1000 Muslimahs Deceived By Thai Soldiers: Shadowy Groups, Regional Grievances

10 March 2012

By Al-Ikhwah Al-Mujahidun

The American troops sent on duty outside the country, such as in Vietnam (in the 60's), in Afghanistan, Iraq, always left behind social problems for the local people after the soldiers have returned to their home country.  

The problems ended up being a burden that must be borne alone by the local families, in addition to also having to fight back the feeling of shame and disgrace. This happened in Southern Thailand where many Muslim women established intimate relationship with the non-Muslim soldiers until they get married and have children.  

The source said, 1000 Muslimahs have been fooled by the Thai soldiers in charge of hunting down Islamic fighters in the Southern part of that 'Land of White The Elephant'. They were reportedly married to the Thai soldiers, after the Thai soldiers finished their duty, some were brought along but some were also left behind just like that. 

A representative of the Human Rights organization concerned with the border issues in South Thailand, Chaiyong Maneerungsakul, said, the Muslimahs fall prey making relationship with the Buddhist soldiers sent on duty in that region. 

There were members of the Buddhist army who fall in love with the local women who are Muslim and persuaded to marry them. Even though the soldiers changed religion (to Islam), but in the end it was just a fraud. According to Chaiyong, the story about Buddhist soldiers converting to Islam is an ordinary thing here. 

"For them there is no hindrance, today Buddhist, tomorrow Islam and the next day return to Buddhism again, it is commonplace." 

If the soldiers completed the tasks in the South and moved to other regions, the Muslimahs just now would be confronted with the problem of culture shock, which in the end make them forced to return to the South again. Thus Chaiyong said as excerpted from the Bangkok Post. 

The exposure of the issue of the 1000 Muslimahs was accompanied with the case of a video recording showing a local Muslim teenagers aged 16 who was harassed by the Thai Government soldiers. 

The report stated, on 22nd January, a soldier known as Winai, had committed harassment in a location adjacent to a hospital near the army outpost. The abuse was committed in that quiet place while recorded by his friend, a government soldier named Yot. 

The case was revealed after Yot distributed the vile recording which caused the victim's parents to complain to the authorities.  

These incidents of sexual abuse and cases of Muslimah who became victims to the Buddhist soldiers who abandoned their wives and children, add to the suffering of the Muslims in the South which have been suffering for so long, since the country, where the majority of the populations are Muslim, is ill-treated by the Thai forces.  (hidayatullah) 

Thailand Attacks: Mujahideen's Killed Two Soldiers

Thai security personnel stand guard next to body armour of soldiers after a bomb attack by Mujahideen on a roadside in Thailand's southern Narathiwat province March 7, 2012. Photo by Reuters 

YALA: Two soldiers were killed and 12 wounded in brazen Mujahideen attacks on military bases and checkpoints in Thailand's troubled Muslim south on Friday, police said, the latest Mujahideen attack in the region bordering Malaysia.  

About 50 gunmen attacked a military base housing Special Forces in Narathiwat early on Friday, injuring 12 soldiers, police said. 

They fired M-79 grenades to bring down electricity pylons to block the road and damaged a waterworks office and a motorcycle car park. 

A few hours later in Yala province, Mujahideen's attacked an army checkpoint and took two soldiers hostage. They bound their hands and feet with plastic cable, stole their weapons and shot them dead before fleeing, police said. 

More than 5,000 people have been killed in Muslim-dominated Yala, Narathiwat and Pattani provinces since a low-level resistance from the 1970's resurfaced in 2004. 

The region is more than 1,100 km away from the capital, Bangkok, and was part of an independent Malay Muslim sultanate until annexed by the predominantly Buddhist Thailand in 1909. 

Despite flooding the region with more than 60,000 police officers and troops, the government has made little progress in quelling the unrest, for which no credible group has claimed responsibility. 

Source: Reuter 

Attack Kills Four Thai Soldiers In Restive South 

The blast hit a military patrol as it drove along a road in Narathiwat  

Four soldiers have been killed in southern Thailand after suspected Mujahideens detonated a roadside bomb.  

Police said that the attack occurred late on Wednesday in Narathiwat province, one of three southern provinces hit by struggles.  

The suspects detonated the device as the two-vehicle patrol travelled down a rural road, police said.  

Another soldier was seriously injured in the attack.  

Thailand's three southern-most provinces have been plagued by bomb attacks and shootings since 2004, when a decades-old resistance campaign reignited. 

More than 4,300 people have been killed in the conflict. The Thai army had 60,000 forces stationed in the region to tackle the uprising as of 2011.  

Thailand annexed the three provinces - Narathiwat, Yala and Pattani - in 1902, but the majority of people there are Muslim and speak a Malay dialect, in contrast with the Buddhists in the rest of the country who speak Thai.  

Mujahideen Attack In Southern Thailand Kills Four Soldiers 20 January 2011  

The Mujahideen's made off with more than 50 rifles and about 5,000 bullets 

Separatist Mujahideen's in southern Thailand have killed four soldiers in an audacious attack on an army base. 

Military officials say up to 40 gunmen overran the camp in Narathiwat in an unusually well-organized raid.  

Mujahideens carry out regular attacks in Thailand's three southern provinces, but usually through roadside bombings or drive-by shootings. 

In the latest attack, the Mujahideen's attacked the base from the front and the back, according to army officials. They shot at soldiers, set off bombs, burned buildings and made off with more than 50 rifles and about 5,000 bullets.  

Shadowy Groups  

Little is known about the various Mujahideen groups but the BBC's Alastair Leithead in Bangkok said they are thought to operate in small, independent cells of just a few people, without a strong leadership hierarchy. 

It was said this raid suggested a much greater level of co-ordination.  

The Mujahideens have called for autonomy for an area historically known as Pattani before it was annexed into Thailand more than 100 years ago.  

They are not thought to be linked with global or even regional jihadi networks. 

The Narathiwat raid undermines the government's argument that violence is decreasing in the region.

According to Duncan McCargo, Thailand analyst and professor of South East Asian politics at Leeds University, the latest attack shows that the Mujahideen movement is very much alive and well, and is waging a war on the Thai state.  

Regional Grievances  

Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva made a visit to the south earlier in the week and talked about lifting the state of emergency in more districts. 

But on Tuesday, the government extended emergency rule in most of the region for another three months, despite concerns by human rights groups over the powers given to the military.  

Critics accuse the government of failing to address the grievances of Thailand's Malay Muslims, who are a majority in the southern provinces. 

"The Abhisit government's policies of socio-economic development and empty talk of 'reconciliation' have not made the problem go away," said Prof McCargo. 

"The ongoing violence in the south should be a wake-up call that Thailand needs to get serious about reviewing its over-centralized structures and tackling the deep causes of national conflict, which are about inequalities of political power," he said.



Add Comments

Comments & Debates :-: التعليقات والمحاورات

:-: Go Home :-: Go Top :-: