‘White Widow’ Samantha Lewthwaite feared to be planning more attacks

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Police fear Samantha Lewthwaite – the fugitive Brit dubbed the ‘White Widow’ – is planning more terror attacks, after documents found on her laptop linked her to the Nairobi mall massacre.

The laptop seized in Kenya in 2011 contained documents that revealed the British suspect had been plotting to target a mall in Kenya’s capital for at least two years.

The computer showed Lewthwaite had carried out detailed research on how to make bombs and explosives.

“The international security community is working round the clock to identify her whereabouts and capture her without delay,” a source said.

“The lives of hundreds, if not thousands, of innocent people are at risk if she is able to launch an attack. She needs to be stopped in her tracks before it is too late.

“She is a danger to the world.”

Authorities think Lewthwaite had probably been planning an attack on a different mall in 2011, but realised her plan last month at Westgate shopping centre where at least 67 people were murdered in cold blood.

Lewthwaite, 29, who is nicknamed White Widow because she was married to the 2005 London bombings suicide bomber Jermaine Lindsay, has been dubbed the world’s most wanted woman after the Westgate atrocity.

She has been in hiding since December 2011 after police linked her and fellow Briton Jermaine Grant, 30, to a foiled bombing plot against Western tourists in Kenya.

The White Widow was made the subject of a high-alert Red Notice by Interpol after being linked to the massacre.

Police sources have revealed for the first time that there is “specific intelligence” that puts Lewthwaite at the heart of at least six separate bomb plots in Kenya.

One was a grenade attack on a sports bar in Mombasa last year when a little boy was killed.

 

Boko Haram gunmen storm a college dormitory and fire on sleeping students.

Boko Haram gunmen have stormed a college dormitory in Nigeria’s conflict-scarred north-east, firing on students as they slept.

Unconfirmed reports say more than 20 students were killed in the early morning attack on the College of Agriculture in the town of Gujba in Yobe state.

Area military spokesman Lazarus Eli said it was carried out by “Boko Haram terrorists who went into the school and opened fire on students,” while they were sleeping.

Security forces were at the scene but details on the number of dead and injured were not yet available, he said.

Gujba is roughly 30 kilometres from the state capital of Damaturu.

A police source, who requested anonymity, said that initial reports indicated the death toll could be high but he was not prepared to discuss figures.

A hospital source in the Yobe state capital Damaturu, who asked not to be named, told Reuters that 26 bodies had been brought in from the scene of the attack.

Yobe has seen a series of brutal attacks targeting students in recent months, all blamed on Boko Haram.

The worst occurred in July in the town of Mamudo, where the Islamists threw explosives and sprayed gunfire into dormitories, killing at least 42 people, mostly students.

The name Boko Haram means ‘Western education is forbidden’ and the group has repeatedly attacked schools, universities and colleges through its four-year insurgency.

During Jihadists’ Kenyan Mall Massacre, Jihad Flag Was Flying Proudly Over The Streets Of New York City

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At the same time as devout Muslims were separating Muslim children from non-Muslim children and executing them in cold blood in an upscale mall in Kenya, Muslims marched down Madison Avenue under the flag of jihad (the same flag the Muslims in Kenya were killing under.)

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Thrown Out Of Egypt, The Muslim Brotherhood Moves Office… To London

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Where are terrorists comfortable and free to set up house? London, terror central. Imagine this, after Egypt banned the Brotherhood, they moved….. to London. Not Kabul, Qatar or Khartoum. London. But Robert Spencer and I are banned from entering because it might not be “conducive to the public good.” Savages agree.

“The Muslim Brotherhood moves office… to London” Trending Central, September 24, 2013 (thanks to Dave H)

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood has decided to move its media offices to London, following a Cairo court decision to proscribe the Islamist entity’s activities and any subsidiary institution related to it.

The Brotherhood already maintains a London presence through which it was previously running the administrative affairs of the organisation. The London headquarters is a “research centre” headed by Ibrahim Mounir, former member of the Guidance Bureau and former Secretary General of the international organisation of the Muslim Brotherhood.

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Al-Shabab, The Somali Islamic extremist group: What you should know about them.

Here are 10 things to know about al-Shabab, the Somali Islamic extremist group that has claimed responsibility for an attack on a Kenyan shopping mall.

WHAT IS AL-SHABAB?
Al-Shabab is an extremist Islamic terrorist force that grew out of the anarchy that crippled Somalia after warlords ousted a longtime dictator in 1991. Its name means “The Youth” in Arabic, and it was a splinter youth wing of a weak Islamic Courts Union government created in 2006 to establish a fundamentalist Islamic state in the East African nation.
Al-Shabab is estimated to have several thousand fighters, including a few hundred foreign fighters. Some of the insurgents’ foreign fighters are from the Middle East with experience in the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. Others are young, raw recruits from Somali communities in the United States and Europe. US officials have expressed fears that militants fleeing Afghanistan and Pakistan could seek refuge in Somalia.
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WHERE IS AL-SHABAB?

