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Friday, July 28, 2017

Kadyrov announces his readiness to resign, leave for Jerusalem and spend the rest of his life guarding the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Kadyrov announces his readiness to resign, leave for Jerusalem and spend the rest of his life guarding the Al-Aqsa Mosque. (CaucasianKnot).

Ramzan Kadyrov is ready to resign and spend the rest of his life guarding the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. The head of Chechnya has stated this in connection with the conflict situation around the above mosque.

"I myself am ready to resign and serve in structures that ensure the safety of this holy place for Muslims," he wrote in his Telegram, adding that he is against using the war on terrorism as an "instrument of political struggle against Muslims."

On July 14, after the attack on policemen, Israeli authorities reinforced security measures on the Temple Mount by installing metal detectors at the entrance. After that, mass clashes of Palestinians with Israeli policemen led to victims, the RIA “Novosti” reports.

According to the Israeli newspaper “Haaretz”, Muslim leaders found sufficient the concessions of Israeli authorities, who removed the metal detectors and CCTV cameras from the vicinity of the Temple Mount.

Full text of the article is available on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

New Islamist Members Of European Fatwa Council Show Growing influence Of Turkish Muslim Brotherhood in EU.

New Islamist Turkish Members Of European Fatwa Council Show Growing influence Of Global Muslim Brotherhood in EU. (globalmbwatch).

Dutch journalist Carel Brendel has published an article analyzing some of the recent membership changes at the European Council for Fatwa and Research (ECFR). According to his report, two of the newly appointed Turkish members representing a strengthening of the alliance between the Global Muslim Brotherhood and the Turkish regime of Recep Tayyip Erdogan:

Ekrem Keles is a senior member of Diyanet, the Turkish Presidency of Religious Affairs that supervises mosques and abroad. According to Turkish media, he is chairman of the Supreme Council for Religious Affairs. The English site of the pro-Erdogan Tukse Daily newspaper Sabah said Keles is “deputy head” of Diyanet.
It appears from the list on the ECFR website Keles is now an official member of the European Council for Fatwa and Research (ECFR). In a 2010 list of ECFR members, there was no Turkish membership. The appointment of Keles means two things- the collaboration between the Erdogan regime and the Muslim Brotherhood has again become a little more intense. And more importantly, the long arm of Ankara interferes with the affairs of all Muslims in Europe.

In 2010 Mustafa Mullaoglu was already on the list, but as a German representative. He has a Turkish background. The German TV channel SWR called him in 2007, “a top official responsible for religious issues of Milli Gorus,” the Turkish version of the Muslim Brotherhood. At a meeting in Hamm, North Rhine-Westphalia, Mullaoglu praised the Ottoman Empire as the ideal form of government.

Meanwhile Mullaoglu moved to Austria where he is a Mufti for the the national umbrella Islamic group, the Islamische Glaubensgemeinschaft in Österreich (IGGIÖ). Earlier this year Mollaoglu received criticism because he ruled that the wearing of  the headscarf hHijab) for women is a religious commandment. 

Austrian State Minister Muna Duzdar called this position “an attack on freedom and the empowerment of women”. The IGGiÖ was often accused in the past of ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, but always put off the accusation as “conspiracy theories” . Yet critics always place the IGGÏO “in the atmosphere of the Muslim Brotherhood.” Curiously, the Austrian media have very little written about the IGGiÖ  mufti as a member of Qaradawi’s fatwa council. Read the full story here.

For more in depth info on the Global Muslim brotherhood working follow GlobalMBwatch.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Video - Kadyrov: "Homosexuals must be eliminated in order to purify the blood of the Chechen people."

