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August 02, 2005
By Dan Murphy and Howard LaFranchi | Staff writers of The Christian Science Monitor
Persistent suicide bombings in Iraq. Attacks on London subways. Explosions at an Egyptian resort.
Whether related or not, these recent incidents have heightened global concern about the spread of radical Islamist militancy. And they raise questions about the current reach of Al Qaeda and groups with similar ideology. Today and tomorrow, the Monitor examines the origins of Islamic terrorism and how it is evolving now.
What is Al Qaeda today compared to five years ago?
In some ways it is less like the Al Qaeda of 2001 than like the Al Qaeda of the mid-1990s, before it was able to build up organizationally with a base of operations in Afghanistan. It is best understood as a radical ideology loosely inspiring a disparate and very decentralized set of localized Islamist extremist organizations.
For some terrorism experts, Al Qaeda as an organization simply no longer exists. Its Afghan training and indoctrination sites are gone. Key leaders have been killed or captured, or are on the run. Yet Al Qaeda as an ideology of global confrontation and jihad, "struggle" or "holy war," still exists.
"That is why I speak of 'Al Qaedaism' as more of a factor today than Al Qaeda," says Magnus Ranstorp of the Center for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.
Who are Al Qaeda's leaders?
Osama bin Laden, still at large, founded the organization in 1988, along with Mohammed Atef (aka Abu Hafs al-Masri), an Egyptian who was killed in a US airstrike in Afghanistan. The group has a shura, or consultative council, the composition of which is unknown. But some of the people "most wanted" for organizing operations under Al Qaeda's name or ideology, such as Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, are not believed to be part of any centralized leadership.
Are they still organizing operations?
The Al Qaeda leadership may maintain some command-and-control capability from suspected locations in or near Pakistan - despite Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf's recent declaration about a smashed Al Qaeda. One possible example: In a tape released June 17 by the Arab television network Al Jazeera, Al Qaeda No. 2 Ayman al-Zawahiri called for revenge against Britain for allying with the US. Some experts believe such tapes are directives to proceed with an operation. In any case, the London bombings soon followed.
ALLIES: Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah and President Bush talk in April. Their ties have angered jihadists. (AP/WHITE HOUSE)
What do the militants want?
For Islamist militants, the long-term objective is an Islamic superstate, or caliphate. Narrower objectives include the end of the state of Israel and toppling secular Middle Eastern regimes like Egypt's. It is an article of faith that the US and all secular Western states stand in their way, and weakening those states is seen as positive for all their objectives.
Who is their main enemy?
The global jihad has long named two types of targets: the "near enemy" (Israel or secular Arab regimes) and the "far enemy" - America and its allies. Zawahiri was always more interested in the "near enemy" that stood in the way of an Islamic state in his homeland, Egypt. Bin Laden was more interested in the "far enemy," because he felt success could not be achieved closer to home until US financial and military backing for these regimes was eroded. When Zawahiri merged his Egyptian Islamic Jihad with Al Qaeda in 1998, the two trends were brought together.
What Is their ideal society?
They want a society that applies the Koran literally and adheres to the social practices that prevailed at the time of the prophet Muhammad. It would not be democratic in any modern sense, though there are provisions for shura, or consultation - generally interpreted to mean the leader should take advice from trusted community members. In their interpretation of Islam, women and men have defined roles, and women generally have fewer rights.
Their views stem from the Salafi movement within Islam's Sunni sect, the religion's largest. For a Salafi adherent, interpretation of the Koran stops 1,300 years ago, with Muhammad, his companions, and the three generations that followed them.
What about Wahhabi thinking - is that behind Al Qaeda?
While many in the West use the term Wahhabi, practitioners of this Sunni school reject the notion that they belong to any particular sect. To their thinking, they are simply following the true path of Islam. They are Salafi followers of Mohammed ibn abd al-Wahhab, an 18th century Arabian preacher. Although the vast majority of Salafis are not involved in violence, almost all attacks linked to Al Qaeda have been carried out by people under the Salafi umbrella. The House of Saud helped this school become Saudi Arabia's dominant interpretation of Islam. Many Saudis refuse to view Osama bin Laden as a Wahhabi, rejecting his thirst for overthrowing the Saudi regime. Wahhabis are supremely intolerant of Shiites, seeing practices such as the veneration of historic Imams Hussein and Ali as a breach of monotheism.
What are the roots of violent jihad?
