WILBRAHAM, MA. (THECOUNT) — The two men who drowned in the Chicopee River Saturday have been identified as 27-year-old Theeb Alyami of Hartford, CT and 25-year-old Jaser Daham Alrakah of Springfield.
Both men were foreign nationals living in the United States from Saudi Arabia and attending local colleges when they died while trying to save a pair of younger swimmers near Cottage Avenue in Ludlow, MA.
The Hampden County District Attorney’s office said that late Friday afternoon, police received a 911 call for a report of swimmers in distress near Red Bridge Road in Wilbraham. Several witnesses told emergency crews when they arrived that two small children had gone into the water and began having difficulty staying above the water due to the current. At that point, several adults went into the water to aid the children, but two of those adults were overtaken by the current and were swept away and did not appear to resurface.
Officials with Western New England University tell Western Mass News that Alrakah was a junior in civil engineering at the school. He transferred there in the fall of 2017.
“The entire Western New England University community joins with Jaser’s family and friends in mourning his tragic loss. By all accounts, he died coming to the aid of others. The University is working with the Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission to support Jaser’s family during this difficult time,” said university spokesperson Dave Stawasz in a statement. Continue reading
This is the San Bernardino female shooter Tashfeen Malik. The mother of one killed 14 people along with her husband, Syed Farook on Wednesday.
Malik was born in Pakistan and moved to Saudi Arabia 25 years ago when she was about four years old. She left her 6-month-old child with the grandmother just before slaughtering 14 at a Christmas party. She was killed in a shootout with police.
Iraqi security forces discovered dozens of dolls which had been converted into bombs in an ISIS plot to kill Shia pilgrims during their pilgrimage.
Baghdad Security forces defused and destroyed the IEDs which had been hidden inside the bodies of plastic children’s toys that were dressed in doll clothes to be scattered on the pilgrimage path.
ISIS had planned on scattering the doll-bombs on the road between the Iraqi capital and Karbala, where millions of Shia Muslims are set to walk during the annual pilgrimage Continue reading
One terrorist involved in the horrific Paris attacks has been identified as registered ‘refugee’ on Leros Island in October. He was found to be carrying a Syrian passport.
Last month, Lebanese education minister Elias Bou Saab sent a warning to British Prime Minister David Cameron that 2 of every 100 refugees coming into Europe were ISIS fighters.
The passport was found on the terrorist who blew himself up outside the soccer stadium in the bloody attack in Paris. Continue reading
Florida’s Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is set to announce a second case of MERS in the United States.
The mysterious virus that has sickened hundreds in the Middle East has now stricken a second American. source
Officials did not immediately release other details about the newest case, however, a news conference has been scheduled for later this afternoon.
I can not endorse the following conspiracy theory as I am allergic to drones..
Glenn Beck expressed that he has new evidence backing him and now The Blaze reported today that Secretary of Homeland Security admitted on Tuesday that the Saudi national had in fact been put on one of the government’s terrorist watch lists, albeit only briefly. When Senator Chuck Grassley asked Napolitano how the student obtained a visa, Napolitano said, He was not on a watchlist.
Isn’t it kind of crazy that we live on this blue marbley ball? We’re not all that far away from one another :)NASA just released this high res photo of Earth, taken by one of their satellites.
Yeah, we’ve all seen these pics, but this new one (NOT THIS THUMBNAIL KEEP READING TO SEE IT) is pretty beautiful. You are looking at Africa, Saudi Arabia and India.
KABUL, AFGHANISTAN – DECEMBER 16: Afghan Shia muslims mark the Day of Ashura by striking themselves with knives till they become bloody, on December 16, 2010 in Kabul, Afghanistan. The day of Ashura is a national holiday on the 10th day of Muharram in the Islamic calendar. Men take part in a ritual beating of themselves as they mourn the martyrdom of Husayn ibn Ali, the grandson of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad.