Sunday, September 28, 2014

Six weeks after being declared dead, Canadian Jihadi Farah Mohamed Shirdon resurfaces with threats of NY terror attack | National Post



Six weeks after he was declared dead, a Canadian in the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham resurfaced on video Thursday, vowing the terrorist group was preparing to bomb New York and fly its flag over the White House.
Interviewed from Iraq by the U.S. website Vice.com, Farah Mohamed Shirdon, a former Calgary movie theatre employee, appeared erratic and became increasingly enraged as he dished out threats and claimed God was on his side.
“God willing, we will make some attacks in New York soon, a lot of brothers are mobilizing there right now in the West, thanks to Allah,” he said. Smiling, he added they were “mobilizing for a brilliant attack, my friend.”
ISIS was conducting beheadings because “you attack one of us, we will attack one of you,” he said, adding, “We will stop when we behead the kuffar [disbelievers] and when we turn his children into our slaves.”
But as if to undermine his boasts, he said he was under attack “day and night” and would have to go, apparently because of yet another assault. Calling himself Abu Usamah, Mr. Shirdon was eulogized online by fellow terrorists in August but later returned to Twitter to say he had been injured but was aliv

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Islamic State beheading 2ND of U.S. hostage

<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"> slamic State issues video of beheading of U.S. hostage: SITE Reuters 12 minutes ago Reuters Videos Journalist Steven Sotloff beheaded by Islamic State militants Journalist Steven Sotloff beheaded by Islamic State militants  Around The Globe Around The Globe 1 Journalist Steven Sotloff beheaded by Islamic State militants Journalist Steven Sotloff beheaded by Islamic State militants 2 Russia Expert: Obama's 'impossible' Task Russia Expert: Obama's 'impossible' Task 3 Texas school bus overturns, injuring at least 12 children Texas school bus overturns, injuring at least 12 children 4 U.S. condemns apparent beheading of US hostage U.S. condemns apparent beheading of US hostage 5 U.S. condemns apparent beheading of US hostage U.S. condemns apparent beheading of US hostage 6 Chris Brown Pleads Guilty to Assault in DC Chris Brown Pleads Guilty to Assault in DC 7 Journalist Steven Sotloff beheaded by Islamic State militants Journalist Steven Sotloff beheaded by Islamic State militants 8 Raw: Colts Owner at Indiana Court Raw: Colts Owner at Indiana Court 9 32 teens escape Tennessee youth detention center 32 teens escape Tennessee youth detention center 23,100 views 10 CDC Chief: West Africa Ebola crisis "likely to get worse" CDC Chief: West Africa Ebola crisis "likely to get worse" Load More By William Maclean Related Stories US hostage held by Islamic State is female aid worker Associated Press Foley, other hostages held by Islamic State were waterboarded: report Reuters White House Knew Of Islamic State's Threat To Execute James Foley Huffington Post Iraqi foreign minister calls for global support against Islamic State Reuters US hostage's mother pleads with jihadists to spare him AFP DUBAI (Reuters) - The Islamic State released a video purporting to show the beheading of American hostage Steven Sotloff, a monitoring service said on Tuesday, raised the stakes in its confrontation with Washington over U.S. air strikes on its fighters in Iraq. A masked figure in the video also issued a threat against a British hostage, a man the group named as David Haines, and warned governments to back off "this evil alliance of America against the Islamic State", the SITE monitoring service said. The purported executioner appeared to be the same British-accented man who appeared in an Aug. 19 video showing the killing of American journalist James Foley, and it showed a similar desert setting. In both videos, the captives wore orange jumpsuits. "I'm back, Obama, and I'm back because of your arrogant foreign policy towards the Islamic State, because of your insistence on continuing your bombings and ... on Mosul Dam, despite our serious warnings," the man said. "So just as your missiles continue to strike our people, our knife will continue to strike the necks of your people." In the video, Sotloff describes himself as "paying the price" for the U.S. intervention in Iraq with his life. View galleryFile photo of U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff is pictured in this undated handout photo obtained by Reuters August … APPEAL Sotloff, a freelance journalist, was kidnapped in Syria in August 2013. Sotloff's mother Shirley appealed on Aug. 27 in a videotaped message to Islamic State's self-proclaimed caliph, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, for her son's release. In the video it released last month, Islamic State said Foley's death was in retaliation for U.S. air strikes on its insurgents who have overrun wide areas of northern Iraq. The United States resumed air strikes in Iraq in August for the first time since the end of the U.S. occupation in 2011. The raids followed major gains by Islamic State, which has declared an Islamic Caliphate in areas it controls in Syria and Iraq. In Washington, the White House said it could not immediately confirm that Islamic State had released a video of Sotloff's beheading. View galleryFILE - In this file still image from an undated video … FILE - In this file still image from an undated video released by Islamic State militants on Tuesday … “We have seen a video that purports to be the murder of U.S. citizen Steven Sotloff by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. The intelligence community is working as quickly as possible to determine its authenticity," National Security Council spokesperson Bernadette Meehan said in a statement. "If genuine, we are appalled by the brutal murder of an innocent American journalist and we express our deepest condolences to his family and friends. We will provide more information when it is available.” VIDEO APPEARS AUTHENTIC A source familiar with the matter said that while U.S. officials have yet to formally confirm the validity of the video, it appeared to be authentic. Iraq’s outgoing foreign minister Hoshiyar Zebari, condemned what he called "this savage killing...an example of savagery and evil.” and said this was evidence of the need for Iraq and the West to defeat the Islamic State. “We have a common enemy and the whole world is moving in the right direction to stop this savagery and brutality,” Zebari said. “The whole world is standing united against IS. They must be defeated so these horrid scenes will not be repeated." Iraqi Shi’ite Muslim politician Sami Askari, who is close to outgoing Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, said: “They are trying to scare the Americans not to intervene. I don’t think Washington will be scared and stop ... "This is evil. Every human being has to fight this phenomenon. Like cancer, there is no cure. You have to fight it.” A person with ties to the Islamic State in Diyala province said the group had suffered badly in northern Iraq since U.S. air strikes began last month, ahead of the filmed execution of Foley and grisly video of the beheading of a Kurdish soldier. “The defeat of the Islamic State in the battle of Mosul Dam contributed to a deflating of the morale of its fighters and the American strikes have also succeeded in restricting their field operations," the man, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said. "The initiative is not with Islamic State anymore, it’s with their enemy now." The United States is taking the Islamic State insurgents far more seriously now than it did six months ago, when Obama told the New Yorker magazine that they were the "JV team," which is short for "junior varsity" and means they are not the best players on the field. On Aug. 24, al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front militants in Syria freed an American writer, Peter Theo Curtis, who had been missing since 2012, following what officials said were efforts by the Gulf Arab state of Qatar to secure his release. (Additional reporting by Noah Browning, Mark Hosenball and Ned Parker; Editing by Angus MacSwan and Mark Heinrich)