The magazine that helped the Tsarnaev brothers pull off the Boston Marathon bombing – while also purporting to teach wannabe jihadis how to ‘make a bomb in the kitchen of your mom’ – is homing in on its next target: America’s crumbling transportation infrastructure.
‘Inspire,’ the Al Qaeda propaganda magazine, will dedicate its next issue to America’s passenger and commuter trains. The focus on rail transportation comes at a time of great anxiety over the scarcity of resources devoted to repairing America’s vulnerable trains, which is advantageous to a group aiming to reestablish maximum relevance.
Derailments in the Bronx, Philadelphia and New York City’s Penn Station have made commuters anxious. The effort to rescue New York City’s deteriorating subway system has been one of the most closely followed stories of the summer, according to the Washington Times.
‘Issue No. 17 is headlined, ‘Train Derail Operations,’ and will spell out ways to create rail disasters in a transportation system that lacks the stiff security procedures of airline travel.
It’s competing Sunni extremists group, the Islamic State, for more than a year has advocated using vehicles to mow down innocents. Its murderous followers have weaponized vehicles in Nice, Berlin and London, creating hundreds of deaths and injuries.
Adding trains to the terrorist’s priority list would put at risk virtually every mode of transportation and placed added pressure on the U. S. Department of Homeland Security.’
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 12, 2017.
In the last 30 years, more mosques and Muslim prayer centers have been built in France than all the Catholic churches built in the last century. The Church of Santa Rita used to stand in the fifteenth arrondissement of Paris. A few weeks after Father Hamel was murdered by Islamic terrorists, the French police cleared the church. It is now a parking lot. Police dragged the priests out by their legs as a Mass was being celebrated. In France there are laws protecting old trees. But the state is free to flatten old Christian churches. The vacuums created in the French landscape are already being filled by the booming mosques. Cowardly French authorities would never treat Islam as they are now treating Christianity. “France is not a random space… fifteen centuries of history and geography determined its personality. Inscribed in the depths of our landscape, the churches, the cathedrals and other places of pilgrimage give meaning and form to our patriotism. Let us demand our civil authorities to respect it”. Two years ago, the French journalist Denis Tillinac promoted this appeal, signed by dozens of French personalities, after some French imams requested the conversion of abandoned churches into mosques.
A year later, terrorists who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State assaulted the Catholic parishioners in the church of Saint-tienne-du-Rouvray, murdering an elderly priest, Father Jacques Hamel, at the foot of the altar. An outpouring of great emotion followed the most serious attack on a Christian symbol in Europe since the Second World War.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 7, 2017.
Authored by Giulio Meotti via The Gatestone Institute,
London Mayor Sadiq Khan banned advertisements that promote “unrealistic expectations of women’s body image and health”. Now Berlin is planning to ban images in which women are portrayed as “beautiful but weak, hysterical, dumb, crazy, naive, or ruled by their emotions”. Tagesspiegel‘s Harald Martenstein said the policy “could have been adopted from the Taliban manifesto”. The irony is that this wave of morality and “virtue” is coming from cities governed by uninhibited leftist politicians, who for years campaigned for sexual liberation. It is now a “feminist” talking point to advocate sharia policy. To paraphrase the American writer Daniel Greenfield, the irony of women celebrating their own suppression is both heartbreaking and stupefying. Within days after the Islamic State conquered the city of Sirte in Libya two years ago, enormous billboards appeared in the Islamist stronghold warning women they must wear baggy robes that cover their entire bodies, and no perfume. These “sharia stipulations for hijab” included wearing dense material and a robe that does not “resemble the attire of unbelievers”.
Two years later, Europe’s three most important cities – London, Paris and Berlin – are adopting the same sharia trend.
Paris has said au revoir to “sexist” ads on public billboards. The Paris city council announced its ban after the Socialist Mayor Anne Hidalgo said the move meant that Paris was “leading the way” in the fight against sexism. London Mayor Sadiq Khan also banned advertisements that promote “unrealistic expectations of women’s body image and health”. Now Berlin is planning to ban images in which women are portrayed as “beautiful but weak, hysterical, dumb, crazy, naive, or ruled by their emotions”. Der Tagesspiegel‘s Harald Martenstein said the policy “could have been adopted from the Taliban manifesto”.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 3, 2017.
