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Skip to comments.Threat Matrix: Daily Terror Threat - Thread Thirty-Four
Posted on 01/30/2006 11:59:00 PM PST by nwctwx
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RewardsForJustice.net - "WANTED": "MUSTAFA SETMARIAM NASAR (Mustafa Sitmaryan Nassar") (Note: "Aliases: Abu Musab al-Suri, Umar Abd al-Hakim") (View Photos; Read More...)
NYSUN.com: "A MOST-WANTED TERRORIST IS SPOTTED IN SYRIA" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "One of the American government's most wanted terrorists visited Syria late last week with Iran's President Ahmadinejad, according to a former Reagan administration national security official and Iran watchers on Capitol Hill.")(January 25, 2006) (Read More...) (NOTE: This url may expire.)
FBI.gov - Seeking Information: "ADNAN G. EL SHUKRIJUMAH" (ALIASES: "Adnan G. El Shukri Jumah; Abu Arif; Ja'far Al-Tayar; Jaffar Al-Tayyar; Jafar Tayar; Jaafar Al-Tayyar") (VIEW POSTER. Click Here.)
"Terrorists at the Gates--Did we invite them over?"
National Review ^ | 1-30-06 | Michael I. Krauss & Peter J. Pham
Posted on 01/30/2006 6:34:25 PM PST by SJackson
Im hoping to get around to redoing much of the layout of TM still
I would like to make it less bulky up front. I was planning on doing that for TM 35, so I will probably start slowly picking it apart till we get there.
Headed to D.C. on Wednesday morning! I may be away from the computer for a time following that, I am not positive how quickly I will have internet access there. There will also be lots of exploring to do first time living in a big city, let alone such an interesting one.
Much thanks and appreciation to everyone who continues to contribute to the threads; its amazing how much knowledge a relatively small group of dedicated people can bring to the table.
Geopolitical Diary: Video Message From Al-Zawahiri
January 31, 2006 05 41 GMT
The al Qaeda leadership issued yet another communiqué on Monday, Jan. 30 -- this one obviously a recent recording -- featuring Ayman al-Zawahiri, who discusses the Jan. 13 Predator strike in Damadola, Pakistan, that is believed to have been an attempt on his life by U.S. forces. It is the fifth recording that al Qaeda has released in January alone.
The video seems to have reached the broadcast stage more speedily than other recordings by the leadership. Not only is it only 17 days removed from the air strike in question, but there are obvious references to statements made by Osama bin Laden in an audiotape that was released on Jan. 19 and a response that day by U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, who rejected the apparent offer of a truce and said the United States does not negotiate with terrorists. In sum, the al-Zawahiri video seems to be designed to demonstrate that the air strike, which is believed to have killed four senior al Qaeda operatives, has not damaged the group as a whole. And as is often the case, his comments are made with more than one audience in mind.
The recent date of the recording is indicated when al-Zawahiri refers to both Cheney's rejoinder on the truce offer and statements made by bin Laden: "Your leaders responded to the initiative of Sheikh Osama, may God protect him, by saying they don't negotiate with terrorists and that they are winning the war on terror. I tell them: You liars, greedy war mongers, who is pulling out from Iraq and Afghanistan? Us or you? Whose soldiers are committing suicide because of despair? Us or you?"
In this and other messages, al Qaeda -- which recognizes the likelihood of a drawdown of U.S. forces from Iraq later this year -- is attempting to set the stage to project its own victory. However, this stance seems to be predicated on the assumption that the insurgents -- jihadists as well as Sunni nationalists -- will still be in place after the drawdown, and neither al-Zawahiri nor bin Laden seem to have figured in the likelihood that 40,000 U.S. troops would remain in-country even after the drawdown. That said, the end game in this case is about shaping perceptions -- not necessarily bringing about an actual jihadist victory.
