Trinidad and Tobago: 89 citizens have left to join Islamic State!

Source: ISIS in Caribbean recruitment drive as idyllic holiday island popular with Brit holidaymakers ‘becomes jihadi hotspot’ – Mirror Online  h/t thereligionofpeace.com/

Jihadists from ISIS are reportedly exploiting an undercurrent of extremism in the Caribbean to gain new recruits.

Trinidad and Tobago’s government estimates that 89 of its citizens have left to join Islamic State, a higher figure per head of population than even Belgium has recorded.

The problem is so significant that a telephone hotline was set up in the former British colony at the end of last year. It allows islanders to contact authorities if they believe someone is planning to make the journey.

And the US government has said that it fears an attack might originate from the area. General John Kelly, the former head of US Southern Command, said ISIS was doing a “fair amount” of recruitment in the region, including in Jamaica and Venezuela, The Times reported.

Former British high commissioner Arthur Snell told the paper: “Quite a lot of things that recur in jihadist groups elsewhere apply in Trinidad: people who are exposed to gang violence, broken homes, poor educational opportunities, a lack of a sense of belonging.”

Fears were also expressed that a terror attack in the region would devastate its tourism-based economy.

Four Trinidadian ISIS fighters were reportedly among 961 captured by Turkish security forces last year.

The problem is so significant that a telephone hotline was set up at the end of last year to allow islanders to contact authorities if they believe someone is planning to make the journey


Not the first time Trinidad has made the Creeping Sharia pages. It now has its own category.

Trinidad Muslims caught training for jihad in Venezuela

Muslim academics among 12 arrested in Trinidad and Tobago PM assassination plot

Muslim terrorists behead Canadian, kill gay USAID worker in separate attacks

Religion of peace. Source: Canadian killed by terrorist group in Philippines, another held hostage – The Globe and Mail

A terrorist group in the Philippines has killed John Ridsdel, the 68-year-old Canadian kidnapped last September – an execution Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called “cold-blooded murder” and the man’s family said was “senseless.”

A second Canadian, 50-year-old Robert Hall, remains captive, a Canadian government official confirmed.

Mr. Ridsdel was a world traveller who had made the Philippines his home. He was a passionate sailor, experienced in living and travelling in conflict areas, and a father of two adult daughters.

He was held for a ransom by the terrorist organization Abu Sayyaf and beheaded after the deadline passed.

On Monday evening, during a power outage in the Philippine municipality of Jolo, two men on motorcycles threw a plastic bag into a square near the town’s municipal offices and police station.

Children playing nearby initially ran from the bag, believing it to be a bomb, said Dr. Raden Ikbala, a local physician. But when “they opened it, they saw the head of a man,” he said, and reported it to police.

Such tactics have been used before by local militants.

“Sometimes they throw the heads in public places so that it will be discovered,” said Dick Gordon, a Philippine senator who had been asked several months ago to negotiate the release of the hostages. He said it appears “he was executed because of the failure to pay the ransom” – although none of the circumstances are clear.

The men on the motorcycle, Mr. Gordon said, left a chilling message as they departed.

“They threw it, and they said, ‘We will be back.’ We don’t know why they said that.”

Abu Sayyaf, the jihadi group that allegedly killed Mr. Ridsdel…has pledged allegiance to Islamic State…


Elsewhere, Al Qaeda claims responsibility for murder of gay rights activist in Bangladesh

The Bangladeshi branch of Al Qaeda claimed responsibility Tuesday for the killing of a gay rights activist and his friend, undermining the prime minister’s insistence just hours earlier that her political opponents were to blame for the attack and for a rising tide of violence against secular activists and writers.

The claim by Ansar-al-islam — which said it targeted the two men on Monday night because they were “pioneers of practicing and promoting homosexuality” — raised doubts about Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s repeated assurances that authorities have the security situation under control.

The victims of the attack were identified as Xulhaz Mannan, an activist who also worked for the U.S. Agency for International Development, and his friend, theater actor Tanay Majumder. Mannan, a cousin of former Foreign Minister Dipu Moni of the governing party, was also an editor of Bangladesh’s first gay rights magazine, Roopbaan. Majumder sometimes helped with the publishing, local media said.

