Video: Fertilizer Bomb Plots Detailed

A detailed look at the plots of the five recently convicted British Muslims, thanks to operative Kasper on LGF.

Includes surveillance video and secret recordings of the terrorists discussing attacking a British nightclub.

[youtube][/youtube] Jimmi the Dhimmi sez:

Q: What is the difference between a Sunni and a Shiite?

A: One is a muslim who kills other muslims, the other is exactly the opposite.

Cleric preaches that violence is part of Islam

By Duncan Gardham

* Well, it sure is. Ever since Muhammad said ‘Terror made me victorious’ and ‘strike terror in the hearts of the enemy’- but good Muslims always deny that, which is part of their indoctrination, but denial confuses gullible Westerners…


The mentor (absconded) Omar Bakri Mohammed

How it all started:

At a scout hut on forestry land in Crawley, West Sussex, Omar Bakri Mohammed encouraged his small band of followers to turn their ideological zeal to violence, training them in boxing and urging them on.

It was at one such meeting that Omar Khyam, the leader of the fertiliser plotters, first came into contact with radical Islam as an impressionable teenager.



It was Bakri’s boundless energy that drew together the various parts of the radical group he had founded.

Living on disability benefit in Edmonton, north London, he drove round the country encouraging members of al-Muhajiroun.

His friendly, sometimes comical persona belied a radical ideology, not only pushing the establishment of a worldwide Muslim Caliphate and the black flag of Islam flying at No 10, but also leading a group that supported violent means to achieve those ends.

Bakri helped organise a seminar after the September 11 attacks in favour of the “Magnificent 19” and went on to call the July 7 bombers the “Fantastic Four.”

In documents seen by The Daily Telegraph, al-Muhajiroun claimed: “Terrorism is a part of Islam” and “Allah made it obligatory to prepare and to terrify the enemy of Allah”.

The article advised: “The kuffar of USA and UK are without doubt our enemy.There is no such thing as an innocent kafir, innocence is only applicable for the Muslims. Not only is it obligatory to fight them, it is haram [forbidden] to feel sorry for them.”

Al-Muhajiroun or “AM” included several distinct groups – Omar Khyam and Waheed Mahmood became involved in Crawley, Anthony Garcia in east London and Salahuddin Amin in Luton.

In Pakistan, after September 11, those groups came together under the guidance of Mohammed Babar, an al-Muhajiroun member from New York, and others, including allegedly Hassan Butt from Manchester.

Babar and Butt allegedly set up an “AM” office in Lahore, with Butt said to have boasted of sending British recruits to fight allied forces in Afghanistan.

At least two young men from Crawley and one from Luton were killed when the allied forces invaded in 2001. Bakri called them martyrs.

Another young man inspired by Bakri was Omar Sharif, from Derby, a student at King’s College London who went on to become a suicide bomber in Israel.

For some, the attention drawn to al-Muhajiroun was unwelcome and it probably encouraged the Crawley group to separate from it.

Six months after the arrest of the Crawley bombers in 2004, Bakri announced that he was closing down

al-Muhajiroun but other organisations have been set up by his followers.

New York Police Department said last year it believed that al-Muhajiroun and its successors had connections with Islamic societies in 21 British towns and cities as well as student bodies, publishers and a software company.

In a recent article in the London-based Arabic newspaper Al Sharq al-Awsat, a former leader of one group said: “The students of Omar Bakri continue to preach on campuses.”

Bakri now lives in the Lebanon and has been banned from returning to Britain, although his wife and seven children still live in Edmonton.

* Sure. What’s better for a professional Jihadi to leave his whole tribe safely deposited in the Dar’al Harb where the filthy kuffars provide them with their every need, like free medicare, welfare, housing, schooling and other allowances while they can freely do da’awa and continue promoting the jihad?

Even Allah himself is not THAT generous!

In a sermon in English, given over a secure internet site by Bakri last week, he talked of anti-terrorism arrests as a “good sign”. He said: “When you put people under pressure everywhere, I think you are leading to explosion.”

Barghouti Praises Al Bebeeceera Reporter: “He is one of us…”

Hamas Intercedes For BBC Reporter, Barghouti Praises Him

* Comical if not tragic: Different factions of terror organizations compete against each other in the great game of kidnapping and extortion…


Alan Johnston

( The Islamist terror group Hamas has agreed to intercede on behalf of missing BBC reporter Alan Johnston.

