April 22, 2014

Hammer Time: AQ Chief Bombmaker Killed

Al Qaeda's chief bombmaker, Ibrahim al-Asiri, is thought to be behind the design that went into the underwear bomber, Umar Farouk "Crispy Crotch" Abdulmutallab's, undetectable explosives. And we know how that "ingenious design" turned out? Sure, it had no metal parts and therefore could be easily passed through airline security but we're not half glass empty around here. Half glass full: the wearer now sings soprano and no one else was hurt.

I know, it's easy to laugh at al-Asiri and part of me says "hey, we should have let this guy live and keep blowing up more jihadis" if not for the likelihood that he would probably have kept improving the design of this and other devices over time. When the other side has no regard for human life, including the lives of their own foot soldiers, then failures like Abdulmutallab are viewed as human experiments in the furtherance of jihadi science. It's all fun and games as they prematurely detonate themselves all the way up until the point that they don't.

In any event, the other notable thing here is that al-Asiri and the 54 other jihadis killed in Yemen weren't droned -- a US special forces team took them out the old fashioned way. It's an interesting development. Since bin Laden was killed by SEALs a few years ago I can only think of one other time (offhand) that we've gone with boots on the ground rather than drones in the sky. That would be the SEAL raid last year into a Somali village which was nixed before the target was achieved. Am I missing any others?

Al-Asiri has been reported as killed before -- the last time in a drone strike -- but it turned out to be a false alarm. This time, at least if MSM reports are to believed, the remains were identified. The operators behind the hit are reported to have brought dogs with them to help them search through the hit zone and find remains, apparently to aid in identifying the targets. But maybe we got lucky and the dogs found survivors? Too bad Obama shut down our Black Sites and got rid of anything approaching harsh interrogation.

It's not clear that al-Asiri was even the primary target, for included among the dearly departed was also Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) leader Nasir al-Wuhayshi, who just last week showed up in a propaganda video talking to close to one hundred jihadis in Yemen. And if we just killed 55 bad guys ... Let's see here, 100 - 55 = time to dig deep into the bench and go to al Qaeda's third stringers.

INN:

Reports indicate that a massive US military operation in Yemen on Saturday and Sunday killed well over 55 Al Qaeda terrorists. Among the dead reportedly is Ibrahim al-Asiri, the chief bombmaker of the terrorist organization.

A 4x4 truck which the 32-year-old al-Asiri was thought to be in was ambushed by US special forces over the weekend, according to the Daily Mail.

The US special forces, who were dropped in by helicopter, reportedly took position by the road and waited for the truck to arrive before showering it with a hail of bullets. While the occupants managed to fire back, all were killed in the barrage.

Now is the time at the Jawa that we dance!

Thanks to Atomic Veteran.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:40 AM | Comments |

April 21, 2014

FSA Captures Enemy Combatant

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From Raymond Ibrahim via TROP:

According to Sham Times and other Arabic websites, jihadi social media networks posted the above picture of a child sitting on the ground while surrounded by armed men pointing their rifles at him. The caption appearing with the picture, purportedly posted by a supporter of the Free Syrian Army, is "Our youngest hostage from among the hostile sects of Kessab."

Kessab is a predominantly Christian Armenian village in Syria near the Turkish border. Earlier it was invaded by jihadis, who terrorized, pillaged churches, and prompted some 2000 residents to flee. Initial reports had stated that about a dozen families remained as hostages.

Since the picture appeared on Arabic social media, many have expressed shock and outrage, condemning the Syrian "rebels," while others cast doubt on the authenticity of the picture.

Of course, those wondering what the jihadis have to gain from taking such a picture and making it public would do well to remember that these are the same "rebels" who decapitate people and wave their severed and bloodied heads in front of cameras while smiling; these are the same "freedom fighters" who literally eat their victims on camera.

Surely "teasing" an infidel toddler - a subhuman - with their rifles and sharing it with their sadistic comrades via the Internet for a "laugh" should not be too surprising?

