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Officials: Group Plotted Jordan Attacks
MYWAY ^ | Apr 18,2004 | JAMAL HALABY

Posted on 04/18/2004 8:01:41 AM PDT by AmericanMade1776

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) - An al-Qaida-linked terrorist cell recently dismantled in Jordan was plotting to detonate a chemical bomb capable of killing thousands of people and to attack the U.S. Embassy and prime minister's office with poison gas, officials said Saturday.

Officials close to the investigation told The Associated Press that several terror suspects arrested in Jordan last month have confessed the plots were hatched by Jordanian militant Abu-Musab al-Zarqawi, thought to be a close associate of al-Qaida boss Osama bin Laden.

The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the terrorist cell was planning to attack Jordan's secret service - the General Intelligence Department - with a chemical bomb that would have killed as many as 20,000 people and caused large-scale destruction within a half-mile radius.

Jordan's King Abdullah II said this week in a published letter of thanks to his intelligence chief, Gen. Saad Kheir, that the arrests of the terror cell members have "saved thousands of lives."

In his letter, Abdullah said that had the chemical bomb plot not been uncovered, Jordan would have seen "a crime that would have been unprecedented in the country in terms of the size of explosives mounted on the vehicles and the methods of carrying out the attacks or the civilian locations chosen."

On Saturday, the officials told the AP that the terror cell was also apparently planning to carry out simultaneous poison gas attacks against foreign diplomatic missions, including the heavily fortified U.S. Embassy in Amman, vital Jordanian public establishments like the prime minister's office and unspecified civilian targets.

They declined to elaborate, but stressed the plot had been foiled with the arrests late last month and earlier this month of an unspecified number of terrorist suspects.

Jordanian officials say the arrests occurred after suspected militants entered Jordan from neighboring Syria in at least three vehicles filled with explosives, detonators and raw material to be used in bomb-making.

Syrian officials have denied the claims.

Among those arrested last week were two Palestinian militants identified as Suleiman Darweesh and Muwafaq Adwan, thought to be close associates of al-Zarqawi.

Another Palestinian militant, Azmi al-Jayoussi, is thought to be at large.

U.S. officials have offered a $10 million reward for al-Zarqawi's capture, saying he is trying to build a network of foreign militants in neighboring Iraq to work on al-Qaida's behalf.

Al-Zarqawi is suspected of connection to about a dozen high-profile attacks in Iraq, including the bombing of the U.N. headquarters in August and Shiite religious ceremonies last month. Moroccan authorities believe he may have helped guide the Madrid train bombings. U.S. and Jordanian law enforcement say he funded the Oct. 2002 assassination of a U.S. diplomat in Jordan.

Jordan, a moderate Arab nation with close ties to America and a peace treaty with Israel, has been targeted by al-Qaida and other terrorists. Twenty-two Islamic extremists were convicted of plotting to attack U.S. and Israeli tourists during the kingdom's millennium celebrations.

(Excerpt) Read more at apnews.myway.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: jordan; poisongas; terorism; usembassy; wmd
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WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION
1 posted on 04/18/2004 8:01:43 AM PDT by AmericanMade1776
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To: AmericanMade1776
They don't exist. Kerry said so.
2 posted on 04/18/2004 8:10:41 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: AmericanMade1776
"WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION"

Thats right and the media is pretty much AWOL again.
3 posted on 04/18/2004 8:11:34 AM PDT by cripplecreek (you tell em i'm commin.... and hells commin with me.)
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To: AmericanMade1776
Terrorists planned Jordan attack
From correspondents in Amman
19apr04

AL-QAEDA LINKED terrorists were plotting to detonate a large-scale chemical bomb in Jordan that could have killed up to 20,000 people, plus also attack the US embassy and Prime Minister's office with poison gas, officials said yesterday.

Officials close to the investigation said several terror suspects arrested in Jordan last month had confessed that the plots were hatched by Jordanian militant Abu-Musab al-Zarqawi, thought to be a close associate of al-Qaeda boss Osama bin Laden.
The officials said the terrorist cell was planning to attack Jordan's secret service, the General Intelligence Department, with a chemical bomb that would have killed up to 20,000 people and caused large-scale destruction within 1km.

Jordan's King Abdullah II said in a letter of thanks published this week to his intelligence chief, General Saad Kheir, that the arrests of the terror cell members had "saved thousands of lives".

Had the chemical bomb plot not been uncovered, King Abdullah wrote, Jordan would have seen "a crime that would have been unprecedented in the country in terms of the size of explosives mounted on the vehicles and the methods of carrying out the attacks or the civilian locations chosen".









Yesterday, the officials said the terror cell was also apparently planning to carry out simultaneous poison-gas attacks against foreign diplomatic missions, including the heavily fortified US embassy in Amman, vital Jordanian public establishments such as the Prime Minister's office and unspecified civilian targets.

They declined to elaborate, but stressed the plot had been foiled with the arrests late last month and earlier this month of an unspecified number of terrorist suspects.

Jordanian officials say the arrests occurred after suspected militants entered Jordan from neighbouring Syria in at least three vehicles filled with explosives, detonators and raw material to be used in bomb-making.

