Militants associated with the Islamic State terrorist group are claiming responsibility for the abduction of 21 Egyptian Christians in Libya, according to a statement received by the SITE Intelligence Group.
"Urgent. Soldiers of the Islamic State captured 21 Christian crusaders," the statement reads, which included three pictures showing only 20 captured Coptic Christians.
The statement did not specify when the captives were abducted but a spokesman for the Egyptian foreign ministry, Badr Abdel Atti, confirmed to AFP that at least 20 Egyptians were abducted in two separate incidents in Libya and they "are still being detained" by their captors. more >>
Al-Qaida's branch in Yemen said on Wednesday that it's responsible for the terror attack in Paris last week that left 12 people dead following a shooting at satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo. In a video the group's top commander, Nasr al-Ansi, said that the killings "sooth the pain" that Charlie Hebdo caused for its cartoons of the Muslim prophet Muhammad.
"As for the blessed battle of Paris, we, the organisation of al-Qaeda al Jihad in the Arabian Peninsula, claim responsibility for this operation as vengeance for the messenger of God," al-Ansi says in the 11-minute video, according to Reutuers.
"Congratulations to you, the nation of Islam, for this revenge that has soothed our pain. Congratulations to you for these brave men who blew off the dust of disgrace and lit the torch of glory in the darkness of defeat and agony." more >>
No, he hasn't stepped down from the presidency, but President Barack Obama has effectively abdicated his role as "Leader of the Free World." With the headlines in newspapers all over the world focusing on the leaders who gathered in Paris for the massive solidarity march last weekend, the absence of President Obama—and any other top administration official—could not have been more glaring.
This was not a case of "leading from behind." Former President Theodore Roosevelt famously led from behind in the 1910 London funeral march for King Edward VII. Placed in the last rank of world monarchs and heads of state, TR nonetheless commanded attention from the sheer force of his personality—and by his presence.
No, this was a case of abdication. President Obama was expected to be there. His absence spoke volumes. Instead of showing solidarity with the French in their hour of agony, he watched football on TV. more >>
With Islamic extremist attacks seemingly happening throughout the world on a regular basis, the president of Egypt, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, delivered a groundbreaking New Year's Day speech at the highly-prestigious, 1000-year-old Al-Azhar University and urged Muslim imams to change radical rhetoric and lead a "religious revolution" that embraces peace.
With extremists groups like the Islamic State, Boko Haram, and Al Qaeda killing thousands of innocent people in addition to the increase of radical attacks in other parts of the world, most in the international community no longer view Islam as "religion of peace," al-Sisi stated.
"Is it possible that 1.6 billion [Muslims] should want to kill the rest of the world's inhabitants – that is 7 billion—so that they themselves may live? Impossible!" al-Sisi asserted. "I say and repeat again that we are in need of a religious revolution. You, imams, are responsible before Allah. The entire world, I say it again, the entire world is waiting for your next move… because this umma [international Muslim community] is being torn, it is being destroyed, it is being lost – and it is being lost by our own hands." more >>
Before radical Islamic terrorists attacked the offices of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris last Wednesday, which left 12 people dead, including the publication's editor and four cartoonists, the controversial magazine had already sustained a firebomb attack by Muslims in 2011, and was sued 13 times by Catholic organizations for its offensive depictions of popes, Jesus Christ and the Holy Trinity.
The Catholic groups reportedly filed the lawsuits in reaction to several offensive covers that depict Christian figures, such as the Holy Trinity and Pope Benedict XVI, in compromising positions. One of the covers features an older man as God, a drawing of Jesus, and something that resembles the eye of horus meant to be the Holy Spirit, all engaged in sodomy. The drawing was intended to mock the Catholic Church's opposition to gay marriage.
Another cover features what appears to be Benedict XVI uttering the words "God doesn't exist! That turd! I had my doubts!" more >>
The brother of murdered police officer Ahmed Merabet, who was shot dead by terrorists who attacked the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris has spoken out and denounced the killers as "pretend" Muslims.
"My brother was Muslim and he was killed by people who pretend to be Muslims," Malek Merabet told the Huffington Post. "They are terrorists, that's it. Islam is a religion of peace and love. As far as my brother's death is concerned it was a waste. He was very proud of the name Ahmed Merabet, proud to represent the police and of defending the values of the Republic—liberty, equality, fraternity."
Ahmed's lifeless body was shown on TV screens across the world as the Kouachi brothers continued their deadly assault. He was reportedly injured and then murdered by Cherif and Said as they moved towards the Charlie Hebdo offices in order to "avenge the Prophet." The two were reportedly upset at the way images of the Prophet had been portrayed in the satirical paper. They were able to elude police and hide in the woods before emerging, taking a woman hostage, and eventually holing up in a print manufacturing building. The standoff came to an end when they came out of the building and fired at police; police fired back, killing the brothers. more >>