The Horror Before the Beheadings

ISIS Hostages Endured Torture and Dashed Hopes, Freed Cellmates Say

This report is long, but well worth the time to read.

The hostages were taken out of their cell one by one.

In a private room, their captors asked each of them three intimate questions, a standard technique used to obtain proof that a prisoner is still alive in a kidnapping negotiation.

James Foley returned to the cell he shared with nearly two dozen other Western hostages and collapsed in tears of joy. The questions his kidnappers had asked were so personal (“Who cried at your brother’s wedding?” “Who was the captain of your high school soccer team?”) that he knew they were finally in touch with his family.

What appeared to be a turning point was in fact the start of a downward spiral for Mr. Foley, a 40-year-old journalist, that ended in August when he was forced to his knees somewhere in the bald hills of Syria and beheaded as a camera rolled.

Peter Kassig was one of at least 23 foreign hostages from 12 countries who were kidnapped by Syrian insurgents, sold or handed over to the Islamic State, and then held underground in a prison near the Syrian city of Raqqa. A majority of the hostages were freed in exchange for large sums of cash, but those from the United States and Britain — two countries that abide by a strict no-ransom policy — were either killed or are still being held.

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The story of what happened in the Islamic State’s underground network of prisons in Syria is one of excruciating suffering. Mr. Foley and his fellow hostages were routinely beaten and subjected to waterboarding. For months, they were starved and threatened with execution by one group of fighters, only to be handed off to another group that brought them sweets and contemplated freeing them. The prisoners banded together, playing games to pass the endless hours, but as conditions grew more desperate, they turned on one another. Some, including Mr. Foley, sought comfort in the faith of their captors, embracing Islam and taking Muslim names.

Their captivity coincided with the rise of the group that came to be known as the Islamic State out of the chaos of the Syrian civil war. It did not exist on the day Mr. Foley was abducted, but it slowly grew to become the most powerful and feared rebel movement in the region. By the second year of Mr. Foley’s imprisonment, the group had amassed close to two dozen hostages and devised a strategy to trade them for cash.


The Grab

It was only a 40-minute drive to the Turkish border, but Mr. Foley decided to make one last stop.

In Binesh, Syria, two years ago, Mr. Foley and his traveling companion, the British photojournalist John Cantlie, pulled into an Internet cafe to file their work. The two were no strangers to the perils of reporting in Syria. Only a few months earlier, Mr. Cantlie had been kidnapped a few dozen miles from Binesh. He had tried to escape, barefoot and handcuffed, running for his life as bullets kicked up the dirt, only to be caught again. He was released a week later after moderate rebels intervened.

They were uploading their images when a man walked in.

“He had a big beard,” said Mustafa Ali, their Syrian translator, who was with them and recounted their final hours together. “He didn’t smile or say anything. And he looked at us with evil eyes.”

The man “went to the computer and sat for one minute only, and then left directly,” Mr. Ali said. “He wasn’t Syrian. He looked like he was from the Gulf.”

Mr. Foley, an American freelance journalist filing for GlobalPost and Agence France-Presse, and Mr. Cantlie, a photographer for British newspapers, continued transmitting their footage, according to Mr. Ali, whose account was confirmed by emails the journalists sent from the cafe to a colleague waiting for them in Turkey.

This article is lengthy, but well worth the time to read. it will give you important background and information the American public may never know.  Read the entire article HERE

thumbs up emoticonPig’s head thrown at Newcastle mosque

GOOD JOB PEOPLE!! Keep up the good work. Don’t forget…if confronted, you tell them the head fell out of your garbage bag.

Police photograph the pig's head outside the mosque in Newcastle.

A pig’s head has been thrown at a mosque in Newcastle – the second attack at the site in less than a week.

The head was discovered by worshippers in the mosque’s courtyard in Wallsend just before midday on Wednesday.

The incident was caught on CCTV.

thumbs up“It’s a sad incident,” Newcastle Muslim Association spokeswoman Diana Rah said.

“It’s not so much the action itself, but it’s the intention and hate behind it.

“We’ve got a lot of support from the wider community, so it’s a shame that there are elements in the community who commit these sorts of crimes.”

Newcastle Superintendent John Gralton would not comment on the motivation behind the attack and has appealed for information from the public.

“This type of incident does not belong anywhere in Newcastle or in NSW,” he said.

“The command will use all resources to bring those responsible to justice.”thumbs up emoticon

Last Wednesday, a Muslim man was punched in the face and racially taunted outside the mosque as he left prayer.

Ms Rah wasn’t sure if the two attacks were linked.

“In the last couple of months there has been a heightened level of verbal abuse, especially with women in the community being targeted because they’re easily identifiable wearing hijabs,” she said.

“But that had started to die down and we thought we’d hopefully seen the end of it.

“But the incident last week, and this incident again this week, has probably put a bit of fear into our community.”thumbs up emoticon

The NSW member for Wallsend, Sonia Hornery, condemned “the sickening racist attack” on the mosque and said she hoped the perpetrators were brought to justice quickly. (What race is Islam?)

