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FrontPageMagazine ^ | 3-28-06 | By Lowell Ponte

Posted on 04/01/2006 5:00:12 PM PST by DAVEY CROCKETT

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[a post to study and research]

from the June 12, 2006 edition - http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/0612/p01s02-woiq.html

Next target: Zarqawi's global web
The slain leader was developing a wider terror network, particularly in Europe.

By Scott Peterson | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor

BAGHDAD - American investigators are exploiting the intelligence bonanza found in the rural safe house north of Baghdad where Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq, was killed last Wednesday.

Analysts say that the memory sticks, hard drives, and documents found there and at some 56 other sites raided after the Jordanian militant's death are likely to damage Mr. Zarqawi's networks. The US military describes the finds as a "treasure trove."

The new intelligence leads could uncover terrorist operations far afield from Iraq - particularly in Europe - as Zarqawi had begun to piece together a much wider network of militants, experts say.

"The US government will have a firm understanding of Zarqawi's network, not only in Iraq, but Zarqawi's global network," says Rohan Gunaratna, a terrorism expert at the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies in Singapore. "Zarqawi had penetrated at least 20 European countries, Canada, ... and even established cells in Southeast Asia."

Some say the scale of Zarqawi's operations - bolstered by recruits inspired by his battlefield exploits in Iraq - may have begun to rival the less visible Osama bin Laden.

"Zarqawi was building a global terror network parallel to Al Qaeda of bin Laden," says Mr. Gunaratna, who is also author of "Inside Al Qaeda." "The killing of Zarqawi is a huge victory - not so much against the Iraqi insurgency, because the insurgency will continue, [but] internationally.... And this network will suffer."

Zarqawi's followers vowed to fight back Sunday with "major attacks" in Iraq, and to renew their "allegiance" to Al Qaeda chief, Mr. bin Laden. An Internet statement said the leadership of Zarqawi's Al Qaeda in Iraq met after his death, and promised to "prepare major attacks that will shake the enemy like an earthquake."

The group - posting its message on a site used by the umbrella Mujahideen Shura Council - did not name a successor to Zarqawi.

Depending on what media survived the bombs and the caliber of the more than two-dozen suspects detained in the raids, the information could potentially be in league with that gleaned from the fall of Kabul in 2001 or the capture of Al Qaeda operational mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in Pakistan in 2003, experts say.

"There is a pattern of senior associates of Al Qaeda, that they keep so much information, so much data - they like to have everything close to their chest, and have it with them," says Michael Radu, the co-chair of the Center on Terrorism at the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Philadelphia.

Zarqawi's network, especially in Europe, "is much more extensive than that of bin Laden or [Al Qaeda No. 2, Ayman] al-Zawahiri," says Mr. Radu. "I wouldn't be surprised if we see another wave of arrests in Europe. Then we will know if what was captured [in Iraq] and after was indeed important for [Zarqawi's] network."

Jordanian security officials estimate that Zarqawi recruited, trained, and sent back 300 militants, who are now awaiting orders in their home countries to strike, according to a report in Sunday's edition of The New York Times.

The US military in Baghdad is not further describing the contents or value of the Zarqawi material, says spokesman Maj. Douglas Powell, because "the intelligence is still being developed and we're not ready to address anything specific." Maj. Gen. William Caldwell says he is pushing to have some information quickly declassified.

US forces have "had a steady drum beat of operations against the Al Qaeda network here in Iraq since the Zarqawi operation," Gen. George Casey, commander of multinational forces in Iraq, told Fox News on Sunday. "We will continue to go after [Zarqawi's] network and disrupt it in what we feel is a very vulnerable period. And so we hope to take advantage of that."

Zarqawi's top followers will assume that US forces are exploiting the new leads, says Gunaratna. "Some key operatives will change their venue and their methods," he says. "They will know that Zarqawi's material has been compromised."

The ultimate value of the intelligence from "such a big event" as last week's raids "depends on how [Zarqawi's network is] organized. The goal is always to cut off the head," says a US official in Baghdad familiar with terrorism investigations.

"Think about it like a corporation. The little guy is going to have information about his boss, who will know about the subdivision - the best thing is to get them all," says the official. "But not everybody is organized that way; it is not necessarily a hierarchy."

Indeed, Zarqawi's network appeared to operate alongside - not necessarily over - a broader Iraqi insurgency. Last January Zarqawi helped form the Mujahideen Shura Council, bringing together several Sunni insurgent groups that share Al Qaeda's ideology of turning Iraq into an Islamic state.

"His Shura Council is 80 percent Iraqi, so [US and Iraqi forces] will continue to hunt those people," says Gunaratna. "But Zarqawi has made this group very Iraqi. He has seeded his ideas and values to those Iraqis."

Indeed, Zarqawi's adherents seem to be working on revenge. A string of attacks have continued unabated in Baghdad and elsewhere in Iraq, killing an average 19 people a day over the past three days.

Also Saturday, a more prescient clue: a gruesome video on the Internet of the beheading of three uniformed Shiites, that were claimed in the video to be members of a death squad - a tactic often used by Zarqawi himself against Western hostages.

"Iraq is the front defense line for Islam and Muslims, so don't fail to follow the path of the mujahideen [holy warriors], the caravan of martyrs and the faithful," said Abdullah Rashid al-Baghdadi, the Iraqi leader of Council.

"As for you, the slaves of the cross [Christian coalition forces], the grandsons of Ibn al-Alqami [Shiites], and every infidel of the Sunnis, we can't wait to sever your necks with our swords," warned Mr. Baghdadi, according to an Associated Press translation of the Internet statement.

But the ability of Zarqawi's acolytes to produce and disseminate such videos also may prove to undermine such technically savvy groups.

"They have to keep track of all these little cells they have, and contacts. And the fact that so many have computer training is a temptation to put everything on a hard drive, because who can memorize all those individuals and aliases?" says Radu, of FPRI, about Al Qaeda leaders. "The electronic age is a double-edged sword for them, because it makes them vulnerable if those things are captured."

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[Take a look at this story, the maps and charts]


USA > Society & Culture
from the June 14, 2006 edition

After long decline, murders rise in small cities
By Amanda Paulson and Sara Miller Llana | Staff writers of The Christian Science Monitor
CHICAGO AND BOSTON – It's too soon to call it a trend, but last year's jump in murders - particularly in smaller cities - has some police and crime experts worried.

continued......

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[ a post for study and research...Interesting that Russia is building their military again..]

from the June 16, 2006 edition - http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/0616/p06s01-woeu.html

Russia aims to tighten military draft law
A new bill would cancel a third of all legal reasons for draft deferments.

By Fred Weir | Correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor

MOSCOW

Until this week, Denis Glotov believed he was exempt from Russia's compulsory military service due to a rare neurological problem identified in his childhood and confirmed by recent tests in a state hospital. But on Wednesday, his local recruitment office simply set aside the medical record and ordered Denis to report immediately for basic training.

"We're going to fight this, but the chances are not good once he's been inducted into the Army," says Denis's father, Viktor, who is a lawyer. "The problem is that the military recruiters are under so much pressure to provide warm bodies that they're just grabbing anyone they can lay their hands on, and figure they'll sort out the legalities later."

Due to falling birthrates over the past two decades, Russia's pool of young men available for military service is shrinking rapidly, triggering what Mr. Glotov and others describe as frantic efforts by recruiters to keep the 1.3- million strong armed forces flush with manpower. At the same time, public opposition to the country's universal conscription system is rising. A poll conducted this month by the state-run VTsIOM polling agency found that 50 percent of Russians now want a US-style all-volunteer force, up from 39 percent two years ago.

A new bill passed this week by the State Duma, Russia's lower house of parliament, aims to square that circle by reducing the obligatory term of service from two years to one, while canceling about a third of all legal reasons for draft deferments, beginning in 2008.

Some experts say the new measures will solve little, and could hamper serious efforts to reform and professionalize the Soviet-era military behemoth. Former Russian President Boris Yeltsin pledged to abolish the draft by 2000, but his successor, Vladimir Putin, has lately dropped his early talk of evolving toward a system of paid volunteers by 2010.
No all-volunteer army

"Right now, the official position is that Russia will have conscription forever," says Pavel Felgenhauer, an independent defense expert. "But canceling deferments will increase social tensions, while one-year terms of service are simply not workable from the military's point of view. Many people believe that's just a carrot that will be taken away later."

While students at major academic institutions will still not be drafted until graduation, deferments will be ended for most in vocational and technical schools. Men with pregnant wives, small children, or dependent parents will also be called up. Most controversially here in culturally conscious Russia, thousands of artists, dancers, and musicians who currently enjoy exemptions will see them lifted. Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov personally lobbied for that change, saying he saw no reason why balalaiyeshniki - which translates roughly as "banjo-strummers" - shouldn't have to serve.

"We are terribly worried about this," says Larisa Kazantseva, director of music school for teenagers in Pushkino, which is near Moscow. "A musician's hands are his main instrument, and their hands will be ruined in the Army." She says the country's demographic crisis is already visibly hitting Russia's artistic potential, and conscription will deepen the loss. "A few years ago we had plenty of talented young men coming up, but there are already fewer of them. The country is losing its cultural edge," she says.

Medical deferments are not to be changed under the new bill, which Mr. Putin is expected to sign into law in coming weeks. But experts say the number of cases like Denis Glotov's, where recruiters simply ignore the rules, are likely to keep growing.

"Recruiting stations have their own doctors, who often flagrantly contradict the medical documentation," says Svetlana Kuznetsova, chair of the Moscow Committee of Soldiers' Mothers, a grass-roots organization that counsels draft-age youth. "It happens especially near the end of the annual recruitment drive, when the order comes down: 'take everything that moves,' " she says.

About 1.3-million Russian men reached the age of 18 in 2005, but that will drop by a third in 2010, according to the State Statistics Service. Experts say the pool of available young men may plummet by about half again in the following decade. "The system of conscription is doomed by demographic factors," says Mr. Felgenhauer. "Our generals are clinging to the old model of a mobilization army, in which huge numbers of boys with rifles and masses of tanks win wars. But it's obvious Russia won't be able to sustain that, with or without conscription."
The military's bad reputation

One reason conscription is unpopular, and draft-evasion rife, is the Russian Army's reputation for brutal hazing, corruption, and negligent leadership. The Russian media has widely covered this week's court hearings in the case of Private Andrei Sychev, who was brutally beaten by superiors on a Siberian military base, and subsequently denied medical treatment until gangrene destroyed his legs.

Experts say Mr. Sychev's fate is not unusual. Official figures show that 1,300 soldiers died in noncombat incidents last year, many of them related to hazing. "We believe the actual figure is much higher," says Ms. Kuznetsova. "Our Army is not a normal institution, it's a horror story."

Many countries, including Israel, Finland, and Switzerland have conscript armies, in which recruits are trained in their youth and then called up periodically for service. But Russia's reserve system has largely broken down due to disorganization and lack of funding, while the Army scrambles to replenish its ranks by inducting about half a million 18- to 27-year-old men annually. Experts say the new law, which will reduce the length of obligatory terms from two years to one in 2008, will only intensify the recruitment crisis while doing little to improve the national defense.

"One year's service may be enough to fill the ranks, but you can't properly train people in that time," says Svyatoslav Netlyayev, a journalism professor and former military journalist. "You're going to see a big increase in confusion."

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[a post for study and research, unknown url]

No hard evidence links defendant, terror group, FBI agent says

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.
An FBI agent testified Thursday that the government has no evidence
other
than the defendant's own statements linking a former graduate student
to
Palestinian Islamic Jihad _ a group labeled a terrorist organization,
which
Arwah Jaber is accused of trying to help.

And Jaber later recanted most of those statements, FBI agent Ricky
Blair
testified during Jaber's trial.

Blair, called as a witness by the defense, said the government's
investigation failed to find any correspondence between Jaber and the
Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

"There were no pledges and no videotapes," Blair said.

A naturalized U.S. citizen born in the West Bank, Jaber, 34, was
arrested
June 16, 2005, as he waited to board a flight at Northwest Arkansas
Regional
Airport at Highfill. His trial on the terrorism-help charge, as well as
other charges accusing him of lying to immigration officials and
providing
false information on credit card applications, began Monday in federal
court.

Jaber was expected to testify as the trial continues Friday. After
closing
arguments by the defense and prosecutors, the case should then go to
the
jury.

Blair said there was also no hard evidence that Jaber ever made a call
to a
spiritual adviser, as the government claims.

Blair said witnesses told him that Jaber told them he made the call
from a
pay phone in the early morning hours but Blair said agents would have
had to
know the location of the phone and the number to determine whether any
calls
were made. No attempt was made to get records from public phones in the
area
of Jaber's home, he said.

Jaber recanted the phone story in interviews with the FBI.

Blair also said agents interviewed Jaber on June 13, 2005, but left
without
arresting him.

"He had committed no crime on the 13th, we couldn't arrest him," Blair
said.

A former CIA officer also testified Thursday for the defense as an
expert on
Middle Eastern terror groups. Frank Anderson said he doesnt think Jaber
is a
terrorist.

Anderson told jurors that Jaber's actions in the days leading up to his
arrest were inconsistent with his statements that he was going to
Palestine
to help the group fight Israel.

"A real terrorist wouldn't announce his intentions to the world by
sending
an e-mail or telling people," Anderson said.

These actions were not consistent with Jaber's statements, Anderson
said.

He said his opinion was based not only on Jaber's behavior, but the
people
he associated with and his understanding of the movement's ideology and
history.

"He wouldnt (even) get a D on a political examination," Anderson said.

Anderson said most potential terrorists are associated with radical
preachers and mosques and they tend to associate with like-minded
individuals. Most are recruited or have family ties to terrorist
organizations, and most don't decide on their own to go do something,
Anderson said.

Jaber also would not likely have traveled to Amman, Jordan, as he
apparently
planned, if he had been trying to join up with the Palestinian Islamic
Jihad, Anderson said. The group is based primarily in the Gaza Strip
and a
person traveling from Amman would have to make two border crossings and
travel through Israel to get there, according to Anderson.

Jaber contends that he and his wife were traveling to the West Bank, on
the
other side of Israel adjacent to Jordan, to visit his family. Entering
the
West Bank from Amman is common, Anderson said. He also said Jaber
having
another Palestinian name, Orwah Houshia, is not unusual and was not a
sign
that he was trying to become a terrorist.

Anderson said the name Orwah is a Palestinian spelling of Arwah and
Houshia
is a village or place name related to his family. Anderson downplayed
government allegations that Jaber's use of another person's Social
Security
number to get a credit card and open a bank account were signs that he
was
turning terrorist.

"While terrorists may do that, lots of other people do too," Anderson
said.

Jaber's wife, Dawn, testified that both the name and credit card
actions
were a matter of Jaber having bad credit.

"He's lived in this country for 13 years, he loves this country," Dawn
Jaber
said.

Thursday, Patricia Koski, associate dean of the University of Arkansas
graduate school, said Jaber's e-mail to a professor threatening to join
the
Palestinian Islamic Jihad struck her as another grad student being
dramatic.

"I think if he had made a direct threat against someone I would have
been
concerned," Koski said.
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ANSAR AL-ISLAM HELPER

Terror Suspect Arrested at Frankfurt Airport

An Iraqi man has been arrested and charged with supporting the
terrorist group Ansar al-Islam. His case is connected with two other trials due
to begin next week in Germany.


http://service.spiegel.de/cache/international/0,1518,grossbild-534227-421376,00.html

The suspect was arrested in the transit lounge of Frankfurt Airport


http://service.spiegel.de/cache/international/0,1518,grossbild-534227-421376,00.html

Zoom
AP
The suspect was arrested in the transit lounge of Frankfurt Airport
An Iraqi man has been arrested in Germany on suspicion of providing
support to a terrorist group in Iraq. The 36-year-old man, identified only
as Burhan B., was arrested on Monday in the transit lounge of Frankfurt
Airport and charged with financially and logistically supporting Ansar
al-Islam, a radical group linked to al-Qaida in Iraq. A federal judge
on Tuesday ordered him to be held in custody on suspicion of supporting
a foreign terrorist organization and violating German export laws,
according to a statement from federal prosecutors.

The detained man is said to have had contact with Ata A. R., who is
accused of playing a central role in Ansar al-Islam's European network.
Ata A. R. is due to go on trail next week in Stuttgart in connection with
a plot to kill the former Iraqi Prime Minster Ayad Allawi during a
visit to Germany in 2004.

Prosecutors said that Burhan B. made at least three transfers from
Germany on Ata A.R.'s behalf totalling €22,000 to Ansar al-Islam between
November 2003 and May 2004.

The arrest of Burhan B. this week is likely connected with the case of
two other Iraqi men who are due to appear before a Munich court next
Tuesday under suspicion of collecting money for Ansar al-Islam over a
number of years. Their trial is expected to last until December.

Ansar al-Islam, formed in the Kurdish parts of Iraq, is thought to
include former al-Qaida members who fled after the United States toppled
Afghanistan's Taliban rulers. The organization and its successor, Ansar
al-Sunna, are suspected of a string of deadly attacks on US troops and
Iraqi police as well as foreign embassies, international organizations
and rival Iraqi groups.

smd/spiegel/ap


http://service.spiegel.de/cache/international/0,1518,421376,00.html


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[There is a big shortage of Asphalt in Hawaii]

Explosion At Tesoro Refinery Damages Liquid-Asphalt Tank - Hawaii

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/13308844/


KITV-TV
8:09 a.m. HST June 14, 2006
EWA, Hawaii - An explosion in a tank at Tesoro Hawaii's oil refinery
blew a hole in the tank used to make liquid asphalt, according a
spokeswoman for the company. It happened at about 11:40 a.m.
Tuesday.

After the hole was blown out the top of the tank, the tank was seen
smoldering, according to Tesoro spokeswoman Jeanette Mukai.

continued............


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[ a post for study and research]

http://www.cbc.ca/story/canada/national/2006/06/15/heft15062006.html




Man who knew some bomb-plot suspects says Islamic extremism prevalent


Last Updated Thu, 15 Jun 2006 19:05:56 EDT


CBC News

http://www.cbc.ca/news/credit.html


A Toronto-area man who knew some of the 17 people charged in connection
with
an alleged bomb plot in Ontario says one had some fairly extreme views.


http://www.cbc.ca/gfx/images/news/photos/2006/06/07/bombplot-courtroom06060
7.jpg

Alleged bomb plot suspects in a Brampton courtroom, Tuesday June 6,
2006.
(John Mantha/CBC)

Mohammed Robert Heft claims Faheem Ahmad thought the Sept. 11, 2001,
attacks
on New York and Washington were a good thing for Islam.

Heft converted to Islam in his twenties. He says he fell briefly into a
radical religious mindset but then regained his perspective. That's
when he
started helping troubled Muslims at a Scarborough, Ont., shelter.

He says he knows five of the 17 people facing terrorism-related
charges,
some of whom came to the shelter. He never heard any of them advocate
violence against Canadians, but he says he had a long and disturbing
debate
with Ahmad, 21, two months ago outside of a Scarborough mosque.

"He believed the 19 people involved in the World Trade Center bombings
were
martyrs and he was handing out DVDs openly of wills and testimonies of
those
19 people suggesting what they did was right," said Heft.

But Heft has a different impression of another of the suspects,
25-year-old
Stephen Chand, whom he describes as quiet and not at all political.

"I felt no threat from Steven Chand. This alleged [threat of] beheading
of
the prime minister sounds like a Hollywood movie to me."

Heft says a lot of young Muslims are angry and extremism is prevalent
in the
Toronto area. They get upset when they hear of alleged atrocities
overseas
in places like Iraq.

"People get emotional. Imagine if somebody came into your house and
raped
your family, or by mistake just blew up your family, you'd get a little
angry.

"I mean we get angry ... when the water isn't hot in Canada or we lose
our
electricity for a day. So imagine what these people overseas are going
through."

Heft knows personally about the road to religious extremism. He says
when
he was in the thick of it, he would have killed his own parents had
they
come between him and his newly chosen religion.

He blames the spread of extremism on the internet and what he calls
"do-it-yourself Islam," where uneducated scholars are bending the
peaceful
word of the Koran to suit their violent ideology.

"For the last two years I've been involved in this mentality. I was
dealing
with it on a grassroots level. All it takes is a little education and
sorting out who to take religion from."

Heft is hoping to open a new Islamic centre and residence for Muslim
men and
women. The idea is to help troubled young people and get those who have
become radical back on track.

He says the problem of extremism is something the Muslim community has
to
face up to and solve itself.


