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10 Years on – radical ISLAM the Enemy – ever more menacing West in its quest for ‘World domination’

September 2, 2011

10 Years on – radical ISLAM the Enemy – ever more menacing West in its quest for ‘World domination’

Radical Islam: What You Need to Know’ Released Nationwide
Author Urges Social Media Prayer Pledges as 10th Anniversary of 9/11 Terrorist Attacks Approaches
DALLAS, Aug. 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — “Radical Islam: What You Need to Know,” the latest book by author, educator and cultural apologist, Dr. Jim Denison, is now available at Christian bookstores and major bookseller websites across America.

As the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist acts approaches, Denison invites Christian readers to download a complimentary daily devotional and prayer guide, “Redeeming 9/11: Building God’s Kingdom Today.” He also invites readers to share via Twitter or the Denison Forum’s Facebook wall their Prayer Pledge to engage spiritually in praying for our country. 

“The global threat posed by radical Islam is greater than on Sept. 11, 2001,” Denison said. “For every militant who dies in jihad, a thousand others seek to avenge his – or her – death.
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/radical-islam-what-you-need-to-know-released-nationwide-1288 21058.html

HOMELAND INSECURITY
Poll stunner: These American blacks OK with violent attacks
Shocking study shows high number holding favorable views of al-Qaida

Posted: September 01, 2011
9:05 pm Eastern

The most dangerous Muslims in America may be black converts to Islam, according to a shocking new poll by the Pew Research Center.

African-American Muslims tend to hold the most violent views among U.S. Muslims surveyed by Pew in a poll released this week.

Fully 28 percent of U.S.-born black Muslim respondents said “suicide bombings and other violence against civilians” can be justified sometimes or at least in rare cases. That compares with 9 percent of foreign-born Muslims who hold the same view.

Pew also found that 11 percent of black Muslims living in the U.S. have a favorable opinion of al-Qaida – more than double the share of U.S. Muslims overall who hold that view. Another 21 percent of black Muslims hold only mildly unfavorable views of the terrorist organization responsible for attacking America 10 years ago; while 56 percent of that segment of the Muslim population hold very unfavorable views.

[…]
A popular African-American imam has preached that Islamic law permits Muslims to attack U.S. military targets – including C-130 military transport planes carrying the 82nd Airborne out of Fort Bragg, N.C., according to the best-selling book, “Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld That’s Conspiring to Islamize America.”

The Muslim cleric, Zaid Shakir, a frequent guest speaker at Council on American-Islamic Relations events, tells his Muslim audiences: “Jihad is physically fighting the enemies of Islam to protect and advance the religion of Islam. This is jihad.”

Acceptable targets of jihad, he says, include U.S. military aircraft.
http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=339793

German Officials Alarmed by Ex-Rapper’s New Message: Jihad‎
New York Times – [Sep. 1, 2011]
German terrorism investigators see Mr. Cuspert, 35, as a threat who provokes young people angered by what they see as a Western campaign against Islam; …
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/01/world/europe/01jihadi.html?_r=1

Five plead not guilty in alleged jihad plot‎
UPI.com – Aug 15, 2011
15 (UPI) — Five North Carolina men Monday pleaded not guilty to being part of a local terrorism ring that planned jihad overseas.
http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2011/08/15/Five-plead-not-guilty-in-alleged-jihad-plot/UPI-9817131344 3231/?spt=hs&or=tn

Commentary: Arnaud de Borchgrave
Global con?
Published: Sept. 1, 2011 at 8:21 AM
By ARNAUD DE BORCHGRAVE, UPI Editor at Large
[…]
Before year’s end in 2007, LIFG was calling for jihad against Gadhafi and also against the United States and Western “infidels.”
Every intelligence agency in the United States, Europe and the Arab world knows where Belhaj is coming from,” writes Escobar. Belhaj has made sure in Libya that he and his militia will only settle for Shariah law.
http://www.upi.com/Top_News/Analysis/de-Borchgrave/2011/09/01/Commentary-Global-con/UPI-859113148797 13/?spt=hs&or=an

Howard teen arrested in suspected terror plot
By Peter Hermann and Justin Fenton, Published: August 26 [2011]
He was a 15-year-old high school honors student in Ellicott City when federal prosecutors say he went online to solicit money for a woman who called herself “Jihad Jane” and “Fatima LaRose.”
Authorities say that in Web postings two years ago, the youth “appealed for urgent funds” for the suspected terrorist, whose real name is Colleen R. LaRose, 47, of Philadelphia. “I know the sister and by Allah, all money will be transferred to her.”
http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/howard-teen-arrested-in-suspected-terror-plot/2011/08/26/gIQAwTm GhJ_story.html

Mother of 9/11 ’20th hijacker’: I was blind to son’s extremismBy Peter Wilkinson, CNNSeptember 2, 2011 2:47 a.m. EDT
Her son remains the only man convicted in the US over the 9/11 plot. … of being part of a broader terror conspiracy in the months leading up to 9/11… Moussaoui started to attend London’s more radical mosques and was asked to leave the moderate Brixton mosque because of his talks about a jihad, or holy war, against the West.
http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/europe/09/01/september.11.moussaoui.mother/

Two Pakistani Christians Seriously Injured for Refusing Islam
Murad Khan, Compass Direct News
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Two Christian men were seriously injured by young Muslim men this month in Karachi when they refused to convert to Islam, a family member told Compass…
http://www.crosswalk.com/news/religion-today/two-pakistani-christians-injured-refusing-islam.html

‘Peace talks between government, MILF to continue despite threat’‎
Philippine Star – Updated September 01, 2011 10:00
… Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) would continue despite the threat of renegade … The MILF has been fighting government troops for decades to establish a self-rule Muslim state in the south of the predominantly Catholic country. Peace talks between the government and the MILF remain stalled since August 2008 following the aborted signing of the Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain.
http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=722926&publicationSubCategoryId=200

Kazakhstan
Kazakh President wants to monitor Muslims more closely after 18 arrested for terrorism – Telegraph
Militant Islam is a threat to Kazakhstan, the ex-Soviet state’s leader has admitted for the first time.
By James Kilner, Central Asia correspondent
5:10PM BST 01 Sep 2011
This year a suicide bomb and a number of unexplained shootouts have dented Kazakhstan’s reputation as a safe, stable business partner for foreign businesses looking to invest in energy-rich but volatile Central Asia.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/kazakhstan/8734730/Kazakh-President-wants-to-monitor- Muslims-more-closely-after-18-arrested-for-terrorism.html

A dangerous new level
The president is facing a growing terrorist threat
Sep 3rd 2011 | ABUJA | from the print edition

..A SUICIDE-BOMBING on August 26th at the headquarters of the UN in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, which left at least 23 people dead, has sharply raised the stakes in the conflict between the government and its terrorist opponents. It was the first suicide-bombing in Nigeria to target an international body. It has rattled foreign residents. And it has made people question whether President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration has a convincing plan to stop such attacks.

