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marzo 8, 2008

Filipinas: arrestados tres jihadis que iban a atentar contra las embajadas británica, americana y australiana

Ya posteé aquí que Filipinas había decidido modificar la constitución para la creación de un estado islámico, después de los ataques continuados de los jihadis del al haber sido convencidos por el Moro Liberation Front.

Esta semana la policia ha arrestado a tres jihadis que iban a hacer explotar las embajadas británica, americana y australiana

Jihad Watch: Philippines: Three jihadists arrested, targeting US, British, Aussie embassies

Philippine security forces have arrested three suspects from the Middle East allegedly involved in a plot to bomb the US, British and Australian embassies in Manila, officials say.

Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita confirmed that two men were arrested last month in the southern island of Mindanao and were being interrogated by military intelligence.

A third man, believed to be a Jordanian, was arrested recently in Manila according to a government security official.

“Indications are that they were part of a plot to bomb at least four foreign embassies in Manila,” the source said.

He said the US, British and Australian embassies were believed to have been among the targets although he gave no further details.

“There is intelligence information that they are probably terrorists,” Mr Ermita said.

“Their objective was to create chaos.”

Las fuerzas de seguridad fiipinas han arrestado a tres sospechosos del Medio Oriente presuntamente envueltos en un complot para poner una bomba en las embajadas americana, británica y australiana en Manila, según los oficiales. El Secretario Ejecutivo Eduardo Ermita confirmó que dos hombres habían sido arrestados en la isla sur de Mindanaro y estaban siendo interrogados por la inteligencia militar.
Un tercer hombre, que se cree es de nacionalidad jordana fue arrestado recientemente en Manila según un portacos de la seguridad gubernamental.
“Hay indicaciones de que eran parte de un complot para poner una bombra en al menos cuatro embajadas extranjeras en Manila”, según la fuente que no dio más detalles. “Hay información de inteligencia que [indica] que probablemente sean terroristas”, Según Ermita. “Su objetivo era crear caos”
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Pero lo mejor no es eso: los jihadis del Moro Liberation Front (hasta en el nombre se les nota que Filipinas fue español…) están preocupados por el futuro en caso de que se llegue a un acuerdo de paz:

CAMP DARAPANAN – After a protracted 30-year insurgency which has seen up to 150,000 people killed, Muslim rebels are facing an uncertain future as peace finally looks near in the southern Philippines.

With talks due to resume this month between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) many young Muslims in this sprawling rebel camp in Mindanao are trying to come to terms with the prospect of peace.

Government negotiators and the MILF leadership are optimistic the final hurdles to peace can be overcome by granting limited autonomy to the Muslim minority in this predominant Roman Catholic Southeast Asian nation.

For many of the 12,000 MILF rebels, especially the young, peace is likely to bring an uncertain future.

MILF chief Murad Ibrahim, in a rare interview with AFP, said he was worried for their future, especially for those born into war and the many whose parents and older relatives have died as “martyrs”. […]

Moro fighter Abdullah, who uses one name, says he is concerned about the future.

A young man in his early 20s clutching a rusty M-60 machine gun, he is a veteran of many jungle battles and is ready, he says, to die for the cause.

“I have not been to a battle since last year,” Abdullah says, perspiration trickling down his brow. He is wearing mismatched fatigues that bears a striking resemblance to those used by Sri Lakan Tamil insurgents.

“I have had many adventures with this gun, I sleep with it and never go anywhere without it,” he says. “I cannot part with my weapon.”

Abdullah says he is not prepared to lay down his weapon even if a final peace deal is signed.

“It’s not in my blood to be a farmer,” he said.

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“This has saved me many times,” he says. “My wife, she gets mad when I caress my machine gun, but she understands.”

Ejem…. traduzco:

DEspués de una “insurgencia” enquistada durante más de 30 años que ha producido más de 150.000 muertos, los rebeldes musulmanes se enfrentan a un incierto futuro si la paz, cada vez más cercana, llega a producirse en el sur de Filipinas. Las conversaciones continuarán este mes entre el Gobierno filipino y el Frente Moro de Liberación Islámica (MILF) y muchos jóvenes musulmanes en su campamento en Mindanao están intentando hacerse a la idea de lo que será la paz.
El Gobierno y los jefes del MILF son optimistas sobre los resultados de la paz, cuyos inconvenientes van a poder, según ellos, ser superados por una autonomía limitada a la minoría musulmana en esta nación predominantemente católica del Sudeste Asiático.
Para muchos de los 12.000 rebeldes, sobre todo los jóvenes, la paz es posible que traiga un incierto futuro. (
Por supuesto, no están acostumbrados a vivir en paz. La adrenalina desaparece y hay que acostumbrarse a una vida monótona y sin sobresaltos… Así que va a ser más que difícil).
El jefe del MILF Murad Ibrahim, en una rara entrevista para AFP, dijo que estaba preocupado por su futuro, especialmente por aquellos que han nacido durante la guerra y muchos de cuyos padres han muerto como “mártires”.
El luchador moro, Abdulá, que usa otro nombre, dice que está preocupado por su futuro. Un hombre joven con veintipocos años, sujeta fuertemente su rifle de repetición M-60, es un veterano de muchas batallas en la selva y dice que está presto a luchar por la causa. “No he ido a ninguna batalla desde el año pasado”, dice Abdulá. […] “He tenido muchas aventuras con este rifle, duermo con él y nunca me separo de él allá donde voy”.
Abdulá dice que no está preparado para dejar ese arma si llega la paz: “No está en mi sangre ser un granjero”, dice. “Me ha salvado muchas veces”, dice. “Mi mujer, se pone enferma cada vez que acaricio mi rifle, pero ella lo entiende”
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Ese es el problema de las negociaciones con terroristas. Por mucho que se les ofrezca todo lo que piden, no está en su sangre ser una persona normal, con un horario. Una vez que se recurre a la violencia para solucionar un asunto, solución que muchas veces es efectiva y … definitiva, es muy difícil no volver a hacerlo. Sobre todo si han conseguido lo que querían.

Es muy posible que al principio sea Jauja y qué bien que estamos en paz. Pero ahora han conseguido que se modifique la constitución para tener una “autonomía limitada”. Después pedirán la independencia del mismo modo que lo han venido haciendo. No sólo por el expansionismo imperialista que el Islamismo, como doctrina política tiene (sométete o muere), si no porque los que lo practican no se “reinsertan” en la vida civil

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marzo 7, 2008

ETA -confirmed- kills a socialist ex-councilman (+)

Confirmed: it was ETA and the murderer shoot him five times. Interior Minister Mr Rubcalcaba has confirmed it.

AS you probably know, there will be general elections on Sunday. Today someone has killed a ex-councilman, 42 year-old, Isaías Carrasco, this morning at 12.45 pm Spanish time. He was a “very easy target as he did not have any kind of public representation now”. The bastards have killed him in front of his wife and his daughter who have shouted “Murderers” to the shooters. The Basque department of Interior has not confirmed ETA’s responsibility yet, but it looks like it is the responsible.

He has received two shots in the neck and another one in the head. The murderer, who was wearing a beard but with no mask on it. The Interior Department of the Basque Government confirmed his death but it is said to be on “clinical death”, according to the Basque Health Service.

He was father of two girls, aged 17 and 20 years, and of one 4-year son. He worked at a post where the road taxes are payed in the A1 highway and he presented himself with the number 6 in the last year’s electoral lists. Only 4 were elected and the municipality, Mondragón, passed to Basque Nationalist Action, the new party who has ETA’s support.

Looks like Zapatero’s face has looked ghostly when he has been informed of this murder. Just let’s see what’s going to happen afterwards. I just don’t trust anything these days. What they are up to??

(+) Yes, Zapatero’s face has changed deeply:

Association for Terrorism’s Victims has rejected to give “any motives” to ETA to mark their agenda and asked the citizens to put in their balconies, flags with black laces on them.

Llamazares (United Left – Communist): Worst news we can have now.

Rajoy (PP – center-left): The culprits of this crime are the terrorists. The only option is the full ETA’s defeat with the law, the Security Forces and the will of the Spanish people. Eta must lose all hope of achieving its objectives because we are not going to consent this. We must all be united against ETA.

Fernando Landecho (Ciutadans en Madrid): “This is a very clear message for those who dialogue with terrorists“.

Isais Carrasco, a man who “was always working hard” @ Escaño 351.

Joan Valls before the terrorist attack:

If ETA wants to push the Socialist Government to be more time on power, we must fear its apparition on the electoral campaign with a terrorist attack against some politicians. There would be no indiscriminate attack like T4 Barajas’ terminal, but of an attack against a member/s of the Socialist party. That, considering the terrorist paradigma, will present Socialist as a declared enemy of the band and eliminate of the memory of the voters the idea that Rodríguez Zapatero has been negotiating with the assssins during part of the term. We are speaking about the terrorist logic, pure and simple, so the civilised parameters don’t have any validity in this strategy.

(+2) The MSM manipulation of the terrorist attack has begun: Leftist radio Cadena Ser, which belongs to PRISA, the same holding who also has well-known El Pais newspaper, has begun considering the “electoral benefits of the death of this poor man“, blaming the PP party for its strong stance against the “peace process”. They have played some recorded words of Martínez Pujalte, a PP speaker at Parliament, who said some days ago:

The Socialists in these elections, and we are 48 hours before the elections, has negotiated with ETA during this electoral campaign. It has negotiated with ETA during the electoral campaign. ETA is interested in a result this Sunday. And that’s an aberration. Because the terrorists should not mind who was winning. They should “know they don’t have any options of political negotiation. But that’s not like that“.

Those words have been repeated througout all the day. Yes, they are true. BUT the comments the people who attend that radio have made are “The Interior Ministry has acted in an excellent way. They have detained a lot of terrorists. But this is inevitable. You can’t detain all the terrorists, you can protect all the ex-councilmen, there aren’t so many policemen“.

March 11th bombings have been sentenced but there are still some things not resolved, not even by the sentence. Are we in the second phase of the same act?

At the same time: the Central Electoral Commission has archived a complaint about Socialists’ book which asked the interventors in Sunday’s elections to be “multiplicating votes”, that is, to “convince people to vote for them” instead of other parties.

