‘Islamic State Commander’ Living as Refugee in German Village…

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BY SARKIS ZERONIAN

In the latest of a series of raids, German police have searched two homes in a rural village after a television channel interviewed a suspected Islamic State commander living there as a refugee.

Sankt Johann is a small village in the south west German state, Rhineland-Palatinate. Something of a rural idyll, its 800 residents live between vineyards in the shadow of a 14th century Gothic church. And yet, as SPIEGEL TV reports, this weekend it was the scene of police raids on two Islamic State-linked suspects living in refugee housing.

Prosecutors’ office spokesman Michael Neuhaus said the two men targeted by the operation are “suspected of taking part in the Syrian civil war as members of a foreign terrorist organisation”. He said there were “no immediate indications that a concrete attack was planned” but declined to give any further details.

Two houses in the village are used to house Syrian refugees, but among the opponents of the Assad regime living there SPIEGEL TV tracked down a suspected commander of the Islamic State terror group after tip offs from other Syrian activists. They had identified him as a man called Bassam, a notorious commander said to be responsible for the deaths of dozens of people.

A 32-year-old man, he allegedly fought in the ranks of Islamic State fighters in the eastern Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor before leaving via Turkey to seek asylum in Germany. Starting his fighting career with rebel jihadists in Al Kasra, the man in question is understood to have joined Sunni Islamist militias fighting the Syrian Government as part of the al-Qaeda affiliated al-Nusra Front, before graduating to the even more extreme Salafi jihadists of Islamic State.

His original ambition had been to be a suicide bomber, but his brother had used his position as a Sharia judge to secure him his officer’s role. In late summer last year Bassam was captured at a checkpoint north of Aleppo by Free Syrian Army soldiers following intelligence that he was fleeing to Turkey with tens of thousands of dollars in cash. For reasons unknown he was released after 20 days, with a memory card for a telephone holding masses of Islamic State propaganda but without his money.

Incredibly, German security services were said to have been oblivious to his presence in Germany since last autumn until SPIEGEL TV’s research alerted them to it.

For his part Bassam denies ever being an Islamic State fighter, and says he has nothing more to do with his brother. He also claims to have no idea why he was captured by soldiers from the Free Syrian Army.

For now he wants to concentrate on his professional future, telling SPIEGEL TV: “I want to learn German and work as a cook.”

As Breitbart London recently reported, German security forces have received more than 100 tip-offs that Islamic State fighters may be hiding among migrants currently staying in the country.

TRUMP TO SAVAGE: Maybe Obama doesn’t want to defeat ISIS…

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In another wide-ranging interview with talk-radio host Michael Savage, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump suggested President Obama might not have a desire to defeat the Islamic jihadist group ISIS, and the real-estate billionaire shied away from declaring he would win the New Hampshire primary Tuesday.

Trump repeated his observation that President Obama refuses to identify the enemy as “radical Islamic terrorism,” insisting ISIS and other groups have nothing to do with Islam.

“It’s radical Islamic terrorism, and we have a president who won’t even use the words,” he said. “If you don’t use the words, you’re never going to get rid of the problem.

“Maybe he doesn’t want to get rid of the problem,” Trump said. “I don’t know exactly what’s going on.”

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Turning to the New Hampshire primary, Savage noted Trump, who leads by as many as 21 points in the latest polls, is “way ahead of the pack.”

Trump replied: “Yeah, so far.”

A surprised Savage asked, “You’re not even saying you’re going to win?”

“I don’t want to really say it, because I don’t want to bring any bad luck,” Trump said. “I’m doing well. The polls look good. The enthusiasm’s incredible.

“Tonight we’re going to have a crowd of 4 or 5,000 people out – although it’s snowing, so, I don’t know, maybe that will be a little smaller.”

Trump finished second to Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in the Iowa caucuses last week, 28 to 24 percent, after polls showed Trump leading the field.

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In an interview last week with Savage, Trump said he would have an advantage in the general election over his Republican rivals, because polls show he has a chance to win states that have been considered a lock for Democrats, including New York and Michigan.

Good Samaritan?

Savage asked Trump about the mix-up during the introductions for the ABC News Republican debate Saturday night in which Ben Carson missed his call and stood at the stage entrance while other candidates passed him.

Savage noted Trump was the only one who didn’t “step over him.”

“All the others walked by him, like he wasn’t there,” Savage said. “He didn’t hear it, or something. You actually stood there and you told him his name was called. And you said, ‘Ben, go ahead, you were called first.’”

Trump said it wasn’t Carson’s fault.

“You couldn’t hear a thing back there. It was really the fault of the network,” Trump said.

So, I walked out and I saw Ben standing, and I said, ‘What are you doing here? You’re supposed to be out there.’

“I stood with him until they got it straight,” he said.

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Savage commented that the other candidates “stepped over, basically, a person who had fallen in the street.”

“And that tells you an awful lot about people,” the talk host said.

“It’s like me,” Savage continued. “Brash people from New York are often called names that don’t apply to them. They think if you’re direct and honest that you’re a mean person.

“And what they don’t understand is I’ve lived on the West Coast most of my adult life. All these nice people will stick a knife in your back faster than anybody I’ve met in New York, to be honest with you. I prefer people who are up front.”

Savage referenced a New York Post article published Sunday titled “How Donald Trump helped save New York City.”

Writer Steve Cuozzo said that long before Trump put his name on buildings and ran for the White House, he was New York’s “most important and bravest real-estate developer,” citing eight major projects.

“I did it at a time when it wasn’t fashionable, in many cases, and it’s been great for the city, and I’m very happy,” Trump commented.

‘Let Russia buy some of the bombs’

Regarding the war against ISIS and Islamic jihad, Savage noted that Trump has favored making Russia and its president, Vladimir Putin, an ally against terrorism.

“Well, Putin said great things about me. Look, I know when I’m being played and all. But he said, Trump is brilliant, Trump is their real leader and all that stuff,” Trump said. “And, you know what? I accept it. OK.”

Critics said he should have disavowed Putin’s comments, Trump noted.

“What’s wrong with having a good relationship with Russia? What’s wrong with Russia bombing the hell out of ISIS and these other crazies so we don’t have to spend a million dollars a bomb?

“Let them buy some of the bombs, ’cause that’s what’s happening. And I say, ‘I can’t believe these people’ (who disagree). They want to do it themselves,” Trump said.

“We’ve been over there, Michael, for 15 years … and so far we have nothing for it. If Russia wants to be friendly with us and wants to bomb the hell out of ISIS, I say, ‘That’s great, we’ll help ’em.’”

‘Stone-cold guy’

Savage asked why former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Ohio Gov. John Kasich are still in the race.

“I don’t understand Bush,” Trump said, “because he’s just a stone-cold guy that is not going to make it. He’s got no persona.”

But Trump said Kasich “has done a good job in Ohio.”

“He’s got a little lucky with the oil, with fracking, but I give him credit. Because, frankly, in New York, we should have started with fracking. We’d end up with no debt right now. But they fracked and Ohio is doing fine,” Trump said.

But I think Bush should not be on the stage, I agree with you,” Trump said, noting Bush has spent $120 million on his campaign.

Savage, describing Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., as a “lightweight” who doesn’t belong in “the big boys club,” asked Trump, “Where did they get this guy from?”

Trump declined to judge Rubio, choosing to describe the moment early in the debate Saturday night when New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie caught Rubio repeating a memorized script, which he said was evidence that the Florida senator relies on canned talking points and doesn’t have the executive skills and experience necessary to be president.

“I don’t know, but I was standing next to him during the debate,” Trump said, “and it was sort of a weird thing going on, and I watched it, and said, ‘Well, wait a minute, he said that a minute ago. And then he said it again and again.

“I don’t know what happened to him,” Trump said.

“He’s been very nice to me,” he said of Rubio. “I just don’t know what happened.”

Savage suggested that if Hillary Clinton drops out of the Democratic race – which is a strong possibility as she faces an FBI investigation into her handling of classified information – the Democrats would not allow self-identified democratic socialist Bernie Sanders to be nominated.

But Trump said it “will be hard to bring somebody up who, frankly, hasn’t done well in primary contests,” he said, referring to Vice President Joe Biden.

“Biden has done very, very poorly over the years in primaries. He’s run a number of times,” Trump noted.

“I think it’s going to be hard to take it away from Sanders if for some reason she doesn’t run.”

Trump marveled at the possibility of “running against a socialist-perhaps-communist.”

“This is what we’ve come to. It’s incredible,” he said, pointing out a new national poll shows Sanders, who has a substantial lead in New Hampshire, even with Clinton.

‘Don’t go soft’

Savage concluded by reminding Trump that every time he makes strong policy statements that many regard as too provocative, his poll numbers go up.

“Donald, please don’t go soft because the advisers are telling you to go soft. They’re 100 percent wrong,” Savage said.

“Going soft is wrong. The people need an alpha-male leader, and I think you’re the only one to win here,” he said.

