October 2007

In Algerian Elections, FIS Members Run Under Other Party Names

Aboudjerra Soltani, chairman of the Islamist "Movement for a Society of Peace, which is part of the Algerian government, has told Algerian TV Channel 1 that half of his party's candidates in the upcoming local elections are members of the banned Islamic Salvation Front (FIS).

He said that the FIS candidates had never been involved in terrorism, and that it was not their fault that the party was banned.

Source: Le Jour D'Algerie, Algerian, October 30, 2007

Date Posted: October 31, 2007
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Former Libyan Jihadist: Many Libyans Joining Al-Qaeda In Algeria

A former senior official in the Fighting Libyan Group, N'aman bin Othman, who now resides in Algeria, has told the Algerian daily El-Shorouq El-Yawmi that more and more Libyans are joining the jihad in Algeria.

Bin Othman estimated that the Libyans joining up are either those returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, with the aim of reestablishing the Libyan Group under Al-Qaeda Maghreb, and the younger generation, which sees Algeria as a way-station en route to Iraq and Afghanistan.

He said that the senior Libyan commander in Al-Qaeda, Abu Al-Lith Al-Libi, is acting as the main liaison between Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan and Al-Qaeda in the Maghreb.

Bin Othman also estimated that many Libyans view Algeria as a jihad destination in light of the signs of the failure of Al-Qaeda's plans in Iraq.

Source: El-Shorouq El-Yawmi, Algeria, October 30, 2007

Date Posted: October 31, 2007
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Cartoon In Lebanese Paper On "Detailed Description Of [Ideal] President" For Lebanon

Source: Al-Nahar, Lebanon, October 30, 2007

Date Posted: October 31, 2007
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Cartoon In Jordanian Paper On "All Options Are Laid Out Before Turkey..."

On supine figures: "Calm," "Mutual understanding," Mediation, "Dialogue."

Source: Al-Arab Al-Yawm, Jordan, October 30, 2007

Date Posted: October 31, 2007
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Jordanian Village Residents Protest Against Government

In a move unusual for Jordan, residents of the village of Sakav demonstrated violently against the government, following an incident of poisoning in the village.

The demonstrators claimed that the poisoning was caused by contaminated drinking water, and not by contamination of their food preparation utensils as the government had stated.

Source: Al-Quds Al-Arabi, London, October 31, 2007

Date Posted: October 31, 2007
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Gulf States Hold Joint Naval Exercises

Bahrain is holding a joint naval exercise with the navies of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries.

The exercise, which began October 29, will last until November 8.

Source: Al-Raya, Qatar, October 30, 2007

Date Posted: October 31, 2007
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Al-Guma'a Al-Islamiyya Rejects Al-Qaeda Offer To Join Bin Laden

A senior leader of the Al-Gama'a Al-Islamiyya has said that the organization has rejected a proposal from Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan to join the Global Islamic Front For Jihad Against Jews and Crusaders, which includes Al-Qaeda and the Jihad organization headed by Ayman Al-Zawahiri.

The leader said that the offer was rejected because of the great religious differences between the organizations.

Source: Al-Masri Al-Yawm, Egypt, October 31, 2007

Date Posted: October 31, 2007
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Cartoon In "Al-Hayat" On U.S. Aiming At Iran

On sign: "Iran."

Source: Al-Hayat, London, October 31, 2007

Date Posted: October 31, 2007
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Egypt Expels Jihad Movement Members

Egyptian security apparatuses have recently expelled from Egyptian territory some 40 members of extremist jihad movements from Arab and Islamic countries.

The members have apparently been transferred to U.S. security forces, because most of them are suspected of belonging to Al-Qaeda.

It was reported that this move was aimed at easing pressure on Egypt from international human rights movements.

Source: Al-Masryoon, Egypt, October 30, 2007

Date Posted: October 31, 2007
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Report: Syrian VP Al-Shar' Urges French Emissary To Bring About Agreement Over Lebanese President – Or Else

The Lebanese daily Al-Nahar has reported that French sources have said that at the October 28 meeting of Syrian Vice President Farouq Al-Shar' and Jean-Claude Cousseran, emissary of French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner, on Lebanon's presidential election, Al-Shar' took a rigid stance and threatened that if the March 14 Forces elected a president by a regular majority, it would lead to internal problems in Lebanon.

According to the paper, Al-Shar' demanded that Cousseran bring about a quick agreement over the president of Lebanon in accordance with Syria's conditions, or else the situation in Lebanon could become explosive.

It was reported that Cousseran refused to discuss candidates for the Lebanese presidency with senior Syrian officials.

Source: Al-Nahar, Lebanon, October 30, 2007

Date Posted: October 30, 2007
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