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Islam4UK Cancel Plans For Wootton Bassett March

Posted in Crime, news, Politics, terrorism with tags , , , , , , , , , on 01/10/2010 by securityscene

Anjem ChoudaryRadical Muslim and leader of the group Islam4UK, Anjem Choudary, has confirmed that the plans for the controversial march through Wootton Bassett has been called off.

The group announced their intentions to march over a week ago and it has caused controversy and up-roar ever since.

Wootton Bassett is the village that our brave men and women of the armed services are processed through before being laid to rest, hundreds of people pay their respects at the side of the road as those killed in action in Afghanistan are returned home.

Islam4UK, which is a soapbox for banned radical group Al-Muhajiroun, had planned to process empty coffins through the streets to represent those Muslims killed during the conflict, claiming that British soldiers were murderers and even likened them to Nazi soldiers.

The group headed by ex-lawyer, Choudary, has sent an open letter to the families of those that have been killed in Afghanistan stating that he and the group had no sympathy for them or their killed relatives.

During initial interviews Anjem Choudary had admitted that the choice of Wootton Bassett was made to inflame public outcry, cause maximum media attention and be a big statement for his relatively unknown group.

He has now said that after consultation with other members in the group and the Islamic militant leader Omar Bakri-Mohammed they have decided that the march is no longer necessary, he said the aim of highlighting the plight of Muslims in Afghanistan has been done “successfully”.

In a statement released by the Islam4UK group they said;

“We at islam4uk have decided, after consultation with others, including our Sheikh Omar Bakri Muhammad, that no more could be achieved even if a procession were to take place in Wootton Bassett.

“And in light of this we would like to announce today that there will no longer be a procession through this market town.”

“This does not mean that we will remain silent on the atrocities being committed in Afghanistan under the guise of fighting for freedom and democracy.

“And it also does not mean that we will not continue to highlight the true cost of this war against Islam and Muslims called fighting terrorism.”

Since the group has been thrust into the media spot light, information has come to light about them and their leader Anjem Choudary.

  • The hate filled Muslim cleric is currently claiming £25740 in state handouts.
  • Choudary and his group wants to bring in Sharia law to the UK, abolishing the current man made law of the land.
  • When the group and Islam take over the UK they will turn Buckingham Palace into a Mosque.
  • Islam4UK is a mouthpiece for a group that was banned in the UK under the British Terrorism Act 2006, Al-Muhajiroun.
  • Former Lawyer, Mr Choudary has been running secret Sharia courts in the UK, he has said in the courts he has married many Muslims and advised them not to register the marriage with the UK.
  • He has said that he runs a network of Islamic courts in London, Luton, Birmingham, Derby and Leicester.
  • Choudary also runs the London School of Sharia, also in secret.

This man and his group are a menace to the UK, hopefully his attempt to grab publicity in this way will back fire, sending him the way of other hate filled clerics and causing him to be shut down for good.

Developments on this story are still unfolding and we will bring them to you as they do.

Also see;
Planned March At Wootton Bassett
Islamic Group Plans Wootton Bassett March

Suicide Bombers Video Released

Posted in Crime, news, Politics, terrorism with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 01/09/2010 by securityscene

A suicide bomber who killed ten at a US base in Afghanistan said he was carrying out the attack in retaliation for the death of Baitullah Mehsud, the Pakistani Taliban leader who was killed by an unmanned US drone.

The video was released by Al Jazeera on 9th January 2010. It shows the suicide bomber, Hammam Khalil al-Balawi, 32, as he describes that his attack would target US and Jordanian intelligence agents.

Al-Balawi was a Jordanian doctor and a ‘double agent’ who was still loyal to Islamic extremists, he had been recruited by Jordanian intelligence agents and the CIA, being used by both to inform on al-Qaeda and Mujahideen activities.

“This is a message to the enemies of the Umma [nation], to the Jordanian intelligence and the CIA” al-Balawi said on in the video.

“We say that we will never forget the blood of our Emir Baitullah Mehsud, God’s mercy on him.

“To retaliate for his death in the United States and outside the United States will remain an obligation on all emigrants who were harboured by Baitullah Mehsud.”

Mehsud, the leader of the Pakistani Taliban, was killed by a US drone which fired a missile at his house; he was blamed for many suicide bombings and other attacks in the country.

Al-Balawi is said to have been brought over the Pakistani border to the base in eastern Afghanistan, Forward Operating Base Chapman near the city of Khost, after he told the CIA he had information for them, details on the whereabouts of Ayman al-Zawahiri, the al-Qaeda second in command.

Details earlier came to light that in September 2009, Hammam Khalil al-Balawi had made a posting on a website run by al-Qaeda. He wrote “If [a Muslim] dies in the cause of Allah, he will grant his words glory that will be permanent marks on the path to guide to jihad, with permission from Allah.

“If love of jihad enters a man’s heart, it will not leave him even if he wants to do so. Indeed, what he sees of luxurious palaces will remind him of positions of the martyrs in the higher heaven.”

He had managed to allay the agencies fears over this statement by telling officers that his postings saying he wanted to be a martyr were all part of his cover.

The suicide bomber is said to have detonated explosives that he had attached to his body while he was standing just outside of the heavily fortified base. Ten people including the bomber were killed in the explosion, this included seven people employed or affiliated with the CIA, including the chief of the base.

