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Fox News: Huge US Weapons Cache Stolen in Libya Now in al-Qaida Hands.


U.S. officials said on Wednesday that a huge cache of American weapons stolen in Libya over the summer was far larger than once thought. The weapons are now with al-Qaida and other terrorist groups linked to the Muslim Brotherhood, according to news reports
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“The theft of these weapons and the open borders are feeding al-Qaida and the Muslim Brotherhood and threatens Libya’s neighbors as well,” one official told Fox News. “It’s already bad — and now it’s really bad.”

The highly sensitive military equipment was stolen in overnight raids on a military training post used by U.S. Special Forces outside Tripoli.  The 12-member team was pulled from Libya in August because of the thefts.

“It’s not just equipment … it’s the capability,” the official told Fox on Wednesday. “You are giving these very dangerous groups the capability that only a few nations are capable of.

“Already, assassinations are picking up in Tripoli and there are major worries that the militias are using this stolen equipment to their advantage,” the official added. “All these militias are tied into terrorist organizations.”

The missing equipment now includes dozens of highly armored vehicles, called GMVs, State Department and military sources, who asked not to be named, told Fox. Outfitted with GPS technology, the vehicles have weapon mounts and can accommodate smoke-grenade launchers, they said.

The vehicles that were provided to the Libyan rebels are now gone, the officials told Fox.

In addition, about 100 Glock pistols and more than 100 M4 rifles are missing, Fox reports, but the officials said they were most troubled at the discovery that nearly every set of night-vision goggles the U.S. forces had at the training post were also taken.

This advanced technology provides an edge on the battlefield, they told Fox.

© 2013 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

By Todd Beamon

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Egypt Court Bans All Muslim Brotherhood Activities.


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CAIRO — An Egyptian court on Monday banned the Muslim Brotherhood from carrying out any activities in the country and ordered the seizure of the group’s funds, widening a campaign to debilitate the Islamist movement of deposed President Mohammed Morsi.

“The court bans the activities of the Muslim Brotherhood organization and its nongovernmental organization and all the activities that it participates in and any organization derived from it,” said the presiding judge Mohammed al-Sayed.

The court ordered the government to seize the Brotherhood’s funds and administer its frozen assets.

The army-backed government is waging the toughest crackdown in decades on the Islamist group, which says it has a million members. Security forces killed hundreds of its supporters and rounded up thousands more since Morsi was deposed by the army on July 3 after mass protests against his rule.

The Brotherhood won parliamentary and presidential elections after veteran autocrat Hosni Mubarak was overthrown in 2011.

Army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi‘s toppling of Morsi triggered a political crisis in the Arab world‘s most populous state, with the Brotherhood insisting that a military coup robbed them of power.

The court decision is likely to drive more Brotherhood members underground and it may encourage young Islamists to take up arms against the state.

© 2013 Thomson/Reuters. All rights reserved.

Source: NEWSmax.com

Egypt Bans Muslim Brotherhood Terror Group.


Obama’s foreign policy implosion

In a stinging rebuke to US president Barack Obama’s support of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt has just passed a law and made it a crime to be a member of said group in any way, shape or form. Looks like its back to the drawing board for Obama’s master plan of creating a Muslim Brotherhood-based country.

Are you listening, America?

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court on Monday ordered the Muslim Brotherhood to be banned and its assets confiscated in a dramatic escalation of a crackdown by the military-backed government against supporters of the ousted Islamist president Mohammed Morsi.

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Every Egyptian is well aware of US president Barack Obama’s fervent support for the Muslim Brotherhood, even if American media won’t report on it.

The ruling opens the door for a wider crackdown on the vast network of the Brotherhood, which includes social organizations that have been key for building the group’s grassroots support and helping its election victories. The verdict banned the group itself – including the official association it registered under earlier this year – as well as “any institution branching out of it or … receiving financial support from it,” according to the court ruling, made public on Egypt’s state official news agency MENA.

The judge at the Cairo Court for Urgent Matters also ordered the “confiscation of all the group’s money, assets, and buildings” and said that an independent committee should be formed by the Cabinet to manage the money until final court orders are issued. The verdict can be appealed.

The Brotherhood was outlawed for most of its 85 years in existence. But after the 2011 ouster of autocrat Hosni Mubarak, it was allowed to work openly, formed a political party and rose to power in a string of post-Mubarak elections. In March, it registered as a recognized non-governmental organization.