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[plans to poison U.S. Military water, scuba diving, blow up more ferries.]

It should be noted that Abu Sayyaf leader Khadafy Janjalani has been
associated with Umar Patek and Dulmatin, two Indonesian nationals who
were involved in the bombing in Bali, Indonesia in 2002. In an
unrelated event, Abu Bakar Bashir,[/b] the 69 year-old Indonesian
cleric and Islamic terrorist leader of Jemaah Islamiyah, was freed
from prison on Tuesday.

http://www.homelandsecurityus.com/site/modules/news/


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[Florida and Georgia flights cancelled]

From the Northeast Intelligence Network:

Top Stories: US : Posted by admin on 2006/6/14 5:08:43 ( )
By Sean Osborne, Assistant Director, Military Affairs Senior Analyst
sosborne@homelandsecurityus.com

*14 June 2006: On Monday, June 12, 2006, several Delta flights to and
from the Southwest Florida International Airport were canceled or
rescheduled due to "reported problems with the instruments" in the
aircrafts,

The Northeast Intelligence Network is investigating as these
cancellations appear unusual given the reasons stated.

http://www.homelandsecurityus.com/site/modules/news/


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[a post for study and research]

When did the Palestinians lose the war?

By Bradley Burston
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=727818

The Palestinians may soon become the first side to lose the same war
twice.

At the outset of the uprising, it seemed that the Palestinians couldn't
lose -
and did.

Now, the problem may be that the Palestinians cannot seem to find a way
to
win. In fact, they may not have one left.

It depends, in no small part, on terrorism. Specifically, it depends on
the
ability of Hamas and the Fatah Al Aqsa Martyrs to resist the temptation
to
resume suicide terrorism in the heart of Israeli cities.

It also depends on Qassams. Qassams and Katyushas and whatever else the
Islamic Jihad, urged on by Iran, may be tinkering with in some Gaza
basement.
It depends on whether they continue to fire them from the ruins of
settlements
we evacuated, whether they continue to target civilian populations
within the
Green Line.

That is, it depends on whether it continues to be worth it to the
Palestinians
to squander whatever sentiment still exists in Israel for giving back
any land
to the Palestinians.

It may already be too late. The damage to the Palestinian cause may
already be
irreversible. In six years of the most self-destructive rebellion in
memory,
the Palestinians in general and Yasser Arafat in particular, literally
blew to
pieces the phenomenal and even one-sided sympathy they enjoyed in the
world at
large.

Thanks to the suicide bomber, gone is the David vs. Goliath image of a
brave
and noble people fighting 21st century weaponry with nothing but
stones.

Thanks to corruption, mismanagement, macho posturing and, now,
intramural
killing, gone is the image of the Palestinians as the Jews of the Arab
World,
the image of a people whose unity, worldliness, intelligence,
industriousness,
responsibility, resourcefulness, purposefulness, financial acumen, made
them
natural and preferred candidates for governing an independent state.

Thanks to thousands of Qassams fired from Gaza since the Disengagement,
gone
is the Israeli public's support for further withdrawals in the West
Bank, and,
in fact, for the concept of Palestinian statehood.

Hamas can continue to claim the Gaza withdrawal as a victory. But Hamas
and
the Palestinians at large know the truth even better than we know it:

Gaza was a curse we were desperate to rid ourselves of.

So when did the Palestinians lose the war?

Maybe it was this week, when Fatah and Hamas gunmen traded death for
death,
arson for arson, when Hamas - which came to power because of its
ability to
salve social ills - lost popular support by the day as the Gaza economy
went
from execrable to worse.

Maybe it was something as simple as Palestinian government workers
screaming
at the parliament "We are hungry. We are hungry."

Maybe it was something as complex as public opinion in France, where
recent
polls recent polls show that over the past four years, French support
for
Israel has doubled, pulling even with traditional French public backing
for
Palestinians.

In countries like India and England, once the very best friends the
Palestinians could want, there is a sense that the last thing the world
needs
now is one more terror state.

Maybe, after all these years, and all these dead, the world is tired of
terrorism.

Perhaps it's time the words resistance and self-defense, when applied
to
explosives delivered directly to innocent people, should be retired,
along
with the explosives and projectiles they describe.

Maybe there are good reasons why the world has grown tired of this idea
of
Palestine, the cost of Palestine, the very cause of a Palestine for
which
resistance is existence.

Enough.

It is time for Palestine to end its adolescence as a nation. It has
proven
that it can fight. Now it needs to prove that it can stop.


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Europeans learned to loooove Israel, sort of

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/pages/rosnerBlog.jhtml?itemNo=726970

June 14, 2006
The new Pew Global Attitudes Project offers an interesting
reading for
both Americans and Israelis. "In past Global Attitudes surveys, the
American
public's strong pro-Israel stance set it apart from other countries.
But that
has changed as Germans, in particular, have become much more
sympathetic to
Israel in its dispute with the Palestinians," the authors state. A
similar
poll conducted for The Israel Project by pollster Stan Greenberg a
couple of
weeks ago found similar trends: "In comparison with similar research
conducted
at the end of 2002, French attitudes have undergone profound changes.
Three
years ago, nearly half (47 percent) of the French respondents sided
with the
Palestinians in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The current poll
shows
support for the Palestinians has dropped by over half, to 21 percent,
among
those who did express a preference."

In the new Pew study the French also have become more sympathetic
to
Israel. "Four years ago, French respondents sympathized with the
Palestinians
over Israel by roughly two-to-one (36% to 19%). Today, identical
percentages
sympathize with each side in the Israel-Palestinian dispute."
Greenberg, says
TIP, "believes the change was caused by a paradigm shift of the frame
through
which the French view the Israeli-Palestinian conflict."

In regard to the newly elected Hamas government "Fully 71% of
Germans
and 69% of the French feel the Hamas triumph will be bad for the
Palestinian
people, among those who are aware of the issue." In the U.S its 50%,
"although
just 20% think the Hamas triumph will be a good thing for the
Palestinians."
The British are divided in relation to Hamas: "34% say it will be bad,
while
32% take a positive view." By contrast, "large majorities in Pakistan
(87%),
Egypt (76%), Jordan (68%), and Indonesia (61%) feel that the Hamas
Party
victory will be good for the Palestinian people."

But the situation in the Israeli-Palestinian arena still worries
the
world and the conflict is still perceived as a threat to global peace.
Generally speaking, opinions about threats to global peace "reflect
regional
concerns." The study finds that "While solid majorities in Jordan and
Egypt
see America's presence in Iraq as a great danger, even higher
percentages in
these countries view the Israel-Palestinian conflict as a great danger
to
regional stability and world peace."

However, the conflict is dominant in Western countries as well:
45% in
Britain, 35% in France, 51% in Germany, 52% in Spain also think that
Israeli-Palestinian tensions threaten stability in the Middle East. In
those
countries, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is perceived to be more
dangerous
than the situation with Iran. In the U.S. it is different: 46% mention
Iran as
dangerous while 43% mention the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The survey was conducted among nearly 17,000 people in the United
States
and 14 other nations from March 31 thru May 14. it shows that
"America's
global image has again slipped and support for the war on terrorism has
declined even among close U.S. allies." the U.S. presence in Iraq is
cited at
least as often as Iran - and in many countries more often - as a danger
to
world peace.

However, "Americans and the publics of major U.S. allies share
common
concerns...over the possible nuclear threat posed by Iran." Nearly half
of
Americans view Iran as a "great danger" to stability and to world
peace, up
from 26% in 2003. "Concern over Iran also has risen sharply in Western
Europe,
especially Germany. Currently 51% of Germans see Iran as a great danger
to
world peace, compared with just 18% three years ago."

Opposition to Iran developing nuclear weapons is "nearly
unanimous in
Germany, Japan, France, and Great Britain, as well as in the U.S." 57%
of
Americans view Iran negatively, "though the percentage expressing
unfavorable
opinions has fallen significantly from the recent past." In an earlier
survey
by the Gallup Organization 86% had an unfavorable view of Iran. In
three of
four Western European countries surveyed - Germany, France and Spain -
"two-thirds or more express negative opinions of Iran. The lone
exception is
Great Britain, where unfavorable opinions of Iran outnumber favorable
ones by
a slight margin (39%-34%)."


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[More Pew Polls, large variety]

America's Image Slips, But Allies Share U.S. Concerns Over Iran, Hamas
No Global Warming Alarm in the U.S., China

http://pewglobal.org/reports/display.php?ReportID=252


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Good Morning, glad you thought it useful.

We really need to be thinking of more survival methods.

Carjacking is now as common as car theft.

Hardly a day goes by, without there being a report of a hostage situation in America.

It is no longer something that we will read in the paper.

I left some for others to research, and did not look at groups on any of them.


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In the Name of God, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful

The Canadian Islamic Congress Friday Bulletin

Thursday, June 15, 2006 - Jumada-al-Oola 19, 1427, Year:9 Vol:9 Issue:
88



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The independent voice of Canada's Muslims; Sunni and Shi'a, men and
women,
youth and seniors

http://www.canadianislamiccongress.com/support.php



THE CANADIAN ISLAMIC CONGRESS
AND THE CANADIAN ARAB FEDERATION
MEDIA COMMUNIQUE

June 15, 2006

CAF AND CIC ASK WHY THE SECRETIVE BILDERBERG GROUP
WAS ALLOWED TO HIDE FROM MEDIA AND AUTHORITY

-- POWERFUL THINK-TANK CRITICIZED FOR LACK OF TRANSPARENCY

The Canadian Islamic Congress and the Canadian Arab Federation are
asking
Canadian authorities why this past weekend's secretive Ottawa meeting
of
the high-powered Bilderberg group was kept strictly off-limits to all
media, local authorities, and the public.

CIC and CAF, which advocate for peace with justice throughout the
world,
are asking why the highest civil powers in Canada have uncritically
deferred to the wishes of this elusive organization whose members
include a
Who's Who of the global financial and political elite.

Reputed to control enough corporate empires, public money,
multi-national
military resources and politics (democratic and otherwise) to rule the
world -- and there are those who suspect that it already does -- the
Bilderberg organization has thwarted virtually every attempt to call it
to
account for the effects that its enormous cumulative influence has had
on
the world for more than 50 years.

"This enormous concentration of power that appears to serve only its
own
interests is a disturbing factor on the entire global scene," today's
joint
CIC-CAF statement said. "It can mean that everything of significance
concerning world affairs is being manipulated toward certain outcomes
behind the scenes -- and not necessarily for the good of humanity."

