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abril 29, 2007

Egyptian Sandmonkey quits blogging

My preferred Egyptian blogger, Sandmonkey, quits fearing for his security after he blogged about a demonstration some weeks ago. A lot of bloggers have already expressed their regrets, although I believe all of us understand why he has done it.
Others who have commented about this sad event: Blue Star Chronicles, Gateway Pundit and Seven Inches of Sense (this last one is very good ;-D).
I hope he will return to blogging as soon as possible.

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Jihad in Pakistan: now also women and children

Filed under: Islamismo,Paquistán,terrorismo,terroristas — Nora @ 3:45 pm
I have written about the Pakistani President Musharraf and how he is capitulating to the Talibans. But there are more related news from The New Stateman:

You must understand,” says Maulana Sami ul-Haq, “that Pakistan and Islam are synonymous.” The principal of Darul Uloom Haqqania, a seminary in Pakistan’s North-West Frontier Province (NWFP), is a tall and jovial man. He grabs my hand as he takes me round the seminary. Maulana ul-Haq laughs when I ask his views on jihad. “It is the duty of all Muslims to support those groups fighting against oppression,” he says.

The Haqqania is one of the largest madrasas in Pakistan. It produces about 3,000 graduates, most from exceptionally poor backgrounds, every year. The walls of the student dormitory are decorated with tanks and Kalashnikovs. A group of students, all with black beards, white turbans and grey dresses, surrounds me. They are curious and extremely polite. We chat under the watchful eye of two officers from Pakistan’s intelligence services. What would they do after they graduate, I ask. “Serve Islam,” they reply in unison. “We will dedicate our lives to jihad.”

Pakistan is reverberating with the call of jihad. For more than two months, the capital, Islamabad, has been held hostage by a group of burqa-clad women, armed with sticks and shouting: “Al-jihad, al-jihad.

Source: Jihad Watch: Pakistan: The Taliban takeover

And Pakistan already has the nuclear bomb…

About the Jihadi Taliban women of Pakistan:

The ninjas. The burqa brigade. The women in black. For some years now I’ve been hearing such terms thrown around with disdain by “burqa-unfriendly” sections of Pakistani society to describe the women who swathe themselves entirely in black. The terms are disparaging, but until recently they were a joke, not invested with the property of fear invoked by the ninjas’ male counterparts: the beards, the fundos, the jihadis. In the past few weeks, all that has changed.

The first sign of trouble occurred in January when the female students of Islamabad’s Jamia Hafsa madrasa occupied a children’s library to protest against the demolition of 80 mosques encroaching on public land. Rather than resorting to its usual brute-force tactics, the government sent in the minister for religious affairs to promise that those mosques already demolished would be rebuilt.

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Then, in March, dozens of girls from Jamia Hafsa kidnapped three women and a baby from a house they claimed was a brothel. Next they kidnapped two policemen. Newspaper front pages were splashed with pictures of the ninjas chasing away plain-clothes policemen while wielding long sticks. They have also taken to patrolling the bazaars, threatening the owners of DVD and CD stores, which they claim spread pornography and vice. Every few days the papers now carry pictures of DVD bonfires.

The girls of Jamia Hafsa have their male counterparts at the adjoining Jamia Fareedia madrasa for men. But “Jamia Fareedia” has not entered Pakistan’s vocabulary in the way “Jamia Hafsa” has, and the part that the male students play in their campaign of “virtue” has gone compa ratively unremarked on, though they, too, were present at the kidnappings and are part of the intimidation of video store owners. In fact, the femaleness of the female students seems to be causing almost as much consternation as the decision by the brothers who run the two madrasas to impose a parallel sharia system of justice within their premises and their warnings of suicide attacks if the government doesn’t also impose sharia law.

