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Sweden’s New Extremism Tsar: White Power’ Causes Islamism

Sweden’s new “anti-terror coordinator,” Anna Carlstedt,  is more worried about Swedes who criticize Islam than the actual terrorists in her country.

Sweden’s newly appointed anti-terror coordinator attracted criticism yesterday after seeming to suggest Islamic terrorism is caused by the “white power movement”.

Hours after her appointment to the post of coordinator against violent extremism on Tuesday, Anna Carlstedt was asked why Sweden is the country which has the most jihadists per capita travelling to the Middle East to fight with extremist groups.

She told Swedish Radio: “I think there are several different types of hotbeds of extremism. What we see is that there is an interaction between them. It is true that Islamic extremism is growing, but this also results from the extreme right-wing white power movement.”

Asserting that “there is an interaction between these two movements because society is becoming more and more polarised”, Carlsted went on to link Islamist terror with Swedes who are unhappy with politicians in the country.

“[A]s I said earlier, we are seeing increased extremism and we see a lot of threats and hatred of elected representatives, officials and others. It is something that exists in Sweden and we see it in many other countries.”

“It is very important to take advantage of the good forces [‘civil society’] and not let fear and darkness win,” she added.

Against the backdrop of an Islamist terror attack having struck Berlin on Monday night, Swedes on social media were sceptical about the appointment of Carlstedt, who has no relevant experience in the fields of terrorism and extremism.

Referring to her appearance on Swedish Radio, another user directed a tweet at Carlstedt which joked, “the White Power movement must be enormous in Tunisia because so many go from there to the way of jihad”. Breitbart

Tunisian Asylum Seeker Wanted For Berlin Massacre

Unreal!

Germany letting in hordes of unskilled, under-educated, fighting age violent young men raised to hate Western culture is not working out.

Law enforcement sources told CBS News that police are searching for Anis Amri, a native of Tunisia. The sources said Amri left personal documents in the truck that rammed into the market on Monday, killing 12 people and injuring nearly 50 others. German media outlets have identified the Tunisian man as an asylum seeker who was registered in the North Rhine-Westphalia in Western Germany. CBSNews

A Tunisian terror suspect accused of Monday’s Berlin truck attack which killed 12 people spent four years in an Italian jail for burning down a school.

Anis Amri, 23, from Tataouine, Tunisia left his home seven years ago according to his father and travelled to Europe as an illegal immigrant.

Amri, who has a €100,000 reward on his head, spent four years in an Italian jail and according to his father moved to Germany last year.

Since his arrival in Germany, Amri was arrested at least three times and was due to be deported.

Despite being an ISIS supporter known to have received weapons training, German authorities allowed Anis Amri to slip through their clutches time after time.

It is understood, Amri has used at least six different names under three different nationalities.

The 23-year-old even tried to recruit an accomplice for a terror plot – and again the authorities knew about it – but still he remained at large, it has emerged.

He had been under covert surveillance for much of the time since he arrived in Germany, security sources confirmed.

Berlin prosecutors announced they had launched an investigation into Amri on March 14 after receiving a tip-off from federal security agencies. DailyMail

Tunisia would not take him back as they challenged his status as a Tunisia citizen.

The man suspected of Monday’s deadly attack on a Christmas market in Germany was arrested in August but released by a judge, it has been revealed. Not only that, but the man was a known terrorism suspect who avoided deportation specifically because he lacked valid identification.

Identity papers for a Tunisian man, currently identified as Anis Amri, were found in the wreckage of a truck that smashed through a Christmas market, killing 12 people and leaving dozens more injured. DailyCaller

Not A Lone Wolf

German authorities also say the Tunisian man had ties to a notorious group of local ISIS sympathizers led by a man named Abu Walaa, who was arrested in November alongside four others accused of operating an ISIS recruitment network.

Der Spiegel, citing local officials, said that Amri and Abu Walaa were in “regular contact.”

If that’s the case, what first was considered to be a “lone wolf” attack in Germany—the first successful terrorist operation there since the 9/11 attacks—could instead be the work of an ISIS cell DailyBeast

Terror Attack: Truck Plows Into A Crowded Christmas Market In Berlin, Several Dead, At Least 50 Injured

President-elect Donald Trump issued a statement on the Berlin attack:

“Our hearts and prayers are with the loved ones of the victims of today’s horrifying terror attack in Berlin. Innocent civilians were murdered in the streets as they prepared to celebrate the Christmas holiday. ISIS and other Islamist terrorists continually slaughter Christians in their communities and places of worship as part of their global jihad. These terrorists and their regional and worldwide networks must be eradicated from the face of the earth, a mission we will carry out with all freedom-loving partners.” yahoo

German police arrested the wrong man, the Berlin Christmas market truck terrorist is still at large.  The truck used in the Berlin attack was hijacked by terrorists, the driver of the truck was found dead inside the truck. The terrorist used the 25-tonne truck to mow down and kill 12 people – and injure 48 others at 40mph in a busy Christmas market.