Some of those killed were approaching the bomber to perform a search of his person and were standing around 50 feet from the blast site.

The attack was one of the worst against the US intelligence community and certainly the biggest loss of life to CIA staff in more than 25 years.

The Base Chapman attacks and the video just released show that a threat from the inside is a real problem; it also shows strong links between the Pakistani Taliban and al-Qaeda. The Times newspaper had reported that the bombing has also heightened tensions between the US and Pakistan, because it showed that they had not acted strongly enough in stopping the Haqqani network. The Haqqani network run by Jalaluddin Haqqani and his son, Sirajuddin Haqqani, were part of the targets of the drone attack that al-Balawi said he was acting in retaliation of.

Members of the Haqqani Network have cooperated with Pakistani Taliban, a former commander of the group said, “At times they send suicide attackers to our area, and we give them shelter and find targets for them”. The network has carried out many attacks in the area of the CIA base.

It is thought that the suicide bomber al-Balawi was working within the Haqqani Network and that they instructed him to proceed with the bombing.

Islamic Group Plans Wootton Bassett March

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on 01/02/2010 by securityscene

Anjem Choudary - Islam4UKAn Islamic group believed to have links with an extremist group is planning to march through the streets of Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire.

Wootton Bassett has become famous for honouring British war dead returning home from Afghanistan.

The group Islam4UK, run by former lawyer Anjem Choudary, has said that the march will be a peaceful one, using symbolic coffins to represent the Muslim victims of the war in Afghanistan and Iraq.

A spokeswoman for Wiltshire Police said “Under the Public Order Act the organiser must inform the police of the date, time and route of the proposed procession, and the name and address of the organiser.

“If the march or procession is believed to be likely to result in serious disorder, disruption or damage, then the police can impose conditions upon the organiser.

“In exceptional circumstances, police may apply to the local authority for an order prohibiting such a march.”

To date there had been no contact from Islam4UK or any other group wishing to arrange such a march in Wootton Bassett,”

Islam4UK is said to call itself a “platform” for the extremist movement al-Muhajiroun.

The groups website say’s that it’s “totally unacceptable” to honour servicemen who contributed “directly or indirectly” to the death of “well over 100,000 Muslims in Afghanistan in the last 8 years”.

“We at Islam4UK find this totally unacceptable and as a result have decided to launch the ‘Wootton Bassett March’ to highlight the real casualties of this brutal Crusade,” Islam4UK’s site said.

Five Men From Manchester Are Suspected Terror Recruiters

Posted in Crime, news, terrorism with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 11/16/2009 by securityscene

It is alleged that the five men arrested in Manchester and London on the 16th November 2009 were recruiters of terrorists, signing people up to join terrorist training camps in Afghanistan.

A 62 year old Muslim preacher was arrested in his home in Bolton, a prominent preacher around the Manchester and Bolton area teaching the Koran at various different mosques. It is possible that a position teaching the Koran in mosques could serve as an ideal recruiting platform for future terrorists.

Police also conducted a raid on a hotel near Heathrow which resulted in the arrest of a 26 year old man. Police will not confirm if this man was preparing to fly from Heathrow to the terror training camp in Afghanistan.

The investigation was the culmination of a year long investigation into recruitment of terrorists from within the United Kingdom. Assistance Chief Constable Dave Thompson of Greater Manchester Police said “This is a complex and ongoing investigation, which has now reached the point where it was necessary to make arrests and speak to a number of people.”

It is unknown if this operation and convert investigation had been completed or if the police moved in early due to the possibility of one of the men leaving the country to receive his terrorist training.

For more details see;

Police Arrest 5 Men In Manchester Terror Raids

We will bring you more information as it is released.

Police Arrest 5 Men In Manchester Terror Raids

Posted in Crime, news, terrorism with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on 11/16/2009 by securityscene

Counter terrorism offices carried out raids on properties throughout the Greater Manchester area including Longsight, Levenshulme, Bolton and Stalybridge.

Five men have been arrested on suspicion of terrorism, one of the men is an un-named Muslim preacher who teaches the Koran at a number of mosques in the Manchester area.

One of the five men arrested was picked up in a raid at a Heathrow airport.

Police have said the raids were a low key affair, armed police weren’t involved and they have stressed that there was no immediate threat to the public.

The men were arrested as part of an investigation into terror camps in Afghanistan, it is believed that the men were looking to hatch a terrorist plot overseas rather than in the UK.

North-West Counter Terrorism officers raided the three addresses at around 4am, with around 40 plain clothes officers involved in the raids and searching of the property.

The raids took place in a mobile phone shop and flat on Stockport Road, Levenshulme. There were no arrests made at this address.

A 52 year old man was arrested at a house on Victoria Terrace, Longsight and a 21 year old at Bowdon Avenue in Fallowfield.

One man, 27, was arrested in Stalybridge, Rydal Walk. The Muslim preacher, 62,  was arrested at his home on Willows Lane, Deane, Bolton.

Lastly a 26 year old man was caught in raids at a Heathrow Airport hotel.

For more information see;

Five Men From Manchester Are Suspected Terror Recruiters

We will bring you further details as they become available.