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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 · 15 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...
  • Sunni, Shi’a, Christians Work Together to Equip Iraqi Security Forces

    11/30/2008 7:02:42 AM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 271+ views
    BAGHDAD — Senior Iraqi and Coalition leaders marked the transfer of the 3,000th armored Humvee to the Government of Iraq Nov. 22, through a program employing 522 Iraqis from different ethnic and religious backgrounds including Sunni, Shi’a and Christian. This milestone transfer is part of a program to produce mission-ready armored Humvees for issue to the Iraqi military and Police forces and to provide on-the-job training to Iraqi mechanics. The two-year program includes refurbishment of Humvees for the Iraqi Ministries of Defense and Interior and the Counter-Terrorism Bureau. The first vehicles went to the Iraqi Army on March 12 of...
  • Mohamed Sifaoui: 'Islamism is Fascism'

    11/22/2008 12:24:15 PM PST · by Righting · 11 replies · 781+ views
    meforums ^ | Spring, 2008
    Print Send RSS Mohamed Sifaoui was born on July 4, 1967, and spent most of his childhood in Algeria. He holds a master's degree in political science and studied theology for two years at the University of Algiers and for two additional years at Zeitouna University's Institute of Theology in Tunis. In 1994, he began work for the Algerian daily Le Soir and survived a February 11, 1996 bomb attack at Le Soir's headquarters at the Maison de la Presse. In 1999, the French government granted him political asylum after he received death threats both from Algerian Islamists and...
  • Saudi and Sudanese Writers Warn Of 'Shi'ite Octopus' Taking Over Sudan

    10/12/2008 7:07:16 AM PDT · by SJackson · 6 replies · 436+ views
    MEMRI ^ | 10-12-08
    Saudi and Sudanese Writers Warn Of 'Shi'ite Octopus' Taking Over Sudan The religious rift between Sunnis and Shi'ites in the Middle East, and the tension between the Arab countries, particularly the Gulf states and Egypt on the one hand, and Iran on the other hand are also manifested in Sudan-Iran relations. While the Sudanese regime maintains close ties with Iran, some Sudanese, especially those residing outside the country, have voiced concerns that Sudan may join the countries under Iranian influence. Over the past few years, there have been several uproars in the Arab press over perceived attempts by Iran to...
  • We run the road

    10/05/2008 12:38:11 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 1 replies · 312+ views
    The National ^ | September 26. 2008 | Nir Rosen
    On May 12, a few days after street fighting erupted in Beirut, I drove to Majd al Anjar, a Sunni stronghold in Lebanon’s Bekaa, close to the Syrian border, where gunmen were still blocking the motorway from Beirut to Damascus. At the edge of town, several hundred men with automatic rifles, rocket propelled grenade launchers, pistols and hand grenades stood before earthen barriers and fires. Some wore masks. There was nobody in command – this was a mob, not a militia. The men were angry, afraid, suspicious, shouting at strangers and each other, each one an authority unto himself, carelessly...
  • Sunni and Shia Hackers Battle it Out Online

    10/05/2008 7:00:36 AM PDT · by BCW · 1 replies · 261+ views
    Asharq Alawsat Newspaper ^ | 02 OCT 2008 | Turki Al-Saheil
    Riyadh, Asharq Al-Awsat- Hackers, believed to be of Iranian origin have destroyed a number of Sunni Internet websites, including the alislamnet.com website, which belongs to Dr. Aaidh al-Qarni, a Saudi preacher, and another website that specializes in the prophet's Sunna [line of conduct] and its sciences, in addition to other websites. This campaign is believed to be in retaliation for a similar campaign that was led by Sunni hackers against Shiite websites. The hackers drew the Iranian flag on an unidentified face and wrote at the top of the website's main page in both Arabic and Persian the following Koranic...
  • Waiting For The Gift From Nowhere

    10/04/2008 9:22:23 AM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies · 630+ views
    Strategy Page ^ | 10/4/2008
    October 4, 2008: Increasingly, Sunni Arab clerics are agreeing with their Shia counterparts, that Iran and the Sunni Arabs are on a collision course. It's not just about which version of Islam is to be dominant, but which Islamic country will control the most sacred Islamic shrines, and, in effect, become the spiritual leader of the Islamic world. No one has held that position for about a thousand years. Saudi Arabia controls the key shrines (Mecca and Medina), but the Saudis are not accepted as the leader of the Islamic world. To most Moslems, the Saudis are a bunch of...
  • Some deadly [Islamic] bombings in Baghdad this year [2008]