The prime suspect is Boko Haram, an extremist Muslim group whose name means “Western education is sinful”. One of its spokesmen told foreign journalists that the action had been carried out to avenge the humiliating treatment of its members by Nigeria’s army and police. Although reluctant to admit to an embarrassing failure of security, Nigerian officials have blamed the sect.

The attack marks a big leap in Boko Haram’s ambitions and suggests it may now be colluding with other more established groups, including al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), which made a similar attack on UN offices in Algeria four years ago. The Nigerian secret police say that a member of Boko Haram recently came back from Somalia to oversee the attack.

Most of the sect’s activities have hitherto been confined to the dusty north-east of Africa’s most populous nation, on the fringe of the Sahara desert. But in recent months it has expanded beyond its home ground. The latest bombing is the second in the capital since June, when the chief of police narrowly avoided being blown up in his headquarters.

In July Mr Jonathan set up a committee to look into the turmoil in the north-east, Boko Haram’s base. But it has been slow to report. Unless the president soon presents a plan of action, Nigerians and foreign investors may lose confidence in his government’s ability to deal with the problem.

It is hard to gauge the extent of Boko Haram’s following. It has no clear structure or evident chain of command. Poverty in the area has helped drive young men into the arms of radical Islam. Fervent religious extremism has encouraged people to assail the government. The security services’ heavy-handed tactics in trying to quash the violence with random arrests, killings and disappearances have fuelled the discontent. Counter-insurgency experts are urging them to be less bellicose.
http://www.economist.com/node/21528307

Al-Qaida not the only U.S. enemy
COMMENTARY
By CLIFFORD MAY
Syndicated columnist

Published: Monday, August 29, 2011 at 6:15 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, August 29, 2011 at 6:23 a.m.
Nearly 10 years after the 9/11 attacks, many politicians, diplomats, journalists and academics remain reluctant even to name America’s enemies.

To take but one example: John Brennan, head of the White House homeland security office, has argued that America is only “at war with al-Qaida” and its closest affiliates.

I understand the impulse to frame the conflict as narrowly as possible. Brennan and others do not want to reinforce al-Qaida’s message that Muslims from Afghanistan to Iraq to Israel to Paris to Detroit must choose between the umma, the global Islamic community, and the West – to fight for one and against the other.

But can we not say – truthfully and without playing into al-Qaida’s hands – that there are regimes and groups within the Muslim world that are implacably hostile to the West? Can we not say that they subscribe to a belief system called Jihadism? The late Father Richard John Neuhaus defined Jihadism as a religiously inspired ideology built on the teaching “that it is the moral obligation of all Muslims to employ whatever means necessary in order to compel the world’s submission to Islam.”
http://www.newschief.com/article/20110829/NEWS/108295013/1013/sitemaps

RADICAL ISLAMISM IN INDONESIA AND ITS MIDDLE EASTERN CONNECTIONS‎ GLORIA Center
http://www.gloria-center.org/meria/2011/06/radical-islamism-in-indonesia-and-its-middle-eastern-conn ections/

Spanish Town Becoming “New Mecca of the Most Radical Islamism”
by Soeren Kern
September 1, 2011 at 5:00 am
The municipality of Salt, a town near Barcelona where Muslim immigrants now make up 40% of the population, has approved a one-year ban on the construction of new mosques. It is the first ban of its kind in Spain.

The moratorium follows public outrage over plans to build a massive Salafi mosque that is being financed by Saudi Arabia. Salafism is a branch of revivalist Islam that calls for restoring past Muslim glory by forcibly re-establishing an Islamic empire (Caliphate) across the Middle East, North Africa and parts of Europe such as Spain, which Salafists view as a Muslim state that must be reconquered for Islam.
http://www.hudson-ny.org/2394/salt-spain-radical-islamism

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Another season, whereby radical Muslims made sure to spoil it for Christians: Black Xmas, Bloody Xmas 2010

January 4, 2011

Xmas season marred by bloody violence from Islamists, Chrisrtians under attack, mainly in: Nigeria, Egypt, Iraq and in the Philippines.
This comes after ‘Al Qaeda in Iraq’ has threatned Christians all across the Middle East.

[Some have called it: ‘Bloody Christmas,’ ‘Black Christmas.’]







92 arrested in northern Nigeria after recent religious violence By the CNN Wire Staff


January 1, 2011 — Updated 0730 GMT (1530 HKT)


Jos, Nigeria (CNN) — Nigerian authorities on Friday arrested 92 people allegedly affiliated with a militant Islamist group that the government says is responsible for a string of recent killings in the country’s northeast.


Police blame the group, Boko Haram, for attacks Wednesday that left three police officers and one civilian dead in Maiduguru and for Christmas Eve attacks on two Christian churches in the city that left five dead.


Borno state Police Commissioner Mohammed Abubakar said those arrested were “members of a dangerous religious fundamentalist group… (that) is anti-government.”


Maiduguru is the capital of Nigeria’s Borno state.


According to IHS Jane’s, a defense and security analysis company, Boko Haram is a Sunni militant group that emerged in 2003 and is fighting for the implementation of strict Islamic law in Nigeria.


Nigeria has been rocked by recent religious violence, with the government blaming it most of the recent attacks on Islamist extremists.


Christmas Eve attacks in the volatile city of Jos claimed at least 31 lives, but the Nigerian government has said it is unclear who is responsible. On Friday, there was a mass burial for 16 of the victims.


“The perpetrators of this act are criminals under the guise of religion,” said Benjamin Kwashi, the Anglican archbishop of Jos, at a memorial service.


Three men were arrested with bombs in their possession in the vicinity of Jos on Christmas Day, authorities said


The Jos region lies on a faith-based fault line between Muslim-dominated northern Nigeria and the mainly Christian south.


