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al-Qaeda Denounces ISIS Beheadings: Use Bullets Instead.

Nearly a decade ago, Ayman al-Zawahiri — the man who would go on to become the head of Al Qaeda — wrote a letter to his deputy in Iraq, scolding him for beheading hostages and posting videos of their execution online. He explained that although he was in favor of killing the enemy and agreed with the principle of sowing terror, the scenes of slaughter risked turning public opinion against their organization.

His advice was to be more discreet: “Kill the captives by bullet.”

The letter — written in 2005 and recovered by American forces in Iraq — was addressed to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the founder of the group that would become the Islamic State, which split off from the Qaeda network earlier this year.

On Monday, Al Qaeda came out publicly against the practice of beheading in a strongly worded interview with one of its field commanders, making clear that the organization founded by Osama bin Laden was more pragmatic and as a result less extreme than its jihadist rival in Syria — which has turned the act of decapitation into a signature of its brutality.


Aceh, the new jihad against tight jeans: "they are contrary to Islam"

A new extremist Islamic group active in Aceh, in particular in the district of North Aceh, and going by the name of Tadkiiratul Ummah, has shot into the limelight recently thanks to its "new" campaign of "moralization" according to the dictates of sharia, Islamic law. Its members are "striking out" at girls and young women who are guilty of wearing "too tight pants". Instead of limiting themselves to a warning, as had already occurred in the past in the region, the militants spray the offender's pants with indelible color spray and paint (in the photo). When asked about the reasons that triggered the group to take up this particular moralization campaign, Teungku Nurdin Usman explains that "local authorities have shown poor performance in implementing the sharia law-based regulations".

According to the spokesman of the extremist group it is a "moral duty" to assure that sharia is respected "both by men and women", both of whom are targeted "by raids and inspections in the streets". He says that boys and men who wear pants that are too tight will be punished in the same way. "It is our hope - Teungku Nurdin Usman concludes - that they (the guilty) will be shamed in public, and will refrain from repeating similar misleading behavior." The extremist leaders will give a sarong to the women who are caught in public wearing inappropriate clothing to put on in place of their tight jeans.

Nevertheless, moderate Muslim movements like that of the Nahdlatul Ulama (Nu) take their distance from the initiative promoted by Tadzkiiratul Ummah, highlighting the fact that the movement lacks the authority to promote this kind of action. Furthermore, during the month of October, the "moral police" (known as Wilayatul Hisbah) in the Aceh Besar district encouraged disciplinary action and fines against women whom they felt were guilty of wearing tight jeans or pants in public.

Indonesia, the most densely populated Muslim nation in the world, is often the stage of attacks or acts of intolerance against minorities, be they Christian, Ahmadi Muslims or of other faiths. In the province of Aceh - the only one in the Archipelago - sharia law is implemented following a peace agreement between the central Government and the Free Aceh Movement (Gam). In many other areas (like Bekasi and Bogor in Western Java) the expression of Islam is becoming more and more radical and extreme. Many Christian places of prayer have been shut down in the past two years due to pressure by extremist movements.


Three US Teens Attempt to Join ISIS.

The Khan teens, U.S.-born children of Indian immigrants, each left letters for their parents explaining their motives.

“An Islamic State has been established and it is thus obligatory upon every able-bodied male and female to migrate there,” Khan wrote. “Muslims have been crushed under foot for too long. . . . This nation is openly against Islam and Muslims. . . . I do not want my progeny to be raised in a filthy environment like this.”

His sister wrote: “Death is inevitable, and all of the times we enjoyed will not matter as we lay on our death beds. Death is an appointment, and we cannot delay or postpone, and what we did to prepare for our death is what will matter.”

In their letters, all three teens, who had grown up playing basketball and watching “Dragon Tales” and “Batman,” told their parents how much they loved them and asked them to join them in Syria, but made it clear they would probably never see them again, except in the afterlife. They begged them not to call the police.


Egypt Destroys 60 Hamas Tunnels, 800 Homes

Egypt has destroyed more than 60 Hamas-run tunnels since it launched its campaign to bolster its security on its border with the Gaza Strip.

The Palestinian Ma’an new agency quotes a military source in the Sinai who said on Monday that Egyptian border guards have destroyed over 60 smuggling tunnels along the Gaza border since October 28. According to the source, a tunnel with a length of 1,500 meters was uncovered in Rafah and was placed under guard to be destroyed in the near future.

He added that seven tunnels were uncovered outside the buffer zone between Egypt and Gaza, which is currently under Egyptian development and construction. Five tunnels are 2,000 meters long, and the other two are 1,500 and 1,750 meters long.

