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Jan 31 2003: What do we expect from Camp David
Blair has gone to US for discussing the Iraq crisis. What is he going to discuss? Even if Europe is divided over whether to go for war, we think that the strategic planning of the War on Iraq must have already started, which is much evident from the stance Bush-Blair have taken, supported by eight of the European leaders. In fact a Military base in Hungary is training some Iraqis to fight against Saddam. But in Iraq Saddam has already started making "buffer zones" by expelling families from a 20-mile-long strip of land between the autonomous Kurdish north and the rest of the country to defend against a U.S. invasion. The Iraqi government has also placed forces of Mujahedeen Khalq, a Iranian opposition group under Saddam's control near the Kurdish boundary. As of now, the Kurdistan Democratic Party governs the northwest section of the self-rule area set up by oppressed Kurds after the 1991 Gulf War with the protection of U.S. and British warplanes that patrol a northern no-fly zone. If Turkey does not allow American troops to use its bases, the US may face few problems to strike from the Northern side of Iraq. The southern side of Iraq may also become dangerous since there have already been attacks on US citizens and military officials in Kuwait and Saudi Arabian public opinion against the US.
With Islamic countries already skeptical of supporting US; the more the delay to strike Iraq, the more is the danger of US not getting support from non-Islamic countries. And that is what the "Camp David" summit outcome needs to be. Strike as early as possible, else ....
Jan 31 2003: Pakistanis were planning to target US and NATO southern European command bases in Italy?
Twenty-eight Pakistani terrorists with links to Al Qaida were charged with terrorist offences after Italian police discovered enough explosives in their apartment to blow up a three-story building. Islamic religious texts, photos of "jihad" martyrs, piles of false documents, maps of the Naples area, addresses of contacts around the world and more than one hundred mobile telephones were also found in the apartment, police said.
Italy's ANSA news agency said the maps had various targets identified, including a NATO base in Naples, the US consulate in Naples and a US naval base at a nearby airport. The police said they believed the men, aged between 20 and 48, were members of Osama bin Laden's Al Qaida network. The religious texts found at the site were written in Pakistan's main language Urdu. The cuttings of Pakistani newspapers and manuscripts repeating the phrase "God is great" were also found.
Comment: German media said last week that German intelligence had warned of 20 Afghan "terror commandos" traveling on false Pakistani passports to Germany, Britain, France and the Czech Republic. Also last week, Spain arrested 16 suspected Islamic terrorist linked to Al Qaida who were preparing to launch chemical attacks. With so many Islamic terrorists being active in European countries, the dangers of they attacking any city are much more than expected. European countries, especially France and Germany need to co-operate with US for the "war on terror" starting with Iraq as one of the country in the "axis of evil", Pakistan being the fulcrum of this axis.

Jan 31 2003: Will US Army chief visit Kashmir?
Chief of the United States Army General Eric K Shinseki is visiting India next week. Unconfirmed reports say that he will be briefed about the situation along India's borders with Pakistan and China. According to sources in the Ministry of Defence, the army has organised an extensive briefing for General Shinseki on the situation along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir and the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh. He will also be briefed on infiltration from across the LoC in J&K. US Ambassador Robert D Blackwill and Commander-in-Chief of US Pacific Command, Admiral Thomas Fargo, were in Kashmir recently. Recently US has said that Lashkar-e-Toiba is part of Al-Qaida network and infiltration of Islamic terrorist from Pakistan to India should stop.
Jan 31 2003: Al Qaida network of Osama bin Laden showing presence in Afghanistan
At least 18 people were killed near the southern Afghan city of Gandhar (Kandahar) on Friday when a minibus hit an anti-tank mine rigged to a mortar bomb.
Jan 30 2003: Israeli troops swept through Hebron, closing Palestinian police and TV stations, searching homes and blocking major roads in a crackdown on suspected Islamic terrorists.
Comments: The Hebron sweep follows the election victory of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. But it remains to be seen whether Sharon sticks to his tough policies against the Palestinian terrorists. It is very clear that the Islamic terrorists, Hamas, Hizbollah, Islamic Jihad or any other organisation are for "terror" and they will continue to do so against the Jews in Israel and non-muslims all over the world. The Palestinian Osama, Yasser Arafat is the biggest fraud. He, like most of the Muslims can not relied upon. Islamic terrorism has to be wiped-off as soon as possible.
Jan 29 2003: Congrats to Ariel Sharon
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's Likud party has got the highest number of seats in an Israeli election on a wave of support for his tough line with Palestinians. The leftist parties who "were for peace", have been humiliated. The HINDUWORLD CONGRATULATES HIM and his supporters for taking A TOUGH STAND AGAINST THE ISLAMIC TERRORISTS OF PALESTINE. We hope that these Islamic terrorists along with its leader, the Osama of Palestine, Yasser Arafat, will be ruthlessly dealt with.