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

ISIS finally confirms the death of its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

ISIS finally confirms the death of its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. (khaama).
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group or Daesh has confirmed the death of its leader Abdul Bakr al-Baghdadi, it has been reported.
According to a local media outlet in Iraq, Al-Sumaria News, the terror group has confirmed al-Baghdadi’s death by circulating a statement in the town of Tal Afar in west of Mosul.
Daesh organization (IS group) circulated a brief statement through its media in the (IS-held) town of Tal Afar in the west of Mosul, confirming the killing of its leader al-Baghdadi without giving further details,” according to the report by Al-Sumaria News.
Citing anonymous sources from Nineveh province, the media outlet said the terror group in its statement has called on its fighters to wait for the announcement regarding the new leader’s appointment and ‘to continue their steadfastness in the redoubts of the caliphate and not being dragged behind the sedition.’
This comes as the Ministry of Defense of Russia said last month that al-Baghdadi was targeted in an airstrike and was likely killed.
Russia’s defense said an investigation is underway to ascertain whether Al-Baghdadi was killed in an airstrike conducted late last month.
According to a statement by the Russian defense ministry carried in reports by the local media outlets, Al-Baghdadi was targeted along with at least 300 other insurgents and 30 top leaders of the terror group.
The statement further added that the airstrike was carried out on 28th May in Raqqa city.

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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Video - Linda Sarsour: Puppet of Siraj Wahhaj.

Siraj Wahhaj:

  • Named as a possible co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing
  • Invited Omar Abdel-Rahman, leader of a terrorist organization known as the Islamic Group, to address his congregation several times
  • Advocates the replacement of the U.S. government with an Islamic Caliphate
  • Supports violent Islamic jihad.
Siraj Wahhaj was born as Jeffrey Kearse on March 11, 1950 in Brooklyn, New York, where he was raised in the Baptist faith. He studied biology education at Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario, Canada.

Wahhaj developed an interest in Islam shortly after the 1968 assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., which prompted him to go "looking for more militancy." He found that militancy in the black separatist movement and became involved with the Nation of Islam (NOI) and its leader, Louis Farrakhan, under whose mentorship Wahhaj converted to Islam in 1969. Wahhaj was also influenced by such major NOI figures as Elijah Muhammed, Warith Deen Muhammed, and Malcolm X. Under the sway of such individuals, Wahhaj in the early 1970s became a Nation of Islam minister and began promoting a separatist doctrine which held that “white people are devils.” (“I preached it. I taught it,” he now acknowledges.) But before long, Wahhaj became cognizant of NOI's differences from mainstream Islam, left the organization, and pursued a career as a traditional Sunni Muslim cleric.

Wahhaj claims to have completed his training as a cleric at Umm al Qura University in Mecca, Saudi Arabia in 1978. But that university was not established until 1981. Prior to that time, it was known as The Colleges of Shari’ah and Education and was a branch of the Jeddah-based King Abdul Aziz University, which was renowned as a hub for young radical terrorists. Indeed, Osama bin Laden, Sheikh Abdullah Azzam, and Wael Jalaidan—all co-founders of al Qaeda—were affiliated with King Abdul Aziz University in the 1970s and early '80s.

In 1981 Wahhaj founded his own mosque, known as Masjid Al-Taqwa, which initially had a membership of fewer than 25 people and was based inside a friend's Brooklyn apartment. Today, however, Wahhaj’s large Al-Taqwa mosque is recognized by Muslims all around the world.

On numerous occasions during Masjid Al-Taqwa's early years, Wahhaj invited Omar Abdel-Rahman, leader of the terrorist organization known as the Islamic Group, to address his (Wahhaj's) congregation as a guest preacher.

Notwithstanding his ties to King Abdul Aziz University and Omar Abdel-Rahman, Wahhaj, during his first decade as an Imam, managed to cultivate an image as a moderate in the eyes of the American public. As such, in 1991 he was given the honor of being the first Muslim ever to recite an opening prayer before a meeting of the U.S. House of Representatives.

That same year, however, Wahhaj, in a speech to the Islamic Association of North Texas, characterized Operation Desert Storm (the U.S.-led military campaign to drive Saddam Hussein's invading forces out of Kuwait) as "one of the most diabolical plots ever in the annals of history." Moreover, he predicted that America would fall unless it "accepts the Islamic agenda."

