Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Aftermath of ISIS Truck Bombing of Kurds In Syria

Analysis: Islamic State's first act of war on European Christianity


ISIS militants attack church in Normandy, France. (photo credit:REUTERS)

I guess to get any sort of reasoning of Islam's war on Christianity, I have to go to a JEWISH news outlet in ISRAEL.

The story comes from The Jerusalem Post.


Analysis: Islamic State's first act of war on European Christianity

Regardless of whether Tuesday’s attack was the work of Islamic State or whether it was merely inspired by the jihadi rhetoric emanating from the so-called caliphate, its symbolism is hard to ignore.

Previous attacks in France perpetrated by Islamic State and in its name have been against freedom of speech (Charlie Hebdo), Western liberalism (the Bataclan theater), the ideals of the French Revolution, which stand at the heart of Western thought (the Bastille Day truck attack in Nice) and against Jews (Hyper Cacher).

Now, Islamic State has successfully committed its first act of war on European Christianity itself by taking hostages in a church and slitting the throat of an octogenarian priest as they forced him to kneel and then filmed themselves preaching in Arabic at the altar.

It has been long expected. In April of last year, Sid Ahmed Ghlam, a 24-year-old computer science student of North African extraction, was arrested after shooting himself in the leg. Police suspected him of planning a terrorist attack and a search of his car and apartment found four Kalashnikov rifles, two handguns and a number of bulletproof vests.

Prosecutors said he had been in contact with foreign agents in Syria who had expressly told him to carry out an attack on a church. According to some reports, Ghlam had compiled a list of possible targets, including gunning down parishioners outside a church in the Parisian suburb of Villejuif, and attacks on Paris’s iconic Sacré Coeur Basilica and the Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray church itself, the target of Tuesday’s attack.

But it didn’t take the fortuitous arrest of Ghlam to realize that Islamic State would step up its campaign to cultivate war between Islam and the West by targeting a Christian symbol.

“We will conquer your Rome, break your crosses and enslave your women, by the permission of Allah,” read a statement from Islamic State spokesman Muhammad al-Adnani in 2014. In May, ahead of Ramadan, Adnani called on the “soldiers of the caliphate” to carry out attacks in Europe and the US and to target the “Crusaders.”

Islamic State has already been waging war on Christians in Iraq and Syria, committing countless atrocities that in March were declared as genocide by the US Congress.

A core part of the terrorist group’s ideology is the belief that an apocalyptic showdown will take place at Dabiq near Aleppo in Syria where the armies of “Rome” – aka Christianity – will be defeated by the armies of Islam. What Islamic State seeks is all-out war to make that apocalyptic vision reality.

After two weeks that have seen five attacks committed either by terrorists in the name of Islamic State or by first- and second-generation Muslim migrants in Germany and France, the nightmare scenario of vigilante revenge attacks by right-wing extremists is looming ever closer.

That is exactly what Islamic State wants.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Five Saudi border guards killed in clashes in south

The story comes from Al Arabiya.


Five Saudi border guards killed in clashes in south

Five Saudi border guards were killed on Monday in clashes with armed groups seeking to enter from Yemen, state television al-Ekhbariya reported, citing the Saudi interior ministry.

A ministry statement added the border guards detected attempts by “hostile” armed groups to cross the border on several fronts in the southern region of Najran on Monday morning. Eight hours of clashes ensued.

The statement did not identify the armed groups, but Saudi forces and fighters from Yemen’s Houthi movement have traded fire across the border frequently during Yemen’s more than 15-month-old war.

Peace talks in Kuwait between Yemen’s government and the Houthis to end the conflict have dragged on for more two months with few concrete results. A truce that began on April 10 has dampened fighting, but skirmishes continue almost daily.

Saudi Arabia and its Gulf Arab allies intervened in Yemen’s war in March 2015 on behalf of the internationally backed government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. The conflict has killed at least 6,400 people and caused a humanitarian crisis.

