‘Groomed’ teen terrorist hopeful who spent entire student loan on plan to join ISIS jailed

A teenage university student who spent his entire student loan attempting to join Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) in Syria has been sent to a young offender institution for three-and-a-half years.

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Cubeyda Jama, 19, was arrested at London Stansted Airport in February on a plane bound for Bucharest, Romania – from where he intended to make his way to Syria.

The Finnish national of Somali descent spent his loan on equipment for the trip, including a map of Turkey, protective clothing, torches, a solar-powered charger and a laptop.

A search of his USB stick revealed instructions on how to travel to IS-held territory and 13 copies of the group’s Dabiq magazine.

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Detectives found Jama had beheading videos saved on his phone and that he had searched on Google for how to reach the Syrian border and paths to ISIS.”

Police also discovered a pledge of allegiance, written in Arabic, to IS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi in his London home.

Jama has lived with his father in the UK since 2010 and was studying computer science at Middlesex University, the court heard.

At the Old Bailey, he admitted a charge of preparing acts of terrorism by making travel arrangements and gathering equipment to travel to Syria or Iraq.

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An assessment by a psychologist found Jama to be “immature for his age and of low to average intelligence.”

His lawyer, Hossein Zahir, said Jama had been “subject to grooming” by extremists on internet forums.

Zahir added that Jama was poorly prepared to make the trip to Syria from Romania because he had little money and no local contacts.

The Metropolitan Police said Jama’s USB stick contained a “step by step” terrorist guide, a document titled ‘39 ways to participate in jihad’ and a file titled ‘self-sacrifice,’ which set out arguments in favor of suicide bombings.

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During sentencing, Judge Gerald Gordon said: “You are described by the psychologist as naive, and I think that is right.”

He added: “It is clear from what you have yourself subsequently said, that you realized fully that once you had, or if you did, achieve your aim of joining Daesh [Arabic pejorative term for IS], you would have had no option but to do whatever was required of you.

“It is clear to me that you were dangerous at the time. There are some indications that you may be learning the error of your ways, but it is too early to say that you are at present no longer dangerous.”

IMF slammed by own watchdog over ‘political’ handling of eurozone crisis

Top brass at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have been criticized for misjudgments over Greece, being overly enthusiastic about the euro, ignoring signs of an impending crisis, and for being influenced by national political concerns.

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The criticism comes from the Fund’s own watchdog, the Independent Evaluation Office (IEO).

The IEO, which answers solely to the board of executive directors, accuses the IMF of misleading the board.

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The report looked into how the IMF handled the eurozone crisis, which kicked-off with the May 2010 bailout of Greece, and subsequently spread to Ireland, Portugal and Cyprus.

The IEO found the “IMF’s pre-crisis surveillance identified the right issues but did not foresee the magnitude of the risks that would later become paramount.”

The watchdog blamed the Fund for its “overly optimistic growth projections,” especially in relation to Greece, and the inability to learn lessons from past mistakes.

In Greece, the IMF violated its own rules by giving Athens a bailout that couldn’t guarantee the financial aid would bring the country’s debt under control, or help the economy recover.

The Fund’s Chief Christine Lagarde has partly admitted the accuracy of the allegations concerning IMF policy towards Greece.

“Greece, however, was unique: while initial economic targets proved overly ambitious, the program was beset by recurrent political crises, pushback from vested interests, and severe implementation problems that led to a much deeper than expected output contraction,” she said.

“On the other hand, Greece undertook enormous adjustment with unprecedented assistance from its international partners. This enabled Greece to remain a member of the euro area – a key goal for Greece and the euro area members,” Lagarde added.

There has been growing discontent in Latin America and Asia about the way the IMF used funds to save rich EU nations.

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According to the findings, the IMF judgment in solving the situation in Greece, Ireland, Portugal and Cyprus has “raised issues of accountability and transparency, which helped create the perception that the IMF treated Europe differently.”

