the city, who he said were using civilians and children as human shields. The distance between SDF forces on the eastern side of the city and on the western fronts is now just under 2km.

The United Nations estimates that about 190,000 residents of Raqqa province have been displaced since April, including about 20,000 since the operation to seize the provincial capital began in early June.

US diplomats this week admitted that the SDF forces, due to their ethnic make-up, will be constrained from going south of Raqqa to pursue Isis as far as Deir Azzour, saying this may be the task of the Syrian forces under Bashar al Assad, or even Iranian-backed Shia militia.
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ISIS Bombs London Tube > UK PM Raises Terror Threat Level to Critical

Soldiers Drafted in and Extra Armed Police on the Streets as Theresa May Raises Terror Level to CRITICAL after ISIS Claim Tube Bucket-Bomb Attack was Carried Out by a Cell of Several Jihadis

  • Soldiers will replace police at key locations out of public view so more armed police can go onto the streets
  • Scotland Yard has identified the suspect behind the rush hour blast on District Line train at Parsons Green
  • Manhunt underway for bomber amid fears he may have left other devices and could be armed with knives
  • Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the west London attack saying its 'soldiers' had 'planted IEDs'
  • IED had timer attached meaning terrorist probably exited at an earlier station but bomb failed to detonate
  • Bloodied and burned commuters 'ran for their lives' after explosion on London Underground this morning
Daily Mail / Metro UK, 16 Sept 2017.




The device in a bucket exploded on a busy commuter train (Picture: Getty)

The UK terror threat level has been raised from ‘severe’ to ‘critical’ in the wake of the Parsons Green terror attack.

A ‘critical’ threat level indicates a further attack could be imminent.


Armed police have flooded London's streets as the terror threat level was raised to critical amid fears the Parsons Green bomber could strike again, Theresa May announced tonight.

The introduction of Operation Temperer will see soldiers replacing police at key sites including nuclear power plants to free up extra armed officers for regular patrols.

Scotland Yard said it is making 'excellent' progress in hunting the suspected terrorist who set off a crude bucket bomb on a packed commuter train by Parsons Green tube station in west London at 8.20am.

Mrs May said in a statement from Number 10: 'The Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre has now decided to raise the national threat level from severe to critical - this means their assessment is that a further attack may be imminent.'

Minutes later Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley suggested there might have been more than one person involved, stating that police were 'chasing down suspects'.

Police identified the suspected terrorist using CCTV footage but the investigation has been overshadowed by an extraordinary diplomatic row triggered by Donald Trump

The US President tweeted just hours after the rush hour blast that police had the attacker 'in their sights' and should have been 'more proactive' in catching 'the loser'.

Scotland Yard hit back and said Mr Trump's comments were 'pure speculation' while senior officers refused to name the suspect.

The US President later rowed back on his controversial comments by posting another tweet saying, ‘our hearts and prayers go out to the people of London’.


The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack tonight, saying its 'soldiers' had 'planted IEDs'.




A photograph of the flaming white bucket taken just after it exploded around 8.20am shows a number of wires protruding out of the top and on to the train carriage floor



The majority of victims suffered 'flash burns' including to their heads (pictured) and several have been taken to a specialist burns unit












A victim, believed to be a schoolchild, is carried from the station with charred legs (left) as others were treated for burns in the street and neighbouring shops (centre) and an 11-year-old who was found on the floor asking for his brother



Theresa May gave a statement from within Downing Street in which she announced the terror threat level would be raised to critical, its highest level



Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley suggested there may have been more than one person involved stating that police were 'chasing down suspects'



A well-dressed young woman was walked to safety by a Met officer after having her head bandaged after suffering a burn or wound to her cheek



Firefighters from the London Fire Brigade raced to the scene in west London and were there within five minutes



This photograph captured the moment the first members of the emergency services raced to the scene within five minutes of the explosion



Elite armed counter-terrorism police are at the scene amid reports of the suspect being on the run and claims of a second device







At least 20 people are believed to have been injured by the blast, many of whom suffered burns from the fireball that flew through the carriage (Peter Crowley pictured left today and right before the attack)



A traumatised and injured passenger on the ill-fated Parsons Green train is taken away by paramedics and firefighters



The majority of the victims have suffered 'flash burns' caused by the ignition - but it appears that the bomb did not properly detonate



A forensic officer outside Parsons Green station in West London where there remains a heavy police presence as the manhunt for the suspected terrorist continues



Security was stepped up at stations around London following this attack. Pictured is a British Transport Police officers at Euston



A police officer watches on as commuters file into the underground at Euston Station amid newly tightened security.


As Britain faced its fifth terror attack in a year it has emerged:
  • Bucket bomb left on Tube train - which had a timer - failed to explode properly at 8.20am but left 29 injured;
  • Most victims suffered 'flash burns' and others crush injuries in 'human stampede' as people fled the train;
  • Two hours after the explosion Metropolitan Police confirmed they were treating it as a terrorist incident;
  • The IED used Christmas lights as a fuse, as recommended by ISIS magazines and online bomb manuals;
  • Police are looking for multiple suspects - and officers have told MailOnline that main suspect is armed;
  • Donald Trump insists he has been briefed on bombing and Scotland Yard knew of the suspect before attack;
  • The Metropolitan Police hit back at 'pure speculation' and refused to name the suspect they are looking for;
  • Met spotters are watching back CCTV from the train and at Tube stations to trace the bomber's steps;
  • ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack through its Amaq news agency saying 'soldiers' had 'planted IEDs'
  • Police asks the public to dial 999 or the anti-terror hotline on 0800 789 321 if they see anything suspicious.


It was the middle of rush hour when the crude bucket bomb - which had a timer - went off at 8.20am inside a tube train packed with commuters, including children and a pregnant woman.

The device was hidden in a builder's bucket and could have killed dozens but failed to properly detonate and sent a 'wall of fire' through the carriage at Parsons Green, injuring at least 29 people.

Terrified passengers were left covered in blood with scorched hands, legs, faces and hair – others suffered crush injuries during a stampede as they 'ran for their lives' over fears the 'train would blow up'.

London Ambulance took 19 patients to hospitals, while the others went in themselves. The four hospitals dealing with patients were Imperial, Chelsea and Westminster, Guy's and St Thomas' and St George's.

Officers are tonight hunting for the bomber across London amid claims he could be armed and might have planted other explosive devices.

An officer at the scene told MailOnline: 'We believe there is a second bomb - there is a man with knives on the loose.'


In a pre-recorded television statement released around 8.30pm, May said military personnel would replace police officers 'on guard duties at certain protected sites which are not accessible to the public'.


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Theresa May Raises Terror Threat Level to its Highest Possible


Mrs May said in a statement from Number 10 -

'The Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre has now decided to raise the national threat level from severe to critical - this means their assessment is that a further attack may be imminent.

'The public will see more armed police on the transport network and on our streets, providing extra protection.

'This is a proportionate and sensible step which will provide extra reassurance and protection while the investigation progresses.'

.

Speaking moments afterwards, Assistant Commissioner Mike Rowley said:

'We are making excellent progress at the moment as we pursue our lines of inquiry to identify, locate and arrest those responsible.

'We have hundreds of police officers trawling through CCTV footage, detectives have spoken to tens of witnesses and we have taken a large number of calls to the hotline... from members of the public.

'Indeed members of the public have sent in so far 77 images and videos of the scene which they have sent in to our appeal website and these are now being assessed for evidential value.'

