Please let me know where I went wrong. Length is one thing, but this is a super article, prolly vetted by a dozen different Pentagon types before being sent to Gertz. It details much of the Chinese prep for a possible US-China conflict. I did embed strong tags within the blockquote. I have my own comments to add to it, too, if it can be cleaned up and made nice.
Kuwait City Foreign embassies, shopping malls, state security buildings, vital installations, and American military convoys to Iraq were listed among the potential targets of suspected terrorists arrested in Kuwait, newspapers reported yesterday.
Kuwait security forces arrested at least half a dozen suspects linked to Saturday's raid on a house in the southern area of Umm Al Haiman where one Saudi militant was killed and three Kuwaiti security force members were wounded, reports said.
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Would-be terrorists hoping for a free ride on the information superhighway instead are getting tangled in the World Wide Web as officials are keeping close tabs on Internet cafes and who's who in cyberspace. Three Internet cafes, including one located in downtown Riyadh, have been raided by security officials in a move to crack down on terrorists who have been using public cafes to exchange information, post terror messages and issue threats to organizations, government agencies and nations. In one incident last week, several armed security officials swooped down on a cafe and questioned Saudi and expatriate employees staffing the place. "The security officials showed me a particular mail ID and wanted to gather information about the person using that ID," said Arif Ziauddin, manager of the cafe. He said officials also checked to see that the cafe is complying with revised government regulations issued late last year.
That'd be the "no skin sites" rule, I guess...
The new regulation states that all cafe customers should surrender their ID cards so that their names and ID numbers can be written down before accessing the Net.
"My ID card? Yeah, sure. Which one do you want?"
Ziauddin said many terror suspects have turned to cyberspace to communicate with their accomplices since the May 12, 2003, bombings in Riyadh. "Another cyber cafe was raided three times within a week and the security officials also detained a Saudi, who was surfing the Net at that time," said Hassan Adlous, an Arab expat. The crackdown on cyber cafes has intensified after the arrests of a number of people in Riyadh and Buraidah in November. "Every now and then, security officials raid the cafes," Adlous said. "Teef International Cafe, Khaleej Net and Al-Rawdah cafes were raided recently." The cyber cafe business, which is booming in the city, faces increasing scrutiny as police crush terror havens and keep watch on cafes letting youngsters surf the web. Apart from being accessible to suspects, a large number of teens flock to cyber cafes for chatting, looking for adult sites and generally surfing for culturally unacceptable sites.
According to the rules, users under-18 must not be allowed to access the Net in cafes. Exceptions are made for those accompanied by their guardians as well as trainees and students in computer science. Monitoring authorities claim more than 95 percent of some 400,000 blocked websites deal with pornography. The rest contain political and social subjects that violate the Kingdom's laws and regulations. With the Kingdom's blocking rate set to go up, Internet service is being closely monitored, and undesirable sites are blocked by a proxy server operated by the Internet Service Unit (ISU) at the King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), according to a study published recently. In addition to detailing blocking of sexually explicit content, the ISU website lists as prohibited "pages related to drugs, bombs, alcohol, gambling and religion or Saudi laws."
Lol - this is a scream. When I went to Saudi the last time in 2000 the 'Net Cafes were just starting. It took me more than 3 months to get my own working connection from my apartment, so I came to know the Cafe game as played there. 50SR / hour (that's about $13.25USD) and slower than turtles stampeding through peanut butter. Filtered so heavily I couldn't even get to American Express to see my billing statement. But full and unfettered access to the Yahoo Chat world - where the asshats play.
Kuwait has stepped up security around oil and vital installations after a weekend clash between police and gunmen planning a major attack near the country's largest oil refinery and a US military camp. "In the two incidents between 10 and 15 people, Kuwaitis and Saudis, were arrested," Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah told reporters after briefing a parliamentary committee on the security situation. The gunbattle on Saturday was the latest in a series between Kuwait security forces and militants believed be sympathetic to Osama Bin Laden, Al-Qaeda's leader. By raiding the gunmen's hide-out in the southern town of Umm Al-Haiman on Saturday, police thwarted plans of attacks on "sensitive" sites, Nawaf told the parliamentary committee. "Operations were aborted, which if it wasn't for God's mercy, would have resulted in hitting Kuwait's interests, sensitive sites and targets," Rashed Al-Hobeida, who heads Parliament's defense committee, quoted Sheikh Nawaf as saying.
Saudi authorities have traced the source of explosives used in the recent car-bomb blasts that targeted the Interior Ministry and special forces base here to a house in a densely populated low-income suburb in the middle of Riyadh city. The Interior Ministry said when they searched the location police investigators found the back seats of the two cars used in the attacks. The seats were removed to make room for explosives. Police also recovered communication equipment, a computer, ammunitions and women's clothes as well as a number of documents, the Saudi Press Agency reported quoting an Interior Ministry statement. Meanwhile, security forces arrested a suspected militant, while another Saudi was detained on suspicion of links to a shootout in Kuwait, Interior Ministry spokesman Brig. Mansour Al-Turki said yesterday. The wanted suspect was arrested late Saturday after security forces raided his house in Baqaa.
"Police also recovered communication equipment, a computer, ammunitions and womenâs clothes as well as a number of documents..."
The anonymity provided by the abaya is the greatest tool in the Saudi deviant's toolbox. The headgear (veil vs. kaffiyeh / fan belt) and the black (lack of) color is really all that differs between the normal dress of Saudi myns and wymyns - but it blinds the Saudi Police.
Kuwaiti security forces have arrested at least 10 suspects, including Saudi nationals, after the latest clashes between police and purported fighters, the interior minister has said. "In the two incidents between 10 to 15 people, Kuwaitis and Saudis, were arrested," Shaikh Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Sabah said on Monday. One Saudi fighter was killed and two Kuwaiti security officers were wounded in a shootout on Saturday, which came five days after two police officers were killed in clashes with armed men in the south of Kuwait
Four top leaders of different outlawed parties were killed yesterday in shooting incidents involving police, Rapid Action Battalion, and the outlawed operatives in Khulna, Kushtia and Rajshahi. Didarul Islam Palash alias Shyamal, 28, Operational Commander of the Khulna Metropolitan city unit of Purbo Banglar Communist Party's (PBCP) Janajuddho faction was killed reportedly in shootout between police and his accomplices at about 4:30 am yesterday behind the truck terminal at Sonadanga of Khulna.
Nice, dark, deserted truck terminal
Earlier at around Sunday midnight, he was arrested along with three women PBCP cadres at flat of a three-storey building in Sonadanga Residential Area. One of the women is said to be the wife of Nazu, the prime suspect in Dainik Janmabhumi editor Humayun Kabir Balu murder case. Deputy Commissioner (HQ) Akbar Ali of Khulna Metropolitan Police said the arrested women are members of a suicide squad formed to avenge the killings of top PBCP leaders in crossfire.
Ah, we heard about them last week. Didn't take the cops long to start rounding them up.
He said Monday's shootout broke out when a police team on an arms recovery drive following Didarul's confession came under attack from the PBCP cadres near the truck terminal. Didarul got shot when his accomplices tried to snatch him from police.
Almost like it was planned
Police recovered one gun, 58 rifle bullets, 13 pistol bullets, and five gun cartridges from the scene. Besides, they recovered leaflets that called for the PBCP cadres detained in Khulna District Jail to break free from the prison at any cost, said police. Didarul Islam Shyamal stands accused in several cases including five for murder.
Our Kushtia correspondent reports: Delwar Hossain Dulal alias Dayal, 38, regional leader of Gono Mukti Fouz (GMF) and Sirajul Islam alias Ilu, 30, commander (arms) of outlawed Jashod Gono Bahini (JGB) died reportedly in a shootout with Rab (Rapid Action Battalion) and police in Kushtia early yesterday. A Rab-6 team arrested Dayal at village Ratulpara in sadar upazila at about 5:00pm on Sunday, said Rab sources. Iswardi police arrested Sirajul Islam at Blackpara area of Iswardi municipality area the same day and handed him over to Kushtia police. Both the arrestees were taken into the custody of a joint team of police and Rab in Kushtia town. During the interrogation, the two admitted to possessing firearms hidden at various locations throughout Kushtia.
Bangla cops must have one hell of a truncheon squad
Following the leads, Rab-6 men with a contingent of police left for village Bahadurpur in Bheramara upazila of Kushtia to recover the firearms at about 4:00am. When they reached Bakapul area, a band of outlawed operatives fired on them resulting in an hour-long gunfight. The law enforcers said Dayal and Ilu while trying to escape from the police van got caught in crossfire and died on the spot.
Just like the script sez
The law enforcers retrieved two LG guns and 30 rounds of ammunition from the spot. Police said Dayal stood accused in 14 cases including seven for murder and Ilu in 11 cases including six for murder cases.
Our Rajshahi correspondent adds: Lal Potaka, a top leader of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP M-L), was killed in 'crossfire' between police and his followers in Durgapur upazila of Rajshahi in the early hours Monday. Rajshahi DB police arrested the PBCP publicity secretary for international affairs Muhammad Shafi Sarkar on Sunday shortly after he was released on bail. Ramna police arrested Shafi and Ali Tareq from Aziz Cooperative market in Dhaka on May 22 last year. He had been interrogated in the joint interrogation cell and admitted his involvement in a number of murders. A police press release claimed Shafi, also known as Internet Shafi, was accused in a dozen of cases including four for murder. Following information obtained from him under interrogation, a police team led by Assistant Superintendent of Police Alamgir Kabir took him to Aroil village in Durgapur to retrieve arms.
