Migrant suspected in rape & murder of teen captured in Iraq after fleeing Germany

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An Iraqi migrant suspected in the rape and murder of a 14-year-old German girl has been detained in his native country after attempting to flee Germany, the German government has said.

The 20-year-old man, identified as Ali B., was taken into custody by Kurdish security forces in northern Iraq on Friday morning, at the request of German federal police, German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer told reporters.

The suspect apparently left Germany several days ago, accompanied by his parents and five siblings. German authorities say they believe the Iraqi national arrived in Germany in October 2015 via Turkey and Greece, amid a wave of refugees that entered Europe.

German police say that Ali B. had recently been living in a refugee shelter located outside the girl’s hometown of Mainz. Her body was found in a wooded area near the shelter on Wednesday.

The girl, named in the media only as Susanna F., was reported missing on May 22. Police were reportedly given information about the location of her body and the suspected attackers by a 13-year-old migrant who came to the Wiesbaden police station on Sunday.

German media reported that Ali B., who had previously been a suspect in robbery at knifepoint, had been the girl’s boyfriend.

READ MORE: Afghan boy, 15, held after ex-girlfriend is stabbed to death in Germany

The Central Council of Jews in Germany said the girl and her mother were members of the Jewish community in Mainz, but cautioned against assuming that her religion was a motivating factor in the heinous crime.

A 35-year-old Turkish migrant had been arrested in connection to the case, but was later released on Thursday evening.

German officials believe it would be hard to get Ali B. back for a court trial, as there is no extradition agreement between Berlin and Baghdad. It’s also not clear whether the man will be tried in his home country.

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German police gather close to the scene where they found a body near Wiesbaden-Erbenheim, Germany, June 6, 2018. © Thorsten Wagner / Reuters

5 Whistleblowers Who Died Mysteriously

In the wake of the death on Wednesday of Iraq War veteran and computer security expert James Dolan, Sputnik decided to recall other whistleblowers that have passed away under rather vague circumstances.

 

1. James Dolan was a co-creator of the whistleblower submission system SecureDrop along with Aaron Swartz, who killed himself in 2013 following prosecution for an alleged criminal hacking incident. 36-year-old Dolan, who reportedly also took his own life, joined the Freedom of the Press Foundation (FPF) after Swartz’s death. The circumstances of Dolan’s death are yet unknown, however the FPF reported that he had been suffering from PTSD since the Iraq War.

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Aaron Swartz – Deceased (Suicide Jan 11, 2013)

2. Serena Shim, a promising journalist working for Iran’s Press TV media outlet, was killed in a “suspicious” car crash in Turkey just days after she gathered information on Turkish support for Daesh (ISIS), claiming they were helping the terrorists commit heinous crimes. In 2014, Shim reported that she received explicit threats from Turkish intelligence services, and died a few days after confessing on camera that she was afraid of being arrested for “espionage.” Press TV has refused to consider her death an accident.

Press TV correspondent Serena Shim. (File)

3. Michael Ruppert, former Los Angeles police officer, went public as a whistleblower when he exposed corruption within the police department and the CIA. He was found dead in 2014, reportedly dying from a gunshot wound, and was deemed a suicide. While he left a recorded suicide message, saying that he took his life so that the CIA couldn’t murder him, some still believe that he was actually killed.

4. In 2017, the German news journalist Dr. Udo Ulfkotte was found dead, ten months after he exposed collusion between the CIA and German Intelligence. Ulfkotte alleged that the intelligence agencies bribe journalists into writing pro-NATO articles. In his book, entitled “Bought Journalists,” Ulfkotte reveals the details of the US and NATO propaganda machine, claiming that those who refused to work for them could consider their careers ruined. He said most media journalists in the US and Europe were “so-called non-official cover,” implying that they worked for an intelligence agency. Among the fake news stories Ulfkotte claims the CIA ordered him to publish was one claiming that the late Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi was building poison gas factories in 2011. The 56-year-old journalist reportedly died of heart failure, however many believe that his bestselling book cost him his life.

Udo Ulfkotte

5. David Kelly worked for the British Ministry of Defense as a biological weapons expert back in 2003, when the Iraq war started under a pretext that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction. When Kelly reported that no WMDs were found in Iraq, he was labeled a traitor by his colleagues, as well as by major politicians. Later in 2003, he was found dead with the initial report saying that he had overdosed on painkillers and cut his wrist. While some believe that he would not commit suicide, the government rejected any calls for an inquest into Kelly’s death.

