Islamic Terrorism Timeline
- December, 2003: This month, 40 of the 48 Coalition fatalities were American soldiers. A total of 261 U.S. troops were wounded in action. Only one American, Theodore Perreault, 33, of Webster, Massachusetts, lost his life in Afghanistan this month. He died of a non-combat related injury.
Here are the men who were sacrificed in Iraq in the order they fell: Uday Singh, 21, An Indian national awaiting his full US citizenship, was killed in an ambush on his tank while on patrol in Habbaniyah. His family almost certainly knows that Uday did not die at the hands of "extremists." His father was a Lieutenant Colonel in the Indian army and his grandfather was a Wing Commander in the Royal Indian Air Force and had actually served in Mesopotamia (Iraq) in 1938. Others souls lost were Ryan Young, 21, (Fallujah IED); Raphael Davis, 24, (Samarra IED); Clarence Boone, 50, (non-combat injury); Arron Clark, 20, (IED in Mosul); Ray Hutchinson, 20, (IED in Mosul); Jason Wright, 19, (IED in Mosul); Chris Wesley, 26, (collapsed canal embankment); Steven Bridges, 33, (collapsed canal embankment); Joe Blickenstaff, 23, (collapsed canal embankment); Aaron Reese, 31, (boat accident on Tigris); Jerrick Petty, 25, (shot while guarding a gas station in Mosul); Richard Burdick, 24, (IED in Mosul); Marshall Edgerton, 27, (IED in Ramadi); Jeff Braun, 19, (non-hostile gunshot); Jarrod Black, 26, (IED In Ramadi); Kimberly Voelz, 27, (killed by an IED in Iskandariyah while responding to an IED disposal request); Rian Ferguson, 22, (fell from his vehicle); Ken Souslin, 21, (non-combat injury); Nate Nakis, 19, (skidded on oil soaked pavement in Mosul); Chris Holland, 26, (small arms ambush in Baghdad); Glenn Alison, 24, (physical training accident); Charles Bush, 43, (IED in Balad); Gerard Wasielewski, 20, (accidental shooting); Ed Saltz, 27, (IED in Baghdad); Stuart Moore, 21, (IED in Baghdad); Todd Bates, 20, (drown in Tigris trying to save his squad leader who had fallen overboard); Michael Yahinski, 24, (electrocuted repairing a Kirkik communications tower); Chris Splinter, 43, (IED in Samarra); Chris Soelzer, 26, (IED in Samarra); Eric Cooke, 43, (IED in Baghdad); Ben Biskie, 27, (IED in Samarra); Steve Hattamer, 43, (mortar attack in Baquba); Thomas Christensen 42, (mortar attack in Baquba); Mike Sutter, 28, (died in Baquba while trying to manually disarm an IED that he couldn't reach with the disarming robot); Mike Mihalakis, 18, (vehicle accident); Charles Haight, 23, (IED in Ad Duluiyah); Nikolay Saraev, 26; Anton Petrov, 26; Mitr Klaharn, 43; Svilen Kirov, 25; Georgi Kachorin, 29; and Ivan Indzhov, 36 (all killed by a suicide car bomber inside the Bulgarian Army camp in Karbala); Amporn Chulert, 46, (suicide truck bomber in Karbala); Curt Jordan, 25, (non-combat injury); Rey Cuervo, 24, (IED in Baghdad); Ernesto Caldas, 28, (IED in Fallujah); and Justin Pollard, 21, (non-combat injury in Baghdad).
Sixteen Americans were killed in Mishaps and IEDs deployed by Muslims claimed 21 lives. Suicide bombers claimed 7 victims. With the end of the year the Coalition had lost 592 soldiers. Of them, mishaps had claimed 289 lives and Muslim civilians had killed 299.
- December 2, 2003: Even Muslims don't like Muslims. Today in Kandahar, Afghanistan one Muslim bombed another inside a mosque. The imam provided services for the government.
- December 3, 2003: AA bomb exploded in central Tbilisi between Rustavi-2 studios and the Georgian state TV building. The explosion broke the windows of the Georgian state TV building and damaged the radio wing of Rustavi-2, but the TV station continued to broadcast. The attack was believed to have been an act of sabotage intended to further destabilize the nation in the face of the upcoming elections. Investigators remain on the scene and are continuing to investigate the incident. On December 4, ITAR-TASS reported that Georgian security officials had detained a man, Alexander Shomakhiya, a resident of Tbilisi, for planning and executing the attack. A large arms cache, containing detonators, anti-tank grenades, and hand grenades, was found in a building owned by Shomakhiya. Officials suspect that tests will show that the explosives in the cache are the same as those used in the blast and possibly in other explosions in Georgia.
- December 3, 2003: AIsraeli forces arrested a would-be suicide bomber and his dispatcher near the village of Bardale in the Jordan Valley. An initial investigation revealed that the two men were members of the Palestinian National Security forces in addition to being Islamic Jihad activists. Israeli sappers safely detonated an explosives belt weighing 10 kilograms found on the men.
- December 3, 2003: In Kandahar, Afghanistan, Two Americans were wounded in Chawk Shahidan after attackers threw a grenade at a vehicle carrying Americans. The attacker was wearing a police uniform and carrying a kalashnikov.
- December 4, 2003: In Yemen today, The governor of Shabwa in southeast Yemen was wounded in an ambush and his brother, a top intelligence official, was killed in the attack. Ali Ahmad al-Rasas and his brother Rasas Ahmad were 250 miles southeast of Sanaa in the al-Baidah governorate when gumen attacked their car. Tribal forces in al-Baidah stated that the attack was by the Islamist group Takfir wal Hijra.
- December 4, 2003: In Kabul, Afghanistan, a bomb was detonated in the peacekeeping offices of the International Security Assistance Force. Even peacekeepers in Kabul were not safe.
One Afghan census worker was killed and four others were injured in an ambush in Dellarm, Farah. A spokesman for the Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
In an attack on a government civilian convoy in the Bakua Desert of Farah, five were wounded and one fireman was killed. Farah governor Abdul Hai claims that the assailants were Taliban and two were captured.
- December 5, 2003: Even the Islamic city-state of Kabul was not secure. Fundamentalist Muslims fired a rocket at the US Embassy in Kabul less than two hours after U.S. Defense Secretary Rumsfeld left the capital. Its impact was less than100 yards from the international peacekeeping headquarters.