Say "Goodbye", Shafi
On the way at Raghunathpur, Shafi's accomplices ambushed the police team at around 4:00am. Police returned fire that escalated into a shootout that left Shafi dead on the spot. Police recovered a locally-made gun and three bullets from the scene. Sources in Rajshahi Central Jail said three plainclothes policemen were seen handling papers of Shafi's bail before he was freed at around 1:00am on Sunday.
Cops bailed him out at 1:00am, then arrest him again and he get's caught in a "crossfire" at 4:00am. Now that's time management!
That night shift they've got is pretty industrious...
Meanwhile, Rapid Action Battalion in Rajshahi exchanged gunfire with 'criminals' at Sujan Palsa village in Bagmara upazila here yesterday afternoon leaving one injured. The injured, Abdus Samad, is a charge sheeted accused in Subhodanga Union Parishad chairman Golam Rabbani murder case, Rab said.
Police arrested a youth in a house at Gabtoli upazila in the district early yesterday and seized powerful explosives and bomb-making substances from his possession. The detainee Shafiqullah, who hails from Bandar upazila of Narayanganj, claimed himself to be a member of Tablighi Jamaat while police said they believe he is an operative of Islamic militant group. The seized materials include three small containers of picric (acid), more than 20 electronic circuits, three small boxes of ICs (integrated circuit), one box of electric doorbell switches and a coil of litmus paper. The coil was inscribed with Universal Indicator PHI1-10. Police, however, could not say immediately what were in the 23 other containers that too were seized.
Police raided the house of Joynal at Chaksudhu village in Gabtoli at about 1:30am on suspicion of his involvement in the Saturday's bomb blasts in Bogra and Natore that left two people dead and 70 others injured. Jaynal, reportedly a follower of Bangla Bhai, operation commander of Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB), could not be held. Instead, police found Shafiqullah and recovered the explosives and bomb-making materials. Shafiqullah said he was introduced to Joynal in an Islamic function three to four months ago.
A wedding, perhaps?
He said that he came to Bogra to visit the archaeological site at Mahasthan Garh. Joynal's wife Monwara Begum said Shafiqullah teaches Arabic to her children. He came to their house at 9:00pm on Sunday, she added. "Shafiqullah might have a link to the Saturday's bomb attacks. He might have brought the explosives to carry out further attacks in future" said a top police official seeking not to be named.
MADRID, Spain (AP) - A car bomb exploded Tuesday in the main Basque city of Bilbao, injuring a policeman, news reports said. The bomb exploded in Gexto, a wealthy district of Bilbao in Spain's Basque region, the news agencies Efe and Europa Press said. Europa Press said the explosion occurred after a person claiming to represent the armed Basque separatist group ETA called the Basque newspaper Gara.
TV station Telecinco said one policeman was injured
I though Zappy and the political arm of the ETA were having a love fest. This should set that back. My honest opinion is Zappy will like any socialist turd give away the farm and give in to terrorism. He has done it before.
A Spanish judge indicted eight people on terrorism charges Monday, saying they provided logistical help and false documents for suspects in the Sept. 11 attacks. The indictment was released by Spain's leading terror investigator, Judge Baltasar Garzon. It said the eight had provided logistics and counterfeit documents for suspects including Ramzi Binalshibh, an alleged would-be Sept. 11 hijacker who has been in U.S. custody since his 2002 capture in Pakistan. He is believed to have been the main contact between a group of Sept. 11 attackers in Hamburg, Germany, and Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network. Binalshibh, who could not get into the United States to participate in the attacks but served as a key money man, reportedly is being held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. "The group in question provided logistical support to Ramzi Binalshibh and other members of al-Qaida linked to the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001 in the United States," Garzon said in the indictment. The eight indicted suspects were identified as Reda Zerroug, Redouane Zenimi, Samir Mahdjoub, Mohamed Ayat, Hedi Ben Youssef Boudhiba, Khaled Madani, Tahar Ezirouali and Spaniard Francisco Garcia Gomez. All except Ayat and Garcia Gomez were charged with membership of a terrorist organization. Those two were charged with collaboration.
The funeral for an Egyptian immigrant family found slain in their home here erupted into a scene of chaos and roiling emotion on Monday, with some mourners jumping on top of cars, shoving each other and threatening to beat a Muslim cleric who was escorted to safety by the police.
The source of the disruption at the Coptic Christian service appeared to be the presence of Muslims, who said they had come to pay their respects.
In the days since the victims, Hossam Armanious, 46; his wife, Amal Garas, 36; and their daughters, Sylvia, 15, and Monica, 8, were found stabbed to death in their home early on Friday, speculation that the slayings were a hate crime has led to loud recriminations by Christian Egyptians, expressed in news interviews and at a demonstration here on Sunday.
Muslims and Christians have a long and violent history in Egypt, where Muslims are the majority, but relations between the groups had never soured locally, several Muslim and Coptic Christian leaders said. Although the case brought new tension to the Egyptian community, the Jersey City police have refused to say whether they believe the slayings were the result of religious hatred.