Mr Rowley said he was only aware of one device, and the remnants of that device are being examined by experts.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan told LBC radio 'there is a manhunt under way as we speak' and there have been no arrests. Mr Khan was later criticisd for using a TV interview to score political points about police cuts.
He said the events backed up his argument that the Metropolitan Police needed more money. But Tory MP Andrew Bridgen said: 'I would've thought Sadiq Khan would want to keep politics out of the terror attack'.

ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack this evening through its Amaq News Agency, saying its 'soldiers planted IEDs'. However, the group has often made false claims in the past.

Photographs show what experts believe is an 'unsophisticated' bomb in a flaming white bucket inside a Lidl freezer bag with Christmas lights protruding from the top - a type of fuse encouraged by ISIS in its online manuals.

Donald Trump tweeted just hours after the rush hour blast that police had the attacker 'in their sights' and should have been 'more proactive' in catching 'the loser'.

Scotland Yard hit back and said Mr Trump's comments were 'pure speculation' while senior officers refused to name the suspect.

Mrs May also hit out at the President's tweet, calling it 'unhelpful', and has this evening discussed the intelligence sharing between the two countries with the President in a telephone call.




This image was taken from the platform in the minutes after the terror attack and it remained alight until the fire service arrived



A forensics tent has been erected on the platform - although there have been no fatalities - and a single pair of shoes lies abandoned outside the door where the bomb ignited



Horrified witnesses on social media claim there was a stampede as people were 'screaming and running' off the trains, which was searched by heavily armed police officers today



A heavily armed officer wanders through the damaged train's carriages looking for more devices



The abandoned train at Parsons Green today after a terrorist left a bucket bomb on the carriage floor



Police believe the bomber may have exited the train (pictured) perhaps one or two stops before the bomb went off



Passengers on trains at Parsons Green were evacuated onto the track away to safety after London was hit by another terror attack



Passengers are ushered across the track by firefighters after getting trapped in the aftermath of the bombing...



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HOW RELEASING INFORMATION HELPED CATCH BARCELONA ATTACKER


The failure of the Metropolitan Police to name the suspect contrasts sharply with the response to the last major terror attack in Europe, Barcelona in August.
Just over an hour after the attack took place, Spanish police tweeted the public to say they were searching for the attacker and to avoid the area.
Then, three hours after the attack, a photo of a suspect, Driss Oukabir, was released and circulated online.
The release of the image caused Oukabir to come forward to his local police and tell officers his documents had been stolen.
This was again revealed to the media as Oukabir's younger brother Moussa became the prime suspect.

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Witnesses to the explosion said there was a loud 'bang', a flash and then a ball of flame engulfed surrounding passengers on the 'packed' District Line train.

Luke Warsmey said:
'The explosion was like a large match going off at the end of the carriage. People just started sprinting. It was every man for himself when that happened. The burn victims had severe leg injuries.

'It was a very busy commuter train, young and old, school children going to their schools. I saw was nannies trying to look for kids, because of the rush of people just taking five and six year olds away from them and they were trying to look for them.

'There were lots of injuries from people being trampled on and everyone who had been close to it had the same burns to their head.'

Prime Minister Theresa May chaired a meeting of the Government's Cobra emergencies committee this afternoon to discuss the terrorist attack.

Mrs May later appealed to any members of the public with images of the incident to pass them to the police.

Armed Police, paramedics and firefighters were all said to be at the west London station within five minutes of the explosion.

A 100 yard cordon was erected around the station and a police helicopter was also overhead.

The Met confirmed it was a terrorist attack around 40 minutes later.
Scotland Yard said the area surrounding Parsons Green Tube station has been evacuated so specialist officers could 'secure the remnants of the improvised device and ensure it is stable'.

In the aftermath armed police swooped from the SO-15 counter-terrorism unit performed a hard-stop on a bus in nearby Chelsea Bridge Road. The call was linked to the terror attack but nothing suspicious was found on board.




Specialist officer have been examining the bomb and believe they will be able to gather crucial DNA evidence because it failed to properly detonate



Armed police swamped the area and there are claims that there is a suspect on the run who may also be armed



A team of paramedics walk towards the station to treat victims and St Mary's Hospital in Paddington have declared an emergency



Sniffer dogs are also searching around the cordoned off area amid claims that there are other devices







Specialist forensic officer, including some with expertise in dealing with bombings and chemical incidents, are combing the train for clues



Armed policemen stand by cordon near Parsons Green tube station - and the Met will flood London with them over the coming days



A police cordon remained outside Parsons Green Tube station on Friday afternoon following the blast during the morning rush hour



A forensic officer in blue overalls walks along the pavement near Parsons Green tube station as the investigation continues into the attack...


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Lidl Will Help Police After Their Bag was used to House Bomb


Supermarket Lidl has offered to assist a police investigation into the terrorist incident on the London Underground, after one of its bags was apparently used to hold the improvised bomb.

The German-owned grocery chain issued a statement just hours after social media photos of the affected District Line carriage showed a still-burning bucket inside a Lidl-branded reusable bag.

'We are shocked and concerned to have learned of an incident at Parsons Green this morning and our thoughts are with those affected,' Lidl UK said.
'We will, of course, support the authorities should they need our assistance in their investigations. We are closely monitoring the situation as it develops over the course of the day.'

A spokesman for the supermarket also confirmed that what seemed to be an insensitive tweet, purportedly sent out by Lidl UK's twitter account on Friday morning, was fake.

Twitter user @jesuiscanard appeared to retweet a Lidl UK tweet from 10:32am which read: 'We are proud to officially have the strongest bags. Great value for just 10p.'

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Emma Stevie, 27, described a 'human stampede' after the bomb went off. She said:
'I heard lots of screams and people saying “run, run”. We got out and then there was a human stampede, down the stairs.

'There were people lying underneath getting crushed, a big human pile-on. I wedged myself in next to a railing. I put myself in the foetal position. I kept thinking, “I'll be ok, I'll be ok”.

'There was a pregnant woman underneath me and I was trying really hard not to crush her.'

Richard Aylmer-Hall told Sky News:
'There were a few crush injuries on the stairs. People got squashed and crushed going down the stairs. Police evacuated everyone from the scene pretty quickly.

'There was screaming, pushing and shoving - it was a like there was a terrorist on the loose with a gun or something - lots of people were in tears. When it was all over lots of people were being comforted and looked after. It was total chaotic panic.

'A lady who had been on the same carriage as the device described it going off - a puff of smoke and flames coming out of it.'

Couple Lucy, 24 and Fabin, 29, were on their way to work when the explosion happened.
Lucy, who works in PR, said:
'We just heard screaming and sprinting, there was a stampede on the stairs and people were falling over, there was a schoolboy being lifted up after he had fallen down, he was in his school uniform, he must have been about ten, he was crying and distressed.'

Fulham fitness instructor Niyi Shokunbi, 24, was in the next carriage the moment the bomb went off.

He told MailOnline:

'I have never seen anything like it was like something out of a film. I thought it was an acid attack. It happened like bang within ten seconds, I just wanted to run.
'I went towards the carriage where the bomb went off a woman said you don't want to go in there. I saw a little boy with scratches on his face crying for his brother. A woman was bleeding. Everyone was running. I've never seen anything like it.'




There is terror and panic at the station this morning, with police officers consoling members of the public



An injured man is helped into an ambulance - one of 18 ferried by ambulance to hospitals across London. Four others went to A&E themselves



A family with young children look towards the station in the aftermath of the terror attack on London



Witnesses say people ran from the scene with 'blood on their face'



Armed Police, paramedics and firefighters were all said to be at the west London station within five minutes of the explosion



People were stranded after the bombing and the District Line is expected to be closed for at least today



Bomb disposal experts are at the scene amid fears there could be second bomb...


