Anti Terrorism Action Items
- Anti Terrorism Action Items
Everyone of us who is fighting the war against terrorism needs to
vastly increase our own personal activism.
It is critical that Israel be supported against those who would seek
to create a
so-called "palestinian state". Please contact President
Bush http://www.whitehouse.gov and urge him to permanently repudiate
for the establishment of a so-called "palestinian state".
We use so-called "palestinians" to describe the arabs who really are
in the land of Israel, and who seek to use the term
"Palestinian" to refer to themselves. Use of that term is a misnomer
who they are. We have therefore edited this post appropriately.
A so-called "palestinian state" would be armed with the most modern
weapons of mass destruction which it would use against Israel,
forcing Israel to
use strategic weapons in self-defense if it hoped to survive.
What Israel needs, and what anyone who is genuinely for peace in the
must support, are defensible borders. Those borders must include
Israeli annexation of all of the Golan Heights, and of all of the
land west of
the Jordan River including all of Jerusalem.
Without such defensible borders,Israel would have to go beyond a
weapons based response to arab attacks, as it would not have time or
depth in which to defend itself conventionally.
The creation of a so-called "palestinian state" sets the stage for
an automatic non-conventional, strategic response to arab attacks
launched from such a so-called "palestinian state" against Israel.
The piece excerpted from immediately below describes Mahmoud Abbas,
as Abu Mazen), the person who succeeded arafat. It was written
"Likely PA Prime Minister a Holocaust-Denier
By Rafael Medoff
Jewishsf.com | February 26, 2003
While European Union officials praised Yasser Arafat's decision to
first-ever prime minister, historians of the Holocaust winced at the
news that a
leading candidate for the job is the author of a book denying that
murdered 6 million Jews.
The candidate is Mahmoud Abbas, (also known as Abu Mazen), Arafat's
command, and his book, published in Arabic in 1983, translates
as "The Other
Side: The Secret Relations Between Nazism and the Leadership of the
Movement." It was originally his doctoral dissertation, completed at
The book repeatedly attempts to cast doubt on the fact that the Nazis
slaughtered 6 million Jews, according to a translation provided by
Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles.
"Following the war," he writes, "word was spread that six million
amongst the victims and that a war of extermination was aimed
primarily at the
Jews...The truth is that no one can either confirm or deny this
figure. In other
words, it is possible that the number of Jewish victims reached six
at the same time it is possible that the figure is much smaller --
Abbas denies that the gas chambers were used to murder Jews, quoting
"scientific study" to that effect by French Holocaust-denier Robert
Abbas' book then asserts: "The historian and author Raoul Hilberg
the figure does not exceed 890,000."
That is, of course, utterly false. Hilberg, a distinguished
historian and author
of the classic study "The Destruction of the European Jews," has
never said or
written any such thing.
Abbas believes the 6 million figure is the product of a Zionist
seems that the interest of the Zionist movement...is to inflate this
that their gains will be greater," he writes. "This led them to
figure in order to gain the solidarity of international public
Zionism. Many scholars have debated the figure of six million and
stunning conclusions -- fixing the number of Jewish victims at only
Another falsehood. In fact, no serious scholar proposes such a
After reducing the magnitude of the Nazi slaughter so that it no
longer seems to
have been a full-scale Holocaust, Abbas seeks to absolve the Nazis
the Zionist leadership for whatever killings did take place.
According to Abbas,
"A partnership was established between Hitler's Nazis and the
leadership of the
Zionist movement...[the Zionists gave] permission to every racist in
led by Hitler and the Nazis, to treat Jews as they wish, so long as
guarantees immigration to Palestine."
In addition to encouraging the persecution of Jews so they would
the Holy Land, the Zionist leaders actually wanted Jews to be
-- in Abbas' words -- "having more victims meant greater rights and
privilege to join the negotiation table for dividing the spoils of
war once it
was over. However, since Zionism was not a fighting partner --
in a battle -- it had no escape but to offer up human beings, under
any name, to
raise the number of victims, which they could then boast of at the
Perhaps sentiments of this sort were common within Abbas' circle of
students in the Soviet Union in the 1970s. But in the free world,
propaganda has never been accepted as serious scholarship.
In most Western countries, Holocaust-deniers have been treated as
Canada and many European countries, Holocaust-denial is a criminal
New Zealand, Canterbury University recently issued an apology for
accepting a master's thesis denying the Holocaust, while the French
education revoked a doctoral degree that was awarded to a Holocaust-
the University of Nantes. A Polish university professor who denied
was suspended from his position. The Japanese publisher Bungei
Shunju shut down
one of its magazines for printing an article denying the Holocaust.
International pressure compelled Croatian President Franjo Tudjman
retract statements in his book doubting that the Holocaust had taken
Austrian Freedom Party leader Jorg Haider was ostracized by the
community for his remarks praising members of the SS, as was French
Jean Marie Le Pen, for questioning the existence of the gas chambers
belittling the significance of the Holocaust. A recent poll found 64
Americans believe world leaders should likewise refuse to meet with
Yet some in the media have treated Abbas with kid gloves, to say the
official BCC News Profile of Abbas reports: "A highly intellectual
studied law in Egypt before doing a Ph.D. in Moscow. He is the
author of several
books." The New York Times recently characterized Abbas as "a lawyer
historian...He holds a doctorate in history from the Moscow Oriental
his topic was Zionism." Neither the BBC nor the Times offered any
explanation as to the contents of Abbas' writings.
Bestowing the title "historian" upon Mahmoud Abbas awards his
writings a stature
they do not deserve, and deals a grievous insult to every genuine
If Abbas is elevated to the post of prime minister of the so-called
"palestinian" Authority, not only the media but the entire
community will be confronted with the question of whether Abbas
deserves to be
treated any differently from Tudjman, Haider and Le Pen.
The writer is visiting scholar in the Jewish studies program at the
University of New York-Purchase College. His latest book is "A Race
Death: Peter Bergson, America and the Holocaust," co-written with
We are saddened to find that since his succession as arafat's
Mahmoud Abbas,(also known as Abu Mazen), has met with
world leaders, including President Bush, Secretary of State
Rice,etc. We urge
you to contact President Bush http://www.whitehouse.gov to urge him
to end all
American contacts with Mahmoud Abbas (also known as Abu Mazen), and
Posted by Allen Roth on July 8, 2005 c.e.
Minutes ago, Tony Blair announced that the G 8 leaders have
committed 3 billion
dollars to the so-called "palestinian" Authority. The so-
Authority that refuses to stop corruption (this aid will follow the
before it into the pockets of the thugs and terrorists who run the"
" 'palestinian' Authority) and refuses to take on Hamas, Islamic
Jihad, and the
Al Queda groups that are organizing in Gaza to take over if Israel
with its retreat.
The G 8 rewarding terrorism and the failure to deal with terrorism
(I seem to
remember that a week ago, the "
(so- called) " 'palestinian' Authority appointed a terrorist to head
"security" operation.) is not the message that will deter terrorists
killing innocent people in London, Paris, Tokyo, Berlin, and New
action by the G 8 should encourage more terrorist attacks in the
said that the money will be used to build the infrastructure for a"
" 'palestinian' State - at this moment that entity will be a
pointed at the heart of Israel and the West.
