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Posted on 06/01/2007 7:57:59 PM PDT by nwctwx

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British Intelligence: Al-Qaida Expanding
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British intelligence officials said they believe that al-Qaida has a secure base in Pakistan's Waziristan region and is planning terrorist operations.

The group is reaching out to Muslims in North Africa, The Telegraph reported. Last year, the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat, an Algerian terrorist group, merged itself into al-Qaida, a move announced by Osama bin Laden's chief lieutenant, Ayman al-Zawahiri, in a tape promising action against the "apostates" in the Algerian government and "the treacherous sons of France."

Al-Qaida is also believed to be planning expansion into Lebanon and Syria, the newspaper report said.

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1 posted on 06/01/2007 7:58:00 PM PDT by nwctwx
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2 posted on 06/01/2007 7:58:20 PM PDT by nwctwx (Everything I need to know, I learned on the Threat Matrix)
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3 posted on 06/01/2007 7:59:37 PM PDT by nwctwx (Everything I need to know, I learned on the Threat Matrix)
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To: nwctwx
U.S. Navy strikes reported on Qaeda suspect in Somalia

http://news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=863702007

Still looking for updates.

Thanks for the thread. Good stuff.

4 posted on 06/01/2007 8:03:16 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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5 posted on 06/01/2007 8:04:00 PM PDT by good old days
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We survived May.

Good...


6 posted on 06/01/2007 8:08:32 PM PDT by null and void ("Wherever liberty has sprouted around the world, we find American blood at its roots.")
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7 posted on 06/01/2007 8:23:08 PM PDT by Cindy
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8 posted on 06/01/2007 8:26:30 PM PDT by Cindy
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http://www.wnbc.com/news/13430557/detail.html

“U.S. Military Strikes al-Qaida Cells In Somalia”

POSTED: 10:10 pm EDT June 1, 2007
UPDATED: 10:52 pm EDT June 1, 2007

ARTICLE SNIPPET: “NEW YORK — The U.S. Navy struck several suspected terrorist cells along the northern coast of Somalia Friday evening, according to NBC News.

U.S. officials told NBC News that the U.S. destroyer USS Chafee fired 20 five-inch rounds at two or three targets, including the country’s chief al-Qaida operative who is believed to be responsible for the 1998 bombing of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.

The primary target of the strike was Fazul Abdullah Mohammad, leader of the East Africa cell of al-Qaida and mastermind behind 1998 U.S. embassy attacks in Nairobi, Kenya, Dar es Salaam and Tanzania, resulting in more than 200 deaths.”


9 posted on 06/01/2007 8:34:07 PM PDT by Cindy
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10 posted on 06/01/2007 8:37:44 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: nwctwx

Thanks for all your work and for the ping.

Blessings, safety in The Lord and His Peace, Provision and Love to you and yours.


11 posted on 06/01/2007 8:38:52 PM PDT by Quix (GOD ALONE IS GOD; WORTHY; PAID THE PRICE; IS COMING AGAIN; KNOWS ALL; IS LOVING; IS ALTOGETHER GOOD)
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Explosives, Detonating Material Stolen In Bella Vista (Arkansas)
Thursday, May 31, 2007

BELLA VISTA -- Bella Vista Police are investigating the theft of 10 tubes of dynamite-like explosives from four utility trucks over Memorial Day weekend. The tubes of Chempac explosive, detonating cord, blasting caps and other tools were stolen from the locked tool boxes of four C&N Electric trucks, according to a news release. The trucks were parked on Meldon Lane, an undeveloped cul-de-sac in Bella Vista.

The Chempac chemical must be mixed with another chemical to make it explode, said Steve King president of C&N Electric. The company uses the explosives to break through the hard rock layer in Bella Vista so workers can bury utility poles at the proper depth, he said. Anyone with information about the crime should contact the Bella Vista Police Department at 855-3771.

http://www.nwaonline.net/articles/2007/06/01/news/060107bzvista.txt

Student Carrying 30kg of Explosives Arrested (Russia)
June 1, 2007

MOSCOW - A student carrying over 30 kg of explosives has been arrested in the Moscow Region, a local police source said Friday. The source said a student suspected of selling 32.5 kg of ammonal was arrested in Voskresensk, which is located 88 km southeast of Moscow, mid-Thursday.

Police later discovered components for the production of explosives in a garage in Voskresensk. A criminal case has been opened and investigation is underway. Ammonal was first used by the British Army in mines during the First World War, nowadays it is more commonly used as an industrial explosive.

http://en.rian.ru/russia/20070601/66445770.html

Yahya Al-Libbi: A Leader Who Could Revitalize Al Qaeda
June 1, 2007
by J.M. Berger

Yahya al-Libbi may be the next Osama bin Laden. In fact, he might be a better bin Laden than Osama ever was.

Al-Libbi is a top al Qaeda operative captured by the Pakistanis in 2002. He was transferred to U.S. custody and subsequently escaped from a U.S.-run prison in Bagram, Afghanistan in 2005. His much-touted escape catapulted him to the top ranks of al Qaeda's visible leadership.

Al-Libbi has produced more videos than Ayman Al-Zawahiri over the last year. He looks increasingly impressive with each appearance. His most recent release, this week, highlighted his strengths and may point to an elevated operational role within al Qaeda's "corporate" nexus.

Excerpted

http://www.opednews.com/articles/1/genera_j_m__ber_070530_yahya_al_libbi_3a_a_le.htm

12 posted on 06/01/2007 8:39:04 PM PDT by Oorang (Tyranny thrives best where government need not fear the wrath of an armed people - Alex Kozinski)
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Yemen: terror suspect will not go to U.S.
June 1, 2007

A spokesman for the Yemeni embassy in Washington says his country will not extradite wanted terrorism suspect Jaber Elbaneh to the United States.

"Jaber Elbaneh is a Yemeni Citizen and the constitution bars the extraditions of Yemeni Citizens to face foreign courts," Mohammed Albasha, spokesman for Yemen's embassy in Washington, wrote in an e-mail to the Buffalo (N.Y.) News. FBI spokesman Paul Moskal said the e-mail is the first indication of the Yemeni government's intention in the Elbaneh case.

Elbaneh, a former resident of Lackawanna, N.Y., is wanted on charges he traveled to Afghanistan with five other Lackawanna men and trained with the al-Qaida terrorist network. Albasha said Elbaneh would not be returned because Yemen does not have an extradition treaty with the United States. However, he said Elbaneh, who surrendered to Yemen authorities would "be trialed" for unspecified "terrorist and criminal violent activities."

http://www.upi.com/NewsTrack/Top_News/2007/06/01/yemen_terror_suspect_will_not_go_to_us/7899/

Thousands gather in Pakistan to hear Taliban speeches
Saturday June 2, 2007

KILLI NALAI, Pakistan - More than 10,000 pro-Taliban supporters rallied near the Afghan border in southwest Pakistan Friday to hear a tape by the brother of slain Taliban commander Mullah Dadullah.

