‘We cannot live among people who support Islamic law’ – Nicolas Sarkozy

The former president of France said Muslims are not integrating with French society Getty

The former president of France said Muslims are not integrating with French society Getty

Express, Sept. 26, 2016: (go to site for video)

An opinion poll carried out by the Montaigne Institute, a liberal think tank, revealed that 29 per cent of Muslims living in France were hardline – known as “ultras” in France – who believe the country should respect Islamic law.

Sharia is widely considered as unsecular and flying in the face of the country’s liberal values.

Responding to this “troubling” poll during a radio interview with Europe 1 today Mr Sarkozy, said that the “zealous” Muslim community – the 29 per cent – should be deported from France, or be forced to assimilate – not just integrate – into French society.

He said: “The Montaigne Institute’s poll is extremely troubling. It proves that a quarter of young Muslims are being seduced by radical ideology.”

According to the right-wing presidential candidate, it would be “irresponsible” for the government to allow these pro-Sharia youngsters to follow their Islamic law dream and said: “I’m not being over dramatic.

“The truth is this, simply integrating radical youngsters into France’s Republican society has not worked, it will never work. They must assimilate into French society and culture.”

France: The Great Wall of Calais

Gatestone Institute, by Soeren Kern, September 23, 2016:

  • Around 200 migrants from Calais, the principal ferry crossing point between France and England, are successfully smuggled into Britain each week, according to police estimates cited by the Telegraph.
  • In recent months, masked gangs of people smugglers armed with knives, bats and tire irons have forced truck drivers to stop so that migrants can board their vehicles.
  • “Before, it was just attempts to get on trucks. Now there is looting and willful destruction, tarpaulins are slashed, goods stolen or destroyed. Drivers go to work with fear in their bellies and the economic consequences are severe.” — David Sagnard, president of France’s truck drivers’ federation.
  • “They want to go to England because they can expect better conditions on arrival there than anywhere else in Europe or even internationally. … They can easily find work outside the formal economy…” — Natacha Bouchart, Mayor of Calais.
  • “The asylum seekers could apply for protection in France or the European country they first landed in… they only reached Calais by crossing French borders. France is part of the borderless Schengen Area of the EU, whereas Britain is not.” — James Glenday, ABC News.

Building work has begun on a wall in the northern French city of Calais, a major transport hub on the edge of the English Channel, to prevent migrants from stowing away on cars, trucks, ferries and trains bound for Britain.

Dubbed “The Great Wall of Calais,” the concrete barrier — one kilometer (half a mile) long and four meters (13 feet) high on both sides of the two-lane highway approaching the harbor — will pass within a few hundred meters of a sprawling shanty town known as “The Jungle.”

The squalid camp now houses more than 10,000 migrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle East who are trying to reach Britain. The migrants at the camp are mostly from Sudan (45%), Afghanistan (30%), Pakistan (7%), Eritrea (6%) and Syria (1%), according to a recent census conducted by aid agencies.

Construction of the wall — which will cost British taxpayers £2 million (€2.3 million; $2.6 million) and is due to be completed by the end of 2016 — comes amid a surge in the number of migrants from the camp trying to reach Britain.

Around 200 migrants from Calais, the principal ferry crossing point between France and England, are successfully smuggled into Britain each week, according to police estimates cited by theTelegraph. This amounts to more than 10,000 so-called “lorry drops” — when illegal migrants hiding in the back of trucks jump out after reaching the UK — this year.

In 2015-16, more than 84,000 migrants were caught attempting illegally to enter Britain from the Ports of Calais and Dunkirk, according to Home Office figures cited by the Guardian. On just one day, December 17, 2015, around 1,000 migrants stormed the Channel Tunnel in a bid to reach Britain. Police, who used tear gas to disperse them, said the number seeking to cross the Channel in a single day was “unprecedented.” Many of the migrants who are turned away move to “The Jungle” and try over and over again.

Migrants at the camp have been using felled trees and gas canisters to create makeshift roadblocks to slow trucks heading for Britain. When the trucks come to a stop, migrants climb aboard to stow away as the vehicles head to Britain through the Channel Tunnel or on ferries.

UK-bound migrants are building up to 30 barricades a night to stop vehicles travelling through Calais, according to French officials. Teams of traffic police now spend every night trying to keep the roads around Calais clear of migrants and their debris.

In recent months, masked gangs of people smugglers armed with knives, bats and tire irons have forced truck drivers to stop so that migrants can board their vehicles. The Deputy Mayor of Calais, Philippe Mignonet, has described the main route to the port as a “no-go area” between midnight and 6am.

Hundreds of migrants roam the highway near Calais, France, trying to stop trucks headed for Britain, in an attempt to stow away on board. (Image source: RT video screenshot)

In an interview with the French newspaper Liberation, Xavier Delebarre, who is in charge of France’s northern road network, said the migrants have “tools, electric chainsaws that can be bought anywhere for fifteen euros.” He added:

“There is a strategy in their concerted attacks. They launch simultaneous assaults, and also diversions. Migrants build barricades by piling different materials on the road, including branches, as well as mattresses and trash. They set it on fire, and then put gas cylinders in the fire, which is very worrying. They create traffic jams to storm the trucks, so they can board them to try to get to England.”

On September 5, hundreds of French truck drivers and farmers (who complain that fields around the migrant camp are full of rubbish and human excrement) blocked off the main route in and out of Calais, in an attempt to pressure the French government to close “The Jungle.” The blockage brought to a standstill the route used by trucks from all over Europe to reach Calais and Britain.

Antoine Ravisse, president of the Grand Rassemblement du Calaisis, a coalition of local businesses, said the protesters wanted assurances from the French government that the roads in Calais will be made safe again. He said:

“The main image of Calais today in the newspaper and on TV is very negative, all about the migrants and attacks on the highway. The first point is we want the highways safe again. It’s unacceptable that today in France you can’t travel without fear and without the certainty that you won’t be attacked.

“We apologize to our British friends — our economy depends very much on the business we do with England. We apologize to all the families but some of them have experienced very bad times and dangerous times and they will agree it can’t go on.

“We are standing here and we will wait until we hear something back from the government. We are not moving until we hear from the government.”

David Sagnard, president of FNTR national truck drivers’ federation, said:

“We have to do this. We have to escalate things, because for months now the situation has been getting worse and worse. Before, it was just attempts to get on trucks. Now there is looting and willful destruction, tarpaulins are slashed, goods stolen or destroyed. Drivers go to work with fear in their bellies and the economic consequences are severe.”

The problems in Calais are a source of increasing tension between France and Britain.

The Treaty of Le Touquet, signed between France and Britain in 2003, allows for so-called juxtaposed controls, meaning that immigration checks are carried out before people board trains or ferries, rather than upon their arrival after disembarkation. France, for example, maintains an immigration checkpoint at the Port of Dover in Britain to check the passports of all travelers bound for France.

