Thailand: Terrorists Think, And Act, Big


January 27, 2011:  Despite a recent attack on an army base by twenty armed Islamic terrorists, the army points out that overall violence continues to decline in the south. More and more of the violence in the south is directed at Moslems, who have largely turned against the Islamic radicals, and the gangsters who support the terrorist violence. It's unclear why the terrorists gathered such a large attack force, although the attack caught the troops unprepared for such an attack. The troops spend most of their time working to help civilians, or patrolling to provide protection from terror attacks on civilians. Perhaps the terrorists believe this large attack will force the army to spend more of their time on base security.

January 25, 2011: In the south, a roadside bomb killed nine civilians. This was unusual, as these bombs are usually directed at soldiers or police. It's believed that the Islamic terrorists believed the truck was a military vehicle, not one carrying civilians.

January 24, 2011: Police arrested five men, carrying explosives and weapons, near the capital. Attacks in the city, near government buildings, were apparently planned.

January 23, 2011: Some 30,000 red shirt populists demonstrated in the capital, demanding fair elections. Two days later, the yellow shirt royalists could only muster 3,000 people for a protest against the recent peace deal with Cambodia. The yellow shirts represent a minority opinion in that they are willing to go to war with Cambodia over possession of a temple on the border.

January 22, 2011: In the south, a roadside bomb missed its intended target (six soldiers on motorcycles) and wounded a civilian instead. Apparently the bomb was set off via a cell phone, and sometimes calls go through slowly, which delayed the bomb going off.

January 21, 2011: In the south, three Moslem civilians were killed by Islamic terrorists, as part of a campaign to terrorize Moslems and persuade them not to support government.

January 19, 2011: In the south, about twenty Islamic terrorists attacked a small army base, killing six soldiers and stealing twenty rifles and several thousand rounds of ammunition. Soon, some 2,000 troops were sent to find the attackers.

January 18, 2011: Emergency rule in the south was extended another three months, as it has been done regularly since 2005.

January 15, 2011: In the south, Islamic terrorists killed two more Moslems.




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