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  • EXCLUSIVE: Al Qaeda plot to blow up 5 passenger planes in Christmas 'spectacular'

    11/30/2014 6:34:20 PM PST · by george76 · 66 replies
    Sunday Express ^ | November 30, 2014 | Donal MacIntyre
    TERRORISTS are plotting to blow up five European passenger jets in a Christmas "spectacular", security experts say. The threat has been taken so seriously it came close to leading to an outright ban on all hand luggage, a senior insider has revealed. Mobile phones and electronic devices could still be banned from plane cabins, with the threat of a 9/11-style coordinated attack on London and other major cities feared imminent. The warning comes as Whitehall officials admit that a terror strike on the UK is now "almost inevitable" particularly with British jihadis returning from fighting alongside the Islamic State in...
  • EDITORIAL: Egypt’s coup: It’s about time

    06/19/2012 5:19:06 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 19, 2012 | Editorial
    Military control keeps Islamic militants at bayThe soft coup in Egypt over the past week shouldn’t have surprised anyone. The only reason it wasn’t harder and faster was because the secularist generals know the Muslim Brotherhood has a friend in the White House. Egypt’s armed forces are an elite class with special power, privileges and important economic interests it wants to retain. Despite everything that was at stake over the recent chaotic months, the generals couldn’t simply send in the tanks to do a Tiananmen Squaredance on the dissidents. The whole world was watching; the loyalty of the troops wasn’t...
  • Democrat: We Need 'Analysis of How Christian Militants … Might Bring Down Country’

    06/16/2011 6:30:56 PM PDT · by South40 · 43 replies · 1+ views ^ | June 16, 2011 | Michael W. Chapman
    ( – At a congressional hearing on Muslim radicalization in U.S. prisons, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) said that investigators needed to analyze Christian militants in America because they too might try to “bring down the country.”In an exchange with witness Patrick Dunleavy, the former deputy inspector of the criminal intelligence unit, New York Department of Correctional Services, Rep. Lee mentioned the case of a man who blew up an abortion clinic and proposed that this perhaps was an attempt to undermine U.S. law that allows a woman to procure an abortion. Rep. Lee then said, “As we look to...
  • NEWS ALERT: Pakistan Muslim Militants Kill Christian Family, Attack Pastor

    10/02/2010 1:53:15 PM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    BosNewsLife Asia ^ | October 1, 2010 | Stefan J. Bos, Joseph C. DeCaro and George Whitten
    Islamic militants shot and killed a Christian lawyer, his wife and their five children in northwestern Pakistan, just days after a pastor nearly died in a seperate attack linked to Muslim extremism... Police found the bodies of attorney and evangelist Edwin Paul and his family at their home ...Haripur Station House Officer Maqbool Khan... "We went and found seven bodies in a house." Paul’s Muslim neighbor, Mushtaq Khan, told reporters a group of armed men had threatened the lawyer the previous day. "On Monday a group of armed men stopped Paul and took him by the collar and said, ‘Leave...
  • Yemen in 'Unprecedented' Push Against Al Qaeda

    01/04/2010 12:36:22 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 506+ views
    Fox News ^ | 01/04/2010 | Fox News
    The Yemeni government ordered an "unprecedented" number of troops into a region controlled by a branch of Al Qaeda, as the U.S. and Britain, concerned about the threat of terrorism, both closed their embassies in the capital of Sana. The Obama administration increased the pressure on Islamic militants in Yemen Sunday after the Yemeni branch of Al Qaeda claimed responsibility for plotting the failed attempt to blow up Northwest Airlines Flight 253 on Christmas Day. The White House's top counterterrorism official didn't rule out U.S. military action. Yemen deployed troops into provinces east of the capital to combat a growing...
  • Islamic militants boosting role in drug trade

    11/17/2009 10:01:44 PM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 4 replies · 518+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | November 17, 2009 | Claude Salhani
    The sea lanes of the South Atlantic have become a favored route for drug traffickers carrying narcotics from Latin America to West and North Africa, where al Qaeda-related groups are increasingly involved in transporting the drugs to Europe, intelligence officials and counternarcotics specialists say. A Middle Eastern intelligence official said his agency has picked up "very worrisome reports" of rapidly growing cooperation between Islamic militants operating in North and West Africa and drug lords in Latin America. With U.S. attention focused on the Caribbean and Africans lacking the means to police their shores, the vast sea lanes of the South...
  • Why We Want To Kill You 2-Ex Terrorists Speak Out April 29 at CU Boulder

