6.4 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Taiwan – Multiple Buildings Collapse – Casualties Unknown (Pictures/Video)

Multiple Buildings Collapse, Casualties Unknown In 6.4 Quake In Taiwan – Russia Today

Multiple buildings, including a residential tower, have collapsed after a powerful 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck southern Taiwan early on Saturday. Authorities in the affected city have formed an emergency response center.

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A building has half collapsed in Tainan as a result of the quake, with fire brigades now on their way to the site, Liu Shih-chung, Tainan City Government official, told Reuters.

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The quake was initially reported as a magnitude 6.7.

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The epicenter of the quake was located at a shallow depth of 6.2 miles (10 km), some 19 miles (31 km) east-southeast of Tainan, the USGS said.

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There have so far been no reports about casualties or the destruction caused by the disaster. But the quake has been described as “enormous” and “a big one” on social media.

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Local authorities in Tainan have said that they have formed an emergency response center following the quake.

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Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau also measured a second quake of 4.3 magnitude in Tainan, Reuters reported.

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The USGS has warned that a magnitude 6.4 earthquake is capable of causing “severe damage.”
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One Dead, 15 Injured In Manhattan After Massive Crane Plummets At Least 15 Stories Onto Parked Cars

Massive Construction Crane Collapse In Lower Manhattan Smashes Line Of Cars And Leaves At Least One Pedestrian Dead, 15 Injured – Daily Mail

One 38-year-old pedestrian has died after a construction crane collapsed in lower Manhattan at 8:24am, leaving at least 15 more injured, authorities said.

The crane, at 57 Worth Street between Church Street and West Broadway in Tribeca, was swinging a wrecking ball when it fell between 15 and 18 stories, clipping buildings as it fell on at a line of parked cars.

One victim, who was trapped in a vehicle, has been rescued, authorities say. At least two are seriously injured,and three have been taken to Bellevue Hospital Center.

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It is unclear why the crane fell, but a permit was issued for it to move generators and air conditioning equipment at the former Wester Union building at 60 Hudson Street.

The crane was parked on Worth Street, and the incident occurred as the crane was being lowered in order to secure it during the snowy and windy conditions.

Officials had already directed people away from the area as they were lowering the crane.

Mayor Bill deBlasio said it was a sad situation, but added: ‘Thank God it was not any worse. It’s something of a miracle that there wasn’t more impact.’

The NYPD’s Sergeants Benevolent Association was across the street, and members of the union rushed out, making them the first on the scene.

Vice President Bob Ganley of the association said: ‘It was surreal. It was like a war zone when it first happened.’

One witness told ABC7: ‘I could hear the bending of metal. I think it hit the side of the building.

‘I didn’t know what was happening because it was happening so fast.’

CBS Local reported another witness said: ‘I couldn’t believe it. The other day, I was just thinking I hope this doesn’t fall and then it happened. It bounced off two buildings and crushed every single car on that block.’

Other witnesses said the collapse ‘felt like a bomb’ or an earthquake.

The cab of the crane can be seen completely flipped over on Worth Street as ambulances and firefighters are on the scene

The stability of nearby buildings is being checked since the collapse may have affected a water and gas main.

ConEdison is on the scene, since a gas odor was detected at 57 Worth Street, authorities say.

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Subways are bypassing the Franklin Street and Chambers Street stops. Buses and traffic are bypassing the area, with officials advising drivers to avoid roads south of Canal Street.

Mayor deBlasio will be arriving to hold a press conference.

The crane has ‘Bay Crane’ listed on the side. It is a crawler crane mounted on caterpillar tracks and not a tower crane. Authorities say the crane was revewed yesterday morning and approved.

Three people have been taken to Bellevue Hospital Center, two of them are in serious condition.

DeBlasio added it would take at least several days to get things in the immediate area ‘back to normal’.

This is the first crane collapse in the city since 2008.

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Iowa: Cruz Campaign’s Last-Minute Voter Shaming Tactic Not Going Over Well

Unbelievable: Ted Cruz Campaign Sends Out Personal “Shaming Letters” To Iowa Voters – Conservative Treehouse

It has now been confirmed – The photograph of Ted Cruz campaign shaming letters is legit (see below). The letters are officially from the Ted Cruz campaign.
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Cruz spokesman Rick Tyler confirmed to IJ Review that the mailer was theirs in a phone call Friday evening, saying that the targeting had been “very narrow, but the caucuses are important and we want people who haven’t voted before to vote.” (link)

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The personalized letters target individual Iowa voters and identifies them as having failed to vote in prior elections. They are admonished and then encouraged to vote this year. In addition the letters identify the neighbors of the voter, and provides their voting history.

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“You are receiving this election notice because of low expected voter turnout in your area. Your individual voting history as well as your neighbors’ are public record. Their scores are published below, and many of them will see your score as well. CAUCUS ON MONDAY TO IMPROVE YOUR SCORE and please encourage your neighbors to caucus as well. A follow-up notice may be issued following Monday’s caucuses”.

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In an effort to shame the recipient, the notice also informs the targeted voter their neighbors have also been notified of the recipients poor voting record.

How the Cruz Team would think a public shaming campaign is a good idea is just staggeringly unbelievable.

The campaign scheme was exposed via Twitter where “Tom Hinkeldy, a resident of Alta, Iowa, tweeted a photo (which was later deleted because it included his personal address) on Friday evening of a mailer Sen. Ted Cruz’s campaign sent addressed to his wife, Steffany” – link

Word spread rapidly.

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Hey @tedcruz your brilliant public shaming campaign has inspired me to caucus on Monday… For @realDonaldTrump

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The first name on the mailer list matches the name on the envelope at the top of the page. The envelope also has a returned address as “Paid for by Cruz for President”, the official campaign name of Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign (not a super-pac):

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Another Iowan, Braddock Massey, tweeted a photo of the mailer he received:

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@Braddock_Massey Black out the address and resend!
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This has the very real potential to be a massive fail and seriously backfire against the Ted Cruz campaign. He might have just given Marco Rubio a considerable gift with the Iowa election only two days away.

From the candidate who prefers to keep his own records, well,… sealed.

UPDATE 5:00am: It looks like Howie might have found the trail, via a professor in Northern Iowa named Christopher Larimer. Describing a previous stunt like this in Alaska. As outlined in a 2014 PBS article:
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[…] “Why would they think that shaming would make people comply?”

Because, well, it does. That’s according to Chris Larimer, associate professor of political science at the University of Northern Iowa. And he’s done the research to prove it.

“We found that when you make people aware of the norm of voting and that somebody else is going to observe whether or not you vote, people are more likely then to vote,” he said.

The letter from the so-called Alaska State Voter Project is nearly identical, word for word, to one that Larimer and other researchers tested in Michigan, right down to the typography and punctuation. In that 2006 research, Larimer and colleagues sent voters one of four different letters.

The softest message just urged people to do their civic duty and vote. The most aggressive letter matched the Alaska mailer. It included the addressee’s voting history as well as those of their neighbors, and contained something of a threat by promising a follow-up letter to show the results of the upcoming election.

Larimer says they got complaints, but the technique worked quite well. (read more)

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That emboldened segment describes the current Cruz Campaign mailer 100%. Also, Chris Larimer is noted in this recent Texas Tribune article about the controversial debate:
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[…] For Cruz, the No. 2 candidate in many polls, Trump’s snub could make him the center of action at the Iowa Events Center, a role that comes with both risks and rewards.

“If Trump’s not there, it affects the strategy other candidates take toward Cruz,” said Christopher Larimer, a political science professor at the University of Northern Iowa. “Do they treat Cruz like the frontrunner, or do they talk about Trump?”

At the same time, Larimer added, the debate could be a “lost opportunity” for Cruz to challenge Trump on his conservative credentials in what’s likely their last meeting before the caucuses. (read more)

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Looks like another one of those ever brilliant political consultant types sold the Cruz campaign on a version of their already extensive “psychographic analytics“. Wouldn’t be surprised if billionaire Phd Robert Mercer, via Cambridge Analytica targeting – isn’t involved in the engineering of this too.

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UPDATE: Chris Larimer distances himself from this fiasco via the Washington Post:

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The blogosphere rumor is completely false. I do NOT work for the Cruz (or any) campaign and have absolutely nothing to do with mailings.

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[…] “As a researcher who has done randomized field experiments with get out the vote mailings,” Larimer wrote in an email, “what I can say is that mailings that call attention to an individual’s vote history as well as that of their neighbors’ have been shown to be effective in terms of significantly increasing voter turnout. We draw on norm compliance theory which suggests that publicizing behavior regarding a social norm increases the likelihood of norm compliance.”

That was if the ad was crafted in a smart way. “The Cruz mailing is more negative than anything we have done and has the potential to elicit a negative response or what psychologists call ‘reactance’ or ‘boomerang effect,’” warned Larimer. “The mailing also states that a ‘follow up notice’ will be sent following the caucuses on Monday. This is not possible as caucus turnout is private and maintained by the parties.” (link)

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Hundreds Of Germans Rampage Through Leipzig In Protest Of Chancellor Merkel’s Insane Muslim Refugee Policies

Hundreds Of Far-Right Protesters Rampage Through German Town, Destroying Ethnic Restaurants And Takeaways Hours After Merkel Admits European Migrant Crisis Is ‘Out Of Control’ – Daily Mail

Hundreds of anti-refugee rioters have gone on the rampage in the German city of Leipzig after a demonstration where they called for asylum seekers to be deported and their nation’s borders closed.

The attacks come just hours after Chancellor Angela Merkel admitted that Europe had lost control of the crisis. The right-wingers broke away from a largely peaceful march in the eastern city to trash the suburb of Connewitz.

Doner kebab fast food stalls were destroyed, cars set ablaze and shop windows smashed by around 250 hooligans of LEGIDA – the local branch of PEGIDA, the anti-migrant, anti-EU organization which marched against the refugees earlier in the evening.

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At one point the demonstrators, who threw fireworks at police, attempted to build a barricade in a main street with signs and torn up paving stones before they were dispersed.

Firemen had to tackle a blaze in the attic of one building set alight by a wayward rocket fired by the rioters. A bus carrying leftist pro-asylum demonstrators was also attacked and seriously damaged.

Police said they have identified and arrested 211 of the crowd of right-wing hooligans, many of them with criminal records for violence.

‘This was a serious breach of the peace,’ said a police spokesman, confirming that several police officers were injured in the clashes triggered by simmering anger over the New Year’s Eve mass sex attacks against women in Cologne and several other German cities.

‘Rape Refugees stay away’ was one of the banners carried during the march, the wording above a silhouette of women running from knife-wielding attackers, one of whom resembled a caricature from Aladdin.

Earlier in the day Mrs. Merkel said; ‘Now all of a sudden we are facing the challenge that refugees are coming to Europe and we are vulnerable, as we see, because we do not yet have the order, the control, that we would like to have.’

She also said the euro was ‘directly linked’ to freedom of movement in Europe, adding: ‘Nobody should act as though you can have a common currency without being able to cross borders reasonably easily.’

Merkel said that if countries did not allow their borders to be crossed without much difficulty, the European single market would ‘suffer acutely’ – meaning that Germany, at the centre of the European Union and its largest economy, should fight to defend freedom of movement.

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The EU has struggled to cope with a tide of refugees from war and poverty in the Middle East and Africa, most of whom have landed in Greece or Italy before heading for wealthier northern EU states.

Germany has taken in the bulk of them, more than a million last year alone.

Some EU countries have re-established border controls within the passport-free Schengen zone, where they had been abolished, while efforts to share out the asylum-seekers across EU member states have floundered.

Merkel said that, to preserve the Schengen zone within the EU, it was necessary to make the bloc’s external borders more secure.

The violence in Leipzig followed on from weekend attacks in Cologne by a vigiliante mob which used the social networking site Facebook to marshall young men – rockers, bodybuilders and club bouncers – to go on a ‘manhunt’ for immigrants.

Two Pakistani men were hospitalized and a third Syrian man was lightly injured before a stiff police presence on the streets thwarted further attacks.

It is unclear what their condition is although the police are looking to press charges of ‘serious bodily harm’ against their attackers who kicked, beat and abused them verbally.

The Express said the Facebook vigilante groups had promised an ‘orderly clean up’ of the old town centre in their ‘manhunt.’

Police confirmed one Syrian man was also hurt in an attack on Sunday, which took place just 20 minutes after the first, but is believed to have been carried out by a separate group of five men.

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German police say the number of criminal complaints filed after the events on New Year’s Eve in Cologne has risen to 516 – 40 per cent relating to allegations of sexual assault.

Germany’s FBI, the Federal Criminal Office, said it had information that the surrounding and sexual molestation of women was a ‘familiar phenomenon in some Arab countries.’ Now it is liaising with police in all 16 states of Germany to formulate a strategy on how to combat it in future on German streets.

The minister for North Rhine-Westphalia, the German state where Cologne is located, admitted that people of foreign descent were responsible for virtually all of the violence on New Year’s Eve in the city.

‘Based on testimony from witnesses, the report from the Cologne police and descriptions by the federal police, it looks as if people with a migration background were almost exclusively responsible for the criminal acts,’ Ralf Jaeger, interior minister from the state of North Rhine-Westphalia told a special commission on the Cologne violence.

‘All signs point to these being north Africans and people from the Arab world,’ he added. ‘Based on what we know now from the investigation, asylum seekers who arrived in the past year are among the suspects.’

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Cologne has a significant first and second generation immigrant population and racial tension has heightened in the wake of New Years Eve.

The city, which has a population of just over one million, has more than 120,000 practicing Muslim residents and the largest Jewish communities in Germany. Just over 5.5 per cent are born in Turkey.

Over the past week, the police presence in the city has been heightened, but many called the efforts ‘too little too late’, questioning why officers had not been able to stop the attacks.

On Monday, a regional parliamentary commission in the state of North-Rhine Westphalia, whose largest city is Cologne, will question police and others about the events on New Year’s Eve.

The attacks on women in Cologne have also sparked a debate about tougher rules for migrants who break the law, faster deportation procedures and increased security measures such as more video surveillance in public areas and more police.

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Crazed Islamo-Nazi Attempts To Assassinate Philadelphia Police Officer (Video)

Philadelphia: Police Shooter Confesses To Attempted ‘Execution’ For Islam – Breitbart

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A gunman ambushed 33-year old Philadelphia police officer Jesse Hartnett on Thursday night. His attacker is in custody and claims it was an attempted “execution” in the name of Islam.

CBS News in Philadelphia reports Hartnett was sitting in his patrol car at around 11:30 PM when the attacker fired 13 shots through the driver’s side window at point-blank range. The CBS report describes the shooter as walking toward the police car while he fired. Three of the shots struck Hartnett’s arm. His injuries do not appear to be life-threatening.

“Shots fired! I’m shot! I’m bleeding heavily!” Hartnett called out on police radio, as can be heard in the CBS report:
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Hartnett was able to return fire, and hit the as-yet unnamed suspect three times. Other offices swiftly caught the wounded assailant while attempting to flee the scene, and he has made a full confession, according to CBS. The confession reportedly describes Islam as part of the motive for the attack.

Police also recovered his weapon. The New York Daily News identifies it as a 9mm handgun.

Commissioner Ross said there is video of the entire attack. “This is absolutely one of the scariest things I’ve ever seen,” he declared. “I mean, this guy tried to execute the police officer. The officer had no idea he was coming. It’s amazing he’s alive.”

The shooter is described as a male in his 30s. According to a news description of the surveillance video, he was wearing a “long white frock and black pants” as he approached the police cruiser with his gun drawn. The current condition of the shooter has not been disclosed at the time of this writing.

Ross said Hartnett suffered “significant damage” to his arm, including nerve damage, but is awake and coherent. According to the New York Daily News, he underwent surgery early Friday at Presbyterian Hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.

NJ.com cites Officer Hartnett’s social media profiles to describe him as a native of East Landsdowne, Pennsylvania, who attended Delaware County Community College, served in the U.S. Coast Guard for over a decade, and then became a four-year veteran of the police force.

CBS News reported late Friday morning that the FBI has become involved in the investigation.

Update, 11:05 AM EST: ABC News has published images of the attacker, from the surveillance video:

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Update, 11:15 AM EST: Philly.com reports the shooter has been identified as Edward Archer, 30, of Yeadon.

Update, 1:15 PM: According to Commissioner Ross, the attacker pledged allegiance to the Islamic State.

Also, the gun used in the attack was reportedly stolen, which will be bad news for those who were frantically looking for a way to fold the incident into their gun-control narratives.

Update, 1:45 PM: Philly.com has some more details about Edward Archer, courtesy of his mother:
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Reached at her home in Lansdowne, his mother, Valerie Holliday, said Archer was the eldest of seven children and suffered head injuries from playing football and a moped accident.

“He’s been acting kind of strange lately. He’s been talking to himself… laughing and mumbling,” Holliday said. “He’s been hearing voices in his head. We asked him to get medical help.”

She said her son is devout Muslim who has practiced the faith “for a long time.”

“He’s going through a lot lately,” Holliday said, adding Archer believed he was targeted by police.

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Archer was scheduled to be sentenced Monday in a Delaware County case, according to court records. He was found guilty in a November nonjury trial of forging documents, careless driving, driving with a suspended or revoked license and other related offenses.

In Philadelphia, he was sentenced in March to nine to 23 months in jail and two years probation in an assault case. He was charged with aggravated assault, conspiracy, firearms offenses and terroristic threats for a January 2012 incident but pleaded guilty to simple assault.

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Here’s a thought: maybe we should put more effort into enforcing existing laws, rather than passing a boatload of new ones. Of course, the existing laws involve difficult duties such as catching and imprisoning violent criminals, and protecting the nation from terrorist threats – both of which are pursuits that often infuriate the cult of political correctness.

It’s much easier to pass new laws that either do nothing of substance, or involve pushing around decent law-abiding taxpayers. Telling a rape victim she shouldn’t have a gun to defend herself is far easier than keeping someone imprisoned for assault.

Philly.com also tells us a bit more about the wounded Officer Jesse Hartnett, hailed as a “true hero” by fellow officers. He actually got out of his car and pursued the suspect on foot, after getting sprayed with 13 bullets and taking three hits in the arm. His father Robert described Hartnett as “a very quality young man.” On that, I think we can all agree.

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Militia Seizes Oregon Federal Building In Protest Over Government Extending Ranchers’ Prison Terms

‘Bring Your Guns And Come’: Militiamen Including Cliven Bundy’s Three Sons Take Over Oregon Federal Building And Call ‘U.S. Patriots’ To Arms In Protest At Pending Imprisonment Of Two Ranchers – Daily Mail

A group of militiamen on Saturday occupied the headquarters of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon in support of two brothers who are slated to report to prison on Monday on arson charges – and the protesters don’t plan on leaving any time soon, saying it’s ‘kill or be killed’ time.

Militia members claimed to have as many as 150 supporters with them at the Malheur National Wildlife refuge building in Princeton, which is federal property managed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service that was closed for the holiday weekend.

They later rescinded the number and said they would not disclose how many people were in the building, because of ‘operational security’. Local reporters have said that there only appears to be a dozen cars outside of the building.

‘We’re planning on staying here for years, absolutely,’ Ammon Bundy, one of the occupiers, told the Oregonian via telephone. ‘This is not a decision we’ve made at the last minute.’

Ammon Bundy and his brother Ryan, who is another occupier, are the sons of of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, who was involved in a 2014 standoff with the government over grazing rights.

The occupation came shortly after 300 marchers paraded through Burns, Oregon, about 50 miles away, to protest at the prosecution of father and son Harney County ranchers Dwight Hammond Jr and Steven Hammond, who were ordered returned to prison by a federal court which ruled their original sentences were insufficient.

The group is demanding that the Hammonds be released and that the federal government give up control of the Malheur National Forest.
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Dwight Hammond, 73, and Steven Hammond, 46, said they lit the fires in 2001 and 2006 to reduce the growth of invasive plants and protect their property from wildfires.

The two were convicted of the arsons three years ago and served time – the father three months, the son one year.

But a judge ruled their terms were too short under federal law and ordered them back to prison for about four years each.

Ammon Bundy, an Idaho militia leader, said that while the occupiers were not looking to hurt anyone, they would not rule out violence if police tried to remove them, the Oregonian reported.

Bundy’s brother Ryan Bundy, who is also an occupier, told the Oregonian that they’re ‘willing to kill and be killed’ if necessary, adding that the federal officials’ actions have been ‘in violation of the constitution’.

‘The best possible outcome is that the ranchers that have been kicked out of the area, then they will come back and reclaim their land, and the wildlife refuge will be shut down forever and the federal government will relinquish such control,’ Ryan Bundy told the Oregonian.

He added: ‘What we’re doing is not rebellious. What we’re doing is in accordance with the Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land.’

The brothers said, however, that their real goal is to simply start a movement. It is unknown what types of weapons are now at the refuge building, but there are no hostages in the area.

‘The facility has been the tool to do all the tyranny that has been placed upon the Hammonds,’ told the Oregonian.

Ammon Bundy posted a video on his Facebook page asking for people to come help him. Below the video is this statement: “(asterisk)(asterisk)ALL PATRIOTS ITS TIME TO STAND UP NOT STAND DOWN!!! WE NEED YOUR HELP!!! COME PREPARED.”

Ammon Bundy said the group planned to stay at the refuge indefinitely.

‘The facility has been the tool to do all the tyranny that has been placed upon the Hammonds,’ the Oregonian quoted Ammon Bundy as saying.

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‘This is not a decision we’ve made at the last minute,’ he added, calling on other militiamen to join them.

The Bundys are the sons of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy. The Bundy family ranch in Bunkerville, Nevada, some 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas, was the site of an armed protest against the US Bureau of Land Management in April 2014.

The stand-off gained nationwide attention as the agency sought to seize cattle because the elder Bundy refused to pay grazing fees.

The federal agents ultimately backed down, citing safety concerns, and gave back hundreds of Bundy cattle which they had rounded up.

In a video posted to Facebook by Sarah Dee Spurlock, two men – one donning camouflage gear – explain why they are taking the measures they are.

‘This will become a base place for patriots from all over the country to come to be housed and live here. We’re planning on staying here for several years, the first man said.

He added: ‘One time [Harney County] were the wealthiest county, now they’re the poorest, and we will reverse that in just a few years by freeing up their land and resources.

‘And we’re doing this for the people. We’re doing this so the people can have their land and their resources back where they belong.’

He appealed to the public for people to join the group in Oregon.

‘We’re calling people out here to come and stand. We need you to bring your arms and we need you to come to the Malheur National Wildlife refuge,’ he said.

The second man, dressed in camouflage gear, said the group is challenging the government.

‘Until that line is drawn to say “We’ve had enough of this tyranny, you are going to leave us alone”, it will not change,’ he said. ‘This is the power of America right here.

‘People got together for this and it doesn’t have to stop here. This could be a hope that spreads through the whole country.

‘Everybody’s looking for this hope because the government has beat us, oppressed us and took everything from us. They will not stop until we tell them no.’

In another video, Jon Ritzheimer, a Phoenix-based anti-Islam activist and militiaman, says goodbye to his family, suggesting he plans to occupy the federal lands as well.

‘The oppression and the tyranny that’s taken place in Oregon – we know it’s taken place all across the US – the Bundy Ranch was prime example. And we the people need to take a stand,’ he said in the 13-minute video.

He goes on a lengthy rant about the legal system and how it treated the Hammond family.

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‘They are not terrorists… This oppressive, tyrannical government who really has no jurisdiction here – this is Hardy County’s land,’ he said.

He added: ‘The Hammonds were not tried by a jury of their peers. There’s an indictment with no signatures on it.

‘This is a cruel and unusual punishment. But this federal government comes in here and says no, that’s not enough, they need to do a minimum of five years.’

Ritzenheimer then makes a call to arms.

He said: ‘It’s real simple, Dwight. Do you want to die in prison labeled a terrorist by these oppressors or do you want to die out here with us as a free man? I want to die a free man.’

‘If you do not spearhead this and take a stand, it’s going to set a new precedent across the US.

‘They get stronger and think they can continue to go around and bully we, the people. But when we unite and you take that stand there’s no stopping us.’

Beth Anne Steele, an FBI spokeswoman in Portland, told The Associated Press that the agency was aware of Saturday’s situation at the national wildlife refuge. She made no further comment.

Harney County Sheriff Dave Ward released a statement late on Saturday night.

Ward said: ‘After the peaceful rally was completed today, a group of outside militants drove to the Malheur Wildlife Refuge, where they seized and occupied the refuge headquarters.

‘A collective effort from multiple agencies is currently working on a solution. For the time being please stay away from that area.

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‘More information will be provided as it becomes available. Please maintain a peaceful and united front and allow us to work through this situation.’

Some local residents feared the Saturday rally would involve more than speeches, flags and marching. But the only real additions to that list seemed to be songs, flowers and pennies.

As marchers reached the courthouse, they tossed hundreds of pennies at the locked door. Their message: civilians were buying back their government. After the march passed, two girls swooped in to scavenge the pennies.

A few blocks away, Hammond and his wife Susan greeted marchers, who planted flower bouquets in the snow. They sang some songs, Hammond said a few words, and the protesters marched back to their cars.

Dwight Hammond has said he and his son plan to peacefully report to prison January 4 as ordered by the judge.

The decision to extend the Hammonds’ prison terms has generated controversy in a remote part of the state.

In particular, the Hammonds’ new sentences touched a nerve with far right groups who repudiate federal authority.

Ammon Bundy and a handful of militiamen from other states arrived last month in Burns, some 60 miles from the Hammond ranch.

In an email to supporters, Ammon Bundy criticized the US government for a failed legal process.

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Muslim Terrorist Sympathizers Outraged Worldwide As Saudi Arabia Executes Dozens Of Muslim Terrorists

Saudi Arabia Beheads And Shoots 47 ‘Terrorists’ In One Day Including Top Shiite Cleric, Triggering Protests Across The World – Daily Mail

Saudi Arabia’s execution of a top Shiite cleric has sparked outrage across the Middle East and around the world as furious protesters clashed with security forces on the streets over the decision to execute Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr.

Shiite leaders from Iran, Iraq and Lebanon have fiercely condemned the execution of al-Nimr, who was a driving force of the protests that broke out in 2011 in the Sunni-ruled kingdom’s east, where the Shiite minority complains of marginalisation.

al-Nimr was condemned as a terrorist by Saudi Arabia and executed alongside 47 other people convicted of ‘terrorism’ today. Widespread demonstrations have erupted in support for al-Nimr with Shia Muslims in from London to India condemning Saudi Arabia for the murder of the cleric.

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Hundreds of Shi’ite Muslims marched through the Qatif district of Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province in protest, which was closely watched by security forces with tensions also mounting on the streets of neighbouring Bahrain.

The Qatif protesters chanted ‘down with the Al Saud’, the name of the ruling Saudi royal family, leading to call in of dozens of Saudi military reinforcements being called into Qatif. Images have emerged on social media of a bus burning, reportedly in Qatif as the protests escalated tonight.

Protesters in Bahrain were met with tear gas as they clashed with security forces in the suburbs while hundreds demonstrated in Iraq’s Shiite holy city of Karbala.

In London, dozens of protesters gathered outside the Saudi embassy to express their anger about the executions.

Amnesty International UK’s Shane Enright told the Press Association that the death penalty was ‘unacceptable in all circumstances’ and it was particularly concerning that a number of ‘peaceful dissidents’ had been killed, including sheikh al-Nimr.

Speaking at the scene of the demonstration, he said a recent Amnesty report concluded that the trial against him was ‘deeply flawed’, adding: ‘We also came to the conclusion that he was jailed solely for expressing his peaceful points of view, protesting peacefully against the regimes.

‘This is an absolute, fundamental, breach of basic human rights,’ Mr Enright said.

al-Nimr’s execution has sparked fierce criticism from Shiite communities in Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Yemen and Indian-controlled Kashmir.

One of the 47 men executed in Saudi Arabia was Adel al-Dhubaiti, the al-Qaeda gunman convicted for the attempted assassination of BBC Security Correspondent Frank Gardner and the murder of his cameraman Simon Cumbers.

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Iran’s Shia leadership said the execution of Nimr ‘would cost dearly’ and an Iranian-backed Shiite militia in Iraq called the execution a ‘new crime’ carried out by the Saudi royal family.

It called on the Iraqi government to ‘reconsider the benefit of having a Saudi embassy in Iraq, with a suspicious ambassador and goals.’

Former Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki warned in a statement that the execution of the Shiite cleric ‘will topple the Saudi regime’.

But most of the 47 executed in the kingdom’s biggest mass execution for decades were Sunnis convicted of al Qaeda attacks in Saudi Arabia a decade ago. Four, including Nimr, were Shi’ites accused of shooting policemen.

The executions took place in 12 cities in Saudi Arabia, four prisons using firing squads and the others beheading.

The United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, members of a Saudi-led coalition battling Iran-backed Shiite rebels in Yemen, praised their ally.

UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan called the executions a ‘clear message against terrorism and those who call for and incite sedition and unrest to tear apart the society’s unity and threaten social peace in the kingdom’.

Bahrain, which has itself faced unrest from its Shiite majority population, also backed Riyadh in ‘all deterrent and needed measures it takes to confront violence and extremism’.

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In the suburbs of the Bahraini capital Manama however, dozens of Shiite youth gathered for small demonstrations to condemn the executions. Clashes quickly escalated between demonstrators and security forces, who released tear gas to disperse the gathering.

A cleric from Bahrain who was at the protest in Iraq’s Karbala, said the world should react to Nimr’s execution. ‘Sheikh Nimr was an icon for Islamic resistance,’ Sheikh Habib al-Jamri told AFP.

‘His words were his weapon. They couldn’t defeat his words so they detained him, tortured him and today executed him in front the world’s eyes, like a challenge to global conscience.’

Bahrain was one of the countries caught in the centre of the Arab Spring in 2011, with the country’s Shiite majority population heavily suppressed during protests against the monarchy. Bahrain has remained a close ally of Saudi, who have been careful to safeguard the country during the Arab Spring.

Shiite protesters in Bahrain in 2011 called for the constitutional reform of the monarchy before security forces heavy handedly clamped down on demonstrations leading to calls for the end of the monarchy.

The protests in Bahrain tonight come after opponents have repeatedly been detained and stripped of their citizenship for speaking out against the Bahraini government and the actions of their ally Saudi Arabia.

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Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) threatened to retaliate against Saudi Arabia for any execution of its members in December.

The list also includes Fares al-Shuwail who has been described by Saudi media outlets as the top religious leader of Al-Qaeda in Saudi Arabia. He was arrested in August 2004.

The ministry statement said the 47 had been convicted of adopting the radical ‘takfiri’ ideology, joining ‘terrorist organisations’ and implementing various ‘criminal plots’.

The list also includes Sunnis convicted of involvement in Al-Qaeda attacks that killed Saudis and foreigners in the kingdom in 2003 and 2004.

International rights group Reprieve, who works to abolish the death penalty has condemned Saudi Arabia’s execution of 47 people, saying two were teenagers when they were detained.

Reprieve says the 47 people whose execution was announced Saturday include four Shiite dissidents.

It says one of the dissidents, Ali al-Ribh, was 18 when he was arrested in 2012, and another, Mohammed al-Shuyokh, was 19.

Both were convicted on charges related to anti-government protests in eastern Saudi Arabia, where the Shiite minority is centered.

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Ahead of the announcement their mothers wrote a letter of thanks, published in The Independent today, along with the mothers of other youths sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia.

Reprieve said in a statement that the Saudi government ‘is continuing to target those who have called for domestic reform in the kingdom.’

Quoting the Koran, the Saudi Arabian Interior Ministry statement said: ‘The recompense of those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger and do mischief in the land is only that they shall be killed or crucified or their hands and their feet be cut off from opposite sides, or be exiled from the land.’

While the list does not include Nimr’s nephew, Ali al-Nimr, who was 17 when he was arrested following the protests, concerns are growing for his fate.

His sentencing to death by beheading and crucifixion sparked an international outcry. Official charges against Nimr include attending a protest, using his phone to encourage further support for the demonstrations and possessing a gun, an accusation which the family strongly denies.

British shadow foreign secretary Hilary Benn told the Press Association: ‘With the carrying out of this large number of executions there will now be huge international concern about what will happen to Ali Mohammed al-Nimr who is Sheikh al-Nimr’s nephew.

‘The Foreign Secretary has told Parliament that he does not expect Ali Mohammed al-Nimr to be executed but he now needs to seek fresh assurances that he will be reprieved.’

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The Sheikh’s brother Mohammed al-Nimr said that the executions came as a ‘big shock’ because ‘we thought the authorities could adopt a political approach to settle matters without bloodshed.’

‘There will be reactions,’ he said, but urged people to ‘adopt peaceful means when expressing their anger.’

He says the family has not yet been asked to pick up the body but that a funeral would be held as soon as possible.

The execution of al-Nimr was expected to escalate tensions in eastern Saudi Arabia, where the Shiite minority is concentrated, and Bahrain, which has seen years of simmering unrest between its Shiite majority and Saudi-allied Sunni monarchy.

Those executed include an Egyptian and a Chadian. The rest were all Saudis.

Executions have increased in the kingdom since King Salman acceded to the throne in January 2015 following the death of king Abdullah.

The number of convicts executed on Saturday is more than half of those executed under Salman’s predecessor in the whole year of 2014, which tallied 87.

In 2015, Saudi Arabia executed 153 people convicted of various crimes, including drug-trafficking.

Authorities in the kingdom set up specialised courts in 2011 to try dozens of Saudis and foreigners accused of belonging to Al-Qaeda or of participating in the wave of attacks that swept the country from 2003, which killed 150 Saudis and foreigners.

The kingdom’s current Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef oversaw a crackdown on the militants at the time.

But Nimr was arrested for completely different reasons in 2012.

The interior ministry had described him at the time as an ‘instigator of sedition’ as it announced his arrest in the Shiite village of Awamiya in the east after being wounded in the leg while putting up resistance.

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Hitlery’s Miserable Kwanza Fail

Hillarious: Hillary’s Miserable Kwanza Fail – Buzzpo

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Hillary Clinton’s attempts to gain black voters have always been hilarious, but this one takes the cake.

The Democratic presidential candidates desperation became evident this week when she changed her Twitter avi to a Kwanzaa themed version of her campaign Hillary “H” logo.

The Democratic front-runner received waves of backlash across social media almost immediately, especially from the black community, who openly mocked her for her desperation in snatching their votes.

Hilarity ensued when the hashtag #NewHillaryLogo was born. Though her campaign sensed the backlash and changed her photo back to her original photo, the damage was already done.

When will Hillary learn that she isn’t black? Or cool?

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Ed’s List Of The College Football Bowl Games That Probably Won’t Suck (2015-2016)


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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19
Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl
3:30 pm
BYU Cougars vs. Utah Utes

MONDAY, DECEMBER 28
Military Bowl
2:30 pm
Navy Midshipmen vs. Pittsburgh Panthers

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 29
Russell Athletic Bowl
5:30 pm
North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Baylor Bears

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31
Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
12:00 pm
Florida State Seminoles vs. Houston Cougars

Capital One Orange Bowl (Playoff Semifinal)
4:00 pm
Clemson Tigers vs. Oklahoma Sooners

Goodyear Cotton Bowl (Playoff Semifinal)
8:00 pm
Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Michigan State Spartans

FRIDAY, JANUARY 1
Outback Bowl
12:00 pm
Northwestern Wildcats vs. Tennessee Volunteers

Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl
1:00 pm
Michigan Wolverines vs. Florida Gators

Fiesta Bowl
1:00 pm
Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Ohio State Buckeyes

Rose Bowl
5:00 pm
Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Stanford Cardinal

Allstate Sugar Bowl
8:30 pm
Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. Ole Miss Rebels

SATURDAY, JANUARY 2
Valero Alamo Bowl
6:45 pm
TCU Horned Frogs vs. Oregon Ducks

MONDAY, JANUARY 11
CFP National Championship
8:30 pm
Orange Bowl Winner vs. Cotton Bowl Winner

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What We Know About The San Bernardino Muslim Terrorists So Far

Muslim San Bernardino Gunman Was ‘Eadicalized By Known Terrorists’ Before He And Pakistani-Born Wife Collected Masses Of Ammunition, Built More Than A Dozen Pipe Bombs And Left Their Baby Behind To Slaughter 14 People At A Holiday Party – Daily Mail

FBI agents have discovered nearly 5,000 rounds of ammunition, a dozen pipe bombs and hundreds of tools for making improvised explosive devices at a home in California linked to San Bernardino gunman Syed Farook and his wife, law enforcement officials revealed this morning.

The news comes as it emerged that the US-born Farook, 28, appeared to have been radicalized and was in touch by phone and via social media with more than one international terrorism subject, reported CNN citing investigators.

San Bernardino Police Chief Burguan said at a press conference that Farook and his 27-year-old wife, Tashfeen Malik, fired between 65-75 rounds inside a conference center at the Inland Regional Center during a holiday party for county health employees Wednesday morning, killing 14 people and injuring 21 others.

