1. Sweden lorry attacker who killed shoppers wanted to build caliphate
Rakhmat Akilov says he wanted to hit as many people as possible when he stole a beer lorry and drove it into a crowd in Stockholm.
An asylum seeker who drove a lorry through crowds of shoppers in Stockholm, killing five people, has said he wanted to build a caliphate.
Rakhmat Akilov stole the beer lorry and swerved wildly through the Swedish capital's city centre, aiming at pedestrians and mowing them down in April last year.
The 40-year-old Uzbek national has told a court that he wanted Sweden to "end its participation in the fight against the caliphate, to stop sending its soldiers to war zones”.
2. Somali Father Arranged for Daughter to Have Genitals Mutilated to Stop Her “Feeling Sexy”
A Somali heritage Uber driver allowed his seven-year-old daughter to be subjected to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) because he said it stops “women feeling sexy all the time”, a court has heard.
The case represents one of the first times a prosecution for the crime – common in some migrant and Muslim cultures – has been brought to court in the UK, despite being illegal here since 1985 and hundreds of successful prosecutions in France.
“The case concerns… a practice that is illegal in this country and is becoming illegal in countries around the world,” Anna Vigars QC, prosecuting, told the court as the case began Monday.
“But, there are communities in Africa and the Middle East where it is common,” she added, according to The Guardian.
3. German prisons: 150 dangerous Islamists need deradicalizing, say police
About 150 dangerous Islamists are being held in prisons across Germany, according to figures from the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA), published by German daily Die Welt on Wednesday.
The men are either serving jail sentences or are in custody on terror-related charges, the paper cited the BKA as saying.
The newspaper said there were also several “relevant persons” being held, which it said were those regarded as sympathizers or supporters of radical Islam.
“In the next few years we must expect a wave of extremists in our prisons,” the German state of Hesse's Minister of Justice Eva Kühne-Hörmann (CDU) told the newspaper.
4. “Concrete” jihadi risk in Italy - intelligence
(ANSA) - Rome, February 20 - There is a "concrete and present" risk of jihadi attacks in Italy, the annual report from Italian intelligence services said Tuesday. Italy is “subjected to Daesh's hostile propaganda activity and radicalised individuals continue to be present on its territory,” the report said, “including Italian-speaking 'Islamonauts’”. The report highlighted "the danger posed by homegrown terrorists, moved by autonomous motivations and inspirations, or piloted by “terror directors”.
Italy should also watch out for covert campaigns trying to influence the March 4 general elections, the annual intelligence report said Tuesday. It said “there is a rising threat”, and there may be cyber-attacks to influence the choice of citizens.
5. Turkey made a mistake by not criminalizing adultery to join EU: Erdogan
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said the government was wrong to shelve an attempt to criminalize adultery and extra-marital sex (zina) in 2004, an issue that caused a major row between Turkey and the EU during accession talks at the time.
“This society holds a different status in terms of its moral values,” Erdoğan said at the ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) weekly parliamentary group meeting in Ankara on Feb. 20.
“This is self-criticism. I must say that in the EU process we made a mistake ... We should now evaluate making regulations about adultery and perhaps consider it together with the issue of harassment and others,” he added.
“This is an issue where Turkey is different from most Western countries,” Erdoğan said.
The president also went on to signal that the death penalty could once again be brought to the agenda.
“Of course, the death penalty is not currently legal. But the issue of the death penalty is especially important for us due to its relationship to terror. Changes in the constitution about this could come up” he said.
6. Rights of Muslim women suffer under Malaysia’s ambition to become Islamic state
A REVIEW of women’s rights in Malaysia at the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) determined that women’s and children’s rights have suffered under the country’s increasing Islamisation. Muslim women were also found to enjoy fewer rights than their non-Muslim counterparts under the country’s dual legal system.
The coalition of 37 civil societies and global movement Musawah also expressed concern at the government’s lack of commitment to tackling gender inequality. The review took place Monday in Geneva, Switzerland, at the committee’s 69th annual session.
Local women’s groups, including the Sisters of Islam, were at the UN gathering to shine a light on the lived realities of women’s lives in Malaysia.
7. Boko Haram attacks girls school in northeast Nigeria
Kano, Nigeria: Boko Haram militants launched an attack on a girls boarding school in northeast Nigeria but the students and teachers fled to safety, witnesses said on Monday.
A convoy of fighters in pickup trucks descended on Dapchi village in the Bursari area of Yobe state around 6pm (1700 GMT) targeting the school, resident Sheriff Aisami told AFP.
“When they stormed the village they began shooting and setting off explosives,” Aisami said.
“This drew the attention of the girls in the Girls Science Secondary School, so the girls and the teachers were able to escape before the attackers got into the school.”
Unable to kidnap the girls, the Boko Haram fighters looted the school before fleeing.
8. Saudi cleric tells Libya’s Haftar to “protect himself”
Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, leader of the self-styled Libyan National Army, must preserve “Muslims and Salafists blood” and “protect himself”, a Saudi cleric has said.
In a leaked phone conversation Osama Ataya Al-Otaibi allegedly instructs Haftar: “There is an important thing; the flag you raise should be clear; you should focus on supporting the real Islam that is followed by our Salafist brothers.”
Al-Otaibi added how the aim of Haftar’s “Dignity Operation” against Islamist militants in the country is to restore the country’s prestige which has been spoiled by “the Muslim Brotherhood and the Khawarij”.
Haftar was urged to renounce “democracy” and focus only on supporting “the flag of Islam”.
Al-Otaibi also gave Haftar what he called “three very important recommendations” in which he urged him to “bring some Salafists and clerics closer to him in order to provide him with Sharia advice”, and towards “pleasing Allah and keeping away from sins”.
Al-Otaibi, a Saudi Arabian cleric of Palestinian descent known for his strict rulings, last visited eastern Libya last year where he held several lectures and sermons at mosques.
9. Brave Israeli journalist disguised as Syrian "refugee" enters German belly of the beast
He entered Germany to show how easily an Islamic extremist could get in pretending to be a Syrian refugee and he infiltrated the Muslim Brotherhood there.
From the Unhived Mind:
Undercover Israeli journalist travels to Germany as Syrian refugee to “join” Islamists
Prominent Israeli journalist Zvi Jecheskeli, who went undercover as a devout Muslim, has revealed how easy it may be for Islamists to pass through Germany’s borders and become a “Syrian refugee.”
Not just about Germany. He said of the USA: “The biggest revelations in this series are in the United States.”
Jecheskeli spent several years risking his life to film a documentary on the role and influence of the Muslim Brotherhood in the streets of Germany, France, Britain and Turkey. While the organization is legal in some countries and has affiliated political parties, its outlawed as a terrorist group in others, including Russia, Saudi Arabia and Egypt.
Infiltrating the ranks of the Muslim Brotherhood is a challenge indeed, as the group is “known for its distrust” of outsiders, whom they would “never” allow a glimpse into their plans, Jecheskeli told Die Welt.
His five-part series, entitled “False Identity,” recently began airing on Israeli Channel 10.
The Israeli intelligence service, Mossad, kept close taps on Jecheskeli and wired him with secret cameras and microphones in order to rescue him in case of emergency.
The challenge was to find out whether a Muslim fundamentalist can legally enter Germany and make contacts with fellow Islamists. For his daredevil tour, with the help of acting and retired Mossad agents, he transformed into Sheikh Khaled Abu Salaam, aka Abu Hamsa.
10. Holding Up Wreckage of Iranian Drone, Netanyahu Warns to Act Against Tehran if Needed
The entire Israeli presentation at the European Security Conference, can be heard below: