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12 Raby' al-Thaany 1436 A.H - February 1, 2015 Issue # 57, Newsletter # 1587




Hadith of the Week


"The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "The most enviable of my friends is a believer with little property who finds pleasure in prayer, who worships his Lord well, who obeys Him in secret, who is obscure among men, who is not pointed out by people, and whose provision is a bare sufficiency with which he is content."

Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 1352




NEW TREND RESEARCH

 Research

Muslims Must Study Auschwitz to Counter Israel.

Most Americans don't know that Auschwitz is in Poland, not in Germany.

On January 27, 1945, the advancing legions of the Soviet army captured Auschwitz without any resistance from the Germans who had left as the Russians advanced.

The Soviets did not say anything dramatic about anything horrible they had found in Auschwitz. David Irving says from German documents that when Hitler was told that the Russians had captured Auschwitz, he did not show any worry that anything secret was now in enemy hands. He simply said: yes.

Almost 3 and half months later, when both Hitler and his notorious propaganda minister Goebbels were dead, the Soviets announced that they had found unimaginable horrors in Auschwitz and that 4,000,000 people, mostly Jews, had been murdered there, many of them in gas chambers.

Later the Russians, knowing that they had overshot the mark, brought the statistic down to 1,000, 000 murdered Jews. How this magic figure was arrived at is not clear.

From expert Communist propagandists, the horrors of Auschwitz went global and Israel has used them to win victim status for itself.

For years this propaganda went unchallenged but during the last 30 years, researchers and scholars have challenged the Auschwitz horrors story. One would have to be totally accepting of the Israeli propaganda if we refuse to study the revisionist scholars. Solid and irrefutable research has been done against the Auschwitz horror story.

We invite readers to study these scholars to get the other side of the alleged holocaust:


For Muslims, this should be required reading. Israel's whole stance is that Jews are victims and if America does not support Israel, there may be another holocaust.

None of the revisionist scholars say that the Jews did not suffer but so did others. Every German city was burned down, literally incinerated. Poles suffered horribly as did the Russians.

The war ended 70 years back. Germany has paid BILLIONS in reparations to Israel but International Jewry continues to squeeze the holocaust milk cow for its continuing funding of Israel.




This poster commemorates the Palestinian journalists Israel killed in Gaza last summer.
 Palestinian journalists Israel killed in Gaza




INDIA: Muslims Under Attack
Muslims under attack.
Communal disturbances and sectarian violence in Gujarat, India
 Gujarat India

A communal riot broke out at Hansot lying between Vadodara and Surat on Jan. 14, 2015. The intensity of the riots in an area that had been in communal peace, even during the 2002 tragedy, was a cause of serious concern. More troubling is the fact that it pitted tribals and Koli Patels against Muslims.

A delegation consisting of JUH Gujarat President Maulana Rafiq Badodvi, AIMMM Gujarat President Maulana Habibur Rehman Matadar, Maulana Salman, Zidni Ilma

President J.S.Bandukwala, and All India Majlis Tameer e Millat, Gujarat organiser Munir Kheruwala visited Hansot on a fact-finding mission.

Hansot has a Muslim population of about 5000, out of a total of 11000. The town was on edge due to one Sunil Patel who had posted in late December an insulting image of the Holy Prophet on the social media. This had led to tension. Muslims had organized a protest rally. Hindus arranged a counter Dharma Parishad, led by Vithal Patel. The trigger was a minor kite incident on Jan. 14.

Firm Police action could have saved Hansot. Sadly the Police Superintendent Bipin Ahire, actually directed attacks on Muslims.

Any man with a beard and topi was roughed up, with police a silent spectator. Over 200 bighas of standing sugar cane crop was burnt, in such a way that the touching Hindu plot was not affected at all. Muslim businesses were looted and many burnt. Within a few hours, the loss was about 4 crores. Two people died of stabbings and a 33 year old tempo driver was killed.

The violence spread so fast, that it appears meticulously planned. The presence of a Union Minister, Mansukh Vasawa, two days prior to the riot appears suspicious.

About 25 Muslims have been arrested. But the police is most reluctant to arrest Hindus. The principal culprit Vallabh Patel, brother of a local MLA, moves about town freely. About 200 BJP members have resigned from the party, protesting that the name of the brother of the MLA is not yet removed from the FIR. The other demand is that Muslims must not receive any compensation for the loss suffered.

We protest the manner in which the Gujarat administration is handling this sensitive case. Muslims have almost no voice in this government.
In the interest of justice and to prevent a recurrence of such bloody riots, we suggest :

  1. The Government machinery must be neutral and fair. The culprits must be arrested and the law must take its course

  2. Two mosques and one madrassa were vandalized. The Government must compensate for the same

  3. The property and business loss has been huge. They must get full compensation

  4. The burning down of standing sugar cane crop, must also be compensated

  5. Disciplinary action must be taken against the Police Superintendent Bipin Ahire On behalf of the delegation,
    J.S.Bandukwala, Vadodara, Gujarat





Afghanistan: Cartoons Strike 3!

Afghans Rally against France Despite Serious Security Precautions.
24 injured at anti-Charlie Hebdo protest in Kabul: 20,000 in Heart
500 in Kabul.


Many Muslims consider depictions of the prophet to be blasphemous.

Angry crowds poured onto the streets from Pakistan to Ivory Coast to vent their rage at the new cover.

At least 20,000 people protested against the magazine in the western Afghan city of Herat last week, while several thousand others rallied in Kabul chanting "death to France, death to the enemies of Islam".

Police said Saturday's protest had been brought under control and the road opened for traffic.

"The protesters were throwing stones at the police, and the police fired some shots in the air to stop the protesters," said Kabul deputy police chief Gul Agha Rohani.




WHY DON'T THEY LOVE US?
 museum of the Algerian Revolution in Constantine

Why Don't They Love Us? The French Cartoons and the Story of the Three Algerian Men.
by Asqfish

Photo: One of the oldest buildings in the city of Constantine (431-km east of Algiers), will be restored to host a museum of the Algerian Revolution.

This is a question that has been asked from time immemorial, and there is no answer to it. Many reasons are presented and discarded some acted upon to gain love to no avail.

The same question is now being asked by 1.2 billion Muslims from the white westerners, why don't you love us? Why are you deliberately trying to hurt us?

The answer is: I don't even know you, how can I love you?
GETTING TO KNOW YOU...
Here is one story from Algeria...***

I am a young boy old enough to understand but young enough to enjoy sitting in my grandfathers lap.

Every morning my grandfather gets up before the sun comes up and I can hear his melodious voice reciting the words of Allah. They seep into me dispelling the morning chill of the desert night. I am enveloped in a warm feeling of love and security and I never want him to stop. Sometimes his melodious voice fades into the mist of my sleep and I awaken to the sun shining in my face. I hear my mother calling me to breakfast.

