Gates of Vienna News Feed 7/27/2014

Photos of an “Australian” mujahid posing with the severed heads of Syrian soldiers were posted on Twitter. Australian Muslims reacted by expressing their shock — shock, I tell you! — at the number of jihad fighters who had traveled from Australia to Syria. Meanwhile, the prominent Sydney Muslim leader Keysar Trad was threatened by his fellow Muslims after he said that they should not join the Syrian jihad, but give to charities instead.

In other news, 36 people were killed in clashes between Libyan military forces and Salafist mujahideen in Benghazi, while 23 Egyptian workers were killed by a rocket fired by extremists in Tripoli.

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USA
» Local Muslims to Celebrate Eid on Monday After ‘Tough’ Fasting Month
» Secretary of State Kerry Views the Gaza Conflict Through the Prism of His Vietnam Experience
 
Canada
» Islamic Group Rallies in Saskatoon for People in Gaza
 
Europe and the EU
» Belgium: Museum Shooting Suspect Lived in Molenbeek Before Attack
» British Local Authority Collaborates With Pro-Hamas Pressure Group in ‘Solidarity’ Fundraiser
» Denmark Responds to Muslim Anti-Semitism by Shutting Down Israeli Peace Rally
» France: 40 Arrested in Paris as Pro-Palestinian Demonstration Turns Violent
» France: Youths Clash With Police at Banned Gaza Protest
» Italy: Police Seize Home-Made Explosive at TAV Construction Site
» Police Fear Arson After Sweden Mosque Fire
» The Muslims of Tromsø: Ramadan in the Land of the Midnight Sun
» Two American Soldiers Accused of Rape to be Tried in Italy
» UK: Bradford Schools Facing Claims of Islamist Takeover
» UK: Ramazan Celebrations: Bound by Faith
 
North Africa
» 14 Extremists Killed in Military Raid in Egypt’s Sinai
» Italy Announces Protection Plan for Its Citizens in Libya
» Libya: 59 Die in Clashes in Tripoli and Benghazi
» Libya: Intense Fighting in Benghazi Continues
 
Israel and the Palestinians
» Dozens of Terror Tunnels Discovered in the Hebron Area Homes of Hamas Activists
» Gaza War Rages Despite Hamas, Israel Truce Pledges
» Hamas Agrees to 24-Hour Truce in Gaza War Ahead of Major Muslim Holiday
» IDF Resumes Strikes After Hamas Ignores ‘Humanitarian Ceasefire’
» Islamic Jihad Said to Have Iranian ‘Judgement Day’ Missile
» Live Blog: Israel’s Operation Protective Edge in Gaza
» Obama Calls for ‘Immediate’ Ceasefire in Gaza
 
Middle East
» 11 Gunmen Killed in Clashes With Yemeni Army
» 20 Killed in Clashes and Bomb Attacks in Iraq
» 7 Killed in Blast in Syria’s Homs
» Historic Mosque Destroyed in Iraq
» UAE: World Leaders Greet Khalifa for Eid Al Fitr
 
Russia
» Number of Ukrainian Refugees in Rostov Region Exceeds 40,000
» Ukraine Increases Pressure on Separatist Strongholds
» Ukraine’s Tank Convoy Enters Eastern City of Shakhtarsk — Militia
» Ukrainian Army Shells Southeastern City of Avdiivka, Five Killed — Militia
 
South Asia
» One Killed, 10 Injured in Blast in Pakistan’s Quetta
 
Far East
» Filipino Priest Warns That the Lives of 13,000 Filipinos in Libya Are in Danger
» Four Soldiers Injured in S. Philippines Ambush
 
Australia — Pacific
» Australia’s Muslims Shocked by ISIS’s Australian Jihadists
» Muslim Leader Threatened for Warning Against Going to Syria and Iraq
 
Sub-Saharan Africa
» Car Loaded With Explosives Found Near Mosque in Nigeria’s Kano State
» Five Killed in Nigeria Church Bombing
» Ghana: Central Mosque Ready Next Ramadan
» Nigeria: Fresh Explosion Kills 5 in Kano
» Sierra Leone: Muslims Fight Ebola Spiritually
» Somalia: Al Shabab Calls Muslims to Carry Revenge Attacks on Isreali Interest, Citizens Across the World
 
Immigration
» George Will Says U.S. Should ‘Welcome’ Illegal Children, Mocks Supporters of Deportation
 

Local Muslims to Celebrate Eid on Monday After ‘Tough’ Fasting Month

Muslims in Oakland County and across the U.S., will celebrate Monday as Eid, a day that marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.

This year, however, Ramadan has been what many call a “tough” month, as practicing Muslims had to go without food and liquids for as long as 18 hours or more in parts of the U.S…

           — Hat tip: JP [Return to headlines]
 

Secretary of State Kerry Views the Gaza Conflict Through the Prism of His Vietnam Experience

Secretary of State John Kerry was dispatched last week to begin a new round of shuttle diplomacy between Cairo, Ankara and Qatar endeavoring to find some leverage with Hamas to obtain a longer cease fire. His latest attempt as of this writing was rejected by Israel as the offer he put on the table simply reiterated Hamas’ previously rejected terms. Those terms proposed by Hamas were based on the November 2012 cease fire agreement. An agreement the Administration used to encourage Israel to relent to shipment of cement, steel and equipment for reconstruction of Gaza. This reconstruction was funded by $405 million from Qatar, a Hamas supporter. Israel’s fears about diversion of those resources were confirmed in the discovery of the elaborate fortifications and tunnel network during the current Operation Defensive Edge. . Kerry returned to Washington this weekend via Paris, where he met with foreign ministers from Turkey, Qatar, France the U.K. and the EU foreign relations commissioner, without the likelihood that further mediation between the warring parties could yield an agreement to return to calm.

Perhaps the lack of success in mediating a cease fire agreement may be that Kerry views the Gaza conflict with Hamas through the prism of his Vietnam War experience over 44 years ago. The WSJ Weekend Edition “Notable & Quotable” had this insightful exchange between Israeli PM Netanyahu and Secretary Kerry drawn from a July 20th New Republic article by Ben Birnbaum and Amir Tibon:

           — Hat tip: Jerry Gordon [Return to headlines]
 

Islamic Group Rallies in Saskatoon for People in Gaza

Pro-Palestinian group marches down 8th Street Saturday night

Hundreds of people marched down 8th Street in Saskatoon Saturday night demanding the Canadian government take a different stance on the middle east crisis.

Members of the association say the rally is an expression of their dismay over the treatment of the people living in the crisis zone…

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Belgium: Museum Shooting Suspect Lived in Molenbeek Before Attack

Mehdi Nemmouche, the suspect of the Jewish Museum shooting in which 4 people were killed, lived in the Brussels suburb of Sint-Jans-Molenbeek 1.5 months before the attack. The French man of Algerian descent had returned from Syria, but still managed to catch intelligence services offguard.

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British Local Authority Collaborates With Pro-Hamas Pressure Group in ‘Solidarity’ Fundraiser

A local government authority in the United Kingdom has openly worked with a pro-Hamas group which masquerades as a charity, Breitbart London can exclusively reveal.

Preston City Council, which is run by the Labour Party, was forced to change its plans to fly the Palestinian flag over the town hall following protests and complaints. Breitbart London can now reveal that the group the council was working with has previously hosted meetings in which they express open and vocal support for the terrorist group Hamas…

           — Hat tip: JP [Return to headlines]
 

Denmark Responds to Muslim Anti-Semitism by Shutting Down Israeli Peace Rally

by Daniel Greenfield

Also on Friday, police in Copenhagen cut short a demonstration of support for Israel and peace in the Middle East that the Danish Zionist Organization had organized near parliament with a group of Iranian dissidents, according to an account of the event by Vilhjalmur Orn Vilhjalmsson, an Iceland-born academic who attended the rally.

“The police couldn’t guarantee any longer the security of the participants in the rally, due to increasing threats from young Muslim troublemakers who were clustering in ever louder and violent groups nearby and even driving past in their cars shouting anti-Semitic slogans and waving Hamas flags,” he wrote on his blog.

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France: 40 Arrested in Paris as Pro-Palestinian Demonstration Turns Violent

PARIS, July 26 (Xinhua) — French police on Saturday arrested some 40 people in a pro-Palestinian demonstration involving several thousand protestors over defying authorities’ ban on violence risks, the news channel BFMTV reported.

Waving Palestinian flags and chanting slogans like “we are all Palestinians” to show their support with Palestinian people, demonstrators streaming to the capital’s streets at 15:00 local time (1300 GMT), where 2,000 policemen have been deployed to secure safety…

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France: Youths Clash With Police at Banned Gaza Protest

Thousands of people took part in a pro-Palestinian demonstration in Paris on Saturday despite a police ban on the rally. Scuffles broke out between a hardcore element throwing projectiles and police, who said they made around 50 arrests.