Al-Shabab won control of almost all of Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, in 2006, and held large swathes of central and southern Somalia until a United Nations-backed force from the African Union, including soldiers from neighbouring Kenya and Uganda, pushed the militants out of the city in 2011 and out of the vital port of Kismayo in 2012.
The rebels still control many rural areas in Somalia where it imposes strict Shariah law, including stoning to death women accused of adultery and amputating the hands of accused thieves. In addition it has staged deadly suicide bomb attacks on Mogadishu and Kismayo.

HOW MANY FIGHTERS DOES IT HAVE?

No one knows for sure, but al-Shabab is believed to command thousands of fighters including hundreds of foreigners.

WHY ARE THEY ATTACKING KENYA?
Al-Shabab has warned for two years that it will attack Kenya in retaliation for the country’s leading role in sending troops to Somalia in 2011 and effectively reducing the extremist group’s power in Somalia.
Al-Shabab also claimed responsibility for the July 2010 suicide bombings in Kampala, Uganda, that killed more than 70 people watching a World Cup final soccer match at a restaurant popular among foreigners. Ugandan troops also are fighting in the African force in Somalia.
The group has staged ongoing major attacks within Somalia for years.

AL-QAIDA LINKS?

Al-Shabab and al-Qaida in February 2012 announced their alliance, with al-Shabab leader Mukhtar Abu Zubair pledging allegiance to the global terror movement. Al-Qaida’s 2002 attacks on an Israeli-owned Kenyan resort in Mombasa and an attempted attack on a plane carrying Israeli tourists are believed to have been planned by an al-Qaida cell in Somalia.
US officials believe some of the al-Qaida terrorists who bombed the United States embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998 were given refuge in Somalia.

WHERE DOES AL-SHABAB’S MONEY COME FROM?
Before African troops moved in, al-Shabab was making a steady income from duties and fees levied at ports and airports as well as extorting taxes on domestic produce and demanding “jihadi” contributions.
A United Nations report estimated al-Shabab’s income in 2011 at between $70 million and $100 million. It has lost most of that revenue since it was forced out of Mogadishu and Kismayo. Al-Shabab’s only ally in Africa is Eritrea – which backs it to counter its enemy Ethiopia, which also has troops in Somalia. Eritrea denies charges that it helps arm al-Shabab.

FRACTURED GROUP?

Al-Shabab is believed to have fractured over its alliance with al-Qaida, which caused a rift that has grown between core Shabab fighters who believe their struggle should focus on Somalia, and growing tensions with foreign fighters who want to plot a regional terrorist strategy.
Analysts think the attack on Nairobi’s Westgate mall could indicate the extremists are winning that internal struggle. Further divisions are believed to have been caused by the group’s decision to ban foreign aid organisations from operating in the country and providing food to save millions of victims of conflict-induced famine. That decision was announced in 2011, when the UN said Somalia had the world’s highest child mortality rate.

US ROLE IN THE FIGHT AGAINST AL-SHABAB?

The United States backed the first African intervention against al-Shabab, supporting Ethopian troops that invaded in 2006. Washington has given millions of dollars to support the UN-backed African force fighting al-Shabab, which it designated a foreign terrorist organization in 2008.
The intervention from Ethiopia, a longtime enemy of Somalia, is considered to have radicalised al-Shabab and perhaps pushed it into the arms of al-Qaida, according to the US-based Centre for Strategic and International Studies.

WHAT INSPIRES THEM?

Al-Shabab is inspired by the Saudi Arabian Wahabi version of Islam though most Somalis belong to the more moderate Sufi strain. While they initially won popularity with Somalis by promising security and stability after years of lawlessness and violence, al-Shabab’s destruction of Sufi shrines has cost them much support among locals.

WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD FOR SOMALIA?

Somalia’s first elected government in more than two decades won power a year ago and, together with the African Union force, has the opportunity to create “a window of opportunity to fundamentally change Somalia’s trajectory,” according to the US State Department. Business is growing and even foreign oil companies are negotiating concessions at the most hopeful moment in decades for that failed state

Egypt Christians Killed For Refusing To Pay Muslim Tax

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CAIRO, EGYPT (BosNewsLife)– Tensions remained high in southern Egypt on Saturday, September 21, after two government employees were Reportedly killed for refusing to pay a Muslim tax inflicted on Christians by members of the Muslim Brotherhood group of ousted President Mohamed Morsi.

Local Christians said Muslim militants fired bullets at the house of Emad Damian, 50, while he was at home with his cousin Medhat Damian, 37, in the village of Sahel Selim in Assuit Province.

Both men died in the September 12 attack. Two days before the shooting, Emad reportedly received a phone call from Ashraf Ahmed Mohammed Khalajah, described by villagers as “a Muslim gang leader and registered criminal.”

Ashraf, whose name was publicly identified, allegedly demanded 10,000 Egyptian pounds (about $1,450) for weapons, threatening to kill Emad if he…

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Iraq car bombings Kill at least 58 in Iraq

AT least 58 people have been killed and dozens injured in three car bombings in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, medical and security officials say.

Two back-to-back car bombs, targeting a funeral in the mainly Shi’ite al-Sadr City in eastern Baghdad, left 50 people dead and 100 wounded, independent broadcaster al-Sumaria News reported, citing police.

