I hope Trump doesn't win your Presidential Office. I think that would be a disaster.
Ansbach explosion: Suicide bomber Mohammad Daleel pledged allegiance to IS in chilling video
THE Syrian suicide bomber who injured more than a dozen people near a German music festival pledged his allegiance to Islamic State in a chilling video released by the terror group...
Hostages taken in French church in Normandy region
Two Islamic State “soldiers” attacked French church
One attacker named as 19-year-old Adel Kermiche, convicted terrorist
Priest, two nuns and other worshippers were taken hostage
Priest was made to kneel before his throat was cut
Attack occurred in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, Rouen at morning Mass
Two attackers shot by police, third suspect arrested
The church was on a terrorist “hit list”...
Priest killer Adel Kermiche was radicalised in three months as second executioner is revealed
ISLAMIC State has released a video purporting to show the two terrorists who forced a priest to kneel at the altar before slashing his throat in a French church...
PRIEST KILLER WAS RADICALISED IN THREE MONTHS
Kermiche became radicalised in just three months and was friends with a French jihadi involved in the beheading of Americans in Syria, it has emerged.
An 18-year-old neighbour said ... Kermiche had told him and others about his efforts to get to Syria and “he was saying we should go there and fight for our brothers.”
“We were saying that is not good. And he was replying that France is the land of unbelievers,” Redwan said.
The son of a professor, Kermiche had been a normal sports-mad Simpsons fan who loved singer Rihanna. But he became radicalised following the slaughter at satirical mag Charlie Hebdo in Paris in January 2015. His professor mum said he started going to a mosque more frequently and soon began lecturing her on conduct.
“He said that one couldn’t exercise one’s religion peacefully in France. He spoke with words that were not his. He was bewitched,” she said.
The Guardian view on terror in Europe: the search for a political answer
After six terrorist assaults on civilians in less than a fortnight, France and Germany are reeling from a series of shocks that, beyond the immediate fears and tensions they have sown, will increasingly test Europe’s liberal democratic order. Both countries are experiencing an unprecedented wave of violent acts just as they gear up for key elections next year. An already volatile, angst-ridden situation is amplified by a political context of rising populism and partisan point-scoring.
As France struggles to cope with the aftermath of the killing of Father Jacques Hamel in his church near Rouen, barely 24 hours after Germany had experienced its fourth assault in a single week, the sentiment is growing that life as people have known it is unravelling; and that the new normal may resemble a mixture of unpredictable, hidden dangers and a rush to large-scale security measures. In France, where attacks began in 2012, talk of “war” with jihadi terrorism has become commonplace. There is a nationwide state of emergency. Germany neither talks of war, nor is there a state of emergency. But after Ansbach, the first Islamic State-claimed suicide bombing in Germany, the interior minister, Thomas de Maizière, acknowledged that Germany too had become a target for international terrorism.
In the immediate aftermath of each attack, the question is always why it was not foiled. In France, security flaws are blamed. In Germany, the argument is about monitoring refugees. The questions swirl regardless of whether or not there is a connection with last year’s massive refugee movement into Europe, or with radical Islam.
In both France and Germany in the aftermath of attacks, political passions quickly flared; but it is France’s political cohesion that appears under the greater strain. France’s show of national unity after the 2015 attacks in Paris swiftly fell apart in the aftermath of the Nice attack. François Hollande is now struggling to defend his credibility and resist growing demands for heightened security measures. Some of his rightwing critics even call for a “French Guantánamo”. Marine Le Pen’s far right Front National seized on Tuesday’s attack to say France’s “Christian roots” are in peril. Anti-immigrant hyperbole is rife. In Germany, political reactions are comparatively more subdued: Chancellor Angela Merkel’s popularity and authority remain strong. Her CSU Bavarian coalition partner wants stringent controls on migrants but, perhaps because its electoral prospects still hinge on the alliance with the chancellor’s CSU in the run-up to next year’s general election, it has avoided direct personal attacks on her. Germany’s far right has grown but it is still dwarfed by the French Front National. The anti-immigrant AfD party has prospered on a narrative of rejecting Muslims, but stumbled when it hastily and erroneously described the Munich attack as an act of jihadi fundamentalism.
Germany’s sense of its own history is a strong antidote against some of the more extremist tendencies currently at play in France. Where France’s political leadership has spoken more about the need to come out “victorious” from a “war” than about the tolerance and efforts needed to make diversity an asset rather than a problem, German officials have gone to great lengths to insist that terrorism should not be conflated with refugees or immigrants. Personal styles differ too: whereas Mr Hollande wants to appear combative and resolute against the “enemy”, Mrs Merkel expresses empathy for the victims rather than a penchant for military-type measures.
Whatever the contrasts, in heated political contexts ahead of each nation’s 2017 elections, the decisions and attitudes these leaders endorse will set an example for the whole of Europe. Two countries that already set the tone on many issues across a continent now scarred by hostility to refugees hover on the edge of deep, newly shared, uncertainties.
...The stabbing comes just hours after the Met police chief and mayor announced more armed police will be on patrol across the capital in a bid to deter terror attacks.
Metropolitan Police commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said a rise in armed officers will be placed across London, including at famous sites and locations.
According to the BBC, the number of armed officers are set to jump from 600 to 2800.
While the Police Federation of England and Wales warned it would take months of training before the officers could hit the streets, the Met said the majority would be on patrol by April next year.
Exactly. The Bible identifies as liers and hypocryts those who, while professing to believe in God, committ all sorts of autrocities. No matter what their background or belief.
Minto stabbing: Man charged with Sydney terror attack and attempted murder
ASHLEIGH GLEESON and DAVID MEDDOWS, The Sunday Telegraph
September 11, 2016 10:32am
A SYDNEY man charged with committing a terrorist act and attempted murder after allegedly stabbing an unknown man on the street and then trying to knife a police officer was motivated by terror group ISIS.
The Joint Counter Terrorism Team - made up of investigators from the NSW and Australian Federal Police - charged Ihsas Khan, 22, this morning.
“This is the new face of terrorism, this is the new face of what we deal with,” Deputy Police Commissioner Cath Burn said at a press conference this morning.
She said police will be alleging Khan was inspired by ISIS, just one week after the terror group called on lone wolves to attack Australians...