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Behold the “peace” of BLOODY VIOLENT RAMADAN!

September 3, 2008

Behold the “peace” of BLOODY VIOLENT RAMADAN!

09/02/2008 17:26

IRAQ

Fresh violence in Mosul, two Christians kidnapped and killed

The kidnapping of two Christians has ended in tragedy, after the family of one paid a ransom of 20,000 dollars. The community of Mosul hopes that the Muslims will strongly condemn the murders.

Mosul (AsiaNews) – The Iraqi Christian community is again in the sights of Islamic fundamentalists in Mosul: today news came of the death of a 65-year-old doctor, Tariq Qattan, kidnapped recently by a terrorist group. AsiaNews sources say that his family had paid a ransom of 20,000 U.S. dollars. But it was not enough money to free Tariq Qattan, one of the many Christians kidnapped by fundamentalists for extortion.

Also in Mosul, two days ago – although the news has just been released today – another Christian, Nafi Haddad, was kidnapped and killed. It is not yet known whether or not a ransom was paid. Despite the small signs of improvement that seem to come from Iraq, the Christian community is still witnessing more violence: Mosul has long been the theater of a genuine slaughter, forcing more than two thirds of the faithful to flee elsewhere in search of safety.

The diocese has paid a large tribute in blood in recent years, beginning with the tragic kidnapping of Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho, whose lifeless body was found last March 13 in an abandoned area just outside of the city. During the ambush that preceded the archbishop’s captivity, the three men acting as his bodyguard were massacred by the terrorists.

In 2007, the Iraqi Christian community suffered 47 deaths, 13 of them in Mosul: these include Fr Ragheed Gani, murdered on June 3, and two other priests.

Between January 6 and 17 of this year, there was also a series of attacks on Christian property. A wave of bombings struck the Chaldean church of the Immaculate Virgin, the Chaldean Church of St Paul, which was almost destroyed, the entrance to the orphanage run by the Chaldean sisters in al Nour, a Nestorian church, and the convent of the Dominican sisters in Mosul Jadida.

The source for AsiaNews in Mosul hopes that the two latest homicides will be “forcefully condemned” by the Muslim community, which has just celebrated the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan. Atrocities carried out “in the name of religion”…

http://www.asianews.it/index.php?l=en&art=13118&size=A

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Gates to brief Bush on Iraq recommendations….Meanwhile, fatal bombings shattered a period of relative calm in the Iraqi capital Tuesday at the start of Ramadan, Islam’s holiest month.

A roadside bomb detonated near al-Kindi Hospital in eastern Baghdad, killing two civilians and wounding 13 others, including several policemen, an interior ministry official said.

Another roadside bomb exploded in western Baghdad’s al-Harthiya neighborhood, killing two civilians and wounding 10, the official said.

Outside the capital city, a suicide truck bomber targeted an Iraqi army checkpoint in the northern city of Mosul, killing seven civilians and wounding seven others, the official said.

The violence coincides with Ramadan, which began Tuesday for Shia Muslims in Iraq. Sunni Muslims in the country began observing the month Monday.

The exact start of Ramadan — Islam’s ninth month — depends on the sighting of the new moon. Muslims are required to abstain from eating and drinking from dawn to dusk.

The month of fasting ends with Eid al-Fitr, three days of feasts and celebrations

http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/meast/09/02/us.iraq/

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Xinjiang: police raid against Muslim rebels, six killed

AsiaNews.it, Italy – Aug 30, 2008

New violence in the western Chinese province, the theater of clashes between Beijing officers and Muslim separatists. The police say they reacted to an …

http://www.asianews.it/index.php?l=en&art=13094&size=A

2 Chinese policemen killed, 7 wounded in Xinjiang The Associated Press [Sep. 2 2008]

http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5gFwULqXwFJ9cOLZhkyaecjHtUW6wD92RD5Q80

Suspected terrorist attack kills two in China’s Xinjiang province Telegraph.co.uk

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/2639580/Suspected-terrorist-attack-kills-two-in -Chinas-Xinjiang-province.html

Police in China kill six terror suspects The Statesman

http://www.thestatesman.net/page.news.php?clid=8&theme=&usrsess=1&id=220459

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Eight killed as Pakistani sectarian clashes rage on despite truce

Monsters and Critics.com – [Sep. 2 2008]

The rival Shiite Toori tribe also called a truce earlier in veneration of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan that commenced this week. Sectarian violence …

http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/southasia/news/article_1428260.php/Eight_killed_as_Pakistani_ sectarian_clashes_rage_on_despite_truce_

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Philippines Bomb Blast Hits Weary South

TIME – [Sep. 1, 2008]

Philippine security forces stand guard near the site of a bomb blast inside a bus parked at a terminal in Mindanao on September 1

marked the beginning of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month of fasting and reflection. But on the southern Philippines island of Mindanao, wracked for the past month by bloody fighting between Muslim separatists and government troops.. a new horror. That afternoon, a bomb exploded aboard a packed passenger bus in Digos City, killing six and wounding at least 34. According to a witness report, the powerful blast nearly tore off the roof of the bus, decapitating one passenger.

http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1837959,00.html

Extortion syndicate behind Digos City bombing, bishop says [Sep 2, 2008]

By LESLIE ANN G. AQUINO

DIGOS CITY — Digos Bishop Guillermo Afable said yesterday a syndicate out to extort money from bus companies was responsible for the bombing of a bus in the province the other day.

