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« Reply #250 on: November 26, 2015, 10:20:54 PM »

You know what? I'm as pro everything as anybody else but... as a father... having to sit here and inform myself on how to spot a potential suicide bomber... on Thanksgiving Day.


You've won my disrespect every day of the week.

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Islam has nothing to do with terrorism. What's a few dead tourists and butchered clitorisis anyway?
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« Reply #251 on: December 09, 2015, 06:25:51 PM »

Match made in hell: SoCal terrorists likely forged bond in online jihadist forums
By Hollie McKay
Published December 09, 2015

The online romance between Southern California terrorists Farook Rizwan Syed and Tashfeen Malik was more a meeting of like minds than lonely hearts, with two radical jihadists forming a bond of hate and bloodlust in the dark recesses of the Internet.

Family members have said Syed, 28, and Malik, 29, met online and embarked on a whirlwind digital relationship capped by their 2014 marriage. But if they did, it was not on any dating site resembling those that bring people together every day in the civilized world. Their meeting brought together two already-radicalized soulmates who would go on to kill 14 people and wound 21 more in last week’s massacre at a San Bernardino social services facility

“They were actually radicalized before they started [dating online],” FBI Director James Comey told lawmakers Wednesday. “As early as the end of 2013 they were talking about jihad and martyrdom, before they became engaged."

“As early as the end of 2013 they were talking about jihad and martyrdom, before they became engaged."

- FBI Director James Comey
Farook seemingly set up several profiles years ago in his search for a wife – reportedly using sites like, and, which is an Indian-centered matrimonial and dating site "for people with disabilities and remarriage.

A spokesperson for confirmed to that while Farook has an inactive profile not in public view, Malik never belonged to the site and they have no history of any such name or details. In his profiles, Farook described himself as a "devout" Muslim and added that he spends "much free time in the [mosque] memorizing the Quran and learning more about the religion."

 As for Malik, she was an online ghost, and experts said absent her participation in hardcore jihadist chat forums or use of a pseudonym, it is unlikely that she met Farook innocently.

With authorities trying to uncover the origins of their relationship and trying to trace a digital trail the pair tried to destroy, the FBI has revealed that Farook was at least “in contact” with international terrorist organizations, including Al Qaeda. Law enforcement authorities told Fox News this week there is a high certainty Malik was “an operative" of some description.

Tashfeen Malik and Syed Farook as they passed through O'Hare International Airport in Chicago in July 2014. (CBP/via AP)

Malik was born in Pakistan, while Farook was an American citizen of Pakistani descent. Several Pakistani community leaders in Southern California called it “highly unusual and rare” in their culture for a wife to be older than her husband, even if by only a year. Malik, they added, did not fit the typical portrait of a young woman simply seeking a partner. Yet family members and co-workers say Farook traveled to Saudi Arabia in July of 2014 and "returned with a wife" that no U.S. relatives claim to have previously known. Authorities told Fox News it is extremely unusual for a Pakistani woman, especially from a conservative Islamic home, to travel overseas on a fiance visa - unless it was part of a plan.

Ten months after their marriage, the couple welcomed a baby daughter.

Even before they met, Malik was crafting a low-profile, casting further skepticism on the notion she was actively seeking a husband through traditional matchmaking websites, or the pretense in which she was looking for a spouse.

Friends who knew Malik at Bahauddin Zakariya University in Multan, Pakistan, where she studied pharmacology from 2007 to 2012, told the Washington Post that in 2009, she started adopting a militant and strict adherence to religion, refusing to be photographed and deleting existing photographs in the university database.

After coming to the U.S., Malik chose not to drive, kept her face hidden with only eyes exposed, and did not socialize with the larger Muslim community. Citing religious tradition, Farook family lawyers said Syed did "not want others to talk" to Malik, and associates recall Farook clamming up whenever his spouse came up in conversation.

