Friday, August 11, 2006

Terrorism

Twenty-four people were arrested on Thursday in police raids in London, the south of England and Birmingham after a police investigation into a plot to blow up several trans-Atlantic airliners. Their names are Abdula Ahmed Ali, Cossor Ali, Shazad Khuram Ali, Nabeel Hussain, Tanvir Hussain, Umair Hussain, Umar Islam, Waseem Kayani, Assan Abdullah Khan, Waheed Arafat Khan, Osman Adam Khatib, Abdul Muneem Patel, Tayib Rauf, Muhammed Usman Saddique, Assad Sarwar, Ibrahim Savant, Amin Asmin Tariq, Shamin Mohammed Uddin and Waheed Zaman. The oldest person on the list, Shamin Mohammed Uddin, is 35. The youngest, Abdul Muneem Patel, is 17. Most of these are London residents. + Read the Al Jazeera story

The
explosions (BBC) that rocked the Mumbai commuter rail on July 11, killing more than 180 people and injuring some 700, were just the latest episode in India's decades-long struggle with terrorism. According to the U.S. National Counterterrorism Center, last year India suffered more fatalities due to terrorism than any other nation but Iraq, and the U.S. State Department reports that India endures hundreds of terrorist attacks every year. + Read more at the Council On Foreign Relations.

In other news...

+
Greek Orthodox Christian fasting lowers cholesterol ++++ Greece: illegal antiquities found by police
+ Greek-Americans in U.S. 2006 House and Senate races

+ British troops under-equipped, overstretched in Iraq ++++ Foreign Affairs Special: What to Do in Iraq
+
China typhoon's death toll rises

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