Women Against Shariah

Women Against Shariah

Pakistani Girl Raped In Front Of Her Family
Thursday, July 27, 2017 6:08 AM

From Zee-News:
A 16-year-old girl was raped by a man in front of her family on the orders of the village council as a punishment after her brother was accused of raping the man's sister in Pakistan's Punjab province, police said on Wednesday.

A 16-year-old girl was raped by a man in front of her family on the orders of the village council as a punishment after her brother was accused of raping the man's sister in Pakistan's Punjab province, police said on Wednesday.

Police have arrested 20 people after the incident that took place on July 18 in Rajpur village in Muzaffarabad in the province, Multan division police chief Ahsan Younis said.

"We have arrested 20 people including the head of the village council for ordering rape of the sister of Umer Wadda of Rajpur village," Younis told PTI.

He said Wadda was accused of raping the teenage sister of Ashfaq of his locality on July 16.

"The matter was brought to the village council that unanimously ordered the rape of Wadda's sister by Ashfaq. The Wadda's family protested over the decision but it was told that justice could only be done if the same act was repeated with the accused's sister," he said.

Younis said the police sprang into action when the victim's family reported the matter to it two days ago.

"The victim family did not report the matter until last Monday. We have registered separate FIRs against Ashfaq and over 30 village council members, and Wadda," he said, adding that the police was investigating all aspects of the case.

"We are also investigating whether the sister of Wadda was raped in front of her parents and the brother (which is the claim of the Wadda family)," he said.

He added that the station house officer of Muzafarabad police has become a complainant in the case so that both parties cannot reach a compromise and withdraw the FIRs against each other.

It is the same district where in early 2000 Mukhtaran Mai was raped on the order of the village council, triggering an international outrage.

Rights activist and former Supreme Court Bar Association Asma Jehangir said a number of such cases are not reported.

"It is unfortunate that the victims do not approach the police to redress the grievances," she said, adding there is a need to create awareness among the people especially of rural areas in this regard.
Somalia Opens Sharia Court
Thursday, July 27, 2017 6:04 AM

From Africa-News:
Somalia’s HirShabelle region has on Monday opened sharia and appeals courts in the regional capital Hiiraan to rival al Shabaab’s justice system.

President of the semi-autonomous region Ali Abdullahi Osoble said the courts will offer the people fair justice contrary to the al Shabaab courts, local media Shabelle News reported.

He also announced the formation of a special force to enforce the laws issued by the courts and arrest anyone who goes contrary to the ruling.

Islamist insurgent group al Shabaab provides Somalia’s only effective justice system by operating mobile courts that deal with cases swiftly.

Their justice system seeks to implement the sharia no matter how harsh and intolerant it may seem.

Human Rights Watch and other rights bodies have called on al Shabaab to stop floggings, amputations, decapitations, and other practices that contravene international human rights standards.

Al Shabaab has been able to carry out deadly bombings despite losing most of its territory to African Union peacekeepers supporting the Somali government.

The group’s insurgency aims to drive out the peacekeepers, topple Somalia’s western-backed government and impose its strict version of Islam on the Horn of Africa state.

Mother Of Killer Who Butchered Family Calls For More Attacks
Thursday, July 27, 2017 6:01 AM

From Jewish-News:
The mother of the Palestinian terrorist who killed three Israelis as they sat at their Shabbat table was arrested for incitement.

Israeli troops arrested Ibtisam al-Abed on Monday night, the Israel Defence Forces said. She is accused of “aggravated incitement” against Jews.

Following the attack Friday night by her son Omar, 19, in the West Bank settlement of Halamish, al-Abed said in a statement captured on video and widely distributed on social media, “Praise Allah, I am proud of my son. May Allah be pleased with him.”

On Monday, the al-Abed family hosted guests and al-Abed handed out sweets. The IDF said she “called for attacks on Jews.”

Omar al-Abed, 19, from the nearby Palestinian village of Kobar, was shot and injured during the attack, in which he stabbed to death three members of one family who were together to celebrate the birth of a grandson.

Yosef Salomon, 70, his daughter Chaya, 46, and son Elad, 36, and a father of five who were in the home at the time of the massacre, were killed. Tovah Salomon, 68, Yosef’s wife and the mother of the others slain, was seriously injured in the attack.

Four Year Old Girl Raped After Mother Opens Home To Refugees
Thursday, July 27, 2017 5:58 AM

From Fria-Tider:
One woman decided to invite a group of refugee children to their family's residence. It ended with her 14-year-old daughter being raped in her girls room by a 25-year-old Arab man. But the rapist "may" is not expelled, the prosecutor claims.

The woman is living in a town in Västmanland together with her children. In the house, a so-called unaccompanied refugee child also lived in the past.

In November last year, the refugee child accompanied his brother and three other men in the 20-25's to the family to greet. They stayed for two nights and afterwards the police reported that her 14-year-old daughter had been raped by one of the men, a 25-year-old from Syria.

Mum: "Just a Hinge"
The rape took place in the 14-year-old girl room after the man invited her to liquor. The girl was more or less unconscious of intoxication and only vague memories of the incident, but she remembers how she appealed to the Arab to stop when he was raping her.

The mom, who was sleeping at the moment, was awakened by the girl's sister to erase her bedroom door and alarmed what was going on. The mother first refused to believe it, but when she saw that one of the refugees wrote about the event on Facebook, she went to the girl's bedroom and heard "a smashing noise." She replied, however, to the refugee child that it was "just a hinge", according to the judgment.

But then the door was opened to the room, which, according to the mother, smelled "both sweat and alcohol", and out the stupid 25-year-old. Inside the room the daughter was naked, knocked out and unbreakable.

"Best to Take Care of"
When the Arab came down to the others after raping the girl, the refugee children who had previously lived with the Arab family went up and raped her again "because it was best to take care". It stated at least the brother of the refugee child to the mother, according to the judgment.

The 14-year-old girl has been very bad after the event and has been away from school for several months.

Västmanland District Court now judges the 25-year-old Syrian against his denial for two years and ten months in prison for rape against children. He will also pay £ 115,000 in damages to the girl.

He himself claimed he did not have sex with the 14-year-old. DNA spores in the form of sperm, he explained that he "got excited" earlier in the day when the girls had danced in short shorts while sitting on the couch. He claimed that he had broken his genitals against a pair of panties - a statement that the court of appeal, however, completely dismisses.

"Can not be expelled"
The prosecutor had not claimed that the 25-year-old would be expelled to the Arab world.

- It depends on the circumstances of the case. There was an opinion from the Swedish Migration Board, and on the basis of that, judicial prosecutors had argued that no such claim would be made and I fully agree with it, "said chamber prosecutor Frieda Gummesson.

Gummesson refers to so-called enforcement barriers.

- You simply can not expel persons to certain places to which they would be expelled if expelled from here. Then they will not be expelled, she says.

According to the Swedish Migration Board's opinion, the 25-year-old came to Sweden from Syria during the asylum crash in autumn 2015. He has been granted a temporary residence permit until December 23, 2019, declaring his wife and daughter in Iraq.

At Least Four Mali Civilians Killed
Thursday, July 27, 2017 5:55 AM

From News-24:
At least four civilians, including a child, were killed in an attack by suspected jihadist militants in northeast Mali on Tuesday, security and official sources said.

The ethnic Tuareg victims were sleeping when the attack happened in the early hours of Tuesday near the Niger border. Others there managed to flee the area, a local official said.

The Tuareg encampment, some 44km from the northeastern town of Menaka "was attacked by terrorists. At least four people were killed," a security source told AFP.

Another source blamed the attack on an Islamist militia group, led by Abou Walid Sahraoui, which has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State jihadist group.