At least four people were killed and another 13 wounded Friday in a bomb blast at an army barracks in Abuja, the deputy police commissioner said.
http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/africa/12/31/nigeria.arrests/


Attacks in Nigeria several of them in churches.


Christmas Eve Attacks in Nigeria Kill at Least 38
VOA News 25 December 2010


A series of Christmas Eve explosions and attacks in Nigeria, several of them at churches, have killed at least 38 people.


The worst attacks, possibly with dynamite, occurred in the central city of Jos. Police on Saturday said at least 32 people were killed and 74 wounded. There were seven explosions in two separate areas. Many of the victims were Christmas shoppers.


Jos is located in Nigeria’s Middle Belt, a region in Africa’s most populous nation where the mostly Muslim north meets the predominantly Christian south. Religious and ethnic clashes have occurred frequently in the region.


In the northern city of Maiduguri, authorities say suspected members of the Islamist sect Boko Haram threw gasoline bombs at three churches, killing six people and leaving one of the churches burned to the ground. Among the dead was a Baptist pastor, whose house also was destroyed.


Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan condemned the attacks. He said those responsible would be arrested to stand trial.


Members of the Boko Haram sect have been blamed for a series of attacks in recent months on police and community leaders.


The governor of Borno state, Ali Sheriff, described the assaults as a “worrisome situation” and said officials must ensure adequate safety for worshippers.


Nigeria’s 140 million people are divided roughly evenly between Christians and Muslims.


The tensions in the Middle Belt have been stoked by ethnic divisions as different groups vie for control of fertile farmlands and political power. Local rights groups say about 1,500 people have been killed in the region this year.
http://www.voanews.com/english/news/Christmas-Eve-Attacks-in-Nigeria-Kill-at-Least-38-112452239.html


Bloody Christmas Eve in Nigeria | euronews, worldnews

http://www.euronews.net/2010/12/26/bloody-christmas-eve-in-nigeria/


Terror attacks kill dozens in Nigeria, Pakistan; Nigerian governor calls it a ‘black Christmas’
BY Helen Kennedy
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/2010/12/25/2010-12-25_terror_attacks_kill_dozens_in_nigeria_pakistan_nigerian_governor_calls_it_a_blac.html


Nigeria – 26/12/10 05:53 CET
Bloody Christmas Eve in Nigeria .Pictures are now in from near Jos in central Nigeria where bombs tore through two villages on Christmas Eve. Around 40 people died and over 70 were injured in seven separate blasts in two locations.


Extremist bombs and fireworks accidents mar New Year around the world‎
– Sacramento Bee


Published: Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011 – 2:59 pm


The world entered 2011 in high style from Friday into Saturday with parties across the globe, but terrorism and violence – and in some cases bad weather – marred some celebrations.


[…]


In nations where Muslim-Christian friction is common, Islamic extremists bombed crowds marking the New Year, which is determined by the Christian calendar. The Islamic new year began on December 7.


The worst violence was in Nigeria, where bomb blasts in the capital Abuja left about 30 dead, local media said.


Witnesses spoke of 20 dead, some women and children, when a bomb exploded at a crowded marketplace in a military cantonment where members of the armed forces and their families live.


It was not clear who was behind the blast. Christmas Eve attacks on churches in the central Nigerian town of Jos left at least 80 people dead. Members of the Islamist sect Boko Haram have been blamed in the earlier attacks.


The Punch newspaper cited an anti-terrorism expert on Saturday saying that a connection with the al-Qaida network could not be ruled out in the Abuja attack.


Another bomb exploded late Friday outside a church where worshippers were celebrating New Year’s Eve, the newspaper Vanguard reported.


Over the past year, repeated clashes between Muslims and Christians in Nigeria – who each make up about half the population – have claimed hundreds of lives.


Politicians have warned of attempts to destabilize the country ahead of presidential elections due in April.


At least 22 people were killed and 43 injured when a suicide bomber set off a blast outside a church in the northern Egyptian city of Alexandria. Coptic Christians were at the church for a New Year’s Eve mass when the bomb exploded around 20 minutes after midnight.


Egypt’s interior ministry said the bomber was one of the dead and blamed “foreign elements.”


<font color=red>The Islamic State of Iraq, a group affiliated with al-Qaida, has recently threatened Christians throughout the Middle East.</font>


A bomb killed two policemen and wounded four other officers in Thailand’s majority-Muslim Deep South where separatists had vowed to disrupt the New Year festivities.


In other parts of the world, the main danger was from carelessly ignited fireworks or guns fired in celebration.


In rowdy celebrations in the Philippines, three people were killed by stray bullets while watching fireworks. A teenager was stabbed to death in an argument with a drunken man about firecrackers. Some 287 others were injured in other incidents, police said.


In Crispano in southern Italy, a 39-year-old man died instantly when a stray gunshot hit him as he stood on a balcony during celebrations. Reports said at least 70 people were hurt by fireworks in the Naples area alone.
http://www.sacbee.com/2011/01/01/3293171/extremist-bombs-and-fireworks.html


Coptic church bombing in Egypt is latest assault on Mideast Christians


By Borzou Daragahi and Amro Hassan, Los Angeles Times
 
January 1, 2011, 3:39 p.m.


The New Year’s blast kills 21 and sparks clashes between police and Copts. Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak accuses foreign elements of involvement in the terrorist attack, which drew condemnation across the Middle East.


Reporting from Beirut and Cairo — A devastating New Year’s Day terrorist bombing at a Coptic church in Egypt that killed 21 people was the latest in a spate of violent assaults against the Middle East’s vulnerable Christian communities.


The car bomb explosion also injured 79 people just after midnight Saturday as worshipers were leaving a New Year’s Mass at the Saints Church in east Alexandria, Egyptian officials said. The bombing sparked street clashes between police and angry Copts, who hurled stones, stormed a nearby mosque and threw some of its books into the street.


Security forces cordoned off the area and used tear gas to disperse the crowd. A witness told the state-run newspaper Al Ahram that a priest calmed the Copts and urged them to stay inside the church.


The attack was among the deadliest on Egyptian Christians in recent memory and the worst terrorist incident in the country since 2006, and followed similar assaults this week in Iraq.


All but eight of the injured and all of the fatalities in Alexandria were Christians, according to Egypt’s Ministry of Health. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, which was being described as a suicide bombing. The explosion, which appeared designed to inflict maximum civilian casualties, bore the hallmark of Al Qaeda militants.


Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak accused unnamed foreign elements of being behind the attack.


“This act of terrorism shook the country’s conscience, shocked our feelings and hurt the hearts of Muslim and Coptic Egyptians,” he said in an emergency address to the nation. “The blood of their martyrs in the land of Alexandria mixed to tell us all that all Egypt is the target and that blind terrorism does not differentiate between a Copt and a Muslim.”


The attack in the ancient Mediterranean coastal city was the latest in a wave of violence against once-resilient Christian communities in the Muslim world, some of which date back to antiquity.


Christmas Eve assaults by Muslim extremists killed dozens of Christians in the Nigerian cities of Jos and Maiduguri. And Iraq’s Christians have endured a relentless campaign of attacks and intimidation by the local branch of Al Qaeda.


An Oct. 31 siege on a Baghdad church that killed at least 58 parishioners and staff members sparked a new Christian exodus from the Iraqi capital and the northern city of Mosul. About 1,000 families sought refuge in Iraq’s semiautonomous Kurdish enclave afterward, according to the United Nations. Further threats of violence by Islamic militants caused many Christians in Iraq to tone down Christmas celebrations, and attacks Thursday against 10 Christian targets left an elderly couple dead.


Officials across the Middle East, including the ultraconservative Muslim governments.., condemned Saturday’s attack, which was widely covered in television news broadcasts. In an annual New Year’s speech at the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI urged the faithful to stave off despair over such violence, but also demanded that governments do more to protect religious minorities.


“In front of the current threatening tensions, in front of especially the discrimination tyranny and religious intolerance, that today hit in particular the Christians, once again I deliver the pressing invite to not cave in to the depression and resignation,” Benedict said, adding that officials’ “words are not enough” in confronting religious intolerance.


“There must be a concrete and constant effort from leaders of nations,” he said.


The Alexandria bombing transformed a joyous New Year celebration into a grim reminder of the country’s religious strife. A witness told Al Ahram that the massive explosion rocked the church.


“It was about 15 minutes after midnight when we heard the sound of the explosion. We came out of the church to find two cars on fire,” said Sami Saad, who was in the church when the bomb exploded. “Everyone was frightened and people were screaming after we saw scattered parts of the dead bodies mixing with blood on the ground.”


Making up about 10% of the country’s population, Copts are Egypt’s largest religious minority group and the largest Christian community in the Middle East. Religious violence between Muslims and Copts has increased in recent years, often triggered by interfaith marriages or conversions, especially in southern Egypt, where Copts live in larger communities.


Copts have also grown angry about the obstacles to building churches, when the authorization process is easy for construction of mosques.


Riots have frequently broken out. Two people died in November clashes in Cairo between Coptic demonstrators and police after local authorities refused to allow a community center to be turned into a church.


The violence lately has taken an ominous turn. In November, the militant group Al Qaeda in Iraq announced that Coptic churches in Egypt would be targeted until two priests’ wives who were allegedly locked up in Coptic monasteries after converting to Islam are freed. Al Qaeda militants in Iraq have also referred to the women in justifying attacks on once-vibrant Christian communities in Baghdad and around Mosul.


Most Middle Eastern countries outside the Arabian Peninsula have sizable Christian communities, including the Maronites in Lebanon, Armenians in Iran and the Orthodox in Syria. But their numbers have shrunk over the last century, experts say. Christians now account for less than 5% of the Middle East’s population, down from 20%.


Authorities worry that Christian communities in relatively safe countries, such as Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Iran, also are shrinking, though driven more by a search for economic opportunities that by fear of violence. They tend to be better educated and more Western-oriented than their Muslim compatriots and often utilize family or religious ties abroad to emigrate.
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-egypt-church-attack-20110102,0,2931888.story


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PHILIPPINES Jolo: Muslim leaders slam Christmas attack
[12/27/2010 14:39]

In a statement released to the press, representatives of the Philippines’ ulama urge all Muslims to fight Muslim extremists who use Islam in their own interests. The Christian Community in Jolo (Mindanao) was attacked during Mass at the Sacred Heart Chapel. Eleven people were wounded. Abu Sayyaf and Jemaah Islamiyah are the main suspects.

Zamboanga (AsiaNews) – A group of Filipino ulama have condemned the attack by Muslim extremists against the Chapel of the Sacred Heart in Jolo (Sulu) on Saturday. They urge the authorities to move “heaven and earth” to bring the culprits to justice.

A bomb exploded at 7.15 am during Christmas Mass. The blast blew out the chapel’s roof and wounded 11 people.

No one has yet claim responsibility for the attack, and the authorities are still trying to identify who might be behind it.

Various Islamist groups operate in Sulu Province, including Abu Sayyaf, which is suspected to be connected to al Qaeda and Indonesia-based Jemaah Islamiyah.

In his Sunday address, Benedict XVI mentioned the blood shed in the Philippines on Christmas.

In a press release also issued yesterday, members of the National Ulama Conference of the Philippines slammed the attack. The “many kidnapping incidents in different parts of Mindanao are barbaric acts of violence, cruelty, and disrespect and must be condemned,” their statement said.

“If it is true, then let it be known to all that the “brand of Islam” being espoused by the so-called ‘Jama’a Islamia’ and its international and local accomplices has no place in the purity of Islamic teachings. Theirs is to advance their personal political agenda using Islam to get support from innocent and desperate people.”

“We challenge peace-loving Muslims to stand up against those who use Islam for their self-serving interest. And we call on other faith communities to help us Muslims to face squarely these forces of evil not to triumph; as the saying goes, ‘The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing’.”

Predominantly Muslim Mindanao has been the scene for the past 40 years of open warfare between the Filipino armed forces and extremist Islamic groups like the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and Abu Sayyaf.

Jolo’s Christian community has been the object of many attacks. The worst occurred on 7 July 2009 when a bomb exploded inside the cathedral, killing six and wounding 40.

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Jolo:-Muslim-leaders-slam-Christmas-attack-20357.html

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Christians consider their future after more attacks in Iraq Dec 28, 2010 … Articles about Assyrians, christians in Iraq with sidenotes on the origin and history of Christian Minorities in Iraq from past to present.
http://www.christiansofiraq.com/christiansconsider-theirfutureafter-moreattacks-iniraq.html


US, EU Urge Iraqi Government To Protect Christians
AHN | All Headline News


The United States and the European Union on Friday, the New Year’s eve condemned the latest violence against Christians and asked Baghdad to increase efforts to give better coverage to Christians.



