WTF NEWS: Giuliani Forgets 9-11 Ever Happened During Pro-Trump Speech

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Early Morning Evening News with Monie Love: WTF? Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani Forgets Terrorist Attacks of September 11th, 2001 Ever Happened During Pro-Trump Campaign Speech

Speaking to a crowd in Ohio Monday afternoon (August 15th), former mayor Rudy Giuliani was campaigning for Donald Trump discussing foreign policy, when it seemed as if he totally forgot the terrorist attacks of 9-11 ever happened.

When referring to President George Bush’s term, this is what he had to say:


HUH? Um, what? No “successful terrorist attack” during Bush’s eight year term? No radical acts of islamic terrorism until Obama’s administration? Wait a minute … *asks Siri – When was President George W. Bush President?* *Siri – 2001 to 2009.*

Thought so.

 

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Twin Brothers Accused Of Destroying Pennsylvania Buildings In Bombing Spree

A Belmont University student and his twin brother was arrested for for allegedly setting off improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in five separate locations throughout two counties in Philadelphia.

Authorities have arrested twin brothers on charges of setting off explosives, or improvised devices, in two Pennsylvania counties, inciting fear and wrecking several buildings, according to ABC News.

Daniel and Caleb Tate, 22, of Cochranville Township, Pennsylvania, were arrested and charged with arson by explosion, arson by possession of explosive devices, conspiracy, theft, and other offenses, the Chester County District Attorney’s office announced Tuesday. It’s unclear whether they have entered a plea.

The report says the brothers allegedly built bombs “from materials such as metal pipes, propane canisters and fuel containers.”

From ABC:

From Dec. 20 to Dec. 31 of last year, the twins detonated the devices, which damaged a mailbox, a phone shed, a produce shed and a well-pump shed in five locations in Chester and Lancaster counties, the D.A. said.

“We live in a world where the thought of bombs exploding around us is a very real fear,” Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan said in a statement. “These defendants brought that fear to our region during a two-week crime spree where they detonated multiple IEDs.”

No one was hurt by the explosions, which took place in the early morning.

Daniel Tate is a recent graduate of Pepperdine University in California, and Caleb Tate is a student at Belmont University in Tennessee, reports the district attorney.

State police and the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives continue to investigate the matter.

SOURCE: ABC News | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty | VIDEO CREDIT: Inform

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Smiling Hostage Takes “Selfie” With EgyptAir Hijacker

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Seriously?

One of the European passengers held hostage by the EgyptAir hijacker decided to take a photo with the criminal.

EgyptAir flight MS181 was hijacked by a man named Seif Eldin Mustafa, who was wearing a fake explosive belt. The plane was initially en route to Cairo, but Mustafa decided to redirect it to Cyprus so he could give a letter to his ex-wife, who resides in the country. That’s when Ben Innes thought it was a good idea to get a picture with him.

I’m not sure why I did it, I just threw caution to the wind while trying to stay cheerful in the face of adversity. I figured if his bomb was real I’d nothing to lose anyway, so took a chance to get a closer look at it..I got one of the cabin crew to translate for me and asked him if I could do a selfie with him. He just shrugged OK, so I stood by him and smiled for the camera while a stewardess did the snap. It has to be the best selfie ever,” he told The Sun.

Innes is believed to be one of the last passengers to exit the plane. Soon after, Mustafa surrendered to law enforcement.

According to The Guardian, Egyptian officials said he’s “not a terrorist,” instead deeming him “an idiot.”

SOURCE: The Guardian, The Independent, The Sun | VIDEO SOURCE: YouTube

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Donald Trump Supporter Arrested For Allegedly Concocting Terror Plot Targeting Muslims

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A California resident and supporter of presidential candidate Donald Trump was arrested Sunday in connection to an alleged terror plot with intent to target the Muslim community, The Huffington Post reports.

William Celli, 55, is being held at the Contra Costa County Jail on a $525,000 bond after an anonymous caller tipped police off about Celli’s activities. The owner of a plumbing company was charged with possessing an explosive device and making criminal threats. Richmond County police reported the “possible homemade explosive device” was detonated by a bomb squad on the day of his arrest.

