Associated Press – February 11, 2018
SLEMAN, Indonesia – Police in Indonesia shot a sword-wielding man who attacked a church congregation during Sunday Mass, injuring four people, including a German priest.
The reason for the attack Sunday morning in Sleman district in Yogyakarta province was not immediately clear. The 22-year-old attacker decapitated statues of Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary during the incident, photos showed.
Churches are a common target for Islamic militants in Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim nation.
Local police detective Fendi Timur said counterterrorism police would be involved in the investigation.
Jack Montgomery – February 5, 2018
Theresa May’s government has admitted that “a significant portion” of the more than 400 Islamic State fighters who have returned to Britain are at large, unpunished, having been deemed “no longer of national security concern”.
The admission came in response to a question in the House of Commons by Labour MP John Woodcock, who demanded to know why the Government is refusing to release figures on the number of returned jihadists being prosecuted, despite having previously provided them.
“Are more than 400 of those returning individuals in jail or going through the court system? We simply do not know, because the Government will not release the figures, despite repeated requests,” he told the chamber.
– January 27, 2017
DEPRAVED Taliban fighters used a four-month-old baby to hide a bomb which they intended to use in a sick terror attack.
Four men and one woman were arrested while making their way to the Afghan city of Kunduz after the explosive was found in the child’s clothing.
The bomb was “carefully hidden on the body of the infant,” reports The Kabul Times.
Sowita Abulrahizai the deputy chief of the Independent Human Rights Commission of Afghanistan slammed the militants and said that using kids to carry out such attacks is forbidden in Islam.
He said: “Using children in armed conflicts is the most brutal and vicious act in the society, because such acts are categorically banned by the Islamic shari’a and enforced laws of the country.”
Michael Snyder – January 3, 2018
When are we going to say that enough is enough? According to Act For America, more than 30,000 documented terror attacks have taken place around the world since September 11th, 2001. And in case you were wondering, almost all of those terror attacks were committed by radical Islamic terrorists. According to one website that tracks these things, in 2017 alone “there were 2035 Islamic attacks in 61 countries, in which 15,700 people were killed and 14,302 injured.” Even though ISIS is on the ropes, Islamic terror continues to spread, and we must boldly confront this threat.
But instead, many western nations have been eagerly importing large numbers of young males from hotbeds of Islamic terror. As a result, levels of crime are absolutely exploding. Just check out the latest crime numbers from the city of London…
For example, gun crime in London is up 15 percent, homicides are up 25 percent, including an explosion in youth homicide of 70 percent, robbery is up by more than a third.
Those numbers are extremely chilling, but there is more. According to WND, the number of acid attacks in London has “soared exponentially” in recent years…
DW – December 29, 2017
A gunman opened fire outside a church on the outskirts of Cairo before attempting to storm the building, leaving five people dead, including two police officers.
Earlier reports by security sources said at least two attackers were involved. One was shot dead and another fled the scene. The interior ministry did not explain the reason for the different accounts.
The so-called “Islamic State” terror group later claimed responsibility for the attack, via its Amaq News Agency propaganda outlet.
Egypt has witnessed an increase in attacks against the country’s Coptic Christian community and its places of worship over the past year.
- At least nine people were killed in the attack, including one gunman, according to the health ministry
- No group has claimed responsibility, but the “Islamic State” militant group’s Egyptian network has targeted and urged attacks against Christians in the country
- Coptic Christians make up 10 percent of Egypt’s population of 93 million people
The US embassy in Cairo condemned the attack, saying Washington “stands steadfastly with the people of Egypt in the face of such cowardly attacks.”
Jonah Bennett – December 17, 2017
The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for an attack on a Methodist church Sunday in Pakistan, that left at least eight people dead and 30 others injured.
Two suicide bombers attacked the church on Sunday in Quetta, Pakistan, and following the assault, ISIS’ official news agency claimed responsibility, but did not elaborate with any additional details, The New York Times reports.
The two bombers were stopped right at the doors of the church, then one detonated his vest and the other died in a firefight with a security guard. Had the men entered the sanctuary of the church, the number of casualties could have numbered in the hundreds, as there were about 400 churchgoers in attendance. Two other attackers fled the scene.
RT – December 8, 2017
Two people have been killed and hundreds injured amid continuing clashes between Palestinians and Israeli forces Friday. Palestinian militants had called for a “day of rage” following Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.
At least two Palestinians were killed Friday during the ‘Day of Rage’ protests across the occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza Strip.
A 30-year-old Palestinian man was killed by Israeli fire during protests in Gaza Friday, the Palestinian news agency WAFA reported, citing the Palestinian Health Ministry. Another 54-year-old Gaza resident died, after being wounded earlier Friday, Al Jazeera reports.
The Red Crescent charity said their ground staff treated at least 767 injuries. Israeli forces fired live munition and rubber bullets to suppress Palestinian rage, triggered by Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel Wednesday.
Palestinian delegation at UN say decision by US President Donald Trump to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel “disqualifies” the US has a broker for peace.
Debkafiles – November24, 2017
More than 285 were killed and scores injured when a suicide bomber detonated explosives Friday from inside the congregation of the Al Rawdah mosque at Bir Abed in northern Sinai, 40km west of El Arish. This mosque is frequented by Egyptian security officers posted in the region and their families. When worshipers, some of them injured, poured out of the mosque, they came under fire from ISIS gunmen riding off-road vehicles, who were waiting outside to shoot people trying to escape. The terrorists then turned their guns on the 50 or more ambulances evacuating the many injured and disappeared in the desert as Egyptian security vehicles arrived on the scene.
Egyptian president Abdel-Fatteh El-Sisi called an urgent conference of security officials and announced three days of national mourning. In three years of battling relentless terrorist attacks by the Islamic State’s Sinai branch, the Al Rawdah mosque outrage is the most deadly Egypt has ever known. The site is esteemed as the birthplace of the cleric Sheikh Eid al-Jariri, who is considered the founder of the mystical Islamic branch of Sufism in the Sinai Peninsula. This form of Islam is considered heretical by some conservatives and extremists like the Islamic State group. The Tel Arish road to Rafah, the crossing point from Sinai into the Gaza Strip, was closed.
REUTERS – November 21, 2017
BEIRUT – Lebanon’s army chief urged “full readiness” at the southern border to face the “threats of the Israeli enemy and its violations,” the army said in a tweet on Tuesday.
Army Commander General Joseph Aoun called on soldiers to be ever vigilant for the “good implementation” of the UN resolution 1701 to “preserve stability” at the border with Israel.
The Lebanese army is responsible for security on its side of the border under the resolution that ended the 2006 war between Israel and Lebanon’s Hezbollah.
His remarks came a day after Lebanese president Michel Aoun appeared to defend Hezbollah as necessary to resist Israel, after an Arab League statement accused the group of terrorism and noted it is part of Lebanon’s coalition government.
Clarion Project – November 8, 2017
Eight hundred school websites across the U.S. were hacked by ISIS on Monday, November 7.
The hack lasted close to two hours, during which time visitors to the sites were redirected to a YouTube video with Arabic audio and pictures of Saddam Hussein. Text also appeared which read, “I love Islamic State (ISIS).”
The websites are all hosted by a company called School Desk (schooldesk.net) and are all connected to a server in Georgia.
School Desk has given a copy of the server to the FBI. Some schools have also hired outside security firms to help track down the hackers.
All the affected websites have been shut down to aid the FBI in its investigation.
“You always think it happens somewhere else, and now it’s hitting home,” said Nicole Tierney, who is connected to a school in New Jersey whose site was hacked.