(WASHINGTON) Justice Dept Court Report: Man Pleads Guilty to Attempting to Provide Material Support to #IslamicState and Attempting to Commit an Attack at a Toledo-Area Synagogue in 2018 #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.20: Damon M. Joseph, aka Abdullah Ali Yusuf, 23, of Holland, Ohio, pleaded guilty today to attempting to provide material support to the #IslamicState of Iraq and al-Sham, aka ISIS, and attempting to commit a hate crime, for planning an attack on a synagogue in the Toledo, Ohio area.

WASHINGTON: Damon Joseph was inspired by ISIS’ call to violence and hate,” said Assistant Attorney General John C. Demers for the Justice Department’s National Security Division. “He planned to target innocents at a Toledo-area synagogue based on their religion and hoping that it would lead to the deaths of many and spread fear.

His actions would have been an assault on the liberties and respect for humanity we hold so dear. We will continue to make every effort to prevent such attacks from occurring. I commend the agents, analysts, and prosecutors who identified the threat posed by this defendant and took action to protect the public from his plans.”

“The defendant’s attempt to cause significant harm to members of the Toledo, Ohio, Jewish community constitutes both a federal hate crime and an act of domestic terrorism,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Pamela S. Karlan of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. “The Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division will continue to vigorously investigate and prosecute individuals who use violence to attack our religious communities.”

“This investigation highlights the continued threat of violence to our communities posed by ISIS-inspired terrorists – in this case, at a place of worship. With today’s plea, we will be one step closer to seeing justice served,” said Acting Assistant Director Patrick Reddan, Jr. of the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division. “I’m grateful for our partnerships with faith-based communities and with our law enforcement partners on the JTTF for their work on this case, which ultimately prevented this plot from becoming a tragedy.”

“Today, Damon Joseph pleaded guilty for attempting to support ISIS through violent attacks on Jewish congregants while they worshipped,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Bridget M. Brennan for the Northern District of Ohio. “It is difficult to conceive of a more heinous plot, let alone reconcile that this plot involved violating our country’s solemn obligation to protect the civil rights of every person as a means of supporting a foreign terrorist organization. We will continue to root out and bring to justice those who support terrorists and those who seek to violate the civil rights of our families, friends and neighbors.”

“In a matter of months, Damon Joseph progressed from a self-radicalized, virtual jihadist to planning an actual attack on fellow Americans,” said Special Agent in Charge Eric B. Smith of the FBI’s Cleveland Field Office. “Mr. Joseph has now accepted responsibility for his actions. In the name of ISIS, Joseph planned a mass-casualty attack against citizens simply wanting to attend their desired houses of worship, which were two Toledo-area synagogues. Joseph’s terroristic actions are antithetical to a just and free society, and he will serve a lengthy sentence as a result. The FBI would like to remind the public to remain vigilant so we can continue to thwart these types of threats together.”

In 2018, Joseph drew the attention of law enforcement by posting photographs of weapons and various messages in support of ISIS on his social media accounts, as well as a photograph originally distributed by the media wing of ISIS.

Beginning in September 2018, Joseph engaged in a series of online conversations with several undercover FBI agents where he repeatedly stated and affirmed his support for ISIS and produced propaganda he believed was to be used for ISIS recruitment efforts.

Over the next few weeks, Joseph stated to an undercover agent that he wanted to participate in an attack on behalf of ISIS. On Dec. 2, 2018, Joseph forwarded a document to the agent that laid out his plans for such an attack on “Jews who support state of Israel.”  Joseph then stated that he did not necessarily see this as “a martyrdom operation” as his plan accounted for an escape and potential combat with law enforcement.

On Dec. 4, Joseph met with an undercover FBI agent and discussed conducting a mass shooting at a synagogue. Joseph identified two synagogues in the greater Toledo as potential targets and discussed the types of weapons he believed would inflict mass casualties. Joseph made written notes about the firearms he wanted and provided them to the undercover agent, stating he wanted AR 15s, AK 47, Glock handguns, and ammunition.

On Dec. 6, Joseph again met with an undercover agent to discuss his plans. Joseph stated specifically that he wanted to kill a rabbi and wrote the name and address of the synagogue where the attack was to occur and stated that he had conducted research to determine when the Jewish sabbath was so that more people would be present.

Later that day, the undercover agent told Joseph that he had purchased rifles for the attack. The two met on Dec. 7 at a predetermined location, where Joseph took possession of a black duffel bag containing two semi-automatic rifles, which had been rendered inoperable by law enforcement officers so that they posed no danger to the public. Joseph was then arrested.

Joseph is scheduled to be sentenced on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at 11 a.m. and faces a maximum sentence of life in prison. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

The FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, comprised of over 50 federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, are investigating the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Michelle Baeppler and Jerome Teresinski of the Northern District of Ohio and Trial Attorneys Alexandra Hughes and Joshua Champagne of the National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section, as well as AeJean Cha of the Civil Rights Division are prosecuting the case.

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: May.20: 2021:

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(BURKINA FASO, Africa.) Jihadists Report: #IslamicState & al – #Qaeda during the last seven days at least 17,500 displaced and 45-people killed in attacks #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Mar.16: The crisis continues in Africa, while the woke world shows little concern. In a little over one week in Burkina Faso, over 17,500 people “have been forcefully displaced from their homes” and 45 people murdered by expanding Islamic State and al-Qaeda jihadists:

Burkina Faso: At least 45 people murdered, over 17,500 displaced in jihad onslaught from #IslamicState and al- #Qaeda While the focus on the West remains curbing “Islamophobia,” “the security situation in the Sahel region is fueling one of the fastest growing displacement crises in the world.” ‘And it’s all about the establishment of an Islamic caliphate in the region and ultimately the spread of Sharia globally’

“UN says armed attacks in Burkina Faso displace over 17,500 in past 10 days,” Reuters, May 7, 2021:

More than 17,500 people in Burkina Faso have been forcefully displaced from their homes in the past 10 days due to a series of attacks by unidentified armed groups that have killed 45 people, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said on Friday.

Attacks by jihadist armed groups linked to al Qaeda and the Islamic State in the West African Sahel region have been rising sharply since the start of the year, particularly in Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso, with civilians bearing the brunt.

The UNHCR report said gunmen had carried out a series of attacks in three separate regions, burning down houses and shooting civilians dead. The assailants also ransacked health centres and damaged homes and shops.

“Clearly one of the reasons is to cause mayhem and to torment civilians,” UNHCR spokesman Boris Cheshirkov told a briefing in Geneva.

The security situation in the Sahel region is fuelling one of the fastest growing displacement crises in the world, he said.

Security sources told Reuters on Monday that armed assailants had killed around 30 people in an attack on a village in eastern Burkina Faso. read more

Last week, two Spanish journalists and an Irish citizen were killed in an armed ambush by suspected militants during an anti-poaching patrol near a nature reserve in eastern Burkina Faso. read more

“The trends we see only point to more violence to come,” Cheshirkov said.

The violence in Burkina Faso has displaced more than 1.14 million people in just over two years….

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: May.16: 2021:

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(WASHINGTON) Justice Court Report: A New York man was sentenced today to 20 years in prison for attempting to provide material support to the #IslamicState of Iraq and al-Sham, aka ISIS. #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.14: Today’s 20-year sentence recognizes the gravity of Clark’s conduct, including his calls for other ISIS supporters to carry out lone wolf terrorist attacks in New York City,” said Assistant Attorney General John C. Demers for the Justice Department’s National Security Division. “Having pledged allegiance to ISIS, Clark provided others with specific instructions on knifing and bomb-making for use in such attacks. We remain vigilant to the threat of terrorism and committed to identifying and holding accountable those who threaten our communities through their support for foreign terrorist organizations.”

‘Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Attempting to Provide Material Support to Disseminated ISIS Propaganda & Bomb-Making Instructions in an Effort to Incite Acts of Terrorism and Violence in New York City and Elsewhere’

‘Zachary Clark, aka Umar Kabir, Umar Shishani and Abu Talha, 42, of Brooklyn, pleaded guilty in August 2020 to one count of attempting to provide material support or resources to a designated foreign terrorist organization’

“Zachary Clark pledged allegiance to ISIS and posted calls for attacks on the public and institutions in New York City on encrypted pro-ISIS chatrooms, along with detailed instructions for carrying out those violent acts,” said U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss for the Southern District of New York. “Thanks to the Joint Terrorism Task Force, Clark’s efforts to incite deadly violence on behalf of ISIS have been silenced. Today’s sentence sends a clear message that those who seek to further ISIS’s campaign of terror and violence, no matter the method, will face serious consequences.”

“The FBI remains steadfast in the fight against terrorism,” said Acting Assistant Director Patrick Reddan for the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division. “I would like to thank the men and women of the FBI, along with our partners in law enforcement, for holding accountable individuals, such as Zachary Clark, who pledge allegiance to ISIS and support and spread their violent terrorist agenda. We remain vigilant in our efforts to prevent terrorism and protect the American people, and today’s sentencing underscores that commitment.”

According to court documents, Clark pledged allegiance to ISIS twice: first in July 2019 to ISIS’s then-leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and then in October 2019 to ISIS’s new leader, Abu Ibrahim al-Sashemi al-Qurayshi, whom ISIS promoted after al-Baghdadi’s death. Beginning in at least March 2019, Clark disseminated ISIS propaganda through, among other avenues, encrypted chatrooms intended for members, associates, supporters and potential recruits of ISIS. Clark’s propaganda included, among other things, calls for ISIS supporters to commit lone wolf attacks in New York City.

