Pakistani Taliban assault military high school in Peshawar

Pakistani army personnel patrol the streets following an attack by Taliban gunmen on a school in Peshawar on December 16, 2014. – AFP

Pakistani army personnel patrol the streets following an attack by Taliban gunmen on a school in Peshawar on December 16, 2014. – AFP

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A suicide assault team from the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan (or Pakistani Taliban) stormed a military high school in Peshawar today. It is one of the deadliest jihadist attacks in the country’s history. According to initial reporting, the attackers have killed more than 130 people, including dozens of children.

At least six Taliban fighters armed with assault weapons and suicide vests entered the Army Public School in Peshawar, the capital of the northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, this morning. The fighters fanned out through the school and killed everyone in their path, according to press reports.

Shahrukh Khan, a child who survived the attack by feigning death after being shot in both legs, told Agence France Presse (AFP) that the Taliban fighters were instructed to kill the students. The terrorists deliberately executed students who were already wounded.

“There are so many children beneath the benches, go and get them,” one Taliban fighter told another, according to Khan.

“The man with big boots kept on looking for students and pumping bullets into their bodies. I lay as still as I could and closed my eyes, waiting to get shot again,” Khan stated. The fighters shouted “Allahu Akbar,” or Allah is greatest, as they executed the children.

Pakistani officials have stated that 131 people have been killed, including more than 100 students, but warned that the death toll may rise.

At least 15 explosions were heard during the fighting, Dawn reported. Pakistani security forces surrounded the building and assaulted as the Taliban continued to execute students and staff. The military claimed it killed six Taliban fighters, but more may have been involved in the attack. Troops are still searching the building for Taliban fighters and survivors.

Muhammad Khurasani, the official spokesman for the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, claimed the gruesome assault and admitted that his fighters intentionally targeted civilians.

“We selected the army’s school for the attack because the government is targeting our families and females,” Khurasani said, according to Reuters. “We want them to feel the pain.” Khurasani is referring to the current Pakistani military operation in the tribal agencies of North Waziristan and Khyber, which are adjacent to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The Pakistani military is targeting the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan and jihadist organizations such as the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, but is leaving groups such as the Haqqani Network and the Hafiz Gul Bahadar Group alone.

The Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan has targeted military high school students in the past. In 2009, the jihadist group kidnapped hundreds of students as they fled their military school in Ramzak, North Waziristan. The Taliban ultimately released the students as part of a prisoner exchange.

The Taliban has also launched numerous attacks on soft targets such as churches, mosques, shrines, markets, hotels, and even hospitals. Thousands of civilians have been killed in those attacks since the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan was formed in late 2006.

The Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan has also targeted the US. In an email first sent to The Long War Journal, the group claimed responsibility for the May 2010 attempted bombing in New York City’s Times Square. [See LWJ report, Pakistani Taliban claim credit for failed NYC Times Square car bombing.]

The US has targeted the organization’s top commanders as part of its drone campaign. Baitullah Mehsud, the group’s founder and first leader, was killed by an American missile in August 2009. In late 2013, Baitullah’s successor, Hakeemullah Mehsud, was also killed in an American airstrike. Hakeemullah had gloated over the failed Times Square attack in the group’s propaganda prior to his demise.

Hakeemullah was replaced by Mullah Fazlullah, but his appointment as emir of the Pakistani Taliban proved to be unpopular within the terrorist group’s ranks. Earlier this year, key constituencies that were part of Baitullah’s original coalition began peeling away to go on their own. Much of the group founded by Baitullah no longer answers to Fazlullah. One of the larger blocs to break away from Fazlullah’s leadership has rebranded itself as the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan Jamaat-ul-Ahrar. Other commanders have reportedly pledged their allegiance to Islamic State emir Abu Bakr al Baghdadi.

[For more on the dissolution of the original Pakistani Taliban alliance, see LWJ report: Discord dissolves Pakistani Taliban coalition.]

A short critical analysis of Obama’s Cairo speech

Published on Dec 12, 2014 by Vlad Tepes:

I made this in 2012 but I felt it was worth re uploading now. Since I made it I have discovered more and even more serious deceptions in this speech.

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Robert Spencer on Man Haron Monis’s taking of hostages in Sydney, Australia

Published on Dec 15, 2014 by AlohaSnackbar01

Robert Spencer, Faith Goldy and Jerry Agar discuss the hostage taking by Man Haron Monis at a Lindt chocolate shop in Sydney, Australia on Dec 15-16, 2014.

Faces of the Sydney siege hero victims: Young barrister and mother-of-three died after ‘shielding pregnant friend’ from gunfire and the café manager, 34, shot dead as he tried to grab terrorist’s gun

sydney-heroesDaily Mail, Dec. 16, 2014:

  • Tori Johnson, 34, and Katrina Dawson, 38, were killed during a terrorist siege at Sydney’s Lindt cafe on Monday
  • Mr Johnson, the cafe manager of two years, tried to wrestle the gun from the hostage-taker before he was shot
  • Police stormed building with automatic weapons and grenades where gunman had held hostages for 16 hours
  • Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott says Islamic extremist Man Haron Monis was not on terrorism watchlist
  • 20-year-old university student who became terrified face of the siege had started work 45 minutes before siege
  • Lawyer who is 19 weeks pregnant survived siege only to discover her friend and colleague was killed
  • Siege survivor tells how hostages were forced to make chilling extremist propaganda videos from inside cafe 
  • Police raid home of the terrorist’s partner in Sydney as questions are raised about why he was free on bail
  • Monis forced several hostages to record chilling video messages uploaded to YouTube before attack ended

A barrister who died in Sydney’s terrorist siege was today hailed a hero after it was claimed she was killed shielding a pregnant friend from gunfire.

