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Terror Group Tied to Turkish Gov’t Recruits Hamas Human Shields


Children and women acting as human shields for Hamas fighters seen in the middle of the group (Photo: CNN video screenshot)

Children and women acting as human shields for Hamas fighters seen in the middle of the group (Photo: CNN video screenshot)

A terror-linked charity closely linked to the Turkish government is organizing human shields in the Gaza Strip and pledging to “erect the flag of Islam everywhere.” Prime Minister Erdogan is a top backer of Hamas and allows this charity, the Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH), to operate.

IHH’s website has a photo of the sign-up event in front of the Israeli embassy. The website refers to the Hamas terrorists targeted by Israel as “resistance fighters.” CNN Turkey reports that IHH has signed up at least 73 volunteers to act as human shields in Gaza, with 38 being women.

Another page on the website talks about an IHH press conference where its president, Bulent Yildirim, openly talked about its organizing of human shields. Its press release was endorsed by the Association of Muslim Scholars, a body led by the spiritual leader of Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood.

“We, as IHH started the human shield project,” Yildirim said.

He said that it is negotiating safe passage with the Syrian government and if the Assad regime refuses, they will arrive by boat. He also called on Muslim countries to “provide weaponry support for self-protection.”

Shockingly, Yildirim said the objective of sending the human shields is to spark a war between Israel and Turkey and the broader Muslim world. He explained:

“[W]e will tell Turkey that they will have to protect us. When we are passing by sea, if Israel fires at the Turkish ships protecting us, they will come face to face with the Israel and Turkey alliance. We are looking at how this war will end up. We are ready.”

The long-term goal of IHH is to create a caliphate, as Yildirim stated matter-of-factly:

“Israel has done what we could not do. Israel has laid the foundation of an Islamic Union by attacking Gaza. I believe that soon, all Muslim countries will unite to become members of the establishment of the Islamic Union,” Yildirim said.

IHH is also organizing protests in Turkey. At one event, which registered people to be human shields, Yildirim said, “Witness the enthusiasm of people gathered here to go to Gaza. We Muslims may show up in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem one day unannounced and we will erect the flag of Islam everywhere.”

IHH is headquartered in Istanbul but operates in 135 countries, including the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip. It is best known for its role in the 2010 Mavi Marmara incident, when IHH sent a ship to break the Israeli weapons blockade on Gaza.

According to the UN, the blockade was legal. It was set up to prevent Hamas from importing weapons through the sea. Yildirim said at the IHH press conference that the Mavi Marmara will soon sail to Gaza again.

IHH members on the Mavi Marmara were armed. When Israeli soldiers boarded the vessel, nine IHH members were killed attacking the Israelis. Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan used the opportunity to confront Israel and elevate his stature among Islamists. IHH Deputy Director Huseyin Oruc said he was warmly embraced by the Deputy Prime Minister after the incident and “we have good coordination with Mr. Erdogan.”

Up to 10 MPs from Erdogan’s AK political party planned to board the ship but were told by the government not to. At least 21 people on IHH’s board of directors at the time were involved with Erdogan’s AK party. One IHH official was the chairman of the parliament’s foreign affairs committee.

According to its website, the Turkish parliament bestowed IHH with an “Award of Honor” in 2007. In 2009, Yildirim spoke at a Hamas event and declared, “All the peoples of the Islamic world would want a leader like Recep Tayyip Erdogan.”

IHH is reacting to the latest fighting between Israel and Hamas with extremist incitement, just as Erdogan is. Erdogan says Israel has “surpassed Hitler in barbarism” and has launched a campaign of “systematic genocide.” IHH falsely claims that Israel is firing missiles randomly into Gaza “without considering women and children.”

IHH’s links to Hamas would only encourage Erdogan to embrace the group. In 2010, Erdogan declared that Hamas is not a terrorist group. His government supports Hamas politically and financially and even harbors Hamas leaders. Erdogan is also an unshakeable friend of the Muslim Brotherhood, the parent organization of Hamas.

Germany, the Netherlands and Israel have all banned IHH as a terrorist organization. The U.S. has not, even though 87 Senators have requested it, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and prominent leaders of both political parties.

The U.S. government has indirectly admitted that IHH is linked to terrorism. In 2008, the Treasury Department sanctioned the Union of Good, a network of charities, because it was “created by Hamas leadership to transfer funds to the organization.” IHH is a member of the Union of Good.

In 2009, a senior Treasury Department official addressed IHH’s terrorist ties with Turkish officials. A leaked State Department document records that the official mentioned how IHH is “providing material assistance to Hamas.”

In 2010, the State Department said it could not prove links between IHH and Al Qaeda but is “greatly concern[ed]” about IHH’s meetings with Hamas leaders. The State Department earlier said it was considering labeling IHH as a Foreign Terrorist Organization. It never happened.

The links of IHH to Hamas, labeled by the U.S. as a Foreign Terrorist Organization, are irrefutable. The two lavish praise upon each other. IHH sponsored a funeral for a Hamas leader named Mohammad Said Heyam. IHH’s campaign coordinator in Europe, Muhammad Sawalha, used to be a senior Hamas leader before moving to the United Kingdom.

French counterterrorism magistrate Judge Jean-Louis Bruguiere has documented links between IHH and Al Qaeda as well. For example, he has referred to phone calls between IHH and an Al Qaeda safe house in 1996. Turkish police raids on IHH in 1997 found strong evidence of its involvement in violent jihad.

The Danish Institute for International Studies quotes  from his report:

It appears that the detained members of IHH were going to fight in Afghanistan, Bosnia, and Chechnya … The essential goal of this Association was to illegally arm its membership for overthrowing democratic, secular, and constitutional order present in Turkey and replacing it with an Islamic state founded on the Shariah.

Under the cover of this organization known under the name of IHH, [IHH leaders] acted to recruit veteran soldiers in anticipation of the coming holy war. In particular, some men were sent into war zones in Muslim countries in order to acquire combat experience. On the spot, the formation of a military unit was assured. In addition, towards the purpose of obtaining political support from these countries, financial aid was transferred [from IHH], as well as caches of firearms, knives, and pre-fabricated explosives.

In 2001, federal prosecutors called upon the magistrate as an expert witness in the trial of Al Qaeda terrorist Ahmed Ressam. He was involved in the “Millennium Bomb Plot” to attack the Los Angeles International Airport.

Bruguiere testified that IHH had an “important role” in the Al Qaeda plot. He referred to phone calls from the terror cell’s apartment to IHH in Istanbul.

In 2011, two IHH members were arrested in Somalia after meeting with Al-Shabaab, Al Qaeda’s affiliate there. They traveled to an area known to be under the control of the terrorist group; IHH says they were delivering humanitarian aid to refugees.

The Erdogan government clashed with its own law enforcement earlier this year when it took action against IHH and Al Qaeda. In early January,  Turkish police stopped an IHH truck that was suspected of transferring weapons to Syria. The officers involved were retaliated against and moved to new jobs. The public prosecutor filed a complaint against the government for obstructing justice.

