Another grim milestone is reached along Al Qaeda’s march to grasp power within the Islamic world; Al Qaeda and their allied terror groups killed 1,129 Muslims in the month of September. The victims were murdered through an assortment of suicide bombings, targeted assassinations, mosque bombings, and marketplace bombings. Most of these deaths took place in Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Algeria.
There were 1,380 other Muslims maimed and injured in the same incidents. These figures are gathered from terror reports during the month of September, and exclude deaths of Buddhists, Christians, Jews, and other denominations. Those deaths were far fewer in proportion to the number of Muslims murdered and maimed.
It shouldn’t be surprising to anyone that this is going on, Al Zawahiri really leads now, and he got his start by murdering fellow muslims. The Muslim brotherhood, the Qutbists, and the hard-liner Deobandis who follow Al Qaeda are really the Neo-Takfirists; like the Azraqi’s of old they consider themselves above the laws of sharia they supposedly support.
The country is quiet in the wake of the presidential election while they await the Supreme Court ruling on the challenges. In Islamabad the All Parties Democracy Movement (APDM) demonstration was muted, and MQM Musharraf supporters were more numerous than demonstrators.
In Pakistan it’s not a real demonstration unless there are thousands present, and the effective demonstrations typically bring whole cities to a complete halt. These are known as “shutter-downs” when all businesses put down their metal shutters to prevent damage during demonstrations which sometimes resemble near-riots. During a shutter-down strategic intersections and roads are completely blocked by masses of people, and the city comes to a screeching halt.
The population of Islamabad is thin during the holidays since the city has an artificially inflated population as the hub of government — at least a third of the population leaves for a week or more to spend time with their full families in other cities during Eid.
In the Wazir region the cat and mouse continues with the Al Qaeda and Taliban, several more terrorists were killed after an ambush on a military convoy. 22 have been killed and the army spokesman says the assault on the terrorists hold outs continues with artillery and gunships.
Also in North Wazirisatan AQ forces captured 28 more soldiers; while in Swat/Malakand a tribal jirga rebuffed calls from TNSM’s Fazlullah for strict sharia law enforcement.