- December 5, 2003: A male suicide bomber assisted by three women killed 45 and wounded 150 aboard a commuter train in the Southern Russian town of Yessentuki during rush hour. Government officials suspected Chechen rebels, which meant Muslim militants. President Putin said the attack was meant to disrupt legislative elections - something that the religion of Submission opposes. The blast occured two days prior to parliamentary elections in Russia.
The explosion occurred only moments after the train left the Yessentuki station. Many of those injured were students on their way to school in Mineralniye Vodi. The train was derailed as a result of the blast. Two of the three Muslim women who assisted the mass murder jumped from the train and fled the scene by car. The third woman was seriously injured died in an area hospital.
Investigators believe that the explosives attached to the belt of the woman terrorist mortally injured in the blast, triggered the main explosion. The male suicide bomber also detonated grenades strapped to his legs. A bag containing explosives was also found aboard the train.
On December 23, members of the Chechen Black Widow Brigade claimed responsibility for this attack and for the later attack in Moscow. In their published statement, they defended their actions and stated that bombings would continue until they had achieved their goals. On December 26, Interfax reported that Islamic terrorist, Ibragim Israpilov, was arrested in connection with the assault in Yessentuki and possibly also the FSB bombing earlier this year.
Russia's Black Widows are female suicide bombers, usually of Chechen origin, all of whom are devout Muslims. In the Russian media, the term has been applied to any female suicide bomber regardless of ethnicity, as fears have increased of ethnic Russians converting to Islam and joining terrorist groups. Many have come to see the Black Widows as an overall religious phenomenon that extends well beyond the entity calling itself the "Black Widows Brigade.".
The first known "Black Widow" was Khava Barayeva, a Muslim woman who blew herself up at a Russian military base in Chechnya in June 2000. An arrest warrant was issued in Russia in early 2004 for a woman popularly referred to as "Black Fatimah," (the name of Muhammad's daughter) who was thought to be one of the principal recruiters of suicide bombers insider Russia. Some claim that potential suicide bombers are drugged and coerced into action and that extensive brainwashing techniques have been used on these women. But that is not true. They are Muslims, and thus are infected with the most corrosive moral and mental poison known to man.
Islamic warlord Shamil Basayev, the man responsible for the 2002 Dubrovka Theater siege in Moscow and the Beslan school massacre, has supported their actions, and has claimed to have personally trained 50 Black Widows. In his quest to turn the Caucasus region into a united Islamic theocracy, terrorist violence and suicide bombings to plague the region. Reports indicate that hundreds have died directly from Black Widow female suicide attacks, including approximately 150 in the summer of 2003 alone.
- December 5, 2003: In Magas, Russia two anti-tank guided missiles were fired at the Federal Security Service office.
- December 6, 2003: In Baghdad, the U.S. administrator of Iraq, Ambassador Paul Bremer, escaped an ambush on his convoy the day of the visit by U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. Bremer was riding in an armored civilian vehicle when a roadside bomb exploded and Islamic terrorists attacked with small arms fire.
- December 6, 2003: Eighteen Afghanis were injured after a bomb exploded in a Kandahar market. The blast destroyed shops and a hotel. The government blamed the Taliban.
- December 6, 2003: In Afghanistan, two Indian engineers employed by the U.S. government to construct the Kabul-Kandahar highway were kidnapped in the Zabul province. Their abductors were Muslims but they were not associated with the Taliban.
- December 7, 2003: In Chechnya, in advance of their elections, several polling stations were attacked. Five Russians were killed and many more were injured. The perpetrators were believed to have been Muslims who knew that they did not represent the will of the majority of the people in Chchnya.
- December 8, 2003: In Tbilisi, Georgia, a hand grenade was planted near the home of President Shevardnadze's daughter. Georgian special services discovered and disarmed two mines also planted in the residential housing development in Tbilisi. They were large enough to have destroyed a multi-story housing complex.
- December 8, 2003: In Chechnya, a member of the district election commission representing the United Russia Party, Yunus Yakubov, was killed in the town of Gudermes. The attack was perpetrated by gunmen who opened fire on Yakubov with a submachine gun. While Islam isn't the only religious and political dogma so opposed to liberty, freedom, and choice that it will kill to achieve submission, it is the most prolific.
- December 8, 2003: In Afghanistan, an engineer with the Bahar firm was killed following an ambush on his vehicle.
- December 9, 2003: A female suicide bomber killed five people and wounded 14 outside Moscow's National Hotel. She was said to be looking for the State Duma. The attack occurred only a few hundred feet from the Kremlin. One of the suicide bombers reportedly asked a passerby for directions to the Kremlin building just before the bomb exploded.
An unexploded briefcase was also found on the scene. Additional explosives were found on a headless female body, believed to be one of the suicide bombers. Officials noted that the suicide bomber wore a shahid belt. A third woman believed to be an accomplice, was perhaps the one who activated the explosives.
On December 23rd, the Islamic Black Widows Brigade claimed responsibility for the attack. On August 10, authorities reported that the identity of one of the bombers had been determined. Her name was Khadishat Mangeriyeva, the second wife of Ruslan Mangeriyev, the amir (Arabic for "military commander") of Chechnya's Kurchaloyeviskiy Rayon. Both Mangeriyev's sister and his third wife had already avenged his death in a similar manner.
- December 9, 2003: The head of the village administration in Alkhan-Kala, Chechnya was abducted as he traveled towards Groznyy. Nurdi Elmurzayev was kidnapped by men Muslim men armed with automatic weapons and wearing camouflage. His car was later found abandoned by the roadside.
The same day other vehicles transferring election executives from the Chechen town of Gudermes were ambushed as they returned from Groznyy. Three servicemen guarding the vehicles were injured and one was killed.
- December 9, 2003: In Kosovo, a vehicle displaying the logo of the Ministry of Transport and Telecommunications was blown up in the Korda e Diellit neighborhood. This was the second of three attacks on this ministry.
- December 9, 2003: Two more civilian workers from India, who were constructing the Kandahar-Kabul highway at American's expense, were kidnapped. On the same day, there was a massive explosion in Shahidan Square in Kandahar. The Taliban was responsible for the abduction and assumed guilty of the bombing.
