Archive for April, 2017

Confusion, chaos after Taliban breach Afghan base kills 140 soldiers

(JERUSALEM POST) — Afghan soldier Zabihullah was chatting with an army comrade at their military base in northern Afghanistan when gunfire interrupted their quiet Friday afternoon.

“I asked my friend what was happening, and he said, relax, it must be one of us.”

It wasn’t. It was the Taliban.

Dressed in army uniforms, at least 10 Taliban attackers had breached the military headquarters in Mazar-i-Sharif, eventually killing more than 140 soldiers, according to the latest estimates by officials.

“When they started hitting other soldiers, we understood that it was a terrorist attack,” Zabihullah told Reuters from his hospital bed, wounded by an explosion. “The soldiers were dropping like sparrows hit by a shotgun.”

The attack, which is likely the deadliest yet on an Afghan military base, represents a major blow to the country’s struggling security forces as they prepare for what is expected to be a year of bloody fighting against the Taliban, as well as other smaller militant groups like Islamic State.

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Paris terror attack: Live updates after ISIS gunman kills officer and injures two ‘as police hunt second suspect’

(UK MIRROR) — By Steve Robson and Joshua Taylor

A police officer has been killed after ‘terrorist’ gunmen opened fire with Kalashnikovs in Paris.

Shots rang out on the iconic Champs Elysees – one of the world’s most prestigious boulevards – leaving one officer dead and another two injured. A passerby was also wounded.

One of the suspects is dead but another is alive and an arrest warrant has been issued.

The attack, which has been claimed by ISIS, came when gunmen opened fire at a stationary police car at traffic lights, according to the French policing union.

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FBI investigating radical terrorists in all 50 states as threats hit peak

(WASHINGTON FREE BEACON) — BY: Adam Kredo

Federal authorities have open investigations into radical Islamic terrorists in all 50 states, according to the Department of Homeland Security, which is warning that the threat of terrorism in the United States has reached an all time high with radicalized individuals in the country plotting to strike “each and every single day.”

The FBI has “open terrorist investigations in all 50 states,” according to DHS Secretary John Kelly, who disclosed on Tuesday that there have been at least 37 “ISIS-linked plots to attack our country” since 2013, a number that shows no signs of diminishing.

Kelly, in his first wide-ranging public address on the threat of terrorism in America since taking office, warned that America’s borders remain wide-open and that there is evidence terror-linked individuals are exploiting these national security weaknesses and entering the United States.

“We don’t know their intentions,” Kelly said during an address at George Washington University. “We don’t know why they’re here or why they’re coming. We are completely blind to what they’re capable of.”

Terrorist also continues to sprout inside American communities across the country, according to Kelly, who said that in just the past year, there have been “36 homegrown terrorist cases in 18 states.”

“We’ve seen an unprecedented spike in homegrown terrorism,” Kelly disclosed. “These are the cases we know about—homegrown terrorism is notoriously difficult to predict and control.”

Terrorists in the United States are plotting attacks “every single day,” according to Kelly.

“I tell you, without exaggeration, they try to carry out this mission each and every single day and no one can tell you how to stop it. No one,” he said.

The United States, he continued, is “under attack” from a wide variety of bad actors, including “failed states, cyber-terrorists, vicious smugglers, and sadistic radicals.”

“And we are under attack every single day,” he said. “The threats are relentless.”

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Heavily armed Muslim warns U.S. public: ‘Be terrified’

(WND) — By Leo Hohmann

A Muslim man entered a private gathering of Christians in a hotel ballroom in South Dakota, started cursing and livestreaming video on Facebook of the event and then, after he was ushered out, displayed multiple firearms and issued statements the speakers say were a direct threat to their safety.

The man, wearing a t-shirt that said, “I’m American, I’m a Muslim, I open carry, I conceal carry, and I’m dangerous only if you’re stupid,” was approached by a security guard and told to leave.

Once back in his car, he brandished an arsenal of weapons, including two military-style rifles with loaded magazines and three handguns, and made several threats of “Be scared, be F—ing scared. Be terrified.” Again, it was all livestreamed on Facebook while parked in the conference-center parking lot.

To the surprise of the conference organizers in Sioux Falls, after reviewing the videos, police chose not to charge the man with any crime. The state’s attorney says he’s still investigating but didn’t see anything criminal in nature on the videos.

