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Iraq civilian deaths down in 2008
Dec. 29, 2009 - According to official Iraqi figures, 5,714 people were killed in 2008 compared to 16,252 the previous year. This figure is down by two thirds from the previous year.
This means an average of 25 people per day were killed, compared with 67 a day last year.
- The non-governmental organisation Iraq Body Count also said the number of deaths was down by two thirds, but put the figure between 8,315 and 9,028.
- Source: Borr Terrorism News
2008 In Review: Pakistan Under Pressure As War On Terror Focuses On South Asia
Dec. 29,, 2008 - The focus in the war on terrorism shifted this year from Iraq to South Asia. Terrorist attacks across South Asia have been linked to Pakistan. At the same time, security is deteriorating in Afghanistan. The November terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India were apparently planned in Pakistan.
- Source: Radio Free Europe
Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, 'Mumbai mastermind', among 12 arrested in Pakistan raids
Dec. 8, 2008 - Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, the suspected mastermind of the Mumbai attack, was arrested by Pakistani security forces at a Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT)training camp. At least 11 other members of the group were arrested at the same time. The training camp was near Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistan-controlled Kashmir.
- It is unlikely to satisfy either Delhi or Washington unless Islamabad follows up by prosecuting those arrested and taking further action against other militant groups linked to attacks on Indian soil.
- Source: Times Online - UK
Report: 'India Was Ready to Strike Pakistan'
Dec. 7, 2008 - According to Wajid Shamsul Hassan, Pakistan's High Commissioner in London, India was planning a retaliatory military strike against Pakistan on the first day of the Mumbai terror attacks. British and U.S. intervention eased the tension enough to stop the strike.
- Source: Fox
U.S. 'Warned India' of Potential Terror Attack on Mumbai
Dec. 2, 2008 -
The information warned that the terrorists would be Pakistan-based, and would include certain targets, including the Taj Hotel.
- U.S. intelligence agencies reportedly warned their Indian counterparts in October of a potential attack "from the sea against hotels and business centers in Mumbai," a U.S. official told ABC News.
Tensions between Pakistan and India has increased since the attacks, but both countries have avoided rhetoric that could lead to a buildup of troops along their borders.
- Source: Fox
- India to Pakistan: Hand over suspects - In wake of deadly Mumbai attacks, New Delhi demand Islamabad hand over about 20 suspected terrorists. Pakistan says will 'frame a response' to demand, offers joint probe. - YNet
Report: Mumbai Terror Attack Aimed to Kill 5,000 People
Captured terrorist ordered to kill "until the last breath."
Dec. 1, 2008 - According to the U.K.'s Daily Mail newspaper, the only terrorist to survive the Mumbai massacre gave details about the attack. He said that ...
" the Mail reported.
Azam Amir Kasab, 21, confessed to being a member of the Pakistani terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba, which is believed to have connections with Al Qaeda.
- ...the attacks included 10 terrorists in a heavily orchestrated plan devised six months ago, that hoped to kill 5,000 people — targeting mostly "whites, preferably Americans and British.
- Source: Fox
- 'No regrets': Captured terrorist's account of Mumbai massacre reveals plan was to kill 5,000 - Daily Mail - UK
The Growing Planetary Threat from Biological Weapons and Terrorism
Nov. 30, 2008 - The easiest way to kill half the population of a city of two million would be to place a gram or two of a toxin called botulin in the city's water supply.
- In just a few small refrigerators or freezers, one can store sufficient biological weapons to kill the entire population of the world many times over
- Source:The Tribune - India
Death toll reaches 195 as Mumbai siege ends
Nov. 29, 2008 - Indian officials say that all the militants have been killed after three days of terror in the city. The death toll now stands at 195.
- Source: The Scotsman
Death Toll At Least 130
Battle rages for Mumbai hostages
Nov. 28, 2008 -
- India's Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee said preliminary evidence "leads us to believe that some elements in Pakistan may be connected to these events".
