Schlagwort-Archive: Stockholm

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.

Somalia – The Next Waziristan

by Florian Flade


„W elcome to Somalia – there are no worries“

– Al-Shabaab Chief Spokesman Sheikh Mohammed Rage says in the latest video release by the Somali Islamist movement, inviting foreign Muslims to join Al-Shabaab and fight in Somalia. This newest propaganda piece is an outstanding release of surprising quality and the clear intention to recruit Westerners or at least foreign Muslims to the Somali Jihad. The 1/2 hour tape, edited with English subtitles, features not only training camp and combat footage in Somalia, but also presents the statements of several foreign militants including Western Islamists fighting in the ranks of Al-Shabaab.

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A British-Somali man called „Abu Dujana“ is seen sitting on a hilltop, the Somali coast in the background. The British militant explains in fluent English that Jihad is a duty for every Muslim and why he came to the war-torn country at the Horn of Africa to fight for the Ummah. „I would like to use my time“, the militant explains, „to talk about the blessings of living in the land of Jihad…before we came here, we were living in a society in which people were enslaved by their desires.“

„Abu Zaid“, a militant from Sweden, is giving a statement standing in what seems to be a empty football stadium. Speaking in Swedish to the Muslims of Sweden, the masked militant says: „And I also encourage you to make hijrah to this country.“ He then goes on and threatens Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks who drew some caricatures of Prophet Muhammad and received numerous death threats since. The Somali foreign fighter says: „I want to send this warning to Lars Vilks who was behind the caricatures defaming our prophet. And I say to Lars Vilks that wherever you are, if not today or tomorrow, know that we haven´t yet forgotten about you and we will get hold of you and with Allah´s permission we will get you wherever you are and in whatever hole you are hiding know what awaits for you, as it will be nothing but this: slaughter!“ To his Muslim brothers and sisters „Abu Zaid“ says: „If you can kill this dog called Lars Vilks then you will receive a great reward from Allah!“

Another masked British Jihadi appears alongside blurry masked fighters explaining to the audience: „We are here to capture and to slaughter them. That´s the only reason we are here.“

In addition, a Sudanese, a Pakistani, two Kenyan and a Tanzanian Jihadi are shown giving statements and calling Muslims to fight Jihad in Somalia.

The new Al-Shabaab video also reveals the identity of Somalia´s first foreign suicide bomber, a Kenyan militant called „Musa“ who allegedly „in 2007…carried out a Martyrdom Operation that shook the pillars of the invading Ethiopian crusaders.“

A large number of Somali men from the exile communities of Europe and North America have traveled to Somalia in the last years, joining the al-Qaeda affiliated Al-Shabaab movement and fighting the Ethiopian occupation troops and later the Ugandan African Union Peacekeepers. Sweden, Denmark, Norway, the UK and the Netherlands are struggling to face this new terror threat by trying to infiltrate the recruiting networks of London, Göteborg, Amsterdam and Copenhagen. The „Al-Muhajiroun“ as the foreign fighters are called, have become a major concern for Western counter-terrorism agencies as some of these men are EU or American/Canadian/Australian citizens. Especially those Al-Shabaab recruits returning from the frontlines of Somalia pose a security threat. Waziristan still is the main terror training center in the world, European authorities say, but Somalia is quickly heading to become the next al-Qaeda base.

Britain´s MI5 has noticed the emerging terror potential growing in lawless, war-torn Somalia. „I am concerned that it’s only a matter of time before we see terrorism on our streets inspired by those who are today fighting alongside al-Shabaab“, MI5 Chief Jonathan Evans said back in September. „A significant number of UK residents“ were training in al-Shabaab camps to fight in the insurgency in Somalia, he added: „“Al-Shabaab, an Islamist militia in Somalia, is closely aligned with al-Qaida, and Somalia shows many of the characteristics that made Afghanistan so dangerous a seedbed for terrorism in the period before the fall of the Taliban.“

About 100 UK residents are believed to have joined Al-Shabaab, including men of Somali origin, Bangladeshis, Pakistani and West-African. Some of them are University students, others worked as waiters in restaurants. One young Somali men from London carried out a suicide bombing in Somalia in 2007, giving a martyrdom statement and calling for other British jihadis to come to Africa.

Swedish security officials suggest around 20 Islamists have left the country and reached the terror camps of Somalia in recent years. Probably more or less the same numbers are given by Danish intelligence. Terror recruits from the Somali communities of Copenhagen are confirmed to have committed suicide bombings in Somalia, one occurred during the graduation ceremony of medicine students in a Mogadishu Hotel in January – Dozens died in the blast.

In Germany the recruiting network of Al-Shabaab is under intense investigation by counter-terrorism authorities after several men attended and indeed did travel to Somalia on terrorism means. One of them, a 23 year-old White convert, was arrested in Kenya on his way to Somalia. German intelligence had tipped off the Kenyan officials after the suspect´s mother found a letter written by her son stating he would „never return to Germany alive“.

Most recently German federal police discovered a recruiting and support network run by Al-Shabaab sympathizers in Western Germany. The 15-20 men group calls itself „German Shabaab“ and is promoting the Jihad of Al-Shabaab as a religious duty. Most of the men are of Somali-origin, some are Arabs and converts.

The newest Al-Shabaab propaganda video will not fail to attract more Western recruits and the likely result will be an increase in travel movement from Europe to East Africa.