- December 9, 2003: Israeli security forces foiled the sixth attempted suicide attack this month after arresting three members of Fatah's al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades as they pass through roadblocks on their way to Tel Aviv. After seeing the enhanced security, the would-be bombers threw away an explosive belt that they were carrying and attempted to flee the scene.
- December 9, 2003: In Iraq, a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a military barracks in the town of Talafar, injuring 41 American soldiers and killing himself. The bomber drove a car packed with explosives to the gate of the barracks. Guards at the scene spotted the car and started firing on it until it blew up. In addition to the 41 Americans wounded in the blast, six Iraqi civilians were injured.
- December 9, 2003: In Iraq, a missile exploded in a mosque in the Hurriyah district of Baghdad, killing three people and injuring two others.
- December 9, 2003: Muslims do this kind of thing so often that it is reasonable to assume that they were behind the murder of three people in Tinsukia, India today. A bomb exploded in a Hindu hardware store, wounding six in addition to those it killed.
- December 10, 2003: In Iraq, two Turkish truck drivers were killed as they ate at a restaurant in the town of Beyci. The restaurant was assaulted by civilian gunmen who escaped, drifting back into a sea of Muslim militants.
- December 10, 2003: In Algeria, two women were seriously injured when a homemade bomb exploded in an olive grove near El Milia. The local press fingered the Salafist Group for Call and Combat, which had threatened the community just days prior to the attack.
It is so hypocritical for Muslims to justify their attacks on America and Israel by claiming that Americans and Jews need to be punished for killing Muslim women and children. Islam kills more of its own than any religion other than socialist secular humanism. Communists have murdered more of their own than have Muslims but Islam is catching up rapidly.
- December 10, 2003: In Lebanon, a bomb attack on the U.S. Embassy in Awkar, nine miles outside of Beirut, was foiled when a Lebanese and a Palestinian man were arrested as one of them tried to carry a package filled with dynamite into the embassy compound.
- December 10, 2003: In Kashmir, two civilians were killed when two Muslim militants approached a bus stand, threw a grenade and then indiscriminately opened fire into the crowd of bystanders.
Two more people were killed and sixty were injured after another gang of Muslim militants threw a hand grenade into a crowded marketplace.
- December 11, 2003: In Albania, TNT was found inside the Children's Hospital in Tirana. Although the explosives did not cause any injuries, the incident was believed to be a statement by Muslims against the Marxist government.
- December 12, 2003: A Palestinian militant attacked and wounded seven Israelis in their car as they attempted to reach Joseph's Tomb in Nablus. Two of the victims were seriously wounded by the gunman's assault rifle. Popular among Muslims, the attack was claimed by Islamic Jihad, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and Fatah's al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades. It would have been simpler to say: Islam did it.
- December 12, 2003: In Pakistan, a 12-year-old boy was killed when a bomb exploded near a home owned by Afghan President Hamid Karzai. Bomb squad officials affirmed that the bomb was planted on the boy's body.
- December 13, 2003: Two Palestinians attempted to carry a bag containing 25 pounds of explosives, nuts, and bolts to a restaurant in Petah Tikva. They weren't suicide bombers, however. Learning from Muslims in Iraq, the bomb was supposed to be left in the restaurant and set off by a cellphone. Their plan was thwarted when their taxi driver became suspicious and demanded to see the contents of the bag. The taxi contacted Israeli authorities and the IDF arrested the two Muslim boys.
- December 13, 2003: In Afghanistan, a group of unidentified gunmen attacked the Islamic cleric Mawalai Amir Muhammad as he was performing evening prayers in the Helmand province. The attackers, who were armed, seriously injured the imam, who was said to be an Afghan government sympathizer.
- December 13, 2003: In Afghanistan a child was killed in a bomb explosion near the Indian consulate in Jalalabad.
- December 13, 2003: Iraq's former secular dictator was removed from a flee-infested mud hole and arrested. His capture while touted, would make absolutely no difference. It had not been worth the life of one American soldier, much less 3,000.
It is stunning to me that America is unable to process this rather simple equation. Those who support the war say that the world is better off without Saddam Hussein. But that is not true. His removal from power cost 3,000 Americans their lives. And since the world is exponentially more diminished by the loss of these good men and women, the world is not better off, but impoverished by his capture. And if this rather simple equation is beyond the capacity of your moral judgment, then answer this: since 95% of all terrorist acts are Islamic, how is anyone better off now that a deadly Islamic government has replaced the ruthless secular one?
Come to your senses America. This is an ignorant, immoral, and winless war. The outcome was known before the first bullet was fired. It matters not how many thousands of Americans die, how many billions of dollars are squandered, or how many years soldiers are exposed as terrorist targets. So long as Islam infects Iraq the result of the American invasion will be to leave the nation worse than it was previously. Bring the troops home and impeach the president.
- December 14, 2003: There is nothing I could report that would be more alarming than what follows: an attempt was made on the life of Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf. A bridge blew up in Rawalpindi just seconds after his motorcade passed over it. Two remotely detonated bombs were found under the bridge. In May 2005, a senior Al Qaeda leader, Abu Farraj al-Libbi, was arrested in Pakistan and was accused of masterminding both attempts on President Musharraf's life in December 2003.
I dislike General Musharraf as much as I disdain Saddam Hussein, so under normal circumstances I would not be bothered by an assassination attempt on a dictatorial thug. But this, like what happened in Iraq is different, very different.
America's deceitful and moronic president had just forced al-Qaeda out of their caves and huts in Afghanistan and into Pakistan - the only Islamic country with nuclear weapons at the time. And it is only a matter of time before fundamentalist Muslims associated with al-Qaeda kill General Musharraf - and when they do, who do you suppose will control that thermonuclear arsenal? Here is a hint: Osama bin Laden enjoys a 70% approval rating among Pakistanis and Osama is now the most popular name for boys in the region.
Now, here is another question: where do you suppose Osama bin Laden and his fundamentalist Islamic organization al-Qaeda will deploy Pakistan's nuclear bombs when they gain control over them? I don't suppose you need any assistance with this answer so I'll leave you with this advice: if you live in New York City or in Washington, D.C., you may want to relocate. And if you voted for George Bush you may want to sit down and cry.
