Eye on Extremism, June 26, 2017

Reuters: Iraqi Forces Free Hundreds Of Civilians In Mosul Old City Battles As Death Toll Mounts
“Iraqi forces opened exit routes for hundreds of civilians to flee the Old City of Mosul on Saturday as they battled to retake the quarter from Islamic State militants mounting a last stand in what was the de facto capital of their self-declared caliphate. U.S.-trained urban warfare units were channeling their onslaught along two perpendicular streets that converge in the heart of the Old City, aiming to isolate the jihadist insurgents in four pockets. The week-old battle in the Old City is turning into the deadliest of the eight-month U.S.-backed campaign to take back the northern city, which fell to the militants in June 2014.”
The Times: Manchester Arena Killer Salman Abedi  Used Youtube To Build Bomb
“The Manchester suicide bomber used videos from YouTube and other websites to help to build the device that killed 22 people, The Times has learnt. Salman Abedi viewed clips on YouTube, Google’s video platform, about the manufacture of improvised explosive devices, it is understood. He downloaded material from other websites about the chemical compound used in the bomb detonated after a pop concert at Manchester Arena last month. Security services originally suspected that the complexity of the device — a type favoured by Islamic State — meant that it could have been put together only by an experienced bombmaker.”
The New York Times: Commando Raids On ISIS Yield Vital Data In Shadowy War
“One late afternoon in April, helicopter-borne American commandos intercepted a vehicle in southeastern Syria carrying a close associate of the Islamic State’s supreme leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The associate, Abdurakhmon Uzbeki, was a rare prize whom United States Special Operations forces had been tracking for months: a midlevel but highly trusted operative skilled in raising money; spiriting insurgent leaders out of Raqqa, the Islamic State’s besieged capital in Syria; and plotting attacks against the West. Captured alive, Mr. Uzbeki could be an intelligence bonanza. Federal prosecutors had already begun preparing criminal charges against him for possible prosecution in the United States.”
The Jerusalem Post: Netanyahu Warns Iran Over Syria Involvement After Golan Exchange
“Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Iran on Sunday  that Israel ‘views gravely’ its attempts to set up a military presence in Syria and to arm Hezbollah with advanced weaponry via Syria and Lebanon. His comments at the weekly cabinet meeting came a day after the IDF responded to mortar fire from Syria by attacking Syrian army targets across the border. ‘Our policy is clear,’ he said. ‘We will not accept any kind of ‘drizzle, not of mortars, rockets, or spillover fire [from the Syrian Civil War]. We respond with force to every attack on our territory and against our citizens.’”
Radio Free Europe: Tillerson Says Qatar Is Reviewing Demands By Neighbors
“U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says Qatar is reviewing demands by neighboring nations to end a diplomatic dispute that erupted earlier this month. ‘Qatar has begun its careful review and consideration of a series of requests presented by Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and U.A.E,’ Tillerson said in a statement issued on June 25. The United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Bahrain on June 22 set out a list of 13 demands to Qatar through mediator Kuwait, including one to close down the Al-Jazeera broadcaster, and it gave Doha 10 days to accept the demands.”
Reuters: U.S.-Backed Syrian Groups Take Raqqa District From Islamic State
“A U.S.-backed Syrian coalition of Kurdish and Arab groups advanced against Islamic State in the jihadists’ Syrian capital of Raqqa on Sunday, taking the al-Qadisia district, they said.  The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) began its assault on Raqqa earlier this month after a long campaign to isolate Islamic State inside the city. It took Qadisia, located in the west of Raqqa, after three days of intense fighting, it said in a statement on one of its official social media feeds. The SDF has pushed Islamic State from swathes of northern Syria over the past 18 months. Turkey-backed Syrian rebels have also taken territory from it and the Syrian army has this year advanced rapidly against it in desert areas.”