In a September 1991 speech in Toronto, titled “The Afghanistan Jihad,” Wahhaj told his fellow Muslims:
“Those who struggle for Allah, it doesn’t matter what kind of weapons [you use], I’m telling you it doesn’t matter! You don’t need nuclear weapons or even guns! If you have faith in Allah and a knife! If Allah wants you to win, you will win! Because Allah is the only one who fights. And when his hand is over your hand, whoever is at war against my friends, I declare war on them.... The Americans are not your friends ... The Canadians are not your friends ... The Europeans are not your friends. Your friend is Allah, the Messenger and those who believe. These people will never be satisfied with you until you follow their religion ...”
Two months later, Wahhaj urged U.S. Muslims to become politically active as a means of augmenting the influence of their faith: “As long as you remember that if you get involved in politics, you have to be very careful that your leader is for Allah. You don’t get involved in politics because it’s the American thing to do. You get involved in politics because politics are a weapon to use in the cause of Islam.”[1]

In a 1992 sermon, Wahhaj emphasized the importance of jihad to his Al-Taqwa mosque congregation: “I will never ever tell people, 'don’t be violent, that is not the Islamic way.' The violence has to be selected.... Islam is the only answer because it is only Islam that we do it for Allah.... [We are] commanded to do jihad.... [W]hen Allah commands us to fight we are not stopping, no one will stop us.”

In an autumn 1992 address to an Islamic gathering in New Jersey, Wahhaj expressed his desire to have Muslims seize control of the United States and replace the country's constitutional government with an Islamic caliphate. “If we were united and strong,” Wahhaj said, “we'd elect our own emir [leader] and give allegiance to him.... [T]ake my word, if 6-8 million Muslims unite in America, the country will come to us.”

Wahhaj has revisited this theme Islamic dominion over the United States many times over the years. For example, he has said:
  • “Islam is better than democracy. Allah will cause his deen [Islam as a complete way of life], Islam, to prevail over every kind of system, and you know what? It will happen.”[2] (In a related assertion, Wahhaj has called the Islamic way of life a preferable alternative to the “garbage can” of American culture.)
  • In time, democracy will crumble, and there will be nothing, and the only thing that will remain will be Islam.”
  • “Wherever you came from, you came to America. And you came for one reason—for one reason only—to establish Allah’s deen [Islam as a complete way of life], as a servant of Allah.” 
Shortly after the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, the U.S. State Department designatedSudan, which had become a safe-haven for Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda, as a state sponsor of terrorism. In response to that designation, Wahhaj said defiantly:
“May Allah bless Sudan … these are people who want to establish the Shari’ah, establish Quran, and Sunnah, they want to establish the religion and therefore hated by the government of the USA…. I’m not going to make you comfortable because our book, the book we believe in, is not Dale Carnegie’s, How to Win Friends and Influence People; But it’s the Quran.”
Wahhaj has long supported every facet of Sharia Law, including its call for brutal punishments like the removal of one's hands as the penalty for theft, and death by stoning as the penalty for adultery. By Wahhaj's reckoning, such harsh measures are wholly justified by Islamic scripture. As he proclaimed in a May 1992 sermon: “I would cut off the hands of my own daughter [if she stole] because Allah stands for Justice.” On another occasion, Wahhaj said: “If Allah says 100 strikes, 100 strikes it is. If Allah says cut off their hand, you cut off their hand. If Allah says stone them to death, through the Prophet Muhammad, then you stone them to death, because it’s the obedience of Allah and his messenger—nothing personal.”

Wahhaj has been a longtime supporter of Hizb ut-Tahrir, an organization that seeks to create a worldwide Islamic caliphate, or kingdom, governed by Sharia Law. In the summer of 1994, Wahhaj attended a Hizb ut-Tahrir conference in London, where Islamists openly called for jihad, denounced democracy, and declared that “the Islamic system is the only alternative for mankind.” Less than a week later, back in the U.S., Wahhaj lauded Hizb ut-Tahrir's "scholarly brothers" for their "good insight" and "their pushing for the Khilafah [Caliphate]."

In 1995, U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White named Wahhaj as a possible co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. Soon thereafter, Wahhaj stated during one of his Al-Taqwa sermons, “I’m not frightened by no list, by no government! I thank Allah. I’m honored that they thought enough of me to put me on a list.”[3]

Moreover, a number of congregants at Wahhaj’s Al-Taqwa mosque were charged and convicted of having provided material support for Islamic terrorists during the period leading up to the World Trade Center bombing of '93. Wahhaj testified in court on behalf of each of them.

One of those congregants, Clement Rodney Hampton-El (a.k.a. "Dr. Rashid"), was a memberof Jamaat al Fuqra, a Black Nationalist organization whose mission is to “purify” Islam through violence.[4] Wahhaj, stating that he had known Hampton-El for ten years, called the defendant “one of the most respected brothers” in his entire mosque.

