An interesting, if somewhat biased, documentary by a group called ‘Vice News’ about the ongoing turf wars between extremist Muslims and patriotic groups like Britain First that are waging a war of ideas against them. Despite several references to the “far right extremists,” the video attempts to be evenhanded but its sympathies are biased toward the Muslim side.
Note: The video talks about Paul Golding of Britain First being banned from London and all political activities, over his encounter with Muslim extremist, Anjem Choudary, but fails to mention that all charges against Golding were quickly dismissed by the court.
VICE News (h/t Charles W)
A key jihadist leader and longtime member of al Qaeda has taken control of a secretive training facility set up by U.S. special operations forces on the Libyan coastline to help hunt down Islamic militants, according to local media reports and U.S. officials.
The Daily Beast In the summer of 2012, American Green Berets began refurbishing a Libyan military base 27 kilometers west of Tripoli in order to hone the skills of Libya’s first Western-trained special operations counter-terrorism fighters. Less than two years later, that training camp is now being used by groups with direct links to al Qaeda to foment chaos in post-Qaddafi Libya.
Last week, the Libyan press reported that the camp (named “27” for the kilometer marker on the road between Tripoli and Tunis) was now under the command of Ibrahim Ali Abu Bakr Tantoush, a veteran associate of Osama bin Laden who was first designated as part of al Qaeda’s support network in 2002 by the United States and the United Nations. The report said he was heading a group of Salifist fighters from the former Libyan base.
In other words, Tantoush is now the chief of a training camp the U.S. and Libyan governments had hoped would train Libyan special operations forces to catch militants like Tantoush.
According to one U.S. official who is read into the training program, the camp today is considered a “denied area,” or a place where U.S. forces would have to fight their way in to gain access. Until now, the Western press has not reported that the base used to train Libyan special operations forces was seized by the militants those troops were supposed to find, fix and finish.
The fact that the one-time training base for Libyan counter-terrorism teams is now the domain of terrorists is a poignant reminder the United States has yet to win its war with al Qaeda, despite the successful 2011 raid that killed its founder and leader.
This is particularly true for Libya. Since the 9/11 anniversary attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, jihadist groups and al Qaeda’s regional affiliates have been gaining territory throughout Libya. News that a veteran like Tantoush is now in charge of a military base only 27 kilometers from Libya’s capital shows just how much the security in Libya has deteriorated.
Seth Jones, an al Qaeda expert at the Rand Corporation, said Libya is now a haven for many of al Qaeda’s North African affiliates. “There are a number of training camps for a wide range of al Qaeda and jihadist groups that have surfaced in southwest Libya, northwest Libya in and around Tripoli and northeast Libya in and around Benghazi,” he said.
Tantoush has a long history from the Peshawar days of associating with senior al Qaeda leaders including Osama bin Laden. He has been involved in financing and facilitating al Qaeda activities and he has had a long-standing relationship with Libyan jihadist groups.”
“Libya in general is a major thoroughfare, the I-95 for foreign fighters into Syria from Africa,” the U.S. defense official said.
Thanks to a BNI reader, we now know that the stowaway teen was trying to get to his birth mother in Somalia, Africa. Guess we’re lucky he wasn’t an al-Shabaab Muslim terrorist with a bomb strapped to himself. Apparently all the extra security we have to go through doesn’t apply to the planes themselves.
CNN (h/t Reader) A 15-year-old boy who survived a flight from California to Hawaii by hitching a ride in the plane’s wheel well said he was trying to get to Somalia to see his mother, a law enforcement official told CNN on Tuesday.
The NBC reporter in the video below says, “Police think he misunderstood the writing on the aircraft and thought it would get him to Africa.” (Sure, Hawaiian…African…anyone could make that mistake. Sheesh!)
Muslim is upset because his two-year-old and six-year-old children were subjected to an intrusive patdown by the TSA at the airport.
From khan zahir100, who says: “TSA pat down my 2 and 6 year old because they touch me & I was selected as usual for enhanced security check because of my name. Can they do that? When I ask why my kids the answer was because they came in close contact with me so they have to pat down them & my wife in a very rude manner. I was in shock. Till this day I cant forget what they did to my children how can they do this to children.”
(Hey Khan, it is precisely because of people like you with Muslim names that we all have to be subjected to this kind of TSA scrutiny. Your kids could be wearing suicide bomb belts. Get out of my country if you don’t like it)
Children who took Easter eggs to class allegedly had them confiscated by “Muslim sharia/morality squads” patrolling a school in Birmingham, England.
National Post The school is at the centre of an investigation into claims Islamic hardliners are attempting to infiltrate and run secular state schools in the city.
The mother of one of the students — who did not want to be named for fear of reprisals — told the Daily Express that groups of older students were taking the eggs from younger children and teachers were ignoring their actions.
“My daughter tried to bring in an Easter egg for a friend and one boy grabbed it and smashed it against a wall,” she said. “Another girl of about 11 brought in a little Easter bunny toy that she wanted to show her friends. They grabbed that off her too. All talk of Christmas and other non-Muslim festivals is banned. The teachers just turn a blind eye to it.” (I guess she didn’t bring in one of the Cadbury ‘halal’ bunnies)
She added, “Older boys are going round in these morality squads telling off girls if they do not wear veils.”
At least six schools in the city have been implicated in a “Trojan Horse” plot by extremists to “Islamize” secular state education. This has included illegal segregation of students according to sex and discrimination against non-Muslims. Up to 20 more schools are also under investigation. (See links below)
You know indoctrination of radical Islamic ideology is bad in England when Muslim parents are complaining about their children being radicalized by Muslim teachers in public schools
How long before Muslim politicians in Germany will be flying the black flag of jihad?
IslamvsEurope (h/t passerby) Local elections are to be held in the German town of Neuss (Neuß) on the 25th of May. A Muslim candidate of Turkish origin, Yasar Calik (photo below), from the Christian Democratic Union party, has now added the Islamic half moon and star to the logo of the party, in an apparent effort to get all the Muslim votes. (Not that he wouldn’t get them even without desecrating the logo)