Sunday, December 27, 2015
ISLAM IS GETTING A TASTE OF THEIR OWN VIOLENT MEDICINE.WHAT GOES AROUND-COMES AROUND.
IS leader urges uprising in Saudi, attacks in Israel: recording-AFP-dec 26,15-yahoonews
Beirut (AFP) - Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the secretive leader of the Islamic State group, called for an uprising in Saudi Arabia and pledged to attack Israel, in an audio recording released Saturday and attributed to him.The 24-minute recording would be Baghdadi's first in seven months, during which IS has been dealt several blows in Iraq and Syria.There was no way for AFP to authenticate that it was Baghdadi speaking, but the voice appeared to match previous recordings of him.And it was not clear when the recording was made, but it referred to a 34-nation anti-IS coalition announced by Saudi Arabia on December 15."They announced lately a coalition... falsely called 'Islamic,' and announced its goal is to fight the caliphate," said the speaker in the recording circulating among pro-IS Twitter users."If this coalition were Islamic, it would have announced victory and aid to the people of Syria," he said.He called on Saudi citizens to "rise up against the apostate tyrants, and avenge your people in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen".Baghdadi regularly attacks the Saudi kingdom in his recordings.In his last message, he accused Saudi rulers of launching an air campaign against Shiite Huthi rebels in Yemen only to please the West.Baghdadi also pledged to attack Israel, saying IS has "not forgotten Palestine for a single moment"."And soon, soon with God's permission, you will hear the footsteps of the mujahedeen... We are getting closer to you day by day," he said.The recording did not appear to be accompanied by multilingual transcripts, which has been in the case with other Baghdadi audio messages.Baghdadi made his first and last public appearances in the summer of 2014 in the Iraqi city of Mosul, which IS holds.
WE SEE ISLAMIC MUSLIM VIOLENCE IS PRODUCING REVENGE AGAINST THEM.
Muslim prayer hall in France damaged as violence continues-Associated Press-DEC 26,15- YAHOO NEWS
PARIS (AP) — A crowd vandalized a Muslim prayer room in Corsica a day after an ambush injured two firefighters responding to an emergency in a housing project, the state prefect on the French island said Saturday.Prefect Christophe Mirmand said police reinforcements were being called into the Corsican capital of Ajaccio from mainland France, and prayer rooms and mosques were being guarded.Two separate investigations were opened, one into the attack on firefighters Thursday and the other into the damage to the prayer room Friday, he said on iTele TV station.Tensions were high on the Mediterranean island, widely known in France as the Isle of Beauty.The violence began Thursday night, when firefighters responding to an emergency call were ambushed in a housing project in the hills of Ajaccio. It was not clear what prompted that violence.On Friday, a gathering of about 600 people that started as a show of support for the injured emergency officials led to more violence when several dozen people broke away, headed to the prayer room. There, they threw objects and tried to burn Qurans and prayer books, officials said. They also vandalized a kebab shop."All these events are linked," Mirmand said.Video showed some in the group shouting "this is our home" before the prayer room was damaged.France's prime minister, Manuel Valls, called Friday for respect for French law after "the intolerable aggression toward firefighters and unacceptable profanation of a Muslim place of prayer."France's interior minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, condemned those responsible for going after firefighters. He also said the "intolerable exactions" against the place of worship carried the "odor of racism and xenophobia" and would not go unpunished.