About two weeks later, Turkish police raided six IHH offices as part of a terrorism investigation and arrested 23 people for allegedly having links to Al Qaeda. It was reported that two were senior Al Qaeda operatives. The lead police officer was immediately fired and the raids were condemned by the Deputy Prime Minister. The eight involved prosecutors had their bodyguards reassigned and a second police chief was fired.

IHH operates in Turkey without any interference from Erdogan as it supports Hamas and recruits human shields. Yet, the U.S. hasn’t followed Germany, the Netherlands and Israel in listing IHH as a Foreign Terrorist Organization.

Erdogan’s government would erupt in anger if the U.S. treated IHH like the terrorist entity it undoubtedly is, but that is the action required to counter the organization’s terrorist activities. At the same time, the U.S. needs to initiate a reevaluation of Ankara’s membership in NATO member since this is just the latest in a string of actions taken by the Turkish government in support of extremists and terrorism.

Posted on 24 Jul 14 by Clarion Project

American-Islamic Brotherhood Political Party Formed:A LETHAL Danger! Commentary By Adina Kutnicki


Posted on July 26, 2014

IN an Orwellian nightmare, Americans (the west in general) are facing the fruits of a double-edged sword, one which will absolutely turn on them, if not stopped in its deadly tracks. On the one hand, drummed into the public’s discourse, its consciousness, politicians, media pundits, academics and civil society (non-elected) elitists have allowed democracy to be turned upside its head. It has become the west’s suicide pact. This was no accident, it was planned decades ago.

IN this regard, Islamists, due to the opening lent them via their leftist collaborators, grabbed westerners by the short hairs. They are running circles around patriotic Americans, as well as nationalists within western countries. But while leftists surely are pleased with said outcome, the fact of the matter is that many average folks truly think that being liberal simply means demonstrating compassion for the other. Not so fast. There is such a thing as being so wedded to liberalism that your brains fall out. Yet, the most salient question remains: how did it get to this tipping point?

INHERENTLY, it was due to the see no evil, hear no evil mindset that the most reactionary force known to man, Islam, has been able to hide behind a so-called religion, all the while they abused the west’s “hands off” approach to all things regarding the “other”.

IN the meanwhile, Islamists are free to wage a bloody war across the globe in the name of the same “religion”! Not only that, political Islam, its mainstay, is implanting across the world and nothing is being done to stop its thrust. Yes, America is ripe for their picking. Indeed, the once mighty nation leading the free world has now become the gateway for barbarism. Its epicenter.

SO even as they slaughter Christians and Jews in the name of Islam, nothing deters Obama from empowering them throughout America. In both word and deed, it is no exaggeration to proclaim: Barack HUSSEIN Obama is Islam’s best friend!

IN this regard, while the IDF engages in a bitter war to stop Hamas – the progeny of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood - from blitzing the entire nation of Israel, the fact of the matter is that the Islamist-in-Chief has sent his henchman, Sec Kerry, to forge a “cease-fire”. Such a move is designed to stop the IDF in its tracks, as they make inroads into wiping out Hamas’s arsenal and all that it entails. Most egregiously, the IDF is fighting a battle which the entire west will benefit from, all the while Obama Inc. places every obstacle in its path! 

SIGNIFICANTLY, the Muslim Brotherhood’s new “American” political party – the basis for this commentary, the parent of Hamas which uses its civilians as human shields, while they target Israel’s civilian population – is front and center within Capitol Hill and ready to take America by storm. Literally.

IN essence, while the Brotherhood’s spawn commits a double war crime – that which western civilization should be seeking to eliminate and certainly not embrace within the community of nations – they go from strength to strength within America! More specifically, Hamas murdered, during its call for a so-called cease fire for “humanitarian” reasons, 25 of its own people who “collaborated” with IsraelUnderstood? If still not convinced, make sure to internalize what this new “political” party means for America and the west in toto. Being silent, despite a PC omerta, will lead to countless dead Americans. Guaranteed.

American Muslim Political Party Member Cheers Israeli Casualties & Hamas

A Facebook post by Taher Herzallah, leader of one of the groups represented in a recently formed Muslim political party in the U.S., clearly celebrates Israeli casualties and the group that has caused them – Hamas. The post has since been taken down (screenshot below).Taher_Herzallah_Facebook_postAs the National Campus Coordinator for American Muslims for Palestine, Herzallah also represents the US Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO), an organization formed with Muslim Brotherhood front groups in America to create the first Muslim Brotherhood political party in the U.S. Earlier this year, Shoebat.com reported on the founding member groups of USCMO. They include CAIR, MAS, and ICNA. As far as posts to social media that reveal the true feelings of these supposed Muslim civil rights groups, CAIR’s Executive Director Nihad Awad was caught using doublespeak earlier this month with twitter. Upon learning the news that convicted terrorist financier Sami al-Arian had been released from jail, Awad sent out two tweets – one in English and one in Arabic. They were not the same; the Arabic tweet blamed the ‘Israeli lobby’ as Shoebat.com reported. Last month, USCMO held its inauguration in Washington, DC. Two of the speakers at the event were Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN); they represent the only two Muslims in Congress. The goal of USCMO is clearly to help elect more.USCMO_SpeakersAnother prominent figure within USCMO is Siraj Wahhaj, an unindicted co-conspirator in the first World Trade Center bombing who is closely connected to the infamous “Blind Sheikh”, Omar Abdel Rahman. Wahhaj was one of the speakers at the USCMO inauguration, alongside Ellison and Carson. As Shoebat.com reported, Glenn Greenwald and Wahhaj shared a podium at a 2013 CAIR banquet. Siraj Wahhaj (far left) and Nihad Awad (second from left) in screen shot from USCMO home page.

Greenwald is the ‘journalist’ who provided Edward Snowden a platform to release highly sensitive NSA information. According to an exhaustive article Greenwald wrote in defense of highly suspect Muslim figures in the U.S., he claimed that though Awad expressed support for Hamas in 1994, he stopped doing so when the group moved into the realm of suicide bombings. If that were true, Awad should condemn the elation of Herzallah.

ASIDE from all the other proofs offered above, the fact of the matter is that the Muslim Brotherhood is a defacto terror org, as designated by U.S. authorities!

Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTOs) are foreign organizations that are designated by the Secretary of State in accordance with section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), as amended. FTO designations play a critical role in our fight against terrorism and are an effective means of curtailing support for terrorist activities and pressuring groups to get out of the terrorism business.

Designated Foreign Terrorist Organizations

Date Designated

Name

10/8/1997

HAMAS 

 

MERELY thirteen years after the most devastating terror attack on U.S. soil in recent memory – a mere blip on the historical radar – one would think that an Islamic cohort of Osama Bin Laden would be banned from American soil. Not only that, it appears rational to assume that the terror org he leads, CAIR, would be outlawed, in tandem with many of its hydras. 

Think again.

