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December 31, 2004
Winds of War: Dec 31/04

Welcome! Our goal at Winds of Change.NET is to give you one power-packed briefing of insights, news and trends from the global War on Terror that leaves you stimulated, informed, and occasionally amused every Monday & Thursday. I’m evariste and I blog at Discarded Lies. Thursday’s Winds of War briefings are normally given by Colt of Eurabian Times. This week, I’ll be pinch-hitting for him.

TOP TOPICS

Other Topics Today Include:
Should PMOI be considered a terror group?;UFOs, UAVs and satellites in Iran;terrorists sentenced in Syria, imprisoned in Spain, acquitted in Jordan, shot at in Saudi Arabia;FBI can’t keep people;CIA can’t get rid of people fast enough;How Al Qaeda cases buildings;Hambali sentenced to life;US commander says Al Qaeda has bases in the Horn of Africa and more.

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December 30, 2004
Bulletin Details Al Qaeda Tactics

A recently released government intelligence bulletin addresses several Al Qaeda surveillance techniques.

“The focus is on maximizing the destructive and killing power of an attack,” the bulletin says.

In one report, an unidentified Al Qaeda operative notes that a building “is almost completely made to resemble a glass house — which could be devastating in an emergency scenario … that is to say, that when shattered, each piece of glass becomes a potential flying piece of cutthroat shrapnel!”

The reports note such things as when people take lunch and smoking breaks, where surveillance cameras are positioned, what public events were scheduled near buildings and how many cars and pedestrians typically pass by per minute.

In two reports, the Al Qaeda author assumed that undercover security officers are likely to be stationed near possible targets. That shows that security officials must “regularly review, refresh and reinforce” their undercover teams to prevent them from being identified, the bulletin said.

“Surveillance of a potential target can occur as little as one week to as much as three years prior to an attack,” the bulletin said.

In CT, as in crime prevention, it is best to present a hard target to potential enemies. Like all wolves, terrorists will go after the weak in the flock first.

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Seven Suspected Riyadh Bombers Killed in Gun Battle

[update to this story]

Saudi security forces have killed seven militants suspected of involvement in twin car bombing attacks in Riyadh, reports Xinhua.

The seven were killed in an exchange of fire with Saudi security forces in northern Riyadh on Wednesday.

The militants were suspected of being involved in two car bombing attacks against the interior ministry and a security forces training camp on Wednesday.

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Special Analysis: The 12/04 Bin Laden Tapes

[by Dan Darling]

Reading through the rants of Osama bin Laden is not the way I imagine most people would want to spend the week before New Year’s, but I figure somebody has to it, so why not yours truly?

And my is there a lot of a bile to sort through this time around, so I apologize in advance for the length of this post. All the same, I’ve been out of circulation for awhile so I hope to make it worth your while.

The Saudi Tape

Etc.

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December 29, 2004
Huge Explosions Rock Saudi Capital
Two large explosions shook the Saudi capital late Wednesday, the first believed to be from a car bomb that wounded several policeman and shattered windows at the Interior Ministry, followed by the second blast targeting a troop recruitment center, officials said. State television reported at least one bystander was killed.

At about the same time, Saudi security forces clashed with militants who fired small arms and threw grenades in a northern district of Riyadh, police said. Militants later holed up in a building surrounded by police. Six armored cars sealed off the area.

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December 27, 2004
Winds of War: Dec. 27/04

Welcome! Our goal at Winds of Change.NET is to give you one power-packed briefing of insights, news and trends from the global War on Terror that leaves you stimulated, informed, and occasionally amused every Monday & Thursday. In addition, we also have our in-depth Iraq Report today.

Today’s Winds of War briefing is brought to you by Bill Roggio of the fourth rail and evariste of Discarded Lies.

Top Topics

Other Topics Today Include:
Iranian air defense, US-approved EU-Iran trade talks, US surveillance of Iranian agents, Hamas gains in the West Bank Palestinian elections, the arrest of two senior members of Zarqawi’s group, charity assets frozen, thawing Turkish-Syrian relations, the dangers of a dress code for Federal Air Marshals, EU demands Maoist rebels in Nepal negotiate, low-level tribal uprising in Baluchistan, army coup in the Philippines, Spain arrests more terrorists, violence threatened in Kosovo over war-crimes indictments, and more.


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December 25, 2004
IDF forces kill Fatah Al-Aksa fugitive in Jenin refugee camp

JERUSALEM POST: IDF forces kill Fatah Al-Aksa fugitive in Jenin refugee camp

Shouldn’t that be Arafat Martyrs Brigade? Who didn’t get the memo?

In the Jenin refugee camp overnight, Egoz and Nahal troops killed Palestinian fugitive Taher Abu Kamal, deputy to Jenin leader of the Fatah Al-Aksa Martyrs’ Brigades, Zakariyah Zubeidi.

According to Army Radio, IDF forces arrived at the building in which Abu Kamal was residing with the purpose of arresting him, and called on the people in the building to come out.

From inside the house, Abu Kamal opened fire on the troops, igniting an gun-battle which lasted for many hours.

During the battle, anti-tank missiles were fired at the four-story house, which caused great damage to the structure.

After the battle, soldiers scoured the wreckage and discovered Abu Kamal’s body inside the ruins of the house.

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December 24, 2004
Unoffical results: Hamas strong in local W. Bank elections

HAARETZ: Unoffical results: Hamas strong in local W. Bank elections

Hamas made a strong showing in local Palestinian elections in 26 communities across the West Bank on Thursday, according to preliminary elections results. Official results will be announced Saturday night.

This is the first time the Islamic faction has competed in the polls.

Some 150,000 eligible voters choose among more than 800 candidates in the election. Sixteen percent of the 360 local council seats were reserved for women.

According to the preliminary results, the ruling Fatah movement won a majority in 14 towns, while Hamas took control in nine communities. In two, a joint Hamas-Fatah slate won. The outcome of the vote in one community, Ya’bed, was not immediately available.

However, Hamas officials said they had won a majority in at least 17 local councils, based on reports from their election observers.

The discrepancy could not immediately be explained. However, on the local level, membership in a political faction is not always clear-cut, and some candidates could have been claimed by the rival groups.

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Colt's Winds of War: Dec 24/04

Welcome! Our goal at Winds of Change.NET is to give you one power-packed briefing of insights, news and trends from the global War on Terror that leaves you stimulated, informed, and occasionally amused every Monday & Thursday. Thursday’s Winds of War briefings are given by me, Colt, of Eurabian Times.

TOP TOPICS

  • UPDATE: A senior official in the US administration has told the Jerusalem Post that the United States may strike Syria. Not full-scale hostilites, mind, and he emphasised that cross-border military action is still a matter of discussion.
  • A Hamas front is operating quite openly in the United Kingdom, with the blessings of the British government.
  • Iraq says they have photographs of Syrian officials with insurgents and terrorists.

Other Topics Today Include: organ harvesting infidels; Iran’s nuclear efforts; Iran no match for U.S.; Ansar al-Sunnah primer; Arafat’s kosher investments; peace activists or Zionist saboteurs?; GCC pledges to fight jihadi cashflow; Egypt builds more tanks to fight Nile crocodiles; honeymoon suicide bombers; French journalists released; ‘I married a terrorist’; Spain terror cell busted; Basayev defrauding financiers; Basayev and Maskhadov key to Chechen jihad; Zio-drones in Kashmir; JI leader: “Jemmah what?”

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December 23, 2004
U.S. Military: Required Anthrax Vaccinations, or Betrayal?

What if “Gulf War Syndrome” is real (contrary view here), and it and other degenerative diseases showing up in U.S. veterans were the result of a “second generation” U.S. government vaccine against anthrax administered to troops without informed consent in 1991?

What if the U.S. military was about to restart that vaccine program (see also this oficial .MIL site), despite that experience and despite a long history of medical understanding that a key vaccine component called squalene was a dangerous catalyst for degenerative auto-immune diseases?

What if these aren’t just idle “what-ifs”?

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December 22, 2004
Blair: There must be a 'total end' to terrorism

HAARETZ: Blair: There must be a ‘total end’ to terrorism

British Prime Minister Tony Blair presented a clear message during his visit to Jerusalem Wednesday: The cessation of Palestinian terrorism is a paramount need for the renewal of the peace process, and the quid pro quo from Israel has to be the provision of a diplomatic horizon.

“There has to be a complete and total end to terrorism” in order for peace talks to succeed, Blair said. The world has changed in the last few years and people everywhere are fighting terrorism, he said. Terror was not a means to peace but an obstacle, he added.

In private talks, Blair was even more blunt, saying the Palestinians would get no assistance or political support from Britain unless terror stops. U.S. President George W. Bush will also not help them, he added.

When there are actions, “not just declarations,” it will be possible to return to the road map, he said.

Accusations from the Arab World of the UK not being an honest broker in 5… 4… 3… 2…

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Would-be suicide bomber arrested

JERUSALEM POST: Would-be suicide bomber arrested

A 22-year-old resident of Abu Tor in Jerusalem, holder of an Israeli identity card, planned to carry out a double suicide bomb attack together with his 16 year old fiancee after being recruited by Hamas in Hebron – the same Hamas infrastructure who was responsible for the double suicide bomb attack in Beersheba in August this year.

