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Al-Qaida targets Afghanistan as U.S. steps up military effort

U.S. soldier in Afghanistan

U.S. soldier in Afghanistan

Just as the United States redoubles its 16-year-old military effort in Afghanistan, counter-terrorism specialist are spotlighting a “code of conduct” issued by al-Qaida’s branch in the region that declares the jihadist movement’s commitment to cooperating with the Taliban and calls on Muslims everywhere to support the “Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.”

Al-Qaida in the Indian Subcontinent, or AQIS, is the al-Qaida branch for Bangladesh, India and Pakistan, and as the new code of conduct indicates, also Afghanistan and Burma.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

The AQIS document, which has received little attention since it was issued June 25, declares that targeting Americans and U.S. interests in Pakistan are its “foremost priority.”

In his August speech to the nation, President Trump announced a new strategy in Afghanistan that would include the deployment of more American troops and the continued training of Afghan forces, with the objective of convincing the Taliban it cannot win on the battlefield.

The al-Qaida document was the focal point of a panel at the recent World Summit on Counter-Terrorism, an annual gathering of counter-terrorism specialists hosted by the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism in Herzliya, Israel.

Former Department of Homeland Security counter-terrorism specialist Philip Haney, who attended the conference, pointed out that with more armed fighters pledging allegiance to the AQIS coalition, Taliban and ISIS forces have begun conducting joint operations against both civilians and the government-supported Afghan Local Police.

“This means that the conflict arena in Afghanistan will expand and that fighters from jihadist groups across the entire Indian subcontinent – not to mention from other Islamic countries that have been influenced by al-Qaida – will become involved in the AQIS-led jihad,” Haney said.

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“This will put American soldiers in the middle of an increasingly complex battle environment, where it will become even more difficult to tell who our friends are, and who our enemies are.”

Former Department of Homeland Security officer Philip Haney at Senate hearing June 28, 2016 (Screenshot Senate Judiciary Committee video).

Former Department of Homeland Security officer Philip Haney testifies at a Senate hearing June 28, 2016 (Screenshot Senate Judiciary Committee video).

Haney noted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson specifically has laid out a strategy of compelling the Taliban to come to the negotiating table by countering their reasons for keeping up their fight.

The Trump administration also insists Pakistan must adopt a “different approach” to the conflict and play a central role in persuading the Taliban to come to the negotiating table, instead of supporting jihadist groups such as the Taliban and harboring known terrorists.

“With the emergence of AQIS, it seems less likely than ever that the Taliban will agree to abandon its goal of implementing Shariah law across Afghanistan and negotiate some kind of peace agreement with the current U.S.-backed government,” Haney said.

AQIS clearly hopes that the Taliban will be able to revive its state inside Afghanistan, warned Thomas Joscelyn, senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and the senior editor for FDD’s Long War Journal.

“The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan is closer to that goal today than at any point since Sept. 11, 2001,” he wrote in an analysis of the AQIS code of conduct. “And it is a goal that AQIS is working towards.”

Coalition against ‘enemies of Shariah’

This year, some 1,200 counter-terror specialists in the academic, diplomatic, intelligence, law enforcement and military arenas from more than 30 countries attended the 17th summit in Israel, Sept. 11-14, under the theme of “The Terrorism Maze.”

At the summit, a panel of seven experts from India, Israel, the Netherlands, Pakistan and the U.K. led by ICT senior researcher Michael Barak discussed the emergence of the new coalition of Salafi Muslim groups in 2014 that is now known as AQIS.

Al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri

Al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri

The panelists emphasized that the central role Afghanistan and Pakistan play in both the global Islamic movement and in the international terror network has been largely overlooked by governments outside of the area and even by counter-terrorism specialists in the West, which is reflected in policy.

The AQIS code of conduct specifically authorizes attacks against American and Israeli civilians, and against the governments of the five countries in the subcontinent supporting the U.S., calling them “the enemies of Shariah” and the “global forces of infidelity.”

The document confirms a new transnational coalition of jihadist groups operating across Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and Burma have  pledged loyalty to the strategic goals of both the original al-Qaida and to ISIS, which has morphed into a global coalition of at least 30 groups.

The “code of conduct” emphasizes the allegiance of al-Qaida members to Osama bin Laden’s successor, Ayman al Zawahiri, and to the emir of the Taliban, Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada.

