Lessons from Woolwich: The Dangers of Britain’s Islamist Underground

By Christoph Scheuermann

Where did the hatred that led to the murder of a soldier in Woolwich come from? Radical hate preacher Anjem Choudary knew one of the assailants and says he is proud of having “a big influence” on his life. The attack demonstrates how difficult it is to prevent Islamist violence in Britain.

Anjem Choudary grabs a can of Red Bull before he talks about the man with the blood-soaked hands and a meat cleaver — a man who is an acquaintance of his. Choudary doesn’t call what happened in London last week murder, but rather “the operation on Wednesday.”

Wearing a dark robe and sporting a beard that grows down to his chest, Choudary sits down at a table in a café in the northeastern part of the city. The press generally portrays him as a hate monger. In the mid-1990s, he founded the now-banned Islamist organization al-Muhajiroun, in which Michael Adebolajo later participated on a regular basis — the same man with the meat cleaver who hacked a British soldier to death so savagely, and so publicly, that an entire country seemed briefly in shock.

Choudary and Adebolajo know each other well. Between 2005 and 2011, Adebolajo often attended demonstrations organized by Choudary. Usually they protested the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the “crusade of the infidels” against the Muslims, as they called it. In video footage shot by the BBC in 2007, Choudary and Adebolajo can be seen together at a protest in front of a London police station. Choudary is barking into a megaphone. Adebolajo is clad in a white robe and has a serious expression on his face.

Over a period of five years, the two men regularly met, and Adebolajo occasionally listened to Choudary’s sermons. He was “a pleasant, quiet guy” when he first met him, says Choudary, who adds that he was surprised to see him again on TV last Wednesday.

On the televised images, the erstwhile pleasant and quiet Michael Adebolajo, 28 — together with his friend Michael Adebowale, 22 — is standing on a street in the South East London neighborhood of Woolwich on a dreary Wednesday afternoon and wielding a meat cleaver and a kitchen knife. His hands are covered in blood. Passersby are standing nearby and filming him with their mobile phones. On the street behind him lies the lifeless body of soldier Lee Rigby, 25, an infantryman and drummer who performed ceremonial guard duties at Buckingham Palace. “The only reason we have done this is because Muslims are dying every day,” Adebolajo shouts into the camera, adding: “The British soldier is an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth…”


Photo Gallery: The Shock of Woolwich


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BBC Under Fire for Giving Radical Cleric Airtime After Woolwich Attack


Two U.K. politicians have called out the BBC for interviewing an Islamic cleric who refuses to condemn Wednesday’s grisly terror attack where two men beheaded a British soldier.

The Guardian is reporting that Foreign Office minister Baroness Warsi and shadow defense secretary Jim Murphy are speaking critically of the airtime the BBC and Channel 4 have given radical cleric Anjem Choudary in the wake of the Woolwich attack.

Choudary, “who has been an outspoken critic of British military involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan,” knew Woolwich attacker Michael Adebolajo when he converted from Christianity to Islam in 2003. Choudary allegedly impacted Adebolajo’s ideology and reported that Adebolajo changed his name to “Mujahid” upon converting.

To date, Choudary has “refused to condemn the [Woolwich] killing.”

Warsi believes Choudary and his anti-British military ideology have received too much airtime. Speaking on May 23, she said, “We all have a responsibility, including the media, not to give airtime to extremist voices–idiots and nutters who speak for no one but themselves.”

Murphy pointedly criticized the BBC’s decision to give Choudary airtime by tweeting, “Banned by France but welcome on Newsnight. A mistake of the BBC to invite Choudary on the telly tonight.”

The BBC has defended its decision to have Choudary on air. Channel 4 is refusing 

via BBC Under Fire for Giving Radical Cleric Airtime After Woolwich Attack.

British Take to Streets to Protest Barbaric Woolrich Beheading

After the brutal and barbaric murder of an off-duty soldier in Woolwich on Wednesday, Britons took to the street to protest in a massive rally led by the controversial English Defence League. EDL leader Tommy Robinson told the rally in Newcastle, “We cannot allow this soldier’s death to be in vain. We are the only ones who dare say it. When did the truth become hate speech?” Nearly 2,000 people showed up to the rally.

