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Africa North
Al-Azhar’s double game to Islamize Egypt and maintain power
In recent years the authorities of the most important Sunni university, supported the youth of the revolution and are now with the Muslim Brotherhood. For the great scholar of Islam Fr. Samir Khalil Samir, such behavior is typical of the University, which has always supported those who govern. The new constitution based on Sharia will not transform Egypt into an Islamic state, for now. It takes advantage of the ignorance of a population that only trusts imams, all formed by al-Azhar. The document is primarily a ideological move by Islamists to appear like "real Muslims" before the Islamic world. Sharia, Islam, religion reassure the population. The future game of the Muslim Brotherhood and of Islam itself will evolve in the coming months on specific topics: jobs, the economy and development.
Posted by: tipper || 01/14/2013 12:01 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10795 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Be carefull, you might Succeed, then you're fukt.

People will NOT stand Slavery, Religious or otherwise, Not for long.

And when they don't, you're ass is grass, and the lawnmower's a coming.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 01/14/2013 12:22 Comments || Top||

#2  Marx had some things right and the Muzzies prove his points.

Marx is saying that religion’s purpose is to create illusory fantasies for the poor.

Illusory fantasies for the poor is what the Muzzie dictator class counts on. They want the peons to be high on that opiate of the masses because it distracts from the evil rapaciousness of the Imams, Mullahs and their sycophants.
Posted by: AlanC || 01/14/2013 13:08 Comments || Top||

Despite US efforts, no Egypt-Israel “hot line.” Cairo hosts Gen. Soleimani
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Africa Subsaharan
No easy exit for French fighting terror in Mali
France, breaking its own rules with a surprise military intervention in Mali,
Why are rules made if not to be broken...
appears to be halting the lightning advance of radical Islamists seen as a threat to Europe.
Perhaps Mr. Hollande now will have a little sympathy for Mr. Bush...
But the operation raises the specter
ohhhh, how evil, a specter!
of an African quagmire
QUAGMIRE! Yes, Journolist has been busy lately planting all the correct new buzz words...
in a new theater of the West's war on terror
Are we still calling it that?
just as France and other U.S. allies emerge from the old one in Afghanistan. And it undermines President Francois Hollande's promise to end the cozy, paternalistic ties France has long sustained with its former African colonies.
He didn't promise he'd abandon them to terrorists, did he?
France fears a new sanctuary of terrorism could take root in Mali, and says fast action was the only choice after sudden extremist advances last week.
That's about right, I think, and credit to the French for being alert and being willing to act. It helped that it was in their traditional 'sphere of influence', but that's fine. Again, this might cause the French to understand what we've been going through in Afghanistan and Iraq...
French authorities contend that Mali and its neighbors in West Africa, Europe and especially France are threatened by three radical organizations, including an al-Qaida affiliate, that control northern Mali and are looking to extend their grip to the crucial south and the capital of Bamako to set up a terror state.

French authorities acknowledged Sunday that the militants have turned out to be better-armed and equipped than France had initially thought.
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#1  But the operation raises the specter of an Dien Bien Phu African quagmire....
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/14/2013 6:23 Comments || Top||

#2  Where's my femto-violin?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/14/2013 15:34 Comments || Top||

#3  the dilemma ... how do the French stop Saudi money from flowing into Mali?
Posted by: Raider || 01/14/2013 18:01 Comments || Top||

Down Under
Wahwambulance for a Hizbie hatemonger
RADICAL Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir were upset with reports this week that their leader, the euphoniously named Sheik Ismail Al-Wahwah,
That's not a Fred addition -- the journalist actually wrote those words. I'm in love.
had called for Australia to be ruled by Moslem law.

Under a Wahwah-style government, reports said, alcohol would be banned, an Islamic dress code enforced and languages other than Arabic outlawed in schools.

This was the Hizbies' cue to call a Wahwambulance. "Ismail al-Wahwah did not mention Australia at all in his lecture, a fact evident to anyone who watches the excerpts of the lecture on the basis of which the claim was made," the group wailed.

"The lecture, the complete recording of which will be up on our website soon, was about the establishment of the Caliphate in the Moslem World. At no point was any vision for Australia presented." Well, let's check exactly what Wahwah said in his lecture, which formed the basis of those reports.

"That is the duty of the caliphate to implement Islam internally and carry the light of Islam to the rest of the world," the Sheik declared. "How? Not with flowers."

Key words: "The rest of the world." The last time we checked, Australia was part of that world. Wahwah's wishes apply as much here as they do anywhere else. Wahwah is pedalling caliphate crap, plain and simple.

(By the way, no flowers and no booze? Dates with this bloke must be a delight.)

Another local caliphate fan also emerged recently, courtesy of international monitoring organization The Middle East Media Research Institute. Former Catholic Musa Cerantonio spoke at Islamic venues in Sydney and Melbourne late last year.

"Re-establishing the Islamic state is eventually going to be a military matter, and it is a matter that concerns a large part of the Islamic nation," Musa, raised in Victoria, said.

"The Taliban, may Allah grant them victory, they are the heroes of the Islamic nation these days. These are men." Lucky for them. If they were women, they'd be pelted with rocks and have acid thrown in their faces.

"They are the men of this Islamic nation today, the Taliban, may Allah grant them victory. You don't find anyone like them on the face of this earth."
Posted by: ryuge || 01/14/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Dumb Asses, Dumb Ideas.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 01/14/2013 0:41 Comments || Top||

#2  Lead from the rear, as far to the rear as possile.

But NEVER lose sight of the Profit You can Invoke.
(NOT misspelled)
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 01/14/2013 0:44 Comments || Top||

#3  That's Tim Blair's work- I'd know that blood spatter pattern anywhere.
Posted by: Grunter || 01/14/2013 8:37 Comments || Top||

Hollande shows new mettle as war leader, reformer
Posted by: tipper || 01/14/2013 12:31 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10795 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Headlines are different to those when GWB did the same thing...
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 01/14/2013 12:37 Comments || Top||

#2  A commie can do no wrong. Stalin, Mao and Pol Pot killed millions. No big deal. Ironically, obooboo is getting bad reviews for not being red enough...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/14/2013 12:48 Comments || Top||

#3  Waste the economy. Start a war to distract the mob.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/14/2013 15:34 Comments || Top||

#4  War was started long ago and the entire regions happily remains in a constant state of on again-off again tribal conflict. Appears to be a French rescue mission and spanking of sorts. As you are aware, they've made a fairly large economic and cultural investment in Chad and some of the neighboring areas. With examples such as Detroit and Chicago as optimal outcomes, my guess is they'll wisely stop short of any attempt at "nation building".
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/14/2013 15:55 Comments || Top||

#5  The French have generally provided the firepower, while letting the locals do what they want with the defeated. And that is how decisive victories are won, via merciless bloodlettings.
Posted by: Zhang Fei || 01/14/2013 18:40 Comments || Top||

Home Front: WoT
CAIR’s New Disinformation Campaign on “Jihad”
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Epitome of hate
[Dawn] THE terrorist sectarian outfit Lashkar-e-Jhangvi
... a 'more violent' offshoot of Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistain. LeJ's purpose in life is to murder anyone who's not of utmost religious purity, starting with Shiites but including Brelvis, Ahmadis, Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Rosicrucians, and just about anyone else you can think of. They are currently a wholly-owned subsidiary of al-Qaeda ...
(LJ), which has been active in Pakistain since the mid-1990s, has become a strategic asset for many including Al Qaeda, Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP) and the so-called non-violent religious sectarian parties.

Lately divided into many factions and small terrorist cells, the LJ is once again coming under a unified command, which could be a major reason for the escalated sectarian violence during the last few weeks.

The outfit has undoubtedly become the second most lethal terrorist group in Pakistain after the TTP. A comparison of the geographical spread of incidents of sectarian violence from 2009 to 2012 suggests that Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
, Quetta, Gilgit and Kurram Agency
...home of an intricately interconnected web of poverty, ignorance, and religious fanaticism, where the laws of cause and effect are assumed to be suspended, conveniently located adjacent to Tora Bora...
have become regular hotspots of sectarian violence, the areas where the group is largely operational either alone or in collaboration with the TTP and foreign beturbanned goons.

Although the nexus between the beturbanned goon sectarian Sunni groups and the TTP was already well-established it was for the first time that in 2012 the TTP grabbed credit for several attacks on the Shia community in different parts of Pakistain.

The LJ was believed to be involved in 128 terrorist attacks across the country in 2012, largely in Bloody Karachi and Quetta; these attacks ranged from sectarian assaults to strikes on the security forces. LJ and other such terrorist sectarian groups, which had absorbed Al Qaeda and Taliban ideological tendencies, increasingly returned to their primary sectarian agendas.