At 9.35pm police announced the arrest of someone in connection with the attack – believed to be the driver of the truck.

The truck was from Gdansk in Poland – some 80 miles from Berlin.  The vehicle maneuvered from Budapester Strasse onto the area outside the Memorial Church before ploughing into the crowd.

Sabrina Glinz, an American tourist, is now locked in her hotel after a number of buildings in the area were placed on lockdown.

Watching the scene unfold from the 15th floor, she told Sky News: ‘You just keep seeing people getting loaded into ambulances and it doesn’t seem to end.

‘Just the white sheets covering them.’

She added: ‘The street that he has to have gone in you have do a u-turn on the street to turn around and instead of doing a u-turn he turned right directly into the market.

‘There was absolutely no way he could have accidentally, he went straight into it then veered to the left and is now back onto the main street were the truck is resting.

‘He went back to the beginning were it was busiest and then just careered through the buildings. DailyMail

Police said they believed the incident was a deliberate attack, news agency DPA reports.

The truck drove into a Christmas market on Breitscheidplatz in the central Charlottenburg district., the local Berliner Zeitung newspaper reports. TheLocal

At least nine people have been killed and more than 50 injured after a lorry ploughed through a crowd of shoppers at 40mph in a busy Christmas market in Berlin.

German police at the scene have indicated the incident is likely to be a terror attack.

The vehicle sped through a crowd of shoppers at the Christmas market on Breitscheidplatz Square near the Kurfuerstendamm Avenue in west Berlin.

According to local reports the driver has not yet been apprehended, and police have now launched a manhunt…

Terrified market-goers have tweeted horrifying images from the scene of the incident which comes an hour after the Russian ambassador was shot dead in Ankara.

Tourist Emma Rushton, from England, tweeted from the scene: ‘Lorry just ploughed through Christmas market in #berlin.

‘There is no road nearby. People crushed. I am safe. I am safe’. DailyMail

French Terrorism Suspects Arrested – Suburban Middle-Class Jobholders – French Surprised

So far 7 have been arrested.  “Five of the suspects are French, one is Moroccan and the other Afghan, and they are between 29 and 37 years old.  Six of them hadn’t been known to intelligence services,” stated French Interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve.

One was a well-liked elementary school assistant. Another was a hard-working cargo handler. The third was a friendly grocer. They were longtime friends in their quiet suburban neighborhood, and they joked with teenagers and greeted children with a smile.

Yet in the early hours of Nov. 20 agents from France’s internal security agency swooped down, plucking the three and one other from their apartments, charging them with plotting a terrorist attack, and locking them up in a prison outside Paris.

Here was a new type of terrorism arrest: decently paid men in their 30s giving no warning signs of radicalization – no beards, no robes, no proselytizing[.] … There were certainly more obvious candidates for jihad. The four arrested gave no outward hint of radicalization.

And unlike many troubled youths in Paris and Brussels who have latched onto the Islamic State, they did not live on the margins. They had stable jobs and no previous brushes with drugs or crime.

“Nobody saw anything,” said Olivier Bitz, Strasbourg’s deputy mayor in charge of counter-radicalization. “And that is profoundly disconcerting. It is profoundly destabilizing for society. Now, the threat can come from anywhere.”..

This weekend another man connected to the Strasbourg cell was arrested, authorities said, bringing the total to seven, including one in Marseille and one in Morocco. Potential targets, according to the authorities: police headquarters in the heart of Paris, the Christmas market on the Champs­Élysées, and cafes in the city’s 20th Arrondissement.  NY Times

Less Than A Third Of Muslim Nations Sign Up To Coalition Against ISIS

A majority of Muslim nations do not want to fight against terror.  They must be to busy supporting it.

A top British official has taken aim at some Muslim nations during a meeting at the United Nations this week, slamming them for not clamping down on extremism.

It comes as it can be revealed just 18 out of 57 Muslim majority world states have signed up to a coalition against ISIS.

