‘Children were forced to watch as their teacher was burned alive': Survivors reveal horror inside Pakistan school as nine Taliban gunmen bomb and shoot to death 132 children

Mohammad Khorasani, the spokesman for Pakistani's Taliban Fazal Ullah group, accepted responsibility for the attack

Mohammad Khorasani, the spokesman for Pakistani’s Taliban Fazal Ullah group, accepted responsibility for the attack

  • Gunmen in Peshawar entered school and started shooting at random
  • One terrorist blew himself up in a classroom containing 60 children 
  • Teacher set on fire in front of pupils, with the children forced to watch 
  • Army commandos quickly arrived at the scene and exchanged fire 
  • School was stormed by nine gunmen in military fatigues, it was reported
  • After hours of fighting the terrorists were killed by special forces soldiers  
  • MailOnline heard harrowing eyewitness accounts of the massacre     
  • Taliban accepted responsibility for the attack, claiming it ‘was just a trailer’ 
  •  David Cameron described the attack on the school as ‘deeply shocking’ 
  • The massacre is the worst ever in the deeply troubled region

By  TED THORNHILL and  IMTIAZ HUSSAIN:

A teacher is believed to have been burned alive while her pupils were forced to watch as Taliban gunmen stormed a school in Pakistan and slaughtered 132 children killed.

Nine Taliban terrorists attacked the military school in the north-western Pakistani city of Peshawar today in the deadliest terrorist attack in the nation’s history.

A source told NBC: ‘They burnt a teacher in front of the students in a classroom. They literally set the teacher on fire with gasoline and made the kids watch.’

The victim was said to be the wife of army soldier Subedar Mazhar, who also lost a son in the atrocity.

Two bodies burned beyond recognition were taken to the Combined Military Hospital in Peshawar, MailOnline has been told. The victims may have been burned as a result of the suicide blast.

One suicide bomber is believed to have blown himself up in a room full of 60 children while there were reports that some of the victims arriving at a hospital in Peshawar had been beheaded, though Pakistani authorities have yet to confirm this.

The corridors of the city’s Combined Military Hospital were lined with dead students, their green-and-yellow school uniform ties peeping out of white body bags.

One distraught family member was given the wrong body because the faces of many children were badly burned as a result of the suicide bomb explosions.

By nightfall, the death toll had reached 141, with the Pakistani military confirming that 132 of those were children, with another 121 children injured.

As the city began the devastating task of treating the horrifically wounded and identifying the dead, one grieving father told MailOnline: ‘This is a terrible injustice. We are innocent people, my boys are innocents who do not carry guns and bombs.’

Meanwhile, terrifying accounts of the children’s ordeal began to emerge.

A 10-year-old boy caught up in the massacre has spoken of his dramatic escape from Taliban gunmen as bullets whizzed past his head – having seen two of his classmates shot dead in front of him.

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Germany: 10,000 rally in Dresden against Islam/asylum seekers

Originally posted on Refugee Resettlement Watch:

Invasion of Europe breaking news….

“Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West” marched in Dresden earlier this week.

A day after the Obama Administration announced it is “welcoming”9,000 Syrian Muslims to the US, Germans are expressing their anger loud and clear about the influx of Muslim asylum seekers. Germany is planning to take up to 20,000 Syrians in the coming months. Demonstrations of this size must be shaking up the European Union.  In October it was Cologne.

From Reuters atYahoo News:

BERLIN/NUREMBERG (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday condemned anti-Muslim demonstrations centered on the eastern city of Dresden, saying there was “no place in Germany” for hatred of Muslims or any other minority.

In a speech at a party congress of her Bavarian allies in Nuremberg, Merkel also denounced an attack on buildings in a nearby town being turned into refuge for asylum-seekers…

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Here they come! State Department announces that 9,000 Syrians are on the way to the US

Originally posted on Refugee Resettlement Watch:

Update December 12th:  There are two other news accounts of this story you should see.  First, at Investor’s Business Daily: “US Vetting 9,000 Syrian Refugees To Weed Out Jihadists Before Granting Asylum.”  And, at World Net Daily: “U.N. sending thousands of Muslims to America.”  As of right now there are 975 comments to the WND article.

Where might they be going? Click here.

Anne Richard, Asst. Secretary of State went to that UN meeting in Geneva this week (we mentioned the “pledging conference” here) and dropped the bomb.  The UN has picked our Syrians for us, and if the war ended tomorrow, you can be sure that once the pipeline is flowing it won’t stop for years! Security is a big concern and apparently the reason for the delay, but we are taking them anyway!