    04/21/2008 3:06:29 PM PDT · by Rona58 · 27 replies · 601+ views
  • Lebanon army battles militants in north (First Domino Fights Back)

    05/20/2007 4:44:10 AM PDT · by Cornpone · 15 replies · 616+ views
    Swissinfo ^ | 20 May 2007 | Reuters via Swissinfo
    NAHR AL-BARED, Lebanon (Reuters) - Lebanese troops battled al Qaeda-linked militants in northern Lebanon on Sunday and at least 11 people were killed, seven of them soldiers, security sources said. They said the fighting broke out between the Lebanese army and members of the Fatah al-Islam militant group after security forces raided homes in Tripoli to arrest suspects accused of robbing a bank in the city a day earlier. Three soldiers were killed in the clashes at the Nahr al-Bared Palestinian refugee camp. The militants also attacked an army patrol in the Koura region of northern Lebanon, killing four soldiers,...
  • Five shot dead in Thailand's Muslim south ( Religion of Peace )

    11/18/2006 9:02:46 AM PST · by george76 · 18 replies · 664+ views
    The Australian ^ | 18nov06 | From correspondents in Yala, Thailand
    FIVE people were shot dead and one policeman was wounded in a string of drive-by shootings by suspected Islamic militants in Thailand's restive Muslim-majority south, police said. A 60-year-old Buddhist cattle raiser was gunned down while walking, before suspected insurgents burned his body and left it on the roadside in Yala, one of three violence-torn southern provinces bordering Malaysia. A 52-year-old Buddhist street ice cream seller was also shot dead on Friday by two suspected insurgents on a motorcycle in Yala where another Muslim villager, 27, was killed late on the same day while riding a motorcycle, police said. In...
  • Four Buddhists shot dead in unrest ( Religion of Peace in Thailand )

    09/27/2006 11:02:00 AM PDT · by george76 · 23 replies · 1,010+ views
    The Australian ^ | 27sep06 | correspondents in Thailand
    Islamic militants today shot dead four Buddhists in two separate attacks in Thailand's mainly Muslim south, where an insurgency has raged for more than two years... In one attack, two teenagers in Islamic students' dress and riding a motorcycle, shot and killed three Buddhists in Yala... “The militants exploited the fact that the men were shopping at a grocery store and could not defend themselves, even though they had a gun,” police Colonel Somsak Wannawak said. Earlier a militant shot dead a Buddhist man in Pattani province while he was riding a bus... More than 1400 people have died in...
  • Al Qaeda building political arm in Iraq: General

    08/16/2006 11:25:38 AM PDT · by jmc1969 · 17 replies · 805+ views
    Reuters ^ | August 16 2006 | Alister Bull
    Al Qaeda wants to build a political operation in Iraq to broaden its campaign against the U.S.-backed government, a top U.S. general said on Wednesday. Citing intelligence mostly gathered since the death of al Qaeda's former leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in June, Major General William Caldwell said the militant group appeared to be refining its approach beyond bombings and beheadings. "Al Qaeda in Iraq wants to present itself as a legitimate organization and is striving to increase its operational power by building a political base with a military wing," Caldwell told a news briefing. He did not give specific examples....
  • Algeria: 19 Militants Killed In Police Operation

    06/26/2006 6:36:34 PM PDT · by RDTF · 4 replies · 229+ views
    ADNKI ^ | June 26, 2006 | AKI
    Algiers, 26 June (AKI) - Algerian police killed 19 Islamic militants who rejected a government amnesty aimed at ending years of conflict following a civil war in the 1990s, reports said on Monday. Police reportedly raided on Sunday bases of the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC), which has sworn allegiance to al-Qaeda, in the eastern province of Annaba. The operation followed an upsurge in attacks by Islamic fundamentalists this month which killed 31 people. Unlike some other Islamic militant groups, the GSPC has refused to give up the armed struggle in exchange for an amnesty offered by president...
  • Pakistan Battles the Forces Within

    03/07/2006 5:59:43 AM PST · by ex-Texan · 1 replies · 262+ views
    Asia Times ^ | 3/07/2006 | Syed Saleem Shahzad
    KARACHI - Protests against the administration of President General Pervez Musharraf and against the US took off in Pakistan about a month ago in the guise of rallies denouncing caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed.These protests have now reached the stronghold of al-Qaeda and the Taliban in Pakistan: the self-proclaimed "Islamic State of North Waziristan", a volatile tribal area on the border with Afghanistan.For the past few days this region has been the scene of fierce battles between the Pakistani armed forces and the Taliban and their supporters. This, analysts believe, is the starting point of taking the nascent Tehrik-i-Nizam-i-Mustafa movement...
  • Suspected Dutch militants on trial

