“Violence — especially when it is inspired by religion — is foreign to everything I believe in,” he wrote in a letter read aloud by his lawyer.
But U.S. federal prosecutor Richard Tucker told the court that al Farekh, 32, a U.S. citizen born in Houston, Texas, was “unshakably committed” to violent jihad and should be sentenced to life in prison, Reuters reported.
Faced with these competing arguments, U.S. District Court Judge Brian Cogan handed down a sentence of 45 years, saying that while al Farekh did not appear to have fully accepted responsibility, neither was he “totally devoid of humanity.”
Following the court hearing, Richard Donoghue, the U.S. attorney for the eastern district of New York, said in a statement that al Farekh had “turned his back on America by joining al-Qaida and trying to kill American soldiers in a bomb attack on a U.S. military base in Afghanistan.”
“This case demonstrates that we will do everything in our power to ensure that those who seek to harm our country and our armed forces will be brought to justice.”
David Ruhnke, Al Farekh’s lawyer, said he intended to file an appeal in a case that drew notoriety, in part, because of reports that American officials had initially debated whether to try to kill al Farekh in a drone strike, a step almost never taken against U.S. citizens.
President Barack Obama’s administration ultimately decided to try for a capture and civilian prosecution instead….
Germany – The Welt.de newspaper reports that an Afghan rushed to Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday in front of the Bundestag.
The individual was blocked by a bodyguard and then arrested by the police.
According to some witnesses, this Afghan man shouted “Allahu akbar” running towards the Chancellor, who was leaving the Reichstag after her re-election and was about to enter her limousine….
“It is not correct to put the words of Islam and reform next to each other in any way. But Fıqh is always subject to update and needs to be updated,” he said on March 12 during a program broadcasted by CNN Türk.
“There are constants in Islam and there are also variables. With time, judgements may also change. We indicate that judgements may sometimes change because there is a need for that,” Erbaş said, emphasizing that time required updates in “fiqh,” but not in “Islam.”
Indicating that the most important two sources of Islam were the Quran and the teachings of the Prophet Muhammed, referred to as “Sunnah,” he said these two sources would preserve their “universality,” “inalterability” and “stability.”
Erbaş’s comments came after President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s comments on the necessity for an “update” of Islamic regulations.
“You cannot implement provisions dating back 14 or 15 centuries … Carrying out the regulations and traditions of a specific society at a specific date can only spoil them,” Erdoğan said on March 8. But one day later, on March 9, the president said that it was not “reform that was sought” in Islam, but rather he had tried to underline the importance of “adapting” religious practices to current historical and social conditions.
Both Erdoğan’s and Erbaş’s comments came amid criticisms of specific Islamic preachers, who recently made the headlines about their controversial remarks prompting violence against women.
“We, as the Directorate of Religious Affairs, reject every kind of interpretation and thought that condones violence against women. A woman is a mother and she is the most important creature, someone who stands by a human in every point [in their lives] and helps them. There is not one single source in either our Prophet’s teachings or in Islam that condones violence against women,” he said.
Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday rebuffed comments by her interior minister claiming Islam did not belong to Germany, saying the religion of four million of its citizens was part of the country just like Christianity and Judaism.
Speaking at a joint news conference with Swedish Premier Stefan Lofven in Berlin, Merkel underlined the significance of Christianity and Judaism in the country’s history, and highlighted that Islam too was part of the country’s culture.
“Our country is largely shaped by Christianity, and it continues to be so,” Merkel said, adding that Judaism had also been significant in the country’s history and culture.
“But now four million Muslims are living in Germany, and they are practicing their religion here.
“These Muslims belong to Germany, and also their religion of Islam belongs to Germany,” she said.
Her remarks contradicted remarks of Horst Seehofer, the country’s new interior minister, who has chaired Merkel’s sister party, the CSU, for 10 years.
“Islam does not belong to Germany. Germany is characterized by Christianity,” Seehofer told German daily Bild on Friday.
“Muslims who are living here of course belong to Germany. But of course that doesn’t mean because of that we would make false considerations and give up our country-specific traditions and customs,” he said….
An Iranian woman was physically and verbally assaulted after a man slapped her for refusing to wear the hijab.
In a video that has been circulated on social media, the woman can be seen responding to the man who was driving his car but, specifically stopped in a parking lot, believed to be in Tehran, to comment or her visible hair.