Anne Richard Asst. Sec. of State for Population, Refugees and…

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More Evidence Recep Erdogan Envisions Himself As A Modern Emperor Rebuilding The Ottoman Empire…

Originally posted on The Last Refuge:

Considering he just built the worlds largest presidential palace, it makes sense he take control of the youth education.   Erdogan Vows to Impose ‘Arabic’ Ottoman Lessons in Schools… 

erdoganTURKEY - Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed on Monday to make lessons in the Arabic-alphabet Ottoman language compulsory in high schools — a highly symbolic move which enraged secularists who claim he is pursuing an increasingly Islamist agenda.

Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey, abolished the Ottoman language in 1928, replacing its Arabic alphabet with a Latin one.  He also purged the language of many of its Arabic, Persian and Greek words to create a new “pure” Turkish closer to the language people spoke.

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Terrorist money news: recommended reading

Originally posted on Money Jihad:

  • A lawsuit by 11 terror victims’ families against the Palestinian Authority—not against Hamas, Hezbollah, nor PIJ—will begin in January… more>>
  • Beware that money exchanged with Turkish individuals, companies, and government agencies could end up in Hamas‘s hands… more>>
  • Despite aerial bombardment, ISIS grosses €4.5 million daily… more>>
  • Obama administration bows to Turkish diplomatic pressure, removes Al Qaeda financier from blacklist… more>>

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U.S. Treasury Removes Suspected MB/AQ Financier from SDN List

alQadi_turkey_ADCSP, By Kyle Shideler, Nov. 26, 2014:

In an announcement today, the U.S. Treasury Department has apparently delisted controversial Saudi businessman Yasin Al-Qadi from its list of Specially Designated Nationals (SDN). Al-Qadi was originally designated in October 2001 as the Treasury department swung in to action targeting a wide swath of Islamic terrorist finance networks. Al-Qadi’s reported financial dealings included allegations of funding both Al Qaeda and Hamas.

Al-Qadi has always maintained his innocence, and despite global investigations, from the U.S to Switzerland to Turkey, no charges were ever filed, thanks in part to Qadi’s powerful connections, including to Turkish President Recip Tayyip Erdogan and the Justice and Development Party. Al-Qadi’s close ties to Erdogan were exposed by Turkish security forces, as part of the ongoing struggle between Erdogan’s AKP and competing Islamist group the Gulen Movement.

In 2012 the United Nations delisted Al-Qadi, in a move widely panned by U.S. Counterterrorism experts. The decision by the U.S. Treasury Department to follow suit is extremely disappointing but not entirely surprising. Following the 2008 Holy Land Foundation trial, while highly successful, the government has shown an extreme reluctance use the evidence gained from”following the money” to conduct further prosecutions. As in previous terrorism finance-related investigations, like Operation Greenquest, such investigations tend to lead to politically uncomfortable revelations about the depth and nature of the wide Global Jihadist Movement. Financiers like Al-Qadi, together with others  like Youssef Nada and Ahmed Nasreddin reside at a nexus where Global Muslim Brotherhood organizations, international business, religious charity organizations, supposed U.S. allies (like Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar) and jihadist groups including Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, and Al Qaeda all intersect.

As long as we are unwilling to recognize that the long war the U.S. and its Western allies face is more than simply a series of disparate and unconnected groups but in fact a global and highly interlinked movement, tied together at the highest level by influential men like Yasin Al-Qadi, and as long as we are more concerned with the political or diplomatic embarrassment that such investigations may cause than in reaching the truth, victory will continue to allude us.

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Another GTMO Detainee/Former al Qaeda Member, Released

Originally posted on Fortuna's Corner:

Detainee Transfer Announced

11/22/2014 05:04 AM CST

IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. NR-588-14
November 22, 2014

Detainee Transfer Announced

The Department of Defense announced today the transfer of Muhammed Murdi Issa Al-Zahrani from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay to the Government of Saudi Arabia.

On Oct. 3, a Periodic Review Board consisting of representatives from the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, Justice, and State; the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence determined continued law of war detention of Al-Zahrani does not remain necessary to protect against a continuing significant threat to the security of the United States. As a result of that review, which examined a number of factors, including security issues, Al-Zahrani was recommended for transfer by consensus of the six departments and agencies comprising the Periodic Review Board.

“In the past two weeks, the Department of Defense has transferred seven detainees. These…

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Pakistani Terror Cell “OpFerguson” Instructing Saint Louis Antagonists To Target Police Helicopters and Surveillance…

Originally posted on The Last Refuge:

Today the FBI expanded the warnings for anticipated violence to multiple communities throughout the U.S. – The list of cities planning to join the coordinated RAGE efforts has also increased.

