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Dateline: 2.23.09

Mumbai Attackers Had 320 Potential Targets

Abstract: With two of the attack's operatives in custody it is being reported that a list of 320 locations worldwide was put together by the al-Qaeda affiliate, with 20 located in India. [also see, http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/feb/19/mumbai-attacks-list-targets]

Radical Cleric Wins Award Fights Deportation

Abstract: In the UK radical cleric Abu Qatada often referred to as "Bin Laden's right hand man in Europe" was awarded $3,500 dollars by the European Court of Human Rights for "unlawful detention" in Britain. The UK's highest court has ruled that Qatada could be deported to Jordan. Qatada's lawyer is lodging an appeal with the human rights court in Strasbourg. [also see, http://nz.news.yahoo.com/a/-/world/5332681/radical-cleric-qatada-wins-payout-for-uk-detention/]

Buffalo Woman's Beheading Viewed As Honor Killing

Abstract: The decapitation murder of Aasiya Zubair Hassan by her husband Muzzamil Hassan the founder of Bridges TV is being considered as an honor killing. Hassan had filed for divorce and obtained an order of protection against her husband. According to Marcia Pappas, New York State president of the National Organization for Women, "This was apparently a terroristic version of honor killing, a murder rooted in cultural notions about women's subordination to men." [also see, http://www.buffalonews.com/cityregion/northernsuburbs/story/581540.html ]

Cop Killings in Philadelphia Due to Jailhouse Islam?

Abstract: Philadelphia police are investigating the possibility that the recent cold blooded murder of Officer John Pawlowski by Rasheed Scrugs may be due to "jailhouse Islam," said Police Commissioner Charles Ramse, suggesting that conversion to radical Islami while in jail is a noteworthy phenomenon. [also see, http://www.myfoxphilly.com/dpp/news/021609_Paw]

Dateline: 2.17.09

More Democrat Ineptitude In War On Terror - Feinstein Blows Cover On Secret CIA Operation

Abstract: On Thursday, California Senator Diane Feinstein blew the cover on a secret CIA program, revealing that the Predator attack drone which recently killed 27 al-Qaeda terrorists in Pakistan was based in that country, stating , "as I understand it..[the flights] are flown out of a Pakistani base." The subject of basing U.S. attack aircraft in Pakistan is highly controversial among the country's substantial Islamist population and Feinstein's revelation is seen as possibly jeopardizing that program's continuation. [also see, http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/02/14/AR2009021401638.html]

Terrorist Muslim Brotherhood Sponsor Pro-Hamas Fair In London

Abstract: The Muslim Brotherhood is holding a "festival" on Sunday February 22 in London working under the auspices of the Palestinian Forum, "the Palestinian Forum in Britain has called for your attendance of a festival, taking place on Sunday, in the centre of the capital city London, celebrating Gaza's victory and solidarity with its people. Writers, thinkers and Islamic proselytisers [duwaa] in Britain will be taking part in this festival, also attending will be artists who have come from Palestinian land."

In attendance will be the notorious anti-Semite Sheikh Wagdi Ghuniem along with, "the president of the Tunis awakening movement Sheikh Rashid Ghanoushi, general superintendant of the Muslim Brotherhood in Syria lawyer Ali Sadr Adiin Beanounii, president of the centre for terrorism studies Dr Kamal Al-Helbawy, & Dr Tariq Tahboub one of the doctors who visited Gaza during and after the war."

Last week Dutch MP Geert Wilders was deported from the UK, accused of defaming Islam, while this street fair which will draw hundreds of determined jihadists will be allowed to continue as if there was no threat.[also see, http://www.hurryupharry.org/2009/02/15/muslim-brotherhood-leaders-hold-hamas-festival-in-london-today/]

NYP Learns From Mumbai Attacks

Abstract: For the past two weeks special elite NYP details have held dozens of exercises in which they deal with simulated terrorist attacks and hostage taking scenarios. The drills stress the teamwork, use of automatic weapons and military tactics required to deal with an outbreak of Mumbai type jihadism.[also see, http://www.nydailynews.com/news/ny_crime/2009/02/14/2009-02-14_nypd_learns_lessons_from_mumbai_terroris.html]

Archbishop Of Canterbury Smugly Defends His Pro Shari'a Remarks

Abstract: The Dhimmi Archbishop Of Canterbury, Rowan Williams who last year stated that Shari'a was inevitable in Britain, stated a few days ago that public opinion is turning in his favor, calling it a "drift of understanding," adding that "a number of fairly senior people" how held similar views.[also see, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/religion/4631128/Archbishop-of-Canterbury-Society-is-coming-round-to-my-views-on-sharia.html]

Spanish Jihadists Arrested

Abstract: Christian Peso Ruiz Coello and Maria Choubina were recently arrested in Spain suspected of fomenting jihad. The two posted a number of terrorist videos and had been in contact with hundreds of like minded radical European Muslims.[also see, ]

In A Nonsensical Decision Pakistan Allows Shari'a To Be Imposed In Tribal Areas

Abstract: Once again demonstrating bizarre reasoning, the central Pak government is withdrawing forces from the Taliban strongholds in the tribal areas, clearing the way for the enforcement of harsh Shari'a law. About the decision the government stated that its intent was to "pacify," the Taliban a move which has terror experts scratching their heads.[also see, http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hkiMxbHNH0BqgpWA2ZG6VD6wVTmAD96CLNGO1]

Algerian Forces Kill Al-Qaeda Official

Abstract: Mourad Bouzid, 65, also known as Ami Slimane was killed by Algerian forces last weekend. Bouzid served as a senior recruiter for the North African terrori group Al Qaeda Organization in the Islamic Maghreb.[also see, ]

Dateline: 2.11.09

Western Oil Companies In Algeria May Be Terrorist Targets

Abstract: According to at least one report both oil facilities as well as personel have been targeted by al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb [an al-Qaeda affiliate] and local independent terrorist cells. [also see, http://www.esisc.org/impression.php?Id=F10505]

Brussels Terror Cell Tied, At Highest Level To Al-Qaeda

Abstract: Belgian cell was believed to have been radicalized by a woman with ties to Abu Qatada, the UK based radical imama who has been called bin-Laden's representative in Europe.Five men and one woman have been charged with membership in the terrorist organization. [also see, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/politics/lawandorder/4579553/Terror-cell-arrested-in-Brussels-connected-to-highest-levels-of-al-Qaeda.html]

Female Al-Qaeda Operative To Be Profiled On CNN

Abstract: CNN will screen a documentary about Malike El Aroud, dubbed by Belgian authorities as "an Al Qaeda living legend." The film is called "One Woman's War." El Aroud is presently awaiting trial because of her terrorist affiliation.[also see, http://edition.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/europe/02/10/belgium.terror]

Interpol Issues Alert For 85 terrorists

Abstract: On tuesday Interpol issued a security warning, citing suspicions that 83 Saudi nationals and 2 Yemenis were engaged in various plots to overthrow the Saudi government. Interpol's Secretary General Ronald Noble pointed out that this was the largest terror dragnet the organization has ever mounted. [also see, http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5gbMFCo1lu19me4WNSp-bMC6naBiw]

Fear Of Forest Fire Jihad In Australia

Abstract: Counter terrorism experts have expressed fears that lighting wildfires in Australia could be used by jihadists as "a highly effective-and simple- tool of holy war." According to expert Steven Emerson, "there is very little authorities can do to prevent terrorists from setting deadly wildfires." [also see, http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,490306,00.html]

Dateline: 2.4.09

Australian Cleric Gets 12 Years For Jihad Incitement

Abstract: Australian cleric Abdul Nacer Ben Brika and 6 of his followers have been sentenced for being members of a terrorist organization. Justice Bongiorno presiding over the trial stated that it was the intent of the members of the terror cell to, "destroy buildings and kill people in the cause of jihad."[also see, http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,25005430-2702,00.html]

Spanish Police Arrest 15 Al-Qaeda Suspects

Abstract: Fifteen men were arrested on charges of forging documents for al-Qaeda. The suspects included 10 North Africans and an Indian and Pakistani national. [also see, http://www.adnkronos.com/AKI/English/Security/?id=3.0.2979966684]

