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Turd Polishing Fatwa: Al Qaeda Rebranding Itself to Improve Image, Arab Diplomat Says

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“Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is rebranding itself to try to lose the negative ‘baggage’ associated with the larger terror organization’s identity, according to a senior Arab diplomat who says the Yemeni-based group is trying to attract more foreign fighters to its cause.

AQAP is increasingly going by the name ‘Ansar al Sharia,’ which means Army of Islamic Law, the diplomat told Fox News.

‘After (Usama) bin Laden’s death and the Arab Spring, the name (al Qaeda) seems to have negative connotations and baggage,’ said the diplomat, who would discuss the changes only on condition of anonymity.

The name swap was likened to a similar evolution experienced by al Qaeda in Iraq’s military and political wings. The rebranding of AQAP is seen as an effort to create ‘a big tent’ to attract foreign jihadists and give it a greater air of legitimacy as a political movement.

Since al Qaeda leader bin Laden’s death in May at the hand of U.S. Navy SEALs, the number of foreign fighters traveling to Pakistan has dropped, but the number heading to Yemen is on an upswing.” Read more.

Al Qaeda Jailbreak Sets Tone for Post-Saleh Yemen – “Even as Yemen swears in its interim government and prepares to say goodbye to outgoing President Ali Abdullah Saleh, terrorists from Al Qaeda continue to grab headlines in the teetering Gulf country. At least 13 Al Qaeda-linked terrorists escaped earlier this week from a prison facility in the southern port city of Aden, a source told Gulf News. ‘The prisoners tunneled their way out. They were in jail on charges of killing security officers, theft and other crimes,’ the source said. Aden, strategically located on an overlook of the Bab Al Mandeb Strait, has borne the brunt of a wave of assassination attempts targeting security intelligence officers.” Read more.

Shocking Truth About ‘All-American Muslim’ Star, and Lowe’s Good Call

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By Walid Shoebat and Ben Barrack – “So you’re watching a soccer game in Dearborn, Mich., between al-Tadamon and Chelsea, a game that was advertised in public leaflets and on the Arab-American website. It was dedicated to something termed ‘The Day of Jerusalem.’ The thought of incorporating such a slogan into promotional material about a sporting event puzzles you. What is this Day of Jerusalem all about? Later, you discover that the game was hosted by Husham Al-Husainy—the main spiritual leader of the Karbala Center in Dearborn—who was thanked by Samir Al-Jabiri and Mohammed Ali al-Hasani, who said the victory was ‘dedicated to honor the souls of the martyrs of Jerusalem and al-Aqsa.’

These are clearly terrorists who murder civilians. Such a dedication should spawn outrage, but it did not.

The sound of silence in response to such a thing echoed throughout Dearborn’s Muslim community. Why did no one object to such hatred, religious bigotry and open support for terrorism?

Husham Al-Husainy is not just the imam at Dearborn’s Karbala Center. He is also featured in ‘All-American Muslim,’ which airs on The Learning Channel (TLC). In the program, Al-Husainy is seen presiding over marriages within Muslim families in Dearborn, whose day-to-day lives are portrayed as they interact in English.

When Sean Hannity attempted to extract a confession from Al-Husainy, a double-speaking Slick Willy, Al Husainy, repeatedly refused to denounce Hezbollah. Americans were left to wonder whether he had decided to plead the Fifth, which involves no incrimination. Conversely, when people such as Al-Husainy have their Arabic translated into English, those same Americans are struck with both shock and awe. Open declarations of public support for Hezbollah are made to millions, but are done so in Arabic, of course.

Al-Husainy is a signatory to the Jerusalem Document of 2009, which reads more like Mein Kampf. It refers to the war on Zionism as a war between ‘good and evil.’ Zionism is considered an ‘aggression’ that is infecting ‘the entire human race.’ Muslims are told to ‘get ready for the Holy Jihad.’

If one is inclined to believe this is the ‘struggle within’ version of jihad, the reading of the following phrase after translation should prompt a reevaluation: Read more…

Canada: Islamic Teacher Plays The Victim Card, Says Muslims Are Now Being Persecuted Like Jews Before The Holocaust

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I think this Islamic ‘teacher’ could learn a thing or two if he stuck with facts, learned a bit of history, and — for perhaps the first time in his life — employed a bit of common sense.  Maybe Ezra Levant and Michael Coren from the Sun News Network could give this Imam a few pointers on how civilized, sensible people put brain cells to good use …

By MARK DUNN – “OTTAWA – A Calgary-based Imam says Muslims are being attacked in the same way Jews were before Hitler ordered their extermination.

Syed Soharwardy, founder of the Islamic Supreme Council of Canada, says a regulation change requiring Muslim women to remove their niqabs and burkas when swearing the oath to become a Canadian amounts to Muslim bashing.

From intimidating and bad-mouthing the Muslim faith and belittling the Koran and Muslim beliefs, he drew a parallel with the treatment of Jews in Germany.

‘Muslims are going through that situation right now that the Jews faced before the Holocaust,’ Soharwardy told CFCN TV in Alberta.

‘That was going on in Germany before the Holocaust, same thing is happening now about Muslims. So this is absolutely an alarming situation.’

A Queen’s University expert on constitutional law specializing in women’s rights says Kenney is conforming regulations to ‘his stereotype of the ‘good’ Canadian woman.’

And professor Bev Baines said the changes could Read more…

Iraq: Christian Shop Owners Gunned Down and Killed in Mosul Ambush

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By Joseph Mahmoud – “Mosul (AsiaNews) – The Christian community in Mosul has been the victim of another targeted murder. The city in northern Iraq has seen a long series of bloody attacks against minority Christians. A local source, anonymous for security reasons, told AsiaNews that last night ‘a Christian man and his wife were gunned down’ but their two children who were with them survived. A few days ago, Muslim extremist groups, egged on by a local imam, attacked Christian shops in Zakho, Iraqi Kurdistan. Beginning on 2 December and for several days, dozens of shops were torched and at least 30 people wounded in Dohok.

In yesterday’s ambush, Adnan Elia Jakmakji, 34, and his wife Raghad al Tawil, 25, were killed in their car in the 17 July neighbourhood, east of the city. Their two children were with them. The two died instantly whilst the children were wounded. The latter’s life is not in danger.

According to early reports, the armed group ambushed the family, firing many bullets at the car. The attackers then fled the scene, undisturbed, without leaving any traces.

The family owns a small shop but it is unclear whether the murder was linked somehow to their business. Funerals will be held tonight in the Immaculate Chaldean Church in Mosul.

‘Right now, security is getting worse,’ the source said, ‘and Christians are concerned in view of the upcoming Christmas celebrations.’

The Christian community in northern Iraq has been the victim of a war between Arabs, Turkmen and Kurds for control over the region’s huge oil reserves.

The US pullout, to be completed by the end of the year, could cause further instability and violence.” Source – AsiaNews.

Islamists in Iraq to Christians: ‘If Anyone Decides to Reopen His Store, We Will Kill Him’ – “The Islamist campaign against all things contrary to Sharia Law continues, and to drive home just how dead serious they are about preventing Christians in Zakho and elsewhere from buying and selling products, notes have been left for Christians informing them that if they reopen their stores, they will be killed …” Read more.

Iran: Christian Convert from Islam Sentenced to Six Years in Prison for Having ‘Baptism Performed in Turkey’

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“Alireza Seyyedian,* 36, a Muslim who converted to Christianity six years ago, was sentenced to six years in prison by Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court.

In an interview with the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, Mohammad Ali Dadkhah, Seyyedian’s lawyer, said that his client’s charges are ‘propaganda against the regime’ and ‘acting against national security.’

‘The judge said that by having his baptism performed in Turkey, he propagated against the regime. According to the judge, we have enough priests in Iran to baptize him,’ said Dadkhah. ‘The judge’s interpretation was that by having his baptism in Turkey, my client’s intent was to express the lack of freedom in Iran.’