The couple came dressed in black tactical-style vests and were armed with a .223-caliber DPMS Model A15 rifle, a Smith and Wesson M&P15 rifle, a handgun made by Llama and a Smith and Wesson handgun.

Federal officials said all four weapons were purchased legally in the United States four years ago – the handguns by Farook himself and the assault rifles by a third party.

During a standoff with police in Redlands that occurred five hours after the San Bernardino massacre, the husband and wife fired on responding cops, who returned fire, peppering the couple’s rental Ford Expedition SUV with 380 rounds. Both Farook and Malik were pronounced dead on the scene.

When law enforcement officials searched the bullet-riddled vehicle with Utah license plates, they found more than 1,600 rounds of ammunition on or around the deceased shooters.

During the early-morning search of a residence in the city of Redlands associated with a family member of Farook, Chief Burguan said they came away with a massive arsenal of ammunition, including 2,000 9mm rounds, another 2,500 .223 rounds and several hundred long rifle bullets, along with 12 pipe bombs and tools that could be used to construct IEDs.

Burguan noted that the couple were well-equipped to carry out another attack. He added that Farook had no criminal record that police were aware of.

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Farook met his Pakistani wife-turned-accomplice while on the hajj in Saudi Arabia and appeared to have been radicalized, law enforcement officials revealed.

Federal officials also told NBC News that Farook made a trip to Saudi Arabia, most likely for the hajj – the annual religious pilgrimage to the sacred city of Mecca that all devout Muslims are required to go on at least once in their lives.

FBI Assistant Director David Bowditch said it is believed that during his stay overseas, Farook met Malik, got engaged and in July 2014 brought her over to the US on a K-1 fiancee visa. He also mentioned that Farook traveled to Pakistan at some point, but he would not go into detail.

On Wednesday morning, Farook and Malik dropped off their six-month-old baby with Farook’s mother, saying they were going to a doctor’s appointment.

By noon, according to police, the couple had donned assault clothing, armed themselves with rifles and stormed a holiday party attended by San Bernardino County employees, killing 14 people and wounding 21 others.

Before sunset, after a massive manhunt and a violent shootout with police on a residential street in the city of Redlands.

Those who knew Farook, among them his colleagues at the San Bernardino County Public Health Department, described him as a devout Muslim but not someone who often talked about religion.

‘He never struck me as a fanatic, he never struck me as suspicious,’ said Griselda Reisinger, a former colleague.

Co-worker Patrick Baccari, who shared a cubicle with Farook, told the Los Angeles Times he and his young family appeared to be ‘living the American dream.’

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In the pre-dawn hours of Thursday morning, a search team comprised of police and federal agents combed the residence in Redlands, California, associated with Farook and his wife. A black sedan parked outside was also searched.

The home is where officers initially saw a vehicle matching the description of the suspects’ SUV in the hours before the final gun battle that killed them. A bomb squad on Wednesday swept the building with robots. Public records show it is a possible residence of a family member of Farook.

President Barack Obama addressed the shooting from the Oval Office shortly before noon Eastern Time, saying it is possible the massacre in San Bernardino was related to terrorism, but it’s also possible it was workplace-related, or that the perpetrators had mixed motives.

‘At this stage, we don’t yet know why this terrible event occurred,’ a somber Mr Obama told the press.

‘We do know that the two individuals who were killed were equipped with weapons and appeared to have access to additional weaponry at their homes, but we don’t know why they did it; we do not know the extent of their plans and their motivations.’

The commander-in-chief assured Americans that the FBI, who has taken over the investigation, will get to the bottom of what happened in California on Wednesday.

In his remarks, Obama also touched upon the issue of gun control, saying the nation must make it harder for people to carry out acts of violence.

‘We see the prevalence of these kinds of mass shootings in this country, and like so many Americans, sometime feel as if there is nothing we can do about it,’ Obama said.

‘We can’t just leave it to our professionals to deal with the problem of these kinds of horrible killings. We all have a part to play.

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‘We’re gonna have to search ourselves, as a society, to make sure that we can take basic steps that would make it harder, not impossible, but harder, for individuals to get access to weapons.’

Earlier in the day, US Attorney General Loretta Lynch said at a press conference the Justice Department will be offering ‘any and all assistance necessary’ as the investigation into the California mass shooting continues.

Lynch was speaking at an event about criminal justice at the White House. She called Wednesday’s deadly massacre ‘unspeakable.’

Lynch says the government doesn’t know a lot yet about the incident. But she says the FBI, the U.S. Marshals Service and other federal authorities have been dispatched.

The attorney general said that whatever the results of the investigation, there’s no place for this type of violence in the US.

In the hours after the shooting, more information emerged about Farook, who was born in the US, and Malik, whom he met in Saudi Arabia.

Farook’s family was originally from South Asia, while Malik was believed to be from Pakistan and had lived in Saudi Arabia before coming to the United States, said Hussam Ayloush, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). Farook had an older brother, he added, who had served in the US military.

Farook graduated from California State University, San Bernardino with a degree in environmental health in 2009, according to the university’s commencement document.

As BuzzFeed first reported, according to Transparent California, which publishes public employee salary information, Farook earned $51,747 plus benefits, in 2013 working as an environmental health specialist.

The gunman’s father, also named Syed Farook, seemed shocked when talking to the New York Daily News in the wake of the slaughter.

“I haven’t heard anything,’ the elder Mr Farook said before his son’s name became public. ‘He was very religious. He would go to work, come back, go to pray, come back. He’s Muslim.’

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In an online profile reportedly created by Farook and his parents six years ago on the dating site iMilap.com, a ‘one stop source for Indian matrimonial and dating services,’ the health inspector described himself as 6 feet tall and said he didn’t drink or smoke, according toABC News.

Farook wrote that he was part of a ‘religios [sic] but modern family of 4 – 2 girls, 2 boys,’ and that he enjoyed ‘doing target practice with younger sister and friends’ in their backyard.

He added that he enjoyed working on vintage and modern cars, and read religious books while enjoying eating out sometimes.

He was also registered on Dubaimatrimonial.com, a dating site that is the ‘first and only legal marriage service provider in UAE’ (United Arab Emirates), according to the website description. In that profile, Farook described himself as being from Karachi, Pakistan, but was born in Chicago and was residing in Los Angles as an American citizen. His religion was shown as Islam.

He also shared his thoughts on living a balanced life as a Muslim-American: ‘I try to live as a good Muslim. Looking for a girl who has the same outlook, wear hijab, but live the life to the fullest.’

Public records suggest possible turbulence in Farook’s younger life.

In 2006, Rafia Farook, who records indicate is Farook’s mother, filed in a Riverside court for divorce from her husband, the elder Mr Farook.

She enumerated multiple instances of domestic abuse in the legal filing, and said her husband ‘threatens to kill himself on a daily basis.’ During one incident, she said in a court filing, her son came between them ‘to save me.’

The suspect’s co-worker, Patrick Baccari, said Farook was gone for about a month in the spring. A short time after his return, he was joined by his wife, a woman he described as a pharmacist. A baby soon followed.

An online baby registry on the site The Bump that has been attributed to Tashfeen Malik by NBC News mentions the city of Riverside, California, as the mother’s address and a due date of May 17, 2015. Malik’s short wish list included Pampers diapers for newborns, cotton swabs, baby body wash and a convertible car seat.

Baccari said the reserved Farook showed no signs of unusual behavior, although he grew out his beard several months ago.

He said he had been sitting at the same table as Farook at the party on Wednesday morning, but his co-worker suddenly disappeared, leaving his coat behind. Baccari escaped most of the carnage as he was in the bathroom when the shooting started, and sustained only minor wounds from shrapnel which made it through the wall.

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‘If I hadn’t been in the bathroom, I’d probably be laying dead on the floor,’ he said.

San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan said that Farook was ‘angry’ when he left the party, before returning with Malik and a stash of heavy weapons. Burguan said that there was obviously ‘some degree of planning involved’ in the attack.

Survivors of the shooting said the heavily armed duo entered the party venue and opened fire on the guests without uttering a single word.

Police said a third person was detained, but during Thursday morning’s press conference Chief Burguan said that individual played no part in the shooting and is not considered a suspect or a person of interest.

Burguan elaborated saying that police realized the person was wanted on a misdemeanor warrant and he was booked on that warrant.

Hussam Ayloush, the executive director of CAIR, said the couple left their six-month-old daughter with Farook’s mother in the city of Redlands early on Wednesday morning. They told her they were going to attend a doctor’s appointment for the wife. They never returned.

Dramatic aerial images showed the aftermath of the police chase, which came to an end around a mile and a half from the scene of the massacre.

The bodies of Farook and Malik can be seen near their shot-out SUV, surrounded by heavily-armed officers. One of them was killed in the passenger seat and later removed from the vehicle, while another of the pair appears to have bolted from the vehicle and been gunned down not far away.

Fragments of video from witnesses on the ground showed the killers and officers exchanging gunfire on the roads of San Bernardino as bystanders ducked for cover. The chase ended some time between 3pm and 4pm local time Wednesday – as long as five hours after the massacre began.

A source told CNN that the suspects threw pipe bombs out of the windows of the vehicle before the shootout with police.

A spokesman for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said the suspects threw a thick-gauge copper pipe out of the SUV, but no explosives were found inside. The fake pipe bomb was equipped with a piece of material made to look like a wick.

One officer was hit in the shoot-out, and was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The married couple also reportedly had left explosives behind in the conference center in San Bernardino prior their escape in the wake of the slaughter.

A bag believed to belong to Farook and Malik was later found at the site of the holiday party. Inside, police discovered three crudely made bombs packed with black powder and rigged to a remote-controlled toy car.

The remote for the car was later recovered from Farook and Malik’s SUV, a law enforcement official said, adding that its presence indicated that the couple planned to detonate the explosives from a distance but something must have stopped them.

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KNBC reporter Michelle Valles tweeted shortly after 6am on Thursday that the gunmen’s shot-up black SUV was still in the street where the gun battle with police took place the night before.

Neighbors in Redlands were shocked that the suspected shooters had ties to their city.

A man who has been working in town told CBS Los Angeles he noticed a half-dozen Middle Eastern men in the area in recent weeks, but decided not to report anything since he did not wish to racially profile those people.

Police have yet to offer a clear motive for the attack, though federal agencies have yet to rule out terrorism, and are hunting for links to ISIS and other extremist groups.

Farook’s brother-in-law Farhan Khan spoke at a press conference held at the offices of the CAIR in Anaheim to say he was stunned to hear of his relative’s involvement in the shooting.

Khan, who is married to Farook’s sister, said he last spoke to him a week ago. He said he had ‘absolutely no idea why he would do this. I am shocked myself.’

‘I just cannot express how sad I am for what happened today. I am very sad that people lost their lives. I am shock that something like this could happen.’ Khan said other family members asked him to speak at the news conference, and to express their sadness over the shootings.

The FBI are considering domestic terrorism and workplace violence as potential motives in the killing, which is the worst since Sandy Hook elementary school was attacked in 2012.

After Farook and Malik were killed, police served a search warrant on a home in Redlands, believed to be the one where the chase began.

Around six vehicles carrying helmeted police drove into the area. One officer carrying an assault rifle ordered reporters to clear the area, and an armored vehicle parked outside a row of homes.

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Stories also began to emerged from those inside the conference center. Shortly before noon, dozens of people were seen existing the building with their hands up. Others were seen being taken away by paramedics on gurneys. According to the New York Times, those who fled were brought to a golf course behind, but were then moved from the scene due to a ‘potential explosive device.’

The Los Angeles Times reported how one victim hid under a desk when she was shot once in the lower back.

Denise Peraza, 27, called her sister telling her that two armed gunmen, dressed in black, wearing black masks entered and started shooting at random.

‘She said, “I just want to tell you that I love you” and then she said she had to go and she hung up,’ said Stephanie Baldwin.

She said after the shooting, everything was silent for around five minutes until police entered and she was taken out of the building.

Marcos Aquilera told KABC his wife was in the Inland building when a shooter burst in and opened fire.

‘They locked themselves in her office. They seen bodies on the floor,’ Aguilera said.

People inside the building sent panicked texts to friends and relatives as the gunmen armed with what has been described by CNN as AK-47s stormed the center.

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A woman named Holly who works at the learning center where the shooting took place texted her father, Terry Pettit: ‘Shooting at my work. People shot. Waiting for cops to catch him. Pray for us.’

