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An Air Canada plane on March 25, 2010

Caracas (AFP) - A Toronto-bound flight was stopped shortly before departure from Caracas when four Iranians and an Afghan were found aboard with fake tickets and no visas, Venezuelan officials said Saturday.

The captain of Air Canada Flight 075 discovered there were five extra passengers aboard his flight as it was scheduled to depart late Friday, said Luis Graterol, the head of the Simon Bolivar Maiquetia International Airport.

All those on board were forced to disembark and military officials identified the suspicious passengers, Graterol told the state-run Venezuelan News Agency.

The Iranians and the Afghan "did not have a visa to enter Canada, nor legitimate tickets," Graterol said.

He added that the flight had been delayed for five hours due to the incident.

The office of Venezuela's prosecutor general said that charges will be pressed against four people in the case: a member of Venezuela’s immigration office, an Air Canada employee, and two workers with an airport security company.

The suspects will face charges "linked to the illegal trafficking of five foreigners" at the Simon Bolivar airport, the office said in a statement.

No details were given on whether the five illegal passengers would face charges.

The security lapse comes after 1.3 tonnes of cocaine were found aboard an Air France jet that departed from the same airport in September and landed in Paris.

At least 28 people have been detained in that case, including eight members of Venezuela's National Guard, various airport officials, and an Air France employee. News
November 3, 2013

  • Somalian-born Mohammed Ahmed Mohamed went to pray at mosque
  • But he hasn't been seen since leaving West London centre on Friday
  • His disappearance is a major blow to police and the security services

Theresa May faced criticism in the Commons today after a suspected Islamist terrorist supposedly under close monitoring went on the run wearing a burka.

Somalian-born Mohammed Ahmed Mohamed is believed to have evaded police observation by disguising himself as a woman in Islamic dress.

The 27-year-old went to pray at a mosque in West London on Friday and has not been seen since, Scotland Yard announced last night.

On the run: Mohammed Ahmed Mohamed is being hunted by counter-terrorism officers
On the run: Mohammed Ahmed Mohamed is being hunted by counter-terrorism officers


Home Secretary Theresa May face criticism in the Commons today over the ability of the police and security services to track suspects through Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures (TPIM) notices.

It comes as the Serious Fraud Office launched a criminal probe into electronic tagging contracts handed to G4S and Serco.

Police released CCTV pictures of the Mohamed, apparently wearing the traditional garb.

Scotland Yard refused to comment on the offences he is suspected of.

However they said he was not ‘a direct threat to the public.’

His escape prompted renewed political debate about the role of the appropriateness of Islamic dress in British life.

It follows a court case earlier this year in which a woman was required to show her face to jurors and the judge while giving evidence.

Mohamed is one of a small number of terror suspects whose movements are restricted by a court order because of the threat they pose to the public.

Mohammed Ahmed Mohamed leaving the An-Noor Masjid and Community Centre in Acton   Mohamed breached his terrorism prevention and investigation measures notice
Islamic clothing: Mohamed is seen leaving the An-Noor Masjid and Community Centre in Acton, west London

It follows the disappearance on Boxing Day of Ibrahim Magag who failed to return home on time to comply with his curfew. He has still not been found.

Mohamed's disappeared in a black cab in December after ripping off his electronic tag.

His disappearance is a major blow to police and the security services.

The Metropolitan Police said Mohamed attended the An-Noor Masjid Mosque in Acton, West London, at 10am on Friday.

He was seen inside the mosque at 3.15pm. A spokesman said he changed into Islamic clothing and ‘has not been seen since’.

A spokesman said: ‘The Counter Terrorism Command immediately launched inquiries to trace Mr Mohamed and these continue.

‘Ports and borders were notified with his photograph and details circulated nationally. Public safety remains our priority.’ He said anyone who sees him should call 999.

In the Commons Mrs May insisted Mohamed does not pose a direct threat to the British public even though the 27-year-old is understood to have received training and fought overseas for al-Shabaab, the Somalia-based cell of the militant Islamist group al Qaida.

To laughs and shouts from the Labour benches, Mrs May said: 'The police and security service have confirmed that they do not believe that this man poses a direct threat to the public in the UK.

