View Poll Results: Can we combine all the ISIS threads please.
Yes 13 44.83%
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ISIS bride dolled up sex slaves to prepare them for sexual assaults
Postmedia News
June 2, 2019
June 2, 2019 5:11 PM EDT
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A 29-year-old informant who helped the CIA hunt an ISIS leader is accused of putting makeup on women and underage girls before they were sexually assaulted.
According to The U.K. Sun, Nisrine Assad Ibrahim — better known as Umm Sayyaf — allegedly helped capture American aid worker Kayla Mueller and nine Yazidi women and underage girls, who were later reportedly sexually assaulted by ISIS leaders.
The Sun reported human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, wife of actor George Clooney revealed Ibrahim’s alleged deeds to the United Nations security council last month.
Clooney said Ibraham allegedly locked the women “in a room, instigated their beatings and put makeup on them to ‘prepare them for rape.’”
Clooney asked the UN security council that Ibrahim be transferred to the United States to face persecution.
The Guardian reported Ibrahim helped the CIA and Kurdish intelligence in February 2016 to pinpoint the hideout location of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
Despite her help in hunting Baghdadi — who remains at large — Ibrahim has been sentenced to death in Iraq and will likely be never released from custody.
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Canadian ISIS fighter details plot to smuggle jihadis into U.S.
Brad Hunter
June 7, 2019
June 7, 2019 6:48 PM EDT
A Canadian ISIS fighter has detailed how the death cult planned to smuggle terrorists into the U.S. over the Mexican border.
A Canadian ISIS fanatic has revealed the secret plot to smuggle jihadis into the U.S. from Mexico and unleash carnage.
The chilling confession was revealed by the International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism (ICSVE) and published in Homeland Security Today.
ISIS fighter Abu Henricki — a dual Canadian-Trinidadian citizen — revealed last month he was sought out by the death cult’s leadership.
The terrorists wanted their chosen killers to take a route through Central America, using English speakers and other Westerners to cross into the U.S.
Central American migrants, part of the caravan hoping to reach the U.S. border, get a ride on trucks, in Donaji, Oaxaca state, Mexico. An ISIS fighter claims the terrorists wanted to smuggle jihadis into the U.S. Marco Ugarte / AP
Financial institutions were the primary targets, according to Fox News.
“ISIS has organized plots in Europe with returnees so it seems entirely plausible that they wanted to send guys out to attack. The issue that makes a North American attack harder is the travel is more difficult from Syria,” Anne Speckhard, who co-conducted the study as the director of ICSVE and Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University, told Fox News.
“So the idea that they would instead use people who were not known to their own governments as having joined ISIS might make it possible for them to board airplanes.”
Henricki was allegedly drawn to the caliphate in Syria to be an ISIS fighter but a chronic illness apparently dashed those dreams.
This Oct. 2, 2014, file photo shows the facade of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EST on Thursday, Feb. 8 2018. Richard Drew / AP
Instead, Islamic State’s intelligence arm “invited” him to join other Trinidadians to take part in the attacks.
The object?
“Cripple the U.S. economy.”
According to the report, Henricki claimed he would travel from Puerto Rico to Mexico before crossing the Rio Grande.
“The plan came from someone from the New Jersey state of America. I was going to take the boat from Puerto Rico into Mexico. He was going to smuggle me in,” he told investigators, adding Wall Street was the final destination.
“They wanted to use these people (to attack inside the U.S.) because they were from these areas,” Henricki said.
But Henricki revealed he ended up backing out and for his good sense was thrown into an ISIS prison and tortured.
His wife — also a Canadian — was caged in the women’s prison.
He told the scholars that the plot is defunct as most of the potential participants are all dead.
A representative from Canada’s Global Affairs was not immediately able to respond to Fox News for comment.
ISIS 'no longer a quasi-state' but ideology 'alive and well': Canadian general
Canadian Press
June 10, 2019
June 10, 2019 9:54 AM EDT
Brig.-Gen. Colin Keiver, shown in a this 2018 handout image provided by the Canadian Armed Forces helicopter, flying over Iraq.HO / THE CANADIAN PRESS
CALGARY — Canada’s former commander in Iraq says the Islamic State may have been defeated on the battlefield, but the militant group remains alive and well as an insurgency and could still wield strong influence in the war-torn region.