UK-ISLAMIST-550x349Radical Islam is on the same side of the political continuum as totalitarianism and communism. Unfortunately, this also places them on the same side as radical leftist groups in the U.S. currently agitating in Saint Louis and surrounding communities; and seeking to use racial division to advance their own ideological causes.

As we have previously outlined the Anonymous Group “OpFerguson” is located in Pakistan and run by a man named Arslan Khan. Today Khan is instructing the Anarchists in Ferguson to target police surveillance, specifically police helicopters, with laser targeting devices (laser pointers).

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Dabiq: The Islamic State Wants the Battle of the End of Days

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By Ryan Mauro:
The Islamic State’s latest video is directly challenging America to the battle of the apocalypse, which is to take place in Dabiq, Syria.

The gruesome video released by the Islamic State (ISIS or ISIL) emphasizes that the beheading of Peter Kassig took place in the town of Dabiq, Syria. The town was chosen because of its significance in Islamic end-of-time prophecies about the time when the Mahdi and (the Islamic version of) Jesus will bring victory over those who oppose sharia.

The Islamic State named its English-language magazine “Dabiq” for the same reason. The group is telling Muslims that it is fulfilling prophecy, enticing them to participate in one of the most important moments in world history.

A secondary message is that Islamic State supporters should not worry about the military superiority of their enemy or the terrorist group’s setbacks because they will soon be made victorious with help from the Mahdi, Islam’s messianic figure, and Jesus (when he joins Islam, which he will according to Islamic prophecy).

“Here we are, burying the first American Crusader in Dabiq, eagerly waiting for the remainder of your armies to arrive,” says one Islamic State speaker.

The video features an excerpt from a sermon by Abu Musab al-Zaraqawi, the leader of the Islamic State’s predecessor, Al-Qaeda in Iraq, until he was killed by a U.S. airstrike on June 7, 2006.

“The spark has been lit here in Iraq, and its heat will continue to intensify…until it burns the Crusader armies in Dabiq,” Zaraqawi preached.

Then, for a third time, another Islamic State member says to the West, “We are waiting for you in Dabiq.”

The statements are a reference to prophecies in the hadith, the collection of sayings and actions attributed to Mohammed, the Holy Prophet of Islam.

One collector of the hadith, Sahih Muslim, states, “The Last Hour would not come until the Romans would land at al-A’maq or in Dabiq.”

When the Islamic State refers to President Obama as the “dog of Rome” in the video, they are making the case that the U.S. is the modern equivalent of the Roman Empire and American military action in the Middle East is the actualization of this prophecy.

The Islamic State draws a parallel between its own actions and the details of the prophecy. The hadith states that Dabiq will be controlled by the “best” Islamic soldiers from Mecca, Saudi Arabia. They will capture “Romans” (i.e., Americans), which will lead to a foreign attack.

The Brookings Institute points out that the Islamic State immediately presented its capture of Dabiq in April as part of this prophecy. The group’s supporters distributed pictures on social media of the seized hilltop with the text of the prophecy.

The Islamic State’s beheadings of Peter Kassig and the other Americans are not only justifiable acts of jihad in their opinion. They are also acts designed to provoke an assault on them as prophesized. In their eyes, a U.S. military response is actually desirable, as it fulfills this prophecy.

The prophecy states that the Romans will arrive at Dabiq and tell all the Muslims to stand aside so that they can fight only those Muslims who took the captives. The Muslims will then unite against the Romans. The Islamic State is hoping that this will come to fruition.

When the battle begins, according to the prophecy, about one-third of the Muslim forces will flee (“whom Allah will never forgive”), one-third will die as “excellent martyrs” and the remaining one-third will win the battle and then conquer Constantinople (now Istanbul, Turkey).

If Islamic State supporters believe this prophecy is about them, then they will not be discouraged by the current U.S. military action, high death tolls and desertions. They will actually be encouraged by it because they believe it will ultimately bring victory.

According to the prophecy, what follows this victory in Dabiq and Turkey is the appearance and final defeat of the Islamic version of the Antichrist, called the Dajjal, at the hands of (the Islamic) Jesus.