For example, on Aug. 3, 2019, Clark posted instructions about how to conduct such an attack, including directions on how to select an attack target, how to conduct preoperational surveillance, how to conduct operational planning and how to avoid attracting law enforcement attention when preparing for and conducting the attack. On another occasion, Clark posted a manual entitled “Knife Attacks,” which stated, among other things, that discomfort at “the thought of plunging a sharp object into another person’s flesh” is “never an excuse for abandoning jihad” and that “[k]nives, though certainly not the only weapon for inflicting harm upon the kuffar [non-believers], are widely available in every land and thus readily accessible.”

Clark urged the participants in encrypted chatrooms to attack specific targets, posting maps and images of the New York City subway system and encouraging ISIS supporters to attack those locations: Clark’s guidance also included posting a manual entitled “Make a bomb in the kitchen of your Mom,” which was issued by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and included detailed instructions about constructing bombs using readily available materials:

The FBI’s New York Joint Terrorism Task Force, which consists of investigators and analysts from the FBI, the NYPD and over 50 other federal, state and local agencies, investigated the case: Assistant U.S. Attorneys Gillian Grossman, Matthew Hellman and Sidhardha Kamaraju of the Southern District of New York prosecuted the case with assistance from Trial Attorneys Jason Denney and Chad Davis of the National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section.

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: May.14: 2021:

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(EGYPT) Fears that #IslamicState once again threatens the lives of some of the Middle East’s largest Christian population have emerged again, after the radical militant group killed an Coptic businessman who’d funded the construction of the only church in his north Sinai village #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.07: Salama was ambushed, then abducted at gunpoint in a hijacked vehicle on the eve of 7 Nov, 2020 as he was on the street for a local errand in his village Bir-al-Abd. In the scuffle, as Nabil tried to fight off his three armed, unmasked attackers, he dropped his mobile phone. It was later retrieved by passers-by and returned to his family. This small detail has some significance, as reported below.

EGYPT: Death threats, by #IslamicState in Sinai, against Egyptian Copt sons who mourn dad: The death of 62 year old Nabil Habashy Salama was reported last week, but new points are worth emphasis.

Nabil Habashi Salama, taken by unseen watchers; he was 'executed' by ISIS, March 2021
World Watch Monitor

Nabil Habashi Salama, taken by unseen watchers; he was ‘executed’ by ISIS, March 2021

Nabil had been splitting his time between the village and El-Arish, a city about 68 miles east along the Mediterranean coast towards the border with the Gaza strip.

Five days after his abduction, on 12 Nov, his son Peter received a call from those holding his father. They allowed him to speak to Nabil, but said they needed 2 million Egyptian pounds (US $127,550 or GBP 91,2000) – not as hostage ransom but as a ‘jizya’ tax from the remaining Copts in the village – if they wanted to see Nabil return.

The kidnappers gave Peter 48 hours to collect the money. However, it then increased to 5 million Egyptian pounds (approximately US $321,000 or GBP 230,000) with an order that the Coptic Bishop, Cosman, would be given time to gather the money from all the local Christian families.

When, after some time, the kidnappers called him again, Peter said they had not been able to collect the amount of ‘jizya’ demanded. At this, the caller threatened that the group would kill Peter and his brother Fady, as well as their hostage father. Hearing this, the police asked the brothers to leave the local area, as they could not guarantee their safety.

On 1 January, shortly before Orthodox Christmas, under the stressful anxiety of fearing every day for their father’s life, the brothers now felt forced to leave everything behind and uproot their families to move.

Even then, there was another call: “We know where you are; we know everything about you”.

The last call came at the end of February “That was the last time I was able to speak to my Dad; we didn’t hear anymore after that” Peter told World Watch Monitor.

On Sunday 18 April , the day that Islamic State in Sinai posted the video – in which Habashy and two other Sinai tribesmen are killed – to its Telegram channel, the video was sent ‘at the first hour of dawn’ to the family, to their utter shock and horror. Again, threats against the two brothers’ lives accompanied it.

And those death threats have not stopped coming, even into this past week as the family grieved.  (Habashy also left a daughter Marina).

But one of the most disturbing aspects of the ‘announcement’ of the death of Nabil Habashy Salama is that it was often accompanied by a picture of him, apparently repairing the wall of his church building, a smile on his face. He looks pleased and content as he writes. At least one media outlet credits Nabil himself for the photo. But Peter had never seen it before – it did not belong to the family’s now-treasured collection of photos of their father. Peter told World Watch Monitor he believes the photo was taken by someone who’d been watching their Dad’s movements, perhaps even one of his kidnappers, if not killers. And for that reason, the family is acutely on edge, aware that the extremist militia who killed their dad have their phone number and continue to issue death threats.

‘Jizya’ tax on non-Muslims as protection money 

Under traditional Islamic lawjizya(h) is a tax per head paid by non-Muslimsonly to the authorities. According to Definition.net “From the point of view of Muslim rulers, jizya was…proof of the non-Muslims’ acceptance of subjection to the state and its laws. In return, non-Muslims were permitted to practice their faith, to enjoy a measure of communal autonomy, to be entitled to the Muslim state’s protection from outside aggression, and to be exempt from military service and the zakat taxes obligatory upon Muslims”.

