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  • Sharia law at the Treasury and a drift to Islam (UK)

    02/17/2008 1:56:24 PM PST · by 2banana · 3 replies · 159+ views
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 17th February 2008 | Staff
    Sharia law at the Treasury and a drift to Islam Home Secretary Jacqui Smith has described terrorist activity as 'Anti-Islamic' It is strangely shocking to find that Her Majesty's Treasury, that very matter-of-fact department, should be issuing bonds that comply with the ancient rules of sharia law. It is as if your bank manager were suddenly to break off from warning you about your overdraft, fetch out a prayer mat and start offering devotions in the direction of Mecca. As it happens, the decision makes sense on business terms. Many major investors are Muslim and it would be foolish to...
  • U.S. Says Iran-backed Groups Using Secret Arms Stores

    02/17/2008 1:17:56 PM PST · by nuconvert · 6 replies · 170+ views
    Reuters ^ | February 17, 2008
    U.S. Says Iran-backed Groups Using Secret Arms Stores February 17, 2008 Reuters Mohammed Abbas The U.S. military said on Sunday it had evidence Iranian-backed Shi'ite militias in Iraq were increasingly using secret weapons stores to attack U.S. and Iraqi forces. The accusation comes days after Tehran postponed talks with the United States on improving security in Iraq for "technical reasons", a move that prompted rebukes from U.S. officials. "In just the past week, Iraqi and coalition forces captured 212 weapons caches across Iraq, two of those inside Baghdad, (which have) growing links to Iranian-backed special groups," military spokesman Real Admiral...
  • Danish Police Thwart Plot Over Muhammad Cartoons

    02/12/2008 10:34:16 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies · 453+ views
    CBS 4 Denver ^ | February 12, 2008
    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) ― Danish police said Tuesday they have arrested three people suspected of plotting to kill one of the 12 cartoonists behind the Prophet Muhammad drawings that sparked a deadly uproar in the Muslim world two years ago. Two Tunisians and a Dane of Moroccan origin were arrested in pre-dawn raids in western Denmark, the police intelligence agency said. The Dane was suspected of violating Danish terror laws but likely would be released after questioning as the investigation continues, said Jakob Scharf, the head of the PET intelligence service. The two Tunisians would be expelled from Denmark, he...
  • Security Promotes Sunni-Shiite Reconciliation

    01/28/2008 3:24:39 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 3,239+ views
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2008 – Security improvements have spurred reconciliation in the Madain Qada region along the Diyala and Tigris rivers in Iraq, an area that had been plagued by brutal sectarian violence, a U.S. commander there said. “We have made amazing progress along all lines of operation, but it is security that opened all the doors to allow us to get (reconciliation) going,” Army Col. Wayne Grigsby, commander of the 3rd Infantry Division’s 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, said during a teleconference with online journalists and “bloggers” Jan. 25. Grigsby said his unit has conducted 166 named operations in...
  • Ashura in Queens, New York (Barbarian Muslims Torture Selves in NYC) (Slideshow of Pics)

    01/21/2008 5:38:24 PM PST · by SeafoodGumbo · 22 replies · 1,853+ views
    Daily News ^ | 1-20-08 | Tama/Getty
    Shi'ite Muslims at the al-Khoei Islamic Center in Queens prepare to flagellate themselves during a procession marking the festival of Ashura. View the pics here.
  • Clashes kill nearly 50 in southern Iraq (12th Imam doom's day cult)

    01/18/2008 8:30:21 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies · 181+ views
    AP ^ | 01/19/08 | CHRISTOPHER CHESTER
    Clashes kill nearly 50 in southern Iraq By CHRISTOPHER CHESTER, Associated Press Writer 2 hours, 10 minutes ago Violence left nearly 50 people dead in two major southern cities Friday when members of a shadowy, messianic cult attacked police and fellow Shiite worshippers — a year after a similar plot was foiled during Shiite Islam's most important holiday. Iraqi authorities said at least 36 people were reported killed in Basra, Iraq's second largest city, and at least 10 in Nasiriyah, where witnesses said U.S.-led coalition jet fighters and helicopter gunships targeted a police station seized by cult gunmen. U.S. military...
  • Reconciliation in Iraq: Don't Hold Your Breath

    01/17/2008 6:44:18 PM PST · by Retain Mike · 5 replies · 223+ views
    U.S. Naval Institue Proceedings ^ | January 2008 | Colonel Norvell B. DeAtkine, U.S. Army (Retired)
    Reconciliation in Iraq: Don't Hold Your Breath By Colonel Norvell B. DeAtkine, U.S. Army (Retired) The war-torn nation is a victim of its tortured history. The word "reconciliation" has become a synonym for success in Iraq. It was enshrined as the centerpiece of the 18 benchmarks imposed on the Iraqi government by domestic American political pressures, presumably to have some measure of success or failure in an unpopular conflict. The concept as enunciated in the troop surge was that the calming of Baghdad would give the Iraqi politicians time to work out the differences between the various sectarian demands. The...
  • Deadly clashes mar Iraq Ashura ceremonies

