Britains Female Jihadists

“My son and I love life with the beheaders.” — British jihadist Sally Jones.

Mujahidah Bint Usama published pictures of herself on Twitter holding a severed head while wearing a white doctors jacket; alongside it, the message: “Dream job, a terrorist doc.”

British female jihadists are now in charge of guarding as many as 3,000 non-Muslim Iraqi women and girls held captive as sex slaves.

“The British women are some of the most zealous in imposing the IS laws in the region. I believe thats why at least four of them have been chosen to join the women police force.” — British terrorism analyst Melanie Smith.


Hamas and Fatah Already Fighting Over Gaza Funds

“Armed robbery in broad daylight.” — Palestinians, after Hamas “seized” $750,000 from Gaza bank.

Fatah accused Hamas of “squandering” $700 million of financial aid earmarked for the Palestinian victims of war. Fatah wants to ensure that the millions of dollars intended for the Gaza Strip will pass through its hands and not end up in Hamass bank accounts. Relying on Fatah in this regard is like asking a cat to guard the milk.

The head of the Palestinian Authoritys Anti-Corruption Commission revealed that his group has retrieved $70 million of public funds fund embezzled by Palestinian officials. Arab and Western donors need to make sure that their money does not end up once again in the wrong hands. Without a proper mechanism of accountability and transparency, hundreds of millions of dollars are likely to find their way into the bank accounts of both Hamas and Fatah leaders.


Children as Suicide Bombers in Islamic Countries

One Pakistani recruiter of child suicide bombers describes these children as “tools provided by God.

“Another Muslim cleric in a madrassa [Islamic boys school] describes child suicide bombers as “a gift from Allah that we have an unlimited number willing to be sacrificed to teach Americans a lesson.

“Using children as suicide bombers will stop when… they stop “condoning the killing of innocents.”


Will Oil Make or Break the Islamic State?

Now, with the Islamic States self-proclaimed caliphate having captured key oil wells in the Middle East this year, foreign oil has become an even more lethal financial weapon-of-choice for those seeking to destroy democracy and further escalate the War on Terror.

That President Barack Obama failed even to mention oil as a critical factor in the war against IS during his speech to the nation on September 10, is an omission both revealing and dangerous in terms of how his administration wants to depict the stakes involved in this latest confrontation with the jihadis.


Netanyahu hits back at Abbas for slanderous UN genocide speech

Ahead of his own scheduled speech at the United Nations, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed Saturday to “repel the slanders and lies spewed” against the state of Israel by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in his speech to the General Assembly on Friday. Abbas in his address accused Israel of committing genocide against residents of the Gaza Strip during the IDF’s 50-day-long operation in the Palestinian enclave which came to an end last month.

Netanyahu further claimed that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani had “deceived” the international community when he suggested Saturday that an agreement over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program could end the more than three-decade deep-freeze in relations between Washington and Tehran and mark “the beginning of a path toward collaboration and cooperation.”


The Tories want an ethical society too

There are two fairly obvious ways that David Cameron might present himself this week in his last party conference speech before the general election. Since we are once again engaged in action in the Middle East, he could speak as a war leader, with all the gravitas and moral conviction that the historical moment seems to require. This would have, to put it in crass political terms, a number of advantages. First, it would justify a deeply serious, no-nonsense tone of prime ministerial authority that would make Ed Miliband’s performance last week seem even more absurd and irrelevant than it did at the time.


Morning Briefing – The Telegraph

Good morning. On Friday, Nigel Farage put his tanks on Ed Miliband’s lawn. On Saturday, the defection of Mark Reckless set off a thermonuclear device over David Cameron’s porch.

“Tory Crisis” is our splash. The question being asked in Westminster – and here in Birmingham, where the Conservatives are gathering for their annual conference – is this: are there more on the way? That it was Mark Reckless who was the subject of a well-publicised lunch with Michael Gove has highlighted the powerlessness of the Conservative leadership to stop the bleeding.

Meanwhile, to make matters worse for the PM, Brooks Newmark, the minister for civil society, has resigned following a sting by the Sunday Mirror. “Sex scandal and defector stun Tories” is the Sunday Times’ headline. “Ukip defection and ‘sexting’ scandal cause Tory chaos” is the Observer’s take. “Minister forced To Quit Over Internet Sex Shame” is the Mail’s line.