When the jihadists captured Mosul and its surrounding plain in June 2014, they reinstated the traditional Islamic ultimatum to Christians: convert, pay jizya, leave or be killed. Since then, occasionally hard-line Muslim clerics have called for its re-imposition on Christians.

In 2012, Bishop Cosman said that, of about 4-500,000 people in his diocese of North Sinai – an area 200km long and 127km – there were only about 740 Christian families (c.3,000 individuals) so they were pretty scattered. To compare, over 2,000 Christian families then lived in the urban Cairo district of Hadayak al-Maadi.

In 2017, in just three weeks between January 30 and February 23, eight Coptic Christians were killed by Islamist militants. This prompted an exodus of about 350 families from El-Arish to other cities such as Port Said, Ismailia and even other parts of Egypt.

Father Youssef Sobhy, a priest at Saint Mary and St. Michael Coptic Orthodox Cathedral (the Archbishopric of North Sinai), told World Watch Monitor:

The majority of the Christian families fled El-Arish, after they felt they were targeted by those militants, their lives were in danger, and there wasn’t any protection for them. Police were focusing efforts on protecting the entry points to the city and police presence inside El-Arish is not as dense as it is around it.

In April 2017, the Islamic State affiliate took credit for twin suicide bombings that killed around 50 people at Coptic churches celebrating Palm Sunday in northern Egypt.

In addition to targeting Christians and state security forces, the insurgents in November 2017 opened fire on Sufi Muslims (who Islamic State believe to be heretical) be praying in a Bir al-Abd mosque, killing over 300.

However, the Egyptian army operation to regain security control across Northern Sinai has been very heavy-handed and even criticised by Human Rights Watch for human rights abuses. 
It says the military has effectively banned independent reporting from North Sinai and has prosecuted and imprisoned several journalists who covered events there.

A Copt activist told WWM: “Accountability about the failure of security plans is an urgent necessity, and the protection of Copts is a social, moral and humanitarian responsibility. What Copts need today are actions without words and not promises without action.

These murders of Christians nowadays are an ongoing scheme amidst a media blackout and that is not separated from the previous murderous crimes against Copts for years. The deadly hands are one and the same.

Those perpetrators haven’t been punished for their previous crimes.Leaving with impunity Islamic extremists who target and kill Copts for their religious identification drives them and others to increase targeting of Copts and killing them for their faith in Jesus Christ. 

This continued failure to protect the Copts is not justified, especially after the imposition of the state of emergency, amendments to the laws of terrorist entities and criminal penalties and procedures.

Sobhy Samy Abdul Nour, ambushed and killed in N. Sinai, 3 Mar, 2021

Previous incidents when Christians were targeted in N. Sinai

3 March 2021: ISIS members stopped the car of Sobhy Samy Abdul Nour, 40, (from Jazeerat Masoud village, El Husseiniya, Sharqia Governorate), 500m from the police checkpoint in Balouza village at the entrance to the North Sinai Governorate. The extremists shot him dead as soon as they found out that he was a Christian, then seized his car, ID card and mobile and threw his body onto the road before fleeing.
His funeral was held at Saint Mark Coptic Orthodox Church in El Husseiniya city on 4 March 2021; he was buried in the family cemetery in Jazeerat Masoud village.

18 Jan, 2019: Armed militants kidnapped a 55 year old single man, Adeeb Nakhla Yassa, who was on a microbus on the coastal road to Arish city. Some 50 km west of the city, it was stopped by a group of armed men who boarded it and began checking the identity of the passengers, looking for police and military recruits or Christians. When they found out that Yassa was Christian, they ordered him to disembark and carried him off in a four-wheel drive vehicle. They let the bus continue its journey. Once the passengers reached their destination, they informed the police who in turn told Adeeb’s relatives.

May 2016. An employee in the Directorate of Health in North Sinai, Misak Nasrallah, was returning home on the workbus with colleagues. Masked men stopped the bus at gunpoint and asked if there was a Christian among the passengers. His Muslim colleagues asked the only Christian not to speak. They said ‘No, all of us are Muslims’. But Misak refused to deny Christ and said ‘Yes I’m a Christian’ showing them the cross on his right wrist. They took him out of the bus, said ‘You don’t deserve to live because you are Kaffir’ and shot him with 14 bullets, killing him instantly.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: May.07: 2021:

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(LIBYA) Press Statement Report: Deportation of families of #IslamicState to Tunisia according the Libya Observer on March.12: 2021: #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Mar.15: The head of the investigations department at the Attorney General’s Office, Al-Siddiq Al-Sour, said that the Tunisian authorities received Thursday three women and five children from the families of ‘ISIS’ members who were in the city of Sirte before its liberation.

