Posted tagged ‘Muslim’

Radical Charged in “South Park” Case

May 20, 2011

Federal authorities are using words uttered by the co-founder of a radical Islamic group to charge him with threats against the creators of “South Park.”

From CNN:

A criminal complaint alleging the communication of threats was filed in Virginia late last week against Jesse Curtis Morton, also known as Younus Abdullah Mohammad.

A senior law enforcement source Thursday told CNN, which interviewed Morton in 2009, that the suspect is believed to be in Morocco, where he maintains, an English-language website propagating pro al Qaeda views.

That website is a successor to

Morton, a former resident of Brooklyn, New York, is the second person charged in the “South Park” case.

Alleged Bin Laden Tape Warns France

October 27, 2010

Osama Bin Laden warned France to remove its troops from Afghanistan and not to oppress Muslims at home in a tape broadcast by the Al-Jazeera earlier today.

From CNN:

“If you want to oppress us and thought that it was your right to ban the free women to wear the burqa, isn’t it our right to expel your occupying forces, your men from our lands?” the speaker demands, in reference to recently passed French legislation barring women from covering their faces in public.

“The only way to safeguard your nation and maintain your security is to withdraw your forces from Bush’s despicable war,” the speaker says, an apparent reference the Afghanistan.

The tape is audio only. The speaker does not appear. CNN was not immediately able to confirm that it is really Osama Bin Laden, the head of al Qaeda.

Times Square Bomber Receives Life In Prison

October 5, 2010

Faisal Shahzad, the man who plotted to drive a homemade car bomb into Times Square, leaving it to explode,  has been sentenced to life in prison.

Credit: Associated Press

From the Associated Press:

A judge gave Faisal Shahzad (FY’-sul shah-ZAHD’) a mandatory life prison term at his sentencing Tuesday in Manhattan federal court. The bomb he had packed into the back of an SUV sputtered, injuring no one in a Times Square packed with tourists.

Calling himself a Muslim solider, a defiant Shahzad pleaded guilty in June to 10 terrorism and weapons counts.

Shahzad, a former budget analyst from Connecticut and a Pakistani immigrant, was arrested two days after his May 1 attempted bombing.

From CNN:

Shahzad pleaded guilty in June to all 10 counts in an indictment against him. At the time, he told the court, “I want to plead guilty 100 times because unless the United States pulls out of Afghanistan and Iraq, until they stop drone strikes in Somalia, Pakistan and Yemen and stop attacking Muslim lands, we will attack the United States and be out to get them.”

Charges against Shahzad included attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, conspiracy and attempt to commit international terrorism, among others, authorities have said.

Florida Pastor Won’t Burn Qurans

September 9, 2010

Reverend Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center has called off his controversial plan to burn copies of the Quran on the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

From CNN:

The Rev. Terry Jones of the Gainesville, Florida-based Dove World Outreach Center, standing with a Florida Muslim leader, also said the imam who planned a mosque and Islamic center near ground zero in New York has agreed to move it to another location. But the imam who appeared with him said that Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf in New York agreed to speak with Jones about possibly moving the center.

A spokesman from Soho Properties told CNN producer Vivienne Foley that “the Muslim community center called Park51 in lower Manhattan is not being moved.”

Jones, meanwhile, said he will travel to New York on Saturday to meet with Rauf.

The pastor appeared at an afternoon press conference with Imam Muhammad Musri of the Islamic Society of Central Florida, who said he will make the trip with Jones.

1 in 4 People are Muslim

October 8, 2009

According to a new study that is mapping the global Muslim population, nearly one in four people worldwide is Muslim. The interesting finding in this is that they are not necessarily where you might think they would reside.

From CNN:

India, a majority-Hindu country, has more Muslims than any country except for Indonesia and Pakistan, and more than twice as many as Egypt.

China has more Muslims than Syria.

Germany has more Muslims than Lebanon.

And Russia has more Muslims than Jordan and Libya put together.

Nearly two out of three of the world’s Muslims are in Asia, stretching from Turkey to Indonesia.

The Middle East and north Africa, which together are home to about one in five of the world’s Muslims, trail a very distant second.

There are about 1.57 billion Muslims in the world, according to the report, “Mapping the Global Muslim Population,” by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life. That represents about 23 percent of the total global population of 6.8 billion.

There are about 2.25 billion Christians, based on projections from the 2005 World Religions Database.

Al Qaeda Blamed for Recent Iraq Violence

August 10, 2009

Al Qaeda is being blamed for an increase in violence in Iraq by attacking and killing civilians.

From CNN:

Bombings across the country have killed 48 and wounded 231 others — most of them civilians in Shiite areas — according to Interior Ministry spokesman Brig. Gen. Abdul Karim Khalaf.

“Most of the terrorists attacks carried out by al Qaeda in Iraq were against civilians and not Iraqi security forces,” Khalaf said. “This is an indication that al Qaeda in Iraq cannot face the Iraqi security forces.”

The deadliest attack on Monday happened near the northern city of Mosul when two truck bombs destroyed 32 homes, killing 30 people and burying others in the rubble, officials said.