Details released for publication by the Shin Bet on Wednesday revealed that Ahmed Yakub Jizawi, 22, who was arrested by the Gideonim undercover police unit on November 15, maintained close ties with Mutsab Hasalmon a senior member of the Hebron infrastructure who studied with Jizawi at the Abu Dis university.

Both were active in the Hamas Students Committee at the university. Shortly before his arrest, Jizawi informed Hasalmon of his intention to carry out a suicide bomb attack in Jerusalem on behalf of the Hebron infrastructure.

Where are they registered? Habib’s House Of Coffins?

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Police: Murder of woman near Green Line was act of terror

HAARETZ: Police: Murder of woman near Green Line was act of terror

Police have determined that the murder of an Israeli woman in Moshav Nehousha near the border with the West Bank on Tuesday was a terrorist attack, Israel Radio reported Wednesday.

The body of Ariela Fahima was found at the entrance to her home by her 10-year-old daughter. The 39-year-old mother of four had been stabbed in the neck.

Police sources said Tuesday that they did not know if the attack was carried out by one or multiple attackers.

The commander of the Beit Shemesh police station, Meir Vardi, said Tuesday that a number of Palestinians who worked at the moshav have been arrested.

Police later discovered a hole in the moshav’s security fence, and residents said that the moshav’s alarm system has not been functioning due to a technical problem.

Will Tony Blair nod at her grave?

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Australia and Indonesia to host Bio-Terrorism Conference

From The Australian :

Australia and Indonesia are to jointly host a biological weapons convention (BWC) regional workshop in Australia next year.

Defence Minister Robert Hill said today the aim was to reduce the possibility of bioterrorism in South East Asia.

He said the workshop would be held in Melbourne in February 2005 with representatives from regional countries invited to attend.

There are increasing concerns about the possibility of terrorists acquiring weapons of mass destruction (WMD) including biological weapons and we see a valuable role for this workshop and follow-up activities in reducing the possibility of bioterrorism in our region,” he said in a statement.

By holding this workshop, Australia and Indonesia continue to demonstrate their strong commitment to stopping the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and keeping our region free of biological weapons.” Senator Hill said the workshop was intended to assist regional officials in translating the Geneva BWC into appropriate national practices.

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December 21, 2004
117 U.S. victims of terror in Israel sue Arab Bank

HAARETZ: 117 U.S. victims of terror in Israel sue Arab Bank

The Jordan-based Arab Bank has been hit by a massive lawsuit filed by Americans whose family members were killed or injured in terror attacks in Israel. No less than 117 plaintiffs are lining up against the bank, which has a branch on Manhattan’s Madison Avenue.

The plaintiffs joined an earlier suit pursued by 30 families of terrorism victims. One new name on the list is the family of Matthew Parsons, who was killed in October 2003 when a roadside bomb exploded near Beit Hanun as he was guarding an American convoy. Another family joining the lawsuit is that of Abigail Litle, who was killed in the terror attack on Bus 37 in Haifa.

The plaintiffs claim that Arab Bank illegally funneled dollars from various Islamic charitable foundations and others to known terrorist organizations. Recipients of the financing allegedly included Hamas, the Al Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, say the plaintiffs.

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Dan Darling: Report on al-Qaeda
Back during the Cold War, the rule with intelligence was, “If it’s sensational, don’t believe it.” Of course, back then we were fighting something resembling a rational enemy, whereas these days it seems like we’re reliving the plots of far too many bad novels. I’ve got half a mind to recommend that they open up US intelligence to all of these comic book geeks who keep track of every detail of their favorite characters online. They, at least, could remember all of these damned names.

— Former senior US intelligence official in conversation to me, circa July 2004

As some of you already know, last weekend I was at a counter-terrorism conference in New York City at the behest of my patrons, who were nice enough to fly me out there and for the purposes of me posting on the Internet would prefer to remain anonymous, if for nothing else than so they can plausibly deny everything they say ;) I’ve also been finishing finals and watching the extended edition of The Return of the King, so I apologize in advance for the number of Tolkien references that are likely to be used here.

The conference’s attendees included a wide variety of law enforcement, intelligence, military or former military, and think tank types from pretty much across the ideological spectrum and I learned a great deal both from the presentations and in conversation. None of the information that was shared at the conference was classified or anything like that, and I have my own doubts (and in some cases extreme disagreement) about some of what was said. Still, I figure that this may all be valuable to you, perhaps because it runs against some of what I have argued.

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Shin Bet arrests Hezbollah agent in territories

HAARETZ: Shin Bet arrests Hezbollah agent in territories

The Shin Bet security service said Tuesday that it recently arrested a Hezbollah agent who was sent to establish a terror cell in the West Bank. The agent allegedly planned to bomb train tracks and kidnap soldiers to exchange them for Palestinian prisoners.
The man, Mohammed Abu Rhweid is a Syrian-born Palestinian who later lived in Jordan. He entered the territories in 1998 and worked in the Galilee up until the beginning of the second Palestinian initifada in 2000.

According to the probe, Abu Rhweid underwent training by Palestinian militant group Abu Musa - a Fatah splinter group - in 2002. A year later he volunteered for the Iraqi army.

In Iraq, Abu Rhweid was trained by the Iraqi military and fought against American forces. He was stationed in a battalion that defended a Baghdad neighborhood and suffered a light head injury. After the war he returned to Jordan, where he was contacted by Hezbollah agents.

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Anti-Katyusha laser to be tested

JERUSALEM POST: Anti-Katyusha laser to be tested

A new radar system for a Katyusha-killing laser cannon has been brought to Israel to be tested against Kassam rockets and mortar shells fired by the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

The joint US-Israeli mobile laser gun, called the Nautilus, is still being developed and tested in the United States, but the radar arrived in the country a few days ago and will be deployed shortly near Sderot to track incoming rockets, military sources said.

They hope the radar will boost early warning of incoming rockets by a few precious seconds and help pinpoint their launch sites so the IDF can retaliate against the Kassam or mortar crews.

“This is just the radar and that is just one component of the Nautilus system. The main component is the laser gun, which fires a beam that destroys Katyushas, rockets, Kassams and mortar shells in the air,” said Prof. Yitzhak Ben-Israel, a former head of military research and development. He said the laser gun is still being tested and developed.

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December 20, 2004
Hamas vows revenge against Israel

HAARETZ: Hamas vows revenge against Israel

In comments on Monday, the Islamic group’s leader in Gaza, Mahmud al-Zahar, also poured cold water on calls for a ceasefire with Israel.

“Aggression from Israel will be reacted by self-defence … whether within the occupied territories or outside the Green Line,” al-Zahar said.

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Winds of War: Dec 20/04

Welcome! Our goal at Winds of Change.NET is to give you one power-packed briefing of insights, news and trends from the global War on Terror that leaves you stimulated, informed, and occasionally amused every Monday & Thursday. In addition, we also have our in-depth Iraq Report today.

Today’s Winds of War briefing is brought to you by Bill Roggio of the fourth rail and evariste of Discarded Lies.

Top Topics

  • Osama bin Laden released his latest tape praising the attack in Jeddah, calls for the overthrow of the Saudi government and directs his followers to attack the oil infrastructure in the Middle East.

Other Topics Today Include: Russia builds Iran’s nukes; More terror in the Middle East; Iran meddles; Hezbollah TV banned; Congo Capers; Death in Darfur; Pakistan cleaning house?; Taliban finished?; Thailand points fingers; arrests in Europe; Is recruitment a problem?; The secrets of Gitmo; Contracting Colombians; Gaddafi speaks.

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December 19, 2004
Two Kassam rockets fired into Sderot

JERUSALEM POST: Two Kassam rockets fired into Sderot

Two Kassam rockets were fired into the western Negev town of Sderot and a nearby town early Sunday morning.

Two people were being treated for light shrapnel wounds, and six were being treated for shock, Magen David Adom rescue workers said.

The wounded were taken to the Barzelai Hospital in Ashkelon for treatment.

(If Canadians in Windsor were doing this to Americans in Detroit, there’d be a lot of dead Canadians and not much left of Windsor.)

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Steinitz calls for 'Defensive Shield' operation in Gaza

JERUSALEM POST: Steinitz calls for ‘Defensive Shield’ operation in Gaza

Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Chairman MK Yuval Steinitz (Likud) said Sunday that Israel should embark on an “Operation Defensive Shield” in the Gaza Strip to stop the firing of Kassam rockets and mortar shells on Sderot and Gush Katif settlements. Steinitz was referring to the army operation in West Bank cities in April 2002 following the Park Hotel Massacre in Netanya and a rash of Palestinian suicide bombings.

“During ‘Operation Defensive Shield’ we succeeded in harming the terrorist infrastructure in the West Bank. And I have for a long time now have been calling for the same thing to be done in the Gaza Strip,” Steinitz said.

He added that interim Palestinian leader Abu Mazen is not able to wrest control of the Gaza Strip from the terrorist groups. “There is no such thing as a unilateral ceasefire. If there is shooting, then we don’t just defend, we attack. Or there is no shooting. We have to embark on an ‘Operation Defensive Shield number two’ in the Gaza Strip.”

Steinitz made the remarks while on a tour of the northern border with other Committee members.

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December 17, 2004
Troubles for TerrorTV

JERUSALEM POST: US declares Al-Manar terrorist group

The United States State Department designated Al-Manar, the TV station of Lebanon’s militant Hizbullah group which was ordered off French airwaves on Monday, as a terrorist organization, according to a notice published Friday in the US Federal Register.

