ISLAMIC STATE ISLAMONAZI ARRESTED IN MAJORCA SPAIN SUSPECTED OF PLANNING ATTACK ON VACATIONERS……

Soft targets were always Mohamed’s favorite targets……

ISIS in Majorca: Moment suspected jihadist is arrested on suspicion of planning attacks on holidaymakers – as intelligence chiefs warn of plots to bomb beach resorts 

ISIS plan to carry out tourist massacre using bombs buried under sun beds, Italian

Spanish police arrested a Moroccan man on the island of Majorca today on suspicion of having close links to Islamist militants. Video footage has emerged of the man, who was not named, being snatched by masked security officers and led away in broad daylight with his face covered with a grey top. The suspect is also accused of recruiting fighters to join forces in Syria and Iraq and of being in charge of commissioning potential attacks in Spain and across Europe, the ministry said.

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THE MYTH OF ANDALUSIAN MULTICULTURAL UTOPIA DEBUNKED………

As history and human experience proves, utopia can never be achieved, and islam is not peace.

A Myth Demolished
by Srdja Trifkovic

The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise:
Muslims, Christians, and Jews Under Islamic Rule in Medieval Spain
by Darío Fernández-Morera Wilmington, DE: ISI Books 336 pp., $29.95

Over the past two decades a great chasm has opened up between the tenured American professoriate specializing in the humanities and social sciences, and the meaningful discussion of its subjects in the public arena. It is hard to find a recent work by an academic authority on social, historical, and cultural anthropology in general, or on the specific issues of religion, family, race, immigration, education, gender, and sexuality, that is not “informed” by the legacy of critical theory and its conceptual and methodological framework. The authors may divide themselves into different “schools” (constructivist, postmodern, poststructuralist), but they are all initiates of the same sect.

Almost a century after Julien Benda coined the phrase, the trahison des clercs has morphed into a new form. By rejecting the notions of objectivity, truth, and historical reality in favor of the approved forms of ideological “antihegemonistic discourse,” the treasonous clercs of our time have severed the link between what can or should be known and the knowledge itself. The result is a myriad of myths covering every area of human endeavor, past and present. Some have had far-reaching political consequences: The myth of “diversity” has engendered a massive state apparat dedicated to social engineering and control, while the chimera of “human rights” has produced an assault on the institution of marriage hardly imaginable a generation ago. What they all have in common is their visceral antipathy to Western civilization, and to the Christian concept of personhood (dignitas personae) and its related historical “constructs.”

Seen against this cultural and ideological backdrop, Darío Fernández-Morera’s Myth of the Andalusian Paradise is doubly subversive. It is a first-rate work of scholarship that demolishes the fabrication of the multiethnic, multiconfessional convivencia in Spain under Muslim rule. The book is also an exposé of the endemic problems of contemporary Western academe, as manifested in the dishonesty, corruption, and dogmatic intolerance of the Islamic-studies establishment both here and in Europe. The author ascribes this phenomenon to a mix of “stakeholder interests and incentives,” “motivated blindness,” “Occidentalism” and “Christianophobia,” and to the corrosive influence of the multimillion-dollar grants that many leading Islamic-studies departments receive from the governments of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, and others.

Fernández-Morera’s book presents a clear and present danger to the “stakeholders.” It undermines one of their cherished orthodoxies so comprehensively that it potentially threatens many careers and reputations. They will take note. An optimistic reviewer has predicted that “[i]t will soon find its place on the shelves of premier academic institutions,” but there is reason to fear the opposite. It is more likely to be demonized, as Sylvain Gouguenheim’s debunking of the myth of Islam’s key contribution to the late-medieval civilization of Europe was demonized in France in 2008; or else ignored, as Raphael Israeli’s prescient Islamic Challenge in Europe was in that same year and after.

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SPAIN: POLICE FIND WEAPONS CACHE AND ISLAMONAZI FLAG IN SPANISH ENCLAVE……

The jihad in Spain falls mainly on the plain…..or off the cost of Morocco.

Spain police find hidden weapons cache, Islamic State flag

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MADRID (Reuters) – Police said on Saturday they had discovered a hidden weapons cache and a home-made Islamic State flag in Ceuta, a Spanish enclave in Morocco, and are investigating a possible connection to Islamist militants.

The cache of four pistols, including an air gun modified to shoot live ammunition, two Scorpion sub-machine guns, ammunition and variety of knives, was found in perfect condition and buried on wasteland on Thursday, Spain’s Interior Ministry said.

Spanish police have detained 15 people with suspected links to Islamic State militants so far this year and 102 people on the same charges last year after police stepped up security measures following attacks in Paris.

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SPAIN: WEAPONS DISGUISED AS AID LEADS TO SEVEN PEOPLE ARRESTED FOR HELPING ISLAMIC STATE…….

This is why it’s necessary for both Israel and Egypt to maintain the legal anti-weapons blockade on the islamonazis of Hamas in Gazastan.

All aid headed that way needs to be checked for weapons smuggling.

Seven people arrested in Spain for ‘supplying arms to ISIS’ disguised as humanitarian aid

Arrests: Spanish policemen escort a man who was arrested during a operation against Jihadist terrorism in Ceuta, Spanish enclave in northern Africa

Arrests: Spanish policemen escort a man who was arrested during a operation against Jihadist terrorism in Ceuta, Spanish enclave in northern Africa

  • Seven arrested in Spain suspected of supplying arms to ISIS
  • Raids in Alicante, Valencia and Spain’s north African enclave of Ceuta
  • Believed to have been disguising weapons as humanitarian aid
  • For more of the latest Islamic State news visit www.dailymail.co.uk/isis

Seven people have been arrested in Spain on suspicion of supplying weapons and bomb-making equipment to ISIS leaders in Syria and Iraq.

Six men were held during dawn raids today in Alicante, Valencia and Spain’s north African enclave of Ceuta, with a seventh person was arrested later in the morning.

Spain’s acting Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz said they were believed to be part of a jihadist group that sent the weapons in shipping containers, disguised as humanitarian aid.

Police described the material, which also included cash, and electronics equipment,, as ‘essential’ to the sustainment of the activities of the two terrorist groups they are accused of supplying; ISIS and al-Qaeda-affiliated organisation Jabhat al-Nusra.

Four of those being held are Spanish but of Syrian, Jordanian and Moroccan origin. The other two, Spanish residents, are Syrian and Moroccan.

A spokesman for Spain’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement: ‘The head of the cell directed a network of firms which enabled him to send the logistical material in sealed containers from Spanish ports to the terrorist groups operating in Syria and Iraq without raising suspicion.

‘These regular supplies directly benefited the continuity and strengthening of terrorist structures in Syria and Iraq.’

The seven men were arrested in Alicante, Valencia and Spain's north African enclave of Ceuta, accused of sending bomb-making equipment to ISIS leaders in Syria and Iraq disguised as aid

The seven men were arrested in Alicante, Valencia and Spain’s north African enclave of Ceuta, accused of sending bomb-making equipment to ISIS leaders in Syria and Iraq disguised as aid

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SPAIN: CLAIM OF RADICAL LEFT-WING PARTY PODEMOS RECEIVING 5 MILLION EUROS FROM IRANIAN REGIME UNDER INVESTIGATION……

The Iranian regime’s tentacles are everywhere.

Another example of the Islamo/Leftist nexus.

Probe: Spain’s ‘Podemos’ Party may have been given €5 million Euros by Iran regime

Podemos (We Can) party leader Pablo Iglesias (2nd R) reacts with party members after results were announced in Spain's general election in Madrid, Spain, December 20, 2015.   REUTERS/Andrea Comas  -
Spanish authorities are actively investigating rumors that Iran’s regime heavily financed the activities of the country’s Podemos political party, according to Spanish media sources.