Celli was previously on the police’s radar after he threatened members of the Islamic Society of West Contra Costa. His passionate Facebook posts about Donald Trump caught the attention of many outlets. Calling him a “great man,” Celli often talked about how much he admired Trump’s views, at one point saying he would “follow this MAN to the end of the world.”

Celli also discussed his dislike of “illegals,” claiming he’s lost money over the hiring of Hispanic employees in his field. He also claimed Muslim refugees will overtake Christians if allowed entrance into the States.

Many of his postings were critical of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Richmond police haven’t yet released any other information on Celli.

SOURCE: Huffington Post | VIDEO CREDIT: Inform

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Did El Chapo Really Threaten ISIS Via Email?

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In today’s unexpected news, one of the world’s most wanted drug lords reportedly “declared war” on ISIS.

El Chapo, who’s been on the run since his escape from a Mexican federal prison earlier this year, allegedly sent an encrypted email to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi after one of his drug shipments was destroyed. His letter was published on cartelblog.com, and states his men will “destroy” the terrorist group should they continue to “impact my operation.”

But the letter was later claimed to be a hoax, initially set up by blogging website ThugLifeVideo. It was started by Steve Charnock and his boss, who thought of the idea on November 30. Upon posting it on the site, neither of the men expected it to hit the mainstream media. And when it did, they knew they had to set the story straight and contacted the Daily Mail to do so.

Charnock said not one of the news outlets contacted him to clarify the information.

SOURCE: Daily Mail, Forbes, ThugLifeVideo | VIDEO SOURCE: Inform

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“They Are Thugs & Killers:” Obama Condemns Radical Terrorists, Urges Americans To Support Muslims

In an address delivered from the White House Oval Office, President Obama on Sunday condemned radical terrorists and ISIS, calling the group “thugs and killers” with a “perverted interpretation of Islam.”

The president also urged the nation to stand in unity with Muslim Americans, who in the wake of the San Bernardino shootings — which were praised by ISIS — have faced extreme backlash for their religion.

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The Washington Post reports:

“We cannot turn against one another by letting this fight be defined as a war between America and Islam. That, too, is what groups like ISIL want,” he said, using an acronym for the Islamic State terrorist group. “ISIL does not speak for Islam,” he said. “They are thugs and killers, part of a cult of death.”

Obama spoke of the need for tolerance, emphasizing that “millions of patriotic Muslim Americans” reject the ideology of radical terrorists.

“Moreover, the vast majority of terrorist victims around the world are Muslim,” he said. “We must enlist Muslim communities as some of our strongest allies, rather than pushing them away through suspicion and hate.”

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In his address, the first from the Oval Office in a number of years, the president also said the nation must “reject proposals” that Muslim Americans should be treated differently — a comment that comes nearly two weeks after presidential hopeful Donald Trump indicated he wanted a registry for all Muslims in the country.

“It’s our responsibility to reject proposals that Muslim Americans should somehow be treated differently,” he said. “Because when we travel down that road, we lose. That kind of divisiveness, that betrayal of our values plays into the hands of groups like ISIL.”

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Obama’s address falls in line with remarks made by Attorney General Loretta Lynch just days prior, in which she offered support to a group of Muslim Americans, ensuring she would fight for their rights to expand and build mosques, the Post reports.

While many praised the president for his outright support of Islam in a national climate that, in many cases, fuels Islamophobia, others weren’t so impressed.

Dawud Walid, a Muslim activist with the Council on American-Islamic Relations-Michigan, gave Obama’s speech a C-plus in a comment on Facebook:

“He talked about terrorism as if it is a Muslim only thing. He spoke as if Muslim leaders haven’t always condemned terrorism,” Walid wrote. “His statement about citizens not being able to buy guns on the no-fly list is problematic in terms of lack of due process, plus raising that point had nothing to do with San Bernardino.”

You can view the president’s full address here.

SOURCE: The White House, Washington Post  | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty

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Following the San Bernadrino mass shooting, reportedly carried out by ISIS “supporters,” President Obama will address the nation from the Oval Office on Sunday night. The White House says the President will provide an update on the investigation, as well as discuss “the broader threat of terrorism.” This will be the third Oval Office address of Obama’s presidency. The other two came following the end of U.S. operations in Iraq, and the Gulf Oil Spill of 2010.

