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Fugitive Turkish Al-Qaeda convict arrested working as imam
Associated Press | Published — Thursday 20 April 2017
ANKARA: Turkish media reports say a fugitive who was convicted in
absentia for involvement in a 2003 bomb attack against HSBC bank in
Istanbul and of membership in Al-Qaeda has been arrested.
The state-run Anadolu Agency said the man, identified by his initials
Z.C., was arrested Wednesday in a village in the central Turkish
province of Cankiri, where he was working as an acting village imam.
The private DHA agency reported that he had escaped to Afghanistan while on trial for his role in the attack.
He was later convicted of membership in the Al-Qaeda network and sentenced to six years in prison.
The Al-Qaeda attacks in Istanbul in November 2003 targeted the HSBC
bank, two synagogues and the British Consulate, killing 57 people.
Taliban Name Lesser-Known Cleric as Their New Leader
By MUJIB MASHAL and ZAHRA NADER
MAY 25, 2016
The New York Times
KABUL, Afghanistan — Four days after their leader was killed in an
American drone strike, the Taliban broke their silence early Wednesday
to announce that a lesser-known deputy of the group, Mawlawi
Haibatullah Akhundzada, would take over and continue the group’s war
against the Afghan government.
Mawlawi Haibatullah, who is thought to be in his 50s, is seen within
the group as carrying deep religious credentials, and he served as a
judicial leader during the days of the Taliban government in
Afghanistan. But in the discussions leading up to his selection,
Taliban commanders described him as a respected elder who was guiding
the selection process, not as a front-runner himself.
Instead, the two men seen as the chief rivals for the leadership —
Sirajuddin Haqqani, the insurgency’s operations leader; and Mullah
Muhammad Yaqoub, the young son of the Taliban’s founder, Mullah
Muhammad Omar — were named as deputies on Wednesday, according to a
statement from the Taliban’s core leadership council in Quetta,
In the statement, the council appeared to fend off any idea that any
shift on entering peace talks might be coming, calling on the Taliban
to unite behind Mawlawi Haibatullah and continue to fight.
The announcement was also the group’s first public confirmation that
their leader for the past year, Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour, had in
fact been killed in an American airstrike in Pakistan’s Baluchistan
Province on Saturday. The Taliban’s spokesmen, who publish regular
updates from battlefields across Afghanistan, had remained silent since
the strike, as the movement’s leaders convened in the Pakistani city of
Quetta to discuss his burial, as well as his successor.
Taliban commanders reached by phone said that one of the group’s first
meetings in Quetta was at the home of Mawlawi Haibatullah, who was said
to be guiding discussions that were focusing more centrally on whether
Mr. Haqqani or Mullah Yaqoub would rise to lead the insurgency.
Over the past year, Mr. Haqqani had increasingly been running the
day-to-day war for the Taliban as Mullah Mansour was occupied with a
campaign of quashing internal dissent and with travel abroad.
Many of the movement’s leaders had pushed for a relatively obscure
figure to succeed Mullah Mansour — to avoid a divisive personality and
for purposes of enhanced security, keeping in mind that Mullah Omar’s
reclusive ways long protected him and even concealed his death for
years. It appeared Wednesday that such criteria had served Mawlawi
Mawlawi Haibatullah is viewed as an important cleric and a spiritual
authority within the Taliban ranks, but one who lacks military
experience. Mullah Omar was reported to have relied on his
interpretation of jurisprudence when making decisions. Mawlawi
Haibatullah served as a top judge during the Taliban’s rule of
Afghanistan, in Kandahar as well as on the Supreme Court in Kabul.
One factor that may have helped in his ascent to the leadership, in the
face of competition from Mullah Yaqoub and Mr. Haqqani, was the hope
that he could unite a movement that was fracturing under Mullah
Mansour, analysts said.
Habibullah Fawzi, a former Taliban diplomat, said that Mawlawi
Haibatullah had taught religious studies to many Taliban commanders and
that his position could inspire unity.
“One of the reasons that the Taliban chose Haibatullah as leader is
that as a religious scholar, he can reunite different factions of the
Taliban and prevent disintegration,” Mr. Fawzi said.