From June 2018 until last month, Brig.-Gen. Colin Keiver served as commander of Joint Task Force Impact, responsible for the Canadian Armed Forces counter-Daesh mission in the Middle East. Daesh is the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State.
“Daesh or ISIS in Iraq or northeast Syria has been defeated in the sense that they are ,” said Keiver in an interview with The Canadian Press.
“They no longer hold any ground, but they are absolutely still alive and well in the background … seeking to expand their influence and undermine the governments of Iraq and other nations.”
Keiver points to the growth of the Daesh ideology in the Pacific, in Indonesia and in Mali. He said these aren’t individuals who have fled Iraq.
“This ideology resonates with certain people for certain reasons, and they latch onto it and they use it as a means to push their agenda and … the terrorism they’re doing,” he said.
“The ideology has in no way at all been defeated. We are a long ways away from the complete elimination of violent extremist organizations in the world.”
The Iraqi government has been criticized for failing to provide basic services such as water and electricity to its citizens and for not cracking down on widespread corruption and discrimination against certain ethnic groups.
Those factors were cited as key contributors to the rise of the Islamic State in 2014. The group used the grievances to gather support and take control of large swaths of territory.
Keiver said Iraq has progressed to a point where security has improved enough that the government can start focusing on improving basic services. But he notes Iraqis won’t be patient for long.
“It’s bought them time and now with that time they need to act in other areas. It is now very much up to the government of Iraq to come together in peace now and start making things happen in the same way they came together in 2014 to defeat Daesh,” he said.
“Summer will be a test for them … How will the government of Iraq react to protests if they happen.”
The Canadian military contingent includes 850 troops spread out across the region. Among them are military trainers, special-forces soldiers and medical personnel in Iraq, trainers in Jordan and Lebanon, and crews with transport planes in Kuwait.
The federal government recently extended the mission to March 2021. Keiver said he has no idea what Canada’s role in the future will be, but he predicts Iraq is going to require ongoing international assistance for the foreseeable future.
“It’s a safe assumption to state that there will be a continuing requirement for assistance in these areas and areas we haven’t even thought of yet,” Keiver said.
“When will we leave Iraq? I don’t know. All I know is that it was the government of Iraq that asked us for help and we responded to that need.”
Thankfully otherwise the war on terrorists would be 'winding down' rather than 'up'.
ISIS terrorist on his pal Jihadi John, bloodlust-fuelled executioner
Brad Hunter
June 18, 2019
June 18, 2019 5:36 PM EDT
Jihadi John. A friend remembers...
They called the ISIS killers The Beatles because of their British accents.
But their sick tune was ‘Bloodshed, yeah, yeah, yeah.’
Now, the jihadi called Ringo has broken his silence on the rise and fall of the twisted executioner known the world over as Jihadi John.
Alexanda Kotey (AKA Ringo), 35, told the Daily Mirror about his friendship with Jihadi John, real name Mohammed Emwazi.
He added that despite the sickening executions carried out by Jihadi John, he forgives his friend and was emotionally wrought when the Allies took John off the board.
Alexanda Kotey (AKA Ringo), 35, told the Daily Mirror about his friendship with Jihadi John, real name Mohammed Emwazi. CNN
In fact, he revealed that he wept when the executioner was killed by a drone strike in November 2015.
“I cried. I was completing my sniper training in the Hama area [in the west of the country],” he said.
“I asked the person in charge of snipers if I could be allowed to return to Raqqa to check out news about a friend and he allowed me to go.”
He added: “I didn’t tell him who he was. I didn’t like to make it known I had that *relationship. Emwazi himself was not known — I mean that he was the person behind the mask.”
This image made from video posted on a militant website on Monday, April 29, 2019, purports to show the leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, being interviewed by his group’s Al-Furqan media outlet. (Al-Furqan media via AP) AP
“I cried and decided to stay at home for while and not speak to anybody. I don’t think anyone dared to go to his funeral except people in the hospital and the ones who buried him.’
Kotey now regrets his decision to join Islamic State, telling the Mirror he wasn’t sure if he executed anyone.
Not The ISIS Beatles.
“I can’t say to be honest … I can’t say I agree with it and I don’t know what I would do in that situation,” he said.
The U.S. considers him a “designated terrorist” and a danger who “likely engaged in the group’s executions and exceptionally cruel torture methods.”
