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  • Egypt intelligence warns (on Sept 4th) of attacks on Israel, US embassies

    09/13/2012 6:58:11 PM PDT · by TBBT · 25 replies
    jpost.com ^ | 9/13/2012 | JPOST.COM STAFF
    Egypt's General Intelligence Service warned that a jihadi group is planning to launch terrorist attacks against the US and Israeli embassies in Cairo, according to a report Tuesday by Egypt Independent, citing a secret letter obtained by Al-Masry Al-Youm. According to the report, the attack is being planned by Global Jihad, the group suspected of killing 16 Egyptian border guards in Sinai on August 5. Al-Masry Al-Youm reportedly obtained a copy of the September 4 letter, sent to all Egyptian security sectors, warning that Sinai- and Gaza-based Global Jihad cells were planning attacks on the two embassies.
  • Al Qaeda chief urges Westerner kidnappings

    04/26/2014 9:34:26 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 26, 2014 | by Rania El Gamal
    Al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri has called on Muslims to kidnap Westerners, particularly Americans, who could then be exchanged for jailed jihadists including a blind Egyptian cleric convicted in 1995 of conspiring to attack the United Nations and other New York landmarks. In a wide ranging audio interview, the al Qaeda leader expressed solidarity with the Muslim Brotherhood which is facing a violent crackdown by the army-backed government in Egypt and urged unity among rebels in their fight against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
  • US confirms four American citizens killed by drones

    05/22/2013 3:28:43 PM PDT · by neverdem · 13 replies
    BBC ^ | May 25, 2013 | NA
    The US attorney general has acknowledged four US citizens were killed in drone strikes since 2011. The US specifically targeted and killed Anwar al-Awlaki, Eric Holder wrote in a letter to the Senate judiciary panel. Awlaki's 16-year-old son Abdulrahman, Samir Khan and Jude Mohammad were "not specifically targeted by the US". The disclosure of the killings in Yemen and Pakistan marks the first formal public acknowledgement of the US citizen deaths in drone strikes. "The president has directed me to disclose certain information that until now has been properly classified," Mr Holder wrote. 'Continuing threat' America's top law enforcement official...
  • U.S. Admits for First Time Drones Killed 4 Americans

    05/22/2013 3:03:21 PM PDT · by lbryce · 77 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 22, 2013 | Charles Savage
    One day before President Obama is due to deliver a major speech on national security, his administration on Wednesday formally acknowledged that the United States had killed four American citizens in drone strikes in Yemen and Pakistan. In a letter to Congressional leaders obtained by The New York Times, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. disclosed that the administration had deliberately killed Anwar al-Awlaki, a radical Muslim cleric who was killed in a drone strike in September 2011 in Yemen. The American responsibility for Mr. Awlaki’s death has been widely reported, but the administration had until now refused to confirm...
  • Startling implications of a Jihadi letter

    11/09/2007 11:03:03 AM PST · by neverdem · 21 replies · 379+ views
    American Thinker ^ | November 09, 2007 | Ray Robison
    New light is being shed on the 2001 anthrax attacks in a fascinating open letter to Ayman al Zawahiri of al Qaeda, written by a jihadi living in London. Numan Bin Uthman, a former leader of an armed Islamic group in Libya, provides yet more evidence that the global Islamic jihad movement is losing its resolve.  But the letter contains a startling admission. Uthman tells us of a conversation he had with al Qaeda leaders before the 9/11 attacks in which he urged them not to use WMD. From AKI News: Uthman also said that he had taken part in...
  • Orlando Florida Imam Arrested by the FBI

    10/14/2011 8:30:21 AM PDT · by expat1000 · 21 replies
    Family Security Matters ^ | Oct 13, 2011 | Alan Kornman
    On August 23, 2011 the FBI arrested Imam Abu Taubah aka Marcus Dwayne Robertson. The charge was possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon, Case Number: 6:11-mj-1380 Attached to Imam Abu Robertson’s case is a Notice of Intent To Use Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Information (FISA). The U.S. Government’s intention to use its FISA powers signals probable cause to charge Imam “Taubah” Robertson “the target of such search is a foreign power or an agent of a foreign power”. The facts presented in these filed charges leads this reporter to suspect an element of foreign intrigue may be...
  • The History of MPAC

