US embassy warns of possible terror threat in SA

A South African traffic police car parked in front of the United States embassy in Pretoria. Image by: TMG

The US Diplomatic Mission to South Africa has issued a warning that extremists may target American interests in South Africa

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Austere brand of Islam on rise in Europe, stirring concerns

In this Thursday, May 21, 2015 photo a Muslim woman walks by a poster for French magazine Marianne reading “Radical Islam Accomplice”, on the Champs Elysees in Paris. Its imams preach austere piety, its tenets demand strict separation of sexes _ and some of its most radical adherents are heeding the call of jihad. Salafism, an Islamic movement based on a literal reading of the Quran, is on the rise in France, Germany and Britain, security officials say, with Salafis sharply increasing their influence in mosques and on the streets. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

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Extremists attack biggest city in northeast Nigeria

In this photo taken Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, villagers sit on the back of a small truck as they and others flee the recent violence near the city of Maiduguri, Nigeria. Islamic extremists are rampaging through villages in northeast Nigeria’s Adamawa state, killing, burning and looting with no troops deployed to protect civilians, fleeing villagers said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Jossy Ola)

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Kerry: Don’t blame Muslims for violent extremism

US Secretary of State John Kerry bows to someone after his speech during a panel session at the World Economic Forum, in Davos, Switzerland, Friday, Jan. 23, 2015. (photo credit: AP/Keystone, Laurent Gillieron)

US Secretary of State John Kerry bows to someone after his speech during a panel session at the World Economic Forum, in Davos, Switzerland, Friday, Jan. 23, 2015. (photo credit: AP/Keystone, Laurent Gillieron)

As US secretary of state defends Islamic moderates, Egyptian leader Sissi says the religion needs a reboot

 

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Paris attack rallies Islamic extremists, may boost support

FILE – In this Wednesday Jan. 7, 2015, file photo, masked gunman fire their weapons outside the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo’s office in Paris. Though it is impossible to gauge in any tangible way the effect the deadly attack on a Paris newspaper will have on recruitment by extremist groups – and there is no evidence so far that it is mobilizing large numbers of would-be jihadis – experts believe the perceived professionalism of the brothers’ assault and their subsequent showdown with police could rally more supporters to militant ranks. (AP Photo, File)

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German Muslims rally against extremism

Demonstrators in Hannover, Germany, march with flags and banners, August 16, 2014. (photo credit: AP/dpa, Swen Pfoertner)

Demonstrators in Hannover, Germany, march with flags and banners, August 16, 2014. (photo credit: AP/dpa, Swen Pfoertner)

Jihadists ‘are terrorists and murderers who bring hatred and suffering to the people,’ says German Muslim leader

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Syrian Rebels Brainwashing Population to Accept Extremist Islam

Syria: nearly half rebel fighters are jihadists or hardline Islamists, says IHS Jane’s report

Ben Farmer
London Telegraph
September 15, 2013

Opposition forces battling Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria now number around 100,000 fighters, but after more than two years of fighting they are fragmented into as many as 1,000 bands.

The new study by IHS Jane’s, a defence consultancy, estimates there are around 10,000 jihadists – who would include foreign fighters – fighting for powerful factions linked to al-Qaeda..

Another 30,000 to 35,000 are hardline Islamists who share much of the outlook of the jihadists, but are focused purely on the Syrian war rather than a wider international struggle.

There are also at least a further 30,000 moderates belonging to groups that have an Islamic character, meaning only a small minority of the rebels are linked to secular or purely nationalist groups.

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Christians Flee Villages in Egypt’s North Sinai after Terrifying Murders

Killings top months of kidnappings, attacks by Islamic extremist militants

CAIRO, Egypt (Morning Star News) – Christians in two villages in North Sinai, Egypt have fled for their lives after a priest was gunned down and a Christian businessman was abducted and killed, his decapitated body dumped onto a street.

On Thursday (July 11) the body of Christian businessman Magdy Lamei was found in the town of Sheikh Zuwayed. Suspected members of an unidentified Islamic extremist militant group had kidnapped him on July 6, and he was thought to have been killed on the first day of Ramadan, which in Egypt began on Wednesday (July 10).