NOW, it matters not a whit whether Osama and Nihad ever crossed paths. But what absolutely matters is that CAIR is part and parcel of the Muslim Brotherhood, and that Al Qaeda is its outgrowth! Less than six degrees of (terror) separation.

That being said, many still believe that others feel as they do about the American dream. Its possibilities. Therefore, they tend to accrue the most benign sensibilities to Muslim-Americans. GRAVE error.

U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations - USCMO

 

Well, now that that is settled, the question becomes: since Hamas is the absolute terror spawn of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood…

Based on the principles of Islamism gaining momentum throughout the Arab world in the 1980s, Hamas was founded in 1987 (during the First Intifada) as an offshoot of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood.[3][4]

and this is not up for debate, how can its parent, the Muslim Brotherhood, open its own political party (under whatever cockamamie hydra name they conjure up) via a membership list which is a who’s who listing of the Brotherhood? In the main, less than zero degrees separated!

NOT only that, but this site’s readership is more than familiar with the tie-ins between Obama Inc. and the Muslim Brotherhood Mafia. Volumes of evidence. Truckloads.

NOTHING written within this site inflames the ire of certain readers (nor brings it more applause from an increasing global audience…thanks for that) like the hammer blows given to the Muslim Brotherhood Mafia. Alas, from reading some of their invective hurled in this direction, one would think that this blogger is just being mean-spirited, with nary a reason to claim this and that. Oh really?

SO, Islamists and leftists, listen up. DO take the following evidence very seriously. There is no intention to let up. Besides, even Egypt has indicted Barack HUSSEIN Obama & Hill as conspirators to the Muslim Brotherhood Mafia’s reign of terror!

Would these men be terrorists under Bachmann's Bill?

THEREFORE, it makes total sense, under Barack HUSSEIN Obama, a Muslim Brotherhood political party would emerge. But it doesn’t answer the most pressing question of all: will millions of patriots allow their treachery to infiltrate and dominate America’s body politic, eventually destroying the nation as a Constitutional democracy? 

The Shariah States of America is their plan. It is on target. It is more likely than not.

IT’S your call to make. NO time to lose!
Posted on 26 Jul 14 by Adina Kutnicki

[Editor’s Note: This does not necessarily entail the beliefs, thoughts, or theories of the local Act chapters or the National Act office…they are my beliefs, thoughts and/or theories. If we get a MB president (not like Obama, he is trying to change, per the MB's grand jihad memorandum, America internally) that is associated with the MB's political group, then he will be like Morsi, and dictate that America becomes a Shari'a nation]

Congress Seeks to Designate Muslim Brotherhood as Terror Group


WTF took so long? With that out of the way, there are more Muslim Brotherhood moles in the U.S. government than co-sponsors of this bill, but let’s get every elected official on record with a vote. This should be telling. via Congress Seeks to Designate Muslim Brotherhood as Terror Group | Washington Free Beacon.

Congress is moving to officially designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) and impose sanctions on any person who provides the group and its affiliates with “material support,” according to a copy of the legislation obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

The Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act of 2014—sponsored by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R., Minn.)—seeks to slap U.S. sanctions on the organization’s political center in Egypt as well as scores of affiliates operating across America and Europe, according to the bill.

The bill currently has seven cosponsors: Peter Roskam (R., Ill.), Trent Franks (R., Ariz.), Cynthia Lummis (R., Wyo.), Kevin Brady (R., Texas), Steve Southerland (R., Fla.), Louie Gohmert (R., Texas), and Doug LaMalfa (R., Calif.).

While the United States has designated individuals and certain affiliates of the Brotherhood in the past, this is the first time that Congress has moved to sanction the organization as a whole, including all of its member organizations.

The 19-page bill seeks to build a case against the group as one of the leading sponsors of terrorism and argues that the Brotherhood has long been a key player in orchestrating attacks across the globe via its proxies.

The legislation comes as Egyptian authorities continue to crack down on Muslim Brotherhood-backers that have wreaked havoc on Christians and other minorities since the downfall of former President Mohammed Morsi.

The bill would direct the U.S. government to level all “available sanctions” to any person in the United States “who knowingly provides material support or resources to the Muslim Brotherhood or its affiliates, associated groups, or agents.”

It also moves to block anyone affiliated with the Brotherhood from receiving a U.S. visa, which could complicate the White House’s diplomacy efforts on multiple fronts.

A senior member of the Brotherhood was hosted at the White House in February, and other representatives of the group have also gained entrance to the United States, though it remains unclear just how many due to limited documentation.

Additionally, the bill would force a complete shutdown of any Brotherhood affiliates located in the United States and permit the removal of “any alien who is a member or representative” of the group.

Much of the legislation focuses on building a case against the Brotherhood and detailing its many terrorist links.

While the organization remains headquartered in Egypt, where it has faced a violent crackdown from Egyptian authorities, the Brotherhood operates across the world.

“The Muslim Brotherhood’s motto remains to this day what it has been for decades:Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. The Koran is our law. Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope. Allahu-Akbar!’ the bill states, referring to primary documents from Brotherhood leaders.

Posted on 26 Jul 14 by Creeping Sharia

[Editor’s Note: This does not necessarily entail the beliefs, thoughts, or theories of the local Act chapters or the National Act office…they are my beliefs, thoughts and/or theories. I just want to say, "It's about time"...I have posted that everyone needs to let their Congressmen know about the US Codes that were broken by the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) and that they do fall under the terrorist label. Now our king Barack Hussein Obama is going to do everything to stop that because is a member of the MB, he is their "Trojan horse", and he has family that are terrorists through the organization...]

"Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. Qur'an is our law. Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope."—Muslim Brotherhood

“Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. Qur’an is our law. Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope.”—Muslim Brotherhood

Description: A brown square frames a green circle with a white perimeter. Two swords cross inside the circle beneath a red Koran. The cover of the Koran says: “Truly, it is the Generous Koran.” The Arabic beneath the sword handles translates as “Be prepared.”

Explanation: The swords reinforce the group’s militancy and, as traditional weapons, symbolize historic Islam. They also reinforce the group’s commitment to jihad. The Koran denotes the group’s spiritual foundation. The motto, “Be prepared,” is a reference to a Koranic verse that talks of preparing to fight the enemies of [their] God.

Hamas Killed 160 Palestinian Children to Build Terror Tunnels


Militant group used child labor to construct underground network in Gaza

An Israeli soldier is seen at the entrance of a tunnel dug by Palestinians beneath the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel on October 13, 2013. ( DAVID BUIMOVITCH/AFP/Getty Images)

An Israeli soldier is seen at the entrance of a tunnel dug by Palestinians beneath the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel on October 13, 2013. ( DAVID BUIMOVITCH/AFP/Getty Images)

By Myer Freimann — Jul 25, 2014

As the death toll of Operation Protective Edge rises, the deaths of children are firmly in the spotlight—and rightly so. It pains all reasonable people to hear of children dying as the consequence of war. Hamas and its supporters display gruesome pictures of dead and wounded children in order to gain sympathy for their portrait of Israel as the villain intent on killing Palestinians. In response, Israel cites the need to stop Hamas from firing thousands of rockets at its own children, who are being forced to live in bomb shelters, as well as the need to eliminate the tunnels that Hamas dug into Israel in order to carry out terror attacks against Israelis. One tunnel opening was found underneath an Israeli kindergarten.