The UK’s permanent representative to the UN, Matthew Rycroft, delivered a strongly worded speech blasting what he called “evil groups” and saying not enough is being done.

The comments came as the UN general assembly supported a plan by the Islamic Development Bank to invest £7.2bn to tackle the cause of terror.

Britain is using its muscle at the UN to encourage more cooperation and has also pledged to invest £20m of taxpayers’ money to the Arab Women’s Enterprise Fund.

Mr Rycroft said: “One issue facing the OIC’s (Organisation of Islamic Cooperation) members, indeed all members of the UN, is the growing threat of extremist ideologies and violent extremism.

“Sadly, as we in this Council know only too well, this threat affects Muslim majority states in a truly disproportionate way – in Iraq, in Syria, in Libya, in so many places.

“Put simply and starkly, far more Muslim men, women and children have lost their lives at the hands of groups like Al Shabaab and Da’esh than any other faith or religion.  ExpressUK

Swedish City Of Lund To Offer Returning Jihadis Free Housing, Driving Lessons, and Debt Forgiveness

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Sweden now seems to be insane.

Jihadis with Swedish passports who return from fighting with Islamic State in the Middle East will be offered taxpayer-funded driving lessons, housing, and even debt cancellation.

Several municipalities in Sweden are making plans for how they plan to “re-integrate” returning jihadis as Iraqi and Kurdish soldiers launch an offensive on Islamic State’s terrorist stronghold, Mosul.

The conclusion of authorities in the medieval city of Lund, which has dealt with returning fighters before, is that defectors from the Salafist supremacist terror group should be handled in the same way as those who leave the organised crime scene.

Practical support in such a situation entails the state first evaluating the needs of returning jihadis, before helping them with housing, employment, and day-to-day welfare as it rules necessary. BreitBart

Houston: Iraqi Refugee Pleads Guilty To Bomb Plot, Trying to Help ISIS

Omar Al Harden
Omar Al Harden

 
So much for vetting/screening.

An Iraqi refugee who authorities say wanted to set off bombs at two Houston malls pleaded guilty Monday to trying to help the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Omar Faraj Saeed Al Hardan admitted as part of his plea deal that he pledged his loyalty to ISIS in November 2014 and almost immediately trained to use tactical weapons, including an AK-47. He faces up to 20 years in federal prison when he is sentenced Jan. 17 on a charge of attempting to provide material support or resources to a designated foreign terrorist organization.

The 24-year-old came to Houston from Iraq in 2009. Beginning in June 2014, Al Hardan developed a relationship with a confidential informant, discussing hopes to travel overseas to fight with ISIS, according to authorities.

Homeland Security Special Agent Herman Wittliff testified days after Al Hardan’s indictment in January that the suspect had been learning how to make electronic transmitters that could be used to detonate explosives. Wittliff said Al Hardan hoped to bomb two Houston malls, including the popular Galleria mall, and wanted use cellphones — a collection of which were found in his apartment – to detonate the devices.

He also made numerous statements about his plans to travel to Syria and fight alongside ISIS and become a martyr CBSNews

France Creates National Guard To Battle Terrorism And Improve Security

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France is creating a National Guard to bolster security against terrorist attacks across the country.

The Guard, which is expected to grow to 84,000 people by 2018, is a new, enhanced version of the existing reserve forces. Following the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris last year, President Francois Hollande proposed creation of the force to include citizens willing to get involved in serving their country.
Defense minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said the creation of the Guard “is a response to the need for an adaptation of our security and defense strategy.”…
Guard members’ tasks will vary from patrolling the streets of big cities to securing major sport and festive events to working in military staff offices.
They will be fully integrated into regular troops and police forces for a certain period of the year — from a few days to several months. They can be students, job seekers, employees as well as retired police officers and military veterans.
Regular military and police reserves now include 63,000 people. Students under the age of 25 who join the Guard a minimum of 37 days a year for five years will get a state grant of 100 euros ($110) per month.  Military Times

In the European system there are multiple flaws.

“We are not an island, we are the European continent, and the enemy is at our doorstep,” said Marc Trevidic, who was France’s top counterterror magistrate until 2015, in a recent interview with ProPublica and Frontline. “He can come by sea, air, and land. That is the reality.”

Online:  Frontline –How Europe Left Itself Open to Terrorism (long article, worth reading)

Muslim International Student Tries To Cut Throat Of Female Student

Due to people’s quick thinking this woman’s life was saved from a Saudi terrorist’s attempt to cut her head off at the University of British Columbia.

ISIS calls on Islamists to carry out knife attacks, and he did.

