Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi promised vengeance in a speech to the nation after a deadly terrorist attack on a mosque in North Sinai killed at least 235 worshipers. El-Sisi said that the military and police “will avenge our martyrs” and will respond “using brute force against those fragments of terrorists” in the coming period to ensure stability and security.
Gunmen attacked Al-Rawdah mosque in Bir Al-Abed, after Friday prayers. Eyewitness told Ahram Online that improvised explosive devices were detonated and the gunmen then opened fire at worshippers at the mosque, which is affiliated with Sufi groups. El-Sisi said that Egypt is facing terrorism alone, on behalf of the region and the whole world, and said that events in Sinai are “an attempt to break our will,” and to end Egypt’s efforts “to terminate the terrorist plan that is aiming to destroy what is left of the region.”
“This evil terrorist attack will only make us more determined, solid, and strong to fight against terrorism,” he said. The president added that current events in Sinai are “a reflection of efforts in fighting terrorism,” telling Egyptians to be sure that the country’s current fight is the “most honourable against the evil powers.” “We will fight terrorism with unbreakable power and determination,” he said, expressing condolences to the families of the victims and wishing speedy recovery to the injured. egyptdailynews.com
Human rights organizations & the UN continue to ignore that the ARSA started the conflict, people from the Rakhine state in Myanmar are fleeing. Putting the sole blame on the Myanmar military, who were provoked into action when police outposts, & a military base were attacked by the ARSA, who were armed with automatic rifles, machetes, & improvised explosive devices. When human rights organizations put the sole blame of Myanmar security forces, they are effectively aiding Islamist terrorists in gaining legitimacy/international support. There has been a trend of using phony humanitarianism to market war to the masses, in the previous conflicts in Libya, & Syria. George Soros is said to be behind civil unrest in the US funding BLM, a group containing black supremacists, known for violently attacking white people, & vandalising property. Islamist thanks god for dead Myanmar soldiers.
Unconfirmed reports state that the Pakistan born leader of the ARSA, trained with Libya rebels before returning to Myanmar.
“George Soros, philanthropist and financier, today announced a challenge grant of $100 million over 10 years to Human Rights Watch. The grant from his Open Society Foundations, the largest that he has ever made to a nongovernmental organization, will be used to expand and deepen Human Rights Watch’s global presence to more effectively protect and promote human rights around the world.” hrw.org
Note. Rohingya militants have a long history of burning things when they don’t get what they want:
Mar 1998 Some 64 Rohingyas are jailed after clashing with police and setting fire to part of the Kutupalong refugee camp in Bangladesh. The police raided the camp and arrested the militants who had seized control of the camp several days ago. (No Myanmar military in Bangladesh)
On 8 June 2012, Rohingyas started to burn Rakhine’s Buddhist and other ethnic houses after returning from Friday’s prayers in Maungdaw township. More than a dozen residents were killed in this riot by Rohingya Muslims.
19 October 2017
A massive fire destroyed most of the Kandawgyi Palace in the early hours of Thursday morning, with at least two deaths reported at one of Rangoon’s most iconic hotels.
About 70 percent of the hotel is estimated to have been destroyed by the blaze, which began just after 3 a.m. A woman from Macao was also injured after she jumped from her third-floor room at the hotel as the fire raged.
After a failed Islamist separatist insurrection in the 90’s Nurul Islam fled to the UK, the former leader of Arakan Rohingya Islamic Front terrorist group, is now working closely with human rights organizations.
July 14, 2017
Refugees, whose numbers have swelled since fighting late last year in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, also report masked men roaming the dark streets of the two camps in Kutupalong at night.
Bangladesh police and aid workers say a struggle for control of supplies to the camps is behind the violence.
“They beat me and my sister and dragged him out of the house,” Ankis told Reuters, as her 7- and 3-year-old children slept by her on the newly cemented floor.
“The kidnappers called me from his number and threatened to kill me too. I‘m also getting threats in the name of al-Yaqin.”
She was referring to the militant group Harakah al-Yaqin, or “Faith Movement”, whose attacks on Myanmar border police posts in October prompted a security crackdown in which troops have been accused of murder and rape of Rohingya civilians.
Police say it is unclear whether the insurgent group, which now wants to be known as the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army, was involved in the violence in the camps or whether others were using its name to intimidate refugees.
The group, whose leader spoke to Reuters in an interview in March, did not respond to an email seeking comment. reuters.com
There are more and more cases of the same families, sometimes even the same people, being exposed to terrorist attacks in Europe. RT spoke to counter-terrorism expert Temi-tope Olodo, who says the authorities and the Muslim community must take a tougher stance on extremism. RT correspondent Igor Zhdanov commented on the recent attacks in Finland and Spain.
The bloody rampage that left seven people dead and dozens injured on a busy Saturday night in London Bridge is the latest atrocity to be tied to Anjem Choudary’s network of extremists, it has emerged.
Khuram Butt, who wore an Arsenal shirt and hoax suicide vest to carry out the slaughter, had been reported to authorities repeatedly over alarming comments and behaviour.