The man yelled, demanding that she must “obey the rules”, reported the Daily Mail.
Firmly responding to him, the woman said: “I don’t like this veil. I don’t want to obey this rule. It’s my right”, adding that she will only wear it when he wears it.
Shortly, the man stepped out of his car and slapped the woman across the face. He also threatened to call the police on her.The woman was able to capture the assault with her mobile phone. [...]
A Palestinian driver hit four Israeli soldiers with his car Friday afternoon, killing an officer and a soldier and seriously injuring the others, outside the Mevo Dotan settlement in the northern West Bank. One of the injured soldiers suffered severe head trauma and was fighting for his life.
The military confirmed that the incident was a terror attack. It said the troops were hit while standing near a military guard post.
The driver was injured and taken to hospital, where he will be questioned, the army said. He was identified as Ala Qabha, 26, of the village of Barta’a in the northern West Bank.
Haaretz reported that Qabha was released from Israeli prison in April of last year after completing a 17-month sentence, though there were no immediate details on his crime. According to Hadashot news he was incarcerated for security-related activities.
Palestinian media reported that military forces searched the Qabha family’s home in Barta’a and questioned family members following the attack. Qabha’s brother was arrested, and the Israeli work permits of several family members were revoked. [...]
The judge’s ruling came a day after Colombian police arrested Raul Gutierrez Sanchez, 45, whose mobile phone allegedly contained text messages with details of the planned attack. One text message said he might conduct a suicide attack, police said….
“I’m not Muslim,” Gutierrez told local news media after leaving the hearing. “I fight against the new world order, especially against Americans.”…
showered with adulation from “Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton and Google co-founder Sergey Brin,” while “Tweets, think pieces and daytime TV segments were dedicated to dissecting how Ahmed’s situation typified racism and Islamaphobia [sic] in America,” and he “visited the Google Science Fair, met with Sudan’s President Omar al Bashir, posed with the queen of Jordan at a United Nations Summit, appeared on the ‘Doctor Oz’ show and last night, made it to the White House.”
Ahmed Mohamed became the darling of the political and media elites and met Obama. He was celebrated everywhere as an innocent victim of “Islamophobia.” He became an international hero. This lawsuit was a naked attempt to continue the intimidation efforts that his clock represented. His clock, which looked like a suitcase bomb, was a strike against the dictum “If you see something, say something”: after Ahmed’s clock, school officials and others will think twice before committing career suicide by questioning suspicious behavior by Muslims. After that, Ahmed and his family moved in for the kill, trying to intimidate people into not even daring to criticize Muslims who engage in these intimidation tactics, for fear of being slapped with a lawsuit.
“Judge dismisses lawsuit of Muslim boy’s dad with prejudice,” Associated Press, March 15, 2018:DALLAS – A judge has dismissed with prejudice a lawsuit filed by the father of a Muslim boy arrested after taking a homemade clock to his Dallas-area school.
The decision Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Sam Lindsay of Dallas means that Mohamed Elhassan Mohamed’s lawsuit cannot be refiled again based on the same claims. The judge also ordered the family to cover all of the costs of the lawsuit.
The family of Ahmed Mohamed had complained that the Irving, Texas, school district discriminated against the boy, then 14, in 2015 because of his race and religion.
Ahmed was charged with having a hoax bomb. Police later dropped the charge, but he was suspended. His family didn’t send him back to the school.
His case drew international attention, and then-President Barack Obama invited him to the White House.
An Iraqi asylum seeker has been found guilty of attempted murder over the Parsons Green Tube bombing.
Ahmed Hassan, 18, who came to Britain illegally in 2015, had denied intending to cause harm with the blast, telling jurors he made the device as a cry for attention.
He claimed he was “certain” it would not explode, having tested a sample on the kitchen table – and maintained that the idea of killing someone had never crossed his mind.
But the prosecution said the student was moved by “anger and hatred” when he planted the 400g of ‘Mother of Satan’ explosives on a packed District Line carriage on September 15 last year.
Hassan was known to the authorities having told Home Office officials he had been ‘trained to kill’ by Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil).
He was taken in by foster parents Penny and Ron Jones MBE, and studied media and photography at Brooklands College in Weybridge.
Hassan was also enrolled on the Government’s de-radicalising, Prevent, programme, but counter-terrorism officers, claimed he had deviously kept his evil intentions secret.
During his trial at the Old Bailey, it was revealed that he had told a college mentor it was his “duty to hate Britain”,after his father was killed in Iraq.
But Hassan, who had been living with foster parents in Sunbury-on-Thames in Surrey, had denied attempted murder and using the chemical compound TATP to cause an explosion that was likely to endanger life.
He was convicted by a unanimous verdict and will be sentenced next week.
Following the verdict, Commander Dean Haydon, head of Scotland Yard’s Counter Terrorism Command, confirmed that a review into the Prevent programme in Surrey was now taking place with a view to implementing “any necessary recommendations”.
Mr Haydon said: “I describe Hassan as an intelligent and articulate individual that is devious and cunning in equal measures.
“On the one hand he was appearing to engage with the (Prevent) programme but he kept secret what he was planning and plotting. We describe him as a lone actor.”…
A Honduran man living in Miami has pleaded guilty to attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State terrorist organization, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Florida announced Thursday.
Vicente Adolfo Solano will face up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for planning to bomb a local shopping mall in 2017, the attorney’s office said in a statement.
The 53-year-old man told an undercover government source in early 2017 that he was unhappy with the United States as a whole and wanted to carry out an attack in Miami. He later said he wanted to join ISIS, according to the court complaint.
Solano later told two undercover FBI agents and the confidential source that he was plotting to place and detonate an explosive device in a central part of a busy mall.
He obtained what he thought was an explosive device, tried to arm it, then took it to a mall to carry out the attack. Solano did not know that the device was “inert” and would not detonate. He was arrested before he entered the mall….
A senior Austrian security official says the man who was shot dead over the weekend after stabbing a soldier outside the Iranian ambassador’s residence in Vienna “clearly had sympathy for political Islam.”
Michaela Kardeis, head of public security, told a news conference on March 13 that for now there were no more details about the 26-year-old assailant’s background or possible motives….
Meanwhile, the Defense Ministry said that during his Austrian military service in 2012 the man was registered as a devout Muslim.
The Vienna-born man of Egyptian origin, named by police as Mohamed E., attacked the soldier outside the Iranian envoy’s residence late on March 11, stabbing him several times with a knife….
The Kurier newspaper reported that the man, who lived with his parents in a working-class area of Vienna, followed a German Salafist preacher on Facebook.
He was also a fan of a Facebook group that agitated for the “release of Sunni prisoners” in mostly Shi’ite Iran, it reported….
Ahmad G., 18, was appealing the decision to deport him when prosecutors say he snapped in a row over 18-year-old Mireille B.’s refusal to wear a headscarf.
Mireille is one of several young women who has died at the hands of refugee men in the country – crimes which have helped fuel the rise of the far-right Alternative for Germany party….
A good friend of the family of Mireille told the popular daily newspaper Bild: ‘Ahmad was a jealous rooster who always wanted to control her.
‘They has been an item since January 2016 but there were constant rows. He insisted she convert to Islam and always wear a headscarf.
‘She wasn’t sure. Whenever she went scarfless there was trouble.
‘Mi told me that he fled alone from Afghanistan and had a great longing for his family. He’s supposed to have a job in a civil engineering company….
According to the Public Prosecutor’s Office, Ahmad G. arrived in 2015 as an unaccompanied fugitive to Germany.
‘His application for asylum was rejected. However, he had appealed against it,’ said Clemens Teschendorf, spokesman for the city of Flensburg….
The killer has reportedly admitted that a final row about Islam and the headscarf led to her death.
Fatah on killers of 12 Israeli children and 25 adults:
“We stand in honor and appreciation of these thunderous souls, who ascended and hovered in Heaven to dwell by their Lord, cast their shadow, and entered the heart, soul, and memory of every Palestinian and of every Arab who belongs to Palestine”
Fatah on leader of those killers:
“The legend that doesn’t die”
“The Martyr hero Dalal Mughrabi”
The murder of 37 Israeli civilians was “bravest victory”
Dying while murdering 37 Israeli civilians is a “spectacular way to die”
Marking the 40th anniversary of the most lethal terror attack in Israel’s history in which 12 children and 25 Israeli adult civilians were murdered by Palestinian terrorists, Fatah posted a video celebrating the attack and glorifying the murderers, in particular the leader of the attack, female terrorist Dalal Mughrabi. Palestinians have referred to the hijacked bus in which most of the Israelis were murdered, as “the first Palestinian Republic,” because the bus remained under the terrorists’ control for a few hours, as they drove from Haifa in the north to the center of the country, while shooting at civilian cars they passed on the way.