From al Qaeda's viewpoint, the ideal outcome would be a repeat of 1989 Afghanistan: forcing a superpower to pull out of a Muslim country and leaving its weak client regime to defend itself against Islamist forces. The domestic situation in Iraq, however, is nothing like that in Afghanistan 15 years ago, nor is the international configuration. The best the jihadists really can hope for is that they can wreak sufficient havoc in Iraq to create the perception that it was the jihadists' patience and resilience that eventually forced the U.S. occupiers to pull out. If successful, that would boost the jihadists' morale and could improve their standing among a significant cross-section in the Muslim world -- especially at a time when the jihadist movement as a whole appears to be in decline.
Much as bin Laden did in his own recent release, al-Zawahiri touches on the morale of the American public and apparently tries to inflame anti-war sentiment, referring to President George W. Bush as "Butcher of Washington" and "a curse on your own nation." Addressing the American people directly, he adds: "Bush and his gang are shedding your blood and wasting your money in frustrated adventures." He also reminds them that bin Laden "offered you a decent exit from your dilemma," which was rejected by leaders "who are keen to accumulate wealth."
"If the Pentagon calls to tell you that your son is coming home in a coffin, then remember George Bush," he says.
It has become clear by now that the jihadists are powerless to halt the political process in either Afghanistan or Iraq, and al Qaeda recognizes that it would be in no position to take over either state even in the absence of U.S. or coalition forces. Because al Qaeda's calls to jihad resonate with only a small subset within the Muslim world, its best hope is to dig in and outlast the United States.
The battle for al Qaeda is now on the field of public perceptions.
You take care of yourself.
I'll pray for you.
Look at extended stay plans --usually the most inexpensive, but still clean.
Mariotts is pretty good.
Jihad propaganda spewed by evil men (Zawahiri, UBL, Zarqawi, etc....)
"Kidnapped U.S. Journalist in New Videotape"
Tuesday, January 31, 2006
I'll actually be staying with a friend who is a lawyer in DC till I get into a job and find my own place to live. He's right near the zoo, has a house, etc. I'm probably going to spend the first week visiting the museums and monuments, it's been a while since I have been there.
Thank you, Ian.
Are you in Washington yet?
Hey, that's great.
Glad you are staying with a friend.
Watch out for agressive pan handlers.
Don't be walking alone in DC in isolated
areas or at night.
Smiling...but I'm sure you probably know
Nevermind, post #9 answered my question.
Good luck and God speed.
THE COUNTERTERRORISM BLOG: "JIHADIS ARE INDEED TARGETING FRENCH PLANES" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Finally, Abu Itya acknowledged that he convinced Al Din to target the US rather than France. But at this point, Al Din did not confirm.") -Posted by Olivier Guitta (January 14, 2006) (Read More...)
ON THE NET...
"Far Left Wants U.S. to Be Defenseless"
Human Events Online ^ | 31 January 2006 | Rabbi Aryeh Spero
Posted on 01/30/2006 9:11:59 PM PST by Aussie Dasher
ON THE NET...
I always hope I can keep up with the new thread, I usually can't, but appreciate the option to try again each month :)
WorldNetDaily.com: "TEHRAN FAST-TRACKING BOMB WITH NORTH KOREA PURCHASE? Pyongyang's growing plutonium cache attracting Iranian interest, U.S. concern" (January 29, 2006) (Read More...)
MEMRITV.org - Transcript - Clip no. 991: "IRANIAN PILGRIMS IN MECCA SHOUT 'DEATH TO AMERICA, THE GREAT SATAN' IN AN ANTI-AMERICAN RALLY" (TRANSCRIPT SNIPPET: "Following are excerpts from a rally of Iranian pilgrims in Mecca, aired on Channel 1, Iranian TV, and on Al-'Alam TV, on January 9, 2006.") (Read More...)
MonstersAndCritics.com (DEUTSCHE PRESSE-AGENTUR): Hamburg - "GERMAN INTELLIGENCE WARNS THAT IRAN HAS NEW MISSILES" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "German intelligence believes Iran has now bought 18 longer-range missiles from North Korea, giving Teheran the capability to attack targets in central Europe, the German daily newspaper Bild reported Friday. The study by the foreign intelligence service BND said the BM-25 missiles were being purchased from Pyongyang in the form of kit sets. The mobile missiles, which are based on the Russian SS-N-6 missile for submarine launch, will have a nominal range of 2,500 kilometres. However it was possible to upgrade them to hit targets 3,500 kilometres away, the Munich-based BND said. Iran already has Shehab-3 missiles with a range of 1,300 kilometres.") (December 16, 2005) (Read More...)
