Posted by: Frank G ||
01/01/2018 8:49 Comments ||
Irish New Year's blessing
“Count your blessings instead of your crosses.
Count your gains instead of your losses.
Count your joys instead of your woes.
Count your friends instead of your foes.
Count your smiles instead of your tears.
Count your courage instead of your fears.
Count your full times instead of your lean.
Count your kind deeds instead of your mean.
Count your health instead of your wealth.
Love your neighbor as much as yourself.”
No major attacks during the celebrations, thanks to all who stood guard through the night, and a calm day to recover for those who need to. May this be a sign that 2018 will be a year full of even more winning — when Mr. and Mrs. Clinton and Mr, Obama discover how ignored the powerless can be.
In other happy news, there is a Pappy sighting in the O Club. It’s a very good day.
[DailyMail] New Zealand became the first major world country to welcome in the start of 2018 as more than 3,000 fireworks were launched into the night sky over Auckland. Sydney then joined in the party with a rainbow waterfall off the Harbour Bridge to celebrate gay marriage, which was recently legalised. Large displays are expected in Japan, South Korea and China before the celebrations move through India and the Middle East, before reaching Russia and Europe then passing over to the Americas.
[AlAhram] On New Year's Eve, the number of police officers on duty in Istanbul will be doubled to 37,000 and public celebrations will be cancelled or banned in some districts for security reasons, officials have said. Many roads in central Istanbul districts will be closed, while heavy vehicles will not be allowed to enter some areas, police have also said.
[IsraelTimes] Police are stepping up security measures ahead of New Year’s celebrations to both ensure the festivities go smoothly and crack down on intoxicated drivers. This includes “extra units, special patrol units,” police say, “and border police are patrolling city centers, traffic police and volunteers also involved in preventing drinking and driving.”
[Ynet] Two people have died from fireworks injuries amid New Year celebrations in Germany, but the country avoided a repeat of the mass groping in Cologne from 2016, amid heightened security and efforts to protect women from sexual harassment.
In the Brandenburg region outside Berlin, the dpa news agency reported Monday that a 35-year-old man died after igniting fireworks, and a 19-year-old suffered fatal head injuries after he set off a homemade device.
Police in Cologne reported seven cases of sexual harassment, while Berlin police reported 10 and seven arrests as several hundred thousand people celebrated at the city's Brandenburg Gate.
Police sought to prevent a repeat of New Year 2016 in Cologne, when hundreds of women were groped and robbed, mostly by groups of migrants.
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Talibs have executed a lecturer and a student, days after kidnapping them in eastern Nangarhar The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country.. province of Afghanistan.
The provincial government media office in a statement said a lecturer of the agriculture institute and a student were kidnapped b the Taliban ...Arabic for students... bully boyz from an area between Bati Kot and Jalalabad two days ago.
The statement further added that the lecturer identified as Imam Jan and his student Gulbadin were executed on Friday, two days after they were kidnapped.
No further details have been given regarding the circumstances surrounding the abduction and execution of the two individuals.
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least twelve people were maimed in an kaboom in Mazar-e-Sharif city, the thriving provincial capital of the northern Balkh province of Afghanistan.
According to the local officials, the incident took place late on Saturday night after explosives planted in a vehicle went off in a crowded part of the city.
Provincial police Chief Abdul Raziq Qaderi confirmed that the kaboom took place in a taxi vehicle due to a magnetic bomb kaboom and as a result ten people were maimed, including the taxi driver.
However, there is a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened... the provincial hospital sources are saying that twelve people were maimed in the kaboom and a number of them are at death's door.
No individual or group has so far grabbed credit behind the incident.
Balkh is among the relatively calm provinces in North of Afghanistan where terrorist-related incidents are rarely reported although the anti-government armed holy warrior groups often try to stage attacks in some key parts of the province, including the Mazar-e-Sharif city.
The local officials had earlier said that the signs of ISIS activities were also noted in some remote districts of Balkh besides the Taliban ...the Pashtun equivalent of men... Death Eaters are attempting to expand their insurgency in this province
[Al Jazeera] At least 18 people have been killed in a bombing at a funeral ceremony in eastern Afghanistan, according to local media.
The blast on Sunday took place as people gathered to pay respects to a former district chief in Jalalabad, the capital of Nangarhar The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country.. province, Pajhwok Afghan News reported, quoting provincial Governor Attaullah Khogyani.
The kaboom left at least 13 people maimed.
Photos from the scene showed a burnt-out rickshaw and a destroyed cycle of violence.
[RADIOSHABELLE] Kenya’s elite security forces have intensified a manhunt for al-Shabaab ... the personification of Somali state failure... Death Eaters who attacked two police camps in northeastern parts of the country on Saturday.
North-eastern regional commissioner Mohamud Saleh said a contingent of security officers drawn from Kenya Defence Forces (KDF), rural border patrol unit and the regal police were in hot pursuit of the holy warriors.
"They (militants) can run but they cannot hide. We will smoke them out of their hideout," Saleh told news hounds.
He assured local residents that security agencies were "in control of the situation" and urged them to provide relevant information that will help nab the holy warriors.
The holy warrior who according to locals were numbering 100 razed two cop shoppes before escaping with a police Land Cruiser. They also vandalized a Safaricom mast hence cutting of communication in the area.
The al-Shabaab fighters had earlier been spotted in Boni forest, Taqsiley and Walkon areas in Ijara sub-county, Garissa county in northeastern Kenya.
They were accused of attempting to recruit local youth through radicalization.
Last week a man who was suspected by local resident to have fled the militia group had been tossed in the slammer Book 'im, Mahmoud! by the area chief in Kotile and handed over to anti-terror military officers based in Gamba in Tana delta.