    12/05/2005 10:47:44 AM PST · by knighthawk · 4 replies · 289+ views
    CNN ^ | December 05 2005 | Associated Press
    AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) -- The terrorism trial of 14 Muslim men accused of plotting the murder of Dutch politicians began in confusion Monday, when the first witness refused to testify -- or even give her name. The defendants, mostly Dutch-born children of North African immigrants, include Mohammed Bouyeri, already sentenced to life in prison for the November 2004 murder of filmmaker Theo van Gogh. Lawyers for the men say they are religious youths, innocent of any wrongdoing.
  • Thousands of militants with foreign experience hide in Indonesia: report

    11/18/2005 8:24:22 PM PST · by ncountylee · 1 replies · 292+ views
    Xinhua ^ | November 19, 2005
    Thousands of Indonesians with experience as Islamic militants in Afghanistan, Southern Philippines, Sri Lanka and Libya are believed to be residing in big cities in Java and West Sumatra although it is not known whether they were also part of the terrorist network led by the Malaysian terrorist duo Dr Azahari and Noordin M. Top. The statement was made by two Indonesian intelligence agents in Singapore and Jakarta on Friday following a statement by Din Syamsuddin, chairman of Indonesia's second biggest Moslem mass organization, Muhammadiyah, that some 3,000 former militant fighters from Afghanistan had been recruited since 1980 to wage...
  • Quake May Have Hurt Kashmir Militants

    10/11/2005 12:58:15 PM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies · 610+ views
    AP ^ | 10/11/5 | MATTHEW ROSENBERG
    SRINAGAR, India -- The massive earthquake that rocked Kashmir appears to have dealt a blow to the disputed region's Islamic militants, ripping through their heartland along the mountainous frontier and wrecking their network of camps, safe houses and weapons caches. One former militant said Tuesday that a temporary rebel cease-fire called after the quake was a "clear sign they are in trouble." But he and other one-time rebels, Western diplomats and Indian officials cautioned that any setback to the insurgents — who work in small, flexible cells — is likely to be merely temporary. And even if they can't launch...
  • Italy arrests 141 in terror swoop

    08/16/2005 10:28:03 AM PDT · by WmShirerAdmirer · 189+ views
    Reuters ^ | August 15, 2005 | Rachel Sanderson
    ROME (Reuters) - Italy has arrested 141 people in a security swoop following the bombings in London and Egypt last month and remains at high risk from an attack by Islamic militants, the Interior Ministry said on Monday. Italy, the subject of several Internet threats from purported Islamic militant groups, said it had begun expulsion procedures against 701 people. "The latest evaluations ... confirm an ongoing high risk of a terrorist attack on our country," the ministry said in a statement after a parliamentary meeting on the findings from a series of nation-wide raids in recent days. Italy has not...
  • Paris Court Sentences 5 Islamic Militants

    05/17/2005 2:00:37 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 1 replies · 173+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | May 17 2005 | Associated Press
    PARIS (AP) - A Paris court sentenced five Islamic militants Tuesday to jail terms for associating with "a terrorist enterprise," with some of the five convicted of helping the assassins of an anti-Taliban commander in Afghanistan. The five were sentenced to terms ranging from two to seven years. Those defendants included some convicted of providing logistical support to the killers of Ahmed Shah Massood, who was assassinated in 2001.
  • Gunmen 'release' Uzbek prisoners

    05/12/2005 5:07:30 PM PDT · by seacapn · 139+ views
    BBC News ^ | May 12, 2005 | Monica Whitlock
    Gunfire has broken out in Uzbekistan in the eastern city of Andijan. Local residents say a group of armed men have stormed the prison and released possibly thousands of inmates. Residents living close to Andijan prison say the attack began at midnight (2100 GMT) when 15 cars pulled up at the prison. Men armed with automatic rifles and sawn-off shotguns got out and opened fire on the guards, apparently killing some of them. They then pulled open the gates and a stream of prisoners poured out. One local eyewitness said it took 20 minutes for the crowd to pass.
  • European Islamic Militants Linked to Iraq - Garzon