AQIS says its members are fighting “shoulder-to-shoulder” with the Taliban “mujahideen.”

The preamble states – establishing the legitimacy of engaging in war against those who reject Islam – it is “a manifest reality that one purpose of jihad is breaking the might of Kufr (infidelity) and establishing Shariah; while another one is guidance, protection, and welfare of the Muslims.”

“Both purposes are necessary and interdependent on each other. A lapse in moving towards one of the two objectives, makes advancing towards the other impossible,” the document states.

“Considering the current state of affairs, there is a need – more than ever – for a jihadi movement in this region of the world that advances forward without losing sight of either of these two objectives, while holding the two purposes equally important.”

AQIS says such a movement “would undoubtedly be a mercy and blessing for the Muslims of the Subcontinent; and would also result in turning this dark night of oppression and corruption into a bright morning of Shariah.”

“Hence, it is a religious obligation upon every mujahid and every jihadi organization to make the aforementioned objectives, the focus of all their jihadi activities.”

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AQIS said it “invites the Muslims of the subcontinent to pledge their allegiance to the Islamic Emirate and to support it.”

Joscelyn noted the new code of conduct explains that AQIS fighters are integrated into the Taliban’s chain-of-command.

“The mujahideen associated with the Jama’ah [AQIS] … are present on the ground under the emirate’s flag, and are actively participating in battles against the enemies of sharia,” the text reads.

He said the integration explains why AQIS has produced only minimal propaganda from the battlefields in Afghanistan, even though it is clearly contributing to the fight.

Weighing the enemy’s assessment

AQIS says an American withdrawal from Afghanistan, signifying Western defeat, would be a boon for the jihadis’ cause throughout the Indian subcontinent.

“It is our conviction that the defeat of America and its agents would result in victory for the religious forces in this entire region,” says the document.

Joscelyn commented that while the war in Afghanistan “is America’s longest, and there are many reasons to be skeptical about the future of the country, the enemy’s assessment must be weighed when assessing military options going forward.”

“And AQIS thinks that an American defeat would be a clear victory for the jihadists, with effects that ripple throughout the neighboring countries.”

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Survey shows 1 girl in 6 pressured for nude photos

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A new survey in the United Kingdom by the charity Girlguiding found that one girl in six has felt pressured to send nude images of themselves via texting or other digital communications.

And a full one-quarter of the respondents see such “sexting” as “a normal part of a relationship.”

The alarming results are found in the Girls’ Attitudes Survey done by Girlguiding, which talked to nearly 2,000 girls ages 7 to 21.

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“This generation of girls is growing up in a digital society and the majority think digital technology is an essential part of everyday life. However, it’s also apparent that being online puts pressure on them to look and act in a certain way,” the analysis of the results noted.

It also said sexual harassment has increased, gender stereotyping is a huge issue, with “girls as young as seven feel[ing] “sad and angry.” Girls want role models in sports, technology, politics and other fields to which to aspire.

However, the executive summary explained, the “overwhelming message that girls and young women are sending us in this year’s survey is that they live in a world where sexism and gender stereotypes are entrenched in all areas of their lives.”

“From a young age, girls sense they face different expectations compared to boys and feel a pressure to adjust their behavior accordingly,” the summary said.

“Girls encounter stereotyping across the lives – at school, in the media and in advertising, in the real and the virtual world, from their peers, teachers and families.”

The girls, however, are not just accepting the status quo.

“Girls are using their voices to tell us what needs to happen. They call for schools to do more to encourage girls into subjects dominated by boys and to provide better careers advice; they want increased security and greater protention from threats online; they demand that the advertising industry ends its use of sexist, stereotypical and sexualized images. They ask to live in a world where they need not feel defined or restricted by their gender.”

For example, 95 percent said the advertising industry “should make sure adverts show more positive, diverse representations of girls and women.”

Fifty-seven percent said politicians don’t understand the issues girls and young women face, 55 percent say gender stereotypes affect their ability to say what they think, and 54 percent have faced unwanted violent or graphic images online that upset them.

“From as young as seven, girls are deeply affected by gender stereotypes,” the report stated. “Almost two thirds of girls aged 7 to 10 say they think girls are better than boys at being kind and around half think they’re better at putting their hand up in class. Yet significant numbers associated ‘being strong’ and ‘taking risks and not worrying about failing’ with boys. And even at this young age, girls say they are changing their behavior because of gender stereotypes. Six in 10 girls in the 7 to 10 age group will change what they wear because of stereotypes, while almost as many say they change how they behave and express themselves.”

