US stops training some Afghan forces after attacks
 
By HEIDI VOGT
 
Associated Press

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - The U.S. military has halted the training of some Afghan forces while it digs deeper into their background following a surge of attacks by soldiers and police on their international partners, officials said Sunday.

The move only puts about 1,000 Afghan trainees into limbo, a small fraction of the country's security forces. But it shows how these attacks have the potential to derail the U.S.-Afghan handover of security so essential to the international drawdown strategy.

Officials say that the international coalition ultimately hopes to recheck the backgrounds of the entire 350,000-strong Afghan army and police.

The United States and its allies are pushing to have Afghan forces take over security for the country by the end of 2014. This effort has been imperiled by the spike in insider attacks that have killed 45 international service members this year, most of them Americans. There were at least 12 such attacks in August alone, resulting in 15 deaths.

 

Egypt: no place for Christians or Jews 

Egypt Shuts Down Last Jewish Synagogue

 

The Anti-Israel crowd likes to pretend that the ethnic cleansing of the Middle East’s Jews was an economic phenomenon. And every few weeks there is a reminder of how precarious the situation is even for the few Jews still remaining, in what was once an Egyptian city with a tremendous Jewish population.

 

Head of Egypt’s Al-Faraeen TV: Muslim Brotherhood wants to silence all dissent

Tawfiq Okasha denies calling for murder of President Morsi when his trial on incitement charges opens in Egyptian capital.

"I merely criticised President Morsi’

CAIRO - A television channel chief and presenter denied calling for the murder of President Mohamed Morsi when his trial on incitement charges opened in the Egyptian capital on Saturday.

"I merely criticised President Morsi," Tawfiq Okasha told judges at the court appearance, a journalist reported.

"This is a political trial. The Muslim Brotherhood wants to silence all dissent and reproduce the system from before the revolution," he said.

   
Islamists Demand Placing Coptic Church Funds Under Egyptian State Control

By Mary Abdelmassih

(AINA) -- Demands raised this week by Islamists in the Constituent Assembly, which is drafting the new Egyptian constitution, for placing the Church's funds under state financial control were categorically rejected by church leaders and Copts at large. Anba Pakhomious, Acting Patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church, condemned the action of Salafist groups. "The mere submission of such a proposal is totally unacceptable, and if it is approved, this proposal has only one meaning, that Copts are clearly persecuted." He added that the church will not accept the monitoring of its money or donations by any entity, and should not pay taxes to the state because all its activities fall within the provision of the needs of orphans and needy Copts, and therefore the state cannot claim taxes because they are not investment projects.

Counselor Edward Ghaleb, one of the three Coptic Orthodox Church representatives in the Constituent Assembly, said that if the government does not fund the church in any way, how can it demand monitoring its resources. He said that it was illogical to take permission from Central Auditing Authority to budget for the food for the monks in monasteries, and in the ordination of priests, as well as the numerous services provided by the Coptic Church, which are completely funded by collections from Copts.

Christian Solidarity Worldwide 

Pakistan: Rimsha Masih hearing delayed after medical report challenged  30/08/2012

 

The bail hearing for Rimsha Masih, the young Christian girl accused of blasphemy in Pakistan, has been delayed until 1 September after her accuser challenged a medical report that determined that she was a juvenile and mentally impaired.

Case transferred to juvenile court

NHS doctor is terror chief

Gun-toting physician works in London hospital

London medic

Fanatic ... sketch of London medic

The AK47-armed, heavily-bearded extremist told John Cantlie he had taken two years’ leave from a major London hospital to wage holy war.

And the medic, who described in detail his hospital experience and carried NHS medical kit, said he plans to return to the UK to become a trauma consultant in A&E.

This Is Lancashire 

Mosque Teacher Given Light Sentence for Years of Abuse

A teacher at a mosque in England has been given a sentence of community service and a small fine for years of abuse of his young students in Backburn.

Although the English court convicted Kurran Hussain, 25, of assault of boys aged eight and nine, Hussain was only required to pay each victim £150 and do 270 hours of community service.

The court heard testimony by the boys who studied with Hussain every evening, learning to memorize verses from the Quran. The boys testified before the court that they had been hit by Hussain for three years. One victim said, “He hits people when they do not learn. He uses his fists and slaps them on their body, anywhere.”

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Christians Being Killed By Islamists In Egypt And Nigeria

Islamists Burn Coptic Homes In Egypt

Commentary | Christians in Egypt and Nigeria continue to suffer at the hands of Islamists. In Egypt, Muslim mobs are rampaging through Coptic villages, while, in Nigeria, the radical Islamist terror group, Boko Haram, continues to blow up churches and slaughter Christians in their homes.