Mother-of-three Katrina Dawson and Tori Johnson, the manager of the Lindt cafe in Martin Place, were the two hostages killed in the bloody climax.

Mrs Dawson, 38, whose children are all under ten, was a barrister in Sydney’s central business district opposite the siege site and died of a heart attack.

She had been getting coffee with pregnant Julie Taylor when Man Haron Monis entered the building – and later admirably shielded her friend from bullets.

It was not clear whether Mrs Dawson was shot or what other injuries, if any, she sustained in the shocking incident.

Mr Johnson, 34, was shot dead after he tried to wrestle the gun from ‘hate sheikh’ Monis inside the cafe just after 2am on Tuesday.

Archbishop Anthony Fisher spoke at a prayer service later on Tuesday of how the two victims were ‘willing to lay down their lives so others might live’.

Today, as police began a wide-ranging probe into the events, Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott said the gunman was not on a terrorism watch list.

Mr Abbott questioned why ‘someone who has had such a long and chequered history’ was allowed to be ‘entirely at large in the community’.

Monis was on bail on a charge of colluding with his partner, Amirah Droudis, to murder a woman – and on bail for more than 40 sexual assault charges.

The known hate preacher had been facing charges for allegedly sexually abusing a woman while advertising himself as a ‘spiritual healer’.

Read more at Daily Mail

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The Terrorist Attack in Australia: Coming to a Theater Near You

by Steven Emerson
IPT News
December 15, 2014

1102This article originally was published by Foxnews.com.

The violent conclusion to the Australian hostage taking terrorist siege was inevitable. The terrorist  was killed as the Sydney police swat team stormed the café. Even though two hostages were killed, the Sydney police had no choice but to act. After a siege lasting nearly 17 hours, police had good reason to believe that the self-anointed “Sheik” Haron Monis was going to make good on his threat to detonate the bombs he claimed to have unless his demands were met.

There had been an open line between a police hostage negotiator with the terrorist for much of that time but with up to 10 hostages remaining captive, it was feared that the terrorist was going to become a suicide bomber and thus kill everyone in the café. The Sydney police are now involved in investigating and reconstructing the time line of entire incident. But there is no doubt that the Australian police saved the lives of many more hostages.

There should be no doubt that this was a pure act of Islamic terrorism despite ludicrous assertions by some commentators that his “motivations” were unknown. We will see all sorts of “explanations” that because his rap sheet included indictments for sexual assault and murder, he was not really an Islamic terrorist but someone who was simply mentally unstable. Well, the same rationale could be said for all terrorists. After all, who in their right mind would want to kill innocent civilians because of their religious beliefs?

Islamic extremists do. And to deny their radical Islamic motivation—as our own government has done repeatedly in refusing to classify Islamic terrorist attacks as such as in the case of the massacre carried out by Major Nidal Hassan—is a guarantee that such acts will continue to be perpetuated especially by lone wolf terrorists. Australian police are investigating to determine if Monis acted alone or whether he acted in concert with other Islamic extremists or even at the behest of ISIS itself.

Last month, Monis pledged his allegiance to ISIS and renounced his Shiite heritage in an online posting that since has been taken down. Our organization, the Investigative Project on Terrorism, retrieved the page and translated it. Monis wrote:

“Pledge of allegiance [to ISIS] of Sheikh Haron”

“Allegiance with Allah and His Messenger, and the Commander of the Faithful – I pledge allegiance to Allah and His Messenger and the Caliph of the Muslims”

“Praise be to Allah and prayers and peace be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and all his companions, and those who follow them and peace be upon the Commander of the Faithful, the Caliph of the Muslims, the Imam of our current era, and praise be to Allah, who made for us a Caliph of the Earth and an imam who summons us to Islam and holds fast to the Rope of Allah Almighty and praise be to Allah that I have had the honor to pledge allegiance to the Imam of our time. Those who swear allegiance to the Caliph of the Muslims are just swearing allegiance to Allah and His Messenger….”

His website also contained rants against the Australian government for their involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Australian intelligence was aware of Monis early on and had an extensive file on him based on his prior radical Islamic activities in Australia and electronic surveillance of his communications with Islamic terrorists overseas.

The terrorist incident in Sydney certainly indicates parallels with the calls for individually driven terrorist attacks by Islamic radicals throughout the West. These calls grew in prominence with Inspire magazine, put out by Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) led by Anwar Al-Awlaki until he was killed by a U.S. drone. In calling for Muslims living in western countries to carry out lone wolf terrorist attacks, ISIS has copied the same playbook as AQAP in calling for local attacks whenever and where ever possible. These attacks are happening all over the world now, especially fueled beyond the Internet by the rise of social media which has pushed the message of Islamic terrorism virtually as fast as the speed of light. In the past two years alone, there have been more than 100 attempted or successful ISIS inspired Islamic terrorist attacks in Europe and the United State From Belgium to France to Oklahoma City, no place is immune from Islamic terrorism, whether it be from returning ISIS veterans or just those radical Muslims living in the West who are motivated to carry out attacks.

