SYRIA: British jihadis have joined forces with al Qaeda-linked terror groups like ISIS (WARNING: Graphic)

untitled-post-1397509164-article-body-image-1397510950British ISIS fighters have been busier uploading videos and photos of their exploits than ever, only now the tone is different. Driven away from the creature comforts and internet cafes of Atmeh on the Turkish border, British fighters are now uploading darker, more disturbing images from their desert strongholds.

VICE The renegade al Qaeda offshoot that most Brits join – the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, or ISIS – alienated other rebel groups due to their tendency to attack them and kill their commanders.

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Under the name Rayat al Tawheed, two ISIS fighters from London, Abu Abdurrahman al-Britani and Abu Daighum al-Britani, have been busy uploading a constant stream of expertly-photoshopped motivational image macros for their adoring British fans.

But their recent posts are the darkest images yet to emerge from the strange milieu of British jihadist fighters in Syria.

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While their Facebook posts had always displayed a willingness to mutilate and degrade the bodies of dead government troops, their latest Instagram posts reveal a degree of bloodthirstiness unusual for British ISIS fighters, many of whom can come across more like unworldly idealists than hardened killers.

This recent – and very graphic – Instagram video shows the Rayat al Tawheed crew playing about with a collection of severed heads, purportedly from government troops.

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German-Egyptian secularist, Hamed Abdel-Samad, lives in fear after being bombarded with death threats, for telling the ugly truth about “Islamism”

In a new memoir Hamed Abdel-Samad, a German-Egyptian, documents a personal odyssey that began in Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and ended with a job as an academic for an Institute for Jewish History and Culture in Munich. The scholar knows the quran by heart and loves German beers.

Author Hamed Abdel-Samad with his wife Connie in Copenhagen. Abdel-Samad says, "I wanted to get away from Europe, away from Islam, away from everything."

Author Hamed Abdel-Samad with his wife Connie in Copenhagen. Abdel-Samad says, “I wanted to get away from Europe, away from Islam, away from everything.”

Der Spiegel Hamed Abdel-Samad has been through several phases in his life. At 16, after graduating from high school, he hugged his mother, shook his father’s hand and set off for the Egyptian capital Cairo — a gifted young man who wanted not only to educate himself, but also to change the world.

 [In Islamic society] “Everyone suppresses everyone else. The government suppresses the people, and the people suppress each other.” Every day, we [Muslims]  think about who or what has offended us. People are frustrated throughout the Arab world. They don’t know what to do with their rage, and they look for scapegoats.”

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Abdel-Samad describes the first decision he had to make: “Do I join the Marxists or the Muslim Brotherhood?” His father was an imam, and so he took up with the Marxists, or “Muslim brothers without God,” as he likes to call them. After less than a year, he had had enough of the godless revolutionaries and joined the true Muslim brothers. They accepted him with open arms and offered him everything an alert and searching spirit needs: spirituality, camaraderie and companionship.

His father had already taught him how to read the Koran, but with the Brotherhood he learned how to translate its teachings into practice, for Allah and the victory of Islam over the infidels. His favorite pastime was to march with the Brotherhood during demonstrations, waving the flag of the Prophet and shouting: “Death to the Jews!”

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Shabka Although Abdel-Samad criticizes Islam in a very provocative way, he still regards himself as a Muslim “who converted from belief to knowledge”. His provocative speech on Islam led one of the heads of the conservative Al-Jamaa Al-Islamiya, Assem Abdel-Maged, and Mahmoud Shabaan, a professor of religious rhetoric at the Azhar University, to publicly call for his murder, after declaring Samad an “apostate” on the TV channel, Al-Hafez.  Immediately, an online campaign was launched, showing pictures of Samad with the caption: “Wanted dead”.

Today, less than 20 years later, Abdel-Samad lives in Munich, where he is married to a Danish woman and works for the Institute for Jewish History and Culture at the University of Munich. The title of the doctoral dissertation he is currently writing is: “The Portrayal of Jews in Egyptian Schoolbooks.”

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The rise and fall of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt

Muslim-Brotherhood-symbolThe election of Mohamed Morsi nearly destroyed Egypt in just one year. The people revolted and Morsi was brought down by the Egyptian Army and constitutional law. Now, not only has Egypt declared the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Bahrain have done so as well.

