Another 9/11 attack ‘around the corner’ if Biden wins, warns bin Laden’s niece

Noor bin Ladin (R) says Trump needs to be re-elected in November election. (FILE/AFP/Supplied)
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Updated 06 September 2020

Another 9/11 attack ‘around the corner’ if Biden wins, warns bin Laden’s niece

  • Bin Laden niece says only Trump can prevent another 9/11 from happening
  • Noor bin Ladin says Daesh thrived under Obama/Biden administration

DUBAI: The niece of Osama bin Laden says another 9/11-style attack could be imminent if Joe Biden wins the presidential election later this year.

Noor bin Ladin told US daily, the New York Post, that she believed Daesh thrived under the Obama/Biden administration and said she would be voting for Trump to remain in the Oval office.

“ISIS proliferated under the Obama/Biden administration, leading to them coming to Europe. Trump has shown he protects America and us by extension from foreign threats by obliterating terrorists at the root and before they get a chance to strike,” she said.

Describing herself as “an American at heart,” the 33-year-old, who lives in Switzerland, said she had been a Trump supporter since he announced he was running for office in 2015, adding “I admire this man’s resolve.”

“He must be re-elected … It’s vital for the future of not only America, but western civilization as a whole,” she said.

“You look at all the terrorist attacks that have happened in Europe over the past 19 years. They have completely shaken us to the core … [Radical Islam] has completely infiltrated our society,” she said

“In the US it’s very worrying that the left has aligned itself completely with the people who share that ideology.”

She is the daughter of Osama bin Laden’s older half-brother Yeslam Bin Ladin, and Swiss author, Carmen Dufour – who separated in 1988.

Her father was the older half-brother of terror mastermind Osama bin Laden. (FILE/AFP)

She, along with her two sisters, international pop star Wafah and Najia, were raised in Switzerland – adding that her father had played “no role in her life.”

She was 14 when her uncle ordered the deadly 9/11 attacks.

“I was so devastated,” she told the newspaper. “I had been going to the states with my mum several times a year from the age of three onwards. I considered the US my second home.”

In what has been described as her “first ever interview,” she said she was a consumer of American conservative media, her favorite TV showing being “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Fox News.

The newspaper said she was “chummy with rising GOP star Laura Loomer, who is running for congress in Florida as a “ferocious opponent of radical Islam.”

“Laura has been very vocal about this and I commend her for being brave enough and speaking out,” bin Ladin, whose family spell their differently from her terrorist uncle, said.

And she said she regularly wore the trademark “Make America Great Again” cap of Trump supporters – something she said she was recently attacked for in Switzerland.

“I am minding my own business and this woman in her late 50s charges toward me and starts speaking very loudly and aggressively to me,” she explained.

“She’s yelling at me and saying how can I be wearing this and Trump is the worst president ever and she’s basically dumping on my beloved president … She told me three times, ‘You’re stupid.’ I kept my cool, and needless to say I kept my hat!”

Indian court accused of ‘betrayal’ over mosque verdict

Updated 01 October 2020

Indian court accused of ‘betrayal’ over mosque verdict

  • Senior BJP officials acquitted of conspiracy to destroy historic Muslim place of worship

NEW DELHI: A special court in the northern Indian city of Lucknow on Wednesday acquitted all 32 politicians and senior leaders from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of conspiring to demolish the 16th-century Babri Mosque in 1992, ruling that the move was not “preplanned.”

Muslims described the judgment as “yet another betrayal by the judiciary.”

The BJP under the leadership of then-party president Lal Krishna Advani led a political campaign in the late 1980s and early 1990s to build a temple on the site of the disputed 16th-century mosque in the eastern city of Ayodhya, claiming that it was built by the first Mughal ruler Babar. 

On Dec. 6, 1992, in response to a call by BJP leaders, hundreds of Hindu extremists gathered at the disputed site and demolished the mosque, resulting in religious riots across the country that claimed more than 2,000 lives.

Most of the BJP leaders and its affiliates were blamed for razing the Babri Mosque.

However, on Wednesday, Surendra Kumar Yadav, the judge at the special court, said that the demolition of the 500-year-old mosque was not pre-planned.

“They have been acquitted for lack of evidence,” defense lawyer K.K. Mishra said after the verdict.

Muslims reacted to the verdict with disappointment.

“The judgment pronounced by the special CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) court is wrong. We will appeal in the high court,” Zafaryab Jilani, general secretary of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board, said.

The BJP was elated with the court’s decision.

“It is a moment of happiness for all of us; we chanted ‘Jai Shri Ram’ (Hail Ram) after the court’s verdict. The judgment vindicates my personal and BJP’s belief and commitment toward the Ram Janmabhoomi Movement. Along with millions of my countrymen, I now look forward to the completion of the beautiful Shri Ram Mandir (temple) at Ayodhya,” 92-year-old Advani, one of the accused in the case, said.

Another BJP leader and former party president, Murli Manohar Joshi, who was also among the accused, called the judgment “historic.”

“This proves that no conspiracy was hatched for the incident in Ayodhya. Our program and rallies were not part of any conspiracy,” Joshi, 86, said.

The verdict comes 10 months after the Supreme Court’s controversial judgment giving the disputed land to a Hindu trust and awarding five acres of land to Muslim petitioners to build a structure of their choice at another location in the city.

“It’s a betrayal by the court,” Ayodhya-based Hajji Mahboob, one of the original Muslim petitioners, told Arab News.

“So many BJP leaders have claimed openly that they were involved in demolishing the Babri Mosque. If the court gives this kind of one-sided verdict, I can only say that it is compromised,” he said.

“We know that there cannot be any justice for Muslims in this country because all the decisions given by the courts are wrong,” he added.

Reacting to the verdict, the main opposition Congress party said it was “counter to the Supreme Court judgment.” 

The apex court held that the demolition of the Babri mosque was clearly illegal and an “egregious violation of the rule of law.” 

“But the Special Court exonerated all the accused. It is clear that the decision of the Special Court runs counter to the decision of the Supreme Court,” Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said.

The demolition of the mosque was “a deep-rooted political conspiracy to destroy the country’s communal amity and brotherhood, and to usurp power at any cost,” he added.

According to Hilal Ahamd, of New Delhi-based think tank Center for the Study of Developing Societies, there is a growing belief among Muslims that India is a Hindu country and “they have to adjust themselves accordingly.”

Meanwhile, former chairman of the minority commission Zafar ul Islam Khan said the verdict will encourage the BJP to take the law into its own hands in the belief that the police and judiciary will protect them.

Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay, a New Delhi political analyst who has written several books on the Hindu right-wing politics, said: “The demolition of the mosque was a criminal offense and the failure to establish guilt after 28 years is unfortunate.”

He described the verdict as “a betrayal for Muslims and risky for the security of the country if its largest minority keeps getting marginalized like this.”