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ISIS: Paris Attacks ‘First Of The Storm’

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In the NY Times:

The Islamic State claimed responsibility on Saturday for the catastrophic attacks in the French capital, calling them “the first of the storm” and mocking France as a “capital of prostitution and obscenity,” according to statements released in multiple languages on one of the terror group’s encrypted messaging accounts.

The remarks came in a communiqué published in Arabic, English and French on the Islamic State’s Telegram account and then distributed via their supporters on Twitter, according to a transcript provided by the SITE Intelligence Group, which tracks jihadist propaganda…

Keep reading.

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November 14, 2015 at 20:54

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Please would you take a moment to remember and pray for those who have been caught up in the horrific coordinated terror attacks in #Paris last night.

With over 150 dead and scores more injured, this is the deadliest violence in Paris since World War II.

Now while I have my own opinions as to what is going on not only in France, but Europe on the whole, and why, let me just say that things are going to get worse before they get better. Secularism will be their complete undoing. So while the French borders have now been closed, ISIS is long inside the gates. And Western Civilisation is left teetering.

St Joan of Arc, pray for us!

Charles Martel, aid us!

Read also, if you will, The Paris Attacks: The Consequence of Goodness Without Truth.


Written by Fr Stephen Smuts

November 14, 2015 at 11:38

Cape Town Station Shooting Today, A Terror Attack?

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The circumstances surrounding a shooting at a Cape Town station on Tuesday remain unclear, but what has been confirmed is that a man died during the incident from a self-inflicted gunshot.

Western Cape police spokesperson, Lieutenant Colonel Andrè Traut said: “The circumstances surrounding the death of an unknown man are being investigated after he allegedly shot himself at platform 24, Cape Town railway station at around 12:00 this afternoon.”

“A death inquest case docket has been registered,” said Traut.

According to media reports of witness accounts, two men had entered the station with their faces fully covered but their eyes visible. They were dressed in black garments that appeared to be similar to those worn by Muslim women, witnesses reported.

It’s believed several shots were fired by one man before he turned the gun on himself, although the clarity of these details remain sketchy.

“We have reason to believe that the man who shot and killed himself could have been part of a group of two men who acted suspiciously prior to the incident,” Traut said.

“However we will not be speculating about the matter until our investigation has reached a more advanced stage.”

Metrorail said train services were not affected by incident.

News 24 also covers the story.

The scene at Cape Town station after the shooting. (Sedick Appoles, Facebook)

Written by Fr Stephen Smuts

October 13, 2015 at 21:05

War Crimes Charges Now Extend to the Destruction of Ancient Monuments

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Here’s why.

A view of the side of a damaged house in the historical city of Sanaa

For the first time, the International Criminal Court in The Hague has opened war crimes proceedings against an Islamist militant accused of leading in the destruction of historical monuments.

The charges reflect a heightened global concern about the safety of antiquities across the Middle East and North Africa, including in UNESCO world heritage sites. Islamic State and al Qaeda affiliates are increasingly launching deliberate assaults on treasured religious monuments…

Reuters has the rest here.


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October 10, 2015 at 21:33

Terror Attacks Escalate in Israel

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With violence against Jewish residents escalating quickly, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has canceled a diplomatic trip to Germany.

Some say this latest campaign of terror could signal a Third Intifada.


Haaretz has an update on the situation here.

Clean up after Jerusalem stabbing

Written by Fr Stephen Smuts

October 9, 2015 at 08:58

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ISIS Blows Up Arch of Triumph in Syria’s Palmyra

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Discovery News is reporting:

Islamic State extremists have blown up the famous Arch of Triumph in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, the country’s head of antiquities said Monday, as the jihadists press their campaign to tear down the treasured heritage site.

ISIS’ destruction of art in Iraq’s Mosul Museum generated a lot of outrage. Was there an ideological reason for the raid or was it vandalism?

“We have received news from the site that the Arch of Triumph was destroyed yesterday (Sunday). IS bobby-trapped it several weeks ago,” antiquities director Maamun Abdulkarim told AFP.

IS has carried out a sustained campaign of destruction against heritage sites in areas under its control in Syria and Iraq, and in mid-August beheaded the ancient city’s 82-year-old former antiquities chief.

The jihadists have already destroyed the shrine of Baal Shamin and the 2,000-year-old Temple of Bel, regarded as Palmyra’s masterpiece, since overrunning the citadel in May.

The Arch of Triumph, situated at the entrance of the ancient ruins’ historic colonnaded street, was an “icon of Palmyra,” Abdulkarim said, warning that IS fighters have already laid explosives in other monuments.

“This is a systematic destruction of the city. They want to raze it completely,” he said.

“They want to destroy the amphitheatre, the colonnade. We now fear for the entire city,” he added, calling on the international community to “find a way to save Palmyra.”…

Rest here.

I’m afraid it may already be too late for the site by now.

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October 5, 2015 at 20:48

5 year-old son Killed for Wearing a Cross

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Iraqi family tells the awful tale.

ISIS “Were Not Strangers; They Were Our Neighbors”

Read more and watch their heart-breaking video here.

Written by Fr Stephen Smuts

October 1, 2015 at 17:44


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