But who built those tunnels? The answer is Hamas, of course—using some of the same children who are now trapped under fire in Gaza.

The Institute for Palestine Studies published a detailed report on Gaza’s Tunnel Phenomenon in the summer of 2012. It reported that tunnel construction in Gaza has resulted in a large number of child deaths.

“At least 160 children have been killed in the tunnels, according to Hamas officials”

The author, Nicolas Pelham, explains that Hamas uses child laborers to build their terror tunnels because, “much as in Victorian coal mines, they are prized for their nimble bodies”.

Human rights groups operating in Gaza raised concerns about child labor in the tunnels as far back as 2008. Hamas responded by saying it was “considering curbs.” Following Operation Cast Lead in 2009 Hamas softened its position and the Interior Ministry established the Tunnel Affairs Commission (TAC) which, “In response to public concern at a rising toll of tunnel casualties, particularly of child workers…issued guidelines intended to ensure safe working conditions.” No mention is made in the report of the conditions that would result for both Palestinian and Israeli children from building tunnels that would be used to launch terror attacks.

Nor does it seem that Hamas paid much subsequent attention to ensuring the safety of the child workers that it used to build the tunnels that would wind up endangering the lives of many in Gaza. On a tour of the tunnels in 2011, Pelham noted that, “nothing was done to impede the use of children in the tunnels.”

Not only are Hamas misappropriating much of the humanitarian aid supplied to Gaza—800,000 tons of cement were used to construct the terror tunnels into Israel—they are also directly exploiting and endangering Gaza’s youth in their construction and operation.

Posted on 25 Jul 14 by Tablet Magazine

ADL’s Interfaith Summer Camp Infiltrated by Supporters of Al Qaeda Terrorist


By Ilya Feoktistov and Charles Jacobs

How would you feel if you sent your son or daughter to an Anti-Defamation League summer camp only to find out that the camp’s youth coordinators are supporters of a convicted Al Qaeda terrorist?

Brothers Bilal and Ammaar Mirza have been involved with Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL’s) Camp Interfaith in beautiful Andover, New Hampshire since they were teenagers, first as campers and then as staffers. Yet at the very same time, they have also been active in a Boston area extremist Islamist movement that is viciously anti-American and tinged with anti-Semitism, a movement that has coalesced around the cause of a local jihadist celebrity, Tarek Mehanna.

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Tarek Mehanna, a Sudbury native, is currently serving a 23 year sentence in Federal prison for conspiracy to provide material support to Al Qaeda, conspiracy to murder in a foreign country, and lying to the FBI about his attempts to join up with Al Qaeda in Yemen. Tarek Mehanna liked to refer to himself as “the media wing of Al Qaeda in Iraq” and told his friends that he felt Osama Bin Laden was like a father to him. He and his co-conspirators had visited the 9/11 Ground Zero site in NYC, where he snapped photos of himself grinning and holding up the index finger salute used by Islamic extremists.

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In recorded conversations, he said he wished “Allah’s mercy on just the [World Trade Center] buildings, not the sinners that were in it.”

According to the FBI, Mehanna had planned an assault rifle massacre of shoppers in North Attleboro’s Emerald Square Mall. An FBI agent assigned to his case recounted in court filings how “Mehanna and his co-conspirators, who shared videos and took real pleasure in the deaths of American servicemen, seemed to delight in the most horrific atrocities.” The Feds intercepted online conversations in which Mehanna gleefully urges his friends to check out a terrorist video he found online where Al Qaeda fighters in Iraq rip open the ribcages of US soldiers, pour gasoline in their chest cavities and set them on fire. “[N]ice juicy BBQ,” Mehanna gloated to his friends. “Texas BBQ is the way to go. I want more BBQ sauce videos.”

Throughout the course of his trial, Americans for Peace and Tolerance (our organization) identified and filmed  ADL youth programs coordinators Bilal and Ammaar – as well as their father Farooq – taking active part in multiple rallies organized by the so-called “Free Tarek” movement. We have also extensively documented the vicious anti-American rhetoric from speaker after speaker at these gatherings, as well as hateful anti-Semitic online postings like “Close Guantanamo Bay, Reopen Auschwitz,” by members of the group.  Mehanna’s admirers also include people who do more than cheer him on: A prayer card in support of Mehanna was found in the apartment of the Boston Marathon bombers.

Here is Bilal Mirza at a rally outside Moakley courthouse during Tarek Mehanna’s bail hearing:

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Here is his father, leaving the Moakley Courthouse with the entire Mehanna family after Tarek Mehanna’s first court date:

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Here are Bilal and Ammaar at a rally on the Boston Common held in protest of Mehanna’s conviction just six months before they were dispatched by the ADL to work with Jewish and Muslim children:

They’re chanting “Free Tarek” with the rest of the extremist crowd, riled up by Mehanna’s family members and the leader of the Boston Marathon bombers’ mosque, who told the assembled Muslims that they’ll be the next victims of the wicked American government if they don’t do something about it.

But ADL youth program coordinator Bilal Mirza told the Boston Herald that, “he’s known Mehanna for years and looks up to him,” saying, “He’s always been a great mentor.” Here is what Bilal wrote about Mehanna while calling for his release:

“Tariq [sic] is a great, humble, and gentle person. His actions, mannerisms, as well as his overall demeanor exude the qualities of intrinsic humanity. He is not only a [sic] honest Muslim, but also and endearing human being. … He does not deserve the things that are happening to him.”

Inexplicably then, the ADL hired a man who considers someone who gloats over the vicious mutilation of American troops and the murder of 3,000 Americans on 9/11 “an endearing human being” who “exude[s] the qualities of intrinsic humanity.” And ADL hired him to work with and influence children entrusted to its care, If having his moral views doesn’t disqualify Bilal from becoming an ADL youth camp staffer, what would?

Bilal and Ammaar are not just random young men who happened to work summers at ADL’s camp: our research indicates that the entire Mirza family is as close to the ADL as it is to the Mehanna clan.

In fact, young Bilal and his father Farooq Mirza were prominently honored at the ADL’s 2013 Nation of Immigrants Seder. Farooq was given the honor of being a co-chair of the event together with such notables as former Boston Mayor Tom Menino and Newton Mayor Setti Warren.

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Bilal Mirza was a member of the ADL Seder’s planning committee. ADL New England’s Executive Director Robert Trestan personally introduced Bilal at the podium and asked “those of you who came here with children, those of you who have kids at home” to consider sending them to the interfaith summer camp for some quality time with Bilal. After taking the podium, Bilal proceeded to quote a Quranic verse traditionally interpreted as rebuking Jews for deviating from divine truth.

