Welfare for ISIS: The outrageous case of Iranian refugee Adnan Fazeli

Terrorist got food stamps, benefits in Maine while becoming radicalized

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An Iranian refugee receiving welfare benefits in Maine while becoming self-radicalized before he fought and died for ISIS has an enraged Gov. Paul R. LePage calling for a sweep of all such taxpayer-funded payouts in his state and nationwide.

Adnan Fazeli, 38, came to Freeport, Maine, in 2009 and was killed last year on the battlefield in Lebanon after abandoning his wife and three kids to join the terror army, according to federal court documents unsealed this week.

The family’s food stamps and welfare checks were cut off in 2013, Maine officials told the Herald, after Fazeli left the state for Turkey in his quest to join ISIS.

LePage said the stunning news of an Islamic State convert in his midst has left him “embarrassed” and outraged at President Obama’s “failed” vetting of immigrants, adding he’s fed up with states like his being left to deal with the refugee crisis.

“If people need to eat, I’ll feed them. But I want to keep Americans safe,” LePage said. “This is very embarrassing to the state of Maine, and I point the finger at the president and say, ‘How did this happen?’ If the federal government doesn’t do their job we don’t know what we’re getting.”

“HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?’ Maine Gov. Paul R. LePage, above, slammed the Obama administration’s immigration policy after learning a former refugee living in Freeport later died fighting for ISIS.

Fazeli became radicalized over the internet while living in the U.S., according to an affidavit written by George Loder, a state police detective on an FBI task force, who spoke to unnamed informants.

Fazeli was killed Jan. 23, 2015, while fighting alongside 150 ISIS militants during a battle near the Christian town of Ras Baalbek in Lebanon near Syria, according to court records.

GARFIELD  Maine officials said Fazeli was on food stamps and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families for at least four years until 2013. LePage said he is now calling for a review of all such benefits in his state. He also said Fazeli’s wife is no longer in Maine.

“I’m having (the Maine Department of Health and Human Services) look at our welfare rolls closer,” LePage said. “All the other states should look at the eligibility, too.”

He said the immigration issue is “a personal one” that has haunted him since Mohamed Atta — one of the ringleaders of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks — flew to Logan International Airport out of Portland, Maine. LePage was the general manager of Marden’s, a discount store where Atta was seen shopping.

The governor also noted brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the Boston Marathon bombers, were also self-radicalized while on welfare.

“Asylum seekers come here and we have to put them up, but the federal government is in control,” LePage said. “Once they get here I can’t do anything about it. Obama says it’s my problem.

“Mohamed Atta came through Maine,” he added. “I’m worried. Absolutely. … I looked back and saw Atta on video shopping and he was the worst. Nearly 3,000 people were killed in the 9/11 attacks.”

LePage lashed out at Obama, saying the administration’s immigration policies “have been an utter failure and continue to jeopardize the safety of millions of Americans.”

According to the affidavit, Fazeli converted “from a Shia to a Sunni Muslim” while in Maine, grew a beard and became very religious. An informant said Fazeli’s actions alienated him from “many of his Shia and moderate Sunni friends in the area,” according to the affidavit.

“However, there were a few local Sunnis who supported his new fervor and treated him with a great deal of respect,” the affidavit states. “Fazeli started holding occasional religious meetings at his home in Freeport.”

10 Historic Reasons The Middle East Is So Screwed Up

Morris M.

Right now, the phrase “Middle East” is pretty much synonymous with “gigantic clusterf—k.” But how did things get to be so monumentally bad? How did a region once famed for its tolerance, wisdom, and learning turn into one famed for bloodshed, mayhem, and chaos? To figure that out, we need to delve into the region’s history.

10 The Sunni/Shia Split


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In AD 632, things must have been looking pretty rosy for Islam. The outcast sect had swept through Mecca, uniting the entire Arabian peninsula. Muhammad’s clan was strong, they had God on their side, and there were fresh lands for conquering.

Then Muhammad died without naming an heir, and everything went to hell.

Between all his conquering and religion-founding, Muhammad hadn’t found time to father a son. This meant that no one knew who took over when he died. Many of his followers thought his father-in-law, Abu Bakr, should be the first caliph. A smaller, separate bunch thought his cousin Ali ibn Abi Talib should be the first Imam. From that minor disagreement arose the sectarian split that’s been haunting the region ever since—the divide between Sunnis (team Abu) and Shia (team Ali).