Ibn Taymiyah, a 13th century scholar, is an intellectual forerunner of the modern Salafis. He rejected Sufi and Shiite Muslims, describing the latter as apostates who deserved death. Appearing in an era when crusaders remained in the Middle East, he advocated a muscular approach to Islam that called on believers to fight infidel invaders. The modern Salafi revival is generally traced to late 19th and early 20th century opposition to colonial rule, and was particularly taken up by Egyptian thinkers, who saw in it a way to oppose Western colonialism and modernize without giving up Islamic values. The foundation of Israel was seen by most Muslims, of all strains, as a hostile act that undermined Islam. For Salafis it was a call to jihad, to regain the land and holy places they felt had been usurped. Frustration mounted with the 1967 Arab defeat by Israel, which many Muslims interpreted as a sign of God's displeasure.
But the Salafi group around bin Laden really took hold after the 1991 Gulf War. Bin Laden was a wealthy Saudi who had helped support Afghans and Arab volunteers in the jihad against the Soviet Union in the 1980s, with financial support from Pakistani intelligence and the CIA. He wanted to lead an Arab and Muslim effort to end Saddam Hussein's occupation of Kuwait. He and his followers were enraged and humiliated that a US-led coalition repelled Hussein and that US troops were then stationed in Saudi Arabia, home to Islam's holiest places. Citing this issue, bin Laden and Zawahiri announced the "World Islamic Front for Jihad Against Crusaders and Jews" in 1998.
What does the Koran say about violence against civilians?
As with most religions, it is a question of where emphasis is placed. The Koran has fairly clear injunctions against murder, including "Whoever slays a human being, unless it be for murder or for spreading corruption on earth, it shall be as though he had slain all mankind" (5:32). Suicide is warned against even more strongly: "Do not kill yourselves ... whoever does so, in transgression and wrongfully, we shall roast in a fire" (4:29). Warfare in certain circumstances is condoned, even urged, just as in the Old Testament, but there are limits. "Fight in the cause of God against those who fight against you, but do not transgress limits. God loves not transgressors" (2:190) and "let there be no hostility, except to those who practice oppression" (2:193).
In the most widespread interpretations, such verses bar both attacks on civilians and suicide attacks, while allowing Muslims to fight against those who directly attack them. But how does one define the meaning of "those who practice oppression" or "spreading corruption on earth" or even "those who fight against you?" It is here that the minority of Islamist radicals who attack civilians find their wiggle room. ====================================================
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WASHINGTON, Aug. 1, 2005 Iraqi and coalition soldiers conducted targeted searches for terrorist operatives in Fallujah, Iraq, July 30, military officials reported.
Soldiers with the 1st Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 1st Iraqi Intervention Force, and soldiers with the U.S. Army's 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, searched more than 445 homes during the operation. A cache of bomb-making materials was found, including an artillery fuse, 20 blasting caps and five triggering devices.
Officials noted that all of the items were found hidden in an air conditioning duct staged on a pile of trash. An Iraqi explosive ordnance disposal team removed the materials.
Three suspected terrorists were detained during the operation. Two of the suspects were found in possession of an AK-47 assault rifle, five loaded magazines, four bayonets and insurgent propaganda materials. The third suspect had a .38- caliber revolver.
In a similar operation, soldiers with the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 1st Iraqi Intervention Force, searched 205 houses and captured one mortar tripod and an improvised explosive device detonator, while detaining four suspected terrorists.
(From a Multinational Security Transition Command news release.)
By Gerry J. Gilmore - American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Aug. 1, 2005 Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld likes to take his office with him and stay connected to events on the ground when he flies overseas to visit with troops and confer with U.S. and allied military and civilian officials.
Rumsfeld's "flying Pentagon" of choice is an Air Force E-4B aircraft, a highly modified Boeing 747-200 four-engine jet. Known as the National Airborne Operations Center, the plane boasts sophisticated communications equipment as well as the capability to be refueled in flight.
The commander of the NAOC, Army Col. David L. Molinelli, pointed out July 24 during Rumsfeld's recent trip to Central Asia and Iraq that use of the converted 747 enables the secretary to conduct a variety of secure communications with senior government and military officials back on the ground. The NAOC, the colonel said, is a joint-service organization with headquarters at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., with the E4Bs assigned to the 55th Wing there.
"We have the day-to-day mission of the backup to the National Military Command Center in the Pentagon" in case of a national emergency, Molinelli explained. "We also provide support to the secretary of defense for his travel when we have aircraft available to do so."
The E-4B has "a more robust communications platform" than other available aircraft, Molinelli noted, including video-teleconferencing capability that provides Rumsfeld with "a link back to his office and his subject-matter experts" at the Pentagon. And the aircraft's capability to be refueled in flight can save the secretary "almost a day of travel" when he's making some long-distance trips, the colonel said.
Flying at about 400 mph above Scotland en route to Kyrgyzstan on July 24, Rumsfeld's E-4B needed more fuel. Air Force pilot Maj. "Spike" Tellier of the 1st Airborne Command and Control Squadron based at Offutt made adjustments to link up with a KC-135 aerial refueling aircraft that was positioned just above and ahead of the E-4B.
