Gaza group: We’ll abduct female soldier
Popular Resistance Committees spokesman says group plans to kidnap female soldier should IDF enter Gaza, so that ‘Gilad Shalit will be able to start family’; Gaza groups have more than 10,000 rockets, ‘can drop martyrs from sky into Tel Aviv,’ he says
Pali threats: An Israeli invasion of Gaza would draw a harsh Palestinian response, including the kidnapping of more Israeli soldiers, a spokesman for the Popular Resistance Committees warned Friday.
“We know who the homicidal maniacs are. They are the ones cheering and dancing right now. We should invade their countries, kill their leaders, and convert them to Christianity. We weren’t punctilious about locating and punishing only Hitler and his top officers. We carpet-bombed German cities; we killed civilians. That’s war. And this is war.”
— Ann Coulter, September 12, 2001
Bahraini “Londoners” in terror plot
Fourteen people have been arrested for plotting attacks on the Bahraini capital Manama, Bahrain’s interior minister has said.
Sheikh Rashid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa told reporters that those arrested have been trained in weapons and explosives in Syria and were planning to attack commercial streets, the diplomatic district and night clubs in Manama on the December 17 national holiday.
Two Bahrainis residing in London are believed to be the masterminds and cell’s leaders, he added, without elaborating further.
Police arrest 22 in Istanbul over connections to Al Qaeda
Istanbul.Â Officers from the police section for counteracting terrorism in Istanbul arrested 22 persons in an operation late on Friday,Â CNN TurkÂ informs.
The operation was focused on Fatih and Sultanbeyli residential areas. According to the police information, the arrested had had ties to Al Qaeda.
23, who were reportedly Al Qaeda supporters, were arrested during last week’s operation in Istanbul, Manisa and Izmir.Â
* Memory Lane:Â ESTABLISHMENT OF THE STATE OF ISRAEL
General Amir Faisal Alavi, former Pakistani special forces commander, with General Bryan ‘Doug’ Brown, who was then head of US Special Operations Command
There is a remarkable story in today’sÂ Sunday TimesÂ about how a former Pakistan special forces chief was murdered after alleging that senior generals were paying off Taliban leaders and refusing to fight the war on terror. Maj-Gen Amir Faisal Alavi, former head of the Special Services Group, the Pakistani equivalent of the SAS, was particularly angry about a deal with Baitullah Mahsud, suspected of being the mastermind behind the assassination of Benazir Bhutto. Alavi had repeatedly fought inside the Pakistan Army for change and his men had led the battle against the militants bravely but there were a small number of generals who were not only trying to prevent the army taking on the militants properly but in some cases were backing them.
“It’s time for a third intifada”, say West Bank youths
* From Jihad Watch:
“When Christians kill Muslims, it’s the Crusades. When Jews kill Muslims it’s murder, and when Muslims kill Muslims, it’s like talking about the weather. Nobody really cares about it.”
That quotation comes from Dan Gillerman, inÂ this postingÂ from July.
Gillerman’s observation is once again highly appropriate asÂ Egypt fires on Gaza residents fleeing the territoryÂ andÂ the Taliban kills 14 children, among countless other examples that appear in the news from one week to the next.
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Middle East: Israeli attacks may lead to new terror networks, says “expert”Gaza, 29 Dec. (AKI) – The latest Israeli attacks on Gaza could promote the growth of ‘new Al-Qaeda’ terror networks, a British terrorism expert warned on Monday. Kamal El-Helbawy, director of The Centre for the Study of Terrorism, said the raids had provoked widespread anger throughout the Middle East and many people, even children, were now talking about revenge. While stressing that the Islamist Hamas group was committed only to the liberation of the Palestinian territories, El-Helbawy said many others were not.
“There are people who will not be happy with that, they condemn Hamas as too soft,” he told Adnkronos International (AKI) in a telephone interview from London.
“There is no difference in their minds between Mahmoud Abbas (Palestinian Authority President) and Ehud Olmert (Israeli prime minister). They consider Abbas unwilling to liberate his country.”Â
Egyptian-born El-Helbawy, one of the founders of the Muslim Association of Britain, said if a solution was not found, he did not expect peace to prevail in the Middle East.
El-Helbawy who took part in an interfaith conference between Muslims and Christians in London on Monday, warned the conflict could worsen, particularly if Israel launched a ground invasion.Â
“It will get worse,” he said. “The Palestinians will not stop, they will defend their country to the last citizen.”
El-Helbawy’s centre provides insights into global trends in Islamic resurgence, democratisation and extremism in the Muslim world.Â
Meanwhile, Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak told Parliament on Monday that his country was ‘at an all-out war’ with Hamas.
“We have stretched our hand in peace many times to the Palestinian people. We have nothing against the people of Gaza,” Barak said. “But this is an all-out war against Hamas and its branches.”
Barak said Israel was not fighting the residents of Gaza, but wanted to deal Hamas a “severe blow”. He warned that the Israeli operation would be “widened and deepened as needed”.
The United States – Israel’s strongest ally – has said it is up to Hamas to end the violence and commit itself to a truce.