Violence nearly broke out when 350 to 400 counterprotesters showed up, and glass bottles were thrown; counterprotesters shouted “Nazi scum, off our streets.” Dipu Ahad, a Labor councilor, said that EDL were acting as “opportunists.” A handful of would-be protesters were arrested before the rally for posting racist messages on Twitter, according to CNN. EDL, however, encouraged its ralliers to act with care, posting a message online: “NO swearing, NO incitement to violence, No racist remarks, No threats. Please be very aware that the authorities can, do & will monitor these pages & it seems from information we are getting are visiting and arresting people. Keep it safe please.”

The EDL describes itself as “an inclusive movement dedicated to peacefully protesting against Islamic extremism.” Others describe the movement as xenophobic. British Prime Minister David Cameron said in 2010, “The EDL are terrible people, we would always keep these groups under review and if we needed to ban them, we would ban them or any groups which incite hatred.” The British press regularly describes the group as “far-right.” The EDL is pro-Israel and pro-Western in orientation.

via Beitbart.com

French Anti-Terror Soldier Attacked by Bearded, North African Wearing a Jihab

A French Soldier (in uniform) was attacked in Paris while conducting his “anti-terrorist” duties. The soldier’s throat was stabbed by knife-wielding man described by police as “bearded, of North African origin and wearing a light coloured jihab’ under a jacket.”

Fears were raised shortly after an attack in Woolwich London that there would be copy-cat attackers.  The assailant “He pounced on the 23-year-old soldier outside a Virgin store in La Defence, the business district of the city which was packed with Saturday afternoon shoppers.”

The French soldiers wounds were “serious enough” and he is currently being treated at Percy hospital.

‘The attack happened just after 6pm,’ said a police source. ‘The soldier was stabbed repeatedly, most notably in the throat. The attacker ran away and the military are still looking for him, supported by the police. He is around 30 years old and of Arab appearance.”

President Hollande said authorities are investigating if there are any connections between the incident in Paris and the attack in Woolwich, London.

via Breitbart.com

Islamist Fanatics Approach British Soldier in Public Street…

…to Engage in a Peaceful Discussion about the Deeper Meanings of their Islamic Faith, and Demonstrate their Sincere  Butcher him to Death with a Meat Cleaver, in Broad Daylight, in view of Horrified Witnesses

Terrorism returned to the streets of London as two suspected Muslim fanatics butchered a man in broad daylight in the name of “Allah”.

One of the attackers behind the barbaric killing, near the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich, was filmed wielding a bloodied meat cleaver, saying: “We swear by almighty Allah we will never stop fighting you.”

Security has been stepped up at military barracks across London, as witnesses and others close to the area said the victim, pronounced dead immediately, was a serving British soldier. Metropolitan Police officers called to the terrifying scenes opened fire and shot the attackers, who were rushed to nearby hospitals, where one is said to be in a serious condition.

Prime Minister David Cameron described the attack as “truly shocking” while the Home Secretary Theresa May said it was “sickening and barbaric”. At a press conference in Paris, the PM said Britain has faced such terror attacks before and added: “We will never buckle in the face of it.”In expressing solidarity with the PM, French president Francois Hollande referred to the murdered man as a “British soldier”. The Prime Minister, who was planning to stay in Paris overnight, is to return on Wednesday night instead.

After it became clear through witness accounts that the attackers had political and religious motives, the Government held a so-called Cobra emergency response meeting. The meeting, which lasted around an hour, heard security had been tightened at Woolwich barracks and increased at all London barracks, Downing Street said. It was attended by Mrs May, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond, Mayor of London Boris Johnson, Met Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, Met Assistant Commissioner Cressida Dick and intelligence agencies.The meeting was told there are strong indications that it was a terrorist incident.


In a chilling development, footage emerged of one of the suspected killers, apparently explaining his terrifying actions. In the clip, obtained by ITV News, he is heard to say: “We must fight them as they fight us. An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth. I apologise that women have had to witness this today, but in our land our women have to see the same. You people will never be safe. Remove your government, they don’t care about you.” In an extended version on The Sun website, the man adds: “You think David Cameron is going to get caught in the street when we start bussin’ our guns? You think politicians are going to die? No it’s going to be the average guy, like you, and your children. So get rid of them. Tell them to bring our troops back so you can all live in peace.” The attacker, who spoke clear English without a foreign accent, is then seen walking towards the victim, who is lying in the street. Another man is standing by a car that has collided with a road sign.

via Man butchered by terror pair – BelfastTelegraph.co.uk.