Bilal seems to be advancing at ADL. In August 2013, he worked with the organization to expand the summer camp program into a year-long program called “ADL Interfaith Youth Leadership Coalition.” The launch was held at Babson College, where Bilal is the campus Muslim chaplain. Northeastern University had to dismiss its own Muslim chaplain, Abdullah Faaruuq, after our organization exposed his own support of Tarek Mehanna. But given the “Jewish stamp of approval” provided him by the ADL, it’s no surprise to see Bilal remain in his perch at Babson and rise to such positions of influence where he can spread his views to New England’s Muslim youth.

As highly regarded as they are by ADL, Bilal and Farooq Mirza also seem much esteemed by the notorious Saudi-funded and Al Qaeda terrorist-founded Islamic Society of Boston (ISB). Farooq Mirza was given a place of honor right next to former Boston Mayor Menino at the ISB’s Roxbury mosque grand opening in 2009.

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Bilal Mirza seems close with the Imam of ISB Cambridge, where the Boston Marathon bombers prayed and, according to the FBI, posed for pictures with the mosque’s Al Qaeda “black flag of jihad.”

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ADL New England’s Board Chair Jeff Robbins is rumored to be the replacement of ADL’s national head, Abe Foxman, when Foxman retires in late July. Before he became an ADL official, however, Robbins was so deeply concerned about the Islamic Society of Boston’s terrorist connections that he drafted a memorandum to the Federal Justice Department outlining “crimes that may have been committed by the ISB or by officers of the ISB.” In the memorandum, Robbins accused the ISB’s leaders of “Providing Material Support to Foreign Terrorist Organizations.” But now as an ADL official bound by Foxman’s interfaith policies, Robbins honors some of the ISB’s most prominent activists and allows them to live with and supervise Jewish children, whose parents trust the ADL to inculcate them with proper values, and to keep them safe.

So what actually goes on at ADL’s Camp Interfaith? This quote from a 2006 Boston Globe puff piece about the camp comes from a teenage Jewish girl: “Even if we’re discussing whether Hezbollah is a terrorist group,” she said, “afterward we can still be friends and go play soccer.”  Does ADL really want to teach American Jewish teens that they can be friends with Muslims here only if they betray the Jews of Israel?

Even more concerning: what are ADL’s radical Muslim staffers teaching New England’s young Muslims at this camp? Bilal Mirza is himself an anti-Israel ideologue. The year after he first started working at ADL’s Camp Interfaith, Bilal uploaded an album of pictures from his trip to Gaza to his Facebook profile. The album was titled: “If you support Israel, look at the destruction you support.”

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These are not the kinds of things that ADL advertises when it sends out the fundraising letters that annually help it net close to $50 million of precious Jewish communal capital. When Bubbe sends that donation check believing ADL’s promises to fight the anti-Semitism and anti-Israelism her grandchildren face on campus, little does she know that ADL is using her hard-earned retirement savings to bring anti-Semites and Israel haters literally into its own tents, giving them career-boosting cover in the process.

Has ADL’s leadership become so arrogant and doctrinaire leftist that it refuses to do minimal checking of its Muslim interfaith partners? Or is it so incompetent that it can’t use Google to do the sort of simple vetting of job applicants that McDonald’s does routinely?

Until ADL breaks its ties with terrorist supporters like the Mirzas and does a thorough audit of its vetting process for interfaith partners, Jewish children who attend its interfaith camp will continue being exposed to interpersonal “peace-making” scenarios where they can hear from ADL staffers that Hizbullah may not really be a terrorist organization – no matter its expressed mission to murder all Jews.

They will continue being exposed to “youth coordinators” like Bilal Mirza, who have claimed that if Jewish kids support Israel, they support destroying Palestinian kids’ homes.

But even more concerning is that if ADL does not correct its faulty vetting policy, Muslim children in New England will be exposed to extremists like Bilal, who claim that an Al Qaeda terrorist is actually an honest Muslim who is simply a victim of the evil American government.

We were in fact first warned about the Mirzas by moderate Boston Muslims concerned about the radicals within their community. And they – the true moderates we should all be befriending – are deeply upset by how groups like the ADL simple-mindedly expose their children to Islamic extremists under the guise of interfaith dialogue. Does the ADL have no relations with the truly moderate, patriotic members of the Muslim community in New England?

Interfaith work is extremely important in these volatile times. It needs to be done well by competent professionals. Jewish and Muslim parents in New England should demand no less. ADL must conduct a thorough of how this happened, explain to the community what went wrong, dissociate itself entirely from the Mirza family and put its Interfaith Youth Leadership Coalition on hold until it can guarantee that Jewish and Muslim children are safe in its care.

Meanwhile, it is clear to us: ADL’s leaders have deserted their organization’s mission, its members, and its donors. It’s time for its donors to tell them “enough.”

Ilya Feoktistov and Charles Jacobs are Research Director and President of Americans for Peace and Tolerance.

Posted on 20 Jul 14 by American Thinker

ISIS killing innocent citizens just for fun


[Editor’s Note: This does not necessarily entail the beliefs, thoughts, or theories of the local Act chapters or the National Act office…they are my beliefs, thoughts and/or theories. This is graphic, but shows how Islamic State (IS, formerly known as ISIS) just wants to kill, even if its Muslims they are killing...and it's a peaceful religion...go figure...sounds like Pres. Obama's common core logic has been taught to them and their (including Obama's) new caliphate

Islamic State (IS) is demanding Iraqi Christians to convert to Islam, pay jizya tax (extortion in a lawful interpretation), or die…this is what is going to transpire here in America, and the other Western countries…soon…their caliph has told them to do it, upon following Mohammed’s actions in the path…]

Islamic State to Hamas: We Must Attack America Before Supporting Your Fight Against Israel


Obama Specifically Wants Muslims for Military and Pentagon Positions


by Brandon Walker / on July 12, 2014

say-what

It seems that a new report has President Obama lining the cabinet with the Muslim Brotherhood, and he is specifically seeking Muslims for military and Pentagon positions.

We already know the Muslim Brotherhood is in President Obama’s Cabinet. Did you also know there was proof of President Obama specifically requesting Muslims for military and Pentagon positions with a connection to the Muslim Brotherhood?

It seems that a full blown military purge is in full swing. Now, we just found proof of thousands of deployed soldiers given pink slipshundreds of officers ordered to move being fired afterward, and 197 Officers purged last year. Yet the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, a known terrorist organization, celebrates three Army Chaplains being promoted to Lieutenant Colonel?

Make no mistake, declassified FBI documents state INSA is a branch of the Muslim Brotherhood! Yet they are celebrating that they have three Army Chaplains during the purge promoted to higher positions. Actually, you can find their strategic goal to take over the military and eventually the US here.

In fact, last year I covered a letter from one of the new Lieutenant Colonels saying Christians are the Anti-Christ and we own the military.

