Wow: Islamists Just Blamed The Texas Flooding On Something Infuriating

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As major flooding and severe weather surged through Texas and Oklahoma over the last several days, Islamists and ISIS supporters took to Twitter to identify the natural disasters as acts of Allah.

The torrential rains and subsequent flooding are responsible for the deaths of at least 21 people in Texas and Oklahoma and another 14 in northern Mexico.

ISIS supporters linked the floods to Allah’s wrath for the Draw the Prophet cartoon contest, which took place in Dallas earlier this month. Two ISIS jihadists were shot and killed when they sought to carry out an attack against those attending the event.

This Islamist tweets Bismillah [“In the name of Allah”] and then highlights the deaths that have been caused by the flooding.

Tweet - Flooding ISISThe person who tweeted the above does not seem concerned that the city hardest hit was Houston, which is over 230 miles south of Dallas. And certainly the state of Oklahoma and the country of Mexico had no connection to the contest.

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If what this ISIS supporter writes is true, what meaning are Americans to draw from the natural disasters, such as earthquakes, that frequent the Middle East, sometimes killing thousands? Or what about the tsunami that struck the most populous Muslim country in the world, Indonesia, in 2004? The total dead from that disaster was over 230,000. What punishment was in play in these instances?

This follower appears to be mixing his Near Eastern and Middle Eastern religions:

Twitter Flooding ISIS IIIMany may believe these folks’ understanding of the ways of Allah needs to be thought through a little more.

h/t: Gateway Pundit

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Islamic State Prepares For Major Attack On Southern Syria – Approaches Israel

Lebanese media reported this morning that Islamic State is preparing for a major assault on Syria’s Suweida province that lies 160 miles southwest of Palmyra, the ancient city ISIS seized last week.

Suweida is home to the Druze minority in Syria and lies east of the Golan Heights and Israel. Druze residents have started to mobilize forces to defend their region against Islamic State. Last week, Islamic State briefly seized the Druze village of Al-Huqf in a surprise raid. Five soldiers of the Syrian army were killed in the raid.

Map of Syria showing As-Suweida province, Golan Heights and Palmyra (Tadmur)

Map of Syria showing As-Suweida province, Golan Heights and Palmyra (Tadmur)

The reason for the assault on al-Huqf was that Islamic State wanted to discover what military capabilities the Druze had at their disposal following the regime’s inability to defend areas in eastern and southern Syria. The Druze in southern Syria have for a long time tried to stay out of the civil war and maintained an autonomous attitude despite efforts by the regime and Islamist rebels to enlist them to fight in other parts of Syria.

Syrian news agency ARA News reported today that ISIS reinforcements have arrived via the desert road from Palmyra to eastern Suweida. “There are large gatherings of ISIS fighters with weapons and military vehicles including 13 tanks and 10 humvees that were seized in Iraq,” ARA reported.

The London-based daily Asharq Alawsat reported on Sunday that Islamic State forces had taken up positions along the eastern border of Suweida province in a swathe of territory stretching roughly 90 miles. A Druze source reported to Asharq Alawsat that Islamic State is currently deployed in small groups in villages southwest of the Jordanian border.

Following ISIS’ victory in Palmyra in the middle of the Syrian Desert on May 20, eyes have turned to where the group would strike next.

The capture of Palmyra last week has opened the road for ISIS to mobilize its fighters and quickly move across barren stretches of desert in a number of directions, including toward Suweida.

A source from Free Syrian Army-affiliated Southern Front coalition told Asharq Alawsat that “the group might have taken the decision to expand across Suweida as part of its strategy to pounce on Daraa, and then Quneitra.”

He explained that ISIS could prefer to expand through Suweida because the battles that would take place in the area would not be costly for them.

Quneitra lies on the border with Israel on the Syrian Golan Heights.

The advances by Islamic State in southern Syria are an existential threat to the Druze population. Druze are not Muslims and have a long history of repression at the hands of Muslims.

In late March, Syria’s Druze clerical leadership called on the regime to provide their community with arms.