    02/26/2005 10:51:42 AM PST · by knighthawk · 4 replies · 265+ views
    Reuters ^ | February 26 2005
    MADRID (Reuters) - Armed Islamist militants that operate in Europe are also helping support the armed insurgency in Iraq, one of Europe's foremost experts on such groups told Reuters. Spanish High Court Judge Baltasar Garzon, who has been investigating Islamist militants in Spain since 1991, warned that groups such as the Algerian Salafist movement and the Moroccan Islamic Combatant Group were particularly dangerous for Europe. "They are groups that have membership inside and outside Europe and in any case we have to keep close watch on the relationship these groups have with others like Ansar al-Islam," Garzon told Reuters in...
  • Prosecutor charge 16 men with plotting terror attacks against U.S., Israeli embassies in Jordan

    01/10/2005 9:40:11 AM PST · by weegee · 1 replies · 455+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 9, 2005, 10:46PM | By SHAFIKA MATTAR
    AMMAN, Jordan -- Jordan charged 16 Islamic militants on Sunday with plotting terror attacks, including strikes against the U.S. and Israeli embassies in Amman. The suspected cell members were detained between August and September, but details about the allegations against them, surfaced only after they were charged at the office of Jordan's military prosecutor. One of the suspects remains at large. The men, led by 50-year-old Jordanian Abed al-Tahawi, were charged with conspiring to carry out the attacks and illegal possession of automatic weapons, a court official said. A military prosecutor accused the defendants of plotting attacks against the U.S....
  • Imam’s Throat Slit for Saying Peace Prayers

    12/27/2004 5:58:17 PM PST · by FrozenCavemanLawyer · 20 replies · 750+ views ^ | 12/27/2004 | Shafiq Mir
    Danwakote (rajouri), December 27: Piqued over the peace prayers at the local Jamia Masjid in non-descript hamlet of Danwakote in Rajouri district, militants last night abducted and slit the throat of the Imam of the mosque, sparking off a huge protest demonstration in the area. Sources said today morning, hundreds of villagers from Danwakote and its adjoining areas came out on the streets to protest the killing of Moulvi Mohammad Bashir, the head priest of the Jamia Masjid mosque. This is for the first time in the area that a religious preacher has been killed by militants. According to villagers,...
  • Police In Eastern Russia Arrest A Group Of Islamic Militants

    11/15/2004 12:28:39 PM PST · by knighthawk · 14 replies · 475+ views
    Novosti ^ | November 15 2004
    ULYANOVSK, November 15 (RIA Novosti) - The Prosecutor's Office in Russia's Ulyanovsk Region, on the Volga River, has instructed a district court to conduct criminal proceedings against a group of Islamic militants suspected of a whole number of serious crimes. According to Vasily Zima, senior assistant to the Ulyanovsk Prosecutor, eight members of the group have been arrested. They are facing charges of banditry, kidnapping, illegal possession of firearms, munitions and explosive devises, instigation of interethnic hatred and religious strife, robbery, and murder, among others. The detainees include local residents, as well as from the neighboring republics of Chuvashia, Tatarstan,...
  • 16 Killed in Algeria Rebel Attack

    10/23/2004 9:27:12 PM PDT · by TexKat · 9 replies · 328+ views
    Reuters ^ | 10/23/04 | Larbi Louafi
    MEDEA, Algeria (Reuters) - Suspected Algerian Islamic militants killed 16 people in the first attack on civilians since the start of the holy month of Ramadan, officials said on Saturday. The victims, mostly young people, were shot dead, burned or had their throats cut at a rebel roadblock early in the evening on Friday near the city of Medea, some 45 miles south of Algiers, a civil defense officer told Reuters. Local residents said those killed on a mountainous road were on their way to visit their farm lands. A security source said earlier reports of 13 others missing were...
  • Five held in French 9/11 inquiry

    09/15/2004 9:26:41 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 3 replies · 236+ views
    BBC News Online ^ | September 15 2004
    Five suspected Islamic militants have been arrested in eastern France as part of an inquiry into the 11 September 2001 attacks, police sources say. The five are thought to be linked to a Moroccan man with alleged ties to the al-Qaeda network. They were arrested late on Tuesday in the Alsace towns of Selestat and Colmar as part of an investigation conducted by two anti-terrorist judges. They were taken to counter-terrorism headquarters in Paris on Wednesday. The raids took place on the orders of anti-terror investigative judges Jean-Louis Bruguiere and Jean-Francois Richard. The men can be held for up to...
  • Islamic militants threaten attacks in Italian cities