Dadkhah told the Campaign that Seyyedian’s court sentence explicitly noted that he propagated against the regime by holding his baptism in Turkey.

Seyyedian, who runs a house church, was first arrested in 2010 and released on $50,000 bail. His first court session was held at Branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court on 19 November 2011.

‘The other allegations against my client were distributing videos of his baptism on the Internet and holding various interviews about [the baptism]. He is also charged with running a home church. He was holding regular meetings with other converts but they were not put on trial, only Alireza was. In any case, the judge noted all these items as propaganda against the regime and acting against national security,’ said Dadkhah, adding that, ‘I tried defending my client by adding that these charges can all be considered propaganda against the regime, the sentence for which is only one year in prison.'” Read more.

India: Hundreds of Crow Deaths Create Panic Among Local Residents in Bishnugarh

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“HAZARIBAG: After Jamshedpur, Bokaro and Ranchi, reports of deaths of 250 crows at a single spot in Bishnugarh and about 50 crows in Katkumsandi block of Hazaribag district in the past 48 years have created panic among the local people.

District animal husbandry officer Yamuna Prasad said after getting reports of such a largescale deaths of crows in some parts of the district, the department had deputed employees to create awareness among the villagers at every 5km with necessary instruction.

State coordinator of the Indian Bird Conservation Network (IBCN) Satya Prakash said the Union government had sent experts team to Jamshedpur and Bokaro to take blood samples of the dead crows and had mentioned that the crows died of H5N-1.

‘The birds died there because of some virus which may be the same that resulted in a large number of deaths in Jamshedpur, Bokaro and Ranchi,’ said Prakash who visited Katkumsandi to review the situation.” Read more.

Nepal: More Than a Thousand Chickens Die of Unknown Disease, Bird Flu Ruled Out

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“BOKSE: It has been proved that there is no bird flu after tests of the dead broiler chickens were made a few days ago in Ghurmi Bazaar of Lekhani VDC of Udayapur district.

Although bird flu was not found, the reason could not be revealed from the test in the Central Livestock Disease Control Lab in Kathmandu conducted for the past three days continuously, said livestock technician of the Livestock Office Udayapur, Amarendra Kumar Jha.

No bird flu was seen even in the test in Biratnagar Regional Lab before sending to Kathmandu and the chickens might have died because of cold weather and polluted feed.

Bird flu was suspected after more than 1,000 broiler chickens died a few days ago from unknown disease in the poultry farm of Hira Tamang and Lekh Bahadur Magar of Ghurmi in the district.” Source – The Himalayan.

Power Shifts Push Middle East Closer to War

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We’re already there, Peter.  It’s now just a matter of time before others join the fray …

By Peter Goodspeed – “As Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad clings to power with the quiet backing of regional powers Iran and Russia, the Middle East may be sliding slowly into war.

Squeezed between the rebellions of a bloody Arab Spring and growing fears of a possible military response to Iran’s growing nuclear threat, the region is becoming increasingly unstable.

‘I would be very surprised if it turned into a Russian-American war, but this could be a Mid-East war: Hezbollah, Hamas, Iran, Syria, Israel all having at each other,’ said Jack Granatstein, military historian and senior research fellow at the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute.

Ramazan Gözen, an international relations expert at Abant İzzet Baysal University wrote this week in the Turkish newspaper Zaman, ‘A process of steadily sharpening polarization is being experienced … [and] it does not bode well…. In short, the polarization over Syria and Iran can turn into an uncontrollable conflict between the polarized countries and their supporters.’

Russia and the United States are bracing for a naval confrontation, unprecedented since the Cold War, in the eastern Mediterranean, just off the coast of Syria.

Iran, worried over a possible pre-emptive strike against its nuclear facilities, has threatened to attack NATO’s new missile defence shield in Turkey if it is attacked by either Israel or the United States. It has also said it will soon stage a navy drill to practise closing the Strait of Hormuz, through which 40% of the world’s oil travels.

Turkey’s Foreign Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, has raised the possibility of a Turkish military incursion into Syria to create safety zones for refugees, if Mr. Assad doesn’t stop killing civilians.

Syria responded last weekend by staging a massive live-fire military exercise, near the north-central desert town of Palmyra, that, according to Syrian state TV, was designed to test “the capabilities and readiness of missile systems to respond to any possible aggression.”

On Tuesday, under the headline ‘U.S. troops surround Syria on the eve of invasion?’ the online Russian news channel RT.com reported U.S. troops withdrawn from Iraq are secretly being transferred to northern Jordan and taking up positions opposite Syrian tank formations along the border.

There have been reports NATO forces in Turkey may be Read more…

US Troops Now Leaving Iraq Surrounding Syria on the Eve of an Invasion?

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“A former official from within the ranks of the Federal Bureau of Investigation is reporting that US and NATO forces have landed outside of Syria and are training militants to overthrow the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

Whistleblower Sibel Edmonds, formerly a translator with the FBI, wrote over the weekend that American soldiers are among the NATO troops that have mysteriously and suddenly landed on the Jordanian and Syrian border. According to her, several sources internationally have confirmed the news, although the US media has been instructed to temporarily censor itself from reporting the news.

Additionally, Edmonds says that American and NATO forces are training Turkish troops as well, to possibly launch a strike from the north of Syria.

Edmonds writes that an Iraqi journalist based out of London has confirmed that US forces that vacated the Ain al-Assad Air Base in Iraq last week did in fact leave the country as part of President Obama’s drawdown of troops, but rather than return home, the soldiers were transferred into Jordan during the late hours of Thursday evening. Another source, writes Edmonds, informs her that “soldiers who speak languages other than Arabic” have been moving through Jordan mere miles from the country’s border with Syria. Troops believed to be NATO/American-affiliated have been spotted between the King Hussein Air Base in al-Mafraq and the Jordanian village of Albaej and its vicinity.

Nizar Nayouf, a correspondent for Edmond’s Boiling Frog Post whistleblower site, says an employee of the London-based offices of Royal Jordanian Airlines has further confirmed that Read more…

U.S. to Leave Iraqi Airspace Clear for Strategic Israeli Route to Iran

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By Rowan Scarborough – “The U.S. military’s fast-approaching Dec. 31 exit from Iraq, which has no way to defend its airspace, puts Israel in a better place strategically to strike Iran’s nuclear facilities.

Iraq has yet to assemble a force of jet fighters, and since the shortest route for Israeli strike fighters to Iran is through Iraqi airspace, observers conclude that the U.S. exit makes the Jewish state’s mission planning a lot easier.

Army Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan, the top U.S. military spokesman in Iraq, said the Iraqi military will maintain radars to monitor the country’s airspace, but it has not taken possession of American F-16s to guard that space.

‘The country has a capable and improving capability to see the airspace, a viable system to provide command and control, but no system to defeat incoming air threats until it gets either the F-16s or ground-based systems or, optimally, some of both,’ Gen. Buchanan told The Washington Times.

Iraq made the first payment in September for 18 F-16s that will not arrive until next fall at the earliest. This means Israel would have a theoretical window of about 12 months if it wants to fly over Iraq unimpeded by the Iraqi air force.

Retired Air ForceGen. Thomas McInerney, who advocates a U.S. strategic bombing raid to destroy Iran’s nuclear sites, agreed that Iraq’s open airspace would make it easier for an Israeli mission.

‘Yes, it will be,’ he said. ‘However, it will be much easier for Iranian forces to get to Israel through Iraq via land and air.’

Gen. McInerney said he thinks there is a good chance that Iran, stretched economically by Western sanctions and fearing threats from Israel, will launch a war against the Jewish state through Iraq.

‘Our departing Iraq will be a huge strategic mistake,’ he said of the Dec. 31 deadline for all U.S. forces to leave.” Read more.

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