Nigeria: Muslims abduct 500 women and children, using as human shields

“…to create a caliphate in northern Nigeria.”

via Boko Haram extremists kidnap hundreds, including children, as human shields.

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Hundreds of civilians, including many children, have been kidnapped and are being used as human shields by Boko Haram extremists, a top Nigerian official confirmed Wednesday.

Several hundred people were abducted by the Islamic militants as they retreated earlier this month from Damasak in northeastern Nigeria, Mike Omeri, the Nigerian spokesman for the fight against Boko Haram, told The Associated Press Wednesday. He said he could not specify how many were kidnapped but local reports say as many as 500 people were taken.

The Islamic rebels went to Damasak’s primary schools and rounded up students and teachers and then retreated, said Omeri.

via Nigeria: Hundreds of women and children kidnapped, locals say | euronews, world news.

In Damasak, Souleymane Ali told Reuters: “They took 506 young women and children. They killed about 50 of them before leaving.”Boko Haram, which also abducted 300 schoolgirls in the region last April, wants to create a caliphate in northern Nigeria.

And: Boko Haram just took 500 ‘young women and children’

Using children to carry and detonate explosives is not a new tactic for Boko Haram, but it is an intensification,” Elizabeth Donnelly, assistant head of Chatham House’s Africa program in London, told NBC. “Boko Haram has been abducting and conscripting children and young men and women for a long period for various purposes. They will be seen by the movement as expendable resources.”

Last week, Agence France-Presse and other news organizations reported that “dozens of Nigerian women who were forced to marry Boko Haram fighters were slaughtered by their ‘husbands’ before a battle with troops” in the northeast town of Bama. Witnesses told AFP  that “they killed the women to prevent them from subsequently marrying soldiers or other so-called non-believers. … ‘The terrorists said they will not allow their wives to be married to infidels,’ said Sharifatu Bakura, 39, a mother of three.”

No one knows what will happen to the 500 children said on Tuesday to be taken by Boko Haram. But the rationale behind their capture seems all but certain to local experts. “The very young ones, they will give to the madrassas,” Borno state Senator Maina Maaji Lawan told the BBC,” referring to Islamic religious schools. “And the male ones between 16 and 25, they conscript them and they indoctrinate them as supply channels for their horrible missions.”

And:

It is believed the mass kidnapping happened on March 16 but the details are only coming through now.

via Newsweek:

 According to the Council on Foreign Relations, Boko Haram killed over 10,000 people in 2014, the deadliest year in their six-year insurgency against Nigerian authorities in hope of creating an Islamic caliphate. They have already reportedly slain more than 2,000 people in the first months of 2015 following a series of mass killings in the town of Baga, in the state of Borno.


A reader reminds that in 2014, Kerry and Clinton warned Nigeria for attacking the Muslim terrorists. And Obama Threatened Nigeria with Sanctions in 2013 for Fighting Boko Haram.

Canada: Two Muslims who plotted to derail NYC-Montreal train guilty on terror charges

Nary a day goes by without another arrest or conviction of Muslims involved in trying to kill non-Muslims. via Via Rail plot trial: Raed Jaser, Chiheb Esseghaier found guilty on several terror charges – Toronto – CBC News.

Raed Jaser and Chiheb Esseghaier, two men accused of plotting to derail a Via passenger train travelling between Canada and the U.S., have been found guilty of a series of terror-related charges.

Esseghaier was found guilty of all charges against him while Jaser was convicted on all but one charge. After 10 days of deliberation, the jury said it was “irrevocably deadlocked” on the charge against Jaser of “conspiring to interfere with transportation facilities for the benefit of a terrorist group.”

But Judge Michael Code told jurors he would accept their unanimous decision on the other charges.

Among other charges, both men were found guilty of conspiring to commit murder for the benefit of, at the direction of, or in association with a terrorist group.

Jaser’s lawyer had argued that his client was only pretending to be interested in the plan as part of an elaborate scheme to extract money from Esseghaier and the undercover officer.

Both men could face maximum punishment of life in prison.

The lead prosecutor Croft Michaelson said it was an overwhelming case in terms of evidence against the two men. But he said it was also a difficult and legally complex case, which is why it took the jurors 10 days to come to their verdicts.

Asked about the accused, Michaelson said he would describe them as “real serious public dangers.”

The court heard conversations in which Jaser and Esseghaier discussed their ideologies, the alleged plot to derail a Via Rail train travelling between New York and Toronto and other ideas for potential attacks, including Jaser’s alleged “sniper plot” idea, which would have been in retaliation for Canadian military actions in Muslim countries.

