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  • Trouble in Iraq?

    01/16/2010 2:15:29 PM PST · by Bobibutu · 1 replies · 242+ views
    Poliquicks ^ | JANUARY 16, 2010 | H. THOMAS HAYDEN
    The Iraqi electoral commission has decided to ban as many as over 500 potential candidates allegedly tied to the outlawed Baath Party of Saddam Hussein and will be barred from running in the March 7 elections. Many are known to be Iraq’s minority Sunni Muslims, formerly mostly allied with Hussein. The decision last week by the Justice and Accountability Commission, which handles Iraq’s “de-Baathification” efforts, outraged the Sunni population.
  • Saudi-Iran frictions at graves revered by Shiites

    01/04/2010 7:09:44 AM PST · by Artemis Webb · 6 replies · 510+ views
    AP ^ | 010410 | HADEEL AL-SHALCHI,
    MEDINA, Saudi Arabia – At the cemetery where the Prophet Muhammad's family is buried, an Iranian Shiite Muslim pilgrim overcome with emotion was jerked by a Saudi soldier, who barked a sharp order: "Stop crying!" The soldier, a gun at his hip, then hovered over the pilgrim as he wrapped up his prayers to make sure he didn't start weeping again. The Baqee cemetery is where the bitter rivalry between Sunni powerhouse Saudi Arabia and Shiite Iran gets personal. Iranians and other Shiites flock to the graves to pay respects to several revered descendants of Islam's prophet, while Saudi soldiers...
  • Militant Iraqi Nationalists Struggle with Approach to al-Qaeda’s Islamic State of Iraq

    01/02/2010 12:28:06 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 211+ views
    Jamestown Foundation ^ | 12/23/2009 | Pascale Combelles Siegel
    The string of deadly bombings against government buildings and Shiite landmarks in Baghdad that began last August provides a startling reminder that the Qaeda-associated Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) remains a clear danger to Iraq’s long-term stability. The three sets of multiple attacks that took place on August 19, October 25, and December 8—the three deadliest attacks since 2007—killed at least 362 people and wounded over 1,233. In an otherwise continuously improving security situation, the ISI claimed responsibility for the spectacular, headline-grabbing attacks in an effort to embarrass the Iraqi government, intensify Sunni disgruntlement with the current political establishment and...
  • Arabs Unite In Yemen Against Iran

    12/18/2009 1:14:39 AM PST · by myknowledge · 2 replies · 562+ views
    Strategy Page ^ | December 16, 2009
    The war against Iranian supported, Shia tribesmen, in northern Yemen, continues. Many of the key rebels have retreated to their fortified villages in the mountains. The Yemeni air force is bombing these villages, and the Shia rebels are complaining about civilian casualties. That's usually a sign that they are losing, and striving to make their use of human shields as effective as possible. The Saudi Air Force is heavily patrolling, and bombing the Yemen border region, hitting rebels (and non-hostile smugglers) caught crossing the semi-desert frontier region. Yemen has had its differences with Saudi Arabia in the past, particularly over...
  • FBI Gunfight Leaves Mich. Suspect Dead: Suspect Was Leader of Sect Seeking Islamic State in U.S.

    10/28/2009 9:26:28 PM PDT · by iowamark · 17 replies · 974+ views
    ABC News ^ | 10/28/2009 | JASON RYAN and PIERRE THOMAS
    FBI agents hoping to break up an alleged interstate crime ring dealing in arson, fraud and possibly stolen vehicles, ended up in a gunfight at a Detroit-area warehouse, after which a suspect lay dead. The FBI sought to arrest Luqman Ameen Abdullah, a.k.a. Christopher Thomas, 53, who a criminal complaint said was the imam of a radical fundamentalist Sunni group called Masjid Al-Haqq that seeks to establish a sovereign Islamic state inside the United States... Abdullah and 10 others were charged today in a criminal complaint with conspiracy and theft of interstate shipments, mail fraud to obtain the proceeds of...
  • Foxnews: Islamic Supremecist Group With Ties To Al Qaeda Hold First U.S. Conference (Video)

    07/17/2009 9:36:45 AM PDT · by Talkradio03 · 11 replies · 578+ views
    hotairpundit ^ | 7/17/09 | talkradio03
    Group with ties to Al Queda that supports militant Jihad are gonna have their very own conference in the U.S. Experts say the group is more dangerous than the ones on the terror list
  • Islamic Supremacist Group Holds First U.S. Conference

