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    12/24/2003 1:42:39 AM PST · by kattracks · 170 replies · 278+ views
    New York Post ^ | 12/24/03 | NILES LATHEM and ALY SUJO
    <p>December 24, 2003 -- The feds said yesterday that up to 10 al Qaeda suspects have been stopped trying to enter the United States in the last month. An extensive "terror watch list" has helped snag potential troublemakers since Thanksgiving, sources said.</p>
  • Istanbul Synagogue Reopens After Bombings

    12/13/2003 10:21:28 AM PST · by a_Turk · 4 replies · 223+ views
    AP ^ | 12/13/2003 | N/A
    ISTANBUL, Turkey - One of two synagogues bombed in Istanbul last month reopened Saturday for Sabbath prayers in a ceremony attended by the country's chief rabbi, a spokesman said. The reopening came four weeks after the nearly simultaneous suicide attacks on the Beth Israel and Neve Shalom synagogues during Sabbath prayers. The synagogue bombings were followed five days later by similar attacks on the British consulate in Istanbul and a London-based bank. Turkey's government suspects al-Qaida involvement in the string of attacks that killed 61 people. Jewish community spokesman Silvio Ovadya said Chief Rabbi Isak Haleva, who was among those...
  • Mofaz: 22 suicide bombings averted since October

    12/12/2003 7:26:31 AM PST · by yonif · 3 replies · 142+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Dec. 12, 2003 | JPOST.COM STAFF
    Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz told the Economic and Industrial forum meeting in Tel Aviv Friday that 22 attempted suicide attacks were averted since the Maxim bombing in Haifa in October. He also described the Geneva Initiative as "a crack in Israeli society that must be severely dealt with, and told audience members that the security fence would be completed by 2004. Meanwhile, Palestinians fired two anti-tank missiles at an IDF patrol on the Karni – Netzarim route in the Gaza Strip, and An IDF post near Netzarim came under fire, slightly damaging the structure. Hundreds of people are expected to...
  • Bin Laden's Iraq Plan (Newsweek)

    12/08/2003 6:10:10 AM PST · by ChipShot · 62 replies · 233+ views
    Newsweek ^ | 12/08/03 | Sami Yousafzai, Ron Moreau and Michael Hirsh
    <p>During the muslim holy month of Ramadan, three senior Qaeda representatives allegedly held a secret meeting in Afghanistan with two top Taliban commanders.</p> <p>AT THAT MEETING, according to Taliban sources, Osama bin Laden’s men officially broke some bad news to emissaries from Mullah Mohammed Omar, the elusive leader of Afghanistan’s ousted fundamentalist regime. Their message: Al Qaeda would be diverting a large number of fighters from the anti-U.S. insurgency in Afghanistan to Iraq. Al Qaeda also planned to reduce by half its $3 million monthly contribution to Afghan jihadi outfits.</p>
  • House of Saud in 'panic' over al-Qaida

    12/07/2003 12:52:10 AM PST · by Bobby777 · 106 replies · 679+ views
    WorldNetDaily.Com ^ | Posted: December 6, 2003 1:00 a.m. Eastern | © 2003
    Al-Qaida has launched a campaign designed to undermine the security and finances of the Saudi royal family. Western intelligence sources said the latest al-Qaida attacks indicate a campaign is underway to isolate the Saudi royal family and threaten its financial base. The campaign is based on intimidating leading Arab and Western advisers from remaining in the kingdom. The Nov. 9 attack on the Muhaya compound appeared to signal a shift in al-Qaida strategy. Until then, the sources said, al-Qaida targeted Western nationals in the kingdom who were not considered crucial to the regime's survival. But in the Muhaya suicide car...
  • Saudi Police Detain Riyadh Suicide Bombing Suspect

    12/03/2003 5:12:32 AM PST · by sonsofliberty2000 · 6 replies · 190+ views
    Yahoo Breaking News
    Police detain a man suspected in Nov. 8 Riyadh suicide bombing, first arrest in connection to attack.
  • 'Miracle baby' draws thousands to Bethlehem

    11/30/2003 4:25:36 PM PST · by SJackson · 121 replies · 3,014+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 11-30-03 | KHALED ABU TOAMEH
    A new miracle baby has been born in Bethlehem. That's, at least, what many Palestinians in the birthplace of Jesus believe. Ala Ayyad was born two weeks ago, on the 27th day of Ramadan, known as Lailat al-Kader, the night the Koran was revealed to Muhammad by God. Thousands of Palestinians have been thronging the Aida refugee camp at the northern entrance to Bethlehem to pay their respects to the infant boy, who is being hailed as "the miracle baby of Bethlehem." The timing of his birth was auspicious enough, but his parents were amazed to discover a large birthmark...
  • Turkey's Islamist monster