Slogans of "long live (Taliban supremo) Mullah Omar, (Al-Qaeda chief) Osama Bin Laden and the Taliban movement," rang out at the charged gathering in Killi Nalai, a village in Baluchistan province, an AFP photographer said.

The fiery voice recording was said to be of Mullah Mansoor Dadullah, who has replaced his brother as military commander after he was killed about three weeks ago by NATO-led forces in southern Afghanistan. "We will never forget the blood of our martyrs and will complete Dadullah's mission of expelling the infidels and their lackeys from our motherland," he said on the tape. "It is the responsibility of every Muslim to join jihad (holy war)."

Excerpted

http://au.news.yahoo.com/070601/19/13mz8.html

Bosnia-Herzegovina: New Book Investigates Presence Of Al-Qaeda
Friday, June 1, 2007

Six men -- all foreign-born Muslims -- were arrested in May in the United States, accused of involvement in a terrorist plot to attack soldiers at Fort Dix, a U.S. Army training center in New Jersey. Four of the suspects are ethnic Albanians from the former Yugoslavia, while one is from Jordan and one is from Turkey.

The arrests served again to focus attention on the issue of Islamic terrorists allegedly using the former Yugoslavia as a base of operations, as well as the impact of their radical views on the region's historically moderate form of Islam. Vlado Azinovic is a senior editor with RFE/RL's South Slavic and Albanian Languages Service. Azinovic explores these issues in his new book, "Al-Qaeda In Bosnia-Herzegovina: Myth Or Present Danger?" "The research for this book was prompted by a series of media reports and research papers that in recent years claimed that Bosnia was, and still is, a staging area and safe haven for Islamic terrorists traveling between the Middle East and Europe," says Azinovic. "My book arose out of a desire to investigate the validity of these claims."

Azinovic says he decided to focus on several key questions:
What is Al-Qaeda and the ideology behind it?
Does Al-Qaeda enjoy any support in Bosnia?
If so, how did it get there?
Are Bosnian Muslims being recruited to fight its cause?

He says his research established that, as of 1992, Bosnia had, indeed, become a meeting point for members of militant groups who had arrived either from training camps in Afghanistan or from Western Europe, where they had been recruited in mosques and Islamic centers. These militants felt that genocide was taking place in Bosnia and that a new jihad was required. Once they reached Bosnia, they became mujahedin and adopted new identities.

Excerpted

http://www.rferl.org/featuresarticle/2007/06/d6b723a8-5eef-4807-8aba-dcb57d100af8.html

13 posted on 06/01/2007 8:59:08 PM PDT by Oorang (Tyranny thrives best where government need not fear the wrath of an armed people - Alex Kozinski)
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To: Oorang

Thanks Oorang.

So the suspect(s) stole the explosives from four utility trucks, not just one.
Interesting.


14 posted on 06/01/2007 8:59:41 PM PDT by Cindy
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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/keyword?k=iraq

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Locals Rise Up Against al Qaeda — at a Cost
Iraq Slogger ^ | 6/2/07 | JANE ARRAF

Posted on 06/01/2007 8:49:32 PM PDT by bnelson44

Baghdad – They were still bringing in the wounded when we arrived at the mosque in southern Amiriya Thursday morning, racing from the armored vehicles surrounded by bursts of gunfire.

An American soldier was among the casualties – killed by small arms fire. His name is being withheld. His commanders said he was an exceptional young man who re-enlisted after surviving a mortar attack that killed his roommate.

The Iraqi wounded were taken to the mosque – laid out on the teal blue carpet stained by pools of blood and littered with shards of glass from the shattered ceiling panels which had read “There is no God but God...’

One of them was Saif Mohammad Fakhry, an Iraqi cameraman with the television news agency APTN. His brother said he had gone out in the street with a gun after suspected al-Qaeda militants attacked the neighborhood.

(Excerpt) Read more at iraqslogger.com ...


15 posted on 06/01/2007 9:03:53 PM PDT by Cindy
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Turkey: Al Qaeda Suspects Arrested In Sweep

Istanbul, 1 June 2007 - Turkish police have arrested eight al-Qaeda suspects in the capital Ankara. The sweep which comes after another 11 suspects were picked up Wednesday in the Sultanbeyli and Fatih districts of Istanbul. The operation follows last week's warning from Mustafa Abu al-Yazid, a man identifying himself as the new leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq, who posed threats to Turkey. Police have seized 3 guns and some of the suspects are claimed to provide al-Qaeda operatives with fake passports.

Al-Yazid, in a tape aired on Al Jazeera accused Turkey of handing Abdel Hadi al-Iraqi, an operative selected to lead the organisaton in Iraq, over to the US and said Turkey would be targeted by jihadists. According to Selahattin Karahan an attorney from the law Office that represented al-Qaeda members in Turkey, al-Iraqi had entered Turkey with a false passport and then after he applied for a refugee status he was handed over to CIA.

Tensions has been high in Turkey since a suicide bomber killed six people and injured scores more last week in an attack on a shopping mall in Ankara. Police have detained several suspected members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). group. In November 2003 Istanbul was struck by a series of bombings claimed by a cell of al-Qaeda. More than 60 were killed in those attacks, which targeted two synagogues, the HSBC bank’s headquarters in Turkey and the British Consulate General.

http://www.adnki.com/index_2Level_English.php?cat=Terrorism&loid=


16 posted on 06/01/2007 9:09:14 PM PDT by Oorang (Tyranny thrives best where government need not fear the wrath of an armed people - Alex Kozinski)
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To: Oorang; Jet Jaguar; a_Turk; Turk; Turk2; backhoe; piasa
Thank you Oorang for that post. Adding some more links here, too.

OSINT.INTERNET-HAGANAH.com (YNETNEWS.com, May 31, 2007): "REPORT: TURKIST POLICE CAPTURE 8 MORE SUSPECTED AL-QAEDA MILITANTS" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Turkish Police on Thursday captured eight more suspected al-Qaeda militants, CNN-Turk television reported, raising the number of suspects caught in the recent sweep against the group to 19. The eight were detained in Ankara, the television reported, without giving any other details.") (June 1, 2007)

OSINT.INTERNET-HAGANAH.com (AP via THE JERUSALEM POST): "TURKEY CAPTURES 11 AL-QAIDA MILITANTS IN ISTANBUL" (June 1, 2007)

OSINT.INTERNET-HAGANAH.com (NAHARNET.com, Beirut, May 30, 2007): "TURKISH AUTHORITIES CONFISCATE WEAPONS SENT BY IRAN TO SYRIA" (June 1, 2007)

OSINT.INTERNET-HAGANAH.com (AP via THE JERUSALEM POST, May 30, 2007): "IRAN: ELITE FORCES KILL 10 INSURGENTS IN NORTH" (June 1, 2007)

17 posted on 06/01/2007 10:05:59 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: nwctwx

Thank you, Ian, and God bless.