Source: (AHN) Reporter: Tejinder Singh

Location: Washington, D.C., United States Published: January 1, 2011 05:16 am EST



The United States on Friday, the New Year’s eve condemned the latest violence against Christians and asked Baghdad to increase efforts to give better coverage to Christians.



Iraq’s interior ministry said in a statement 15 bombs were placed around homes in Christian areas of Baghdad. Eleven of the bombs exploded, according to reports.



“We call on the Government of Iraq to redouble its efforts to protect Christians and apprehend the terrorists who are behind these acts,” said Mark C. Toner, Acting State Department Spokesman, adding, “We condemn the violence against Christians carried out overnight by terrorists in Iraq.”



Iraqi reports noted that a couple that was killed had found a bag at their gate which blew up when they opened it.



“President Talabani, Prime Minister Maliki, and virtually every political bloc and major religious leader in Iraq have denounced attacks on Christians and stressed the centrality of Christians in the fabric of Iraqi society,” Toner said in a statement.



“We commend the Government of Iraq for increasing its security measures to protect Christian communities since the October 31 suicide bombing attack at … Church,” urged Toner in his statement.



Earlier, the president of the European Parliament, the legislature of 27 member state European Union, Jerzy Buzek called upon the Iraqi government to make sure Christians in Iraq enjoy the same protection and status as Shiites and Sunnis.



“The European Parliament is very concerned about these developments and is a strong defender of human rights, including freedom of religion” President Buzek said in a statement.



“We monitor the situation closely and have adopted a number of resolutions to try to draw international attention to the plight of Christian minorities,” Buzek added.
http://www.allheadlinenews.com/briefs/articles/90029314?U.S.%2C%20EU%20Urge%20Iraqi%20Government%20To%20Protect%20Christians



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Egypt Bombing Raises Fears of Growing Sectarian Bloodshed
By Abigail Hauslohner / Cairo Saturday, Jan. 01, 2011 


It had all the hallmarks of an al-Qaeda attack. Shortly after midnight, an explosion detonated by what authorities say was likely a suicide bomber ripped through a crowd of worshippers as they emerged from New Year’s mass at a church in Egypt’s northern port city of Alexandria. The blast left 21 people dead and 79 others wounded, while opening a fresh, seething wound in Egypt’s already problematic sectarian rift.


For months, al-Qaeda militants in Iraq have called repeatedly for attacks on Christians — in retaliation, they say, for the alleged kidnapping and detention by Egypt’s Coptic church of two Christian women who are believed to have converted to Islam. And on New Year’s Day, Egyptian officials painted the bombing as a brutal, foreign assault (though they have not directly accused al Qaeda; Egypt has typically been wary of making such an explicit link to attacks for fear of scaring off tourists). President Hosni Mubarak stressed in a televised speech that the terrorists had targeted both Christians and Muslims. And one of Egypt’s highest religious authorities, the office of the Grand Mufti, issued a statement declaring that “Islam and Muslims are innocent … Such an act could not come from a Muslim who knows the truth of Islam.” More likely, the Mufti concluded, was “the involvement of foreign parties that want to strike at national unity.”
(See TIME’s photos of Egypt’s outlawed Muslim Brotherhood.)


So far, however, there’s little evidence for that. And skeptical analysts say the claims are all typical rhetoric for a regime whose officials have used foreign intervention as a scapegoat for violent incidents ranging from terrorist bombings and rocket attacks to maulings by sharks.


While many analysts believe the attack was at least inspired by outsiders, the government’s real fear, they say, is that it was homegrown in its design. For the authorities, who waged a crushing campaign against violent Islamist extremism in the 1990s, and who last week had Egyptian churches on high alert, it would be a huge admission of failure. But more troubling still, it would shine a spotlight on a troubling reality that the state has been at pains to sweep under the rug: Egypt’s worsening sectarian tensions. “The official rhetoric is always that problems don’t exist,” says Hisham Kassem, an independent newspaper publisher and social critic. “There are issues of discrimination against Copts, and they’re refusing to deal with them.”
(See TIME’s most unforgettable images of 2010.)


Christians make up about 10% of Egypt’s 80 million people. But observers from both communities say sectarianism has been on the rise for years as a result of both deepening religiosity and competition for resources amid worsening economic conditions. Copts have long complained of government discrimination and neglect, while Muslims have accused the Coptic community, which is subject to slightly different rules and regulations, of preferential treatment and living outside the law.


Christians are required to seek state approval to build churches, and intermarriage between Coptic men and Muslim women is illegal. In November, violent clashes broke out in Cairo over plans to build a church. And almost exactly one year ago, a gunman massacred seven people in a town in southern Egypt, following a Christmas mass.
(See TIME’s Top 10 of Everything of 2010.)


But conversion is one topic that has been particularly contentious, and increasingly public as well. Since last summer, Alexandria — known half a century ago for being Egypt’s breezy, cosmopolitan gateway to the Mediterranean — has become the epicenter of extremist outrage over the alleged captive converts. While al-Qaeda militants in Iraq have called repeatedly for attacks on Christians until they are released, adherents to the hard-line Salafi sect of Islam have staged regular protests, in which they compare the Egyptian pope to the devil, and liken their conflict to the Crusades.


It’s no wonder then that not everyone is buying the official line on the source of the attacks. “I remain more convinced that it is an Islamic Jihadist group rooted in Egypt and Alexandria, and it stands behind whatever has happened,” says Yousef Sidham, the editor of Al-Watany, a Coptic Christian Christian newspaper. “We know that whenever al-Qaeda succeeds in an attack, they always declare responsibility for it,” he adds. In this case, that hasn’t happened yet.
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Meanwhile, the national unity that state authorities have called for today may instead wind up another casualty of the midnight bombing. Shortly after the explosion, clashes erupted between Christian and Muslim protesters who had gathered at the scene, and the Associated Press reported that a mob of Christians broke into a nearby mosque, throwing books out into the street. On Saturday clashes continued between Christian protesters and police wiedling tear gas.