Experts warn that his transformation from apparently non-violent extremist to terrorist could be echoed by countless British Islamists brought to a “tipping point” by the ideology espoused by hate preachers. independent.co.uk
If the UK had not played their part in the arming & training of dubious rebels groups, in hope of provoking regime change, then there would be no ISIS. Are we still repeating the mistakes of the past? There are indications that UK special forces have been on the ground fighting alongside the Muslim Brotherhood & al-Qaeda in Libya. The battles have mainly been concentrating on fighting ISIS in Sirte, effectively aiding one side in a terrorist power struggle, & expecting positive results.
An internal dispute within al-Qaeda over who would be the main beneficially of US coalition military aid in Syria, who would be the leader of a unified opposition, led to part of al-Qaeda breaking away from Ayman al-Zawahiri leadership, & forming al-Qaeda 2.0. ISIS. The London attacker is highly influenced by said terrorist groups, who’s rise can be linked to a poor UK policy of arming terrorists, in hope of provoking regime change, under the guise of humanitarianism, then having an open door policy where radical Islamists can enter the country &; influence others. What the UK government has called moderate rebels, have been groomed to kill secular citizens &; impose Islamic theocracy, it is culturally & quite possibly literally suicidal to be in favor of such policies.
When it came down to it the politicians who made the choices to aid the advance of terrorists in Libya & Syria knew the risks, they knew the huge potential for blowback, but they thought arming terrorists is worth the price. London attack: The victims
The Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has cautioned that Takfiri groups pose a serious threat to their regional supporters. He had earlier warned that extremism is threatening the Muslim world, urging unity among Shias and Sunnis. So what are the dangers of groups like the ISIL, al-Nusra and Boko Haram?
Comment: AlfindaAidan Herman: 4 months ago:
“I thought Muslims stood against the ‘evils of the west’ … oh that’s right, hypocrites.”
At least 20 people were killed and almost 70 wounded when the Libyan army and forces of a renegade general fought Islamist militants in the eastern city of Benghazi on Monday, medical sources said.
Combat helicopters belonging to forces loyal to former army general Khalifa Haftar – who wants to purge the North African state of Islamist militants he says a weak government has failed to control – supported the army in the worst fighting in months.
At least 20 people were killed and 67 wounded in Benghazi alone, hospital doctors said. Some 18 wounded were reported in al-Marj, a town east of Benghazi, where fighting also broke out, medical sources said.
Libya is in protracted turmoil three years after the NATO-backed war that ousted Muammar Gaddafi, with Islamist, anti-Islamist, regional and political factions locked in conflict.
The Ansar al-Sharia militant group attacked a camp on Monday belonging to army special forces, residents there said. Haftar’s forces joined the battle taking place in residential areas with frightened families staying indoors. Schools and universities were closed.
Special army troops were also seen moving reinforcements to the area of fighting in the west of Libya’s second-largest city.
Haftar started a campaign to battle Islamists two weeks ago. Since then, public life has come almost to a standstill in the city, home to several oil companies. Its airport is closed.
On Sunday, a warplane belonging to Haftar bombed a university faculty while trying to attack a nearby Islamist camp. Two people were wounded. reuters.com
The United States and Britain have offered military and technical support to Nigeria to hunt down the Islamist group which has abducted a new batch of schoolgirls, piling pressure on the Nigerian authorities to find and free the victims.
President Barack Obama led a mounting international outcry on Tuesday and said Nigeria’s government had accepted help from US military and law enforcement officials to pursue Boko Haram militants.
Gunmen believed to be from the group kidnapped eight more girls, aged between eight and 15, in an overnight raid on a village in the sect’s stronghold in north-eastern Borno state on Monday. It was already holding 257 girls from a raid on a school on 15 April.
Obama said the US was doing its utmost to help resolve the “heartbreaking” and “outrageous” situation but stopped short of offering to send troops – in contrast to Britain, which is prepared to send special forces and intelligence gathering aircraft.
“In the short term our goal is obviously to help the international community, and the Nigerian government, as a team to do everything we can to recover these young ladies,” Obama told NBC. “But we’re also going to have to deal with the broader problem of organisations like this that … can cause such havoc in people’s day-to-day lives.”
The president said Boko Haram was one of the world’s worst terrorist organisations. “I can only imagine what the parents are going through,” added Obama, a father of two daughters aged 15 and 12. theguardian.com
Conflicting reports “to sell them into sex slavery” “to prevent them from receiving western education”?
Libyan police have found seven Egyptian Christians shot dead on a beach in eastern Libya, security officials and local residents said on Monday, in the second such execution-style killing since the start of the year.
A police officer told Reuters the bodies were found with gunshots to the head outside Benghazi in the east, where assassinations, kidnappings and car bombs are common and Islamist militants are active.
“They were killed by headshots in execution style,” a police officer said. “We don’t know who killed them.”
A local resident and an Egyptian worker, who asked not to be identified because of fears for their security, said unknown gunmen had arrived at the Egyptians’ Benghazi home and dragged them away the night before.
Security sources confirmed the Egyptians were Christians. No further details were immediately available about how they were killed or whether they were shot on the beach.
No group claimed responsibility. Three years after the revolution that ousted Muammar Gaddafi, Libya’s weak government and army struggles to control brigades of former rebels and Islamist militias in a country awash with weapons. reuters.com