The demonstration got under way at around 3pm at Place de la République amid a tense and uncertain atmosphere after rioting erupted at a similar protest last week.

Despite a calm start to the demonstration, which had attracted upwards of 4,000 people, by 6pm police were using tear gas to disperse 200 to 300 hooded youths throwing projectiles at police.

Reporting from the scene, FRANCE 24’s Mehdi Chebil said the youths were throwing stones at shop windows and had also targeted journalists…

           — Hat tip: JP [Return to headlines]
 

Italy: Police Seize Home-Made Explosive at TAV Construction Site

Protesters throw firecrackers, cops respond with tear gas

(ANSA) — Turin, July 25 — Police on Friday seized a homemade explosive, the remains of several rockets with a range of up to 150 meters, fireworks, and stones from a construction site at Chiomonte in the northern Susa Valley, where protests against construction of a TAV high-speed rail line linking Italy to France turned violent overnight.

The homemade explosive was made up of a small bottle of alcohol whose trigger was attached to a firecracker, ANSA sources said. Some of the firecrackers had been mounted onto homemade mortars to increase their range, police said. The seizure came after protesters threw firecrackers and police tried to disperse them with tear gas. One police officer sustained burns to his ankle, police said.

Some 30 protesters against the Turin-Lyon rail link also temporarily blocked off a motorway that leads to France, setting tires alight.

Work at the site was suspended during the protest, but resumed immediately after. More protests are planned for Saturday, organizers said.

Transport Minister Maurizio Lupi said Friday that the protests were being used to “attack the State”. “What we have here is a criminal attack perpetrated by those who would use the project to attack the State,” Lupi said.

“They will not be allowed any space”. No-TAV protests, which have sometimes turned violent, have built up steam in recent years and been taken up by leftist and anti-capitalist groups despite government efforts to persuade opponents that it is an essential piece of infrastructure, especially when Italy’s economy has been suffering its longest postwar recession.

The Italian and French governments have insisted that the link will not only speed passenger and freight traffic but also boost both countries’ economies.

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Police Fear Arson After Sweden Mosque Fire

Swedish police suspect arson after buildings at a mosque in Norrköping in eastern Sweden burned down in the early hours of Friday morning.

“Some of the buildings have been saved but there is a great deal of damage, both smoke and water damage,” said Stefan Hagdahl at the emergency services in Östergötland to the local Nörrköpings Tidning daily.

Up to 14 fire fighters from two fire stations in the city battled the blaze which was reported shortly after 1am on Friday. The fire ravaged some surrounding buildings. The main mosque building managed to escape damage thanks to the efforts of the fire fighters.

According to Norrköping Islamic Centre the buildings were due to have been rebuilt into a new mosque…

           — Hat tip: JP [Return to headlines]
 

The Muslims of Tromsø: Ramadan in the Land of the Midnight Sun

During Ramadan, Muslims fast until the sun goes down. But what if you live in a place where there is no sunset? The believers in Tromsø, Norway spent years searching for a solution to that conundrum. Now that they have found one, new problems have arisen.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Two American Soldiers Accused of Rape to be Tried in Italy

Lamarcus and McCough allegedly raped, beat pregnant woman

(ANSA) — Vicenza, July 25 — Justice Minister Andrea Orlando said Friday that two American paratroopers who allegedly raped and battered a six-month pregnant Romanian woman will be tried in Italy and not the United States.

“We will not give up our jurisdiction,” the minister tweeted.

The two American soldiers were identified as Gray Gerelle Lamarcus, 22, and Edil McCough, 21.

They were held for questioning Thursday in the assault that occurred about 10 days ago.

Lamarcus is also accused of sexually assaulting a minor from Vicenza province.

He is currently being treated at a local hospital after attempting suicide, police say.

The two paratroopers allegedly raped and savagely beat the Romanian woman, who worked as a prostitute and who was six months pregnant.

Before fleeing the two allegedly stole from the woman’s handbag.

Vicenza’s mayor, Achille Variati, had called on Orlando to reject any request from the United States to allow the two American soldiers to be tried on their home turf.

“There are two big American military bases near Vicenza, and many Americans live here,” the mayor said Friday.

“When you live together, everyone must abide by the same rules. Now it is important that Italian justice be swift”.

American soldiers, their families, and some airmen and sailors are stationed at the US Army Garrison in Vicenza, which also serves as headquarters for America’s Southern European Task Force (SETAF) and its 173rd Airborne Brigade.

