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Whac-a-Mullah

Blow him away here, he pops up there!

Islamic State has released an audiotape it says was recorded by its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, days after reports that he had been killed or injured.

In the recording, released via social media, the speaker says IS fighters will never stop fighting “even if only one soldier remains”.

Correspondents say the recording appears authentic and recent.

BBC analysts say the message is probably also intended to counter the claim that Baghdadi has been killed.

The IS leader was said to have been caught in a US-led air strike near the Iraqi city of Mosul last week.

Thursday’s 17-minute recording makes no direct reference to that air strike, but does mention some developments that have occurred since then.

He said he didn’t believe that space probe landed safely on Kim Kardashian’s heinie. The gravitational pull of that massive orb would have led to an inevitable crash.

Take one win out of the US column, one claim that the air war is working. Al-Baghdadi’s would have been a very good scalp to claim, but we missed. Better luck next time.

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IS is as IS Does

Let’s give them a state!

A poll carried out by the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies in Doha gauged opinion on the Arab street regarding the current US-led campaign to “rollback” and ultimately defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria. 5,100 respondents from seven Arab countries (Lebanon, Iraq, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, “Palestine”, as well as Syrian Arabs in Turkish refugee camps) were asked about their views both of the operation and of ISIS itself.

The results showed that a full 85% of Arabs hold a view of ISIS that is either “Negative” or “Negative to some extent,” whereas just 11% saw them as “Positive” or “Positive to some extent.”

The Arab group with the highest level of support for ISIS were Palestinians, with nearly a quarter (24%) of Palestinians polled viewed ISIS in a positive light.

4% of Palestinians viewed ISIS as purely “Positive,” in line with the average response rate of other Arab groups – only Saudi Arabia (5%) and Tunisia (7%) had higher percentages in that category. However, a full 20% viewed ISIS as “Positive to some extent” – well over the overall average of 7%. Additionally, even those Palestinians with negative views of ISIS were more ambivalent than other Arabs; just 36% held a wholly negative view of ISIS (compared to an average of 72%), and a further 36% were only “Negative to some extent” (compared to just 13% overall).

The results contradict Palestinian Authority claims that Palestinian Muslims are far more “moderate” than Muslims elsewhere.

You take that back!

Why don’t we just call it PalISIStine and be done with it?

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Lack of Restraint Watch

Sheesh, Egypt, show restraint!

This video-clip presents a compilation of responses on Egyptian TV channels by TV hosts and commentators to the recent terror attacks in the Sinai.

Egyptian TV host Ahmad Musa: I’d like to say something loud and clear, and I don’t want anyone to be upset with me. No one should be upset with me. If we do not take revenge for today’s [terror attack] – right now, or tomorrow morning – instead of the 50 casualties we had today, we will have a hundred. We will have 400 casualties, not 50. 10,000 casualties, not 50. Our country is at war now, and we should say this loud and clear.

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A state of emergency should be declared everywhere. Starting tomorrow, not a single demonstration should be allowed at any university. As of tomorrow, not a single dog should be allowed to go on a demonstration. Not a single dog should be allowed to chant slogans against the army. Not a single dog should be allowed on the streets, unless he is on his way to work.

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Tomorrow, I want to see blood. I want to see blood right now. I want to see the blood from executions in the dozens, in the hundreds. I’m serious. Any killer should be killed. I don’t want to see arrests. Enough with this arrest nonsense. I don’t want to see arrests. I don’t want to hear about arrests. I want to see corpses. Corpses of terrorists, of murderers.

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Al-Youm TV, October 30, 2014 (via the Internet)

Egyptian TV host Amr Adeeb

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We will not rest until we finish off those sons of bitches. We will not rest until we finish off those sons of bitches.

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Mr. President, do not be deterred by any of those [NGO] homosexuals. Those homosexuals do not know Egypt. They would have been strung up by their feet by the Muslim Brotherhood, if not for the June 30 [revolution].

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Nile News TV, October 22, 2014

Egyptian General (ret.) Hussam Sweilam: You can forget about reconciliation with the Muslim Brotherhood. Don’t even talk to me about reconciliation. Reconciliation means giving up. It means we are weak. If you give them a little power, they will hit you harder.

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We should strike them, even if innocent people are hurt. It is not important.

It doesn’t matter how many or how few innocent people are hurt. Our State Department will still blame Israel.

It troubles me that Egypt’s attitude toward terrorism is in line with mine—ruthlessly crushing armed groups; finishing off the “sons of bitches”; hanging the “homosexuals” by their heels; digging a moat around the entirety of Gaza. But I suppose I can live with it.

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Oh, Who Are the People in Your Neighborhood?