Only two photographs of Malik in the U.S have surfaced, one from a surveillance video at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. Neighbors barely recall seeing her, let alone meeting her and she is not known to have joined her husband at the local mosque. When Farook's co-workers, who would later become his victims, threw the couple a baby shower after his daughter was born in May, Malik did not attend.

Farook and Malik both pledged their allegiance to ISIS using a Facebook alias as the Dec. 2 attack began, but later tried to erase that and other elements of their online presence in the hours between the attack and their deaths in a shootout with police.

Federal investigators are now poring over two hard drives found at their Redlands home, including one which sources said was "smashed pretty well." Two damaged cell phones found in trash cans near the home may also yield clues. So far, recovered data indicates Farook expressed support for Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas and an abiding hatred of Israel.

However they met and whomever may have brought them together, the picture that is now emerging is one of two hardcore radicals brought together by their mutual desire to kill in the name of radical Islam. Given their movements once together in the U.S., and the arsenal of weapons, ammunition and bombs they accumulated in their home, it seems clear that everything they did was in preparation for the carnage they wrought last week.

"There is no doubt Malik was a committed jihadi, whether she was actually under the direction of anyone, or simply received encouragement from radicals remains to be seen," said Del Wilber, a former U.S. intelligence operative and current military counter-terrorism trainer. "Were they possibly trying to build some sort of 'cover' bona fides? Perhaps."
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« Reply #252 on: December 10, 2015, 06:33:03 AM »

There is no radical islam. All muslims are radical, intolerant regarding other beliefs, unrespectfull thowards women, believe America is the root of all evil, anything other than other muslims are enemies and should be killed.
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« Reply #253 on: December 11, 2015, 10:57:06 AM »

If my Google math is correct, and there about 1.6 billion Muslims worldwide, she is saying there 80 million to 400 million Radical Islamists who want to kill us.  Yeah.  Nothing to worry about. 

Dem Rep. Sanchez: 'Between 5 and 20 Percent' of Muslims Willing to Use Terrorism

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By Todd Beamon   |   Thursday, 10 Dec 2015

Rep. Loretta Sanchez says that "anywhere between 5 and 20 percent" of Muslims are "willing to use" terrorism to establish a worldwide caliphate.

"Certainly, we know that there is a small group, and we don’t know how big that is — it can be anywhere between 5 and 20 percent, from the people that I speak to — that Islam is their religion," the California Democrat told Larry King Wednesday in an interview on his "Politicking" show on the Ora digital TV network.

Sanchez, 55, a seven-term congresswoman who sits on the House Homeland Security Committee, was discussing the threat of the Islamic State and President Barack Obama's national speech Sunday in response to the shooting attacks in San Bernardino.

She said these extremist Muslims have "a desire for a caliphate and to institute that in any way possible, and in particular go after what they consider 'Western norms' — our way of life.

"They are not content enough to have their way of looking at the world," she added. "They want to put their way on everybody in the world."

She told King that the percentage of Muslims willing to use violence varies "depending on who you talk to" — adding that "certainly" there are Muslims who are "willing to go to extremes.

"They are willing to use and they do use terrorism, and it is in the name a very wrong way of looking at Islam," Sanchez said.

The United States "must" destroy those radical Muslim who would resort to violence to meet their objectives, she told King.

"It’s no longer a matter of containing, it is a matter of eliminating that threat to America, to Americans and to the peace-loving world."
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« Reply #254 on: December 11, 2015, 11:00:05 AM »

How the war against Islamic State became center stage in the 2016 campaign

President Obama addresses the nation from the Oval Office on Sunday. (Pool photo by Saul Loeb/via AP)
By Dan Balz
December 7, 2015

The instantaneous reaction to President Obama’s Oval Office speech on terrorism was as predictable as it was partisan. The battle over how to confront the threats from Islamic State militants has been baked into the politics of 2016.