Libya deports families of #IslamicState jihadis to Tunisia: ‘In a press statement, Al-Sour said that at the request of the Tunisian authorities, seven women and nine other children will be deported next week’

“Libya deports number of families of ISIS members to Tunisia,” Libya Observer, March 12, 2021 (thanks to Henry):

He also pointed out that Tunisia was refusing from the beginning to accept these women and children, adding that the Attorney General does not object to handing over all wives and children of ‘ISIS’ members, except those accused in cases that are being considered by the Libyan courts.

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Washington: ‘ Jeb Bush stumbles over question of Iraq War – not anymore ‘

#AceNewsReport – Aug.12: Last spring, Jeb Bush stumbled over a question about the Iraq war and the presidency of his brother, George W. He wasn’t stumbling Tuesday.
In a contentious speech at the Reagan Library, he blamed the decline of Iraq and the rise of Islamic State terrorists on President Obama and Hillary Clinton.
His pledge: Use U.S. military might more aggressively.

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Leaked Video Shows Making of Islamic State “Execution” in Studio — via CyberBerkut Hack of Sen. McCain Staffer

First Published July 12, 2015 at 2:56 PM



CyberBerkut (Google Translation):

We CyberBerkut received at the disposal of the file whose value can not be overstated!

Dear Senator McCain! We recommend you next time in foreign travel, and especially on the territory of Ukraine, not to take confidential documents.

On one of the devices of your colleagues, we found a lot of interesting things. Something we decided to put: this video should become the property of the international community!


The 3 ½ minute silent video appears to show infamous Islamic State executioner Jihadi John (aka Mohammed Emwazi) in front of a giant green screen, standing beside a kneeling hostage wearing an orange jumpsuit and a green screen hood. They are inside a lit studio with a production crew and can be seen rehearsing an “execution”. The desert scene of the set, complete with wind machine, are similar to that shown in the beheading videos of James Foley, Steven Sotloff, David Haines, and Alan Henning.

Here is an example someone put together showing the similarities between the leaked studio video and the Foley beheading video. This is not implying the person in the leaked video is Foley, it may be anyone. Though they are not same, it gives a good comparison:



British forensic experts concluded that the James Foley video was likely staged using “camera trickery and slick post-production techniques.”

Terrorism research expert Veryan Khan said the video of Japanese hostages Kenji Goto and Haruna Yukawa looks like it was completed in an indoor studio with a false backdrop, pointing to the light source on the men that appears to be coming from two different directions — as opposed to one bright sun.

Hollywood horror film director Mary Lambert said of the Islamic State video showing the killing of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians on a Libyan beach, that “in the opening shot all the figures might be animated. They never had more than six men on the beach … The close-ups of jihadists on the beach are most likely green screen … The sea turning red is obviously FX.”

Journalist Thomas Wictor has claimed that the Islamic State video showing Jordanian pilot Mu’ath al-Kaseasbeh burned alive was actually fake, pointing to evidence of CGI flames and video glitches.


LeakSource cannot confirm the video’s authenticity. If it’s a hoax, it’s a pretty elaborate and expensive one. Is it legit? If so, was it done by an Islamic State production crew (unlikely with a female PA on set) , or someone else (ie. intelligence agency). And why was it found on a device of Senator John McCain’s staffer?


Steve Watson/PrisonPlanet (05/25/2010) & Mikael Thalen/Infowars (09/03/2014):

A 2010 Washington Post article authored by former Army Intelligence Officer Jeff Stein features a detailed account of how the CIA admittedly filmed a fake Bin Laden video during the run up to the 2003 Iraq war.

The article, which includes comments from multiple sources within the CIA’s Iraq Operations Group, explains how the agency had planned to “flood Iraq with the videos” depicting several controversial scenarios.

“The agency actually did make a video purporting to show Osama bin Laden and his cronies sitting around a campfire swigging bottles of liquor and savoring their conquests with boys, one of the former CIA officers recalled, chuckling at the memory,” the article states. “The actors were drawn from ‘some of us darker-skinned employees.’”

Other CIA officials admitted to planning several fake videos featuring former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, one of which would depict the leader engaged in sexual acts with a teenage boy.

“It would look like it was taken by a hidden camera,” said one of the former officials. “Very grainy, like it was a secret videotaping of a sex session.”

Another idea was to interrupt Iraqi television programming with a fake special news bulletin. An actor playing Hussein would announce that he was stepping down in favor of his (much-reviled) son Uday.

“I’m sure you will throw your support behind His Excellency Uday,” the fake Hussein would intone.

According to one official, the video ideas were eventually scrapped due to the CIA officers, who spent their careers in Latin America and East Asia, not understanding “the cultural nuances of the region.”

The former officials told Stein that the project was taken over by the military after it ground to a halt:

The reality, the former officials said, was that the agency really didn’t have enough money and expertise to carry out the projects.

“The military took them over,” said one. “They had assets in psy-war down at Ft. Bragg,” at the army’s special warfare center.

This latest revelation bolsters evidence that the intelligence agencies, and perhaps more significantly, the military have been engaged in creating fake Bin Laden videos in the past.

