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Florida Muslims warn about being "too celebratory" about killing of Al -Zarqawi - say he should have been put on trial instead

June 11, 2006

MIM:The moderate friends of terror in Sunni South Florida were upset that Al Zarqawi was not brought to trial. No wonder, since several of the Muslims quoted in the article are die hard advocates for terrrorist rights.

In 2004 Altaf Ali, the director of CAIR in Florida,(The Council on American Islamic Relations) stated at an an FBI organised press conference (held to publicise the hunt for Adnan Shukrijumah) that he was worried that the dirty bomber wannabe would not get a fair trial, and that the mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks, Khalid Sheik Mohammed was 'being deprived of sleep' .

Sofian Abdelaziz Zakkout, The director of the North Miami Beach based AMANA (American Muslim Association of North America) hired the father of Shukrijumah to work at his mosque, and himself was VP of a 'charity' that raised money for the Islamic Association for Palestine. Zakkout also proclaimed the innocene of Al Qaeda funding suspect Adnan Hassoun, who was reported to be the one who arranged for new convert Jose Padilla to go to Egypt, to study, and attend a terrorist traing camp in Pakistan where he met Adnan Shukrijumah. Both of them were supposed to be dispatched to carry out attacks in Florida but had a 'personality clash'. Padilla came back to the United States to case targets and was arrested at the airport.

Zakkout seemed annoyed that Al Zaraqawi was klled and said that "all these people should be brought before a court of justice",adding that "only time will tell if another militant takes his place"

Should Adnan Shukrijumah decide to take Al Zaraqawi's place, Altaf Ali and Sofian Abdelaiz Zakkout could supply the recommendations.


Arab-Americans in South Florida welcome news of al-Zarqawi 's death

By Ruth Morris
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

June 9, 2006,0,2335666,print.story?coll=sfla-news-broward

Arab-Americans living in South Florida welcomed the news Thursday that U.S. forces had knocked out Iraq's most wanted militant, but they echoed White House warnings that the death might not immediately quell a bloody campaign of bombings, kidnappings and sectarian violence.

"We hope this recent development will lead to a more positive outlook for Iraq. The most important thing now is making sure some of the senseless killing will cease," said Altaf Ali, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Pembroke Pines. Ali was referring to suicide bombings and beheadings attributed to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi -- the Jordanian-born terrorist who became al-Qaida's top leader in Iraq after the U.S. invasion.

U.S. forces dropped two 500-pound bombs on a remote Iraqi safe house, officials said Thursday, killing al-Zarqawi. President Bush called the death a "severe blow" to al-Zarqawi's operatives in Iraq, but warned tough times still lay ahead.

"As any American, I'm elated to know one of these symbols of terror has been taken away. It's very good news for our nation, but this is not the end of it," said Miramar veterinarian Mustafa Saleh, who is originally from Egypt. "I don't think we should be too celebratory for the moment."

Like others, Saleh said he hoped the elimination of al-Zarqawi would accelerate efforts to bring U.S. troops home and hand over more security responsibilities to Iraqi police.

While applauding the intelligence operation that lead to the militant's death, a few local Arab-Americans said they wished U.S. forces had arrested him, as they did Saddam Hussein, to stand trial and face the families of his victims. Among his followers, al-Zarqawi was being feted as a martyr within hours of his demise.

"All these people should be brought to a court of justice, I'm against assassinations," said Sofian Abdelaziz, director of the local chapter of the American Muslim Association of North America. Only time would tell, he said, if al-Zarqawi's death translated into fewer attacks on civilians, or if another militant takes his place.

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