Thousands of ISIS sleeper agents pose deadly threat for West
Brad Hunter
June 19, 2019
June 19, 2019 5:10 PM EDT
A Canadian ISIS fighter has detailed how the death cult planned to smuggle terrorists into the U.S. over the Mexican border.
The West faces an avalanche of ISIS sleeper jihadis in the coming days, a Kurdish commander warns.
Mervan Kamishlo — a commander in the Syrian Democratic Forces — said jihadis from the crushed caliphate have gone to ground in Syria.
Now, they are plotting revenge on the West, he said.
“There still thousands of sleepers here. When we succeeded militarily, they disappeared,” Kamishlo told the Daily Mirror.
And that means bad news, particularly for Europe, already a favourite target of the terrorists.
There are fears that the return of an estimated 45,000 children of ISIS could be a ticking time bomb. SCREENGRAB
“Absolutely 100% they could — they are alive and they have a command structure,” Kamishlo told the newspaper.
“They still think they are a state. Their sleeper network is a mafia. They will come back. Baghdadi [ISIS’s leader] is smart militarily. He and his commanders are clever mentally.
“We believe he is in Syria and able to communicate with his commanders. This presents a global threat to everyone, not just here, but in the West, too.”
This image made from video posted on a militant website July 5, 2014, purports to show the leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, delivering a sermon at a mosque in Iraq during his first public appearance. Uncredited / AP
And the veteran fighter said that Westerners were the most dangerous of the death cult’s killers.
“The most dangerous of the fighters were not locals Arab fighters. They were Europeans, yes the British. I fought against them,” Kamishlo said.
“They were the most dangerous. Clever, well-educated, and that they gave up so much back home shows commitment.”
Kurdish forces backed by the West have been the tip of the spear against ISIS which has become a virtual state since losing all its territory.
But the viper still has plenty of venom.
“Some were big Daesh commanders. They were smart and that mixed with terrorism makes them dangerous,” Kamishlo told the Mirror.
An equal threat is the offspring of ISIS, the so-called Cubs of the Caliphate.
“There are tens of thousands of Islamic State children in the refugee camps whose minds are poisoned,” the veteran soldier said.
“They witnessed beheadings, torture, murder, men hanging in the street, women beaten, killed because their hair is showing, and war. Daesh showed the world how dangerous they are.”
He added: “These children need lots of psychological, specialist treatment to help them, or they will be a danger to the world in years to come.
“Like a ticking bomb. It is a tragedy but it is also a big fear.”
N.J. woman pleads guilty for a second time as ISIS' double agent
Fatima Texiwala
June 25, 2019
June 25, 2019 6:18 PM EDT
Police stand on duty at the Brooklyn Federal Court in New York.DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images
A New Jersey woman is facing a second sentence after continuing to work for ISIS as a double agent.
Sinmyah Amera Ceasar, 24, appeared Monday at the Brooklyn Federal Court for sentencing.
“A spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of New York said the sentencing adjourned until Tuesday morning,” reported the Daily Mail.
According to federal prosecutors, Ceasar was arrested back in 2016 but an agreement with federal prosecutors dismissed her potential life in prison sentencing.
Instead, she pleaded guilty in 2017 for helping the terrorist group with material support.
Officials say she was dismissed under a supervised release.
Despite her agreement with prosecutors, she remained loyal to ISIS and worked as a double agent to the group.
“She played two main roles, which I would characterize as a disseminator and a connector,” government witness Dr. Lorenzo Vivilo, director of the program on extremism at George Washington University, told the federal court on Monday, according to the New York Post.
Ceasar used social media to gain support for ISIS and connected those looking to become new group members.
“She clearly adopts the fringe worldview that is ISIS. The way she speaks is the way someone in ISIS would speak,” Vivilo said from the witness stand.
Court documents reveal Ceasar had interrupted investigation by destroying evidence such as her Facebook posts and texts.
This March, she pleaded guilty once again, this time for the obstruction of justice.
“My assessment is that she retains the mindset of ISIS. She refers to this court, this whole system, as a ‘kafir’ (infidel) system,” he testified. “She implies the only way to practice Islam is to practice ISIS. Which is clearly not the case.”
The defense said she was raped as a child, was an 11th grade dropout and has PTSD issues, reported the Post.
Alleged Canadian ISIL fighter on joining terrorist group
Let ISIS fighters come back to Canada. Then arrest them
Loopy ****.
Do those Toyota Landcruisers and Hilux get genuine Toyota service maintenance?
