January 11, 2013 |
A Haddon Township man who authorities said belonged to a federally monitored anti-government extremist group, was arrested today on charges of illegally possessing multiple firearms. Gregory Gawrysiak, 46, was being held in the Camden County Jail on $500,000 bail. The charges against him include one of possessing an assault firearm, according to the Camden County Prosecutor's Office, Haddon Township Police, and the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Gun Task Force. In 2012, Gawrysiak purchased two pistols, a rifle and a shotgun in Pennsylvania after fraudulently obtaining a Pennsylvania driver's license using a relatives's address, authorities said.
August 8, 2012 |
It couldn't have happened without the guns, of course. The easy availability of weapons and ammunition is the common denominator that ties Sunday's mass killing in a Sikh temple in Wisconsin to most of the other multiple murders in America in recent years: at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo.; at a shopping center in Tucson, Ariz.; at Fort Hood, Texas; at Virginia Tech; at Columbine. For some of the killers, mental instability clearly is a factor. For example, Jared Loughner was deemed mentally incompetent to stand trial for the killing of six people and the wounding of 13 others, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, in 2010.
September 24, 2011 |
ISLAMABAD - Pakistani officials warned they could jettison the United States as an ally if American officials continue to accuse Islamabad's intelligence agency of assisting a leading Afghan Taliban group in recent attacks in Afghanistan. Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar cautioned the United States against airing allegations such as that of collusion between Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence agency and the extremist Haqqani network, a blunt charge made Thursday by Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, before the Senate Armed Services Committee.
June 2, 2011 |
MAMAD GAT, Pakistan - A top Pakistani commander said Wednesday that the army intended to start operations against extremists in a strategic tribal region that juts deep into Afghanistan, part of a rolling campaign to eliminate insurgents on its side of the border. But Lt. Gen. Asif Yasin Malik said the force had no immediate plan to attack the neighboring extremist haven of North Waziristan, an al-Qaeda stronghold from which many of the deadliest attacks against U.S. troops in Afghanistan are organized and launched.
April 26, 2011 |
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Authorities at Guantanamo Bay regarded Pakistan's national intelligence agency, ISI, as either involved in or supporting terrorism, according to leaked documents made public Monday, a designation that could anger leaders in the nuclear-armed Muslim country and worsen a relationship already marred by deep mutual distrust. Disclosures that tie the ISI to terrorist and extremist groups are nothing new. Just last week, in a visit to Pakistan, Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, raised the allegation of a relationship between the ISI and the Haqqani network, an Afghan Taliban wing.
July 23, 2010 |
OVER THE last year and a half, far-right extremism has blossomed, fueled by an intense distrust and hatred of the federal government in general and of President Obama in particular. To anti-government extremists, including a growing number of militia groups, the government is not only dangerous but an actual enemy to be defeated. Pennsylvania hasn't been immune to this rise in anti-government extremism, particularly the increase in militia activity. In January, a number of small militia groups planned to conduct paramilitary training in the Micheaux State Forest.
November 18, 2009 |
BARACK Obama's presidency may hinge on the future of the Afghanistan war and a sound understanding of Islamic extremists and the world in which they operate. Extremists are global and their actors are mobile. Thus, a victory in Afghanistan doesn't necessarily mean a victory in the war on terror against al Qaeda. As the United States moves forward in Afghanistan, some of our reasons for being there in the first place - like al Qaeda - have moved; Osama bin Laden and Ayman al Zawahiri are believed to be hiding in the tribal areas of Pakistan, and the terror group is thought to be discussing a move to Somalia or Yemen.
July 22, 2005 |
Contending that Saudi Arabia remains a center of financing and recruitment for extremists, Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D., N.J.) says it is time for the United States to consider ending military cooperation with the Saudis unless they crack down more forcefully on radical Islamic groups. Lautenberg and his staff have prepared a 12-page report detailing links between extremist groups and Saudi financiers in an effort to persuade Congress and the White House to reexamine the relationship.
February 1, 2005 |
Founded as a radical resistance movement in the 1980s, the Islamic fundamentalist group Hamas is turning itself into an efficient vote-getting political machine. In the first local elections in the Gaza Strip, Hamas-affiliated candidates swept seven of 10 municipalities last week, taking 77 of 118 local-council seats. Beit Hanoun, where Hamas surprised even itself by taking 11 of 13 seats, "was our sweetest victory," said Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zukri, citing the northern Gaza Strip town from which rockets have been launched at Israel and that has suffered, in turn, from retaliatory raids that have leveled hundreds of acres of farmland.
January 18, 2005 |
As Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas begins consolidating power, he is considering naming seasoned Fatah leader Nasser Yusef to the post of interior minister, in which he would oversee the proposed realignment of Palestinian security forces in the choppy wake of Yasir Arafat's one-man rule. Arafat rejected two earlier attempts to give the job to Yusef, who staged a crackdown on Hamas in the 1990s. His appointment by Abbas and Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia would send a clear signal to armed Palestinian groups that things have changed.