The IMF was also criticized for making politically motivated decisions in solving the financial crises.

“The credibility of the IMF comes from the technical competence and independence of its staff and the Managing Director must ensure that its technical work is protected from political influence,” the report said.

Lagarde dismissed the IEO’s call for building up the Fund’s defense against political interference.

“I support the principle that the IMF’s technical analysis should remain independent. However, I do not accept the premise of the recommendation, which the IEO failed to establish in its report, and thus do not see the need to develop new procedures,” she said.

The report is seen as an embarrassment to Lagarde, who is currently facing trial in France for alleged negligence over a fraudulent €405 million payout during her term as the country’s finance minister in 2008.

‘She declared war on own people’: Merkel vows to stick to open door policy, faces online uproar

Germany’s online community has been in a furor since Chancellor Merkel said she will still stick to an open door policy for refuges, maintaining Germany is still “safe,” despite the recent deadly attacks there, most of which were committed by migrants.

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Merkel acknowledged at a news briefing on Thursday that Islamists could use the refugee flow to infiltrate Germany. She also admitted that even a “powerful country” like Germany “cannot take so many refugees in the long term.”

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Yet, at the same time, she made it clear there will be no U-turn in the state’s policies with regard to migrants. Dealing with the flood of refugees is a “historic task” Merkel said, while reiterated that Germany “will make it.” She also stressed that “lot’s has already been done,” echoing arguments she had made in previous speeches.

Germans hit back at Merkel’s “we can make it” line by posting statements such as “unfortunately we cannot ask the victims of the recent attacks whether they see it exactly the same way.”

Germany has faced five deadly assaults in just over a week. Three were committed by asylum seekers, and two of those are being investigated for links to Islamic State (IS, formerly ISSI/ISIL).

Voicing their frustration, people wrote We can make it” should be declared a “taboo word.”

While acknowledging that more security was probably needed in Germany at Tuesday’s press conference, Merkel also declared that the country is still “extremely safe.” That raised quite a few eyebrows with the social media community as well.

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One particular tweet read “who still says ‘We can make it’ after what’s happening in Germany right now, this person can’t be helped.”

Germany’s chancellor stressed that it was important to follow democratic “principles” while dealing with the refugee crisis, but people pointed out that “immigrants neither share nor understand these principles Mrs Merkel.”

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The online outrage with Merkel’s position has even led Germans to call for their leader to be forced out, with some even urging “Get rid of this traitor.”

“So easy for #Merkel to repeat #WirSchaffenDas [We can make it]. She’s well protected. Make that awful woman resign,” a tweet read.

Merkel, who interrupted her vacation for the latest briefing, was questioned over her late reaction to the deadly July 22 attack in Munich, where nine people died. It took the leader twenty four hours to extend her condolences to the victims’ families.

When asked why there had been such a delay and why she hadn’t visited the site of this or any other attack, Merkel maintained that she had acted correctly.

“That’s a question that I obviously ask myself whenever something happens. I will be at the memorial ceremony in Munich on Sunday,” she said

“A decision has to be taken on this each time and perhaps some members of the public have a different view to the way I decided to do things,” she added.

Merkel’s absence in the aftermath of the Munich attack inspired the trending hashtag “Wo Ist Merkel” (Where is Merkel) and “Merkel Is Hiding” on Twitter.

I suggest #WECANMAKEIT be the #taboo word of the year

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It is unbelievable: “WE CAN MAKE IT?” Mrs. Merkel & Co.: WE cannot make it!

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#Merkle says “We can make it.” Unfortunately we cannot ask the victims of the recent attacks whether they see it exactly the same way.

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Who still says “We can make it” after what’s happening in Germany right now; this person is beyond help

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German police raid Islamic ‘hotbed’ as 15yo detained for allegedly planning terror attack

Around 400 German police conducted raids at a mosque and eight apartments in a “hotbed” of radical Islam near Hannover. It came as police near Stuttgart arrested a 15-year-old who they believe was planning a mass shooting.