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Khan Accused of Cynical Bid to Link Attack to Police Numbers

Labour’s London Mayor was accused of cynically taking advantage of yesterday’s terror attack to score a political point about police cuts.
Sadiq Khan used a television interview to criticise the lack of spending on officers. Even Mr Khan acknowledged the insensitive timing, saying:

‘Today may not be the day to say this at the Cobra meeting, but I’m not going to resile from what I’ve been saying over the last 16 months, which is that London needs more resources to keep our city safe.’

He said the events backed up his argument that the Metropolitan Police needed more money, adding: ‘Since 2010, we’ve lost hundreds of millions of pounds from the police budget.’

He told Sky News: ‘It’s simply not possible for a global city like London to carry on keeping our citizens, visitors and businesses safe if the Government carries on making the cuts they’ve been making.’

But Tory MP Andrew Bridgen criticised the Mayor. He said: ‘I would’ve thought Sadiq Khan would want to keep politics out of the terror attack – especially given his lamentable record on acid attacks and knife crime which have soared since he became Mayor of London.’


Chef Marco's Son Sneers: Rich Don't Die as They Don't Take Tube

The son of chef Marco Pierre White caused outrage when he posted a vile tweet about the terror attack.

Marco Pierre White Jr mocked passengers caught up in the bomb blast, suggesting that was why he doesn’t ‘take the tube’ – adding that ‘the rich don’t die’.

He tweeted: ‘Parsons Green tube station this morning was targeted by terrorists, this is why I don’t take the tube #theRichDontDie.’

The reality TV star – whose father has an estimated fortune of around £30million – deleted the offensive tweet just a minute later, but was criticised by other social media users for his ‘lack of humility’.

The 22-year-old later apologised in another tweet, saying:
‘I apologise for my tweet this morning, it was insensitive & ignorant.
'My thoughts & prayers are with those affected & injured by the attack.’

It is not the first time he has mocked those who take public transport. Last week he tweeted:
‘Lol I just heard the underground has been delayed ... this is the reason I don’t mingle with the peasants.’

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People suffered burns from the explosion and others were hurt in the crush.Rob Partinton, 24, from Harrow told MailOnline:

'We were literally about two minutes from Parsons Green when the train suddenly stopped.
'I saw people running on the track opposite direction towards Fulham Broadway, I could hear no screams but a lot of people running. We've been held at the station for the last half an hour. It's pretty busy, a lot of police around and police dogs.'

Another witness, Sham, said he saw a man with blood all over his face. 'There were loads of people crying and shaking,' he told Five Live.

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Fairy Lights Have Been used as Detonators by Extremist Bombers Before


Pictures of the apparent home-made bomb seen after the explosion show a Lidl coolbag with a large paint tub inside and a string of Christmas tree lights hanging over the top.

If the device does turn out to be a terrorist bomb, it would not be the first time extremists have used so-called 'fairy lights' to build a device.

In May this year, a radicalised former doorman Zahid Hussain was found to have built an explosive device in his bedroom with fairy lights, shrapnel and a pressure cooker.

He is said to have researched bomb-making techniques online, with police finding a wealth of notes and instructions at his home in Birmingham when he was arrested in 2015.

Chief Superintendent Matt Ward, of West Midlands Police, said of Hussain's bomb at the time: 'Forensic examination of the pressure cooker found it contained mixed urea, nails, drills bits, nuts, bolts, steel sockets and diesel fuel.

'The Christmas tree lights also found at his address had been adapted so each one could be used as an explosive initiator or detonator.

'Examination of his computer discovered browsing history relating to terrorism including bomb making and bomb blast injuries, showing he had a consistent and continued interest in

Chris Wildish, who was on the train, said he saw a 'device' in the last carriage.

'It was a white bucket, a builder's bucket, in a white Aldi bag or Lidl bag,' he told 5live.
'Flames were still coming out of it when I saw it and had a lot of wires hanging out of it - I can only assume it was done on purpose.
'It was standing against the door of the rear-most carriage.'

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At the scene dozens of police and ambulances have continued to be called into the cordoned area. It is not known at this stage how many people are injured.
Specialist armed anti-terror units also swamped the area.

Chris Wildish, who was on the train, said he saw a 'device' in the last carriage.
'It was a white bucket, a builder's bucket, in a white Aldi bag or Lidl bag,' he told 5live.
'Flames were still coming out of it when I saw it and had a lot of wires hanging out of it'.

Sylvain Pennec, a software developer from Southfields, was around 10 metres from the source of the explosion when fire filled the carriage.
'I heard a boom and when I looked there were flames all around,' he said. 'People started to run but we were lucky to be stopping at Parsons Green as the door started to open.'

He described the scene of panic as commuters struggled to escape the carriage, 'collapsing and pushing' each other.
Mr Pennec stayed behind to take a closer look at what he believed was the source of the explosion.
'It looked like a bucket of mayonnaise,' he said. 'I'm not sure if it was a chemical reaction or something else, but it looked homemade. I'm not an expert though.'

Passengers on the train behind the affected Tube witnessed terrified passengers sprinting away up the tracks.
They were then held in their train for over an hour before being evacuated on to the tracks themselves.

Nicole Linnell, 29, who works for a fashion label, said: 'We saw people running down the tracks. About 30 or 40 people.
'They were running down the tracks outside our train.
'It was absolutely terrifying. Running on the tracks is the last thing you want to do so we were like 'What's going on?'
'After about an hour we were evacuated off the train on to the tracks. About 10 to 15 people at a time.'

Melanie Heyside had been at a gym nearby and intended to get on a District Line train to go to work.
She told Sky News: 'I just was about to open the doors to leave the studio and then all of a sudden Swat cars completely stormed and blocked the street and police jumped out with their armour and were telling people to 'move, to move'.
'So I was inside with a group of other people and we weren't really sure what to do.'

She said they were told to leave the area, which she added was populated by schoolchildren and others going to work, as quickly as possible.

Lady Margaret's School, next to Parson's Green tube station, put out an alert to concerned parents to say all children are okay and there are no absences.



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'Crude' Bucket Bomb Made With Fairy Lights Could Have Killed DOZENS say Experts as Police Reveal 21/7-Style Device Failed to Properly Detonate


Explosives experts say the Parsons Green bomb could have killed dozens if it had properly detonated at rush-hour.

Anti-terror police are now examining the bucket bomb which failed to fully go off on a tube train in west London as they try to track down the bomber.

Photos of the explosive show a large builder's tub - believed be packed with explosives - inside a Lidl coolbag, with a string of Christmas tree lights, thought to have been a crude detonator, hanging over the top.
Officers compared the device to those used in the failed 21/7 bombings, in which jihadis attempted to blow up tube trains. In that case, the bombs' detonators went off but the explosives themselves were not ignited.




Photos of the bomb at Parsons Green show a builder's bucket inside a Lidl coolbag with apparent fairy lights hanging out of it. It is thought the bomb failed to fully detonate




It is believed the bomb was left on the busy district line train from Wimbledon before the bomber escaped. Police are analysing the device to track down the terrorist


ISIS have encouraged followers to use the lights in bomb guides they post online, but the terror group have yet to claim responsibility for the attack.

A timer is understood to have been found on the device, suggesting the terrorist left it on board the train and then got off. It also suggests it was intended to go off at busier stations further down the line.

Terror expert Will Geddes said:
'My suspicion is that Parsons Green was not the intended target.
'Unless a person knows it, it is not going to mean a great deal to you - if it was Paddington or Notting Hill, they are internationally recognised names.'