Conversely, British border police check the passports of UK-bound travelers at checkpoints at Calais and Dunkirk. Travelers without proper documentation are removed from cars, trucks, ferries and trains and left behind in France. Migrants denied entry into Britain can apply for asylum in France or go elsewhere.

Some French politicians are blaming Britain for the problems in Calais. Mayor of Calais Natacha Bouchart said Britain’s “black market economy” and “cushy benefits system” were responsible for drawing migrants to her town. She said:

“They want to go to England because they can expect better conditions on arrival there than anywhere else in Europe or even internationally. There are no ID cards. They can easily find work outside the formal economy, which is not really controlled.

“Calais is a hostage to the British. The migrants come here to get to Britain. The situation here is barely manageable. The UK border should be moved from Calais to the English side of the Channel because we’re not here to do their jobs.”

Xavier Bertrand, president of the Calais region, said: “It’s all England’s fault. The main reason we have so many problems is because of the English. Either they change their rules, or we hand them back their border.”

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who is a candidate for presidential in elections in 2017, has said the Le Touquet treaty should be renegotiated and that Britain should be required to process asylum claims in the UK. During a campaign speech, he said:

“I demand the opening of an asylum processing center in Britain for those who are in Calais, so that the British do the work there. The British should organize charter flights to send home people they do not want.”

It was Sarkozy himself who signed the treaty with Britain in 2003 when he was the French interior minister.

By contrast, British authorities view “The Jungle” as primarily a French problem. In the words of correspondent James Glenday:

“Firstly, the camp is in France…. Secondly, the asylum seekers could apply for protection in France or the European country they first landed in. Lastly, they only reached Calais by crossing French borders. France is part of the borderless Schengen Area of the EU, whereas Britain is not.”

A European law known as the Dublin Regulation requires anyone seeking asylum in the European Union to do so in the first EU country they reach. In other words, according to EU law, French authorities should send most of the migrants in Calais back to Italy or Greece, where they first entered the EU, rather than to Britain.

The Dublin Regulation, however, has been in disarray since August 2015, when German Chancellor Angela Merkel suspended the requirement for asylum seekers from Syria. The move, which allowed Syrians reaching Germany to stay while their applications are being processed, has resulted in a collapse of the EU’s refugee system — and has encouraged even more migrants to make their way to Germany.

Authorities in France are worried that any changes to the Le Touquet treaty could attract thousands — possibly tens of thousands — of additional migrants to Calais. This would play into the hands of Marine Le Pen, the leader of the anti-immigration National Front party, and one of the most popular politicians in France.

A recent poll showed that if the French presidential election were held today, Le Pen would win the first round with 29%, compared to 20% for Sarkozy and 11% for the incumbent, French President François Hollande.

Not surprisingly, Hollande has ruled out making changes to the Le Touquet treaty. He has also said that the decision by British voters to leave the EU will have no bearing on the treaty, which is a bilateral agreement. He said:

“Challenging the Le Touquet agreement on the pretext that the UK passed the Brexit does not make sense. What should perhaps be seen is how the UK and France could better work together to improve the situation of these immigrants.”

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve recently pledged to dismantle “The Jungle” with the “greatest determination.” Migrants at the camp are to be relocated throughout the rest of France.

Soeren Kern is a Senior Fellow at the New York-based Gatestone Institute. He is also Senior Fellow for European Politics at the Madrid-based Grupo de Estudios Estratégicos / Strategic Studies Group. Follow him on Facebook and on Twitter.

France: Human Rights vs. The People

Gatestone Institute, by Yves Mamou, September 22, 2016:

  • French politicians seem to believe they are elected NOT to defend French people and the French nation, but to impose a “human rights ideology” on society.
  • The rule of law is there to protect citizens from the arbitrary actions of the State. When a group of French Muslims attacks the entire way society is constructed, the rule of law now protects only the perpetrators.
  • For Western leaders, “human rights” have become a kind of new religion. Like a disease, the human rights ideology has proliferated in all areas of life. The UN website shows a list of all the human rights that are now institutionalized: they range from “adequate housing” to “youth.” At least 42 categories of human rights fields are determined, each of which are split into two or three subcategories.
  • With what result? More than 140 countries (out of 193 UN members) engage in torture. The number of authoritarian countries has increased. Women remain a subordinate class in nearly all countries.
  • “Saudi Arabia ratified the treaty banning discrimination against women in 2007, and yet by law subordinates women to men in all areas of life. Child labour exists in countries that have ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Powerful western countries, including the US, do business with grave human rights abusers.” — Eric Posner, professor at the University of Chicago Law School.
  • Human rights, originally conceived of as an anti-discrimination tool, became a Trojan horse, a tool manipulated by Islamists and others to dismantle secularism, freedom of speech and freedom of religion in European countries.

On August 13, the Administrative Court in Nice, France, validated the decision of the Mayor of Cannes to prohibit wearing religious clothing on the beaches of Cannes. By “religious clothing,” the judge clearly seemed to be pointing his finger at the burkini, a body-covering bathing suit worn by many Muslim women.

These “Muslim textile affairs” reveal two types of jihad attacking France: one hard, one soft. The hard jihad, internationally known, consists of assassinating journalists of Charlie Hebdo (January 2015), Jewish people at the Hypercacher supermarket (January 2015) and young people at the Bataclan Theater, restaurants and the Stade de France (November 2015). The hard jihad also included stabbing two policeman in Magnanville, a suburb of Paris, (June 2016); truck-ramming to death 84 people in Nice on Bastille Day (July 14), and murdering a priest in the church of Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray, among other incidents. The goal of hard jihad, led by ISIS, al-Qaeda, and others, is to impose sharia by terror.

The soft jihad is different. It does not involve murdering people, but its final goal is the same: to impose Islam on France by covering the country in Islamic symbols — veils, burqas, burkinis and so on — at all levels of the society: in schools, universities, hospitals, corporations, streets, beaches, swimming pools and public transportation. By imposing the veil everywhere, soft Islamists seem to want to kill secularism, which, since escaping the grip of the Catholic Church, has become the French way of “living together.”

Scenes from the “hard jihad” against France; the November 2015 shootings in Paris, in which 130 people were murdered by Islamists.

No one can understand secularism in France without a bit of history.

“Secularism is essential if we want the ‘people’ be defined on a political basis” wrote the French historian, Jacques Sapir.

“Religious allegiance, when it turns into fundamentalism, is in conflict with the notion of sovereignty of the people. … the Nation and State in France were built historically by fighting feudalism and the supranational ambition of the Pope and Christian religion. … Secularism is the tool to return to the private sphere all matters that cannot be challenged comfortably …. Freedom for diversity among individuals implies a consensus in the common public sphere. The distinction between the public sphere and the private sphere is fundamental for democracy to exist.”

And this distinction is secularism.

The Problem Now is Political

French politicians seem to believe they are elected NOT to defend French people and the French nation, but to impose a “human rights ideology” on society. They also seem unable to understand the challenges that common people in the streets are currently facing. They are also unable or unwilling to defend the country against either hard or soft jihad.

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, for instance, said in a July 29 interview for Le Monde:

“We must focus on everything that is effective [to fight Islamism], but there is a line that may not be crossed: the rule of law. … My government will not be the one to create a Guantanamo, French-style.”

Only Yves Michaud, a French philosopher, dared to point out that the rule of law is there to protect citizens from the arbitrary actions of the State. When a group of French Muslims attacks the entire way society is constructed, the rule of law now protects only the perpetrators.

The same is true for French President François Hollande. After the murder by two Islamists of the Father Jacques Hamel in Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray in July 2016, he said: “We must lead the war by all means in respect of the rule of law.”

Elisabeth Levy, publisher of the French magazine, Causeur, wrote in response:

“We need to know: by all means? … Or in respect of the rule of law? What is this rule of law that authorizes a judge to release an Islamist interested in waging jihad in Syria and, because he could not go to Syria, was free while wearing an electronic bracelet, to walk the streets to slit the throat of a priest?”

She concluded: “If we want to protect our liberties, it might be interesting to take some liberties with the rule of law.”

The ideology of human rights is common to all European countries. Because authorities in European countries act, speak and legislate on the basis of human rights, they put themselves in a position of weakness when they have to name, apprehend and fight an Islamist threat.

In Sweden:

A 46-year-old Bosnian ISIS jihadi, considered extremely dangerous, was taken into custody by the Malmö police. The terrorist immediately applied for asylum, the Swedish Migration Agency stepped in, took over the case — and prevented him from being deported. Inspector Leif Fransson of the Border Police told the local daily newspaper, HD/Sydsvenskan: “As soon as these people throw out their trump card and say ‘Asylum’, the gates of heaven open. Sweden has gotten a reputation as a safe haven for terrorists.”

In Germany: Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a press conference, at the end of July 2016, that her mission was not to defend German people and German identity but “to fulfill humanitarian obligations [towards migrants].” She added it was “our historic task… a historic test in times of globalization.”

For Western Leaders, Human Rights Has Become a New Religion

The human rights movement was born in 1948 with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, launched by Eleanor Roosevelt. For 70 years, nine major “core” human rights treaties were written and ratified by the vast majority of countries.

Like a disease, the “human rights ideology” has proliferated in all areas of life. The United Nations website shows a list of all the human rights that are now institutionalized: they range from “adequate housing” to “youth” and include “Food”, “Freedom of Religion and Belief”, “HIV/AIDS”, “Mercenaries”, “Migration”, “Poverty”, “Privacy”, “Sexual orientation and gender identity”, “Situations”, ” Sustainable Development”, “Water and sanitation.” At least 42 categories of human rights fields are determined, each of which are split into two or three subcategories.

With what result? More than 140 countries (out of 193 countries that belong to the UN) engage in torture. The number of authoritarian countries has increased: “105 countries have seen a net decline in terms of freedom, and only 61 have experienced a net improvement” reported the NGO, Freedom House, in 2016. Women remain a subordinate class in nearly all countries. Children continue to work in mines and factories in many countries.

Professor Eric Posner of the University of Chicago Law School, writes:

“Saudi Arabia ratified the treaty banning discrimination against women in 2007, and yet by law subordinates women to men in all areas of life. Child labour exists in countries that have ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child: Uzbekistan, Tanzania and India, for example. Powerful western countries, including the US, do business with grave human rights abusers.”

What is disturbing is not that the “religion” of “anti-discrimination” has become a joke. What is disturbing is that human rights, originally conceived of as an anti-discrimination tool, became a Trojan horse, a tool manipulated by Islamists and others to dismantle secularism, freedom of speech, and freedom of religion in European countries. What is disturbing is that human rights and anti-discrimination policies are dismantling nations, and placing States in a position of incapacity — or perhaps just unwillingness — to name Islamism as a problem and take measures against it.

The Religion of Human Rights as a Tool of Europe’s Muslim Brotherhood

Jean-Louis Harouel, Professor of the History of Law at the Paris-Panthéon-Assas University, recently published a book entitled, Les Droits de l’homme contre le peuple (Humans Rights against the People). In an interview with Le Figaro, he said:

“Human rights, are what we call in France ‘fundamental rights’. They were introduced in the 70’s. The great beneficiaries of fundamental rights were foreigners. Islam took advantage of it to install in France, in the name of human rights and under its protection, Islamic civilization, mosques and minarets, the Islamic way of life, halal food prescriptions, clothing and cultural behavior — Islamic laws even in violation of French law: religious marriage without civil marriage, polygamy, unilateral divorce of wife by husband, etc.

“Through the assertion of identity, Islamists and mainly UOIF [Union of Islamic Organizations of France — the French branch of the Muslim Brotherhood] exploited human rights to install their progressive control on populations of Northern African descent, and coerce them to respect the Islamic order. In particular, they do all that they can to prevent young [Arab] people who are born in France from becoming French citizens.”

The human rights and anti-discrimination “religion” also gave Islam and Islamists a comfortable position from which to declare war on France and all other European countries. It seems whatever crime they are committing today and will commit in the future, Muslims and Islamists remain the victim. For example, just after the November 13 terrorist attacks in France, in which more than 130 people were murdered by Islamists at the Bataclan Theater, the Stade de France, cafés and restaurants, Tariq Ramadan, an Islamist professor at Oxford University, tweeted:

“I am not Charlie, nor Paris: I am a warrant search suspect”.

Ramadan meant that because of the emergency laws and because he was a Muslim, he was an automatic suspect, an automatic victim of racism and “Islamophobia.”

In another example, just after the terrorist attack in Nice on July 14, when an Islamist rammed a truck into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day, killing at least 84 people, Abdelkader Sadouni, an imam in Nice, told the Italian newspaper Il Giornale: “French secularism is the main and only thing responsible for terror attacks.”

Global Elites against the People

The question now is: have our leaders decided to cope with the real problems of the real people? In other words, are they motivated enough to throw the human rights ideology overboard, restore secularism in society and fight Islamists? The problem is that they do not even seem to understand the problem. What Peggy Noonan, of the Wall Street Journal, wrote about Angela Merkel can apply to all leaders of European countries:

“Ms. Merkel had put the entire burden of a huge cultural change not on herself and those like her but on regular people who live closer to the edge, who do not have the resources to meet the burden, who have no particular protection or money or connections. Ms. Merkel, her cabinet and government, the media and cultural apparatus that lauded her decision were not in the least affected by it and likely never would be.

Nothing in their lives will get worse. The challenge of integrating different cultures, negotiating daily tensions, dealing with crime and extremism and fearfulness on the street — that was put on those with comparatively little, whom I’ve called the unprotected. They were left to struggle, not gradually and over the years but suddenly and in an air of ongoing crisis that shows no signs of ending — because nobody cares about them enough to stop it.

The powerful show no particular sign of worrying about any of this. When the working and middle class pushed back in shocked indignation, the people on top called them “xenophobic,” “narrow-minded,” “racist.” The detached, who made the decisions and bore none of the costs, got to be called “humanist,” “compassionate,” and “hero of human rights.”

So the fight against Islamism might first consist of a fight against the caste that governs us.

Yves Mamou, based in France, worked for two decades as a journalist for Le Monde.

French Scholar of Islam Gilles Kepel: Prepare for War

sislam-will-dominate1Expect the jihad to worsen across Europe, to the point that many states fall into civil war over what to do about the terror.

CounterJihad, Sept. 13, 2016:

How much worse will Islamist terrorism in Europe get?  According to French scholar Gilles Kepel of the Sciences Po institute, it is likely to get so much worse that European states fall into civil war over government inability to stop it.

Professor Gilles Kepel, from the Sciences Po in Paris, France, said a growing ‘Jihad Generation’ is likely to continue to carry out terror acts in European cities.  The aim of their terror activity is to both incite hatred towards Muslims and, in doing so, cause further radicalisation among young people, the professor of political science said.

He told the German newspaper Die Welt that this in turn could lead to the point where Europe enters into civil war.

 

Specifically, Kepel is concerned that this continual wave of terror attacks cannot be effectively stopped by traditional policing methods.  The French government seems to agree, as French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said this week that there would definitely be more successful attacks even though his government is stopping attacks “every day.”

Partially this is because police do not have anything like the resources they would need.  The numbers of Muslims on terrorism watch lists in France alone tops 15,000, having tripled in recent months.  It takes many police officers to establish a full-time watch on one particular suspect.  The French have far less capacity to watch these suspects than does the American FBI, and even they have only “a few dozen” surveillance teams — far too few to watch the thousand-plus suspected Islamic terrorists here.  There is simply no way for police work alone to deal with so large a problem.

Thus, terrorist acts on the scale of the recent Paris attacks are likely to continue, and the European populations will eventually find it intolerable.  They will then move to expel Islam from Europe by endorsing right wing parties, Kepel says, and that will lead to the civil wars he fears.

Nor will that be the end of the violence.  The Islamist radicals will not be satisfied with destabilizing Europe, in Kepel’s view.  They will want to build an Islamic society from the wreckage:

The long-term goal of the Jihad Generation is to destroy Europe through civil war and then build an Islamic society from the ashes, Prof. Kepel said. The strategy is similar to the expansion of Islamic State in Syria, Iraq, and Libya where the terrorist organisation was able to use the chaos of civil war to slowly build its forces, grow in power, and rapidly seize territory.

There are things that can be done to lessen the danger, according to Professor Kepel.  One of the main ones is that Islamic leaders should reject Salafism, a form of Islam that requires a kind of disconnection from the secular states characteristic of contemporary Europe.  Kepel proposes that Islamic scholars have a “duty” to reject Salafism, and that most are failing this duty by remaining silent in the face of a rising tide of this ideological movement.

The young are particular persuaded by Salafi ideas, according to Breitbart, as also are thought to be the recent immigrant wave from the crises in the Middle East.  They point out that Germany has begun to raid Salafi preachers, targeting some 45,000 in recent months.  But of course that returns our attention to the scale of the problem.  Raiding 45,000 homes is possible.  Monitoring 45,000 preachers full time is probably quite beyond the resources of any European state, and possibly beyond even the United States.

Isis commanders in Syria ‘directed failed plot to launch new terror attack in Paris’

French police during a raid in Boussy-Saint-Antoine near Paris, France, September 8, 2016. Reuters

French police during a raid in Boussy-Saint-Antoine near Paris, France, September 8, 2016. Reuters

Independent, by Lizzie Dearden, Sept. 9, 2016:

A cell of young women including one who became engaged to two killed terrorists has been directed by Isis commanders in Syria to attempt another attack in France.

Their plot failed after police discovered a car filled with gas canisters and containers of fuel near Notre Dame cathedral, sparking an investigation that is rapidly uncovering links with a far wider network of French extremists.

Francois Molins, the Paris prosecutor, said the women were guided by members of the so-called Islamic State from its strongholds.

One of the seven arrested so far, named locally as 23-year-old Sarah H, had been betrothed to two extremists who have since been killed, he added.

The 23-year-old was first engaged to Larossi Abballa, who was shot dead in a police raid after murdering a police officer and his wife earlier this year, and then to teenage Normandy church attacker Adel Kermiche, who was killed during the assault in July.

Her current fiancé, who has not been identified, was arrested on Thursday, Mr Molins said.

“A terrorist cell comprised of young women has been dismantled,” he added. “They were guided by individuals in Syria in the ranks of Islamic State.”

A 19-year-old suspect in the group, named locally as Ines Madani, allegedly wanted to travel to Syria and wrote a letter declaring allegiance to Isis.

She is also reported to have links with Hayat Boumeddiene, the wife of supermarket attacker Amedy Coulibaly who now lives in Isis territory.

Madani’s father, the owner of the car found in the early hours of Sunday morning, was already suspected of wanting to travel to Syria to fight for the group by police.

He was taken into custody earlier this week but later released after presenting himself to police on Sunday to report his daughter had disappeared with the vehicle.

The Peugeot 607 was found abandoned in Rue du Petit-Pont, with its hazard lights flashing and no number plates.

Police sources said no detonator had been found in the car, which contained six gas cylinders and three containers of diesel.

Gas canisters and fuel can be used in attempts to make car bombs, such as those discovered and disabled in London in 2007.

“These three women aged 39, 23 and 19 had been radicalised, were fanatics and were in all likelihood preparing an imminent, violent act,” interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve said.

A police officer was stabbed while detaining the trio on Thursday, with one of the women being shot in the leg during the altercation in Boussy-Saint-Antoine.

Television footage showed officers leaving the scene carrying a large knife.

Five women and two men have so far been arrested in the case.

An official from the French interior ministry previously said the group intended to attack the Gare de Lyon on Thursday.

It lies south-east city centre, little over a mile from where the car was found abandoned near Notre Dame.

Terror attacks have killed more than 230 in France since January last year, with the Charlie Hebdo massacre carried out by al-Qaeda sympathisers followed by Isis’ Paris attacks, a string of lone wolf murders and the Nice attack that left more than 80 dead.

Isis has called on its supporters to launch attacks on French soil as the country continues to take part in international air strikes against its militants in Syria and Iraq.

Knife jihad: ‘Mentally sick’ Muslim slashes cop’s throat

Crime scene in Toulouse, France, Tuesday following the stabbing of a female officer (Photo: PamelaGeller.com)

Crime scene in Toulouse, France, Tuesday following the stabbing of a female officer (Photo: PamelaGeller.com)

WND, by Leo Homann, Aug. 39, 2016:

A female police officer became the latest victim of a Muslim stabbing Tuesday as she was slashed in the throat outside a police station in Toulouse, France, local media reported.

It was the latest in a string of dozens of such attacks in recent months across Europe.

As with most of the other attacks, it was immediately dismissed by authorities as being carried out by a “mentally sick” man. The suspect, a native of Algeria, tried to grab the officer’s weapon and when the attempt failed, he took a knife and slashed her throat.