- December 14, 2003: An Islamic suicide bomber (excuse the redundancy) detonated his car bomb outside an Iraqi police station in Khaldiyah, 50 miles west of Baghdad. He murdered at least 17 people in the name of Islam and injured another 33. Fortunately, no American soldiers were in the area when the bomb exploded.
- December 15, 2003: In Kuwait, a drive-by shooting outside a port used by American forces wounded five foreign workers. The man, who later confessed to the shooting and two separate attacks on U.S. military convoys, shot at a bus carrying the workers.
- December 15, 2003: Monkey see, monkey do. Another Islamic suicide bomber drove his car into the gate of a police station in the Ameriyah neighborhood of Baghdad. The vehicle detonated killing the driver and injuring a number of police officers. A second car then drove into the compound and was immediately engaged in gunfire from U.S. soldiers and Iraqi police. The bomb in the second driver's car was built from a torpedo and a naval mine.
I don't suppose it mattered much that Saddam was behind bars rather than in a hole in the ground. All that really mattered is that before he was deposed Iraqis experienced one terrorist attack every other month and now they were enduring several each day.
- December 15, 2003: An Islamic suicide bomber killed eight Iraqi policemen at their station in Baghdad's northern outskirts. The bomber drove a yellow taxi to the gate and detonated himself there, earning a direct pass to hell.
- December 15, 2003: Two days after the capture of Saddam Hussein, there was another suicide car bomb attack on an Iraqi police station. This one in Husainiyah killed 8 Muslims and wounded 20 civilians.
Getting the "bad guy" didn't help. The George W. Bush administration was wrong when it claimed that terrorism would die down once Iraqis saw that there was no hope of Saddam Hussein returning to power. They had been wrong about everything.
Good, jihadist Muslims kill peaceful, hypocritical Muslims because the Qur'an orders them to do so in the 9th and 33rd suras. The Iraqi police were seen as aiding the Crusaders and so fundamentalist Muslims were following Allah's instructions when they murdered them.
Republican talk show hosts and apologists defend the loss of American life, money, and prestige in Iraq by saying that the world and Iraqis are better of with Saddam Hussein in jail. But as I share with you before, that is only true if your world is a vacuum. With America having exchanged a secular government with and Islamic one, and having equipped an army of 250,000 Muslims, the world is at far greater risk. And by almost any standard, the day to day lives of the Iraqi people are worse than they were under the hand of their displaced dictator.
The fact that over 30% of Americans, mostly Christian conservatives, support this war demonstrates that there is a disconnect in the minds of too many Americans. They cannot discern between actual reality and political positioning.
Those weaving fictitious perceptions for political gain justified their invasion of Iraq on the false notion that there was a direct connection between the Iraqi government and the events of 9/11. George Bush said as much in his aircraft carrier victory celebration. But that was not true, and he subsequently admitted it in an August 2006 press conference.
So then the Administration of the Christian Right justified their desire to go to war on the premise that Saddam Hussein had massive quantities of biological, chemical, and nuclear weapons stockpiled with the intent of using them against America. The Iraqi dictator was said to be a clear and present danger. But that was a lie too.
So the Moral Majority spin misters deployed a new justification, this being the freedom of the Iraqi people who would joyously welcome the American troops as liberators. But in reality, they murdered them as America surrendered Iraq to the religion of submission.
I have met the enemy and the enemy is us. America's most formidable foe isn't Osama bin Laden; it is George Bush and his fellow politicians. They have done more to destroy American freedom and prosperity than Islam will ever do.
- December 16, 2003: In the Islamic City State of Kabul, known as the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, two rockets exploded. One landed outside the airport and the second exploded in a residential area. This attack came only hours before an assembly to debate ratifying the country's new Islamic Constitution and imposition of Sharia Law was set to begin. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack and stated: "We warn you, there will be more attacks on Kabul, day and night.".
The Taliban is an infamous organization, having ruled Afghanistan under strict Islamic Sharia Law for five years, between 1996 and 2001. While the Taliban has been ousted from its control of Kabul, it has re-surfaced working with Islamic warlords throughout the rest of Afghanistan.
The Taliban first emerged as a significant force in 1994. The group principally comprised Afghanistan's Pashtun tribesmen who had found refuge in Pakistan. These Muslim refugees studied in Pakistan's madrassas, which are Islamic religious schools. They received assistance from Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) - the equivalent of America's CIA. The Taliban's membership grew to include mujahideen (holy Islamic warriors) who had fought the Soviet Union in the 1980s.
In 1994, at the request of the Pakistani government, the Taliban served as a security force for a Pakistani mission aimed at opening up trade between Pakistan and Central Asia. This exercise would prove to be the first step towards the Taliban's overthrow of the Afghan government.
The Taliban's initial conquest was the city of Kandahar, which it wrested away from a rival jihadist group. The Taliban continued to expand its territory, sometimes through armed conflict but also through negotiations and bribes to regional warlords. In 1996, the Taliban took control of Kabul, Afghanistan's capital city, thus becoming the de facto government. By late 2001, the Taliban would control 95 percent of the country.
As an interesting side note, the Bush Administration, in consort with Unocal, invited a Taliban delegation to Washington, D.C. to meet with political and corporate leaders in the Spring of 2001. More interested in rewarding the oil industry than in prosecuting terrorism, they brokered a deal to build a pipeline across Afghanistan with Taliban support. In on the deal was Hamid Karzai, which is how he became Afghanistan's President. And not surprisingly, he has signed documents approving the pipeline. A comprehensive review of this tragic tale can be found in the "Pipeline to 9/11" appendix to the Islamic Terrorism Timeline. There you will learn a great deal more about the Taliban, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, as well as their dealings with America's corporate and political leaders.
Having replaced a Marxist Muslim government, the Taliban, being Islamic fundamentalists, immediately imposed Islamic Sharia Law throughout Afghanistan. While Americans are wont to ignore it, Hamid Karzai's government has re-imposed Sharia Law. After all Hamid Karzai was an Islamic Jihadist and Mujahideen, serving as the Taliban's Foreign Minister before he joined Unocal.
