14-year-old Turkish Muslim boy accused of plotting to bomb a train station in Austria

The Austrian state prosecutor’s office says a 14-year-old Muslim boy has been arrested on suspicion of planning to place a bomb in a busy Viennese train station and could be charged with belonging to a terrorist organization.

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CTV News  A spokeswoman of the state prosecutor’s office, Michaela Obenaus, on Wednesday identified the suspect only as an Austrian citizen with Turkish roots who has lived for eight years in Austria.

Obenaus said the juvenile told police that he wants to fight on the side of Islamic extremists, had researched building a bomb on the internet and had mentioned Vienna’s downtown Westbahnhof rail station as a possible target.

 

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CHINA warning Muslim students not to practice Islam in their homes

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BEIJING—­Schools in China’s mainly Muslim Xinjiang region, where a series of attacks by Muslim terrorists has left hundreds dead in recent months, said they would actively discourage the religious practice of Islam at home, state-run media reported.

Manila Standard Today  Principals at more than 2,000 kindergartens, primary schools and secondary schools in Kashgar, near China’s border with Pakistan, signed a pledge to “defend schools against the infiltration of religion”, according to a report by the Global Times, which is close to the Communist Party.

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Party members, teachers and underage students should not practise religion either at school or at home, it quoted a Kashgar education official as saying.

Xinjiang is home to more than 10 million Muslims, mostly members of the Uighur minority, some of whom chafe under Beijing’s rule. Children younger than 18 are banned from entering mosques throughout the region.

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Beijing has blamed a series of recent violent attacks on separatists from Xinjiang motivated by religious extremism, and linked them to overseas groups. Rights groups accuse China’s government of cultural and religious repression which they say fuels unrest.

Kashgar’s education bureau has sought to fight extremism by regulating student dress, said the official quoted in the Global Times report, who expressed concern over students displaying no religious affiliation at school but then going home to study it under their parents’ guidance.

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HOORAY! Australia’s most senior Islamic State leader, Mohammad Ali Baryalei, reportedly has been killed

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AUTHORITIES are trying to confirm reports that Australia’s most senior Islamic State leader, Mohammad Ali Baryalei, has been killed. The fugitive Australian terrorist and ISIS recruiter, who allegedly masterminded a foiled plot to kill a random member of the public in Sydney, was believed to be in Syria.

The Australian  (h/t Eric M) Reports of the death emerged as the Senate overwhelmingly endorsed new criminal sanctions against Australian terrorists, giving authorities the power to arrest and charge suspects who travel to conflict zones.

Abdul Salam Mahmoud, an activist from Street Dawah Australia purportedly in Syria, last night wrote on Facebook that Baryalei had been “martyred”.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop could not confirm the death “at this stage” as agencies were working to verify the reports. “It does highlight what the government has been saying, that Australians who leave this country to fight in Iraq and Syria are putting themselves in mortal danger; they have a great risk of being killed,” Ms Bishop told the National Press Club in Canberra. (You say that as if it were a BAD thing)

News of the death was also tweeted about 11 hours ago by a British-based researcher Shiraz Maher, from the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation at Kings College in London.

Abdul Salam Mahmoud, also known as Yassin Ali, wrote on Facebook: “I’ve just received the news that our beloved brother Mohamed Ali who was recently strongly attacked by Australian media has been martyred. He was a brother a friend and our leader in street dawah Sydney.”

Baryalei was believed to have been holed up in the Syrian city of Raqqa, the stronghold of the terror group and the “capital” of its self-declared caliphate.

As reported by The Australian, Baryalei initially travelled to Syria with Jabhat al-Nusra, al-Qa’ida’s official affiliate in Syria and Islamic State’s rival. Baryalei was initially close to fellow Australian Abu Sulyaman, one of Jabhat al-Nusra’s top officials. He soon defected to Islamic State, where he went on to become one of the most senior Australians to fight among the Syrian jihadists.

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GERMAN INTELLIGENCE reports Islamic State (ISIS) has anti-aircraft weapons capable of downing passenger jets

Officials from the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) federal intelligence service told Germany’s members of Parliament in a secret briefing last week that the Islamic State (ISIS) may have the capabilities to strike down a passenger jet. (Like Air Force One?)

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Breitbart  According to Germany’s Bild am Sonntag newspaper, the BND intelligence agency, which is Germany’s equivalent of America’s CIA, told parliamentarians that ISIS fighters may be in possession of man-portable rocket launchers that were stolen from Syrian military stockpiles as well as US MANPADS stolen from the Iraqi Army. They ranged from decades old to advanced MANPADS (man-portable air defense systems).

