Germany – German politicians have reacted strongly to reports of young Salafists conducting nightly "Sharia police" patrols in the city of Wuppertal, ordering people to stop various activities it was reported on the 8 Sep 14. The men have been photographed wearing orange hi-visibility jackets emblazoned with the words "Shariah police" on the back. The men reportedly approached passers-by near nightclubs and gambling houses to deter them from un-Islamic activities such as drinking alcohol and gambling. Ministers in Angela Merkel's coalition have denounced the youths' actions and said that Germany would not tolerate such Sharia activity. Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said that the civilians could not patrol the streets instead of German police. The leader of the patrols, Sven Lau, said that the men were simply attempting to create a debate about Sharia law within Germany and the "Sharia police" was never a serious endeavour. 361 COMMENT: Germany as well as the United Kingdom have had a small minority trying to change the system illegally. This is not about encouraging a debate it is about attempting to see how far they can take things before they get pulled up for it. They want to see if they can push things similar to the Rotherham case in the UK where Muslims exploited young females for sex. If they pull the race card then they believe they can get away with it. However, if they are not stopped by the authorities in both countries then the right-wing groups will continue creating more problems along the way as law and order deteriorates and the propaganda and recruitment effect works and the radicals move in. COMMENT ENDS
United Kingdom/Syria – Strikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) inside Syria could be launched without an invitation from the Syrian government, British Prime Minister David Cameron said on the 4 Sep 14 raising one of the first justifications for foreign military action in Syria without the government’s consent. Speaking at the start of the week at the NATO summit in Wales, Cameron suggested that under international law, the West does not need an invitation from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to attack ISIS within Syrian borders due to the illegitimacy of his government according to a British newspaper. Describing ISIS as a direct threat to the UK, Cameron also stepped up his case for British involvement in U.S. airstrikes against ISIS targets in Iraq, although he stopped short of declaring his country would definitely join the U.S. mission. The prime minister also indicated his interest in forming an international coalition to carry out operations in Iraq. Since late Aug 14, Washington has been pushing for an international campaign against ISIS, including attempts to recruit partners for potential joint military action. Meanwhile, NATO also appeared to have a change of heart on Thursday, when its secretary-general said it would “seriously” consider any requests from the Iraqi government for assistance in fighting ISIS. U.S. President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron declared on the 4 Sep 14 that their countries would “not be cowed” by ISIS extremists, after a second American journalist was confirmed dead from an execution-style killing by an ISIS militant.