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  1. The Islamic State’s new threat: child terrorists They’re young and lonely. The Islamic State thinks they’ll make perfect terrorists. Felix von der Osten, for The Washington Post Neriman Yaman holds her mobile phone with a picture of her son, Yusuf, a teenager who is charged with setting off a homemade bomb outside a Sikh temple in Essen, Germany. By Anthony Faiola and Souad Mekhennet | The Washington Post February 11, 2017 at 10:50 pm ESSEN, Germany — The package ordered online arrived at his second-floor apartment on a brisk Saturday morning, a cardboard box packed with magnesium, potassium nitrate and aluminum powder for a homemade bomb. Weeks ahead of the attack, police said, the terrorist cell’s leader — an Islamist his comrades called the Emir — had issued precautionary orders. “Delete ALL pictures and videos of the Islamic State,” the Emir warned via WhatsApp. “Delete your chats.” “Everything that is weapon-like or similar (also bombs) must be immediately disposed of. … Sell it, give it away, move it or destroy it.” And then one night last April, officials said, the Emir — a Muslim title for an exalted leader — led two cell members to a Sikh house of worship in this industrial city and hurled the bomb toward its door. A deafening boom rang out. Orange flames lit a mosaic of blood and shattered glass. Inside, victims screamed as the assailants fled. All three terrorists were 16-year-old boys, according to German police. “Our children!” cried Neriman Yaman, 37, mother of the Emir, whose first name is Yusuf, in an interview after attending a court hearing for her son. “What is happening to our children?” The threat presented by the Islamic State is taking on a new form: child terrorists either directly in contact with or inspired by the militant group. Even as it suffers setbacks on the battlefield in Iraq and Syria, the Islamic State is cultivating adolescents in the West, who are being asked to stay in their home countries and strike targets with whatever weapons are available, such as knives and crude bombs. A 16-year-old girl was among four people arrested in the south of France on suspicion of planning a terrorist attack, French authorities said Friday. “The amount of Islamic State videos and propaganda aimed at children has really jumped in recent months,” said Daniel Koehler, director of the German Institute on Radicalization and Deradicalization Studies. “We haven’t seen anything quite like this, not on this scale and of this quality. They know that in the West, you don’t expect a 10-year-old to be a terror suspect.” Last September, German authorities arrested a 16-year-old Syrian asylum seeker after they discovered he was in contact with an Islamic State handler who was teaching the young man how to build a bomb. In December, a 12-year-old German Iraqi boy — guided by an Islamic State contact in the Middle East who warmly addressed him as “brother” and groomed the boy via the encrypted messaging app Telegram — built and tried to detonate a bomb near a shopping center in the western German city of Ludwigshafen. The device failed to explode. The boy had been “headhunted” by the Islamic State, officials said, after searching radical websites online. A 17-year-old accomplice was later arrested in Austria. Last month, a 15-year-old girl – the daughter of a German convert to Islam and a Moroccan mother – was sentenced to six years in prison for an attack last February on a German police officer in Hanover. She gouged him in the neck with a kitchen knife, causing life-threatening injuries after being befriended and cajoled by an Islamic State instructor via a text messaging service. All told in Germany, at least 10 minors have been involved in five plots over the past 12 months. In a country where militants disguised as migrants have been blamed for a terrorist plague, most of the minors were homegrown threats born in Germany. Worse, authorities said, is that the intelligence community is often blind to the threat posed by these teens and preteens. Officials lack the legal authority to track children the same way they monitor adults, creating what German authorities describe as one of their greatest counterterrorism challenges. Intelligence agencies here have identified at least 120 minors who have become dangerously radicalized – and some of them cannot be intensely monitored because of domestic laws protecting children, officials said. German law was amended last year to allow for the collection of data on suspects as young as 14. But officials now argue that is not young enough. “Our service mainly focuses on adults,” said Hans-Georg Maassen, head of Germany’s domestic intelligence agency. “We are allowed to monitor minors and record them in our databases in exceptional cases only, but they have to be aged 14 or over. Normally people do not expect children to commit terrorist attacks. But they can and are.” He added: “What is really worrying is that people frequently look the other way. They say it’s just a phase of adolescence and surely they will grow out of it. Often