Shariah in the World

Al-Qaeda's New Strategy: Less Apocalypse, More Street Fighting

The Washington Post
October 8, 2010
By Steven Simon and Jonathan Stevenson

The scene in Europe last week called to mind the heyday of the IRA in the 1970s or of Algerian terrorism in the 1990s: Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square were teeming with police, the Eiffel Tower was repeatedly evacuated, and everywhere, tourists were on edge. The threat, however, involved a newer brand of terrorist: The CIA and its European counterparts warned of an al-Qaeda plot to kill civilians in France, Germany and Britain, and alerted travelers, especially Americans, to be extra-vigilant.

Few operational details were released. But unlike many thwarted al-Qaeda operations of days gone by -- such as the 2006 Heathrow plot, in which several airliners bound from London to America were to be blown up at coordinated intervals -- it was clear from news reports that the European plan called for less spectacular, smaller-scale attacks, perhaps using machine guns to strafe clusters of tourists near public landmarks.

Has al-Qaeda become dispirited? No.


Defiant Faisal Shahzad, Pakistani Immigrant Who Tried to Bomb Times Square, Sentenced to Life

"It gives you a little insight into what we're up against," he said. "We're doing more than any other city in the world, quite frankly. But there's no guarantees."

New York Daily News
October 5, 2010
New York, NY

Still proud of his plot to inflict car-bomb carnage on Times Square, unrepentant terrorist Faisal Shahzad stood smirking Tuesday as he was sentenced to die behind bars.

"In the name of Allah ... this is but one life," the would-be mass murderer declared in a 10-minute diatribe before receiving a sentence of life without parole.

"If I am given a thousand lives, I will sacrifice them all for the sake of Allah fighting this cause.... Consider me only a first droplet of the flood that will follow."

The 31-year-old native Pakistani eagerly embraced the vile title of terrorist for his failed May1 attack with a homemade bomb at the Crossroads of the World.


Pakistan Militants Hit NATO Convoy

The Taliban attacks oil tankers in a NATO convoy.


The New York Times
October 4, 2010
Islamabad, Pakistan

More than a dozen oil tankers carrying fuel for NATO troops in Afghanistan were torched in Rawalpindi early on Monday, not far from Pakistan’s capital and the headquarters of the military, police officials said.

The attack was the second on NATO vehicles since Pakistan closed a major border crossing to Afghanistan last week in protest over a series of strikes by NATO helicopters on Pakistani border posts.

The closing of the border has resulted in a slowdown of supplies to American and NATO troops in Afghanistan, and has shown the leverage Pakistan holds over the flow of equipment to the war effort.


Hamburg Cell at Heart of Terrorist Plot Against Europe

Yet another Al Qaeda-endorsed Shariah terror plot in Western Europe; this time out of Hamburg, Germany and the Taiba Mosque.


October 4, 2010
Hamburg, Germany

A group of jihadists from the German city of Hamburg is alleged to be at the heart of the recent al Qaeda plot to launch coordinated terrorist attacks against European cities, European intelligence officials said.

Western intelligence officials say they learned about the reported plot after Ahmed Sidiqi, a German citizen of Afghan descent, was arrested in Afghanistan in July and taken to the U.S. air base at Bagram for questioning. He has not been charged and intelligence sources in Germany say he is cooperating with the investigation.


Texas Warns Book Publishers: 'No More White-Washing Islam'

The Texas Board of Education sends a warning to book publishers about handling the history of Islam with kid gloves. They reviewed social studies/history textbooks and, in part, noted the following: "In one instance, devoting 120 student text lines to Christian beliefs, practices, and holy writings but 248 (more than twice as many) to those of Islam; and dwelling for 27 student text lines on Crusaders' massacre of Muslims at Jerusalem in 1099 yet censoring Muslims' massacres of Christians there in 1244 and at Antioch in 1268, implying that Christian brutality and Muslim loss of life are significant but Islamic cruelty and Christian deaths are not."


World Net Daily
September 24, 2010
Austin, TX

The elected Texas Board of Education today adopted a resolution that warns textbook publishers to be careful and provide fair treatment of the world's religions – or face being snubbed by the state that buys more textbooks than any other.

The resolution, introduced by former Texas school board member Randy Rives, states: "Resolved, That the [State Board of Education] will look to reject future prejudicial social-studies submissions that continue to offend Texas law with respect totreatment of the world's major religious groups by significant inequalities of coverage space-wise and/or by demonizing or lionizing one or more of them over others."

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