Christmas Day fire at Houston mosque appears suspicious: report-Reuters-DEC 26,15-YAHOO NEWS
(Reuters) - A Christmas Day fire at a Houston mosque appears suspicious and started in several places, CNN reported on Saturday, citing a federal official.The Islamic Center of Houston caught fire after Friday prayers when it was mostly empty and no injuries were reported, CNN said. The mosque was part of a strip mall.Special Agent Nicole Strong of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said it was too soon to determine the fire's cause, CNN said. The blaze drew 80 firefighters, the report said.Strong was not immediately available for comment.Anti-Muslim sentiment has been on the rise in the U.S., stoked by recent Islamic State-related attacks in France and California and anti-Muslim statements by Republican presidential hopefuls.The Council on American-Islamic Relations, which tracks such incidents, said the scale of vandalism, damage and intimidation at American mosques this year is the worst in the six years it has kept records.(Reporting by Mary Wisniewski; Editing by Stephen Powell)
US authorities probe 'suspicious' fire at Texas mosque-AFP-DEC 26,15-YAHOONEWS
Washington (AFP) - US authorities on Saturday were investigating a suspicious fire at a mosque in Texas, weeks after a mass shooting in California by a Muslim couple that sparked fears of a backlash against members of their faith.No one was hurt in the blaze at the Masjid mosque in Houston that broke out Friday afternoon and destroyed the interior of the small house of worship located in a shopping mall, local media reported.The fire had "multiple points of origin" and "appears suspicious," a spokeswoman for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives told local media.The Council on American-Islamic Relations urged authorities to probe possible foul play."Because of the recent spike in hate incidents targeting mosques nationwide, we urge law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive for this fire," the executive director of the group's Houston chapter, Mustafaa Carroll, said in a statement."Officials are checking surveillance video and say the cause of the fire is 'suspicious,'" the statement said.The Federal Bureau of Investigation is also looking into the incident, according to local news reports.Earlier this month, authorities investigated a suspected case of arson at a mosque in Palm Springs, California.On December 2, a Muslim couple killed 14 people and injured 22 others in an assault in the California city of San Bernardino that is being investigated by the FBI as a terror attack.The rampage has raised fears of a backlash against the Muslim community in the United States, especially in the wake of anti-Muslim rhetoric by Republican White House hopeful Donald Trump.
Body found inside truck linked with California shooting suspect-Reuters By Curtis Skinner-DEC 26,15-YAHOONEWS
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A dead body was found inside a U-Haul truck that was being pushed by a man who fired on transit police in the San Francisco-area city of Hayward, officials said on Saturday.The incident began around 11:15 a.m. on Christmas morning when police with the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system noticed 27-year-old Charles Goetting acting suspiciously in the Hayward BART station parking lot, the agency said.BART spokeswoman Denisse Gonzalez said officers saw Goetting pushing the U-Haul truck and when they attempted to search him, he pulled out a gun and shot one officer in the arm.The two officers returned fire and wounded Goetting. Both Goetting and the officer, who was not identified, were taken to the hospital.The officer had been treated and released by Friday night while Goetting underwent surgery and was in stable condition, police said.Later, investigators discovered the remains of an unidentified adult male inside the U-Haul truck.The San Francisco Chronicle said Goetting was on probation for burglary, firearm possession and dealing drugs. The newspaper said authorities found a backpack with a ski mask and burglary tools inside the U-Haul, which had a switched license plate, and that the gun Goetting used had been stolen.(Reporting by Curtis Skinner in San Francisco; Editing by Sandra Maler)
Belgian police quiz Brussels school on Paris attacker, media say-AFP-dec 26,15-yahoonews
Brussels (AFP) - The Belgian authorities are questioning staff at a Brussels school attended by one of the Paris attackers whose warnings that he had become worryingly radicalised were missed, press reports said Saturday.The reports, based on Flemish language dailies De Morgen and Het Laaste Nieuws, said Bilal Hadfi had been a student at the Annessens-Funck school before going to Syria in February.Hadfi blew himself up outside the French national stadium in northern Paris during the November 13 attacks which left 130 people dead.The Belga news agency said documents cited in the reports showed that Hadfi's teachers had become concerned at his increasingly radical views, especially his comments over the January attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.The reports said the school informed the education authorities in April that he had gone to Syria but that this information was not then passed on to the police.While Hadfi's name appeared on a list of suspects compiled by Belgium's anti-terror watchdog, the school's warning only came to light after the attacks, the reports said.The police are now trying to establish how that happened as they the search for suspects, included the most wanted, Brussels-born Salah Abdeslam who fled back to the Belgian capital after the attacks.On Thursday, the authorities charged a ninth person in connection with the attacks.