"Those are killers!" yelled one man as Sheik Tarek Yousof Saleh, a Muslim cleric from Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, left the funeral site, escorted by police officers. "We don't want them in the church!"
In a telephone interview yesterday afternoon, Sheik Saleh said he never intended to cause trouble and regretted attending the funeral. "I didn't come to hurt anyone, I came to support them," said Sheikh Saleh, 42, the imam of the Oulel Albab Mosque on Bay Ridge Avenue, sounding shaken. "I am sorry."
The uproar outside the community center of St. George and St. Shenouda Coptic Orthodox Church, on Bergen Avenue, began when some of the hundreds of mourners present saw a Coptic bishop hug the sheik before the sheik left in a police car, several members of the church said. According to the Rev. Antonious Tanious and several other Coptic Christians, two men began screaming at Bishop David, who presides over the Coptic churches in the Northeast, asking him how he could let a Muslim attend the service.
Panicked police officers whisked the two men and some others into a nearby garage and closed the metal door just as a swell of people, some screaming and waving wooden crosses, pressed up against the door.
"A metal gate on the garage was pulled down to prevent the groups from attacking each other," said Capt. John Tooke of the Jersey City Police Department. "It was a very chaotic and emotional scene. We had people that were rowdy, disruptive and really out of control."
After 15 minutes, most of the group in the garage was allowed to leave. The two men were detained but not charged, Captain Tooke said. Another man walked around dazed afterward, his hand bleeding. "We tell the Muslim people, 'Don't come here.' We don't like them and they come," said Nadia Sourrial, a church member, echoing a sentiment expressed by numerous other people who were interviewed. "They like to show us we're dead."
In the interview yesterday, Sheik Saleh said two editors of local Arabic-language newspapers called him on Sunday evening and advised him to go to the funeral in a show of solidarity between Muslims and Christians, he said.
Sheik Saleh, who is Egyptian, went with one of the editors, Ahmed Saleh Maharem, who is also a columnist. Mr. Maharem said at least 10 other Muslims were present, and some were welcomed. But the Sheik, who wore a white abayya, or head covering, was most noticeably Muslim.
Dozens of other Muslims, many of them community leaders, canceled plans to attend the funeral after seeing television reports about the mounting friction, said Debbie Almontaser, a Muslim community activist in Brooklyn. The New Jersey office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations released a statement Monday saying that the organization had called on law enforcement authorities to do everything in their power to apprehend those responsible for the murders.
Egyptian Christians have been persecuted ever since Arab Muslims conquered them over a thousand years ago. From being majority Christian and Egyptian, the population has become Muslim and Arab. The funny thing is that the Arabs now claim credit for the achievements of the Egyptians thousands of years ago. You gotta love the gall.
Kidnappers released footage of eight Chinese hostages they threatened to execute unless Beijing "clarifies its role" in Iraq, while a Syrian Catholic archbishop was released a day after being captured.
And as the campaign for the January 30 general elections kicked into second gear despite the violence, US Secretary of State-designate Condoleezza Rice acknowledged shortcomings in training of Iraqi security forces.
In a tape broadcast Tuesday on Arab news networks and showing eight Chinese nationals holding up their passports guarded by two hooded men, the kidnappers charged the group had "worked with US forces in Iraq."
"We ask the Chinese government to clarify its position toward those and other Chinese who have entered Iraq to help occupation forces," said one of them without identifying his organization.
The Chinese embassy in Baghdad confirmed that eight construction workers from the southern province of Fujian had been abducted last week on the main highway from Iraq to Jordan, China's official Xinhua news agency reported.
Another video released Tuesday showed a Lebanese held by a previously unknown group on charges of working with the US military. The embassy could not immediately confirm his capture.
The latest hostage crisis came quick on the heels of another kidnapping episode that sent shockwaves through Iraq's small Christian minority.
A Syrian Catholic archbishop nabbed in the northern city of Mosul on Monday afternoon, was released by his captors less than 24 hours later.
Monsignor Basile Georges Casmoussa said after his release he had been treated well, and that the kidnappers had captured him by mistake and did not request a ransom for his release.
His statement contradicted earlier declarations by a senior prelate who said money was being collected to free him, as well as his own driver's statement.
The short crisis raised the specter of growing sectarian strife ahead of the elections, though most of the ethnic-torn country's Christian leaders downplayed the kidnapping, blaming criminal gangs.
Sunni Arab insurgents fiercely opposed to the very principle of democratic polls have stepped up their attacks against the long-oppressed majority Shiites, who are expected to dominate the vote.
On Tuesday, a suicide car bomber killed himself and two others at a checkpoint some 30 meters (yards) from the headquarters of the Supreme Council of the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI) -- home also to party leader Abdel Aziz Hakim.
Al-Qaeda operative Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's group claimed responsibility for the attack in an Internet statement.
Iraq's Interior Minister Falah Naqib warned the country risked sliding into civil war if the Sunni minority boycotted the elections.