The address is scheduled to air at 8pm. Watch the President’s weekly YouTube address up top.

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Three people were injured in what police believe to be a “terrorist incident” in London. The violence occurred at an east London Tube station when a man began stabbing people before police subdued him with a stun gun. One of the victims sustained serious injuries, but is expected to survive. The other two suffered minor wounds.

So, this happened. During a speech at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s Candidates Forum, Jeb Bush vowed to “whoop” Hillary Clinton. That is, if he ever manages to poll above single digits and actually win the nomination. Per usual, Jeb appears to have been overshadowed by Donald Trump, but we didn’t miss the face-palm-worthy moment. Check out Jeb’s comment in the Vine above.

In the actual footage, the audience’s reaction is much less dramatic.

SOURCE: CNN, The Slot | PHOTO & VIDEO CREDIT: Getty, Twitter, Vine

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Anonymous Publishes 3 How-To Guides Teaching People How To Hack ISIS

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As the world continues to mourn the lives lost in the Paris attacks, Anonymous is set on revenge.

After declaring war on ISIS, the hacktivist group’s latest effort to ruin ISIS’ form of communication is to rickroll any verified hashtags the group uses.

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Via NTRSCTN:

For the uninitiated, rickrolling is an age-old Internet bait-and-switch where people are tricked into clicking on a link that actually leads them to a video of Rick Astley’s 1987 song, “Never Gonna Give You Up.” According to KnowYourMeme.com, rickrolling first started in May 2007 on 4Chan’s message boards. And now, it’s apparently powerful enough to be used as a weapon in the cyber war between Anonymous and ISIS.

In addition to spamming them with a classic ’80s song, Anonymous published three guides that explain how to disrupt ISIS’ online presence. The guides are titled, “The Noob Guide,” “The Reporter Guide,” and “The Searcher Guide,” and aim to help people with various levels of computer experience smash the terrorist group’s online presence.

ISIS responded to the threats by calling Anonymous “idiots.”

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Hacktivist groups aside, Facebook took a misguided step to prevent ISIS from communicating by suspending the account of a women with the first name Isis, NTRSCTN reports. Isis Anchalee is actually a platform engineer in San Francisco and even after providing proof of her passport, she was still unable to get her account reinstated. After three requests, Isis is now back on her social media account.

SOURCE: NTRSCTN, Twitter | VIDEO SOURCE: Inform

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Mastermind Behind Paris Attacks Pronounced Dead By Senior Intelligence Officials

Shooting Breaks Out During Anti-Terror Operation in Saint-Denis

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According to the Washington Post, two senior intelligence officials have announced that Abdelhamid Abaaoud as dead just hours after French police raided Parisian suburb, Saint-Denis, this morning in pursuit of the subject. Abaaoud has been identified as the man who planned the terrorist attacks launched on Paris last weekend.

Two were killed and seven were arrested in the seven-hour long raid of the area. The suspects were found in an apartment; one of the people who died had detonated herself when the authorities arrived while the other was killed by projectiles and grenades during the raid.

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Two of those seven suspects were later found hiding in rubble by authorities. The police say that the raid came right on time, as the suspects that were caught in this morning’s raid were allegedly connected to Abaaoud and on the brink of launching another major attack on Charles de Gaulle Airport and Les Quatre Temp, the famous and expansive shopping mall.

Police targeted Saint-Denis because tapped phone lines, surveillance footage and witnesses suggested that Abaaoud had stationed himself in the area. The terrorist ringleader was reportedly seen in the area going to mosque in the hours leading up to the raid. Saint-Denis is less than two kilometers from the Stade de France, the stadium that held an international soccer match close by to one of the bombing sites.

Explosions during the raid began at approximately 4 am and went on for another hour. Residents stayed inside out of fear as hundreds of shots rang out from the police. One police source anonymously said that four officers were injured. Prosecutor Francois Molins declined to share the names of the people that were arrested in yesterday’s raid.

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Simultaneously, France has been attacking Islamic State targets in Syria for the past three nights. So far, 10 jets have come down on Islamic State command centers.