Of primary concern to both Canadian groups is the impression that any
individual country's political and judicial authority mean little or
nothing to the Bilderberg organization agenda.

"If this group will not say with any clarity or transparency what it is
really up to, then we suspect that in the long term, it is up to no
good
... Why then, are we giving what amounts to a conspiracy think-tank
exclusive hide-out space on our sovereign territory, to plot their
manipulation of the entire world order?" the statement asked.

Among the 2006 Bilderberg meeting participants were:

David Rockefeller; Henry Kissinger; Queen Beatrix of Holland; New York
Gov.
George Pataki; the CEOs of Coca-Cola, Credit Suisse, Royal Bank of
Canada,
Power Corporation and others; media barons; and a diverse roster of
influential European and North American politicos. Significant for
Canadian
foreign policy issues is the reported presence of prominent figures
involved in planning the U.S. invasion of Iraq - Richard Perle and
Ahmad
Chalabi.

White House power-players Donald Rumsfeld and Paul Wolfowitz (now head
of
the World Bank) have addressed the Bilderbergers in the past.

CONTACTS:

Dr. Mohamed Elmasry, CIC's national president
(519) 746-4107 (O)
(519) 498-1350 (Cell)
E-mail: np@canadianislamiccongress.com
mailto:np%40canadianislamiccongress.com

Mrs. Wahida Valiante, CIC's national VP
(905) 771-1023
E-mail: nvp@canadianislamiccongress.com
mailto:nvp%40canadianislamiccongress.com

Khaled Mouammar, CAF's president
(416) 879-6766 (Cell)
E-mail: president@caf.ca mailto:president%40caf.ca

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HH the Amir holds talks with opposition leader in Indian parliament
POL-INDIA-KUWAIT-OPPOSITION
HH the Amir holds talks with opposition leader in Indian parliament

NEW DELHI, June 16 (KUNA) -- Leader of Opposition in the Indian Parliament L.K. Advani Friday held here wide ranging discussions on issues of mutual interest with His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Amir of the State of Kuwait. Talking to KUNA and Kuwait TV after the meeting, Mr. Advani said his meeting with HH the Amir of Kuwait was cordial. "We have extremely cordial and smooth relations with Kuwait which date back to hundreds of years." He said.

"The visit of His Highness the Amir of Kuwait will help to further strengthen ties with India and during which issues of mutual interests of both have got prominence," Mr. Advani said.

On the issues discussed with HH the Amir, the Indian Leader said, "As a member of the previous Indian government I was dealing with issues of violence, security and terrorism. There are a number of agreements between the two countries on this issue and India and Kuwait will cooperate in addressing the issue of terrorism in future as well." "The response of HH the Amir of Kuwait on this issue was very positive. I hope that our security agencies will cooperate and exchange information and share expertise in future to address the security issues," the Indian leader of Opposition said. Mr. Advani was Deputy Prime Minister of India in the previous government and also held the portfolio of that of Interior Minister. "We also have strong economic partnership which will get a boost with HH the Amir of Kuwait's visit, " Mr. Advani said. (end) kt.
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Tube passengers treated after over 800 trapped underground
CMS-UK-TUBE-TRAPPED
Tube passengers treated after over 800 trapped underground

LONDON, June 16 (KUNA) -- A number of passengers on the London Underground had to be treated by the ambulance service Friday after hundreds of commuters were trapped underground for up to two hours, a spokesman for the system said.

More than 800 people were caught up in the incident on London Underground's Central Line, which was caused by a defective train.

The line was suspended after a train was stalled behind the defective train on the approach to Bank station.

It took almost two hours to get the 820 passengers out of the underground.

London Ambulance Service said it sent five ambulances to the scene and they treated 12 people for exhaustion and dehydration.

The London Underground spokesman said "Rail safety authorities are considering whether a formal investigation should be held." "We apologise to those involved in this incident for the inconvenience and disruption caused." "We are working to restore services on the Central line," the spokesman added. (end) he.
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Lebanon to lodge complaint with UN Security Council against Israel -- Lahoud
POL-LEBANON-ISRAEL
Lebanon to lodge complaint with UN Security Council against Israel -- Lahoud

BEIRUT, June 16 (KUNA) -- Lebanese President Emile Lahoud said Friday that Lebanon will lodge a complaint with the UN Security Council against Israel after the arrest of an Israeli sabotage network in Lebanon last Tuesday.

Lahoud's media office stated Israeli acts of sabotages will not turn the Lebanese against each other and it will not affect their close relations with the Palestinians.

Meanwhile, Israeli warplanes violated the Lebanese airspace on Friday and flew over several Lebanese areas. (end) ah.
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Iranian senior cleric dismisses ''western isolation claims'' against his
POL-IRAN-KASHANI
Iranian senior cleric dismisses 'western isolation claims' against his

country TEHRAN, June 16 (KUNA) -- Iranian senior cleric Ayatollah Mohammad Emami Kashani dismissed on Friday claims by western countries that Iran is in "Isolation" by saying Iran would not participate in the sixth China Shanghai cooperation summit if it was isolated.

Kashani said "These are foams and bubbles that the US and Israel are trying to create on the clear and limpid water," Iranian News Agency said (Irna) reported.

He said "The US is trapped in Iraq quagmire; it neither can remain in Iraq because of hefty economic, social and human cost it has been enduring nor can it leave the country due to its high spending," Irna added.

Kashani added that contrary to the US propaganda, Chinese Foreign Minister announced that Iran is not supporter of terrorism. (end) gy.
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Iran to set date for resuming nuclear negotiations - Lavrov
POL-RUSSIA-IRAN-LAVROV
Iran to set date for resuming nuclear negotiations - Lavrov

MOSCOW, June 16 (KUNA) -- Russian foreign minister, Sergey Viktorovich Lavrov said Friday Iran would specify the date to resume nuclear negotiations with Russia, USA, France, Britain, China, and Germany.

Lavrov said Russia expects that Iran will be more cautious regarding the six-nation proposal on Tehran's suspending its uranium enrichment activities. Iran is dealing positively with the six-nation proposal by initiating its willingness to negotiate, President Vladimir Putin announced on the sidelines of Shanghai Cooperation States summit which he held with the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Shanghai. (end) as.
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Reports Zarqawi successor in Kirkuk suburbs
MIL-IRAQ-KIRKUK
Reports Zarqawi successor in Kirkuk suburbs

IRBIL, June 16 (KUNA) -- News is spreading locally that the new Qaeda leader in Iraq Abu Hamza Al-Muhajer might be seeking hiding in Kirkuk suburbs in Northern Iraq as violence had recently escalated in the city.

Air Vice Marshal Anwar Hama Ameen of the Iraqi Army told reporters that "Based on intelligence and security information, the new Qaeda leader might be in Southern or Western Kirkuk and probable areas for his current whereabouts include Al-Huweijah, Al-Zab, Al-Rashad, Al-Abbasi and Southwest Kirkuk." The official noted there was constant unrest in the area since the fall of the Saddam regime that killed hundreds of people, civilians and security personnel, and intelligence authorities also indicate presence of a large number of terrorist groups and remnants of the former regime.

He stressed "The increase in violence in the city, which witnessed more than nine explosions including seven car bomb explosions in just two days, justifies such suspicion." The Vice Marshal also said "Such development was expected and we have taken measures to counter terrorists' infiltration into the local population and two groups of terrorists were arrested. The first group included seven Mujahideen Shura members and the second four known Qaeda members, the official pointed out.

Four Iraqi police personnel were killed among an overall 14 people Tuesday and 41 people were injured in the Kirkuk explosions.

The US army had meanwhile released a photo believed to be that of Zarqawi's successor Al-Muhajer.(end) sbr.
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"Credible information" prompts warning Americans of Mideast, African terror
MIL-U.S.-MIDEAST-TERROR
"Credible information" prompts warning Americans of Mideast, African terror

WASHINGTON, June 15 (KUNA) -- "Credible information" has indicated terrorist groups seek to continue attacks against U.S. interests in the Middle East and North Africa, the State Department announced.

"Terrorist actions may include bombings, hijackings, hostage taking, kidnappings and assassinations," the department advisory said. "While conventional weapons such as explosive devices are a more immediate threat in many areas, use of non-conventional weapons, including chemical or biological agents, must be considered a possible threat." Increased security at official U.S. facilities has led terrorists and their sympathizers to seek softer targets such as public transportation, residential areas and public areas where people congregate including restaurants, hotels, clubs and shopping areas, the advisory said.

"The November 2005 bombings against three Western hotel chains in Jordan and the April 2006 bombing in the resort town of Dahab, Egypt, underscore the intent of terrorist entities to target facilities perceived to cater to Westerners," the announcement said.

Terrorists also may target movie theaters, liquor stores, bars, casinos or any similar type establishment, regardless of whether they are owned and operated by host country nationals, the advisory said, adding, "Due to varying degrees of security at all such locations, Americans should be particularly vigilant when visiting these establishments." "The death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the deaths of three detainees at the U.

S. naval base in Guantanamo, and clashes between Palestinians and Israelis have the potential to produce demonstrations and unrest throughout the region, " the announcement said.

Uncertainty associated with the change in the Palestinian Authority government in the West Bank and Gaza may lead to increased levels of instability in the region, and anti-American violence could include possible terrorist actions against aviation, ground transportation and maritime interests, specifically in the Middle East, including the Red Sea, the Gulf, the Arabian Peninsula and North Africa, the advisory said.

Extremists may be planning to carry out attacks against Westerners and oil workers on the Arabian Peninsula, the announcement noted.

"Armed attacks targeting foreign nationals in Saudi Arabia that resulted in many deaths and injuries, including U.S. citizens, appear to have been preceded by extensive surveillance," the announcement said. "Tourist destinations in Egypt that are frequented by Westerners recently have been attacked resulting in many deaths and injuries, including Americans. Extremists may be surveilling Westerners, particularly at hotels, housing areas and rental car facilities. Potential targets may include U.S. contractors, particularly those related to military interests." Americans considering seaborne travel near the Horn of Africa or in the southern Red Sea should exercise extreme caution, as there have been several incidents of armed attacks and robberies at sea by pirates in the last year, the advisory warned.