The survey found 27 percent are left angry by stereotypes and 36 percent are more determined to succeed. But 16 percent feel pressured to conform and 19 percent feel anxious about their future.

Sixty-five percent of the respondents often heard gender stereotyping on social media and 64 percent on TV and in film. It came from teachers and parents, too.

One girl said, “More girls would be encouraged into tech if you destroyed the stereotype that only boys can use technology; loads of girls already use and have jobs in technology, they’re just not talked about enough.”

The Christian Institute noted, “Over a quarter of 13 to 21-year-olds told researchers they had found pornography by accident, while 41 percent had endured sexual ‘jokes’ or taunts at school in the past year.”

The Girlguiding report said, “When asked what would make being online safer, younger girls said they expect their parents to have control over what they see and block inappropriate sites.”

The report of the survey also noted that parents who post their children’s images on social media without permission are embarrassing them.

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Fraud? 248 counties have more voters than eligible citizens

Electronic voting booths

Electronic voting booths

Lowndes County, Alabama, has been accused of having 131 percent of its total eligible population on its list of registered voters.

Another 247 counties have the same problem, prompting the Public Interest Legal Foundation to send letters to officials, warning them to clean up their voter rolls or face legal consequences.

PILF explained to the counties that “federal law requires election officials to conduct a reasonable effort to maintain voter registration lists free of dead voters, ineligible voters, and voters who have moved away.”

But these counties show they have “significantly more voters on the registration rolls than it has eligible, living, citizen voters.”

There are 11 more Alabama counties with the problem: Macon, Perry, Greene, Wilcox, Hale, Marengo, Dallas, Conecuh, Choctaw, Clarke and Washington.

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Kentucky has 41 counties with more voters than residents, Michigan 32, Iowa 31, Illinois 22, Mississippi 19, Colorado 17, Texas 12, Alabama 12, South Dakota 12, Nebraska 9, Georgia 6, New York 6, West Virginia 6, New Mexico 5, North Carolina 5, California 2, Louisiana 2, Montana 2, Virginia 2, Arizona 1 and Florida 1.

The letter asks for information about the counties’ procedures for verifying voters.

“It is our hope that your county will work quickly to provide for inspection of all records relating to your list maintenance practices. … If not, according to federal law, a lawsuit under the NVRA may be filed within 90 days after the failure to permit inspection or failure to provide the documents.”

PILF President J. Christian Adams explained said that during the 2016 election, 24 states had “bloated voter rolls.”

“Voter fraud begins with corrupted voter rolls. Our nation’s voter rolls have records that cannot be distinguished between living or dead; citizen or alien; resident or relocated. We hear about possible cyber-attacks, but we aren’t doing enough to fix voter rolls that are certainly corrupt,” he said.

“The voter rolls are so bad in some states that election officials would have a hard time telling the difference between sabotage and negligence.”

The Public Interest Legal Foundation explained it has a record of bringing litigation against counties and locales with bloated voter rolls resulting in settlements and consent decrees that are intended to maintain the integrity of that information.

PILF explained that if a local official fails to respond or declines to allow inspection of election records, he risks a federal lawsuit.

WND recently reported when it was found that more than 6,000 people used out-of-state driver’s licenses to vote in New Hampshire last November.

Trump claimed in February that out-of-state voters tipped the New Hampshire election, both against him and incumbent Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte. The Boston Globe at the time dismissed his allegation as “groundless.”

But the vast majority of the 6,000 voters have neither obtained an in-state license nor registered a motor vehicle since the November vote, according to an inquiry by Republican Speaker of the New Hampshire House Shawn Jasper, the Washington Times reported.

Hillary Clinton defeated Trump in New Hampshire by 2,736 votes while Democratic Sen. Maggie Hassan defeated Ayotte by 1,017 votes.

The records from the New Hampshire Department of State, which oversees elections, and the Department of Safety show 6,540 people voted using out-of-state licenses. But as of Aug. 30, only 1014, about 15 percent, had been issued New Hampshire driver’s licenses.

Of the remaining 5,526, only 3.3 percent had registered a motor vehicle in New Hampshire.

The Times said 196 people today are being investigated for voting illegally both in New Hampshire and in other states.

