Three Muslims plotted massacre in crowded area, wanted ‘to kill a maximum amount of people’

Armagan Eriklioglu, the father of the Eriklioglu brothers, said he did not believe the charges. “They are very polite, they’re not wild, they’re not aggressive,” he told 9 News. “They listen to the scholars like me, scholars and all that… but no, not Islamic State.”

And what do you “scholars” tell them, Mr. Eriklioglu? The Qur’an directs Muslims to wage jihad warfare against unbelievers (cf. 2:190-193; 4:89; 9:5; 9:29; 47:4; etc.). The Islamic State didn’t make up jihad. How did your teaching differ from that of the Islamic State, Mr. Eriklioglu? Establishment media reporters, unfortunately, never ask such questions.

“Australian police arrest 3 for plotting IS-styled terror attack,” by Clyde Hughes, UPI, November 20, 2018 (thanks to Phil):

Nov. 20 (UPI) — Three men were arrested in Australia Tuesday, suspected of plotting an Islamic State-inspired terror attack, authorities said.

Brothers Ertunc Eriklioglu, 30, and Samed Eriklioglu, 26, and acquaintance Hanifi Halis, 21, were arrested in raids at different locations and charged in Melbourne Magistrates’ Court Tuesday afternoon on one count of preparing a terrorist act, Australia’s 9 News reported.

Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton told reporters the men had been under investigation since March.

“We didn’t have a precise time and a precise location (of the plotted attack),” Ashton told reporters. “They were looking at a place of mass gathering. There was a view towards a crowded place, a place where maximum people would be attending, to be able, to kill, we allege, as a maximum amount of people as possible.”…

Asst. Commissioner Ross Guenther said they’d been persons of interest since early 2017 and appeared to have radicalized themselves.

“Unfortunately the [Islamic State] propaganda machine and that of Al Qaida promotes this side of activity,” Guenther said.

Armagan Eriklioglu, the father of the Eriklioglu brothers, said he did not believe the charges.

“They are very polite, they’re not wild, they’re not aggressive,” he told 9 News. “They listen to the scholars like me, scholars and all that… but no, not Islamic State.”

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Linda Sarsour attacks Israel supporters, accuses American Jews of ‘dual loyalty to Israel’

Linda Sarsour appeared to criticize American Jews of a dual loyalty to Israel in a Facebook post calling for support for Congresswoman-elect Ilhan Omar, following a backlash over her announcement that she supports boycotting Israel. Sarsour wrote….that Omar is “being attacked for saying that she supports BDS (Boycott Divestment Sanctions) and the right for people to engage in constitutionally protected freedoms. This is not only coming from the right-wing but some folks who masquerade as progressives but always choose their allegiance to Israel over their commitment to democracy and free speech.

Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East; it is surrounded by Muslim countries that seek to obliterate it simply for being the Jewish state. It is no secret that from the day of its birth in 1948, Israel has fought for its existence, after the Holocaust that was aided by jihadists.

It was the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Mohammed Amin al-Husseini, who “proposed an Arab revolt all across the Middle East to fight the Jews,” and who ultimately worked with Hitler and Eichmann in executing the Holocaust. In 1942, during World War II, founder of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB), Hassan al-Banna, established MB branches in Transjordan and Ottoman South Syria (what is referred to as “Palestine”). The MB propaganda against Israel, and its aim to obliterate it, has thus been the dominant ideology in the Palestinian territories since World War II.

Sarsour supports the jihad against Israel, but pretends that she is standing for “democracy” and “free speech,” neither of which have any place in the Palestinian territories and in the Islamic states that surround Israel. BDS is nothing more than a calculated scheme to delegitimize the Jewish state of Israel. It is a sly promotion of anti-Semitism, and aims ultimately to destroy Israel via economic sanctions.