    09/15/2008 1:52:33 AM PDT · by Righting · 192+ views
    ap.google ^ | Feb 12, 2008
    Some deadly bombings in Baghdad this year [2008] _July 15: Two suicide bombers blow themselves up in a crowd of army recruits at the Saad military camp in Baqouba, killing at least 28. _June 26: A suicide bomber detonates an explosive belt inside a municipal government building in Karmah, killing at least 20 people at a meeting of tribal sheiks opposed to al-Qaida. _June 26: A car bombing near a government headquarters in the northern city of Mosul kills 20. _June 22: A female suicide bomber wearing an explosive belt detonates herself in front of a government complex in Baqouba,...
  • Iraq seeks breakup of U.S.-funded Sunni fighters

    08/26/2008 6:34:32 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 19 replies · 234+ views
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | Tuesday, August 26, 2008
    BAGHDAD -- An emboldened Iraqi government has launched an aggressive campaign to disband a U.S.-funded force of Sunni Arab fighters that has been key to Iraq's fragile peace, arresting prominent members and sending others into hiding or exile as their former patrons in the American military reluctantly stand by. The Shiite Muslim-led government has long distrusted the fighters, many of whom are former insurgents. Senior Shiite politicians label some of the members murderers, and warn that there is no long-term obligation to employ them after their units are disbanded. "The ones in Baghdad and Diyala province just changed their T-shirts....
  • Iraq Takes Aim at Leaders of U.S.-Tied Sunni Groups

    08/22/2008 7:04:40 AM PDT · by forkinsocket · 44 replies · 164+ views
    The NY Times ^ | August 21, 2008 | RICHARD A. OPPEL Jr.
    BAGHDAD — The Shiite-dominated government in Iraq is driving out many leaders of Sunni citizen patrols, the groups of former insurgents who joined the American payroll and have been a major pillar in the decline in violence around the nation. In restive Diyala Province, United States and Iraqi military officials say there were orders to arrest hundreds of members of what is known as the Awakening movement as part of large security operations by the Iraqi military. At least five senior members have been arrested there in recent weeks, leaders of the groups say. West of Baghdad, former insurgent leaders...
  • Sunni Shrine in Baghdad Scene of Deadly Blast

    08/17/2008 4:38:04 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 3 replies · 92+ views
    The NY Times ^ | August 17, 2008 | ERICA GOODE and ALI HAMEED
    BAGHDAD — The plaza in front of Baghdad’s famous Abu Hanifa mosque in the Adhamiya district has lately been a place of joyous celebration and worship. On Sunday evening it was a scene of terror, as a suicide bomber struck a crowded street in front of the shrine. Police and witnesses said the blast killed 15 people and wounded 29 others. Among the dead was Faruq Abdul Sattar, a deputy commander of Adhamiya’s Sunni Awakening council, the American-backed local force that guards the neighborhood, which is a Sunni stronghold. Witnesses said that the bomber, a man, may have been riding...
  • Bombers kill 50 in Iraq, wound nearly 250

    07/28/2008 5:22:34 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 51 replies · 856+ views
    Bombers kill 50 in Iraq, wound nearly 250 BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Three female suicide bombers killed 28 people and wounded 92 in Baghdad on Monday as Shi'ite pilgrims flooded into the Iraqi capital for a major religious event, police said. In the northern oil city of Kirkuk a bomb killed at least 22 people and wounded 150 at a protest against a controversial provincial elections law, Iraqi health and security officials said. The U.S. military said initial reports showed the attack was carried out by a suicide bomber. The blasts marked one of the bloodiest days in months and underscored...
  • Defining “Victory” in Iraq

    07/26/2008 10:48:10 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 14 replies · 148+ views
    Commentary Magazine ^ | 7/26/08 | Michael J. Totten
    As recently as the first half of 2007, the idea of an American victory in Iraq seemed like a fantasy to just about everyone, including me. General David Petraeus surged additional troops to Iraq, however, and he transformed the joint American-Iraqi counterinsurgency strategy into what nearly all observers now acknowledge is a remarkable and unexpected success. Few bothers to argue otherwise anymore. What remains ambiguous and contested is the definition of an American victory. It’s slightly tricky for a couple of reasons. Pinpointing the exact date when a counterinsurgency ends – not just in Iraq, but any counterinsurgency – is...
  • Iraq's Sunni Arab bloc rejoins government (They're BAack!!)

