May 19, 2016
Flight From Paris Falls Into Sea Approaching Egypt
(CNN)EgyptAir Flight 804 vanished from radar on its way from Paris to Cairo with 66 people aboard, the airline said Thursday.Our prayers go out to the victims and their families.
The plane was flying at 37,000 feet when it lost contact overnight above the Mediterranean Sea, the airline tweeted. French President Francois Hollande said he was told the flight crashed, but Egyptian Civil Aviation Minister Sharif Fathi said he preferred to classify the flight as missing.
"We do not deny there is a possibility of terrorism or deny the possibility of technical fault," Fathi said at a Cairo news conference. "I will continue to use the term missing plane until we find any debris."
The security passes of 86,000 workers at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris will be reviewed after it was found that 57 employees with access to airliners were on a terror watch list, according to a report.Also we have this tweet from the 16th.
Security badges were taken away from dozens of workers at the airport after terror attacks in Paris in January — but others continued working, the Sunday Times of London reported.
It emerged that Arabic graffiti was spray-painted on four planes belonging to the British carrier EasyJet and a plane from the Spanish airline Vueling at two French airports. Three defaced planes were found in Lyon and two at Charles de Gaulle, AFP reported.
“Allahu Akbar,” or “God is great,” was scrawled on a fuel-tank hatch of one EasyJet plane in Paris. EasyJet said there had been a “small number” of such cases since the Nov. 13 attacks….
Coincidence? Yeah sure.... coincidence.
A recent addition to the terror group’s rostrum was Sinai Province, a small but significant insurgency within the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt. Earlier in May, officials from 14 of the Islamic State group’s “provinces” within Iraq, Libya, and Syria released videos specifically promoting Sinai Province and its terrorist mission.Update: Debris from the plane has been located.
“The videos feature typical ISIS themes, such as condemnations of apostate Arab and Western governments, glorification of successful attacks, and praise for martyred brethren,” Oren Kessler and Max Peck wrote. “What sets these videos apart, however, is the sheer number released at once, as well as their focus on Sinai, which previously played a relatively minor role in ISIS propaganda.”
“The scale of the Sinai campaign is nearly unprecedented, rivaled only by an earlier media blitz against the monarchy of Saudi Arabia — a natural target given its significance as the birthplace of Islam and site of its two holiest places,” the article continued.
An Egyptian ship captain has shared images on social media which appear to show debris from flight MS804.
"I found a life jacket and debris from a chair on the plane," he wrote in a Facebook post.
Counter osint pic.twitter.com/SMJSbWoXYY— Operative 57 (@57Operative) May 19, 2016
Egyptian forces found wreckage from an EgyptAir flight that crashed in the Mediterranean with 66 people aboard, the military said.
Parts of the aircraft and passenger belongings were discovered Friday near the coastal city of Alexandria, the Egyptian military said in a statement.
May 17, 2016
Sandcrawler PSA: There is a Nut at The National Mall Claiming He Has Anthrax
Ahhh spring, where the everyone has Ames Strain fevah!
Police responding to situation on National Mallhttps://t.co/BseFiV5I67— Alexandra (@KAFosterSowell) May 17, 2016
Now 99.9% of these Anthrax threats turn out to be nothing. But just in case stay away from the National Mall. Its crawling with police also the nut.
Update: The nut has been neutralized, move along.
October 31, 2015
ISIS Murders Four Kurdish Soldiers in Revenge Video
So ISIS seems a little pissed off about the raid on the prison. Our hearts go out to the Kurds.
A video purportedly from ISIS surfaced online Friday and shows the terrorists beheading four Kurdish Peshmerga fighters in retaliation for the daring raid by U.S.-led coalition forces last week in northern Iraq.
At the end of the 15-minute video, a masked English-speaking man delivers a warning to U.S. President Barack Obama before he executes one of the prisoners, who is wearing an orange jumpsuit.
The three other prisoners are also seen being beheaded at the end of the video and Arabic text appears onscreen. It translates as "Peshmerga soldiers that Americans came down to rescue."
Earlier in the video, ISIS also claims to show the aftermath of the raid during which 70 hostages were rescued by Kurdish, U.S. and Iraqi forces from an ISIS prison in Hawija, in the northern Iraq province of Kirkuk.
Here is the English spoken bu the first killer to Obama. He sounds American to me. But he's not very eloquent, obviously reciting a prepared statement in a halting fashion. Despite his claims of "victory" it seems we made quite the mess for ISIS.
Obama you have learned a new lesson. Six of the soldiers of the Caliphate faced Four Hundred of your children. They killed and injured them by Allah's grace. You are probably surprised by this.This man then beheads the first prisoner as the other three are forced to watch. Its a as gruesome a beheading as I've witnessed.
Oh Crusader, it is the support of Allah.
You did not gain anything, you returned to your bases and with losses and humiliation. Obama you wage war against Allah, he supports us against you. It is the promise of Allah. Allah will never fail in his promise.
Then a warning in Arabic is given to the Kurds and the other three prisoners are beheaded. (screencap and video below the fold)
The video is available here by request.
(I'm not around to approve the requests so if you didn't get it by now, sorry.)
Its not clear if the following strike was before or after the video. But from the damage shown on the ground it may be after.
July 16, 2015
Shooting Incident at Navy Recruiting and Navy Reserve in Chattanooga (update: Four Dead Two Injured) (Update II: Islamic Terrorist Attack Shooter Identified as Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez)
Gunfire rang out on Thursday in several locations in Chattanooga, Tennessee, including a joint U.S. military recruiting center, and a police officer was hit in the shootings, authorities and local media said.There is no indication of motive at this time.
CBS reported the gunman was dead a couple of hours after the shooting began, quoting police sources. In a tweet, the Chattanooga Police Department said in a tweet that the situation was over and that details would be forthcoming.
Update: Reports are now three dead and three injured.
I don't count murderers.
Update: Another of the inured has passed away.
Update: Contrary to earlier reports it appears this was an Islamic Terrorist attack the shooter has been identified as Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez of Arizona
He is reportedly an immigrant from Kuwait, as you might recall Jihadi John is also from Kuwait. Though Kuwait was saved from Saddam by US there is a lot of terrorist sentiment and anit-western hatred present there.
Per the Assoc Press Shooter ID'd as 24 yr old male: Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez.— Eric Bolling (@ericbolling) July 16, 2015
Other reports say 41 years old..... so there is still some confusion.
Update III Apparent link to ISIS threat on Twitter.
I suppose it depends on the exact time of the shooting. There is a very good chance the tweeter trolled US after the shooting.
Confirmed the tweet is from 12:34 PM yet the shooting started at 10:34 AM.
Update via Vinnie.
hree days before he set out in a silver Mustang convertible and murdered four Marines, 24-year-old Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez all but announced his intentions in a pair of blog posts.The Daily Beast however is not posting a link to the blog. If anyone has that link we will post it.
One, headlined “Understanding Islam: The Story of the Three Blind Men,” declared that the original disciples of the prophet were not “like priests living in monasteries.”
“Every one of them fought Jihad for the sake of Allah,” Abdulazeez wrote as myabdulazeez.
The second post was headlined “A Prison Called Dunya,” that being a term for the material world.