As ISIS has shown in their own magazine, they’ll probably never try to pull off a massive terror attack on American soil. Instead, they’ll indoctrinate useful idiots who already live here, and convince them to engage in numerous small attacks, similar to the bombings, knifings, and shootings that have plagued Europe in recent years. It’s a strategy that is far less likely to be foiled, costs significantly less, and can be maintained long after ISIS is overrun in the Middle East.
And what also makes this strategy so enticing is that these small attacks, which are so much more difficult to prevent, is that they can add up over time. They have the potential to accumulate death tolls that dwarf previous terror attacks, and there is little doubt that groups like ISIS are working to make that happen right now.
For instance, a 22-year-old man named Amer Sinan Alhaggagi from Oakland, California was indicted on terror related charges last week, after he allegedly ‘attempted to provide services and personnel to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS).’ However, that justice department statement is a very sanitized version of what he’s actually being accused of. His plans, which were unearthed by undercover agents working for the FBI, suggest that he intended to kill as many as 10,000 people in the Bay Area with a wide variety of attacks; which included bombings, mass poisonings, and arson.
This post was published at shtfplan on July 31st, 2017.
When the Islamic State captured the city of Mosul in its 2014 blitzkrieg, the militant group obtained access to a highly lethal material that would have been useful for a ‘dirty weapon,’ the Washington Post reports.
In taking Mosul, the Islamic State controlled a city filled to the brim with with guns, bombs, rockets and tanks, due in part to the number of military garrisons and bases located all over the city, but these were by no means the most deadly of the weapons to be found there.
Hidden away in medical devices stored on a college campus in Mosul were two quantities of cobalt-60, a synthetic radioactive isotope produced artificially in nuclear reactors. The isotope emits gamma rays at high intensity, making it effective in radiotherapy cancer treatments, however its high radioactivity also makes it perfect for a ‘dirty bomb,’ or a weapon that uses conventional explosives to disperse radioactive materials across a targeted area, making it uninhabitable.
This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on JULY 24, 2017.
It was reported on July 20 that Russia and Iraq have struck a deal on supplying a large batch of T-90 tanks. Vladimir Kozhin, the Russian president’s aide for military technical cooperation, confirmed the agreement but declined to provide details, saying only the number of tanks is substantial. Russian military analyst Ruslan Pukhov told Russian newspaper Izvestia that the deal might cover deliveries of several hundred T-90 tanks, and that the contract may exceed $1 billion.
The T-90 is among the best-selling tanks in the world. Hundreds of vehicles have been sold to India, Algeria, Azerbaijan and other countries. A small number of tanks has been delivered to Syria to reinforce the military’s capabilities of combatting Islamic State (IS). Kuwait, Vietnam and Egypt are considering the option of purchasing T-90s.
Known for its firepower, enhanced protection and mobility, the T-90 features a smoothbore 2A46M 125mm main gun that can fire both armor-piercing shells and anti-tank missiles and the 1A45T fire-control system. Standard protective measures include sophisticated armor, ensuring all-round protection of the crew and critical systems, including Kontakt-5 explosive reactive armor and active infrared jammers to defend the T-90 from inbound rocket-propelled grenades, anti-tank missiles and other projectiles.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jul 22, 2017.
Authored by Nauman Sadiq vioa OrientalReview.org,
According to a recent report by CBC Canada, al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria, which was formerly known as al-Nusra Front and then Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (JFS) since July 2016, has been removed from the terror watch-lists of the US and Canada after it merged with fighters from Zenki Brigade and hardline jihadists from Ahrar al-Sham and rebranded itself as Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) in January this year.
The US State Department is hesitant to label Tahrir al-Sham a terror group, despite the group’s link to al-Qaeda, as the US government has directly funded and armed the Zenki Brigade, one of the constituents of Tahrir al-Sham, with sophisticated weaponry including the US-made antitank TOW missiles.
The overall military commander of Tahrir al-Sham continues to be Abu Mohammad al-Julani, whom the US has branded a Specially Designated Global Terrorist with a $10 million bounty. But for the US to designate Tahrir al-Sham as a terrorist organization now would mean acknowledging that it supplied sophisticated weapons to terrorists, and draw attention to the fact that the US continues to arm Islamic jihadists in Syria.
In order to understand the bloody history of al-Nusra Front during the Syrian civil war, bear in mind that since the beginning of the Syrian conflict in August 2011 to April 2013, the Islamic State and al-Nusra Front were a single organization that chose the banner of ‘Jabhat al-Nusra.’ Although al-Nusra Front has been led by Abu Mohammad al-Julani but he was appointed as the emir of al-Nusra Front by Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, the leader of Islamic State, in January 2012.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jul 20, 2017.
Less than a week after Reuters confirmed a previous report from the Russian foreign ministry, that Islamic State head Aby Bakr al-Baghdadi had been killed during an airstrike in Syria, conflicting reports have emerged about Baghdadi’s death, with the Iraqi interior ministry first cited by Al-Arabiya that the terrorist group head is “likely still alive and hiding near Raqqa”, and subsequently a top Kurdish counter-terrorism official echoing the same, and telling Reuters that “he was 99 percent sure that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was alive and located south of the Syrian city of Raqqa, after reports that he had been killed.”
“Baghdadi is definitely alive. He is not dead. We have information that he is alive. We believe 99 percent he is alive,” Lahur Talabany told Reuters in an interview, adding “don’t forget his roots go back to al Qaeda days in Iraq. He was hiding from security services. He knows what he is doing.”
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jul 17, 2017.
It used to be Iraq’s second largest and most vibrant city; now Mosul – which was recently recaptured from the Islamic State – lies under a pile of rubble.
As Foreign Policy magazine writes, “raging for nine months, the street-by-street fight to retake Mosul from the Islamic State outlasted the Battle of Verdun – the longest and largest conflict of World War I. As Iraqi forces won back the city this week, death, destruction, and dust are all that’s left in Iraq’s second-largest metropolis. Satellite images provided to Foreign Policy by DigitalGlobe vividly illustrate this shocking transformation.”
Here is the “before and after”:
Overview of Mosul’s Old City and east Mosul in November 2015, left, and July 2017, right
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jul 16, 2017.
BREAKING Islamic State leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi has been killed – Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says it has "confirmed information" pic.twitter.com/zFtGqXlNqE
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) July 11, 2017
One month after Russia reported that it had likely killed Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi during a May airstrike in Syria, moments ago ISIS declared that its supreme leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has died, Al Masdar news reported, with the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights telling Reuters it has “confirmed information” of his death.
According to AMN, ISIS gunmen issued a brief statement announcing that their leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead and the name of the ‘new caliph’, and adds that some Iranian media outlets earlier circulated images confirming al-Baghdadi’s death. The terrorist group, which recently lost its Iraqi stronghold of Mosul, said it will soon announce a successor to Baghdadi.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jul 11, 2017.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi arrived in Mosul on Sunday to announce the city’s ‘liberation’ from the Islamic State, and to congratulate the Iraqi armed forces and people on their ‘victory’ in the city after nearly nine months of urban warfare, and bringing an end to jihadist rule in the city, the WSJ reported. As a reminder, Mosul is where the Islamic State achieved its greatest military victory when it captured the city in just four days in June 2014 and handed the Iraqi military a humiliating defeat, sending shock waves through the region. Subsequent looting of Mosul’s central bank provided the Islamic State with over $400 million in “seed funding” which the terrorist organization promptly put to bad use.
The Iraqi PMI was expected to make an official victory announcement in the northern city later Sunday, after U. S.-backed Iraqi forces waged more than eight months of battle to reclaim it.
Troops have in recent days been fighting to clear the final Islamic State-occupied pockets of Mosul’s dense Old City, on the western bank of the Tigris river.
Loaders and other heavy machinery cleared paths for Iraqi soldiers, who appeared at ease ahead of the recapture, despite bursts of gunfire nearby.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jul 9, 2017.
In a wholly unfamiliar world, excessive bureaucracy would equate meticulous record-keeping, particularly when applied to human life; but – because self-interest apparently precludes the need for accurate assessment in the ongoing War on Terror – the total number of civilians killed in multiple undeclared U. S. wars exceeds official tallies by the thousands.
Iraq and Syria, alone, readily evince astonishingly pompous underestimations of resultant civilian casualties from coalition airstrikes ostensively targeting Daesh (the Islamic State), as independent watchdog group, Airwars, now documents more than 4,300 killings of innocent civilians in the two war-weary nations – fully ten times less than the U. S. Central Command total of 484 non-combatants slayed as of June 2017.
‘Two weeks ago,’ the New York Times reported June 19, ‘the American military finally acknowledged what nongovernmental monitoring groups had claimed for months: The United States-led coalition fighting the Islamic State since August 2014 has been killing Iraqi and Syrian civilians at astounding rates in the four months since President Trump assumed office. The result has been a ‘staggering loss of civilian life,’ as the head of the United Nations’ independent Commission of Inquiry into the Syrian civil war said last week.’
This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on JULY 8, 2017.
