Saudi king warns West will be jihadists’ next target

When the Saudi king, himself a Muslim makes these kinds of statements, it’s time for all of you Muslim apologists, especially those in America, to listen. TGO

Refer to story below. Source: Associated Press



Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) (AFP) – King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has warned that the West will be the next target of the jihadists sweeping through Syria and Iraq, unless there is “rapid” action.

“If we ignore them, I am sure they will reach Europe in a month and America in another month,” he said in remarks quoted on Saturday by Asharq al-Awsat daily and Saudi-backed Al-Arabiya television station.

“Terrorism knows no border and its danger could affect several countries outside the Middle East,” said the king who was speaking at a welcoming ceremony on Friday for new ambassadors, including a new envoy from Saudi ally the United States.

The Islamic State (IS) jihadist group has prompted widespread concern as it advances in both Syria and Iraq, killing hundreds of people, including in gruesome beheadings and mass executions.

Lack of action would be “unacceptable” in the face of the phenomenon, King Abdullah said.

“You see how they (jihadists) carry out beheadings and make children show the severed heads in the street,” he said, condemning the “cruelty” of such acts.

“It is no secret to you, what they have done and what they have yet to do. I ask you to transmit this message to your leaders: ‘Fight terrorism with force, reason and (necessary) speed’.”

President Barack Obama has yet to decide whether the United States should launch raids against positions held by the Islamic State jihadist group in Syria to follow US air strikes on IS activities in Iraq.

US Secretary of State John Kerry called Friday for a global coalition to combat Islamic State fighters’ “genocidal agenda”.

Writing in the New York Times, Kerry said he and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will meet European counterparts on the sidelines of a NATO summit in Wales next week, to enlist assistance.

They will then travel on to the Middle East to build support “among the countries that are most directly threatened”.

“With a united response led by the United States and the broadest possible coalition of nations, the cancer of ISIS will not be allowed to spread to other countries,” Kerry said in Friday’s op-ed piece.

Asharq Al-Awsat said the king urged other countries to join the UN Counter-Terrorism Centre, set up in 2011 to respond to new threats, and to which Saudi Arabia has made a grant of $100 million.


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Jesse Ventura Speaks Out on ISIS Terrorism in Iraq

Why is it that common sense never seems to prevail? We, people in general, and organizations (in this case the U.S. government) always reacts to crisis in the same manner, and often times expect different results. In the case of the U.S. the reason seems to be obvious; there are interests that outweigh doing what makes sense. Nevertheless, it is refreshing to hear a logical perspective, one that radically differs from the norm. Here then, is Jesse Ventura’s point of view on terrorism in Iraq. TGO

Video: YouTube


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Islamic State executes dozens of Syrian army soldiers: monitor

More killing, more executions; the madness never stops. Islam can best be described as a cancerous tumor that has metastasized and is now spreading throughout the globe. And as with any form of malignancy, once the entire body is cancer-ridden, the end is inevitable. This might just be the fate of the human race if this disease known as Islam is not eradicated, and soon! TGO

Refer to story below. Source: Reuters

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Islamic State fighters have executed dozens of members of the Syrian army they took hostage after capturing an air base in the northeast of the country, a group monitoring the violence said on Thursday.

Islamic State, a radical offshoot of al Qaeda, stormed Tabqa air base on Sunday after days of clashes with the army and said it had captured and killed soldiers and officers in one of the fiercest confrontations yet between the two sides.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the conflict using sources on the ground, said the soldiers who were executed had been trying to escape from the airport when they were taken hostage by militant fighters of the Islamic State.

A video posted online by Islamic State supporters on Thursday appeared to show members of the group making scores of Syrian army hostages walk and run through the desert in their underwear.

Reuters could not confirm the contents of the video, which was posted on You Tube and social media. It showed at least 135 men, some with their hands on their heads, running barefoot through a desert landscape as armed men jeered them.