As we have come to expect from all fundamentalist Islamic groups, the Taliban's goal is to establish the most pure Islamic state in Afghanistan. As a direct result, once empowered they imposed restrictions on women. They could neither work nor go to school. The Taliban also enforced amputations and public executions for violating Islamic Sharia law. The Taliban, in its campaign to impose salafi Islam, curtailed the flow of information by banning the Internet, television, and radio. The group forced Hindus and other religious minorities to wear symbols that identified them as non-Muslims and forced Hindus to wear veils as all Muslim women were required. In that regard they were akin to Hitler's Nazis.
As we have witnessed with all Islamic regimes, the Taliban arrested foreign aid workers who were assisting the poor Afghani population. On the positive side, the Taliban did enact certain reforms that garnered support among the people. They greatly reduced the rampant corruption that had taken hold within the former Marxist Muslim government. Second, the Taliban diminished violence in Afghanistan by reducing the internal fighting between warlords and diminishing the warlords' control of Afghan's civilian population. During their rule, terrorism was virtually non-existent, especially compared to the level it has risen to today.
The Taliban is infamous for providing safe haven to the terrorist leader Osama bin Laden. Not only was bin Laden allowed to roam freely within the country, he also established training camps for legions of future mujahideen militants, most of whom were being equipped to terrorize Kashmir on behalf of the Pakistani government.
The decision to host bin Laden destroyed the Taliban's chance of attaining international credibility - at least outside the Islamic world. Only three countries, Pakistan who created the Taliban, Saudi Arabia who financed the Taliban, and the United Arab Emirates who laundered their money, recognized the Taliban government.
Despite the pressure on the Taliban, they continued to rule the country under strict Islamic law and to allow bin Laden safe haven from 1996 to 2001. Following the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, the Taliban's support of bin Laden was alleged to be the reason the Islamic regime was deposed in December 2001, with the Afghan Interim Authority of another Mujahideen, Hamid Karzai, replacing the Taliban government - at least in Kabul. The truth, however, is considerably less noble. You will find the somber reality in the Pipeline to 9/11 and discover why neither al-Qaeda nor the Taliban were captured in the invasion.
As a result of an amnesty deal brokered by Karzai, the Taliban temporarily faded into the Islamic community. But they quickly re-emerged and now control most of Afghanistan apart from Kabul.
Mullah Muhammad Omar, also known as "Amirul Momineen," (Commander of the Faithful) remains head of the Taliban. He was born near Kandahar, Afghanistan, in 1959. His path to power began with the fight against the Soviet occupation in the 1980s, during which he gathered a group of Pashtun warriors to fight both the Soviets and other Mujahideen who were raping and looting villages near his hometown. In this regard Mullah Muhammad is a carbon copy of Hamid Karzai. But while Karzai would go on to cozy up to the Bush family and Unocal, Omar built his group of jihadists into the Taliban. With Pakistani support, they took control of most of Afghanistan by 1998.
Omar is committed to a strict literal interpretation of Islam. His Taliban has become notorious for his application of Sharia Law while he ruled Afghanistan. Mullah Muhammad Omar accepted the title "Commanded of the Faithful" in 1996, the first Muslim since a nephew of the prophet Muhammad to do so.
During his fight against the Soviets, Omar met Osama bin Laden. After Omar's Taliban took control of Afghanistan, he provided safe haven to his jihadist friend and allowed him to establish training camps within the country after he was booted out of the Sudan.
During his reign, Omar never once traveled to Kabul to establish a functioning government. Now that the Taliban has been ousted from power, Omar remains the Taliban's leader and is protected by Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and millions of loyal Muslims.
- December 17, 2003: In Kandahar, Afghanistan, the Siyachu Primary School was attacked, killing a school guard. After the murder, the the salafi Muslims set the school and all its books on fire. Under Sharia Law, and thus under prior Taliban rule, these types of schools were forbidden.
- December 17, 2003: An explosive-laden truck driven towards a police station in the al-Bayaa district of Baghdad collided with a bus at an intersection killing at least ten people and injuring twenty.
- December 17, 2003: Also in Iraq, 27 people were killed and another 40 were injured when a large IED, made up of over 1,000 pounds of explosives, was detonated in central Baghdad. The car bomb exploded outside the Mount Lebanon Hotel where many foreigners stay. Two of the victims were British. On 19 March, Tawhid and Jihad claimed responsibility for the blast, writing: "Woe to the Americans and their allies for what is waiting for them in Iraq.".
- December 19, 2003: A bomb destroyed the office of the Supreme Council of the Islamic Revolution in Baghdad. This Shi'ite clerical organization would ultimately win the most seats in Iraq's Islamic government. The terrorist's bomb killed a woman and wounded seven others.
On the same day, Sunni Muslims shot and killed Shi'ite Muhammad al-Hakim, a representative of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution. Al-Hakim was head of security at the Education Ministry and he was a cousin of Abdel-Azziz al-Hakim, the Governing Council president at the time.
Yes, indeed, a Supreme Islamic Revolution had occurred in Iraq. But who in their wildest dreams would have thought that America would bring it to fruition.
- December 20, 2003: In with the old and out with the new: a former socialist and secularist Ba'ath party official was killed in Najaf by a Shi'ite terrorist following Muhammad's example. The militant Muslim killed Ali Qassam al-Tamami and Muhammad Mokhtar Khaayr inside an electric supply store.
- December 20, 2003: In Iraq, Muslims on motorcycles opened fire on another former Ba'ath official, Lamia Abbas al-Chill, as he walked his son to school. The man's child died instantly and Chill was seriously wounded. Chill was a close aide to Ali Abdullah al-Dhalimi, the former regional Ba'ath chief who had been beaten and shot by an angry crowd near Najaf on December 17th.
- December 21, 2003: In Kabul, a rocket landed near a convention venue where 502 delegates of the Loya Jirga were meeting. The rocket was one of four hitting the city of Kabul on this day. The Taliban claimed responsibility, warning that there would be more in Kabul to disrupt the grand assembly.
- December 21, 2003: In Iraq, another explosion took place outside Kirkuk hotel, leaving five people injured. The wounded included two security guards and three foreigners.
- December 21, 2003: A missile landed east of the Kabul airport. It was one of two missile attacks this evening designed to let folks know who was really in control.
- December 22, 2003: In Iraq, a judge was gunned down near his home in Mosul. He was just the latest victim in a wave of attacks on officials working under Iraq's U.S. administration. The judge was shot six times in the back by several men in a car. Another judge, who had been investigating the activities of local Ba'ath party officials, was murdered the previous month in similar circumstances.
