Posts Tagged ‘Islamic extremists’

Muslim leaders have concluded the 8th two-yearly D-8 economic cooperation summit in Pakistan with a commitment to peace and democracy, as fighting continues to rage in Syria and a fragile ceasefire settles over Israel and the Gaza Strip following an 8-day escalation of hostilities.
The global summit established by former Turkish Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan in 1997, brings together an economic bloc of 8 developing Muslim nations including Egypt, Iran and Pakistan, in a bid to strengthen trade relations and economic development.


Speaking at the conference, Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, condemned Israeli airstrikes on Gaza which he described as “expansionist policies and atrocities”, calling on Muslim nations to create a “new world order”bringing an end to capitalism and capitalists.


Iran recently admitted to providing its Gazan ally, Hamas, with technology to build long-distance missiles, at least one of which militants claim to have fired at Tel Aviv during the recent violence.


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Britain’s attorney general said Tuesday that she was aware of the urgent need to address the slew of arrest warrants being issued in her country against Israeli official over alleged war crimes in the Gaza Strip.

Attorney General Baroness Patricia Janet Scotland made her remarks after a delegation of senior Israel Defense Forces officers canceled a planned visit to the U.K. for fear they would be arrested upon landing.

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The personal Web site for a radical American imam living in Yemen who had contact with two 9/11 hijackers is praising alleged Fort Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan as a hero.

The posting Monday on the Web site for Anwar al Awlaki, who was a spiritual leader at two mosques where three 9/11 hijackers worshipped, said American Muslims who condemned the attacks on the Texas military base last week are hypocrites who have committed treason against their religion.

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Rival pirates and militia groups have fought for control over a British couple held hostage for more than a week, an Islamic militia commander and a local elder said Monday. The couple were not injured in the fighting.

Meanwhile, a U.S.-flagged cargo vessel with 21 Americans aboard came under gunfire from suspected Somali pirates but managed to escape, a U.S. Navy spokesman said.

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Germans decide Sunday whether to return the nation’s first woman chancellor to a second term in office following a lackluster campaign centered largely on economic issues and a rash of last-minute threats by Islamic extremists.
Chancellor Angela Merkel is hoping enough of the nation’s 62.2 million eligible voters will support her conservative Christian Democratic Party to give them a solid enough standing to form a center-right coalition with their top partners, the Free Democrats.
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The new leader of the Tehreik-e-Taliban has said he will take over the war against the West which was unfinished by his predecessor.
The head of the Taliban in Pakistan, Hakimullah Mehsud, issued his threats in a rare interview obtained by Sky News.
The Pakistani authorities had said Hakimullah had been killed in a gun battle between rival Taliban factions fighting over who should be the group’s leader.

In the last 24 hours, by rare coincidence, two Islamic extremist leaders have shown public contempt for US president Barack Obama: Iran stands by its opposition to nuclear dialogue, the central plank of Obama’s foreign policy platform, and al Qaeda’s Osama bin Laden in an apparently new audio tape says Obama is “powerless” to end the Afghan war.

Sunday, Sept. 13, Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, using the presentation of the new UK ambassador Simon Gass’s credentials, threw out of court any discussion on the Iranian nuclear issue: “From the Iranian nation’s viewpoint, the nuclear case is closed,” said Ahmadinejad, two days after Washington accepted Tehran’s offer to start talks with the Six Powers on global issues excluding its nuclear program.

Read more here:DEBKAfile

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The Chief of the Defence Staff has said today that while the UK strategy in Afghanistan is the right one, the outcome depends on the will power to see it through in the long term and whether the Afghans themselves can make progress in areas of governance.

British troops take a break

British troops take a break while on operations in Afghanistan
[Picture: Sgt Dan Harmer RLC, Crown Copyright/MOD 2009]

More boots on the ground are needed he said but that they need to be Afghan boots.

“We face extremist Islamist groups who pursue a campaign of global terrorist violence in order to further their ideological ends. These groups pose a direct threat to the UK, its citizens and their interests, so must be countered.”

Air Chief Marshal Sir Jock Stirrup

Aleksandr Pikaev from the Institute of World Economy and International Relations, thinks that Islamic extremists wanting to destabilize Ingushetia could be behind the attack, although an investigation is underway.