    08/08/2012 9:40:28 AM PDT · by bayouranger · 2 replies
    Rightsidenews.com ^ | 07AUG12 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    On September 11, 2001, al-Qaeda operatives slaughtered nearly 3,000 Americans in an operation that marked the second major attack by violent jihadists against the World Trade Center. There wasn’t much mystery about who had carried out these atrocities — unless you were Salam al-Marayati, executive director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council. Marayati warned Americans not to conclude that the suicide hijacking attacks were the work of Muslim terrorists. “If we are going to look at suspects,” he told a Los Angeles radio station, “we should look at groups that benefit the most from these kinds of incidents, and I...
  • American Islamist Groups Shape Arab Revolutions

    07/31/2012 8:55:16 AM PDT · by bayouranger · 12 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | 31JUL12 | David J. Rusin
    Illustrating that the jihadist enterprise transcends all borders, American Islamist groups typically preoccupied with remaking the U.S. have been leaving their fingerprints on the campaign to exchange secular authoritarianism for religious authoritarianism in the Middle East. As these organizations labor stateside to nudge the governing class to embrace Arab Islamists at the expense of liberals — prompting Egyptian intellectual Essam Abdallah to lament that "the most dramatic oppression of the region's civil societies and the Arab Spring … is led by the powerful Islamist lobbies in Washington" — several of the groups' past and current officials have emerged as key...
  • Source: Al Qaeda central not behind Benghazi attack (but it was Al Qaeda)

    09/13/2012 4:47:10 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 12 replies
    cnn ^ | 9/13/2012 | Suzanne Kelly
    The United States intelligence community does not believe the core of al Qaeda was behind this week's attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, a U.S. intelligence official told CNN Thursday. The official said the picture is becoming clearer within the intelligence community as to what group or groups were responsible for the attack. Given what officials know about al Qaeda in Libya, U.S. intelligence believes it is very unlikely that core al Qaeda was behind the attack. But the official said the intelligence does not rule out that the attack was perpetrated by al Qaeda sympathizers.
  • Son of 'Blind Sheikh' Threatens US Embassy Employees (Egypt)

    07/27/2012 4:48:48 PM PDT · by kristinn · 15 replies
    Egypt Independent ^ | Friday, July 27, 2012 | Al-Masry Al-Youm
    The son of Omar Abdel Rahman, a Jama’a al-Islamiya leader known as the “Blind Sheikh” who was convicted of terrorism charges in the US in 1995, threatened to organize a protest at the US Embassy in Cairo and detain the employees inside. Abdallah Abdel Rahman’s threat came during a press conference organized by the sheikh’s family near the highly fortified American embassy compound on Thursday evening. Abdel Rahman demanded that President Mohamed Morsy intervene for the release of his father as he did in the case of Egyptian journalist Shaimaa Adel who was detained for nearly two weeks for covering...
  • Egyptian Islamists call for release of blind sheik

    04/21/2011 12:36:54 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 18 replies
    Yahoo AP ^ | April 21, 2011
    CAIRO – Hundreds...have staged a protest in front of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo to demand the release of an Egyptian cleric imprisoned in the United States for plots to blow up New York City landmarks. Omar Abdel Rahman, also known as the blind sheik, is serving life in prison after a 1995 conviction for his advisory role in conspiracies to blow up the United Nations and several New York bridges and tunnels. ....Thursday, protesters near the heavily fortified embassy held banners reading "freedom for our sheik" and chanted slogans and held prayers. The protest leader was Abboud el-Zomor, who...
  • In a Time of War, the Left Is on Trial: 'This is no longer a loyal opposition.'

    01/10/2005 2:47:49 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 18 replies · 1,085+ views
    LOS ANGELES TIMES.COM ^ | JANUARY 10, 2005 | DAVID HOROWITZ
    Attorney Lynne F. Stewart is a progressive icon. A protege of Ramsey Clark and the late William Kunstler and a member of the National Lawyers Guild and the Center for Constitutional Rights, Stewart embodies the committed professionalism of the radical "legal left." Under this code, attorneys select clients whom they regard as the put-upon victims of an oppressive system or the persecuted champions of a just cause. Stewart represented Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman, the blind cleric convicted in 1995 of masterminding the first World Trade Center bombing. She is now on trial as a terrorist herself for aiding and abetting...
  • Malaysia orders terror suspect held, says he has more to tell about al-Qaeda

    01/28/2004 10:30:59 AM PST · by knighthawk · 15 replies · 992+ views
    AP Wire | January 28 2004 | Associated Press
    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia has extended for two more years the imprisonment of a terror suspect linked to al-Qaeda's attempts to produce chemical and biological weapons, saying he has more information about terrorist operations. Yazid Sufaat, a U.S.-trained biochemist and former Malaysian army captain, was arrested in late 2001 as he returned home from Afghanistan, where officials say he was working on a biological and chemical weapons program for al-Qaeda that was ended by the U.S.-led war. Since then, he has been held without trial under Malaysia's Internal Security Act on accusations of being a member of Jemaah...
  • Missing American Feared a Victim of 'Dirty War'

