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March 31, 2005
Palestinians warned not to collaborate with Hizbullah

JERUSALEM POST: Palestinians warned not to collaborate with Hizbullah

Leaflets distributed in Ramallah on Wednesday warned Hizbullah against “meddling” in Palestinian affairs and threatened to punish any Palestinian who collaborates with the Lebanese organization.

The leaflets, signed by a hitherto unknown group called The Unit for Combating Foreign Intervention in Palestinian Affairs, accused Hizbullah of channeling funds to some Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

The unprecedented warning comes against a backdrop of reports suggesting that Hizbullah was offering thousands of dollars to Fatah gunmen to carry out attacks on Israel. It also reflects growing tensions between Hizbullah and the Palestinian Authority over the decision to suspend terrorist attacks against Israel.

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Abbas orders crackdown on Ramallah militants shooting attack (UPDATE)

HAARETZ: Abbas orders crackdown on Ramallah militants shooting attack

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas ordered a crackdown on militants in the West Bank town of Ramallah early Thursday after a group of gunmen fired at his headquarters compound while he was inside, security officials said.

The group of 15 militants attacked the compound Wednesday before rampaging through the city, damaging several restaurants and forcing shops to close, witnesses and officials said. There were no injuries reported.

UPDATE:
Abbas kicked 26 terrorists out of the Mukata to whom he had formerly extended the previous resident’s offer of hospitality.

UPDATE 2:
It was just bluster:

Palestinian officials on Thursday backed away from a declaration that they would go after gunmen who shot up Mahmoud Abbas’ office building and rampaged through Ramallah, underlining the difficulties authorities face in restoring order in the chaotic West Bank.

Read the whole thing. Nobody’s on the same page, let alone the same book, shelf, or library.

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Palestinian terrorist nabbed in Philippines

JERUSALEM POST: Palestinian terrorist nabbed in Philippines

Philippine authorities have arrested a Palestinian man who allegedly trained al-Qaida-linked Abu Sayyaf guerrillas in the past and returned to the Philippines for a possible terror mission, officials said Thursday.

Fawaz Zi Ajjur, whom security officials suspect may be an al-Qaida operative, was arrested Saturday in southern Zamboanga city as he arrived after a baffling, circuitous journey that took him to Russia, Thailand, Malaysia and the Philippines, the officials said.

Ajjur did not have a visa and was taken into custody by immigration agents at the Zamboanga airport, Immigration Commissioner Alipio Fernandez Jr. said.

He was later allegedly identified by two captured Abu Sayyaf guerrillas as one of the foreign terrorists who trained them in bomb-making near Patikul town on the southern island of Jolo island a few years ago, a security official said.

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Thursday Winds of War: March 31/05

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TOP TOPICS

  • More disturbing evidence about the links between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the Moro National Liberation Front, and Abu Sayyaf.

Other Topics Today Include: Iran opens nuke site to media; Hamas trained in Syria; Ikhwan for Mubarak; Iraqi soldiers take on more responsibility; Aryans and jihadis; Islamic jihadi schools?; the threat from gangs; another 3/11 plotter nabbed; ETA cache found; Jewish shop bombed; Kim may meet Bush in Russia; Hyundai cash helps NK nukes; LeT men killed; Abu Sayyaf lose men, boat; Algerian jihadi leader killed; Darfur toll 300,000; and more.

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March 30, 2005
Mofaz: PA not doing enough in way of reforms, fighting terror

HAARETZ: Mofaz: PA not doing enough in way of reforms, fighting terror

During a visit to the U.S., Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz told senior officials President George Bush’s administration Wednesday that the Palestinians are not doing enough in terms of implementing reforms and fighting terror.

In talks with Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Mofaz said their were large differences between PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ intentions, and what was happening on the ground. According to the defense minister, Israel does not see any progress by the Palestinians, especially on the issue of dealing with wanted militants.