    01/18/2008 2:27:34 PM PST · by mojito · 7 replies · 150+ views
    AFP/Google ^ | 1/18/2008 | unattributed
    BASRA, Iraq (AFP) — Clashes between a Shiite messianic sect and security forces in two southern Iraqi cities on Friday killed dozens of cult members, policemen and civilians, marring Ashura religious rituals, officials said. The fighting came as hundreds of thousands of Shiites descended on the holy city of Karbala in central Iraq for Saturday's climax of Ashura and as radical cleric Moqtada al-Sadr issued a sharp warning to the government. Members of a Shiite doomsday sect led by Ahmed al-Hassani al-Yamani simultaneously attacked police and troops with machine-guns and light arms in the cities of Basra and Nasiriyah at...
  • A Provocation By Iran Could Have A Major Influence On Our Election

    01/16/2008 12:54:23 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies · 376+ views
    The Day ^ | January 16, 2008 | Bridget Johnson
    IIn the movie “Die Hard 2,” a terrorist is laying out his nefarious plans to the air-traffic control chief — played by one Sen. Fred Thompson — at Dulles International Airport. “Dammit, you can't do this!” an aghast Thompson tells the terrorist character. “I am doing this!” snarls the terrorist. With similar melodramatic aplomb, the Iranians played a potentially deadly game of chicken just as all eyes were fixated on Thompson and the rest of the New Hampshire hopefuls. As Iranian speedboats confronted U.S. warships in the Persian Gulf, a radio transmission intoned in the speaker's best Darth Vader English,...
  • Difficulties beyond politics: Sheiks in two Iraqi villages see farming and other needs

    01/02/2008 4:50:32 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 229+ views
    Sierra Vista Herald/Bisbee Review ^ | Bill Hess Embed w/40th Exped. Sig Bn.
    ISLAH VILLAGE, Iraq — Farming is a difficult life under the best of circumstances. And Iraqi farmers are finding the price of materials, the lack of government help and the amount they get for their produce in this troubled Middle East nation is not providing anything more than a basic subsistence level of existence. For Sheik Hamid Rohayim Ali Al Humayri, it is hard life in the farming-based Islah Village of 40 homes — in Iraq, areas are defined by the number of houses, not population — even though the soil is fertile and water is easy to obtain through...
  • Iran, Nuclear Weapons, and the new National Intelligence Estimate

    12/29/2007 9:30:09 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies · 458+ views
    PHX News ^ | December 29, 2007 | Senator Fred Thompson
    The new National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Iran’s Nuclear Intentions and Capabilities doesn’t change my view of that we need to restrain Iran. The NIE confirms that as recently as the fall of 2003, Iran was covertly working to develop nuclear weapons. Perhaps they have since halted their covert nuclear weapons work, but meanwhile they continue to aggressively pursue a uranium enrichment capability, despite the fact that it makes no economic sense as a civilian program. This program was begun secretly as part of their larger nuclear weapons program and could be converted to bomb-making in short order. The knowledge...
  • First signs of hope appear in Iraq

    12/28/2007 3:29:13 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 221+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/28/07 | Robert H. Reid - ap
    BAGHDAD - Former Sunni insurgents are signing up to fight al-Qaida, Shiite militias have toned down attacks, commerce is reviving and monthly casualty counts are falling. But the failure of Iraq's leaders to strike power-sharing deals raises questions whether the progress can survive after America begins sending its troops home next year. Nearly a year after the U.S. gambled by pouring troops into Iraq's capital, there is finally cause for hope that the worst of the Iraq war may have passed, even if the endgame takes longer than Americans and Iraqis want. The political rivalries between Sunnis and Shiites that...
  • Iraqi Shiite leader defends Iran

    11/25/2007 3:41:41 PM PST · by Flavius · 12 replies · 124+ views
    ap ^ | 11/25/07 | y SAMEER N. YACOUB, Associated Press Writer
    BAGHDAD - Iraq's most influential Shiite politician said Sunday that the U.S had not backed up claims that Iran is fueling violence here, underscoring a wide gap on the issue between Washington and the Shiite-led Baghdad government. These are only accusations raised by the multinational forces and I think these accusations need more proof," Abdul-Aziz al-Hakim, leader of the Supreme Islamic Iraq Council, told reporters. Al-Hakim, who has been undergoing treatment for lung cancer in Iran, said the Iranians have insisted in meetings with Iraqi officials that "their true will is to support the Iraqi government" and to promote stability.
  • Islam's Assassins are Dancing

    10/31/2007 7:56:50 AM PDT · by Posting · 6 replies · 201+ views
    thesop. ^ | October 30, 2007
    Islam's Assassins are Dancing by SOPnewswire Posted October 30, 2007 In a ministry that spans 44 years, bestselling author Chris Panos has worked with and ministered to Muslims in countries including Syria, Iran, Jordan, Israel, Lebanon, India, China, Spain, and Africa. His latest book, Dancing with Islam's Assassins, takes on the issues raised by the spread of radical Islam. In his book, Panos points out that Islamic terrorism impacts everybody, Muslim and non-Muslim alike. If you are a Sunni Muslim, you need to worry about Shiite Muslims; if you are a Shiite Muslim, you need to worry about the Sunnis....
  • Naming the enemy: Islamist terrorists are learning from Iraq. So must we.