    07/19/2008 1:53:48 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 418+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 7/19/08 | Waleed Ibrahim
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's main Sunni Arab bloc rejoined the Shi'ite-led government on Saturday in a breakthrough for national reconciliation after parliament approved its candidates for several vacant ministerial posts. Getting the Accordance Front to return after it quit a year ago in a row over power sharing has been seen as key to healing divisions between majority Shi'ites and minority Sunni Arabs. Sunni Arabs have little voice in the current cabinet, which is dominated by Shi'ites and ethnic Kurds. "Today, parliament voted to accept our candidates ... This means the Accordance Front has officially returned to the government," a...
  • Sunnis close to joining Iraqi government

    07/02/2008 4:42:34 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 28 replies · 223+ views
    The Penisula (Quatar) ^ | 7/2/2008 2:6:1 | Reuters
    BAGHDAD • Iraq's main Sunni Arab bloc is close to rejoining the Shia-led government, officials said yesterday, a move that would amount to a long-awaited political breakthrough. Getting the Accordance Front to return to government after it quit nearly a year ago is widely seen as a key step in reconciling feuding factions after years of sectarian conflict. Sunni Arabs have little voice in the current cabinet, which is dominated by Shias and ethnic Kurds. Asked if the Front was set to rejoin, spokesman Salim Al Jubouri said: "Yes. Many of our demands have been executed ... sharing of responsibility,...
  • Group Claims Responsibility for Iraq Attack

    06/28/2008 9:08:24 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 3 replies · 130+ views
    The NY Times ^ | June 29, 2008 | ALISSA J. RUBIN
    The insurgent group Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia claimed responsibility on Saturday for a suicide bombing in Anbar Province that killed 20 Iraqis and three American marines on Thursday. In a communiqué posted on jihadi Web sites and translated by the SITE Institute monitoring group, the insurgents declared “open war” on members of Sunni Awakening groups in Anbar that have been recruited by the United States to fight Islamic extremists. The statement condemned Awakening members for fighting insurgents and for standing by the “filthy crusaders,” meaning the United States and the Shiite-led Iraqi government. Local police officers and tribal leaders said...
  • US military to hand back Sunni bastion of Anbar to Iraq

    06/23/2008 2:23:38 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 19 replies · 216+ views
    AFP ^ | June 23, 2008 5 hours ago | AFP
    BAGHDAD (AFP) — The US military is to hand over security control of the former Sunni insurgent bastion of Anbar province to Iraqi forces in the next 10 days, a US military spokesman announced on Monday."The handover of Anbar is expected to take place in the next 10 days," Lieutenant David Russell told AFP, declining to provide an exact date.Anbar would be the tenth of Iraq's 18 provinces to be handed back to Iraqi forces by the US-led coalition amid a push to transfer security control of the entire country back to Baghdad.Anbar province in western Iraq, the country's largest,...
  • Sunni Group Announces Execution of 2 Iranian Policemen

    06/21/2008 8:38:15 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 3 replies · 178+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | June 21, 2008 | Thomas Erdbrink
    TEHRAN, June 20 -- An armed Sunni group said Friday that it had executed two Iranian policemen, and it threatened to kill 14 others abducted a week ago in an area near the border with Pakistan. Iranian authorities did not immediately react to a videotape purporting to show the killings, part of which was aired Friday by the al-Arabiya satellite channel, based in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates. Iran has accused the United States of assisting the group, known as Jundallah, or God's Brigade. In 2007, ABC News quoted U.S. and Pakistani intelligence officials as saying that Jundallah members...
  • Sunni Group Claims Bombing of Iran Mosque (back in April)

    06/18/2008 6:47:19 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 7 replies · 187+ views
    Reuters ^ | June 19, 2008
    Sunni Group Claims Bombing of Iran Mosque June 19, 2008 Reuters DUBAI -- A little-known Iranian Sunni dissident group says it was behind a deadly mosque bombing in southern Iran, which Tehran blames on the United States, Britain, and Israel, according to an Internet statement. "This is the very first operation and the signal to the criminal (Shi'ite) regime of Iran ... to stop its oppression, cruelty and injustice towards ... Sunnis," the Jihadi Movement of the Sunna People of Iran said. The group said it carried out the attack, which killed 14 people in the southern city of Shiraz...
  • Commentary: Iraq ripe for Iranian [militant Shia Muslim] domination

