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Posted on 08/01/2009 12:58:56 PM PDT by Cindy
"Face -to-face with a human bomb A Sri Lankan journalist tries to find out why a Tamil Tiger suicide bomber would want to blow himself up"
SNIPPET: "Earlier this year, I found myself seated face-to-face with a would-be suicide bomber, the most dreaded weapon in the arsenal of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) -- better known as the Tamil Tigers. Until their battlefield defeat earlier this year, the LTTE dreamed that their long campaign of terrorism would help them carve an independent Tamil homeland out of northern and eastern Sri Lanka.
As we talked, I felt comfortable in the knowledge that the man would not blow himself up: The location was a high-security law-enforcement facility, staffed by Sri Lankan officers seeking to track down the remnants of the LTTE's "Black Tiger" terrorist unit.
The date and time of my interview, as well as the bomber's intended target prior to his capture, cannot be divulged in this article -- as such information could hamper ongoing investigations of LTTE operatives who are still at large. However, his description of his training, indoctrination and methodology are of great interest to anyone seeking to understand the rise and fall of the LTTE as a military and terrorist force.
During the course of our interview, I made sure to maintain eye contact at all times -- so as to ensure the man would not lie to me. He claims to be 26 years old, has short-cropped hair, a clean-shaven face and a tan. At first appearance, no one would take this innocent-looking prisoner to be an LTTE suicide bomber. But on closer examination, I noticed scars on his skin, one sign of rigorous battle training."
(Excerpt) Read more at nationalpost.com ...
ON THE INTERNET:
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INTERNET-HAGANAH.com: "WHIT3Y PRESENTS...Taliban Suicide Bomber Academy" (SNIPPET: How much you want to bet that "Umar Studio" is really LEE Media?") (September 20, 2009)
LONG WAR JOURNAL.org: "SUICIDE BOMBER KILLS 22 BORDER GUARDS AT TORKHAM CROSSING IN PAKISTAN" by Bill Roggio (SNIPPET: ""The guards were about to break their fast when a teenaged boy carrying a bottle of Pepsi walked toward them and blew himself up," a witness to the attack told Reuters.") (August 27, 2009, 1:27 pm)
COLOMBIA REPORTS.com: "FARC USE HOMELESS WOMAN AS HUMAN BOMB: AUTHORITIES" (SNIPPET: "According to police sources, the bomb was given to the woman by guerrillas of the FARC's 'Mariscal Sucre front' who activated the bomb when the woman arrived at the target.") July 29, 2009, 09:06)
DAWN.com: Mingora - "BOYS TRAINED FOR SUICIDE BOMBING ARRESTED" SNIPPET: "The 14 vehicles prepared for suicide attacks, 35,000kgs of explosives, 50 computers, hundreds of guns, over 100 pistols, thousands of rounds and electronic goods seized from militants and their hideouts were displayed at the press briefing. -APP" (July 27, 2009, 5:10 am PST)
TIMES ONLINE.co.uk: "'I was groomed for jihad in Britain'" by Kevin Dowling (SNIPPET: "A TEENAGER has revealed how he was recruited by Al-Qaeda-inspired extremists and groomed to carry out suicide attacks in Britain.") (May 17, 2009)
Network.NATIONAL POST.com - blog - Johnathan Kay: "MOMMY BLOWS UP WITH TODDLER -- THIS HAS GOT BE A NEW LOW FOR MILITANT ISLAM" by Johnathan Kay (SNIPPET: "Having spent this morning catching up on my weekend reading, I came across this Page 4 article from Friday's New York Times. Here's the lead paragraph: "BAGHDAD -- At least 80 people died and 120 others were injured Thursday in three bombings, one by a female suicide bomber in Baghdad who, Iraqi officials said, held a young child's hand as she set off her explosives among a group of women and children receiving emergency food aid."") (April 28, 2009, 12:33 pm)
DAILY MAIL.co.uk: "'300 TALIBAN SUICIDE BOMBERS ON WAY TO ISLAMABAD,' CLAIM PAKISTAN OFFICIALS" (SNIPPET: '300 suicide bombers are on their way to Islamabad, Pakistan and plan to attack the capital and certain local officials of foreign embassies there, Interior Ministry sources said.") (Last updated April 26, 2009, 1:37 pm)