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UK: Bradford Schools Facing Claims of Islamist Takeover

Inspectors are to be sent into schools in the city of Bradford to investigate claims of a takeover attempt by Islamist fundamentalists. Officials from school inspectors Ofsted and the Education Funding Agency (EFA) are likely to begin snap inspections when schools return from the summer break in September…

           — Hat tip: JP [Return to headlines]
 

UK: Ramazan Celebrations: Bound by Faith

[…]

The glorious iftars of London

It is a little past eight in the evening in London and the walls of The East London Mosque are glowing in the light of the setting sun. In about an hour, Muslims all over the United Kingdom will break their fast as one of the longest and hottest days of summers comes to an end.

Inside the Maryam Centre, a part of the mosque designated for women, Yesmine Ozcan is waiting for the maghrib azan along with some 60 other women. Ozcan moved to London from Turkey six years ago for work, and has been regularly coming to the mosque for iftars since. “It is home away from home,” she says. “I believe Muslims cannot be alone anywhere in the world, as long as they have a mosque to go to.”…

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14 Extremists Killed in Military Raid in Egypt’s Sinai

CAIRO, July 27 (Xinhua) — At least 14 extremists have been killed in a military raid in the early hours of Sunday in Egypt’s restive Sinai Peninsula, an official security source told Xinhua.

As many as 47 people were arrested in shoot-outs that occurred near Sheikh Zuweid and Rafah cities in North Sinai bordering Israel, the source said.

The forces destroyed 18 terrorist hideouts including houses and huts used as strongholds for targeting the army and police forces, military spokesman Mohamed Samir said in a statement…

           — Hat tip: JP [Return to headlines]
 

Italy Announces Protection Plan for Its Citizens in Libya

(AGI) Rome, July 27 — In the face of escalating violence in Libya, the Italian Foreign Minister, Federica Mogherini, announced the implementation of a plan to protect Italian citizens in the areas most at risk. Through the Italian embassy in Libya and in coordination with the Crisis Management Unit, the Ministry implemented a plan to transfer over 100 Italians who had expressed their intention to leave the country.

           — Hat tip: C. Cantoni [Return to headlines]
 

Libya: 59 Die in Clashes in Tripoli and Benghazi

(AGI) Benghazi, July 27 — At least 36 people, many of them civilians, were killed in clashes between Libyan forces and Islamist militants in Benghazi, while 23 Egyptian workers were killed by a rocket in Tripoli, local medical and security sources said. The rocket was fired by militants at a rival group, but hit the workers’ housing area, the Egyptian news agency MENA reported.

           — Hat tip: C. Cantoni [Return to headlines]
 

Libya: Intense Fighting in Benghazi Continues

By Aimen Amzein and Moutaz Ahmed.

Benghazi, 26 July 2014:

There has been intense fighting throughout much of the day in Benghazi’s Buatni and Leithi districts as militants attacked the Saiqa Special Forces’ headquarters with missiles and were attacked in turn by air and counter missile strikes. There were massive explosions and smoke rising into the sky.

Benghazi Medical Centre (BMC) report at least 10 bodies being brought in as well as 50 injured. The hospital also put out an appeal for blood, saying it was desperately short. Doctors and nurses at the hospital have been working round the clock to deal with the injured…

           — Hat tip: JP [Return to headlines]
 

Dozens of Terror Tunnels Discovered in the Hebron Area Homes of Hamas Activists

The IDF has discovered dozens of suspected terror tunnels in the Hebron area during Operation Brother’s Keeper. Members of Israel’s elite engineering unit Yahalom uncovered the tunnels and hiding holes while searching for the three teens kidnapped in the West Bank ten days ago.

Some of the tunnels were found by soldiers inside the homes of Palestinians, under large pieces of furniture and laundry machines. According to one senior officer in the engineering corps, the IDF had no prior intelligence reports regarding the tunnels.

Using their specialized equipment, Yahalom (diamond in Hebrew) forces participated in dozens of raids on the homes of Palestinian activists across the West Bank, confiscating caches of weapons and explosives.