Posted by: Fred ||
01/01/2018 00:00 ||
Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)
[Libya Herald] The LNA’s Special Forces Operations Room announced yesterday that they had completed their military operations in the Sidi Khrebiesh area of Benghazi. They also announced that they had gained control over the al-Balady hotel and its surrounding areas.
The Special Forces Operations Room said that it was continuing with its clearing operations in the surrounding areas. Media reports said that there was resistance from "extremists" in the battle with the LNA. There are other media reports that 6 "terrorists" were locked away Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please! as they tried to escape the LNA. The LNA also suffered a number of injuries, local Libyan media reported.
It will be noted that the announcement comes nearly five months after the LNA had announced then that Benghazi had been completely liberated from ’’terror’’ groups.
Posted by: Fred ||
01/01/2018 00:00 ||
Top|| File under: Arab Spring
[All Africa] Scores of civilians and Boko Haram ... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality... forces of Evil were reportedly killed yesterday during different attacks in Borno and Yobe states.
Witnesses said the first attack was an ambush on firewood mongers in villages around Mafa, the first local government area outskirts of Maiduguri along Dikwa- Gamboru-Ngala-Cameroon ...a long, narrow country that fills the space between Nigeria and Chad on the northeast, CAR to the southeast. Prior to incursions by Boko Haram nothing ever happened there... Republic road.
The second attack was reportedly launched at villages around Kanamma in northern fringes of Yobe State, the first place where Boko Haram, then known as Nigerian Taliban ...the Pashtun equivalent of men... , settled around 2002.
The third siege was along Maiduguri- Damboa road in southern part of Borno.
Different sources said dozens of people were allegedly killed but this could not be independently verified.
In the attack in Mafa, sources said no fewer than 50 people were killed.
A vigilante Umara Modu said many Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from Muna camp in the outskirts of Maiduguri, as well as others from the surrounding villages, including Maiwa near Mafa LGA, were killed around 2.30 pm Saturday.
"Different Boko Haram gangs ambushed different locations. More than 50 people, mostly those chopping firewood which they normally sell to support their families, were killed," he said.
"They carted away many trucks belonging to the firewood mongers and set ablaze the rickety ones," he added.
Usman Jidda, a driver who lives near Muna garage in Maiduguri corroborated. "It was a assassination by the terrorists... Based on the information I got, they killed more than 40 people in the bushes," he said.
It was also gathered that the forces of Evil attacked Kanamma villages around 5:45pm yesterday, but many of them met their waterloo as they were killed by an Air Force fighter jet which mobilized to the site after a distress call.
"The BH fighters did not succeed in Kanamma, they were repelled," said Musa Mohammed, a resident of Geidam, which is not far from Kanamma.
"The bully boyz actually attacked Kam village near Kanamma where they sometime ago forcefully recruited many youths. I think they went back to either recruit others but were not successful.
"The village is at a border between Nigeria and Niger, and it is the Musab Albarnawi faction of the sect that is terrorising people there
"It is pleasing that Air Force mobilized immediately. Many of the bad boyz were potted by the fighter jet while fleeing in the desert," he said.
A resident in the town, Musaah Baakura, revealed that prior to the Kanamma attack villagers called and warned their relatives of the possibility.
"They said that the forces of Evil had assembled in a bush, with weapons, trying to hit a target. Many people fled for their lives, some traveled out, some to neighbouring villages while others remained indoors," he said.
In yet another attack, the forces of Evil reportedly laid ambush on vehicles conveying people and foodstuff along Maiduguri- Damboa road.
"Those ones were desperately looking for food and they succeeded in getting plenty," a security source, who does not want to be quoted, said.
Posted by: Fred ||
01/01/2018 00:00 ||
Top|| File under: Boko Haram (ISIS)
'You don't get s*** for wearing nowt but if you start wearing a veil you're accused of extremism': Ex Page 3 girl who police feared was being groomed by ISIS is released without charge
Kimberley Miners, who once appeared topless in The Sun, was quizzed last year under the Terrorism Act 2000 and had her home in Bradford searched. She's now been released without charge
'Hair gel jihadi' Muslim convert, 27, who changed his appearance 'to look more Syrian' as he tried to join ISIS after leaving his pregnant wife who ‘snitched’ on him to police is jailed for five years
Liverpool-born Ismael Watson, 27, travelled to Turkey but was stopped and sent back to Britain as he tried to cross the border into Syria, the Old Bailey heard.
Sainsbury’s worker, 19, linked to London Bridge terrorist’s jihadi network faces jail for sharing ISIS propaganda on WhatsApp
Iftikahar Ali, pictured, from High Wycombe was friends with convicted terrorist Taha Hussain who knew London Bridge attacker Khuram Butt, was today found guilty of 13 terrorism charges.
MI5 is struggling to deal with surge in 'high risk' terror suspects as threat to Britain hits 'unprecedented' levels, report warns
A report has given a stark insight into the challenge facing the security services, revealing they are devoting more resources to watching individuals who have had terrorist training or are plotting attacks.
Revealed: Polish mother lives in a £200-a-week council house worth £1.9m on the same millionaire's row where a £2.2m house is rented for £90 a week to a Somali refugee family
With its elegant Georgian houses and scattering of cherry trees, this street is among London's most desirable locations, just a short walk from the West End, the Barbican arts centre and the City.
Lorry hiding seven Iraqi men and three boys is stopped at the same UK petrol station where police arrested nine illegal immigrants three months ago
Police were called to a dual carriageway in Bracknell last week after noises were heard coming from the back of the truck.
Woman, 50, who was caught trying to smuggle three people through the Eurotunnel hidden underneath bedding is jailed for more than two years
Wendy Thomas was stopped at the UK border controls at the Eurotunnel terminal in Coquelles, France, where officers discovered two women in a holdall and a man lying on the floor in the back.
Migrants Who Lie About Being Refugees Can Now Stay in the UK, Court Rules
Albanian criminals who pretended to be Kosovan refugees have been allowed to stay in the UK after a Supreme Court judgement revealed a “loophole in the law”.