Woman arraigned in deadly Vegas Strip crash; no plea entered-Lakeisha Nicole Holloway-Associated Press-DEC 23,15-LATIMES
A woman accused of intentionally plowing a car carrying her child through crowds of pedestrians on a Las Vegas Strip sidewalk spent less than two minutes Wednesday getting arraigned on murder, hit-and-run and child abuse charges.Lakeisha Nicole Holloway, 24, pursed her lips and blinked as she was led in shackles into a courtroom. She was not asked to enter a plea but nodded to acknowledge that she understood she'll remain in jail through the holidays while both sides investigate Sunday's crash that killed one and injured dozens.Defense lawyer Joseph Abood later characterized Holloway as "distraught" and overwhelmed. She plans to plead not guilty, he said."This is sad and tragic for everybody involved," he said. "Just because she's charged, doesn't mean she's guilty."A judge set a Jan. 20 date for a preliminary hearing of evidence that police say they're still collecting.Clark County Dist. Atty. Steve Wolfson said outside court that the evidence he has seen is clear, and that additional charges are likely, depending on the results of drug and alcohol tests and police findings. Those charges could include multiple counts of attempted murder with a deadly weapon. Wolfson characterized the quality of surveillance video that captured the crash as "superb." He said he believes it clearly shows Holloway intended to kill and injure people in front of the Planet Hollywood and Paris Las Vegas resorts."If you intentionally try and run somebody over, that certainly qualifies as an attempted murder charge, and that's one we are strongly considering," Wolfson said.Left unanswered was what could have led a former award-winning high school graduate to mow down tourists and put her 3-year-old daughter in danger, according to authorities."We have heard nothing but good things about her in the past," Abood said. "This is a surprise to everyone. We have a lot of investigating and a lot of work to do."The crash killed Jessica Valenzuela of Arizona and injured at least 35 others from several states, Mexico and Canada. Three people were still in critical condition, and five others remained hospitalized.Abood, who represented another driver in a similar crash on the Strip in September 2005, said he and co-counsel Scott Coffee will need to see police reports, witness accounts and video before deciding on Holloway's defense. Holloway is on suicide watch in jail, where she is being held without bail. Abood said Holloway's mental health could become an issue but that she had not had a psychological evaluation.Casino and street surveillance video shows a 1996 Oldsmobile moving down a sidewalk and hitting tourists, while the driver avoids street signs, light poles and other vehicles, authorities say. The car swerved back onto Las Vegas Boulevard and then onto the sidewalk again, authorities say. The video may not be made public until a later court hearing.The felony charge of child abuse and neglect accuses Holloway of endangering her daughter, who was riding in the backseat. The girl wasn't hurt in the crash, and child welfare officials are caring for her.Holloway is from Oregon, where she changed her name in October to Paris Paradise Morton. She won honors for overcoming a rough childhood and homelessness to graduate from an alternative high school in Portland.She was featured in a 2012 video produced by the nonprofit Portland Opportunities Industrial ization Center, which helps at-risk youths with education and job training. She said she was going to college and entering the workforce."Today I'm not the same scared girl I used to be," Holloway said in the video. "I'm a mature young woman."The U.S. Forest Service hired her to do administrative work in its Portland office. Holloway joined the agency in 2009 and resigned in 2012, spokesman Glen Sachet said. She took a four-month break in late 2010.Holloway had been in Las Vegas for about a week, police said. After her arrest Sunday, she told investigators she was broke, homeless and tired of being shooed away from casino parking garages, where she and her daughter would sleep in the car.She might have been on her way to Texas to find the girl's estranged father, authorities said.Abood and Coffee didn't answer a question about whether they have spoken with the father.During the incident, people jumped on the car and banged on its windows, but Holloway kept driving, authorities say. She went about a mile with a broken windshield and a flattened tire before pulling into an off-Strip hotel and telling a valet to call 911.A police drug-recognition expert said she wasn't drunk but may have been under the influence of a stimulant.
Chicago 'Black Christmas' protesters march against police violence-Reuters By Justin Madden-December 24, 2015 4:18 PM-YAHOONEWS
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Several hundred protesters against police killings of black men marched on Thursday along Chicago's Michigan Avenue, calling for Mayor Rahm Emanuel to step down and aiming to disrupt Christmas Eve shopping in a glittering, upscale commercial area.The demonstration was peaceful, but after the main march concluded, police scuffled with a few dozen protesters who were trying to block the entrance to an H&M store and to obstruct traffic both ways on Michigan Avenue, a major thoroughfare. During the march, demonstrators chanted "Sixteen shots and a cover-up," protesting the year-long delay in bringing murder charges against police officer Jason Van Dyke, who shot and killed Laquan McDonald in October 2014 as the black teenager walked away from police, according to footage of the incident."Rahm is arrogant enough to not resign. So we're going to continue to put pressure on the business community and allow them to force him to resign," said protester Brother Hall, 64, of the Chicago neighborhood of Bronzeville.Police killings, especially of black people, have sparked protests in some U.S. cities over the last year and a half. Black Lives Matter, a loosely organized movement involved in many protests over race and policing issues, is calling holiday demonstrations "Black Christmas."On Wednesday, protesters were arrested in Black Lives Matter demonstrations blocking roadways and highways near the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and San Francisco International Airport.Also, on Thursday dozens of protesters marched into San Francisco's City Hall over the police killing of a black man earlier this month, demanding the firing of the city's police chief.Chicago has seen a steady stream of protests since late November, when the city released the video of Van Dyke, who is white, shooting McDonald, aged 17.Van Dyke, 37, has been charged with murder and is out on bail pending formal arraignment Dec. 29.Shoppers and tourists mostly took in their stride Thursday's protest, which was not as big as a 2,000-person march on "Black Friday" Nov. 27, which blocked traffic into several Michigan Avenue stores."I think it's a good reminder, especially on Christmas Eve, that it's not all about gifts and the commercialization of Christmas," said Barbara Hutchinson, 64, from St. Louis.More than 70 percent of the 375 people shot by police in Chicago from 2007-2014 were black. The city's population is about one-third African American.Emanuel, on holiday in Cuba, has said he will not step down, but he did bow to protesters and fired police chief Garry McCarthy and agreed to a review of police practices by the U.S. Department of Justice.(Writing by Fiona Ortiz; Editing by Alistair Bell)
Chicago police officer shoots, kills man and woman-Reuters By Mary Wisniewski and Justin Madden-dec 26,15-yahoonews
CHICAGO (Reuters) - In a city already troubled by allegations of police misuse of force, a Chicago police officer shot and killed a male college student and a mother of five, both black, on Saturday morning following a report of a domestic disturbance.The police department of the nation's third-largest city is under a federal civil rights investigation for its use of deadly force and officer discipline.A recently released video of the shooting death of a black teenager by a white officer in 2014 has led to multiple protests, with activists calling for Mayor Rahm Emanuel's resignation.The latest shooting happened early on Saturday on the city's west side."Upon arrival, officers were confronted by a combative subject resulting in the discharging of the officer's weapon, fatally wounding two individuals," police said in a statement.The Cook County Medical Examiner's office identified the dead as Bettie Jones, 55, and Quintonio Legrier, 19. The Chicago Tribune rendered the name as 'LeGrier' but officials could not immediately confirm that spelling.Family members of Jones said that Legrier, a sophomore at Northern Illinois University, was home for Christmas and visiting his father, landlord of the two-story wooden frame building where the shooting occurred.Family members said police were called after Legrier threatened his father with a metal baseball bat. Jones, who lived in the first-floor apartment, was shot through the door, according to her cousin, Evelyn Glover.There was a single bullet hole in the wooden door. Blood stained the walls and carpet of the tidy apartment, which was decorated for Christmas. Relatives, including children of Bettie Jones, who was a grandmother of 10, were at the building crying and embracing each other."This is a wrongful death. How are you just going to fire through the door?," asked Glover, who added that Jones was recovering from ovarian cancer.Melvin Jones, Jones' older brother, said his sister was a hard-working single mother who had recently started a new job.Janet Cooksey, Legrier's mother, told local news channel CLTV her son had recently been suffering from mental illness."You call for help and you lose someone," she said. "That has to stop."The Independent Police Review Authority, which reviews police conduct, is investigating the shooting. Emanuel recently replaced the authority's chief official in response to complaints about the agency's effectiveness.Use of force by police has sparked national debate after high-profile killings of black men by mainly white officers in several U.S. cities.A prayer vigil for the shootings is planned for Sunday afternoon.(Reporting by Mary Wisniewski and Justin Madden; Additional reporting by Justin Madden in Chicago; Editing by Ruth Pitchford and Bill Rigby)
Donald Trump: Relying on, trying to control free coverage-Donald Trump: a candidate obsessed with his portrayal by the news media he depends on-Associated Press By Jill Colvin, Associated Press-dec 26,15-yahoonews
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Nobody understands the power of the media on public perception quite like Donald Trump. The former reality television star and tabloid king, who has relied on free news coverage and social media to power his presidential campaign, is uniquely obsessed with how the news media portray his events.Trump routinely orders news camera operators to pan the crowds at his rallies to show how large the gatherings are — and then chastises them, with disgust, when they fail to obey. His team has experimented with event setups, often placing groups of supporters on risers behind the candidate so that cameras can't miss the carefully curated faces.He's fumed over television reporters doing live shots from empty auditoriums once his supporters have left. And on Twitter, Trump is one of the most prolific media critics, offering his live commentary of cable news reporters and analysts, lashing out at news outlets he feels have treated him unfairly.The approach is yet another aspect of Trump's unorthodox campaign. As other candidates and their affiliated super PACs have spent millions of dollars on expensive television ads, Trump's campaign has reported spending just $300,000 on a sprinkling of radio ads. Instead, Trump has logged a whopping 22 hours and 46 minutes of free airtime from May 1 to December 15 on Fox News alone, according to a tally by Media Matters for America, a liberal nonprofit group. That's more than twice as much as any other candidate and more than Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio combined.While other candidates spend their time at small-scale retail events interacting one-on-one with voters, Trump's campaign centerpiece is the large-scale rally, where he is greeted like a rock star by thousands of adoring — and increasingly boisterous — fans. The events are often held in arenas and convention centers, with crowd sizes that dwarf his rivals — a fact he is never shy to point out."Nobody gets audiences like I get," Trump said at a rally in Michigan on Monday. "We broke the record. And I don't have a guitar, no guitar. Elton John said, 'You get the biggest crowds in the world for a guy without a guitar.'" Despite Trump's off-the-cuff, tangent-filled speeches, the events are meticulously staged. Reporters receive laminated press credentials that include the date and city. At one rally earlier this month, held in a private airplane hangar, Trump staged a dramatic entrance, pulling up to the open venue in his custom 757 as the theme music from the movie "Air Force One" blared on loudspeakers. Entertainment has included live bands and DJs. Kids are sometimes offered free helicopter rides.The spectacle has created a legion of Trump fans who attend one event after the next to hear the candidate speak."This is better than a concert in the '70s," said Trump supporter Bill Kullander, ahead of a recent rally in Des Moines, Iowa — the fourth the 62-year-old had attended so far this year.In Grand Rapids, Michigan, on Monday, staunch supporters mixed with curious onlookers eager to see the Trump show in action."I just want to hear what he has to say," said Jim Rhodes of Belmont, Michigan. "Am I going to vote for him? Probably not. I like to refer to this as the second comedy show I've been to in my lifetime. The first one was Tim Allen. "Trump loathes the suggestion that his crowd sizes have anything to do with his celebrity status."Look, everywhere I go, I have crowds like this. Everywhere. Everywhere. We have the biggest crowds by far. Because there's a movement going on, folks," he said at a post-debate rally in Mesa, Arizona, earlier this month. "This isn't just like let's go and have a good time.""We have a message, we have a message and the message is we don't want to let other people take advantage of us," Trump said.Trump's events have also become popular venues for protesters, who have grown increasing adept at causing maximum disruption. Their strategies have vexed Trump, who frequently complains about the attention they receive in news reports."Do you ever notice how few it is?" he complained last week. "We've got 9,000 or 10,000 people in here. They'll talk about one guy or two guys. Headline: Trump had pickets. They had like three people, there was nobody outside."The charged atmosphere has also led to frequent violent clashes, with Trump supporters physically assaulting protesters at multiple events. At a recent rally just outside Las Vegas, Ender Austin III said he was assaulted. Trump supporters, he said, called for him to be set on fire. Another shouted, "Heil Trump.""I've never felt so much rage," he said of the crowd.Trump has grappled with how to handle the disruption."I'm trying to be really neutral. To one guy, I said, 'Get him out of here now! .... And they said the next day: It was horrible, horrible the way Trump talked to him."At another event, he said, he'd tried to be nice, urging his fans not to hurt the protesters. "So the next day," he claimed the news media had reported, "Trump was off his game, he was very, very weak.""So you can't win with these people," he complained.This week, Trump tried a different approach, trying to shame his protesters with insults."Look at these people. Boy, what a bunch of losers," he said. "You are a loser, you really are a loser ... Get 'em out."___Associated Press writer Tom Coyne in Grand Rapids, Michigan, contributed to this report.
WORLD POWERS IN THE LAST DAYS (END OF AGE OF GRACE NOT THE WORLD)
EUROPEAN UNION-KING OF WEST-DAN 9:26-27,DAN 7:23-24,DAN 11:40,REV 13:1-10
EGYPT-KING OF THE SOUTH-DAN 11:40
RUSSIA-KING OF THE NORTH-EZEK 38:1-2,EZEK 39:1-3
CHINA-KING OF THE EAST-DAN 11:44,REV 9:16,18
VATICAN-RELIGIOUS LEADER-REV 13:11-18,REV 17:4-5,9,18
11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.(WORLD TERRORISM,MURDERS)(HAMAS IN HEBREW IS VIOLENCE)
12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence (TERRORISM)(HAMAS) through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.
