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Saudi funding of jihad in sub-Saharan Africa means more Christian persecution

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By Michael Carl/SRN News

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Anchor Lead: A network of jihad proclaiming mosques is spreading across central Africa. As SRN’s Michael Carl reports, analysts see trouble ahead…

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African human rights watchers say Saudi Arabian money pays for a network of jihad preaching mosques and schools across sub-Saharan Africa. Israel-based think tank Research on Islam and Muslims in Africa analyst Hussein Solomon says that means more jihad, and that’s bad for the region’s Christians…

 

[Hussein Solomon                 :06                      …attacks on pastors.]

 

Solomon adds that this network of schools extends across central Africa from Kenya to Cameroon.

Michael Carl, SRN News.

 

 

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July 26th, 2014 at 10:52 pm

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Saudis back string of jihad-preaching mosques, madrassas in sub-Saharan Africa

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By Michael Carl/SRN News

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Anchor Lead: Middle East and Africa analysts say that there is a growing wave of militant Islamic activity in sub-Saharan Africa—and it’s being funded by a U.S. ally. SRN’s Michael Carl has more…

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Human rights analysts say the spread of jihad into central Africa will increase Christian persecution. Israel-based think tank Research on Islam and Muslims in Africa analyst Hussein Solomon says seeds for the growing jihad are planted by a network of schools set up by the Boko Haram founder…

 

[Hussein Solomon        :06                      …from those schools.]

 

Solomon adds that this network of schools includes most of central Africa’s nations, including Kenya.

Michael Carl, SRN News.

 

 

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July 26th, 2014 at 10:48 pm

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U.S. ‘ally’ supporting jihad expansion into sub-Saharan Africa

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By Michael Carl/WND

Middle East and Africa analysts say there is a growing wave of militant Islamic activity in sub-Saharan Africa that is being funded by U.S. ally Saudi Arabia.

Hussein Solomon, University of the Free State professor and analyst for the Israel-based think tank Research on Islam and Muslims in Africa, said the expansion of jihad into sub-Saharan Africa is bad news for Christians and other groups who don’t embrace the radicalism.

“We’re going to see more pastors and priests get killed and more churches being burned,” he said. “Because of this, there will be more attacks on churches. There will be more attacks on interfaith groups as well. The radicals are creating hard dichotomies between black and white, between ‘us’ and ‘them.’”

Central African countries are particularly vulnerable, he said, because religious identities reinforce ethnic identities.

Solomon said it’s not just Nigeria, pointing to increased activity in countries such as Tanzania. Mozambique will likely be the next target, he said.

IntelligenceCommunity.com and Consultancy Africa Intelligence analyst Maha Hamdan said the Saudis are deeply involved in the growing jihad. They are using their vast oil wealth to pay for non-governmental groups to go head-to-head with Christian non-governmental groups.

For the rest of the story…

http://www.wnd.com/2014/07/u-s-ally-underwriting-jihadist-expansion-into-africa/

 

 

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July 26th, 2014 at 10:32 pm

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American money funds overseas jihad

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By Michael Carl/WND

Some of Africa’s most notorious jihad groups, such as Boko Haram and al-Shabaab, are benefiting from an elaborate, international funding network, including large sums of money flowing from the United States.

MoneyJihad.com founder, Terror Finance Blog analyst and writer A. D. Kendall says Somalis residing in the United States, for example, are a major source of al-Shabaab’s financing.

“First and foremost, the Somalis contribute through remittances and hawala. Somalis wire money home, which is often processed by Dahabshiil, a business that routinely pays off al-Shabaab,” Kendall told WND. “Dahabshiil’s involvement in financing terrorism is the reason why Barclays attempted to end its business relationship with Dahabshiil.”

Barclay’s moved to shut down its connections with Dahabshiil because of numerous reports of money transfers from Somalis in the U.S., Canada and Europe to al-Shabaab through the Dubai-based company.

Kendall adds that American Somalis also support jihad through direct fundraising.

“There’s international zakat for the mujahideen,” Kendall said. “Somali activists like Amina Farah Ali in Minnesota or Basaaly Moalin in California raise money from their communities for jihad and send it to al-Shabaab.”

Amina Farah Ali, in fact, was convicted in federal court for funneling money to al-Shabaab.

Moalin was also sentenced to 18 years in prison for “providing material support to al-Shabaab.”

For the rest of the story…

http://www.wnd.com/2014/07/u-s-dollars-flow-to-fund-jihad/

 

 

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July 21st, 2014 at 12:18 am

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Carroll County Commissioner on religious liberty: ‘The issue is bigger than me’

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By Michael Carl/SRN News

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Anchor Lead: A Maryland county is back in court to ensure that its governing body is permanently allowed to pray at their meetings as they see fit. SRN’s Michael Carl has more.

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Carroll County Commissioners aren’t satisfied that the May Supreme Court ruling overturned federal judge William Quarles “sectarian prayer” gag order.

Commissioner Robin Frazier says the county is pursuing the summary judgment because there’s a bigger issue at stake.

 

[Frazier               :05                      …freedom of religion.]

 

Liberty Institute Chief Counsel Jeff Mateer says the summary judgment motion would permanently give the county to right to choose their opening prayer.