Texts in Fatah’s video praising Mughrabi focus on the fact that the leader of the attack was a woman, and credit her with being “the president of the first republic”:
“The name of the president of the first republic was Dalal Mughrabi.
Heroism has no gender.
Arab men must understand that they don’t have a monopoly on the glory of life or the glory of death,
and women can love much more nobly than the way they love, and die in a much more spectacular way than they die”
[Official Fatah Facebook page, March 11, 2018]
Other texts in Fatah’s video described the terror attack as “the bravest victory” and portrayed the hijacking of a bus full of Israeli civilians as the establishment of “the Palestinian republic” and of “the temporary capital of the State of Palestine” [...]
The world was outraged when the Swedish government decided to send Strandsson, who is a Christian and former Muslim, back to Iran where she could face prison, rape and even death. But a worldwide outcry over her situation has apparently not changed anything.
After CBN News first brought the former Iranian actress’s story to the world stage, the government of Hungary offered her asylum, and many people from around the world contacted the Swedish government asking it to reconsider.
“It was really like a miracle for me,” Strandsson said, “When so many people in America called the Sweden embassy. Many people sent comments to me and said ‘you are welcome to our country.'”
But Sweden’s migration board told CBN News none of that matters. Aideen’s case has been turned over to border police for deportation.
Now Strandsson waits in a kind of legal limbo.
‘Stuck’ Between Citizenship and Deportation
“Aideen’s situation is not at all uncommon in Sweden,” says Swedish Attorney Gabriel Donner. “There are a fair amount of people who get stuck in between. So you have these curious cases where nothing is really dealt with and you cannot get ahead.”
Swedish attorney Gabriel Donner represented 160 Christian asylum seekers last year alone.
And he says by remaining in Sweden, Strandsson is running the risk of deportation.
Her Dream to Live Freely as a Christian
Aideen Strandsson came to Sweden from Iran in 2014 on a work visa and adopted a Swedish last name. She Left Islam and became a Christian in Iran after seeing a video of Muslims stoning a woman to death and then having a dream about Jesus.
When she arrived in Sweden, she requested a public baptism.
Strandsson said, “I wanted to be baptized in public because I want to say I am free, I am Christian and I wanted everyone to know about that.”
Which means the Islamic government of Iran knows. And because she starred in films and a TV series in Iran, it makes her an even bigger target if she is sent back.
What’s Next: Possible Prison and Deportation to Iran
Donner says it’s not clear if or when that might happen. “When it comes to the border police, Sweden’s backlog is growing and growing and growing. Right now it’s about two years and growing. This is contrary to European union law but no one cares.”
Aideen would first be sent to prison in Sweden while authorities made arrangements to fly her to Iran, according to Donner who said, “This is real prison conditions. They’re not allowed to speak on the telephone. They’re not allowed to be on a computer, not allowed to get in touch with anybody, they wear prison clothes. If they have to be transferred anywhere, they’re transferred in chains.”
Swedish authorities would then contact the Islamic Republic of Iran and tell them Aideen is coming and when to expect her, even though Sweden’s migration board says, on its own webpage, that it will never deport asylum seekers to nations where they face danger, and doing so is a violation of the Geneva convention on refugees.
Sweden’s migration board says it cannot comment on her case.
Unable to Work: Swedish Government Tries to ‘Starve’ Her
Aideen spends her days helping at church or training in Tae Kwon Do. She has earned a black belt, but the migration board took her certificate because she is not a legal resident.
She landed a job with the technology giant Ericsson as a computer programmer, but the Swedish government wouldn’t allow that either. Sweden ignored Ericsson’s plea to let her work for them.
Donner says “the idea is to starve you so you tell them to send you out.”
But she’s staying in Sweden because her family is here and because she says Jesus told her to not be afraid.
Strandsson and other Christian asylum seekers in Sweden have faced deportation at the same time that the Swedish government has given 150 protected identities to former ISIS fighters who have returned to Sweden, so that they can find jobs.