Update: Ask and ye shall receive.
Researching last night the story of the three blind men is one Islamists have used see this example from the forums.
here were three blind men that wanted to know what an elephant looks like. Somebody took them to the zoo and directed them to the elephant cage. Since they cannot see, they used their sense of touch to get a description of the appearance of the elephant.Apparently it was oppression that drove him to terrorism.
They went around the elephant touching it from different parts. One of the blind men grabbed the ear of the elephant, the second one grabbed the foot, and the third one grabbed the tail of the elephant.
When they went back people were asking them, “what do you know about the elephant?” The one who grabbed the ear said, “Well the elephant is very wide and flat”. The other two became upset and said, “No, that is not correct”. The one who grabbed the foot said, “He’s wrong. It’s just like the trunk of a tree”. The third one said “Both of you don’t know what you are talking about, the elephant is like a long rope”. They continued arguing and could not come to an agreement on the appearance of the elephant.
ut nearly three years later, he still had a résumé out and apparently had yet to land a promising job. One of his sisters had gotten married, but he was still single.Yeah right if this is oppression where do I sign up?
And on April 21 he had been arrested for driving under the influence, seemingly his first brush with the law. The arresting officers reported smelling marijuana and saw white residue on his face. He insisted he had only been snorting caffeine tablets. He refused a blood test, and a sample was obtained by power of a search warrant.
Abdulazeez may have taken it as a warning of what can happen if you stray from the stricter tenets of Islam.
In a family photo taken in May with his parents and his four sisters, he still managed to look happy enough. But his life outside such lighthearted moments seems to have grown sodden with disappointment. He consoled himself in the second blog post by saying ambition was pointless anyway.
According to CNN Mohammad was well liked, religious but not to the extreme, friendly and well integrated and liked to wrestle a Russian Jew.
But apparently according to the press he wasn't having the success in life he felt he was due or the attention he deserved. So of course it was some other factgor that drove him to kill.
You know happens all the time someone goes crazy, does stuff. Muslims after all are just people, like us subject to the same pressures of life, right?
The problem with that is that if you are in that situation and you are looking for justification for your shooting spree its a slam dunk that you can find that reason in Islam.
Islamic State who has been asking for American Muslims, not asking radical Muslims but all Muslims, to do just such an act has found a narrative in Islam to justify every single one of its heinous and subhuman atrocities. Including in its calls to western Muslims to commit acts of terrorism in the west.
Update: Muhammad spent quite a while in Jordan last year. There is a huge number of Islamic State and AQ supporters linked to ISIS through its former iteration called Ansar al-Sunnah in Jordan.
Jeff:Yes, I’m sure Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez saw that yellow sign near the door declaring “no firearms allowed”. He just used that information for an entirely different purpose.
Counterterrorism investigators are looking closely at a monthslong trip the Chattanooga shooting suspect took to Jordan in 2014 to determine if he had contact with any extremists or traveled to other countries, according to people familiar with the investigation.
Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, 24 years old, spent about seven months in Jordan last year, according to one person close to the investigation. The visit was one of a number of trips he took to that country during his life. He also held Jordanian citizenship, officials said.
June 26, 2015
Islamic Terrorist Attacks Air Products Plant in St.-Quentin-Fallavier France Beheading One Worker
Air Products was picked specifically because it is an American company. The murdered employee's head was posted on the gate of the plant. The terrorist waved the Islamic State flag and left multiple copies of the flag at the site.
The terrorist also attempted to cause the plant to blow up by crashing his car into some canisters, but apparently they contained non-flammable gases.
"No doubt about the intention — to cause an explosion," Hollande said, calling the attack "of a terrorist nature."The terrorist has been captured and is in custody.
The French president said suspect has been arrested and identified and indicated that a second attacker might have been involved.
The industrial site belongs to Air Products, an American chemical company based in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
A security official said a severed head was found posted on the gate at the entrance to the factory, in what appeared to be an echo of Islamic State's practice of beheading prisoners and displaying the heads for all to see.
Two flags, one white and one black, both with Arabic inscriptions, were found nearby, the security official said.
The decapitated man has been identified as the manager of a transport company in Chassieu in the Rhône.I also have reports of a third attacker killed at the site. Looking for confirmation.
He reportedly came in to make a delivery at the factory, which is not far from the place he works.
It is not yet known why he was targeted for such a horrific death.
A second suspect was arrested at his home in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier, according to French media reports. More as we get it.
It has been confirmed that the suspected attacker under arrest is Yacine Sali, who was under surveillance between 2006 and 2008.
he suspect arrested in connection with the attack on a factory in south-eastern France has been named as Yacine Sali, also referred to as Yacine Salhi.
acine Sali, aged 30, had previously been investigated in 2006 for radicalisation and links to the Salafist movement, Bernard Cazeneuve, the interior minister, said.
"He was investigated in 2006 for radicalisation, but [the investigation] was not renewed in 2008. He had no criminal record," Mr Cazeneuve said.
Mr Cazeneuve, speaking from the scene in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier near Grenoble and Lyon, said he Sali was not known to be involved in previous terror attacks.
PARIS (@AP) - French officials: Decapitated victim in French factory attack was employer of suspect.— TheBlazeNOW (@TheBlazeNOW) June 26, 2015
June 24, 2015
Tsarnaev Sentencing Going Well (Update: Identified as Patrick Carrerio 24 of Woburn Death Penalty Protester)
Looks like we have another volunteer for federal pound you in the ass prison.
Some kind of issue outside fed court, where cops just pulled a meat cleaver out of this man's car. pic.twitter.com/SW62mAKo2R— Jack Lepiarz (@Lepiarz) June 24, 2015
Update: More on the arrest.
His LinkedIn profile, he also provides support on the QuickBooks forum. Myspace. Some other stuff.
Just after 1 p.m., police investigated after someone driving a Honda SUV with no license plates blew past a security checkpoint and jumped a curb near the courthouse. Officers immediately confronted the man driving, who they say said he was at the courthouse to explain why he is against the death penalty.
Police searched the car and found a meat clever, but they say the suspect never used or threatened anyone with the weapon.
The driver, Patrick Carrerio, 24, of Woburn, was arrested and charged with failure to stop for a police officer, disorderly conduct and the unlawful possession of a dangerous weapon.
He also apparently has six websites registered. More...
June 17, 2015
Breaking Shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston SC (Update: State Senator he Reverend Clementa C. Pinckney Killed)
Police are looking for the shooter who is still at large. His description is..
Police were looking for 21-year-old white man with a slender build wearing a gray hoodie, blue jeans and Timberland boots.Reports of multiple people killed and injured.
It occurred around 9 Eastern time.
We pray for them and hope the perpetrator is brought to justice swiftly.
Update: I have a report that Police have one person in custody(unconfirmed).
Update II: The arrested person appears to be a journalist or youtube type the shooter is still at large.
Update II 06/18/2015 07:23 cdt:
Nine people are reported dead this morning. Six females and three males. A state senator is pastor at the church and was present. No word on their status.
Thanks to NPR. More to follow.
This is the suspect.