Abaaoud, a 27-year-old Belgian of Moroccan descent, was also supposedly a leading figure in Islamic State operations that the US has been tracking for months. He’s also suspected of having stationed himself in Syria and possibly having travelled between Syria and Europe after a botched attack on Belgium in January.

President Francois Holland has spoken at length about his appreciation for the police involved with the raid, saying that this is an important advancement in France’s newly declared war against the Islamic State’s terrorism. The attacks led on Paris has only emboldened international efforts to obliterate ISIS, as it has brought France, Russia and the United States together to combat the hate group that has long been terrorizing the Middle East and posing a threat to other destinations around the world.

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As part of that effort, the Interior Ministry has carried out over 400 raids since Friday, making over 60 arrests, seizing 75 weapons and 11 military style firearms. Parliament is now voting on whether to extend the country’s state of emergency for another three months.

Last night, two flights from LA’s International Airport on Air France were diverted from Paris and sent to land in Salt Lake City and Halifax instead. Officials were responding to anonymous threats that were sent shortly after take-off, but no new bombs were found on board; the flights resumed their travels to Paris after they were inspected and cleared.

A soccer game in Hannover, Germany between Germany and the Netherlands was cancelled due to a bomb threat as well, although no arrests were made nor were any explosives found.

[SOURCE: The Washington PostThe Daily Beast, CNN]  

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9,800 Soldiers To Remain In Afghanistan Through 2016 To Continue Helping Fight The Taliban (POLL)

President Barack Obama announced Thursday that U.S. forces will remain in Afghanistan throughout

Despite pledging to bring home almost all American troops before leaving office, President Barack Obama plans to leave nearly 10,000 troops in war-torn Afghanistan through 2016 in an effort to help fend off the Taliban, reports the Washington Post.

The change comes as the president acknowledges that Afghan security forces are still not prepared to stave off the Taliban on their own, notes the report.

The move also comes after criticism that by drawing down troops in Iraq, the U.S. left the country vulnerable to ISIS, which exploded internationally after seizing large areas of Iraq and Syria.

The president’s latest decision is likely to be met with criticism from his liberal dovish base, which has long called for American troops to return home. But it is likely to be hailed by military leaders and hawks on the right. Republicans, military officers, and civilian officials complained that Obama’s schedule to remove troops from the embattled nation hampered efforts to properly train and advise Afghan security forces.

From The Washington Post:

The current American force in Afghanistan of 9,800 troops will remain in place through most of 2016 under the Obama administration’s revised plans, before dropping to about 5,500 at the end of next year or in early 2017, senior administration officials said.

Some of the troops will continue to train and advise Afghan forces, while others will carry on the search for Qaeda fighters and militants from the Islamic State and other groups who have found a haven in Afghanistan, they said….

The insurgents are now spread through more parts of the country than at any point since 2001, according to the United Nations, and last month the Taliban scored their biggest victory of the war, seizing the northern city of Kunduz and holding it for more than two weeks before pulling back on Tuesday.

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America Reflects On The 14th Anniversary of 9/11

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In honor of those who lost their lives in the tragic terror attacks made on the World Trade Center 14 years ago, there is a host of commemorative events being held across the country. In New York, a ceremony is being held outside the National September 11 Memorial & Museum that is currently being live-streamed on YouTube. The ceremony kicked of earlier this morning with a moment of silence at 8:46 AM to mark the moment the first plane hit the towers. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama also took part in the moment of silence miles away on the South Lawn of the White House in DC. President Obama will later be traveling to Fort Meade, MD for a town hall meeting with military service members. Back at the 9/11 Memorial in New York’s Wall Street District, there will be movie screenings, multimedia exhibits and storytelling sessions throughout the rest of the day. Find out more at the 9/11 Museum’s website and at USA Today.

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214 Out Of 234 Girls Rescued From Boko Haram Are Pregnant

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We were so excited to hear about the recent rescue of 234 women and young girls kidnapped by Boko Haram, but now we’re learning of a heartbreaking development: 214 of them are now visibly pregnant.

The girls were rescued by the Nigerian army from Borno State’s Sambisa Forest. Now, as the girls settle into refugee camps, the United Nations Population Fund will be assisting with their pregnancies.