The socialists did not recognise that document as official and assured the commission that the party had not given any advise related to that. The document showed to the Commission was a power point presentation, distributed by the “Mobilization Area of the Federal Electoral Commission of PSOE” (that is, the Socialists party).

Great…

TOP SECRET: ETA wants to aid PSOE according to some experts of National Inteligence Service @ La Nación
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ETA had two options: some good news (an affable simbolic gesture -such as giving up the weapons-) or an attack.

The first possibility was contemplated by José Alcaraz, leader of the Association of Victims of the Terrorism, in an hypothesis whose last phase would be the independence in 2012. But the specialists reject this possibility: this is not the philosophy of the band. “They have never turned down the weapons, that possibility is not on their agendas”. Even in the trap-truce, “they just gave up selecting targets, they never gave up the weapons”.

It is much more related to their style, the second option, as it has happened with Isaías Carrasco. As if this case, the victim is a Socialist ex-councilman is obvious that this could contribute to a mobilization of the electoral bases of the Socialist party and also to clean the image of the people who have been accused of negotiating with ETA.

ETA does whatever he wants in Mondragón’s Majorship @ Escaño 351.

Zapatero does not speak about “defeat” @ anghara. He has treated the murder the way he treated the rest of the murders ETA has done during the term.

Zapatero: “We know exactly that democracy will win”
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Recently elected President of the Bishops’ Conference, Rouco Varela, has condemned energetically the Carrasco’s murder.
Otros que lo han tratado:
ETA NO @ anghara
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ETA asesina a un exconcejal del PSOE @ Elentir
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Hijos de Puta @ Amor Patria y Libertad
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A Campanha da ETA @ O Cachimbo de Magritte
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ETA muestra su voluntad negociadora asesinando a un concejal socialista @ Crispal
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¿Y ahora qué? @ DOCE DOCE.
ETA uccide consigliere in Spagna @ La Guerre Civile
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ETA vuelve a matar: hoy es el día de hablar de… @ EL baluarte de la Hispanidad
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Atentado 7-m Comunicado de la AVT @ Prevost
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Delenda est ETA @ Scriptor.org
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Diálogo con quem? @ Atlántico on line
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El golpe de efecto o de ¿…? @ Caballero ZP
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Spagna: quando el terrorismo participa alle elezioni @ L’Occidentale
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Killing in Spain Curtails Campaign @ NYT
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La campagne législative suspendue en Espagne @ Le Figaro
. Lo primero es no decir que ETA ha asesinado…
Una condena y varias preguntas @ Hurssel
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Asco @ Pahasapa
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Spains calls off election campaign after attack blamed on ETA @ AFP
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Terror y Libertad @ Una temporada en el infierno
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Isaías CArrasco, ciudadano español asesinado por ETA. Pacto por las libertades y contra el terrorismo (2000) @ Nauscopio Scipiorum.

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septiembre 27, 2007

Videos to watch (+)

Filed under: Antiterrorismo/Counterterrorism,Iraq/Irak — Nora @ 5:51 pm

My Spanish friend Aquiles sent me this video from “insurgents”‘ propaganda in Iraq. A must see, specially considering that, as Aquiles says:

These killers pretend they are very funny, and think that outside USA we are going to laugh about their “jokes”, but they don’t know how mistaken they are. Surely, the national and international leftists are going to laugh heartily seeing these videos, but to me, with each vehicle they are exploding, they are only reminding me about the Spanish soldiers who have being killed in Afghanistan in similar circumstances, two of them only two days ago. So, THEY AREN’T FUNNY AT ALL.

The other two videos were posted by friend-blogger David Drake to remember the 9-11.You can see them here. Totally different and supporting the people who really merit our support.

(I can’t post here the videos, because they are javascript and this blog does not admit it I dont know).

(+) But 19,000 terrorists have been killed in Iraq! Hmm, this is not going to please a lot of people…

More than 19,000 militants have been killed in fighting with coalition forces since the insurgency began more than four years ago, according to military statistics released for the first time.

The statistics show that 4,882 militants were killed in clashes with coalition forces this year, a 25% increase over all of last year.

Applause

Juicio por el atentado de ETA en Vallecas

Filed under: Antiterrorismo/Counterterrorism,España/Spain,ETA — Nora @ 5:22 pm

MSN Noticias

Hoy arrancó en la Audiencia Nacional el juicio por el atentado que ETA perpetró en Vallecas en diciembre de 1995, uno de los más sangrientos de la banda terrorista, que acabó con el terrible saldo de seis funcionarios de la Armada muertos y otras 44 personas heridas. Los etarras Juan Antonio Olarra Guridi y Ainhoa Múgica Goñi se sentaron en el banquillo de los acusados como miembros del ‘comando Madrid’ que cometió el atentado en el Puente de Vallecas La Fiscalía pide para los acusados, que se negaron a declarar ante la sala, una pena de 986 años de prisión. En todo caso, el Ministerio Público solicitó al tribunal la posibilidad de que se juzgue a los etarras de acuerdo al Código Penal de 1973 y no al de 1995, lo que elevaría la petición de pena para cada uno hasta los 1.243 años de prisión.El juicio, que mañana quedará visto para sentencia, comenzó una hora más tarde debido a que Olarra Guridi fue llamado a declarar ante el juez que estaba de guardia de la Audiencia Nacional, en este caso el magistrado Fernando Andreu, por su presunta implicación en la colocación de una bomba en una comisaria de Irún en 1991.