"When transiting around the Horn of Africa or in the Red Sea near Yemen, it is strongly recommended that vessels travel in convoys, and maintain good communications contact at all times," the announcement said. (end) rm.
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Senior Taliban commander surrenders
MIL-AFGHANISTAN-SURRENDER
Senior Taliban commander surrenders

KABUL, June 16 (KUNA) -- A senior Taliban commander on Friday surrendered and vowed to support the Afghan government and the ongoing reconstruction process in the war-battered country. The one-legged former commander Mulla Ibrahim announced his allegiance to the Karzai-led government during a ceremony held in the troubled province of Kandahar on Friday. Senior provincial officials and officers of foreign military were also present on the occasion. Addressing the gathering, Mulla Ibrahim, who was once known for his loyalty to the Taliban, said he was joining the reconciliation process in the interest of his nation and Islam. He said he did not side with the Taliban since the fall of their regime in 2001. Discussing the recent suicide attacks and bombing in the southern region of Afghanistan, the former Taliban commander said he did not approve such acts. Killing of civilians was not allowed in Islam, he argued. The Afghan government had started the National Reconciliation Programme heading by the former interim president and one of the most respected religious leaders Sibghatullah Mujaddedi. According to the Afghan government, more than 1,500 dissidents from different groups have so far shunned violence and joined the government to play their role in reconstruction of the country. (end) gk.
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UNHCR says 78,000 people displaced outside Dili
PPL-TIMOR LESTE-DISPLACEMENT
UNHCR says 78,000 people displaced outside Dili

GENEVA, June 16 (KUNA) -- The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said Friday that official estimates indicate that there are 78,000 people displaced outside the capital, while the figure of the displacement in Dili stands at 69,000. UNHCR spokesperson Ron Redmond told reporters that while the situation appears to have stabilized somewhat on the streets of Dili, the refugee agency is still concerned for the physical security of people in the makeshift camps and settlements, particularly at night. "We welcome the increased patrolling of foreign troops in areas where displaced people have gathered and are continuing to press for a boosted security presence," said Redmond. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) will start to deliver food aid to over 40,000 internally displaced Timorese in the eastern districts of Baucau, Lautem and Viqueque early next week. According to IOM spokesperson Jean Philippe Chauzy steady rain last night and this morning added to the misery of the thousands of displaced people sheltering in makeshift IDP camps around Dili and on neighboring Atauro Island.

Chauzy added that his organization received this week a USD 837,000 grant from the UN's Central Emergency Revolving Fund (CERF) and AUD 300,000 (USD 223, 000) from Australia to deliver food, water and non-food relief items to the IDPs and coordinate aid to the IDP camps. (end) hn.
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Zarqawi Document Reveals Ba'athist - al-Qaeda 'Strategic Relationship'
The Standing and Performance of MNSTC-I-Trained Iraqi National Guard Cited as Their Collective Downfall
By Steve Schippert

The Iraqi government has released information regarding a letter from a leader of the Ba’athist insurgency to al-Zarqawi that was recovered from the blast area where al-Zarqawi was killed. The Kuwait News Agency was provided a copy of the text, which revealed the “strategic relationship” between the Ba’athist insurgency and al-Qaeda in Iraq.

There are a lot of items worthy of discussion, and certainly much will ensue in short order. One of the first points to catch our eyes, however, was the open recognition of the devastating impact of the formation, training and fielding of the Iraqi National Guard forces.

It admits that the “position of resistance in Iraq requires reconsideration of the acts and incidents in the country, with the aim of reaching the best means for realizing the best results, in particular following success of the National Guard forces in forming a massive shield and effective arm in the interest of the US forces and this ultimately scaled down to a large extent the scope of losses sustained by the US forces”.

It adds that the “time factor” has “negatively affected Al-Qaeda in Iraq due to many reasons including formation and enhancing the capabilities of the National Guards up to the level of launching attacks and carrying out mass arrests within the resistance controlled areas. This ended up in loss of many elements and launching an anti media resistance campaign … and sowing schism in its fold …” [Emphasis added.]

The “formation and enhancing the capabilities of the National Guards up to the level of launching attacks and carrying out mass arrests” has been the direct responsibility of the Multi-National Security Transition Command – Iraq.

Several times, we at ThreatsWatch have directed readers to an underappreciated publication called The Advisor from the good men and women of the Multi-National Security Transition Command - Iraq. They are the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines and international forces responsible for precisely that training which stood up the Iraqi National Guard, as well as the Iraqi police forces and other units. (View all Iraqi units MNSTC-I trains here.)

With far too little fanfare or apparent appreciation, MNSTC-I has offered regular updates on the training and progress of the Iraqi forces in their regular bi-weekly publication, The Advisor (pdf). (Subscribe to publication alerts here.) Perhaps it’s not as exciting to read or report on as an IED attack, a car bomb or a major operation in al-Anbar province, but as the words of the Ba’athist letter to Zarqawi indicate so clearly, the continued training and standing of the Iraqi Army has been and is every bit as important as any other aspect of the war.

Often, the MNSTC-I-trained Iraqi forces were belittled in reports, often denigrating them for not having enough troops, charged with too often simply ‘tagging along’ with Coalition Forces, not being active enough and, then, also oddly being too aggressive. Often the only time Iraqi forces were highlighted was when there were complaints that they were too Shi’ite-dominated, suspected of participating in sectarian violence or were infiltrated by members of al-Qaeda or the Ba’athist insurgency.

Leave it to that very Ba’athist insurgency of Hussein’s hangovers and the terrorists of al-Qaeda in Iraq to finally be the ones to recognize their proficiency, importance and devastation wrought upon both of them. Iraq surely is quite proud of their new veterans in new uniforms.

And we should all be proud of our men and women who have performed and still perform their duties exceptionally in training the Iraqi army, navy, air force, police and special units.

ThreatsWatch salutes the Multi-National Security Transition Command – Iraq team, who did the heavy lifting and hoisted the sun, making The Dawn of the Iraq Army possible.

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Hamas group disowns govt ceasefire offer to Israel
16 Jun 2006 09:19:37 GMT
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GAZA, June 16 (Reuters) - Hamas militants distanced themselves on Friday from a ceasefire offer that the Palestinian government led by the Islamist group made to Israel.

Differences over the truce offer -- which was conditional on Israel halting military activity in Gaza and the West Bank -- could point to disagreement between Hamas's grassroots and the government over its tactics toward the Jewish state.

"We are not interested in making any offers or proposals. When the occupation stops its killings and crimes against our people then the factions may look into the issue in accordance with the interests of our people," said Sami Abu Zuhri, Hamas's official spokesman.

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Iraqi al Qaeda-linked body vows fight to "doomsday"
16 Jun 2006 15:19:59 GMT
Source: Reuters

DUBAI, June 16 (Reuters) - A key Iraqi militant body affiliated with al Qaeda pledged on Friday to continue a holy war against U.S.-led forces until "doomsday", despite the killing of Qaeda's leader in Iraq Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

"The lackey government and the crusader forcers ... will comprehend this message in coming days. We will have rounds with them in which they will taste the bitterness of death," said a statement purported to be by Abdullah bin Rashid al-Baghdadi, leader of the Mujahideen Shura Council.

"Jihad (holy war) will continue until doomsday. It will not be affected, delayed or weakened by the departure of one of its leaders," said the audio statement read by a spokesman.

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Detectives in Bristol issued a picture of Mohammed Reza Telabi Zamani, 36, an Iranian, and warned the public not to approach him. Asked yesterday why she had granted bail at Bristol Crown Court last December, Judge Carol Hagen, said she was "not minded to comment".

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Today in History:
June 16, 2005 - South Africa
Youth Day
Anniversary of the Soweto Riots of 1976, sparked by a government edict that all instruction in black schools would be held in Afrikaans. The brutalities of the Apartheid regime became further apparent by the iconic picture of Hector Pieterson, a black schoolchild shot by the police.

June 16, 1987 - Turkey
Founding of 16 June Group
June 16 is the founding anniversary of the Turkish leftist terrorist Group 16 June. Until 1987, the group acted under the name "Partisan Yolu." Since 1987, the group has claimed responsibility for numerous acts of terrorism, including the December 1989 firebombing in Istanbul of the "Hiawatha," a U.S. Government-owned yacht.

June 16, 1976 - Lebanon
Americans Kidnapped In Beirut
Gunmen in Beirut kidnapped and killed U.S. Ambassador Maloy, Economic Officer Waring, and their driver.

June 16, 1976 - South Africa
Soweto Riots
Thousands of black students demonstrated in Soweto Township, outside of Johannesburg, in protest of a requirement that they be taught in Afrikaans. Police fatally shot several students, touching off nationwide riots and boycotts that lasted more than a year and claimed the lives of at least 575 blacks.

Upcoming Significant Events:
June 17, 1944 - Iceland
Independence Day
No information provided.

June 17, 2005 - Iran
Presidential Elections
Presidential Elections

June 18, 1953 - Egypt
Evacuation Day
The monarchy was abolished and Egypt was declared a republic following the coup led by Gamel Abd El Nasser.

June 18, 1986 - Peru
Canto Grande Prison Massacre
Security forces killed more than two hundred jailed members of the Sendero Luminoso (SL) guerrilla organization during a riot at Lima's Canto Grande prison. The event is marked by the guerrillas as "Heroes Day."

June 19, 1861 - Philippines
Birthday of Dr. Jose Rizal
No information provided.

June 19, 1951 - Cambodia
Army-People Solidarity Day
Celebrates the founding of the Cambodian People's Armed Forces.

June 19, 1961 - Kuwait
Independence Day
Kuwait was the first of the Persian Gulf-Arab states to declare independence. Iraq challenged this declaration, claiming Kuwait was part of its territory. Threatening to invade, Iraq was deterred by the British military and recognized Kuwait in 1963.

June 19, 1965 - Algeria
President Overthrown by Coup
President Ahmed Ben Bella was overthrown by a military coup.

June 19, 2005 - Lebanon
Parliamentary Elections
Saad Hariri, the anti-Syrian opposition, claims victory on June 20, breaking Damascus’ long political hold on its neighbor.

June 20, 1960 - Senegal
Independence Granted
No information provided.


