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Is Islam a Religion of Peace?

Nabeel Qureshi grew up in a devout Muslim family. But in college, he started exploring the claims of Christianity and eventually decided to convert.

Since then, Qureshi has devoted himself to studying Christian apologetics and writing and speaking about Islam and Christianity. In his latest book, Answering Jihad, Qureshi addresses many of the big questions he's heard American Christians asking after attacks like those in Paris, San Bernardino and Brussels. He says he wanted to help give people a context to understand what Islam is, who Muslims are, what is driving radical militant groups like ISIS and Boko Haram.

"Unless we figure out what's going on on this basic level, I don't think we'll be able to respond appropriately as a nation on policy issues," he says.

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Plane passenger, 38, threw food and towels around a flight from Dubai to Birmingham while shouting 'Allahu Akbar' and 'Boom'

Passengers feared they were going to be blown up in a terrorist attack when a man shouted 'Allahu Akbar' and 'Boom' aboard a flight to Birmingham.

Families and children were left distraught after Shehraz Sarwar's outburst on the Emirates Boeing 777 plane.

The 38-year-old caused panic aboard the flight when he became animated and started throwing food around.

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50 ISIS sympathizers working at Brussels airport, warns police union

As many as 50 ISIS supporters have infiltrated the same Brussels airport where terror attacks occurred last month, working as cleaners, caterers and baggage handlers and positioning themselves for new attacks, the Belgian police union warned in an open letter to the government.

"Even today, there are at least 50 supporters of ISIS who work at the airport," read the letter from union secretary Alain Peeters to the Belgian Interior Ministry and reported by the Daily Mail. "They have a security badge and have access to the cockpit of a plane."

Brussels Airport, also known as Brussels-Zaventem Airport, handles more than 23 million passengers per year in the European Union capital. It is still shut down following the March 22 bombings, in which three Islamists fanatics set off suitcase bombs in attacks coordinated with a metro bombing just over an hour later. Some 35 innocent people were killed, and at least one bomber from the airport remains at large.

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Father of Orlando massacre suspect Omar Mateen supports Taliban on his TV show

The father of Orlando massacre suspect Omar Mateen is an Afghan television personality who holds strong political views, including support for the Afghan Taliban.

Seddique Mateen, who has also been referred to as Mir Seddique in news reports, hosts the Durand Jirga Show on a television channel called Payam-e Afghan, which broadcasts from California. In it, the elder Mateen speaks in the Dari language on a variety of political subjects.

Dozens of videos are posted on a channel under Seddique Mateen's name on YouTube. A phone number and post office box that are displayed on the show were traced back to the Mateen home in Florida. Mateen also owns a religious nonprofit organization under the name Durand Jirga, which is registered in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

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'There is nothing left': Ancient town of Palmyra left in ruin following ISIL occupation

The recapture of Syria's ancient city of Palmyra from the Islamic State group has brought new revelations of the destruction wreaked by the extremists, who decapitated priceless statues and smashed or looted artifacts in the city's museum.

Experts say they need time to assess the full extent of damage in Palmyra, a UNESCO world heritage site boasting 2,000-year-old Roman-era colonnades and other ruins, which once attracted tens of thousands of tourists every year. Syrian troops drove IS out on Sunday, some 10 months after the militants seized the town.

The world knew through satellite images and IS videos that the militants destroyed the Temple of Bel, which dated back to A.D. 32, the Temple of Baalshamin, which was several stories high and fronted by six towering columns, and the Arch of Triumph, which was built under the Roman emperor Septimius Severus between A.D. 193 and A.D. 211.

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Iraqi army 'crushing' ISIS, says Canadian soldier

When Brig.-Gen. Greg Smith first touched down in Iraq in February to advise and assist the Iraqi army in its fight against Islamic State militants, he assumed that ISIS had the upper hand.

Instead, what he found -- amidst the grit and violence and destruction that has consumed large chunks of Iraq and neighbouring Syria -- was an Iraqi army that would not back down.

"They are crushing them in many ways and pushing them back," said Smith, the Canadian chief of staff of the Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command for Operation Inherent Resolve, the American-led coalition whose mission is to help guide Iraq's own forces.