    04/14/2007 5:36:53 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 8 replies · 715+ views
    Financial Times ^ | April 13, 2007
    Missing American Feared a Victim of 'Dirty War' April 13, 2007 The Financial Times Guy Dinmore in Washington and Najmeh Bozorgmehr in Tehran Just why Robert Levinson, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation agent and now private investigator, should venture into Iran to meet a American fugitive wanted for murder in the US remains a mystery that the highest Bush administration authorities are trying to unravel. As the Financial Times revealed this week, Mr Levinson disappeared on March 8 after a six-hour meeting on the Iranian island of Kish with Dawud Salahuddin, an American who converted to Islam and was...
  • Former FBI agent held in Iran

    04/13/2007 1:52:01 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 7 replies · 604+ views
    Swissinfo ^ | April 12 2007 | Reuters
    TEHRAN (Reuters) - A former FBI agent is being held by Iranian authorities, the Financial Times reported on Friday, but U.S. officials said they were still unable to verify the whereabouts of the missing American. Florida resident and ex-FBI agent Robert Levinson went missing while on a visit to the Gulf island of Kish in Iran early in March. His family has not heard from him since and U.S. officials told Reuters they do not have any valid leads. Diplomats fear the case of Levinson could mark a new twist in apparent tit-for-tat detentions involving the United States, Britain and...
  • The Pseudo thinking of "If the FBI deals with Islamic CAIR - they're OK"

    01/21/2011 11:08:55 AM PST · by Righting · 5 replies
    In yesterday's CNN interview Frank Gafney Vs Muslim Khan at CPAC vis-a-vis his Muslim Brotherhood connection, the line of thinking: If the FBI deals with CAIR and other Islamic organizations it means they're "100% OK."While in fact, the FBI will always rather deal with a less radical faction of the Muslim community, no matter how radical they STILL are, the lesser of the two evils - practicality of the State Dept.. There are many examples of this policy, past and present. Doesn't Andersen Cooper get it? At the interview Mr. Khan refuses to answer on the Muslim Brotherhood personalities he...
  • FBI informant testifies that Newburgh 4 suspect 'wanted to do something to America'

    08/28/2010 11:12:23 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 3 replies
    Times Herald Record Middletown, NY ^ | 8/27/19 | Doyle Murphy
    NEW YORK — For nearly a year, Shahed Hussain would slip into his role as a wealthy Pakistani businessman and head for Newburgh. He was “Maqsood” when he arrived at local mosque Masjid Al-Ikhlas driving a BMW, or maybe Hummer depending on the day. He was there to listen for Islamic extremism and report back to the FBI, he said. Hussain testified on Friday in the federal trial of four Newburgh men accused of trying to shoot down planes at Stewart Air National Guard Base and blow up a synagogue and Jewish center in the Bronx. The men — James...
  • Lawyer loses appeal in Minnesota terror case (Lynne Stewart to begin serving her prison sentence)

    11/17/2009 8:37:29 AM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 73 replies · 3,392+ views
    StarTribune ^ | 11/17/09 | BOB VON STERNBERG
    A federal appeals court has ordered a civil rights lawyer convicted in a terrorism case that originated in Minnesota to begin serving her prison sentence. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan today also upheld Lynne Stewart's conviction, which was based in part on illegally aiding her client, Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman, during a visit with him at the federal prison in Rochester, Minn., in May 2000. She was convicted of smuggling messages between Abdel-Rahman and a terrorist group. Stewart was sentenced to a little more than two years in prison.
  • Plans to close Gitmo anger 9/11 victims' families

    01/20/2009 2:48:21 AM PST · by Cindy · 245 replies · 6,546+ views
    AP via WTOP.com News ^ | January 20, 2009 - 3:32am | By BEN FOX,
    GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) - Plans to close Guantanamo are not sitting well with the Sept. 11 victims' relatives who sat stunned while two alleged terrorists declared they were proud of their role in the plot.
  • Chinese Muslims from Guantánamo sent to Palau (Uighurs)