Hamas chief Ismail Haniye has agreed to intercede, sending a threatening dispatch to Gaza’s Doghmush clan, which is reportedly holding Johnston. Haniye said he warned them that Hamas would react harshly if Johnston is harmed and not released soon, according to British Arabic newspaper Al-Hayat.

Earlier this week, Hamas Parliamentary Speaker Ahmed Bahr called for the killing of every last Jew and American. Johnston is neither of those, working for a news agency that is considered one of the most sympathetic, outside the Arab world, to the Hamas-led Palestinian Authority.


Jailed terror chief Marwan Barghouti has described Johnston to the Associated Press as a “friend of the Palestinian people” and PA Information Minister Mustafa Barghouti said of the reporter at a protest for his release that he “has done a lot for our cause.”

Johnston disappeared on March 12. Hamas has refrained, until now, from actively accusing the clan holding Johnston. Gaza criminal and terrorist groups have repeatedly kidnapped Western journalists, receiving jobs, funds and weapons in return for their speedy release.

Not a single kidnapper in the dozens of abductions that have taken place since Israel left Gaza have been put on trial or jailed by the Palestinian Authority.

But the demands of the particularly powerful Doghmush clan are reportedly beyond what Hamas can supply. The group may have been encouraged by Britain’s apparent willingness to negotiate with Iran over the release of its troops, and reasoned that the same applies to Britain’s national media conglomerate, the BBC. In addition to the size and armor of the clan, their willingness to shift loyalties from Fatah to Hamas and back again reportedly make it difficult for either Abbas or Haniye to attain Johnston’s release.

The kidnappers demands reportedly include such things as the release of an Iraqi female would-be suicide-bomber jailed in Jordan for attempting an attack in the Hashemite capital of Amman.

Johnston’s alleged kidnapping has also benefited Hamas, with the British government meeting Hamas officials for the first time due to the affair.

Despite Haniye’s tough words before a press conference attended by scores of concerned journalists, senior PA security man Rashid Abu Shubak told the Arabic Al-Ayyam that confronting the clan of kidnappers is not an option. Abu Shubak said that the kidnappers’ identities are known, but that due to the “volatile” situation in Gaza, they could not be confronted.

Another report cites a British request to Fatah chief and PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas not to attempt a rescue operation, out of concern that it would endanger Johnston.

Here’s more from Al Bebeeceera 

Excerpt: “We in the government are deeply sorry and ashamed that this kidnapping is ongoing, especially since he is a friend of our people and has done a lot for our cause.

“His kidnapping is detrimental to our nation and our national cause,” Mr Barghouti said. 

Dhimmitude at the ABC: “9 to stand trial over alleged terrorism plot”

What kind of society have we become? What kind of cowardly, pathetic wimps rule our Main Stream Media and deliberately sell us out for stupidity and misguided political correctness?

Read this: Do you find the words ‘Muslim’ or ‘Islamic’ anywhere?

Nine men accused of stockpiling chemicals and explosive detonators to carry out a terrorist attack have been ordered to stand trial in the Supreme Court in Sydney next month.
The men were arrested in 2005 in Australia’s largest-ever counter-terrorism operation and are accused of plotting to carry out an attack on a target in Sydney.

The office of the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP) has confirmed the group will appear for arraignment in the Supreme Court in Sydney on the June 1.

Andrew Bolt comments on his blog:

* This is not reporting but censoring – denying the public information it requires to better understand. Clearly the ABC reporters feel there are some things its ABC readers had better not know, given their warped characters.

ABC News online

Fortunately the Australian informs, as they should:

Nine men to stand trial over terror plot
May 01, 2007

NINE Muslim men accused of stockpiling chemicals and explosive detonators have been ordered to stand trial on charges of planning terror attacks in Sydney, court officials said today.

Magistrate Michael Price yesterday ruled that the men must stand trial after they were arrested last year in Australia’s largest-ever counter-terrorism operation, a court official said.

“The nine were committed to stand trial in the Supreme Court and will appear in that court on June 1, 2007,” the official said.