The commander of anti-ISIS operations in Iraq and Syria, Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend, in an interview with the Fayetteville Observer said he hopes American troops have a role in Iraq long after ISIS is driven from that country.
Townsend, the head of the CJTF-OIR, or ‘Operation Inherent Resolve,’ said the Islamic State was well on its way to defeat, and that he expects the total liberation of Mosul – once the Islamic State’s primary Iraqi stronghold – to be long complete by September, when the 18th Airborne Corps is expected to return to Fort Bragg and officially end its year-long mission participating in the fight to defeat ISIS.
The 18th Airborne, also commanded by Townsend, had a ‘significant presence’ in Iraq, where it fought alongside, as well as trained and advised, Iraqi troops.
Townsend says it was the American withdrawal from Iraq in 2011 that left the country defenseless to ISIS (apparently in spite of the fact that the U. S. shelled out a cool $25 billion training and equipping the Iraqi Army and police force), and that he would like to not repeat that mistake.
‘We’ve seen that movie before,’ Townsend told the Observer. ‘My thought is to try something different.’
This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on July 3, 2017.
And so, three months after the US State Department famously flip-flopped, when first at the end of March Rex Tillerson said at a news conference that ‘the longer term status of President Assad will be decided by the Syrian people” adding that “our priority is no longer to sit and focus on getting Assad out” only to follow one week later with Tillerson’s warning to Russia that “coalition steps are underway to remove Assad” which in turn segued into the first US attack on Syrian soil with the launch of no less than 59 cruise missiles, the US has done it again and according to Foreign Policy, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has once again told the U. N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres that the fate of Syrian leader Bashar Al-Assad now lies in the hands of Russia, and that the Trump administration’s priority is limited to defeating the Islamic State.
The striking reversal was announced during a private State Department meeting last week, according to three diplomatic sources cited by FP.
And, as FP adds, “the remarks offer the latest stop on a bumpy U. S. policy ride that has left international observers with a case of diplomatic whiplash as they try to figure out whether the Trump administration will insist that Assad step down from power. Nearly three months ago, Tillerson had insisted that Assad would have to leave office because of his alleged use of chemical weapons.”
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jul 3, 2017.
Washington announced Monday Syria plans to carry out ‘another’ chemical weapons attack against its own civilians – and, without hesitation, the Internet destroyed the gauzy excuse for the U. S. to either undertake its own attack, or lay blame for any suspicious chemical onslaughts on the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer tweeted – because tweeting official statements is a thing now – the press release:
‘The United States has identified potential preparations for another chemical weapons attack by the Assad regime that would likely result in the mass murder of civilians, including innocent children. The activities are similar to preparations the regime made before its April 4, 2017 chemical weapons attack.
‘As we have previously stated, the United States is in Syria to eliminate the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. If, however, Mr. Assad conducts another mass murder attack using chemical weapons, he and his military will pay a heavy price.’
This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on June 27, 2017.
The websites of Ohio Governor John Kasich and other state government agencies were hacked on Sunday with a pro-ISIS post warning that President Donald Trump would be ‘held accountable’ for deaths in Muslim countries, according to Bloomberg.
Ten state websites and two servers that were affected have been taken off line for an investigation with law enforcement into how the hackers were able to deface them, said Tom Hoyt, a spokesman for the Ohio Department of Administrative Services.
The Ohio governor’s website wasn’t loading on Sunday afternoon, and a cached version showed the message ‘hacked by Team System Dz.” The message, pictured below, read: ‘You will be held accountable Trump, you and all your people for every drop of blood flowing in Muslim countries” adding, ‘I love the Islamic State.’
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jun 27, 2017.
Less than three months after the US launched 49 cruise missiles at a Syrian airbase in early April, allegedly in retaliation for a chemical attack conducted by Assad forces, in an ominous statement issued with no supporting evidence or further explanation, on Monday night the White House warned that the U. S. has ‘identified potential preparations for another chemical weapons attack by the Assad regime’ in Syria and warned that Assad would ‘pay a heavy price’ if one took place.
Such an attack ‘would likely result in the mass murder of civilians, including innocent children,’ White House (outgoing) spokesman Sean Spicer added, noting the activity is ‘similar to preparations the regime made before its April 4, 2017 chemical weapons attack.’
‘As we have previously stated, the United States is in Syria to eliminate the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. If, however, Mr. Assad conducts another mass murder attack using chemical weapons, he and his military will pay a heavy price,’ the White House added on Monday night.