Benjamin Netanyahu ignited a firestorm when he rightly stated at the 37th World Zionist Congress three years ago:

“Hitler didn’t want to exterminate the Jews at the time, he wanted to expel the Jews. And Haj Amin al-Husseini went to Hitler and said, ‘If you expel them, they’ll all come here.’ ‘So what should I do with them?’ he asked. He said, ‘Burn them’.”

Prior to Netanyahu’s words, it was relatively easy to find this historic reference to al-Husseini’s conversation with Hitler, but when one does a Google search now,  Netanyahu’s reference is central and is surrounded by remarks about how shocking Netanyahu’s words were. What is actually shocking is the Grand Mufti’s remarks. And those of Ilhan Omar:

Omar’s tweets about Israel have earned her notoriety in the pro-Israel community. In 2012, she said that Israel had “hypnotized the world” to ignore its “evil doings.” Defending that tweet earlier this year, she said on the same platform that calling attention to the “Israeli apartheid regime” was not anti-Semitic…The statement appears to contradict her comments during a candidates’ forum at a Minneapolis-area synagogue in which Omar affirmed her support for Israel’s right to exist under a two-state solution and said she did not support BDS.

The Muslim Brotherhood and other stealth jihadists are the ones who have hypnotized the world with their deceptions, promulgated under the guise of “diversity,” “anti-racism,” and concern for “human rights.”

Israel has defended itself from obliteration while Sarsour and Omar cast it an “apartheid regime.” Meanwhile, scores of Arab Israelis openly discuss with tourists their happiness living in Israel compared with the abuses of their own people by the Palestinian Authority. Worse is that Sarsour and Omar have been aided in spreading their anti-Semitic propaganda by Westerners who mindlessly support the BDS movement and share its willful and shameless ignorance of history.

Although Sarsour claims to support human rights, she is silent about the gross abuses committed by her coreligionists against non-Muslims, gays and women. Add in the ongoing efforts to obliterate the tiny Jewish state, surrounded by large Muslim nations that are Muslim nations today because they were conquered by the vilest of means: bloody jihad, torture and the sanctioned taking of infidel sex slaves. What an advocate for human rights Sarsour makes.

Linda Sarsour

“Muslim Activist Sarsour Accuses American Jews of Dual Loyalty to Israel,” JTA, November 19, 2018:

Activist Linda Sarsour appeared to criticize American Jews of a dual loyalty to Israel in a Facebook post calling for support for Congresswoman-elect Ilhan Omar, following a backlash over her announcement that she supports boycotting Israel.

Sarsour wrote in the post on Thursday that Omar is “being attacked for saying that she supports BDS (Boycott Divestment Sanctions) and the right for people to engage in constitutionally protected freedoms. This is not only coming from the right-wing but some folks who masquerade as progressives but always choose their allegiance to Israel over their commitment to democracy and free speech.”

Sarsour, a leader of the Women’s March who has come under fire for not disassociating herself or the movement from Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, who has made anti-Semitic and bigoted statements for decades, most recently comparing Jews to termites, also called for people to post messages of support to Omar on social media. “You don’t have to support BDS and have every right not to but we cannot stand by idly while a brave Black Muslim American woman is targeted for saying she will uphold the constitution of the United States of America as a member of the US Congress,” Sarsour wrote.

In the comments section on the post in response to the criticism, Sarsour singled out the Anti-Defamation League. In an online petition in support of Omar, Sarsour wrote that she was alarmed by “organizations like the ADL using their platforms to attack a trailblazing Black Muslim woman in order to undermine advocacy for Palestinian human rights.”

The post raised the ire of the American Jewish Committee which responded in a tweet that: “Accusing Jews of dual loyalty is one of the oldest and most pernicious antisemitic tropes. No surprise to see it coming from @LSarsour. How long will progressive leaders continue to look the other way in the face of this hate?

Ilhan’s campaign on Wednesday told the Muslim Girl website that she “believes in and supports the BDS movement.” It added that she “does, however, have reservations on the effectiveness of the movement in accomplishing a lasting solution.”

The statement appears to contradict her comments during a candidates’ forum at a Minneapolis-area synagogue in which Omar affirmed her support for Israel’s right to exist under a two-state solution and said she did not support BDS. She said that BDS “stops the dialogue” and is “counteractive” to achieving a two-state outcome….

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Muslim migrant strips naked in street, rapes 68-year-old woman

Why does this keep happening? One survivor of a Muslim rape gang in the UK said that her rapists would quote Quran to her, and believed their actions justified by Islam.

The Qur’an teaches that Infidel women can be lawfully taken for sexual use (cf. its allowance for a man to take “captives of the right hand,” 4:3, 4:24, 23:1-6, 33:50, 70:30). The Qur’an says: “O Prophet, tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to bring down over themselves of their outer garments. That is more suitable that they will be known and not be abused. And ever is Allah Forgiving and Merciful.” (33:59) The implication there is that if women do not cover themselves adequately with their outer garments, they may be abused, and that such abuse would be justified.

“Man strips naked in street, rapes old woman,” ANSA, November 15, 2018:

(ANSA) – Ortona, November 15 – A 20-year-old Somali man stripped naked in the street and raped an elderly woman who was sunning herself on a beach in the Abruzzo town of Ortona on Thursday, local sources said.

The man was said to be have a protected status as immigrant.

The attacker first slammed the woman’s head against some large rocks and then forced her to submit to sexual violence, the sources said….

“I was afraid he wanted to kill me, but luckily I managed to break free,” said the 68-year-old at a hospital where she was treated for cuts and bruises and severe concussion.

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Muslim migrant who stabbed cop screaming ‘Allahu Akbar’ is convicted on terror charges

The establishment media is not paying attention to this case. It doesn’t fit their narrative. A migrant. “Allahu akbar.” Striking the neck. Crying that his victim wasn’t dead. Wanting to leave an example for Muslims worldwide. Celebrating 9/11. Visiting mosques before his jihad attack. Saying a Muslim was born to commit acts of jihad violence. No wonder the establishment media won’t tell you about Amor Ftouhi.

Amor Ftouhi

“Jury convicts Amor Ftouhi of terrorism in Flint airport stabbing,” WXYZ, November 13, 2018:

FLINT, Mich. (WXYZ) – A jury has convicted Amor Ftouhi of terrorism charges for the stabbing of a police officer at Flint Bishop International Airport in 2017.

Fthouhi, a native of Tunisia who was living in Canada, was charged with committing an act of terrorism transcending national boundaries, committing an act of violence at an international airport and interference with airport security.

The jury was given the case on Tuesday and had a decision just over an hour later….

In June 2017, Ftouhi allegedly entered the Flint airport and stabbed Lt. Jeff Neville while yelling “Allahu Akhbar,” which is Arabic for “God is great.” Neville did survive the attack.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Ftouhi entered the U.S. from Canada…

He then traveled to Michigan but was unable to purchase a gun, so he bought a knife instead….

After the attack, Ftouhi told law enforcement agents that he was a “soldier of Allah” and that he was a follower of al-Qaeda and Usama bin Laden.

Ftouhi faces a maximum of life in prison.

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Muslims kidnap head of “Believers Without Borders,” carve “Islam Without Borders” onto his back

The torturers carved the words “Islam Without Borders” into his back with a knife.

We are, of course, much more enlightened in the West. We don’t jail people for insulting Islam. We simply excoriate them as “racists” and “Islamophobes,” ostracize them from polite society, and rejoice when they’re deplatformed by the social media giants. We are much more advanced in the West.

“Head of ‘Believers Without Borders’ Kidnapped in Jordan After ‘Insulting Islam,’” AlBawaba, November 11, 2018:

It was a busy weekend for Jordan. Around 12 people; including children, died in flash floods and a suspicious disappearance of the head of ‘Mominoun’ (‘Believers Without Borders’) appeared to be kidnapped, assaulted and has now been accused of blasphemy.