Mannan had written openly about the frustration of living “in the closet” as a gay man in Bangladesh, where homosexual relations are considered a crime. In a May 2014 blog, he said gays and lesbians in Bangladesh experience “A country where the predominant religions say you are a sinner, the law of the land says you are a criminal, the social norms say you are a pervert, the culture considers you as imported.”

He launched the magazine in 2014, giving the country’s small and secretive lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community its first open platform. Earlier this month, he tried to organize a Rainbow Rally in the capital, but was foiled when police briefly detained him and three others.

Ansar-al Islam, the Bangladeshi branch of Al Qaeda on the Indian subcontinent, or AQIS, claimed responsibility in a Twitter message on Tuesday for what it called a “blessed attack” on Mannan and Majumder.

It said the two were killed because they were “pioneers of practicing and promoting homosexuality in Bangladesh” and were “working day and night to promote homosexuality … with the help of their masters, the U.S. crusaders and its Indian allies.”


But the U.S. media is focused on transgender bathrooms.

Long Island: Muslim Sentenced To 25 Years For Plotting To Help Al Qaeda

An update we missed last April. Source: Marcos Alonso Zea Sentenced To 25 Years For Plotting To Help Al Qaeda « CBS New York

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A Long Island man who was thwarted in his attempt to fly to Yemen to join a Middle Eastern terrorist group and then admitted continuing to plot with others to assist them was sentenced Monday to 25 years in prison.

Marcos Alonso Zea, 26, of Brentwood, pleaded guilty in September to attempting to provide material support to al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, also known as Ansar al-Sharia, and obstruction of justice.

Federal prosecutors said Zea flew to London on his way to Yemen in January 2012. He was rejected by customs officials in London and returned to the United States. Once home, prosecutors say, Zea continued participating in the conspiracy. He was arrested in October 2013.

U.S. District Court Judge Sandra Feuerstein rejected an appeal for lenience from Zea’s attorney, Marc Bogotin, who argued that despite the guilty plea, his client had not actually committed any violent acts that would require him to receive the maximum penalty. Had he gone to trial, Zea could have faced up to life in prison. Bogotin suggested that Zea be sentenced to about 10 years in prison.

Feuerstein appeared dubious at that contention, noting that Zea admitted wanting to assist the terror group.

“Why, if not to support them?” she asked. “Then why was he going there?”

Bogotin countered that there “was no evidence that he intended to fight.”

Zea declined to comment when given an opportunity by the judge to make a statement.

Later, the judge told him his sentence should serve as deterrent. “I think there has to be a message to others that this is conduct that is absolutely unacceptable,” she said.

U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch said in a statement that Zea “presents a chilling reminder of the danger presented to the United States by homegrown terrorists. Born, raised, and schooled in the United States, the defendant nevertheless betrayed his country by attempting to join al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, assisting a co-conspirator’s attempt to join that terrorist group, and, after learning he was under investigation, attempting to destroy evidence of his guilt.”

Prosecutors said Zea, who converted to Islam several years before his arrest, gave money to and instructed co-conspirator Justin Kaliebe, also of Brentwood, on how to evade electronic surveillance by law enforcement as he discussed Kaliebe’s plans to wage jihad.

Zea, who worked as a clerk at a home improvement store, was inspired by terrorist propaganda, according to the FBI.

Among Islamic extremist materials found on Zea’s computer were issues of an al Qaeda publication that promotes violent jihad, authorities said. The publication contained articles such as “Which is Better: Martyrdom or Victory?” “Why did I choose al Qaida?” and “What to Expect in Jihad?”

Zea had tried to destroy his computer harddrive, WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reported.

Investigators said they also found a video produced by al Qaeda depicting detonation of an explosive device on a vehicle carrying Western military personnel.

Zea also admitted giving money to and instructing Kaliebe on how to elude law enforcement surveillance.

