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Islamist militants free two German hostages in Philippines

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 07:11
Al-Qaida-linked Abu Sayyaf says German man and woman have been released after ransom received in full Al-Qaida-linked Islamist militants have freed two German hostages in the southern Philippines, a rebel spokesman told a commercial radio station. The German man and woman were seized in April when their yacht had mechanical problems while sailing from western Palawan in the Philippines to the ...

Philippine Militants Holding German Hostages Say May Extend Deadline

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 03:25
Islamist militants in the southern Philippines have said they are willing to extend Friday's deadline to execute one of two German hostages by two hours if they receive word that ransom will be paid.

Philippine militants holding German hostages say may extend deadline

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 23:06
MANILA (Reuters) - Islamist militants in the southern Philippines have said they are willing to extend Friday's deadline to execute one of two German hostages by two hours if they receive word that ransom will be paid. A senior military officer in the region said negotiations with the Abu Sayyaf militant group were on, but he did not know of any details. "What I can tell you is we are ready to ...

Do Halal Fees Fund Jihad?

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 16:59

Do halal food fees fund jihad?

Given the operations of the Islamic law system of zakat, it’s certainly a distinct possibility. Not surprisingly, the Muslims who control the halal food certification program are less than transparent when it comes to such questions…

http://bernardgaynor.com.au/where-do-australias-halal-certification-fees-go/

 

 

Islamic State struggles to reconcile terrorist tactics, Muslim law

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 21:10
The Islamic State is increasingly struggling to justify its sanctioning of slavery, extortion, smuggling and murder against scholars and religious leaders who say the extremist group's Mafia-style tactics can't be reconciled with Muslim law. In the time since the Sunni Muslim group split from al Qaeda in Iraq in February, ...

Islamic State fighters boast of enslaving Yazidi women and children

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 11:07
BAGHDAD – The Islamic State militant group says it has given Yazidi women and children captured in northern Iraq to its fighters as spoils of war, boasting it had revived slavery.

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Tue, 10/14/2014 - 04:00
Sorry, but your browser needs Javascript to use this site. BAGHDAD – The Islamic State militant group says it has given Yazidi women and children captured in northern Iraq to its fighters as spoils of war, boasting it had revived slavery.

IS jihadists boast of enslaving Yazidis

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 14:53
Baghdad (AFP) - The Islamic State jihadist group says that it has given Yazidi women and children captured in northern Iraq to its fighters as spoils of war, boasting it had revived slavery.

Islamic State Jihadists Boast of Enslaving Yazidis

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 11:56
The Islamic State jihadist group says that it has given Yazidi women and children captured in northern Iraq to its fighters as spoils of war, boasting it had revived slavery.

IS jihadists boast of enslaving Yazidis

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 08:03
The Islamic State jihadist group says that it has given Yazidi women and children captured in northern Iraq to its fighters as spoils of war, boasting it had revived slavery.

IS militants boast of enslaving Yazidis

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 05:41
The Islamic State militant group said in its propaganda magazine that it has given Yazidi women and children captured in northern Iraq to its fighters as spoils of war, the first clear admission by the organisation that it was holding and selling Yazidis as slaves.

Scholarship students ‘who travel for jihad are traitors’

Sun, 10/12/2014 - 00:41
Member of the Senior Scholars Commission and consultant at the Royal Court Sheikh Abdullah Bin Menaie said Saudi scholarship students who traveled to Syria for jihad are traitors, Al-Eqtasadiah business daily reported.

Scholarship students ‘who travel for jihad are traitors’

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 19:00
Member of the Senior Scholars Commission and consultant at the Royal Court Sheikh Abdullah Bin Menaie said Saudi scholarship students who traveled to Syria for jihad are traitors, Al-Eqtasadiah business daily reported.

Britain arrests four men in operation against Islamist militants

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 09:43

LONDON (Reuters) - British anti-terrorism police arrested four men in London on Tuesday as part of an investigation into Islamist-related militancy, the police said in a statement. The four men, all in their early 20s, were taken into custody after raids at properties across the city. Armed police were present at one of the raids, but no shots were fired, police said. "These arrests and searches are part of an ongoing investigation into Islamist related terrorism," the statement said. ...


Islamic State's execution spree challenges governments' ransom policies

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 10:22
The divisive question of ransom-paying reared up in Britain today as a memorial service for Alan Henning, the taxi driver who was beheaded by Islamic State militants last week, dovetailed with the release of a British hostage who had been held in Libya. Media speculation soared that money was transferred to facilitate the latter's release.

Parents of American held by Islamic State release photos, letter

Sun, 10/05/2014 - 22:42

By Daniel Wallis (Reuters) - The parents of an U.S. aid worker held hostage by Islamic State militants on Sunday released photographs of their son and parts of a letter he wrote them from captivity in which he says he is scared to die but at peace with his belief. Peter Kassig, 26, was taken captive a year ago while doing humanitarian work in Syria, his family has said. He was threatened in an Islamic State video issued on Friday that showed the beheading of a British aid worker. Ed and Paula Kassig of Indianapolis, Indiana, appealed for his release on Saturday in a video message. ...


Britain says Libya hostage freed by militants

Sun, 10/05/2014 - 03:58
(Adds reports of ransom payments) LONDON, Oct 5 (Reuters) - A British man who had been held hostage by militants in Libya has been released, the British Foreign Office said on Sunday. David Bolam was released days after the killing of a British hostage, aid worker Alan Henning, by Islamic State militants fighting in Iraq and Syria - the latest in a series of such murders that have been filmed ...

Somalia: New Al Shabaab Leaders Fight Internal Reform

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 09:23
[African Arguments]A month has passed since the US Government killed Ahmed Abdi Godane, former emir of Al-Shabaab, with a targeted air strike. Godane's replacement, Ahmed Diriye 'Abu Ubaidah', has yet to issue a statement about his intentions and vision for the militant group. His jihadi credentials, however, were recently enhanced when the United Nations placed him on its list of international ...

“It’s Not the Same!”

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 06:14

Writing at Al-Monitor, Bader al-Rashed, a Saudi commentator, points out how the government of Saudi Arabia seems to be trying to draw a line between the dominant interpretation of Islam in Saudi Arabia (frequently called “Wahhabism”) and the beliefs and actions of ISIS. There are efforts being made to identify ISIS as Kharajites, referring to the 7th C. group that supported a philosophy at odds with both Sunni and Shi’a interpretations of Islam and Islamic rule and was noted for its harsh implementation of takfirism.

This is all well and good, al-Rashed writes, but is complicated by the fact that ISIS is busy handing out books written by Mohammad ibn Abdul Wahhab, whose writing are at the core of Saudi religious belief and practice. Oops.

Over the past 10 years or so, the Saudi government has tried to back away from the most severe interpretations of Islam that it had largely acquiesced to following the 1979 seizure of the Grand Mosque in Mecca. It has managed to do so, to some extent. The government, though, has not been able to ‘convert’ all Saudis to a regime of tolerance. This is proved by its now having to arrest and imprison domestic extremists.

How Saudi Arabia is distancing itself from the Islamic State
Bader al-Rashed

Thirteen years after US President George W. Bush declared war on terrorism, the Middle East is no closer to victory. Instead, terrorism appears to have morphed into an even more dangerous beast in the form of the Islamic State (IS). Westerners, as expressed through the media, seem to be under the same impression as they were after Sept. 11, 2001 — namely, that the Sunni jihadist movement is linked to the Wahhabi brand of Islam emanating from Saudi Arabia. This has prompted renewed debate among Saudis about this supposed Wahhabist-jihadist connection.

After bombings in Riyadh by al-Qaeda in 2003, the relationship between terrorism and religious extremism was widely discussed in the kingdom, with the government establishing the King Abdulaziz Center for National Dialogue that same year. During the dialogue’s second meeting, Extremism and Moderation … A Comprehensive Methodological Vision, it was agreed that religious programs in Saudi Arabia were the primary force behind the spread of extremism in society. As a result of the dialogue, school curricula, the religious curriculum in particular, were modified by the Ministry of Education. Doubts remained, however, that religious education had been sufficiently modified given that radical Islamists were believed to dominate the education sector in the kingdom.

Saudi Arabia is today taking seriously the allegations in the international media that it is the ideological root of the current jihadist groups. Some have sought to defend the country’s religious vision by trying to disassociate Sunni jihadist groups from their brand of Islam, instead castigating other groups, such as the Kharijites — an Islamic sect separate from Sunnis and Shiites that emerged from the first Islamic civil war in the seventh century between Ali Ibn Ali Talib and Muawiya Ibn Abi Sufyan following the killing of the third caliph, Uthman Ibn Affan.

US-led planes strike fighters attacking Syria town

Sat, 09/27/2014 - 12:54

BEIRUT (AP) — U.S.-led coalition warplanes struck Islamic State fighters in Syria attacking a town near the Turkish border for the first time Saturday, as well as positions in the country's east, activists and a Kurdish official said.


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