FOX NEWS.com (AP): Moscow - "RUSSIA AGREES TO $1 BILLION ARMS DEAL WITH IRAN" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Russia has agreed to sell more than $1 billion worth of missiles and other defense systems to Iran, Russian news media reported Friday, a move expected to draw a heated reaction from the United States." (December 2, 2005) (Read More...)
A Discussion on FREEREPUBLIC.com regarding a NOVEMBER 28, 2005 COMPASS article: "IRAN'S PRESIDENT: 'I WILL STOP CHRISTIANITY IN THIS COUNTRY' Secret police crackdown results in the torture of 10 other Christians" (November 30, 2005) (Read More...)
JIHAD WATCH.org (ASIA TIMES): "Ahmadinejad off the deep end: 'I say accomplishment of a world without America and Israel is both possible and feasible'" (October 27, 2005) (Read More...)
WASHINGTON TIMES.com: Ramallah, West Bank - "IRAN LEADER PREDICTS ISRAEL'S DEMISE" by Joshua Mitnick (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad yesterday predicted a wave of Palestinian attacks that would erase Israel "from the face of the Islamic world," just hours before a suicide bomber killed five Israelis in a marketplace.") (October 27, 2005) (Read More...)
MEMRI.org - Special Dispatch Series - No. 1018: "IRANIAN ANIMATED FILM FOR CHILDREN PROMOTES SUICIDE ATTACKS" (SNIPPET: "The following are excerpts from an Iranian animated movie for children, which aired on IRIB 3 TV on October 28, 2005, at 8 a.m. Iran time. To view this clip visit: http://memritv.org/search.asp?ACT=S9&P1=906 ") (November 3, 2005) (Read More...)
MEMRI.org - Special Dispatch Series - No. 929: "Al-Arabiya TV Report: Iranian Volunteer Suicide Bomber Organization of 40,000 'Time Bombs; Recruited to Target Americans in Iraq and Israel" (July 6, 2005) (Read More...)
MEMRI TV.org - Transcript - Clip No. 736: "ON THE IRANIAN MOVEMENT OF 'MARTYRDOM SEEKERS'" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "TRANSCRIPT SNIPPET: "The following are excerpts from a report about the movement of "martyrdom seekers" in Iran. Al-Arabiya TV aired this report on July 2, 2005.) (Read More...)
stepping back in time...WorldNetDaily.com: "REPORT: IRANIANS HIDING BIN LADEN Disguised al-Qaida leaders plotting attacks, Tehran helping warlord retake Afghanistan" (November 21, 2003) (Read More...)
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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesman
This information is current as of today, Tue Jan 31 2006 00:48:42 GMT-0800.
December 12, 2005
This Public Announcement updates information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against Americans and interests overseas. This supersedes the Worldwide Caution dated August 2, 2005 and expires on June 12, 2006.
The Department of State remains concerned about the continued threat of terrorist attacks, demonstrations and other violent actions against U.S. citizens and interests overseas. Ongoing events in Iraq have resulted in demonstrations and associated violence in several countries. Americans are reminded that demonstrations and rioting can occur with little or no warning.
Current information suggests that al-Qaida and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks against U.S. interests in multiple regions, including Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. These attacks may employ a wide variety of tactics to include assassinations, kidnappings, hijackings and bombings.
Extremists may elect to use conventional or non-conventional weapons, and target both official and private interests. The hotel bombings in Jordan in early November illustrate how terrorists exploit vulnerabilities associated with soft targets. Additional examples of such targets include residential areas, business offices, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, schools, public areas and locales where Americans gather in large numbers, including during holidays.