According to Professor Babatunde Osotimehin, the executive director of the UNFPA, the organization helped deliver 16,000 pregnancies last year in the North East region, which is plagued by turmoil. While not all can be confirmed as Boko Haram related pregnancies, many of them likely were.

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And they won’t just be needing medical help. Tragically, many of these girls have been raped repeatedly, sold into sexual slavery and indoctrinated. As a result, they will likely need extensive psychological treatment as well.

In response to their severe, traumatic experiences, the UNFPA has enforced a team including authorities from the federal and state governments to boost the organization’s rehabilitation efforts.

The girls’ intense and long period of social isolation will also require special practices to aid their integration back into the public.

We will let you know what becomes of these victims’ stories. Here’s to hoping that the Boko Haram victims are safely able to transition back into the healthy and fulfilling lives that they deserve.

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Kenya Retaliates Against Al-Shabaab With Airstrikes Following University Shooting


Kenyan warplanes bombed two key camps of the militant group Al-Shabaab Sunday, following a brutal assault on a university last week that left 148 dead and dozens injured, a military spokesman announced.

The airstrikes hit the terror group’s camps in a remote region in neighboring Somalia, Kenyan military spokesman David Obonyo said in a press conference Monday.

But Al-Shabaab has denied that the camps were hit, saying the strikes merely took out remote farms instead.

The strikes were a response to the worst attack on Kenyan soil at the hands of the terror group so far. Al-Shabaab gunmen stormed Garissa University College Thursday, killing 148 people in a brutal and violent attack. The al Qaeda-linked group has killed more than 148 people in Kenya in the last two years, Reuters reports. The group was also responsible for a massive shooting at a Westgate mall in 2013.

Kenya has been under enormous pressure to retaliate against the militants. They announced Monday that aerial images showed that the camps were “completely destroyed.”

But Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Masab, Al-Shabaab’s military operations spokesman said “Kenya has not targeted any of our bases,” according to Reuters.

Al-Shabaab has said it is at war with Kenya and demanded the withdrawal of troops sent to Somalia in 2011 in an attempt to assist the unstable government in Mogadishu, which continues to struggle against the militant group’s onslaught.

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Tairod Pugh, Air Force Veteran Accused Of Trying To Join ISIS, Denies Charge

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Just days after a U.S. Air Force veteran and airplane mechanic was charged with trying to join the terrorist group ISIS, he plead not guilty Wednesday in a federal court in Brooklyn, NY, according to NBC News.

Tairod Nathan Webster Pugh, a 47-year-old native of Neptune, NJ, was indicted by a grand jury this week on charges of attempting to provide material to members of the Islamic State of Iraq, obstruction, and attempted obstruction of an official proceeding, the report says.

Citing court documents, NBC says Pugh served in the Air Force from 1986 to 1990 as an avionics instrument specialist. After leaving the Air Force, the report says he worked for companies in the U.S. and Middle East as an avionics specialist and airplane mechanic.

So far, 23 Americans have been charged with trying to fight for ISIS, the report says, quoting Karen Greenberg, director of the Center on National Security at Fordham Law School.

NBC News reports:

According to the indictment, Pugh was fired from a job in Kuwait as an airplane mechanic in December 2014. He then allegedly flew from Egypt to Turkey on January 10 in an effort to cross the border into Syria to join ISIS and wage violent jihad.

Turkish authorities denied him entry into the country, however, and sent him on back to Egypt. He was deported from Egypt to the U.S. in January 15, after he was found carrying suspicious items, including a photograph of a machine gun. While Pugh was arrested Jan. 16, the case has been sealed.

Prosecutors said searches of his laptop revealed online queries about borders and crossing points controlled by the Islamic State, and videos showing ISIS executions. Social-media posts showed Pugh repeatedly professed a desire never to return to the U.S., even though he has family — including children — in the country.

Court documents obtained by Heavy say that upon being told he was going to be deported back to the U.S., Pugh reportedly said that he preferred to be sent anywhere in the Middle East instead of the U.S. because “the U.S. doesn’t like Black Muslims.”

If convicted, he faces up to 35 years in prison.

