|#Terrorists leaders and organizations links to the #Benghazi #US embassy attack|
|Firebrand Arab Israeli cleric sentenced to 28 months for inciting terrorism|
|[IsraelTimes] Raed Salah, |
|Ehsanullah Ehsan sends greetings from Turkey, thumbs nose|
|The Grand Turk|
|#Turkish president meets #Hamas political chief|
Hamas currently has its delegation making a world tour, with recent stops in Qatar and Malaysia and other countries where it is trying to drum up support. Egypt and Israel have both been in contact with Hamas over recent months and reports indicated a long-term cessation of violence from the Gaza Strip could be in the works.
Israel accused Hamas of plotting attacks from Turkey in reports released in December at The Telegraph and in a statement posted on the Foreign Ministry website in 2018. The latter referred to economic and military activity. Turkey has recently slammed Arab countries for being open to Trump’s deal, accusing them of treason. Turkey’s foreign minister recently called Europe “spoiled, racist children.”
Turkey’s support for Hamas is part of a wider agenda where it is accused of working with extremist groups in Syria and has sent Syrian mercenaries it recruited to fight in Libya. In October and November US officials privately referred to Turkish-backed Syrian rebels as “undisciplined” and “jihadists” involved in human rights abuses and ethnic cleansing in Syria. Turkey also works with Russia to acquired Russia’s S-400 system which has angered US officials. Ankara has also been growing closer to Iran.
A recent cache of documents revealed that the Muslim Brotherhood and IRGC met in Turkey in 2014 to consider regional strategy.
|Egypt sentences 3 to death over 2018 attack on Alexandria's security director|
|[AlAhram] The court convicted the defendants of the attempted murder of Alexandria's security director and the murder of two lower ranking .|
A Cairo criminal court handed preliminary s on Monday to three defendants over the failed of Alexandria's security director in March 2018 ahead of Egypt's presidential elections.
The court referred the preliminary sentences to the Grand Mufti, which is a necessary, albeit non-binding, procedure before issuing a death sentence, as per the Egyptian penal code.
The court convicted the defendants, 11 in total, of charges including the attempted murder of Alexandria's security director Mostafa El-Nemr and members of his convoy and others in the Mediterranean city, and the murder of two lower ranking in the attack.
The court is set to issue its final ruling on 21 March.
In March 2018, an improvised placed under a car detonated as El-Nemr’s convoy was passing in El-Moaskar El-Romany Street. El-Nemr was unharmed in the attack; however, the blast killed the two and injured several others.
The attack came days before Egypt held its 2018 presidential elections, which saw Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi win in a landslide victory.
Days later, the Egyptian police said they killed six Hasm
|Egypt foils plot by fugitive Brotherhood leaders to disrupt national security: Interior ministry|
Egyptian authorities foiled a plot orchestrated by leaders of the banned in with the aid of accomplices in Egypt that was designed to destabalise the country on the ninth anniversary of the 25 January Revolution, the interior ministry said on Wednesday.
The plan, unveiled by the National Security Apparatus, aimed at "undermining security and stability, stirring chaos in the country and damaging its economy" in tandem with the anniversary of the popular uprising, the ministry said in a statement.
The group was plotting a series of "terrorist attacks" by the Hasm group against important figures and buildings and places of worship on the anniversary of the revolution, and was providing the necessary funding to achieve that.
The ministry said they already carried out an attack in Qalioubiya that killed two and a civilian in November.
They also attemped to use accounts on social media platforms to organise protests and provoke riots and chaos, and hired media committees to "spread lies and rumours to fuel public anger."
The ministry identified the names of seven orchestrators of the plot whom it said are now in Turkey. Four of them face jail terms over terrorism-related charges and the others are issued arrest warrants over similar accusations, it said.
Police arrested a number of those behind online campaigns aiming to stir riots and sabotage state buildings, and others working for media platforms belonging to the outlawed Brotherhood, which was designated a terrorist organization in 2013.
Security forces arrested some members of the Hasm group, including the perpetrators of the November attack, the statement added. They were found in posession of automatic weapons, shotguns, rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) and s.
Authorities are working to arrest the figuitives, the ministry said.
|Egypt's Sisi extends state of emergency for 3 months|
The decree was published in the gazette on Sunday.
According to the decree, the Egyptian Armed Forces and the police shall take the necessary measures to counter terrorism, maintain security and protect citizens and properties.