The odd used right hand drive camo pops up here, makes me wonder.
Islamic State recruiter known as 'Umm Nutella' sentenced to four years
June 26, 2019
June 26, 2019 3:30 PM EDT
In this file photo taken on April 30, 2017, a member of the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces removes an Islamic State flag in the town of Tabqa. (DELIL SOULEIMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK — A U.S. judge on Wednesday sentenced an Islamic State recruiter known as “Umm Nutella” to four years in prison, far less than federal prosecutors had sought, even though she double-crossed them after agreeing to cooperate.
Under the sentence imposed by U.S. District Judge Jack Weinstein, New Jersey-born Sinmyah Amera Ceasar, 24, also will get credit for the 29 months she has already served, a spokesman for the Brooklyn U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
U.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue had asked the judge to send her to prison for 30 to 50 years, consistent with federal sentencing guidelines for the two federal charges to which Ceasar pleaded guilty.
Defense attorneys urged leniency for Ceasar, citing a troubled childhood of sexual abuse and being handed off among foster families, the New York Daily News reported on Tuesday.
In handing down the sentence on the third day of a hearing in the 2-1/2-year-long case that prosecutors had kept under wraps until Monday, Weinstein said sentencing guidelines were too harsh for this case, local media reported.
“It’s apparent that this young woman is in need of serious educational, medical, and economic support,” the New York Post quoted the judge as saying. “This sentence will also save her as a human being.”
Ceasar, who was arrested in November 2016 at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York as she tried to leave the United States, pleaded guilty the following February to conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization, according to a June 17 sentencing memo.
In the memo, Donoghue called her a “committed recruiter and self-described ‘assistant’” to the Islamic State.
She confessed to using Facebook and other platforms to connect people with Islamic State members who would help them travel to territory controlled by the group and expressed her own desire to go there “and die as a martyr,” Donoghue said.
At the time of her plea, Ceasar agreed to cooperate with the government. But while she was free on bail between April and July 2018, prosecutors said she reconnected with some of the very people she had identified as Islamic State members.
Donoghue said Ceasar also resumed using her code name “Umm Nutella” in her communications, which she sought to cover up.
“The name ‘Umm Nutella’ was how the defendant identified herself to the other ISIS operatives and supporters with whom she communicated,” he said.
Faced with new charges, Ceasar pleaded guilty on March 7 to obstruction of an official proceeding, prosecutors said.
U.S. Navy SEAL demoted for posing with dead prisoner but spared jail
July 3, 2019
July 3, 2019 10:14 PM EDT
SAN DIEGO — A U.S. Navy SEAL platoon commander acquitted of murdering a captured Islamic State fighter but convicted of unlawfully posing for photos with his dead body was sentenced on Wednesday to a demotion in rank and pay.
The penalty imposed by a seven-member jury of U.S. Marines and Navy personnel spared the defendant, Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, from any prison time beyond the nearly seven months he had already served in pretrial custody.
President Donald Trump, who intervened months ago to order Gallagher freed from pretrial detention in the court-martial, hailed the platoon leader’s acquittal in a Twitter post hours before sentencing.
“Congratulations to Navy Seal Eddie Gallagher, his wonderful wife Andrea, and his entire family. You have been through much together. Glad I could help!” Trump wrote.
The jury found Gallagher not guilty on Tuesday of murder, attempted murder and other charges, including deliberately shooting at unarmed civilians and obstruction of justice. But he was found guilty of posing for pictures with a human casualty – a practice some military personnel refer to as taking “trophy photos.”
That offence, stemming from photos he and fellow SEAL members took with the corpse of the Iraqi prisoner whom Gallagher was acquitted of slaying, carries a maximum sentence of four months’ imprisonment.
Instead, he will receive a one-step demotion in his rank from chief petty officer to petty officer first class, presumably accompanied by a corresponding reduction in his pay. The sentence also carries a two-month forfeiture of his salary, a sum of nearly $5,400.
Addressing the jury on Wednesday morning before sentence was pronounced, Gallagher accepted “full responsibility” for appearing in the photos in question.
“I put a black eye on the two communities I love the most, the U.S. Marine Corps and the Navy, specifically the SEAL community,” he said.
He went on to acknowledge making “mistakes” throughout his career – “tactical, ethical, moral,” adding, “I’m not perfect but I’ve always bounced back from my mistakes. I’m ready to bounce back from this, and to serve my community.”