9 Centuries Of Disagreement

Sunni-Shia Conflict

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Despite their differences, the two teams rubbed along fine at first. After three Sunni-chosen caliphs, Team Abu even agreed to make Shia Ali their fourth caliph. Everyone was happy.

Then Ali died, and his son took over. Deciding that one Shia caliph was enough, the Sunnis deposed him. That event set the course for the next 1,400 years of history.

The Shia created their own hierarchy, recognizing imams descended from Ali instead of caliphs. Sometimes, these two systems got along, but when they didn’t, the Shia suffered. During the 16th century, the Ottomans mass executed 40,000 Shia. Later, the Indian Mughal emperors would burn Shia scholars alive. Later still, British colonialists would hire Sunni militias to hunt Shia rebels in Iraq.

Naturally, this led to simmering resentments. As history shows, such resentments have a tendency to eventually boil over.

8 Saudi Arabia’s Deal With The Devil

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While these problems were ticking over, an 18th-century Islamic reformist named Ibn Abd al-Wahhab was getting mad.

At the time, Sunni Islam had a big list of stuff you couldn’t do (like worshiping images) that the Shia nonetheless did. Wahhab thought the restrictions should be even stricter and that those who broke them were apostates. That meant the Quran sanctioned their killing.

Wahhabism caught on big time in the Sunni world, so much so that the House of Saud decided to make an alliance with its preachers. In return for their endorsement of the fledgling Saud state, the House of Saud would promote the Wahhabists and shower them with funds.

The pact worked; the House of Saud became rulers of the powerful Saudi Arabia. But it also left them in hock to a dangerous, ultraconservative ideology. It wouldn’t be long before their alliance came back to haunt them.

7 Lines On Maps

Middle East Population Iraq Map

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For centuries, the Sunni Ottoman Empire was the beast of the Middle East. A superpower that styled itself as a continuation of the Caliphate, it was the glue holding the Middle East together.

Then World War I hit.

If the Great War was bad for Europe, it was a calamity for the Ottomans. Their empire disappeared overnight. The Allied powers divided it up into new nations by drawing a series of lines on a map. From the dust of Turkish rule, Syria, Iraq, and other modern nations arose.

The trouble was that these nations were made up of peoples with not much in common. Shias and Sunnis were thrown together and told to play nice. Kurds, Christians, Yazidis, and others were spread thinly between states. Essentially, a whole bunch of mini-Yugoslavias had just been created. And like Yugoslavia, it only worked so long as there was prosperity and no stoking of ethnic tensions.

6 Iran Gets The CIA Treatment

Operation Ajax

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As all this was going on, there still remained one final player waiting in the wings. In 1941, Iran’s pro-Hitler shah was deposed by Allied forces. This led to a brief flirtation with democracy that would have ramifications for those ethnic tensions we just mentioned.

Although the Allies were happy to see the Iranians trying out democracy, they didn’t like who they democratically elected. Mohammad Mosaddegh was a secular, pro-democracy anti-Islamist who just happened to be a Marxist. As such, he nationalized the British-connected Anglo-Persian Oil Company. The Brits went running to the Americans, who orchestrated a coup to remove Mosaddegh and replace him with the shah’s son.

The new shah was just as corrupt and dictatorial as his daddy. Realizing that democracy had just gotten them more oppression, Iran’s masses began to look for alternative methods of revolution. They found them in the county’s marginalized hard-line Shia preachers.

5 Saudi Arabia’s Internal Problems

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Back in Saudi Arabia, the House of Saud was in a worrying bind.

By the 1970s, Wahhabism had gotten very extreme. Its anti-Shia, pro-jihad ideology was attracting hate preachers who poured bile across the Middle East, stoking up Sunni-Shia tensions. It was from these teachings that Al-Qaeda would eventually emerge.

Unfortunately, the internal politics of Saudi Arabia had become so tense that pulling the plug on Wahhabism was impossible. The clerics would’ve whipped up a revolution. So the royal family kept quietly funding this poison, exporting Wahhabism to an ever bigger audience.

Like Chinese water torture, this constant drip-drip of hate was slowly taking effect. The Saudis were spending literally billions of dollars pushing an ultra-extreme version of Islam on Sunnis in Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, and Bahrain—and people were listening. Suddenly, Sunnis and Shia were beginning to look at one another with a whole lot of distrust.

4 Iran Gets Its Revolution

Iranian Revolution

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January 7, 1978, marked the moment that all these little streams began to converge into one big, roaring river. It was the start of the Iranian Revolution, a revolution which would see the shah flee, the Ayatollah Khomeini take his place, and the establishment of a hard-line Shia theocracy. It was also the moment that Sunni Saudi Arabia went into panic mode.

The revolution challenged the Saud state’s very being. The Ayatollah explicitly argued that hereditary kingship was against Islam. He also declared postrevolutionary Iran to represent all Muslims, something Saudi Arabia already claimed about itself. Those old seventh-century problems about Sunni/Shia legitimacy were resurfacing again.

Over the following decades, both countries began to deliberately play on those issues to legitimize their own rule. Saudi Arabia fed the Wahhabists even more money to preach the evils of Shia Islam. Iran tried to foment a Shia uprising against Saudi Arabia’s ruling Sunni clique. Each interference brought the temperature ever closer to boiling point.

3 The Iraq Disaster

2003 Iraq Invasion

Throughout the Iranian-Saudi rivalry, there was one wild card keeping everyone in check: Both sides regarded Saddam Hussein as an existential threat. The Iraqi dictator’s wild temper and obvious insanity scared everyone and counterintuitively helped to stabilize the region. Like two fighters caged up with a rabid dog, neither side wanted to make the first move and risk being bitten.

Then 2003 rolled round, and the US shot the dog.

Saddam’s death removed the last check on Iran and Saudi Arabia’s power games. Worse, it encouraged the two regional superpowers to try to fill the power vacuum in Iraq. Saudi Arabia sided with Saddam’s deposed Sunni allies, arming them against the new Shia government. Iran, meanwhile, backed Iraq’s new Shia rulers as they went on a bloody rampage against the Sunnis who had ruled them for so long.

One group to benefit from this chaos were Sunni jihadists Al-Qaeda in Iraq. They would eventually become famous under another name—ISIS.

2 Power Games

Sunni Shia Modern Conflict

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With no Saddam and Iraq in flames, Iran and Saudi Arabia began to extend their power games across the region. In Lebanon, Bahrain, and Yemen, both backed their Shia or Sunni allies against the other. Propaganda was pumped into conflict-free countries through mosques and outlets like PressTV. Suddenly, the old divide between Sunni and Shia was at the forefront of Middle Eastern life once again.

As new sectarian conflicts erupted across the region, it became harder and harder for Sunnis and Shia elsewhere not to take sides. In the same way that the Irish Troubles stirred Protestant and Catholic rivalries in the UK, these conflicts magnified the ancient schism and made it seem a matter of life and death.

Then, the Arab Spring exploded. As dictators toppled, wars erupted, and old certainties fell, Iran and Saudi Arabia began to fight for control of the emerging new order. Their struggle would eventually come to a head in Syria.

1 Syria Goes To Hell

Aleppo Destruction

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By 2011, the old sectarian rivalries had been brought to boiling point. Battle-hardened jihadists were preparing for an apocalyptic war. Two regional superpowers were willing to destroy everything in a deadly game of chicken.

Then Syria imploded.

It was like everything had been leading up to this. Saudi Arabia saw a chance to remove Assad, the Iran-friendly Shia dictator. Iran felt it couldn’t let Saudi Arabia establish a Sunni client state on its doorstep. When Assad gassed his own people and the West did nothing, many Sunnis saw it as confirmation that the US and Europe were siding with Shia Iran. Primed by decades of apocalyptic Wahhabist preaching, they went to fight, joining and empowering groups like ISIS.

The result is a region that is now more divided than it has been for centuries—a mess of factional alliances, dangerous power games, and two big beasts carelessly using an ancient schism to boost their agendas. Until the dust clears and a winner is eventually declared, it’s likely that the Middle East will remain completely screwed up.

Morris M.Morris is a freelance writer and newly-qualified teacher, still naively hoping to make a difference in his students’ lives. You can send your helpful and less-than-helpful comments to his email, or visit some of the other websites that inexplicably hire him.


American University Under Attack in Kabul, Afghanistan

American University Under Attack in Kabul, Afghanistan
.American University Under Attack in Kabul, Afghanistan (ABC News)

The American University of Afghanistan in Kabul is under assault, while security forces exchange gunfire with the attackers.

The number of students and professors inside are unknown, as is the identity of the attackers.

The U.S. State Department this morning acknowledged reports of the attack on an official Twitter account.

“Reports of attack on American University in Kabul. Exercise caution, avoid unnecessary movement in the area & monitor news for updates,” the agency said.

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Massoud Hossaini, a photographer for The Associated Press, tweeted that he is trapped inside.

“Help we are stuck inside AUAF and shooting flollowed [sic] by Explo this maybe my last tweets,” he wrote.

The attackers managed to enter Noor Hospital, adjacent to the school, according to eyewitnesses.

The American University of Afghanistan opened in 2006, and was a pet project of former first lady Laura Bush, who helped launch the institution on a 2005 visit to Kabul, the capital.

Much of its funding has come from the U.S. Agency for International Development, which administers civilian foreign aid, and today has more than 1,700 full- and part-time students. It has produced 29 Fulbright Scholars and maintains partnerships with many U.S. colleges, such as Stanford, Georgetown and the University of California network.

But the university has been no stranger to threats of violence since its creation.

Two professors at the university — one American and one Australian — were abducted at gun point outside the university campus earlier this month, underscoring the deteriorating security situation in the capital and across the country more generally.

Also, two people employed by the university were killed in 2014 when a suicide bomber set off an explosion inside of a Kabul restaurant that was popular with ex-pats.


Hungarian politician: Use pigs’ heads to ward off Muslim migrants

Why not!!??  Crosses work on vampires. And they are both blood sucking freaks.

A Hungarian member of the European Parliament has drawn criticism for his proposal to keep migrants away. Gyorgy Schopflin suggested the country use pig heads to scare off Muslim migrants trekking through Europe.

MEP Gyorgy Schopflin’s suggestion on Monday followed criticism directed at Hungarians in rural parts of the country who’d been using other methods they hoped would frighten away migrants, such as carved vegetable roots and human-like face masks.

“Human images are haram,” the politician reportedly tweeted, using the Arabic term that refers to words or images that are considered heresy in Islam. “But agree, pig’s head would deter more effectively.” The tweet was apparently later deleted.

Muslims view pork as unclean and the Quran calls on Muslims not to eat it.

“Put pig heads on border fences to deter Muslim refugees, Hungary MEP says”@siobhanfenton http://ind.pn/2b9Yfdp  pic.twitter.com/chzJA6ixfy

The comment drew immediate criticism, including from Human Rights Watch director Andrew Stroehlein. “Your words are disgusting. I would expect that from anonymous neo-Nazi trolls but you’re an MEP. Act like one,” he posted online, according to the “Independent” newspaper.

Ann Coulter on Khizr Khan: ‘We’re all going to be living under Sharia law if this guy has his way’

It is true that Sharia Law is probably a century away, if even that. Depending on the knowledge given to the American people.

BUT…it is true that Shariah Law can, will and HAS BEEN USED in judicial courts. THAT is not right!! America is equal law, equal rights for everyone. No one should be governed under another law.

That’s why we support and promote American Laws For American Courts.


Donald Trump may regret some of his recent public comments that have “caused personal pain.” But conservative commentator Ann Coulter, author of a new book boosting Donald Trump’s candidacy, is refusing to back down from her attacks on the father of a fallen Muslim American soldier. Indeed, Coulter accused the father of wanting Sharia to be enforced in the U.S.

She had taken issue with Khizr Khan’s speech at the Democratic National Convention last month when he waved his pocket copy of the U.S. Constitution and implored the Republican presidential candidate to read it.

At the time, Coulter, a political provocateur, fired off a tweet criticizing the Gold Star father — who lost his son Humayun Khan in the Iraq War — as an “angry Muslim with a thick accent.”wives as slaves

On Monday, Yahoo News Chief Investigative Correspondent Michael Isikoff asked Coulter if she regretted anything about the tweet, other than misspelling journalist Fareed Zakaria’s last name in a comparison to Khan.

“Oh no! I love that tweet!” she replied.

Coulter said she sent that tweet while exercising on the elliptical machine and watching the “angry Muslim speak.”

“To have this angry Muslim standing with his hajjib-wearing wife — saying nothing — haranguing us, telling us lies about our Constitution,” she continued. “You know, what he should’ve been doing was waving Sharia law and telling Americans to read it instead of telling Trump to read the Constitution, because we’re all going to be living under Sharia law if this guy has his way.”

Despite Coulter’s claim, Khan previously told CNN’s Anderson Cooper, “I do not stand for any Sharia law because there is no such thing.”