“We will pursue a request to secure weaponry and appropriate logistical support immediately from the concerned bodies in the Syrian government,” the clerics said in a statement obtained March 27 by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The statement warned that Syria’s Druze were facing a grave and existential threat and called on “all our young men in the Suweida governorate to shoulder their responsibilities to protect their areas.”

Elsewhere in Syria in the northeastern province of Hasakeh Kurdish, forces succeeded in driving Islamic State out of 14 Christian villages that had been controlled by ISIS since February this year. The villages lie in Syrian Kurdistan and were home to one of the world’s oldest Christian communities, the Assyrians.

Thousands of Christians fled from Hasakeh during the Islamic State assault in February. Those who remained were taken hostage or killed when they refused to convert to Islam. ISIS still holds 210 Assyrians hostage.

In Palmyra, Islamic State executed twenty people in the ancient amphitheater, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported today. Supporters of ISIS confirmed the executions on Twitter.

Iraq

In Iraq, government forces supported by Shiite militias recaptured two towns in the vicinity of Ramadi, the city that was seized by Islamic State at the beginning of last week.

An Iraqi official in the Anbar police command told the German news agency DPA that security forces backed by Shiite militias and local tribes had regained control of Tash and Hamira south of Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province, cutting off Islamic State supply lines in the area.

Meanwhile, a pro-government Shiite militia, known as the Popular Mobilization, announced it had advanced into the area of Nabai in the vicinity of Ramadi, forcing Islamic State fighters to retreat.

“Daesh elements escaped once the Public Mobilization fighters entered into Nabai,” Hassan al-Sari, a field commander in the Shiite militia, told Iraqi site Alsumaria News, using the Arabic acronym for Islamic State.

Elsewhere in the Anbar province, Islamic State unleashed a wave of suicide attacks killing at least 17 Iraqi soldiers. The attacks came just hours after the Iraqi government on Tuesday announced the start of a wide-scale operation to recapture areas under the control of the ISIS group in Anbar.

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Pam Geller Just Announced New Ad Campaign That Will Feature Muhammad And Be Displayed On Buses

Despite the fact that her latest effort ended in a botched terror attack and personal threats against her life, American Freedom Defense Initiative President Pamela Geller recently announced a new campaign that will include prominently featured representations of Islamic prophet Muhammad.

Terrorist organization ISIS took credit for the gunfire that disrupted Geller’s previous event, an art contest in Garland, Texas; and at least a few radical Islamists have publicly stated she should be executed for organizing it. Instead of lying low in hopes that the controversy will die down, however, Geller issued a statement announcing her group’s new line of ads set to be displayed on buses in the D.C. area.

“Because the media and the cultural and political elites continue to self-enforce the Sharia without the consent of the American people by refusing to show any depictions of Muhammad or showing what it was in Texas that had jihadists opening fire,” Geller said, “we are running an ad featuring the winning cartoon by former Muslim Bosch Fawstin from our Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest in Garland, Texas.”

She went on to assert that there was nothing about the contest that invited the attack, noting that if Americans are implicitly denied the freedom to satirize certain subjects, “the freedom of speech is a relic of history.”

Robert Spencer, vice president of ADFI, elaborated on Geller’s point by addressing the common argument that it is not worth the risk to provoke Islamic radicals. He explained that terrorists have made it clear they intend to conquer and enslave non-Muslim nations.

“In light of that,” he wondered, “what is the point of asking whether or not we should provoke them? They’re already provoked. A more useful question now is whether it is really productive and helpful to signal to them that we will acquiesce to their threats of violence and change our behavior accordingly, or whether we will instead signal to them that their violent threats are not going to frighten us into submission.”

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Islamic State Claims It Could Purchase Nuclear Weapon To Attack U.S.

On Sunday, The Times of Israel and other media outlets reported the Islamic State had published an article in its English language magazine Dabiq in which it claimed it could “purchase a nuclear device through weapons dealers with links to corrupt officials” in Pakistan.

The article was apparently written by hostage British photojournalist John Cantlie.