Pettit replied: ‘Hide find a good spot hide now.’

Holly said: ‘I am but we are locked in an office. Cops SWAT helicopter, everything here.’

Another worker named Gina texted her sister Monique: ‘There’s a shoot out at my work I’m scared.’

The San Bernardino Fire Department tweeted at around 11am local time that first responders were on the scene in 1300 block of South Waterman Avenue. The shooting occurred at the Inland Regional Center, a non-profit organization for people with disabilities.

Marybeth Feild, the president and CEO of the Inland Regional Center, said the shooting happened in the conference area of a building that houses at least 25 employees as well as a library.

Glenn Willwerth, who heard shots being fired, told Fox News that he saw a black SUV leaving the scene that was ‘driving slowly and deliberately’. He said he saw people running frantically out of the building and hiding behind cars.

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A day before the shooting, the San Bernardino center hosted a children’s Christmas party.

While most of the center’s youngest patients only come in for appointments, some of the most disabled are permanent residents.

A video posted on Twitter showed wheelchair-bound children beaming as they danced to the song Celebrate in one of the center’s halls – and pictures posted to the center’s official Facebook page show children receiving presents from Santa Claus.

SWAT teams were called in to clear the scene, according to Los Angeles News reporter Doug Sanders.

A bomb squad used a robot to detonate an apparent explosive device left at the scene, the Los Angeles Times reported, citing anonymous sources.

Loma Linda University Medical has received four patients in its trauma center and officials there were expecting three more. Hospital spokeswoman Briana Pastorino said she didn’t know the patients’ conditions.

Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, which is run by the county, has received eight patients.

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President Barack Obama was briefed on the shooting in San Bernardino by homeland security adviser Lisa Monaco, and has asked to be kept informed as the situation develops.

In an interview with CBS News this afternoon, Obama addressed this latest shooting.

‘We have a pattern now of mass shootings in this country that has no parallel anywhere else in the world, and there are some steps we can take… to improve the odds that they don’t happen as frequently,’ said the president.

The shooting in San Bernardino comes less than a week after a man opened fire at a Planned Parenthood facility in Colorado, killing a police officer and two civilians, and injuring nine others.

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Shooter’s Neighbor Didn’t Report ‘Suspicious Activity’ For Fear Of Being Labeled Racist – Daily Caller

Neighbors of San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook told ABC Wednesday that they noticed “suspicious activity” at Farook’s home recently, but did not report it for fear of being called racist.

One neighbor noted that police had been called to the Farook household in the past, “maybe for a domestic violence dispute.”

Additionally, Aaron Elswick – a neighbor of Farook’s mother in Redland – said that another neighbor told him “they had I guess been receiving packages – quite a few packages within a short amount of time, and they were actually doing a lot of work out in the garage.”

“She was kind of suspicious and wanted to report it,” Elswick explained, “but she said she didn’t want to profile.”

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San Bernardino Shootings Destroy Leftist Narrative After Leftist Narrative – Breitbart

Over the last 48 hours, the unserious parade of clown leftists in politics and the media have jumped on every narrative rake in sight. They desperately wanted the shooting in San Bernardino to be a right-winger with an NRA tramp stamp gone mad. Instead, it turned out to be two Muslims who dropped their six-month-old baby off in order to pursue killing.

Here’s how the left desperately attempted to spin narrative after narrative – and will continue to spin in the coming days, ignoring the very real threat of radical Islam.

It Must Be Pro-Lifers! In the aftermath of the left’s gleeful attempts to tie clinically insane person Robert Dear to the entire pro-life movement, they initially thought they’d hit the narrative gold mine again: a Planned Parenthood was located near the shooting location! How near? Well, not that near. At least a mile away, it turns out. But that didn’t stop Sam Stein of Huffington Post from tweeting:
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Planned Parenthood is about 1.3 miles from site of shooting. CNN, however, is reporting that the shooting didn’t take place there

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Planned Parenthood near San Bernardino shootings says they’re fine, no gun violence there, per MSNBC. – Jennifer Bendery (@jbendery) December 2, 2015

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There is a Chuck-E-Cheese 1.5 miles away from the shooting location. They weren’t targeted either.

It Must Be Right-Wingers of Unspecified Political Priority! If it couldn’t be pinned on the pro-life movement, it had to be some other right-wingers, at least according to moral cow pie Markos Moulitsas of Vox.com, who tweeted this:
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Yo GOP, kinda hard to talk about “keeping people safe” when your peeps are shooting up America.

– Markos Moulitsas (@markos) December 2, 2015

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Geraldo Rivera of Fox News had the day’s most facepalming moment on Twitter:
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The key now is for us to be as outraged by San Bernadino massacre as we would be if Muslim extremists were doing the killing. This is terror

– Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) December 2, 2015

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Oopsies. We Need More Gun Control! As the shootings unfolded, Democrats universally came out of the woodwork to chant to their pagan god, government: The Great God of Government had to stop such nefarious activities by activating the gun control agenda. Barack Obama said to CBS’s Norah O’Donnell, “We have a pattern now of mass shootings in this country that has no parallel anywhere else in the world.” Hillary Clinton tweeted:
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I refuse to accept this as normal. We must take action to stop gun violence now. – H https://t.co/SkKglwQycb – Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) December 2, 2015

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Mass shootings are becoming an almost-everyday occurrence in this country. This sickening and senseless gun violence must stop.

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Mass shooting in San Bernadino California at a Center for the Developmentally Disabled WTF! The 2d Amendment is Stupid!!! Don’t rationalize. – Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) December 2, 2015

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This narrative hasn’t faded quite as fast as some of the others, because Democrats are far too invested in it to let it go. Here’s Senator Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) this morning:
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We’re going to force the Senate to vote today on amendments that do something to stop gun violence. – Senator Harry Reid (@SenatorReid) December 3, 2015

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Prayer Is The Problem! One of the odder narratives yesterday came courtesy of the mainstream media, as well as certain Democratic politicians, including a sitting U.S.AIR Senator: those offering thoughts and prayers were the problem. This narrative likely began months ago after the Umpqua Community College shooting, when Obama said that thoughts and prayers weren’t enough; now that narrative has penetrated the leftist mainstream.
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Your “thoughts” should be about steps to take to stop this carnage. Your “prayers” should be for forgiveness if you do nothing – again.

– Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) December 2, 2015
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Official GOP position: “Praying.” “God bless.” “Praying.” “Thoughts and prayers.” “Praying.” “Thoughts and prayers.” pic.twitter.com/OyW3fQvm4w

Scott Bixby (@scottbix) December 2, 2015
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Other countries must have fewer mass shootings because their conservative politicians offer thoughts and prayers more vigorously. – Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) December 2, 2015
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At least 14 dead and 14 injured. But lucky for them, the GOP is offering up loads of thoughts and prayers! – Markos Moulitsas (@markos) December 2, 2015
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Fuck your prayers. https://t.co/y1nb2Jbxif

– timheidecker (@timheidecker) December 2, 2015

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Huffington Post ran the headline, “Another Shooting, Another Deluge of Tweeted Prayers,” with the lead, “Public officials are the people society trusts to solve society’s ills. Like, say, gun violence. But every time multiple people have been gunned down in a mass shooting, all these officials can seemingly do is rush to offer their useless thoughts and prayers.” The dying New York Daily News took the cake with this cover:
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An early look at tomorrow’s front page… GOD ISN’T FIXING THIS: https://t.co/eKUg5f03ec pic.twitter.com/j4gEFg9YtJ

– New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) December 3, 2015

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As I wrote yesterday:

The same people who believe that when radical Muslims engage in mass shootings, that’s not an indictment of Islam, are now pointing to Christians who pray for shooting victims and labeling them the problem. According to these deep thinkers, if you shout “Allahu akhbar!” while shooting crowds of innocents, that’s not religious in any way; if you pray for the victims, you’re a religious nutjob.

It’s Workplace Violence! This narrative began with the terrorism-associated Council on American-Islamic Relations, which held a press conference late last night. The CAIR spokesman said, “We don’t know the motives. Is it work, rage related? Is it mental illness? Is it extreme ideology? At this point it’s really unknown to us.” Today, President Obama suggested that workplace violence could be a motivation, even though workplace violence isn’t a motivation, but a method. NBC’s Kerry Saunders suggested that the workplace “Christmas party” could have offended the Muslim shooter.

It is highly unlikely that simple hatred of coworkers led to an organized terrorist incident, complete with IED development and GoPro cameras. It is far more likely, as President Obama suggested, that the motivation was Islamic but the targets were workplace-based. Given that the federal government has labeled Fort Hood workplace violence, however, we could see a redux of that narrative here.

Stop The Islamophobia! Sooner or later, we knew we would arrive here. And so we have: when all else fails, blame Islamophobia. On Thursday, Democratic National Committee chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) criticized Republicans for demonizing Muslims. That will continue all day.

There’s just one more step before we reach the end of the rake-stepping parade: climate change.

Keep an eye out.

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Obama Said Americans Safe From ISIS-Style Attack While Police Hunted San Bernardino Terrorists – Daily Wire

President Obama’s universe must be a wonderful place.

It sure isn’t reality.

In an interview with CNN that aired on Thursday – the day after reportedly ISIS-inspired radical Muslim terrorists murdered 14 people in San Bernardino, California – Obama explained that Americans were safe from ISIS attack like the Paris attacks. “ISIL will not pose an existential threat to us,” Obama said, as though anyone argues differently. “They are a dangerous organization like al Qaeda was, but we have hardened our defenses. The American people should feel confident that, you know, we are going to be able to defend ourselves and make sure that, you know, we have a good holiday and go about our lives.”

The interview was taped simultaneously with the investigation into the San Bernardino shootings on Wednesday.

The level of disconnect here truly rises to the level of astonishing. We know that President Obama has lied about national security repeatedly in order to ensure his own political popularity – and we know he’s done so specifically with regard to ISIS. On Monday, his former intelligence head openly explained that Obama ignored intelligence about ISIS’ rise in 2011 and 2012 to boost his re-election chances. Now, Obama’s openly lying to us about our level of safety in order to protect his own prioritization of climate change.

Absolutely incredible.

Just to ensure that Americans feel perfectly safe against ISIS, Obama has pledged to move strongly on gun control. Today, the White House announced that Obama’s desire to strengthen anti-gun regulation would actually deter terrorism. Fox News’ Peter Doocy asked, “Does the President really think that common sense gun laws would deter terrorists now that he has admitted that these two may have been terrorists?” Josh Earnest answered, “Yes.”

Just like climate change summits intimidate ISIS. Just like ISIS was jayvee.

You’re not safe under President Obama’s watch. That’s because he’s not watching. He’s just covering his own ass, forever and always.

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*MOVIES* Your Daley Gator Top Five Films For Thanksgiving


A CHARLIE BROWN THANKSGIVING (1973)

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MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET (1947)

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PLANES, TRAINS AND AUTOMOBILES (1987)

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HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS (1995)

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SCENT OF A WOMAN (1992)

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Putin Threatens ‘Serious Consequences’ After Turkey Shoots Down Russian Jet (Pictures/Video)

Putin Warns Turkey There Will Be ‘Serious Consequences’ For ‘Stabbing Russia In The Back’ By Shooting Down One Of Its Jets… As Video Emerges Of Rebels Chanting ‘Allahu Akbar’ Over The Body Of Dead Pilot – Daily Mail

Turkey’s military have today shot down a Russian war plane near its border with Syria after the jet violated Turkish air space.

The Russian Sukhoi Su-24 jet was shot down by Turkish F-16 fighter planes after ignoring nearly a dozen warnings, Turkish army officials said.

President Vladimir Putin called Turkey’s decision to shoot down the plane a ‘stab in the back by the terrorists’ accomplices’, as his Defence Ministry still claims the jet was in Syrian airspace

Footage reportedly filmed by rebels in Syria’s Turkomen Mountains, an area which has been the cause of recent tensions between Turkey and Russia, shows local fighters cheer as they discover the body of one of the Russian pilots.

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The video, posted on Twitter by a man believed to be a Syrian-Turkmen rebel soldier, shows at least a dozen men surrounding the corpse of the pilot, dressed in Russian military fatigues, and some are heard shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ – ‘God is great’.

Local rebels said the pilot, who can be seen covered in bruises and burns in the video, was already deceased when he landed, and that none of the Russian pilots had been killed by Syrian fighters.

The area is mainly populated by Turkmens – Syrians citizens, but ethnic Turks – and is the target of a current Syrian government offensive, where President Bashar al-Assad’s ground troops are supported by Russian airstrikes.