There will be no such help for Aideen.
“There have been fast lanes for Syrians and Somalians, but not for Iranians and definitely not for Christians,” Donner says. “We have one judge here in Stockholm who has never said yes to any Christian.”….
An Islamic paramilitary organization financed by Iran has infiltrated large swaths of South America, joined forces with drug cartels and created a major threat to Florida and the rest of the U.S., experts testified at a Congressional Field Hearing in Pensacola on Monday about Hezbollah's gains in the Western Hemisphere.
U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, moderated the hearing at the National Naval Aviation Museum. He said transcripts of the experts' testimony would be provided to the U.S. House Armed Services and Judiciary committees.
"This hearing is about highlighting the importance of a stable Western Hemisphere and countering threats in our neighborhood," Gaetz, a freshman congressman who is up for reelection this year, told a crowd of about 300 people gathered in the museum's Blue Angels Atrium.
Gaetz and a panel of six elected officials from Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton counties questioned three men with expertise in terrorism and narcotics trafficking in Latin America.
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Gaetz, a strong supporter of President Donald Trump's efforts to toughen immigration rules and build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico, suggested conditioning aid to Latin America on countries' efforts to fight terrorism. Withholding funding is a guaranteed way to get the attention of countries that haven't done enough to combat the threat, said Gaetz, who has also backed efforts to label Hezbollah as an international criminal and terror organization.
Joseph Callahan, who spent decades as a member of the U.S. Army special forces working in Latin America, said Venezuela is at risk of coming under the control of the Islamic State.
Callahan said Hezbollah, a Lebanese-based paramilitary group that is backed by Iran, has ties with the Los Zetas and Sinaloa drug cartels that operate throughout Latin America.
"There is an exchange of tactics and procedures with narco terrorists," he said.
Joseph Humire, director of the nonprofit global research group Center for a Secure Free Society, said the legacy of former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was to diminish U.S. influence in a block of countries including Bolivia, Nicaragua, Ecuador, El Salvador and Cuba.
"In Latin America, we are in a battle for legitimacy," he said. "The U.S. has a significant diminished presence in some countries and Iran, Russia and China have capitalized on this."
A destabilized Latin America has led to increased human and drug trafficking, while efforts to tighten the border have prompted smugglers to look for new routes. Those routes include the Caribbean and the Gulf Coast, said Tim Valenti, director of the Gulf Coast High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area.
Local officials, including Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward, said the information was alarming.
Santa Rosa County Commissioner Bob Cole said he first questioned his invitation to attend the event.
"I thought, 'What does Hezbollah and the Western Hemisphere have to do with filling pot holes are taking care of drainage ditches (in Santa Rosa County)?'" he said.
But he said the issues were of real concern.
"There is an enemy out there and they want to see the destruction of this country by any means they can provide," said Cole, who added he was concerned about a dirty bomb coming across the U.S.-Mexico border.
Museum officials said they checked with congressional officials to make sure the event was not campaign related before approving the panel to be held in the museum atrium.
Sterling Gilliam, the museum director, said he was assured it was an event aimed at serving constituents of the First Congressional District.
Gaetz is running for re-election in November. Candidates who have filed to run against him are Republicans Cris Dosev and John Mills and Democrats Phil Ehr and Jennifer Zimmerman, according to the Florida Department of State.
A TAXI firm is being investigated following claims a driver left a group of children alone in a car during a school run while he went to pray in a mosque.
A driver for taxi company Tiger Taxis, based in Clitheroe, has been accused of ‘negligence’ after a group of children, believed to be between 12 and 14, were left alone in one of the firm’s taxis while dropping them home from Coal Clough Academy, in Burnley after 1pm on Friday.
Tiger Taxis is contracted to provide transport for school children from the Swindon Street academy by Lancashire County Council.
The taxi driver is alleged to have gone to the mosque after he received a phone call from one of his friends who told him it was “time to go and pray” while the children were being driven home in the taxi.
The driver stopped his car near a mosque in Nelson and left the children in the car for 15 minutes, it has been claimed.
One of the children in the car, Paul Jackson Jr, was then 30 minutes late getting to his home in Kelbrook, Barnoldswick, his father said.
