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Texan Charged as Jihadist February 15, 2007

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The Associated Press and several other news organizations are reporting that Daniel Joseph, Maldinado,a 28 year old American citizen and last resident in Houston, Texas, appeared Tuesday before Judge Calvin Botley in Houston on a charge of training with al-Qaida in Somalia. He was arrested last month in Kenya as he fled after the Ethiopians invaded Somalia, and was brought to the United States on Monday. The detention hearing will be held soon.

a former Houston man arrested in Kenya last month has been charged in Texas with teaming with al-Qaida to overthrow the Somali government and form an Islamic state there.

Source: guardian.co.uk

Maldonado, a Muslim convert, will be charged with collaborating with al-Qaida in Somalia and the Islamic Courts Union, an organization that occupied much of Somalia and controlled the capital, Mogadishu, before the Ethiopians invaded the country with U.S. assistance in December, 2006.Maldonado allegedly told FBI agents in Kenya the he ” would be fighting the Somali militia, and that turned into fighting the Ethiopians, and if the Americans came, I would fight them too..”

Ethiopia’s invasion was successful in dislodging the Islamic Courts Union, but a planned African peacekeeping force has caused controversy in the region. Uganda will likely send troops, but the move has caused parliamentary squabbles. South Africa refused the request.

The Ethiopians have said that they will withdraw quickly, and want to avoid a protracted occupation. Some of the leading Islamic Courts figures have fled to Yemen, where they have been offered the status of “guests “. Yemen denies offering political asylum.

Related: Ethiopia/Somalia Timeline

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Georgia Foiled Uranium Sale January 25, 2007

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Georgian special services have foiled an attempt by a Russian citizen to sell weapons-grade uranium for $1 million (508,000 pounds) to agents he thought were radical Islamists, a senior Interior Ministry official said on Thursday.

The official said Oleg Khintsagov, a resident of Russia’s North Ossetia region, was arrested on February 1 2006 and a closed court soon after convicted him to 8 1/2 years in prison.

Source: today.reuters.co.uk

Curiouser, and curiouser, as Lewis Carroll might have said, are the actions of the Russians. Apparently, the Russian government was notified about the sting, set up by the CIA and the Georgian security service. They acquired 3.5 oz. of weapons grade uranium from Mr. Khintsagov, and at several stages in the investigation invited the Russians to participate. They did not, and have been reticent about the origins of the uranium since.

3.5 oz. of uranium ( 99.2 grams) is not enough uranium to make even a small nuclear weapon. At the Georgian black market rate, a Hiroshima sized bomb would cost over a billion dollars.

The seller claimed to have access to more uranium-235.

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Zawahiri’s New Video December 19, 2006

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“IntelCenter said the upcoming release would be Zawahiri’s fifteenth
appearance on audio or video tape this year — 12 full-length releases,
and three tapes on which he made introductory or other remarks — the
highest number of releases from him in any year so far.”
United Press International

Al Quaida’s media distribution center , the As-Sahab Media Institute, announced that Ayman al- Zawahiri will release a new video within the next few days, entitled The Facts behind the Conflict between Islam and Non-Belief. Here’s another snappy title in a long string of audio/ visual releases from Zawahiri, and it marks his return after what is for him a relatively long hiatus. He has been silent since Sept 29th, when another lugubriously titled bit of propaganda called Bush, the Pope, Darfur, and the Crusades, was released for our edification and enjoyment. This is the longest period of silence from Zawahiri in 2006. Of course, it might have taken that long to encode the titles for the Web. If brevity is the soul of wit, then we know what to think about Zawahiri.

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