October 18, 2014
What? No Death to America?
Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei released a statement about the goals of the Iranian regime. No where did he mention Death to America or Israel.
Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei in a decree issued on Saturday communicated the outlines of cultural and scientific policies to the Supreme Council of Cultural Revolution, and underlined the need for the strategic management of the challenges facing the cultural arena.Which if you actually read it carefully seems to indicate Iran will continue nuclear development and might replace the phrase "Death to" with "Cultural Engineering".
Ayatollah Khamenei reminded the council in his decree to keep a watchful eye on its main duties in such "key and fundamental areas as science production, lifestyle, education and research, public culture and cultural engineering".
The Supreme Leader reiterated that the council should prioritize full and swift execution of decisions and their follow-up until achieving the desired results.
Ayatollah Khamenei noted that the council is also responsible for improving the quality and quantity of cultural products through proper policy-making.
"Serious pursuit into the country's progress and expediting Iran's scientific and technological movement is one of the top most priorities of the country with regard to which the Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution plays a serious role," Ayatollah Khamenei said, adding, "The pace of the country's scientific growth should not witness even the slightest reduction on any pretext, rather it should speed up everyday and the council should play its role in supervising, improving and directing this momentum."
The Supreme Leader urged the council to deal more seriously with the issue of cultural engineering and renovation of Iran's educational and scientific system, including education and higher education as well as change in humanities.
Which bums be out, I mean if we don't say "Death to America" it takes a lot of the fun out of Jawa Report.
Meanwhile in Yemen......
It appears the draw of AQAP members to the IS theater is having an effect in Yemen.
And effect I'm sure AQAP is not very happy about.
Ministry of Jiggly: Video The Making of the Hot Shots Calendar
A risque video shot in conservative Utah featuring bikini-clad women firing high-powered weapons and riding in tanks for a pinup calendar has raised the ire of a pair of law enforcement agencies who suspect some of their equipment and officers may be in the film.See its not the police who are the buzzkillers, its their total asshole deskbound bureaucrat bosses.
The Utah National Guard learned about it Tuesday and is determining if military equipment was used in the video, Lt. Col. Steven Fairbourn said. The Utah National Guard didn't give permission for the project, he said.
But Howie did you get the video? I hear you say. Oh ye of little faith.
And also arrest me baby, cuff me and stuff me, make me feel cheap.
Hat Tip: Liberty Speaks.
October 17, 2014
Egyptian Muslims Bomb Other Egyptian Muslims For Being The Wrong Kind of Muslim
CAIRO (AP) — Two bombs went off in a city in northern Egypt late Thursday, striking a Sufi Muslim religious festival and wounding 11 people, officials said, the latest in a spate of attacks that have targeted Egyptian government forces, institutions and public gatherings.The old set another bomb to bomb the response to the first bomb is a standard al-Qaeda terror tactic.
The bombs were placed behind a mosque and went off near-simultaneously in the Nile Delta city of Tanta were residents and pilgrims crowded the streets, observing the Festival of Sheikh el-Sayyed Ahmed el-Baddawi, a revered 13th century religious figure. The festival draws massive crowds every year. Sufism is a mystic branch of Islam.
Most of the victims were wounded by flying shrapnel, said Magdy Awad, chairman of the local ambulance services. The victims were taken to the Tanta University Hospital and none were reported to be in critical condition.
The number of casualties could have been higher but a bomb squad was able to dismantle a third explosive device, which had also been placed near the mosque, an Egyptian security official told The Associated Press. He official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to media.
Sandcrawler PSA: How And Why Jawas Pray
@Geraldanthro Oh Sweet Lord please let them try to engage an F-22 and let there be video. Amen.— Darth Odie (@darthodius) October 17, 2014
Is This A Dead Man Dr. Shackleford?
Very dead Mr. Howie.
Islamic State of Losers Run From Kobani!
Islamic State fighters have been driven out of Kobani, the Kurdish town that straddles the Syrian-Turkish border, after weeks of heavy fighting, according to Kurdish sources speaking to RT.