    08/01/2004 10:55:31 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 16 replies · 538+ views
    Radio Netherlands ^ | August 01 2004
    A group of Islamic militants claiming to have ties with al-Qaeda has given the government of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi 15 days to withdraw from Iraq. In a statement signed by the Abu Hafs al-Masri Brigades, the group said its cells were preparing to carry out attacks in Rome and other Italian cities. The group had posted a similar message to European governments several days ago, warning that Italy would be the first target. Prime Minister Berlusconi is one of the United States' most loyal allies.
  • Report: NATO Was Arrested Militants' Possible Target

    06/09/2004 6:34:36 AM PDT · by TexKat · 2 replies · 275+ views
    Reuters ^ | 6/9/04
    MILAN (Reuters) - A group of suspected Islamic militants arrested in Italy and Belgium may have been planning an attack on NATO headquarters or the European Parliament, Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera said on Wednesday. Quoting Italian investigators, Corriere said a suspected planner of the Madrid bombings in March -- among those arrested on Tuesday -- had intended to travel from Italy to Belgium possibly to take part in an attack on a "symbolic" target. Rabei Osman Sayed Ahmed, known as "Mohamed the Egyptian," was seized on Tuesday with a fellow suspect in Milan, and Belgian police, acting on information...
  • Death of an Uprising at Hamadan - 2nd Excerpt from Voluume V of the Dragon's Fury Series

    05/16/2004 10:00:39 PM PDT · by Jeff Head · 87 replies · 837+ views
    The Dragon's Fury Series Web Site ^ | 16 May 2004 | Jeff Head
    DEATH OF AN UPRISING IN HAMADAN Second Excerpt From Dragon's Fury - Eagle's Talons Volume V in the Dragon's Fury Series by JeffHead Copyright 2004 by Jeff Head, All rights reserved July 2, 2010, 14:55, Local Time Large Inner Courtyard Principle Hamadan Mosque Hamadan, Greater Islamic Republic Hamadan was a smaller city that was strategically out of the way and off the beaten path. As Allied forces passed to the North in their pursuit of the GIR Armies that had, until recently, been successfully holding back the Allied onslaught near Tabriz, Hamadan had not been directly attacked. As the allied...
  • Video 'shows US man beheaded'

    05/11/2004 3:18:25 PM PDT · by AngloSaxon · 61 replies · 3,495+ views
    BBC ^ | 11/5/04 | BBC
    Video 'shows US man beheaded' The victim said he was an American from Philadelphia An Islamic militant website has shown a video apparently showing the beheading of an American in Iraq. The video showed five men in headscarves and ski masks cutting off the man's head with a knife. Moments earlier the victim, bound and dressed in an orange jumpsuit, said he was an American from Philadelphia. The group, thought to be linked to al-Qaeda, said it was carrying out the killing in retaliation for the abuse of Iraqi prisoners by US soldiers. We will pursue those who are responsible...
  • Jordan sentences eight to death over US diplomat murder

    04/06/2004 12:42:50 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 8 replies · 212+ views
    A Jordanian court has sentenced eight Islamic militants to death for the murder of a United States diplomat in the capital Amman 18 months ago. Jordanian authorities say the men are linked to the Al Qaeda terror network. Laurence Foley, a diplomat with the US Agency for International Development, was shot dead outside his Amman home in October of 2002. The Jordanian court also sentenced two other men to 15 years in jail in connection with the killing. Jordanian authorities say at least one of the men sentenced to die - Abu Musab al-Zarqawi - has connections with Al Qaeda....
  • Islamic militants detained in Singapore

    01/15/2004 9:31:11 AM PST · by knighthawk · 3 replies · 141+ views
    Singaporean authorities have announced the detention of two Islamic militants. Twelve others were also were issued detention orders for supporting terrorism and separatist activities. The restriction orders were issued to 10 alleged members of Jemaah Islamiah (JI) and two alleged members of the Philippines Moro Islamic Liberation Front. Singapore's Government claims most of the 10 accused JI members attended courses in Malaysia where they learned how to make and use Molotov cocktails. Other accusations include helping to conduct JI youth camps and providing refuge for terrorist fugitives. The orders mean permission is required for them to change their job or...
  • Guerrillas Kill Two U.S. Troops, Blasts Hit Baghdad