Cantlie has been held captive by the Islamic State for over two years and has been used as a mouthpiece for the organization in a series of propaganda films published online titled “Lend Me Your Ears.”

Last week’s article, titled “The Perfect Storm,” suggested a “hypothetical” situation in which IS would transport the nuclear weapon to Libya, then across the Atlantic and covertly into the United States through a smuggling tunnel under the border with Mexico.

“Perhaps such a scenario is far-fetched but it’s the sum of all fears for Western intelligence agencies and it’s infinitely more possible today than it was just one year ago,” the article claimed.

“The Islamic State makes no secret of the fact they have every intention of attacking America on its home soil and they’re not going to mince about with two mujāhidīn taking down a dozen casualties if it originates from the Caliphate,” the article in Dabiq said. “They’ll be looking to do something big, something that would make any past operation look like a squirrel shoot, and the more groups that pledge allegiance, the more possible it becomes to pull off something truly epic.”

The article in Cantlie’s name called the US-led coalition’s campaign against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq a “failed crusade” and said “the West can never win this war.”

In late April, Saudi officials arrested 93 people they said were involved in an Islamic State plot to attack the US Embassy and other targets.

IS currently controls around half of Syria and a third of Iraq. Affiliates of the group have established footholds in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula and Libya. Other acknowledged IS affiliates exist in Yemen and in Nigeria, where the Islamist group Boko Haram pledged its allegiance to the Islamic State group and had that pledge accepted on official IS media in March.

Islamic State group activity persists in both Afghanistan and Pakistan. On Saturday, the commander of international forces in Afghanistan, Gen. John Campbell, said Islamic State loyalists were actively recruiting and gaining strength; but the group was not yet operational. Today, The Indian Times reported clashes between Taliban and Islamic State members in western Afghanistan. The fighting left 27 Taliban and Islamic State fighters dead; 20 people were injured.

Meanwhile, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi claimed US advances in the battle against Islamic State.

During an interview with MSNBC, Pelosi was asked what can be done strategically to stop Islamic State after this week’s takeover of Ramadi by the terrorist group in Iraq.

Pelosi, calling the operation an “enormous challenge,” said fighting Islamic State on “social media” has really been making some progress.

“We have to fight it on every front, including the front of social media,” Pelosi said. “That’s a place where they have really made more advances than you would have suspected.”

“It’s an enormous challenge. And we have to fight it on every front, including the front of social media. That’s a place where they have really made more advances than you would have suspected. And that is where we have to fight them, as well. …Again, we have to fight them on all fronts communication-wise as well as militarily,” Pelosi added.

U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter warned earlier that Iraqi troops will not be able to defeat the Islamic State until they develop a “will to fight.”

“We have an issue with the will of the Iraqis to fight ISIL and defend themselves,” Carter said in an interview with CNN.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar Al Abadi reacted angrily to Carter’s statement by saying that he was surprised by Carter’s words.

“I’m surprised why he said that. I mean, he was very supportive of Iraq. I am sure he was fed with the wrong information,” the Iraqi PM said during an interview with BBC.

Iraqi lawmaker Hakim Al-Zamili, the head of the parliamentary defence and security committee, said Mr Carter’s comments were “unrealistic and baseless.”

“The Iraqi army and police did have the will to fight ISIL group in Ramadi, but these forces lack good equipment, weapons and aerial support,” said Mr Al Zamili, a member of the political party headed by radical Shiite cleric Muqtada Al Sadr.

Richard Spencer, the Middle East editor of the British Daily Telegraph, reported over the weekend that the “final assault on Ramadi, which had been fought over for almost 18 months, began with an estimated 30 car bombs. Ten were said to be individually of an equivalent size to the 1995 Oklahoma bombing, which killed 168 people.”

On Sunday, Iraqi forces regained some of the territory lost to Islamic State last week.

Reuters reported that Iraq’s government, along with Iran-backed Shi’ite militiamen and locally-recruited Sunni tribal fighters, launched a counter-offensive on Saturday, a week after losing Ramadi. A police major and a pro-government Sunni tribal fighter in the area said they had retaken the town of Husaiba al-Sharqiya, about 10 km (6 miles) east of Ramadi.