Unfortunately, Blair, despite the death and carnage in London,
supporting terrorists is the way to end their threat. This policy
Northern Ireland and it will lead to the deaths of innocents in
Re the comment above from Allen Roth we wonder if the attacks on
London of July
7th, 2005 c.e. might have been meant to extort the
billions of dollars immediately granted to the so-
called "palestinian" authority
following those attacks.
The cross connections between terrorists and state sponsors of
terrorism are examined here. We believe that Syria may have played a
major role in orchestrating what appears to have been an overture by
*Hamas to mend fences with **Fatah in the summer 2005 c.e. terrorist
The HAMAS (in Arabic, an acronym for "Harakat Al-Muqawama Al-
Islamia" -- Islamic Resistance Movement -- and a word meaning
courage and bravery) is a radical Islamic fundamentalist
organization which became active in the early stages of the
intifada, operating primarily in the Gaza District but also in Judea
and Samaria. Formed in late 1987 as an outgrowth of the so-
branch of the Muslim Brotherhood. Various HAMAS elements have used
both political and violent means, including terrorism, to pursue the
goal of establishing an Islamic so-called "palestinian" state in
Israel. Loosely structured, with some elements working clandestinely
and others working openly through mosques and social service
institutions to recruit members, raise money, organize activities,
and distribute propaganda. HAMAS's strength is concentrated in the
Gaza Strip and a few areas of Judea and Samaria
HAMAS activists, especially those in the Izz al-Din al-Qassam
Brigades, have conducted many attacksincluding large-scale suicide
bombingsagainst Israeli civilian and military targets. In the early
1990s, they also targeted suspected so-called "palestinian"
Fatah rivals. HAMAS increased its operational activity during 2002-
2003 claiming numerous attacks against Israeli interests."
**"Fatah (the (so-called) "palestinian" National Liberation
Movement) is the
oldest and most important of the many so-called "palestinian"
organizations that came into being in 1965 and later. The Fatah
movement has total control over the so-called "palestinian"
Organization (PLO) and its institutions, and as such represents the
character of the entire (so-called)"palestinian" national liberation
Fatah's founders were so-called "palestinian" students from Gaza,
primarily at Cairo University, who, in late 1952 set up the Union of
so-called "palestinian" Students in Egypt. It was there that Yasser
his coterieincluding Salah Khalaf (Abu Iyad), later to become
Arafat's second in commandbegan their nationalist career.
The so-called "palestinian" students, under Arafat's leadership,
with the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, then in its prime, and by far
the most active organization on the Cairo campus. The liquidation of
the Muslim Brothers by the Egyptian regime explains Arafat's
subsequent hostility toward Egyptian premier Jamal Abdul Nasser.
The ideology of the Muslim Brothers and the so-called "palestinian"
movementas represented by Abd al-Kader al-Husseini, the primary
leader of the so-called "palestinian" armed groups fighting Israel
Because a bus bombing occurred in London on July 7th, 2005
it struck me that the nation that has endured more bus bombings than
any other nation is Israel.
There may be a connection between the July 7th, 2005 attacks in
London and the terrorists who have targeted Israel with bus bombings
On July 7th, 1994 Yasser Arafat, PLO chairman drove from Egypt into
Gaza, after 27 years in exile.
On July 7th 1986 the government of Jordan closed the offices of
Yasser Arafat's al-Fatah.
"AngolaPress - July 9th 2005
DAMASCUS, 07/09 - (so-called) "palestinian" National Authority (PNA)
Mahmoud Abbas Friday denied any differences between his PNA and
militant movements including the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas)
and the Islamic Jihad (Holy War)"
"ArabicNews.com - July 8th 2005
The (so-called) "palestinian" president Mahmoud Abbas met in the
presence of the
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad leaders of the so-
called "palestinian" groups
including the two Islamic resistance movements ( Hamas) and the
Islamic Jihad and Col. Abu Mousa leader of " Fatah- Intifada".
"Gulf News - July 7th 2005
Damascus : President Mahmoud Abbas's current visit to Damascus
carries many messages of goodwill towards Syria, but mainly towards
the so-called "palestinian" resistance based in Damascus."
(Note Gulf News calls them :" the so-called "palestinian" resistance
Damascus". We call them terrorists. We are opposed to terrorism and
it whenever and wherever
we can. the Gulf News article also included the names of the groups
Abbas met with:
"In a visit to Syria on Thursday, Abbas met Damascus-based heads of
Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the Popular Front for the Liberation of
so-called "palestine" (PFLP)."
" Agreement to end factional fighting between Hamas and Fatah Tue
Jul 19, 8:18 PM ET
GAZA CITY (AFP) - An agreement to end factional violence between
followers of the governing Fatah faction and members of the radical
Islamist movement Hamas in the Gaza Strip was reached after the
latest clashes resulted in at least 22 so-called "palestinians"
The accord was announced by Sofian Abu Zayda for Fatah, the movement
of so-called "palestinian" leader Mahmud Abbas, and Nizar Rayan for
said the two sides would meet again Wednesday to consolidate the
In fresh fighting Tuesday, 10 so-called "palestinians" were injured
of fire at Beit Lahya in the north of the Gaza Strip. Earlier, at
least 12 were hurt in similar incidents in the impoverished Jabaliya
refugee camp, east of Gaza City.
As the fighting raged, some 700 people took to the streets in the
West Bank town of Ramallah to call for national unity and an end to
the security chaos in the occupied territories.
Hamas sources said the violence flared when security forces tried to
arrest some of their members wanted in connection with the weekend
shooting of a so-called "palestinian" security officer.
However, security officials said the first shots were fired by Hamas
who then targeted Fatah followers.
so-called "palestinian" security services have been involved in a
of clashes with Gaza-based militants who openly carry weapons in an
illustration of a widespread lawlessness in the territory.
Two teenage bystanders were killed on Friday and more than a dozen
other so-called "palestinians" wounded as clashes rocked at least
districts of Gaza City.
Reacting to the latest violence, so-called "palestinian" prime
Qorei said Tuesday that there could be no justification for the
"There can no be excuse or justification for what has happened
today. so-called "palestinian" blood is sacred and should not be
spilled at the
hands of fellow so-called "palestinians," said Qorei.
"I ask all the factions to respect and commit themselves to the rule
of law," he told reporters after the weekly cabinet meeting.
A spokesman for the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, an armed offshoot of
Fatah which includes many members of the official security forces
within its ranks, accused Hamas of using a rocket-propelled grenade
in the clashes.
"We in Al-Aqsa will not start shooting, but if someone starts
shooting, we are ready to face any escalation," a man who used the
alias Abu Mohammed told a news conference in Gaza City.
"We will open fire on anyone who fires on our people, the leaders of
Al-Aqsa and the leaders of Fatah."
Hamas countered by accusing the security services of continuing to
arrest its members despite its commitment to a de facto truce
agreement brokered in March.
