The Terrorists’ Internationale: The Khartoum Venue *Exclusive* - J. Millard Burr

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“The Terrorists’ Internationale: The Khartoum Venue” demonstrates Sudan’s role in the establishing and sustaining of the international Islamist terrorist web. The book gives chapter and verse on the entire network and vividly deals with every important leader, organization and faction. Burr’s detailed and colorful account assembles the mixed elements  of the Islamist terrorism puzzle into a clear and sobering picture.

J. Millard Burr is a senior fellow at ACD/EWI. He worked for many years at the Department of State, during his last assignment serving as logistics advisor for the Operation Lifeline Sudan program of USAID. Burr holds a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Oregon, and has served as Special Assistant to The Geographer, Department of State. In a career that spanned more than three decades, he had numerous assignments in Latin America, the Middle East and Asia.

With collaborator Dr. Robert O. Collins, Burr is the author of four books dealing with the emergence of Islamist movements. One of those books, “Alms for Jihad,” gained considerable attention in 2007, when its publisher, Cambridge University Press, failed to defend the book, caved in to a libel threat (not a suit) in England by Saudi billionaire Khalid Salim A. bin Mahfouz, pulped the book and paid an undisclosed sum of money to Mahfouz. The Saudi threatened to sue because the book documented his funding of al Qaeda. Mahfouz, who made London the capital of “libel Tourism,” had used the archaic British libel laws to silence more than 40 writers and publishers. Mahfouz won in London a default judgment against“Funding Evil” and its author, Rachel Ehrenfeld, whose countersuit in the U.S. led to new state laws and national legislation (the SPEECH Act, 2010) that protects American writers and publishers from the enforcement of foreign libel judgments.

“The Terrorist Internationale” is the capstone of Burr’s profiling of the global Islamist terrorist movement.

The book is available in its entirety on the ACD website.

By J. Millard Burr

Contents

Introduction………………………………………….

1. The Afghanistan Beginning…………………………..

Organizing the Jihad. The Conference Ideal. The PIC and the Baghdad Venue. Kuwait Invaded. The Conciliators. Enter Osama Bin Laden. Chicago, December 1990.

2. Hassan al-Turabi Emerges…………………………….

Spoiling for Trouble with Egypt. The Hezbollah of Lebanon. The First Anniversary. Conflict Resolution, Turabi in Algeria. Study of the Islamic Future. Turabi in Yemen. Conferences in Tehran and Baghdad. The Tehran-Khartoum Axis. The Gulf War and Beyond. Lahore and the Lahore Conference. Pakistan’s Ubiquitous ISI. The Afghan-Arabs. The Lahore Conference Concludes.

3. Genesis of the Popular Arab Islamic Conference Idea..

The Popular Conference Idea. Setting the Stage. The Brotherhood of Muslims. Conference Themes. Conference Objectives. Bin Laden Appears in the Sudan. Ayman al-Zawahiri. From Iran-Iraq to the Maghreb. The Iran-Sudan Entente. Exporting Revolution, the Mahgreb. The Sudan-Iran Relationship Matures. The Atmosphere in Khartoum. A Summation.

Table 1: The 1st Popular Arab Islamic Conference, April 25-28, 1991.

4. The Islamist Movement Takes Wing…………………….

Discretion Gives Way. The Zawahiri Presence. EIJ Activity. Pakistan and Afghanistan Representation. Kashmir. The Palestine Combatants. Madani and Events in the Mahgrib. Madrid, Tehran and Dakar. A New Role for Iran. A Recapitulation.

5. Talks and Terrorism………………………………..

The United States Responds. The Visible Islamists. Tehran Meeting, February 1992. Turabi the Traveler. The WISE Investigation. Turabi in Washington. A Visit to Canada. Turabi Recuperates. The El Obeid Fatwa. Events in Khartoum.

6. The Jihadist Movement Revives……………………….

The Conferences on Palestine. Sudan and Somalia. UN Involvement. The Iranian Hand. Iraq Revives. The Islamic Plan.

Table 2: The Voyages of Hassan al-Turabi, 1990-1993.

7. Bin Laden Finds a Home……………………………..

Reviving al-Qaeda in the Sudan. The al-Qaeda Outreach. The Islamic Benevolence Committee. Islamic Charities in the Sudan. Preparing the Attack on Somalia. The Attack on UN Forces. Turabi in Peshawar. The New York Trade Center Bombing. From New York to Pakistan. The Yemen Advance. Ghannouchi and Taha. The Africa Involvement. Anticipating PAIC II.

8. The Second PAIC Assembly……………………………

PAIC II. Members Welcomed. Conference Issues. The Palestine Concern. The Pakistan Connection. Sheikh Gilani and Kashmir. The Trade Center Bombing. Ramadan and Burgat. Bin Laden Emerges. Tunisia and Algeria. The Chechnya Presence. Turabi On Top.

Table 3: Major Events, 1993.

Table 4: Islamist Terrorist Organization Listed by the United States Prior to 9/11/2001.

Table 5: The 2nd PAIC Conference, 2-4 December 1993.

9. The Balkans, Bin Laden, Turabi and the PAIC…………..

The Prelude. Enter the Afghan-Arabs. The Muslim Response. The Sudan Trampoline. The United States Responds. Al-Fatih Hassanein. Arming the Bosniaks. Funding the Third World Relief Agency. Bosnia at PAIC II.

10. Anticipating PAIC III……………………………..

Carlos the Jackal. Smoke and Mirrors. PAIC II Aftermath: The Yemen Denouement. Eritrea Under Attack. The Iraq and Algeria Exchanges. The Palestine Issue. Bashir and the Mahgrib. Washington’s Terrorist List.

Table 6: Executive Order on Transactions with Terrorists who

Threaten To Disrupt the Middle East Peace Process.

11. PAIC III…………………………………………

Setting the Agenda. Present and Absent. Algeria Mediation.

The African Delegation Objects. Dialogue With The West. Somalia Jihad. Imad Mughniya. Eritrea exposes the PAIC. The Iranian Connection Continues. April in Washington. Winding Down the TWRA.

Table 7: 3rd PAIC Conference, 30 March – 2 April 1995.

12. Mubarak and The Failed Assassination………………..

Mubarak Escapes a Trap. Khartoum on the Defensive. The Muwafaq Charity. Zawahiri Is Expelled. The PAIC Is Impacted. Closing Out The Year. Shopping Bin Laden. Afeworki’s Attack.

13. The End of an Islamist Experiment………………….

The Ijaz Initiative. The Stigma of Terrorism Survives. The Last Hurrah. Ruling the Sudan. Turabi Defeated. Postscript.

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