Friday, March 03, 2006

Highlights 3rd March 2006

Bangladesh Terrorist Arrest Weakens Extremism, U.S. Govt Says

The arrest of the alleged leader of a terrorist group blamed for Bangladesh's first suicide bombings last year is a blow to extremists who want to create Islamic state in the country, the U.S. government said. The capture yesterday of Shaykh Abdur Rahman, the suspected head of the banned Jama'atul Mujahedeen Bangladesh, is an ``important step in confronting extremism in Bangladesh,'' State Department spokesman Adam Ereli said yesterday in Washington.``The United State and Bangladesh work closely together in the fight against terror,'' Ereli told a briefing, according to an e-mailed transcript. ``This arrest is a sign of the fruits of that cooperation.'' ....more in Bloomberg

U.S. State Department Briefing

QUESTION: Thank you, Adam. This is Arshad of Daily Inquilab. A question on Bangladesh. In a dramatic sweep, the law enforcement agency in Bangladesh captured the mastermind terrorist Shaikh Abdur Rahman of the Jamaat ul Mujahideen. What is the reaction of the State Department? And as a follow-up, will the United States continue to assistant Bangladesh in its fight against terror and extremists? Thank you. I would look forward to your kind comment.

MR. ERELI: The United States applauds the arrest by Bangladeshi security forces of Abdur Rahman, the leader of the Jamaat ul Mujahideen in Bangladesh. His capture is an important step in confronting extremism in Bangladesh. The United States and Bangladesh work closely together in the fight against terror. This arrest is a sign of the fruits of that cooperation I think. We will continue to work with Bangladesh to address the threat of extremism and to strengthen counterterrorism cooperation. Both our countries have suffered at the hands of terrorists and we have a shared interest in continuing this cooperation....more in AmericanPatriots

India to warn Bush of Bangladesh terror

Inside the Research and Analysis Wing, India's shadowy but influential intelligence service, this week's sentencing of 21 people to death in Bangladesh in connection with last year's wave of 500 coordinated bombings was greeted with a mixture of relief and skepticism. The relief came because the sentences were an important sign that the ruling coalition government in Bangladesh was at last taking the threat of Islamic and jihadist extremism seriously. The skepticism came because the sentences were evidently timed to coincide with President Bush's visit to India, when India was preparing to present the visiting U.S. president with a large dossier of evidence suggesting that Bangladesh was about to become "the next Afghanistan." The dossier, which has been seen by United Press International, notes that the Bangladeshi government seems only to move firmly against jihadist terrorist movements when international pressure reaches a peak. The government's decision to ban three Islamist organizations, the JBM, JMJB and AHAB, came in February last year, on the day that foreign aid donors were meeting in Washington to review aid to Bangladesh in the light of the country's grim human rights record and the jihadist threat. The 21 people sentenced to death were all members of a banned Islamic militant group, the JMB (Jamaat-ul Mujahideen Bangladesh), but only 18 of the prisoners were in court. Three of the group's leaders, including two who had been trained in Afghanistan and had close links with al-Qaida, were sentenced in their absence.....more in UPI Intell Watch

India`s strategic fears

The most important message that Indian officials will try to deliver to President George W. Bush on his three-day visit this week is not that India`s economy is booming and that its high-tech graduates and IT industries make for a perfect commercial fit between the world`s largest and the world`s richest democracies. That message has long been received and understood in the White House, as in America`s corporate boardrooms. The reality that they want to bring home to Bush is that India lives in a dangerous neighborhood, and India`s own security concerns have to be understood in Washington. This goes far beyond the Islamist terrorism that routinely spills over from Pakistan into Indian-controlled Kashmir. That same Jihadist violence is now taking root in neighboring Bangladesh, with alarming implications for the security of India`s eastern borders. To the south, the violent separatist war of the Tamil Tigers against the government of Sri Lanka looks to be erupting yet again, and to the north, the Himalayan kingdom of Nepal is rent apart by a Maoist insurgency against the authoritarian rule of an increasingly unpopular king, whose army has just received a large shipment of small arms from China. And those Maoist ideas and tactics have started creeping across the border to revitalize India`s own Naxalite insurgents.....more in M&C

Abdur Rahman, Key Terrorist Leader & Bin Laden Ally, Captured in Bangladesh

Abdur Rahman, the leader of Islamic terrorist groups Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) and Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB) in Bangladesh, was captured in Bengal on Thursday after a siege of well over a day (the number of hours differ by news account). Rahman, who faces charges in up to 225 cases for his leadership in terrorist attacks, surrendered meekly to police and promptly CTB

Investigators question Bangladesh's top militant leader

Investigators on Friday interrogated the alleged mastermind of recent deadly bombings across Bangladesh, a day after he surrendered to security forces following a 30-hour siege at his hideout in the country's northeast. Shaikh Abdur Rahman, the leader of banned Islamic militant group Jumatul Mujahedeen Bangladesh, gave himself up Thursday in Sylhet city and was later driven to the capital Dhaka under heavy escort and taken into custody. Sylhet is 192 kilometers (120 miles) northeast of Dhaka."We are questioning Rahman and we believe he holds the key to many important information about his network," Lt. Col. Gulzar Uddin Ahmed, a top security official told reporters. He did not provide further details. Rahman, 50, is under the custody of the Rapid Action Battalion, an elite anti-crime force that provided some of the 500 security agents involved in the operation forcing his surrender. Rahman's group wants to introduce strict Islamic law in Muslim-majority Bangladesh, which is governed by secular laws....more in PRAVDA

We do not believe the madness was all his own

When on Wednesday RAB invited Shaikh to peacefully surrender he, with apparent determination and zeal, said that he was a mujahidin. He did not know what was surrender, he would either fight and win or commit suicide. But after a two and a half days' ordeal the Shaikh surrendered. It is the same Shaikh who has motivated poor teenage unemployed people to become JMB members and to undertake self-sacrifice by suicide bombing. He taught the innocent teen-agers that the rule of the country is un-Islamic and so was the justice system. So, the existing system is to be withered away and the Islamic Hukumat needs to be established. If the youths, he taught, sacifice their lives to bring about Islamic Hukumat they would get Shaheedi darwaja and shall enter heaven without accountability. If that is so or, in other words, if self-sacrifice would lead to heaven, why has the Shaikh surrendered instead of fighting to the last or commiting suicide? Why he himself could not observe what he taught others? Shaikh has destroyed property and snatched people's peace of mind. Shaikh has tarnished the image of the country before the international community. Bangladeshis are moderate peaceloving democrats. They are never fanatical and aggressive. They had no support for Shaikh's activities. But Shaikh by his haughty actions has defaced the Bangladeshi nation and people which can only be held to be treason....more in New Nation


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