Daily Mail: ISIS Suspected Of Planning Attack On Grand Mosque In Mecca
“Saudi officials have said a foiled attack on the Grand Mosque in Mecca was carried out by foreign-backed terrorist hoping to destabilise the country. No one has claimed responsibility for the planned atrocity, but reports in the Middle East have said ISIS or one of its affiliates are thought to be behind it. On Friday a suspect blew himself up in a house where he was hiding during a gunfight, and a further five were arrested by security services. ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi – who Russia believes was killed in an airstrike in Syria last month – has previously called for attacks against Saudi Arabia, which has been battling the group alongside the US.”
United States
CNN: Gov. John Kasich’s Website Hacked With Apparent ISIS Propaganda
“Ohio Governor John Kasich’s website was hacked Sunday, displaying what appeared to be pro-ISIS propaganda. Visitors to governor.ohio.gov were greeted with a black background and an Arabic symbol while an Islamic call to prayer played in the background. ‘You will be held accountable Trump,’ text on the landing page said, ‘you and all your people for every drop of blood flowing in Muslim countries.’ ‘I Love Islamic state,’ it said. A group calling itself Team System DZ, apparently hacked numerous state websites, including first lady Karen Kasich’s website and the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections website. Those pages displayed the same message that Kasich’s did. In addition to the pro-ISIS language, a line appeared on each page that said ‘Hacked by Team System DZ.’”
The Washington Examiner: White House Rumored To Be Pulling Back From Israel-Palestine Talks
“The Arab language newspaper al-Hayat reported Friday that the White House was contemplating pulling out of Israeli-Palestinian following a tense meeting with officials in the city of Ramallah. The administration has disputed the report as ‘nonsense.’ The al-Hayat report quoted an unnamed Palestinian official who said that White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, ‘will submit his report to the president and, after it is submitted, Trump will decide if there’s a chance for negotiations or it might be preferable to pull out peace talks,’ according a a Jerusalem Post translation.”
The New York Times: C.I.A. Set Up Secret Back Channel With Syria To Try To Free U.S. Hostage
“In the early days of the Trump administration, national security officials began exploring ways to free Austin Tice, an American journalist and a former Marine officer believed to be held by the Syrian government. His case has frustrated investigators and diplomats since he disappeared while on assignment nearly five years ago. White House officials decided, because of the delicacy of the situation, to set up a back channel. Given the deteriorated relations between the United States and Syria, options were limited. So in early February, Mike Pompeo, the C.I.A. director, spoke on the phone with Ali Mamlouk, the head of Syria’s National Security Bureau intelligence service, a man accused of human rights abuses during the country’s civil war and slapped with sanctions by the United States. The call was the highest-level contact between the governments in years.”
Reuters: U.S. Judge Asked To Expand Order Blocking Iraqis’ Deportation
“The American Civil Liberties Union asked a U.S. judge on Saturday to expand an order that temporarily blocks the deportation of 114 Iraqis in Michigan, to cover Iraqis nationwide, according to a court filing. The advocacy group filed an amended complaint seeking to keep Immigration and Customs Enforcement from deporting Iraqis from anywhere in the United States while a federal judge weighs the case of the Iraqis in Michigan. U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith on Thursday ordered a stay in the Michigan Iraqis’ deportation for at least two weeks while he decides whether he has jurisdiction.”
The Washington Post: Websites Of Ohio Governor, Maryland County Hacked, Defaced With Pro-ISIS Message
“Several Ohio government websites, including that of Gov. John Kasich (R), were hacked Sunday and defaced with an anti-President Trump, pro-Islamic State message. The regular homepages of the sites were replaced with a black screen that featured brief statements that ended with ‘I love Islamic State.’ Officials shut down the sites while they worked to reestablish control. Other local government websites also were struck, including the site for Howard County, Md. The hacking was allegedly done by an entity calling itself ‘System Dz,’ which has taken credit for breaches of local government websites for more than two years. The FBI has been investigating those hacks. FBI spokespeople did not immediately respond to a request for comment Sunday.”