OSINT.INTERNET-HAGANAH.com (REUTERS): "SOMALIA-TRAINED SUICIDE BOMBER BLAMED FOR YEMEN ATTACK" (SNIPPET: "They say his name was Abdel Rahman Mehdi al-Aajbari, and that he trained in Somalia before heading back to Yemen to do the deed.") (March 23, 2009)
JIHAD WATCH.org (AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE): "SHE HAD THEN RAPED AND THEN TURNED THEM INTO SUICIDE BOMBERS SO THEY COULD ESCAPE SHAME" (Snippet: "Iraqi woman had 80 women raped then recruited as suicide bombers...") (February 4, 2009)
Video: "INTERVIEWING SUICIDE BOMBERS" (SNIPPET: "Yoram Schweitzer interviews failed male and female suicide bombers and their dispatchers, currently incarcerated in Israel.") (December 20, 2008)
MNF-IRAQ.com - Release No. 20081203-05: Mosul, Iraq - "PUSH CART EXPLODES NEAR SCHOOL" (SNIPPET: "The insurgents allegedly used a push cart loaded with explosives.") (December 3, 2008)
JIHAD WATCH.org (KSTP.com): "'TWIN CITIES MAN' BLEW HIMSELF UP IN SOMALIA SUICIDE BOMBING" (SNIPPET: "The FBI and Homeland Security are investigating whether Shirwa Ahmed had developed a terrorist recruiting network in the area.") (November 25, 2008)
JIHAD WATCH.org (MyFoxTwinCities): "SOMALIS LEAVING MINNESOTA, RETURNING HOME TO WAGE JIHAD?" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "They're known in the Somali community simply at The Missing. More than 20 young Somali men, between the ages of 17 and 22, who have left the Twin Cities in the last few months, without a single word to their families.") (November 25, 2008)
CNS NEWS.com: Jerusalem - "IN IRAN, A CALL FOR SUICIDE BOMBERS TO ATTACK THE U.S." by Julie Stahl (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Fliers calling for young people to sign up for Hezbollah suicide attacks against the U.S. were distributed recently in Tehran and elsewhere in Iran.") (November 4, 2008)
CNN.com: "FEMALE BOMBER KILLS 16 NEAR GOVERNMENT COMPLEX" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "More than 20 female suicide bombers have carried out attacks in Iraq this year, a number much higher than in previous years. According to the U.S. military, women carried out eight bombings in 2007. Authorities said that al Qaeda in Iraq is recruiting women and that increasing numbers of women are volunteering for missions.") (Updated June 22, 2008, 1927 GMT)
ADNKRONOS.com (AKI): Baghdad - "IRAQ: CHILD TERRORISTS BEHIND GROWING NUMBER OF ATTACKS" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "The Iraqi army has noted a rise in attacks carried out by children or women from 2007 to 2008. In the last year they are believed to have carried out at least 16 suicide attacks and 200 other bomb attacks.") (June 13, 2008)
KUNA.net.kw: Islamabad - "POLICE IN ISLAMABAD ARRESTS OVER 75 SUSPECTS AFTER REPORTS OF SUICIDE" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Syed Kalim Imam, Senior Superintendent Police (SSP), while talking to media said that security has been given a red alert and an operation has been launched to arrest eight teenaged suicide bombers. He added that so far more than 75 suspects have been arrested and that the operation was still underway.") (March 23, 2008, 5:56 pm)
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DAWN.com (Peshawar, December 26, 2007): "YOUTH WITH DYNAMITE HELD NEAR RALLY VENUE" by Ali Hazrat Bacha (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Reliable sources said the 19-year-old suspect, who identified himself as Raham Islam of Matani, had dynamite strapped to his body and he was trying to enter the stadium when he was stopped by security personnel. The suspect said that he had come here from a wedding party and could not find time to dispose of the explosive material.") (December 27, 2007) (Read More...)
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WASHINGTON TIMES.com (AP): Istanbul - "POLICE IN ISTANBUL FOIL BOMB-ATTACK PLOT" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Police thwarted a bomb attack in Istanbul yesterday, arresting a 25-year-old man with explosives in his backpack outside a subway station, the city's governor said.") (December 25, 2007) (Read More...)