The Union of Economic and Fiscal Delinquency, La Unidad de Delincuencia Económica y Fiscal (UDEF), an investigative arm of the country’s National Police has launched a detailed probe in determining whether the party accepted €5m Euros from Iran in exchange for influence in the country’s political and economic arenas, El Confidencial, a Spanish newspaper said.

Podemos’ secretary general  Pablo Iglesias continues to defend his party’s transparency.

“We are glad that the UDEF is investigating this matter and are at their disposal,” Iglesias, whose party surprised all in a 21 percent win of the total Election vote in December, said.

More here.

SPAIN: ISLAM 101’ERs SPRAY PAINT ALLAH ON CHURCH WALLS……..

This will continue until authorities act, reversing the flow of muslim invaders.

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ISLAMISTS ATTACK SPANISH CHURCH, SPRAY-PAINT ‘ALLAH’ ON WALLS

Islamist vandals have attacked a church in southern Spain, damaging sacred objects and painting the word “Allah” on the walls.

The attack took place at the Church of Our Lady of Carmen in the town of Rincón de la Victoria near the city of Málaga on Monday morning. News agency EFE reports that the perpetrators smashed glasses, broke a wooden statue of the Virgin Mary, damaged the sanctuary and spray painted Arabic writing on the walls.

More here. H/T: Buck

TWITTER JIHAD: SPAIN ARRESTS TWO FOR ISLAMIC STATE ACTIVITY…….

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Italy, Spain detain suspects in ‘Islamic State’ clampdown

Italian police have arrested two people they suspect are behind an IS-friendly Twitter account. The men are believed to have been plotting attacks on famous landmarks.

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The men, who are from Tunisia and Pakistan, were arrested in Brescia in the northern region of Lombardy, on suspicion of association with terror and subversion. However, they have not been named.

Police say they are believed to be behind a Twitter account spreading threatening messages about planned attacks on famous Italian sites like the Colosseum or Milan’s cathedral. The account shows the two men as Islamic State (IS) sympathizers.

Meanwhile, police in Spain have arrested a man suspected of recruiting women to send to areas controlled by the IS in Syria. An Interior Ministry statement said the 29-year-old Spaniard was arrested Wednesday in Melilla, one of two Spanish enclave cities in northwest Africa.

Both Italy and Spain have been trying to clamp down on IS-related terrorism, with Italy on high alert against attacks at embassies, synagogues, churches and the Vatican as well as tourist areas.

Spain has arrested some 50 suspected jihadi militants and recruiters this year.

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WOMAN ARRESTED IN SPAIN FOR RECRUITING PRE-TEENS OR JIHAD IN SYRIA…….

You read that right,….. pre-teens.

(File photo, this has happened before)

Spanish police arrest woman for recruiting young girls for ISIS

Spanish police have arrested a woman suspected of recruiting pre-teen girls and teenagers of both sexes to send to areas controlled by the Islamic State group in Syria.

An Interior Ministry statement said the woman, a Spaniard, was arrested Tuesday in the city of Arrecife on the Canary Island of Lanzarote.

The ministry says the woman maintained contact with Islamic State militants in Syria.

It adds that the operation was being conducted by the National Court in Madrid.

Spain has arrested dozens of suspected jihadi militants and recruiters in recent years.

More here. H/T: Fjordman

MOHAMED(S), FATIMA TOP NAME LIST FOR EXPATS IN SPAIN…….

And a host of other muslim names as well.

And then The Local has the nerve to post this on the same page:

Fatima and Mohamed are the most common expat names in Spain.

And the most common expat name in Spain is...

And the most common expat name in Spain is…

Published: 18 Jun 2015 14:09 GMT+02:00

The most common expat names in Spain are Mohamed and Fatima, according to new figures released by Spain’s Office of National Statistics (INE).

There are 40,658 Mohamed’s in Spain and 18,493 Fatima’s, according to the figures, which see Moroccan and Romanian names dominating the top ten.

muslim names top expat list in spain

But there are many more Mohameds; the statistics break down the figures by nationality, so while there are 40,658 Moroccan Mohameds, there are also 2,436 Algerian Mohamed’s and over 19,000 Mohammeds, spelled with a double m.

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MUSLIMS DEMAND RIGHT OF RETURN TO ”AL-ANDALUS AFTER SPAIN GRANTS EXILED JEWS CITIZENSHIP…….

The big difference being, Muslims in Spain where usurping conquerors, and Jews, being at one time, welcomed immigrants, who’s offspring have lived there for centuries only to be kicked out after Muslim rule was overturned.

NOTE: A lying tard is still a lying tard, even when boiled in sesame seed oil.

AS SPAIN GRANTS EXILED JEWS CITIZENSHIP, SOME MUSLIMS DEMAND RETURN TO ‘AL-ANDALUS’

The Spanish government is  offering citizenship to the descendants of formerly exiled Spanish Jews. No longer will such Jews actually have to travel to Spain; they need only “hire a Spanish notary and pass tests on the Spanish language and history.”

With Spain’s Jews offered a right to return, now Muslims are also demanding the same. Indeed, Morisco-Moroccan journalist, Ahmed Bensalh, has argued that the departure of Muslims who left for Muslim North Africa, and who now number up to five million, amounts to “flagrant segregation and unquestionable discrimination.”

Other Muslim journalists are demanding that Spain treat Muslims just as they are now willing to treat Jews. Jamal Bin Ammar al-Ahmar has written directly to the Spanish Monarch demanding an apology and a “full legal and historical investigation of the war crimes that were perpetrated on the Muslim population of Andalusia by the French, English, European, and papal crusaders.”

Outrageous, clever, typical. The Muslims had occupied Spain as invaders. They were expelled to end their occupation. Jose Ribeiro e Castro, one of the Portuguese lawmakers “who drafted Portugal’s law of return for Sephardic Jews, puts it this way: ‘Persecution of Jews was just that, while what happened with the Arabs was part of a conflict. There is no basis for comparison.’”

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CURRENTLY SPAIN NOT THE GO-TO DESTINATION FOR SYRIAN REFUGEES…….

Products of the jihad.

It’s a terrible thing being an actual refugee, but there is no reason for the West to accept these people in light of Islam’s conquest manifests destiny and that the Arabs are swimming in oil revenues. Let them set up camps for them in the region, where the food is of their liking, the climate and not too far away from their former homes.

Why Spain is not an option for Syrian refugees seeking a new life

Few of the growing numbers of people fleeing war intend to stay in the country

A lack of opportunities and the long waits for asylum requests are among reasons cited

Hared and Dareen Al Sadi are exhausted. A year ago, the Syrian couple and their two-and-half-year old boy, Ubeid, tried to cross the Mediterranean by boat, but had to turn back; they then made their way to Melilla, the Spanish enclave in Morocco. That was 20 days ago. Now they are waiting for permission to cross the Strait of Gibraltar into Spain proper, from where they will make their way on to northern Europe.

Growing numbers of Syrians fleeing the conflict in their country are now making the same journey. So far this year, more than 3,000 Syrians have requested asylum from the Spanish authorities in Melilla. Last year, Spain accepted all of the 1,681 Syrians who asked for admission; but during the same period, Germany received almost 24,000 asylum requests, and Sweden more than 16,000.

We have money, we just want our boy to be able to go to school without a bomb falling on his head”

Spain is clearly not the destination of choice for these war refugees, but many now have little choice as the situation in their home country becomes more desperate, and crossing by sea increasingly dangerous. Only 130 Syrians chose to resettle in Spain last year: there are much larger communities in Germany, France and other northern European nations, which have offered refugees more of a welcome. Spain has rejected the European Commission’s proposal for EU member states to take up to 20,000 Syrians. The majority of those fleeing the civil war, four million people, are currently in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey.