    11/01/2009 5:07:36 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 7 replies · 562+ views
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 4:44PM GMT 01 Nov 2009 | Peter Foster
    Six Chinese Muslims who were held in the Guantánamo Bay prison camp for almost eight years have arrived on the tiny Pacific island of Palau. The detainees from the Turkic Uighur minority were arrested in Afghanistan during the opening days of military operations in 2001 and held as suspected militants until last year when a US military tribunal decided they were not 'enemy combatants'. The release of the men, who were greeted on arrival by Palau's President, Johnson Toribiong, is another small step in US President Barack Obama's struggle to close the controversial prison camp by January. Palau, situated 500...
  • Top Tehran TV journalist wanted by FBI for 1980 murder in the US

    09/04/2009 5:54:31 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 7 replies · 517+ views
    TimesOnline - UK ^ | September 4, 2009
    An American fugitive, accused of murdering an aide to the late Shah of Iran in the United States, was made an editor of Iran’s English-language television network in Tehran. Hassan Abdulrahman, who is wanted by the FBI for shooting dead Ali Akbar Tabatabai in Maryland, worked for Iran’s flagship broadcaster Press TV, which has bureaus across the world, including London. A Press TV journalist who resigned in protest over the channel’s coverage of the apparently rigged Iranian election in June told The Times yesterday that Mr Abdulrahman was chief editor at the head office of the network. The journalist, who...
  • FBI, NYPD Arrest 4 in Alleged Plot to Bomb NY Synagogues

    05/20/2009 6:55:16 PM PDT · by Sergeant Tim · 216 replies · 10,849+ views
    NBC New York ^ | May 20, 2009 | Jonathan Dienst
    EXCLUSIVE: Four New York City men were arrested Wednesday in connection with an alleged plot to blow up New York City synagogues and other city locations, WNBC's Jonathan Dienst has learned. Raids by the FBI-NYPD Joint Terrorist Task Force in the Bronx captured the suspected ringleader and three followers in what law enforcement sources are calling a homegrown terrorist plot. Investigators stress the suspects' meetings had been infiltrated early on and there was "no chance" the alleged plot could succeed. Investigators said several of the suspects are Muslims who allegedly talked about destroying two Jewish temples, including at least one...
  • Treasury Targets Al Qaida Operatives in Iran

    01/16/2009 5:41:17 PM PST · by Cindy · 8 replies · 374+ views
    Note: The following text is a quote: http://www.treas.gov/press/releases/hp1360.htm January 16, 2009 hp-1360 Treasury Targets Al Qaida Operatives in Iran Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Department of the Treasury today designated four al Qaida associates under Executive Order 13224, which targets terrorists and those providing support to terrorists or acts of terrorism. "It is important that Iran give a public accounting of how it is meeting its international obligations to constrain al Qaida," said Stuart Levey, Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence. "Global efforts to financially isolate al Qaida have made it difficult for the core leadership to raise funds...
  • U.S. Fights Highly Trained Militants in Iraq (huge battle between US forces and jihadists)

    11/23/2006 4:28:50 PM PST · by jmc1969 · 261 replies · 5,398+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 23 2006 | EDWARD WONG
    Sunni Arab militant groups suspected of ties to Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia have established training camps east of Baghdad that are turning out well-disciplined units willing to fight American forces in set-piece battles, American military commanders said Thursday. American soldiers fought such units in a pitched battle last week in the village of Turki, 25 miles south of this Iraqi Army base in volatile Diyala Province, near the Iranian border. At least 72 insurgents and two American officers were killed in more than 40 hours of fighting. American commanders said they called in 12 hours of airstrikes while soldiers shot...
  • Oh Those Mischievious Muslims! (Don Feder Corrects The Dalai Lama On Islam Alert)

    10/31/2006 1:54:07 AM PST · by goldstategop · 15 replies · 1,096+ views
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | 10/31/2006 | Don Feder
    I should seriously write a book called, The Idiots Guide To Not Thinking Seriously About Islam. It’s hard to find a subject where mushy thinking is more in vogue – where political correctness conquers reality more thoroughly. People actually are afraid to think seriously on the subject, because the logical conclusions are too frightening for many to contemplate. And so, there’s no place where comfortable clichés are more readily deployed. Probably the most glaring illustration of inanity here were recent comments by his Holiness, the Dalai Lama. On leaving a meeting with Pope Benedict XVI, the leader of Tibetan Buddhists...
  • Afghanistan - Kidnappers demand return of Christian refugee in exchange for Italian