Mofaz reported to senior administration officials on the preparations for the disengagement plan and stated the need for more progress on the Palestinian front. Mofaz mentioned reports that Palestinians were smuggling Strela anti-aircraft missiles into the Gaza Strip, and said that Israel made it clear to the Palestinians that if those responsible for the smuggling are not caught and the missiles not accounted for, Israel will take matters into its own hands. Mofaz did note, however, that the PA was operating against arms-smuggling tunnels under the Philadelphi route, along the Egypt-Gaza border.

Surprised?

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Egypt charges three over October Sinai blasts

HAARETZ: Egypt charges three over October Sinai blasts

Three Egyptians will stand trial for murder over the killing of 34 people in bombings at Egyptian Red Sea tourist resorts in October, the public prosecutor’s office in Cairo said on Wednesday.

Twelve Israelis were killed in the attacks.

Public Prosecutor Maher Abdel Wahed referred Mohamed Sabah and Mohamed Abdullah Rabaa to a state security court for trial for the attacks at the Egyptian Sinai resorts which were popular with Israelis. The third man, Mohamed Ahmed Fulayfel, has not been caught and will stand trial in absentia.

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March 29, 2005
Security sources fear anti-aircraft missile attacks

HAARETZ: Security sources fear anti-aircraft missile attacks

Security sources said Tuesday they are concerned that anti-aircraft missiles the defense minister has said were recently smuggled into the Gaza Strip might be moved into the West Bank and used against commercial aircraft flying over central Israel.

The security sources said there was concern the missiles could be used against planes landing at or taking off from Ben Gurion International Airport, where flight paths veer close to the West Bank.

Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz told the cabinet earlier this week that Israel suspects that members of the Palestinian Authority’s military intelligence service were involved in smuggling shoulder-launched Strela anti-aircraft missiles into the Gaza Strip.

Such missiles, which are capable of striking an airplane more than three kilometers above the ground, were recently smuggled into Gaza from Egypt via tunnels in the Rafah area, despite the PA’s success in uncovering 17 to 20 such tunnels, Mofaz said.

He added that Israel has demanded the PA find and collect all the smuggled missiles, which he defined as “crossing a red line.”

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March 28, 2005
Monday Winds of War: Feb 28/05

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Top Topics

Other Topics Today Include:
CIA bungling; Iranian stockpiling; US to weaken Assad; Lebanese politics paralyzed; the Coast Guard arming up; FBI bungling; the Tri-Border area; Portland vs. the Feds; Zimbabweans miss the white man; Nigeria a powderkeg as usual; everyone annoyed with Japanese designs on their islands; Baluchistan chaos; we can assassinate Al Qaeda terrorists says Porter Goss; Harrier jump-jet proves its worth and much, much more…

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March 26, 2005
Blast Rocks Lebanon; Three Injured
A bomb exploded in an industrial zone in Beirut on Saturday, said the mayor of the mainly Christian neighborhood where the blast occurred. The explosions turned several buildings into raging infernos and wounded at least three Asian workers.

Antoine Gebara, mayor of the northeastern Beirut area of Bouchrieh , said police had been tipped off about a car bomb earlier in the evening and were looking for a vehicle. However, he said the explosion was the result of a bomb placed at the site.

“It appears it is an explosive charge that was placed there,” Gebara told leading Lebanese TV station, LBC.

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March 24, 2005
Podhoretz on Israel's Internal Debates

“Who are you?” my daughter Ruthie Blum demands as she greets me in the lobby of the King David hotel, “and what have you done with my father?”

Norman Podhoretz, who was one of the leading critics of the Oslo Accords that led to the the 1991-2005 Oslo War, lays out some of the current debates inside Israel about The Road Map and Sharon’s proposed withdrawal from Gaza et. al. As you can see, the writing captures the flavour of some of the conflicts and controversies very well.

The various briefings were part of a recent Hudson Institute tour, and while the piece itself is opinion, his reporting on the various currents of opinion inside Israel as given to him in direct briefings qualifies as news in my view.