'I think it was more a premature detonation than anything else. This could have been a lot worse. It could have killed a significant number of people.'
Others say the bomb probably didn't detonated properly because it was badly made.

Explosives expert Dr Sidney Alford told MailOnline:
'The fact that an initial bang was heard but the bomb did not even shatter the plastic bucket it was contained in suggests to me this could have been hydrogen peroxide.
'I can rule out other types of explosives as if the initial bang was heard with those they would have gone off completely and destroyed the bucket.'




Flames engulfed one carriage and raced along a train on a west London route to Parsons Green, forcing passengers to trample others as they rushed for an exit


Dr Alford said the bomb properly did not go off because it was poorly designed.

Witnesses reported a 'strong, acrid chemical smell' in the carriage after the explosion.

Major General Chip Chapman told Sky News:
'This doesn't look like a high-end explosive from ISIS such as TATP (triacetone triperoxide) or, if it was, it failed significantly, the booster or detonator didn't go off.'
'That said of course, the most devastating land-based terror attack in Europe, in Madrid, had a similar modus operandi.'

He added: 'It's not a high explosive that functioned because the blast and shockwave would have killed multiple people.'

Former Army bomb squad expert Chris Hunter told the channel the pictures reminded him of the devices which failed to go off during botched the 21/7 attacks.

In that instance, a group of Islamic terrorists planned to carry out a copy-cat attack to 7/7, but although the detonator part of the bombs went off, they did not ignite the explosives and only one person was injured.

Examining the image of the bomb, chemical weapons expert Hamish de Bretton-Gordon told MailOnline:

'It looks pretty unsophisticated.
'It could be an incendiary device with some sort of detonator in a big white plastic bucket, perhaps with some sort of chemical like ammonia nitrate, fertiliser bomb to cause an explosion.'

He said the attack looked like 'classic jihadi terrorism' and the bomb could have been 'devastating' if it had detonated properly.
Mr de Bretton-Gordon said the attack would raise further questions over whether the sale of certain chemicals should be more heavily regulated.'

Describing the device, witness Sylvain Pennec said: 'It looked like a bucket of mayonnaise. I'm not sure if it was a chemical reaction or something else, but it looked home made.'




The incident has been compared to the 21/7 attacks in which bombs were placed on the underground and the detonators went off, but did not ignite the explosives



In that instance, the bombers Muktar Said Ibrahim (left) and Ramzi Mohammed were tracked down by police and convicted of terror offences


It is not be the first time extremists have used so-called them to build a device.

In May this year, a radicalised former doorman Zahid Hussain was found to have built an explosive device in his bedroom with fairy lights, shrapnel and a pressure cooker.
He is said to have researched bomb-making techniques online, with police finding a wealth of notes and instructions at his home in Birmingham when he was arrested in 2015.

Similarities between the device and that used in the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013 have also been drawn.
In that case, timers were also used to allow the bombers to get away. However, in that case the explosives were in a pressure cooker.

Transport for London said Tube services were suspended between Edgware Road and Wimbledon




Members of a bomb disposal squad stand in the street near Parsons Green tube station



Pictures from the District Line train appear to show a burning plastic bucket stashed in a Lidl carrier bag, which exploded



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Social media users reported a 'stampede' around the underground station at rush hour

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Timeline of Terror: Parsons Green Train Bombing is FIFTH Attack to Hit Britain in 2017

22 March: Five people are killed in a car and knife attack in Westminster.
Khalid Masood drove a hire car over Westminster Bridge, near the Houses of Parliament, mounted the pavement and hit pedestrians before crashing into railings outside the Palace of Westminster.

He stabbed Pc Keith Palmer, 48, to death.


Also killed in the atrocity were US tourist Kurt Cochran, Romanian tourist Andreea Cristea, 31, and Britons Aysha Frade, 44, and 75-year-old Leslie Rhodes. Masood was shot dead by police.





22 March: Five people were killed in a car and knife attack in Westminster, London

22 May: Twenty-two people - including children - are killed in a bombing at a pop concert in Manchester.

Lone suicide attacker Salman Abedi detonated an explosive device as crowds of music fans, many of them youngsters, left Manchester Arena following a performance by US singer Ariana Grande.




22 May: Twenty-two people - including children - are killed in a bombing at a pop concert in Manchester



Lone suicide attacker Salman Abedi detonated an explosive device as crowds of music fans, many of them youngsters, left Manchester Arena


3 June: Eight people are killed in a terror attack around London Bridge.
A van ploughed into people on the bridge before the three attackers carried out a knife rampage in Borough Market.

The perpetrators - Khuram Butt, 27, Rachid Redouane, 30, and Youssef Zaghba, 22 - were shot dead by police.




Khuram Butt, 27, Rachid Redouane, 30, and Youssef Zaghba, 22 - were shot dead by police


19 June: One man dies and several others are injured after a man allegedly rams his van into worshippers in north London.

Darren Osborne, 47, of no fixed address in Cardiff, is charged with murder and attempted murder after being accused of carrying out a premeditated attack on Muslims as they left a mosque on Seven Sisters Road, Finsbury Park.



19 June: One man dies and several others are injured after a man allegedly rams his van into worshippers in north London


Police warned there is no such thing as a 'typical terrorist' after official statistics showed rises in numbers detained across ethnicities and age groups.

There were 379 arrests for terrorism-related offences in the year ending June 2017, the highest number in a 12-month period since data collection began in 2001.

Police and MI5 are running 500 investigations involving 3,000 individuals at any one time, while there are also 20,000 former 'subjects of interest' whose risk must be kept under review.
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The Fairy Lights Bomber: Jihadi used Similar Device in Plot Two Years Ago




In 2015, Zahid Hussain, pictured, used adapted Christmas tree lights, shrapnel and a pressure cooker to improvise a bomb.


When officers raided his home in the Alum Rock area of the city, they found his room littered with text books detailing guerrilla warfare techniques and small arms combat, further bomb making instructions and dismantled electrical items such as doorbells and alarm clocks.
He bought most of the items he used for his bombs over the internet.


Chief Superintendent Matt Ward, of West Midlands Police, said of Hussain's bomb at the time: 'Forensic examination of the pressure cooker found it contained mixed urea, nails, drills bits, nuts, bolts, steel sockets and diesel fuel.

'The Christmas tree lights also found at his address had been adapted so each one could be used as an explosive initiator or detonator.

'Examination of his computer discovered browsing history relating to terrorism including bomb making and bomb blast injuries, showing he had a consistent and continued interest in terrorism and conflict.'









The Christmas tree lights found at Hussain's address, in the Alum Rock area of Birmingham, had been adapted so each one could be used as an explosive initiator or detonator

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'Come Round, The Kettle's On!'


Unfazed Londoners are praised for 'beautiful response' to Parsons Green bucket bomb by offering to make cups of tea and opening their homes for survivors

Defiant Londoners have reached out and offered to help anyone caught up in the Parsons Green terror attack.

People across the capital have offered to make tea and open up their homes to anyone wounded in the blast on a train at Parsons Green in west London.

Taxi drivers have also come to the aid of those affected, offering free journeys while Facebook users are inviting victims in to shelter, rest and charge their phones.





Social media awash with people offering to 'put the kettle on' for those affected by the Parsons Green bomb blast



Nearby taxi company Hayber Cars has offered its services free of charge, while Chelsea and Fulham Dentist, has also offered people a place to shelter.

Jan Ståhlberg‏ tweeted:
'Classic British response to an emergency & major incident: 'I'll put the kettle on'. Compassion and Communities come together.'