The nine appeared in March in a magistrates court in Penrith, west of Sydney, under a heavy blanket of security to allow Mr Price to establish if they had a case to answer.

They were charged with planning terrorist strikes in Sydney, reportedly including the bombing of its Lucas Heights nuclear reactor.

They were arrested in Sydney in November 2005, days after the Government passed tough new anti-terrorism legislation making it easier for police to prosecute suspects involved in the early stages of planning attacks.

Prime Minister John Howard pushed the legislation through parliament after expressing concern that Australia could face attacks similar to the deadly London transport bombings in July 2005.

The missing link:

The above article is today up on Robert Spencer’s Jihad Watch, and he rightly points out that the 9 accused were disciples of Abdul Nacer Benbrika, a seriously nasty peace of work, featured here:

I must preach holy war, says teacher

By Michelle Grattan
Political editor

August 5, 2005


Abdul Nacer Benbrika
, also known as Abu Bakr.
Photo: Courtesy ABC TV
A Melbourne radical Islamic teacher last night described Osama bin Laden as “a great man” and declared he would be betraying his religion if he told students not to train in terrorist camps.

Abdul Nacer Benbrika, also known as Abu Bakr, said: “My religion doesn’t tolerate other religion . . . Jihad is a part of my religion.”

ASIO revoked Mr Benbrika’s passport earlier this year, the ABC reported, and it recently raided and questioned him. But although it took papers, charges had not been laid.

Earlier this week former ASIO officer Michael Roach said Australia had about a dozen terrorist cells, with up to 60 individuals in Sydney and Melbourne. Australian Federal Police chief Mick Keelty has confirmed this.

Last night’s inflammatory statements came as Prime Minister John Howard said he had been briefed yesterday about possible changes to strengthen the law on terrorism. He said he would be saying something about the matter shortly.

It is likely to be discussed when Coalition leaders meet today for wide-ranging talks before Parliament resumes next week after the long winter break. The meeting will be attended by Mr Howard, new National Party leader Mark Vaile, Peter Costello, Warren Truss, Robert Hill and Nick Minchin.

Mr Howard said the Algerian-born Mr Benbrika, who lives in Melbourne’s northern suburbs and has been in Australia for 16 years, was “a person of interest to the relevant government agencies” and he had to be careful what he said about him.

Mr Benbrika told The 7.30 Report, which reported that some of his students had gone to overseas terrorist training: “According to my religion, here, I don’t accept all other religion except the religion of Islam.”

He said he was “not involved in anything here. I am teaching my brothers here the Koran and the Sunna and I’m trying my best to keep myself, my family, my kids and the Muslims close to this religion”.

“I am telling you that my religion doesn’t tolerate other religion. It doesn’t tolerate. The only one law which needs to spread, it can be here or anywhere else, has to be Islam.”

Pressed on why he did not tell students not to go abroad for terrorist training, he said: “If I do this, it means I am betraying my religion.”

“Jihad is a part of my religion and what you have to understand (is) that anyone who fight for this sake of Allah . . . when he dies, the first drop of blood that comes from him . . . all his sin will be forgiven.”

He described Osama bin Laden as “a great man. Osama bin Laden was a great man before 11 September, which they said he did . . . and until now nobody knows who did it”.

* He’s right. That’s because when Muslims commit atrocities, it is not them who rape, kill and murder: It is Allah himself. That’s in the scriptures, that was Muhammads excuse from the beginning.

He said the problem was that there were two laws – Australian law and Islamic law.

Mr Howard strongly rejected the notion of two laws. “Suggestions that there is an exclusivity of religious belief in this country is against the values we hold,” he said. “It’s also very unfair and damaging to those hundreds of thousands of Muslim Australians who share my view . . . that we should respect other religions and we should try and live in tolerance and harmony.”

Mr Howard said he thought Australians were more nervous because of the London bombings. “What has shaken people about the London attacks is that it was apparently carried out by native-born people. I think that shook people and made people realise, well if that can happen in a country like England . . . it could happen in Australia.”