The Secretary General of the “Mominoun [Believers] Without Borders” Centre for Research, Younis Qandil, was found early on Saturday abandoned in one of the forests and tied with clear signs of torture and physical abuse.

According to local media reports, Qandil was attacked by three gunmen who kidnapped him from his car. He was then taken to a forest where he was stripped of his clothes and slashed on the back with a knife.

Translation: “The kidnappers wrote on Anas Qandil’s back: “Islam without borders”.

Younis has been facing a fierce backlash after Jordanian authorities responded to public pressure and cancelled an academic workshop organized by “Mominoun Without Borders” to discuss “People’s History of God’s Birth” which some considered an attack and insult on Islam.

The anonymous attackers are believed to be behind threats Qandil had been receiving for the past two weeks.

Translation: “Details of Younis Qandil kidnapping.”

The incitement against Qandil and his organization was reportedly triggered by the Muslim Brotherhood spokesperson and a member of the Jordanian Parliament, Dima Tahboub. She was believed to be prompting a national debate on social media to pressure the government to cancel the event.

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VIDEO: After mass Muslim migration into Germany, sex attacks are up 70% in one city alone

Danke, Merkel! Note how eager German authorities in the video are to say that some of the attackers are German. That is irrelevant, since this behavior is sanctioned in Islam. We would need to know whether or not these Germans were converts to Islam, and authorities aren’t telling. Note also that the Freiburg gang rapists were six Muslim migrants and one German. The migrant population in Germany is still much smaller than the native population, so there is an immense disparity there that authorities, of course, refuse to notice or ponder.

One survivor of a Muslim rape gang in the UK said that her rapists would quote Quran to her, and believed their actions justified by Islam.

The Qur’an teaches that Infidel women can be lawfully taken for sexual use (cf. its allowance for a man to take “captives of the right hand,” 4:3, 4:24, 23:1-6, 33:50, 70:30). The Qur’an says: “O Prophet, tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to bring down over themselves of their outer garments. That is more suitable that they will be known and not be abused. And ever is Allah Forgiving and Merciful.” (33:59) The implication there is that if women do not cover themselves adequately with their outer garments, they may be abused, and that such abuse would be justified.

“Sex attacks up 70% in just one German city – ‘You can’t really do anything alone anymore,’” Voice of Europe, November 9, 2018:

Freiburg is a city that has been rocked by migrant related incidents. On 14 October this year, a teen girl was raped by seven Syrians and two years ago teenager Maria Ladenburger was raped and murdered by an Afghan migrant.

The incidents have made German women in Freiburg and elsewhere more fearful and they have a point. According to a report of broadcaster RTL Germany, the number of sex attacks in the city have increased by 70 per cent.

A police officer says sexual offences have dramatically increased in Freiburg and adds that Germans are perpetrators as well….

“You can’t really do anything alone anymore, you can’t be at work without being afraid. Of course it is now worse than before,” another girl says.

EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared on Jihad Watch. This column with images and video is republished with permission. The featured photo is by Christian Wiediger on Unsplash.

Honor killing in NYC? Circumstances of Saudi sisters’ deaths contradict NYPD’s “suicide” claim

It appears as if the NYPD is helping cover up what happened here. ABC News reported (as linked at Jihad Watch here): “Dermot Shea, chief of detectives for the New York City Police Department, said ‘sources’ in Virginia, where the Farea sisters had previously been living, informed investigators that the two women had been in the United States for two to three years and would ‘rather inflict harm on themselves and commit suicide than return to Saudi Arabia.’”

But how would they have duct-taped themselves together before they committed suicide?

These details point to an honor killing: “December 2017: Sisters run away and beg police not to tell mom where they were. They return back to Virginia at some stage afterwards…

August 2018: Tala is reported missing. The search is called off when police learn she is with her sister in New York City….”