After being attached to the tanker's fuel nozzle, the E-4B began receiving 90,000 pounds of JP-8 fuel, as flight engineer Master Sgt. Mike Skoworn maintained radio contact with the tanker, which was on autopilot during the refueling operation. Within the hour, a second tanker on the scene would deliver another 90,000 pounds of fuel to the thirsty E-4B.
"If we had to land somewhere and refuel, it would add, easily, three hours to the flight," Air Force Lt. Col. Bill Zehner, an instructor pilot, remarked in the cockpit during the refueling operation.
The E-4B crew also includes a group of flight attendants who prepare and serve food and beverages and much more, said Tech. Sgt. Kris D. Laeding, the chief attendant.
"We also take care of safety," said Laeding, a 41-year-old Air Force veteran of 22 years. We're in charge of the emergency equipment." The attendants also operate the aircraft's doors, she noted, and transact passport and visa business with foreign travel officials at the plane's ports-of-call.
"We're the 'eyes and ears' for the entire main deck of the aircraft, where all the passengers and crew sit," Laeding explained. And, all meals served on board are prepared with fresh ingredients by the crew in the E-4B's versatile galley, she noted.
"I love this job. It's challenging, for one. And, you get to see a lot of places," Laeding said.
The original E-4A model was fielded in the mid-1970s to replace previous aircraft used to provide an airborne national military command center in the event of nuclear war, said Air Force Master Sgt. Gregory S. Grieser, superintendent of the E-4B's airborne communications. The upgraded E-4B was introduced in 1980.
The Cold War ended in 1991, but the four E-4Bs in the fleet fly on with state-of-the-art equipment to "provide all the communications, secure and nonsecure, to support the Joint Staff in a time of conflict, so they can support our national leaders," Grieser, a 45-year-old Detroit Lakes, Minn., native, explained.
Since 1994, with the approval of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, E-4Bs can be deployed to support Federal Emergency Management Agency requests for assistance during natural disasters.
National Airborne Operations Center commander Army Col. David L. Molinelli, right, and Air Force Capt. Brian K. Phillippy, a communications control officer, scan data on a laptop computer July 24 aboard Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld's E-4B aircraft during the secretary's recent trip to Central Asia and Iraq. Use of the converted Boeing 747 enables the secretary to conduct a variety of secure communications with senior government and military officials back on the ground. (Photo by Gerry J. Gilmore)
Flying above Scotland en route to Kyrgyzstan on July 24, Air Force pilot Maj. "Spike" Tellier of the 1st Airborne Command and Control Squadron based at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., makes adjustments to link up with a KC-135 aerial refueling aircraft that was positioned just above and ahead of the E-4B during Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld's recent trip to Central Asia and Iraq. (Photo by Gerry J. Gilmore)
Monday, August 1, 2005
Afghan President Hamid Karzai (R) shakes hands with the new U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan Ronald Neumann after he accepted his credentials in Kabul August 1, 2005. (REUTERS/Ahmad Masood)
Deadly riots erupt in Sudan after Garang death
02 August 2005
KHARTOUM: At least 24 people were killed in Khartoum on Monday in riots sparked by the death of John Garang, who led Sudan's southern rebels for two decades before making peace and joining the government he fought.
Garang, a key figure in a January peace deal hailed a rare success story for Africa, became the first vice-president on July 9. He died over the weekend after the Ugandan presidential helicopter he was travelling in went down in bad weather.
As news of his death spread on Monday, thousands of his southern Sudanese supporters who had greeted a triumphant Garang when he became first vice president in July, took to the streets of Khartoum, wielding knives and bars, looting shops, starting fires and clashing with police.
Two police officers said 24 people, including police, were killed in the rioting. A Khartoum resident earlier said two people had been killed in his street.
"They (southerners) are beating anybody they see who looks like they are Arab," Swayd Abdullah, a student, said.
"People have been running all over the streets. The policemen are taking people from the streets. There is fire and smoke," a Reuters TV witness said.
The Khartoum governor announced a curfew from 6pm until 6am in the capital.
The rioting was some of the worst in the Sudanese capital in recent years. In May, displaced southerners attacked a police station in a camp on the outskirts of the capital and at least 17 police and residents were killed in the violence.
Members of Garang's southern Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) and the government in Khartoum bitter enemies during the 21-year conflict both promised to maintain the peace agreement Garang helped bring about.
Six of Garang's companions and a crew of seven also died in the crash near the Sudan-Uganda border, Khartoum said on Monday, though a member of the southern Sudan leadership council said 17 bodies were recovered.
