NEW YORK – Three men suspected of being al-Qaida associates have been indicted on charges they plotted to ferry drugs through the Sahara Desert to raise money for terrorist attacks.
The charges of narcoterrorism conspiracy and conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists were contained Wednesday in an indictment returned in Manhattan.
Oumar Issa (OO’-mahr EE’-sah), Harouna Toure (hah-ROO’-nah TOHR’-ay), and Idriss Abelrahman (EE’-drihs ah-behl-RAH’-muhn), believed to be in their 30s and from Mali, are being held without bail.
Authorities say the case marks the first time the U.S. has captured and charged al-Qaida suspects in a drug trafficking plot in Africa. They were brought to the U.S. this month after being arrested in Ghana.
A lawyer for the suspects did not immediately return a call for comment.
Failed suicide bomber Umar Abdulmutallab spelt out his nightmare vision of a world ruled by fanatical Islamic hardliners in a series of rambling internet rants.
In one, he said: “I won’t go into too much details about my fantasy, but basically they are jihad fantasies.
“I imagine how the great jihad will take place, how the muslims will win (Allah willing) and rule the whole world and establish the greatest empire once again.”
In more than 300 postings on Facebook and Islamic websites, Abdulmutallab told of his commitment to the extremist cause.
He detailed his loneliness and his struggle to contain sexual urges that he feared might overwhelm his idealism.
“As I get lonely, the natural sexual drive awakens and I struggle to control it, sometimes leading to minor sinful activities.
“And this problem makes me want to get married to avoid getting aroused.”
In early 2005, he said: “I get lonely sometimes because I have never found a true muslim friend. I will describe myself as very ambitious and determined. I might sound boring but if you want to know more about me, just give me a shout.”
In another post, he acknowledges feelings of lust, chastising himself for not lowering his gaze around unveiled women.
Abdulmutallab, who was foiled as he tried to blow up a passenger jet on Christmas Day as it neared Detroit, even warned: “The hair of a woman can easily arouse a man.”
“There is no doubt that his travel history and Western experience made him attractive to al-Qaeda leaders looking to put someone on a plane to the US who would raise the least amount of suspicion.
“They would be more than aware that someone who had freely travelled to both the US and UK before would have a greater chance of boarding a plane with explosives than someone without that history.”
Iranian regime followers stage show of strength
By Laurent Maillard
TEHRAN — Hundreds of thousands of government supporters took to Iran’s streets on Wednesday in a show of force against the opposition, with a senior cleric telling their leaders to repent or be declared enemies of God and face death.
Television footage showed crowds in areas including Tehran’s Enghelab Square, chanting slogans and waving pro-regime placards.
“O free-willed leader, we are ready, we are ready,” they shouted in reference to supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
The rallies were called in response to a series of opposition protests against President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s disputed June re-election.
Opposition websites reported some state-owned factories laid on transport to the rallies, and traditional bazaars were closed in some cities.
Hardliners have reacted angrily after thousands of opposition supporters used Sunday’s climax of Ashura, one of Shiite Islam’s holiest days, to protest, condemning the demonstrations as “desecration.”
“The offensive slogans have made the pious Iranian nation sad and the Zionist world happy, and in practice they as pawns of the enemies have furnished a red carpet for the foreigners who are aiming at the nation’s security,” the government said in a statement.
“The knowledgeable people of Islamic Iran will once again put the lackeys of global oppression in their place and will blind the eyes of sedition.”
Public prosecutor Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejeie told a closed session of parliament that opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi “are on the wanted list,” ILNA news agency reported, citing MP Hassan Norouzi.
In some of the strongest language since the election, a senior conservative cleric told opposition leaders to “repent” or be declared “enemies of God” and face the death sentence.
Without naming anyone, Ayatollah Ahmad Alamolhoda told a Tehran rally that “millions of people here are telling the heads of the sedition that since the supreme leader still keeps open the gate of repentance for you, then in a deadline that should be set by the judiciary you must repent and return to the path of the leader.”
Alamolhoda, a member of the Assembly of Experts which selects the supreme leader, added: “If you do not, then this people and the regime will confront you as mohareb (enemies of God).”
Those convicted of the offence face the death penalty.
“We are warning for the final time those who were defeated in the election to distance themselves from the anti-revolutionaries, since if they do not they will face the revolutionary wrath of the Iranian people,” a statement read out at the end of the rally said.
This warning was clearly directed at defeated presidential candidates Mousavi and Karroubi, as were placards at the rallies.
One placard read: “Mousavi is a murderer. His execution is a must.” Another said: “Karroubi the illiterate is Mossad’s agent,” a reference to the secret service of Iran’s arch-enemy Israel.
U.S. casualties reported at military base in Afghanistan
From Atia Abawi
Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) — A suicide bomber struck a forward operating base in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, causing an unknown number of American casualties, a U.S. military official said.
A suicide bomber wearing an explosive vest attacked Forward Operating Base Chapman near the district of Khost in Khost province, said the official, who asked not to be named.
There were conflicting reports as to whether the bomber walked into the dining facility or the gym at the facility, and the casualty toll ranged from five to nine people. It is not known how many were killed or injured.