- December 22, 2003: Hagai Bibi, 24, and Leonardo Weissman, 23, were killed when a Palestinian terrorist opened fire and threw hand grenades as they emerged from their car in the Gaza Strip. The Fatah/PA/PLO's al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades claimed responsibility.
The same day, HAMAS claimed that it fired two homemade rockets at a Jewish settlement south of Gaza City.
- December 22, 2003: The Egyptian Foreign Minister, Ahmed Mahir, was attacked by a mob of Muslims with fists and knives when he went to pray at the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem. Two members of his entourage were also injured in the attack. The BBC reported that the assault was orchestrated by an Islamic sect called the Liberation Party. That's an odd name for a religion named Submission.
- December 23, 2003: A bomb with a timer was planted on a passenger bus traveling in the outskirts of Poso, in central Sulawesi. A rider spotted the device and warned the driver, who then took the device off the bus and placed it in a field, where it exploded. Authorities believe this device may have been intended to disrupt the upcoming Christmas holiday.
- December 23, 2003: Two people were wounded when a makeshift rocket slammed into a Jewish settlement. One victims was seriously wounded when the rocket made a direct hit on his home.
- December 24, 2003: A suicide car bomb attack was perpetrated against the Kurdish Interior Ministry in Irbril, Iraq. This good Muslim killed five bad Muslims and wounded 101 more.
- December 24, 2003: The Iranian Embassy in Baghdad was hit by a volley of rockets on Christmas Eve. The devices hit a cement barrier in front of the embassy. This was the first strike in a series of seemingly coordinated attacks on the Green Zone.
- December 24, 2003: A Basra man who was selling alcohol from the back of his car was shot by a fundamentalist Muslim. Witnesses said the street was filled with cheering onlookers who supported his assassination. Alcohol shops are the frequent target of attacks by good Muslims because alcohol consumption violates Islamic law.
- December 24, 2003: Three Iraqis were killed and 20 others were wounded in a car bomb suicide attack on an interior ministry building in Irbil. Those killed included a ministry employee, two policemen, and a passerby.
- December 24, 2003: In Baghdad, a roadside bomb planted at the back gate of the Mar Yousif church blew up smashing windows and damaging nearby homes. A month earlier, another bomb was found at the gate of the church but unlike this one, it was defused.
- December 24, 2003: Rockets, grenades, and mortars were fired at the Sheraton Hotel in the Green Zone of Baghdad - a place which houses mostly Westerners. The hotel was shelled over the course of two days from the front and the back of the premises. One of the projectiles which was aimed at the hotel accidentally hit an adjacent apartment building, injuring three tenants.
- December 25, 2003: A President Musharraf narrowly escaped death for the second time in twelve days. As President Musharraf's motorcade passed near Jhanda Chechi Square, adjacent to the Civil Lines police station, it was ambushed. Then two suicide car bombers detonated explosive devices that killed 17 people and injured 50 more. The incident took place just 200 yards from the Jhanda Chichi Bridge that was partially destroyed in the December 14th assassination attempt.
The same day seven people died after a car bomb rocked the city of Rawalpindi. The blast went off near a gas station a mile away from General Musharraf's Army House residence and near the bridge that was blown up in an attempt to assassinate him.
Pakistani officials suspected Afghan militants - and they should know. After all, Pakistan's ISI had build, directed, and funded the Taliban. Kashmiri and Chechen Muslims were also said to have been involved. But here is the rub: because Pakistan has nuclear weapons, something good Muslims want badly, Musharraf is a dead man walking.
Twelve days after the second assassination attempt, Pakistani authorities announced the arrest of six suspects who were said to be members of Jaish-e-Muhammad - the Army of Muhammad. In May 2005, a senior al Qaeda leader, Abu Farraj al-Libbi, was arrested in Pakistan and accused of masterminding the attempts on President Musharraf's life.
Fundamentalist Muslims, including those in Jaish-e-Muhammad, the Taliban, and al-Qaeda, enjoy a 70% approval rating among the Pakistani People who are growing increasingly fundamentalist every day. General Musharraf enjoys a tiny fraction of that esteem. Given time, Muslims will murder Musharraf and when they do all of his nukes will be theirs. If I am right, it won't be long before you'll find them in New York City, Washington, Boston, Baltimore, Miami, Chicago, Los Angeles,.
- December 25, 2003: A Palestinian suicide bomber killed two Jewish women and two Jewish men, ages 19, 19, 20, and 22, at a bus stop near Petah Tikva, Israel. More than 20 others were wounded by this misguided soul. The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine claimed responsibility.
The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestineis a Marxist-Muslim movement. The PFLP was founded in 1967 by George Habash after the crushing defeat of the Muslims in the 1967 War. This defeat largely discredited the pan-Arab movement and focused attention fundamentalist Islamic solutions to the Jewish problem.
The PFLP allied itself with the PLO in 1968 and quickly became the organization's second-largest terrorist faction behind Arafat's and Fatah's Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades.
Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, the PFLP conducted a series of high-profile terrorist attacks around the world, pioneering the use of airplane hijackings to bring attention to their uncivil and murderous nature. In 1970, the group hijacked four commercial airliners, forcing them to land in Jordan, and eventually blowing them up after evacuating the hostages. This attack led to the "Black_September" massacre of tens of thousands of Palestinians in refugee camps by the Jordanian King Hussein in 1970. The dictator expelled all Palestinian organizations from Jordan and created a mass exodus of refugees into Lebanon - ultimately destroying that nation.
In 1976, despite a PLO agreement to end terrorism outside of Israel, PFLP operatives and German Baader-Meinhof terrorists hijacked an airliner that was famously rescued by Israeli commandos in Entebbe, Uganda. That story, which features Idi Amin, the maddest Muslim murderer on the planet at the time, is featured in the Islamic Terrorism Timeline - 1976.
The PFLP, like HAMAS, Islamic Jihad, Hizballah, Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, al-Qaeda, and the Saudi, Iranian, Iraqi, and Syrian governments vehemently opposes the peace process with Israel and continues to espouse the use of terrorism against Israeli targets.