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The raids took place in Hildesheim, a town which Lower Saxony Interior Minister Boris Pistorius described as “a hotbed of radical Salafist” activity. He said that up to 400 police and special forces took part in the operations, though no figures were released regarding how many arrests were made.

“The German-speaking Islamic circle (DIK) in Hildesheim is a nationwide hot-spot of the radical Salafist scene that Lower Saxony security authorities have been monitoring for a long time,” the state official said, as quoted by Reuters.

He said he wants to ban the DIK, which he blames for radicalizing German Muslims and influencing some to want to travel to the Middle East to join up with terrorist organizations such as Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).

Pistorius said the raid followed months of planning, as the DIK had established Hildesheim as their main base in Lower Saxony. He also said the radical Islamists were guilty of giving speeches calling for “hate against non-believers.” 

“We will not put up with Salafist associations and their backers flouting our rules and bringing our rule of law into question and convincing young people that they want to join the so-called IS,” Pistorius said.

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The special operations came as police in the south of the country confirmed on Wednesday evening that they had arrested a 15-year-old boy near Stuttgart. The teenager, who hails from Ludwigsburg, had allegedly been in contact with Ali David Sonboly, who killed nine people during a shooting spree in Munich on July 22.

Police said they found “a large number of small-caliber weapons, several knives and daggers” in the 15-year-old’s possession. Authorities initially said they believed the boy was planning to carry out a shooting spree at his school, but later retracted that statement, Deutsche Welle reported.

Law enforcement officers were given a tip off about the teenager after a private individual who had been carrying out research on the 15-year-old published photos and drawings that suggested that he could have been planning an attack.

Police say they found “extensive evidence, including a larger number of small-caliber cartridges, several knives and daggers, evacuation plans of his school, and a large amount of chemicals, materials and instructions for making explosives,” according to The Local.

The boy has been admitted to a psychiatric facility, and police have seized his computers for further analysis.

Germany has been rocked by a string of recent attacks. On Sunday, a 27-year-old Syrian refugee who was facing deportation to Bulgaria blew himself up after being refused access to a music festival. The explosion injured 15 passersby, but did not cause any deaths.

That same day, a 21-year-old Syrian refugee was arrested after killing a pregnant woman and wounding two people with a machete in the city of Reutlingen, near Stuttgart.

On Friday, an 18-year-old German-Iranian gunman killed nine people in Munich after going on a shooting spree in an attack he had planned for a year. Meanwhile, a 17-year-old who had sought asylum in Germany was shot dead by police last week after wounding five people with an ax near Wurzburg.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel has cut short her holiday to address the problems, which critics say have been caused by her open-door policy which saw over a million refugees – mainly from Syria and Iraq – arrive in Germany in 2015. She has rejected calls to change the policy.

“The terrorists want to make us lose sight of what is important to us, break down our cohesion and sense of community as well as inhibiting our way of life, our openness and our willingness take in people who are in need,” she said, as quoted by Reuters.

“They see hatred and fear between cultures and they see hatred and fear between religions. We stand decisively against that,” she added.

However, Willy Wimmer, former state secretary of the German Christian Democratic Party (CDU), told RT that Merkel must take the blame for wanting to “destroy our country” by allowing unchecked mass immigration.  

“She [Merkel] has an obligation to defend our borders and defend our people. That is the main obligation she has. Therefore, what was the reason last year to open our borders? There is no country worldwide that did similar things,”Wimmer said.

ISIS recruiting British men for lone wolf attacks on London landmarks

Islamic State is recruiting British men to carry out terrorist attacks on major London attractions such as Big Ben, it has emerged.

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A jihadist recruiter reportedly coached an undercover Sun newspaper journalist to plan an attack on a busy area of London, sending the reporter encrypted messages through the instant messaging app Telegram over the course of two months.

