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  • Muslim leaders issue a fatwa against anyone living on MARS..'no righteous reason' to be...

    02/19/2014 7:06:15 PM PST · by rdl6989 · 20 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 19 February 2014 | Ted Thornhill
    A Fatwa has been issued against living on Mars by clerics who say that trying to set up home there would be un-Islamic. The fatwa – or ruling – was issued by the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowment (GAIAE) in the UAE after the Mars One organisation announced that it would try and establish a permanent human settlement on Mars. The committee argued that an attempt to dwell on the planet would be so hazardous as to be suicidal and killing oneself is not permitted by Islam
  • Sexual Jihad’ Fatwa Urges ‘Temporary Marriages’ for Syrian Rebels

    04/01/2013 8:21:00 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 16 replies
    CNS News ^ | 3/29/2013 | Patrick Goodenough
    ( – Reports about a fatwa urging young girls to travel to Syria to provide sexual services for jihadist rebels are causing a stir in Tunisia, while also drawing attention to the Islamic concept – little-known in the West and controversial among Muslims themselves – of “temporary marriage.” Girls as young as 14 are counted as eligible for the “sexual jihad,” and around a dozen young Tunisians are believed to have taken up the call, attributed to an influential Saudi scholar, Sheikh Mohamed al-Arifi. The pan-Arabic Al-Hayat newspaper reported this week that a video circulating on social media sites in...
  • French mother on trial for son Jihad’s T-shirt

    03/24/2013 1:53:51 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 37 replies
    WaPo ^ | March 23 | Edward Cody
    SORGUES, France — A T-shirt worn by a 3-year-old nursery-schooler named Jihad has led to an unusual and politically charged criminal trial here that tests the limits of free speech — and common sense — in a France increasingly ill at ease with its growing Muslim population. “I am a bomb,” the shirt said on the front. The back read, “Jihad Born Sept. 11.”
  • Calling on all Dutch Embassies to free Geert Wilders

    01/13/2010 6:25:57 PM PST · by NDJeep · 8 replies · 745+ views
    E-mail from Geert Wilders Supporters | January 13, 2010 | NDJeep
    I just received this e-mail as an American fan and supporter of Geert Wilders: Dear Supporters of Geert Wilders: We are asking for your assistance in Calling on all Dutch Embassies to free Geert Wilders At the following link, you will find a list of all Dutch embassies and consulates abroad: We are sending this request to you and many thousands of people the world over who have expressed support for Geert Wilders because you understand very clearly and pressingly the threat to our freedoms symbolic in his prosecution. It doesn't matter which country you are writing from because...
  • Saudi Cleric : Mickey Mouse Must Be Killed

    09/15/2008 1:39:29 PM PDT · by mosquewatch · 28 replies · 192+ views
    MEMRITVVideos ^ | September 15, 2008 | MEMRITVVideos
    Saudi Cleric Muhammad Al-Munajid saying Mickey Mouse should be killed.
  • Judge: '92 Papers Relevant in 9/11 Cases

    12/21/2007 11:03:51 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 146+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/21/07 | Larry Neumeister - ap
    NEW YORK - Defendants in lawsuits resulting from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks must turn over materials from as far back as 1992, when it appears that Osama bin Laden called for a holy war against the United States, a federal judge said Friday. The ruling by U.S. District Judge George B. Daniels affects defendants in lawsuits seeking billions of dollars in damages from numerous banks, charities and individuals worldwide who are alleged to have supported al-Qaida before the 2001 terrorist attacks. Daniels said it was reasonable to require organizations such as the Muslim World League, the International Islamic Relief...
  • Coming for the Children

    10/09/2007 3:45:27 AM PDT · by Beckwith · 1 replies · 151+ views
    Gates of Vienna ^ | 10/8/2007 | Baron Bodissey
    No one doubts Osama bin Laden’s intention to inflict even larger damage on the Great Satan, and that he considers our children to be legitimate — and appropriate — targets. He has said that he asked and received permission from Muslim theologians to murder up to two million American children, in what he considers to be a just reprisal for the supposed damage done to Muslim children by the United States.
  • Muslim outrage at Channel 4 film prompts new inquiry by watchdog