Yet the United States, United Kingdom, and most of the EU still support the Muslim Brotherhood. Ask yourselves why.

Egyptian woman, Eman Nabih, writes:

“The Muslim Brotherhood’s symbol is the sword, their message is revenge and terror. One year under the Brotherhood tore apart our unity. They divided our land and sold it to our enemies. They opened our borders widely for mercenaries and terrorists. They released terrorists from prisons to terrorize our community. It was either to rule us by force or burn everything in our homeland.

Brotherhood humiliated our humanity, dignity and pride. They raped childhood innocence at the age of 9. They cut girls hair in schools to force the veil. They practiced Circumcision against females to kill natural feelings given by god.

They incited Muslims against Christians. They incited us against each others with hateful speeches. They burned Christians churches and forced them to leave their homes. They called Christians enemies of God. They treated us like enemies. They undermined our State sovereignty. They exposed our national security to danger. They cut relations with our neighbors and created enmity between Arabs and Egyptians.

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SYRIA: Al-Alam reports Obama Regime plan to train and arm Al Qaeda-linked insurgent groups

Unhappy that the Syrian Army has been successfully pushing back foreign insurgent groups, Barack Hussein Obama will use American tax dollars without the approval of Congress to train and arm the enemies of Bashar Assad who are also the enemies of America.

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Al-Alam The US government is finalizing a plan to expand training and small-arms shipments for foreign-backed militants in Syria, two US security sources say. The United States plans to boost assistance and weapon shipments to insurgent factions mostly based in Jordan, along Syria’s southern border, the officials familiar with the plan told Reuters on Friday.

Details of how much aid will flow to the screened insurgent groups are the subject of continuing discussions. It’s also unclear, for instance, how much of the military aid would be covert or whether there would be a US military or special forces role. 

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Syrian Army battles insurgents

Electronic Resistance  Syrian military forces have inflicted major losses on foreign-backed insurgents in crushing offensive against militant staging areas and hideouts in the outskirts of Aleppo, Daraa, Quneitra and Latakia, halting infiltration attempts by armed terrorist while killing and wounding scores of them.

Photo below is how the insurgents fight, the same insurgents that Obama will be training and arming:

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Syrian Army units on Saturday launched a wide military operation against insurgent forces in Aleppo Province, inflicting heavy losses on armed militants in several villages, towns and neighborhoods in the province, Syria’s state news agency SANA reported. Citing a military source, the report further added that government troops also destroyed an ammunition cache in Hanano neighborhood as well as a number of their vehicles to the north of Aleppo central prison.

According to the report, Syrian soldiers ambushed a group of insurgents in al-Mtelleh and Musab villages in Daraa countryside, destroying two vehicles filled with weaponry and insurgent forces. In yet another operation on Saturday, army units foiled attempts by armed insurgents to attack a number of military checkpoints in the bushes of Jibata and Kharanjeh villages in the Quneitra countryside.

Syrian military sources further stated that the army inflicted heavy losses upon armed militant groups in the same area, killing and injuring a number of their members. In the northern countryside of Latakia, meanwhile, an army unit thwarted an armed insurgent groups’ infiltration attempt into a military checkpoint surrounding Kasab city, eliminating many militants and seizing their weapons.

The report also cites a military source as saying that local residents of Tayebet al-imam town in Hama province confronted al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front terrorists that were engaged in looting acts and kidnapping of citizens, killing and injuring more than 50 of the armed militants.

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Lebanese activist arrives in Egypt with petition against government’s conviction and death sentences for 529 Mohamed Morsi supporters

Lebanese activist with petition gets kicked out of Egypt the same day! Egyptian authorities deported an activist who wanted to present a petition opposing the death sentences given to 529 supporters of toppled Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.

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AP  Wissam Tarif, a Lebanese national who works for Avaaz, an online activism network, arrived in Egypt on Tuesday morning and was deported that evening, Avaaz spokesman Sam Barratt said. Tarif intended to present the petition to Egypt’s top Islamic official, Mufi Shawki Ibrahim Abdel-Karim, on Thursday, Barratt said. Under Egyptian law, the official must approve all death sentences before they can be carried out.