A Kurdish commander said that ISIS retreated overnight – withdrawing by 2 km east and 9 km west.
The Kurds are now clearing the city. The Islamists have left behind suicide bombers hiding in the ruins of the various buildings in the city.
"We can still hear sporadic gunfire and explosions coming from Kobani," RT's Murad Gazdiev reports from the Turkish-Syrian border.
However, a victory announcement from the Kurdish fighters is yet to be made because the whole of the city has not been secured.
Now They've Done It!
Members of a massive Dutch motorcycle gang, armed with Kalashnikov rifles, recently joined Kurdish forces battling the Islamic State in Iraq, vowing to “exterminate the rodents.”
The leader of No Surrender -- which has dozens of chapters in the Netherlands and across Europe -- told state broadcaster NOS on Friday that three of its members have traveled to Mosul in Northern Iraq to take up the fight against ISIS, AFP reports.
A photo posted on a Dutch-Kurdish Twitter account last week shows a heavily-tattooed man in military garb flashing the “victory” sign alongside a Kurdish fighter inside a bunker.
“Ron from The Netherlands has joined the Kurds to exterminate the rodents of [ISIS],” a caption with the photo reads, according to the New York Post.
Ron uit Nederland heeft zich bij de Koerden aangesloten om het IS ongedierte te bestrijden. Respect! pic.twitter.com/xES1nmJg8h— Koerden in NL (@KoerdenNL) October 9, 2014
TKOB boys TKOB.
Kurds Assist ISIS Fighter
Kurdish grocer Cuneyt Hemo remembers the moment he crossed paths with a jihadist Islamic State (IS) prisoner inside the besieged Syrian town of Kobane.So the next day the Kurds shot him in the head as requested.
"He begged us to kill him so he could go to paradise and be rewarded," Hemo told AFP, in a rare glimpse of life inside the town which has been fought over street by street for nearly a month.
The bearded jihadist explained at length to his captors how he had come to Kobane to "deliver it from the kuffar" (the infidels).
"We tried in vain to help him find reason. But he did not want to know anything," said Hemo.
"He said again and again that we were the infidel and he wanted to go to paradise to find the 40 women who had been promised to him," he added.
All's well that ends well I always say.
Hat Tip: Dan.
Most Likely Drunken Idiot Jailed For Being Drunken Idiot
ennessee man was in custody on Thursday and facing criminal charges after claiming to be a member of ISIS and threatening to behead his neighbors and burn down their homes, police said.OMG! ISSI is lose in Tennessee too!
Tullahoma Police Chief Paul Blackwell said the man – Terry Wayne McCullough, 59 – is a known troublemaker but that the threats had to be treated seriously.
“We’ve dealt with him quite a few times over the years,” Blackwell said. “Most of the issues we’ve had to deal with him have been minor, misdemeanor charges.”
McCullough is in the Coffee County Jail on $10,000 bond and charged with criminal conspiracy. He is due in court Oct. 23.
Blackwell said that when McCullough “described ISIS, he was calling it ISSI.”
Tullahoma Police Officer James Tate, who arrested McCullough on Sunday, wrote in his report that the man admitted making threats and said he would carry them out and said that his next target was Nashville...
Can we panic yet? I've been wanting to panic all week.
Image credit Tullahoma News.
Akba Jihad Jordan's Jihad Ends
WASHINGTON—Akba Jihad Jordan, 22, of Raleigh, North Carolina, pleaded guilty before United States Magistrate Judge Robert B. Jones to conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists. Jordan and co-defendant Avin Marsalis Brown, 21, also of Raleigh, were arrested on March 19, 2014, and charged initially in a criminal complaint. On April 1, 2014, a federal grand jury returned an indictment charging Jordan and Brown with conspiring to provide material support to terrorists.
United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker stated, “This investigation is a sober reminder that we must remain vigilant in our efforts to prosecute extremists who conspire to provide material support to foreign terrorist organizations.”