Paul Jackson, 44, who lives in Kelbrook, a 30-minute car journey away from the academy, said he was furious after he learnt his 13-year-old son was one of the children left alone in the vehicle.
He said: “It’s highly unacceptable and unsafe to leave children alone in a car.”….
Samir B., 30, worked as a tyre fitter at Volkswagen’s plant in Wolfsburg, 55miles east of Hanover, and was fired in 2016 after threatening co-workers and pledging to join ISIS in Syria.
Volkswagen said it had taken the threats against its employees ‘seriously’ and feared he might mount a terror attack at the corporate HQ in Wolfsburg during a meeting of thousands of workers and shareholders.
Two of Samir B’s known associates had travelled to Syria in 2014 to join ISIS and were later killed fighting for the Islamist terrorist organisation.
In December 2014, Samir B., who is of German-Algerian descent, was stopped at Hanover Airport before boarding a flight to Istanbul, Turkey, carrying 9,350 euros in cash (£8,293) and a drone.
Authorities were convinced that he had been planning to travel to Syria to fight for ISIS, and confiscated his passport.
Samir B, who had worked for Volkswagen for eight years before his 2016 dismissal, had reportedly threatened colleagues that they would ‘all die’.
Volkswagen’s lawyers said was proven that Samir B. ‘was involved in the recruitment and support of Islamic fighters from Wolfsburg’, and that the company had no alternative but to terminate his employment.
However Samir B sued the car manufacturer for unlawful dismissal, and a judge at Hanover State Employment Court ruled in his favour [...]
What could possibly go wrong? This production could be explosive!
“‘Culturos’ NTGent are looking for real IS fighters as actors,” translated from “‘Culturo’s’ NTGent zoeken echte IS-strijders als acteurs,” by Jonas Naeyaert, Sceptr, March 14, 2018 (thanks to L.):NTGent, a city theater in Ghent, is working on a new production. The performance will be about the famous Lamb of God painting. But for this performance, they are looking for real IS jihadists, as it turns out today. The painting of the Van Eyck brothers depicts Knights of Christ and “in our modern, super-diverse society, the concept of crusader must, of course, be pulled open,” according to Het Laatste Nieuws.
People who killed their brother or sister, apple and snake lovers, exhibitionists, blacks and real IS fighters. For all these people, NTGent placed an advertisement in the newspaper. On the famous painting of the Van Eyck brothers – the Lamb of God – Adam and Eve are depicted next to the Lamb himself, Cain and Abel, the Just Judges and the Knights of Christ. And that is why NTGent is looking for all kinds of modern “metaphors.” Since there are no more knights of the cross, NTGent wants to opt for IS fighters. “Are you fighting for your beliefs? For God? Are you moist for IS, for other religions? (sic),” is their advertisement.
“I do not want to say that we are actively looking for IS fighters”
“I do not want to say that we are actively recruiting IS fighters,” says Tom De Clercq, press officer of NTGent, in Het Laatste Nieuws. However, the advertisement leaves little room for nuance. And from mail traffic that HLN obtained, it also explicitly shows what people are looking for: “Salafists and jihadists.”
On the original painting, the Knights of Christ are at the bottom left. Between the Lamb himself and the Just Judges (the missing panel). And “in our modern, super-diverse society, the concept of crusader must of course be pulled open”, it says….
In entering a guilty plea Tuesday, Fazliddin Kurbanov admitted using a prison-made knife to attack the warden at the Federal Correctional Institution at Victorville on May 31, 2016.
At the time of the attack, the then-warden — identified only as C.J. — was standing in the dining facility near the serving line. Kurbanov, armed with an approximately 4-inch homemade shank, approached C.J. from behind, wrapped one arm around his neck and tried to slit the warden’s throat, according to a plea agreement.
When the warden raised his hand to protect his throat, Kurbanov slashed the left side of his body from armpit to hip bone. C.J. needed about 80 staples to close the wound, “resulting in a permanent disfiguring scar and sharp pains most likely caused by nerve damage.”
In a subsequent interview, in which the prisoner had been read his rights, Kurbanov admitted that he made the shank a week earlier and that he had tried to cut the main artery in C.J.’s neck.
The warden, who is now working at another facility operated by the U.S. Bureau of Prisons, was seriously injured but has since recovered.
The investigation into the attack was conducted by the FBI and the case is being prosecuted by the National Security Division of the U.S. attorney’s office.