Anthony J Myers added:
'Thank you to TfL staff, emergency services, security services and the Londoners of #ParsonsGreen who have offered to put the kettle on.'

Kind-hearted Debbie Clark, 57, has opened up her home on Kelvedon Road as a makeshift hospital while a police hunt is underway for the perpetrators behind the terror incident.
The mother of two woke up to hear banging at her front door from her neighbour Princess Stafford, who is deaf and mute and had been badly injured in a stampede as hundreds rushed out of the station following an explosion.

Ms Clark said: 'I woke up to banging and she was at my door crying and distressed.'












People across the capital have offered to make tea and open up their homes to anyone wounded in the blast on a train at Parsons Green in west London


Across the road, Ms Clark said she saw three girls opposite her home, one was crying and said there were all 'as white as a sheet'.

Taking them into her home, she gave them water and called their parents.

She said:
'they are just in shock. They said it happened so quickly, they just wanted to get out of there. One was from Sheffield, another from Surrey.'

She said:
'I brought them all into my home, called the police and their parents. I just wanted to do something, you feel so helpless. I've lived here all my life and was born in Parson's Green, you never expect something like this to happen.'

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Hot The Caliphate Hellscape of Smoke & Fire–ISIS Has Nowhere Left to Go

ISIS Supporter Who Tried to Recruit Terrorists Around The World From UK Home Jailed For Seven Years.
ISIS Cheerleader, 23, Calling Himself 'Captain the Illiterate' Who 'Hated Smart People' Set up a Facebook Page to Encourage Attacks on The West.

UK Home Office Has Now Announced The Launch of Artificial Intelligence Technology That Can Identify ISIS Propaganda Videos and Prevent Them From Being Uploaded to Any Video Platform.




Independent UK, 28 Feb 2018.






Mobile phone worker Mohammed Kamal Hussain was jailed for recruiting Isis supporters Metropolitan Police A man who tried to recruit ISIS fighters around the world from his London home has been jailed.


Hussain was turned in by a man from Bosnia he had targeted abroad.


Police discovered his activities after the man emailed the Home Office in March 2017, saying he had received a Facebook message from a stranger inviting him to join ISIS.

The Bosnian had recently created a Facebook profile when he received the unsolicited post, saying:

'I message many people on the Facebook in order to stimulate them to join the ISIS.'


Investigators established the message was from Hussain, a Bangladeshi national, who had over-stayed his visa and was living in east London.

They also discovered he had been sent a chemistry app by a contact via the Telegram social media service which offered a 'virtual laboratory' to 'mix chemicals in virtual containers'.
It added:
'When the explosion switch is on, all explosions will occur as in reality.'

He had also downloaded a recipe for a pipe bomb from an al-Qaeda magazine publication.


When police arrested Hussain in a car park near his work in Purfleet in Essex, they found he had an ISIS video called 'Procession of Light' which featured suicide bombers, including a young boy, saying their prayers, getting into a vehicle and being watched by a drone as they drove to a vehicle check point and then blew themselves up.


Hussain also had an open Facebook page which he used to encourage support for ISIS, including one entry that featured a picture of a child carrying a black ISIS flag and another from January last year that read:

'The West has been plundering our wealth for centuries. Now is the time for payback. In Sha' Allah, the chickens will come home to roost.'

Hussain told police that he was both anti-Western and anti-Eastern, explaining that he meant 'governments, including my own Bangladeshi government in the East.'

He added: 'I love everything for the sake of Allah and I hate everything for the sake of Allah.'

Hussain's plan was to retrieve his passport from the Home Office and travel back to Bangladesh, before going on to Saudi Arabia to wait for 'Armageddon,' he explained in court.

He added he collected ISIS publications because 'I consider IS a sign of the end of days and I want to know about their ideology.

Hussain read one edition of Rumiyah, which had a guide to knife attacks 'for the ideological matter and their teachings and that sort of things, but I never read how to kill people with a knife,' he said.

His collection of extremist books were about religion, he added, claiming he was 'seeking the truth' but 'never planning an attack'.

But he added: 'I'm Muslim, I shouldn't like everything. I love everything for the sake of Allah and I hate everything for the sake of Allah, that's it.'


The judge told him:

'Far from observing the sacred covenant of security, you disseminated your twisted views and attempted to persuade others to join you in support of Islamic State.
'You glorified activity which strikes at the very heart of a civilized and democratic society.
'In no sense do your opinions represent the beliefs of decent, law abiding and peaceful Muslims who live in this country.'

Naeem Mian QC, defending, asked Hussain: 'You are an over-stayer and your passport is with the Home Office?'

'I don't have any option other than to go to Bangladesh,' he said

After his arrest, Hussain claimed he was 'just doing what Facebook says to do and "share your mind".'

Hussain had at least four Facebook accounts, opening a new one each time the existing account was closed by the social media company.

The Judge Peter Lodder QC criticised the firm saying 'it may surprise some to know that the security services are unable to view private messages on Facebook', and had to rely on a screenshot instead.


Hussain was found guilty of supporting ISIS and encouragement of terrorism. He had previously been living in London for seven years and working in a mobile phone warehouse called the London Magic Store.

His student visa withdrawn after a bogus college he was attending in Whitechapel was shut down and he was contacted by the Home Office who labelled him an 'over-stayer' and ordered him to return home.

While he was attending a bogus college in Whitechapel, east London, it was shut down and his student visa withdrawn.

Using the name, 'Captain the illiterate', Hussain told one female contact, called Lujain Ahmed, 'I'm a simple man...I hate the smart people. Inshallah, I will be smart after I go to Paradise...before die, wanna punish some kuffar,' and added: 'I'm bored of this world.'

Asked in court how he came up with the name, Hussain told Naeem Mian QC, defending: 'It doesn't have any meaning, I just liked this name.'


Simon Davis, prosecuting, said it was plain that Hussain was 'aligned with Islamic State' and wanted to join them.

The court heard he made Google searches for 'suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices' just two days after the Manchester Arena bombing.

Then on 29 May, he looked for 'Ariana Grande' and 'Manchester attack concert' and, the next day, for 'ruling on blowing oneself up' and 'suicide bombings and martyrdom in Islam.'

On 3 June, Hussain downloaded an image of the Queen and then searched for 'make terror into kafirs heart', followed the next day by 'London Bridge attack statement' from East London Mosque, the day after the attack.

Hussain had earlier told Ahmed:

'I will not be calm until I make hijrah [emigrate] and fight with the kuffar...Why my sisters not like u? I should kill them.'

Later the same day, he added:

'We should do something big' and on June 4, he expanded: 'If we cannot make hijrah [emigrate] then wherever we live fighting is coming upon us.

'If you live Bangladesh, UK, Middle East anywhere you go you have face fight...I believe this is the beginning of 3rd world war and it's will be end after killing dajjal [anti-christ].'


Detectives at the Counter-Terrorism Referral Unit trawled thousands of messages Hussain had sent on Facebook, Telegram and WhatsApp.

Mohammed Kamal Hussain, 28, sent thousands of messages aiming to generate support for the terrorist group using Facebook, WhatsApp and the Telegram messaging service.


Hussain, a Bangladeshi national who had overstayed his visa and was living in east London, was jailed for seven years at Kingston Crown Court.


The jury found him guilty of two counts of encouraging terrorism and one count of supporting a proscribed organisation.


Commander Dean Haydon, head of the Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism Command, said:

“This investigation started with one conscientious individual trusting his instincts and reporting something suspicious.


“He could have ignored the message Hussain sent him but instead he took a screenshot of the message and contacted the UK authorities immediately. It is in great part thanks to him that police were able to bring Hussain to justice.”

