Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Monday, March 20, 2017
Son of hook-handed hate preacher Abu Hamza stars in jihadist propaganda video as he fights President Assad in Syria
- Sufiyan Mustafa, 22, has played an active role in fighting alongside rebel groups
- It's believed Mustafa, the son of Abu Hamza, was involved in the siege of Aleppo
- He has now starred in a new propaganda video denouncing ISIS and Assad
- Mustafa is the sixth of eight children fathered by Egyptian-born Hamza, 58
Notorious hook-handed hate preacher Abu Hamza's sixth son has appeared in a new jihadist propaganda video.
Sufiyan Mustafa, 22, is fighting alongside rebel groups against in Syria after fleeing from Britain, it emerged last week.
Now the jihadist has starred in a propaganda video that denounces President Assad and criticises ISIS for giving Muslims a bad name.
Notorious hook-handed hate preacher Abu Hamza's sixth son Sufiyan Mustafa (pictured in a previous video) has appeared in new jihadist propaganda
Sufiyan Mustafa, 22, is fighting alongside rebel groups against in Syria after fleeing from Britain, it emerged last week
In the video, which is not online but has been seen by The Sun, he says: 'There is no solution to the Syrian situation while Assad is in power… if you want to help then shine a light on the atrocities carried out by Bashar Assad, the Russians and ISIS.'
'It is very unfair for the West to judge Muslims by the actions of Al Qaeda, ISIS or Hizbollah. If that is fair then all Muslims have the right to view all Christians as crusaders or Americans as Charles Manson.'
He adds: 'I will continue to stand by the side of the Syrian people and fight for their causes that many loved ones have sacrificed their lives for.'
Mustafa's father, Hamza, rose to notoriety in the UK after becoming imam of the Finsbury Park mosque, in north London, in 1997
Since making the 22,000-mile journey to Syria, Mustafa has played an active role in fighting and was involved in the siege of Aleppo, intelligence insiders claim.
It is unclear which rebel group Mustafa is fighting for.
Mustafa is the sixth of eight children fathered by Hamza, 58, an Egyptian-born hate preacher who is now serving a life sentence in a US prison for terror offences.
An intelligence insider told The Sunday People that Mustafa has no criminal record in the UK, but he 'has been part of military operations' in Syria.
The insider added: 'He has managed to stay a ghost since he set foot in Syria but it's thought he has been with rebels in the north.'
Experts believe that more than 800 Brits have flocked to Iraq and Syria to join 27,000 foreigners fighting for IS since violence broke out in 2011.
Mustafa's father, Hamza was jailed for life for terrorism offences during a trial in New York City in 2015, and has been serving his sentence in solitary confinement at a high security prison in Florence, Colorado.
Hamza was extradited to the US after the British government spent a decade trying to kick him out of the country.
He rose to notoriety in the UK after becoming imam of the Finsbury Park mosque, in north London, in 1997.
Hamza was jailed for life for terrorism offences during a trial in New York City in 2015, and has been serving his sentence in solitary confinement at a high security prison in Colorado
One year later, in 1998, he helped organise hostage-taking of 16 mostly British tourists in Yemen. Three Britons and an Australian killed in rescue mission.
In 2000, he set up a terrorist training camp back in the US, in Bly, Oregon, sending volunteers and money to Afghanistan to support al Qaeda and the Taliban.
He then firmly placed himself on the national radar in 2001 after speaking out in support of Osama bin Laden following the September 11 attacks.
His current jail is known as the 'Alcatraz of the Rockies', due to its reputation as being inescapable.
It houses the most dangerous inmates in the US prison system and is believed to the world's most secure prison.
Two of Hamza's sons, as well as a stepson, have also been jailed for various offenses, including a bomb plot and a robbery.