I notice at breakfast that my grandfather just like every morning has gone on his horse. Oh I missed him again! I have wanted to go with him when he goes to meet the workers on the land he owns. Once he took me out of the house and showed me the land, it stretched as far as the eye could see in all four directions. "All this is your land?," I had asked; he looked at me his green eyes softening in the morning light "No" he said, " All of it belongs to Allah. He has just given it to me in amanah for some time"

While waiting for breakfast I see a small speck faraway with dust around it. It is my grandfather on his horse returning from his morning visits with the farmers.

This is an ordinary day in my life growing up in Algeria. There were many days like this while I was growing up. Safe, secure in the love of my family.

What has never been puzzling to me but is now since I have started to go to the local school is that I don't have a father. I want to ask my mother: Where is my father? All the children at school have young stalwart men who are their fathers, where is mine?

Days go by and one day at lunch before Dhuhr Salah I ask my mother while looking at my grandfather: "Ma where is my father" My grandfathers face changes, it becomes pale and shriveled as if someone has placed a huge boulder on his shoulders. They sag with its weight. I look at his eyes and in them is an ocean of grief. I have never seen my powerful grandfather look like this. I look at my mother and her eyes are cast down. She is silent; tears are rolling down her cheeks.

It is long after that when I am in the United States to study science that I open a book in the library .It is about the revolution in Algeria. I open it out of curiosity to just kind of peruse it briefly. I am rooted in horror. I turn page after page, which describes the torture and beheadings of the Algerian men by the French colonialists.

 graves of beheaded Algerian Revolutionaries

As I turn the page, which has the title of my hometown,.........I see the photo of a handsome tall stalwart man, whose picture hung in our living room. On the next page is a picture of him being beheaded and his naked head placed on his sandy grave marked by a rock...it is then that I put two and two together.

My father! My father! My father! The man I thought had abandoned us. The man I thought was responsible for us losing our farm when the men came to take everything away and left my aging grandfather, my mother and me on the dirt road. We were left with nothing but the clothes on our back, they were French. I had hated my father for I believed he had done things that caused us to leave our land, our home and our heritage.

Waves of guilt and grief wash over me as I turn page after page where there are photos of young Algerian men with their identification, there hometown and their history and lineage followed by their beheading by the French.

These were the freedom fighters that fought and lost...lost everything to the French except their emaan, for that had passed on to their progeny and their friends and their countrymen, who were left under the cruel yoke of the invading French colonialists.

My question had been answered: Why don't they love us? They cannot! A thief does not love the members of house they pillaged and the owners that they killed or maimed. Some of our farm workers got away. Some were too weak to resist and were left to die in the desert.

The French had vilified and dehumanized the Algerians, they had invaded and looted their land and installed a despotic and cruel ruling elite who imprisoned men and their families who disagreed with him. His prisons were in underground caves with rats and no sunlight.

Cruelty has no bounds in a heart that is devoid of the fear and love of Allah.

Why had I come to the US? It was my grandfathers doing. Every Algerian who had lost everything to the colonial rule and the Despot had no recourse except to migrate to the country that was ruling Algeria directly or indirectly. They were using their last franc to go to France. It was all they had and they could not go any further. They spoke French and no English, and France needed manpower due to loss of men in its wars. It was the old adage of being under a known tyrant, being better than an unknown tyrant.

The Algerians had nothing left to sustain in their own land. Between the French looting, pillage and the despotic leaders greed, Algeria was decimated of its natural resources and its farms were laid waste. The Algerians robbed of their land crossed over to France in a refugee status. Even the most educated and respected families landed in ghettos to scrape a living by working on an assembly line of some sort.

Here in a foreign country that had violated its forbears the Algerians slaved and saved to build a better economic future with the hope of someday going back home to Algeria.

Meanwhile my grandfather insisted that I learn English and apply for a scholarship in the US, which I did and was successful.

I left Algeria behind, and my magnificent grandfather in a sad, penurious decrepit state with my mother emaciated beyond recognition. I said goodbye to them and never saw them again. They melted into the sands of penury and degradation refusing to leave Algeria, the land, which was soaked with the blood and spirit of their son and husband.

Today I open the news on the internet and see a cheap cynical French lampoonist newspaper that is losing ground in circulation pick up the name of the most revered, beloved person in the world and attempt to lampoon him. All this to gain circulation and popularity. Just by using the name of Prophet Muhammad pbuh their infamy skyrockets.

How can the French love me when they dehumanized my family, beheaded my father for loving his faith and his homeland and plundered and pillaged Algeria till there was nothing left to pillage. They left leaving behind a despot who carried on their carnage with more zeal and cruelty.

How can the French love me? How can they love what I love? How can they love and respect Prophet Muhammad pbuh whom 1.2 billion Muslims and I love and respect as well?

So what is to be done? I am at a loss.
If I treat them like they treated my father, it is terrorism and extreme cruelty. If I ignore them they will crush the weak and the poor Algerians in France into the dirt. They have already stripped the Muslim Algerian girls from going to school unless they show flesh and flaunt their hair. What do the Taliban and the French have in common against Muslim girls that they do not want them to be educated?

I am still frozen with the shock of the lampoon going public.
Meanwhile while I am appalled and paralyzed by the disgusting cartoons, suddenly a group of French born, Algerian young men, change the scene.

These young men were born and grew up in France. The country of their birth that took from the country of their parents and flourished but never gave back.

These men who have breathed the air of France minus the overt enslavement of French colonialism are not chained down by old fears of colonial France shared by their fathers.

The passion of old Algeria beats in their breast as it does in mine. They are violated to the core at the extreme insult to their beloved Nabi. The French ghettos have hardened them, they are out on a crusade to set things right.

A series of rifle shots rent the air and shatter the fake peace of the west.

One by one the lampoonist, the publishers, the guard, and the distributers of the magazine all fall.

Their blood spilling over their ignominious drawings, forever erasing their disrespectful lampoons, and paralyzing the hand that moved to violate the sanctity of the one who is the Beloved of the Divine.

And the rest is history..........

*** This is a composition of many true stories and historical events that I reviewed. All characters in the story are fictional. *Photo courtesy of: http://www.djazair50.dz/?Prison-of-Coudiat-to-host-Algerian




From the Editor

 Dr Kaukab Siddique

Ismailism: a Systematic attempt to undermine Islam
by Kaukab Siddique, PhD

Advocates of the Agha Khan's Ismaili cult are busy on the Internet almost on a daily basis trying to undermine Islam and revealing their own version of "Islam." They have become very abusive and outspoken in their attacks after 9.11 perhaps owing to their sense that they have the protection and support of major anti-Islam forces such as the governments of the US, Israel and Canada.