FILE — July 18 2003 image from television of Dr David Kelly during questioning by the Commons select comittee

IDF says 2 rockets launched from Gaza amid violent protests over Trump’s Jerusalem decision

Palestinian protesters take cover from tear gas during clashes with Israeli troops near the Jewish settlement of Beit El, near the West Bank city of Ramallah, on December 7, 2017 © Abbas Momani / AFP

At least two rockets have been launched from the Gaza Strip towards Israeli territory, but failed to reach its targets, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) said. The incident comes amid ongoing violent mass protests over the US decision on Jerusalem.

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News of the rocket launches first popped up on Israeli smartphone apps asking for those in cities near the Gaza strip to stay alert. The IDF later confirmed at least two missiles were fired from the Gaza Strip “towards the State of Israel,” but failed to strike its intended targets.

Later Thursday, the IDF struck two Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip. The IDF said the strikes were in retaliation to rocket launches from the enclave earlier. Israel used the Air Force and a tank in its strike, the IDF said.

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A local Salafist group called the Al-Tawheed Brigade claimed responsibility for the missile launches, the Jerusalem Post reported. However, the IDF has repeatedly stated that it holds Hamas responsible for all hostile activities targeting Israel which emanates from Gaza.

The attack came amid ongoing mass protests against the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, which engulfed some regions of the occupied West Bank as well as the Gaza Strip. More than thirty Palestinians were injured by gunfire and rubber bullets from the IDF in the protests Thursday, medical sources told Reuters.

Protesters were throwing rocks and firebombs at Israeli troops while burning US and Israeli flags.

In the West Bank cities of Hebron and Al-Bireh, the protest rallies were attended by thousands of demonstrators who chanted, “Jerusalem is the capital of the State of Palestine.” In the cities of Ramallah, Tul Karm, and Nablus, also located in the West bank, hundreds of protesters were burning pictures and effigies of Trump as well as throwing stones at security forces.

In Ramallah and the Gaza Strip, angry protesters were defacing and burning US flags. According to Israeli media, the demonstrators were also chanting, “Death to America” and “Death to Israel.”

In response, Israeli troops used “riot-dispersal gear,” a military spokeswoman told journalists. The clashes left four people injured, 20 by gunfire and 20 more by rubber bullets. Israeli security forces also fired tear gas at the protesters.

An RT Arabic producer was injured in one incident in Ramallah when Israeli troops used tear gas to disperse protesters. The producer lost consciousness following the tear gas attack and was hospitalized.

In the Gaza Strip, dozens of angry protesters gathered near the border fence with Israel and hurled rocks at Israeli soldiers on the other side. Soldiers responded with gunfire, injuring at least seven people, as reported by Reuters.

The IDF meanwhile announced that additional troops would be deployed to the areas affected by the mass protests as part of “the IDF’s readiness for possible developments.” In the view of a “situational assessment by the IDF General Staff,”the Israeli army “decided that a number of battalions will reinforce the area of [the West Bank], as well as combat intelligence and territorial defense units,” the IDF said, as cited by the Times of Israel.

Israeli police also announced that it would deploy additional officers to Jerusalem. Police “are prepared for an immediate operational response to a wide range of scenarios if necessary,” a police spokesperson said. At the same time, protests in the city were reported to be non-violent.

Earlier, Palestinian Islamist group Hamas called for a new uprising against Israel following the US decision. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called the US move “deplorable.” He also travelled to Jordan to meet King Abdullah II to discuss the rapidly developing issue.

Trump officially recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital Wednesday, in a move that almost immediately triggered large scale protests across the Middle East. Palestinians called for three days of rage against the controversial move. Anti-US protests were also held in Jordan and even in Turkey, a US NATO ally.

READ MORE: Hamas leader calls for ‘new intifada in the face of Israel’

The US decision also provoked concerns among world leaders, with many denouncing the move. Egypt and Jordan said Wednesday that they reject the declaration. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Trump’s announcement disregards the 1980 UN resolution on the status of Jerusalem and threatened to cut ties with Israel. Saudi Arabia called the step “irresponsible and unwarranted.”

Even traditional US allies in Europe were reluctant to support Washington. On Thursday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said her country would “stick to the relevant UN resolutions,” which “make clear that the status of Jerusalem needs to be negotiated as part of negotiations on a two-state solution for Israel.” Earlier, the chancellor made clear that Germany will not support Trump in his decision on Jerusalem.

SWEDEN: MIGRANTS RESPONSIBLE FOR 90% OF SHOOTINGS

Government responds by putting people who talk about the problem on a “hate list”

| Infowars.com – MAY 22, 2017

A new study has found that people with a migrant background are responsible for 90% of shootings in Sweden, emphasizing once again how the country’s huge importation of “refugees” is exacerbating social problems.

“Young men with immigrant background are behind almost all murder and assassination attempts by firearms shows a recent survey. Most of them originate in the Middle East and North Africa,” reports FriaTider.

The stats are taken from an investigation by Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter, which found that out of 100 people involved in assassination and murder attempts where firearms were used, 90 people had at least one foreign-born parent.

Around 80% of the culprits are from Middle Eastern and North African countries such as Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, Turkey, Somalia and Eritrea.

The newspaper speculates that joblessness could be a contributing factor to the crime wave, pointing out that less than 30% of adult Somalis living in Sweden have a job.

“It is a fact that the phenomenon of street violence and violence occurs in some areas, and most of those living there have been foreigners,” said Stockholm University’s Amir Rostami.

The figures back up veteran Swedish police officer Peter Springare’s assertion that crimes he processed, which include rape, assault, violence against police, drug trafficking and murder, were almost exclusively committed by someone named “Mohammed” or a variation of that name and the culprits were invariably from Iraq, Turkey, Afghanistan, Somalia, or Syria.

Instead of addressing why migrants are so vastly overrepresented in crime statistics, Sweden has instead targeted those who dare to draw attention to the problem.

A Swedish government body recently put thousands of people on a “hate list” by blocking Twitter accounts that so much as questioned whether accepting migrants was a good idea. The list also ensnared completely non-political individuals such as Swedish YouTuber PewDiePie.

Other countries in Europe that have accepted large numbers of migrants are also experiencing huge problems with crime.

A report released last year by Germany’s Interior Ministry found that an extra 402,741 crimes were committed by migrants, with non-Germans accounting for 27.6 percent of total offences.

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State Dept issues Travel Alert amid terrorism threats ‘throughout Europe’

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The US State Department is warning Americans that traveling to Europe risks being caught in a terrorist attack. The ‘Travel Alert’ is set to remain in place for the next four months.

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An official statement referred to recent attacks by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) and Al Qaeda, as well as their affiliates, against France, Russia, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Further terrorist attacks may be carried out, even as “local governments continue counter-terrorism operations,” the State Department said.

“US citizens should always be alert to the possibility that terrorist sympathizers or self-radicalized extremists may conduct attacks with little or no warning, the statement added.

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Terrorists are anticipated to use familiar tactics, including employing firearms, high explosives, knives or sharp objects that evade security, or weaponizing trucks or automobiles by ramming or running over people. US citizens traveling to and throughout Europe are encouraged to check the website of their embassy or consulate as well as the local security information from officials.

Americans are instructed to follow orders of local authorities and monitor media and other information sources. They should expect delays in security screenings, the State Department advised. Americans are also told to have an emergency plan and to register with the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, or STEP.

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In March, the State Department issued a Worldwide Caution, with a general advisory for Europe and specific Travel Warnings for Turkey and Ukraine.

The alert comes six days before a general election in France.

There was no specific threat or new development mentioned in Monday’s Travel Alert.

REPORT: SOROS-LINKED GROUP BEHIND CHEMICAL ATTACK IN SYRIA

Chemical attack has all the hallmarks of a false flag

By Mimi Al-Laham

The White Helmets, an al-Qaeda affiliated group funded by George Soros and the British government, have reportedly staged another chemical weapon attack on civilians in the Syrian city of Khan Shaykhun to lay blame on the Syrian government.

A day prior to the attack, Gulf-based Orient TV announced “Tomorrow we are launching a media campaign to cover the airstrikes on Hama country side including the usage of chemical warfare against civilians.” This shows clear foreknowledge that the rebels were going to stage an attack by Orient TV.

The White Helmets filmed much of the footage being released on the chemical attack. They have also been known to stage “rescue” videos in the past. However, this time it appears children were indeed killed in the making of this “media campaign.”

Several children appear in the videos suffocating from an unknown chemical substance, while others appear to have unexplained head injuries. It is known 250 people were kidnapped by Al-Qaeda last week from the nearby city of Hama, which is the same number as the current body count of wounded and killed civilians.

In another “coincidence,” a Pakistani British doctor who at the time of the attack was taking interview requests instead of helping the injured who were flooding in, and additionally received gas masks from a British organization three days prior to the attack.

The doctor, Shajul Islam, is being used as a source by US and UK media, despite facing terror charges for kidnapping and torturing two British journalists in Syria and being struck off the medical register. The organization responsible for sending him equipment is under fire for using donations meant for refugees.

In another suspicious event, the White Helmets operating in the same quarry near the attack received sarin-protective respirator suits one month before the attack, even though the Syrian government no longer possesses sarin.

The al-Qaeda-linked rebels have claimed the chemical was sarin gas used by the Syrian government; however, the OPCW has confirmed Syria no longer has chemical weapons and completely dismantled their stockpiles in 2013.

In contrast, the rebels have not gotten rid of the chemical weapons at their disposal.