It was not clear what happened to the men afterwards, but photos posted by Islamic State supporters online on Wednesday appeared to show them gunning down at least seven members of the army they had taken hostage.

Syrian state media confirmed the attack on the base but has not reported any deaths or any army members being captured. It has said Islamic State suffered heavy losses in the battle over the base.

Tabqa was the army’s last foothold in an area otherwise controlled by the Islamic State militants, who have seized large swathes of Syria and Iraq in recent months with the aim of setting up a trans-border Islamic caliphate.

The United States has carried out air strikes on Islamic State in Iraq and has left open the option for similar action in Syria.

(Reporting by Sylvia Westall; Editing by Gareth Jones)


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Star Explosion’s Beauty Revealed by Space Telescope Photo

Awesome! The universe is truly a magnificent place. It really is a shame that we don’t completely understand it, at least not yet. But then again, there is a certain beauty in the mysterious. TGO

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A violent star explosion long ago has left behind an eye-catching supernova remnant, an ethereal grave marker in space that has been seen like never before by scientists using three space telescopes.

When supersized stars reach the end of their lives, they explode in a brilliant burst of light that can outshine entire galaxies and give off more energy than a smaller star can produce in its entire lifetime. The giant destructive supernova explosions leave behind beautiful wisps of dust and gas called supernova remnants. NASA captured an image of one of these star ghosts by combining infrared light from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope, as well as X-ray light from space agency’s Chandra X-Ray Observatory and the European XMM-Newton telescope.

Supernova remnants are born from the huge shock waves created by star explosions. The new NASA image reveals the supernova remnant Puppis A, which is located about 7,000 light-years away from Earth and is about 10 light-years across. Scientists estimate the actual supernova that spawned the remnant occurred 3,700 years ago. (One light-year, the distance light travels in a year, is about 6 trillion miles or 10 trillion kilometers).

Heated dust particles give off most of the infrared light shown as red and green in the new image. Other material warmed by the shock wave emit X-ray light and are shown in blue. Areas where the infrared and X-ray light blend together are colored in pastels.

Astronomers determined the dust in the area around Puppis A is about a quarter of the mass of the sun, according to a NASA statement. Data from Spitzer shows the shock wave lights up as it zips through the huge cluster of dust, breaking apart the dust particles as it goes.

Supernovas can happen when a massive star sucks away too much matter from a neighboring star and a nuclear reaction causes it to ignite. Supernovas can also happen when a star runs out of nuclear fuel at it cores and collapses in on itself. The remnants left behind by the shock wave can linger for thousands of years after the explosion itself.

It takes a star several times the size of the sun to end its life with a supernova. The explosions can generate the heavy elements that help form new stars and planets. Scientists hope studying how supernova remnants tear through space and interact with other materials will reveal more about how the Earth and solar system formed.

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Israeli air strike wrecks Gaza tower, wounds 20 people

The madness between Jews and Palestinians continues… I suppose Palestinians like their asses handed to them. What else could explain their relentless harassment of the Jews? TGO

Refer to story below. Source: Reuters

GAZA (Reuters) – An Israeli air strike on Tuesday destroyed much of one of Gaza’s tallest apartment and office buildings, setting off huge explosions and wounding 20 people, Palestinian health officials said.

Israel had no immediate comment on the attack.

Seventy families lived in the building, which also housed offices and a shopping complex. Fatalities were averted by warnings issued to residents to vacate the premises and two non-explosive warning missiles fired by drones.

Four missiles fired at the 13-storey building made it list to one side. Hundreds of neighbors in surrounding homes were also evacuating to avoid being hurt if the structure collapses, witnesses said.

(Reporting by Nidal al-Mughrabi; Writing by Allyn Fisher-Ilan)


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British Intelligence Reportedly IDs James Foley’s Executioner

There is no amount of punishment for whoever the coward and murdering scum who executed James Foley is. To cut off the head of a living animal, such as even a parakeet, is revolting. But to do that to an unarmed, helpless, living and breathing human being who has done nothing to hurt anyone is beyond grotesque.