Afable’s disclosure was made in his statement posted yesterday on the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) website.

The Digos prelate, however, did not identify the members and leaders of the syndicate.

The bishop bewailed that Monday’s bombing incident resulted in the “loss of lives of innocent people.”

“We are grieving here,” he said.

“It is a heinous crime against innocent men, women and children [and] have nothing to do with the political, economic, or personal agenda of the perpetrators of the said crime,” added the prelate.

Afable said the crime “becomes even more grievous in the context of compounding socio-political and economic ills already burdening our people, especially the poor.”

He asked the faithful Lumad, Christian and Muslim to pray for truth, justice, love and freedom. He also requested that prayers be said for the victims and their families.

Bishop Afable also appealed to both the police authorities and public officials to curb lawlessness in their areas of responsibilities and safeguard every citizen from criminals and terrorists.

The people, for their part, should also cooperate with law enforcement officers in securing the safety and security of both private homes and public places, he said.

The bombing incident which occurred Monday noon at the Digos City Bus Terminal killed at least six people and left 28 injured.

Last July 23, a Weena bus exploded, killing one person and wounding 32 others.

Extortion gang uses women to plant bombs

MANILA (DPA) – Philippine police said Tuesday that an extortion gang that has been blamed for two recent bombings in a southern city uses women as bomb carriers for the deadly attacks.

Six people, including a pregnant woman, were killed and 30 injured Monday when a bomb ripped through a bus in Digos City in Davao Del Sur province, 1,005 kilometres south of Manila.

Senior Superintendent Cesario Darantinao, provincial police director, said the al-Khobar extortion gang was the main suspect in the bombing.

He said a woman was believed to have planted the bomb after witnesses said a female passenger hurriedly left the Metro Shuttle company bus before the blast.

Darantinao said police were also looking for a woman suspect in the bombing of another Metro Shuttle bus July 24 in Digos City, which killed two people.

‘’The al-Khobar gang must have decided to tap women to sow terror because they do not gain undue attention from authorities most of the time,’’ said a police investigator who requested anonymity.

The al-Khobar gang is composed of rogue Muslim separatist rebels who have resorted to criminal activities to raise money. It has been blamed for numerous attacks on bus companies and other firms.

http://www.mb.com.ph/MAIN20080903134140.html

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Baghdad touched by war even as security takes hold

The Associated Press – [Sep. 2, 2008]

A mother and her two sons shuffled among the vehicles, begging for money when a roadside bomb exploded. The toll was low by Baghdad standards: Dawood and …

http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5gcMFBv6wAF2gsdqkl-eJeHjmwPCAD92UPFUG1

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Iraq militants plotted bomb attack using tunnel-US

San Diego Union Tribune, United States – [Sep. 2, 2008]

BAGHDAD – US forces said they foiled a plan by Iraqi militants to bomb a government building using a subterranean tunnel, the US military said on Tuesday. …

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/world/iraq/20080902-1045-iraq-attack.html

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12 militants, four women killed in Swat bombing

Daily Times, Pakistan – [Sep 3, 2008]

MINGORA: Twelve suspected militants and four women were killed on Tuesday as fighter jets bombed suspected Taliban positions in the Swat valley. …

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2008%5C09%5C03%5Cstory_3-9-2008_pg1_5

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Latest Offerings from the Religion of Peace

[Source: http://thereligionofpeace.com ] “He who fights that Islam should be superior fights in Allah’s cause”

9/1/2008 (Yala, Thailand) – A teacher is brutally gunned down in front of his wife by Religion of Peace warriors.

9/1/2008 (Mogadishu, Somalia) – A civilian is killed during a Mujahideen ambush along a city street.

9/1/2008 (Kirkuk, Iraq) – An Iraqi child is taken down by Islamic bombers.

9/1/2008 (Othmaniyah, Iraq) – Sunni bombers kill three farmers with a device hidden in a water pump.

9/1/2008 (Pattani, Thailand) – A Buddhist woman is among two people murdered in separate shooting attacks by Muslim radicals.

9/1/2008 (Yala, Thailand) – A 61-year-old man is shot to death by militant Muslims while driving home.