As we have exhaustively documented, Intelcenter, the U.S. monitoring group that routinely releases Bin Laden video and audio, much of which have been proven to be either rehashed old footage or outright fakes, is an offshoot of IDEFENSE, a web security company that monitors intelligence from the middle east.

IDEFENSE is heavily populated by long serving ex military intelligence officials, such as senior military psy-op intelligence officer Jim Melnick, who served 16 years in the US army and the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) in psychological operations. Melnick has also worked directly for former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

Intelcenter notoriously released the “laughing hijackers” tape and claimed it was an Al-Qaeda video, despite the fact that the footage was obtained by a “security agency” at a 2000 Bin Laden speech.

IntelCenter was also caught adding its logo to a tape at the same time as Al-Qaeda’s so-called media arm As-Sahab added its logo, proving the two organizations were one and the same.

Could the CIA group of “dark skinned actors” have been behind the infamous December 2001 “Fat nosed” Bin Laden video, that was magically found in a house in Jalalabad after anti-Taliban forces moved in?

The tape featured a fat Osama laughing and joking about how he’d carried out 9/11. The video was also mistranslated in order to manipulate viewer opinion and featured “Bin Laden” praising two of the hijackers, only he got their names wrong. This Osama also used the wrong hand to write with and wore gold rings, a practice totally in opposition to the Muslim faith.

Despite the fact that the man in the video looks nothing like Bin Laden, the CIA stood by it and declared it to be the official “9/11 confession video”.

The latest revelations also shed light on another past Bin Laden release – a tape in which he ludicrously declared himself in league with Saddam Hussein in the weeks before the invasion of Iraq.

The notion that the CIA project was taken over and drastically improved by the Pentagon at some point after 2003 jives with the improvement in quality of Bin Laden videos in later years. Most notably the video that was released immediately ahead of the 2004 election, and it’s digitally manipulated duplicate from 2007, in which Bin Laden appeared to have a dyed beard.


John McCain’s last visit to Ukraine was June 19th, 2015. If this is when the hack occurred is unclear. He was also accompanied by Senators Tom Cotton and John Barrasso. They were welcomed by U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt, and met with senior Ukrainian officials, including President Petro Poroshenko, after visiting troops and volunteers working on the front line. Since McCain is referenced by CyberBerkut, it is most likely that one of his staffers was hacked and not the other senators. Someone needs to FOIA which staffers accompanied McCain on his trip and if any have lost their jobs unceremoniously.



*LeakSource has requested a comment directly from CyberBerkut to confirm the hack and provide more information. This post will be updated with their response when it becomes available along with any other details as they emerge.

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INTERVIEW: ‘ Al-Baghdadi approves beheading of a woman as wedding gift for Sharia Court judge ‘

#AceNewsServices – Featured Report:Aug.07: Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi approved a beheading of a woman as a wedding gift for a female religious judge, a defector from the terrorist group told Daily Mail in an exclusive interview, also describing other atrocities committed by the militants.

A female Sharia judge, who lost her husband in a fighting and had to marry again under Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) law, demanded to kill an “infidel” – an unbeliever – as a present for her wedding, the interview reveals.

The Group’s leader al-Baghdadi allegedly satisfied her request, although, insisting she could claim only the life of another woman as affairs between men and women are strictly segregated in the Islamic State.

The woman who spoke to The Daily Mail said she used to work for a number of Sharia female judges in an Islamic State court in the Syrian town of Mayadin, before she ran away from the extremist group’s atrocities. She says the last judge she worked for was the one chosen for the wedding day beheading.

“A Tunisian [female judge], Roaa Um Khotaba al-Tunisi, asked the emirs to cut off the head of a kuffar, an unbeliever, for her wedding present. At about the same time my judge, Um Abdullah … had been accused of being a spy, working for the Saudi Intelligence Services,” the defector, whose real name was changed to Leena in the article for security reasons.

According to Leena, the punishments for women administrated by IS courts ranged from fines for wearing ‘non-Islamic’ clothes and whipping or beating for conversations with strangers to cutting off limbs for theft, stoning to death for extra-marital affairs and beheading for treason.

“A woman was arrested for talking to a man in a shop,” although it was actually her husband she talked to.

“She was brought before an Egyptian judge … [who] sentenced the Syrian woman to a terrible beating. She was whipped like an animal – 80 lashes, in the main square in front of everyone.” And when her husband “proved that she was his wife … it was too late,” Leena said.

As another example of Islamic State atrocities, Leena told The Daily Mail about IS courts sentencing a girl to death on charge for spying because she had only complained about her life in the Islamic State to her sister living in Damascus in a WhatsApp phone message.

“It was nothing more than murder. They said she was connected to Assad’s regime, a spy. The girl had just been telling the truth,” Leena said.

In two years when Leena worked in an Islamic State court, she witnessed “countless whippings and beatings” also recalling three amputations and one beheading, all of which were administrated by the Islamic State voluntary executioners in the main square of the settlement.

