“Mufti of martyrdom operations”

Prominent ‘Moderate’ Islamic Leader Linked to Terror

By Steve Emerson

18 Sep 2009

In an amazing bit of irony, a Qatari government fund is creating the Al-Qaradawi Center for Islamic Moderation and Renewal, named after leading Sunni scholar and self-proclaimed “Mufti of martyrdom operations” Yousef Al-Qaradawi. Its director claims that the center will direct its “moderation” towards “politicians and economists,” train imams, and show the “huge difference between terrorism and jihad.”

Yet all of these stated goals directly contradict Al-Qaradawi’s statements in support of terrorism, his desire to overthrow capitalism, and his position as a leading member of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Director Hasan Khalifa is a professor of comparative religion at Cairo University and a great admirer of Al-Qaradawi. He stated that the organization “would direct its works at politicians and economists to help them promote moderation in their respective areas.”

In the realm of politics, there are numerous examples of Al-Qaradawi’s “moderation.” He has openly permitted the killing of American troops in Iraq and praised the “heroic deeds” from “Hamas, Jihad, Al-Aqsa Brigades, and others.” Reports by prominent London newspaper Al-Sharq Al-Awsat repeated Israeli claims that Al-Qaradawi was funding “the heart of Hamas,” the Al-Islam Charity, through his Welfare Coalition. He has also pledged to fight the United States if it attacked Iran, stating:

“When America threatened [Iran], I said I am against America. Iran has the right to possess peaceful nuclear power, and if America fights it, we would stand up against [America].”

To top it off, Al-Qaradawi has proclaimed himself the “Mufti of martyrdom operations” and stated:

“I have been affiliated with a group considered by Zionists as their first enemy; it is the Muslim Brotherhood that has provided and still provides martyrs for the cause of Palestine.”

Al-Qaradawi is known for advocating the overthrow of Western capitalism. While sitting together with Hamas leader Khalid Mishal in a public meeting of the Al-Quds International Institution, an organization in which the two of them are both board members, Al-Qaradawi stressed:

“We have our own economic philosophy and system which others do not have. The collapse of the capitalist system, which is based on usury and securities rather than commodities in markets, shows us that it is undergoing a crisis and that our integrated Islamic philosophy, if properly understood and applied, can replace Western capitalism.”

The center claims that it will “also publish and translate books about moderation so as to reach out to Western readers.” Perhaps they will also disseminate Al-Qaradawi’s Priorities of the Islamic Movement in the Coming Phase, which advocates violent jihad and supports nearly all of the mujahideen movements affiliated with Al-Qaida. In this book, Al-Qaradawi has stated:

“The Islamic Movement should consider itself at the ‘beck and call’ of every Islamic Cause and respond to every cry for help wherever that cry may come from. It should stand with Eritrea in its jihad against the unjust Marxist Christian regime . . . It should stand by Sudan against the treacherous Christian racist rebellion . . . It should support the Muslims of Philippines against the biased Christian regime . . It should also help the Muslims of Kashmir in their struggle . . . [against] Indian imperialism which . . . is trying to turn it into a base of conspiracy against Pakistan and the whole Muslim world as a whole . . . Hamas is an embodiment of the Palestinian people’s belief in its Muslim and Arab origins, and a testimony that the people are still alive and will never die and that jihad will be carried on by pure hands and clean hearts until victory is achieved with the Will of Allah.”

Another goal of the center is to train preachers and imams “because they have more close contact with the masses and can spread moderation to them.” Al-Qaradawi’s “moderation” includes his views on how to achieve victory over the Jews, in which he stated:

“When I was asked why we did not achieve victory over the Jews and why the Jews’ state was established, I said because they entered the battle as Jews and we did not enter it as Muslims . . . In fact, we have stripped the battle of any religious meaning. Therefore, we will never achieve victory except by religion and faith. This is a religious nation. It has religious roots. If you advocate to it socialism, nationalism, democracy, or any such thing, it will not affect it. However, if you say there is no God but Allah and Allahu Akbar, raise the Koran in front of this nation, and say O winds of paradise blow and O Allah’s Brigades set out, you will find the entire nation behind you… they [the Arabs] will never get anything except by resistance. Resistance is our support in front of our enemy. Our enemy will not give us anything free or do us a favor. Independence and freedom are not given or granted to people. They tree of freedom is watered by blood.”