“Acting under the authority of … the Immigration and Nationality Act … and in consultation with the Attorney General and the Secretary of Homeland Security, the Secretary of State has concluded that al-Manar is a ‘terrorist organization’ within the meaning of that section of the INA,” the notice said.

“We consider (al-Manar) to be disgusting programing that preaches hatred and violence and … ideas that are antithetical to the values which we believe in,” Reuters quoted department spokesman Adam Ereli, who spoke at a briefing on Dec. 9.

Paris-based satellite operator Eutelsat announced Tuesday that it stopped broadcasting Al-Manar at 4:00 p.m. (Israel time) Tuesday afternoon, in compliance with the order Monday by France’s highest administrative body that the TV station be taken off French airwaves within 48 hours for broadcasting hateful content in some shows and posing risks to public order.

If Eutelsat did not stop broadcasting Al-Manar within two days, they would be fined 5,000 per day.

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Rockets fired into Sderot

JERUSALEM POST: Rockets fired into Sderot

Two Kassam rockets fired from Beit Hanun fell in the Sderot area Friday morning.

They landed in an open area and no one was injured, though shrapnel from one damaged a vehicle, Army Radio reported.

Security forces are currently combing the area, searching for the remains of the second rocket.

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5 Palestinians die in Gaza tunnel collapse

HAARETZ: 5 Palestinians die in Gaza tunnel collapse

Israeli and Palestinian rescue forces were cooperating Friday in their search for three Palestinians declared missing after a weapons-smuggling tunnel collapsed along the Gaza-Egypt border overnight, killing at least five Palestinians who were trapped inside.

The IDF allowed Palestinian ambulances and rescue workers to get to the scene of the tunnel collapse, which is usually off-limits to Palestinians. Rescue forces extricated the bodies of the dead Palestinians from the tunnel, the radio said.

The tunnel, which is located between an IDF base and the south Gaza area of Rafah, collapsed late Thursday, but neighborhood residents only discovered the gaping hole that remained of the tunnel on Friday.

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HateWatch Briefing: Dec 17/04

Welcome! This briefing will be looking hard at the dark places most mainstream media seem determined to look away from, to better understand our declared enemies on their own terms and without illusions. Our goal is to bring you some of the top jihadi rants, idiotarian seething, and old-school Jew-hatred from around the world, leaving you more informed, more aware, and pretty disgusted every month. This Winds of Change.NET HateWatch briefing is brought to you by Lewy14. (Email me at my handle “hatewatch” here at windsofchange.net). Past briefings and posts on related topics can be found here. Entil’zha veni!

HIGHLIGHTED TOPICS

  • Religious Hate: Texas Shi’as honor Khomeini; Sectarian hatred from Hamas; MSA – pro terror organization? Radical Islamists proselytizing in Prison; Coptic Christians forcibly converted in Egypt; Portrait of an Iranian martyr and her father; Web site warns kids against loving infidels.

  • Idiotarian Seethings: Mark LeVine blames the West; Erasing Christ from Christmas in Italian schools; Islamic Rights chairman: Van Gogh should have been arrested; Michael Moore: Republicans are like domestic abusers; Antiwar, Anti-American & Right-Wing.

  • Race and Culture: Iranian TV promotes Jewish conspiracy theories; Hizballah TV banned in France; Swastika flower beds in Melborn; WWII Legacies slipping from memory in Europe; We don’t hate Jews… as such; Weisenthal center promoting Islamophobia?

  • A Hopeful Note: $156M judgment against charities funding Hamas; World Net Daily gets results shutting down Hamas web sites; Times of London on the reaction against Eurabia; Dearth of bad news at MEMRI.

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Inkgrrl: Israel's Neighbourhood: Dec 17/04

Winds of Change.NET Regional Briefings run on Tuesdays & Wednesdays, and sometimes Fridays too. This Regional Briefing focuses on Israel and its neighbours, courtesy of Inkgrrl.

TOP TOPIC

  • Opportunities for peace are always present despite ongoing conflict in the region. Since Colt’s wonderfully done Winds of War has scooped many of the key news events in and around Israel of late, this Roundup will focus more on possibility, conjecture, and acts of hope than on cold, hard body counts.

Topics Today Include: Good News In Spite Of It All, One Religious Challenge To Another, Music Soothes Not Only The Savage Breast, The Enemy Of My Enemy Is My Friend, Israeli-Egyptian Relations Warming Up, and Conspiracy Theory Much?

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December 16, 2004
Colt's Winds of War: Dec 16/04

Welcome! Our goal at Winds of Change.NET is to give you one power-packed briefing of insights, news and trends from the global War on Terror that leaves you stimulated, informed, and occasionally amused every Monday & Thursday. Thursday’s Winds of War briefings are given by me, Colt, of Eurabian Times.

TOP TOPICS

  • Will al-Qaeda focus more on Arab governments and Israel? According to these guys, yes
  • The hijackers of an Athens bus were bluffing when they threatened to blow it up unless their demands were met.

Other Topics Today Include: Iran plots to attack NH reactor; Iran report; Hezbollah in P.A.; Israel-Syria talks?; Hamas vs PIJ; U.S. looks at Syria insurgency; Israeli airport security; the carnival of the liberated; Al-Manar = terrorists; A-Q responsible for anthrax?; LAX guards against SAMs; FSB report on A-Q; Belgian link to Van Gogh murder; 3/11 arrests; 10 years for Strasbourg plotters; LeJ prisoners in Karachi; Jaish & Sipah ‘neutralised’; LeT hang villager; spawn of Bashir denies terror role; New Year’s Eve plot thwarted?; and much much more.

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Hamas urges Israel's Beduins not to serve in IDF

JERUSALEM POST: Hamas urges Israel’s Beduins not to serve in IDF

In the first appeal of its kind, Hamas on Thursday called on Israeli Beduins to prevent their sons from serving in the IDF.

The call followed last Sunday’s attack on an IDF outpost near Rafah, in which five Beduin soldiers were killed and six others injured.

“We were very shocked to learn that a number of Beduin soldiers are serving in the Zionist occupation army, especially at the border area between the Gaza Strip and Egypt,” Hamas said in a message to the heads of the Beduin community.

“Similarly, we were shocked that these soldiers are carrying out the orders of their commanders to kill innocent children and women and destroy houses.”

In its message, Hamas condemned as “disgraceful” the fact that young Beduin men have enrolled in the IDF, “this defaming the reputation of all Beduins.”

Addressing the chiefs of Beduin clans, Hamas added: “We don’t hold you responsible for al the crimes perpetrated by the Zionist occupation army, but we do say to you that you can prevent your sons from enlisting in this murderous army, which knows nothing but the language of death and destruction. It’s not an honor for you to join an army that is renowned for its racism and crimes.”

In another development, a senior Hamas official said he did not rule out the possibility that his movement would start targeting Israelis abroad.

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Possible New Bin Laden Tape Surfaces
The voice sounded like the Al Qaeda terror chief’s, and the tape was posted on a site known as a clearinghouse for militant Islamic comment.

The speaker said that while Saudi leaders blame “holy warriors” for trouble in the kingdom, “the truth is that the whole responsibility falls on the shoulders of the regime.”

The speaker, in calm and even tones, accused Saudi rulers of “violating God’s rules,” a common theme of statements from bin Laden, who accuses Saudi rulers of being insufficiently Islamic and too close to the “infidel” United States.

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December 15, 2004
Zdravstvuite Russia! 2004-12-15

Winds of Change.NET Regional Briefings run on Tuesdays & Wednesdays, and sometimes Fridays too.

This Regional Briefing focuses on the enigma that is Russia, via Joel Gaines of No Pundit Intended. Joel is a veteran of the Gulf War with the 3rd Armor Division, where he worked in an intelligence capacity. He speaks Russian, and has worked in several of the former soviet satellites.

TOP TOPICS

  • Russia may now be in the midst of a new kind of cold war, as her heavy-handed influence is challenged by presidential elections being won by opposition candidates in Abkhazia, Belarus, and the Ukraine. The fact that Putin and fellow derzhavniki are incapable of pressing their colelctive agenda with any tact makes the pressure exerted on these other nations quite obvious. There are examples, which indicate Russia is prepetuating regional conflicts, while maintaining a death grip on an attempt to hold some semblance of post-Soviet empire together.
  • Russia is part of the “peacekeeping” apparatus in Georgian breakaway South Ossetia. In fact, Russian officials have denied any obligations to remove troops from Georgia or Moldava, as noted in the OSCE’s year end conference in Sofia, Bulgaria. In Kazakhstan, opposition leaders express concern over possible Russian meddling in their upcoming Presidential elections - as they realize the power which comes from being quite oil rich. Even in Armenia, it appears Russian influence is not flagged - with political jokes along the lines of the Armenian President needing to watch Russian state television to find out which Ukrainian presidential candidate to congratulate.
  • Vladimir Vladimiri’tch Putin will finish his second, and final, presidential term in 2008. In a government, where 60% of high offices are held by former “Kah Geh Beastniks” (securities services personnel), will Putin maneuver a mandate to extend his term? Will there be a peaceful, democratic transfer of power? Will a “special powers” act be invoked due to some national emergency? Has he learned what to do or what not to do in Ukraine and Belarus?