The officer, whose condition is unknown, was taken to the hospital with multiple injuries.

The attack took place in the Rempart Saint-Etienne prefecture of Toulouse. The assailant, 31, had a psychiatric disorder and attacked the officer because she “represented France,” La Depeche du Midi news outlet reported, adding that the attacker was of Algerian origin.

The knife attack in France comes just three days after a 26-year-old man has been detained after stabbing a picnicking couple in western Germany, as WND reported Monday.

The victims said he was shouting “Allahu Akbar!” as he stabbed them.

And, exactly as has been the pattern in a multitude of recent stabbing sprees across Europe, the Muslim perpetrator is being handled as a psychiatric case.

Oberhausen police say the suspect was overpowered by one of his victims, a 57-year-old man who was seriously injured in the late Saturday attack. The other victim, a 66-year-old woman, suffered life-threatening injuries, Fox News reported.

Anti-Shariah activist Pamela Geller wrote about the attack in her blog Tuesday and led off with a quote from the Quran [8:12]:

“I will cast terror into the hearts of those who have disbelieved, so strike them over the necks.”

Geller wrote that it was “another sudden outbreak of ‘mental illness.’ The idea that authentic Islam, pure Islam is psychotic wreaks of islamophobic prejudice, don’t you think?”

“The media buries the lead, of course,” she added. “The Algerian Muslim stabbed the police officer because she ‘represented France.’ He sounds quite lucid (and devout) to me.”

Geller also noted that Toulouse is the site of the monstrous Muslim attack on a Jewish day school. Muhammad Merah opened fire on school children and their rabbi.

Below is a list of knife attacks just in the last two months, not including jihad attacks using guns, bombs or vehicles:

  • On Aug. 24 in Cairo, Egypt, the state news agency says a knife-wielding attacker was shot and killed after he stabbed a guard at a Coptic church. The attack happened early Wednesday at the Virgin Mary church in Cairo’s western suburb of Nozha. The report says other church guards at the scene killed the assailant, “whose identity and motives were unclear.” Attacks on Coptic churches in Egypt have stepped up over the past years, especially after Coptic Christians sided with the Egyptian army in the military’s 2013 ouster of the Muslim Brotherhood-backed President Mohammed Morsi.
  • On Monday, Aug. 22, it was reported that police shot and wounded a woman in Brussels after she spread panic by stabbing bus passengers, injuring two seriously and a third lightly, the city’s public prosecutor’s office confirmed. The incident had nothing to do with terrorism, according to Belgium authorities, who blamed it on mental illness. They did not release the woman’s name, saying only that she was “Asian” and shouted something unintelligible as she hacked the commuters.
  • On Aug. 20 at an apartment community in Roanoke, Virginia, 20-year-old Wasil Farooqui grabbed a butcher knife and went on a stabbing spree, seriously injuring two, while repeatedly yelling, “Allahu Akbar!” He told police he heard voices telling him to stab people.
  • On Aug. 19 in Strasbourg, France, an Orthodox Jewish rabbi was attacked near his home in broad daylight and left hospitalized by a knife-wielding Muslim yelling, “Allahu Akbar!” The incident was immediately scrubbed by French police as “not terrorism related” in what has become a pattern across Europe, Canada and the United States.
  • On Aug. 13 in Jeman, north-central Nigeria, at least seven were slaughtered in a Christian village by Fulani Muslim herdsman using machetes and guns. “The Christians were killed in their homes,” Golkofa resident Sunday Saleh told Morning Star News. “Some of the victims were shot while others were cut with machetes.”
  • On Aug. 13, a man killed a female passenger and injured at least five others in a horrific knife and fire attack on a Swiss train. The set the train ablaze with a flammable liquid and could not be questioned before he died. Authorities said the man was born in a neighboring region but did not release the man’s name or his ethnic or religious background.
  • On the night of Aug. 13-14, two people were killed and six wounded in a machete attack in an eastern region of Democratic Republic of Congo where Islamic rebels have been blamed for a series of civilian massacres against Christians. The Allied Democratic Forces or ADF, an Islamist armed group of Ugandan origin, is accused of carrying out the brutal slayings.
  • On Aug. 6, a man with a knife and shouting “Allahu Akbar!” launched himself at two policewomen in the Belgian city of Charleroi. The perpetrator, who inflicted serious facial wounds upon one of his targets, was then fatally shot.
  • On Aug. 3 in London, a Muslim man stabbed to death the wife of an American professor on the busy Russell Square, injuring five others. The perpetrator was an 18-year-old Muslim man of Somali origin who had been resettled in Norway but, again, British authorities said they had “no evidence of radicalization” and attributed the attack to mental illness.
  • On Aug. 2 in Gada Biyu, Nigeria, nine Christian villagers were cut down by Muslim terrorists who also burned three churches.
  • On Aug. 1 at about noon in Ninte, Nigeria, two Christian women were hacked to death by Muslim herdsman. “They cut them with machetes. A woman and her daughter in-law were killed by the Fulani herdsmen while the man is still in the hospital as I talk with you,” an eyewitness told Morning Star News.
  • On July 26 two ISIS terrorists entered a Catholic church in the northern French province of Normandy while a mass was in progress. They forced the elderly priest to his knees on the altar and slit his throat, filming the entire attack. A nun was also left fighting for her life, and more would have been killed if one nun had not escaped the church and called police, who arrived and shot the attackers dead.
  • On July 19 in Wuerzburg, Germany, it was reported that a 17-year-old Afghan refugee attacked people on a train with an ax and knife, injuring nearly 20 passengers, four seriously. The Afghan boy fled the train but was chased and shot dead by police. The Muslim teen’s motive was “not yet clear,” the BBC reported.
  • On July 18 in central Egypt a Muslim mob attacked a group of Coptic priests and their families with knives and batons, killing one and wounding several others. The attack came months after an armed Muslim mob stripped an elderly Christian woman and paraded her naked on the streets while looting and torching seven Christian homes in the same area, security officials said.
  • On July 15 in Nice, France, a man planned to hack to death mourners as they were praying at a memorial service for the 84 victims of a jihadist named Mohamed L. Bouhlel, a French Tunisian immigrant who drove a truck through a crowded promenade on Bastille Day. The perpetrator, a Muslim, was caught by cops carrying a “huge blade” as he approached the crowded prayer vigil. Cops are said to have pounced on the man who one witness reported was carrying a “machete.”
  • On July 9, a female pastor was hacked to death close to Nigeria’s capital, Abuja. Police arrested six suspects believed to be Muslim.
  • On June 30 in the town of Obi, in the central Nigerian state of Nasarawa, a father of seven, Rev. Joseph Kurah, was ambushed by two armed men after he arrived at his farm. His severely mutilated body, hacked to death, was later recovered from the scene. Fulani Muslim herdsmen are suspected in the killing, according to WorldWatch Monitor.
  • On June 30 in Israel, a 17-year-old Palestinian stabbed and killed Hallel Yaffa Ariel while she was sleeping in her bedroom in the West Bank settlement of Kiryat Arba. The assailant was fatally shot by security guards. That same day, a Palestinian assailant stabbed two Israeli civilians in Natanya, north of Tel Aviv and was shot dead by an armed civilian.
  • On June 16. a “radicalized” 22-year-old Islamist was arrested by police in southwestern France with a knife and machete in his possession. He planned to attack “English and American tourists, then security forces,” according to French reports.
  • On June 13. a police officer and his wife were killed inside their home in what police called an ISIS-inspired knife attack near Paris, the Independent reported.