    10/17/2006 1:14:55 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 3 replies · 453+ views
    AFP via Babelfish translation | October 17, 2006
    Afghanistan: ultimatum of the kidnappers of the Italian photographer ROME - the kidnappers of the Italian photographer removed in Afghanistan required Tuesday the return to the country of an Afghan converted with Christianity and refugee into Italy, in exchange of "the life of Gabriele Torsello", in a call with ONG Italian Emergency, according to the Italian site PeaceReporter. The kidnappers gave four days so that their request is satisfied, in a telephone contact with a person in charge for the safety of the hospital of Lashkar Gah (southern of Afghanistan). It is this same person in charge that the...
  • INTERVIEW WITH AN AL QAEDA MEMBER

    03/02/2003 1:03:06 PM PST · by Dog · 26 replies · 518+ views
    Freeper research ^ | Dec 10,2001 | Scott Baldauf
    INTERVIEW WITH AN AL QAEDA MEMBER On December 10, 2001, the Christian Science Monitor published an interview by Scott Baldauf with a member of the Al Qaeda network. A conversation with an Al Qaeda true believer By Scott Baldauf | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor QUETTA, PAKISTAN The interview, like the US war here, did not start well. "I will say just one word to you: Get out of my face, now!" says Abdul Rehman, an Arab Taliban fighter, from his hospital bed here. Injured last week during the air attacks on Kandahar, Afghanistan, his tone is matter-of-fact,...
  • Islam or Death

    07/06/2006 11:16:04 PM PDT · by Gondring · 76 replies · 2,140+ views
    Lansing State Journal ^ | July 5, 2006 | Nazra Quraishi
    I read Le Roy Barnett's letter ("Muslims, speak up," June 26) about Muslims' opinion on Abdul Rahman's conversion to Christianity. Islam is not only a religion, it is a complete way of life. Islam guides Muslims from birth to grave. The Quran and prophet Muhammad's words and practical application of Quran in life cannot be changed. Islam is a guide for humanity, for all times, until the day of judgment. It is forbidden in Islam to convert to any other religion. The penalty is death. There is no disagreement about it. Islam is being embraced by people of other faiths...
  • Zarqawi the monster and his no less "spiritual" Islamic adviser

    06/08/2006 6:32:49 PM PDT · by PRePublic · 4 replies · 349+ views
    List of attacks claimed by al-ZarqawiGlobe and Mail, Canada - 15 hours ago... Al-Zarqawi's group claims responsibility for attacks that day, but it is unclear if these include the explosions that killed the children. Sept. ... Attacks and kidnappings claimed by al-Zarqawi Boston HeraldFast Facts: Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi FOX News Zarqawi said: The Shiite Muslims are worse than the Christians & the Jews http://www.sweetness-light.com/archive/zarqawi-sez-kill-all-the-shiitesSheikh Abdul-Rahman, Zarqawi's spiritual adviser http://dailytelegraph.news.com.au/story/0,20281,19414517-5001028,00.htmlNo that "spiritual" adviser is no less important, that he was eliminated.Inspiring the butchers are as pulling the trigger.
  • Special ops A-Team helped nail Zarqawi

    06/08/2006 1:52:34 PM PDT · by Conservative Coulter Fan · 88 replies · 3,441+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | June 8, 2006
    Image of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in death released by U.S. military WASHINGTON – When Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the al-Qaida leader in Iraq, was killed today by 500-pound bombs dropped by two F-16 fighter jets on a house north of Baghdad, it was the result of intelligence information gathered, in part, by an elite task force of international special operations forces formed just a month ago with the express purpose of taking him out. The "A-Team" created for the mission drew on the skills and expertise of U.S. Army Green Berets, "Tier 1" of Britain's Special Air Service and the...
  • Orson Scott Card: Freedom of Religion: For Everyone, Everywhere

    04/05/2006 7:40:30 AM PDT · by Tolik · 32 replies · 1,501+ views
    The Ornery American ^ | March 26, 2006 | Orson Scott Card
    Poor Abdul Rahman. He lived in Germany, where there is freedom of religion. He forgot that freedom of religion only applies to non-Muslims who convert to other faiths. Muslims aren't allowed to follow their individual consciences. If you're born a Muslim, then in your entire life you will never, never have a choice about what religion to belong to. Because if you convert from Islam to another faith, good Muslims have a right -- no, a duty -- to kill you. Oh, wait. How can I say that? I keep forgetting -- we've been assured ten thousand times since 9/11...
  • Maybe Abdul Rahman IS a little crazy