According to AP, a non-governmental source with close ties to the White House said the administration had received intelligence that the Syrians were mixing precursor chemicals for a possible sarin gas attack in either the east of south of the country, where government troops and their proxies have faced recent setbacks.
Further quoted by AP, several State Department officials typically involved in coordinating such announcements said they were caught completely off guard by the warning, which didn’t appear to be discussed in advance with other national security agencies, perhaps an indication of just how powerful the Deep State has become under Trump. Typically, the State Department, the Pentagon and U. S. intelligence agencies would all be consulted before the White House issued a declaration sure to ricochet across foreign capitals.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jun 27, 2017.
If ISIS is retreating in Mosul, it is rapidly advancing in Manchester. The Caliphate is winning its war in Europe. Six months ago in Britain, the rise of Jeremy Corbyn, the ultra-pacifist Labour party leader who blamed the “war on terror” for the recent attacks in Manchester and London, would have been unthinkable. As the Caliphate razed to the ground everything in its path, Europe reacted as if that were just the result of regrettable manners that should not concern her. The Islamists, however, had other plans. “Why, in August 2015, did ISIS need to blow up and destroy that temple of Baalshamin? Because it was a temple where pagans before Islam came to adore mendacious idols? No, it was because that monument was venerated by contemporary Westerners, whose culture includes an educated love for ‘historical monuments’ and a great curiosity for the beliefs of other people and other times. And Islamists want to show that Muslims have a culture that is different from ours, a culture that is unique to them”. – Paul Veyne, archeologist. The Islamic State is crumbling — if too slowly. More than two years have passed since French President Franois Hollande promised, “We will bomb Raqqa“. Sooner or later, ISIS will probably be reduced to a small enclave with no territorial continuity, and its chief, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, will be eliminated. It would, nevertheless, be most dangerous to dismiss these three years as a short parenthesis: Nazism did not last as long: “just” 12 years in power and five at war with the rest of Europe. The physical and cultural consequences of the Nazi tyranny are, unfortunately, still visible in Europe. The same will be said of the Islamic State. Three years of terror and conquests are not bad in for a war between the Caliphate vs. everyone else.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jun 21, 2017.
A short video claims to have captured the daring rescue of a little girl in Mosul Iraq who was caught in the line of fire. During a hail of gunfire, David Eubank, a former US Special Forces operator-turned aid worker, was captured on video making the daring rescue.
According to Bizpac Review, the incident took place in the embattled northern Iraq city of Mosul, which is on the verge of being freed from ISIS control. Of course, it’s also an area in which US-led coalition forces admitted to using white phosphorus to achieve this imminent ‘defeat.’ Eubank, who formed the Free Burma Rangers, an aid group that delivers medicine, supplies and humanitarian support where other organizations cannot go, is seen spotting a little girl among the bodies of dozens of civilians who were allegedly cut down by Islamic State snipers as they tried to flee the fighting.
*There are images of dead bodies and sounds of gunfire in this video; it may be disturbing to some viewers. The video is only 30 seconds long.
This post was published at The Daily Sheeple
on JUNE 20, 2017.
The shooting down of a Syrian fighter jet by US forces this week comes on the back of several aggressive actions by American military on the ground. Taken together the US actions mark an alarming escalation of intervention in the Syrian war – to the point where the Americans can be said to be now openly at war against Syria.
The American military actions also come despite repeated warnings from Russia against such unilateral deployment of force. Following the shoot-down of the Syrian SU-22 fighter bomber this week, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov denounced the American violence as an act of flagrant aggression against a sovereign state. Some Russian lawmakers such as Duma foreign affairs chief Alexei Pushkov went further and condemned it as an act of war by the Americans.
Of course, Washington’s logic is riddled with absurdity. To claim that its forces are acting in self-defense overlooks the glaring reality that the US-led military coalition has no legal mandate whatsoever to be in Syria in the first place. Its forces are in breach of international law by operating on Syrian territory without the consent of the government in Damascus and without a mandate from the UN Security Council.
Another absurdity is the claim that the US forces are protecting militants whom they are supposedly training to fight the Islamic State terror group (ISIS). On at least three occasions over the past month, American military have carried out air strikes on Syrian government forces and their allies near a strategically important border crossing between Syria and Iraq. The Americans claim that the Syrian government forces were posing a threat to a military base at Al Tanf on the Syrian side of the border where they are training militants belonging to a group called Maghawir al Thawra.
This post was published at 21st Century Wire on JUNE 20, 2017.