Muslim Teen terror suspects attended exclusive elite school

Screen Shot 2015-03-18 at 3.21.20 PM

“… Because we saw something that had never come to our mind, that young boys, just excellent children who are very intelligent … just normal like anyone, suddenly went to Syria or Turkey”

How many thousands of these stories must I run? Once again, further proof that it is a lie (as if we needed more) that Muslims wage jihad for any reason other than Islam. Poverty, disaffection, illiteracy, joblessness, insanity — any other reason will do so hellbent are the elites from facing the truth.

Thousands of Muslims from Europe and North America who are flocking to the Middle East to wage jihad grew up in the West, went to the finest  schools, and came from affluent homes.

This war is ideological. It’s religious and political. Because Islam is political. Nationality, race, sex, ethnicity, borders, hair color, shoe size are irrelevant. It is Islamic jihad. That is the common thread. Holy war. Period.

The leftist/Islamic lie that is rammed down our throats by Islamic supremacists like Hamas-CAIR and Islamic apologists like President Obama, John Kerry, the media and academics across the world that this has nothing to do with Islam absurd, false, fatal. The will attribute jihad to poverty, illiteracy, culture — anything but its true origins.

Rappers in Germany, doctors in Glasgow, chemical engineering students in Canada, heart surgeons in Saudi Arabia, university students in Britain, imams in America, herdsmen in Nigeria and so forth – what brings these wildly different people together? Jihad. From the Sahara to the Kalahari, London to Lisbon, Manhattan to Madrid, Bali to Boston, Tiananmen Square to Thailand, Myanmar to Malaysia, Nairobi to Nigeria ….. no matter what the background, upbringing, schooling, wealth or poverty, color, what have you, it doesn’t matter. The understanding of Islam and jihad is the same, and it is the motive, the incitement to this monstrous war on the West and the East and all points in between.

If the world was as concerned with the mass slaughter of non-Muslims by jihadists as they are about the fictional narrative of “islamophobia,” we might begin to defeat this enemy of humanity

Teen terror suspects attended exclusive Sydney school, By James Thomas, March 18, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-03-18 at 3.24.02 PM

The Middle East-bound teens were stopped at Sydney Airport. Photo: AAP

FIRST ON 7: Two teenage Australian boys who were stopped on suspicion of attempting to travel to join foreign fighters in the Middle East were star pupils at one of Sydney’s most exclusive schools, a 7News investigation has revealed.

Customs officials detained the two boys, who Seven has chosen not to name, at Sydney Airport two weeks ago on suspicion of attempting to travel to Turkey to engage in hostile activities.

7News has exclusively reported that the two boys, stopped under the Foreign Fighters Act last month, were star pupils at the prestigious Sydney Boys High School.

The boys, 16 and 17, were perfect students who excelled at debating, sports and studies.

But over time their appearances and possibly their values underwent transitions. The eldest grew a beard last year, possibly to fit in with strict Wahhabi beliefs.

Their online footprints reveal they watched videos by former firebrand preacher Sheikh Feiz Mohammed and commented on a Facebook post from Syria.

Principal Kim Jaggar declined to be interviewed, but parents from the Sydney Boys High School community told Seven they were shocked by the revelation – and terrorism experts are worried.

Intelligent Risks Group CEO Neil Fergus said it was greatly concerning when smart kids with strong academic and sporting records, and strong families were being seduced by extremist messages.

Star pupils: The Sydney Boys High community has been stunned by the revelations. Photo: 7News

“It’s not the schools. The schools, in the main, have been incredibly responsible,” Mr Fergus said. “The issue we’ve had locally is a couple of these hate preachers, self-styled preachers.

“We have a lot of material on the internet that is very confronting, very violent and that is attracting a certain style of person.

“But there is other much more subtle propaganda going out there which is showing footage of the refugee camps … and appealing to … the wider Islamic population to come and do their duty.”

From the south-west of Sydney, the boys attempted to board Malaysian Airlines flight 122 to Kuala Lumpur and then Turkey two weeks ago.