Reuters: Car Bomb In Syria’s Idlib Province Kills 10: War Monitor
“A car bomb killed 10 people in Syria’s rebel-held Idlib province on Saturday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor, reported on Sunday. The attack occurred in a market in the town of al-Dana, located in the north of the province near the border with Turkey, according to the Observatory. Three people under 18 were among the dead and the blast also injured at least 30 other people, it said. Another bombing in the town after midnight on Friday killed two people, it added. Rebel groups in Idlib province have been sporadically fighting each other since early this year. Rebels have also accused the Islamic State militant group of carrying out attacks in the area.”
The Guardian: Kurds See Chance To Advance Their Cause In Ruins Of Islamic State
“As what remains of Islamic State crumbles, the would-be victors have started circling. In Mosul, Iraqi forces have begun preparing for peace in the city where the now-encircled marauders took root three years ago. Across the border in Raqqa, with five of its neighbourhoods under their control, Kurdish forces are contemplating what comes next for them and their cause. Day-after scenarios are rapidly being plotted by every group that has played a role in Iraq and Syria over many years of war and loss. Russia, the US and Iran are jostling for advantage across the swath of both countries held by the capitulating group. The prize is far more than who gets to claim the inevitable military victory over Isis. At stake, for all sides, is the future make-up of the region and a chance to shape it in their likeness.”
Associated Press: Syria Releases Hundreds Of Detainees Ahead Of Eid
“The Syrian government released Saturday hundreds of detainees including some who backed the insurgency against President Bashar Assad on the eve of a major Muslim holiday. Hours after the release, a car bomb exploded in a rebel-held northern town near the border with Turkey killing and wounding dozens of people, according to the opposition Civil Defense in Idlib, also known as the White Helmets, and the Britain-based opposition monitoring group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The explosion at a market in Dana, killed at least 10 people, including children, and wounded 30, according to the Observatory. The blast came hours after an explosion in the town killed two people and wounded others.”
Reuters: Amnesty For Militants In Syria’s Raqqa Aims To Promote Stability
“A civil council expected to rule Raqqa once Islamic State is dislodged from the Syrian city pardoned 83 of the jihadist group’s low-ranking militants on Saturday, a goodwill gesture designed to promote stability. The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have gained significant ground in the battle for Raqqa, the operational base for Islamic State over the past three years and a symbol of its self-proclaimed caliphate. Senior SDF figures predict Raqqa could fall within months. That would be a severe blow to Islamic State, which has plotted shooting and bomb attacks around the world from Raqqa, a city of about 300,000 before the militants seized it.”
Reuters: Mosul Celebrates First Eid Without Islamic State In Years
“People in the Iraqi city of Mosul celebrated their first Muslim Eid holiday without Islamic State in years on Sunday after the militants were ejected from much of the city, and hoped the battle to recapture the remaining area would soon be over. Children gathered in squares on the eastern side of the city. Some played on old swings and others with toy guns and rifles, which were among the toys allowed by Islamic State militants after they took over the city in June 2014. The militants implemented an extreme version of Islam which associated toys with a face, like dolls, with idolatry. They encouraged youngsters to train on weapons and changed text books to reflect their military ideology. Children were asked to add up bombs or bullets in maths exercises.”
Reuters: Iraqi Forces Say Major Islamic State Attack Blocked Outside Old City Of Mosul
“Iraq’s armed forces blocked a major wave of attacks by Islamic State suicide bombers outside the Old City of Mosul on Sunday, a military statement said. The attacks targeted Hay al-Tanak, a poor neighborhood west of the Old City, the last stronghold of the militants in Mosul. It is the first wave of attacks reported outside the Old City since the battle to capture the historic district from Islamic State started a week ago.”
CNN: 3rd Journalist Dies After Mosul Blast
“A third journalist has died from injuries sustained in a mine blast this week in the Iraqi city of Mosul, the French government and her employer said Saturday. Véronique Robert, 54, worked for France Télévisions. Her colleague, Stéphane Villeneuve, and Kurdish journalist Bakhtiar Haddad died Tuesday in the same incident. ‘Too many headstones at the cemetery of the great reporters,’ Christophe Deloire, secretary general of Reporters Without Borders, said in a tweet. The journalists were with Iraqi army forces in an ISIS-held area of the Ras Al-Jadah district of Mosul when the blast occurred. They were on assignment in Mosul for the France 2 TV channel’s current affairs program ‘Envoyé Spécial,’ the monitoring group Reporters Without Borders said.”