The Muslim man, Ehab Jaber, a self-described former resident of Saudi Arabia who works as a server at a local steakhouse in Sioux Falls, was questioned by police and the FBI following his bizarre behavior at the April 9 Christian Worldview conference. And now two of the speakers at the event are saying if the security guard had not noticed Jaber’s strange activity and escorted him out, something “bad” could have happened to roughly 500 Christians, including women, children and at least two state legislators who were in attendance.

“It was a ticketed event but we didn’t have enough volunteers to be checking everyone coming in throughout the event,” said Shahram Hadian, a former Muslim turned Christian pastor and one of the speakers. “This guy came in after the event started so the way the hotel was set up, there were just too many ways to get in. This was a private event, a closed event for Christians, but that’s how he got in, because we just didn’t have the manpower to be checking everyone.”

“I do believe the off-duty police officer who noticed what was going on is a hero who may have stopped a potential attack,” said Brannon Howse, who was on the podium speaking when Jaber was asked to leave.

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Fresno frenzy: Muhammad shouts ‘Allahu akbar,’ kills 4

(WND) — By Bob Unruh

Police in Fresno say a black suspect identified as Kori Ali Muhammad, 39, has been taken into custody for allegedly shooting and killing four people after shouting “Allahu akbar” and declaring a hatred of “white people.”

Muhammad had been wanted in connection with the shooting death of a security guard nearby last Thursday, according to police chief Jerry Dyer.

On Tuesday, gunfire erupted at about 10:45 a.m. in Fresno. Within seconds a second shooting was reported, then a third and fourth.

Police reported the suspect allegedly fired at least 16 shots at four different locations in only a minute.

Fox News reported Dyer said Muhammad expressed hatred of white people and the government, but the police chief also said it wasn’t clear if the shootings were terror-related.

“Certainly by the statement that was made it could give that indication, however, there was no statement made on Thursday night when he shot the security guard and killed him. There was no comments or no statements made at that time, so I am not certain why he said what he said today,” the chief said.

Dyer said that as the suspect was taken into custody he yelled out “Allahu akbar.”

Police recounted the sequence of events. A PG&E truck drove into police headquarters and the driver reported his passenger had been shot by a gunman who had approached them. Then, Dyer said, the gunman walked over to a resident and opened fire but missed.

Encountering another man, the gunman fired and killed him. Dyer said he then headed toward Catholic Charities in the 100 block of North Fulton Street and opened fire on a man in the parking lot, striking and killing him.

Muhammad then was taken into custody.

Police said all of the victims Tuesday were white men.

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Rev. Graham: The city of Qaraqosh in Iraq had 50,000 Christians in 2014, now 7 families remain

(CNS NEWS) — By Michael W. Chapman

During his recent trip to Iraq to celebrate Easter, Reverend Franklin Graham visited the city of Qaraqosh, where in 2014 some 50,000 Christians were forced to flee because of attacks from the Islamic State and where today only about 7 families remain. Because of radical Islam, most of Iraq’s Christian “congregations are now dispersed all over the world,” he said.

In an April 16 post on Facebook, Rev. Graham wrote, “Yesterday we went to the city of Qaraqosh, in Iraq, which used to be home to some 50,000 Christians who were forced to flee for their lives in 2014. Now just a handful, about 7 families, remain.”

“I visited a church that had been burned and destroyed by ISIS and met with the pastor,” said Graham. “Incredibly, in the ashes and debris, we discovered one of our Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes that had been given to a child there at some point. I couldn’t help but wonder where the child who received this box is today.”

“My heart goes out to the pastors in this region,” he said. “Most of their congregations are now dispersed all over the world. As shepherds they want to be able to help their flocks. They want to be able to care for them and protect them, but until there’s a political settlement there’s no way this is going to happen.”

“Will you join me in praying for them?” said Rev. Graham.

He continued, “We also found charred pages from a Bible. I picked up a section that contained John 20:27 – ‘Then he [Jesus] said to Thomas, Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.’ He’s still saying that to the world today—this Easter Sunday—Believe!”

Franklin Graham is the son of world-renowned evangelist Billy Graham. Franklin Graham runs the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and the international Christian aid group Samaritan’s Purse.

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Officials: At least 94 Islamic State fighters dead in U.S. bombing

(UPI) — At least 94 Islamic State fighters were killed when the U.S. military dropped its most powerful non-nuclear bomb on militant group targets in Afghanistan, Afghan officials said Saturday.