Eight other civilians were killed and at least 12 injured when a parked car bomb exploded in the district of Ur in eastern Baghdad.

There has been a sharp rise in attacks in Iraq in recent months, raising fears of a return to the sectarian violence that pushed the country to the brink of civil war in 2006 and 2007.

The United Nations said that 1057 people were killed in July, the deadliest month in more than five years in Iraq, while at least 916 civilians were killed in August.

Muslim Brotherhood Supporter Gets Homeland Security Promotion

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9/13/13. Muslim Brotherhood Supporter Gets Homeland Security Promotion. Michael Dorstewitz, Bizpacreview.com

“A controversial Homeland Security advisor who was recently promoted to senior fellow is a self-declared Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood and Mohamed Morsi supporter.

Mohamed Elibiary, who was appointed to the Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council by then-Secretary Janet Napolitano in 2010, tweeted Thursday that his appointment was renewed and his position elevated:

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Yemen father who forced his 12-year-old to wed joins fight to save child brides.

A FATHER has become the face of a push to cut down the horrific practice of forcing young girls into marriage – now admitting that making his 12-year-old wed against her will to pay his debts was a mistake.

The man features in a confronting new campaign highlighting the horrors of the custom in Yemen – horrors that include death, horrendous injury and brutal loss of innocence as girls are pushed into sex and childbirth before their young bodies are ready.

“I’d advise any father, mother or brother not to rush to marry their girls like I did because that is ignorant,” the dad, identified as Nadim, laments in an interview with Human Rights Watch.

Nadim details how he forced his daughter, named in the video as Laila, to marry against her will when she was just 12 – admitting he used threats of violence to make it happen.

“I forced her (Laila) and she cried, even at the wedding party. I warned her ‘If you don’t get married I will kill you.’ I really threatened her.”

Nadim now says marrying his daughters off when they were so wrong was a mistake, but he did it to pay back his debts with their dowries.
He says he also forced Laila’s sister to marry young as he needed the money that would come from the girls’ dowries.

“I married both my daughters off to pay back my debts.”

Laila, whose face is obscured in the Human Rights Watch video to protect her identity, insists she made it clear to her father that she had no interest in marrying the man he had chosen for her.

“When I got home from school one day, my father told me I was getting married,” said Laila. When I told him I didn’t want to get married, he threatened to beat me.”

Like many girls her age, Laila wasn’t thinking of marriage or having a family, her grandmother told the human rights advocacy group.

“She wanted to stay in school, but her father married her off,” said her nanna, identified as Ghada.

Child brides are common in Yemen, particularly in poor rural areas, according to Human Rights Watch researcher Belkis Wille.

“Child marriage is very common in Yemen and over 50 per cent of girls are married before the age of 18. In rural areas one even sees girls getting married at age eight,” said Ms Wille.

Yemen’s young brides made headlines around the world earlier this week when reports emerged of eight-year-old child bride Rawan who died of internal injuries sustained on her wedding night from intercourse with a groom more than five times her age.

Some doubts have emerged, with local authorities denying Rawan died to gulfnews.com, though freelance journalist Mohammad Radman said the girl’s neighbours confirmed the story to him and he is sticking by it.

But the scale of this issue is clear with United Nations data from 2006 showing that 14 per cent of girls in Yemen marry before they turn 15. For many cash-strapped families living in poverty, marrying their daughters off young can bring in much-needed funds.

“Given the poverty, families view their daughters as an economic asset, marrying the daughters off brings in a form of dowry from the groom’s family,” Ms Wille said.

“Unfortunately, the older the husband is and the younger the girl is, the larger the size of the dowry.”

Girls who are married so young are expected to perform “wifely duties” – though many are so innocent, they have little understanding of what this really means.

“They’re expected to fulfil their duties as wife, including bearing a child for their husband. At such a young age they have no understanding of intercourse,” Ms Wille said.

Many such girls, with little knowledge of married life and sex, suffer horrific injuries when their young bodies attempt to give birth.

Gynaecologist Dr Arwa Rabi’i told Human Rights Watch she has seen many very frightened young girls struggle through labour.

“When a woman marries early, before the age of 18, before her uterus and hips are fully developed, there will be serious gynaecological health problems like multiple miscarriages and life-threatening infections. We see it every day, not every month or week. Every day, many of them. Ten or twenty sick girls.”

She said one terrified 13-year-old was so scared of what was happening to her body she locked herself in the hospital toilet and gave birth in there … and the baby died.

Human Right Watch is campaigning to change Yemen’s constitution to include 18 as the minimum legal age for girls to marry.

While Yemen is the focus of the new push, child brides are an issue in many parts of the world, including India and Latin America.

The practice has also reared its ugly head in Australia.

In Victoria in 2010 a 14-year-old was banned from leaving the country and her family was forced to hand over her passport, in an effort to prevent an arranged marriage.

Two girls in Sydney – one aged 16 the other 17 – were placed on the Airport Watch List to prevent their parents from taking them out of the country to marry men they had never met.

In 2011 over 200 17 year-old were granted prospective spouse visas allowing them to join their husbands and live in Australia.