- Source: BBC
- U.S. Intelligence Focuses on Pakistani Group - N.Y. Times
Two Islamic Groups Suspected for India Attacks
Nov. 28, 2008 - Early reports of the coordinated terror attacks in Mumbai mentioned the possibility that the unknown group Deccan Mujahideen might be responsible. Analysts think it is more likely either the Indian Mujahideen or Lashkar-e-Taiba.
Lashkar-e-Taiba is a well-funded and highly organized group that sympathizes with al Qaeda. They have been responsible for major attacks in India in the past, but they condemn this series of events in Mumbai and deny being responsible.
The Indian Mujahideen is an offshoot of the Students' Islamic Movement of India (SIMI). SIMI has been banned by the Indian Government, but they appear to have been given training and backing from militant groups in neighboring Pakistan and Bangladesh.
- In May, the Indian Mujahideen made a specific threat to attack tourist sites in India unless the government stopped supporting the United States in the international arena.
- Source: NewsMax
India terrorist attacks leave at least 101 dead in Mumbai
Nov. 27, 2008 - Synchronized attacks by unknown terrorists in Mumbai, India, have killed at least 101 people and wounded more than 200. As many as 16 groups targeted nine sites, including luxury hotels, the city's domestic airport, a railway station, and a restaurant popular with foreigners. As officials try to sort out the details, there are reports of possible hostages. It is not yet known who is responsible for the attacks.
Mumbai (Bombay) is a city of 19 million people, and is the financial capital of India.
- Several witnesses said the gunmen demanded to see passports from cornered guests, separating American and British tourists from the others.
- Source: Los Angeles Times
- Terror in India: Mumbai Under Assault - TIME
- Mumbai rocked by deadly attacks - BBC
- Video news - Fox
- India’s Financial Capital Mumbai Shut After Terrorist Attacks - Bloomberg
- Terror attacks in Mumbai; six foreigners among 101 dead - Times of India
- 'All the fingerprints of al-Qaeda' - The Age
Clear and Present Danger
The Obama administration is about to discover that the terrorists detained at Guantánamo are there for good reason.
Nov. 24, 2008 - President-Elect Obama promises to close the Guantánamo detention center in Cuba, and apparently prefers to try non-citizen terrorists in our federal court system. The writer of this article, Thomas Joscelyn, warns that 14 "high value" detainees there are responsible for murdering thousands of civilians around the globe.
- Processing them as mere lawbreakers would not have advanced the war on terror. To read them their rights and provide them lawyers would have been to throw away their intelligence value.
- Source: Weekly Standard
Surprise! CAIR officials slapped with subpoenas
Nov. 23, 2008 -The terror-linked Muslim lobby's dinner turned into public relations nightmare when several top officials of the Council on American-Islamic Relations were served subpoenas for racketeering and other offenses.
- Source: WorldNetDaily
Pirates capture Saudi oil tanker
Nov. 17, 2008 - Somali pirates have taken control of a Saudi oil supertanker off the coast of Kenya.
This ship, The Sirius Star, is the largest tanker to be attacked by pirates.
- Source: BBC
- Pirates attack Saudi 'super tanker' - CNN
- See earlier storyReport: Hijacked Iranian Ship Contained 'Dirty Bomb' for Israel - In our Gog-Magog section
an Imminent Danger
Nov. 17, 2008 - Hezbollah is much larger and stronger than most people realize.
Hezbollah is believed to maintain a vast network of operatives across the world; from Europe to Africa
to the Middle East, to Latin America and even North America.
- Former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage called Hezbollah "the A-team of terrorists,
while al-Qaida may actually be the B-team."
- Source: Middle East Times
Warning of new bin Laden attack
Nov. 10, 2008 - According to an Arabic newspaper published in London, Al-Quds Al-Arabi, Osama bin Laden is planning an attack against the United States that will "outdo by far" September 11.
- And according to a former senior Yemeni al-Qaeda operative, the terrorist organisation has entered a "positive phase", reinforcing specific training camps around the world that will lead the next "wave of action" against the West.