    08/09/2007 5:04:05 AM PDT · by Forgiven_Sinner · 17 replies · 598+ views
    The Times ^ | August 9, 2007 | Adam Sherwin, Media Correspondent
    A “distorted” Channel 4 documentary about Muslim extremism that enraged community leaders and resulted in a fruitless police investigation will now be the subject of an Ofcom inquiry. West Midlands Police made a formal complaint over a Channel 4 Dispatches film that participants and race crime prosecutors claim was edited in a misleading manner. Undercover Mosque, broadcast in January, featured footage shot at a number of mosques, including one at which a preacher praised the Taleban for killing British soldiers. Channel 4 said that the programme revealed how a message of hatred and segregation was being spread by some Islamic...
  • Fatwa forbids Palestenian Authority Muslims to emigrate

    06/10/2007 2:40:42 PM PDT · by Baladas · 7 replies · 569+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | June 10, 2007 | KHALED ABU TOAMEH
    Alarmed by the growing number of Palestinians who are emigrating from the Palestinian territories, the Palestinian Authority's mufti has issued a fatwa [religious decree] forbidding Muslims to leave. Sources in the PA Foreign Ministry told The Jerusalem Post that some 10,000 Palestinians have filed requests to emigrate from the West Bank and the Gaza Strip since the beginning of the year. They said the requests had been approved. "Every day we hear about hundreds of Palestinians who file requests for emigration with different consulates and diplomatic missions," the sources said. "According to our statistics, there are at least 45,000 emigration...
  • Fatwah Can't Silence 'Warrior Woman' Poet (Islamofascism Alert!)

    05/25/2007 7:38:01 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 8 replies · 640+ views ^ | May 23, 2007 | DONNA BAVER ROVITO
    May 23, 2007 Fatwah Can't Silence 'Warrior Woman' Poet DONNA BAVER ROVITO ''She writes that Muslim women should burn their burqas, that women should be treated as equals, and that religion should have no place in law or government...'' What can you buy for $11,319 these days? You can rent the 14-bedroom Christian Dior Chateau on the French Riviera for a week in December. Or, you can grab a 2001 Ford F-250 Super Duty two-door pickup truck that's still in pretty good shape. Or ... if your taste runs toward the grisly, you and your Muslim extremist cronies might offer...
  • Fighting West's Islamophobia [PUKE! Again and again]

    05/13/2007 12:42:35 PM PDT · by Alouette · 29 replies · 1,045+ views
    YNet ^ | May 12, 2007 | Levi Brackman
    Muslim groups in US should battle Islamophobia by explaining how America, Islam in fact share same values Published: 05.12.07, 15:15 / Israel Jewish Scene After six Muslims were arrested this week for plotting a terrorist attack on an American army base I heard an interview with a representative of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). He was expressing concern for the safety of his community and thus stressing that these six were in no way representative of Islam or American Muslims and he criticized the media for portraying them as such. As a Jew who has suffered from anti-Semitism I...
  • Iraq al-Qaida Says Pope, West Are Doomed

    09/18/2006 10:54:20 PM PDT · by XR7 · 74 replies · 3,780+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 9/19/06 | Anna Johnson
    An al-Qaida-linked extremist group warned Pope Benedict XVI on Monday that he and the West were "doomed," as protesters raged across the Muslim world to demand more of an apology from the pontiff for his remarks about Islam and violence. The Mujahedeen Shura Council, an umbrella organization of Sunni Arab extremist groups that includes al-Qaida in Iraq, issued a statement on a Web forum vowing to continue its holy war against the West. The authenticity of the statement could not be independently verified. The group said Muslims would be victorious and addressed the pope as "the worshipper of the cross"...
  • Plane Crashes into World Trade Center

    09/11/2001 5:56:49 AM PDT · by hellinahandcart · 966 replies · 91,202+ views
    NewYork1 | 9/11/01
    Just in. I am looking at a picture of the WTC with smoke pouring out of the western tower. Looks like a huge amount of damage. Debris raining down on people in the street.
  • 9/11/2001 Remembrance Thread & Free Republic Archives from 9/11/2001

