Monday, July 6, 2015
Four Israeli Arab Teachers Arrested for joining ISIS terror group, attempting to recruit children. (INN).
In a joint operation with local police, the Israel Security Agency (ISA or Shin Bet) arrested six Arab residents of the town of Hura in the Negev who formed a cell of the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist group, authorities released for publication Monday.
An initial investigation revealed that the cell members conducted secret meetings in which they learned and discussed ISIS's radical Islamist ideology, while some of them actively worked to recruit friends and family members and encouraged them to travel to join ISIS in Syria.
Several of the group also planned to travel to Syria themselves.
Shockingly, four of those arrested were teachers at a school in the Negev. Investigators say they used their positions to try to brainwash children and encourage them to join ISIS as well.
In addition to those arrested, several other teachers and staff members - including the headteacher of one Negev school - have been questioned under suspicion of withholding knowledge of their colleagues' jihadist activities from authorities, and not acting to stop them.
The headteacher - who has not been named - denies having any knowledge of the extremist activity at his school.
Security services believe that several Israeli Arabs who previously traveled to Syria to join ISIS were part of the same cell. Read the full story here.
Egyptian Government instructs foreign reporters to remove Islamic references from terrorist descriptions
Egyptian Government instructs foreign reporters to remove Islamic references from terrorist descriptions. (Madamasr).
During a presser on Saturday, Egypt’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs handed international media representatives guidelines instructing them to refrain from using “religious or faith based terminology” when describing terrorist groups.
This comes amid a growing crackdown on media through restrictive laws, the arrests of journalists and threatening messages to foreign media representatives and outlets.
The Foreign Affairs Ministry has sent foreign media in Egypt several angry statements recently criticizing their coverage of the ongoing state-led crackdown on terrorism.
In its most recent statement, the Foreign Ministry advised international press to stay away from using terms such as “Islamists,” “Jihadists”, “Islamic State,” and “fundamentalists” while covering terrorist attacks.
This follows a large scale terrorist attack in North Sinai last Wednesday, which targeted a number of military posts simultaneously and escalated into prolonged clashes between militants and the military, causing over 100 deaths.
The group formerly known as Ansar Beit al-Maqdes, which declared itself an affiliate of the Islamic State, calling itself the “Province of Sinai,” claimed the attack.
The Ministry claimed that using the self-proclaimed Islamic name of the group “tarnishes the image of Islam, as it falsely attaches the horrendous acts of these extremist groups to the faith.”
The Ministry offers alternatives to be used by media outlets when referring to terrorist groups, including “slaughterer, executioner, assassins, slayers, destroyers, eradicators.”The Ministry has issued several similar statements recently accusing foreign media outlets of distorting the news in pursuit of foreign agendas. Hmmmm.....My guess they just copied the BBC or Obama White House guidelines.Read the full story here.
241 'terrorists' killed in North Sinai in 5 days: Egyptian Military. (AO).
The Egyptian army has killed 241 terrorists in North Sinai over the past five days, the army's spokesman said in a statement on Monday.
From 1 to 5 July, the army also arrested four wanted terrorists and 29 other suspects, the statement read.
Four terrorist headquarters were also destroyed, spokesman Mohamed Samir added in a statement on his official Facebook page that also included pictures of the mangled bodies of dead alleged terrorists.
On Saturday, the army published videos of airstrikes on these hideouts.
The statement added that 26 vehicles used by terrorists were destroyed, including 11 land cruisers, while 16 bombs, prepared to attack army and police personnel in the peninsula, were made safe.
Army personnel confiscated a number of militant weapons, including RPGs, machine guns, mortar shells, and hand grenades.
The army has intensified its offensive in the peninsula after simultaneous attacks on military personnel on Wednesday, claimed by Islamist militant group Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis (ABM), left at least 21 soldiers dead.
On Saturday, President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi visited troops in North Sinai, donning his military uniform for the first time since he took office in June 2014, to show his "respect" and "recognition" for their part in the "fight against terrorism."
The decade-long militant insurgency in North Sinai has intensified in the past two years, with hundreds of army and police personnel killed. The army has also announced the killing of hundreds of terrorists.
In November 2014, ABM claimed allegiance to the Islamic State militant group that controls large swathes of Syria and Iraq.
Soundtrack - Syrian Christians Face New Threat From Islamist Rebel Alliance.