The Turkish army said the pilots of the Russian jet had been warned ‘ten times in the space of five minutes’ before the plane was shot down.

Both pilots ejected themselves from the jet and could be seen parachuting down to the ground, where one has been reported dead and the other captured by Syrian Turkmen rebels.

The Turkomen Mountains is controlled by several insurgent groups, who are not allied with ISIS, including al-Qaida’s branch in Syria, the Nusra Front, and the 2nd Coastal Division that consists of local Turkmen fighters.

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Just hours before the Russian jet was shot down, Ankara called for a U.N Security Council meeting to discuss attacks on Turkmen areas in Syria, which have forced some 1,700 civilians to flee their homes in the last three days, according to Turkish officials.

It followed a summoning of Moscow’s ambassador on Friday, when Ankara demanded an immediate end to the Russian military operation near the Syrian border saying the Russian actions did not ‘constitute a fight against terrorism’ but the bombing of civilians.

Ambassador Andrey Karlov was warned during the meeting that the Russian operations could lead to serious consequences, the ministry said.

Turkish officials said the Russian plane was first warned that it was within ten miles of the Turkish border, and the aircraft then crossed over Turkish territory, adding that a second plane had also approached the border and been warned.

‘The data we have is very clear. There were two planes approaching our border, we warned them as they were getting too close,’ a senior Turkish official said.

‘We warned them to avoid entering Turkish airspace before they did, and we warned them many times. Our findings show clearly that Turkish airspace was violated multiple times. And they violated it knowingly,’ the official said.

NATO allies will hold an ‘extraordinary’ meeting later today at Ankara’s request to discuss Tuesday morning’s incident, an alliance official said.

‘At the request of Turkey, the North Atlantic Council will hold an extraordinary meeting at 4pm. The aim of this extraordinary NAC is for Turkey to inform Allies about the downing of a Russian airplane,’ the official said.

The North Atlantic Council consists of ambassadors from the 28 NATO member states.

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A Turkish military statement, issued before it was confirmed that the jet was Russian, said the plane entered Turkish airspace over the town of Yayladagi, in Hatay province.

‘On Nov. 24, 2015 at around 09.20am, a plane whose nationality is not known violated the Turkish airspace despite several warnings (ten times within five minutes) in the area of Yayladagi, Hatary.

‘Two F-16 planes on aerial patrol duty in the area intervened against the plane in question in accordance with the rules of engagement at 09.24am.’

The Turkish Army later released a radar analysis image which they say tracks the movement of the Russian Sukhoi Su-24 jet, showing where it entered Turkish air space, and where it went down.

‘This isn’t an action against any specific country. Our F-16s took the necessary steps to defend Turkey’s sovereign territory,’ a Turkish official told news agencies on condition of anonymity.

Russia’s Defence Ministry said in a statement that they are looking into the circumstances of the crash of the Russian jet.

‘The Ministry of Defence would like to stress that the plane was over the Syrian territory throughout the flight.’

The statement also claimed that the Sukhoi-24 had been shot down from the ground at the altitude of 6,000 metres (3.73m).

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Vladimir Putin’s spokesman called the downing of the Su-24 warplane a ‘very serious incident’ but declined to comment further until more facts emerged.

‘It is just impossible to say something without having full information,’ said Dmitry Peskov.

Russia’s government-run TV Zvezda claimed the warplane had been in Syrian airspace the entire time, which allegedly could be proven by ‘control systems’, a ministry spokesman said.

‘It’s the kind of thing we’re been warning about,’ said Ian Kearns, director of the European Leadership Network think-tank in London.

‘And it’s a direct military engagement between a NATO country and Russia, so I think it’s a serious incident in anybody’s book.’

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has spoken with the chief of military staff and the foreign minister about the developments on the Syrian border, the prime minister’s office said in a statement, without mentioning the downed jet.

He has ordered the foreign ministry to consult with NATO, the United Nations and related countries on the latest developments, his office said.

Last month, Turkish jets shot down an unidentified drone that had also violated Turkey’s airspace.

Turkey and Russia have long been at loggerheads over the Syrian conflict, with Ankara seeking Assad’s overthrow while Moscow does everything to keep him in power.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is due to visit Turkey on Wednesday to discuss Syria, in a trip arranged before this incident.Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan is meanwhile expected to visit Russia for talks with Putin in late December.

Russia’s participation in the Syrian peace process talks in Vienna, the co-operation on the UN Security Council resolution and meetings between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Nato leaders provided signs of a renewed diplomatic engagement between Moscow and the West in recent weeks.

French President Francois Hollande will meet Mr Putin on Thursday and Russia has offered co-operation in the fight against IS following the atrocities in Paris and the downing of a Russian passenger jet in Egypt.
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Number Of Governors Refusing To Allow President Asshat To Flood Their States With Muslim “Refugees” Hits 32

UPDATE: Total Number Of Governors Refusing To Allow Syrian Refugees Into Their States Hits 32 – Weasel Zippers

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66 Jihadists Have Been Arrested In U.S. So Far For ISIS-Related Plots, Including Muslim “Refugees”

Nearly Seventy Are Arrested In America Over ISIS Plots, And They Include Refugees Who Had Been Given Safe Haven But ‘Turned To Terror’ – Daily Mail

U.S. authorities have charged at least 66 men and women with ISIS-related terror plots on American soil – including a handful of refugees, Daily Mail Online can reveal.

The terror group has set its sights on Washington, D.C. as it vows to further infiltrate the West and ramp up its blood-soaked offensive.

Presidents Obama insists says that ‘slamming the door’ on Syrian refugees fleeing ISIS would be a betrayal of American values.

But 34 governors are refusing to take in any more, in case jihadi fighters slip into their states and repeat the carnage of Paris.

Analysis by Daily Mail Online reveals that a handful of foiled plots have already involved immigrants accused of harboring sympathy for ISIS.

The threat also comes from within, with American teenagers and Islamic converts among those seduced by the group’s torrent of chilling online propaganda.

They include a U.S. Air Force veteran accused of waging war on the country he once served and a National Guard soldier who allegedly plotted to gun down his own colleagues.

Others are seemingly ordinary American citizens, including a young nurse, a pizza parlor boss and schoolgirls tricked into becoming shrouded ISIS brides.

Some have conspired to travel or send friends abroad to link up with fundamentalist fighters while others have planned for jihad closer to home – with Capitol Hill among the targets for a foiled bombing raid.

The incidents detailed here are among dozens disrupted by police and federal agents since ISIS began to rise from the flames of the Syrian civil war. They include:

BOSNIAN REFUGEES WHO ‘AIDED AMERICA’S ENEMIES WITH CASH FOR EQUIPMENT’

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Husband and wife ‘terror’ team: Ramic Hodzic (left) and his wife Sedina (right) both of St Louis, MO, face trial over allegations they gathered cash to buy military equipment for ISIS fighters in Syria

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Immigrants: All six charged in the case were from Bosnia, including Nihad Rosic (left) and Jasminka Ramic (right), who has pleaded guilty

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Codewords: According to court documents the group conspired via phone, Facebook and email using innocuous code words such as ‘beach’ for places like Iraq and Syria

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They fled the war in Yugoslavia to enjoy new lives in the U.S. – but are now accused of conspiring to help its deadliest enemies.

Six Bosnian immigrants, three from Missouri, two from Illinois and one from New York, were charged in February with sending money and military equipment to extremist groups in Syria including ISIS and the Al Qaeda-affiliated Al-Nusra Front.

Among the accused are Ramiz Zjad Hodzic, 40 and his wife Sedina, 35, who allegedly gathered money to purchase military uniforms and tactical gear so they could send it to fighters in Syria.

Also facing trial are Armin Harcevic, 37, Nihad Rosic, 26, and Mediha Medy Salkicevic, 34. Jasminka Ramic, 42, pleaded guilty last month.

According to court documents the group conspired via phone, Facebook and email using innocuous code words such as ‘beach’ for places like Iraq and Syria while using PayPal and Western Union to send funds to fanatics.

‘All six individuals are natives of Bosnia who immigrated to the United States,’ the US attorney’s office said in a statement announcing the charges.

‘Three have become naturalized citizens of the United States and the remaining three have either refugee or legal resident status.’

THE MINNESOTA ‘MARTYRS’ WHO DIED IN BATTLE – AND THEIR SOMALI REFUGEE HOME SUPPORTER

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Dead in ISIS lands: Douglas McArthur McCain, 33, a Muslim convert who went to school in Minneapolis (left) and Abdirahmaan Muhumed, 29, were both killed in Syria

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Refugee: 21-year-old Abdurahman Yasin Daud, who was born at a refugee camp in Kenya and arrived in the US when he was nine. He faces trial next year for supporting

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Guilty: From left Zacharia Abdurahman, Hamza Ahmed and Hanad Musse have all admitted conspiracy to provide material support and attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.

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U.S. officials suspect around a dozen men from Minnesota have left the North Star State to fight alongside ISIS extremists in Syria – and two have been killed.

In August 2014 Douglas McArthur McCain, 33, a Muslim convert who went to school in Minneapolis, became the first US citizen known to have died while fighting for the terror outfit.

Days later the White House confirmed that a second Minneapolis native-turned ISIS combatant, father-of-nine Abdirahmaan Muhumed, 29, had also been killed.

The two deaths fueled fears that the Midwestern state is becoming an unlikely recruiting hot-spot for ISIS, particularly among its large community of Somali refugees.

Following a series of raids in April, eight Somali friends were charged with conspiracy to provide material support and attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.

Zacharia Abdurahman, 20, Hanad Musse, 19, and Abdullahi Yusuf, 19, have all pleaded guilty but five more suspects face trial in February.

They include 21-year-old Abdurahman Yasin Daud, who was born at a refugee camp in Kenya and arrived in the U.S. when he was nine, according to the Minnesota Star Tribune.

US AIR FORCE VETERAN ‘WHO TURNED TRAITOR’

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Blocked: Former serviceman Tairod Nathan Webster Pugh was stopped at the Turkish border, deported, and charged with the ultimate betrayal – wanting to fight for ISIS

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Air Force veteran Tairod Nathan Webster Pugh is accused of the ultimate act of betrayal – joining the ranks of ISIS to wage war on the country he once served.

Believed to be the first former U.S. serviceman to attempt to join the terror group, Pugh is accused of trying to travel Syria to fight alongside the warped caliphate’s fanatical armies.

The 47-year-old was an avionics instrument system specialist from 1986 to 1990 but Federal authorities say he converted to Islam after leaving the military and became steadily more radical.

The FBI first learnt of his beliefs in 2001 when a co-worker at American Airlines reported Pugh, whose last known address was in Neptune, New Jersey, for sympathizing with Osama bin Laden.

Pugh was blocked from entering Turkey in January and deported to the US, where investigators found a letter stating: ‘I am a (mujahedeen). I am a sword against the oppressor and a shield for the oppressed.’

‘I feel bad,’ the veteran’s aunt, Helena Pugh, 78, told the Asbury Park Press. ‘I don’t know how he came to be the person that he is.’

GUARDSMAN AND COUSIN ‘PLANNED SLAUGHTER’

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Arrested: Jonas (left) and Hasan Edmonds (right) were heldd by members of the Chicago FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force. Hasan was a member of the National Guard

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Jonas Edmonds (left) planned to use his cousin Hasan’s (right) inside knowledge of the National Guard to kill scores at the Illinois Guard Armory, according to prosecutors

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Cousins Jonas and Hasan Edmonds – a National Guard soldier – are accused of plotting a ‘Charlie Hebdo’-style raid on a military facility.

Prosecutors say the pair planned to utilize Hasan’s inside knowledge to slaughter around 120 servicemen at the Illinois National Guard Armory.

They pair scoped out the facility together and Hasan, 22, gathered training schedules, building layouts and a uniform.

According to the FBI complaint, Jonas, 29, was poised to execute the plot while Hasan headed to the Middle East to fight alongside ISIS.

Hasan was arrested March 25 when he tried to fly from Chicago to Egypt and Jonas was arrested the same day in Aurora, Illinois. Both men are due to stand trial.

‘The defendants allegedly conspired to provide material support to ISIL and planned to travel overseas to support the terrorist organization’ announced Assistant Attorney General Carlin.

