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Swedish man charged for honking at mosque

Swedish prosecutors have decided to charge a 22-year-old man for honking his horn outside the Fittja mosque in Stockholm, citing his intention to disturb the Muslim congregation.

Prosecutor Christina Weilander filed the charges with
Södertörn district court on August 23rd, pertaining to an incident outside the mosque on May 3rd - the second Friday that the mosque used its minaret to broadcast the call to prayer since Swedish police allowed congregation leaders to proceed.

Two witnesses were cited in the document filed with the district court.

The 22-year-old is being charged with "störande av förrättning", the crime of intentionally disrupting a religious or spiritual ceremony - including weddings and funerals. It also outlaws disturbing court cases and certain state proceedings, and is punishable with up to six months in jail according to Sweden's penal code.

The defendant, meanwhile, has denied the charge that he on purpose sounded his horn to disturb the congregation as the call to prayer rang out at the mosque, which lies next to a lake and a car park in the southern suburb. There are no residential properties in the immediate vicinity.

There was also a disturbance from passers-by the week before, as reported by The Local, during Sweden's first call to prayer on April 26th, when two men in a red Volvo spun their wheels furiously by the curb, before racing off down the road.

A long-held discussion about whether to allow the call to prayer ended earlier this year when
Botkyrka Municipality scrapped a 1994 prohibition on allowing prayer calls, which dated back from before the construction of the mosque.

The mosque was built in 2007 in the municipality's Fittja district and has over 1,500 congregation members.

The Stockholm police eventualy removed the final hurdle for prayer calls, ruling that it would be allowed for between three to five minutes on Fridays between midday and 1pm.

The Local
Sweden's News in English
August 28, 2013
 

The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, Loretta Lynch, reported on Tuesday that a criminal indictment was unsealed in federal court in Brooklyn, N.Y., alleging that a Nigerian national provided material support to an Islamic terrorist group affiliated with al-Qaeda.

According to the indictment, 33-year-old Lawal Olaniyi Babafemi, a/k/a “Abdullah” and “Ayatollah Mustapha,” from Nigeria, provided material support to al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), a terrorist group currently plaguing the Arab nation of Yemen. In addition, the indictment alleges that Babafemi used high-powered firearms during the commission of his felony.

The U.S. Department of Justice is seeking the extradition of the defendant from the nation of Nigeria, which is also at war with another al-Qaeda affiliate, the Boko Haram. Lynch acknowledged the continued cooperation and assistance of Nigeria's government in combating terrorists who affect both nations.

According to court documents, between January 2010 and August 2011, Babafemi traveled twice from Nigeria to Yemen to meet and train with leaders of AQAP. Part of his activity was receiving weapons training from AQAP terrorism instructors.

Babafemi also aided the AQAP’s English-language media operations, which include the publication of the notorious magazine “Inspire.”

The AQAP commander Anwar al-Aulaqi, who was later killed by security forces, provided Babafemi with the equivalent of about $9,000 in cash to assist AQAP's war efforts by recruiting other English-speakers from Nigeria.

On Feb. 21, 2013, a grand jury in the Eastern District of New York returned a sealed indictment
charging the defendant with one count of conspiracy to provide material support to AQAP; one count of providing and attempting to provide material support to AQAP; one count of unlawful use of machine guns; and one count of conspiracy to unlawfully use machine guns.

At the request of U.S. officials in July 2013, the Nigerian government began extradition proceedings against the suspected terrorist.


Examiner. com
By: Jim Kouri
August 28, 2013

 

 

In the shifting sands of the tumultuous Middle East, Hamas, the Palestinian terror group in control of the Gaza Strip, has found itself in an increasingly precarious position.

Click photo to download. Caption: Palestinians gather during ademonstration in support of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi in theHamas-controlled southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah on August 23, 2013. Theremoval of Morsi—a president from Hamas's parent group, the MuslimBrotherhood—creates

Feared for its massive arsenal of rockets and trained jihadis, the terror group is today also facing isolation and internal discord. With its Muslim Brotherhood allies on the run in Egypt, strained relations with former benefactors in Iran and Syria, and an increasingly technologically savvy Israeli enemy, the terror organization—while still dangerous—is facing a perfect storm of problems that threatens to undermine its power.

“While one cannot currently  say Islamist groups like Hamas are completely down and out, the removal of [Mohamed] Morsi’s government in Egypt and the subsequent crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood leadership, as well as the Muslim on Muslim fighting in Syria, together create serious problems for Hamas,” Matthew Levitt, senior fellow and director of the Stein Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence at the Washington Institution for Near East Policy, told JNS.org.

For many years, Hamas relied on Iran and its partners, Syria and Hezbollah, for military hardware such as rocket missiles, terrorist training, and financial support. It is estimated that Hamas at one point received up to $250 million annually from Iran. But all that changed following exiled Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal’s decision to close the Hamas office in Damascus in early 2012 and to pursue support from Sunni powers such as Turkey, Qatar and the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, all of which were on the rise at the time.

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JNS.org
By: Sean Savage
August 26, 2013

 
The Muslim Brotherhood's top leader looked somber and fatigued after his arrest Tuesday, his demeanor mirroring the Islamist movement's predicament following its stunning fall from power and a deadly government crackdown.

The Brotherhood's decision to play hardball after the military's ouster of Egypt's Islamist president has backfired, leaving it embroiled in a crisis and looking at unattractive choices: Aligning with hard-line groups in an insurgency that almost certainly will fail or going underground in the hope of resurfacing one day.

Regardless of which path it chooses, the Brotherhood's grim future will impact Islamic groups across the Middle East and beyond. The Egyptian organization is something of a "mother ship" that has inspired their creation and provided a role model of the political Islam they want to prevail.

"It looks like it's over for the Brotherhood," said Sameh Eid, a former member who has maintained contact with the group. "Brotherhood families are grieving over their dead or busy trying to see how they can visit loved ones in detention or others who are injured. The animosity on the streets is exhausting them and allies are abandoning them."

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The Associated Press
By: Hamza Hendawi and Maggie Michael
August 20, 2013

 

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