Although the truce has largely held, some members of Hamas have
continued to launch rocket and mortar attacks from their Gaza
"Hamas places all responsibility for what has happened with the
so-called "palestinian Authority," said a Hamas statement.
"We will not sit with our hands tied while our fighters and our
movement are being targeted."
Hamas officials also claimed to be holding a member of the security
forces, having captured him during the clashes in Jabaliya during
which a number of vehicles were set alight.
Mohammed confirmed that one Al-Aqsa follower had been kidnapped
although it was not immediately known if he was a member of the
official security services.
The latest bout of infighting emphasised the collapse of the rule of
law in the occupied territories which Qorei and Abbas have
repeatedly pledged to tackle."
The Zionist Organization of America
Jacob & Libby Goodman ZOA House Phone: - 212-481-1500
4 East 34th St. New York, NY 10016 Fax: 212-481-1515
e-mail: email@... Web Site: www.zoa.org
October 9, 1997 Contact: (212-481-1500)
ATTN: News Editor
State Department's New List of Terror Groups Includes Three Groups
that are Part of the PLO
NEW YORK- The State Department's new official list of terrorist
organizations includes three groups that are part of Yasir Arafat's
PLO, the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) said.... The State
Department's list of terror groups, which was announced on October
8, 1997, includes:
The Popular Front for the Liberation of so-called "palestine"
(PFLP). The PFLP
has carried out 19 terrorist attacks against Israel since the
signing of the Oslo accords, killing 14 Israelis and wounding
The Democratic Front for the Liberation of so-called "palestine"
DFLP has carried out 14 terrorist attacks against Israel since the
signing of the Oslo accords, killing 9 Israelis and one Arab, and
wounding 10 Israelis.
The so-called "palestine" Liberation Front (PLF), headed by Abu
Abbas. The PLF
carried out the 1985 hijacking of the Achille Lauro, in which a
wheelchair-bound American Jewish tourist, Leon Klinghoffer, was
murdered. PLF leader Abbas was welcomed with open arms by the PLO
leadership when he attended a meeting of the PLO's so-
National Council in Gaza last year.
ZOA National President Morton A. Klein ... also pointed out that the
Oslo accords specifically require Arafat to "discipline" all "PLO
elements and personnel" who take part in terrorism--yet Arafat has
never taken any disciplinary action against the PFLP, DFLP or PLF
for their terrorist attacks.
Instead of punishing them, Arafat last year announced that he was
setting aside seats in his cabinet for the PFLP and DFLP, and even
appointed one of his cabinet ministers to represent the PFLP until
it formally joins the cabinet. (Jerusalem Times, May 17, 1996 and
May 24, 1996) PFLP and DFLP representatives have also continued to
take part in PLO Executive Committee meetings."
"HAMAS (Islamic Resistance Movement)
Formed in late 1987 as an outgrowth of the so-called "palestinian"
branch of the
Muslim Brotherhood. Various HAMAS elements have used... violent
means, including terrorism"
You might also wish to read Meir Litvak's paper: The Islamization of
so-called "palestinian" Identity: The Case of Hamas at
which goes into some detail on that topic, including mention of a
leaflet circulated in the summer of 1986 by the Brethren's
affiliated "Islamic Course" stressed the need to preserve so-called
"palestinian" identity, since its preservation revives the so-called
cause, while "the elimination of such an identity would mean the
total eradication of the so-called "[palestinian]" cause." Another
was the appearance of the map of so-called "palestine", painted in
the colors of
the so-called "palestinian" national flag, in publications of the
movement.- "Al-Mawqif al-islami min al-hulul al-istislamiyya," a
handbill signed by the "Islamic Course" (al-ittijah al-islami) July
1986 cited in Reuven Paz, The Islamic Covenant and its Meaning (Tel
Aviv, The Dayan Center, 1988 in Hebrew), 10-11; Ronnie Shaked and
Aviva Shabi, Hamas: Palestinian Islamic Fundamentalist Movement
(Jerusalem, 1994 in Hebrew), 99.
Some other examples of terrorist strikes on anniversaries include:
The first attack on the World Trade Center on February 26th, 1993.
The February 26th, 1993 attack marked the 11th anniversary to the
day of the declaration by the Reagan-Bush Administration of February
26th, 1982 that Iraq was no longer a state sponsor of terrorism and
as such was eligible for American loans and grants, which it
The February 26th, 1993 attack also marked the 2nd anniversary to the
day of the liberation of Kuwait by the U.S. in the first Gulf War.
Remarks at the Commemoration of the Tenth Anniversary of the
Liberation of Kuwait Secretary Colin L. Powell Kuwait City, Kuwait
(US Embassy) February 26, 2001
The World Trade Center was attacked by terrorists associated with
Sheik Rahman on February 26th, 1993. It was Sheik Rahman's group
that murdered Egyptian President Anwar Sadat on the 8th anniversary
to the day of the 1973 Yom Kippur War, October 6th.
Sheik Rahman's son was subsequently found with bin Laden's group
in Afghanistan when the U.S. liberated Afghanistan.
Saddam Hussein assassinated his first victim when he was 11 years
old. Fixated on the number 11 ever since then he easily focused on
the World Trade Center as a target because it looked so much like a
number 11 that WPIX TV Channel 11 in New York City used the World
Trade Center in its logo for years.
The World Trade Center also housed an office of the Bank of Kuwait.
Saddam used Rahman's group to punish Sadat for failing to defeat
Israel in the attack on Israel of October 6th, 1973. Saddam also
used Sheik Rahman's group to hit the Speaker of the Egyptian
Parliament during the first Gulf War when Egypt sided with America
Recently terrorists in Iraq murdered Egypt's envoy to Iraq.
"Zarqawi group reportedly killed Egyptian ambassador in Iraq
Iraq-Egypt, Politics, 7/7/2005
News reports from al-Jazeera and al-Arabia satellite TV stations
said that Egypt's top diplomat in Iraq to Iraq, Eyhab al-Sharif, had
Meantime, Al-Qaida organization in Iraq, led by Abu Musab al-
Zarqawi, had threatened in a statement on the Internet to execute
the chairman of the Egyptian diplomatic mission al-Sharif.
The threat to execute Sharif came a short time after al-Qaida
organization in Iraq issued pictures for the identity cards of the
Egyptian diplomat as an evidence that they are the ones which
The statement said the legitimate court of al-Qaida organization in
Mesopotamia decided to "send the ambassador of the state of Egypt to
the Mujahideen (indivduals from Egypt and other states that go to
Iraq to fight with the insurgents) to execute the death penalty
against him." The statement considered that "the embassies in
Baghdad are but monitoring sites to snipe the arriving Mujahideen
and preventing them from having access to their brothers in Jihad in
the land of Mesopotamia (Iraq) and in Afghanistan."
In an attempt to prove that the Egyptian ambassador is their
possession, al-Qaida organization published documents including a
driving Sharif's license and a work card for him at the foreign
ministry and another one for health insurance. On Tuesday the
organization claimed responsibility for kidnapping Sharif."