Kaliebe, 20, pleaded guilty in a secret federal court proceeding in 2013 to attempting to provide material support to a terrorist organization. He faces a sentencing hearing next month. His attorney has said Kaliebe was diagnosed with a form of autism as a child and did not understand the gravity of what he was doing.

Both men appear to have been swept up in the New York Police Department’s ongoing investigation into the activities of Muslims throughout the region.

About nine relatives and friends of Zea’s sat stoically in the courtroom during the sentencing and declined to speak with reporters after the proceeding. They waved and blew kisses as he left the courtroom.


It seems the converts get more time than the natural born Muslims. As noted in our post on Zea’s co-conspirator:  New York: Another Muslim Pleads Guilty al Qaeda Support Case

According to court filings, on January 18, 2013, Kaliebe reaffirmed his commitment to jihad, telling an NYPD Intelligence Division undercover officer in a recorded conversation that he understood “there’s a way out, but for me, the only way out is [martyrdom].” Additionally, Kaliebe paid homage to several terrorist leaders, telling the undercover law enforcement officer:

“[My] standard is Abu Dujana. [M]y standard is Abu Mus’ab Al-Zarqawi. My standard is Sheik Anwar Al-Awlaki and Sheik Osama, both who bore witness to the truth for their blood.”

Finally, Kaliebe stated, “Oh Allah, please allow me, please allow me and my brother…to fight jihad in your cause, oh, Allah. Oh, Allah, please give us one of the two victories, victory on the ground or victory through [martyrdom.]”

Boston: ISIS suspects ‘tried to organize beheadings of non-believers from jail’

Source: ISIS suspect Nicholas Rovinski ‘tried to organize beheadings of non-believers from jail’ | Daily Mail Online   h/t thereligionofpeace.com

A New England ISIS suspect tried to organise the beheadings of ‘non-believers’ from inside jail while awaiting trial on terror charges, prosecutors claim.

Nicholas Rovinski of Warwick, Rhode Island and his co-accused David Wright of Everett, Massachusetts were arrested and charged in June 2015 with providing material support to ISIS.

However, following a hearing at US District Court in Boston on Thursday, the pair were also charged with plotting to kill conservative blogger Pamela Geller.

Prosecutors allege Rovinski and Wright received instructions from a foreign-based ISIS recruiter.

Rovinski and Wright both pleaded not guilty to the terrorism charges.

The court heard the pair allegedly plotted with Wright’s uncle Usaamah Rahim to behead blogger Pamela Geller, who is known for provoking Muslims. The plot was not carried out.

Thursday’s indictment says ISIS recruiter and hacker Junaid Hussain communicated instructions about the plot directly to Rahim from overseas in May 2015. It says Rahim then told his nephew.

Hussain was killed in a US drone strike in Syria in August. The US military has said Hussain had been recruiting sympathizers in the West to carry out lone-wolf terrorist attacks.

Rahim was killed June 2 by investigators who say he lunged at them with a knife when they approached him in Boston.

According to the indictment, even from jail, Rovinski has tried to recruit people to help carry out plans for violent attacks in the United States, including to decapitate non-believers.

Geller last year organized a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest that ended in gunfire in Garland, Texas, with two Muslim gunmen shot to death by police. She has spearheaded scores of events across the nation to decry Islamic extremism.

According to the new indictment, Rovinski has continued to support Islamic State while in jail by trying to recruit others to ‘decapitate non-believers’ and take down the U.S. government and by writing a new pledge of support to the group’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, on the back of his own criminal complaint.

Rovinski and Wright pleaded not guilty to the original charge of conspiring to provide material support to a designated terrorist organization after they were arrested in June, and they were due to face trial in February 2017.

According to the new indictment, Rovinski and Wright plotted their attacks with Wright’s uncle, Usaamah Abdullah Rahim, who was shot dead by law enforcement officers last June when Boston police and agents for the Federal Bureau of Investigation approached him and he threatened them with a knife.

