US begins training Syrian fighters in Turkey to combat ISIS – report


​The US military has begun training Syrian opposition fighters in Turkey, in an effort to combat the so-called Islamic State, sources revealed to media. The reported move is an extension of a program that launched in Jordan weeks ago.

A US official, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity, didn’t elaborate on the size of the first group of recruits undergoing training, or when the instruction started.

The Pentagon declined to comment.

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Washington hopes the program will train around 5,000 Syrian fighters a year, giving US military partners on the ground to help combat Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL). The training kicked off in Jordan earlier this month.

According to the Obama administration, the program aims to target only Islamic State forces – not troops loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad. However, critics – including the US Congress – say that goal is not likely to be achieved.

The Syrians are being trained in basic military equipment and skills, “including firearms, communications and command and control abilities,” AP reported earlier in May.

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The training program was made possible by legislation authorized by Congress last September, which set aside $500 million towards training. The US has maintained its troops won’t engage with IS fighters on the ground.

All US military training of Syrian opposition fighters is taking place outside the country. Along with Turkey and Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Qatar have offered to host training sites.

So far, US involvement in Syria has been mostly limited to airstrikes – although special operations forces did kill a senior Islamic State leader there earlier this month.

ISIS drive-by attacks on US soil: ‘Terrorize the kuffar’ says 20-year-old American in Islamic State *(GET READY AMERICA. THEY ARE COMING TO KILL US AND OUR CHILDREN.)*

Published on Apr 22, 2015

A 20-year-old American woman who traveled to Islamic State territory in Syria is calling for attacks on her homeland.

Hoda Muthana left the U.S. in November last year after telling her family she was going on a school trip to Atlanta. She instead traveled to Syria via Turkey.

Using a different name on Twitter, Mothana called for American Muslims to “terrorize the kuffar”. Kuffar is a derogatory Arabic term for non-Muslims.

She tweeted that Muslims in the US should go on drive bys and spill all of non-Muslim blood during parades and national holidays.

According to reports, Muthana became radicalized while studying the extremist interpretations that the Islamic State practices online.

Soon after arriving in Syria, Muthana married an Australian jihadist who was later killed in Jordanian airstrikes.

Muthana’s father told Buzzfeed he now fears for his family’s safety and future livelihood because of his daughter’s actions.

L.A., Houston Nuke Contractors Indicted for Smuggling $24M in Missile Tech to Iran

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The enemy among us. Traitors. They should tried for treason, not for “illegally exporting” technology frequently used in military systems such as surface-air and cruise missiles to Iran.

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Khosrow Afghahi, who was arrested for suspicion of illegally exporting technology to Iran.

“I saw about eight FBI agents,” said Thomas Swann, a resident in the quiet Orange County neighborhood known for luxury homes with manicured lawns.  “At first, I thought it was police. Then I looked and saw they were FBI!” Swan said.

Local resident Denise Cofey observed, as Afghahi was being hustled into a police car, that “They were wearing the green vests, they had the guns strapped, they had weapons pulled.”

CBS Los Angeles reported that in a 24-page indictment “the Department of Justice charged Afghahi and four others with facilitating the illegal export of high-tech microelectronics, uninterruptible power supplies and other commodities to Iran, in violation of the International Emergency Powers Act.”

The FBI said that Afghahi and the other suspects worked for different corporations some overseas and one in Houston. Cofey said that if the allegations prove true she would not be surprised. She stated that the house “would be vacant for months on end, like three months on end, then people would show up again.”

“L.A., Houston Nuke Contractors Indicted for Smuggling $24M in Missile Tech to Iran,” Breitbart, April 17, 2015

Five individuals and four companies, including Iranian government and Centrifuge Technology company contractors, have been indicted for illegally exporting technology frequently used in military systems such as surface-air and cruise missiles to Iran. This technology is “frequently used in a wide range of military systems, including surface-air and cruise missiles,” according to the Department of Justice. $24 million worth of technology was allegedly sent to Iran starting in July 2010.

“The nine defendants charged in the indictment allegedly circumvented U.S. sanctions and illegally exported controlled microelectronics to Iran,” said Assistant Attorney General for National Security John P. Carlin. The elaborate path detailed in the indictment follows the technology on a route from the U.S. to Taiwan, then to Turkey and finally to Iran.