It believes that Fatah, the PLO, and the Palestinian Authority effectively sold out the Palestinian people by agreeing to negotiate with Israel. In 2002, in an effort to crack down on militants (at least those who were threatening them), the Palestinian Authority arrested the PFLP's Secretary General, further straining the relationship between Arafat/Fatah and the PFLP.
The PFLP has continued to conduct assaults against Israel, including the assassination of Israel's tourism minister in 2001. Despite these operations, the PFLP continues to be a marginal player in the Palestinian movement, losing ground to all of the purely Islamist organizations like HAMAS, Islamic Jihad, and Hizballah.
George Habash, the PFLP's founder was known as "al-Hakim," meaning the Doctor or Sage. He was born in 1926 in Lydda, in today's Israel. His family, Greek-Orthodox merchants, heeded the Arab League's call to flee the new state of Israel in 1948 so that Muslims could wipe out Jews more easily during Israeli War of Independence. Habash fled to Beirut, where he studied medicine. Inspired by the Lyon of Egypt, the Marxist Muslim dictator Nasser, Habash believed that pan-Arab unity was the key to the confiscation of Israel from the Jews. This led him to create the Marxist Muslim Popular Front to Liberate Palestine in 1967.
As secretary-general of the PFLP, Habash supported the PLO in 1970 while the Jordanian government was murdering Palestinians by the thousands - so much for Arab unity. The Sage also worked with the PLO in the destruction of Lebanon during the Lebanese unCivil War. But Dr. George violently opposed the PLO-sponsored Oslo Accords, forever dividing Arafat and Habash.
PFLP member, Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, known around the world as Carlos the Jackal, was one of the most famous modern terrorists. His career took him from South America to the Middle East, Europe and Africa. He was implicated in some of the most gruesome and effective terrorist attacks in the 20th century. His story is detailed in earlier timeline segments. Somewhere along the way, the Marxist murderer became a Muslim murderer. The Jackal converted to Islam and has since written a book on Islam in which he praises Osama bin Laden and 9/11.
Another PFLP heavyweight, albeit briefly, was Mustafa al-Zibri, also known as "Abu Ali Mustafa." He assumed control of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine in May, 2000, when George Habash retired. He was killed in an Israeli rocket attack in August, 2001. In retaliation for his death, the PFLP assassinated Israeli Tourism Minister Rehavam Zeevi.
Ahmed Sa'dat became the PFLP's Secretary General after the death of Abu Ali Mustafa. He was arrested by the Palestinian Authority in 2002, suspected of involvement in the assassination of Israeli Minister Rehavam Zeevi. His arrest came after an intense series of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, as mediated by the United States and the United Kingdom. Israel wanted the PA to hand over Sa'dat for trial, but the PA refused. Eventually a compromise was reached where Sa'dat would be jailed in the West Bank with U.S. and U.K. supervision.
Another interesting PFLP player was Abdel Rahim Mallouh. Born in Jaffa in 1945, the would be terrorist moved to Kuwait while he was a teenager to further his Islamic indoctrination. Mallouh joined his first "we hate Jews club" in Baghdad and then found the PFLP to his liking in the late 1960s.
Rahim Mallouh claimed to have earned Jihad Credits when he was injured in battle of Karama, a firefight between Israeli and PLO forces in March, 1968. However this is dubious because the PFLP retreated from Israel before the skirmish. The Palestinian/Kuwaiti/Iraqi Mallouh was close to Mustafa al-Zibri, and was made military commander by him in 1972.
Because the Jordanian crown, like all Islamic dictators, only tolerate Palistinians so long as they are killing Jews, Rahim Mallouh was imprisoned by the Jordanian government in 1977. But when he was released and exported in 1978, he resumed his role as commander of PFLP forces, this time in Beirut. He requested and foolishly obtained permission from Israel to return to the West Bank in 1998. There he was wounded by a rubber bullet to his shoulder when Israeli troops fired on Palestinian rioters near Nablus, in March of the same year. Undeterred, Mallouh became head of PFLP's political department in 2000. After the death of Mustafa al-Zibri he ran for Secretary General of the PFLP but was defeated by Ahmed Sa'dat, becoming deputy Secretary General. He was arrested by Israeli forces on June 12, 2002.
In March 2006, citing security concerns, U.S. and U.K. security forces pulled out of the West Bank. Almost immediately, Israeli forces launched a raid on the jail in Jericho where Sa'dat was being held. The Israeli government was fearful that the newly elected HAMAS government would set him free. As such, the Israelis captured Sa'dat along with several other suspects in the murder, and brought him to Israel for trial. A second-generation PFLP member, Sa'dat has already spent ten years in Israeli prisons stemming from various terrorist charges. But his incarceration really doesn't matter because the Marxist Muslim PFLP has been eclipsed in favor of salafi Islamist groups. You just can't beat religion when it comes to deceit, destruction, and death.
- December 25, 2003: In Kabul, Afghanistan, A United Nations guest house was hit by a bomb. A nearby pharmacy was also damaged. This was one of a series of explosions that occurred in Kabul following the convening of the Loya Jirga Grand Assembly.
- December 25, 2003: In Baghdad, Iraq, a gang of gunmen sprayed an Oil Ministry guard post with bullets.
- December 25, 2003: Also in Baghdad, the home of the Turkish ambassador was attacked with rockets. Even the Green Zone wasn't save.
- December 25, 2003: Muslims celebrated Christmas in Iraq by firing rockets into the German Embassy in the Karrada district of Baghdad. A shell hit the first floor of the building, starting a fire, which damaged offices and shattered windows. One man at the embassy was wounded in the attack.
- December 25, 2003: Four more rockets were launched by Muslims in Iraq. These were fired at the U.S. Coalition government headquarters in the Green Zone of Baghdad. Two of the devices hit the parking lot of the premises. The headquarters lies on the western bank of the Tigris River. Following the attack, U.S. soldiers arrested five Muslim civilians in connection with the attack.
- December 25, 2003: In Iraq, a roadside bomb detonated in the hands of a police officer as he attempted to defuse it. The blast blew off the officer's hand off and injured two other policemen. The IED had been planted, along with a second that was successfully defused, on Palestine Street.
- December 25, 2003: In India, a healthcare worker was killed when militants put a bomb in a private clinic in the Sonadanga neighborhood. While fleeing, the attackers detonated one bomb at the clinic gate and one on the road leading out.