Canadian Muslim Accused In Bomb Plot

Abstract: Said Namouh is accused of, "disseminating terrorist propaganda and playing a part in an overseas bomb plot." The Moroccan native is alleged to have ties to the Global Islamic Media front which is "involved in propaganda and jihad recruitment and described as a media tool for al-Qaida."[also see, http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/581058]

Bomb Plot In 1973 Uncovered By NSA

Abstract: The man behind a plot to bomb New York City is scheduled to be released from prison on February 19. Khalid Al-Jawary, a member of the Black September terror group was convicted of placing the bombs [which failed to detonate] in response to a visit by then Israeli PM, Gold Meir.[also see, http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090202/ap_on_re_us/mystery_terrorist]

USF Student To Stand Trial In Explosives Case

Abstract: The trial of Youssef Megahed has been delayed over legal wrangling over evidence issues. His accomplice in the explosives posession plot, Ahmed Mohamed is serving a 15 year sentence.[also see, http://www2.tbo.com/content/2009/feb/02/ex-usf-student-faces-march-trial-explosives-case/]

Al-Qaeda Setting Up Sleeper Cell In Botswana

Abstract: According to information obtained by the Sunday Standard dozens of al-Qaeda members have been arrested in the African nation and are awaiting deportation to their country's of origin.[also see, http://www.sundaystandard.info/news/news_item.php?NewsID=4310&GroupID=1]

FBI Still Sees Al-Qaeda As Number One Threat Domestically

Abstract: According to Michael J. Heimbach, assistant director of the FBI's Counterterrorism Division states, "Al-Qaida and like minded individuals are still our No. 1 concern. Hamas and Hezbollah are quite concerning to us. The whole entire entity surrounding homegrown extremism is still a significant focus of ours. And then we can't lose sight of the domestic terrorism issues: White supremacists, neo-nazi groups, the Animal Liberation Front, the Earth Liberation Front. They still remain on our radar."[also see, http://www.wtop.com/?nid=778&sid=1590523]

Dateline: 1.30.09

Al-Qaeda Linked To Attack On Christian Lebanese Musicians in Jordan

Abstract: Gunman opened fire on a bus of Lebanese musicians in Jordan. It is believed that the leader of the group, Shaker al-Khatib, was trained in Lebanon by an alleged al-Qaida member who planned for him to join the Iraqi terror network.[also see, http://www.naharnet.com/domino/tn/NewsDesk.nsf/getstory?openform&D2616C69494223C8C225754C00254370]

Three Charged In Foiled German Terrorist Plot

Abstract: According to Bloomberg news, three men including Fritz Martin G., Adem Y. and Daniel Martin S., were charged in September by Germany's Federal Prosecutor with unspecified crimes pertaining to terrorism. In previous statements, German authorities have claimed that the men's 2007 arrest stopped what could have been the worst ever terror attack on Germany [also see, http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601100&sid=aUvxFPnTWsLM&refer=germany]

Somali Muslims In U.S. Recruited For Jihad

Abstract: Justice Dept. officials including members of the FBI are concerned about the possibility of African based Muslim terror organizations are actively engaged in recruiting in American cities with large Muslim population.So far it is believed that possibly 20 Somali-Americans have been drawn to the jihad in the last year and a half.[also see, http://www.newsweek.com/id/181408 ]

Pakistan Arrests Nine Over Danish Embassy Attack

Abstract: Nine men have been arrested in Pakistan in connection with several bombings and an attack on the Danish embassy, during which an army general was killed and several FBI personnel were wounded.[also see, http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hkiMxbHNH0BqgpWA2ZG6VD6wVTmAD960SOE01]

Turkish Police Kill Al-Qaeda Terrorist

Abstract: One Al Qaeda member was killed and three others were captured while the cell was attempting to rob a bank in Istanbul.[also see, http://www.reuters.com/article/latestCrisis/idUSLT771903]

FBI To Stop Working With Hamas Linked Group

Abstract: According to the Investigative Project, the FBI, notorious in some circles for maintaining contact with American Islamist organizations, such as the terror linked Council on American Islamic Relations [CAIR] which have come out strongly in support of Hamas in the Israel's recent incursion into Gaza.[also see, http://www.investigativeproject.org/article/985]

Dateline: 1.26.09

Muslim Terrorist Who Planned 1973 Attacks In New York City To Be Released

Abstract: Khalid Duhham Al-Jawary will be released sometime in February after serving only about half of a 30 year sentence for planting a series of 1973 car bombs in New York City. Al-Jawary is believed to have been involved in other acts of terrorism during the 70's. According to AP these include, "a letter-bombing campaign, a botched attack in Germany and the bombing of a TWA flight."[also see, http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5ihMjR5ZJmgVzwsI9g0IUUEfSnD8QD95TKJJ02]

Al-Qaeda Video Features Two Ex Gitmo Detainees

Abstract: The two former Gitmo detainees, Said Ali al-Shihri, and Abu Hareth Muhammad al-Awfi were recently displayed in an al-Qaeda video and identified by their Gitmo detainee numbers. Al-Shiri stated "by God, our imprisonment only increased our perseverance in the principles for which we went out, did jihad for, and were imprisoned for."[also see, http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/25/world/middleeast/25yemen.html?ref=world]

Taliban Spreads Terror By Radio In Pakistan

Abstract: According to a report in the NY Times a Taliban leader Shah Doran is using a Pakistan based radio show to rail against "un-Islamic" activities such as singing, dancing and shaving beards. Doran has also at times revealed the names of people who have been the recipient of Taliban justice, ranging from beatings to beheadings. Doran's audience is largely confined to those in Pakistan's Swat valley, which has recently come under the dominion of the Taliban. [also see, http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/25/world/asia/25swat.html]

Australian Terrorist Testifies At Paris Bomb Hearing

Abstract: Jack Roche aka "Jihad Jack" testified in a Paris court that German convert Christian Ganczarski who has been accused of blowing up a synagogue had ties to Osama bin-Laden.Roche testified that he met Ganczarski at a house in Karachi with the intent of escorting him to Afghanistan.[also see, . http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,24958622-663,00.html]

Pakistani Born US Terror Suspect Must Stay In Solitary Confinement

Abstract: Syed Hashmi was accused of storing, "luggage full of raincoats, ponchos and waterproof socks in his London apartment" which were intended for use by a highly placed member of al-Qaeda.[also see, http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jmqsTWN-AbaokRdn0gcjoNN-LEOwD95TA1G80]

Dateline: 1.20.09

Iran Directly Linked To Al Qaeda By U.S. Treasury, Group Includes Bin-Laden's Son Sa'ad

Abstract: In what many observers are calling a highly important development, the Treasury's naming of the four of the operatives, among them bin-Laden's son Sa'ad as specially designated terrorists under Executive Order 13224 for the first time publicly and directly links Iran's fundamentalist Muslim government with the world's most infamous terrorist organization.[also see, http://www.weeklystandard.com/weblogs/TWSFP/2009/01/us_treasury_links_iran_and_al_1.asp]

Extradition Preparations Continue For Ottawa Professor Accused Of Paris Bombing

Abstract: The French have requested the extradition of Hassan Naim Diab who is accused of being a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine [PFLP] and allegedly behind a synagogue bomb attack in Paris which took place in 1980 that was responsible for killing four worshipers and wounding dozens of others.[also see, http://www.ottawacitizen.com/Life/Extradition+process+goes+Ottawa+professor+accused+Paris+bombing/1185922/story.html]

Omar Khadr Says Maher Arar Was At Afghan Camp

Abstract: According to the Globe and Mail, Khadr, stated during a hearing in the government's prosection of him for war crimes, contradicted Arar's claim that he was not a terrorist and never visited Afghanistan. Arar was awarded $10 million by the Canadian government because of his claim that he was not a terrorist and had been tortured as a result of his "misidentification" as such.[also see, http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090119.wgitmo0119/BNStory/International/home]

U.S. Somali Muslims Leave To Join Jihad

Abstract: According to the LATimes and numerous other news sources the government believes that as many as several dozen Muslim residents of Minnesota have travelled to Somalia to engage in jihad.[also see, http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/africa/la-na-missing18-2009jan18,0,7782853.story]

German Officials Worried By New Terrorism Threats

Abstract: A video threatening violence against German soldiers has worried German officials that an attack in Germany could be imminent. The message was delivered by a man calling himself "Abu Talha, the German," who stated the country was "gullible and naive" to believe it could "emerge unscathed" from having the third-biggest contingent of foreign troops in Afghanistan. In the video Talha stated, "Letting me blow myself up in the name of Allah has been my wish since 1993. Time is running out for the Germans..."[also see, http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,3956301,00.html]

Dateline: 1.14.09

Convicted Terrorist Met Australian At LET Camp

Abstract: Terrorist Yong Ki Kwon who was jailed in Virginia and became a "supergrass" for the FBI has told a court in NSW that "he had prayed and shared meals at a Lashkar-e-Taiba training camp" with an Australian man "who was accused of plotting an attack on Sydney.[also see, http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,24907871-2702,00.html]

Texas Imam Urged Muslims To Join The Gaza Jihad

Abstract: Sheikh Mohamed El-Moctar El-Shinqiti, director of the Islamic Center of South Plains in Lubbock Texas, wrote in an Islamonline chat session, "For Muslims who have access to the battlefield, their duty is to join the resistance to defend the oppressed."[also see, http://www.investigativeproject.org/article/974]

Hamas Suicide Bombers Dressing As IDF Soldiers In Gaza

Abstract: According to IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi, "Hamas militants have been dressing up as Israel Defense Forces soldiers in uniform in an attempt to carry out suicide bombings against Israeli troops in the Gaza Strip."[also see, http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1055161.html ]

Return To Terrorism for 61 Former Guantanamo Detainees

Abstract: Once a terrorist, always a terrorist seems to be the rule in a Reuters story which stated, "The Pentagon said on Tuesday that 61 former detainees from its military prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, appear to have returned to terrorism since their release from custody."[also see, http://www.reuters.com/article/email/idUSTRE50C5JX20090113]

Dateline: 1.8.09

Al-Qaeda Greatly Weakened By Adminstration's Efforts

Abstract: State Dept. spokesman Dell Daily today said that efforts by the administration in conjunction with measure take internationally have reduced the effectiveness of Al-Qaeda and that, "Bin Laden can't get an operational effort off the ground without it being detected ahead of time and being thwarted," he said. "Their ability to reach is nonexistent." [also see, http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/01/06/AR2009010603487.html] China Advocating Use Of Educational System To Curtail Terrorism In Xinjiang Region

Abstract: In order to stem the appeal of Islamic terrorism among the traditionally Muslim Turkic Uighur population in the region local officials are suggesting that educational programs be developed to halt its advance, including extending the number of required years for formal schooling. [also see, http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5g6RAPOi-JLompvHHbLcE4Ux-MwEQD95IPGI80] India's PM Says Terrorism Will Not Be Allowed To Destabilize Economy

Abstract: Manmohan Singh today said that efforts by Islamic terrorists to destroy India's economy will not be allowed to succeed. Referring to the recent attacks in Mumbai, Singh declared, we have shown, over and over again, that we will not allow the forces of terrorism and extremism to destabilize our polity, our economy and our society" [also see, http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/000200901081321.htm]

Muslim Led Kashmiri Press Brands Israel "Terrorist"

Abstract: In an article, "A Rout ahead for Israeli terrorists..." appearing in Kashmir Watch the author casts the Gaza conflict as one of aggression by a "terrorist" Israel, further making clear that this is part of a "global," "anti-Islamic," effort stating that, "It is not just the Israeli terrorism in Palestine, it is indeed global terrorism being unleashed on innocent Palestinians by the anti-Islamic forces while the Islamic world just watches the show as much as the UN, UNSC and other world abides are doing." [also see, http://www.kashmirwatch.com/showarticles.php?subaction=showfull&id=1231373584&archive=&start_from=&ucat=3&var0news=value0news]

Dateline: 12.28.08

Man Suspected Of Being Lebanese Operative For Al Qaeda Held In El Paso

Abstract: Mohamad Kamal Elzahabi was involved in a, "federal investigation into a suspected U.S. terrorist network with ties to al-Qaida." He is facing deportation and being held at the immigration detention center in El Paso.

According to the federal complaint, " Elzahabi decided to travel to Afghanistan in 1988 after he attended a religious conference in the U.S. Midwest..." He told agents of "knowing of Khalid Sheik Muhammad," who U.S. authorities later said had masterminded the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in New York City and Washington[also see, http://www.elpasotimes.com/news/ci_11321659] 9/11 Hijacker Cleric Scheduled To Speak At UK Conference

Abstract: Anwar al-Awlaki, the alleged spiritual adviser to three of the September 11 terrorists is scheduled to speak at a conference in London entitled"The End of Time". "The publicity material for the all-day event appears to be a clear reference to the attacks on New York, and features meteors raining down on Manhattan, setting fire to the city and shattering the Statue of Liberty. "

[also see, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/3966501/Muslim-groups-linked-to-September-11-hijackers-spark-fury-over-conference.html] Somalia To Be Controlled By Al Qaeda Linked Islamists

Abstract: It is being predicted that the present government will fall after Ethiopian troops withdraw. This would make Somalia an Al Qaeda terror stronghold.

[also see, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/somalia/3964681/Radical-Islamists-linked-to-al-Qaeda-set-to-take-control-of-Somalia.html]

Dateline: 12.26.08

Men Accused in Sears Tower Plot To Get Third Trial

Abstract: Six of "The Liberty City Seven" will go on trial again for plotting to bomb the Sears Tower and FBI offices. If convicted they face up to 70 years in prison.[also see, www.orlandosentinel.com/news/nationworld/sns-ap-terror-investigation,0,2024155.story]

Al Qaeda Leader To be Tried In Absentia

Abstract: The leader of North Africa's "Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb," Abdelmalek Droukdel, is to be tried in absentia. Along with 56 others he is charged with belonging to a terrorist group, premeditated murder and being an accomplice to murder. [also see, http://www.adnkronos.com/AKI/English/Security/?id=3.0.2849313907]

Pakistani Terrorism Poses Threat To Britain

Abstract: Prime Minister Gordon Brown has, "charged that most U.K.-based extremists are linked to Pakistan...According to Brown, fully three quarters of the serious radical Islamist plots under investigation in the United Kingdom have connections to the South Asian Muslim country."[also see, http://www.usnews.com/articles/news/world/2008/12/24/why-britain-increasingly-worries-about-pakistani-terrorism.html]

Dateline: 12.25.08

Afghan Taliban Member Sentenced In U.S. On First Narco-Terrorism Charge

Abstract: A Taliban member who was arrested in Afghanistan was sentenced by a U.S. district court to, "two terms of life in prison on drug and narco-terrorism charges." It is the first Drug Enforcement Administration conviction for narco-terrorism. "A violent jihadist and narcotics trafficker, Khan Mohammed sought to kill U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan using rockets," said Acting Assistant Attorney General of the Criminal Division Matthew Friedrich[also see, http://www.usdoj.gov/opa/pr/2008/December/08-crm-1145.html]

Satellite TV Operator In Staten Island Pleads Guilty To Aiding Hezbollah Station

Abstract: Javed Iqbal pleaded guilty to "providing material support for Hizbollah...IQBAL admitted that between approximately September 2005 and August 2006 he provided satellite transmission services to Al Manar, in exchange for thousands of dollars in payments from Al Manar."[also see, http://newyork.fbi.gov/dojpressrel/pressrel08/nyfo122308a.htm]

New Trial For Abu-Jihad Opposed By Feds

Abstract: Abu Jihad, a former sailor who was convicted of supplying information on troop movements to terrorists has requested a new trial, a move opposed by federal prosecutors. He faces up to 25 years in prison. In one email he wrote he described the attack on the USS Cole as a "martyrdom operation."[also see, http://www.navytimes.com/news/2008/12/ap_sailor_terror_122208/]

Maryland Man Pleads Guilty To Spying For Saddam

Abstract: Saubhe Jassim Al-Dellemy has pled guilty to using his Laurel restaurant to gather intelligence on local government agencies and employees. He admitted transmitting the data to members of the Iraqi Intelligence at meetings sometimes held at his restaurant. [also see, www.baltimoresun.com/news/nation/bal-md.spydec23,0,3320529.story]

Dateline: 12.22.08

Five South Jersey Muslims Convicted Of Plot To Kill Soldiers At Fort Dix

Abstract: The conviction of five Muslim men from South Jersey was according to prosecuters "a crime...which demonstrated how Al Qaeda was using the internet to recruit, train and incite supporters for attacks in the United States and around the world." The men were found guilty of conspiracy to attack Fort Dix and kill soldiers. They face life imprisonment[also see, http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2008/12/shell_fort_dix.html]

US Somali Enclaves Probed For Terrorism Links

Abstract: The FBI is investigating cases of U.S. based Somali men [primarily in Minneapolis] who are going back to Somali to fight jihad on the side of the Islamists. This month the country's first suicide bombing was carried out by a Somali from the U.S. [also see, http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122973251332122939.html?]

Is Lashkar-e-Taiba The New Al Qaeda?

Abstract: There is real concern over the fact LeT has raised its profile," a U.S. counterterror official told the Daily News, "A lot of people are watching closely now to see if they're plotting new attacks."[also see, http://www.nydailynews.com/news/us_world/2008/12/21/2008-12-21_india_terror_group_lashkaretaiba_the_new.html]

Pakistani Intelligence Linked To Terrorists

Abstract: The former head of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency Hamid Gul admitted that he attended meetings at the Lashkar-e-Taiba complex." General Gul told The Times, "Retired army officers used to go, too. They used to hold annual fixtures to raise funds and motivate people." [also see, http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article5380189.ece]

Dateline: 12.19.08

Two UK Muslims Convicted Of Being Members Of Al-Qaeda

Abstract: Two UK Muslims were found guilty today of "directing terrorism." One was found to be in possession of a diary, which had details of top al-Qaeda operatives written in invisible ink." [also see, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/3832883/Al-Qaeda-terror-trial-British-Muslim-was-director-of-terrorism.html]

Scottish Car Bomb Doctor Jailed For 32 Years

Abstract: Doctor Bilal Abdulla, an Iraqi born Brittish born Muslim NHS doctor was sentenced to 32 years in jail for two car bomb plots. One attack involved a car parked in front of a nightclub which failed to explode. A second was a suicide attack at Glasgow Airport packed with gas cylinders which exploded outside of the airport terminal.[also see, http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/crime/article5361729.ece]

Lawyers In USF Student Terror Case Appeals For Shorter Sentence

Abstract: Ahmed Mohammed a former USF student is scheduled to be sentenced for "posting a video on the Web site YouTube in which he demonstrates how to use a remote-control toy to detonate a bomb." Mohammed's lawyers are arguing for an 8 year sentence as opposed to 15 years. He was arrested along with Yousef Megahed who is "awaiting trial on charges of illegally transporting explosives."[also see, http://www2.tbo.com/content/2008/dec/17/mohamed-lawyers-argue-shorter-sentence]

Parents of "American Taliban" Ask President For Pardon

Abstract: The parents of John Walker Lindh who is serving a 20 year sentence, convicted of having been a Taliban soldier, are appealing to President Bush for his release. He has served 7 years in federal prisons.[also see, http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jp-1redtKjW5lfN0jlfQnTwjfg2Q]

Turkey Arrests 15 Suspected Al-Qaeda Members

Abstract: Authorities in Turkey have detained 15 people suspected of being members of al-Qaeda. On Wednesday a Turkish prosecutor charged 2 people suspected of being al-Qaeda members in the attacks on the American Embassy. [also see, http://www.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSTRE4BG65120081217]

Dateline: 12.15.08

UK Restaurant Bombing Terrorist Was Radicalized Online

Abstract: Nicky Reilly who admitted he planned to detonate two home-made nail bombs in a crowded restaurant was radicalized by extremists via the internet.Police are now hunting two men in Pakistan they say he communicated with online .[also see, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/3725980/Police-launch-investigation-into-how-restaurant-bomber-was-radicalised-by-Pakistani-extremists.html]

Dearbornistan Alert - Muslim In Dearborn Who Tried To Aid Hezbollah Gets Ten Years years

Abstract: Lebanese born Ford Motor Co. engineer Fawzi Mustapha Assi was sentenced to ten years for trying to board a flight carry GPS and other equipment to help Hezbollah.According to the Detroit News "Assi was the first person indicted under a 1996 law that made it illegal to knowingly provide money or material to terrorists."[also see, http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20081212/UPDATE/812120442/1361]

Six Out Of 14 Belgian Al-Qaeda Suspects Are Charged

Abstract: Five of the six suspects are men between the ages of 20 and 30. One suspect Malika el Aroud, is the widow of an al-Qaeda member who died in a suicide attack against the anti-Taliban warlord Ahmed Shah Masood. Eight suspects were released due to "insufficient evidence."[also see, http://www.cbsnews.com/blogs/2008/12/12/world/worldwatch/entry4664990.shtml]

Dateline: 12.11.08

Laskhar-e-Taiba Communications Specialist Busted In Pakistan

Abstract: Communications expert Zarar Shah, "set up the network that allowed the Mumbai attackers communicate with Lashkar-e-Taiba commanders in Pakistann" during the attack. Senior LET commander Yusuf Muzzamil has been identified as the mastermind of the attack.

[also see, http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2008/12/pakistan_detains_las_1.php]

Pakistani Islamic 'Charity' Declared Terrorist Group By U.N.

Abstract: The "charity" Jamaat-ud-Dawa [JAD] has been declared a front for Lashkar-e-Taiba by the U.N. As a result of that declaration, JAD would be subject to U.N. sanctions, "some analysts suspect the charity may supply recruits for militant operations."

[also see, http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hkiMxbHNH0BqgpWA2ZG6VD6wVTmAD950BLSO0]

Leaders Of Pakistani Faux Muslim Charity Arrested, Linked To Mumbai Jihad

Abstract: The leader of the organization Jamaat-ud-Dawa, Hafiz Sayeed was put under house arrest in Lahore, Pakistan. According to reports, "Sayeed was one of four individuals singled out by the United Nations Security Council late Wednesday when it placed Jamaat-ud-Dawa on a list of designated terrorist organizations and imposed sanctions on the group, including a freeze on assets, a travel ban and an arms embargo. The U.N. also said the charity was directly linked to Lashkar-i-Taiba..."

[also see, http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/12/11/AR2008121100901_pf.html]

Belgian Law Enforcement Bust Terror Plot

Abstract: Fourteen suspected al-Qaida members including a man suspected of planning a suicide attack were arrested in Brussels. It was not clear if the attacks were to be aimed at Europe or abroad.

[also see, _http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hCULKuf-0ypGwRKfmib8XH5DRc]

Dateline: 12.9.08

Pakistan Based "Charity" Accused Of Involvement In Plotting Mumbai Attacks

Abstract: Jamaat-ud-Dawa, a Lahore, Pakistan based group which functions under the guise of a charitable organization is accused of being involved in the plotting of the Mumbai attacks. The American government says that it provides recruits and funding for Laskhar-e-Taiba the group which carried out the Mumbai attacks.[also see, http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/columnists/guest_contributors/article5303725.ece]

Austrian Phone Link In Mumbai Case

Abstract: Officials in Austria said that the terrorists, "used an Austrian phone number to communicate during the attacks." Interpol and the Indian authorities are investigating.[also see, http://in.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idINL59369020081205]

Mumbai Terrorists Had "Special Forces" Training From Pakistan

Abstract: The Mumbai terrorists were taught Marine commando skills in Pakistan. According to the Times Online, Ajmal Kasav, the only surviving terrorist from the Mumbai attacks has informed investigators that his group was trained in commando skills by a Lashkar-e-Taiba instructor, Abu Yusuf. Two other believed to have been involved are Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, and Zaki-ur-Rahman Lakhvi. Saeed who is the leader of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa, an Islamic "charity" which maintains schools and hospitals, denied his involvement in the plot. [also see, http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article5298993.ece]

Dateline: 12.8.08

Laskhar-e-Taiba Plot To Bomb Nuke Plant In Australia Broken Up

Abstract: Indicative of Laskhar-e-Taiba's grand jihadist strategy, the group responsible for the planning of the Mumbai terror assault also planned to attack Australia's nuclear reactor and/or electrical grid. According to terrorism expert Rohan Gunaratna, "LET now poses as much of a threat to Australia as al-Qaeda."[also see, http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,24758453-25837,00.html]