The outcome of the court-martial, capped by a three-week trial on various war crimes charges, marked a significant legal victory for Gallagher, 40, who would have faced a possible life sentence had he been found guilty of murder or attempted murder.
Still, the demotion was seen as a harsh rebuke for a career combat veteran and two-time Bronze Star recipient who is nearing retirement after almost two decades in the military.
“We were certainly hoping for a different sentence,” Gallagher’s chief civilian lawyer, Timothy Parlatore, told reporters. “He’s put 20 years, the best years of his life, into the Navy, and this affects what his retirement check is going to be and how he is going to support his family.”
Parlatore suggested defence lawyers would appeal to the Navy command, which still must affirm terms of the sentence before it takes effect.
The situation was muddied further by guidelines stipulating that a sentence calling for confinement, even with credit for time served, could trigger a stiffer administrative demotion, down to the junior enlisted rank of seaman recruit.
Gallagher appeared grim as he and his wife, Andrea, emerged from the courthouse at U.S. Naval Base San Diego and brushed past reporters into a waiting SUV. Responding to shouted questions, he was heard saying only, “The jury came in with a verdict, and I trust them.”
Gallagher, who was arrested last year, was moved in March from a military brig to less restrictive confinement at a Navy base at Trump’s direction in recognition of what the president called the platoon leader’s “past service to our country.”
The court-martial judge later released Gallagher altogether, citing pretrial prosecutor misconduct.
Trump said in May he was considering pardons for a number of U.S. military personnel accused of war crimes, and Gallagher’s case was widely believed to be one of those under review.
Asked about the possibility of pardon now that the court-martial was over, Marc Mukasey, another member of Gallagher’s defence team who is also one of Trump’s personal lawyers, said, “We have not had contact with the White House since the trial began.”
On Tuesday, the jury heard from two doctors who said Gallagher suffered repeated concussions during his combat career, putting him at high risk of brain degeneration and visual impairments that will require ongoing medical attention.
Gallagher, who did not testify in his own defence, insisted his accusers were disgruntled subordinates with no prior battlefield experience and had fabricated allegations against him over grievances with his leadership style and tactics.
The chief petty officer was arrested in 2018, more than a year after returning from his eighth overseas deployment in Mosul, in northern Iraq.
Vice reporter loses final bid to block RCMP demand for background material
Canadian Press
July 5, 2019
July 5, 2019 4:20 PM EDT
Vice Media reporter Ben Makuch leaves Ontario Superior Court in Toronto on Monday, Feb. 29, 2016.Colin Perkel / THE CANADIAN PRESS
TORONTO — A reporter’s last-ditch attempt at blocking an RCMP demand for his background materials in a terrorism case failed Thursday with a judge refusing to stay the production order.
In her ruling, Ontario Superior Court Justice Breese Davies said the Mounties still have valid reasons to make their demand of journalist Ben Makuch and Vice Media, which said it would now give the RCMP what it has long asked for.
Vice and Makuch argued in April that the order was no longer legally valid because Farah Shirdon, formerly of Calgary, was dead. They based that assertion on statements from U.S. Central Command — Centcom — that Shirdon had been killed in Iraq in an air strike 2015.
Davies, however, said enforcement of the order would not amount to an abuse of process.
“The RCMP have been unable to confirm the veracity of the Centcom statement about Mr. Shirdon’s death,” Davies said. “It is therefore reasonable for the RCMP to continue its investigation into his activities.”
Vice Media’s latest attempt at thwarting the RCMP came little more than two months ago after the Supreme Court of Canada decided that Makuch had to turn over the logs of instant-messaging chats he’d had with Shirdon. Makuch used the material for three stories he wrote in 2014.
At issue in the latest hearing were the reliability of Centcom statements in 2017 and 2018 that indicated Shirdon was dead. The U.S. State Department still designates the suspect, wanted in Canada on terrorism-related charges, as someone “actively engaged in terrorism.”
A disappointed Makuch said Thursday he accepted Vice’s decision to give the RCMP what it wants to spare further litigation.
“It looks like this is the end,” Makuch tweeted after receiving the decision. “The RCMP has treated me as a criminal rather than as a journalist.”
The police action, he said, should trouble all journalists in Canada. He also accused the Mounties of wasting tax dollars in a dead-end pursuit.
