Schlagwort-Archive: Schweden

Sweden´s First Suicide Bombing

by Florian Flade


Today would have been his 29th birthday. But instead of meeting friends and family to celebrate a new year in life, Taimour A., decided to strap explosives to his body and committed a suicide bombing in the streets of Stockholm, Sweden.

The Swedish-Iraqi man, born 1981 in Baghdad, became Sweden´s first suicide bomber last night, when he detonated a car bomb (Audi 80 Avanti, registered to a „Taimour Abdulwahab“) at 4 pm and his own suicide vest just minutes later, containing several pipes filled with explosives. Apart from the bomber himself, no other person died in the failed attacks, yet two people on the streets were injured by the explosion.

Just minutes before A. blew himself up he sent an e-mail containing two audio files, to Swedish news agency TT and the police SAPO. The files were recordings of A.´s voice, explaining in Swedish and Arabic: „Now your children, daughters and sisters will die just as our brothers, sisters and children die.“ Swedish police think the claim is credible and a proof that A. is the same person that carried out the bombing just minutes later in the streets of Swedish capital Stockholm.


„Now your children, daughters and sisters will die, just like our brothers, sisters, and children.

Our actions will speak louder than words. As long as you don’t stop your war against Islam, mocking the Prophet, and your stupid support for the Pig Vilks.

Now it’s time to strike, don’t wait any longer. Come forward with whatever you’ve got, even if it’s only a knife. I know you’ve got more coming up.

Don’t fear anybody, don’t fear anyone.

Apologies to my family: I never went to the Middle East for work or to make money. I went for jihad.“

Now the question is on how a 28-year old Swedish of Iraqi origin, a student of Sports Therapy who moved to Sweden in 1992 with his family, could turn to Jihadi violence without counter-terrorism officials noticing the change and danger emerging from the young man. A. was a husband and a father of two girls, 3-years and 1 1/2 years-old (and one son born in 2010) and wanted to get married to a second wife. „I would like to have a BIG family“, A. wrote on the internet searching for a new wife. His wish, A. states, was to move to an Arabic country in the near future. In 2004 A. lived in Luton (UK) and married there. He moved to the UK to study and gained a Bachelors degree in Physical therapy from Bedfordshire University in 2004. Swedish sources believe his family still resides in the UK.

At home in Sweden, A. was disappointed by Sweden´s involvement in Afghanistan and angry about Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks who drew the Prophet Muhammad as a dog years ago. Swedish society did not apologise but on the contrary celebrated freedom-of-speech and Vilks´right to do what he did – that´s why the Swedish people deserved an attack, A. apparently decided.

Russian war crimes in the Caucasus turned A. angry and aggressive, he was spreading material- mainly Youtube videos – against the Iraq and Afghanistan wars of the United States, calling them war crimes. Besides that, A. loved his iPad, the Islamic Calliphate State, documentary-channel National Geographic, Jihadi cleric Shaykh Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi and was „Proud to be a Muslim“.

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Swedish investigators think there is probably no al-Qaeda involvement in the incident, as al-Qaeda never sent out precise warnings like A. did yesterday. The attacker seems to fit into the category of the „lone wolf“, a tactic highly promoted and encouraged by al-Qaeda. Especially the Yemeni branch of the network called for Muslims in the West to act without waiting for religious advice from the Middle East or any direct order by a Jihadi organization. Those who feel the Muslim Ummah, the religion or its prophet need to be defended in their country, are told to carry out any operation possible, al-Qaeda said.

Taimour A. is just the latest example in a long line of „lone wolves“, starting with failed Shoe-Bomber Richard Reid, the Arkansas shooter Abdulhakim, Fort Hood shooter Major Nidal Malik Hassan and others. Foreign involvement is still possible as A. has visited the Middle East in March, going on vacation in Jordan. In his „martyrdom statement“ sent to Swedish news agency TT, he says he is sorry for his parents who believe he want to the Middle East to study but instead went for Jihad training.

Willkommen im Wikileaks-Tresor

by Florian Flade

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Es sieht ein wenig nach James Bond aus. Eine Höhle, geschlagen in massiven Fels, 30m unter der Erde in den White Mountains, in der schwedischen Hauptstadt Stockholm, gilt als eine der sichersten elektronischen Datenbank-Tresore der Welt. Der ehemalige militärische Bunker mit dem Codenamen „Pionen“, aus der Ära des Kalten Krieges sollte im Ernstfall sogar Nuklearangriffe überstehen. Heute dient „Pionen“ Firmen, Privatpersonen und möglicherweise sogar Staaten als Lagerstätte wertvoller Daten – einer der jüngsten Kunden: Wikileaks.

