Arkansas jihadist says his murder of soldier was “for the sake of God, for the sake of Allah, the Lord of all the world”

Since the people in the Little Rock mosque are claiming not to know him, it is all the more unlikely that they will not take it upon themselves to explain, either to non-Muslims or to Muslims, exactly how he is getting Islam and jihad wrong.

Arkansas Jihad Update. “Suspect in soldier shooting says he was justified,” by Kelly P. Kissel for Associated Press, June 9 :

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A Muslim convert charged with fatally shooting an American soldier at a military recruiting center said Tuesday that he doesn’t consider the killing a murder because U.S. military action in the Middle East made the killing justified.”I do feel I’m not guilty,” Abdulhakim Muhammad told The Associated Press in a collect call from the Pulaski County jail. “I don’t think it was murder, because murder is when a person kills another person without justified reason.”…

“Yes, I did tell the police upon my arrest that this was an act of retaliation, and not a reaction on the soldiers personally,” Muhammad said. He called it “a act, for the sake of God, for the sake of Allah, the Lord of all the world, and also a retaliation on U.S. military.”

In the interview, Muhammad also disputed his lawyer’s claim that he had been “radicalized” in a Yemeni prison and said fellow prisoners that some call terrorists were actually “very good Muslim brothers.”

He also said he didn’t specifically plan the shootings that morning.

“It’s been on my mind for awhile. It wasn’t nothing planned really. It was just the heat of the moment, you know,” said Muhammad, who was arrested on a highway shortly after the attack….

Muhammad, 23, said he wanted revenge for claims that American military personnel had desecrated copies of the Quran and killed or raped Muslims. “For this reason, no Muslim, male or female, sane or insane, little, big, small, old can accept or tolerate,” he said.

He said the U.S. military would never treat Christians and their Scriptures in the same manner.

 

No, they burn those.

“U.S. soldiers are killing innocent Muslim men and women. We believe that we have to strike back. We believe in eye for an eye. We don’t believe in turning the other cheek,” he said.Asked whether he considered the shootings at the recruiting center an act of war, Muhammad said “I didn’t know the soldiers personally, but yes, it was an attack of retaliation. And I feel that other attacks, not by me or people I know, but definitely Muslims in this country and others elsewhere, are going to attack for doing those things they did,” especially desecrating the Quran….

 

True to form in such cases, no Muslim in his area has ever heard of this guy:

Muhammad had moved to Arkansas in the spring to work at his father’s bus tour company and had never attended the Islamic Center of Little Rock, a mosque frequented by most of the area’s Muslims, said Iftikhar Pathan, the center’s president.Pathan said he spoke with most of the nearly 300 people who attend Friday prayers at the mosque and no one knew him. Those at the mosque also spoke with FBI agents in the days immediately after the shooting, he said.

“What he had in his mind, God knows,” Pathan said.

Last week, Hensley said his client, born Carlos Bledsoe, had been tortured and “radicalized” in a Yemeni prison after entering the country to teach English. He was held there for immigration violations, and Yemeni officials have denied mistreatment.

“Those claims … are all lies,” Muhammad said Tuesday. “That never happened in Yemen. The officials dealt with me in a gentle way.”

 

There’s a whole lotta lying going on, from the looks of this story.

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See Public flogging of women in Islam

These Muslim men in this given video shown flogging the women are said to be following rules in the Islamic holy book Koran which they say allows women to be flogged in public. How humiliating, how hurtful it is to the person hurt in front their children, parents, spouses, friends and relatives is something I don’t have to say. Do I have to add the self esteem of such women is below level zero? Public flogging of women is a rule in most Islamic countries in including Saudi Arabia, Pakistan Yemen Malaysia Iran etc.

Mumbai-type terror attacks on US cities: FBI

Extremists “with large agendas and little money can use rudimentary weapons” to sow terror, raising the spectre that the Mumbai attacks could embolden terrorists seeking to attack US cities, warned the top US investigation agency FBI.

 

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is expanding its focus beyond al-Qaeda and into splinter groups, radicals who try to enter the country through the visa waiver programme and “home-grown terrorists,” FBI Director Robert S Mueller said at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington on Monday.

 

“The universe of crime and terrorism stretches out infinitely before us, and we too are working to find what we believe to be out there but cannot always see,” said the head of the agency charged with protecting the US against domestic and international terrorism.

 

“Our primary threat continues to come from Pakistan and Afghanistan,” Mueller added. “But we are seeing persistent activity elsewhere, from the Maghreb and the Sahel to Yemen.”

 

US, he said was increasingly concerned with pockets of people around the world that identify with al-Qaeda and its ideology. “Some may have little or no actual contact with al-Qaeda. Yet fringe organisations can quickly gain broader aspirations and appeal.”

 

Citing a planned attack against Fort Dix, he noted the men FBI convicted had engaged in target practice in the woods of Pennsylvania. They had watched al-Qaeda training videos. They had a map of the base and a plan to get in. And they had purchased semi-automatic weapons from an FBI sting operation.