18 posted on 06/01/2007 10:10:16 PM PDT by SlowBoat407 (A living insult to islam since 1959.)
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To: Oorang; backhoe; piasa; Jet Jaguar; JohnathanRGalt; All

Looking at al-Yazid...

http://www.thememriblog.org/blog_personal/en/1673.htm

THE MEMRI BLOG: “AL-QAEDA PRESENTS NEW LEADER IN AFGHANISTAN, MUSTAFA ABU AL-YAZID, THREATENS TO CARRY OUT ATTACKS AGAINST TURKEY” (Note: Video included.)
(May 24, 2007)


19 posted on 06/01/2007 10:21:33 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: nwctwx

Thank you!


20 posted on 06/01/2007 10:30:53 PM PDT by texpat72 (<><)
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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/keyword?k=padilla
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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1843517/posts

“Padilla judge won’t toss FBI wiretaps”
AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/1/07 | Curt Anderson - ap

Posted on 06/01/2007 9:18:47 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

MIAMI

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Previously...

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1838044/posts

“FBI intercepts key in Padilla case (decade-long investigation, 300,000 calls intercepted)”
AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/22/07 | Curt Anderson - ap

Posted on 05/22/2007 3:16:17 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

MIAMI

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Previously...

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1835647/posts

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http://www.washtimes.com/national/20070518-120156-4277r.htm

“7 Padilla prints on suspected al Qaeda form”
By Carmen Gentile
THE WASHINGTON TIMES
May 18, 2007

ARTICLE SNIPPET: “MIAMI — Fingerprints found on a purported al Qaeda training camp questionnaire discovered in Afghanistan match those of terrorist suspect Jose Padilla, a government analyst testified yesterday.

John Morgan, a Secret Service fingerprint specialist, said seven fingerprints on a “mujahedeen data form” match Mr. Padilla’s, who prosecutors say was attempting to join a terrorist training camp in southern Afghanistan in July 2000.”


21 posted on 06/01/2007 10:37:50 PM PDT by Cindy
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http://www.memri.org/syria.html

http://memri.org/bin/articles.cgi?Page=countries&Area=syria&ID=SP160607

Special Dispatch Series - No. 1606
June 1, 2007 No.1606

“Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister and Government Press Warn of Grave Repercussions of UNSC 1757 for Lebanon”

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http://talisman-gate.blogspot.com/2007/06/perfect-enemy.html

June 1, 2007 Edition > Section: Opinion >

“The Perfect Enemy”

BY NIBRAS KAZIMI
June 1, 2007
URL: http://www.nysun.com/article/55690


22 posted on 06/01/2007 11:52:56 PM PDT by Cindy
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PERSECUTION.ORG
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http://www.washingtontimes.com/world/20070601-103635-9310r.htm

“Pakistani Christian gets death for purported slur of prophet”
By Munir Ahmad
ASSOCIATED PRESS
June 2, 2007

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan —

ARTICLE SNIPPET: “”I met with Younis Masih at a jail in Lahore, and he told me that he respects Islam and its prophet,” Mr. Bhatti said, adding Masih told him that dozens of Muslims thrashed him on Sept. 10, 2005, when he asked them not to sing loudly because his nephew had died, and his body was still lying at home.

“It was Younis Masih’s only mistake,” Mr. Bhatti said, adding that a group of Muslims began beating him and handed him over to police, who registered a case against him under the blasphemy laws. “


23 posted on 06/02/2007 12:23:33 AM PDT by Cindy
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PERSECUTION.ORG
http://www.persecution.org

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Note: The following text is a quote:

http://www.assistnews.net/Stories/2007/s07060010.htm

ASSIST News Service (ANS) - PO Box 609, Lake Forest, CA 92609-0609 USA
Visit our web site at: www.assistnews.net — E-mail: assistnews@aol.com

Friday, June 1, 2007

Christian Nursing students in Pakistan accused of blasphemy
Christian Principal of the School of Nursing suspended

By Sheraz Khurram Khan
Special Correspondent for ASSIST News Service in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN (ANS) — At least four Christian nursing students of the nursing school situated in the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) in the capital Islamabad have been accused of desecrating Quranic verses, ANS has learnt.

According to a news release from the Christian Study Centre in Rawalpindi, the nursing students including Edna, Seemab, Kanwal Bakhtawar, and another Christian student, whose name could not be ascertained, were accused, of desecrating Quranic verses placed in the classroom.
It quoted some sources as saying that the incident of alleged desecration of the Quranic verses was disclosed on the morning of May 17 whereas some said it was made public on May 28.

It went on to say that the matter remained at low-profile until Friday, June 1 when the students of the nursing school and college voiced their protest against the alleged blasphemy by chanting slogans. It said some ground and paramedical staff also joined the protesting students.

The Principal of the Nursing school, Ms. Stella, and a teacher, Fazila Khokhar, along with the students accused of blasphemy were suspended immediately in the wake of the incident, it said.

The Police First Information Report (FIR) has not been lodged yet against the accused. It maintained that the suspended principal of the nursing school attended the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) committee’s meeting that is probing the matter.

“We request all friends to pray for the girls, teacher and principal, so that God may keep us in His safe hands and also for our Muslim friends so that they may remain cool and resolve the matter through negotiation,” said a spokesperson for the Christian Study Centre, Rawalpindi.

Some 150 Muslim clerics gathered outside the hospital on Friday. In view of the charged atmosphere, security in and around the hospital has been beefed up, it said.

The writer is a freelance journalist based in Pakistan.

** You may republish this story with proper attribution.


24 posted on 06/02/2007 12:37:18 AM PDT by Cindy
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To: nwctwx
[”British intelligence officials said they believe that al-Qaida has a secure base in Pakistan’s Waziristan region and is planning terrorist operations.”]

The quintessence of scare mongering...think about it (mkay).

25 posted on 06/02/2007 12:42:20 AM PDT by LjubivojeRadosavljevic
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To: All; backhoe; piasa

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/keyword?k=globaljihad
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/keyword?k=thailand

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http://www.jihadwatch.org/archives/016721.php
(AP)

June 1, 2007

“”Thai Buddhists will never live peacefully. You will be killed cruelly””

“”We will give Thai Buddhists three days to leave our land. Otherwise, we will kill you and burn your houses. ... Thai Buddhists will never live peacefully. You will be killed cruelly.””

NA PRADU, Thailand -

ARTICLE SNIPPET: “Twenty-five beheadings _ including 10 already this year _ have been reported in southern Thailand since an Islamic-inspired insurgency erupted in 2004, claiming more than 2,200 lives. Militants in the heavily Muslim region seek independence from mostly Buddhist Thailand.