Another Al-Taqwa congregant, Ibrahim El Gabrowny, was a bomb-maker who assistedIslamic Group leader Omar Abdel-Rahman in his terrorism-related pursuits. When U.S. authorities searched El Gabrowny’s home, they found taped messages from his cousin, the terrorist El Sayyid Nosair,[5] urging violence and jihad: “Without fighting there will not be justice on earth.… We cannot establish God’s rules on earth except by fighting.” Testifying at El Gabrowny's trial, Wahhaj voiced flattering admiration for the defendant, who ultimately was sentenced to 57 years in prison.

Yet another noteworthy Al-Taqwa congregant was a diplomat of the Sudanese Mission to the United Nations, Siddig Ibrahim Siddig Ali, whom federal authorities described as the “ring leader” of the 1993 World Trade Center attack. Ali told an FBI informant that “he ha[d] connections that [would] allow him to drive a car carrying a bomb into a parking lot in the United Nations building.” He also conspired to carry out attacks in Israel and referred to Jews as “sons of monkeys and pigs.” “The sword is to be absolutely used and implemented,” he declared. “This is as a principle.”[6] At Ali's trial, Wahhaj testified about his own favorable impression of the defendant, adding: “We don’t accept the idea of terrorism. Our mosque is open to all, but not to fanatics.” In the end, Ali was sentenced to 11 years in prison.

When Omar Abdel-Rahman was on trial in 1995 for conspiring to overthrow the U.S. government, Wahhaj testified as a character witness on the defendant's behalf. DescribingRahman as a “respected scholar ... bold ... [and] a strong preacher of Islam,” Wahhaj said that he considered it an honor to have had an opportunity to host Rahman at his mosque. 

In February 2001 Wahhaj, along with Ihsan Bagby, founded the Muslim Alliance of North America (MANA), an umbrella group for African-American mosques and Islamic centers. Wahhaj went on to serve as the organization's president, and to this day he sits on its executive committee.

In August and September of 2001, just prior to the 9/11 attacks, Wahhaj was a guest speaker at a "jihad camp" in Pennsylvania, where adult participants took part in paintball practice and learned about the glorious afterlife that awaited Islamic martyrs who died for the cause of their faith. The camp was organized by Safet Abid Catovic, a leader of the Benevolence International Foundation, a "charity" that would be shut down in November 2002 on charges that it had provided funding for al Qaeda.

Soon after the horrors of 9/11, Wahhaj spoke at a convention in Baltimore sponsored by the Islamic Circle of North America.

On October 20, 2001, Wahhaj, angered by U.S. government's post-9/11 efforts to identify and apprehend Islamic extremists, told a meeting of Muslim activists in Houston:
"[T]his [American] government has already sent in[to] every major [mosque], agent provocateurs. Most of you don't know what that is. All you know is about spies. The government has spies, they have infiltrators. But there's some difference from being a spy and an agent provocateur. What an agent provocateur does, he goes to a [mosque], he looks just like you. He's got a beard just like your beard... And their job is to entrap you no different than the prostitute, the police women dressed as a prostitute, whereas he's coming to the [mosque], dressed as a Muslim."
With similar derision, Wahhaj has referred to the FBI and CIA as the “real terrorists” whom Americans—particularly Muslim Americans—should fear.
In June 2004 Wahhaj spoke at an event titled “Next Generation Muslims—Education & Survival,” which was organized by the Universal Heritage Foundation, a Florida-based outpost of Islamism and anti-Semitism.

At a 2005 Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) banquet in Georgia, Wahhaj expressed support and sympathy for Rafik Abdus Sabir and Tarik Shah, terror operatives who had recently been indicted for plotting to open an al Qaeda training camp in the United States. Both Sabir (a medical doctor who had pledged to fly to Saudi Arabia to provide medical aid and training for al Qaeda terrorists) and Shah (the son of a former Malcolm X aide who was himself associated with the Nation of Islam) had sworn allegiance to Osama bin Laden.