 

“Like the Mumbai attackers, these men wanted to inflict as much damage as they could. And as the Mumbai attacks illustrate, the simplest of weapons can be quite deadly when combined with capability and intent,” Mueller said.

 

One particular concern, the FBI director said, springs from the country’s background as a “nation of immigrants”. Federal officials worry about pockets of possible Islamic radicals among melting-pot communities in the United States such as Seattle, San Diego, Miami or New York.

 

A Joint Terrorism Task Force led by the FBI, for instance, continues to investigate a group in Minneapolis after one young man last fall flew to Somalia and became what authorities believe to be the first US citizen to carry out a suicide bombing.

 

“The prospect of young men,  indoctrinated and radicalised in their own communities . . . is a perversion of the immigrant story,” Mueller added.

 

 

 

Mr.Obama: Why delay troops to Afghanistan

In Afghanistan, where, “the security situation has deteriorated,” Obama’s new intelligence czar, Dennis Blair, told Congress. America faces a growing storm from militants spread across Asia, Africa and the Middle East – while the war in Iraq is virtually over, the nation’s top spy said Thursday.

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A doctor places the body of a man, killed after Taliban insurgents attacked government buildings, in the morgue in Kabul February 11, 2009.

 

 

 

He dismissed speculation that Osama Bin Laden’s goons are on the ropes, saying the U.S. is not “within sight of victory.” The facts as I know them are not that optimistic,” Blair told the Senate Intelligence Committee. Elsewhere, Islamic extremism is still gaining in Pakistan, Algeria, Somalia and Yemen.

The United States has put together a plan to send up to 30,000 extra troops to Afghanistan, which would double the US contingent fighting the Taliban-led insurgency along with NATO forces.

But the troops are awaiting a green light from the White House, which has “signaled it wants to look at the (strategy) reviews under way,” a senior military official said in Washington.

The US envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan met key leaders in Islamabad Tuesday as part of a major US policy review aimed at turning around the war against the Taliban and Al-Qaeda in South Asia.

General Petraeus’s comments, on the other hand, were greatly anticipated. He is widely credited for the improved security situation in Iraq, where he was the senior commander during the troop increase known as the surge. Expectations are running high that he can repeat the success of that strategy in Afghanistan.

General Petraeus spoke of the need for outposts and patrol bases in the provinces. “You can’t commute to work” when conducting counterinsurgency operations, he said Sunday. “A nuanced appreciation of local situations is essential” to understanding “the tribal structures, the power brokers, the good guys and the bad guys, local cultures and history,” he said.

“There has been nothing easy about Afghanistan,” said General Petraeus, adding that he “would be remiss if I did not ask individual countries to examine very closely what forces and other contributions they can provide” ahead of the elections in August. He said needs included not only ground forces but also an array of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, military police officers, special operations, cargo and attack helicopters and more. Mr. Obama is planning to send as many as 30,000 additional troops to try to turn the tide in the war against insurgents.

Some NATO allies have been slow to contribute additional forces.

In his comments, General Jones was critical of the effort to stabilize the country thus far. “The international coordination was spotty at best,” he said. “We tended to focus too much on the military reconstruction part, which was important but not the only thing that should have been done.”

The Americans were not alone in their calls for a more robust effort. Radek Sikorski, the foreign minister of Poland, called Afghanistan a test for NATO, and emphasized that the security situation had to improve immediately. “If this year we don’t turn the tide, it’s going to be much harder later on,” he said.

 

Pakistan’s continued in action against Islamic terrorism has been condemned all around the world, the beheading of Piotr Stanczak in Pakistan, it’s unwillingness to apprehend the perpetrators of 11/26 Mumbai carnage   has once again proved and the country’s strong opposition of US and NATO forces has had Islamabad’s relations with Washington, Kabul, Warsaw and New Delhi have been strained over accusations that Pakistan is not doing enough to eradicate Islamist “safe havens” on its territory. Pakistan’s continued oppression of ethnic Baluchi people has appalled all human rights organizations. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon , the US Europe and Russia should note that Pakistan has enslaved Balochistan politically, culturally and socially. But Baluchi people have rebelled against it over the years and this struggle continues even today.

Child, 10, launches book “‘Me, Nojoud, 10, divorcee”

A Muslim schoolgirl, who was married by the age of eight to a 29-year-old man, today launched a new book about her extraordinary ordeal.  Islam allows child marriages not to forget Islamic prophet Mohammed had married Ayesha, a 6 year old child when he was in his 52. Nojoud Ali, now aged 10, is in Paris promoting an autobiography which is set to be a worldwide bestseller. 

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British publishers are already queuing up for the rights to a story which has been taken up by women’s rights groups worldwide.  Parents are allowed to marry their daughter by Islamic law, Sharia,  if they judge that their daughter is ‘ready’ for marriage. Noujoud’s strict Muslim family had decided she was, forcing her to go and live with Faez Ali Thameur. Yemen, an Islamic nation, one of the poorest countries in the world, is notorious for its child brides. Noujoud said she was also regularly beaten by her husband.  Shatha Nasser, Noujoud’s lawyer, said: ‘Child brides are common in parts of  Islamic nation of Yemen,. Now Nojoud and her eight year-old sister Hifa are able to go to school thanks to financial donations from human rights activists. Her case was also taken up by politicians including Hillary Clinton, Condoleezza Rice and the actress Nicole Kidman. Visiting Pantin, a suburb of Paris yesterday, Nojoud said: ‘Now I want to return to school so as to become a lawyer and help other girls like me.’ 