“Beheadings are certainly on the rise outside of the Middle East proper,” said Timothy Furnish, professor of Middle Eastern history at Georgia Perimeter College. “These groups do take their cues from ... hardcore Islamic thought coming out of the Arab world. Beheading infidels not only shocks, but also demonstrates Islamic bona fides to other groups.””

[...]

ARTICLE SNIPPET: “”The inspiration is clearly coming across the Internet or through DVDs clips,” said Zachary Abuza, an expert on terrorism in Southeast Asia at Simmons College in Boston.

“Islamist militants in Southeast Asia are very frustrated that the region is considered the Islamic periphery,” Abuza added. “... Militants of the region are actively trying to pull the region into the Islamic core. They want people to understand that their jihad is a part of the global jihad.””

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http://www.jihadwatch.org/archives/016710.php
(AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE)

June 1, 2007
“Jihadists kill 11 Thai soliders in ambush”

YALA, Thailand

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Previously...

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1833476/posts

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http://news.monstersandcritics.com/asiapacific/news/article_1304081.php/Insurgents_behead_Thai-Buddhist_kill_wife_injure_daughter

Asia-Pacific News
“Insurgents behead Thai-Buddhist, kill wife, injure daughter”

May 14, 2007, 7:51 GMT

ARTICLE SNIPPET: “Pattani, Thailand - Separatist insurgents on Monday shot dead a Thai-Buddhist couple working as fruit pickers in the majority-Muslim area of Bannang Sata, Yala provine and injured their three-year-old daughter, police said.

After gunning down Praphan Ponlarak, 36, and his wife Chaddakan, the assailants decapitated Praphan, making him the 29th victim to be beheaded in Thailand’s troubled deep South since the region’s separatist insurgency took a turn for the worse in January 2004. Their daughter was admitted to Bannang Sata hospital, 780 kilometres south of Bangkok, for treatment
Also on Monday, two Thai-Muslim labourers were gunned down in Kabang district, Yala, killing Luesong Hayiwale, 50, and seriously injuring Mahamu Samae, 41. On Sunday the bullet-riddled bodies of a Thai-Muslim couple working in a Bannang Sata rubber plantation were found by police.
‘The insurgents are trying to sow hatred between Thai-Muslims and Thai-Buddhists and terrorize the area,’ said Bannang Sata Police Sub-Lieutenant Than Serikan.”


26 posted on 06/02/2007 1:00:02 AM PDT by Cindy
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ON THE NET...

INTERNET-HAGANAH.com: "JAISH AL-ISLAM [GAZA] STARTS TO GET THE HANG OF THIS GLOBAL JIHAD THING  Now they have a video of their hostage" (June 1, 2007)

"ARMY OF ISLAM VIDEO OF ABDUCTED BBC JOURNALIST ALAN JOHNSTON" (Added to YouTube.com on June 1, 2007 by MEMRIvideo)


Previously...


INTERNET-HAGANAH.com (TERRORISM-INFO.org, INTELLIGENCE AND TERRORISM INFORMATION CENTER, G'lilot, Israel, May 20, 2007): "JAISH AL-ISLAM AND THE JOHNSTON KIDNAPPING: BACKGROUND, SUMMARY AND ASSESSMENT" (May 24, 2007)

INTERNET-HAGANAH.com: "NICE SIG FILE This is the signature file of the person who posed the question on al-Ommh about whether the BBC's Alan Johnston should be killed." (May 24, 2007)

INTERNET-HAGANAH.com: "HOW MANY JIHADIS DOES IT TAKE TO KILL A HOSTAGE?" (May 24, 2007)

INTERNET-HAGANAH.com: ""KILL THE KAFR NOW!"" (May 20, 2007)

"internet-haganah.org/hmedia/27apr07/27apr07-salafy_forums.htm"

OSINT.INTERNET-HAGANAH.com: (NEWS FIRST CLASS - Hebrew, Jonathan D. Halevi): "HAMAS, AL QAEDA COOPERATING" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Hamas and a branch of al-Qaeda are cooperating for terror attacks against Israel. A Palestinian security source has confirmed that the Army of Islam is a branch of al-Qaeda and was responsible for the kidnapping of IDF soldier Gilad Shalit in a joint operation with Hamas, and also for the kidnapping of the British journalist.") (NOTE: "See also Hamas Activists Moving Over to Al-Qaeda - Jonathan D. Halevi (News First Class-Hebrew)") (May 14, 2007, 15:29 GMT)
"www.nfc.co.il/Archive/001-D-130834-00.html?tag=10-03-07"

"www.nfc.co.il/" (Hebrew)

INTERNET-HAGANAH.com: "LOVE AND KISSES FROM THE JAISH AL-ISLAM OF GAZA, REGARDING THEIR CAPTIVE, THE BBC's JOHNSTON" (SNIPPET: "Summary: they want Abo Qatada released from prison. The rest is about 20 minutes of high-pitched whining.") (May 13, 2007)

INTERNET-HAGANAH.com: "THE COMPLETE WORKS OF ABO QATADA...brought to you via archive.org." (May 13, 2007)

INTERNET-HAGANAH.com: "HAMAS ACCUSES THE JAISH AL-ISLAM OF CONDUCTING A KIDNAPPING WITHOUT A LICENSE. More Fitna in Gaza" (May 13, 2007)

27 posted on 06/02/2007 1:37:59 AM PDT by Cindy
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http://www.usdoj.gov/nsd
http://www.usdoj.gov/criminal/fara/index.html

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http://www.usdoj.gov/opa/pr/2007/May/07_nsd_395.html

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THURSDAY, MAY 31, 2007
WWW.USDOJ.GOV

“National Security Division Announces Enhanced
Foreign Agents Registration Act Website”

WASHINGTON


28 posted on 06/02/2007 1:49:36 AM PDT by Cindy
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Note: The following text is a quote:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2007/06/20070601-10.html

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
June 1, 2007

Statement by the President on Detention of American Citizens by the Iranian Regime

White House News

Several of our fellow American citizens — including Haleh Esfandiari, Parnaz Azima, Kian Tajbakhsh, and Ali Shakeri — are being held against their will by the Iranian regime. I strongly condemn their detention at the hands of Iranian authorities. They should be freed immediately and unconditionally.

These individuals have dedicated themselves to building bridges between the American and Iranian people, a goal the Iranian regime claims to support. Their presence in Iran — to visit their parents or to conduct humanitarian work — poses no threat. Indeed, their activities are typical of the abiding ties that Iranian-Americans have with their land of origin.

I am also disturbed by the Iranian regime’s refusal so far to provide any information on Robert Levinson, despite repeated U.S. requests. I call on Iran’s leaders to tell us what they know about his whereabouts.

The United States is committed to protecting its citizens at home and abroad. We will maintain our efforts on behalf of these citizens until all of them are reunited with their families.

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29 posted on 06/02/2007 1:53:54 AM PDT by Cindy
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http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2007/06/20070601-23.html
http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2007/06/20070601-24.html

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NOTE: The following text is a quote:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2007/06/20070601-20.html

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
June 1, 2007

Text of a Letter from the President

White House News

June 1, 2007

Dear Mr. Chairman:

This report to the Congress, under section 804(b) of the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act, 21 U.S.C. 1901-1908 (the “Kingpin Act”), transmits my designations of the following five foreign persons and one foreign entity for sanctions under the Kingpin Act and reports my direction of sanctions against them under that Act:

Victor Emilio Cazarez Salazar

Gulf Cartel

Jorge Mario Paredes Cordova

Haj Azizullah Alizai

Shahbaz Khan

Frederik Heinz Barth

Sincerely,

GEORGE W. BUSH

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30 posted on 06/02/2007 2:04:46 AM PDT by Cindy
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http://www.treas.gov/press/releases/hp427.htm

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Note: The following text is a quote:

http://www.treas.gov/press/releases/hp426.htm

May 29, 2007
HP-426

Treasury Designation Targets Sudanese
Government, Rebel Leader

The U.S. Department of the Treasury today blocked the assets of three Sudanese individuals, including two high-ranking government officials and a rebel leader, for their roles in fomenting violence and human rights abuses in Darfur. The Treasury also acted today to sanction 30 Sudanese companies owned or controlled by the Government of Sudan, and one company that has violated the arms embargo in Darfur.

“Even in the face of sanctions, these individuals have continued to play direct roles in the terrible atrocities of Darfur,” said Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson, Jr. “We are working to call attention to their horrific acts and further isolate them from the international community.”

Ahmad Muhammed Harun, Sudan’s State Minister for Humanitarian Affairs, has been accused of war crimes in Darfur by the International Criminal Court in the The Hague. Sudan’s head of Military Intelligence and Security, Awad Ibn Auf, was also designated today, along with Khalil Ibrahim, leader of the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), a rebel group that has refused to sign the Darfur Peace Agreement.

Harun and Auf are among Khartoum’s senior leadership and have acted as liaisons between the Sudanese government and the Government-supported Janjaweed militias, which have attacked and brutalized innocent civilians in the region. The two individuals also have provided the Janjaweed with logistical support and directed attacks. Hundreds of thousands of people have been killed and more than 2.5 million people have been displaced by violence and war since 2003. Previously, Harun served as State Minister for the Interior, and played a central role in coordinating and planning military operations in Darfur between 2003 and 2005. In the 1990s he was responsible for massacres in the Nuba Mountains and was nicknamed “the Butcher of Nuba.”

Fighting between the Government of Sudan, the Janjaweed, and splintered rebel groups has continued unabated in Sudan, despite the signing of the African Union-brokered Darfur Peace Agreement in May 2006. The Government of Sudan and the largest rebel group, the Sudan Liberation Movement, signed the agreement, but other rebel groups, including the JEM, declined to do so. The JEM is responsible for violence and suffering in Darfur and Khalil Ibrahim, as leader of the JEM, is personally responsible for rebel activity aimed at further destabilizing the situation on the ground.

Today’s action brings to seven the number of Sudanese individuals for whom access to the U.S. financial system is prohibited under Executive Order 13400, which targets perpetrators of human rights abuses in Darfur in western Sudan. Azza Air Transport Company has also been sanctioned under Executive Order 13400 for transferring small arms, ammunition and artillery to Sudanese government forces and Janjaweed militia in Darfur.

An additional 30 companies have been designated today pursuant to Executive Orders 13067 and 13412 because they are owned or controlled by the Government of Sudan. These orders permit the imposition of economic sanctions on the Sudanese government for its continued support for international terrorism, ongoing efforts to destabilize neighboring governments, and human rights violations – in particular with respect to the conflict in Darfur. The United States first imposed sanctions on the Government of Sudan in 1997.

“These companies have supplied cash to the Bashir regime, enabling it to purchase arms and further fuel the fighting in Darfur,” added Paulson. “By denying these companies access to the U.S. and international financial system, we will make it harder for the Government of Sudan to pursue its deadly agenda.”

Among the companies designated in today’s action are GIAD Industrial City, which has supplied armored vehicles to the Sudanese government for military operations in Darfur; Sudatel, the national telecommunications company; and five firms in the petrochemical sector, including Advanced Petroleum Company, RAM Energy Company, Bashaier, Hi-Tech Petroleum Group, and Hi-Tech Chemicals.

As a result of Treasury’s designations, any assets these individuals and entities may have that are within U.S. jurisdiction must be frozen, and U.S. persons are prohibited from transacting or doing business with them.

The United States, the single largest international donor of humanitarian assistance to Sudan, has called for an end to the fighting in Darfur and for those responsible for crimes and atrocities to be brought to justice. In particular, the United States, along with the international community, is concerned about recent attacks on humanitarian workers in Darfur.

The United States continues to push for a peaceful political solution that will end the violence in Darfur and allow refugees and displaced persons to return to their homes.

A complete list of the individuals and entities designated today is posted at the following link: http://www.treasury.gov/offices/enforcement/ofac/actions/20070529.shtml .


31 posted on 06/02/2007 2:09:00 AM PDT by Cindy
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http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/terrorists/terelbaneh.htm
MOST WANTED TERRORISTS: “JABER A. ELBANEH”

http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&ned=us&q=ELBANEH&btnG=Search+News

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UPDATE:

http://www.buffalonews.com/home/story/88532.html

“Yemen refuses to extradite Elbaneh”
By Dan Herbeck
Updated: 06/01/07 7:44 AM

ARTICLE SNIPPET: “Jaber Elbaneh, described as one of the world’s most-wanted terrorism suspects, will not be turned over to American authorities to face charges that he helped to recruit and organize the “Lackawanna Six,” an official of Yemen’s government indicated Thursday.

An e-mail message from the Yemeni government was the first response to repeated questions from The Buffalo News on whether Elbaneh would ever be turned over to the United States following his surrender earlier this month.

“Jaber Elbaneh is a Yemeni Citizen and the constitution bars the extraditions of Yemeni Citizens to face foreign courts,” Mohammed Albasha, spokesman for Yemen’s embassy in Washington, told The News in an e-mail.

Kurtis Cooper, a State Department spokesman in Washington, said he could not comment on Elbaneh’s status or Albasha’s e-mail.

FBI spokesman Paul M. Moskal said the e-mail, to his knowledge, is the first public statement Yemen’s government has made on whether Elbaneh will be turned over to the United States.”

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BLOG:

http://mypetjawa.mu.nu/archives/188095.php

May 30, 2007
“Wanted Terrorist Elbaneh Has to Stay Home”


32 posted on 06/02/2007 2:25:30 AM PDT by Cindy
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RECAP:

FOX NEWS.com (AP): New York - "AMERICAN MAN ACCUSED OF AIDING AL QAEDA EXTRADITED TO U.S." (May 26, 2007)

NewYork.FBI.gov - DOJ Press Release: "UNITED STATES ANNOUNCES FIRST EXTRADITION FROM UNITED KINGDOM ON TERRORISM CHARGES" (May 26, 2007)

33 posted on 06/02/2007 2:33:39 AM PDT by Cindy
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Note: The following text is a quote:

http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_915.html

Travel Warning
United States Department of State
Bureau of Consular Affairs
Washington, DC 20520

This information is current as of today, Sat Jun 02 2007 02:37:07 GMT-0700.

