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Posted on 02/09/2009 3:41:05 PM PST by Velveeta
So, I totally botched Ian’s code - but I may have managed to salvage all his links. (Ian, my apologies)
No clue how to add the main article link, so here it is:
Cheney warns of new attacks
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Previous thread #67:
This is our 68th thread.
Vel, thanks so very much. Great job!
Thanks to all for the new thread.
We must be more vigilant now than ever.
Thanks, V. I plan to be more active here.
A few of us were experimenting with keyword tm, adding it to FR articles which would be of interest to TMers.
Often times, threads at FR which would be pertinent to TM are missed. Plus, theres so much news out there these days and were all short on time.
If you entered the TM keyword and everybody helped out, we might have a better collection of Threat Matrix related material that otherwise might be missed. Let me know what you think.
Heres what the TM list looks like thusfar:
It looks a bit sad, like the Charlie Brown Christmas tree - but I am html challenged.
I agree, WCG.
Excellent, Slowboat - thank you very much.
I don’t have a ping list and just pinged by memory, so if you were left off the pingie, I apologize.
Al Qaeda’s paramilitary ‘Shadow Army’
longwarjournal ^ | February 9, 2009 1:07 AM | By Bill Roggio
Al Qaeda has reorganized its notorious paramilitary formations that were devastated during the US invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 and 2002. Al Qaeda has reestablished the predominantly Arab and Asian paramilitary formation that was formerly known as Brigade 055 into a larger, more effective fighting unit known as the Lashkar al Zil, or Shadow Army, a senior US intelligence official told The Long War Journal.
The Shadow Army is active primarily in Pakistan’s tribal areas, the Northwest Frontier Province, and in eastern and southern Afghanistan, several US military and intelligence officials told The Long War Journal on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the subject.
The paramilitary force is well trained and equipped, and has successfully defeated the Pakistani Army in multiple engagements. Inside Pakistan, the Shadow Army has been active in successful Taliban campaigns in North and South Waziristan, Bajaur, Peshawar, Khyber, and Swat.
In Afghanistan, the Shadow Army has conducted operations against Coalition and Afghan forces in Kunar, Nuristan, Nangahar, Kabul, Logar, Wardak, Khost, Paktika, Paktia, Zabul, Ghazni, and Kandahar provinces.
“The Shadow Army has been instrumental in the Taliban’s consolidation of power in Pakistan’s tribal areas and in the Northwest Frontier Province,” a senior intelligence official said. “They are also behind the Taliban’s successes in eastern and southern Afghanistan. They are helping to pinch Kabul.”
(Excerpt) Read more at longwarjournal.org ...
doh! forgot the link
CIA warns Barack Obama that British terrorists are the biggest threat to the US
Barack Obama has been warned by the CIA that British Islamist extremists are the greatest threat to US homeland security.
Obama Stands Behind ‘State Secrets’ Defense
Critics Outraged: “This Is Not Change”
President Obama’s pledge to turn the CIA’s involvement in secret detention and torture into a thing of the past was sharply tested today, and critics say he failed miserably.
Teenage terrorist or confused kid — Gitmo’s youngest prisoner
Suicide car bomber kills 4 U.S. soldiers in Iraq
Attack in Mosul is reportedly the deadliest against U.S. forces this year
Video seems to show Pole’s beheading in Pakistan
35 jihad training compounds on American soil
Here is a press release from the Christian Action
Network: “Never-Before-Revealed Terrorist Training Video Exposes 35 Compounds On American Soil”:
Act like you are his friend. Then kill him. Sheik Muburak Gilani explaining how to kill American infidels
Washington, DCThe American public was never supposed to know. The 2006 Justice Department document that exposes 35 terrorist training compounds in the U.S. was marked Dissemination Restricted to Law Enforcement. All the copies of Sheik Muburak Gilanis terrorist training video, Soldiers of Allah, had been confiscated and sealedall of them, that is, except onethat Christian Action Network now reveals in the documentary Homegrown Jihad: The Terrorist Camps Around the U.S.
It seems unfathomablenearly three dozen terrorist training compounds in the U.S. and the FBI, Homeland Security, and State Department are no help at all? But the evidence is irrefutable: as Jamaat ul-Fuqra (known in the U.S. as Muslims of America) leader Sheik Muburak Gilani professes on the Soldiers of Allah video, We are fighting to destroy the enemy. We are dealing with evil at its roots and its roots are America.