The unit’s forces discovered close to 20 laboratories for manufacturing improvised explosives devices hidden in homes they searched. “We would arrive at a suspicious hope and find a family living on the first floor and a laboratory with explosives on the third floor,” said a senior officer in the unit

“We also discovered underground spaces in the Hebron area which we had not known about previously. Because of the intensive operations, we have had to cut short the advanced training for some of our soldiers in order to reinforce the units in the field, even as we continue our operations in the Gaza sector and GOC Northern Command,” he added

IDF forces continued to comb the area north of Hebron on Sunday, searching wells, water reservoirs, pits and ditches on agricultural lands, and homes in order to find the kidnappers or a clue that will lead Israeli forces to them…

           — Hat tip: Vlad Tepes [Return to headlines]
 

Gaza War Rages Despite Hamas, Israel Truce Pledges

Israel and Hamas launched new attacks Sunday in the raging Gaza war, despite each side offering different truces to temporarily halt nearly three weeks of fighting ahead of a major Muslim holiday.

After initially rejecting an Israeli offer Saturday for a 24-hour truce, Hamas said Sunday it agreed to hold fire ahead of the Eid al-Fitr holiday marking the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. But as Israel’s Cabinet met to discuss the offer and the ongoing war, rockets rained down on southern Israel and Israeli strikes could be heard in Gaza…

           — Hat tip: JP [Return to headlines]
 

Hamas Agrees to 24-Hour Truce in Gaza War Ahead of Major Muslim Holiday

Hamas said it would be willing to abide by a new 24-hour humanitarian truce ahead of the Eid al-Fitr holiday marking the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

GAZA, PALESTINE—Hamas on Sunday agreed to observe a 24-hour truce in Gaza after initially rejecting a similar Israeli offer, as fighting resumed and the two sides wrangled over the terms of a lull that international diplomats had hoped could be expanded into a more sustainable truce…

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IDF Resumes Strikes After Hamas Ignores ‘Humanitarian Ceasefire’

IDF warns civilians to steer clear of Gaza after responding to Hamas’s attacks on Israel.

Israel has resumed its ground and air offensive against Hamas terrorism in Gaza, the IDF Spokesperson’s Office announced Sunday morning, after Hamas fired a salvo of rockets on Israeli civilians during a “humanitarian ceasefire.”

“Following Hamas’ incessant rocket fire throughout the humanitarian window, which was agreed upon for the welfare of the civilian population in Gaza, the IDF will now resume its aerial, naval and ground activity in the Gaza Strip,” an army statement said…

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Islamic Jihad Said to Have Iranian ‘Judgement Day’ Missile

Sources said that Islamic Jihad’s big ‘surprise’ was a long-range, explosive-laden Iranian-made rocket.

Islamic Jihad has “many more surprises up its sleeve,” said Abdullah Shalah, head of the terror group said Sunday. In an interview on an Arab satellite station, Shalah said that “We have a store of strategic weapons that we have never used,” but was prepared to bring out against Israel if the war in Gaza continued. With that, he did not specify what those weapons were…

           — Hat tip: JP [Return to headlines]
 

Live Blog: Israel’s Operation Protective Edge in Gaza

Follow all the latest updates on Israel’s efforts to extinguish rocket fire from the Gaza Strip.

4:42 p.m. Rocket sirens sound in Gaza frontier towns, Ashkelon, and Ashdod.

4:31 p.m. Israel has rejected a cease-fire proposed by Hamas hours after Hamas rejected an Israeli-proposed humanitarian cease-fire.

Asked whether Israel would accept the truce offer, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told CNN: “Hamas doesn’t even accept its own ceasefire, it’s continuing to fire at us as we speak.” Netanyahu added that Israel “will take what ever action is necessary to protect our people.”…

           — Hat tip: JP [Return to headlines]
 

Obama Calls for ‘Immediate’ Ceasefire in Gaza

US President Barack Obama has called Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to urge an “immediate, unconditional” ceasefire in Gaza.

The call came as Hamas fired more rockets at Israel, despite claims it had accepted a UN request for a 24-hour extension of a humanitarian truce in Gaza.

Mr Obama “made clear the strategic imperative of instituting an immediate, unconditional humanitarian ceasefire that ends hostilities now and leads to a permanent cessation of hostilities based on the November 2012 ceasefire agreement,” the White House said in a statement…

           — Hat tip: JP [Return to headlines]
 

11 Gunmen Killed in Clashes With Yemeni Army

ADEN, Yemen, July 27 (Xinhua) — The Yemeni armed forces managed on Sunday to foil two simultaneous attacks by suspected al- Qaida militants on army bases in the troubled southern province of Abyan, leaving at least 11 terrorists and two soldiers killed, a government official told Xinhua…

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20 Killed in Clashes and Bomb Attacks in Iraq

BAGHDAD, July 27 (Xinhua) — A total of 20 people were killed and some 15 others wounded in separate clashes and bomb attacks across Iraq, security sources said on Sunday, as the country continues to stave off a militant Sunni Islamist insurgency.

