Egypt Sentences 7 ISIS Terrorist To Death For Beheading Of 21 Coptic Christians In Libya

An Egyptian court condemned to death seven people for links to ISIS and the 2015 beheading in Libya of 21 Coptic Christians.

The seven were accused of being members of an Islamic State cell in Marsa Matruh and of planning attacks after having received military training at jihadist camps in Libya and Syria, AFP quoted judicial officials as saying. Three of them were sentenced to death in absentia.  ChristianPost

Death Sentences Upheld

An Egyptian court has upheld death sentences for seven people over the beheadings in Libya of 21 Christians, all but one from Egypt, and for belonging to the Daesh terror group, a judicial official said Sunday.

In February 2015, Libya posted a video on the Internet of the beheadings on a Libyan beach, sparking international condemnation and Egyptian air strikes against extremist targets in the neighbouring country.

Saturday’s court ruling came a day after an attack on a mosque in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula that killed more than 300 people and for which Daesh is the main suspect.

The court also sentenced 10 people to life in prison — 25 years in Egypt — and three others to 15 years in prison, the official said.

The ruling can still be appealed.

The court first condemned the seven to death in September. Three were condemned in absentia, and an unspecified number of those sentenced were accused of having taken part in the beheadings.

Prosecutors accused the seven suspects of belonging to a Daesh cell in Marsa Matruh, northwest Egypt, and of planning attacks after having received military training at extremist camps in Libya and Syria.  JordanTimes

Africans Are Being Sold At Libyan Slave Markets

Terribly disgusting.  This was all Hillary and Obama – Hope and Change.

We came, we saw, he died,’ she joked. But overthrowing Gadhafi was a humanitarian and strategic debacle that now limits our options on North Korea.

Black Africans are being sold in open-air slave markets,  and it’s Hillary Clinton’s fault. But you won’t hear much about that from the news media or the foreign-policy pundits, so let me explain.

Footage from Libya, released recently by CNN, showed young men from sub-Saharan Africa being auctioned off as farm workers in slave markets.

And how did we get to this point? As the BBC reported back in May, “Libya has been beset by chaos since NATO-backed forces overthrew long-serving ruler Col. Moammar Gadhafi in October 2011.”

And who was behind that overthrow? None other than then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Under President George W. Bush in 2003, the United States negotiated an agreement with Libyan strongman Gadhafi. The deal: He would give up his weapons of mass destruction peacefully, and we wouldn’t try to depose him.

That seemed a good deal at the time, but the Obama administration didn’t stick to it. Instead, in an operation spearheaded by Clinton, the United States went ahead and toppled him anyway.

The overthrow turned out to be a debacle. Libya exploded into chaos and civil war, and refugees flooded Europe, destabilizing governments there. But at the time, Clinton thought it was a great triumph — “We came, we saw, he died,” she joked about Gadhafi’s overthrow — and adviser Sidney Blumenthal encouraged her to tout her “successful strategy” as evidence of her fitness for the highest office in the land.  USA News

Egypt: Muslims carried Islamic State Flag Killed More Than 300 People In Attack On Sufi Mosque

ISIS considers Sufis heretics and deserving of Islam’s death penalty for those who deviate from the faith.

305 people slaughtered, 27 were children.

The terrorists who slaughtered 305 people at a mosque in Egypt yesterday were carrying an ISIS flag and wearing masks, it has been revealed.

Around thirty gunmen created an arena of death around the holy house by blocking off escape routes with burnt-out cars before gunning down the penned-in worshippers in a 20-minute massacre.

The public prosecutor’s office said today the gunmen, wearing masks and military-style uniforms, surrounded blocked windows and a doorway before setting off a bomb and opening fire with automatic rifles.

‘They numbered between 25 and 30, carrying the Daesh flag and took up positions in front of the mosque door and its 12 windows with automatic rifles,’ the statement explained, using an Arabic term for ISIS.

In the meticulously planned attack – the worst Islamist atrocity in Egypt’s modern history – the murderers reportedly gunned down civilians while screaming ‘Allahu Akbar’, causing them to stampede and jump out of windows to escape.

But when the worshippers – many of whom were Sufis, a mystical Islamic sect despised by Sunni jihadists – fled, they were caught in the trap and massacred.

President al-Sisi  promised a ‘brutal’ response after the massacre.

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi declared three days of mourning will begin today, with a special prayer service starting this morning.

In a televised speech the president pledged to ‘respond with brutal force’, adding that ‘the army and police will avenge our martyrs and return security and stability with force in the coming short period’.

He went on: ‘What is happening is an attempt to stop us from our efforts in the fight against terrorism, to destroy our efforts to stop the terrible criminal plan that aims to destroy what is left of our region.’

Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi vowed to respond to the attack with ‘brute force’

Several hours later Egyptian air force jets destroyed vehicles used in the attack and ‘terrorist’ locations where weapons and ammunition were stocked, an army spokesman said.

Video:  Egyptian Warplanes Strike Military Cars After Mosque Attack

 

Sufi Muslims

The mosque where the massacre occurred is associated with Sufi Muslims, who have frequently been attacked by extremist Sunni jihadists.

They accuse them of polytheism – the greatest sin in Islam – because they seek the intercession of dead saints.

But in much of the Muslim world, Sufism has for centuries been accepted and practised by mainstream Muslims and Sunni Islam’s most important theologians.

The head of Al-Azhar, Egypt’s top Islamic authority, is a Sufi, as are many top clerics in the Muslim world.

They date their practices back to some of Mohammed’s companions and the early generations of ascetics who shunned the increasingly powerful Islamic empire for a life of prayer. DailyMail

Severed Hands Discovered In Ancient Egyptian Palace Ruins

Archaeologists from the Austrian Archaeological Institute and the Austrian Academy of Sciences excavating a palace in the ancient city of Avaris, Egypt (today  Tell el-Daba) unearthed four pits with skeletons of 16 ancient severed hands.   All the hands were right hands, there were no left hands.

“Most of the hands are quite large and some of them are very large,” Manfred Bietak, project and field director of the excavations, told LiveScience.

The ancient city of Avaris was the capital of Hyksos Egypt.

The hands are about 3,600 years old and date to when Hyksos controlled parts of Egypt.

The Hyksos period is still very obscure from historical point of view, but the long going excavation of the Austrian team has contributed to a series of corrections in its historiography. The population originated most probably from Lebanon and northern Syria, as the newly discovered palace and the pottery shows. They were people with an urban background and came originally in the late 12th Dynasty (Middle Kingdom) as shipbuilders, sailors, soldiers and craftsmen to the country where the pharaohs settled them in a harbour town in the north-eastern Delta, the later city of Avaris. In a time of political weakness they were able to establish a small kingdom there and soon afterwards were able to control the Delta and Middle Egypt until their former vassals in Upper Egypt, particularly king Ahmose defeated them and founded the New Kingdom.  BiblePlaces

The palace is believed to have to have belonged to King Khayan of the Hyksos.  The ancient city of Avaris on the Nile Delta was the capital of Hyksos Egypt.

It was there in this outer space of the palace [forecourt] that two pits with altogether 14 cut off right hands were found.  Two more pits [believed to be the throne room of a palace] with one hand each were found under the four-columned building just at the front enclosure wall of the palace.  auaris.at

The pit of severed hands uncovered at Avaris, Egypt. (Australian Archaeological Institute/Excavation Report)

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U.S. Special Forces Capture Benghazi Terrorist in Libya

About Time!

American special operations forces and FBI agents have captured a militant who allegedly was involved in the deadly attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound and CIA annex in Benghazi, Libya, two U.S. officials confirmed to Fox News on Monday.

Officials identified the suspect as Mustafa al-Imam. The capture took place Sunday at an unknown location in Libya.

The attack, on September 11, 2012, killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.

Al-Imam is being transported back to Washington where he will be charged in federal court, a U.S. official told Fox News. The Department of Justice has the lead on the prosecution. FoxNews

Statement by President Donald J. Trump on the Apprehension of Mustafa al-Imam for His Alleged Role in the September 11, 2012 Attacks in Benghazi, Libya Resulting in the Deaths of Four Americans

Yesterday, on my orders, United States forces captured Mustafa al-Imam in Libya. Because of this successful operation, al-Imam will face justice in the United States for his alleged role in the September 11, 2012 attacks in Benghazi, which resulted in the deaths of Ambassador Christopher Stevens, Glen Doherty, Sean Smith, and Tyrone Woods—four brave Americans who were serving our country.

To the families of these fallen heroes: I want you to know that your loved ones are not forgotten, and they will never be forgotten.

Our memory is deep and our reach is long, and we will not rest in our efforts to find and bring the perpetrators of the heinous attacks in Benghazi to justice.

I want to thank our law enforcement, prosecutors, intelligence community, and military personnel for their extraordinary efforts in gathering evidence, interviewing witnesses, and tracking down fugitives associated with the attack, capturing them, and delivering them to the United States for prosecution.