UK: Whites Scared, White-Owned Businesses Stoned in a Racially Divided Bradford ‘Heading for Disaster’
Areas of Bradford are no-go zones for certain ethnic groups and the city is “heading toward disaster,” councillors have warned, citing attacks on a synagogue and white businesses in ‘Asian’ areas.
Travellers and ‘Asian Communities’ Fuel Cruel Resurgence in Cockfighting
Travellers and “men from Asian communities” are driving a resurgence in the cruel blood sport of cockfighting, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) has warned.
Study: Brexit Not Driven by Racism, Public Want Immigration Control and Criminal Checks
The British people largely did not vote to leave the European Union (EU) because they are racist and the public’s desire for control over immigration is not driven by prejudice, a report has found.
Young Britons ‘Paying The Price’ for Decade of Mass Migration, Housing Crisis Report Finds
To be fair, this includes EU migrants as well as Moslem colonists
A new report has revealed the extent to which Britain’s housing crisis has been driven by mass immigration, with young people “paying the price” for this policy through ever-rising rents.
Refugee Jailed For ‘Ferocious’ Knife Attack Just Two Months After He Was Flown To UK From Syria
A Syrian has been jailed after stabbing a man multiple times in a ‘ferocious’ attack launched just two months after being flown into Britain with his family as a refugee by UK taxpayers. Fahed Shamery was sentenced at Chester Crown
UK to Spend £180 Million on Africa Aid, Helping Migrants ‘Return Home’
The UK will spend £180 million of taxpayers’ money over five years in Africa in an effort to convince migrants to stay where they are, reintegrate, or “return home”.
Devout Muslim widow stops wearing her hijab and starts dating a man in Australia after ISIS terrorist shot her husband dead in horrific Jakarta Starbucks attack
A devout Muslim woman stopped wearing the hijab after an ISIS terrorist shot dead her husband in an horrific attack outside a Starbucks cafe in Jakarta. She's now dating an Australian carpenter.
ISIS fighter Neil Prakash denies being the leader of the Islamist terror network's Australian faction as he edges closer to being extradited home
Australia's most notorious living ISIS fighter, Neil Prakash, has denied being the leader of the Islamic State terror group in his home country.
Brother of an ISIS TERRORIST is allowed to join the police after dodging background checks in an astonishing security breach
The brother of a man who fled Australia to become in ISIS terrorist three years ago was allegedly accepted into the Queensland Police Force. The unnamed man had completed two weeks of training but resigned when confronted by authorities.
'Refugee minorities are more prone to terrorism': Psychiatrist warns resentment and feeling Muslims are 'hard done by' could fuel Islamist attacks
A prominent psychiatrist from Bangladesh Tanveer Ahmed says Muslim refugees are more prone to terrorism. He cited Sydney's Lindt cafe siege gunman Man Monis (pictured) as an example.
Careless' immigrant driver who killed a 27-year-old interior designer spared jail despite pleading guilty - and he'll be back on the road in just SIX MONTHS
A 'careless' immigrant driver who killed a 27-year-old fitness model at an intersection in south Brisbane has been spared jail despite pleading guilty.
'It will DESTROY Australia as we know it': Dick Smith says it's 'no accident' immigration has skyrocketed by 27 per cent as he warns we will end up with '50 million people on Centrelink'
Millionaire entrepreneur Dick Smith has slammed Australia's politicians for allowing the immigration rate to soar by 27 per cent. Australia has the fastest population growth pace of any rich country.
Australia records its highest ever immigration rate – with the population tipped to reach 25 million in months
Australia's population is set to reach the 25 million milestone within a matter of months. It comes as the nation's annual immigration pace soars by 27 per cent, with Sydney getting quite crowded.
Anti-Semitism in Germany: Jewish life 'under threat' says Charlotte Knobloch
[DW] The former president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany says Jewish life is only possible with police protection. She claims the threat comes from the center of German society and says the government needs to act. In an interview with the German newspaper Heilbronner Stimme the former president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Charlotte Knobloch, voiced grave concern Friday over growing anti-Semitic sentiment in the country. She said that public Jewish life is under threat and can only be lived out "in public with police protection and under the most serious security precautions."
"Anti-Semitism, has grown on the right and the left, in the Muslim community and also in the heart of German society."
In April, Germany's parliament, the Bundestag, recevied an expert report it had commissioned on the problem. The report found that Jews in Germany were facing increasing anti-Semitism in their everyday lives, leading them to fear for their safety.
Bosnia - a safe haven for refugees?
[DW] Many refugees and migrants from Afghanistan, Pakistan or Syria have reached Bosnia and Herzegovina. Most dream of a better future, but the country's economic situation is difficult.
A friend helped Nasib escape to Iran, where he said he could not stay, because he claims Iranian authorities were hostile toward migrants. The young Pakistani passed through Turkey, Greece and Bulgaria before reaching Serbia.
He originally planned to move on, to try to reach Western Europe, but the Croatian EU-border was impossible to pass. He heard about Bosnia and Herzegovina, so he decided to join a group of migrants from Syria, Pakistan and Afghanistan who were leading the way toward the small Balkan state, which they regarded as a Muslim country.
The German Red Cross (DRK) on Thursday said it received 2,700 inquiries from migrants seeking missing relatives in Germany this year, including 1,000 of them for unaccompanied minors. In 2016, DRK registered about 2,800 inquiries for missing persons.
Europol said some 10,000 children had gone missing in Europe during the 2015 migration crisis. More than 75 percent of Europe-bound youth are subjected to forced labor, sexual abuse, child marriage and other forms of exploitation, according to the UN.
That would be the work of Obama-ignored Hizb’allah...
