Shariah in the World

'Jihad Jamie' and the 'Black Widows': Why Women Turn to Terrorism

This article explores why more and more women are turning towards terrorism and Shariah Islam. "The issue of U.S. converts [to radical Islam] is not new," Juan Carlos Zarate, senior adviser in the Transnational Threats Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, told the Monitor's Peter Grier. "What is new is that in this case, the convert may be a middle-aged female."

ABC News
April 10, 2010
Washington, D.C.

Two recent incidents in the United States and Russia are suggesting that, when it comes to terrorism, men and women are perhaps not as different as society might believe.

Jamie Paulin-Ramirez last week became the second American woman to be arraigned on terrorism charges in connection with the attempted assassination of a Swedish cartoonist, following alleged co-conspirator, Colleen LaRose, also known as "Jihad Jane."

Meanwhile, the recent terror bombings in Russia suggest the resurrection of the "black widows" -- female suicide bombers that sprang up a decade ago to strike back at the Kremlin's during its war against Chechnya.


Saylorsburg, PA: Another Militant Islamic Training Compound in the U.S.

The leader of this training group has created nearly 200 Islamic Schools with Shariah-based curriculum in the U.S., some of which are believed to be taxpayer-funded.

Creeping Sharia
April 10, 2010
Saylorsburg, PA

Christian militias have been raided in Michigan and Ohio. Its members rounded up and tossed in prison. Its cache of weapons confiscated.

But a well-armed Muslim militia – – composed not of American citizens but foreign militants – – operates under the noses of federal and state law enforcement officials.

If you doubt it, pay a visit to Saylorsburg, PA, in the heart of the Pocono Mountains.

“These guys use fully automatic weapons – – AK-47s – – for target practice,” one local businessman says. “We called the FBI but nothing has been done to stop them.”

“The Muslims have been here for years,” another resident says. “They’ve been engaged in training for guerilla warfare.”

The Muslims in question are Turks who occupy a 45 acre compound that is owned and operated by Fethullah Gulen.


Obama Bans Islam, Jihad from National Security Document

Obama is mandating that terms like “Islamic extremism” and “jihad” are not used in national security documents. The administration is calling this diplomacy. Says Peter Feaver, a Duke University political scientist "’[Obama’s engagement effort] doesn't appear to have created much in the way of strategic benefit’ in the Middle East peace process or in negotiations over Iran's nuclear ambitions... Obama runs the political risk of seeming to adopt politically correct rhetoric abroad while appearing tone deaf on national security issues at home, Feaver said.”
April 7, 2010
Washington, D.C.

President Barack Obama's advisers will remove religious terms such as "Islamic extremism" from the central document outlining the U.S. national security strategy and will use the rewritten document to emphasize that the United States does not view Muslim nations through the lens of terror, counterterrorism officials said.

The change is a significant shift in the National Security Strategy, a document that previously outlined the Bush Doctrine of preventative war and currently states: "The struggle against militant Islamic radicalism is the great ideological conflict of the early years of the 21st century."

The officials described the changes on condition of anonymity because the document still was being written, and the White House would not discuss it. But rewriting the strategy document will be the latest example of Obama putting his stamp on U.S. foreign policy, like his promises to dismantle nuclear weapons and limit the situations in which they can be used.


U.S. Consulate in Pakistan Attacked by Militants

Pakistani militants attacked the U.S. Consulate in Peshawar on April 5, 2010, marking the most direct attack on an American facility in years. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the siege, and at least five of the attackers were suicide bombers. “They are trying to demonstrate that they are still alive and kicking,” said Hasan Askari Rizvi, a defense analyst. This attack was the second large-scale strike that day. Several hours earlier a suicide bomber attacked a political ceremony in Dir.

New York Times
April 5, 2010
Peshawar, Pakistan

In the most direct attack on an American facility in Pakistan in years, militants mounted a multipronged assault against the United States Consulate in this northern city on Monday, using a truck bomb, machine guns and rocket launchers, Pakistani and American officials said.

At least five attackers, all suicide bombers, failed to breach the outer perimeter of the compound, according to a Pakistani intelligence official, but they demolished part of an exterior wall with a large truck bomb that shook the city and sent huge plumes of brown dust and smoke into the sky. At least 6 Pakistanis were killed and 20 wounded. No Americans were killed or hurt.

The United States Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan’s capital, confirmed the attack. The coordinated assault involved “a vehicle suicide bomb and terrorists who were attempting to enter the building using grenades and weapons fire,” the embassy said.


U.S. Official Says Intel Suggests Iran Plans to Ship Arms to Taliban

Iran has been and continues to ship arms to the Taliban. An unnamed Iranian source warns of bigger shipments to come. “There are indications the Iranians have stepped it up," the official said.

April 2, 2010
Tehran, Iran

New U.S. military intelligence suggests Iran plans to smuggle new shipments of weapons into Afghanistan in the coming weeks as part of an increased effort to interfere with coalition operations, a senior U.S. Defense Department official said Friday.

The information came from an "Iranian source" whose tips on past shipments have been verified by the United States, the official said.

The official declined to be identified because of the sensitive nature of the information. He also declined to offer more details on the identity of the Iranian source. Intelligence gained by talking to people, sometimes referred to as "human intelligence," is always considered sensitive for fear of compromising sources.

"There are indications the Iranians have stepped it up," the official said.

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