Islamic terrorism

Just because he’s a Kiwi doesn’t give him ‘victim’ status. He was a terrorist!

A Kiwi has been killed in a drone strike against an al Qaeda terrorist training camp.

Naturally the terrorist hugging opposition politicians are all aghast and their pals in the media think this is just dreadful.

Isaac Davison reports:

A Kiwi killed in a drone strike in Yemen had attended a terrorist training camp and may have been a foot soldier for al-Qaeda.

The man, whose name and age have not been released, died after an incident on November 18. It is understood his identity had only been confirmed recently.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade confirmed the New Zealand-born man was believed to have died in a counter-terrorism operation.

However, they refused to be drawn on the specifics of that operation.  Read more »

Maybe they should have used a few more rounds…just to make sure

Apparently it is bad that SEAL team members shot Osama bin Laden more than 100 times.

I should have thought he should have been shot at least 2,977 times as a minimum.

Special operations sources have claimed that the terror leader was shot more than one hundred times in the fatal 2011 raid.

A new report from a website known within the intelligence and armed services community claims that the sheer number of times that Osama bin Laden was shot is the reason why the government has never released photos of his dead body.

Citing two confidential sources, The Special Operations Forces Situation Report tells how ‘operator after operator took turns dumping magazines-worth of ammunition into Bin Laden’s body’.

The site goes on to argue that while the Navy SEALs may have felt it was ‘morally, legally, and ethically appropriate to shoot the body a few times to ensure that he is really dead and no longer a threat,’ that does not justify the extent of this damage.

‘What happened on the Bin Laden raid is beyond excessive.  The level of excess shown was not about making sure that Bin Laden was no longer a threat.  The excess was pure self-indulgence,’ author Jack Murphy writes.  Read more »

Oh dear, how sad, never mind. Suicide Bomb Instructor blows up his Iraqi Pupils

Promoted from the General Debate.

A suicide bomber instructor took his job literally and took out his entire class. Let me just take a moment to…oh stuff it…good job.

A group of Sunni militants attending a suicide bombing training class at a camp north of Baghdad were killed on Monday when their commander unwittingly conducted a demonstration with a belt that was packed with explosives, army and police officials said.

The militants belonged to a group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, which is fighting the Shiite-dominated army of the Iraqi government, mostly in Anbar Province. But they are also linked to bomb attacks elsewhere and other fighting that has thrown Iraq deeper into sectarian violence.

Twenty-two ISIS members were killed, and 15 were wounded, in the explosion at the camp, which is in a farming area in the northeastern province of Samara, according to the police and army officials. Stores of other explosive devices and heavy weapons were also kept there, the officials said.

Eight militants were arrested when they tried to escape, the officials said.

The militant who was conducting the training was not identified by name, but he was described by an Iraqi Army officer as a prolific recruiter who was “able to kill the bad guys for once.”  Read more »

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KIwi al Qaeda sympathisers fighting in Syria

Andrea Vance reports on Kiwi al Qaeda sympathisers fighting in Syria, or attempting to fight in Syria.

New Zealand passport holders have been identified fighting alongside anti-Government forces in Syria, Prime Minister John Key says.

In some instances, the Department of Internal Affairs had cancelled their passports – some were dual nationality, including Australians, he said.

A small number also had their documents confiscated before they were allowed to leave for the civil war-torn Middle Eastern state, the prime minister said.

Rebel factions have been battling to topple President Bashar al-Assad since 2011.

Key refused to say how many Kiwis have been fighting, or give any details.

He knew of no prosecutions, saying “it was handled in a different way”.

The revelation comes after weekend reports that Australians were “flocking” to the front line. Across the Tasman, the government fears the fighters will return as hardline radicalised Islamists, ready to launch domestic terror attacks.

“Yes, there is likely to … have been a small number of New Zealanders who have fought with the rebels in Syria,” Key said today.

“There are a small group of people that have gone to Syria to fight. There’s a small group that were going to Syria that we stopped … we have physically stopped some and we are clearly aware of others who are in Syria.”  Read more »

The bureaucrats always win in the end, even with terrorists

In a sign of how corporate terrorism has become, new evidence suggests that Al Qaeda requires their terror subsidiaries to file expense claims.

The bureaucrats are everywhere, even in terror organisations.

Who knew al Qaeda had to file expenses?

More than 100 receipts and ­invoices discovered in a building occupied by al Qaeda’s North African branch in Timbuktu, Mali, show that it documented even the most minor expenses — apparently to satisfy terrorist accountants.

The paperwork includes receipts for the equivalent of 40 cents worth of tomatoes and a 60 cents for light bulb to $52 worth of sugar and $48 to repair a car.   Read more »

Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey ratbags haven’t learnt a thing

The Frog spies are slow learners when it comes to elaborate plans to blow shit up.