'The reason he was put on a TPIM in the first place was to prevent his travel to support terrorism overseas.'

But Labour's Yvette Cooper said the disappearance of Magag and Mohamed was proof that the decision to replace control orders with TPMIs was a mistake.

Ms Cooper said: 'Since the Home Secretary got rid of relocation orders, got rid of control orders and brought in the weaker Tpims, two terror suspects have vanished.

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Daily Mail UK
Jack Doyle and Matt Chorley
November 4, 2013

Abu Ammaar Yasir Qadhi, a Memphil Imam based in Tennessee, preaches openly about what Islam truly is. He makes no bones about thinking that anyone other than a Muslim doesn't deserve anything and are less than Muslims.
In fact, part of Yasir Qadhi's preaching includes rhetoric that says non-Muslims lives are forfeit and their property is legal for Muslims to take in jihad, (and this would include women as sex slaves) Recently Yasir Qadhi said that "Jews and Christians filthy, their lives and property can be taken in jihad by the Muslims."

Yasir Qadhi is not only a Memphil Imam, but is is also the Dean of Academic Affairs at the Al-Maghrib Institute. He is a hafiz (has memorized the Qur'an) and he has an M.A. in the Islamic Creed and a B.A. in Islamic Sciences from Islamic University of Medina, as well as a master's and a doctorate in Islamic Studies from Yale.

yasir qadhiDuring a lecture on Shirk, or polytheism, Yasir Qadhi said that Jews and Christians are mushrikoon, or polytheists, because they have made partners with Allah. From Yasir Qadhi's perspective, only Muslims are monotheists.

He also claims that it is the responsibility of every single human being to bear witness that there is no deity worthy of worship except Allah, and him alone.

Now pay attention here. Yasir Qadhi now will tell you what the result and command that stems from this twisted principle.

"And it is because of this same principle of monotheism that the prophet has been commanded to do jihad."

OK, now we're getting somewhere. Did all of you alleged "moderate" Muslims out there get that? Of course, you did. You know this. You know jihad is not just some internal struggle. It isn't about losing weight or getting in shape or some personal goal to be obtained. It is a holy war to advance the caliphate, the Islamic State.

While jihad is not the goal, Qadhi says, it is the means. "It is a means to establish monotheism on the land," Qadhi says.

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Freedom Outpost
Tim Brown
October 29, 2013
Khan Syed, a/k/a  Khalid Sajna, on Saturday was appointed the new chief of the Islamist organization following the killing of  Hakeemullah Mehsud

According to Pakistan's terrorist group, the Taliban, Khan Syed, a/k/a Khalid Sajna, on Saturday was appointed the new chief of the Islamist organization following the killing of Hakeemullah Mehsud by a U.S. drone attack on Friday evening, according to the Pakistan news media.

The "executive" council of Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) appointed Sajna as the new chief of the terrorist group during a meeting that was held at a secret location in North Waziristan bordering Afghanistan, the local media said.

Sajna, who was the close aid of former chief Hakeemullah, got 43 out of 60 votes of the consultative body, according to the Taliban's announcement.

Prior to his becoming the TTP chief, Sajna was the commander of the Taliban chapter of South Waziristan after a U. S. drone strike killed an important leader, Wali-ur-Rehman, in May 2013.

The 36-year-old Sajna took part in some of the biggest attacks in Pakistan, such as the attack on a military installation in Karachi and a jailbreak in 2012 that resulted in the Taliban freeing more than 400 inmates in Pakistan's Bannu district.

According a U.S. counterterrorism expert, Sajna has no formal education or religious background, but he is experienced guerrilla fighter and paramilitary commander.

The Sajna appointment comes only hours after a U.S. unmanned aerial vehicle killed more than 20 suspected Taliban members, including the late Hakeemullah Mehsud, in the country's northwestern tribal region of North Waziristan that borders Afghanistan.

The U.S. drone attack took place hours after the top leadership of Tehrik-i- Taliban Pakistan adjourned their strategy meeting for their long-awaited peace talks with Pakistan's government.
Jim Kouri
November 3, 2013


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