Al-Qaradawi “has always been calling for acceptance of others, ‘whether they are Muslims or not,'” said Center director Hasan Khalifa. Al-Qaradawi expressed such views in the following quote, from Priorities of the Islamic Movement in the Coming Phase:

“It is not right, in my view, that Christianity should monopolize all these [Western] countries unrivalled, or rivaled by Zionist Judaism that only joins forces with it against us. This is what I told our brothers in America, Canada, Australia, and other countries many years ago.”

Perhaps, the statement to which he was referring was his 1995 speech at the MAYA conference in Toledo, Ohio, where he stated:

“Conquest through da’wa [proselytizing], that is what we hope for. We will conquer Europe, we will conquer America! Not through sword but through da’wa.”

With all of his radical statements and hate speech, it is unbelievable that the Qatari Emir and Queen would sponsor a foundation in the name of Al-Qaradawi. This is especially worrisome, as the center is a part of its Western-oriented Education City, an effort to reach out to non-Muslim students. If these are the voices of a moderate Islam, which “are trying to fight extremism,” what is left for the extremists?

To see the IPT’s profile of Al-Qaradawi go here now.

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Iran blasts Turkey, Saudi, Qatar over ally Syria


General Yahya Rahim Safavi (AFP/File, Behrouz Mehri)

Iran blasts Turkey, Saudi, Qatar over ally Syria


TEHRAN — A top military aide to supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Saturday accused Ankara, Riyadh and Doha of serving US and Israeli interests in Syria, in a veiled warning to Turkey of worsening ties.

"The Americans, Israelis, and some European and Persian Gulf nations, in particular Qatar and Saudi Arabia, have delegated to Turkey the task of achieving their goal to weaken or topple Bashar al-Assad’s government or make it surrender," Fars news agency reported General Yahya Rahim Safavi as saying.

"Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey are acting in the interests of the US and the Zionists to weaken the resistance axis comprising Iran, Syria and Hezbollah," said the former Revolutionary Guards commander.

He was referring to the Shiite armed militia in Syria’s neighbour Lebanon, dubbed by Tehran’s nemesis Washington as a terrorist organisation.

Syria, whose government is Tehran’s key Middle East ally, has been engulfed in a 15-month crisis in which the United Nations says more than 10,000 people have been killed. Syrian activists put the death toll at more than 13,000.

Calling Turkey "a strategic competitor of Iran," Rahim Safavi said that Iran-Turkey relations are still "good."

But in in a veiled warning, he added: "We hope that America and the Zionists will not be able to disrupt relations" between Tehran and Ankara.

For the past two years, Turkey has acted as an intermediary between Iran and world powers on the Islamic republic’s controversial nuclear programme of uranium enrichment.

Tehran denies Western allegations that its atomic ambitions include a covert weapons project.

But Turkey’s position on Syria, with Ankara calling on Assad to step down to end the bloody strife there, has soured bilateral relations for several months.

Syria’s opposition has accused Iran of supplying weapons and military aid to Damascus, while Tehran makes the same allegations against the West and the Gulf monarchies, accusing them of arming the rebels with Ankara’s help.

Tehran has repeatedly voiced its backing for international envoy Kofi Annan’s six-point peace plan for Syria, calling it the only way to end the crisis, while Gulf nations have condemned Damascus’s deadly crackdown.

Qatari Royal Family Linked to Al Qaeda—(Feb. 7, 2003)

Qatari Royal Family Linked to Al Qaeda

By Brian Ross (@brianross) and David Scott

Feb. 7, 2003

American officials say the FBI and CIA just missed capturing the al Qaeda leader believed to have organized the 9/11 attacks — and now believed to be planning a new attack against Americans — because it appears he was protected and tipped off by a member of the royal family in Qatar, Abdullah Bin Khalid al-Thani.

