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Pregnant Wife of One Sri Lankan Terrorist Brother Kills Self +3 Sons +3 Cops, To Avoid Capture

[SEE: Sri Lanka: ‘Family of hate’ behind terror attacks are wealthy brothers and wife]

Fatima Ibrahim 

Inshaf Ahmed Ibrahim

Ilham Ahmed Ibrahim

Sri Lanka blasts: Fatima Ibrahim identified as one of the suicide bombers; wife of SL millionaire blew self up with unborn child

Fatima Ibrahim, the wife of Sri Lankan millionaire businessman-turned-Islamic State suicide bomber Inshaf Ahmed Ibrahim blew herself up with her unborn child, as well as three young sons, when police raided the family home on Sunday night, Indian intelligence sources have told Firstpost. Three police officials were also killed in the explosion.

Ibrahim — along with his brother Ilham Ahmed Ibrahim — left the family’s three-storey luxury home in Dematagoda and blew themselves up at the Cinnamon Grand and Shangri-La hotels’ breakfast buffets, as part of a wave of attacks on hotels and churches in which more than 359 people were killed

 Sri Lanka blasts: Fatima Ibrahim identified as one of the suicide bombers; wife of SL millionaire blew self up with unborn child

A series of bomb blasts rocked Sri Lanka on Sunday. Reuters

Fatima, the intelligence sources said, is believed to have been present amid a group of veiled suicide bombers swearing allegiance to the Islamic State, whose images were released by the jihadist organisation on Tuesday night. She can be seen, the sources said, on the right hand side of the frame, standing behind her husband.

Both brothers are sons of Mohammed Yusuf Ibrahim, a millionaire spice-trader who contested elections on Left-leaning Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna party. Ibrahim counted Minister for Industry and Commerce Rishath Bathiudeen among his close friends, and had often been seen at former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s receptions.

In an interview to The Mirror, Inshaf Ibrahim’s brother-in-law, jeweller Ashkhan Alawdeen, said the businessman-bomber had left home on Friday, saying he was going to Zambia for a business trip.

The parting with his sister, Alawdeen said, was unsual: “When he said goodbye he held her head and said, ‘be strong’.”

“She thought it was a bit strange at the time but didn’t think anything of it.”

“My brother-in-law is a psychopath,” Alawdeen told The Mirror, “He deserves to be punished in hell.”

Inshaf Ibrahim owned Colossus Copper, a manufacturing facility in an industrial estate east of Colombo. The factory, investigators believe, was used to fabricate the suicide vests used in the attack, supplying bolts and screws that filled the devices.

Nine Sri Lankans at the factory, including the manager, were arrested shortly before midnight on Sunday. They worked alongside Indians and Bangladeshi migrant workers.

Saudis Have Head-Chopping Party, “ISIS CENTRAL” Beheads 37 Shiites, Putting One Mutilated Corpse On Public Display

Abdullah Al-Bishi, the Head Saudi Beheader

Those Head-Choppin’ Saudis Are Setting Records This Year

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Saudi Arabia beheads 37 people, mostly from Shia minority, puts body on display

Saudi Arabia beheads 37 people, mostly from Shia minority, puts body on display

Riyadh has drawn outrage from human rights advocates after it put to death 37 people and displayed a mutilated body of one of them on a pole. The execution was carried out after “sham trials,” Amnesty International said.

The ultra-conservative kingdom on Tuesday beheaded 37 of its citizens in its biggest mass execution in three years and first of that scale since Mohammed bin Salman became the heir apparent to the throne in June 2017. AP reported, citing Saudi dissident Ali Al-Ahmed, that at least 34 of those who were executed were members of the country’s Shia minority. According to Al-Ahmed, it became the “largest execution of Shiites in the kingdom’s history.”

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moreThe Saudi Interior Ministry said that the men were subjected to capital punishment for their role in spreading extremist ideologies and establishing terrorist cells. Those executed, the ministry argued, were bent on fueling sectarian tension and plunging the country into chaos. Some were found guilty of killing law enforcement officers, staging attacks against security infrastructure, and assisting an enemy of the state.

A beheaded body of one of the men, reported to be a Sunni militant, was pinned to a pole and put on public display.

While the Saudi government insists that all the executions were perfectly in line with the law, Amnesty International sounded the alarm over what it called a “shocking execution spree.”

Amnesty reported that 11 men were found guilty of spying for Saudi Arabia’s archrival, Iran, while 14 others were sentenced to death for “violent offences” they allegedly committed while taking part in anti-government protests against the Saudi government in 2011-2012.

