The ‘Hamas Effect’

From Boston.com:

In the lobby of the House of Arkam school, a map shows a green wave washing over the Middle East, Europe, and North Africa. ”The Muslims Are Coming!” declares a banner above the map.

The staid administrators of this well-appointed Islamic school have always maintained that Islam will one day replace secular governments throughout the Muslim world.

But the victory of the Islamist Palestinian group Hamas, just across the Jordan River in the West Bank, has invigorated Jordan’s steadily growing Islamist movement and reinforced its conviction that democratic elections will pave the way to an Islamic republic in Jordan.

This is a scary three page article, so if your interested go read more.

I’ll say it again, Islam is not just a religion; it is a blue print for running a Nation.

Zarqawi’s family cuts him off till ‘doomsday’

It appears Zarqawi is in trouble!

On Sunday, the family of Zarqawi — born Ahmed Fadheel Nazzal al-Khalayleh — denounced their former tribesman and his terrorist activities in advertisements published in Jordanian newspapers.

“A Jordanian doesn’t stab himself with his own spear,” said the statement signed by 57 members of the al-Khalayleh family, including Zarqawi’s brother and cousin. “We sever links with him until doomsday.”

Sources:
al-Jazeera
The Times of India
USA Today

al-Zarqawi Appologizes to Muslims and Threatens to Kill Jordan’s King

From an AP article:

An audiotape purportedly from the head of al-Qaida in
Iraq said Friday the group’s suicide bombers did not intend to bomb a Jordanian wedding party at an Amman hotel last week, killing about 30 people. The speaker on the tape, identified as Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, also threatened to kill Jordan’s King Abdullah II and bomb more hotels and tourist sites.

Oops! Sorry, we thought the bomb was a selective device, and didn’t think any good Muslims would be hurt.

“Your star is fading. You will not escape your fate, you descendant of traitors. We will be able to reach your head and chop it off,” al-Zarqawi said, referring to the king.

Al-Zarqawi told Jordanians to stay away from bases used by U.S. forces in Jordan; hotels and tourist sites in Amman, the Dead Sea and the southern resort of Aqaba; and embassies of governments participating in the war in Iraq — saying those areas would be targeted.

Al-Zarqawi said the bomber who detonated his explosives in the Radisson SAS hotel on Nov. 9 was targeting a hall where he claimed Israeli and American intelligence officials were meeting.

That bomb caused part of the roof to fall in the wedding hall.

“We didn’t target them. Our target was halls being used by Zionist intelligence who were meeting there at the time,” he said. “Our brothers knew their targets with great precision.”

Al-Zarqawi accused the Jordanian government of hiding casualties among Israeli and American intelligence agents, and he insisted al-Qaida in Iraq was not targeting fellow Muslims.

“We want to assure you that … you are more beloved to us than ourselves,” al-Zarqawi said, addressing Jordanians.

It appears al-Zarqawi realizes that he is losing popularity among Muslims with his killing of fellow Muslims. Please love me, I am doing Allahs work. I will never except that God wants people to blow themselves up and take innocent civilians with them. I only hope that some Muslims find Zarqawi and chop his head off with a sword. I hope they are bad at it too.

al-Qaeda Claims Three Men, One Woman Carried Out Jordan Bombings

From an article on FNC:

Al Qaeda claimed a squad of four Iraqi homicide bombers, including a husband and wife team, carried out the Ammam attacks with explosive belts after carefully staking out the hotels for a month. Jordan interrogated 12 suspects Friday who may have helped them.

This is just a quick update from the 53 Dead in Amman Terrorist Attacks article.

UPDATE: FNC Reports:

Strapped with a disabled explosives belt, an Iraqi woman arrested Sunday confessed on television to trying to blow herself up with her husband in one of three homicide attacks earlier this week that killed 57 people.

The 35-year-old woman â the sister of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi’s right-hand man who was killed by U.S. forces in Iraq â appeared on Jordanian state TV hours after she was captured by security forces who were tipped off by an Al Qaeda claim that a husband-and-wife team participated in Wednesday’s bombings.

They have the video of the confession as well.

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53 Dead in Amman Terrorist Attacks

Three major hotels were hit by a series of explosions in the Jordanian capital of Amman Wednesday, killing at least 53 people.

The three explosions rocked the three five-star hotels of GrandHyatt, Radisson SAS and Days Inn in the commercial Jebel Amman district within minutes at 9:00 p.m. (1900 GMT). All the hotels are located in the commercial Jabal Amman district and are frequented by Western business travellers and diplomats.

The explosion at the Radisson, ripped through a banqueting room where about 250 people were attending a wedding reception. The hotel is known to be popular with Israeli tourists.

Police said the explosions appeared coordinated and may have been an operation of suicide bombers.

The attacks bore the trademarks of the al-Qaida terror network, which has waged similar attack against high-profile targets in the past, police said, adding investigation is underway. The hotels are frequented by foreign tourists and diplomats, police said, warning of possible higher casualties.

It was reported that Jordanian police sealed off many streets and threw security cordons around embassies and hotels in the capital while units of special forces carried out search operations in buildings nearby the blasts-hit hotels. He added that police had arrested several people at the scene of the Radisson hotel explosion.