Hitler wore suits and kissed children, Hilali cooks for Ben Chubby from the Sydney Morning Herald

…Who promptly gives him a clean bill of health and writes  an astounding puff piece on Dark Ages terrorist-supporting hate cleric Taj al-Din al-Hilali:

The mufti we love to hate


Stirring the pot … Hilaly cooks dinner at his Greenacre home. He says he is happiest in the kitchen.
Photo: Bob Pearce

Age and experience have softened the outspoken Sheik Taj el-Din al Hilaly, who talks to Ben Cubby.

* Why would that be, Ben?

SINCE arriving on a tourist visa in 1982, and overstaying, Sheik Taj el-Din al Hilaly has lurched from scandal to opprobrium in a way that would have embarrassed Anna Nicole Smith. The holder of the disputed title of Mufti of Australia has politicians falling over each other to tell people how much they dislike him.

A stream of contentious public comments – comparing scantily clad women to uncovered meat, questioning the Holocaust, attacking the sentence given to the gang rapist Bilal Skaf and cracking jokes about Australia’s convict heritage – has given even potential supporters cause to edge away from the sheik.

* Glad you don’t have a problem with that, Ben. What did Hilali feed you? Hash cookies?

More recently, he has faced claims that donated Australian money which he passed on in Lebanon might have ended up with terrorist groups.

* Thats right. We’re waiting for the indictment…

Yet in parts of the Muslim community, especially among elements of Lebanese Australian society, support for Hilaly remains strong.

* Wasn’t he supposed to be sacked Ben? How come the support is so strong?

Away from the spotlight, Hilaly lives a relatively unglamorous life in the south-western suburbs of Sydney. The former sharia court judge is happiest in the kitchen, cooking. He adores his adopted country, he says.

* Why didn’t you ask a few questions about the flogging, the beheadings, and bout the sharia, Ben? Inquisitive Australian minds would love to know!

“I have fallen in love, after the age of 40, with a beautiful lady named Australia,” Hilaly told the Herald. “What many of those who do not know me, who are angered by some of my comments, are ignorant of, is that I am a person who loves literature, in particular satirical poetry.”

* The rest is just too embarrassing and to stupid to print, but read it all:

Here it is from the Sydney Morning Herald

Another One Bites the Dust

Good that he was shot- and how:


Abu Ayyub al-Masri

Update: Is he dead or is he not? Link to Jihad Watch here

With thanks to Andrew Bolt

What is hopeful is not just the alleged killing of al Qaida’s leader in Iraq, but the manner of his death:

The leader of al Qaeda in Iraq was killed on Tuesday in a fight between insurgents north of Baghdad, the Interior Ministry spokesman said, but the U.S. military said it could not confirm the report.

There has been growing friction between Sunni Islamist al Qaeda and other Sunni Arab insurgent groups over al Qaeda’s indiscriminate killing of civilians and its imposition of an austere brand of Islam in the areas where it holds sway.

The death is not confirmed, But what is true is that insurgent Sunni sheiks are now turning on al Qaida, which means more hope of a negotiated peace in Iraq.

And among other good news:

US forces also killed an al-Qa’ida kingpin who had sent 12-year-old Iraqi boys to their deaths as suicide car bombers. The US command claimed Muhammad Abdullah Abbas al-Issawi, the al-Qa’ida “security emir” in eastern Anbar province in Iraq and a former Zarqawi associate, was killed on April 20.


Here is another link from the Australian

Split in al-Qa’ida behind Masri hit


U.S. soldiers take up positions on the roof top of a house in reaction to sniper fire that hit their vehicles while on patrol in Mosul, northwest of Baghdad, April 29, 2007. (Stringer/Reuters)

In other news from Iraq: Reuters

Suicide bomber kills 20 at Iraq funeral

Sunni/Shia jihad update:


By Dean YatesMon Apr 30,

A suicide bomber wearing a vest packed with explosives killed more than 20 people when he blew himself up among mourners at a Shi’ite funeral north of Baghdad on Monday, Iraqi police said.

The attack took place inside a crowded mourning tent in the town of Khalis in volatile Diyala province, police said.

More than 35 people had been wounded, police said, adding they expected the death toll to rise.

Since U.S. and Iraqi forces launched a security crackdown in Baghdad in February, militants including al Qaeda have increasingly shifted the focus of their attacks outside the capital.