My response to Ismailism will be in the form of an ongoing series because their attacks on Islam cover just about every aspect of Islam and are being trumpeted on the Internet.

  1. The first point to notice is that Ismailism considers only Ali, r.a., as the success story of the mission of Muhammad, pbuh. It would seem from the Ismaili narrative that Muhammad, pbuh, was betrayed by just about all his Companions except for Ali, r,a., and a handful of other Companions.

    Thus not only is the mission of Muhammad, pbuh, seen as a story of betrayal and treachery, but the greatest sahaba [Companions of the Prophet, pbuh, ] Abu Bakr, r.a., Umar, r.a., and Usman, r.a., are presented as USURPERS.

    Not only are the khulafa rashideen attacked as usurpers but they and most of the others with them are also seen as HYPOCRITES [munafiqueen].

    While the life of Muhammad, pbuh, is downgraded, the life of Ali, r.a,. is glorified and in some ways a success story all the way in just about all aspects of life.
    The Ismailis begin right from the beginning by claiming in a fabricated narrative that Ali, r.a. was born in the Ka'aba. Obviously Muhammad, pbuh, was not born in the Ka'aba and thus subtly Ali, r.a., is placed above the messenger.

    Then at every step of the life of the Prophet, pbuh, we are told that Ali, r.a., was the bright star of everything the Prophet, pbuh, tried to do.

  2. After focusing on Ali, r.a., as the only important Companion [sahabi] of the Prophet, pbuh, the Ismailis built up their religion by claiming that the Prophet, pbuh, had only ONE daughter and that was Fatima, r.a., and she was married to Ali, r.a. Thus they built up the "holy family" concept.:

    Here they were opposing the Qur'an itself:

    The Qur'an says "daughters" not daughter. Here is the verse:

    "O Prophet! Tell your wives and daughters, and the believing women, that they should cast their outer garments over their pesons [when going out]: That is most convenient for them that they should be known and not molested. And Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful."
    [The Quran, 33:59]

    What Ismailis say about the Qur'an is a separate issue to be discussed later but in the matter of daughters, they simply ignored the Qur'an and claimed that the other daughters were from the previous marriages of Khadija, r.a., not from her marriage with Muhammad, pbuh.

    Unfortunatey for the Ismailis, here is documentation from Hadith:

    Authentic hadith collected by Ibn Saad in his Tabaqat al-Kubra gives the names of the daughters Prophet Muhammad, pbuh, had with Khadija, r.a., as Zainab, Umm Kulthum, Ruqayya and Fatima [Allah be pleased with them]. Of these Ruqayya, r.a., outdid the others in carrying out the greatest duty of Muslims, second only to Jihad. She did the first hijra in Islamic history which was to Africa.

    "Ruqayya, was the daughter of the Messenger of Allah, pbuh, and her mother was Khadija, the daughter of Khuwaylad. Before receiving prophethood, Muhammad, pbuh, had married her to Utba, the son of Abi Lahab bin Abdul Mutallib who divorced her soon thereafter before taking her as his wife because in the meantime the prophet received prophethood and the verses condemning Abu Lahab were revealed in the Qur'an. She never went to Utba's home."

    "She embraced Islam the very day her mother, Khadija, r.a., embraced Islam." [Among the very first to embrace Islam.]

    "She was among the first women to take the oath of allegiance [baiat] to the Prophet, pbuh."

    "She was married to one of the greatest Companions of the Prophet, Usman, r.a."

    " She did hijra TWICE to Africa with Usman, r.a.. The Prophet, pbuh, said this is the first hijra in all of human history for the sake of Allah since the time of the Prophet Lut."

    "Ruqayya suffered greatly [for Allah's sake] during hijra and lost her unborn child through miscarriage."
    All quotes from Tabqat ibn Saad, first and earliest collection of biographical Hadith.

    [Comment: If one reads the Qur'an, one will realize that the Hijra by Ruqayya, r.a., puts her above other women, including Fatima, r.a. who was also a great woman. We love Fatima, r.a., but facts must be above feelings.]
    "And their Lord has accepted of them and answered them: 'Never will I allow to be lost the work of any of you, be you male or female, you are one community: those of you who have done hijra from their homes or been driven out from there, or suffered harm in My Cause, or fought, or been slain..................." [3:195]

  3. After making the false charge that Muhammad, pbuh, had only one daughter, the Ismailis then attack his other daughters, Zainab, Ruqayya and Umm Kulthum, Allah be pleased with them. They claim that if they had been his real daughters, he would not have married them to unbelieversnwhich is not allowed in Islam. This is a form of ignorance of the fact that the daughters were born before Muhammad, pbuh, received revelation. As I showed from authentic hadith, above, Ruqayya, r.a., was married to Utba, the son Abu Lahab, the arch enemy of Islam. The Ismailis love to repeat this story, What they leave it in the continuation of that hadith that before she went to Abu Lahab's son as his wife, the verses in sura 111 condemning Abu Lahab were revealed. Thereupon Utba divorced her and she was never his wife.

    Zainab, r.a., was married to , Abu al-'As, also an unbeliever. She was separated from him when Allah revealed Islam to the Prophet. Abu Al-'As, r.a., later embraced Islam . The Prophet, pbuh, allowed Zainab, r.a., to then return to him. He turned out to be a great fighter for Islam.

    Ruqayya, r.a., married Usman, r.a.,,one of the great sahaba whom the Prophet, pbuh, loved. When she died, Muhammad, pbuh, gave his last daughter, Umm Kulthum, r,a., in marriage to Usman, r,a.,,She was not in good health and soon passed away. The Prophet then said, and it is widely reported in hadith, that if I had another daughter, I would have married her too to Usman, r.a. [Fatima, r.a., by that time had married Ali, r.a.] For the Prophet, pbuh, Usman, r.a., was the best of men for his kindness, generosity and modesty.

    Why do the Ismailis detest these three daughters of the Prophet, pbuh, to the extent of claiming that they were not his daughters? The main reason is their hatred of the Ummayads whom the Ismailis consider the enemies of Islam. The Ismailis want only the family of Ali, r.a., to be recognized. They forget that Islam is not based on tribalism or family but on TAQWA or God-conscious behavior.

    The Ismailis either don't know or simply ignore the fact that the Prophet, pbuh, himself married the daughter of one of the worst Ummayad enemies of Islam, Abu Sufian. She was a very strict Muslim and was known for her piety and wit. Her name was Umm Habeebah. Abu Dawood in his Sunan has this hadith:

    Abu Dawood (#2107) narrated from 'Urwah from Umm Habeebah (may Allaah be pleased with her) that she was married to 'Ubayd-Allaah ibn Jahsh, who died in Abyssinia. Then the Negus married her to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and gave her a mahr of four thousand on his behalf, and sent her to the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) with Shurahbeel ibn Hasanah.] Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani.