On top of this purge, President Obama has stepped up the hiring process for the military and the Pentagon for one specific religious group only… Muslims.

Never mind we should have headed the warning when he allowed a Muslim cleric to condemn fallen US soldiers and pardoned a US soldier that killed 5 Americans in Afghanistan as friendly fire.

It seems the Pentagon and President Obama have been tracking infiltration of American military by one religion only. The Administration admits they sought Muslims for positions in the military and the Pentagon.

“Our nation and our entire military family remain stronger because of the service and sacrifice of people of all faiths, including the thousands of patriotic Muslim Americans who have served and still serve in this long
period of war,” Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work said last week.

The U.S. military currently has 4,500 uniformed Muslims, the Pentagon said on July 3. It was not clear how the Pentagon identified the Muslims. The department has not given statistics on members of other religious faiths. -World Tribune

Why would they be tracking just one religion?

It does seem rather funny considering the military was told to bend to Sharia Law overseas while condemning personally handing out bibles on Military Bases. This is all being carried out in a manner people won’t care about in the name of “peace and tolerance” to a political ideology that doesn’t care about peace or tolerance… or America. We the People should, but we don’t.

Critics of the Muslim Brotherhood in the military and the Presidential Cabinet are well aware of the situation and the treason being committed. They are also fully aware of who President Obama is hiring to replace the ones he just fired.

Critics have accused the administration of promoting Islam as the preferential faith in the United States. Over the last year, a senior adviser to the Homeland Security Department, Mohamed Elibiary, issued a statement that said the U.S. Constitution was “Islamically compliant” and that a Muslim caliphate was “inevitable.”

“I said America was an Islamic country not a Muslim country,” Elibiary said in a Twitter post on June 30.

On July 3, Work attended the annual Pentagon ceremony of Iftar, or the evening dinner after a day-long fast that continues throughout the Muslim month of Ramadan. The Pentagon has been conducting the ceremony since 1998 in commemoration of Islam.

“Tonight is an opportunity for people of different faiths to come together in the spirit of respect and tolerance to share the richness of our beliefs and to enjoy the traditions of hospitality that are such an important part of the Muslim community,” Work said.

The Pentagon, which hired Saudi-sponsored groups to raise awareness, has reported the employment of 1,000 Muslims. Officials said they included civilians and contractors for the Defense Department. ~World Tribune

Did you catch that? Over 1000 individuals were given pink slips while the Pentagon announced the employment of over 1000 Muslim individuals. Why would they state that and how would they know if they followed their oath of office or the Constitution; that no religious test for employment shall be given?

Have we forgot about Nidal Hasan screaming “Allah Akbar” before opening fire on US army personnel? (I’m sorry, John McCain. Senator Lindsey Graham, who you pal around with, is right. It’s a war cry.)

Have we forgotten that President Obama in the name of “peace and tolerance” sent a Muslim cleric to condemn our soldiers and refused to apologize? Have we forgotten his grin from ear to ear when Bergdahl’s father blessed the White House for Allah?  Have we forgotten the 5 US soldiers shot in the back by their own personnel? Have we forgotten the second Ft. Hood shooter? Have we forgotten the Naval Yard shooter? Have we forgotten the Fatwa on condemning other Muslims to die, preventing them from engaging another Muslim they agree with?

For those screaming peace and tolerance, please explain this:

“Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.” ~Qur’an 9:29

The People of the Book are Christians and Jews.

The British Imam calling to humiliate Christians and Jews is absolutely correct in his translation of Sahih Bukhari Book 25, Number 5389. 

There is also the process in their political ideology of abrogation. What that means is the radical and violent Medina verses take precedence over the peaceful Meca verses, and anyone caught not adhering to these outside of the first of three stages of Jihad are as guilty and to be killed with the infidel. Why do you think the rise in violence is about that is off the charts in Europe right now?

They are also allowed Taqiyya, or lying about what is in their religion, in order to subvert or protect themselves.

Brigitte Gabriel was absolutely astounding in her rebuttal of the not all Muslims excuse. Despite President Obama at an INSA meeting talking about the “Muslim’s have made great contributions to America,” even the left-leaning Soda Head trashed him, saying that the only contributions were destruction. When the liberals brag on giving their oath on Jefferson’s and Adam’s Qur’an’s, they need to read the forward.

“This book is a long conference of God, the angels, and Mahomet, which that false prophet very grossly invented; sometimes he introduceth God, who speaketh to him, and teacheth him his law, then an angel, among the prophets, and frequently maketh God to speak in the plural. … Thou wilt wonder that such absurdities have infected the best part of the world, and wilt avouch, that the knowledge of what is contained in this book, will render that law contemptible …” ~John Adams

You see, the Muslims did give one great “contribution” to the United States. They gave us the reference to the “shores of Tripoli” and the birth of the US Marine Corps.  President Adams said that if he sent the new Navy and the newly established Marine Corps to stop the blackmail of 25% of the young country’s GNP we would be fighting Muslims forever with our military.

“If we go into the strait (of Gibraltar) with this fleet and we attack the Musselmen head on, we will continue to be fighting forever.” (Presidential Record Archives)

President Jefferson sent them anyway.

So far, they have been correct. Every time the United States seems vulnerable, they have attacked the United States. We HAVE been fighting for over 200 years, and now you want them in charge of our military Mr. President?

And for all the “peaceful” Moderate Muslims that refuse to speak out on the waves of violence, PROVE ME WRONG!

Posted on 12 Jul 14 by Mad World News

[Editor’s Note: This does not necessarily entail the beliefs, thoughts, or theories of the local Act chapters or the National Act office…they are my beliefs, thoughts and/or theories. The Muslim Brotherhood (MB) has stated that they will put an Islamic Trojan Horse in the White House, to literally take over America in a non-Violent way (but we know that they are not dismissing a violent takeover, after all, the MB created terrorist groups like Hamas, the Islamic Association of Palestine, Al-Qaeda, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, Libyan Free Army, Syrian Free Army, just to name a few). President Barack Hussein Obama is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood as well, and he is doing what they want him to do...inertly take over America by discriminating against non-Muslims. This is part of a plan...to discourage Americans from joining the military, or "re-upping" because there is a slight, very slight chance a non-Muslim will every get promoted, especially if they are an officer. Another part of this "take over America"plan is having an amnesty law go through...opening the borders...most folks see that it was to allow Mexicans in America to help destroy America financially (like Obama needed that much help), but in reality, there are tens of thousands of "Other than Mexicans" (OTM) being caught illegally entering the US. In fact, there is a Hezbollah sect outside of Texas that is very well crossing the border. Why? You might ask...because it is part of the plan...if our president doesn't make America an Islamic country while he is in office, the MB has set it up so that there will be hundreds of thousands of "extremist" Muslims ready to partake in a violent, jihadist attack against America. Do you think the 2nd Amendment problem is only because the demoncrats are afraid of guns? No, it is part of Shari'a that Obama is working for...a Muslim must make sure his enemy's are easily attacked and defeated...