Adams obtained voter-registration records from eight of Virginia’s 133 cities and counties, discovering 1,046 illegal aliens were illegally registered to vote.

John Fund, author of several books on election fraud, told WND in March the Obama administration created an environment for vote fraud to thrive.

“When it comes to illegal votes,” he said, “we need to end the Obama administration’s consistent refusal to cooperate with states on allowing access to records of legal foreigners, illegal aliens and the Justice Department’s refusal to require states to maintain clear voter lists if they accept federal funds for voting purposes.

Catherine Engelbrecht, founder of the Houston, Texas-based vote-monitoring nonprofit True the Vote, told WND “no one knows how many noncitizens are voting, because under the Obama administration, attempts to find answers were blocked at every turn.”

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Who killed Seth? Fresh hunt for leads on Rich’s killer

Murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich (Photo: GoFundMe)

Murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich (Photo: GoFundMe)

WASHINGTON – The murder of Seth Rich, the Democratic National Committee staffer some believe leaked DNC emails to WikiLeaks, remains unsolved.

Now, more than a year later, lobbyist and lawyer Jack Burkman has launched a new nationwide TV campaign pleading for the public’s help.

As WND has reported, Rich, 27, the DNC’s voter expansion data director, had accepted a position with Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign just before his death.

On July 10, he was fatally shot in the back in Washington, D.C., near his apartment in an affluent neighborhood. Rich had been working for the DNC at a time when emails from the organization were being handed over to WikiLeaks for publication.

The Metropolitan Police Department and Washington Mayor Muriel Bowers insist Rich was randomly killed during a “botched robbery.”

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But others are doubtful because he was found with his wallet, credit cards, watch, phone and other valuables intact.

See Burkman’s request for help:

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Rich’s story has been largely ignored by establishment media. Those who have called attention to the suspicious circumstances surrounding the murder have been branded “conspiracy theorists,” including Fox News host Sean Hannity.

Burkman, however, says he is determined to crack the mysterious Rich case.

“The independent investigation of the Seth Rich murder enters its most important and most probative phase yet. This has become personal, and I will get to the bottom of this no matter the cost,” Burkman said in a statement announcing the ad campaign.

The ad is slated to air in the largest U.S. cities, including Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Philadelphia, in the coming weeks.

Murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich

Murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich

Burkman also has organized the Profiling Project, a Washington, D.C.-based team of forensic psychology graduate students and instructors to find Rich’s killers, in addition to launching a website WhoKilledSeth.com and erecting billboards addressing the murder.

The Republican lobbyist claims Metropolitan Police Department officials are withholding key evidence from the public and obstructing the investigation for political purposes. He’s filed a lawsuit against the MPD, demanding the release of Rich’s medical examiner’s report, autopsy documents and ballistics reports, documents that are typically made public during most murder investigations.

The police’s insistence on withholding the most basic information pertaining to Rich’s murder is suspicious, he said.

As WND reported, the Profiling Project concluded in June that Rich’s murder was most likely “committed by a hired killer or serial murderer” because “the crime scene was very organized to the point of being sanitized.”

Burkman is offering a $105,000 reward of his personal money for information leading to the arrest of Rich’s killer. Also, WikiLeaks is offering $20,000, One America News Network $100,000, the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department $25,000 and Businessman and investor Martin Shkreli $100,000.

The DNC, however, has offered no money for information leading to the arrest of the murderer of its own young staffer.

Instead, the DNC honored its murdered employee by dedicating a bike rack outside its headquarters to Rich’s memory.

The DNC honored its murdered employee, Seth Rich, by dedicating a bike rack with this plaque outside its headquarters to Rich's memory (Photo: screenshot

The DNC honored its murdered employee, Seth Rich, by dedicating a bike rack with this plaque outside its headquarters to Rich’s memory (Photo: screenshot

Murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich

Murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich

On July 22, 2016, just 12 days after Rich’s death and days before the Democratic Party Convention in Philadelphia, WikiLeaks began publishing “44,053 emails and 17,761 attachments” from top DNC officials, leading to speculation that Rich might have been the source of party insider emails turned over to WikiLeaks.

WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange, in an August 2016 interview, appeared to suggest that Rich was one of his sources.