“This is the second attack on the mosque within seven days and I will be seeking more information from local police to see what can be done to ensure that this stops,” she wrote on Facebook.

And we’ll do whatever we can to ensure it continues!!thumbs up emoticon

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Terror Suspects Laugh in Court as they are Accused of Planning ‘Poppy Day Beheading’

Three Muslim men laughed in court yesterday as they were accused of plotting to behead a member of the public before Remembrance Sunday.

Cousins Nadir Sayed, 21, and Yousaf Sayed, 19, along with friend Haseeb Hamayoon, 27, smirked as the charges against them were read out, with prosecutors claiming they planned to commit a terror attack on British soil.

The men were arrested days before Remembrance Sunday this year, leading to fears that commemoration services may have been targeted, and causing security to be tightened around major events such as the Queen’s wreath laying at the Cenotaph on Whitehall, London.

They have been charged under the Terrorism Act 2006 with intending to commit acts of terrorism and preparing to commit those acts.

Speaking at Westminster Magistrates Court yesterday, prosecutor Rebecca Mundy said: “These are serious charges, the evidence of which has been set out in a lengthy case summary.

“In relation to that this appears to be an incident where there was an attack planned in the UK that seemed to be imminent in nature and would have involved the defendants acting together in beheading a member of the public, using knives to do so.”

Roads were temporarily closed as the men were taken to the court in armoured police vans. The Daily Mail reports that the men nudged each other and laughed as the beheading plot was outlined. Hamayoon also waved at family members in the public gallery.

They spoke only to confirm their names and addresses, and will next appear before the Old Bailey on 4 December. Lawyers have confirmed they will not apply for bail.

These were the latest in a series of arrests by British police since the UK joined the US-led coalition in airstrikes against Islamic State in Iraq. Britain’s terror alert level was raised over the summer to its second-highest level, meaning that an attack is considered highly likely.

The arrest of the three men led to concerns that they may have been planning to target the Queen. Her Majesty was applauded on Remembrance Sunday when she turned up at the Cenotaph anyway and laid a wreath as normal.

He talked of Jewish conspiracy theories, fellow workers recall

Ottawa shooter ‘confrontational’ at North Vancouver construction site

Before he was addicted to crack and sleeping in shelters on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, the Parliament Hill shooter was known as a “confrontational” member of a construction crew making good money on a seven-kilometre tunnelling job in North Vancouver.

Michael Zehaf-Bibeau had two stints working as a skilled labourer helping build a tunnel for the region’s water system, according to former co-worker Kevin Banek.

Banek, a civil engineer, doesn’t remember exactly when “Zehaf” — as he was known on-site — started working on the project, but said his last stint began in May 2011. The project began in 2009 and all employees had to pass drug tests to get hired, he added.

Zehaf-Bibeau was known for “getting into it with people for various things” and would “go off” on the women of the job site, Banek said.

Site safety rules dictated that Banek be accompanied by another worker when inspecting portions of the tunnel that could be an hour’s walk away. A handful of times, Zehaf-Bibeau accompanied Banek on these walks.

Banek remembers the two having many theological conversations and Zehaf-Bibeau’s constant refrain that converting to Islam had changed his life.

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    “He was always trying to convert me, (saying) ‘You should read the Qur’an, bro,’ ” Banek said.

When asked if he would be happy with world peace but no religion, Zehaf-Bibeau told Banek, “No, there can’t be world peace until there’s only Muslims.”

A co-worker from a 2007 job in Squamish reportedly told the CBC that he would sometimes show YouTube videos of Taliban attacks, but Banek “didn’t get the inkling” that Zehaf-Bibeau was a religious extremist, because he “implied that it (Islam) was influencing his life in a good way.”

He was, however, very open about his belief in a global “Jewish conspiracy,” Banek said. “He believed that there is this conspiracy that Jewish people were trying to suppress Muslim culture and they’re trying to take over the world.

“He believed that he had a strong moral compass.”

Zehaf-Bibeau shot to death Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, a guard at the National War Memorial in Ottawa, on Oct. 22. He then raced to Parliament Hill and rushed inside the Centre Block, where he was killed by Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers.

Over the last four weeks, police have remained tight-lipped about their investigation of Zehaf-Bibeau’s motives and plans before the attack.

Zehaf-Bibeau struggled with drug addiction for years, both before and after his time working on the Vancouver tunnel project. By 2011, he was sleeping in shelters on the Downtown Eastside, where he also ran into trouble with the law.


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Big Stone Co. GOP chair: Muslims are terrorists, we should ‘frag ‘em’

OH!! Its so very nice to read a statement from a man with a set of balls on him!! Good for him!!

A Minnesota Republican Party official issued a “call to arms” against Muslims Thursday, calling them “terrorists” and “parasites” and suggesting that someone should “frag ‘em.”