The terrorist attack of Vallecas (Madrid) happened on Dec 11st 1995, and six civil servants from Spanish Navy were killed in the most horrible manner.

The process against their killers has begun today in Madrid (ohh, that quick justice….) and the prosecutor’s office are asking for 986 prison years. Anyway, in the event they are finally condemned they are not going to serve more than 40, the biggest time someone can stay in prison in Spain.

The prosecutor’s office has also asked if they could be tried with the Penal Code of 1973 (the actual Penal Code had not come into effect at the time of the bombings). As a result of that, they could get 1.243 years. But in that case, the reductions -for good conduct…- would not be applied on the 1.243 but on the higher time one could serve then, that was 30 years.

In my case, I prefer they would be tried with today’s Code.

In other news, about ETA today:

  1. Eta menaces Spain: “We will use all our weapons at our disposal to free Euskal Herria“.
  2. Zapatero continues in his usual line: “If I win again” -Oh, please, don’t 😈 -, “I will continue the negotiation“.

h/t Reflexiones de la era ZP.

(Nota: si el dueño de la foto no quiere que la postee o quiere cualquier otra cuestión al respecto, me escribe un mail a ladyvorzheva en gmail punto com y arreglamos la cuestión…).

septiembre 26, 2007

Algeria: No cooperation in the War on Terror

Read this and …get desperate:
DINAH LORD: Algeria: No cooperation in the War on Terror

US diplomats fears alms for the poor given by the Muslim faithful during the holy month of Ramadan, could be being used to finance the activities of al-Qaeda in North Africa, pan-Arab daily al-Quds al-Arabi reports.

A US government delegation in recent days has conveyed these concerns during a meeting with Algeria’s religious affairs minister, Bouabdullah Ghulamallah, the paper says. But Ghalamallah reportedly gave the delegation a frosty reception, saying that it is down to Muslims to decide who they give their ‘Zakat’ (Arabic for alms) to – not his ministry. ‘Zakat’ is one of the pillars of Islam, i.e. a religious obligation for Muslims.

Ghalamallah also turned down a request by the US delegation for a ‘technical’ task-force to audit ‘Zakat’ funds handled by the religious affairs ministry, al-Quds al-Arabi quoted a ministry official as saying.

The only agreement reportedly reached between Ghalamallah and the US delegation was to create a fund to provide interest-free loans to Algeria’s poorest families. The loans will help the families set up small-scale business activities aimed at economic self-sufficiency.

It is estimated that several million dollars worth of ‘Zakat’ are collected in Algeria each year during Ramadan (which runs from mid-September to mid-October). Much of this money ends up in a religious affairs ministry current account, which channels it to projects aimed at helping the poor.

😯

So let me repeat this: a country which has suffered several terrorist attacks in recent days and which has had a even a civil war fighting Islamic terrorism, is a) not going to audit the money which can end in the hands of those same terrorists, not even the part of that money which is already handled by the religious affair ministry, but b) is going to receive funds for poor families.

I just don’t know what kind of education these diplomats get. Why on earth you should give money to people who are not collaborating with you? 😡

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EEUU está preocupado porque el Zakat, la limosna que se recoge durante el Ramadán, caiga en manos de Al-Qaeda para el Magreb islámico, especialmente en el caso de Argelia. Pero Argelia ha dicho que ni va a auditar esos flujos (varios millones de dólares cada año) ni tampoco va a controlar aquellos que su Ministerio de Asuntos Religiosos administra y entrega.

Pero la delegación de EEUU sí ha llegado a un acuerdo con Argelia: dará dinero al Gobierno para poner en marcha un plan que dará préstamos de bajo interés a familias argelinas pobres.

Vamos a ver, que yo no me entero del resultado de estas negociaciones: si el otro no accede a aquello a lo que tú quieres, ¿en base a qué tienes que concederle ventajas? Y en este caso concreto, si tienen tanto dinero por el Zakat, ¿por qué no lo destinan a los préstamos de bajo interés?

Será que como dije Dinah Lord, es sólo un ejemplo más de “pago de la jizya”… 😡

Funeral for the Spanish soldiers killed in Afghanistan

As it also happened when the corpses of the Spanish soldiers killed in Lebanon arrived, the plane with the soliders killed in Afghanistan arrived during the night (at 2:37 a.m.) and Zapatero was not there to receive them. Instead, there were the Crown Prince Felipe and the Vice-Presidente, Ms. De la Vega.

The funerals were held this morning in the official site of the Parachute Brigade, the one the dead belong to, in the Madrid’s village of Paracuellos del Jarama. In the altar: “Honour to all those who gave their lives for Spain“.

h/t Hartos de Zporky.