Voice Of America: Iraq Conflict Deadly For Children, Says UNICEF
“The continuing conflict in Iraq has brought destruction to many areas of the country. It also has had an extreme cost for families and children, as well. The United Nations Children’s Fund, or UNICEF, says fighting has displaced more than 1.5 million children in the last three years. Their stories are hard to hear. Zamin Makhool is 28 years old. Last December, she lost two of her children in an airstrike in her neighborhood. An explosive struck her home, leaving it a pile of wreckage. It left a hole three meters deep. Her four-year-old son and nine-month-old daughter died. Her son died while playing with his ‘spinning top’ toy, she says. Her baby daughter was crushed in the collapsed house.”
Reuters: Turkey’s Erdogan Says Arab Demands On Qatar Unlawful
“President Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday dismissed calls for Turkey to close a military base in Qatar and said a wider list of demands issued by four Arab states was an unlawful intervention against the Gulf state’s sovereignty. In his strongest statement of support for Qatar in the nearly three-week-old crisis centered on the Gulf state, Erdogan said the call to withdraw Turkish forces was disrespectful and that Doha – which described the demands as unreasonable – was taking the right approach. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain imposed a boycott on June 5 on Qatar and issued 13 demands including closing Al Jazeera television, curbing relations with Iran, shutting the Turkish base and paying reparations.”
Reuters: Erdogan Dismisses Pledges Over Weapons For Kurds In Syria
“Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday countries which promised to get back weapons supplied to Kurdish YPG fighters in northern Syria were trying to trick Turkey and would eventually realize their mistake. Ankara was infuriated by a U.S. decision last month to arm the YPG, which Washington sees as a vital ally in the battle against Islamic State in its Syrian stronghold of Raqqa but which Turkey deems an extension of the outlawed Kurdish PKK. The PKK, designated a terrorist group by the United States, the European Union and Turkey, has been waging an insurgency in southeastern Turkey since the 1980s.”
BBC News: Turkey LGBT: Police Stifle Istanbul Gay Pride Rally
“Police in the Turkish city of Istanbul have thwarted attempts by organisers to hold a banned Gay Pride march. The organisers of the annual event had vowed to press ahead despite the ban by the authorities, who had cited threats from far-right groups. But police briefly fired rubber bullets to disperse the marchers and detained a number of them. Homosexuality is not illegal in Turkey – unlike in many Muslim nations – but homophobia remains widespread. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose ruling AK Party is rooted in conservative Islam, has denied wanting to impose traditional religious values, saying he is committed to secularism. But he supports Turks’ right to express their religion more openly.”
Reuters: China Urges Afghans, Pakistan To Form Crisis-Management Mechanism
“China’s foreign minister has urged leaders in Afghanistan and Pakistan to improve relations and establish a crisis prevention and management mechanism during visits to both countries, the Chinese foreign ministry said. Foreign Minister Wang Yi was scheduled to speak in Islamabad on Sunday, a day after meeting Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in Kabul. Wang said a three-way conference mechanism involving the two countries and China could promote dialogue and cooperation, the Chinese ministry said in a statement. ‘China sincerely wishes for Afghanistan and Pakistan to improve relations, rebuild mutual trust strengthen cooperation, achieve mutual safety and mutually development,’ Wang said, according to the statement.”
The Washington Post: Pakistan, Accused Of Terrorist Infiltration, Starts To Fence Its Border With Afghanistan
“The 1,800-mile border between Pakistan and India has long been treated as a hostile red line between neighboring, nuclear-armed rivals. Its sole official crossing is a heavily guarded military post. Long stretches are illuminated by powerful floodlights, and the 340-mile, militarized portion that divides the contested Himalayan Kashmir region, known as the Line of Control, has been the site of alpine combat, long-distance shelling and periodic shootings of both Indian and Pakistani border troops. In contrast, Pakistan’s 1,500-mile border with Afghanistan has always been more porous and politically complicated. Thousands of cargo trucks traverse its two major crossings every week.”
