Saudis could pull billions from US economy, hinder access to Mideast bases following 9/11 lawsuits

Saudi Arabia and its allies could retaliate against US legislation allowing the kingdom to be sued for the 9/11 attacks, including scaling back investment in the US economy or restricting access to important regional air bases, experts claim.
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“This should be clear to America and to the rest of the world. When one Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) state is targeted unfairly, the others stand around it,” Abdulkhaleq Abdullah, a professor of political science at United Arab Emirates University, told Associated Press.

“All the states will stand by Saudi Arabia in every way possible.”

On Wednesday, Congress overwhelmingly voted to override President Barack Obama’s veto of the bill that would allow Americans to potentially sue Saudi Arabia for 9/11. Lawmakers said their priority was not Saudi Arabia, but victims and families.

The “Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA)” would allow US judges to waive sovereign immunity claims when dealing with acts of terrorism committed on American soil – potentially allowing lawsuits against Saudi Arabia over the 9/11 attacks. 15 of the 19 hijackers were Saudi nationals.

Chas Freeman, former US ambassador to Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm, told AP that Saudi Arabia could respond in a way that risks US strategic interests.

That could include Saudi restricting its rules for overflight between Europe and Asia and the Qatari air base from which US military operations in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria are directed, Freeman says.

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“The souring of relations and curtailing of official contacts that this legislation would inevitably produce could also jeopardize Saudi cooperation against anti-American terrorism,” Freeman told AP.

Obama vetoed JASTA last week, saying it would erode the doctrine of sovereign immunity and expose the US to lawsuits around the world.

He argued the bill could lead to other governments acting “reciprocally” by allowing their own courts to exercise jurisdiction over the US, including over deadly US drone strikes.

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told reporters in June that the US has the most to lose if JASTA is enacted.

There have been reports that Riyadh threatened to pull billions of dollars from the US economy if the bill became law, however al-Jubeir has only officially said investor confidence in the US could decline.

“No business community likes to see their sovereign nation basically assailed by another nation,” the US-Saudi Business Council’s CEO and Chairman Ed Burton said.

The Saudi-led GCC, established in 1981, consists of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and the United Emirates.

Earlier this month, the group expressed “deep concern” over JASTA, with its Secretary General Abdullatif al-Zayani calling it “contrary to the foundations and principles of relations between states and the principle of sovereign immunity enjoyed by states.”

In a separate statement, the government of Qatar said JASTA ”violates international law, particularly the principle of sovereign equality between states,” according to Reuters.

“Such laws will negatively affect the international efforts and international cooperation to combat terrorism,” said the Emirates Foreign Minister, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, according to the state news agency WAM. Two of the 9/11 hijackers were Emirati.

Mother ‘Drugged, Abducted and Raped’ by Gang of Migrants in Sunderland

BY NICK HALLETT

A mother-of-three was allegedly drugged and raped by a gang of migrants in Sunderland, sparking violent demonstrations and social unrest in the city.

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The 26-year-old woman believes her drink was spiked during a night out, leading to her waking up in a strange house covered in cuts and bruises. She has no memory of getting there.

Police have arrested six men from Iraq, Syria and Bahrain on suspicion drugging and sexually assaulting her.

Speaking for local police, Chief Inspector Paul Milner said: “We know the woman had been in Sunderland City Centre on Saturday night before waking up in a strange address in Peel Street with cuts and bruises.

“She managed to leave the house and get to a family member’s home at around 5am on Sunday morning.

“The victim believes her drink may have been spiked.

“This is obviously a very serious incident and something we know the local community will be concerned about and we will have officers on patrol to offer reassurance to anyone who may be concerned and answer any queries they may have.”

MailOnline reports the attack led to violent protests as nationalist demonstrators took to the streets, clashing with members of the local Muslim community.

The demonstrators smashed windows at the house where the alleged assault took place, resulting in two Asian men unconnected with the attack being injured.

Five of the demonstrators have now been charged with offences including affray and drugs offences.

The protest has led to local MP Julie Elliott calling for calm amid increasing tensions between the city’s different communities.

The six men suspected of assaulted the woman are on bail until 17 October.