Egypt's House of Representatives approved by two third of its members on the President's decree to extend the state of emergency nationwide on 14 January
The state of emergency was first declared in April 2017 following two s in churches in Alexandria and Gharbiya on Palm Sunday that killed 47 worshipers, and has been constantly renewed ever since.
|Pompeo angry over death of US citizen jailed in Egypt|
Pompeo’s sharp remarks signal the US government intended to place the death of Mustafa Kassem, 54, following his protracted hunger strike last week,
Pompeo raises his concerns to Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi about Kassem’s "pointless and tragic death" on the sidelines of an international peace summit in Berlin that aims to end Libya’s civil war.
The death of the auto parts dealer from Long Island, New York, prompted an outcry from groups, as well as accusations of medical negligence in Egypt’s prisons.
The case also touched a nerve in Washington, which has cultivated close security and diplomatic ties with Egypt despite growing unease over its human rights violations under general-turned-president Sissi.
Activists and foreign affairs experts have called for the Trump administration to penalize its staunch Middle Eastern ally by slashing millions of dollars in security assistance. The US grants $1.2 billion in annual military aid to Egypt.
Kassem was detained by Egypt in 2013 in what his lawyers described as a vast dragnet during the violent dispersal of an Islamist sit-in that killed hundreds of people. He was later sentenced to 15 years under a contentious anti-protest law that the government often uses to silence dissent. He maintained his innocence throughout his detention and started a hunger strike last year in protest.
|LNA spox: ‘[Erdogan] supported ISIS, other terror orgs in their efforts to kill Kurds, destroy their cities, cripple their economy’, Turkish NGOs actually MIT front|
LNA spox: Turkish NGOs that are actually MIT fronts are supporting Turkey's Libya ops
|Home Front: Culture Wars|
|The Islamic Society of North America endorsed Lt. Saleha Jabeen to become the Air Force's first female imam|
|[Air Force Times] The Air Force last month commissioned the first female Muslim chaplain in the service.|
Second Lt. Saleha Jabeen
The Islamic Society of North America
While Air Force chaplains are ordained in their own particular faith, they are responsible for counseling and supporting the spiritual needs of all airmen in their units, even if the airman follows a different religion, or no religion at all.
In his remarks at the commissioning, Schaick spoke about the importance of diversity in the Air Force’s chaplaincy.
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|Dems Seek To Outlaw Suburban, Single-Family House Zoning, Calling It Racist And Bad For The Environment|
|[Daily Caller] Democrats in Virginia may override local zoning to bring high-density housing, including public housing, to every neighborhood statewide ‐ whether residents want it or not.|
The measure could quickly transform the suburban lifestyle enjoyed by millions, permitting duplexes to be built on suburban lots in neighborhoods previously consisting of quiet streets and open green spaces. Proponents of "upzoning" say the changes are necessary because suburbs are bastions of segregation and elitism, as well as bad for the environment.
The move, which aims to provide "affordable housing," might be fiercely opposed by local officials throughout the state, who have deliberately created and preserved neighborhoods with particular character ‐ some dense and walkable, others semi-rural and private ‐ to accommodate people’s various preferences.
But Democrats tout a state-level law’s ability to replace "not in my backyard" with "yes, in your backyard."
House Delegate Ibraheem Samirah,
"Single-family housing zones would become two-zoned," Samirah told the Daily Caller News Foundation. "Areas that would be impacted most would be the suburbs that have not done their part in helping out."
"The real issues are the areas in between very dense areas which are single-family zoned. Those are the areas that the state is having significant trouble dealing with. They’re living in a bubble," he said.
He said suburbs were "mostly white and wealthy" and that their local officials ‐ who have historically been in charge of zoning ‐ were ignoring the desires of poor people, who did not have time to lobby them to increase suburban density.
|Saudi Arabia sentences 5 people to death for murdering Jamal Khashoggi, 2 officials cleared|
|[ALMASDARNEWS] A Saudi court has handed s to five suspects charged in connection to the gruesome murder of journalist . Three others have received lengthy prison terms for their roles in the killing.|
’s public prosecutor announced the court’s ruling on Monday. Apart from the five sentenced to death, three additional suspects will spend 24 years behind bars. The prosecutor said that Saud al-Qahtani, a senior Saudi royal adviser, was investigated, but later released without being charged.
The Saudi consul in was also released. The investigation found that there was no past enmity between those convicted and Khashoggi, the public prosecutor said.
Khashoggi was murdered at the Saudi embassy in Istanbul in October. Grisly details about the killing, including allegations that the journalist’s body was chopped up, made headlines and strained relations between Riyadh and many of its western allies.
Germany, as well as several other an states, imposed a ban on weapon sales to Saudi Arabia following the murder. Washington refused to take similar measures, with US President stating publicly that he didn’t want to lose Riyadh’s business.
In September, Saudi Crown Prince for the murder, but insisted that he did not order the killing.