Islamic State Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi seen in new video for first time in five years

 

Despite the mental gyrations, tongue twisting, word games, cognitive dissonance and willful denial of the west, it’s all about Islam. First, last and always.

Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi seen in new video for first time in five years

Isis media outlet releases speech by leader

The Independent, April 25, 2019:

The leader of Isis, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has appeared on video for the first time in nearly five years.

The group’s media arm released a speech by the elusive leader on Monday, in which he addresses the territorial defeat of Isis in Syria and praises recent terror attacks around the world. It is the first time he has been pictured since July 2014, when he announced the creation of the Isis caliphate from the al-Nuri Mosque in Mosul.

Although Isis has released several audio recordings from Baghdadi over the past few years, his fate has been the subject of intense speculation. Following the capture of the last of the group’s territory month, Western intelligence agencies have speculated that he had gone into hiding somewhere in the desert regions of Iraq or Syria.

The elusive leader, who took control of the Islamic State of Iraq in 2010, took the group from an underground insurgency to a proto-state which ruled over some 10 million people. Since the last time he appeared in public, the caliphate he ruled over has all but crumbled, and thousands of his fighters have been killed or languish in jail cells.
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In the 18-minute video, titled “In the Hospitality of the Emir of the Believers,” Baghdadi sits alongside three other Isis members whose faces are blurred, next to a rifle and ammunition belt. He praises the recent terror attacks in Sri Lanka, which targeted churches and hotels and left more than 250 people dead, calling it “revenge” for Baghouz — the small Syrian village where Isis made its last stand.

“And as for our brothers in Sri Lanka, I was overjoyed when I heard about the suicide attack, which overthrew the cradles of the Crusaders, and avenged them for our brethren in Baghouz,” he said, as the video showed footage from the atrocities and the pledge of allegiance by the attackers.

“It was by the grace of god that there were Americans and Europeans in Sri Lanka,” he said. “They questioned God, who answered in the form of bringing the suicide attackers.”

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi appeared in a new video released by Isis on 29 April 2019He adds that Isis would seek revenge for the killing and imprisonment of its militants, and that his group was in a “battle of attrition.”

Baghdadi has been rumoured to have been killed a number of times. In 2017, Russia said it was investigating whether one of its airstrikes on the city of Raqqa killed him and 300 other fighters. Other reports suggested he had been incapacitated by a US-led coalition strike.

Baghdadi announces the creation of the Isis caliphate at the al-Nuri Mosque in Mosul, July 2014.

The Syrian Democratic Forces, a US-backed coalition of Kurdish and Arab fighters, declared victory against the Isis caliphate on March 23, when they captured the group’s last piece of territory. But although Isis no longer holds land, it remains a potent threat. US intelligence estimates that it still has some 15,000 fighters still at its disposal in Iraq and Syria. Sleeper cells are already launching attacks in both countries.

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via Islamic State Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi seen in new video for first time in five years – Geller Report

Sydney Islamic Activists: If You Oppose Chopping Off Hands, You’re Intolerant

 

Tolerance is in the eye of the beholder.

Is accepting intolerance the price of tolerance? Is coming to terms with beheadings and amputations under Sharia law tolerant?

One Islamic group in Sydney says, “Aywah”.

A radical Muslim group held a conference on Saturday afternoon discouraging members and their children from singing the Australian national anthem – while refusing to condemn ISIS.

Global Islamist political party Hizb ut-Tahrir, which is campaigning for Sharia law, hired a community hall at Campsie, in Sydney’s south-west, for the event.

In another part of the discussion, Mr Doureihi condemned an elderly white, pro-refugee male customer at his shop who had described Sharia law Hudud punishments as ‘barbaric’, which can involve the amputation of a hand for stealing.

‘We’ve probably bought into the lie that is tolerance, diversity and multiculturalism,’ he said.

‘We’re sold the rhetoric of acceptance of diversity, and different people’s and different opinions and different religions but not realising the reality of what that entails.

‘I said, “What’s your position on the Hudud in Islam?” He goes, “barbaric”.

‘I said you’re not tolerant.’

If you oppose chopping off people’s hands, you’re an Islamophobe.

 

via Sydney Islamic Activists: If You Oppose Chopping Off Hands, You’re Intolerant

Sri Lanka bans burqa after deadly Easter bombing, Muslim clerics cry foul

 

The government of Sri Lanka has banned “full face coverings” (the burqa). The country’s president, Maithripala Sirisena explained that “the emergency measure would prohibit any garment which ‘hinders identification’ for the sake of national security.” The president’s office stated that “no-one should obscure their faces to make identification difficult”. Other countries have also banned the burqa for the same reason.

So far, the burqa has been banned in China, Tajikistan, Morocco, Latvia, Cameroon, Congo-Brazzaville, Gabon, Chad, Austria, Denmark, Belgium, Netherlands, Bulgaria, and France. Algeria banned the burqa in the public sector last year.

In Chad, two Boko Haram jihad suicide bomb attacks killed 23 people in 2015, which led to the country’s Prime Minister Kalzeube Pahimi Deubet condemning the use of the burqa as “camouflage,” and ruling that all burqas on sale in markets must be burned.

The burqa is also an oppressive garment forced upon women in the name of Islam (cf. Quran 24:31 and 33:59). As expected however, Islamic supremacists were quick to oppose the ban with one Muslim leader calling the ban “stupid”…..

Muslim leaders in Sri Lanka….have voiced opposition to the face covering ban.  It is the stupidest thing to do,” complained Hilmy Ahmed, vice-president of the All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulema organisation, which represents Muslim clerics.

Ahmed went on to condemn what he called “interfering with the religion without consulting the religious leadership”, clearly revealing his own failure to accept that the safety of innocents living in Sri Lanka far outweighs his supremacist entitlements.

“Sri Lanka Bans Islamic Face Veils After Deadly Easter Bombings”, by Jack Montgomery, Breitbart, April 29, 2019:

The government of Sri Lanka has banned full face coverings, including but not limited to the Islamic burqa and niqab, as an emergency measure following the Easter Sunday terrorist attacks targeting Christians and tourists.

President Maithripala Sirisena said the emergency measure would prohibit any garment which “hinders identification” as a national security risk, after blasts which killed hundreds were attributed to the National Thowheed Jamath (NTJ) group.

“The ban is to ensure national security… No-one should obscure their faces to make identification difficult,” the president’s office confirmed in a brief statement.

The Islamic State has also claimed responsibility for the attacks, which is something it often does following mass casualty events regardless of whether or not it has a legitimate link with them — although Sri Lankan deputy defence minister Ruwan Wijewardene has said the authorities believe the attacks “could not have been done just locally” and are seeking to establish if the NTJ had assistance from larger terror networks overseas.

Muslim leaders in Sri Lanka, which has a Sinhalese Buddhist religious majority, have voiced opposition to the face covering ban.

“It is the stupidest thing to do,” complained Hilmy Ahmed, vice-president of the All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulema organisation, which represents Muslim clerics, in comments to the BBC.

“Three days ago we took a voluntary decision regarding this. The All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulema told all Muslim women not to wear face veils for security reasons. If they wanted to wear a veil, then they were told not to come out,” Ahmed told the British broadcaster.

“We strongly criticise the decision. We will not accept the authorities interfering with the religion without consulting the religious leadership,” he warned.

Sri Lanka was known as Ceylon while it was part of the British Empire, and for the period up to the 1970s when it was an independent Commonwealth Realm with Queen Elizabeth II as head of state….

 

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