Spain is sending more troops to Afghanistan:

Defense Minister Alonso said that Spain is in Afghanistan in order to resolve the “equation: security for re-construction” and admitted that the risk troops face is great. Afghani warlords, Taliban, and narco-trafficking all conspire to produce a country that is “unstable and insecure”.

The Spanish troops will help to form two Afghan army battalions at a base some 15 kilometers from Spain’s base at Heart at a cost of 200,000 euros monthly. Reforming the Afghan army, said Alonso, is a “key issue” for the international community. For his part, Gaspar Llamizares of the United Left bloc voted in the Congressional Defense committee against sending more troops to Afghanistan. Llamizares that this is a “gesture” towards the United States on the part of Spain’s ruling Socialist party in the midst of a “deterioration of the situation and an ever-growing commitment in combat missions”.

Uff, Gaspar Llamazares… that lover of Castro is protesting a “gesture” towards USA..

But don’t forget that this is (part of) the price Spain has to pay for Zapatero’s wish to place Gral Sanz Roldán as Chief of the Military Council of NATO. NOT because he has actually changed his consideration for US, for Spanish military -as it can clearly be seen- or any other more accurate reason.

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Como todos los links están en español, no voy a traducirlos. Pero sí voy a linkar este post de Daniel Rodríguez Herrera: Zapatero, contra las matemáticas. 😉

septiembre 24, 2007

Hallan restos de cable en el lugar del atentado que mató a dos soldados españoles

Si ayer veíamos que en Afganistán habían secuestrado a dos soldados italianos, hoy estos habían sido liberados (ambos están heridos, uno de ellos de manera seria). Pero también hoy nos hemos enterado de la muerte de dos soldados españoles en la misma zona. ¿La causa? Lo más probable es que fuera una bomba explosionada por control remoto:
Libertad Digital: Hallan restos de cable en el lugar del atentado que mató a dos soldados españoles

El Ministerio de Defensa informó en un principio de que el vehículo BMR en el que viajaban los dos soldados españoles muertos y los seis heridos en Afganistán había pisado una mina. Pero horas después el Departamento de José Antonio Alonso ha señalado, en un comunicado, que se han localizado restos de cable, en concreto 70 metros, en la zona del atentado, por lo que no descartan la hipótesis de una bomba explosionada por control remoto al paso de los militares españoles. Mientras, el presidente intentó convencer a los españoles de que se trata de una “misión de paz” y de que enviar nuevos soldados no es aumentar las tropas.

Los fallecidos son Germán Pérez Burgos y Stanley Mera Vera.

RIP.

Ayer escribía que EEUU había exigido a España el envío de más tropas SI quería colocar al general Sanz Roldán en la  OTAN. Pero a la vez, Zapatero, en vez de decir que a) en Afganistán se libra una guerra y b) el envío de nuevas tropas -que es necesario según ya escribí ayer- es porque quiere colocar al general, dice todo lo contrario…

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Another two Spanish soldiers have died in Afghanistan. Although at first, it was thought that the BMR vehicle had gone over a mine, which exploded then, the discovery of a cable (of about 70 meters) in the attack surroundings, has made the military consider the possibility of a bomb, activated by remote control.

At the same time, PM Zapatero has tried to convince everyone that the mission in Afghanistan is “a peace mission” and that sending new soldiers there is not rising the number of Spanish troops deployed in the Asian country.

Yesterday, I wrote that USA had asked Spain for a rise in the number of troops deployed in Afghanistan, IF Zapatero wanted General Sanz Roldán to be new President of the Military Comission of NATO. Looks like Zapatero also forgot that part in his speech.

septiembre 23, 2007

Afganistán: Bush vs Zapatero, dos italianos secuestrados, Irán y los búnkeres talibanes

Libertad Digital: Bush exige a Zapatero más presencia en Afganistán si quiere colocar al general Sanz en la OTAN

A dos meses de la votación en Bruselas, sede de la Alianza Atlántica, comienzan a realizarse movimientos encaminados a valorar si realmente el candidato español es el militar idóneo para estar al frente de un comité, al que le corresponde la misión de aprobar los documentos y planes de la OTAN.Según publica este domingo el diario ABC, EEUU, pieza clave en la elección (el comandante supremo para Europa es el general estadounidense John Craddock) no ve con buenos ojos este nombramiento, y no por la personalidad o la valía del general en cuestión, sino por las reticencias que despierta el papel de la España de Zapatero en el orden internacional, tras la sonada espantada en la Guerra de Irak.

Por eso, según afirma el diario de Vocento, los estadounidenses no descartan condicionar su apoyo a Félix Sanz Roldán a “un mayor compromiso” de España en la misión que lleva a cabo la OTAN en este país asiático. Esto se traduce, según fuentes de la Alianza, en más tropas y un papel más activo de las mismas sobre el terreno.

De momento, el Gobierno de Zapatero se ha negado a enviar más tropas. Máxime cuando la zona este donde se encuentran las tropas españolas es cada vez más comprometida y aumenta la inseguridad por la mayor presencia de talibanes, que han llegado procedentes del sur de Afganistán, tras la ofensiva americana que los ha desplazado hacia el norte.

