21 November 2005

HOW TO LOSE A WAR By RALPH PETERS

"QUIT. It's that simple. There are plenty of more complex ways to lose a war, but none as reliable as just giving up."

5000 Islamic Clerics to be sent to the US: Iran's Ayatollah

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2005:
5000 Islamic Clerics to be sent to the US: Iran's Ayatollah

According to BBC Persian and Persian service of IRNA, the hardline ayatollah Mesbah Yazdi has announced that the Iranians living in the US need 5000 Islamic clerics for their religious services.

Mesbah Yazdi asks the new Iranian government to finance their trainings!


http://www.bbc.co.uk/persian/

http://www.irna.ir/

BOSNIA: TWO MORE ARRESTS IN TERROR PROBE

Names are named for a change:
Sarajevo, 21 Nov. (AKI) - Bosnian authorities have arrested two people suspected of involvement in a wider terrorist network, whose branches seem to spread from Bosnia to Denmark and Australia, local media reported on Monday. The police revealed neither the names nor the location of the arrests, which were made over the weekend, but the significance of the arrests were illustrated by prime minister Adnan Terzic congratulating the security forces on a "successful operation".

Bosnian police on Saturday arrested a Turkish citizen, Cesur Abdulkadir, and a local Muslim with Swedish citizenship, Mirsad Bektasevic, suspected of having planned suicide attacks on the embassy of a European Union country in Sarajevo. Police found a quantity of weapons and explosives in their Sarajevo apartment, with instructions on how to make explosive devices. It later turned out that Bektasevic was connected to a group of young Muslims arrested in Denmark, on suspicion of planning terrorist attacks in Europe.

Indonesia gives Australian police access to terrorist plans

Possibly related to the anshar.net affair:
Indonesia gives Australian police access to terrorist plans

12:47 2005-11-21 Indonesia has given Australian police access to terrorist plans seized from an al-Qaida-linked Islamic militant group blamed for the deadly Bali bombings, Australian Federal Police chief Commissioner Mick Keelty said Monday.

"We now ... have a better understanding of Jemaah Islamiyah than what we ever had," Keelty told a counterterrorism conference in Sydney. "We now have ... access to some of their plans (and) ... the future plans that they had in place," he added.

Keelty said the plans were highly detailed, featuring sophisticated intelligence and surveillance of targets.

"There is a considerable amount of planning (that) goes into operations that are taking place and we've got to make sure we are equal to those sort of plans by the terrorists," he said.

Keelty did not disclose any of the group's potential targets.

Al Qaeda terror cell dismantled [Morocco]

Al Qaeda terror cell dismantled

From: Agence France-Presse, correspondents in Rabat

November 21, 2005:


MOROCCAN security forces arrested 17 Islamic extremists with ties to the Al-Qaeda network as they were setting up a terrorist cell, officials in Rabat said overnight.

"The Moroccan security services have just dismantled a terrorist structure as it was being formed," the government said, adding that the suspects would be charged later today.

The network was "composed of 17 elements linked to the radical Islamic movement having connections with small groups emerging at the Iraqi border and maintaining close ties with senior members of the Al-Qaeda organisation," it said.

One of the arrested was named as Mohamed Reha, a Belgian national of Moroccan origin, who was "known to have stayed in Syria and maintained close ties with North African Islamists in Europe".

Moroccan security services said they had been interested since March in the activities of Moroccan national Khaled Azig, a former theology student in Syria who made repeated trips between there and Turkey.

Azig returned to Morocco in June and was joined by Reha on September 29, in order to "recruit members for a terrorist cell," said the statement.

The arrests were made early this month in Rabat and Casablanca, Morocco's largest city, which was the target on May 16, 2003 of five suicide attacks that killed 33 people.

The security forces said the pair recruited extremists, including Brahim Benchekroun, 26, and Mohamed Mazouz, 32, two Moroccans who undertook military training in Afghanistan and were later detained at the United States detention centre at Guantanamo Bay, in Cuba.

"Khalid Azig and Mohamed Reha have in effect recruited individuals impregnated with extremist ideas," a police source said.

On November 15, Benchekroun and Mazouz, along with another former Guantanamo detainee, Redouane Chekkrouri, 33, were arrested on suspicion of helping an Al Qaeda member sneak into Morocco.

The arrests were followed by a security alert at airports, harbours, train stations, shopping centres and embassies throughout the country.

Ten days previously, a group calling itself the Islamic Tawhid Wal Jihad Group of Morocco, a name formerly used by Al Qaeda's Iraq frontman Abu Mussab al-Zarqawi, announced that it had declared war on the Moroccan state and King Mohammed VI.

Security officials dismissed the declaration as not credible.