In August 2006 Wahhaj was a guest speaker at an event organized by Young Muslims, where he shared the stage with Mazen Mokhtarm, youth director for the Muslim American Society's New Jersey chapter. Mokhtarm has referred to the terrorist group Hamas as a "heroic" organization.

Wahhaj was one of the six Islamic clerics who were involved in the infamous “Flying Imams” controversy of November 21, 2006. Having just attended a conference of the North American Imams Federation in Minneapolis, Wahhaj and five fellow Imams were among the passengers waiting to board US Airways Flight 300, which was scheduled to fly from Minneapolis to Phoenix. Shortly before boarding, a number of passengers in the airport terminal heard the Imams making anti-American comments vis à vis the Iraq War, and praying loudly (with repeated chants of "Allah, Allah, Allah"). Then, when the Imams boarded the flight, they sat in separate sections of the plane; some of them asked for seat-belt extensions (which the flight attendants thought the Imams did not need). When a number of passengers expressed alarm regarding the Imams' behavior (and concern that the seat-belt extensions might be used as weapons), authorities required the Imams to deboard the plane prior to takeoff. Wahhaj and his cohorts subsequently depicted themselves as victims of “Islamophobia.”

Over the course of his career as a religious leader, Wahhaj has held numerous prestigious and influential posts. He has served as a board of advisors member of the American Muslim Council; a national board member of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR); vice president of the Islamic Society of North America; a member of the Majlis al Shura, a consultative council of Islamic scholars; executive committee chairman of the Muslim Alliance of North America; a board of trustees member of the North American Imams Federation; and a board of advisors member of the North American Islamic Trust (1989-1993).

Since the early 2000s, Wahhaj has been the designated fundraiser at many CAIR banquets. In that role, he has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the organization.[7]  In October 2009, Wahhaj was a featured speaker at CAIR's 15th anniversary celebration in Washington, DC. A noteworthy fellow speaker at that event was Jesse Jackson.

Islam scholar Stephen Schwartz has said the following about Wahhaj:
  • "People like Wahhaj went from Nation of Islam to Saudi Wahhabism, and they preach those extreme views to their followers.... Wahhabism is hostile to all 'nonbelievers,' to secular society, certainly to American society, and it can fit with black radical thought. Despite denouncing Islamic terrorism on a number of occasions, Wahhaj has expressed a desire to remain neutral about Osama bin Ladenand his complicity in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He has said: 'I'm just not so sure I want to be one of the ones who say, Yeah, he did it. He's a horrible man.'"[8]
  • "He's a hatemonger, there's no question about it. He's the No. 1 advocate of radical Islamic ideology among African-Americans. His stuff is very appealing to young Muslims who are on a radical path."[9]
  • "He'll get up and say American Muslims are under attack, that their civil rights are being denied. He'll say that anybody who questions the community of these Muslim groups, that they're agents of the Zionists. He'll say that the criticism of CAIR, and of him, is all racism, the evil work of the Zionists and the media, and he'll say that America should get out of Afghanistan and any involvement in the Muslim world."[10]

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Egypt repeats call on Interpol to arrest fugitive Muslim Brotherhood members in Qatar, Turkey - Yusuf Qaradawi among them.

Egypt repeats call on Interpol to arrest fugitive Muslim Brotherhood members in Qatar, Turkey - Yusuf Qaradawi among them. (AlAhram).

Egypt has notices to Interpol calling for the arrest of fugitive members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood group who are currently residing in Qatar and Turkey, state-run MENA news agency reported, citing a security source.  
The security source told MENA that Cairo has sent Interpol a list of fugitives wanted in Egypt for criminal investigations or have been convicted in criminal cases.
The list includes spiritual leader of the Brotherhood Youssef El-Qaradawi, Islamist preacher Wagdi Ghonem, former investment minister Yehia Hamed, former prime minister Hesham Qandil, leading Gamaa Al-Islamiya figure Tarek El-Zomor, Al-Jazeera presenter Ahmed Mansour and Brotherhood youth figure Ahmed El-Moghier. 
The list also includes Al-Jazeera political analysts Mohamed El-Gawadi and Mohamed El-Qudoussi, journalists Wael Kandil, Alaa Sadeq, Ramy Jan and Selim Azouz, as well as MB leader Ayman Abdel-Ghani, who Cairo says is the mastermind behind the Kataeb Helwan militant group in southern Cairo. 
Since 2014, Egypt has repeatedly called for the arrest of fugitive Muslim Brotherhood members being sheltered in Turkey and Qatar.
Early last month, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE severed diplomatic ties and cut transport links with Qatar in an unprecedented move to isolate the Gulf state over Doha's alleged supporting and financing of terrorist groups.
The Arab countries have presented Qatar with a 13-point list of demands, including that Doha hand over wanted individuals being harboured in Qatar.
The list of demands also includes cutting ties with Iran, halting support for groups such as Hezbollah and Daesh, and shutting down Al-Jazeera TV channel, as well as providing detailed information to the four countries on opposition figures from each of the countries who have received support from Qatar. 
Qatar initially announced its rejection of the demands, though it has recently announced that it is ready to negotiate. 