Moreover, it is a lethal mistake for western leaders to differentiate ISIS from other Islamic terrorist groups such as Hamas, Hizballah, Boko Haram, or Al Shabaab. Those Islamic terrorist groups are motivated by the same underlying motivations behind ISIS: to kill as many of their infidel enemies as possible and impose Islamic supremacy. The only difference is that ISIS has declared itself to be a global caliphate; the other groups are focused on becoming regional caliphates. But their genocidal agenda and tactics are no different than those of ISIS. The only reason Hamas has not been as successful as ISIS in killing its infidel enemies is that Israel has been able to stop Hamas from carrying out acts of mass murder, even though Hamas tried this past summer when it launched more than 6,000 rockets and missiles at Israel in an effort to kill as many civilians as possible. Nigeria on the other hand has been unable to stop the horrific successful attacks by Boko Haram in which more than 300 Nigerians have been slaughtered in the past year alone.

Australian intelligence agencies probably had the best handle on the domestic threat by Islamic extremists as evidenced by their successful interruption of major plots in the past year. Those plots included a plan to behead Australian civilians and a conspiracy to bomb Australian targets. But those were plots planned by conspiracies of multiple extremists. Today’s incident, however, shows the difficulties of stopping lone wolf attacks. What we are witnessing is not the rise of radical Islam. It is only an extension of the rise of radical Islam unleashed by the 9/11 attacks. The difference is that this phase is not directed by centralized organizations. Islamic terrorism has now become decentralized, creating a new challenge for western intelligence agencies. It creates extraordinary pressure to come up with new methods to monitor internal threats which are also a technical challenge as it means monitoring meta data of social media. But the most dangerous and counterproductive act would be to deny that Islamic terrorist attacks are what they are: Islamic terrorist attacks.

Steven Emerson is executive director of the Investigative Project on Terrorism and the executive producer of a new documentary about the Muslim Brotherhood in America “Jihad in America: the Grand Deception.”

‘He Must Have Loved Ones, Too’

BN-GA343_botwt1_M_20141215134945WSJ, By JAMES TARANTO, Dec. 15, 2014:

“Two hostages and the gunman at the centre of a siege at a cafe in Sydney’s CBD [central business district] were shot dead when armed police stormed the building,” the Australian Broadcast Corp. reports. The victims were a 34-year-old man and a 38-year-old woman; the number of surviving hostages is “as yet unknown.” The siege—at the Lindt Chocolate Café on Martin Place, a pedestrian mall—went on for more than 18 hours and ended at 2:10 a.m. local time (10:10 a.m. EST).

The gunman has been identified as 50-year-old Man Haron Monis, né Manteghi Bourjerdi, an Iranian native who had received political asylum in Australia. ABC describes him as having been a “cleric”; Australia’s 9News adds that he was of the “radical Muslim” variety. Shortly after the Monday morning attack, a widely circulated image showed a black flag bearing the Islamic Shahada, or statement of faith, which translates from the Arabic as “There is no god but God, and Muhammad is the messenger of God.” (The Sydney Morning Herald notes that the banner was not, as some had thought, the similar one used by the Islamic State.)

Hours before the siege ended, the Morning Herald rushed out an editorial titled “Martin Place Siege Response Tests Our Humanity.” It’s a textbook example of what scholar Barbara Oakley calls pathological altruism.

Much of it is inoffensive, if obvious: “The balance between extra vigilance and our long fought for democratic rights needs to be adjusted after incidents such as this, but not amid the heightened emotions of a terrible crime.” But the editorialists also suspect their countrymen of bad motives: “The temptation will be to pursue vigilante justice. . . . The test of our humanity is to rise above the calls for exclusion and persecution.”

Exhortations like this are obnoxious not because one disagrees with them—who’s in favor of vigilante justice, exclusion and persecution?—but precisely because one doesn’t, and the high-handed lecture seems gratuitous. But this isn’t the worst part of the editorial.

“First and foremost,” it proclaims, “we have faced yet another test of our empathy. . . . Our thoughts are with the innocent victims. . . . Our thoughts are with their loved ones, too, for the hard times ahead.” Amen to that—but not to this:

Perhaps we face an even more difficult test of our empathy as well. How should we feel for the perpetrator so far witnessed and his family? While we do not know his story or his motivation, we know he was once someone just like those people whose lives he has now treated with such disdain. He must have loved ones, too. Forgiving him will be very difficult, and it will take time. Without forgiveness, though, we have to live with destructive hate.

“He must have loved ones, too.” Well, yes, in a manner of speaking. According to the 9News report, Monis “received attention from police in November last year when he allegedly organised the murder of ex-wife and mother-of-two Noleen Hayson Pal. Ms Pal had been stabbed and her body set alight in a Werrington apartment block, allegedly by Ms Droudis.” That would be Amirah Droudis, whom the story identifies as his “partner.”

When he attacked the Lindt Café, he was out on bail after having been charged earlier this year with dozens of counts of sexual assault. He allegedly committed those crimes, 9News reports, “while working as a spiritual healer in Wentworthville, where he claimed to be an expert in astrology, numerology, meditation and black magic.”

