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2 ISIS terrorists planning Reina-style attack nabbed in Istanbul

Teams from the anti-terror branch of the Istanbul Police Department have detained two ISIS terrorists during an operation in Istanbul’s Kağıthane district.

According to police sources, the two terrorists C.C. and I.D., who hold Uzbekistani citizenship, “were readying for a sensational attack like the one” at the Reina night club that killed 39 people, mainly foreigners, including an Israeli citizen during New Year festivities, and was claimed by ISIS jihadists.

During searches in the ISIS cell house, police teams seized two Kalashnikov rifles with two full chargers with 500 bullets, and numerous digital and written documents containing information about the terrorist group.

The detained terrorists were brought to the Istanbul Police Department’s anti-terror bureau for further procedures.

Following the attack on Reina, Turkey launched nationwide operations that have netted hundreds of suspects. Turkey has also killed a large number of terrorists in Operation Euphrates Shield in Syria where the Free Syrian Army (FSA) is being supported by the Turkish military in its fight to retake towns captured by the terrorist group.

Turkey also thwarted several ISIS attacks in recent months. Last year, thirty-five ISIS terrorists were captured and accused of plotting to attack the Parliament, a Shiite mosque and a branch office of the ruling Justice and Development Party

Muslim students ‘threatened to behead staff’ at Sydney school

Muslim students at a Sydney public school threatened to behead non-Muslim staff and declared themselves ISIS sympathizers.

Police feared students at Punchbowl Boys High School were being radicalized after principal Chris Griffiths did not cooperate with a de-radicalization program.

Griffiths and deputy principal Joumana Dennaoiu were removed from their roles at the Muslim-majority school after an investigation by the Education Department.

The pair were stood down for stopping female teachers from participating in official events such as the Year 12 graduation ceremony, along with other issues.

Several employees claimed non-Muslim staff were verbally attacked, including with threats of beheading, by Muslim students declaring themselves ISIS sympathizers, according to The Australian.

There was no suggestion either of the pair condoned the threats, but the incidents were not reported to police.

The ‘actively hostile’ relations were so bad police liaison officers couldn’t access the government school for the past 2.5 years.

Officers said Griffiths converted to Islam in 2014 and claimed relations between police and the school broke down after he was appointed two years ago.

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‘Students were being told that if “the pigs” stop you, to film them and refuse their directions,’ a senior constable told the Daily Telegraph.

‘The students were being led down a dangerous path by the principal. We had concerns about radicalization,’ they said.

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The Education Department said it conducted an ‘extensive appraisal of the school’s policies, procedures and management’, prompted by a series of serious staff complaints in 2016, before removing the pair.

It said the investigation revealed ‘a high level of staff disunity and disharmony’ and ‘increased disengagement’ of the school from the community.

‘The former principal and deputy principal are still employed by the department but are currently on leave and will not return to the school,’ it said.

HORRIFIC: 250 children kneaded to death in bread machines by ISIS terrorists, for being Christians

A distraught mother has relived the horrors of the brutal rule of ISIS and revealed how the terrorist group would ‘knead children to death in bakery machines’.

Alice Assaf said her son was killed ‘because he was called George’ and refused to identify himself by a Muslim name.

Assaf claims ISIS slaughtered Christians in Syria, kneading children to death in bread machines and ‘baking men in ovens’.

She said the terror group targeted her home town in Syria some two years ago, unleashing a horrifying reign of terror as they took hold of the suburb’s population, murdering both adults and children.

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Assaf said she pleaded with her son to change his name but he refused and was beaten to death and shot by ISIS terrorists.

She told Roads to Success – an organisation seeking to improve human rights in the Middle East – how the terror unfolded.

Assaf said during the massacre she and her son had sought refuge in the home of a Muslim neighbor, who betrayed them.

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‘Later on, we heard that the militants grabbed six strong men working at the bakery and burned them inside the oven,’ she said.

‘After that, they caught some 250 kids and kneaded them like dough in the bakery dough machine.’