Diyala, a religiously mixed area, has been the scene of fierce fighting between U.S. troops and al Qaeda as well as Sunni Arab insurgents.

Five U.S. soldiers were killed in Iraq over the weekend, raising the number of American troops killed this month to over 100 and making April one of the deadliest of the war for U.S. forces.

The toll could increase the pressure on U.S. President George W. Bush, who is fighting a plan by Democrats to set a timetable for withdrawing U.S. forces from Iraq.

Bush has vowed to veto a war spending bill from Democrats that requires combat troops to begin withdrawing by Oct 1. The Democrat-controlled Congress plans to send the bill to Bush on Tuesday.

The U.S. military said three soldiers and an Iraqi interpreter were killed by a roadside bomb in eastern Baghdad on Sunday. A Marine was killed in western Anbar province on Sunday.

Another soldier was killed by small arms fire in eastern Baghdad on Saturday, the military said.

The security crackdown in Baghdad is seen as a final attempt to halt Iraq’s plunge into all-out civil war between majority Shi’ites and once-dominant minority Sunni Arabs.

U.S. commanders acknowledge that the offensive, which has led to the deployment of thousands of extra troops on the streets, has increased the risk of military casualties.

Before the announcement of the latest deaths, the independent Web site had put the number of U.S. troops killed in Iraq in April at 99. Around half have been killed in and around Baghdad.

Some 3,350 U.S. troops and many tens of thousands of Iraqis have been killed since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003.

April has also been a bad month for British forces.

Twelve have been killed in April, the highest number of casualties in a single month since March 2003, when 27 were killed in the opening days of the war.

British Defense Secretary Des Browne made an unannounced visit to Baghdad on Monday and met his Iraqi counterpart, the British embassy said.

(Additional reporting by Ibon Villelabeitia, Mussab Al-Khairalla, Waleed Ibrahim, Aseel Kami)

The Return of the Body Snatchers

New business Opportunities in Iraq:

Iraqi bomb victims’ bodies held for ransom

By Aqeel Hussein in Baghdad and Colin Freeman, Sunday Telegraph

Criminals in Baghdad are stealing corpses from the scenes of car bombings and murders in order to extract “ransoms” from grieving relatives.

In a macabre off-shoot of the capital’s kidnapping epidemic, the gangs pose as medics collecting bodies to be taken back to the city’s overflowing morgues.

Instead, though, they take the corpses to secret hiding places and then demand payments of up to £2,500 a time to release them to relatives for burial. Because Muslim custom dictates that a body must be buried as soon as possible after death, many families simply pay up, rather than involve the police.

The new racket in “dead hostage taking” is thought to be run by gangs connected to the city’s sectarian militias, many of whom are already involved in conventional kidnappings.

Iraqi police said the gangs often responded to car bombings, which can leave more than 100 corpses on the streets. In the chaos, police and army units seldom questioned the credentials of people posing as ambulance crews.

Captain Falah Saab al Mamouri, of Iraq’s Ministry of Interior, described how one such gang – since apprehended – operated. “They would look for bodies that had identity cards on them and then get in touch with the family.

“They would then ring the family of the dead person, tell them that their relative has been killed, and then demand between $3,000 and $5,000 to return the body.

“Once the family had handed the money over to a middle man, they would dump the corpse near the city morgue with the name written on a piece of paper which was pinned on the chest. Sooner or later someone would hand it over to the morgue, and the family would find it there.”

Read it all…

Bomb hits market in southern Thailand

By SUMETH PANPETCH, Associated Press Writer


AP Photo: Thai soldiers stand guard next to a burnt down school building in Pattani province, southern…

* No it was not a Buddhist bomb.

* In addition to the shooting, burning, and beheading reported yesterday in southern Thailand, “insurgents” wounded 20 people when they bombed a market.

Suspected Islamic insurgents in southern Thailand exploded a bomb at a busy night market and wounded 20 people Monday, police said. Earlier in the day, police found the bodies of two Buddhist villagers, one beheaded, apparently slain by Muslim rebels.

Similar handwritten messages were left after both attacks, saying they were revenge for a deadly weekend bombing at a mosque, police said.