Tarif arrived Thursday at Cairo’s international airport, where officials detained him at passport control because his name was on a watch list, an airport official said. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to journalists.

Awaiting execution, Morsi supporters caged like the animals they are

Awaiting execution, Morsi supporters caged like the rabid animals they are

Barratt said that Tarif had a valid Egyptian visa. “In Egypt today, peacefully delivering a massive petition to a religious leader is deemed a threat to national security,” Tarif said in a statement. “They tried to silence 1 million voices with my deportation, but our campaign will now intensify.”

A court sentenced the 529 to death on March 24 for an attack on a police station that killed a police officer, convicting them after only two hearings in a mass trial that activists criticized.

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Though lawyers say the verdicts are subject to appeal and could be overturned, the swift ruling has raised concerns that the country’s courts are becoming politicized in the wake of the July 3 overthrow of President Mohammed Morsi and a subsequent crackdown on his Muslim Brotherhood group.

On Friday, security officials said forces dispersed marching Brotherhood supporters in at least two Cairo neighborhoods. In the northern Cairo area of Sharabiya, a security official said local residents clashed with attendees of a funeral march after they began chanting against the army and the police. Youssof Salahen, a spokesman for a student group supporting Morsi, said that security forces fired birdshot and tear gas into the funeral for high school student Hossam Salama, killed by a gunshot wound to the head after clashes at Cairo University earlier this week.

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Muslim Brotherhood/Morsi supporters

In the farming town of Fayoum southwest of Cairo, Brotherhood protesters clashed with local residents, with both sides throwing gasoline bombs and stones, officials said. In the southern city of Assuit, demonstrators threw rocks at a police vehicle, calling for the release of detainees, officials said.

Security forces arrested 61 protesters around the country Friday, an official said, adding that they confiscated guns, birdshot cartridges and knives. The military-backed interim government has arrested some 16,000 people in the ongoing crackdown, including most of the Brotherhood’s leadership.

Meanwhile, militant bombings, suicide attacks and other assaults — mostly by an al-Qaida-inspired group called Ansar Beit al-Maqdis — have increased, targeting police and military forces in retaliation for the crackdown. The authorities have blamed the Brotherhood for the violence, branding it a terrorist organization and confiscating its assets. The group has denied any links to the attacks and has denounced the violence.

Muslim Brotherhood-linked terror group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis

Muslim Brotherhood-linked terror group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis

In North Sinai, gunmen belonging to Ansar Beit al-Maqdis shot and killed a police officer on Thursday, security officials said. The same day, gunmen killed two young men in the village of Mahdiya, accusing them of collaborating with the army, officials said.

All security officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to journalists. 

Sinai-based Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing that killed several foreign tourists visiting Sinai

Sinai-based Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing that killed several foreign tourists visiting Sinai

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FEEL GOOD STORY! Taliban suicide bomber kills 15 of his own commanders in Afghanistan

At least 15 senior Taliban commanders were killed in Ghazni province by a suicide bomber reportedly attempting to keep them from carrying out plans to disrupt Saturday’s elections.

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Tolo News (h/t Michael C)   In addition to the 15 confirmed dead, nine other militants were wounded by the blast, which occurred in the Gelan district of Ghazni, according to the National Directorate of Security (NDS). Among the casualties were said to be Pakistani Taliban leaders.

Insurgents have publicly stated their intent to derail the elections, which will mark the country’s first democratic transition of presidential power in history. The Taliban commanders were reportedly meeting to plan Election Day attacks when one of their own decided to turn against them using the very tactic made infamous by the insurgent group.

Violence around the country has increased in recent weeks, including a number of attacks on Independent Election Commission (IEC) offices in Kabul and elsewhere.

The Taliban has also threatened voters with violence, yet over the course of the past week there has been a major surge in voter registration. Many Afghans have said they plan to participate in the elections as a way of defying the militants.

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LOVIN’ EGYPTIAN JUSTICE! Two more Muslim Brotherhood thugs sentenced to death for throwing people off a roof

A court in Egypt’s second-largest city sentenced two supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi to death on Saturday for throwing two people (including one child) off the roof of a building during violent protests after the Islamofascist president was ousted.