An update on this story. “FIRST PICTURES: Sisters found drowned and duct-taped together had been ordered home by the Saudi government a DAY before their bodies washed up and a year after they fled to a shelter and begged police not to tell their family where they were,” by Jennifer Smith and Alana Goodman, Dailymail.com, October 31, 2018 (thanks to the Geller Report):

Police have released the first photographs of Saudi Arabian sisters who were found drowned and duct taped together in the Hudson River last week in a plea for information about their mysterious lives and murky deaths.

Tala Farea, 16, and Rotana Farea, 22, were found washed up on October 24. The sisters were living together in New York City where Rotana was studying Computer and Information Technology after recently dropping out of George Mason University in Virginia.

Their parents, Wafa’a and Abdulsalam, live in Virginia with their brothers who are 18 and 11. Abdulsalam often traveled back to Saudi Arabia for work but no information about his job has emerged.

In August, the family reported 16-year-old Tala missing after she disappeared from Virginia but the search was called off when they learned she had gone to stay with her sister in New York City.

She had recently been awarded a spot at a top private school in Saudi Arabia with a full scholarship but was desperate not to go.

It was the second time they broke off from the family.

In December last year, the pair fled to a shelter in Fairfax. The family reported them both missing.

When officers tracked them down, the sisters begged them not to tell the family where they were. What led to them returning home remains a mystery but police are focusing their investigation on the circumstances surrounding it.

Despite their repeated attempts to live independently from their parents, the family was described as ‘happy’ by Arab media outlets and were the ‘apples of their father’s eye’.

‘They were just like any one of us, they were a happy family. They were comfortable and at ease with everyone, and so the rumors that they ran away from home were beyond us. It’s impossible.

‘Their mother was naturally protective, but in no way was their household problematic for them to run away,’ they told Arab News.

They said the family was happy with Tala living with her sister who she missed dearl [sic] when she left Virginia.

‘Tala was upset for quite some time after her sister decided to continue her studies in NYC. Yes, it did cause a problem for the family as the mother had to file a missing case report to the police over her daughter’s disappearance, but the search was called off later when they found Tala was with her sister, Rotana.

‘The police told their mother that since her younger daughter was safe with an adult, it’s safe to call off the search.’

The girls only ever used Snapchat, they said, and communicated with their relatives in Saudi Arabia through it.

‘They were private and kept to themselves most of the time, but we communicated mostly via Snapchat and it wasn’t a surprise to any of us that they wouldn’t have any accounts on other social media apps,’ the unnamed family member said.

‘They were calm and always polite. All families have problems. What kind of sibling relationship would it be without fights every now and then?

TIMELINE OF SAUDI SISTERS’ LIVES AND DEATH

2015: Family moves to Fairfax, Virginia from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

December 2017: Sisters run away and beg police not to tell mom where they were. They return back to Virginia at some stage afterwards

May 2018: Oldest sister attends final classes at George Mason

August 2018: Tala is reported missing. The search is called off when police learn she is with her sister in New York City.

October 17: Mother’s last known contact with the sisters, according to relatives

October 23: Mother receives call from Saudi Consulate ordering the family home because the girls have applied for political asylum

October 24: The girls bodies are found washed up in the Hudson River

‘But that didn’t push them to the edge as the Western media is portraying,’ they added.

The NYPD has not ruled anything out.

Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said yesterday: ‘We are looking at all clues in their past life.’

The family in Virginia is yet to speak out about their disappearance despite DailyMail.com’s repeated attempts to contact their representative.

On October 23, the girls’ mother Wafa’a received a phone call from an official at the Saudi Arabian consulate who ordered the entire family to return to their home country. It was in response to an application by the two sisters for political asylum in the United States.

Police have ruled out that the pair jumped from the George Washington Bridge in a suicide pact, a theory that was initially pushed out by police, because neither body had visible signs of trauma….

EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared on Jihad Watch. The featured photo is by Jahsie Ault on Unsplash.