Thamer Hameed Almestadi
Thamer Hameed Almestadi

The suspect is an international student [Thamer Hameed Almestadi, 18] from Saudi Arabia, and was studying engineering. He has been banned from the campus following the charges, and remains in police custody. ctv

Thamer Hameed Almestadi, 18, has been charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault and assault with a weapon.

The victim remains in hospital with what police say are non-life threatening injuries.

Witness Chantel Almeida lives on the third floor of the Salish House residence where the attack took place.

She says the alleged assailant had been pacing in the hallway before he allegedly entered the victim’s room and grabbed her.

“She was screaming. Girls on my floor came out. One of the girls ran in … and tried to pull him off. Then another girl went in an tried to pull him off.

“From what I know he turned around and pulled out a knife and swung at them and scraped one of their arms. They were freaking out and one of them ran downstairs and got a guy who knew martial arts. cbc

Adam Casey – Hero Good Samaritan

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Adam Casey – image video capture

A Good Samaritan who interrupted a violent attack at a University of British Columbia dormitory is crediting his martial arts training for his quick actions that led to the suspect’s arrest.

Adam Casey, an engineering student at the school, said he ran up the stairs after witnesses ran out of the Salish House residence on Tuesday looking for help.

Witnesses said they saw a male student holding down a young woman with a knife to her throat. Her neck was partially cut when they ran through the open door.

The assault occurred in Salish House, a UBC dormitory.
“I tried to get his hands off of her neck but he was holding quite tightly,” Casey told CTV News.

“I had to go to him and put him in a chokehold.”
Casey said he acted without thinking, something he credits to years of martial arts training. ctv

World Bank Report: Islamic State Recruits Are Above Average When It Comes To Education

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Poverty and ignorance does not cause terrorism, which has been known for years.   This has been shown in study after study. The vast majority of terrorist attacks are carried out by Islamic’s motivated by ideology.

Social scientists have collected a large amount of data on the socioeconomic background of terrorists. According to a 2008 survey of such studies by Alan Krueger of Princeton University, they have found little evidence that the typical terrorist is unusually poor or badly schooled. 2010 The Economist 

The data shows clearly, the report said, that “poverty is not a driver of radicalization into violent extremism”

Recruits to Islamic State (IS) are better educated than their average countryman, contrary to popular belief, according to a new World Bank study.

Moreover, those offering to become suicide bombers ranked on average in the more educated group, said the newly released study titled “Economic and Social Inclusion to Prevent Violent Extremism”.

The study, which aimed to identify socioeconomic traits that might explain why some are drawn to the Syria-based extremist group, made clear that poverty and deprivation were not at the root of support for the group.

Almost without exception, fighters joining IS’s Syria and Iraq-based forces had several more years of education in their home countries – whether in Europe, Africa or elsewhere in the Middle East – than the average citizen. The data shows clearly, the report said, that “poverty is not a driver of radicalization into violent extremism”. AP

Golden Age

‘Roughly 1850–1950 was the Golden Age for Christians in the Muslim world.  There were still pious Muslims and oppressed Christians even during this period. The point is that,
overall, acceptance of Christians reached unprecedented levels during this era.

It is this historical fact—that the colonial and post-colonial era, roughly 1850–1950, was the Golden Age for Christians in the Muslim world—that has created chronological confusions and intellectual pitfalls for Westerners on the subject of the return of Christians’ persecution. This hundred-year lull in persecution
is taken as the norm by recent generations of Westerners who see events closer to their time as more representative of reality. Thus many Westerners see the contemporary persecution of Christians by Muslims as the historical aberration, and they seek vainly to explain that violence away without recourse to Islam, remembering the relatively non-violent Islam of just a few decades ago. They fail to comprehend that the Golden Age was the historical aberration—an exception
to the rule, not the rule.

But the facts speak for themselves. In 1900, at the height of the Golden Age, 20 percent of the Middle East was still Christian, whereas today less than 2 percent is, and the Christian population is rapidly dwindling.20 Indeed, according to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, “The flight of Christians out of the [Middle Eastern] region is unprecedented and it’s increasing year by year.” In our lifetime “Christians might disappear altogether from Iraq, Afghanistan, and Egypt.”
Raymond Ibrahim, Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War on Christians, pgs. 12-14.

Recommended Resource

Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War on Christians by Raymond Ibrahim is available at Amazon.

Video Minnesota Mall Stabber Shouted “Allahu Akbar!” And Asked People If They Were Muslim Before Attack

Motive still unknown to some people.

The man who stabbed 10 people at a Minnesota mall had become interested in Islam in the last several months, withdrew from his friends and encouraged female relatives to be more religious, the FBI said on Thursday.

‘We were told (he) had not previously shown an interest in religion,’ FBI Special Agent Rick Thornton said at a news conference.

He said 20-year-old Dahir Ahmed Adan went from being a high academic performer to failing out of college ‘almost overnight’ after taking an increased interest in Islam.

During the attack, which started outside of Crossroads Center mall before moving inside, witnesses told the FBI that Adan, who was armed with two steak knives and later shot and killed, referenced Islam.

Adan, wearing a security uniform, then ran through the mall stabbing victims in the head, chest and neck as shoppers frantically ran for cover.

‘We have numerous credible witness accounts of him asking victims during the attack if they were Muslim and at least one instance yelling ‘Allahu akbar’ while stabbing one of his victims and others heard him yelling ‘Islam Islam’ during the attack,’ Thornton said.

During the news conference, officials released evidence from mall videos.

In one video, a store employee at Unique Electronics is shown running from behind the counter and to the front of the store to see the commotion. DailyMail

How Odd?

On September 17th Ahmad Khan Rahami allegedly planted several bombs in New York and New Jersey that injured 31 people. Some other unexplained odd things also happened in September.

Egyptians and the Suitcase

nyc-bomb-suitcaseRahami planted another IED in New York, and he left it inside a suitcase on the street. Two men came across the pressure cooker bomb in a suitcase.  They unwittingly took the homemade bomb out of the tiger faced covered tiger paw prints suitcase.  They ignored the pressure cooker in a trash bag inside and left it on the street and stole the suitcase.  The two men caught on surveillance camera footage have been identified by the FBI as EgyptAir employees, the two men have since returned home to Egypt.  The New York Daily News calls the two men “Egyptian pilots.”

Mother & Brother Taken Off Airplane In Dubai Then Sent To Afghanistan

The mother and a brother of New York City bombing suspect Ahmad Rahami have been detained in Afghanistan after trying to return to the United States and being taken off a flight, the suspect’s father told ABC News.

The father, Mohammad Rahami, said in an interview published on ABC’s website on Wednesday that his wife, Najiba, and another of his sons, Qassim, were in Dubai when they were pulled from a flight and questioned for 16 hours by authorities there.

Authorities then sent them to Kabul, he said.  “Why send my son back to Afghanistan? He is a U.S. citizen. You have any questions? Bring him home, [don’t] send him to a different country,” Mohammad Rahami said of Qassim. Reuters

Missing Afghans Undergoing Military Training

non_commissioned_officers_of_the_afghan_national_armySeven students from Afghanistan undergoing military training in the U.S. have gone missing.  The timing should be of concern as the seven students disappeared around the time of the bombing in New York City and New Jersey by Afghan-born Ahmad Rahami.

“During the month of September, seven Afghan students were considered absent without leave (AWOL) during international military student programs,” Pentagon spokesman Cmdr. Patrick L. Evans said.

Three of the Afghan military trainees fled from a Pentagon training program two weekends ago during the bombing spree in New York and New Jersey by Afghan-born bombing suspect Ahmad Rahami, raising concerns among security officials that the missing Afghan students may be linked to terrorism or plans for attacks in the United States.

The disappearance of the Afghans comes amid heightened fears of increasing Islamist terror attacks around the country. The attacks have included the New York area bombings and attempted bombings, a knife attack at a Minnesota mall by a Somali jihadist, and other regional shootings.

Two of the missing Afghans had been training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, and one was training at Fort Gordon, Georgia.

An Army source said the Afghans who left the weekend of the New York area bombings appeared to be part of a coordinated effort. The three men are being probed for possible connections to Rahami. “Initial assessment is that there is not relation and the timing is coincidental,” the source said.

Evans declined to comment on whether the Pentagon has security concerns about the missing Afghans.

Sarah Rodriguez, a spokeswoman for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement service, said authorities are pursuing the Afghans.

“ICE Homeland Security Investigations is aware of the situation, and is actively working to locate these individuals in coordination with the State Department and the Department of Defense,” she said, declining specifics because of the ongoing investigation.

However, the service, which tracks illegal aliens, was notified of the missing Afghans.

Four other Afghan military trainees fled over the Labor Day weekend, two from Fort Benning, Georgia, one from Fort Lee, Virginia, and one from an Army facility in Little Rock, Arkansas. FreeBeacon