* The state department is not allowed to use the JIHAD word any longer, according to the almighty secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice.Â So CNN puts exclamation marks around it, you see: it may not really be ‘jihadist’ material, perhaps it was just some Mickey Mouse cartoons depicting Muslims and Islam in a bad light:
By Frederik Pleitgen
BERLIN, Germany (CNN) — German police conducted a series of raids across the country Wednesday as part of their investigation into nine citizens suspected of systematically trying to convert others to radical Islam.
Anton Winkler, spokesman for the Munich state prosecutor, said the suspects ranged in age from 27 to 47.
More than 130 officers fanned out across several cities, including Berlin and Bonn, searching houses and looking for illegal “jihadist” propaganda.
Prosecutors said the suspects had ties to an Islamic center in Neu-Ulm, a small township in southern Germany.
The Multi-Kultur-Haus was shut down in 2005 after authorities seized material urging Muslims to carry out suicide attacks in Iraq.
In September, German authorities arrested two German citizens who had converted to Islam and a Turkish resident who they said were in the advanced stages of plotting a bombing attack. The trio attended the Islamic center.
* British judges must be shocked:
UK: Misunderstanders of Islam had ‘Jihad Papers’, wherein it is written: ‘defeating the enemy means striking “terror into their hearts”
Material supporting jihad and martyrdom operations was found at the home of a man accused of plotting to blow up aircraft, a court has heard.
One document found at Abdulla Ahmed Ali’s flat in Walthamstow, east London, said no deed would give “rewards” like an act of jihad, jurors were told.
Another said defeating the enemy meant striking “terror into their hearts”, Woolwich Crown Court heard.
Eight men deny conspiring to murder and endangering planes in August 2006.
* They were only following the teachings of the profit Muhammad, they are completely innocent!
They are accused of planning to detonate home-made bombs disguised as soft drinks on several transatlantic flights.
‘Psychology of war’
The court was shown photographs of the six-day search at the home of Mr Ali, 27, on 9 August 2006.
Jurors were told police found papers containing passages relating to jihad [holy war], martyrdom, references to the kuffar [non-believers] and achieving jannah [paradise].
One read: “No deed is better than jihad and no deed will give you such rewards and rectify you.”
Another said: “The psychology of war is that you can defeat your enemy if you take away that which they love the most and strike terror into their hearts.
“With martyrdom operations they achieve that as the most beloved thing is life and wealth. When your enemy is not scared to die it scares you.”
Other material, including books on the life of the Prophet Mohammed, a guide on disabled access to sites in London, a chemistry textbook and banking documents, was also found, prosecutors said.
Earlier, shop worker Showkoth Uddin told the court how he wrapped up four glass measuring jars bought by another of the defendants.
The prosecution claims Arafat Waheed Khan, 26, also of Walthamstow, east London, bought the items, as well as syringes and needles, at John Bell & Croyden pharmacy in central London in July 2006 in preparation for the alleged airline bomb plot.
Another of the shop’s employees, Adbul Rahman, said Mr Khan re-visited the pharmacy the following day to return the four glass jars and instead bought two 250ml conical jars.
The defendants are Mr Ali, Mr Khan, Assad Sarwar, 24, of High Wycombe, Bucks, Tanvir Hussain, 27, of Leyton, east London, and Waheed Zaman, 23, of Walthamstow, east London.
Also charged are Mohammed Gulzar, 26, of Barking, east London, Ibrahim Savant, 27, of Stoke Newington, north London, and Umar Islam, 29, of Plaistow, east London.
The trial continues.