“We will consider negotiation only when we have brought the government to their knees,” the spokesman, Abu Qaqa, said in the group’s first major interview with a western newspaper. “Once we see that things are being done according to the dictates of Allah, and our members are released [from prison], we will only put aside our arms â€“ but we will not lay them down. You don’t put down your arms in Islam, you only put them aside.”
Somalia’s al-Shabab militants ban Red Cross aid work
Al-Shabab had already halted the work of several aid agencies working in the famine-hit region, including some from the UN. It accused them of exaggerating the scale of the problems for political reasons, and trying to convert Muslims to Christianity. (BBC)
The president’s decision to run for a third term has been met by anger in one of Africa’s most mature democracies.
It was one of the most peaceful nations on Africa’s west coast. But is that beginning to change?
Ninety-four percent of the country’s population is estimated to be Muslim……
Kenya police arrest imam over weapons cache
Kenyan police say they have arrested an imam after they found a cache of weapons in his house.
The chief of police for the coastal region says the suspect is a sympathizer of Somalia’s al-Shabab militia. Deputy Commissioner Aggrey Adoli says the haul included a pistol, a rifle, detonators and hand grenades.Â Aboud Rogo was named in a U.N. report last year as having links to al-Shabab, and is on bail for possession of weapons.
Nineteen “black widow” female suicide bombers trained by an Islamist terrorist known as “the Russian Bin Laden” remain at large and may launch fresh attacks on Moscow, Russian investigators have warned.
According to this story, one of the bombers in yesterday’s attack in Moscow may also have been mentally retarded. Such gallant mujahedin, pressing the most vulnerable members of society into the business of mass murder. And itÂ would not be the first timewe have seen this tactic employed. “Russia hunts 21-strong ‘Black Widow’ cell as first images of suicide bombers are released,” by Will Stewart for theÂ Daily Mail,via JW
No, he is not from Al BeBeeCeera. But he’s got the spirit….
Talking about Iran’s nuclear capability on ANB Lebanese television on June 27, 2009, Abd Al-Bari Atwan, editor-in-chief of Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper, said, “If the Iranian missiles strike Israel, by Allah, I will go to Trafalgar Square and dance with delight.”Video here.
SAUDI ARABIA is pouring hundreds of millions of pounds into Islamist groups in the Balkans, some of which spread hatred of the West and recruit fighters for jihad in Afghanistan. Â According to officials in Macedonia, Islamic fundamentalism threatens to destabilise the Balkans. Strict Wahhabi and Salafi factions funded by Saudi organisations are clashing with traditionally moderate local Muslim communities.
Expressing horror at the massacre, the UN’s human rights chief Navi Pillay said, “what is most needed is a concerted effort to tackle the underlying causes of the repeated outbreaks of ethnic and religious violence … namely discrimination, poverty and disputes over land”. Read it all
Obviously, for Navi Pillay Â this is also “caused by discrimination, poverty and disputes over land:”
Ishaq:327Â “Allah said, ‘A prophet must slaughter before collecting captives. A slaughtered enemy is driven from the land. Muhammad, you craved the desires of this world, its goods and the ransom captives would bring. But Allah desires killing them to manifest the religion.'”
Typical projection, displacement of responsibility and Tu Quoque. Â And of course, it was perfectly justified retribution for Â something….Â “Nigeria: Don’t Tag All Muslims As Terrorists – Sultan,” from theÂ Ahlul Bayt News Agency, March 10 (thanks to JW):
Lagos — The Sultan of Sokoto and President, Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) Alhaji Saad Abubakar has said it is not right to generalise the entire Muslims as terrorists whenever an individual among them does something wrong. Sultan Abubakar, who spoke in Lagos at a fund raiser for the Najah Joint Muslim Organizations (NAJOMO) mosque at the weekend, said rather than accuse all Muslims of terrorism, the acts of the United States and its agents should as well be examined.
* But, but Obama, Holder & all those agents of Islam, aren’t they doing that already?
The radical sect is known by several different names, including Al-Sunna wal Jamma, or “Followers of Mohammed’s Teachings” and “Boko Haram,” which means “Western education is sin.” Some Nigerian officials have referred to the militants as Taliban, although the group has no known affiliation with Taliban fighters in Afghanistan. Â Disclaimer: none of this has anything to do with Islam. Can’t blame a religion of a billion peaceful muslims for a tiny minority of extremists, right?
Nigeria’s League for Human Rights says overzealous security forces are killing innocent civilians as the military tries to crush an Islamist militant sect.
League director Shamaki Gad Peter tells The Associated Press that rights workers saw the bodies of up to 20 people after troops began an offensive on the sect’s headquarters in Maiduguri on Wednesday.
He says they were unarmed and some were shot from behind and assumed to be trying to escape the mayhem. The rights worker says many other innocent people have been arrested.
The government has blamed the Boko Haram sect for days of violence in Muslim-dominated northern Nigeria and was hunting down sect members on Thursday.
THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) â€” Nigerian security forces shelled then stormed the mosque and compound of an Islamist sect blamed for days of violence across northern Nigeria, killing more than 100 militants in a raging gunbattle.