[DW] German police have seized more than 7 metric tons of cocaine this year, according to federal police. Germany had been inundated by a "flood of cocaine" from South America, said a senior law enforcement agent.
Cocaine is often sent from South America to Europe in shipping containers and paired with other products, including bananas, according to federal police. When the drug eventually makes it to an entry point such as Hamburg's port, criminal organizations bribe employees to ensure the shipments are unloaded without trouble, the BKA said.
German authorities target Islamist women's network
[DW] Germany's domestic security agency has identified a terror network made up of 40 Islamist women in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany's most populous state. Female extremists are becoming increasingly common, as they aim to fill the gap left by their detained husbands.
The Islamist women's network also advertises and proselytizes Salafist ideology aggressively on the internet, said Burkhard Freier, the head of the North Rhine-Westphalian Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV). And while it was wrong to conflate Salafism with extremism, every European jihadi in Europe in recent years had been a member of the Salafist scene, the BfV head added.
The BfV chief's remarks followed reports in mid-December by Germany's DPA news agency, which revealed that German authorities had classified several dozen Muslim women and young people as potential risks to domestic security.
EU refugee aid enters new phase in Turkey
[DW] The European Union has allocated the first half of its €6 billion agreement for Turkey to take in Syrian refugees. Officials are now assessing aid programs as humanitarian efforts carry on.
Introduced in March 2016, at the height of the European refugee crisis, the agreement aims to stop irregular migration from Turkey to Europe while improving the living conditions of refugees within Turkish borders. Since its passing, arrivals and deaths resulting from human trafficking to Greece have plummeted, and the first phase of €6 billion ($7.12 billion) in EU humanitarian funding has kick-started a wide range of programs addressing the most pressing needs of refugees in Turkey – over 3.2 million of whom are Syrian.
255 migrants rescued off Libyan coast: Italian coastguard
[TheLocal.it] Some 255 migrants were rescued overnight in the Mediterranean off the coast of Libya, just before a front of bad weather hit the area, the Italian coastguard said on Tuesday. The non-governmental organisation Proactiva Open Arms picked up a rubber dinghy carrying 134 people, including seven children, on Monday night. They were to be transferred to the Aquarius rescue ship operated by another NGO, SOS Mediterranee, before being taken to Pozzallo in Sicily. A military ship from the European anti-smuggling operation Sophia also rescued 121 people aboard two other boats, the coastguard said.
According to the Italian daily La Repubblica, smugglers have lowered the price of a crossing to €400 ($475) per person, in part due to the bad winter weather, but they are still cramming as many migrants as possible into the dinghies.
Report: Germany misses migrant and refugee integration goals
[DW] Germany's refugee and migration agency will end the year well short of its own integration goals. Waiting times for integration courses are up and participation rates are below target. On top of the high waiting times, BAMF also missed a goal of having 430,000 people participate in integration courses this year. Up to the middle of December, there were only slightly more than 280,000 participants in integration courses.
Only some 84,000 migrants and refugees participated in career-related language support courses, compared to a goal of 175,000 participants.
Denmark opts out of UN refugee resettlement program
[Ynet] Denmark will no longer take in refugees under a UN resettlement programme after passing a law on Wednesday that enables the government to determine how many may enter the country instead of accepting a set quota.
Since 1989, Denmark has agreed to take 500 refugees a year selected by the United Nations under a programme to ease the burden on countries that neighbour war zones. But after the European migration crisis in 2015 brought almost 20,000 claims for asylum, Denmark has refused to take any UN quota refugees and the centre-right government's new law aims to cut total refugee numbers to no more than 500 a year.
Last year, more than 6,000 people claimed asylum in Denmark. Between January and November this year a little over 3,000 people did.
Migrants in Serbia's north brave winter to cross to EU
[AlAhram] The so-called Balkan route for migrants was shut last year when Turkey agreed to stop the flow in return for EU aid and a promise of visa-free travel for its own citizens. But people mainly from the Middle East, Africa and Asia continued to arrive in Serbia, mainly from Turkey, via neighbouring Bulgaria, attempting to enter Croatia and the EU.
According to official data there are as many as 4,500 migrants in government-operated camps in Serbia. Rights activists say that hundreds are scattered in the capital Belgrade and towns along the Croatian border. Migrants who cannot afford to pay smugglers, often hide in passing trucks and freight trains or ride on the top of them.
Bruno Alvares of the No Name Kitchen said migrants are given two meals a day, water, clothes, footwear and tents.
"Even if it is cold, it doesn't matter, they will keep on trying because there's ... no evolution in their lives in camps," Alvares said.
Macron ramps up expulsions and ID checks on migrants as he looks set to miss his ambitious deadline of getting people 'off the streets and out of the woods' by the end of 2017
Macron said in July he wanted people 'off the streets, out of the woods' by the end of 2017 and emergency lodgings 'everywhere' in France. But he looks set to miss his deadline
Asylum applications to the European Union will TRIPLE by 2100 as global warming causes people to move to cooler climates, experts claim
The research, led by Columbia University, suggests that weather shocks in countries around the world have increased applications by asylum seekers hoping to enter the EU
Mayors from seven major French cities write open letter saying they are overwhelmed by the flow of migrants
Local chiefs from Nantes, Lille, Bordeaux, Grenoble, Rennes, Toulouse and Strasbourg wrote an open letter to Parisian officials to ask for relief from the 'extreme tension' caused by migrant arrivals.
Asylum seekers will be forced to hand over cash and mobile phones under tough new rules unveiled by Austria's new far-right coalition
Austria's new coalition has pledged to stop illegal immigration, cut taxes and resist EU centralisation, and will be led by Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, at 31 the world's youngest leader
Hamburg Police to Deploy Mass Camera Network to Prevent New Year’s Sex Attacks
Hamburg police will deploy a mix of fixed cameras, vehicle cameras, and officer body cameras to prevent sexual assaults and identify those who carry out attacks on New Year’s Eve.