American authorities say Khalid Shaikh Mohammed masterminded behind the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks for Osama bin Laden, and is now considered bin Laden’s second in command.

Mohammed, a Kuwait-born Pakistani national on the FBI’s most-wanted terrorists list, has been linked to the April 11, 2002 suicide truck bombing of the Djerba synagogue in Tunisia where at least 19 tourists, mostly Germans, were killed.

He has been charged in connection with plots in the Philippines to bomb trans-Pacific airliners and crash a plane into CIA headquarters. Those were broken up in 1995. He is believed to be related to Ramzi Yousef, who was convicted for his role in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

"I would say that he’s extremely dangerous," said Jack Cloonan, a New York-based senior terrorism investigator for the FBI, who retired earlier this year and is now an ABCNEWS consultant. "He’s the person who is going to attack the United States."

In 1996, the FBI tracked Mohammed, under indictment on charges of terrorism, to Qatar’s capital city, Doha, and was within hours of capturing him.

Cloonan, who was the lead FBI agent on the case, said a specially equipped government executive jet, complete with blacked-out windows, was standing by to transport Mohammed.

"We had located Khalid Sheikh," Cloonan told ABCNEWS. "We were prepared to fly the plane in and to take him out."

But Cloonan says Mohammed was tipped off shortly after Qatar officials were told of the plan and headed for the airport.

"Somebody had leaked the information to Khalid Sheikh and he left," said Cloonan. "It certainly, in my judgment, [was] a significant opportunity that was missed."

Qatari Royal Family Leak

The American military is already a major presence in Qatar and says the royal family has cooperated fully. If there is a war with Iraq, Qatar is where U.S. Central Command will be located.

But at least one member of the royal family is known to have regularly provided safe haven for numerous al Qaeda operatives, including bin Laden.

"Certainly it is well-documented that there is one member of the Qatar royal family that supports al Qaeda," said Rohan Gunaratna, the author of the book Inside Al Qaeda and professor at St. Andrews University in Scotland.

According to American intelligence officials, Abdallah bin Khalid al-Thani, a member of the Qatari royal family tipped off Mohammed. He is listed on government Web sites as the current minister of the Interior for Qatar and is known as a radical Islamic fundamentalist with ties to al Qaeda.

Mohammed is believed to have fled Qatar with a passport provided by that country’s government. He is also believed to have been given a home in Qatar as well as a job at the Department of Public Water Works. Officials also said bin Laden himself visited Abdallah bin Khalid al-Thani in Qatar between the years of 1996 and 2000.

One former CIA official who preferred to remain anonymous said the connection went beyond al-Thani and there were others in the Qatari royal family who were sympathetic and provided safe havens for al Qaeda.

"We had an opportunity to pick up a very, very bad man and a very dangerous man," said Cloonan. "He still to this day has an impact on U.S. national security."

It’s an extremely sensitive situation for the U.S. military, given the role Qatar would play in a war against Iraq.

The government of Qatar or its interior minister didn’t return repeated calls for comment.

Syria Says Saudis Sabotaging UN Plan by Arming Rebels

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Bloomberg News

Syria Says Saudis Sabotaging UN Plan by Arming Rebels

By Henry Meyer and Stepan Kravchenko

Syria’s ambassador to Russia said Saudi Arabia and Qatar are sabotaging a United Nations plan to end a 15-month conflict by continuing to arm rebels in violation of a cease-fire agreement reached in April.

“Weapons are entering Syria through its borders with Lebanon and Turkey,” Riad Haddad said in an interview at the Syrian embassy in Moscow today. “And these are heavy weapons.”

Lebanese authorities at the end of April seized a ship originating in Libya that was carrying anti-tank and anti- aircraft missiles destined for Syrian opposition groups, Haddad said. While President Bashar al-Assad’s forces announced an end to hostilities April 12, in line with the UN accord, violence has persisted because rebels are pursuing attacks, Haddad said.

More than 10,000 people have died since the uprising against Assad started in March last year, according to UN estimates. That includes a massacre last week in Houla that claimed 108 lives, 49 of them children, which the UN blames on a pro-government militia. Syria says opposition forces carried out the killings to provoke civil war and international intervention. The U.S. and its allies expelled Syrian diplomats to condemn the attack on Houla, near Homs.