    04/03/2006 7:18:41 PM PDT · by Mazi83 · 12 replies · 724+ views
    Expatica ^ | 4/3/06
    HAMBURG - Abdul Rahman, the Afghan whose prosecution for converting to Christianity led to worldwide controversy, was judged to be mentally unstable by German officials who interviewed him six years ago, a German news magazine reported Saturday. Defying Afghan Islamist politicians, Kabul officials released Abdul Rahman this week and he was whisked out of the country to asylum in Italy. The account in Der Spiegel backs up the Kabul officials' view that he was not mentally competent to be tried. Der Spiegel said there were accounts going back years of Abdul Rahman being violent and disturbed. In February 2000 he...
  • Afghan Christian convert thanks Pope Benedict

    04/03/2006 2:11:26 PM PDT · by Teófilo · 5 replies · 312+ views
    But is he sane? What difference does it make? Rome, Apr. 03, 2006 (Catholic News Agency) - Abdul Rahman, the Afghan Christian convert who was condemned to death for abandoning the Muslim faith but later released under international pressure, publicly thanked Pope Benedict XVI for his intervention and his support. According to the ANSA news agency, Abdul Rahman, who was granted asylum in Italy, said he never wants to return to his native Afghanistan. “I thank the Pope, the Italian government and all those who came to my aid,” he said during an interview on Italian television. Pope Benedict XVI...
  • Afghan Clerics Issuing Threats (They Want Christian Convert Sent Back and KILLED!)

    04/03/2006 11:12:35 AM PDT · by areafiftyone · 6 replies · 195+ views
    < Afghan Clerics Issuing Threats Afghan spokesmen for the Religion of Peaceâ„¢ are threatening violence unless they get to kill Christian convert Abdul Rahman. (Hat tip: Killian Bundy.) MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Afghan clerics and their followers threatened violence against the government on Sunday over the release of a Christian convert, saying he had to be brought back from Italy and put on trial. There has been fiery criticism of the government over the release of the convert, who was spirited out of the country last week, but protests have been few and peaceful. The convert, Abdur Rahman, 40, was...
  • More Christians Arrested in Afghanistan [TROP ALERT]

    03/29/2006 7:53:41 PM PST · by conservativecorner · 89 replies · 1,484+ views
    Nova Press ^ | March 28, 2006 | Hilary White
    KABUL, March 28 2006, (LifeSiteNews.com) – US-based Christian news source, Compass Direct, reports that more Christians have been arrested for their faith in Afghanistan in the wake of the release of Abdul Rahman. Compass, a news service that tracks persecution of Christians mostly in Islamic countries, says harassment of the Christian community has been stepped up. Compass says two more Christian converts have been arrested in other parts of the country, but further information is being withheld in the “sensitive situation” caused by the international media furor over Rahman. Reports of beatings and police raids on the homes of Christians...
  • The Criminalization of Christianity (Get ready, Soldiers of the Cross...)

    04/01/2006 5:06:24 PM PST · by Dark Skies · 23 replies · 1,104+ views
    FrontPageMagazine ^ | 4/1/2006 | Roberta Leguizamo
    Abdul Rahman, the Afghani man who dominated headlines last week, has been safely spirited away to Italy. Rahman had been imprisoned and threatened with a death sentence for apostasy (i.e. converting from Islam to Christianity). His case created an international uproar, as the US, the United Nations and even Pope Benedict XVI put pressure on Afghanistan to release Rahman and drop the charges against him. The outcry against this religious persecution in Afghanistan was so deafening that the authorities ultimately relented and released Rahman, suggesting that he was mentally deficient and unable to stand trial. After his release, Rahman told...
  • Apostates from Islam (The case of the Afghan convert is not unique)

    04/01/2006 5:32:35 AM PST · by Dark Skies · 11 replies · 531+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 4/10/2006 Issue | Paul Marshall
    THE NEWS THAT, DESPITE the Afghan parliament's last-minute attempts to prevent him from leaving, Abdul Rahman has been given asylum in Italy has drawn a global sigh of relief. But now is not the time to forget the issue. The case of Rahman--an Afghan Christian tried for the capital crime of apostasy--is not the only one, even in Afghanistan, and is unusual only in that, for once, the world paid attention and demanded his release. But there are untold numbers in similar situations that the world is ignoring. Two other Afghan converts to Christianity were arrested in March, though, for...
  • Afghan convert 'would be killed'

    04/01/2006 3:32:08 AM PST · by anonymoussierra · 6 replies · 325+ views
    An Afghan man who could have faced the death penalty for becoming a Christian has said he would probably have been killed had he remained in Afghanistan. Speaking to journalists in Italy, where he has been given asylum, Abdul Rahman, 41, thanked Pope Benedict XVI for leading the campaign to have him freed. (((end))) He said he never wanted to return to Afghanistan and was concerned for the safety of his family there. Afghan MPs have condemned his release and said he should have not have left. Mr Rahman was freed on Monday after being deemed mentally unfit to stand...
  • Afghan Convert Thanks Pope for Intervening

