Skip to comments.Thai Army Urges Curfew after Insurgents Attack Base (16 Muslim rebels dead)
Posted on 02/13/2013 5:56:56 AM PST by Pan_Yan
BANGKOK The Thai military is urging people in its troubled south to stay indoors after soldiers repelled a large-scale attack on a base by scores of armed militants. At least 16 of the attackers were killed in one of the biggest death tolls in the nearly 10-year insurgency by Malay Muslims seeking autonomy from Buddhist Thailand.
The Thai army says at least 60 heavily-armed insurgents, dressed in military-style fatigues, attacked a base early Wednesday in southern Narathiwat province.
The military says it was tipped off to the planned attack, was ready and suffered no casualties in the exchange of fire. It seized 13 rifles, as well as pistols, bombs, and vehicles.
Thailand is majority Buddhist, but its three southern border provinces with Malaysia - Pattani, Narathiwat, and Yala, are 80 percent ethnic Malay Muslim.
More than 100 years ago they formed an independent Malay sultanate, until Thailand seized the territory.
A simmering resentment against Thai Buddhist rule exploded in 2004 in fighting that has left more than 5,000 dead, most of them civilians.
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And before anyone else posts it: yes, Thailand.
They are the sweetest most peaceful and wonderful people I ever met- just don’t insult their King or Buddah
Good job, Thailand! (Rest of post redacted because Pan Yan’s a spoilsport.)
“(16 Muslim rebels dead)”
It’s not enough.
The Thai people are indeed peaceful, and Thailand has been a relatively peaceful island among some terrible chaos in the last century. It’s because they are willing to keep the peace in a serious way.
Its not enough.
Rest easy. Another article says "at least 17".
Thai Security Sources Say WAMY Members Participated In Pre-Terrorist Suveillance Of U.S. Consulate
Thai media is reporting that members of the World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY) were among a surveillance group that entered Thailand last year to monitor the U.S. consulate in preparation for a potential terrorist attack. According the article in the Bangkok Post, the group also included members of a Salafist brigade as well as Al Qaeda terrorists:
13 Feb 2013 The government has ordered that security be beefed up for the US consulate in Chiang Mai following intelligence reports of a potential terrorist attack. Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung says he has received information that al-Qaeda and Salafist terrorists had planned to launch a three-pronged attack on the US consulate in an operation codenamed Billiard Ball in the first half of February. The terrorists, based in Algeria, would be equipped with small arms, grenade launchers and C-4 explosives provided by drug traders who are unhappy with the Chiang Mai consulates role in drug suppression in the region, he said. Mr Chalerm said latest intelligence reports revealed some members of the terrorist groups had now left Thailand. It would be difficult for the terrorists to carry out the attacks now that security has been tightened, he said. Mr Chalerm dismissed any links between these terrorists and insurgents in the far South. He said he ordered Pol Lt Gen Suthep Dejraksa, the Region 5 Provincial Police chief, to beef up security at the consulate from last Wednesday. This matter would not affect tourism in Chiang Mai and had nothing to do with the prime ministers scheduled visit to Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai from today until Friday, Mr Chalerm said. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said yesterday that she had been briefed on the intelligence reports about the threat and had ordered police to step up security at the consulate. She said the US embassy had not made any special security requests. Police armed with HK33 rifles from the provincial police headquarters are reportedly on 24-hour security duty at the consulate. A checkpoint has been set up in front of the consulate and no vehicles are allowed to park on the road in front of the consulate. The Cobra Gold joint military exercise, involving troops from several countries including the US, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Indonesia and Thailand, is now being held in Chiang Mai. It began last Monday and last until next Thursday. A security source said that members of the World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY), members of a Salafist brigade and al-Qaeda terrorists had sneaked into the country to monitor the US consulate last year.
Read the rest here.
A post from last march reported that the charitable status of the Canadian branch of the WAMY had been revoked after a governmental investigation linked the organization to funding of Al-Qaeda. Read the rest here.
Muslim Brothers were instrumental in the founding of WAMY and the organization continues to enjoy close relations with the global Muslim Brotherhood. U.S. government agencies and officials have argued that WAMY has helped spread Islamic extremism around the world as well as sponsoring terrorism in places such as Bosnia, Israel, and India. Numerous previous posts have discussed WAMYs activities throughout the world. Previous posts have discussed the organizations apparent recent financial difficulties.
Thanks for posting the additional information. I hadn't seen that before.