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Haider, whose family arrived in Australia from Afghanistan about 10 years ago, was a conscientious boy until a couple of years ago, when he began associating with people who held radical Islamist views.
Haider’s parents grew worried as he began staying out late at night and would not return home for extended periods. He had been associating with a radical Islamic group called Al-Furqan, though it is understood he had recently moved away from the group.
Based in Springvale, in Melbourne’s south-east, associates of Al-Furqan were the targets of terrorism raids by Victoria Police and the Australian Federal Police in 2012.
Abdul Numan Haider was quiet, gentle and softly spoken, friend says. Youth camp mate says teen terrorism suspect shot dead by police in Melbourne seemed to be looking for answers…
At a Muslim youth camp in Victoria early last year, Abdul Numan Haider attended every lecture, enthusiastically took part in sport and tried his best at camp quizzes. He had to be woken up for dawn prayer but he never complained.
Haider’s cabin mate spent nine days with him and remembers him as “quiet, very gentle, very softly spoken”. The camp catered for young people of all backgrounds, many from disadvantaged families. The theme last year was “The Prophet”.
And then the paper gets confused:
The man, who prefers to remain anonymous, says he remembers, too, that Haider seemed to be looking for answers, and asking questions. He was curious, trying to work out his place in the world, and in Australia, as a young Muslim man.
“I didn’t think he was very learned about the religion. His knowledge was basic, he was not well informed,” he said. “I do remember he was the most gentle, quiet, loving person in the camp.”
To which the paper adds:
For those who knew Haider, what he is alleged to have done is unfathomable. He was a “skinny small boy”, a devout Muslim who prayed at the Hallam mosque in Narre Warren, among other places.
And more confusion:
One man, Mustafa, demanded to see the CCTV footage. Several asked why the police had not shot Haider in the leg rather than killed him. Another said that the cancellation of passports had led to distrust of police and intelligence agencies.
Police and politicians were anxious to calm everyone down and went out of their way to emphasise that what happened on Tuesday night was not about religion or ethnicity, but about allegations about the actions of an individual.
They are nervous about Islamic anger and equally anxious about anti-Muslim sentiment spilling out of control.
Eh? They say it’s not about race but it is about race and religion?
“Victoria police will not tolerate any act of racism and intolerance,” said [Victoria’s police commissioner, Ken] Lay. “Extreme behaviour has nothing whatsoever to do with faith”.
Go that? The Guardian hasn’t. Because it then notes:
The man who shared a cabin with Haider tried to explain the complexity of what many Muslims are feeling. “There’s always a sense of misplacement and doubt over whether you belong,” he said.
Police suspect the 18-year-old man shot dead outside the Endeavour Hills police stationed planned to behead officers and post the images online. Numan Haider used a small knife to attack an Australian Federal Police officer and a Victorian policeman before he was shot dead with a single shot.
When Haider was searched he was found to be carrying a larger knife and an Islamic State flag.
Police believe the plan was to follow instructions from the international terror group Islamic State and behead the officers, cover the bodies in the flag and then take photos to post via the internet.
The airstrike map shown by Army Lt. Gen. William Mayville, Jr., Director of Operations J3, as he briefs the news media on operations in Syria, at the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen) Date: 23/09/2014
THE US-led attack on Islamic State is leading the news cycle. Every report contains the fact that five Arab states are backing the assault. One of them is Qatar.
A woman belonging to the Self-Defense Council of Michoacan, (CAM) inspects a bedroom in the abandoned home of an alleged member of the Templar Knights drug cartel in Paracuaro, Mexico, Friday Jan. 17, 2014. According to the vigilante group, the owner of the home was nicknamed “El Botas” or “the Boots”. Vigilantes in Michoacan state insist they won’t lay down their guns until top leaders of a powerful drug cartel are arrested, defying government orders as federal forces try to regain control in a lawless region. (AP Photo/Felix Marquez) Date: 17/01/2014
MEXICAN news site MVS has relased a video of two reporters from Mexico’s Michoacan state appearing to accept money from one of the country’s most wanted drug lords, Servando Gomez, leader of the Knights Templar Cartel.
The men then discuss a “communication strategy” to improve the cartel’s image and are heard asking for trucks and cameras.
BARACK Obama has ordered air strikes on Islamic State. Washington, France and five named Arab nations have joined the fight on the jihadists.
“I can confirm that US military and partner nation forces are undertaking military action against Isil terrorists in Syria,” said Rear Admiral John Kirby, a Pentagon press secretary, in a statement. “Given that these operations are ongoing, we are not in a position to provide additional details at this time.”
The Washington Post said the Arab states helping the US are: Saudi Arabia, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. Oh, and Qatar is playing a “supporting role”.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, adjusts his translation ear piece during a U.N. Security Council meeting, Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, at the United Nations headquarters. The Security Council met Friday to discuss the situation of the Islamic State group in Iraq. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
HOW’S that pledge not to be like Mitt Romney going?
Two months before the 2012 presidential election, Vice President Biden warned on the campaign trail that Mitt Romney wanted to go to war with Syria…
“He said it was a mistake to set an end date for our warriors in Afghanistan and bring them home. He implies by the speech that he’s ready to go to war in Syria and Iran,” Biden said in his speech.
Biden also went after the Republican presidential nominee when Romney called Russia America’s “number one geopolitical foe.”
“He wants to move from cooperation to confrontation with Putin’s Russia,” Biden said. “And these guys say the president’s out of touch? Out of touch? Swiss bank account, untold millions in the Cayman Islands. Who’s out of touch, man?”