Additionally, she said that Islamic State uses children “corrupted by the strict laws and vicious punishments of the Hisbah” as informants: “Some of the Hisbah patrols had children as informers, children as young as eight. They would be paid to spy on other children.”

Leena also recalled the fate of Yazidi women captured after the massacre in the Yazidi settlements seized in an IS offensive in August 2014.

“The emirs had captured maybe 200 Yazidi women but by the time they brought them to us there were about 100.” Those, who had not converted to Islam, “were given to local fighters – to do with them whatever they wanted – sex, beating, death,” she said.

At the same time Leena acknowledged that “ISIS’s hardline brand of Islam” initially appeared to be very attractive both for her, her family and her community as it was “romantically painted as the true path for a Muslim.”

“I gave ‘bayah’ [an Islamic oath of allegiance], I joined ISIS, working for the Hisbah in the section that dealt with women,” Leena explained.

She was then sent by the Hisbah to the Islamic State training camps for women to spy on those “saying they did not like ISIS.” The women she reported to religious police were later sent to the Sharia Court where they were sentenced to beating.

The things Leena witnessed while working in a Sharia court convinced her to flee the Islamic State.

“I feared I would be next, be beheaded,” Leena explained, adding that she “was horrified by what [she] saw, the brutality and corruption.”

She and her family fled to Southern Turkey, where they live in constant fear of being found and executed by IS members, as they change addresses every several days.

Meanwhile, IS militants killed at least 120 people and captured 350 more in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, according to the Iraqi Ninawa province governor in Mosul, Atheel al-Nujaifi.

“With the people increasingly opposed to Islamic State power, the number of those executed and kidnapped is rising in different parts of the city,” al-Nujaifi said as quoted by DPA.


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‘ Islamic State release video showing Croatian hostage asking for Muslim women in Egypt’s jails be released or they will kill him ‘

#AceNewsReport – Aug.06: Islamic State’s Egyptian affiliate has allegedly released a video showing a Croatian hostage who said the group would kill him in 48 hours if Muslim women being held in jails in Egypt are not released, Reuters reports.

The man was identified as 30 year-old Tomislav Salopek who was working for the French company CGG before he was abducted.

The Croatian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that it “is doing everything possible to resolve this difficult situation,” adding they could not provide any further information.


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TURKEY: ‘ US Aircraft & Drones arriving at Turkish airbases in readiness for battle against Islamic State ‘

#AceNewsReport – TURKEY:Aug.05: A comprehensive battle against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) militants will be launched soon, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Wednesday.

US aircraft and drones are arriving in Turkish air bases as Turkey formally approved the use of its air bases by US and coalition aircraft late last month, Reuters reported.

“As part of our agreement with the US we have made progress regarding the opening up of our bases, particularly Incirlik,” Cavusoglu TRT broadcaster.


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MOSCOW: ‘ Lavrov believes US-plan to carry-out airstrikes would be counter-productive – following his meeting in Qatar ‘

#AceNewsReport – Post Update:Aug.04: Moscow believes that US plans to carry out military strikes targeting Syrian government forces are counterproductive in fighting terrorism in the region, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Monday during a visit to Qatar.

“As for the latest developments [concerning the actions of the US-led coalition against the terrorist group Islamic State], we posed a question to [US Secretary of State John] Kerry,” he said. “We think it counterproductive to publicly announce that aviation will deliver air strikes to protect groups of the so-called moderate opposition. Such plans raise many questions. [These actions] will hamper anti-terrorist efforts.
On Sunday US officials said that Washington had decided to allow air strikes to defend US-trained Syrian rebels from any attacks, including those made by the forces of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

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YEMEN: ‘ Leader of Houthi’s rejects ceasefire plan hours before start on basis it benefits only Al-Qaeda ‘

#AceNewsReport – YEMEN:July.26: The leader of Yemen’s Houthi movement has rejected a ceasefire planned by its Saudi-led Arab coalition adversary, on the grounds that such a truce would allegedly benefit only the Islamic State militant group and Al-Qaeda.

“The battle goes on and the war is not over,” Houthi leader Abdel-Malek al-Houthi wrote on the group’s Twitter account. The ceasefire was due to take effect on Sunday night.


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SYRIA: ‘ Islamic State Detonates Bombs in Two Villages ‘

#AceNewsReport – SYRIA:July.26: Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) militants detonated bombs in two villages near Tel Abyad, a Syrian town near the Turkish border controlled by the Kurdish YPG militia, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on Saturday.

The Kurdish militia took Tel Abyad from the jihadists in June. The town was an important strategic point for IS militants as the nearest to the Turkish border after its de facto capital Raqqa.

In late June, the jihadists tried to regain the initiative by mounting several assaults on the Kurdish forces in the region.


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TURKEY: ‘ Police launch raids targeting Islamic State & Kurdish Militants ‘

#AceNewsReport – TURKEY:July.25: Turkish police launched raids targeting Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) and Kurdish militants in 13 provinces across Turkey on Friday, Reuters reported.

