‘Mehdi’ Masroor Biswas, Bangalore Executive Suspected Of Managing Pro-ISIS Twitter Account, Arrested: Report
‘Mehdi’ Masroor Biswas — suspected of operating a pro-Islamic State group Twitter account from Bangalore — was arrested Saturday morning by police in Bangalore, ANI reported.
Mekail Biswas, a man claiming to be the father of ‘Mehdi’ Masroor Biswas told International Business Times over the phone on Saturday that his son was not in any way linked to the militant group. Mekail added that his son’s name is Masroor Biswas, contradicting earlier reports that suggested that the name might be a pseudonym, and confirmed that his son was managing the @ShamiWitness Twitter account.
Mekail, a homeopathy doctor in Kolkata, told IBTimes that his son had been working in Bangalore for ITC, a conglomerate with interests in sectors ranging from hospitality to consumer goods to IT since June 2012.
“An employee has been arrested by Bengaluru Police in connection with an allegedly objectionable social media activity carried out under a pseudonym. We informed Bengaluru Police about his employment status as soon as we found media reports on this issue, and have extended every co-operation with the investigation process,” Nazeeb Arif, a company spokesperson for Kolkata-based ITC, told IBTimes in an email on Saturday afternoon.
The Indian Express, a national daily, reported on Saturday that Masroor Biswas, identified by UK’s Channel 4 as “Mehdi,” the man behind the @ShamiWitness Twitter account graduated with a degree in engineering from a Kolkata college.
The Times of India reported earlier on Saturday morning that Bangalore police had detained one man as part of their investigation into Biswas’ links to the pro-ISIS Twitter account.
ISIS Pamphlet On Female Captives Is The Most Horrific, Disgusting Thing Ever
In case we needed any more evidence that ISIS is the most pure form of distilled evil since the Nazis, it turns out that there exists an official ISIS pamphlet that justifies treating female captives as sex slaves. Provided, of course, the women in question are not Muslim, of course, because everyone knows that women aren’t ever human but as long as they share your religion you should at least pretend to respect them. I am seriously asking when I say, does this group have any even faintly positive qualities? Because I have yet to hear anything. I mean, even the Nazis were into animal rights.
The document in question, labeled “Questions and Answers on Taking Captives and Slaves,” was handed out to residents of Mosul, one of the cities currently under ISIS control. It lays out the fact that according to ISIS it is justified to take non-Muslims women and girls captive, justified to have sex with said captives, even if they are pre-pubescent girls, and justified to sell such captives or give them as gifts. In other words, it’s pretty clear that in their world, women are not human. In fact the document lays out a whole series of rules surrounding treatment of — a set of guidelines concerning sex with — female captives that makes it pretty clear in this world women are property. It actually, explicitly says that.
If a woman is a virgin, her captor can have sex with her immediately; if not, her uterus must be “purified.” If two men both have “ownership” of a woman, they may not both have sex with her. If a prepubescent girl is “fit for intercourse” it is acceptable to have sex with her; if not, it is acceptable to “enjoy” her without intercourse. And, of course, the “gravest sin” for captives is to try to run away.
How does this exist in the 21st century? How does this exist in any century? I get that people are awful and if you’re not cynical you’re not paying attention, and blah, blah, blah, but how does this exist? How do people exist who think of women this way? I honestly want to know how the human race has managed to get so out of whack that anyone could honestly view one half of the species in such a way that this becomes even a remotely sensical viewpoint to hold. That you can draw up a pamphlet entitled “Questions and Answers on Taking Captives and Slaves” that very straight-forwardly lays all this out.
ISIS seizes 15 villages in Iraq’s Anbar
Radical militant group ISIS is in control of 15 villages in the Iraqi province of Anbar, a tribal figure told Al Arabiya News.
Sheikh Naeem al-Ku’oud, one of Anbar’s tribal notables, said ISIS recaptured these villages after they were previously liberated by the Western province’s tribesmen.