While the looting, bombing, burning, and killing continues to terrify millions of Christians in Egypt and Nigeria, the bloodshed has attracted little attention around the world. In Washington, D.C., both the Obama Administration and the State Department continue to blame the violence on poverty and social inequality rather than condemn Islamic supremacy for persecuting Christian minorities.

 

'Down's syndrome girl', 11, faces death penalty for desecrating Koran in Pakistan

  • Furious mobs surround the home of 'mentally disabled' Christian girl
  • She faces execution under Pakistan's controversial blasphemy laws

By Rick Dewsbury

An 11-year-old girl thought to suffer from Down's Syndrome is facing the death penalty in Pakistan for apparently burning pages from the Koran.

Furious mobs of Muslim locals gathered outside the home of Christian girl Rifta Masih after she was found with charred pages of the Islamic holy book.

She was arrested and has been held in custody for the last 14 days under Pakistan’s controversial blasphemy laws. A conviction could see her executed.

Anger: Furious mobs similar to these gathered outside the home of an 11-year-old Christian girl accused of burning pages of the Koran (file picture)

Anger: Furious mobs similar to these gathered outside the home of an 11-year-old Christian girl accused of burning pages of the Koran (file picture)  

 

 

Arab Spring run amok: 'Brotherhood' starts crucifixions

Opponents of Egypt's Muslim president executed 'naked on trees'

Michael Carl is a veteran journalist with overseas military experience and experience as a political consultant. He also has two Master's Degrees, is a bi-vocational pastor and lives with his family in the Northeast United States.

The Arab Spring takeover of Egypt by the Muslim Brotherhood has run amok, with reports from several different media agencies that the radical Muslims have begun crucifying opponents of newly installed President Mohammed Morsi.

Middle East media confirm that during a recent rampage, Muslim Brotherhood operatives “crucified those opposing Egyptian President Muhammad Morsi naked on trees in front of the presidential palace while abusing others.”

Fox News - Fair & Balanced 

2 US troops killed in Afghan police attack, NATO says

KABUL, Afghanistan –  A newly recruited Afghan village policeman opened fire on his American allies on Friday, killing two U.S. service members minutes after they gave him a new weapon as a present. It was the latest in a disturbing string of attacks by Afghan security forces on the international troops training them.

 
 
Afghan policeman kills 10 fellow policemen

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan police officer killed at least 10 of his fellow officers on Saturday, a day after six U.S. service members were gunned down by their Afghan partners in summer violence that has both international and Afghan forces questioning who is friend or foe.

Attacks on foreign troops by Afghans working with the alliance are on the rise and, while cases of Afghan security forces killing within their own ranks are less frequent, together they show how battle lines have blurred in the decade-long war.

The assaults on international service members have stoked fear and mistrust of their Afghan allies, threatening to hamper the U.S.-led coalition's ongoing work to train and professionalize Afghan policemen and soldiers. The attacks also raise questions about the quality of the Afghan forces that have started taking charge of security in many areas of the country as U.S. and NATO combat troops move to withdraw by the end of 2014.

Coalition officials say a few rogue policemen and soldiers should not taint the overall integrity of the Afghan security forces and that the attacks have not impeded plans to hand over security to Afghan forces, which will be 352,000 strong in a few months. But there is growing unease between international troops and their Afghan partners and that's something Taliban insurgents are happy to exploit.

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CSI ALERT: Syrian Christians Targeted by Islamist Rebels!

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Victims of Our Lady of Salvation Church Bombing Oct. 31, 2010 in Baghdad

Dear Friends,

 

 

Islamic terrorists drove over half of Iraq's Christians out of their homes following the overthrow of Saddam Hussein. Now they are targeting Christians of Syria. Syria has now become the center of religious cleansing in the Middle East!

 

Nearly all of the Christians of the Syrian towns of Qusayr and Homs have been forced to flee their homes. They are increasingly victimized by Syrian rebels supported by the U.S. government and its Islamist allies, especially Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey. Other religious minorities in Syria, like the Alawites, have also been targeted for kidnapping and murder by the rebels.

 

Zaqazik Copt-Muslim Clashes Stoke Fears Of Sectarian Violence in Egypt

 

 


Egyptian riot policemen sit in the shade by damaged buildings on August 2, 2012, as an Egyptian woman and children walk through debris from the aftermath of clashes on August 1, between Christians and Muslims in Dahshur village, on the outskirts of Cairo. (photo by TAREK EL GABBAS/AFP/GettyImages)

By: Ahmad Mustafa

A dispute over financial issues between Coptic and Muslims led to a quarrel that devolved into clashes, during which firearms were used by friends and relatives of both parties in the city of Zagazig in the governorate of Sharqiya. Security forces surrounded the clashes and secured the Monastery of Saint Antonio that was almost stormed by some Muslim groups. The police arrested dozens of participants in the clashes and started its investigation.