Jan 28 2003: On the borders of Pakistan
At least 18 Islamic terrorists were killed when US warplanes bombed enemy positions in the fiercest battle in Afghanistan in nearly a year. The US military believes the fighters are loyal to Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, who has vowed to link his forces with remnants of Al-Qaida and the ousted Taliban regime. "It's the largest concentration of enemy forces since Operation Anaconda," military spokesman Col. Roger King said.
Comment: What is missed out by the western media is that more number of other nationalities were also involved in the battle. Many Taliban and Al-Qaida terrorists fled into Pakistan following US attacks in Afghanistan. These islamic terrorists are now getting training in southeastern Afghan mountains and in Pakistan. There have been a series of attacks along the border in recent months, including one in December that killed a US army sergeant. Rockets are frequently fired at US bases in that region. Although Pakistan has said US troops won't be permitted to pursue the enemy into its territory, US troops need to pursue these terrorists into Pakistani territory.
Jan 27 2003: Pak v/s US
Pakistani authorities plan to crack down on Pakis spying for U.S. intelligence agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). According to Online news agency, the government has directed local intelligence agencies to detect people on the payroll of foreign agencies allowed to operate in Pakistan. "Pakistan has also decided to take up with the U.S. authorities (the) unnecessary role of FBI and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) agents and their increasing interference in the internal affairs of Pakistan," Online said.
Jan 20 2003: (Reuters) British anti-terrorist police on Monday raided a London mosque, the base of one of Britain's most outspoken Muslim clerics, and arrested an unspecified number of people there, Scotland Yard said.
"A number of people who were residing at the mosque were arrested under the Terrorism Act 2000 and are being taken to a central London police station," Scotland Yard police said in a statement.
Officers raided the Finsbury Park mosque and two adjacent buildings in north London at 2 a.m. (0200 GMT) as part of a pre-planned intelligence operation, police said. The mosque is the base of Abu Hamza al-Masri, leader of the group Supporters of Sharia (Islamic law). Egyptian-born Muslim cleric, Masri had praised Saudi-born Islamic terrorists Osama bin Laden's Al Qaida network, blamed for the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. Police did not say whether Masri was among those arrested.

Meanwhile, Osama bin Laden has issued a new statement urging Muslims to bury their differences and unite to fight the "external enemy", according to a report published in a leading London-based Arabic newspaper on Sunday.
The Saudi-owned paper, Asharq Al-Awsat, said bin Laden had issued the statement in a letter via the Centre for Islamic Research and Studies in Pakistan. It said the letter was obtained by its journalist Mohamed el-Shaf'aie.
"When will Muslims wake up from their long sleep and when will they distinguish between their friend and enemy," Asharq Al-Awsat quoted bin Laden as saying.
"When will they direct their own arrows that they use to fight each other to their external enemy that steals and loots its fortunes and its resources."
If the letter is genuine, it would mark the first missive of 2003 from the leader of the Al Qaida network, widely blamed for a series of atrocities across the world including the attacks of September 11, 2001, and last October's Bali nightclub bombing.
Comments: On reading the above news one gets a clear picture who are involved in terrorism. The two countries are Pakistan, the centre of Islamic terrorism and Saudi Arabia, the financier of Islamic terrorism. General Musharraf has made a extraordinary observation of his own country saying that there is an "impending danger" of Pakistan becoming a target of war for "Western forces" after the Iraq crisis and all-out efforts should be made to avoid such a situation.What is said further is more significant. On the Taliban and Al Qaida regrouping, he said, "Some foreigners in Pakistan are harming US interests here though we take them as brothers." Is the world getting the signals what Pakistan is upto?
Jan 17 2003: The U.S. has rejected Pakistan's demand for exemption of its citizens from the new immigration registration procedure.
Jan 15 2003: Ricin man kills Police man
British police said they were interrogating three north Africans on Wednesday after a policeman was stabbed to death during an anti-terrorism operation linked to the discovery of a deadly ricin poison in London.
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Jan 15 2003: Who is the most Jihadi and better Islamic terrorist?
The Islamic terrorist group Hamas rejected Palestinian calls to halt attacks on Israeli civilians before Israeli elections and suggested yesterday that it might kidnap Israelis to exchange for Palestinian prisoners. Hamas leader Sheik Ahmed Yassin spoke after a meeting with Palestinian human rights activist Raji Sourani and Hisham Abdel Razek, a cabinet minister in charge of Palestinian prisoners in Israel.