As well as the child who was killed, some of the victims were elderly, a local Menaka official said.

Northern Mali fell to jihadist groups linked to al-Qaeda in March 2012, and although they were driven out of key towns by a French-led military intervention the following year, the Islamists have regrouped and now have spread further south.

Mali's north is controlled in parts by armed groups loyal to Bamako and in others by former rebels who want greater autonomy for the region, while the state is absent from much of the territory.

Both sides signed a 2015 peace deal aimed at curbing violence in Mali's north, but both have repeatedly violated a ceasefire.
Peaceful Protesters Trample And Burn Israeli Flag
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 5:10 AM

From Israelly-Cool:
Yesterday, the day after a grandfather and two of his children were brutally murdered by a palestinian Arab while sitting down for their Friday night Shabbat dinner, Israel haters around the world demonstrated against metal detectors at entrances to the Temple Mount Jews’ exercising their right to defend themselves from mass slaughter (again).

One such demonstration was in London, where some pro-Israel folk decided to hold a spontaneous and peaceful vigil outside the Israeli embassy to honour the memory of the terror victims. They were greeted with antisemitic chants and Hizbullah flags, before some charged at the pro-Israel group, stole one of their Israeli flags and burned it, as one of the activists (Ambrosine Shitrit) writes, “a shell-shocked undermanned police force barricaded us from the extremists and led us to safety.”

Here you can see the protesters trampling on and burning the flag. Not the age of one of the flag desecrators.

Calais Migrants Bash Truck Driver Over Head With Brick
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 5:05 AM

From Express:
BRITISH drivers were last night warned not to stop their vehicles near the port of Calais after a gang of migrants hijacked a lorry.

In a new escalation of violence among migrants in the area desperate to get to Britain, a violent mob pounced on a trucker.

They hit him around the head with a brick and left him for dead before stealing his vehicle.

It is thought the gang seized an opportunity to try to smuggle dozens of illegals into the UK but their brazen attempt failed when the vehicle was stopped before reaching the port.

The worrying incident has sparked a warning over trucks and tourists vehicles stopping near the port with tens of thousands of families currently driving through northern France on holiday.

Richard Burnett, chief executive of the Road Haulage Association, said: “This news from Calais is extremely disturbing and comes as a stark warning to UK drivers that migrants will stop at nothing to reach our shores.

"This latest method of hijacking is new and clearly shows these people will stop at nothing to cross the Channel.”

The driver stopped near Marck on the A16 motorway outside Calais and noticed a group of migrants trying to clamber into his truck.

When he left his cab to inspect the damage he was attacked before the gang hijacked his lorry and drove off towards the port, leaving him bleeding on the floor.

The gang was stopped by police five miles away.

The unnamed driver is in hospital with a serious head injury.

British truckers were notified of the horrific attack via the National Vehicle Crime Intelligence Service whose alert has now been moved to red, its highest level, meaning a clear and present security risk.

Charlie Elphicke, Tory MP for Dover, said: “This sickening attack shows the extreme lengths people will take to break into Britain.

“Hard-working lorry drivers must be protected from brutal assaults like this. Tourists and truckers must be safe on the road to Calais.

“Whether it’s using small aircraft or stealing lorries, trafficking gangs are using ever more disturbing tactics to smuggle migrants across the English Channel. That’s why we need a crackdown on these ruthless people traffickers and end their evil trade of modern slavery.”

Ukip MEP Bill Etheridge said: “This incident was horrific and needs to be a wake up call to those who refuse to deal with the continuing migrant crisis in Calais.”

Friday night’s vicious assault and robbery comes a month after a van driver was killed in a crash caused when migrants built a makeshift barricade on the same motorway.

"It is believed nine Eritreans blockaded the road so they could stow away on UK-bound lorries.
Fourteen Year Old Girl Raped Everyday By Caliphate Member
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 4:59 AM

From Daily-Mail:
A Yazidi schoolgirl has revealed her horrifying story of how she was kidnapped and used as a sex slave by ISIS fighters when she was just 14.

Ekhlas was captured along with thousands of Yazidi women when ISIS jihadis swept through northern Iraq in 2014.

She tried to escape to Mount Sinjar, where 50,000 members of the long-persecuted sect had fled.

Schoolgirl tells how she fled ISIS after being held captive

But, talking to Victoria Derbyshire, she revealed how she was raped every day for six months by jihadis.

Now 16, Ekhlas said: 'My life was beautiful but two hours changed my life. They came with their black flag. They killed our men and raped our girls.

'They killed my father in front of my own eyes. I saw blood on their hands. All I heard was screaming and crying, everyone was starving, they weren't feeding anyone.

'I saw a man who was over 40 take a 10-year-old girl. The girl was screaming. I'll never forget those screams.'

Ekhlas was chosen as a sex slave out 150 girls by a jihadi when he drew lots and kept for six months.

She said: 'He was so ugly, like a beast, with his long hair. He smelt so bad. I was so frightened I couldn't look at him.

'Every day for six months he raped me. I tried to kill myself. How am I telling you this without crying? I tell you I ran out of tears.'

But Ekhlas managed to remain strong because she said, 'my smile was my weapon'.

She managed to miraculously escape her abuser when he was out fighting and found her way to a refugee camp.

There she met Jacqueline Isaac, an American lawyer, and was resettled in Germany three months later.

Jacqueline said: 'When I first met her, her head was down, all of their heads were down. There was no eye contact in the beginning.'

Ehklas is now receiving therapy at a psychiatric hospital for her trauma, but she says she wants to be a lawyer in the future.

She added: 'You probably think I am as strong as a rock but I want you to know I am wounded inside. I have my pain and it's like 100 deaths.'

Nearly 10,000 Yazidis were killed or captured when ISIS took over Mount Sinjar in the summer of 2014.

An estimated thirty per cent of that number were executed by gunshot, beheading or being burned alive.

The Yazidis are a predominantly ethnic Kurdish group, and have managed to keep their religion alive for centuries, which is rumoured to have been derived from Zoroastrianism.

This has given them the reputation in the Middle East for being 'devil-worshipers', and they were subject to 72 genocidal massacres during the 19th and 19th centuries alone.

Around fifteen per cent of the population in Iraq fled the country to seek asylum in Europe during the ISIS rampage.

The plight of the Yazidis, along with ISIS' whirlwind advance through Iraq, brought international attention to the region.

Three years later the group has been forced from its last major Iraqi stronghold of Mosul by a combination of Iraqi ground forces and coalition airstrikes.
Stabbing At British Prison For Allah
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 4:54 AM

From Mirror:
A prisoner allegedly shouted “this is for Allah” before slashing the throat of a jail guard and an inmate - then went on to attack a second prison officer at another jail two days later.

The suspected Islamic extremist is alleged to have used the same phrase uttered by the London Bridge attackers when they murdered seven people with knives and a van.

It comes after Prime Minister, Theresa May, warned in the aftermath of the London atrocity last month of violent extremists carrying out copycat attacks “often using the crudest means”.

The violent incident left the prison officer and a fellow lag needing hospital treatment after they were both attacked with a blade at HMP Weyland in Norfolk on Friday afternoon.

Prison bosses are probing how the thug was able to attack a second officer two days later on Sunday after being moved to another jail.

Detectives from Norfolk police are investigating both incidents but so far no arrests have been made.

An official source said the suspect was not serving a sentence for a terror related offence, raising the prospect he had been radicalised in jail.

Questions have been raised over why the alleged attacker was not held in a high risk unit for people who have been radicalised.

A second source confirmed that witnesses say the attacker shouted: “This is for Allah” during the first attack.