Republicans see the president as a weak leader pursuing a failing strategy and who stubbornly refuses to call the enemy “radical Islamic terrorists.” The president sees his Republican critics as purveyors of cheap bellicosity who lack effective alternatives to his policies and who are playing into the hands of jihadist recruiters by seeming to attack all Muslims.

The president’s Sunday night speech was one he was required to deliver and one that was likely to change few minds. His public remarks ever since the terrorist attacks in Paris last month have been off-key and lacking in persuasion.

From his news conference in Turkey a few days after those attacks, when he was thrown on the defensive by a series of questions about the administration’s strategy, to his White House remarks the day before Thanksgiving (and less than a week before the San Bernardino, Calif., massacre), when he said there was no credible threat against the homeland, Obama has been fighting a rear-guard action in the battle for public opinion.

On Sunday night, squeezed between an afternoon and evening of football, he stepped to a lectern in the Oval Office and tried again.

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GOP presidential candidates and House Speaker Paul Ryan responded quickly on Twitter and Facebook to President Obama's televised address Dec. 6. Obama sought to reassure Americans after a deadly California shooting rampage that raised new questions about security against terrorism. (Reuters)
[Obama vows to destroy Islamic State]

He was transparent about the dangers that exist and forceful in his pledge to eliminate them. “The threat from terrorism is real, but we will overcome it,” he said. “We will destroy ISIL and any other organization that tries to harm us.”

He outlined the administration’s four-point strategy: hunting down terrorists wherever they are, training Iraqi and Syrian fighters, allied actions to disrupt Islamic State operations, and the pursuit of joint efforts to bring an end to the civil war in Syria.

“This is our strategy to destroy ISIL,” he said, using another acronym for the Islamic State. “It is designed and supported by our military commanders and counterterrorism experts, together with 65 countries that have joined an American-led coalition. And we constantly examine our strategy to determine when additional steps are needed to get the job done.”

He called on Congress to pass a new authorization for the use of military force — challenging Republicans who have urged him to pursue a more aggressive military posture against the Islamic State to show their willingness to put Americans in harm’s way. But he warned against another “long and costly ground war” in the Middle East.

He decried anything that might cast the struggle as a war between the United States and Islam, seeking to separate what he called the “thugs and killers” of the Islamic State from the vast majority of Muslims. He warned against religious tests that would determine who gains entry to the country. But he also called on American Muslims to confront the dangers within and to fight against extremist ideology in the name of their religion.

He also called again for new measures to restrict access to guns.

What he did not do, however, was notable as well. He did not offer a new strategy. He did not try to address where the strategy he has been pursuing has fallen short and why — or, if he is confident that it is working, address the now wide gap between what he says is happening and how the public perceives what is happening.

At this moment, Obama suffers from a deficit in public opinion on his policy, much as the country lost confidence in the Iraq War policies of former president George W. Bush. Just 40 percent approve of the way he is dealing with terrorism, according to the most recent Washington Post-ABC News Poll. This on the very issue that was for so long his strongest suit even when his overall approval ratings were sagging.

Things are worse when it comes to public perceptions of the president’s handling of the threats from the Islamic State. Just 35 percent approve of the way he is dealing with those threats, while 57 percent disapprove — with 46 percent strongly disapproving. Among independents, 6 in 10 disapprove, 50 percent strongly. Even one-third of Democrats give him negative marks.

In what everyone concedes will be a long struggle against the Islamic State and other such threats, Obama’s opportunities to change public perceptions quickly are limited. Every accomplishment on the ground in the Middle East in containing or rolling back the militants is overwhelmed by attacks like those in Paris and San Bernardino. His speech might have been necessary, but it also appears destined to have a short shelf life.

[Obama struggles to be heard in the debate over Islamic State]

In this environment, Republicans see their own opportunities, and they were quick to strike in the hours after the president finished his speech. From the Republican presidential candidates came a chorus of denunciations, in tweets and written statements. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) appeared on Fox News shortly after the speech and said, “I think not only did the president not make things better tonight, I fear he may have made things worse in the minds of many Americans.”