Once a breakaway faction of the Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistain
...a Sunni Deobandi organization, a formerly registered Pak political party, established in the early 1980s in Jhang by Maulana Haq Nawaz Jhangvi. Its stated goal is to oppose Shia influence in Pakistain. They're not too big on Brelvis, either. Or Christians. Or anybody else who's not them. The organization was banned in 2002 as a terrorist organization, but somehow it keeps ticking along, piling up the corpse counts...
(SSP), now known as Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat, the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi has an ever more violent anti-Shia agenda.
Although it claims to be a separate entity, whatever it does furthers the cause of the SSP in one way or the other. The group solely depends on the SSP for human resources and justifies the killing of Shias in Pakistain. A recent statement circulated by a faction of LJ led by Asif Chotu declared Shia Mohammedans the major obstacle in the way of enforcement of Sharia in Pakistain. The SSP denies any direct link with the terrorist group, but the LJ is the major source of its vigour that it exploits for political gains. Though a faction within the SSP is against sectarian violence its voice is diminutive in the larger discourse of the organization.

The LJ had lost central command when the police launched an extensive operation against the group in the late 1990s and later when it was proscribed in August 2000.
These steps caused the emergence of internal differences and divisions among the group. Thus many splinter groups emerged.

After 9/11, LJ Islamic fascisti had joined the angry Kashmiri jihadists and tribal Taliban, who were not happy with the sudden change in the state's policy that abandoned jihad in the region. The major terrorist attacks between 2001 and 2007 in the country were launched by this emerging alliance. The nexus was further strengthened when these small groups joined Al Qaeda and the tribal Taliban. Such alliances ideologically transformed the sectarian groups injecting in them global jihadist tendencies.

This was the time when the LJ was losing its sectarian identity and the group was become a tag name for small terrorist cells. Qari Hussain, the trainer of jacket wallahs who was killed in a drone strike in 2010, had infused new life into the group while recruiting Punjab- and Bloody Karachi-based youths and re-initiating sectarian terrorist attacks.

Tariq Afridi, head of the TTP's Darra Adam Khel chapter, was the second person who revitalised the violent sectarian agenda of the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and launched deadly terrorist attacks in Fata and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
... formerly NWFP, still Terrorism Central...
. The release of Malik Ishaq, founding member of the group who was facing trial in the killings of more than 100 Shia scholars and community leaders, further emboldened the group.

Although these facts injected new life into the agenda and operations of the group, on the organizational level it remained splintered and disconnected until recently. Its Balochistan
...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it...
chapter, led by Usman Kurd, which targets the Hazara Shia community in Quetta, had little interaction with groups in Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.
Seven other LJ groups are active in Bloody Karachi and Punjab, including the Attaur Rehman alias Naeem Bukhari, Qasim Rasheed, Muhammad Babar, Ghaffar, Muaviya, Akram Lahori and Malik Ishaq groups. These groups have devised their local agendas as well and indulge in local pie fights.

Asif Chotu, once a close aide of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi founder Riaz Basra, is reorganising the group. He had joined the TTP in 2010 and reunited the scattered members of LJ and on behalf of the TTP launched several operations across the country. He has approached other factions as well and now most of the splinter groups have come under one umbrella because of his efforts.

It is a dangerous development, which can lead to an escalation of sectarian violence across the country. The LJ nexus with Al Qaeda and TTP has not only broadened its ideological horizon but also equipped it with lethal operational tactics. It may not be the LJ of the 1990s, which was mostly involved in assassinations, but its new face is extensively lethal in terms of operational capabilities and connections with terrorist groups.

The TTP will not let the group focus only on sectarian killings but could use it to hit other targets as well such as security forces, foreign interests and politicianship.

On the other hand, the state and politicianship seem ignorant of the fact that a new nexus is causing a new, critical threat to loom. A few mainstream parties appeared to have kept links with sectarian organizations for electoral success. Sectarian groups welcome all political parties because they seek political legitimacy through these alliances.

Law-enforcement agencies appear to have no clear countering strategy mainly because of the frail threat perception and lack of inspiration to take action against homegrown terrorist threats.
Posted by: Fred || 01/14/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under: Lashkar e-Jhangvi

#1  LONG overdue for Nuclear cleansing.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 01/14/2013 0:46 Comments || Top||

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  Famed Tunisia Mausoleum Torched by Salafists
Sun 2013-01-13
  19 Killed in Failed French Raid to Free Somalia Hostage
Sat 2013-01-12
  French commandos attack al-Shabab base, explosions, gunfire heard
Fri 2013-01-11
  France confirms Mali intervention
Thu 2013-01-10
  Taliban suspects arrested over Karachi polio killings
Wed 2013-01-09
  Indonesia Foils Terror Plot on Tourist Spots
Tue 2013-01-08
  US drone attack kills four in North Waziristan
Mon 2013-01-07
  Syria Opposition Rejects Assad's Reconciliation Plan
Sun 2013-01-06
  Dronezap in South Wazoo send 18 TTP Jihadis to their rewards
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  New U.S. Drone Strike Kills Three Qaida Suspects in Yemen
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