The gendered nature of the commentary about the Jamia Hafsa students cuts across many sections of society – from the radio DJ who, tongue firmly in cheek, declared the theme of his show “girl power – in honour of the ladies of Jamia Hafsa”, to the highly respected journalist deploying the phrase “chicks with sticks”, to the head of Jamaat-ud-Dawa (the offshoot of the banned militant party Lashkar-e-Toiba) opposing the students’ actions on the grounds that it is un-Islamic for women to take a leadership position, to General Musharraf dismissing the vigilantes as “misguided women” – which seems to suggest that they wouldn’t or couldn’t behave as they were doing if not for someone else (presumably male) guiding their actions. Musharraf has also used gender as an excuse for not taking action against their flagrant violations of the law. “We respect women,” he intoned with great sincerity, put ting aside the fact that women are being harassed and kidnapped by the JH students.

Source: New Statesman – “Misguided women

Aussie News and Views has more about this girls. And a photo of them at “class”:

They have even threatened with beginning a campaign of suicide attacks. Sex equality is not that, at least for me…

Yesterday, there was another suicide attack in Pakistan, where 28 people were killed. The suicide bomber aimed at the Pakistan’s interior minister, Aftab Khan Sherpao (right, the Interior Minister appears on TV just after the attack), and his son. Neither of them were killed, but suffered only little cuts and bruises.

Also in Le Monde.

More about delicacy with pre-Islamic and non-Islamic art:

Some 35,000 petroglyphs located in Pakistan’s Indus River area will soon be flooded by a giant dam. An archeologist from Heidelberg is trying to save as much as he can before encroaching modernity destroys the remote area’s cultural history.” — from this article

Right, “The symbol of a great kingdom: The depiction of a mighty capricorn originates from the 6th century BC. Persian stone carving artists left the image behind on a cliff“.

Right, “This large rock found at Hodur West features two Buddhas next to a shrine“.

But I think the best of them is this one:

“Memento mori: “Remember You Are Mortal,” reads this inscription, which is written in Brahmi, the Sanscrit script“.

The experts consider that the destruction of these stones would be similar to the destruction of the Afghan Buddhas by the Talibans some years ago.

All photos from Der Spiegel Online and Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften.

More from Jihad Watch: Pakistan bans play for ridiculing burka.

“The veil has long been part of local culture and nobody is allowed to make fun of these values,” Minister for Culture Ghazi Gulab Jamal said.

The satirical play Burqa Vaganza was staged this month by Ajoka Theatre at the Arts Council in the eastern city of Lahore, known as the country’s cultural capital.

Islamist women lawmakers raised the issue in the lower house, saying that the play was against the “Koranic injunctions on the veil.”

[…]Predictably, religious conservative Pakistanis did not find it funny, going as far as to describe the play as blasphemous, a crime in Pakistan that can carry a death sentence.

“They have committed blasphemy against the Prophet (Mohammad),” Razia Aziz, a female lawmaker from the Islamist opposition alliance, told the National Assembly.

That is, ISLAMIST WOMEN, such us the ones who attacked three women accusing them of having a brothel some days ago…

But if what you have read is not sufficient, here comes another fact: Video shows 12-year-old beheading man.

KILI FAQIRAN, Pakistan – The boy with the knife looks barely 12. In a high-pitched voice, he denounces the bound, blindfolded man before him as an American spy. Then he hacks off the captive’s head to cries of “God is great!” and hoists it in triumph by the hair.
A video circulating in Pakistan records the grisly death of Ghulam Nabi, a Pakistani militant accused of betraying a top Taliban official who was killed in a December airstrike in Afghanistan.
An Associated Press reporter confirmed Nabi’s identity by visiting his family in Kili Faqiran, their remote village in southwestern Pakistan.
The video, which was obtained by AP Television News in the border city of Peshawar on Tuesday, appears authentic and is unprecedented in jihadist propaganda because of the youth of the executioner.
Captions mention Mullah Dadullah, the Taliban’s current top commander in southern Afghanistan, although he does not appear in the video. The soundtrack features songs praising Taliban supreme leader Mullah Omar and “Sheikh Osama” — an apparent reference to Osama bin Laden, who is suspected of hiding along the Afghan-Pakistan border.
The footage shows Nabi making what is described as a confession, being blindfolded with a checkered scarf.
“He is an American spy. Those who do this kind of thing will get this kind of fate,” says his baby-faced executioner, who is not identified.
A continuous 2 1/2-minute shot then shows the victim lying on his side on a patch of rubble-strewn ground. A man holds Nabi by his beard while the boy, wearing a camouflage military jacket and oversized white sneakers, cuts into the throat. Other men and boys call out “Allahu akbar!” — “God is great!” — as blood spurts from the wound.
The film, overlain with jihadi songs, then shows the boy hacking and slashing at the man’s neck until the head is severed.

Have you heard any protests by UN, UNICEF, the EU or any other of these busybodies? Any Government? No, because this boy is also a peaceful militant, fighting against bad Muslim Jihadi

Small Dead Animals and The Belmont Club:

This danger, more than five years later, has assumed menacing proportions. The rapid escalation of violence orchestrated by Islamist extremists across Pakistan in recent times and cumulative efforts to further radicalize the country have now led Musharraf’s military regime to revisit the idea of madrassa (seminary) reforms.

[…] Speaking on the status of education in Pakistan, Education Minister Javed Ashraf Qazi disclosed, at the Civil Service Academy in Lahore in the first week of April, that there were 5,459 madrassas in Punjab province; 2,843 in NWFP; 1,935 in Sindh; 1,193 in the Northern Areas; 769 in Balochistan; 586 in “Azad” (Pakistan-occupied) Kashmir; 135 in the Federally Administrated Tribal Areas; and 77 in the capital, Islamabad.

A majority of the extremist seminaries that preach and support militant violence follow the Deobandi sect and are associated with the Wafaq-ul-Madaris, the main confederacy of seminaries. According to the International Crisis Group (ICG), “The two factions of the Deobandi political parties, JUI-Fazlur Rehman [Jamaat-e-Ulema-Islam faction headed by Maulana Fazlur Rehman] and JUI-Samiul Haq, run over 65% of all madrassas in Pakistan.” Rehman and Haq are widely considered to be the primary backers of the Taliban.

Of course, and now they are going to be allowed by Jihadis and Islamists to make a reform of the system that is going to change precisely the main source of power of Jiadis and Islamists.

Musharraf has also announced that NATO and he himself are losing the war against the Talibans. Hmm, encouraging eh???

China-Pakistan agree to work jointly for peace and stability in the region.

The definition of Islamic democracy: Pakistani cleric, Maulana Abu Aziz:

The cleric also criticised democracy, saying it was a flawed system. “Democracy is nothing, but counting of heads. It cannot differentiate between good and bad people, as in this system the vote of a devout Muslim equals the vote of a frail Muslim,” he said.

Left: students chanting anti-American slogans while burning thousands of DVDs, videos and music CDs at the Lal Mosque in Islamabad, Pakistan.

h/t Don Singleton, who commenting the photo, says:

Of course these peace loving students paid for all of those DVDs, videos, and music. Didn’t they?

So the conclusion can be extracted from The Belmont Club:
despite promises to clean up its madrassas, Pakistan’s 13,000 Muslim seminaries, with an enrollment of 1.5 million, have opposed all efforts at reform and now threatens to add to the homegrown Islamist threat Musharraf described as “eating us from within”

An interesting video on the Madrassas’ problem:

Sent to Open Trackbacks: The Right Nation, Dumb Ox and Woman Honor thyself.

Al-Qaeda operative believed to be mastermind of 7/7, captured

The Pentagon has announced the capture of Adb al Hadi al Iraqi, considerd as a “top level member of A-Qaeda”,who has been transferred to Guantanamo (Cuba).

The detained, says Berlusconi’s Spanish leftist TV Telecinco, is “Iraqi, born in the north of Mosul and was commander of the armed army (¡!) of Saddam Hussein”. Normally armies are armed.

More information after the news.

El Pentágono ha anunciado la captura de Abd al Hadi al Iraqi, al que considera un “miembro de alto nivel de Al Qaeda” quien ha sido trasladado a la base militar de Guantánamo (Cuba). Allí, Estados Unidos tiene confinados a centenares de prisioneros.