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Thursday Winds of War: March 24/05

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TOP TOPICS

Other Topics Today Include: enrichment to restart; Khamenei: death to America; Shihab-3 breakthrough; Irangeles; Knesset vote on referendum; Britain’s Berlin Wall; Hamas martyr week; Abdullah says Hezbollah & Syria help terrorists; Turkish media supports Assad; Medhi murders; 50,000 Iraqi troops ready; A-Q scuba bombers; Panama as a base of operations; UK courts jihadis; GCHQ warns of electronic attack; Dutch MPs “captive”; exposure of jihadis attacked by Belgian gov’t, Muslims; Karachi protest against Musharraf; Indonesia to outlaw JI; North Korea says they’ve built more nukes; teenage bombmaker caught; GSPC threatens, seethes; U.S. official shot in Darfur; and much more.

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March 21, 2005
Supreme Court Won't Hear Moussaoui Appeal

FOX:

The U.S. Supreme court on Monday declined to settle a long-running dispute in the government’s case against terror suspect Zacarias Moussaoui ).

In refusing to hear Moussaoui’s appeal, the justices let stand a 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that kept the death penalty in play and ordered a compromise on Moussaoui’s access to top-ranking Al Qaeda figures that are in U.S. custody.

Moussaoui, a French national, is the only person charged in the Sept. 11 terror attacks in the United States.

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Examining al-Qaeda: How to Read Intelligently

To simplify this entire post into one sentence, Jonathan Schanzer is a superb counter-terrorism analyst and his book, Al-Qaeda’s Armies: Middle East Affiliate Groups & The Next Generation of Terror is something that should probably be on any aspiring terror watcher’s reading list. The broader context of the post, however, deals with all of the terror literature that has cropped up since 9/11 and why I think that we need more books of this nature in stores.

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Monday Winds of War: Mar 21/05

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Top Topics

  • Final Historian has an interesting analysis that argues we’re in the third phase of the GWOT-“Breakout”. Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3. Great stuff, FH!

Other Topics Today Include:
Iran intransigence; Irangeles; Kurds inflitrating Iran; Arafat’s moolah; Al Qaeda wannabes busted; Full Lebanon pullout; bombings all over the Middle East; Homeland Security is vigilantly protecting the nation’s miniature golf courses; blowing up satellites; US weapons import sting operations net many bad guys; East Africa coast threat to shipping; UN to take more concrete action on Sudan?; Ethiopian troops to Somalia?; Taiwan invasion dress rehearsal; Russia offers plastic surgery for tips on Basayev; did we lose our wargame with India on purpose?; IRA threatens to bomb the UK mainland again; Spain arrests a Syrian; UK coppers stifled by bureaucracy, spend 90% of their time filling forms; the SEALs get a really nice new gun while the Marines get virtual marksmanship training; deserters; rendition; blood for oil and much more…

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Good News from the Islamic World, vol.5

Arthur Chrenkoff has a roundup of good news from the Islamic world, in this “special pro-democracy edition.” In contrast to the Western world, of course, where reactionary rallies hostile to liberty were the order of the day on the 2-year anniversary of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The Western rallies have shrunk tremendously, however, while the rallies in the the Islamic world range from “growing” to “freakin’ huge”.

As David Rivkin and Glenn Sulmasy note, freedom is Contagious.

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March 20, 2005
29 Killed in Pakistan Bombing
Investigators on Sunday were examining a mutilated corpse from a bombing at a Shiite Muslim shrine in southwestern Pakistan that killed at least 29 people to determine if it was a homicide attack, police said.

The bomb went off at 10:20 p.m. on Saturday as thousands of worshippers were taking supper at the shrine in Fatehpur village, 210 miles south of Quetta, during an annual commemoration of a revered Shiite saint entombed there.