Jurors were also shown aerial surveillance of the two accused and the undercover officer scouting a railway bridge in September 2012 in broad daylight as several trains passed by only metres away.

Their presence on the bridge drew attention, and the men were stopped after they had returned to their vehicle by uniformed Toronto police officers who were unaware the men were under surveillance. The FBI agent told officers they were sightseeing and the men were given a warning.

Jaser, a Canadian permanent resident of Palestinian descent, pleaded not guilty. He did not testify in his own defence.

Esseghaier, a Tunisian national who was pursuing a PhD in Montreal when he and Jaser were arrested in April 2013, chose not to participate in his trial, because he wants to be judged by the rules of the Qur’an.

 

Muslim terror attacks kill more than 150, wound nearly 400 in just last two days

Yet according to Muslims, Obama and the media in the U.S., Islamophobia is the problem. via Tunisia terror attack: What we know about the victims – CNN.com.

(CNN)At least a dozen tourists on two cruises that visited the Tunisian capital, Tunis, are among more than 20 people who were gunned down this week at the country’s Bardo National Museum, officials said.

Details of the victims in Wednesday’s attack have been slow to emerge. Some of the bodies remained unidentified at a morgue, a forensic official said Friday.

Here’s what is known so far:

Read it all but here is the short of it:

British, French, Russian, Italian, Belgian, Spanish, Colombian, Japanese, Polish and Tunisian’s were among the victims.

And in Yemen: Bombs kill 137 at mosques

(CNN) The Sunni terror group ISIS purportedly claimed it committed Friday’s bombings that killed scores of people at two mosques frequented by Shiite rebels in Yemen’s capital — an attack that would mark ISIS’s first large-scale attack in the Arabian Peninsula country.

At least 137 people were killed and 357 wounded when suicide bombers, pretending to be disabled and hiding explosives under casts, attacked the mosques in Sanaa, according to Yemen’s state-run Saba news agency.

 

California: Five and Ten Years for Two Muslims Who Plotted to Kill US Troops

via 2 men sentenced for conspiring to help terrorists > Detroit Legal News.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Two Southern California men who were recruited in a scheme to send them to Afghanistan to kill U.S. troops were sentenced Monday to federal prison for conspiring to provide material support to terrorists.

Miguel Alejandro Santana Vidriales, 24, of Upland, received a 10-year sentence and Arifeen David Gojali, 24, of Riverside, got five years, the Riverside Press-Enterprise reported. Each also will have a decade of supervised release.

Both had pleaded guilty to the conspiracy charges and cooperated with prosecutors.

The FBI began tracking the men and two others after Santana returned from visiting his mother in Mexico in 2012 with a copy of a jihadist magazine in his possession. They and a third man, Ralph Deleon, of Ontario, California, were arrested the same year as they headed to Mexico to catch a flight to the Middle East.

A fourth man, Sohiel Omar Kabir, of Pomona was later arrested in Afghanistan.

Prosecutors said Deleon, 26, and Kabir followed the teachings of violent jihad by Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S.-born cleric who was a key al-Qaida figure and was killed by a CIA drone strike in Yemen in 2011.

Kabir, 37, had converted Deleon and Santana to Islam after meeting them at a hookah bar. Deleon later recruited Gojali to the group.

Kabir, a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Afghanistan, was the ringleader and made arrangements for Deleon and the others to join him in his native country, prosecutors said.

Deleon, a citizen of the Philippines who was a lawful permanent U.S. resident, got the other men in shape, took them for target shooting practice with AK-47 assault rifles and prepared for combat by playing paintball, prosecutors said.

An FBI informant in the group secretly recorded their conversations.

Kabir and Deleon were convicted last fall of conspiracy. Last month, they were sentenced to 25 years each in federal prison.

 More:

Gojali is a US Citizen.

Vidriales was permanent resident. His citizenship application is still on pending status.

Former US Air Force Mechanic Turned Muslim Arrested Trying to Join Islamic State Terrorists

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via Former US Air Force Mechanic Charged With Trying to Join ISIS in Syria, Officials Say – ABC News.

A former U.S. Air Force veteran has been arrested by the FBI for allegedly trying to join ISIS, the brutal terrorist group wreaking havoc in Syria and Iraq, after watching their online propaganda videos, authorities announced today.

Tairod Nathan Webster Pugh, 47, who is from New Jersey but had been living overseas for years, was secretly arrested two months ago after being deported back to the United States.

