They’re still trying to kill us: the DC subway plot

October 28, 2010

Big Peace has an article on the recent arrest of an American  Muslim for planning to plant bombs on the Washington DC subway system and it connections to a wider al Qaeda plan to use American citizens or residents for domestic terrorism:

Farooque Ahmed, 34, of Ashburn, Va., was indicted Wednesday for attempting to provide material support to a terrorist organization, collecting information to assist in planning a terrorist attack on a transit facility, and attempting to provide material support to help carry out multiple bombings in the D.C. Metro subway system.

Ahmed’s arrest follows that of Abdel Hameed Shehadeh, arrested Tuesday in Hawaii for lying about a failed attempt to go to Pakistan and join the Taliban. Shehadeh said he was planning to travel to Pakistan to wage jihad, but after that plan failed he tried to join the U.S. Army. According to the indictment, Shehadeh said that in the Army he “would be provided with training, transportation and a weapon” that would help him attack Americans.

Ahmed and Shehadeh are considered to be part of a wider plan by U.S. citizens or residents hoping to serve elements of the Taliban and al-Qaida to conduct terrorist attacks throughout the country, a federal law enforcement official told IPT News.

The article goes on to detail Ahmed’s plot and, more disturbingly, the growing signs from around the world of an effort underway: in this case, the increased chatter from various terrorist “spokesmen,” such as American traitor Adam Gadahn, that often proceeds an attempt at jihad.

This is a good reminder that our real enemies are not our political foes, no matter how much they anger us, but the genuinely malevolent men of al Qaeda and its allied groups, who’ve chosen to wage jihad fi sabil Allah, with us as their target.

In other words, they’re still trying to kill us.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Terror in Russia

March 29, 2010

Two blasts rip through the Moscow subway system, one near the infamous Lubyanka prison:

Explosions tore through two subway stations at rush hour on Monday, killing at least 37 people and wounding others, authorities and news agencies said.

The first blast came just before 8 a.m. at Lubyanka station, the Emergencies Ministry said. The headquarters of the Federal Security Service, successor to the Soviet-era KGB, is just above the station.

“The blast hit the second carriage of a Metro train that stopped at Lubyanka” at 7:56 a.m., ministry spokeswoman Irina Andrianova said. The victims were inside the carriage and on the platform, she said.

About 45 minutes later, a second explosion rocked the Park Kultury station, authorities said.

Police spokesman Viktor Biryukov told the Associated Press that at least 12 people were killed in the second blast, which occurred at 8:38 a.m.

Terrorism was suspected in both incidents.

No, really?

To be blunt, I’ve been no admirer of how the Russians have handled their own jihadist insurgency in Chechnya and the surrounding Caucasus region. In fact, the Russian Army and related security forces have acted like barbarians, little better than the enemy they’re fighting. Brutality, rape, and murder have been their tools, and one hopes in vain for the day when these savages are prosecuted.

But that does not excuse attacks on civilian Russian targets by the jihadists, and while the Russians often show the darkest side of Western civilization, the mujaheddin are utterly antithetical to it – and in a ruthless calculation of self-interest constitute a greater long-term threat.  Assuming jihadists carried out this threat, here’s wishing the Russians good hunting in bringing them to bay.

(Just try not to live down to your reputations while doing it, okay?)