    11/27/2003 10:44:18 AM PST · by knighthawk · 22 replies · 314+ views
    National Post ^ | November 27 2003 | Amir Taheri
    No, this was not the way that Recep Tayyip Erdogan imagined the first anniversary of his party's historic electoral victory. Earlier this year, at a meeting with a group of journalists in Switzerland, the Turkish Prime Minister spoke of his hopes for "a year of positive change" in a country thirsting for reform. The idea, he explained, was to "speed up the process of restoring the armed forces to their proper role" and taking "the last big steps" towards Turkey's membership in the European Union while the economy, in the doldrums for a decade, would start showing signs of a...
  • Official: Al-Qaeda plans something big

    11/27/2003 8:03:01 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 105 replies · 240+ views
    USA Today ^ | Nov. 27, 2003 | Kevin Johnson
    <p>WASHINGTON — A top counterterrorism official says al-Qaeda operatives dropped plans this year for several small attacks in the USA to focus on plotting a "more spectacular" assault comparable to the Sept. 11 attacks. The U.S. counterterrorism official, who has access to all intelligence on the terrorist group, told USA TODAY this week that officials have no specific evidence to indicate how or when al-Qaeda might try to launch a massive strike on U.S. soil.</p>
  • Suspect's arrest may be linked to al-Qaeda threat at security HQ (AQ targeted UK Gov. Comm. HQ)

    11/27/2003 7:51:55 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 4 replies · 179+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | Nov. 28, 2003 | DAN MCDOUGALL
    AN AL-QAEDA plot to target GCHQ was last night suggested as the possible trigger for the arrest of a suspected terror agent in Gloucester. GCHQ - the Government Communications Headquarters - has been at the centre of the fight against terrorism, providing vital intelligence to authorities, particularly in the wake of the 11 September atrocities. GCHQ’s Cheltenham offices, which are about ten miles from yesterday’s first arrest, were created to streamline the task of monitoring countless phone calls and e-mails around the world to aid the fight against terrorists. Housed in an elaborate circular building, Britain’s £1.6 billion spying centre...
  • Eid sparks soul-searching in Turkey after bombs

    11/25/2003 12:15:20 PM PST · by yonif · 25 replies · 277+ views
    Reuters ^ | 25 Nov 2003 | Claudia Parsons
    ISTANBUL, Nov 25 (Reuters) - Two young women sit side by side in the waiting room of Haydarpasa station in Istanbul, waiting for a train to take them home to celebrate the Eid al-Fitr holiday at the end of Ramadan with their families. One, a 24-year-old university student named Sibel Ates, wears jeans, ear-rings and make-up. The other wears an all-encompassing black chador covering her hair and body. These are the two faces of European Union-candidate Turkey -- an overwhelmingly Muslim country which has been a secular state for more than half a century and which gave the vote to...
  • Explosives 'found in suspect's home'

    11/27/2003 2:57:23 PM PST · by witnesstothefall · 27 replies · 149+ views ^ | November 28, 2003
    Explosives 'found in suspect's home' From correspondents in London November 28, 2003 EXPLOSIVE material was found at the home of an al-Qaeda suspect being searched by police in central England and has been removed safely, British police said today. "We are confident that there is no longer a danger posed by explosives on the premises and work will begin to allow the local community to return to their homes as soon as is possible," a police spokesman said. Earlier, Home Secretary David Blunkett said the man posed "a very real threat to the life and liberty of our country". The...
  • One-tonne bomb seized in Saudi Arabia

    11/27/2003 4:00:41 PM PST · by witnesstothefall · 55 replies · 198+ views
    Reuters ^ | November 28, 2003 | Dominic Evans
    RIYADH - Saudi Arabia's security forces have found a pick-up truck packed with more than a tonne of explosives after raiding a militant cell primed to launch a "terrorist operation" in Riyadh, officials say. State television showed footage of the truck, seized after a clash on Tuesday in which two wanted militants were killed, filled with the explosives, rocket-propelled grenades and gas cylinders to magnify the force of any explosion. Officials say Tuesday's raid by security forces thwarted an imminent attack during the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, less than three weeks after suspected al Qaeda bombers killed at least...
  • Al Qaeda Targets Israel and the World

