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02.27.06 Islamic media is in error
February 26 This is Ibrahim Xeliki's editorial from Northern Iraq, Kurdistan. The Kurds occupy the southeastern portion of Turkey, northwestern section of Iran and northern section of Iraq. The entire area is referred to as "Kurdistan" by Kurds, and Northern Iraq is referred to as "Southern Kurdistan." The Kurds are rebels in Turkey. The author is understandably against the Turks. While he complains against Turkey and its first president, Ataturk, who westernized Turkey, giving Turkey even a western alphabet to replace the Arabic. Ataturk is somewhat controversial in Turkey, revered by many, and I was warned during my sojourn in Turkey in 1985 to never get into a discussion about Ataturk, who is considered the father of their country. During a dinner where ten to fifteen Turks were seated at my table the discussion did come up. Moments later tempers flared and I thought someone might be killed, so I quickly excused myself and left. Months later on a flight from Israel to Paris I was seated next to a young Kurd who introduced himself as a man without a country. This was my introduction to the Kurds and their plight. He was flying under a German visa and explained why he was not able to get a passport.
In addition to killing thousands of Muslims in Iraq, these terrorists did nothing but worsened these sicknesses. It is not the US who committed genocide in Halapca against Kurds. It is not the US who massacred thousands of Shiites in the south. Surely, it is not the US who blew off the dome of an important shrine. For a Muslim newspaper in the name of Islam to feel sympathy with these terrorists is inexplicable. Every Muslim should condemn this heinous crime and should turn against these butchers. I came to believe that the despotic regimes are behind this misinformation to maintain the status quo. If not, why on the earth would a newspaper like Yeniasya would go against all principles and teachings of Bediuzzaman to misinform Muslims?
02.27.06 Three Qaeda jailbreakers surrender in Yemen
DUBAI, UAE (AFP) February 27 Three of 23 suspected Al Qaeda militants who escaped from a prison in Yemen have surrendered and contacts are underway with others to persuade them to follow suit, President Ali Abdullah Saleh said in remarks published on Sunday. The February escape from a Sanaa jail, which included the masterminds of a deadly bomb strike on a US destroyer in Yemen in 2000, was a major embarrassment for the authorities and angered its ally the United States. "There are contacts with the escapees, and some of them surrendered to security authorities," Saleh told the Saudi-owned pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat. "So far three [have turned themselves in], and there are contacts with the remainder, who are inside [the country] ... They have not left Yemen," he said. [More>>metimes.com]
02.27.06 Afghans say solid evidence Taleban in Pakistan
KABUL (Reuters) February 27 Afghanistan has solid evidence about militant training camps in Pakistan and the presence there of fugitive Taleban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar, a senior Afghan security official said on Monday. President Hamid Karzai visited neighboring Pakistan this month and urged it to take action against the Taleban, Al Qaeda and other militants who he said launched attacks from sanctuaries there. During the visit, his delegation handed over confessions of 13 Pakistani terrorists arrested in Afghanistan and details of Taleban leaders in Pakistan, including phone numbers, locations and descriptions, the Afghan security official said. [More>>khaleejtimes.com]
02.27.06 Iraq official: Top Zarqawi aide captured
BAGHDAD (AP) February 27 Interior Ministry forces captured a top aide to al-Qaida in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi during a raid in western Iraq, a security official said Monday. The official, a member of the ministry's counterinsurgency Wolf Brigade, identified the key al-Qaida figure as Abu al-Farouq, who was previously unknown. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.