Right Wing Populism Could Become ‘New Normal’, No End in Sight For Surge: Tony Blair Institute
The “populist surge” in Europe has far from peaked and is the most significant change to the European order since the end of the Cold War, a new report by former British left-wing Prime Minister Tony Blair’s own think tank has claimed.
Inter-Ethnic Conflicts on the Rise Between Asylum Seekers in Germany
Migrants of different ethnicities are forming enclaves within asylum homes and the level of inter-ethnic violence is on the rise as some African migrants claim to be treated as “like dirt” by Arab asylum seekers.
‘Accept the Will of the People on Migration, Culture, or Hit the Road’: Orbán Tells Europe’s Leaders
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said elections held across the continent are proof that Europeans are “asserting their will” by supporting leaders who reject mass migration and support Christian foundations, and gave a warning to politicians who deny the “natural order of democracy”.
Arrest Made After Asylum Seeker Run Over Outside Illegal Calais Migrant Camp
A French man in his fifties was arrested earlier this week and has been charged with fleeing the scene of an accident after his vehicle hit a 22-year-old Iraqi asylum seeker near the Grande-Synthe migrant camp in Dunkirk.
EU Army’s First Deployment? Austria Calls For Military-Backed ‘Safe Zones’ in Migrant Origin Countries
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has urged the European Union (EU) to create safe zones within migrant-origin countries and deploy member states’ armed forces to stop the flow of migrants.
Asylum Seeker Pair Arrested After Sexually Exposing Themselves to Girls as Young as Ten
The asylum seekers, a 32-year-old Syrian and a 20-year-old Afghan, were arrested in the German city of Augsburg after repeatedly exposing their genitals to young girls on public transportation.
Afghan Migrant Found Dead By Side of the Road in Calais
An Afghan migrant was found dead by the side of the road in Calais in an apparent hit and run as investigators search for a potential suspect in the case. The man, who has not been able to be identified or his age
‘A Historic Day’ – 162 Migrants Flown Direct from Libya to Europe for First Time
A group of 162 “vulnerable” refugees were flown directly from Libya to Italy on Friday for the first time, a day hailed as “historic” by Interior Minister Marco Minniti.
Syrian Migrant Living in Sweden Arrested For Plotting Terror Attack in Copenhagen
Danish authorities have arrested and charged a 30-year-old Syrian asylum seeker living in Sweden, believe to have attempted a terrorist attack last November.
Hungary: We Will Make Our Country Family Friendly So Population Can Grow Without Mass Migration
The Hungarian government has pledged measures to support naturally growing the population – rejecting mass migration – as an effort to halt the demographic decline after Prime Minister Viktor Orbán declared 2018 to be a “year of families”.
EU Citizens’ Fear of Mass Migration and Terrorism Has More Than Doubled
Voters across all 28 member states agree that terrorism and immigration are the most important issues facing the European Union – far ahead of the economy, unemployment, or climate change.
Left-Wing Politician Bemoans Lack of Police Action Against Migrant Criminals
Left-wing Green Party politician Peter Seifert has complained of a lack of action by German police against migrant criminals, increasing the popularity of the anti-mass migration Alternative for Germany (AfD) party.
France Brings First of 3,000 Migrants Directly from Africa Under New Migrant Plan
France has begun a new initiative to bring in 3,000 migrants directly from Africa as 19 Sundanese migrants arrived on Monday who will be temporarily housed in a monastery in Alsace.
Doctors and Pro-Migrant Activists Prosecuted over Fake Medical Certificates for Asylum Seekers
Five medical doctors and four pro-migrant activists have been indicted on charges relating to the issuance of fake medical certificates to asylum seekers to keep them in France.
Poll: 70 Per Cent of Swiss Would Be ‘Disturbed’ by Increase in Muslim Population
A poll has revealed that a large majority of Swiss citizens would be “disturbed” if the country’s Muslim population were to increase.
UN Human Rights High Commissioner Labels New Austrian Government ‘Dangerous’
United Nations Human Rights High Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has slammed the new Austrian conservative-populist coalition government claiming their right-wing policies are “dangerous.” Al Hussein said he was “very worried” about the implications for the rest of Europe after the conservative
Austria’s Conservative-Nationalist Coalition to Impose ‘Sanctions’ on Migrants Who Refuse to Integrate
Austria’s new conservative-nationalist coalition is set to get tough on illegal migration and migrants who refuse to integrate into Austrian society.
Global Free Movement: UN Chief Calls Migration a ‘Right’ in a ‘World on the Move’
Global free movement and “safe”, orderly mass migration should be a right for all poor and unskilled migrants from the third world, according to the director general of the United Nations’ Migration Agency.
UN Launches App to ‘Empower’ Migrants, Encourage Them to ‘Migrate Safely’
The International Organization for Migration has launched ‘MigApp’ – a mobile phone app developed to “engage” and “empower” migrants and help them “migrate safely”.
Council of Europe: ‘Diversity and Mass Migration Have Always Been Integral Part of Continent’s History’
“Europe has always been a continent of diversity. Migration has always been an integral part of its history,” the Council of Europe has claimed in a statement marking International Migrants Day.
Czech Prez: Europe Is ‘Jeopardised by a Culture of Hatred Incompatible with Ours’, Israel a ‘Heroic Model for Us’
The President of the Czech Republic has warned that Europe’s values are being “jeopardised by a culture of hatred that is incompatible with ours”, and said “Israel and its heroism are a model and encouragement for us.”
Malmö Police Backtrack After Warning Girls Not to Go out at Night Alone After Brutal Rape
The police in the heavily-migrant populated Swedish city of Malmö has backtracked after warning young women not to go out alone at night in no-go zones after a brutal rape in which some claim a 17-year-old girl had her vagina lit on fire.
