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Threat Matrix: Daily Terror Threat - August 2006

Posted on 08/01/2006 9:51:52 PM PDT by nwctwx

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Syria Tells Troops to Be Ready for Battle
(Full Story)

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has placed his military on full alert, citing "regional challenges", and vowed to continue supporting the "Palestinian and Lebanese resistance more than ever".

In a speech to mark the Syrian Army national day, Mr Assad said the volatile situation across the Middle East required "vigilance, preparation and readiness" and ordered all units of the armed forces to be on alert.

The comments were interpreted by Israel as a morale booster to the Syrian armed forces and not a call to battle. Israeli intelligence chiefs have assessed that Syria is not in the mood for an open war and is instead content to resupply Hezbollah guerillas in Lebanon.

Iranian Cleric Asks Muslims to Send Weapons to Hezbollah
Blair Says Syria, Iran Risk Confrontation

Iran and Syria Beat the Drums of War

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To: JellyJam; Velveeta; MamaDearest; backhoe; piasa; Godzilla; Myrddin; copguy; Marine Inspector; ...

THANKS Jelly Jam for that update.
I'll add this one here, too.

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http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/08/10/us.security/index.html

"Plane plot involved 'explosive cocktail,' official says
Air travel in chaos after plot to bomb airliners exposed"


Thursday, August 10, 2006; Posted: 5:53 p.m. EDT (21:53 GMT)

WASHINGTON (CNN) --

ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Two of the suspects recently traveled to Pakistan and later received money wired from there, senior U.S. government sources said.

Among those arrested were a Muslim charity worker and a Heathrow Airport employee with an all-area access pass, according to Britain's Channel 4.

The suspects were planning to stage a test run within a couple of days, said a U.S. intelligence official."


ARTICLE SNIPPET: "A senior congressional source said it is believed the plotters planned to mix a British sports drink with a gel-like substance to make a potent explosive that could be ignited with an MP3 player or cell phone." (

ARTICLE SNIPPET: "The sports drink could be combined with a peroxide-based paste to form a potent "explosive cocktail," if properly done, said a U.S. counterterrorism official.

"There are strong reasons to believe the materials in a beverage like that could have been part of the formula," the official said.

As many as 50 people were involved in the plot, an internal Department of Homeland Security document said, and raids continued in Britain late Wednesday."


ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Pakistani authorities also made arrests in coordination with Britain, said a spokesman for the Pakistani Foreign Ministry. He did not say how many arrests were made.

Two of the suspects left "martyrdom tapes," according to sources familiar with the details of the British investigation."


801 posted on 08/10/2006 3:58:57 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: JustPiper

THANKS for the update regarding the camera, JP.


802 posted on 08/10/2006 4:07:22 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: Velveeta

Well, I guess the guy was not one of the Egyptians. I just read where the Egyptians arrived in late July at JFK -we arrived on August 4 at Newark.


803 posted on 08/10/2006 4:08:02 PM PDT by watchwoman (Under the planes at DFW)
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To: Jim Noble

Well now Mr. Noble, when these gentlemen get home, they can write an essay, "WHAT I DID ON MY SUMMER VACATION."


804 posted on 08/10/2006 4:10:02 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: All; Cindy; StillProud2BeFree; nw_arizona_granny; DAVEY CROCKETT
Terror plot
13 raids shattered the peace of Muslim neighbourhoods (UK)

(snippets)

*A BIOCHEMIST, a Heathrow airport security worker and the son of a former Tory party worker were being held by police last night.

*Arrests made during the morning included Waheed Zaman, a biochemistry student, and Amin Asmin Tariq, a Heathrow security worker. Mr Zaman, who sat on London Metropolitan University’s Student Council as a representative of the Islamic Society, is well known in the community.

*Mr Tariq, who has been working at Heathrow for three years, was led away in handcuffs early yesterday morning, according to witnesses. He wears Western clothes and is “well-respected in the community”, according to neighbours.

*the Raufs, who run a cake distribution business.

*June Lethbridge, 85, said that a family had lived at the property adjacent to her for 12 years but she did not know how many were residents. “They’ve always been very pleasant. As far as I know, most of the family are in Pakistan for a wedding at the moment.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2-2308057,00.html **************************
Thank you Ms. Letbridge for letting us know there was a "WEDDING" coming up....imagine that.

805 posted on 08/10/2006 4:45:55 PM PDT by Velveeta
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To: Velveeta

The Wedding...

Betcha they'll celebrate and have a big meal there.