They said if Israel would just work with Arab states more, things would improve with the so-called Palestinians.

And they were right!

Israel has given the Egyptian army authorization to move two more battalions into the Sinai Peninsula Thursday.

In addition to the infantry battalions, the Egyptians will also move attack helicopters into positions in the Sinai, according to Army Radio, which reported that the decision was made in order to enable Egypt to fight radical elements in the peninsula.

Egypt has ramped up its operations in the Sinai since an attack last month on a military installation by local jihadist organization Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis left 31 soldiers dead. Following the attack, Egypt closed its border with the Gaza Strip and began construction on a buffer zone in the area.

The Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty limits the number of troops Cairo can deploy in the Sinai, but Israel has given its blessing to move in more forces as Egypt began making a concerted effort last year to rein in Islamist groups.

You don’t hear much talk about it these days, but there is also undoubtedly cooperation between Israel and the Sunni gulf states to stop Iran’s nuclear program—especially with Barack Hussein Obama and John Farouq Kerry ready to hand them the keys to the silo.

In other news:

The International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor says she will not take action over Israel’s deadly commando raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla in 2010.

Fatou Bensouda said this was despite a “reasonable basis to believe that war crimes… were committed on one of the vessels, the Mavi Marmara”.

But she said the ICC had to prioritise war crimes committed on a large scale.

Nine Turkish activists were killed on the ship as it attempted to breach a blockade of the Palestinian territory.

“Activists”, ha! That would make Tony Sopranos crew activists. The Manson gang were activists. But I’ll take my good news where I can find it. If the limit is nine terrorists killed, but ten will get you charged, Israel has its marching orders. “Nine is fine; ten is a sin.”

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Should We Send a Gift…Gifts?

Now, this sounds like the Boko Haram I know:

The leader of Nigeria’s Islamic extremist group Boko Haram has denied agreeing to any cease-fire with the government and said more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls all have converted to Islam and been married off.

In a new video released late Friday night, Abubakar Shekau dashed hopes for a prisoner exchange to get the girls released.

“The issue of the girls is long forgotten because I have long ago married them off,” he said, laughing.

Ha-ha-ha. Only not everyone is laughing:

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Nigeria’s chief of defense staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, on Oct. 17 announced that Boko Haram had agreed to an immediate cease-fire to end a 5-year-old insurgency that has killed thousands of people and driven hundreds of thousands from their homes in northeast Nigeria.

But attacks and abductions have continued with the extremists this week seizing Mubi, a town of more than 200,000 people. Fighting also continued Friday in Vimtin, the nearby village where Badeh was born.

Shekau in August announced that Boko Haram wanted to establish an Islamic caliphate, along the lines of the IS group in Syria and Iraq. Fleeing residents have reported that hundreds of people are being detained for infractions of the extremists’ version of strict Shariah law in several towns and villages under their control.

The government had said it had negotiated with two Boko Haram leaders in Chad, with talks hosted by President Idriss Deby, and that it was confident the girls would be freed soon. But Boko Haram has many factions.

Shekau’s announcement further discredits the government of President Goodluck Jonathan, who on Thursday formally announced his candidacy for elections on Feb. 14, 2015 in Africa’s most populous nation. Nigeria, with some 160 million people, is divided almost equally between Muslims who dominate the north and Christians in the south.

Sounds like the Muslims rather dominate the South, too. But then, I’m not supposed to call them Muslims, am I? Our leaders tell us this is not true Islam. This is some cheap knockoff Islam as you might see peddled like “Rolexes” and “Guccis” on the sidewalks of midtown Manhattan. It’s just that these false prophets have so much product!

With regards to the president’s reelection chances, I hope you’ll forgive me for this: good luck Jonathan.

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Drones Flying Over French Nuke Sites

Don’t worry; be happy.

Unidentified drones big enough to carry explosives have flown over as many as seven nuclear power plants around France in the past three weeks, it has emerged.
Electricité de France (EDF), the state-owned operator of France’s 58 nuclear reactors across 19 sites, has filed a legal complaint against persons unknown following the flights over seven sites.
Sparking fears that the country’s reactors are unsafe from airborne attack, none of the drones were intercepted and their origins remain a mystery.

It is forbidden to enter airspace within a five kilometre perimeter around nuclear sites or to fly over them at an altitude of below 1,000 metres.
Yet, on October 5, a drone flew over the nuclear plant at Creys-Malville in Isère, southeastern

This was followed by airspace incursions in Gravelines, in the north, Cattenom, in eastern Moselle, Le Blayais in the western Gironde area, Bugey in eastern central, Chooz in the northeastern Ardennes and Nogent-sur-Seine southeast of Paris.

