Terrorism Timeline (Photo credit: danxoneil)
January 23, 2014: Al Qaeda was originally described as a group of well-organized terrorists, who were quick to use the latest technology and paid attention to logistics and financial matters (fund raising, and staying on top of corruption). That’s all generally true, although it’s often ignored that Islamic terrorists, much like the rest of the Islamic world, has big problems with corruption. This is ironic, because one objective of most Islamic terrorist groups is to reduce or eliminate corruption. Despite the fact that many, if not most, Moslems are quick to participate in corrupt practices, most also wish there was less of it. Yet whenever large quantities of terrorist organization records are captured there are always many documents dealing with corruption (how to detect it within al Qaeda, how to punish the offenders and how to prevent it.)
English: The Muslim population of the world map by percentage of each country, according to the Pew Forum 2009 report on world Muslim populations. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
June 17, 2012: The continuing violence in the Moslem south has led to 5,000 dead and 8,000 wounded in the last eight years. But it has also led to over 200,000 people leaving the area. Most of those fleeing have been Moslem. About 30 percent of the Buddhists in the south (who were 20 percent of the population in 2004) have fled and ten percent of the Moslems. Criminal gangs, whose main business is smuggling drugs and other contraband from Malaysia, have long dominated the area. The gangs agreed to support the Islamic terrorists, since both groups had something to gain by trying to weaken law and order in the area. While the gangs made it more difficult to improve the economy, they were more tolerable than the Islamic terrorists. All this has become too much for most Moslems. The Islamic terrorists wanted to expel all non-Moslems, shut down secular schools, and didn’t care if they made it difficult to improve the economy. This was too much for most of the Moslems the Islamic terrorists were supposed to be representing. Those that don’t flee are increasingly joining pro-government armed defense groups. The gangs and Islamic terror groups refuse to negotiate or quit, so it’s a fight to the death. The gangs will probably turn on their Islamic radical allies eventually, as the criminal organizations are not run by religious fanatics but business-minded entrepreneurs who are not keen on getting wiped out. Then again, the gangsters believe that the Islamic radicals will have to be killed, otherwise the southern gangsters will have some pretty deadly and determined enemies in their own backyard.
January 13, 2010 10:38 p.m. EST
A general view of the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, on Wednesday.
Concerns raised over info that al Qaeda already adapting to new measures, official says
United States has some information about time frame of threat, one source says
JANUARY 1, 2010, 6:30 P.M. ET
If ever one year in recent times was a catalyst for change in the broader Middle East and Muslim world, it was 1979. One ray of bright light in that year of darkness was the signing of the historic Camp David peace treaty between Israel and Egypt. Conversely, three events had dire consequences with which we live today.
First, there was the overthrow of the shah of Iran by the Ayatollah Khomeini. Second, there was the takeover of the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, by a group of Islamic extremists. And third, there was the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.
Each event fostered the forces of radicalization with implications far beyond the region’s borders.
• Iran becomes a theocracy. Khomeini’s revolution in the early months of 1979 established the wilayat al-faqih, or rule by a Muslim cleric who became the Supreme Leader. He, in effect, formed a theocratic system in Iran, a predominantly Shiite country, and declared the new regime to be “God’s government,” warning that subsequent disobedience was a “revolt against God.” Read the rest of this entry »
July 23, 2009
John Walker Lindh
Captured in Afghanistan in 2001, the California native was charged with conspiring to kill Americans and aiding terrorists. He pleaded guilty in 2002 to lesser offenses and is serving a 20-year sentence at a prison in Indiana.
Arrested in 2002 and initially accused of plotting with Al Qaeda to detonate a “dirty bomb,” he was held for years as an “enemy combatant.” Padilla, of Chicago, was convicted in 2007 of terrorism support charges. He’s now serving a 17-year sentence at the federal Supermax prison in Colorado.
Born in California, he has appeared in Al Qaeda videos as a propagandist. Indicted on a charge of providing material support to terrorists, he’s been sought since 2004 by the FBI, which offered a $1-million reward for his capture.
Source: Times research
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Ahmed Mohamed Egal
July 22, 2009
During the last six months we have witnessed the effective collapse of the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia (TFG) lead by Sheikh Sharif Ahmed, as Al-Shabaab and its allies have seized control of nearly all of Somalia, including Mogadishu, where Sheikh Sharif and his ministers cower in the Presidential Palace (Villa Somalia) under the protection of the AMISOM forces. The Western Powers and the UN Security Council persist in deluding themselves that the TFG remains the “government” of Somalia and that it is capable of mounting an effective fight against the extremists of Al-Shabaab and its allies, notably the Hizb-al-Islam of Hassan Dahir Aweys. This delusion has lead the US to send some US$ 10 million of military aid to the TFG last week, while the TFG, for its part, has clearly enunciated its abject helplessness by declaring a state of emergency and appealing for foreign troops to be urgently sent to Mogadishu to save it from being overrun by the jihadists. Indeed, in what would be a cruel irony, it is likely that most of the arms and munitions sent to the TFG by the US will fall into the hands of the very extremists that they were to be used against. Read the rest of this entry »