    06/12/2008 7:15:30 PM PDT · by Righting · 9 replies · 137+ views
    timesonline ^ | March 4, 2008
    Commentary: Iraq ripe for Iranian domination Richard Beeston, Foreign Editor of The Times Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was right to look smug at the end of his two-day state visit to Iraq. Not only did he become the first Iranian president to visit Baghdad, but he also took a big step towards achieving the victory that had eluded Ayatollah Khomeini, the father of the Iranian revolution.
  • Saudi clerics accuse Shias of destabilising Muslim countries

    06/03/2008 7:03:41 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies · 117+ views
    The Penisula (Quatar) ^ | 6/3/2008 2:28:34 | AP
    riyadh • Hardline Sunni clerics accused Shias on Sunday of destabilising Muslim countries and humiliating Sunnis, just days before a Muslim interfaith conference called by Saudi Arabia's king. The attacks on Iran, Iraq and Hezbollah — though contrary to official policy — highlight the sharp, growing distrust between Islam's two arms, and its potential to cause more unrest. In a strongly worded statement, the 22 clerics savaged the Iranian-backed Shia Hezbollah in Lebanon, saying it has tricked Muslims into believing it is against Jews and Americans. The statement appeared on several websites on Sunday, including Al Moslim, which is run...
  • Is Hezbollah the Premier Threat?

    05/19/2008 1:16:04 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 2 replies · 106+ views
    Counterterrorism Blog. ^ | May 19, 2008 | Douglas Farah
    There is some serious re-evaluation of priorities in parts of the U.S. and European intelligence communities as to the who now poses the greatest strategic threat to the West-al Qaeda or Hezbollah. Hezbollah has publicly emerged in recent days the premier military force in Lebanon, able to act with relative impunity while the army stands by. But perhaps more importantly, Hezbollah has now become a public target of al Qaeda, as Osama bin Laden has explicitly stated in his most recent audio tape. Bin Laden singled out by name Hassan Nasrallah, leader of Hezbollah, whose 2006 war against Israel boosted...
  • Families Return to Chalabi Village

    05/04/2008 1:08:48 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 98+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Capt. Ryan Barnett, USA
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU — Approximately 120 men of the Chalabi tribe returned to their homes recently in the Sayafiyah region, about 25 kilometers southeast of Baghdad, more than a year after being driven out by al-Qaeda in Iraq extremists. Escorted by Sons of Iraq leader Jumah al-Kazarji and Soldiers of 1st Platoon, Company C, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), a large convoy of cars and trucks ushered the Chalabi men back to their abandoned village. Their reclamation of homes signaled the hopeful beginning of a new era of peace and...
  • "Sex Strike Against War." (Proposed Amendment to Colorado Constitution)

    04/26/2008 10:41:21 AM PDT · by Fizzie · 31 replies · 277+ views
    State of Colorado ^ | 4/22/08 | Page and Chester Penk
    Check out ballot initiative #101. It calls for a "sex strike" (by women only) annually on Aug. 16th, the birthday of a Sunni child. This is to take place in downtown Denver, and St. Paul MN. (Don't know why MN is required to abide by the CO constitution, but I'm sure there is good cause.) It is a "healing" amendment to the Colorado Constitution. There are currently 127 initiatives filed for Nov. ballot. If 1/3 of them get the required signatures, this could be one of the longest ballots in history. Check out some of the other crazy initiatives as...
  • Sunnis Agree to End Boycott, Rejoin Iraq Government

    04/24/2008 10:52:49 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies · 120+ views
    New York Times ^ | April 24, 2008 | JAMES GLANZ
    BAGHDAD — Iraq’s largest Sunni bloc has agreed to return to Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki’s cabinet after a boycott that lasted nearly a year, several Sunni leaders said on Thursday, citing a recently passed amnesty law and the Maliki government’s crackdown on Shiite militias as reasons for the move. The Sunni leaders said they were still working out the details of their return, an indication that the deal could still fall through. But such a return would represent a major political victory for Mr. Maliki in the midst of a military operation that has at times been criticized as...
  • Iran: Islamic Unity Charter compiled (shiite and sunni)