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Russia’s Nuclear Weapons Pose Major Threat to U.S. Security
Posted on Thursday, June 15, 2006 at 1:23pm
The danger posed by Russia’s inadequately secured stocks of nuclear weapons and fissile material should be considered a major national security issue for the United States, along with the Iranian uranium enrichment program and the ongoing dispute with North Korea, a study released Thursday by Cato Institute states. Full Story


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Moscow grandma holds a poster calling to release oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky from jail / Photo: Nicholas Danilov

Moscow grandma holds a poster calling to release oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky from jail / Photo: Nicholas Danilov


Hundreds Rally for "Free Country" in Moscow on Russia Day

Created: 13.06.2006 18:21 MSK (GMT +3), Updated: 11:51 MSK

On June 11, Day of Russia, some 600 people gathered in Moscow centre for a rally entitled “Free country for free people”.

The protesters, mostly young people, rallied against nationalism, mass media censorship, political arrests, army hazing and the so-called “Operation Successor” that kicked off ahead of nearing presidential elections.

The police did not allow young activists of pro-Kremlin Russia United party unwrap flags with the party symbolic.

The holiday marks the adoption on June 12, 1990 of a Declaration of Independence by lawmakers. It was declared a holiday in 1994 by President Boris Yeltsin and was known for nearly a decade as Independence Day.

Some 200,000 police officers were out in the streets to enforce law and order, Russian media agencies reported.
“I am free” reads the badge held by a protester / Photo: Nicholas Danilov


“I am free” reads the badge held by a protester / Photo: Nicholas Danilov
Banner saying “Free people of a free country” seen in front of a choir of young girls on stage / Photo: Nicholas Danilov


Banner saying “Free people of a free country” seen in front of a choir of young girls on stage / Photo: Nicholas Danilov
An old lady waves a Soviet symbols flag / Photo: Nicholas Danilov


An old lady waves a Soviet symbols flag / Photo: Nicholas Danilov
A woman collects signatures under the call to return the dead body of Chechen leader Aslan Maskhadov to his family / Photo: Nicholas Danilov


A woman collects signatures under the call to return the dead body of Chechen leader Aslan Maskhadov to his family / Photo: Nicholas Danilov
Portrait of Russia’s first president Boris Yeltsin pinned to a protester’s chest / Photo: Nicholas Danilov


Portrait of Russia’s first president Boris Yeltsin pinned to a protester’s chest / Photo: Nicholas Danilov
Boy wearing a t-shirt with an inscription “Return the mother to her kids” stands between two police officers. Svetlana Bakhmina, Yukos oil company lawyer and mother of two small children, was arrested on December 7 and allegedly subjected to harsh interrogation in breach of international law. / Photo: Nicholas Danilov


Boy wearing a t-shirt with an inscription “Return the mother to her kids” stands between two police officers. Svetlana Bakhmina, Yukos oil company lawyer and mother of two small children, was arrested on December 7 and allegedly subjected to harsh interrogation in breach of international law. / Photo: Nicholas Danilov
Protesters hold banners promoting fair elections, democracy and freedom to political prisoners / Photo: Nicholas Danilov


Protesters hold banners promoting fair elections, democracy and freedom to political prisoners / Photo: Nicholas Danilov
“Freedom to Svetlana Bakhmina”, jailed Yukos lawyer, urges the t-shirt stretched on a young activist’s chest / Photo: Nicholas Danilov


“Freedom to Svetlana Bakhmina”, jailed Yukos lawyer, urges the t-shirt stretched on a young activist’s chest / Photo: Nicholas Danilov
Once rated as Russia’s richest man, the 42-year-old Khodorkovsky is serving an eight years’ term on charges including fraud and tax evasion, after a trial seen as punishment for his political ambitions. / Photo: Nicholas Danilov


Once rated as Russia’s richest man, the 42-year-old Khodorkovsky is serving an eight years’ term on charges including fraud and tax evasion, after a trial seen as punishment for his political ambitions. / Photo: Nicholas Danilov

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Moscow Court Jails 6 for Selling Forged Credit Cards over Internet

Created: 16.06.2006 18:31 MSK (GMT +3), Updated: 18:31 MSK, 2 hours 30 minutes ago

MosNews

A district court in the Russian capital Moscow has passed prison sentences to six members of a criminal gang who made at least 5000 forged credit cards and sold them over Internet both in Russia and abroad.

According to RIA-Novosti news agency report, all six convicts were found guilty of credit card forgery and trading in forged goods.

The leader of the gang, Artur Lyashenko from the Ukrainian city of Odessa, was sentenced to six years in prison colony and to 10 000 rubles fine (about $370). Three more convicts were sentenced to terms from five years and six months to six years. Two of the fraudsters received five years suspended terms.

http://www.mosnews.com/news/2006/06/16/cardsfraud.shtml


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Son of Slain Chechen President Kadyrov Pledges Blood Feud Against Rebel Leader Basayev

Created: 16.06.2006 18:20 MSK (GMT +3), Updated: 18:21 MSK, 2 hours 44 minutes ago

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Chechen prime-minister Ramzan Kadyrov called warlord Shamil Basayev his personal enemy number one. He claims that Basaev will pay for the death of the former Chechen president Ahmad Kadyrov, Ramzan’s father, and many other Chechens.

Statement of prime-minister, published in several local newspapers reads that Basaev has claimed responsibility for the murder of Kadyrov and of several other terrorist acts committed in Chechnya and Russia, Interfax news agency reported Friday.

“Annihilation of Basaev is my sacred duty as Moslem and as a citizen of Russian Federation” - prime-minister’s statement reads.

According to Associated press news agency Thursday rebel Chechen website Kavkaz Center posted what appeared to be a new video of Shamil Basayev in which warlord claims his responsibility for the 2004 bombing that killed Chechnya’s Moscow-backed president, saying he paid $50,000 to those who carried out the assassination.

Russia’s most wanted Chechen rebel leader in his statement also had put a $25,000 bounty on the head of Kadyrov’s son, Ramzan — a flamboyant prime-minister in the Kremlin-backed regional government who heads widely feared paramilitary forces accused of abducting civilians and other violence.

According the Kavkaz Center, Basayev mocked Ramzan in offering the bounty by saying: “He isn’t worth more than that.”

Large-scale fighting in Chechnya ended shortly after Russian forces launched their second invasion in the region in 1999, but rebels continue to stage regular hit-and-run raids and explode land mines against federal forces and their local collaborators.

Neighboring regions have seen increased violence in recent months, leading to fears that militants were spreading the fight beyond Chechnya’s border throughout the North Caucasus.

http://www.mosnews.com/news/2006/06/16/basaevmustdie.shtml


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Helicopters Bomb Rebel Positions in Russia’s Southern Region

Created: 14.06.2006 16:14 MSK (GMT +3), Updated: 16:14 MSK

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Russian helicopters on Wednesday bombed a wooded area in the restive southern region of Ingushetia where security forces believed up to 10 Chechnyan militants were hiding, Associated Press news agency reported.

The air strikes came amidst two months of rebel violence in the region bordering on Chechnya, in which 10 people including two high-ranking police officials and three small children have been killed.

The military operation Wednesday, outside the village of Ali-Yurt, about 10 kilometers (6 miles) from the region’s largest city, Nazran, involved units of the Ingush Interior Ministry, the Federal Security Service and the Russian army, said Nazir Yevloyev, the regional Interior Ministry spokesman. After the bombing, the troops fanned out through the woods to search for the militants.

“The operation to detain members of an illegal armed group began at 7 a.m. (3 a.m. GMT), and special forces are combing the area and police have cut off escape routes,” the local interior ministry spokesman told RIA Novosti.

In the nearby region of Kabardino-Balkariya, meanwhile, Deputy Russian Interior Minister Yuri Kokov said Tuesday that the special services’ attempts to cut off terrorist financing were ineffective, and accused them of purposely underestimating the number of militant supporters in the region.

“The reason for the weak work in preventing planned terrorist attacks is the terrible corruption among the employees of the military, security and law enforcement structures,” Kokov told a conference of Interior Ministry officers.

The Kabardino-Balkariya regional department of the Federal Security Service announced Tuesday, that seven automatic rifles recovered from the bodies of five militants killed in the October attack on Nalchik, had been stolen from military warehouses in a June 2004 rebel raid in Ingushetia, for which radical Chechen warlord Shamil Basayev has claimed responsibility. Officials have announced such linkages to shore up their argument that Islamic-inspired rebels across Russia’s south are coordinating their actions.

http://www.mosnews.com/news/2006/06/14/helicopterbombsrebels.shtml


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South Russian Province Mourns Pro-Kremlin Officials, Other Victims Slain in Friday Attack

Created: 10.06.2006 14:31 MSK (GMT +3), Updated: 14:31 MSK

MosNews

Authorities in Russia’s southern province of Ingushetia, bordering on the restive Chechnya, have declared a day of mourning for the victims of two attacks, in which two pro-Kremlin officials were killed.

President of Ingusehtia Murat Zyazikov met with local police officials and on Friday, following the armed attacks in the village of Ordzhonikidzevskaya and the town of Karabulak, the Itar-Tass news agency reported.

First, Galina Gubina, an administrator responsible for helping Russian families resettle in the region had been gunned down, and then a senior police commander, Musa Nalgiyev, was killed as he drove his three young children to school. The children were also killed, as were the commander’s bodyguard and his driver, bringing the death toll in the shootings to seven.

The assassinations, by gunmen firing from at least one car, appeared to be another round of carefully timed assaults against the government. The attacks continued the pattern of sporadic but intensive and often coordinated violence in Ingushetia, where an underground Islamic force, aligned with Chechen separatists, has said it has been carrying out what it calls “responsive measures” against officials involved in government counterterrorism activities in the region.

Pro-Moscow president of Chechnya Alu Alkhanov expressed his condolences to the people of Ingushetia. Anti-rebel raids carried out at individual locations are not enough to eradicate terror, such operations must be held jointly throughout the North Caucasus, presidential spokesman Said-Magomed Isarayev quoted Alkhanov as saying. “If the Ingush administration makes a request we are ready to help them,” Alkhanov said.

http://www.mosnews.com/news/2006/06/10/ingushmourning.shtml


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Russian HR Group Uncovers Secret Torture Cell Used by Pro-Moscow Chechen Police

Created: 09.06.2006 11:11 MSK (GMT +3), Updated: 15:56 MSK

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One of Russia’s leading human rights groups, Memorial, has produced what it says is documentary evidence of a secret torture and murder cell in Grozny, the capital of Chechnya, The Independent daily reported Friday.

According to Memorial, Russian police used the dungeon to torture and murder hundreds of people, whose corpses were later dumped across the small, mainly Muslim, republic.

Memorial alleges that the torture cell, located in the basement of a former school for deaf children in Grozny’s Oktyabrskaya district, was decommissioned only last month, when the federal Russian police unit occupying the building withdrew.

The claims undermine Kremlin assurances that life in Chechnya is “getting back to normal” and directly implicate the authorities in the unlawful abduction and extrajudicial execution of civilians.

Memorial says it collected the evidence just in time and that the building housing the cellar has since been demolished and the graffiti expunged from the walls in a crude attempt at a cover-up. What is clear is that the cellar was used to interrogate people suspected of collaborating with separatists resisting the republic’s Moscow-backed government. Human rights activists allege that many of these so-called “terror suspects” are innocent civilians and that they are often punished because one of their relatives is a rebel.

The Moscow-backed Chechen authorities have categorically denied Memorial’s allegations, though the republic’s prosecutor, Valery Kuznetsov, is investigating. Mr Kuznetsov has already claimed that it was common knowledge that there were “temporary holding cells” beneath the building. He insists their existence was “official and not a secret object”. Samples have been taken from the cells’ walls for analysis and if they turn out to be human blood, Mr Kuznetsov has promised further tests. Several criminal cases involving the disappearance of people allegedly dispatched to the cells are being investigated.

Nurdi Nukhajiev, Chechnya’s government-appointed representative for human rights, was sceptical about Memorial’s claims.

“I am not saying that angels served there [in the cells],” he said. “I am not saying that the people [policemen] were ideal individuals. But this is 2006 and they weren’t so stupid as to leave evidence of torture and murder behind.”

Russian news agency Regnum reported that Chechen prosecutors have instigated a criminal case into the incident against the military servicemen of the combined unit of the Khanty-Mancy District (troops from various regions of the Russian Feredation are being sent to fight rebels in Chechnya). Oksana Rogozina, an aide to the Chief Chechen Prosecutor told the agency that the report about tortures will be checked within the investigation of this case. The official said that there were no more information on the case, but stressed that the suspects’ complicity in tortures was yet to be proved.

http://www.mosnews.com/news/2006/06/09/secretprison.shtml


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Chechen PM Could Double-Cross Kremlin

Created: 29.05.2006 12:55 MSK (GMT +3), Updated: 15:52 MSK

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With a Group of Eight summit scheduled for July in St. Petersburg, Washington is paying renewed attention to Russia. Tatania Lokshina, chairwoman of the Moscow-based Demos think tank, spoke about the situation in Chechnya to RFE/RL correspondent Julie Corwin.

There was a recent public opinion poll conducted by a Chechen ministry which showed that people believed Chechen Prime Minister Ramzan Kadryov had already made some improvements to life in the republic since his appointment in March. Does the poll accurately reflect people’s opinions? Is Kadyrov a truly popular leader now? Or are people afraid to criticize him?

Kadryov is becoming so much more popular. It is even surprising, particularly for those people who have been working in the region quite a lot and remember how the locals used to refer to Kadyrov. Today it’s different. The rhetoric of the public at large is along the lines of, well, whatever he is, no matter how bloody he is, at least, he’s a real man, at least, he’s a real boss, at least he’s a real Chechen. And finally, something is changing. Now you cannot deny — even the strongest critics of Kadyrov, like myself — cannot deny the reconstruction [of Grozny] is actually happening. He is pouring some money into that.

What else has he done?

He’s also talking about something he defines as federal Shari’a [Islamic law], which is a revival of Islam, a revival of the traditional values, and that’s another thing that makes him popular.

How much does President Vladimir Putin support Kadyrov? 100 percent?

I don’t think it’s about Putin supporting Kadyrov 100 percent. I strongly believe that at this point the Kremlin is simply focused on the year 2008, the [national presidential] election and all the relevant problems. As far as Chechnya is concerned, as far as the entire northern Caucasus is concerned, despite the spill-over of the conflict, which is evident to everyone, this is not a priority. The only thing that Moscow wants from Chechnya is just to have the lid shut over the boiling pot and keep it shut until the year 2008. They want to do everything to prevent an explosion.

But the Kremlin has confidence in him?

Apparently they believe he is relatively capable of holding the situation together, of preventing major armed violence in the republic, and they are trying to keep him satisfied. However you try to analyze the situation, he got his Hero of Russia award. That was bonus No. 1. This is the highest award in the country. Then he became the leader of the United Russia party in Chechnya, which is this major pro-Kremlin party, which is really influential in Chechnya. That was his bonus No. 2. Then finally he became prime minister quite recently. That was bonus No. 3.

Had the Kremlin planned for him to be prime minister?

My sources tell me, and I’m convinced of it, that the president’s office, Putin’s office, never wanted him to become prime minister. But then [Sergei] Abramov, Moscow’s envoy to Chechnya, had a very serious traffic accident, and certainly everyone in Chechnya believes that it was arranged. For a while, Abramov was saying he would definitely return to Grozny. And then suddenly — click — he says he’s not returning to Grozny. And when he was asked by journalists and it’s very significant, if he was not returning because of the health reasons. He explicitly said “no, I’m not returning to leave some space for Ramzan Kadyrov — to give my job to Ramzan Kadyrov.”

Will this be enough? Will there be bonus No. 4?

Next comes the presidency, because Ramzan is going to be 30 this fall. And I think that the Kremlin is not so lacking in intelligence as to give him the presidency right away. They will probably withhold the bonus for about a half of year or so. But ultimately Ramzan will threaten, and he’ll get it and what comes next? Because the presidency is indeed the limit of his ambition within the Russian Federation. And he’s young, he’s ambitious, he’s surrounded by former rebels whose allegiance to the Kremlin is more than questionable — let’s put it this way. He’s bound to crave more.

So Kadyrov has made the public happier and has satisfied the Kremlin, what is the situation really like on the ground? There’s more new construction, but is there less lawlessness?

The greatest tragedy today is that now after so many years of bloodshed and thousands and thousands of lives lost, we have actually come back to where we started. Because if you compare Chechnya today with the way it used to be between the two wars, what we find is a very criminal, very chaotic, very out-of-control entity. And the only major difference is that at that time it was a quasi-independent, self-proclaimed state, accountable for whatever was happening in its territory. But today it’s a fully-fledged subject of the Russian Federation.

During the question-and-answer period after her talk, Lokshina was asked if Kadyrov is trying to compete with separatist military leader Shamil Basaev by implementing his federal Shari’a laws.

Kadyrov is trying to demonstrate to the public in Chechnya that he’s a real Chechen leader, that he’s for the traditional values, that he’s for the religious values, and that he will make sure that Chechnya lives by its own laws. Federal legislation does not really matter. Even if Chechnya is not formally independent, Ramzan Kadyrov is trying to demonstrate that under his rule, Chechnya can exist as almost an independent entity while at the same time milking the Kremlin for the money.

http://www.mosnews.com/interview/2006/05/29/talkingchechnya.shtml


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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/06/15/AR2006061501692.html

Lawyer Aims to Suppress Suspect's Remarks

By HARRY R. WEBER
The Associated Press
Thursday, June 15, 2006; 7:34 PM

ATLANTA -- Investigators preyed on a Georgia Tech student's devotion to Islam during a terrorism probe and then reneged on a promise not to arrest him if he told the truth, the suspect's lawyer said in court papers Thursday.

The lawyer seeks to suppress statements 21-year-old Syed Ahmed made to the FBI or force the government to abide by the alleged agreement not to prosecute him.


Ahmed and Ehsanul Islam Sadequee are accused of traveling to Canada to meet with Islamic extremists to discuss "strategic locations in the United States suitable for a terrorist strike," according to previously released court papers.

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Substation break-ins raise fears
A rise in electricity substation break-ins has led to increased security measures and warnings that vandals are gambling with their lives.

EDF, which covers London, the East, and the South East, has had 24 incidents since 1 April. Figures were up by about 50% compared with 2005, the firm said.

Vandals who damaged cables in Kent this year risked an 11,000-volt shock. Some attacks included lorry ram-raids.

Substations will now get second fences, cameras and motion detectors, EDF said.

All substations are already labelled with yellow Danger of Death signs and have basic boundary fencing and locks.

Vandals and thieves are becoming more organised
Alan Feakins

The company said concerns about the risk of deaths or serious injuries had been raised by the firm's security managers and safety experts at the Department of Trade and Industry.

It also raised concerns that "break-ins could leave substations vulnerable to visits by children with the summer holidays approaching".

Alan Feakins, EDF Energy Networks Director, said swipe cards, alarmed doors and magnetic locks and bolts were included in security upgrade plans.

'Zero tolerance'

He said: "Systems are being installed which are linked to a central control manned 24 hours a day."

He added: "We believe now that the increase in attacks is probably because the vandals and thieves are becoming more organised.

"Their actions are putting themselves and the public at risk so we are doing all we can to stop them."

He said the company operated a "zero tolerance" policy over vandalism.

Mr Feakins already said that vandals who interfered with cables and equipment were not only gambling with their own lives but also the lives of the company's staff.

He said the company, which worked closely with the police, would push for all vandals to be prosecuted and would press for compensation for repairs.

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http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/1/hi/england/5081056.stm

Published: 2006/06/15 05:48:04 GMT

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Jury told of 'plane hijack plot'
The jury in the trial of seven men accused of plotting a bomb campaign in the UK has heard of a plan to hijack and crash a British Airways plane.

The alleged plot was heard in a bugged conversation recorded by the security service, MI5, and played to jurors.

A voice says: "The beauty is they don't have to fly into a building, just crash the flipping thing."

Prosecutors say Omar Khyam was speaking to Jawad Akbar. The men and five others deny conspiring to cause explosions.

The voice said to be Mr Khyam's discusses a plot to use 30 "brothers" prepared to commit suicide on a British Airways plane.

Plans to attack electricity, gas and water supplies are also discussed in the conversation, which the Old Bailey jurors were told had been recorded in Mr Akbar's flat in Uxbridge, west of London.

'Good idea'

The voice, said to be Mr Khyam's, says: "Imagine you've got a plane, 300 people in it, you buy tickets for 30 brothers in there.

"They're massive brothers, you just crash the plane.

"You could do it easy.

The voice said to be Mr Akbar's then says: "To find 30 brothers willing to commit suicide is a big thing."