parents don’t really know what their children are doing in their rooms.” Since the start of the Syrian civil war, Europe has grappled with the kind of radicalization that led thousands of its Muslim citizens to travel to the Middle East, often to join the Islamic State. But as Turkey and other nations more actively block the path of foreign fighters to Syria and Iraq, the journey has become harder. Felix von der Osten for The Washington Post Neriman Yaman, 37, asked in an interview after attending a court hearing for her son, “What is happening to our children?” So the targets of radicalized youths are shifting, European intelligence officials said, with terrorist groups either enlisting or inspiring them to attack their homelands. They are employing propaganda tailor-made for youths, including several recent graphic videos showing grammar-school-age children executing prisoners and a newly released computer game, inspired by “Grand Theft Auto,” in which users kill enemies under the Islamic State flag. Islamic State recruiters carefully monitor children who visit their propaganda sites or enter radical chat rooms, meticulously evaluating who may be suitable for cultivation. Typically, they don’t immediately attempt to challenge children’s relationships with their parents but nudge them toward violence by convincing them that Allah smiles on those who defend the faith. They groom children much the way that pedophiles do – deploying flattery and attention while pretending to be friends, according to people who study the phenomenon. “They’ve built a structured recruitment process. They’re online, scanning for young adults,” Koehler said. “They have stages of [cultivation]. They won’t even mention violence until later in their contact, until they’ve built up trust with these younger recruits.” Often, radicalized minors are also children at risk, either suffering from psychological disorders or living in broken or violent homes. For instance, the 12-year-old detained in December after building his own bomb — which failed to go off only because of a faulty fuse — had been visited frequently by social workers because his father had a history of violence, according to German officials familiar with the case, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a juvenile. The son of Kurdish Iraqi immigrants, the boy had begun attending a local mosque – alone – that had been previously linked to an Islamist movement. In the face of terrorist attacks, freedom of religion is being tested in Germany — with even the progressive Chancellor Angela Merkel now calling for an election year ban on the full Muslim covering known as the burqa. A German soccer club recently canceled the contract of one of its Muslim players — Anis Ben-Hatira — after a media uproar over his involvement in a legal Islamic charity that promotes a conservative brand of the faith. The heightened sense of insulation and persecution among young Muslims, experts said, is only fostering more radicalization. “Religious extremist propaganda, Salafist propaganda, can only work if it is addressed to an audience that is already marginalized and feeling uncomfortable in society,” said Goetz Nordbruch, co-director of Horizon, a German group offering counseling and workshops on Islamophobia in German schools. “The public discourse is turning against these kids, against Islam,” he said. “It is making it harder for them to feel both Muslim and German.” At 6:45 p.m. on April 16, Kuldeep Singh, a 62-year-old cleric and immigrant from the Indian state of Punjab, was passing inside the side door of the Gurudwara Nanaksar Sikh Temple in Essen. Situated on a curved road, the temple is right next door to a mosque. The temple’s glass door was locked. The Sikhs – a faith based on the teachings of Indian gurus — had become concerned for their safety. Young Muslim men from the neighboring mosque had passed by the temple after Friday prayers, spitting at its gate. That Saturday evening, a group of Sikh children gathered for singing classes had gone upstairs so that the adults could pray. Singh was making his way to the altar when he felt a crushing force, searing heat and pain. A piece of his left foot had been blown off. Shards of glass were lodged in his body. Two wounded worshipers lay near him screaming. The bleached-out blood from that day still stains the temple’s prayer room. “I don’t understand where that much hate comes from,” said Singh, who is still unable to walk without crutches. “I try to grasp it, but I can’t. The ones who did this, they were very young, very young.” Yaman — the mother of the Emir — is also trying to understand and attending all her son’s court hearings. “I need to. I need to understand what happened to my son,” she said. Yusuf — whose last name is being withheld because he is a minor — grew up the only son of a Turkish meat delivery man and his wife in old coal mining country in west Germany. “Yusuf was the class clown,” said Yaman in an interview in her kitchen. “But his jokes became disruptive behavior. He would go under a table or a desk at school and refuse to come out. We