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The reporter was allegedly first ordered by Abu Muslim Khurasani, who has claimed to have been active in jihadist operations in the UK and the US, to target a major tourist area such as Big Ben or London Bridge, eventually settling on an unnamed major shopping center in the capital.

“If u [sic] succeed in doing those places it will be huge. And damaging for them,” the recruiter told the journalist in a message.

“Learn from Nice. Get a car you can park somewhere busy with many people – and a gun you can use at the same time,” he wrote, referencing the massacre in the south of France that left 84 people dead on Bastille Day earlier this month.

The messages were said to have been sent on the orders of Islamic State’s (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) top recruiter, according to the paper.

Khurasani also sent the journalist a bomb-making guide, instructing him to obtain readily available materials, including gas canisters and fireworks, in order to construct a car bomb, the paper reports.

The reporter was ordered to launch his attack on Monday.

READ MORE: Brazil arrests 10 suspected ISIS members ‘planning Olympic terrorist attacks’

The Sun has said that evidence gathered during the investigation has been passed on to anti-terrorism police and MI5, who have asked the paper not to reveal the location of the shopping center. Scotland Yard confirmed that evidence about an alleged terrorist plot has been passed on.

Commander Dean Haydon, head of the Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism Command, said: “While the UK threat level from international terrorism remains severe, we would like to reassure the public that we constantly review our security plans, taking into account specific intelligence and the wider threat.”

Krauthammer: Trump’s Russia reference set a trap for Clinton

Published on Jul 27, 2016

On ‘Special Report,’ syndicated columnist says the remark leaves the Clinton campaign in ‘complete contradiction’

Korona Ekstra

Bernie 4 Trump!
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General waffen

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BEWTUBE

Like Crooked Hillary does yoga lol lol lol.
Carol Garofolo

it was a sarcastic statement made for reaction lol, I’m not a Trump supporter and even I can see that. But, the spin has to be put on it, right? Like sniper fire. Clinton is fucking ridiculous.
AdmiralChaos420

Hilary has no answers she just talks in circles that’s why she is incapable of speaking without a teleprompter and even then stupid ass reads off a the part off the teleprompter telling her to “sigh” after that paragraph instead the jacktard reads it like its part of her speech….LOLOLOL!! Reads “sighs” on the teleprompter so incompetent . Trump/Pence2016!!!
Armando7654

Trump didn’t ask to “go & find” the emails. He asked Russia to RETURN to Americans what belongs to Americans. That’s a request for CO-OPERATION with America, not for defiance or “interference” with America. Those emails obstruct national security, not the elections. Focus Fox!
Jo Jo

Can’t wait for the next wave of the release! I love that people are coming out of the woodwork on Hillary! I truly believe we are witnessing a major historical event in our country. The American people need to give this story in history a great ending and vote Trump.

Bernie Supporters Climbing Wall Into DNC

Infowars Reporter Joe Biggs is outside the DNC where Protesters are screaming tear down the wall. 2 have climbed over and were arrested on site. These people feel cheated by the DNC. The Democrat party has lost any respect it had left.

Jennifer Bestemianova

lol, the DNC is the Official Circus of America?
Brett Sundgaard

TYT didn’t cover it..spread the word TYT is the tip of the fuse of the mainstream media..light it up..send people to see it at infowars its epic videos
Cindy Derosa

More and more people getting news from alternate sources, the traditional media is also falling apart. people are starting to wake up. What the election will bring, we don’t know.
juan galt

Very funny – Dems blast Trump for his proposed wall and then they use a wall to keep the convention ‘safe’ from outsiders. Liberals are so dumb.
bigdog1

I thought Democrats were about building bridges … not walls? Fucking hypocrites
W Hall

OK, what they need to do is what they did at the Trump rally in Chicago. Go in with Hillary signs, then during her speech, they all need to stand up and start protesting and starting shit until they’re thrown out. Then it’ll get really noticed cause they’ll be interrupting the harridan.