    04/15/2008 2:56:07 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 12 replies · 191+ views
    IRNA ^ | 14 April 08 | Unknown
    Secretary General of the World Assembly for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Taskhiri said on Saturday that Islamic unity charter has been compiled. In a meeting with Pakistani prominent Shia and Sunni ulema in Islamabad, he said the charter has outlined the commonalties shared by different Islamic sects. Referring to emphasis made by the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei for promotion of solidarity among the world Muslim nations, he said compilation of the Islamic unity charter is in line with the Supreme Leader's guidelines. He expressed the hope that during his stay in Pakistan, the charter...
  • Opposition and majority followers clash in Beirut streets(pro-Hezbollah Shiite vs pro-West Sunni?)

    04/06/2008 5:21:46 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies · 162+ views
    Earth Times ^ | 04/04/08
    Opposition and majority followers clash in Beirut streets Posted : Fri, 04 Apr 2008 20:38:06 GMT Author : DPA Beirut - Shiite opposition followers and rival Sunnis who back the western-backed Lebanese government clashed late Friday on the streets of the capital, Lebanese police said. Machinegun fire was heard across the areas of Ras al-Nabaa and Wataa al-Moustabeh but no further details were available, the police said. Local media reported that followers of the Shiite Amal movement, who are loyal to the opposition headed by Hezbollah, clashed with the Sunni Future Current movement led by majority leader Saad Hariri. Lebanese...
  • Are suspected terrorists in the “Toronto 18” the same as members of the “Toronto 19"

    03/25/2008 9:08:40 PM PDT · by Sammy67 · 3 replies · 480+ views
    By Judi McLeod Tuesday, March 25, 2008 In an effort to provide them a fair trial, the Canadian government is seeking a limited publication ban on the identities of the adults charged with belonging to the so-called “Toronto 18” group. The identity of the youth charged with belonging to a homegrown terror cell is already protected under the Young Criminal Justice Act. The trial for the youth gets underway in a Brampton court today. Almost unheard of since they were nabbed in a foiled undercover operation to kidnap and behead members of Parliament, among other things on June 2, 2006,...
  • I fought for my land against the US. Now I fight alongside them

    03/14/2008 11:15:38 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies · 1,117+ views
    Times of London ^ | 03/15/08 | Deborah Haynes
    March 15, 2008 I fought for my land against the US. Now I fight alongside them An Iraqi tells our correspondent of his long and violent journey to the side of the alliance forces April 8, 2004: Iraqi Sunni insurgents celebrate in front of a burning US convoy that they attacked near Abu Ghraib, on the outskirts of the flashpoint town of Fallujah Deborah Haynes, Baghdad As a loyal officer under Saddam Hussein, the Iraqi major never imagined that one day he would become an insurgent, but when Iraq fell five years ago he was left bitter, jobless and desperate...
  • Islam’s Animal Gulag--Where are all the animal rights activists?

    03/11/2008 5:33:40 AM PDT · by SJackson · 12 replies · 836+ views
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | 3-11-08 | Jamie Glazov
    Islam’s Animal Gulag   By Jamie GlazovFrontPageMagazine.com | Tuesday, March 11, 2008 Frontpage Interview's guest today is Robert Spencer, a scholar of Islamic history, theology, and law and the director of Jihad Watch. He is the author of seven books, eight monographs, and hundreds of articles about jihad and Islamic terrorism, including the New York Times Bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad. His latest book is Religion of Peace? FP: Robert Spencer, welcome to Frontpage Interview. Spencer: Thank you, Jamie. Always a pleasure. FP: An Iranian man was recently sentenced...
  • Sunni forces losing patience with U.S.

    02/28/2008 4:33:22 PM PST · by forkinsocket · 7 replies · 97+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Feb. 28, 2008 | Sudarsan Raghavan and Amit R. Paley
    BAGHDAD - U.S.-backed Sunni volunteer forces, which have played a vital role in reducing violence in Iraq, are increasingly frustrated with the American military and the Iraqi government over what they see as a lack of recognition of their growing political clout and insufficient U.S. support. Since Feb. 8, thousands of fighters in restive Diyala province have left their posts in order to pressure the government and its American backers to replace the province's Shiite police chief. On Wednesday, their leaders warned that they would disband completely if their demands were not met. In Babil province, south of Baghdad, fighters...