In a Friday Department of Justice (DOJ) release, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas details the indictment and those charged, which include: Houston-based Smart Power Systems Inc. (SPS); Bahram Mechanic, 69, and Tooraj Faridi, 46, of Houston; Khosrow Afghahi, 71, of Los Angeles; and Faratel Corporation, co-owned by Mechanic and Afghahi in Iran. These individuals are described as “members of an Iranian procurement network operating in the United States.”

Mechanic and Afghahi are described in the indictment as “co-owners of Iran-based Faratel and its Houston-based sister company SPS.” The DOJ release continues: “Faratel designs and builds uninterruptible power supplies for various Iranian entities, including Iranian government agencies such as the Iranian Ministry of Defense, the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran and the Iranian Centrifuge Technology Company, according to the charges.”

Today’s unsealed indictment alleges, according to the release:

Between approximately July 2010 and the present, Mechanic and the others engaged in a conspiracy to obtain various commodities, including controlled U.S.-origin microelectronics. They then allegedly exported these to Iran, while carefully evading the government licensing system set up to control such exports. The microelectronics shipped to Iran allegedly included microcontrollers and digital signal processors. According to the indictment, these commodities have various applications, and are frequently used in a wide range of military systems, including surface-air and cruise missiles. Between July 2010 and the present, Mechanic’s network allegedly sent at least $24 million worth of commodities to Iran.

“The proliferation of sensitive U.S. technologies to Iran and the direct support to their military and weapons programs remains a clear threat to U.S. national security,” said Assistant Director of the FBI Counterintelligence Division Randall Coleman.

Seven foreign nationals and companies are also being added to the Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) Entity List in conjunction with the indictment. These individuals and companies allegedly “received, transshipped or otherwise facilitated the illegal export of controlled commodities by the defendants,” according to the DOJ release. “Those persons present a greater risk of diversion to weapons of mass destruction (WMD) programs, terrorism or other activities contrary to U.S. national security or foreign policy interests.”

Also charged as part of the scheme are Arthur Shyu and the Hosoda Taiwan Limited Corporation in Taiwan; Matin Sadeghi, 54, and Golsad Istanbul Trading Ltd. in Turkey.

Mechanic and Faridi are scheduled for a detention hearing Tuesday, April 21 at 10 a.m. Afghahi was taken into custody Friday and is expected to appear in the Central District of California according to the DOJ release. Sadeghi and Shya remain at large and are believed to be out of the country.

The release states, “Anyone with information is asked to contact the nearest embassy or local office of the FBI. They may also contact the Houston office of the FBI at 713-693-5000.”

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That fresh feel: Turkish Muslims now permitted to use toilet paper *(WHAT MORE CAN IT BE SAID ABOUT MUSLIMS?)*

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The use of toilet paper has been declared halal by Turkey’s religious authority Diyanet, after centuries of forbiddance by Islamic toilet etiquette.

The Turkish Directorate of Religious Affairs has issued a fatwa (Muslim religious ruling) stating that it’s now acceptable to use toilet paper for personal hygiene, but only if water is nowhere to be found.

“If water cannot be found for cleansing, other cleaning materials can be used. Even though some sources deem paper to be unsuitable as a cleaning material, as it is an apparatus for writing, there is no problem in using toilet paper,” the ruling says, as reported by Hurriyet Daily News.

The previous prohibition on the use of toilet paper was established by Qadaahul Haajah, an extremely prohibitive set of rules detailing how and when Muslim should relieve themselves. The rules were conceived before the invention of toilet paper or toilet seats. While not compulsory, they are observed by many devout Muslims.

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Among other things, the rules state that one should say a short prayer before and after going to the toilet, should not do your business standing up, and in fact should not take the trip to the loo at all unless absolutely necessary. For cleaning, one should use water, three stones, or one’s left hand.

Even before the latest relaxing of the rules, some hygiene product manufacturers were marketing “halal toilet paper” around the world – featuring labels of approval by local Muslim authorities. It is unclear how this falls in line with Qadaahul Haajah, but at least for Turkish Muslims, any inconsistencies have now been resolved.

Muslim Teen terror suspects attended exclusive elite school

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“… 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

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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.

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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.

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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.


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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. 

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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’

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.