The suspect was transferred to HMP Lincoln where he slashed the second prison officer on Sunday, this time with a sharpened piece of masonry, it is claimed, leaving the officer with minor injuries.

One source said of the suspect: “He was voicing extreme views. He said ‘only white people should die’ and ‘This is for Allah’ as he did it.

“He should have gone to a high risk unit for people who have been radicalised. Especially after the first incident at HMP Wayland - he should not have just been transferred to HMP Lincoln.”

A Norfolk police spokeswoman said: “Police are investigating a serious assault which happened at HMP Wayland, near Thetford, on Friday (21 July). The incident happened at about 1.30pm when a prisoner attacked another inmate and a prison officer with a bladed weapon. Both victims suffered cuts which required hospital treatment. The suspect involved was moved to HMP Lincoln where he was involved in another assault against a prison officer on Sunday 23 July (minor injury). “Investigations are ongoing.”

The source said the attacks came amid a background of savage cuts to prison budgets.

The insider said: “This is all happening as prisons...don’t have enough staff - there are big problems in the prison system.”

The source said the HMP Bedford riot involving 230 inmates in November last year showed the service was under strain -and referred to two other incidents this weekend alone - one at HMP Hewell where riot squads were sent in and HMP Aylesbury young offenders institute.

A prison officer was taken to hospital with minor injuries after an “incident” at HMP Hewell near Redditch, Worcestershire, late on Saturday night. Specially trained prison security teams arrived after a “small number” of inmates at the category B jail were involved in the disturbance.

At HMP Aylesbury Young Offenders Institute, violence broke out on Friday night leaving a ‘number of staff’ and an imate needing hospital treatment.

Years of savage government cuts have seen the prison service stretched to its limits.

Budgets have been slashed by a reported £700 million since 2010 and the number of prison officers has fallen by some 7,000 to 18,000 during that period.

The chief inspector of prisons, Peter Clarke, found a 38% increase in assaults on staff in a report released earlier this month.

He said suicides have doubled since 2013 to 113, and 21 out of 29 local and training prisons rated poor or not sufficiently good for safety.

Staffing levels in many jails are too low to keep order and maintain standards, he said.

A Ministry of Justice spokesman said: “We do not tolerate any violence against our hardworking staff. When incidents like this occur we will always work closely with the police to push for the strongest possible punishment.

“We have referred both of these incidents to the police and it would be inappropriate to comment further at this stage.”
Religion of Peace Activists Went Door To Door Killing Christians
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 4:49 AM

From Christian-Today:
Seven Christians have been killed in Kenya by al-Shabaab militants, according to International Christian Concern.

The killings took place earlier this month in three separate villages. Three policemen were killed in the first raid, when 200 militants attacked Pandanguo village in Lamu county. Three days later 15 of them returned and attacked the villages of Jima and Poromoko.

Locals contacted by ICC said they went from door to door and killed the Christian men. The Christian families have been evacuated and are staying at a church in the nearby Witu town.

The church's head pastor, Henry Divayo, said the attackers had been targeting Christians living in Lamu County especially farmers in the interior areas where small-scale agriculture thrives.

The militants had been asking the villagers to produce their identification cards. 'If you were found to be a Christian you would be shot or slaughtered,' he said.

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He explained that victims had been evacuated to camps where food and security is provided by government and the Kenya Red Cross. 'We are hosting more than 200 people in our church and we expect the number to increase as more families are evacuated from Boni Forest,' he said.

'The government has been in the forefront in giving security to churches but a lot more needs to be done,' Divayo continued. 'We need more well equipped police officers in churches, schools and hospitals.'

Al-Shabaab is based in Somalia but has raided Kenyan villages across the border. It was also responsible for the attack on Garissa University in April 2015 where 148 Christian students were killed.

ICC's Regional Manager for Africa, Nathan Johnson, said: 'The Kenyan government must provide safety and stability to all of its people. They must end al-Shabaab's reign of terror that has been thriving on the border with Somalia. We pray for the families of the deceased and for peace to come to a region that has seen such violence towards Christians. We hope that Kenya's government can take effective action to rid Kenya of these terrorist actions.'

Woman Killed With Acid For Refusing Sex To Cousin
Tuesday, July 25, 2017 6:04 AM

From Tribune:
The family of an acid attack victim staged a protest against doctors of Civil Hospital, Shujaabad, accusing them of delaying a post-mortem for at least 18 hours that caused the deceased’s body to decay.

M*, 32, a resident of Mouza Khanpur Qazia in Sikandarabad succumbed to injuries on Sunday night at Nishtar Hospital in Multan, a day after her cousin Kashif, 28, attacked her with acid for refusing to get involved in an illicit relationship with him, police told The Express Tribune.

According to SHO city police station, Kashif had been threatening M*, who married J* three years ago, of grave consequences if she did not comply with his demands. On Saturday night, he entered her house when she was alone and threw acid on her, burning her face, body.

M* was first taken to the Civil Hospital in Shujaabad but was later moved to Nishtar Hospital in Multan. Doctors said 70 per cent of her body was wounded in the attack.

After her death, her husband J* moved her body to Civil Hospital in Shujaabad for post mortem, however, his request was denied due to absence of doctors.

In protest, the family of the deceased placed the body outside the hospital. They called to expedite the process so the body could be buried without further decomposition. Speaking to The Express Tribune, J* said the “body has started to decompose due to the delay in post-mortem.”

“We have been protesting for the post-mortem to take place early since the last 18 hours,” he said. “The post-mortem is necessary for legal action against the culprit but there is no doctor at the hospital.”

The demonstration led to a three-hour long traffic jam, persuading SHO City Police Station to rush to the scene to negotiate with the protestors. After promising legal action against the suspect, the SHO managed to disperse the crowd.

An FIR has been registered against Kashif under section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) at the city police station, SHO told The Express Tribune. He added that the suspect had been arrested and further investigations were underway.
Assyrian Man Kidnapped And Killed In Syria
Tuesday, July 25, 2017 6:01 AM

From Aina:
The body of an Assyrian man, Dr. Basil Isaac, was found two days ago in a village eight kilometers west of Hasaka, three days after he was kidnapped. He died from a gun shot to the head. He was buried in his home village of Tel Shamiram. Dr. Isaac was the former dean of the farming college and deputy dean of the school of education at Euphrates University in Syria.

No ransom was demanded by the kidnappers, whose identity is unknown.

Tel Shamiram is one of the 35 Assyrian villages on the Khabur river in the Hasaka province that was captured by ISIS in 2015 (AINA 2015-02-23). 253 Assyrians were kidnapped and ransomed out in the following year. ISIS was subsequently driven out of the villages.

Taliban Bike Bomb Killings In Lahore
Tuesday, July 25, 2017 5:58 AM

From BBC:
At least 26 people have been killed in a car bombing in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore, officials say.

More than 50 others were injured in the explosion on the busy Ferozepur Road close to a vegetable market in the south of the city.

The Pakistani Taliban said it was behind the explosion.

Reports suggest it was a suicide bomber on a motorbike, and the target may have been police working in the area. Police officers are among the dead.

Windows were blown out in nearby buildings by the force of the blast.

Eyewitness Sher Dil, who works at an office near the site, said he heard a "deafening blast".

The market was full of police at the time because officers had been sent to clear stalls that had illegally spilled into the road.

"We suspect that he (the suicide bomber) came on a motorcycle and he rammed it into a police checkpoint," Lahore police operations chief Haider Ashraf told Reuters.

Rescue workers have transferred the wounded to hospital, and police and army troops were sent to contain the scene.

Pakistan's president, prime minister and army chief have all expressed their sorrow and condolences for the loss of life.

