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Kristallnacht 2005

Today is Kristallnacht Remembrance Day

Kristallnacht
The burned-out synagogue of Aachen, Germany,
one of
nearly 200 synagogues destroyed during Paris_kristallnact_205

A fireman wipes his eyes as he walks through the rubble of a movie studio in
Asnieres-sur-Seine after an overnight fire on the 11th night of violence in
suburbs surrounding Paris, November 7, 2005.
Dutch news footage caught hooded thugs screaming “Allahu
Akbar”
— “God is Great”

Arab amd Muslim reaction to the rioting from France – translated by MEMRI here 
(Visit MEMRITV.ORG to view recently translated segments from Arab and Iranian
TV)

"Either the jihadists really are crazy or they apparently
think that they have a shot at destabilizing, or at least winning concessions
from, the United States, Europe, India, and Russia all at once."
Victor Davis Hanson, read it all.

Click below for ongoing global war on the west,  from Global Jihad Monitor.

UPDATE: From The Wall Street Journal:
Three
coordinated explosions killed at least 53 people
and wounded another 120 at
three hotels in Amman, Jordan, in an attack that bore hallmarks of an al Qaeda
operation.

Global Jihad
Monitor

November 2-8,
2005

 

The Big
Picture

 

  • Days
    after Prime Minister Howard warned of an imminent terrorist threat, Australian
    authorities arrested seventeen suspects believed to be plotting a catastrophic
    attack.  [Full
    Story
    ]

  • Canadian
    counter-terrorism officials broke up a terrorist cell in Toronto that included an
    explosives expert trained at an al-Qaeda camp.  [Full
    Story
    ]

  • Moroccan
    Islamic scholars declared al-Qaeda members to be “aggressor apostates” after the
    kidnapping of two Moroccans in  Iraq[Full
    Story
    ]

 

Regional
Briefs

North
America
, Middle
East
, Iraq,
Afghanistan
and Pakistan
, Europe,
Asia,
Africa,
Australia

 

North
America

CIA Holds Captives in
Secret Prisons Abroad: Report
(Reuters) – The
CIA has been hiding and interrogating al-Qaeda captives at a secret facility in
Eastern Europe, part of a covert global prison system that has included sites in
eight countries and was set up after the September 11, 2001, attacks, The Washington Post reported on Wednesday
(11/2).

 

Army Translator
Suspected of Helping al-Qaeda
(AP) – An Arabic translator
for the Army may have secretly helped Iraqi insurgents by taking classified
documents home from Iraq to Brooklyn, there he made a series of calls to numbers linked to the insurgency a  federal prosecutor said Monday
(11/7).

 

Five al-Qaeda Suspects
to Face Military Tribunals
(AP) – Five suspected
al-Qaeda terrorists, including one accused of killing a U.S. Special Forces
medic, are the latest Guantanamo Bay detainees headed for the kind of military
trials that now face a Supreme Court review.  The high court agreed Monday
(11/7) to consider a constitutional challenge to military trials for foreign
terror suspects.

 

Prosecutor: Al-Arian
‘Crime Boss’ for Palestinian Islamic Jihad
(AP) – A fired college
professor acted as a "crime boss" for Palestinian Islamic Jihad, a murderous
gang that operated like the Mafia, a federal prosecutor told a jury Monday
(11/7).  Although Sami Al-Arian and three co-defendants are not charged with
killing anyone, they conspired to bring about attacks and are just as guilty
under the law as the homicide bombers who carried them out, prosecutor Cherie
Krigsman said in closing arguments.

 

Canadian Terror Cell
Busted
(National Post
(Canada)
) – Canadian counter- terrorism
investigators have dismantled a suspected terrorist cell in Toronto whose
members included an al-Qaeda-trained explosives expert, the National Post reported Thursday (11/3). 
The cell consisted of four Algerian refugee claimants who had lived in Canada for as long as six years and were alleged members of a radical Islamic terror faction called the Salafist
Group for Call and Combat.

 

 

Middle
East

Kuwait Appeal Court
Jails Guantanamo Returnee
(Reuters) – A Kuwaiti
appeals court has sentenced a former Guantanamo Bay detainee to five years in
prison for crimes committed before his arrest by U.S. forces in Afghanistan,
judicial sources said on Wednesday (11/2).  Nasser al-Mutairi was found guilty
of "participating in hostile activities against a friendly country" — a
reference to the United States and "weapons and ammunitions training and
possession, and hurting Kuwait’s political position

 

Palestinian Gunmen Kill
Israeli Soldier

(Reuters) – Palestinian
gunmen shot dead an Israeli soldier on a raid in the West Bank .