"83 Die in Car Bombs at Egyptian Resort By SARAH EL DEEB, Associated
July 23rd, 2005
SHARM EL-SHEIK, Egypt - A rapid series of car bombs and another
blast ripped through a luxury hotel and a coffeeshop in the Egyptian
Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheik early Saturday, killing at least
83, a hospital official said. Terrified European and Arab tourists
fled into the night, and rescue workers said the death toll could
The attack, Egypt's deadliest terror hit ever, appeared well
coordinated. Two car bombs, possibly by suicide attackers, went off
simultaneously at 1:15 a.m. just more than 2 miles apart. A third
bomb, believed hidden in a sack, detonated around the same time near
a beachside walkway where tourists often stroll at night.
A total of 83 people had been confirmed dead, said Dr. Saeed Abdel
Fattah, manager of the Sharm el-Sheik International Hospital where
the victims were taken. Among the dead were two Britons, two Germans
and an Italian, he added, and Czech officials said one Czech tourist
was also killed. Rescue workers were still searching for victims at
some attack scenes.
Several hours after the attacks, a group citing ties to al-Qaida
claimed responsibility for the explosion on an Islamic web site. The
group, the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, al-Qaida, in Syria and Egypt,
was one of two extremist groups that also claimed responsibility for
October bombings at the Egyptian resorts of Taba and Ras Shitan that
killed 34. The group also claimed responsbility for a Cairo bombing
in late April.
The authenticity of the statement could not be immediately verified.
But a top Egyptian official said there are some indications the
latest bombings were linked to last fall's Taba explosions.
"We have some clues, especially about the car that was exploded in
the Old Market, and investigators are pursuing," said Interior
Minister Habib al-Adli. He called it "an ugly act of terrorism."
The United States, Israel and European and Middle Eastern countries
condemned the attacks, and neighboring Jordan said it was
immediately tightening security at its tourist sites.
Pope Benedict XVI deplored the attacks, calling them "senseless
acts," and appealed to terrorists to renounce violence.
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak flew into Sharm el-Sheik and went
directly to inspect the scene at the Ghazala hotel. Heavily armed
security forces guarded Mubarak as he walked past the bomb-ravaged
complex and spoke with officials.
In addition to the 83 known dead, at least 119 others were wounded,
the Egyptian Interior Ministry said.
At least eight foreigners were among the dead, Al-Adli said. The
dead included British, Dutch, Kuwaitis, Saudis and Qataris, one
security official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because
he was giving information not yet included in the official statement.
Italy's Foreign Ministry said a 34-year-old Italian man, identified
as Sebastiano Conti, was killed and 10 other Italians injured. A
Czech tourist was also killed, said Czech Foreign Ministry spokesman
"Terrorism has no nationality," Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Nazief
told The Associated Press. "This is a terrorist act and .... can't
be explained or justified."
The British Embassy said initial reports indicated up to eight
Britons were wounded, while three Spaniards were also injured,
according to Spanish officials.
The Sharm hospital official, Abdel Fattah, said 43 foreigners were
wounded, including 13 Italians, nine Britons, five Austrians, five
Germans, four Spaniards, a Czech, an Israeli Arab, two Saudis, two
Kuwaitis and a Qatari national.
A senior U.S. official traveling with Secretary of State Condoleezza
Rice said there were no reports of American casualties.
The death toll could rise, rescue workers said. The lobby of the 176-
room Ghazala Gardens hotel in Sharm's Naamah Bay, the main strip of
hotels, collapsed into a pancaked pile of concrete. After hours of
clearing through piles of rubble and scrap metal, emergency workers
called off rescue efforts, at least temporarily, there around
David Stewart, a tourist from from Liverpool, England, was staying
with his wife and two teen-aged daughters at the Ghazala Gardens
when the explosion hit. The windows of his room were smashed, and he
and his family ran.
"Somebody shouted, 'Keep moving,'" he told AP. "The lights were out.
I couldn't tell what was happening."
His family, like many others, fled toward the back of the hotel to
take refuge in a grassy lawn near the pool. There, hundreds spent
the night, some lying on pool mattresses.
On the other side of Sharm in the Old Market, a second car bomb in a
minibus parking lot sent a ball of flaming wreckage shooting over a
nearby beach and into the sea and littered the sand with body parts.
Overturned chairs, broken waterpipes and pools of blood were
scattered around the ravaged coffeeshop nearby, frequented by
Egyptians who work in the resorts.
"The country's going to come to a stop. That's it!" sobbed Samir al-
Mitwalli, who arrived in Sharm only a month ago to work as a
driver. "Who's paying the price? ... Whoever did this wants to
destroy the economy."
The string of attacks stunned a town that has long been dedicated to
scuba diving at the famed coral reefs.
Sharm el-Sheik has expanded at a furious pace in recent years,
making it a major player in Egypt's vital tourism industry, drawing
Europeans, Israelis and Arabs from oil-producing Gulf nations.
Mubarak has a residence where he spends the winter, and the town has
been the host to multiple summits for the Israeli-Palestinian peace
The attacks last fall in Taba ended a long halt in Egyptian militant
violence. The last major attack had been in 1997, when Islamic
militants killed 58 foreign tourists and four Egyptians at the
Pharaonic Temple of Hatshepsut outside Luxor in southern Egypt.
There were signs that the bombings were by suicide attackers.
Witnesses at the coffeeshop reported the attack vehicle was moving
when it blew up, and the governor of South Sinai, Mustafa Afifi,
said the car in the Ghazala attack broke through security into the
front driveway before exploding.
The Ghazala blast swept through the interior of the sprawling, low-
built hotel, shattering windows and shredding metal. Blood
splattered some of the walls.
The blast at Old Market tore through a coffeeshop on the side of a
minibus lot, killing at least 17 Eygptians who were sitting there,
said a security official in the operations control room in Cairo.
More than eight hours later, the overturned shell of a minibus was
still smoldering, near a large crater in the asphalt.
"This is a security farce," said Omar Ezzideen, owner of a
children's clothing store in a nearby mall whose windows were
shattered. "How can something like this happen here? How could
(explosives) enter here? The national economy is based on this."
AP correspondents Paul Garwood, Nadia Abou El-Magd, Salah Nasrawi
and Maggie Michael in Cairo contributed to this report."
Almost a quarter of a century after the Sadat assassination Egypt
has joined the ranks of the appeasers of terrorism
as the first item below reveals:
"Two Militants Jailed in Sadat Death Freed
By NADIA ABOU EL-MAGD, Associated Press Writer
Tuesday November 8th, 2005 (c.e).
Two Islamic militants jailed in the 1981 killing of President Anwar
Sadat have been released after more than two decades behind bars,
prison officials and lawyers said Tuesday.
Nageh Ibrahim and Fouad el-Dawalibi, founding members of al-Gamaa al-
Islamiyya, once Egypt's largest Islamic militant group, were freed
Nov. 1, prison officials said. They spoke on condition of anonymity
as they are not authorized to speak to the media.
The men were convicted in connection with Sadat's assassination
during a military parade in Cairo on Oct. 6, 1981. They were
sentenced in 1984 Ibrahim to 24 years and el-Dawalibi to 15 years
for their role in the killing and for belonging to the outlawed
Egyptian law allows people to be held after completing their
It was not clear why the men were freed. Lawyer Montasser el-Zayat
said Tuesday he believed they were released as part of a truce
between al-Gamaa al-Islamiyya and the government.