The gulf between the president and his GOP critics can’t be bridged. He decries, as he did on Sunday night, what he regards as empty rhetoric from his opponents, saying success will not be based on “tough talk” but on an intelligent and persistent strategy. Republicans decry what they see as a president too cerebral and laid back to rally the country against the enemy.

Caught in the middle is Hillary Clinton. Hours before the speech, she said on ABC’s “This Week” that the United States is not winning the war against the Islamic State and indicated that she expected to hear “an intensification of the existing strategy” from the president. Shortly after the speech, Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations tweeted: “two things missing from @potus address: intensification of military strategy; preparing Americans for additional domestic acts of terrorism.”

Over the next 11 months, the American people will have to decide whom they trust to carry on this struggle after the Obama presidency ends and whether anyone has a strategy and the strength of leadership to make it work. The president’s address probably will be remembered as a way station in the debate, but not a turning point.

Dan Balz is Chief Correspondent at The Washington Post. He has served as the paper’s National Editor, Political Editor, White House correspondent and Southwest correspondent.
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« Reply #255 on: December 11, 2015, 05:35:21 PM »

There is no radical islam. All muslims are radical, intolerant regarding other beliefs, unrespectfull thowards women, believe America is the root of all evil, anything other than other muslims are enemies and should be killed.

there are 1.5 billion muslims.  That means 20% of the planet are radicals.
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« Reply #256 on: December 17, 2015, 05:32:49 PM »

Geller: Do Muslims Around the World Really Hate the United States? Yes

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In an article entitled, “Do Muslims Around the World Really Hate the United States?”published at Foreign Policy and widely circulated in mainstream media circles, i.e., Yahoo, GOP candidates are being pilloried for their opposition to jihad, sharia, and ISIS infiltration here in the United States.

Countering the reasonable and rational, Foreign Policy warns us that the Muslim world hates us, citing Pew Research Center data and various other surveys of Muslim “publics [that] have been asked whether they have a favorable or unfavorable view of the United States.” But as is to be expected from Foreign Policy, their focus is wrong, as is their analysis of the problem and their proposed solution.

As the Republican candidates debated in Las Vegas Tuesday night, Foreign Policy tried to portray them as overestimating the jihad threat. Its article claimed that “the race has oddly enough turned into a referendum on the roughly 3 million Muslims in the United States — and on the 1.6 billion outside its borders.” This was unwarranted – or so Foreign Policy would have you believe, for while “intense anti-American sentiment can be found in Egypt (53 percent held a very unfavorable view of America in 2014) and Jordan (51 percent very unfavorable in 2015),” such sentiment “has actually ebbed among Muslims in the Palestinian territories and Pakistan. And in both Indonesia and Nigeria, countries with some of the largest Muslim populations in the world, strong majorities voice a favorable view of the United States. In fact, their pro-American sentiment is stronger than that in Germany.”

All this shows that the establishment media is once again missing the point. Let’s talk about these Pew and Gallup surveys of the Muslim world. The question isn’t so much “whether they have a favorable or unfavorable view of the United States,” or whether or not the most recent polls show “intense anti-American sentiment” or “pro-American sentiment.” The question is, whether they have a favorable or unfavorable view of the infidel, and how favorably they view jihad and sharia. That data will reliably reveal what they really think about America.

A November poll by the Pew Research Center revealed significant levels of support for ISIS within the Muslim world. And another poll released in November shows that a third of Syrian refugees are ISIS sympathizers. The Pew poll validates everything I have been saying and blows the fiction that the media, academic and cultural elites have been spinning, as in this Foreign Policy article, clear out of the water. Even worse, you can be absolutely sure that the real extent of this support is higher than the Pew data indicates. Much higher. These Muslims just admit to it. Others do not.

Other surveys show that 58% of Muslims in the U.S. reject criticism of Islam as a right; 46% want such blasphemers punished legally. Twelve percent want them killed. 25% of Muslims in the U.S. think that jihad suicide bombings are justified in some circumstances. Do you think such people love America in any genuine sense?