    It should be noted that later Abu Sufian, r.a., himself embraced Islam and sacrificed much for Islam in jihad.
    Thus the concoctions of Ismailism are nothing more than a tribal and cultist attack on Islam.





Pakistan

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Islamic Response to Obama's India Visit & Fraternization with Fascist Ruler Modi.
[From Qaisar Sharif, JI Information office.]

LAHORE, Jan. 27: Ameer, Jamaat e Islami, Pakistan, Sirajul Haq, has said that the Pakistani rulers' silence over US President Obama's support for India as permanent UN Security Council member and US-India nuclear deal was not understandable.

Addressing a news conference at Mansoora on Tuesday, he said that India was an aggressor and had been holding the Kashmiris as slaves on gun point for six decades. She had also thrust three wars on Pakistan in the past. With this background of India, even the US proposal for making India permanent member of the UN Security Council was a great injustice.

" We don't want a war with the US, but the rulers' behaviour as US slaves is not acceptable to the nation", he added.

Stating that peace in the region was not possible without the solution of the Kashmir issue, Sirajul Haq said the JI would hold countrywide rallies, Kashmir seminars and processions on the 5th of February to express the nation's solidarity with the Kashmiris struggling for liberation.

The JI chief termed the country's foreign policy a bundle of failures. The rulers in Islamabad were serving the US interests instead of the interest of their own country, yet the US today was standing by India and "our rulers are watching in silence".

He said the US-India collusion was a threat to the regional peace. The US had entered into nuclear and trade agreements with India while with Pakistan, it was trading on dead-bodies.

Sirajul Haq said that Obama, on assumption of power, had given an assurance to the world for the solution of major issues including that of Kashmir. However, today, he was building India as regional policeman and also supporting New Delhi designs to destabilize this country through Afghanistan.

Replying to a question, Sirajul Haq said that a peaceful and prosperous Pakistan was the need of the masses. He said it was the government's responsibility to normalize the political situation in the country prior to the Senate elections.

He said that the setting up of a Judicial Commission was not an issue relating only to the government and the PTI, this was the demand of all the parties and the general public.

Sirajul Haq stressed that all political parties should sink their differences and join hands on a one point agenda of the solution of the problems facing the country and the nation. He said that people were committing suicides due to poverty but the ruling elite that controlled the vast resources of the country, would not take pity on them at all.

However, he was sure that the next elections would be a day of reckoning for the political pundits who had been in charge of the national resources so far because there was an urge among the masses to rise for a decisive struggle.




Baluchistan Deprived of Basic Rights for 30 Years: Jamaate Islami demands end of Exploitation Massacre of Shi'ites condemned+ Solidarity with Kashmir
[via Ameer al-Azeem, JI Lahore]

LAHORE, Feb. 1; A representative political Jirga presided over by the Ameer, Jamaat e Islami, Pakistan, Sirajul Haq, held at Sibi on Sunday, called upon the federal government to allocate sufficient funds to the Balochistan province keeping in view its strategic location and requirements.

The Jirga having representation of politicians, tribal leaders, the Ulema, intellectuals, journalists and the youth, gave the message of love and peace to the oppressed and poor people of the province and resolved to put Balochistan on the path of development and prosperity through public awareness, unity and mutual harmony.

The JI Ameer, while addressing the Jirga, said that the rulers in Islamabad as also the Sardars of Balochistan were tyrants, sucking the blood of the poor masses. The two had been carrying out the exploitation of the masses for the last 68 years, he said. He said that a war between the oppressors and the oppressed was going on in the country, but unfortunately, while the oppressors were united, the oppressed stood divided. He said the JI was trying to unite the oppressed people and added that the day on which the oppressed united on a platform would be the doomsday for the oppressors.

Prominent among those attending the Jirga were Haji Daud Khan Rind, Shahd Chandio, Maj.(rtd) Abdul Kareem, Mufti Kafayatullah, Abdul Samad Marghazani, Ahmed Khan Behtal, Mir Muzaffar Nazrabro, besides JI provincial leaders.

Sirajul Haq said that Balochistan was full of natural resources but its people were poor and depressed. He said the solution of the Balochistan problems did not lie in the induction of a Baloch as President or Prime Minister of the country. It lay in the enforcement of the just system based on the Holy Quran and the Sunnah.

He said the Baloch were patriotic people and instead of driving them away by terming them as traitors, they should be won over through love and affection.

The JI chief said that Prime Minister should have given foremost attention to Balochistan because the international robbers had their greedy eyes on the province, and till the Balochistan issue was resolved, the federal cabinet meetings should be held in Quetta.

He also counseled the Baloch youth to make their way into the corridors of power to take the plunderers to accountability, instead of going to the mountains. He said that the national leadership should rise above party and personal interests and think of the future generations.

He deplored that the situation in Balochistan had remained unchanged during the last three decades and the people were deprived of basic necessities of life. He called for setting up higher education institutions in the cities of Balochistan and primary schools and technical institutes in the rural areas of the province.




Kashmir Solidarity day to be observed with full enthusiasm

LAHORE, Feb. 1; Secretary General, Jamaat e Islami, Liaqat Baloch, has said that the Kashmir Solidarity day would be observed on February 5 with full enthusiasm and resolve and an expression of national unity. The Ulema and the Maskahikh besides religious and political leaders would lead rallies and processions, on the occasion, he added. He was talking to a select gathering of the Ulema and Maskaikh at his residence here.

A resolution adopted at the meeting condemned the massacre at the Shikarpur Imambargah and termed it an act of terrorism and not sectarianism, and a national tragedy like the Peshawar tragedy. It said that the Ulema and religious parties were united against terrorism and the terrorists.

Addressing the gathering, Liaqat Baloch said that the mosques were the places of worship while the madrissahs were the seats of religious education. He said that every believer would safeguard the Islamic ideology of the country and the Ulema and religious scholars would foil all conspiracies of the secular lobby. The resolution reaffirmed all out support to the Kashmir liberation struggle.

It also demanded complete end to the incidents of blasphemy in the name of freedom of expression.

Released by
Media Cell, JIP, Mansoora, Lahore.




War News

 War News

Libya
Security Council of UN condemned IS attack on Libyan Hotel: ["...to avenge the 2013 abduction by American commandos of a Libyan al-Qaida operative, Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai, also known as Abu Anas al-Libi.]

See Sis. Karin's article on his death. New Trend Jan 25. ntma1586.htm

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) -- In the latest sign of Libya's descent into chaos, gunmen stormed a luxury hotel used by diplomats and businessmen in the capital on Tuesday, killing 10 people, including an American, a French citizen and three people from Asia.