Guy Milliere presentation at the “Can Islam Coexist with the West” presentation

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Guy Millière, a senior fellow of the Gatestone Institute, is also a Professor at the University of Paris. He has published 27 books on France, Europe, the United States and the Middle East. He is the authors of thousands of articles published in France, Israel and the United States. His last book, The Resistible Rise of Barack Obama, is an analysis of the policies and consequences of the Obama administration. He is working on an autobiography, Dissident, that will be published next Spring. He has also authored Twilight Over Europehis first book in English.

He delivered a powerful and chilling message at the American Freedom Alliance sponsored a conference in Los Angeles, “Islam and Western Civilization: Can they Coexist?” He said he does not want Western Civilization to die and he has moved to the United States so that he can “fight where it is not too late”. Watch and share:

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Also speaking at  the conference:

Douglas V. Gibbs at Political Pistachio reports:

Philippe Karsenty is a French Media Analyst, and opened with explaining that he had to be careful.  The press in Europe would be picking apart his speech, seeking ways to misrepresent it.  “My message will immediately be maligned and distorted.  In Europe, telling the truth about Islam brings two fatwas.  One from the Imams, and the other from the mainstream media.”

He called it “Intellectual terrorism.”

According to Karsenty, there are two jihads.  The “violent jihad,” and the “civilizational jihad.”  The latter, he said, “is creeping Islamization of the whole world. . . imposing its way of life by intimidating the non-Muslim population. . . the kind of society they want to impose on us” (at which point he showed an image of a Muslim woman in a muzzle.

He explained that the political leanings towards appeasing Islam is all about money.  “Many politicians depend on Muslim money.”

BREAKING: Jewish rabbi stabbed by man shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ in French religious attack

The scene in Strasbourg

The scene in Strasbourg

A JEWISH rabbi has been stabbed by an attacker shouting “Allahu Akbar” in the city of Strasbourg, sparking fears France has fallen victim to another Islamist-inspired terror attack.

Express, by Tom Batchelor,, Aug. 19, 2016:

The attacker, who is understood to have been arrested, shouted the Islamic phrase meaning God is great during the attack, according to reports in French media.

The 62-year-old victim, who is described as belonging to the orthodox Hasidic sect, was injured in the attack in the Jewish Quarter, 500 metres from the Great Synagogue of Strasbourg.

Named locally as Chalom Levy, he took refuge in a nearby bar befofe being taken to hospital.

Mendel Samama, a Strasbourg rabbi who visited him at the hospital, said Mr Levy described surviving the attack as a “miracle”.

He said: “He was shocked. He is weak. He was hit in the abdominal region a few centimetres from a vital organ.”

Mr Levy was said to be wearing items of clothing that would identify him as a Hasidic Jew.

Initial reports said the perpetrator was suffering from psychological problems and was known to the authorities for carrying out a similar attack in 2010.

The incident on Friday morning is the latest in a string of religiously-motivated attacks on French soil.

The Grand Rabbi of Strasbourg, René Gutman, said the attack was carried out by “one person” and did not reflect general tensions in the city.

But he requested that “steps be taken” to improve security.

He said: “If this person can stand out in the city and when he sees a person in yarmulke, assault them with a knife, this is a problem.”

The attack took place in the north of the city close to Brasserie des Vosges on a major thoroughfare.

Strasbourg, in north-east France close to the German border, is one of the seats of the European Parliament.

It is home to a large community of Jews, with around 15,000 living in or near the city, accounting for around five per cent of the population.

Sources close to the investigation apparently ruled out terrorism early on although the motive of the attack remains unknown. [CJR – Huh!???]

Around France, people are on edge, security is tight and several events have been cancelled following a string of attacks over the past two years.

The government has maintained a state of emergency put in place after 130 people were killed in Islamist attacks in Paris in November.

At the end of July, knife-wielding attackers interrupted a church service in northern France and murdered the priest in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group.

In that incident two ISIS extremists shouted “Allah Akbar” before slitting the victim’s throat in front of terrified parishioners.

French jews were targeted in January 2015 during the siege of a Kosher supermarket in Paris in which four people were killed.

An elderly man, the son of a distinguished Rabbi, a teacher and a shop worker who was saving up for his marriage were killed in the attack at the Jewish store by jihadist Amedy Coulibaly.

It followed the murder of journalists at the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine.

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Bikini Versus Burkini: ‘The Republic Must Defend Itself’

French PM Manuel Valls (Photo: video screenshot)

French PM Manuel Valls (Photo: video screenshot)

Clarion Project, by Leslie Shaw, Aug. 17, 2016:

In an interview with the Marseilles newspaper La Provence published on Wednesday, August 17, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls weighed in on the burkini controversy, stating that he understands and supports the mayors of Cannes, Les Pennes Mirabeau, Sisco and Le Touquet who have issued decrees banning the wearing of the Islamic swimsuit.

“I understand the mayors who, in the current tense climate, had the reflex to look for solutions and avoid breaches of the peace. I support those mayors who have issued decrees, if they are motivated by the will for communities to live in harmony rather than a political agenda.

“Beaches, like all public spaces, must be protected from contentious religious demands. The burkini is not a new range of swimsuit or a fashion. It is the manifestation of a political project, a counter-society founded on the enslavement of women.

“I do not think it necessary to introduce new laws on this question. Before introducing new laws, we will apply the law forbidding the burka in public spaces. We will reassert this law together with the minister of the interior, the prefects and security forces. Muslim authorities must also condemn the full veil and condemn acts of provocation that lead to violent confrontation.”

Mr. Valls went on to say that behind the burkini “is the notion that women, by nature, are indecent and impure and should therefore be totally covered up. This is incompatible with the values of France and of our Republic. Faced with these provocations, the Republic must defend itself.”

He launched a challenge to Muslims, saying that it is up to them and “their authorities, their families, in their personal, professional and social engagements, to declare that they reject this deadly vision of Islam.”

Speaking of the fight that broke out on the beach at the Corsican village of Sisco last weekend, he appealed for calm. “Generally speaking, people should not take the law into their own hands, all the more so in a period where there is a tendency to make hasty generalizations.”

Questioned about the presence in France of imams who preach hatred in certain mosques, Valls replied, “Firstly, some of them are French citizens. As for those who come from outside France and whose discourse of hate is punishable by law, they should be deported. We have already deported 82 of them.

“All of those who promote a discourse contrary to our values will be prosecuted. There will be no compromise with people who call our Republican political system into question. We also need imams who speak French and who are trained in and share our values.”

