Islamic Jihad Union

The Islamic Jihad Union (IJU), also known as Islamic Jihad Group (IJG), is a terrorist organization which splintered from the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU), and has conducted several attacks in Uzbekistan. The IJU is seen as the successor to al Qaeda.Verify source|date=September 2008Citation |author=DPA news agency (kjb) |title=Germany Arrests Two Suspected of Failed Terror Plot |url=http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,2144,3656906,00.html |publisher=Deutsche Welle |date=2008-09-19 |accessdate=2008-09-20 ]

On October 13, 2005, Hazel Anne Blears MP testified before the British House of Commons that the IJU should be identified as a banned organization because it posed a threat to British interests overseas. [ cite web | url = http://www.craigmurray.co.uk/archives/2005/10/hazel_blears_li.html | title = Hazel Blears Lies to Parliament about Origin of Intelligence | accessdate = 2007-05-26 ] Some Ministers dissented from this viewpoint, and former British Ambassador Craig Murray later claimed that the IJU attacks were highly-controlled and limited operations orchestrated by the Government of Uzbekistan. [ cite web | url = http://www.craigmurray.co.uk/archives/2007/09/the_mysterious.html | title = The Mysterious Islamic Jihad Union| accessdate = 2007-09-08 ] On the contrary, MP Blears asserted in her testimony that these conclusions were independently corroborated by British intelligence and security services sources, and that many UN members expressed concern regarding the IJG.

In 2007 three terrorists were arrested in Germany after being suspected to attack the Frankfurt International airport and US-Military installations such as Ramstein Air Base. The 3 persons were directly affilited with the Islamic Jihad Group. [Citation |last=Smith |first=Diane |title=Three Suspected Terrorists Arrested in Germany |url=http://www.efluxmedia.com/news_Three_Suspected_Terrorists_Arrested_in_Germany_08319.html |publisher=eFluxMedia |date=2007-09-05 |accessdate=2008-09-20 ] Citation |author=DPA news agency (dc) |title=Germany Indicts "Home Grown" Islamists for Terrorist Bomb Plot |url=http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,2144,3614096,00.html |publisher=Deutsche Welle |date=2008-09-02 |accessdate=2008-09-20 ]

In 2008 two other suspected were arrested in the Frankfurt area in Germany for terror plots.

ee also

*Alleged 2007 bomb plot in Germany

References

* [http://www.tkb.org/Group.jsp?groupID=4582 Islamic Jihad Group] Dead link|date=September 2008
*"Islamic Jihad Group's Links with Uzbekistani Terrorism Mulled," Viktoriya Panfilova, 04/19/2004, Moscow Nezavisimaya Gazeta
*"Islamic Jihad Group in Uzbekistan Claims Responsibility for Suicide Attacks," FBIS, 07/30/2004]
* [http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2005/46838.htm "U.S. Department of State Designates the Islamic Jihad Group Under Executive Order 13224," Press Statement: Richard Boucher, 05/26/2005, US Department of State]
* [http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/65462.pdf "Country Reports on Terrorism 2005," 04/28/2006, U.S. Department of State]


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