Two attackers were killed following an hourslong standoff that included a car bomb that exploded in the parking lot of the seaside Corinthia Hotel. It was unclear if other gunmen were involved in the attack, which also killed five Libyan guards.

In Twitter posts and a statement on social media, a Tripoli affiliate of the Islamic State group was said to be behind the attack, but there was little evidence to back up the claims in a country that has been awash in armed extremist groups who would be equally suspect.

The SITE intelligence group reported that the two dead gunmen were identified online as sympathizers of IS and said the militants said the hotel was targeted because it houses diplomatic missions and "crusader" security companies. However, The Associated Press was unable to independently confirm the claims, which didn't conform with the group's earlier postings from Libya.

Militants claiming the attack on behalf of a group called the Islamic State of the Tripoli Province posted a brief video showing burned cars in the hotel's parking lot and said it was to avenge the 2013 abduction by American commandos of a Libyan al-Qaida operative, Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai, also known as Abu Anas al-Libi. Al-Ruqai died earlier this month in a New York hospital of complications from liver surgery while awaiting trial for the 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.

The assault highlights the growing threat from militant groups that operate with near impunity in a country torn between rival governments since the 2011 toppling and killing of dictator Moammar Gadhafi.

Since Gadhafi's ouster, the country has been torn among competing militias and tribes vying for power. Libya's post-Gadhafi transition has collapsed, with two rival governments and parliaments - each backed by different militias - ruling in the country's eastern and western regions.

Amid the bloody political rivalry, multiple armed groups have emerged, including radical Islamist militias who have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State, including one based in the eastern city of Derna, a stronghold of radical groups, as well as regional militias and groups loyal to the former regime.

Tripoli, which has been controlled by Islamist militiamen mostly from the western city of Misrata since the summer, has been hit with a series of car bombs and shootings. The internationally recognized government has been forced to relocate to the country's east, where a former general has waged an offensive against Islamist militias, including Ansar al-Shariah, blamed for the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi that left the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans dead.

A senior U.S. State Department official confirmed that a U.S. citizen was among those killed in Tuesday's attack, but did not provide further details. Cliff Taylor, the CEO of a Virginia security company, Crucible LLC, identified the slain American as David Berry, a contractor with his company.

A French national and three citizens of a former Soviet republic were also among the dead, according to a spokesman for a Tripoli security agency, Essam al-Naas.

The Malta-owned Corinthia hotel, among the most luxurious in Tripoli, is frequented by diplomats and foreign businessmen visiting Libya, and is also where the United Nations support mission in Libya usually holds its meetings. The mission is currently hosting political talks with rival Libyan groups in Geneva, trying to resolve the country's political and security crisis.

The hotel had Italian, British and Turkish guests but was largely empty at the time of the attack, according to hotel staff members. There was also a visiting American delegation.




Syria
Women joining IS militants 'cheerleaders, not victims'

London (AFP) - Western women who join Islamic State militants are driven by the same ideological passion as many male recruits and should be seen as potentially dangerous cheerleaders, not victims, experts said Wednesday.

 Islamic Caliphate

A new study from the London-based Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD) said the estimated 550 women who have travelled to Iraq and Syria are expected to marry, keep house and bear children.

But despite being banned from fighting, many are active propagandists for the cause on social media, celebrating the brutal violence of IS militants, acting as recruiting sergeants and even encouraging attacks abroad.

"The violent language and dedication to the cause is as strong as we find in some of the men," said co-author Ross Frenett, an extremism expert.

"The worry is that as ISIS (the IS group) loses ground, as everyone hopes it does, that more and more of these women will transfer from the domestic world they're in now to a more violent one," he told AFP.

Much has been written about young women going to become "jihadist brides", but the prevailing narrative of wide-eyed recruits drawn by a sense of excitement belies the importance of their own faith and passions.

The ISD researchers have been monitoring hundreds of women on social media, but focused for the study on 12 women from Austria, Britain, Canada, France and the Netherlands who are living with the IS group in Iraq and Syria.

Some of the women endorsed the bloody beheadings carried out by the militants -- "I wish I did" it, one said after US journalist Steven Sotloff was killed -- as well as railing against Western governments and the suffering of Muslims.

"My best friend is my grenade... It's an American one too. May Allah allow me to kill their Kanzeer (pig) soldiers with their own weapons," one said.

Crucially, the women also provide advice and encouragement to other women thinking of joining. "They're actively recruiting women and providing them with assistance advice and referrals to go to ISIS-held territory," said Frenett. "And they are acting as cheerleaders for terrorist attacks back home."

- Social media 'rebranding' -
"There has been this gender blind spot where we see women as victims rather than as potential terrorists," said Jayne Huckerby, associate professor at Duke University School of Law who specialises in women and counter-extremism.

"Policy makers have overlooked and underrated female terrorism both in terms of motivations for going and the roles that are played there."

She said many women were driven to leave Western countries because of alienation and restrictions on their freedom to practice their faith, and drawn to the IS group by a sense of adventure and enthusiasm for a new Islamic utopia.

 Islamic Caliphate Lady

Their key role, aside from being wives and mothers, is to paint a picture to the outside world of daily life under the militants, through postings on social media that intersperse violent videos with photos of their cooking.

"They're very important in terms of re-branding ISIS as less of a terror group and more of a state building exercise," Huckerby told AFP.

She noted that many were also willing to fight, a point also made by Melanie Smith, of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) at King's College London.

Smith, who maintains a database of about 70 female IS members, said British women are inciting attacks by suggesting them to people who could not travel to Iraq and Syria.

"You can see women online being frustrated about the fact they can't fight and they suggest to each other that they could do something else," she told The Observer newspaper.

Despite their passion, many of the women appear to find it difficult to leave their families behind, a factor which could be key to keeping them at home.

Frenett said the authorities should better support relatives, and also provide a way out for the women if they become disillusioned.

"There needs to be a path available to them when they come home," he said.




Spoof

All this head chopping by this tall English man with his face covered is disgusting . By now five heads have been chopped off on TV by ISIS. Revulsion has spread through the western world. New Trend can't take it no more! Every second month we have to report another head chopped off ! STOP IT NOW!

Learn from the Americans. John Kerry has announced that US bombing of ISIS has killed 1000 Islamic fighters in 5 months. The Syrian observatory for Human Rights has given an exact figure. 1075 killed in the US bombing.

See, there is no blood on the screen and 1075 converts to Islam have been killed. No big deal. No one is crying over 1075 young people killed by B1 bombers and F16 jet fighters. Those killed include a Saudi preacher, young man teaching Quran to the converts, as well as a young Muslim from Denmark who was giving first aid to the injured.