Eleven other Iraqis were killed in a string of separate incidents across Iraq, and a US soldier was killed in the Baghdad area.
With milestone elections less than two weeks away, an electoral debate so far subdued by relentless violence and fear of insurgent reprisal for participation in the electoral process started gathering steam.
US-backed interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi staked the hopes of the Iraqi National Accord -- his party -- on his reputation for tough security policies, setting out its platform for the polls.
His party also accused policemen loyal to the Shiite list of abusing their position to intimidate voters in the majority community's southern heartland.
One of Allawi's running mates, state minister Adnan Junabi, took up the allegations further Tuesday, accusing Shiite supporters in the main southern city of Basra of pressuring voters and again criticizing the use of religion.
Ironically, Junabi was forced to admit that the premier's own supporters within the security forces had been guilty of similar abuses, after policemen were seen handing out campaign materials for Allawi's list in Baghdad.
A US official conceded there had been violations by several of the larger parties but insisted that teething problems were only to be expected in a country that was holding its first free elections in a half century.
In Washington, Rice acknowledged that problems needed to be solved over the training of Iraq's fledgling security services -- to face their toughest challenge so far when they take near full responsibility for security on election day.
She told the Senate foreign relations committee that Americans were working "to address some of these problems of leadership and morale and desertion in the armed forces and in the police forces and to look at some of the equipping of the police forces."
Rice also warned that Syria may face new US sanctions if it maintains its ties to terrorists and cross-border help for insurgents in neighboring Iraq.
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Having assigned guilt, the al Qaeda statement added, "We warn Fatah-Lebanon that we intend very soon to avenge the blood of our brother Al Masri. This warning is addressed to the entire Fatah command and leadership hierarchy in Lebanon - from the highest to the lowest commander.
Is there a fund set up so contributors can donate to provide airline tickets for the AQ to get to Lebanon and the Fatah boys to Pakland, Iraq, and Soddie? Sounds like we need to get the black aircraft involved.
Wouldn't it be great - each AQ operative individually takes out one Fatah goon with an individual suicide strike! Convince them that remote control bombs are for pussies. Kinda' like Kamikaze pilots taking each other out.
Chaudhry Iftikhar Ahmed, the deputy inspector general of Rawalpindi division, told reporters that the accused visited Afghanistan frequently and took part in the attacks on US-led forces there. He said 19 people belonging to several banned outfits had been involved in the plot to assassinate Shaukat Aziz. Out of the 19, two, Amjad Farooqi and Muhammad Zeeshan, had been killed, three had been arrested and the remaining 14 would be arrested soon, he added.
Muayed Al-Nasseri: "Colonel Muayed Yassin Aziz Abd Al-Razaq Al-Nasseri, commander of the Army of Muhammad, one of the resistance factions in Iraq. The Army of Muhammad was founded by Saddam Hussein after the fall of the regime, on April 9, 2003. At first, Yasser Al-Shabawi was put in charge, until his capture in July 2003. Then Saad Hammad Hisham was in charge until December 2003. Then I was put in charge from January 2004 until now. The Army of Muhammad has some 800 armed fighters."
Interrogator: "What operations did you carry out? How many operations did you carry out?"
Muayed Al-Nasseri: "We carried out many armed operations against the coalition forces in all the districts. The operations included bombarding their military posts, their camps, and their bases, fighting these forces, and planting explosive devices against their patrols and convoys."
Interrogator: "What was the nature of your organization?"
Muayed Al-Nasseri: "The organization was a military armed one, which operated according to a method of non-centralized command."
Interrogator: "How is the Army of Muhammad related to the Ba'th party?"
Muayed Al-Nasseri: "The Army of Muhammad is militarily independent. After Saddam Hussein's capture in December 2003, for a period [of] four months, the Army of Muhammad had no connections with the party, but after April 2003, there was a meeting with the party and we are currently coordinating with them. In addition, Saddam Hussein distributed a communique via the party, back then, instructing all his supporters or whoever wants to fight the Jihad for the sake of Allah, to join the Army of Muhammad because it is the army of the leadership."
'Today, the Leader of the Ba'th Party in Iraq is Izzat Ibrahim'
Interrogator: "Who are the leaders of the Ba'th Party in Iraq?"
Muayed Al-Nasseri: "Today, the leader of the party is Izzat Ibrahim. He is the leader of the party in Iraq. Next in line is Fadhl Al-Mashhadani, who is responsible for the local organizations within Iraq. Then, there is Muhammad Yunis Al-Ahamd, who is responsible for the organization outside Iraq. He is currently in Syria."
'Aid Came from the Neighboring Countries - We Got Aid Primarily from Iran'
Interrogator: "Did you get support from the countries of the region?"
Muayed Al-Nasseri: "Yes, sir... Many factions of the resistance are receiving aid from the neighboring countries. We in the Army of Muhammad - the fighting has been going on for almost two years now, and there must be aid, and this aid came from the neighboring countries. We got aid primarily from Iran. The truth is that Iran has played a significant role in supporting the Army of Muhammad and many factions of the resistance. I have some units, especially in southern Iraq, which receive Iranian aid in the form of arms and equipment."
Interrogator: "You're referring to units of the Army of Muhammad?"
Muayed Al-Nasseri: "Yes. They received money and weapons."
'[Fighters] Met Personally with Iranian Leader Khamenei... They Even Got Car Bombs'
Muayed Al-Nasseri: "As for other factions of the resistance, I have reliable information regarding the National Islamic resistance, which is one of the factions of resistance, led by Colonel Asi Al Hadithi. He sent a delegation to Iran from among the people of the faction, including General Halaf and General Khdayyer. They were sent to Iran in April or May and met with Iranian intelligence and with a number of Iranian leaders and even with Khamenei."
Interrogator: "You mean they personally met with Khamenei?"
Muayed Al-Nasseri: "According to my information, they met with him personally, and they were given one million dollars and two cars full of weapons. They still have a very close relationship with Iran. They receive money, cars, weapons, and many things. According to my information, they even got car bombs."
'Cooperation with Syria Began in October 2003... Later, Saddam Hussein Himself Authorized Me to Go to Syria'
Muayed Al-Nasseri: "In addition, as I've told you, Syria... Cooperation with Syria began in October 2003, when a Syrian intelligence officer contacted me. Saad Hamad Hisham and later Saddam Hussein himself authorized me to go to Syria. So I was sent to Syria. I crossed the border illegally. Then I went to Damascus and met with an intelligence officer, Lieutenant-Colonel Abu Naji through a mediator called Abu Saud. I raised the issues that preoccupied Saddam Hussein and the leadership. There were four issues: First, the issue of the media; second, political support in international forums; [third], aid in the form of weapons, and [fourth], material aid, whether it is considered a debt or is taken from the frozen Iraqi funds in Syria."
'The Syrian Government is Fully Aware of this, and the Syrian Intelligence Cooperates Fully'
Muayed Al-Nasseri: "Through the Ba'th party - the Arab Socialist Ba'th Party operates in Syria with complete freedom. It maintains its relations and organizes the Ba'th members outside Iraq. The Syrian government is fully aware of this, and the Syrian intelligence cooperates fully, as well as the Ba'th Party, in Syria.
"As for the Ba'th Party, after we contacted them, they organized a meeting for me with a man named Fawzi Al-Rawi, who is a member of the national leadership and an important figure in Syria. The Syrian government authorized him to meet with me. We met twice. In the first meeting, I explained to him what the Army of Muhammad is, what kind of operations we carry out, and many other things. In the second meeting he told me that Syrian government officials were very pleased with our first meeting. He informed me that the Army of Muhammad would receive material aid in the form of goods, given to us for free or for a very low price, for us to sell in Iraq, in order to support the Army of Muhammad. This was done this way due to Syria's current circumstances, international pressure, and accusations of supporting the terrorism and resistance in Iraq."
Interrogator: "During your investigation we found a picture of a Syrian man. What is this picture?"
Muayed Al-Nasseri: "This is the picture of an Islamic preacher called Abu Al-Qaqa, whose [real] name is Mahmoud Al-Agassi. He lives in Aleppo, Syria. I have met with him twice. He supported me and gave me $3,000. He also sent a sum of money with me for someone in the resistance here in Iraq.
"Also, I forgot to mention that Fawzi Al-Rawi told me he had close connections with many factions of the resistance. He mentioned his Hareth Al-Dhari [leader of Iraqi Sunni Clerics Association], Mahdi Al-Sumayda'i, and other factions."
Well, .com, since Syria is the weaker dependent enemy, there are arguments for and against doing them first.
Obviously it would take far fewer troops to knock out Syria. Some of them might even have 6-pointed stars on their tanks and airplanes. Right now, our troops are stretched thin trying to protect everything. The question is: if we send them over there, can they do the job quickly enough that we can start to reap the benefits of the lower threat level? Syria can't be another Iraq, because where would the terrorists be based? Turkey? Jordan? Israel???? Granted, there are all the terrorists that have made their homes there and we would have to make sure we captured or killed them.
OTOP, if we can neutralize Iran, then Syria withers on the vine. Iran would be far tougher. We could hope that there is a strong domestic opposition, but we hoped for that in Iraq, too. The mullahs don't have the complete Stalinist total control that Saddam and his henchmen did, so an opposition is at least possible there. Then again, Machiavelli warned a foreign power to never intervene in a civil war, since he likely reunites the opposing sides against him.
Over all, I'd prefer to take out Syria to free up our back. Then, turn around on Iran and use a blockade/bombing strategy. Try to kill some of the government leaders without carpet bombing cities or anything.
The Catholic archbishop kidnapped in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul has been freed without a ransom being paid, the Vatican said. Pope John Paul, who had prayed for the archbishop's release, was informed immediately of the release, said papal spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls. "He changed his prayer to one of thanks," he said. A ransom of more than Â£100,000 had initially been demanded but the bishop was released without the payment of any money, the Vatican said.
Basile Georges Casmoussa, 66, of the Syrian Catholic Church, one of the branches of the Roman Catholic Church, was seized on Monday as he walked near his church in Mosul. A priest said gunmen forced the archbishop into a car and drove away. The Vatican branded the kidnapping a "despicable terrorist act" and demanded his immediate release. Mosul has been a hotspot for the violent insurgency in recent months. The reason for the kidnapping was unclear but Christians - tens of thousands of whom live in and around Mosul - have been subjected to attacks in the past.
Christians make up just 3% of Iraq's 26 million people. The major Christian groups in Iraq include Chaldean-Assyrians and Armenians. There are small numbers of Roman Catholics. Officials estimate that as many as 15,000 Iraqi Christians have left the country since August, when four churches in Baghdad and one in Mosul were attacked in a co-ordinated series of car bombings. The attacks killed 12 people and injured 61 others. Another church was bombed in Baghdad in September.
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Police on Tuesday arrested three brothers for allegedly harboring suspected suicide bombers who later made an attempt on the life of Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz. The suspects, alleged members of the Islamic militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed, were identified as Abdul Moim, Abdul Basit and Nisar. Chaudhry Iftikhar, the chief of police in Rawalpindi, a city near the capital, said the three were nabbed in their home village in Attock, a district to the west, where the attack was launched July 30 as Aziz campaigned for a by-election, weeks before he took office.
Aziz escaped unhurt but nine other bystanders were killed. Iftikhar said the two bombers, both Pakistanis, were sheltered at the brothers' house in Awanpura village before the attack. One of the bombers was killed in the attack, but the other's suicide belt malfunctioned and did not explode. It's unclear if the surviving bomber has been arrested. Earlier Tuesday, police announced the arrest last month of another suspected Islamic militant wanted for a failed assassination attempt against President Gen. Pervez Musharraf, and for a deadly bombing near a U.S. Consulate in the southern city of Karachi in 2002. Islamic militants, including al-Qaida operatives, have targeted Musharraf and his top allies for backing the U.S.-led war against terrorism, which ousted the radical Taliban militia from power in neighboring Afghanistan in late 2001.
BAGHDAD, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- Two people were killed and five others injured Tuesday in an attack on the offices of a major Shiite party in Baghdad, reports said. Witnesses said a suicide bomber stormed one roadblock but was stopped at the second by guards who opened fire on his car and managed to keep him from reaching the offices of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq, known as Sciri, in the posh neighborhood of Jadriah in central Baghdad. The blast killed two guards, wounded five others and destroyed three cars. It also smashed the windows of the building housing Sciri's offices. Suicide car bombs have become a daily occurrence in Iraq as the date of elections draws nearer.
The Shiite party is expected to do well in the poll set for Jan. 30. Sciri leaders have described attacks on their party as an attempt to provoke sectarian conflict with the minority Sunni Muslim community, some of whose parties are boycotting the election over security concerns.
In another development, kidnappers of the Catholic bishop of Mosul freed him Tuesday, al-Jazeera television reported. Archbishop Basile Georges Casmoussa was released a day after being abducted in the northern city amid reports of a ransom demand. No ransom was believed paid.
An Israeli jet has launched a bombing raid on an area adjacent to the disputed Shebaa Farms, following an attack by Hizb Allah on an Israeli bulldozer, Lebanese police said. On Monday Hizb Allah fired two missiles on a hilltop position in Alman al-Qusair that had been held by Israel before its 2000 pullout from south Lebanon, the police said. Israeli artillery opened up after this attack, firing nearly 45 shells in 15 minutes around the villages of Kfar Shuba, Rashaya al-Fakhar, Kfar Hamam and Halta, wounding two women, security sources said.
An AFP correspondent saw Israeli helicopters and other aircraft overflying Lebanese soil at low altitude. Israeli military sources confirmed that the bulldozer had been hit but said it had suffered only material damage and the attack had caused no casualties. Hizb Allah's Al-Manar television station said the attack on the vehicle caused casualties and that an Israeli ambulance rushed to the scene.
BAGHDAD: Violence escalated in Iraq on Monday with at least 71 deaths reported as insurgents stepped up attempts to prevent elections scheduled for January 30. Iraqi forces killed 35 insurgents over the past 48 hours and arrested 64 during a sweep near Fallujah west of Baghdad, the Iraqi government said on Monday. In Mosul, US forces killed seven insurgents and arrested 12 over the past 24 hours, the US military said, adding 81 suspected insurgents had been arrested in Anbar province over the last three days. Gunmen killed the son of a representative of Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Iraq's top Shia spiritual leader, officials said.
Insurgents detonated a suicide car bomb at police headquarters in Baiji on Monday, killing at least 10 people. At least 20 people were wounded, mostly police. Near Baquba, gunmen opened fire on a checkpoint and killed eight soldiers. Three Iraqi civilians were killed in Ramadi when a suicide bomber attacked a US patrol and American troops opened fire. Nine civilians were wounded. A US lieutenant said there were US casualties, but did not elaborate.
In Sharqat, gunmen attacked a police station, killing one policeman and wounding two. The bullet-ridden body of another policeman was found beside a road. Gunmen also attacked a police station in Dour, a village near Tikrit, killing one policeman and injuring two. A guard was killed and two wounded when guerrillas fired at a polling station in Musayib. One insurgent was also wounded. The Iraqi Catholic archbishop of Mosul was kidnapped in what the Vatican called an "act of terrorism".
An oil tanker carrying jet fuel for US-led coalition forces in Afghanistan exploded in Chaman after it caught fire on Monday, an official said. A hotel was also partially damaged but there were no casualties in the incident. Witnesses said it was a bomb explosion and two people were injured seriously. The oil tanker was parked at the Kargil Shahidan hotel and was soon to leave for Kandahar.
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KARACHI: A Pakistani militant has been arrested for his alleged role in high-profile terror attacks including a plot to kill Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, police said on Monday. Mohammad Jamil Memon, a member of the extremist organisation Harkatul Mujahideen Al-Alaami, was detained in Swat a few days ago, senior police investigator Manzoor Mughal said. Memon admitted his involvement in activities including the April 26, 2002 attempt to kill President Musharraf in Karachi, when a remote-controlled device failed to detonate an explosives-laden van near the president's motorcade, police said. "Memon was initially arrested in Swat and will now be interrogated by Karachi police for his alleged role in high-profile cases here including the plot to kill the president," Mughal said. Police said they would also quiz Memon over a June 14, 2002 suicide bomb attack on the US consulate in Karachi, which killed 12 Pakistanis. The vehicle used in the bid on President Musharraf's life was also employed to strike the consulate. Three members of the same group as Memon were sentenced in 2003 to 10 years' hard labour for the assassination attempt. Two of them Mohammad Imran and Hanif Ayub were given death sentences for bombing the American consulate.
NEW DELHI: Indian police on Monday claimed to have arrested a Pakistani national for spying. The Special Cell of Police caught Mohammad Azhar Rafiq at a courier shop near New Delhi Railway Station while sending documents to Bangladesh, said Ashok Chand, the deputy commissioner of police. Mr Rafiq, a resident of Rahmiyar Khan, had illegally entered India via Bangladesh in 2001 and had settled in Mumbai under the name Sarang Ali Khan, he said. He had allegedly spied for several years, Mr Chand added.
The Punjab government has extended the detention period of over three-dozen sectarian activists who were jailed for 90 days under the Maintenance of Public Ordinance, sources said on Monday. They said that the extension was made under the Anti-Terrorist Act of 1997, adding that the activists were supposed to be freed this month. The government released some sectarian activists a few days back after they and their families submitted written pledges that they would not participate in any sectarian activity in the future. Those released have to report to their area's station house officers twice a day. They have to notify the police before they leave their residential areas. Their national identity cards and passports will remain with the police until the government says otherwise.
ISLAMABAD: Unidentified men fired rockets at a Frontier Corps (FC) camp near Mach in Balochistan on Monday. There were no immediate reports of casualties. Separately, unidentified people booby-trapped an electricity pylon and blew it up, suspending electricity to the Mach area for two hours. An FC official said, "Unidentified people fired about six rockets at an FC camp from the National Highway, which missed their target and hit the hills around the camp." FC and Levis personnel retaliated and the attackers took flight. Earlier, 10 hostages held by tribesmen in Balochistan were freed by security forces, the Balochistan home minister said. They were abducted on Tuesday from the Sui gas fields after several days of clashes between security forces and tribesmen. On Friday, the Balochistan government asked the federal government to take charge of security at the Sui gas plant.
QUETTA: Chief Minister Jam Yousaf said on Monday paramilitary forces in Balochistan had identified about 100 homes from where they believe tribesmen fired rockets between January 7 and 11 at Sui installations, killing at least eight people. "Now, those homes are the focus of search," he told The Associated Press. He would not say if any arrests have been made or weapons seized.
Hundreds of paramilitary troops were searching homes for weapons and renegade tribesmen in Sui. The Balochistan home minister, Mir Saeed Khan Nosherwani, said that the overall law and order situation in Balochistan is satisfactory, APP reported. Online reported that Sui residents are facing gas and water shortages. Reuters reported that armed tribesmen from rural Balochistan have begun converging on Dera Bugti, about 50 km north of Sui, to support the nationalist cause. "They are coming voluntarily, to protect their motherland," said resident Murad Ali Bugti. Tribesmen took positions in bunkers on hilltops surrounding Dera Bugti, while government troops dug in bunkers around Sui. Sui resident Hafizullah Bugti vowed to resist an attack by government forces. "We do not want to fight, but if fighting is forced upon us, we will," he said.
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