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National mourning in Burkina Faso after restaurant attack that killed 18

(FRANCE 24) — Burkina Faso on Tuesday was observing the second of three days of national mourning declared after two suspected Islamist extremists attacked the Aziz Istanbul Café in Ouagadougou, killing at least 18 people.

The café was popular with foreigners living and working in the capital. After a several-hour-long gun battle, Burkina Faso’s special forces killed the assailants and ended the attack.

“They turned away from me like this and at the same moment they set off a ‘boom’,” one witness told FRANCE 24. “And I panicked and fell down.”

The Paris prosecutor’s office confirmed the death of at least one French national. Burkina Faso’s Foreign Minister Alpha Barry told AFP on Monday that the attack killed seven locals and at least eight foreigners including a Frenchman, a Canadian woman, two Kuwaiti women and male victims from Senegal, Niger, Lebanon and Turkey.

The attack brought back painful memories of the January 2016 attack at another café that left 30 people dead.

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This is not a joke: Muslim migrants want ban on jokes about Islam

(UK EXPRESS) — By Ida Akerstedt

A new study found the majority of Muslims in Austria want jokes about Islam to be banned.

The study, conducted by the Danube University of Krems, revealed a major contrast between typical Austrian values and those of migrants from countries like Somalia and Chechnya, who have fare more religious views.

The researchers found that 60 per cent of those interviewed believed jokes about Islam should be banned, while a quarter said Islam should influence the country’s laws.

Those who take offense to Islamic jokes also varies wildly country by country – as many as 70 per cent of Somalians wanted to ban jokes about Islam, while only 14 per cent of Iranians agreed a ban on jokes was necessary.

Chechens and Somalians also overwhelmingly agreed Islam should play more of a role in Austrian society, with as many as 72 per cent of Somalians wanting more Islam in Austria’s culture.

This year, Austria approved a series of measures aimed at integrating migrants, including a burka ban and the introduction of mandatory language lessons.

The controversial ban to block residents from wearing full-face coverings in public was met with fury from some human rights group and condemnation from many Muslim organizations.

But the country’s foreign minister Sebastian Kurz, who was behind the legislation, shrugged off criticism and vowed to get the proposals passed into law.

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Al Qaeda has drawn a bullseye on a new American target: Subway trains

(WASHINGTON TIMES) — By Rowan Scarborough

Al Qaeda is about to take on a new target — America’s trains — in an upcoming edition of its terror magazine, Inspire.

Issue No. 17 is headlined, “Train Derail Operations,” and will spell out ways to create rail disasters in a transportation system that lacks the stiff security procedures of airline travel.

It’s competing Sunni extremists group, the Islamic State, for more than a year has advocated using vehicles to mow down innocents. Its murderous followers have weaponized vehicles in Nice, Berlin and London, creating hundred of deaths and injuries.

Adding trains to the terrorist’s priority list would put at risk virtually every mode of transportation and placed added pressure on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) put out a report on Friday saying al Qaeda has teased the Inspire articles with a trailer appearing on Telegram app channels operated by its fans.

“The trailer highlights that derailments are simple to design using easily available materials, that such a planned attack can be hard to detect, and that the outcome can substantially damage a country’s transportation sector and the Western economy in general,” MEMRI said.

The U.S. maintains over 100,000 miles of rail. But the trailer features scenes of just one system, the subway. Its shows cars flashing through urban tunnels. It quotes from U.S. Government Accountability Office reports on the vulnerability of rail lines to sabotage. It then shows what appear to be rudimentary devices that can be clamped onto a line to cause a derailment.

“Simple to design,” the promo says in English script, mentioning “America” several times. “Made from readily available materials. Hard to be detached. Cause great destruction to the Western economy and transportation sector.”

Al Qaeda in recent months has depicted itself as making a comeback from its headquarters in Yemen. It has created new alliances in North Africa, is using social media to attract adherence and has not given up the idea of another mass-casualty attack such as its commandeered airliner strike on New York and the Pentagon in 2001.

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Kissinger warns: ‘Iranian radical empire’ could emerge in a post-ISIS Middle East

(ALGEMEINER) — The downfall of ISIS could be a boon for Iran, former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger cautioned in an article published by CapX this week.

