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Good job Obama. Terrorists are more powerful than ever.
Good job Obama. Terrorists are more powerful than ever.
(CNSNews.com) – The world’s two most dangerous Islamic terror groups appear to be joining forces.
A statement purportedly by al-Qaeda’s Yemen-based branch -- al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula -- expresses support for the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS/ISIL), the Yemen Times reported on Tuesday.
“We announce solidarity with our Muslim brothers in Iraq against the crusade. Their blood and injuries are ours and we will surely support them,” the newspaper quoted the AQAP statement as saying.
“We stand by the side of our Muslim brothers in Iraq against the American and Iranian conspiracy and their agents of the apostate Gulf rulers.”
The statement went on to offer ISIS fighters tips on how to avoid airstrikes, like those President Obama ordered against the jihadists in northern Iraq 12 days ago.
“Based on our experience with drones, we advise our brothers in Iraq to be cautious about spies among them because they are a key factor in setting goals; be cautious about dealing with cellphones and internet networks; do not gather in large numbers or move in large convoys; spread in farms or hide under trees in the case of loud humming of warplanes; and dig sophisticated trenches because they reduce the impact of shelling,” the statement said.
The U.S. considers AQAP the most active of the various al-Qaeda affiliates, and has long conducted a campaign of drone strikes against the group.
ISIS meanwhile has been viewed as a growing threat to the United States. Last January, ISIS leader Ibrahim al-Badri (aka Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi) warned the U.S. that the group would soon be “in direct confrontation” with America, and the threats have increased since the airstrikes began this month.
Wire services reported Monday on an ISIS video featuring a statement warning that it will attack Americans “in any place” and vowing, “we will drown all of you in blood.”
On Tuesday ISIS posted a video showing the beheading of an American journalist who went missing in Syria in 2012, and threatened to kill another U.S. journalist it holds captive, unless the airstrikes stop. It also warned Obama that his actions “will result in the bloodshed of your people.”
If authentic, an AQAP statement in support of ISIS would be significant since al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri publicly disavowed ISIS last year, after al-Badri made a bid for leadership of all al-Qaeda elements among the anti-Assad forces in Syria.
At the time the presumably Pakistan-based Zawahiri declared the al-Nusrah Front to be the only al-Qaeda affiliate engaged in the anti-Assad campaign, and instructed al-Badri to stick to Iraq. The order was ignored, and ISIS continued its violent operations in both Syria and Iraq.
Ever since ISIS last June declared a “caliphate” across areas in controls in both countries and called on Muslims everywhere to pledge loyalty to al-Badri – now calling himself “Caliph Ibrahim” – observers have been closely watching the response from al-Qaeda and other jihadist groups.
Al-Nusrah and other groups quickly rejected the caliphate declaration, as did some leading radical Sunni figures, including the Qatar-based cleric Yusef al-Qaradawi, the Muslim Brotherhood’s spiritual leader. AQAP’s response has been awaited, as has one from Zawahiri himself.
Some experts have warned that as ISIS’ notoriety grows, al-Qaeda may seek to carry out a major terrorist attack to demonstrate its ongoing ability and relevance, with AQAP seen as the most likely affiliate to do so.
On Sunday, House Intelligence Committee chairman Mike Rogers gave a similar warning, and mentioned plotting in Yemen in particular.
AQAP attempted to bomb a Detroit-bound aircraft on Christmas Day 2009, but the would-be bomber was restrained after trying detonate explosives hidden in his underwear. In October 2010 the group failed in a bid to ship bombs to the U.S., hidden in packages on commercial cargo planes.
Yemen Times quoted a Yemeni strategic affairs specialist as saying some AQAP members were in Syria and Iraq, affiliated with ISIS, while some ISIS gunmen were training al-Qaeda fighters in Yemen.
Saeed Al-Jamhi said AQAP appeared to be divided over ISIS, with one faction supporting it and another not.
The faction supportive of ISIS, he said, was headed by Jalal Baleedi, an AQAP terrorist blamed for the abduction earlier this month of 14 Yemeni soldiers. Photos and video subsequently released showed some of the soldiers being beheaded.
Attorney-General Eric Holder voiced “extreme” concerns last month about a rising terror threat from Yemen, specifically intelligence that AQAP bomb makers were in Syria joining forces with jihadists there.
“That’s a deadly combination,” Holder said at the time, “where you have people who have the technical knowhow along with the people who have this kind of fervor to give their lives in support of a cause that is directed at the United States and directed at its allies. And it’s something that gives us really extreme, extreme concern.”
Al-Qaeda terrorists in Yemen and Saudi Arabia established AQAP in 2009 and the State Department designated the affiliate as a foreign terrorist organization early the following year.