This 39-year-old mentally disabled man and his sister were kept hidden from childhood in a dungeon beneath their family’s Palestinian home

so that their healthy siblings would have a better chance of marrying. Palestinian imprisons mentally ill children for 20 years

(Video) Siblings found in unlit dungeon during raid; man says he didn’t want people to laugh at him

Palestinian Man Keeps Mentally Ill Children in Dungeon for 20 Years Video

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3588250,00.html


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[Mohammed as a dog] Artist defiantly draws Prophet Mohammed

October 17, 2007

[Mohammed as a dog] Artist defiantly draws Prophet Mohammed
CNN ^ | October, 16, 2007

HOGANAS, Sweden (CNN) — Swedish artist Lars Vilks…

1 of 3 Al Qaeda has put a $100,000 price on his head and offered an extra $50,000 for anyone who murders him by slitting his throat after the eccentric artist and sculptor drew a cartoon depicting the Prophet Mohammed as a dog.

One Swedish Muslim woman who lives just an hour-and-a-half drive from Vilks said she hopes to make good on the al Qaeda threat and slaughter Vilks like a lamb.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/europe/10/16/artist.controversy/?iref=mpstoryview

[Islamic bloody Ramadan & violent Eid a-fitr] Iraq bombs and shootings kill at least 32

October 16, 2007

Iraq bombs and shootings kill at least 32

[October 15, 2007]

http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5i5-TvYdY3nfSH0bBy2GUINj2gUkg

BAGHDAD (AFP) — A wave of violence across Iraq, including the bombing of a minibus filled with Shiite worshippers and a suicide truck bomb attack on a police station, has killed 32 people, officials said Sunday.

Dozens of people were wounded in the attacks, which came as Muslims were celebrating the Eid al-Fitr festival that ends the holy fasting month of Ramadan, the officials said.

Ten people, including three women and two children, were killed on Sunday when a car bomb exploded next to their minibus as they were heading towards a Shiite shrine in northern Baghdad, Iraqi military officials told AFP.

Women and children were also among 18 wounded by the blast in Aden square, which was then sealed off to vehicles by the security forces.

Late on Saturday, a suicide truck bomber supported by several gunmen carried out a coordinated attack on a police station in Samarra, 120 kilometres (75 miles) north of Baghdad.

The truck exploded about 100 metres away from the intended target before a gunfight between the insurgents and the police.

“Seventeen people were killed and 27 wounded when a suicide truck bomber targeted police commandos in Samarra,” a police official told AFP.

The massive night-time explosion destroyed several buildings in a residential area of the city and on Sunday people crowded around the debris as an earthmover cleared away the piles of rubble.

It was not immediately clear if any insurgents were among the dead, many of whom were women and children.

Five people were also killed in two separate attacks on Sunday south of Baghdad.

Four civilians died in clashes between security forces and unidentified gunmen in the mixed town of Iskandiriyah, 60 kilometres from the capital.

A fifth man was killed when gunmen opened fire on civilians in a village further south near the town of Hilla, police said.

The festive period had already got off to a bloody start with a US air raid killing 15 women and children on Thursday, and a suicide attack on a playground in the northern town of Tuz the following day.

In Tuz, the bomber exploded a cart full of toys and sweets in a crowded playground, killing a child and a father, and wounding 20 other children.

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Uganda: Iganga Muslims Fight Over Idd Day

October 16, 2007

http://allafrica.com/stories/200710151919.html
Uganda: Iganga Muslims Fight Over Idd Day
 
 
The Monitor (Kampala)

16 October 2007
Posted to the web 15 October 2007

Fredrick Sooma
Iganga

Last week’s Idd Day prayers and celebrations in Iganga District turned dramatic when rival Muslim sects disagreed on the day on which to mark the end of the fasting season.

The Sunni Muslims said they had sighted the moon which meant an end to the fasting and therefore went ahead to organise Idd prayers for Friday. However, the Shiite Muslims claimed the moon had not yet been sighted and wanted the celebrations to be postponed.
The founder and Chairman of the Mayuge-based Ahlul Bait Islamic Institute, Sheikh Daktur Muwaya, sent out several radio announcements, encouraging Shiite Muslims not to celebrate Idd until Saturday.

Following the announcements, Sunni Muslims, who were holding prayers at Budwege Mosque, were forced to end their celebration prematurely on Friday morning after a group of Shiite Muslims led by Sheikh Salim Kayere stormed the Mosque, forcing their colleagues to flee.

On Saturday morning, the police had to rush to the same mosque after members of the Sunni sect, who were armed with sticks and stones, stormed the area and forced members of the rival Shiite sect to abandon prayers in what appears to have been a revenge attack.