Wie das Forbes Magazin und norwegische Medien übereinstimmend berichten, hat die Organisation Wikileaks vor kurzem ihre Datenbank auf einen Server in Pionen verlegt. Zuvor war der „Whistle-Blower“-Webseite vom US-Unternehmen Amazon die Lizenz für deren Server-Gebrauch entzogen worden. Wikileaks entschied sich nun die Internetseite aus dem schwedischen Felsbunker aus zu betreiben. Grund dafür, ist sicherlich die außergewöhnliche Sicherungsanlage von „Pionen“.

Nur ein einziger Eingang, geschützt von 50cm dicken Stahltüren, elektronischen Überwachungssystemen und Sicherheitspersonal, führt in die modern ausgebaute Höhle, in der etliche Server internationaler Webseiten betrieben werden. Zwei Diesel-Generatoren aus deutschen U-Booten versorgen das gesamte System mit Elektrizität, so dass die Anlage auch bei Stromausfällen im schwedischen Netz problemlos weiterläuft.

Betrieben wird dieses Science-Fiction anmutende Datenbank-Zentrum von der gleichnamigen Firma „Bahnhof“, die als einer der größten Server-Provider Skandinaviens gilt. Sie unterhält fünf Daten-Zentren in Schweden, weitere in Norwegen und Dänemark. In einem Werbevideo des Unternehmens heißt es, James Bonde-Filme seien die Inspiration für den Ausbau der Stockholmer Daten-Höhle gewesen. Modernes Design und Technik seien, wie es in Schweden üblich sei, kombiniert worden.

„Das Geschäft das wir betreiben braucht ein Höchstmaß an Sicherheit“, so „Bahnhof“-Chef Jon Karlung, „wir brauchen eine Hightech-Anlage um unsere Ausrüstung zu schützen und um das Material unserer Kunden sicher aufzubewahren.“

Highlight der Anlage, die seit kurzem neue Heimat der brisanten Wikileaks Daten sein soll, ist ein gläserner Konferenzraum, der wie ein Glas-Käfig an der Decke hängt und über den Server-Systemen schwegt. Der Boden dieses Besprechungszimmers ist ein riesiges Original-Foto des Mondes.
Außergewöhnlich ist zudem die Einrichtung der gesamten Tunnel- und Bunker-Anlage. Pflanzen schmücken die Korridore, Wasserfälle und UV-Lampen erhalten das Grün tief unter der Erde am Leben und erwecken den Eindruck einer Höhle eines Bösewichts der James-Bond Reihe. Auch Aquarien wurden installiert.

Die Bereitschaft ab sofort die WikiLeaks-Webseite zu hosten, dürfte sich als Herausforderung für das Unternehmen „Bahnhof“ erweisen. Die Internetseite ist seit Veröffentlichung der sogenannten Diplomaten-Depeschen am vergangenen Wochenende Ziel von Hacker-Angriffen und Versuchen von Staatsseiten ein Ende zu Wikileaks Internetpräsenz zu setzen. Heute erst entzog der amerikanische Domain-Name-Provider EveryDNS den Internet-Aktivisten ihre Internetadresse. Wikileaks.org sei eingestellt worden, so EveryDNS, da es wiederholt zu massiven Angriffen auf die Webseite gekommen sei. Wikileaks reagierte prompt und wechselte zur einer schweizerischen Web-Adresse und ist derzeit unter wikileaks.ch zu erreichen.

Swedish Suicide Bomber in Iraq

by Florian Flade


3,130 kilometres – That is the distance between the Swedish City of Stockholm and the Northern Iraqi Town of Mosul and it is also the distance a man living and married in Sweden covered to find death as a martyr in Jihad.

Jihadi sources are claiming the Swedish citizen has carried out a suicide bombing in Iraq back in August. The man named Makram M., a Swedish national of Tunisian origin, allegedly died in the North of Iraq.

Makram M. (born 1974) moved to Sweden in 2000 and was allegedly married to a Swedish woman and lived in Sweden several years before he traveled to Iraq in 2007 and joined a terrorist group, most likely the „Islamic State of Iraq“ an unbrella insurgent organization in which al-Qaeda dominates. As a foreign fighter, he traveled from Egypt via Syria and entered Iraq.

Makram M.´s al-Qaeda identification

– „What do you want to be?“ – „A Fighter“

In the Northern Iraqi city of Mosul, Makram M. blew himself up and died in the explosion. Although it was not exactly identified where the Swedish suicide bomber detonated his explosives, it was said the attack took place in early August. Archive data shows that on August 7th, a suicide bomber attacked a Iraqi police patrol in Mosul killing one policeman and injuring six other people.

I contacted Swedish security officials and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday to ask about the case of the Swedish suicide bomber. They confirmed the information has reached them but they cannot say if the information is correct. „This information has come to our knowledge in recent days“, spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs told me.

Seems like Norwegian and Swedish Media have picked up this news without mentioning this Blog, eventhough I contacted them and provided the information…quality journalism?

http://www.aftonbladet.se/nyheter/article8148091.ab

http://www.aftenbladet.no/utenriks/1291861/-__Svensk_selvmordsbomber_angrep_i_Irak.html