    09/11/2006 12:34:37 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 84 replies · 7,054+ views
    Free Republic Archives | September 11, 2001 | FReepers
    Here are some links from the FR archives in observance of the fifth anniversary of 9/11/2001 - Threads list of several breaking news items - Latest Articles The first post reporting the attacks by OldEconomyBuyer - World Trade Center Posted on the first anniversary - Associated Press newswire - September 11, 2001 - Chronology of news alerts, bulletins and flashes
  • Bin Laden has approval from an Islamic cleric for 10 million American deaths

    08/22/2006 6:05:56 PM PDT · by grandpa jones · 119 replies · 3,533+ views
    Jihad Watch ^ | 8/22/06 | Robt Spencer
    What if there are ten million and one? Religion of Peace Update from CNN, with thanks to Doug: Michael Scheuer, who once headed the CIA's bin Laden unit, says bin Laden has been given permission by a young cleric in Saudi Arabia authorizing al Qaeda to "use nuclear weapons against the United States ... capping the casualties at 10 million." "He's had an approval, a religious approval for 10 million deaths?" I asked him. "Yes," Scheuer responded.
  • Indian minister said offering $10m for beheading cartoonist (& weight in gold)

    02/19/2006 6:26:48 AM PST · by Libloather · 12 replies · 810+ views
    Haaretz ^ | 2/19/06
    Indian minister said offering $10m for beheading cartoonistBy Haaretz Service Last update - 08:38 19/02/2006 An Indian state minister has offered a reward of more than $10 million and a prospective killer's weight in gold to anyone who beheads one of the cartoonists who angered Muslims by depcting the Prophet Mohammed in a Danish newspaper, the London Sunday Times reported this week. The offer follows a Pakistani cleric's reward of $1 million and a car for the killing of one of the cartoonists. The new, larger reward was announced by Yaqoob Qureshi, minister of minority welfare in the Indian state...
  • Minister offers £6m to behead cartoonist

    02/19/2006 4:58:29 AM PST · by mal · 22 replies · 621+ views
    MINISTER in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh has offered a £6m reward to anyone who beheads one of the Danish cartoonists who outraged Muslims by depicting the prophet Muhammad. Yaqoob Qureshi, minister of minority welfare, said the killer would also receive his weight in gold. He made the offer during a rally in his constituency in Meerut, northeast of Delhi. Protesters then burnt an effigy of a cartoonist and some Danish flags. A Pakistani cleric has also offered a $1m reward — and a car — as a “prize” to anyone who kills one of the cartoonists. Mohammed Yousaf...
  • Taliban offers reward for killing of cartoonist

    02/09/2006 7:18:37 PM PST · by listenhillary · 43 replies · 1,946+ views ^ | 2/9/06 | AFP
    Taliban offers reward for killing of cartoonist (AFP) Updated: 2006-02-09 15:30 A top Taliban commander offered a reward of 100 kilograms of gold to anyone who kills the person responsible for "blasphemous" cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, the Afghan Islamic Press (AIP) reported. If someone killed the cartoonist responsible for the cartoons in Denmark, the "Taliban will give 100 kilograms (244 pounds) of gold," Mullah Dadullah said in a telephone call to AIP from an unknown location, the Pakistan-based private news agency reported on Wednesday. Dadullah also said the Taliban would give five kilograms of gold to anyone who killed...
  • Cleric Offers $1M Cartoon Fatwah Bounty

    02/17/2006 8:50:21 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 55 replies · 1,485+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 18 February 2006 | Carl Limbacher
    A Pakistani cleric announced Friday a $1 million bounty for killing a cartoonist who drew Prophet Muhammad, as thousands joined street protests and Denmark temporarily closed its embassy and advised its citizens to leave the country. Police confined the former leader of an Islamic militant group to his home to prevent him from addressing supporters over the cartoons, amid fears he could incite violence, after riots this week killed five people. Security forces were out in strength, particularly around government offices and Western businesses, as Muslims streamed onto the streets after Friday prayers. More than 200 people were detained, but...
  • Bounty put on prophet cartoonists' heads(TROP in Denmark)