Empathy does not seem to have been Monis’s strong suit. “He has gained media attention in the past for a ‘hate mail’ campaign, protesting the presence of Australian troops in Afghanistan,” 9News reports. Monis and Droudis sent “hate-filled letters” to the families of fallen Australian soldiers. “We sat in our homes, reading these letters,” 9News quotes widow Bree Till as saying at the time. “This man accusing my husband of being a child killer.” Her husband, Brett Till, was killed by a roadside bomb in 2009.

“In November 2009 Monis appeared in court claiming to be a peace activist,” 9News recounts. Later he “chained himself to the courthouse in protest of charges laid against him. Monis escaped jail time but was sentenced to 300 hours of community service and placed on a two-year good behaviour bond in September 2013.”

Sydney’s Daily Telegraph reported in August 2013 that Monis had “pleaded guilty to several charges of using a postal or similar service in a menacing, harassing and offensive way from 2007 to 2009.” In America, he probably could not have been prosecuted for such letters unless they contained actual threats. The U.S. Supreme Court held in Snyder v. Phelps (2011) that members of the Westboro Baptist Church, a fringe antigay sect, were within their free-speech rights when they held a foul protest outside the funeral of Matthew Snyder, a Marine corporal who was killed in Iraq.

One wonders if the Morning Herald’s American equivalent, the New York Times , would respond to a similar attack with an editorial urging “empathy” for the attacker. We suspect not. In a 2010 editorial on the Phelps case, the Times sided with the appellants, but only on principle. It called the Westboro Baptists “odious” and their speech “deeply repugnant but protected by the First Amendment.”

Since Monis used a firearm, the Times editorialists would no doubt seize on the opportunity to call for more gun control—a “remedy” the Aussies have already more or less exhausted. We reckon that, for whatever it’s worth, Australia’s mainstream left is in some ways even farther gone than America’s.

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This is the typical leftist suicidal delusion that “deep down we all share the same values” as exemplified by Hillary Clinton’s latest speech on “empathy for our enemies” -

Hillary Clinton under fire after saying America should ‘empathize’ and ‘show respect’ to its enemies (dailymail.co.uk)

Free Fire Zone- Known Wolf Apologists

Published on Dec 15, 2014 by World Peace Media

The Sydney Siege terrorist adds to the list of Lone wolves, better called Known Wolves. We see & hear their Islamist hatred, but ignore the danger.

The True Impact of Refugee Resettlement

2867078705Listen to Frank Gaffney’s interview with Ann Corcoran, founder of Refugee Resettlement Watch, at Secure Freedom Radio

PART ONE:

  • How the Virginia Council on Churches spawned the creation of Ms. Corcoran’s organization
  • The 1980 Refugee Resettlement Act’s intertwining with the State Department and nine non-profits in a cyclical resettlement program
  • The large non-profit lobbying for comprehensive immigration reform

PART TWO:

  • The United Nation’s role in directing refugees displaced from the Syrian conflict to come to the U.S.
  • The disparity between the UN-granted temporary asylum for refugees in Middle Eastern countries and full asylum in Western democracies
  • Controversial allocations of tax-payer dollars to federal government contractors competing for refugees

PART THREE

  • The political, societal, and financial impact of refugee influxes on local communities
  • Migration as a form of jihad
  • What help are persecuted Middle Eastern Christians being given from the UN and the United States?
  • Plans for the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the U.S. in 2015

PART FOUR

  • Keith Ellison (MN-5), the first Muslim elected into the U.S. Congress
  • “Pockets of resistance” around the U.S. to the influx of refugees and asylum seekers
  • The six Guantanamo Bay detainees being resettled in Uruguay given permission to leave the country

New FBI Hate Crime Stats: Another Blow to Islamist Fictions

ucr bannerIslamist Watch Blog –  by David J. Rusin  •  Dec 15, 2014

The FBI’s newly released hate crime statistics for 2013 offer a fresh example of how reality refuses to conform to the dubious narrative of widespread Muslim victimization at the hands of American bigots. As in previous years, most hate crimes were not religiously motivated, most religiously motivated hate crimes were anti-Jewish, and Muslims suffered fewer total incidents than many groups and fewer per capita than gays or Jews. Anti-Islamic crimes did not involve greater violence than others and have not become more frequent. A glance at the details:

  • Of the 5,928 incidents of hate crime tabulated in 2013, 135 (2.3 percent) were anti-Islamic, an increase of five over the prior year but still slightly below the annual average of 139 from 2002 to 2011.
  • The small rise in recorded anti-Islamic incidents could be attributable to improved data collection rather than a true uptick. Reports submitted by law enforcement agencies covered a population of 295 million Americans in 2013, 18.6 percent higher than in 2012.