ISIS should watch the American Sniper movie. See one man killed 150 Muslims. Not only no one is sad but audiences across America are enjoying the movie. Poor sniper had to decide to shoot a woman in hijab and a kid crazy enough to defend Iraq against America. Way to go ISIS !

Stop chopping ! You are making me sick. Take that tall masked English man off the screen!




Pakistan
US Assures Pakistan:Will kill or arrest Maulvi Fazlullah+
Gives $1 billion to Pak for Military Operations
[Courtesy Dawn.] [January 26]

ISLAMABAD: Defence officials said Monday that the United States has assured Pakistan that Tehreek-i-Taliban (TTP) chief Mullah Fazlullah would either be arrested or killed in Afghanistan, adding that in case of an arrest he would be subsequently handed over to Pakistan.

 Pakistani Taliban

Briefing a Senate Defence Committee in Islamabad, defence officials said that during his long visit to the US, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Raheel Sharif had also presented vital evidence of Indian involvement in subversive activities in Pakistan by using Afghan soil to top US intelligence and defence officials.

Defence officials said US would also give Pakistan 1 billion USD this year under the Coalition Support Fund (CSF).

[NT editor: Paki army always claim that those fighting it are Indian agents.]




Syria-Iraq
January 26, 2015
Hate Propaganda Against ISIS is not Working:
20,000 Volunteers [ICSR report]
Tunisia [with a fake "democracy"] leads with 3,000

As if the Syria and Iraq conflicts weren't bad enough, here's some more alarming news: the influx of foreign fighters, which is to say foreigners volunteering to fight for Sunni militant groups such as ISIS or al-Qaeda, has reached an all-time high: as many as 20,000. According to a new estimate from the International Center for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence (ICSR), no conflict since 1945 has ever attracted this many foreign fighters.

That's a real problem and not just for Iraq and Syria. Some of these fighters will likely go on to attempt to plot international terrorist attacks; others to travel from war to war, making each of those bloodier in turn, much as the foreigners who fought against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan in the 1980s went on to cause trouble for a generation.

According to the ICSR report, up to 20,730 people have gone to fight for Sunni militant groups in Syria and Iraq. Emphasis on "up to:" ICSR's report contains a range, and the 20,730 figure comes from adding all of the high-end estimates together. Using low-end estimate comes out to around 16,700. These estimates come from collating and comparing government figures, media reports, and statements from the militant groups themselves.

Still, that number already matches or even exceeds credible high-end estimates for the number of foreigners who went to fight against the 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan (about 20,000 foreign fighters). Until now, that conflict had attracted more foreign fighters than any other since 1945. And the wars in Syria and Iraq are very far from over.

 Abu Umar al-Shishani

Abu Umar al-Shishani, a Chechen national who has led ISIS forces in western Iraq. (ISIS)

According to Peter Neumann, ICSR's director, it's very hard to know what happens to these people after their initial arrival in Iraq or Syria. The 20,370 number refers to the total number who have ever fought in Syria or Iraq; many may already be dead or back in their home countries. Neumann does believe that the overwhelming bulk of these fighters fought, at least at one point, either for ISIS or for Jabhat al-Nusra, al-Qaeda's Syrian branch.

These fighters "have completely absorbed [radical] ideology, and see themselves more-or-less as fighters," Neumann says. "What happened after the Afghanistan conflict in the 1980s was an internationally networked core of activists who were seeing themselves as a rapid reaction force to whatever happened in the Muslim world."

That post-Afghanistan network included al-Qaeda as we know it today.

Broadly speaking, this sort of international network of Syria and Iraq veterans poses two kinds of threats. First, they might go back to their home countries predominantly in the Middle East, with contingents in Western Europe and the former Soviet Union and attempt terrorist attacks. Second, they could travel from war to war in the Muslim world, making each conflict worse as they go.

The majority of fighters who return home will not commit terrorist attacks. According to Neumann, the highest-end estimate suggests 25 percent will plan attacks back home. One estimate from September suggested that less than one percent of Western European foreign fighters in Syria and Iraq had, to date, gotten involved in terrorism. Countries with strong security services, like those in Western Europe, are particularly well-positioned to foil plots.

"once the foreign fighters come in, it turns nasty"

Nevertheless, the threat from returnees is real. Attacks planned by foreign fighters "tend to be [among] the more lethal and more viable terrorist plots," Neumann says, because foreign fighters have "military training, motivation, and an international [support] network." Moreover, some countries may be more threatened by foreign fighters than others. For example, an estimated 1,500 to 3,000 of the fighters are from Tunisia, a young democracy and the Arab Spring's big success story.

"There is a very strong recruitment network of Salafist organizations that send people from Tunisia to Syria or Iraq," Neumann says. "In the long term, [Tunisia] is facing a big challenge of people coming from back from Syria and Iraq. Perhaps one of the reason's it's so peaceful there is that all of the troublemakers are in a different place."

However, a fair number of foreign fighters will never come home. That shouldn't be comforting: many of those people will simply become permanent warriors, flitting from hot spot to hot spot and leaving chaos in their wake.

"Quite a few them ... will prefer to move on to the next battlefront," Neumann says. If and when the Syria and Iraq conflicts end or slow down, "I would expect quite a few of them to want to move to Libya, maybe to Yemen, or maybe back to Afghanistan."

These fighters will almost certainly make these conflicts bloodier and more chaotic. According to Neumann, foreign fighters are extreme even by jihadi standards. "They are typically people who are not invested in a local situation ... they often see the conflict in very ideological terms," Neumann says,

In his view, that makes them more likely to commit atrocities. That invites counter-atrocities, and can polarize local conflicts on ethno-sectarian lines.

"There foreign fighters do make a conflict worse," Neumann says. "Whatever conflict you look at in the 1990s and 2000s [like] Bosnia or Chechnya once the foreign fighters come in, it turns nasty."




Bombing Syria from USA, 6000 miles away.
By David MartinCBS NewsJanuary 26, 2015, 7:10 PM
How ISIS is bombed from a South Carolina facility

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. -- The target was a poultry farm that ISIS had turned into a staging area. It was located in Syria but the planning for this air strike and hundreds like it was carried out some 6,000 miles away at Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina.

"In a way like a detective does, we put together the picture with all these bits of intelligence," said Staff Sergeant Penney. In a typical week Penney and each of the other analysts investigate up to 20 different locations to find three legitimate targets.

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"The ultimate intent is to build something that holds water that makes it to the end - that is strikeable," Penney told me.

It is a battle pitting the precision of American weapons against an enemy spread out across two countries. "Precision is the ability to very specifically know the exact coordinates of any spot on the earth and to hit that spot down to let's say a foot," said Colonel Scott Murray, the chief intelligence officer for the air war.