Meanwhile ..blockquote>A woman who survived the attack said that the gunman told her that he was letting her live so that she could tell others about what happened, the Charleston Post and Courier reported. The woman added that the suspect had sat in the church before standing and opening fire, BBC reported, citing an NAACP official. More on Reverend Clementa Pinckney
The Reverend Honorable Clementa C. Pinckney was born July 30, 1973 the son of Mr. John Pinckney and the late Theopia Stevenson Pinckney of Ridgeland, South Carolina. He was educated in the public schools of Jasper County. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Allen University with a degree in Business Administration. While there, Reverend Pinckney served as freshman class president, student body president, and senior class president.The Church has a pretty good website, you can make donations here.
Rev. Pinckney was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1996 at the age of twenty-three. In 2000, he was elected to the State Senate at the age of twenty-seven. He is one of the youngest persons and the youngest African-American in South Carolina to be elected to the State Legislature. He represents Jasper, Beaufort, Charleston, Colleton, and Hampton Counties. His committee assignments include Senate Finance, Banking and Insurance, Transportation, Medical Affairs and Corrections and Penology. Washington Post columnist, David Broder, called Rev. Pinckney a "political spirit lifter for suprisingly not becoming cynical about politics."
Rev. Pinckney has served in other capacities in the state to include a college trustee and corporate board member. In May 2010, he delivered the Commencement Address for the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary.
He and his wife Jennifer have two children - Eliana and Malana.
And I think nothing would show our utter rejection of these cold blooded murders than overloading their paypal.
Also the shooter in the images there is something odd about his nose. White or covered with something?
Pinckney’s cousin told WAFF-TV that the gunman specifically asked for the reverend before Bible study and sat next to him before opening fire. The cousin says survivors told her that the gunman told them, “You rape our women and you’re taking over our country. And you have to go.”Suspect is named.
Update he appears to be using facebook right now. He friended one female who has since disappeared from his recently added list.
Update: Captured, I know I updated this with a tweet once already but for some reason I failed to save it.
April 08, 2015
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Guilty! Guilty! Guilty! Guilty! Guilty! Guilty! (Update : Guilty! Guilty! Guilty! Guilty! Guilty! Guilty! Guilty! Guilty! Guilty! Guilty! Guilty Guilty! Guilty! Guilty! Guilty! Guilty! Guilty! Guilty! Guilty! Guilty! Guilty! Guilty! G...
Jury has found #Tsarnaev guilty on 3 counts so far. All carry the death penalty.— Hilary Sargent (@lilsarg) April 8, 2015
Count 4: Use of weapon of mass destruction. Jury finds #Tsarnaev GUILTY.— Hilary Sargent (@lilsarg) April 8, 2015
COUNT 6: Conspiracy to bomb place of public use. Jury finds Dzhokhar #Tsarnaev GUILTY. (6 for 6 so far. All death penalty charges.)— Hilary Sargent (@lilsarg) April 8, 2015
Update Counts 7, 8, 9, 10 Guilty.
Batting 1000 so far.
Counts 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29 Guilty.
He is so guilty its beyond the capability of Jawa Post Titles to hold all the Guilty.
March 30, 2015
**UPDATED**BUMPED** SUV Rams Gate at NSA (Cross Dressing Gay Flameout
Jihadis on Dope?!?!)
This is still developing but something happened at the gate to the NSA:
Few details were immediately available about the incident, which the AP said occurred just after 10 a.m.
...At the Fort Meade police headquarters, a spokeswoman said “preliminary information” was that two people showed up injured at the gate of the facility.” But she gave no other information and referred calls to police at Fort Meade.NY Daily News reports the driver of the SUV was killed.
I'm getting sources saying the dead driver was a female. Also that another female a passenger was injured. The other injury was to an officer, possibly the one who rammed the SUV to stop it. From what I can see he is not badly hurt and was conscious when loaded to the ambulance.
Update: Shenanigans! They were not two women they were two men dressed as women.
Obviously terrorism because only ISIS supporters would try that. They like the way women's clothes feel next to their bodies.
UPDATE 14:15 by Rusty: They found cocaine (pronounced: Koh-ka-ayn) in the vehicle.
Cocaine and a weapon were found near or inside the men's vehicle, officials said.I just thought that was interesting. Jihadis are sometimes known to get their bravery up for suicide runs with drugs. Just wanted to throw that out there even though we still have no idea who was behind this.
For what it's worth, the FBI is claiming this was 'not terrorism'. And by 'for what it's worth' I mean 'the statement is literally worth nothing' as the knee jerk reaction is nearly always to say 'not terrorism' even when it's obvious it is:
“The shooting scene is contained, and we do not believe it is related to terrorism,” the FBI said in a statement."Why else would someone attack the NSA if not terrorism? That's a serious question. Even if this turns out to be some left-wing or right-wing nutjobs, what other explanation could there possibly be?
Update: What other explanation could there possibly be?
Update from the Washington Post:Truth its stranger than fiction. Thanks to Shadowofashade.
So the two guys stole their truck and drugs from another guy after a night of passion at a hotel, took a wrong turn, and ended up dead?
March 26, 2015
Voice Recorder Shows One Pilot Was Locked Out of Cockpit on GermanWings Flight (Bumped Prosecutor Says Co-Pilot Andreas Lubitz Intentionally Crashed Plane)
I'm getting a very bad feeling about this.
PARIS — As officials struggled Wednesday to explain why a jet with 150 people on board crashed in relatively clear skies, an investigator said evidence from a cockpit voice recorder indicated one pilot left the cockpit before the plane’s descent and was unable to get back in.
A senior military official involved in the investigation described “very smooth, very cool” conversation between the pilots during the early part of the flight from Barcelona to Düsseldorf. Then the audio indicated that one of the pilots left the cockpit and could not re-enter.
“The guy outside is knocking lightly on the door and there is no answer,” the investigator said. “And then he hits the door stronger and no answer. There is never an answer.”
He said, “You can hear he is trying to smash the door down.”
While the audio seemed to give some insight into the circumstances leading up to the Germanwings crash, it also left many questions unanswered.
"We don’t know yet the reason why one of the guys went out,” said the official, who requested anonymity because the investigation is continuing. "But what is sure is that at the very end of the flight, the other pilot is alone and does not open the door."
Hat Tip: Pat Dollard.
Trust your feelings.
ABC:So the next question is who was Andreas Lubitz?he co-pilot of the Germanwings plane that crash in the French Alps this week appeared to want to "destroy the plane," Brice Robin, Public Prosecutor of Marseille, said today.
“The intention was to destroy the plane," he said.
Robin also confirmed reports about the pilot being heard on the voice recorder asking co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, a German citizen, to take over the controls, with a chair heard being moved and door heard closing.
The co-pilot, 28, was in control, Robin said, and the accelerated descent was made manually.
he co-pilot of the Germanwings Airbus A320 that crashed in the French Alps has been named by French authorities as German national Andreas Lubitz.Video of the prosecutors statement is here at CNN.
Image credit and more at Heavy.com
The information released by authorities investigating the crash about the pilots has been sparse.
However, what we do know about Lubitz is that the 28-year-old was from Montabaur, a town in the district seat of the Westerwaldkreis in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, according to a local flight club.
The LSC club, where he was a member, posted a death notice on their website naming him.
