Islamists and their useful idiots

Dawn - Security forces have detained a man who trained suicide bombers and two other terrorists in Swat and seized a car and a rickshaw stuffed with explosives for possible suicide bombings. Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement on Sunday, soldiers had cleared the area around Kokarai, linking it with Jambil. The suicide trainer was identified as Abdul Rehman and the two other terrorists as Akbar and Saleem.

Dawn - Twelve soldiers were killed after militants reportedly aligned with the Baitullah Mehsud group ambushed a military convoy in North Waziristan on Sunday. Ten militants were killed in the ensuing gunbattle. Ten soldiers were injured in the attack, sources said. The convoy was attacked in the Wacha Bibi near Datakhel, about 35 kilometres west of Miramshah. Security forces and militants were engaged in fierce clashes till late night.

France 24 - Seven policemen and two soldiers were killed in two separate attacks by suspected Muslim guerrillas on the restive southern Philippine island of Basilan, officials said on Sunday. In the latest incident, seven policemen travelling in a government vehicle were killed in an ambush by a hundred Muslim gunmen in the town of Sumisip on Sunday, said police spokesman Superintendent Danilo Bacas.

LA Times - In an audio message from a hide-out in South Asia this month, an Al Qaeda chief did something new: He sang the praises of an ethnic group that once barely registered in the network. "We consider the Muslims in Turkey our brothers," said Mustafa Abu Yazid, the network's operations chief. Lauding Turkish suicide bombers killed in recent attacks near the Afghan-Pakistani border, he declared, "This is a pride and honor to the nation of Islam in Turkey, and we ask Allah to accept them amongst the martyrs."

The message is the latest sign of the changing composition of Islamic extremism, anti-terrorism officials and experts say. The number of Turks in Al Qaeda, long dominated by Arabs, has increased notably, officials say. And militant groups dominated by Turks and Central Asians, many of whom share Turkic culture and speak a Turkic language, have emerged as allies of and alternatives to Al Qaeda in northwestern Pakistan.

Brisbane Times - A man used a butcher's knife to stab his stepdaughter up to 20 times because he believed she was a "slut" who was interfering in his marriage, a court has heard. Khaled Ibrahim Mohamed Ellaimouny, 38, was today jailed for 12 years for the attempted murder of his stepdaughter Amanda Lee Smith, who was 24 when her stepfather stabbed her in the chest, arms, legs and face as she sat on the lounge of the family's Shailer Park home in January 2007.

Compass Direct - A 37-year-old Christian is languishing in a Sialkot jail after police broke his backbone because his father was preaching Christ, according to a local advocacy group. Arshad Masih had been in a hospital – chained to his bed on false robbery charges – after police torture that began Dec. 28, 2008 left him incapacitated. He was discharged from General Hospital in Lahore on Saturday (June 20) and returned to jail despite efforts by the Community Development Initiative (CDI), a support group that is providing Masih legal assistance.

Compass Direct - A pastor in Zanzibar City said his church is without a worship place after government officials, at the instigation of radical Islamists, evicted the congregation from their rented building on Tanzania’s Zanzibar Island off the coast of East Africa. With just two days’ notice, government officials ordered Christians of the Church of God Zanzibar from their rented government building effective April 19, ostensibly to pave the way for renovations.

While the Islamists do what they do in the name of their peaceful, tolerant, non-violent religion, we have friends like these.

INN - Protests by the Canadian Jewish Congress (CJC) forced the Canadian province of British Columbia to remove from its website a “loaded bomb” question that illustrates how anti-Zionism infiltrates into the educational system that often tries to rewrite history. A question prepared for a history examination in the province was posted on the website as part of a practice test until the CJC got wind of it. Students were asked to identify the group referred to in the following statement: "They have been fighting to regain a homeland since they were driven out in 1948. Some have lived their entire lives in refugee camps. Forty years later, Israel still refuses to recognize their right to exist as a nation."

The students were offered four choices: Jews, Iranians, Egyptians or Palestinians. Romy Ritter, the Pacific regional director of the CJC, pointed out that all three-sentences in the question presented a “one-sided view” that is full of historical inaccuracies, and Education Minister Margaret MacDiarmid promptly removed the question after complaints.

Khaleej Times - International activists sailed from Cyprus on Monday in a bid to deliver aid to the Palestinian population in Gaza, in defiance of a sea blockade by Israel. A group of 21 activists from the U.S.-based Free Gaza Movement left the Cypriot port of Larnaca early on Monday morning for a 30-hour journey on a small ferry bedecked with brightly coloured flags including a rainbow flag for peace. The group planned to deliver three tonnes of medical supplies, some tool kits and copper wiring to Gaza. On two previous occasions, activists were intercepted by Israeli authorities.

Sunday Mercury - A YOUNG schoolboy was “converted” to Islam on the streets of Birmingham by a radical Muslim preacher, the Sunday Mercury can reveal. The bewildered-looking 11 year-old, who gives his name as Sean, was filmed repeating Arabic chants and swearing allegiance to Allah. The white schoolboy is prompted throughout by controversial cleric Anjem Choudary, a follower of exiled hate-preacher Omar Bakri Mohammed. The incident was filmed during a demonstration by Choudary’s Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jama’ah group in Birmingham city centre earlier this month.

Daily Mail - At least 85 Islamic sharia courts are operating in Britain, a study claimed yesterday. The astonishing figure is 17 times higher than previously accepted. The tribunals, working mainly from mosques, settle financial and family disputes according to religious principles. They lay down judgments which can be given full legal status if approved in national law courts.

The Hindu - Despite questions about the legitimacy of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's re-election and his belligerent anti-American rhetoric, the White House remains open to discussions with Iran over its nuclear ambitions. "It's in the United States' national interest to make sure that we have employed all elements at our disposal, including diplomacy, to prevent Iran from achieving that nuclear capacity," Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said on Sunday.

......Both Ms. Rice and David Axelrod, Mr. Obama's top adviser, said Mr. Ahmadinejad doesn't appear to have the final say over Iran's foreign policy. Mr. Axelrod, dismissing Ahmadinejad's harsh language as "bloviations," said being open to talks with Iran is not an effort to reward the country. "We are looking to... sit down and talk to the Iranians and offer them two paths. And one brings them back into the community of nations, and the other has some very stark consequences," Mr. Axelrod said.

The Week [NRO] - One little-noticed line in his much-dissected Cairo speech was President Obama’s complaint that American “rules on charitable giving have made it harder for Muslims to fulfill . . . zakat,” the alms-giving obligation that is central to Islam, as to other religions. Obama pledged to undo this seeming injustice. But the United States has no rules that discriminate against Islamic giving. Our laws, instead, forbid material support for terrorism. They have been applied against various entities, not just Islamic ones, that abet terrorist organizations. They have fallen most heavily on Muslim charities because, as has been proven repeatedly, jihadist groups use some of those charities as fronts for terrorism financing. Indeed, during the recent Holy Land Foundation trial, which resulted in the convictions of several Hamas fundraisers, the government presented evidence of a broad Islamist conspiracy to conduct “financial jihad.” Material-support laws enable the government to deprive terror cells of the resources they need to operate. They are a key part of the strategy that has kept America free of major terrorist attacks since 9/11.

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