“No journalist should be threatened or imprisoned for doing their job,” said Makuch, who expressed appreciation for the support he’s received from the journalism community through his four-year fight.
Makuch’s lawyer, Scott Fenton also expressed disappointment at Davies’ ruling.
“Vice Media will be complying with the production order,” Fenton said.
In a statement, Vice Media said the case called into question Canada’s standing as a defender of press freedom.
Shirdon, a prolific user of social media to recruit westerners to the Islamic State, has been quiet for several years. He is still wanted in Canada on various terror-related charges.
Davies said the Centcom statement on Shirdon’s death was “likely reliable” but said she accepted the RCMP’s contention that it had not been able to confirm the death itself. Nor was there any evidence, she said, that the RCMP was acting in bad faith.
As part of its investigation, the RCMP has long demanded Makuch’s instant-messaging chat logs that led to his writing stories about Shirdon.
Makuch had steadfastly refused to provide them, prompting a fight closely watched by media and free-speech activists that went to the Supreme Court, which upheld the production order in November.
Makuch now lives and works in the United States.
Alleged ISIS fighter on trial in Netherlands for war crimes
July 8, 2019
July 8, 2019 1:48 PM EDT
AMSTERDAM — A Dutch-born alleged Islamic State militant went on trial in the Netherlands on Monday for war crimes committed in Iraq and Syria, after posing with a crucified body and sharing images of dead victims online.
It is the first trial in the Netherlands dealing with war crimes committed by an alleged Islamic State militant.
There is no international tribunal to prosecute the widespread atrocities committed during Syria’s civil war, which began in 2011, but several European countries have put citizens who joined militant groups in the Middle East on trial.
According to the European police agency Europol, some 5,000 Europeans went to fight in Syria and Iraq, of whom some 1,500 have returned. Roughly 300 Dutch men and women joined the war in Iraq and Syria, prosecutors said.
Oussama Achraf Akhlafa, 24, is charged with joining IS militants in Mosul in Iraq, and Raqqa in Syria, between 2014 and 2016.
He is being tried under so-called universal jurisdiction, which enables war crimes to be prosecuted regardless of where they were committed.
Akhlafa is charged with violating the personal dignity of war victims, which is protected under the 1949 Geneva Conventions, as well as membership of a terrorist organization. Prosecutors demanded a prison sentence of seven years, eight months.
Prosecutors said Akhlafa had posed next to the crucified body of a man on a wooden cross and distributed pictures of an IS militant holding the head of a dead Kurdish fighter, and of a dead woman with the foot of someone standing on her body.
A list of fighters on Islamic State’s payroll recovered in Mosul names Akhlafa as one of 18 Dutch nationals, said prosecutor Nicole Vogelenzang.
“According to the list, Akhlafa was a fighter in Mosul for three months in the IS sniper brigade,” she said. The personal information is so “detailed that it could not be about anyone other than Akhlafa.”
“He was there and knew Islamic State was a terrorist group,” she said. “He … even volunteered to carry out suicide attacks.”
In a statement, Akhlafa said he had joined IS after becoming homeless in the Netherlands, but had never hurt anyone.
“If I didn’t get in the photo I would be seen as disloyal” by IS, he told the court. “I posed in the photo. I take all responsibility for that. I am sorry and it was not my intent to humiliate this man.”
“I understand it creates an image, but madame, I didn’t kill anyone … IS wouldn’t even give me a weapon.”
The judge read out witness testimony and quotes from online chats with the defendant in which he bragged about killings and said he was a sniper. “Sniping is the most fun thing there is, but it is highly dangerous,” the judge quoted him as writing.
The defendant said his remark had been intended to impress women.
A second defendant, Dutch-born 24-year-old Reda Nidalha, also went on trial on Monday, accused of membership of a terrorist organization and recruiting radical jihadists via Facebook.
Nidalha, who sat in a black t-shirt with a shaved head and thick beard, was questioned for hours at the opening of hearings on Monday.
He denied allegations of recruiting, saying he had been joking when he chatted on Facebook about friends joining him in Raqqa, the self-declared capital of Islamic State’s “caliphate.”
“In 2014, I went to Syria to help people, women and children,” he told a panel of judges. “I didn’t join to fight. I provided basic medical assistance.”
Nidalha denied accusations of trying to recruit four people for Islamic State, saying the Facebook chats were “not serious.”

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