The Daily Mail headline reads 170 “hostages”, but these koranimals don’t take hostages so these are people scheduled to die.

BREAKING NEWS: Jihadist gunmen screaming ‘Allahu Akbar’ launch grenade and shooting rampage in hotel in Mali and take 170 people hostage before freeing a handful who could recite the Koran 

Armed jihadists have gone on a deadly shooting rampage inside the Radisson Blu hotel (pictured) in the centre of Bamako, Mali

Armed jihadists have gone on a deadly shooting rampage inside the Radisson Blu hotel (pictured) in the centre of Bamako, Mali

  • Radison Blu hotel under attack by jihadists in Malian capital of Bamako 
  • Up to 10 gunmen have taken 170 hostages inside the Radisson hotel 
  • Witnesses heard gunmen shout ‘Allahu Akbar’ during horrific attack 
  • Gunmen tested hostages knowledge of the Koran and allowed Muslim hostages to leave the hotel 
  • Explosions and machine gun fire were heard at the popular hotel in Mali 
  • US embassy urges American nationals to ‘shelter in place’ from attack 
  • Al Qaeda affiliated militants have previously targeted hotels in Bamako 
  • Air France crew have frequently stayed at the Radisson Blu hotel  

Armed jihadists have gone on a deadly shooting rampage and taken 170 hostages at the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako, Mali.

Automatic weapons fire has been heard on the seventh floor of the 190-room hotel, where it is thought as many as 10 militants have taken 140 guests and 30 members of staff hostage.

Witnesses described hearing at least one explosion and shouts of ‘Allahu Akbar’ during the hotel attack, which is frequently used by Air France crew in Mali.

No group have claimed responsibility for the attack but Al Qaeda affiliated militants have previously carried out attacks in the Sahel based country.

Chaotic scenes near the Radisson Blu hotel, where 170 people have been held hostage by gunmen in Mali

Chaotic scenes near the Radisson Blu hotel, where 170 people have been held hostage by gunmen in M

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H/T: Gaia


WWW III, when will our leaders finally admit to the obvious?

Malian forces patrolling Sevare - January 2013

BBC: Gunmen in Mali have killed at least five people in an attack on a hotel in the central town of Sevare, officials say. The dead include Malian soldiers.

The UN mission in the country said it believed “a member of the international personnel” was killed in the attack.

An unknown number of hostages are still being held at the Byblos Hotel, which is popular with UN workers. Two of the gunmen have also been killed More here.

4 dead, 6 kidnapped after Islamic extremists attack hotels in Mali

Jihadists stormed two hotels in central Mali on Friday, seizing at least six hostages and killing three Malian soldiers and a U.N. peacekeeper in one of the most brazen attacks in months, defense officials said.

The Islamic militants assaulted one hotel in the town of Sevare, and then after an exchange of gunfire moved on to the Hotel Byblos next door where they grabbed between six and 10 people, said Lt. Col. Diarran Kone.

“The operation to free the hostages is ongoing,” he said.

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry issued a statement based on information from its embassy in Algeria saying that the goal of the attackers was believed to be to take hostages from among the foreign citizens living in the hotel.

“According to the information available, a Ukrainian citizen may be among those foreign citizens taken hostage. In addition, three citizens of South Africa and a French citizen may be held hostage,” it said.



Commercial airlines would be well advised to install countermeasures on every aircraft within Europe and especially flying around the Middle East.

H/T: Vlad

SA-7 Complete

TIMBUKTU, Mali (AP) — The photocopies of the manual lay in heaps on the floor, in stacks that scaled one wall, like Xeroxed, stapled handouts for a class.

Except that the students in this case were al-Qaida fighters in Mali. And the manual was a detailed guide, with diagrams and photographs, on how to use a weapon that particularly concerns the United States: A surface-to-air missile capable of taking down a commercial airplane.

The 26-page document in Arabic, recovered by The Associated Press in a building that had been occupied by al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb in Timbuktu, strongly suggests the group now possesses the SA-7 surface-to-air missile, known to the Pentagon as the Grail, according to terrorism specialists. And it confirms that the al-Qaida cell is actively training its fighters to use these weapons, also called man-portable air-defense systems, or MANPADS, which likely came from the arms depots of ex-Libyan strongman Col. Moammar Gadhafi.



Coming to the aid of the jihad

Qatar is the home of Al-Jazeera, the propaganda wing of the jihad and formerly owned by the Qatari government (reasonable to believe however that it still exerts influence), and now openly coming to the aid of the jihadis. I believe that it is now proper for the military wing of the French government (the army) to cast its gaze in the direction of Qatar, and contemplate some military scenarios.

H/T: Vlad & Magic Martin

Original translation by Oz-Rita

qatar air force

Two Qatari planes to the rescue of jihadists in Mali


We have received information of a landing of two Qatar aircrafts in the north of Mali “to transport Jihadists and to save them from being arrested or killed by the French and Malian armies.”

This operation, which is starting to be known in informed circles, would explain partially why the bosses of AlQueda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and of the Movement for unity and Jihad in West Africa (Mujao) have still not been arrested, several weeks after the start of the French military offensive and the capture of several Mali towns, among them Kidal, Timbuktu, Monti and Gao.