The Soldiers of Allah training video teaches American students how to operate AK-47 rifles, rocket launchers, and machine guns; how to kidnap Americans and then kill them; how to conduct sabotage and subversive operations; and how to use mortars and explosives.
With almost 50 terrorist attacks on American soil linked to Jamaat ul-Fuqraranging from bombings to murder to plots to blowing up American landmarkswhat will it take for the government to protect its citizens from self-professed enemies of Americans? They hide across 35 American cities as innocuous-sounding as Hancock, NY; Red House, VA; and Seattle, WA.
The allegations are serious, which is why Christian Action Network took more than two years to research Muslims of Americagoing inside the compounds with their video cameras and questions to confront violence and confirm the truth. Their mission? To make Americans aware of the threats and have Jamaat ul-Fuqra placed on the State Department’s Foreign Terrorist Organization Watch List, thereby shutting down the camps in the U.S. run by ul-Fuqra’s front group, Muslims of America.
The State Department issued a statement on January 31, 2002, regarding why the group was no longer recognized as a terrorist organization: Jamaat ul-Fuqra has never been designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization. It was included in several recent annual terrorism reports under other terrorist groups, i.e., groups that had carried out acts of terrorism but that were not formally designated by the Secretary of State. However, because of the groups inactivity during 2000, it was not included in the most recent terrorism report covering that calendar year.
The effect of being removed from terrorist reports? In January 2002 Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was kidnapped and later beheaded while attempting to attend an interview with Jamaat ul-Fuqra leader Sheikh Muburak Gilani.
Was this an isolated incident? Hardly. In March 2003, Fuqra and al Qaeda member Iyman Faris pled guilty in federal court to a plot to blow up the Brooklyn Bridge, and the list goes on.
According to a 2006 Department of Justice report, Today, Jamaat ul-Fuqra has more than 35 suspected communes and more than 3,000 members spread across the United States, all in support of one goal: the purification of Islam through violence.
In 2005, The Department of Homeland Security predicted that Muslims of America will continue to strike in the United States-yet they are still not listed on the State Departments Foreign Terrorist Organization Watch List. Other predicted possible sponsors of attacks include Jamaat ul-Fuqra, a Pakistani-based group that has been linked to Muslims of America.
Christian Action Network will show Homegrown Jihad at the Landmark Theater in Washington, DC, on February 11, 2009, at 7:30 pm. There is no charge to attend the viewing. Copies can also be obtained at www.christianaction.org.
If you’re in Washington on the 11th, please go to this, and send us a report!
video at link
Scary, but they’ve had these camps in the US for a long time now. The first one I ever heard of was in a rural area north of Harrisburg,PA., in 1989. The leader of the group was an FBI agent based in Harrisburg, and no—he was not undercover for our side. He was a homegrown terrorist.
Saudis’ most-wanted are profiled
One is bin Laden’s son-in-law; others also have ties to al-Qaeda and terrorist acts, papers show.
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - One of the men on Saudi Arabia’s new most-wanted list is married to Osama bin Laden’s daughter, while another was involved in a plot to kill the U.S. ambassador in Yemen. A third smuggled militants into Iraq from Syria.
Most excellent. :-)
I never heard about that. Did they catch him?
Bomb wounds Pakistan Taliban commander: officials
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AFP) A Pakistani Taliban commander and key aide to tribal warlord Baitullah Mehsud was wounded Monday in a bomb attack that killed his driver near the Afghan border, officials said.
A remote-controlled bomb exploded by the side of a road in the Tanga area of South Waziristan, a semi-autonomous tribal district, when Noor Syed Mehsud was passing in a vehicle en route to Jandola village.
“According to reports received here Mehsud was slightly injured, while his driver died in the bomb blast,” a security official in Wana, the main town of South Waziristan, told AFP.
Another security official confirmed the incident. Preliminary reports attributed the bombing to factional fighting between Baitullah Mehsud’s men and loyalists of Abdullah Mehsud, he said.
Abdullah Mehsud, 32, became leader of Pakistani Taliban insurgents based in South Waziristan in 2004, after Pakistani government forces launched military operations to clear out extremists from the troubled tribal region.
He was accused of having links with Al-Qaeda and spent 25 months in the US-run prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba until his release in March 2004......
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Yedioth Ahronoth Publishes Details Of Mughniyeh Assassination By Mossad
The Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth published details regarding the assassination of leading Hizbullah military leader Imad Mughniyeh, explaining that the hands that placed the deadly blow up charge at Mughniyeh’s vehicle to the right of the driver’s headrest were solely Israeli.