They were stopped by customs officials who suspected they intended to travel to conflict zones in the Middle East.

The boys were released into the custody of their parents, whose names Seven has also chosen not to publish. They were seemingly oblivious to their sons’ intentions.

A search of the boys’ electronic devices retrieved a deleted file coaching them on how to beat questioning by border control – a primary tip was to know the tourist attractions in Turkey.

Screen Shot 2015-03-18 at 3.25.34 PM

One of the boys being interviewed by Customs officials. Photo: AAP

“They need a cover story,” Mr Fergus said.

“The facilitators are telling them: “Be ready and prepared to give these answers, otherwise, you run the risk of being stopped by the Turkish authorities and turned around”.

A search warrant was also planned for Sydney Boys High, with authorities keen to discover anything that might reveal what set the two bright boys on the path to radicalisation.

Muslim cleric Imam Imin Hady said that was something that concerned everyone.

“… Because we saw something that had never come to our mind, that young boys, just excellent children who are very intelligent … just normal like anyone, suddenly went to Syria or Turkey,” he said.

In a statement, the Australian Federal Police said the investigation was ongoing.

- See more at:

Watch-list of suspected European Islamic State sympathisers stands at 10,000 people

THE SHEER quantity of names handed over by the EU makes the task of policing the Turkish border with Syria an almost IMPOSSIBLE task, an expert has warned.


Screen Shot 2015-03-16 at 3.14.54 PM

Countries within the European Union have handed a list with the names of more than 10,000 suspected Islamic State sympathisers, she revealed.

This has created unmanageable pressure on immigration forces in Turkey.

The Turks complained that they can’t do it, and you know what, they can’t

Professor Jytte Klausen

Professor Jytte Klausen, who is the founder of the Western Jihadism Project, said the watchlist given to officials is a “capacity busting proposition”.

“The Turks complained that they can’t do it, and you know what, they can’t,” the Harvard and Brandeis University professor explained.

“It’s a capacity busting proposition, to watch out for 10,000 westerners.

“They are not going to be able to check most names on that list of 10,000.

“Only if there is a case where there is an urgent bulletin out, because it has been discovered that they had left – and the urgent bulletin would be on the top of the desk – that’s when you can catch people as happened here.”

Her comments come hours after three British teenage boys were detained by officials in the country as they planned to travel to Syria.

The three teens were detained after British police were made aware on Friday two boys had gone missing and were believed to be travelling to Syria. 

Inquiries revealed they had travelled with a third person, the 19-year-old man.

It has been reported that the trio travelled to Spain and then took a flight to Turkey. 

Screen Shot 2015-03-16 at 3.16.27 PM

Left to Right: The suspected Jihadi Brides – Kadiza Sultana, Shamima Begum and Amira Abase

Hayat Boumedienne, the widow of one of the terrorists who carried out an attack in Paris in January, also touched down in Syria via Turkey and Spain.

Prof Klausen described the indirect routes that are increasingly taken by would-be jihadists.

Due to gaps in intelligence sharing, travelling through another country makes it easier to arrive undetected.

She said: “There is not comprehensive data sharing among the European Union countries with respect to people who are merely suspected of doing something. Getting on a plane is subject to far less scrutiny than getting off a plane.

“Therefore you have airports like Gatwick, and other European airports, that have a lot of discount airlines flying out.

“They have been put under strict orders to look out for certain risk profiles. But they look out for their own folk, so at Gatwick, you are not going to look for people from Spain, and vice versa.”

Booking seperate tickets and splitting up the journey to war torn Syria can make it more difficult for authorities to hunt down the would-be Jihadis, she warned.

She added: “It’s become common practice to buy separate itineraries, so if you book on Ryanair to go to Spain, and you were booked on another itinerary to go from Spain to Istanbul, those two itineraries do not come up as connected travel documents when you leave Gatwick.”

She added that Turkey was not the only route to reach Syria. “We do know of a number of people who have not flown directly from Spain to Turkey, but who have taken the far more cumbersome route through north Africa.”