In a separate incident, the Saudi-led military coalition said an Apache helicopter crashed in the Yemeni city Marib, east of the capital Sanaa due to bad weather, state news agency SPA reported.

The pilot and co-pilot from the Saudi Royal land forces were killed, SPA added from the statement.

Monday, July 25, 2016

80 dead, 231 wounded as twin blasts strike Hazara demonstration in Kabul

This story from DAWN got ZERO coverage from American main stream media because it further demonstrates how effective Barack Hussein Obama is at LOSING wars.  Remember, in 2011, VP Joe Biden said this:

"the Taliban per se is not our enemy."

Yeah, and Sarah Palin was the dumb one, right?


80 dead, 231 wounded as twin blasts strike Hazara demonstration in Kabul

KABUL: Two powerful explosions on Saturday ripped through crowds of minority Hazaras in Kabul who had gathered to protest over a power line, killing at least 80 people and leaving 231 others wounded, Afghan public health ministry said.

Islamic State group claimed responsibility for twin explosions. The bombings, apparently aimed at sowing sectarian discord in a country well known for Shia-Sunni harmony, came as thousands of Hazaras gathered to protest over a multi-million-dollar power line.

“As a result of the attack 80 people were martyred and 231 others were wounded,” the interior ministry said in a statement.

“Based on initial information, the attack was carried out by three suicide bombers... The third attacker was gunned down by security forces.”

The Taliban, who are in the middle of their annual summer offensive and are more powerful than IS, strongly denied any involvement in the attack.

IS claimed the bombings in a statement carried by its affiliated Amaq news agency, calling it an attack on Shias.

One of the march organisers Laila Mohammadi said she arrived at the scene soon after the blast and saw “many dead and wounded people”.
'Horrific attack'

The attack came as thousands of demonstrators gathered to demand that a multi-million-dollar power line pass through their electricity-starved province of Bamiyan, one of the most deprived areas of Afghanistan with a large Hazara population.

“The horrific attack on a group of peaceful protestors in Kabul demonstrates the utter disregard that armed groups have for human life,” Amnesty International said in a statement.

Footage on Afghan television and photographs posted on social media showed a scene of carnage, with numerous bodies and body parts spread across the square.

Seddq Sediqqi, spokesman for the Ministry of Interior, said police were working to confirm initial reports of the blast.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Justice Department sues Pennsylvania town for rejecting mosque

Give Obama credit - he has used the Department of Justice to hammer home his agenda of open borders and the Islamization of America.  Note:  He has also used the DoJ to suppress and oppress those Christians and other infidels...The DoJ has become the "SS" of modern day America.

The story comes from The Washington Times via The Religion of Peace.


Justice Department sues Pennsylvania town for rejecting mosque

The Justice Department is taking a Pennsylvania town to court over a municipal board’s denial of a zoning application for a mosque, accusing officials of discriminating against a local Muslim organization on the basis of religion.

The Bensalem Township violated the federal Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act when its zoning board in 2014 rejected a zoning request that would have allowed the Bensalem Masjid to build a mosque in the town, Justice Department attorneys wrote in a complaint filed Thursday in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

“Our Constitution protects the rights of religious communities to build places of worship free from unlawful interference and unnecessary barriers,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta, head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. “The Department of Justice will continue to challenge unjustified local zoning actions around the country when they encroach upon this important civil right.”

Members of the local Muslim community sought to build a mosque after years of renting a local fire hall for worship services. In 2012, the Bensalem Masjid organization met with elected officials to discuss options for building a 17,000-square-foot mosque on land adjacent to the township.

But as plans moved forward and the group attended a series of meetings before the Bensalem Township Zoning Hearing Board, the complaint alleges that Bensalem Masjid was treated differently than other religious and non-religious groups that had sought similar zoning variances. The board, which ultimately rejected the application in a 4-0 vote, treated other groups “more favorably than it treated the Bensalem’s Masjid’s application throughout the variance process.”