Ibrahim and el-Dawalibi were among the architects of the truce,
which was announced in 1997.
Safwat Abdel-Ghani, one of the movement's chief ideologues, also was
released from prison last week. Abdel-Ghani, who has renounced
violence, was sentenced to prison in 1993 in the 1990 killing of the
parliament speaker. His sentence was extended twice, including once
after he escaped and was recaptured.
In its campaign to overthrow the government during the 1990s, al-
Gamaa al-Islamiyya killed more than 1,200 people, mostly militants,
tourists and police. With the releases last week, two main al-Gamaa
al-Islamiyya leaders remain in prison: Assem Abdel Maged and Essam
Lt. Col. Abboud el-Zomor, who was sentenced to life imprisonment for
plotting Sadat's assassination and belonging to the banned Islamic
Jihad group, remains in prison. Islamic Jihad has not renounced
Islamic Jihad was the principal militant group behind Sadat's
assassination. In the late 1990s, it merged with al-Qaida, the
terror group led by Osama bin Laden."
Egypt sent the wrong signal in the item above. Let us hope
that President Bush learns that lesson well and ends his support for
a so-called "palestinian state". We must never
reward terror. Only by punishing terror can we ever hope to defeat
Sheik Rahman's son was found with bin Laden's
group in Afghanistan after the U.S. liberated Afghanistan in 2001.
Saddam, acting like a child who is deprived of a toy, who
breaks that toy, set fire to the Kuwaiti oil fields as he was being
driven out of Kuwait during the first Gulf War in 1991.
"Aired 9/11/2001 "Baghdad Republic of Iraq TV: These are
the fruits of the new US order.[Video of explosion rocking World
Center] Panic has spread among US official circles, which evacuated
the White House following a series of explosions."
"CNN LARRY KING LIVE Aired October 2, 2001 LARRY KING: Have you
spoken to your father- in-law? (George Herbert Walker Bush)
LAURA BUSH: I've spoken to my father-in-law. They were-they had
actually spent that Monday night here.(at the White House) I had
just seen them off that morning (9/11/2001) when I got in the car
and found out about the first plane.(going into the World Trade
Saddam tried to kill former President Bush in 1993.
Former President Bush's Speech to Congress September 11th 1990. 11
years to the day before September 11th 2001 "In the early morning
hours of August 2d,(1990),a powerful Iraqi army invaded Kuwait. The
crisis in the Persian Gulf also offers a rare opportunity to move
toward an historic period of cooperation. Out of these troubled
times, our fifth objective-a new world order-can emerge."
White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer: we have real and credible
information that the airplane that landed at the Pentagon was
originally intended to hit the White House."
"White House Was Flight 93 Target
A high-ranking al Qaeda detainee told investigators the intended
target of United Airlines Flight 93, which crashed into a
Pennsylvania field on Sept. 11, was the White House. Government
sources said Abu Zubaydah, now in U.S. custody, believed to be the
source of the information."
Perhaps the following may explain how Saddam knew where former
President Bush might be spending the night of September 10th-11th
"Like everyone else in the United States, the group stood transfixed
as the events of September 11 unfolded. Present were former secretary
of defense Frank Carlucci, former secretary of state James Baker III,
and representatives of the bin Laden family. This was not some
underground presidential bunker or Central Intelligence Agency
interrogation room. It was the Ritz-Carlton in Washington, D.C., the
plush setting for the annual investor conference of one of the most
powerful, well-connected, and secretive companies in the world: the
Carlyle Group. And since September 11, this little-known company has
become unexpectedly important. That the Carlyle Group had its
conference on America's darkest day was mere coincidence, but there
is nothing accidental about the cast of characters that this
private-equity powerhouse has assembled in the 14 years since its
founding. Among those associated with Carlyle are former U.S.
President George Bush Sr., former U.K. Prime Minister John Major, and
former President of the Philippines Fidel Ramos. And Carlyle has
counted, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal bin Abdul Aziz Alsaud of Saudi
Arabia, and Osama bin Laden's family among its high-profile
"The White House is bordered on three sides by buildings that are as
tall or taller than itself. (OEOB, Treasury, and Blair House.) Beyond
these buildings there are still more buildings, that also are taller
than the White House. The only flight path that is relatively
unobstructed if making a controlled, straight-in approach, is from
the south, over the ellipse. Even the Marine helicopter the president
uses comes in from this direction and lands on the South Lawn. The
problem with flying a plane the size of a 757 or 767 in from this
direction is that there's a 555 ft tall structure in the way called
the Washington Monument. The Capitol, although a bigger target, is
similarly situated. There are buildings on all sides except for the
west side, which faces the Mall. Again, for a controlled, straight-in
approach, a pilot first would need to avoid the Washington Monument,
and then fly straight down the Mall. There is more room to do this,
but again, it would take considerable skill. Moreover, the buildings
in Roslyn, just across the river from and to the west of the Mall,
would have to be cleared, which means the plane's altitude would
probably be too high, or the angle of descent too steep to permit a
successful attack by anyone other than a skilled, experienced pilot."
Weeks after the last pile of debris from EgyptAir Flight 990 was
pulled from the sea, investigators say they are more
convinced than ever of their original theory: The jet was crashed
"The co-pilot under scrutiny in the crash of EgyptAir Flight 990
an Arabic prayer not once but as many as 10 times just
before the doomed airliner went down"
"Aviation Analyst John Nance Talks About Flight 990 When a commercial
aircraft goes into a dive as steep and precipitous as the preliminary
radar data seems to indicate."
"The Ba'ath leadership gave the orders for Qasim's assassination...On
October 7th,1959, a six-,man assassination squad was waiting...the
night before one member of the squad had fallen ill. A new recruit
was drafted in...his full name was Saddam Hussein al-Takriti."
"The Ba'athist led forces...participated in the coup of 8th February
1963...Immediately after the coup, Saddam Hussein returned to Iraq,
where he was appointed as the head of Al-Jihaz Al Khas, known
popularly as Jihaz Haneen (the Yearning Apparatus), the clandestine
intelligence organization of the Ba'ath Party. Saddam proceeded to
turn it into an instrument of terror....on 18th November (1963) the
army seized power in a swift military coup...the new leadership of
the Ba'ath Party...was arrested. However, some of its members
immediately collaborated with the new regime..." Pgs 25-26
"7th October 1959 A Ba'athist assassination squad fails to kill
Qasim. A member of the team, twenty-two-year old Saddam Hussein,
escapes to Syria and then to Egypt...8th February 1963 A Ba'athist
coup overthrows Quasim amidst several days of terrible street
fighting...18th November 1963 Following bitter infighting
between...factions of the Baath, Arif overthrows the Ba'athist
regime..." Pages 312-313
An example of terrorists striking on an anniversary
came on October 7th, 2004 in Taba.