At least 16 others were wounded, some critically, in the blast that left a scene of carnage and added to security woes in restive Baluchistan province, where fighting last week between government forces and renegade tribesemen claimed at least 30 lives.

Police said 29 people had died in the bombing, but the shrine’s caretaker, Syed Sadiq Shah, claimed that at least 44 people had lost their lives and 25 others were injured.

The motive for the attack was unclear.

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March 18, 2005
Terrorists Training Scuba Divers To Attack Ships

The Associated Press reports that two al-Qaida-linked groups in Southeast Asia are training terrorists in scuba diving for seaborne terror attacks.

In the past year, the Indonesia-based Jemaah Islamiyah has given Abu Sayyaf militants in the Philippines at least $18,500 for explosives training alone, the report said.

The report comes a month after the U.S. Coast Guard announced it is seeking to better protect the nation’s ports from terrorist attacks by scuba divers by developing a sonar system that can distinguish human swimmers from dolphins.

Concerns about terrorist strikes by scuba divers were raised three years ago after the FBI announced it was investigating whether al-Qaida operatives took scuba training to help blow up ships at anchor, power plants, bridges, depots or other waterfront targets.

From California Yankee.

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March 17, 2005
Winds of War: March 17/05

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TOP TOPICS

  • Hammorabi has a hunch that the rumours about Zarqawi being captured are true.
  • Tests for anthrax in Pentagon and Fairfax have come up negative.

Other Topics Today Include: Iran murders opponents; U.K. supplies body armour; Hezbollah needs guns to kill Zionists; palestinan terrorists build up strength; Abbas to release senior P.F.L.P. terrorist; the P.K.K. returns; Zarqawi wants to inflitrate from Mexico; D.H.S. warns of hijack vulnerability; converts under threat; Paris bomber sentenced; Kashmir roots lead to London; Socialist aided GIA, later 3/11, terrorist; FBI busts SAM smugglers; Bangladeshi cops arrest Zionist provocateurs; India wants LeT listed; pirates kidnap Japanese in Indonesia; and much more.

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March 15, 2005
Pakistani Forces Got Close to Capturing Bin Laden

The Associated Press reports that Pakistani security forces came close to capturing Osama bin Laden about eight to 10 months ago.

Though President Gen. Pervez Musharraf did not say where the operation took place, the comment was the first official indication that bin Laden has recently been in Pakistan. Intelligence officials have said they believe he is hiding in the rugged mountains that straddle the border with Afghanistan.

“There was a time when the dragnet had closed and we thought we knew roughly the area where he possibly could be,” Musharraf said in an interview with the British Broadcasting Corp. aired Tuesday.

“That was, I think, some time back … maybe about eight to 10 months back,” he said, adding: “But after that, this is such a game, this intelligence, that they escape. They can move and then you lose contact.”

The comments confirmed Pakistani intelligence officials’ claims that the trail of the world’s most wanted man has gone cold. Senior officials close to the hunt have told The Associated Press they have received no information on his whereabouts for months and have no indication of any specific attack he is planning.

From California Yankee.

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Manila Jail Update - 21 Dead After Police Storm Jail

[See original story here - there were reports yesterday that the Abu Sayyaf guys surrendered, but I guess not]


Philippine police have stormed a Manila prison to put down a deadly revolt by members of a Muslim separatist group linked to al Qaeda, killing 21 inmates.

Among the dead were four Abu Sayyaf leaders, according to Gen. Avelino Razon, chief of the Philippine National Police.

Most of the others killed are believed to be members of the group.

Five police officers were also wounded in Tuesday’s raid.

The uprising was staged by members of the Muslim separatist group Abu Sayyaf.

U.S. and Philippine authorities say the group is linked to al Qaeda and Indonesia’s Jemaah Islamiyah, the group blamed for the 2002 Bali bombings that killed more than 200 people.

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March 14, 2005
HazMat Teams at Pentagon Find Anthrax - Updated
- A tense situation Monday inside Skyline Towers near Baileys Crossroads.