Mr Haydon encouraged others concerned about online material to refer it to them via the website www.act.gov.uk


Hussain was linked to the message by the Counter Terrorism Internet Referral Unit, which specialises in identifying and seeking the removal of terrorist material, and an urgent investigation was launched.

Detectives trawled thousands of messages sent by Hussain, including Facebook posts encouraging people to join Isis and launch attacks and which included a speech by leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Commander Haydon said the fanatic was “actively seeking to recruit Isis followers”, adding: “We know from the disturbing material we found on his devices that he supported ISIS.

“The material included videos of barbaric Isis violence and warped reasoning for killing people, including children and Muslims.”


Officers from Counter Terrorism Command arrested Hussain on 30 June 2017.

He was sentenced after officials warned of the rising threat of “remote radicalisation” online, which makes plots harder to detect.



ISIS has generated support around the world using its sophisticated propaganda network, including videos, radio bulletins, magazines, newsletters and websites.

The terrorist group’s media operations suffered a hit during military offensives that drove militants out of its self-declared “caliphate” in Syria and Iraq but have since recovered.

Propaganda messages are regularly sent out in multiple languages from Isis factions operating in countries including Afghanistan, Egypt and Libya, being translated and spread onwards by supporters.

A global crackdown on terrorist material by firms including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube has seen the vast majority of ISIS propaganda on the platforms removed, but it continues to operate on Telegram and smaller sites.

Earlier this month, the Home Office announced the launch of artificial intelligence technology that can identify Isis propaganda videos and prevent them from being uploaded to any video platform.


ISIS has generated support around the world using its sophisticated propaganda network, including videos, radio bulletins, magazines, newsletters and websites.

The terrorist group’s media operations suffered a hit during military offensives that drove militants out of its self-declared “caliphate” in Syria and Iraq but have since recovered.

Propaganda messages are regularly sent out in multiple languages from ISIS factions operating in countries including Afghanistan, Egypt and Libya, being translated and spread onwards by supporters.

A global crackdown on terrorist material by firms including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube has seen the vast majority of ISIS propaganda on the platforms removed, but it continues to operate on Telegram and smaller sites.

Earlier this month, the Home Office announced the launch of artificial intelligence technology that can identify ISIS propaganda videos and prevent them from being uploaded to any video platform.

“This Government has been taking the lead worldwide in making sure that vile terrorist content is stamped out,” UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd said.
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Breaking News 800 Jihadists to Wreak Havoc if Britain Does Not Take Back Fighters

800 Jihadists to Wreak Havoc if Britain Does Not Take Back Fighters, US Warns

Britain and its European allies are running out of time to take back their jihadists captured in Syria to prevent a surge in terror attacks on home soil, Donald Trump and senior US officials have warned.

The Telegraph UK, 17 FEB 2019.






With Isil's caliphate on the brink of collapse Trump administration officials have told The Sunday Telegraph they fear some of the 800 detained soldiers will wreak havoc unless European governments put them on trial.


US president Donald Trump tweeted on Saturday night warning that Isil fighters could "permeate Europe" and called on Britain, France and Germany to "step up" and put the prisoners on trial in their countries.

He said: "The Caliphate is ready to fall. The alternative is not a good one in that we will be forced to release them.

"The US does not want to watch as these ISIS fighters permeate Europe, which is where they are expected to go.

"We do so much, and spend so much - Time for others to step up and do the job that they are so capable of doing. We are pulling back after 100% Caliphate victory!"

The rare rebuke by America of its anti-Isil coalition partners comes as the British government showed further signs of division on how to handle stranded foreign fighters and their family members.

David Gauke, the Justice Secretary, said on Saturday that the UK could be powerless to stop Shamima Begum, the 19-year-old Isil bride from Bethnal Green, returning home, saying that “we can't make people stateless”.

That clashed with the stance of Sajid Javid, the Home Secretary, who had insisted earlier this week he would “not hesitate” to prevent the return of anyone who supported terrorist organisations abroad.

With coalition forces preparing to declare victory over Isil and America’s troop withdrawal from Syria imminent, there is intense concern in Washington that "time is running out" to bring the terror group’s fighters to justice.

Many are being held by the US-backed Kurds, a stateless group that have demanded Britain and others take the fighters off their hands.

One well-placed US government source said that Britain’s refusal to take back UK jihadists was effectively a policy of “leave them at large and hope they don’t find a way back”.

Another said that European allies had been warned their countries would be at risk if captured jihadists “are not locked up for a long time”.

There are also concerns that any Isil fighters who reach Europe could make their way to America undetected because of the visa waiver scheme.

While suspected terrorists should be on watch lists that would stop them boarding a plane, US officials acknowledge the system is not “foolproof”.

A senior UK government figure involved in the discussions defended the position, insisting that Britain wanted the jihadists to face justice in the Middle East.

Ministers also fear they would struggle to secure prosecutions because of the legal difficulties in bringing fighters back to the UK and the makeup of current laws. Sources told The Sunday Telegraph that at least seven British men are among the foreign fighters detained in Syria.

The declaration of victory over Isil’s caliphate appeared imminent last night as its fighters were pushed back to a pocket of land just 700 meters squared in eastern Syria. The terror group had once controlled an area the size of Britain.

Donald Trump, the US president, had forecast a final defeat would come on Saturday but Syrian Democratic Forces commanders slowed a push on the village of Baghouz over fears that civilians were being used as human shields.

The end of Isil’s territorial control does not mean total victory over the terror group, which still has thousands of fighters at large and a string of sleeper cells in Syria and Iraq.

However it is the moment of success which Mr Trump has been waiting for, with the withdrawal of America's 2,000 troops expected to swiftly follow - possibly as early as April.

The decision to withdraw, which was made before Christmas and both infuriated allies and triggered his defence secretary Jim Mattis to resign, has created looming uncertainty about what will happen in the region next.

Mike Pence, the US vice president, on Saturday attempted to calm fears at a security conference in Germany, saying: "The United States will continue to work with all our allies to hunt down the remnants of Isis wherever and whenever they rear their ugly heads.”

But the rift with allies was clear. Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, said: “Is it a good idea for the Americans to suddenly and quickly withdraw from Syria? Or will it once more strengthen the capacity of Iran and Russia to exert their influence?"


Britain’s refusal to take back jihadists who fled the UK to Syria and put them on trial - including two alleged members of the notorious ‘Beatles’ terror cell - has frustrated the Trump administration.

However one senior UK government figure involved in discussions defended the position, saying that it wanted British jihadists to face justice in the Middle East. Ministers have also argued that successful prosecution in the UK would be difficult to secure.

Discussing Miss Begum’s future on Saturday, Mr Gauke said: “Obviously we have to act within the powers that we have.” He added: “It is the case we can't make people stateless, but without getting to drawn into the specifics, the approach that we take as a government, which is the responsible one, is to ensure that we protect the British public. That is the key thing."
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The Last Stand of ISIS: The SDF & Coalition Assault Resumes on Final ISIS Stronghold After The Brutal Assault Halted to Allow Thousands to Flee The Jihadists
  • The Forces announced they would resume the siege of Baghouz
  • The brutal assault was called off last month to evacuate thousands fleeing ISIS
  • Men - many suspected fighters - women and children were carted away
  • An SDF spokesman announced there are now 'only terrorists left in Baghouz'
Daily Mail UK 4 MAR 2019.


A spokesman for the SDF said they would continue their assault on Baghouz in eastern Syria where the once proud 'caliphate' has been brought to its knees.
Mustafa Bali said there were 'only terrorists left in Baghouz' and announced his forces would resume their efforts after halting last month.