    12/02/2005 11:16:44 AM PST · by milestogo · 35 replies · 2,161+ views
    Bounty put on prophet cartoonists' heads The Ministry of Foreign Affairs warns Danish travellers to Pakistan of increased hazard after a Danish newspaper published cartoons of Muslim prophet Mohammed What began as a protest demonstration in Pakistani capital Islamabad two weeks ago, has ended in death threats and a price on the heads of a number of Danish illustrators who heeded the call of daily newspaper Jyllands-Posten to send in cartoons of Muslim prophet Mohammed. The newspaper published twelve of the cartoons in September, sparking angry reactions from Denmark's Muslim population and a number of Muslim countries. Daily newspaper Berlingske...
  • President Bush: Bill Clinton Soft on Terror

    09/23/2005 2:41:37 AM PDT · by ovrtaxt · 57 replies · 3,199+ views
    newsmax ^ | Thursday, Sept. 22, 2005 | Carl Limbacher
    With Carl Limbacher and Staff For the story behind the story... Thursday, Sept. 22, 2005 11:15 p.m. EDTPresident Bush: Bill Clinton Soft on Terror President Bush fired back at ex-president Clinton on Thursday, saying his weak response to repeated terrorist attacks on U.S. interests during the 1990s encouraged al Qaida to launch the 9/11 attacks. "The terrorists saw our response to the hostage crisis in Iran, the bombings in the Marine barracks in Lebanon, the first World Trade Center attack, the killing of American soldiers in Somalia, the destruction of two U.S. embassies in Africa and the attack...
  • 'Pulsa denura' tape sparks TV dogfight

    07/27/2005 7:52:49 AM PDT · by Alouette · 38 replies · 1,066+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | July 27, 2005
    Channel 10 Executive Producer Avi Barzilai on Wednesday repulsed the idea of broadcasting a tape of the Pulsa Denura ceremony against Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, calling the rite "a despicable ceremony by despicable people bought and broadcast by individuals who pretend to be journalists and would do anything in order to raise their ratings." "As a senior journalist," he told Army Radio, "I don't regard them as members of the profession," Barzilai continued. Israel Segal - chief editor of Channel 2's current affairs program Mishal Ham that acquired the tape for $5,000 - claimed that the moment the tape became...
  • Deceit, Thy Name Is Islamism

    03/13/2005 1:11:03 PM PST · by jan in Colorado · 567 replies · 16,382+ views source ^ | Beth Goodtree
    In Islam, lying or omissions for the 'greater good,' according to a strict or radical Islam/Islamist philosophy is not only acceptable, it is holy and blessed work. It is called al-Takeyya (or al-Taqiyya) and is a strategy outlined in the Hadiths and supported by various interpretations of some of the Suras in the Koran. We have just seen it in action and most people never even caught the whiff of mental ether the Islamists were pouring into the airways of the already comatose and choking non-Islamist world. Al-Takeyya is a policy whereby a Muslim may lie, deceive or omit critical...
  • Spanish clerics issue Osama fatwa

    03/10/2005 10:48:01 PM PST · by freedom moose · 13 replies · 393+ views
    CNN ^ | March 10 2005 | CNN
    MADRID, Spain (AP) -- Muslim clerics in Spain issued what they called the world's first fatwa, or Islamic edict, against Osama bin Laden on Thursday, the first anniversary of the Madrid train bombings, calling him an apostate and urging others of their faith to denounce the al Qaeda leader.
  • Spanish Muslims Issue Fatwa Against Usama (3-11-2005)

