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Istanbul: The enemy within

Twin blasts, well synchronized. Both by suicide bombers. Jewish and British targets. Similar to the 1998 twin blasts in Kenya and Tanzaniya carried out by al-Qaeda’s suicide terrorists against American targets. These were the reasons cited not only by many British and American analysts, but also by the British Foreign Secretary, Jack Straw, for concluding or suspecting that al-Qaeda carried out Thursday’s bombings in Turkey at the local office of the HSBC bank, which has its head office in London, and the British consulate in Istanbul, in which 26 British and Turkish civilians, including the British consul-general, were killed. These reasons are very weak and show how little Western analysts, governmental as well as non-governmental, understand jihadi terrorism, which has been playing havoc in different parts of the world since the New York World Trade Center explosion of February, 1993. India has been the largest victim of this jihadi terrorism, with nearly 20,000 innocent civilans, Muslims as well as non-Muslims, having lost their lives, but they were killed not by al-Qaeda, but by the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LET), the Harkat-ul-Mujahideen (HUM), the Jaish-e- Mohammad (JEM) and the Harkat-ul-Jihad-al Islami (HUJI), all Pakistani organizations aligned with al-Qaeda in Osama bin Laden’s International Islamic Front (IIF). They are allies of al-Qaeda, but not al-Qaeda. Full Story

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