ISIS may have used chemical weapons on US and Iraqi troops in Iraq – report

A shell with chemical agents may have landed on an airbase in northern Iraq where both local and US troops were located, CNN reported, citing its sources.
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The outlet says that no US soldiers were hurt or showed symptoms of mustard gas poisoning in Tuesday’s attack on the Qayyara airbase.

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Their sources said the agent had “low purity” and was “poorly weaponized,” with an another official calling the shell “ineffective.”

Troops went to inspect the shell after it landed on the base and two field tests were conducted after they noticed a suspect substance. The first test was positive, but a second test was negative.

The military base is being used in preparation for an attack to retake Mosul from Islamic State militias.

Earlier this month, the Pentagon reported American warplanes bombed a complex of buildings near the northern city of Mosul that Islamic State militants had converted from pharmaceutical manufacturing to chemical weapons production.

Air Force Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Harrigian told reporters on at the Pentagon that the target was an Islamic State headquarters also used to produce lethal chemicals, possibly including chlorine and mustard gas. According to AP, he provided no details about the chemical weapons production.

OBAMA FLOODING MORE U.S. CITIES WITH MUSLIM MIGRANTS

The death of American culture?

Wayne Madsen | Infowars.com – SEPTEMBER 20, 2016

Even in the face of coordinated jihadist terrorist attacks in New York, New Jersey, and Minnesota, the Obama administration is continuing to settle throughout the United States Muslim migrants from Middle Eastern and African war zones.

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Wayne Madsen Reports has learned from knowledgeable sources that the Obama administration recently announced plans to settle some 150 Muslim migrants in Missoula, Montana.

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More may be on their way.

Cities like Missoula are often unprepared to take in migrants and they are given little to no forewarning by the federal government prior to the transfer of refugees from federal custody into state and municipal hands.

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Much of the resettlement activity is being carried out by the International Rescue Committee, an NGO having longstanding ties to the Central Intelligence Agency.
The Obama administration recently revealed it would resettle some 100 Muslim migrants from Iraq, Syria, and South Asia in Flint, Michigan, which is still reeling from the effects of a contaminated public water supply.

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Neither Flint nor Genesee County officials were formally notified by the federal government of the resettlement plans.

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Obama’s Muslim migrant resettlement operations, which will see a total of 110,000 resettled during fiscal year 2017 and which Democratic presidential candidate said she will increase by 555 percent, come at a time of increased jihadist terrorist activity in the United States.

Police are searching for naturalized Afghan immigrant Ahmad Khan Rahami in connection with a series of bombs found in Manhattan and Seaside Park and Elizabeth, New Jersey.

The terrorist who killed his co-workers at a Christmas party in San Bernardino, California was U.S. citizen born to Pakistani parents.

The Orlando night club killer was the U.S.-born son of a naturalized U.S. citizen from Afghanistan.

The St. Cloud, Minnesota shopping mall terrorist, Dahir Adan, a Somali immigrant, has been linked to jihadist cells among that town’s large group of Somali Muslim refugees.

Other small American cities and towns that have seen a recent influx of Muslim refugees include Aberdeen and Huron, South Dakota; Lancaster, Pennsylvania; Buffalo, New York; Rutland, Vermont; and Charleston, West Virginia. A number of Muslim Somali migrants have recently crossed from Mexico into U.S. border cities like El Paso, Texas and Calexico, California.

President Obama will push for increased migrant resettlement in the Western world at his Leaders’ Summit on Refugees meeting on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly annual plenary session this week in New York.

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Islamic State bans burqa for security reasons

BY CHRISTINE WILLIAMS

Well, the Islamic State has demonstrated that it is much smarter a group than Western leftists. They showed up every leftist supporter of the burqa by banning it for security reasons.

Another blow to burqa supporters who think they are “defending” women’s rights:

Women who have not worn conservative Islamic garments that cover their bodies or eyes have been beaten or killed in Syria and Iraq by ISIS’s “morality police.”

And it is not only the Islamic State that opposes women for not wearing the burqa, a symbol of female subjugation and oppression. Deliverance from the burqa drew celebration among Muslim women in Syria last month:

Last month, after the liberation of Manbij in Syria, women were seen burning burkas in celebration.