Two More Arrested In Mumbai Probe

Abstract: According to reports in the Indian media, two men have been arrested for involvement in the Mumbai terrorist attack. The two were, "arrested for allegedly buying mobile SIM cards on fake IDs which were used by terrorists during the November 26 siege."[also see, http://www.ptinews.com/pti%5Cptisite.nsf/0/0E60F3C3F0C8DD0D652575170041ACA9?OpenDocument]

Home-Grown Terror Link In Mumbai Case

Abstract: Indian born Faheem Ansari had been picked up in February and found with maps of the places targeted in the terrorist attacks. He is accused of belonging to the group Laskhar-e-Taiba. At the time Ansari was a person of interest but was held past his initial questioning. Commenting on this aspect of the case law enforcement officials stated, "...while in custody Ansari was taken to Mumbai for three days, where he was questioned by the city's Anti-Terrorism Squad about the plans but the line of enquiry was dropped."[also see, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/3567048/Mumbai-attacks-First-evidence-of-home-grown-terror-link--bombay-india.html]

Dateline: 12.4.08

Laskhar-e-Taiba Conduit For Jihad Converts

Abstract: Western intelligence experts are looking at Laskhar-e-Taiba as "...a major gateway to jihad for some disaffected people in the West, including converts to Islam." Westerners who have attended Lashkar-e-Taiba's training camps include "Australian al-Qaeda operative David Hicks, convicted "shoe bomber" Richard Reid and Dhiren Barot, the mastermind of a failed gas-cylinder bombing plot in London who prepared detailed blueprints for al Qaeda of buildings in New York's financial district, according to information that emerged in legal proceedings..."[also see, http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122834970727777709.html?mod=googlenews_wsj]

Al Qaeda Operatives Behind Bali Bombings Linked To Mumbai Attacks

Abstract: According to intelligence experts an Al Qaeda operative who planned the Bali attacks may be involved in the Mumbai bombings. U.S. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice stated that"Whether there is a direct al-Qaeda hand or not, this is clearly the kind of terror in which al-Qaeda participates..."[also see, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/3546197/Mumbai-attacks-al-Qaeda-plotter-behind-Bali-bombing-linked-to-terror-attacks-Bombay-india.html]

Ottawa Judge Denies Bail to Suspected Paris Synagoge Bomber

Abstract: Hassan Diab a Canadian Lebanese professor was ordered to remain in jail without bond where he is being held on suspicion of having orchestrated a Paris synagogue bombing in 1980. The bombing was the first fatal attack on Jews in France since WWII.[also see, http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jupbyU50ogibZmpkuTMVM5LecHhA]

Mumbai Terrorist Says "Sister" Guided Him

Abstract: The only captured Mumbai terrorist Azam Amir Qasab says that a burqa clad woman guided him through Mumbai prior to the attacks. Eyewitnesses have confirmed this. Investigators have issued an urgent alert to find the woman. [also see, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/3543969/Mumbai-attacks-Terrorist-triggers-alert-for-sister-who-guided-him.html]

Leftover bombs found at Mumbai train station

Abstract: Police have found and defused bombs found in a pile of luggage left behind by people who were caught in the attack on the Mumbai train station.[also see, http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article5279854.ece]

Holland Terror Threat Greater Then Ever

Abstract: According to Tjibbe Joustra the National Coordinator for Counter Terrorism Holland is at high risk of a terror attack. Joustra stated that...Holland must still take into account terror attacks in reactio to the the film Fitna. Holland was also named as a specific target for terror attacks by international jihadists.[also see, http://www.telegraaf.nl/binnenland/2714446/___Terreurdreiging_groter_dan_ooit___.html?p=17,1]

Dateline: 12.1.08

Death Toll In Mumbai Attacks Expected To Rise To 300

Abstract: According to Indian authorities scores of bodies which are being recovered in hotels which were attacked in Mumbai may raise the death toll to 300.[also see, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/3536220/Mumbai-siege-300-feared-dead-as-full-horror-of-the-terrorist-attacks-emerges.html]

SAS: Britain Unprepared For Mumbai Style Attack

Abstract: An unidentified SAS commander referred to the Mumbai attack as a "doomsday scenario" and said that the UK "does not have enough of the right type of counter-terrorist forces in London or other major cities to deal with a multi-site, and mobile terrorist incident such as we seen in Mumbai."[also see, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/3535668/Britain-unprepared-for-Mumbai-style-attack-former-head-of-SAS-says.html]

Mumbai style attack thwarted in Britain

Abstract: A British Muslim was arrested as he tried to buy three Uzi machine guns and 3,000 rounds of ammunition. Kazi Nurur Rahman trained with Lashkar-e-Taiba (Let) the group which was responsible for the Mumbai attacks[also see, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/3537523/Islamic-terrorist-planned-Mumbai-style-massacre-in-Britain.html]

Jewish Victims Tortured In Mumbai Jihad

Abstract: Indian doctors stated that victims of the Mumbai massacre bore torture marks noting that "Of all the bodies, the Israeli victims bore the maximum torture marks,"[also see, http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/128629 ]

Ex-Soldier Trained Mumbai Terrorists

Abstract: According to the one captured Mumbai terrorists his group were trained in Pakistan by an ex soldier. The police are also looking for locals who may have aided the terrorists[also see, http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/Ex-soldier_trained_terrorists_says_Kasab/articleshow/3776975.cms]

Mumbai Terrorist Was Ordered To Kill Until Last Breath"

Abstract: The only captured terrorist in Mumbai said he "was ordered to kill until the last breath". According to a leaked report of the interrogation, "Azam Amir Kasab, 21, a Pakistani national, claimed the terror strikes, which left nearly 200 dead, were intended to kill as many as 5,000 people and that he and his fellow militants were ordered to target whites - especially Britons and Americans."[also see, http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article5262244.ece]

Head Of UK Radical Group Threatens, "Blood On The Streets"

Abstract: Anjem Choudary a leader of Islam4UK an offshoot of Al Muhajiroun stated that, "You will know when the Muslims have ignited an insurrection when there is blood on the streets of London and New York like there is blood on the streets of Fallujah and Mumbai." According to experts a Mumbai style attack in the UK is possible.[also see, http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/view/60771/Terror-cops-fear-Mumbai-attack-in-UK/]

Dateline: 11.18.08

Female Hizb ut Tahrir Cell Uncovered In Uzbekistan

Abstract: An underground female Hizb ut Tahrir cell was uncovered in Tashkent. Authorities claim that the cell recruited women collected donations and distributed religious and extremist literature.[also see, http://www.interfax-religion.com/?act=news&div=5383]

NYPD Launches Terrorism Threat Center

Abstract: The center's goal is to protect lower Manhattan from terrorist threats. As part of this program, this month 30 officers began monitoring 150 closed circuit cameras on Wall Street. By 2011 there should be 3,000 cameras in total.[also see, http://www.newsday.com/news/local/newyork/ny-nyterror1119,0,5578820.story]

Italian Police Carry Out Numerous Anti-Terror Raids .