Once through immigration in Turkey, “It really is as easy as getting on a bus”, she said.

“I think there is a lot of very innocent traffic there too (going to the border). 

“I have been on those buses in Turkey, everyone goes on the buses, there are a lot of tourists. How are you going to tell from a bunch of young girls who are tourists from people who want to go to Syria?”

She added: “These days most of them dress like tourists, or if they have a beard they shave it. The girls dress like normal teenagers.”

ISIS commander treated in Turkish hospital ‘like all other citizens’

Screen Shot 2015-03-07 at 12.24.29 PM

Authorities in Turkey have confirmed social media reports that an injured Islamic State commander is being treated in a Denizli hospital, saying the militant has every right to receive medical care as he is a Turkish citizen.

The man, identified as Emrah Cakan, has reportedly been recovering in a hospital in Denizli in southwestern Turkey since February 28.

He was among 1,000 Turks, who joined the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), and quickly rose to the rank of a senior commander.

Cakan’s treatment “was started upon his own application,” the Denizli governor’s office said in a statement.

“The procedural acts concerning his injury were conducted by our border city during his entry to our country and they still continue. And his treatment continues as a part of his right to benefit from health services just like all our citizens,” it added.

Screen Shot 2015-03-07 at 12.26.03 PM

Meanwhile, the Kurds, who have been fighting IS for the strategic city of Kobani on the Turkish-Syrian border since September, don’t seem to be as welcome in Turkey’s medical institutions as Islamic State militants.

The International Business Times reported the story of medical student, Esra Yakar, who went to Kobani to treat the wounded in December and received serious head injuries in a jihadist attack.

On her return to Turkey, the young woman was bounced around between hospitals, which led to her losing an eye.

After Yakar was finally hospitalized in Ankara, the police arrested her on terrorism charges.

She was released from prison on Thursday due to poor health, but will still stand trial on April 30.

Read more

ISIS attack on Kobani comes from Turkey – Kurds

Turkish Medical Association council member, Seyhmus Gokalp, called Yakar’s arrest an inhumane act, expressing regret that “providing civilian people in Kobani with health services” is considered a crime in his country.

Ankara has been condemned by its NATO allies, including the US and EU, for the lack of desire to join the international effort against the so-called Islamic State, and doing little to prevent militants crossing into Syria and Iraq from Turkey’s territory.

There is “an open-door policy to jihadists in Turkey. So much so that the flight from Istanbul to Gaziantep has been called ‘the jihad express’,” Marc Pierini, former European Union ambassador to Turkey, is cited as saying by the International Business Times.

Read more

3,000 ISIS infiltrators may enter Turkey, plan to attack diplomatic targets – report

Turkish intelligence agencies issued a warning in early February that 3,000 IS militants in the country are preparing terrorist attacks against embassies of the member states of US-led coalition in Ankara, according to the Taraf newspaper.

Ankara refrains from aiding those defending Kobani, due to fears the increased Kurdish military might boost their ambitions for an independent state.

The Kurds have no country of their own, with the Kurdistan region spanning adjacent parts of Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Turkey.

Also, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan used to back the Islamist rebels fighting to topple his Syrian counterpart and strategic rival, Bashar Assad.

‘Military pressure’ may be needed to oust Syrian President – John Kerry

Screen Shot 2015-03-05 at 3.13.04 PM

US Secretary of State John Kerry has declared that military pressure may be needed to oust Syria’s President Bashar Assad. It comes as knowledge has emerged that the US, along with Turkey, has started training Syrian rebels.

“Ultimately a combination of diplomacy and pressure will be needed to bring about a political transition. Military pressure particularly may be necessary given President Assad’s reluctance to negotiate seriously,” Kerry said at a Thursday meeting of Gulf foreign ministers at Riyadh Air Base, according to AFP.

“He’s lost any semblance of legitimacy, but we have no higher priority than disrupting and defeating Daesh and other terror networks,” he added, using “Daesh” – an Arabic acronym for the Islamic State group (formerly known as ISIS/ISIL) that has seized large territories in Syria and Iraq.