  • There were 1,031 incidents inspired by religion last year, 625 (60.6 percent) of which were anti-Jewish. Anti-Islamic ones constituted just 13.1 percent.
  • Anti-Islamic incidents were also outnumbered by those targeting blacks (1,856), whites (653), gay men (750), lesbians (160), LGBTs in general (277), Hispanics (331), and people of other ethnicities (324). Anti-Asian incidents (135) equaled anti-Islamic ones.
  • Based on a 2013 estimate of 2.95 million Muslims derived from Pew’s 2011 figure and typical growth of 100,000 per year, there were 4.6 anti-Islamic incidents per 100,000 Muslims in 2013, the same as 2012’s rate and lower than the average of 6.0 per 100,000 for 2002–11. The 2013 rate for Muslims was less than half that for Jews (9.6 per 100,000 for a population of roughly 6.5 million) and homosexuals/bisexuals (11.0 per 100,000, assuming that they comprise 3.5 percent of the U.S. population). The rate for blacks was similar to that of Muslims (4.5 per 100,000 for a population of 41.6 million).
  • Anti-Islamic hate crimes were no more violent than others in 2013. Of the 6,933 offenses spanning all hate crimes, 734 (10.6 percent) were aggravated assaults and 1,720 (24.8 percent) were simple assaults. The 165 anti-Islamic offenses mirrored this breakdown: 17 (10.3 percent) were aggravated assaults and 41 (24.8 percent) were simple assaults. Further, none of the five deaths in 2013 resulted from anti-Islamic hate crimes.

On April 15, 2013, Muslim terrorists murdered three and injured hundreds at the Boston Marathon, promptingfamiliar warnings about an imminent anti-Muslim backlash. The FBI’s findings are proof that such collective punishment did not materialize — as it almost never does. How have Islamist groups greeted the FBI data? With silence. It is the sound of disappointment on the part of radicals who need Muslim victims, preferably real ones, to serve as human shields for the Islamist agenda. Bad news for Islamists is once again good news for the rest of us.

Sydney’s Lesson: The Mutant Jihadists are coming

240DD65D00000578-2873855-At_least_13_people_are_being_held_hostage_by_terrorists_who_stor-m-74_1418608624151History News Network, By Walid A. Phares, Dec 15, 2014:

The jihadi hostage taker of Sydney has been mutating from one state of mind to another over the years. He is a citizen of Iran under his original name Manteghi Bourjerdi. There is no information as to why he sought political asylum to Australia in 1996. He either used the process of asylum to enter Australia or he was opposed to the Iranian regime. However, as soon as he was granted asylum and became a legal resident, he engaged in open activism for a radical global jihadi ideology. He focused on an anti-Western, anti-U.S. agenda, launching political attacks on Australia’s policies and on its military. His narrative was global and could fit the goals of any jihadi movement in the world, whether it be Salafi or Khomeinist. Being a Shia, he was originally identified as linked to al Qaeda or ISIS, but being opposed to the Iranian regime, he was not linked to Hezbollah. Then new information appeared—basically from his own web site—that he abandoned the Shia faith and moved to the Sunni faith. He used the narrative of Salafi Sunni jihadists when he announced he abandoned the Shia. He called them “rafida,” a term used by al Qaeda and ISIS.

So what do we make of his case? Academic scholars and experts are puzzled by this man who changed his name to Sheikh M’an (not man) Haroun Mu’nis (not Munis) شيخ مأن هارون مؤنس . He was Shia and he shifted to Sunni, but we do not have a document proving this. What we are dealing with is a concept I advanced in my book Future Jihad (2005): the idea of “mutant jihadists.” Nine years ago I warned that the jihadists could and would mutate from their original state into another more complex, adaptive entity. From Salafi jihadists in al Qaeda, they could move to ISIS—as we saw in Iraq and Syria—or from Muslim Brotherhood to Salafi jihadis—as we saw in Libya. But mutating from a Shia to Sunni jihadist, by converting from one sect to another, is a more complex case. The reality is, however, that the opposite, moving from Sunni to Shia jihadism, is also occurring. Over the past decade, many Arab governments have complained about Iranian efforts to convert Sunni to Shia, but in recent years, Salafi jihadists have also succeeded in converting Shia into their brand of jihadism. Even more complex is the fact that individual jihadists—such as Sheikh Mu’nis—would move from one sphere to another by themselves. Are they helped, assisted, or even funded? Anything is possible in the world of jihadism.
I argued a decade ago that once the global jihadi movement starts to expand, we will see many transformations and mutations. Not every jihadi will look like another, nor will they have to necessarily belong to a particular movement or organization. What links all of them is the common core of jihadism. All jihadists are fighting for a common cause against a common enemy, the infidels. Radical Islamists and jihadists can fight among themselves over who will lead and what the final goal might be, but their global direction is unified against a common enemy. To understand this fundamental reality, one has to understand what can be defined as “global jihadism,” an ideology explained in Future Jihad, an ideology I have been briefing governments, the U.S. Congress, and counterterrorism agencies about for over a decade. 
 Unfortunately, the Obama administration abandoned the identification of the jihadi ideology under pressure from the Islamist lobby, representing the agendas of both the Muslim Brotherhood and the Iranian regime. Since 2009, Washington no longer recognizes nor deals with the jihadi ideology. And Western governments somehow follow this U.S. example. This refusal to identify jihadism explains how and why the United States and many liberal democracies, both in their governments and academia, have been unable to detect the threat, define it, and produce appropriate antidotes. Even advanced think tanks and foundations have been trailing behind in the strategic detection of the jihadi phenomenon.
 The “chocolate shop jihad” in Sydney demonstrates how jihad can mutate and strike from unexpected quarters. But it also demonstrates how weak the intellectual and political establishment is in preempting and countering the threat. All the West now has is law enforcement capacities. And the sad state of affairs has local law enforcement attempting to fix the mistakes committed by national political elites.  
Dr Walid Phares is the Co-Secretary General of the Transatlantic Parliamentary Group on Counter Terrorism TAG and the author of The Lost Spring

Disturbed Man Radicalized to Jihad, Stabs Police Officer

Hudson Taylor Clark's Facebook profile picture

Hudson Taylor Clark’s Facebook profile picture

By Ryan Mauro:

A radical Muslim in Colorado named Hudson Taylor Clark was shot five times and arrested following his stabbing of a police officer. The authorities say the man had been visiting jihadist websites. This is the fifth Islamism-inspired attack in America this year.