“Akba Jordan turned his back on his own country and was willing to fight side by side with terrorist groups in Yemen and Syria who wish to do us harm,” said John Strong, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in North Carolina. “American citizens who offer support to terrorist organizations pose a grave threat to our national security and will face serious consequences for their actions.”
As set forth in the affidavit supporting the complaint, Brown initiated contact online with an undercover employee of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Brown requested assistance in traveling overseas for “fisabilillah”—a phrase commonly utilized by Islamic Extremists to refer to joining extremist groups in violence overseas. Subsequently, both Brown and Jordan engaged in numerous discussions with an FBI confidential source in which they expressed a desire to travel overseas to join certain groups in fighting the “kuffar” (non-Muslims) and “munafiq” (Muslims considered to be hypocrites), primarily in either Syria or Yemen. These groups included al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS), and jabhat al-Nusrah (JAN). They also talked frequently about weapons and the use of weapons in fighting the kuffar, both overseas and in the United States. Jordan specifically discussed with Brown the weapons he had in his possession, including an AK-47, and described how he would not hesitate to use them. The affidavit describes a meeting at Jordan’s apartment on Dec. 30, 2013, during which Jordan showed Brown how to break down the AK-47.
On March 19, 2014, Brown was arrested at Raleigh Durham International Airport prior to boarding a flight with a final destination in Turkey. Brown stated in an interview that he intended to travel from Turkey into Syria. Once overseas, Brown intended to meet with a member of ISIS whom he had befriended online. Once established, and after Jordan had obtained his own passport and enough funds to purchase a ticket, Brown could then assist Jordan in entering Syria from Turkey to additionally join Brown.
Jordan, who had not yet obtained a passport, was also arrested on March 19. Jordan admitted that he had made an appointment to obtain a passport so that so that he could go to Syria and fight. A search warrant executed that day at Jordan’s apartment recovered the AK-47 and several other weapons. On Aug.12, 2014, Brown pleaded guilty to the indictment. His sentencing is currently set for Nov. 6, 2014.
Investigation of this case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Charlotte Division, Resident Agency Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF). The Raleigh JTTF consists of the following agencies: FBI, DHS-H.S.I., Raleigh Police Department, Durham Police Department, Cary Police Department, NC State Bureau of Investigation, and the NC State Highway Patrol. The prosecution is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney Jason Kellhofer and Trial Attorney Michael Dittoe of the Counterterrorism Section in the Justice Department’s National Security Division.
Source: Alphabet People.
Image credit: WFMY.
Hat Tip: El_Grillo.
October 16, 2014
Reader Love Mail: From UK With Hate Edition
Looks like I said something right.
Islam, a religion of peas and tolerance.
Houston Baghdadi's Terribly Terrifying Tour of Terror Totally Terrorizes Texas (***Exclusive Must Cite Jawa Report***)
A shocking video has been posted online showing a Muslim-American in the Houston area pledging allegiance to the Islamic State terrorist group in front of a police officer while being escorted away from a mosque.The article goes on to mention many of Mr. Baghdadi's recent postings. Including a series from his youtube channel where he is booted from the El-Farouq or al-Farouq mosque in Houston for correcting small children for eating with their left hand rather than their right as dictated by the Sunnah or traditions of Muhammed.
The video was uploaded September 21 by a man who goes by the names of Abdul-Rahman Baghdadi or Houston Baghdadi.
The complete series is here on his youtube although he has removed part 3, I'm not sure why, he does um, a lot of things.
We at Jawa report have received a lot of tips about Mr. Bahgdadi. We've reported on his antics twice before.
Now let me just say this one more time before everyone panics and starts thinking an army of the Caliphate is lose in Houston.
That Boy Ain't Right!In fact Jawa Report interviewed Adam over the weekend.
Here are a couple excerpts.
OK so his mama didn't raise no fool, he's very aware of rules. He's also very fascinated with Arabic Nasheeds and taped or online sermons.
Anyway the interview goes downhill from there with dares to read the book of Miriam from the Koran and charges about the Jews changing the Bible.