On Jan. 10, he flew from Egypt to Turkey hoping to slip into Syria and “fight violent jihad” with ISIS, but Turkish authorities refused to let him enter their country, federal prosecutors say in court documents filed in Brooklyn, N.Y., authorities said.

Egyptian authorities then deported Pugh to the United States, where he was arrested by the FBI and found to be carrying multiple electronic devices, including a cell phone that allegedly contained a photograph of a machine gun. Some of the data on the electronic devices had been deleted, prosecutors say.

On his laptop, FBI agents discovered that he had been viewing ISIS propaganda online and conducting online searches for such phrases as “borders controlled by Islamic state,” “kobani border crossing,” and “who controls kobani,” according to prosecutors.

In addition, the FBI recovered two of Pugh’s backpacks, which allegedly contained two compasses, a solar-powered flashlight, a solar-powered power source, a fatigue jacket and camping clothes.

Pugh also allegedly searched online for the ISIS video “Flames of War,” a 55-minute piece of propaganda that even the FBI highlighted late last year when asking “for the public’s help identifying individuals who have traveled—or are planning to travel—overseas to engage in combat alongside terrorist organizations.”

A month before his alleged attempt to join ISIS, Pugh was fired from his job as an airplane mechanic in Kuwait, according to court documents. He learned how to install and maintain aircraft engines, navigation systems and weapons systems while serving in the Air Force from 1986 to 1990, the documents say.

According to court documents, he “appears to have close ties to a woman in Egypt whom he has identified as his wife.”

And Has (little terrorists) Children in America.

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Pugh converted to Islam after moving to San Antonio, Texas, in 1998 and “became increasingly radical in his beliefs,” the feds said.

In 2001, while he was working as a mechanic for American Airlines, a coworker notified the FBI that Pugh had been expressing anti-American sentiment and that he sympathized with Osama bin Laden, authorities said.

Pugh will be arraigned before a federal judge on Wednesday. If convicted at trial, Pugh faces a maximum sentence of 35 years in prison.

 

Toronto: Muslim who ‘honor killed’ wife gets life sentence with possibility of parole

An update on this post, Muslim disguised himself in burka, honor killed wife after she asked for divorce. Sentencing was actually a year ago but it was buried by Canadian news.

 

via She dumped the Niqab, and her Husband. He came back wearing a Niqab and killed her | Tarek Fatah.

By John Goddard

TORONTO—When her baby got a heart transplant at Sick Children’s Hospital, Bano Shahdady threw away her burka (niqab).

At twenty years old, after years of religious training, she also decided to return to public high school. With help from her son’s doctors and a social worker, she arranged to rent an apartment to leave her parents and husband.

It was there, two weeks after she moved in, that police found her strangled to death, her son left alone with the body for 15 hours, murdered by a man hiding his identity behind a burka (niqab).

On Wednesday, the husband Abdul Malik Rustam was sentenced to life in prison for the murder with no chance of parole for 17 years.

“A woman has an absolute right to end any relationship,” Judge John McMahon of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice told the court. He said that Rustam planned the attack, disguised himself in a burqa to gain access to the apartment, and justified his actions to police. The judge also said that the victim’s father forgave Rustam and pleaded for mercy in court on his behalf, without once mentioning the loss of his daughter.

Honour Killing

The facts, as the judge outlined them, pointed to an “honour killing,” a crime distinct from other murders because its motive is to cleanse perceived family dishonour caused by a wife’s or daughter’s behaviour. “Canada’s openness and generosity do not extend to barbaric cultural practices that tolerate… ‘honour killings,’” says the federal Discover Canada guide issued to new immigrants.

But the judge never said the two key words.

“Man gets life sentence for murdering wife,” read the Toronto Star’s headline, relegating the crime to a domestic abuse case.

The Toronto Sun went with, “Man who wore ‘burka’ sentenced in estranged wife’s killing.” Not a single other Canadian news outlet reported the story.

Bano Shahdady deserves better. Not only did she fight her attacker — by clawing at him and surviving his strangulation attempts for a full 30 minutes — but she also fought the Islamist social ideology that had kept her a vassal in her own home.

This is the story nobody else will tell.

Eleven days after Bano’s death in July 2011, a relative and a family friend, both of them men, spent two hours telling it to me. Both asked that their names not be used, saying that they could not officially speak for the family. Further information comes from an “agreed statement of facts” that Judge McMahon read aloud at the sentencing.

