1. Trio Suspected of Providing Weapons to Charlie Hebdo Attackers Arrested
Two men and one woman were arrested by French authorities Monday, suspected of providing weapons to the Islamist terrorists who attacked the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in 2015.
Two of the arrests took place in Haute-Marne and in the Ardennes on Monday and another on Tuesday. A 28-year-old woman along with two men, one aged 46, were taken into custody as French investigators suspect they may have had a role in procuring weapons for the terror attackers L’Express reports. [...]
While the raids that have turned up such weapons have been primarily linked to drug rings, other countries have noticed an overlap between drug gangs and radical Islamists.
In Germany, authorities arrested nine Syrian asylum seekers in July who were not only linked to radical Islamism but were part of the illegal narcotics scene as well.
2. Saudi crown prince calls Iran's supreme leader 'new Hitler'
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has denounced Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as the 'new Hitler of the Middle East', as tensions simmer between the regional rivals.
Saudi Arabia and its arch-rival Iran have traded a bitter war of words after a missile fired from Yemen was intercepted near Riyadh airport on November 4. The missile was claimed by Yemen's Tehran-backed Huthi rebels.
Iran's "supreme leader is the new Hitler of the Middle East", Prince Mohammed told The New York Times in an interview published Thursday.
'We learned from Europe that appeasement doesn't work. We don't want the new Hitler in Iran to repeat what happened in Europe in the Middle East.'
3. At least 200 killed in blast at Egypt mosque
At least 200 people were killed and 130 more injured in an attack at a mosque during Friday prayers in northern Sinai in Egypt, according to Egyptian state news agency MENA.
A local resident present at the Beir El-Abd hospital, which received victims in the aftermath, described the wounded arriving via ambulance and private car at a rate beyond the capacity of the hospital, which is between 25 to 30 miles away from the targeted mosque. The resident added that urgent cases are being sent to another hospital in Ismailia, almost 75 miles away.
Two photographs taken after the attack each show more than a dozen bloodstained bodies lined up on the ground of a building as those who appear uninjured tend to them.”
Although no motive for the attack has been stated yet, typically when a mosque is attacked it is internecine fighting, mostly between Shiia and Sunnis, or literal Muslims attacking more liberal mosques.
4. Germany: Migrants turn Berlin’s tourist hotspot into no-go area
Alexanderplatz (Alexander Square) was once a vibrant tourist attraction visited yearly by thousands of people; now, however, it has become a crime ridden hive it would be smart to avoid.
On average there are more than 18 crimes per day at Alexanderplatz. The number of crimes for the first ten months of 2017 totalled 5,631. [...]
Just this weekend 61 people were arrested there; multiple cases of underage drinking and one sexual assault had occurred. The police are now allowed to check for ID without suspicion of a crime.
Especially on the weekends, Alexanderplatz has become synonymous as a haunt of migrants and as an area where drug dealing is rife. Knife attacks and mass brawls, once a rarity, are now almost a daily occurrence.
5. Islamist Extremists Gather Near DC to Promote Jihad
At a gathering of Islamist extremists near Washington, D.C. last weekend, speakers from Maryland, Virginia, Texas and Pakistan railed against America calling it the 'land of infidels.'
The keynote speaker, Habib-ur-Rehman Ludhianvi, a visiting imam from Pakistan who is the principal of an Islamic seminary in Faisalabad, told a group of about 100 that 'ignorant infidels' need to be forced to accept Islam.
'They are ignorant and there is no need for dialogue with them. God has given them two options, one is the holy book and one is the stick, and if one does not accept the holy book, they have to be forced,' he said.
Reports from the conference came from several Muslims from the Ahmadiyya community that attended the conference under cover.
The conference was held at the Holiday Inn Express in Springfield, Virginia, and organized by two U.S.-registered charities, Idara Dawat-O-Irshad and Khatme Nubuwwat Center, both of which enjoy IRS tax-exempt status.
Reports from inside the conference can be read here.