She also said when troops attempted to intervene, children as young as four were thrown from the top of balconies in a bid to scare soldiers away.

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She also recounted her son’s last words: ‘I don’t want to hide myself. You [Alice] are the one who taught me to follow what Christ said, ‘whoever denies me before men, I will also deny them before Heaven.’

Assaf added: ‘They took him to a backyard to shoot and kill him. They killed him because his name was ‘George’.

While Assaf succeeded in fleeing from the region, her son was buried in a mass grave and she did not know the whereabouts of his body until now.

And while some towns have been liberated from the terror group, residents continue to live in fear.

This week the terror group have suffocated hundreds of people trying to flee Mosul by setting fire to a sulphur plant sending poisonous gas across the city.

Hospitals in Mosul were overwhelmed with patients including children and pregnant women who had inhaled the gas causing breathing problems and choking.

Earlier this week, the terrorists used a bulldozer to dump the corpses in a mass grave at the city’s abandoned College of Agriculture.

All 284 victims, including children, were said to have been shot.

Some of the 550 families taken hostage by ISIS were able to return home while others will continue to be used as human shields by retreating jihadis.

‘We are still here’ Chilling video of terrorist wandering around Belgium released by ISIS

A chilling message has been delivered to Europe by ISIS terrorists as footage of a jihadi wandering towards a Belgian train station has been released – along with the caption ‘we are still here’.

In the video an unidentified terrorist wanders around Belgium, pointing his camera towards the station with Islamic music playing in the background.

Initial examination of the footage shows the building is Antwerp Central Station in the city of Antwerp, around 45km from Brussels.

“At the beginning of the video they are showing where they are,” professor of Criminology, Law and Society at George Mason University, and former Counterterrorism Police Chief Ahmet Yayla said.

“They did not include the destination – but they said we are here and we are going to attack.

“It has happened in the past with videos going up before an attack and I believe it is a plausible threat.

“The music in the background is the same which was used in the video before the attack on the Reina nightclub.

“There was a video of the attacker which was called ‘soon, soon’ which warned of an attack in Turkey.”

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In 2016, a plan to attack Antwerp Station was thwarted when terrorists who planned to drop three bags of explosives at the station were arrested.

The terror cell abandoned their plot after security measures in Belgium were increased after the Brussels bombings March 22.

Now, it appears the station could still be a target.

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Yayla monitors ISIS Telegram accounts which the terrorists use to communicate and brag about their aims.

He said: “I usually observe more than one thousand messages per day and download their pictures and videos.

“I have an archive of around 50,000 pictures and 30,000 videos for them.

“Their main focus is carrying out attacks in Europe – they consider the west their arch enemy.

“When ISIS carries out an attack in Europe it gives them what they think is positive feedback and feeds the propaganda machine for them.

“One attack in the west is worth more than ten attacks in Syria and Iraq for them.”

Some may suggest the videos are fake – but Yayla said the account they come from is one which has delivered genuine messages.

He warned: “These accounts do not mess around.

“They do not want to be seen as though they are not plausible.

“They are pushing the ISIS message.”

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The account which the video was seen on was the same which carried footage of Reina nightclub terrorist, Abdulkadir Masharipov.

Users called the video a fake, claiming it was not the Uzbek national, but it later turned out the clip was real.

Ahmet said: “A couple of weeks later everybody realised it was a genuine video.”

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ISIS terrorists from China’s Muslim minority vow to return home and ‘shed blood like rivers’

ISIS terrorists from China’s Muslim minority group have vowed to return home and shed rivers of blood in the terror group’s first video to target the country.

The 30-minute clip was released on Monday by a branch in Iraq and features a man being executed in the presence of a child as well as claiming to show the life of Chinese terrorists based in the Middle East.

Young boys are seen practicing martial arts and assembling assault rifles in the video, which threatens bloodshed in the biggest country in the world.

The video shows groups of youngsters understood to be Uighur terrorists from China’s Xinjiang province sitting and listening to preachers as well as issuing threats.