‘Merkel Has the Blood of My Son on Her Hands’: Mother of Terror Victim
The mother of the truck driver murdered by failed asylum seeker terrorist Anis Amri last Christmas has blamed German Chancellor Angela Merkel for his death saying his blood is “on her hands”.
Populist Leaders: EU ‘Existential Threat’ to Europe, ‘Drowning It in Migrants to Destroy Our Diversity’
Populist leaders meeting in Prague this weekend said the EU is “killing Europe”, as they agreed to work on building an alternative model of cooperation that respects the continent’s peoples and cultures.
Protests in Austria as New Right-Populist Government Sworn In
Left-wing protestors attempted to break through police barricades outside the presidential palace during the inauguration of the new Austrian government Monday morning, as 31-year-old Sebastian Kurz became the world’s youngest national leader.
[DAWN] The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...just another cheapjack Moslem dictatorship, brought to you by the Moslem Brüderbund.... on Sunday placed in durance vile Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out! more suspected Islamic State ...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems.... (IS) jihadists in a major crackdown on the holy warrior group ahead of high-security New Year celebrations overshadowed by the first anniversary of an attack that left 39 dead.
Just minutes into 2017, Istanbul was rocked by an attack by an Uzbek gunman acting on behalf of IS who fired indiscriminately on revellers at the Reina nightclub on the Bosphorus.
It was another body blow to Turkey under President Sultan Recep Tayyip Erdogan the First ... Turkey's version of Mohammed Morsi but they voted him back in so they deserve him. It's a sin, a shame, and a felony to insult the president of Turkey... after a year of attacks by jihadists and Kurdish rebels as well as a failed coup.
However, it was a brave man who first ate an oyster... there has been no major attack in Turkey in 2017 since the Reina murders, and security forces this year appear to be taking every possible precaution to ensure this New Year passes without incident.
In pre-dawn raids on Sunday, authorities detained 20 suspected IS members in Istanbul, 15 of them foreigners, who are believed to have spent time in Syria or Iraq, the Dogan news agency said.
Ottoman Turkish media have said the authorities had already detained some 200 suspected jihadists in recent days ‐ including 75 in Istanbul and Ankara on Friday ‐ fearing they could launch an attack over the New Year.
According to some reports, the government is particularly anxious that IS fighters who left the Syrian city of Raqa after its capture by pro-Kurdish militia this year have flooded back into Turkey.
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[AlHaram] Ottoman Turkish police have detained 20 people, including 15 foreign nationals, on suspicion of links to Islamic State ...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems.... group during raids in Istanbul, tightening security ahead of the anniversary of a nightclub attack in which dozens were killed.
The raids by the anti-terrorist branch of the Istanbul police took place on Saturday and targeted four locations across the city, the police said in a statement on Sunday. They did not give the nationalities of the foreign suspects.
The state-run Anadolu news agency said the suspects were believed to have been plannning an attack during New Year's Eve celebrations in the city.
Ottoman Turkish police have been ramping up operations against suspected Islamic State group faceless myrmidons in recent days, detaining around 195 on Thursday and Friday.
A good portion of those are Kurds, not ISIS jihadis, but you aren’t to pay attention to that detail, dear Reader.
During New Year's celebrations a year ago, a man with an assault rifle rubbed out 39 people including Turks and visitors from several Arab nations, India and Canada at an exclusive nightclub in Istanbul, the country's biggest city. Islamic State group grabbed credit for that shooting, one of a series of attacks believed to have been carried out by the jihadists and Kurdish faceless myrmidons in The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...just another cheapjack Moslem dictatorship, brought to you by the Moslem Brüderbund.... in the last couple of years. A trial of those allegedly involved in the nightclub attack began this month.
On New Year's Eve, the number of coppers on duty in Istanbul will be doubled to 37,000 and public celebrations will be cancelled or banned in some districts for security reasons, officials have said.
Many roads in central Istanbul districts will be closed, while heavy vehicles will not be allowed to enter some areas, police have also said.
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[Al Jazeera] A prominent human rights ...which are often intentionally defined so widely as to be meaningless... activist in the Maldives says she has received several death threats over an alleged anti-Islamic Twitter post, that has also prompted a criminal investigation.
Shahindha Ismail, executive director of Maldives Democracy Network (MDN), told Al Jazeera that anonymous accounts on Twitter and Facebook have been calling for her death, after a newspaper article and religious scholars accused her of advocating for secularism in the Sunni Moslem state.
"I do not feel safe in the Maldives and I fear for my life," she said on Sunday.
The furore over Ismail's post began on December 20, when she responded to a speech by President Abdulla Yameen, in which he had vowed to crack down on what he said were domestic and international efforts to propagate faiths other than Islam in the Maldives.
"Religions other than Islam exist in this world because Allah allowed for it. No other religion would exist otherwise, is it not?" Ismail said on Twitter.
Her post prompted threats, with one Twitter user who, referring to Ismail, said: "I'm one of hundreds who will cut people like that to pieces." That post has since been deleted.
Several comments on Facebook reviewed by Al Jazeera also called for attacks on Ismail and said she should "be thrown out of the country".
[Al Jazeera] Four Indian soldiers and three fighters were killed in festivities as rebels stormed a paramilitary camp in the southern region of Indian-administered Kashmire, officials said.
Another paramilitary personnel died after suffering a heart attack during the encounter on Sunday.
Rajesh Yadav, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) front man, told Al Jazeera that fighters fired at a group of police in Lethpora village on Sunday morning at around 2am before entering the building.
"This was a [rebel] attack. The Lions of Islam were four in number, two were killed along the fencing and two managed to enter the campus," he said. "The search is ongoing for a fourth terrorist."
The 160-acre camp in the volatile Pulwama district serves as a training centre and a CRPF base, Yadav said.