“This is totalitarian decision,” leading group member Ibrahim Moneir said in an interview with Qatari-based Al-Jazeera Mubashir Misr TV. “You are losers and it (the Brotherhood) will remain with God’s help, not by the orders by the judiciary of el-Sissi,” he added, referring to military chief Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who led the overthrow of Morsi on July 3.

The court did not immediately make public the grounds for its ruling. The verdict came in a suit raised by lawyers from the leftist party Tagammu party, accusing the Brotherhood of being a “terrorist” and “exploiting religion in political slogans.” Several other courts are looking into similar suits. source – AP.

by Geoffrey Grider

Islamists to Egyptian Christians: ‘Convert, Go Broke or Die’.


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Egyptian Christians stand amid destruction caused by Muslim Brotherhood supporters. (Open Doors)

Egypt is still upside-down and sideways.

Nearly a month after a state of emergency was declared, the interim government has extended the order by two months.

This action gives security forces greater powers of arrest. In mid-August, authorities and protestors clashed violently over the ouster of President Mohammed Morsi. That led to a backlash of violence that claimed nearly 1,000 lives in the days that followed, with Christians targeted as the scapegoat.

Open Doors CEO David Curry says, “Some of these extremist groups think that Christianity itself—the very existence of it—is problematic, so they’re trying to snuff it out. So there’s a confluence of events, which is making it very, very dangerous to be a follower of Jesus in Egypt.”

Ever since the state of emergency was declared, a nighttime curfew has also been in effect in much of the country. With that in place, how did Islamists manage the takeover of a Christian village in the south? Police can’t be everywhere and can’t protect everyone, Curry says. The lack of protection is especially dangerous for the residents in Dalga, which was taken over by hardliners a couple of weeks ago.

“There are about 20,000 believers that have an enclave there [in Dalga], and they gather together and they go to church. They want to worship in freedom,” Curry says.

What’s more, since the siege began, word has leaked that the Muslim Brotherhood has demanded the Christians recant, pay a “jizya” or suffer the consequences.

“They’re literally being taxed until and unless they convert to Islam,” Curry says. “So there’s a tax levied. If you don’t pay the tax, you’re going to be attacked, you’re going to be punished, and your property is going to be attacked.”

The “jizya” is a kind of tax that Islamic law requires religious minorities to pay Muslims. The amounts demanded are ruinous.

“We’re talking about real money in terms of the Egyptian lifestyle,” Curry says. “It may be that a person is made to choose between holding on to their faith and being martyred for their faith.”

Already, Muslims in southern Egypt have killed two Christian men for failing to pay the tax. Voice of the Martyrs reports that a Muslim man demanded a Christian in a village in Assiut pay him nearly $1,500. Muslims have also forced at least 140 Coptic Christians to pay 200 Egyptian pounds daily (US $30). When you consider that roughly 40 percent of Egyptians live on less than $2 a day, there aren’t many who can remain in their hometowns safely. Forty Coptic Christian families have left as a result of the tax.

Still, Curry says there have been reports of people coming to Christ.

“The Christian faith is vibrant, and it’s going to find its fruition because people are seeking answers, and they’re not looking for political answers,” he says.

Additionally, followers of Christ have something that piques curiosity in times like these.

“When people are introduced to Jesus, there’s peace,” Curry says. “There’s life there. That’s what we want for them. Certainly, there are still great things happening even in the midst of this difficulty and in this persecution.”

Open Doors’ partners are careful when they respond to needs in the area.

“Open Doors is asking everybody to pray for Egypt, to support the believers there. We’re on the ground trying to help these churches. We’re rebuilding churches. We’re trying to help pastors,” Curry says.

This article originally appeared on mnnonline.org.

Source: CHARISMA NEWS.

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Moderate Islamic Jihadists: What’s Wrong With That Phrase?.


 

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‘Moderate’ isn’t a word too often associated with Islamic jihadists. (ACLJ)

As the administration contemplates launching an itty-bitty, teeny-weeny cruise missile strike, a “change the momentum of the ground” blitz or grabbing the Russian lifeline, it’s worth reading this little window into its analysis. Here’s a key sentence from an NBC News report on the extremist elements amongst the rebels:

“Most of the groups battling against Assad are composed of Islamist fighters, but only a small minority could accurately be characterized as extremist,” a U.S. official told NBC News, speaking on background.