It is the latest in a series of explosions in Lahore in recent months.

In April, the Pakistani Taliban said they had carried out an attack on workers conducting a government census.

A Taliban faction said it was behind a bomb attack in Lahore in February which killed 13 people and wounded more than 80.

The Pakistani Taliban is loosely allied with Afghanistan's Taliban insurgents, but targets the Pakistani government.

At Least Eight killed By Female Suicide Bombers
Tuesday, July 25, 2017 5:56 AM

From Fox-News:
At least eight people were killed after female suicide bombers attacked two displaced persons camps in northeastern Nigeria's main city Monday, a civilian self-defense group said.

The attack started late Sunday night and left another 15 people wounded, spokesman Bello Danbatta with the Civilian-JTF group told The Associated Press.

Danbatta said one bomber sneaked into the Dalori camp and detonated, while two other attackers exploded on or near the camp's perimeter fence. Another bomber detonated early Monday morning.

The late-night ambush was the first major attack on a displaced persons camp in Maiduguri, the birthplace of the Boko Haram extremist insurgency.

The bombings occurred a few days after Nigeria's army chief of staff issued a 40-day deadline for troops to flush out Boko Haram's leader and finish off the extremist group.

Boko Haram often targets the city with suicide bombers and increasingly has been using female ones. Late last year, Nigeria's government declared the group "crushed" but dozens of such attacks have been carried out this year.

Thousands of people continue to shelter in camps after being forced from their homes by Boko Haram.

The late-night ambush was the first major attack on a displaced persons camp in Maiduguri, the birthplace of the Boko Haram extremist insurgency.

The bombings occurred a few days after Nigeria's army chief of staff issued a 40-day deadline for troops to flush out Boko Haram's leader and finish off the extremist group.

Boko Haram often targets the city with suicide bombers and increasingly has been using female ones. Late last year, Nigeria's government declared the group "crushed" but dozens of such attacks have been carried out this year.

Thousands of people continue to shelter in camps after being forced from their homes by Boko Haram.
Killings In Kabul Car Bomb Attack
Tuesday, July 25, 2017 5:31 AM

From CNN:
The Taliban have claimed responsibility for a car bombing in Kabul that left at least 29 people dead, as the Islamist fundamentalist group ratchets up an offensive across Afghanistan.

The blast happened at around 6:40 a.m. Monday (10:10 p.m. ET Sunday) when a Toyota Corolla exploded in the city's west, Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish told CNN.
It is the latest in a string of attacks in recent days by the Taliban, which said it had captured two districts in northern and central Afghanistan at the weekend.

An Afghan security official inspects the scene of the bombing on Monday.
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In a statement released by Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid, the group said the Kabul bomb's target was a bus carrying Afghan intelligence staff, but Danish said that all the victims were civilians, including some employees of the Ministry of Mining and Petroleum. Women and children were among the dozens injured, Danish said.
Saleem Rasooli, head of Kabul hospitals, put the death toll at 29 and said at least 40 others were injured in the blast.

A witness told CNN he saw injured people in the streets and others yelling in the bombing's aftermath.
"In the morning I was sleeping when I heard a loud boom, which woke me up," said 33-year-old Safiullah, who gave only his first name.

An injured man is transported after the attack in western Kabul on Monday.
He looked out of a window in his home and saw plumes of smoke rising from the site as people ran in a panic.
Afghanistan's Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah and President Ashraf Ghani both condemned the attack.
"I strongly condemn the terrorist attack on civil servants in Kabul today," Abdullah said in a tweet.
"Our security institutes will hold perpetrators accountable."

Ghani's office said in statement: "The enemy of Afghanistan can't face our forces in battle field so they target innocent civilians."
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned the attack, saying "the deliberate targeting of civilians constitutes a grave violation of human rights and international humanitarian law and may constitute a war crime."

Afghan men rest in hospital after being injured in the attack.
The uptick in violence comes as President Donald Trump mulls sending more US troops to Afghanistan, amid no signs that the Taliban is weakening.
There are about 8,400 US troops in the country at the moment. The US counterterrorism mission there, which also fights ISIS, is separate from a NATO-led effort to train, advise and assist the Afghan army and police force to fight the Taliban.
More than 1,600 civilians were killed in Afghanistan in the first half of the year, UN figures show, a record high in the 16-year war.

Man Turns Suicide Bomber To Resolve Family Dispute
Monday, July 24, 2017 6:48 AM

From Times-Of-India:
A 62 year old man has blown himself up in an alleged attempt to kill his relative, at Vaniyambalam near Vandur in the district on Saturday.

The deceased was identified as Muhammed Saleem, residing at Vaniyambalam.

The incident occurred around 9am on Saturday at Vaniyamabalm town. Saleem killed himself during an attempt to kill Sharafudheen, son of his brother-in-law, through a human-bomb model attack.

According to police, the family dispute between Saleem and Sharfudheen led to the incident. Saleem came to the industrial shop of Sharafudheen in morning and they had heated exchange of words in the presence of others in the shop. After the verbal duel, Saleem, who had already come prepared with an ignited Thotta (small explosive device) on his waist, hugged Sharafudheen from behind. Noticing the burning explosive on the waist of Saleem, Sharafudheen and others ran away from him and Saleem was blown up within seconds, police said adding that he was killed on the spot in the strong explosion.

Saleem is native of Mananthawadi in Wayanad district and he is residing at Vaniyambalam for more than 20 years. Police have informed that the preliminary investigation has already confirmed that the person used small explosive material and he wanted to kill Sharafudheen along with killing himself.

France Pretends Muslims Who Murder Jews Are Mentally Ill
Monday, July 24, 2017 6:46 AM

From Israel-National-News:
On April 4, 2017 Sarah Halimi, a 66 year old Jewish woman, was murdered by 27-year-old Kada Traoré. He broke into her home in the middle of the night. Traoré tortured Halimi and afterwards threw her out of the window of her fourth floor apartment in the Belleville neighborhood in northern Paris.
Witnesses heard Traoré, a Muslim of African origin, shouting Allahu Akbar – Allah is great -- while committing his crime. Traoré had made many anti-Semitic remarks toward Halimi in the past, calling her and her relatives ‘dirty Jews’.

The authorities tried to downplay or ignore the anti-Semitic nature of the murder. They claimed that the murderer was mentally ill, even if he had no such history. The mainstream media ignored this religiously-motivated crime.

Gilles-William Goldnadel, a lawyer who represents Halimi’s family, denounced what he called “the ‘systematic psychiatrization’ of radical Islamic anti-Semitic murders.” At the beginning of this century, French sociologist Shmuel Trigano, had already exposed a similar attitude of the country’s authorities.

In late 2000 and the beginning of 2001, there was a huge outbreak of anti-Semitic violence in France. Almost all perpetrators were immigrants from Muslim countries or their descendants. Trigano related that the anti-Semitic violence went largely unreported by both the press and public authorities. He added that there were convincing indications that the Jewish community was asked by the socialist Jospin government not to give much publicity to the increased anti-Jewish aggression. The reason given was that doing so might inflame the situation. The French government wanted to maintain what was then already an illusory “social peace.”

The expression “social peace” in such a context is a euphemism for ignoring or whitewashing anti-Semitic aggression by Muslims. A recent study on anti-Semitism in seven European countries concluded: “Available data on perpetrators suggest that individuals of Muslim background stand out among perpetrators of anti-Semitic violence in Western Europe, but not in Russia, where right-wing extremist offenders dominate. Attitude surveys corroborate this picture in so far as anti-Semitic attitudes are far more widespread among Muslims than among the general population in Western Europe.”