CôTE D’IVOIRE

June 01, 2007

This revised Travel Warning updates U.S. citizens on ongoing safety and security concerns in Cote d’Ivoire. The Department of State continues to urge Americans to defer all non-essential travel to Cote d’Ivoire. This supersedes the Travel Warning of December 18, 2006.

Cote d’Ivoire has experienced continued, periodic episodes of political unrest and violence, sometimes directed against foreigners, since 2002 when a failed coup attempt resulted in civil war. Clashes between Ivorian government forces and ex-rebel forces resulted in the deaths of French peacekeepers and one American citizen in 2004. The security situation continues to be poor and unpredictable throughout the country, particularly in Abidjan and in the western part of Cote d’Ivoire.

In March 2007, after multiple peace accords and postponed national elections, Ivorian President Gbagbo and the New Forces rebel leader, Guillaume Soro, signed a peace agreement that established a new transitional government with Gbagbo as President and Soro as Prime Minister.

UN and French peacekeepers remain in the country. The new government is tasked with disarmament, demobilization, reintegration of former combatants, creating a national identification system, and organizing elections by early 2008. Most key tasks remain unaccomplished, and political violence could still break out unexpectedly at any time.

Given the tense and potentially volatile security situation, the Department of State urges American citizens to defer non-essential travel to Cote d’Ivoire. For those who must travel to Cote d’Ivoire despite this warning, the U.S. Embassy recommends extreme caution when traveling within the country. Shops and businesses are open, and travel throughout the south, although controlled by forces loyal to President Gbagbo is possible. Overland routes to the north, still controlled by the New Forces, are also open. The airport currently operates normally and handles a number of flights by regional and European carriers. Land routes to the Ghanaian border are open.

The Department of State continues to prohibit minor dependents from accompanying U.S. government employees assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Abidjan. Embassy employees are asked to limit their travel within Abidjan and to avoid travel at night. Private Americans are urged to follow the same guidelines. U.S. Embassy personnel must obtain prior approval before traveling north of Yamoussoukro, west of Sassandra, or east of Assinie (including to the Ghanaian border). Americans should ensure that their vehicles are fully fueled and that they have adequate cooking fuel, food, and water to last several days.

The new U.S. Embassy is located in the Riviera Golf neighborhood of the Cocody section of Abidjan. The Embassy may close to the public temporarily from time to time in response to security developments. U.S. citizens who remain in, or travel to, Cote d’Ivoire despite this Travel Warning should consult the Department of State’s latest Consular Information Sheet for Cote d’Ivoire and the Worldwide Caution Public Announcement at http://travel.state.gov . Americans should register with the U.S. Embassy by completing a registration form on-line at https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/home.asp , by calling (225) 22-49-40-00, or faxing (225) 22-49-42-02. Americans in Cote d’Ivoire who need assistance should contact the Embassy at (225) 22-49-40-00. American citizens may obtain up-to-date information on security conditions in Cote d’Ivoire by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the United States and Canada, or 1-202-501-4444 from all other countries.


34 posted on 06/02/2007 2:38:01 AM PDT by Cindy
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Note: The following text is a quote:

https://www.osac.gov/Reports/report.cfm?contentID=69061

you are here: Home > Reports > Consular Affairs Bulletins > Report
Warden Message: Caution Urged in North Cotobato
Consular Affairs Bulletins
East Asia / Pacific - Philippines
1 Jun 2007

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10 May 2007
Philippine Elections Violence
27 Apr 2007
Travel Warning: Philippines
19 Apr 2007
Warden Message: Mindanao Bombing Threat
10 Apr 2007
Worldwide Caution Public Announcement
11 Jan 2007
Warden Message: Mindanao Bombings
U.S. Embassy Manila issued the following Warden Message on June 1, 2007:

The Embassy has information that terrorists may be planning to carry out bombings at bus terminals and public market places in Kidapawan and Makilala in North Cotabato, Mindanao over the next several days. U.S. citizens should exercise extreme caution in central Mindanao.

U.S. citizens living and working in central Mindanao are urged to reassess their personal security and to keep a low profile, and should avoid public gathering places.

For additional information, Americans should refer to the Travel Warning for the Philippines, issued April 27, 2007, as well as the Consular Information Sheet for the Philippines dated June 19, 2006.

American citizens with questions or concerns may telephone the Embassy at (63)(2) 528-6300. In case of an emergency outside business hours, American citizens may reach the Embassy duty officer through the Embassy operator at (63)(2) 528-6300. The U.S. Embassy is located at: 1201 Roxas Boulevard, Manila, Philippines. The Consular American Citizen Services (ACS) section’s fax number is (63)(2) 522-3242 and the ACS web page is at http://philippines.usembassy.gov/wwwh3004.html .


35 posted on 06/02/2007 2:41:04 AM PDT by Cindy
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Note: The following text is a quote:

https://www.osac.gov/Reports/report.cfm?contentID=69060

you are here: Home > Reports > Consular Affairs Bulletins > Report
Warden Message: Lebanon Violence Intensification
Consular Affairs Bulletins
Middle East / N. Africa - Lebanon
1 Jun 2007

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29 May 2007
Warden Message: Threat of Attacks in Lebanon
26 May 2007
Warden Message: Continuing Threats in Lebanon
21 May 2007
Warden Message: Lebanon Clashes
10 Apr 2007
Worldwide Caution Public Announcement
21 Feb 2007
Lebanon 2007 Crime & Safety Report
U.S. Embassy Beirut issued the following Warden Message on June 1, 2007:

On June 1, fighting intensified between Lebanese security forces and Fatah al-Islam militants in the Nahr el-Bared Palestinian camp in Northern Lebanon. The potential for related violence is high and the U.S. Embassy urges Americans in Lebanon to limit their movements in the coming days. We remind American citizens that Fatah al-Islam, the militant group Jund al-Sham, and Al-Qaeda have issued credible threats of attacks against Western-affiliated targets in Lebanon. The Embassy strongly urges Americans residing in Lebanon to avoid popular gathering spots or other public places where large numbers of people gather. The U.S. Embassy in Beirut continues to operate normally. All non-essential travel, however, by official Americans from the embassy compound is restricted as we assess security conditions. We urge Americans residing in Lebanon to maintain a high level of alertness and to take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness.