El detenido es de nacionalidad iraquí, nacido en el norte de Mosul y fue comandante del ejército armado (hay ejércitos no armados???) de Saddam Hussein.

La información del departamento de Defensa de Estados Unidos acusa al detenido (también conocido como Nashwan Abdulrazaq Abdulbaqi o Abu Abdallah) de estar posiblemente involucrado en un intento de asesinato del presidente de Pakistán, Pervez Musharraf.

El comunicado del Pentágono agrega que antes del traslado a Guantánamo Al Hadi “estuvo bajo custodia de la Agencia Central de Inteligencia (CIA)”, aunque no cita ni dónde ni cuando fue capturado.

Agrega que Al Hadi “era uno de los miembros de más alto nivel y con más experiencia de Al Qaeda en el momento de su detención” y que estuvo asociado con dirigentes de grupos extremistas aliados de esa organización terrorista en Afganistán y Pakistán, incluido los talibanes.

Según Bryan Whitman, portavoz del Pentágono, se cree que Al Hadi es responsable de la planificación de ataques contra las fuerzas de Estados Unidos en Afganistán desde Pakistán.

Source: Informativos Telecinco.com – Internacional – El Pentágono anuncia la captura de un destacado miembro de Al Qaeda.

Comments:

Note the location from WHICH this animal was entering Iraq – Iran. Anyone doubt Iran doesn’t know when a notorious al Qaeda leader like this is in their country? OK, anyone who is not suffering from terminal BDS? Democrats are such fools. Every success from here on will be viewed as in the context of their full retreat plans. They better save face and move the war funding fast, before they are the political walking dead. I am sure the Europeans are grateful we found this guy!

Source: The Strata-Sphere » Blog Archive » 7/7 Mastermind Caught In Iraq.

Pardon my speculation, but as soon as I learned that the Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi was the 7/7 London bombing mastermind, I couldn’t help but think that it was a bit singular that six former al Mujahiroun goons, including Abu Izzadeen who publicly supported the 7/7 terrorists, were arrested just days before the announcement that Abd al-Hadi was in U.S. custody.

Glen Jenvey has been insisting to me for some time that ever since the arrest of Abu Hamza (which he had a hand in) that Omar Bakri Mohammed, and his two right-hand men Abu Izzadeen and Anjem Choudary, were the face of al Qaeda in Britain. A charge that is backed up by hours of video and audio of the group supporting jihadists, including al Qaeda, and Omar Bakri Mohammed’s pre-9/11 boasting that he was the spokesperson for al Qaeda in the U.K., an affiliation he later denied.

But another fact suddenly comes to mind, something that didn’t really click until just now. The forum on which Izzadeen and other Bakri followers now congregate is called “Islam Base“. Al Qaeda literally means, “the Base“. *Rusty slaps forehead for overlooking the obvious*

And while the public Islam Base website has taken down literature written by Osama bin Laden, after we exposed them, in private forum members continue to exchange al Qaeda literature.

Source: The Jawa Report: Thinking Out Loud: Abd al-Hadi — al Muhajiroun Connection?

More about this man:

What is also noteworthy is al-Iraqi’s background in Saddam Hussein’s Army (pointed out to this site by Laurie Mylroie). During his military service over a decade ago, al-Iraqi worked his way up to the rank of Major before moving to Afghanistan to fight “jihad” against the occupying Soviet Union. This is not to assert that al-Iraqi maintained contact with Iraqi officials over the past decade (though many other Intelligence and Military officers from Saddam Hussein’s regime, who were later found to be assisting al Qaeda, reportedly did) but his knowledge of the country and contacts within Iraq certainly played a role in al-Iraqi being Osama bin Laden’s personal choice to monitor al Qaeda’s operations in Iraq. al-Iraqi’s military background likely was of great use in the terrorist training camp(s) he commanded in Afghanistan. Those camps were destroyed by U.S. forces in late 2001 around the same time that al-Iraqi’s funds were being frozen by the United Nations.

Source: Who is Abdul Hadi al-Iraqi? (Regime of Terror) h/t Gateway Pundit.