I hope they capture this vermin alive and give him such a beating that he will never be able to sit up or so much as hold a straw to eat his food for the rest of his days. Then they need to throw him in with the general population in the worst prison in the U.S. and let the inmates have a go at him. And that would only be the beginning! One can only dream…

Of course, being that this guy is a world-class pussy, he’ll commit suicide if his capture becomes imminent. TGO

Refer to story below. Source: The Wire

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Intelligence officials from Britain’s MI5 and MI6 agencies say they know the identity of “Jihad John,” the man responsible for the beheading of American journalist James Foley, according to reports from news outlets in the U.K. Fox News also says American officials have corroborated those reports.

According to The Times of London and other sources, “John” is believed to be Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, a 23-year-old man from London, who went to Syria to join Islamist forces last year. His father, Adel Abdel Bary, is an Egyptian-born man who is accused of taking part in the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in Tanzania and Kenya. He was extradited from the U.K. to the U.S. in 2012 and is currently awaiting trial.

Bary was an aspiring hip-hop artist who performed under the name L Jinny when he still lived in London. His music has even been played on BBC Radio and there are several YouTube videos of his performances online. It’s believed those videos could have been used to match Bary’s voice to the voice of the man in the video of Foley’s beheading.

Bary has been followed by intelligence services since arriving in Syria last year. Earlier this summer, he tweeted a photo of himself holding a severed head, though it’s not believed he executed the man in that photo, and that does not connect him to directly Foley. However, he was believed to be part of a group of British-born fighters who had joined up with ISIL in Syria, along with at least two other men who recently traveled there from the U.K.

Although the man in the video is almost completely covered in black clothing, including his face, and it was filmed in a desolate desert setting with no landmarks, we’ve written previously about how investigators might be able to piece together clues from his appearance — height, weight, skin tone, and (most importantly) accent — to help identify him. In addition to the apparent identity of the killer, Elliot Higgins (who blogs under the name “Brown Moses”) believes he may have even pinpointed the location of the video itself, based on the sparse environmental clues available and comparing them to satellite images of Syria.

Earlier on Sunday, the British Ambassador to the U.S., Peter Westmacott, said in an interview with CNN that “we are close” to identifying a suspect, but would not go further than that. The Daily Mail is also reporting that Britain’s elite Special Forces units have sent a significant number of soldiers to the region in recent days, to join the hunt for the group of British ISIL fighters.

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Our life with the Neanderthals was no brief affair

Wouldn’t it be interesting if it had been the Neanderthals that would have survived and ‘modern humans’ that would have become extinct? One thing is for sure, women would be spending a whole lot more money on razor blades and waxing. TGO

Refer to story below. Source: Reuters



LONDON (Reuters) – Far from wiping out Neanderthals overnight, modern humans rubbed along with their shorter and stockier cousins for thousands of years, giving plenty of time for the two groups to share ideas – and have sex.

The most accurate timeline yet for the demise of our closest relatives, published on Wednesday, shows Neanderthals overlapped with present-day humans in Europe for between 2,600 and 5,400 years before disappearing about 40,000 years ago.

Pinpointing how and when the Neanderthals became extinct has been tough because the mainstay process of radiocarbon dating is unreliable for samples that are more than 30,000 years old, due to contamination.

The latest six-year project by researchers at the University of Oxford used modern methods to remove contaminants and accurately date nearly 200 samples of bone, charcoal and shell from 40 important archaeological sites across Europe.

The data showed that Neanderthals vanished from Europe between 39,000 and 41,000 years ago – but rather than being replaced rapidly by modern humans, their disappearance occurred at different times across sites from the Black Sea to the Atlantic.

“Now that we are using better techniques, the picture is becoming much more clear in terms of the process by which Neanderthals disappeared from Europe,” said lead researcher Tom Higham. “Our results suggest there was a mosaic of populations.”

Scientists already know from DNA evidence that there was some interbreeding between the two groups, although it is not clear whether this occurred once or many times. Recent studies have suggested between 1.5 and 2.1 percent of the DNA of modern non-African human populations originates from Neanderthals.

“In a way, our close cousins, as Neanderthals are, aren’t extinct,” according to Higham. “They carry on in us today.”

Paleoanthropologist Chris Stringer of the Natural History Museum in London, who was not involved in the research, said the new findings were “striking” and backed up the idea that modern humans and Neanderthals may have learnt from each other.

He believes interbreeding probably first occurred in Asia soon after modern humans began to leave Africa around 60,000 years ago, so the latest evidence indicates the two populations may have been in some kind of contact for up to 20,000 years – much longer than in Europe alone.


Many scientists now reject the notion that Neanderthals were dim-witted brutes and point to evidence of use of symbolic objects, which may have been learnt from modern humans.

The Oxford team dated a number of items from sites of so-called transitional stone tool industries – viewed as either the work of the last of the Neanderthals or early modern humans – and found they were all between 40,000 and 45,000 years old, indicating a period of possible cultural exchange.

Interestingly, they found no evidence that Neanderthals and modern humans lived particularly closely together. Rather, Neanderthals probably survived in dwindling populations in pockets of Europe before dying out altogether.

It is unclear what killed off the Neanderthals, although theories include an inability to adapt to climate change and increased economic competition from more agile modern humans.

While the latest work provides the most robust timeline so far of the last days of the Neanderthals, there are still gaps in coverage, particularly in Siberia and eastern regions of Eurasia. That is something the researchers plan to address in follow-up investigations.

“Ultimately, our aim is to create kind of movies that show the arrival and departure of different sub-species of humans across Europe,” Higham said in an interview filmed in his lab. “We are part-way towards that but there is a still a lot more work we can do.”

Some scientists have hypothesized that late-surviving groups of Neanderthals lived in places such as Gibraltar after 40,000 years ago, but the latest dating provides no evidence of this, according to the Oxford team, whose findings were published in the journal Nature.

Britain says it close to identifying beheading suspect

Any idea what will happen if/when they identify the maggot that beheaded James Foley, the journalist? My guess is he’ll be given a trial, naturally, then sentenced to 25 years in prison; he’ll probably get out in 8-10 years for good behavior.

I have other ideas as to what should be done to him, but what’s the point of mentioning them, government officials would never do such things to human beings. Unlike the scummy Muslims, we have laws in the west; laws that are too lenient for my taste. TGO

Refer to story below. Source: Reuters



BAGHDAD/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Britain is close to identifying a suspected British national shown beheading American journalist James Foley in a video released by Islamic State militants last week, the British ambassador to the United States said on Sunday.

With Islamic State fighters now in control of vast areas of northern Iraq, the country’s president-designate, Haider al-Abadi, used a meeting with the visiting Iranian foreign minister to call for greater international efforts to destroy the Islamist group.

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif of Iran, a Shi’ite Muslim power likely to wield influence over the formation of Abadi’s new cabinet, reaffirmed Tehran’s support for Iraq’s territorial unity and its fight against militants.

“Abadi pointed to the presence of many dangers posed in the region as a result of the existence of the terrorist gang Islamic State, which requires regional and international efforts to exterminate this terrorist organisation,” the Iraqi leader’s office said in a statement after the talks with Zarif.

Iran would continue to stand by Iraq, Zarif said.

“Iran backs the unity of Iraq and the stabilising of security and considers that as a priority in its foreign policy,” he said.

Iran and Iraq fought a bloody eight-year war during the 1980s, but Shi’ite Tehran forged close ties with the Shi’ite-led governments that have dominated Iraq since the overthrow of Saddam Hussein in 2003.

The advance of Islamic State through northern Iraq has alarmed the Baghdad government and its Western allies, prompting the first U.S. air strikes in Iraq since U.S. occupation forces pulled out in 2011.