Radio Free Europe: Insurgents Kill 10 Security Forces In Attack At Salma Dam In Afghanistan
“Afghan officials said 10 security forces were killed by Taliban militants in an attack on a checkpoint at the Salma Dam in the western part of the country. Four other police were wounded and four militants were also killed in the attack in Herat Province, according to Farhad Jailani, a spokesman for Herat’s governor. The hydroelectric dam project, which underwent an extensive $300 million refurbishment that was completed in 2016, has been a target of Taliban attacks in the past and is heavily guarded. The dam is more than 100 meters high and 540 meters wide and is designed to generate 42 megawatts of power and help irrigate 75,000 hectares of land for Herat Province.”
Associated Press: Yemen To Probe Alleged Interrogation Abuses By UAE, US
“Yemen’s internationally-recognized government on Saturday ordered the creation of a committee to investigate allegations of human rights violations, following reports that U.S. military interrogators worked with forces from the United Arab Emirates who are accused of torturing detainees in Yemen. A copy of the order issued by Prime Minister Ahmed Obaid bin Daghr was obtained by The Associated Press. It said the investigation would focus on areas liberated by government forces from Shiite rebels known as the Houthis and their allies.”
BBC News: Egypt’s President Ratifies Islands Deal With Saudi Arabia
“Egypt’s President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has ratified a controversial treaty that transfers two largely uninhabited Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia. The deal to hand over Tiran and Sanafir was agreed during a visit to Egypt by Saudi King Salman a year ago. It was backed by Egypt’s parliament last week. It has sparked rare protests in Egypt, with Mr Sisi being accused of ‘selling’ territory in return for Saudi aid. However, a legal battle over the islands’ status continues. One Egyptian court has annulled the handover decision, while another court has upheld it. The constitutional court is yet to make a final ruling on which institution had the final say. Last week, parliament backed the deal, saying it had jurisdiction in the matter. The move sparked fresh protests in Cairo.”
Middle East
The Times Of Israel: Iran Says It Captured IS Cell Planning Bombing Attacks
“Iran on Saturday said it had arrested members of an Islamic State cell who had been planning bombings at religious sites. Iranian state television reported that intelligence agents ‘were able to arrest a group linked to (Islamic State) that intended to carry out terror operations’ and seized ‘explosive and suicide attack equipment,’ according to a Reuters report. On June 7 twin attacks in Tehran killed 17 people, in the first assault in Iran to be claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group. Dozens of suspects were arrested following the attacks, and Iran later said it had tracked down and killed several suspected jihadists, including the alleged mastermind of the assault.”
CNN: Israel Strikes Syrian Military Near Golan Heights
“Israel launched strikes on Syrian military positions Saturday, close to the two countries’ disputed border in the Golan Heights, according to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). The action was a response to what the IDF said were more than 10 projectiles fired into Israel from inside Syria. The IDF described the projectile fire as ‘errant,’ blaming it on internal fighting. Israeli aircraft targeted three positions from which the projectiles were fired, the IDF said. The strikes included hits on two tanks belonging to the Syrian regime.”
Reuters: Israel Attacks Syrian Posts After Cross-Border Fire From Syria
“Israel said it had attacked Syrian military targets on Sunday after stray shells from fighting in Syria’s civil war landed inside the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights. The Syrian shells hit an open area in the northern Golan Heights, causing no injuries, and in retaliation the Israeli military said it ‘targeted two artillery positions and an ammunitions truck belonging to the Syrian regime’. Syria’s military later said in a statement that Israel had attacked one of its military posts in support of terrorist groups, as it describes the jihadist rebels it is fighting in that area.”