"Images of Destruction | Taba Hilton Before and After Terrorist
Attack on October 7, 2004"
According to initial findings Naveh said, a car bomb blew up at the
entrance to the Hilton Taba Hotel and there was a combined bomb and
shooting attack in two restaurants usually frequented by Israelis in
On October 7th,2001 "America Retaliates for the September 11
Attacks. October 7, 2001 President George W. Bush Speaks to America
After the Strikes Begin.
"President Saddam Hussein chairs 48th Cabinet Session Baghdad, Oct.
22, 2001 INA
President Saddam Hussein chaired on Sunday the 48th Cabinet session.
The Cabinet discussed recent events of Palestinian Intifadha and
praised Palestinians brave and
persistent struggle for liberating their lands. The cabinet reviewed
the current international
situation, especially the U.S aggression on Afghanistan. The Cabinet
brought back a historic
stance Iraq had taken in 1979 when it condemned the military Soviet
invasion of Afghanistan though Iraq had then deep relations with the
Soviet Union and there was a
friendship and cooperation agreement between Iraq and the Soviet
Union, yet this had not prevented Iraq from taking the national
independent stand rejecting Soviet's behavior. History repeats itself
once again in 2001 as Iraq takes the same stance and condemns the US
aggression on Afghanistan....this confirms Iraq's principled stance
rejecting all forms of foreign intervention and aggressions. The
Cabinet discussed issues listed on its agenda and made necessary
decisions and recommendations."
Saddam loves 11th anniversaries, for instance " Saddam Hussein's
speech on the 11th Anniversary of the Great Victory Day In the Name
of God, Most Compassionate, Most
Merciful Great People, The Valiant of Our Brave Armed Forces, Sons of
our Glorious Arab Nation "
"Middle East Correspondent, Robert Fisk: Why was it that the bombing
of the two
embassies in Tanzania and Kenya occurred on the eighth anniversary to
the very day of the first arrival of American troops of the 82nd
airborne in Saudi Arabia in 1990?"
"The 12th of October 2002 will for the rest of Australian history be
counted as a day when evil
struck with indiscriminate and indescribable savagery,"
"On October 12th, 2000 terrorists in a boat laden with explosives
carried out a
suicide bombing of the U.S.S. Cole in the harbor at Aden, Yemen. In
what President Clinton described as a "despicable and cowardly act,"
17 U.S. sailors were killed, and over 30 others were wounded."
After the liberation of Iraq terrorists struck the Baghdad Hotel on
If you add 1 to 9 you get 10. If you add 1 to 11 you get 12. Thus
the 9/11/2001 attack
was presaged by the attack on the U.S.S. Cole on 10/12/2000. The
engaging in what to them was a private joke regarding their plans
"Iraq has the motivation and the means to actively support the
Islamist networks of the region*** In the past, there have been
intelligence reports of possible cooperation between Iraq and Osama
bin Laden. Iraq has already tried to assassinate President Bush
Senior in 1993, when he visited Kuwait as a private citizen. In the
on the USS Cole in Aden (in) October (of 2000), there could have
Iraqi connection. Iraq has excellent relations with the anti-Western
Yemeni Islamists of the Army of Aden-Abyan, whose militants have been
arrested by the Yemenite authorities in connection with the attack.
Such an attack required long preparations, technical and military
skills and good operational intelligence. In addition, the explosive
used in the attack was sophisticated, a "shaped charge" like a
torpedo or a missile, a device not in use by terrorist
which may have come from a military stockpile."
4 DAYS BEFORE SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 Saddam's Stepson in USA
"Authorities said Saffi" (Saddam's Stepson), " triggered red flags
for four reasons: the family relationship to the Iraqi dictator;
at an American flight school; arrival on the eve of the Independence
Day celebrations; and his only documented prior entry into the United
States occurred just four days before the Sept. 11 terrorist
"Saddam's Stepson to Be Deported Fri Jul 5th 2002 (Saffi) was
planning to study at a flight school believed by the FBI
to have been used by one of the Sept. 11 hijackers."
"US officials state that an FBI investigation had substantiated
charges that the Iraqi government plotted the assassination of former
President Bush while visiting Kuwait in April 1993."
"Terrorist Pilot Met With Iraqi Intelligence Agent By RICK JERVIS
Special to The Wall Street Journal Europe Wall Street Journal,
Europe October 4, 2001 [With thanks to Laurie Mylroie - Iraq News]
PRAGUE-Mohamed Atta, who
allegedly crashed the first plane into the World Trade Center on
Sept. 11, met at least one Iraqi intelligence agent last year in
before moving to the U.S., a Czech official close to the
Abu Hamza Masri, shown here with followers in London last year, has
been charged with nine counts of incitement to murder for speeches
that allegedly promoted mass violence against non-Muslims. AFP
On the morning after bombs ripped through the London Underground and
crumpled a double-decker bus, four security guards escorted a one-
eyed, Egyptian-born cleric, his arms amputated below the elbows from
Afghan war injuries, onto the elevated dock of Courtroom No1 in Old
Bailey, the capital's principal criminal court.
Abu Hamza Masri, for years a blood-curdling preacher at a North
London mosque allegedly visited by shoe bomber Richard Reid and
hijacker trainee Zacarias Moussaoui, listened silently Friday as his
lawyer argued about his indictment last January on nine counts of
incitement to murder for speeches that allegedly promoted mass
violence against non-Muslims. In one speech cited in a British
documentary film, Masri urged followers to get an infidel ''and
crush his head in your arms, so you can wring his throat. Forget
wasting a bullet, cut them in half!''
Masri's case is just one of several dozen that describe the venom,
sprawling shape and deep history of al-Qaeda and related extremist
groups in London. Osama bin Laden opened a political and media
office in London as far back as 1994; it closed four years later
when his local lieutenant, Khalid Fawwaz, was arrested for aiding al-
Qaeda's attack on two US embassies in Africa.
After September 11, 2001, London became ''the Star Wars bar scene''
for Islamic radicals, as former White House counter-terrorism
official Steven Simon called it, attracting a polyglot group of
intellectuals, preachers, financiers, arms traders, technology
specialists, forgers, travel organizers and foot soldiers.
Today, al-Qaeda and its offshoots retain broader connections to
London than to any other city in Europe, according to evidence from
terrorist prosecutions. Evidence shows at least a supporting
connection to London groups or individuals in many of the al-Qaeda-
related attacks of the past seven years. Among them are the 1998 US
Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania; the assassination of Afghan
militia leader Ahmed Shah Massoud on September 9, 2001; outer rings
of the September 11 conspiracy, involving Moussaoui and the
surveillance of financial targets in Washington and New York; Reid's
attempted shoe bomb attack in December 2001; and the 2002 murder of
Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.
The evidence in these and other cases describes al-Qaeda connections
in London as remarkably diverse, ranging from the core
organization's early formation through its phase of elaborate
planned global strikes between 1999 and 2001, to its more recent
period of diffuse franchises and younger volunteers to an attack
this week that authorities say bears al-Qaeda's stamp. In the 1980s
and 1990s, between 300 and 600 British citizens passed through
Afghan training camps, officials have acknowledged. Several cases
suggest the seeding of a new generation of British residents
traveling as volunteers to fight with the insurgency in Iraq.