Hazardous materials teams are in an office building that handles the mail for the Department of Defense inside Five Skyline Drive.

An alarm that indicates a biological or chemical agent went off inside the mailroom.

The ventilation system has been shut down, and everyone has been told to stay in the building while the Fairfax County Fire Department conducts air tests.

A Fairfax County Fire Department spokesman says no one is hurt. But as a precaution, no one is being allowed to leave the facility.

A similar alarm went off this morning inside a Pentagon mailroom, but it’s unclear whether the incidents are connected.

FOX News is reporting (no link yet) that the material tested positive for Anthrax.

From DoD News:


During routine mail operations the Pentagon had a positive detection for the presence of anthrax bacteria at the Remote Delivery Facility (RDF). The RDF was evacuated while tests were conducted to determine if anthrax was present. Subsequent tests have proven negative, however, the Department is taking precautionary measures while further testing is conducted.

Cultures are being taken from all personnel who may have had contact with deliveries. Those personnel have also been given the option to begin antibiotic treatment if desired.

The RDF will resume normal operations upon the conclusion of all testing. DoD personnel can obtain additional information in the attached document at http://www.defenselink.mil/news/Mar2005/d20050314anthrax.pdf.

Fox has more..

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Al-Qaida Ability Diminishing

The Associated Press, via ABC News, reports that Pakistani officials say al-Qaida effectively decapitated.

Pakistani intelligence agents told The Associated Press that it has been months since they picked up any “chatter” from suspected al-Qaida men, and longer still since they received any specific intelligence on the whereabouts of bin Laden or any plans to launch a specific attack

[. . .]

Pakistani officials have been quick to hail the long silence as a signal that it has already dismantled bin Laden’s network, at least in this part of the world.

“We have broken the back of al-Qaida,” Interior Minister Aftab Khan Sherpao said last month in a speech in Peshawar, the capital of the frontier province on the border with Afghanistan. Musharraf added last week that his government had “eliminated the terrorist centers” in the Waziristan tribal region and elsewhere.

“We have broken their communication system. We have destroyed their sanctuaries,” the president told reporters. “They are not in a position to move in vehicles. They are unable to contact their people. They are on the run.”

From California Yankee.

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Monday Winds of War: March 14/05

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Top Topics

Other Topics Today Include:

  • Iranian nuclear games: Roulette; Fun in Palestine; Nour free at last; Legitimizing Hezbollah?; The Homeland update; Aryans hearts Islamists; The Blind Sheikh still can speak to his flock; GPSC thinks big; The Nigerian Time-bomb; JI heart MILF; China hearts hates Taiwan; Khan!!!!!!; The dangers of outsourcing, to the Indians; New sheriff in Chechnya; A variety of European failures on the policing front; Kofi hearts Hezbollah; UN Peacekeepers heart Rape; Terrorist marketing strategies; and much, much more…

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Al Qaeda Militants Seize Philippine Jail - at Least Four Dead [Updated -2-]
Police surrounded the facility at Manila’s Camp Bagong Diwa, where authorities have detained 129 suspected members of the Al Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf group, including several leaders.

Mujib Hataman , a Muslim congressman who was negotiating with the inmates by telephone, said they were demanding assurances they won’t be harmed if they surrender, speedy trials, the right to air their grievances to authorities and interviews with the media.

“We are now closer to an agreement,” he said.

At least three guards were killed, said police Superintendent Agrimero Cruz Jr. Two Abu Sayyaf members also were killed, police said.

This report says four people have been killed; this one says five.

More info on what happened:

Three Abu Sayyaf inmates in an apparent attempt to break prison grabbed three short firearms from jail guards while queuing for breakfast 7:00 a.m. Monday.

The bandits opened fire on jail officers resulting to the death of three officers and wounding of five others.

Senior Jail Officers Juan Dagay and Juan dela Cruz were declared dead on arrival when rushed to the nearby Sabili hospital in Bicutan.