NPR: Dozens Of People Killed In A Bloody Day Of Attacks Across Pakistan
“Pakistan was hit with a spate of violence in several cities Friday, leaving the country to cope with the deaths of dozens of people and scores more injured. In twin bombings at a market in Parachinar, a car bombing in Quetta and a shooting in Karachi, more than 80 people were killed in the bloodshed. ‘Enemy trying to mar festive mood of nation through such cowardly acts,’ Pakistan’s chief of army staff, Qamar Javed Bajwa, said in a statement quoted by a military spokesman. ‘Shall fail against the resilience of Pakistan.’ The deadliest of Friday’s attacks came during rush hour in the town of Parachinar, where local authorities say 67 people were killed and scores more were injured.”
CNN: Pakistan Fuel Tanker Truck Explosion Kills At Least 153
“At least 153 were killed Sunday when they rushed to collect leaking fuel from a crashed tanker in Bahawalpur, eastern Pakistan, before it suddenly exploded. The truck veered off the road when the driver lost control, police official Mohammad Akhtar told CNN. As the tanker sat on the side of the road, fuel began leaking out in large pools. Shortly afterwards an explosion tore the container open like a soda can, engulfing everything around the truck, including women and children, according to the government-run Associated Press of Pakistan. Many victims died immediately, while others succumbed to their injuries at hospitals.”
Reuters: Irish Naval Ship Rescues 712 People Near Libya: Defense Forces
“An Irish naval ship rescued 712 people including pregnant women and infants off the coast of the Libyan capital of Tripoli as part of an international migrant rescue effort, Ireland’s Defence Forces said on Monday. The LÉ Eithne ship led the rescue of multiple vessels in distress 40 kilometers north-west of Tripoli throughout Sunday. Six migrants, including one baby, were revived from states of unconsciousness. The ship will transport the people, including 14 pregnant women and four infants below the age of four months, to a designated ‘port of safety’ to be handed over to Italian authorities.”
Reuters: East Libyan Forces Claim Control Of Central Benghazi Neighborhood
“East Libyan forces said they had gained control on Saturday over one of two remaining districts of Benghazi where they faced armed resistance. The advance in the central Souq al-Hout neighborhood was the latest step in the slow progress of the self-styled Libyan National Army commanded by Khalifa Haftar, which has been waging a campaign against Islamists and other opponents in Libya’s second city for more than three years. In unusually heavy fighting in Benghazi over the past two days at least 13 men from the LNA were killed and 37 wounded, a medical official said. Many of those who died were killed by land mines, a military source said.”
NPR: In Embattled Nigeria, Displaced Families Still Celebrate Ramadan’s End In Style
“Around the world, Muslims are marking Eid Al-Fitr, the celebration that ends Ramadan, the Muslim holy month of fasting — including the people of northeastern Nigeria, a region blighted by an eight-year insurgency by the extremist group, Boko Haram. Despite a recent spate of deadly suicide attacks in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State and the regional metropolis, both displaced people driven from their homes by Boko Haram, and the host community are celebrating Eid — or Sallah as it’s called in Nigeria.”
Voice Of America: Cameroon Says Attacks Increased During Ramadan
“Cameroon has dispatched its defense minister to its northern border with Nigeria following a recent series of suicide bomb attacks that has left dozens dead. Militant group Boko Haram is believed to be behind the carnage. The central African state says the bombers have infiltrated markets and mosques as end of Ramadan feast draws near. Medical staff at the Mora hospital on Cameroon’s northern border with Nigeria have attended to at least 50 people injured in six suicide bomb attacks in the towns of Mora and Kolofata within 24 hours. Among the medical staff brought in from the neighboring town of Maroua is Dr. Jean Daniel Essam Sime.”
Newsweek: Nigeria’s War Against Boko Haram May Be Far From Over
“While running for office in the 2015 elections, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari promised to end the war with Boko Haram, the deadly Islamist militant group that controls part of the country’s northeast. And there are signs he’s making progress. Not only has the country retaken territory in places like Chibok (in southern Borno state) and most of northern Adamawa state, but in May, Nigeria carried out a successful hostage swap, exchanging five imprisoned Boko Haram commanders for 82 school girls who had been kidnapped in the village of Chibok in 2014. Both, the government has said, are signs that Boko Haram is close to defeat.”