In the wake of the July 2005 London bombings and the March 2004 train attacks in Madrid, Americans are reminded of the potential for terrorists to attack public transportation systems. In addition, extremists may also select aviation and maritime services as possible targets.
U.S. citizens are strongly encouraged to maintain a high level of vigilance, be aware of local events, and take the appropriate steps to bolster their personal security. For additional information, please refer to A Safe Trip Abroad found at http://travel.state.gov.
U.S. Government facilities worldwide remain at a heightened state of alert. These facilities may temporarily close or periodically suspend public services to assess their security posture. In those instances, U.S. embassies and consulates will make every effort to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens. Americans abroad are urged to monitor the local news and maintain contact with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.
As the Department continues to develop information on any potential security threats to U.S. citizens overseas, it shares credible threat information through its Consular Information Program documents, available on the Internet at http://travel.state.gov. In addition to information on the Internet, travelers may obtain up-to-date information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the U.S. or outside the U.S. and Canada on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.
ON THE NET...
Thanks to neosgirl's blog for pointing to these links:
January 30, 2006
"Another Intriguing Story of al Qaeda and Gemstones"
Thanks to piasa for pointing to this thread:
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Yemen kidnapper video out
Posted by: Neil on Monday, January 30, 2006 - 06:06 PM
The leader of a group that kidnapped and western tourists in Yemen in 1998 is shown in a video posted to militant Islamic websites.
It features the former leader of the Islamic Army of Aden-Abyan, Abu al-Hasan.
The group was responsible for the kidnap of 16 western tourists in Yemen on 28 December 1998.
Three British hostages were among four killed during a shoot-out when Yemeni security forces stormed the kidnappers' hideout.
Hasan was later captured and executed by firing squad.
Iraqi Kurdistan faces acute shortage of bird flu drug (14 cases quarantined)
Khaleej Times ^ | 1-31-06
Posted on 01/31/2006 2:31:10 AM PST by Mother Abigail
Khaleej Times Online
"Iraqi Kurdistan faces acute shortage of bird flu drug"
31 January 2006
ON THE NET...
"Hamas and Israel Predictions "
By Daniel Pipes
FrontPageMagazine.com | January 31, 2006
From the past:
That *Other* Atomic Genie- a Nuclear Iran
various FR links | 10-19-04 | The Heavy Equipment Guy
MEGA THANKS for bringing that links over here backhoe.
See *other* tagline...
"'Don't Offend Muslims, Mr. President'"
By Susan Jones
CNSNews.com Senior Editor
January 31, 2006
ARTICLE SNIPPET: "(CNSNews.com) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Muslim civil rights group, says President Bush should avoid using "loaded and imprecise terminology" when he refers to Islam in his State of the Union address.
In a letter to President Bush, CAIR Board Chairman Parvez Ahmed suggested that the president be careful to "avoid the use of hot-button terms such as 'Islamo-fascism,' 'militant jihadism,' 'Islamic radicalism,' or 'totalitarian Islamic empire'" in his Tuesday night speech.
Ahmed reminded the president that, as Bush repeatedly has said, the war on terror is not a war on Islam. But Ahmed said the use of "loaded" terminology promotes that negative perception.
"I believe the repeated rhetorical linkage of Islam to terms of violence and extremism is counterproductive and complicates our legitimate foreign policy initiatives," Ahmed told the president."
A right-on-target tagline.
"In a letter to President Bush, CAIR Board Chairman Parvez Ahmed suggested that the president be careful to "avoid the use of hot-button terms such as 'Islamo-fascism,' 'militant jihadism,' 'Islamic radicalism,' or 'totalitarian Islamic empire'" in his Tuesday night speech."
Thank you backhoe for the additional links.
"Danes face growing Muslim storm"
BBC News ^ | 01/31/2006
Posted on 01/31/2006 3:16:42 AM PST by Panerai
Thanks for the ping.
"Ministry Leader: Missionary's Death Will Not Stop GFA's Bangladeshi Ministry"
By Allie Martin
January 30, 2006
ARTICLE SNIPPET: "(AgapePress) - Laxman Das, a native Christian missionary in Bangladesh, was recently murdered by a gang of Muslim extremists. The 25-year-old was found on the side of a highway earlier this month near the capital city of Dhaka in Bangladesh."