Todo ello juega en contra de Félix Sanz Roldán, cuya candidatura se ha presentado en el peor momento de la misión en Afganistán, la principal que desarrolla la OTAN y que se ha convertido en el mayor desafío y en el que esta organización se juega su prestigio.

Era de esperar…

Al mismo tiempo, dos italianos han sido secuestrados en el oeste de Afganistán, junto con sus dos ayudantes afganos. Estaban realizando tareas de relación con los autoridades civiles afganas. La misión italiana en Herat, está intentando localizarles. El presidente Hamid Karzai ha dicho que en cuanto tengan alguna noticia la hará llegar a Italia.

Irán ha sido otra vez acusado de mandar armas a los talibanes y las tropas inglesas han encontrado algunos búnkers de los Talibán.

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Zapatero wants Spanish General Sanz Roldán to lead NATO, a very surprising wish considering that Spanish PM is not a very good friend of USA, leader of NATO, and the shameful withdrawal from Iraq.

So Bush has asked Zapatero for more support in Afghanistan in exchange of US support to Gral Sanz Roldán. Zapatero’s Government has announced Spain is not sending more troops to the Asian country, as the ones who are already there have a very compromised situation and the insecurity is rising because of the increasing presence of the Talibans there, who are arriving from the South, after US offensive.

A very illogical decision: as there are more Talibans, I am not sending more troops. 😡

From Yahoo:

Two Italian military personnel were believed to have been kidnapped in western Afghanistan, and police Sunday said they were searching for the pair and their two Afghan staff.

At a meeting at the United Nations, Afghan President Hamid Karzai told participants he had information about where the Italians were and would pass the information to Italian authorities, said U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad.

In northeastern Afghanistan, meanwhile, NATO helicopters fired on a group of suspected insurgents in response to a rocket attack. Four Afghans died and 12 were wounded, the alliance said, and officials were investigating whether the dead and wounded were Afghan police or civilians targeted mistakenly.

The two missing Italians, with their Afghan driver and translator, drove through a police checkpoint in the Shindand district of Herat province on Saturday, and they have not had any contact with anyone since, said Gen. Ali Khan Hassanzada, chief of police criminal investigations in western Afghanistan.

An official from the Italian embassy in Kabul said the Italians last spoke with officials at their base on Saturday night during “routine contact.” The Italian military in Herat was trying to reach them again.

We believe they have been kidnapped together with two Afghans,” the Italian Defense Ministry said. “The personnel were carrying out liaison activities with local civilian authorities.”

Meanwhile, Iran is once again accused of giving weapons to the Taliban (and yet, Ahmi is going to speak to the American people…) and UK troops have uncovered some Taleban bunkers.

Southern German Towns Become Hub of Jihadism

I have written about the German plot before. Here goes more information, thanks to the Transatlantic Intelligencer.
World Politics Review | Southern German Towns Become Hub of Jihadism

Fritz G. has been long known to Bavarian police authorities. The 28-year-old German converted to Islam several years ago and was a frequent visitor to the “Multi-Kultur-Haus” in Neu-Ulm, an Islamic cultural center that was shut down by the authorities in January 2006 on account of Islamist activism. According to investigators, radical “preachers of hate” frequented the Multi-Kultur-Haus, recruiting “holy warriors” for Jihad or collecting funds for the latter.Incendiary writings, inciting hatred against Christians and Jews, were found among the materials seized by investigators in the Multi-Kultur-Haus [see related blog post]. Simultaneous with the order to have the center shut down, the association that ran it was likewise banned. But the closing of the Multi-Kultur-Haus has hardly led to a diminution of Islamist activities in the region. The hardliners continue to meet in the so-called Islamic Information Center (IIZ) in Ulm. For the German domestic intelligence agency, the Verfassungsschutz, the IIZ remains the base of the Islamists.

It is hard to estimate just how large is the group of fanaticized and potentially violent militants, since new people are constantly turning up and others going into hiding. The German of Egyptian origins Khaled El-Masri [a.k.a. Khaled Al-Masri], who was abducted by the American intelligence services on account of his suspected terror ties, is also supposed to have been seen often at the Multi-Kultur-Haus. Masri lived in Senden, a suburb of Neu-Ulm.

As investigators reported earlier this month, an agreement had apparently been reached to ban the IIZ and the association that runs it at the same time as the Multi-Kultur-Haus was shut down. Why this failed to happen is a mystery for Bavarian authorities. [Note: Neu-Ulm is in Bavaria and Ulm is in the neighboring German state of Baden-Württemberg.]

As investigators likewise reported, Fritz G. had often met with the Egyptian Dr. Y. [Yehia Yousif] in his townhouse in the Neu-Ulm neighborhood of Ludwigsfeld. During a raid on the house, the police discovered materials that could be used for making bombs. Shortly before the Multi-Kultur-Haus was shut down, Dr. Y. went into hiding. The police suspect that he is currently in Saudi Arabia.

His son, Omar, was found to be in possession of handwritten instructions on how to ambush a military convoy. He claimed to have copied them from the Internet. Investigators, however, believe otherwise and are convinced that Omar Y. received training in armed combat in Pakistan.