In one case, on October 19, drones were flown at the same time over several sites hundreds of miles apart. At least one of the unmanned aircraft was big enough to carry a bomb, experts said.
“We’re not talking about just one type of drone identified, but several,” a nuclear expert told Le Parisien
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Hmm. Sounds like a great thriller plot. Arab terrorist group (ISIS, Hamas, whomever..) decides to destroy France by making it radioactive. Pepe Le Pew has to rescue his country from the evil geniuses. Can he succeed? With the help of Barack Obama’s fearless dog, Bo, anything is possible. Let’s hope The White House doesn’t get skunked.

– Aggie

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Boko’s Harem

Bring back, bring back,
Oh, bring back our girls to us…

Dozens of women and girls from two villages in Nigeria’s north-eastern Adamawa state have been abducted by suspected militants, residents say.

The abductions have not been confirmed by the authorities, but residents say they took place a day after the military announced it had agreed a ceasefire with the Boko Haram group.

The government hopes the Islamist group will free more than 200 girls seized in April as part of negotiations.

Boko Haram has not confirmed the truce.

I think they’ve confirmed the lack thereof.

Say, I just thought of something…

Did anyone try saying “please”? I bet even Islamic terrorists like to be asked nicely.

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“I Can See Canada From My House”

I guess even articulate presidents have off days:

QUESTION: Can you say something about Canada?

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Oh, thank you very much. I appreciate — thank you. I had a chance to talk with Prime Minister Harper this afternoon. Obviously, the situation there is tragic. Just two days ago, a Canadian soldier had been killed in an attack. We now know that another young man was killed today. And I expressed on behalf of the American people our condolences to the family and to the Canadian people as a whole.

We don’t yet have all the information about what motivated the shooting. We don’t yet have all the information about whether this was part of a broader network or plan, or whether this was an individual or series of individuals who decided to take these actions. But it emphasizes the degree to which we have to remain vigilant when it comes to dealing with these kinds of acts of senseless violence or terrorism.

Hey, at least we got “terrorism” out of him.

And it’s very important I think for us to recognize that when it comes to dealing with terrorist activity, that Canada and the United States has to be entirely in sync. We have in the past; I’m confident we will continue to do so in the future. And Prime Minister Harper was very appreciative of the expressions of concern by the American people.

I had a chance to travel to the Parliament in Ottawa. I’m very familiar with that area and am reminded of how warmly I was received and how wonderful the people there were.

You’ve been to Ottawa, Mr. President? Cool! And of course, they loved you. Who doesn’t?

Q What does the Canadian attack mean to U.S. security, Mr. President?

THE PRESIDENT: Well, we don’t have enough information yet. So as we understand better exactly what happened, this obviously is something that we’ll make sure to factor in, in the ongoing efforts that we have to counter terrorist attacks in our country.

Every single day we have a whole lot of really smart, really dedicated, really hardworking people — including a couple in this room — who are monitoring risks and making sure that we’re doing everything we need to do to protect the American people.

I just wish the election would get here “really” soon. I’m really sick of this.

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CORRECTION

It looks like you might have to apologize to the Mennonite community, Aggie.

Looks like the Canadian jihadist might have had other religious leanings:

Michael Zehaf-Bibeau has been identified as the shooting suspect at Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada on Wednesday. One soldier who was shot and rushed to hospital later died of his injuries while three other shooting victims remain in hospital.

Canadian police are investigating Michael Zehaf-Bibeau after two U.S. officials said that U.S. agencies have been advised that the shooter was a Canadian convert to Islam. One of the officials said that the man was from Quebec.

The gunman was reportedly dressed in all black and had a scarf over his face.

I wouldn’t call the evidence of his Islamic affiliation iron-clad, but suspicions are justified:

Long before the attack took place, Canadian intelligence experts were assessing the possibility of a terrorist assault, IBT reported. Indeed a report by NBC News, published in early October, said that the country’s top officials were investigating at least 90 people suspected of being involved in terrorism activities.

”Intelligence officials tell NBC News that Canadian authorities have heard would-be terrorists discussing potential ISIS-inspired ‘knife and gun’ attacks against U.S. and Canadian targets inside Canada,” the network reported.

”Both U.S. and Canadian officials fear the beheading of an innocent person in a public place, or the slashing of citizens on a crowded street until police arrive to shoot and ‘martyr’ the terrorists.

”Canadian officials are weighing increased security around public buildings in coming days, government officials there say.”

A day too late, I’m sad to say.

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VBH Day

With Nigeria’s announcement of a peace agreement with Boko Haram, there was revelry in the streets:

Whoops!

Despite government claims of a ceasefire, gunmen believed to be Boko Haram fighters attacked two villages and a town near the border with Niger, killing at least 8 and kidnapping others, residents told CNN Saturday.