 

Hamas Sets Conditions
for Renewing Truce
(Reuters) – Hamas will only
renew a truce that expires at the end of the year if Israel halts attacks and frees Palestinian Prisoners, a leader of the most powerful
Palestinian faction said on Thursday (11/3).

 

Hamas Eyes New Host
Country
(AKI (Italy)) –
Hamas has reportedly asked Egypt and Jordan if either would  be prepared to host
the organization’s headquarters, Tel-Aviv based daily Haaretz reported on Friday 11/4. Hamas
fears that Syria  wher it and  rival Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad’s political leadership are
currently based – may force the groups to leave, in an effort to ease
international pressure on Damascus

Iraq

Baghdad Attacks Kill
11, US Airstrikes Target al-Qaeda
(Reuters) – Eleven Iraqis
were killed in three separate attacks in Baghdad on Wednesday (11/2) and U.S.
airstrikes destroyed three houses the military said were used by al-Qaeda
militants in western Iraq near the Syrian border.

 

Vehicle Bomb Kills 20
South of Baghdad

(CNN) – A suicide vehicle
bomb exploded Wednesday (11/2) outside a Shiite mosque and shopping area in
Babil province, south of the Iraqi capital, killing 20 people and wounding 60, a
police official said.

 

Al-Qaeda Claim

Iraq

Helicopter
Crash (Reuters) – The al-Qaeda
group in

Iraq

said on
Thursday (11/3) it shot down a

U.S.

helicopter in Ramadi on
Wednesday, according to an Internet statement.  Two U.S. Marines were killed
when their Super Cobra helicopter crashed around Ramadi west of

Baghdad

on Wednesday, the

U.S.

military
said.

 

Al-Qaeda Renews Threat
Against Envoys in

Iraq

(Reuters) – Al-Qaeda’s
military wing in

Iraq

renewed
its threat to kill foreign envoys in

Baghdad

on Friday (11/4), a day after it said
it would kill two Moroccan embassy hostages.

9 Iraqi Police Killed
In Checkpoint Attack
(Washington
Post
) – Nine Iraqi police officers were killed
Friday (11/4) in a mortar-and-gun attack by insurgents at a checkpoint north
of Baghdad and at
least a dozen people died in violence elsewhere in the
country.

 

Four U.S. Soldiers Die
in Iraq Checkpoint Suicide Bombing
(New York
Times
) – A suicide bomber plowed a car loaded with
explosives into a U.S. checkpoint Monday (11/7) evening, killing four GIs in the
deadliest suicide bombing against a U.S. target in more than four months.

 

Marine Killed in Iraq Offensive
(AP) –
US and Iraqi
troops battled insurgents house-to-house on Monday (11/7), the third day of an
assault against al-Qaeda-led insurgents in a town near the Syrian border. The U.S. 
command reported the first
American death in the operation.

U.S.

Marines Kill Five
Insurgents in

Iraq

(AP) – U.S. Marines killed
five insurgents and captured 10 others in a city west of

Baghdad

as American forces there stepped up their campaign
to suppress deadly roadside bombs, the

U.S.

military said Tuesday
(11/8).

Another Lawyer in
Hussein’s Trial Is Slain
(AP) – Three
gunmen in a speeding car killed a lawyer for a co-defendant in Saddam Hussein’s
trial and wounded another Tuesday (11/8) in

Baghdad

, a member of the defense team and
police said. It was the second assassination of a Saddam defense team lawyer in
less than a month.

 

Iraq

al-Qaeda Posts Video
of ‘Downed’

U.S.

Helicopter
(Reuters) –
Al-Qaeda in

Iraq

on Tuesday (11/8) posted an
Internet video apparently showing the bodies of two U.S. Marines killed in a
military helicopter which the group said it had shot down.

Six Foreign al-Qaeda
Suspects Killed in Pakistan Blast
(AFP) – Six
foreign al-Qaeda suspects, including a woman, were killed when a bomb they were
making exploded in Pakistan’s restive tribal region near the Afghan border, the
military said Saturday (11/5).  All are believed to be foreigners although their
exact nationalities are still being investigated.

Afghanistan

and

Pakistan

Pakistan

Kills al-Qaeda
Suspect, Arrests Others
(AP) – Pakistani agents
killed an al-Qaeda suspect in a shootout and are investigating whether another
man arrested in the same raid is a Syrian believed to be a key figure in Osama
bin Laden’s terror network in

Europe

, the
government and intelligence officials said Thursday (11/3).  Intelligence
officials said a third suspect from a Pakistani militant group was also captured
in the raid this week in

Quetta

, the capital of

Pakistan

‘s southwestern

Baluchistan

province.