Jail Officer I Amadeo Salapati who was rushed to Makati Medical Center was also declared dead by attending doctors while his companion Alberto Lubreo is still in a critical condition.

Razon said Alhamzer Manatad Limbong alias Kumander Kosovo led the bloody prison break attempt.

He said all 125 inmates holed up in four-storey prison building run by the Bureau of Jail Management of Penology are Abu Sayyaf members and among them are Ghalib Andang alias Kumander Robot and Nadzmie Saabdulah alias Kumander Global.

UPDATE:

Inmates surrender:


“There was some delay because they feared for their safety,” said Avelino Razon, police chief for the metropolitan Manila area. “But they changed their minds and they’ve agreed to come out.”

Under the agreement to end the daylong standoff, two inmates were to address the media, and the others were then to emerge in groups of about 10, said Mujib Hataman, a Muslim congressman who was negotiating with the inmates by telephone.

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March 13, 2005
Time: AL-ZARQAWI’S PLANS FOR ATTACKING THE U.S.

From the March 21 issue of Time:

Two weeks after intelligence officials confirmed that Osama bin Laden had sent a message to Jordanian-born terrorist Abu Mousab al-Zarqawi, urging him to plan attacks on U.S. soil, details are emerging from one of al-Zarqawi’s lieutenants about what the man behnd many of the terrorist attacks in Iraq could have in mind. Intelligence officials tell TIME that interrogation of a member of al-Zarqawi’s organization, who was taken into U.S. custody last year and has been described as a top aide, indicates that al-Zarqawi has given ample consideration to assaults on the American homeland. According to a restricted bulletin that circulated among U.S. security agencies last week, the interrogated aide said al-Zarqawi has talked about hitting “soft targets” in the U.S., which could include “movie theaters, restaurants and schools.”

The bulletin also notes the Iraq-based master terrorist’s apparent belief that “if an individual has enough money, he can bribe his way into the U.S.,” specifically by obtaining a “visa to Honduras” and then traveling across Mexico and the southern U.S. border. Al-Zarqawi’s aide also revealed that his boss, after pondering the absence of attacks in the U.S. in recent years, concluded that a lack of “willing martyrs” was to blame. Al-Zarqawi believes, according to his lieutenant, that “if an individual is willing to die, there was nothing that could be done to stop him,” even in the U.S.
There is no evidence, say intelligence agencies, that al-Zarqawi’s agents have infiltrated the U.S. But authorities remain vigilant. Security sources tell TIME that just last week FBI sent out two nationwide bulletins warning of a nonspecific threat to railroads in Detroit and Los Angeles. On her visit to Mexico last week, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice issued her own reminder of the border’s vulnerability. “There’s no secret,” Rice told reporters, “that al-Qaeda will try to get into this country … by any means they possibly can.”

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March 12, 2005
Al Qaeda Slams 'Infidel' Conference in Spain
Al Qaeda Organization in Iraq has slammed as a gathering of infidels an international conference to mark the first anniversary of the Madrid train bombings, and said Islam will prevail.

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan told the three-day conference in the Spanish capital Thursday the world must quickly take concerted action against terrorism and deny extremists the chance to carry out a nuclear attack.

“How many times do the infidels meet in solidarity against Islam and jihad (holy struggle) … and stand in the same trench with one thing on their minds; to fight Muslims and abuse them,” the group said in a statement posted on a Web site used by Islamists Saturday.

The group is behind some of the deadliest attacks in Iraq, including suicide bombings and the kidnapping and beheading of foreign hostages.

Around 20 heads of government, including Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, attended the conference organized to mark the anniversary of the March 11, 2004 attacks by Osama bin Laden ‘s al Qaeda group that killed 191 people.