Members of the Sunni sect then locked up the mosque and left. Police were still deployed at the scene by Saturday evening.
However, while Muslims in Budwege were disagreeing over the day, matters turned political at Idudi Mosque, Bugweri County where political temperatures have started to rise in anticipation of a bye-election that could once again pit Deputy Premier and Minister of Information and National Guidance Kirunda Kivejinja against FDC’s Abdu Katuntu.

The Imam in Idudi, whose identity Daily Monitor could not easily establish, was forced off the pulpit amid accusations that he is a supporter of the opposition FDC while most of those in attendance had a leaning towards the NRM. However, matters were a bit different in Busembatia where Muslims, under the umbrella organisation Busembatia Joint Muslim Committee, used the day to bury the hatchet and build unity.

At the Freedom Square in Iganga where the main prayers were held, the District Kadhi, Sheikh Sinani Muwanika, warned his flock against taking out loans saying it is contrary to Islamic teaching. However, his call was met with laughter from the congregation, that comprised mostly businessmen who operate on loans.

“holy” Ramadan fatwa – Islamic Jihad: No Peace for Israelis

October 14, 2007

Islamic Jihad: No Peace for Israelis

By STEVEN GUTKIN

The Associated Press

Thursday, October 11, 2007; 3:06 PM

KHAN YOUNIS, Gaza Strip — The militant known as Abu Hamza is constantly on the run from Israel, and his hideout today is a dank room at the back of a nondescript house filled with adults and frolicking children.

The room is barren except for a computer hooked up to the Internet, which the Islamic Jihad commander said is used to plan rocket attacks on southern Israel. He pledged to keep up the violence despite the growing likelihood of a major Israeli military offensive in the Gaza Strip.

“We must create a balance of terror with the enemy,” he told The Associated Press in a rare interview.

Abu Hamza is a small, soft-spoken man with a wide smile, but the rockets that Islamic Jihad fires into Israel almost daily serve as constant reminders that renewed talk of Mideast peace remains a distant dream in the violence-torn Gaza Strip.

Israel’s military says Gaza militants have fired some 980 rockets into Israel since June, when Hamas seized power in the coastal territory. That compares to 440 in the preceding four months. In all, thousands of crude rockets fired over the past seven years have killed 12 Israelis, wounded dozens and disrupted life for thousands.

Israeli troops and settlers withdrew from Gaza more than two years ago _ and Israel has begun a fledgling peace process with the moderate Palestinian forces now in control of the West Bank. So why is Islamic Jihad still raining missiles on Israeli towns, provoking fierce retaliation and a new Israeli threat to cut off Gaza’s electricity?

This is the Palestinians’ way of offsetting Israel’s sophisticated military machine, Abu Hamza said. Israel’s decision to seal Gaza’s borders after Hamas militants took control is another reason the rockets are justified, he said.

“Our rockets go over those borders,” he said.

Islamic Jihad, a virulently anti-Israel group backed by Iran and Syria, has killed dozens of Israelis in suicide bombings and is believed to have about 2,000 militants armed with M-16 and AK-47 automatic rifles, grenades and anti-tank weapons.

It operates independently of the much larger Hamas, whose tolerance and sometimes encouragement of rocket attacks have increased Gaza’s isolation. Hamas’ blind eye to Islamic Jihad rockets _ along with mortar fire by its own militants _ has helped burnish its credentials among Gazans as a “government of resistance.” But it is also endangering Hamas’ rule in Gaza by contributing to the economic decline.

Contacts known by AP journalists to be Islamic Jihad members arranged the meeting with Abu Hamza, his nom de guerre that is well known in Gaza even if his face is not. He spoke to AP reporters without donning the black ski mask usually worn by senior militants in press interviews, but he refused to allow himself to be filmed, photographed or recorded.

During the session, he wore a loose-fitting shirt instead of the military fatigues associated with Islamic Jihad. Though he carried no weapon, some of the men around him did _ sitting nearby on ragged floor mats in the paint-chipped room. No food or drink was served in observance of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/10/11/AR2007101101246.html

[Bloody Islamic Ramadan] Violence in Iraq kills 56

October 11, 2007

[Bloody Islamic Ramadan] Violence in Iraq kills 56
http://uk.reuters.com/article/UKNews1/idUKL0952598420071009
Reuters UK,
The spate of attacks across Iraq, which also wounded nearly 120 people, marked one of the bloodiest days during the “holy” Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

[ISLAMIC TERRORIST HEZBULLAH] Car Bomb Near Beirut Kills Christian Lawmaker

September 20, 2007

[ISLAMIC TERRORIST HEZBULLAH] Car Bomb Near Beirut Kills Christian Lawmaker
New York Times – 47 minutes ago
AP Antoine Ghanem, a prominent Christian member of Parliament and backer of Lebanon’s prime minister, Fouad Siniora, died when a bomb in a parked car went off as he drove by in a Christian suburb of the capital.
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/20/world/middleeast/20lebanon.html