The gist of the Foreign Policy article is that we have a problem: many in the Muslim world don’t like us, and it must be our fault, and clearly the rhetoric we are hearing in the fight for the GOP nomination isn’t helping. This is placing the blame, the onus on us, when in fact this Muslim hatred for the United States predates this election. It predates 9/11 — what was their excuse then? It predates the Hizballah bombing of our Marine barracks in Lebanon in 1983. It predates the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948. It goes back to Muhammad.

Articles such as this one in Foreign Policy are designed to shut down and shut up the conversation concerning jihad, sharia, and Muslim immigration. The Republicans have taken a stand against sharia restrictions on speech (“do not criticize Islam”) imposed by the media over the past ten years. When Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)97% declared Tuesday night that “political correctness is killing people,” he nailed it. Actually it’s sharia that’s killing people, but I won’t split hairs. The American public is embracing the candidates’ candor. The GOP opened a window and let the truth in.

The hatred of infidels is a religious imperative in Islam. No matter how fast we dance, appease, pay, accommodate, and submit, the hatred and holy war will not cease. On the contrary, the more we submit and reward the hatred and terror, the more we will have to surrender.
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« Reply #257 on: December 28, 2015, 09:52:18 AM »

King says terror threat coming from mosques, calls for better surveillance
Published December 28, 2015

New York GOP Rep. Peter King on Sunday called again for better surveillance of mosques in the U.S., suggesting Islamic terrorists visit them and said that critics can “cry all they want” about the tactic amounting to a civil liberties violation.

King, a member of the House’s Homeland Security and Select Intelligence committees, told “Fox News Sunday” that “99 percent” of Muslims in the United States are good people and that he’s friends with people of the Islamic faith.

“But the fact is, (mosques are) where the threat is coming from,” King said.

He also argued that some Americans have a “blind political correctness” on such issues and that civil libertarians and other critics of better mosque surveillance can “cry all they want.”

King pointed out that one of the so-called Boston Marathon bombers, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was told to leave a local mosque following two outbursts, yet members declined to warn authorities.

“If they had known that in advance, you combine that with the fact that the Russians had already told us to be on the lookout for him, we could have possibly prevented the … bombing,” King said.

Tsarnaev and younger brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev killed three race spectators and injured as many as 264 others in the April 2013 attack.

Mosque members reportedly said Tsarnaev did nothing to suggest he would plot, then lead such an attack.

King’s call for better surveillance follows GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump calling for similar efforts, following the deadly Dec. 2 shootings in San Bernardino, Calif., in which a Muslim husband-wife team killed 14 and wounded 22 others.

He also said the Islamic State terror group’s intentions to attack on U.S. soil “has become clear” to intelligence officials over “the last several months.”

King, a 12-term congressman and former chairman of the lower chamber’s Homeland Security committee, also suggested that he agrees with Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi saying in a purported video this weekend that the roughly 16 months of U.S.-led airstrikes in Syria have done little damage to the terror group.

“I would expect al-Baghdadi to say that,” King said. "We've had some impact, but unfortunately overall he is probably right. … ISIS is stronger.”

King said the group now has more territory under its control and is making “great inroads” in Afghanistan.

He also said the Transportation Security Administration’s plan to now conduct full-body scans on some airline passengers is in part a response to the San Bernardino attack and the Paris bombing attacks weeks earlier in which 160 people died and for which the Islamic State has claimed responsibility.
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« Reply #258 on: December 31, 2015, 02:15:27 PM »

ISIS Lover Emanuel Lutchman Planned New Year's Machete Attack:  FBI
DEC 31 2015

Federal officials in Rochester, New York, have arrested and charged a local man who was allegedly plotting a New Year's Eve machete attack on diners at a local restaurant in the name of ISIS.

