Rehab Center for Terrorists in Yemen? Obama May Be One Step Closer to Closing Gitmo
“Sending Gitmo detainees to Yemen will ensure that they will be back to terrorizing the west again because there is absolutely no way of securing them in a facility.”–ReadÂ MoreÂ Â»
Benghazi Attorney’s Major Assertion: ‘Reason to Believe’ People Who ‘Insisted’ on Military Response That Night Were ‘Relieved of Their Duty’
“No planes were ever sent. That is because the president of the United States refused to issue an order allowing for the dispersal of military into Libya because that was considered an act of war.”–ReadÂ MoreÂ Â»
’60 Minutes’ Benghazi Report Blames White House â€” Was ‘Planned, Sophisticated’ Attack on ‘Barely Protected American Compound’
“Prior to the attack, Amb Stevens approved a cable to DC that said: ‘The al Qaeda flag has been spotted…flying over govt bldgs’”—Â CommentsÂ Â»
Antony Piazza, formerly known as Houshang Nazemi. His name change resembles that ofÂ David Coleman Headley, aka Daood Gilani, who changed his name in the belief that a non-Islamic name would make it easier for him to engage in jihad activity without detection.
“Musel-man, 71, facing charges after bomb-making materials found at Montreal airport,” fromÂ CTV News, October 28 (thanks to JW)
Jihad at the heart of Communist China?
“Tiananmen Square attack sows terror in spiritual heart of China,” by Barbara Demick for theÂ Los Angeles Times, October 28 (thanks to JW)
Life is getting difficult for Christians inÂ Syria:
“Talk about extreme, militant Islamists and the atrocities that they have perpetrated globally might undercut the positive achievements that we Catholics have attained in our inter-religious dialogue with devout Muslims.” –Â Robert McManus, Roman Catholic Bishop of Worcester, Massachusetts, February 8, 2013
Yes, clearly that dialogue is working wonders.
These jihadis were mocking the Christian belief, not expressing their own, since the Qur’an says that “they did not kill him, nor did they crucify him; but another was made to resemble him to them” (4:157).
“Beleaguered Syrian Christians fear future, increasingly targeted by jihadis,” from theAssociated Press, October 28:
DAMASCUS, Syria â€” Sami Amir is used to the deep echoing rumble of the Syrian army artillery pounding rebel positions on the outskirts of Damascus. It’s the thump of mortars launched from an Islamist-controlled neighborhood that scares him to death.The mortars have repeatedly hit in his mainly Christian district of Damascus, al-Qassaa, killing at least 32 people and injuring dozens of others the past two weeks.
“You don’t know when and you don’t know where they hit,” says Amir, a 55-year-old Christian merchant. “Life here is often too difficult.”
Rebel shelling into the capital hits predominantly in several majority-Christian districts, particularly al-Qassaa, with its wide avenues, middle class apartment blocks, leafy parks, popular restaurants and shopping streets busy with pedestrians.
The shelling and recent rebel assaults on predominantly Christian towns have fueled fears among Syria’s religious minorities about the growing role of Islamic extremists and foreign fighters among the rebels fighting against President Bashar Assad’s rule. Christians believe they are being targeted â€” in part because of the anti-Christian sentiment among extremists and in part as punishment for what is seen as their support for Assad.
Though some Christians oppose Assad’s brutal crackdown on the opposition and the community has tried to stay on the sidelines in the civil war, the rebellion’s increasingly outspoken Islamist rhetoric and reliance on Islamic extremist fighters have pushed them toward support of the government. Christians make up about 10 percent of Syria’s 23 million people.
“When you bring a Christian and make him choose between Assad and the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, the answer is clear,” said Hilal Khashan, a political scientist professor at the American University of Beirut, referring to the al-Qaida branch fighting alongside the rebels. “It doesn’t need much thinking.”
A week ago, rebels from the al-Qaida-linked group Jabhat al-Nusra attacked the Christian town of Sadad, north of Damascus, seizing control until they were driven out Monday after fierce fighting with government forces. The rebels appear to have targeted the town because of its strategic location near the main highway north of Damascus, rather than because it is Christian.
Still, SANA reported Monday that the rebels in Sadad vandalized the town’s Saint Theodore Church, along with much of Sadad’s infrastructure.