    11/27/2003 1:15:15 PM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies · 174+ views
    Arutz 7 ^ | Nov. 27, 2003 | staff
    The world is on Al-Qaeda alert - and Israel has been the most recent to be targeted. It was reported today that on Friday night, the Jordanians thwarted an attempted Al-Qaeda terrorist infiltration into Israel. Israeli security personnel near Kibbutz Kfar Ruppin in the Beit She'an Valley heard gunshots, and upon arriving on the scene, learned that the fire was coming from the Jordanian side of the border. It was then learned that a terrorist had been trying to infiltrate into Israel, was shot at and arrested by Jordanian officials - and led his investigators to five other terrorists, members...
  • Charges Sought for Turkey Bomb Suspects

    11/25/2003 4:09:41 AM PST · by a_Turk · 21 replies · 147+ views
    AP ^ | 11/24/2003 | PAUL AMES
    ISTANBUL, Turkey - Public prosecutors sought on Monday to charge 12 alleged accomplices of last week's Istanbul suicide bombers, amid signs of progress in the investigation into a suspected Islamic terror cell. Also, authorities using DNA samples have identified the man who rammed an explosive-packed pickup truck into the city's British Consulate, just minutes after the bombing of the London-based HSBC bank, Istanbul Governor Muammer Guler said. "We've identified the culprits who carried out the attack on the British Consulate," Guler said. "We have all the details and we know their connections." Guler would not name the man. However, the...
  • DEBKAfile picks up fresh Al Qaeda warning --“biggest operation in US"

    11/24/2003 8:06:39 AM PST · by Semper Paratus · 143 replies · 365+ views ^ | 11/24/2003 | DEBKA
    Al Qaeda: Countdown for “biggest operation yet inside America”. Monday, November 24, Al Qaeda marked Eid al Fitr, the festival closing the Muslim festival of Ramadan, with a dramatic warning. DEBKAfile’s counter-terror sources reports that a message published over al Qaeda’s electronic channels and websites declared that the countdown has begun for the biggest operation ever carried out in the United States. “The big blow will fall very shortly. It will consist of a series of surprise attacks that will cut America off from communication with its armies in Muslim countries.” The reference is clearly to US troops in Iraq...
  • “Al Qaeda Dunnit!” ~ Think again.

    11/24/2003 5:40:24 AM PST · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 26 replies · 180+ views
    National Review ^ | Nov. 24, 2003 | Laurie Mylroie
    November 24, 2003, 8:15 a.m.“Al Qaeda Dunnit!”Think again.By Laurie Mylroie “Al Qaeda is still everywhere and nowhere," or so opined a Columbia University professor after the double pair of car bombings in Istanbul. How can that be? For more than two years, the United States has led an international Coalition in a campaign that has succeeded in detaining or killing over half of al Qaeda's leadership, cut off a significant amount of its funding, and deprived it of its territorial base.Bombing attacks south of the Turkish-Iraqi border are regularly attributed to one party, Baathist stalwarts, while bombs north of...
  • Al Qaeda seen shifting to "terror consultant" role

    11/24/2003 7:48:31 AM PST · by Prodigal Son · 10 replies · 161+ views
    Reuters ^ | November 24, 2003 | Mark Trevelyan
    BERLIN, Nov 24 (Reuters) - Emerging details of last week's Istanbul suicide bombings support the idea that al Qaeda is becoming more of a terror "consultancy" and less of a direct actor, security analysts say. Most see al Qaeda's hand behind the car bombs that blew up two synagogues, the British consulate and the offices of British-based banking group HSBC, even if Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has cautioned that the link is not yet proven. The car bombers were all Turks from the small southeast town of Bingol, known as a fundamentalist centre, and Erdogan said they had global...
  • Misunderstanding al Qaeda: What you weren't told about their targets in Saudi Arabia (Must-read)

    11/23/2003 8:59:50 PM PST · by quidnunc · 47 replies · 690+ views
    The Weekly Standard via the Benador Associates ^ | December 1, 2003 | Paul Marshall
    American reactions to the recent bombing of a foreign workers' compound in Riyadh reveal multiple misreadings of the Arab world and — more dangerously — of both al Qaeda and the Saudis. The media seem to equate Arab with Muslim and, along with some in the administration, think that al Qaeda's war is against Americans and Westerners per se, rather than against all "infidels," a group al Qaeda defines idiosyncratically and expansively as anyone who is not a strictly observant Muslim. Both mistakes are compounded by reliance on the Saudis' distorted account of the attack. The November 8 bombing took...
  • Turks blame US policy for blasts

