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Sunday, September 12, 2004

Islamist Terrorism through the new century, Part III

The Istanbul Bombings were two terrorist attacks carried out on two days in November 2003. They have been blamed on the al-Qaeda terrorist network.
On November 15, 2003, two truck bombs slammed into the Beth Israel and Neve Shalom synagogues in Istanbul, Turkey and exploded. The explosions devastated the synagogues and killed 27 people, most of them Turkish Muslims. The suicide bombers also died. The blasts littered streets with derbis, and wounded more than 300 others. A Turkish militant group claimed the blasts but Turkey claimed the group did not have enough resources to cary out the blasts.
Five days later, on November 20, as US President George W. Bush was in Great Britain meeting with Prime Minister Tony Blair, two more truck bombs exploded. Suicide bombers detonated the vehicles at the HSBC Bank and the British Consulate, killing 30 people and wounding 400 others. Several Britons were killed in the attack, including the top British official in Istanbul, Roger Short, but most of the victims were Turkish Muslims, as in the earlier synagogue blasts. Police say that the bombers may have timed the attacks to coincide with Bush's visit.
Both Mr. Bush and Mr. Blair denounced the attacks in a news conference in Britain hours later. The Turkish government vowed a crack down on terrorists, arresting dozens of suspects including some who tried to flee into Iran. The two attacks, combined, killed 57 people (not counting the 4 bombers) and were the deadliest bombings in Turkey's history. By late 2003 Turkey said it had broken up the cell that had carried out the bombings.
al-Qaeda later claimed both attacks. Some captured suspects said that Osama bin Laden himself ordered the attacks, but wished to hit a US military base in Turkey. Reportedly he was angered so many Muslims died in the bombings.

2003 October 15 - A bomb is detonated by Palestinians against a US diplomatic convoy in the Gaza Strip.

2004 109 Kurds are killed in 2 suicide bombings in Arbil, Iraq.
2004 Bomb on Moscow subway kills 41.
2004 Suicide bombings at Shia holy sites in Iraq kill 181 and wound more than 500.
2004 Attack on procession of Shia Muslims in Pakistan kills 43 and wounds 160.

An attack of an Istanbul restaurant on March 9, 2004 killed one, and injured five. Two militant Islamic fundamentalists, one calling himself Abdullah Islam, entered a restaurant frequented by freemasons in the Kartal district of Istanbul holding automatic weapons and strapped with 10 homemade pipe bombs on their flak jackets.
They shot the guard in his feet and entered the dining hall where they began shooting at 40 people in the room. They then detonated bombs at the entrance killing a waiter. In total, one dead, five injured. One of the militants died. one is in critical condition. This attack occurred 911 days since 9/11.
Turkey has five Masonic organizations dating back to the days of French and British influence. The organizations are said to have over 10,000 members total but they are mistrusted because of a perception of Jewish membership and rumors of Jewish ritual practices.
A statement was received by the newspaper Al-Quds al-Arabi on March 11 which claimed that an al-Qaida affliated group, Jund al-Quds or Soldiers of Jerusalem had carried out the attack. The statement's primary purpose was to claim responsiblity for the March 11, 2004 Madrid attacks.

The 11 March 2004 Madrid attacks (also known as 11/3, 3/11 and 11-M) were a series of coordinated terrorist bombings against the commuter train system of Madrid, Spain on the morning of 11 March 2004, which killed 191 people and wounded more than 1,800.

On 21 April 2004, a series of large bomb explosions ripped through Basra, Iraq. Initial casualty estimates put the dead at 68 with hundreds injured. In reality, 74 people died.
Three separate devices exploded outside police stations in central Basra; two in the Ashar area and one in the Old City. A fourth, separate attack also occurred around the same time in the town of Zubair. In the fourth attack, two car bombs exploded which killed three Iraqis and wounded five British soldiers of the 1st Battalion, the Royal Welch Fusiliers, one seriously. In Basra, British forces trying to aid casualties were stoned by crowds, who blamed the Coalition, justifiably or not, for not doing enough to protect Iraqi citizens from such attacks.

2004 April 21 bombing of a security building in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia kills 5.

2004 Islamic militants seize hostages at a compound housing foreign oil workers in Saudi Arabia; at least 22 are killed.

2004-Over a hundred foreigners kidnapped in Iraq, some 28 murdered so far. Many by beheadings published over the web.

I have tried to only hit the main "low points" of Islamist terror through this small series of articles. I am sure there are more that I did not find.



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