“The key to a solution lies in the hands of those countries which are supporting and financing terrorist groups,” Haddad said. “They should state if they are against terrorism and these groups and will stop financing them and support the Annan plan.”

Houla Massacre

UN Special Envoy Kofi Annan, in the wake of the Houla atrocity, called on Assad’s government and opposition forces to halt the violence and abide by the cease-fire agreement.

“I also ask all states with influence to impress upon the government and all parties the need for a cessation of violence in all its forms, including the continuing human rights abuses,” Annan told journalists in Damascus after meeting with Assad on May 29, according to the UN’s website.

Both Saudi Arabia and Qatar have publicly voiced support for arming the rebels. An official at Qatar’s embassy in Moscow declined to comment on Syria’s claim that his government is funneling weapons and money to the rebels, and nobody authorized to speak on the record could be reached for comment at the Saudi Embassy. Both countries are ruled by Sunni monarchies that are at odds with mainly Shiite Iran, an ally of Syria.

U.S. Supplies

The U.S. is supplying medical and communications equipment to rebels, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said on May 16. The Washington Post had reported that the U.S. is helping to co-ordinate the provision of military material funded by Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other Gulf states.

“The U.S. knows exactly what is going on, it supports it,” said Haddad. He added that Turkey was also involved by providing training for the armed Syrian opposition groups.

The mass killing in Houla hasn’t broken an impasse in the UN Security Council, where Russia continues to block attempts to impose more economic pressure or military action against Syria. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton yesterday said Russia’s stance on Syria is “propping up” Assad’s regime.

Russia says it favors a negotiated outcome in Syria similar to the talks mediated by the Gulf Cooperation Council in Yemen that paved the way for the departure of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh and replacement by his deputy this year.

Yemeni Scenario

Assad isn’t ready to step down and Syria won’t accept a solution similar to what happened in Yemen, said Haddad.

“President Assad enjoys a wide popularity in Syria and our army supports him too and the leadership is conducting reforms,” the Syrian envoy said. “So I completely rule out the Syrian leadership accepting the Yemeni scenario.”

The massacre in Houla was carried out by several hundred rebel gunmen, General Qassem Jamal Suleiman, who heads the Syrian investigation into the killings, said yesterday.

The rebel assault started with the firing of two anti-tank missiles that killed 31 members of the security forces stationed outside of Houla, according to Haddad. “The main aim was to cause the failure of the Annan plan and to provoke foreign military intervention,” he said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Stepan Kravchenko in Moscow at skravchenko@bloomberg.net Henry Meyer in Moscow at hmeyer4@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Balazs Penz at bpenz@bloomberg.net

Turkmen Children Undereducated Thanks To Berdy’s Cult of Personality

The ideology of the Turkmen authorities to prevent the children receive a quality education

Altin Magauina

Lack of professional educators and endless activities that require the participation of pupils, students and teachers themselves have a negative impact on the quality of education in Turkmenistan.

This opinion, many local residents. It is the poor quality of education in the country and the very limited places in higher education institutions make the Turkmen young people from leaving the country. A country’s economy suffers from a shortage of professional staff.

22-year Meylis , a student from a European university, the desire of his peers to receive professional education abroad explains the poor quality of education in Turkmenistan.According to him, those who could not go through government programs, are willing to pay themselves, and study abroad.

Turkmen writer Amanmurat Bugaev believes that over the past few years the country has been done in order to restore the country’s educational system, which was brought to the sorry state at the time of Niyazov. But, according to the writer, here is the inhibiting factor is the lack of professional teachers and endless activities that require the participation of pupils, students and teachers themselves.

– Unfortunately, the level of some of the teachers’ limited knowledge of the Turkmen cult book Saparmurat Niyazov  – "Rukhnama." It was previously canceled all training of teachers. But now in this plan is carried out certain work. Teachers pass the certification, check the level of their training.

