IRAQ - Al-Qaeda Uses Iraq & The Internet For Growth.Investigators now know who carried out the July 7 attacks in London and work on the assumption there would be further attacks. Their Qaeda co-ordinated assaults, which killed over 54 people and wounded over 700 others, were a revenge for Britain's part in the Iraq war Iraq War: see under Persian Gulf Wars.
or Second Persian Gulf War
Brief conflict in 2003 between Iraq and a combined force of troops largely from the U.S. and Great Britain; and a subsequent U.S. . And, according to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. US assessments, the turmoil in Iraq has replaced the still-simmering conflict in Afghanistan as the chief recruiter of international Salafi jihadis. Analysts say anger over the Iraq conflict is helping to spread the ideology of global Salafi jihad to young Muslims Young Muslims is an Islamic organization aimed at Muslim Youth between the ages of 14-25 in North America. They have a presence in both Canada and the United States. Young Muslims has two major branches, one for each gender, called Young Muslim Brothers, and Young Muslim Sisters. in Europe.
It is the confluence of America's decision to invade Iraq and new communication technologies which has created the most powerful machine for recruiting new terrorists in history, says Evan Kohlmann Evan F. Kohlmann is an American terrorism consultant who works for the FBI. He runs the website Globalterroralert.com and is a contributor to the Counterterrorism Blog. , an American terrorism consultant who has tracked jihadi Adj. 1. jihadi - of or relating to a jihad websites since the late 1990s. America and its allies are now facing a multi-front war: In Iraq, which is turning out a new generation of Arab jihadis; in Europe, where Muslim admirers of Al-Qaeda are embracing the Salafi cause because of anger over the Iraq war; and on the Internet, which has become a megaphone for Salafi ideology.
Counter-terrorism officials often talk about the phenomenon of "terrorist dispersal", which is when radicalised foreigners carry jihad and their guerrilla skills back to their homelands. But those responsible for the July 7 attacks in London were not veterans of the Iraqi insurgency This article or section has multiple issues:
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* It may contain an of published material that conveys ideas not verifiable with the given sources. . They were British subjects, three of whom of Pakistani origin with the fourth a Briton of Jamaican origin, all inspired by Al-Qaeda sympathisers who promise salvation and glory in exchange for violence and suicide operations - which they call "martyrdom", much as was the case with the Madrid blasts which killed 190 in March 2004.
Reuven Paz Reuven Paz (born 14 November 1950) is an Israeli scholar specializing in Islam and Islamic movements in the Arab and Muslim world, the Arab minority in Israel and Islamic Fundamentalism. He has previously been head of the research department for Israeli General Security Service. , the head of the Project for the Research of Islamic Movements in Israel, was last week quoted as saying: "The world is just starting to understand the real influence of the Internet as an open university of jihad. Like the attacks in Madrid, the bombings in London should be viewed as an export of the war in Iraq to Europe, based on local adherents of global jihad rather than on volunteers from the heart of the Arab world “Arab States” redirects here. For the political alliance, see Arab League.
The Arab World (Arabic: العالم العربي; Transliteration: al-`alam al-`arabi) stretches from the Atlantic Ocean in the ".
In the 1980s, the war against the Soviets in Afghanistan, with its thousands of Arab fighters financed by the US and others, served as a potent rallying point Noun 1. rallying point - a point or principle on which scattered or opposing groups can come together
point - a brief version of the essential meaning of something; "get to the point"; "he missed the point of the joke"; "life has lost its point" for would-be "martyrs". Not only was Al-Qaeda (the base in Arabic) created from among these fighters, but clandestine videos of brave Mujahideen mujahideen
Arabic mujahidun (“those engaged in jihad”)
In its broadest sense, those Muslims who proclaim themselves warriors for the faith. Its Arabic singular, mujahid, was not an uncommon personal name from the early Islamic period onward. attacks were spread around the world. Today, videos and messages of support for jihadis spread much faster.
Insurgents Insurgents, in U.S. history, the Republican Senators and Representatives who in 1909–10 rose against the Republican standpatters controlling Congress, to oppose the Payne-Aldrich tariff and the dictatorial power of House speaker Joseph G. Cannon. in "martyrdom operations" appear on websites within days of attacks in Iraq, and the latest calls to carry jihad to Western capitals from the likes of Ayman Al-Zawahiri, Osama Bin Laden's No. 2 and Al-Qaeda's chief ideologue i·de·o·logue
An advocate of a particular ideology, especially an official exponent of that ideology.
[French idéologue, back-formation from idéologie, ideology; see , spread around the globe within minutes. Toby Craig Jones, a political scientist and analyst of events in Saudi Arabia for the International Crisis Group (ICG ICG
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The majority of Muslims are as horrified hor·ri·fy
tr.v. hor·ri·fied, hor·ri·fy·ing, hor·ri·fies
1. To cause to feel horror. See Synonyms at dismay.
2. To cause unpleasant surprise to; shock. by such attacks as anyone else, and a growing number of Muslim scholars are speaking out against the methods and motives the Salafi jihadis. But Salafi terrorism has never been a widespread phenomenon. Paz says: "If we're talking about percentages, maybe the supporters of global jihad are only 1% of the Muslim world". A Saudi ideologue who goes by the handle "Lewis Attiyatullah" online and with whom Paz held an e-mail correspondence until Lewis apparently went underground, spelled out what Al-Qaeda and its ideological allies saw as the benefits of the US presence in Iraq in an open letter to British Prime Minister Tony Blair first published in April 2004. In his letter, Lewis said he expected that fighting in Iraq will create "a resistance that would develop into a culture of jihad", and that attacks must be made on Western capitals like London which have supported the war in Iraq. He also expressed pleasure about how Iraq, in his view, was inducting new members into the Salafi jihad, telling Blair. "I wish you could listen to what the returnees from Iraq say. Fighting the enemy became their greatest pleasure...this notion became like a virus for them".
The US military in Iraq estimates there are around 1,000 members of a Salafi insurgency which many others say numbers at least 15,000. But foreign fighters are suicide bombers, rather than Iraqi insurgents, a reflection of the extreme Salafi religious convictions which underpin their involvement. Paz calculated in a March 2005 paper that of around 200 documented suicide bombers in Iraq, 61% were Saudi.
In an assessment running through June by Kohlmann, of 300 foreigners reported killed in Iraq, 165 were Saudi, 38 were Syrian, 16 Kuwaiti, and 14 Jordanian. Kohlmann says nine Muslims from Europe have been reported killed in Iraq, one of them from Britain. Both Kohlmann and Paz expect that foreigners who survive the Iraq war are likely to carry the fight back to homelands like Saudi Arabia, a close US ally whose monarchy is frequently attacked on Salafi websites as being corrupt.
The foreigners in Iraq, based on "martyrdom wills" and websites linked to Abu Mus'ab Al-Zarqawi, the Jordanian militant who has been declared the head of Al-Qaeda in Mesopotamia, have few qualms about killing other Muslims. Paz says the frequency with which jihadis in Iraq are willing to justify the killings of civilians and Muslims is a sharp departure from the previous generation weaned wean
tr.v. weaned, wean·ing, weans
1. To accustom (the young of a mammal) to take nourishment other than by suckling.
2. on Afghanistan, which was brutal but generally had stricter limits on what were seen as legitimate targets. He says: "The Iraqi alumni are going to be more dangerous than the Afghan alumni. They have no limits, no red lines".