Related:  Hamas delegation in Cairo for talks with Egyptian officials  .......Go figure?

Qatar is making a grave mistake by seeking assistance from opportunistic strangers with their own ideological axes to grind.

Qatar is making a grave mistake by seeking assistance from opportunistic strangers with their own ideological axes to grind.(Gulfnews).

Non-Arab countries are pouring oil on troubled Arabian Gulf waters. Foreign interference will only widen the rift between three Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states and Qatar, complicating chances of reconciliation. “We believe this issue can be dealt with among the states of the Gulf Cooperation Council,” said Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel Al Jubeir.
Unfortunately, Qatar’s emir is making a grave mistake by seeking assistance from opportunistic strangers with their own ideological axes to grind.
This is indeed the greatest crisis faced by the GCC but it can be swiftly resolved provided Doha agrees to stop funding armed extremists, harbouring Muslim Brotherhood criminals, disseminating radical ideology via its media outlets — and, most importantly, ending its cosy, back-door dealings with Iran and its proxies.
Accusations against Qatar are supported by hard evidence; its denials do not ring true.
The fact that the Muslim Brotherhood supporter President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is rushing to Qatar’s defence speaks volumes. “There are those who are uncomfortable with us standing by our Qatari brothers… We will continue to give Qatar every kind of support,” Erdogan said adding that he has not “seen Qatar give support to terror.”
Offering sustenance on humanitarian grounds is one thing; dispatching up to 5,000 Turkish soldiers to protect the ruling family is a major provocation.
“Turkish troops are coming to Qatar for the sake of the security of the entire region,” announced Qatar’s Foreign Minister Shaikh Mohammad Bin Abdul Rahman Al Thani, who has denounced the demands issued by Saudi Arabia and its allies as interference in the foreign policy of a sovereign state.
Not so. Qatar’s domestic policies are not at issue, but it is incumbent upon all Gulf states to unify against common enemies. There can be no business as usual if one is covertly pulling in the opposite direction undermining its partners’ efforts.
Shaikh Mohammad alludes to regional envy as the cause of Qatar’s isolation. “We have been isolated because we are successful and progressive,” he maintained. That is laughable.
If that were true there are other GCC states worthier of a cold shoulder. He’s verbally laid out a welcome mat for Turkish troops. “We will never surrender,” he has pledged when all Doha is required to do is surrender its dubious beneficiaries.
As they say, birds of a feather stick together. Ankara’s policies in the region are as suspect as Qatar’s. Turkey was once a way station for European radicals heading to Syria and Iraq. Wounded Daesh fighters were treated in Turkish hospitals and freely crossed over from Syria to purchase supplies.
In October, 2014, Germany’s Deputy Speaker Claudia Roth said Turkey’s “dealings with Isis [Daesh] are unacceptable. Also that Isis [Daesh] has been able to sell its oil via Turkey is extraordinary.”
Al Akhbar divulged that “Isil [Daesh] regularly sells crude it obtains from Iraqi and Syrian oil wells to Turkey through some Qatari middlemen.” Russia released satellite images showing oil tankers crossing into Turkish territory.
The Turkish government should be careful that the international community’s accusatory pendulum does not swing in its direction. Its relations with the EU are fragile over human rights and free speech violations and tensions between Ankara and Washington are at their highest over America arming of Kurdish fighters in Syria.
The leaders of Qatar and Turkey should read the tea leaves.The days when their powerful western friends with benefits turned a blind eye to their disreputable dealings are receding now that terrorists are spilling blood throughout Europe. The fact that Turkey is a member of Nato and Qatar hosts US Central Command will not give them an eternal free pass.
Astonishingly, or perhaps not, Iran has shown its ‘benevolence’ by designating three of its southern ports for use by its apparent friend Qatar and flying in plane loads of supplies. Would it have been so generous had another Gulf state found itself in a similar predicament? Iran’s prime goal is to cause division throughout the Arab world.
Mixed messages from the Pentagon and the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson initially caused confusion. However, President Donald Trump reaffirmed his zero tolerance policy on terrorism, thereby clarifying the US stance in no uncertain terms.
He accused Qatar of historically funding “terrorism at a very high level”. Referring to talks with Arab heads of state in Riyadh, “We had a decision to make,” he said. “Do we take the easy road or do we take a hard but necessary action?” He confirmed that his Secretary of State and military generals had concurred with him that “the time has come for Qatar to end its funding” and “extremist ideology”.
Qatar’s ruler would be wise to think long term. Aligning with adversaries, pariah states and a fair-weather friend like Moscow may shut the door leading to a peaceful resolution for the foreseeable future. Hopefully he will silence his combative foreign minister who appears bent on escalation, do what is right and re-embrace the ties of blood shared by all GCC member states sooner rather than later.
Linda S. Heard is an award-winning British political columnist and guest television commentator with a focus on the Middle East