    11/23/2003 4:39:09 PM PST · by sunryse · 151 replies · 542+ views
    The Age Australia/Reuters ^ | 11/23/2003 | Not Shown
    Turks blame US policy for blasts Istanbul November 23, 2003 Several thousand Turks gathered in Istanbul and other cities yesterday to condemn this week's suicide bombings, with many protesting against what they see as the root cause of the attacks - the United States. Police in riot gear looked on in Turkey's business capital as unions, political parties and community groups peacefully joined those affected by the blasts to share their sadness and anger at the four attacks, which killed more than 50 people. "Curse this terrorism, it killed my friend," said retired businessman Ismail Yildirim. "The imperialist powers are...
  • 'Turks killing fellow Muslims. What could be worse?'

    11/21/2003 5:02:39 PM PST · by Pokey78 · 42 replies · 254+ views
    The Independent (U.K.) ^ | 11/22/03 | Peter Popham
    The sky is a brilliant blue, the leaves are beginning to turn, the weather is warm all day with an agreeable crispness in the air as it gets dark: the nicest season of the year. Ramadan finished yesterday, culminating, when the fast was broken at dusk, in Kadir, the first of nine nights of feasting, Christmas and Easter rolled into one: houses spring-cleaned, everyone togged up in smart new outfits, getting ready for the customary festive visits to relatives and friends.And instead, after four massive bomb blasts in central Istanbul in six days, the mood, one resident said, "is surreal"....
  • Britain on red alert as terrorist threat rises

    11/23/2003 2:01:50 PM PST · by jerseygirl · 30 replies · 212+ views network | 11/23/03 | Brian Brady
    Britain on red alert as terrorist threat rises BRIAN BRADY WESTMINSTER EDITOR MINISTERS are preparing to place the UK on ‘red alert’ in an unprecedented peacetime move that would see the streets of Britain flooded with armed police. The plan to step up to the highest possible security state follows last week’s devastating terrorist attacks on British targets in Turkey and growing fears that a direct assault on the UK is inevitable. The nationwide alert would result in tougher security checks across the country and give intelligence agencies and police emergency powers to increase surveillance, phone-tapping and the detention of...
  • Al Qaeda ordered Saudi bombing from Iran

    11/23/2003 2:09:35 AM PST · by FairOpinion · 49 replies · 477+ views
    Reuters ^ | Nov. 23, 2003 | Reuters
    RIYADH (Reuters) - A senior al Qaeda militant orchestrated the bombing of a residential compound in Saudi Arabia earlier this month by telephone from Iran, a Saudi newspaper says. Okaz newspaper, quoting informed sources on Sunday, said the militant network's security chief Saif al-Adel gave orders for the attack in the capital Riyadh by satellite phone. Neither Saudi nor Iranian officials were immediately available to comment on the Okaz report. "The sources said Saif al-Adel led the bombing operation of the Muhaya residential compound, using a Thuraya phone to give instructions to the terrorists in the kingdom who carried out...
  • Erdogan questions al-Qaeda role as Istanbul prays for bomb victims (Turkish PM)

    11/23/2003 9:17:55 AM PST · by Sabertooth · 6 replies · 183+ views
    Channel News Asia ^ | November23rd, 2003
     World News » Time is GMT + 8 hours Posted: 23 November 2003 2132 hrs Erdogan questions al-Qaeda role as Istanbul prays for bomb victims ISTANBUL : Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan questioned whether the massive Istanbul bombings were the work of the al-Qaeda terror network, as the city's British community joined in solemn prayers for the dead. "We have some evidence of religious motives," Erdogan said in an interview with BBC television after the attacks on the British consulate and the offices of the HSBC banking group in which 28 people were killed and hundreds injured. "Is...
  • Turks learn terror's pain, fear