Trigano also mentioned a case of hiding the truth about an ideology-related murder which had no Jewish aspects: “In 2002 the Deputy Mayor of the southern French town Beziers was murdered by a Muslim. The official story was the killer was a madman.” Later the city’s mayor accused the Minister of the Interior, Daniel Vaillant, to have forced this version on the municipality. The mayor said that after the murder Vaillant came to Beziers and presented the madman story as “an official truth.” Trigano added: “Later it became known that the French intelligence services had discovered that the murderer was linked to Al Qaeda.”

In 2003, Sebastien Selam, a Jewish disc jockey, was killed by his Muslim childhood friend and neighbor Adel Amastaibou. Medical experts found the murderer mentally insane. When the judges accepted this conclusion the findings prevented a trial in which anti-Semitism in substantial parts of the French Muslim community might have been discussed.

Richard Prasquier, then chairman of the CRIF, the umbrella organization of French Jewry, followed the case. He said that it was scandalous that Amastaibou was put in a mental hospital but was given permission to leave the premises on weekends. Prasquier said, "The doctors thought it would be good for his mental health to return home, but never once considered the health and safety of the family of the victim, the Selam family."

In 2006, Ilan Halimi, a young Jew was kidnapped and tortured for twenty-four days before being killed. His kidnappers, led by Youssouf Fofana, called themselves the “Gang of Barbarians.” When his court trial began in 2009, Fofana shouted “Allahu Akbar” He gave his identity as “Arabs African revolt barbarian Salafist army.”

In 2012, Mohammed Merah, a French Muslim of Algerian origin, killed a Jewish teacher and three children in front of their school in Toulouse, Otzar Hatorah. Earlier that month he had murdered three French soldiers. Later his brother, Abdelghani Merah, published a book in which he described their parents as having educated them to be fanatic anti-Semites.He wrote that his sister Souad and brother Abdelkader are also extreme anti-Semites. As Mohammed Merah was killed in a shootout with the French police, there was no specific need to declare him mentally ill.

In 2015, Amedy Coulibaly, an African Muslim, murdered four Jews in the Paris Hyper Cacher supermarket. He was later killed by security forces.

One thing which has changed however is that Jews no longer remain silent as they did at the beginning of this century. A march took place in the Belleville neighborhood to protest the silence of the media. A number of intellectuals, some of them non-Jewish, published a statement on the anti-Semitic character of the murder of Halimi.

The president of CRIF, Francis Kalifat, published an op-ed in the Figaro daily where he wrote that “there is evidence that this is a textbook case of an anti-Semitic murder. Tthis heinous crime has not been recognized for what it is.”  He added that Halimi “was butchered for the sole and only reason that she was Jewish.”  Kalifat also wrote that he would continue to pressure authorities until the truth comes to light.

France is the country with the largest absolute number and percentage of Muslims in Western Europe.  One widely quoted study by Pew from 2010 estimated that France had 4.7 million Muslims. At 7.5 percent of the population, this meant that the country had the largest Muslim population in Western Europe. Many French Jews understand that the main anti-Semitic problems they encounter in France are due to hatred and aggression by part of the large Muslim presence combined with the lack of will by the authorities to face up to the truth. The problems of French Jewry are thus structural rather than incidental.

There are 751 areas in the country referred to by the French as “sensitive urban zones.” Part of these might better be called “No Go Areas.” Trigano said at the time that anti-Semitism is a barometer of gauging French society’s perverseness.

The new French president, Emmanuel Macron, has made promises for huge change in France. Finally, during Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent visit to Paris – more than three months after the murder – Macron has said: “Despite the denials of the murderer, our judiciary must bring total clarity around the death of Sarah Halimi.” That evidently does not force the judiciary to act accordingly. Macron’s overall rhetoric is very ambitious.

In light of the Halimi murder and its aftermath, Macron might also give some thought to the mental health of France.

Muslim Mob Stones Hindu Pilgrims
Monday, July 24, 2017 6:43 AM

From Opindia:
Bareilly district of Uttar Pradesh witnessed communal clashes on Friday night, leaving hordes of people including policemen injured, after a Muslim mob attacked a convoy of Kaanwariyas (devotees of Lord Shiva) for taking out their kaanwar yatra through ‘their area’.

This supposed ‘Muslim area’ through which any Hindu religious procession can’t be allowed, is a village named Khailam falling under Aliganj police station of Bareilly district.

According to a report in Patrika, on Friday evening when Kaanwariyas were returning to their homes after offering prayers to Lord Shiva, Muslims of Khailam village objected to them passing through the main road in their area terming it a “new development”.

Kaanwariyas refused to bow down to this diktat and demanded that they be allowed to take the route. As per a Times of India report, every year Kaanvariyas pass through the road as it is the only route to reach the river Ramganga.

This led to a stalemate and protests by the Kaanvariyas, which caused a traffic jam for over three hours. In their attempt to break the logjam, local administration and police is reported to have asked the Kaanwariyas to not play any music while passing through the ‘Muslim area’.

However, when the convoy of Kaanwariyas passed through the village, they were attacked with bricks and stones. The mob even resorted to firing, which further led to stampede among the Kaanwariyas. Many of the Kaanwariyas were reportedly dragged and beaten up.

According to a report in Hindustan, the mob is supposed to have collected these bricks and stones in those three hours when Kaanwariyas were protesting against this ‘ban’ on their route.

This attack happened in presence of police forces and jawans of ITBP (Indo-Tibetan Border Police), and many security personnel are also reported to have suffered injuries while trying to rescue the Kaanvariyas. Even women and children were not spared by the mob.

The area is currently tense but under control. Police says that they are identifying accused and arrests will be made in the case.

While a report by ABP News claims that the mob attacked because Kaanvariyas didn’t heed to the administration request of not playing any music while passing through the ‘Muslim area’, no such conclusion can be drawn from other media reports mentioned in this article.

Was it an attempt to rationalise the violence by Muslim mob by ABP? This can’t be said for sure, but the media has betrayed on many occasions their belief that “Muslim areas” should be kept away from “provocative” Hindu religious or political slogans and symbols. An example from early this year:

Entire Village Waited For Honor Killing Of Twelve Year Old
Monday, July 24, 2017 6:40 AM

From Gandhara:
Gandhara website has obtained some details of the gruesome murder of a 12-year-old girl killed over maligning her family’s honor by reportedly eloping with a young man last month.

Villagers in Ashraf Khel, a dusty hamlet near the famed Khyber Pass, have sketched out a grim picture of how the mentally disabled Naghma was allegedly killed by close relatives after a failed attempt to run away.

A 40-year-old woman, a resident of Ashraf Khel, recounted details of the tragedy on the condition that her name and identity be protected because of fears of reprisals from the alleged assassins.

She told Gandhara that Naghma’s fate was sealed after officials in their Khyber tribal district handed her back to the family after an alleged botched attempt to elope with a young man in late June.

“On June 28, Naghma’s uncle, Dadul Khan, and his son spread the news in our village that she would be killed at 11 a.m.,” she said. “While the whole village waited to hear gunshots, no one had the courage to come forward to save Naghma or even inform the authorities.”

The woman, a neighbor of Naghma’s family, recounted that around the announced time they heard five shots being fired. “We knew then that the hapless life had come to an end,” she said.

A male villager said Naghma was taken to an empty compound near her house in Ashraf Khel. While requesting anonymity because of fear and cultural sensitivities, he said Naghma was surrounded by several male relatives armed with AK-47 Kalashnikov assault rifles.

He said most of Ashraf Khel’s residents believe Naghma was killed by one of the five men inside the walled compound. “One of them supposedly fired the fatal shots,” he said.