Las Vegas: Muslim migrant builds bombs intended for jihad massacre in Mexico

Refugees welcome! Celebrate diversity! Diversity is our strength!

“REVEALED: Iraqi refugee who planned to carry out terror attacks with bombs he built in Las Vegas was caught in elaborate FBI sting teaching agents to make IEDs with skills he learned in Iraq,” by Ryan Parry, Dailymail.com, October 30, 2018:

An Iraqi refugee living in the US built two homemade bombs in a Las Vegas condominium which he planned to use in a deadly terror attack, DailyMail.com can reveal.

But Ahmad Suhad Ahmad was thwarted by the FBI because the bureau had set up the whole thing as an elaborate sting operation, according to bombshell court documents.

Ahmad is accused of showing undercover FBI agents how to connect the blasting caps and where to place the C-4 on the bombs – intended to hit a target in Mexico.

According to the paperwork filed at the US District Court in Tuscon, Arizona, Ahmad, is also accused of teaching ‘the making and use of an explosive, destructive device, or weapon of mass destruction’, to another person between March and April, 2017.

He allegedly provided an undercover FBI operative with homemade bomb recipes and taught them how to construct ‘remote-detonating bombs’.

Ahmad told a confidential FBI source how to detonate a bomb using a cell phone with a removable battery – a trick he said he learned during the war in Iraq, the papers allege.

‘Ahmad said the bombs were easy to make,’ it states.

FBI operatives say they met with Ahmad at his apartment in Tucson and asked him to show them how to make a car bomb to hit a target in Mexico – to which Ahmad agreed.

During April 4 and April 26, 2017 Ahmad met on numerous occasions with multiple undercover FBI agents in Tucson to discuss the plans for building the bomb.

DailyMail.com has exclusively obtained the court documents and learned that Ahmad was arrested at his home in Tucson on Monday in an FBI swoop….

‘On April 13, 2017 Ahmad showed CS3 (Confidential Source 3) homemade bomb instructions on his cell phone and promised to translate them,’ the paperwork states. Ahmad then met CS3 three days later in his car outside an apartment complex in Tucson.

‘Ahmad explained some of the equipment he would need to build the bomb and that he had been studying up on how to build the explosive,’ the papers state. ‘Ahmad sent CS3 a text message with a bomb recipe written in Arabic.

‘The recipe consisted of a multi-step process to make a landmine or improvised explosive device (IED).’…

On his Facebook he posted a photo of himself with three children, with the graphic, ‘I stand with Refugees’. A hearing in Ahmad’s case is expected to take place Wednesday at the US District Court in Tucson….

EDITORS NOTE: This column with images originally appeared on Jihad Watch. The featured photo is by Tom Roberts on Unsplash.

Seven Muslim migrants gang-rape 18-year-old girl in front of a German disco

Why does this keep happening? One survivor of a Muslim rape gang in the UK said that her rapists would quote Quran to her, and believed their actions justified by Islam.

The Qur’an teaches that Infidel women can be lawfully taken for sexual use (cf. its allowance for a man to take “captives of the right hand,” 4:3, 4:24, 23:1-6, 33:50, 70:30). The Qur’an says: “O Prophet, tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to bring down over themselves of their outer garments. That is more suitable that they will be known and not be abused. And ever is Allah Forgiving and Merciful.” (33:59) The implication there is that if women do not cover themselves adequately with their outer garments, they may be abused, and that such abuse would be justified.

“Gang rape in front of disco: 8 perpetrators in custody,” translated from “Gruppenvergewaltigung vor Disco: 8 Täter in U-Haft,” Kronen Zeitung, October 26, 2018 (thanks to Searchlight Germany):

Horrible crime in Germany: After a techno party, an 18-year-old girl was said to have been raped by eight men. All eight – allegedly seven Syrians and a German – are in custody.

