Monday, October 8, 2007

Was Haditha a deliberate propaganda ploy by al Qaeda?

by Clarice Feldman from American Thinker

An obscure Marine Corps intelligence summary of the Haditha inquiry that says the deadly encounter was an intentional propaganda ploy planned and paid for by Al Qaeda foreign fighters ... The attack was carried out by multiple cells of local Wahabi extremists and well-paid local gunmen from Al Asa'ib al-Iraq [the Clans of the People of Iraq] that were led by Al Qaeda foreign fighters, the summary claims. Their case was bolstered by Marine signal intercepts revealing that the al Qaeda fighters planned to videotape the attacks and exploit the resulting carnage for propaganda purposes.

Taleban threat is biggest challenge to Musharraf: Pashtun leader

from The Qatar Peninsula

They are terrorising people, triggering a mass exodus, says Doha-based Pakistani Pashtun community leader, Firoz Khan Afridi. Lawlessness continues to prevail in these rugged tribal terrains, where the famous Tora Bora mountain range is located. Armed Taleban operatives move freely in pick-ups and terrorise people. They burn down the properties of those who don't subscribe to their views. The irony is that they have political backing ... One Taleban faction is pro-Deoband (which subscribes to the conservative Wahhabi school of thought), while the other is opposed to it. They have regional leaders and even private jails to punish people who defy their diktats. People are fleeing the tribal areas and taking refuge in Peshawar, NWFP's capital city and in the neighbouring Punjab province.

Wither Maliki? What’s Working, What’s Not, and Why

by Nicholas M. Guariglia from Global Politician

The Iranian-stoked sectarianism and Wahhabi-driven insurrection has continued regardless of Iraqi political progress. This much is undeniable. Top-down efforts to tame the violence did not pay off, and opponents reminded this to the rest of us on a weekly basis. But now as abject military success against al Qaida in Anbar, and against the insurgents across the field, is beginning to pay off, the fons et origo talking point is to claim everything poor is the fault of Prime Minister Maliki and his sectarian nature. While Maliki has been dealt a difficult hand of cards, and he has admittedly not lived up to his responsibilities, the source of warfare and sectarianism and violence in Iraq is not his personality, or the defunct nature of a democratically elected government ... Reconciliation did not bring peace. Peace can bring reconciliation. That’s what we’ve learned. And that means viewing Iraq as a proxy war against its devious neighbors.

One Last Thing - Germany's Turks provide a lesson on immigration

by Jonathan Last from The Philadelphia Inquirer

While Muslims of Arab or African origin make up only a tiny part of Germany's Muslim population, they account for most of the cases of Islamic-German conflict. Not all of them, of course: A bomb plot broken up in September involved at least one Turkish national. But as Jonathan Laurence of Boston College noted in his report for the International Crisis Group, Islam and Identity in Germany, Islamist activism "appears to be confined to the non-Turkish Muslim element." As it turns out, German Turks aren't even particularly religious: Government estimates put the number who attend mosque somewhere between 10% and 20%. And unlike other European countries, such as England and France, where Saudi-exported Wahhabi extremism has festered, the Islamic religious space in Germany is taken up mostly by the Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs, which is an extension of the secularist Turkish state.

Suicide bombers head to Iraq from Damascus

by Hala Jaber and Ali Rifat from The Sunday Times

According to Mohammed Hafez, a visiting professor at the University of Missouri and author of Suicide Bombers in Iraq, the Strategy and Ideology of Martyrdom, the influence of the Saudi Wahhabis is key to any understanding of the phenomenon. His study of 139 suicide bombings found that 53 were carried out by Saudis, compared with 18 by Iraqis, seven by Syrians and four by Jordanians. The Saudis had already fought foreign jihads in Afghanistan, Bosnia and Chechnya, Hafez said. In Iraq they exploited the culture of martyrdom established by Palestinian suicide bombers.

Many faces of Islam

by Imtiyaz Yusuf from The Bangkok Post

The two major schools of Sunni Islamic jurisprudence, namely Hanafi and Shafii, are both present within Thai Islam. But there is also the presence of the Wahhabi or the Salafi school of thought also known as kaum muda (Malay) or khana mai (Thai) i.e. those who prefer to follow a more puritan form of Islamic religious interpretation, ritual and social practice. This puritan was introduced in Thailand around 80 years ago and is now spreading in the various parts of the country except in the deep South where Islamic practice is rooted in the Shafii school identified with Malay ethnicity. Initially, the coming of the Wahhabi Islam aroused a lot of tension and conflict within the general Thai Muslim community, which has now subsided and led to the spirit of intrareligious co-existence.