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"We Will Not Negotiate With Boko Haram From A Position Of Weakness"- Nigerian Govt. (SaharaReporters).
Following a BBC interview last night where Presidential spokesperson Femi Adesina was quoted as saying that the Nigerian government would negotiate with Islamist militant group, Boko Haram, the Nigerian government has now clarified its stand on the matter.
In a press release issued from his Abuja office, Mr. Adesina has said the Nigerian state is putting in place mechanisms that would completely devastate Boko Haram from a multinational level. The statement further stated that the government would consider negotiations with the dreaded Islamist group if they accept to do so.
Read full statement below:
Most wars, however furious or vicious, often end around the negotiation table. So, if Boko Haram opts for negotiation, the government will not be averse to it. Government will, however, not be negotiating from a position of weakness, but that of strength. The machinery put in place, and which will be set in motion soon, can only devastate and decapitate insurgency. It is multinational in nature, and relief is on the way for Nigeria and her neighbours. President Muhammadu Buhari is resolute. He has battled and won insurgency before, he is poised to win again. It is a promise he made to Nigerians, and he is a promise keeper.
But I say again, if the insurgents want to negotiate, no decent government will be averse to such. Didn't the Taliban and Americans also negotiate in Afghanistan?
Special Adviser to the President
(Media & Publicity)
Hmmm......What happened to 'we don't negotiate with terrorists'? You don't negotiate with a rabid dog.
'High risk of terror attack' in Spain: Int. minister. (France24).
Spain is facing its highest level of terror threat since 2004 because of the danger posed by jihadists, said the country's Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz on Sunday.
"We are at the maximum alert level since the attacks of March 11, 2004 in Madrid," said Fernandez Diaz in an interview published Sunday, referring to the attacks that left 191 dead and nearly 2,000 injured.
The minister said he did not want to incite panic, but "the level 4 alert (out of a maximum of 5) corresponds to a reality".
The risk is heightened particularly because the head of Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, recently urged the mujahideen to commit attacks in their countries for the one-year anniversary of the jihadist organisation, said the minister.
There has been a lot of activity since on social networks, he said, without giving details.
Some 116 people have left Spain to fight alongside IS jihadists, with 16 people registered as having since returned. Hmmm.....holiday makers on Spanish beaches better start looking out.
Aleppo already de facto a 'protectorate' of 'Islamist' Turkey? (Aawsat).
Beirut, Asharq Al-Awsat—Syrian activists and economists have proposed a new initiative to use the Turkish lira as the main currency in liberated areas of Aleppo, following recent gains made by rebels in Syria’s largest city.
The initiative calls for Syrians owning more than 10,000 Syrian pounds to change the excess home currency into Turkish lira to be used in rebel-controlled areas of the city.
The Association of Syrian Economists said in a recently held conference that they and Syrian activists were putting forward the plan in “order to put economic pressure on the regime of [Syrian President] Bashar Al-Assad in the sense that [a move such as this] would help speed up its downfall.”
Proponents of the plan say it will help ordinary people obtain access to basic goods in light of the lira’s stability against the US dollar, compared with the Syrian pound, which is now equivalent to almost 200 dollars. Before the outbreak of the Syrian conflict the country’s currency had for a number of years stabilized at around 50 dollars per pound.
The Association said it is putting forward the plan to the interim Syrian government and the country’s internationally recognized opposition group the Syrian National Coalition, which are both currently based in Turkey.
A source from the Syrian interim government told Asharq Al-Awsat they had been informed of the proposal but that no moves had yet been made to adopt it.
“A group of activists told us of this proposal and we have informed them that it still needs to evolve and undergo evaluation,” the source said.
“The [interim] government . . . is still studying this proposal, especially since it behooves us to also discuss it with Turkish officials, because it firstly concerns them.”
Meanwhile, Ahmed Ramadan, a member of the Syrian National Coalition’s Politburo, welcomed the proposal and called on the Coalition to adopt it.
“This idea to replace the Syrian currency with Turkish lira was previously put forward by the interim government’s Finance Ministry, but it was not implemented,” Ramadan told Asharq Al-Awsat.
“Even though the Coalition has still not looked into the current proposal properly, I personally absolutely support it.” Hmmmm.....When will the U.N. change the border lines of Syria in favor of 'Gross Turkey'?