As horrible as this abuse is, it may get worse. The Free Syria Army has a reputation for parading hostages and, later, killing them so they can film propaganda videos blaming Assad's army. I wouldn't be surprised if this poor child ends up victim in one of those videos.

By DMartyr at 06:03 PM | Comments |

Out: Teen Girls Running Away to Hollywood in Search of Stardom -- In: Teen Girls Run Away to Syria in Search of Martyrdom

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Didn't Guns & Roses have a song about this?

Interpol is searching for two Austrian teenage girls who they believe were tricked into going to Syria to fight for Islamist rebels.

Samra Kesinovic, 16, and Sabina Selimovic, 15, vanished from their homes in Vienna on April 10.

But the first hint their parents received as to where the girls might have gone was a spate of social media posts claiming they had gone to fight a 'holy war'...

n the latest posting they announced plans to marry so that they could become 'holy warriors' and in the messages they say: 'Death is our goal'.

The parents, Bosnian refugees living in Austria say the girls were "tricked" into going to Syria. Presumably by a guy in a limo.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:02 AM | Comments |

Patriots' Day 2014

There are many ways to show you are a patriot.

By serving our great country, at home and afar. By caring for wounded warriors. By defending the freedom of speech, even if it means listening to things you don't like. By not being afraid to speak the truth, even if it means offending someone else. And by protecting our rights and looking out for each other.

Last year, Patriots' Day was about terrorism. But it should never be about that. It should always be about standing up for what is right.

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(Patriots defending the Bundy Ranch.)

Be a Patriot today and every day.

By DMartyr at 08:39 AM | Comments |

Successful American Author Whines About Lack Of Liberty

Apparently, blacks don't get the same liberty as whites in America.

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Of course, it must be true since we never see any really successful, accomplished blacks. There has never been a black president, or billionaire black business women, or popular black entertainers, or...

Oh, wait. Never mind.

Tweeters respond:

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By DMartyr at 08:18 AM | Comments |

April 20, 2014

He Is Risen *Sticky*

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20:1 Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb.

2 So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.”

3 So Peter went out with the other disciple, and they were going toward the tomb.

4 Both of them were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first.

5 And stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in.

6 Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there,

7 and the face cloth, which had been on Jesus' head, not lying with the linen cloths but folded up in a place by itself.

8 Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed;

9 for as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that he must rise from the dead.

By Vinnie at 11:15 PM | |

Oops: When Terrorism Goes Right (Part IV)

'Splodey Taliban:

A local Taliban commander was among five militants killed following an explosion inside a mosque in eastern Ghazni province of Afghanistan.

Local government officials said the militants were killed while they were making an improvised explosive device (IED) to carry out a roadside bomb explosion.

But remember, Mosques are off limits to U.S. Troops because Muslims would never use a house of worship to store weapons or build bombs!

Related:
Oops: When Terrorism Goes Right
Oops: When Terrorism Goes Right (Again!)
Oops: When Terrorism Goes Right (Yet AGAIN!)

By DMartyr at 02:13 PM | Comments |

April 19, 2014

Canadian Imam: A Beating Isn't Violence If It Isn't Agonizing

Just another example of words and phrases having a different or hidden meaning in Islam.

A Canadian Imam agrees domestic violence is wrong. However, according to him, it is perfectly Islamic and acceptable to beat women. You see, it isn't violence if it doesn't cause agony.

Sheikh Omar Subedar of the Imam, Islamic Society of Peel in Canada, signed the White Ribbon pledge to: "never commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women and girls."

But the White Ribbon folks should have explored his definition of "violence" a bit more closely.

At the Canadian Council of Muslim Theologians, the Imam writes, "Strike them: If the problem still does not get resolved then as a final resort Allah has permitted the husband to discipline his wife by striking her, however this does not imply that Allah is promoting domestic violence. The Prophet (P.B.U.H.) has made it very clear that the beating should not be agonizing in any shape or form."

By DMartyr at 07:17 PM | Comments |