Islam condemns terrorism
By DR. MOHAMMED ALHATOU December 29, 2009
Luckily Northwest flight 253 landed safely in Detroit. Nobody got hurt except the attacker. Religious zealots of any creed are defeated people who lash out in desperation, and they often do horrific things. And if these people indeed are Muslims, they’re obviously very sick people, and I can’t even look at it in religious terms.
Well the Islamic scriptures sure look at it in religious terms.
Sahih Bukhari Volume 1, Book 8, Number 387:
Narrated Anas bin Malik:
Allah’s Apostle said, “I have been ordered to fight the people till they say: ‘None has the right to be worshipped but Allah.’:
As for the title of this article, Islam actually encourages terrorism.
YUSUFALI: Remember thy Lord inspired the angels (with the message): “I am with you: give firmness to the Believers: I will instil terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers: smite ye above their necks and smite all their finger-tips off them.”
There’s no Islamic justification for any of it. They are not martyrs; it’s as simple as that. The fact that there are any Muslims, no matter how statistically insignificant their numbers, who consider these acts to be religious acts is in and of itself shocking. And therefore we as Muslims have to ask the question, “How is it that the Middle East leadership has failed to reach these people with the true message of Islam?” The acts of these criminals have indicted an entire religion in the hearts and minds of millions. These people are so bankrupt that all they have to offer is destruction.
Actually there is an Islamic justification for these acts and they are martyrs. It’s as simple as that. Yes, the non-Muslim world is finally waking up to the ugly truth of Islam.
I heard Allah’s Apostle saying, “The example of a Mujahid in Allah’s Cause– and Allah knows better who really strives in His Cause—-is like a person who fasts and prays continuously. Allah guarantees that He will admit the Mujahid in His Cause into Paradise if he is killed, otherwise He will return him to his home safely with rewards and war booty.”
Non-Muslims should know that Islam is based on three things: The belief in one god, service to humanity and the teachings of mercy, compassion and justice. Islam stresses public order and the rule of the law. Terrorism destroys this social order and decreases the tranquility of life that Islam emphasizes.
In Islam, the only wars that are permitted are between armies and they should engage on battlefields and engage nobly. The Prophet Muhammad said, “Do not kill women or children or non-combatants and do not kill old people or religious people,” and he mentioned priests, nuns and rabbis. And he said, “Do not cut down fruit-bearing trees and do not poison the wells of your enemies.” The Prophet Muhammad also told us that no one can punish with fire except the lord of fire. It’s prohibited to burn anyone in Islam as a punishment.
Mohammad said a lot of things, as the Islamic scriptures are a bunch of double talk. Conman Mohammad said anything at the time to justify his actions. Her he OKed the killing of women and children. Also Polytheists are religious, they just worship more than one God. As for doc’s fire claim, that is true, but this was an attempt to blow people up, not burn them alive. Keep trying doc.
Book 019, Number 4321:
It is reported on the authority of Sa’b b. Jaththama that the Prophet of Allah (may peace be upon him), when asked about the women and children of the polytheists being killed during the night raid, said: They are from them.
American Muslims will always condemn what are apparently vicious and cowardly acts of terrorism against innocent civilians. We join with all Americans in calling for the swift apprehension and punishment of the perpetrators. No political cause could ever be assisted by such immoral acts. I also warn against opportunists who will exploit the misery and hysteria of the public in order to promote a political agenda aimed at tarnishing the name of Islam and Muslims. We deplore the irresponsible reporting that twists the realities of Islam in order to project only anti-American sentiment.
So now the doctor speaks for all American Muslims? He has certainly overreached there, as American Muslims are pretty much silent when something like this happens. But they sure do speak up in order to play the victim card, and many are openly preaching hatred towards non-Muslims right on US streets.
Prophet Mohammed had informed us that one of the first people who would be cast into the hell fire is a martyr. And when he was asked why, he said, “Bad intention.”
As stated above Mohammad said that martyrs will be granted a place in paradise.
Prophet has informed us that our Lord says:– “Whoever amongst us is killed (i.e. martyred), shall go to Paradise to lead such a luxurious life as he has never seen, and whoever amongst us remain alive, shall become your master.”
The Holy Qur’an teaches that “Whoever kills an innocent, is as if he has killed all humankind; and if he saves a human life, it is as if he has saved the lives of all humankind” (Qur’an 5:32). The Qur’an urges us to protect the sanctity of human life. Killing innocent humans, the essence of terrorism, is equated with murdering all of humanity. This is a powerful incentive to fight against terrorism.
This was doc’s greatest spin of his article.
YUSUFALI: On that account: We ordained for the Children of Israel that if any one slew a person – unless it be for murder or for spreading mischief in the land – it would be as if he slew the whole people: and if any one saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole people. Then although there came to them Our messengers with clear signs, yet, even after that, many of them continued to commit excesses in the land.
You see Dr. Mohammed has conveniently left out the most important part of this verse, which is the part about mischief. As mischief can be anything a Muslim says it is. Nice try Dr., but stick to medicine.