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* Visit to Odawara Castle
* Some pictures
* They let women DRIVE here!
* Cool things here in Japan
* Adventures in Sushi
* Adjusting to Life in Japan
* What an exciting year...
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* HONG KONG: FEB 05
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April 12, 2005
What an exciting year...
Well, as you may know, my time here in the Magical Kingdom is rapidly closing...I leave on Friday and leave the Sand for the Tsunami part of our blog, Japan. I'll be finally joining my wife of 16 months, and will be able to live in the same house, and be a "real" married couple. Believe me, we can't wait. It's been a long year that fortunately went fast (though the fact that I spent at least a week every 3 months or so with Melody sure helped...).
However, it's also been a very exciting year in many ways, not the least of which was the ever constant threat of being blown up, kidnapped, shot, and / or beheaded... Here's what went down during my time here. One thing that's missing is the attack that happened on some of our guys on the 2nd of June. Not sure why it didn't make the news...It was just 7 guys with AK47s who shot the hell out of one of our trucks.
TIMELINE -- TERRORISM IN THE KINGDOM
January 29, 2005 - U.S. Consulate General in Jeddah "reopened for business on Saturday, January 29, following its temporary closure to the public after the tragic events of last December." [more]
December 29, 2004 - Militants launched coordinated car bombings and battled security forces in the Saudi capital last night (Dec. 29) in attacks that killed 10 people, caused oil prices to jump and signaled that Islamic extremists are keeping up their fight despite the kingdom's crackdown on al-Qaida. A car bomb detonated near the Interior Ministry in central Riyadh -- killing a bystander, according to Saudi TV -- was followed soon after by an explosion when suicide attackers tried to bomb a troop recruitment center. [more]
December 29, 2004 - Saudi police killed a suspected militant in a shootout in Riyadh.. ..the man had tossed a hand grenade from his car at security forces who had been combing a residential area in the capital following a clash with militants on [Dec. 28]. Police later surrounded the car and killed the man in the shootout.
December 28, 2004 - Three suspected terrorists were killed and another was injured in a gunbattle with security forces in the capital last night, security sources told Arab News. The encounter took place near Al-Salam Park, close to the Higher Court in Riyadh’s Al-Deera district. [more]
December 8, 2004 - Saudi authorities yesterday named the slain gunmen who stormed the US Consulate here on Monday.. [more]
December 6, 2004 - U.S. Consulate in Jeddah attacked. Three gunmen with suspected Al-Qaeda links attacked the U.S. consulate in Jeddah today.. [Special Report]
December 4, 2004 - Saudi Arabian security forces have arrested the brother of a slain terrorist on suspicion of involvement in terrorist activities, officials said Saturday. [more]
December 2, 2004 - Saudi security forces have arrested four suspects following raids in various parts of the Kingdom, press reports said, adding that seven officers were injured when their vehicle overturned during a chase. [more]
November 30, 2004 - Saudi security forces have seized a suspected terrorist north of Riyadh, but it was not immediately known if he figured on a list of most wanted suspects. [more]
November 29, 2004 - The Interior Ministry yesterday identified the slain terror suspect in Saturday’s gunbattle in Jeddah as a wanted terrorist who was one of the plotters of the Muhaya housing compound attack in Riyadh in November 2003, which killed 17 people and wounded more than 120, the Saudi Press Agency reported. [more]
November 28, 2004 - Saudi security forces shot dead a suspected terrorist and captured another following a gunbattle here yesterday. [more]
November 22, 2004 - Saudi security forces seized arms and ammunition at a suspected terrorist hideout north of Riyadh, an Interior Ministry spokesman said. [more]
November 21, 2004 - Saudi Arabia has announced the arrest of an Islamist suspected of plotting an attack on a neighboring country. [more]
November 14, 2004 - Saudi Arabia has detained five people suspected of spreading Islamic militant ideology in the kingdom. [more]
November 11, 2004 - Saudi Arabia has made remarkable headway in its war on terrorism as it has succeeded in stripping terrorists of their capabilities to carry out major attacks, Interior Minister Prince Naif said. [more]
November 9, 2004 - Saudi police killed a suspected terrorist and captured three others Tuesday in the Red Sea port city of Jeddah, west of Saudi Arabia, official sources said. [more]
October 17, 2004 - "Two militants wanted by security authorities were arrested after an exchange of fire at dawn today, during which one of the two was slightly wounded," said Brig. Mansour Al-Turki, spokesman of the Interior Ministry. [more]
Click here for a list of Saudi Arabia's most wanted terrorists.
