October 30, 2014

WTF Happened to Bilal Ahmad? Vol I Issue 2

Lets check in in good old Bilal.

Kashmir Life. Oh my, ironic.

...In another accident, three persons Bilal Ahmad Bhatresident of Turkapora, Imtiyaz Ahmad Bhat resident of Turkapora and Bilal Ahmad Najar resident of Badehar, Handwara got injured when their motorcycles meet with an accident at Chogal, in Handwara. All the injured were shifted to Sub District Hospital, Handwara for treatment where from Bilal Ahmad Najar was shifted to SKIMS Soura, Srinagar for further treatment.
Oh my god, now there are two of them!

Also Bilal Ahmad is virtually starving, and also getting arrested for starving.

That's not to even mention the shooting.

“On 23rd of October, we reached Bagalpora Bihar and after unloading fruit-laden trucks, we left for Kashmir,” Bilal Ahmad Dar, who hails from Amargarh Sopore, said over phone from Beli Par Police Station in Gorakhpure Uttar Pradesh.

Bilal said that yesterday evening at around 6:00 pm they reached Bagha Gardha on National Highway in Gorakhpure district of Uttar Pradesh. “We stopped our trucks and three of us went to nearby Transport office and to get some water. I and Altaf started to clean the trucks and in the meanwhile, two persons on a motor-cycle appeared on the highway fired a bullet which hit Altaf and he instantly fell down,” Bilal, who was with Altaf, said.

Bilal said he gave some water to Altaf and they moved injured driver to Gorakhpur district hospital but after 30 minutes he succumbed.

Poor Bilal, I feel a much more lucky already.

By Howie at 07:56 PM | Comments |

Cornhole Watch: Donald Ray Morgan AKA Nasser Abdul Raheem

Everyone wave buh bye to Nasser!

A North Carolina man who was featured in a Nightly News story last month about foreign fighters attempting to join the fighting in Syria pleaded guilty on Thursday to terrorism charges.

Donald Ray Morgan pleaded guilty to attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization and illegally possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.

Morgan, 44, was initially held on the gun charge after his arrest at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Aug. 2, shortly after he arrived on a flight from Frankfurt, Germany. The terrorism charge was added Thursday, and he pleaded guilty to both charges.

Morgan admitted that he tried, unsuccessfully, to travel from Lebanon to Syria to join ISIS. He also admitted posting pro-jihadist messages on social media and, as prosecutors put it, conducting an interview with an freelance journalist "to express his support for ISIL/ISIS and violent terrorist activities."


Qu'est-ce que c'est?

By Howie at 01:45 PM | Comments |

Awesome: Foreign Fighter Pouring into Syria "Faster than Ever" (Guest Post by R. Shackleford)

Hi, it's me again, Rusty Shackleford. You may remember me as the guy in the comments who once kicked Greyrooster in the balls.

I saw this report and was so spookified that I thought I'd pass it on:

The rate of travel into Syria [by foreign fighters] is greater than we saw into Afghanistan prior to 9/11,” Randy Blake, a senior strategic advisor in the U.S. Office of Director of National Intelligence, said Tuesday during a panel at the annual International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) conference in Orlando, Florida. “It’s greater than anything we’ve seen into Afghanistan, into Yemen, into Somalia, into Iraq, or anything that we’ve seen in the last 10-year period.”

Blake said the number of Westerners heading to Syria to fight has risen so rapidly in recent weeks that a new law enforcement video shown at the four-day event is already out of date.

“The video said there are somewhere around 12,000 foreign fighters in Syria. We would update that number to about 16,000 foreign fighters who have traveled to Syria from over 80 countries,” Blake said, adding that roughly 2,000 of those fighters hail from Western countries -- including "at least 500 from the U.K, 700 from France, 400 from Germany, and more than 100 Americans [who] have traveled, or tried to travel into Syria.”

It's a good thing that we have a competent administration in the White House, one that doesn't craft it's security & counterterror policies based on polling numbers. If that were the case, this would be really really scary.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:56 AM | Comments |

Dozens of Former Gitmo Detainees Fighting in Syria (Guest Post by Rusty Shackleford)

Hi, I'm Rusty Shackleford. I post here occasionally when Howie lets me.

So, on to news so scary that it's an appropriate way to usher in Halloween:

Of the 620 detainees released from Guantanamo Bay, 180 have returned or are suspected to have returned to the battlefield.

Of those 180, sources say 20 to 30 have either joined ISIS or other militants groups in Syria, or are participating with these groups from outside countries. Officials say most of those 20 to 30 are operating inside Syria.

