Head of extremist Muslim group ‘happy to see the horror in America’


Mohammad al-Chalabi, head of the extremist Jordanian Muslim Salafi group, spoke highly Tuesday morning of the bombings at the Boston Marathon.

“Let the Americans feel the pain we endured by their armies occupying Iraq and Afghanistan and killing our people there,” said al-Chalabi, reports the Associated Press.

He was convicted in a 2003 al-Qaida plot in Jordan and served seven years in prison. He continued, ”American blood isn’t more precious than Muslim blood.”

The Muslim Salafi group is technically outlawed in Jordan.

The AP also spoke with a counter-terrorism official based in Jordan, who said, ”From the little information available, one can say it was a well-coordinated, well-targeted and near-simultaneous attack.”

He also acknowledged that such a bombing “[carries] the hallmark of an organized terrorist group, like al-Qaida.”


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3 thoughts on “Head of extremist Muslim group ‘happy to see the horror in America’

  1. One of the alleged Boston bombers died following a shootout with the police after being run over by a vehicle driven by his brother. The other was captured – wounded – after he was discovered hiding in a boat. He is now in hospital and said to be seriously ill. Both had their origins in Chechnya and both were Muslims. There is a bombardment of ‘facts’ about the men who allegedly – there is not yet any evidence in the public domain that they were responsible – planted the two bombs that killed three and wounded over 150 at last week’s Boston Marathon. There is a very strong circumstantial case that the police got the right men and no other suspects are being sought, but there are a host of unanswered questions about a pair of brothers who were at first glance unremarkable.

    The men were leading lives that were typical of the American melting pot, but something within them turned the ordinary and unremarkable into the terrible and murderous. It is that which may ultimately illuminate for the rest of the world the darkness they brought to what should have been a joyful public sporting event. There are reports of Muslim communities in the US fearing a backlash, a fear that may get stoked by an irresponsible media – both formal in the shape of news networks and informal via Twitter and Facebook and other social media sites that are under no editorial constraint. It is to be hoped that these fears are unfounded – they usually are and instances of ‘backlash’ against members of minority ethnic or religious groups are in fact rare. President Obama has spoken of ‘the end of a chapter’. Filling in the blanks that thus far make up the rest of the story is going to take time and patience and perhaps the cooperation of a teenager who lies in a Boston hospital (where there are also victims of the original bombing still receiving treatment) and whose evidence is going to be crucial to the closure of this bloody episode. It is to be hoped that the American people are able to see and think beyond crude stereotypes and shorthand descriptions of the Tsarnaev brothers, and that hasty hands and heads are steadied by wiser ones.

  2. There is an old black spiritual entitled “None of us are free”. In the song there’s a haunting phrase…”if no one says it’s wrong, then it’s right”. Still waiting for the Muslim community to hold a march of tens of thousands to proclaim loudly…Islamic terrorism is wrong”. Say it loud…say it proud and perhaps we can marginalize those few who give Islam such an undeserved shameful name!

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