Other Topics Today Include: Economic boom or bane?; steps needed to reduce inflation; middle class emerging; incorporating autonomous states; direct election of governors eliminated; norilsk nickle cashing in; St. Pete gets a China Town; Chechen War 10 years later; Sino-Russia military exercises; Russia proliferates nuke missiles; Ex-FSB agent gets 10 years; A short history of Russia

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December 14, 2004
Leading Hamas preacher warns of clash with Islamic Jihad

HAARETZ: Leading Hamas preacher warns of clash with Islamic Jihad

A growing rift between Hamas and Islamic Jihad has led to a break in cooperation between the two groups, and is threatening to lead to an all-out clash between them, according to a leading Hamas preacher who recently slammed Jihad for trying to outmuscle Hamas.

“There was a time when there were more Islamic Jihadists than us, but now we are more than them, but nonetheless they have managed to take over the media and to get ahead of us, and are now intensively competing with us,” said Fathi Hamad, a member of the Sura Council, the supreme Hamas religious body in Gaza responsible for the the organization’s communications system in Gaza.

“An Islamic Jihad takeover would means the Shi’ites take over, and if that happens you will all be turned into heretics …. We must fight and clash with all those who are not Sunni and guarantee our faith remains pure.”

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Head of military wing of People's Front arrested

JERUSALEM POST: Head of military wing of People’s Front arrested

Security forces arrested Salah Ali, head of the military wing of the People’s Front Tuesday night in Gaza.

Large numbers of army and police surrounded the house in which Ali was hiding Army Radio reported. When he attempted to escape, they opened fire, wounded him lightly.

Ali was brought to Hadassah-University Hospital, Mount Scopus in Jerusalem.

Ali is suspected of involvement in several shooting incidents and the placing of explosives in the Ramallah area.

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Hamas cancels annual Gaza rally for fear of Israeli reprisal

JERUSALEM POST: Hamas cancels annual Gaza rally for fear of Israeli reprisal

Fearing an Israeli reprisal attack, Hamas has decided to cancel a major rally marking the 17th anniversary of its founding.

The rally was supposed to be held in one of Gaza City’s stadiums on Friday, but Hamas decided to postpone it indefinitely out of fear that Israel would target the Islamic movement’s leaders in retaliation for Sunday’s attack on an IDF outpost near Rafah, in which five soldiers were killed and six others wounded.

“For security reasons, and because of Israeli threats to target Palestinians, Hamas has decided to call off the annual rally,” said Hamas spokesman Mushir al-Masri. “We are aware that the decision will come as bad news to Hamas supporters, who have been looking forward to seeing the Hamas leaders for the first time in more than one year.”

Hamas, in a statement on the anniversary of its establishment, reiterated its opposition to a cease-fire with Israel and said the “resistance remains our strategic option.”

[Carl psychically probes the captured alien]
Carl: It’s afraid. It’s afraid!
[Everyone cheers]
- Starship Troopers, 1997

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Major suicide bombing terror attack averted

MAARIV: Major suicide bombing terror attack averted

Security forces recently foiled a planned suicide bombing, planned by the joint Hamas-Tanzim terrorist infrastructure in Nablus.

According to senior defense sources, the IDF and ISA, acting on recently received intelligence information, uncovered at the Hawara checkpoint, at the entrance of Nablus, an large shipment of explosives hidden inside a cupboard, which was transported in a furniture truck on its way from Nablus to Jerusalem. The discovery was made two days ago.

The cupboard was hidden under a false bottom in the truck, which indicates a strict planning and a cynical use of innocent drivers transporting goods along the West Bank.

An investigation provided evidence that the explosives were intended for use in a major suicide bombing in Israel.

Hashem Shweike, a resident of Nablus who lives and works in A-ram, was waiting to receive the explosive device, and following that, to meet the suicide bomber.

Hashem Shweike was arrested on December 12 at the A-Ram checkpoint. His investigation shows that a wanted Tanzim operative from Nablus, Jamil Fukaha, was the director of the suicide bombing attack. Fukaha was, until recently, the assistant of Majdi Merai, a wanted terrorist who was killed in an encounter with IDF soldiers in November 2004.

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Straw condemns Hamas election boycott

JERUSALEM POST: Straw condemns Hamas election boycott

British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw criticized the Palestinian militant group Hamas Tuesday for its plans to boycott elections to choose Yasser Arafat’s successor.

Straw said Hamas could “disrupt the electoral process and damage democratic Palestinian causes” by not participating in the Jan. 9 Palestinian Authority presidential election.

“It is utterly cynical of Hamas to boycott these elections,” Straw said. “It would not even serve their real purpose, which is trying to improve the lot of poor Palestinians, were they to succeed in this disruption.”

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Three foreign workers hurt by mortar fire in Gaza Strip

HAARETZ: Three foreign workers hurt by mortar fire in Gaza Strip

Three foreign workers from Thailand were wounded Tuesday, one critically, when a pair of mortar shells struck the hothouse of a settlement of the Gush Katif bloc in the Gaza Strip.

The two others sustained light injuries. All three were initially treated at the scene before being evacuated to Soroka Medical Center in Be’er Sheva.

No one else was injured in the attack.

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Taliban Security Chief Captured

From Reuters via The Australian :

Afghan security forces have captured Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar’s personal security chief as he travelled in a van to the southern city of Kandahar, provincial officials said today.

The capture of Toor Mullah Naqibullah Khan, who headed Mullah Omar’s household security during his time in power, could help US and Afghan forces track down his boss, one of the most wanted fugitives in the US-led war on terror.

Osama bin Laden, who ran his al-Qaeda network in Afghanistan under the protection of the Taliban, is also believed to be at large in the area.

We have arrested top Taliban figures Toor Mullah Naqibullah Khan and Mullah Qayoom Angar on the way between Arghandab and Kandahar,” a senior Kandahar security official who requested anonymity said.

They were carrying a satellite telephone and some important documents.

“We are hopeful we will arrest more Taliban figures and we hope that we can arrest their leader, Mullah Omar.
[…]
With the latest capture, security forces have picked up 19 militants since Saturday night, including the brother of a former Taliban governor of Kandahar.
[…]
They were picked up following a tip-off from a Taliban insider, a security official said.

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December 13, 2004
Hamas leader says Hamas still meets with EU, U.S.

HAARETZ: Hamas leader says Hamas still meets with EU, U.S.

The leader of the Palestinian militant group Hamas said his organization is still in contact with the European Union even though the EU considers it a terrorist organization, the BBC reported Monday.

He also said the United States had made contact “in past months” but did not specify how or when.

“The European Union, which put Hamas on a list of terrorist organizations, is still continuing communications and meetings,” Khaled Mashaal, Hamas’ top political leader, told the British Broadcasting Corp.

“They recognize Hamas’s authority and that there is no understanding or stability in Palestine without a dialogue with Hamas.”

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Sharon: No change yet in PA attitude to terror

JERUSALEM POST: Sharon: No change yet in PA attitude to terror

The new Palestinian leadership is not doing enough to restrain terrorists, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said Monday, after attackers blew up an IDF outpost in Gaza and killed five soldiers.

The comments marked the first time since Yasser Arafat’s death last month that Sharon criticized Arafat’s moderate successor, Mahmoud Abbas, though he did not mention Abbas by name. It was not clear whether the outpost attack would disrupt the fledgling good will between Israel and the Palestinians.

Hamas and gunmen with ties to the ruling Fatah movement claimed responsibility for the attack they dubbed “Operation Angry Volcano.” Hamas said it had dug an 800-meter-long tunnel over four months to reach the outpost.

Sharon said Monday that progress in peace efforts “depends on the Palestinians, if they will act against terror.

“By now, we don’t see any change,” Sharon said, speaking in English. “Myself and my government would like to move forward toward peace, but it depends on one thing, that it should be quiet and I’m really sorry to say that by now we don’t see any changes.”

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Syria accuses Israel of attempted assassination of Hamas man

HAARETZ: Syria accuses Israel of attempted assassination of Hamas man

Syria on Monday accused Israel of being behind a car bomb that targeted a Palestinian member of Hamas in the Mazzah neighborhood of the Syrian capital.

A passer-by was wounded in the explosion, but the Hamas member and his wife, who left the car minutes before the blast, were unhurt.

Speaking to Syrian state-run television, Interior Minister Ghazi Kenaan said a bomb placed under the seat of the vehicle exploded minutes after the Palestinian man and his wife stepped out for a dentist’s appointment.

An Interior Ministry official said that the explosion was aimed at Palestinians living in Syria.

“The vehicle is owned by a Palestinian. This points to a subversive action against Palestinian brothers in Syria,” the unnamed official told the state-run news agency SANA.

“This is the second incident in which an explosion targets a Hamas member,” a Palestinian source said. He said the bomb, placed under the driver’s seat, blew up shortly after the unnamed Hamas member and his daughter had parked the car and left it.

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France's highest civil court orders end to Hezbollah TV broadcasts

AFP: France’s highest civil court orders end to Hezbollah TV broadcasts

France’s Council of State, the country’s highest administrative court, ordered the satellite company Eutelsat to stop broadcasts of Al-Manar television, the mouthpiece of the Lebanese Shiite Muslim group Hezbollah.

The bans on the broadcasts within the European Union had to be implemented with 48 hours, the court said after ruling that the channel had violated laws against inciting racial hatred.

Al-Manar is broadcast in Europe via Paris-based Eutelsat as part of a package of nine channels put out by Saudi-based Arabsat.