Thailand is overwhelmingly Buddhist, but Muslims are a majority in the deep south, where they have long complained of discrimination. Since the Muslim rebellion flared up in early 2004, near-daily bombings, drive-by shootings and other attacks have killed more than 2,000 people.

Insurgents have targeted Buddhist civilians in what is believed to be an attempt to drive them from the area and to rouse animosity between followers of the two religions. Muslim citizens — especially those seen as collaborating with the government — also have been killed.

On Monday, a bomb hidden in the front basket of a motorcycle blew up in front of a Muslim food stall in the market, causing customers to flee in panic, police Lt. Somjit Nasomyon said. Four of the 20 wounded suffered serious injuries.

A message written in red ink said: “This is revenge for people in the mosque in Nong Chik (district) who were cruelly killed by the soldiers,” Somjit said.

The mosque bombing in the town of Hutae Bongor killed a Muslim man and injured three people.

The message suggested the attackers believed the culprits in the mosque attack were members of the security forces of Thailand’s Buddhist-dominated government. Authorities said they suspected the mosque attackers were Muslim militants bent on stirring up communal tension.

Earlier, two burned bodies, one of them headless, were found on a road, police Lt. Natachai Janpho said. He said they were apparently killed Sunday night.

A spray-painted message on the road near the bodies said: “This is revenge for Hutae Bongor,” Natachai said.


Today’s Video:

PA leader calls for killing of all Americans and Jews

The product of a sick culture, and proof of the naivety of those who think peace with such people can be reached just by talking:

Sheik Ahmad Bahr, acting Speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council, declared during a Friday sermon at a Sudan mosque that America and Israel will be annihilated and called upon Allah to kill Jews and Americans ”to the very Last One”…

The Hamas spokesperson concluded with a prayer, saying: “Oh Allah, vanquish the Jews and their supporters. Oh Allah, count their numbers, and kill them all, down to the very last one. Oh Allah, show them a day of darkness. Oh Allah, who sent down His Book, the mover of the clouds, who defeated the enemies of the Prophet defeat the Jews and the Americans, and bring us victory over them.”


And a reminder: Arafat in his own words


Albanian Terrorists Announce Greece is Next

 Greater Albania Project Moves On


* Masked and armed Albanian terrorists threaten Greek region of Epirus, announcing the formation of a “Liberation Army of Chamuria.” Judging by the flags on the table, they are clearly aware who their allies are. 

* Comment from Jihad Watch Germany: The American flag on the table is probably a sign of gratitude to the warcriminals Clinton and Albright. 

According to an announcement on the Albanian-language website, a paramilitary formation named the Liberation Army of Chamuria (LAC) had appeared in the north Greek region of Epirus, along the border with Albania.

Using the same recipe for hijacking the land employed in Serbian Kosovo-Metohija province, beginning with the albanization of the name of the region, Albanians refer to the Greek Epirus as the Chamuria or Tchamuria. Along the information that the Albanian terrorist unit covering this region has been formed, the web site also offers two videos previously shown on the Albanian television News 24.

Before the video footage was shown, president of the Albanian municipality Himara in the Valona region of Albania, stated that Epirus in Greece, populated by the majority of ethnic Albanians, should be given autonomy.

Video recordings from the Dervina web site show eight masked and armed men, with UCC (Ushtria Clirimtare e Camerise in Albanian, or Liberation Army of Chamuria) acronym on their uniforms. One of them reads the statement about the formation of the UCC/LAC sitting at the table decorated with the USA and EU flags. On the walls behind, an Albanian flag and map of “Tchamuria” are hanged. (Video 1, Video 2)

According to the Serbian news agency Tanjug, media in Athens has called on the Greek government to sharply condemn the threats issued by Albanian terrorists and to request the information from Yahoo which hosts the web site about the location of the site’s web master.

Link from Byzantine Sacred Art Blog 

Religion of Peace Strikes Again in Thailand, OIC Advises Appeasement

* Because appeasement works, right?


* from LGF

Well, it certainly works for spreading Islam. Ever since a Muhammedan general putsched himself to power in Thailand the jihadi’s are laughing all the way to the 72 virgins:

Two Buddhists set ablaze in Thai Muslim south.

PATTANI, Thailand (Reuters) – Suspected Muslim militants beheaded a Buddhist man, shot dead his nephew and set both bodies on fire in Thailand’s rebellious far south, police and soldiers said on Monday.