‘Me, Nojoud, 10, divorcee’ is published by Michel Lafon

 

Saudi style rehabilitation of released Guantanamo Bay prisoner= Al-Qaida commander

WASHINGTON – A released Guantanamo Bay terror detainee has reemerged as an al-Qaida commander in Yemen, highlighting the dilemma facing President Barack Obama in shaping plans to close the detention facility and decide the fates of U.S. captives.

A U.S. counterterror official confirmed Friday that Said Ali al-Shihri, who was jailed in Guantanamo for six years after his capture in Pakistan, has resurfaced as a leader of a Yemeni branch of al-Qaida.

“By Allah, imprisonment only increased our persistence in our principles for which we went out, did jihad for, and were imprisoned for,” he said in a video posted on a militant-leaning Web site Friday. It was the second time this week a reference to al-Shihri has shown up on the Web site. He was mentioned in an online magazine on Jan. 19 with a reference to his prisoner number at Guantanamo, 372.

Al-Shihri was released by the U.S. in 2007 to the Saudi government for rehabilitation. But this week a publication posted on a militant-leaning Web site said he is now the top deputy in “al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula,” a Yemeni offshoot of the terror group headed by Osama bin Laden. The group has been implicated in several attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Yemen’s capital Sana.

The announcement from the militant site came the same day that President Barack Obama signed an executive order directing the closure of the jail at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, within a year.

A key question facing Obama’s new administration is what to do with the 245 prisoners still confined at Guantanamo. That means finding new detention facilities for hard-core prisoners while trying to determine which detainees are harmless enough to release.

According to the Pentagon at least 18 former Guantanamo detainees have “returned to the fight” and another 43 are suspected of resuming terrorist activities. Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell declined to provide the identity of the former detainees or what their terrorist activities were.

It is unclear whether al-Shihri’s name would be a new addition to that list of 61.

Al-Shihri is one of a small number of deputies in the Yemeni group, the U.S. counterterror official said. The official spoke on condition of anonymity in order to discuss sensitive intelligence.

The militant Web site referred to al-Shihri under his terror nom de guerre, “Abu Sayyaf al-Shihri.” The video refers to him as “Abu Sufyan al-Azdi al-Shahri.”

An online magazine posted to the The Internet site said al-Shihri is the group’s second-in-command in Yemen. “He managed to leave the land of the two shrines (Saudi Arabia) and join his brothers in al-Qaida,” the statement said.

Included in the site’s material was a message to Yemen’s populace from al-Qaida figure Ayman al-Zawahiri, bin Laden’s top deputy. SITE Intel Group, which monitors extremist Web sites, provided a partial translation of the magazine article and the video.

According to Pentagon documents, al-Shihri was stopped at a Pakistani border crossing in December 2001 with injuries from an airstrike and recuperated at a hospital in Quetta for a month and a half. Within days of leaving the hospital, he became one of the first detainees sent to Guantanamo.

Al-Shihri allegedly traveled to Afghanistan two weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks, provided money to other fighters and trained in urban warfare at a camp north of Kabul, according to a summary of the evidence against him from U.S. military review panels at Guantanamo Bay.

An alleged travel coordinator for al-Qaida, he was also accused of meeting extremists in Mashad, Iran, and briefing them on how to enter Afghanistan, according to the Defense Department documents.

Al-Shihri, however, said he traveled to Iran to buy carpets for his store in Riyadh. He said he felt bin Laden had no business representing Islam, denied any links to terrorism, and expressed interest in rejoining his family in Saudi Arabia.

Yemen is rapidly reemerging as a terrorist battleground and potential base of operations for al-Qaida and is a main concern for U.S. counterterrorism officials. Al-Qaida in Yemen conducted an “unprecedented number of attacks” in 2008 and is likely to be a launching pad for attacks against Saudi Arabia, outgoing CIA Director Michael Hayden said in November.

The most recent attack, in September, killed 16 people. It followed a March mortar attack, and two attacks against Yemen’s presidential compound in late April.

The impoverished country on the southern tip of the Arabian peninsula has a weak central government and a powerful tribal system. That leaves large lawless areas open for terrorist training and operations.

Yemen was also the site of the 2000 USS Cole bombing that killed 17 American sailors. Seventeen suspects in the attack were arrested; ten of them escaped Yemen’s jails in 2003. One of the primary suspects in the attack, Jamal al-Badawi, escaped jail in 2004. He was taken back into custody last fall under pressure from the U.S. government.

 

By LIZ SIDOTI and MATTHEW LEE, Associated Press Writers

AP White House Correspondent Jennifer Loven contributed to this report.

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