Sounds like Boko Haram (‘Western education is sin’) has opened up a branch office in Thailand.
IB Times (h/t Susan K) Insurgents in Thailand have torched six schools in one night, leaving thousands of children unable to attend classes. The arsonists tied the hands and feet of school security guards before pouring gasoline around the buildings in Pattani, southern Thailand, deputy governor of Pattani Somphoch Suwannarat was quoted by the Bangkok Post as saying.
No one was injured during the attack, which aimed at destroying public buildings rather than hurting staff or students, officials said. The torching of the schools is believed to have been carried out by Muslim separatists in retaliation to a recent military operation which killed a separatist leader in Pattani’s Panare district. However, no group has claimed responsibility for the incident.
“The Pattani police chief is now surveying the area,” an official in the Thung Yang Deang district told news agency DPA. Another army official said the attacks were carried out simultaneously to attract public attention. (As if the Thais aren’t already more than aware of the death and destruction that Muslim squatters carry out in every non-Muslim country that won’t give them their own Islamic state)
This is not the first time that Muslim insurgents set schools on fire. Last march, two schools in the Sungai Padi district were set ablaze. The worst incident of this type in the area occurred in 1993, when 36 school buildings were torched simultaneously.
It is not clear yet whether new buildings will be built to allow students to attend classes. For now, pupils will have to study in tents. Pattani is one of three provinces in the Muslim-majority southern area of Thailand, which is otherwise predominantly Buddhist.
Nearly 6,000 people have died and 10,000 been injured since the 2004 ethnic separatist insurgency, which has pitted separatist Malay Muslims against Buddhists. The Muslim insurgents demand a level of autonomy from Thailand in the Pattai region, which comprises southern Thai provinces of Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat and parts of Songkhla, and the northern part of Malaysia.
Video of savage Muslim beheading attack on young Thai boys from a few years ago (WARNING: Graphic Images)
American-led air attacks are failing. Jihadis are close to taking Kobani (Kobane), in Syria – and in Iraq western Baghdad is now under serious threat.
UK Independent America’s plans to fight Islamic State are in ruins as the militant group’s fighters come close to capturing Kobani and have inflicted a heavy defeat on the Iraqi army west of Baghdad.
The US-led air attacks launched against Islamic State (ISIS) on 8 August in Iraq and 23 September in Syria have not worked. Obama’s plan to “degrade and destroy” Islamic State has not even begun to achieve success. In both Syria and Iraq, ISIS is expanding its control rather than contracting.
ISIS reinforcements have been rushing towards Kobani in the past few days to ensure that they win a decisive victory over the Syrian Kurdish town’s remaining defenders. The group is willing to take heavy casualties in street fighting and from air attacks in order to add to the string of victories it has won in the four months since its forces captured Mosul, the second-largest city in Iraq, on 10 June.
Part of the strength of the fundamentalist movement is a sense that there is something inevitable and divinely inspired about its victories, whether it is against superior numbers in Mosul or US airpower at Kobani.
In the face of a likely Isis victory at Kobani, senior US officials have been trying to explain away the failure to save the Syrian Kurds in the town, probably Isis’s toughest opponents in Syria. “Our focus in Syria is in degrading the capacity of [Isis] at its core to project power, to command itself, to sustain itself, to resource itself,” said US Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken, in a typical piece of waffle designed to mask defeat.
“The tragic reality is that in the course of doing that there are going to be places like Kobani where we may or may not be able to fight effectively.”
Unfortunately for the US, Kobani isn’t the only place air strikes are failing to stop ISIS. In an offensive in Iraq launched on 2 October but little reported in the outside world, ISIS has captured almost all the cities and towns it did not already hold in Anbar province, a vast area in western Iraq that makes up a quarter of the country.
It has captured Hit, Kubaisa and Ramadi, the provincial capital, which it had long fought for. Other cities, towns and bases on or close to the Euphrates River west of Baghdad fell in a few days, often after little resistance by the Iraqi Army which showed itself to be as dysfunctional as in the past, even when backed by US air strikes.
Today, only the city of Haditha and two bases, Al-Assad military base near Hit, and Camp Mazrah outside Fallujah, are still in Iraqi government hands. Joel Wing, in his study –”Iraq’s Security Forces Collapse as The Islamic State Takes Control of Most of Anbar Province” – concludes: “This was a huge victory as it gives the insurgents virtual control over Anbar and poses a serious threat to western Baghdad”.
The battle for Anbar, which was at the heart of the Sunni rebellion against the US occupation after 2003, is almost over and has ended with a decisive victory for ISIS.
The US’s failure (or unwillingness) to save Kobani, if it falls, will be a political as well as military disaster. Indeed, the circumstances surrounding the loss of the beleaguered town are even more significant than the inability so far of air strikes to stop ISIS taking 40% of it.
Dear Mr. Obama, Dear United Nations, Dear Human Rights Organizations:
(Unable to confirm this young man’s message, but it certainly sounds accurate in view of what is happening in Kobane –BNI)
1-This is my picture and shows our weapon power. As you can see, ISIS terrorist organization they got tanks and we only got Kalashnikoff, so please send us anti-tank weapons so we can remove ISIS. Please act now, tomorrow will be too late.
2- Please open humanitarian corridor for Kobanê as you know it’s more than 27 days ISIS blocked everything around us, we only had some help from Kurds in Turkey. Unfortunately Turkey blocked that side as ISIS requested.
3-Every night Turkey sending weapon to ISIS. PLEASE stop Turkey to help ISIS.
4- Every time US air strike wanted to bomb ISIS position Turkish army sending message to ISIS, so they quickly changed their position. That is why air strike is not hitting the target.
The RCMP is investigating 63 national security cases linked to Islamic terrorism and involving 90 suspects, Canada’s top security officials said, as NBC News published a report saying that U.S. intelligence officials are tracking ISIS imitators in Canada targeting the U.S. embassy in Ottawa and an unspecified shopping mall.
‘‘Intelligence officials tell NBC News that Canadian authorities have heard would-be terrorists discussing potential ISIS-inspired ‘knife and gun’ attacks against U.S. and Canadian targets inside Canada,’’ the network reported. ‘‘Both U.S. and Canadian officials fear the beheading of an innocent person in a public place, or the slashing of citizens on a crowded street until police arrive to shoot and ‘martyr’ the terrorists.
The head of Canada’s spy agency said there hasn’t been a substantial increase in the number of Canadians going abroad for terrorist purposes. He confirmed that CSIS knows of 130 to 145 Canadians involved with terror groups in Arab countries — 30 in Syria — and that 80 Canadians are estimated to have returned home after fighting with terror groups.