    03/11/2005 7:25:42 AM PST · by Pendragon_6 · 17 replies · 561+ views
    AP via FOX ^ | 3-11-2005
    MADRID, Spain — Muslim clerics in Spain issued what they called the world's first fatwa, or Islamic edict, against Usama bin Laden on Thursday, the first anniversary of the Madrid train bombings, calling him an apostate and urging others of their faith to denounce the Al Qaeda (search) leader. The ruling was issued by the Islamic Commission of Spain, the main body representing the country's 1 million-member Muslim community. The commission represents 200 or so mostly Sunni mosques, or about 70 percent of all mosques in Spain. -snip- The fatwa said that according to the Quran "the terrorist acts of...
  • Spanish Muslims Issue Fatwa Against Usama

    03/10/2005 3:23:20 PM PST · by Grendel9 · 10 replies · 616+ views
    MADRID, Spain — Muslim clerics in Spain issued what they called the world's first fatwa (search), or Islamic edict, against Usama bin Laden on Thursday, the first anniversary of the Madrid train bombings, calling him an apostate and urging others of their faith to denounce the Al Qaeda (search) leader. ....
  • Spanish Muslims issue fatwa against Al-Qaeda's Osama Bin Laden (American Muslims Take Note)

    03/10/2005 11:49:20 AM PST · by MikeA · 86 replies · 1,746+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 03/10/05
    MADRID (AFX) - Spain's Islamic Commission, which groups the nation's Muslim community, said it was issuing a fatwa against Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, 'We are going to issue a fatwa (religious decree) against Bin Laden this afternoon,' Mansour Escudero, who leads the Federation of Islamic religious entities (Feeri) and co-secretary general of the Spanish governmenmt-created Commission told AFP. The Commission invited Spanish-based imams to condemn terrorism at Friday prayers, when the whole country will be remembering the 191 people who were killed in the train blasts and the 1,900 injured a year ago. The attacks have been blamed on...
  • Muslims issue bin Laden fatwa

    03/10/2005 8:46:03 AM PST · by Eurotwit · 133 replies · 6,269+ views
    AFP ^ | March 11, 2005 | AFP
    SPAIN'S Islamic Commission said today it was issuing a decree against al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, in the name of whose network last year's Madrid train bombings were claimed. "We are going to issue a fatwa (religious decree) against bin Laden this afternoon," said Mansour Escudero, who leads the Federation of Islamic religious entities (Feeri) and is co-secretary general of the Spanish governmenmt-created commission. The commission invited Spanish-based imams (clerics) to condemn terrorism at Friday prayers, when the whole country will be remembering the 191 people who were killed in the train blasts and the 1900 injured exactly 12 months...
  • Never Forget.

    02/23/2005 8:37:13 PM PST · by Indy Pendance · 194 replies · 18,695+ views
    Never Forget ^ | 2-23-05
    Please take the time to watch this video, we must remember those on September 11, 2001. We can never forget, and we can not let those who wish us to forget to let us forget. Please, take 15 minutes from freeping, this is bookmarked on my home page, Thank you FReepers. Indy.Never Forget. If you let it run past the video, there are many good quotes after.
  • Anti-U.S. materials found at mosques (Dallas, Texas)

    02/04/2005 11:06:04 PM PST · by ambrose · 130 replies · 3,486+ views
    Anti-U.S. materials found at mosques Report says Wahhabi writings found in Richardson; imam says he doesn't follow teaching 11:39 PM CST on Friday, February 4, 2005 By JEFFREY WEISS / The Dallas Morning News Anti-Jewish and anti-American propaganda published by the Saudi Arabian government has been on display at U.S. mosques, according to an American human rights group. The publications – including some found in the largest mosque in the Dallas area – urge Muslims to hate Christians and Jews and to refuse service in "infidel" armies. The preachings are in keeping with tenets of Wahhabi theology, the brand of...
  • Islamic fatwah now allows use of artificial contraceptives

    03/12/2004 8:48:59 AM PST · by freepatriot32 · 8 replies · 849+ views ^ | 3 12 04 | Edith Regalado
    DAVAO CITY — Over 300 Muslim religious leaders from all over the country announced on Wednesday the official Islamic canonical decision (fatwah) on reproductive health and family planning. The new fatwah allows the use of both natural and artificial contraceptive methods, except for tubal ligation and vasectomy. "The assembly finds reproductive health and family planning program, as practiced under valid reasons and recognized ancestries, are in accordance with the teachings of Islam," the fatwah stated. However, it stressed that family planning for the Muslim community in the Philippines should be anchored on the principles of non-coercion, responsible parenthood, and informed...
  • Fatah calls on Muslims to attack US, UK targets ( response to war in Iraq)

