The Terror Journal

A Journal on Terrorism and Genocide

Russia to end Chechnya anti-terror mission

RussiaPresident Dmitry Medvedev on Friday ordered the Russian authorities to move towards ending the anti-terror operation in Chechnya that has been in place for the last decade.

He ordered the national anti-terror committee to consider the future of the regime, which was put in place as Moscow was starting its second war against separatists in the Muslim Caucasus region in 1990.

“I propose that the national anti-terror committee considers the question about the anti-terror operation and takes the necessary decisions,” Medvedev said in comments broadcast on state television.

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Islamist threat to Turkey’s secular system

PM Turkey Recep Tayyip ErdoganTurkish secularism on the ropes. Sharia is advancing in what is always held out to be that exemplary beacon of democracy in the Islamic world, Turkey. The reasons why Sharia supremacists are advancing there have not — unsurprisingly — been sufficiently explored by Western analysts, who of course dismiss out of hand the appeal of a call to restore Islamic authenticity.

“Erdogan Set for Election Win That May Revive Tension Over Islam,” by Ben Holland for Bloomberg, March 27

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is set to win a fresh mandate from voters that may embolden his challenge to the country’s military and courts, which see him as an Islamist threat to Turkey’s secular system.

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Man charged over British soldier murders

UK flagProminent Northern Ireland republican Colin Duffy will appear in court later charged with the murders of two soldiers outside barracks in Antrim.

Sappers Patrick Azimkar and Mark Quinsey were shot collecting pizza at the Massereene barracks on 7 March.

Mr Duffy, 41, faces eight charges; two counts of murder, five counts of attempted murder and one count of possession of a firearm.

He is expected to appear at Larne Magistrates’ Court later.

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Turk Arrested Over Kurds’ Killings in ’90s

TurkeyA Turkish officer was arrested Wednesday in connection with suspected extrajudicial killings in the country’s predominantly Kurdish southeast in the 1990s.

A court in Diyarbakir, the largest city in the southeast, issued the arrest warrant for the officer, Col. Cemal Temizoz, pending a trial.

Colonel Temizoz served near the town of Cizre, about 40 miles from the Iraqi border in Turkey’s southeast, between 1993 and 1996, when hundreds of Kurdish civilians and activists were said to have been killed by security forces with links to the military.

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Al Qaeda trained Britons return from Pakistan

UK flagPakistan has monitored more than 20 Britons believed to have spent time with radical militant groups and then returned to the UK, Sky News has learned.

The tracked men are said to have trained with extremist outfits linked to al Qaeda and the Taliban and are thought to pose a potential threat to British security.

The dossier of names is expected to be handed over to British anti-terrorist teams soon and is being seen as a big leap forward in the sharing of intelligence between the two countries.

But British authorities may wonder why the names were not handed over before the suspects re-entered the UK.

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Serbia marks NATO bombing anniversary

NATOAir raid sirens have sounded and church bells have rung across Serbia as the country marks 10 years since the start of Nato’s bombing campaign.

Serbs have been gathering at sites where people were killed and government ministers were expected to lay wreaths.

Nato bombed Serbia for 11 weeks in an effort to push Serbian forces out of the province of Kosovo, accusing them of atrocities against ethnic Albanians.

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UK plans comprehensive terror law

UK flagThe UK is planning an updated anti-terror strategy aimed at tackling the immediate threat of terrorism and the longer-term causes of extremism.

The Home Office says the proposal would give the UK the most comprehensive counter-terror strategy in the world.

A paper will reflect intelligence opinion that the biggest threat to the UK comes from al-Qaeda-linked groups.

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U.K Christian Minister beaten by Muslims

UK flagA Christian minister who has had heated arguments with Muslims on his TV Gospel show has been brutally attacked by three men who ripped off his cross and warned: ‘If you go back to the studio, we’ll break your legs.’

The Reverend Noble Samuel was driving to the studio when a car pulled over in front of him. A man got out and came over to ask him directions in Urdu.

Mr Samuel, based at Heston United Reformed Church, West London, said: ‘He put his hand into my window, which was half open, and grabbed my hair and opened the door.
He started slapping my face and punching my neck. He was trying to smash my head on the steering wheel.

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Northern Ireland unites at funeral of policeman

UK flagThousands of Protestants and Catholics united with their political and security leaders Friday at the funeral of a policeman — shot by IRA dissidents in what mourners prayed would mark the end of Northern Ireland’s ”troubles.”

Constable Stephen Carroll, 48, was shot through the back of the head Monday as he sat in his patrol car. He was the first policeman killed here since 1998, the year of Northern Ireland’s Good Friday peace accord. Just two days earlier, dissidents gunned down two unarmed soldiers outside their base, the first killing of British troops here since 1997.

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Canadian jailed over UK bomb plot

UK flagA Canadian software developer convicted of involvement in a foiled fertiliser bomb plot in Britain has been sentenced to 10 years and six months in jail.

Momin Khawaja was found guilty in October 2008 by a judge in Ontario. He was tried without a jury.

The court was told that he was a co-conspirator of five men who were jailed for life in April 2007 for a UK bomb plot linked to al-Qaeda.

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