Jack Whitley, chairman of the Big Stone County Republican Party, has no apology for a series of inflammatory posts on his personal Facebook page — remarks state GOP officials have condemned as “outrageous.”

“Muslims are terrorists. They don’t belong in this country,” Whitley told the Star Tribune Thursday. “Their attitude and their agenda don’t belong in this country. They cause terror and discontent, total chaos everywhere they are.” (RIGHT ON!!)

The Minnesota Republican Party rejected Whitley’s statements.

“I condemn the outrageous comments posted on Mr. Whitley’s Facebook page,” Minnesota Republican Party Chairman Keith Downey said in a statement Thursday.   crying-emoticon “They could not be further from the Republican Party’s beliefs, nor more contrary to the efforts we have undertaken to include Muslim Americans, and every American, in our Party.  We recently moved our office into the heart of Minneapolis, were proud to endorse our first Somali-American candidate for the state legislature, and have worked hard to welcome the fine Americans from these communities into our Party.”

In a Facebook post Wednesday, Whitley wrote:

“I have no desire to hold hands and play pattycake with these people,” he told the Star Tribune. “It’s pointless. They don’t understand peace…They understand one thing, and that’s aggressive force.”

That, he said, includes any American Muslims who do not “stand up and deal with the aggression and terrorist activities within their own ideology.”

His post was one of many on his Facebook page condemning Islam, homosexuality, Communism and other topics. This post, first spotted by the Bluestem Prairie blog, brought protests from the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

“It’s very disturbing to see a Republican Party leader engage in outright bigotry and hate,” CAIR-Minnesota executive director Lori Saroya said in a statement. “These broad-brush smears of the entire Muslim community remind us of similar smears against Catholics, Jews and others in the past.”

Whitley, for his part, sees no reason to apologize. In a fresh blog post this morning, he wrote:

When asked whether his feelings about Muslims extended to peaceful Muslim-American men, women and children – including Minneapolis’s Muslim-American congressman, Keith Ellison,

“I don’t really see much of Islam being peaceful at all,” he said. “Don’t come into this country, infiltrating this country with your terrorist activities and terrorist agendas and call it a ‘holy war.”

If statements like “frag ‘em” — a reference to detonating a fragmentation grenade — creates an atmosphere of violence against Muslim-Americans, Whitley said followers of the religion bring it upon themselves if they fail to reject Islamic extremists.

“You have the right to follow any path of religion you choose, as long as it does not violate other people’s peace,” he said. “Your association with those in your religion who have those terrorist activities, and your unwillingness to call them on the carpet for it? No, you no longer have the right to practice that religion if it infringes on the peace and the tranquility of this nation and the people around you. That nullifies your constitutional right to practice your freedom of religion.”

Second British jihadi ‘dies in Kobane fighting for ISIS': Two 20-year-old Londoners now killed in siege of Syrian border town after one pledged there was ‘no going back’ on Newsnight

  • British man known as Abu Abdullah al-Habashi killed fighting in Kobane
  • A second man, Abu Dharda, 20, from west London, also allegedly killed

A second British jihadi has been killed fighting for the Islamic State in the besieged Syrian city of Kobane, it has been claimed.

ISIS supporters on social media were yesterday mourning the death of 20-year-old Muslim convert Abu Abdullah al-Habashi, also known by a second nom de guerre of Abu Abdullah al-Britani.

They now claim Abu Dharda, 20, also known as Abu Dhar Somali, was killed fighting alongside militants in the city.

Abu Abdullah, 20 (right)  appeared alongside a German and a French fighter in an ISIS propaganda video

   Al-Habashi, from north London, was of Eritrean origin and converted from Christianity to Islam during his teenage years. He is understood to have travelled from the UK to join the Islamic State in Syria in December 2013.

Abu Dharda, from west London, came from a British-Somali background and travelled to Syria via Turkey in the same month as al-Habashi.

Neither death has been independently verified. Their families could not be contacted and police said they could not comment.

The British fighter also told Newsnight that he had been fighting with Islamic State in Ramadi, Iraq. He described it as ‘the best fighting and the hardest fighting’ and that ‘US-made weapons was the war booty.’

Last month, the British fighter appeared alongside a German and a French ISIS fighter in the IS video, ‘Wait. We are also waiting.’

In the video, Abu Abdullah describes the West as being full of ‘puppets and apostates’. 

He declares: ‘We are waiting for you in Dabiq. We are waiting for you in Iraq so bring your coalition of unbelievers because unbelievers will not help you. We will take their weaponry as booty and these people will die.’

The British jihadist vows that all Islamic State fighters ‘are willing to lay down our blood on this soil. So try. Try to come and we will kill every single soldier.’

‘We will chop off the heads of the Americans. We will chop off the heads of the French, chop of the heads of whoever you may bring.’

He even promised that the black flag of the Islamic State will ‘eventually be on the White House.’ 


Al-Habashi also appeared in another IS video, entitled ‘Eid Greetings from the Land of the Khilafah.’ 

The video, released in August, featured the British fighter alongside fighters from Finland and America.

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