This displays another quirk of the Islamist thought process, God can will the Koran to be the unaltered word. But the Bible, that is a Zionist conspiracy!
Note to beginners: Any time there is a contradiction, always blame the Jews!
On to my point, I started to look into Mr. Baghdadi because I started getting a lot of mail, a lot of tweets of him in the Houston area. He's upset a lot of people. Because its obvious, a guy running around with ISIS logos singing Nasheeds and pledging allegiance to IS must either be really dangerous, crazy or both. Right?
So in my travels I've noticed a few things about Houston or Adam whatever.
First he is very intelligent in a way. He loves Arabic Nasheeds and Islamic traditions. He is like an encyclopedia of Islamic call and response. He always has an Arabic phrase or a praise on the tip of his tongue for any situation.
Second, his online footprint and connections are much wider than it appears at first, he's not a half bad propagandist. Also he's not unconnected in the sense that he knows where the hot contacts are and knows many.
Third, although he expresses himself well, he seems to have trouble predicting or understanding the reactions of others. When he is tossed from al-Farooq masjid he states he didn't realize the other Muslims would be offended by his insistence that four year kids follow the Sunnah of eating with the right hand to the letter. He desperately tries to explain himself over and over as if... if they only understood him, they would accept him.
He's searching for a place to belong. Unfortunately the Muslims in his community find him so annoying, understandable, that he turns online.
I can't say for sure but I suspect most of his perception that Islam = ISIS or AQ comes from online propaganda, radical preachers and the contacts he has. Most likely not from the Islamic community in Houston.
And that perception is not entirely inaccurate, many Muslims from around the world also subscribe to that. This is where Baghdadi has found his community and like minded thinkers. Often times the most radical Islamic views are the most accessible and easiest to find. The most controversial views are by default the most popular on the internet.
So after The Vegas incidents, I became a little worried myself and checked with some Jawa contacts. Which I guess is the whole point of this post. To share what I know without being unfair to Mr. Bahgdadi or revealing too much.
Honestly I wasn't going to run anything else on this subject, but the fascination and alarm with this guy is widespread.
So far as I know Mr. Baghdadi has not committed any crime, OK two crimes, he defaced public property (in a totally reversible manner) and improper lane usage. I have him dead to rights on the improper lane usage too!
There is one more crime if it could be proven the intent of his postings was to threaten harm or terrorize, that can be unlawful. I don't think that's the case. He just does things, sometimes very odd things, and people react. He see's that he gets a reaction and does it again, just for the reaction.
So far its been a pretty successful strategy, don't you think?
Most of the concerns raised have been that either Mr. Bghdadi is part of an organized ISIS movement or that he is a danger to himself or others. But so far as I know he has not hurt anyone nor taken part in spreading an organized effort to aid ISIS. He has posted some propaganda and also expresses support.
In one video he declares "I am not dangerous to anyone." And a desire to confine himself to Dawa or preaching of his word. A sort of pacifist if you will, at least so far.
On of the main points he seems to be making and one that alarms many is his use of the ISIS flag.
In his view this is not just ISIS' flag, technically he is correct, its the seal of Muhammad. He feels that people unjustly fear this symbol due to the negative publicity ISIS receives in the media. The negative and fearful reaction even among the Muslims at the mosques he's been thrown out of is something he seeks to change. Possibly all by himself. He thinks that by wearing it he can remove some of the stigma associated with the symbol.
As I said above he sees himself as a pacifist of sorts. He stated that his dream in an Islamic state would be to do "Humanitarian work." When confronted with the actual violence and war in areas currently controlled by ISIS, he tends to balk and refuse to accept this as fact. Choosing instead to believe these accounts to be lies or misrepresentations of ISIS by the Zionist controlled media of course.
As to the danger to himself Mr. Bahgdadi is very aware that he is attracting the attention of law enforcement, posting this message to the FBI recently.
The local police and the FBI are probably just as annoyed with Mr. Bahgdadi as the Muslim community at al-Farooq masjid is, feeling stuck with a babysitting job they didn't really ask for.
