Comedy web series launched on youtube: ‘Living with the Infidels’

The internet is a place for experiments, for pushing boundaries that mainstream television hasn’t yet got the stomach for. Living with the Infidels falls into this category. It’s a comedy — made, it should be emphasised, with the full blessing of the Muslim Council of Great Britain — about an inept Islamic terror cell based in Bradford.

The focus of the series, unsurprisingly, is the unlikely sounding prize of the 72 virgins that will greet a Muslim martyr in heaven, rather than the carnage that will get them there. It’s when two of our potential jihadi warriors are discussing this promised paradise in episode one that a buxom blonde, Abi, walks past them, and their urge to self sacrifice waves discernibly in the presence of such attractive earthly delights. As the series evolves we will see that the qualities of the opposite sex and a good night in the pub persuade the jihadists that the West may be for them after all.

Blears ‘to give Muslims a voice’

Hazel Blears has said there will be “far more” work with Muslim communities to tackle radicalism, but ruled out talking to the most extreme groups. Ten years after US embassy bombings in Africa, the communities secretary said she wanted to help angry young people channel anger through democratic means. But it was not right for ministers to engage with those who justified suicide bombing or the destruction of Israel. A leading de-radicaliser says ministers should listen more to their grievances. As ceremonies mark the 10th anniversary of attacks on embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner said al-Qaeda’s violent tactics had come under mounting criticism from Islamist scholars who had previously supported it. But former jihadi Hanif Qadir, who tries to steer young men in east London away from violence said the number of young British Muslims attracted to violent extremism was growing.

British al-Qaeda recruit talks exclusively to the Daily Mirror

British Muslim Abu Omar has told how the mastermind behind 9/11 urged him to carry out a suicide bombing in London. Omar, who joined al-Qaeda after travelling to Afghanistan to study Islam under the Taliban, was asked during a private meeting with Khalid Sheikh Mohammed to become “a martyr”. Omar said: “He asked me if I’d be interested in doing a martyrdom operation. I just laughed and said there was no way I could do that.” Mohammed – described by the 9/11 Commission as the “principle architect” of the atrocity – did not attempt to pressure Omar into a suicide role. But he was encouraged to take an active part in al-Qaeda attacks in the British capital by carrying out surveillance missions for bombers. And he and other recruits were summoned to meetings with Mohammed and other al-Qaeda leaders and asked to propose terror targets. Omar, who ditched all links with al-Qaeda as soon as he got back to the UK, told of his incredible experiences during a meeting with the Mirror in a secret London location. Between nervous puffs on a cigarette, the quietly spoken Londoner said: “It was the most terrifying and strangest time of my life. I now realise I was terribly naive back then. I’d definitely say it was a huge mistake and if anyone else was thinking of doing the same thing I’d say, ‘Just don’t do it’. “I am very lucky to have got out of Afghanistan alive and I massively regret going. I will look over my shoulder for the rest of my life.” Chris Hughes reports.

Spain court convicts 20 radicals of terrorism charges

A judge in Madrid’s National Court acquitted 20 Islamic terror suspects of the most serious charges in an alleged plot, but convicted them of lesser offences. The court found 18 of 20 suspects guilty of belonging to a terrorist organization, and convicted two others of collaborating in the alleged plot to blow up a court, revealed in late 2004. The three-judge panel said prosecutors failed to provide evidence that the suspects plotted to destroy the court with a suicide bombing, and were thus acquitted of these larger charges. The court however, sentenced the 20 persons to a total of 173 years in prison for having collaborative ties to terrorist organizations, including the al-Qaeda linked _Martyrs for Morocco.’ The National Court is Spain’s primary court for reviewing terrorism cases.