What does it mean? Among other things, it means the party that William Hague in an interview with Tim Ross calls “the weakest opposition front bench in my 26 years in Parliament” is on course to form the next government. The PM’s task this week was to find a way to broaden his appeal to secure a majority without losing more votes to Ukip. But it looks a far trickier assignment this morning than it did when Ed Miliband finished speaking on Tuesday.


“We’re in. How do we get out?” is the Sindy’s splash this morning. British participation in the US-led coalition against Isil has barely begun and already minds are turning to a second vote in Westminster. Few expect that operations within Iraq alone will be sufficient to destroy or even significantly cripple Isil, as Lord Dannatt, former Chief of the General Staff, outlines in today’s Sunday Telegraph. Westminster’s doves are determined not to be outnumbered next time, and they’re already on the march. Lord Prescott uses his column in the Sunday Mirror to warn against repeating the mistakes of history.


The benefits cap will be slashed by £3,000 to £23,000 if the Conservatives win the next election, David Cameron says in an interview with Tim Shipman in the Times. 16-21 year olds will be forced to do community work after six months of work. “Our ambition is to abolish youth employment and make it the case that it’s simply not possibly any-more to finish school, leave home, sign on and get a flat through housing benefit,” the PM says.


Up to 12 schools in the east London borough of Tower Hamlets face investigation after claims they have fallen under the influence of Islamic fundamentalists, Sian Griffiths and Richard Kerbaj report in the Sunday Times. Whitehall is even more concerned about that London borough than matters in Birmingham, as they fear that Muslim extremists are more deeply embedded within local institutions than they are in Birmingham. Ofsted’s reports from the lightning inspections that followed the Trojan Horse are expected to be published shortly. Sir Michael Wilshaw, the head of Ofsted, warns in an interview with the Times that problems in Birmingham are “far from resolved”.


Local authorities are withholding information about foster children in order to make them easier to place, Jonathan Owen reveals in the Sindy. In one instance, a family with six cats were not informed that a child who was placed with them had killed cats previously, while a household with a railway at the back of the garden were not informed that a child had talked of committing suicide by jumping in front of a train. The Fostering Network, a charity, wants a greater commitment to transparency from local government.


Gatwick’s vision is of two world-class airports in London helping to connect the country to the rest of the world. We want to see Gatwick grow, and Heathrow improve. As connections to emerging markets become more important, and the UK’s core European markets continue to grow, we need a network of airports, enabling London to function as a true global city and our economy and tourism to thrive as a result.


Nadhim Zahawi talks with Jane Merrick in the Sindy about how his father’s bankruptcy, which forced the family into penury and forced Mr Zahawi to work as a cab driver instead of going to university has fired his support for the education reforms of Michael Gove and Nicky Morgan. Mr Zahawi, who eventually went to University College London to study electrical engineering, says that it was only his mother’s education that brought them back for the brink: “My mother was a dentist. We had a half-decent education. We are able to sit down and work our way through this disaster…many of my left-leaning friends will say you can’t tackle education until you tackle the challenge of poverty.”


Lord Heseltine is interviewed by Andrew Rawnsley and Toby Helm for the Observer. He warns the Conservative Party that, far from reversing the modernisation project, they must go further if they are to recover their fortunes in Manchester, Newcastle, Liverpool and Sheffield, cities that were once Tory-run and have now been “rinsed of blues”. And he strikes a note of qualified praise for Boris Johnson, say he has “charisma” and an “ability to communicate”, but: “he has the luxury of not being in power in the sense that there’s a national government to carry the flag. That’s quite an advantage.” Could the Mayor of London step up to being PM? “He’s going to have to go through the return to parliament, the possible immersion in a Conservative government, so there’s an unwritten couple of chapters before one answers that question.”


George Osborne talks life in Number 11 Downing Street with Geordie Greig and Simon Walters in the Mail on Sunday. The Chancellor reveals his fondness for Leon cookery books, as well as the work of Jamie Oliver, particularly the “beer-butt chicken”. It’s “a bit rude when you see the picture of it, but it’s delicious,” he says, “You roast – and put a can of beer up the backside of – the chicken.” Mr Osborne also watches the Great British Bake-Off with his 11-year-old daughter Liberty and helps her out as she bakes in the kitchen.