806 posted on 08/10/2006 4:50:30 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: All

NOTE: The following text is a quote:
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http://www.defenselink.mil/news/NewsArticle.aspx?ID=407

U.S.-Iraqi Forces Target Baghdad Death Squads

By Gerry J. Gilmore
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Aug. 9, 2006 – U.S. troops and Iraqi security forces have stepped up operations in Baghdad to curtail deadly sectarian violence that’s plagued the city in recent months, a senior U.S. military officer told reporters in Baghdad today.
Of 11 operations targeting death squads in Iraq over the past week, 10 were centered in or around Baghdad, Army Maj. Gen. William B. Caldwell, spokesman for Multinational Force Iraq, said at a news briefing.

The Baghdad operations were undertaken “to quell the surge of extremists seeking to exert control and impose their narrow, divisive view of the future of Iraq,” Caldwell said.

Some Shiite and Sunni factions have used death squads to intimidate others. Some senior U.S. military leaders have warned that the violence could spiral out of control. However, the United States government has vowed not to allow that to happen.

“Iraqi security forces and coalition forces continue to disrupt the terrorists and set the stage for Baghdadis to live stable lives,” Caldwell said.

U.S. and Iraqi forces continue searches to unearth enemy weapons caches, including 25 such stockpiles found last week, Caldwell said. More than 200 improvised explosive devices were found and cleared that week and 301 anti-Iraqi forces were captured.

U.S. and Iraqi security forces in Baghdad have been targeting kidnappers and corrupt police who help them, Caldwell said.

The death squads and other extremists operating in Baghdad continue to use religious sites to store munitions and launch attacks, Caldwell said. A recent Iraqi army cordon-and-search operation at a Baghdad mosque site turned up IED-making equipment, rocket-propelled grenades and AK-47 rifles.

Yet, arms alone can’t win the war against anti-Iraqi extremists, Caldwell pointed out. Iraqi civilians need to get involved, he said, since death squad members seek to submerge themselves among the populace.

Iraqi citizens have to report information, he said. “They’re going to have to be part of the solution.”


807 posted on 08/10/2006 4:54:42 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: All
Thank you all for the prayers that I have asked for regarding our LEO's and Intel people. G-d heard those prayers and granted these brave heroes the ability to thwart and conquer evil. Keep praying!!!

Stay safe and vigilant!!!

Steve
808 posted on 08/10/2006 4:55:45 PM PDT by Mossad1967
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To: Cindy

GOOD.
My husband and I discussed that this morning.
I was hoping that ALL train;subways and bus
security would be upped.



Adding ports to your list.


809 posted on 08/10/2006 4:57:32 PM PDT by Velveeta
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To: Palladin

You're right.
Add to that that everyone is a tad jumpy.


810 posted on 08/10/2006 4:58:32 PM PDT by Velveeta
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To: watchwoman

Good to know.


811 posted on 08/10/2006 4:59:53 PM PDT by Velveeta
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To: Cindy

Yep, with a cake and candles perhaps.


812 posted on 08/10/2006 5:00:47 PM PDT by Velveeta
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To: Mossad1967

Still praying.
Was hoping we'd hear from you today. :-)


813 posted on 08/10/2006 5:01:37 PM PDT by Velveeta
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To: Velveeta
An unbelievable amount of stuff taking place simultaneously.
814 posted on 08/10/2006 5:07:01 PM PDT by Mossad1967
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To: Mossad1967

Just heard Chertoff talking about how difficult the "last few days" have been.

Anything else that you can share about the goings on?


815 posted on 08/10/2006 5:10:07 PM PDT by Velveeta
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To: Velveeta

Gotta watch those candles.
Smiling...

(There's a cartoon in my head.)


816 posted on 08/10/2006 5:17:16 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: Velveeta

The threat has not yet passed. A great deal of scrambling going on behind the scenes.


817 posted on 08/10/2006 5:22:52 PM PDT by Mossad1967
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To: Cindy

Which cartoon?


818 posted on 08/10/2006 5:23:59 PM PDT by Velveeta
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To: Mossad1967

Thanks, I was afraid of that.
Stay safe.


819 posted on 08/10/2006 5:24:55 PM PDT by Velveeta
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To: Velveeta

Well, you know, the old cartoons where the cartoon character is bending over the table, blowing out the candles, and then...Kaboom!

That's probably not a wedding cartoon.


820 posted on 08/10/2006 5:25:45 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: Mossad1967; Cindy; nwctwx; All

~snippet~


the first wave of bombings was to have targeted five aircraft leaving British airports in the next few days. The destinations, US officials said, were New York, Washington DC, Boston, Chicago and Los Angeles. The plotters are said to have studied the timetables of three US airlines: American, Continental and United.