SOURCE: NBC News, Heavy | VIDEO: ABC NEWS

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Deadliest Massacre In History: Boko Haram May Have Murdered Over 2,000 Civilians In Nigeria

Boko Haram, the same terrorist group that kidnapped more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls last spring, has executed the “deadliest massacre” in the its history, according to Amnesty International. It is feared that over 2,000 civilians have been murdered, with the majority of them being women, children and the elderly. Many of the bodies that were found were described as “strewn” in the bushes of Baga, a town that borders on fellow country Chad, where those that were able to escape have sought refuge.

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“The human carnage perpetrated by Boko Haram terrorists in Baga was enormous,” as the spokesman for Nigeria’s defense group against Haram, Muhammad Abba Gava, told the Associated Press. Haram used rocket-propelled grenades, petrol bombs and rifles on innocent people, even frightening the government soldiers. This is their biggest onslaught since March 14, 2014 when they attacked unarmed, freed detainees in town of Maiduguri.

World news sources like the BBC are suggesting that the motive behind the Islamic extremists’ deadly uprise is the presidential election in five weeks. Chad’s Prime Minister Kalzeubet Pahim has expressed fear that more attacks could be underway. There is a current state of emergency and more troops have been called in because Boko Haram is continuing to seize towns in West and Northern Africa. They have already “burnt to the ground” towns and villages including Kauyen Kuros and Bunduram.

This is s terrible tragedy. And it seems the world is erupting in violence and death.  What do you think beauties? Sound off in the comments below.

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Masked Gunmen Kills 12 Staffers At Satirical Paper In Paris For Anti-Prophet Muhammad Cartoons

Masked gunmen opened fire at a satirical French publication, Charlie Hebdo killing 12 people and injuring 10. Among those killed were several prominent cartoonists, including Stephane Charbonnier, Georges Wolinski, Bernard Maris and Jean Cabut (click here to see their photos) who often illustrated cartoons and wrote articles poking fun at Prophet Muhammad and the Muslim religion. Wolinski was 80-years-old and had been drawing cartoons since the 60s. Reports claim that the gunmen asked for the cartoonists by name and shot them one by one, execution style.

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French President François Hollande said the shooting was “undoubtedly a terrorist attack.” France has since raised its terror alert to the highest level. It’s being reported that the gunmen yell, “The Prophet Muhammad has been avenged” while they rushed into the magazine’s offices with rifles. And there were unconfirmed reports that one of the gunmen said to a witness: ‘You say to the media, it was Al Qaeda in Yemen.’

Charlie Hebdo, a newspaper known for its controversial, no-holds-barred cartoons, has previously sparked conflict with Muslims for its satirical take on Islam, including several caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad. (The publication of the likeness of the prophet is forbidden under Islam). In 2011, the magazine was firebombed after publishing an issue “guest-edited” by the prophet. These gunman returned to the offices to make sure their stance on their religious idol was respected.

According to reports, Mr. Charbonnier was included in a 2013 Wanted Dead or Alive for Crimes Against Islam article published by Inspire, the terrorist propaganda magazine published by Al Qaeda. Charbonnier was often quoted saying, “I’d prefer to die standing than live on my knees.”

The gunmen were heavily armed with AK47 assault rifles, there were also reports of a rocket-propelled grenade being used in the attack, which took place during the publication’s weekly editorial meeting, meaning all the journalists would have been present. This was planned to the T.

Police officers on bikes were the first to respond as they heard everything. “There was a loud gunfire and at least one explosion,” said an eye witness. ” Police officers were involved in a gunfight with the men, who escaped in a hijacked car, speeding away towards east Paris and remain on the loose, along with a third armed man.

CharlieHebdo.fr is currently shut down and if you visit the site, a simple black and white graphic reads “JesuisCharlie” or “I am Charlie” in remembrance of those who’s lives were stolen yesterday. And a hashtag of the same name #JesuisCharlie has been spreading across social media.

This isn’t the first time Charlie Hebdo has been attacked. In 2011, the publication was the subject of a firebomb attack. There was nobody in the building at the time, and the target was instead thought to be the magazine’s computer system, which was completely destroyed.

As a journalist, I’ve received multiple death threats for what I’ve covered and how I’ve covered it. Mostly, I’ve laughed it off. Now, with the current climate in our world, people’s threats are starting to become promises. It’s a sad day in not only Paris, but in journalism and the notion of free speech.

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