It’s a cycle that analysts say is likely to repeat in the days ahead. “It’s a very hot situation, and it is liable to be continuous,” says Milad Hanna, a Coptic politician and former member of parliament.
http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,2040449,00.html


Bomb hits Egypt church at New Year’s Mass, 21 dead – Valley News … Dec 31, 2010 … Blood splattered the facade of the church, as well as a mosque directly across the street. … It was the deadliest violence involving Christians in Egypt since … three days of Muslim-Christian riots that left at least four dead. … massacre of nearly 60 tourists at a Pharaonic temple in Luxor. …
http://www.valleynewslive.com/Global/story.asp?S=13766567


Bombing opens vein of Christian anger in Egypt



By PAUL SCHEMM, Associated Press Paul Schemm, Associated Press – Mon Jan 3, 4:54 pm ET

CAIRO – The New Year’s Day suicide bombing of a church that killed 21 people has opened up a vein of fury among Egypt’s Christians, built up over years of what they call government failure to address persistent discrimination and violence against their community.



[…]

Christian anger, says rights activist Hossam Bahgat, stems in large part because they feel attacks against them can be carried out with impunity, something borne out by evidence of past incidents, especially in Egypt’s impoverished hinterlands.



In a two-year study conducted by his organization, the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, he documented 52 anti-Christian incidents between 2008 and 2010 and in none of them were the perpetrators punished. Instead security forces arbitrarily arrested a few people.



“Security then forces both sides to accept reconciliation at the expense of justice,” he said, which gives the perpetrators a sense of impunity. “It’s an invitation for these events to recur and the victims are left feeling victimized twice, first by those who did it and second by the government.”



Egypt’s government maintains Muslims and Christians are treated equally in the country and after these kinds of sectarian incidents loudly affirms its commitment to national unity.



But Christians have long complained that they are discriminated against in getting jobs in the government, universities — even the private sector. They also point to rising Muslim conservativism that they say affects government officials’ dealings with Christians.



Youssef Sidhom, a prominent Coptic intellectual and editor of the weekly Watani newspaper, said that in Egyptian society there has been growing antipathy to coexisting with Christians, undermining such official pronouncements.



“The infiltration of political Islam into our education, our schools, into the hearts and minds of school teachers and into our school books and is extremely dangerous because it produces innocent children who are infected by the version of Islam that does not accept the other and preaches non-acceptance of Christians,” he told The Associated Press.



In an editorial in the English-language online version of the state-owned Al-Ahram newspaper, editor Hani Shukrallah slammed the government for trying to appease Islamist sentiment and warned against rising anti-Christian sentiment among Muslims.



“I accuse the millions of supposedly moderate Muslims among us — those who’ve been growing more and more prejudiced, inclusive and narrow minded with every passing year,” he wrote Saturday.


“I have heard you speak, in your offices, in your clubs, at your dinner parties: ‘The Copts must be taught a lesson…

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/03/AR2011010300780.html

Muslims Chant “AllahuAkbar” After Car Bomb Kills 21 Christians

A video of the bombing of the Christian church in Egypt, showing the Muslims chanting Allah Akbar and walking on the dead bodies.

An hour before the bombing, the Egyptian police guards all left. And didn’t return until the Christians, infuriated at the Allah Akbar chants started throwing rocks at the Mosque on the other side of the street. The only ones arrested were the Christians who just saw their loved ones slaughtered.

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=43f_1294067728

http://www.aina.org/news/20110101232613.htm

Among the highlighted ‘problems’ with mainstream Islam

September 20, 2010

10 Highlighted problems with mainstream Islam

[clarity and concerns are not “bigotry”]

1) DEHUMANIZATION

Apes and pigs, the dehumanization of non-Muslims, Christians as pigs and Jews as apes.[1][2][3][4][5] (Or as some Islamic cleric of the ‘Bali bombing’ called non-Muslims: “worms, snakes and maggots.”[6][7]

2) TERRORISM

Had the mainstream Islam really eject its radicals, the Jihadists wouldn’t have the motivation to go on, Why else is there Islamic terrorism still active in so many parts of the world? The half-way condemnation, and almost always accompanied by a “but”, but the west does this or that argument is still on – after 9 Years from the 9/11 Islamic massacre in 2001.[8][9]

3) SHARIA: OPPRESSION AND ANNIHILATING THE INFIDEL

The campaign, hidden or open for implementation for Sharia law. In Sharia, besides the legal basis for the war against the infidel,[10] women are subjucated, which explaines how top Islamic cleric of Australia called non-Muslim women plain “meat.”[11]

4) HONOR KILLING

One of the great imports from the Islamic culture.[12][13]5) JIHAD & INTIMIDATIONS BY “MODERATES”The so called moderate Muslim leaders that the best they can do is intimidate the west to give in to their Islamic expansion, or else… the radicals will be unleashed.[14][15] The hidden Jihad.

6) SELF-MADE VICTIMHODD

The wide sympathy and support in mainstream Islam to the Palestinian,[16][17][18][19][20] Hezbollah,[21] Taliban,[22] Al Qeada in Iraq tactics of using civilians (indirect murder of their own people) so that the west looks bad. (All of the above causalties are seen by mainstream Islam as nothing else but the ‘victims of the west’).

7) ISLAMIC APARTHEID / BIGOTRY

With all the ‘criticism” of the west, the Islamic world is still practicing Apartheid (in the real sense), religious and gender wise.[23][24][25][26] In the intolerant Muslim world all non-Muslims are either at an inferior status or worse. The Christian minority has dwindeled in Lebanon[27] and among the Jordanian / Palestinian Arabs[28][29][30][31][32] while Muslim population have increased, persection. Islamic bigotry’s also at the roots of conflicts, including in the Sudan[33][34] and in Israel/Palestine[35] (in the intolerant Arab – Islamic world[36][37] against the “other”[38]).

8)}WORLD DOMINATION – GOAL

The open or silent goal by Jihadists, yet backed by so many in mainstream Islam, towards a Caliphate – a theocratic Islamic dictatorship based on the Sharia (religious Islamic law).[39][40][41][42][43][44]

9) A TOTALITARIAN WORLD

The Arab-Islamic world is totalitarian[45][46][47][48] – oppressive, even Lebanon that is supposedly the real democracy in that world, the terror Islamic group Hezbollah has immense power. (Iraq is yet to bee seen). Minorities are in even worse shape.

