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9/11: mysterious collapse of third building

Waseem Shehzad

Ramadan 11, 14302009-09-01

Eight years after the spectacular attacks of September 11, widespread skepticism continues to exit regarding the official version put out by the US government. And this is not confined to Muslims alone who never bought into the US allegation that Muslim hijackers, working for Osama bin Laden had carried out these attack. Western academics in the US, Canada and Europe, many of them leading scientists have expressed grave doubts about what the US has claimed about the perpetrators...

South-East Asia

Pattani Muslims under attack again in southern Thailand

Abdar Rahman Koya

Muharram 23, 14292008-02-01

The adage ‘no news is good news’ is not always true for Muslims in southern Thailand. Reports from the south seldom make it to the mainstream news agenda, conveying the impression that the conflict is dying down. Yet in less than four years about 3,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed, and tens of thousands wounded.

Special Reports

Understanding the political positions of Sunni groups in Iraq

Khalil Fadl

Muharram 23, 14292008-02-01

Until the US started recruiting Sunni tribal forces to use against resistance forces in Iraq last year, it was widely thought that Sunni opinion in Iraq was firmly against the occupation and in support of the resistance. In fact the situation is far more complex. KHALIL FADL reports.

Occupied Arab World

Algeria shaken by new bomb attacks blamed on al-Qa’ida

M.S. Ahmed

Dhu al-Hijjah 22, 14282008-01-01

The Algerian people are not unaccustomed to violence. Their brave struggle for independence from 1954 to 1962 cost many lives – a price considered worth paying to end 132 years of French rule. But the civil conflict that erupted in Algeria in 1992 after the regime cancelled elections (in December 1991) that FIS (an Islamic group) was about to win proved more destructive and lasted longer. Moreover, the lull in violence evaporated last year, when suicide bombers struck several times, culminating in the twin explosions on December 11 in Algiers that cost dozens of lives.


Another blow to “war on terror” as Florida jury refuses to convict men accused of terrorism

Tahir Mahmoud

Dhu al-Qa'dah 02, 14292008-01-01

Things are not going well for US president George Bush, not only because he is now seen as a lame-duck president or that bad news continues to pour out of Iraq and Afghanistan. Even the phony war on terror is not yielding results as it did immediately after 911, when frequent “orange alert” warnings kept people frightened enough to agree to whatever the government was demanding, including curtailment of civil liberties. People seen to have seem through these tricks of the government, which is widely distrusted by most Americans today.

Occupied Arab World

Al-Qa’ida losing ground as Iraqi Sunnis transfer support to local political forces

Nasr Salem

Ramadan 19, 14282007-10-01

The roadside bomb last month that killed the leader of the Anbar Salvation Council (ASC), Shaykh Abd al-Sattar Abu Risha, near his home just outside Ramadi, the capital of the Iraqi province of Anbar, was more than a mere decapitation of an Iraqi leader who had turned against al-Qa’ida in Mesopotamia. It highlighted the widening chasm between the salafist insurgent group, whose fortunes have for months been staggered by the US troop build-up, and some of its former allies among the Sunni Arab tribes, and dealt a setback to one of the few success stories in the Iraqi counter-insurgency efforts.

Guest Editorial

Examining the reality of the threat posed by al-Qa’ida

Abu Dharr

Rajab 17, 14282007-08-01

One of the things we try to do in this column is to confront false impressions head-on. This month, we address the myth that America is trying to “spread democracy” in the Islamic East, although the use of this argument has been declining in almost perfect proportion to the increasing military failures of the armies of the US and its allies – particularly zionist Israel – wherever they have tried to pursue their interests through war. Listen to the speeches of the highest officials of imperialism in America, and the change of tone is inescapable.


Spectre of al-Qa’ida returns to Egypt despite former militants’ repentance

Iqbal Siddiqui

Rajab 17, 14282007-08-01

One little-noticed story in the international media last month was the reported arrest and interrogation of 40 men in Egypt, allegedly for having links with al-Qa’ida. According to reports first carried in Al-Masry al-Yom, an independent Egyptian daily newspaper, the men were actually arrested in April but news of the arrests was deliberately not released. Subsequent media investigations have unearthed further details, many of them inconsistent.

Occupied Arab World

Emergence of salafi militancy further complicates Lebanon’s delicate socio-political landscape

Nasr Salem

Jumada' al-Akhirah 16, 14282007-07-01

An uneasy calm settled over Nahr al-Bared camp when Lebanese defence minister Elias al-Murr declared on June 22 that government troops had captured all the positions of the Islamic militants holed up on the outskirts of this refugee-camp outside the Lebanese city of Tripoli. The announcement marked the end of a fierce battle in which the thud of bombing and the clatter of machine-gun fire echoed almost continuously around Nahr al-Bared while most of its 40,000 residents sought refuge mainly in the nearby Beddawi refugee camp.