“I’m glad you told me that,” Trump said. ‘That was very nice, and I’m glad you told me that.”
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DILBERT CREATOR PREDICTS GOP WILL RIG NEW HAMPSHIRE

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“If they don’t fix the race, or they fix it only a little, Trump will win big”

BY STEVE WATSON

Scott Adams, the creator of the popular Dilbert cartoon series, predicts that the GOP will rig tonight’s primary in New Hampshire to favor establishment favorite Marco Rubio.
In a blog posting, Adams argues that there is too much at stake for the “fixers” to not do anything to counter the juggernaut of Donald Trump’s campaign.
“They have a big decision to make about how far to go.” Adams writes.

“If they don’t fix the race, or they fix it only a little, Trump will win big and he might be unstoppable. You can’t have that if you are the establishment fixers.”
The satirist suggests that it would be strange to see a strong showing for Rubio following the debacle of the last GOP debate in which he performed extremely poorly and garnered much negative press for repeating stock talking points.
“There is no natural reason to expect Rubio (the establishment’s candidate) to have another “surprise” surge as he did in Iowa.” Adams notes.
“That would be too obvious. So the fixers (if such people exist) can either lose the White House or risk getting caught by making too large a fix.”
“Which way would they go?” Adams ponders.
He answers his own question, urging “they would go for the big fix and risk detection,” with the reasoning that “the people at the top are not the ones who will go to jail if the fix is detected.”
“Look for Rubio to have a surprisingly strong second-place showing in New Hampshire. And look for the most common explanations for that surprise to be his momentum from Iowa.” Adams predicts.
Adams, who coined the phrases ‘Induhvidual’ and ‘Confusopoly,’ states that he knows he is putting his credibility on the line.
“I assume that most of you think this is conspiracy talk and not to be taken seriously. Some of you will feel sorry for me as I squander the remaining crumbs of my credibility on this foolishness. But keep in mind that you said the same thing in September when I was predicting Trump’s rise.” he writes.
“Wherever you have large stakes, an opportunity for wrong-doing, and a small risk of getting caught, wrong-doing happens. That’s a universal law of human awfulness. When humans CAN cheat, they do. Or at least enough of them do.” Adams suggests, adding that it would be naive to believe the primaries are not open to corruption.
“If not, that would mean the primaries are the one thing in history that has escaped the universal law of human awfulness. And that seems a stretch.” he quips.
Adams’ comments dovetail with reports that Fox News has already published mock up results showing Rubio in second place with 15%, behind Trump at 28%.

OBAMA SUPPORTS SAUDI INVASION OF SYRIA

Anxious to rollback Russian support for al-Assad

BY KURT NIMMO

According to the German newspaper Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten  The Obama administration supports a planned Saudi-led invasion of Syria in order to curb Russian support for Syria. The government of Bashar al-Assad invited Russia into the country to help fight US and Saudi supported jihadists in September, 2015.

US support for the planned Saudi invasion comes as al-Assad’s Syrian Arab Army (SAA) with the help of Iranian security forces, Hezbollah and Iraqi Shi’a fighters close in on the major jihadist stronghold of Aleppo and surrounding countryside.

The SAA has captured the towns of Nubul, Ta’ana and al-Zahraa and is closing in on Idlib while Kurdish troops secured several kilometers of the Gaziantep-Aleppo road and captured the town of Deir Jamal. Battles in Bayanoun, Kafr Naya, and Hayyan have defeated the jihadists and closed down a supply route over the Turkish border.

Russia has conducted airstrikes in support of the operation. The Russian Defense Ministry has confirmed it has put into service a large number of T-90 Vladimir tanks in Syria and the SAA is using the third generation battle tank along with assault groups to establish control over a declared security zone between the towns of Azaz and Jarabulus on the Syria-Turkey border.

Confronting the Russians

Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten notes “the Saudis who support several terrorist groups in Syria together with the US are especially interested to overthrow President Assad. The Americans, in turn, want to prevent Russians from playing the main part in the reorganization in Syria.”
The invasion, reportedly planned for March, and billed as an offensive against the Islamic State will put the Saudi coalition into direct conflict with the SAA, Iranian security forces, Hezbollah, Iraqi Shi’a militias and the Russians.