    03/22/2003 10:11:28 AM PST · by Asher · 34 replies · 267+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | Mar. 22, 2003 | Khaled Abu Toameh
    Mar. 22, 2003 Fatah calls on Muslims to attack US, UK targets By KHALED ABU TOAMEH The Aksa Martyrs' Brigades, an offshoot of Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement, on Saturday called on Muslims to attack American, British and Israeli targets all over the world in response to the war in Iraq. A statement issued by the group in the West Bank city of Nablus said: "This fierce onslaught against the [Arab] nation, which began in Iraq, is aimed at dividing the region in order to establish new Zionist cantons led by neo-Nazis." The group accused the US, Israel and Britain of...
  • Pak Christians warn Bush of bloody backlash from Iraq attack (Religion of peace alert)

    01/25/2003 5:08:42 PM PST · by chance33_98 · 8 replies · 295+ views
    Pak Christians warn Bush of bloody backlash from Iraq attack Agence France-Presse Islamabad, January 24 Leaders of Pakistan's Christian community, victims of a chain of deadly terror attacks by Islamic militants, have written to US President George W. Bush warning of a violent backlash if war is waged on Iraq, state media reported Friday. "We, the leaders of all the churches in Pakistan, are concerned that should the war begin it will provoke a global backlash of people who consider the people of Iraq as victims of aggression," the National Council of Churches in Pakistan (NCCP) and the Pakistan...
  • AMERICA ATTACKED: Online FReeper library - Post your links to memorial sites, photos, videos, etc.

    09/20/2001 3:57:02 PM PDT · by ppaul · 244 replies · 16,574+ views
    With so many memorial sites, graphics, photos, videos, flash movies, etc. proliferating on the internet since the 9-11 attack on America, it is almost impossible to keep track of them all. The purpose of this thread is to provide a convenient archive for posterity. Use this thread to post links to any sites you have found particulary memorable or that would be of interest to other FReepers. (Please post your comments and the links only to save bandwidth).
  • Man sentenced to 6 years for attack at mosque

    12/18/2002 10:11:42 PM PST · by ppaul · 7 replies · 204+ views
    The Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | 12/18/02 | SAM SKOLNIK
    SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER Man sentenced to 6 years for attack at mosque A Snohomish man was sentenced to more than six years in prison yesterday for shooting at members of a Northgate mosque and dousing their cars with gasoline two days after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.Late on Sept. 13, 2001, two congregants of the Idriss Mosque discovered Patrick Michael Cunningham splashing gasoline on cars in the mosque parking lot. As they followed him, he turned and fired three times into the ground. His escape was short-circuited when he rammed his car into a nearby telephone pole.By his own account, Cunningham,...
  • Open letter to Rev. Pat Robertson

    12/11/2002 1:19:33 PM PST · by JohnathanRGalt · 30 replies · 1,009+ views (Chechen Mujhadeen) ^ | Dec. 10, 2002 | Syed B. Soharwardy
    CNN and the Chechen Mujhadeen are accusing Christians of murdering Muslims. Here is Pat Robertson's response to CNN's baseless and inciting charge at the Nov. 26 interview on CNN. ... SAVIDGE: And there are Christians that are also burning mosques as well. ROBERTSON: No, they're not. Come off it. You know better than that. Christianity is a peaceful religion, and we're out to talk about peace. And I ran a television station that promoted peace between Muslims, Christians and Jews in the Middle East for 18 years, and I'm an advocate of peace, period. Thank you. The following is Islamist...
  • The World of Fatwa's

