Friday, October 08, 2004


...Israel's intelligence chief told Cabinet ministers Friday that the bombings at Egyptian resorts were most likely carried out by al-Qaida.

The intelligence chief, Maj. Gen. Aharon Zeevi-Farkash, made the assessment at an emergency Cabinet meeting convened a day after the deadly bombings, which wounded more than 120.

...Israel's deputy defense minister, Zeev Boim, told Israel's Army Radio that Palestinian militants apparently were not involved and he suspected al-Qaida affiliates: "On the face of things, this is different from what we are familiar with from Palestinian terrorist groups."

...Contributors to Islamic Web sites praised the attacks and linked them to a recent video said to have been issued by al-Qaida's second in command, Ayman al-Zawahri.

That video, shown by Al-Jazeera television Oct. 1, called for militants to organize and attack countries that had given Israel "means of survival." The tape also urged holy warriors to fight Israelis and Americans before they enter Egypt....


A British man held hostage for more than three weeks in Iraq has been killed by his captives, television and news agency reports said today.

A "Reuters witness" saw a videotape of Kenneth Bigley's captors beheading him with a knife, the news agency reported. Abu Dhabi Television, quoting "informed" sources in Iraq, said Mr. Bigley was killed by followers of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a Jordanian allied with Al Qaeda....

--New York Times

Oh, and read the rest of that Times article. The horror in Egypt is disturbingly similar to just another day in Iraq:

In the insurgent stronghold of Falluja, an American airstrike Thursday night killed 11 people and wounded 17 at a wedding party, with women and children among the casualties, according to a doctor quoted today by Reuters.

The American military said the "precision strike" had hit a safe house being used by the network of Mr. Zarqawi.

Insurgents fired two rockets into the Ishtar Sheraton Hotel in central Baghdad on Thursday night, setting rooms ablaze and forcing the temporary evacuation of scores of journalists and foreign contractors working on reconstruction projects in Iraq.

No deaths were reported but the attack sparked chaos, as American soldiers, security contractors and police officers opened fire from hotel checkpoints and rooftops. Red tracer rounds arced through the night sky as guests, many stumbling from their rooms dazed and wearing flak jackets, scrambled next door to the Palestine Hotel. Broken glass littered the lobby floor and thick smoke filled the area....

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