Pictured are women in niqabs, which are far more common in the West than actual burqas, and are often confused with them. When the Western press and Western officials speak of the burqa, they usually are referring primarily to the niqab, as well as to the burqa itself. “Bye bye burka: ISIS bans burka in Iraqi city after killings by veiled women”, Jerusalem Post, September 5, 2016:

The so-called Islamic State terror group has allegedly banned women from wearing the burka at security centers in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul despite harsh enforcement of a law requiring them to be worn, according to the UK’s Daily Mail.

Following the murders of several commanders of the terror group by veiled women, the group has purportedly banned females from entering buildings in the city while wearing the full-body covering.

Women who have not worn conservative Islamic garments that cover their bodies or eyes have been beaten or killed in Syria and Iraq by ISIS’s “morality police.” …..

It is understood that women in the rest of Mosul and all other areas controlled by ISIS will still have to abide by the veiled dress code.

Last month, after the liberation of Manbij in Syria, women were seen burning burkas in celebration.

Manjib was a strategic city that served as a transit for foreign jihadists and its liberation by Syrian and Kurdish forces came as a blow to the terror group.

“The Islamic State has no borders or map. We will expand until we occupy the world.”

BY ROBERT SPENCER

Hard-Left journalist Michael Weiss had a chance to speak with a citizen of the Islamic State. Even though he refers to “the so-called Islamic State” in the subhead to this article, he didn’t take the opportunity to ask this jihadi any questions about why he spoke exclusively in the rhetoric of Islam even though his group supposedly has nothing to do with Islam, or why he chose to be part of this supposed twisting and hijacking of the true Islam.

Nonetheless, much of what the jihadi says is illuminating, primarily not for what it shows about Weiss’ concerns, that the jihadis are still determined after some battlefield reversals, but for what it shows about their Islamic ideology, which Obama and all other Western leaders continue to ignore and deny.

“Inside the Head of an ISIS True Believer,” by Michael Weiss, Daily Beast, August 29, 2016:

With rare exception, active members of ISIS are notoriously shy about talking to Western reporters. The reason ISIS has invested so heavily in elaborate media and propaganda arms is that its mantra—“Hear from us, not about us”—is designed to demonstrate to fellow travelers and would-be enlistees that what the Crusader-Zionist press says is all lies. The higher metaphysical truth of the “Islamic State” can only be grasped by joining it or listening to what the mujahidin have to say.

For some weeks, I have been in contact via an intermediary with a man I will call Abu Jihad, trying to persuade him to talk to an American reporter. He agreed reluctantly, but as part of the deal, Abu Jihad asked that I not disclose his true identity or current role in the organization, apart from noting that it is by no means senior or even mid-level. He is both a citizen and employee of the caliphate and, importantly, lives in its de facto capital of Raqqa.

Mainly I was interested in probing the captive mind of a true believer. What does he think of his own sodality now that it is losing city after city, and township after township, across Syria and Iraq? I’ve interviewed several ISIS defectors who presented an unvarnished—perhaps selective—view of their erstwhile comrades long after saying goodbye to all that. But what motivates someone to hang in there and remain a loyal subject of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi even in these trying times?

I promised Abu Jihad to record his answers to my questions in full. Where what he says is in obvious contradiction to provable facts, I have added my own commentary in italics.

The Daily Beast: What do you do for ISIS?

Abu Jihad: I have occupied different positions and it’s really not important what your position is during a time of war. You will see judges, scientists, doctors, nurses, all in the same trench fighting Allah’s enemy.

TDB: OK, so what did you do before the Syrian revolution, and when you did arrive in the country?

AJ: I am from Gaza but I was born and raised in Kuwait. We [my family] had to leave during the First Gulf War and so we went to Egypt. I went to school there and graduated from college in Egypt. I went to Syria in early 2012.

TDB: How committed are you to the ISIS ideology and worldview? Did you join the organization right away or did you defect from another rebel or jihadist group?

AJ: I joined Jabhat al Nusra [the official al Qaeda franchise in Syria, now known as Jabhat Fatah al-Sham] and during the fight between al Nusra and ISIS [in early 2014] I joined ISIS because I knew it was on the verge of declaring the birth of the Islamic State. Al Nusra didn’t have any clear vision.

TDB: What is it like living in Raqqa now? What are the effects of the coalition war on morale and discipline?