Want a really scary Halloween costume? Dress up like an ISIS terrorist.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:26 AM | Comments |

All's Well That Ends Well

Yesterday terrorist Moataz Hijazi shot an American Israeli Yehuda Glick activist who lobbies for Jewish access to the Temple Mount.

Muslims don't like Jews on the Temple mount because the al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the rock are their symbols of Islamic domination over the city of Zion (Jerusalem).

al-Arabia:

Israeli police on Thursday shot and killed a Palestinian man suspected of trying to kill a hard-line Jewish activist in Jerusalem, an incident that quickly sparked clashes between masked stone throwers and Israeli riot police and threatened to further inflame the already high tensions in the city.

Jerusalem has seen near-daily clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli police, particularly around a contested site in the Old City that is holy to both Jews and Muslims. Israeli and Palestinian leaders have traded accusations over alleged changes to testy status quo governing worship at the site.

Violence reached a new high late Wednesday, after a gunman on a motorcycle shot and seriously wounded American-born activist Yehuda Glick outside a conference promoting greater Jewish access to the hilltop compound known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary.

The gunman approached Glick and spoke to him in "heavy Arabic-accented Hebrew," according to Moshe Feiglin, a lawmaker with the Likud party. Once he confirmed Glick's identity, the man opened fire at point-blank range, shooting Glick three times before fleeing the scene.

Glick, and a well-known advocate for greater Jewish access to the site, remained in hospital and in serious condition on Thursday.

Both Fatah and the terrorist group Islamic Jihad praised Moataz Hijazi as a martyr.

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But for some reason I can't see his "Martyr's smile?"


Allah must not have been pleased with him and Allah knows best.

(pauses)

Oh I almost forgot....


By Howie at 10:06 AM | Comments |

ISIS Crimes Against Humanity in Mosul

Human Rights Watch runs this account of ISIS treatment of Shia near Mosul. The claim that they only killed fighters falls flat because these were not fighters these were prisoners hunted and murdered for sport by ISIS fighters.

Gunmen from the Sunni extremist group Islamic State systematically executed some 600 male inmates from a prison outside the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on June 10, 2014, according to survivors’ accounts. The vast majority of those killed were Shia.

After seizing Badoush Prison near Mosul, the gunmen from Islamic State, also known as ISIS, separated the Sunni from the Shia inmates, then forced the Shia men to kneel along the edge of a nearby ravine and shot them with assault rifles and automatic weapons, 15 Shia prisoners who survived the massacre told Human Rights Watch. The gunmen also killed a number of Kurdish and Yezidi inmates of Badoush Prison, the survivors said.

“The gruesome details of ISIS’ mass murder of prison inmates make it impossible to deny the depravity of this extremist group,” said Letta Tayler, senior terrorism and counterterrorism researcher. “People of every ethnicity and creed should condemn these horrific tactics, and press Iraqi and international authorities to bring those responsible to justice.”

The mass summary executions amount to war crimes and most likely crimes against humanity, Human Rights Watch said.

By Howie at 08:43 AM | Comments |

Spooky Vlad's Dungeon

See the thing that made Vlad so spooky was Sultan Murad. It was the forced conversion from the Catholic Faith to Islam and the witness of the utter brutality of the Ottomans that lead Vlad to such extremes as he fought in the crusade against the Ottomans.

For if one is to defeat such murderous brutality once must be willing to take it to a whole nother level.

During an outdoor festival of St. Bartholomew at Sibiu, Dracula had 20,000 citizens arrested and spiked in one afternoon. Claiming that they were either treacherous bourgeoisie, or supporters of that element, he had them - men, women and infants - impaled on the outskirts of a neighboring forest. As was his custom, he had his servants draw up a solitary dining table of fine food and wine so that he might enjoy his lunch by watching the tortures at close range. He occasionally had a servant dip his bread in the blood of the dying souls so that he could savor the taste of life. (Is it a wonder that Stoker was inspired?)


It was at this function that he espied one of his knights holding his nose at the repugnant smell of death permeating the air. When he asked the soldier if he was making fun of the situation, the fellow stammered, "No, my lord, my stomach churns, but -" and he quickly added, "I am not of the stout heart that my prince be."

"But, why would I want in my service a man who cannot look at death without regurgitating? Death is a soldier's livelihood!" And with that, he called to his bodyguards to impale the feeble fellow. "Let him join these others, but because he had been loyal until today, hoist him higher than the rest that he does not have to smell his company!"