The Canon City Police Department confirmed that the federal government had inquired about Clark because of online statements he made about jihad.

“For the last couple of months he has been working out a lot and he has been visiting Islamic websites and other types of websites described to us as jihadist in nature,” said Canon City Police Chief Paul Schultz.

In a video posted on YouTube on December 1, Clark stated he is a Muslim and that Allah informed him that he is Jesus. He said that when he asked Allah if he is Jesus, a torrential downpour began that then disappeared when he asked it to stop.

The Twitter account that apparently belonged to Clark has been deleted, but a search for it on Google shows it had proclamations of his Islamic faith and the anti-Semitic statement of, “Look out for that Jews horns and teeth!”

Clark carried out his attack on Saturday, December 6. He began the morning by telling his mother that he was leaving and would never return, prompting her to call the police several hours later.

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Expect two distracting arguments to distort media coverage of the attack, if significant coverage even happens.

First, there will be a debate about whether it qualifies as a terrorist attack. As the author explained in analyzing the Oklahoma City beheading, this debate misses the point. The point is Islamism-driven violence and extremism; not whether to categorize it as crime or terrorism.

Secondly, the Islamist basis of the attack will be downplayed in favor of his obvious mental instability. There will be commentators who depict Clark as a violence-inclined crazy man who only happened to be Muslim.

This argument ignores the anti-Semitism he expressed and the jihadist websites he visited that caught the attention of federal authorities. Not everyone who is mentally unstable engages in violent jihad. The ideology shaped the violent result of that instability.

This is the fifth Islamist act of violence on American soil this year. The previous attacks are as follows:

  • The October axe attack on New York Police Department officers by an Islamic State supporter following two attacks in Canada;
  • The September beheading of a woman in Oklahoma City by a supporter of Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State who previously justified beheadings online;
  • The April-July shooting spree by a jihadist who killed four people in Washington state and New Jersey;
  • The New Years’ Eve act of arson targeting a gay club in Seattle by an Islamist who sympathized with anti-American terrorists.

Islamism is a catalyst for all kinds of crime and violence. We should not waste time parsing words to categorize each individual act as if they are fundamentally different. The bottom line is that Islamism is an ideology that threatens innocents and it does so in many different ways.

Read more at Clarion Project

There was also an attack in October in DC but the media went silent on it:

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Ax-Wielding Man Attacks D.C. Police Officer — This Jaw-Dropping Photo Shows Just How Close of a Call It Was

Caroline Glick Annihilates Danish Ambassador

 

Truth Revolt:

After Danish Ambassador to Israel Jesper Vahr proclaimed that Europe should apply a double-standard toward Israel, Caroline Glick, Jerusalem Post senior editor and Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center, humiliated him in an exchange for the ages.

Vahr attempted to deny Europe’s patronizing stance toward Israel, explaining that in the Arab-Israeli conflict there is a much stronger party, Israel, and a much weaker party, the Palestinians. Glick would have none of it.

I think that this patronizing attitude towards us that we should be happy that you have a separate standard for Israel is really, I’m sorry, is a statement of contempt for our intelligence. I consider it to be an obsession. I consider Europe’s keen interest in the Middle East, specifically Israel, to be an obsession, and it’s an obsession that Jews have seen from Europeans from the time of Jesus.

Glick then continued to eviscerate the claim that Europe and Israel share a common culture. “I mean really?” she asked. “We respect International law, you guys make it up.”

“You guys are funneling billions of Euros into rebuilding terrorist-controlled Gaza. All right, this is in contravention of binding international law that you signed onto,” asserted Glick. “Now, on the other hand, there’s imaginary international law that says that you are required to sanction Jewish projects from Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria. There is no such binding law. Uou guys are funding settlements in Western Sahara.”

“This is not a double standard. This is a singular standard for Israel. It’s not about international law. It is about an obsessive, compulsive need to constantly pick at the Jewish state. And no, I don’t want to be proud that you are looking at us in a different standard from our neighbors because you are not looking at our neighbors as human beings. What you are saying is that they are objects,” Glick noted. “The only actor in this entire region are the people they are attempting to annihilate. The only people who are supposed to be judged for our actions, and always poorly, are the people who are doing everything possible – more than Europe, more than the United States, more than anybody – in order to protect the lives of the Palestinians.”

“With all due respect, and I would love it if I could have more respect for Europe, but your treatment of Israel, your singular standard, your obsessive-compulsive need to constantly pick at the Jewish state makes it very, very difficult.”