The woman said she thought even Naghma had guessed her fate when her uncle and other male relatives took her from her mother, Bakht Meena, who is believed to suffer from a psychiatric disorder. Villagers say Naghma’s father ekes out a living by driving a truck in the port city of Karachi some 1,000 kilometers away.

“Naghma asked her uncle, ‘Are you going to kill me?’ And the uncle replied, ‘No, I am going to wed you to my son,’” the neighbor recounted, citing details she said she had heard from relatives about conversations in the home.

She said Meena is in shock after her daughter’s murder.

“She is often seen wailing, crying, and running from corner to corner in her mud house asking why her daughter was killed and what her sin was, and vowing revenge,” the neighbor said.

Like everyone else in the close-knit community, the man and woman who shared details with Gandhara are members of the Khogakhel clan of the Shinwari Pashtun tribe. Such proximity to Naghma’s family gave them insights into her murder.

In late June, Niaz Muhmmad, a local administration official in Khyber, told RFE/RL that Naghma was killed despite her family promising officials that they wouldn’t harm her.

Muhammad said the authorities have detained some of the alleged killers and others involved in the murder.

“They did not respect the guarantees they’d made, and they killed the girl," he told Radio Mashaal. "We’ve arrested the uncle and his son, and we also arrested the brothers of the boy with whom Naghma had eloped.”

Locals say Naghma eloped with an 18-year-old with the help of a 23-year-old. They are still in hiding. Gandhara was unable to reach them or their families because few in the remote Pashtun community are willing to talk about an issue considered highly sensitive.

Naghma’s case is rare in the sense that authorities have caught the alleged killers. But it is not clear whether they will be punished. Some locals say they are likely to be released in the near future because of a settlement at a Jirga, or tribal council. The region is still ruled by a century-old colonial-era law, the Frontier Crimes Regulations (FCR), which allows for such settlements.

Some tribal leaders in Khyber are already petitioning the Political Administration, the formal name of the local civilian authorities in Khyber, to free the alleged killers because, they argue, local customs allow for honor killings.

Naghma is among hundreds of victims, most of them women, of so-called honor killings reported in Pakistan each year. The country has weak legal provisions to prevent the practice and a weak record of prosecuting perpetrators. Powerful local figures such as feudal lords, tribal leaders, and clerics justify such murders in the name of protecting family or community “honor.” They typically invoke local traditions and cultural practices to justify the violence.

It is not clear whether intervention from senior government officials can alter the outcome. Last month the governor of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, the de facto chief executive of Khyber and six more tribal districts in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, ordered an inquiry into Naghma’s murder.

When contacted, an official at the governor’s office said they are still waiting for the inquiry report nearly three weeks after it was ordered.

Meanwhile, locals in Ashraf Khel speculate that the saga of Naghma’s murder is unlikely to end soon. They predict that once the two men are released, her relatives are likely to go after them for allegedly convincing Naghma to elope with them.

“If found, their fate will be certain death,” the villager said.

Such murders invariably spark an unending feud that goes on for generations.

Nine Year Old Orphan Sexually Molested During Quran Lessons
Monday, July 24, 2017 6:33 AM

From Hurriyetdaily:
A nine-year-old orphan boy has reportedly been sexually abused by his 17-year-old mentor in a Quran course in the eastern province of Ağrı.

The boy, identified only by his initials U.P., was brought to the boarding school, which focuses only on Quran classes, after his parents died.

The boy was staying with the 17-year-old mentor, identified only as Y.K., in the same course for a year. The nine-year-old said he was sexually abused and later threatened by the teacher.

After the incident was reported, the Ağrı Penal Court sought the teacher on charges of “sexually abusing a child,” “depriving one’s liberty” and “wounding.”

The court demanded up to 25 years in jail for the suspect.

Meanwhile, another investigation was launched against other teachers of the course, accusing them of “failing to inform the known crime to authorities.”

The victim’s lawyer, Mehmet Mağal, said officials from the Quran course who saw wounds on the victim’s body should also be tried.

The suspect denied the accusations, but was later arrested and jailed.
Canada Discovers Islamic Charity Is Funding Terrorism
Friday, July 21, 2017 4:47 AM

From Global-News:
The federal government has stripped a Canadian organization of its charity status -- after an audit revealed it may have links to a foreign militant group. Stewart Bell explains who the group is and how these revelations emerged.

Federal regulators have revoked the charity status of a Canadian Islamic organization after an audit uncovered problems including tax receipts that were issued for donations to a Pakistani group linked to armed militancy.

ISNA Islamic Services of Canada was stripped of its charitable status for “non-compliance,” according to records obtained by Global News. Authorities also revoked a related charity, the Canadian Islamic Trust Foundation.

Both are former affiliates of the Islamic Society of North America-Canada (ISNA-Canada), and shared its Mississauga, Ont. address. Politicians of all stripes have attended ISNA-Canada events, notably Justin Trudeau in 2013 and, in April, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale.

The Canada Revenue Agency took action four years after the ISNA Development Foundation lost its charity status over fundraising for a Pakistani relief group linked to militancy in the disputed Kashmir region.

Among the findings that led to the latest two revocations was that ISNA Islamic Services tax receipts had been issued for collections by a Toronto mosque for the “charitable arm” of a Pakistani group whose armed wing was fighting Indian forces.

The money, raised by the Toronto-based Jami Mosque, was passed to the ISNA Development Foundation “for remit” to the Relief Organization of Kashmiri Muslims (ROKM), the CRA Charities Directorate alleged in the newly-released records.

“Our research indicates that ROKM is the charitable arm of Jamaat-e-Islami, a political organization that actively contests the legitimacy of India’s governance over the state of Jammu and Kashmir, including reportedly through the activities of its armed wing Hizbul Mujahideen,” the CRA wrote.

Outlining the audit findings in a letter to ISNA Islamic Services, federal officials said Hizbul Mujahideen had been listed as a terrorist organization by the Council of the European Union and the government of India.

“Given the identified commonalities in directorship between ROKM and Jamaat-e-Islami and the Hizbul Mujahideen executive committee, concerns exist that the funds collected and disbursed as part of this relief fund may have been used to support the political efforts of Jamaat-e-Islami and/or its armed wing Hizbul Mujahideen.”

The leader of Hizbul Mujahideen, Syed Salahuddin, was placed on the U.S. State Department’s list of designated terrorists on June 26. He had threatened to train suicide bombers and turn Kashmir “into a graveyard for Indian forces,” the listing said.

“As the federal regulator of charities, the CRA contributes to the government’s efforts to combat terrorist financing by protecting the charity registration system in Canada from abuse,” said Zoltan Csepregi, a CRA spokesman.
Csepregi said the CRA regularly exercises its authority to notify CSIS, the RCMP, and the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada when there are concerns that an organization is providing support to terrorism. However, he declined to comment on specifics for confidentiality reasons.

On its website, ISNA-Canada describes its mission as “building an Islamic way of life in North America.” It performs marriages and funerals, aids Syrian refugees and held a seminar on radicalization. It remains a registered charity with reported revenues of more than $3-million in 2015.

Audits of ISNA-Canada and its former affiliates began in 2011, said Syed Imtiaz Ahmad, the ISNA-Canada president and chair of ISNA Islamic Services. He said the audits were ordered after irregularities were brought to the CRA’s attention. Four charities were audited because the CRA suspected they were “in a sense indistinguishable,” he said.

The audits covered the years 2007 to 2009. But it wasn’t until June 2014 that the CRA informed the charities they risked losing their registration. ISNA Islamic Trust was also told it could face a $425,000 penalty.

It’s unclear why the CRA waited three more years before following through with the revocations of ISNA Islamic Services and the Canadian Islamic Trust, which came into effect on May 13. But in letters dated March 30, the CRA said that after reviewing the charities’ written responses to the audits, the government’s concerns had “not been alleviated.”