The United States will continue to support our Libyan partners to ensure that ISIS and other terrorist groups do not use Libya as a safe haven for attacks against United States citizens or interests, Libyans, and others.

Libya’s long-term stability and security are linked to its ability to form a unified government and military, and we encourage all Libyans to support the ongoing reconciliation process facilitated by the United Nations and to work together to build a peaceful and stable country. WhiteHouse

Plague Spreading Across Africa, Warning As Nine New Countries Placed On High Alert

This outbreak is an airborne plague.

Health chiefs are desperately trying to contain a deadly outbreak of airborne plague in Africa that has prompted warnings in nine countries…

Two thirds of those are suspected to be pneumonic – described as the ‘deadliest and most rapid form of plague’, World Health Organization figures show…

However, the lethal form currently spreading is different to the bubonic strain which was behind history’s Black Death. Pneumonic can spread through coughing and can kill within 24 hours. DailyMail

The latest outbreak, which took root in Madagascar, has now killed 124 people and infected around 1,300, but scientists say this figure will definitely rise.

South Africa, Mozambique, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Comoros, the Seychelles, Mauritius and Reunion have all been placed on high alert by World Health Organisation (WHO) monitors.

Experts say the deadly disease is caused by the same bacteria that wiped out 25 million people in Europe in the 13th and 14th centuries.

And WHO officials, who have been working with Madagascar’s Ministry of Health, warn the risk of the epidemic spreading is “high”.

Plague – a terrifying bacterial infection transmitted by fleas – is nothing new in Madagascar, where about 600 cases are reported annually.

But concerned WHO officials claim there is “something different” about this outbreak and “health officials couldn’t explain it”. Express

Nigerian Families ‘Donate’ Kids To Jihadis To Become Suicide Bombers

Evil.

What sex are the children?  I would say girl children.

Boko Haram terrorists have so far used more than 145 girls in suicide bombing missions between January and July 2017” – although the figure could actually be higher, reported Punch.

Some Nigerian families are donating their children to extremist terrorist group Boko Haram to carry out suicide missions against the country’s military, the country’s army said in a statement Saturday.

Nigerian Army spokesman Sani Usman pleaded with local parents to discontinue the practice as the terrorist group continues its deadly insurgency. “It was discovered that most of these hapless minors were donated to the terrorist sect by their heartless and misguided parents and guardians,” Usman said.

“The acts of these parents and guardians are not only barbaric, but condemnable and unacceptable,” the spokesman added.

Boko Haram has pioneered the use of mostly female suicide bombers in its insurgency against the Nigerian government, frequently kidnapping or cultivating young girls into the practice. At times the group has been known to deploy pregnant women as decoy suicide bombers. DailyCaller

Egypt Launches Air Strikes On ‘Terrorist Camps’ In Libya In Response To Attack On Coptic Christians

At least 26 Coptic Christians were killed and 26 others injured earlier Friday when gunmen opened fire on a bus heading to the Monastery of St. Samuel the Confessor, located south of Cairo.

Gunmen opened fire on two buses and a truck carrying Coptic Christians in Minya, Egypt on Friday, killing at least 26, including children. Some 26 people were also injured in the attack.

The group of between eight and 10 gunmen, reportedly dressed in military uniforms according to eyewitnesses, approached the convoy in three four-wheel-drive pickup trucks before opening fire, according to local media reports and the Egyptian Interior Ministry. RT

Egypt strike terrorist camps in Libya

Egyptian fighter jets have struck militant camps following the deadly attack on Egypt’s Coptic Christians, President Abdel Fattah Sisi has announced. The strikes were carried out in eastern Libya, state television said.

Egypt’s president also vowed to continue striking bases used to train militants and who carry out terrorist attacks in his country, regardless of the camps’ location.

He also reiterated that the countries financing, training and arming terrorists should not get away unpunished.

“We will not hesitate to protect our people from the evil,” he said in a televised speech on Friday.

“Egypt will not hesitate in striking any camps that harbor or train terrorist elements whether inside Egypt or outside Egypt,” the al-Ahram news agency quoted Sisi as saying.

Egypt carried out six air strikes in Derna in eastern Libya, state television reported adding that it is where the militants who carried out the deadly attack on the Coptic Christians were trained.

Following the Libyan incursion, Egyptian armed forces released a short video which was aired on state television following the president’s speech. The voiceover in the army video said its air force carried out strikes on targets in Libya “after confirming their involvement in planning and committing the terrorist attack in Minya governorate on Friday.”