Glick also stated that the only way in which Gaza will be demilitarized is if the IDF reoccupied Gaza. She made it clear that it is outrageous that the IDF alone is attacked by Europe’s leaders.

“Our soldiers, our soldiers are condemned by you. Our soldiers come in and are being called murderers for protecting our families and I’m sorry, it’s very hard for me to feel any respect for this kind of behavior.”

A “Known Wolf” and the Black Flag

1410077156CSP, by Kyle Shideler, Dec. 15, 2014:

The siege of the Lindt Chocolate Cafe in Martin Place, Sydney Australia was terminated violently by Australian police with multiple gunshots and stun grenades this morning. Reports indicate that there have been multiple casualties  including the perpetrator. The hostage taker was identified as Man Monis, better known as “Sheikh Haron.”   Haron  is a well known figure to the Australian media, having faced multiple charges, including sending harassing letters to the widows of Australian troops, and over 40 incidents of sexual abuse targeting those seeking his services in “spiritual healing.” Most recently Haron was charged as an accessory before and after the fact in the murder of his ex-wife, in a stabbing and arson allegedly carried out by a woman who was identified as Haron’s “partner.”

An Iranian, Haron notes on his webpage that he “used to be a Rafidi, but not anymore. Now I am a Muslim, Alhamdu Lillah (December 2014).” Rafidi is a derogatory term for the Shia, often used by Islamic State adherents. Below that is written the phrase, “Remain and expand, God willing,” which is a slogan also commonly used by the Islamic State.

Based on comments from his twitter page, it appears that Haron’s journey from a Shia “sheikh” to a supporter of IS began to develop over time. On twitter, Haron condemned Assad and the Iranian government for it’s killing of Muslims in Syria, and reposted youtube videos of Kurds reportedly swearing allegiance to IS leader Abubakr Al-Baghdadi as early as November 7th.  On November 9th Haron tweeted that the hypocrites (a term often used to refer to Shia by IS supporters) will dwell in “hellfire.” Also on November 9th, Haron refers to AbukBakr Al Baghdadi as “Caliph.”

Haron’s efforts to identify himself with the Islamic State appears to have been at the root of negotiations with Australian police during the stand off. After first forcing hostages to display a black “al-raya” banner, which features the Islamic Shahada (There is no God but Allah, and Mohammed is the messenger of Allah), most media outlets followed the lead of police in refusing to speculate as to Haron’s intent. The hostage taker then apparently began demanding to be provided with a version of the Shahada flag most commonly recognized as the Islamic State flag. After forcing hostages to repeatedly call various media outlets in an attempt to publicize his demands, Haron  took to twitter and then youtube (Ed. note:Link does not go to hostage video but to news story), forcing hostages to tweet and record videos announcing his demands.

The case for denying Haron his desired publicity for tactical reasons during the siege is legitimate, and shouldn’t be seconded guessed. But now that the incident has ended, it ought to be said what most people already knew. Haron was an agitator who was infamous to Australian law enforcement for his support for jihad in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan. He was, to cite a phrase coined by terrorism analyst Patrick Poole a “known wolf.”  While the hostage taker was mocked on social media for “forgetting” his ISIS flag, the reality is that the display of a black Shahada flag was an immediately clear and easily recognized indicator of his jihadist sentiment. Pro-Islamic State Muslims, including in Australia have displayed it previously without any indication that it contradicted their intended affiliation.  As to the Shahada itself and its association with jihad, a hadith related in Sahih Muslim (Book 1, Hadith 0033) records:

It has been narrated on the authority of Abdullah b. ‘Umar that the Messenger of Allah said:

I have been commanded to fight against people till they testify that there is no god but Allah, that Muhammad is the messenger of Allah, and they establish prayer, and pay Zakat and if they do it, their blood and property are guaranteed protection on my behalf except when justified by law, and their affairs rest with Allah.

Numerous hadith, classified as ‘authentic” under classical Islamic jurisprudence, relates the same statement. Ironically, as the various media commentators discussed what the black banner “might” possibly mean, they recited this very declaration, over and over again.

Haron does not appear to have been a highly sophisticated terrorist operative, but the debate over whether Haron is “affiliated” with the Islamic State misses the point. Haron affiliated himself with the Islamic State, openly and clearly, and with the global jihad more generally, first through “dawah” (preaching and proselytizing) and then, when it appeared his days as a hate preacher were coming to an end thanks to his legal problems, through violent jihad. While Haron clearly lacked the sophistication of a cleric like the late AQAP ideologue, Anwar Al-Awlaki, he was nonetheless coherent  in his messaging and behavior. Dismissing the “known wolves” like Haron, because they are not directly commanded with a terrorist cell, or due to any combination of personality quirks or mental unbalance, is a dangerous mistake.

Sydney Hostage-Taker “Muslims Will Take Over Australia”

397141-sheik-man-haron-monis-450x253Frontpage, By Daniel Greenfield On December 15, 2014

On his Fatwa page, Sheikh Haron aka Man Haron Monis, the Sydney hostage-taker who had spent nearly two decades committing a variety of crimes including sexual assault, murder and supporting terrorism without being deported, explained his vision for Australia.

In the Holy Quran (Chapter 24, Verse 55) has promised Muslims that they would be the rulers in the Earth. According this verse of the Holy Quran, we, Muslims, will capture the Earth including Australia.