Let’s start by getting our definitions straight. An internet troll is someone who comes into a discussion and posts comments designed to upset or disrupt the conversation. Often, it seems like there is no real purpose behind their comments except to upset everyone else involved. Trolls will lie, exaggerate, and offend to get a response.
Chief of the Forensic Police Institute Pornchai Suteerakune updates reporters on the deaths of two British tourists who were found dead on a beach in Koh Tao, a popular diving destination in the Gulf of Thailand, in Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. Police on the scenic Thai resort island searched hotels and workers’ residences Tuesday looking for clues into the slayings of the tourists whose nearly naked, battered bodies were found on a beach a day earlier.(AP photo/Sakchai Lalit)
KOH Tao murders: A look at reporting on the murders or David Miller and Hannah Witheridge.
THE killer of two Brits in Thailand may have been motivated by “sexual jealousy”, local police say. They are investigating a row between David Miller and a Thai man who tried to chat up Hannah Witheridge in a bar. Police spokesman Kissana Phathanachareon said: “We still believe sexual jealously is at the heart of this crime.”
What else is believed?
It is believed David stepped in to help Hannah in the bar — and died as he tried to protect her from their killers.
THE DAILY MAIL says “Nazi-saluting thugs” stained the Scotland indy referendum no-vote victory celebrations in Glasgow. The Mail says things became “nasty”. There were songs, such as “You can stick your independence up your arse”, “If you hate Alex Salmond clap your hands” and the Sectarian mainstay God Save the Queen.
One drunken protester boasted that ‘Glasgow would burn for voting Yes,’ claiming it was now ‘payback time’.
The beach front at Margate showing the crowds of holiday makers. Date: 31/07/1946
THE Dreamland site in Margate, Kent, is billed as “Britain’s oldest surviving rollercoaster”. By surviving the blurb means not yet fallen down. Built in 1920, the Scenic Railway fell into disrepair when the attraction closed in 2005 and was then badly damaged by an arson attack in 2008. The refurbishment of the Grade II listed ride, is part of an £18m project to reopen the amusement park in 2015.
Margate was once the resort of choice for families and youth:
Holidaymakers continue like normal (bottom left) before trouble flares up again between mods and rockers on Margate beach Date: 18/05/1964
The beach front at Margate showing the crowds of holiday makers. Ref #: PA.7548773 Date: 31/07/1946
Sculptor Antony Gormley stands in front of his 25 metre high ‘Waste Man’, a giant sculpture made out of waste wood, paper and cardboard, at Dreamland, Margate. Picture date: Thursday September 28, 2006.
Lest we forget. You can keep the Costa Brava and all that palava, going no farther, me i’d rather have me a day down Margate with all me family”…
Protesters on Whitehall, London, who are calling for help from the government for the Yazidi religious minority who have been forced to flee after attacks by Islamic State extremists in northern Iraq. Picture date: Friday August 8, 2014.
A FORMER former Islamic State member has been talking to YourMiddleEast:
In this interview “Omer” explains how he left his hometown in Iraqi Kurdistan to join the Syrian opposition and eventually became an IS member, what he witnessed and the reasons for which he risked his life to exit the extremist Islamic organisation.
WHEN you rob a man who collects medieval weapons, wear armour:
Jimmy Morgan Jr. met burglar Thomas McGowan, who had broken into to the weapons’ collector’s home. Mr Morgans reaches below his bed and pulls out the spear he keeps there in case of emergencies:
“This door is open within five seconds, probably within three seconds; this door was open and he was standing no more than two to three feet away from me. I looked at him, I didn’t see any weapons however I was terrified. He started retreating and I started advancing and I was stalking him here, you never cross your legs, and I cornered him right here. The door was locked and shut. He was panicked at this point. He said, ‘I can’t get out, I can’t get out’. As he was running, he smeared blood from here to high heaven and he splattered here and he splattered there and splattered all over there. It was like a deer.
“It’s called the SCA. It’s a medieval fighting and we do use spears and swords and things of that nature. I don’t have a firearm so I have a short spear, very quick, very agile and very deadly. I am a Christian man and I don’t want to take life, however I want to make sure that he understands that his life was mine to take. I let him have it.”
IS private schooling fair? Janice Turner writes in the Times:
Having experienced both systems, I agree with Jonathan Leigh, Master of Marlborough College. Private schools must avoid becoming “isolated enclaves of privilege”, he said this week, by engaging with the local community and neighbouring state schools. Maybe not least for the benefit of their own cocooned kids.
It’s about playing fields. They’re not level. The private school parents have to pay a fortune for greenery; the state-school pupils have to find gaps between housing schemes.
TO Chicago, where 33-year-old registered nurse Rachel Shaper has been sacked for allegedly assailing 60-year-old patient John Cantone with “initiated unsolicited sexual relations, including intercourse”.
Shaper was sacked for “crossing professional boundaries with a patient.”
Warren County Undersheriff Shawn Lamouree poses in front of the department’s mine resistant ambush protected vehicle, or MRAP, on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, in Queensbury, N.Y. For police and sheriff’s departments, which have scooped up 165 of the mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicles, or MRAPS, since they became available this summer, the price and the ability to deliver shock and awe while serving warrants or dealing with hostage standoffs was just too good to pass up. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
DID you hear about the LA School district that surrendered the grenade launcher the Pentagon gave it?
Are the children now defenceless?
Well, no. They still have the military rifles and mine resistant vehicle (MRAP).