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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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Iran: More than one execution every four hours in July

(IRAN HUMAN RIGHTS) — In the past twelve days, Iran Human Rights has reported on 56 executions carried out in Iran. 31 of the 56 prisoners were reportedly hanged on drug related charges. Only seven of the 56 executions were reported by official Iranian sources, including the Judiciary and state-run media.

Iran Human Rights considers the volume of executions in Iran inhumane and calls for their immediate halt. “In the past twelve days in Iran, we have witnessed more than one execution every four hours. This is unprecedented, even for the Islamic Republic of Iran. It is crucial that the international community reacts to this,” says Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, the spokesperson for Iran Human Rights.

“It is incomprehensible that the death sentences for prisoners with drug related charges are being hastily carried out at the same time that a bill is being reviewed by the Iranian Parliament to stop the death sentences for many prisoners with drug charges. It is possible that the Iranian authorities intend to carry out the death sentences for as many prisoners with drug related charges as possible before passing the bill. If this is the case, then we will be witness to a massacre.”

Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam calls on the international community and civil societies inside and outside Iran to help prevent a massive human tragedy before it is too late by reacting to the wave of executions in Iran.

Previously, Iranian parliament members had requested from the Iranian Judiciary to stop drug related executions for at least five thousand prisoners pending further investigation. However, the request has not stopped the Judiciary from carrying out death sentences for prisoners with drug related charges.

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Massive Istanbul crowd protests Erdogan’s crackdown on rights

(VOA) — By Ken Bredemeier

Tens of thousands of people massed in Istanbul Sunday to protest Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s crackdown on critics of his government in the wake of last year’s failed military coup.

The demonstrators chanted “Rights, Law, Justice” in support of the main opposition leader, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, who was completing a 450-kilometer walk from the capital Ankara after a lawmaker from his party was imprisoned in June.

It was the biggest protest in several years against Erdogan, whose government has arrested more than 50,000 people and dismissed at least 100,000 civil servants he has characterized as supporters of the aborted coup. Turkey claims the coup was led by a cleric, Fethullah Gulen, who has been living in self-imposed exile in the United States for nearly two decades. Gulen denies any involvement.

The 68-year-old Kilicdaroglu’s 25-day march at first drew modest support, about 1,000 people who walked alongside him. But the crowds swelled in recent days as he neared Istanbul.

Kilicdaroglu, the head of the secularist Republican People’s Party, said that his march “cast off a shirt of fear” of Erdogan’s rule. “If only there was no need for this march and there was democracy, media freedoms, if civic society groups could freely express their opinions.”

Erdogan criticized Kilicdaroglu when he embarked on the march, saying justice should be sought in parliament, not on the streets.

The Turkish opposition says that Erdogan’s government has been moving toward authoritarianism, while the Turkish leader says that the crackdown on rights is necessary to thwart security threats to the ruling government.

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Islamic State jihadist insurgency exploding in the Philippines

(TERROR TRENDS BULLETIN) — The Islamic insurgency in the southern Philippines is taking a turn for the worse as the Islamic State has its sights set on waging violent Jihad there…

The reported presence of foreign jihadists in Mindanao, particularly in Lanao and nearby provinces, is being validated by concerned government agencies, National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. said.

Esperon issued the statement in response to the series of intelligence information reaching The STAR, claiming that Indonesian and Malaysian jihadists, along with their Middle East counterparts, have entered Mindanao through the country’s southern backdoor.

These foreign jihadists allied with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) are reportedly occupying the former base of the Jemaah Islamiyah at Mt. Cararao in Butig, Lanao Del Sur.

Other reports claimed the foreign jihadists have linked-up with IS-inspired Maute terror group who for more than two weeks has been the subject of massive military and police operations.

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Ramadan rage 2017: deaths reach 1,627, marking one of the bloodiest Islamic holy months in recent memory

(BREITBART) — by Edwin Mora

Islamic extremists killed more than 1,620 people during this year’s holiest month for Muslims, marking one of the deadliest Ramadans in modern history, reveals a Breitbart News tally.

The large majority of Ramadan violence victims are Muslims.

At the end of Ramadan on Saturday, the total number of casualties across the world for the entire holy month had reached 3,451 (1,627 murders and 1,824 injuries), more than tripling the 1,150 (421 deaths and 729 injuries) that took place in 2016, considered the deadliest holy month in recent memory.

The 1,627 fatalities this year nearly quadrupled the estimated 421 deaths last year. There were an estimated 160 terror incidents in nearly thirty predominantly Muslim countries during Ramadan 2017.

On the annual Muslim festival of Eid ul Fitr that marked the end of Ramadan Saturday, jihadists attempted to attack Islam’s most sacred Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, which surrounds the holiest place for Muslims — the Kabaa.

Saudi security troops thwarted the attack, but one of the suspects in the planned assault blew himself up, injuring six foreigners and five of the Sunni kingdom’s forces.

Between Friday and Saturday, Islamic extremists killed 141 people and injured 387 others. The majority the casualties (84 deaths and 282 injuries) took place in Pakistan, which the Pentagon has labeled a jihadi sanctuary.

The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) issued multiple messages urging its sympathizers and followers to carry out deadly attacks during Ramadan, namely in the United States, Europe, Russia, Australia, Iraq, Syria, Iran, and the Philippines.

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Three Palestinians carry out knife-and-gun attack in Jerusalem, policewoman killed

(HAARETZ) — Three Palestinian assailants armed with guns and knives carried out an attack Friday night in Jerusalem that killed one Border Policewoman and left a number of people wounded.

The officer, Hadas Malka, 23, was critically stabbed while attempting to reach for her gun, according to Israel’s Police, and later succumbed to her wounds.

All three attackers were shot dead by officers at the scene.

The attack unfolded along Sultan Suleiman Street, near Damascus Gate in the Old City. At one scene, two of the attackers were shot and killed after assaulting police officers with knives and guns. At the other, an attacker was shot dead after stabbing a border policewoman, critically wounding her.

Another officer was lightly wounded in the attack. Both were evacuated to Hadassah University Hospital in Jerusalem for treatment, where the female officer died of her wounds.

According to the police, two Palestinian bystanders were wounded in the shootout, one moderately and one lightly.

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Massive Kabul truck bomb kills 80, wounds hundreds

(AFT) — At least 80 people were killed and hundreds wounded Wednesday when a massive truck bomb ripped through Kabul’s diplomatic quarter, bringing carnage to the streets of the Afghan capital and blowing out windows several miles away.

Bodies littered the scene and a huge cloud of smoke rose from the highly-fortified area which houses foreign embassies, after the rush-hour attack tore a massive crater in the ground just days into the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan.

No group has so far claimed the powerful blast, which a Western diplomatic source said was caused by 1,500 kilograms of explosives packed inside a water tanker.

Rescue workers were digging bodies from the rubble hours after the explosion as anguished residents struggled to get through security cordons to search for missing relatives. Dozens of damaged cars choked the roads as wounded survivors and panicked schoolgirls sought safety.

It was not immediately clear what the target was. But the attack suggests a major security failure and underscores spiraling insecurity in Afghanistan, where the NATO-backed military, beset by soaring casualties and desertions, is struggling to beat back insurgents.

Over a third of the country is outside government control.

“Unfortunately the toll has reached 80 martyred (killed) and over 300 wounded, including many women and children,” said health ministry spokesman Waheed Majroh, adding the figures would continue to climb as more bodies are pulled from the debris.

President Ashraf Ghani slammed the attack as a “war crime”.

The Taliban — currently in the midst of their annual “spring offensive” — tweeted that they were not involved and “strongly condemn” the blast. The insurgent group rarely claims responsibility for attacks that kill large numbers of civilians.

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for several recent bombings in the Afghan capital, including a powerful blast targeting a NATO convoy that killed eight people earlier this month.

The sound of the bomb, which went off near Kabul’s busy Zanbaq Square, reverberated across the Afghan capital, with residents comparing it to an earthquake. Most victims appear to be civilians.

“The vigilance and courage of Afghan security forces prevented the VBIED (vehicle-borne improvised explosive device) from gaining entry to the Green Zone, but the explosion caused civilian casualties,” NATO said in a statement.

– Embassies damaged –

The BBC said its Afghan driver Mohammed Nazir was killed and four of their journalists wounded. Local TV channel Tolo TV also tweeted that a staff member Aziz Navin was killed.

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