    03/30/2006 5:19:58 PM PST · by NYer · 15 replies · 901+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | March 30, 2006 | MARIA SANMINIATELLI
    An Afghan who faced the death penalty in his homeland for converting from Islam to Christianity said Thursday he was certain he would have been killed had he stayed there, and he thanked Pope Benedict XVI for intervening on his behalf."In Kabul, they would have killed me, I'm sure of it," said Abdul Rahman, who was spirited out of Afghanistan to a secret location in Italy. "If you are not a Muslim in an Islamic country like mine, they kill you. There are no doubts."He said his case was to serve as an example "to others who dared rebel."Rahman's comments,...
  • 'They Would Have Killed Me,' Afghan Says

    03/30/2006 1:53:19 PM PST · by 300magnum · 19 replies · 877+ views
    Associated Press ^ | MARIA SANMINIATELLI
    ROME - An Afghan man who has taken refuge in Italy after facing the death penalty in his homeland for converting from Islam to Christianity thanked the pope for intervening on his behalf and said he was certain he would have been killed if he had remained in Kabul. "In Kabul they would have killed me, I'm sure of it," said Abdul Rahman, who is under protection after being spirited out of Afghanistan to a secret location in Italy. "If you are not a Muslim in an Islamic country like mine they kill you, there are no doubts." He said...
  • Staring Down Shariah

    03/30/2006 5:00:09 AM PST · by billorites · 5 replies · 392+ views
    Ottawa Citizen ^ | March 30, 2006 | David Warren
    We are not finished with Abdul Rahman, yet -- the Afghan who was being tried on the capital crime of converting to Christianity, until international pressure got him released -- for the very reason that the Afghans are not finished with him yet. As readers may know imperfectly from the usual selective coverage in the media, the "problem" was not with one crazy Shariah judge in Kabul. There have been large demonstrations (riots according to an eyewitness in Mazar) in several Afghan cities; and across the country, prominent imams, whom we had counted as "moderates" in the sense that they...
  • AFGHANISTAN: TALIBAN CONDEMNS RELEASE OF CHRISTIAN CONVERT (Now that's a surprise.)

    03/30/2006 5:47:46 AM PST · by robowombat · 14 replies · 415+ views
    AKI ^ | March 30, 2006
    AFGHANISTAN: TALIBAN CONDEMNS RELEASE OF CHRISTIAN CONVERT Peshawar, 30 March (AKI) - The Taliban has condemned the release of Abdul Rahman, an Afghan citizen who has been freed after facing the death penalty for converting to Christianity. According to a report in the Afghan Islamic Press (AIP), a statement issued by the hardline Islamist group on Thursday said that neither the Afghan judiciary nor legislature and government were independent but were instead under the control of foreign forces. Abdul Rahman, a Christian for 16 years, was charged with rejecting Islam, but his case was eventually dismissed because of gaps in...
  • Time Magazine Smears Afghan Christian Convert

    03/29/2006 5:22:50 PM PST · by Mazi83 · 17 replies · 868+ views
    In "Abdul Rahman's Family Values," Time Magazine (thanks to all who sent this in) reveals "an official police report on the Christian convert in Afghanistan" which "alleges a tawdry domestic life." It never seems to occur to Time that anyone in Afghanistan might have any interest in blackening Abdul Rahman's name, and they retail these stories from supposedly disinterested officials and family members (that's right, the family that turned him in for apostasy) without critical comment. Most importantly, these stories are a gigantic red herring, of interest only to the most befogged dhimmis. It doesn't matter if Abdul Rahman is...
  • Italy may grant asylum to convert

    03/29/2006 3:15:25 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 8 replies · 303+ views
    CNN ^ | March 29, 2006
    KABUL, Afghanistan (CNN) -- The whereabouts of an Afghan man who had been threatened with the death penalty for converting to Christianity was unknown Wednesday, as at least one nation began considering granting him asylum status. Italy is considering granting asylum to Abdul Rahman, The Associated Press reported. Italy's Foreign Minister Gianfranco Fini on Wednesday will press for Rahman to be granted asylum there, the government said in a statement, according to the AP. Rahman was released Monday after being held by Afghan authorities for his conversion from Islam to Christianity, punishable by death in Afghanistan, which follows Islamic law.
  • Bush Administration Fumbled Freedom In Afghanistan (re: Abdul Rahman)