Emanuel Lutchman, 25, an ex-con Muslim convert with mental issues, was charged with attempting to provide material support to the terrorist group, federal prosecutors said.

The FBI says he had pledged allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, wanted to leave to U.S. to live in the caliphate, and was in contact with a reputed ISIS member in Syria — who urged him to kill non-Muslims on the holiday.

"New years [sic] is here soon. Do operations and kill some kuffar," the overseas contact told him, the court papers allege.

Lutchman's grandmother, Beverley Carridice, told NBC News he had been plagued by psychiatric problems since childhood and had recently stabbed himself in the stomach during a suicide attempt.

Raised as a Christian, he converted to Islam while serving a five-year prison sentence for robbery, she said, adding that she had never heard him express any radical thoughts or admiration for ISIS.

He called her after his arrest and said "it was a sting...they set him up," Carridice said.

Lutchman was nabbed with the help of confidential informants who received thousands of dollars from the FBI. One of them paid for the masks, zip-ties, knives, duct tape, ammonia and latex gloves that were allegedly supposed to be used in the attack, the court documents show.

In his conversations with the informants, Lutchman allegedly discussed using pressure cooker bombs or knives in an attack meant to impress his ISIS handlers, the complaint said.

"[T]hat's what my plan, that's on my mind, that's all I been thinking about," he said. "'Cause I'm getting amped up, to accept the fact that's what I gotta do."

On Dec. 28, he allegedly told an informant he wanted to sneak a bomb into a club or bar, kidnap a couple of people and kill them.

"I will take a life. I don't have a problem with that," he said.

The FBI arrested Lutchman on Wednesday and seized a video in which he swore allegiance to al-Baghdadi and claimed responsibility for the planned attack, authorities said.

Lutchman's grandmother said he is the married father of a 2-year-old boy. He had been having marital problems and had recently distanced himself from other family members.

She last saw him in August when he visited her in Florida. He was not taking his psychiatric medications at the time, she said.

She said did not believe her grandson could have masterminded an attack.

"Not on his own," she said. "He's not the type of person. But he's easily persuaded."

"His whole life is ruined," she said, crying.

"The FBI thwarted Emanuel Lutchman's intent to kill civilians on New Year's Eve," said Special Agent in Charge Adam Cohen of the bureau's Buffalo division.

"The FBI remains concerned about people overseas who use the Internet to inspire people in the United States to commit acts of violence where they live."

Lutchman is due back in court Jan. 8 at 11 a.m. The charge of attempting to provide material support to a terrorist organization carried up to 20 years in prison, the Department of Justice said.
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Russia claims it is 'highly probable' ISIS are using chemical weapons in Syria after UN confirm deadly sarin gas has been detected in victims
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Russia claims it is 'highly probable' ISIS are using chemical weapons in Syria after UN confirm deadly sarin gas has been detected in victims
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« Reply #261 on: January 13, 2016, 11:17:56 AM »

Imagine if this was a guy who shot at someone at an abortion clinic.  Would have been part of the president's state of the union address.  But no mention of this guy last night.

Police: Suspect in officer's shooting claims allegiance to ISIS
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Updated 9:38 PM ET, Fri January 8, 2016 | Video Source: CNN

(CNN)A 30-year-old man who allegedly ambushed and shot a Philadelphia police officer sitting in his patrol car confessed he did it in the name of the Islamic State, presumably referring to the terrorist group ISIS, officials said Friday.

Officer Jesse Hartnett, 33, was hit three times in the left arm on Thursday night and suffered "some very serious injuries that will require multiple surgeries," police Commissioner Richard Ross told reporters.

Despite being seriously injured and bleeding heavily, the veteran officer got out of his patrol car and shot the assailant in the buttocks, Ross said. The gunman was apprehended by other officers, Ross said.

"He was trying to assassinate this police officer," Ross told reporters.

The alleged assailant was armed with a 9mm Glock 17 that was reported stolen from the home of a police officer in 2013.