Michael Carl, SRN News.

 

 

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July 16th, 2014 at 11:10 pm

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Maryland County Commissioner says, ‘It’s time to stand up!’

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By Michael Carl/SRN News

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Anchor Lead: Carroll County, Maryland commissioners aren’t satisfied that the May Supreme Court ruling ensures their right to open meetings with Christian prayers. SRN’s Michael Carl has the rest of the story…

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The county commissioners are asking for a summary judgment from a Maryland federal court. Legal analysts say the ruling would give Carroll County the right to have ‘sectarian prayers’ at their meetings.

Commissioner Robin Frazier says she supports the move because it’s time for Christians to speak up…

 

[Frazier               :10                      …Biblical principles.]

 

That motion is still pending before the court.

Michael Carl, SRN News.

 

 

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July 16th, 2014 at 11:08 pm

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County says SCOTUS lifting prayer ban isn’t enough

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By Michael Carl/WND

A Maryland county is back in court to ensure that its governing body is permanently allowed to pray as they see fit to open their meetings.

Commissioners in Carroll County are seeking a summary judgment to allow what federal judge William Quarles called “sectarian prayers” when he issued an injunction against such prayers in March.

A Supreme Court ruling allowing the prayer at public meetings technically overturned Quarles’ injunction, but Carroll County Commissioner Robin Frazier says the county is pursuing the summary judgment order because they’re not content with the court simply overturning the injunction. She says there is a bigger issue at stake.

“It’s not just about me,” Frazier said. “This is about all of our citizens and the freedom that they should have to speak and to have freedom of religion.”

Religious liberty law firm Liberty Institute Chief Counsel Jeff Mateer says Carroll County is actively pursuing the action because “[A summary judgment] would allow them to continue with praying before their meetings without government censorship.”

Mateer says even if the county is successful, the court’s ruling would have only a limited impact.

“The Court’s decision would only be precedent in that District Court in Maryland – although could be used a persuasive authority in other jurisdictions,” Mateer said.

For the rest of the story…

http://www.wnd.com/2014/07/county-lifting-prayer-ban-not-good-enough/

 

 

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July 14th, 2014 at 9:34 pm

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Jihadist networking means more violent attacks

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By Michael Carl/WND

Terrorism analysts are concerned that information sharing between Nigerian jihadist group Boko Haram and Somali group al-Shabaab will mean a new, deadlier wave of violence.

Consultancy Africa Intelligence and TheIntelligenceCommunity.com analyst Maha Hamdan says the connection will further enhance Boko Haram’s increasingly sophisticated operations and add incentives to al-Shabaab.

“The effectiveness of its operations and capabilities to operate and hit targets in a country duped as one of Africa’s security power houses is a security nightmare for anti-terrorism experts,” Hamdan said. “While many scholars share a view of the organization as limited to only local confines, such information trading will help both to expand operations.”

She added, “With the emergence of the African continent as a growing pawn for Islamic extremism and radicalism, the linkages and cooperation of these groups cannot be underestimated. Boko Haram and al-Shabaab have quickly evolved, and have the intention of developing the capability to coordinate on a rhetorical and operational level with al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb.”

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http://www.wnd.com/2014/07/jihadists-move-from-poisoned-arrows-to-ieds/

 

 

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July 12th, 2014 at 10:55 pm

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Burma proposes outlawing religious conversions (radio version)

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By Michael Carl/SRN News

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Anchor Lead: Human rights groups are watching a proposed anti-conversion law to see which religious groups in Burma will be impacted. SRN’s Michael Carl has more…

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A proposed anti-conversion law in Burma would to give fines and jail time to citizens who convert to another religion. Christians fear the law will hurt evangelism, but Georgetown University Burma expert David Steinberg says the government isn’t worried about the Christians…

[Steinberg           :09                      …undue influence.]

The law is still making its way through Burma’s Parliament.

Michael Carl, SRN News.

 

 

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July 8th, 2014 at 5:10 pm

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ISIS, Boko Haram working together for Shariah states

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By Michael Carl/WND

The motive fueling the recent kidnapping of 186 Kurdish school children by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria also was behind Boko Haram’s May seizure of more than 250 school girls in Nigeria, according to Middle East and terrorism analysts.

While an immediate goal is to strike fear in the hearts of the enemies of Islam, the ultimate aim is for the children, their parents and their communities to adopt the jihadists’ fundamental Islamic beliefs and submit to Shariah, or Islamic law, said Heritage Foundation Middle East analyst Jim Phillips.

Boko Haram’s campaign of terror includes massacres of Christians and destruction of their churches. Only a few dozen of the schoolgirls have been able to escape their captors, and the government has declared a state of emergency across the region.

ISIS recently was blamed for the kidnapping of the boys from Syria who had traveled to Aleppo for academic testing. They were on their way home when terrorists intercepted a convoy of minibuses and took the boys to Minbej for “training.”

“The two groups are very similar in one sense, because it’s one way for the terrorists to impose their will and intimidate the parents of these young people, not just the young people themselves,” Phillips said.

For the rest of the story…

http://www.wnd.com/2014/07/isis-boko-haram-share-aim-to-establish-muslim-empire/

 

 

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July 8th, 2014 at 5:07 pm

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