United Kingdom
International Business Times: Dutch And Polish Far-Right Activists Detained At UK Airports Ahead Of Britain First Rally In Birmingham
“A string of iconic figures from Europe’s far-right movement have been detained by UK border police hours before they were due to speak at an anti-Islam rally in Birmingham, organisers have said. The group was due to march with Britain First activists through the city on Saturday (24 June), in a sign of the growing links between British ‘extremists’ and nationalists abroad. But Polish Catholic priest Jacek Miedlar – branded a ‘fanatical hate preacher’ by anti-racism campaigners in Poland – and fellow anti-Islam activist Piotr Rybak – once convicted for burning an effigy of a Jew – were both detained by border police after landing at Luton Airport on Saturday morning. At around the same time, Dutch national Edwin Wagensveld, who is head of his country’s branch of anti-Islam movement Pegida, was also held at Birmingham airport, Britain First told IBTimes UK.”
Reuters: Six Hurt As Car Hits People In UK’s Newcastle, Not Terrorism-Related: Police
“Six people were injured on Sunday after a car mounted a pavement outside a sports center in the northern English city of Newcastle, but the incident is not believed to be terrorism-related, police said. Dozens of people were at the sports center celebrating the Muslim festival of Eid, which marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, when the car left the road and drove up onto the pavement. ‘The enquiries that we have made so far … are telling us that this was not a purposeful act, it appears to be a tragic accident,’ said Darren Best, assistant chief constable for Northumbria police. He said three adults and three children had been injured; two of the children were in intensive care in hospital and one adult was on a high dependency unit. Police said a 42-year-old woman had been detained and was in custody.”
Deutsche Welle: Germany Tells Erdogan’s Bodyguards To Stay Away From Hamburg G20
“The German Foreign Ministry warned Turkish bodyguards involved in violent scuffles in Washington last month not to attend the G20 summit in July, German media reported on Sunday. Those warnings were then repeated to Bundestag members in closed-door meetings, respected national daily Die Welt reported. The Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) said earlier that foreign powers did not hold sovereign powers, saying ‘foreign colleagues only have the right to self-defense,’ the paper reported. Hamburg Senator Andy Grote told Die Welt: ‘On our streets, only the Hamburg police have a say – and no one else.”
NPR: Inside French Prisons, A Struggle To Combat Radicalization
“With 2,500 inmates, the penitentiary institution of Fresnes, about 20 miles south of Paris, is one of the largest prisons in Europe. Like most French prisons, Fresnes is overcrowded. Built in the late 19th century, its tiny cells, each meant for one prisoner, most often house three. Inmates scream curses and catcalls from their barred windows as I visit a small, empty sports yard ensconced between cell blocks. Plastic bags and punctured soccer balls are caught in the surrounding concertina wire. The prisoners here yelled out in just this way back in November 2015, refusing to honor a minute of silence for the victims of the terrorist attacks on Paris cafes and the Bataclan concert hall.”
Fox News: Europeans Learn To Live With  And Adapt To Terror Attacks
“The jihadis’ targets in Europe are depressingly repetitive: the Brussels metro, the Champs-Elysees in Paris (twice), tourist-filled bridges in London (twice) and a U.K. rock concert. And that’s just the past few months. The steady stream of attacks on centers of daily life have drawn pledges from Europeans not to let terrorists change how they live, but in ways large and small they already have. There is a heightened awareness and quicker reactions, especially in the hardest-hit countries of France, Britain and Belgium, that would have seemed unthinkable just a few years ago. In Brussels on Tuesday, a 36-year-old Moroccan man shouting ‘Allahu akbar!’ set off a bomb among subway commuters. The bomb didn’t detonate in full and a soldier shot him dead.”