- December 26, 2003: In the Philippines, one soldier died and a second was injured when a bomb that they were attempting to defuse at the Jolo Airport detonated in their hands. The device, which was spotted by a passer-by, was hidden in a cardboard box. A second bomb that was located nearby and was safely defused by experts. Authorities believe the Islamic Abu Sayyaf Group was to blame.
- December 27, 2003: The Israeli army prevented a roadside bomb attack near the Neve Dekalim settlement. The sappers located the 70 pound IED and successfully detonated it.
- December 27, 2003: In Afghanistan, two high ranking intelligence officers were attacked by Muslim militants on their way to work. One of the two officers was killed in the assault. Four of the assailants were killed by coalition patrols arriving on the scene; two escaped.
- December 27, 2003: An Iraqi lawyer assisting U.S. forces with legal matters was gunned down outside his home in Mosul. Using automatic weapons Muslims sprayed Adel al-Hadidi with gunfire and injured his brother.
- December 28, 2003: In Iraq, the assistant to the Irbil Government Security Director survived an assassination attempt. He sustained serious wounds while three of his escorts were killed.
- December 28, 2003: In the Ingushetia region of Russia, the Deputy Interior Minister was killed when the car he was traveling in came under fire.
- December 28, 2003: In India, a civilian was hanged by terrorists in the Suri Kupwara district. It is what Muslims are told to do to Infidels in Qur'an 5:33.
- December 28, 2003: In Iraq, Islamic gunmen opened fire at the offices of a U.S. company. The spray of bullets into the Research and Training Institute in Kirkuk killed an Iraqi security guard.
- December 29, 2003: In Georgia, those who oppose freedom of speech attacked the Rustavi-2 Television station in Tbilisi. An armor-piercing missile was shot at the building. Officials believed that it was an attempt at destabilization made against a TV station which had played a major role in the November elections. The Georgian National Security Council held a special meeting to discuss this latest act of terrorism because it was one of several perpetrated against national media organizations in recent weeks.
- December 29, 2003: A fundamentalist Islamist group called al-Haramayn Brigades, or the Brigade of the Two Holy Mosques, claimed responsibility for blowing up a Saudi security official's car outside his home in Riyadh. The claim appeared on several Islamist websites which "warned the officer and those like him against pursuing their war against Islam.".
The al-Haramayn brigades are a Salafi Saudi terrorist group. They have targeted members of the Saudi General Intelligence Service for their "crimes against the friends of Allah, the mujahideen and the righteous." The al-haramayn claim that the Saudi regime has "vehement enmity to the religion of Allah." Apparently there are Muslims even more fundamentalist than Wahhabists.
It remains unknown whether the al-Haramayn brigades are linked in ways other than Islam to other Islamist terrorists operating within Saudi Arabia. It isn't even know if they are associated with a terrorist group using the same name that has been recruiting young jihadists in Kuwait and transporting and equipping them to fight Americans in Iraq.
- December 29, 2003: In Burundi, Archbishop Michael Courtney, who served as the Papal Nuncio to Burundi and was helping to mediate peace talks there, was killed when his vehicle was ambushed near the capital city of Bujumbura. Courtney was killed while returning from the funeral of a priest in the nearby town of Minago. The Burundi army suspects the National Liberation Front was behind the attack, however, rebel sources deny the accusations. Although the culprits have not yet been identified, the attack does appear deliberate as the archbishop was traveling in a diplomatic vehicle clearly flying the Vatican flag.
- December 29, 2003: On a road near the city of Mahmudiyah, south of Baghdad, Iraqi gunmen targeted a car carrying foreign contractors working for the Ministry of Electricity. The gunmen killed two Iraqi guards and wounded a British engineer before escaping. This attack was similar to the ambushes in which three Japanese and two South Koreans were killed in November as they were traveling to Tikrit to take part in reconstruction programs.
- December 29, 2003: In Saudi Arabia, a terrorist bomb was detonated the day after the Foreign Office warned that Islamicists were planning an imminent attack on Westerners in the Kingdom. The blast was in a residential area in the eastern part of the capital.
- December 31, 2003: An Iraqi policeman was killed and three were wounded, one seriously, when their patrol came under machine gun fire in Kirkuk.
- December 31, 2003: In Iraq, a car bomb explosion outside Baghdad's Nabil Restaurant killed 8 people and wounded 35. The wounded included three Los Angeles Times reporters. The murderers blamed the Israelis. The newspaper blamed insurgents. Neither were right.
During this year and the next, more than 177 contract workers from 25 countries were murdered in Iraq by Islamic terrorists. Many of them were kidnapped and beheaded by those who were following Muhammad's example.
- Afterthought, 2003: In the June, 2003 installment of the Islamic Terrorism Timeline, I answered the following question: how many Muslims are jihadists? During that discussion I systematically reduced aggregate field of 1.2 billion Muslims down by half by eliminating most all women. The total was diminished by half again by excluding men who were either too young or too old. Next the aggregate was reduced by 40% based upon polling data, in effect eliminating people who were insufficiently corrupted by Islam to be a jihadist even if the opportunity presented itself.
That left us with 1 in 7, or 15% of Muslims who are prepared to be jihadists by way of their fundamentalist indoctrination, sex, and age criteria. But those 180 million potential terrorists would only become jihadists should the opportunity arise. When it comes to actual jihadists, those who have or will commit an act of terrorism in Allah's name, the total may be no more than one in one hundred of the young Muslim men who have been sufficiently indoctrinated in salafi/fundamentalist Islam. And that reduction is based entirely on opportunity.
What we have witnessed in Iraq suggests that I was right when I said that the actual number of jihadists could jump one hundred fold almost instantaneously should the opportunity arise. If you will recall, before America invaded Iraq there were two minor terrorist acts every three months. After the invasion the frequency grew to between 2 to 3 acts of terrorism per day. That is a 100 to 1 increase. The fact that terrorists have been averaging 75 attacks per week since 2004, Iraq is actually enduring a 50,000% increase in terrorist activity.
The moral of the story is: the fastest way to convert potential jihadists into actual jihadists is to send infidels into an Islamic country. To say that the American invasion of Iraq was counterproductive is the understatement of the decade.