French spies plotted to pose as neo-Nazis to assassinate extremist cleric Abu Hamza in London because they were so frustrated with Britain’s failure to deal with him, it was claimed on Sunday night.

They planned to send the fanatic fake death threats from the far right group Combat 18 before shooting him with weapons said to be associated with that group.

In a separate move, they also plotted to kidnap Hamza and take him to France, a report by the campaign group Hope not Hate claimed.

Intelligence services across the Channel hatched the assassination plan in 1999 amid tensions between the two countries over the scale of Islamist extremism in the UK.

They also wanted to seize on concerns at the time about far right extremism in the wake of the nail bombings in London that year by neo-Nazi David Copeland, which left three people dead and more than a hundred injured.   Read more »

Pakistani Minister offers bounty for filmaker’s life

Muslim tolerance and the religion of peace are showing their true colours today with a Pakistani minister calling for the death of the maker of the crappy Youtube video about Muhammad:

A Pakistani minister offered US$100,000 (NZ$120,641) on Saturday to anyone who kills the maker of an online video which insults Islam, as sporadic protests rumbled on across parts of the Muslim world.

“I announce today that this blasphemer, this sinner who has spoken nonsense about the holy Prophet, anyone who murders him, I will reward him with $100,000,” Railways Minister Ghulam Ahmad Bilour told a news conference, to applause.

“I invite the Taliban brothers and the al Qaeda brothers to join me in this blessed mission.”

A spokesman for Pakistan’s prime minister said the government disassociated itself from the minister’s statement.

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Why wasn’t the US struck again?

Michael Tomasky writes at The Daily Beast about the Bush years and the implications of 9/11. I love his summation about why the USA hasn;t been struck again with a terror attack:

I have a very different answer than most people do to the question “Why weren’t we struck again?”

I think there are two answers. First: Al Qaeda may be a bunch of extremists, but they’re very strategic. They had certain geopolitical goals–make the US look weak, increase their recruiting base, advance fundamentalism in their part of the world. For a number of years, the first attack accomplished them. No need for an encore.

Second: In more recent years, we have really kicked the shit out of them. This started in the later Bush years but has been especially true since Obama became the president and we’ve taken out lots of high-profile leaders. So we’ve probably incapacitated them to a considerable extent.

Good on ya Rand

Washington Wire

Rand Paul is making a stand for a loyal ally:

Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.) said he has secured the right for an up-or-down vote on his proposal to strip all U.S. aid to Pakistan in protest of the harsh prison sentence leveled against the doctor who helped the CIA track Osama bin Laden.

Shakil Afridi, a Pakistani doctor who aided the CIA’s efforts by using the cover of his vaccination program to knock on the door of bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan, was sentenced to 33 years in jail in May. Dr. Afridi was formally accused of aiding militant groups, but his arrest and prosecution was widely seen as a result of the assistance he provided to the U.S.

Congress is already considering legislation to strip $33 million in aid to Pakistan, in protest of the sentence. But Sen. Paul said those efforts are not dramatic enough to pressure Islamabad. Sen. Paul’s bill would cut off aid to Pakistan for the remainder of the year as well as next year. Congress appropriated $2 billion for the current fiscal year, but much of it remains unspent. For next year Congress is considering proposals of around $1 billion in aid.

Sen. Paul, a tea party favorite, libertarian and son of Texas Rep. Ron Paul, said such up or down votes are rare, and predicted it will cause some discomfort in the Senate.

“You will see some folks squirming in their seats on this one,” he said.

Don’t piss off Obama

The Telegraph

I’m not sure that you’d want to piss off Obama:

The US has confirmed that al-Qaeda’s second-in-command was killed in a drone strike in Pakistan.

US officials described the death of Abu Yahya al-Libi as a “major blow” to the terrorist organisation.

The official told AFP that Washington had a “very high degree of confidence” that Libi was dead, and argued that his demise would severely hamper the capacity of core al-Qaeda leaders to liaise with affiliated groups.

Libi was killed when missiles destroyed his vehicle and a militant compound in North Waziristan, leaving 15 dead.

The death of Libi, a close aid to Osama bin Laden’s successor Ayman al-Zawahiri, is a major blow to what is left of al-Qaeda’s core leadership in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

He is among more than 12 senior al-Qaeda leaders assassinated since bin Laden was tracked down and killed by US Navy Seals in May last year.

Three separate drone strikes were launched from Saturday to Monday, killing at least 30 people, according to local sources.

The third barrage comprised two missiles, which slammed into a compound and a vehicle in the village of Hesokhel, near Miranshah, the capital of North Waziristan, before dawn. Pakistani intelligence officials said they had evidence that Libi was at the scene at the time of the strike.