Garang's death stunned the region, where Sudan's neighbours helped negotiate an end to the continent's longest civil war.
"It's shocking the loss of a visionary leader," Kenya's Lt. Gen. Lazarus Sumbeiywo, who was the chief mediator in the Sudan peace talks, said.
"My prayer is that the Sudanese will remain level-headed."
Sudan's President Omar Hassan al-Bashir expressed confidence the power-sharing peace accord would remain intact.
"We are confident that the peace agreement will proceed as it was planned," he said in a televised statement.
At an SPLM news conference in Nairobi, members wept in grief. "Sudan has lost its loved son Dr John Garang," said Salva Kiir, deputy leader and Garang's probable replacement.
"We want to assure everyone that the leadership and all cadres of the SPLM/SPLA (Sudan People's Liberation Army) will remain united and strive to faithfully implement the comprehensive peace agreement."
SPLM leaders were heading to New Site in southern Sudan for a crisis meeting. Garang's body arrived there early on Monday afternoon, a Western diplomat with the SPLM said.
Garang had left Uganda by helicopter late on Saturday to return to Sudan after talks with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni. Various sources in Uganda and Sudan said it appeared his helicopter ran into bad weather, although there was also speculation it had run out of fuel.
The helicopter came down near the remote, mountainous border region, with conflicting reports as to which side it fell on.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
Deng Alor, a member of the SPLM's leadership council, said from New Site 17 bodies a higher number than that given by the Sudanese presidency had been recovered.
"We are not ruling out anything. We have asked Uganda's aviation authority to look at the flight recorder," he added.
More than a million Sudanese came out to salute Garang when he was sworn in as first vice-president on July 9 and signed with his old enemy al-Bashir a new interim constitution.
Many had hoped Garang would help achieve peace in Sudan's still ongoing conflict in Darfur in the west. And he was critical to the success of the north-south peace process.
There was speculation SPLM leaders may fight over the succession despite their calls for unity on Monday.
"What happens next is very, very interesting. In the worst case scenario, it's a south-south war. In the best case, we will see a democratic overhaul of the SPLM, which many people view currently as something of a dictatorship," said an experienced foreign Sudan observer well connected with the SPLM.
The southern civil war started in 1983 when the Islamist Khartoum government tried to impose Islamic sharia law on the mainly Christian and animist south. Two million people died in the conflict, mainly through hunger and disease.
Garang proved an adept politician as he allied himself with communists, courted US Christian groups and juggled tribal rivalries to hold power even amid fierce infighting.
August 01, 2005
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- The Multi-National Corps released almost 900 of the nearly 2,000 detainees held in brigade and division-level internment facilities in July.
"The release of detainees is a positive step toward the fundamentals of establishing a democracy," said Col. Arnaldo Claudio, Multi-National Corps Iraq provost marshal. "It is also an indication of Iraqi and coalition forces working together towards a common objective a free and prosperous Iraq.
"Detainees are treated humanely and receive medical and dental care as well as three meals per day as they are processed through the detainee system. In addition to the health screening, detainee spiritual needs are addressed through access to a Quran and prayer rug," Claudio said.
"The release of almost 7,000 Iraqis from division and brigade internment facilities during the first six months of the year demonstrates the case review system set in place works," said Claudio.
Source : CPIC - Baghdad
8/1/2005 - 11:53:13 PM
An Islamic extremist tonight said that the London bombings were the consequence of Britains refusal to accept the offer of a ceasefire from Osama bin Laden.
Abu Izzadeen, who described himself as a spokesman for the Al-Ghurabaa organisation, said that bin Laden had made the offer conditional on troop withdrawal, apparently from countries including Iraq and Afghanistan.
Speaking on BBC2s Newsnight, he said: Sheikh Osama bin Laden offered to the British public and the UK people at large an offer of ceasefire.
He said if they rolled up against the Government, brought the troops home, he promised not to attack them.
But unfortunately, the stiff upper British lip became hard-headed and we saw what took place on 7th July.
Abu Izzadeen, who is British-born but of Jamaican origin, and who converted to Islam when he was 17, would not denounce the bombings, which he described as mujahideen activity.
Im sure if you asked those who passed away on 7th July, should we negotiate with Osama bin Laden, they would say yes, to bring their lives back, to save themselves from the burning inferno underground, he said.
He also said he had no allegiance to the Queen or British society.
Another extremist and former member of the Al-Muhahjiroun group, Abu Uzair, had previously said that Britain should not be attacked in the wake of the September 11 atrocities, which he described as magnificent, the programme said.
This was because it had accommodated Muslims, the programme said.
We dont live in peace with you any more, which means the covenant of security no longer exists, he said tonight.
Thats why those four bombers attacked London they believed that there was no covenant of security, and for them their belief was that it was allowed to attack the UK.
Seeming to warn of the possibility of further attacks, he added: For them, the banner has been risen for jihad inside the UK.
He also said that there were many other Muslim cells, as he called them, in this country.
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Speaking on BBC2s Newsnight, he said: Sheikh Osama bin Laden offered to the British public and the UK people at large an offer of ceasefire.
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August 1, 2005
PHOENIX Putting classified information on his Internet blog has cost a National Guardsman in Iraq a demotion.
The Army says Leonard Clark of Glendale, Arizona, is a private first class once again. He was demoted from specialist, and fined more than 16-hundred dollars.
No word what classified information Clark put on his blog, but soldiers are forbidden from including anything about Army operations or movements.
Clark is a kindergarten teacher in civilian life. He decided not to appeal the ruling. His company is expected to return from Iraq next January.
2005 Associated Press
Tuesday, August 02, 2005
By Al Jacinto
SECURITY forces stormed an Abu Sayyaf hideout and wounded and captured a wanted militant leader, tagged as behind the series of bombings in the southern Philippines, officials said Monday, Aug. 1.
Officials said troops captured Amilhamja Ajijul alias "Alex Alvarez" after a brief firefight late Sunday in the village of Recodo, west of the city. "His capture is a big blow to the Abu Sayyaf. We will not allow terror to reign," the commander of the Army's 1st Infantry Division Major General Gabriel Habacon said.
Ajijul was tagged as among those who staged the spate of bombings in Zamboanga City on October 2002 that left 11 killed, including a visiting US soldier, and wounded scores of civilians, he said.
Habacon said the military pieced together intelligence information about Ajijul and until he was tracked down in his hideout in Zamboanga City. "The war on terror continues and security forces are still pursuing other Abu Sayyaf members," he said.
Other reports said troops seized a fragmentation grenade in Ajijul's hideout. The military said Ajijul is a sub-leader of the Abu Sayyaf's urban terrorist group, blamed for the bombings of several shopping malls and a Catholic shrine in Zamboanga City in 2002.
He was also linked to the kidnapping of a US citizen Jefrrey Craig Schilling in 2000 and dozens of mostly students and teachers in Basilan island.
Security officials on Sunday linked the Abu Sayyaf group tied to al-Qaeda terror network to two bombings in the southern Philippines that left four people wounded.
"We have reasons to believe the Abu Sayyaf is behind these attacks. There is an ongoing operation against the terror group and the blasts could be diversionary," the commander of the Army's 6th Infantry Division Maj. Gen. Agustin Dema-ala said.
Police and military said four people were wounded in separate explosions Saturday in the southern Philippines. A 14-year-old student of Notre Dame school was wounded when a home-made bomb exploded in Cotabato City before noon time. It said the bomb was planted near the administrative building of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).
A second bomb explosion, which occurred four hours later in Koronadal City, left three civilians wounded. The bomb, placed in a cardboard box, exploded on a motorcycle taxi parked in front of the city's main market, the military said.
Police in Cotabato said it recovered parts of a shattered cellular phone, raising suspicion that it was used to trigger the explosion. "They're using cell phones as initiators to set off explosive devices. This could be part of a bigger plot to sow terror. We are in heightened alert now," said Police Inspector Joey Ampong.
Security forces were pursuing a faction of the Abu Sayyaf in Maguindanao province and troops had already killed six of them since last month.
Abu Sayyaf terrorists tied to al-Qaeda network had also previously used cell phones to detonate bombs in Zamboanga City. Instead of the phone ringing, it sends the power to an explosive charge and detonated it. In the Bali bombings in October 2002 that killed 202 people, Jemaah Islamiyah terrorists triggered a bomb in a mini-bus outside the Sari Club with a cell-phone detonator. A car bomb detonated by mobile phone killed 12 people at Jakarta's Marriott hotel in August 2003.
Washington listed the Abu Sayyaf as a foreign terrorist organization after Manila implicated five of the group's known leaders to the killing of Californian Guillermo Sobero in June 2001 and Kansas missionary Martin Burnham in 2002. They were kidnapped in Dos Palmas resort in the central Philippine province of Palawan in May 2001.
The United States has offered up to five million dollars (P280 million) and Manila put up a one hundred million pesos bounty for the capture of Abu Sayyaf chieftain Khadaffy Janjalani and other senior militant leaders. The group was also behind the kidnapping of 21 mostly Asian and European holiday-goers from the Malaysian island resort of Sipadan in April 2000. Many of the hostages later were freed after Libyan and Malaysian negotiators paid an estimated $11 million ransom.