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China has for years blamed exiled Uighur ‘separatists’ for a series of violent attacks in its western Xinjiang region – the Uighur homeland – and warned of the potential for terrorists to link up with global terror groups.

The Uighur community is of Turkish origin and has regularly clashed with the government with Islamism usually at the heart of the conflict.

In the video, a Uighur terrorist issued the threat against China just before executing an alleged informant.

‘Oh, you Chinese who do not understand what people say.

‘We are the soldiers of the Caliphate, and we will come to you to clarify to you with the tongues of our weapons, to shed blood like rivers and avenging the oppressed,’ according to SITE’s translation.

It appears to be ISIS’s first direct threat against China, Dr Michael Clarke, an expert on Xinjiang at the National Security College of Australian National University, told AFP.

‘It is the first time that Uighur-speaking militants have claimed allegiance to IS,’ he added.

China maintains tight security in Xinjiang but a drumbeat of deadly unrest has continued.

A knife attack last month left eight dead, including three Muslim terrorists, police said.

The ISIS video showed terrorists, including heavily armed children, giving speeches, praying, and killing other ‘informants’.

It also featured images of Chinese riot police guarding mosques, patrolling Uighur markets, and arresting terrorists in what appears to be western China. The Chinese flag is pictured engulfed in flames.

Clarke said the hints of a Uighur split could ‘intensify the threat to China’ as it indicates Uighur terrorists may be able to tap into the capabilities of both ISIS and Al-Qaeda.

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Overseas experts have up to now expressed doubts about the strength of Uighur terrorists, with some saying China exaggerates the threat to justify tough security measures.

A US think-tank said in July that tough Chinese religious restrictions on Muslims may have driven more than 100 to join ISIS.

Authorities have banned or strictly controlled the observance of certain Muslim practices, such as growing beards, wearing headscarves, and fasting during Ramadan, saying they were symbols of ‘Islamic extremism’.

The video was released the same day that China held the latest in a series of mass rallies of military police in Xinjiang meant to indicate Chinese resolve in crushing security threats.

More than 10,000 officers gathered Monday in the region’s capital Urumqi – the fourth such rally this year in Xinjiang.

Chinese authorities have tightened controls in the region, beefing up police checkpoints.

In one violence-wracked corner of Xinjiang, authorities are offering rewards of up to 5 million yuan (S$1 million) to those who expose terror plots or ‘struggle, kill, wound, or subdue’ any attackers.

‘Dress up like a Jew and make sure you have plenty of weapons under your coat’ ISIS terrorists call to kill Jews

ISIS terrorists have issued a chilling call for fellow terrorists to ‘terrorise’ Jewish communities in the West.

Brainwashed supporters were advised to ‘dress up like a Jew’ and conceal weapons under their coats before ‘unleashing the pain of the Muslims’ on their victims.

The terrifying call to arms emerged on an ISIS-linked Telegram channel called Lone Mujahid – a chat room where aspiring terrorists are encourage to carry out ‘lone-wolf’-style attacks.

In a recent post, jihadists were urged to carry out attacks on Jewish communities in the West.

The chat room post said: ‘IF YOU’RE STILL IN THE WEST! Dress up like a Jew! Go to your nearest Jewish area! Make sure you have plenty of weapons under you coat!’

A separate message includes a list of Jewish communities in Britain, according to Foreign Desk News.

The second posting comes with a picture of Amedy Coulibaly.

The Muslim gunman killed a policewoman in a Paris suburb on January 8 2015 and killed four hostages at a kosher supermarket the following day before being shot dead by police.

Two other gunmen shot 12 people at and near the offices of the Charlie Hebdo newspaper in Paris on January 7.

The Telegram rant calls for fanatics to follow his lead, saying: ‘Take the brother’s example and terrorise the Yahood (Jew)’.

Jihadists have singled out Jewish targets in the past. In 2014, Mehdi Nemmouche opened fire at the Jewish Museum of Belgium in Brussels, Belgium, killing four people.

The 29-year-old, a French national of Algerian origin, was arrested in Marseille and is believed to have spent more than a year in Syria.