The bombs targeted al-Khazna village, which is inhabited by a Shiite Shabak ethnic group. The village is an area disputed between Kurds and Arabs.

Car bombings and a roadside bomb in Baghdad killed 18 others on Monday, most of them Shiites.

Manchester United A Target of Hotel Bombers

July 30, 2009

Reports today state that the Manchester United football team was a main target of Al Qaeda hotel bombers two weeks ago.

From the Daily Mail:

Today, an internet message emerged purporting to be by South East Asia’s most wanted terror suspect and claiming responsibility for the carnage.

The author, claiming to be Noordin Mohammed Top, ‘leader of Tandsim Al Qaeda Indonesia’, attacked the Ritz as warning to Indonesians ‘against the arrival of the soccer club Manchester United’ at the hotel.

‘These players are Christians, so Muslims should not honour and respect these enemies of Allah,’ he wrote.

He also said Manchester United manager Alex Fergusson and his squad were targeted because they were ‘Crusaders’.

It is unknown whether the group knew the players were arriving a day after the blasts.

From the Telegraph:

The messages justified the attack on July 17, in which seven people died, as an attack on American interests and labelled Manchester United, which was due to book into one of the hotels, as “crusaders”.

It said the attack was a warning to Indonesians “against the arrival of the soccer club Manchester United” at the Ritz-Carlton.

“These players are Christians, so Muslims should not honour and respect these enemies of Allah,” it said.

The posting, which has not been independently verified, was purportedly written by Mohammed Noordin Top, South-East Asia’s most wanted man.

It referred to the “American chamber of commerce” as a target, apparently confirming that a breakfast meeting of Western businessmen at the Marriott, hosted by US lobbyist James Castle, was the focus of the attack.

Men Arrested in New York Bomb, Missile Plot

May 21, 2009

Four men, hoping to carry out a jihad against the United States,  have been arrested after planting what they thought were explosives near a synagogue and community center in New York. The men also plotted to shoot down a military plane.

From the Associated Press:

The suspects were arrested Wednesday night, shortly after planting a mock explosive device in the trunk of a car outside the Riverdale Temple and two mock bombs in the backseat of a car outside the Jewish Center, authorities said.

At a news conference outside the Bronx temple, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly quoted one of the men as saying, “If Jews were killed in this attack … that would be all right.”

James Cromitie, David Williams, Onta Williams and Laguerre Payen, all of Newburgh, were charged with conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction within the United States and conspiracy to acquire and use anti-aircraft missiles, the U.S. attorney’s office said.

“They stated that they wanted to commit Jihad,” Kelly said. “They were disturbed about what happened in Afghanistan and Pakistan, that Muslims were being killed.”

An official told The Associated Press that three of the men are converts to Islam. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss details of the investigation. Three of the defendants are U.S. citizens and one is of Haitian descent, officials said.

The defendants are due in federal court Thursday in suburban White Plains.

TV Executive Beheads Wife

February 17, 2009

Police say a New York television executive who sought to improve the image of Muslims in the media beheaded his wife after she filed for divorce.

From the Associated Press:

Muzzammil Hassan (moo-ZAHM’-mel HAH’-sahn) is charged with murdering his wife, Aasiya (AH’-see-ya) Hassan. Police say she had an order of protection against her husband and he had been kicked out of the house they shared in Orchard Park, near Buffalo.

They accuse the 44-year-old Hassan of cutting off his wife’s head at the TV station where he launched his Bridges TV network in 2004. In an AP interview, he said he hoped the network would balance negative portrayals of Muslims following the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

Hassan surrendered at the police station after his wife’s death.

Hamas, Israel Reject United Nations Ceasefire

January 9, 2009

Hamas has rejected a United Nations Security Council call for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, stating that whoever tries to enforce it on the ground will be forced to deal with their Islamist movement.

From the Associated Press:

Israeli jets and helicopters bombarded Gaza Friday and Hamas responded with a barrage of rockets on at least two cities as both sides defied a U.N. call for an immediate cease-fire.

One Israeli airstrike killed two Hamas militants and another unidentified man, while another flattened a five-story building in northern Gaza, killing at least seven people, including an infant, Hamas officials said. Israeli aircraft struck more than 30 targets before dawn, and there were constant explosions after first light.

By afternoon, 22 Palestinians had been killed, pushing the death toll to 776 and in the two-week-old conflict, according to Gaza health officials who say at least half of those killed were civilians. Thirteen Israelis have also been killed.

The United Nations kept its aid deliveries on hold Friday because of security concerns, but Palestinians who risked going to Gaza relief centers could still receive food and medicine. The World Food Program and UNICEF said they are not moving any supplies into or around Gaza.

A U.N. Security Council resolution approved Thursday night called urgently for an immediate, durable and fully respected cease-fire, leading to the full withdrawal of Israeli forces from Gaza. The U.S., Israel’s closest ally and a veto-wielding member of the Security Council, abstained.

While the call is tantamount to a demand on the parties, Israel’s troops won’t be required to pull out of Gaza until there is a durable cease-fire. The resolution calls on U.N. member states to intensify efforts to provide guarantees in Gaza to sustain a lasting truce, including prevention of illicit trafficking in arms and ammunition.


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