    03/28/2006 6:48:27 AM PST · by Dark Skies · 77 replies · 1,025+ views
    Christian Communication Network ^ | 3/28/2006 | Rev. Rob Schenck, President, National Clergy Council
    You won’t find me criticizing President Bush often; I’m convinced he is God’s man for this time in our country and our world. However, when it comes to the travesty involving Muslim convert to Christianity Abdul Rahman, I have plenty of excoriation to carry Mr. Bush through the rest of his term. This recent and egregious violation of the highest of human rights—the right of religious conscience—nullifies any claim to “freedom” in the “new” Afghanistan. When I addressed this matter in a face-to-face with the European educated secular-minded Afghan ambassador, his response seemed dismissive of religion as something not worth...
  • Christian Convert Vanishes After Release

    03/28/2006 5:19:56 AM PST · by rajuchor · 80 replies · 1,323+ views
    Yahoo - AP ^ | Marech 28, 2006 | AMIR SHAH
    Christian Convert Vanishes After Release An Afghan man who had faced the death penalty for converting from Islam to Christianity quickly vanished Tuesday after he was released from prison, apparently out of fear for his life with Muslim clerics still demanding his death. Italy's Foreign Minister Gianfranco Fini said he would ask his government to grant Abdul Rahman asylum. Fini was among the first to speak out on the man's behalf. Rahman, 41, was released from the high-security Policharki prison on the outskirts of Kabul late Monday, Afghan Justice Minister Mohammed Sarwar Danish told The Associated Press. "We released him...
  • Afghanistan: Christian Convert Released From Prison

    03/28/2006 1:29:51 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 67 replies · 2,026+ views
    AP ^ | 03/28/06 | AMIR SHAH
    Christian Convert Released From Prison By AMIR SHAH, Associated Press Writers 50 minutes ago An Afghan man who had faced the death penalty for converting from Islam to Christianity has been released from prison after the case was dropped, the justice minister said Tuesday. The announcement came after the United Nations said Abdul Rahman has appealed for asylum outside Afghanistan and that the world body was working to find a country willing to take him. Justice Minister Mohammed Sarwar Danish told The Associated Press that the 41-year-old was released from the high-security Policharki prison on the outskirts of Kabul late...
  • Afghan Christian Released – Seeks Asylum through UN (Muslim clerics lead protest march)

    03/27/2006 1:51:20 PM PST · by NYer · 36 replies · 1,080+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | March 27, 2006 | AMIR SHAH
    An Afghan man who faced the death penalty for converting from Islam to Christianity has appealed for asylum in another country, the United Nations said Monday after hundreds of Muslims marched against a court's decision to dismiss his case.Afghan officials did not say whether Abdul Rahman had been released after the case against him was dismissed Sunday, but the U.N. statement came amid unconfirmed reports that he was being freed."We do understand that he will be released," State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said in Washington. "We're pleased by that."Earlier Monday, hundreds of clerics, students and others chanting "Death to Christians!"...
  • Secret World of Afghan Christians (Abdul Rahman one of thousands)

    03/27/2006 12:43:48 PM PST · by Dark Skies · 20 replies · 658+ views
    ABC News International ^ | 3/27/2006 | GRETCHEN PETERS
    KABUL, Afghanistan, March 27, 2006 — - The case of Abdul Rahman, the Christian convert who faced a potential death penalty in Afghanistan, may have shocked Americans, but for thousands of Afghans, it was a glimpse of what could await them. Rahman is expected to be released and shuttled out of Afghanistan before any trial can resume, which would ease pressures on Afghan President Hamid Karzai. Diplomats and human rights workers say the backdrop to the case is a political struggle between Karzai, a U.S.-backed reformist, and conservative Muslim clerics ideologically close to the Taliban. Getting Rahman out of the...
  • Islam Doesn’t Mean Submission—It Means Death

    03/27/2006 9:36:12 AM PST · by Dark Skies · 26 replies · 1,251+ views
    Chronwatch.com ^ | 3/27/2006 | Barbara J. Stock
    People around the world are breathing a sigh of relief with the news that the possible execution of confessed Afghani Christian Abdul Rahman has been solved and he will now be free to return to his life. Most people also believe this is an isolated incident. Mr. Rahman is like a snowflake in a blast furnace—he has no chance of survival in Afghanistan. If Mr. Rahman is not escorted out of Afghanistan by heavily armed American Marine bodyguards, he probably will not live 24 hours after being released from jail for his “horrible” crime. If this courageous gentleman is not...