    07/17/2009 6:24:16 AM PDT · by my small voice · 17 replies · 1,132+ views
    Fox News ^ | 7/17/09 | Diane Macedo
    Islamic Supremacist Group Holds First U.S. Conference Friday, July 17, 2009 Diane Macedo Print ShareThis YouTube The Khilafah Conference 2009 is scheduled to be held July 19, 2009 at the Hilton Oak Lawn hotel. A group committed to establishing an international Islamic empire and reportedly linked to Al Qaeda is stepping up its Western recruitment efforts by holding its first official conference in the U.S. Hizb ut-Tahrir is a global Sunni network with reported ties to confessed 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and Al Qaeda in Iraq's onetime leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. It has operated discreetly in the U.S. for...
  • Iran hangs 13 members of rebel Sunni Muslim group

    07/15/2009 6:53:19 AM PDT · by Cheney-Palin 2012 · 22 replies · 1,697+ views
    Associated Press ^ | July 15, 2009
    Iran hanged 13 members of a Sunni Muslim rebel group Tuesday convicted of bombings and killings in the country's restive southeast near the borders with Pakistan and Afghanistan, the state news agency reported. The mass execution was the largest ever carried out against members of Jundallah and was likely meant as a warning to the group, which is composed of Sunnis from the Baluchi ethnic minority. They have waged a low-level insurgency in recent years, accusing the mostly Shiite and Persian Iranian government of persecution. The group, whose name means Soldiers of God in Farsi, took credit for a suicide...
  • Residents of Aisha Bakkar fear more violence after street clashes

    06/30/2009 2:10:12 AM PDT · by forkinsocket · 1 replies · 246+ views
    Daily Star ^ | June 30, 2009 | Stephen Dockery
    BEIRUT: A tense calm held in the Beirut neighborhood of Aisha Bakkar during the day Monday after armed clashes on Sunday left one person killed and several wounded. A large number of Lebanese Armed Forces soldiers tanks and armored personnel carriers lined Rachidine Street, which divides Aisha Bakkar between supporters of the Future and Amal parties, as the military tried to keep calm in the neighborhood. Despite the military presence, the atmosphere in the neighborhood was strained, as groups of men congregated on sidewalks and around vandalized cars and shattered glass from Sunday's fighting. On both sides of the road...
  • Will Shi'ite Militias Seek Revenge in Iraq?

    04/26/2009 8:58:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies · 346+ views
    Time ^ | 4/26/09
    Abu Zaid, a Shi'ite in the Mahdi Army militia led by Moqtada al-Sadr, says he is simply waiting for word on whether to fight again. With a series of bombing attacks against Shi'ites leaving at least 150 people dead in recent days, many Iraqis have wondered whether the Mahdi Army will continue to stand down or renew death squad killings as they did when sectarian violence raged out of control for more than a year beginning in 2006. Zaid and others associated with Sadr say that for now the militia is effectively dormant. "The Mahdi Army is off the streets...
  • The big sleep

    04/25/2009 2:45:38 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 3 replies · 290+ views
    The National ^ | April 24. 2009 | Nir Rosen
    The Sunni militiamen of the Awakening movement have outlived their usefulness to American forces and the Iraqi government. Some worry these unemployed fighters will relaunch the insurgency they left behind – but they don't stand a chance. Nir Rosen reports. On March 28, clashes erupted in Baghdad’s Fadhil district after Iraqi troops arrested the leader of the local Awakening Council, Adil al Mashhadani, one of many former Sunni insurgents who had allied with American forces in the fight against al Qaeda-inspired Salafi militants in Iraq. Mashhadani’s men staged a two-day uprising, which was put down by Iraqis with considerable help...
  • Analysis: Two Muslim camps fighting the Middle East's new cold war

    04/19/2009 4:01:43 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 14 replies · 851+ views
    jpost.com ^ | Updated Apr 20, 2009 1:03 | By YAAKOV LAPPIN
    It's official - Cairo and Hizbullah are fighting a full-fledged media war. The Egyptian press and government officials have, for several consecutive days, been hurling insults at the Shi'ite group, in one instance comparing its leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah to a monkey.
  • Al-Qaeda Infiltrating Pro-U.S. Militias in Iraq, Sources Say

    04/02/2009 6:12:57 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 11 replies · 819+ views
    Time ^ | Mar. 31, 2009 | Rania Abouzeid
    Sheik Hamid al-Hayess is not optimistic. A burly man with a thick black mustache and closely knitted brows, he is one of the founding members of the Anbar Awakening. The grouping of Sunni tribal sheiks in the once al-Qaeda–infested western province turned against the insurgents and sided with the U.S. military, providing the model for what became a nationwide campaign known as the Sahwa. But that model is in trouble. "The Sahwa has been infiltrated by al-Qaeda," he says somberly. "A civil war is coming." If it happens, this time the lines in the sand will more likely be between...
  • Saudi authorities arrest Baqer tiger