10) MOST CONFLICTS ALL OVER THE GLOBE ARE BY MUSLIMS

Draw a map and point to the conflicts,[49] then try to detach most of it from Muslims. Here’s a partial list: Russia. Somalia. Sudan. Nigeria. Lebanon. Israel. Iraq. Afghanistan. Pakistan. India. Kashmir. Thailand. Philippines. China.

  1. ^ Jews of Islam, p. 33, by Bernard Lewis – 2002 [1]
  2. ^ http://www.onenewsnow.com/2007/02/pupils_aged_five_poisoned_at_i.php
  3. ^ http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,2-2007060106,00.html
  4. ^ Arab dress: a short history : from the dawn of Islam to modern times – Page 105, Yedida Kalfon Stillman, Norman A. Stillman (BRILL, 2003 ISBN 9004135936, 9789004135932) The patch for Jews had the image of an ape and the patch for Christians the image of pig…
  5. ^ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2006/06/25/wsaudi25.xml
  6. ^ http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/03/24/2197660.htm
  7. ^ http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-543509/Holiday-Britons-threatened-Bali-Muslim-extremist-labels-tourists-maggots.html
  8. ^ http://www.actforamerica.org/index.php/learn/email-archives/2063-our-moderate-muslim-problem
  9. ^ http://www.hudson-ny.org/1471/moderate-muslims
  10. ^ Foreign Follies: America’s New Global Empire, Doug Bandow, 2006, p. 313
  11. ^ http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,3-2423758,00.html
  12. ^ Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures: Family, law, and politics, p. 365, Suad Joseph, Afsaneh Najmabadi, 2005
  13. ^ http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2010/05/13/phyllis-chesler-palestinian-husband-wife-ultrasound-girl-honor-killing/
  14. ^ http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/manhattan/rauf_move_would_spur_muslim_backlash_vHnEtuAvT4ZAatCuzXDuGM
  15. ^ http://www.breitbart.tv/ground-zero-mosque-imam-threatens-america-with-attack-if-mosque-not-built/
  16. ^ http://washingtontimes.com/op-ed/20061107-083640-3568r.htm
  17. ^ http://www.iris.org.il/blog/archives/2102-Palestinians-Brag-About-Using-Human-Shields-for-Terrorists.html
  18. ^ http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28404637
  19. ^ http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=58118
  20. ^ http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Peace/gazahumanshields.html
  21. ^ http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2006/jul/30/20060730-093558-9976r/
  22. ^ http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/feb/17/taliban-human-shields
  23. ^ http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/columnists/guest_contributors/article1480090.ece
  24. ^ http://www.cnsnews.com/ViewForiegnBureaus.asp?Page=\ForiegnBureaus\archive\200603\FOR20060314a.html
  25. ^ http://education.independent.co.uk/news/article237199.ece
  26. ^ http://www.acage.org/print/?day=03192007&id=0200&what=articles
  27. ^ http://www.lebaneseforces.com/blastfromthepast006.asp
  28. ^ http://www.camera.org/index.asp?x_context=2&x_outlet=35&x_article=1672
  29. ^ http://www.acpr.org.il/cloakrm/clk117.html
  30. ^ http://www.science.co.il/arab-israeli-conflict/articles/Imra-1997-10-30.asp
  31. ^ http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/talking/59_ChristiansPA.html
  32. ^ http://www.christiannewstoday.com/CWN_855.html
  33. ^ http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article21799
  34. ^ http://www.spiegel.de/international/spiegel/0,1518,420182,00.html
  35. ^ http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203440104574400532495168894.html
  36. ^ http://www.adl.org/main_as_arab.asp
  37. ^ http://www.jpost.com/MiddleEast/Article.aspx?id=168176
  38. ^ http://frontpagemagazine.com/Articles/Read.aspx?GUID=688A19CA-9922-45EB-A57D-B6E67266E79A
  39. ^ http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Central_Asia/FC31Ag01.html
  40. ^ http://www.barackobama.com/2007/08/01/the_war_we_need_to_win.php
  41. ^ http://www.ict.org.il/apage/5204.php
  42. ^ http://www.fas.org/irp/world/para/ladin.htm
  43. ^ http://www.heritage.org/Research/RussiaandEurasia/BG1656.cfm
  44. ^ http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/08/11/africa/ME-GEN-Palestinians-Islamic-Movement.php
  45. ^ http://www.middle-east-info.org/mission/index.htm
  46. ^ http://www.jfednepa.org/mark%20silverberg/democratizing.html
  47. ^ http://www.newenglishreview.org/custpage.cfm/frm/30778/sec_id/30778
  48. ^ http://www.worldfuturefund.org/wffmaster/Reading/Total/islamfascist.htm
  49. ^ http://www.globalpolitician.com/22907-war

Africa: Ghadafi – African “God” With His Message – aggressive spread of radical Islam through racist Arabism

February 20, 2009

Ghadafi – African “God” With His Message – aggressive dictatorship’s spread of radical Islam through racist Arabism

Africa: Ghadafi – African God With His Message

Sunny Igboanugo Dan Kanu Austin Oboh And Rafiu Ajakaye

11 February 2009

Pharaohs of ancient Egypt were reputed to have employed advisers, whose job was to continuously drum it in their ears: “Remember Pharaoh, you are but human.” This constant refrain, was meant to restrain them from playing God in administering the affairs of their people. In years thereafter, and even today, this critical practice, appears to be missing in the lives of leaders, especially those who want to rule the world, or at least impact on it in their peculiar manner. History is replete with them. Adolph Hitler of Germany, Benito Mussolini of Italy, Ferdinand Marcos of Philippines, Jean-Claude Duvalier (Baby Doc) of Haiti, Augusto Pinochet of Chile, Abdul Nasser of Egypt, Saddam Hussein of Iraq, Idi Amin Dada of Uganda.

All these men, though in varying degrees, wielded influences within their countries at the time they were in power, that tapered towards playing God. Of course their styles were different, but the public understanding of their actions, was similar – they were men, who wanted to dominate the world, their world, some by raw display of power, others by sheer control and manipulation of the thought process of their people. Their actions not only resulted in most cases to outlandish and even bizarre outcomes, but profoundly shook the entire world. Some came with religion, while others came through politics or combined both. However the domino effect were same – the world listened.