The 30-year man and his 14-year-old nephew were killed in a Muslim village in Pattani, one of the three southern most provinces hit by three years of separatist violence in which more than 2,100 people have been killed.

The head was found 5 km away at a government school where three bombs were planted at the entrance, police Lieutenant Colonel Yuthakan Plienpoe told Reuters.

“They wanted to trap us with these bombs,” Yuthakan said by telephone. Mobile phone service was switched off in the area to prevent the bombs being set off by phone signals.

The Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) advises more appeasement:

World Muslim body backs Thai policy on south.

BANGKOK, April 30 (Reuters) – The head of the world’s largest body of Islamic nations urged Thailand on Monday to stick to its soft approach to resolving a bloody insurgency in the Muslim-majority far south.

“We are encouraged by the new government’s policy toward the Muslim population,” Ekmeleddin Insanoglu, secretary general of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC), told reporters.

“We support the measures taken by the government and we hope to cooperate for a better future,” he said after talks with Foreign Minister Nitya Pibulsonggram on unrest in which more than 2,100 people have been killed since January 2004.

* Of course they are ‘encouraged’ useful idiots are indeed very encouraging when they unwittingly facilitate the jihad.


According to reports from close sources of the Thai military intelligence, there is an alarming rise of Muslim women in the southern part of Thailand, who are carrying out the illegal activities of the Muslim insurgents.

From hard-core assassinations to being a mediator to gather support from the local villagers, they are helping the Muslim rebel groups in every possible way.

Bangkok Post reports of 30 Muslim women who are now carrying out major operations in the southernmost provinces of the nation.

All women, aged 22 to 28 years old, are members of the Muslim Separatist groups who have taken up arms after their male relatives were killed in military encounters.



Buddhists arming themselves against Islamic Insurgency 

The latest violence is a blow to the government’s hope of solving the problem.

The regime that took power following a military coup in September had vowed to make peace in the south a priority, distancing itself from ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s widely criticized reliance on heavy force.

But Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont’s softer approach and offers of negotiation have also failed and the violence has worsened despite government insistence that progress is being made.

Ban Bala is an example of a mixed community that had been peaceful and is now infected by the violence.

A few days after the van ambush, a Buddhist man in Ban Bala was shot dead in his home and two nearby houses were burned down, while three Muslim men were wounded in two separate shootings. Rumors spread that Muslim insurgents wanted to torch the temple.

Romali Jehheng, a 51-year-old Muslim in Ban Bala, said he had no idea whether vengeful Buddhists shot the three Muslims, but he is “afraid of everybody.” He said he has stopped visiting teashops, popular gathering places that have become terrorist targets.

Army spokesman Akara said 38 Muslim families, fearing revenge by Buddhists following a shooting incident, abandoned their homes in Yala province’s Bannang Sata district in February, and returned only after the authorities remonstrated with their suspicious neighbors.

The region is awash in firearms, thanks in part to the government.

Queen Sirikit bluntly urged people to defend themselves, and she sponsors arms training programs that cater almost exclusively to Buddhists. After the attack on the van her military aide, Gen. Napon Bunthap, quoted her as saying: “We have to help people there to survive. If they need to be trained, train them. If they need to be armed, arm them.”

In Ban Bala, some 400 village militia members, mostly Buddhists, share 140 shotguns they take out on patrol, according to village chief Prasit. The Interior Ministry has also trained and armed thousands of other civilians, Muslims and Buddhists alike, to defend their villages.

Many southerners have bought handguns and rarely leave home without them despite a ban on carrying unlicensed weapons in a public place.

The government is persisting with its peace effort. Visiting the south last week, Prime Minister Surayud said the government was considering offering the insurgents an amnesty, something the previous government rejected.

At the same time, he supported the arming of Buddhists to protect their families.

But the government’s inability to curb the violence is raising tempers. Lately, Buddhist mourners at funerals for insurgency victims have directed their fury against the authorities for failing to protect them.

“When state power does not function, people feel the responsibility to protect themselves and take justice into their own hands,” said Chaiwat Satha-anand, a political scientist at Bangkok’s Thammasat University.