November 9, 2005


Indonesia Police Kill Radical Leader (Alan Sipress, 11/09/05, Washington Post)

In recent weeks, police tracked Azahari [Husin] to a house near the resort town of Malang on the eastern end of Indonesia's main island of Java and had kept the site under surveillance since late last month, according to national police chief Gen. Sutanto,who like many Indonesians goes by one name. He told reporters that investigators confirmed Azahari's whereabouts after questioning a suspected militant arrested earlier Wednesday in the central Java city of Semarang.

When an elite anti-terrorist unit surrounded the hideout Wednesday afternoon, militants inside opened fire, Sutanto said. During an hour-long gun battle, they set off nearly a dozen explosions, including a final, tremendous blast that rocked the neighborhood. Witnesses told local television that the explosions blew the roof off the dwelling.

After the clash subsided, police discovered three corpses inside the dwelling, including a dismembered body identified by Sutanto as that of Azahari. Indonesian investigators have long reported that he commonly kept explosives strapped to his body with the intention of detonating them if he was ever cornered. Police found that all three men in the house had been wearing backpacks that apparently were stuffed with explosives.

If they tortured the location out of the arrestee are there really folks who will say it wasn't worth it?

Meanwhile, here comes a good test case on the sort of results official brutality can produce, Explosions Rock Three Hotels in Jordan: At Least 53 People Killed, Over 120 Wounded (Jonathan Finer and William Branigin, 11/09/05, Washington Post)

Explosions ripped through three hotels in the Jordanian capital Wednesday night, killing at least 53 persons and wounding more than 120, a top government official said.

Deputy Prime Minister Marwan Muasher said the blasts were all "apparently suicide attacks" and that most of the casualties were Jordanians.

As ambulances raced through the darkened streets and police and soldiers took up positions around the city, authorities quickly sealed off the three U.S. brand-name hotels: the Grand Hyatt Amman, the Radisson SAS Hotel and the Days Inn Hotel.

In an interview on CNN, Muasher said the deadliest attack occurred at the Radisson, where a Jordanian couple was holding a wedding party.

Jordan didn't get its reputation for having one of the best intelligence services in the world by accoiding terrorists the protections of the Geneva Convention.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 9, 2005 7:06 PM

It was something of a relief at work today to learn that the Amman Marriott was not one of the targeted hotels.

I wish I could find that picture online where the suicide bomber meets his 72 virgins, all of whom look like Helen Thomas.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at November 9, 2005 10:07 PM

There is a picture of the bridal couple and their fathers at PowerLine. The couple survived; the fathers were killed.

While the response of the US should be simply to kill more terrorists in its pursuit of Zarqawi, we can hope that Jordan will be steeled even further as an ally. And it is past time to go on the PR offensive across the globe, and just start calling terror-enablers what they are.

Posted by: jim hamlen at November 9, 2005 10:27 PM

At any rate it was kind of that sand-critter honcho to blow himself up like that and save the friendlies all the fuss.

Posted by: Lou Gots at November 10, 2005 9:37 AM

At any rate it was kind of that sand-critter honcho to blow himself up like that and save the friendlies all the fuss.

Posted by: Lou Gots at November 10, 2005 9:38 AM