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Members of ISIS Rip Fetus from a Woman’s Stomach then ‘Raped the Baby’

A Yazidi woman who was caught and held captive by ISIS terrorists for weeks shared her tale of tragedy and slavery during the recent Women in the World Summit — and as horrific as her story was, her translator told one that was worse.

The translater, according to the New York Times, spoke of a friend who was pregnant in 2010 and unable to flee an ISIS assault.

Yazidi women who refused to be raped by their Islamic tormentors were sent to their deaths.

The friend was captured and this is what happened to her, the translator said:

“Extremist fighters, [the translator] explained, sliced open her friend’s stomach and took out the fetus. ‘They raped the baby, and they raped her, and they thought she was dead so they left her behind,’” the New York Times reported.

Her remarks came after those of Shireen Ibrahim, a Yazidi woman who spoke at the summit of her own eight months of ISIS enslavement.

From the New York Times:

“The Yazidi woman wept at times while describing the eight months she spent enslaved by ISIS, and how the persecuted minority is enduring the attempted genocide.

“Speaking on Friday to the Women in the World Summit, in Kurdish with activist Feryal Pirali as her translator, Ibrahim recounted how the trauma began when she tried to flee Islamic State militants in August 2014. Having heard of the atrocities committed by the group, she and her family were desperate to hide from the genocidal extremists.

“‘They captured me when we were running to the mountains,’ Ibrahim said in her interview with Women for Women International founder Zainab Salbi. She and her family were taken taken back their hometown of Sinjay, in Iraqi Kurdistan. There, they were held as slaves. Only half of the 40 family members taken prisoner remain alive today.

“In captivity, Ibrahim was forced to convert to Islam. She also witnessed the extremists kill some of her friends. To avoid being raped, Ibrahim first pretended to be married to her cousin. But the ruse did not work for long. After two months the ISIS fighters discovered she had lied and forcibly separated her from her cousin. “They did not believe me and they took him,” Ibrahim said. She never saw him again.

“Ibrahim said she never was raped, but she was subject to abuse. Once, after she tried to escape, her captors “did every bad thing they could do to me.”

“Ibrahim was sold and resold repeatedly. At one point, however, she became so sick that her owner let her go free. Today she lives with some of her family members in northern Iraq in a camp for Yazidi victims of ISIS violence.”

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EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared in The Geller Report.

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Why Prisons Are Breeding Grounds for Jihad Terrorists by Ming Gordon

Recent headlines have lamented Islamic sharia control of entire prison housing blocks in Great Britain. At home, American political leaders are beginning to recognize and assess the threat of religious radicalization in prisons. It is a growing threat, in need of vigorous oversight and management. But efforts to combat this serious homeland security threat will flounder so long as well-intentioned but constitutionally unnecessary religious liberty legislation continues to be extended beyond the general public to inmates. It’s one thing to address the encroachment on religious free exercise that was rampant in the Obama years, as witnessed during its death throes. And legislation passed in the early 1990s was necessary to protect free exercise by law-abiding religious believers, as evidenced by Obamacare’s preventative care mandate that requires coverage for potentially abortion-inducing drugs. Designed as a shield against government intrusions on religious liberty, hostile inmates and their allies will use it as a sword to harass and intimidate prison chaplains, administrators and policy makers. Extending extra-constitutional protection to inmates is a recipe for trouble that will undermine correctional officials and embolden radical elements. The danger is easily remedied if Congress has the will and the courage to retract an unwarranted extension of religious liberty legislation known as RLUIPA as it applies to prison populations, and leave inmate free exercise issues to be governed by the First Amendment. Unless this modest remedy is advanced, prison radicalization will deepen and correctional authorities will soon face a crisis.

US prisons are not free to develop their own policy about religion based on First Amendment standards. As odd as it may sound, local jails and state and federal correctional institutions are bound to a higher standard than is established by the First Amendment. And the reason is that politically conservative religious liberty advocates have required it. Here, in brief, is the backstory.

In 1990 Justice Antonin Scalia authored Smith v. Oregon — his one great error. Smith held that laws of general applicability that are religiously neutral yet have an incidental impact of religious free exercise are not constitutionally suspect and are reviewed in court challenges by a low standard: is the law rationally related to some legitimate government power? If so, the incidental impact of free exercise is part of life. That is termed the “rational relationship test” — usually an easy test for government to satisfy.

In response Congress and 22 states have passed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). It elevates the standard in all such cases for federal government action (and state action in states where similar state laws have been adopted). That standard is that the government must show a “compelling government interest” that cannot be achieved by any alternative means that is less restrictive of religious free exercise. That is “strict scrutiny,” and is often fatal to challenged government action. That is critical, and is the reason the Hobby Lobby case defeated the Obamacare mandate for an employer with a religious objection to provide its employees with “preventative care” insurance coverage that included emergency contraception that the employer and the FDA said may be an abortifacients. Hobby Lobby was an RFRA case.

Jump ahead to the year 2000. Congress passed the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA). It amended RFRA and applies it to all prisoners. It thus applies  “strict scrutiny” to any action that constitutes a “substantial burden” to an inmate’s practice of religion and defines religion so broadly that it includes everything from typical religious activity we are familiar with in the USA to anything an inmate sincerely professes – things such as Tarot cards, Wiccan practices, and Santeria are all protected, and so are “religions of one” in which the inmate is the only person in the world who holds a particular belief, so long as it is sincere. Of course, the law covers Judaism, Islam and Christianity. It has some good results — such as kosher meals for sincere Jewish inmates, etc. But there are problems brewing. Here is the key: RLUIPA’s strict scrutiny is not required by the Constitution. US Supreme Court case law holds that when you go to prison, part of the penalty for crime is potential restriction of religious liberty. If a prison has a “legitimate penological justification” for restricting some religious practice — say, inmates drinking communion wine or possessing a dagger for a Satanic ritual — that is enough to limit the free exercise.

Now, those examples are obvious, and would likely survive even strict scrutiny analysis. But recently, some state’s correctional systems, under the pressure of RLUIPA litigation, have recognized groups previously considered “disruptive groups” as religions – including the Nation of God on Earth, a.k.a. the 5% or Five Presenters. It is an offshoot of Nation of Islam. In another case, one state yielded to an adult inmate who converted to Islam and wanted a circumcision. Prison authorities were obliged to accommodate him and transport him to a hospital for the procedure.  The standard in those cases was not the constitutional test of “reasonable penological justification” — with its deference to correctional experts to identify security and safety risks — but strict scrutiny under RLUIPA. So as a result, we may see challenges in the future that go to the heart of what may be fertile recruiting ground for radicalization — prisons — like the problem that is happening in Great Britain. This could be about any religion.

In the federal system, Muslim inmates at Terre Haute, a maximum security federal compound that holds special monitoring inmates, are allowed to participate in group prayer, which is led by one of the inmates who is elected as the leader. That includes the “American Taliban” guy.

But the Constitution and federal judges are not the ones who mandate this. Congress is. It is all about RLUIPA. And religious conservatives are its main supporters. They have championed the law in some worthwhile cases, but the broad reach of the law is dangerous. In many states, no inmate is permitted to “lead” a group religious activity, as it may give him power or influence over other inmates. But challenges are sure to come, in view of the federal prison system yielding on the issue. This is why RLUIPA is a bad idea. But the conservatives don’t think so. They point to Judge Gorsuch’s decision in Yellowbear v. Lampert. But RLUIPA opens up the breeding ground for radicalization — and not just in one religion, but also in any, although jihadis are clearly taking concerted advantage of this situation.

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ISIS tells Muslims to steal from infidels and send them 20%

Where did they get the idea for this? You guessed it:

“And know that anything you obtain of war booty – then indeed, for Allah is one fifth of it and for the Messenger and for near relatives and the orphans, the needy, and the traveler, if you have believed in Allah and in that which We sent down to Our Servant on the day of criterion – the day when the two armies met. And Allah, over all things, is competent.” (Qur’an 8:41)

The Islamic State believes that the world’s Muslims are at war with the world’s non-Muslims, and are thus entitled to the spoils of war, of which a fifth belongs to them as the caliphate, the sole legitimate government for Muslims.

And of course the Infidels’ wealth and property belongs to the Muslims by right, for the Qur’an specofoes that Muslims must fight them until the “pay the jizya with willing submission and feel themselves subdued” (Qur’an 9:29). So the Infidels paying for the upkeep of the Muslims is the natural order of things.

“ISIS Tells Muslims to Go Steal, Send the Caliphate 20 Percent of the Loot,” by Bridget Johnson, PJ Media, April 5, 2017:

The newest issue of ISIS’ English-language Rumiyah magazine released today encourages old-fashioned theft and looting to help fund the Islamic State, with target suggestions including an armored truck full of cash or an electronics superstore.

The article declares that the wealth of kafir, or disbelievers, is “halal,” so Muslims should “take it” — as long as they remit one-fifth to the caliphate.

The article cites a hadith to show “the clear permissibility of spilling their blood and taking their wealth until they accept Islam… all kuffar who are not under the contract of dhimmah are enemies from whom ghanimah [booty] is taken.”

The writer argues that aside from istijarah, or a safe passage covenant, and the jizyah tax, “the only relationship the Muslim has to the kuffar is that of the sword, i.e. physically waging jihad against them. And any attack on the kuffar, including that which is financial, is jihad. In this regard, any wealth taken from the kuffar through deception or defeat is considered ghanimah.”
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“Whether the financial damage is on an individual kafir or the cause of perpetual loss to a business, the Muslim in Dar al-Kufr [land of disbelievers] has the opportunity to follow this blessed sunnah, striking terror by stalking the kuffar and causing them economic harm. There should be no misunderstanding about the excellence of this deed, as taking this wealth is in accordance with the command of Allah.”

Of this stolen wealth, ISIS directs, 20 percent “should be set aside and given to the Khalifah or to an official representative of the Khalifah for those who are able.”

But “whoever kills a kafir – for which he has proof of his killing him” gets to keep all the loot. Or, specifically, “whatever the kafir possesses at the time and place he is killed.”

“This includes his clothing, jewelry, all kinds of weapons, gold, silver, currencies, as well as the vehicle he was using, and so forth,” ISIS adds.

And there’s another loophole: “The one who kills a kafir on a dark street or in an alleyway, while no one else is around, does not need evidence of his kill in order to take the salab [personal belongings].”

“As for the wealth of a business or any wealth which was taken through deception, instead of killing an individual, then that is not salab. Rather, this is ghanimah that must be divided accordingly,” the ISIS article directs.

The terror group insisted the tactic “is to invade [disbelievers’] lands and damage them with the loss of life and wealth.”

“So it is not enough to defend Muslim land and incite oneself to do so, but one must hate the kuffar and long for causing them harm in their own lands. And this must be done with the pure intention of seeking to make the word of Allah the highest, even if the benefits of ghanimah are a result of one’s blessed operation for Allah’s cause.”

The last sentence defines “property” that can be included in these booty-collecting operations to include people: “May Allah, the Most Generous, make the kuffar’s wealth, weapons, women, and children ghanimah for those who strive for His cause.”…

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U.S. Teen converts to Islam pleads guilty to Islamic State plot to murder Pope

Pope Francis is doubtless on his way to Philadelphia now to explain to young Ahmad Shakoor that “authentic Islam and the proper reading of the Koran are opposed to every form of violence.”

“Leave them; they are blind guides. And if a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit.” (Matthew 15:14)

“US teen pleads guilty to IS-inspired plot to kill pope,” AFP, April 3, 2017:

Washington (AFP) – A New Jersey teen pleaded guilty Monday to a plot allegedly inspired by the Islamic State group to kill Pope Francis during his 2015 visit to the United States.

The US Justice Department said Santos Colon, 15 years old at the time, sought to recruit a sniper to shoot the pope as he celebrated mass in Philadelphia on September 27, 2015. Colon also allegedly planned to set off explosives.

But the teen unwittingly recruited an undercover FBI agent for the job, and was arrested quietly 12 days before the event.

“Colon engaged someone he believed would be the sniper, but in reality was an undercover FBI employee. Colon engaged in target reconnaissance with an FBI confidential source and instructed the source to purchase materials to make explosive devices,” the Justice Department said in a statement.

Court documents said Colon sought to carry out the act in support of the Islamic State group and that he had used the adopted name Ahmad Shakoor.

In a plea bargain with prosecutors, Colon, now 17, agreed to forego trial and plead guilty as an adult to one charge of providing material support to a terror group.

With the deal, prosecutors dropped three other charges filed against him as a juvenile.

Court documents said the charges were in relation to the Islamic State group, which Washington has designated a foreign terrorist organization….

Colon faces a maximum of 15 years in prison but sentencing would likely be held off until 2021 while he undergoes psychiatric treatment in a secure facility.

In a plea statement, Colon acknowledged having been a patient in a mental institution in the past.