Participation in events

In the years of independence, the Turkmen schools and other educational institutions of pupils and students torn from the educational process and sent to all sorts of extras. Large crowds of young people should have to show and prove to people’s love for their leader.According to local residents, including students, in recent years this practice has become more widely used than at the time of the first president of Turkmenistan.

19 year old student from Ashgabat Geldymurat in conversation with Radio Azatlyk told how their every day for 2-3 hours under the scorching sun made ​​ready for the day of the Constitution, which was celebrated on May 18.

– Because of this attitude to the students simply gives up – says Geldymurat. – Lagged behind once, it will be difficult to catch up. The feeling that you lose wasting your valuable time and creates a feeling of guilt and disappointment that I want to drop everything and run to where you can feel a free man.

According to the official student rehearsal festivities usually begin 3-4 weeks before the holiday. And that happens before every holiday or event.

"Certified" professionals

This situation worries the rest of the inhabitants of the country, which in turn is passed to access all kinds of professionals, knowledge of which raises some doubts.

40-year-old resident of Balkanabat Rugsat Khatamov in conversation with Radio Azatlyk talking about his neighbor, student, asks:

– They are dressed in beautiful costumes, take part in the opening of various new buildings and other events. A study on the students’ time is not enough. I was so impressed. Who are these children after graduation? Doctors, mathematicians, teachers, without knowledge? Who can answer me this question?

32-year-old Bibigul , received a diploma of higher education in Turkmenistan, said that the student remembered for her empty pastime at rehearsals and all kinds of events. Teacher Education and the mother of two children, Bibigul said that after graduation to work, it has not got a job, explaining that it is not got enough knowledge to teach their children. Bibigul wants to let the correspondence, but to unlearn in some foreign university.

– Only with a clear conscience and knowledge of the business, I could begin to educate their children – says 32-year-old resident of Ashgabat.

"The era of power and happiness"

Five years ago, in the secondary schools of Turkmenistan was restored ten years, and four years in high school education. However, since then to improve the quality of education was not seen. The fact that in secondary schools in the neighboring countries for a long time there are 11-year secondary education, it seems, the Turkmen authorities are not very worried. Although this factor creates certain difficulties for those kind of guys who are trying to continue their education abroad.

Ministry of Education and school leaders are still wary of introducing into the school process of progressive forms of training.

But welcome visual aids, to glorify and strengthen the cult of the new president , Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov . Moreover, training students on almost all subjects continued to pass through the prism of the cult of personality of the president.

Even held April 26 in Turkmenistan International scientific-practical conference was called ideological "Modern methods of improving education in the era of power and happiness."

According to local observers, the slipping of the education reform violates the law on education in Turkmenistan, adopted in early 2007.

Guilty of this, local lawyers say the government is not fulfilling an article of the law, which states that the Government should "ensure the implementation and protection of citizens’ constitutional right to education."

But nobody in this country are not punished. And young people were forced to continue to participate in various activities, which are only scheduled for June, more than fifty.

Source :: RL

Any Foreign Intervention Into Balochistan Unacceptable

Foreign interruption into Balochistan unacceptable: Bugti


GENEWA (SANA): Bloch Nationalist Leader Brahamdagh Bugti has said that he is against the interruption of every foreign power into Balochistan including Pakistan and United States.
In an interview with BBC Urdu, Bugti while talking on the recently held Balochistan conference by the Supreme Court Bar Association, said that he was always ready to speak for the rights of the ethnic Baloch living in the province, but not about the Pakhtuns residing in Balochistan, adding that the time is over to discuss the Balochistan problem and to hold conferences in this regard.
While talking about raising the Balochistan issue in the US Congress, Bugti said that purpose of raising the issue was not to put pressure on Pakistan whereas it was the result of efforts made by Baloch people living abroad.
It is with mentioning here that in February this year, US Republican Party member Dana Rohrabacher submitted a resolution in the US co Congress in which it was stated that Baloch nation has the historical right of self-determination but this was severely criticized in Pakistan.
Commenting on the NATO supply passing through Balochistan, Bugti said it was essential to take Baloch representatives into confidence over the matter. He avoided condemning the armed struggle in Balochistan.
According to Bugti, the Baloch nation would take decision on any gas pipeline coming from Turkmenistan, Afghanistan or Iran and passing through Balochistan.
http://www.sananews.net/english/forei … istan-unacceptable-bugti/

Zionist Press Setting Stage for “Hot Pursuit” of Syrian Chemical Weapons Into Lebanon

Syrian protesters living in Jordan burn shoes symbolizing Iran (L-R), Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Russia and China during a protest against the killing of at least 108 people in the Syrian town of Houla last Friday, outside the Syrian embassy in Amman May 31, 2012.