Ah yes, the mythical moderate Islamist jihadist. Paging Andrew McCarthy. His piece three days ago was spot-on:

“Even worse, the Obama Left and the GOP’s McCain wing are applying Washington’s lunatic definition of ‘moderate.’ By this thinking, the Islamic ummah is divided into two camps: an al-Qaeda fringe in one, and in the other the teeming millions of ‘moderate,’ tolerant, peace-loving ‘democracy’ activists. In this fantasy, the Muslim Brotherhood—whose name the Beltway strains to avoid uttering in discussions of Syria—is moderate; and never you mind the bloody catastrophe the Brothers have wrought in nearby Egypt over the last few weeks and months.

“In truth, the Brotherhood is an implacably Islamic-supremacist organization that is ‘moderate’ only by comparison with al-Qaeda, and, even then, only if we are talking about al-Qaeda’s methodology of full-time savagery—the Brothers are part-timers who, unlike al-Qaeda, think violent jihad is just one item on the sharia-installation menu. As far as ideology goes—i.e., the imperative that sharia be installed—the two are on exactly the same page. If anything, the Brotherhood’s influence over the ‘oppositionists’ is even greater than al-Qaeda’s. The Brothers are the antithesis of moderate. They are anti-American (though they’ll happily take our help before using it against us), anti-democratic (though they’ll happily hold popular elections in Muslim-majority countries), and rabidly anti-Semitic.”

Exactly right. And now the administration is admitting it is counting Islamist fighters amongst the allegedly friendly majority of so-called moderate rebels. This fact should be broadcast far and wide. A “moderate” majority fighting force exists only in the administration’s fondest ideological dreams.

Source: CHARISMA NEWS.

DAVID FRENCH/ACLJ

Egypt Christians Killed for Not Paying ‘Jizya’ Tax.


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Muslims in southern Egypt are demanding Christians pay them ‘jizya,’ a kind of tax that Islamic law requires religious minorities to pay Muslims. (CBN News)

Muslims in southern Egypt killed two Christian men for failing to pay them protection money.

Muslims in the area are demanding Christians pay them “jizya,” a kind of tax that Islamic law requires religious minorities to pay Muslims.

However, the tax is so high many Christians simply can’t afford it.

The Voice of the Martyrs reports that a Muslim man demanded a Christian in a village in Assiut pay him nearly $1,500.

The Christian sought help from local police but to no avail.

When he failed to come up with the money, several Muslims went to his home and shot him and his cousin to death.

Source: CHARISMA NEWS.

CBN NEWS

In Further Islamist Crackdown, Egypt to Dissolve Brotherhood NGO.


CAIRO — Egypt’s army-backed government has decided to dissolve the Muslim Brotherhood as a registered nongovernmental organization (NGO) , a state-run newspaper reported on Friday, pressing a crackdown on deposed President Mohammed Morsi‘s movement.

The decision applies to the NGO registered by the Brotherhood in March in response to a lawsuit that argued the group had no legal status.

It marks a mostly symbolic legal blow to Morsi’s group as the authorities round up its members in the harshest crackdown in decades.

“The minister’s decision has in fact been issued but it will be announced at the start of next week in a press conference,” Al-Akhbar newspaper quoted Hany Mahana, spokesman for the minister of social solidarity, as saying.

The Brotherhood won parliamentary and presidential elections after veteran autocrat Hosni Mubarak was overthrown in 2011 but the army deposed Morsi on July 3 in response to mass protests against his rule.

The security forces have killed hundreds of Morsi’s supporters and arrested many of its leaders on charges of inciting violence. There has so far been no attempt to ban its political wing, the Freedom and Justice Party.

Al-Akhbar said Social Solidarity Minister Ahmed el-Boraie’s decision to dissolve the group as an NGO stemmed from accusations that the Brotherhood had used its headquarters to fire and store weapons and explosives.

Though formally outlawed under Mubarak, the Brotherhood was grudgingly tolerated for much of his presidency, taking part in parliamentary elections and operating a charity network that helped to it to become Egypt‘s biggest political party.

The Brotherhood was founded in 1928 but formally dissolved by Egypt’s army rulers in 1954. The group’s opponents drew on that to argue the Brotherhood remained an illegal movement even after Mubarak’s downfall.

In response, the Brotherhood decided to shore up its legal standing by formally registering as an NGO.

© 2013 Thomson/Reuters. All rights reserved.
Source: NEWSmax.com

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