Oh, well, that explains it.

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The Islamic State Strikes in Russia

“Listen, Putin, we will come to Russia and will kill you at your homes” – and subways. My latest in FrontPage:

Ten people were killed and many others injured Monday when an Islamic jihadi exploded a bomb filled with shrapnel on the St. Petersburg metro. Another bomb was found in a different train station but was defused before it exploded. According to Reuters, “authorities had established the identity of the suspected suicide bomber and that the suspect was a 23-year-old from central Asia who had carried an explosive device into the St Petersburg metro in a rucksack” and had links to the Islamic State. And so this jihad attack looks to be the fulfillment of a vow the Islamic State made last summer: to strike in Russia, and strike hard.

In a video released last August, an Islamic State jihadi declared: “Listen, Putin, we will come to Russia and will kill you at your homes … Oh Brothers, carry out jihad and kill and fight them.” The video also showed Islamic State jihadis, according to a subtitle, “breaking into a barrack of the Rejectionist military on the international road south Akashat [Anbar province, Iraq].”

“Rejectionists” are Shi’ites, who in the view of Sunnis are guilty of rejecting the legitimate authority of the first three caliphs, Abu Bakr, Umar and Uthman. The Russians in Syria are backing the Alawite regime of Bashar Assad, which is aligned with the Shi’ites of Iran (and the Alawite religion is itself an offshoot of Shi’ite Islam), and fighting the Islamic State. Hence the rage of the Islamic State against Russia – although Western analysts would do well to avoid the pitfall of thinking that if Russia were not involved in Syria, the Islamic State would not have struck in St. Petersburg.

In reality, the Islamic State’s enmity toward Russia goes much deeper than anger at its presence in Syria. On July 1, 2014, just after the Islamic State had declared itself the new caliphate – that is, the sole legitimate government for all Muslims anywhere on earth – its new caliph, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, issued a declaration entitled, “A Message to the Mujahedin and the Muslim Ummah in the Month of Ramadan.” In it, he said:

O ummah of Islam, indeed the world today has been divided into two camps and two trenches, with no third camp present: The camp of Islam and faith, and the camp of kufr (disbelief) and hypocrisy – the camp of the Muslims and the mujahidin everywhere, and the camp of the jews, the crusaders, their allies, and with them the rest of the nations and religions of kufr, all being led by America and Russia, and being mobilized by the jews.” – Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the Islamic State’s caliph Ibrahim, in his message upon being named caliph, “A Message to the Mujahedin and the Muslim Ummah in the Month of Ramadan,” July 1, 2014 (capitalization as in the original).

The self-styled caliph couldn’t have been clearer: as far as he is concerned, the greatest enemies of the Muslims are the Jews, as he knows from his Qur’an (5:82). This sinister enemy of the Muslims has mobilized the United States and Russia to lead “the camp of kufr (disbelief) and hypocrisy” against “the camp of Islam and faith.” As far as the Islamic State is concerned, this is an eschatological struggle, the apocalyptic showdown between good and evil.

And given the exultant brutality of the Islamic State, they may very well have a point. But Western analysts would do well to realize that no adjustment of foreign (or domestic) policy is going to prevent attacks such as the one in St. Petersburg Monday, or the recent Islamic State jihad attack in London, or any of the others. Nor will the destruction of the Islamic State itself end this conflict: not only will its jihadis in Iraq and Syria be dispersed throughout the world to wage jihad in new countries, but other Muslims will also take up this cause, and enlist in the war between Islam and unbelief.

This is not just one way that the Islamic State and other like-minded Muslims look at the world. It is the only way. It is the prism through which they view all political events and issues. It is, likewise, the one aspect of this broad and spreading conflict that Western analysts continue to minimize, downplay, or ignore outright. And so as long as we fail to heed Sun Tzu’s adage that one must know one’s enemy in order to defeat him, we will continue to fail to defeat him.

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Did the FBI Want Me and Pamela Geller Dead?

60 Minutes ran a feature Sunday night about the FBI curious role in the May 2015 Garland jihad attack at a free speech event co-organized by Pamela Geller and me. It was, predictably enough, viciously biased, sloppy, and incomplete, but it was nonetheless illuminating in raising a hard and unanswerable question: did the FBI want Pamela Geller and me dead?

Despite the fact that the jihad attack took place at our event, neither Geller nor I appear, except in one still photo, in the 60 Minutes piece. All they say is that “a self-described free speech advocate named Pamela Geller was holding a provocative contest.”