The captain of the doomed Germanwings plane has since been named as Patrick Sonderheimer by the same flying club, which said he had completed more than 6,000 flying hours on A 320 aircraft.
Saudi deploys 100 fighter jets, 150,000 soldiers for anti-Houthi campaign
Didn't take long the proxy war just went super nova..
Saudi Arabia deployed 100 fighter jets, 150,000 soldiers and other navy units on Thursday, after it launched its operation against the Houthi rebels in Yemen, Al Arabiya News Channel reported.The battle is joined. The Gulf states will not roll over without a fight..
The Saudi aerial deployment enabled the Royal Saudi Air Force to take control of Yemen’s airspace early Thursday.
Reports also emerged that top Houthi leadership Abdulkhaliq al-Houthi, Yousuf al-Madani, and Yousuf al-Fishi were killed, and head of the Revolutionary Committee for the Houthis, Mohammed Ali al-Hothi, was wounded.
Saudi allies including its Gulf counterparts - except Oman - also showcased their military power to curb the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels from reaching Aden to dislodge Yemeni President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, who remained in the southern city.
The Gulf nations said they decided to “repel Houthi aggression” in neighboring Yemen, following a request from the country’s President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi.
In their joint statement Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Qatar and Kuwait said they “decided to repel Houthi militias, al-Qaeda and ISIS [Islamic State of Iraq and Syria] in the country.”
The Gulf states warned that the Houthi coup in Yemen represented a “major threat” to the region’s stability.
The UAE contributed 30 fighter jets, Bahrain 15, Kuwaiti 15, Qatar 10 and Jordan 6 in the operation.
March 25, 2015
Shocking News! Bowe Bergdahl Charged With Desertion
Bowe Bergdahl, what a waste of perfectly good blips his name is.
March 24, 2015
Germanwings Flight From Barcelona to Dusseldorf Crashes After Distress Call
A Germanwings Airbus A320 plane carrying at least 148 people crashed Tuesday in the foothills of the Alps in southeastern France, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls told reporters.Developing.
Valls said he fears those aboard the flight from Barcelona, Spain, to Dusseldorf, Germany -- 142 passengers and six crew members -- may be dead.
French President Francois Hollande also said no survivors were expected. The plane crashed near Digne-les-Bains, in the Alpes de Haute Provence region, Valls said.
"The conditions of the accident are not yet clear but lead us to believe there will be no survivors," Hollande said.
A distress call associated with the Germanwings plane that crashed in France was sent at 10:45 a.m. local time (5:45 a.m. ET), the French interior minister's spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet told CNN affiliate BFMTV.
Germanwings Flight 9525 had left a Barcelona airport at 10:01 a.m., the airport website said.
Update: I have a bad feeling about this.
"high number of Spaniards, Germans and Turks"Update II
..We are working with French and German authorities in the investigation...
The owner of a French Alpine camping ground says he heard a series of loud noises in the air before a Germanwings passenger plane carrying 150 people crashed to the ground.
- 10:30 a.m. ET: Air traffic controllers sent out a distress signal after controllers became concerned at the loss of radio contact with the doomed Germanwings plane and the speed of the plane's descent, a spokesperson for the French civil aviation authority said.
The crew of the plane itself did not issue a distress call before crashing in southern France, the spokesperson said.
February 04, 2015
Jordan Hangs Sajida al-Rishawi and Ziad al-Karbouli
Jordan responded rapidly, executing Sajida al-Rishawi, who was convicted after attempting a suicide bombing, and Ziad al-Karbouli, a top lieutenant of Al Qaeda in Iraq, before dawn on Wednesday, according to the official news agency Petra.
February 03, 2015
ISIS Burns Jordanian Pilot Moaz al-Kassasbeh Alive (Bumped: Image Kenji Jogo Holding Still From Today's Video)
Isil jihadists have released a video that shows the Jordanian pilot they have been holding hostage being burned alive.Jawa report has obtained a copy of the video. We can confirm this is true, and also he was held by a different cell. There is no Jihadi John in the video and it is a very long and highly produced video with the most horrific end.
Moaz al-Kassasbeh, a pilot in the Jordanian air force, was captured by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant on December 26.
His death, if confirmed, marks the failure of a proposed prisoner exchange for a woman failed suicide bomber being held in Jordan.
The Jordanian was kidnapped by the jihadists after his plane crashed closed to their stronghold city of Raqqa in northeastern Syria.
In the video the pilot is soaked with fuel and white phosphorus, which is used in munitions to burn metal and disable armor.
As al-Kasasibah is set on fire inside a cage he suffers and struggles terribly. Before finally giving up the struggle in a corner of the cage. Once he dies a front end loader puts out the fire by dumping concrete rubble on his body.
These people are savages and must be killed every last one. I'm sure Jordan will respond on the most severe manner and may God speed the death of ISIS.
The video was apparently timed to be released with the King of Jordan's visit to the US.
A reader points out that the video of Kenji Goto Jogo holding the Jordanian pilots picture was a still from this video.
He was already dead as Jordan demanded his release. In the still you can see the same wall behind him and the bars of the cage in which he was burned.
A second image for dumbass Phil in comments, "Same cement block means nothing."
I personally believe that the Jordanian and Jogo were held by different cells, but they are in communication.
Thanks to Twitchy for reminding me.
If you don't believe me the video is below the fold. The murder is at around 16 minutes. I've taken down the video, a copy is available by request to @darthodius or by clicking here.
Update 02/06/2015: I've taken down the video, if you've not gotten it by now, too bad.
January 31, 2015
ISIS Murders Kenji Goto Joto
ISIS has carried out the Murder Japanese hostage of Kenjo Goto Jogo.
I can confirm this is the case. In the video Jihad John appears, it is his voice, he then speaks about the Grace of Allah, but Kenji was shown no grace. Joto is silent and stoic, a still at the end of the video confirms his death.
Our prayers go out to the people of Japan and to his family.
Evil does abide on this Earth its name is ISIS.
Tolerance becomes a crime when applied to evil.
ISIS seems annoyed that states are not recognizing the power of the group as a true state, the irony of murdering a bound journalist while hiding in a ravine seems to escape them.
The video is also very short and has a number of issues playing outside a web browser. Its fairly high resolution but appears hastily prepared with out many of the post production features. Aside from the reappearance of the al-Furqan label.
Chatter Jordanian Pilot Executed( Update: ISIS Claims Killing of Syrian Accused of Working for Jordanian Intelligence: Video Released)
I'm seeing chatter that the Jordanian Pilot has been executed. There are posts on forums and twitter indicating the release of a high quality video production of his death.
I would warn that this is at this point only chatter. I can't confirm it yet. But the sources look credible.
I would note that ISIS never provided proof of life for the pilot, that combined with al-Furqan media's recent troubles. Sending out still images over audio messages indicates to me that the pilot has been dead for some time.
That ISIS didn't provide proof of life because ISIS was sitting on a this production as things went sour.
We'll update if this is confirmed.
Upate: From what I can gather its of a Syrian accused of working for Jordanian intelligence.
Not the pilot. No news of him. But this person had been held for some time so when he was killed is still not clear.
Update : The video is here and below the fold.