The raids were staged to fight all “terrorist” groups “without distinction,” the prime minister’s office said.

A total of 251 people have so far been detained in the simultaneous raids, it added.


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BAGHDAD: ‘ Islamic State claim responsibility for Suicide Bombing Killing 100-People ‘

#AceNewsReport – IRAQ:July.25: Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) militants claimed responsibility on Thursday for a suicide car bombing in Baghdad that killed at least 100 people the day before. 

The explosion occurred in a mainly Shiite Muslim district in the Iraqi capital.

The Sunni militant group posted a statement online saying it had targeted a security checkpoint in the al-Shurta al-Rabaa neighborhood, Reuters reported.


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LIBYA: ‘ Islamic State Claim they have Captured Three Christians ‘

#AceNewsReport – LIBYA:July.19: The militant group Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) claimed it has captured three Christians in Libya, Reuters reports.

The men come from Egypt, Nigeria and Ghana, the extremists said, publishing their passport pictures online.

The kidnappings happened in Noufliyah, a city turned an IS stronghold, after the group expanded into Libya from its base in Iraq and Syria.


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ISLAMIC STATE: ‘ Al-Baghdadi bans Slaughter Videos reports – just after Video of young Jihadist beheading Syrian Army Officer – Monitor ‘

#AceNewsReport – July.19: The leader of the Islamic State terror group has reportedly banned graphic videos of executions just after it released a video showing a Syrian Army officer beheaded by a teenage boy, the first of its kind.

The execution of the Syrian captain was carried out by a boy fighter in the city of Palmyra recently captured by Islamic State (formerly known as ISIS), reported the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The video showed the teen jihadist declare that IS would capture not only Syrian cities of Homs and Damascus, but also Jerusalem and Rome. He then proceeded to sever the bound officer’s head and put it on his lifeless body.

IS has produced dozens of videos showing its fighters execute captives, men, women and children. Teenagers were previously used as executioners in those acts of brutality, although the Friday video released just ahead of the Muslim holy day of Eid al-Fitr was the first in which a boy beheaded his victim.

Meanwhile Syrian news agency ARA News claimed that IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi ordered that production of execution videos be stopped. In a missive addressed to media officers, the militant leader reportedly said that such videos disturb Muslims and may be disgusting and scary to children.

The order, which could not be immediately verified, left IS militants split, according to the agency. But some Middle East commenters say Baghdadi’s ban applies only to amateur videos of IS brutality taken by the fighters on mobile phone cameras.

IS has been active in promoting its cause in the social media. Its ‘official’ execution videos are professionally scripted and edited, making their horrifying impact that much more striking.


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IRAQ: ‘ Death Toll Reaches 18 in Suicide Bomb Attack by Islamic State ‘

#AceBreakingNews – IRAQ:July.18: The death toll from a suicide car bomb explosion northeast of Baghdad rose to over 100 people, including children, Reuters reported citing police and medical sources.

Islamic State (IS, previously ISIS/ISIL) militants claimed responsibility for the attack that took place in Khan Bani Saad, about 30 km from the capital.

The extremist group said that the suicide bomber was in possession of three tons of explosives. The blast occurred as Muslims were celebrating the Eid-al-Fitr holiday marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

Police Major Ahmed al-Tamimi described the incident as “devastating,” adding that some used “vegetable boxes to collect children’s body parts.” The attack came as Muslims are celebrating Eid-al-Fitr holiday, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan.


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SAUDI ARABIA: ‘ Policeman killed during arrest of suspected Islamic State Jihadist Group ‘

#AceNewsReport – SAUDI ARABIA:July.04: A Saudi policeman was killed Friday during a raid to arrest a wanted person in the western city of Taif, Reuters reported.

An Interior Ministry spokesman cited an exchange of fire during the raid. Three suspects were detained and flags of the Islamic State jihadist group were seized, along with silencers, SPA news agency reported.


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FRANCE: ‘ Prosecutor Claims Beheading at Gas Factory Bore Trademark of Islamic State ‘

#AceNewsReport – FRANCE:June.30: French prosecutor Francois Molins has claimed the beheading and attack on a French industrial gas factory bore the trademark of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) group.

The man accused in the attack, Yassin Salhi, sent two photos of his employer’s corpse to an acquaintance in Syria, according to the prosecutor.

The friend, Sebastien Younes, reportedly indicated IS may distribute the photos as part of its propaganda campaign to attract radicalized Westerners. A French prosecutor confirmed Tuesday that the man who beheaded his boss and tried to blow up a gas factory in Lyon had a “terrorist motive,” AFP reported.

The investigation “indicates a terrorist motive in Yassin Salhi’s act,” Paris chief prosecutor Francois Molins said, also noting “personal considerations.” The prosecutor also cited that attacker’s “links to the Islamic State group [IS, formerly ISIS] in Syria.”


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