As the “Bild” reports, the 18-year-old celebrated with a friend on October 14 in a Freiburg disco. An unknown man gave her a drink. Around midnight, the girl went to the door with this man. In a bush, the 22-year-old, who is from Syria and is said to have been in Germany since 2014, then raped the 18-year-old.

As if this had not been bad enough, according to the report, the man left his victim in the bushes – and told his friends who had been in the disco about the defenseless girl in front of the building. Then, according to “Bild,” at least seven other men then sexually abused the 18-year-old.

All eight suspects are in custody, according to the newspaper. The investigation continues to run at full speed, a chief commissioner said.

EDITORS NOTE: This column with images originally appeared on Jihad Watch. It is republished with permission.

American officials call Putin’s claim about Islamic State hostages in Syria “fake news”

Jihad Watch reported yesterday about Russian leader Vladimir Putin’s claim that the Islamic State had returned in Syria, took 700 hostages, and was threatening to murder 10 of them every day. It remains certain that jihadists will do any and everything they possibly can to conquer territory, no matter how violent and abusive their actions. For this reason, Western countries remain at risk because of Islamic State infiltration of the refugee stream.

Following up on Putin’s claim about the return of the Islamic State to Syria:

A senior U.S. official told Fox News that the claim was “fake news” and that ISIS has been virtually eradicated in the region by Assad and the U.S.-led coalition…..the Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats also issued a stark warning to Americans to be aware of propaganda messages put out by foreign governments that may be untrue.

Let’s continue to hope that America remains vigilant to protect innocent people and the virulent growth and prevent any new expansion of Islamic State domains, as well as act to protect Americans and other Westerners, who are at risk of suffering jihad violence in their own countries.

“U.S. Officials: Putin’s Claim of Hundreds of Islamic State Hostages in Syria Is ‘Fake News’”, by Ben Kew, Breitbart, October 19, 2018:

U.S. officials told Fox News on Thursday that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s claim that the Islamic State (ISIS) is holding around 700 people hostage in Syria, including several European and U.S. Nationals, is “fake news.”
Speaking at a conference in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi, Putin claimed that ISIS had resurged in U.S.-controlled territory and had taken hundreds of people hostage.

“Islamic State terrorists have delivered ultimatums and made certain demands, threatening to shoot ten people every day,” he said. “This is just horrible, it is a catastrophe. Some U.S. and European citizens are among the hostages.”

A senior U.S. official told Fox News that the claim was “fake news” and that ISIS has been virtually eradicated in the region by Assad and the U.S.-led coalition.

“While we have confirmed that there was an attack on an IDP camp near Deir Ezzour last week, we have no information supporting the large number of hostages alleged by President Putin and we are skeptical of its accuracy,” Pentagon spokesperson Cmdr. Sean Robertson later explained. “We are also unaware of any U.S. nationals located in that camp.”

“We reject Russian assertions that the U.S. and Coalition have failed to address the threat posed by ISIS. On the contrary, the Coalition has liberated more than 99 percent of the territory previously held by ISIS,” he continued. “We will continue to work by, with and, through our local partners to pursue the remnants of ISIS in the Middle Euphrates River Valley. Despite our successes, there is still much work to do with our partners to ensure the lasting defeat of ISIS.”

Robertson also attacked Russia’s involvement in Syria, where they continue to support the Assad regime and its alleged war crimes as his Syrian Arab Army edges closer to victory. The U.S. has continued to focus on destroying ISIS but has also ordered missile strikes on areas of Damascus in response to Assad’s alleged use of chemical weapons.

“Russia, on the other hand, has focused its efforts exclusively on aiding the Syrian regime with limited steps to address the threat posed by ISIS and without regard for the laws of armed conflict, civilian casualties, or regime use of chemical weapons,” he contested.

On Thursday, the Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats also issued a stark warning to Americans to be aware of propaganda messages put out by foreign governments that may be untrue…..

EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared on Jihad Watch. It is republished with images with permission. The featured photo is by rawpixel on Unsplash.