knew he had problems. We tried to get him help.” In 2012, a child psychologist diagnosed him with attention-deficit disorder. Yet the prescribed medication – methylphenidate – made him so lethargic that he could not get out of bed. He complained of violent stomach cramps. “We took him off it after one day,” Yaman said. His behavior nose-dived. He would berate his younger sister and her friends and would throw tantrums. “He started seeing things – and he asked for God’s help,” she said. “He said he wanted to know more about his religion.” Yaman’s answer was to take him to an event suggested by a friend — a speech by Pierre Vogel, a former boxer and Muslim convert known for spewing radical Islamist rhetoric who called for a public funeral prayer service for Osama bin Laden after he was killed in Pakistan. “I didn’t know,” Yaman said, burying her head in her hands. “I had no idea the things [Vogel] said.” But Yusuf was hooked – and he quickly sought out new friends. They were men in Islamic garb from a movement known as True Religion, which for years handed out free Korans from booths in German cities. In November, German authorities outlawed the group, calling it a recruitment network for the Islamic State. In 2014, the men of True Religion welcomed Yusuf as “a brother.” “He never really had friends — because of his behavior,” Yaman said. “But they welcomed him, included him. Gave him respect.” And he absorbed their ideas. In class, he threatened to break the neck of a Jewish girl — resulting in his expulsion and an order to attend deradicalization classes sponsored by the state intelligence services. For 18 months, to little apparent effect, he received therapy and participated in discussion groups. At the time, his age prevented the authorities from monitoring his communications. “What we can do is to open the door, but the people themselves have to go through it,” said Joerg Rademacher, spokesman for the domestic intelligence branch in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Yusuf’s downward spiral continued. In 2015, he secretly married a burqa-wearing Muslim girl, 15, whom he had met on a website. A radical Muslim cleric presided over the marriage – and chastised Yusuf’s parents when they objected. Using social media, Yusuf also connected with other Muslim boys his age who admired the Islamic State. There is no evidence to date that they had any direct contact with the group, but they collected beheading videos on their phones, praised the militants at school and began to plan their own attack. In late 2015, the mother of a student at Yusuf’s school became alarmed and informed authorities after he allegedly bragged about having a gun. He had also celebrated the November 2015 Paris attacks and warned that students at his school “would die.” A search of his family home ensued, but no gun was found. On Jan. 2, 2016, Yusuf and two other boys built a test bomb at his parents’ house, pouring explosive compounds into an emptied fire extinguisher and attaching a fuse. They detonated it at a local park – and showed a video they shot to classmates who reported the incident. The school summoned Yaman to tell her and also informed the authorities. This time, Yusuf was called in for questioning, but he was not detained. The school did not pursue disciplinary action beyond alerting the police. “Of course the school has taken action, but we have nothing to do with how the authorities react,” said Werner Gallmeister, principal at the St. Michael School that Yusuf attended. Three months later, Yusuf and his friends attacked the Sikh temple that abutted the mosque where the boys had started worshiping without their parents, officials said. In their texts to one another, recovered by police, they described the temple as a den of infidels. Major Islamic State attacks involving teenagers in Germany Feb. 26, 2016: A 15-year-old girl of German-Moroccan origin who was in direct contact with an Islamic State agent stabs a German police officer in the neck with a kitchen knife in Hanover. He survives the attack after undergoing surgery. April 16, 2016: Three boys, all aged 16, build a homemade bomb and throw it at a Sikh temple, wounding three – one severely – and causing extensive damage. The leader of the group, who goes by the name the Emir, is a German-born son of ethnic Turks. July 18, 2016: A 17-year-old Afghan asylum seeker who professed his allegiance to the Islamic State attacks passengers on a train traveling through southern Germany with a knife and ax, injuring four people, two seriously. Sept. 21, 2016: Authorities arrest a 16-year-old Syrian asylum seeker in Cologne after they uncover evidence that he has been in contact with an Islamic State representative who was passing on details for how to build a bomb. Dec. 5, 2016: A 12-year-old Iraqi-German boy who was in contact with the Islamic State via the messenger service Telegram leaves a homemade bomb that fails to detonate near a shopping mall in Ludwigshafen, authorities say. A 17-year-old accomplice is later arrested in Austria. Stephanie Kirchner in Berlin contributed to this report.