Last December, President Assad told French reporters, “let’s be honest: Had Qatar not paid money to those terrorists at that time, and had Turkey not supported them logistically, and had not the West supported them politically, things would have been different. If we in Syria had problems and mistakes before the crisis, which is normal, this doesn’t necessarily mean that the events had internal causes”.

Syria’s president criticized the actions of the US-led coalition targeting the militants in Syria. He called its air strikes “merely cosmetic” and said that “terrorism cannot be destroyed from the air.” Assad added that “saying that the alliance’s airstrikes are helping us is not true.”

What’s more, he explained that Syria was fighting against “not only gangs”, but also states that support them with “billions of dollars.”

Last November, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov commented on the issue, saying that: “Russia condemns the use of extremist groups in efforts to change the regime [in Syria].”

Screen Shot 2015-03-05 at 3.15.13 PM

The US-led coalition started air strikes in Syria last September as a part of a joint effort to battle the jihadist group, which had seized Syrian and Iraqi territories. Despite carrying out airstrikes in Syria, Washington has refused to work with the country’s government, stating that it wants to see Bashar Assad ousted.

Turkey backs the position of the US, and in March the two NATO allies began training “moderate” Syrian rebels to battle against the Islamic State militants.

A civil uprising in Syria broke out in the spring of 2011, falling in line with Arab Spring protests and composing high-profile nationwide protests against the government of President Bashar Assad. The conflict which grew into a war has taken lives of 210,278-295,278 people, according to February estimates by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

This April, Moscow is set to host a meeting between the Syrian opposition and representatives of the government.

Austrian man sentenced for posting ISIS atrocities on Facebook

Screen Shot 2015-03-01 at 4.05.00 PM

A court in Vienna has handed a six-month conditional sentence to a young man who posted images of Islamic State atrocities and propaganda to his Facebook page.

The man’s name has not been made public; he has only been described as a 20-year-old Kurdish male from Vienna, Austria, Press Agency reported.

The man was among 13 people arrested by police at the end of November due to links with Mirsad O, and Islamic preacher from the Austrian capital who is accused of radicalizing youths and recruiting them to fight for the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) in Syria.

Security was heightened around the courtroom during the trial; eight armed guards with balaclavas covering their faces were stationed outside.

The young man was sentenced for posting images of decapitated and impaled heads and other atrocities committed by IS jihadists in Syria and Iraq on his Facebook page.

The gruesome pictures were accompanied by approving comments from the owner of the account.

According to the man, he was born in Iraq and had “nothing to do with religion until the age of 15 or 16.”

But then the realization that he was surrounded by unworthy people, like “drug dealers, gamblers and idiots” made him turn to Islam, he said.

The young man acknowledged that posting Islamic State images online was “really stupid” of him.

“Decapitating someone is really disgusting, I’m the kind of person who can’t even stand the sight of his own blood,” he told the judge, adding that by his actions he only wanted to “provoke” his former friends.

The young man was initially handed a six-month prison sentence, but due to him having no previous criminal record, his punishment was reduced to a conditional sentence and three-year probation.

Screen Shot 2015-03-01 at 4.06.43 PM

The man said the arrest has “really opened his eyes,” adding that he plans to work as a trainer at a gym after his sentence is over.

Earlier this week, Austria’s parliament passed controversial amendments to the country’s 1912 Islam law.

The bill, which is partly aimed at tackling radical Islam in the nation, bans foreign funding for Islamic organizations in the country and requires Austrian Muslims to submit and use a standardized German translation of the Koran.

Such restrictions are not applied to any other religion represented in Austria.

Half-a-million Muslims, the majority of whom are migrant workers from Turkey, make up around six percent of the country’s population.

Around 170 people have left Austria to fight for the jihadist Islamic State, which has established a caliphate ruled by Sharia law in parts of Syria and Iraq.