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Good News from Afghanistan, Dec 13/04

Note: Also available from the “Opinion Journal” and Chrenkoff. As always, big thank you James Taranto and Joe Katzman for their support in publicizing the good news - and to all of you who read it, link it, and pass it on.

A few days ago, hundreds of Afghan leaders and some 150 foreign dignitaries, including the Vice-President Dick Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, got to witness a historic event; the swearing in of Afghanistan’s first democratically elected president, Hamid Karzai:

Wearing a black lambskin hat and traditional striped silk coat over his shoulders, Mr. Karzai took his oath before the aging former king, Zaher Shah. The president himself then swore in his two vice presidents, Ahmed Zia Massoud and Mohammed Karim Khalili, who represent the two largest ethnic minorities, the Tajiks and the Shia Hazaras, after Karzai’s own ethnic group, the Pashtuns.

“We have now left a hard and dark past behind us, and today we are opening a new chapter in our history, in a spirit of friendship with the international community,” said Karzai in his inauguration speech, switching between Pashto and Dari, Afghanistan’s two main languages.

The irony of the situation, if irony is indeed the correct word, is that the country that only three years ago was still ruled by the most dictatorial and backward of regimes can now claim to have one of the few democratically elected leaders in the whole region. Electing a president, of course, is only a start; great many challenges remain for this impoverished and war-scarred country. How much still remains to be done to improve security, eradicate the scourge of drugs, and rebuild the physical and human infrastructure should not blind us to how much has already been achieved in the three years since the overthrow of the Taliban regime - indeed, how much continues to be achieved every day throughout Afghanistan, for most part out of the media spotlight. Below is a snapshot of the past month’s unsung efforts to face and meet the challenges.

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Winds of War: December 13/04

Welcome! Our goal at Winds of Change.NET is to give you one power-packed briefing of insights, news and trends from the global War on Terror that leaves you stimulated, informed, and occasionally amused every Monday & Thursday. In addition, we also have our in-depth Iraq Report today.

Today’s Winds of War briefing is brought to you by Bill Roggio of the fourth rail.

Top Topics

  • Hamid Karzai, Afghanistan’s democratically elected president, was officially sworn into office last week, defying the al Qaeda and the Taliban’s attempts to prevent successful elections. Arthur Chrenkoff has more Good News from Afghanistan, and Winds of Change.NET has it organized by category, with special jump-links.
  • A London police chief states a Madrid-style attack has been prevented, and hundreds of suspected terrorists are being processed through the legal system.
  • Dan Darling explains the scope of the threat posed by al Qaeda, and documents the expansive nature of bin Laden’s Islamic International Front, which is an amalgamation of over 40 terrorists groups. Dan also provides the Cliff’s Notes summaries re: Osama bin Laden, Ayman al-Zawahiri and al Qaeda.
  • American and Iraqi intelligence indicate that Iran and Syria are directing and funding the Iraqi insurgency from within their borders.

Other Topics Today Include: Wargaming Iran; More Iran reports; Peace progress for Israel; Intelligence reform; AQ through Mexico; Diplomatic failure over Darfur; Japan extends; Taliban amnesty; Indonesian bumbling; Euro AQ charge card scams; other Europe news; Honor killings; Asian alliances, Jihadis abducting children.

Read The Rest…

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December 12, 2004
Explosion Rips Israeli Checkpoint; 4 Dead
Gaza Strip — Palestinian militants blew up an Israeli army base at the Gaza-Egypt crossing Sunday by sneaking more than a ton of explosives through a tunnel, killing four Israeli soldiers and wounding at least 10 — the largest Palestinian attack in the month since Yasser Arafat’s death.

Shooting broke out after the blast, which collapsed several structures at the crossing and damaged others. Israel said the attack jeopardizes peace moves and demanded Palestinian action to stop the militants.

“As of now we have at least 10 people who were hurt, four dead and the efforts for the rescue operation still continue,” said Raanan Gissin, a top aide to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, in an interview with Associated Press Television News.

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December 11, 2004
Bernard Kerik Pays For Hiring An Illegal Alien, Withdraws DHS Nomination

I'm not sure if Bernard Kerik knew his housekeeper was an illegal alien or not, but as the Police Commissioner of New York City you figure he'd do his homework. I think the man is qualified for the position of Director of Homeland Security, but I also have a twinge of happiness in this occurring. People care about this illegal alien problem we have and I'm happy to see people paying for their hiring of these individuals.

Now if we could just nail some employers who keep these lawbreakers coming into our country illegally.

Yahoo/AP

In a surprise move, former New York Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik abruptly withdrew his nomination as President Bush's choice to be homeland security secretary Friday night, saying questions have arisen about the immigration status of a housekeeper and nanny he employed.

...

In a statement separate from his resignation letter, Kerik said the problematic issue arose as he was completing documents required for Senate confirmation. "I uncovered information that now leads me to question the immigration status of a person who had been in my employ as a housekeeper and nanny. It has also been brought to my attention that for a period of time during such employment required tax payments and related filings had not been made."

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Giuliani said in a telephone interview Friday night that he had discussed the immigration issue with Kerik and agreed with his decision.

"I'm disappointed that this had to happen, but I think it's the right decision, the only decision given the kind of issue that's involved here," Giuliani said. "The homeland security secretary has responsibility for immigration services."

Kerik's "nanny problem" recalls the controversies that faced several of former President Clinton (news - web sites)'s candidates to fill prominent positions. Attorney Zoe Baird, who was Clinton's first choice to be attorney general, was forced to withdraw her nomination after the disclosure she had not paid Social Security (news - web sites) taxes for a housekeeper an illegal immigrant as required by law.

Lani Guinier, a Clinton classmate at Yale University Law School, was the president's choice to head the Justice Department (news - web sites)'s civil rights division until it was learned that she had not paid taxes for a domestic worker. Similarly, the nomination of federal judge Kimba Wood to be attorney general never went forward after the disclosure that she had hired an illegal immigrant as a baby sitter. She had paid the required Social Security taxes and broke no laws.

Tipped by: Wizbang

Other Commentary:

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PoliBlog
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Slowplay.com

Originally posted at Diggers Realm

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December 10, 2004
"Madrid Style Attack" Averted in London
Police have prevented a terror attack in London on the scale of the Madrid bombings, according to a police chief.

Speaking to BBC London on Thursday, Met Police Commissioner Sir John Stevens said terrorism was a major issue for the UK capital.

He said a number of terror attacks had been thwarted and hundreds of people were going through the courts.

“The risk of an attack to London has not changed; an attack is still inevitable,” he said.

“Thank God to date, and we have had to work extremely hard, we’ve thwarted attacks, ” he added.

When asked if the force had stopped an attack on the scale of Madrid he said: “Yes, I can’t discuss it because of court proceedings but yes we have stopped a Madrid.”

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December 08, 2004
Al-Qaeda: The Scope of the Threat

I’m sitting out the whole Armed Liberal/Kevin Drum debate for a number of reasons, not the least of which being that the partisan half of me isn’t going to cry too much if the Democratic Party can’t articulate a consistent national security approach, but one of the things that I do think that needs to be understood to anyone seeking to understand how to fight al-Qaeda is the true scope of the threat.

Unfortunately, a great many authors and analysts, even the entirely intelligent and articulate ones, have developed a somewhat skewed perspective of al-Qaeda in that they only focus on the organization when it attacks Western or American targets. The problem with this approach is that it drastically under-estimates the threat.

Scope Note

I’ve mentioned before that I’m a big fan of Dr. Rohan Gunaratna’s Inside Al-Qaeda for a whole reasons, not the least of which being that I have an enormous amount of professional respect and admiration for the author, but also because he covers, if only scratching the surface in some cases, the full width and scope of the international terrorist network. He also isn’t a “neocon” by any stretch of the term and as such should be more than immune to the infantile phobia that many on the left seem to hold towards them, but he does a pretty good job of expressing who the enemy is and what they’ve done.

If you want an introduction to what al-Qaeda is and to understand why it’s a threat, this is the book for you to read.

The problem is that most “histories” of al-Qaeda don’t include any definitive break-down of the organization’s role in the following:

  • Kashmir Insurgency
  • Moro Insurgency (southern Philippines)
  • Sudanese Civil War
  • Tajik Civil War
  • Ogaden Insurgency (Ethiopia)
  • Armenia-Azerbaijan War
  • Algerian Civil War
  • Allied Democratic Forces Insurgency (Uganda)
  • Bosnian War
  • Second Chechen War
  • Indonesian Religio-Nationalist Conflicts (Sulawesi, Moluccas, etc.)
  • Uzbek Islamist Uprising
  • South Thailand Insurgency

Continue Reading “Al-Qaeda: The Scope of the Threat”

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December 07, 2004
Egypt Claims To Have Brokered a Peace Agreement

Take this with the appropriate grains of salt:

Egypt said Tuesday it had brokered an understanding to halt Israeli-Palestinian violence and move toward a peace accord . . .

[snip]

Egypt’s state-run news agency, MENA, reported that Cairo would call for a July peace conference in Washington to include all parties to the agreement: Israel, the Palestinians, the United States and the European Union. The plan calls for an early cease-fire and contains overall principles for ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict . . .

The agency said the Egyptian plan, which was discussed with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and other officials, included the withdrawal of all Israeli forces from Gaza and a plan for Egyptian border troops to be responsible for security of the Egyptian-Palestinian border and the Palestinian side of the border with Israel.

