ISIS sets up English-speaking brigade to target Western countries

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The Islamic State has created an English language group of fighters, whose aim is to bring the terrorist organization’s fight to the West. The first step is to send foreign fighters back home after they have completed their training.

The brigade, which is known as the ‘Anwar al-Awlaki Battalion,’ is made up solely of English speaking jihadists. The Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) now want to use this group of Islamists to plan and carryout terrorist attacks in English speaking countries. The anti-Islamic State group, Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently, made the claims, reported by the International Business Times.

According to the group, which is opposed to IS, the jihadists received their instructions on Thursday to carry out an attack in an English speaking country. Part of the aim of sending militants to Europe and America to carry out attacks, is to try and sway public opinion in the West to stop coalition strikes against IS in Iraq and Syria. The militants also want to destabilize security services in these countries and create a climate of fear amongst the local populations.

“Finally, the order has been issued to implement an armed operation within my country,” an IS fighter, who spoke in English in the Awlaki battalion reportedly told an activist in Raqqa, after the militants had undergone training regimes with the group. “I am now ready to return to my town and carry out operations, now I am able to do jihad in Europe,” according to the Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently group.

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The newly formed English language battalion is named after Anwar al-Awlaki, who was an American born Islamist militant, who died in Yemen after a US drone strike in September 2011. He was responsible for spreading the group’s militant message to European and English-speaking audiences.

Said Kouachi, who was one of the two terrorists involved in this month’s attack on the French magazine Charlie Hebdo, traveled to Yemen and there are unconfirmed reports that he met with al-Awlaki during his time in the Arabian Peninsula.

The Islamic State has used foreign fighters in prominent positions to promote its propaganda in the past. A British militant Jihadi John, who speaks with a London accent, is believed to have beheaded American freelance journalist James Foley and other Western hostages.

Vanderbilt University: Muslim Brotherhood-linked student group tries to bully professor who criticized Islam into silence

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JANUARY 21, 2015 1:19 PM BY ROBERT SPENCER

Carol-M.-SwainThe Chicago Tribune reported in 2004 that the U.S. arm of the Muslim Brotherhood “helped establish the Muslim Students Association.” The Muslim Brotherhood, according to a captured internal document that names the MSA as one of its arms in the U.S., is dedicated in its own words to “eliminating and destroying Western civilization from within, and sabotaging its miserable house.” What better way to do that than to intimidate into silence everyone who dares raise even the slightest objection to Islamic jihad terror?

The dean of students’ involvement in this thuggish assault on the freedom of speech is unconscionable, but not surprising.

“‘Liberal,’ ‘Tolerant’ Vanderbilt Muslims Seek To Bully Black Professor Into Silence,” by Eric Owens, Daily Caller, January 21, 2015:

A black Vanderbilt University professor’s op-ed critical of Islamic terrorism has touched off a wave of protest by Muslim students and other critics.

The op-ed author is Carol Swain, a longtime professor of law and political science at Vanderbilt and a self-proclaimed political conservative. Her op-ed, entitled “Charlie Hebdo attacks prove critics were right about Islam,” appeared in The Tennessean (Nashville’s main newspaper) on Jan. 15.

Swain, who opposes burqas and advocates stronger efforts at assimilation for American Muslims, argued that Islam “poses an absolute danger to us and our children unless it is monitored better than it has been under the Obama administration.”

In response, Muslim students, led by Vanderbilt undergraduate Farishtay Yamin, took great offense.

Yamin told The Vanderbilt Hustler, the campus newspaper, that she “could not believe her eyes” when she read Swain’s column. The student also quickly labeled Swain’s opinion as “hate speech.”

She then used Facebook to set up a “Campus-Wide Protest Against Hate Speech Published in the Tennessean” on Saturday afternoon.

Attendance at the fairly brief event was in the low hundreds, The College Fix reports. Students who showed up brought signs emblazoned with slogans such as “Better a brat than a bigot.”

Yamin, who is the publicity chair for Vanderbilt’s Muslim Student Association, told audience in no uncertain terms that a black female professor’s speech must be restricted if she says “these kinds of things” in the future.

“What I’m really trying to show her is that she can’t continue to say these kinds of things on a campus that’s so liberal and diverse and tolerant,” Yamin declared.

Swain “used a platform of murdering people to gain publicity,” Yamin charged.

“There is no way the students here are going to allow further attacks on their own peers,” the Muslim undergrad also threatened, according to the Fix.

“And if the university respects us as human beings, it has to come out and condemn these statements and promise us that it’s not going to happen again in the future.”

Mark Bandas, the dean of students at Vanderbilt, also got into the act. He appeared at the “Campus-Wide Protest Against Hate Speech” to offer encouragement.

“Ensuring that this campus is welcoming to, and supportive of, all of our students,” he told the assembled dozens. He also urged students to “engage in dialogue” when presented with “polarizing speech.”…

Dozen former French soldiers, including elite troops, join ISIS – reports

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A dozen former French soldiers, mostly from special forces and the Foreign Legion, have joined jihadists fighting in Syria and Iraq, a defense ministry source confirms, as the government readies a new multimillion anti-terror plan.

Reports of French ex-military turning to jihad first appeared on Radio France Internationale (RFI) and in L’Opinion daily on Wednesday.

An anonymous defense ministry source later confirmed the information to AFP.

“We estimate around a dozen former troops have joined these networks,” the source said. “Our concern is not former soldiers… It’s preventing the phenomenon of radicalization within our forces.”

Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, however, would not directly comment on the issue at a Wednesday press conference on France’s new anti-terrorism measures.

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“The cases of former soldiers being tempted by jihadist adventure are extremely rare,” was all he said.

One shouldn’t underestimate those rare cases, David Thomson, RFI journalist and author of The French Jihadists, believes.

“These people who come [to Syria and Iraq] are already fighters and they know the way the French troops fight,” Thomson told Le Figaro.

Among soldiers-turned-jihadists are those who served in the Foreign Legion and former paratroopers, RFI says, adding that some of the fighters confessed to being former French soldiers on social networks.
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“Others are explosives experts, young people in their twenties. Some have been converted [to Islam], others are from Arab-Muslim culture,” the RFI report says.

L’Opinion singles out a French jihadist of Maghreb origin, who served in the elite 1st Marine Infantry Parachute Regiment for five years and underwent commando training in fighting techniques, shooting and survival.

The man was then hired by a private security company to work on oil facilities in the Arabian Peninsula.

“He was gradually radicalized, letting himself grow a beard and adhering to Islamist ideology,” the daily writes, adding the man eventually went to Syria.

The Defense Ministry plans to monitor its recruits as well as ex-soldiers more closely to prevent possible radicalization. The army’s 1,000-strong internal intelligence unit will get 65 extra staff for that purpose, Le Drian announced on Wednesday.

ISIS ‘lovers’ hack websites in 40 Spanish towns

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At least forty municipalities in the Navarre province of Spain had their websites compromised, with the hackers leaving messages in support of the Islamic State (IS, formerly known as ISIS/ISIL) extremist group.

An estimated 70 municipal websites were attacked on Tuesday evening, police say, according to El Diario de Navarra.

Instead of their usual content, the websites displayed black IS flags and threats in Arabic. The message started with the words “I love ISIS” and ended with “Je suis Mohammed” and “Je suis ISIS”.

The posts also included insults targeting France and Israel. The pages were signed either with “hackers Algeria 2015″, or with “hacked by Team System Dz.”

Police don’t think the attack specifically target Navarre, pointing out that all the affected websites had one service provider, located in France.

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“This was probably a continuation of last week’s action in France,” police said, according to El Diario de Navarra, cited by the Local.

Last week, Islamist hackers shut down over 20,000 French websites. The attacks were launched shortly after the mass rally in Paris in commemoration of the Charlie Hebdo attack victims.

It took two hours before the pro-ISIS messages were removed.

The ongoing investigation will say whether the case should be regarded as an act of terrorism and so needs to be heard in a high court.

France meanwhile continues to suffer hack attacks.

On Wednesday, French daily Le Monde had its Twitter account hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA).

One of the tweets posted by the group read: “Je ne suis pas Charlie” (‘I’m not Charlie’).