- Source: The Age
- Bin Laden 'cut off from al-Qaeda' - BBC
Spies Warn That Al Qaeda Aims for October Surprise
Sept. 23, 2008 - In addition to two recent terrorist attacks against US interests abroad (US Embasy in Yemen and Marriott Hotel in Pakistan), new intelligence indicates that other foreign attacks may occur in October in order to influence US elections.
- Source: NY Sun
- Deadly blast targets Marriott Hotel in Islamabad - CNN
16 Die in Attack on U.S. Embassy in Yemen
Sept. 17, 2008 - The United States Embassy in Yemen was attacked today by heavily armed militants who detonated a car bomb at its gates. Sixteen people were killed in the attack.
Yemen is a south Arabian country aligned with Al Qaeda that has carried out a number of recent strikes.
- No Americans were killed or wounded in the blast or when guards began to return fire, said a Yemeni official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the matter.
- Source: N.Y. Times
U.S. Officials: Al Qaeda Unpopular and 'Imploding'
Sept. 16, 2008 - According to U.S. counterterrorism officials, Al Qaeda is losing its popularity among Muslims because of it's violent tactics. More than 9,500 civilian, mostly Muslims, were killed in Muslim countries in 2007.
Nevertheless, Al Qaeda is still considered the most dangerous threat to the United States. But other more popular terrorist groups, like Hezbollah and Hamas, are a growing concern because they combine social services, local governance, national politics with extremist attacks.
- "Absolutely it's imploding. It's imploding because it's not a message that resonates with a lot of Muslims," said Dell Dailey, the State Department's coordinator for counterterrorism.
- Source: Fox
Terror Expert: WMD Attack on U.S. Inevitable
Sept. 10, 2008 - Marvin J. Cetron was the author of a 1994 study calle "Terror 2000." At that time he warned that terrorists could hijack a commercial airliner, fly it down the Potomac, and crash it into the Pentagon. Cetron and a team of 170 of the best futurists in the US have now released a new report, “55 Trends Now Shaping the Future of Terrorism.” This study warns that terrorists will attack the US sometime in the next four to five years. Terrorism is growing stronger, and the inevitable attack will probably feature a weapon of mass destruction. Great Britain and France are also key targets for destruction.
- Source: Newsmax
'Black' ops killing off al-Qaida
Sept. 1, 2008 - A highly secretive British intelligence unit, has been very successful in stopping suicide bombings in Iraq. Their activities...
- ... have led Britain's SAS and the U.S. Delta Force to kill what a secret intelligence report confirms as "hundreds of al-Qaida terrorists in the past two years and the capture of 3,500 insurgents."
- Source:WorldNetDaily - From Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin
Bin Laden ex-driver found guilty
Aug. 6, 2008 - The first war crimes trial at Guantanamo Bay has found Salim Hamdan, Osama bin Laden's driver, guilty of eight charges of supporting terrorism. The jury of military officers acquitted him of two separate, more serious, charges of conspiracy.
He could be sentenced to life in prison. If there is an appeal, the case could go as far as the Supreme Court.
- Hamdan, who is about 40 and was captured in Afghanistan in November 2001, faces a maximum life sentence when the sentencing hearing gets under way later on Wednesday.
This was the first US war crimes trial since World War II.
- Source: BBC
Al-Qaida confirms death of leading commander al-Masri
Aug. 4, 2008 - A top Al-Qaida commander was killed on July 28 in a compound in Pakistan near the Afghan border. Abu Khabab al-Masri, who had a $5-million bounty on his head from the United States, is considered the mastermind of the attack on the USS Cole eight years ago. Al-Masri's death was confirmed yesterday on an Islamic website.
- Source: Ha'Aretz
U.S. Terrorism Watch List Tops 1 Million
July 15, 2008 -
The ACLU objects to the list, saying it is an impediment to millions of travelers. The Bush administration defended it as one of the most effective tools implemented after the September 11 hijacked plane attacks. At that time the federal "no-fly" list contained just 16 people considered threats to aviation.
