U.S. Passport Holder Detonates in Pakistan
by IPT News • Nov 21, 2011 at 6:30 pm
A suspected terrorist blew himself up Saturday during a raid mounted by Pakistani police on suspected militants in the southern Pakistani town of Gulistan-e-Jauhar. Pakistan's paramilitary Rangers said that "documents used for acts of terrorism were also recovered" from the man's possession.
The U.S. embassy gave no comment on whether Saeed Abdul Salam was an American citizen, but the Rangers' statement said that he had traveled to many countries with an American passport. Tests confirmed that Salam died from the explosion of a hand grenade, but none of his four children were wounded in the attack.
Militant groups like al-Qaida have increased their presence in southern Pakistan. However, American and other Islamist militants from the West have moved primarily to lawless areas between Pakistan and Afghanistan. The area is also suspected to be the hideout of Adam Gadahn, an English-language propagandist for al-Qaida forces headquartered in the region.
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Echoes of the King Investigative Hearings Findings on American Radicalization with the American Muslim Community
Submitted by Qanta Ahmed, Jul 14, 2012 10:13
If US nationality is verified, this is exactly the phenomenon - Americans recruited into terrorism - that the King Investigative Hearings revealed. This is especially frequent in the migrant Somali community of the Pacific Northwest and Canada has the same experience with their Somali migrants. Very frightening and highly plausible. This scenario confirms the vital need to exam routes and candidates of radicalization within the US Muslim Diaspora despite the intense resistance to these efforts based on uninformed public and media sentiment to the contrary.
Submitted by David Barry O'Connor, Feb 22, 2012 15:10
So, when are wo going to have a full explanation of this?