Murray told us what it took to destroy a building ISIS was using as a weapons factory.

"It was quite the structure," said Murray. "It did take quite a few weapons to do it. "The first two hit and the building disappeared in a cloud of debris. But 18 more satellite guided bombs followed each with a delayed action fuse.

 ISIS target

It just allows the munition to penetrate deeper," said Murray.
The air campaign is an impressive display of American firepower, but is it winning the war against ISIS?Murray says the bombings have helped regain "approximately 700 square kilometers."
Photo:ISIS target is hit by a U.S. air strike

That's all in Iraq where ISIS still holds 55,000 square kilometers it seized from Iraqi and Kurdish forces. In Syria ISIS is still expanding.
"ISIL has great leeway in northeast Syria," explained Murray. "They're not opposed on the ground in that region."

In March, the U.S. military plans to start training a force of about 5,000 fighters to oppose ISIS on the ground in Syria. But Pentagon officials say it will be late this year or early next before they are capable of taking back lost ground.




Nigeria
Second Boko Haram Attack on Maiduguri repelled with Heavy Artillery & Jet Fighters. Serious Nigerian Losses: Journalists not Allowed: Cameroon & Chad Attack Boko Haram.
[Sources: BBC, AFP and AP]

On February 1, Boko Haram mujahideen almost took the strategic city of Maiduguri in north eastern Nigeria.. A desperate defense by Nigerian military using heavy artillery and jet fighters drove them back. The Nigerian military suffered heavy losses and has not been able to venture out of the city to pursue the retreating Islamic fighters.

On the other hand, the five hours of heavy artillery fire and jet fighter-bomber attacks were too much for Boko Haram who have no anti aircraft defenses.

Boko Haram have captured a string of ten Nigerian towns in an enveloping movement to cut of Maidugurfi.

On January 28 the Nigerian air force bombed Boko Haram fighters in the northern town of Malam Fatosi but the town remains in Islamic hands.

Pro-western regimes are mobilizing to hit Boko Haram. A force of 7500 heavily armed troops have been prepared.

Cameroon decided to support Nigeria against the Islamic fighters but suffered heavily when Boko Haram entered Cameroon and captured large swathes of territory resulting in back and forth battles with Boko Haram.

On the point of losing, Cameroon got military support from Chad. These highly trained Chadian troops have driven back some of Boko Haram. Their jet fighters are also bombing Islamic positions INSIDE Nigeria




Syria
[Iran and Russia have worked hard to save the regime of Syria's tyrant Bashar al-Assad ...NT editor]
Iran, Russia ties help Syria fight terror: Velayati

February 1, 2015

A senior Iranian official says "constructive" cooperation between Iran and Russia has helped the Syrian nation gain the upper hand in its battle against the foreign-backed militants wreaking havoc in the Arab country since 2011.

"Iran-Russia cooperation has been constructive, paving the way for the Syrian government and nation [to continue] their resistance under the legitimate leadership of Bashar al-Assad," said Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior adviser to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, in an interview with al-Alam news network.

Ties between Tehran and Moscow have had a profound impact on the developments in regional and international relations, added Velayati, who was on an official visit to Russia last week as Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's special envoy.

Tehran and Moscow have, on numerous occasions, emphasized the need for national dialogue among Syrian groups to help resolve the crisis, which has claimed over 200,000 lives so far.

Last year, Iran put forward a peace initiative, which stresses a political resolution of the Syria crisis, the territorial integrity, and independence of the Arab country as well as its people's right to self-determination.

Moscow mediated negotiations on the Syrian crisis last week, with six members of the Syrian government meeting 32 members of various opposition groups. The initiative came after previous UN efforts to stop the hostilities between the conflicting sides in Syria failed to bear fruit.

Velayati further pointed to the expansion of Tehran-Moscow ties in recent years, saying close relations between two sides is reflected in their cooperation within the framework of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), where the Islamic Republic currently holds observer status.

Moscow, which is set to preside over the next SCO summit in summer, can play a positive role in the decision to grant Iran a permanent membership of the organization, Velayati added.

The SCO is an intergovernmental organization that was founded in 2001 in Shanghai by the leaders of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

During his trip to Russia on January 28, Velayati held a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and gave Rouhani's message to the Russian president in Moscow.

The two sides agreed on efforts for the promotion of Iran's status at the SCO, according to the Iranian embassy in the Russian capital.

Iran's 2008 application for full membership has so far been blocked due to sanctions imposed on the Islamic Republic over its nuclear program.




Syria
Hezbollah and Israel: A drama ended quickly.

On January 18, high ranking Hizbullah and Iranian officers fell into a mujahideen ambush in the Qalamoun mountains. At least eight top Hizbullah officers and several Iranians including a general were killed.

Very embarrassed by this mujahideen victory, Hizbullah claimed that it was an Israeli strike which killed the officers and that it was near the Golan and promised to retaliate in good time.

Al-Nusra challenged this claim and urged an inquiry into the incident.

Iran too promised revenge against Israel.

Lebanon, Syria's regime and Israel remained silent seemingly knowing what had happened. The funerals were carried out discreetly and with hardly any identification of the dead.

On January 28, near the Lebanon border, Hizbullah fired on an Israeli vehicle, seemingly civilian but carrying Israeli soldiers. Two Israelis were killed. Israel responded with artillery and air strikes but no one was reported killed or injured.

Two days later both Hizbullah and Israel signaled that they would not extend the conflict any further.

[NT analysis: This Hizbullah has a free hand to attack the mujahideen. Israel has not protested the violation of international law with Hizbullah entering Syria. Nor have the US and Israel protested the entry of Iranian forces into Syria though Iran has suffered top level losses to the mujahideen.]




Egypt
Egyptian Military Suffered Heavily on January 29:
New Attacks near Gaza border on January 31.

A series of new attacks in northern Sinai were reported on January 31. Numerous Egyptian troops were killed and wounded but this time the Egyptians are not releasing details.

Earlier on January 31, coordinated mujahideen attacks killed 45 Egyptian troops and wounded more than 100 in and around Al-Arish and Rafa and other areas. Looks like the army is no match for the Islamic fighters.

The mujahideen call themselves fighter for Beit al-Maqdis [Jerusalem] and recently joined ISIS led by Caliph Abu Bakr al-Quraishi al-Hussaini.




Afghanistan
Taliban Infiltrator Killed Three American Contractors in High Security Area.

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) A North Carolina-based firm says it employed three military contractors who were shot to death earlier this week in Afghanistan.

Praetorian Standard Inc. of Fayetteville identified the men slain Thursday as Walter D. Fisher of North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Jason D. Landphair of Fayetteville, North Carolina; and Mathew E. Fineran of Summerville, South Carolina.