DAWN.com (Peshawar, December 26, 2007): "YOUTH WITH DYNAMITE HELD NEAR RALLY VENUE" by Ali Hazrat Bacha (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Reliable sources said the 19-year-old suspect, who identified himself as Raham Islam of Matani, had dynamite strapped to his body and he was trying to enter the stadium when he was stopped by security personnel. The suspect said that he had come here from a wedding party and could not find time to dispose of the explosive material.") (December 27, 2007)
MNF-IRAQ.com - Release No. 20071116-02: Cob Speicher, Iraq - "SUICIDE CAR BOMB KILLS 2 CHILDREN, DAMAGES SCHOOL" (PRESS RELEASE SNIPPET: "A suicide car bomb attack killed two children, injured 11 more, and damaged an Iraqi school Nov. 15 in the city of Kirkuk. Additionally, the suicide car bomb killed an Iraqi teacher, two Iraqi policemen, and an unidentified Iraqi citizen.") (November 16, 2007)
TERRORISM-INFO.org.il - INTELLIGENCE AND TERRORISM INFORMATION CENTER at the Israel Intelligence Heritage & Commemoration Center (IICC): SNIPPET: "Osama Hamdan, the Hamas representative in Lebanon, told Iranian television that suicide bombing attacks against Israel were justified, especially attacks in buses. He rejected the historical Jewish connection to the Land of Israel and stated that Hamas' avowed intention was to wipe Israel off the face of the map." (August 21, 2007)
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WTOP.com (AP): London - "STUDY SAYS IRAN TEXTBOOKS URGE MARTYRDOM" by Thomas Wagner, AP (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Textbooks used in Iran's schools are instilling students with hatred toward the West, especially the United States, and urging them to become "martyrs" in a global holy war against countries perceived to be enemies of Islam, a new study says. An Iranian human rights activist, Ghazal Omid, praised the findings, saying they prove hard-liners in Iran are using the books to turn children into "ticking bombs."") (February 8, 2007, 2:09 pm)
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MEMRI.org - Special Dispatch Series - No. 983: "COMMANDER OF HAMAS MILITARY WING WOMEN'S UNIT: 'Our Members Yearn for Martyrdom'" (September 9, 2005)
CORRIERE.IT/english: Turin - "TURIN IMAM DEPORTED -- "HE'S DANGEROUS" Accused of praising Bin Laden. Como-based Tunisian activist also expelled." (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "The ten children taking part in the ring-o'-roses protest beneath the market clock in Porta Palazzo were all wearing suicide bomber belts. The year was 1997, and that was the first time Bouriqi Bouchta, whose idea it was, attracted Italys attention.") (September 7, 2005)
MEMRITV.org/Transcript - Video Clip No. 838 - 8/31/2005: " 8/31/2005 Clip No. 838: "Sheik of Al-Azhar Muhammad Tantawi Explains on Al-Hurra TV When a Suicide Bomber Becomes a Martyr and When He Is Not" (TRANSCRIPT SNIPPET: "Following are excerpts from an interview with Sheik of Al-Azhar Muhammad Sayyed Tantawi, which aired on Al-Hurra TV on August 31, 2005")
MEMRI TV.org - Clip No. 843 - Transcript: "SAUDI IQRA TV RAISES MONEY FOR PALESTINIAN INTIFADA" (TRANSCRIPT SNIPPET: "Caption: The Saudi committee for support of the Al-Quds Intifada. Account number 98, a joint account in all Saudi banks.") (August 29, 2005)
MEMRI.org - Special Dispatch Series - No. 909: "BAHRAINI AUTHOR AND JOURNALIST: THE PROPONENTS OF THE SUICIDE IDEOLOGY HAVE TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF GLOBAL COMMUNICATIONS" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "In an article that appeared in the Saudi daily Al-Yawm, titled "The Globalization of Islamic Suicide" author and journalist Sawsan Al-Sha'er wrote that the extremist Islamist groups are taking advantage of global communications to recruit suicide bombers, and predicted the spread of the suicide bomber phenomenon to Britain as well.") (May 17, 2005)
MEMRI.org - MIDDLE EAST MEDIA RESEARCH INSTITUTE Special Report - No.32: "MEMRI TV Project Special Report: Arab and Iranian TV Clips in Support of Suicide Bombing" (September 1, 2004)
JIHAD WATCH.org: "RATIONAL, EDUCATED AND PROSPEROUS: JUST YOUR AVERAGE SUICIDE BOMBER" (May 15, 2004)
SAAG.org - SOUTH ASIA ANALYSIS GROUP: "SUICIDE & SUICIDAL TERRORISM" by B. Raman (March 12, 2004)
JIHAD WATCH.org (HAARETZ): "10 SUICIDE BOMBINGS FOILED OVER PASSOVER HOLIDAY" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "One of two Tanzim activists caught at the end of March told interrogators the group that sent them had planned a series of other attacks, including one with a device to which blood infected with AIDS would be attached.") (April 13, 2004)
FrontPageMagazine.com: "AFFLUENT GENOCIDE" by Robert Spencer (October 14, 2003)
WorldNetDaily.com: "HAMAS LAUNCHES WEBZINE FOR KIDS Journal praises martyrs, encourages children to follow example" by Jon Dougherty (November 5, 2002)
NEW SCIENTIST.com: "SUICIDE BOMBERS MAY SPREAD DISEASE" (July 24, 2002)
WTVT.com - FOX13 Investigative: "JIHAD FOR KIDS" (February 4, 2002)