“Across large areas of Iraq and Syria, an ideologically radical religious army, Isis, has declared itself a relentless foe of modern civilization, seeking violently to replace the international system’s multiplicity of states with a single Islamic empire governed by Sharia law,” the 94-year-old Kissinger wrote. “In these circumstances, the traditional adage that the enemy of your enemy can be regarded as your friend no longer applies. In the contemporary Middle East, the enemy of your enemy may also be your enemy. The Middle East affects the world by the volatility of its ideologies as much as by its specific actions.”

“The outside world’s war with Isis can serve as an illustration,” he continued. “Most non-Isis powers — including Shia Iran and the leading Sunni states — agree on the need to destroy it. But which entity is supposed to inherit its territory? A coalition of Sunnis? Or a sphere of influence dominated by Iran? The answer is elusive because Russia and the Nato countries support opposing factions. If the Isis territory is occupied by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards or Shia forces trained and directed by it, the result could be a territorial belt reaching from Tehran to Beirut, which could mark the emergence of an Iranian radical empire.”

Last November, as reported by The Algemeiner, Kissinger said the biggest challenge facing the Middle East was the “potential domination of the region by an Iran that is both imperial and jihadist.”

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IS flags and IS music at Swedish asylum centres: The authorities ignore the warning signs

(SPEISA) — Islamism and radicalization of unaccompanied youths is common at Swedish asylum centres, says the Arab pastor Merzek Botros the Christian news magazine Världen Idag. At many asylum centres IS flags are flying and IS music is played, says Botros, who has tried to warn about the development for a long time, but his warnings are ignored.

Recently, the news outlet TT reported that Hörby municipality had discontinued the agreement with a centre for unaccompanied youths, after the municipality became aware that the staff at the centre tried to radicalize the residents.

Merzek Botros is not surprised at what happened in Hörby. As an Arab counselor, he often visits Swedish asylum centres, and has with his own eyes seen many expressions of pure Islamism. In addition to testimonies from the residents, he has seen IS flags and heard IS music inside the venues. Another permanent problem is the threats and harassment of Christian asylum seekers and those who want to convert:

I have helped many Christians to report to the police after being harassed and threatened by Islamists at their asylum centres, says Merzek Botros to Världen Idag. According to Botros, it is not difficult to prove that threats and harassment occur. Even so, they do not get any help from the Swedish police.

After reporting it to the police, they have to return to the same accommodation and then there will be war, says Botros, who believes that many people have been forced to leave their asylum centres. For example, he mentions a man and his wife who converted from Islam to Christianity.

They lived in Huddinge, says Merzek Botros. When they became Christians, the husband’s wife took off the veil. Then she was told she was to be slaughtered. The couple had to flee Sweden and today lives in Germany.

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How to deal with Islamic terrorism once and for all

(WESTERN FREE PRESS) — By Frank Burleigh

PEOPLE WHO ARE TERRIFIED BY THE RELENTLESS advance of Islam should take comfort in the fact that no one in Athens today believes that Zeus resides on Mount Olympus or that no one in Rome still worships at the temple of Jupiter.

These were myths that bound Greek and Roman civilizations together, but they were ultimately discarded when people began to see they were nothing more than fabulous stories.

Why this should be comforting to people today is the fact that Islam is based entirely on a myth, one whose demise is long overdue. This is the myth that God talked to Muhammad, that he was God’s “messenger.” Everything Muslims believe and everything they do is derived from that primary, bedrock myth.

Given that Islam aspires eventually to take over the entire world and that it is making rapid progress in infiltrating and undermining the West, isn’t it time to go after the myth that sustains it? To destroy the myth about Muhammad is to destroy what he created.

Let’s get to the heart of it: Islam is plain dangerous. It always has been, and it always will be, no matter what flavor it comes in. There’s no need to argue the point because its violence is in the news almost every day, and more people all the time are waking up to the fact that their very civilization is at risk. What needs to be argued is the best way to mount a counteroffensive.Dropping bombs is certainly part of it. Just recently, it was reported that two B-2 bombers flew a 36-hour mission to destroy a secret ISIS camp somewhere in Libya. Result: 100 jihadis killed. That’s great news — except that when the bombers are gone, Islam is still there.

Another approach is needed. A different delivery system and different munitions are required based on a clear understanding of where the real battlefield is what the real target needs to be. The real battlefield is the mind, and the real target is the myth that God talked to Muhammad.