    11/22/2003 11:06:51 PM PST · by yonif · 26 replies · 168+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Nov. 23, 2003 | ERIK SCHECHTER
    This Shabbat, there were no prayers uttered at the Beth Israel Synagogue. Instead, workers bricked up the front of the gutted house of worship, one of two struck by truck bombs in Istanbul last Saturday. In the Beyalu neighborhood on Shabbat, the bombed-out Neveh Shalom Synagogue was also bereft of worshipers. Twenty-three were killed in the dual terrorist attack attributed to the Great Eastern Islamic Raiders' Front, a local Islamist group affiliated with al-Qaida. Taking extra security precautions, the Istanbul Jewish community kept secret the location of alternative sites for weekend services. At Beth Israel, what furniture that could be...
  • Jihad Against Lebanese Christians

    11/20/2003 5:13:03 AM PST · by SJackson · 25 replies · 1,165+ views ^ | November 20, 2003 | Dr. Walid Phares
    A few hours after the blasts in Riyadh, a chain of commentaries mushroomed around the world. These op-eds ran before the media broadcast the names of the victims. By the next morning, the official "version" of the attack (in Washington, D.C., and abroad) was to label it as a Muslim-on-Muslim attack, blaming the Islamist al-Qaida for mass murdering Muslims in their spiritual motherland Arabia, and during their holiest month of the year, Ramadan. A U.S. State Department official quickly spread the word. "This was is not against America and the West only, " he said, "it is also against Islam."...
  • Iraq suicide bombers kill at least 18; first missile hit on plane

    11/22/2003 10:42:54 AM PST · by Destro · 81 replies · 293+ views ^ | 22 November 2003 2217 hrs | AFP
    Time is GMT + 8 hours Posted: 22 November 2003 2217 hrs Iraq suicide bombers kill at least 18; first missile hit on plane KHAN BANI SAAD, Iraq : At least 18 people were killed in twin suicide attacks on Iraqi police stations, as a civilian cargo aircraft made an emergency landing after the first successful missile strike on a plane in the seven-month-old insurgency. The scale of the carnage from the almost simultaneous car bombings against the two police stations north of Baghdad overwhelmed local hospital staff. Police were forced to fire in the air to disperse anguished residents...
  • Algerian butchers in 'donkey scam'

    11/22/2003 9:49:38 AM PST · by Sabertooth · 5 replies · 361+ views
    Al Jazeera ^ | November 22nd, 2003
    Algerian butchers in 'donkey scam' Saturday 22 November 2003, 16:31 Makka Time, 13:31 GMT Butchers allegedly sold more than 57,000kg of suspect meat  Related: Cairo food alert over dead donkeys Ten people, five of them butchers, have been arrested in Algeria for passing donkey meat off as beef during the holy month of Ramadan.The butchers, allegedly conspiring with four vets and the director of the El-Harrach abattoir in the eastern suburbs of Algiers, sold the meat in the form of minced steak and spicy sausages, Algerian radio reported on Saturday. Customers at markets in the city centre and the working...
  • David Warren: But With Attacks in Istanbul, Terrorist Group Has Awakened a Sleeping Giant

    11/22/2003 9:19:41 AM PST · by quidnunc · 27 replies · 175+ views
    The Ottawa Citizen ^ | November 22, 2003 | David Warren
    In the fanatic Islamist mind, there are a thousand reasons to hit Turkey. It begins with history, and the fact that the Ottoman Empire, with its metropolitan centre in Istanbul, was the last universal Muslim caliphate. This fell in the upshot of the First World War — the empire was dissolved and distributed among the victorious European powers — but the Turkish heartland remained independent, becoming the nation-state of Turkey. Under Ataturk, it was vigorously secularized and Westernized, with outward signs of its Islamic past suppressed. The country has ever since wobbled back and forth between military authoritarianism and constitutional...
  • Al-Qaida warns of Tokyo attack if Japan sends troops

    11/21/2003 9:14:57 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 50 replies · 241+ views
    Kyodo ^ | 11-21-03
    PARIS, Nov 21, 2003 (Kyodo via COMTEX) -- Members of the al-Qaida international terrorist network warned Friday they will attack Tokyo as soon as Japanese troops are deployed in Iraq, Radio France reported. In a statement sent to an Arabic magazine, the al-Qaida members said they will infiltrate deep into Tokyo and attack the Japanese capital as soon as Japan's Self-Defense Forces troops set their feet on Iraq, the report said. The radio report said the members, admitting al-Qaida's involvement in Thursday's attacks on British targets in Istanbul, said in the statement that Japan will be easily destroyed and the...
  • Car Bomb in Baqouba, Iraq, Wounds Six

    11/21/2003 11:17:48 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 12 replies · 134+ views
    Times Leader ^ | 11/22/03 | AP WIRE
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - A car bomb exploded near a police station in the town of Baqouba on Saturday, wounding at least six people, the U.S. military said. No members of the U.S.-led coalition were hurt in the morning rush hour attack, a spokeswoman said. The town, about 35 miles northeast of the capital, is part of the so-called Sunni Triangle that has seen fierce resistance to the U.S.-led occupation. Insurgents have increasingly targeted Iraqis collaborating with the U.S.-led occupation forces in recent weeks, including police, government officials and community leaders.