In Iraq’s eastern province of Diyala, Iraqi security forces backed by military aircraft recaptured seven villages near the city of Udheim in the north of the provincial capital city of Baquba, clashing with fighters and killing nine militants, a provincial police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity…

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7 Killed in Blast in Syria’s Homs

DAMASCUS, July 27 (Xinhua) — The Syrian government forces have been deadlocked in battles with the so-called Islamic State (IS) militant group in the country’s northern province of Hasaka in recent days, pro-government media and opposition activists said Sunday.

The state news agency SANA said the army forces on Sunday stormed “terrorists’ gatherings” in Hasaka, inflicting heavy losses upon them, in addition to destroying their weaponry…

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Historic Mosque Destroyed in Iraq

Residents of the Iraqi city of Mosul say militants with the Islamic State group have destroyed another historic mosque and shrine.

Mosul residents said the Prophet Jirjis Mosque and Shrine was bombed by Islamic State militants late on Sunday, becoming the latest casualty in a week that has seen a half dozen of Mosul’s most revered holy places destroyed…

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UAE: World Leaders Greet Khalifa for Eid Al Fitr

Rulers to receive well-wishers after Eid prayers

President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has received several cables of greetings from heads of states on the occasion of Eid Al Fitr.

The cables were sent to Sheikh Khalifa by His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Saeed of Oman; Amir of Kuwait His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al Ahamd Al Jaber Al Sabah; President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi of Egypt; President Abd Rabo Mansour Hadi of Yemen; President Omer Hassan Ahmed Al Bashir of Sudan; President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov of Turkmenistan; President Imomali Rakhmonov of Tajikistan; President Tony Tan Keng Yam of Singapore and Fahd bin Mahmoud Al Saeed, Prime Minister of Oman…

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Number of Ukrainian Refugees in Rostov Region Exceeds 40,000

Ninety temporary accommodation facilities have been deployed in the region for refugees

ROSTOV-ON-DON, July 27 /ITAR-TASS/. The number of Ukrainian refugees that have been accommodated in Russia’s Rostov region has exceeded 40 thousand, the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry’s main department for the region reported on Sunday.

“As many as 683 people have been accommodated in the region’s municipalities over the past day. A total of 40,243 people, including 13,289 children have been accommodated in the region,” the regional emergencies department said…

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Ukraine Increases Pressure on Separatist Strongholds

(AGI) Kiev, July 27 — The Ukrainian army has attacked several cities in the east of the country with heavy artillery and rockets, pro-Russian separatists reported. The shelling began early on Sunday morning as Ukrainian troops fired a barrage of Grad rockets from the city of Dzerzhinsk, a military spokesman told Russian news agency RIA-Novosti. The centre of Horlivka, 20 kilometres from Donetsk, was hit five times.

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Ukraine’s Tank Convoy Enters Eastern City of Shakhtarsk — Militia

DONETSK, July 27 (RIA Novosti) — A large convoy of Ukraine’s National Guard armored vehicles entered the city of Shakhtarsk in Donetsk Region, aiming to complete the siege of Donetsk, the clashes in the streets broke out, a local militia representative told RIA Novosti on Sunday.

According to the militia, the sound of shelling can be heard in the outskirts of the city. Air raid sirens went off in Shakhtarsk, some cellular phone providers stopped operating, the streets are empty…

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Ukrainian Army Shells Southeastern City of Avdiivka, Five Killed — Militia

DONETSK, July 27 (RIA Novosti) — The Ukrainian Army shelled the city of Avdiivka in Donetsk Region, with five people reported killed, a militia representative told RIA Novosti on Sunday.

According to the militia, as a result of the shelling in Avdiivka, several apartments in the local hostel were completely destroyed. The shells also hit residential buildings, damaging the gas pipe in one of the houses. The latest reports suggest, that five civilians died and more than ten were injured…

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One Killed, 10 Injured in Blast in Pakistan’s Quetta

ISLAMABAD, July 27 (Xinhua) — At least one person was killed and 10 others injured as a blast hit Pakistan’s southwestern metropolitan of Quetta on Sunday, local media reported.

According to the reports, the incident took place when a blast ripped through the busy Qandhari Bazaar in Quetta, the capital of southwestern province of Balochsitan.