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Separately, approximately 1,800 German nationals are reportedly fighting for the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, according to Germany’s domestic intelligence agency (Verfassungsschutz). Frankfurt’s Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung said on Sunday that German officials revised the previous estimate from 450 and multiplied it by four “in order to get a realistic number.”

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Included in the 1,800 German jihadists are 40 women and a 13-year old boy, according to German media reports. Regarding Germany’s current internal strife, Israel’s ambassador to Berlin said, “Germany’s society should be concerned. Today extremists agitate against Jews, tomorrow against Yezidis and Kurds, and perhaps the day after against Christians. Germany’s democracy is in danger.”

The number of Islamic radicals is allegedly increasing rapidly in Germany, with intelligence officials estimating that 7,000 Salafist jihadis could be within the country by the end of the year. The Salafis are a radical sect within Islam where followers pursue a strict and literal interpretation of the Quran. The movement is most prevalent in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states.

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TURKEY: Six packets of suspicious yellow powder sent to several Western consulates in Istanbul

The Turkish Ministry of Health has said initial findings indicate that there is no trace of a biological agent in yellow powder that was sent to five İstanbul consulates general on Friday, adding that further tests are being conducted.

Today’s Zaman  Suspicious envelopes were found at the US, Belgian, Canadian, French and German consulates general in İstanbul on Friday, prompting units from the Prime Ministry’s Disaster and Emergency Management Directorate (AFAD) to conduct detailed searches of the buildings. More than a dozen consulate employees who were in contact with the substance were put under medical observation as a precaution.

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Interview with a captured ISIS jihadi

He talks about all the foreigners in ISIS. Lots of Saudis, Tunisians, Libyans. Lots of Europeans and Americans…and shockingly, there were twice the number of American women as men. Lured by the lofty goals of the Islamic State, they come to marry the fighters.

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Lt. Col. Allen West On Ottawa Attack: “Shut down mosques of perpetrators and deport the Imams”

Now, if only we could get him to run for President!

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Fox News contributor Allen West believes the Western world should respond to the Ottawa MUSLIM terrorist attack by shutting down “the mosques and Islamic Centers where these individuals are attending” and deporting the imams. That place of so-called worship, which is just proselytizing, you know, hate and violence, they have to be shut down. West added that closing these places “of so-called worship” is “the only way we send a message into the Muslim communities” that we’re “not going to tolerate these snake pits of sedition.”

West was speaking on the October 23 edition of BlogTalkRadio’s REELTalk. Here’s his reaction to the Ottawa attack:

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CANADA: Once again, the only thing Muslims are concerned about after a Muslim terrorist attack is a ‘backlash’

The RCMP is investigating threats sent to the B.C. Muslim Association in the wake of two separate attacks on Canadians soldiers this week. Association spokesman Aasim Rashid said the organization has received multiple messages via email that threatened the general Muslim population in the province.

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CTV News  “The idea was to create this fear that you’re not safe from us, from whoever these people are,” Rashid told reporters, Friday. “Whenever that happens we report it to authorities and take their advice on how to act.”

Hours earlier, Mounties in Alberta confirmed they are probing a disturbing case of vandalism at a mosque in Cold Lake, where windows were smashed and the words “Go home” were spray-painted on walls overnight. (“Go Home” is disturbing but killing Canadian soldiers and threatening to behead the Prime Minister is not?)

Mufti Aasim Rashid, spokesperson for the B.C. Muslim Association speaks at a Friday press conference attended by international media at the Burnaby mosque on Canada Way. He is flanked by Wayne Rideout, assistant commissioner of the RCMP, and Musa Ismail, president of the B.C. Muslim Association

Mufti Aasim Rashid, spokesperson for the B.C. Muslim Association speaks at a Friday press conference attended by international media at the Burnaby mosque on Canada Way. He is flanked by Wayne Rideout, assistant commissioner of the RCMP, and Musa Ismail, president of the B.C. Muslim Association

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Community members quickly banded together in support of the mosque, helping to remove the graffiti and covering a broken window with a board reading “Love your neighbor.” (But only if your neighbor is a Muslim)

News of the threats and vandalism followed two days after Michael Zehaf Bibeau shot and killed a soldier standing honour guard at the National War Memorial in Ottawa, and four days after a separate attack that killed one soldier and left another wounded in Quebec.

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The B.C. Muslim Association also reiterated its condemnation of the attacks Friday, and accused the assailants of harming the Islamic faith. (No different than Muslims do everyday) “These are attacks of criminal violence and show utter disregard for human life and the laws of the world, as well as its religions,” Rashid said.