“This information has only recently started to circulate”, said Eric Denece, director of the French centre for research in information (CF2R).

Let us remind you that Qatar who has, until now, not denied this information, spoke out against the French military intervention in Mali, after having proposed to facilitate the mediation with the armed jihadists in the north of the country.

We also remind you that the presence of four Qatari humanitarians had been detected in the North of Mali. This has been confirmed (to us) by Mickael Sibdiga, leader of the Red Cross in Kidal.

These four Qatari “humanitarians”, according to a local Malien source, had arrived unofficially, i.e. without informing the international committee of the Red Cross. “They said that they had come to evaluate the needs of the population”, Mickael Sibdiga added.

The Qatar is suspected to support and to finance the Jihadists who were striking (hitting) in the North of Mali and in other regions of the world.



Islam is terror.

Qur’an:8:12 “I shall terrorize the infidels. So wound their bodies and incapacitate them because they oppose Allah and His Apostle.”

What they endured was the fundamentals of 7th century Islam meted out by Islamic fundamentalists. For those reading this who differ in opinion, please find anything within all four schools of orthodox Islamic jurisprudence, the Hanafiyya, the Malikiyya, the Shafiyya, and the Hanbaliyya schools, that would run counter with what took place in Timbuktu Mali. Good luck.

NOTE: As my tipster DM warns me: “In this case the editors found a “real Muslim” (a doctor no less) to act as official spokesman and assure us that the Sharia savages don’t represent true Islam- the religion of peace and heroic MDs. Naturally, the editors give that man the last word. Par for the course. Under no circumstances will the Times allow its readers to get any ideas and start putting two and two together.”

nyt timbuktu endured terror under sharia law 2.2.2013

Then, one day in October, the militants called him with some unusual instructions. Put together a team, they said, bring an ambulance and come to a sun-baked public square by sand dunes.

There, before a stunned crowd, the Islamist fighters carried out what they claimed was the only just sentence for theft: cutting off the thief’s hand. As one of the fighters hacked away at the wrist of a terrified, screaming young man strapped to a chair, Dr. Maiga, a veteran of grisly emergency room scenes, looked away.

“I was shocked,” he said, holding his head in his hands. “But I was powerless. My job is to heal people. What could I do?”

After nearly 10 months of occupation by Islamists fighters, many of them linked with Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, the people of this ancient mud-walled city recounted how they survived the upending of their tranquil lives in a place so remote that its name has become a synonym for the middle of nowhere.

“Our lives were turned upside down,” Dr. Maiga said. “They had guns, so whatever they asked, we did. It was useless to resist.”

It has been only a few days since French and Malian troops marched into Timbuktu after heavy airstrikes chased the militants away, part of a surprisingly rapid campaign to retake northern Mali from the militants who held it captive for months. On Thursday, France’s defense minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, told French radio that the intervention had “succeeded” and reached “a point of change.”

More here.



Gee, how many korans went up with it?

This is how all Islamic fundamentalists treat the ancient treasures of a non-Muslim cultures, with destruction. Vlad has a good comment about this from tipster Golem Bar at his blogpost,

timbuktu library up in flames 29.1.2012

More here.



Clearly the Gulf oil states need to be deprived of  their oil dividends, their funding of the jihad has to come to an end.

mali rebels

Mali: analyst, Qatar is funding Islamists

Objective is supporting Doha’s influence in region
25 JANUARY, 14:48

(By Alma Safira) (ANSAmed) – DOHA, JANUARY 25 – Qatar supports Mali’s Islamists as it believes the movement is potentially key in the country’s governance, according to Michael Stephens, a researcher at the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies in Qatar cited by Doha News. ‘The main motivation behind Qatar’s support of Mali’s Islamists is to ensure its business and the growth of its influence in the Arab and Islamic world’, noted the analyst. The level of involvement of Qatar in the activities of Islamist rebels in Mali will soon emerge together with the truth on who is giving them weapons, noted the expert. Qatar denies such allegations but, if evidence proved the contrary, an end of diplomatic relations with France would be a battle which Qatar cannot expect to win, according to Stevens.

The scenario in Mali is for the country to split with a North held by Islamists indebted to Qatar and a South supported by western countries. Such a situation, according to Stevens, is part of Qatar’s long-term vision as the country aims to improve bilateral relations with Mali and expand its influence in the Sahel area which is rich with hydrocarbons and precious metal reserves.

‘The official version is that Qatar is funding for humanitarian reasons, through non-profit organizations, the areas controlled by rebels but France believes that Qatar is supporting rebels tied to Al Qaeda who are trying to seize power in Mali in order to use the country as a jihadist platform from which to launch a global initiative. The truth is nobody knows how deep relations are between Qatar and the rebels’, wrote Stevens in the article published by Doha News.

More here.