Deutsche Welle: Philippine Army Suspends Offensive In War-Torn City For End Of Ramadan
“Fighting in the Islamist-held southern Philippine city of Marawi ceased for eight hours on Sunday after the Philippine military declared a ‘humanitarian pause’ to allow Muslims to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan. The truce was held ‘as a gesture of our strong commitment and respect to the Muslim world, particularly to the local Muslims of Marawi City,’ said Brigadier General Restituto Padilla, a military spokesman. No government forces were deployed and all aerial and artillery bombardment stopped from 6 a.m. local time (2200 UTC Saturday), but reporters from the Agence France-Presse news agency said gunfire resumed as soon as the truce ended at around 2 p.m.”
Financing of Terrorism
Alkhaleej: Iraqi Rights Activists Call On Qatar To Stop Funding Extremists In Their Country
“Iraqi rights activists on Saturday expressed deep concern over Qatar paying millions of dollars to release its kidnapped citizens in Iraq. In a letter to the Gulf Association for Rights and Freedoms, the activists claimed that a Qatari plane carried several bags of ransom money to Iraq’s Hezbollah militia and members of the Al Hashd al-Shaabi militia. They asserted that Qatar paid $90 million for every Qatari abducted by the militias. The activists stressed that what Qatar has done is tantamount to funding of terrorism and sectarian militias. Accordingly they called on Doha to stop financing extremists in Iraq and to stop supporting anti-human rights activities. According to Sky News Arabia, the letter demanded that Qatar compensate victims of terrorism in Iraq due to its “chaotic policy.”
Moroccan Citizen Arrested For Financing Terrorism
Nador City: Spanish security agents arrested a Moroccan of Danish nationality on Friday for recruiting militants and financing terrorist organizations, local media reported. Sources claim that the 40-year-old Moroccan from Temsamane was in contact with a number of terrorist organizations including ISIS and al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. According to the same sources, the suspect used a group of companies in Denmark to obtain large sums of money to finance these terrorist networks, as reported in the Spanish media.
Muslim Brotherhood
Albayan: Dissident Leader: Qatar Financed The Chaos Of Brotherhood In Egypt
“Dissident Brotherhood leader Islam Al-Katatni said that Qatar has played an influential role in political developments in Egypt since the January 25th Revolution. He claimed Doha has spent millions of dollars on young activists, members and leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood—through direct support extended to the group’s leaders and members of the Guidance Office in Egypt in order to finance their activities. Qatar also extended indirect support via funding, under the pretext of development projects following the Revolution and during the rule of the Muslim Brotherhood. Al-Katatni stressed that Qatari support for the group continued after the downfall of the Muslim Brotherhood regime with the sheltering of {fugitive} Brotherhood leaders.”
Ahl Misr News: Egypt: Six Members Of The Muslim Brotherhood Arrested
“Egyptian security services in Qena governorate, in coordination with the National Security Agency, arrested six members of the Muslim Brotherhood group. They were charged with inciting violence against state institutions in Qena. The governorate’s security chief Salah el Din Hassan received notification that these six members of the Muslim Brotherhood were arrested and charged with inciting demonstrations in the center of Qena. He sent a report concerning the incident and notified the Public Prosecution to carry out further investigations.”
Elwatan News: During Eid Al-Fitr: Donations From Turkey To The Brotherhood In Egypt
“Brotherhood sources are preparing to organize events during the Eid prayer in Turkey. One of the main events will attempt to emulate activities similar to those that took place in Egypt’s Rabaa al-Adawiya square. This is in an attempt to gain more support from Turks and attract the eyes of the world media. Each year during the Eid prayer in Turkey, the Brotherhood customarily organizes activities in a main square similar to Rabaa square. Brotherhood members and leaders in Turkey send letters of invitation to international media organizations and foreign correspondents—to attend the event at what they call “a Rabaa square in Turkey.” The sources confirmed that the Brotherhood abroad has collected donations during the past few days in order to transfer monies to the families of prisoners and dead members of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.”


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