IRAQ: Tribal chiefs force surrender of AQ affiliates
Major General Muhammad al-Askari, spokesman for the Iraqi Defence Ministry, has announced that 21 wanted Al-Qa’idah member, among them a number of leaders, have voluntarily and collectively surrendered. He added that this step came after the security situation in their areas improved and they became afraid of being pursued and arrested, “The great cooperation by the chiefs of tribes and the awakening men in the Al-Sharqat area of the Governorate of Ninawa with the Iraqi Army, and the high level of coordination in this regard, 21 persons surrendered with the help of tribal chiefs. The majority of those are wanted for their affiliation to Al-Qa’idah and other organizations, such as Ansar al-Sunnah or the Islamic Army, which is affiliated with Al-Qa’idah. Actually, some of them are wanted and we, as security bodies, identify and know them very well; the others are not known.”
Source: Al-Arabiya TV, Dubai, in Arabic 1901 gmt 13 Feb 10
PAKISTAN: Balochistan residents participate in peace rally against terrorism
Citizens of Saabatpur, including religious leaders, youngsters, and shopkeepers, have demonstrated on the streets to condemn terrorist activities. Holding the Qu`ran, the peace rally portrayed how Islam does not condone the killing of innocent humans.
SOURCE: Nawa-i-Waqt, 1 Feb 10 p12
SOMALIA: Sufi clerics provide stiff opposition to Al Shabaab
Ahlu Sunna Wal Jama’a (ASWJ), an organisation of traditional Sufi clerics that practise a traditional and moderate interpretation of Islam, are proving a thorn in the side of Al Shabaab whose violent interpretation of Islam is alien to Somalis. ASWJ’s message is resonating with Somali people, and bridging the gap amongst Somali clans, with its ideology based on shared historical, religious and cultural experiences of Somalis. Its coalition building is in direct contrast to Al Shabaab who have resorted to coercion, threats and bribery.
SOURCE: Garoweonline, 14 Jan 10
FULL STORY: http://www.garoweonline.com/artman2/publish/Somalia_27/Somalia_Al-Shabab_s_Encirclement_Strategy_Encounters_Resistance_Intelligence_Update_2.shtml
YEMEN: National strategy to counter AQ
Following the Detroit airline bomb attempt on Christmas day, which led to international media coverage portraying Yemen as a stronghold for AQ, a national strategy has been drawn up to increase respect for the Qu`ran and the Sunna; promote moderation and tolerance; and reinforce patriotism among Yemen’s youth.
SOURCE: Yemen Times website, Sanaa, in English 11 Feb 10
FULL STORY: http://www.yementimes.com/defaultdet.aspx?SUB_ID=33573