Abstract: Italian police are investigating 11 foreigners and carried out about 135 anti-terror raids. Law enforcement authorities are looking at institutions and individuals suspected of belong to a radical Moroccan Islamic group called 'Al-Adl Wal Ihsan' or Justice and Charity.[also see, http://www.adnkronos.com/AKI/English/Security/?id=3.0.2721145473]

Al Qaeda faction In Gaza Claims Responsibility For Rocket Attacks On Israel

Abstract: According to the NEFA Foundation [the counter-terrorist group Nine Eleven Finding Answers], it has obtained video evidence of an al-Qaeda affiliated group based in Gaza - Jaish al-Ummah [Army of the Islamic People], which has claimed responsibility for recent rocket attacks on the Israeli town of Ashkelon.[also see, http://www.nefafoundation.org/multimedia-prop.html#nefajaishummah1108]

Dateline: 11.17.08

Glasgow Airport Attack Doctor Told Police, "I Am A Terrorist"

Abstract: An Iraqi born doctor Bilal Abdullah, who crashed a car laden with explosive material into Glasgow airport last year reportedly told police after his arrest that "I am a terrorist." After being booked under Ireland's Terrorism Act Abdullah stated that, "my aim is to change public opinion using violence."[also see, http://www.theherald.co.uk/news/news/display.var.2468638.0.Glasgow_Airport_attack_doctor_admits_I_am_a_terrorist.php]

Phoenix Muslims Under Increased Scrutiny After Several Terror Related Incidents

Abstract: FBI sources indicate that because of several developments, including a local angle in the federal prosecution of the Holy Land Foundation, an incident in which numerous Arizona Muslims fired hundreds of rounds through AK-47 assault rifles and the 2006 event which featured the removal of six imams bound for the state from a commercial flight, agencies charged with preventing terrorism have increased their surveillance.[also see, http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/news/articles/2008/11/16/20081116scrutiny1116.html]

Former Gitmo Detainee Sentenced To Ten Years In Morocco

Ex Gitmo detainee Said Boujandia was sentenced to ten years for terrorism related actions which included "planning acts of sabotage targeting foreign interests in northern Morocco, funding and participating in a criminal group and illegal emigration." [also see, http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/11/14/africa/AF-Morocco-Terrorism.php]

Qantas Employee Found Guilty Of Terrorism Related Charges

Abstract: Belal Saadallah Khazaal, a former Qantas employee who has already been convicted on terrorism charges in Australia was recently also found guilty in absentia by a Lebanese court on charges of funding a 2003 bombing of a Beirut McDonald's restaurant.[also see, http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,24654145-601,00.html]

Dateline: 11.14.08

Australian Muslims Prosecuted - Car Battery Business Used as Terror Front

Abstract: Five Australian Muslims are facing trial with prosecutors claiming that they used the pretext of starting a second hand car battery business in order to procure large amounts of sulphuric acid with which to build bombs. The prosecution also alleges that the men purchased thousands of rounds of ammunition and went on camping trips to conceal their target practice.[also see, http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/story/0,22049,24646208-5001021,00.html]

US Muslim Facing Life on terror Charges Convicted of Theft and Conspiracy

Abstract: Marwan El- Hindi who is facing life imprisonment after conviction on terror related crimes had a second trial yesterday where he was convicted of additional crimes - conspiracy and theft. Several months ago El-Hindi was found guilty of conspiring to kill and maim people outside the United States and conspiring to provide material support [and] of disseminating information regarding explosives.[also see, http://toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20081113/NEWS02/811130363/-1/NEWS]

Ottawa Firm Used Credit Card Duplication for Terror Funding

Abstract: A UK policeman testified at the trial of a Canadian man accused of selling credit card duplicating equipment to terror sympathizers in the UK. The group wished to engage in credit card fraud in order to fund al-Qaeda training camps.The scam was stopped after police discovered "the second-largest fraudulent magnetic card factory ever found in Britain, in the basement of a computer-repair shop."[also see, http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/story.html?id=c1b80301-c58e-4643-a06a-2d7743aeb010]

Radical Cleric Ready to Move from UK to "Palestine"

Abstract: Abu Qatada, Osama Bin Laden's right hand man in Europe was recently jailed on a bail violation. Qatada had successfully fought deportation to Jordan, arguing that he might be tortured there, and was placed under house arrest.Talks are now underway discussing the possibility of him being deported to an alternative country.[also see, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/politics/lawandorder/3448469/Abu-Qatada-ready-to-leave-Britain.html]

Dateline: 11.12.08

UK Bomb Plot Doctor - "I Supported Iraqi Insurgency"

Abstract: Bilal Abdulla, an NHS doctor is accused of attempted murder for leaving a car bomb outside a nightclub in London's West End. When the car failed to detonate Abdulla joined the suicide bomb plot on Glasgow airport the next day.[also see, www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1084816/I-supported-Iraqi-insurgency-reveals-NHS-doctor-suspected-car-bomb-terror-attacks.html]

Bomb Plot Doctor Used Hospital Computer

Abstract: Mohammed Asha is standing trial for plotting "murder on an indiscriminate scale" together with Dr. Bilal Abdulla and Kafeel Ahmed. The three traveled together after the failed car bomb attacks in London's West End. Asha allegedly looked up news of the failed attack using the hospital's computer. [also see, http://www.theherald.co.uk/news/news/display.var.2467042.0.Bomb_suspect_used_hospital_computer_to_look_up_attack.php]

Somali Students In Massachusetts Urged To, "Join In Training For Jihad"

Abstract: Tarek Mehanna, a graduate of the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy living in Sudbury was accused of lying to the FBI during a terrorism investigation. He lied about the whereabouts of Daniel J. Melcano who allegedly attended an Al Qaeda training camp in the hope of overthrowing the Somali government. Melcano had phoned Mehanna urging him to "join him in training for jihad". [also see, http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2008/11/12/fbi_accuses_man_of_lying_in_terror_case/]

Female Suicide Bombers In Iraq's Diyala Province Indoctrinated Beforehand

Abstract: According to one report the girls are subjected to an extended period of brainwashing, during which they are kept away from their families. Some of them are watched over by what are known as "martyrdom preparation committees," whose job it is to take advantage of their naiveté, providing cannon fodder for jihad. [also see, http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/nov/12/iraq-gender-suicide-bombers-diyala]

Lebanese Ex-Students Claim German Terror Attempt Was A Hoax

Abstract: Despite their claims, the two were filmed placing suitcase bombs on trains in a Cologne train station. The unexploded bombs later discovered by railway personnel.[also see, http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/241323,lebanese-ex-students-assert-bombs-in-german-trains-were-hoax.html ]
Dateline: 11.10.08

Closing Arguments in Holy Land Foundation Hamas Funding Trial

Abstract: Closing arguments will be presented today in the Holy Land Foundation Hamas funding trial. The government's key allegation is that the Holy Land Foundation and seven organizers tied to it, illegally sent at least $12 million overseas to the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas. The U.S. declared Hamas a terrorist organization in 1995.[also see, .http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/localnews/stories/111008dnmetholyland.38d44ee.html]

Crowd Hears Terrorist Omar Bakri Speak in UK

Abstract: About 200 Muslim men and 50 burqa-clad women gathered in London to watch and listen to a video feed of Sheik Omar Bakri Mohammed, the leader of the UK Islamist group Al Muhajroun [now nominally disbanded] who fled to Lebanon after being linked to the 7/7 London terror bombings. Bakri was refused re-entrance to the UK after vowing that, "Muslims would give the West a 9/11 day after day after day."[also see, http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-23584232-details/Islamic+radicals+make+mockery+of+hate+laws/article.do]

U.S. Terror Suspect Appeals His Detention Case To Supreme Court

Abstract: The case is being brought by an Illinois graduate student, Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri [a Qatari national] who has spent five years in a naval brig after being designated an enemy combatant. The government is alleging that al-Marri underwent training in an al-Qaeda camp and had met bin-Laden. This led the FBI to speculate that he might be a top al-Qaeda operative/[also see, http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/11/08/AR2008110802266.html]

Yemen Halves Sentence of Wanted U.S. Al-Qaeda Suspect

Abstract: Jaser Elbaneh, a Yemeni American who was accused of involvement in the bombing of the USS Cole has had his sentence cut in half by a Yemeni court. He is also linked to the Lackwanna Six a group of American Muslims who were convicted of providing material support to al-Qaeda.[also see, http://www.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUSTRE4A71DU20081108]

Dateline: 11.09.08

Muslim Extremists in UK planning Mass Casualty Attacks

Abstract: A leaked UK government intelligence report concluded that "some thousands of extremists" are active in the UK and that, "For the foreseeable future the UK will continue to be a high-priority target for international terrorists aligned with al-Qaeda. It will face a threat from British nationals, including Muslim converts, and UK-based foreign terrorists, as well as terrorists planning attacks from abroad."[also see, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/politics/defence/3406107/Report-identifies-UK-terrorist-enclaves.html ]

Bali Bombers' Execution puts Indonesia on Terrorism Alert

Abstract: Supporters of the Bali bombers vowed revenge in the wake of their execution. The terrorists' funerals were attended by thousands who shouted "Goodbye heroes" and "Live nobly or die as martyrs."[also see, http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article5117753.ece ]