The contempt fairly leapt from the screen. “A self-described free speech advocate”? Did 60 Minutes mean that Pamela Geller didn’t have the requisite degree in free speech advocacy? Or that she wasn’t really a free speech advocate? What they really mean, of course, is that she is not on the Left, and so cannot be celebrated as a free speech advocate the way the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists, who were all Leftists, can be.

60 Minutes also gave a nod to Sharia blasphemy laws by describing the contest as “provocative.” It was an art exhibit, featuring historical and modern images of Muhammad, some created by Muslims. It was only provocative to Muslims who believe in Islam’s death penalty for blasphemy (and brainwashed dhimmis). Was 60 Minutes implying endorsement of that death penalty? Why, yes. If our event was provocative, the shooters were justifiably provoked.

Meanwhile, CBS gave a lot of space to Usama Shami, the imam of the Islamic Community Center of Phoenix, from which the jihadis came, allowing him to exonerate the mosque of any responsibility for “radicalizing” the jihad attackers. 60 Minutes didn’t mention what Simpson’s friend Courtney Lonergan told the Arizona Republic:

“Simpson would never waver from the teachings he picked up in the mosque and elsewhere….He was one of those guys who would sleep at the mosque. The fact that he felt personally insulted by somebody drawing a picture had to come from the ideological rhetoric coming out of the mosque.”

60 Minutes also doesn’t challenge Shami on his lies right after the attack, when he said that the jihadis were not regular members of the mosque.

Despite all the predictable politically correct whitewashing and appeasement, CBS did a good job of highlighting a curious and still unexplained aspect of the attack: the FBI clearly knew the attack was coming (although it didn’t bother to inform us or our security team), as the FBI agent was right there, following behind the jihadis, whom he had encouraged to “tear up Texas.” But even though they knew the attack was coming, they didn’t have a team in place to stop the jihadis. They had one man there, and one man only. The jihadis were not stopped by FBI agents, but by our own security team. If the jihadis had gotten through our team, they would have killed Pamela Geller and me, and many others. (They would no doubt have loved to kill Geert Wilders, but he left before they arrived.)

The Daily Beast wrote in August 2016 about how this undercover FBI agent encouraged the jihadis. The Beast’s Katie Zavadski wrote:

“Days before an ISIS sympathizer attacked a cartoon contest in Garland, Texas, he received a text from an undercover FBI agent. ‘Tear up Texas,’ the agent messaged Elton Simpson days before he opened fire at the Draw Muhammad event, according to an affidavit (pdf) filed in federal court Thursday.”

This was not entrapment. Simpson and Soofi were determined jihadis who had scouted out other targets. Simpson, along with Soofi and Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem, who supplied weapons to the pair and helped them train, sought information about pipe bombs and plotted to attack the Super Bowl, and planned to go to Syria to join the Islamic State (ISIS), long before anyone told him to “tear up Texas.”

But what was the FBI’s game in telling them to do that? Why didn’t they have a phalanx of agents in place, ready to stop the attack? Or did they want the attack to succeed, so that Barack Obama’s vow that “the future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam” would be vividly illustrated, and intimidate any other Americans who might be contemplating defending the freedom of speech into silence?

We twice asked the FBI for an investigation into this matter. They have ignored us. Of course. After all, it isn’t as if this happened to someone important, like Linda Sarsour.

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Muslim slaughters wife for trying to stop him from joining the Islamic State

“He wanted them to only speak Lebanese, and learn the Koran. He wanted to teach them about guns, swords, war and jihad.”

He wanted them to learn the Qur’an and guns, swords, war and jihad? Theresa May and Pope Francis and George W. Bush are doubtless right now on their way to Melbourne right now to explain to this man how he is misunderstanding the great and noble religion of peace.

“Melbourne man ‘slaughtered’ wife in front of children over desire to join Islamic State, prosecution says,” by Emma Younger, ABC.net.au, March 23, 2017:

Police believe a Melbourne man who allegedly “slaughtered” and then mutilated his wife in front of their three young children may have murdered her because she did not want him to join the Islamic State group in Syria, court documents have revealed.

The 35-year-old Broadmeadows man is also accused of bashing two of their children, aged under six, around the head — in one instance with a milk crate — and burning his toddler daughter with hot water….

