JAKARTA Islamic extremist groups with roots in at least five Southeast Asian countries have forged a coalition seeking to transform their separate local struggles into a campaign to establish a single regional Islamic state, according to Singaporean officials.
The alliance, formed over the last three years, is the handiwork of Riduan Isamuddin, an Indonesian militant considered by regional intelligence agencies to be one of Al Qaeda's chief operatives in the area, according to Singapore's Home Affairs Ministry. Isamuddin, also known as Hambali, is the region's most-wanted man.
The latest details, supplied by Singapore on Thursday, reveal the extent to which the combined efforts of U.S. and regional intelligence agencies have been able to penetrate the cells of Al Qaeda's Southeast Asian allies. They also show how audacious and far-reaching these cadres have become.
While some of the targets contemplated by Isamuddin and his colleagues were meant to further Al Qaeda's campaign against the West, other potential targets were selected to create instability that militants could exploit in a bid to overthrow existing governments, officials said.
Among the projects contemplated by the groups, the officials said, were attacks on pipelines in Singapore that transport water from the island's northern neighbor, Malaysia. The militants also considered blowing up the Singaporean Defense Ministry.
"The aim was to create a situation in Malaysia and Singapore conducive to overthrowing the Malaysian government and making Malaysia an Islamic state," the Home Affairs Ministry reported. "The attacks on key Singapore installations would be portrayed as acts of aggression by the Malaysian government, thereby generating animosity and distrust between Malaysia and Singapore." Isamuddin's strategy was to foment ethnic strife between Singapore's majority Chinese community and the majority Muslim population of Malaysia, creating "a situation which would make Muslims respond to calls for jihad," the officials said.
"The objective was to unify the Islamic militant groups in the region, with the ultimate goal of realizing an Islamic state comprising Malaysia, Indonesia and the southern Philippine island of Mindanao, following which Singapore and Brunei would eventually be absorbed," the Home Affairs Ministry reported.
These Radical Extremist Muslims are busy little beavers hard at work in the four corners of the world. I think the article should make anyone wake up and smell the coffee. I suppose there are those that have fantasies about these guys loosing the ability to translate their Holy Book into something that promotes peace and universal brotherhood among humankind. Iâ€™m sorry to inform them that itâ€™s not likely to happen.
What do they want? World domination! How are they going to achieve it? Simply by destroying the west through terrorism Will they succeed? Most likely.
The US economy isnâ€™t as robust as people believe and as a matter of fact unemployment is beginning to show its dirty face in the EU. The markets are down and the trend is set for a downward spiral if it continues we might even see the US and western countries slide into a depression. Interest rates are down and people are shying away from interest income, companies that were paying dividends are far and few between.
One or two more major attacks on American soil and its all over were back to buddy can you spare a dime? The only reason that the economy didnâ€™t suffer a devastating blow post 9/11 was because the interest had some room to be lowered. Currently interest rates are not far from zero percent so the same economic maneuvers that Greenspan advocated post 9/11 are out the window.
This is ****en depressing !