But Spain is likely to have to take more and more Syrian refugees under the so-called Dublin Regulations, which require refugees to apply for asylum in the first European country they enter. Last year, Spain received just over 5,000 requests, mainly from Germany, Switzerland and Sweden, from refugees who had made their first European stop on Spanish shores.

More here. H/T: Fjordman

TOP GENERAL AL-QAIDA GENERAL USED SHAM MARRIAGE TO OBTAIN SPANISH CITIZENSHIP…….

This has been repeated time and again.

Also, Abu Musab Al-Suri is also the architect of the ”lone wolf” strategy that seems to bedevil the thinking of so many analysts of Islamic terror. You have some saying it’s a sign of A-Q’s loss of power structure and ability to carry out spectacular feats of violence, while others write it off as random delusional violence, while in fact it’s a very dangerous but ingenuous tactic in an overall strategy.

Read more by Lori Lowenthal Marcus on the man and his tactics/strategy that is being spread throughout the Islamo-terror networks.

Al Qaeda in Spain founder obtained citizenship through sham marriage

Group’s one-time number four used marriage of convenience to get freedom of movement

JOSÉ MARÍA IRUJO Madrid
25 MAR 2015 – 15:29 CET
Osama Bin Laden y Mustafá Setmarian

Mustafa Setmariam with Osama Bin Laden in Tora Bora in 2001. / US ATTORNEY’S OFFICE – SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK

On July 10, 1985 a young man about 1.70 meters tall, with fair skin, green eyes, red hair and sporting a well-kempt beard turned up at Madrid’s Civil Registry with a 29-year Spanish woman called Pilar Toledo. After a brief ceremony, the two signed their wedding papers and kissed each other. They wouldn’t meet again for another three years when they signed their divorce papers on November 11, 1988.

The young man was a Syrian national called Mustafa Setmariam, also known as Abu Musab al-Suri, the founder of an Al Qaeda cell in Spain, and number four in the organization until the death of Osama Bin Laden. Setmariam sowed the seeds of radical Islam in Spain, spreading the Salafist word that would encourage other young men to set up jihadist groups to raise money and recruit fighters for the conflicts in Bosnia, Chechnya and Afghanistan.

Setmariam had a $5 million bounty put on his head by the FBI after the attacks on the Twin Towers

The Al Qaeda leader, who had a $5 million bounty put on his head by the FBI after the attacks on the Twin Towers, was able to obtain Spanish citizenship as a result of his marriage of convenience, according to an investigation by the Spanish police that EL PAÍS has seen. His bride had no idea of his intention: to gain a residency permit that would allow him to move freely around Europe.

Photographs recently published by the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York show that Setmariam was not lying when in the autumn of 2001 he told his followers that he had bade farewell to Bin Laden in the caves of Tora Bora in Afghanistan, and that he had been tasked with designing a new military strategy based on chemical and bacteriological warfare. The United States had just invaded Afghanistan in the wake of the September 11 attacks.

More here. H/T: Fjordman

MUSLIMS IN SPAIN UPSET OVER TRADITIONAL CELEBRATION OF CHRISTIAN VICTORY OVER THE MUSLIMS…….

Boo hoo!

Cry us a river over your contempt for Christian Europe ejecting Muslim invaders in Spain. I raise your caterwauling, with a call for the liberation of Constantinople, completed with the conversion of the entire country of Turkey back to Christianity.

Courtesy of Sheik Yer’Mami (pbuh)

“THE CELEBRATIONS OF MOORS AND CHRISTIANS HAVE NO PLACE IN DEMOCRATIC SPAIN”

Muslims consider the annual parade of Moors and Christians “, a popular tradition in Spain,  “an offense” and “a provocation” of Islam.