NATURALIZED PIZZA SHOP JIHADIST WANTED TO WAGE WAR ON WEST

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Plotted from his pizza shop: Authorities say 30-year-old Mufid Elfgeeh plotted to send three men to a ‘welcoming camp’ in Syria for jihadist education and training

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Yemeni-born Mufid Elfgeeh was a naturalized American citizen running a pizza and chicken shop in Rochester, New York.

But in September May 2014 he became one of the first people on American soil to be arrested and accused of being a recruiter for ISIS.

Authorities say the 30-year-old plotted to send three men to a ‘welcoming camp’ in Syria for jihadist education and training.

According to the Department of Justice he was also plotting to shoot and kill members of the United States military who had returned from Iraq.

Elgeeh was arrested in a Walmart parking car lot after taking possession of two guns with silencers and ammunition.

He denies attempting to provide material support and resources to ISIS, attempted murder, various firearms charges and assault on three deputies involved in his arrest.

CARTOON EVENT SPARKS DEADLY SHOOTOUT

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Gunned down: Police stopped Nadir Soofi (left) and Elton Simpson (right) from massacring people who had gone to a ‘Draw Muhammad’ contest – just moments after one had tweeted allegiance to ISIS’s leader

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Anti-Islam campaigner Pamela Geller made herself a prime target for Muslim fanatics when she organized a now-infamous ‘Draw Muhammad’ contest.

Gunmen Elton Simpson, 30, and Nadir Soofi, 34, tried to storm the controversial May 3 event in Garland, Tex. but were shot dead by police.

Moments earlier one of the pair had tweeted a pledge of allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

ISIS were quick to claim responsibility for the assault, the first time the fundamentalist movement had taken credit for an attack here – though authorities have never confirmed their direct involvement.

The shootings echoed a string of threats and attacks on Western satirists, artists and bloggers who have depicted the Prophet Mohammad, most famously the Charlie Hebdo shootings in France.

Organizers of the ‘Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest’ insisted they wanted to promote free speech.

KNIFE-WIELDING FANATIC VOWED TO SLAY POLICE

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Cornered: Usaamah Rahim was shot when he refused to drop his knife

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Plan ‘A’ was to hunt down and behead Geller in an apparent revenge plot over the deaths of their fellow fanatics at her Texas event.

But after a week of scheming, Usaamah Rahim, 26, decided his ISIS-inspired bloodlust could not wait any longer – and vowed to kill members of ‘the thin blue line’ instead.

Faced with an imminent threat to law enforcement, FBI and police cornered Rahim on a Boston sidewalk on June 2 and he was fatally shot when he refused to drop his knife.

His alleged co-conspirators David Wright, 25, of Everett, Massachusetts, and Nicholas Rovinski, 24, of Warwick, Rhode Island, were charged with conspiracy to provide material support to ISIS.

Wright, one of Rahim’s relations, was also charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice.

‘It won’t end with me or the cops,’ Geller later told NBC. ‘It’s just beginning. The one thing that’s being ignored that came out of Garland is that ISIS is here. Islamic terrorism is here.’

TOUGH GUY HIT GYM TO GET IN SHAPE FOR JIHAD

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Seven years: Michael Todd Wolfe, 23, (left, on his arrest, right on conviction) from Austin, TX, will spend nearly seven years in prison after being sentenced for trying to aid overseas terrorists

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White Muslim convert Michael Todd Wolfe yearned to play the martyr and what better place to do it than in the killing fields of Syria.

The 23-year-old took up running, martial arts, and began a grueling CrossFit training program to get in shape to fight alongside his ISIS brothers.

He read up on military maneuvers and even sought out a pair of durable glasses with a head strap that would hold up on the battlefield, according to the Austin American-Statesman.

Wolfe, from Austin, Texas, planned to fly his family to Europe where he would meet an ISIS fixer who would take them all on to Syria.

However he was arrested at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston in June last year when the contact turned out to be an undercover FBI agent.

Wolfe was subsequently sentenced to nearly seven years in prison on charges that he attempted to aid overseas terrorists.

IMMIGRANT WHO DREAMED OF SNIPER SPREE WITH ‘ISIS’ ROUNDS

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Lone wolf: Miguel Moran Diaz wanted to scratch ISIS on shell casings, buy a sniper rifle and go on a deadly shooting spree

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Miguel Moran Diaz called himself the ‘lone wolf’ and boasted about shooting people with rifle shells engraved with the word ISIS.

The 46-year-old Cuban immigrant poured out his love for the fanatical organization on Facebook and kept a stash of weaponry despite being a convicted felon.

He asked an undercover FBI agent to help him buy a .308 caliber bolt action rifle and described how he would scratch ‘ISIS’ into the shell casings before going on a shooting spree.

Diaz was jailed for ten years in July on a firearms charge rather than a terrorism offense – but Federal authorities were convinced of his jihadist leanings.

‘Miguel Moran Diaz was an armed, convicted felon who harbored sympathies for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria,’ FBI Special Agent in Charge George L. Piro said in a press release.

‘He called himself a ‘Lone Wolf’ for ‘ISIS.’ This is not a scenario where law enforcement can afford to wait and see what happens next.’

THE TEEN RUNAWAYS PROMISED DISNEY LIVES

They were just three teenage girls from Denver with a love of pop music and social media.

But when the two sisters aged 15 and 17 skipped classes with a 16-year-old friend in October last year, the last thing on their mind was a Justin Bieber concert.

The trio were reported missing and eventually arrested in Frankfurt, Germany as they apparently traveled to Syria to join Islamic militants.

They were said to have fallen under the spell of ISIS, with its promises of dream homes, husbands and Disney-esque happy endings to lure young brides to Syria.

‘Social media has played a very significant role in the recruitment of young people,’ warned FBI spokesman Kyle Loven afterwards.

‘Young, disaffected youth who exist primarily on the fringes of society – they seem to be more susceptible to this type of propaganda’.

The trio were never named because they were treated as victims.

TARGET OBAMA: ‘I WOULD HAVE PULLED TRIGGER’

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Awaiting trial: Christopher Lee Cornell emerged from a Cincinnati gun shop on January 14 with two M15 semi-automatic rifles and 600 rounds of ammunition.

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Islamic convert Christopher Lee Cornell emerged from a Cincinnati gun shop on January 14 with two M15 semi-automatic rifles and 600 rounds of ammunition.

The video game fanatic got as far as the parking lot before law enforcement agents moved in to seize his arsenal, which the FBI says he wanted to use to mount a terror raid on Capitol Hill.

According to court documents, the 21-year-old Muslim convert planned to ‘build, plant and detonate pipe bombs at and near the U.S. Capitol, then use firearms to shoot and kill employees and officials,’

Cornell’s father John told The Cincinnati Enquirer he was ‘momma’s boy’ but weeks later Cornell rang up a TV station from his jail cell boasting about his affiliation with ISIS and his desire to point his gun at the President.

‘I would have put it to Obama’s head, I would have pulled the trigger,’ he told WXIX-TV.

Defense attorneys have asked for a hearing to determine whether he is competent to stand trial.

FACEBOOK FANATIC, JUST 20, SAID ON VIDEO: ‘I WILL KILL ANY KUFFAR’

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Facing life: John T. Booker Jnr tried to enlist in the Army, allegedly so he could carry out an ‘insider attack’, turning his weapon on his soldiers at a firing range or murdering them with a sword.

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John T. Booker Jr was arrested April 10 as he attempting to arm a ‘1,000-pound bomb’ hidden in a van parked near Fort Riley, a military post in Kansas.

In fact, it was a dummy device supplied to him in an elaborate FBI sting.

According to court documents, the 20-year-old from Topeka, Kansas wanted to slaughter Americans on behalf of ISIS, telling an undercover agent: ‘I will kill any kuffar’.

He also tried to enlist in the Army, allegedly so he could carry out an ‘insider attack’, turning his weapon on his soldiers at a firing range or murdering them with a sword.

The Topeka, Kansas native was denied entry and then snared by FBI agents, one posing as a high-ranking sheikh plotting suicide attacks.

He is awaiting trial and faces life in prison if convicted of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction.

THE COLORADO JIHADI BRIDE WHO SNEERED AT AMERICAN ‘SLUTS’

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In love: Shannon Conley had fall in love with a Tunisian she had met online and wanted to join him in ISIS territory. Her parents said she was ‘naive’. But on social media she called American women ‘sluts’

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Nurse’s aide Shannon Maureen Conley fell in love with an ISIS fighter online and was arrested as she flew out to become his jihadist bride.

The 19-year-old Colorado native had Al Qaeda literature in her luggage when she tried to board a plane from Denver to Turkey in April 2014.

Her plan was to slip into Syria to wed her 32-year-old Tunisian ‘suitor’ and serve as a nurse in an ISIS camp.

Instead, Conley finds herself behind bars after she was handed a four-year sentence by a federal judge determined to steer others away from the terror group’s clutches.

Conley’s parents, John and Ana Maria, described her as ‘an incredibly naive and idealistic young woman who trusted that others were telling her the truth.’

But she revealed her extremist views on social media, sneering at American women for dressing ‘like sluts’ and describing herself as a ‘Slave to Allah.’

TWO REAL BAD B*****S ‘PLOTTED SECOND BOSTON BOMBING’

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‘ISIS inspired’: Roommates Noelle Velentzas and Asia Siddiqui allegedly stockpiled gas tanks, fertilizer and a pressure cooker in an apparent bid to emulate Boston marathon bomber

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ISIS-inspired roommates Noelle Velentzas and Asia Siddiqui are accused of plotting a homemade bomb attack on a slain police officer’s funeral.

The two friends from Queens, New York stockpiled gas tanks, fertilizer and a pressure cooker in an apparent bid to emulate Boston marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, prosecutors allege.

Court documents say their list of potential targets included the funeral of NYPD officer Rafael Ramos, who was shot dead in December 2014 along with his partner Wenjian Liu.

Velentzas, 28, is said to have told an undercover agent who converted to Islam to befriend them in 2013 that they wanted to be known as ‘citizens of the Islamic State’.

On another occasion she pulled out a knife, demonstrated how to stab someone – and allegedly asked: ‘Why can’t we be some real bad bitches?’

She and Siddiqui, 31, were arrested on April 2 before they could settle on a target but are accused of conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction.

TERROR IN THE TRI-STATE: FIVE HELD BY FBI

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Guilty: Store supervisor Alaa Saadeh (left) and Samuel Rahamin Topaz (right) have both pleaded guilty to terror charges. Saadeh’s brother, Nader, was arrested in Yemen and is awaiting trial along with others.

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Facing trial: Staten Island student Fareed Mumuni, 21, is accused of helping Saleh and faces a further charge of attempting to murder an FBI agent after he lunged at him with a kitchen knife before his June 17 arrest.

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Authorities in the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut tri-state area arrested five members of an alleged ISIS cell on the eve of July 4 celebrations amid fears of a pressure cooker bomb plot targeting a New York landmark.

Samuel Rahamin Topaz of Fort Lee, New Jersey, has pleaded guilty to trying to travel abroad to join the terror group and faces up to 20 years in jail.

The 21-year-old’s lawyer says he had no role in any wider plot, however, and plans to cooperate with authorities by telling them what his alleged co-conspirators were up to.

Store supervisor Alaa Saadeh, from Hudson County, New Jersey, meanwhile, pleaded guilty to giving money and credit cards to fellow fanatics to help them travel to Syria.

Still facing trial are his brother Nader, who was arrested in Yemen, and Queens college student Munther Omar Saleh, 20, who had allegedly been scouring the internet for bomb-making instructions.

Staten Island student Fareed Mumuni, 21, is accused of helping Saleh and faces a further charge of attempting to murder an FBI agent after he lunged at him with a kitchen knife before his June 17 arrest.

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One Muslim Terrorist Killed, Another Surrounded After Gun Battle With Police In Paris Suburb Of Saint-Denis

Woman In A Suicide Belt Is Killed By Police After Heavy Gunfire Breaks Out In Paris Suburb As Mastermind Of Friday’s Attacks Is Surrounded In Flat – Daily Mail

A female terror suspect wearing a suicide vest is believed to have blown herself up as police were involved in a gunfight with up to six other suspected Paris terrorists including the mastermind behind Friday’s massacres.

SWAT teams and special forces have surrounded an apartment in the Parisian suburb of Saint-Denis – close to the Stade de France – in a siege that started at 4.30am this morning.

French media are reporting the architect of the plan that killed 129 people, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, 27, is alive and inside the flat – until now it was thought he was in Syria orchestrating the attack from ISIS capital Raqqa.