Just recently, the mayor of Neu-Ulm, Gerold Noerenberg, invited representatives of police agencies from both sides of the Danube to a closed conference on Islamism to discuss the situation. Participants in the conference report that appeals were made for greater vigilance in the face of Islamist activism.

In the related blog post, the author reports more about what was found at the Kultur Haus:

– For example, in a paper back edition in the MKH library titled “The Beliefs of the Sunni Community,” Christian and Jews are presented as enemies who must be executed if they do not show remorse and convert to Islam. A citation: “It is our belief that if anyone claims that any other currently existing religion — any other religion than Islam, that is: for example, Christianity, Judaism, etc. — is acceptable to Allah, then this person is an unbeliever. He should be encouraged to show remorse and if he does not do so, he must be put to death as an apostate (murtad), since he has denied the Quran.”

– A textbook titled “Jihad in God’s Cause” that was seized on August 23, 2005, in the so-called “Women’s Prayer Room” of the MKH contains the following passage: “The special meaning of Jihad runs as follows: Kill the unbelievers, once they have received the call to convert to Islam and have been made familiar with its true meaning. . . .” Another passage of this book asserts: “. . . if non-Muslims should refuse to follow the example of the believers, there is an obligation to kill them.”

– The audiocassettes “No to the Jews / The Thousand-Appeals of the Khalidin” and “El Rawabi El Jihadi”, seized on August 23, 2005, in the MKH library, openly call for the killing of Jews. A citation: “Oh, Most Worthy One, . . . send us bombs to kill the Jews. No to the Jews! No to the Jews!” . . . The CD “Iraq”, which was seized in the kitchenette of the MKH on August 23 2005, contains, for instance, the following: “To triumph does not only mean killing the unbelievers, but also killing oneself in order to strike back at the unbelievers! . . . Whoever fights against the Christians, the Jews, and their allies is a martyr . . .

Yeah, just kill everyone, even those who tell you, you’re not peaceful, just to prove their point…. 😈

septiembre 21, 2007

Al Qaida llama a «limpiar el Magreb islámico de los hijos de España y Francia» (+)

ABC.es: internacional – internacional – Al Qaida llama a «limpiar el Magreb islámico de los hijos de España y Francia»

El número dos de Al Qaida, el egipcio Ayman Al Zawahiri, ha amenazado de nuevo a españoles y franceses en el Magreb y ha recordado el empeño de este grupo terrorista por recuperar Al Ándalus para la causa islámica.
En un vídeo de ochenta minutos de duración difundido ayer en internet y en el que aparecen también otras amenazas anteriores, Al Zawahiri dice que hay que «limpiar el Magreb Islámico de los hijos de Francia y España». «La recuperación de Al Ándalus es un deber para la umma (nación islámica) en general y para ustedes en particular», demandó el terrorista egipcio a los habitantes de la región magrebí.
Ayer mismo un portavoz de la Dirección Nacional de la Seguridad de Argelia dijo a la agencia Efe que estas últimas advertencias deben ser «tomadas en serio» y añadió que tras los últimos atentados había un despliegue superior de seguridad en torno a las embajadas. Pero «decir que esta amenazas son creíbles es también restar credibilidad a anteriores amenazas», señaló ayer una fuente española de la lucha antiterrorista.

Y van….

Mientras la policía da un golpe a la financiación de las redes islamistas en España, Zapatero dice que “el mensaje amenazante de Al-Qaeda no es algo nuevo“. Eso ya lo sabemos, sr. Zapatero, de hecho la primera manifestación de Bin Laden al respecto fue de 1998. Fueron los partidarios de la oposición a Aznar los que pregonaron que las amenazas islamistas eran “por la guerra de IraqWaiting. Por eso, sacó las tropas españolas de allí, en una acción que desde luego no cubrió de gloria a España.

Pero a pesar de eso, nos llegan estos mensajes, que según analistas marroquíes, sirven para constatar que España sigue siendo blanco del terrorismo de Al-Qaeda. Porque siempre hay un pretexto (ahora es Afganistán) para que quieran atacarnos hasta que consigan el objetivo final, que es el Califato. Eso sí, todavía hay idiotas que quieren negociar con Al-QaedaAngry

Pero, sin duda, lo mejor al respecto es una entrevista en Le Figaro.fr a un ciudadano francés anónimo:

Hasta ahora los amenazados principalmente eran los americanos. ¿Cómo explicar que Al-Qaida ataca ahora a los franceses y a los españoles en el Magreb?
No sé que haya una razón profunda. Lo que puedo decir es que tanto los españoles como los franceses son muy numerosos en la region, especialmente en Marruecos y en Túnez, un poco menos en Algeria. Y es cierto que algunos turistas vienen a practicar ese turismo poco recomendable como es el turismo sexual. Hay también comportamientos ostentatorios que molestan a la población local. Y las personas con las que he hablado de Marruecos me han dicho cosas parecidas. Para los religiosos integristas, algunas prácticas ejercitadas por los europeos son percibidas como una verdadera « provocación » contra el territorio musulmán. Pienso (¿de verdad?) que los islamistas juegan la carta del resentimiento en ciertas categorías de la población. Al-Qaeda isntrumentaliza esta dimensión.