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Globe & Mail  The agency said the court in Alexandria found the men guilty of murdering a child and a young man in the coastal city during mass protests that demanded Morsi’s reinstatement after he was removed from power by the military.

Video footage (below) of the incidents was repeatedly aired on national TV. It also showed one of the defendants roaming the roof raising a black flag often used by Islamic militants.

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The roof incident happened July 5 of last year, two days after Morsi’s ouster. It was one of the most dramatic acts of violence on a day in which 16 other people were killed in Alexandria.

Judge Sayed Abdel-Latif said he would issue the verdict against another 60 defendants charged with violence that day in another two months. It was not clear why the ruling was split into two.

One of those killed was nine-year-old Hamada Badr, who witnesses including an Associated Press journalist said was stabbed and then thrown off the roof. Another man in his twenties was hurled to his death and Morsi supporters were seen beating his lifeless body.

The father of the nine-year old said the verdict was partial vindication. “But I want all the Brotherhood leadership tried and sentenced to death,” said Badr Hassouna.

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U.S. threatens “serious consequences” if Egypt carries out the death penalty verdict on 529 convicted Muslim Brotherhood thugs & terrorists

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Secretary of State John Kerry gave direct orders to Egypt to cancel the  death penalty verdict for 529 member of the Muslim Brotherhood. Or else!

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Eman Nabih  The Regime also condemned the trial of the Muslim Brotherhood chief Mohamed Badie and 682 others which she described as not according to essentials justice standards. Harf declared that such horrible and illogical acts of Egypt will force the US to make decisions in relation to cutting completely Egypt Aid in the future.

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Marie Harf also condemned the trial of the Muslim Brotherhood chief Mohamed Badie and 682 others which she described as not according to essentials justice standards. Harf declared that such horrible and illogical acts of Egypt will force the US to make decisions in relation to cutting completely Egypt Aid in the future. (Not to worry, Saudi Arabia and the UAE have more than made up for it)

Egypt in an independent country ruled by the Egyptian constitution and by the power of independent judiciary authority of law and not ruled by the US impertinent interference in our internal affairs.

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The US condemned Egypt for bringing terrorists and criminals to justice, telling Egypt to release 528 Muslim Brotherhood terrorists and criminals who tortured and killed the deputy of Matay police station, distorted his body while he was dying?

Muslim Brotherhood mob tortures a policeman they captured:

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IT’S OFFICIAL! General al-Sisi declares his candidacy for president of Egypt

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Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the general who ousted Egypt’s first radical Islamist leader, Mohamed Morsi, has declared his candidacy for a presidential election and vows to continue the fight against the Muslim Brotherhood militancy.  He is expected to win easily.

Reuters (h/t Jim Y)  Sisi toppled Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood last July after mass protests against his rule and has emerged as the most influential figure in an interim administration that has governed since then.

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“I am here before you humbly stating my intention to run for the presidency of the Arab Republic of Egypt,” Sisi said in a televised address to the nation. “Only your support will grant me this great honor.”

A Sisi presidency would mark a return to the days when Egypt was led by men from the military – a pattern briefly interrupted by Mursi’s one year in office after his victory in Egypt’s first democratic presidential election in 2012.

Among his supporters, Sisi is wildly popular. Many see him as the kind of strong man needed to stabilize a country in crisis. But to the Islamist opposition, he is reviled as the mastermind of a coup against a freely elected (Islamofascist) leader.

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Dressed in military fatigues, Sisi vowed to fight what he described as a terrorist threat facing Egypt, a reference to Muslim Brotherhood militant attacks that have spiraled since he ousted Mursi.

“True, today is my last day in military uniform, but I will continue to fight every day for an Egypt free of fear and terrorism,” said Sisi, 59, who had to resign his posts of army chief and minister of defense so he could contest the election. General Sedki Sobhi, formally chief of staff, replaces Sisi as head of the army.

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Seeking to cap sky-high expectations, Sisi warned he could not perform “miracles” in a country of 85 million that is steeped in poverty. “I cannot make miracles. Rather, I propose hard work and self-denial,” he said.