Attaullah Khogyani, spokesman for the provincial governor in Nangarhar, told several media outlets the number of dead was up from the 36 deaths reported on Friday. Officials said the number could increase as assessments of the bombing area continue.

“The number of Daesh fighters killed in the U.S. bomb in Achin district jumped to 94, including four commanders,” Khogiani told CNN, using an alternative name the IS. The IS’ media wing, Amaq News Agency, said none of its fighters were killed or injured.

The bomb dropped on Thursday was a 21,600-pound GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb, nicknamed “the mother of all bombs” or MOAB. It was released from a C-130 Hercules in eastern Afghanistan at 7:32 local time. The device is the largest non-nuclear bomb in the Pentagon’s arsenal.

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Iraqi soldiers hit by Islamic State gas attack in western Mosul

(SKY NEWS) — A gas attack blamed on Islamic State militants has struck Iraqi soldiers in a newly-liberated area of Mosul.

The country’s military said jihadists fired a chlorine-filled rocket at troops who are trying to seize the west of the Iraqi city from IS.

Seven soldiers suffered breathing problems and were treated in a nearby field clinic following the night attack in al Abar.

US-backed Iraqi forces launched their offensive to reclaim western Mosul in February and have already taken back more than half of it.

But their progress has been slowed by improvised explosive devices and snipers as the troops engage in house-to-house fighting.

The US-led coalition is attempting to recapture the Old City from the extremists, but the ancient quarters are densely populated and there have been concerns over civilian casualties.

The jihadists have been sheltering behind families, using them as human shields and mounting attacks from their homes while terrorizing them into staying.

Thousands of civilians have managed to flee, but many are still trapped in what is the last major IS stronghold in Iraq.

The extremists were driven out of the eastern half of Mosul, the country’s second-largest city, in January.

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Terrorism one of gravest threats to religious freedom: Donald Trump

(THE ECONOMIC TIMES) — US President Donald Trump has said that terrorism is one of the gravest threats to religious freedom around the world and hoped for a “better tomorrow” when people of all faiths, including Hindus, can worship according to their conscience.

In his weekly radio and web address, he said the US has cherished the freedom of worship “from the very beginning”.

“That is the promise the first settlers saw in our vast continent — and it is the promise that our bravest warriors have protected for all of our citizens in centuries since, a long time ago,” he said yesterday.

“Sadly, many around the globe do not enjoy this freedom — and one of the gravest threats to religious freedom remains the threat of terror,” he said.

On Palm Sunday, as Christians around the world celebrated the beginning of the Holy Week, IS killed 45 people and injured over 100 at two Christian churches in Egypt, he said.

“We condemn this barbaric attack. We mourn for those who lost loved ones. And we pray for the strength and wisdom to achieve a better tomorrow — one where good people of all faiths, Christians and Muslims and Jewish and Hindu, can follow their hearts and worship according to their conscience,” Trump said.

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Pope Francis condemns Islamic State-inspired terror attacks on Egyptian Christians

(BREITBART) — On Sunday, Pope Francis condemned the Islamist Palm Sunday terror attacks on two Coptic churches that killed at least 37 people and injured nearly 60 others, Vatican Radio reported.

After his weekly Angelus prayer in Saint Peter’s Square, Pope Francis prayed that the Lord “convert the hearts of the people who are sowing terror, violence and death, and also the hearts of those who make and traffic weapons.”

The Islamic State terror group claimed responsibility for the attacks in a statement from the organization’s Amaq news agency. “Islamic State squads carried out the attacks on two churches in Tanta and Alexandria,” the statement declared.

The first explosion in Tanta, about 70 miles north of Cairo, killed at least 26 worshippers at the Mar Girgis (Saint George) Coptic Church.

The blast occurred “in the front rows, near the altar, during the mass,” officials reported, and more than 70 people were injured. Footage from the site shows crowds gathered around bodies and large blood stains on the pews and church walls.

The second bombing took place hours later in front of Saint Mark’s Church in the coastal city of Alexandria, killing at least 11 people and injuring more than 30, according to Egypt’s health ministry.

“We pray for the victims claimed this morning,” Pope Francis said in remarks to the thousands of faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square for Palm Sunday Mass and the Angelus prayer.

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