02.27.06 Historic genocide trial of Serbian nation begins
February 27 Serbia became the first country to be tried for genocide today, as lawyers for Bosnia argued that the state of Serbia and Montenegro attempted to annihilate Bosnia's non-Serbs during the war of 1992 to 1995.In the first case of its kind, and 13 years after the first papers were filed in the middle of the fighting, Sakib Softic, a lawyer for Bosnia, told the UN-run International Court of Justice in The Hague that Belgrade was responsible for orchestrating the deaths of tens of thousands of Bosnian Muslims and Croats. "The armed violence which hit our country like a man-made tsunami in 1992... destroyed the character of Bosnia and Herzegovina and certainly destroyed a substantial part of its non-Serb population," he said. [More>>timesonline.co.uk]
02.27.06 Authorities arrest 10 suspects for Golden Tomb shrine attack
February 27 Authorities have arrested 10 suspects believed to have carried out the bombing of the Golden Tomb Mosque last Wednesday that sparked the deaths of well over 200 in sectarian violence in the following days, according to the Iraq's national security adviser. In a televised interview with CNN's "Late Edition," Mowaffak al-Rubaie said Sunday that "We have arrested 10 people four from the guards of the Golden Tomb shrine." [More>>dailystar.com.lb ; See related story from Iran's official news agency, mehrnews.ir, "Who was behind the Samarra blasts?" : TEHRAN, February 27 Last Wednesday¹s terrorist bombings of the holy shrines of the tenth and eleventh Shia Imams, Imam Hadi (AS) and Imam Hassan Askari (AS), in Samara, Iraq, was a very serious incident which increased the possibility of a civil war breaking out. In addition, Shia Muslims all over the world are now accusing the U.S.-led occupying forces of complicity in the act. The United States is suspect because it occupied Iraq on the pretext of establishing democracy in the country, but U.S. officials now realize that the democratic process has not turned out as they had planned and not benefited U.S. interests. Thus, the U.S. has changed its approach and is now trying to create sectarian and ethnic strife in Iraq...]
02.27.06 Mortar attack kills 15 in Baghdad
February 27 At least 15 people are reported to have been killed and dozens more injured in a mortar attack on a southern Baghdad neighborhood. According to one report, the mortars fell on two predominantly Shia neighborhoods in southern Baghdad at around 5.30pm (1430 GMT). The attack comes as a wave of violence sweeps Iraq following last Wednesday's bombing of the al-Askari shrine in the city of Samarra, one of Shia Islam's holiest sites.
02.27.06 Exclusive: Terrorist training camps in Iran
LONDON, February 27 Iran Focus has obtained a list of 20 terrorist camps and centres run by Iran¹s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC). The names and details of the training centres were provided by a defector from the IRGC, who has recently left Iran and now lives in hiding in a neighboring country. Iran Focus agreed to keep his identity secret for obvious security reasons. The former IRGC officer said the camps and the training centres were under the control of the IRGC¹s elite Qods Force, the extra-territorial arm of the Revolutionary Guards.
02.27.06 Saudi forces kill 5 suspected militants, arrest a sixth in raids
DUBAI (AP) February 27 Saudi security forces early Monday shot dead five suspected terrorists and arrested a sixth in raids in Riyadh conducted in pursuit of those responsible for the weekend attack on the huge oil processing complex in eastern Saudi Arabia, the Interior Ministry said. "We think all the men involved had something to do with the Abqaiq attempt," Lt. Gen. Mansour Al Turki, chief spokesman for the ministry, said referring to Friday¹s attempt by suicide bombers to detonate car bombs inside the world¹s biggest oil stabilization plant. Al Turki said that in two simultaneous operations, security forces raided two houses in eastern Riyadh one in the Yarmouk district that had been under surveillance. Five suspects were shot dead in the Yarmouk house, and a sixth man was detained in the second house. The security forces suffered no casualties, Al Turki said. [More>>khaleejtimes.com]
02.27.06 Two-thirds of Katrina donations exhausted
February 27 Six months after Hurricane Katrina laid waste to the Gulf Coast, charities have disbursed more than $2 billion of the record sums they raised for the storm's victims, leaving less than $1 billion for the monumental task of helping hundreds of thousands of storm victims rebuild their lives, according to a survey by The Washington Post. Two-thirds of the $3.27 billion raised by private nonprofit organizations and tracked by The Post went to help evacuees and other Katrina victims with immediate needs cash, food and temporary shelter, medical care, tarps for damaged homes and school supplies for displaced children. [More>>washingtonpost.com]
02.27.06 Huge march planned for eve of Katrina evictions
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02.27.06 Bosnia confirms first bird flu case; bird flu also in Pakistan
February 28 Bosnia's veterinary office said today tests at the European Union reference laboratory had confirmed its first case of the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus in two wild swans. [More>>theaustralian.news.com.au ; See other bird flu stories, theaustralian.news.com.au, Pakistan confirms bird flu strain." and msnbc.msn.com, "Bird flu confirmed in second African country.']