ABU HAMZA - THE EGYPTIAN ENGINEER WHO BECAME A PREACHER OF HATE
Sunday, March 19, 2017
Anjem Choudary disciple 'fled to Syria to join ISIS with his wife and three children using £1,000 in housing benefits'
- Shahan Choudhury was accused of taking part in a murder when he was 18
- He was acquitted in 2007 but radicalised while on remand in Belmarsh Prison
- His family followed him to Syria last year - paying for it with 'housing benefits'
- A former prisoner warns Belmarsh has become 'like a jihadi training camp'
A former suspect in a gang murder has fled to Syria - after being radicalised in what is allegedly one of Britain's most secure prisons.
Shahan Choudhury, 30, vanished from his flat in London last year and has since used Twitter to urge other British Muslims to carry out terror attacks in the UK.
His family say he was 'brainwashed' after spending 18 months on remand in HMP Belmarsh for allegedly taking part in the stabbing of a 17-year-old.
He has been joined in Syria by his wife and three children, including a baby.Shahan Choudhury allegedly took part in stabbing a 17-year-old to death over a £15 debt when he just was 18
According to the Sunday Times the family's escape may have been funded by housing benefit payments.
Choudhury's wife Mehak is alleged to have traveled to Syria in early 2016, a few months after her husband.
The family's landlady discovered that Mehak had received a monthly housing benefit payment of £1,000 - which she'd failed to pass on as rent.
Shahan Choudhury first came to the police's attention when he was charged with being part of a gang who stabbed a 17-year-old hospital worker to death over an alleged £15 drug debt.
Hate preacher Anjem Choudary has been blamed for more than a dozen brainwashed radicals joining ISIS from the UK
He was acquitted in 2007 but his family believe he was 'brainwashed' by Islamic extremists at HMP Belmarsh.
As soon as he was released he joined the banned al-Muhajiroun (ALM), the hate group led by Anjem Choudary which has called for the implementation of Sharia Law in the U.K.
A relative said: 'He was just like any other western kid when he went in but by the time he came out he was going on about religion and how the kuffar [non-believers] would all end up in hellfire.'
Mehak was also radicalised halfway through her A-levels, according to her family.
Her father, Mohammed, said: 'I told police at the time that my daughter was becoming brainwashed and was involved with these people.
'But they told me there was no evidence of extremism and that, as an adult, she could do what she wanted.'
HMP Belmarsh has become 'like a jihadi training camp' according to one former inmate.
He told the Evening Standard: 'The problem is that Belmarsh is also a holding prison and so young people are brainwashed and indoctrinated and then go out into the wider prison system and create wider Akhi networks.
'Governors, prison officers and imans all know about this.'
More than a dozen disciples of Anjem Choudary have managed to join ISIS - despite some of them being on the security service's radar.
Three other of Choudary's followers will challenge the anti-terrorism controls they have been placed under later this week at the High Court .
Saturday, March 18, 2017
Husband, 29, who tried to flee to Syria to join ISIS was HELPED by his pregnant wife who gave him £1,000 in cash in his bid to become a jihadi
- Ijaz Khan, 29, planned to join his brother-in-law who had already fled to Syria
- He admitted preparation for terrorism acts and was jailed for five years
- His wife Afsheen Khan, 28, had provided some money to help him travel abroad
- She admitted aiding and abetting the offence and was jailed for 35 months
- Afhseen gave birth to the couple's child in New Hall Prison in Wakefield
A husband has been jailed for terrorism offences after he attempted to travel to Syria to join Islamic State - and his pregnant wife was also locked up for helping him.
Ijaz Khan, 29, had planned to join his brother-in-law who had already fled to the Middle East to fight with jihadis, a court heard.
Khan was arrested at Manchester Airport after police received a tip-off that he was preparing to fly to Athens and then on to Syria to fight alongside Islamic State troops.
Leeds Crown Court heard his wife Afsheen Khan, 28, had provided some money from joint funds in her account for him to buy the ticket and provided £1,000 in cash.
