Category Archives: Terrorism

US military officer denies Green Beret killed by roadside bomb was in combat role

Yet I’m sure Thompson was receiving combat pay for this deployment.

And yet: “The Department of State warns U.S. citizens against travel to Afghanistan because of continued instability and threats by terrorist organizations against U.S. citizens.”

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From Fox News: The 28-year-old Green Beret who was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan earlier this week was involved in a “non-combat” mission — although such missions can lead to “combat situations,” a top U.S. military official told reporters on Thursday, reiterating that Americans were playing “advise and assist” roles in the volatile Helmand province.

Army Staff Sgt. Matthew Thompson died Tuesday outside a base in Lashkar Gah, the provincial capital of southern Helmand. Days earlier, the U.S. had sent more than 100 additional troops to the area, although Thompson was not one of them.

Army Staff Sgt. Matthew Thompson

Army Staff Sgt. Matthew Thompson

Still, Brig. Gen. Charles Cleveland told reporters, “we don’t believe that the situation is as dire as perhaps is portrayed in the press.” He says the city is “secure right now.” 

There are nearly 700 U.S. troops in the volatile Helmand province, which appears to be at increasing risk of falling to the Taliban. Afghan officials say the insurgents effectively control around 80 percent of the province.

The U.S. military said the Green Beret was “conducting train, advise, assist activities with Afghan counterparts under NATO authorities.” Another U.S. service member was wounded in the attack, along with six Afghan soldiers on a foot patrol outside their base. A top U.S. military spokesman said Thursday the wounded American was in stable condition.

Thompson’s family lives in the Milwaukee suburb of Brookfield where he graduated from high school in 2006. He and his wife, Rachel, lived in Washington.

Rachel Thompson told WTMJ-TV she and her husband met at Concordia University in Irvine, California and married five years ago. “I was crying because I was nervous. I hadn’t been sleeping because I was anxious. I knew that where he was at was dangerous, that what they were doing was different. I didn’t know what was going on. I was afraid and he would just listen and tell me he loved me and it was going to be OK.”

In July, President Obama authorized 8,400 troops to stay in Afghanistan when he leaves office, down from the nearly 10,000 service members there now. Until July, the plan was to reduce U.S. forces down to roughly 5,500 by early 2017.

The administration previously had hoped to reduce the U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan to just 1,000 to protect the U.S. Embassy in Kabul.

In December 2009, President Obama authorized 30,000 troops to Afghanistan in a surge following a recommendation from his generals. 

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Germany to tell people to stockpile food and water in case of attacks

Paging Merkel.

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From Yahoo: For the first time since the end of the Cold War, the German government plans to tell citizens to stockpile food and water in case of an attack or catastrophe, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung newspaper reported on Sunday.

Germany is currently on high alert after two Islamist attacks and a shooting rampage by a mentally unstable teenager last month. Berlin announced measures earlier this month to spend considerably more on its police and security forces and to create a special unit to counter cyber crime and terrorism.

“The population will be obliged to hold an individual supply of food for ten days,” the newspaper quoted the government’s “Concept for Civil Defence” – which has been prepared by the Interior Ministry – as saying. The paper said a parliamentary committee had originally commissioned the civil defense strategy in 2012.

A spokesman for the Interior Ministry said the plan would be discussed by the cabinet on Wednesday and presented by the minister that afternoon. He declined to give any details on the content.

People will be required to stockpile enough drinking water to last for five days, according to the plan, the paper said. The 69-page report does not see an attack on Germany’s territory, which would require a conventional style of national defense, as likely.

However, the precautionary measures demand that people “prepare appropriately for a development that could threaten our existence and cannot be categorically ruled out in the future,” the paper cited the report as saying.

It also mentions the necessity of a reliable alarm system, better structural protection of buildings and more capacity in the health system, the paper said. A further priority should be more support of the armed forces by civilians, it added.

Germany’s Defence Minister said earlier this month the country lay in the “crosshairs of terrorism” and pressed for plans for the military to train more closely with police in preparing for potential large-scale militant attacks.

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Huma Abedin was working as assistant editor at her mother’s radical Muslim journal when it blamed America for 9/11 terror attacks

Shocker, not.

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Via Daily Mail: Human Abedin worked at a radical Muslim publication that opposed women’s rights and blamed the US for 9/11 before being appointed as Clinton’s top aide, it has been revealed.

Abedin, who could become the future White House chief of staff if Hillary wins the election, was assistant editor of the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs until as late as 2008, NY Post reports.

The aide was at the journal in 2002 when her mother Saleha Mahmood Abedin, who remains editor-in-chief to this day, published an article which appeared to blame the US for bringing the 9/11 terror attacks on itself, according to the Post.