02.26.06 Total War: Inside the new Al-Qaeda
February 26 This article by Abdel Bari Atwan is an extract from his book, "The Secret History of Al-Qaida," published by Saqi Books and available from The Sunday times Books First. It was published February 26 in timesonline.co.uk of which this is a synopsis: Last week¹s desecration of a Shi¹ite shrine moved Iraq towards civil war. Abdel Bari Atwan, who has had unique access to Osama Bin Laden, explains why Al-Qaeda wants to divide Islam
02.26.06 Bin Laden is welcome in Pakistan
LAHORE, February 26 When President Bush lands in Islamabad later this week, it may be the closest he ever comes to being in the same neighborhood as Osama bin Laden. His nemesis is probably only a few hours drive away in Pakistan's Pashtun belt, now considered to be al Qaeda Central and one of the world's most dangerous regions.
02.26.06 Iraq violence flares despite appeal
February 26 A bomb has killed five people at a bus station south of Baghdad in the latest incident of violence that has pitched Iraq towards civil war. A bomb in the washroom of a Shia mosque in the city of Basra caused minor injuries, police said on Sunday. It went off shortly after a rally in another part of the city by visiting young Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. The Hilla bomb destroyed a minibus as it drove out of a bus garage. Hilla is a mainly Shia town surrounded by Sunni villages, and the attack came two days short of the anniversary of the bloodiest single al-Qaida bombing, which killed 125 people there a year ago. Another bomb killed two US soldiers overnight in Baghdad. Hours earlier, after a round of calls to Iraqi leaders by US President George Bush, Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari made a midnight televised appeal, flanked by Sunni and Kurdish politicians, to Iraqis not to turn on each other after Wednesday's bomb at a Shia shrine. [More>>aljazeera.net]
02.26.06 Taliban, Al Qaeda prisoners in Afghan jail riot
KABUL (AFP) February 26 About 1,300 prisoners, many of them from Al Qaeda and the Taliban, seized control of a block at Afghanistan's main jail on Sunday after a riot in which more than 20 inmates were hurt, officials said. The riot at the Pul-e-Charkhi prison on the outskirts of the capital erupted late on Saturday when prisoners clashed with guards and then set alight mattresses and beds, deputy justice minister Mohammad Qasim Hashimzai said.
02.26.06 Oil-hungry Asia stays friendly with Iran
TOKYO, February 26 With the tone rising by the day between Iran and the West over Tehran's nuclear drive, Asia is staying cool, preserving warm ties with the Islamic republic whose oil it desperately needs. Asia feels little direct threat from Iran's populist President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, even as his quest for nuclear technology and bellicose diatribes against Israel earn him pariah status in the United States and Europe.
02.26.06 Russia, Iran agree to set up enrichment venture vice president
BUSHER (RIA Novosti) February 26 Russia and Iran have agreed to set up a joint uranium enrichment venture in Russia, the Iranian vice president said Sunday. "We held talks with the Russian side on Russia's proposal yesterday and today. The talks saw good progress. Both sides are pleased with the talks," Gholamreza Agazadeh said after a meeting with Russia's nuclear chief Sergei Kiriyenko. "Therefore, we decided to continue the talks in Moscow soon," he added.
02.26.06 Hamas denies suggesting it may recognize Israel
GAZA (Reuters) February 26 Hamas¹ Prime Minister-designate Ismail Haniyeh on Sunday denied he had suggested the Palestinian Islamist group might one day recognise Israel, saying there was only a possibility of achieving a long-term truce. Hamas chose Haniyeh, a 43-year-old Gazan viewed by many Palestinians as a pragmatist, as the new Prime Minister after its election victory on Jan. 25. The Islamist Movement hopes to form a Palestinian government within two weeks.
02.26.06 Switzerland reports first bird flu
GENEVA, February 27 Switzerland has confirmed its first avian flu case, but further tests are needed to determine if it is the deadly H5N1 strain of the virus, the Swiss Federal Veterinary Office said. "We have a first case of bird flu. It's H5. The virus type has to be confirmed in the (European Union) reference lab," spokeswoman Cathy Maret said, declining to say what type of bird has been infected or where the case was found. Local news agency ATS, quoting a Swiss government official, said positive results were found in the Geneva area and in Stein-am-Rhein in the northeast of the country. One of the birds infected was a wild duck, ATS said. [More>>theaustralian.news.com.au See related story, chinadaily.com.cn, "Official: Massive bird flu outbreak possible."]