AJ: Thanks to God who gave us the opportunity in our lifetime to see the formation of the Islamic State. Raqqa is the capital of the Islamic State and will always be. We have a good Islamic life here. It is true that we have a few airstrikes once in a while, but we are Muslims, we knew it would not be easy for us to establish our state. We knew that we would struggle and would have hardships along the way.

If you look to the establishment of any nation in the past, it has had to go through what we are going through. The United States, for example, had a civil war for many years before it takes the shape that it has today. France, too, went through a revolution for 30 years. We just declared our Islamic State two years ago and now, as you see, the whole world is against us and yet we are expanding our territory and we are all over the globe.

[In reality, ISIS has lost as much as half the terrain it controlled in July 2014 in Iraq, and about a fifth of that it controlled in Syria at that time. That said, it has established “wilayats” or provinces in the Sinai Peninsula, Libya (where it is also on the backfoot now), Afghanistan, Russia, and beyond. Its spate of terror attacks in the West and Asia and other countries of the Middle East has been the subject of international headlines all throughout 2015 and 2016.]

TDB: How do you see internal support for ISIS among Raqqans?

AJ: Raqqans are the inhabitants of the capital of the Islamic State and they like the way they they live, in peace and safety. Some of them left, but most of them won’t trade their city for the world.

[There hasn’t been a popular grassroots “Sahwa,” or “Awakening” to oppose ISIS in Raqqa, although there are notable pockets of anti-ISIS resistance, particularly the activist organizations Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently and Eye on Raqqa, members of which have been caught by the jihadists and murdered, either in Syria or in southern Turkey. The true extent of Raqqan support for ISIS is not really knowable and won’t be until the terror army is expelled from the city.]

TDB: ISIS has lost a lot of senior leaders in the last two years including Abu Ali al-Anbari, Abu Muslim al-Turkmani, and now Abu Omar al-Shishani. Who are they being replaced with and do you believe that their killings will affect ISIS’s fortunes?

AJ: Killing high-profile ISIS leader and emirs will have no effect on us. People and names are not so important; the most important thing is the ideology. In 2006, they [the Americans] killed Abu Musab al-Zarqawi [the founder of ISIS’s predecessor al Qaeda in Iraq] and many others and that didn’t stop the progress of the establishment of the Islamic State. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is just a man. He is the one who declared the birth of the Islamic State but he just kept working on what Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and [Aleppo-born al Qaeda jihadist and theoretician] Abu Musab al-Suri, and many others were working to do. The Prophet Mohammed died 1,400 years ago. Can we say Islam is over? There always will be men who dedicate their lives for the sake of God. They can kill people but the ideology won’t die.

[Here, Abu Jihad has a point: ISIS has over 13 years to be an adaptable and resilient guerrilla insurgency that has survived and even improved upon the loss of successive leaders. With each new anointment of an “emir” or now “caliph,” it transforms itself, usually according to composition at the upper echelons (foreign fighters give way to ex-Saddamists who now appear to be giving way, in some capacities, to Europeans). Abu Jihad’s reference to the current leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as “just a man” is interesting. Although subject to the same sharia jurisprudence as every other inhabitant of the caliphate, al-Baghdadi is the one to whom all must pledge a blood oath of fealty in order to join the organization: Indeed, he is the “Caliph.” This remark may betray a quiet recognition on the part of Abu Jihad that ISIS is already planning for its post-Baghdadist period in the event that the caliph is killed or captured.]

TBD: Do you think ISIS will lose Raqqa and Mosul this year? What are jihadists saying internally about the loss of Manbij?

AJ: We didn’t lose Manbij. We had to retreat because of the safety of civilians. We had hundreds of airstrikes every day and losing a battle doesn’t mean losing the war….

Also, we need to make the whole world understand that the Islamic State has no borders or map. We will expand until we occupy the world. As you see already, we are everywhere and the brothers are working all over the world. As I said, we may lose one or two rounds but war is not over yet. No matter how many weapons you have and how many airplanes are bombing us, we will win this war. We are fighting for the sake of God. But you have no cause to fight for.

TDB: What are ISIS’s plans for attacking the West outside of Syria and Iraq? We have seen what it has done in France, Belgium, Turkey, Lebanon and elsewhere.

AJ: Our brothers in Europe and the USA and all parts of the world are preparing surprises. What we did before will look like a joke compared to what is coming….