    11/21/2003 11:17:30 PM PST · by doug from upland · 20 replies · 192+ views
    Nich Ashton in Baghdad | 11-21-03 | dfu
    I was just on the phone with Nick Ashton in Baghdad. Reports are preliminary, but he believes that three more car bombs have gone off in Baghdad that targeted police stations. Sorry, he could only speak for a moment. Let's see if the news services have a report soon.
  • World alert on 'cars of death' terror attacks

    11/21/2003 6:08:45 PM PST · by TexKat · 100 replies · 455+ views
    The Guardian ^ | 11/21/03 | Luke Harding and Helena Smith in Istanbul, Owen Bowcott and Giles Foden
    The heightened threat of suicide bombings was last night forcing UK embassies around the world to re-evaluate their defences against what an al-Qaida statement described as its "cars of death". The explicit warning of fresh "martyrdom operations" was published as police in Istanbul detained seven suspects in connection with the devastating blasts at the British consulate and the HSBC bank. All are understood to be Turkish passport holders. Two of them, tentatively identified by the Turkish media as Azad Ekinci and Feridun Ugurlu, were close friends of Mesut Cabuk and Gokhan Elaltuntas, the men who carried out the suicide bombings...
  • U.S. warns of possible al Qaeda threat

    11/21/2003 9:37:50 AM PST · by knak · 16 replies · 136+ views
    reuters ^ | 11/21/03
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government has issued an advisory warning of al Qaeda's "continued desire" to plot a terrorist attack on American interests abroad, but there has been no change in the U.S. terror threat level. A senior intelligence official said a classified advisory was sent to law enforcement and security personnel late on Thursday regarding "al Qaeda's continued desire to plot or plan terrorist attacks with an emphasis on U.S. interests abroad." But a Homeland Security spokesman said there was no change in the current colour-coded threat level, which remains at "yellow" or an elevated risk of attack....
  • Rockets on donkeys hit major Baghdad sites

    11/21/2003 9:32:50 AM PST · by SJackson · 58 replies · 334+ views
    UPI ^ | 11/21/2003 | P. MITCHELL PROTHERO
    BAGHDAD, Iraq, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- Rockets fired from donkey-drawn carts struck two major hotels used by foreign journalists and the Iraqi Ministry of Oil Friday in a barrage that shook downtown Baghdad. The Palestine and Sheraton Hotels, which are adjacent, were hit by a series of rockets fired by one unmanned donkey-drawn cart in the central Saydoon neighborhood of Baghdad at about 7:15 a.m. At about the same time, another series of rockets - also fired from an unmanned cart - hit the Oil Ministry, igniting a fire on the fifth floor of the sprawling office building, which was...
  • AL-QAEDA: The group's name again comes up. Experts see new organization, old violence.

    11/21/2003 6:32:27 AM PST · by Fzob · 5 replies · 158+ views ^ | 11/21/03 | Dave Montgomery and Warren P. Strobel
    AL-QAEDA: The group's name again comes up. Experts see new organization, old violence. By Dave Montgomery and Warren P. Strobel INQUIRER FOREIGN STAFF RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - With al-Qaeda being linked to three devastating attacks in Turkey and Saudi Arabia in the last two weeks, the group appears to be leaving a new signature as an increasingly decentralized and unpredictable terrorist network that appears harder to fight.Experts and diplomats said the recent resurgence of al-Qaeda violence also showed that Osama bin Laden's 14-year-old terrorist fraternity was as lethal as ever, despite the U.S.-led war on terrorism. The organization essentially...
  • Islamists mark holy month with bombings

    11/21/2003 5:59:25 AM PST · by .cnI redruM · 6 replies · 214+ views
    THE WASHINGTON TIMES ^ | 21 Nov 03 | Julia Duin
    <p>Ramadan, the Muslim holy month devoted to contemplation, prayer and fasting, has become a synonym for violence this year, with unprecedented suicide bombings of targets friendly to the West, around the Islamic world.</p> <p>Attacks in Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Turkey alone have left more than 100 people dead and injured hundreds more since Ramadan began Oct. 27, including yesterday's bombing in Istanbul. Ramadan will end with the new moon Monday.</p>
  • Bush Conquers England "Liberation is still a moral goal."