Specifically the complaint alleges that in other instances the board required only one hearing to make a zoning variance application while there were six hearings conducted as part of the Bensalem Masjid’s application.

“As another example, the Board asked questions of the Bensalem Masjid that it did not ask of many of these other applicants, including whether its membership would increase and whether it would attract members from outside of Bensalem Township,” the complaint states.

No Bensalem Township officials could immediately reached for comment on the Justice Department’s civil rights lawsuit.

The Philadelphia Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations previously filed a federal lawsuit against the township alleging the rejection of the zoning approval for the mosque violated constitutional protections for freedom of expression, freedom of religion, and equal treatment. That lawsuit is still active in federal court and is scheduled for trial next year.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Munich attack: At least nine dead in suspected terror shooting at shopping mall, police say


Well, while the media and Leftist politicians and bleeding heart liberal wankers in their basements want to wait and see and hope that some "neo-Nazi" shot up Munich, the rest of us better get our plans together to protect ourselves and our families as this war is moving through the West by the day.

The story comes from Australian Broadcasting Co.


Munich attack: At least nine dead in suspected terror shooting at shopping mall, police say

At least nine people have been killed in a shooting rampage in a Munich shopping centre that police have described as a suspected terror attack, with three armed suspects still at large.
Key points:

Police warn of "acute terror" situation, say attacker or attackers still believed to be at large
Unknown number of people also reported to be gravely injured
Main train station evacuated, metro and bus transport suspended

Police warned of an "acute terror" situation in the southern German city, which saw panicked shoppers fleeing the mall as armed police roamed the streets on the hunt for the attackers.

"We suspect terrorism," a Munich police spokesman said.

The attack began shortly before 4:00pm (2:00am AEST) at a McDonald's restaurant and continued on a nearby street before the gunmen moved into the shopping centre, a police spokeswoman said.

"We believe we are dealing with a shooting rampage," she added.

Police said eight people had been killed and an undetermined number wounded. A ninth body had also been found about 1 kilometre from the scene and they were checking to see it was one of the gunmen.

A video posted on social media appeared to show a man dressed in black walking away from the McDonald's while firing repeatedly on people as they fled.

Munich's main train station has been evacuated and metro and bus transport in the city suspended, officials said.

The OEZ mall near the southern German city's Olympic stadium was surrounded by armed police after shots were fired, while a helicopter buzzed overhead.

The shopping centre is next to the Munich Olympic stadium, where the Palestinian militant group Black September took 11 Israeli athletes hostage and eventually killed them during the 1972 Olympic Games.

"Many shots were fired — I can't say how many but it's been a lot," said a shop worker hiding in a store room inside the mall.

Munich police, urging people to avoid the area, said on Twitter: "There is a major police operation under way in the shopping centre."

Emergency vehicles were seen in the streets outside, as shoppers rushed away from the mall, some carrying children in their arms.

There is still no information about the possible motives of the attack.

Authorities have told people to stay in their homes or, if outside, to seek shelter indoors while the emergency situation remains ongoing.

Europe has been on alert for terrorism in the wake of a string of attacks including bombings in neighbouring France and Belgium.

The shooting comes just days after a teenage asylum seeker went on the rampage with an axe and a knife on a regional train in Germany, injuring five people.

It also follows a truck attack in the French Riviera city of Nice after Bastille Day fireworks last week that left 84 people dead.

Friday, July 22, 2016

The Tough Questions


No one has ever asked Barack Obama a tough question.

Leave it to Holger.


Mr. Obama:

  • Do you feel any humiliation knowing that you won the Nobel Peace Prize only because you are black?
  • Is your pride bruised knowing that you were elected to the Presidency in 2008 only because of the color of your skin?
  • In 2012, was your celebration for being re-elected President tainted because people voted you back in because of your race?
  • Do you ever feel a sense of relief that you were not Impeached because you are a black man?
  • When you see that you have 52% approval ratings according to the polls, are you smart enough to know that people say they approve because they don't want to be called "racist" for disapproving of you?
  • Would you have been able to attend the colleges and universities that you did if you hadn't been a minority?
  • When you look back twenty years from now and the only thing Americans can say about your Presidency is that it was "historic" because you were the first BLACK President, will it bruise your ego?