According to the records, ISNA Islamic Services had failed to keep proper donation records and had funded two separate organizations, the Islamic Centre of Toronto, known as the Jami mosque, and the Islamic Book Service, without exercising control over either group.

It had also issued $340,000 worth of receipts for money collected by the Jami mosque. The arrangement allowed donors to the mosque, a non-charity, to obtain charitable contribution receipts — which would allow them to deduct the amounts for tax purposes. Some of the money was allegedly raised by the mosque for the Pakistani group the CRA said raised terrorism concerns.

Ahmad agreed the receipting had not been done properly. He blamed “ignorance plus recklessness” but said he did not doubt the money was meant for genuine relief efforts. He said changes had been made so that the Jami mosque would now operate under ISNA-Canada.

“Our Jami mosque problem is solved,” he said.
As for the Canadian Islamic Trust Foundation, the CRA records said the organization had “allowed itself to be governed” in the interests of several for-profit Islamic housing co-operatives, including the former ISNA Housing Co-operative.

According to the CRA, the Islamic Trust invested in the cooperatives despite cautions in disclosures to potential investors that there was no certainty they would be profitable or be able to pay dividends on shares.

The Islamic Trust was also found to have given $20,515 to three unqualified donees: the ISNA Human Development Institute (a federally incorporated entity that was dissolved in July 2016) and Islamic centres in Brandon and Yellowknife.

Amhad said mistakes had been made in the past due to a combination of “sheer ignorance” and “possible malfeasance on the part of some employees.” The problems were also partly the result of the government’s narrowing definition of charitable activity, he said.

But since returning as president two years ago, he said he had been working to ensure the organizations all complied with Canadian law. “ISNA has come a long way,” he said. “That situation has been corrected and we are now operating in full compliance.”

“We are on the right footing now.”

Ahmad said the charity revocations were not discussed at an April 6 meeting with Goodale. “The subject was public safety. It was a totally different subject,” he said.

Goodale met with ISNA-Canada leaders “to listen to their perspectives on current issues,” said his press secretary Scott Bardsley, who said the minister was invited by local Liberal MP Sven Spengemann.

The meeting occurred a week after the two charities were notified of the decision to revoke their registration, but more than a month before the revocations came into effect.

“The government believes it is important to listen to concerns from all communities to build the safe and inclusive country that we all want Canada to be. We do not seek meetings with discredited organizations, nor give their views weight,” Bardsley said.
Mark Blumberg, an expert in non-profit and charity law, questioned why the CRA was not allowed the inform the public about concerns about particular charities until their status had already been revoked.

The system means Canadians are unaware of potential misuse of their charitable donations, he said. The British Charity Commission of England and Wales regularly distributes information to the public when it has significant concerns, rather than waiting until status has been revoked.

“It doesn’t mean the charity is doing anything wrong; it means [the Commission] is aware of it, they’re investigating it and then they can publish a report which says whether there is nothing wrong or minor issues were discovered or significant issues were discovered,” said Blumberg, a partner at Blumberg Segal LLP.

“I think we’re not doing the public any favors by maintaining the secrecy: you have well-meaning donors who don’t know there is a problem and they are donating to organizations that may be involved with improper activities.”

Man Wearing Cross Beaten By Migrant Gang
Friday, July 21, 2017 4:41 AM

From Legal-Insurrection:
First they came for the Jews wearing the Star of David or Kippah on the streets of Berlin, as was the case with the 67 year-old Jewish man brutally assaulted in the broad day light in 2014, or the 53 year-old Berlin Rabbi and his young daughter, who were attacked and threatened with death, two years earlier. In both of these cases and many others to follow, the attackers were migrant Muslim men.

The German media and political establishment have always been reluctant to admit the inherent Jew-hatred within the country’s growing Muslim population. But the gangs that once targeted Germany’s tiny Jewish population are now taking aim at the country’s majority Christian population as well.

“Three youths attacked a man because he was wearing a cross,” reported the German newspaper Die Welt today. Not wanting to divulge the religious motives behind the attack, the newspaper describes the attackers as “assailants of North African origin.”

German daily Die Welt reported the details of the incident:

In Berlin, three youths attacked a 39 year-old for wearing a pendant with a cross on it. He was beaten and abused as “gay swine.” The police told Die Welt that the man was asked by the attackers in broken German, “What is this?” — referring to the two wooden crosses on his neck.

During the proceeding altercation, one of the three (assailants) hit him in the face and abused him as “gay swine.” The victim described the assailants of being between 12 and 14 years of age and as “phenotypically North African,” the (police) spokeswomen told Die Welt.

The newspaper accused the government of “not keeping a systematic record” of crimes driven by anti-Christian motives. Die Welt writes further [Translation by author]:

In May, a gay man was attacked for wearing a cross, as well as his sexual orientation, in Berlin’s Neukölln district. According to [the victim’s] statement, he was abused by a group of men, women and children. The men then went on to hit and kick him.

In early May, a fatal anti-Christian crime took place in the town of Prien am Chiemsee. An Afghan Christian women was stabbed by Afghan-Islamist men in front of her children.

There are no reliable estimated on the extent of anti-Christian crimes. In Germany, such incidents are not recorded systematically.

This Islamist violence does not limit itself to targeting ex-Muslims alone. For years, teachers across Germany have been raising the alarm about Turkish and Arab gang violence against native-born students and teachers.

“Yes, there is animosity against Germans in German schools,” admitted Josef Kraus, head of Germany’s Teachers Union (DL) in 2010. “Fearful of being called a “xenophobe” or  “Islamophobe” for that matter, one tried to brush aside what is in fact the daily reality in many schools: [The fact that] female teachers are abused as “sluts” and German students are labelled as “swine eaters”, “shitty Germans”, or “Nazis”, or German boy and girls being too scared to enter the playground.”

Things have gone from bad to worse since those words were spoken seven years ago. In the autumn of 2015, German Chancellor Angela Merkel opened the doors of Europe to millions of Arab and Muslim migrants.

Despite recurring deadly terrorist attacks across the country and the mass-sexual assaults in Cologne and other German cities, Chancellor Merkel and Germany’s political class still refuse to face the undeniable reality. Just this week, Chancellor Merkel refused to “limit the number of refugees entering Germany,” as German broadcaster Deutsche Welle puts it. “As far as an upper limit is concerned, my position is clear: I will not accept it,” Merkel said in a TV interview.

With almost 2 months until the Bundestag election, Merkel is leading in most of the opinion polls. Merkel’s popularity has hit pre-2015 levels, reported the German weekly Die Zeit.

If the projections are to be trusted, Merkel may well be on her way to forming the next governments with the support of smaller parties. Merkel’s re-election would be nothing short of an endorsement of her open doors policy for illegal migrants from Arab and Muslim countries.

By deciding to vote for Merkel and her allies, German voters may well be sealing the fate of the Christian Europe.

Ten Year Old Girl Loses Legs
Friday, July 21, 2017 4:38 AM

From Khaama:
A minor Afghan girl has lost both of her legs in a roadside bomb explosion in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan, days after the UN mission in Afghanistan released its latest civilian casualties report, accusing the militant groups for the majority of the civilian casualties, mainly caused by improvised explosive device attacks.

According to the local officials in Nangarhar province, the incident took place on Wednesday in the vicinity of Chaparhar district, targeting a 10-year-old girl who lost both of her legs in the attack.

The provincial government media office in a statement also confirmed the incident and said the incident took place after several children had gathered in the area to collect firewood.
The statement further added that the minor girl has been admitted to the hospital and her health condition has been reported as satisfactory.
No group including the Taliban insurgents has so far claimed responsibility behind the incident.