Experts believe their are still hundreds of IS militants who have cowered behind their wives and children in caves and tunnels in their last bastion.





On their knees: A Bosnian man suspected of being an ISIS fighter kneels before SDF men as he surrenders from Baghouz on Friday





Men and boys suspected of being Islamic State group fighters raise up their hands as they await to be searched by members of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces





Two injured boys suspected of being Islamic State supporters lay on the back of a truck...


Thousands of men - many of them suspected terrorists - women and children have limped from the ruins in the last three weeks.

They have been painstakingly driven out into the desert, separated and screened by the Kurdish forces before being moved north to camps in al-Hol.

The military campaign to drive out the the militants from the eastern banks of the Euphrates began in September, pushing them down toward this last corner in the village near the Iraqi border.

The military operation was halted on February 12 after the SDF discovered there was still a large number of civilians and hostages in the territory, which sits atop caves and tunnels where they had been hiding.

The evacuees said food was running low and clean water and medicine were scarce.

Many defended what remained of the extremist group's territorial hold, which once spanned a third of Iraq and Syria.





An SDF militia man raises the hat of a Bosnian man suspected of fighting for the brutal Islamic State terror group





Filthy and distraught looking children are loaded onto the back of truck as they await transport by the SDF on the outskirts of Baghouz





A girl waits to be screened on neutral ground away from the miserable last stronghold at Baghouz





Heavily shrouded women in the niqab, one holding a small child, wait to be screened by the SDF forces after making a last minute surrender


Bali would not speculate on how long the military operation might take but said he expects a 'fierce battle.'

He said the battles are expected to take place in a very small area that includes a complex network of tunnels, as well as suicide bombers and land mines.

'The battle to finish off what is left Daesh has started,' said SDF commander Adnan Afrin, using the Arabic acronym for IS.


The capture of the last pocket still held by IS fighters in Baghouz would mark the end of a devastating four-year global campaign to end the extremist group's hold on territory in Syria and Iraq - their so-called 'caliphate' that at the height of the group's power in 2014 controlled nearly a third of both Iraq and Syria.





A little girl gazes up at an SDF fighter who holds his assault rifle fast as his comrades work to screen those fleeing ISIS





Boys clamber up the sides of a truck while women sit in the back as they await transport, hoping to be taken to safety at the camps in al-Hol





Yezidi boys share a meal in a area held by the US-backed Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces


In the last week alone, 13,000 people, most of them women and children, arrived at the al-Hol camp in Hassakeh province which now houses approximately 45,000 people, according to the United Nations.

In a statement Friday, the U.N. cited reports that more than 84 people, two thirds of them young children under five years of age, have died since December on their way to al-Hol camp after fleeing the extremist group in Syria's Deir el-Zour province.

'Many of the arrivals are exhausted, hungry and sick,' according to Jens Laerke, spokesman of the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), at a news briefing in Geneva.





There is a flash of light in the dark town as an airstrike hits an Islamic State weapons depot. A few seconds later, a ball of flame engulfs the entire neighbourhood.

The sonic boom sends shockwaves through Baghuz, shaking the ground miles away, and for a second everything and everyone is stunned into silence.

Then the artillery fire starts up again. Five years after Isis swept across Syria and Iraq, all that remains of the “caliphate” that at its peak stretched across two countries and controlled 10 million people is a handful of streets in a bend of the Euphrates river running through this desert town, which will be retaken in the next few days.


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Sri Lanka Attacks: Islamic State Group Claims Responsibility -

BBC News 24 APR 2019.



IS may be linked to bomb blasts which killed more than 320 people and wounded 500,

Sri Lanka’s prime minister has said. He conceded that a failure to share intelligence prevented security services from acting to stop the bombings.


Police have now detained 40 suspects in connection with the attack, all of whom were Sri Lankan nationals. It’s been a day of national mourning across the country, as the mass funerals took place after Easter Sunday's suicide attacks on churches and hotels. Eight Britons were among those killed in the blasts. A state of emergency remains in effect to prevent further attacks.

Clive Myrie and Rajini Vaidyanathan report on those affected in Sri Lanka, while Gordon Correra examines how IS might be involved. Part of the BBC News at Ten’s coverage of the Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka.

One of the attackers who carried out the devastating suicide bombings in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday had studied in the UK and Australia, the country’s defence minister has said.

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the bombings, believed to be the most lethal ever conducted by the group.

“We believe that one of the suicide bombers studied in the UK and later did his postgraduate [studies] in Australia before coming back and settling in Sri Lanka,” said Ruwan Wijewardene at a media briefing on Wednesday.

Wijewardene confirmed that many of the bombers had international connections, having lived or studied abroad.

“This group of suicide bombers, most of them are well-educated and come from middle or upper-middle class, so they are financially quite independent and their families are quite stable financially. That is a worrying factor in this,” he said. “Some of them have I think studied in various other countries, they hold degrees, LLMs [law degrees], they’re quite well-educated people.”

British counter-terrorism investigators said they were unaware Sri Lanka was going to announce publicly that one of the suspected attackers had British links. A Metropolitan police spokesperson said: “We do not discuss who we may or may not be investigating as part of counter-terrorism investigations.”

On Wednesday, the death toll from the attacks on three churches and three luxury hotels in and around the capital, Colombo, rose to 359, with 500 injured.

Eighteen suspects were arrested overnight, bringing the total number detained to 58, said a police spokesman, Ruwan Gunasekara.

Despite the scale of the security operation, Sri Lanka’s prime minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, warned that several suspects armed with explosives had yet to be found.

Wickremesinghe said there were more explosives and militants “out there”, and confirmed reports there had been a failed attack against a fourth major hotel, and that the Indian embassy was also a possible target.

Up to nine people directly linked to the attack could still be at large, sources involved in the investigation said.

The defence minister said the investigation was continuing and authorities expected to make further arrests in the coming days.

“We can firmly say in the next couple of days our security agencies will have the situation of this country firmly under control,” said Wijewardene.

One of the nine bombers was a woman who killed herself and two children when police closed in on a safe house. She is believed to have been the wife of one of two brothers who attacked two hotels.

Among those detained was the Sri Lankan landlord who had provided rental accommodation to some of the attackers. His sister told the Guardian her brother had done nothing wrong. “They are saying the one who blasted [on Sunday] has come to his house, but this is not true at all,” she said. “He is a very innocent guy.”

The developments came as Sri Lanka’s president called for a massive security overhaul. Maithripala Sirisena called for the resignation of the most senior defence and police officials for their failure to act on repeated warnings transmitted by Indian and other intelligence services in the weeks and days before the attacks.

Sirisena has repeatedly said he had not been made aware of the warnings.
Sri Lankan military personnel stand guard on a main road near the president’s house in Colombo.

Alaina Teplitz, the US ambassador in Sri Lanka, told reporters that “clearly there was some failure in the system” but said the US had no prior knowledge of a threat before the attacks, the worst violence in the south Asian island nation since its civil war ended a decade ago.

Teplitz called that breakdown in communication at the top levels of government “incredibly tragic”.

The warnings – made two weeks before the attacks, with possibly a further communication about a potential threat just hours before the blasts – appears to have been based on Indian agencies’ interrogations of Isis sympathisers arrested late last year in the southern state of Tamil Nadu.

The detainees are reported to have revealed the existence of a plot to launch mass casualty attacks led by Zahran Hashim, a radical Islamist cleric based in the east of Sri Lanka, who may have been among the suicide bombers who attacked on Sunday.