For the latest security information, Americans should regularly monitor the Department’s web site at http://travel.state.gov where the current Worldwide Caution Public Announcement, Middle East and North Africa Public Announcement, Travel Warnings and other Public Announcements can be found. Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the U.S. and Canada, or, for callers outside the U.S. and Canada, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

Americans living or traveling in Lebanon are encouraged to register with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate through the State Department’s travel registration website, http://travelregistration.state.gov , so that they can obtain updated information on travel and security within Lebanon. Americans without Internet access may register directly with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

The Embassy is located in Awkar, near Antelias, Beirut, Lebanon. Public access hours for American citizens are Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. However, American citizens who require emergency services outside of these hours may contact the Embassy by telephone at any time. The telephone numbers are (961-4) 542-600, 543-600, and fax 544-209. Website: http://lebanon.usembassy.gov .


36 posted on 06/02/2007 2:44:15 AM PDT by Cindy
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http://www.expatica.com/actual/article.asp?subchannel_id=25&story_id=40418
(AFP)

“Jailed rebels in Colombia reject release offer”

BOGOTA, May 31, 2007 (AFP) - Imprisoned leftist guerrillas on Thursday rejected an offer to be released as a way to pressure their comrades to release 56 hostages, including three Americans and French-Colombian politician Ingrid Betancourt.”


37 posted on 06/02/2007 2:48:04 AM PDT by Cindy
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A bit of an update:

(Note: Includes video)

Note: The following news brief is a quote:

http://euronews.net/index.php?page=info&article=425471&lng=1

Colombia
02/06 08:26 CET
Prisoner transfer spurs hostage hopes in Columbia

Following the beginning of the release of rebel prisoners in Colombia there is renewed hope that Ingrid Betancourt and other hostages held by FARC guerrillas could soon be freed. It has been reported that, as a reciprocal gesture, a FARC representative will soon provide evidence that the French-Colombian politician is still alive.

President Alvaro Uribe recently announced plans to release hundreds of FARC prisoners in a bid to persuade the rebels to do the same with about 60 hostages, including Betancourt and three US defence contracters. Uribe was re-elected last year partly on promises to continue with a hard line against the rebels.

But France, Spain and Switzerland have been trying to broker new negotiations between the government and the militants. Betancourt was seized in 2002 while campaigning for the presidency. The FARC prisoners freed yesterday have been moved to a holding centre ahead of their eventual pending their ultimjhe.


38 posted on 06/02/2007 2:55:08 AM PDT by Cindy
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http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/pa/pa_1161.html

PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesman
This information is current as of today, Sat Jun 02 2007 02:56:46 GMT-0700.

Worldwide Caution

April 10, 2007


39 posted on 06/02/2007 2:56:47 AM PDT by Cindy
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More details UPDATE:

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,277212,00.html
(AP)

“U.S. Military Launches Strike Against Militant Base in Somalia”
Saturday, June 02, 2007


40 posted on 06/02/2007 3:00:03 AM PDT by Cindy
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Off Topic...

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1843572/posts

“Attacks on Immigration Bill Opponents Unwarranted”
davidlimbaugh.com ^ | 06/01/07 | david limbaugh

Posted on 06/02/2007 2:56:40 AM PDT by lancer256


41 posted on 06/02/2007 3:04:51 AM PDT by Cindy
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Note: The following post is a quote:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1843573/posts

Japanese authorities questioning crew of suspected N. Korean boat(wandered into Aomori, Japan)
Yonhap News ^ | 06/02/07

Posted on 06/02/2007 3:08:10 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster

Japanese authorities questioning crew of suspected N. Korean boat

TOKYO, June 2 (Yonhap) — Japanese authorities are questioning the crew of a small wooden boat that may have arrived from North Korea, media sources said Saturday.

The open motor boat, measuring 7-8 meters long, arrived in the port of Kukaura in Aomori Prefecture 575 kilometers north of Tokyo, Kyodo News said.

TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Click to Add Topic
KEYWORDS: aomori; japan; korea; refugee; Click to Add Keyword
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A Kyodo News Summary:

A boat of unknown national origin was spotted at Fukaura, Fukaura-cho, Aomori Perfecture, 575km NE of Tokyo, between 6:30am and 7am on June 2nd, 2007.
Three men and a woman were on board, who were between 20 and 60 years of age.
Residents immediately reported it to a local police station.
The people on board claim that they are from N. Korea. They are suspected to be N. Korean refugees. Some information also says that they are asking for ‘political asylum.’
The boat is 7~8 meter long, and made of wood, has no roof, but its own engine. It was carrying fuel and food, but no weapons.
Those on board appear to be in good health. One of the men was wearing jumpers and dirty pants, with tanned skin.

1 posted on 06/02/2007 3:08:13 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster


42 posted on 06/02/2007 3:24:49 AM PDT by Cindy
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ON THE NET...

http://www.memritv.org

http://www.memritv.org/Search.asp?ACT=S5&P1=9

http://www.memri.org/jihad.html

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http://memri.org/bin/articles.cgi?Page=subjects&Area=jihad&ID=SP160907

Special Dispatch Series - No. 1609
June 1, 2007 No.1609

“Islamist Websites Monitor #103-107”


43 posted on 06/02/2007 3:27:36 AM PDT by Cindy
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To: nwctwx; Cindy; Oorang; Jet Jaguar

Thanks Ian. Thanks so much for your links. Outstanding!


44 posted on 06/02/2007 5:39:37 AM PDT by PGalt
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45 posted on 06/02/2007 6:47:58 AM PDT by Godzilla (There are 3 kinds of people: those who can count & those who can't.)
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To: All; Godzilla
Kennedy Airport Terror Plot Thwarted
Posted by Zakeet
On 06/02/2007 8:28:21 AM PDT
46 posted on 06/02/2007 9:13:40 AM PDT by nwctwx
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To: nwctwx; STARWISE; KylaStarr; Calpernia; Jet Jaguar; backhoe; piasa; All

THANKS to freepmailers, emailers, starwise, kyla starr, calpernia for the ping to the Kennedy airport plot thread.

Thanks to nw for posting this thread.

Thanks to a Special Freepmailer mentioning past threads regarding manholes — memory jogger.


47 posted on 06/02/2007 11:24:36 AM PDT by Cindy
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To: Cindy

Is he dust?


48 posted on 06/02/2007 11:28:44 AM PDT by STARWISE (They (Rats) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war-RichardMiniter, respected OBL author)
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To: All; Jim Robinson; nwctwx; backhoe; piasa; Godzilla

Note: The following text is a quote:

http://www.usdoj.gov/opa/pr/2007/June/07_nsd_401.html

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SATURDAY, JUNE 2, 2007
WWW.USDOJ.GOV

Four Individuals Charged in Plot to
Bomb John F. Kennedy International Airport

Plot Targets Airport’s Jet Fuel Supply Tanks and Pipeline
Defendants Include Extremists in United States, Guyana, and Trinidad

BROOKLYN, NY – Four individuals, including a former member of the parliament of Guyana and a former airport cargo worker at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), have been charged with conspiring to attack JFK airport by planting explosives to blow up the airport’s major jet-fuel supply tanks and pipeline. The plot was foiled well before it came to fruition through an outstanding law enforcement effort in the United States and abroad.