He was arrested and charged with the murder of his wife after police arrived at his home in July 2016 and found his children suffering from head injuries.

The three children were taken to the Royal Children’s Hospital and told police they had witnessed their father “slaughtering” their mother with a knife in the lounge room, according to the prosecution summary.

Another of the children told detectives his mother’s “body was nothing but blood”.

They told police their father wrapped the 27-year-old’s body in electrical tape, plastic and a doona before putting her body in the boot of the family car.

It is alleged the man drove to grassland next to the Dallas tennis courts where he dumped the body, before taking his children, who were also in the car, to a bakery to buy pastries.

Her body was found with a large number of slashes and deep cuts including to her face, legs and lower back.

The prosecution summary alleged the man told his brother-in-law he had fought with his wife over his desire to go to Syria to fight for Islamic State and had sliced her hand with a knife six months before her death.

In the months before her death, it is alleged the woman was not allowed to leave the house, speak to her family or watch television.

Her husband also erected a tarp on the fence around the backyard to stop neighbours from seeing into their property and covered their home’s window with shutters, according to the prosecution summary.

The children had never attended school and only spoke broken English.

“He wanted them to only speak Lebanese, and learn the Koran,” the prosecution summary stated.

“He wanted to teach them about guns, swords, war and jihad.”…

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Muslim teen in deradicalization program plotted jihad massacre

Deradicalization programs, upon which the West has placed so much hope, have long been an obvious failure. Such programs are based on the premise that the true teachings of Islam are peaceful, and so all that needs to be done is show the jihadis how they’re misunderstanding the Qur’an and overlooking its teachings of peace, and all will be well. But since the Qur’an and Sunnah are full of commands to make war against and subjugate unbelievers, the idea that jihadis can be “deradicalized” by reference to them is just a myth told to Infidel authorities to lull them into complacency.

Well, let’s see. De-radicalization programs have been implemented elsewhere, notably in Indonesia and Saudi Arabia. Let’s look at how they fared. From the Jihad Watch archives:

Gitmo prisoner reveals: Saudi “deradicalization program” is really a jihad training program

11 ex-Gitmo prisoners flee the Saudi “rehabilitation program” and join up with terrorist groups

Jaw-dropper: 25 former Gitmo detainees “return to militancy” despite Saudi rehab program!

Graduate from Saudi jihadi rehab program killed in Syrian jihad: “killed a large number of Christians before his acceptance by God”

Flight 253 jihadist wasn’t cured by Saudi anti-jihad art therapy

Former Guantanamo detainee now top al-Qaeda ideologue — “He was transferred to Saudi Arabia in 2006 where he was placed in a national rehabilitation project.”

Indonesian government admits that its jihadist rehab program is a failure

Nor have they worked elsewhere:

France’s deradicalization centers seen as a “total fiasco”

“Teenager pleads guilty to terror plans,” Sky News, March 24, 2017 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):

A Sydney teenager who was in a deradicalisation program has pleaded guilty in Parramatta Childrens Court to planning a terrorist attack on Anzac Day in 2016, and remanded in custody until April 21….

The teenager’s been accused of using an encrypted message app to try and obtain a gun for his intended April 25 attack and, when that failed, a bomb manual.

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Christians may never be able to return to Mosul

The Middle East is the cradle of Christianity, but jihadis have brought about the near-total disappearance of Christians from the Middle East. Now Christians may not be able to return to Mosul, as the Islamic State has “bred a new generation of child radicals” there. A vicar — Father Daniel — said that “the terror cult’s destructive ideology has already spread to the next generation” of children and warns:

It would be very hard for children here and children in Mosul to get together. Can they even get along together as two groups? Could they adapt to each other?

The answers to the Vicar’s questions are likely no; and it is not as simple as a mutual getting along together. Children in Mosul have been trained as “Caliphate cubs,” steeped in jihadi doctrine and made familiar with sickening violence.

A New York Times report provides one example of why it is highly unlikely that Christian families can ever be safe to return to Mosul or, in fact, to any region where jihadists have held power and inculcated their worldview into children. The article is entitled “ISIS Enshrines a Theology of Rape”:

In the moments before he raped the 12-year-old girl, the Islamic State fighter took the time to explain that what he was about to do was not a sin. Because the preteen girl practiced a religion other than Islam, the Quran not only gave him the right to rape her — it condoned and encouraged it, he insisted.