January 28, 2015
Hostages Fate Unknown After Efforts to Exchange Prisoners
Jordan today agreed to release a would-be suicide bomber in exchange for one of its air force pilots being held by the Islamic State.
Pilot Mu'ath al-Kaseasbeh and Japanese hostage Kenji Goto have been threatened with execution this afternoon unless the Jordanian government frees an Iraqi terrorist.
Al-Rishawi was sentenced to death in Jordan for her involvement in a 2005 terrorist attack by Al Qaeda on hotels in Amman that killed 60 people.
Information Minister Mohammed al-Momani said 'Jordan is ready to release the Iraqi prisoner' if al-Kaseasbeh is released unharmed, according to a statement on Jordan's state television.
But Mr al-Momani made no mention of Mr Goto.
In separate developments, efforts to free the Japanese journalist were thrown into confusion today after Tokyo was forced to deny reported comments by one of its ministers that a deal was imminent.
The Japanese Deputy Foreign Minister was earlier reported as saying that Mr Goto would be released 'within hours' in a prisoner exchange deal for al-Rishawi. I see chatter that an exchange has occurred but at this point that's all I can say chatter.
Here is more at Huffpo
It seems the hangup is that Jogo and Jordanian pilot are not held by the same cell. And Jordan is demanding its pilot. There is no mention of him. If ISIS has already murdered Mu'ath al-Kaseasbeh then it might sour the deal for Jogo.
January 24, 2015
ISIS Murdered Haruna Yukawa
I'm looking this over at the moment. Anyway there was a delay in the release and Kenji Goto Jogo it appears is still alive.
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At first glance it appears the new video is a hasty release, without the high production value in the previous video. It is a simple audio message over a the above still image.
Our thoughts go out to the People of Japan and to the family of Haruna Yukawa.
Update: In the video, in which Jihadi John is conspicuously absent Kenji Goto Jogo in English says the captors demands have changed. The demand for ransom is dropped and that Mr. Goto will be traded for a single female captive help by the Jordanians.
I'm not sure the spelling of her name or who she is. I will update shortly on that.
I can verify that Haruna Yukawa has been murdered.
Obviously something has seriously went wrong for the al-Furqan Media cell that was running this operation. But the video appears authentic despite the obvious difficulty al-Furqan is having.
Goto, again speaking to his family, said in the purported video released Saturday that Islamic State had changed its ransom demand and no longer wanted money.
"Their demand is easier. They are being fair. They no longer want money. So you don't need to worry about funding terrorists. They are just demanding the release of their imprisoned sister Sajida al-Rishawi," he said.
Sajida al-Rishawi is a female suicide bomber dispatched by al-Qaeda in Iraq to attack a hotel in Jordan in 2005, SITE reported. She survived when her explosive belt failed to detonate.
Al-Rishawi was arrested by Jordanian authorities at the time of the attack on the Radisson SAS hotel in Amman that killed 57 people, many of whom were at a wedding reception.
She was later shown on Jordanian tV confessing to participating in the attack, the BBC reports. Jordanian police said she was the wife of one of three Iraqi male suicide bombers involved in the assault.
"My husband wore one [bomb] belt and I another -- he told me how to use it," she said, explaining that he took one corner of the hotel and she took another.
"There was a wedding in the hotel. There were women and children," she said. "My husband executed the attack. I tried to detonate and it failed. I left. People started running and I started running with them."
January 12, 2015
Reports of Smoke, Multiple Rescues and Fires Closes DC Metro Line
There are few details but the images are eerily similar to those from Madrid and the London Tube bombings.
I see reports of a small fire, and also a disabled train and now "mass casualties"
It may be nothing but its clear something is out of the ordinary and the situation is changing quickly.
Now reports of one small fire are two alarm major fire.
*Breaking* 2nd Alarm Fire at L'Enfant Plaza Metro Station, DC - Maryland Fire News http://t.co/T2LrkWt2E5— Wide Awake (@haightbj) January 12, 2015
The report of flooding was a stale report from Dec 16th, my bad.
Metro General Manager Richard Sarles said one of the passengers injured the tunnel incident has died. The woman has not been identified pending notification of next of kin, he said.So if there was enough smoke to cause this it must have been a pretty serious fire.
In addition, Sarles said two people were in critical condition at George Washington Hospital; 40 were transported by bus to Howard University Hospital, and another 20 to 25 people were taken to Washington Hospital Center.
Sarles said that since the incident involved a fatality, the Metropolitan Police Department would now be involved in the investigation.
Still no word on the cause, researching.
Here are some images from those on the train. A train broke down and began to smoke it is reported but no word on how a malfunction would cause such a fire.
A Metro train broke down near L'Enfant Plaza and filled with smoke. WMATA has confirmed at least one person has died from the smoke; two are in critical condition, and many more went to local hospitals.
While the train operator told passengers to remain in the train, they eventually decided to evacuate through the tunnel as the smoke made some people have trouble breathing. Jonathan Rogers was on the train and took this video:
January 09, 2015
Breaking Third Hostage Situation in France
According to French media, one or two people are being held in a jewellery store in downtown Montpellier, in southern France.There has been a lot of speculation about the motives for the attacks in France.
It is believed the situation came about from a failed robbery.
Police have since cordoned off the area and are currently trying to evacuate people from the nearby shops, local media reports.
The hostage taker is said to be surrounded by police.
Officers have confirmed the incident is not linked to the two sieges in Paris.
Set aside the targets for a moment, Jews and Charlie Hebdo.
France has been taking to the terrorists for months now. Bombing AQIM after freeing the last French hostage. Assisting in Syria and this week announcing a campaign against terrorists in Libya.
In fact its been France who has been filling the leadership vacuum left by Obama's hesitancy to act forcefully against AQ and ISIS.
Its not that Obama doesn't act when forced to, it that his goal is to get us out the the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He has stubbornly stuck to this goal without any regard for they enemy's plans and actions.
Obama can try to leave the war, but the war follows and AQ and ISIS have flourished under the lack of pressure.
So in acting against France they hope to peel off the coalition member that currently has the most will to fight. The nation that lately has given the terrorists the blackest shiners.
Meanwhile in Obama's New Libya
Two Three Terrorist Attacks in France
French Pay for Hostage
But then, once MUJWA had given up its last French hostage, the French took their refund strait out of Ahmed al Tilemsi's ass.
Update the police are saying its unrelated to the previous incidents, possibly a robbery taking advantage of the police being preoccupied with the terrorists situations. We'll update when it becomes more clear.
French Police Storm Hostage Both Hostage Situations All Terrorists Dead
*FRENCH POLICE START RAID ON CHARLIE HEBDO SUSPECTS' HIDEOUTWe will update as we learn more.
*2 EXPLOSIONS, 10 SHOTS AS POLICE RAID DAMMARTIN HIDEOUT
*CHARLIE HEBDO SUSPECTS KILLED IN POLICE RAID: AFP
*CHARLIE HEBDO SUSPECTS' HOSTAGE IS FREE: AFP
*DAMMARTIN HOSTAGE FREED, ISN'T HURT, AFP REPORTS
And now we are hearing explosions at the 2nd hostage situation in Paris:
*FOUR EXPLOSIONS HEARD AT PARIS PORTE DE VINCENNES HOSTAGE SITE
*EXPLOSIONS, GUNFIRE HEARD AT PORTE DE VINCENNES HOSTAGE SITE
*SEVERAL HOSTAGES FREED AT JEWISH SUPERMARKET IN PARIS: AFP
Two police were injured at the Jewish Kosher Market. Those hostages are reported to have been freed and safe.
