December 11, 2009
No one understands the revolutionary potential of students better than old revolutionaries. That's one reason Iranian security forces fought hard with tear gas, batons and arrests this week to put down university protests across the country. Another is that six months after President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's disputed reelection, and despite persistent government efforts to quash the unrest, the protests continue. To these students, the leadership that took power three decades ago in a popular uprising against the repressive government of Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi is now the repressive establishment.
October 29, 2009 |
Federal authorities Wednesday arrested several members of a radical Sunni Islamic group in the U.S., killing one of its leaders in a shootout at a Dearborn, Mich., warehouse, the U.S. attorney's office said. Agents were trying to arrest Luqman Ameen Abdullah, 53, on charges that included conspiracy to sell stolen goods and illegal possession and sale of firearms. Authorities also conducted raids elsewhere to try to round up 10 followers named in a federal complaint. No one was charged with terrorism.
August 26, 2009 |
An Al Qaeda-affiliated group claimed responsibility Tuesday for the devastating suicide bombings at two government ministries in Baghdad last week, while Iraq and Syria recalled their ambassadors in an escalating dispute over whether Damascus may have aided the attacks. The claim of responsibility came in a statement posted on the Internet by the Islamic State of Iraq, the name now used by the Al Qaeda in Iraq organization. The group does not often acknowledge a role in bombings, and the ones it does claim tend to be among the most spectacular.
August 15, 2009 |
Hamas government forces stormed a mosque in the Gaza Strip on Friday and apparently subdued a heavily armed group of Al Qaeda-inspired militants whose imam had vowed to impose theocratic rule in the Palestinian territory. Sixteen people were reported killed in fighting that raged for much of the day in the city of Rafah. Residents contacted by telephone said it took Hamas six hours to capture the two-story mosque from a group calling itself Jund Ansar Allah, or the Soldiers of the Companions of God. Fighting spread to the nearby home of the imam, who had fled the mosque, and ended early today after an explosion demolished part of the house, witnesses said.
May 12, 2009 |
Thousands fled their homes in Mogadishu after at least 35 people were killed over the weekend in some of the worst fighting in weeks, while masked Islamic fighters were seen heading to the Somali capital. Residents in northern Mogadishu reported sporadic fighting but there were no immediate reports of casualties. "Some of them do not know where to go. They need urgent help," said Ali Sheik Yasin Fadhaa, vice chairman of the Elman Human Rights Organization. A total of 17,200 people have fled the capital since Saturday, Fadhaa said.
July 21, 2007 |
A U.S. citizen convicted of receiving training at a terrorist camp alongside Al Qaeda members in his efforts to help overthrow the Somali government was sentenced in Houston to 10 years in prison. Daniel Joseph Maldonado, 28, a Muslim convert also known as Daniel Aljughaifi and Abu Mohammed, was also fined $1,000.
July 19, 2007 |
In March, he was declared captured. In May, he was declared killed, and his purported corpse was displayed on state-run TV. But on Wednesday, Abu Omar Baghdadi, the supposed leader of an Al Qaeda-affiliated group in Iraq, was declared nonexistent by U.S. military officials, who said he was a fictional character created to give an Iraqi face to a foreign-run terrorist organization.
June 25, 2006 |
An Indonesian militant cleric linked to bombings in Bali who was freed June 14 from a Jakarta prison insisted that the government implement Islamic law nationwide, but said Muslims also must respect other religions. Speaking before about 60 leaders of his hard-line group, the Indonesian Mujahedin Council, Abu Bakar Bashir said secular philosophies "are all wrong because they are not based on the holy Koran."
February 12, 2006 |
Four-year-old Abubakir says that when he grows up he will become a caliph -- the ruler of an Islamic theocratic empire. For now, he is content to run around pretending to be an airplane while his father, Ayub Mashrapov, a member of a radical Islamic group, sees off friends at a dusty railway station.
November 30, 2005 |
Two suicide bombers targeting courthouses killed at least seven people Tuesday in an escalating terrorism campaign blamed on Muslim extremists demanding an Islamic state. Two police officers were among those who died in the blasts in this southeastern port city and Gazipur, 20 miles north of the capital, Dhaka. More than 50 people were injured, 20 of them critically.