The delivery system already exists. It is a Western invention that has not yet been adapted for use in the war that Islam is waging against the world. This is cinema. It is the perfect platform for launching a counteroffensive targeting the foundation myth of Islam.

The munitions are plentiful. These are the chilling details of Muhammad’s life that are found in the original literature of Islam. Muslims do not dispute the details; they only try to hide them. What they try to hide is that two thirds of the canonical biographical materials about their “Messenger of God” have to do with the crimes against humanity he committed in imposing his cult.

The new approach, the new delivery system, turns what Muslims believe about Muhammad against them. It does so graphically, in movies starring Muhammad — Hollywood quality blockbusters that set off explosions in the mind, the real battlefield.Books have been published that lay out this material, but relatively few people read such books so that their impact is at best trickle down. Yet they lay the groundwork. The authors have done the heavy lifting of tedious research. Their work provides the raw material for the creative imagination to take hold of and transmute into ingenious cinematic productions — not propaganda, but truth propagation films based on what is found in Islam’s own literature.

This requires thinking big, far reaching thinking, the thinking of visionaries whose goal is not to contain or even push back Islam, but to get rid of it. It needs to become axiomatic that any thinking about how to deal with Islam that does not include the goal of getting rid of it is a waste of time.

This is how to not waste time. It is to use the best delivery system in the world combined with the best munitions in the world: cinema firing the grotesque details of Muhammad’s life at the world.

The entire planet is the audience, and it can be broken down into two groups:

The first is made up of non-believers, five billion strong. The spread of myth-busting knowledge about Muhammad to this large group is still in its early stages. Most people are aware that Islam is a serious problem due to the fact that people are being slaughtered in its name everywhere. But most still do not know why it is happening or what they can do about it. That is because the truth is hidden by politically correct or even treasonous media, and by governments that have become wobbly in the knees. The dissemination of the truth about Muhammad through dramatic recreation in film will serve the purpose of rapidly lifting this self-imposed veil for people everywhere to see the face behind it, the face of Muhammad. When the truth about the cause of all the havoc becomes universally known, spines throughout the world will stiffen with resolve to do something about it. It is difficult to deal with a problem if the cause of it is not understood. Now it will be understood. It is not the Koran, nor is it the threat of sharia law, it is the man who created them.

The second audience is made up of the faithful, estimated to consist of one and a half billion people. This may come as a shock, but most of the faithful do not know the truth about Muhammad either. They were raised — some would say brainwashed — with the mythologized version, and in that mythology their prophet is a man so holy that he will assist God on the Day of Judgment in determining the fate of believers. Muslims take it literally that Muhammad went up into heaven after being flown from Mecca to Jerusalem on the back of a winged mule. They do not doubt he was brought before God with whom he negotiated how many times each day they must pray. Most of these people have never read the Koran, and many are forced to memorize it in Arabic even though not understanding a word.

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Greece: Muslim refugees terrifying and driving out Christians

(PRAVOSLAVIE) — Several clashes have broken out in recent days at Lesbos Island’s Moria Camp for refugees, with Greek authorities arresting 35 Muslim rioters who threw large rocks at police officers and set fire to tents both inside and outside the bounds of the camp.

A disabled Christian was nearly burnt alive while sleeping in one of the shelters, reports Pakistan Christian Post.

Rioters were protesting another asylum seeker’s recent deportation back to Turkey, according to Greek Reporter.

Very few Christians are currently taking refuge at Moria Camp, as most flee the island after experiencing persecution at the hands of Muslims. Moreover, Greek government policy prevents homeless Christian refugees fleeing persecution at Moria from applying for asylum and getting help from the United Nations.

A “geographical restriction” essentially blocks asylum seekers from applying with authorities on the mainland without returning to the camps where they were persecuted, excepting only those with a severe health condition.

According to the Pakistan Christian Post, the policy is meant to facilitate refugee tracking by limiting their movement.

“Christians are being prevented from holding church services, worshiping and praying by their Muslim neighbors. Moreover, reports of tents being burned down, violence, bullying, harassment and severe threats paint a very bleak picture of the quality of life for Christians caught up within the camp,” reads a plea from the British Pakistani Christian Association to the Greek ambassador to the United Kingdom.

“We are seeking your help in obtaining a change in the current Greek policy in which the risk of proven re-persecution of Christians counts as a mitigating factor for asylum assessment for escapees of Moria Camp,” the message continues.

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Teenage Isis bride from Germany captured in Mosul

(THE UK TELEGRAPH) — By Josie Ensor

A 16-year-old German Islamic State bride, who reportedly joined the jihadist group after being radicalized online, has been captured by Iraqi forces in the ruins of Mosul.

Linda Wenzel, from the small town of Pulsnitz, near Dresden, was discovered by troops with a group of 20 other suspected foreign female Isis members in a tunnel under the Old City on Thursday.

Pictures shared on social media show the girl being escorted by security forces, appearing pale and unveiled but wearing a colorful scarf around her neck.

She appears pale, afraid and covered in dust, unveiled but wearing a colorful scarf around her neck.

She was initially mistaken for a kidnapped Yazidi girl because of her lack of Arabic.

Linda was reported missing from her home a year ago, where she had been living with her mother, Katharina, and step-father, Thomas.

She grew up in a Protestant family, and had not showed any interest in religion until a few months before her disappearance. In the spring of 2016 she told her parents for the first time that she was interested in Islam.

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Estimated 40,000 civilians killed during Mosul siege

(THE QUEENSLAND TIMES) — By Patrick Cockburn

More than 40,000 civilians were killed in the devastating battle to retake Mosul from Isis, according to intelligence reports revealed exclusively to The Independent – a death toll far higher than previous estimates.

Residents of the besieged city were killed by Iraqi ground forces attempting to force out militants, as well as by air strikes and Isis fighters, according to Kurdish intelligence services.

Hoshyar Zebari, until recently a senior minister in Baghdad, told The Independent that many bodies “are still buried under the rubble”. “The level of human suffering is immense,” he said.

“Kurdish intelligence believes that over 40,000 civilians have been killed as a result of massive firepower used against them, especially by the federal police, air strikes and Isis itself,” Mr Zebari added.

Mr Zebari, a native of Mosul and top Kurdish official who has served as the Iraqi finance minister and prior to that foreign minister, emphasized in an exclusive interview that the unrelenting artillery bombardment by units of the Iraqi federal police, in practice a heavily armed military unit, had caused immense destruction and loss of life in west Mosul.

The figure given by Mr Zebari for the number of civilians killed in the nine-month siege is far higher than those previously reported, but the intelligence service of the Kurdistan Regional Government has a reputation for being extremely accurate and well-informed. Isis prevented any monitoring of casualties while outside groups have largely focused on air strikes rather than artillery and rocket fire as a cause of civilian deaths.

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American, Afghan forces intensify anti-IS fight in Afghanistan

(VOA) — By Noor Zahid and Zia-U-Rahman Hasrat

As the Islamic State terror group loses ground in Iraq and Syria, U.S. and Afghan forces are stepping up their attacks on the group’s offshoot in eastern Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province.

The U.S. military, in coordination with Afghan security forces, are pounding IS hideouts in Achin, Haskamena and Kot districts with rockets being fired from Jalalabad airfield where U.S. troops are stationed.

The terror group has been active in the eastern region of the country for almost two years.

U.S and Afghan security forces have been conducting ground and air operations against IS militants in the Nangarhar for some time now. The rocket attacks, however, indicate an intensification in the war against IS in the country.

Attaullah Khogyani, Nangarhar provincial government spokesperson told VOA that the rocket attacks on IS hideouts are conducted based on intelligence provided by the Afghan security agencies.

He added that the rocket attacks have targeted key IS members, killing several of them.

Rocket attacks more accurate

Local residents in areas under IS control echo Khogyani’s account and have welcomed the move, saying rocket attacks are more accurate and effective. Ground operations by Afghan security forces, they say, result in civilian casualties at times.

Waliullah, a local resident in Deh Bala district said rockets have targeted IS positions only, without causing harm to the civilians in the area.

“Airstrikes and ground operations have caused civilian casualties. Rockets fired from the city (U.S. military base) are accurate and do not target civilians,” Waliullah told VOA’s Afghan service.

U.S. and Afghan security forces have been engaged in joint- counterterrorism operations against IS militants in Nangarhar and neighboring Kunar province.

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