The Weekly Standard caught the glaring omission in the president’s statement, which, while condemning the “horrific attack” and vowing to continue to help Pakistan “combat terrorism and extremism,” never actually named the terrorist group:
The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms today’s horrific attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar, Pakistan. Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims, their families, and loved ones. By targeting students and teachers in this heinous attack, terrorists have once again shown their depravity. We stand with the people of Pakistan, and reiterate the commitment of the United States to support the Government of Pakistan in its efforts to combat terrorism and extremism and to promote…
Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Monday will call for a package of gun restrictions, including a renewal of the state’s one-a-month limit on handgun purchases and a requirement that private vendors at gun shows perform background checks.
McAuliffe will also propose keeping guns away from people convicted of crimes related to domestic violence and revoking concealed-handgun permits for parents who are behind on child-support payments.
The radical self-styled Muslim Sheik Man Haron Monis behind the siege that saw 17 people held hostage in the Lindt cafe on Martin Place was a “damaged-goods individual” who could have lashed out because he felt he had “nothing to lose”, his former lawyer says.
Monis, who was killed during the final minutes of the siege in Sydney’s CBD, was no stranger to police; with a long rap sheet including allegations of sexual abuse and organising the murder of his ex-wife.
Monis was born Manteghi Bourjerdi and fled from Iran to Australia in 1996 where he changed his name to Man Haron Monis and assumed the title of Sheik Haron.
Lawyer Manny Conditsis, who represented Monis when he was charged last year with being accessory to the murder of ex-wife Noleen Hayson Pal, described the self-declared sheik as a “damaged-goods individual”.