    12/26/2003 12:39:15 AM PST · by bdeaner · 14 replies · 268+ views
    Reuters ^ | 12/26/03 | Reuters
    Guerrillas Kill Two U.S. Troops, Blasts Hit Baghdad Fri December 26, 2003 03:25 AM ET By Joseph Logan BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Guerrillas killed two U.S. soldiers in a mortar attack north of Baghdad, the U.S. military said Friday, as rockets shook the Iraqi capital in the biggest insurgent attacks since the capture of Saddam Hussein.Insurgents also wounded two Polish soldiers in an ambush in southern Iraq, the latest in a string of attacks on the forces of countries which have answered Washington's call for troops to help it secure the country it invaded to topple Saddam.The U.S. casualties brought to...
  • Saudi Forces Kill 4 Suspected Militants

    09/23/2003 1:05:45 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 6 replies · 167+ views
    Guam Pacific Daily News ^ | September 23 2003 | ADNAN MALIK/AP
    JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- Security forces battled suspected militants in the south of the country on Tuesday, killing four gunmen and arresting five, including one wanted in connection with terrorist bombings in the capital, Arab television stations reported. At least one security official was also killed in several hours of shooting that followed a government raid on a meeting of suspected terrorists at a hospital housing complex near Jizan, about 600 miles south of the Saudi capital, Riyadh, the stations reported. A government statement aired on Saudi state television on Tuesday, said the early morning raid in Jizan was...
  • Chemical explosives found in Muslim graveyard in Bangladesh

    08/23/2003 6:46:24 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 7 replies · 240+ views
    BBC Monitoring ^ | August 23 2003 | MENA
    Dhaka, 23 August: Police in Bangladesh hunting for suspected Islamic militants unearthed a huge cache of bomb-making chemical explosives from a Moslem family graveyard in the north of the country, dpa quoted local officials as saying Saturday [23 August]. The explosive materials were found in plastic bags along with 55 home-made grenades buried in the private cemetery of the fugitive chief of the Jamiatul Mojahedin Islamic militant group allegedly operating a local terror network. Police stumbled into the deadly chemicals in the northern Joypurhat District as two more Islamic militants were arrested during an overnight operation by security forces in...
  • Thailand: Large weapons cache seized (possibly Jemaah Islamiyah connected)

    07/04/2003 8:33:42 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 4 replies · 352+ views
    The Australian ^ | July 04 2003
    POLICE in central Thailand arrested four people and seized weapons that were apparently being sent to the country's troubled Muslim-majority south, officials said today. The arrests took place in Nakhon Ratchasima town on Thursday, hours before a series of attacks by unidentified gunmen left six people dead and three injured in the southern province of Pattani. Three of the arrested men are Thai Muslims, said police Lt. Col. Prasong Ruangdej. The fourth is a Buddhist. Thailand has a Buddhist majority, though Muslims are predominant in the far south. Prasong said police, acting on a tip-off, intercepted a truck in which...
  • Gunmen attack Thai military outposts, killing four

    04/28/2003 2:24:22 PM PDT · by miltonim · 2 replies · 153+ views
    The Star ^ | Monday, April 28, 2003 | AP
    Gunmen attack Thai military outposts, killing four BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) - Unidentified men armed with assault rifles attacked two military outposts in Thailand's predominantly Muslim south Monday, killing at least four soldiers and wounding three others, officials said. There was confusion about the identity of the attackers. Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra suggested they were Islamic militants based in neighboring Malaysia, but Defense Minister Gen. Thammarak Isarangura na Ayuthaya described them as common criminals. Thammarak said the men attacked garrisons in Yala and Narathiwat provinces simultaneously at about 3:30 a.m. (2030 GMT). One group of attackers opened fire on marines in...
  • France Probes Suspected Islamic Militants

    01/27/2003 2:15:00 PM PST · by knighthawk · 2 replies · 146+ views
    Europe Daily ^ | January 27 2003 | AP
    PARIS (AP) — Two radical Islamic militants were placed under investigation, a step short of being charged, for suspected links to terrorist groups, French judicial officials said Monday. Karim Bourti and Ruddy Terranova were brought before judges Sunday after being arrested Wednesday in connection with an investigation into their alleged connection with terrorist activities, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The arrest of Bourti, a 34-year-old French citizen of Algerian origin, came shortly after his release from prison on a previous terror-related conviction. He was sentenced in December 2000 to three years, with one suspended, for involvement...
  • Body of Pearl Murder Suspect Identified in Pakistan