    11/21/2003 5:05:42 AM PST · by FlyLow · 20 replies · 237+ views
    WSJ ^ | Friday, November 21, 2003 12:01 a.m. EST | WSJ Staff
    <p>We suspect that President Bush's London visit this week will go down as one of the most memorable of his tenure, and not because of the protests everyone had predicted. Rather, it will be remembered for the speech he delivered Wednesday in which he eloquently laid down the principles behind the war on terror, and especially the Iraq portion of that war. In its timing and character, Mr. Bush's speech at Whitehall echoed Ronald Reagan's exposition of America's Cold War principles during his famous speech to Parliament in 1982. That speech too was delivered at a moment of enormous Western debate and protest. Soviet Communism, Mr. Reagan nonetheless correctly foretold at Westminster, will be consigned to "the ash heap of history." Middle East dictatorships, Mr. Bush said this week, have the opportunity to join the "democratic revolution that has reached much of the world."</p>
  • Bush, Blair: Attacks Are Proof

    11/21/2003 6:13:42 AM PST · by Pikamax · 6 replies · 149+ views
    Newsday ^ | 11/21/03 | Matthew McAllester
    Bush, Blair: Attacks Are Proof By Matthew McAllester STAFF CORRESPONDENT November 21, 2003 London - President George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair spoke yesterday like two men whose main point had just been made for them by terrorist bombers in Istanbul, Turkey. "The nature of the terrorist enemy is evident once again," Bush told reporters at a news conference with Blair, a few hours after bombs hit a British bank and the British consulate in Istanbul, killing at least 27 people, including the British consul-general. "We see their contempt - their utter contempt - for innocent life....
  • Turkey holds bombing suspects

    11/21/2003 2:31:32 AM PST · by Straight Vermonter · 6 replies · 153+ views
    Aljazeera ^ | 11/21/03
    Several people have been arrested in connection with the two devastating bomb attacks on British targets in Istanbul, the Turkish foreign minister said. Twenty-seven people were killed and hundreds wounded on Thursday in truck bomb attacks on the British consulate and the London-based global bank HSBC. British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said the attacks bore all the hallmarks of the al-Qaida network. "Some people have been arrested but it's too early to give any information about them," said Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul at a joint news conference with Straw in Istanbul on Friday. Turkish daily Hurriyet said on Friday...

    11/21/2003 2:54:03 AM PST · by areafiftyone · 55 replies · 245+ views
    Sky News ^ | 11/21/03
    A bomb blast has injured at least five people at a mosque in western India, police say. The bomb exploded during Friday prayers in the town of Parbhani east of the financial capital, Bombay, a police spokesman said. More follows...
  • Fighting in Bingol (Turkey), 14 PKK killed

    11/20/2003 5:17:36 PM PST · by a_Turk · 18 replies · 194+ views
    Hurriyet ^ | 11/20/2003 | N/A
    Fighting between security forces and armed militants in Bingol province has yielded 14 dead militants as well as their weaponry. The Governor of Bingol, Huseyin Avni Cosh, told at a press conference that a confrontation at the Karacehennem (black hell) forests in Karliova county started in the early morning and lasted eight hours. Along with the corpses, one M-16, 2 Kanas rifles, 11 Klashnikov long barrel rifles, 4.6 Kilograms of C4 explosive, 60 hand grenades, and large amounts of other ammo were secured. The governor, who asserted that the militants were preparing for terrorist activity, stated that "It's obvious that...
  • Main militant Islamic groups active in Turkey

    11/20/2003 4:26:23 PM PST · by a_Turk · 13 replies · 167+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | 11/20/2003 | N/A
    ANKARA - The following is a glance at militant Islamic groups active in Turkey: IBDA-C - ISLAMIC GREAT EASTERN RAIDERS-FRONT. The group, which advocates Islamic rule in this predominantly Muslim and officially secular country, is allegedly backed by Iran. It has claimed responsibility for Saturday's pickup truck bombings outside two synagogues in Istanbul that killed 24 people, but Turkish authorities disputed the claim. Active since the mid-1970's, it has become increasingly violent in the last decade and has an estimated 600 followers. The group has staged attacks on left-wing and Christian targets as well as secular-oriented intellectuals, claiming responsibility for...
  • Mansoor Ijaz: Bin Laden in Iran