Occupied Arab World

Rifts within resistance further complicate Iraq’s fractured political scene

Nasr Salem

Rabi' al-Thani 14, 14282007-05-01

Some three months after US and Iraqi forces launched their much-trumpeted security plan, code-named “Operation Imposing Law” (Fardh al-Qanun), designed primarily to secure the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, and the restive al-Anbar province, the Iraqi insurgency has shown no significant sign of waning.

Occupied Arab World

Government mismanagement behind the Maghreb bombings

M.S. Ahmed

Rabi' al-Thani 14, 14282007-05-01

The Maghreb countries in North Africa are rich in oil and gas resources, and have substantial tourist potential. However, bureaucracy and corruption – familiar ills in every public and business sector – have blocked economic development. Consequently poverty is endemic; educational and employment opportunities are few in a region most of whose people are young and eager to learn and work. Add to this the fact that political (especially Islamic) opposition is severely suppressed and thereby driven underground, and it becomes obvious why the region has long been subject to violence, and has recently suffered suicide bombings for the first time.


The truth behind the “ricin poison conspiracy”

Crescent International

Rabi' al-Awwal 22, 14262005-05-01

The timing could hardly have been better: within days of Tony Blair’s confirming that Britain’s general elections will be held on May 5, an illegal immigrant from Algeria was convicted at the high court of what government officials, police and the media described as an international conspiracy, planned by al-Qai’da, to manufacture ricin poison and use it for a mass terrorist attack in London.

Occupied Arab World

House of Saud under threat

M.A. Shaikh

Jumada' al-Ula' 13, 14252004-07-01

Not since 1932, when the oil-rich kingdom was founded, has the House of Saud been faced with such serious prospects of demolition or division as it is today...


Pakistani military operations in Waziristan turn into fiasco

Waseem Shehzad

Safar 11, 14252004-04-01

It was supposed to be a mopping-up operation, with a number of al-Qa’ida and Taliban suspects being arrested and presented as trophies to Colin Powell, the visiting US secretary of state...


Assassination attempts reflect growing anger with Musharraf in Pakistan

Zia Sarhadi

Dhu al-Qa'dah 08, 14242004-01-01

As this issue of Crescent International goes to press, general Pervez Musharraf remains president of Pakistan, despite two attempts on his life within a few days...


Criticism of Crescent’s approach to the Taliban and al-Qa’idah

Idris Samawi Hamid

Sha'ban 05, 14242003-10-01

I have followed Crescent since I was a child and have even had the occasion to meet and talk with Zafar Bangash a couple of times. Today the Islamic Movement is facing its worse crisis in over a generation. Yet I am very disappointed with the way Crescent has dealt with 2 issues: the Taliban and al-Qa`idah. The lack of ideological and Islamic clarity on these two threatens to seriously devalue Crescent in future.

Occupied Arab World

Israelis using al-Qa’ida to justify killing Palestinians

Ahmad Musa

Ramadan 11, 14232002-12-16

A Palestinian citizen from Ghazzah revealed on December 9 that Mossad, the Israeli Intelligence Service, had attempted to enlist him to establish a terrorist cell in Palestine under the name of al-Qa’ida

Occupied Arab World

CIA’s extrajudicial assassinations in Yemen hailed as new weapon against terror

M.A. Shaikh

Ramadan 11, 14232002-11-16

When six Yemenis travelling in their car 175 km east of Sana, the capital, were blown up by remote control on November 3, US officials were quick to claim the credit. They said that the CIA carried out the targeted assassination...


Continuing instability in Afghanistan threatening US plans for the region

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Akhirah 23, 14232002-09-01

Events in Afghanistan are not going according to America’s script, despite tall claims of having routed the Taliban and al-Qa’ida. It is not just attacks on American and other so-called coalition forces, which are now becoming more frequent, but also the continuing factional fighting, especially between forces loyal to defence minister Mohammed Fahim and forces loyal to president Hamid Karzai...


Afghans still suffering as American cash goes to bribe warlords, not help people

A H Khan

Jumada' al-Akhirah 07, 14232002-08-16

A month after 54 Afghani civilians were killed when American planes bombed a wedding party, the Times (London)newspaper published details of a report written by UN officials who visited the village two days after the bombing.

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