Tuesday, September 26, 2006

British Forces kill Omar al-Faruq

CNN just reported that British forces in Iraq killed Omar al-Faruq. Faruq, had previously escaped from an Afghanistan jail after having been captured and deported to Afghanistan by Indonesia. He was also involved with the bombing of many Indonesian churches, and the training of Islamic militants for Muslim/Christian clashes in Indonesia as well.

This from an article in TIME about Al-Faruq : Confessions of an Al-Qaeda Terrorist

According to a secret CIA document and regional intelligence reports obtained by TIME, U.S. officials already had reason to believe al-Faruq was one of bin Laden's top representatives in Southeast Asia, responsible for coordinating the activities of the region's disparate Islamic militant groups and employing their forces to conduct terror attacks against the U.S. and its allies.

According to the CIA document, al-Faruq said two senior al-Qaeda officials, Abu Zubaydah and Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi, had ordered him to "plan large-scale attacks against U.S. interests in Indonesia, Malaysia, (the) Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, Vietnam and Cambodia. In particular," the document continues, "(al-)Faruq prepared a plan to conduct simultaneous car/truck bomb attacks against U.S. embassies in the region to take place on or near" the first anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

Intelligence reports and TIME's investigation revealed that: With al-Faruq acting as the point man, al-Qaeda received financial and operational assistance from Jemaah Islamiah (JI), a militant group that seeks to establish a pure Islamic state in Southeast Asia and is active in at least five countries — Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei. The CIA report states that Abu Bakar Ba'asyir, 64, the cleric who is the alleged spiritual leader of JI, "authorized Faruq to use JI operatives and resources to conduct" the embassy bombings planned for last week; al-Faruq told the CIA that Ba'asyir dispatched a JI member named Abu al-Furkan to oversee a planned attack on the U.S. embassy in Malaysia. Al-Faruq said Ba'asyir was also behind a 1999 bombing of Jakarta's largest mosque and then blamed Christians for the act. Ba'asyir is wanted by Singapore for his alleged role as the mastermind of last December's foiled al-Qaeda plot to bomb U.S. targets there.

Maybe he was trying to get home to Kuwait? All I have to say is "you reap what you sow". Another bad guy bites the dust.

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