    12/21/2002 6:55:23 AM PST · by I_saw_the_light · 6 replies · 261+ views
    Reuters ^ | 12/21/02 | Reuters
    KARACHI (Reuters) - Relatives of Asif Ramzi, a Pakistani Islamic militant suspected of involvement in the murder of U.S. reporter Daniel Pearl, identified his body on Saturday among four mutilated corpses found in Karachi, police said. Police say they suspect Ramzi, who was also wanted in connection with a series of bomb attacks in the volatile port city of Karachi, accidentally blew himself up while making bombs on Thursday. "The wife and mother of Asif Ramzi visited the morgue on Saturday and recognized his body," Tariq Jameel, deputy inspector general of police, told Reuters. Ramzi's relatives had also visited the...
  • 6 Russian Officials Killed in Chechnya

    11/30/2002 2:39:18 PM PST · by knighthawk · 5 replies · 193+ views
    Europe Daily ^ | November 30 2002 | AP
    VLADIKAVKAZ, Russia (AP) — Five Russian servicemen and a paramilitary policeman serving in Chechnya were killed in clashes with rebels and mine explosions, an official in the Chechen administration said Saturday. Insurgents attacked Russian positions 11 times across the separatist-minded republic in the last 24 hours, killing two soldiers, the official in the Moscow-appointed administration said. Two more servicemen were killed Friday when their army jeep hit a land mine near Shali, southeast of the capital Grozny, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. In Grozny, an OMON paramilitary police officer was killed and two were wounded Friday in...
  • 5 terror suspects held in France

    11/24/2002 12:52:29 PM PST · by ds2000 · 1 replies · 150+ views ^ | 11-24-02
    <p>PARIS - French anti-terrorism police arrested five suspected Islamic militants from Algeria, including a man who escaped from a Dutch jail in June, officials said Sunday.</p> <p>The escapee, 25-year-old Redouane Daoud, and the four others were apprehended Friday and Saturday in Paris and its suburbs, police officials said.</p>
  • Islamic Militants Kill 13 in Algeria

    11/24/2002 10:21:32 AM PST · by ds2000 · 3 replies · 223+ views
    Islamic Militants Kill 13 in Algeria ( ) GIERS, Algeria, Nov 24, 2002 (AP Online via COMTEX) -- An Algerian militant group suspected of links to Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida killed nine soldiers and four police officers in violent clashes east of Algiers, the official news agency APS reported Sunday. The two days of gunfights, which reportedly left two militants dead, were the latest bloodshed in a 10-year Islamic insurgency that has taken more than 120,000 lives in Algeria. Militants of the extremist Salafist Group for Call and Combat ambushed troops Saturday 110 miles east Algiers, the capital, killing nine...
  • Politician among 24 killed in Indian Kashmir

    11/02/2002 11:47:26 AM PST · by knighthawk · 3 replies · 160+ views
    A politician killed when his motorcade was ambushed by rebels and 12 militants gunned down by police were among 24 people killed in Indian-administered Kashmir on Saturday, police said. The surge in violence came as the disputed state's new leader, Mufti Mohammed Sayeed, was sworn in as chief minister hours after his house had come under grenade attack from suspected Islamic militants. Police said a member of the ruling Congress party in Kashmir was killed along with two of his security guards when rebels attacked his motorcade in Srinagar, the state's summer capital. Police said Mohammad Sikander Khan was travelling...
  • Russia was a step away from civil war in 1999: Putin

    10/05/2002 10:32:23 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 7 replies · 219+ views
    The Times of India ^ | October 5 2002 | AP
    MOSCOW: Russia was "a step away" from a civil war in September 1999 when Islamic militants, allegedly sponsored by Osama Bin Laden and his al-Qaeda network, invaded Daghestan from neighbouring Chechnya, President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday. "At the time of incursion of Chechen militants into Daghestan in Sept 1999 a serious thought was given to mass mobilisation in the country, which would have put Russia a step away from a civil war," he was quoted as saying by Radio Mayak at a Kremlin meeting with distinguished school teachers. Putin, who was at that time chief of FSB security service...
  • Kashmir: Sonia Gandhi Campaigns Despite Threats

    09/19/2002 5:18:05 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 3 replies · 188+ views
    Pakistan Daily ^ | September 19 2002 | AP
    SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Opposition leader Sonia Gandhi, who lost her husband to a suicide bomber, donned a bulletproof jacket and campaigned for her party in Kashmir on Thursday, making the first public speech by a senior Indian official in the insurgency-wracked province in 15 years. Defying threats from Islamic militants, Gandhi spoke to the crowd of shared pain and how state legislative elections can improve the disputed Himalayan province's future. ``I want to bring you some balm,'' she said from behind a bulletproof screen and surrounded by elite commandos in Srinigar, the state's summer capital. ``This is an election...
  • Immigrants linked to terror in German poll (Stoiber wants to deport 4000 extremists)