The Sunni Muslim militant group sees Shi’ite Muslims – a majority in Iraq – as infidels who deserve to be killed and has driven thousands of non-Muslims from their homes.


The horrific video showing the killing of Foley last week, together with a threat to kill another American journalist being held hostage, Steven Sotloff, inspired widespread revulsion in the West and a desire to hunt down the killer.

The masked knifeman shown in the video spoke English with a London accent and security services have launched a major attempt to find out who he is by analysing the video and seeking to identify him from among the estimated 500 Britons believed to have gone to join the jihadists in Iraq and Syria.

Britain’s ambassador to the United States, Peter Westmacott, told CNN’s “State of the Union” programme that Britain was putting a great deal of resource into identifying the suspect, including voice-recognition technology.

He said he could not give more details, but added: “I do know from my colleagues at home that we are close.”

Former hostages of Islamic State have suggested that the man in the video is one of a group of British Islamists assigned to guard foreign prisoners. They have been dubbed John, Paul and Ringo, of the Beatles, because of their British accents, and British media say the suspect is “jihadi John”.

The British government said it had appointed its senior defence adviser for the Middle East as a security envoy to the Iraqi Kurdistan to help Kurdish and Iraqi efforts to defeat Islamic State.

Lieutenant General Sir Simon Mayall goes to Baghdad and Arbil next week.

The government also said it would supply non-lethal equipment to Kurdish forces in the coming days, including night vision equipment and body armour.


Islamic State militants have mostly routed Kurdish forces in the north in recent weeks, seizing more towns, oilfields and Iraq’s largest dam. Backed by U.S. air power, Kurdish forces later took back control of Mosul dam.

Islamic State has also seized large areas of Syria, declaring an Islamic Caliphate that crosses the national border.

Islamic State militants stormed an air base in northeast Syria on Sunday, capturing most of it from government forces after days of fighting, a witness and a monitoring group said.

Fighting raged inside the Tabqa air base, the Syrian army’s last foothold in an area otherwise controlled by Islamic State.

In nearby Raqqa city, Islamic State’s main stronghold, there was celebratory gunfire and several mosques announced through their loudspeakers that the base had fallen to Islamic State and cheered “God is greatest”, a witness told Reuters.

Syrian state television said that after fighting fierce battles, the military was regrouping its forces and continuing to strike what it called terrorist groups.

Bombings across Iraq killed at least 35 people on Saturday in apparent revenge attacks after Shi’ite militiamen machine-gunned a Sunni Muslim mosque in Diyala province on Friday, killing 68 worshippers and deepening the country’s sectarian conflict.

The violence continued on Sunday, when a car bomb killed seven people in a mostly Shi’ite area of Baghdad, police and medical sources said.

(Additional reporting by Michael Georgy in Baghdad and Sylvia Westall in Beirut; Writing by Giles Elgood; editing by Anna Willard)


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Suicide attacks kill at least 17 in Iraq after mosque shooting

Here we go again… Yes folks, the indoctrinated brain-dead rag-heads continue to blow themselves up. Brilliant!

There is no other religion in this entire planet that produces imbeciles; that takes a human brain and systematically turns it into mud, as Islam does.

When will this madness end? The answer is simple: IT WON’T! As long as the religion of piss (not peace) is still around, so will the slaughtering of men, women and children. TGO

Refer to story below. Source: Reuters


BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Two suicide bombers in Iraq killed at least 17 people in apparent revenge attacks after a major assault on a Sunni mosque heightened sectarian tensions.

In Baghdad, a bomber rammed a vehicle into an intelligence headquarters on Saturday, killing at least eight people, police and medical sources said. Near Tikrit, a suicide bomber driving a military Humvee packed with explosives attacked a gathering of soldiers and Shi’ite militias on Friday night, killing nine.

Shi’ite militiamen machinegunned 68 worshipers at a village mosque in Diyala Province on Friday as politicians try to form a power-sharing government capable of countering Islamic State militants.