The protests rocked the country’s Eastern Province, home to the Saudi Shia minority, who demanded an end to anti-Shia discrimination and the release of political prisoners. Riyadh’s crackdown on dissent led to the execution of the leader, Shia cleric Nimr Baqir al-Nimr, in 2016. Al-Nimr was put to death along with 46 other prisoners in the largest mass execution since 1980.

Amnesty further noted that one of the prisoners executed on Tuesday was a young Shia man who had not come of age at the time of his alleged offence. The group said that Abdulkareem al-Hawaj was just 16 when he was arrested and found guilty of crimes linked to his participation in the anti-government protests.

Lynn Maalouf, Amnesty’s Middle East research director, said that the men were convicted after “sham trials” and were forced to confess under torture.

“It is also yet another gruesome indication of how the death penalty is being used as a political tool to crush dissent from within the country’s Shia minority,” she said.

Saudi Arabia have executed over 100 people since the beginning of the year and is on pace to surpass last year’s total – 149.

The World Must Have A Messiah…Any Religion Will Do

I’m on my way to Kabul, Afghanistan. Again. My 38th time to this traumatized country in the past 12 years or so CAI has been active here. The diverse challenges the Trustees of CAI face in managing the various humanitarian projects in this badbakht country is unrelenting and never cease. Most disconcerting is the safety of the 150 orphans under active CAI care. The wellbeing of so many hapless innocent humans would be an enormous undertaking anywhere on earth, and it is, since CAI cares for 400 additional orphans in assorted countries worldwide. But in Afghanistan, with her particular penchant of attracting violence, I cannot be overzealous in my emotions towards these orphans. I’ve known some of these children since they were mere toddlers, almost, so the bond we have developed is special.

As the Emirates Airbus A380 pierces the air at about 550 MPH at the height of 41,000 feet above earth towards a stopover in Dubai, and the movie on the screen in front of me is a yawner, I drift off into a fitful slumber. And my nightmare begins.

I dream I am detached from the aircraft cabin and am aloft outside, floating among the gigantic white fluffy clouds of heaven. It’s a scary feeling for the first few seconds until I realize the clouds hold on my body is solid and unyielding. I enjoy the sensation of the treat, of complete freedom and weightlessness; I giggle in delight. Then, I look down from my birds-eye position of the earth below and what I see puzzles me at first, and then frightens the boohoos out of me.

I see that in the land that I have known as Palestine, there is serenity. Palestinian children carefreely walk to school through olive orchids, hand in hand with their Jewish nationals. Gone are the young indoctrinated armed-to-the-teeth Zionist soldiers who gleefully abused, traumatized and usurped their Palestinian neighbors’ rights and bulldozed their homes.

I see that the skies over Yemen are free of metals spitting fire and terror, killing and maiming at will. The infants and children look well nourished. The mothers’ foreheads are clear of worry-lines and grief from the slaughter of their suckling babies. The men too, with one-half of their mouths budging with ghastly khatt concoction and a hand cradling the customary Janbeeya knife, seem happy, busy with trade and commerce or shoving their mouths with mandis full of succulent fragranced rice and spiced lamb.

I see the women in Afghanistan walk about their cities or villages, unmolested because of their attire. The bazaars of Kabul and Mazar and Herat and Kandahar are crowded with Hazara and Pashtun men, their shops laden with pistachios and badam and saffron, ready for export. There is no thought given to suicide bombers that have claimed so many lives. Gone are the ugly concrete walls that lined every government or prominent building to ward off bombs and death.

I see that Dal Lake in Srinagar is clear of trash and is teeming with tourists from both Pakistan and India, savoring mouthwatering Kashmiri wazwan. That the flower gardens of Srinagar are booked 2 years in advance for Lollywood and Bollywood song shots.

I notice that the Rohingya refugee camp in Cox’s Bazaar I visited so often that left me depressed and heartbroken every time is now deserted and the thick depleted forest cleared to accommodate the camp is now lush. And green. The elephants that used to meander about these lands are back in force. Surprised, I cast an eye to the south and I see them back in their homeland of Myanmar. I recognize some of the orphans that CAI donors had given succor; they look well and contented. Happily, I call out to them, but my voice does not carry, no matter how hard I shout. I give up.

I look over west, to India and Pakistan. The borders are demilitarized! The crumbling infrastructure of both countries look so much healthier. Spending their people’s money in a proper manner? I wonder if both the countries have finally rid themselves of inept leaders and installed heads who have had a university education, at least? Gone are shaven head monks or military clad generals traumatizing their populations. Phew. Finally!

I command the cloud I am lounging on to take me west and I find myself above the continent of my birth – Africa; it is no longer dark and corrupt. The hunger, disease and lack of water in many countries I’d visited and on worked in are now histories. Replaced with prosperity and wellbeing, especially the beautiful children.

In Tanga and Arusha, the places I spent most of my childhood remains the same – happy and carefree, as I had known it. However, at the Khoja centers, there are Black worshippers comingling with the Khojas without acrimony. There are none of the senseless rituals that I was indoctrinated in, especially in Muharram. The mourning for Imam Hussein (a) and his family’s brutal murder is commemorated in a manner that is respectful and befitting the Imam’s (a) supreme mission; by following his deeds. The mandatory pulau, daal gost and haleem still feeds the believers.

My Khojas of planet earth, favored by Allah’s grace in prosperity, intellect and a generous heart in the past, but lost in blindly following grandfathered rites, have finally gotten their act straight. Gone are ‘world’ institutes that are Khoja eccentric and are now embracing the Umma concept that the Prophet (s) advocated.

I get to visit a lot more places in our world in my newfound vehicle, where peace, prosperity, and justice now prevails. I am thrilled, ecstatic, on top of the world, literally. But just as quickly, terror pierces my heart. Isn’t this the time when my Imam (a) would be ruling the world? Isn’t this the prophecy that his reappearance and setting up a world with justice and peace herald the end of the world? Has the Imam (a) appeared and I’ve missed the boat? Have I been in slumber while other lucky ones got to help and abet his mission? I begin crying copious tears of disappointment and frustration. Of shame and guilt. I am so engulfed with grief, I begin struggling for breath.

Sir? Sir? Sir! I hear a female voice yelling at me and firm hands shaking me awake. A pretty Indian stewardess is peering at me, concern clearly showing on her pert face. Sir, you were having a bad dream. It’s okay! Here, have a glass of water…

We Have Broken Iraq and Don’t Know How To Fix It, Or Even Care If It Is Ever Fixed

[1,500 children accused of ISIS affiliation living in Iraq’s horrid detention system]

Iraq: ISIS Child Suspects Arbitrarily Arrested, Tortured

Children Should Be Rehabilitated, Reintegrated

Why Did ISIS Preserve/Protect Jewish Historical Relics In Iraq?

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[WHY ARE THERE SO FEW ISLAMIC STATE RECRUITS FROM ISRAEL?

“Israel is the source for only 60 foreign fighters”]

[Is there any evidence that ISIS is created by Israel?]

 

Jewish heritage survived ‘Islamic State’ in Iraq

Mosul’s Jewish quarter miraculously survived three years of occupation by the “Islamic State” terror group and the battle to evict it. Reporter Judit Neurink and photographer Eddy van Wessel went there to find out how.

    
Hebrew inscriptions in a building in Mosul, Iraq (Eddy van Wessel)

When the Islamic militants of IS were finally routed from the city, most of western Mosul was left in ruins. But not the Jewish quarter. Here too, people are working to restore their houses. However, these are mostly still standing and mainly need repairs and a coat of paint to erase the traces of three years of occupation. While most residents fled the battle to free their neighborhoods of IS, they are now back.

Seventy-two-year-old Imad Fetah, who stands in front of his freshly painted gate, wearing a spotless white dishdasha, a scarf draped over his head, never left..

As he recounts the events of the years of occupation, he points to the blackened remains of a building across the narrow street. The fire was started by IS, he says, after the inhabitants had been ordered to leave. The house, which was built around a covered courtyard in the traditional Mosul style, is badly damaged but can still be restored.

When people realized what IS intended to do to their homes, they started refusing to leave. Fetah stayed put, too. “Daesh destroys old things,” he says sadly, using the local name for IS. It wasn’t only this neighborhood — every monument that did not fit with their strict version of Islam had to go: statues of poets and writers, Sufi places of worship, libraries with unique book collections.

The Islamic militants would only tolerate the things they had a use for, Fetah states. “Like the tunnels in our quarter which the Jews had dug.” The tunnels were built to give the residents an escape route in case of danger. Until the IS takeover, they were likely last used when anti-Jewish riots erupted after the declaration of the state of Israel in 1948.

Most Iraqi Jews then fled the country, and their neighborhoods emptied. Their houses were popular because of the high quality of their construction. But many were neglected in the ensuing years, and the areas gradually changed into slums.

Street vendors in the Jewish quarter of Mosul, Iraq (Eddy van Wessel)The vendors’ wares are too expensive for most people in Mosul’s Jewish quarter

Still, says Imad Fetah, he has lived here happily for many years. All his neighbors are aware of the Jewish history, and they are even proud to live here. In the small supermarket that reopened in the nearby bazaar street, 62-year-old Younis Abdullah confirms this. “My parents bought our home in 1948 from a Jewish family. My 90-year-old mother fondly recounts how she liked our Jewish neighbors and misses them.”