Obama "fired", in essence, many military veterans, by cutting our military down to less than WWII, which the DoD has stated that we cannot effectively defend our country, has allowed homosexuals/transgenders to enter the military, which did effectively stop a lot of people from enlisting or re-upping, has worked with Iran and allowed them to work on nuclear weapons, just at a slower pace, took the military out of Iraq early, which allowed the MB to take over Iraq and make a caliphate, wants to take the troops out of Afghanistan early, wants to step in and help the MB Syrian Freedom Fighters take over Syria...

Made it so anyone in the military having tattoos on their neck or on their forearms could not get promoted, and now this...he is trying to make America very weak so the MB could run in and take the offensive and conquer America...you look at the evidence, and you decide...the time is very short for America...all because a lot of people was thinking "CHANGE" was for socialism...]

CALIPHATE GOES NUCLEAR: ISIS Seizes 88 Pounds of Uranium From Mosul University


Posted by Jim Hoft on Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The uranium could be used for “manufacturing weapons of mass destruction.”

The uranium could be used for “manufacturing weapons of mass destruction.”

The Iraqi ambassador told the United Nations this week that ISIS terrorists seized 88 pounds of uranium from Mosul University.
Reuters reported, via The News Commenter:

Insurgents in Iraq have seized nuclear materials used for scientific research at a university in the country’s north, Iraq told the United Nations in a letter appealing for help to “stave off the threat of their use by terrorists in Iraq or abroad.”

Nearly 40 kilograms (88 pounds) of uranium compounds were kept at Mosul University, Iraq’s U.N. Ambassador Mohamed Ali Alhakim told U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in the July 8 letter obtained by Reuters on Wednesday.

“Terrorist groups have seized control of nuclear material at the sites that came out of the control of the state,” Alhakim wrote, adding that such materials “can be used in manufacturing weapons of mass destruction.”

“These nuclear materials, despite the limited amounts mentioned, can enable terrorist groups, with the availability of the required expertise, to use it separate or in combination with other materials in its terrorist acts,” said Alhakim.

The Iraqis also admitted this week that ISIS looted the Muthanna chemical weapons complex in June.

Chemical warfare agent filled aerial bombs await destruction at Muthanna complex Iraq in an undated file photo. (Photo: Reuters)

Chemical warfare agent filled aerial bombs await destruction at Muthanna complex Iraq in an undated file photo. (Photo: Reuters)

So now ISIS has nuclear material and chemical weapons material in their arsenal.
How comforting.

(h/t to DHS via National Terror Alert Response Center)

Posted on 9 Jul 14 by Gateway Pundit

Abandoned Al Qaeda notebook found in Yemen features blueprint for creating Islamic state


The notebook is one relic of what a local Yemeni governor called a leadership camp for Al Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula (AQAP). It features notes on weapons maintenance, topography, and elaborate diagrams for creating different ambushes.

REUTERS | Tuesday, July 8, 2014

yemen-campSTAFF/REUTERS A notebook belonging to an Al Qaeda fighter was found in southern Yemen in May

At first glance, the neat handwriting in blue ink could be from a school notebook.

Prise apart the pages – stuck together by sand and water – and it becomes clear that the book belonged to a militant from Al Qaeda. Discarded in shrubbery in the mountains of southern Yemen, it covers everything from the principles of a raid – “Surprise, firepower, a sacrificial spirit, quick performance” – to the ultimate goal: “Establishing an Islamic state that rules by Islamic Sharia law.”

The notebook, with the name Abu al-Dahdah al-Taazi in red calligraphy on the first page, is one relic of what a local Yemeni governor called a leadership camp for Al Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula (AQAP). The camp, now abandoned, was visited by Reuters reporters in May. Locals in the nearby town of al-Mahfad described how they had tolerated hundreds of militants for three years. Then in April, after the militants posted online a video boasting of their presence, U.S. drones and the Yemeni army attacked encampments in the region. The villagers say it was then that they asked the fighters to leave.

The story of the camp shows how deeply embedded Al Qaeda fighters had become in the country’s remote, destitute south.

“We didn’t realize they were that many until the night they all left. That last night when they withdrew, we saw all these people, with families, more than 60, 70 cars,” said tribal leader Sheik Nasser al-Shamee in al-Mahfad.

The ‘emir’ of AQAP’s al-Mahfad cell was a local man called Ali bin Lakraa’, say Yemeni officials. He later died of wounds inflicted during the strikes, according to one official, who described the cell as AQAP’s most active, responsible for multiple operations against military and oil and gas facilities.

Last month the Yemeni army said 500 militants and 40 soldiers have been killed since it launched the offensive against the group in April.

Jane Marriott, Britain’s ambassador to Yemen, said the Yemeni government should be applauded for going after AQAP; but warned that the campaign had to be conducted “in the right way to be sustainable.”

So far, the raids like the one near al-Mahfad have broken up the camps. But fighters seem to have simply moved into other parts of the country.

In the days following the fighters’ departure from al-Mahfad, AQAP gunmen raided local banks in Hadramawt province, some 300 miles (480 km) away, suggesting they can travel almost unchecked. At least 27 people were killed in that attack, one of several assaults around the country, including one on the presidential palace, in the past two months.

yemen-camp2Khaled Abdullah/REUTERS Yemeni soldiers look at a car destroyed during a military operation against Al Qaeda militants.

“Using the army against Al Qaeda has very limited utility and Al Qaeda can adapt. It’s like going after a fly with a sledgehammer, it’s not effective,” said Abulghani al-Iryani, a prominent Yemeni political scientist. AQAP has taken second place to the Al Qaeda offshoot known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), he said, but will continue to be a serious international threat.

“Their significance is that they were given enough time to penetrate local communities and become well-established.”

The Saudi and Yemeni branches of Al Qaeda merged in early 2009 to form Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. Funding itself partly through kidnappings – the group received almost $20 million in ransom payments between 2011 and 2013, Britain said last year – AQAP has masterminded at least two failed plots on U.S. targets. President Obama has said it is the group most actively plotting attacks against the U.S. Last week U.S. national security sources said AQAP was part of a plot to develop explosives that could avoid detection in airports.

The story of Al-Mahfad shows how the group is able to live alongside local communities. Home to around 10,000 people, the town is more than 400 miles from the capital, Sana’a and a grueling five-hour drive from the southern port city of Aden through stark mountains, acacia trees and volcanic rock.

A mass stone grave on the road to al-Mahfad stands as a memorial to a 2009 U.S. drone strike, which killed dozens and boosted tribal sympathy for Al Qaeda in the area. Black Al Qaeda flags are spray-painted on a few primitive buildings and rock formations along the road.

In 2011, after protests unseated veteran Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh, Al Qaeda fighters captured swathes of territory in southern Yemen and established Islamic emirates. The army mounted a campaign to push them out, but didn’t come near al-Mahfad.