    09/19/2002 5:04:48 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 10 replies · 220+ views
    The Guardian ^ | September 19 2002 | John Hooper
    Germany's knife-edge general election campaign took an extraordinary new turn yesterday when the conservative candidate, Edmund Stoiber, pledged himself to the deportation of 4,000 alleged Islamic militants if he is voted in as chancellor on Sunday. "There always has to be a difference between tolerance and stupidity," he declared. Behind in most polls, the Bavarian governor - a hard-liner on law and order - appeared to be making a last-gasp effort to tap into fears over a link between immigration and terrorism in Europe. He told a rowdy crowd, packed into the market square of Werne, on the edge of...
  • The wake-up call

    09/12/2002 1:48:19 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 1 replies · 817+ views
    The World Tribune ^ | 12 September 2002 | Christopher W. Holton
    On Wednesday, September 11, 2002, we marked the first anniversary of a day in which America was horribly awakened from a decade-long slumber … a slumber brought about by illusions of "everlasting peace in our time" and invincibility. Yet, as was demonstrated a year ago yesterday by the brave firefighters and policemen who rushed INTO the World Trade Center towers as civilians like you and me rushed OUT, though America may have been asleep and though our leaders may have chosen not to look forward, the soul of America is alive and well. And just as wounded servicemen and women...
  • Georgian troops go after Chechen rebels, Islamic militants

    08/27/2002 2:28:53 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 1 replies · 207+ views
    Japan Today ^ | Augustus 27 2002 | Nabi Abdullaev
    MOSCOW — Georgia on Monday sent hundreds of heavily armed Interior Ministry troops into its Pankisi Gorge, a crime-infested area where Moscow says Tbilisi has allowed Chechen rebels and foreign Islamic militants to set up bases. In a parallel operation, 1,500 army troops — under the command of officers who have had U.S. anti-terrorism training — began exercises in the Akhmeta district near the southern edge of the gorge. "The anti-criminal operation first and foremost is aimed at bringing order to the Pankisi Gorge and cleansing it of criminals and terrorists should they be there," Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze said...
  • Lebanon: Ain al-Hilweh clash diminishes Fatah’s control of camp

    08/16/2002 1:33:54 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 2 replies · 219+ views
    The Daily Star ^ | Augustus 16 2002 | Mohammed Zaatari
    Islamic groups exert growing influence An alliance of Islamist factions is claiming ground in the political arena After three days of clashes in the Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp between Fatah members and Islamist insurgents, a new political dynamic has emerged, leaving Fatah, which has long enjoyed unilateral control of the camp, confronting the growing influence of Islamist groups. Observers say that an alliance of Islamist factions, including Esbat al-Ansar, Islamic Jihad, Hamas and Sheikh Jamal Khattab’s movement, has entered the camp’s political arena and is proving to be just as ­ if not more than ­ influential as Fatah....
  • Bid to end suicide attacks spurned Islamic militants' stand may sink Arafat's unification plan

    08/14/2002 4:10:43 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies · 187+ views
    SF Chronicle ^ | 8-14-02 | John Kifner, NY Times
    <p>Jerusalem -- Islamic militants rejected a bid by other Palestinian factions to declare a unified policy Tuesday of ending suicide bombings and other attacks on civilians within Israel.</p> <p>The opposition by Hamas and the smaller Islamic Jihad movement appeared to torpedo an initiative, largely pressed by Yasser Arafat, to issue a formal declaration that was being hammered out in secret meetings in Gaza. Its language would have suggested that attacks be limited to Israeli soldiers and settlers in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip.</p>
  • Two militants confess plotting to kill Musharraf

    07/17/2002 3:39:08 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 5 replies · 166+ views
    The Times of India ^ | July 17 2002 | AFP
    KARACHI: Two Islamic militants confessed before a magistrate Wednesday to being part of an attempt to kill Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf in April in this southern port city, police said. Mohammad Imran Bhai and Mohammad Hanif Ayub told the court that the plan was to blow up an explosive-laden vehicle along the road used by Musharraf, police officer Manzoor Mughal said. "A Suzuki pick-up was purchased and was parked with 500 kg of explosives in it on Sharae Faisal, near the airport from where Musharraf's motorcade was due to pass," Mughal quoted Bhai as telling the court. One of their...