By Howie at 08:11 AM | Comments |

October 29, 2014

Knock Knock!

Who's There?

Hold on I'll be right there.


Sorry, couldn't wait.

By Howie at 11:14 AM | Comments |

Australian Terror Recruiter Mohammad Ali Baryalei Is So Thunderstruck

He's totally 100% dead Jim!

AUSTRALIA’S most senior ­Islamic State fighter, who allegedly instigated a plot to behead a random member of the public in Sydney’s streets last month, has been killed in a coalition airstrike on the Syrian border town of ­Kobane, his friends have claimed.

Authorities were working last night to verify reports that ­Mohammad Ali Baryalei was “martyred’’ three days ago while fighting with Islamic State, the terror group to which he allegedly recruited scores of young Aus­tralians. The former drug-­abusing Kings Cross bouncer would be the first Australian fighter killed in the US-led bombing campaign that has been striking Islamic State targets inside Syria and Iraq since August.

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Two of Baryalei’s Syria-based friends, who were fellow alumni of the Sydney “Street Dawah” group he led, told The Australian the one-time bit-part actor was killed in an airstrike at least three days ago in Kobane.

Mohamed Zuhbi and Abdul Salam Mahmoud, who have been undertaking humanitarian work focused on the Syrian port city of Lattakia, outside Islamic State’s caliphate, said the reports of Bary­alei’s demise were true.

“It was an airstrike, not sure by whom,” Mr Zuhbi said in an ­online interview with The Aus­tralian. “I personally received news from a brother who was with him for the most part of his journey so I believe it is true.”

See that's him right there! The one running for his life.... and losing.

You're welcome Australia, it was nothing.

By Howie at 09:13 AM | Comments |

Yet Another Beheading

OK so a dude dude IN NY cuts of a Lady's head, drags her into the street, punts her head, and jumps in front of a train killing himself?

Um, yeah. It happened.

Update: Ok... so um, he beheaded his mother. and punted her head down the street.

Cold man, cold.

By Howie at 08:54 AM | Comments |

New Jawa Feature! WTF Happened to Bilal Ahmad?

Don't ever be named Bilal Ahmad, I added this Google alert years ago because of one story. Its been a source of tragedy in my inbox for years.

A child was killed and five others injured when a roof of a house collapsed on them at Bohbda village on Tuesday.

The roof of a room collapsed on Bilal Ahmad and his family members, who were sitting in the room.
Previous bad things that happened to Bilal Ahamd, he stepped on a land mine while herding goats and eating fried chicken, I shit you not.

And also Bilal ahmad blew himself up when he picked up an artillery shell.

Anyway I think I'll make it a series. WTF happened to Bilal Ahmad?

The ending will always be bad obviously.

By Howie at 07:35 AM | Comments |

October 28, 2014

Video: Antares Rocket Crash

Today's launch of the Cygnus spacecraft failed.

More details here.

The mission, Orbital CRS-3, marks the first flight of the upgraded Antares 130 rocket, which features a more powerful second stage to accommodate larger future payloads.

It is also the final flight for the current configuration of Cygnus, with a larger Enhanced Cygnus due to be introduced with the next mission.

This new version will take advantage of the increased capacity of the Antares 130 in order to deliver a greater amount of cargo to the space station.

First flown in April 2013, the launch is overall the fifth flight of Orbital’s Antares rocket which was developed specifically to launch the Cygnus spacecraft.

The introduction of the Antares 130 has been planned since the beginning of the program as Orbital ramp up the rocket’s capacity through upgrades to the second stage.

the launch was scrubbed yesterday due to a ship downrange.

Which today we didn't get much downrange.

By Howie at 05:45 PM | Comments |

No Compulsion of Religion Under Islam?

I would say, "If you don't take the Shahada we'll shoot you and throw your corpse in the river." is rather compelling. But that's just me.

Women and girls kidnapped by the Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram are raped and forced to marry fighters even if they are underage, according to testimonies from women who have escaped the group.
But there’s also another motive for the kidnappings: punishing women who seek education. One victim who was kidnapped while traveling home from school in Konduga said that when the militants found out that she and her friends were students they said, “Aha! These are the people we are looking for. So you are the ones with strong heads who insist on attending school when we have said ‘boko’ is ‘haram.’ We will kill you here today.” Boko Haram’s name roughly translates to “Western education is a sin.”

The report confirms some of the worst fears about Boko Haram’s treatment of the girls they capture, specifically when it comes to sexual violence. According to interviews with survivors, most of the sexual violence and rape occurs within the context of forced marriages, although there are exceptions.