When she was 18 months old, Bano came to Toronto from Pakistan with her parents, the relative said. They settled in Scarborough, where her father joined the Islamist movement Tabligi Jamaat, meaning “Proselytizing Group.” He took a religious title, calling himself Mullah Abdul Ghafoor.

“She was very bright,” the relative said of Bano. “I remember her reading a thick Harry Potter book. She said, ‘Go to any page and read the first two sentences and I will tell you the rest.’ I thought she was bluffing. I went to page 20 and read the first two lines, and she told me the rest.”

When Bano was 13 or 14, her father pulled her out of her Canadian school and enrolled her in a Muslim religious school in Karachi, Pakistan. When she turned 17, he arranged for her to marry her first cousin, an illiterate tailor, who was 25. Almost right away, Bano got pregnant and quit school. She returned to Canada to have the baby at a Canadian hospital.

“When she came back she was completely indoctrinated and completely covered,” the relative said. “You could not see her face. She wasn’t allowed to talk.”

In August 2009 Bano’s son was born with a heart defect and a few months later underwent a transplant.

“It was very emotional,” the relative recalled. “We were all waiting in the waiting room when the doctor said the heart was coming. The government sent a plane to Arizona, got the heart, returned to Pearson, and a helicopter was bringing it to Sick Kids’.

“I was crying,” he said. “Here was a Muslim family that believed that Muslims are supreme, and everybody else will go to hell because they are not Muslim, and some Christians in Arizona are giving them their child’s heart.
“They phoned to see if everything was all right,” he said. “In the Muslim world, nobody gives a heart to anybody.”

After the operation, Bano visibly changed.

“She opened up,” the relative said. “She threw away her burqa. For a while she wore the hijab, then she threw away the hijab. She joined Facebook and organized a website called Balouch Entertainment. She was openly showing her reaction against the mullahs and fanaticism.”


Read it all.

New York: (Yet another) Muslim convicted in al Qaeda jihad plot

Still not clear why he had to be imported to NY, tried in NY, and his presumed decades long sentence funded by American taxpayers. via Abid Naseer re-convicted after no court stenographer present – NY Daily News.

Al Qaeda terrorist Abid Naseer has been convicted a second time in Brooklyn Federal Court — just to make sure it sticks.

Two days after it was discovered that no stenographer was present when Naseer’s verdict was taken, the jury forewoman returned to the courtroom Friday to confirm the terrorist thug was indeed found guilty of all three counts.

Federal Judge Raymond Dearie apologized to prosecutors and Naseer, who was hauled into court for the do-over.

“Due to my inadvertence, we took the verdict without the reporter,” Dearie said. “We have a need to comply with the rule and create a record.”

Dearie recalled that shortly after the lunch break Wednesday there was a note from the jurors stating they had reached a verdict. A verdict sheet signed by the forewoman detailed that Naseer was guilty of plotting to blow up a shopping mall in Manchester, England.

“Will you confirm what I said that the jury did return a guilty verdict on all three counts?” Dearie asked.

“Yes, it is,” replied the forewoman, known only as Juror No. 9 because the panel was anonymous for safety reasons.

Naseer, 28, was a member of an Al Qaeda cell dispatched to Europe to kill scores of people in the United Kingdom. Prosecutors linked him to another Al Qaeda cell in which three Queens men trained at the same terror camp in Pakistan as Naseer and planned to blow themselves up in New York City subway cars.

The goons were all arrested before they could commit their evil acts.

There wasn’t a peep out of Naseer, who acted as his own lawyer, about the verdict snafu.

But he did inform the judge that he was giving up lawyering and asked that his stand-by counsel James Neuman be appointed to handle his appeal.

The judge granted the request along with a dollop of praise for Neuman’s legal assistance. “It’s a pleasure to observe a professional work under strenuous circumstances,” Dearie said, without commenting on Naseer’s amateur legal efforts.

More via CNN:

The Manchester plot was allegedly part of a three-pronged plan that included attacks on the New York City subway system and on a newsroom in Copenhagen. None were carried out. The New York plot allegedly originated with Najibullah Zazi, who is believed to have corresponded with the same al Qaeda contact as Naseer. Zazi pleaded guilty to terrorism charges and was the first witness in Naseer’s trial. Naseer, a Pakistani national, was in the United Kingdom on a student visa at the time of his arrest. Among the evidence presented, prosecutors pointed out that Naseer had dropped out of classes after only a week. Naseer had no intention of completing his studies because “that was never the plan,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Zainab Ahmad argued, saying that Naseer applied for a student visa as a means of entering the country to carry out the attack.

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