8/1/2005 - 8:41:19 PM
A large explosion ripped through the front of the house of the attorney general in Gaza City tonight, damaging the building but causing no injuries.
The front wall outside the house collapsed and the gate was mangled and charred.
It was not clear if Gaza Attorney General Hussein Abu Assi was home at the time of the blast.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the explosion.
Gaza has been wracked with lawlessness in recent months.
Palestinian security, which had been largely decimated during the more-than four years of fighting with Israel, have clashed with militants and groups of armed men during attempts to enforce order.
Aug 1, 2005
Egyptian police have shot dead one of the prime suspects in the July 23 Sharm el-Sheikh bombings which killed at least 64 people, the Interior Ministry have said.
Mohamed Fulayfel was killed in an exchange of fire with police near Gebel Ataqa, a hill 11 miles west of the town of Suez.
His wife was also killed in the fire fight and their four-year-old daughter was injured.
An Interior Ministry statement said that security forces approached a group hiding in quarries in near Gebel Ataqa after being given a tip-off.
As they approached the area, gunmen opened fire at them.
"The police forces immediately dealt with the source of fire and it became clear that Mohamed Ahmed Saleh Fulayfel had been killed. He was in the company of his wife, who was wounded and taken to hospital for treatment," it said.
Fulayfel's wife died on the way to hospital, the security sources said.
Fulayfel was also on trial in absentia for bombings at three Red Sea resorts in October 2004. One bomb, at the Hilton hotel in the town of Taba, killed 34 people.
His brother Suleiman was killed in the Hilton hotel blast, along with a Palestinian man who police said was the mastermind of the operation. Police said they died because the timing device did not work properly.
The Shard-el-Sheikh bomb killed 64.
Aug 2, 2005
SRINAGAR: A militant in Held Kashmir shot dead five horses carrying supplies for troops in the first recorded attack of its kind, police said on Monday.
The militants have never been known to target horses used by the army since the insurgency against New Delhis rule erupted in 1989, police said in a statement.
The horses were ferrying food rations and clothing to an army camp when they were killed late Sunday. The attack took place in Arigam village.
A solo militant killed five horses from point-blank range and beat up two locals who were leading the horses, army spokesman Vijay Batra said. (afp)
I am not convinced these guys have all the facts.
CAIR was founded in 1994 in the USA.
Islam isn't in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant.
The Qur'an should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on earth"
Omar Ahmed, Chairman of the Board of CAIR
(Council of American Islamic Relations),
San Ramon Valley Herald, July 1998
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Deadly Attacks In Irag As Seven Marines Are Killed
Firefighters pour water on a U.S. military convoy Humvee that was hit by a roadside bomb in central Baghdad on Tuesday.
August 2, 2005
(BAGHDAD) - KOMO Staff & News Services The U.S. military said Tuesday that six Marines were killed in action in western Iraq, pushing the death toll for Americans since the start of the war past 1,800.
The Marines, assigned to Regimental Combat Team-2 of the 2nd Marine Division, died Monday in Haditha, 140 miles northwest of Baghdad.
A seventh Marine was killed Monday by a car bomb in Hit, 50 miles southeast of Haditha in the volatile Euphrates River valley.
Insurgents posted handbills in Haditha, claiming to have killed 10 U.S. troops, seizing some of their weapons.
At least 1,801 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,382 died as a result of hostile action. The figures include five military civilians.
In other violence, a roadside bomb targeting a U.S. military convoy exploded Tuesday at the entrance to a tunnel in central Baghdad, and at least 29 civilians were wounded, officials said.
The blast hit as the convoy was about to enter the tunnel in Bab Shargi, near Tahrir Square, said police Capt. Abdul-Hussein Munsif. Two Humvees appeared to have been damaged, he said.
U.S. and Iraqi forces placed a security cordon around the area. The U.S. military had no immediate information on casualties.
An emergency services official said on customary condition of anonymity that 29 wounded civilians were taken to two hospitals.
The bomb left a 3-foot-wide crater in the ground. Charred parts from the armored Humvee littered the site and seven civilian cars were also badly damaged.
U.S. troops took away some items from the damaged armored vehicle, including a helmet and two flak jackets.
In Samarra, 60 miles north of the capital, an explosion about 5 a.m. Tuesday damaged a pipeline used for shipping fuel from the Beiji refinery to a power station in the Baghdad area, police said. Insurgents have frequently targeted the line to interrupt electricity in the Baghdad area - already critically low as demand rises in the summer.
The U.S. military said a reporter for the Army Times newspaper embedded with American troops was injured in a suicide car bombing Monday evening in western Iraq near the Syrian border.
U.S. military spokesman Capt. Duane Limpert had no details on the extent of injuries to the reporter, and he added that troops reported only minor injuries.