- A U.S. watch list of terrorism suspects has passed 1 million records, corresponding to about 400,000 people, and a leading civil rights group said on Monday the number was far too high to be effective.
- Source:News Max
Al Qaeda Supporters' Tape to Call for Use of WMDs
May 29, 2008 - According to intelligence and law enforcement sources, a new video may be released soon by al Qaeda supporters (but not al Qaeda itself) recommending that terrorists should attack the west with biological, chemical and nuclear weapons.
- While there is no evidence of any direct threat, the FBI sent a bulletin to 18,000 law enforcement agencies across the country, out of an abundance of caution.
- Source: ABC News
Attacks in Middle East Send Oil to Record $117.40
Apr. 21, 2008 - Rising oil prices were pushed to a record $117.40 a barrel because of three attacks. In one instance, a Japanese oil tanker was hit by a rocket near Yemen. Meanwhile, Nigerian militants attacked two oil pipelines.
- Attacks since early 2006 on Nigerian oil infrastructure by the militant group have cut nearly one-quarter of the country's normal petroleum output. Nigeria is a major supplier of oil to the U.S.
- Source: NewsMax
Al Qaeda No. 2 Calls on Muslims to Strike U.S., Jewish Interests
Mar. 24, 2008 - A video tape, supossedly from Al Qaeda deputy leader Ayman al-Zawahri, urged Muslims to avenge Israel's recent military action in the Gaza Strip.
- Muslims, today is your day. Strike the interests of the Jews, the Americans, and all those who participated in the attack on Muslims," al-Zawahri said. " ... plan with precision, and then — while relying on God — assault, seeking martyrdom and paradise."
- Source: Fox
U.S. Guided Missile Strike Targets 'Terror Suspect'
Mar. 3, 2008 - A U.S. precision guided missile struck its intended target, an Al Qaeda training camp in Somalia today.
- U.S. officials at Central Command said the overnight strike targeted less than 20 Al Qaeda terrorists. They were assessing the damage done by the attack Monday, and said they'd know more about its success later in the day.
- Source: Fox
Witnesses: Missile Strike in Pakistan Kills 13 Suspected Militants
Feb. 28, 2008 - A missile fired from a U.S. military drone struck a house in the South Waziristan tribal region of Pakistan, reportedly killing 13 people and injuring others.
- Last month, one of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden's top lieutenants, Abu Laith al-Libi, was killed in Pakistan's tribal region...in a missile strike by a U.S. drone.
- Source: Voice of America
- Al-Qaida's Zawahri Vows Revenge for Killing of Top Commander - Voice of America
- Al-Qaida deputy releases video condemning 'revisionists' - Guardian - UK - A video from al-Qaida deputy leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, denounces Muslims who disagree with terrorist tactics.
Bomb kills top Hezbollah leader
Feb. 13, 2008 - Imad Mughniyeh, one of the top leaders for Hezbollah in Lebanon, was killed by a bomb in Damascus, Syria. Hezbollah claims that Israel assassinated him. He was high on US and Israeli most wanted lists, but Israel would not comment on the bombing
- Mughniyeh is widely believed to be behind a wave of Western hostage-taking in Lebanon in the 1980s.
- Source: BBC
Musharraf issues warning to West
Jan. 26, 2008 - Speaking to the Royal United Services Institute in London, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf expleained his strategy for defeating terrorism and warned that he needs encouragement, not criticism, from the West.
- Source: BBC
Musharraf: Pakistan Isn't Hunting Osama
Jan. 23, 2008 - Speaking at the French Institute for International Relations, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf says that he has 100,000 troops on the Afghan border to fight terrorism. They are busy rooting out the Taliban, but not focusing on finding Osama bin Laden.
- Bin Laden and al-Zawahiri are believed to be hiding somewhere in the lawless tribal areas along Afghanistan's frontier with Pakistan.
- Source: Fox
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