    11/20/2003 3:24:55 PM PST · by Dog · 296 replies · 4,699+ views
    Mansoor Ijaz just reported Bin Laden is in Iran as of July.
  • Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom extends condolences to Turkey and the United Kingdom

    11/20/2003 2:28:14 PM PST · by anotherview · 3 replies · 195+ views
    Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs ^ | 20 November 2003 | Foreign Minister's Bureau
    Jerusalem, November 20, 2003 FM Shalom extends condolences to Turkey and the United Kingdom (Communicated by the Foreign Minister's Bureau) Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Silvan Shalom expressed his deep shock over the attacks in Istanbul today (November 20, 2003). He extended condolences on behalf of Israel to the government and peoples of both Turkey and the United Kingdom. Foreign Minister Shalom stated, "Democtratic countries will not surrender to terrorism. They will fight againt it wherever it strikes. Terror is a global phenomenon and the community of nations must unite against it while ensuring the values of...
  • Analysis: Al-Qaida's mistake

    11/20/2003 12:50:23 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 29 replies · 147+ views
    United Press International ^ | 11-20-03 | CLAUDE SALHANI, UPI International Editor
    WASHINGTON, Nov 20, 2003 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- Istanbul, Turkey's major city on the Bosphorous, was struck for the second time in less than a week by a devastating twin car bomb attack that killed at least 27 people and wounded nearly 450 others. Moments later, an unidentified caller to the Anatolian News Agency claimed responsibility on behalf of Osama bin Laden's terrorist network. Indeed, two groups -- al-Qaida and the Islamic Brotherhood -- claimed responsibility for Thursday's devastating attacks. There is little doubt the second Istanbul bombings that targeted the British Consulate and a British bank in...
  • Jihad Against Lebanese Christians

    11/20/2003 1:21:05 PM PST · by freedom44 · 9 replies · 533+ views
    Frontpage Magazine ^ | 11/20/03 | Dr. Walid Phares
    A few hours after the blasts in Riyadh, a chain of commentaries mushroomed around the world. These op-eds ran before the media broadcast the names of the victims. By the next morning, the official "version" of the attack (in Washington, D.C., and abroad) was to label it as a Muslim-on-Muslim attack, blaming the Islamist al-Qaida for mass murdering Muslims in their spiritual motherland Arabia, and during their holiest month of the year, Ramadan. A U.S. State Department official quickly spread the word. "This was is not against America and the West only, " he said, "it is also against Islam."...
  • Schoolyard fight turns ugly -Muslims destroy churches

    11/20/2003 1:50:05 PM PST · by jempet · 14 replies · 153+ views
    News24 ^ | 11-20-03 |
    Kazaure - A schoolyard row between 12-year-old girls escalated into a sectarian riot that left 11 churches burned, 40 shops looted and a young man fighting for his life, witnesses said here on Thursday. Muslim rioters took to the streets of the northern Nigerian town of Kazaure on Tuesday targeting Christian businesses and churches after a policeman shot a protester in the throat, police and officials said. Trouble had been brewing for two weeks after a Christian schoolgirl, responding to schoolyard taunts from Muslim playmates, allegedly insulted the Prophet Mohammed, an education official said. On Tuesday a group of Muslim...
  • Kurdish party offices in Kirkuk bombed - 4 Dead

    11/20/2003 2:41:42 AM PST · by kattracks · 8 replies · 232+ views
    AP | 11/20/03
    KIRKUK, Iraq (AP) — An explosion went off Thursday in front of the offices of a Kurdish political party in the northern oil city of Kirkuk, killing four people and wounding several others, a party official said. The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, or PUK, is a pro-U.S. group whose head, Jalal Talabani, is the current head of the U.S.-installed Iraqi Governing Council. "An explosion took place at 10:30 this morning," said Jalal Johar, the party's representative in the city said. Four people were killed and several wounded, he said. The latest bombing comes after string of attacks and assassinations of...
  • At least 3 killed in an explosion in Kirkuk, Iraq

    11/20/2003 12:23:15 AM PST · by yonif · 2 replies · 135+ views
    Israeli News Portal ^ | 11/20/2003 | Reuters
    Translation (by me): At least 3 human beings were killed and 6 were injured in an explosion that happened this morning in Kirkuk, in northern Iraq.