The PNP added that apart from the assassination plan, the JI-backed faction threatened to bomb the cities of Kidapawan, General Santos, Zamboanga, Davao and Baguio...Relatedly, ABS-CBN News was able to get hold of photographs that showed terrorist training cells in Mindanao, particularly in Maguindanao, North Cotabato; Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte; Ipil, Zamboanga-Sibugay; Languyan Tawi-Tawi; South Ubian Sulu; and General Santos.Documents gathered also listed January 18 as the date of graduation of the JI-formed faction from a terrorist training course. The group's first mission, documents said, was to launch bomb attacks, assassinations and kidnappings.But the US State Department identifies this particular name Tanzim Qa'idat al-Jihad fi Bilad al-Rafidayn QJBR)
Al-Qa’ida in Iraq
Al-Qa’ida of Jihad Organization in the Land of The Two Rivers
Jama’at al-Tawhid wa’al-Jihad
The Jordanian Palestinian Abu Mus‘ab al-Zarqawi (Ahmad Fadhil Nazzal al-Khalaylah, a.k.a. Abu Ahmad, Abu Azraq) established cells in Iraq soon after the commencement of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), formalizing his group in April 2004 to bring together jihadists and other insurgents in Iraq fighting against US and Coalition forces. Zarqawi initially called his group "Unity and Jihad" (Jama‘at al-Tawhid wa’al-Jihad, or JTJ). Zarqawi and his group helped finance, recruit, transport, and train Sunni Islamic extremists for the Iraqi resistance. The group adopted its current name after its October 2004 merger with Usama Bin Ladin’s al-Qa’ida. The immediate goal of QJBR is to expel the Coalition -- through a campaign of bombings, kidnappings, assassinations, and intimidation -- and establish an Islamic state in Iraq. QJBR’s longer-term goal is to proliferate jihad from Iraq into "Greater Syria," that is, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, and Jordan.
Damn! Tanzim Qaidat is Zarqawi's terrorist group in Iraq!Can this possibly be right?? I sure hope not!
If it IS true, maybe it is the result of a recent witchhunt by anti-war anti-Coalition media who have been loudly name-calling and deriding as "mercenaries" any Filipino OFW who is willing to work for the US or Iraqi government agencies helping to stabilize and rebuild Iraq. At the rate we are defaming ourselves, Democratic Iraq will probably overtake us in a year or two. By the way, I do hope, for all our sakes, that those newspaper ideologues who claimed Zarqawi killed only a few dozen Iraqis in his murderous career (instead of hundreds or thousands), will NOT actually make the acquaintance of Tanzim Qa'idat al Jihad here, any time soon.