The indictment accused Rahim of beginning communication one month before he was shot with a British member of Islamic State, Junaid Hussain. Hussain was believed by government sources to be the leader of CyberCaliphate, a hacking group that last year attacked a Twitter account belonging to the Pentagon.

The indictment said Hussain gave Rahim instructions that Rahim passed on to Wright about targeting individuals such as Pamela Geller, organizer of a ‘Draw Mohammad’ cartoon competition in Garland, Texas, that was attacked by two gunmen last May.

Hussain was killed in a US drone strike in Syria last August.

Wright has pleaded not guilty to charges he alone faced of obstructing justice and conspiring to obstruct justice after he was accused of instructing Rahim to delete his phone and laptop data.

Wright and Rovinski now face maximum sentences of life in prison as a result of the new charges announced on Thursday. They are scheduled to be arraigned on April 28, according to the docket report in their case.

Muslim arrested for 2012 insider attack that killed 2 US officers in Afghanistan

Source: Afghan man arrested for 2012 slaying of 2 US officers – News – Stripes

KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghan officials this week arrested a man suspected of killing two American officers inside the Interior Ministry building four years ago during a period of deadly anti-American demonstrations.

The man, Abdul Saboor, has taken responsibility for the killings, an official said Tuesday. The attack occurred in February 2012 inside one of the most heavily guarded areas of the ministry.

“The suspect has admitted to his crime,” Sediq Sediqqi, spokesman for the Interior Ministry, told Stars and Stripes.

The shooting deaths of the two American advisers came in the early days of deadly riots across the country over news that American soldiers had burned Qurans at Bagram Air Field. The slayings prompted NATO to temporarily withdraw all coalition advisers from Afghan ministries.

The victims were identified as Air Force Lt. Col. John D. Loftis of Paducah, Ky., and Maryland Army National Guard Maj. Robert J. Marchanti II of Baltimore.

Gen. John R. Allen, the NATO commander at the time, condemned the attacks. “The perpetrator of this attack is a coward whose actions will not go unanswered,” he said.

The Taliban had claimed responsibility for the incident and said it was retaliation by one of their fighters for the Quran burning. News about the burning of the Muslim holy books at the Parwan Detention Facility came just weeks after video surfaced of Marines urinating on Taliban corpses.

The riots and reprisals that followed left dozens of Afghans and foreign troops dead or wounded.

The day after the officers were gunned down, the Interior Ministry identified a suspect believed to be an Interior Ministry employee, but he had fled.

The Kabul police had named Saboor as the attacker at the time and said he was a resident of Parwan province working at the intelligence directorate of the ministry. He was arrested Monday in Bamiyan province and was brought to Kabul, Sediqqi said.


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New TV Series, “The Rise of Terrorism”

They left out the word “Islamic” from their title, but check your local listings anyway and let us know if it’s any good.

Source: Cisneros Media Distribution Announces the U.S. Premiere of the Special Series, “The Rise of Terrorism” on Sinclair Broadcast Group’s National Syndicated Network

Cisneros Media Distribution (CMD) today announced the U.S. premiere of the special series, The Rise of Terrorism to be aired nationwide by Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: SBGI), one of the largest and most diversified television broadcasting companies in the country.

“What You Need to Know,” the first installment of the four-part news special custom-made by CMD’s business content solution unit, Mobius.Lab Productions, will broadcast throughout the month of April on SBGI’s more than 100 affiliated TV stations as part of Sinclair’s commitment to be the nation’s leading local news provider.

“This partnership has been perfect.  Working with Sinclair on ‘The Rise of Terrorism,’ which was produced to their specifications by our own Mobius.Lab Productions, meets our objective to expand our offering of high-quality original programming and increase the diversity and reach of our catalogue and productions, and it opens a new and promising market for Cisneros Media Distribution,” stated Marcello Coltro, Executive Vice President, Content Distribution, Cisneros Media.  “This special, comprised of captivating images and pictures from Getty Images’ award-winning library and empowered by Cisneros Media’s production capabilities, is a game-changer in our evolution as a global multi-language media company in establishing our footprint in the U.S. general market, collaborating with one of North America’s major media conglomerates to deliver our first English-language original newscast.