Don Surber points out that most of the best newspapers in the world -even British ones- have not even mentioned his connection with 7/7 bombings. Also in Wetworx and Captain’s Quarters Blog. More in Wake Up America, Instapundit [“Hey, wait — an “al-Qaeda leader” who’s also a “former major in Saddam Hussein’s army”? But I thought there was no connection between Saddam and Al Qaeda. Or between Al Qaeda and Iran”], Dinah Lord.

In Spain, I have found this news also in El Mundo and 20Minutes. They write about Guantánamo and CIA but nothing about the 7/7.

I have found it also in Le Monde, but it insists on Guantánamo -about whom there is a huge report at the right side of the page-, CIA and that this man was accused of trying to kill Pakistani President Musharraf.

Last but not least, he was planning more attacks against UK:

A recently leaked British intelligence report indicated Al-Hadi was planning a major attack against Britain prior to Prime minister Tony Blair steps down from office this spring. A letter captured by British intelligence from Al-Hadi stresed the need to take care to ensure that the attack was successful and on a large scale… The plan was to be relayed to an Iran-based Al-Qaeda facilitator.

Source: Senior Al Qaeda operative Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi captured (The Fourth Rail) h/t PJM.

Related news:

Last week:

A Taliban commander was among 16 people killed in Afghanistan, while Afghan and NATO forces surrounded around 200 Taliban fighters in southern Uruzgan province, officials said Tuesday. Eleven Taliban were killed when Afghan and NATO forces attacked their hideout in the Seuri district of southern Zabul province on Monday night, General Rahmatullah Raoufi, army commander for regional south, told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa.

Source: The Strata-Sphere » Blog Archive » Top Taliban Commanders Killed, Arrested.

24 Talibans are killed in a joint attack by OTAN and Afghan forces. (link in Spanish). The link is “asesinato/talibanes/afganos“, that is, “murder of Afghan Talibans”. Ejem…

Also another Al-Qaeda terrorist has been detained in Iraq. The US accuses him of working for Iran. Abu Mustafa Al-Shebaini is another “peaceful insurgent”:

Over the past eight months, his group has introduced a new breed of roadside bomb more lethal than any seen before; based on a design from the Iranian-backed Lebanese militia Hizballah, the weapon employs “shaped” explosive charges that can punch through a battle tank’s armor like a fist through the wall.

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Resumen: el terrorista detenido en Iraq, proveniente de Irán, además de ser un superviviente del extinto ejército de Saddam -experiencia que empleó en la dirección de los campos de entrenamiento en Afganistán, al servicio de Al-Qaeda- es el cerebro del atentado de Londres del 7-J, pequeño detalle de su biografía que no ha sido mencionado por los grandes periódicos en lengua inglesa.

Por supuesto, lo que ninguno de ellos ha olvidado es que después de ser detenido ha sido mantenido en dependencias de la CIA.

Al parecer, según la inteligencia inglesa, estaba preparando ya otro atentado contra Inglaterra, para antes de que dejase el Gobierno Tony Blair.

Aparte, ha habido más detenciones, entre otras las del terrorista Abu Mustafa Al-Sebaini, quien ha sido el artífice de unos nuevos proyectiles basados en otros de la milicia Hizbulá -a su vez de fabricación iraní-, que se están empleando en Irak en estos momentos. Su particularidad es que pueden penetrar el blindaje de los tanques. Otro pacífico insurgente.

Pero sin duda el link peor es el de 20 Minutos. El periódico gratuito, para dar la noticia de que las fuerzas de la ONU conjuntamente con los afganos, han matado a 24 talibanes, utiliza el link “asesinato/talibanes/afganos“. Ejem… Otra perversión del lenguaje: si están en guerra, no puede ser asesinato. Y en caso de que no fuera una guerra, tampoco: porque no ha existido una infracción legal al haberse producido en un enfrentamiento entre Talibanes -terroristas- y fuerzas regulares, que además cuentan con el mandato de la ONU.

UPDATE: More on Fausta’s blog.

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