Responding to the report, Israeli officials said there was no new agreement for a cease-fire. The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that the test of a cease-fire would be in its implementation, not its declaration.

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Text of Al Qaeda Statement on Jeddah Attack

The Jamestown Foundation has distributed a translation of Al Qaeda’s responsibility claim for the Jedda consulate attack. Jamestown’s email mentions that online Islamist forums are placing great significance on the attacks as a sign that Al Qaeda remains strong in Saudi Arabia. The statement claims two Americans were killed in the attack and that a video of the attack will soon appear.

The full translation is in the extended entry.

Declaration on the Operation
Against the American Consulate in Jeddah
(The “Fallujah Raid”)

Praise be to God, the Lord Of The Worlds, and a prayer and a greeting to the most noble of the Prophets and Messengers.

Almighty God said: “Lo! Those who disbelieve spend their wealth in order that they may debar (men) from the way of Allah. They will spend it, then it will become an anguish for them, then they will be conquered. And those who disbelieve will be gathered unto hell.” [Qur’an, VIII, 36]

In this time where the world’s nations have pounced upon the Muslims and when the Crusader infidel alliance, America, Israel and its henchmen, have marched forth against the Muslims, God brought forth a mujahid group to fight in His path, one that takes no heed of those who criticize, a group that has not ceased its operations against America and its Crusading allies since September 11th.

Among these operations the raid on the Crusader bases in Riyadh and al- Khobar were carried out in compliance with the recommendation of the Prophet, (God bless him and grant him peace) and as a continuation of the war with America and its agents. As a result of these more than 300 Crusaders have fallen.

And today, Monday 24 Shawwal 1425, your brothers in the Martyr Abu Anas al-Shami Squadron undertook the blessed ‘Fallujah Raid’, stormed one of the Crusader fortresses in the Arabian Peninsula and penetrated the stronghold of the American Consulate in Jeddah, through which the Land of the Two Shrines is ruled, the affairs of the Pilgrimage and the pilgrims are decided, and from which spies and cowards are disseminated.

After several hours your brothers affected their withdrawal from the consulate building and retired to a safe place. During the operation two of the heroic brothers (whom God receive unto Him) who were covering the withdrawal operation achieved martyrdom, and three other brothers were wounded and have undergone treatment. Your brothers were able to kill nine of the agents in the Consulate including two American thugs, they also killed seven of the soldiers allied to the tyrant, and wounded tens of others. Some of the consulate’s offices were destroyed and burnt. Bugging and communications devices were looted along with light weaponry, sophisticated electronic devices and some important documents.

God permitting, we will shortly be publishing details of this blessed raid and its results, and we will make a recording of the storming operation and the last testaments of the martyrs. This operation is one of a number undertaken by the Organization of al-Qaeda in the War against the Crusaders and Jews, and is part of the campaign to expel the polytheists from the Arabian Peninsula.

Know then that the Mujahideen are forging ahead with confidence on their way. They are not enfeebled by what they suffer in God’s path and are not cast down. Nay, by the Grace of God and His granting of success, they remain patient, and with God’s aid to victory they are not harmed by those who abandon them or oppose them.

Our final invocation is ‘Praise be to God the Lord of the Worlds.’

The Organization of Qaeda [the Base] of Jihad in the Arabian Peninsula

24 Shawwal 1425
December 6 2004

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Al Qaida Claims Responsibility for Saudi Attack/Updates
Al-Qaida claimed responsibility for Monday’s attack on the U.S. Consulate in the Saudi Red Sea port of Jeddah that left nine people dead.

A statement carried on an Islamic Web site and signed by the Qaida Network in the Arab Peninsula said, Your brothers succeeded in killing nine agents in the consulate including two American animals and seven treacherous policemen and wounding dozens.

The statement, authorship of which could not be authenticated, said the attackers were able to pull out of the consulate building after several hours and find shelter in a safe place. It claimed that two fighters became martyrs and three others were wounded.

Other updates:

The website said the daring midday raid had been dubbed “the blessed Fallujah battle”, referring to the former insurgent stronghold in Iraq over-running a bloody two-week showdown last month by US troops.
“It’s quite clear those terrorists observed our procedures for some time,” Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage said.

[…]

State will look at what happened, and how, to “assess what the vulnerabilities were,” Ereli said. He and other U.S. officials praised Saudi forces who killed or captured the attackers.

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Dan Darling: Saudi Arabia, al-Qaeda, and Chechnya

I liked Joe’s post today about Oil Infrastructure: The Next Terror Targets? Fine job. I’m also going to pile onto Armed Liberal’s earlier blog on today’s Saudi consulate attack and the danger of further attacks on oil infrastructure with some quick background analysis of my own.

I’ll start with some context about the game the Saudis are really playing and al-Qaeda in the Kingdom, then go on to discuss al-Qaeda’s recent successes and failures. Since Joe’s post ended by pointing to Chechnya, I’ll also follow-up on some of the questions that were raised in my recent analysis on Russia and Chechnya.

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December 06, 2004
Saudi Update - Nine Dead - Updated
Twelve people were killed and several others injured during a gunbattle at the U.S. consulate in Jiddah Monday after Islamic terrorists hurled explosives at the gate of the heavily guarded compound, then forced their way into the main building.

Five non-American U.S. employees, four security guards and three of the attackers, during the three-hour long crisis. Seven of the injured were in the hospital. Two other attackers were injured and arrested, according to the Saudi Interior Ministry).

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Update: The original Fox story said twelve were dead - they’ve updated their story and it now says nine.

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Member of Jewish terrorist organization jailed for 8 years

HAARETZ: Member of Jewish terrorist organization jailed for 8 years

Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court on Monday sentenced far-right activist Shahar Dvir-Zeliger, a member of the “new Jewish underground,” to eight years in jail for membership in a terrorist organization that aimed to carry out terror attacks against Arab civilians and unlawful possession of weapons stolen from the Israel Defense Forces.

Zeliger was tried in September of this year for belonging to a terrorist organization under an counter-terrorism order - the first time that this has been used since indictments were brought against members of the “Jewish underground” in the 1980s.

In handing down the sentence, Judge Yoram Noam said Monday that there was no way of making it more severe, due to the cooperation shown by Zeliger during the police investigation.

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Kaddoumi: Fatah may expel Barghouthi for election bid

HAARETZ: Kaddoumi: Fatah may expel Barghouthi for election bid

The new chief of the dominant Palestinian Fatah movement threatened to expel Marwan Barghouthi, a popular leader jailed by Israel, if he stays in the presidential race to succeed Yasser Arafat.

Barghouthi’s candidacy as an independent dashed expectations of an easy win for Mahmoud Abbas, a moderate former prime minister who is Fatah’s candidate for president in the Jan. 9 election. A recent poll conducted by Bir-Zeit University found the two closely matched, with 46 percent of respondents supporting Barghouti and 44 percent supporting Abbas. The only other candidates are long-shot challengers.

“As the presidential election draws closer, any Fatah member who goes against decisions of the movement’s central committee should resign and his membership would be cancelled,” Farouk Kaddoumi, a leading hard-liner, told reporters late on Sunday.

Getting caught and convicted for participating in the murders of five non-Muslims makes you a hero, but running against Arafat’s right-hand-man is a no-no.

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Saudi Updates - Crisis Over, No Hostages

Reuters clears up some confusing coverage of the situation:

“Members of [al Qaeda] this morning threw explosives at the gate of the U.S. consulate in Jeddah and then entered the compound,” said an Interior Ministry official on Monday, using the government’s language for loyalists of Saudi-born al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

“The security forces dealt with the situation and managed to control it. Three of the attackers were killed and two were arrested after they were wounded,” he said on state television.

Witnesses said the militants had hauled down the U.S. flag and burned it after bursting into the mission.

U.S. embassy spokeswoman Carol Kalin said two local staff were wounded. The State Department official denied early reports that gunmen had taken 18 local staffers hostage. “That idea may have arisen due to the use of the safe haven,” he said, referring to a fortified area to which the Americans had fled.

“No assailants remained on the loose. They have either been killed, captured or cornered,” the U.S. official added.

“The attack is over but the all-clear signal has not been given because I think they are still working to completely secure the area and make sure there is no danger.”

A Saudi security official said the militants entered the compound through a side door where mail is delivered, but the U.S. official said at least some had used the main entrance.

“They entered the main gate. It is not clear whether it was a bomb or they just sort of fired their way in,” he said.

More as it becomes available.

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Palestinian militants kill suspected collaborator

HAARETZ: Palestinian militants kill suspected collaborator

Palestinian militants killed a 19-year-old man who was suspected of helping Israel track down wanted Palestinian fugitives, Palestinian security officials said Monday.

The officials said 19-year-old Jad al-Hindi was abducted late Sunday by the Al Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, a violent militant group linked to the dominant Fatah movement. Early Monday, police found Al-Hindi’s body, saying he had been shot in the head 12 times.

An Al Aqsa spokesman said al-Hindi helped Israeli undercover agents track down and kill three of its members in Ramallah on Nov. 21. A neighbor, Salam Yacob, said Al-Hindi watched the fugitives and informed on them to Israeli intelligence when the men were killed.

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Nablus head of PFLP arrested

JERUSALEM POST: Nablus head of PFLP arrested

Security forces arrested Musa Bader, 27, the head of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine infrastructure, in Nablus late Sunday night.

According to officials, the same infrastructure was responsible for the Carmel Market suicide bombing in Tel Aviv several weeks ago, as well as a string of other attacks.