Bin Laden's Europeam Kingpin Held on Bail Violation

Abstract: Abu Qatada was arrested at his home yesterday accused of "breaking bail conditions or intending to do so." He had been released from prison after successfully fighting deportation to Jordan where he was convicted in absentia for involvement in terrorism attacks.[also see, http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/crime/article5114800.ece ] Experts: Al Qaeda Might Test Obama

Abstract: A top Italian anti-terrorism official said that, "I fear al-Qaeda could try and test Obama." Security consultant Louis Caprioli former head of the French intelligence agency DST stated that "Islamic fundamentalists may see the president-elect, a Christian, as an apostate because he did not adopt his African family's Muslim faith."[also see, http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-terror9-2008nov09,0,1223543.story ]

Dateline: 11.07.08

Treasury Dept. Further Restricts Iran's Access To U.S. Bank System

Abstract: On November 6, the Treasury Department announced that it is revoking what is known as the "U-turn" license for Iran, further restricting the country's access to the U.S. financial system. This move is part of a series of U.S. government actions taken to expose Iranian banks' involvement in the Iranian regime's support of terrorist groups and nuclear and missile proliferation. Prior to today's action, U.S. financial institutions were authorized to process certain funds transfers for the direct or indirect benefit of Iranian banks, other persons in Iran or the Government of Iran, provided such payments were initiated offshore by a non-Iranian, non-U.S. financial institution and only passed through the U.S. financial system en route to another offshore, non-Iranian, non-U.S. financial institution. As a result of today's action these types of transactions are no longer allowed . [also see, http://www.treas.gov/press/releases/hp1257.htm]

Holy Land Foundation Accountant Grilled By Feds

Abstract: On November 5, Government prosecutors laid into Holy Land Foundation [HLF] accountant Mohammed Wafa Yaish demonstrating HLF's apparent intent to hide transactions between HLF and radical Palestinian zakat organizations which are believed to serve as financial conduits to Hamas. U.S. vs. Holy Land Foundation et al., is the nation's most important terror funding prosecution, alleging that the Holy Land Foundation illegally channeled funds from the United States to the terrorist group Hamas. As part of this prosecution, several American Islamist organizations have been named as co-conspirators including the Council on American Islamic Relations [CAIR] a Saudi funded Hamas mouthpiece masquerading as a civil rights group.[also see, http://crimeblog.dallasnews.com/archives/2008/11/holy-land-foundations-former-a.html]

Iranian Born Brit Army Interpreter Busted For Spying For - surprise - Iran

Abstract: Iranian born Cpl Daniel James, aka Esmail Mohammed Beigi Gamasai, an Army translator working for General David Richards, head of Britain's Army, has been found guilty of sending details of troop movements - in coded messages - to Iran's military attaché in Kabul, Afghanistan. [also see, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/politics/defence/3386720/Salsa-dancing-spy-Daniel-James-guilty-of-spying-for-Iran.html]

U.S. Attorneys Urge Fed Judge To Keep Algerian Terror Suspects In GITMO

Abstract: Attorney's for the Justice Dept. have urged U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon to keep the suspects under confinement because they continue to represent a threat to national security. The six Algerian terror suspects, 5 of which were in possession of Bosnian passports, have stated an intent to travel to Afghanistan so they could join the jihad.[also see, http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/11/06/AR2008110602945.html]

Orange County Sheriff's Dept. Considers Becoming Shari'a Compliant

Abstract: The Orange County, CA Sheriff's Dept. is considering allowing Muslim women prisoners to wear hijab, or religious head scarves while in jail. Heretofore it has been the department's policy to remove these garments while in custody as a matter of security. Orange County undertook its policy review after San Bernardino County this week agreed to recognize Shari'a regarding its Muslim women prisoners after being sued by the ACLU, an organization which works in lockstep with the Islamist enemy.[also see, http://www.ocregister.com/articles/county-inmates-bernardino-2221065-religious-san]

Dateline: 11.06.08

Canadian Muslim Accused of Being in Contact with bin-Laden banker

Abstract: Mohamed Harket was accused of being an al-Qaeda sleeper agent and having contact with the banker of Osama bin-Laden. A CSIS security official testified at the case and opined that Harkat was "ready to undertake jihad." The CSIS is looking to have Harkat deported and believes that he poses a security threat.[also see, http://www.canada.com/topics/news/national/story.html?id=8fef41c8-28ce-412c-a31d-146e074aede5 ]

Four Members of Jihadist Network Jailed in France

Abstract: Four men of North African origin were sentenced to prison on the grounds that they were recruiting people in France to join the jihad in Iraq. In the home of one of those arrested police found "Islamist literature, chemical substances and lists of contacts." [also see, http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/11/06/europe/EU-France-Terrorist-Trial.php]

Islamists in Algeria Threaten Attacks on Western Targets

Abstract: A video posted on an Islamist forum ended with a threat to strike at Western targets in North Africa particularly Algeria.[also see, http://www.memriiwmp.org/content/en/blog_personal.htm?id=457]

Algerian Mayor Kidnapped By Algerian Islamic Terrorists

Abstract: The mayor of a northern Algeria town was kidnapped and killed by Islamists. The body of Timezrit mayor Fateh Bouchibane was found together with a burned vehicle. The group, al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb [AQIM] has perpetrated a wave of attacks in Algeria and it is possible that they are responsible for this one.[also see, http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5jdzA9UFccB-4lAe66uRyreuxdEJQ]

Dateline: 11.04.08

Western embassies threatened with attacks ahead of Bali bomber executions

Abstract: Supporters of the Bali bombers have threatened Western embassies if the three terrorists who perpetrated the attacks are executed. Australia has warned their nationals to, "reconsider their need to travel to Indonesia...due to the very high threat of terrorist attack."[also see, http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article5077655.ece

Twin terror attacks against Algerian airports foiled

Abstract: Algerian security services have foiled terror attacks aimed at two Algerian airports. Information about the attack was gleaned from "special sources" in Europe.[also see, http://www.elkhabar.com/quotidienFrEn/lire.php?idc=114&ida=129797&key=1&cahed= ]

Canadian Security Agent to testify in terror case

Abstract: A national security agent will testify as to why Mohamed Harket, who was labeled an al-Qaeda sleeper agent, is considered a terrorist threat. Harket was tagged as a threat to Canada and arrested on the basis of security certificate. This is the first time in six years that a national security agent will testify in public.[also see, http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=cf68c655-502e-49fa-bc46-57cb417ff1fa ]

Thai bombings kill one, injure seventy

Abstract: Three bombs in Western Thailand killed one person and injured seventy. It is suspected that the bombs could be the work of Islamist terrorists who are fighting for the establishment of an Islamic state in Thailand's southernmost provinces.[also see, http://www.adnkronos.com/AKI/English/Religion/?id=3.0.2667449937 ]

Dateline: 11.01.08

Intel Report Concludes Iran Is Engaging In Secret Nuclear Experiments

Abstract: According to a source within the International Atomic Energy Agencey [IAEA] Iran has been conducting research on how to reprocess spent fuel in a bid to recycle the material into weapons grade uranium.[aso see,http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5iijfYgMUu7W_-ZKg8BjH5QNTww5QD944UQBO0]

DHS Says Better Monitoring Of Internet Will Prevent IED Attacks

Abstract: Though the Web is continuously monitored for suspicious terror related postings by various intelligence agencies, the Dept. of Homeland Security is also entering the picture, soliciting private contractors to monitor what it calls "emerging threats," in Web based environments. [aso see, http://blog.wired.com/defense/2008/10/dhs-scour-blogs.html]

Holy Land Foundation Prosecution Rests

Abstract: Federal prosecutors have finished their presentation in the second Holy Land Foundation trial. The trial centers on five defendents who are accused of using the Muslim charity to funnel money to Hamas. The prosecution's last witness, code named Avi, testified on the role that Palestinian zakat committees played in funding Hamas. The defense is expected to strongly challenge Avi in cross-examination. The first Holy Land case ended in a mistrial, after it was revealed that a juror improperly badgered members of the jury.[aso see, http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/localnews/stories/103108dnmetholyland.168810dc6.html]