Read more at Clarion Project

For more information on the Islamic State and the ideology of conquest that drives it, see Clarion Project’s Factsheet: The Islamic State (ISIS, ISIL) 

Senior Kurdish Leader Says ISIS Has An ‘Army’ Of 200K — 7X, to 8X U.S. Intelligence Estimates

Originally posted on Fortuna's Corner:

Senior Kurdish Leader Claims ISIS Has An “Army’ Of 200K — 7X, to 8X U.S. Intelligence Estimates

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Patrick Cockburn, writing in the London newspaper, The Independent, (Nov. 16, 2014), writes that Fuad Hussein, the Chief of Staff to Kurdish President Massoud Barzani, told The Independent today (Sunday) that the Islamic State has recruited an ‘army’ of hundreds of thousands, far stronger than previous estimates by U.S. Intelligence. Barzani claimed that “the ability of ISIS to attack on many widely separated fronts in Iraq and Syria…at the same time — shows that the number of militant fighters is at least 200K.” “I’m talking about hundreds of thousands of fighters, because they are able to mobilize Arab young men in the territory they have taken.”

Mr. Barzani bases his ‘estimates’ on the fact that “ISIS rules a third of Iraq and, a third of Syria — with a population between 10M…

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Secret details spilled on ISIS’s funding

Originally posted on Money Jihad:

How jihad group uses WhatsApp, oil hoses, and looted antiquities to stay solvent

ISIS using mobile apps to stay in touch with financiers
There was a time when terrorists preferred moving their money through the traditional Islamic debt transfer system of hawala, through the conventional wire services like Western Union and MoneyGram, or through a combination of both. But fears of detection led ISIS to send personal couriers and fundraisers to Europe, while staying in touch with them through text messaging and WhatsApp, as an ongoing trial against a Syrian-Lebanese man in Germany illustrates (h/t El Grillo)… more>>

Antiquity smuggling isn’t random looters, it’s an organized ISIS racket
ISIS has made over $35 million from selling historical artifacts, and now controls 4,500 archaeological sites (h/t Rushette). They justify their bulldozing and looting on the basis of khums, the traditional Islamic tax on discovered wealth (h/t Sal)… more>>

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Episcopalians Lend D.C. Cathedral to Islamists, Gratis

Daily Caller, by Neil Munro, Nov. 12, 2014:

Leaders of the U.S. Episcopalian church aren’t asking anything in exchange for letting U.S.-based Islamist advocates of sharia law pray to Allah in the prestigious National Cathedral in Washington D.C., despite Christian persecution and murder surging across the Middle East.

“No, there is no quid pro quo here,” said Craig Stapert, the spokesman for the cathedral, where the Islamists will hold their prayers on Friday, Nov. 14.

Instead, “we’re looking for an opportunity to have prayer in our space, and to come together to see what it does for us as people of faith,” he told The Daily Caller.

The Islamists expected at the cathedral include representatives from the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). In 2009, both groups were confirmed as co-conspirators in a conspiracy to deliver funds to the Gaza-based Hamas jihad group, which regularly launches attacks to kill Jews in Israel.

This year, Hamas launched more than 4,000 rockets at Jews in Israel, often from within civilian areas.

Hamas is an affiliate of the Egypt-based Islamist group the Muslim Brotherhood, which was ousted from power in Egypt by huge public protest in 2012. Both CAIR and ISNA have close ties to the brotherhood movement.

“It is a shame that National Cathedral officials are apparently ignorant of or indifferent to the demonstrable ties of both CAIR and ISNA to Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood,’ said Robert Spencer, the author of several best-selling books on Islam.

The officials’ acceptance of the Islamist groups “tells Muslim audiences in the Middle East that U.S. mainline churches have no interest in encouraging genuine Muslim reform, but rather are aiding and enabling Brotherhood front groups in the U.S.,” he said.

“It also shows that those front groups have made enormous progress in winning mainstream, establishment support,” Spencer added.

The cathedral is often used for national events, such as the prayer service for the 3,000 Americans killed by Islamic jihadis in 2001. In 2011, evangelicals were excluded from the anniversary commemorations. However, a powerful wind hit the cathedral, forcing a relocation of the event. (RELATED: Weather Smites Cathedral After Controversial Invite)

The decision by cathedral officials to invite Muslim prayer inside the Christian church was favorably described in a Nov. 11 article in The Washington Post.

The head of liturgy at the cathedral, Gina Campbell, invited the Muslim groups to pray in the church, and described the planned worship of Allah in a Christian church as “a beautiful thing.”

Orthodox Christians believe Allah is a false god, and that prayers to a false god distract humans from the opportunity to commune with the true God, and to earn a place in heaven.

Asked why prayer to Allah is a “beautiful” thing, Stapert responded that “I’m not a theologian… I’ll leave that to Gina to answer.”