Egypt has engaged in a broad-scope campaign to clear the border area completely of any structures as part of its preparations to implement a 500-meter (550-yard) buffer zone along Egypt’s 13-kilometer (8-mile) border with Gaza. This includes the destruction of the vast network of tunnels running from the Gaza Strip into the Sinai Peninsula.


Texas Honor Killer Added to FBI's Most Wanted.

The description of the fugitive, Yaser Abdel Said, was included in a particularly detailed announcement Thursday from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which added Mr. Said to its Ten Most Wanted list.

The F.B.I. said that Mr. Said executed his two teenage daughters seven years ago after telling them he was taking them to a Dallas-area restaurant in his taxicab. Their bodies were found in Irving, Tex.

Mr. Said, 57, was born in Egypt, is 6 feet 2 inches and weighs about 180 pounds, the F.B.I. said. He has a dark brown spot on the side of his neck, the F.B.I. said, and may “seek shelter in Egyptian-affiliated communities in the United States or abroad.” He “is believed to have ties to the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, the New York City area, Virginia, Canada and Egypt,” and could be working as a taxi driver. He is believed to carry a firearm, the F.B.I. said.

The F.B.I. tries to release as much distinctive information about fugitives it adds to the Ten Most Wanted list in the hope that it will make it more difficult for them to blend into society.


Syria death toll now exceeds 200,000: monitor

Syria’s civil war has killed more than 200,000 people in less than four years, a monitoring group told AFP on Tuesday, adding that most were fighters from the two sides.

“We have documented the killing of 202,354 people since March 2011,” Syrian Observatory for Human Rights director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP, adding that more than 130,000 of them were combatants.

“Of the total, 63,074 of the killed were civilians, including 10,377 children,” said Abdel Rahman.

“Among the anti-regime fighters, 37,324 were Syrian rebels, while 22,624 were non-Syrian jihadists,” he added.

“On the regime side, there were 44,237 soldiers, 28,974 members of the (paramilitary) National Defence Force, 624 members of (Lebanon's Shiite) Hezbollah, and 2,388 pro-regime Shiite fighters from beyond Syria and Lebanon,” Abdel Rahman said.

Another 3,011 were unidentified, he added.


He's Baaaaaaaaaaack !! Ralph Nader: Big Pharma is crony capitalism out of control

Two recent news items about the voracious drug industry should call for a supine Congress to arouse itself and initiate investigations about the pay-or-die drug prices that are far too common.

The first item — a page one story in The New York Times — was about the Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Foundation, which 15 years ago invested $150 million in the biotechnology company Vertex Pharmaceuticals to develop a drug for this serious lung disease. On Nov. 19, the foundation reported a return of $3.3 billion from that investment. Kalydeco, the drug developed with that investment, is taken daily by CF patients (who can afford it) and is priced at $300,000 a year per patient. Who can pay that price?

The second news release came from the drug industry-funded Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development. The center’s Joseph DiMasi asserts that the cost of developing a new prescription medicine is about $2.558 billion, significantly higher than the previous estimate of $802 million that the center claimed in 2003.

The drug industry promoters use this ludicrous figure to justify sky-high drug prices for consumers. Unfortunately, the criticism of this inflated number does not receive adequate media attention.


Al Qaeda plot to blow up 5 passenger planes in Christmas 'spectacular'

The threat has been taken so seriously it came close to leading to an outright ban on all hand luggage, a senior insider has revealed.

Mobile phones and electronic devices could still be banned from plane cabins, with the threat of a 9/11-style coordinated attack on London and other major cities feared imminent.

The warning comes as Whitehall officials admit that a terror strike on the UK is now "almost inevitable" particularly with British jihadis returning from fighting alongside the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

An airport security source told the Sunday Express: "We've been told that five planes are being targeted in a high profile hit before Christmas. They've been waiting for the big one.

"We have many scares but this one nearly got hand baggage pulled from all airlines. The threat is still alive and real."


Egypt militant group says it killed US oil worker

An Egyptian militant organization that pledged allegiance to ISIS has claimed responsibility for the killing of an American oil worker.

Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, which now refers to itself as the Sinai Province, said on its official Twitter account late Sunday that it killed William Henderson. It published pictures of his passport and two identification cards. It did not say when or how it killed him.

The passport said he was a 58-year-old from Texas and his identification cards said he worked for Texas-based energy company Apache Corp. and Qarun Petroleum Co.

Apache said in August that one of its supervisors had been killed in an apparent carjacking in Egypt's Western Desert. The company did not identify the man. It could not immediately be reached for comment.



Is Cooper a junior or senior ??

The guys incredible.
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