Turkey has demonstrated its willingness to confront Russia directly. In November a Turkish Air Force F-16 fighter jet shot down a Russian Sukhoi Su-24M bomber aircraft near the Syria–Turkey border. Turkey is a member of NATO.
Following the establishment of a Russian airbase in Syria near the Turkish border President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey may enter the war on the side of the jihadists fighting against the al-Assad government.
The downing of the Russian aircraft appears to be part of a larger strategy by the United States. In October the leading globalist Zbigniew Brzezinski told the Financial Times he advised Obama to disarm the Russians if they keep attacking the CIA-trained militants in Syria.
“The Russian naval and air presences in Syria are vulnerable, isolated geographically from their homeland,” Brzezinski said. “They could be ‘disarmed’ if they persist in provoking the US.”
“In these rapidly unfolding circumstances the US has only one real option if it is to protect its wider stakes in the region: to convey to Moscow the demand that it cease and desist from military actions that directly affect American assets,” he said.
The Saudi-led invasion is part of the strategy outlined by Brzezinski. It is designed to raise the stakes for Russia and its partners and drive Iran out of Syria.
The strategy, however, is highly risky and is likely to result in an escalation and widening of the conflict and, in a worse case scenario, precipitate direct conflict between the United States and Russia.

Belgium: Muslim threatens to burn down supermarket for selling Charlie Hebdo

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Charlie Hebdo surrendered and has voluntarily adopted the Sharia restriction on drawing Muhammad, but that hasn’t mollified Islamic jihadis. They will pursue their war against the freedom of speech anywhere and everywhere they can.

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“Extremist threatens Bruges supermarket,” Expatica, February 5, 2016:

Police in Bruges have detained a man after he issued threats at a local supermarket. The 36-year-old Tunisian involved is said to have become “radicalised” in the tourist Mecca.

The suspect was upset because the supermarket in the district of Assebroek continued to stock the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo that was the target of an attack by Muslim extremists in January last year.

Last week the Tunisian caused problems at a Bruges supermarket when he glorified the attacks and shouted at the cashier threatening to set the supermarket alight.

The store manager wasn’t prepared to take any risks and alerted the police. The Tunisian was detained and held in detention. A raid on his home yielded extremist paraphernalia.

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UPDATE: Starbucks Banned Women from their Coffee Shop in Saudi Arabia

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SAUDI ARABIAStarbucks in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia recently banned women from entering their coffee shops. People on social media have been sharing several photos that appear to be taped to the front door of the business. The sign reads, “Please no entrance for ladies.” 

UPDATE: OFFICIAL STATEMENT FROM STARBUCKS

Starbucks in Saudi Arabia adheres to the local customs by providing separate entrances for families as well as single people. All our stores provide equal amenities, service, menu, and seating to men, women and families. We are working as quickly as possible as we refurbish our Jarir store, so that we may again welcome all customers in accordance with local customs.

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ISIS declares rallies of France’s National Front are ‘prime targets’

For the first time, the Islamic State (IS, former ISIS, ISIL) has targeted France’s right-wing National Front (FN) party and its supporters in a statement on the pages of its French-language propaganda magazine.

In the latest issue of Dar al Islam, the jihadists published a photo of an FN rally with the caption “prime targets.”

“The question is no longer whether France will be hit again by attacks like those of November… The only relevant question is the next target and the date,” the text read, as cited by Le Figaro.

A photo of an FN rally with the accompanying quote was tweeted by Romain Caillet, an Islamist expert and historian of global jihadist movements.

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In response, the secretary general of the National Front challenged Prime Minister Manual Valls on Twitter, asking him if he was “satisfied,” referring to the PM’s harsh rhetoric condemning the right-wing party. Speaking on France Inter in December, Valls described FN as “racist and anti-Semitic,” while claiming that if they won power in regional polls, it could lead to “civil war” in France.

Caillet suggested on Twitter that the threat from militants might have been provoked by the slogan A vote for FN is a vote for IS,” which was coined by the President of the Regional Council of Burgundy during regional elections at the end of last year. The mantra was picked up by socialist MPs, who suggested that FN was trying to divide France –the same goal it said is being pursued by IS.

Meanwhile, the party’s vice president, Florian Philippot, tweeted that in targeting the FN, the jihadists were attacking the whole country.

In an interview to RFI on Monday Louis Aliot , another FN vice president, said that he has asked the Interior Ministry to take the “threat seriously” and “do everything to prevent the worst.” 

The head of the FN party, Marine Le Pen, has been gaining popularity in the wake of the deadly terror attacks in Paris in November of 2015 through anti-immigrant rhetoric and criticism of the EU’s handling of the current refugee crisis. Despite a solid lead in the first round of regional elections last year, the FN failed to win a single region in the second round of the regional elections in December.