Mawlawi Haibatullah, from the Panjwai district of Kandahar Province, is from the Noorzai tribe.
Some of the leaders of a breakaway Taliban faction that revolted
against Mullah Mansour are also Noorzais, and they are believed to have
better relations with Mawlawi Haibatullah, who has been involved in
trying to mediate their return.
But a spokesman for the breakaway faction, Mullah Abdul Manan Niazi,
said on Wednesday that the choice of Mawlawi Haibatullah was
unacceptable. He said that members of the faction had not been
consulted, and he compared the process to the way in which Mullah
Mansour rose to power last summer, leading to a revolt.
“Sheikh Haibatullah is not the right choice for us,” Mullah Niazi said,
using the term for an elder scholar. “He has been selected quite
similarly to Mansour with no consensus of all mujahedeen — it will
never be acceptable to us.”
Mullah Niazi said that at least 300 well-known religious scholars
should be present at the selection of a new supreme leader but that
only a small circle had chosen Mawlawi Haibatullah. His swift
selection, along with the promotion of the “powerless” Mullah Yaqoub,
was intended to create a situation in which Mr. Haqqani holds the real
power, Mullah Niazi said.
It is unclear how united and strong the breakaway faction remains after
Mullah Mansour sent squads of fighters to crush it, striking serious
blows. The faction’s leader, Mullah Muhammad Rasool, has also
disappeared in Pakistan in recent months, with the news media in the
country reporting his detention.
Along with the announcement on Wednesday came the Taliban’s latest
attack on the outskirts of Kabul, targeting a van that was taking
employees of an appellate court to neighboring Wardak Province. The
Taliban had vowed to take aim at government employees, particularly
those in the judicial system, after six of their prisoners in Kabul
were hanged recently, having been convicted on terrorism charges.
Najibullah Danish, a deputy spokesman for the Afghan Interior Ministry,
said 10 people had been killed in the attack and four others wounded.
Mohammed - a message of hate
By Philippe Naughton, Times Online
the Home Secretary, appears to have already filled in the first name on his
global database of hate: Omar Bakri Mohammed.
Syrian-born father of seven has lived in Britain on state handouts
since being deported from Saudi Arabia as an extremist 20 years ago -
and has been accused of abusing his refugee status to preach a message
of undiluted bile against the West and its values.
Two of his followers have been involved in suicide bomb attacks in
Israel and Mr Bakri Mohammed has declared that Islamists were no longer
bound by a "covenant of security" which forbade them from carrying out
attacks in Britain.
Bakri Mohammed, 47, was born into a wealthy family in Aleppo in Syria,
and rose to prominence in the 1980s when the city sheltered many
radicals. He joined the Syrian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood as a
young man and participated in their revolt against the Syrian Baath
Party and the government of Hafez al-Assad.
When that rebellion was crushed in 1982, he moved to Beirut where he joined Hizb ut-Tahrir. In 1983 moved to Jeddah.
He was deported, and claimed political asylum in Britain in 1985 and
was given indefinite leave to remain. He split from Hizb ut-Tahrir ten
years ago and founded al-Muhajiroun, an hardline Islamist group. Mr
Bakri Mohammed dissolved the group last year and is now believed to run
an organisation called the Saviour Sect.
Earlier this year, Mr Bakri Mohammed told followers in a webcast
monitored by The Times that Britain was "Dar ul-Harb" - "a land of
war". And he said that the jihad was a correct path for all Muslims,
not just those living in Muslim countries. "The jihad is halal for the
Muslims wherever they are, the whole ummah (Muslim community) wherever
they are. OK brothers - wherever you are, do it."
He also caused outrage by suggesting after the terror attack on the
school in Beslan, Russia, that an attack on a British school could be
justified as long as women and children were not deliberately killed.
Infamously, he also referred to the September 11 hijackers as the
"magnificent 19" before organising celebrations on the anniversary of
the attacks on Washington and Manhattan.
But the final straw may prove to be his comments to the London Evening
Standard, published yesterday, in which he denounced the London
bombings but said: "I blame the British Government and I blame the
British people. They are the ones who should be blamed. The British
Government has said, ‘You are with us or with terrorism’. I don’t think
that is the way forward."
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