According to data compiled by the non-partisan New America Foundation, as many as 96 militants have been killed in Yemen by U.S. drone strikes targeting AQAP this year alone.
A few years ago, the terrorist organization Hamas, sent a gift to the President of Israel in an elaborate box with a note.
After having the box checked for safety reasons,
the President of Israel, Mr. Shimon Peres, opened the box and saw that the content was feces.
He opened the note which said "For you and the proud people of Israel."
Being a wise and experienced person, he decided to reciprocate, sending Hamas a very pretty package and a note.
The leaders of Hamas were very surprised to receive the parcel and opened it very carefully suspecting that it might contain a bomb.
But to their surprise they saw that it contained a tiny computer "chip.
The chip was rechargeable with solar energy, had a 1800 Terabyte memory and could output a 3D hologram display capable of functioning in any type of cellular phone, tablet or laptop.
It was one of the world's most advanced technologies.
Invented and produced in Israel.
The accompanying note to the Hamas leaders stated very courteously...
" Every leader gives the best his people can produce "
They say it's just too dangerous! The looney left is at it again!!!!!!!!
A Virginia university has decided to stop calling its newspaper “The Bullet” over concerns that the name was so insensitive and inappropriate that it could even make people violent.
The University of Mary Washington’s 96-year-old newspaper will now be calledThe Blue and Gray Press.
“The editorial board felt that the paper’s name, which alludes to ammunition for an artillery weapon, propagated violence and did not honor our school’s history in a sensitive manner,” newspaper staff said in a release issued Monday.
“The board intends to remain faithful to the history our university stands upon, and we continue to honor this history both in a respectful and meaningful way.”
This lady goes to my Church and should be an inspiration to everyone. God gives you gifts, all you have to do is listen to Him. Even the deaf can hear the Word of God.
ABERNATHY — Keri Moore’s most-used phrase as a child was, “I can do it myself.”
It didn’t matter that she was born deaf.
Now a math teacher at Abernathy Middle School and the district’s newest Teacher of the Year, Moore wants her students to live by that philosophy too, she said in an interview Monday.
When Moore was 2 years old, a doctor said she would never function in the hearing world, Moore’s parents, Raymond and Martha Sue Lusk, said in a written statement.
“We decided that she deserved the chance to try,” they wrote. “Her innate intelligence, determination, strong will and ability to lip-read quickly proved that doctor wrong. Keri has always used her lack of hearing as a challenge to do better.”
Moore is glad her parents gave her that chance, and it’s ultimately the motivation behind her career choice.
“The last thing I want to hear is you can’t do this,” Moore tells her students. “If I can do it, you can do it.”
Moore, 41, has undergone speech therapy for most of her life. Despite the doctor’s suggestion that she be put in a deaf-only institution, Moore attended public schools in her hometown of Lockney and later Wellman, where she participated in basketball, track and cheerleading and graduated as the salutatorian of her high school class. She never learned sign language but focused instead on her speech and reading lips.
“I think my parents did a good job of making me feel as normal as possible,” Moore said. “I think a lot of people had doubt about me. My parents never said, ‘You can’t do that because you’re deaf.’ ”
Moore began teaching in Abernathy in 2007 when her husband accepted the youth minister position with the Quaker Avenue Church of Christ in Lubbock.
Going into her eighth school year with the district and her 15th overall, she’ll be teaching math and algebra to eighth-graders, including her son, seventh-grade math and pre-Advanced Placement math in addition to coaching cheerleading.
Moore said she likes math because it’s visual and wants to change people’s negative feelings toward the subject.
Even though she wears a hearing aid, Moore is careful not to turn her back to her students so she doesn’t miss when they ask her a question.
If it makes teaching more challenging, Moore said she wouldn’t know. A self-proclaimed “tough teacher,” Moore joked it may even be sparing her from hearing them talk about her.
Abernathy Middle School Principal Bill Black praised Moore’s teaching abilities and her tenacity.
“The thing about Keri — she teaches bell to bell, Monday through Friday, 177 days a year,” Black said. “She was very high expectations for her students as well as herself.”
Her principal said Moore is a learner herself and is always proactively seeking best practices for her classroom.
“She has gotten great results on the (State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness) test by teaching standards to an in-depth and rigorous level,” he said, clarifying that is not the only or most important reason for her Teacher of the Year title.
Moore said she was shocked she received the award, which came with a trophy and $1,000 from First State Bank.
“It hasn’t hit me yet,” Moore said when asked if she’d thought about how to spend the money. “Probably savings. My son is trying to convince me to put it toward his college fund.”
But even though she’s a little richer and it could be argued she’s overcome great challenges, Moore feels she’s just a regular person.
“I don’t think my life is that interesting,” she said. “For me, I am who I am. I don’t know any different.”
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