The two brothers at the other site are dead and the one hostage is unharmed.
There are still ambulances on scene and arriving on scene. No word on any more injuries.
A replay of the tape you can hear one of the brothers yell Allahu Ackbar just before shooting, then drowned out in a hail or return fire.
Reports that Hayat Boumeddiene survived the police raid and is being treated for her injuries. I also see conflicting reports that she is at large.
Update: AQAP who recently issued Issue 13 or its Inspire magazine claims credit for the attacks.
AQAP just officially claimed responsibility for directing the terror attacks in France #CharlieHebdo— Laura Walker (@LauraWalkerKC) January 9, 2015
I'm totally shocked.
Video of the raid on the Kosher Market. Note the body already on the floor before the raid. Also that someone runs out apparently carrying a baby trough the cross fire.
AQAP just officially claimed responsibility for directing the terror attacks in France #CharlieHebdo— Laura Walker (@LauraWalkerKC) January 9, 2015
Two Reported Dead as Terrorists Attack Kosher Market in Second Hostage Incident Six Hostages Held
Two people were reportedly dead in a second hostage situation in Paris, 25 miles south of a printing plant where police had suspects Wednesday's massacre holed up.Update the two suspects in this incident are.
The second case, which reportedly followed another shooting that left an unidentified victim wounded, was unfolding at a kosher grocery in the eastern Paris area known as Porte de Vincennes. The gunman in that case is armed with two AK-47s, was believed to be holding as many as five hostages, including women and children, and is believed to be the same person who shot a Paris policewoman on Thursday.
The fresh situation would be the third shooting to rock the French capital in three days, and may be related to Wednesday's massacre, in which 12 people were killed in an attack on the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, sources said.
French Police In Standoff With Paris Terrorist Hostage Situation
Reuters is reporting that authorities have surrounded the two brothers suspected of killing 12 people in the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and that the terrorists have taken at least one hostage in a small town north of Paris.Here is a live feed from France 24.
Dammartin-en-Goele, a small town of about 8,000 residents, has been cut off from the rest of the country and an industrial estate where the suspects have holed up has been surrounded.
The drama unfolded on a highway leading back into Paris when police pursued the suspects for miles in a high speed chase. Witnesses say shots were exchanged before the terrorists abandoned their car and fled on foot.
Reuters is also reporting that the man suspected of murdering a policewoman yesterday is a member of the same terrorist cell as the two brothers, Cherif and Said Kouachi.
And a recent report from the scene.
January 08, 2015
Police Woman Killed in Second Shooting in Near Paris (Terrorists Rob Gas Station)
Another shooting has been reported in Paris this morning although as yet, there is no official confirmation it is linked to yesterday's attack on the Charlie Hebdo magazine offices in which 12 people were killed, including two policemen.Hat Tip: Hetro Woman.
Agence France-Presse reported that a man opened fire with an automatic weapon this morning in the south of Paris, seriously injuring a policewoman and municipal employee. AFP have since confirmed that the policewoman has died.
French television station iTELE said that two police officers could be seen lying on the ground following the attack.
During his news piece outside the petrol station which is reported to have been robbed by the two main suspects in the Charlie Hebdon attack, our correspondent says he has seen armed police along the main roads into Paris and military helicopters flying overhead.
December 14, 2014
Two Islamic State Terrorist Holding Up To 50 Australians in Sydney Cafe (Update Five Hostages Escape: Demands made in Videos Plus Bomb Threats/Terrorist Identified as Mufti Sheik Haron) Terrorist Shoots Twice: Police Kill Terrorist
I'm getting reports of from as few as a dozen hostages up to 50.
There are reports that two gunman have taken hostages, some of which are standing with their hands up at the windows in the popular Lindt chocolate shop, which has two or three entrances. There is also a black and white flag being held up in a window. It is believed to be the Black Standard, a jihadist flag.Developing...
Lindt Australia CEO Steve Loane told news.com.au he believes there are 40 to 50 people inside the cafe, including customers and staff.
Other reports are suggesting there may only be 13 hostages.
Huddled in the dark, up to 15 hostages are tonight hoping for a breakthrough in negotiations to free them from a gunman.Another woman just escaped I see on the live feed.
Well-wishers are standing in vigil outside the exclusion zone in Sydney's Martin Place, as an eerie quiet settles over the city
Five hostages including three café staff have escaped the siege so far with their dashes for freedom captured on live television.
There is only one gunman with up to 25 people thought to still be held hostage.
Here is a video from one of the hostages.
The gunman who took hostages at the Lyndt CaFE in Martin Place is known to police.
The Islamist wants officials to deliver an ISIS flag to the cafe. He also said he wants to speak with Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
Hostage taker in #sydneysiege is Mufti Sheik Haron. A man who previously sent hate mail to Australian war widows ”
The gunman holding up to 20 people hostage in a Sydney cafe has been named as Sheikh Man Haron Monis, aged 49.
He has been holed up in a cafe in the heart of the city's financial and shopping area for several hours, raising a black Islamist flag and using human shields in the window.
Five of the hostages have managed to escape but police say they do not know how many are still inside.
Sydney police say Monis - who claims he's planted two bombs inside the cafe and two more nearby - is well-known to them.
Update: Its seems the people are not listening to the Shiek.
Breaking: About 6 more hostages have just left the Lindt cafe #sydneysiege— Fatima Kdouh (@FatimaKdouh_) December 15, 2014
Update: Apparent gunfire, Two shots and people fleeing.
Two motionless hostages including one resembling the heavy set woman on the video's removed. From building. Not moving.
Reports of two persons killed.
Reports that one hostage was killed and the terrorist.
November 10, 2014
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is Dead! (update: Not Alive Yet Not Dead... Yet)
That translates as:
Statement # # # Dolh_alkhlavh_alasalamah important wed # martyrdom caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi # # # Albgdada_bzma_allah Massh_alaatsamHammer time!
Hat Tip: Adrian.
Update: Stop the Music. Iraqnews retracts, but....
There's a whole pile of ISIS martyrs. And no proof of life for Baghdadi, In fact there is evidence they are hiding either his death or his status.
See this deleted tweet.
So I'll take that any day.
October 28, 2014
Video: Antares Rocket Crash
Today's launch of the Cygnus spacecraft failed.
The mission, Orbital CRS-3, marks the first flight of the upgraded Antares 130 rocket, which features a more powerful second stage to accommodate larger future payloads.the launch was scrubbed yesterday due to a ship downrange.
It is also the final flight for the current configuration of Cygnus, with a larger Enhanced Cygnus due to be introduced with the next mission.
This new version will take advantage of the increased capacity of the Antares 130 in order to deliver a greater amount of cargo to the space station.
First flown in April 2013, the launch is overall the fifth flight of Orbital’s Antares rocket which was developed specifically to launch the Cygnus spacecraft.
The introduction of the Antares 130 has been planned since the beginning of the program as Orbital ramp up the rocket’s capacity through upgrades to the second stage.
Which today we didn't get much downrange.
October 22, 2014
Yet Another Terrorist Attack in Canada (update Two Shooters One Dead Another in Custody)
It appears that ISIS appeals for Muslims to attack nations that are part of the coalition are being heeded resulting in yet another attack.
A uniformed Canadian soldier has been shot at the War Memorial in Ottawa, and gunfire has also broken out inside the Parliament buildingsA terrorist and recent revert to Islam was killed when using his car as a weapon earlier this week.
CPR was performed on the soldier and he has been transported to hospital by ambulance.
Police have told reporters that the suspect, reportedly carrying a "large weapon," possibly a shotgun or rifle, is still on the loose, and the parliament buildings are on lockdown. Prime Minister is safe and "off the hill."
The situation is still developing. Updates will follow.
I'll bet you $100 that the perpetrator of this attack was on Martin “Ahmad” Rouleau's now defunct Facebook page friends list.
Which is why I feel Facebook removed Ahmad's page. So the public can't see all his other terrorist pals.
We'll update when we know more about today's um, incident.
Update: More here from CBCNews:
An arrest has been made after at least two people were shot in a hail of gunfire on Parliament Hill and the nearby cenotaph.
The victim appears to be a soldier. Several people were seen performing CPR.
Another body is reported to be on the ground just outside the Library of Parliament.
Veteran Affairs Minister Julian Fantino told QMI Agency at least one of the shooters was shot and killed inside the building.
Two men were seen jumping from a Toyota Corolla, followed by dozens of shots.
The car now sits empty outside Centre Block. It has no licence plates.
Journalists reported police were trying to keep them away from the scene. Those inside Parliament reported they were told to stay inside rooms with the door locked.
Update IV: Coincidence or motive?
It appears there was only one shooter despite earlier reports of two. ISIS has claimed the attack.
Update 10/23/2014 06:00 CDT: Robert Stacy McCain has more on Michael Zehaf-Bibeau
We learn that Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, the terrorist killed in his attack Thursday on the Canadian Parliament building in Ottawa, was both mentally ill and a convert to Islam:Mr. Zehaf-Bibeau was born in 1982 and was the son of Bulgasem Zehaf, a Quebec businessman who appears to have fought in 2011 in Libya, and Susan Bibeau, the deputy chairperson of a division of Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Board. The two were divorced in 1999. . . .So we don’t know, and may never know, exactly how it was that Zehaf-Bibeau went from crazy Muslim to terrorist. Rather than focus on the details of that, however, let’s look at the general pattern in the context of history. What you find about killers like this is that the misfit or mental case has both real-life problems and an extremist ideology. Think about Lee Harvey Oswald who, like Zehaf-Bibeau, was the product of a broken home and, like Zehaf-Bibeau, adopted the ideology of a foreign enemy. Whereas the Canadian-born Zehaf-Bibeau became a Muslim in the 21st century, the American-born Oswald became a Marxist at a time when the Soviet Union was America’s greatest enemy.
Mr. Zehaf-Bibeau grew up in Eastern Canada, including Ottawa and Montreal, and had spent time in Libya before moving to Western Canada to become a miner and labourer, according to friend Dave Bathurst.
...At the Burnaby mosque, Mr. Bathurst said his friend’s “erratic” behaviour — he did not elaborate — caused frictions with the elders at the house of worship, who asked him to stop attending prayers. At that time, Mr. Zehaf-Bibeau was living in a barely furnished single-room apartment.
Mr. Bathurst said he recalls his friend being arrested at the mosque a few years ago after bizarrely calling police to tell them about a crime he had committed many years before.
What causes some people to adopt the ideology of hostile foreign powers? They are misfits and malcontents who are alienated from their own national society, hostile to the dominant culture. By identifying with an extremist ideology, this type of warped personality seeks a kind of empowerment that enables them to enact their fantasy of revenge on the society that rejects the misfit.
October 08, 2014
Patient Thomas Eric Duncan Dies of Ebola
Thomas Eric Duncan, 42, the patient with the first case of Ebola diagnosed in the United States and the Liberian man at the center of a widening public health scare, died in isolation at a hospital here on Wednesday, hospital authorities said.a former false report of his death, inspired some conspiracy theorists to speculate that he was, you know, the living dead already.
Mr. Duncan died at 7:51 a.m. at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, more than a week after the virus was detected in him on Sept. 30. His condition had worsened in recent days to critical from serious as medical personnel worked to support his fluid and electrolyte levels, crucial to recovery in a disease that causes bleeding, vomiting and diarrhea. Mr. Duncan was also treated with an experimental antiviral drug, brincidofovir, after the Food and Drug Administration approved its use on an emergency basis.
Its too bad he could not be saved even with experimental anti-viral treatment.
Our condolences go out to his family and we pray no one else comes down with this infection.
October 03, 2014
ISIS Murders British Hostage Allan Henning
Jawa Report can confirm that British hostage Allan Henning has been murdered by the Islamic State in revenge for this week's vote in Parliament approving strikes against ISIS.
The tape comes within hours of reports of coalition airstrikes against ISIS in support of Kurds besieged in Kobane.
An American Peter Edward Kassig is shown at the end and is threatened with death.
The murder is carried out by the same Jihadi John.
The blood of Davbid Haines is on your hands Cameron.Update: Some background on Henning.
Alan Henning will also be slaughtered, but his blood in on the hands of the British Parliament.
(continues) Obama, you have started your ariel bombardment in Sham(Syria) which strikes our people, so its only right that we strike the necks of your people.
The wife of British hostage Alan Henning pleaded Saturday with ISIS to release him, describing her husband as a "peaceful, selfless man" who was only in Syria to help people in need.May he rest in peace and our prayers are with Mrs Henning and his family. May the Lord keep him and comfort his family
"I cannot see how it could assist any state's cause to allow the world to see a man like Alan dying," Barbara Henning said, according to a message released by the UK Foreign Office. ISIS refers to itself as "the Islamic State."
Alan Henning, a taxi driver from near Manchester, England, was part of a team of volunteers that traveled to Syria in December to deliver food and water to people affected by the Middle Eastern country's devastating civil war.
He was abducted the day after Christmas by masked gunmen, according to other people in the aid convoy
And let the UK know what we stand with them.
Um yeah that was me.
September 24, 2014
French Hostage Herve Pierre Gourdel Murdered
Jund al-Khilafah in Algeria beheaded its French hostage, Hervé Gourdel, after having given a 24-hour deadline for French President Francois Hollande to stop airstrikes on the Islamic State (IS).Our thoughts and prayers go out to France and the family of Mr. Gourdel.
The 4 minute, 46 second video entitled, "A Message with Blood to the French Government," was posted on Twitter on September 24, 2014. The production was made to resemble IS videos of beheadings, but showed a clip of Hollande in place of Obama, and showed a similar title screen. Footage shows fighters standing behind Gourdel as one reads a speech, and then they hold him down while one takes a knife. The actual beheading is not shown, but a subsequent scene shows his severed head sitting on his lap, and then the fighters holding it up.
Hat Tip: Mr Orange.