As the Aug. 15 deadline neared for finishing Iraq's new constitution, U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad called for it to protect women's rights, saying it was an important element for the country's success.
After meeting with representatives from some Iraqi women's groups, Khalilzad said they agreed that the equality of women "is a fundamental requirement for Iraq's progress."
The ambassador said that the U.S. government is expecting a constitution that would ensure full rights to all Iraqis, regardless of their sex, ethnicity or gender.
"My focus is to help get a constitution that does this. Of course, the Iraqis will decide but we will help in any way that we can," he said.
Khalilzad said his government would encourage Iraqi politicians to exclude any constitutional articles that discriminate or limit opportunities for any Iraqi citizens.
On Monday, women activists urged parliament to limit the role of Islam in the new constitution and follow international treaties on the rights of women and children.
With efforts exerted by religious parties to give Islam a central role in the Iraqi law, fears are growing that women would lose rights in marriage, divorce and inheritance.
Most worrying for women's groups has been the section on civil rights in the draft constitution, which some feel would significantly roll back women's rights under a 1959 civil law enacted by a secular regime.
Under Sharia law, women would inherit only half of what men receive. In issues of marriage and divorce, women would be at a significant disadvantage since only men would have the legal power to initiate divorces.
Khalilzad also called for more involvement by Arab Sunnis in the political process, stressing the necessity of national agreement on the future of Iraq as a way to divide and defeat the insurgency.
"In order to defeat the insurgency, one needs to reach a national compact, because if all Iraqis, including those who in western and central parts of the country see themselves as part of this new Iraq ... they will be separated from the insurgency," he said.
He accused insurgents of attempting to ignite a sectarian civil war in Iraq, adding that the solution to the insurgency problem should not be limited to military means.
"The military solution has to be integrated into a broad strategy that has a political element leading it, and of course, there are other elements."
Wednesday 03 August 2005
Baghdad - At least 23 people were killed in rebel attacks across Iraq yesterday as members of parliament discussed issues delaying the completion of the war-torn country's new constitution.
A powerful blast shook central Baghdad when a suicide car bomber blew himself up close to a US military convoy, killing four people and wounding 23 others, including four women, medics said.
One US humvee was set ablaze and 14 other vehicles were damaged by the blast, which occurred at around 1pm (4pm Thai time), it was reported.
Six marines have also been killed in fighting in western Iraq, the US military said yesterday. The troops were killed near Haditha, about 200km northwest of Baghdad, on Monday.
It was not immediately clear if they were killed in a single attack or if they died in a series of clashes.
August 02, 2005
Public claims of inevitable attacks create mainly fear - The Monitor's View
"It's not a matter of if, but when." This fatalistic phrase, used to describe an unquestioned inevitability to another Al Qaeda-related attack, is being parroted around the world as if it were rock-solid truth.
Vice President Dick Cheney used it back in May 2002, when US intelligence officials pointed to the potential for new attacks in the US. Police in London said it after - and before - the July 7 transit bombs. "The clock is ticking," said Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff in a speech last week. Now police chiefs in Seattle and Los Angeles are mouthing similar lines. And during last year's campaigns, many politicians resorted to this kind of be-very-afraid rhetoric.
Spreading mood of fatalism
So it's not surprising that the public at large is repeating it. One wire reporter, scoping out the public mood in Rome the day after the London bombing, described an atmosphere of fatalism. "The thing is, it's not a matter of if, but when and where, there will be an attack on Italy," Nicolo, a Milanese lawyer on a business trip to Rome, told the journalist.
Any number of reasons can lead people to voice resignation to the killing of innocent people. At its most crass, such claims to certainty make good political cover if an attack does occur. At their most benign, these dire predictions speak to a fear that law enforcement, the military, and elected leaders cannot completely protect open societies from terrorists.
But repeating the "not if, but when" mantra can also simply empower terrorists. It spreads the very fear they want, and risks creating a defeatist atmosphere and an erosion of diligence in defending a nation.
Winston Churchill, in his "never give in" speech of Oct. 29, 1941, warned against this kind of thinking in matters "great or small."
With the victory in the ferocious Battle of Britain behind him, yet the US still not in the war to help him, Churchill rightly reminded citizens that "you cannot tell from appearances how things will go. Sometimes imagination makes things out far worse than they are..."
Now is when citizens and their leaders need to remind themselves that terrorism is not inevitable, that it can be defeated. And, in fact, it has been overcome before - for instance, in Europe, the Red Brigades have lost their grip, the Baader Meinhof Gang are relics of the past, and the Irish Republican Army appears finally to be disarming itself.