Syrian protesters living in Jordan burn shoes symbolizing Iran (L-R), Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Russia and China during a protest against the killing of at least 108 people in the Syrian town of Houla last Friday, outside the Syrian embassy in Amman May 31, 2012. (MUHAMMAD HAMED/REUTERS)

Israeli concern mounts over Syrian arms


JERUSALEM — The Globe and Mail

Israeli officials say they are increasingly concerned that advanced missiles and even chemical weapons are being transferred from Syria to forces of the Lebanese Shia militia movement, Hezbollah.

Israeli and U.S. officials have long warned about such a transfer should Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s grip on power falter. And, with the fallout from last weekend’s massacre of civilians in the Syrian area of Houla, that grip may well have weakened.

This, officials said, is all the more reason to take seriously the warning issued Wednesday by Ali Larijani, Speaker of Iran’s parliament. Should the United States or any other country intervene militarily in Syria, Mr. Larijani said, “ash rising from the flames would definitely envelop the Zionist regime [Israel]”

Syrians already have transferred Scud D surface-to-surface missiles to Hezbollah in the last few months, wrote military analyst Alex Fishman, quoting unnamed Defence Ministry sources in Friday’s Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper. The missiles, which can carry a chemical warhead and have a range of 700 kilometres, are capable of hitting any target in Israel.

The Israel Defence Forces say there has been a “regular transfer” of weapons from Syria to Hezbollah that began before the uprising against the Assad government. Since the Assad regime’s loss of total control, however, transfers have increased, the IDF says, and have included unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones, as well as shore-to-ship missiles and, most recently, the Scud D.

“The more Assad loses his grip, the transfers will increase,” an IDF officer said earlier this year. “We’re troubled by the transfer of strategic components from Syria to Lebanon, and if that happens, it might be cause for a more active response.”

“Based on information that we have, there are reasons to believe that there is a flow of arms both ways – from Lebanon into Syria and from Syria into Lebanon,” confirmed Terje Roed-Larsen, a special United Nations envoy in Lebanon, earlier this month.

Until now, the weapons heading to Hezbollah are said to have included a large quantity of medium- and long-range rockets and advanced anti-aircraft weapons, as well as the latest generation of Iranian UAVs. The drone, known as the Ababil (meaning swallow), is small and particularly difficult to shoot down.

Chemical weapons, however, may soon be added to that list. Syria has a large, lethal stockpile of such materiel, including Sarin and VX agents.

Earlier this year, Foreign Policy magazine, citing three different U.S. officials, reported that the United States sent out a message to Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia, warning them about chemical weapons crossing over their borders in the event of the collapse of the Assad regime.

“These weapons’ presence in Syria undermines peace and security in the Middle East, and we have long called on the Syrian government to destroy its chemical-weapons arsenal and join the Chemical Weapons Convention,” a U.S. State Department official told Foreign Policy.

“We believe Syria’s chemical-weapons stockpile remains under Syrian government control, and we will continue to work closely with like-minded countries to prevent proliferation of Syria’s chemical-weapons program,” the official added.

From Israel’s perspective, a transfer of chemical weapons, or even of missiles likely to be used to transport them, will be perceived as “a red line” that has been crossed.

One defence official was reported to have told Israeli journalists it would amount to a “declaration of war.” Though Syria possesses large quantities of such weapons as a deterrent, it has behaved responsibly with them, the official said in February. Hezbollah, however, “is a terror organization and is far less predictable,” he explained, “and it must not be allowed to toy with the idea of using non-conventional weapons.”