Valls also called on French Islam and its institutions to take a stand, concluding that his government “will be merciless against those who treat our Muslim fellow-citizens as scapegoats and who see Islam as being responsible for acts of terrorism.”

This tough talk coming from Valls is not surprising given the public outrage surrounding the burkini issue. It is also intended to steal the thunder of the Republican Party and the National Front, especially since Marine Le Pen is running high in opinion polls coming up to the parliamentary and presidential elections in May 2017.

National Front leaders have been railing against the threat posed by Islamic radicalism for years, if not decades, and that discourse has been vindicated in recent times.

The big question is whether mainstream French Islam – if it exists – will step up to the plate and take a stand against the Salafists who, as Valls himself has said, are increasing their influence over the younger generation of French Muslims. Up until now their silence has been deafening, apart from the odd pious condemnation of terrorism, accompanied by the codicil that it has nothing to do with Islam.

As for the burkini issue, it seems that mainstream Islam does not share the views expressed by  Valls, since the CCIF (Collective against Islamophobia in France) challenged the municipal ban in court and lost.

In a TV interview Marwan Muhammad, CCIF director, accused the government of “colonialism” and attacked the mayor of Cannes for discriminating against and “humiliating” Muslim women who wear burkinis, adding that the current controversy is being used to divert attention away from the mayor’s political failures, including his budget deficit.

Leslie Shaw is an Associate Professor at the Paris campus of ESCP Europe Business School and President of FIRM (Forum on Islamic Radicalism and Management).

Duck And Cover — It’s Jihad!

DuckAndCover2CounterJihad, by Bruce Cornibe, Aug. 12, 2016:

The threat of jihadi terror affects almost all sectors of society, since Islamic terrorists target both government/military as well as civilian sectors.  The French have suffered especially.  In January of 2015 after the kosher market attack in Paris, we saw how the French government resorted to drastic measures in protecting its citizens by deploying thousands of soldiers around “sensitive sites” – including Jewish schools, synagogues, airports, and more. One of the most frightening areas of concern are schools. French schools have already been a target of jihadi barbarity such as the Toulouse incident in March of 2012 when a teacher and three children were murdered at a Jewish school. In addition, Breitbart reports how late last year ISIS issued a statement “commanding Muslims to pull their children out of French schools and to ‘kill teachers’, who Dar al-Islam [ISIS’s French online magazine] refer to as ‘corrupters.’” Now we’re seeing more of a concerted effort by the French in prepping school children for possible terror attacks. The French government recently gave an announcement ensuring the public that “security of schools is a top priority.” Breitbart lists some of the safety measures, which include:

From September, children will undergo three ‘exercises’ during the school year, including one bomb threat drill. Schools will also install a second bell, distinct in tone from the fire alarm, which the pupils will be taught to recognise as signalling [sic] that they are under threat, and administrators will also implement SMS text messaging warnings to all pupils in the event of an attack.

In addition, pupils in the third form (14-year-olds) will be taught first aid, and “resilience” – i.e., preparedness and how to react when caught up in a terrorist attack.

Headteachers will be responsible for securing all vulnerable areas of the schools’ premises, increasing surveillance on public roads in the vicinity, and appointing a “security manager” to oversee security and crisis management.

Furthermore, there will be the (translated by Bing) “monitoring of students and staff reported as entered a process of radicalization[.]” It will be interesting to see if France uses this as an opportunity to examine more closely the Sharia ideology that is a driver behind radicalization leading to jihad. In fact, France is starting to take this “radical Islamic ideology” head-on and has even been shutting down mosques where this ideology is preached. For example, since December of 2015, France has closed about twenty mosques/prayer halls. One hopes France will take additional preventive measures when addressing the threat of jihad. French children’s very lives are being targeted and their safety is on the line!

French PM suggests interim ban on foreign funding of mosques

Manuel Valls called for imams to be "trained in France, not elsewhere" (AFP)

Manuel Valls called for imams to be “trained in France, not elsewhere” (AFP)

Manuel Valls says France needs a ‘new relationship with Islam’ after a string of attacks claimed by the Islamic State group

Middle East Eye, July 29, 2016:

France’s prime minister has suggested a temporary ban on foreign financing for mosques and a “new relationship with Islam in France,” after a spate of attacks in the country claimed by the Islamic State group.

Manuel Valls told Le Monde: “We need to reset and invent a new relationship with Islam in France,” and called for imams to be “trained in France, not elsewhere”.

He added he was “open to the idea that – for a period yet to be determined – there should be no financing from abroad for the construction of mosques”.

Valls and Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve have come under fire for perceived security failings that have failed to prevent three major terror attacks in France in 18 months.

The latest happened at a church in Rouen, where an elderly priest was killed by two men claiming allegiance to the Islamic State group.

The fact that one of the church attackers, 19-year-old Adel Kermiche, was awaiting trial on terror charges and had been fitted with an electronic tag meant judges needed to take a “different, case-by-case, approach,” Valls said.

However, the prime minister stressed that the judges in this individual case should not be held responsible for this “act of terrorism”.

The Islamic State group’s affiliated news agency, Amaq, late on Thursday released a video purportedly showing one of the two men who attacked a church in northern France this week urging all Muslims to destroy the country.

In the video, Abdel-Malik Nabir Petitjean, formally identified as one of the men who killed a priest in the attack before being shot dead by police, addresses President Francois Hollande and Valls directly.

“The times have changed. You will suffer what our brothers and sisters are suffering. We are going to destroy your country,” the man Amaq alleges is Petitjean says in the recording.

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France is creating a new national guard after terror attacks

French soldiers at an army base outside Paris, France.

French soldiers at an army base outside Paris, France.

New York Post, by Yaron Steinbuch, July 28, 2016:

France is setting up a new National Guard to “protect its citizens” amid the spate of terror attacks that have roiled the country, President Francois Hollande announced Thursday.

Hollande said parliamentary consultations about creating the Guard would begin in September “so that this force can be created as fast as possible to protect the French,”Agence France-Presse reported.

The government has come under fire for alleged security and intelligence lapses, most recently when two jihadists stormed into a church in the town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, Normandy, took hostages and butchered an elderly prieston Tuesday.

It emerged that both attackers were on the radar of intelligence services, and had tried to go to Syria to join ISIS.

Two weeks earlier, Tunisian Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel killed 84 people and wounded over 300 in a Bastille Day truck rampage in Nice.

After the Nice massacre, Hollande announced that thousands of reservists would be called up to boost weary security forces after 18 months of heightened alert and relentless attacks.

The government urged all able-bodied volunteers to come forward with the goal of boosting the current 28,000 reservists by 12,000, The Local reported.

About 2,500 have already answered the call, according to the Interior Ministry.

Terrorists in Normandy swore allegiance to Baghdadi before attacking church

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Long War Journal, by Thomas Joscelyn, July 27, 2016:

The Islamic State’s Amaq News Agency has released a video purportedly featuring the two terrorists responsible for attacking a church in Normandy, France yesterday. The assailants killed an elderly priest during a morning mass in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, took several people hostage, and were then gunned down by police.