Saleha Mahmood Abedin

Saleha Mahmood Abedin

The article stated that the United States’ ‘spiral of violence’ was creating intense ‘anger and hostility’ while the sanctions and ‘injustices’ imposed on certain Muslim countries was creating a ‘time bomb’.  ‘It was a time bomb that had to explode and explode it did on September 11, changing in its wake the life and times of the very community and the people it aimed to serve,’ Saleha wrote, according to the New York Post.

Huma was listed as ‘assistant editor’ on the masthead of the 2002 controversial issue. 

Abedin has never spoken directly about the articles posted in her mother’s magazine, while she served as assistant editor. But the admiration she has for her mom is clear. In a recent Vogue piece, she described her mother as a feminist who was unhappy when the family moved to the conservative Saudi Arabia. ‘My mother was traveling around the world to these international women’s conferences talking about women’s empowerment, and it was normal,’ she said.

But that viewpoint jars with other articles written in the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs.

Shortly after Clinton gave her seminal ‘women’s rights are human rights,’ speech in Beijing in 1995, the journal published a series of articles hitting back at the speech.

A 1996 piece titled ‘Women’s rights are Islamic rights’, that appeared to claim that women who wore revealing clothes were inviting rape. The author wrote that revealing clothes ‘directly translates into unwanted results of sexual promiscuity and irresponsibility and indirectly promote violence against women.’

It also states that single or working moms and gay couples with children should not be classed as a family. ‘A conjugal family established through a marriage contract between a man and a woman, and extended through procreation is the only definition of family a Muslim can accept,’ the author, a Saudi official with the Muslim World League – which funds the journal. ‘Pushing [mothers] out into the open labor market is a clear demonstration of a lack of respect of womanhood and motherhood,’ it added.

While the journal published the articles, Abedin had just started working for then-First Lady Clinton as a 19-year-old intern in 1996.

Clinton and Abedin

Clinton and Abedin

Abedin’s mother Saleha Manmood Abedin wrote an article in 1996 claiming Clinton’s women’s rights stance was advancing a ‘very aggressive and radically feminist’ agenda. 

She continued that  empowerment ‘does more harm than benefit the cause of women or their relations with men’ and ‘Among all systems of belief, Islam goes the farthest in restoring equality across gender.’ Incredibly, Saleha Abedin claimed that ‘more men are victims of domestic violence than women.’

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She also helped to edit a book which claims that the practice of female genital mutilation – which has been internationally denounced as barbaric and cruel – was justified under Islamic law, the Post reports.

The articles have only come to light in recent months.

And it may surprise many that someone who looks likely to become the next Chief-of-Staff allowed such views on the devastating 9/11 attacks to be published on her watch.

Neither Abedin nor Hillary Clinton’s campaign have responded to requests for comment. DailyMail.com also reached out to the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs.

Read the rest of the story here.

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Merkel says refugees didn’t bring Islamist terrorism to Germany

The facts mean nothing to this womyn.

Merkel: Doubling down on stoopid

Merkel: Doubling down on stoopid

Via Reuters: Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday refugees had not brought terrorism to Germany, adding that Islam belonged in the country as long as it was practiced in a way that respected the constitution.

More than a million people fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East, Africa and elsewhere arrived in Germany last year. The mood towards them has soured after a spate of attacks on civilians last month, including three carried out by migrants.

Two of those attacks were claimed by the Islamic State militant group.

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“The phenomenon of Islamist terrorism, of IS, is not a phenomenon that came to us with the refugees,” Merkel said at an election campaign event for her Christian Democrats in the eastern state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern ahead of a regional vote on Sept. 4.

Merkel said many people had traveled from Germany to Syria for training with Islamist militants. In June Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said a total of more than 800 were believed to have gone to Syria and Iraq.

“This group has worried us for several years,” she said at the event in Neustrelitz, a town 100 km (60 miles) north of Berlin.

Merkel’s popularity has suffered in the wake of the attacks and 52 percent of Germans think her migrant policy is bad, a poll published last week showed.

The influx of migrants, many of whom are Muslim, has boosted support for the anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD), which is expected to perform well in elections in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Berlin.

“We have said clearly that an Islam that works and lives on the basis of the constitution … belongs to Germany,” Merkel said. She added that a type of Islam that did not stick to the constitution or accept equal rights for women had no place in the country.

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Cannes bans full-body ‘burkini’ swimsuits from beaches

Some people are upset about a burkini ban. Heaven forbid they get upset about how those who practice Islam actually treat women.

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From USA Today: The French resort of Cannes has banned full-body, head-covering swimsuits from its beaches, citing security reasons — a measure some are decrying as a discriminatory anti-Muslim move that only worsens religious tensions.

The ban on “burkinis,” at the height of the French Riviera’s vacation season, comes as France remains on edge after deadly Islamic extremist attacks on nearby Nice and on a Catholic church in northwest France.