He bound her hands and gagged her. Then he knelt beside the bed and prostrated himself in prayer before getting on top of her.

When it was over, he knelt to pray again, bookending the rape with acts of religious devotion.

Only non-Muslim girls are treated this way.

ISIS CHILD SOLDIERSPJ Media also reported on a disturbing Islamic State video in which the jihad doctrine is passed on to children:

The video shows the boys in the classroom learning about the Muslim holy book, the Quran, watching ISIS propaganda films, eating cafeteria-style lunches together, and sleeping in dormitories. But the most disturbing section comes during the live-fire drills, which culminates in the boys hunting down and murdering live hostages.

“Christians may NEVER be able to return to Mosul as ISIS has bred NEW generation of jihadis”, by Katie Mansfield, Express, March 18, 2017:

More than 100,000 Christians were forced to flee Mosul in Iraq when ISIS invaded in 2014.

And as the Battle for Mosul reaches its final stages some Christians have attempted to return to the city.

But a vicar, whose church 50 miles away in Erbil cares for hundreds of Christian families who left their homes, has warned a huge danger remains.

Father Daniel said the terror cult’s destructive ideology has already spread to the next generation, sparking fears ISIS will continue their chilling campaign to boot Christians out of the Middle East.

He said: “We can go back but it is a question of safety. We are dealing with a new generation bred by ISIS – they have a radical anti-Christian viewpoint and so it would be really hard to go back.

“It would be very hard for children here and children in Mosul to get together. Can they even get along together as two groups? Could they adapt to each other? We really need to work with the children in Mosul to change what ISIS has implanted there.”

ISIS has long used children in Iraq and Syria as it aims to eradicate Christians from the region.

Children, dubbed the Caliphate Cubs, armed with knives and guns have appeared in propaganda videos featuring executions.

There have also been reports of youngsters being trained as suicide bombers.

Father Daniel, who left his Iraqi village when ISIS invaded, works with Christian children devastated by the trauma of ISIS, who tortured and killed their loved ones.

He warns education could be their only weapon against the jihadis and their young supporters with children once terrorised by the group now starting to work against ISIS.

Father Daniel said: “I told them get your education and use that as a weapon against ISIS. School is seven years to 18 years. The older ones are starting to work as volunteers helping the ones who are coming in now to Erbil from the latest troubles in Mosul.

“Some are working as translators when people come from other organisations. They want to help their community and for their voice to be heard around the world.”

Father Daniel says Christians in the region have long worried for their future with his church struggling to cope with the influx of fleeing families.

He said: “Before it was difficult for Christians because after Saddam was taken out from authority everything went from bad to worse and Christians were persecuted by extremists after 2003.

“Christians in Mosul were targets for terrorists so life was really bad then. ISIS came and they purged Christians from Mosul so many fled to places like Erbil. The Christians that stayed in Mosul under ISIS control – were beaten punished and killed. Christians were given three options, pay a heavy tax, leave the city or face public execution.

“Christians were really worried about being targeted long before ISIS. They were under surveillance but when ISIS came it got much worse. ISIS wanted all the Christians gone.

“I was in Erbil when ISIS rose up. The church was not prepared for the number of fleeing people they had to receive, people who were forced leave their homes but they rallied round and the church buildings provided shelter so people stayed on the floor of churches. Gradually the church provided tents, cabins and now rents houses for people. It’s very important for people to have dignity and to live in a place that allows them to continue a decent life.

“The church was helping them and guiding, sometimes comforting – they had lost everything and were really traumatised so we comforted them then helped them and guided them so we worked with their trauma to heal them and bring families together and bring unity to help them move forward.”

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Zameer-Ghumra

Muslim pharmacist showed beheading films to children

Why not? Beheading Infidels is a divinely-sanctioned activity: “When you meet the unbelievers, strike necks…” (Qur’an 47:4) Why shouldn’t children join in the fun?

“Pharmacist ‘showed beheading films to children,’” Court News UK, March 17, 2017

A pharmacist accused of showing a beheading video to children faces trial in September. Zameer Ghumra, 37, is charged with distributing terrorist publications on 23 September 2015 under section two of the Terrorism Act 2006.

The charge relates to Ghumra allegedly showing a video of a beheading to two young children.

Ghumra appeared in the dock at the Old Bailey wearing a checked hooded sweatshirt and black skull cap. He spoke only to confirm his name during the brief hearing….

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EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared on Jihad Watch.