October 14, 2004 - One of the three militants killed in Tuesday's [October 12] shootout in Riyadh was on the list of the 26 most wanted terrorists, the Interior Ministry announced yesterday. The ministry identified the man as Abdul Majeed ibn Muhammad Abdullah Al-Munie. [more]
October 3, 2004 - An attacker armed with a machine gun fired at an expatriate housing compound in eastern Riyadh on Friday night [October 1] but caused no injuries or damage, a Saudi security official said Sunday [October 3]. [more]
September 27, 2004 - Security forces exchanged fire with suspected terrorists in the capital Riyadh yesterday, less than 24 hours after a French engineer was gunned down in Jeddah. [more]
September 14, 2004 - Testimony regarding the US State Department's views on the terrorist finance elements of the 9/11 Commission's report addresses US-Saudi cooperation [more]
August 29, 2004 - Saudi police, battling al Qaeda militant attacks to destabilize the pro-U.S. kingdom, have arrested two wanted militants in the central city of Buraida, security sources said. [more]
August 17, 2004 - Saudi Arabia's major battle with terrorism is over, and the kingdom is chasing the last remaining militants, Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz said in an interview. [more]
August 16, 2004 - "As a result, since September 11th, 2001, more than two-thirds of al-Qaidas top leadership have been killed or captured. More than 3,000 al-Qaida criminals have been detained in over 100 countries. Terrorist cells have been wrapped up in Singapore, in Italy, right here in the United States. The Saudis are going after them with vigor and are more successful with each passing day." -- U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell [more]
August 5, 2004 - Saudi security forces arrested Faris Ahmed Jamaan Al-Zahrani, the No. 11 on a list of most wanted 26 terrorists published by the Interior Ministry last December. [more]
July 26, 2004 - A message purportedly from an al-Qaida cell in Saudi Arabia surfaced Monday July 26 with the acknowledgment that three of its militants were killed in a shootout last week with security forces. [more]
July 21, 2004 - Saudi Arabian security forces killed two terrorist suspects, including one on a most-wanted list, and captured six others in a gun battle late yesterday in the capital, Riyadh .. Authorities also found the head of slain U.S. hostage Paul Johnson in a refrigerator in the suspects' hideout. [more]
July 14, 2004 - A disabled Saudi terror suspect, Khaled ibn Odeh ibn Mohammed Al-Harbi, handed himself in to Saudi authorities, the third to do so under a month-long partial amnesty announced in June. The man is suspected of being a top Al-Qaeda figure close to Osama Bin Laden and had been hiding along the Iran-Afghan border. [more]
July 4, 2004 - Saudi security investigations uncovered the deaths of two senior terrorists who died from untreated wounds after clashes with security forces in April 2004. Rakan ibn Mohsen Al-Seikhan and Nasser ibn Rashid Al-Rashid -- both on a list of 26 most wanted suspects -- were wounded during the April 12 clashes in Riyadh. [more]
July 3, 2004 - The Saudi Arabian Interior Ministry identified the terrorist killed in a gunbattle on July 1 as Awad ibn Muhammad ibn Ali Al-Awad and the one wounded as Abdul Rahman ibn Muhammad ibn Abdul Rahman Al-Abdul Wahab. [more]
June 2004 - Saudi Arabia and the United States Take Joint Action Against Terror Financing [PDF]
June 28, 2004 - One of Saudi Arabia's most wanted terrorists surrenders, the second suspect to turn himself in under a one-month government amnesty announced in mid-June. The terrorist, Othman Hadi Al-Maqbul Al-Amri, 37, gave himself up after two years on the run. [more]
June 25, 2004 - Saudi Arabia could allow foreigners who feel threatened by the wave of terrorist violence in the Kingdom to carry guns for their protection. [more]
June 23, 2004 - Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd offers terrorists a limited amnesty, calling on them to turn themselves in or face the full might of the state. In a televised address read on his behalf by Crown Prince Abdullah, King Fahd said those who willingly surrender within 30 days will be secure and warned all those who don't will be subjected to a fierce crackdown. [more]
June 18, 2004 - U.S. hostage Paul Johnson was beheaded by his captors. Hours later Saudi security forces gunned down the suspected leader of Al-Qaeda in Saudi Arabia, Abdul Aziz Al-Muqrin. [more]
June 18, 2004 - The man wears a black hood on the videotape as he grips an AK-47 and threatens to execute an American hostage. In spite of the disguise, a subtitle gives a name for the speaker, Abdulaziz Muqrin, who Saudi authorities say is the chief organizer of the recent attacks on Westerners in Saudi Arabia. [more]
June 13, 2004 - Al-Qaeda terrorists in Saudi Arabia kidnapped American engineer Paul Marshal Johnson, an employee of Lockheed Martin. A statement purporting to be from Al-Qaeda threatened to treat the abducted American as U.S. troops treated Iraqi prisoners -- a reference to sexual and other abuses at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. Another American, Kenneth Scroggs, was gunned down by the same group. [more]
June 8, 2004 - Terrorists gunned down Robert Jacob, an American working for Vinnell Corp., a U.S. defense contractor in Riyadh. [more]
June 5, 2004 - The BBC's security correspondent Frank Gardner was critically injured and his cameraman Simon Cumbers was killed when they came under fire in a Riyadh neighborhood notorious for militants. [more]
June 4, 2004 - Saudi Arabia's top religious authority, Sheik Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah Al al-Sheik, issued an edict urging citizens and residents to inform authorities about suspected militants planning terror activities. [more]
June 2, 2004 - In a bid to crack down on financing of terrorist groups, Saudi Arabia in a joint press conference with US officials announced it was dissolving the Al-Haramain Charitable Foundation and other private groups and creating a commission to manage private charitable work abroad. [more]
June 2, 2004 - Saudi security forces gunned down two terror suspects in a gunbattle at Hada near Taif. The pair were linked to the recent attacks in Alkhobar. [more]
May 29, 2004 - Attack in Khobar - Four gunmen attacked compounds housing oil workers in Khobar, Eastern Province, Saudi Arabia at about 7:30 a.m. (0430 GMT). Hostages were being held at one compound. Saudi officials said 16 people have been killed in the attacks. Al Qaeda has claimed responsibility. [more]
May 27, 2004 - A top Al Qaida leader [Abdulaziz Al Muqrin] in Saudi Arabia issued a battle plan for an urban guerrilla war in the kingdom. Al Muqrin, gave a detailed list of steps militants should take to succeed in their violent campaign against the Saudi government. [more]
May 20, 2004 - Saudi security forces today killed four terrorist suspects and injured another in a gunfight in Qasim Province. The security forces came under heavy fire from machineguns after locating five terrorist suspects in a rest house in Khudairah, a village in the area of Buraidah. One security officer was killed and two were injured in the incident. Weapons and ammunition were confiscated.
