1. Spain: Hundreds hit Madrid to denounce “lies of rancid, supremacist feminism”
A protest aimed at denouncing the "lies of rancid, supremacist feminism" attracted hundreds of supporters from Catholic and right-wing groups in Madrid on Sunday.
2. US-backed Syrian forces launch attack on final ISIS enclave
US-backed Syrian forces have launched an assault on the final Isis enclave in eastern Syria, aiming to wipe out the last vestige of its “caliphate” that once spanned a third of Iraq and Syria.
The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have been poised to advance into the enclave for weeks, but have held back to allow civilians, many of them wives and children of Islamic State fighters, to escape.
The Baghouz enclave is the last shred of populated land held by the jihadists, but the group is still widely seen as a big security threat elsewhere and able to launch guerrilla attacks. [...]
A former IS fighter who surrendered to the SDF two months ago said the group sent hundreds of men out of its diminishing territory to establish sleeper cells.
Related video: US-backed Syrian forces attack ISIS enclave
3. Islamic State woman who spoke to ITV News after escaping Baghouz named in reports
A member of so-called Islamic State who spoke to ITV News last week as she left Baghouz and claimed to be British has been named in Irish media as 37-year-old Lisa Smith. The Irish Independent reported that Smith is a former soldier who served on the Irish Government jet and who was from the town of Dundalk in the Republic.
4. Swedish “Islamophobia expert” turned ISIS fighter arrested in Syria
Swedish-Norwegian “Islamophobia” expert turned Islamic State jihadist Michael Skråmos has been arrested by Kurdish forces in Syria, with sources claiming Norway wants to prosecute the extremist.
The 33-year-old, born in Sweden to Norwegian parents, was captured this week in the village of Baghouz in one of the very few remaining areas under any form of Islamic State control, Swedish newspaper Expressen reports.
Skråmo had been one of the hundreds of Islamic State terrorists still fighting Kurdish forces and attempting to defend the village. He was also not the only foreign fighter, with most of the last surviving holdouts being foreigners.
5. Why is the RCMP trying to recruit at a Muslim Brotherhood affiliated mosque?
Canadians need to have faith in the institutions designed to protect them, and at least one recent development will not help the RCMP’s credibility. On March 1st, 2019 the RCMP held a recruitment session at Masjid Toronto, a mosque that is a part of the Muslim Association of Canada (MAC), a group that openly affiliates itself as inspired by the Muslim Brotherhood.
Their mere presence at Masjid Toronto should raise eyebrows considering the mosque’s recent controversies.
This is where Aymen Elkasrawy was caught on video leading a prayer that incited violence and hatred against multiple groups.
An excerpt of that sermon captured on video can be seen HERE.
Recruitment announcement can be viewed HERE.
6. Liberal MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes tells the Globe and Mail that PM Trudeau was angry and hostile with her in private conversations
"He was yelling. He was yelling that I didn't appreciate him, that he'd given me so much."— Natasha Fatah (@NatashaFatah) March 9, 2019
Liberal MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes tells the Globe and Mail that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was angry and hostile with her in private conversations. #cdnpoli #snclavalin pic.twitter.com/tsSCeuwtmj
Related: Are Liberal MPs doing damage control as Trudeau frets about the appearance of losing two women of colour?
these are beginning to sound like TripAdvisor reviews of family restaurants— Jonathan Kay (@jonkay) March 9, 2019
"my child was being very fussy, but gus the manager brought him a special hat and he calmed right down!" https://t.co/nHoiua36hn
Oh my god it seems the Liberal Party of Canada is having its female MPs post prewritten boilerplate messages in support of Justin Trudeau. pic.twitter.com/Nh5E7X9rr3— Sean Craig (@sdbcraig) March 9, 2019
7. Two people stabbed at Milan train station
(ANSA) - Milan, March 8 - A 33-year-old Libyan national was arrested by Carabinieri police on Friday after allegedly stabbing and injuring two passers-by at Milan's central station, sources said.
The injured people are a 31-year-old Ivorian and a 20-year-old Gambian. The attack is not thought to be terrorism-related, the sources said.
An Italian news report can be seen HERE.
8. EU will soon require US visitors to apply for visa-like travel pass
Americans traveling to Europe will soon have to add a new item to their packing lists.
Starting in 2021, the European Union will require US visitors to get a pre-approved, visa-like travel pass issued by the European Travel Information and Authorization System.
The permit will cost about $7.90 and will have to be requested at least four days before the journey—making romantic last-minute jaunts to Paris impossible.
But permission will be good for three years and for multiple trips in and out of the Schengen Zone, which covers 26 countries.
9. UK: Twenty arrested in Wakefield child sexual exploitation inquiry
Twenty people have been arrested over allegations of child sex abuse in Wakefield.
The 19 men and one woman have been held as part of an inquiry into child sexual exploitation, which was reported by two girls in 2016, police said.
Detectives said the alleged offences were committed between 2014 and 2016, while the girls were aged between 14 and 15.
All 20 people have been released on bail, West Yorkshire Police said.
Det Ch Insp Fran Naughton described the arrests as being part of a "large scale enquiry" and ongoing operation.
Twenty arrested in Wakefield for child sexual exploitation. What will it take to get a national inquiry into why this keeps happening?? https://t.co/C8gKWlvcRM— Sarah Champion (@SarahChampionMP) March 9, 2019
10. Illegal border crossings from Canada quietly rising, data shows
DERBY LINE, Vermont — More than 960 people crossed into the U.S. illegally from the northern border with Canada last year, according to data released from Customs and Border Protection.
While that number is a tiny fraction compared to the migration across the border with Mexico, it represented a 91 percent increase from the prior fiscal year, the data showed.
The Trump administration’s rhetoric on border security has largely homed in on the southern border, which has seen an influx of thousands of families with children from Central America seeking asylum in the United States.
But officials have also seen an increase of illegal crossings on the northern border in the last fiscal year, according to the data.