Taliban insurgents and militants belonging to other insurgent groups frequently use improvised explosive devices as the weapon of their choice to target the security forces and government personnel but in majority of such attacks the ordinary civilians are targeted while in some cases the militants are killed in premature explosions.

The new report by United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA)  highlights that 40 per cent of all civilian casualties during the six-month period were killed or injured by anti-government forces using improvised explosive devices (IEDs), such as suicide bombs and pressure-plate devices, which were responsible for the deaths of 596 civilians and injured 1,483.
Civilians May Have Died In Mosul
Friday, July 21, 2017 4:32 AM

From Independent:
Many bodies are still buried under the rubble and the level of human suffering is ‘immense’, a top Kurdish official reading from latest intelligence reports tells Patrick Cockburn in the last of his special series on the last days of the caliphate

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, emphasised 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. Airwars, one such monitoring group, estimated that attacks may have killed 5,805 non-military personnel in the city between 19 February and 19 June.

Mr Zebari accuses the government in Baghdad, of which he was until recently a member, of not doing enough to relieve the suffering. “Sometimes you might think the government is indifferent to what has happened,” he said. He doubts if Christians, Yazidis, Kurds and other minorities, who have lived in and around Mosul for centuries, will be able to reconcile with the Sunni Arab majority whom they blame for killing and raping them. He says some form of federal solution for future governance would be best.

Reading from Kurdish intelligence reports, Mr Zebari says that a high level of corruption among the Iraqi military forces occupying Mosul is undermining security measures to suppress Isis in the aftermath of its defeat. He says that suspect individuals are able to pass through military checkpoints by paying $1,000 (£770) and can bring a vehicle by paying $1,500. He says corruption of this type is particularly rife in the 16th and 9th Iraqi army divisions and the Tribal Volunteers (Hashd al-Ashairi), drawn in part from the Shabak minority in the Nineveh Plain.

The ability of Isis militants to remain free or be released from detention by paying bribes has led to a change in attitude among people in Mosul whom Mr Zebari says “were previously willing to give information about Isis members to the Iraqi security forces”. They are now wary of doing so, because they see members of Isis, whom they had identified and who had been arrested, returning to the streets capable of exacting revenge on those who informed against them. Several anti-Isis people in Mosul have confirmed to The Independent that this is indeed the case and they are frightened of these returnees and Isis “sleeper cells” that continue to exist.

Civilians in Mosul say they do not fault the behaviour towards them of combat units that have borne the brunt of the fighting, such as the Counter-Terrorism Service, but they are concerned about what to expect from less well-disciplined troops. A belief that Isis fighters and officials detained in Mosul are later able to bribe their way free explains why soldiers, most of whom are not complicit in bribery networks, have summarily executed Isis prisoners, sometimes by throwing them off high buildings.

Corruption by the occupying military forces takes different forms, according to Kurdish intelligence information cited by Mr Zebari. Some people are “being charged $100 for removing a body from the rubble and others $500 to reoccupy their house”, where it is still standing. Iraqi army and militia units have always been notorious for exacting fees and protection money from civilians, with trucks moving goods on the roads being a particularly profitable target when they pass through military checkpoints.

Much of the blame for the calamitous level of destruction in west Mosul has been put on air strikes, but it is evident at ground level that a lot of the damage was caused by artillery shells and rockets. This is confirmed by an Amnesty International report issued last week titled At Any Cost: The Civilian Catastrophe in West Mosul, Iraq, which points to a greater and more indiscriminate use of its firepower by pro-government forces in the final stages of the attack on east Mosul, starting in January 2017 and continuing over the following six months during the assault on west Mosul. It says that Iraqi government and US-led coalition forces “relied heavily upon explosive weapons with wide area effects such as IRAMs (Improvised Rocket Assisted Munitions). With their crude targeting abilities, these weapons wreaked havoc in densely populated west Mosul, where large groups of civilians were trapped in homes or makeshift shelters”. The UN estimated that Mosul had 1.2 million inhabitants at the start of the siege.

In addition, Isis snipers killed great numbers of civilians trying to escape. The militant group was using civilians as “human shields”, though in the event their presence shielded very little. Mr Zebari said that intelligence had even intercepted messages “from Isis fighters to their commanders saying they were tired of killing civilians”.

Mr Zebari says that he is disappointed by the lack of Iraqi government plans to reconstruct Mosul. As finance minister in Baghdad until late last year, he had made provision for $500m in the budget for rebuilding Mosul. He says: “I wanted $500m upfront to encourage other donors, but now the government has withdrawn from the fund and used the money elsewhere. This was not an encouraging sign.”
Al-Shabaab Kill Two In Kiunga
Friday, July 21, 2017 4:26 AM

From Standard-Media:
Gunmen believed to be Al-Shabaab militia raided a village in Kiunga, Lamu County and killed two people before escaping.

Witnesses and police said the victims were shot dead at close range in the attack in Mararani area on Wednesday dawn.

A combined team of security agents was sent to the area to pursue the killers. The victims were on foot in the area when they were attacked.

"A team of security agents was dispatched there to pursue the killers and they are yet to communicate," said an officer operating there. The incident came three days after President Kenyatta had ordered an operation on the militants.

"We shall finish them. When we get them, we will not jail but bury them," he said of the terrorists who have turned Boni Forest into a playground, attacking and killing locals before retreating there.

Speaking in Mpeketoni, the president told those living in areas prone to the attacks to vacate and give way for ongoing operation there.

He also asked locals in Lamu County to cooperate with security officers and give information that will help get the attackers. The attacks have affected tourism, local economy and movement.

A number of schools have also closed down because of the incidents. Given elections are scheduled for next month, it is still unclear if the locals will be able to vote.

Electoral body has urged police to ensure there is voting on August 8. A dusk to dawn curfew has been imposed in the area as part of efforts to tame the attacks in vain.

The area has received a facelift by the government under Operation Linda Boni as part of efforts to ensure locals receive services. The head of an operation aimed at wiping out the militia from Boni Forest in Lamu County has been moved in changes.

Mr James Ole Serian was moved to Harambee House, Nairobi for redeployment. Lamu County Commissioner Mr Joseph Kanyiri was ordered to take over the operation immediately.

Thousands of people had been uprooted from their homes while businesses, public transport and farming ground to a halt.

The deadliest attack happened in Mpeketoni and Pandaguo in 2014 where more than 90 people were killed. The operation is being carried out by the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF), the National Police Service, the National Intelligence Service (NIS) and other State security agencies.

Officials said it is three-pronged: As KDF soldiers engage the militants in direct combat that involves aerial bombardments and infantry soldiers combing every inch of the forest, NIS detectives infiltrate neighbouring villages to pick out those collaborating with the terrorists, while police officers arrest and interrogate suspects with the aim of charging them in court.

But the attacks have resumed in the last month killing more than 18 people. On Monday night, gunshots were heard in the area when the militants attempted to attack a police camp hours after president Kenyatta had ordered their killing.

Up to 18 people have been killed in the area for the last two weeks. The latest happened on Thursday when the militants killed a bodyguard to Public Works PS Mariam El Maawy, her nephew, driver and two other people in Milihoi area.

The militants had killed 13 people in Jima and Pandaguo areas a week earlier. Glance The area has seen new wave of attacks in the past months claiming more than ten lives. On June 27, four pupils and four policemen were killed in an IED attack launched by the militants in Kiunga on a police vehicle.

Security agents were had been warned of Al-Shabaab attacks within Kiunga area, Milihoi, after roughly 100 of them were spotted by locals.