15 January 2013
Twenty individuals, identified as radical Islamists, have disappeared from their homes in the Spain, Ceuta and Melilla and they are believed to have traveled through Algeria, Morocco and Mauritania to Mali to join”jihadists” factions who have occupied the North African country and are now the subject of a military operation by the French Army.
Young “Polisario” members and other radicals who have traveled to Mali in recent weeks, are tempted by AQIM Salafists and other two formations found in the area, the MUYAO (Movement for Unity and Jihad North Africa) and Ansar el Dine (Followers of the Faith) to join the cause of jihad (struggle) and to incorporate the north camps of that country. The total number of Islamist terrorists is about 5,000.
11 May 2012
Coming from Seville, Professor at the University Pablo de Olavide, Manuel Ricardo Torres Soriano, offered yesterday at the UNED a conference on the danger of terrorist organizations where he answered some questions about this subject:
Q -Do Ceuta and Melilla have to be especially concerned?
A- Terrorism affects mainly Algeria, which has numerous criminal organizations, then it is true that there are terrorist activities in Morocco and Mauritania but with less intensity. Ceuta and Mellia is part of these organizations radical discourse as a vindication and as an attempt to legitimize their aspirations expelling the alleged Western invasion of a territory they consider Islamic.
Q- What role must Spain play?
A – There must be cooperation among democratic countries, wherever part of the world they are from, and all together we may reach a successful conclusion.
News Agencies – December 27, 2011
Over 20,000 people showed up at Toronto’s Metro Convention Centre for the Reviving the Islamic Spirit Convention to listen to leading Muslim scholars, personalities and artists. Ticket sales to the convention were closed on Saturday evening as the facilities reached its capacity. Overflow rooms with TV screens were set up to handle the large crowd that showed up for the annual gathering, which was celebrating its 10th anniversary.
Organized by a group of young, active Canadian Muslims, the three-day convention opened on Friday, December 23. The theme of the convention, “Control, Chaos or Community: Three Ways, One World, Our Choice”, was chosen to address the many challenges plaguing humanity today beyond the confines of cultural, religious or intellectual divides, according to the organizers.
Leading among attendees were prominent scholar Dr Jamal Badawi and Sheikh Abdallah Idris from Canada, Prof. Tariq Ramadan from Switzerland and Dr. John Esposito from the United States. Also attending were Sheikh Abdallah Bin Bayyah from Mauritania, Habib Ali Al-Jifri from Yemen and Dr. Tawfique Chowdhury from Australia.
Sumaya Abdel Qader, an Italian writer and activist of Palestinian origins, defines the cancellation from a video of the face of an Italian woman (Philomene Kabouree) kidnapped in Mauritania by members of al-Qaida, a radical political act whose aim is to roil the West.
Referring to the fact, she condemns the obligation for women to wear the niqab but also to take off the veil.
With her activism, she encourages Muslim women to integrate into the Italian society and to promote their own emancipation. The Quran, in her perspective, doesn’t preach women’s submission or the covering of their face: rather, it recognizes their equality and full rights.
Several Spanish Muslim communities have made public their condemnation of the recent abduction of three Catalans in Mauritania. The three aid workers were part of Barcelona Acción Solidaria, Albert Vilalta, Roque Pascual and Alicia Gomez, were kidnapped on Sunday 29th November in Mauritania. The abduction has been claimed by al Qaida. The Muslim communities of Murcia and Catalonia have expressed their condemnation of this action with two press releases.
The Italian right wing Press attacks Islam after the kidnap of two Italian citizens in Mauritania.
For the Laga Nord newspaper “La Padania”, the Christian West must react with a Holy League, as when Pope Pio V promoted an alliance of the Christian Princes against the Turks. La Padania accuses the Church to be yielding and frightened.
The newspaper points at the USA as the new Pio V, able to react in a strong and effective way. The right wing Press, then, criticizes the Italian law on citizenship defining it a “harakiri” that opens the way to potential murderers.
Al-Qaida has taken responsibility for the November kidnapping of a Frenchman and three Spaniards working for the Catalan organization Barcelona-Acciò Solidaria.
They were seized in Mali and Mauritania by al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), an offshoot of Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaida. Claiming responsibility for the action via a video-tape, a spokesman announced that France and Spain will be informed of their demands for hostage release.
Later reports indicate that AQIM has made assurances that the hostages remain in good health and will be treated according to Islamic law.