Comment: Palestinian leader of terrorist and Osama of Palestine, Yasser Arafat had called last week for a temporary halt in attacks before the Jan. 28 elections. On one hand Arafat is calling for a halt and on the other hand secretly encouraging more attacks. Now Hamas has rejected calls from Arafat to stop attacks which means the attacks will go on and Israelis will get killed. So the only question remains "Who is a the most Jihadi and better Islamic terrorist?"
Jan 15 2003: Russian special forces fighting the Islamic terrorists in Chechnya have said that they have found instructions for making poisons, including ricin, in the possession of a terrorist they killed, Russian presidential aide Sergei Yaztrzhembsky said Monday. Interfax news agency, quoting an unnamed military source, said the terrorist was part of a group killed by special forces last week. The terrorists had also planned an attack on Russian facilities in Paris, including its embassy, foreign media reports state.
Georgia's State Security Ministry Jan 14 confirmed allegations that there had been a training base in Georgia for Chechen and Arab terrorists until February 2002. The base was situated in the Pankisi gorge, ministry spokesman Nika Laliashvili told a briefing. He said a military hospital and several firing ranges had been built in the gorge with money from the Al Qaida Islamic terrorist network. He also said terrorist based in the gorge had been trying to develop ways to make explosives and poisonous substances, including the powerful toxin ricin.
Earlier British authorities found traces of the toxin ricin, for which there is no antidote, in a raid on a London apartment last week. A group arrested as terrorism suspects in that raid had training in Afghanistan, Georgia's Pankisi Gorge and Chechnya.
Jan 13 2003: Six more people are believed to have been arrested by anti-terrorism police in connection with the discovery of traces of the deadly toxin ricin in a London flat.
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Jan 09 2003: Pakistani Nuclear scientist are on sale
If one man sits at the nuclear fulcrum of the three countries President Bush calls the "axis of evil", it might well be Abdul Qadeer Khan. But Pakistan is dismissing it as false report that a top Pakistani scientist has links to the nuclear efforts of North Korea, Iraq and Iran - countries President Bush has called an "axis of evil." The Los Angeles Times reported Sunday there is evidence suggesting Doctor Abdul Qadeer Khan spread nuclear knowledge to North Korea. The Times also says after North Korea admitted to resuming its nuclear program a few months ago evidence surfaced on the doctor's ties to the alleged nuclear weapons programs of Iran and Iraq. He is revered not only in Pakistan, but in much of the Muslim world, he is lionised as the man who built the 'Islamic bomb'.
Jan 09 2003: British anti-terrorist police have arrested six men and one woman in London and found traces of the toxic material Ricin, Scotland Yard announced on the afternoon of 08 Jan 2003. Ricin is a substance extracted from the Castor Bean plant and is twice as deadly as Cobra venom.
After the US-led forces entered Afghanistan, they had found documents in reference to making ricin and dirty bombs in Kabul which were published by the Islamic terrorist network of Al-Qaida. References to ricin were part of the Al-Qaida training course and in a manual that was spread worldwide. That gives us a clear picture of how the Islamic terrorists were/are planning to use ricin as a weapon.
Although it is not a Weapon of Mass Destruction like a nuclear, biological or Chemical weapon but can be used by Islamic terrorist to kill people "one by one" or mix the agent with a solvent or in crowded places by releasing it with aerosol. It can be used as a targeted weapon to be used in a limited space, like subways, supermarkets, or in elevataros in a building etc. This new weapon of terror, if used by Islamic terrorist could also create enough terror in the minds of people who are already terorized after Sep 11 attacks on US. more on tiny terror weapon...
Jan 06 2003: A defiant Iraqi President Saddam Hussein Monday declared his country is ready for war and issued his first public criticism of UN weapons inspectors, accusing them of engaging in "pure intelligence work." Meanwhile, the U.S. military has put at least 275 Army Reserve units -- involving more than 10000 soldiers -- on alert to be ready to move overseas as early as this week in preparation for a possible war with Iraq, USA Today reported Monday.
The Boston Globe has reported that about 100 US special forces personnel and more than 50 Central Intelligence Agency officers have infiltrated into Iraq. The paper said the teams were searching for Iraqi Scud missile launchers, monitoring oil fields, marking mine-fields and using laser pointers to guide US pilots patrolling the northern and southern no-fly zones toward their targets. Spokesmen for the CIA and the US military have refused to comment on the report. According to the report, the Americans are working with fighters belonging to Kurdish factions.
Jan 06 2003: Unequal response of the Israelis
Israel responded Monday to the killing of 22 people by Palestinian suicide bombers with a helicopter attack. Israelis have also as barred Palestinians from going to a London peace parley and a PLO meeting in the West Bank.