 

US Designates the Saudi nationnal Al Qaeda Trainer Mansur Al-Harbi Global Terrorist

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The United States has designated Mansur al-Harbi, a trainer and senior member of al Qaeda, as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist.

Originally called Azzam Abdullah Zureik Al-Maulid Al-Subhi, Mansur al-Harbi is a Saudi citizen currently wanted for extradition by Saudi Arabia for participating in terrorist activities and for his ties to al Qaeda.

The Kingdom included al-Harbi on its most wanted terrorist list. According to the Saudi Interior Ministry, he is accused of working at a training camp in Afghanistan and is tied to numerous senior al Qaeda leaders including Abdel Aziz Migrin and Sayf al-Adl.

  
Muslims Burn Christian Homes and Businesses in Egypt 

By Mary Abdelmassih

 

(AINA) -- The sectarian crisis in the village of Dahshur escalated on August 1 after the burial of the Muslim man who died yesterday in hospital. Hundreds of Muslims torched and looted Coptic businesses and homes despite hundreds of security forces being deployed in the village. Eyewitnesses reported that security forces did not protect most Coptic property -- only the small church of St. George was protected, in addition to some Coptic houses in its neighborhood.

"As 120 families had already fled the village the day before after being terrorized, the businesses and homes were an easy game for the mob to make a complete clean-up of everything that could be looted," said Coptic activist Wagih Jacob. "The security forces were at the scene of the crime while it was taking place and did nothing at all."

 

Terror twins: Identical brothers who posed as charity collectors to raise funds for terrorism are jailed for three years each

  • Shabir and Shafiq Ali, 25, imitated legitimate Muslim Aid fundraisers on street stalls
  • Money instead went towards funding their older brother's terrorist activities in Somalia

By Chris Greenwood

Identical twin brothers who posed as charity collectors to raise thousands of pounds for overseas Al-Qaeda fighters were jailed yesterday.

Shabir and Shafiq Ali, 25, imitated legitimate fundraisers on street stalls collecting money for Palestinians and the world’s poor.

But the pair were in fact wiring money to their elder brother after he travelled to Somalia to join the bloody Islamic insurgency.

Identical crimes: Twins Mohammed Shafiq Ali, left, and Mohammed Shabir Ali, right, posed as charity collectors to raise money for their elder brother's terrorist training

Identical crimes: Twins Mohammed Shafiq Ali, left, and Mohammed Shabir Ali, right, posed as charity collectors to raise money for their elder brother's terrorist training

 

Identical crimes: Twins Mohammed Shafiq Ali, left, and Mohammed Shabir Ali, right, posed as charity collectors to raise money for their elder brother's terrorist training

They were caught out after counter terrorism police raided their home and discovered a digital recording of a phone conversation with him.

Daily News Egypt 

Bishop to tell Copts to immigrate

Connor Molloy

Controversial debates over religious aspects of constitution only further isolate Egypt’s Copts

Coptic Christian Bishop Paul of Tanta will tell Copts to leave Egypt if the Church is not guaranteed religious jurisdiction. Bishop Paul, a representative of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the Constituent Assembly, is also threatening to leave the Assembly if Article II is not modified to his liking.

Bishop Paul wants the contentious Article II of the constitution, which deals with the nature of the state as it relates to religious authority and principles, to include text guaranteeing that the Church will be given the mantel of authority for issues concerning Copts.

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Kidnap, forced conversion and marriage of Egyptian Christian women rising

Country: Egypt, Middle East and North Africa

A new report has found that the cases of Christian girls and women disappearing, being forcibly converted to Islam and married against their will in Egypt have escalated since the Arab Spring uprising.

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The report, Tell My Mother I Miss Her, released on 18 July, was co-authored by Nadia Ghaly, an Egyptian Christian human rights activist, and Michele Clark, a professor at George Washington University.

It found that the Christian community has “become more vulnerable to persecution on account of the upsurge of militant Islam following the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak”, with women in particular at greater risk. The numbers of disappearances and abductions are rising, with fewer girls returning to their families; minors and mothers of young children are increasingly being targeted.

The Washington Times Online Edition 

Radical Islam rises in U.S. ally Ethiopia 

KAMPALA, Uganda — Clashes between Islamic protesters and riot police over the weekend in Ethiopia have raised fears that Muslims are becoming increasingly radical in a predominantly Christian country that has been a key U.S. ally in combating terrorism in the Horn of Africa.

Muslims on Saturday blocked police from entering the Anwar Mosque in the west of the capital, Addis Ababa, a week after a mass protest at an African Union summit in the city led to 71 arrests.


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