Cannes Mayor David Lisnard

Cannes Mayor David Lisnard

Cannes Mayor David Lisnard issued an ordinance in late July forbidding beachwear that doesn’t respect “good morals and secularism.” It notes that swimwear “manifesting religious affiliation in an ostentatious way, while France and its religious sites are currently the target of terrorist attacks, could create risks of trouble to public order.”

A City Hall official said the measure, in effect until the end of August, could apply to burkini-style swimsuits. Violators risk a $42 fine.

The mayor calls the burkini “the uniform of extremist Islamism, not of the Muslim religion.” In an interview published Friday in Nice-Matin newspaper, Lisnard said the measure could also apply to saris worn by Indian bathers, because the clothing could hamper rescuers’ efforts to save them in an emergency.

The Cannes beach ban is just the latest of many French measures seen as singling out Islam, the country’s No. 2 religion, in the name of official secularism.

Last week, the mayor of a town outside Marseille banned a swimming day for women at a local park, citing a risk to public order because swimmers were required to cover up from chest to knee. The association Smile 13 organized the event for women, girls and boys, asking swimmers respect the Islamic notion of “awra,” a reference to parts of the body to be hidden.

French law already forbids face-covering veils anywhere in public, and headscarves in public schools. Proponents say the laws preserve secular values and protect women from religious oppression. But critics say they’ve deepened the religious divide, and Islamic State extremists say the laws are justification for attacking France.

The local branch of the Human Rights League warned that Cannes’ “burkini” ban could further alienate French Muslims.

The Collective Against Islamophobia in France said it’s filing a lawsuit challenging the legality of the Cannes measure. It urged tolerance, noting that Muslims made up about a third of the 85 victims of the July 14 truck attack on the Nice seafront. Two weeks later, after extremists killed a Catholic priest near Rouen, Muslims across France attended Mass in a symbol of solidarity and a denunciation of terrorism.

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Father of Orlando shooter at Hillary rally: The real scandal

The blogosphere is all abuzz today because the father of Orlando gay-club shooter Omar Mateen was spotted in the audience at a Hillary rally in Kissimmee, FL, a suburb of Orlando.

Imagine that — [GASP] — the father of a Muslim terrorist was at Hillary Clinton’s rally!

Seddique Mateen at Hillary rally

As reported by local NBC affiliate WPTV:

WPTV happened to notice the man, who has a mustache and was wearing a red hat, behind Clinton. It was Seddique Mateen, the father of Orlando mass shooter Omar Mateen….

[J]ust hours later, we ran into him by chance at a rest stop on the way back to West Palm Beach.  He wanted to do an interview and show us a sign he made for Clinton.

“Hillary Clinton is good for United States versus Donald Trump, who has no solutions,” he said.

The blogosphere is aghast by the scandal that Seddique Mateen — who has ties with the Taliban, had run for president of Afghanistan, and produces anti-American YouTube videos — is a Hillary supporter.

But the real scandal isn’t that Mateen the elder was at a Hillary rally. The real scandal is that no one is asking whether Omar Mateen had actually shot those 49 club patrons dead and wounded another 53 in those early morning hours on June 12, 2016.

As I had reported in my July 11 post, “Orlando shooting: How we know it’s all a lie,” according to a report issued by FBI-Tampa Division on June 20, titled Investigative Update Regarding Pulse Nightclub Shooting, between 2:02 a.m. (when Omar Mateen exchanged fire with the off-duty police officer at the front door of Pulse nightclub) and 5:02 a.m. (when police breached and entered Pulse), NO SHOTS WERE FIRED INSIDE.

That means that no one was killed or wounded inside Pulse until after 5:02 a.m. when police had broken in.

Here’s a screenshot I took of the FBI report on June 28:

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So how, when, and by whom were the 102 people inside Pulse killed or wounded? When was Mateen shot dead by police? Was he killed soon after law enforcement had breached the club’s walls at 5:02 a.m.? If so, then Mateen could not have shot 102 people.

Even more amazing is what Daily Mail reported on June 13, 2016, that Orlando Police Chief John Mina admitted that “some of the victims may have been hit by officers’ gun fire”.

Why is this stunning admission not widely reported?

Why aren’t the families of the 49 who were killed, as well as the 53 who were wounded, demanding to know who exactly had shot their loved ones?

And then, of course, there’s the video footage of club patrons carrying the supposed wounded TOWARD, instead of away from, Pulse nightclub, which makes no sense whatsoever unless the whole charade had been staged for the media. For more on this, see “Orlando shooting: How we know it’s all a lie“.

Chris Hansen carrying wounded toward PulseDunkin' Donuts & Pulse on S. Orange Ave., Orlando, FL

Coincidentally, autopsy reports on Orlando were released yesterday. As reported by Daily Mail:

  • Altogether, a total of 260 shots had been fired, including about 200 shots that hit the 49 victims who died.
  • Omar Mateen had been hit in his head, neck, chest, abdomen, right calf and right foot.

H/t FOTM‘s Glenn47 and cs.

~Eowyn