Shabaz Ahmad, a 28-year-old Lethpora resident, told Al Jazeera that he was woken up by the rattle of gunfire.
"We couldn't understand what was going on until the morning, when we heard that ongoing fire was some distance away from our area in the camp," he said. "The earth-shaking blasts and kabooms reverberated until late afternoon. The noise of firing is still on, the camp is around two kilometres away from the residential area."
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Nineveh (Iraqinews.com) – Seventeen Islamic State militants were killed in a security campaign south of Nineveh, a police commander told Alsumaria News.
“Iraqi troops, backed by U.S.-led international coalition warplanes, have killed five Islamic State militants who were hiding inside an island in the Tigris River near Albu Saif area in southern Mosul,” Nineveh police chief Birg. Gen. Watheq al-Hamadani said on Sunday.
“After the attack, another 12 IS militants tried to escape but the U.S.-led coalition warplanes managed to kill all of them,” Hamadani said, adding that the clampdown was launched under the supervision of Nineveh Operations Commander Maj. Gen. Najim al-Jabouri.
Mosul (Iraqinews.com) – Sixty Islamic State militants were killed in a security campaign south of Mosul on Sunday, a security source said.
“The Iraqi army, police and Popular Mobilization Forces have been launching a wide-scale security campaign since Saturday evening, targeting Islamic State militants stationed in an island between al-Shumaisat and Albu Seif villages in southern Mosul, leaving 60 of them dead,” a source with the Nineveh Operations Command told Al-Arab newspaper.
“Dozens of IS militants were arrested while others fled the scene to Yaremja city,” the source said, adding that the clampdown was launched after receiving reports of a plan by IS militants to attack the eastern and southern parts of Mosul.
“Search is still underway for other IS militants,” the source concluded.
Baghdad (Iraqinews.com) – About 950 displaced people have returned to their home regions in Al-Qa’im and Hit cities in Anbar province, a transport company said on Sunday.
“They all came from al-Habbaniyah and Kilo 48 camps via the company’s buses following coordination with the Ministry of Migration and Displacement,” Alghad Press quoted Chairman of the General Company for Transport of Passengers and Delegations Abduallah L. Bahedh as saying.
The company has secured 19 buses to bring the displaced people back home, he pointed out.
Diyala (IraqiNews.com) Eleven Islamic State militants and an emir were killed in operations carried out by the Iraqi army in northeast of Diyala.
Speaking to AlSumaria News on Sunday, Maj. Gen. Mazhar al-Azzawi, commander of Dijla Operations, said, “cooperation between the command with al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) resulted in locating an IS hideout in north of Muqdadiyah in Diyala.”
“The hideout was shelled by army jets, leaving eleven militants killed,” he added.
Huge losses were inflicted on IS, according to Azzawi, due to shelling its havens and rest houses in several regions in Diyala.
In related news, the security committee of Diyala provincial council announced killing an IS emir in an operation in northeast of the province.
“IS lost a new emir in Neft Khana basin, northeast of Baquba, in an operation by army jets,” Sadeq al-Husseini, head of the committee, told AlSumaria News.
“Joint troops managed over the past 48 hours to eradicate three havens of IS in Wadi Thelab and Hawi al-Udhaim,” he added.
Diyala (Iraqinews.com) – Paramilitary troops killed on Sunday 13 Islamic State militants in a security campaign in northeastern Diyala, a military commander said.
“The Popular Mobilization Forces’ 24th brigade, backed by Iraqi warplanes, launched a wide-scale security campaign in northeastern Diyala, killing 13 IS militants, including four senior leaders with explosive belts,” the PMF’s 24th brigade commander Ziyad al-Tamimi told Alghad Press.
“The troops also destroyed five hotbeds and seized an arms depot for the terrorist group in Diyala,” he added.
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Kirkuk (IraqiNews.com) Five civilians were maimed in one of two kabooms that targeted coffee shops in Kirkuk city on Saturday, security source said.
Unidentified people attacked a coffee shop on al-Quds street in central Kirkuk using two IEDs, which left five civilians maimed, the source told Shafaq News.
A similar attack was launched using three bombs on Tese’in street in Kirkuk, ... a thick stew of Arabs, Turkmen, Kurds, and probably Antarcticans, all of them mutually hostile most of the time... with no casualties reported, the source added.
Salahuddin (IraqiNews.com) Thirteen non-combatants were killed and injured in an attack launched by Islamic State ...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems.... bad boys, south of Salahuddin, the pro-government paramilitary troops said.
"IS members launched an attacked at midnight against civilians at al-Farhatiya region, north of Balad town, which left four killed and nine others maimed," the media service of al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) said in a statement on Sunday.
The bad boys, according to the statement, used heavy weapons and bombs before withdrawing. "Security troops imposed control on the region after the confrontations."
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[AlAhram] Israeli occupation forces detained 20 Paleostinians in early-morning raids on Sunday, as festivities continue following the United States' recent recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
According to local sources, 10 people were detained in East Jerusalem and another ten in the West Bank.
Among those tossed in the slammer Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out! were nine Paleostinians from Issawiya in East Jerusalem and a young man from town of Biddu, north-west of Jerusalem.
Israeli forces also raided several houses in the northern West Bank city of Nablus and detained two Paleostinians from their homes in Sufian Street and al-Ain refugee camp.
Meanwhile, ...back at the alley, Bugs Moroni was holding Slats from behind while his brother Greasy Thumb was pounding his face into paste ... in Jenin, two men from the village of Jaba were detained at a military checkpoint, with another two arrested at their homes during a raid in al-Manshiyeh village in Bethlehem.
A man who had recently been released from custody was rearrested in al-Arroub refugee camp north of Hebron.
Sunday's detentions bring to more than 600 the number of Paleostinians arrested by Israeli forces since protests started in response to US President Trump's announcement in early December that the US embassy would be moved to Jerusalem.