People can be encouraged by the speed and thoroughness of the British investigation into the recent transit attacks, as well as by new stirrings in the Muslim community to denounce violence more forcefully, as in last week's fatwa (religious ruling) by groups of North American Muslim scholars calling on Muslims not to offer any support to terrorists.
What people need to be told is the reasonable risk of attack and to know what their leaders are doing to mitigate that risk. They also must learn what they themselves can do to minimize that risk.
"We must fight the urge to clamp down in fear and bring our society to a standstill," Mr. Chertoff added in his recent speech. "Our antiterrorism efforts must be based on assessments of risk, not reaction to attacks. In the face of terror, there will always be a temptation to panic, to react, but we must be steady, unwavering - dedicated to the task at hand."
Liberated, not numbed by fear
What the public doesn't need are vague, meaningless phrases that do nothing but encourage more fear. Terrorism is a topic for open debate and regular reconsideration by the public. The terrorists' tactics are constantly changing, and so the public must be encouraged to be flexibly responsive, and not just numbed, to any new kinds of threats.
Defending a society against terrorist acts requires the work of all levels of government, backed by a fearless and informed citizenry. It is a fight for liberty, that is, a campaign to be liberated from the very fear that terrorists try to instill.
For nearly half a century, the Western world fearlessly stood against the Soviet Union and communism - and watched that "evil empire" crumble in 1991 into its own emptiness. Now both the West and most Muslims are standing up against an ideology that thrives only if others join in its fear-mongering.
Why do Al Qaeda's bidding?
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Kuwait accused of stealing Iraqi oil and land
8/2/2005 - 5:22:31 PM
Following a series of incidents along the Kuwaiti border, Iraqi legislators today accused Kuwait of stealing their oil as well as chipping away some of their national territory.
The allegations were similar to those used by Saddam Hussein to justify his 1990 invasion of Kuwait. This time, both sides want to resolve the dispute peacefully.
The latest comments were made a day before an Iraqi delegation was scheduled to head to Kuwait to discuss the situation.
There have been violations such as digging horizontal oil wells to pump Iraq oil, legislator Jawad al-Maliki, chairman of the parliaments Security and Defence Committee, told the National Assembly today. There have also been violations by taking Iraqi territories as deep as one kilometre (0.6 miles).
We believe that we have overcome the past and that we opened a new page of positive relations. These relations have to be respected by Kuwait, said al-Maliki, a member of Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafaris Dawa Party.
On Saturday, a Kuwaiti official said a number of Iraqi homes and farms have slightly encroached into Kuwait at the border area of Umm Qasr in southern Iraq.
Some farms that belonged to Iraqis were razed when the United Nations redrew the border in 1993, two years after a US-led international coalition fought the Gulf War that ended a seven-month Iraqi occupation of this country. The Iraqi owners were compensated.
Legislator Hassan al-Sunneid said a four-member delegation, comprising three legislators and deputy foreign minister, Mohammed Haji Hmoud, will head to Kuwait Wednesday and to try to find a solution.
There has been a border problem with Kuwait since the Iraqi state was established, legislator Mansour al-Basri said. We hope that these border problems will be solved according to historical and geographical basis.
He accused Kuwaitis of even taking the deep water side of the Umm Qasr port where giant ships dock.
Hundreds of Irais demonstrated at the frontier last week to stop Kuwait from building a metal barrier between the two countries. Shots were fired across the border into Kuwait, but no one was injured and Kuwaiti border guards did not return fire.
Kuwait insists the pipeline barrier, meant to stop vehicles from illegally crossing through the desert, is on its side of the frontier. The UN demarcation also gave Kuwait 11 oil wells and an old naval base that used to be in Iraq.
Relations between Iraq and Kuwait resumed after the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq that toppled Saddam and border points were reopened.
When Saddam was still in power, Kuwait built a defensive trench along the 130-mile border to stop border infiltration from both sides. UN peacekeepers patrolled the frontier until just before the invasion of Iraq.
thank you be strong!!!!!!!!!
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IRBIL, Aug 2 (KUNA) -- Five policemen and one child were killed and eight people, including two policemen were wounded in a suicide car bombing in Mosul Tuesday.
A police source in Mosul said the suicide bomber drove the car into a police checkpoint in the northern city.
Updated at 16:35 on August 2, 2005, EST.
TORONTO (CP) - A passenger jet burst into flames after skidding off the runway at Toronto's Pearson International Airport.
The type of plane and number of passengers was not immediately available. Smoke billowed from a wooded area near Highway 401, Canada's busiest highway.
Peel police say the craft was an Air France passenger jet that was attempting to land when it ran into trouble.
Sgt. Glyn Griffiths said passengers saw flames from the window but couldn't say whether they had been removed from the plane.
Emergency crews were enroute to the scene.
I hope this is alot less bad than it looks.