September 04, 2014
Rest In Peace Joan Rivers
Joan Rivers has died, as you recall she stopped breathing during an endoscopy last week. One tweet I read said at the time, "At least she died doing something she loved." A joke I'm sure Joan would have appreciated.
Comedian and entertainer Joan Rivers died on Thursday at the age of 81.
"My mother's greatest joy in life was to make people laugh. Although that is difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon," her daughter Melissa said in a statement.
On Tuesday, the family confirmed she was on life support at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan after going into cardiac arrest last Thursday.
August 19, 2014
ISIS Murders American Journalist James Foley
American Journalist James Foley has been murdered by ISIS.
In a statement citing Obama's authorization of airstrikes in support of Iraq and the the Kurds ISIS has murdered American Journalist James Foley in an act of revenge.
Jawa Report has obtained a copy of the video and can verify that James was beheaded.
From James' family's website:
Journalist James Foley disappeared in northwest Syria on Thanksgiving Day, November 22 2012.Our hearts go out to the Foley family in this most terrible time.
Jim is the oldest of five children. He has reported independently and objectively from the Middle East for the past five years. Prior to his work as a journalist, Jim helped empower disadvantaged individuals as a teacher and mentor assisting them in improving their lives.
The family appeals for the release of Jim unharmed.
The Foley Family
At the end of the production they are holding another prisoner one, Steven Joel Sotloff. Although my copy has not hint of his fate. It appears they will murder him next if their demands that US back down are not met.
August 08, 2014
Wipe ISIS Out. All of Them
*I've never been prouder of President Obama than right now. But Mr. President ISIS is no pushover. See Headline.
President Obama authorized airstrikes "if necessary" against Islamic militants if they move toward Erbil in northern Iraq where American military, diplomats and civilians are stationed.If you're going to use our powah, Use it very liberally Mr. President.
During a late night statement Thursday from the White House, the president said he's okayed "targeted airstrikes to protect our American personnel and a humanitarian effort to help save thousands of Iraqi civilians who are trapped on a mountain without food and water and facing almost certain death."
Mr. Obama explained that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in recent days has "continued to move across Iraq and have neared the city of Erbil, where American diplomats and civilians serve at our consulate and American military personnel advise Iraqi forces to stop the advance on Erbil.
US military aircraft conduct strike on ISIL artillery. Artillery was used against Kurdish forces defending Erbil, near US personnel.— Rear Adm. John Kirby (@PentagonPresSec) August 8, 2014
And you keep saying if necessary Its long past necessary, sir. Failure to crush ISIS will be a mistake we'll pay dearly for.
Update: Right on cue the ISIS supporters whine, but but civilians.
You mad bro?
BREAKING: US official: US launches second round of airstrikes on targets near Irbil, Iraq— The Associated Press (@AP) August 8, 2014
*Didn't take much to reach that level, but if he bombs the living crap out of ISIS he begins filling that very large hole he's been digging.
July 24, 2014
Algerian Plane Presumed to Have Crashed Over Mali
It seems it's a bad time for flying.
An Air Algerie flight with 116 people on board has dropped off radar, prompting a search for the missing plane, the airline's operator said Thursday.Not only do we have the crash in Ukraine, yesterday a plane crashed in Taiwan and also a US Teenager, Haris Suleman, died trying to circumnavigate the globe when his plane crashed into the ocean off American Samoa.
Flight 5017 lost radar contact 50 minutes after takeoff from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, early Thursday. It was supposed to arrive at Algiers' Houari Boumediene Airport about four hours later.
The plane, an MD-83, was carrying 110 passengers, two pilots and four crew members. The MD-83 is part of the McDonnell Douglas MD-80 family of twin-engine, single-aisle jets.
Update: The wreckage has been located. There was bad weather in the area and the pilots requested a change of course, but no word on exact cause of crash yet.
There are also unconfirmed reports that Fidel Castro's niece was aboard the plane.
June 24, 2014
Sudan Detains Meriam Yehya Ibrahim At Airport
Unfortunately Vinnie is prescient, he doubted that Sudan would let Meriam Yehya Ibrahim exit the country safely.
CNN: (CNN) -- A Sudanese Christian woman who'd been sentenced to die for refusing to renounce her faith -- and then released -- was rearrested Tuesday at an airport as she was trying to leave the African country, her legal team told CNN on Tuesday.Apostasy laws are a relic of the dark ages and any nation that still has them on the books should remove them post haste. Its why Sharia is antithetical to liberty.
Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, 27, her American husband, Daniel Wani, and their two children were stopped at an airport in Sudan's capital, Khartoum, and then detained and interrogated at Khartoum's national security headquarters, the legal team said.
Details about why the family was held weren't immediately available.
Wani, in a phone call to CNN, also said that he and his family were being held at the national security office, but did not provide details.
The developments came a day after Ibrahim's legal team announced she'd been released from prison after weeks of international controversy over her conviction on apostasy and adultery charges.
The case began when one of Ibrahim's brothers, a Muslim, filed a criminal complaint saying her family was shocked to find out Ibrahim had married Wani, a Christian, after she was missing for several years, according to her lawyer.
The court considered Ibrahim a Muslim because her father was Muslim, but she proclaimed to be a Christian. So she was charged with adultery, because a Muslim woman's marriage to a Christian man is illegal in Sudan, and with apostasy, accused of illegally renouncing her original faith.
The ball is now unfortunately in Obama's court.
May 31, 2014
US soldier freed from captivity in Afghanistan (Sticky - Scroll For Newer Posts)
Just breaking....price for his freedom were 5 detainees from Gitmo
Welcome home soldier.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The only American soldier held prisoner in Afghanistan has been freed and is back in U.S. custody after nearly five years of captivity, U.S. officials said Saturday.
The officials said the Taliban agreed to turn over Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for the release of five Afghan detainees from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The transfers happened after a week of intense negotiations mediated by the government of Qatar, which will take custody of the Afghans.
In a statement, President Barack Obama said Bergdahl's recovery "is a reminder of America's unwavering commitment to leave no man or woman in uniform behind on the battlefield."
Officials said the Taliban turned the 28-year-old Bergdahl over Saturday evening, local time, in Afghanistan. Several dozen U.S. special forces were involved in the exchange, which took place in eastern Afghanistan, near the Pakistani border.
Officials described the transfer as a nonviolent handover between the American forces and about 18 Taliban.
Bergdahl was in good condition and able to walk, according to the officials, who insisted on anonymity in order to describe the details of his release.
May 30, 2014
Shocking News! Shinseki Resigns!
Veterans Affairs Secretary Shinseki thew himself under the bus a few minutes ago.
Well kind of shocking, maybe a little tiny smidgen of shocking.
OK, so not shocking at all, but it happened.
May 14, 2014
Claim Deso Dogg Alive?
In the last few hours reports have emerged that he was seriously wounded but not dead. I can find no copy of this image less that 16 hours old. If you do, please we'd like him to be dead.
الدواعش يضربون بالكبسات والثريد وشعب الرقة يموتا جوعا وليمة بمناسبة شفاء اميرهم ابو طلحة الالماني مغني الراب سابقا pic.twitter.com/gXd2sX39sS— تنسيقية مركدة الحرة (@Sh84Omar) May 13, 2014