"It is one of the things that you regret the most, when an officer's gun is stolen that it is used against one of your own," Ross said

Capt. James Clark, commander of the homicide unit, told CNN the suspect said to investigators: "I follow Allah. I pledge my allegiance to the Islamic State and that's why I did what I did."

Clark said: "He just kept on echoing those sentiments and he wouldn't give us anything more than that."

'I'm bleeding heavily'

The alleged gunman was identified as Edward Archer, of Yeadon, a Philadelphia suburb, police said.

Archer allegedly confessed to carrying out what Ross described as a "cowardly act" in the name of Islam.

"According to him, he believed that the police defend laws that are contrary to the teachings of the Quran," the police commissioner said.

Still Images released by police from surveillance video show the gunman -- wearing an ankle-length, white garment -- on a crosswalk taking aim and firing at the patrol car at close range. In one photo, the suspect is standing next to the car with his arm through the lowered driver's side window, close enough to be shooting at point-blank range.

Ross told reporters the video, which is not being released, was "absolutely one of the scariest things I've ever seen."

Hartnett shouted desperately into his police radio moments after the gunman unloaded at least 11 shots, police said.

"Shots fired! ... I'm bleeding heavily!" Hartnett shouts in a recording of his radio call for backup.

"I'm bleeding. Get us another unit out here!"

Harnett's elbow was shattered, his brachial artery -- a major blood vessel in the upper arm -- was hit, and blood vessels and nerves in his arm damaged, according to a Philadelphia law enforcement official.

Still, the officer demonstrated his "valor and courage" by stepping out of his car as the gunman retreated and opening fire, according to Ross. The shooting happened about 11:30 p.m. in west Philadelphia.

"I'm absolutely amazed that Officer Hartnett is here with us today," the police commissioner said.

'Nothing to do with being a Muslim'
The shooting in Philadelphia is the fourth attack believed to have been inspired by ISIS on American soil, including the December 2015 shootings that left 14 dead in San Bernardino, California, the shootings outside a Prophet Mohammed cartoon contest in a Dallas suburb in May 2015, and a hatchet assault on four police officers in New York in October 2014.

Officials said they did not know whether the latest attack was part of a broader conspiracy or whether Archer had contact with terrorists.

Archer traveled to Saudi Arabia in 2011 and Egypt in 2012, FBI Special Agent Eric Ruona said. Ruona could not comment on whether investigators think Archer interacted with any terrorist groups during these trips.

Mayor Jim Kenney said the shooting had nothing to do with Islam.

"It is abhorrent," he said. "It does not represent the religion in any shape or form or any of the teachings. This is a criminal with a stolen gun who tried to kill one of our officers, and it has nothing to do with being a Muslim or following the Islamic faith."

Imam Asim Abdur-Rashid, head of a mosque one block away from an address associated with Archer, condemned the attack at a news conference. He said he did not know whether the alleged shooter attended his mosque.

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Gov. Tom Wolf said he is "thankful that Officer Hartnett is alive and not facing life-threatening injuries after being ambushed."

"We wish him and his family the best during his recovery. This alleged intentional act of violence against an officer seeking to help a fellow citizen is horrifying and has no place in Pennsylvania," he said.

Archer was arrested in 2012 after a domestic dispute and later pleaded guilty to assault and carrying a gun without a license, court records show. He was out on probation Thursday and was scheduled to be sentenced Monday after he was found guilty on charges of careless driving, forgery and driving with a suspended or revoked license in a 2014 case.

In the 2012 domestic dispute, Archer "pulled a small black and silver semiautomatic handgun from his waist and pointed it towards the complainant's stomach while grabbing the complainant's shirt," according to the affidavit for probable cause.
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ISIS magazine cheers San Bernardino, Paris

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The new issue of the glossy English-language magazine produced by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) includes lengthy praise of the couple who killed 14 people in San Bernardino, Calif., late last year. 