    10/27/2007 11:44:10 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies · 386+ views
    The Australian ^ | October 27, 2007
    THE death of Special Air Service soldier Sergeant Matthew Locke on Thursday in Afghanistan is a terrible reminder that there is rarely such a thing as a war without casualties. Sergeant Locke died fighting a barbaric enemy that seeks not just to take Afghanistan back to the dark ages but to use it as a base from which to destroy us. Worryingly, the death of two Australian soldiers in three weeks is not just a tragic coincidence. Things are not going well in the poorly named war on terror. As Frank Furedi writes in Inquirer today, we have been unable...
  • US: Raid of Baghdad's Sadr City kills 49

    10/21/2007 7:11:09 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 49 replies · 69+ views
    AP ^ | 10/21/07 | SINAN SALAHEDDIN
    US: Raid of Baghdad's Sadr City kills 49 By SINAN SALAHEDDIN, Associated Press Writer 1 hour, 25 minutes ago U.S. forces backed by airstrikes raided Sadr City, Baghdad's main Shiite district, killing 49 militants on Sunday as they targeted a militia leader accused in high-profile kidnappings, the military said. Iraqi officials said women and children were among the dead. The Iraqi reports followed other recent claims of civilian deaths as a result of U.S. military action or shootings by private Western security teams protecting American diplomats and aid groups. The military said it was not know of any civilians killed....
  • More Ground-Up Reconciliation (more good news from Iraq)

    10/17/2007 9:59:37 PM PDT · by jdm · 2 replies · 69+ views
    Captain's Quarters ^ | October 17, 2007 | Ed Morrissey
    As the Maliki government continues its slow pace towards legislative reform, the US has increased its efforts to bring reconciliation to Iraq, and has met with some quiet but significant success. Evolving from the surge strategy and counterinsurgency tactics of General David Petraeus, the Sunnis and Shi'ites have begun reaching out to each other as the violence continues to ebb: Aboard the 70-mile flight from Baghdad to Ramadi was a top Pentagon envoy and a leader of Iraq's biggest Shiite political party. They were paying a visit to Sunni sheiks who have joined the U.S. battle against extremists. The meeting...
  • Washington's Double Vision: al-Qaida, Iran and Global Islamo-fascism

    10/16/2007 9:03:08 PM PDT · by PRePublic · 4 replies · 204+ views
    JapanFocus ^ | August 17, 2007
    Washington's Double Vision: al-Qaida, Iran and Global Islamo-fascism Paul Rogers The United States needs to keep the focus on al-Qaida while targeting Iran. It isn't easy. There's no escaping Iraq. Two incidents in recent days bear heavily on the unending conflict in that country. More broadly, they reveal how the United States administration's definition of its "war on terror" (or "long war") reflects entrapment in a way of thinking that requires it constantly to press the real world into the service of a partisan, dangerous, and self-defeating ideology. First, the four coordinated truck-bombings of 14 August 2007 which targeted the...
  • (Muslims on Muslims violence in...) Uganda: Iganga Muslims Fight Over Idd Day

    10/15/2007 6:47:59 PM PDT · by Posting · 12 replies · 101+ views
    allafrica ^ | 16 Oct. 2007
    Uganda: Iganga Muslims Fight Over Idd Day The Monitor (Kampala) 16 October 2007 Posted to the web 15 October 2007 Fredrick Sooma Iganga Last week's Idd Day prayers and celebrations in Iganga District turned dramatic when rival Muslim sects disagreed on the day on which to mark the end of the fasting season. The Sunni Muslims said they had sighted the moon which meant an end to the fasting and therefore went ahead to organise Idd prayers for Friday. However, the Shiite Muslims claimed the moon had not yet been sighted and wanted the celebrations to be postponed. The founder...
  • Palestinians tortured and murdered in Iraq

    10/01/2007 2:41:09 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 15 replies · 176+ views
    Radio Netherlands ^ | October 01 2007
    Baghdad - A report by Amnesty International says thousands of Palestinian refugees in Iraq are the victims of gross human rights violations. Many of them have been kidnapped, tortured and murdered by Shiite militias. The predominantly Sunni Palestinians have been targeted because Shiite extremists claim they received preferential treatment under Saddam Hussein. They are also suspected of supporting Sunni insurgents. Amnesty says this is the reason Palestinians are often arrested by Iraqi security forces and many of them have been tortured in prison.