Screen Shot 2015-02-22 at 6.23.47 PM

The Syrian government has said a Turkish incursion into the north of the country was an act of “flagrant aggression.” Damascus said it would hold Ankara responsible after they went into Syria to evacuate personnel and relics from a holy tomb.

Syria said the Turkish government had informed the Syrian consulate in Istanbul about its plans regarding the tomb of Suleyman Shah in northern Syria. Shah was the grandfather of the founder of the Ottoman Empire.

However, Turkey didn’t wait for permission from Damascus and mounted a rescue operation to the tomb, to salvage its relics and evacuate 40 Turkish soldiers who had been guarding it.
Damascus says the maneuver was in violation of an agreement signed in 1921. Syria also stated that Anakara would be responsible for any repercussions that could take place as a result of the incursion.

The military operation launched to rescue the holy place was coordinated with the Kurds. The only casualty was a Turkish soldier.

The task force of approximately 100 military vehicles, including 39 tanks, crossed the Syrian border to a territory controlled by Kurdish People’s Protection Unit (YPG) fighters and passed through the city of Kobani, recaptured by the YPG from the Islamic State in January.

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu held a media briefing in the capital, Ankara, reporting that 38 soldiers had been brought back safely to Turkey.

Syria accuses Turkey of supporting insurgent groups that have seized control of wide areas of northern and eastern Syria, including the Islamic State militant group.

The Syrian government statement said the fact that the Islamic State had not attacked the tomb “confirmed the depth of the ties between the Turkish government and this terrorist organization,” according to Reuters.


Screen Shot 2015-02-19 at 6.11.38 PMNATO countries to support rebels, many of whom have pledged allegiance to ISIS

The U.S. and Turkey have signed an agreement to openly train and arm Syrian rebels, the majority of whom have ties to ISIS.

The deal was signed Thursday by U.S. ambassador John Bass and a senior Turkish official, according to the Associated Press, and the support could begin as early as next month.

But moderate rebel groups in Syria which are independent of ISIS are practically extinct and the main belligerents in the ongoing Syrian Civil War are ISIS affiliates and the Syrian government.

“Armed groups qualified as ‘moderate’ are closely coordinating their activities with terrorist groups,” Alexey Borodavkin, the Russian Federation ambassador to the U.N., said to a Human Rights Council, adding that Syria is facing a “huge army of trained, armed terrorists.”
A “moderate” rebel commander confirmed Borodavkin’s statement back in Sept.

“We are collaborating with the Islamic State and the Nusra Front by attacking the Syrian Army’s gatherings in… Qalamoun [in Syria],” Bassel Idriss, the commander of a Free Syrian Army rebel brigade, told the Lebanese Daily Star.

Idriss also mentioned the FSA’s dwindling power as many of his U.S.-backed fighters continue to “pledge allegiance” to ISIS.

“ISIS wanted to enhance its presence in the Western Qalamoun area,” Idriss said. “After the fall of Yabroud and the FSA’s retreat into the hills, many units pledged allegiance to ISIS.”

Another rebel, Abu Khaled, also said they were willing to collaborate with ISIS and its affiliates.

“Fighters feel proud to join al-Nusra [an ISIS affiliate] because that means power and influence,” Abu Ahmed, the commander of an FSA brigade near Aleppo, told the Guardian.

He later told the Daily Star that al-Nusra “is the biggest power present right now in Qalamoun” and that the FSA would collaborate on any mission al-Nusra launches as long as it “coincides with their values.”

Recently Turkey’s prime minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, was caught shipping arms to al-Qaeda and ISIS via Syria-bound trucks operated by the country’s intelligence agency, according to Turkish military officials.

“The trucks were carrying weapons and supplies to the al-Qaeda terror organization,” a report by the Gendarmerie General Command stated.

The centuries-old conflict between Sunni and Shia Muslims and the trillions of dollars in potential oil and gas revenue in Syria are both key factors motivating the Sunni Turkish government to support ISIS and its allies in a proxy war to overthrow the Shia Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad, and the U.S. State Dept. admitted last year it also wants to overthrow Assad.