The two killers “proved that they were ready to sacrifice what was dearest to them for the sake of responding to Allah,” the magazine, Dabiq, cheers in its foreword.

The magazine also makes reference to the “blessed attacks” in Paris in November, which killed 130 people, and confirms the death of “Jihadi John,” the British citizen who became notorious for videos showing him executing ISIS captives.

The latest issue of Dabiq, which was released on Tuesday, did not add any new details to suggest that the San Bernardino shooting was directed by ISIS’s core leadership. Officials in the U.S. have said that the massacre instead seems to have been inspired by jihadists such as ISIS, but that the shooters — Syred Rizwan Farook and Tasfeen Malik — carried it out without coordination from an outside group.

However, the magazine does praise their brutal slayings, which it hoped would “awaken more Muslims in America, Europe, and Australia.”

Dabiq also devotes two pages to eulogize Mohammed Emwazi, also known as “Jihadi John.”

The Kuwaiti-born British man was featured in ISIS videos in recent years beheading captives, including American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff.

The Dabiq article neglects to mention Emwazi’s role as an executioner and propaganda tool for ISIS. Instead, it praises his “affection” for orphans of extremists killed while waging jihad, and claims that Emwazi had been questioned by Britain’s MI-5 intelligence before departing for ISIS's self-proclaimed caliphate.

He was killed in a U.S. drone strike in November, the magazine confirmed.

On one page of the 56-page magazine, the nine attackers in Paris are superimposed over a photo of the city.

“Let Paris be a lesson for those nations that wish to take heed,” it warned.

The magazine also reprinted a Time magazine article by former CIA Director Michael Morell warning that ISIS “poses a major threat to the U.S.”

ISIS has a significant propaganda machine, which it has used to great effect in recruiting extremists from all over the globe to join its ranks.

The edition of Dabiq released on Tuesday is the group’s 13th.
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Top intelligence official: ISIS to attempt U.S. attacks this year
By Ryan Browne, CNN
Tue February 9, 2016

Washington (CNN)The top U.S. intelligence official said Tuesday that ISIS was likely to attempt direct attacks on the U.S. in the coming year and that the group was infiltrating refugees escaping from Iraq and Syria to move across borders.

James Clapper, the director of National Intelligence, estimated that violent extremists were active in about 40 countries and that there currently exist more terrorist safe havens "than at any time in history."

Testifying on global threats at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, Clapper warned that ISIS and its eight branches were the No. 1 terrorist threat, and that it was using the refugee exodus from violence in Iraq and Syria to hide among innocent civilians in order to reach other countries.

Clapper said ISIS was "taking advantage of the torrent of migrants to insert operatives into that flow," adding that they were "pretty skilled at phony passports so they can travel ostensibly as legitimate travelers."

ISIS fighters have reportedly seized Syrian passport facilities with machines capable of manufacturing passports.

ISIS "will probably attempt to conduct additional attacks in Europe, and attempt to direct attacks on the U.S. homeland in 2016," Clapper said.

The testimony follows the director of National Intelligence's release of the "Worldwide Threat Assessment of the U.S. Intelligence Community."

The assessment notes that "approximately five dozen" ISIS-linked people were arrested in the U.S. during 2015.

Clapper said that more than 36,500 foreign fighters, including at least 6,600 from Western countries, have traveled to Syria from more than 100 countries since 2012.

On the counter-ISIS campaign in Iraq and Syria, Lt. Gen. Vincent Stewart, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, also testifying Tuesday, said it was unlikely that the Iraqi city of Mosul would be liberated in 2016.

While the assessment calls ISIS the "preeminent terrorist threat," Clapper also said that "al Qaeda affiliates are positioned to make gains in 2016."

Clapper called the Yemen-based al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula and the Syria-based al Nusra Front the "most capable al Qaeda branches."

The testimony also touched on the Iran nuclear deal, cybersecurity and cyberespionage, North Korea's nuclear and missile program and Russia's military build-up.
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