Egypt’s military said that the air strikes are ongoing, local media reports. RT

Palm Sunday Bombings At 2 Coptic Churches In Egypt

ISIS has claimed responsibility for the bombings.  3 police officers were killed preventing the suicide bomber from entering the Alexandria church.  The death count continues to rise.

Pope Tawadros had been at St. Mark’s in Alexandria and left before the blast to go to Tanta after hearing of the earlier blast there.

At least 38 people have been killed following two suspected suicide bombings at Coptic Christian services, Egypt‘s state television reported.

The first attack struck worshippers at a church in Tanta, outside Cairo. The second blast detonated outside the front doors of  a church in Alexandria after three hero police officers prevented a suicide bomber from accessing the building.

 According to General Tarek Atilya: ‘The explosion took place in the front rows, near the altar, during the mass.’  Witness Nabil Nader said: ‘I heard the blast and came running. I found people torn up… some people, only half of their bodies remained.’

More than 38 people have died in both attacks with in excess of 100 injuries.

A second blast happened outside a church in Alexandria killing 11 people and injuring a further 66, Egypt’s health ministry has confirmed.

In the second blast, a suicide bomber approached the church and detonated his vest after being stopped by police.

Three officers died after they prevented the killer from getting into the church and causing greater bloodshed.

Coptic Pope Tawadros II had said Mass in Alexandria before the explosion. DailyMail

Video: St. George’s in Tanta. The bomb was in “the front rows, near the altar, during the mass.”  Some of the deacons seen in the video were killed or injured.

 

Ancient Egyptian Royal Statues Unearthed In Cairo Slum

Archaeologists from Egypt and Germany discovered a massive 26ft (8 metre) statue submerged in ground water in a Cairo slum which could depict one of history’s most famous rulers, Pharaoh Ramses II.

Archaeologists in a Cairo suburb – once the site of the ancient capital of Heliopolis – found two 3000-year-old pharaonic statues.

The statues are thought to represent Pharaohs from the 19th dynasty.

One statue stands 26ft (8 metres) tall and is carved out of quartzite – a tough stone composed mainly of quartz.

It could not be identified from its engravings but it was found at the entrance to the temple of King Ramses II – also known as Ramses the Great – suggesting it represents him.

The other relic is a limestone statue of 12th century BC ruler King Seti II [Ramses II’s grandson]. DailyMail

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Giraffe Population Plummets, Faces ‘Silent Extinction’

Since the 1980s, the giraffe population has declined by as much as 40 percent.

Giraffe numbers around the world have dropped by almost 40 percent in three decades, leading conservationists to fear for the species’ survival.

The figures are released by The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) which reports the giraffe population as having decreased from between 151,702 and 163,452 in 1985 to 97,562 in 2015.

This decrease of between 36 and 40 percent has seen them move from the status of ‘Least Concern’ to ‘Vulnerable’ on the IUCN’s ‘Red List’ which monitors the conservation status of species.

Factors including a growing human population, expanding industries including mining, illegal hunting and civil unrest are all credited with contributing to their demise.

“In these war torn areas, in northern Kenya, Somalia, and Ethiopia in the border area with South Sudan, essentially the giraffes are war fodder, a large animal, extremely curious that can feed a lot of people,” Dr Julian Fennessy from the IUCN told BBC.

“The species in southern Africa, those numbers are increasing by two to three times over the last three decades,” Fennessy said. “But when you come up through East Africa, those numbers have plummeted some by up to 95 percent of the population in the case of the Nubian giraffe, in the last three decades alone.”

Fennessy added that people “are unaware that these majestic animals are undergoing a silent extinction.”  RT

Five Arrested In Egypt After Using Children To Stage Fake ‘Aleppo’ Footage

A fake video taken at a demolition site in Egypt shows a little girl with red stains on a white dress and bandages being interviewed about life in a war-torn Syrian city.

 

Five people in Port Said allegedly making fake videos purporting to show the wreckage of air strikes in the Syrian city of Aleppo have been arrested, the Egyptian Interior Ministry has said.

The videographer, his assistants and the parents of two children who appear in the footage were detained after police managed to trail the would-be camera crew to a building site awaiting demolition, a statement on Monday said.

The team reportedly admitted they had planned to distribute their work on social media, pretending it showed scenes of the injured and destruction in Aleppo, the embattled northern Syrian city which has just fallen back under government control after four years of fighting between the regime and Sunni rebels.  Independent UK