The release issued Saturday by Thomas Lujan, an attorney for the company, says another employee, Bradley A. James of Atlanta, was wounded but expected to survive.

The company says it's meeting with the men's families.

The Pentagon has said the three Defense Department contractors were killed at the Kabul airport by a man in an Afghan uniform. The gunman was killed at the scene.




Our America

 Our America

New York City
NYPD Using Patriot Act to Attack First Amendment Rights but Women victims of Domestic Violence are Helpless
by Sis. Aisha [Jamaat al-Muslimeen]

This is an issue that has been getting worst since the execution of two police officers in Bedford Stuyvesant Brooklyn shortly before Christmas 2014.

New York City - On January 15, 2015, a 17 year old Osiris Aristy was arrested in his Bushwick Brooklyn apartment for posting terroristic threats against the NYPD on his Facebook page. He used animated images of a police officer with a gun to his head along with an "f the police" message. These animated images are called emojis (pronounced ee-mo-jees). A few young people have been targeted for arrest for expressing their intense dislike for the police. This charge is a felony, which carries a seven year prison sentence.

There were no verbal or text-based threats explicitly aimed at the police by Aristy. Nothing but, animated images. The law, now being used against people expressing so-called anti-cop views, was created after 9/11 for Muslims. It is a very broad law regarding terroristic threats. It still remains that that a police officer's power is limited to stopping a crime in progress or after it has occurred. However, we know of many instances, involving Muslims, where they have been arrested for thought crimes.

According to this statute, whether or not the perpetrator of this terroristic threat can actually carry it out or ever intended to do so is still no defense. Civil rights attorneys, closely viewing this case, have stated that although these actions are enough to make an arrest, they are not enough to get a conviction. A grand jury is currently looking at evidence in the case against Osiris Aristy.

Amazing! Women in domestic abuse cases have to file a restraining order against their abusive husbands or boyfriends. They have no other recourse. Many of these same women wind up raped, beaten or killed in murder suicides when these ex-boyfriends ignore the restraining order. The only thing a victim can do is call the police.

Domestic violence is more of a threat to American society than a young boy's boastful antics against the police! How about strengthening domestic violence laws that protect men and women from a violent spouse or love-interest?

These Patriot Act laws have been politicized and used against people who speak up and out against the government. Four people, so far, have been arrested for posting so-called anti-cop messages on their social media pages, in New York City. The fight for justice and freedom in America continues. In the beginning, there will be a tug-of-war between the oppressor and the oppressed until the oppressed can build up enough unity and strength to pull the other side into the mud. (Courtesy of BuzzFeed.com)




Boston
Absolutely Innocent Matanov decides to Plead Guilty:How the Oppressive Justice System Works. [Marathon bombing case.]
by Sis. Karin Friedemann

Khairullozhon Matanov, 25 year old Kyrgyzstani immigrant and friend of the deceased Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who is accused of the Boston Marathon bombings, told me during a recent prison visit that he decided to plead guilty to concealing evidence and lying to the FBI, even though he is absolutely innocent. The government is now only going to be asking for him to serve 2 1/2 years due to changing his plea to guilty, though the judge could possibly give him an even shorter sentence.

However, the Patriot Ledger reported that under the new charge, he would face "no more than five to eight years in prison, depending on whether the offense is considered to involve terrorism." So it sounds like the situation is very much hanging in the balance.

Matanov's attorney requested a hearing earlier this month after Matanov agreed to be interrogated by the government; however, he doesn't have any incriminating information to give.

Matanov was looking at 15 years for deleting files off his computer (all of which were public information) and for downplaying his relationship with the Tsarnaev brothers, even though he actually went to the police station first thing in the morning to identify them after the FBI put their photo on the TV, thinking he was doing his duty by telling them, "I don't think they did it but I know who they are."

Prosecutors said Matanov called Tamerlan Tsarnaev about 40 minutes after the bombings and invited him to dinner. He is accused of lying to the FBI about whether he met them at the restaurant or whether he drove them there. He is guilty of knowing the brothers, liking them, and even worshiping at the same mosque. He is not accused of knowing anything about the bombs.

Matanov was originally facing 40 years of imprisonment due to "suspicious" wire transfers of money, some of which were made using aliases, which the FBI insinuated could have been terror related. He had wired money to people in many different countries. However, the feds backed off that charge pretty quickly after it was shown that Matanov could account for all of these money transfers, most of which were sent to needy relatives.

The God-loving kid worked 80 hours a week driving a cab in order to pay for his father's heart surgery as well as his family's other living expenses. It would be hard to find a more decent human being than this brother.

Matanov was a subject of dirty journalist Michelle McPhee, who wrote about him and Tamerlan in a seriously ridiculous smear piece called "Inside the Mind of a Killer." McPhee has been criticized repeatedly for writing apparently bogus news articles calculated to sway the trial against the accused. For example, she was the source of the "note in the boat" based on "anonymous law enforcement" statements. (The government is NOT going to use the boat confession as part of their case, as it is not legally considered as admissible evidence).

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's attorneys attempted repeatedly to convince Judge O'Toole to find out which FBI agents have been talking to the press, circumventing legal procedure. O'Toole continues to say he's "concerned" about media links but does nothing about it.

The judge in Matanov's case, Judge William Young, however, has a reputation for being tough on media leaks. Matanov filed a motion last month regarding media leaks and Young responded by demanding a list from both the defense and prosecution of anyone who had ever seen the FBI transcript that mysteriously appeared online, or any other documents related to the case. This may be the reason that the government is suddenly willing to negotiate.

Unfortunately, the government put Matanov's lawyer under a lot of pressure, so in order to get this plea deal he now has to file a motion to withdraw the motion regarding leaks to the media. This is very disappointing. That information about the government agent who is making up stories for the media, is pretty darn important and Young is the only judge who might find out. But I guess Khair has to do what he has to do.

He said of the government prosecutors: "They are very powerful people."

The issue of whether he will be deported after time served is undecided.

Matanov has many loving supporters who write to him. In a letter to a supporter, which was circulated on Facebook, he stated: "I know you guys support me, and I always claim I am innocent. I still say I am innocent, but in this tough environment I can't imagine getting a fair trial so that is why I am accepting a plea deal. I hope you guys support me and I thank you for everything you guys have done, for your support. I mean it is unimaginable good to get tonnes of support from people I have never met."

The young man has received many letters begging him not to testify negatively against Jahar and advising him not to drop the media leaks issue. It is not clear if all these pending issues played a role or not, but on January 24, 2015 it was announced that Judge Young moved the hearing regarding the potential plea deal to February 25, 2015.

Matanov's lawyer, Paul Glickman, would not comment when asked if the expected guilty plea means Matanov has an agreement with prosecutors and plans to testify against the only surviving brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, at his trial.

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