A screen shot of the jihadists shown in Amaq’s video can be seen above. One of the two, identified as “Abu Jalil al Hanafi,” bows his head as he swears bay’ah (an oath of allegiance) to Abu Bakr al Baghdadi. Abu Jalil uses the honorific “Emir ul-Mu’minin,” or “Emir of the Faithful,” for Baghdadi. This title is usually reserved for the caliph.

Abu Jalil’s pledge of fealty, which he delivers on behalf of himself and his comrade, “Abu Omar,” contains the standard formulation used by Islamic State followers around the globe. He promises to obey Baghdadi in almost all circumstances.

Amaq has now released three similar videos in the span of ten days.

On July 18, a teenager attacked a train in Würzburg, Germany, seriously injuring some of the passengers on board. Amaq posted a video of the terrorist, who was identified as “Muhammad Riyad.” While brandishing a knife, Riyad called on all Muslims to swear allegiance to Baghdadi, arguing that the caliphate has been resurrected in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere. [See LWJ report, Teenager who terrorized German train appears in Islamic State video.]

Then, on July 24, a suicide bomber detonated his explosive device outside a music festival in Ansbach, Germany. In a video released on July 26, Amaq said the bomber’s name was “Mohammad Daleel.” Just like Abu Jalil and Muhammad Riyad, Daleel swore allegiance to Baghdadi in his short clip. [See LWJreport, Attacks in France and Germany claimed by Islamic State propaganda arm.]

The three releases by Amaq demonstrate that Islamic State loyalists are able to get their videos into the propaganda outfit’s hands prior to their chosen day of terror. This requires at least some level of coordination, even if only over the internet.

An Naba magazine, which is also part of the Islamic State’s media machine, released a profile of Daleel within hours of Amaq’s video. According to Naba’s biography, Daleel (also known as “Abu Yusuf al Karar”) was a veteran of the jihad in Syria. He originally joined the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI), the precursor to the current Islamic State, and then migrated back to Aleppo.

Daleel allegedly fought against the “Nusayri regime,” meaning forces loyal to Bashar al Assad’s government. (Nusayri is a derogatory term for Alawites.) He joined Al Nusrah Front, which was originally an arm of the ISI before it broke off and became its own branch of al Qaeda. However, Daleel was wounded and left Syria for treatment.

After the so-called “caliphate” was declared, according to Naba, Daleel attempted to make his way back to Syria to rejoin the jihad. His attempts to reach Syria failed, so Daleel decided to strike inside Germany. Naba indicates that Daleel planned his deed for months and was in contact with another, unnamed Islamic State “soldier,” who assisted Daleel.

It appears that both Daleel and at least one of the two attackers in Normandy were prevented from joining the Islamic State in Syria after the group’s “caliphate” declaration in the summer of 2014.

French authorities have identified one of the terrorists in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray as a 19 year-old named Adel Kermiche. He may be the young man known as “Abu Jalil al Hanafi” in Amaq’s video. Kermiche reportedly tried to join the Islamic State in Syria twice, but failed. The Wall Street Journal reported that Kermiche “served 10 months in prison” for his attempted travels, but was released “in March 2016 on condition he wear an electronic monitoring bracelet, over the objections of prosecutors who still viewed him as a risk.”

The Islamic State has repeatedly called on its members and supporters to carry out attacks in the West if they are prevented from migrating to the lands of the “caliphate.”

In May of this year, Islamic State spokesman Abu Muhammad al Adnani told followers that if foreign governments “have shut the door of hijrah [migration] in your faces,” then they should “open the door of jihad in theirs,” meaning in the West.

“Make your deed a source of their regret,” Adnani continued. “Truly, the smallest act you do in their lands is more beloved to us than the biggest act done here; it is more effective for us and more harmful to them.”

“If one of you wishes and strives to reach the lands of the Islamic State,” Adnani told his audience, “then each of us wishes to be in your place to make examples of the crusaders, day and night, scaring them and terrorizing them, until every neighbor fears his neighbor.”

Adnani told jihadists that they should “not make light of throwing a stone at a crusader in his land,” nor should they “underestimate any deed, as its consequences are great for the mujahidin and its effect is noxious to the disbelievers.”

Thus far, the available evidence suggests that some of the recent attacks in Europe were carried out by men who heeded Adnani’s advice. Amaq claimed that the “operation[s]” in both Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, France and Ansbach, Germany were executed “in response to calls to target nations in the coalition fighting the Islamic State.”

Thomas Joscelyn is a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and the Senior Editor for The Long War Journal.

The Pope–and virtually ALL Western leaders are Wrong about the War

church-apTerror Trends Bulletin, by Christopher W. Holton, July 28, 2016:

In the wake of the horrific Jihadist attack on a Catholic church in Normandy, France, Pope Francis’ latest statements that the world war we are in is not a religious war shows a lack of knowledge of Islamic doctrine. The Pope is not alone in this view. Every major Western political leader from George W. Bush through to Barack Obama has maintained the same belief.

When the Islamic State caliphate was declared in 2014, their media arm issued a slick, 10-page document announcing the establishment of the caliphate. In those 10 pages, they cited Islamic scripture 26 times–scripture from the Quran and scripture from the Sunna of Mohammed. The entire document was dominated by Islamic scripture and associated commentary.

So whether the Pope thinks that the Jihadists are waging a religious war or not is irrelevant. The Islamic State Jihadists believe they are waging a religious war. And they justify it with Islamic doctrine.

In warfare the enemy’s reality becomes your reality. We can’t wish this all away and we can’t simply deny the nature of our enemies. In 1943, no one tried to make the case that the Nazis had misinterpreted Mein Kampf. No one tried to make the case that the Japanese had perverted the Shinto religion.

The West must pivot toward making an honest, objective analysis of what our enemies believe, not what we think they should believe.

The Pope’s unfortunate statement is not unique. Western leaders on both sides of the Atlantic are fiddling and Rome may literally be burning soon.

It is long past time to wake up!

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France Sacrifices Priest on the Altar of False Tolerance

quote-unilateral-tolerance-in-a-world-of-intolerance-is-like-unilateral-disarmament-in-a-world-of-armed-anthony-daniels-psychiatrist-222576Answering Muslims, by David Wood, July 26, 2016:

On Tuesday morning, two jihadis stormed a church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, France, with knives and a fake bomb. They forced a Catholic priest to his knees and filmed themselves slashing his throat at the altar. They later shouted “Allahu Akbar” while police shot them to death.

Prior to the attack, French police had caught one of the jihadis repeatedly attempting to travel to Syria to join ISIS. Nevertheless, he was free to roam the streets of France, as long as he wore an electronic bracelet.

Even worse, French authorities knew that the church was being targeted by ISIS, since an ISIS hit list found in 2015 named the church as a target.

Given the circumstances, do French authorities bear some of the blame for the outcome of the attack?

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