Comment: Every action should have equal and opposite reaction. Mr. PM, Sharon, How many Islamic terrorists did you kill with your helicopter attack?
Jan 05 2003: Double suicide attack by Islamic Terrorists.
Two strong explosions occurred in the center of Tel Aviv on the evening of 5 Jan. 2003, killing twenty-two people, and injuring dozens more. The attack was carried out by two suicide bombers, who exploded themselves near Neve Shanan St., near the old central bus station. IDF has reported that the Al-Aqsa Martyr's Brigade claimed responsibility for the double suicide attacks. Some other reports say that the Islamic Jihad is responsible for the attacks.
Irrespective of who had carried out the attacks, these were the Islamic terrorists with only one motive and that is Jihad against the non-muslims. In case of Israel it is against Jews, in Moscow it is against Christians and in India it is against the Hindus. more...
Jan 05 2003: Israel Test-Fires Arrow Missile (Reuters)
Israel successfully carried out a test launch of its Arrow missile interceptor on Sunday, sending a salvo streaking across the sea as it stepped up preparations for possible attack by Iraq in event of a U.S.-led war in the Gulf.
Jan 04 2003: Pak.-U.S. tensions over 'hot pursuit'.
A U.S. military spokesman, Maj. Stephen Clutter, said on Jan 03 that American forces "reserve the right to go after them (Islamic terrorists) and pursue them." He said that notion was "something that Pakistan is aware of".
Whereas Pakistan has insisted on the very next day that it never gave the United States permission to chase Taliban and Al Qaida terrorists from Afghanistan into Pakistan. "Absolutely not. The Americans cannot cross the Pakistani border from Afghanistan to chase what they say are vestiges of Taliban and al Qaeda," Information Minister Rashid Ahmed said. Few days back three Pakistani soldiers were killed in skirmishes with the US soldiers. The cross-border exchanges between US and Pakistan’s border security forces still continue and several incidents of firing were reported in Wana sector. According to a recent report Pakistani and US-Afghan forces on the Pak-Afghan border near Angoor Adda of South Waziristan Agency exchanged heavy machinegun fire. Local sources and government officials said that a rocket fired from across the border fell into the Pakistani territory near a post of Pakistan’s border security force – Frontier Corps (FC). The fire was reutrned, which resulted in the exchange of heavy machinegun fire from both sides for more than one hour. Although regular troops of Pakistan Army have been deployed in the area to “tackle” the situation, their role became controversial after the arrests of FC troops. They are trying to control the FC troops who hail from the same area and were enraged after the US troops’ irresponsible and aggressive attitude. It was learnt that Pakistani tribesmen also joined the Frontier Corps to retaliate against the firing from across the border. Meanwhile the Pakistanis have started demonstrations against US in the issue of war on Iraq.
Comment: Although we are clear about this, but the recent events give us the clearer picture about who allows the Islamic terrorist to "roam free" from Afghanistan to Pakistan and Pakistan to various other countries like Chechnya in Russia and Kashmir in India.
Dec 31 2002: U.S. tracks ships believed linked to Al-Qaida - report
U.S. intelligence agencies have identified about 15 cargo freighters around the world that are believed to be controlled by Osama bin Laden's Al-Qaida network, The Washington Post reported on Tuesday. U.S. spy agencies keep tabs on some of the ships by satellites or surveillance planes and with help from allies. However, they sometimes lose track of the vessels which could be used to transport Al-Qaida operatives, bombs or money, government officials told the newspaper.
Dec 30 2002: A Islamic terrorist Ali Abdul Razak al-Kamel shot and killed three American doctors today and seriously wounded a U.S. pharmacist at a missionary hospital in southern Yemen, security officials said. Officials said the gunman entered the complex of Baptist Hospital in the town of Jibla hiding a semiautomatic rifle under his jacket to make it resemble a child and then opened fire, killing the three doctors instantly, the officials said. Yemen has been a haven for many Islamic terrorists and is the ancestral homeland of Al-Qaida blastermind Osama bin Laden. On Oct. 6, an explosives-laden boat rammed a French oil tanker off the coast of Yemen, killing one member of the tanker's crew, tearing a hole in the vessel and spilling some 90,000 barrels of oil. The French tanker scenario recalled the Oct. 12, 2000, attack on the USS Cole, which was rammed by a small, explosives-laden boat in the southern port of Aden in which seventeen U.S. sailors were killed. In November, a CIA-operated Predator drone fired a missile that killed bin Laden's top lieutenant in Yemen, Qaed Salim Sinan al-Harethi, and five other Al-Qaida suspects in Yemen.
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