Sin considerar ya la pulla “antes sólo los americanos, y por tanto, nos importaba un rábano“, este “francés anónimo” es un claro ejemplo de europeo un poco tonnnnnnnnnnnto Rolling on the floor. La culpa de que Al-Qaeda amenaza y mate, no la tiene la política del gobierno, ni que salga el sol ni la barba teñida de Bin Laden ni otras razones peregrinas. La verdadera razón es la ideología de Al-Qaeda (y de, al menos, una parte importante del islam) de querer recuperar (insisto en mi perplejidad por usar el verbo “recuperar” para algo que no ha existido previamente, perplejidad que crece por momentos) el Califato Global.

Pero eso no es todo. Le Monde.fr trae la noticia de que Al-Qaeda para el Maghreb Islámico (ex-Grupo para la Predicación y el Combate) quería secuestrar a dos ciudadanos franceses en Argelia. Los ciudadanos, ya repatriados en Francia, trabajaban en el aeropuerto Houari-Boumediène de Argel. Uno de ellos terminaba su trabajo allí el 26 de septiembre y su colega unas semanas más tarde.

España y Francia no han sido sin embargo los únicos amenazados: también lo han sido Paquistán (guerra santa contra Musharraf) y Darfur (por si ya no habían suficientes problemas).

Drima, bloguero sudanés de Sudanese Thinker, cuando se enteró de la amenaza de Bin Laden, escribió en su blog: “Por qué este oloriento asesino llamado Bin Laden no está muerto ya? Por favor que alguien le plante una bomba en la cabeza. Y para que quede más bonito, añadánle una guinda“.

(+) Valea escribe:

Estoy confuso… ¿Amenazas a España y Francia? ¿Cómo es posible? Si nosotros ya nos fuimos de la más nefasta guerra que ha vivido el mundo desde la de los 100 años, la de Iraq. Y Francia fue la que con mayor fuerza se opuso a ésta. Debe de haber alguna equivocación, no es posible Laughing. El marido de Sonsoles está llevando a cabo la mayor iniciativa alianzando civilizaciones, se ayuda a los musulmanes con la construcción de mezquitas en nuestro país llegándoles a regalar los terrenos, se financia la religión musulmana con el impuesto sobre la renta de todos los españolitos, tienen libertad absoluta para practicar su fe, se les dan ayudas sociales, educación para sus hijos, sanidad gratuíta, viviendas de protección oficial,… Mandamos subvenciones a Palestina y ayuda militar para que el satánico Israel no entre en Líbano…

Poz zí…

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So three years after the shameful retreat from Iraq, Al-Zawahiri calls for

the cleaning of the Islamic Maghreb of the sons of France and Spain”. ” The recovery of Al Andalus is a duty of the umma (Islamic nation) in general and for you in particular”, demanded the Egyptian terrorist to the inhabitants of the Maghreb region.

as he did before.

While police detained two Pakistanis, accused of financing international Islamic terrorism nets, Zapatero says that “the menacing message from Al-Qaeda is not new“. Yeah, that’s true. But you assured every Spanish citizen that Al-Qaeda was interested in attacking Spain because we were in Iraq. Now we aren’t. So what are we going to do now? What and who are we going to cave in this time….

Interview in Le Figaro.fr to an anonymous Frenchman living in Algeria:

Till now, the menaces were adressed mainly to the Americans. How can we explain that Al-Qaida targets now the Franch and Spanish in the Maghreb?

I don’t know if there is a profound reason for this. All that we can say is that both French and Spanish people are very numerous in the region, specially in Morocco and Tunis, somewhat less in Algeria. It is true that some tourists come here for that not very recommendable sexual tourism. There are other behaviours which can be considered as ostentatious by the local population. And the people I have spoken with from Morocco have told me of a similar situation. For the fundamentalists, some practices made by the Europeans are perceived as a true provocation against Muslim lands. I think that the Islamists play that card with some categories of the population. Al Qaida is using that dimension.

See?? It’s not the Islamist the ones who are the culprits. It’s the Europeans who go there provoking the fundamentalists….
Rolling on the floor
Just for not crying because of the idiocy of this people. Bahhh!!!

But not only Spain and France are targeted (or their citizens in the Maghreb). Pakistan and Sudan’s region also are.

Just read what Drima thinks about Al-Qaeda’s menace in Darfur.

Why isn’t this stinking butcher named Bin Laden dead yet? Someone please drop a bomb on his head. Pretty please with a cherry on top.

Whatever the case, I really believe that the best for Bin Laden would be to capture him and to change his sex. And once transformed set him loose in Saudi Arabia… Really believe it would be a fair punishment. Rolling on the floor

(+) France is viewing the new menace differently, compared to Zapatero:

In Algeria, a suicide bomber has driven a booby-trapped car into a convoy in the east of the country, wounding nine people including two French engineers and an Italian. The attack comes less than one day after Al-Qaeda’s number two man Ayman al-Zawahiri announced in a video message that Spanish and French nationals would be targeted and “cleansed” from north Africa. The French foreign office has said it is taking the new threats against its citizens seriously.

(Links are above).

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