Police and rescue teams rushed to the site and shifted the body and injured to the hospital…

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Filipino Priest Warns That the Lives of 13,000 Filipinos in Libya Are in Danger

Fr Amado Baranquel, pastor at Tripoli’s Church of Mary Immaculate, appeals to his government after Islamists killed a 50-year-old Filipino “for not being a Muslim.” The cities of “Benghazi and Tripoli are under the control of militias,” with “tanks, the gunshots, and explosions.”

Manila (AsiaNews/CBCP) — As Libya’s political crisis plunges the country into ever greater chaos, a Filipino priest in Tripoli urges his government to ensure the safety of some 13,000 Filipinos trapped in the country.

Fr Amado Baranquel, pastor of the Church of Mary Immaculate in the Libyan capital, issued his appeal after radical Islamists killed a Filipino in Benghazi “for not being a Muslim.”

The victim was a 50-year-old construction worker who was abducted and killed on Wednesday.

This has caused panic among Filipinos in Libya who are unable to leave because ports and airports have been destroyed.

For Fr Baranquel, the current absence of Filipino ambassador Oscar Orcine, has made it difficult to ensure the safety of 13,000 Filipino migrants. For this reason, he has called on Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario to send the diplomat back as soon as possible.

“Benghazi and Tripoli are currently under militia control, hence the tanks, the gunshots, and explosions. There is this hospital from which people had to be evacuated, including many Filipinos, because of the constant firing in the area. You can really feel the tension everywhere,” the clergyman said.

As he waits to leave Libya, he urged his countrymen not to panic, but “pray instead for the safety of their loved ones”.

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Four Soldiers Injured in S. Philippines Ambush

MANILA, July 27 (Xinhua) — Four Philippine Army troops were wounded in an ambush allegedly perpetrated by the leftist rebel group New People’s Army (NPA) in southern province of Zamboanga del Sur on Sunday, local police said.

Zamboanga Peninsula Regional Police Office said that some 30 armed men believed to be members of the group attacked the military vehicle carrying five government soldiers at around 8:45 a.m. on Sunday at the boundary of Maragang and Lacupayan villages in Tigbao town…

           — Hat tip: JP [Return to headlines]
 

Australia’s Muslims Shocked by ISIS’s Australian Jihadists

Sydney-born ISIS fighter Mohamed Elomar poses with severed heads of Syrian soldiers

London, Asharq Al-Awsat—Australia’s Muslim community is shocked by the number of Australians who have joined the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a well-known Sydney Muslim community leader said after an image of an Australian national posing with the severed heads of Syrian soldiers was posted online.

Australian-born ISIS fighter Khaled Sharrouf—who goes by the nom de guerre Abu Zarqawi Al-Australi—posted images on Twitter of his friend Mohamed Elomar—also an Australian national—grinning and holding up two severed heads belonging to Syrian soldiers.The two Australian nationals left the country last year to join the Islamist group that is currently fighting in Iraq and Syria. The gruesome pictures were accompanied by grisly tweets boasting about “bucket full of heads” and “cutting infidels’ throats.”

In comments to Asharq Al-Awsat, founder of the Sydney-based Islamic Friendship Association Keysar Trad said: “Australia’s Muslim community is enraged by Sharrouf’s tweets.”…

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Muslim Leader Threatened for Warning Against Going to Syria and Iraq

A Sydney Muslim leader has received a threat via a jihadist social-media account after warning young people not to join the fighting in Syria and Iraq.

Keysar Trad, the founder of the Islamic Friendship Association, received the threat last week from the site, after publicly urging people to donate to sanctioned charities to help Syria rather than taking up arms.

It has been alleged the account, which has posted many gruesome photos, including some depicting decapitated heads, was operated by former Sydney boxer Mohamed Elomar but this has been denied by his family…

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Car Loaded With Explosives Found Near Mosque in Nigeria’s Kano State

The Nigerian Police said on Sunday that a vehicle loaded with explosives was discovered in a Mosque in the northern state of Kano.The police said explosives were planted in a white Peugeot 406 car on Sunday which the terrorists would have detonated during the prayers attended by thousands of worshipers to mark the end of Eid-el-Kabr…

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Five Killed in Nigeria Church Bombing

(AGI) Lagos, July 27 — Five people were killed and eight were wounded following a bomb attack on the Church of St Charles in the Nigerian town of Kano, local police sources reported on Sunday. The attack is thought to have been carried out using an improvised explosive device. No organisation claimed responsibility for the attack, but police suspect Boko Haram’s involvement.