  2. How and why Islamic ideology is the fuel behind ISIS. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/roy-abbas/think-isis-are-not-islami_b_8608048.html
  3. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/david-cameron-accused-of-failing-to-pressure-gulf-states-over-isis-funding-due-to-tory-links-to-a6746686.html
  4. http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/290161/nz-student-mistaken-for-terrorist *facepalm*
  5. http://www.indiatimes.com/news/world/a-sikh-man-was-photoshopped-to-resemble-a-paris-terrorist-was-even-shared-by-an-isis-channel-247316.html
  6. http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/609757/Putin-ISIS-Islamic-State-Syria-Raqqa-troops-soldiers-air-strike-jets-military
  7. http://www.google.co.in/search?q=isis+map&client=ms-android-alcatel&site=webhp&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0CAcQ_AVqFQoTCN-lrPTRrMcCFSYbpgodP6AEZg#imgrc=zBYEjAPSWb2T9M%3A new map released by isis
  8. Disturbing video of ISIS fighters having a discussion over buying and selling female sex slaves. Notice how excited these demons are. They are talking about female slaves like they are talking about a piece of meat. This touching video shows a Yazidi girl who was sold to an Iraqi man, but that man was kind enough to not do anything bad to her and even re united her with her father
  9. Torture of Sikh Women & kids by Mughals. Brutality of ISIS is the copy of what Mughals did with Sikhs of Punjab [Warning: graphic images]1 Comment 741 Views Stockton, California: The history of Sikhism is closely associated with the history of Punjab and the socio-political situation in medieval India. Sikhs distinction was further enhanced by the establishment of the Khalsa, by Guru Gobind Singh in 1699. Sikhism was created by Guru Nanak, a religious leader and a social reformer during the fifteenth century in the Punjab region. The religious practice was formalized by Guru Gobind Singh on 13 April 1699. The latter baptized five persons from different social backgrounds to form Khalsa. The Mughal Empire was founded by Babur, a Central Asian ruler who was descended from the Turko-Mongol conqueror Timur on his father’s side and from Chagatai, the second son of the Mongol ruler Genghis Khan, on his mother’s side. Ousted from his ancestral domains in Central Asia, Babur turned to India to satisfy his ambitions. He established himself in Kabul and then pushed steadily southward into India from Afghanistan through the Khyber Pass. Babur’s forces occupied much of northern India after his victory at Panipat in 1526. Generally Sikhism has had amicable relations with other religions. However, during the Mughal rule of India (1556–1707), the emerging religion had strained relation with the ruling Mughals. Prominent Sikh Gurus were martyred by Mughals for opposing some Mughal emperors’ persecution of Sikhs and Hindus. Subsequently, Sikhism militarized to oppose Mughal hegemony and ended their rule in India. ISIS and MughalsWhat ISIS is doing is the exact copy of what Mughals did against Sikh Gurus and followers of Sikhism from 15th century to 18th century. Mughal Empire wanted whole India to be converted to Islam religion. Hindus started converting to Muslim because of fear. Watching hundreds of thousands conversion and the fear for their own life, Hindu religious leaders came and asked for help from Sikh Gurus and his followers. Sikh Gurus stepped up to protect freedom of religion (which was unheard on any corner of the world at that time) and Mughals started the same brutal war crime against Sikhs is exactly what Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is doing today in 21st century. Guru Arjan Dev Ji Guru Arjan Devi ji was put on hot plate by mughals and they poured hot sand on top of Sikh Guru. The Mughal emperor Jahangir wrote in his autobiography Tuzk-e-Jahangiri that too many people were becoming persuaded by Guru Arjan’s teachings and if he did not become a Muslim the Sikh Panth had to be extinguished. HE ordered the Guru’s execution A contemporary Jesuit account, written in early 17th century by Spanish Jesuit missionary into the Mughal court Father Jerome Xavier (1542–1605), who was in Lahore at the time, records that the Sikhs managed to get Jahangir to commute the death sentence to a heavy fine, for which a rich individual, possibly a Sikh, stood as guarantor. The Guru however refused to let a fine be paid for him and even refused when a longtime friend of his, Sufi Sai Mian Mir, tried interceding on his behalf. Jahangir tortured Guru Arjan in the hopes of extracting the money, but the Guru refused to give the fine and was executed. Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib Ji Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib ji before Beheading by Mughals The Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb ordered Hindu temples to be destroyed and that idol worship was to be stopped. He had a temple converted into a Mosque and slaughtered a cow inside it. He also had Hindus sacked from their government jobs and employed Muslims instead. Aurangzeb also ordered Gurdwaras to be destroyed, and he expelled many missionaries from the main cities. Despite some resistance after many years of persecution, people were being forced to take up Islam. Aurangzeb, being clever, decided if he could convert the revered Brahmin Pandits of Kashmir that millions of followers would then easily be converted. Threatened with conversion or death, the Pandits overcome by panic, came in a delegation to Chakk Nanaki, Pargana Kahlur and requested Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji’s help. Hearing the serious nature of the conversation, Guru Ji’s 9 year old son Gobind Rai Ji told his father what the problem was. The Guru told his son of the Pandits dilemma and said that it would take a holy man literally laying down his life to intercede. Gobind Rai responded “Who would be better than you to defend the poor Brahmins”. Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji decided to stand up for the right of freedom of worship and told the delegation to tell Aurangzeb that if he could convert Guru Tegh Bahadur they would gladly convert. Four days later Guru Tegh Bahadur ji was arrested, along with some of his followers, Bhai Dayala, Bhai Mati Das and Bhai Sati Das by Nur Muhammad Khan. After Mati Das, Dyal Das and Sati Das were tortured and executed on three consecutive days, Guru Tegh Bahadur was beheaded at Chandni Chowk in 1675. Guru Tegh Bahadur is popularly known as “Hind Di Chadar” i.e. “The Shield of India”, in reference to his popular image as sacrificing his life for the protection of religious freedom in India. Bhai Sati Das, Bhai Mati Das & Bhai DayalaBhai Sati Das was wrapped up in cotton wool, set alight and was roasted alive. He remained calm and peaceful and kept uttering Waheguru, waheguru, waheguru (Sikh meditation). His martyrdom is remembered by the Sikhs in their daily prayers. This happened on 24 November 1675, on the same day as Bhai Mati Das was executed. Sawed, Burned and Boiled Alive – Bhai Dayala, Bhai Mati Das and Bhai Sati Das. Mati Das while standing erect was tied between two posts. He was asked if he had any parting words, to which Mati Das answered, “I request only that my head be turned toward my Guru as I am executed.” Two executioners placed a double-handed saw on his head. Mati Das serenely uttered “Ek Onkar” and started reciting the Japji Sahib, the great morning prayer of the Sikhs. He was sawn in half from head to loins. It is said that even as the body was being sawn into two, the Japji continued to reverberate from each part until it was all over. Qazi pronounced his religious order that Bhai Dayala must either accept Islam or be prepared to embrace death by being boiled in a Cauldron. Bhai Dayal was asked for a final time if he would leave his faith and embrace Islam. Bhai sahib defiantly and consistently answered, “No!” to the qazi’s repeated requests. This infuriated the qazi who pronunced his immediate torture and death. The executioners sat Bhai Sahib in the cauldron of water under which a large fire was lit. Slowly the water was let warm; then it was hot; soon it was too hot and then it was boiling. Bhai Dayala continued to his last breath to recite Sikh prayers. Bhai Taru Singh JiAfter a short period of imprisonment and torture, Bhai Taru Singh ji was brought by Mughals before Lahore Governor Zakariya Khan and given the choice of converting to Islam or being executed. Taru Singh calmly asked, “Why must I become a Mussalman (a Muslim person)? Do not the Mussalmans ever die?” Upon his refusal, and in a public display, Bhai Taru Singh’s scalp was cut away from his skull with a sharp knife to prevent his hair from ever growing back. Bahi Taru Singh ji was left to bleed to his death by Mughals. Mass torture and persecution of SikhsZakariya Khan was the Mughal governor of Lahore, now in Pakistan. He had taken part in the Mughal Empire’s operations against the Sikh leader Banda Singh Bahadur. After the capture of Banda Singh and his companions in December 1715, he escorted the prisoners to Delhi, rounding up Sikhs that he could find in villages along the route. As he reached the Mughal capital, the caravan comprised seven hundred bullock carts full of severed heads and over seven hundred captives. He ordered village officials to capture Sikhs and hand them over for execution. A graded scale of rewards was laid down – a blanket for cutting off a Sikh’s hair; ten rupees for information about the whereabouts of a Sikh; fifty rupees for a Sikh scalp. Plunder of Sikh homes was made lawful; giving shelter to Sikhs or withholding information about their movements was made a capital offense. From top left: Mughal army returning with Sikh heads on spike to claim reward. Top right: Sikhs getting butchered for refusing to convert to Islam. Bottom Left: Mughal ruler giving rewards for killing Sikhs. Bottom right: Non-Soldier Muslims (Mughals Sympathizer) killing Sikhs . Zakariya Khan’s police, consisting of nearly 20,000 men especially recruited for this purpose, scoured the countryside and brought back