That is not to say there is not a danger. My opinion is that the danger can manifest itself in two ways.
One, Adam feels rejected or that his message is ineffectual, thus causing an escalation in his behavior that leads to an unfortunate and bad ending to this story.
Which is why its so discouraging that the Muslim community has rejected him outright. He is obviously seeking to join them, almost desperately quoting phrases and doctrine that he feels should make him accepted among them only to get the boot once again.
He's trying so hard to gain acceptance, but he does not understand why he is rejected. After all in his mind he is preaching Islam, Muslims should accept him. Still no matter how many times this happens he doggedly keeps trying.
Second, If the Muslim community in Houston cannot foster and guild him correctly onto a better path, then someone else will. He will meet a real terrorist or group online who will take advantage, give him that place he is seeking and attempt to influence him to do something really extra stupid and/or dangerous.
In fact that last scenario may already be in play to some extent. So do we just have to watch this until the inevitable train wreck? It appears so.
Anyway I don't feel its indicative of any overt widespread movement to support IS in Houston or an existing cell about the attack from within. Rather its more indicative of the susceptibility of the weak, the isolated, the freakish or slightly off person to the radical online material that pervades online discussions of Islam and the war on terror. Mr. Baghdadi has accepted as fact much of that narrative as the unalterable will of Allah.
He holds a strong idealized Utopian vision for a Caliphate established by ISIS, seeking out information that supports this dream while rejecting any information that would contradict this vision or his faith.
Wait for it, wait for it.
That's not to say he's crazy, Oh WTF am I kidding the guy is total batshit. ;-)
I'm going to leave you with a few of the more moderate comments from Mr. Baghdadi. Remember moderate is a relative term.
In closing Mr. Bahgdadi says he's seeking God, he is dedicated and very religious. At this point the greatest danger seems to be to himself.
He has been rejected by the Muslim community for the most part. I hope he finds his place in the community. That someone there has the time and patience to steer him in the right way.
Why did I befriend him in this way, because someone has to.
Of all the sources and folks I have discussed this issue with the one common thread we all agree on is this...
This isn't going to end well is it?
No, I fear it won't end well at all. But I hope I'm wrong. I really do.
Thanks to Mr. Bahgdadi for answering our questions. He says he's an open book. So draw your own conclusions.
*I use Adam as a name for Mr. Bahgdadi because some sources within the Islamic Society of Houston use that name for him. He has so far not claimed that as a given name to myself. Its a possible Kunya. I do have a name but I won't reveal it here for obvious reasons.
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Imperial Good News! Airstrikes Kill Hundreds of ISIS Fighters Near Kobane
A barrage of U.S.-led airstrikes in and around the Syrian city of Kobani, including 39 over the past two days, has killed hundreds of Islamic State fighters and has stiffened the city's Kurdish defenders, the Pentagon's spokesman said Wednesday.Get some!
Offering an unusually detailed description of the fighting, Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters that all but "hundreds" of civilians have evacuated the city and that increasing numbers of Islamic State group fighters are flowing in.
"One of the reasons why you're seeing more strikes there is because there is more ISIL there," Kirby said, using a common acronym for the extremist group. Their greater numbers are providing more targets for U.S. bombs, he said.
"It's hard to give an exact number, but we believe that we have killed several hundred ISIL fighters," he added. He did not specify a time period; airstrikes there began Oct. 1, according to U.S. Central Command, which announced Wednesday that it had launched 18 airstrikes near Kobani over the previous 24 hours, following a barrage of 21 strikes there the previous 24 hours.
Kirby said Kobani remains in danger of falling to the Islamic State fighters, who are intently focused on the city.
"These guys want to grab ground. They want territory," he said. "Kobani is a territory they want."
October 15, 2014
Jawa Totally Holy Caption Contest: We Did That! Edition
the first of a hopefully long and prosperous Jawa series.
Caption this before and after image of the crispy ISIS flagpole with presumably dead burnt Mujihadin ash highlights.