Tag Archives: terrorism

You shouldn’t blame Islam for terrorism. Religion isn’t a crucial factor in attacks

Source: The Intercept
by Medhi Hasan

“Khalid Masood, was born and brought up in the UK and would not have been affected in the slightest by a travel ban on Muslims from the Middle East. He was neither a refugee nor an immigrant. He was not of Middle Eastern origin either, and he was not even a Muslim for the vast majority of his life. Born to a white mother and black father as Adrian Elms, and raised as Adrian Ajao, he is believed to have converted to Islam in prison in 2003 and had a well-documented history of criminality prior to mowing down innocent pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, and stabbing a police officer outside the Houses of Parliament, last Thursday afternoon. Does it sound like I am trying to excuse or exculpate Islam and Muslims from responsibility for his heinous crime? You bet I am. And why shouldn’t I?” (03/29/17)

https://theintercept.com/2017/03/29/you-shouldnt-blame-islam-for-terrorism-religion-isnt-a-crucial-factor-in-attacks/

France: “Carlos the Jackal” sentenced to third life term for 1974 attack

Source: MSN

“The man known as ‘Carlos the Jackal’ has been convicted in a French court of a deadly 1974 attack on a Paris shopping arcade and sentenced to life in prison for the third time. The Venezuelan-born Ilich Ramirez Sanchez is already serving two life sentences in France for murders and attacks he was convicted of perpetrating or organizing on behalf of the Palestinian cause or of communist revolution in the 1970s and ’80s.” [hat tip — David Klaus] (03/28/17)

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/carlos-the-jackal-sentenced-to-life-for-1974-attack/ar-BByXTDE?OCID=ansmsnnews11

Belgium: Police thwart car attack day after terror strikes London

Source: CBS News

“Belgian authorities have raised security in the port of Antwerp after a car with French license plates drove at high speed through a busy shopping street, forcing pedestrians to jump out of the way. The federal prosecutor’s office said the car was intercepted late Thursday morning at the port docks and a Frenchman living in France was arrested. Authorities then raised security in the center of town, in places where people normally gather. In the car, authorities said they found knives, a shotgun and a gas can with an unknown liquid.” (03/23/17)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/antwerp-belgium-car-attack-thwarted-after-london-attack-parliament/

UK: “We are not afraid,” says May, a day after fleeing in terror

Source: Financial Times [UK]

“‘This was an attack on free people everywhere,’ prime minister Theresa May has said of the ‘sickening’ violence around the UK parliament on Wednesday. In a statement to members of parliament, she said that ‘we are not afraid.’ She said that aside from the killed or injured Britons, casualties included three French children, two Romanians, four South Koreans, one German, one Pole, one Irish person, one from China, one from Italy, one American, and two Greeks.” [editor’s note: According to the Melbourne Herald Sun, May “was immediately rushed into a silver Jaguar and driven at high speeds away from Parliament” during the attack – TLK] (03/23/17)

https://www.ft.com/content/281cbc91-e7b6-33cd-b82f-49245aab7eae

UK: Major raids, seven arrests after London attack

Source: US News & World Report

“British police conducted major raids and arrested seven people in connection with the attack outside Parliament that left four dead, including the man who mowed down pedestrians on a bridge and fatally stabbed an officer, a senior police official said Thursday. Metropolitan Police counterterrorism chief Mark Rowley said that he believed the attacker acted alone and was ‘inspired by international terrorism.’ Police searched six addresses, including some in the central city of Birmingham, and arrested seven people in connection with Wednesday’s attack by a knife-wielding man, Rowley said.” (03/23/17)

https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2017-03-23/reports-uk-police-raid-property-linked-to-london-attack

Somalia: Mogadishu car bombing leaves ten dead

Source: CNN

“Extremist group Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for a deadly explosion that police say killed 10 people Tuesday afternoon in Mogadishu, Somalia. At least 15 people were injured in the bomb explosion at a busy security checkpoint in the country’s capital, according to Somali federal police Maj. Ahmed Ibrahim. The blast was caused by an explosive-laden vehicle about 150 meters from the entrance of Villa Somalia, the presidential palace in Mogadishu, Ibrahim said. … Al-Shabaab, which claimed responsibility for the attack through its Radio Andalus, announced 20 had been killed, though the terror group is known to exaggerate the death totals of its attacks.” (03/21/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/21/africa/mogadishu-attack-kills-10/

France: Paris Orly airport attacker vowed to “die for Allah,” says prosecutor

Source: FRANCE 24 [France]

“Troops at Paris'[s] Orly airport on Saturday shot dead a man who tried to grab a female soldier’s weapon saying he was ready to die for Allah, triggering a major security alert that caused travel chaos. The incident comes as France remains on high alert following a series of jihadist attacks that have claimed more than 230 lives since January 2015. Prosecutors said they had opened an anti-terror investigation.” (03/19/17)

http://www.france24.com/en/20170318-paris-prosecutor-says-treating-orly-airport-attack-terrorism

France: “Carlos the Jackal” on trial for 1974 Paris grenade bombing

Source: United Press International

“Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, the Venezuelan terrorist known as Carlos the Jackal, is facing a trial Monday for allegedly throwing a grenade in a Paris shopping center in 1974. Ramirez Sanchez, 67, was once one of the world’s most wanted terror suspects for carrying out several killings in the name of Palestinian and communist causes, including a bombing on a train traveling between Paris and Toulouse in 1982 that killed five people. He is serving two life terms. In his latest trial, prosecutors accuse Ramirez Sanchez of throwing a hand grenade into a shopping center in Paris'[s] Latin Quarter in September 1974, killing two people and injuring 34.” (03/13/17)

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2017/03/13/Carlos-the-Jackal-on-trial-for-1974-Paris-grenade-bombing/1511489401506/

Syria: Twin blasts kill 40 near Damascus religious sites

Source: Bloomberg

“Twin blasts Saturday near holy shrines frequented by Shiites in the Syrian capital Damascus killed at least 40 people and wounded over a hundred, most of them Iraqis, according to Syrian and Iraqi officials. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks. Islamic State militants have carried out similar attacks before against Shiite shrines in the Syrian capital and elsewhere. Extremist Sunni groups, such as IS, view Shiites as apostates and consider shrines a form of idolatry.” (03/11/17)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-03-11/syria-s-assad-says-priority-is-capturing-is-capital-raqqa

Afghanistan: Gunmen disguised as doctors attack Kabul hospital, killing 30

Source: Washington Post

“Gunmen disguised as doctors stormed a military hospital in the Afghan capital Wednesday morning, leaving at least 30 people dead and scores injured after a bombing and a six-hour gun battle. The assault was claimed by the Islamic State extremist group. A suicide bomber detonated explosives at the front gates, then gunmen opened fire on guards stationed inside the fortified medical compound. Several attackers were able to reach the second floor, where they fought police special forces much of the day. Military officials said the attack was quelled by about 4 p.m.” (03/08/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/suicide-bomber-gunmen-strike-military-hospital-in-kabul-killing-2/2017/03/08/de419912-03ca-11e7-b1e9-a05d3c21f7cf_story.html