By Howie at 03:30 PM | Comments |

Bill Maher? Racist Bigot? Really?

Sometimes the left is unaware of just how silly they actually are, so they double down on stupid.

“There is a cancer of extremism within Islam today,” Zakaria wrote. “A small minority of Muslims celebrates violence and intolerance and harbors deeply reactionary attitudes toward women and minorities. While some confront these extremists, not enough do so, and the protests are not loud enough.”

He was defending remarks made by famously liberal comedian and noted critic of organized religion, Bill Maher. The host of HBO’s Real Time, a formerly celebrated figure on the left, has found himself the target of shaming for noting that the Islamic world is too accommodating to those who engage in illiberal practices like violence against women or the beheading of kafir. He further made the unimpeachable observation that wayward young people have taken to executing attacks on civilians in places like Ottawa, London, and New York City in the name of this religion. For this, over 2,500 students at the University of California, Berkeley, have demanded that the heretic Maher not be allowed to address the campus’s students.

“Bill Maher is a blatant bigot and racist who has no respect for the values UC Berkeley students and administration stand for,” read a petition on Change.org demanding Maher’s ostracism. “In a time where climate is a priority for all on campus, we cannot invite an individual who himself perpetuates a dangerous learning environment.”

Get that the dangerous thing is truth. Because if we just pretend Islamic Terrorists don't exist maybe they won't chop off our heads and we can go about our lives blissfully unaware of the Genocide of Kurds and Yazidis. I mean surely they won't come for us, ya know.


Nahh, surely not.


By Howie at 02:46 PM | Comments |

Video: The Myth of the Tiny Radical Muslim Minority

As a counter point I'll add that many say that, but the fall of Morsi in Egypt had approximately 80% supporting the Morsi ouster including many Muslims.

So some are perpetually on the fence depending on the wind.

By Howie at 11:41 AM | Comments |

What To Do About The PKK?

Today the Kurdish commander in Kobani asks for more help in fighting ISIS.

Since Sept. 15, we, the people of the Syrian town of Kobani, have been fighting, outnumbered and outgunned, against an all-out assault by the army of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS.

Yet despite a campaign that has intensified in the past month, including the deployment of United States-made tanks and armored vehicles, the Islamic State has not been able to break the resistance of Kobani’s fighters.

We are defending a democratic, secular society of Kurds, Arabs, Muslims and Christians who all face an imminent massacre.

Kobani’s resistance has mobilized our entire society, and many of its leaders, including myself, are women. Those of us on the front lines are well aware of the Islamic State’s treatment of women. We expect women around the world to help us, because we are fighting for the rights of women everywhere. We do not expect them to come to join our fight here (though we would be proud if any did). But we do ask women to promote our case and to raise awareness of our situation in their own countries, and to pressure their governments to help us.

We are thankful to the coalition for its intensified airstrikes against Islamic State positions, which have been instrumental in limiting the ability of our enemies to use tanks and heavy artillery. But we had been fighting without any logistical assistance from the outside world until the limited coalition airdrops of weapons and supplies on Oct. 20. Airdrops of supplies should continue, so that we do not run out of ammunition.

None of that changes the reality that our weapons still cannot match those of the Islamic State.

Another story of Kurdish resistance against ISIS on NPR this morning brings up the terrorist designation of the PKK who are also fighting ISIS.
At a checkpoint outside the northern Iraq town of Makhmur, I saw something I'd never seen before in Iraq.

Two men were checking cars. One was young and wearing a sand-colored uniform of the official Iraqi Kurdish forces, called the peshmerga. The other was older, grizzled and dressed in an olive-green, traditional Kurdish overall, and he's with Turkey's Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

"We're happy to be working together," said the older man, Hajji Hussein Abdulrahman.

This is a new development. Until recently, Iraqi Kurdish authorities and the peshmerga didn't deal much with the PKK. There's a long rivalry between the two. Plus, Turkey and the U.S. consider the PKK to be terrorists based on their attacks against civilian targets in Turkey for many years.

But some of those attitudes began to change when the self-described Islamic State, also known as ISIS, charged into northern Iraq and overran large chunks of territory, including this town in June.

The peshmerga were struggling to fight back. But thousands of PKK supporters, who had been kicked out of Turkey, were living in a nearby refugee camp. They picked up their old rifles and joined the fray.

...This isn't the only place were Kurdish fighters have been active. On northern Iraq's Mount Sinjar in August, the PKK helped tens of thousands of minority Yazidis escape the advancing Islamic State.