So you can just imagine what will happen to the Assad regime’s arsenal when that regime implodes. It may not be on the same level as in Libya. but the Russian backed Syrian military has even more extensive high tech weaponry, as well as WMD’s. It’s a worst nightmare scenario.

gaddafi guns stoking unrest in region 19.1.2013


Peter Bouckaert could hardly believe his eyes. As Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi lay dying in October 2011, rebel militias were speedily stripping the carcass of the regime of the vast arsenals of weapons that had ensured his 42-year reign.

“I’ve worked around the world and covered conflicts for 15 years,” Bouckaert, veteran emergencies director for Human Rights Watch, told The Star last fall. “I’ve never seen weapons proliferation like Libya. The militias got their hands on weapons on a scale many times greater than other conflicts.”

As he watched, anti-aircraft guns, truckloads of munitions, surface-to-air missiles, even tanks were disappearing into the desert, bound for unknown destinations.

Now those same deadly weapons are surfacing in Mali, where rebel militias allied with Al Qaeda have declared a breakaway state in the north, and are battling French and Malian forces as they attempt to hold new territory in the central part of the country.

The Libyan weapons are flowing unchecked through the chain of impoverished, unstable countries across the Sahel region. And experts who warned of the risk posed by uncontrolled Libyan arms say that whatever the outcome of the fighting in Mali they have changed the balance of power in the region, threatening havoc and instability for years to come.

More here.




It’s what’s needed, but not with one arm tied behind their back. Go for complete victory, drastically reduce the jihadists’ numbers, then convert the rest.

UPDATE: Video from Vlad:

west african troops to mali 15.1.2013

(al-Reuters) – West African defense chiefs will on Tuesday approve plans to speed up the deployment of African troops against Islamist rebels in northern Mali, with some regional soldiers seen arriving next week.

France has already poured hundreds of troops into Mali and carried out days of air strikes in a vast desert area seized last year by an Islamist alliance that combines al Qaeda’s north African wing AQIM with Mali’s home-grown MUJWA and Ansar Dine rebel groups.

Western and regional powers are concerned the insurgents will use Mali’s north as a launchpad for international attacks.


He did not say how many soldiers would arrive.

More here.



They’ve seen it and done it.

sharia cripples

Welcome to Africa’s Alqaedastan

January 8, 2013 By Daniel Greenfield 

“When it was my turn, they took me blindfolded,”  the thief said. “Suddenly I felt a pain in my right hand that was out of this world. My hand had just been chopped off.”

This is Gao, once the seat of an empire, and then a glorified village, and now a city the size of Scranton under the boot of its Islamist conquerors. Gao has become a place where thieves have their hands cut off, where women are forced to wear the stifling Hijab in 113 degree heat or be lashed and where unmarried couples are stoned to death.

Borders are an illusion in Africa. No more than paper mirages that cannot be seen from the air or the roads where a thousand ethnic groups with dreams of glory move back and forth, striving and feuding, until the blood begins to flow.

The Tuaregs were one of them. Like so many others they wanted their own country. Like so many others they were a minority that felt aggrieved and persecuted by the majority. Like so many others they found neighborhood patrons willing to give them money and a sanctuary in exchange for more fighting. After their uprising failed, the Tuaregs set up shop in Libya under Gaddafi who was always looking for a few more African mercenaries to remake the continent into his hashish-fueled visions. And when Gaddafi fell, the Tuareg separatist militias still dreaming of glory, took his weapons and went west to carve out a state in Mali.

More here.

Obama: Al-Qaida, what al-Qaida? The war is over!

osama_obama in black and white




Yes, this is the reality of sharia enforcement in a fully sharia compliant state or region. Just like there’s no such thing as a little bit of garlic, there’s no such thing as a little bit of sharia, eventually, by hook or crook, the rest of it will be implemented, including the discriminatory and brutal aspects of that judicial system.

mali cop cuts off brothers hand 30.12.2012

More here. Via the TROP



Always some new horror about Islam.

Unwed Mothers And Pregnant Women Out Of Wedlock Fear For Their Lives In Northern Mali

Posted: Oct 12, 2012 10:29 PMUpdated: Oct 12, 2012 11:30 PM

KHQ.COM: Imagine a world where public stonings, amputations, floggings and other inhumane acts serve as punishment for not following religious laws.

This is the terrifying reality that people in Northern Mali are facing right now. The threat is growing every day and women and children are highest at risk. broke the story first and reports that radical Islamists are gathering the names of unmarried mothers and pregnant women who are not married, raising fear in their community that these women will be the next victims to cruel punishment such as public stonings, amputations and executions.

A Senior U.N. official said that two groups with ties to al Queda have taken control of Northern Mali and are vowing to impose strict Islamic law, or sharia.

In July, a man and woman caught in the act of adultery were forced into two holes and stoned to death publicly to set an example to terrified residents watching in silence and fear.

While it comes as no surprise, basic human rights are continually being stripped away from most of the residents in the area and women and children endure the worst of it. In an area where more than half of the population lives off of $1.25 a day, many will do anything for extra cash. Women are often forced into marriages and in an area where wives can be bought for $1,000, their husbands will often resell them. Militants are also buying children for as much as $600 and then enlisting them as child soldiers.

More here. Via Zip