    03/16/2009 6:30:58 AM PDT · by harwood · 3 replies · 519+ views
    Tiger said in his Friday sermon at the University of Imam Hussein in Awamiya: "It is ready to enter the prison and with the severity of torture and even murder," adding that "refuses to respect the Shiite," he said.
  • Muslims in America, The Series, Part Two, Islam in US Prisons

    02/10/2009 7:07:37 AM PST · by RightSideNews · 11 replies · 963+ views
    Right Side News ^ | February 10, 2009 | Kathy Shaidle
    February 10, 2009 Part Two: Islam in American Prisons By Kathy Shaidle RightSideNews Copyright © 2009 "One in 10 inmates behind bars turns to Islam." It was small story in a local newspaper called the Daily Herald out of Everett, Washington, but it spread quickly around the internet, thanks to that startling claim. The paper's February 2009 investigation declared that so-called "prison Islam" was the fastest-growing religious group in U.S. correctional facilities. Some of those worshippers claim affiliation with the Nation of Islam (NOR), a black separatist movement that was launched and promoted by two convicts, Elijah Mohammed and his...
  • Suicide Attack on Iraq Pilgrimage Kills 30

    02/13/2009 6:18:03 AM PST · by Cronos · 28 replies · 2,374+ views
    NY Times ^ | Feb 13,2009 | Marc Santora
    A female suicide bomber with explosives hidden under flowing black garments blew herself up in a crowd of Shiite pilgrims including many women and children south of Baghdad on Friday, killing at least 30 people and injuring dozens more, according to initial reports from Iraqi security officials. ---snip--- The suicide bomber had apparently been aiming to pass through the center of Abu Jasim village in al-Musaib, a popular resting place for pilgrims, a local police official said. When she could not get past a checkpoint just outside the village, the attacker went to a tent that had been set up...
  • Influential Iraqi Sheik Praises Reconciliation Efforts

    01/14/2009 3:37:14 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 301+ views
    BAGHDAD, Jan. 14, 2009 – A senior Sunni sheik is encouraged by displaced people returning to their homes, and he wants the people of Iraq to know about it. Multinational Division Baghdad leaders with the 1st Infantry Division’s 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team visited with Sheik Maqmoud al-Falahi at the offices outside the Um al-Qura Mosque on Jan. 11. Army Lt. Col. Christopher Beckert, the brigade’s deputy commander, and Katherine Carroll, a Vanderbilt University professor serving with the brigade’s “human terrain team,” met with Falahi to talk about people who moved away from Baghdad's Hurriyah neighborhood eight months ago to...
  • Iran calls for the overthrow of Egyptian, Saudi regimes

    12/12/2008 6:21:22 PM PST · by Sammy67 · 13 replies · 692+ views
    JihadWatch ^ | 12/12/08
    Mubarak especially is often referred to as "Pharaoh" -- from an Islamic perspective, an extremely demeaning epithet, since Pharaoh in the Koran is the ultimate representative of infidelity, idolatry, and tyranny. "Calls in Iran to Topple Egyptian, Saudi Regimes," by Y. Mansharof for MEMRI, December 12: Iran's attacks and accusations against Egypt and Saudi Arabia have recently intensified. In early December, Iran's leading conservative government dailies Kayhan and Jomhouri-ye Eslami accused the Egyptian and Saudi regimes of treason, and called on their peoples to topple their regimes. Kayhan editor Hossein Shariatmadari, who is close to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, praised...
  • 'Iran wants to devour the Arab world' [Hosni Mubarak ]

    12/11/2008 5:10:18 AM PST · by SJackson · 51 replies · 909+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 12-10-08
    Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak spoke out against Iran during a meeting with members of the Egyptian ruling party, a report in the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Jarida said Thursday, according to Israel Radio. Mubarak accused the Islamic Republic of trying to subsume its Muslim neighbors, telling the forum that "the Persians are trying to devour the Arab states." Mubarak's comments came after the Egyptian leader recalled the country's diplomatic envoy from the Iranian capital earlier this week following an increase in tension between the two countries. Recent strain between Cairo and Teheran has grown as several demonstrations in Iran called for the...
  • Iran Says Rebels Killed 16 Abducted Policemen

    12/05/2008 1:43:10 PM PST · by forkinsocket · 2 replies · 272+ views
    RFE/RL ^ | December 05, 2008 | Reuters
    TEHRAN (Reuters) -- Iran has announced that a Sunni rebel group killed all of the 16 police officers it abducted in a town in the southeast of the country in June, shortly after they were kidnapped, the official IRNA news agency reported. Jondollah (God's Soldiers), which Shi'ite-dominated Iran says has links with Al-Qaeda, took the 16 police hostage from a checkpoint in the town of Saravan in Sistan-Baluchestan Province, demanding the release of 200 of its jailed members. The group, which reportedly had transferred the hostages to Pakistan, said last month it had killed four of the hostages. Iran's deputy...