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A woman jihadi is said to have fired her AK-47 at police before blowing herself up as an assault squad stormed the apartment block. A rooftop sniper is believed to have shot dead another terror suspect through a window and another is reportedly dead.

Two people may been taken alive and arrested. An innocent person on the street may have been killed.

The chief suspect Salah Abdeslam, 26, who was last seen by police trying to enter Belgium in the hours after the attacks involving nine gunmen, may also be inside.

Machine gun fire and at least seven loud explosions, caused by the suicide bomber and possibly hand grenades, have been heard as the siege continues.
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Police vans, fire trucks and three rushed to the scene in Saint-Denis, north of Paris. The site is a mile from the Stade de France stadium, which was targeted by three suicide bombers during Friday’s attacks.

Baptiste Marie, a 26-year-old journalist who lives near the scene of the stand-off, said: ‘It started with an explosion. Then there was second big explosion. Then two more explosions. There was an hour of gunfire’.

Riot police were clearing the streets early Wednesday, pointing guns at curious residents to move them off the roads.

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Mr Marie said the officers seemed nervous – ‘you could see it in their eyes, ‘ he said.

Resident Amin Guizani, 21, said: ‘There were grenades. It was going, stopping. Kalashnikovs. Starting again’.

Residents have been told to stay in their homes and away from windows and some have been moved to a temporary shelter in the town hall. Police have confirmed that several officers have been hurt.

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French media initially reported the raid is part of an ongoing operation to catch the ninth suspect involved in Friday night’s terror attacks in the French capital, who is thought to be on the run.

There are also unconfirmed reports of at least one fatality, although it is not clear if it is a terrorist or a police officer.

A police official says there have been exchanges of gunfire and special SWAT teams are on the scene, which has been blocked off by dozens of police cars and vans.

Ambulances can be seen and sirens heard in French television footage from the scene.

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BFMTV and iTele both showed amateur video of the shootings and cited witnesses in the area saying they had heard sporadic gunfire since around 4.30am

The suburb of St Denis is where the Stade de France, one of the targets of Friday’s attacks, is located. On Friday three suicide bombers blew themselves up during a friendly football match.

French authorities have said they are searching for at least two people involved in last Friday’s attacks, which killed at least 129 people and seven terrorists.

In all at least 129 people died in Friday’s attacks, which have been claimed by the Islamist militant group ISIS. Seven militants died in the assault. Two are known to be on the run.

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Unconfirmed reports suggest at three people have been taken into custody, although it appears the siege is ongoing.

The suburb’s mayor, Didier Paillard, said transport to St-Denis has been cancelled and schools in the suburb will not open today.

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France Strikes Back, Launching Wave Of ‘Massive’ Bombing Raids Against ISIS Targets In Syria

France Launches Wave Of ‘Massive’ Bombing Raids On ISIS Targets, Throwing Jihadist Group’s Syrian Capital Raqqa Into Panic As Recruitment Centre And Training Camp Are Blitzed – Daily Mail

French jets have launched a series of ‘massive’ air strikes on ISIS in Syria as the country started its ‘pitiless’ retribution for the terror attacks on Paris.

The blitz was conducted by ten fighter planes which dropped 20 bombs on the terror group’s capital of Raqqa, destroying a key command centre, training camp and munitions dump, throwing the city into panic.

The bombardment came just two days after President Francois Hollande said the co-ordinated attacks in Paris that killed up to 129 people was an ‘act of war’ and vowed to strike ISIS in Syria ‘without mercy’.

In France, police carried out around 150 co-ordinated anti-terrorism raids across the country this morning, arresting dozens of suspects and seizing a cache of weapons including a rocket launcher.

A huge manhunt is also underway for accomplices of the Islamist cell including one of the bomb plotters who is still on the run today after police let him go in a string of incredible security blunders before and after the atrocity on Friday night.

A French official has also identified the suspected mastermind of the Paris attacks as Belgian Abdelhamid Abaaoud.

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, meanwhile, has warned that authorities believe new terror attacks are being planned in France and in other European countries following the carnage.

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French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve has also called for the dissolution of mosques ‘where hatred is preached’ in comments made on French television.

The air strikes in Syria, carried out in co-ordination with U.S. forces, struck a command centre, recruitment centre for jihadists, a munitions depot and a training camp for fighters, it said.

Activists inside Syria have suggested that no civilian casualties have been sustained in the Raqqa bombings.

Water supplies and electricity have reportedly been cut as a result of the air strikes, with activists claiming there has been ‘panic’ inside the city.

‘The raid… including 10 fighter jets, was launched simultaneously from the United Arab Emirates and Jordan. Twenty bombs were dropped,’ the French Defence ministry statement said last night.

Meanwhile, heavily armed tactical units launched more than 150 pre-dawn raids at addresses in Toulouse, Lyon, Grenoble, Calais and two suburbs of Paris.

French media reports a rocket launcher, flack jackets, several pistols and a Kalashnikov assault rifle were among the cache of weapons seized in Lyon overnight, with five people arrested.

They were among dozens of arrests in areas linked with radical Islamists who may have helped seven suicide bombers carry out the carnage.

French security sources said a fourth terrorist had now been identified as Frenchman Samy Aminour, 28, after raids on addresses in the Parisian suburbs of Seine-Saint-Denis and Bobigny linked to his family overnight.

Aminour, thought to be one of four jihadis who massacred 89 fans at the Bataclan rock gig, is said to have been known to French anti-terror police since 2012 when he was prosecuted for trying to flee France for Yemen.

This morning, Mr Valls said that new terror attacks are being planned in France and in other European countries.

‘We know that operations were being prepared and are still being prepared, not only against France but other European countries too,’ he said.

France would be living with the threat of terror attacks ‘for a long time’, he said.

Valls said he was struck by the fact that young people had been targeted in Friday’s attacks on a concert hall, bars and restaurants and outside the Stade de France stadium.

France and other countries in Europe today observed a minute’s silence in memory of the victims of the worst-ever terror attacks on French soil.

In Paris, President Francois Hollande and his cabinet, all dressed in black, bowed their heads at the Sorbonne University, surrounded by scores of students.

And at Place de la Republique near the site of many of Friday’s attacks, hundreds more stood still to remember the 129 people who were killed in the bloodbath.

Large crowds also gathered in silence by the Bataclan music venue where 89 people were died, and outside a nearby bar and restaurant where 15 people were murdered.

Mr Valls comments came as serious questions were being asked of France’s security operation after it emerged one of the fugitives wanted over the Paris bloodbath was arrested then released by police hours after the attacks.

Frenchman Salah Abdeslam, 26, from a suburb of Brussels known as the ‘jihadi’ capital of Europe, is now the subject of a vast international manhunt – after being questioned and let go by officers guarding the Belgian border.

One of his brothers, Ibrahim Abdeslam, 31, was one of seven terrorists who died on Friday night after he blew himself up in a solo attack outside cafe Comptoir Voltaire. He had rented a black Seat found yesterday in Paris packed with AK-47s and ammunition.

The third sibling, Mohammed Abdeslam, was in custody in Belgium last night after being arrested in a Brussels, where the ISIS terror cell may have met before the raid to gather automatic weapons and suicide vests.

French police broadcast the name and image of Salah Abdeslam, a 26-year-old born in Brussels, across Europe, warning that he is very dangerous.

‘Do not intervene yourself,’ his arrest warrant says.

He is believed to have played a key role in planning the operations.

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Four French officials acknowledged that police had Abdeslam in their grasp, when they stopped a car carrying him and two other men near the Belgian border early today.

By then, hours had passed since authorities identified Abdeslam as the renter of a Volkswagen Polo that carried hostage takers to the Paris theatre where so many were killed.

Three French police officials and a top French security official confirmed that officers let Abdeslam go after checking his ID.

They spoke on condition of anonymity, lacking authorisation to publicly disclose such details.

It is now known that three of the suicide bombers were French nationals, two of whom lived in the Belgian capital Brussels.

In a further sign of the growing Belgian connection, investigators said two cars used in the violence were hired there.

One was found near the Bataclan venue, and the other in the suburb of Montreuil east of Paris, with a number of AK47 rifles inside.

Witnesses said the second car, a black Seat, was used by the gunmen who shot dozens of people in bars and restaurants in the hip Canal St Martin area of Paris.

The first attacker to be named by investigators was Omar Ismail Mostefai, a 29-year-old French citizen, who was identified by a severed finger found among the carnage at the Bataclan.

Meanwhile, the discovery of a Syrian passport near the body of one suicide attacker has raised fears that some of the assailants might have entered Europe as part of the huge influx of people fleeing Syria’s civil war.

Greek and Serbian authorities have confirmed the passport was issued to a man who registered as a refugee in October on the island of Leros and applied for asylum in Serbia a few days later.

Clues about the extent of the terror plot have emerged from Baghdad, where senior Iraqi officials told the the AP news agency that France and other countries had been warned on Thursday of an imminent attack.

An Iraqi intelligence dispatch warned that Islamic State group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had ordered his followers to immediately launch gun and bomb attacks and take hostages inside the countries of the coalition fighting them in Iraq and Syria.

The Iraqi dispatch, which was obtained by the AP, provided no details on when or where the attack would take place, and a senior French security official told the AP that French intelligence gets these kinds of warnings ‘all the time’ and ‘every day.’

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However, Iraqi intelligence officials told the AP that they also warned France about specific details: Among them, that the attackers were trained for this operation and sent back to France from Raqqa, the Islamic State’s de-facto capital.

The officials also said that a sleeper cell in France then met with the attackers after their training and helped them to execute the plan. There were 24 people involved in the operation, they said: 19 attackers and five others in charge of logistics and planning.

Last night French intelligence officials were quizzing a man suspected of being a quartermaster to the Paris murder gang.

The suspect – identified only as ‘Vlatko V’, 51 – had driven 750 miles from Montenegro through Croatia, Slovenia and Austria, before he was stopped on an autobahn in Bavaria last Thursday.

Officers discovered eight loaded AK-47 assault rifles in secret compartments of his Volkswagen Golf.

Three handguns, two hand grenades, fuses, detonators and almost half a pound of TNT completed the mini arsenal.

Also found in the vehicle were several Parisian telephone numbers and other addresses.

The man, who is Muslim according to unconfirmed reports, has no apparent previous criminal record or specific links to radical Islamists.

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But police believe he is linked to organised crime groups in Montenegro that may have agreed to supply weaponry to jihadi groups.

A German intelligence source said police officers blundered by not reporting the seizure to anti-terror specialists in Berlin, who may have alerted France.

It also emerged that French security police arrested a man in August on suspicion of plotting a terror attack on a concert venue.

The man was held just two months after he returned from a six-day trip to Raqqa, Syria.

According to reports, the suspect confessed that he was ordered by an ISIS leader to return to Europe or France to carry out an atrocity and suggested a busy concert hall as an ideal target.

The apparent intelligence failures come amid an ongoing inquiry into the fatal errors by the security services in the lead up to the Charlie Hebdo murders in Paris in January.

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Yale Students Take Safe-Space Dumbassery To A Whole New Level

Hundreds Of Yale Students Still Protesting Halloween Insensitivity And Safe Space Meanies – Right Scoop

Yale students are out in force today in protests against racism stemming from remarks the administration made about… Halloween costumes. Just so you are clear, that is not a typo. As we previously reported at Right Scoop, the kids are pretty fired up about Halloween costumes.

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Today they are out by the hundreds. You might think it is crazy to be this upset about Halloween costumes, but that is only because you don’t realize there was an email.
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Tensions at Yale University hit a boiling point yesterday after an email about Halloween costumes created a week-long controversy on campus.

Students called for the resignation of Associate Master of Silliman College Erika Christakis after she responded to an email from the school’s Intercultural Affairs Council asking students to be thoughtful about the cultural implications of their Halloween costumes. According to The Washington Post, students are also calling for the resignation of her husband, Master of Silliman College, Nicholas Christakis, who defended her statement.

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The idea that someone suggested that their Social Justice Warrior freakouts about costumes might be absurd has caused them to react totally reasonably by screaming in people’s faces and staging enormous pro-Halloween censorship protests. We shall overcome!

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The entire thing has grown to epic proportions, as The Atlantic notes.

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As you may imagine, and much like at Missouri, a huge part of the argument is about “Safe Spaces,” which is fast becoming the most absurd Orwellian euphemism for fascistic suppression of speech yet.

This is the American higher education system, folks. And soon the Democrats are going to make it “free” of charge, paid for by people with jobs who have better things to do than cry like infants about Halloween costumes they don’t like.

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