In a different tweet, Coulter was critical of Ghazala Khan for standing silently beside her husband while he spoke. The comment echoed Donald Trump’s own reaction to the speech — implying that a strict form of Islam kept her from speaking. At the time, Ghazala Khan responded to Trump by saying she was too overwhelmed with emotion over her son’s death to address the convention crowd.

Isikoff asked if it was appropriate way to discuss a woman who lost her son fighting for the United States.

   Image result for ann coulter in Trump We trust “This is the way to talk about someone haranguing us about an important public policy. If Democrats want to make that argument, send out someone I can’t attack,” she said.

Coulter accused Democrats of having a habit of using victims as “human shields” who are beyond criticism. She argued that Democratic politicians such as Tim Kaine or John Kerry should have been tapped to give the convention speech attacking Trump’s proposed ban on Muslims entering the U.S.

“What, are they going send out an orphan whose parents had just been murdered [sic] in a horrible auto accident to present their tax plan?” Coulter asked.


For years, there has been a systematic, well coordinated campaign to destroy the work, the names, the reputations of my colleagues and me. In every news article and other press coverage concerning my work, it was as if every reporter was cutting and pasting the same libelous and defamatory smear against me. I always wondered how the enemy’s reach was so overarching and far reaching. In a word – money. Lots of it, most particularly from the black hand himself, George Soros.soros-obama

I have long documented the malevolent activities of Soros’s evil empire all the way back to his Nazi youth when he was confiscating the property of the Jews. Soros has said that helping the Nazis was “the happiest time of my life.”


“Islamophobia Twitter Report Funded By Soros,” by Chris Tomlinson, Breitbart, August 20, 2016:

The left-wing think tank that released a controversial report about Islamophobia on Twitter was directly funded by George Soros’ Open Society Foundation.

Left-wing think tank Demos released a new report that conflates Islamophobia with any criticism of Islam Friday claiming that Islamophobic tweets had become so frequent that Twitter should actively engage in censorship to stop the comments. Leaked documents from the Open Society Foundation (OSF) show that George Soros’ organization funded Demos to be able to conduct research over social media platforms like Twitter.

According to the document, “List of European Elections 2014 Projects,” Demos received 129,484 dollars from Open Society Initiative for Europe (OSIFE), the European arm of the international foundation. The description of the money claims the funds are to be used to create software to scour data on Twitter. It reads, “Demos will produce tools and techniques, like open source software, that could be used to analyze real time Twitter data, in order to allow campaigners to increase turnout of target groups. These tools will be made available online free of charge.”

Chief Executive Claudia Wood claims that the method developed by Demos could identify “hateful, derogatory, and anti-Islamic” tweets in real time, exactly the features described by the leaked Soros document. The leak also specifies that Demos received the grant from OSIFE in order that they share the software with other groups across Europe. “Demos will also train advocates and civil society groups interested in civic and political participation through a series of two-day face-to-face workshops in France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, and the UK,” the document reads.

The Demos study was criticised by National Secular Society communications officer Benjamin Jones who remarked that the methodology of the study was unsound and claiming a link between violent passages in the Koran and racism,”creates a false moral equivalence between racism and criticising a set of ideas.”

While there is no mention of Islamophobia in the Demos grant, there are several other grants listed that specifically tackle criticism of Islam. In the Netherlands OSIFE directly funded groups that claimed to be tackling Islamophobia including Spior and umbrella organization for Islamic groups in Rotterdam.

OSIFE gave the group 24,970 dollars over a period of five months in 2012 to “realize a preliminary research into the nature and principal features of islamophobia in the Netherlands, preceding the development and executing of a (periodical) monitor on islamophobia,” showing that the foundation was, at the time, keen on developing a means to monitor Islam-critical speech online. Spior received a further 100,000 dollars in 2013 to, “promote participation in the political process amongst underrepresented groups, particularly migrants, women and Muslims.”

Censorship of Muslim and migrant critical speech online has become a major issue in European countries like Germany and the UK. In Germany dozens of people have had their homes raided by police for anti-migrant comments and in the UK Muslim critical comments have led to arrests and fines. London’s first Muslim mayor Sadiq Khan has also vowed to create an “Online Hate Crime Hub” to monitor so-called hate crimes.

Two Rich Muslims Just Kept Their Slaves, Claiming It’s “Part Of Sharia Law”

Allah Psychopaths That Think They Have A Right To Own Slaves

Islam is the most vile, disgusting, racist, and dangerous religion this world has ever known. It calls for all nonbelievers to be murdered, homosexuals to be slaughtered, women to have absolutely no rights, and men to go to war for Allah.