Hashim could be seen in a video released by Isis on Tuesday following its claim of responsibility. Dressed in a black tunic and headscarf and carrying a rifle, the cleric is seen leading a group of men, said to be Sunday’s attackers, in a pledge of allegiance to the leader of Isis, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Western and south Asian officials said that Hashim had started a group of extremists in a small village in eastern part of the island and attracted disaffected young men.
However the middle-aged cleric travelled overseas about two years ago. Security agencies followed Hashim’s online extremist activism closely and were concerned that he could develop links to either al-Qaida or Isis.


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ISIS Beatle Ringo Saved Jihadi John's LIfe and Laughed at Execution Videos

EXCLUSIVE: ISIS terrorist Alexanda Kotey saved Mohammed Emwazi's life on the battlefield - nine months later he became the terror group's executioner

Daily Mirror UK, 19 JUNE 2019.


ISIS terrorist Alexanda Kotey enabled fellow Brit Jihadi John to become the caliphate’s executioner by saving his life on the battlefield only months earlier.

In an astonishing jail cell confession, Kotey told of his friendship with fellow Londoner Mohammed Emwazi.

The pair were in the British terror cell nicknamed The Beatles by their prisoners in Syria, with leader Emwazi dubbed John and Kotey as Ringo.

Incredibly Kotey, 35, said the fact Emwazi slaughtered a series of *innocent victims did not change his *feelings about his old pal from West London – because the killings were only “two minutes of his life”.

And he admitted he wept when the thug was killed by a US drone in November 2015, aged 27.





Jihadi John, real name Mohammed Emwazi, was killed in a drone strike in November 2015
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Even with his future hanging in the balance in a jail in northern Syria, and desperate to minimise his role in IS, he still will not condemn the monster.

At a secret jail location in the Kurdish-held Rojava region, he told the Daily Mirror how he saved Emwazi when he was shot by anti-terror rebel group the Free Syrian Army in fierce fighting near the country’s second biggest city Aleppo in early 2014.

He said: “We were in the Aleppo countryside surrounded by Free Syrian Army factions and they’d taken the nearby town from us. We had been told to regain it and attacked.

“We were attacking from a group of olive groves and tried to cut across an open field. He was in front of me. I was fighting alongside Emwazi. We got just half way and came under fire. We both went down and he was shot.

“He was lying there. The bullet had hit him in the back at an angle and we managed to roll into cover.





Kotey had saved Emwazi's life on the battlefield
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“I held him in my lap and I really thought he was breathing his last breath. I struggled with him and got him into a car and we rushed him to a makeshift hospital and he survived.”



Months later, Emwazi caused worldwide horror when he appeared in a series of internet videos beheading Western hostages.


We spoke to Kotey in the most in-depth interview he has given from his cell, where he has been held since his arrest in 2017 by Kurdish forces outside the Syrian city of Raqqa, capital of the now-defunct caliphate.

Dressed in a scruffy blue sweatshirt, jogging bottoms and sandals he was unusually frank in our 90-minute interview, as he sipped sugary local tea, and even passed a glass to me.

We negotiated for days to get access to Kotey, and restrictions were placed on what we could ask him – which we have agreed not to reveal.




Kotey while he was part of ISIS (Image: ITV News)



The US State Department calls Kotey a “designated terrorist” who “likely engaged in the group’s executions and exceptionally cruel torture methods”.

It says he was a “recruiter responsible for recruiting several UK nationals to join the terrorist organisation”.

All Western jihadi detainees are awaiting their fate in Rojava. Some French prisoners have been sent to Baghdad and tried and hanged.


There is some support across Europe for a trial to be held in Kurdish-controlled northern Syria.





In our meeting Kotey repeatedly said he “regretted becoming a jihadi” and wants to return to Britain.

But the more he revealed the less I felt he was repentant.



His bond with Emwazi was first forged on the streets of London, where Kotey grew up in Ladbroke Grove.

Both were linked to the “London Boys” network of extremists who connected through football and traded essays on radical Islam.

The pair travelled to Syria together in 2012 as extremists fought to establish a caliphate in the region after the 2011 uprising against President Bashar Assad’s regime.

As the thugs took grip, a series of videos in 2014 showed Emwazi beheading Westerners.

But despite claiming he privately objected to the films, Kotey admitted the pair remained friends. They were so close that their wives also became friends and stayed in touch.

Kotey admitted he broke down and cried when a US drone blew Emwazi up with a hellfire missile in Syria, killing him instantly. He heard the news from hundreds of miles away while he was at IS “sniper school”.

Kotey admits he cried when he found out Jihadi John had died

Asked how he had felt, Kotey said: “I cried. I was completing my sniper training in the Hama area [in the west of the country].

"We’d done the theory, this was the practical. We were living in caves because there was a lot of bombardments at the time.

“I asked the person in charge of snipers if I could be allowed to return to Raqqa to check out news about a friend and he allowed me to go.

“I didn’t tell him who he was. I didn’t like to make it known I had that *relationship. Emwazi himself was not known – I mean that he was the person behind the mask.

“Even in Islamic State many people did not know. When I arrived back in Raqqa I got to my house and my wife informed me he had been killed.

“I cried and decided to stay at home for while and not speak to anybody. I don’t think anyone dared to go to his funeral except people in the hospital and the ones who buried him.”

As Jihadi John’s notoriety grew he became more remote, having been warned by the IS security bureau that he was a massive target for the CIA in the US.

His first known victim was James Foley, a US journalist who had been held with a number of Western hostages.

Kotey now wants to return to the UK

Foley was killed in a video that was released in August 2014 and his death was followed in the coming months with that of Brit Alan Henning, and Americans Peter Kassig and Steven Sotloff. Two Japanese civilians were also murdered.

UK journalist John Cantlie survived the initial executions and was apparently forced to appear in pro-IS videos. He is feared to have been killed in Mosul, IS’s second HQ in Iraq.

Telling how Emwazi became remote after the killings, Kotey said: “At that time there was no contact between the wives because of security.

"We didn’t know where his house was because at the beginning of the beheadings he moved. Whenever he wanted to visit he’d come to our house.

"He never gave his location. I didn’t find out where he lived until he was killed. He was not far from me.”

Asked how he could have stayed friends with the killer, Kotey said: “It is difficult to understand maybe if you don’t have a friend who’s done that.

“I was there when he got married, I held his baby. I held him when he was shot and taking what I thought to be his last breath and he was passed out on my lap. When you go through *experiences like that with someone...”

Kotey seemed then to remember to distance himself from the jihadi.

He added: “I didn’t have a lot of interaction with him to be honest, to say if he changed as a person in Syria. I guess he took on more of a persona of *leadership or someone who had a whole different level of responsibility.”

He claimed Jihadi John may not entirely have agreed with the IS leadership, despite being close to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the group’s Iraqi chief.

He said: “I understood from him there were things he didn’t agree with but the difference between him and others was that he was prepared to be obedient towards the leadership.”

Asked if the instructions to behead hostages came from Baghdadi he replied: “Of course.”

Asked about meetings between Baghdadi and Jihadi John, he said: “He met him. He prayed behind him in the Mosque in Mosul.”

But comparing the friend he came to Syria with to the thug Jihadi John, Kotey appeared to dismiss the beheadings.

He said: “It’s not something I give a lot of thought about – when I think about him, what he done, despite my disagreement with what he done.

“It’s not something that overshadows my memories of him. They were very short. They were powerful messages but they were very short, two minutes of his life.”

But then he adds: “I can’t, erm, honestly turn a blind eye to them.”


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