At first glance, the abduction seemed to be just another of the kidnappings that have unsettled the area. But Yousef Soubhy, a Coptic Orthodox priest formerly in Rafah, said investigations indicated that wasn’t the case. The suspected militants purposely targeted a Christian leader, he said.

“He was a committed Christian, and he used to serve in the church, and he was active in his prayers and his ministry – he used to open his home for prayers,” Soubhy told Morning Star News. “It was obvious they didn’t kill him for the money.”

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RADICAL ISLAM SPARKS CONTROVERSY DOWN UNDER

Australia grappling with Muslim extremism

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SYDNEY, Australia – A recent series of events has seen Australia, like America, become a victim of radical Islam, with related events leaving Australian lawmakers and citizens reeling.

Among these are a landmark legal decision against a prominent Muslim cleric over allegedly menacing messages, a visit by controversial Dutch politician and Muslim critic Geert Wilders, a plan to build a Muslim housing enclave in Sydney’s suburbs and the formation of new police task force aimed at dealing with Middle Eastern violence and gun crime.

This follows the infamous Muslim riots in Sydney in September last year, which were a part of worldwide protests purportedly in response to the anti-Islam film the Obama administration initially blamed for the Benghazi attack.

Amon Ross, a concerned resident of Sydney, said of the events and radical elements of the Islamic community within Australia:

“They’ve rioted in our streets and assaulted our police officers. They’ve raped our women and said they deserve it. They laugh at and in our courts. They’re shooting up the south-west of Sydney. They’re advocating for Shariah. Every time we fly on a plane, we’re reminded of what they have done to the world.

“They’ve told us that our culture and way of life is inferior to theirs. We’ve caught homegrown Muslims plotting to blow up our military bases and power plants. We now have a special police squad dealing with Middle Eastern Crime. Many make no effort to be Australian or surrender the culture of their old home. … And our politicians refuse to acknowledge there is a problem.”

Australia has joined a familiar pattern in Western nations, with Americans dealing with news that students in Texas were forced to wear burqas and that the Fort Hood shooter, Nidal Malik Hussan, has yet to face trial.

Sheik Man Haron Monis, a high-ranking Muslim cleric, is alleged to have sent offensive letters and a recorded message to the relatives of several Australian soldiers killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan, where Australia remains fighting alongside the U.S. His attempt to have the charges quashed on the grounds of political communication freedom was unsuccessful last week with the High Court of Australia ruling against him.

“I certainly welcome the result. They should not be allowed to bypass the justice system,” said Felix Sher, who allegedly received letters before the funeral of his son, Pvt.Gregory Sher, in 2009.

And a move to build a Muslim housing enclave in Sydney’s suburbs has drawn the ire of many who consider the plan “divisive.”

The company behind the plan advertise the loans as “100 per cent Halal” and a “chance to escape Riba (interest)” because interest is a sin under Islamic law.

Meanwhile, in South Western Sydney, police announced last month the creation of a special squad, “Operation Apollo,” targeting Middle Eastern gang violence and gun crime, and earning the criticism of key Muslim community leaders.

Enter Dutch politician and anti-Islam campaigner Geert Wilders.

Wilders, whose application for a visa had been previously thwarted, finally arrived in Australia last week on a speaking tour, causing violent demonstrations by far-left groups. His arrival also brought significant angst for government leaders.

“Dutch politician Geert Wilders’ public speaking tour has run into constant problems as venues continue to pull out or refuse to host his events,” Sen. Cory Bernardi wrote to subscribers of his weekly “Common Sense” newsletter. “In such a tolerant and open society like Australia, why is it so difficult to accommodate a speaking tour by a member of the Dutch parliament who has a different perspective?”

Bernardi contrasted the difficulty Wilders had in obtaining a visa with the federal government’s preparedness to issue them to Taji Mustafa, a senior figure in Hizb ut-Tahrir, and Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais, who has described Jews as “rats of the world.”

On the future of Muslim immigration to Australia, Amon Ross said: “I honestly don’t know what is going to happen. Something needs to be done. We want Australia to stay Australia. These people came because there was something attractive about our values. They can’t just turn around now and demand we change to be like them. We need to crack down on radical Islam here and everywhere.”

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