'Jump him'

Describing the plot as a "good idea" the first voice then adds: "If you spoke to some serious brothers, to the right people, you'd probably get it, bro'... whether they were from abroad, you'd get it.

"Thirty brothers on a British Airways flight... as soon as an air marshal gets up and shoots one the others just jump him."

The defendants were arrested on 30 March, 2004, after fertiliser was found stored in a west London depot.

Mr Akbar, 22, Mr Khyam, 24, and his brother Shujah Mahmood, 19, and Waheed Mahmood, 34, all of Crawley, west Sussex, Salahuddin Amin, 31, of Luton, Beds, Anthony Garcia, 23, of Ilford, east London, and Nabeel Hussain, 21, of Horley, Surrey, are accused of conspiring to cause explosions likely to endanger life between 1 January, 2003 and 31 March, 2004.

Mr Khyam, Mr Garcia and Mr Hussain also deny a charge under the Terrorism Act of possessing 600kg (1,300lb) of ammonium nitrate fertiliser for terrorism.

Mr Khyam and Shujah Mahmood further deny possessing aluminium powder for terrorism.

Story from BBC NEWS:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/1/hi/uk/5087638.stm

Published: 2006/06/16 15:15:32 GMT

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4,989 posted on 06/16/2006 10:44:52 AM PDT by nw_arizona_granny (For nothing will be impossible for God. Luke 1:36 . The generosity of God's mercy is breathtaking.)
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'Shoe bomber' hits Baghdad mosque
At least 11 people have been killed and 25 injured in a suspected suicide shoe-bomb attack at a key Shia mosque in the Iraqi capital Baghdad.

The blast hit the Buratha mosque in northern Baghdad, where up to 90 people were killed in a multiple suicide bombing on 7 April.

The mosque's imam said he believed he was the target, but was unhurt.

Friday's attack was the biggest in Baghdad since a massive security operation came into force on Wednesday.

The imam, Sheikh Jalaluddin al-Saghir, told the BBC the suicide attack appeared to have been carried out by a man who had explosives and ball bearings packed into his shoes to avoid detection in security checks.

Stringent security measures were put in place at the mosque after April's attack, in which the bombers were said to have been dressed as women.

The latest bombing took place shortly before weekly prayers were due to begin, during which Mr Saghir was due to deliver a sermon.

The imam, who is also a leading Shia member of parliament, said he believed he was the target of the attack, but added: "This will not deter us, this will not affect the political process."

He said the bombing looked like it was revenge for the killing of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the former leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq.

He was killed last week in a US air strike north of Baquba. Statements apparently put on internet by the militant group vowed to take revenge.

Mr Saghir blamed al-Qaeda in Iraq and what he called "Baathists" for the attack.

No defence

The Buratha mosque has been surrounded by huge concrete blast walls, where visitors are subjected to an initial visual check, says the BBC's Hugh Sykes in Baghdad.

This will not deter us
Sheikh Jalaluddin al-Saghir
Buratha mosque imam

The bomber must also have got through a more thorough body check to gain access the main courtyard of the mosque, he says.

He got close to the imam's position, but before the imam arrived, security staff noticed he was still wearing his shoes, which is not allowed in a mosque.

He was told to take them off, and appeared to be complying, when the bomb went off.

It is believed to be the first time a shoe bomb has been used in Iraq.

While extensive security measures have been introduced to many mosques in Iraq, our correspondent says, these are no defence against a suicide bomber who detonates his explosives when approached.

Mortars

The mosque bombing comes despite a huge new security operation in Baghdad.

Tens of thousands of Iraqi and US security forces have been patrolling the streets of the capital, on the orders of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki.


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Cars were also banned from the streets of the capital for several hours on Fridays - in an attempt to prevent such attacks on Friday prayers.

The measures initially appeared to have reduced the number of attacks.

However, at least two people were killed when a barrage of mortars slammed into a northern district of the capital on Friday.

On Thursday, a bomb in a parked car detonated in the south-west of the city, killing at least three civilians and wounding 14.

Elsewhere on Thursday, gunmen shot and killed 10 workers riding a bus in Baquba.
Story from BBC NEWS:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/1/hi/world/middle_east/5086326.stm

Published: 2006/06/16 12:01:38 GMT

© BBC MMVI


4,990 posted on 06/16/2006 10:51:54 AM PDT by nw_arizona_granny (For nothing will be impossible for God. Luke 1:36 . The generosity of God's mercy is breathtaking.)
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Generation jihad: terror at the touch of a key
Tech-savvy terrorist groups are going on-line to spread their extremist message

MICHAEL SNIDER

TORONTO -- Ayman al-Zawahiri appears on the screen looking scholarly in a clean white shirt and black turban. The bearded and bespectacled figure, speaking in Arabic, gestures purposefully with his right hand while he marks the third anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

"The Americans and their allies have achieved nothing but losses, disasters and misfortune," he says. The founder of Egyptian Islamic Jihad and Osama bin Laden's top lieutenant congratulates the mujahedeen for their "moral and material defeat of the Western Crusade" and encourages the faithful around the world to rise up against the common enemy.

No beheadings, no insurgent missile attacks. Dr. al-Zawahiri signs off by praising Allah, Lord of the Worlds, and the screen goes dark.

While the message may be only mildly troubling, it's the method that concerns Canadian authorities and terrorism experts. The video, downloaded from a password-protected Web forum last Wednesday, is just one example of how terrorist groups spread their message worldwide. Since 2000, extremist organizations have become adept at promoting their causes and spreading their ideology on-line in an effort to capture the hearts and minds of disillusioned and disaffected Muslims far away from the mountains of Afghanistan or streets of Baghdad.

Experts say this virtual war played a direct role in the emergence of what the Canadian Security Intelligence Service describes as the homegrown threat -- young Muslims who've grown up in Canadian suburbs with computers and high-speed connections, some of whom are accused of planning to attack targets in Southern Ontario.

"The Internet is used to reach out to diaspora communities," said Gabriel Weimann, professor of communication at the University of Haifa and author of Terror on the Internet: The New Arena, the New Challenges.

"Almost all terrorist activities of recent years . . . were actually executed by members of diaspora communities, whether that's in Spain, England, Holland and now [allegedly] in Canada. It's not people being sent by al-Qaeda, it's actually a homegrown community that is affiliated, or who affiliate themselves -- as [allegedly] is the case with Canada -- with the jihadist movement or with al-Qaeda."

A World Wide Web sewn with threads of fanatical Islam worries CSIS.

Just days before 17 terrorism suspects were arrested in Toronto and Kingston, CSIS deputy director Jack Hooper told a Senate committee that Canada is fighting a clandestine war against "technologically sophisticated" homegrown extremists.

Many are tech-savvy because they are "drawn from the ranks of the young and well educated," adept at using the Internet for communication, education and planning, said Wesley Wark, a University of Toronto professor who specializes in security issues. "Use of the Internet is second nature to this generation. The Internet allows them to connect to the like-minded, in ways that seem to promise anonymity."

Sparked by an influx of message postings on extremist websites, Canadian authorities tracked a number of terrorism suspects on-line for nearly two years. CSIS and the RCMP say they unravelled a plan to detonate a quantity of ammonium nitrate at Southern Ontario targets. On June 2, they swept down across Toronto, arresting 15 men. Two more, already in custody in Kingston for gun-running charges, were charged as well.

Thirteen of the accused, including five youths, are under the age of 25.

News media reports have also linked several arrests in Britain with members of the alleged Canadian cell. One of two men British police arrested last week had lived in Toronto, the BBC reported, citing confidential police sources.

As well, reports say, Younis Tsouli, a British man referred to as al-Qaeda's hacker, who allegedly had close ties to the recently killed al-Qaeda in Iraq chief Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, may have had connections to Canada. U.S. law officials told The Wall Street Journal that Mr. Tsouli's arrest in October spurred the investigation that culminated in the 17 Canadian arrests and that he may have been communicating with the Canadian suspects.

But even before the recent international sweep, authorities were aware that extremists took advantage of the unregulated and easily accessible medium to communicate and spread their messages of hate.

By 2000, Prof. Weimann wrote in an on-line article, How Modern Terrorism Uses the Internet, nearly every terrorist group had established a presence on the Internet. Today, he said, there are more than 4,800 websites associated with extremist groups, many used for recruiting young acolytes.

"All over the world there are huge Muslim communities that feel like second-rate citizens. Terrorists are reaching out to those communities, reaching out with the spirit of jihad and providing them with the idea that they belong to a global community," Prof. Weimann said.

Messages of inspiration from al-Qaeda leaders are one thing. But Web forums distribute much more graphic and powerfully persuasive videos.

"You find beheadings, [insurgents] attacking U.S. targets, blowing up cars and trucks of the U.S. Army and snipers shooting U.S. soldiers -- many, many videos of shooting U.S. soldiers," said Jonathan Halevi, a retired colonel in the Israeli Defence Force who now is director of Toronto-based Orient Research Group, an independent think tank that researches radical Islam.

The purpose of these graphic videos, Mr. Halevi said, is to evoke fear in the enemy while instilling courage in supporters. "There are endless videos that show how the martyr is smiling after his death. The logic behind it is, because when he reaches his goal, he's pleased and is waving from heaven."

The challenge authorities face monitoring extremist websites -- and those who participate in them -- is vast. Sites appear and disappear quickly, hackers hijack legitimate websites and upload files, notify others of their location and then vanish.

Infiltrating Web forums and gaining the trust of participants, not to mention mastering Arabic, is not easy, said Josh Devon, co-founder of the Washington-based SITE Institute, a private organization of concerned citizens that monitors and sometimes infiltrates extremist forums.

"[It's] difficult in the sense that if you aren't in from the beginning and aren't active in discussions, they get suspicious. The community is very small and sometimes you have to be recommended to get access to the website."

Canada's police and spy agencies are tight-lipped about what strategies they use and resources they have to monitor and combat the on-line threat. RCMP and CSIS won't comment on the two-year investigation that led to the 17 arrests. But the threat, they say, is growing.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20060615.TERRORWEB15/TPStory/National


4,991 posted on 06/16/2006 11:07:15 AM PDT by nw_arizona_granny (For nothing will be impossible for God. Luke 1:36 . The generosity of God's mercy is breathtaking.)
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4,992 posted on 06/16/2006 11:55:18 AM PDT by DAVEY CROCKETT (This is GOD'S COUNTRY!)
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New thread here.... Admin Moderator Please close this thread and re-direct to the following thread.
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