Just to show you how “peaceful” this religion is, a Texas couple has been found guilty for holding two “servants” hostage and as slaves of Allah. They literally kept two people as slaves to fulfill Allah’s wishes. The situation was so disgusting, a Judge has banished them from the United States forever.

Hassan al-Homoud, 46, and his wife Zainab al-Hosani, 39, pleaded guilty to the crimes of holding a person against their will, and forced labor, otherwise known as SLAVERY. They tried to convince the judge that their actions were acceptable because their Prophet Muhammad, the creator of the religion of Islam, kept slaves of his own. Therefore, any punishment that they received would be Islamophobic.

The complaint states that the two women were living in squalor. There were no utensils, barely any food, no toilet paper, no televisionno booksno linens, no furniture, and only a couple of blankets and pillows on the floor. They were treated like absolute slaves in he name of Allah.

Every single day the two women were brought over to al-Homoud’s home where they were beaten, starved, and worked like slaves for absolutely no pay. The only food they were allowed was from the leftovers he and his wife left, and their only form of a shower was the water hose outside.

When al-Homoud was not “using” his slaves, he “stored” them in a gigantic plastic box he created. The box was located in a corner of the garage and they were only allowed to come out when they were needed for work.

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Official at Italy’s Islamic University calls for ‘final solution for Zionists’

Administrator at new seminary in Lecce claims in Facebook post that ‘real Jews are the victims of Zionism’

senior official at the Islamic University in Lecce, Italy has reportedly called for a “new final solution” to the Zionists.

Image result for twist the truth into lies In an August 4 Facebook post, Raphael Villani wrote that “there needs to be a final solution for Zionists,” and that “the real Jews are the victims of Zionism,” according to a report published Sunday by the Ynet news site.

The offending posts were discovered by the Israeli Embassy in Italy, and have since been removed.

Villani, who works in the university’s public relations department, also used the platform to criticize Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.

According to the report, Israeli officials forwarded Villani’s comments to the chairperson of an Israel-Italy inter-parliamentary group, who filed a formal inquiry with the Italian education and interior ministries.

The construction of the Islamic University in Lecce last year caused controversy in the southern Italian town. The institution, which opened in the fall of 2015, was initially met with opposition from the city council and some local residents who complained the institution would change the character of Lecce.

In an interview with Newsweek last year, the university’s founder, Giampiero Paladini, said that while seminary students would be studying “subjects that are influenced by Sharia [Islamic Law],” the school would serve to “bridge the philosophical divide between the Western and Islamic worlds.”

savages1aSuicide bomber at Turkish wedding was as young as 12,

Aug. 20, 2016: A man and a woman mourn next to a body of one the victims of a blast targeting a wedding ceremony in Gaziantep, Turkey.

The suicide bomber in a Turkish wedding party attack that killed dozens of people was between 12 and 14 years old, Turkey’s president announced Sunday, blaming the Islamic State terror group for the massacre.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke in a live nationally-televised address in front of Istanbul city Hall. At least 51 people were killed and dozens of others wounded in the attack late Saturday in the southeastern city of Gaziantep.

Erdogan added that there was “absolutely no difference” between ISIS, Kurdish rebels and the movement behind the U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, calling them terrorists. He said 69 people were wounded, with 17 of them in critical condition.

The remains of a suicide vest have been recovered at the site, according to the state-run Anadolu Agency, citing a statement by the chief public prosecutor’s office.

Turkey has been the target of attacks in the past year that have been claimed by Kurdish militants linked to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) or were blamed on ISIS. In June, suspected Islamic State militants attacked Istanbul’s main airport with guns and bombs, killing 44 people. A dual suicide bombing blamed on ISIS at a peace rally in Turkey’s capital, Ankara, in October killed 103 victims.

Earlier this week, a string of bombings blamed on the PKK that targeted police and soldiers killed at least a dozen people. A fragile, 2 ½ year-long peace process between the PKK and the government collapsed last year, leading to a resumption of the three-decade-long conflict.

“This was a barbaric attack. It appears to be a suicide attack. All terror groups, the PKK, Daesh, the (Gulen movement) are targeting Turkey. But God willing, we will overcome,” Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek told NTV television.

Daesh is an Arabic name for ISIS.

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