Insha Allah Ta aalaa, we will be the majority of Australia one day.

Australian Muslims should practice and be prepared for such a day which might be soon Insha Allah (SWT).

Australian Muslims should try to carry and raise the Australian flag much more but at the same time they must always remind people about the promise of Allah (SWT) that Muslims will take over Australia. (Sadaqa Allah al Adhim).

And Sheikh Haron was also opposed to the very multiculturalism that allowed him to invade Australia and do his dirty work there. Because he looked forward to Muslims displacing everyone else.

Multiculturalism advocates a nation that extends equitable status to distinct different religious and cultural groups. Multiculturalism doesn’t predominate a specific culture and religion.

Islam predominates one specific religion and culture which is Islamic culture. The philosophy of Multiculturalism as part of the pragmatism started at the end of the 19th century in UK and USA. The idea of plural society is against “Ummah Wahidah” in Islam.

Allah (SWT) advocates only one religion and culture: the Islamic culture that was brought us by prophets from Adam to Muhammad (peace be upon them).

Muslims must promote “Muslimculturalism” instead of “Multiculturalism”.

Insha Allah one day in the near future, Muslims in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, USA etc. will face Monoculturalism and that will be the Islamic culture.

We believe that replacing “Muslimculturalism” instead of “Multiculturalism” will bring a better future for our beloved country.

Australian culture instead of Muslimculturalism seems likely to bring in a future without Muslim terrorism.

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Emerson on Fox News on Australian Terrorist; Breaking News of his website

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IPT, by Steven Emerson
Interview on Fox News
December 15, 2014

Martha MacCallum: Steve Emerson joins us now. He’s the executive director of the Investigative Project on Terrorism. Steve, good to have you here today. I know you have been talking to people on the ground there. Tell us what you think about this person who held these people hostage and what we have seen unfold here today.

Emerson: First of all, kudos to New South Wales police and the SWAT teams. They moved in with massive force, and they seem to have executed it very well. As I understand it they did take out the hostage taker, Sheikh Monis, who by the way we discovered – and I say we, my organization, the Investigative Project on Terrorism – just retrieved his website showing that he actually published a pledge to ISIS a month ago in which he offered to be a martyr for Islam. So there is no doubt that this was an ISIS-inspired act of terrorism. I can tell you based on my contacts through the night with my sources in Australian police and intelligence, time was ticking away as the debriefings of the early released hostages showed that Sheikh Monis was getting increasingly agitated. Number two, in the open line communications between him and the New South Wales police he was issuing more violent threats. Number three, there were indications that he was prepared to detonate bombs he said he had on him. He was wearing a vest. It was a question… about whether he was wearing a suicide vest, but as the day wore on and as the night wore into the early evening, there was a time ticking issue about whether they should move.

And they [the Australian commandos] felt at this point, as I understand it, that they had to move because he was prepared to do something quite drastic. So at this point they resolved it. But there is no doubt at this point that they had to move based on the intelligence they were receiving from the earlier debriefings of the hostages and from their own surveillance of what they were seeing through their snipers based outside as you saw it on the video. They had bomb squads ready to go in wearing the protective gear, Martha.

Martha MacCallum: They absolutely did and we saw several people run out. We’re still trying to figure out the numbers of how many people may have been in there at the end. We saw four individuals come out on stretchers. And I should just let everyone know that we’re waiting to hear some more information about their condition. And it’s expected that the hostage taker, this Sheikh that you referred to who we’ve been talking about all morning, Sheikh Man Haron Monis, also referred to by you Steve as Sheikh Monis, interesting that he’s Iranian in his background. That is not typically the ISIS connection would be a difficult link to draw there, but as you point out, on his web site he was clearly influenced by this group. As a terrorism expert, how do you draw the line from A to B or do you in this point?

Emerson: Well first of all ISIS has been unique actually in being able to draw shi’a and all types of Muslims to their battle because they are establishing a caliphate. He himself, Sheikh Monis, he was on the radar screen for ASIO– that’s the Australian CIA – for years now because of one demonstrations he demonstrated in, communications overseas with Islamic terrorists, and his behavior in terms of what he has posted in social media, and his letter writing campaign of hate [to the families of fallen Australian soldiers in Iraq] . So they have known about this guy, but they couldn’t arrest him [prior to this incident]. He was arrested several times in the past, but released. Was he known to be a potential terrorist? Yes. Could they have stopped it? Obviously not. This is the problem now of people who act alone without [being a part of ] a conspiracy [with] other people. So there’s really hardly a way to interdict them, as Australia has done in the past 5 months. They have interdicted five major terrorist plots including one in which Islamic extremists and terrorists were going to behead Australian civilians in the heart of Sydney. So Australia has one the best records and the best intelligence services on Islamic extremists in their own country. But again, as we have seen in our own country when you have Nidal Hasan and other lone wolves, it’s hard to stop individual lone wolf terrorists.

Martha MacCallum: It’s a great point, and as you point out Australia has been very aggressive in terms of pulling passports of people that they have suspicion of. The United States has not done that. England has done that as well. This is a situation that we don’t want to see repeated in other cities, but we know that ISIS has called for exactly that. So it’s something that law enforcement across the nation has to be very vigilant about. Steve, thank you very much for all your information. It’s great to have you with us today. Thanks.

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