Australia: Muslim electrician arrested over ISIS missile plot

A 42-year-old Muslim has been charged over a terror plot to develop ‘high-tech missiles and laser warning devices’ following a major anti-terrorism police operation in country New South Wales.

On Tuesday the Australian Federal Police arrested Australian-born electrician Haisem Zahab at a Young property in relation to terrorism offences.

The terrorist has sought to advise ISIS on how to develop high-tech weapons capability.

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‘This highlights that terrorism and support for terrorist groups is not limited to our major cities’.

Zahab has been charged with two serious foreign incursion offences and a failure to comply with order to assist access to data.

The foreign incursion offences carry the maximum penalty of life imprisonment.

The Muslim terrorist was using the internet to research and design a laser warning device for ISIS terrorists.

‘This operation does not relate to any planned terrorist attack in Australia,’ police said.

The AFP and dog squad were seen thoroughly searching horse paddocks, chicken coops and the isolated building for hours on Tuesday.

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‘This is an ongoing matter and we believe he has networks and contacts in ISIS,’ Australian Federal Police Commissioner Andrew Colvin told reporters.

‘It’s not necessarily just in the conflict zones but in other parts of the world as well and he has been relying on them to pass this information.

‘With these offences, we will allege that he has utilised the internet to perform services for ISIS, activities in the Syria and Iraq conflict, from Australia’.

The terrorist was ‘technically-trained’ and his research was ‘credible’.

Justice Minister Michael Keenan said the arrest came after an 18-month police operation.

‘It reminds us that whether you are in a capital city planning an attack on home soil or whether you are in a small country town, trying to assist the terrorist state in the Middle East, you will get caught,’ he said.

Zahab was refused bail on Tuesday and will front Parramatta Court on March 8.

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Trump considering pulling out of UNHRC over its bias against Israel

The Trump administration is considering pulling the United States out of the United Nations Human Rights Council, a body that has being biased against Israel and criticized for including abusive governments, according to two sources in regular contact with former and current U.S. officials.

No immediate withdrawal is expected ahead of the council’s next session, which starts Monday.

A final decision on membership in the council would likely involve Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, as well as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, and of course the president himself.

A former State Department official briefed on the discussions said while the council’s targeting of Israel is likely part of the debate, there also are questions about its roster of members and doubts about its usefulness overall.

Countries known for human rights abuses, such as China and Saudi Arabia, have managed to snag seats on the 47-member council.

“There’s been a series of requests coming from the secretary of state’s office that suggests that he is questioning the value of the U.S. belonging to the Human Rights Council,” the former official said.

In a recent meeting with mid-level State Department officials, Tillerson expressed skepticism about the council, which has a number of powers, including the ability to establish panels that probe alleged human rights abuses.

Amazon urged to remove Holocaust denial books

Yad Vashem has urged Amazon to remove books denying the Holocaust from its site after learning the online retailer continues offering them to readers despite making commitments to remove such titles.

These books are available even in countries that have laws barring the distribution and sale of Nazi propaganda materials.

Upon receiving complaints about the matter, Dr. Robert Rozett, the Director of the Yad Vashem Libraries, sent an urgent email to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, requesting that he immediately remove the books from the site.

“It has been clear for many years now that Holocaust denial literature is freely available for purchase over Amazon. Many of the items appear with glowing readers’ reviews and recommendations for further reading in the same vein,” Dr. Rozett wrote in his email to Bezos.

“Once again, given the presence of anti-Semitism around the globe, which has become more prevalent in recent years, we strongly urge you to remove books that deny, distort and trivialize the Holocaust from your store,” Dr. Rozett wrote.

“Holocaust denial and other forms of hate speech indisputably nurture prejudice and hate crimes,” he went on to say. “Open discussion of ideas is certainly essential to pluralistic and democratic systems, but facilitating the spread of such hate-filled ideas is irresponsible, to say the least. As a major agent for the dissemination of ideas, it is incumbent upon Amazon, as it is also incumbent upon internet providers in general, to act to curb the spread of hatred.”

Amazon has yet to comment on the matter.

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