Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Strange ABSCBN Report On 'New' Terror Group

Citing police sources during the last 24 hours, ABSCBN News has been airing a Report that a "new group" called the Tanzim Qaidat al Jihad has written a letter to the Jemaah Islamiyah and or the Abu Sayyaf-Rajah Sulaiman Movement, regarding assassination plans for top Philippine government officials, including President Arroyo her Cabinet.
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)

Other Names
Al-Zarqawi Network
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.


john marzan said...

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.

I think the term "mercenary" is harsh. Trabaho lang naman ang hinahanap nila eh. And most of our OFWs in the Green Zone were not hired by the Blackwater company.

Rizalist said...

John--Am still trying to decide if this might not be real. It would be really scary if it were.

Rizalist said...

This is email from Dave Hanley in San Antonio Texas:Ain't it funny how those who take legitimate jobs with legitimate firms are
called mercenaries?.

In contrast, those who do terrorist bidding are called insurgents or even
milder names.

And by the way, the opposite of "mercenary" is ---------"conscript". So
those who use the former term as a perjorative betray their ignorance, not
to mention their inner desire to own slave soldiers.

Guess you have heard about the latest from the New York Slimes. The
current publisher, "Pinch"
Schulzberger once told his late father that whenever an American met a North
Vietnamese, he (Pinch) hoped it was the American that would die. (Courtesy
of Allahpundit and Michelle Malkin.)

Last but not least, which way is the Philippines gonna jump on the UN gun


MikeCohen-at-large said...

Hi Rizalist-

On the group- it is common for the al qaeda factions to have very similar generic names it is no surprise if they have the same name here as they did in Iraq.

On another note: look at the name of Abu Sayyaf - the one they like to called is - Al harakatul Al Islamiyah - in simple english translation it means the Islamic Movement.

They use very generic terms to use for the groups they are from.
IU Do not know the translation yet of this new group.

But at www.fyitv.net we got a report from Mindanao linking the recent bombing in Maguindanao to these new graduates of JI.

JI by the the way also translate into simple Arabic- Jemaah Islamyah meaning simply - Islamic group or organization.

In tagalog 'Jemaah' translates to "Samahan" according to people I've interviewed.

In many cases groups from here in Asia all the way across the seas to Middle east linked to the terror groups all have very similar names and simple meanings.

Seems the Jihadi's are ahead in the use of generics! anyhow - yes the group there is traced back to the area called the classroom which lies from Cotabato City to Maguindanao to Gen San where many of the groups members train and learn how to blend in.

I've done a few stories on the ground there and its pretty open country- meaning easy to get in or out.

Lastly- on the issue of armed guards or mercinaries- basically as I posted in MikeinManila- here's governments stand on the sending of "armed civilains" to work for security firms.

" Statement on the POEA website at: http://www.poea.gov.ph/

POEA not sending civilian fighters to

Iraq, Afghanistan
The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) does not process documents of Filipinos hired as “civilian fighting force” for deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan.
The July 2004 ban on deployment of Filipino workers to Iraq has not been lifted and the reported deployment of security forces to Iraq and Afghanistan did not pass the documentation system of the government.
The government allowed the recruitment of Filipino workers for Iraq in the latter part of 2003 but only for deployment to campsites which were found safe from attacks from Iraqi rebels and terrorists. Most of the deployed workers were assigned to do construction, maintenance, housekeeping, and catering jobs inside American camps.
The deployment of Filipinos to Afghanistan was also allowed but was limited to professionals working in projects controlled by the United Nations (UN). POEA processed the contracts of these workers only after endorsement and clearance from the Department of Foreign Affairs. ""

MikeCohen-at-large said...

Hi Dean Bocobo-

three other groups also have the same name, the late Zarkawi's group, Another in Pakistan, and one in Afghanistan.

Tanzim Qaidat-al Jihad, means "Al-Qaida’s Jihad Organization.” per PTI reports describing the group as headed by Bin laden's No.2 -

So if there is a faction here... it may be using a another new common generic name.

Rizalist said...

A warm welcome to Philippine Commentary Mike.

I notice in the blogosphere a number of reports -- including a Tanzim Europa making similar threats. Thanks for the info and links. Perhaps the blast this past week that killed 5 people is the start of another rough patch...

Not a good time with the political leadership still building a century old democracy...the old fashioned way, they're fighting over it.

manuelbuencamino said...

Maybe that group identified by police sources is tied in with that group of terrorists recently arrested and charged by the FBI for plotting to blow up the Sears Tower or something like that.

They come in all stripes these days. Don't they? And some of them in stars and stripes complete with ideologies of witchcraft mixed with Judaism and Islam. Like those nuts the FBI arrested.

Well, at least the fear factor will drive up the price of oil some more. That is good for the Saudis and their Wahabi sect. And for Bush's uncle Jim Baker who lawyers for the Saudis against the 911 families who are suing the Saudis because the 911 pilots were funded through one or more of the myraid wahabi charities which just happens to be funded by Jim Baker's clients.

So I'm really beginning to wonder what criteria I am going to use to determine who are my friends and who are my enemies.

Rizalist said...

Actually, it looks like there's a rash of TANZIM ALQAIDA breaking out all over MB. Apart from the one in Afghanistan and Pakistan, there is one for Europe too. It's probably a sympathy kind of thing for Z guy enjoying a crowd of virgins.
Your opinion on Iraq is your own, but if the report is true, we are all in for some nasty times now I think.

What're you gonna do when they balibomb Malate? Berate Bush?

manuelbuencamino said...

pray for the soul of the Malate suicide bomber. But seriously if it happens I would berate the local police. It's their job after all.

I can't form any views on Iraq and the war on terror because I'm confused. Did I get my facts wrong about Baker, the wahavi and 911 funding? How can I make up my mind about who are the good guys when there are so many weird alliances? And the pictures of those Taliban being feted in Washington a few months before 911. What's going on?

Rizalist said...

I think it's called the Clash of Civilizations. Been going on a long, long time. What would you call it?

Anonymous said...

Peace on earth is just a christmas greeting, or an answer to a judge's question for Ms. Universe.

manuelbuencamino said...

I would call it - CLASH AGAINST CIVILIZATION. subtitled

AmericanPainter said...

When will people learn that fighting terrorism is a world wide problem and responsibility? The battle against terrorism seems to be viewed by many, as solely the job of the U.S. and too many are bashing Bush without paying attention to what is happening in their own backyard.

I guess they’ll wake up when Nanay’s home is bombed or sister is caught in a blast at a local mall or the Philippine Government is exterminated. Then I suppose those that want to abrogate the VFA treaty will beg for the U.S. Marines to come in and clean up since the Philippine Army seems incapable.

If this report is true then it’s another major upgrade by terrorists supported by public apathy.

Claiming unholy alliances of Bush in bed with terrorists is simply stupid and accomplishes nothing. Bash Bush if they like…. but I’d hate to follow the path of others with bleeding hearts for terrorist who would behead then without conscience.