Taliban's Use Of Improved IEDs Increases Threat, Even To Mine Resistant Vehicles

Abstract: Afghani terrorists are employing what are being referred to as "super bombs," against the Army's new Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles [MRAPs]. What once were devices containing 10-20 pounds of explosives have become much larger, sometimes filled with hundreds of pounds of explosives. [aso see, http://www.usnews.com/articles/news/iraq/2008/10/31/talibans-new-super-bombs-threaten-us-troops-even-in-pricey-mraps.html]

Dateline: 10.31.08

Navy Judge Refuses Prosecution's Request To Revisit Sentence of Bin-Laden's Driver

Abstract: Persuant to a decision not to entertain the prosecution's request to review his sentence, Salim Hamdan, Osama bin-Laden's driver, will be released from Guantanamo Bay by the end of the year. Hamden was convicted of providing material support to the al-Qaeda terrorist group. It appears that he will be sent back to his native Yemen upon release. [also see http://www.miamiherald.com/news/breakingnews/story/748989.html]

Iranian-Backed Terrorism Suspects Captured

Abstract: Five suspected terrorists were captured by Coalition troops in Iraq. They are believed to have perpetrated terrorist attacks including bombings. Experts speculate that the group, Katib Hezbollah also called the Hezbollah Brigades, receives support and direction from Iran[also see, http://www.defenselink.mil/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=51713]

Pakistani Al-Qaeda Leader Killed

Abstract: The commander of al-Qaeda's military operations in Pakistan's tribal regions, Khalid Habib was killed by a U.S. Predator airstrike in Pakistan. The attack angered Pakistan but was said to have disrupted the al-Qaeda network operations. [also see, http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-habib31-2008oct31,0,1943174.story]

Lawyers Seek To Block Terror Video At Trial

Abstract: The prosecutor in the case of University of South Florida students Yousef Megahed and Ahmed Mohamed wants permission to show a violent terrorist video which was stored on Megahed's computer at the trial. Megahed's attorney has acted to suppress the evidence, calling it inflamatory. The pair were arrested last year and accused of illegally transporting explosive materials. [also see, http://www2.tbo.com/content/2008/oct/30/megahed-wants-fbi-explosives-videos-barred-trial/ ]

Dateline: 10.30.08

Al Qaeda threat in Horn of Africa

Abstract: Jendayi Fraser, the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Africa told reporters that the recent suicide bombings in two Somali breakaway states appear to be the work of al-Qaeda. "There is a serious terrorist threat in the Horn of Africa, concentrated in Somalia, Somaliland and Puntland and we have to address it as a region," she said. [aso see, http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5iCBZmOSI7FHeOlDwy42Li_5hCpaA]

German Judge rejects terror attack hoax claim

Abstract: A judge in Germany has rejected the defense claim that an attempted terror attack was a hoax. Youssef al-Hajj Dib, 24. is on trial for attempted multiple murder for attempting to place a booby trapped suitcases on a commuter train. His accomplice, Jihad Hammad, was sentenced to twelve years by a Lebanese court. [also see, [http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/239184,prosecutor-rejects-hoax-claim-at-end-of-german-bombing-trial.html]

Indonesia increases security before executions

Abstract: The Indonesian government has stepped up security before the executions of the Bali bombers who staged terrorist attacks in 2002. "Followers of Amrozi Nurhasyim, Imam Samudra, and Ali Ghufron, who is also known as Muhklas, have vowed to launch revenge attacks after the executions take place."[also see, http://voanews.com/english/2008-10-29-voa17.cfm]

Bomb explosions rock India

Abstract: At least 57 people were killed and more than 250 injured in 9 simultaneous bomb blasts in four districts of India. No group has claimed responsibility, but the government suspects the separatist group the United Liberation Front of Assam [ULFA] a Muslim group, may be responsible.[also see, http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/asiapcf/10/30/india.explosions/?iref=mpstoryview]

Suicide bombing kills 5 at Afghan Ministry

Abstract: Five people were killed in a Taliban perpetrated suicide bombing at the Afghanistan Information and Culture Ministry in Kabul. The guards were engaged by two gunman who killed one while a third ran into the six story building and detonated the explosives he was carrying.[also see, http://www.upi.com/Top_News/2008/10/30/Five_die_in_attack_on_Afghan_ministry/UPI-51861225364711]

Dateline: 10.29.08

Morocco recalls Imams from NL for "extra schooling"

Abstract: The government of Morocco has recalled at least 40 Imams from Holland for religious education to make sure Moroccans there "remain loyal to their roots and traditions." Morocco has a ministry for the Moroccan community abroad and regards Holland at it's "seventeenth region." The Dutch parliament is meeting over the issue of Moroccan "interference" and "spying" cases. [also see, http://www.elsevier.nl/web/10209373/Nieuws/Nederland/Marokko-roept-veertig-imams-terug-voor-bijscholing.htm]

Khawaja case verdict today

Abstract: A verdict is expected today in the case of Mohammed Momin Khawaja, the first significant case to be prosecuted under Canada's counter terrorism laws. Khawaja 29 is accused of "participating in the activities of a terrorist group and facilitating terrorist activity." If convicted Khawaja faces up to 14 years in prison. [also see, http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/features/khawajatrial/story.html?id=298807f9-eb8a-470c-b0b3-7c39e76bb8d4]

Judge recuses himself in Almontaser defamation case

Abstract: Judge Larry D. Martin recused himself from the defamation lawsuit against the founding principal of the Khalil Gibran International Academy, Dhabah Almontaser. Punitive damages are being sought by three plaintiffs for defamation which they say was the result of Almontaser's accusing them of stalking her. [also see, http://www.brooklyneagle.com/categories/category.php?category_id=4&id=24095]

Charter school accused of teaching Islam permitted to expand

Abstract: A 9,500- foot expansion plan at Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy [TIZA] in Minnesota has been approved by the town council. TIZA was in the news recently when it was revealed that the taxpayer funded school was giving Islamic instruction during school hours and was located in the same building as the Muslim American Society, a group which is widely known to be an American wing of the Muslim Brotherhood. [also see, http://kaaltv.com/article/stories/S636775.shtml?cat=10728]

Random Bag Searches in DC Metro

Abstract: Yesterday Washington Metro officials announced plans to begin random searches of passengers bags which they say is intended to protect riders. Metro officials said the program was not in response to a specific threat but "prompted by increased security concerns before next week's election." [also see, http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/10/27/AR2008102700767.html]

Dateline: 10.28.08

US strike in Syria kills top al-Qaeda leader

Abstract: Top al-Qaeda leader Abu Ghadiya and the entire senior leadership of his network was killed by a U.S. raid into Syria. A senior US general stated that, "The attacked area was the scene of activities of terrorist groups operating from Syria against Iraq." [also see, http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2008/10/us_strike_in_syria_d.php]

UK Announces measures to stop hate preachers from entering country

Abstract: UK Home Secretary Jacqui Smith announced plans to publish names of radicals banned from the country. Instead of the government having the burden of proof as is currently the case extremists will have to prove their innocence. [also see, http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/hate-preachers-face-new-bar-from-entering-uk-975593.html]

Accused al-Qaeda sleeper agent loses bid to recuse judge

Abstract: Adil Chakouri, a Canadian Muslim accused of being an al-Qaeda sleeper agent, lost his bid to have his judge recuse herself. [also see, http://www.canada.com/topics/news/national/story.html?id=1a62ce56-d2d8-4bcb-91d8-b3e7de2c89f7]

UK Couple accused of passing out jihad pamphlets

Abstract:Two UK Muslims Amjad Mahmood, 29, and his wife Shella Roma, 28, are accused of designing, printing and distributing pamphlets in front of a mosque urging people to go abroad to fight jihad. [also see, http://www.chesterstandard.co.uk/latest-north-west-news/Couple-face-terror-pamphlet-charges.4634736.jpg]

UK army interpreter accused of spying for Iran blames CIA

Abstract: Iranian born Corporal Daniel James, from Brighton the personal interpreter to General Sir David Richards the commander of Nato's International Security Assistance Force was arrested on suspicion of spying for Iran. He told police that, "he had been 'set up,' by the CIA in a plot to undermine General Richards because the Americans were angry that the British commander wanted to find a peaceful solution to the conflict." [also see, http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/crime/article5026301.ece]

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