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Islamic State trained 1,600 Yazidi children in beheading & Suicide attacks, could be in any country.

Islamic State trained 1,600 Yazidi children in beheading: Kurdish official. (IraqNews).

A Kurdish official has said that Islamic State militants trained more than 1600 Yazidi children on killing, battling, committing suicide and beheading over the past three years, DPA reported.
Khairi Bozani, the head of the Yazidi Affairs Office of the Kurdistan Regional Government, told journalists on Saturday that “consuls of countries in Kurdistan were notified that those children could represent danger against the whole world countries at any moment. It cannot be ruled out that IS could use them in terrorist actions in European countries as well as the U.S., Arab countries or elsewhere.”
According to the latest estimate by the Directorate of Yazidi Abductees Affairs in Duhok, more than 6,417 Yazidi persons were freed from IS.
Many Yazidis were persecuted and held in Mosul by Islamic State, which considered them devil-worshippers.
A study on the number of Yazidis affected showed that at least 9,900 of Iraq’s Yazidis were killed or kidnapped in just days in an attack by the militants in 2014.
About 3,100 Yazidis were killed – with more than half shot, beheaded or burned alive – while about 6,800 others were kidnapped to become sex slaves or fighters, according to the report published in the Public Library of Science journal PLoS Medicine.
Related?         One Thousand ISIS Caliphate lion Cubs on the loose in Europe?

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Turkey - Statistical analysis on the 2017 referendum finds vote 'distortions' were large enough to reverse the result.

Turkey - Statistical analysis on the 2017 referendum finds vote 'distortions' were large enough to reverse the result.(

With a majority of 'Yes' votes in the Constitutional Referendum of 2017, Turkey continues its transition from democracy to autocracy. 

By the will of the Turkish people, this referendum transferred practically all executive power to president Erdogan. 

However, the referendum was confronted with a substantial number of allegations of electoral misconducts and irregularities, ranging from state coercion of 'No' supporters to the controversial validity of unstamped ballots. 

In this note we report the results of an election forensic analysis of the 2017 referendum to clarify to what extent these voting irregularities were present and if they were able to influence the outcome of the referendum. 

We specifically apply novel statistical forensics tests to further identify the specific nature of electoral malpractices. In particular, we test whether the data contains fingerprints for ballot-stuffing (submission of multiple ballots per person during the vote) and voter rigging (coercion and intimidation of voters). 

Additionally, we perform tests to identify numerical anomalies in the election results. 
We find systematic and highly significant support for the presence of both, ballot-stuffing and voter rigging. 
In 6% of stations we find signs for ballot-stuffing with an error (probability of ballot-stuffing not happening) of 0.15% (3 sigma event). The influence of these vote distortions were large enough to tip the overall balance from 'No' to a majority of 'Yes' votes.
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