An advance by Islamic State through northern Iraq has alarmed the Baghdad government and its Western allies and drawn U.S. airstrikes in Iraq for the first time since the withdrawal of American troops in 2011.

Although the air campaign has caused a few setbacks for Islamic State, they do not address the far broader problem of sectarian warfare which the group has fueled with attacks on Shi’ites.

Bombings, kidnappings and execution-style shootings occur almost daily, echoing the dark days of 2006-2007, the peak of a sectarian civil war.

Two of Iraq’s most influential Sunni politicians suspended participation in talks on forming a new government after the militiamen carried out the mosque attack.

Deputy Prime Minister Saleh Mutlaq and Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jibouri have pulled out of talks with the main Shi’ite alliance until the results of an investigation into the killings are announced.

Jibouri, a moderate Sunni, condemned both Islamic State as well as the Iranian-trained Shi’ite militias who Sunnis say kidnap and kill members of their sect with impunity.

“We will not allow them to exploit disturbed security in the country to undermine the political process. We believe the political process should move on,” he told a news conference on Saturday.

Iraq’s new Shi’ite prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, faces the daunting task of trying to draw Sunnis into politics after they were sidelined by his predecessor Nuri al-Maliki.

Maliki stepped aside after pressure from Sunnis, Kurds, some fellow Shi’ites, Iran and the United States.

Iran, a regional power broker with deep influence in Iraq, is sending its foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, to Baghdad on Sunday for talks with Iraqi officials.

(Reporting by Ahmed Rasheed; Writing by Michael Georgy; Editing by Rosalind Russell)


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British Muslims blame jihadi subculture after beheading video

The only way to deal with these people is with force. One cannot defeat an enemy who doesn’t “play” by the rules if one plays by the rules. We here in the west pride ourselves on being civilized and humane, even in warfare, and that’s all well and good when fighting against a ‘typical’ enemy. But when confronting these indoctrinated Islamic fundamentalists, we need to do away with fair play and just vaporize them. Sure, there will no doubt be countless casualties of innocent civilians, and that’s unfortunate. But what are the options?

We fought a war in Iraq for ten years playing by the rules. We overthrew a murdering dictator in Saddam Hussein. And what’s the situation in Iraq now? Worse than before.

Here are the options:

1) Notify all American citizens that if they travel to certain countries (countries such as Iraq, Yemen, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Somalia, etc.) they are on their own and will NOT be protected by the U.S., and pull all foreign troops from these countries and use them to protect our borders and civilians here at home. In other words, let all of these other countries fend for themselves.

2) Nuke every single one of the countries on the list; which we know will never happen.

One thing is for certain, the current methodology against Islamic fundamentalists is not working and will not work. TGO

Refer to story below. Source: Reuters



LONDON/BAGHDAD (Reuters) – A British Muslim leader called for action on Thursday to tackle a jihadi sub-culture after an Islamic State video showed a suspected Briton beheading U.S. journalist James Foley, held hostage in Syria.

In Washington, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the threat from Islamic State was “beyond anything we’ve seen” and the U.S. Justice Department opened a criminal investigation into the death of Foley on the video, which featured a masked man speaking English with a British accent.

As Western officials tried to identify the man, the Muslim Council of Britain denounced Foley’s “abhorrent murder” and one of its advisers urged anyone who knows the killer’s identity to contact the police.

Horror at the video spanned from the West to Baghdad, where Iraqis asked why the United States and its allies had not cracked down on Islamic State fighters long before they captured large areas of Syria and Iraq.

Foley, 40, was beheaded by an Islamic State militant in the video that surfaced on the Internet on Tuesday, and officials in Washington revealed that U.S. special forces had tried unsuccessfully to rescue him along with other American hostages earlier this summer.

A firefight between the U.S. forces and Islamic State militants during the rescue attempt appeared to be the first direct ground engagement between the two sides.

