A liberal Muslim scholar who had been accused of blasphemy for a speech he gave during a visit to the United States was shot and killed in Karachi on Thursday, the city police said.
The scholar, Muhammad Shakil Auj, was the dean of Islamic studies at the state-run University of Karachi.
Unidentified gunmen on a motorbike attacked the vehicle he was riding in on his way to a reception at his honor at the Iranian Consulate.
Dr. Auj was shot in the head and neck and died immediately, officials said. A female student in the back of the car was shot in the arm and was treated at a hospital.
A 30-year-old Yemen-born man was indicted Tuesday on charges of attempting to provide support to the terrorist group Islamic State, along with the attempted murder of current and former members of the U.S. military.
Mufid A. Elfgeeh, who had been living in Rochester, was named in the seven-count federal indictment, which also included four firearms charges.
As part of an alleged plot to target soldiers returning from Iraq, the suspect earlier this year “purchased two handguns equipped with…silencers and ammunition” for $1,050 from a government source, court documents stated.
Are we about to see another replay the “Mighty Foreign Dragon vs Local Snake” paradigm?
In one of the Islamic State’s first responses to President Barack Obama’s declaration that he would “degrade and ultimately destroy” it, the group released a video late Tuesday in which it appeared to say that its militants would kill U.S. ground forces should Obama deploy them.
The clip is only 52 seconds long and is billed as a preview for a longer video. With slow-motion replay, quick edits and high-quality video images, it looks like a Hollywood studio trailer.
It begins with U.S. tanks and troops under attack by fire and U.S. soldiers carrying a wounded comrade into an armored vehicle.
The images flick by, including a shot of the “Mission Accomplished” banner that served as a backdrop on the day president George W. Bush landed on an aircraft carrier six weeks after the United States invaded Iraq in 2003. That is followed by shots of Obama and the White House at night.
Interesting interview of Morten Storm, a Danish convert to Islam who claims to have volunteered as a double agent for the CIA and the PET after he became trusted by Anwar al-Alwaki but later disillusioned with Islam. He takes credit for setting up al-Alwaki with a European wife as part of a CIA honey trap, and for contributing the intel that delivered al-Alwaki’s death. He alleges the CIA would not pay him the $5 million bounty, so he co-wrote a tell-all book with CNN contributors/terrorism analysts Paul Cruickshank and Tim Lister.
(CNN) — Two worlds. Two identities and the ever-present, very real risk of death.
That was the life of Morten Storm, a radical Islamist turned double agent, who’s now lifting the lid on some of the world’s best-kept secrets.
His life is the stuff of spy novels, and he talks about it in his book: “Agent Storm: My Life Inside al Qaeda and the CIA,” co-authored by CNN terrorism analyst Paul Cruickshank and Tim Lister. Both men are CNN contributors.
He also recently sat down with CNN Senior International Correspondent Nic Robertson.
“I had these different names. I had different personalities,” Storm said. “I was Morten Storm, Murad Storm, Abu Osama, Abu Mujahid.”
He was so trusted by senior al Qaeda leaders he once fixed one up with a European wife, all the while — Storm claims — working for Western intelligence agencies.
“For half a decade, I moved back and forth between two worlds and two identities — when one misplaced sentence could have cost me my life,” he writes in the book. “Traveling between atheism and hardline Islam, English and Arabic.”
“It’s some kind of schizophrenic lifestyle,” he said.
The Islamic State has released video that shows the beheading of a British hostage and appears intended as a threat to countries backing military action in the Middle East.
The video identifies the victim as aid worker David Haines, who went missing last year while working in Syria for an international aid agency.
The beheading is the third videotaped and posted in the past month by Islamic State. It has similar visual characteristics to videos showing the beheadings of two American journalists, James Foley and Steven Sotloff. In those videos, the insurgent group warned President Obama there would be consequences if the U.S. did not stop airstrikes in Iraq.
The leader of an ultraconservative Islamic rebel group in Syria was killed Tuesday in a suicide bombing along with other of its top officials, its allies said, weakening the ranks of the country’s already shaky armed opposition.
No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack that killed Hassan Aboud and other leading members of Ahrar al-Sham, part of the strongest front that challenged the Islamic State group, which holds wide swaths of territory in Iraq and Syria. But given that forces loyal to President Bashar Assad’s government do not typically use suicide bombers, it appeared likely that forces in the murky mix of opposition fighters in Syria’s 3-year-old civil war were involved.
The attack struck a high-level meeting of Ahrar al-Sham, or The Islamic Movement of Free Men of the Levant in English, held in the northwestern town of Ram Hamdan in the Syrian province of Idlib, one of its strongholds. A statement from the group said the blast killed Aboud, also known by the nom de guerre Abu Abdullah al-Hamwi, along with 11 other top leaders.
The new ISIS bucket challenge.
I think perhaps if I had done it better it could take off.
Large terror groups do not exist in a vacuum, and if you dig into the origins and roots of most large Islamist terror groups you will find one Islamic monarchy or another supporting them.
Standing at the front of a conference hall in Doha, the visiting sheikh told his audience of wealthy Qataris that to help the battered residents of Syria, they should not bother with donations to humanitarian programs or the Western-backed Free Syrian Army.
“Give your money to the ones who will spend it on jihad, not aid,” implored the sheikh, Hajaj al-Ajmi, recently identified by the United States government as a fund-raiser for Al Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate.
Qatar is a tiny, petroleum-rich Persian Gulf monarchy where the United States has its largest military base in the Middle East. But for years it has tacitly consented to open fund-raising by Sheikh Ajmi and others like him. After his pitch, which he recorded in 2012 and which still circulates on the Internet, a sportscaster from the government-owned network, Al Jazeera, lauded him. “Sheikh Ajmi knows best” about helping Syrians, the sportscaster, Mohamed Sadoun El-Kawary, declared from the same stage.
President Barack Obama will begin laying out a strategy this week to defeat Islamic State militants in the Middle East, meeting with congressional leaders tomorrow and giving a speech on Wednesday, the eve of the 13th anniversary of the deadliest terrorist attack on US soil.
Obama disclosed his plans during an interview broadcast yesterday on NBC’s Meet the Press.
“I just want the American people to understand the nature of the threat and how we’re going to deal with it, and to have confidence that we’ll be able to deal with it,” he said at the White House shortly after his return from a Nato summit in Wales where the Islamic State threat was a key topic of discussion.
Obama restated his opposition to sending US ground troops to engage in direct combat with the militants, who have laid claim to large swathes of territory in Iraq, targeted religious and ethnic minority groups, and threatened US personnel and interests in the region.