The emails revealed that high-ranking officials of the DNC and the Clinton team sabotaged Sen. Bernie Sander’s candidacy and used racist, anti-gay and sexist slurs when referring to constituents. The revelations led to the resignation of former DNC Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

In an interview with WND, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., warned that Americans should be suspicious and alarmed that the investigation into Rich’s murder is cast off as “conspiracy theory.” He also urged President Trump to meet with Assange.

Rohrabacher met in August with Assange, who said he is seeking a pardon in exchange for “information that will be of dramatic importance to the United States” concerning the source of the DNC email leak during the 2016 presidential election. The California congressman said he walked away from his encounter with the WikiLeaks founder with assurances that Russia and Trump had nothing to do with leaking the emails.

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Chelsea Manning shocked: Canada bans ex-intel analyst for ‘treason’

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Bradley Manning-turned-Chelsea Manning, who was convicted of handing over classified sensitive U.S. military details to be published in WikiLeaks, has expressed surprise that Canada has refused him entry.

But many who noticed Manning’s complaint on Twitter were not at all sympathetic.

“omg this ‘treason’ thing is so, like, annoying,” commented David Rutz, who was joined by Seth Mandel: “Yeah treason tends to go on one’s permanent record.”

The ridicule followed Manning’s complaint: “so, I guess Canada has permanently banned me? @CitimmCanada denied entry b/c of convictions similar to ‘treason’ offense.”

Manning was sentenced in August 2013 to 35 years in a federal facility.

While in prison, he decided to identify as female and began “transitioning.”

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In January, President Obama commuted all but four months of Manning’s sentence.

A notice posted online from the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, stated Manning “is a person who is a foreign national who has not been authorized to enter Canada and who, in my opinion, is inadmissible pursuant to: Paragraph 36(1)(b) in that there are reasonable grounds to believe is a permanent resident or a foreign national who is inadmissible on grounds of serious criminality for having been convicted of an offense outside Canada that, if committed in Canada, would constitute an offence under an Act of Parliament punishable by a maximum term of imprisonment of at least 10 years.”

Twitchy launched into the sarcasm: “Really!? Chelsea Manning SHOCKED by reasons for being denied entry to Canada.”

Alex Griswold responded to the complaint with, “Lol, get convicted of some light treason, and suddenly there are, like, consequences.”

And Ben McDonald said, “Who would have thought that there would be penalties for committing treason.”

Jodi McPhee Giddings said, “I guess they don’t like traitors either.”

“I love Canada now,” said Stephen Miller.

Twitchy noted Manning plans to challenge the decision.

WND reported earlier this month when an offer of a fellowship to Manning by Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government was withdrawn due to a backlash.

One year ago, there were reports Manning tried to commit suicide in prison.

In July 2014, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel approved a recommendation to initiate Manning’s gender reassignment, allowing for counseling and dressing as a woman.

In February 2015, the U.S. Army approved hormone therapy for Manning.

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Top VA health official abruptly steps down

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The acting under secretary for health at the Department of Veterans Affairs abruptly stepped aside on Monday, leaving the agency with yet another leadership void as VA officials prepare ambitious reforms for veterans medical benefits.

Poonam Alaigh, who had served in the post since February, said in a letter to staff that she is resigning from the job for family reasons.

“I want you to know that it has been my greatest honor to serve (VA) Secretary (David) Shulkin, each one of you and all of our veterans,” she wrote. “As I prepare to now leave Washington, I thank you sincerely for what you have helped us to accomplish, moving from being the country’s largest integrated healthcare system into, truly, America’s greatest healthcare system.”

Alaigh had served in the post since Shulkin, the previous top health official, was nominated for the department’s top job in February. Carolyn Clancy, the deputy under secretary of health for organizational excellence who previously served as the acting top health official in 2015, will again step into the post, starting next month.

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Roy Moore takes 16-point lead in Alabama GOP Senate poll

(HOTAIR) — Yes, this poll was conducted over the weekend, after Trump’s rally for Strange on Friday night. And yes, the pollster is legit. It’s Trafalgar, whom you may remember as having called Michigan and Pennsylvania last fall with eerie precision when most others in the field were projecting Hillary Clinton wins by comfortable-ish margins.

My guess was that Moore will win tomorrow night by eight points despite the fact that he’s led by more in various polls of the Alabama runoff. If Trafalgar’s right, the actual margin will be double that. It’ll be a blowout and an embarrassing rebuke to Trump, who not only couldn’t get his guy over the finish line after a rally in Huntsville but couldn’t get him within 15 points of victory.

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