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Chechnya Weekly from the Jamestown Foundation

Chechnya Weekly from the Jamestown Foundation
Unidentified gunmen fired on an armored personnel carrier ferrying Interior Ministry Internal Troops between the settlements of Galashki and Alkhasti in Ingushetia’s Sunzha district on September 26. An Ingush law-enforcement source told Kavkazky Uzel that attackers apparently fired from automatic weapons and grenade launchers. “As a result of the attack several servicemen were wounded,” the source told the website. “The criminals escaped from the scene of the incident.” Kavkazky Uzel reported that according to other sources, two or three servicemen were wounded in the attack. On September 27, two militants were reportedly killed and one captured during a special operation in the village of Sagopshi in the republic’s Malgobeksky district. The Rosbalt news agency, citing the press service of Ingushetia’s Interior Ministry, identified one the two militants killed as Sait-Magomed Galaev, aka Abdul-Malik, who was the emir of the militants in the…

The Jamestown Foundation

The Jamestown Foundation
09/25/2007 - By Michael Scheuer (from Terrorism Focus, September 25) - More than six years after the September 11 attacks, Osama bin Laden remains free, healthy and safe enough to produce audio- and videotapes that dominate the international media at the times of his choosing (Terrorism Focus, September 11). Popular and some official attitudes in the United States and its NATO allies tend to denigrate the efforts made by their military and intelligence services to capture the al-Qaeda chief. The common question always is, "Why can't the U.S. superpower and its allies find one 6'5" Saudi with an extraordinarily well-known face?" The answers are several, each is compelling, and together they suggest that the U.S.-led coalition's military and intelligence forces are too over-tasked and spread far too thin to have more than a slim chance of capturing or killing bin Laden and his senior lieutenants. The first factor is the issue of topogra…

Asia Times Online :: Middle East News : An anti-US, anti-al-Qaeda voice is silenced

Asia Times Online :: Middle East News : An anti-US, anti-al-Qaeda voice is silenced: " DAMASCUS - Abu al-Qaqa (34), a highly popular and charismatic cleric in Aleppo who is famed for his anti-Americanism, was gunned down while leaving a mosque in northern Syria last Friday. The Western media have accused him of being the main sponsor of jihadis illegally crossing the Syrian border to fight in Iraq since the US invasion in 2003. Abu al-Qaqa was speaker of the Iman Mosque and director of an Islamic high school in Aleppo. He was the preacher who drew the

Middle East
Oct 2, 2007


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An anti-US, anti-al-Qaeda voice is silenced
By Sami Moubayed

DAMASCUS - Abu al-Qaqa (34), a highly popular and charismatic cleric in Aleppo who is famed for his anti-Americanism, was gunned down while leaving a mosque in northern Syria last Friday. The Western media have accused him of being the main sponsor of jihadis illegally crossing the Syrian border to fight in Iraq since the US invasio…

Asia Times Online :: Middle East News : An anti-US, anti-al-Qaeda voice is silenced

Asia Times Online :: Middle East News : An anti-US, anti-al-Qaeda voice is silenced: " DAMASCUS - Abu al-Qaqa (34), a highly popular and charismatic cleric in Aleppo who is famed for his anti-Americanism, was gunned down while leaving a mosque in northern Syria last Friday. The Western media have accused him of being the main sponsor of jihadis illegally crossing the Syrian border to fight in Iraq since the US invasion in 2003. Abu al-Qaqa was speaker of the Iman Mosque and director of an Islamic high school in Aleppo. He was the preacher who drew the

Middle East
Oct 2, 2007


Page 1 of 2
An anti-US, anti-al-Qaeda voice is silenced
By Sami Moubayed

DAMASCUS - Abu al-Qaqa (34), a highly popular and charismatic cleric in Aleppo who is famed for his anti-Americanism, was gunned down while leaving a mosque in northern Syria last Friday. The Western media have accused him of being the main sponsor of jihadis illegally crossing the Syrian border to fight in Iraq since the US invasio…

Muslim sect resisted in Md. - USATODAY.com

Muslim sect resisted in Md. - USATODAY.comWALKERSVILLE, Md. — Intisar Abbasi looks over the rolling farm field that his Muslim sect hopes to buy for a worship center and annual convention site. The Pakistani immigrant knows many in this small town of unpainted barns and church suppers are "troubled by foreigners" and suspicious of Muslims in particular.

If the local people who spoke out against his group's plans at recent public meetings knew more about the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, he says, they would drop their opposition.

"It really, really hurts," says Abassi, 60, a retired U.S. Army pharmacist who works on biowarfare vaccines at nearby Fort Detrick. "We were chased out of Pakistan just because of our religious belief, and then to come here and have to put up with this again — it's a double-whammy."

McClatchy Washington Bureau | 10/01/2007 | U.N.: Violence in Afghanistan up almost 25 percent in '07

McClatchy Washington Bureau | 10/01/2007 | U.N.: Violence in Afghanistan up almost 25 percent in '07: "WASHINGTON — Afghanistan is currently suffering its most violent year since the 2001 U.S.-led intervention, according to an internal United Nations report that sharply contrasts with recent upbeat appraisals by President Bush and his Afghan counterpart, Hamid Karzai. 'The security situation in Afghanistan is assessed by most analysts as having deteriorated at a constant rate through 2007,' said the report compiled by the Kabul office of the U.N. Department of Safety and Security."

Brown accused of backing U.S. plans for bombing raids on Iran | the Daily Mail

Brown accused of backing U.S. plans for bombing raids on Iran | the Daily Mail: "Gordon Brown is backing U.S. plans for 'surgical' bombing raids on Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards, it has been claimed. A leading American journalist said U.S. commanders had been drawing up plans to target Iran's nuclear facilities but were told this summer to focus instead on the guards, who have been blamed for attacks on U.S. and British forces in Iraq."

The butcher of Addis Ababa is coming to Washington DC � Ethiopian Review

The butcher of Addis Ababa is coming to Washington DC � Ethiopian ReviewDictator Meles Zenawi, the butcher of Addis Ababa, Ogaden, Mogadishu, Anuak… is coming to Washington DC on Monday or Tuesday, according to Ethiopian Review sources.

Meles will be in Washington to meet with State Department officials.

The U.S. House of Representatives will take final action on H.R. 2003 Tuesday, Oct. 2. Meles is expected to make last minute attempt to dissuade members of Congress from voting on the bill.