“Working side-by-side with Sinclair’s Vice President of News, Scott Livingston, and William J. Anderson, Director of News Content and Operations, enabled and ensured our team delivered a compelling, engaging, and informative news piece,” Coltro concluded.

“We want to provide context and perspective on the rise of terrorism here in the United States and around the world.  This is a story that impacts all of our viewers.  Our goal is to alert, protect and empower our viewers,” said Livingston.

According to Ailing Zubizarreta, Executive Creative Director of Cisneros Media Distribution who led the production of the news special, “The Rise of Terrorism” is intended to bring a factual perspective of the worldwide proliferation of ISIS and other terrorist groups; its daunting impact and threat to America; in addition to the global propagation of its ideology and deadly attacks.

The first episode, “What You Need To Know,” presented and narrated by 12-time Emmy Award winner, Jeff Barnd, National Correspondent for Sinclair Broadcast Group, informs viewers on how terrorism is a multi-front war being waged on multiple continents, showing no signs of weakening, and it focuses on the U.S. perspective of how this impending threat disrupts our daily lives.


If anyone comes across the 4-part video, please provide a link.

ISIS or Islam: Which Breeds Terrorism?

Source: raymondibrahim.com

A lie conceals the truth. And ugly but hidden truths never have a chance of being acknowledged, addressed, and ultimately ameliorated.

Because of this simple truism, one of the greatest lies of our age—that violence committed in the name of Islam has nothing to do with Islam—has made an intrinsically weak Islam the scourge of the modern world, with no signs of relief on the horizon.

One of the latest manifestations of this lie took place in Pakistan.  On Easter Sunday, March 27, a suicide bombing took place near the children rides of a public park, where Christians were congregated and celebrating the resurrection of their Lord.  At least 74 people—mostly Christian women and children—were killed and nearly 400 injured.  “There was human flesh on the walls of our house,” recalled a witness.

Who—or what—was responsible for this assault?  “We claim responsibility for the attack on Christians as they were celebrating Easter,” said Jamaatul Ahraar, a splinter group of the Taliban.  In a media statement, the group said it had “deliberately targeted the Christian community,” adding that “we had been waiting for this occasion.”

The Taliban and its affiliates are not alone.  Click here, here, here, here, and here, for numerous examples of similarly lethal attacks on Christians celebrating Christmas or Easter by other Islamic groups and individuals around the world who also “had been waiting for this occasion.”  Even “the terror cell that struck in Brussels [last month, killing 34] was planning to massacre worshippers at Easter church services across Europe, including Britain, intelligence chiefs believe.”

Still, connecting the dots and understanding what binds all Islamic terrorist groups is a big no-no for the so-called mainstream media.  The problem, we will be told, is the “Taliban,” which “has nothing to do with Islam.”  Rather, it’s a finite, temporal, localized problem: defeat it, and the problem vanishes.

Meanwhile, about 5,000 miles west of Taliban territory, in Nigeria, Christians are also under attack.  Indeed, according to a new report, since 2000, some 12,000 Christians have been slaughtered for their faith and 13,000 churches destroyed.  Just last month, over 500 Christians were butchered.

According to the official narrative, something called “Boko Haram” is responsible.  This is another group that defines itself exclusively according to Islam; another group that habitually bombs churches during Christmas and Easter; and another group that, we are told, “has nothing to do with Islam,” but rather is a finite, temporal, localized problem: defeat it, and the problem vanishes.

About 5,000 miles west of Nigeria, in the U.S., Americans were told that something called “al-Qaeda” attacked and killed 3,000 of their countrymen on 9/11; defeating that finite group would cease the terror.  Its leader, Osama bin Laden, was killed, and victory loudly proclaimed—except that an even more savage manifestation, this time called the “Islamic State” (it too “has nothing to do with Islam”) came on the scene and has gone further than al-Qaeda could’ve ever dreamed, in great part thanks to the Obama administration. Continue reading

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