Much of the country is beyond government control. Nearly half Yemen’s 25 million people face hunger. The country also suffers from water and fuel shortages, daily power cuts and endemic corruption.

In al-Mahfad, locals rely on goat herding and bee-keeping. Unemployed youth sit, AK-47s resting on their shoulders, under shady stalls, chewing qat, a popular mild stimulant in Yemen and Somalia.

“Because al-Mahfad is so far and there was a lack of state’s presence in providing services, some of the sons of the area were exploited by Al Qaeda who told them we can do this and that for you. The place was destitute and totally isolated,” said Jamal al-Aqel, the governor of Abyan province, which houses al-Mahfad.

Fighters, distinctive with long hair and beards, would come to the town to restock on essential goods and recruit boys. Townspeople said the fighters were mostly Saudi and Yemeni but that only Yemenis with family in al-Mahfad ventured into the town.

Tribal leader Shamee said the fighters did not cause any trouble and mostly kept to themselves.

“Al Qaeda has been very clever in how it’s made itself part of the fabric in parts of the country,” said British ambassador Marriott.

The camp sat a few kilometers up a mountain in the Wadi al-Khayyala enclave. On a recent visit, a sheet of paper with Al Qaeda’s black flag logo fluttered in the bushes. Scattered around were soy packets for a popular instant noodle brand, tuna cans, chocolate wrappers, and an empty tube of toothpaste. There were discarded clothes, medicine boxes, indigestion treatments, and syringes.

Also left behind were stores of Saudi-manufactured dates and Saudi riyals, testament to the strong ties between the Yemen branch of Al Qaeda and the country’s northern neighbor, said Aqel. AQAP’s mastermind bomb maker, Ibrahim al-Asiri, is a Saudi; his brother died in a failed suicide attack on now Saudi Interior Minister Mohammed bin Nayef in 2009.

Locals were unhappy about the foreign presence. It was one thing to have local fighters, “but for people to come from other areas and turn al-Mahfad into a launch pad for terrorist attacks is an unacceptable situation,” said Aqel.

Somalis, who are only a short boat ride away across the Gulf of Aden, even appeared on the coast road asking for “al-Mahfad,” he added.

“We found all kinds of (explosive) devices. We destroyed about 10 tonnes of explosives and more than 180 mines and 150 explosive devices.”

Aqel said the camps also had a complex irrigation system and air conditioned rooms.

yemen-camp3Khaled Abdullah/REUTERS An Army personnel carrier is positioned at the site of a police barracks, which was bombed by Al Qaeda insurgents in al-Mahfad in Southern Yemeni province of Abyan
yemen-camp4Khaled Abdullah/REUTERS Yemeni soldiers display explosive devices planted by Al Qaeda insurgents
yemen-camp5Khaled Abdullah/REUTERS Yemeni soldiers stand at a post which was previously controlled by Al Qaeda insurgents in al-Mahfad in the Southern province of Abyan
yemen-camp6Khaled Abdullah/REUTERS Yemeni soldiers stand at the ruins of a machine gun mounted on a truck at the site of a police barracks, which was bombed by al Qaeda insurgents

In late March, the fighters sent out a video of a large Al Qaeda gathering, which showed hundreds of militants singing and celebrating unperturbed, apparently in the camp outside al-Mahfad. The video was “very provocative”, said Aqel.

By April U.S. drone strikes hit targets in both Abyan and the nearby province of Shabwa, another AQAP stronghold. The Yemeni army followed with its offensive. Skirmishes on the Aden-Mahfad route killed at least nine soldiers, Aqel said.

Locals panicked. Town elders told military officials that they would ask the fighters to leave to avoid a battle.

“We told them, ‘You’re trapped and we’re trapped with you. There’s an operation in Mahfad and an operation in Abyan and you’re in the middle and we civilians are stuck in the middle too and we can’t bear it anymore. We’re trapped from above and below,’” said Shamee.

Local Al Qaeda fighters were allowed to quit the group and return home. There was one condition: They must “present a commitment to the sheik” that they would no longer fight with Al Qaeda, said Aqel.

Many southerners in Yemen feel neglected by the government, but are also repelled by the extreme Al Qaeda ideology. Abdellatif al-Sayed, from Jaar, about 150 miles from the fighters’ camp, said he had initially supported AQAP when they seized control of his region in 2011 because “the state was oppressing us and there was unemployment. We didn’t know anything about them.”

But the group’s methods horrified him. “Their intentions were to fight the army in the name of Al Qaeda, not as a popular revolt,” said Sayed, who said he wore dark sunglasses to hide an eye injury suffered in an assassination attack by Al Qaeda.

“We never expected that we would one day slaughter a soldier or see a man hanged. Before being Muslims, we’re Arab and we have customs and traditions. They killed prisoners, they killed women. They had no mercy.”

The abandoned notebook features notes on weapons maintenance, topography, and elaborate diagrams for creating different ambushes.

To watch a video, click HERE

It also identifies the three stages of guerrilla warfare needed to create an Islamic state – a similar blueprint to the one ISIL seems to be following in Iraq and Syria.

The first is the “exhaustion phase”, categorized by hit-and-run attacks, especially on supply routes. “The aim is to disperse the enemy, not kill its men,” say the notes. The enemy may come forward with “secret negotiations for some mujahideen,” before urging “No military truce… No negotiations.”

In the “equilibrium phase”, the mujahideen should focus on creating semi-official forces that can impose security and “launch political campaigns…to clarify the features of the struggle.”

The mujahideen should also “send diplomatic messages either through political language, or the language of blood,” to warn people whose governments support the “enemy” that they are a “legitimate target.”

“If negotiations are necessary then so be it, but only on the condition that we look for conditions for the enemy’s surrender because that will destroy their morale.

“It should be noted that the enemy will try to offer the mujahideen a chance to participate in power. This is completely and utterly rejected.”

The endgame is the “categorical phase” in which “all negotiations should stop and the enemy will be warned with necessity of surrendering.” Sharia courts would be set up to try all those “apostates of religion.”

On the notebook’s last pages, a few verses of poetry are repeated, evoking a paradise in which virgins are available to those seen by God as deserving: “Oh brother, why be sad … the price is heaven and the heavenly virgins. Oh brother, come here … the price is heaven and the heavenly virgins.”

The people of al-Mahfad are happy they avoided a battle. Aqel said he was working on bringing telephone lines back to the town. Yemeni soldiers have set up an army base at the foot of the mountain where the camp once stood.

But security precautions are casual. One recent afternoon, in 35 degree Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit) heat, soldiers relaxed under makeshift tents, pink plastic bags on their laps from which they lifted a few leaves of qat.

Reporters in a private car were allowed to approach the first checkpoint. A soldier flagged down the vehicle and asked for the occupants’ identification, apparently worried that the car could be a militant suicide mission. He borrowed a reporter’s pen and wrote down names on his hand and then waved the reporters through.

Posted on 8 Jul 14 by NY Daily News

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