Kurbanov is scheduled for sentencing June 4. As a result of his pleading guilty to one count of attempted murder of a federal officer, Kurbanov faces a sentence of at least 15 years in federal prison to be served consecutively with the 25-year sentence imposed in 2016 by a federal judge in Idaho.
Kurbanov was sentenced in that case for conspiring and attempting to provide material support to the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan and for procuring bomb-making materials to execute a terrorist attack on American soil, according to then Assistant Atty. Gen. for National Security John P. Carlin.
Between the summer of 2012 and Kurbanov’s arrest in May 2013, he was living in Boise, Idaho, and communicating by email and Skype with a person or persons operating a website for the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, officials said.
Kurbanov talked about his animosity toward Americans, particularly the military; his desire to build a bomb; possible targets in the U.S.; and his need for instruction on how to construct and remotely detonate a bomb.
Between at least Nov. 15, 2012, and May 16, 2013, Kurbanov possessed bomb-making components at his Boise apartment, including a hollow hand grenade, a hobby fuse, ammunition containing smokeless powder, tannerite, aluminum powder, potassium nitrate, charcoal, yellow sulfur powder and fertilizer….
Britain’s prisons are being readied for an expected influx of Islamic State jihadis returning to Britain from Syria, the Justice Secretary has disclosed.
David Gauke said “a lot of work” is being done by British authorities to ensure they are ready if large groups of British Isil fighters attempt to return home.
Hundreds of British extremists could soon be Britain’s “problem” after Isil was largely defeated in Syria and Iraq, he said.
In an interview in the Evening Standard newspaper Mr Gauke did not reveal how many are expected to return, although the Government has previously estimated that 850 UK-linked individuals went to engage in the Syrian conflict….
Corey Johnson, 17, faces charges of first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder in connection with Monday morning’s triple stabbing at the BallenIsles Country Club.
Police said officers arrived at the home and found Elaine Simon and her 13-year-old son, Dane Bancroft, suffering from stab wounds. They were taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach to be treated for their injuries.
Officers then found Jovanni Brand dead on the floor in an upstairs loft. It was his 13th birthday….
During an interview with detectives, Johnson said he bought the knife Sunday and brought it with him to the sleepover.
“Johnson advised at 4 a.m. he realized that everyone in the house was asleep,” the affidavit said. “At that time, Johnson made the decision to kill Elaine, Dane and Jovanni in their sleep.”
Police said Johnson went to the loft where Jovanni was sleeping, stabbed him multiple times and cut his throat.
“In his statement, Johnson advised he stabbed the victims because of his Muslim faith,” Brashear wrote in the affidavit.
Johnson told police that Jovanni was idolizing famous people and referencing them as gods, which went against his Muslim faith, the affidavit said. Johnson also felt Dane “made fun of” his Muslim faith, the affidavit said.
Just before the attack, Johnson was reading the Quran from his phone “to give him courage to carry out his intentions,” the affidavit said.
Detectives interviewed Kyle, who said that although he doesn’t believe in the Muslim faith, the two would often watch videos on the internet about “Muslim Jihadists.”
“The videos are extreme and encourage death to non-believers,” the affidavit said….
DERA ISMAIL KHAN: The police arrested seven, including father, involved in the sale of underage girls and rescued four sold girls here on Sunday.
On a tip-off, Band Korai SHO Shah Jehan, along with the police team, raided the house of one Fateh Sher s/o Allah Dad in Kech area of Dera Ismail Khan.
During operation, the police arrested Saadullah, the father of sold underage girls among seven others including Fateh Sher, Sanaullah, Khalid, Ramzan and Allah Nawaz alias Bhola.
A 23-year-old Greek woman and her boyfriend relived scenes of horror in the court of Thessaloniki last week. The woman was gang-raped by three migrants from Syria and Algeria more than a year ago.
It all started on the 2nd of October 2016, when the female victim and her boyfriend attended a solidarity event for refugees at their university in the city of Thessaloniki.
After the party, the student and her boyfriend were passing through the university’s yard, when suddenly three migrants attacked them with broken bottles and tied them up.
The immigrants forced the woman to perform oral sex and robbed her, while at the same time, only a few meters away, the solidarity event to support refugees was in full swing.
The Greek police managed to arrest 3 immigrants, aged 19, 22 and 29, from Algeria and Syria for the rape case. Inside the men’s apartment, the police found drugs, 5,500 euros in cash, as well as stolen jewellery….
Lord Pearson dares to grasp the third rail and ask if there is anything in the Qur’an that could explain the phenomenon of Muslim rape gangs (yes; see 4:3, 4:24, 23:1-6, 33:50 and 70:30), and if the government will ask Muslim leaders to issue a fatwa against it. “Can we talk about Islam without being accused of hate crime?”
Note the answer he gets from Conservative Party spokesman Lord Young. Young first claims that the sexual exploitation of children is not limited to any particular race or religion. That’s true, of course, but when thousands of British girls have been raped and trafficked by Muslim men for decades, it is a spectacular evasion of what is the real problem. Nonetheless, the witless dhimmi lords shower Young with “hear hears,” and do it again when he warns that we must be careful with our language on this matter — meaning that we should be careful to say (falsely) that rape gang activity has nothing to do with Islam.
Then Young shifts focus to Muslims as victims based on an alleged hate incident, asserts (falsely) that there is nothing in the Qur’an that justifies rape gang activity (see the verses above), and claims that respect for women is inherent in Islam. He alludes to a hadith in which Muhammad is depicted as saying that Paradise is at the feet of the mother. He doesn’t quote the Hadith in which Muhammad is shown saying that most people in hell are women, because they are defective in piety and intelligence. Nor does he refer to the Qur’an’s sanction of wife-beating (4:34), its devaluation of a woman’s testimony (2:282) and inheritance rights (4:11), etc.
Lord Young represents the disconnection from reality, fantasy and wishful thinking about Islam that prevail at the highest levels in Britain, and that are leading that nation rapidly to ruin.
(Thanks to Tundra Tabloids)
A police chaplain and a charity worker were forced out of their jobs and silenced after trying to raise the alarm about the grooming and rape gangs operating in the town of Telford.
Around 1,000 victims were caught up in the scandal, which could be the worst in UK history, with the gangs operating for 40 years, drugging, beating, trafficking, and raping non-Muslim girls, some as young as 11.
Three girls were murdered and two others died following incidents linked to the abuse. Others were left addicted to drugs and scarred for life.
Many of the underage victims were considered as prostitutes by the authorities, and when concerned citizens attempted to blow the whistle, they were targeted in the workplace and one even lost her job.
A woman working for the sex abuse charity Axis Counselling, based in Shrewsbury, was forced to leave her role after she tried to speak out. The charity was funded by the police, The Mirror reports, and allegedly feared losing money.
Keith Osmund-Smith, a police chaplain, was suspended after he passed papers to the newspaper and a report commissioned by the council revealed social workers knew of the sex crimes in 2000 and earlier.
A government report into the Rotherham grooming scandal found that political correctness, a “culture of fear” and intimidation, and concerns about accusations of racism allowed the mainly Muslim gangs to get away with their crimes for so long.
Following the Telford reports, UKIP announced it will be pressuring the government to act on grooming gangs and protect the “tens of thousands of innocent child victims, almost entirely white or Sikh, in cities across the length and breadth of these islands”.
“Following the revelations of 40 years of child abuse carried out by rape gangs in Telford,” the party said in a statement Monday, “the leader of UKIP in the House of Lords [Lord Pearson] will present an oral question to the Government on Tuesday 13th March about the failures of the authorities to deal with the situation.”
Gerard Batten MEP, UKIP’s Interim leader, commented: “These horror stories out of Telford are further evidence that these rape gangs are not a local, but a national problem, with new examples being constantly uncovered.
“There is a refusal on the part of the authorities to recognize that this is a consequence of Islamic ideology and to face the ghastly truths.”
The Mirror spoke to 12 victims during their investigation, who accused more than 70 men of grooming in Telford. One 14-year-old said she had fallen pregnant twice and had two abortions while being groomed and abused.
“Hours after my second termination, I was taken by one of my abusers to be raped by more men”, she said.
“Night after night, I was forced to have sex with multiple men in disgusting takeaways and filthy houses. I must have been getting the morning after pill from a local clinic at least twice a week but no one asked any questions.
“I was told that if I said a word to anyone they’d come for my little sisters and tell my mum I was a prostitute.”…