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Terror Bombs in Spain After ETA Threat - Updated
MADRID, Spain — At least four explosive devices detonated Monday around Spain after telephone warnings from callers claiming to speak on behalf of the armed Basque separatist group ETA (search), news reports said.

Explosions were reported in Leon and Santillana del Mar in the north, and Avila and Ciudad Real in central Spain, the news agency Europa Press reported.

There was no immediate word on injuries or damage.

This follows two bomb incidents over the weekend in Spain.

Update:

Reports that seven bombs have gone off:

Seven explosions hit Spain on Monday, wounding at least two people, after the Basque separatist group ETA threatened to set off a series of bombs, Spanish officials and media said.

Officials said the people were wounded in a bomb in Santillana del Mar in northern Spain.

Another bomb exploded in Ciudad Real to the south of Madrid.

El Pais newspaper said on its website that explosions had also gone off in Leon in the north and Malaga in the south. El Mundo’s website said explosions were also reported in Avila, north-west of Madrid. Media also reported two more explosions.

None of the sites are within Spain’s Basque country, which is made up of three provinces in the north of Spain that Basque nationalists say are part of a greater Basque homeland including Navarra and three provinces in France.

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Saudi Attack - Gunman Killed - Two Arrests Made
Saudi security forces have killed one of the gunmen who attacked the US consulate in the Saudi city of Jeddah and have arrested two others, security sources said.

They say that two more gunmen were being surrounded by the Saudi national guards inside the consulate compound.

[….]

“The incident is ongoing with Saudi security forces trying to secure the building.”

A senior US official says all Americans at the US consulate in Jeddah are safe and accounted for.

“There appear to be three armed attackers who are being pursued in the compound by the Saudi National Guard at this time,” the official said.

“The situation is in flux.”

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Consulate Attack Update - Hostages in Building

This report says that there are four hostages being held in the Consulate (as reported here, previously uncofirmed)

This report
froma an Arab news source claims 18 hostages are inside the building.

Update:

Reuters confirms the hostage situation:


JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - Attackers have stormed the U.S. consulate in Jeddah, killing four Saudi guards and taking 18 local staff hostage, security sources say.

There was no word on other casualties, but this reporter saw ambulances ferrying people from the complex

[To be updated]

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Attack On US Consulate - [Updated]

There has been an attack on the US consulate in Jeddah. Israeli radio quotes Reuters as saying that 18 people were taken hostage, and 4 Saudi guards were killed - I could not find an online link on hostages.

UPDATE:

More from Fox:

Attackers struck the U.S. consulate in this port city, with witnesses saying a car exploded in front of the compound and smoke was rising from the scene. American officials said no U.S. casualties had been reported, but it was not immediately clear if others were hurt.

The witnesses said the car exploded in front of the consulate, and ambulances rushed to the scene. Al-Arabiya satellite television reported four attackers tried to storm the compound in a car, but that the car exploded in front instead.

“We can confirm there has been an attack on the consulate,” U.S. Embassy spokeswoman Carol Kalin said in the capital, Riyadh. “No reports of any American casualties. The incident is still in progress with Saudi emergency forces securing the compound.”

CNN:

He said that there were reports of shooting inside the compound and at least four non-American casualties, possibly to Saudi security forces. He said witnesses saw up to four gunmen involved in the initial attack..

Faraj said ambulances had been reported driving from the scene, suggesting there had been some casualties.

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December 05, 2004
IDF places missile battery near Haifa

HAARETZ: IDF places missile battery near Haifa

The Israel Air Force on Sunday positioned a battery of Patriot anti-aircraft missiles in the Haifa Bay area, in order to intercept any Hezbollah-operated drones launched from Lebanon.

The decision to place the battery was reached after a Hezbollah drone invaded Israeli airspace over the town of Nahariya last month.

The Iranian-made drone managed to fly in Israeli skies for about 15 minutes, undetected by the IDF’s anti aircraft forces.

Unlike the Hezbollah, who fire off anti-aircraft rounds with the intention of raining down shrapnel on civilian areas withn Israel, the IDF will likely self-destruct any anti-aircraft missiles that miss their targets if fired during a drone incursion.

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Spanish police defuse bomb, blame ETA

A BOMB HAS BEEN DEFUSED by Spanish police in the Southern city of Almerica; luckily, unlike last Friday, it was de-activated before it exploded:

Spanish police have defused a small bomb in the southern city of Almeria, possibly planted by the Basque separatist group ETA and set to explode on Monday, Spain’s Constitution Day.

ETA set off five bombs simultaneously in Madrid on Friday night, the outlawed group’s first serious attack in the capital in two years.

The Interior Ministry says the latest bomb was hidden in a suitcase and left in a square in Almeria on Saturday.

It says it was made with less than 200 grams of the ammonia-based explosive commonly used by ETA.

A note bearing the initials ETA was found in the suitcase.

The bomb had been set to go off at 1230 GMT on Monday, the anniversary of Spain’s 1978 constitution.

(first posted at Barcepundit)

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December 04, 2004
Islamic Jihad rules out truce

JERUALEM POST: Islamic Jihad rules out truce

Islamic Jihad leader in the Gaza Strip, Mohammed Al-Hindi, said Saturday that his group would not agree to a temporary ceasefire (hudna) “of any length” with Israel, “as long as the Zionist enemy occupies Palestinian lands.”

Al-Hindi added that Islamic Jihad was rejecting all talk of ceasefire “as long as the circumstances that led to the death of the late leader Yasser Arafat are still unclear, and we do not know if he died by poisoning or from radiation.”

“On the light of the numerous statements on ceasefire or truce, the Islamic Jihad rejects even discussing this issue and talking about either a short- or long-term truces,” al Hindi told reporters in Gaza.

“This is the clear position as long as the attacks are continued against our people and the Palestinian territories, the latest aggression was Friday’s assassination of Islamic Jihad militant in Jenin,” he said.

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IDF troops arrest top Hamas leader in Tul Karm

HAARETZ: IDF troops arrest top Hamas leader in Tul Karm

Israel Defense Forces troops arrested Tul Karm Hamas military wing leader Rami Teikh as well as two other wanted militants early Saturday.

Teikh was identified by security sources as head of the Hamas armed wing in Tul Karm. He was been wanted by Israel since 2002.

Witnesses said IDF troops surrounded an apartment building in Tul Karm and took Teikh into custody. “Don’t kill him, we need him alive,” one resident quoted a soldier as telling his comrades.

According to the IDF, Teikh, 26, was responsible for carrying out an infiltration into the Avnei Hefetz settlement in March of this year, in which one man was killed and his daughter was wounded.

Teikh also tried to dispatch a number of terrorists into Israel in an effort to carry out terror attacks in Netanya, Jerusalem, and IDF checkpoints.

Teikh, sources said, has evaded capture in recent years by hiding out among the local populace and moving from place to place disguised as a woman.

A member of the militant Islamic Jihad group and the owner of the apartment where Teikh was hiding were also taken into custody in the raid. Troops found two automatic rifles, a pistol and ammunition at the hideout, security sources said.

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December 03, 2004
Winds HateWatch Briefing: Dec 3/04

Welcome! This briefing will be looking hard at the dark places most mainstream media seem determined to look away from, to better understand our declared enemies on their own terms and without illusions. Our goal is to bring you some of the top jihadi rants, idiotarian seething, and old-school Jew-hatred from around the world, leaving you more informed, more aware, and pretty disgusted every month. This Winds of Change.NET HateWatch briefing is brought to you by Lewy14. (Email me at my handle “hatewatch” here at windsofchange.net). Past briefings and posts on related topics can be found here. Entil’zha veni!

HIGHLIGHTED TOPICS

  • Religious Hate: Chicago Trib on Pakistani madrassas; Takfiris hate everybody; Iranian Martyr recruitment; Jihad shirkers didn’t get the memo; Jihadis’s force Dutch MP into hiding; Hamas in pictures; U.S. Hamas supporter carries tune, money; Widespread support for Hamas agenda?; Sudanese sheik claims Fallujah taken for Israel; Wahabis in Russia.

  • Idiotarian Seethings: Turkish Parliamentarian cries “genocide”; Hizbullah TV retains French TV license; Students discuss anti-Semitism in France; Hostile climate at Columbia; Art show presents Palestinian “truths”; Al-Jazeera – terror channel? Frum “served” by CAIR Canada.

  • Race and Culture: Dehumanization of women in Islamic culture; The Muslim view from Britain; Anti-Palestinian hatred on Imus.

  • A Hopeful Note: Arab journalists write in support of Iraqi elections; Al-Jazeera and Zionists share a laugh.

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BREAKING: Explosions in Madrid

Breaking News reported over at CNN:

Wire services: At least 4 explosions reported in Madrid. CNN working to confirm.

No other details yet, including whether terrorism is suspected.

UPDATE: MSNBC says:

Blasts reported in Madrid after alleged Basque separatists’ warning

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Explosions in Madrid

CNN is reporting explosions in Madrid, Spain.

Early reports list one at a gas station, phoned in by a Basque separatist group.

A telephone caller issued a warning in the name of the Basque group ETA, saying five bombs were set to explode at 1730 GMT, Basque newspaper Gara reported on its Web site, according to Reuters.

more as it comes in

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Senior Hamas man: We accept Israel living in peace, security

HAARETZ: Senior Hamas man: We accept Israel living in peace, security

In an apparent change in long-standing policy, a top Hamas leader said Friday the militant Islamic group would accept the establishment of a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip as well as a long-term truce with Israel.