The paper said that operational planning for Mughniyeh’s assassination commenced with the arrest of Ali Moussa Daqdouq a Hizbullah ‘foreign operations’ official by Israeli security close to Karbala, Iraq in January 2007.
Australia targeted for ‘Forest Fire’ jihad?
AUSTRALIA has been singled out as a target for “forest jihad” by a group of Islamic extremists urging Muslims to deliberately light bushfires as a weapon of terror.
US intelligence channels earlier this year identified a website calling on Muslims in Australia, the US, Europe and Russia to “start forest fires”, claiming “scholars have justified chopping down and burning the infidels’ forests when they do the same to our lands”.
The website, posted by a group called the Al-Ikhlas Islamic Network, argues in Arabic that lighting fires is an effective form of terrorism justified in Islamic law under the “eye for an eye” doctrine.
The posting which instructs jihadis to remember “forest jihad” in summer months says fires cause economic damage and pollution, tie up security agencies and can take months to extinguish so that “this terror will haunt them for an extended period of time”.
“Imagine if, after all the losses caused by such an event, a jihadist organisation were to claim responsibility for the forest fires,” the website says. “You can hardly begin to imagine the level of fear that would take hold of people in the United States, in Europe, in Russia and in Australia.”
With the nation heading into another hot, dry summer, Australian intelligence agencies are treating the possibility that bushfires could be used as a weapon of terrorism as a serious concern.....
More than 200 feared dead in Australia wildfires
Australia declares bushfire disaster a crime scene
Army Suspends Germ Research at Maryland Lab
WASHINGTON Army officials have suspended most research involving dangerous germs at the biodefense laboratory at Fort Detrick, Md., which the F.B.I. has linked to the anthrax attacks of 2001, after discovering that some pathogens stored there were not listed in a laboratory database....
Yes, they did. He’s probably still in jail.
How I Hid Salman Rushdie During the Fatwa
OPINION: Obama’s Mistake in Embracing Islamic Society of North America
Last week, media reports surfaced that the FBI quietly decided last summer to sever its ties to CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations. One week prior, Ingrid Mattson, president of ISNA, the Islamic Society of North America, delivered a prayer at the National Prayer Service, one of the events associated with the inauguration of President Obama. In other words, while it appears the FBI has finally learned a valuable lesson, it just as clearly appears that President Obama hasnt.
For years the FBI has conferred legitimacy on CAIR, meeting with its leaders and asking for its advice on relations with the Muslim community. The FBI has even utilized CAIR to give sensitivity training to its agents on topics such as Islam and understanding Muslims....
Death of a Hamas Supporter
By Joe Kaufman
FrontPageMagazine.com | Monday, February 09, 2009
On December 29, 2008, Hamas supporter and CAIR representative Jawhar Sadallah Badran Joe to those closest to him was interviewed by the Palm Beach Post about his thoughts on Israels assault on the Gaza Strip. On December 29, 2008, the same day, Jawhar Badran died of what appeared to be a heart attack. It seemed an appropriate end for a man whose heart was filled with hatred and rage. But will his legacy live on beyond his death?.......
Good to hear.
Israel Holding Parliamentary Election
Israelis vote Tuesday in parliamentary elections that will determine the successor to Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.
Israeli politicians scrambled to woo voters on the last day of campaigning Monday, as opinion polls showed a narrowing gap between the two main parties.
They are former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud party and Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni’s ruling centrist Kadima Party. The far-right Yisreil Beiteinu party is third in the race....
Al Qaeda leader threatens India in latest video
LAHORE: A video received by the BBC from an Al Qaeda leader believed killed last year warned India that it would have to pay a heavy price if it tried to attack Pakistan.
Sheikh Mustafa Abu Yazeed, who had been operating in Afghanistan and Pakistan, was reported killed in a US drone strike in August 2008.
In the 20-minute video in Arabic, Yazeed said: We will bring mujahideen and suicide attackers from all over the Muslim world to confront you [India]. They will target your economic centres and raze them to the ground, Yazeed said in the video sent to BBC. He said Al Qaeda leader Aiman Al-Zawahiri had made the decision to kill former Pakistani prime minister and PPP chairwoman Benazir Bhutto....
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Thank you, Diogenesis.
Forgive me while I question Saudi Arabia’s faux-concern.
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Report: Brussels cell had al-Qaida links