The arrests were announced today by Roslynn R. Mauskopf, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, Mark J. Mershon, Assistant Director-in-Charge, FBI, New York Field Office, Raymond W. Kelly, Commissioner, New York City Police Department, Samuel J. Plumeri, Superintendent of Police/Director of Public Safety, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department, and Michael Balboni, Deputy Secretary for Public Safety, New York State Department of Homeland Security.

Agents from the FBI Joint Terrorist Task Force (JTTF) arrested one of the defendants, former JFK employee Russell Defreitas, a U.S. citizen and native of Guyana, in Brooklyn, New York. He is expected to make his initial appearance at 2:00 p.m. today before United States Magistrate Judge Kiyo A. Matsumoto at the U.S. Courthouse, 225 Cadman Plaza East, Brooklyn, New York. Abdul Kadir, a citizen of Guyana who has served as a member of the Guyanese Parliament, and Kareem Ibrahim, a citizen of Trinidad, are in custody in Trinidad. A fourth defendant, Abdel Nur, is a citizen of Guyana. The United States plans to seek their extradition.

According to the criminal complaint, beginning in January 2006 and continuing to the present, the defendants conspired to destroy buildings, fuel tanks, and fuel pipelines at JFK airport with explosives. JFK handles on average over 1,000 flights daily, approximately half of which are international flights, and handles annually, approximately 45 million passengers and over 1.5 million tons of cargo with an estimated value of $120 billion. The fuel supply for these operations are linked primarily to the Buckeye Pipeline, which distributes fuel and other petroleum products to various sites in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Staten Island, Brooklyn, and Queens, New York, among others.

As alleged in the complaint, the plot tapped into an international network of Muslim extremists from the United States, Guyana, and Trinidad, and utilized the knowledge, expertise, and contacts of the conspirators to develop and plan the plot, and obtain operational support and capability to carry it out. For example, as part of the plot, the conspirators dispatched Defreitas from Guyana to conduct video and photo surveillance of JFK airport on four occasions in January 2007. During the surveillance and using his knowledge of airport operations from his prior employment, Defreitas identified targets and escape routes and assessed airport security. The defendants also obtained satellite photographs of JFK airport and its facilities from the internet and traveled frequently between the United States, Guyana, and Trinidad to discuss their plans and solicit the financial and technical assistance of others.

The defendants used their connections to present their terrorist plot to radical groups in South America and the Caribbean, including senior leadership of Jamaat Al Muslimeen (“JAM”), which was responsible for a deadly coup attempt in Trinidad in 1990. As the complaint alleges, defendants Kadir and Nur were longtime associates of JAM leaders. Defendant Kareem also was preparing to send an emissary overseas to present the plan to other extremists.

An informant working with law enforcement agents began monitoring the plot at its early stages and made numerous recorded conversations with the defendants. In a recorded conversation following one of the surveillance missions to JFK airport, Defreitas predicted that the attacks would result in the destruction of “the whole of Kennedy,” that only a few people would survive the attack, and that because of the location of the targeted fuel pipelines, part of Queens would explode.

In discussing JFK airport as a target, Defreitas exulted over JFK airport’s symbolic importance:

Anytime you hit Kennedy, it is the most hurtful thing to the United States. To hit John F. Kennedy, wow .... They love John F. Kennedy like he’s the man .... If you hit that, this whole country will be in mourning. It’s like you can kill the man twice.

In a later recorded conversation with his coconspirators in May 2007, Defreitas compared the plot to attack JFK airport to the attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, stating, “even the Twin Towers can’t touch it,” adding that, “this can destroy the economy of America for some time.”

In discussing the plans, Kadir stressed the goal of causing economic damage and suggested minimizing the killing of innocent men and women. In one conversation, Kadir and Defreitas discussed the need to disable the airport control tower from which airport security monitors the fuel tank locations. Kadir, an engineer by training, explained that the tanks were, most likely, double tanks, requiring two explosions to provide enough oxygen to ignite the fuel inside the inner tank.

Kenneth L. Wainstein, Assistant Attorney General for National Security at the Justice Department, said, “The defendants sought to combine an insider’s knowledge of JFK Airport with the assistance of Islamic radicals in the Caribbean to produce an attack that they boasted would be so devastating to the airport that ‘even the Twin Towers can’t touch it.’ Like the Fort Dix case several weeks ago, this plot highlights the evolving nature of the terrorist threat we face, and our investigation into both plots highlights how our agents and prosecutors are refining their capability to detect and pre-empt such plots before they advance to a dangerous stage.”

“The defendants are charged with conspiring to bomb one of the busiest airports in the United States, located in one of the most densely populated areas in the northeast – had the plot been carried out, it could have resulted in unfathomable damage, deaths, and destruction,” stated U.S. Attorney Mauskopf. “But, thanks to the extraordinary efforts of law enforcement, the defendants’ plan never reached the operational stage, and the public was never at risk. We remain unwavering in our commitment to stop terrorist plots before they become terrorist acts and will spare no effort to secure the safety of the public.” Ms. Mauskopf added that the investigation is continuing.

Mark J. Mershon, Assistant Director-in-Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York Field Office, stated, “The defendants had the connections to present their terrorist plot to radical groups in South America and the Caribbean, including senior leadership of Jamaat Al Muslimeen (“JAM”), which was responsible for a deadly coup attempt in Trinidad in 1990. As the complaint alleges, defendants Kadir and Nur were longtime associates of JAM leaders. Defendant Kareem was also preparing to send an emissary overseas to present the plan to extremist networks there when law enforcement stepped in to disrupt it.

“Once again, terrorists have plotted against New York, and once more NYPD detectives and FBI agents joined forces to deny them. A disaster has been averted. Congratulations to both in thwarting this plot, and to the Port Authority Police Department with whom the NYPD continues to work closely to protect JFK International Airport,” stated Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly.

“This announcement demonstrates, once again, that there are people continuously plotting violence against our vital assets and our homeland. This investigation and the arrests that are related to it prove that the cooperation of state, local, and federal law enforcement can produce real results that help to make our state and nation safer,” stated Michael Balboni, Deputy Secretary for Public Safety, New York State Department of Homeland Security.

If convicted of conspiring to attack JFK airport with explosives, each of the defendants faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. The charges in the complaint are merely allegations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jeffrey Knox and Marshall L. Miller of the Violent Crimes and Terrorism Section.

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07-401


49 posted on 06/02/2007 11:29:17 AM PDT by Cindy
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To: STARWISE

I don’t know.
I wasn’t able to determine if he was involved/and/or deceased in the wee hours this morning.

If I find something today, I’ll update.


50 posted on 06/02/2007 11:33:15 AM PDT by Cindy
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