Fear of looters

In Mosul Jews are mainly remembered as ‘good neighbors,’ says Faisal Jeber, director of the Gilgamesh Center for Antiquities and Heritage Protection, while walking through the Jewish quarter. “The negative sentiments all concern the state of Israel.”

One wonders what kept civilians from telling IS about the culturally valuable houses and ruins in the Mahallat al-Yahud, the Jewish Quarter. Amazingly, it survived untouched. The biggest surprise of all is the synagogue. In the 1980s it illegally became the private property of a man who went to live on its grounds. Despite the massive destruction IS wrought in Mosul, the derelict building still stands tall.

Read more: Iraqi historian documents IS atrocities in Mosul

The gate has been boarded up, and an official announcement in red letters on the wall says that trespassing is forbidden as this is a heritage site. But, because its roof is gone, a climb onto surrounding roofs makes it possible to see the synagogue’s interior, with its Hebrew tablets embedded in the walls.

The entryway to the synagogue in Mosul's Jewish Quarter is blocked with bars to prevent looting (Eddy van Wessel)The entryway to the synagogue is blocked with bars to prevent looting

Even though IS used both the synagogue and an old school nearby to store weapons and ammunitions, three of the Hebrew tablets disappeared only after liberation, after a Mosul historian shared his happiness on Twitter that the synagogue had escaped destruction. That’s why Faisal Jeber is not especially keen on the warning against trespassing, as it might inspire professional souvenir hunters.

It is a minor miracle that the neighborhood survived IS relatively unscratched. Jeber thanks the derelict state of the houses for this and asserts that the Hebrew tablets had gone undiscovered because most of the IS members in Mosul were illiterate.

But inhabitants point out that IS wanted them out of the neighborhood for the very reason that it was Jewish, and therefore considered haram, forbidden. And that it was mainly saved by its inhabitants’ refusal to have their homes taken from them and burned down, however scared they may have been.

American protection

And then there is the fact that the neighborhood survived the bombings rather well compared to most of western Mosul. That seems to have been mainly thanks to the Americans. Well aware of the value of Mosul’s Jewish heritage, they had marked it on their maps.

A scene of destruction in Mosul, Iraq (Eddy van Wessel)The Jewish quarter survived IS in far better shape than other parts of Mosul

“In 2004, I saw an American officer walking through the quarters,” recounts Saad Rachawi, 56, as he leads the visitors up onto his roof to look at the Jewish school opposite. IS stored weapons there, he says, which scared him badly. Elsewhere in Mosul, those schools became targets for the coalition fighting IS. But here, nothing happened — because of the American’s visit 14 years ago, he thinks. “He had a map of the neighborhood and was making notes on it.”

He must have been referring to Carlos C. Huerta, a rabbi with the US troops in Mosul after the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003. In a blog, Huerta reported how he discovered the synagogue there. “My heart broke as I climbed over the garbage piles that filled the room where, for hundreds of years, the prayers of Jews had reached the heavens. I realized I was probably the first Jew to enter this holy place in over 50 years.” The garbage is still there

Last year Saad Rachawi once again saw Americans near his house, when they came to the school after IS had been expelled from Mosul. “They used robots to remove all those explosives.”

New threats to Jewish heritage

Now that IS no longer poses a threat, new ones have appeared. Even though housing prices have fallen by 50 percent, owners are having to sell their properties for lack of money after having survived IS rule. Faisal Jeber fears that bargain hunters will buy the houses in order to demolish them, rebuild and make a profit. Important heritage will be lost, he warns.

His fears center on the synagogue, which has been put on the market for $2 million (€1.8 million). The amount is far too high, Jeber says. “We want to buy the premises, or even rent them, to base our headquarters there. We’re looking for funding, so we can return the building to the community.” At the same time, he is considering starting legal proceedings in the courts, as the synagogue was government property and should never had been sold to a private owner.

People walk past a destroyed building in Mosul, Iraq (Eddy van Wessel)Rebuilding Mosul will take years

Jeber’s dream is to return the derelict quarter to its former glory. “That would be important for raising awareness that the Jewish quarter is an inseparable part of Mosul. For a long time, people tried to erase the Jews from our history. But it is our heritage, our identity and our true history.”

Yet as if to illustrate the difficulty of his plight, soon after the interview, and after showing an Iraqi Jew living abroad around in Mosul, Jeber was picked up by Iraqi security police for allegedly spying for Israel and interrogated for over two months. Finally the charges against him were dropped. It shows how deeply the distrust of Jews is rooted in Iraqi society.

Jeber has since left the city.