Afghanistan: Taliban activate phone for complaints

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The Afghan Taliban have activated a citizen phone service for complaints after learning that a group of false insurgents is extorting the population in eastern Afghanistan, a Taliban spokesman said today.

Rebel leaders have reacted this way to the growing number of complaints that have taken place in the eastern province of Nangarhar by the action of a group of suspected rebels, using the name of the Taliban, extort the population.

“They are collecting money, extorting and even kidnapping on our behalf, but they have not received any instruction from the ‘mujahideen’,” rebel spokesman Zabiullah Mujahi said.

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Iraq: Christian beheaded by his kidnappers

The decapitated body of a Christian man has been discovered in Kirkuk, northern Iraq, a few days after he was kidnapped. Ashur Yacob Issa, 29, was abducted late Friday night or early Saturday morning (13 or 14 May) and his mutilated body was discovered last Monday morning (16 May).

His family had been asked for a ransom but was not able to pay the sum of more than £61,500 the kidnappers demanded.

Speaking to Aid to the Church in Need, the charity for persecuted and other suffering Christians, Archbishop Louis Sako of Kirkuk condemned the killing, and went on to pay tribute to the strength and faith of his community despite the continuing threat of violence.

Archbishop Sako said: “In all these years, I have never heard of a single Christian converting to Islam, despite the many threats.”

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Erdogan wins… but not enough

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Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) won Turkey’s parliamentary elections with around 50 percent of the vote, a resounding victory that forces the country’s pluralistic democracy to face some cold hard facts.

With voter participation exceeding 84 percent, the results are a democratic legitimation of the AKP’s third consecutive election victory since 2002. Over the course of the past three elections, the AKP’s support among voters has grown from 34 percent to just under 50 percent, leaving the opposition well behind.

The rest were also-rans: the secular Republican People’s Party (CHP) garnered around 25 percent of the vote while the right-wing extremist Nationalist Action Party (MHP) came in with a meager 13 percent. In contrast, independent candidates, many of them supported by the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP), managed to secure a respectable 35 parliamentary seats. Among the independents are also non-Kurdish critics of Erdogan, who are currently in prison awaiting trial on charges of plotting a coup.

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“There is no compulsion on religion”

Well, something like that

The infidels are all one and the same. [4] There is a difference between this and the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad, even on war. The war of the Muslims is better than the peace of these dogs. [5] ….

Allah says no coercion in Islam. One is free to be faithful or unfaithful. That is the starting point, but it allows someone who converted to Islam to change their minds? No, not allowed. …

That is a totally different story. A person who converted and received a sample of the perfection of Islam is not allowed to leave the fold of Islam when he feels like that. …

First, we kindly ask a person who repents. If it does – it’s ended. When the mujahideen are fighting against a country, they tell your people: Convert to Islam. That’s our only requirement. We no longer want any more of you – do not want your money or your country. All we want is to enter Paradise with us. Is there something higher than this? …

Would they kill the infidels if they refuse to convert? No, they wouldn’t. Muslims would say: Let’s be friends. You pay the jizya tax to us and we will make sure you’re safe and sound. We could easily fight you and take care of your country, so you are better off paying the jizya and we will protect them. … [6]

It says: If they refuse to pay, seek Allah’s help and fight them ‘You are asked to become – they refuse. You tell them to pay the jizya – they refuse. That means they have bad intentions. Well, we will fight against them. …

Oh, yeah, the religion of peace, wasn’t that the motto?

PS: MEMRI has translated excerpts from a Muslim religious program with the EgyptianMuslim cleric Mazen Al-Sarsawi, which aired on television channel Al-Nour Jaliyiah TVon January 3, 2011. By the way, the guy is so stupid that mixes up Vietnam war with the II World War, saying that US dropped the atomic bomb there. 🙄

Kenya: preacher accused of Al-Shabaab recruitment among youths

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Not surprising:

“The preacher (name withheld), visited Somalia in 2009 and received military training from foreign jihadists in Somalia with affiliation to Al Qaeda. He also received training on radical brand of Islam where the core tenet is that there can be no harmonious co-existence between Muslims and other faiths,” the sources stated.

According to people close to the preacher, the recruitment of the youth is done at a mosque in Majengo in Mombasa, where he holds weekly lectures. “The content of the lectures portrays the Somalia clan wars as the ultimate jihad, where anyone who dies in such wars will be a martyr and the heavens is the permanent abode,” stated the preacher’s allies.

Al-Qaeda: Al-Zawahiri speaks about Lybia

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SITE said Zawahiri split his lecture into three distinct parts, addressing in turn the uprisings in Libya, Egypt and Tunisia.

“I want to direct the attention of our Muslim brothers in Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, and the rest of the Muslim countries, that if the Americans and the NATO forces enter Libya then their neighbors in Egypt and Tunisia and Algeria and the rest of the Muslim countries should rise up and fight both the mercenaries of Kadhafi and the rest of NATO,” he said, according to SITE.

Zawahiri stated Al-Qaeda’s backing for the ousted Tunisian and Egyptian presidents and also accused the Egyptian government of “separation from Islam” and “subservience to the West,” the monitoring group said.

The video was the fifth installment in Egyptian-born Zawahiri’s series titled “A Message of Hope and Glad Tidings to Our People in Egypt.”

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