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March 11, 2005
Yemeni Cleric Convicted Of Terror Funding

CNN reports that in federal court in Brooklyn a jury has convicted Sheik Mohammed Ali Hasan al-Moayad, a cleric from Yemen, of conspiring to aid the terrorist groups al Qaeda and Hamas:

After a five-week trial and five days of deliberating, the jury found al-Moayad, 56, did conspire to provide material support and resources to the foreign terrorist organizations

The jury also found that an assistant, Mohammed Mohsen Yahya Zayed, 31, from Yemen, was also guilty of the terrorism conspiracy.

From California Yankee.

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March 10, 2005
Fatwa Issued Against Bin Laden

Muslim clerics in Spain have issued the world’s first fatwa, or Islamic edict, against Osama bin Laden. According to the Associated Press, the fatwa issued on the first anniversary of the Madrid train bombings, calls bin Laden an apostate and urging others to denounce the al-Qaida leader:

The ruling was issued by the Islamic Commission of Spain, the main body representing the country’s 1 million-member Muslim community. The commission represents 200 or so mostly Sunni mosques, or about 70 percent of all mosques in Spain.

[. . .]

The fatwa said that according to the Quran “the terrorist acts of Osama bin Laden and his organization al-Qaida … are totally banned and must be roundly condemned as part of Islam.”

It added: “Inasmuch as Osama bin Laden and his organization defend terrorism as legal and try to base it on the Quran … they are committing the crime of ‘istihlal’ and thus become apostates that should not be considered Muslims or treated as such.” The Arabic term ‘istihlal’ refers to the act of making up one’s own laws.

From California Yankee.

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U.S. Issues Terror Alert in Saudi Arabia
U.S. citizens living in a residential compound in western Saudi Arabia have been put on high alert after the American Embassy issued an increased threat level warning, officials said Thursday.

The warning singled out the Sierra Village , on the outskirts of Jiddah , a Red Sea coastal city where tensions remain high following a Dec. 6 attack on the U.S. consulate by Islamic militants.

“Official Americans are relocating to an alternate location as a result of this threat,” according to a statement posted on the U.S. Embassy’s web site. An Embassy official confirmed the statement but declined to elaborate on the threat.


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Thursday Winds of War: Mar 10/05

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TOP TOPICS

Other Topics Today Include: enrichment plants in bunkers; protests in north Iran; most young Iranians secular; P.L.O. rejects terror?; Hamas and PIJ deny Syria expulsion; IDF prepares to leave under fire; Shabak nabs lynch mob suspect; most Iraqi resistance fighters are Saudis; Kuwait bans charity boxes; IEDs improve in Iraq; KSA holds bio-terror conference (!); A-Q joining U.S. intelligence agencies?; Bloomberg for U.N.; Muslim Brothers radicalise Europe; Mullah Krekar may be kicked out; China threatens Australia; A-Q wanted to kidnap Russell Crowe; LeT attack thwarted; Bashir’s lawyers claim conspiracy; shooting at Thailand train station; Darfur rapes continue; and more.

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March 07, 2005
Monday Winds of War: March 7/05

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Other Topics Today Include:
Iran tunnels; State trying to throw cash around; Clinton looks to extend his streak of pointless apologies; Iranian secret police murdering dissidents abroad; France and Spain want to legalize Hamas; Israeli technomagic; democracy in Lebanon? Fat chance; New glam shots of Zarqawi, who may be in custody; Shi’a win seats in Saudi elections; Palestinian economy minister in bed with Hamas; Hezbollah won’t beat its swords into ploughshares; Syria expels two terrorists; I believe I(raq) can fly; Syria’s best gambit in Lebanon is…more chaos!; Hamas could attack US; US WMD sensors not too shabby; military recruitment is really hurting; Air Force, Boeing patch things up; Waterways Watch program inaugurated; CIA claims innocence of torture; tunnels being found at alarming rates; Canadians confiscate an Al Qaeda laptop; the nature of submarine warfare; Chinese submarine development; B2s deploy to Guam; Smurfs actually shoot some people in the Congo; GPSC not done terrorizing Algeria yet; The wheels on the Kashmir bus go round and round; Pakistan raids Waziristan Al Qaeda hideout; Lashkar e Taiba killed and arrested in India, merely arrested in the UK; Swiss bag 5; info on Dutch and UK antiterror bills; Hillary to NK; Beslan killers killed; 200 AQ walk the streets of the UK; terrorists flourish in Germany, spirit fighters to Iraq; wandering Pakistani imams threaten Italian security; Italian kidnapping a hoax?; Singapore’s new elite maritime force; FSB wants global terrorist list and more…

