Would-be jihadi arrested in Texas, Bush a target?

February 24, 2011

A Muslim from Saudi Arabia was arrested for planning to use homemade improvised explosive devices (IED) to launch terror attacks in Texas. Why is it important to mention he is a Muslim? Because he, himself, makes clear that religion was a motive:

Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari, 20, a citizen of Saudi Arabia and resident of Lubbock, Texas, was arrested late yesterday by FBI agents in Texas on a federal charge of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction in connection with his alleged purchase of chemicals and equipment necessary to make an improvised explosive device (IED) and his research of potential U.S. targets.

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FBI agents also found a notebook at Aldawsari’s residence that appeared to be a diary or journal.  According to the affidavit, excerpts from the journal indicate that Aldawsari had been planning to commit a terrorist attack in the United States for years.  One entry describes how Aldawsari sought and obtained a particular scholarship because it allowed him to come directly to the United State and helped him financially, which he said “will help tremendously in providing me with the support I need for Jihad.”  The entry continues: “And now, after mastering the English language, learning how to build explosives and continuous planning to target the infidel Americans, it is time for Jihad.”

Emphasis added.

Among his potential targets was, apparently, former President George W. Bush:

Aldawsari conducted research on various targets and e-mailed himself information on these locations and people, the Justice Department said.

On February 6, the affidavit alleges, Aldawsari sent himself an email titled “Tyrant’s House,” in which he listed the Dallas address for former President George W. Bush, investigators said.

Aldawsari claimed he had been inspired by the speeches of Osama bin Laden. Nice mentor. Of course, it can be argued that this young man and bin Laden (and millions of others) misunderstand Islam’s peaceful message. You know, as in verse 5, chapter 9 of the Qur’an:

But when the forbidden months are past, then fight and slay the Pagans wherever ye find them, an seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem (of war); but if they repent, and establish regular prayers and practise regular charity, then open the way for them: for Allah is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful.

While Christians and Jews are technically “People of the Book” and not pagans, it’s really a distinction without a difference in practice. And many, many other verses in the Qur’an and the hadiths (sayings of Muhammad and his companions), as well in commentary by highly regarded Islamic scholars down through the centuries all carry the same message:

“It is time for jihad.”

via Jihad Watch

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Times Square bomber met with top Taliban trainer – Updated!

May 5, 2010

Yet another revelation to make Mayor Bloomberg and MSNBC’s Contessa Brewer look like the idiots they are:

Pakistani investigators believe the man accused of the failed bomb attack in Times Square, Faisal Shahzad, learned about explosives from a senior Taliban expert at a training camp in Pakistan. Mohammad Rehan, one of eight people arrested in Pakistan late Tuesday, is accused of introducing Shahzad to militants gave him lessons in handling explosives.

According to security sources Rehan was arrested in the Pakistani southern port city of Karachi.

He is suspected of taking Shahzad, a son of retired senior air force officer, to the northern city of Peshawar and then to North Waziristan, which is now a Taliban stronghold.

Officials believe 30-year-old Shahzad, a Karachi-born Pushtun, had no relationship with any militant organisation, until Rehan put him in contact with Qari Hussain Mehsud, the chief of the Pakistani Taliban’s suicide squad and explosives expert.

Hussain is believed to have provided training to Shahzad on improvised explosives on a recent visit to Pakistan.

We’ve been hitting the Pakistani Taliban hard for years now, killing several of their top leaders and coming close with others. It’s not surprising they would attempt a payback, but it should be a big, flashing clue to our “leaders” that the real danger comes not from little old ladies protesting out of control spending, but a religiously motivated enemy overseas exploiting sympathetic coreligionists here in the United States.

Given that we’ve now avoided two terrorist disasters thanks only to alert private citizens and the incompetence of our foes, maybe the federal government should concentrate on doing the job its assigned, instead of taking over everything it can lay its hands on.

(via Threat Matrix, which has analysis and background on the web of connections between al Qaeda and Pakistani jihadist groups)

UPDATE LINK: Via NRO, Charlie Szrom of the Critical Threats Project looks at the growing likelihood of an operational link between Shazad and the Pakistani Taliban.


[War Porn] Jihadi work accident

September 15, 2009

A couple of brave, brave Afghan mujaheddin have an on-the-job whoopsie:

This is what they get for not following OSHA standards.

More seriously, note the concern on the part of the observing US forces for the child in the scene. They aren’t going to fire until he’s out of harm’s way.

Kind of blows a hole in the al-Qaeda/Leftist narrative about the behavior of our troops, doesn’t it? And what does this say about the honor and morality of jihadists? Nothing, I’m sure.

(hat tip: The Jawa Report)