hundreds of Sikhs in chains. Prominent Sikhs including the revered Bhai Mani Singh and Bhai Tariff Singh were, after the severest of torments, publicly beheaded at the Nakhas, the horse-market of Lahore, renamed by Sikhs “Shahidganj” in honour of the martyrs. Yet Zakariya Khan remained unsuccessful in his object of vanquishing the Sikhs. He died at Lahore on 1 July 1745 a dispirited man, bequeathing to his sons and successors chaos and confusion. Torture on Sikh Women & KidsThe Sikh women held as prisoners in Mir Mannu’s Jail (1748-1753) who endured the pain of having their children murdered and made into garlands around their necks but did not sacrifice their faith. During 18th century Sikh women were arrested and endured torture in Mir Mannu’s Jail in Lahore, they chanted: “ਮਨੂੰ ਸਾਡੀ ਦਾਤਰੀ ਅਸੀਂ ਮਨੂੰ ਦੇ ਸੋਏ || ਜਿਉਂ ਜਿਉਂ ਮਨੂੰ ਵਢਦਾ ਅਸੀਂ ਦੂਣ ਸਵਾਏ ਹੋਏ || (We are the grass, and Mannu the sickle (grass-cutting blade); The more he cuts us, the more we grow.)” http://sikhsangat.org/2015/brutality-of-isis-is-the-copy-of-what-mughals-did-with-sikhs-of-punjab/
  10. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/australiaandthepacific/australia/11293694/Islamists-take-hostages-in-Sydney-cafe-siege-live.html
  11. Meet Rehana, a Kurdish female fighter who has allegedly killed over 100 members of Islamic State (ISIS) during the fight over the town of Kobani. The fighter, known only as Rehana, was named in a tweet which has already been shared thousands of times since it was initially sent on 13 October. Journalist Pawan Durani tweeted a photo of Rehana and encouraged others to share it as well. Rehana has killed more than a hundred #ISIS terrorists in #Kobane, the photos caption reads. [Retweet] and make her famous for her bravery. Rumors are soaring that Rehana was possibly captured and killed by Islamic State militants, but the claim has yet to be confirmed. No matter what, Rehana has become truly a hero in social media, and fans are making sure that her bravery should not go unnoticed. Shes just one of many female Kurdish fighters. However, reports say that the news of Rehana's death and reports claiming she single-handedly killed over 100 ISIS jihadists cannot be independently verified. Many Kurdish women are known for their bravery and fighting skills after various reported incidents where they showed great strength while attacking the militants belonging to the dreaded Islamic State organisation. Photo courtesy: Twitter http://www.sify.com/news/meet-the-woman-who-killed-over-100-isis-men-news-national-okrlgEcihibhh.html
  12. This is becoming a daily thing now. May Vaheguru jee do kirpa and save the world from these beasts! http://www.cnn.com/2014/09/13/world/meast/isis-haines-family-message/index.html?hpt=hp_t1
  13. Sydney: Australia on Friday raised its terror threat level to high for the first time in a decade on growing concern about Australian Islamist militants returning from fighting in Iraq and Syria. The heightened alert after years on medium officially means a terrorist attack is likely and comes after repeated government warnings that attacks could happen. There are people with the intent and the capability to mount attacks here in Australia, Prime Minister Tony Abbott told a press conference. The lifting of the threat level was not based on knowledge of a specific attack plan but rather a body of evidence that points to the increased likelihood of a terrorist attack in Australia, Abbott added in a joint statement with Attorney-General George Brandis. Security and intelligence agencies are concerned about the increasing number of Australians working with, connected to, or inspired by terrorist groups such as Isil (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant), Jabhat Al Nusrah, and Al Qaida, he said. The threat they pose has been increasing for more than a year. The high alert is just below extreme the top level which would indicate a terrorist attack is imminent or has occurred. It followed a similar decision by Britain in August, which raised its terror threat risk level to severe meaning an attack is thought highly likely. Abbott said his countrys alert was now broadly comparable to the threat level in the United Kingdom. Monash Universitys Global Terrorism Research Centre director Greg Barton said the alert was last raised after the September 11, 2001 attacks and following the 2002 Bali bombings. Weve never had the alert bumped up when nothings happened when theres no incident, Barton said, adding that the current move was largely driven by developments with [isil]. The government believes up to 60 Australians are fighting alongside militants for Isil, while another 100 were actively working to support the movement at home. Abbott said based on previous experience with Australians who went to Afghanistan and Pakistan to join the Taliban, they had retained the inclination to engage in terrorist activity when they returned home. We do know that people coming back from the Middle East are militarised and brutalised, accustomed to kill without compunction, do pose a significant