Ahead of his address, state TV broadcast montages including footage of Sisi jogging with troops. He has been lionized by state- and privately owned media that are hostile to the Islamists. He said: “We must be truthful with ourselves: our country faces great challenges. Our economy is weak. There are millions of youths who suffer from unemployment in Egypt.”

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Leftist politician Hamdeen Sabahi is the only other declared candidate for the election. He came third in the 2012 election.

Sisi would assume leadership of a country that has faced unending turmoil since the uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak in 2011. Since the army toppled Morsi, Egypt has suffered the worst internal strife in its modern history. (All from the al-Qaeda linked terrorists of the Muslim Brotherhood, many of whom are now in jail)

Christians as well as Muslims love the General

Coptic Christians as well as Muslims love the General

Apparently, the Jews love him, too!

Apparently, the Jews love him, too!

The security forces killed hundreds of his supporters after his removal from power, while police and soldiers have become the main targets in a campaign of bombings and shootings.

There were reminders of the instability on Wednesday, when one student was killed in protests at Cairo University ignited by a court’s decision to sentence 529 members of the Muslim Brotherhood to death on Monday. Almost the entire leadership of the Brotherhood is in jail. Morsi faces charges that could lead to the death penalty.

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The public prosecutor on Wednesday ordered 919 Brotherhood members to stand trial on charges including murder and terrorism in the southern province of Minya – the same province where Monday’s verdicts were handed down.

“If (Sisi) doesn’t have a real plan for reconciliation, he certainly will fail. But I don’t know if he will be able to do it,” said Hassan Nafaa, a professor of political science at Cairo University. Monday’s court ruling drew criticism from international human rights groups and Western powers.

One of the many anti-Obama signs carried during the June 30th protests against Mohamed Morsi

One of the many anti-Obama signs carried during the June 30th protests against Mohamed Morsi

The United States, a major source of military aid to Egypt, lodged fresh criticism of Cairo, with Secretary of State John Kerry saying he was “deeply, deeply troubled by the sudden and unprecedented decision” by the Egyptian court to issue death sentences for 529 defendants “after a quick mass trial.”

“I urge the interim Egyptian government to reverse the court ruling and ensure due process for the accused. Anything less would dishonor the bravery of all who sacrificed their lives for democratic values,” Kerry said, referring to the earlier Egyptian street protests.

What Egyptians think of John Kerry

What Egyptians think of John Kerry

Kerry said it was impossible to believe the court proceedings “satisfied even the most basic standards of justice.” Kerry said on March 12 he would decide “in the days ahead” whether to resume American aid to Egypt after suspending the funds last year over the ouster of Morsi.

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European Council President Herman van Rompuy said after meeting U.S. President Barack Obama that the United States and the European Union were “appalled” by the sentences.

“We urge the Egyptian authorities to restore the rule of law,” he told a news conference. 

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EGYPT bars Turkey and Qatar from Islamic affairs summit because of their support for the terror-linked Muslim Brotherhood

Egypt’s Awqaf (Religious Endowments) Minister Mohamed Mokhtar Gomaa said invitations were not sent to the two countries for the  conference of the Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs starting Monday.

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Al-Arabiya  Gomaa said Egypt had decided not to deal with any Turkish official until Turkey imposes a change on its foreign policy, in an apparent reference to Ankara’s frosty relations with Cairo after the crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood protesters in the Egyptian capital last year. 

The decision to exclude a Qatari delegation from the conference was made by Egypt after some Arab states curtailed ties with Doha last month, the minister said, adding that Qatar is involved in acts that “harm the security of Egypt,” local daily al-Masry al-Youm reported.

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The minister was likely referring to a surprise move by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates earlier this month to withdraw their ambassadors from Qatar over allegations of meddling in their internal affairs. See first-egypt-then-saudi-arabianow-bahrain-and-the-uae-blacklist-the-muslim-brotherhood-pulling-their-ambassadors-from-qatar-a-muslim-brotherhood-stronghold

Meanwhile, Gomaa had stressed that this year’s iteration of the conference will deal with challenges that extremist ideologies impose on the region.

Turkey has gone to dark green following the overthrow of Morsi in Egypt

Turkey has gone to dark green following the overthrow of Morsi in Egypt

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