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ASSIST News Service (ANS) - PO Box 609, Lake Forest, CA 92609-0609 USA
Visit our web site at: www.assistnews.net -- E-mail: email@example.com
Monday, January 30, 2006
HAMAS HAS SUBSIDIARY IN GERMANY
300 Activists of Radical Islamic Organization Raise Funds
By Wolfgang Polzer
Special to ASSIST News Service
BERLIN (ANS) -- The radical Islamic organization Hamas, winner of the recent Palestinian elections, has a subsidiary in Germany. According to the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution the organization has approximately 300 activists and centers in Berlin, Munich and Aachen.
The federation rejects peace accords with Israel and endorses attacks on Israeli targets in the Holy Land. The Protestant Center for Religious and Ideological Issues in Berlin informs about the federation in the February issue of its magazine.
According to the church institute the Hamas subsidiary has not been involved in any violence in Germany so far. It raises funds, organizes religious events and participates in demonstrations concerned with the Middle East conflict. The Office for the Protection of the Constitution regards the organization not as dangerous.
Hamas wants to eliminate the state of Israel and is responsible for numerous terrorist attacks on Israeli targets. The organization won 76 of the 132 seats in the Palestinian Parliament, reducing the former majority group Fatah to 43 seats.
The United States and the European Union have threatened to cut off aid to the Palestinians if Hamas does not abandon violence. On her visit to Israel German Chancellor Angela Merkel made it clear that financial aid will only be continued, if Hamas denounces violence and recognizes the state of Israel.
Meanwhile, Hamas leaders have announced changes in internal politics. They would introduce, for instance, the Islamic religious law, the Sharia. An Islamic curriculum will be devised for Palestinian schools and co-education discontinued.
Palestinian Lutheran Bishop Munib Younan has called on Christians not to panic. Christians will continue to work for justice, peace, and reconciliation and remain an integral part of the Palestinian people, he said.
According to Ecumenical News International (ENI) Bishop Younan's comments indicate concern that the Hamas victory could speed up Christian emigration from the Holy Land. Already, the 50,000 Christians make up less than two per cent of the Palestinian population.
Victor Bartaseh, mayor of Bethlehem, paid tribute to the smooth cooperation with Hamas in the town where Jesus was born. The town council consists of five members of Hamas, two representatives of other Muslim organizations and eight Christians.
The Catholic mayor describes Hamas adherents as straightforward, honest and hard working. Bartaseh is a member of the Marxist Peoples Front for the Liberation of Palestine.
Wolfgang Polzer (55), is senior news editor of the Evangelical News Agency idea, Wetzlar (Germany), which he joined in 1981. In all, he has spent 29 years in Christian media. Wolfgang can be contacted by e-mail at: Wolfgang.Polzer@idea.de.
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lls 6, commits suicide at Goleta mail plant (California)
modbee ^ | 1-31-06
Posted on 01/31/2006 4:01:43 AM PST by LouAvul
A former postal employee opened fire at a mail processing plant, killing six people before committing suicide, Santa Barbara County Sheriff Jim Anderson said early Tuesday.
(Excerpt) Read more at modbee.com ...
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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
January 13, 2006
Executive Order: Designating the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria as a Public International Organization Entitled to Enjoy Certain Privileges, Exemptions, and Immunities
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including sections 1 and 16 of the International Organizations Immunities Act (22 U.S.C. 288 and 288f-6), it is hereby ordered as follows:
Section 1. Designation. The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund) is hereby designated as a public international organization entitled to enjoy the privileges, exemptions, and immunities provided by the International Organizations Immunities Act.
Sec. 2. Non-Abridgement. The designation in section 1 is not intended to abridge in any respect privileges, exemptions, or immunities that the Global Fund otherwise may have acquired or may acquire by law.
GEORGE W. BUSH
THE WHITE HOUSE,
January 13, 2006.
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