threat to our community should they not be under the closest possible supervision, he said. Barton said the higher alert would give authorities more resources in patrolling public locations and in sifting through intelligence about potential attacks. Given that our big concern at the moment is the targeting of soft targets, particularly something like a train station in the city... our best line of defence... is intelligence, he said. Abbott stressed the new threat level was not linked to his governments decision to support US military action in Iraq and Syria, adding: We have experienced significant levels of threats for a long time now. We would be targets regardless of anything that we did. The Australian Strategic Policy Institutes executive director Peter Jennings agreed, saying that while Australias alliance with the US might see some extra risk, it was only a result of a prolonged process of radicalisation involving significant numbers of Australians over the last few years. Brandis stressed that the decision was not targeted at Muslims. http://gulfnews.com/news/world/other-world/australia-raises-terror-alert-to-high-on-mideast-fears-1.1384303
  14. A new video appears to show the execution of Steven Sotloff, the second American killed by a self-professed member of the Islamist terror group ISIS. In the video, which appeared online today, Sotloff addresses the camera, saying, Im sure you know exactly who I am by now and why I am appearing. Obama, your foreign policy of intervention in Iraq was supposed to be for preservation of American lives and interests, so why is it that I am paying the price of your interference with my life? Sotloff says calmly as the black clad militant holds a knife casually at his side. The video then cuts to the militant who makes a statement saying that as long as U.S. missiles continue to strike our people, our knife will continue to strike the necks of your people. Sotloff was seen last month in a very similar video that appeared to show the execution of American journalist James Foley. http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/steven-sotloff-video-appears-show-isis-execution-american/story?id=25216725
  15. UK and USA supported rebels in Syria and in Iraq. Now those rebels are using the arms supplied to them to kill innocent people.
  16. NEW DELHI: The rise of al-Qaida offshoot Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) may look like a distant problem affecting the Middle East with Indians merely caught in the crossfire. But it's a danger far closer home than it appears. Security establishment sources said ISIS, which is being suspected to be behind the kidnapping of 40 Indians in Mosul, has global ambitions and aims to create an Islamic World Dominion of which even India would be a part. A recently released world dominion map by the outfit had parts of north-west India, including Gujarat, shown as part of the Islamic state of Khorasan, a caliphate that the outfit aims to achieve. Sources said there were inputs of jihadists from India fighting in both Iraq and Syria and some of these would eventually return. They would then become the link between the Middle East outfits and the Indian subcontinent. That is a time, sources said, India needs to prepare for. Already, the outfit is being touted as the most efficient, organized, dangerous and ambitious terror outfit in the world. Even al-Qaida, which has terrorized the world for over two decades and is the estranged ideological guru of the outfit, looks a pale shadow in front of ISIS given the quick advances it has made in a short time. With India on its radar, even if distant, the signs are not good, sources said. Ajai Sahni, executive director of the Institute for Conflict Management, said, "Strategy is a function of capability. We are not focusing on events in the Middle East because we have no capability to influence them. Earlier too, people have been kidnapped in the region and we have had to depend on third party negotiators. All global jihad will have India in its crosshairs. We can ignore them only at our own peril." Sahni specifically warned of the threat from Indian jihadis fighting in Iraq and Syria. "These are battlehardened terrorists who will one day come back. Moreover, their antics and successes will inspire many more here as we already see them drawing inspiration from events abroad," he said. The growing ambition of ISIS can be gauged from the fact that from a small group owing allegiance to al-Qaida, it took the shape of Islamic State in Iraq in 2006. Within years, as the Syrian crisis escalated, it metamorphosed into Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and is now known as Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. The addition of the word Levant expands the group's aim to capture Syria, Israel, Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan, Cyprus and parts of Turkey. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/ISIS-has-designs-on-India-Experts/articleshow/36795859.cms
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