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This has been going on for a long time. The Spanish must not be allowed to celebrate their victory over the Moors, because that could make Muslims feel bad. The filthy kafirs must not be seen enjoying a reenactment of Queen Isabella and King  Ferdinand giving the soldiers of allah their ‘hasta la vista’ after 700 years of Islamic occupation. That would be deeply offensive to Muselmaniacs, that really hurts their feelings. For that reason, they’re pulling all the strings and all the grievances in their arsenal. The text of the article is almost identical to  a posting from Oct 2011 on the Islam vs Europe blog and many other articles before that:

The leaders of Islamic associations in Spain have demanded that the festivals traditionally held there to celebrate the reconquest of the country from the Muslim invaders be suppressed because they are offensive to Muslims.

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These celebrations are known as the Fiestas de Moros y Cristianos (Festivals of Moors and Christians). More than a hundred are held in Spain in different localities. Some last for days and feature elaborate and colourful re-enactments of battles.

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MOROCCAN ILLEGAL ALIEN ALREADY ONCE DEPORTED MURDERS MAN IN BAR FIGHT, FAMILY PLEADS FOR CALM…….

Appeal for calm after murder by immigrant

The man facing murder charges arrived in Italy through the country’s migrant rescue mission, Mare Nostrum. Photo: Marina Militare

Published: 16 Mar 2015 15:10 GMT+01:00

David Raggi, 27, was killed last Thursday by 29-year-old Amine Assaoul, a Moroccan immigrant, outside a bar on Piazzetta dell’Olmo in the city of Terni, central Italy.

Assaoul, who was reportedly drunk at the time, allegedly attacked Raggi with a bottle, severing his carotid artery, following a scuffle with police. Raggi died minutes later in the arms of his friends.

Assaoul came to Italy via the island of Lampedusa in October last year, despite being expelled from the country in 2007.

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SPAIN ARRESTS NINE ISLAMICS ON TERROR RELATED CHARGES…….

Yeah, the Islamics, a new word for new times.

Spain arrests eight suspected Islamist militants in dawn raid

Maria, the mother of 18-year-old Ismael who was arrested in Piera on suspicion of having links to Islamic militant activities, weeps at their home in Piera, northeastern Spain, March 13, 2015. REUTERS-Gustau Nacarino
Esther, the sister of 18-year-old Ismael who was arrested in Piera on suspicion of having links to Islamist militant activities, stands by one of the computers which the police took a hard drive from during a raid at their home in Piera, northeastern Spain, March 13, 2015.   REUTERS-Gustau Nacarino
Esther, the sister of 18-year-old Ismael who was arrested in Piera on suspicion of having links to Islamist militant activities, stands by one of the computers which the police took a hard drive from during a raid at their home in Piera, northeastern Spain, March 13, 2015.   REUTERS-Gustau Nacarino

1 OF 7. Maria, the mother of 18-year-old Ismael who was arrested in Piera on suspicion of having links to Islamic militant activities, weeps at their home in Piera, northeastern Spain, March 13, 2015.

CREDIT: REUTERS/GUSTAU NACARINO

(Reuters) – Eight suspected Islamist militants accused of planning attacks in Spain and recruiting fighters to send to Syria and Iraq were arrested in dawn raids across Spain on Friday, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.

The six men and two women were connected to the Islamic State militant group via one of their operatives who organized activity from Syria and Iraq, the ministry said.

All those arrested had Spanish nationality, and five were of Moroccan heritage.

“The group represented a serious and definite threat to national security,” the ministry said in a statement, adding that the network aimed to carry out attacks on the mainland.

The Spanish government has renewed its focus on Islamist militant activity since the attacks on French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris in January in which gunmen killed 17 people.

Islamist militants killed nearly 200 people in March 2004 in an attack on a commuter train, setting off bombs hidden in rucksacks as the train drew in to Madrid’s main station.