Security sources said that a second wave of attacks had been considered, with as many as 12 aircraft to be attacked.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2-2308087,00.html


821 posted on 08/10/2006 5:26:02 PM PDT by Velveeta
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To: Velveeta

I didn't know about Boston and Chicago.

THANK YOU Velveeta.


822 posted on 08/10/2006 5:29:08 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: All

These are the names of 19 suspects reportedly being held by the police after the foiled plot and whose assets the Treasury has sought to have frozen.


Umir Hussain, 24, London E14

Muhammed Usman Saddique, 24, London E17

Waheed Zaman, 22, London E17

Assan Abdullah Khan, 22, London E17

Waseem Kayani, 28, High Wycombe

Waheed Arafat Khan, 24, London E17

Cossor Ali, 24, London E17

Tayib Rauf, 21, Birmingham

Ibrahim Savant, 26, London E17

Osman Adam Khatib, 20, London E17

Shamin Mohammed Uddin, 36, Stoke Newington

Amin Asmin Tariq, 23, London E17

Shazad Khuram Ali, 27, High Wycombe

Tanvir Hussain, 24, London E10

Umar Islam, 28, (born Brian Young) High Wycombe

Assad Sarwar, 25, High Wycombe

Abdullah Ali, 26, London E17

Abdul Muneem Patel, 17, London E5

Nabeel Hussain, 21, Waltham Forest
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2-2308087_4,00.html


823 posted on 08/10/2006 5:33:20 PM PDT by Velveeta
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To: Cindy

Makes me wonder still about the Egyptians.
One was caught in Chicago at O'Hare airport.


824 posted on 08/10/2006 5:36:41 PM PDT by Velveeta
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To: Cindy

ROFL, no...probably not a wedding cartoon that we're used to.


825 posted on 08/10/2006 5:37:36 PM PDT by Velveeta
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To: JustPiper

Good to see you as well. I don't have time to post as often as I used to but I do check in to TM every single day, first thing.


826 posted on 08/10/2006 5:44:46 PM PDT by freeperfromnj
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To: WestCoastGal
Oregon has a lot of jihad types living there.

Is there a state they haven't infiltrated? I feel like we're slowly losing our country.

827 posted on 08/10/2006 5:47:16 PM PDT by freeperfromnj
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To: Cindy

The heightened security was definitely noticeable this evening. You're right, we don't know that this plot involved planes only. So many people on commuter rails and subways carry drinks on board, especially in the summer.


828 posted on 08/10/2006 5:49:27 PM PDT by freeperfromnj
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To: Velveeta

Inside job. We have to start screening the screeners.


829 posted on 08/10/2006 5:50:40 PM PDT by freeperfromnj
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To: Velveeta

Amazing how they ALL fit the typical terrorist profile.


830 posted on 08/10/2006 5:52:23 PM PDT by freeperfromnj
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To: Velveeta

Gee, not a Lutheran name in the bunch. Who'd a thunk it"


831 posted on 08/10/2006 6:04:05 PM PDT by Rushmore Rocks
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To: Velveeta

I haven't had any luck changing my son's flight at this point... and the day hasn't gotten any better- an Islamic Center has rented space a block from my house :(


832 posted on 08/10/2006 6:11:01 PM PDT by GorillaMa
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To: GorillaMa
I just counted 30 Islamic Centers in the Twin Cities listed on the internet, so maybe I shouldn't be that shocked about the one in my neighborhood.
833 posted on 08/10/2006 6:29:32 PM PDT by GorillaMa
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Does anyone have an estimate on what percentage of the US population is Muslim? Someone told me it was over 25%.


834 posted on 08/10/2006 6:31:35 PM PDT by GorillaMa
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To: GorillaMa

I just googled it. Researchers say anywhere from 5 to 8 million in the U.S.


835 posted on 08/10/2006 6:37:11 PM PDT by freeperfromnj
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To: GorillaMa

Okay, looks like I got my numbers messed up. It's the growth rate that is 25%, and I imagine that number is old, and doesn't reflect the energizing effect of 9/11 upon the growth rate.

This table below shows the growth of Islam:
The growth of Islam between 1989-1998:
N. America 25%
Africa 2.15%
Asia 12.57%
Europe 142.35%
Latin America -4.73%
Australia 257.01%


836 posted on 08/10/2006 6:50:39 PM PDT by GorillaMa
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To: freeperfromnj

Sources: 'Dry Run' of the attacks planned for this weekend

http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=nation_world&id=4450166


837 posted on 08/10/2006 6:51:08 PM PDT by freeperfromnj
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Give me a break. This, from one of the terrorists' neighbors:

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=2299223

"I know five of the men very well and they are really respectable young Muslim men," Qadir added. "


838 posted on 08/10/2006 6:58:22 PM PDT by freeperfromnj
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To: freeperfromnj

Yep.