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Man arrested on fear of terrorism in Ontario

A 23-year-old man has been arrested in southern Ontario on fear of committing a terror-related offence, the RCMP said Saturday.

In a statement released Saturday, Supt. Lise Crouch said there is no indication that the suspect was planning an attack in Canada, or that he was connected to the attacks in Brussels.

Kevin Omar Mohamed has been taken into custody and faces charges of carrying a concealed weapon and possession of a weapon dangerous to public peace, the RCMP said.

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Terror charge laid in attack at Forces recruitment centre

The man accused in a knife attack at a Canadian Forces recruitment centre in Toronto earlier this year now faces a terrorism charge.

The RCMP announced Tuesday that Ayanle Hassan Ali, 27, is charged with three counts of attempted murder, two counts of committing assault causing bodily harm, three counts of committing assault using a weapon, and one count of carrying a weapon dangerous to the public, for the benefit of a terrorist group.

These are in addition to charges laid by Toronto Police a day after the March 14, 2016 attack.

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Canada not at war with ISIS: Trudeau

The Liberal government says Canada is not at war with Islamic militants -- a view not shared by ally France.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion rejected the "at war" label just one day after the bombings in Brussels that killed more than 30 people and injured 270.

After the attacks, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls used the term Tuesday following a crisis meeting called by French President Francois Hollande.

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Last of ISIL's beheading 'Beatles' identified, has Canadian connection

The last member of the group of British jailers who supervised the torture and killing of Western hostages held by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has been identified as a 27-year-old Londoner who traveled to Syria in 2012.

El Shafee Elsheikh, a British citizen whose family fled Sudan in the 1990s, was one of four jailors dubbed 'The Beatles' by their prisoners because of their British accents. The cohort's most prominent figure was Mohammed Emwazi, better known as "Jihadi John", whose videotaped beheadings of American and British hostages became a global emblem of ISIL's brutality.

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Brussels terrorist attacks kill at least 31: Airport, Metro station bombed

Bombs struck the Brussels airport and one of the city's metro stations Tuesday, killing at least 31 people and wounding dozens, as a European capital was again locked down amid heightened security threats.

The two airport blasts, at least one of which was blamed on a suicide bomber, left behind a chaotic scene of splattered blood in the departure lounge as windows were blown out, ceilings collapsed and travellers streamed out of the smoky building.

About an hour later, another bomb exploded on a rush-hour subway train near the European Union headquarters. Terrified passengers had to evacuate through darkened tunnels to safety.

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EgyptAir flight blown up by ISIS time bomb

EgyptAir flight MS804, which took off at 11:09 p.m. on Thursday May 19 from Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris, was supposed to land at 3:55 a.m. in Cairo. However, it dropped off the radar screens of Greek and Egyptian flight controllers at 2:45 a.m. and crashed into the Mediterranean about 10 miles inside Egypt's territorial waters.

The Airbus A320-232 had 66 people aboard including seven crew members, three security guards, 30 Egyptian citizens, 17 French nationals as well as citizens of Iraq, Saudi Arabia and other countries. The plane, which was built in 2003, was flown by two pilots who each had thousands of hours of cockpit experience. Reports by Egypt's airport authority said the cargo did not contain dangerous materials or anything else out of the ordinary.

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As the world burns, will optimism be enough?

The world outside Canada is an alarming place right now. It's hard to recall a period when so much unhappy news was so prevalent on so many fronts.

For much of the 20th century, the globe could be divided into two or three dominant camps, primarily involving the rivalry between Western-style democracy and various forms of communism. Today, the threats are more numerous, more diverse and less easily calibrated. It was easy enough to grasp the theory behind communist ideology; it's much harder to understand why any rational person would support the barbarity of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

As National Post columnist Terry Glavin recently noted, it has been 700 years since the Middle East fell so deeply into chaos. From Iraq to Syria to Yemen to Egypt, the region has become a morass of flames, war, dictatorship and theocracy, and it will soon ­- thanks to U.S. President Barack Obama's pact with Iran - add a hostile nuclear power to the mix. Those countries that aren’t in chaos are trying to deal with the flood of refugees from those that are.