“Today we regained control over Husaiba and are laying plans to make more advances to push back Daesh fighters further,” said local tribal leader Amir al-Fahdawi, using an Arabic acronym for Islamic State–also known in English as ISIS or ISIL.

“The morale of the (pro-government) fighters is high after the arrival of reinforcements and loads of ammunition,” Fahdawi said. “Today’s advance will speed up the clock for a major advance to regain control of Ramadi.”

This news was followed today by a report that Islamic State troops have set Iraq’s largest oil refinery ablaze. Al Jazeera reported black plumes of smoke could be seen coming from parts of the Baiji refinery as the Iraqi army backed by Shia militias advanced to within 2km of the facility, which lies about 200km from the capital of Baghdad.

Colonel Maan Al-Sa’eedi, the commander of the second federal police brigade, told Al Jazeera: “ISIL have rigged (Baiji) with booby-trapped trenches, sand barracks and road side bombs.”

“We are hoping that our forces will overcome these obstacles, the enemy is desperate and lost manpower and firepower and, therefore, is trying different methods to halt our advance.”

On Tuesday, Shafaq News in Iraq and other international media reported the Iraqi army, assisted by 4000 Shiite volunteers, surrounded the capital of the Anbar Province Ramadi from three sides. Iraqi State Television announced a major counteroffensive by the army that aims to regain control over Anbar Province.

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Michelle O’s ‘Healthy’ Lunches Now Catering To Muslim Kids ‘Going Hungry’ In School

At the request of Muslim parents, a San Diego school district has added “halal” food to its weekly menu.

The change is part of a pilot program to better serve the minority students that make up most of the student body at Crawford High School, which is in the City Heights district of northeast San Diego. Among other minorities, the community has a large Muslim community, mostly from North Africa.

Islam is the fastest growing religion in San Diego Country, growing 55 percent during the last decade, according to the most recent census data. As of 2010, there were over 25,000 followers in the country. In comparison, there were over 800,000 Catholics and approximately 150,000 non-denominational Christians.

Parents complained to Crawford High School administrators that their children were coming home hungry, despite the school offering free lunches to the entire student body. Under an Obama administration program, schools qualify for universal free lunches if over 40 percent of the families of the students qualify for some other federal assistance.

San Diego Unified’s Food Services Director Gary Petill wondered why, if all the students are able to eat for free, they were going hungry.

What he discovered is that many were not eating because the food was not “halal”–in other words, permissible under the Muslim religion.

Under the religion’s requirements, all pork products are forbidden; and in order to eat other types of meat, the animal must first be dedicated to “Allah” before it is slaughtered.

Petil says that since the school added halal-approved chili lime chicken bowl to the menu twice a week, 300 more students are eating on those days.

“It’s Mary’s Free Range, vegetarian-fed, antibiotic-free, hormone-free, air-chilled organic chicken that you’d find in Whole Foods,” Petill said. He noted the few cents more it costs per drumstick is offset by the larger number of students eating. (Schools are reimbursed by the federal government based on the number of meals served.)

As reported by KPBS:

Crawford parent Mariam Ali said she’s noticed a big change in her son when he gets home on halal lunch days. ‘Before, I’d say, ‘OK, how was your day today?’ ‘I’m hungry. I didn’t eat the food,’” Ali said. “I know he’s starving.”

Ali said now, “He grabs some snacks – crackers or cookies – and he starts doing his homework.

Non-muslim students also like the new offering.

Seventeen-year-old Rosa Duarte joined her Muslim friends in campaigning for the halal lunches. “I normally will not eat at school because the food options were not good,” Duarte told KPBS. “But with the halal chicken drumstick bowl, I actually am eating at school and I have more energy to go through the day and then go to my sports afterwards.”

Petil says that, based on early indications, the school district will continue and expand its options to meet the needs/tastes of other minority students going forward.

h/t: EAGNews

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