Ijaz Khan, 29, and his wife Afsheen Khan, 28, were jailed at Leeds Crown Court
Her brother Rohan Malik had joined Islamic State aged 17 after flying out of Leeds Bradford Airport to Turkey - without telling his family.
The court the teenager remained in contact with his family as they tried to persuade him to return without success.
In December 2014 they heard the news that Rohan Malik, who was only 18, had been killed in a coalition airstrike in Syria.
But rather than joining his brother-in-law in the fight Ijaz Khan then decided 'to replace him on the battlefield'.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4327038/Husband-tried-join-ISIS-HELPED-pregnant-wife.html#ixzz4bi34IQMt
Muslim presenter sparks uproar as she asks BBC Asian Network Twitter followers 'what is the right punishment for blasphemy?'
- Muslim activist Shazia Awan asked viewers to offer opinions on punishment
- She asked: 'What is the right punishment for blasphemy? in online debate
- Her assumption that it should be punished sparked outrage from viewers
- One viewer wrote: There should be no punishment. It's the 21st century'
- The BBC has apologised and admitted the question was badly phrased
The BBC's Asian Network has provoked uproar by asking its Twitter followers 'what is the right punishment for blasphemy?'
A video posted on its account shows Muslim activist Shazia Awan asking followers to get in touch and offer their opinions on how blasphemy should be dealt with.
Her assumption that blasphemy - which is still punishable by death in some Muslim countries - should also be punished in Britain shocked many viewers.
The BBC's Asian Network has provoked uproar by asking its Twitter followers 'what is the right punishment for blasphemy?'
Paul Joseph fumed: 'There should be no punishment for 'blasphemy'. It's the 21st century for f***s sake. BBC is CANCER.'
Incredulous Ali A. Rivaz asked: 'Is this a serious question?'
Another wrote: 'If today @BBC talking about punishments for #blasphemy in Britain with 6% of population #Muslim what's our future in 30 years?'
Linda sulher wrote: 'This is BRITAIN, folks. WOW. 'What is the Right Punishment For blasphemy?' asks Muslim-focused BBC Radio Network'.
Maryam Namazie added: 'Disgraceful that @bbcasiannetwork @ShaziaAwan would ask what 'punishment' should be for blasphemy. You know people get killed for it.'
And Safiya Alfaris wrote: 'There should be no punishment of blasphemy... instead punish those who scare children into believing they'll burn in hell.'
Asia Network's video came after Pakistan asked Facebook to help it crack down on 'blasphemous content' as Pakistanis 'badmouthed' Islam online.
Her assumption that blasphemy - which is still punishable by death in some Muslim countries - should also be punished in Britain shocked many viewers
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif earlier this week described blasphemy as an 'unpardonable offence'.
Since 1990, 62 people accused of blasphemy in Pakistan have been murdered before their trials ended.
Facebook said it viewed government requests with care keeping in mind 'the goal of protecting the privacy and rights of our users.
'We disclose information about accounts solely in accordance with our terms of service and applicable law.
Asia Network's video came after Pakistan asked Facebook to help it crack down on 'blasphemous content' as Pakistanis 'badmouthed' Islam online
'A Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty or other formal request may be required for international requests, and we include these in our Government Requests Report.'
Blasphemy has not been illegal in England and Wales since 2008 when the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act abolished the common-law offences of blasphemy and blasphemous libel.
The BBC today apologised, writing on Twitter: 'Apologies for poorly worded question from Asia Network yday. Q was in context of Pak asking FB to help we shd have made that clear.'
'We never intend to imply Blasphemy should be punished. Provocative question that got it wrong.'
A BBC spokesman added: 'Asian Network's Big Debate asks difficult and provocative questions every day.
This programme was an engaging discussion on the subject of blasphemy but we admit that the question could have been phrased better, as we have since made clear.'
The BBC today apologised, writing on Twitter: 'Apologies for poorly worded question'