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Ghana: Central Mosque Ready Next Ramadan

Work on the Ghana National Mosque Complex at Kanda in Accra is expected to be completed next year for commissioning during next year’s Ramadan.

The $10 million project which commenced in the later part of December 2012 is at advanced and artisans and engineers are working around the clock to meet the deadline.

The mosque is 33 metres high from base to the top and 19 metres in diameter. It has a main dome supported by half domes. The half domes are also supported by quarter domes…

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Nigeria: Fresh Explosion Kills 5 in Kano

A female suicide bomber died in a separate incident.

A bomb targeting church worshippers at the Sabon Gari area of Kano killed five people early Sunday, witnesses and police said. The victims include a soldier, two men, a lady and a child.

At a separate location, a female suicide bomber targeting the North West University in Kano was forced to detonate her explosive vest by the police at Kofar Nasarawa gate…

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Sierra Leone: Muslims Fight Ebola Spiritually

In keeping with the teaching of the Holy Quran and traditions of the Holy Prophet Muhammad Peace and Blessing of Allah be upon him, as stated in Sura Bagara verse 155-157, “We will test you with a certain amount of fear and hunger and loss of wealth and life and fruits of your toil. But give good news to the steadfast: Those who, when disaster strikes them, say, “We belong to Allah and to Him we will return”. Those are the people who will have blessings and mercy from their Lord; they are the ones who are guided.

The Temne Community Development Council Sierra Leone has embarked on spiritual prayers by supporting all regional chief imams to pray for the EBOLA outbreak in the country especially during the last ten nights whilst going through the night of power in the month of Ramadan because according to health authorities the disease cannot be cured…

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Somalia: Al Shabab Calls Muslims to Carry Revenge Attacks on Isreali Interest, Citizens Across the World

Barawe (RBC) The Al Qaeda-linked group in Somalia, Al Shabab has called the Muslims across the world to carry revenge attacks on Israeli citizens and its interest across the world.

Speaking at a mosque in Barawe district, southern Somalia, the spokesman of Al Shabab Sheih Ali Mohamud Rage (Ali Dhere) has said that it is an obligation on the Mislim ummah across the world to target every interest and citizen Israel has in the world…

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George Will Says U.S. Should ‘Welcome’ Illegal Children, Mocks Supporters of Deportation

Conservative columnist George Will surprised “Fox New Sunday’s” Chris Wallace when he claimed the United States should “welcome” the flood of illegal immigrant children along our southern border — adding that concerns about America’s ability to absorb Central America’s problems are “preposterous.”

Will spoke on a panel along with Fox News contributors Kirsten Powers, Juan Williams and Brit Hume about the ongoing border crisis. Powers had just finished slamming the Republican Party for not wanting to work on any kind of comprehensive immigration issue beyond deporting the tens of thousands of Central American children coming into the country illegally.

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3 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 7/27/2014

  1. “. . . posted on Twitter. Australian Muslims reacted by expressing their shock — shock, I tell you! ”
    I like the part — shock, I tell you!”

    Gullible: So Muhamad, you were shocked at the impaled skulls.
    Muslim : Of course, just like anyone else. I am just like you. I and you think the same.
    Gullible: So it seems my master. I always had prejudices against muslims, but now I see with my own eyes you are nice, honest, dignified and honorable. I am proud to have a reliable friend like you. I can trust you with my sister, wife and my life.

    Muslim: That’s exactly what allah designed, that you have inherited some ailment called indifference, and apathy demonstrated by an absence of emotional reactions. We can take you to a river and back without giving you a drop of water. Aren’t “democracies” fool’s paradise: We come here, give us money and residents, you obey our orders, dictate what we command, train for future missions of jihadis, rape your 11 years hohos (that’s how we consider you), until the time is ripe to snuff your life and establish the Caliphate.

    Gullible : What did you say?
    Muslim: You heard me. But do what you do best: IGNORE what I said.

    Gullible: Did you say something about sex, money and drugs.

    Muslim: Isn’t that wonderful. We are lucky you are obsessed zombies as you are, and with you loving life more than us loving death. Laughs up his sleeve, closing his eyes and dreaming of Washingstan, Londonistan, Paristan, Oslostan.
    You see it’s very easy for an alert cattle herder to herd millions of brain dead gullible, zombies.

  2. The so-called Australian terrorist has been revealed in Australia’s Daily Telegraph as being a Maori, and not even a Muslim. God knows what he’s doing in Syria but it’s not genuine Jihad.

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