According to award winning journalist Seymour Hersch, intelligence reports show the rebels smuggled in chemical weapons from Libya through Turkey with the approval of Hillary Clinton.

In 2013, so-called moderate rebels had filmed themselves killing rabbits with gas and threatening to kill religious minorities. ISIS is also known to be in possession of chemical weapons having conducted attacks on Syrian forces in Deir Ezzor.

However weaponized, sarin would have killed or at least injured unprotected first responders.  Sarin can be absorbed through skin and requires a full body suit; however, the White Helmets appeared to wear only masks and no gloves while they handled exposed victims. Others in the vicinity appear not to be wearing a mask at all and are yet unaffected.

Weaponized sarin is a Weapon of Mass Destruction (WMD) capable of killing thousands. If sarin was indeed used, it must have been a weak, non-weaponized form.

Unsurprisingly, the mainstream media and neo-con politicians have been quick to regurgitate the al-Qaeda-linked rebels version of the events before any investigation takes place.

Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu was quick to lay blame on the Syrian government, as did Amnesty International. France called for a security council meeting over the incident.

Federica Mogherini, the Italian Representative of the European Union (EU), blamed Assad while UK’s Envoy to the United Nations, Matthew Rycroft, blamed both Russia and Syria.

In response to the allegations, the Syrian Military and the Russian Ministry of Defense denied any involvement in the attack.

NATO governments are unhappy with the Trump administration’s recent statements that they no longer see regime change in Syria as a priority. In response to this, British Prime Minister Theresa May made a statement that Britian was still fully committed to regime change in Syria. The UK and France may have seen a staged chemical attack as an opportunity to push Trump into war with Syria.

The chemical attack came at the same time as another media attack was occurring against the Syrian government, which claimed that Syrian hospitals were in fact secret torture “slaughterhouses.”

The last chemical attack false flag attack occurred in 2013, where the Syrian Army was accused of using the WMD on the same day the Syrian government had invited weapon inspectors into Damascus, which resulted in Syria giving up its chemical weapons.

In the near future neocons may accuse Syria of failing to give up all chemical weapons, in spite of assurances by the OPCW. This is what happened to Iraq in 2003, which was invaded despite surrendering their chemical weapons in the 1990s.

No one questions how the Syrian government could possible use a weapon it doesn’t have, nor what motive it could possibly possess.

For the moment however, the narrative being pushed by neo-cons is “Trump should do what Obama failed to do, bomb Syria for al-Qaeda” and it seems that narrative is winning.

Turkey wants US laptop flights ban canceled or relaxed – minister

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Ankara is in talks with Washington seeking the reversal or softening of the new US ban on electronic devices larger than cellphones in the cabin of US-bound flights from 10 airports in Muslim-majority countries, Turkey’s transport minister has said.

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“This is a wrongful measure. They shouldn’t confuse Istanbul, through which 80 million people are taking flights every year, with other cities,” the minister, Ahmet Arslan, told journalists on Tuesday.

Turkish authorities have already taken every possible precaution at Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul, he added.

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The transport minister believes the US ban will “decrease the level of comfort for the passengers and will lead to a drop in their numbers.”

According to Arslan, the Turkish authorities will try to settle the issue through negotiations with Washington.

“We are particularly emphasizing how this will not benefit the passengers and that reverse steps or a softening should be adopted,” he said, as cited by AFP, adding that Ankara expects the issue to be resolved in the coming days.

Last June, Istanbul’s main airport was the scene of an Islamic State-linked terror attack, in which three gunmen killed 44 and injured 239 people before blowing themselves up.

Turkey’s largest carrier, Turkish Airlines, has already informed passengers on its website that “any electronic or electrical devices larger than a cellphone or smartphone (except medical devices)” are now banned on US-bound flights.

Earlier Tuesday, President Donald Trump’s administration said that it banned electronic items bigger than a cellphone, excluding medical devices, in their cabin of US-bound flights from 10 international airports in Muslim-majority countries for security reasons.

Devices such as tablets, laptops and cameras should all be in checked baggage.

The international airports on the list included those in Cairo in Egypt; Amman in Jordan; Kuwait City in Kuwait; Casablanca in Morocco; Doha in Qatar; Riyadh and Jeddah in Saudi Arabia; Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates as well as Ataturk airport in Istanbul, Turkey, Reuters reports.

READ MORE: UK follows US with electronic devices ban on flights from Muslim majority countries

The restrictions affect nine airlines serving those airports – Royal Jordanian Airlines, Egypt Air, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Kuwait Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Qatar Airways, Emirates, Etihad Airways and Turkish Airlines.

According to AP sources, the ban was prompted by reports that terror groups are planning to smuggle explosive devices in consumer electronic devices.