The video caused particular shock in Britain, which is home to about 2.7 million Muslims, although the hundreds of British men fighting alongside the militants in Iraq and Syria have created concern for some time.

Iqbal Sacranie, an adviser to the Muslim Council of Britain, said Britons from across the country’s communities had to stop young men being seduced by radical ideologies.

“This sub culture of this ‘jihadi-cool’ – as they call it in the media – within the margins of society … that is the real challenge,” he told BBC Radio. “This is a problem that affects all of us and it will only be dealt with more effectively if all of us are working together on this.”

Sacranie said the Muslim community was pushing the message that “this is totally alien to Islam” and families were reporting to the authorities when they discovered their sons had headed to the Middle East to fight. He also told London’s Evening Standard newspaper that anyone who recognized the man in the video had a duty to contact police.


The Guardian newspaper said a former hostage had identified the masked man as the leader of three Britons who guarded foreign hostages in the city of Raqqa – Islamic State’s stronghold in eastern Syria.

The BBC also reported that hostages had nicknamed their three captors John, Paul and Ringo, after members of the Beatles pop group.

Ghaffar Hussain, managing director of the counter-extremism Quilliam Foundation, said it was almost inevitable that men who had fought in Syria would return to plan attacks in Europe.

“It is disturbing that people born and raised in Britain and who have gone to the same schools as us could have been essentially indoctrinated to the extent where they can justify raping women and chopping heads off,” he said.

Four British Islamists – two of whom had been to al Qaeda training camps in Pakistan – killed 52 people in suicide bomb attacks on London in July 2005, and Britons have previously appeared in graphic Islamist videos.

Until recently, Islamic State concentrated on establishing its self-proclaimed caliphate in areas of Syria and Iraq it had seized rather than on attacking the West, like al Qaeda – the group from which it split.

But U.S. President Barack Obama’s decision to order air strikes on its fighters in Iraq appears to have changed this. The beheading video also showed images of another U.S. journalist, Steven Sotloff, whose fate the group said depends on how the United States acts in Iraq. “The life of this American citizen, Obama, depends on your next decision,” the masked man says.

In a Washington briefing on Thursday, Hagel said Islamic State was as sophisticated as any group the United States had seen and posed an imminent threat “to every interest we have, whether it’s in Iraq or anywhere else.”

“They are beyond just a terrorist group. They marry ideology, a sophistication of … military prowess,” Hagel said. “They are tremendously well-funded. This is beyond anything we’ve seen.”

General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, suggested Islamic State would be a danger until it could no longer count on safe havens in Syria.

“This is an organization that has an apocalyptic, end-of- days strategic vision and which will eventually have to be defeated,” Dempsey said.

“To your question, can they be defeated without addressing that part of their organization which resides in Syria? The answer is no. That will have to be addressed on both sides of what is essentially at this point a non-existent border.”

In Baghdad, Iraqis expressed their horror at the video of Foley’s killing and questioned Western strategy on Islamic State, which advanced out of Syria in June to capture several major Iraqi cities, including Mosul, before the United States intervened militarily.

“The killing is the crime of all crimes, whoever the victim is,” said Kareem Jamal, 55, an Arabic language teacher at a secondary school.

“I wish the world superpowers had fought these criminal groups in their incubators. The U.S. should have hit Islamic State when they first appeared in Syria. Why didn’t they hit them when they first entered Mosul and other cities?”

Ali Mohammed Saeed, a 35-year-old doctor, called for deeper Western involvement, almost three years after U.S. troops pulled out of Iraq. “Air strikes are not enough, those criminals need ground troops to kill them and kick them out.”

British Prime Minister David Cameron has ruled out sending troops to step up Britain’s military involvement in Iraq, which has so far been focused on delivering supplies to Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State and using jets to conduct surveillance.

(Additional reporting by Julia Edwards, Missy Ryan, Steve Holland and David Alexander in Washington and William James in London; Writing by David Stamp; editing by Philippa Fletcher and Gunna Dickson)


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