Though most of them are now history, even though the impacts and most times scars they created, still remain as reference points to confirm man’s desire to control his environment, there is no doubt that the future would still have a lot of them to contend with willy-nilly, despite the influence of civilisation. This is the context many people are now looking at the renewed wave of activities within the African Union (AU), with the ascension of Libyan leader, Col. Muammar Ghadafi, to its leadership. But does the Libyan leader fit into the profile of these men of power and influence? No doubt. Would he succeed in seizing Africa as they seized their environments? Time will tell. But the fact remains, at least on the surface that he is working at it.

I should like to point out that Gadhafi’s invitation to his fellow Arabs is nothing but a declaration of race war on Africa. It is an invitation to more Arabs to invade and colonise Africa. Indeed, it is a call for the final phase of the 15 centuries old Arab lebensraum war on Afrikans – a war to Islamise and conquer all of Africa, from Cairo to the Cape and from Senegal to Somalia, and to then enslave or Arabise all the conquered Afrikans. In order to make that clear, it is necessary to first put his invitation in the context of the traditions of Arab melanophobia and negrophobia, and of Arab expansionist ambitions and conquests that go back to the time of their Arab prophet, Muhammed.” With his present pre-occupation, this fear may have been assuaged.

While rights agitators in Nigeria avoided making comments regarding the aggressive spread of Islam through Arabism, they agree with Dowden that Gadhafi’s rights records are enough ground to deny him headship of the AU. They also argued that his election says a lot about other African leaders.

http://allafrica.com/stories/200902110560.html

Top Philippine court rejects Muslim autonomy deal

October 16, 2008

Top Philippine court rejects Muslim autonomy deal
By OLIVER TEVES – 1 day ago

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine Supreme Court threw out on Tuesday a proposed accord to grant minority Muslims expanded autonomy after Christian protests and renewed fighting convinced the government to abandon the deal.

The court had already blocked the planned Aug. 5 signing of the agreement after Christian politicians in the main southern region of Mindanao, scene of a decades-long Muslim rebellion, claimed it violated the constitution and could lead to the partition of the Philippines.

The move angered Moro Islamic Liberation Front guerrillas, who went on a rampage Aug. 18, shooting or hacking to death at least 37 people in several southern towns. The violence prompted President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to suspend the autonomy talks.

A spokeswoman for the court, Gleo Guerra, said eight of the 15 justices voted Tuesday to declare the deal unconstitutional.

Government forces have launched air and ground assaults targeting three rebel commanders who allegedly led hundreds of their men in the brutal August raids.

The rebel attacks and subsequent military assaults killed nearly 100 civilians and displaced about half a million in about 10 Mindanao provinces at the height of the fighting, the government said.

The rebel group — with an estimated 11,000 fighters — has been battling for self-rule in the predominantly Roman Catholic nation’s volatile south for decades.

Christian politicians protesting the accord have warned that an enlarged Muslim homeland could spark renewed sectarian violence.

Rebel leaders have criticized Arroyo’s government for backing out of the deal after 11 years of negotiations.

The accord would have expanded an existing six-province Muslim autonomous region in Mindanao, subject to the agreement of local residents.

U.S. and Philippine officials had hoped a peace accord would transform the resource-rich southern Philippines into a bustling economic hub instead of a breeding ground for terrorists.
http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5j_MyE1LBQaFm9vBtAphxTCTWkdWQD93Q61A01

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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8 Killed In New Islamic Bombing In Southern Philippines

September 1, 2008

8 Killed In New Bombing In Southern Philippines
Monday, September 01, 2008 04:11:12 PM

DAVAO CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 1, 2008) – A homemade bomb explosion Monday ripped through a commuter bus, killing at least 8 people in the southern Philippines, where security forces are battling Moro rebels, officials said.

Officials said the bombing targeted the bus owned by Metro Shuttle in Digos City in Davao del Sur province. At least seven people were seriously wounded in the attack.

The bombing occurred at a bus depot shortly before 3 p.m., according to Army Col. Roland Bautista, of the 10th Infantry Division. “We still don’t know the motive of the bombing,” he told the Mindanao Examiner.

Metro Shuttle bus owner Mayor Rey Uy, of Tagum City, has blamed extortionists as behind the bombing and urged authorities to put an end to the attacks. It was the second Metro Shuttle bus bombed in three months, he said.

He said four people were instantly killed in the blast, but other reports claimed four more others had perished in the bombing and the number of casualties may still increase because more people had been rushed to hospitals. Radio network dzRH also reported that 8 people were killed in the blast.

Army Maj. Armand Rico, a spokesman for the Eastern Mindanao Command, said the blast was so powerful that it decapitated the head of a still unidentified civilian. “It was powerful that the blast decapitated the head of a civilian,” he said.

Witnesses said they saw human body parts scattered inside the bus. The blast tore the roof and sides of the bus.

No group claimed responsibility for the attack, but a bombing in July of another Metro Shuttle bus in Digos City had been largely blamed to the Al-Khobar gang.

One passenger was killed and 35 others were wounded in the July bombing, which authorities claimed had been carried out by a woman, who left a bag containing the explosive inside the bus.

Three days before the bombing, Uy said unidentified men demanded P500,000 from his firm and P50,000 every month as protection money. Uy said the men threatened to bomb his buses if he will not pay up.

The Al-Khobar gang is composed mostly of Filipino terrorists and some of them were former Moro Islamic Liberation Front rebels trained by the Indonesian militant Jemaah Islamiya.

The latest bombing coincided with government offensive against the Moro Islamic Liberation Front rebels who launched a series of attacks last month in the provinces that killed dozens of civilians. It was not immediately known whether the rebels had anything to do with the bombing, officials said. (With a report from Romy Bwaga)

http://www.mindanaoexaminer.com/news.php?news_id=20080901031112


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Key ‘Super Ferry’ bombing that massacred 116 ,Islamist suspect deported from Bahrain

August 31, 2008

Key ‘Super Ferry’ bombing that massacred 116 ,Islamist suspect deported from Bahrain

Key bombing suspect deported from Bahrain
By ARIS R. ILAGAN & YUL
MALICSE
One of the alleged masterminds of a ferry bombing that killed 116
people four years ago and the Makati Valentines Day bombing in 2005 was captured
in Bahrain and deported to the Philippines, Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita,
chairman of the Anti-Terrorism Council (ATC), said yesterday.

(Excerpt) Read more at http://www.mb.com.ph/MAIN20080831133923.html

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