By press time, neither Campbell nor the press secretary at the church’s national office responded to TheDC.

Campbell also acknowledged that the Muslim groups gain politically from the invite to pray in the most famous church in Washington, D.C.

The invited was arranged with the South African ambassador to the United States, Ebrahim Rasool.

“He got the cathedral — he understands what it represents in the United States; he made the connection to the power of a cathedral to shape relationships, community, conversation, to do deep, important things,” Campbell told The Washington Post.

Campbell “wants to say that prayer is a unique opportunity to build relationships and coming together in a safe way to explore the relationship between Christians and Muslims,” Stapert said.

“The folks who are in the Muslim leadership are hopeful that people will notice that it is possible to get along with other religions, and its not necessary to persecute or kill them,” Stapert whimpered.

“It is opening a door to conversation, and not claiming that other religion is trying to hurt the other one,” he said.

Under current Islamic law, Christians are not allowed to pray in mosques, and are not allowed to set up visible churches in Saudi Arabia and other Muslim-dominated countries. In nearly all Muslim countries, Christians are not allowed to proselytize, and conversion to Islam is a capital crime in many Muslim communities. In Israel, because of Muslim opposition, Jews are not allowed to pray on the Temple mount,  which was once occupied by a Jewish synagogue, then by a Christian church, and now by an Islamic mosque.

In many Muslim countries, such as Iraq, Syria, Libya and Egypt, and in northern Nigeria, Christians churches are bombed and burned by Muslims who cite Islamic law in justification.

In Africa, jihadi groups such as Boko Haram have killed many Christiansincluding Episcopalians. Christian groups have protested the murders, but U.S.-based Muslims groups have not used Muslim law to declare the jihad attacks as heretical, or “haram.”

In Iraq, Christians have been driven out of their home regions by jihadi groups, while people in the non-Christian Yezidi community have been murdered or sold as slaves by Muslims, who justify their actions with quotes from the Koran.

In response, some U.S.-based Muslim groups has criticized the Arab jihad groups, but have not condemned jihad warfare or the popular goal of a multinational, multi-ethnic Islamic theocracy, dubbed the caliphate.

In a caliphate, Christians and Jews are relegated to an apartheid-style lower status, dubbed “dhimmi.”

Stapert said he did not know about ISNA and CAIR, even though their official representative will be praying at his cathedral this week.

“Umm, that’s interesting,” Staper said when TheDC mentioned the 2009 court decision. “I know that there have been allegations about CAIR’s participation in a variety of things [but] I’m not an expert on CAIR.”

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Time opinion piece: Jihadi superhighway is busy; refugee groups could be Trojan Horse

Originally posted on Refugee Resettlement Watch:

Rep. Michael McCaul: Cruise ships may even be bringing terrorists into Turkey.

Time magazine published an informative articleby Rep. Michael McCaul chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security yesterday.

Turkish border with Syria a huge problem (emphasis is mine):

Extremists are exploiting EU security gaps to exit Syria and Iraq and return to the West undetected, leading to a “terrorist diaspora”

Foreign fighters headed to the Middle East are not deterred by U.S. bombing in Syria and Iraq. According to recent reports, 1,000 fighters from countries across the globe are pouring into the conflict zone each month to fight with ISIS and other fanatics, adding to the 16,000 already estimated to have gone there.

The bad news is that Westerners are among their ranks, including Americans and Europeans, who are only a plane flight away from our shores. More troubling is that security gaps in Europe—and Turkey…

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FSA hammered by Qatar-funded al-Nusra Front

Originally posted on Money Jihad:

The Free Syrian Army, Washington’s best hope for a Syrian alternative to Bashar al-Assad and Al Qaeda, suffered a major defeat last week at the hands of Jabhat al-Nusra—Al Qaeda’s formal affiliate in Syria.  The FSA was recently forced to leave their Western-provided arms behind them as they retreated from advancing Nusra forces.

In case you’ve forgotten who funds al-Nusra, it’s Qatar. And their foreign minister’s cousin.  It’s not just private donors working outside the Qatari ruling class—the money and support for al-Nusra comes from within their very own ranks.  From The Telegraph (h/t Sal):

Minister’s family ties to terror

Cousin of Qatari foreign minister was arrested for terrorist funding but freed after intense lobbying

The cousin of Qatar’s foreign minister has been convicted of funding international terrorism and is believed to be linked to an alleged terrorist known as the “Wolf of al-Qaeda”.

Abdulaziz bin Khalifa al-Attiyah was…

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