Including Friday’s arrests, Spanish police have arrested 23 people linked to such activity so far this year, according to government data – more than half the total arrested in the whole of last year.

The arrests on Friday were made in Barcelona and Girona in the north east of Spain and Ciudad Real and Avila in the center, the ministry said.

 

More here. H/T: Fjordman via Jihad Watch

‘SPANISH’ EX-SOLDIER WHO LED JIHADI CELL SENTENCED BY MOROCCAN COURT TO EIGHT YEARS……

More likely a Muslim with a Spanish passport.

Spanish ex-soldier led jihadist terror cell

Spanish ex-soldier led jihadist terror cell

A photo of a man holding up a gun: Shutterstock

Published: 20 Feb 2015 16:57 GMT+01:00

Another 17 members of the group, broken up in January 2014, were jailed for between three and 10 years in connection with their activities, mostly in the north of the country.

The soldier had served in Melilla, one of two Spanish enclaves on Morocco’s Mediterranean coast. Moroccan authorities said that after leaving the army, he joined Al-Qaeda and fought in Afghanistan.

All 18 were charged with forming a criminal group for the purpose of carrying out acts of terrorism, as well as belonging to a banned religious organisation and of holding public meetings without permission.

According to official figures, some 1,500 Moroccans are fighting or have fought in the ranks of jihadist organisations such as the Islamic State group, and Rabat is actively engaged in seeking to dismantle militant cells.

MUSLIMS WHINE OVER CORDOBA’S CATHEDRAL NOT MENTIONING ITS MUSLIM PAST…….

Cry me a river, these same whiners will say nothing about the Hagia Sophia.

It’s called reclamation. There was a church on the site before the invasion of Islam, upon which Muslims built their beachhead, and then after the usurping mohammedans were finally kicked out of Spain, the site reverted back to its original status as a Christian holy place.

Row rumbles over Cordoba´s Mezquita

Row rumbles over Cordoba´s Mezquita

Nuns visit the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba. Photo: Gerard Julien / AFP

Published: 06 Feb 2015 08:54 GMT+01:00

One of the most famous Islamic monuments in Europe, the grand stone edifice dominates the old centre of the city in the southern Andalucia region.

It is listed by UNESCO as a world heritage site, a jewel of Islamic architecture with later Christian additions, located not far from the old Jewish quarter.

Locals call it the “Mosque-Cathedral” — but critics accuse the Catholic Church which runs the site of covering up the Islamic part of the building’s past.

Visitors to the site are issued with tickets and information leaflets that call it a cathedral, with just minor passing references to the mosque.

“The Mosque-Cathedral is the cultural heart of the city and its principal tourist business,” said Miguel Santiago, a spokesman for the campaign group Mosque-Cathedral, Heritage of All.

“Changing its name goes against the tourism interests of Cordoba and, worst of all, against its historical, artistic and symbolic essence.”

A spokesman for the local cathedral council, Jose Juan Jimenez, said the Church has been the “legitimate owner” since 1236 when Christian King Fernando III had it consecrated.

A mosque had been built there on the site of an earlier Visigoth church from the eighth century when Cordoba was held by Islamic Umayyad rulers.

More here.

JIHADI GROUP ROUNDED UP IN SPANISH CEUTA…….

I love the fact that Spain still has territory in Muslim N.Africa.

Spanish police arrest suspected jihadists in Ceuta

Police in the Spanish exclave of Ceuta have arrested a group of suspected jihadists. Spain’s Interior Minister has said the men showed similarities to the Charlie Hebdo attackers.

Police in the El Principe suburb of Ceuta, the Spanish enclave in northern Africa, 24 January 2015.

The four men were arrested by police on Saturday in Spain’s North African exclave of Ceuta, the Spanish interior ministry said. According to the ministry, the men were alleged to have formed a terror cell and were ready to launch an attack.