02.25.06 Iraq minister makes civil war warning
February 25 Iraq's defence minister says a civil war will never end if it erupts as violence escalates across Iraq since the destruction of a Shia shrine on Wednesday. Speaking at a joint news conference on Saturday afternoon, Saadun al-Dulaimi also said Iraq would not hesitate to dispatch tanks to the streets to end violence and impose security. "We are ready to fill the streets with armoured vehicles," he told a news conference televised live to the nation on state television. The minister also denied any involvement by what he called Interior Ministry commandoes in the attack that targeted Harith al-Dari, leader of the Association of Muslim Scholars. He also appealed to the media not to exaggerate the bloodshed. He said the death toll over the past few days was no higher than 119 and the number of mosques attacked was 21 to 22, not the hundreds previously reported. [More>>aljazeera.net]
02.25.06 Korea confirms first human cases of bird flu more bird flu cases France, India & China
February 25 The government yesterday confirmed the first human infections of bird flu in Korea, but there is no risk of further cases, officials said. Nevertheless, the discovery has highlighted the need to tighten measures to contain the highly contagious disease, experts say. The Korean Center for Disease Control and Prevention said four workers, who were engaged in the culling of chickens after an outbreak of avian flu in Korea in late 2003, tested positive to the antibody of a form of the disease. However, the KCDCP stressed that the four cannot be considered patients of avian flu under World Health Organization guidelines because they have not developed symptoms.
02.25.06 Iraq holy city bombing fans sectarian flames
KARBALA, Iraq (AFP) February 25 Sectarian tensions, already at a peak, were further inflamed Saturday in Iraq when bombers blew up a car in the Shiite holy city of Karbala, killing at least five and wounding 25. The fresh attack came after more than 140 people were killed nationwide in a surge of sectarian blood-letting triggered by the bombing Wednesday of one of the holiest Shiite shrines in Samarra, north of Baghdad. In another attempt to inflame the situation, bombers Saturday blew up a well-known Shiite tomb in Taz Khurmatu, in northern Iraq, police said. The Karbala bombing targeted a busy shopping street in the west of the city, 110 kilometres (70 miles) south of Baghdad, as a police patrol passed by. [More>>khaleejtimes.com ; See also nytimes.com, February 25, 11:43am ET, "New round of attacks kills at least 30 after a day of calm."]
02.25.06 Analysis: Somali warlords unite against extremists
WASHINGTON (UPI) February 24 Jason Motlagh provides a deeper view into the world of warlords and pirates operating on the Horn of Africa. Dismissed by the international community as a failed state prone to Islamist extremism, Somalia's warlords have joined forces to stamp out Al Qaeda-linked groups trying to gain a foothold in the lawless East African nation. A group of powerful warlords who control the Somali capital, Mogadishu, have set aside long-standing rivalries to form a new political bloc. Their aim is to rout hardline Islamists that administer a network of courts supported by armed militias.
LISBON, May 21 Adam Porter reports: Labour politician and former UK environment minister Michael Meacher has slammed Prime Minister Tony Blair and US President George Bush for starting a war, he says, to secure oil interests.
August 9 (Maravot News, Mel Copeland) A trend in combatting terrorism has to do with what constitute's extremist activity, including teachings by immams, publication of books and retail book stores, etc. Statements like (8.09.05) Bakri Mohammed's, "...it would be 'against Islam' for him to inform the police of any terrorist attacks that he knew were being planned in Britain..." are better understood through an examination of modern scholastic trends in reinterpreting the Koran. See:
SAN FRANCISCO, June 17 Update. While the Federal Reserve continues to increase interest rates, the Exponentially rising Federal Debt is not being reported. What is not being reported is the fact that interest rates are tied to the US National Debt. This year the deficit is expected to exceed $420 billion, and interest on the debt which exceeds $8.2 trillion, is about $1 billion per day. Because the annual deficits are financed via the bond market, and because the amount of the bonds being sold exceeds demand, it is necessary to raise interest rates to attract investors in the US bonds financing the US debt. This routine of increasing debt on an exponential scale was experienced under the administration of George H. W. Bush. I predicted increasing interest rates "to sell bonds" in my conversation with Wm. F. Buckley Jr. at that time, in 1993, and I have repeated the prediction with regard to the current Bush administration's excesses and need to sell more bonds to finance the extraordinary deficits. The rate increases will continue in order to sell the overabundant US bonds. In a few words, George Bush's debt is causing your mortgage rates to increase, and they will continue to increase until the US assumes fiscal responsibility. Click here for details on this trend.
02.08.06 Iran misunderstanding "Holocaust" means "whole burnt offering"
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