Thanks to Gates of Vienna
Of course, any good Muslim will tell you that “hostage taking is un-Islamic…” and western politicians will assure you that they will not Â “negotiate with terrorists”. Â In light of recent releases however, an absurd claim….
An Al Qaeda website is in effect calling for the taking of Dutch hostages so that they can be exchanged for Mohammed Bouyeri, the Islamic terrorist who ritually slaughtered Theo van Gogh in 2004 and is serving a life sentence for it.
Our Flemish correspondent VH has translated an article fromÂ De Telegraaf about the latest warnings:
Al-Qaeda wants the murderer of Theo van Gogh
by Bart Olmer
Mohammed Bouyeri, the murderer of Theo van Gogh, must be exchanged with western hostages. Jihadists have made that call to al-Qaeda in North Africa.
This is stated in the document “Terrorist Threat Assessment Netherlands”, which was presented yesterday to Dutch Parliament by the National Coordinator for Counterterrorism (NCTb) Erik Akerboom.
“In North Africa outside Algeria, Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) tries to strengthen its position and influence in the entire region,” the NCTb writes. “AQIM is particularly active outside Algeria in Mauritania, Mali, and Niger. Kidnappings of Westerners seems, besides committing attacks, to be increasingly the default modus operandi of AQIM. It is striking in this context that a call on a jihadist website to AQIM for an exchange of hostages for Mohammed Bouyeri, the murderer of Theo van Gogh who is detained in the Vught prison in the Netherlands. The call does not directly result in a heightened threat of kidnappings of Dutch in particular, but the release could be used as a demand once Dutch citizens have been kidnapped.
A remarkably different point in the report is that Afghanistan is in a stalemate, says the NCTb: “Afghanistan looks increasingly to be in a stalemate: the Afghan Taliban can not be defeated, but they are also unable to conquer the entire country.” Â Â Read further…