“There are two pairs of very radicalized brothers who are highly trained militarily, physically and mentally and are prepared to carry out an attack, and ready, according to police, to blow themselves up in the act,” Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz said.

Diaz said investigators were struck by the similarities between the detained suspects and the brothers who killed 12 people when they attacked French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo earlier this month.

According to a ministry statement, investigators were assessing the cell’s infrastructure to see whether they were planning to carry out an attack in Spain.

More here.

FORMER GITMO PRISONER USED MADRID’S LARGEST BEACHHEAD AS JIHADI RECRUITMENT CENTER…….

He should have never been made a ”former’.

Yes, he even sued the Spanish government at one time for his supposed false arrest, and incarceration at GITMO. Keep that in mind the next time you see dough headed activists pleading their cases on your city streets.

Lahcen Ikassrien

MADRID’S LARGEST MOSQUE WAS USED FOR JIHADI RECRUITMENT RUN BY FORMER GITMO PRISONER

A former Guantánamo prisoner had been using the cafeteria of Madrid’s largest mosque to recruit Islamist extremists to join the Islamic State in waging jihad in the Middle East, an investigation following his June arrest has revealed.

Spanish law enforcement arrested fifteen men accused of recruiting fighters for the Islamic State in June, including Moroccan national Lahcen Ikassrien, who had arrived in Spain after spending time under arrest at Guantánamo Bay. Spanish newspaper El Pais reports that now, as the High Court releases details of their investigation before the trial, it has become clear that Ikassrien was running an Islamist sub-organization working in tandem with the Islamic State from within the largest mosque in Madrid.

Ikassrien is described as the “charismatic leader” of the Al-Andalus Brigade, thus named from the formerly Muslim southern Spanish region of Andalucía. The operation used the Mezquita de la M-30, the largest mosque in the capital, as a recruitment facility, slowly introducing potential recruits to the tenets of radical Islam and convincing them to join the Islamic State. Ikassrien is described as using the cafeteria as a social center to identify and target recruits.

A number of family members of men who traveled to Syria and Iraq to join the Islamic State, or remained in Spain but became radicalized, told authorities that their relatives or friends had clearly taken up a more intense understanding of Sharia law since meeting and interacting with Ikassrien. El Pais notes that Ikassrien was free to organize the Islamist group after being acquitted by a Spanish court in 2006, and had even sued the Spanish government for damages after his initial post-Guantánamo arrest. He had initially been arrested in Afghanistan fighting alongside the Taliban and placed in Guantánamo.

At least nine men are believed to have joined the Islamic State thanks to the Al-Andalus Brigade, according to Spanish publication Libertad Digital. The publication also notes that the brigade appears to have been active since 2011 and had ties with Islamist cells in Belgium, France, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, and Syria.

More here at Breitbart.com

MUSLIM TOURISTS FLOCK TO SPAIN……..

 

It’s clear, they want it back.

The only downside to their trip to Spain, they say, has been the absence of halal restaurants

Spain’s appeal to Muslim tourists

Hotels and restaurants in Andalusia have been slow to meet needs of Islamic visitors

A group of tourists at the mosque in Córdoba. / JOSE LUIS ROCA (AFP)

Night falls in Granada. Badiaa Lafdaili and Said Jellal leave their bags at the hotel and head out into the Andalusian city to explore. The Moroccan couple has already been in Bin al Mad’in, to give the nearby resort town of Benalmadena its orginal Arab name. “Andalusia is the birthplace of the great Arab poets and artists,” says Lafdaili, herself a teacher of Arab literature. Her husband, a civil servant, says that the only downside to their trip to Spain has been the absence of halal restaurants.

Laifdaili and Jellal are typical of a new generation of Muslims from countries with fast-growing economies eager to see the world. Spain is regarded by many as a must-see destination: a bridge between Europe and Islam, and whose history has left many visible traces of its five centuries under Arab rule.

More here. h/t: Fjordman