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Good news from Afghanistan, 7 March 2005

Also available from the “Opinion Journal” and Chrenkoff. Many thanks to James Taranto, Joe Katzman, and all of you readers and fellow bloggers for your help with the series. Send tips to goodnewsafghanistan, here @windsofchange.net

“Before my arrival in Virginia in August of last year, I had never slept in my own bedroom, attended school with boys, or gone out in public without covering my hair. I never thought I’d come to the USA. The odds were against me: Most people from Afghanistan have never traveled outside its borders,” writes Ghizal Miri, a 15-year old Afghan woman who is one of the forty high school students spending a year in the United States under a scholarship program.

In her letter (“Thanks, America, for sowing seeds of freedom in my Afghanistan”) to the local newspaper in a community where she currently lives, Miri recounts her personal odyssey, contemplates her dreams and opportunities, and also writes about the progress at home since the overthrow of the Taliban regime: “Believe it or not, my country has made great advances toward improvement. Most people in the U.S. do not hear of these advances, however. I’m not saying that problems don’t exist or that everyone’s happy. Security, drugs, organized crime, corruption, and poverty are still in Afghanistan, but significant advances have been made over the past three years to improve things.”

As Afghanistan falls off the media map of the world, here is the snapshot of the previous month’s efforts by the Afghan people to rebuild their lives and their country.

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March 04, 2005
Beslan Siege 'Planners' Captured
Russian prosecutors say they have arrested four people in connection with the school siege in Beslan last year, which left more than 330 people dead.

Deputy Prosecutor General Nikolai Shepel said the four were suspected of helping plan the siege in North Ossetia and other attacks in Ingushetia.

He said five other suspects were killed as they resisted arrest.

A BBC regional analyst says the Russian authorities are keen to show they are in control in the region.

Mr Shepel did not say when or where the latest arrests took place.

“These people helped prepare the terrorist act in Beslan,” he said.

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March 03, 2005
Thursday Winds of War: 2005-03-03

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.

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  • The Madrid bombers had plans to bomb Grand Central Station in New York, according to El Mundo. Spanish intelligence took nine months to pass this information on to the United States.

Other Topics Today Include: Iran to join WTO?; sites off-limits to IAEA; blogger arrested; truck bomb thwarted; Qassams in J&S; Hofstad leader in Syria; the return of al-Sadr; sanctions on Saudi?; BAe warns of imminent AQ attack; Zarqawi ordered to attack abroad; charge Padilla or release him; Hamas could attack U.S.; jihadi web network in London; France sends troop ship to eastern Med; Pearl conspirator caught; LeT murder villager; Abu Sayyaf killed, surrender; and much more.

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Indonesian Court Sentences Terror Chief
The alleged leader of a militant Islamic group was sentenced Thursday to 2 1/2 years in prison for conspiracy in the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings that killed 202 people but was cleared of more serious charges. The United States and Australia criticized the sentence.

A five-judge panel cleared Abu Bakar Bashir of allegations that as head of the al-Qaida-linked Jemaah Islamiyah group he planned the 2003 suicide bombing of the J.W. Marriott hotel in Jakarta that killed 12 people and that he incited his followers to launch terrorist attacks.

The 66-year-old preacher could be released from prison by October 2006 with time already served in prison taken into account. He has been in jail since April.

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