Meanwhile, 35 members of Albu Nimr tribe were captured by ISIS after battles against the radical group in al-Mahboubiya near Heet, west of the province, Al Arabiya News Channel’s correspondent reported.
The captives were reportedly taken to a public execution court in Heet.
However, in the eastern Salah al-Dina province, security forces declared that they were in control of the Beiji district north of Tikrit.
In a related story, NATO said on Thursday that it was reviewing an Iraqi request for help building up its military as the government struggles to defeat ISIS.
“Iraq has now requested NATO support in defense capacity building,” alliance head Jens Stoltenberg told regional partners at the NATO and Gulf Security conference in Qatar on Thursday.
He added: ISIS “poses a grave threat to the Iraqi and the Syrian people, the wider region and all of our nations.”
Four young Christians brutally beheaded by ISIS in Iraq for refusing to convert to Islam, says British Vicar of Baghdad forced to flee
Four young Christians were brutally beheaded by ISIS in Iraq for refusing to convert to Islam, according to a British reverend forced to flee the country.
Canon Andrew White, known as the Vicar of Baghdad, told the horrifying story how of the youths, all under 15, were murdered for standing up to the jihadists.
The vicar of the city’s St George’s Church, the only Anglican church in the whole of Iraq, has had to leave the country for Israel amid constant threats on his life by Islamic State.
In a harrowing interview with the Orthodox Christian Network, he said ISIS had killed ‘huge numbers’ of believers in Jesus.
‘Islamic State turned up and said to the children, “you say the words that you will follow Mohammad”’, he said, his voice cracking with emotion.
‘The children, all under 15, four of them, said “no, we love Yesua; we have always loved Yesua; we have always followed Yesua; Yesua has always been with us”.
Iraq’s Sadr tells his militia to ready for anti-ISIS ‘jihad’
Iraq’s powerful Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr has put his militia on alert to battle militants belonging to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) for the city of Samarra, home to a Shiite mosque whose destruction eight years ago plunged the country into sectarian war.
Sadr’s office said the announcement was a response to the “exceptional conditions and imminent danger to the sacred city of Samarra from the legions of terrorists,” a reference to the Sunni Muslim ISIS fighters who surround Samarra.
It said Sadr had ordered fighters of his Shiite ‘Peace Brigades’ to be “fully prepared to answer the call of jihad within 48 hours” and to await further instructions. The statement was dated Dec. 10.
Central Samarra is in the hands of the Iraqi army and several Shiite militia who have spearheaded the Shiite-led government’s battle against ISIS, which controls of much of north and west Iraq as well as swathes of Syria.
Sadr’s Peace Brigades left the city two months ago, but his latest statement suggested they could mobilize to return if ISIS fighters stationed at the approaches to the Tigris River city start to encroach on the urban center itself.
Samarra holds potent symbolism for Iraqis. In February 2006 Sunni militants blew up a shrine to the ninth century Imam Askari, triggering revenge attacks by Shiites which tipped Iraq into years of sectarian violence.
ISIS controls the eastern and western desert approaches to the city, 125 km northwest of Baghdad.
The army holds the road from the south leading to Samarra, but the towns of Mu’tasim and Ishaqi flanking that road are largely controlled by the radical militants, while there have been heavy clashes in the village of Mukaishifa to the north.
A colonel in Samarra military operations command said it appeared that ISIS was planning either a direct attack on Samarra or a war of attrition to divert government forces away from battles further north for the city of Tikrit.
Samarra and Tikrit, along with the town of Baiji, lie in Salahuddin province north of Baghdad. Government forces have succeeded in lifting an ISIS siege of Baiji refinery, the country’s largest, and secured parts of the north-south highway running along the Tigris River.
But their control is tenuous. A convoy carrying Defense Minister Khaled al-Obeidi came under fire when it drove through Baiji on Monday.
Elsewhere in Iraq, an ISIS suicide bomber blew up a Humvee west of the Anbar provincial capital Ramadi, destroying a bridge and killing two soldiers, an Anbar police source said.