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Viking Vacay


Yes, even Vikings need time away from blogging.

Will be back over the coming weekend.

Holger

Monday, July 18, 2016

Islamic State claims its ‘soldier’ carried out Bastille Day attack in Nice, France

The story comes from The Long War Journal.


Islamic State claims its ‘soldier’ carried out Bastille Day attack in Nice, France

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the July 14 attack in Nice, France.

Citing an “insider source,” propagandists working for the Amaq News Agency wrote: “Executor of the deadly operation in Nice, France was a soldier of the Islamic State. He executed the operation in response to calls to target citizens of coalition nations, which fight the Islamic State.”

Amaq News is the most prolific outlet in the Islamic State’s propaganda machine. Its statement was quickly followed up by other official claims from the group. The Islamic State’s messages do not include any specific details about the terrorist responsible, nor does it indicate that the so-called caliphate had foreknowledge of his plans.

French officials and media outlets have identified Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, a 31 year-old originally from Tunisia, as the assailant. At least 84 people were killed when he drove a truck into a Bastille Day celebration. Counterterrorism officials in France and elsewhere are working to determine if Bouhlel had any solid connections to the Islamic State’s external operations arm, which has been plotting operations in Europe, or was inspired by the group’s call to violence.

Amaq’s wording — namely, labeling Bouhlel a “soldier of the Islamic State” — is the same formulation used after past attacks.

For example, the Islamic State’s propaganda arms described the May 2015 shooters in Garland, Tex. and the ccouple who assaulted a holiday party in San Bernardino, Calif. in Dec. 2015 as the group’s “soldiers.” The San Bernardino terrorists were also labeled “supporters.” The team of jihadists responsible for the Nov. 2015 assault in Paris was hailed as “a group of believers from the soldiers of the Caliphate.”

Omar Mateen, who repeatedly pledged allegiance to Abu Bakr al Baghdadi the night of his attack on a LGBT nightclub in Orlando, Fla. in June, was described as a “fighter” for the organization.

The Islamic State has repeatedly called on its members and supporters to kill civilians in the West. The number of committed jihadists and new recruits willing to heed this call has increased dramatically since 2014. By their own admission, however, the Islamic State’s leadership has also been met with some resistance when it comes to killing civilians, as opposed to members of the military or government officials.

“It has reached us that some of you do not act due to their incapacity to reach military targets, or their finding fault with targeting those who are called ‘civilians,’ so they leave harming them, doubting the permissibility thereof,” Islamic State spokesman Abu Mohammed al Adnani said during a speech in May. “Know that inside the lands of the belligerent crusaders, there is no sanctity of blood and no existence of those called ‘innocents,’” Adnani continued.

Adjani boasted that the “list” of evidence he could cite to justify such attacks was “too long” to be mentioned at the time. But he added that “their [the West’s] warplanes do not distinguish between one who is armed and another who is unarmed, nor between a man and a woman.”

“Know that your targeting those who are called ‘civilians’ is more beloved to us and more effective, as it is more harmful, painful, and a greater deterrent to them,” Adnani assured his audience.

Al Bayan, another propaganda outlet for the “caliphate,” followed up Amaq’s statement with one of its own. Al Bayan emphasized that the attack in Nice was carried out in “response to calls from the Islamic State to target states participating in the Crusader coalition that fights the Caliphate,” according to a translation by the SITE Intelligence Group.

Al Bayan described Bouhlel as a “soldier from the soldiers of the State,” adding that he had executed a “new, unique operation” with a “large truck.” The message didn’t offer any details on Bouhlel’s attack that aren’t already widely known.