Boko Haram has not yet responded to the government’s announcement Thursday of a ceasefire, which an official said heralded peace in the country after some five years of conflict with the Islamic extremist group.

In one attack, militants ambushed travelers in the Borno state village of Shaffa, residents of the area said, killing eight people and abducting others.

Boko Haram gunmen also stormed the village of Waga in Adamawa state, abducting a number of residents, including women, residents there told CNN.

Insurgents also occupied the town of Abadam, near Niger, after killing an unknown number of residents in their attack, residents said.

Nigerian officials said Friday that the government had reached a ceasefire agreement with Boko Haram, which has been waging an insurgency in the country’s north since 2009.

To launch one raping and pillaging raid after a peace settlement may be regarded as a misfortune, to launch several looks like carelessness.

Does this mean no #girls? That’s going to make a lot of narcissists very sad

Which almost makes it worth it. Almost.

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Benghazi Blues

Over at NRO, something is bothering Andy McCarthy’s mind—and mine:

Why Won’t Republicans Get to the Bottom of Benghazi?
It’s not just Democrats who don’t want a full public airing.

In the midst of Libya’s civil war, the United States government decided to switch sides — we went from support for the Qaddafi regime that had been regarded as a key counterterrorism ally to support for “rebels” who very much included the anti-American jihadists Qaddafi had been helping us track. That was not just an Obama-administration policy preference; it had strong support from prominent senior Republicans in Congress. The toppling of Qaddafi that resulted enabled jihadists to raid the regime’s arsenal. That has greatly benefitted both al-Qaeda and the Islamic State terrorists currently rampaging in Iraq, Syria, Libya, and much of northern Africa.

Meanwhile, the Obama administration, again with significant Republican support, decided to aid and abet Syrian “rebels” who, as in Libya, very much included anti-American jihadists. There is colorable suspicion that this assistance included the gathering up of arms in Libya for shipment to Syrian “rebels.” Abdelhakim Belhadj, the al-Qaeda operative who was Ambassador Stevens’s “rebel” point-man in Benghazi, was clearly involved in at least one major shipment of weapons that went to Syrian “rebels” — including to some of the jihadist groups the United States is now bombing. That shipment was coordinated by Turkey, a country with which Ambassador Stevens, Secretary Clinton, and President Obama worked closely — a country whose ambassador was the last diplomat Stevens met with in Benghazi before being killed.

There will be no accountability for the Benghazi massacre absent a full public airing of what the United States government was doing in that most dangerous of places: Setting up shop among anti-American jihadists and staying there like sitting ducks even as other countries and international organizations pulled out. What was the benefit? Trying to limit the damage caused by switching sides in Libya? Fueling a new jihadist threat in Syria and Iraq — the very one we are now struggling to quell?

In Washington, there seem to be a lot of people resistant to a full public airing of the policy. They may not all be Democrats.

Libya, Syria, Turkey, Obama, Clinton, Stevens…and Republicans?

I’m as partisan as the next man—more, much more—and I love to see Clinton twisting in the wind, but if that’s all Benghazi is to Republicans in Congress, shame on them. If Stevens was part of some shady, dirty operation, maybe he knew what he was in for. Maybe Sean Smith did too. But Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty died trying to save them. I’d say their sacrifice deserves a little more than cheap point-scoring, regardless of where the story leads.

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Not-Muslims Attracted to Not-Islam in London

Not kidding:

Four men, two aged 20 and two 21, were held in the dawn raids at addresses across London yesterday.

One of those held was revealed today to be a medical student who has written online that “Allah rewards those who kill in his name”.

The 21-year-old was seized at a flat in North Kensington where he lived with his mother and sister, according to neighbours.

He has allegedly posted on the Ask.fm website that he “wants people to fight and kill” in the name of Allah and describes how Allah rewards those who fight in his name “with paradise”.

The suspect was arrested with another man at a tower block in North Kensington. Neighbours described hearing explosions — thought to have been stun grenades fired by armed police as they stormed the flat.

Friends described how the man had grown increasingly “isolated and detached” in recent years as he travelled abroad alone without his family. He told friends he was travelling to Morocco but it is also thought he may have gone to Syria.

One family friend said: “In about the last two to three years we all noticed a change in him. He used to just wear a tracksuit and then he started wearing the white religious dress clothing over the top of it, and then he just no longer had the tracksuit and would just wear the clothing and sandals.

“He also started growing a really big beard and was travelling a lot. He said he had gone to Morocco by himself. The family also used to go for about a month every year on holiday to Morocco.”

Of course he went to Morocco. He liked the food. And the beaches. But as a medical student and a Muslim, he would value life. That’s what they tell us.

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