Hamas has long sought to destroy Israel and replace it with an Islamic Palestinian state, rejecting peace accords and carrying out suicide bombings and other attacks that have killed hundreds of people and badly damaged peace efforts.

“Hamas has announced that it accepts a Palestinian independent state within the 1967 borders with a long-term truce,” Sheikh Hassan Yousef, the top Hamas leader in the West Bank, told The Associated Press, referring to lands Israel captured in the 1967 Mideast war.

Hamas’ charter still calls for the destruction Israel.

Some policy change, eh?

UPDATE:
LEBANON DAILY STAR: Hamas official says group will accept long-term truce

But Hamas spokesman in Lebanon, Ossama Hamdan, denied the group had changed its policies. “I can say there has been no changes in the movement’s stance and policy toward occupation,” he said.

Hamdan said Youssef had the authority to talk for the group, but found it hard to believe Yousef made such statements.

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IDF troops kill wanted Jihad man near Jenin

HAARETZ: IDF troops kill wanted Jihad man near Jenin

Israel Defense Forces troops shot and killed a wanted Islamic Jihad man during an arrest raid in the West Bank before dawn Friday.

The troops surrounded the house where Mahmoud Hamed Kamil, 27, was staying, in the village of Raba southwest of Jenin, and instructed him to come out.

They shot Kamil, who was armed with a pistol, when he tried to escape, the IDF said.

“Soldiers called out for occupants of a house which they suspected contained wanted men to come out,” an IDF spokeswoman said. “The man was shot after he was spotted carrying a weapon as he tried to escape.”

Security forces said Kamil has been involved in suicide bombings and shooting attacks, Israel Radio reported.

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December 02, 2004
Mubarak: Barghouti's candidacy will cause split

JERUSALEM POST: Mubarak: Barghouti’s candidacy will cause split

The candidacy of imprisoned Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti to the Palestinian Authority chairmanship is bound to cause a split in the Palestinian political landscape, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said Thursday.

Speaking to reporters in Cairo, Mubarak said that Barghouti’s decision to run in the elections, however inappropriate, does not pose a serious threat to Mahmoud Abbas. The Egyptian president expressed his support for Abbas, saying that the former Palestinian prime minister will enjoy a swift win.

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Survey: 500,000 Israelis suffer 'terror trauma'

JERUSALEM POST: Survey: 500,000 Israelis suffer ‘terror trauma’

Nearly half a million Israelis carry with them elements of severe emotional and psychological trauma due to incidents of terrorism, and are in need of medical treatment, a survey released Thursday shows.

Despite the fact that most Israelis were never present on the scene of terrorist attacks, the survey, which questioned nearly 500 Israelis in the last months, reveals that one in every ten Israelis is exposed directly to terror attacks.

The survey appears as part of a general study performed by the Tel Aviv University Medical School for Natal, a non-profit organization that deals with victims of terror and war in Israel.

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Winds of War: Dec 2/04

Welcome! Our goal at Winds of Change.NET is to give you one power-packed briefing of insights, news and trends from the global War on Terror that leaves you stimulated, informed, and occasionally amused every Monday & Thursday. Thursday’s Winds of War briefings are given by me, Colt, of Eurabian Times.

Apologies for my enforced absence last week. My ISP is giving us trouble. To make up for it, this week’s Winds of War is a bit of a bumper edition. There’s a new layout, too, which may or may not stay the same - depending on the number and locations of news items.

Enjoy!

TOP TOPICS

  • Syrian mosques are sending hundreds of terrorists in to Iraq every month.
  • Al-Qaeda are making ever greater use of propaganda. Audio tapes are coming out every six weeks or so, and they’re trying even harder to recruit in Europe and the United States.

Other Topics Today Include: Iran’s deal with Europe; martyr sign-up; Hamas to claim attacks for A-Q; Egypt aids Gaza terrorists; chopper down in Sinai?; Yemeni A-Q apologise, released; EU did/didn’t contact Hamas; 9/11 linked to 3/11; Qaeda has WMD know-how, and use is inevitable; foreign intelligence agency involved in Beslan; Basayev flees Chechnya; Zarqawi called Chile/Cyprus; Barghouti for pres!; KSM and Bosnia; progress against JI; bounty hunters chase Abu Sayyaf; JI may use biochem; Sudan bombs villages; A-Q in East Africa; and much more.

Read the Rest! >>

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Sharon: If PA keeps the peace, so will Israel

JERUSALEM POST: Sharon: If PA keeps the peace, so will Israel

Israel will not launch attacks or raids against Palestinians if the situation remains calm and it is not provoked, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said at a meeting of Israeli newspaper editors on Thursday afternoon.

However, Israel would act if it had information that ‘ticking bombs’ were planning imminent attacks on Israel and would respond if Palestinians fired rockets at Israel, he said.

“If there is quiet, we of course will not act. We too have an interest in keeping the quiet. But we reserve the right to intercept ticking bombs and cells launching Kassam rockets,” Sharon said.

“I see in the latest developments in the Palestinian Authority, the possibility for a historic opportunity within which it will be possible to advance in the peace process,” Sharon said.

“When the Palestinian Authority chooses the leadership it will choose- which will, I hope, be a leadership that does not support terrorism, fights terrorism, and shatters its infrastructure-our reaction will be positive.

“We are ready to go towards the Palestinians, to support them and to coordinate with them security issues, and varying elements related to the disengagement [from the Gaza Strip],” he continued.

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December 01, 2004
Al-Manar stirs uproar in France after accusing Israel of spreading AIDS

Well, that didn’t take long…

MAARIV: Al-Manar stirs uproar in France after accusing Israel of spreading AIDS

Less than ten days after Hezbollah’s “al-Manar” television station was permitted to broadcast in France, one of its commentators has stirred uproar after he accused Israel of “repeated attempts in the past several years to spread AIDS throughout the Arab world”.

The commentator, who was defined as an expert on the “Zionist entity”, described at length how Israel has been trying to spread dangerous diseases, including AIDS, in the Arab world.

The French regulatory body, which granted “al-Manar” permission to broadcast in the country, announced on Tuesday it would demand the French parliament to immediately cease its transmissions.

President of the regulatory authority, Dominique Bodis, accused the Lebanese station of violating the rules of the broadcasting license. “It must be taken off the air. Its broadcasts are filled with hatred, violence and racism”, he said.

Hezbollah’s/Al-Manar’s response in Dar Al-Hayat:

In a statement, Al-Manar said it had respected a pledge to unbiased reporting that staved off an earlier ban, and told the council not to bend to pressure to block its broadcasts.

“The channel affirms its commitment to the agreement and is surprised by the decision since it is intent on carrying out the agreement”, it said, calling CSA to “stick to the agreement and not submit to the political pressure being exercised upon it.”

Oh, and Happy World AIDS Day!

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Barghouti submits candidacy for PA chairman election

HAARETZ: Barghouti submits candidacy for PA chairman election

(Not the human-rights activist Barghouti, but the convicted mass-murderer Barghouti)

Jailed Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti has submitted his candidacy for the Palestinian Authority chairmanship, his brother said Wednesday.

Barghouti, currently serving five life sentences in an Israeli jail, declared last week that he would step aside in favor of Mahmoud Abbas, the former Palestinian prime minister who is Fatah’s official candidate.

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Air force foils Kassam attack

JERUSALEM POST: Air force foils Kassam attack

An IAF helicopter fired a missile at a group of Palestinians that were on the verge of firing a Kassam rocket into Israel from Beit Hanun in the Gaza Strip Wednesday.

According to IDF officials, the missile hit the rocket launcher causing it to explode.

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Hamas calls for boycott of elections for PA chairman

HAARETZ: Hamas calls for boycott of elections for PA chairman

The Palestinian Islamic militant faction Hamas will boycott a Jan. 9 presidential election for a successor to Yasser Arafat, a senior Hamas leader said on Wednesday.

“We in the Islamic resistance announce our boycott and our non-participation in the presidential elections for the Palestinian Authority,” Ismail Haniyeh, a senior Hamas leader, told reporters in Gaza City.

“All Hamas members will abide by the decision to boycott the elections. The Palestinian people understand the need and are well aware of the Hamas position but there is no call for ordinary Palestinians not to vote,” he said.

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Iran In Focus: 2004-12-01

Winds of Change.NET Regional Briefings run on Tuesdays & Wednesdays, and sometimes Fridays too. This Regional Briefing focuses on Iran, courtesy of Gary Metz (DoctorZin) at Regime Change Iran.

TOP TOPIC

  • Blogger Adventures of Chester looks at The Future of the Iranian Nuclear Program. A four-part series: first, second, third, and fourth.
  • I have my own, faster recap of recent diplomatic maneuverings, andwhere Iran’s A-bomb program stands now.

Other Topics Today Include: Iran’s secret nuclear tunnel, heavy water reactor, military action against Iran, expose of Iran’s efforts in Iraq, chatting with the Mullahs, Saudis and nukes, hardliners consolidate power, furor over National Geographic, execution for prostitutes, what Iranian’s want, Iranian’s view of America, China’s oil deal, Iran’s new friends, bloggers on a referendum in Iran, Kamezi update, Basij show of force in Tehran.

Continue Reading “Iran In Focus: 2004-12-01”

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