May 1, 2004 - Gunmen killed at least six people in an attack on a Western oil company office in the Red Sea city of Yanbu. [more]
April 29, 2004 - U.S. State Department's annual report, "Patterns of Global Terrorism - 2003," praised Saudi Arabia's commitment to the war against global terrorism, "I would cite Saudi Arabia as an excellent example of a nation increasingly focusing its political will to fight terrorism. Saudi Arabia has launched an aggressive, comprehensive, and unprecedented campaign to hunt down terrorists, uncover their plots, and cut off their sources of funding.." [more]
April 24, 2004 - King Fahd characterized the April 21 attack as "the work of a deviant few who wanted to undermine the country, terrorize peaceful people and kill Muslims." [more]
April 22, 2004 - Saudi Security forces killed five terror suspects, including two of the country's most wanted men, during raids. [more]
April 22, 2004 - The Al Haramin (the holy sites) Brigades claimed responsibility on web sites for the April 21 Riyadh suicide bombing.
April 22, 2004 - Grand Mufti Abdul-Aziz al-Sheik, the kingdom's highest religious authority, condemned the attack "as one of the greatest sins" and said the attackers will be "burned in hell." [more]
April 21, 2004 - Terrorists launched a suicide car bomb attack April 21, 2004 against Saudi Arabian government buildings in Riyadh. Five people were killed and over 150 were wounded in the attack. [more]
April 19, 2004 - Saudi security forces seized two vehicles loaded with explosives north of Riyadh. Three other explosive laden vehicles were seized in the last two days, one of which has been sought since February. [more]
April 18, 2004 - Eight terror suspects linked to violent clashes with security forces in the capital are arrested. Three large vehicle bombs — each with over a ton of explosives on board — are defused. [more]
April 15, 2004 - Evacuation is ordered for most U.S. diplomats in Saudi Arabia - "The United States [Apr. 15] ordered the evacuation of most U.S. diplomats and all U.S. family dependents from Saudi Arabia, and "strongly urged" all American citizens to leave because of "credible and specific" intelligence about terrorist attacks planned against U.S. and other Western targets, the State Department announced. [more]
April 13, 2004 - Four policemen are killed by machine-gun fire in two attacks on the road linking Riyadh and Qasim. The first of two explosive-laden cars is discovered. Gunmen open fire at officers at a checkpoint on the road to Qasim. Police defuse two car bombs and seize a third car loaded with arms. [more]
April 12, 2004 - A member of the security forces is killed and a terrorist gunned down during a clash in eastern Riyadh . [more]
April 8, 2004 - Al-Qaeda chief in Saudi Arabia vows to eject U.S. from Arabian Peninsula. [more]
April 5, 2004 - Saudi security forces shot dead a suspected militant and wounded another during a car chase in eastern Riyadh neighborhood. [more]
March 24, 2004 - J. Cofer Black, Coordinator for Counterterrorism, U.S. State Department, testified to Congress, "The Saudis are a key ally in the Global War On Terror. Their performance has not been flawless, and they have a large task before them, but we see clear evidence of the seriousness of purpose and the commitment of the leadership of the Kingdom to this fight.." [more]
March 24, 2004 - Juan C. Zarate, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Executive Office for Terrorist Financing & Financial Crimes, U.S. Department of the Treasury, testified to Congress, "the targeting actions and systemic reforms undertaken by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia clearly demonstrate its commitment to work with us and the international community to combat the global threat of terrorist financing.." [more]
March 24, 2004 - Thomas J. Harrington, Deputy Assistant Director, Counterterrorism Division, Federal Bureau of Investigation, testified to Congress, "The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is an important partner in this international effort and has taken significant steps to deter global terrorism.." [more]
March 19, 2004 - U.S. Secretary of State Powell meets Saudi officials in Riyadh, tells press US and Saudi Arabia are united in war on terror. [more]
Posted by djf on April 12, 2005 11:23 PM
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