2 PETER 2:5
5 And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;
2 PETER 3:7
7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men
16 I also will do this unto you; I will even appoint over you( sudden) terror(ISM), consumption, and the burning ague, that shall consume the eyes, and cause sorrow of heart: and ye shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it.
11 And the angel of the LORD said unto her,(HAGAR) Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael;(FATHER OF THE ARAB/MUSLIMS) because the LORD hath heard thy affliction.
12 And he (ISHMAEL-FATHER OF THE ARAB-MUSLIMS) will be a wild (DONKEY-JACKASS) man;(ISLAM IS A FAKE AND DANGEROUS SEX FOR MURDER CULT) his hand will be against every man,(ISLAM HATES EVERYONE) and every man's hand against him;(PROTECTING THEMSELVES FROM BEING BEHEADED) and he (ISHMAEL ARAB/MUSLIM) shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.(LITERAL-THE ARABS LIVE WITH THEIR BRETHERN JEWS)
12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer,(SATAN) son of the morning!(HEBREW-CRECENT MOON-ISLAM) how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
14 I (SATAN HAS EYE TROUBLES) will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.(AND 1/3RD OF THE ANGELS OF HEAVEN FELL WITH SATAN AND BECAME DEMONS)
ISAIAH 33:1,18-19 Woe to thee that spoilest,(destroys) and thou wast not spoiled;(destroyed) and dealest treacherously, and they dealt not treacherously with thee! when thou shalt cease to spoil,(destroy) thou shalt be spoiled;(destroyed) and when thou shalt make an end to deal treacherously, they shall deal treacherously with thee.
18 Thine heart shall meditate terror. Where is the scribe? where is the receiver? where is he that counted the towers?
19 Thou shalt not see a fierce people, a people of a deeper speech than thou canst perceive; of a stammering tongue, that thou canst not understand.
2 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.(ISLAM MURDERS IN THE NAME OF MOON GOD ALLAH OF ISLAM)
IS leader says 'caliphate' well, mocks Saudi-led alliance-Associated Press By ZEINA KARAM- DEC 26,15-YAHOONEWS
BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group on Saturday released a new message purportedly from its reclusive leader, claiming that his self-styled "caliphate" is doing well despite an unprecedented alliance against it and criticizing the recently announced Saudi-led Islamic military coalition against terrorism.In the 24-minute audio, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi said airstrikes by the international coalition only increase his group's determination and resolve. The message was al-Baghdadi's first since May, and comes amid battlefield setbacks that IS has recently faced.Meanwhile, a U.S.-backed coalition of rebels in Syria — including Syrian Kurdish, Arab and Christian groups — captured a major dam on the Euphrates River from the Islamic State group as part of the coalition's march on IS-held areas in northern Syria.The coalition, known as Syria Democratic Forces, announced earlier this week a new offensive aimed at cutting supply lines between IS strongholds in the country's north. The SDF said it seized the Tishrin Dam, which supplies much off northern Syria with electricity, on Saturday.An SDF spokesman told AP earlier this week that his forces are also trying to cut the supply lines between the Islamic State's de-facto capital of Raqqa and the group's stronghold of Manbij in northern Syria.The SDF, dominated by the main Kurdish militia in Syria known as YPG, or People's Protection Units, has become a main force in fighting IS.The Islamic State group has come under pressure in Syria and Iraq, where it has declared its self-styled Islamic caliphate on territory that the militant group controls. It lost the town Sinjar in Iraq last month, and areas across the border in Syria at the same time. Iraqi government troops are also advancing in the Islamic State-held city of Ramadi, the provincial capital of the sprawling Anbar province, Iraq's Sunni heartland.Airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition and Russia in Syria have also destroyed Syrian oil facilities and killed several IS leaders in recent weeks."It is unprecedented in the history of our Ummah (Islamic nation) that all the world came against it in one battle, as it is happening today. It is the battle of all the disbelievers against all the Muslims," al-Baghdadi said.He said the U.S.-led alliance does "not scare us... nor do they scatter our resolve because we are the victors in any event."Al-Baghdadi also taunted the United States for not putting boots on the ground. "They do not dare to come, because their hearts are full of fear from the mujahideen,"or holy warriors, he said."America and its allies dream of destroying the caliphate through their proxies and henchmen, and whenever an alliance of theirs fails or a tail is cut, they hasten to establish another, until they recently declared the Salouli (Saudi) alliance that was falsely called Islamic," al-Baghdadi added.If the Saudi-led alliance was truly Islamic, then it would fight the Syrian army and its Russian "masters," as well as Shiites and Jews, al-Baghdadi said.In mid-December, Saudi Arabia announced the new, 34-member alliance against terrorism, to be based in the kingdom's capital, Riyadh. But Shiite powerhouse Iran is not part of the new coalition; neither are Iraq and Syria, whose forces are battling to regain ground from the Islamic State group and whose governments are allied with Tehran.In the audio, al-Baghdadi also warned nations taking part in the war against IS by saying: "We promise you, God permitting, that whoever participates in the war against the Islamic State will pay the price dearly."He threatened Israel by saying, "we haven't forgotten you" and "we are getting closer to you" every day. To Israeli Jews, he said that they "will hide behind trees and stones" from the IS.He also urged Muslims world over to join the IS fight, saying it is their Islamic duty to rise up everywhere.The authenticity of the audio could not be independently confirmed but it was posted on IS-affiliated websites and Twitter as past IS messages. Also, it was produced by the al-Furqan Media Foundation, IS media arm.
Czech leader calls migrant wave in Europe an 'organised invasion'-AFP-dec 26,15-yahoonews
Prague (AFP) - Czech President Milos Zeman, known for his anti-migrant comments, on Saturday called the current wave of refugees to Europe "an organised invasion", and that young men from Syria and Iraq should instead "take up arms" against the Islamic State (IS) group."I am profoundly convinced that we are facing an organised invasion and not a spontaneous movement of refugees," said Zeman in his Christmas message to the Czech Republic released Saturday.He went on to say that compassion was "possible" for refugees who are old or sick and for children, but not for young men who in his view should be back home fighting against jihadists."A large majority of the illegal migrants are young men in good health, and single. I wonder why these men are not taking up arms to go fight for the freedom of their countries against the Islamic State," said Zeman, who was elected Czech president in early 2013.He added that their fleeing their war-torn countries only serves to strengthen the IS group.The 71-year-old evoked a comparison to the situation of Czechs who left their country when it was under Nazi occupation (1939-1945) in order to "fight to liberate the country and not to receive social benefits in Great Britain."It's not the first time Zeman has taken a controversial stance on Europe's worst migrant crisis since World War II.In November, the left-winger attended an anti-Islam rally in Prague in the company of far-right politicians and a paramilitary unit.The country's Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka, who has previously criticised the head of state's comments, said Zeman's Christmas message was based "on prejudices and his habitual simplification of things."A recent survey showed that nearly 70 percent of Czechs oppose the arrival of migrants and refugees in their country.
Belgium restarts ageing Tihange 1 nuclear reactor-AFP-DEC 26,15-YAHOONEWS
Brussels (AFP) - Belgian power utility Electrabel said Saturday it had restarted a nuclear reactor at its ageing Tihange plant, just days after being forced to shut it down following a fire in the electricity supply system.An Electrabel spokesman said the Tihange 1 reactor was put back on line as scheduled and would be running at full power in due course.Last week's shutdown of the reactor was "normal procedure" after such a fire, the company said previously.Tihange 1 is the oldest of three reactors at the plant, about an hour's drive southwest of Brussels, and began service in 1975.It was meant to be closed completely in 2015 but the government decided in 2012 to keep it running until 2025 to help ensure electricity supplies while other energy sources are developed.Environmentalists, especially in neighbouring Germany which is phasing out nuclear power, have criticised extending the life of Belgium's reactors, which they say are too old to be considered safe.Belgium has suffered a series of nuclear mishaps in recent years, with three of the country's seven reactors closed at one point, in two cases due to the discovery of micro-cracks in the reactor vessels.Overnight Thursday, Electrabel was forced to halt another reactor at its Doel plant near the northern city of Antwerp, only days after it was restarted following a 21-month shutdown.The company said at the time it expected to resume operation of the Doel 3 reactor "within a few days."An Electrabel spokeswoman said Saturday that the Doel 1 reactor, halted since early this year and which was supposed to have been restarted on Sunday, will now come on line on Thursday instead.Such slippage in estimated dates was "normal," she added.
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