Saturday, July 23, 2005

Islamic Terrorist Activity

Radical Islamic terrorists have been active in the last 24 hours.

At least 59 people were killed in a series of powerful explosions early Saturday in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el Sheik. About 116 people were wounded in the blasts. The explosions were apparently caused by car bombs at hotels and a market that catered mostly to European and Arab tourists.

A bomb blast rocked central Beirut evening just hours after U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice made a surprise visit to pledge her support for the "new Lebanon" ushered in by Syria's April troop pullout. At least 3 people were wounded in the explosion near the Rue Monot, a street popular with weekend revellers. Two vehicles were torched in the blast caused by a bomb placed under a car parked on a sidestreet.

Killings and kidnappiongs continue in Iraq.

Al Qaeda assailants killed 5 tribal elders who had helped Pakistan's army hunt for al-Qaida-linked militants in a remote lawless region near the Afghan border. The elders were gunned down in 3 attacks in various parts of South Waziristan, a deeply conservative mountainous region run by local tribes.

(Hat tip to The Belmont Club, one of the top blogs for thoughtful analysis on the War on Terror.

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