“Perpetrators must carry the burden of tarnishing the image of Islam (Bwahahahaha), creating misunderstandings and possibly animosity for Islam and Muslims, pushing non-Mulims away from the religion, and making it difficult for Muslims to practice.”(That’s the idea)  The denouncements echoed those of other Muslim groups across Canada this week.

What about the threats from Muslim to Canadians?

What about the threats from Muslim to Canadians?

Mounties have been working with the B.C. Muslim community to prevent radicalization through an outreach program since 2005, but Rashid said they hope to step up efforts with a new program. One element will involve combating the propaganda spread by terror groups like ISIS, using the same social media sites extremists have utilized to recruit impressionable youths.

“This is a preventative program to educate Muslims and non-Muslims about the actual teachings of Islam as opposed to the radical version portrayed by groups like ISIS,” rashid said. (There is only one version of Islam, ask any Muslim) “The program will be a broad program aiming not only to educate, but also to create awareness, to create an environment of non-acceptance to such kinds of criminal violence.”

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Officials have confirmed Zehaf Bibeau, who has a record of drug addiction and petty crimes in both B.C. and Quebec, spent part of 2011 worshipping at a Burnaby mosque also attended by accused terrorist Hasib Yusufzai, believed to have flown to Syria to join ISIS.

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Rashid said Yusufzai prayed at the mosque two or three years ago, but was sent away for sharing alarmingly radical views (As opposed to the normally radical views of Islam?). Members who are being radicalized generally do so in solitude, seeking out information that reinforces their beliefs on the Internet, he added. “It’s online. It’s there for whoever chooses to access it and whoever is susceptible to it,” he said. (It’s also in the mosques)

“Based on what I’ve been reading in the news, there are online forums, there are social media platforms being used, there are propaganda videos being used through YouTube and whatnot and anyone who is anywhere in the world has access to this.” It’s incredibly rare for B.C. Muslims to show signs of radicalization, he added. (HAH!)

RCMP Asst. Commissioner Wayne Rideout said there are no current threats identified in B.C.

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CANADA: Anti-Muslim hatred heats up against three Muslims running in Oct. 27th municipal elections in Toronto

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Three Muslims vying for positions in Monday’s municipal election have reported ‘racist’ (What ‘race’ is Islam?) attacks this week. What do they expect, especially after two savage Muslim terrorist attacks in Canada that killed 2 soldiers in just one week? 

The Star  For three Muslim candidates, Toronto’s municipal election took a very nasty turn this week.  On Thursday night, a Purolator truck driver allegedly hurled garbage and shouted “terrorist” at a team of volunteers planting signs for Ward 2 council candidate Munira Abukar.

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On Friday, a Purolator spokesperson issued a prepared statement that said the company is “deeply troubled about this report” and is “taking this matter seriously.” The spokesperson said Purolator President and CEO Patrick Nangle contacted Abukar on Friday morning “to apologize and express concern.”

This was not the first time Abukar has faced xenophobia on the campaign trail. Earlier this month, the Star reported that a campaign sign featuring Abukar wearing a hijab was defaced with the words “Bitch” and “Go Back Home.”

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“You can’t let a few election trolls ruin your city and ruin your home,” Abukar says. “There’s no room for hate of any kind in Canada”

TDSB Ward 10 trustee candidate Ausma Malik appears to be the target of an anonymous co-ordinated attack. In addition to being heckled at a candidates’ debate, her campaign office says that thousands of flyers were distributed throughout the ward this week which, among other things, accuse Malik of being a supporter of the Toronto 18 terrorist cell and a proponent of Sharia law. One flyer even has a photo of Malik with a yellow and green Hezbollah flag.

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“The accusations are incredibly mean-spirited and they’re lies,” Malik says. “I’m doing this because I believe in public education, I believe in our community, and I believe that an inclusive, equitable and progressive public education system is possible — and especially in light of this, absolutely necessary.”

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In Ward 18, council candidate Mohammad Uddin claims he has been the target of a steady stream of Islamophobic insults. On Thursday, he tweeted a photo of one of his campaign signs defaced with the words “Fuck Islam.” Uddin claims racist graffiti has been discovered outside his campaign office as recently as Friday, and earlier this month, he says his car windows were smashed and his campaign signs were stolen as the vehicle sat in his driveway.

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“Canada is a country of peace, love and brotherhood,” Uddin says. “In 20 years, I’ve never had problems like this.”

Abukar, Malik and Uddin have reported these incidents to police. On social media, Twitter users have shown their support with the hashtags “#IStandWithAusma” and “#IStandWithMunira.”

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“They are being targeted because they are Muslim,” Trinity-Spadina Liberal MP Adam Vaughan told Parliament during question period on Friday. “These attacks are unacceptable. They too are an attack on democracy.”

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