839 posted on 08/10/2006 7:18:21 PM PDT by Velveeta
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To: Rushmore Rocks

You're shocked, I tell ya.


840 posted on 08/10/2006 7:19:24 PM PDT by Velveeta
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To: GorillaMa

Keep trying to change the flight - although at this point, the plot may be thwarted enough.

Praying for the safe return of your son.


841 posted on 08/10/2006 7:20:50 PM PDT by Velveeta
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To: freeperfromnj

Yeah, all the really respectable young muslim men make martyr videos.


842 posted on 08/10/2006 7:26:54 PM PDT by Velveeta
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To: freeperfromnj

Are you going into the city tomorrow?

Let us know how security is.

Has anybody seen the Fruit Vendor lately?


843 posted on 08/10/2006 7:28:12 PM PDT by ladyjane
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To: ladyjane

Yes. I'll be going in tomorrow. The security was actually stepped up on NJ Transit earlier this evening. The fruit vendor still in the same spot, though the stand has changed hands (or should I say turbans) several times.


844 posted on 08/10/2006 7:30:26 PM PDT by freeperfromnj
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To: Mossad1967

I wonder if we'll ever hear the entire story.

Tonight by the Blue Ridge Parkway there were more 'police' cars than I have seen in the entire past five years. There had to be at least ten of them in a ten mile segment.

What is happening in the cities? Similar?


845 posted on 08/10/2006 7:35:08 PM PDT by ladyjane
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To: Cindy; All

UPDATE: OREGON

BREAKING NEWS Salem Police Locate Third Suspected Bomb

(SALEM ) - Salem area bomb teams have responded to a third report of a suspicious explosive device today. Police Lt. Debbie Baker says the device was located by a passing motorist at Woodside Drive and Jon Mart in South Salem.


Baker says their police bomb team disrupted this one, which is a term used when officers try to breech the bomb. "Sometimes they explode, sometimes it goes better."


She says law enforcement in Salem is very concerned. This is the third suspected bomb found in Salem today, and so far none of them appear to be fake.(snip)
http://www.salem-news.com/articles/august102006/third_bomb_81006.php


846 posted on 08/10/2006 7:39:59 PM PDT by Velveeta
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To: ladyjane

Lots of police visible here in DC, but that's usually the case... I am not sure I noticed anything different today, but I skipped out on the subway.


847 posted on 08/10/2006 7:47:04 PM PDT by nwctwx (Everything I need to know, I learned on the Threat Matrix)
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To: Jim Robinson; backhoe; piasa; Godzilla; nwctwx; Gucho; Jet Jaguar; All

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1681640/posts

http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,20091377-5005961,00.html

"Terror suspects' assets frozen
From correspondents in London"
August 11, 2006 01:46pm
Article from: Agence France-Presse

ARTICLE SNIPPET: "THE Bank of England, Britain's central bank, has frozen the accounts of 19 of the 24 men arrested in a alleged terror plot, and publicly released their names."

ARTICLE SNIPPET: "The 19 men named by the Bank of England were Ahmed Abdula Ali, Cossor Ali, Khuram Shazad Ali, Nabeel Hussain, Tanvir Hussain, Umair Hussain, Umar Islam, Wassem Kayani, Abdullah Assan Khan, Arafat Waheed Khan, Adam Osman Khatib, Muneem Abdul Patel, Tayib Rauf, Usman Muhammed Saddique, Assad Sarwar, Ibrahim Savant, Asmin Amin Tariq, Mohammed Shamin Uddin, and Waheed Zaman."


848 posted on 08/10/2006 9:29:39 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: Velveeta
One caught at the airport? He was most likely just researching for a exam on air carriers for his studies don't you know??? Sheesh! Why do we let these Arab types in here to be "students?" Will this country ever learn? How they must laugh at us.
849 posted on 08/10/2006 9:34:45 PM PDT by ladyinred (Thank God the Brits don't have a New York Times!)
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To: Cindy

You're welcome Cindy - in light of today's news, one would hope the MSM and many liberals "get a clue." There were terrorist attacks on America and Americans years before we were involved in Iraq.


850 posted on 08/10/2006 9:58:47 PM PDT by MamaDearest
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