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Skip to comments.Threat Matrix: June 2007
Posted on 06/01/2007 7:57:59 PM PDT by nwctwx
Ping to June 2007 TM.
Still looking for updates.
Thanks for the thread. Good stuff.
We survived May.
THANK YOU nw.
ON THE NET...
“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.”
ON THE NET...
Fazul Abdullah Mohammed
Up to $5 Million Reward”
Thanks for all your work and for the ping.
Blessings, safety in The Lord and His Peace, Provision and Love to you and yours.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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)."
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.
So the suspect(s) stole the explosives from four utility trucks, not just one.
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 ...
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 banks headquarters in Turkey and the British Consulate General.
Thank you, Ian, and God bless.
Looking at al-Yazid...
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)
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