On June 15, 2002, at an Islamic community center in Milan, Italy, a
cleric with alleged al-Qaeda ties was overheard in conversation with
an Arab from Germany, according to a transcript of the wiretap later
published in Italy. The Arab spoke of his 10-person cell in Germany
and the group's ``interest'' in Belgium, Spain, the Netherlands,
Turkey, Egypt, Italy and France. ``But the nerve center is still
London,'' he reported.
A refuge and hub for Middle Eastern dissidents since the 19th
century imperial era, the city has more recently attracted Islamic
radicals with connections to Morocco, Egypt, Syria, the Persian Gulf
and Pakistan. London's radical fringe draws in part from the
alienated edges of Britain's large and overwhelmingly peaceful
Muslim immigrant population. But it has been influenced by Britain's
ambiguous policies toward exiled radicals, a sometimes awkward blend
of asylum offers, intelligence collection and criminal prosecution.
Masri, for instance, received asylum from Egypt in the late 70s and
British citizenship in 1981. He volunteered to fight in Afghanistan
in the 1990s, then returned to Britain to preach justifications for
violence against those he perceived to be Islam's enemies.
Throughout, Masri met periodically with Britain's intelligence
services and anti-terrorism police, who were investigating his
activities. The government moved to strip him of citizenship, but
only in late 2004 did the Crown Prosecution Service conclude it had
enough evidence to bring criminal charges, even though some of the
speeches it relied on had taken place years before.
``We're not an investigative authority. We can only review evidence
brought to us by the police,'' said a spokesman for the prosecutors,
explaining the delay. The official spoke on condition of anonymity
because Masri's case is scheduled for trial soon. ``There must be a
sufficient chance of successful conviction'' before charges will be
Radical Islamic exiles value London as a base in part because ``the
legal system is quite stable and it cannot be influenced by
politicians or by public opinion,'' said Saad Faqih, a Saudi
dissident accused by the US Treasury Department of providing
financial support to al-Qaeda because of his alleged role in the
1998 purchase of a satellite phone used by bin Laden.
Faqih said he had no connection to al-Qaeda or to violence and that
his primary focus was the overthrow of the Saudi royal family
through political advocacy and organizing. His British assets have
been frozen because of the US Treasury designation, but Faqih has
not been charged criminally in Britain. On Thursday, a previously
unknown group calling itself the Secret Organization of al-Qaeda in
Europe claimed responsibility for the London bombings in a posting
on a radical Islamic Web site allegedly connected to Faqih; he
denied running the site, a bulletin board with the Arabic name for
fortress that was registered a week after the September 11 attacks.
In an interview, Faqih said he tries to maintain cordial, open
relations with the British authorities because he believes they are
under pressure from Saudi Arabia and the United States to crack down
on his political activities. He said he keeps up ``high-level
contacts'' with the British intelligence services. ``I always give
them the best I can in terms of advice'' about Saudi Arabia and
other issues. ``The British intelligence - although they are very
effective, they will pick you up very quickly - they will not trick
you into making a mistake'' that could lead to criminal prosecution,
US intelligence officers say they respect the sophistication of
Britain's intelligence collection among radicals in London, but some
question whether its emphasis on monitoring, as opposed to pre-
emptive disruption, has left the country vulnerable.
``I've been preaching London will get hit long before us,'' said a
former senior US counter-terrorism official who spoke on condition
of anonymity due to the subject's sensitivity. ``They have a
critical mass of a group of radicals operating in an open society.''
Al-Qaeda's London connection began in the early 1990s after Saudi
Arabia cracked down on Islamic dissidents, including bin Laden, who
had pressured the royal family for political reforms and protested
its decision to invite US forces to expel Iraq from Kuwait. Dozens
of Saudi radicals were imprisoned; some were forced or escaped into
Bin Laden fled to Sudan, where he nurtured his nascent multinational
militia. But other Saudi dissidents sought out London and set up
offices from where they peppered the Saudi kingdom with faxes
denouncing the royal family. Bin Laden wanted to be part of this,
and he dispatched Fawwaz to London to set up the Advice and Reform
Committee, which began its own fax pamphleteering, with a special
emphasis on bin Laden's ideas.
According to Faqih, who led a rival group, bin Laden and Fawwaz
issued 17 communiques from London between 1994 and 1996 about
``scattered things'' such as Saudi corruption and the need for truer
adherence to Islamic law. After bin Laden moved to Afghanistan and
declared war on the United States in the summer of 1996, Fawwaz
stopped publishing, Faqih said, because he feared British criminal
Fawwaz set up his al-Qaeda branch in the placid North London suburb
of Dollis Hill on a street of 1930s Tudor-style houses. Peter
Bergen, an author who interviewed bin Laden in the spring of 1998
with Fawwaz's assistance, recalled that Fawwaz described bin Laden
as ``humble, charming, intelligent, a really significant wealthy
chap,'' Bergen recounted in his book Holy War, Inc.
After the 1998 embassy bombings, the United States used evidence of
Fawwaz's logistical and media support for bin Laden to indict him on
criminal charges. British police arrested him and two other bin
Laden aides in London (nearly seven years later, Fawwaz is still in
a high-security London prison with the fight over his extradition
Not all of al-Qaeda's top British operatives were rounded up then.
Anas Liby, one of bin Laden's computer experts, continued to live in
the northern England city of Manchester even after the United States
demanded his extradition on charges he participated in setting up
the bombing of the American embassy in Kenya. On May 10, 2000, the
British police raided Liby's apartment. Liby was gone.
Left behind on his computer was an al-Qaeda training manual that
spelled out the organization's tradecraft in 180 pages of chilling
detail - down to the art of killing with ``cold steel'' and the
need, as Liby practiced, to go undercover in the West (``necessity
permits the forbidden,'' the manual counseled, though no necessity
could be cited to allow heresies such as drinking wine or
Although Britain had harbored many of his lieutenants, bin Laden
made clear in a speech not long after the raid why history made the
country an implacable enemy. ``The British are responsible for
destroying the caliphate system. They are the ones who created the
Palestinian problem. They are the ones who created the Kashmiri
problem. They are the ones who put the arms embargo on the Muslims
of Bosnia so that two million Muslims were killed. They are the ones
who are starving the Iraqi children. And they are continuously
dropping bombs on these innocent Iraqi children.''
Abu Qatada, a fiery so-called "palestinian" who also preached at the
Park mosque, told a London newspaper immediately after the attacks
of September 11: ``George Bush has no respect for the Muslim world.
This has been designed to make sure he listens.'' Granted asylum in
Britain from Jordan, Qatada has been convicted in absentia of
playing a role in an al-Qaeda-linked millennium bombing plot in
Qatada is better known as an ideologue of global holy war than an
organizer of it. When September 11 hijacker Mohamed Atta's apartment
in Germany was searched, authorities turned up videotapes of
Qatada's London sermons. The British arrested Qatada in late 2002
but he was never charged and was released in March. ``He's been
cited as the spiritual leader by at least a half dozen terrorist
cells,'' said Evan Kohlmann, a researcher who has written a book on
Islamic terrorist groups in Europe.