    12/08/2002 5:20:17 PM PST · by dennisw · 7 replies · 398+ views
    The World of Fatwa's ^ | Harindra Srivastava
    The World of Fatwa'sby: Arun ShouriePublisher: ASA Publication , Price: Rs. 300 Reviewed by: Harindra Srivastava   A fatwa, defines the author in his introductory note, "is a decree, a ruling". The sequence being that a Muslim puts an issue before an authority, and the latter rules on the matter. The authorities who can do so can be individuals as well as institutions. Dar al-Ulema at Deoband, for instance, has a special department for this very purpose. They have already come out with a 12-volume collection of fatwa. But that is not the end. Fatwas are eternal. They accumulate...
  • U.S. concludes Bin Laden on tape

    11/18/2002 10:02:35 AM PST · by ppaul · 44 replies · 516+ views
    MSNBC NewsAlert ^ | 11/18/02 | staff
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 18 — U.S. intelligence has concluded that an audiotape of Osama bin Laden broadcast last week is real and was recently recorded, providing the first evidence in almost a year that the al-Qaida leader is alive, officials said Monday. The audiotape, broadcast on an Arab language TV network, does not appear to have been altered or edited, one U.S. official said, suggesting it is what it sounds like: bin Laden promising more terrorism.THE ANALYSIS of the tape was performed by technical experts, linguists and translators at the CIA and National Security Agency, who compared the message to previous...
  • Ahmed of Saudi Inst. spills beans (blunt truth transcript up now)

    10/03/2002 3:06:55 AM PDT · by rocknotsand · 12 replies · 295+ views
    PBS transcript ^ | 11/2001 | PBS Frontline
    Q: [Are they] in public schools? Is it private schools? Are there parochial schools? How does it work? A: They control all education. Saudi Arabia private and public schools, their curriculum is prescribed by the government. The religious curriculums are written and monitored and taught by Salafi Saudis only. And a Sunni cannot teach the religion. Shi'a cannot teach religious subjects in Saudi Arabia. It's against the law, especially for a woman. A Shi'a woman cannot teach religious subject for history in Saudi Arabia. And they are not even allowed to study history in college, because history, according to the...
  • The new Afghan jihad is born

    09/08/2002 5:14:23 PM PDT · by krodriguesdc · 14 replies · 270+ views
    AsiaTimes ^ | Sep 7, 2002 | By Syed Saleem Shahzad
    The new Afghan jihad is born By Syed Saleem Shahzad KARACHI - While there is some truth in reports that al-Qaeda, the Taliban and the radical Muslim group Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) have formed an alliance in Afghanistan, the motivating force and dominant player in the country is the HIA, led by former Afghan premier and famed mujahideen warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar. Driven by the burning desire to see the last foreign soldier booted out of Afghanistan, Hekmatyar, who made his name as a fighter against Soviet occupation in the 1980s, earlier this week issued a jihad for the expulsion of...
  • The Evolution of Islamic Terrorism (An overview)

    08/11/2002 6:24:32 PM PDT · by Valin · 8 replies · 1,378+ views
    Frontline ^ | John Moore
    The author is a former political-military analyst with the U.S. Department of Defense and terrorism analyst with the State Department. He is currently a security consultant, focusing on the mitigation of post-Cold War patterns of terrorism and political violence. Definition of Terrorism "the unlawful use of -- or threatened use of -- force or violence against individuals or property to coerce or intimidate governments or societies, often to achieve political, religious, or ideological objectives." -- U.S. Department of Defense publication In the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the U.S., the threat of militant Islamic terrorism --...
  • Bomb Blast in Crowded Maluku Market

    07/26/2002 11:50:03 PM PDT · by kattracks · 13 replies · 338+ views
    AP | 7/27/02
    JAKARTA, Indonesia, Jul 27, 2002 (AP Online via COMTEX) -- A bomb exploded in Indonesia's strife-torn province of Maluku Saturday morning, injuring as many as 27 people and shattering hopes of peace. The explosion occurred around 9 a.m. at a traditional market packed with shoppers in a Christian neighborhood of Ambon, the provincial capital and focus of three years of religious violence that has left 9,000 people dead, witnesses said. Frans, who like many Indonesians uses only one name, said he was inside his house when he heard the explosion. He looked outside to see shards of glass and...