 

Six Foreign al-Qaeda
Suspects Killed in Pakistan Blast
(AFP) – Six
foreign al-Qaeda suspects, including a woman, were killed when a bomb they were
making exploded in Pakistan’s restive tribal region near the Afghan border, the
military said Saturday (11/5).  All are believed to be foreigners although their
exact nationalities are still being investigated.

Europe

Belgium Opens Trial
Linked to Madrid Bombings
(Reuters) – Belgium opened
one of Europe’s biggest terrorism trials on Thursday (11/3), putting on the
stand suspected members of an Islamic militant group blamed for the deadly
bombings in Madrid and Casablanca.

 

Further Terror Attacks
Thwarted in Britain Since July: Police
(AFP) – British
forces have thwarted attempts to carry out more terror attacks since the July 7
London bombings and a botched bid to repeat them on July 21, the capital’s
police chief said Wednesday (11/2).

 

U.K.

Police Charge 3 With
Terror Offenses

(AP) – Police
said Friday (11/4) they have charged three men arrested last month for alleged
involvement with terrorism.  Waseem Mughal and Younis Tsouli, both 22, were
charged with conspiracy to murder and conspiracy to cause an explosion, among
other offenses.  The third man, Tariq Al-Daour, 19, was charged with conspiracy
to obtain money by deception, fundraising and possession of money for terrorist
purposes.

 

Dutch Militants May
Have Plotted El Al Attack
(Reuters) – An
unnamed source has told Dutch police that a group of suspected Islamic militants
plotted to shoot down a plane belonging to the Israeli airline El Al in August,
Dutch television reported.  The public television news program NOVA based its
report, aired on Friday (11/4) evening, on a prosecutor’s dossier that it said
had led to the arrest last month of seven people, aged 18 to 30, on suspicion of
plotting attacks against Dutch politicians and government
buildings.

 

Asia

Top al-Qaeda Suspect
Escapes
(AP) – A
suspected top al-Qaeda operative who escaped from a U.S.-run detention
facility in

Afghanistan

poses a serious threat to
Southeast Asian security, anti-terror officials said Wednesday (11/2). 
Indonesian and Thai intelligence officials said Wednesday that

Washington

had not
informed them of Omar al-Farouq’s escape – even though he had been planning
terrorist strikes in the region, including their own countries.

Powerful Bomb Blacks
Out Central Narathiwat (The Nation
(Thailand)
)

Africa

Moroccan Scholars Say
Al-Qaeda Hostages to be Martyrs if Killed
(Reuters) – Al-Qaeda members
in Iraq will suffer the "horrors of hell" if they kill two Moroccan hostages and
the victims will die as martyrs, Morocco’s influential Islamic scholars
organization said on Saturday (11/5).  The umbrella organization, known as the
High Council of the Ulema (Islamic scholars) and the Councils of Ulema in the

Moroccan

Kingdom

, called the Iraqi
al-Qaeda hostage-takers "aggressor apostates".

 

Moroccans Slam

Iraq

al-Qaeda
Threat (Al-Jazeera) –
Thousands marched through

Morocco

‘s biggest city to protest against
al-Qaeda’s decision to kill two Moroccan hostages in

Iraq

.  Holding
banners and chanting "Muslims are brothers. A Muslim does not kill his brother"
and "Yes to freedom, No to terrorism and barbarity", the protesters on Sunday
(11/6) marched through

Casablanca

, a city of six
million and

Morocco

‘s financial
capital.

Australia

Australian Leader Puts
Nation on Terror Alert
(New York
Times
) – Prime Minister John Howard went on
television Wednesday (11/2) afternoon to warn of a potential terrorist attack,
just as he was preparing to introduce legislation to give the police and
intelligence agencies broad powers to detain and monitor terrorism suspects. 
"The government has received specific intelligence and police information this
week that gives cause for serious concern about a potential terrorist threat,"
he said.

 

Australian Police
Arrest 17 Terror Suspects
(AP) – Police
arrested 17 terror suspects in

Australia

‘s two biggest cities
Tuesday (11/8) in raids authorities said foiled a plot to carry out a
catastrophic terror attack. A radical Muslim cleric known for praising Osama bin
Laden was charged with masterminding the plot.

 

Australian Muslims
Called to Arms

(Sunday Herald Sun
(Australia)
) – An inflammatory pamphlet urging
Muslims to oppose Western governments was handed out at a major Islamic festival
in

Melbourne

Saturday (11/5).  The flyer, distributed at a family carnival to mark the end of
the holy month of Ramadan in Preston, bore the name of the fundamentalist group
Hizb ut-Tahrir – which is banned in

Britain

and

Germany

.  It
claimed new terror laws were part of a conspiracy to eradicate Islam in Western
countries.

This report was
compiled by Jonathan L.  Snow, Manager of Research at the Foundation for the
Defense of Democracies.

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