Abu Hilala said police were also on the lookout for a car with Iraqi license plates. And added “Journalists were driven away and police confiscated their tapes as a security measure”.

Aljazeera’s reporter claimed that Jordan had recently received warnings of possible terrorist attacks.

Jordan’s King Abdullah condemned the attacks as “terrorist acts”.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the Wednesday’s blasts.

Sources:
Xinhua
ABC News
Science Daily
al-Jazeera

Terror Strikes In Jordan

From an article on FNC:

AQABA, Jordan – Jordanian police rounded up several people Saturday and uncovered the launcher used by militants to fire three Katyusha (search) rockets from a hilltop warehouse the day before, narrowly missing a U.S. Navy ship docked in this Red Sea resort.

The most serious strike against the U.S. Navy since the USS Cole (search) bombing in Yemen nearly five years ago killed a Jordanian soldier Friday, wounded another and sparked a nationwide manhunt for the culprits involved.

Two other rockets were fired toward Israel (search) from the warehouse located in the hills on Aqaba’s northern edge about five miles from the port. One fell short and hit the wall of a Jordanian military hospital and the other landed inside Israel close to Eilat airport, lightly wounding a taxi driver.

The rocket firings deepened concerns about new Islamic militant activity in a sleepy corner of the Middle East usually known for beach vacations and Israel-Arab peacemaking. The tourist resort of Aqaba, on Jordan’s tiny strip of coastline, is wedged next to Israel at the northern end of the Red Sea.

“We have found the rocket launcher in the warehouse from where they fired,” Interior Minister Awni Yirfas told The Associated Press in what marked one of the first key breakthroughs in the investigation.

“The investigation is still underway and issues related to it will remain secret so it would not harm the process. I cannot give you the names or say if we are looking for the perpetrators in the desert or any other place.”

No place is going to be safe from terror attacks in the world.

Iraqi President Visits Jordan

AMMAN, Jordan – Jordan’s King Abdullah II vowed Saturday to do all he can to “quash” terrorists targeting neighboring Iraq as Iraqi President Jalal Talabani made his first foreign visit since becoming president last month.

Talabani was accompanied by Iraqâââs ambassador, Ata Abdul-Wahab, who resumed his post in Amman on Saturday after being recalled following the diplomatic spat over the Hillah bombing.

The two leaders met for 25 minutes at a hilltop palace, and Abdullah told Talabani that he will return Jordan’s ambassador to Baghdad; a move that would upgrade ties between both countries. Jordan recalled its envoy before Saddam Hussein was ousted in April 2003 and it has since been represented by a charge d’affaires.

ââÅWe stand ready to return our ambassador at the soonest possible moment, especially as the Iraqi side is prepared to provide security to the Jordanian Embassy in Baghdad,ââ? Abdullah said, according to a Royal Palace statement.

Abdullah said he was determined to fight terrorists targeting the kingdom’s eastern neighbor.

“We will not tolerate any movement from any direction that would harm the Iraqi people and its political leadership,” he said. “Jordan stands by Iraq in all its power and determination to fight terrorism, quash terrorists and those who stand behind them and finance them.”

Talabani was later quoted as saying by the Jordanian royal palace that terrorism is an “ordeal” threatening the “whole region,” not only Iraq. He said assistance from neighboring countries is “essential” for the war on terror to succeed.

He also held talks with Jordanian Prime Minister Adnan Badran on facilitating Iraqi trade through the kingdom and unfreezing Iraqi assets estimated at $500 million, the official Jordanian Petra news agency reported. It said talks would continue on Iraq’s frozen assets at a later stage.

Iraq was Jordan’s largest trade partner and only oil supplier before the U.S.-led war. Jordan also hosts training for Iraqi police and army cadets under a two-year U.S. sponsored program to bolster Iraq’s security capacity. Nearly half of the 32,000 Iraqi recruits have graduated.

References:
MSNBS News
Yahoo News

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi’s Laptop Enlightens Investigators

In an article on FNC:

Information seized from Abu Musab al-Zarqawi’s laptop computer show that the Jordanian terrorist has been expanding his jihad network outside Iraq and may be emerging as Al Qaeda’s preeminent global military commander, The New York Post reported Wednesday.

The data in his computer reveals Zarqawi is directing scores of fanatics from Yemen, Saudi Arabia and other Arab states who volunteered for “martyrdom” missions in Iraq and other countries, sources said.

“The information has given us new insight into the scope of his operations outside of Iraq that we did not know about previously,” a U.S. intelligence official familiar with the analysis told the Post.

The official said new secret counterterror operations have been launched by the CIA and intelligence services of other countries as a result of information in his laptop.

Sources said the computer files also yielded recent communications with al Qaeda leaders, including a message from bin Laden’s No. 2 man, Ayman al-Zawahiri, in which he urged Zarqawi to expand his operations outside Iraq to include attacks on Americans in the United States.

All this information coming out in the news receently leads me to believe that Usama Bin Laden may be irrelevant now.

Zarqawi seems to be the face of terrorism today, and the information of the “emirs” leads me to believe terrorists do not have a hierarchy as a whole. They act independantly which makes fighting them all the more difficult.