For al-Qaeda and its affiliates, the English capital has been
considered an indispensable communications center. ``They looked on
London as the premier place for propaganda in the Western world,''
said Michael Scheuer, who headed the CIA's special bin Laden unit in
Even after the arrest of al-Qaeda's London spokesman, Fawwaz, London
remained a clearinghouse for the group's information and ideas. Just
a few months after September 11, bin Laden's chief deputy, Egyptian
doctor Ayman Zawahiri, published from hiding a lengthy memoir-cum-
holy war-treatise, ``Knights Under the Prophet's Banner,'' as a 12-
part series in the London newspaper Al-Sharq al-Awsat.
The shock of September 11 brought a sharp increase in British
arrests of Islamic militants, many with some alleged connection to
al-Qaeda. But clerics like Qatada who worked in what Simon, the
former counter-terrorism official, called ``the realm of
inspiration'' have continued to preach holy war in London.
Altogether, 700 suspects were taken into British custody under the
counter-terrorism law between 2001 and the end of 2004. Only 17 have
Among those arrested after 2001 was Yasir Tawfiq Sirri. A slight,
balding man who ran a group called the Islamic Observation Center,
he was mostly known up to that point for press releases critical of
the Egyptian government. Simon recalled meeting Sirri in a London
hotel lobby, thinking of him as ``an allegedly retired Egyptian
militant.'' Later in 2001, the men who killed the Afghan anti-
Taleban leader Massoud, gained entry to his compound by claiming to
be Arab journalists from Sirri's London group. Sirri was arrested in
London after the September 11 attacks but was never prosecuted.
British citizen Omar Sheikh Mohammed was arrested in 2002 in
connection with the murder of Pearl, the journalist, in Pakistan.
Radicalized while attending the London School of Economics, he had
hoped to fight in Bosnia in the 1990s but ended up instead with a
Kashmiri militant group. Mohammed was charged with organizing
Pearl's kidnapping, but al-Qaeda's operational chief Khalid Sheikh
Mohammed allegedly killed the American journalist.
British-born Saajid Badat was another worshipper at Masri's Finsbury
Park mosque who went through the Afghan camps. Badat was a would-be
shoe bomber, who meant to blow himself up at the same time as Reid;
he testified he changed his mind and dismantled his bomb. Convicted
earlier this year, Badat reportedly received orders from Khalid
Sheikh Mohammed as well.
British authorities have broken up what they claimed were several
cells with al-Qaeda connections. One group, arrested last year, was
accused of storing a half-tonne of ammonium nitrate, which can be
used in explosives, in a locker near Heathrow Airport. Another group
was arrested in 2003 and charged with plans to use the deadly poison
ricin in an attack - although only one man was convicted, not for
manufacturing ricin but for killing a British officer who came to
A raid on an al-Qaeda computer expert in Pakistan in 2004 led to
arrests of nearly a dozen men in Britain, including a Muslim convert
of Indian origin, who were accused of doing reconnaissance financial
targets in Britain and the United States in preparation for an
The portrait of those arrested suggests the diverse mosaic of
Islamic extremists making London their home, with few of those taken
into custody by the British since September 11 conforming to the
original al-Qaeda profile of Saudis and Egyptians. Instead, a review
by The Washington Post of nearly 62 cases of men arrested in London
found the largest group - 31 - to be from North Africa, followed by
12 British citizens and seven Pakistanis. Many were educated in
British institutions and were middle class, though some, like
radical clerics Masri and Qatada, collected welfare benefits.
Until last week, whether London was a target of al-Qaeda had been a
source of debate.
Some experts, like Scheuer, believed bin Laden had wanted to hit the
city since the arrest of his aide Fawwaz. Bin Laden blamed the
arrest publicly on ``British Crusader hatred of Muslims.''
Other analysts, such as Simon, believed that, up until 2001,
``Britain was regarded as too valuable a staging area'' for al-Qaeda
But ever since, it has been a key target.
One of London's radical Islamic clerics, Syrian-born, Saudi exile
Omar Bakri Mohammed, openly spoke of the time when the city that
gave him refuge back in 1983 would be hit. ``It's inevitable,''
Mohammed, well known for his celebrations of the September 11
hijackers, told a Portuguese magazine last year. Among the groups
mobilizing for a strike was one calling itself al-Qaeda in Europe.
It ``has a great appeal for young Muslims,'' he said. ``I know that
they are ready to launch a big operation.''
In Finsbury Park, a ragged and lively neighborhood of new
immigrants, a moderate faction has taken control of the red-brick
mosque where Masri once delivered his fire-breathing sermons. As
worshippers arrived for prayers Friday, they passed beneath a banner
advertising a ``Better Community Image.''
Mohammed Nusa, 18, loitered outside, talking about the bombings and
the backlash against Muslims he feared. That backlash, in turn, may
help Islamic radicals, Nusa said. He adamantly rejected Masri's
ideology but explained there are always a few among his friends who
argue that ``if they're going to make us look like the enemy, we
might as well be the enemy.''THE WASHINGTON POST
"He had tried to board on the anniversary" (Shoe bomber)
"Reid boarded the flight at Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport on
December 22,(2001) the day after the 13th anniversary of the blast
that destroyed Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. He had
tried to board the American plane the day before, on the anniversary
itself, but was delayed by suspicious security personnel and missed
"Monday, 26 June, 2000, 19:36 GMT 20:36 UK
British Muslims join 'holy war'
The recruits train in Kashmir, claimed by Pakistan and India
The UK Government is being urged to investigate claims that young
British Muslims are being trained and armed to fight abroad.
An extremist religious organisation is believed to be targeting
young men in cities such as London and Birmingham to fight a holy
war (jihad) in Chechnya and Kashmir....
Sakina's operational head is Muhammad Jameel, a British-born Muslim
linked with the leading fundamentalists Sheikh Omar Bakri Mohammed
and Sheikh Abu Hamza al-Masri.
Egyptian-born Sheikh Abu Hamza runs north London's Finsbury Park
mosque. He has lived in London for 20 years, and has a long history
of support for Islamist causes.
His son, Mohammed Mustafa Kamel, was among 10 British and French
citizens jailed in Yemen for a terrorist plot last August.
Sheikh Omar Bakri Mohammed, judge of the Sharia Court of the UK and
founder of the Muslim party Al-Muhajiroun, has said he wants the UK
to become an Islamic state.
The party holds talks on campuses, and reports say students joining
up are later told of the possibility of engaging in military
struggles "for the sake of Islam".
"June 26, 2005
70 British Muslims join Iraq fighters
ABOUT 70 young Muslim men have left Britain to join the insurgents
who are fighting coalition troops in Iraq, senior security sources
At least three have been killed in combat, including one whose role
in an Iraq suicide"
(note this article used the term suicide, we feel that homicide
bombing is appropriate for the attacks being waged by terrorists in
Iraq, the terrorists using such tactics in Israel against Jews would
most appropriately be called genocide bombers, continuing the
" bombing in February was disclosed by police only last week.
The growing problem of militants"
(note, this article used the term militants,we feel that anyone
engage in homicide bombings is not a militant, but a terrorist and
should be called such)
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