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One dead, three injured in Munich terror attack

A man shouting "Allahu Akbar" ran through a railway station outside of Munich, stabbing travelers waiting to board a train on Tuesday. At least one person was killed and three wounded in the apparent terror attack.

The incident occurred at around 4:50 a.m. local time in the town of Grafing, not far from Munich.

Police report that the attacker, a 27-year old man, is in custody, but have yet to confirm that the attack was indeed an act of terrorism. The state prosecutor's office did acknowledge that the attack had an apparent "Islamist background", but have yet to officially categorize it as a terrorist attack.

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Ayanle Hassan Ali, accused of stabbing at Canadian Forces centre, facing 9 charges

According to Toronto police Chief Mark Saunders, Ali said, "Allah told me to do this, Allah told me to come here and kill people," during the attack.

Outside court, David Burke, Ali's lawyer, told reporters, "This is a very, very serious incident and no one is going to pretend it's not.

"It's a very, very difficult situation he finds himself in," Burke added. "He seems very scared."

Burke said he was "not getting into whether [Ali's] remorseful" about Monday's attack.

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Muslim group says Germany must ban alcohol if they want to prevent further sex attacks

The problem with this argument is that alcohol has been in Germany for a long, long time, and there was never a mass of rapes and sex assaults as there was in Cologne and other German cities on New Year's Eve. The cause of the rapes and sex assaults was the Islamic attitude toward Infidel women - that they can be taken and used sexually (cf. Qur'an 4:3, 4:24, 23:1-6, 33:50, 70:30). But no one, least of all the German authorities, wants to face that fact.

"Germans must ban ALCOHOL if they want to prevent further sex attacks and help North Africans integrate, says Muslim group," by Darren Boyle, MailOnline, January 22, 2016 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):

Germany needs to ban alcohol if it wants to prevent further sexual violence and to help North African migrants integrate into society, a Muslim pressure group has claimed.

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Canadian radicals known, but not being charged

Canadian intelligence services know of dozens of homegrown radicals, but the RCMP isn't charging them.

This became clear Monday during CSIS director Michel Coulombe's testimony before the Senate national defence and security committee.

Coulombe put the current number of Canadians abroad engaging in terror-related activities at 180 - with 100 of those in Iraq and Syria and the rest in various other countries.

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Iraqi Christians rise up and form 100,000 man CHRISTIAN ARMY to fight against ISIS hordes!

Iraq's Christian populations aren't just sitting ducks anymore. For the last 2 years they've been building a Christian Army called the Babylon Brigade to fight against ISIS and defend Christian areas.

According to the BBC, they are now over 100,000 in number and are funded by the Iraqi government.

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London university suspends Palestine Society that hosted convicted terrorist

A leading London university has suspended its Palestine Solidarity Society after it hosted a convicted terrorist at a campus event.

Ahmed Alfaleet, who served 20 years in prison for the 1992 murder of an Israeli soldier in Gaza, appeared via video link during a question and answer session at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) in January.

Video footage from the event shows Alfaleet - who was released in a 2011 prisoner swap deal and is now a Hebrew teacher - telling an Israeli student that the fatal terror attack was consistent with his people's "right to resist".

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Islamic State grows in Libya, but local militias fight back

The top U.S. commander for Africa says the number of Islamic State militants in Libya has doubled in the last year or so to about 6,000.

Army Gen. David Rodriguez heads U.S. Africa Command. Rodriquez says local Libya militias have had some success in trying to stop the Islamic State from growing in Benghazi and are battling the group in Sabratha. But he says decisions to provide more military assistance to the Libyans will wait for a national government.

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Tory MP calls out Trudeau for refusing to call ISIS attacks on Christians 'genocide'

Conservative MP Cheryl Gallant called out Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the House of Commons today over his refusal to recognize as "genocide" the sweeping targeting of Christians by ISIS in the Middle East.

Noting how the European Parliament passed a unanimous resolution earlier this month recognizing the Islamic State's attacks on Christians as "genocide," Gallant stated: "In Canada, the Liberal Prime Minister refuses to join the rest of the civilized world in recognizing the ISIS campaign against Christians and other religious minorities as genocide."

"The silence is deafening. Why does the Prime Minister not think Christians and other religious minorities are the right kind of refugees?" she added.

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