Israeli forces have killed at least 11 and injured 3000 Paleostinians during ensuing festivities.
[ARABNEWS] Some 200 protesters marched through central Tehran Sunday as authorities braced for a possible fourth night of unrest and cut access to social media after days of unrest that saw two people killed.
A security deputy for Tehran’s governor told the ILNA news agency that 200 people had been enjugged ... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not... after protests on Saturday night ‐ including 40 "leaders."
The interior minister warned that protesters will "pay the price" as footage on social media showed thousands marching across the country overnight in the biggest test for the Islamic republic since mass demonstrations in 2009.
The demonstrations began in second city Mashhad on Thursday over high living costs, but quickly spread and turned against the system as a whole, with slogans such as "Death to the dictator."
Lorestan province deputy governor Habibollah Khojastehpour told state television ... and if you can't believe state television who can you believe?
that two people were killed in festivities in the small western town of Dorud late Saturday, but denied security forces were responsible.
In an apparent attempt to stave off more unrest, the authorities began blocking access to photo sharing and online messaging services on mobile phones, including Telegram, which the government accused of being used to foment violence, local media and Telegram’s CEO said.
The conservative-linked Fars news agency said around 200 people were taking part in the latest protest in Tehran.
"Contrary to rumors from hostile media, most parts of Tehran are calm. Around 200 people are occasionally chanting here and there," it said.
Fars said shops closed early Sunday "for fear of damage to their shops by rioters."
After initial silence, state media has shown footage of unrest, focusing on young men violently targeting banks and vehicles, an attack on a town hall in Tehran, and images of a man burning the Iranian flag.
"Those who damage public property, disrupt order and break the law must be responsible for their behavior and pay the price," Interior Minister Abdolrahman Rahmani Fazli said on state television ... and if you can't believe state television who can you believe?
"The spreading of violence, fear and terror will definitely be confronted," he added.
US President Donald Trump ...New York real estate developer, described by Dems as illiterate, racist, misogynistic, and what ever other unpleasant descriptions they can think of, elected by the rest of us as 45th President of the United States... said the "big protests" showed people "were getting wise as to how their money and wealth is being stolen and squandered on terrorism."
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[ARABNEWS] Syrian activists and a first responder group said on Sunday that shelling and rocket fire in the suburbs of Damascus killed 19 civilians a day after medical evacuations were completed to save the lives of 29 others.
Regime forces have advanced against fighters on the edge of the northwestern province of Idlib, the last outside government control, a monitor and the state news agency said. ... and if you can't believe the state news agency who can you believe?
Regime forces backed by Russian warplanes have been battling fighters in an area straddling the border between Idlib and Hama provinces.
The fighting, which could signal the start of a major offensive to seize Idlib province from holy warriors dominated by a former al-Qaeda affiliate, escalated on Thursday.
On Saturday, regime troops advanced, seizing several villages and surrounding areas, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britannia-based war monitor.
State news agency SANA said regime forces had taken control of five villages, areas and "strategic hills" in the northeast of Hama province.
An AFP correspondent said civilians continued to flee areas near the battle zone, heading north toward the lovely provincial capital of Idlib with their belongings piled high on pickup trucks.
"We were the target of strikes more than once ‐ we couldn’t stay," said Abu Ahmed, a man in his 60s from the southeast of Idlib province, fleeing with his family in a pickup.
"I don’t know how to say how I feel, leaving my land and home at my age. We are leaving without even knowing where we’re headed."
In the Maaret al-Numan area, some people have put up tents, pots and pans piled at the entrance flaps.
"We escaped for the sake of the children. They were terrified by air raids and strikes," said Abu Khaled, a bearded man in his 30s wearing a red and white checkered keffiyeh headscarf.
The father of four, from Hama province, had already fled once with his family ‐ to Idlib, where they lived in a camp for the displaced.
Since Thursday, the festivities have killed dozens of regime soldiers and allied members of paramilitary units, as well as 29 holy warriors from opposition groups or from former al-Qaeda affiliate Fateh al-Sham ...formerly al-Nusra, the current false nose and mustache of al-Qaeda in the Levant, now something else... , the Observatory said.
Assad forces first aim to take control of the southeast of Idlib province, Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said.
This would allow the regime to have full control of a road that links the capital Damascus to Aleppo.
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[ARABNEWS] Government forces battled with rebels and al-Qaeda faceless myrmidons on two fronts in Syria on Sunday as the country prepared to close out another violent year since the country descended into civil war in 2011.
Rebels supported by an al-Qaeda-linked cell renewed their assault against pro-government forces that have been holding a vast pocket of the Damascus suburbs under siege, said the Britannia-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. A second front between many of the same groups saw fresh fighting in northwest Syria, along the border between Idlib and Hama provinces, according to the Observatory and Syrian military media.
The fighting outside Damascus was concentrated around the contested town of Harasta and a nearby military installation. The Death Eaters flanked the installation on Sunday, trapping an unknown number of pro-government forces inside, reported the Observatory. The local, activist-run Ghouta Media Center reported fierce festivities and dense government Arclight airstrikes.
Twenty-one soldiers and 26 rebels and al-Qaeda gunnies were killed in two days of festivities, according to the Observatory’s director, Rami Abdurrahman.
Rebels first attacked the installation seven weeks ago. The government responded with waves of indiscriminate air strikes and artillery attacks that killed more than 250 civilians in what are called the eastern Ghouta suburbs of Damascus, which are still under rebel control.
The Syrian Civil Defense search-and-rescue group, also known as the White Helmets, said shelling and rocket fire killed 19 people in eastern Ghouta on Saturday, one day after medical evacuations were completed to save the lives of 29 others. The Red Thingy and Red Islamic Thingy took three days to evacuate 29 patients from the besieged suburbs to receive urgent medical care at government hospitals in Damascus.
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A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
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