And the Syrian Kurdish militia, known as the YPG, has been battling to keep the Islamic State out of the town of Kobani.

In the main Iraqi Kurdish city, Irbil, Shiman Eminoglu is a politician from the BDP party, which leans strongly toward the PKK. She says the PKK is fighting for everyone's benefit, and that this should be recognized by the United States.

The mention is that the PKK got into trouble during the 1990's while trying to carve a Kurdish homeland out of southern Turkey. Today a Kurdish female fighter blowing herself up as a last desperate resort against ISIS is a story of bravery. But back then such attacks against Turkish police and other civilian targets in Turkey earned the PKK a terrorist designation.

Then there was no hope of a Iraqi Kurdistan, any hope of Kursish independence in Iraq was quickly dealt with by Saddam's general Chemical Ali. That's not true today. Today there can be an Iraqi Kurdistan. An opportunity is within reach.

I propose that in return for the PKK swearing off any further actions in Turkey some sort of assurance that the Kurds will get their independence or at least a Semi-Autonomous state in Northern Iraq should be offered.

If the parties agree the terrorist designation on the PKK under a strict trial basis could be lifted. It would help the Kurds against ISIS which helps US against ISIS and also Turkey would see its interests protected.

So long as the PKK held up its end of the bargain it could create a larger more unified Kurdish force fighting for their own unified interest. An interest that would dovetail nicely with US, Turkish and Iraqi interests.

The Turks would be hard to drag along, but with the right agreement that gives the Kurds a hope possibly Turkey might bite.

By Howie at 10:06 AM | Comments |

ISIS Tortured Hostages

This shows that Islamist criticism of American policy is a sham. ISIS not only engages in methods they believe the USA has used such as water boarding but go far beyond that into the realms of torture often used by the very middle eastern dictator's regimes they aspire to replace.

The hapless people are stuck between the butcher they knew and the next group of butchers.

NYT's The story of what happened in the Islamic State’s underground network of prisons in Syria is one of excruciating suffering. Mr. Foley and his fellow hostages were routinely beaten and subjected to waterboarding. For months, they were starved and threatened with execution by one group of fighters, only to be handed off to another group that brought them sweets and contemplated freeing them. The prisoners banded together, playing games to pass the endless hours, but as conditions grew more desperate, they turned on one another. Some, including Mr. Foley, sought comfort in the faith of their captors, embracing Islam and taking Muslim names.

Their struggle for survival, which is being told now for the first time, was pieced together through interviews with five former hostages, locals who witnessed their treatment, relatives and colleagues of the captives, and a tight circle of advisers who made trips to the region to try to win their release. Crucial details were confirmed by a former member of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, who was initially stationed in the prison where Mr. Foley was held, and who provided previously unknown details of his captivity.

The punishment for any perceived offense was torture.

“You could see the scars on his ankles,” Jejoen Bontinck, 19, of Belgium, a teenage convert to Islam who spent three weeks in the summer of 2013 in the same cell as Mr. Foley, said of him. “He told me how they had chained his feet to a bar and then hung the bar so that he was upside down from the ceiling. Then they left him there.”

ISIS murdered Russian hostage.
During the triage phase, the guards identified the single Russian hostage, a man known to the others as Sergey, as the least marketable commodity.

Identified in the Russian news media as Sergey Gorbunov, he was last seen in a video released in October 2013. Stuttering, he said that if Moscow failed to meet the kidnappers’ demands, he would be killed.

Sometime this spring, the masked men came for him.They dragged the terrified prisoner outside and shot him. They filmed his body. Then they returned to show the footage to the surviving hostages.

“This,” they said, “is what will happen to you if your government doesn’t pay.”

Word of Mr. Gorbunov's fate was unknown to myself. Why ISIS did not release this information to the public is clear, the Russians deal very harshly with those who murder their citizens, a wrath that ISIS would like to avoid.

But now that its clear I hope the Russians act, we share a common cause and you have to admire Russian "efficiency" in these matters.

By Howie at 09:40 AM | Comments |

I Have a Really Bad Feeling About This



By Howie at 08:22 AM | Comments |

Sandcrawler PSA: Ebola! Its Sexy!

Trick me. Treat me. Make me feel cheap.



By Howie at 07:58 AM | Comments |

October 27, 2014

50 Years Ago

Still relevant to this day. If you have a whole half hour to watch, go for it. If not, there are snippets all over YouFaceTube.

By Vinnie at 08:11 PM | Comments |