Syrian officials have denied these claims.

Among those arrested last week were two Palestinian militants identified as Suleiman Darweesh and Muwafaq Adwan, thought to be close associates of al-Zarqawi.

Another Palestinian militant, Azmi al-Jayoussi, is thought to be at large.



http://www.heraldsun.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5478,9321678%255E401,00.html
4 posted on 04/18/2004 8:11:37 AM PDT by AmericanMade1776
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To: AmericanMade1776
CNN?NBC?CBS?MSNBC?NYT?LAT? Where are the screaming headlines ?
5 posted on 04/18/2004 8:12:16 AM PDT by ChadGore (Mach 7 !)
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To: AmericanMade1776
Officials allege al Qaeda plotted Jordan attack
Associated Press

AMMAN, Jordan — An al Qaeda-linked terrorist cell recently dismantled in Jordan was plotting to detonate a chemical bomb capable of killing thousands of people and to attack the U.S. Embassy and prime minister's office with poison gas, officials said Saturday.

Officials close to the investigation told The Associated Press that several terror suspects arrested in Jordan last month have confessed the plots were hatched by Jordanian militant Abu-Musab al-Zarqawi, thought to be a close associate of al Qaeda boss Osama bin Laden.

The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the terrorist cell was planning to attack Jordan's secret service -- the General Intelligence Department -- with a chemical bomb that would have killed as many as 20,000 people and caused large-scale destruction within a half-mile radius.

Jordan's King Abdullah II said this week in a published letter of thanks to his intelligence chief, Gen. Saad Kheir, that the arrests of the terror cell members have "saved thousands of lives."

In his letter, Abdullah said that had the chemical bomb plot not been uncovered, Jordan would have seen "a crime that would have been unprecedented in the country in terms of the size of explosives mounted on the vehicles and the methods of carrying out the attacks or the civilian locations chosen."

On Saturday, the officials told the AP that the terror cell was also apparently planning to carry out simultaneous poison gas attacks against foreign diplomatic missions, including the heavily fortified U.S. Embassy in Amman, vital Jordanian public establishments like the prime minister's office and unspecified civilian targets.

They declined to elaborate, but stressed the plot had been foiled with the arrests late last month and earlier this month of an unspecified number of terrorist suspects.

Jordanian officials say the arrests occurred after suspected militants entered Jordan from neighboring Syria in at least three vehicles filled with explosives, detonators and raw material to be used in bomb-making.

Syrian officials have denied the claims.

Among those arrested last week were two Palestinian militants identified as Suleiman Darweesh and Muwafaq Adwan, thought to be close associates of al-Zarqawi.

Another Palestinian militant, Azmi al-Jayoussi, is thought to be at large.

U.S. officials have offered a $10 million reward for al-Zarqawi's capture, saying he is trying to build a network of foreign militants in neighboring Iraq to work on al Qaeda's behalf.

Al-Zarqawi is suspected of connection to about a dozen high-profile attacks in Iraq, including the bombing of the UN headquarters in August and Shiite religious ceremonies last month. Moroccan authorities believe he may have helped guide the Madrid train bombings. U.S. and Jordanian law enforcement say he funded the Oct. 2002 assassination of a U.S. diplomat in Jordan.

Jordan, a moderate Arab nation with close ties to America and a peace treaty with Israel, has been targeted by al Qaeda and other terrorists. Twenty-two Islamic extremists were convicted of plotting to attack U.S. and Israeli tourists during the kingdom's millennium celebrations.

http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/1082290780536_13/?hub=World
6 posted on 04/18/2004 8:12:57 AM PDT by AmericanMade1776
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To: cripplecreek
The Media is holding out. for the 20,000 deaths, then they will have a huge news story
7 posted on 04/18/2004 8:13:50 AM PDT by AmericanMade1776
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To: AmericanMade1776
For all those around here who flame me for my admiration for Jordan's ability to keep Palestinians and militants on a short leash, here is your proof. Jordan is home to 7,000,000 Palestinians. Jordan's experience in security makes them an example key for the region's security problems. The 6,999,500 Palestinians that enjoy living there as decent honest people really appreciate the security as well.
8 posted on 04/18/2004 8:16:06 AM PDT by blackdog (I feed the sheep the coyotes eat)
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To: AmericanMade1776
Lets just hope that people recognize that we have a friend in King Abdullah. He aint perfect but at least we can turn our back to Jordan with relative safety.
9 posted on 04/18/2004 8:16:52 AM PDT by cripplecreek (you tell em i'm commin.... and hells commin with me.)
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To: AmericanMade1776
Mega chemical attack foiled in Jordan Al-Hayat: Plot to detonate charge at military installation could have killed 20,000 people, experts say. Terror cell connected to al-Qaeda mastermind Zarqawi. Itamar Inbari Advertisement The terror cell that was apprehended last week in Jordan planned to carry out a large-scale chemical attack, Jordanian officials told the al-Hayat London-based newspaper. According to the officials, the successful prevention of the attack may have saved thousands of lives. The report added that the terrorists planned to detonate a powerful chemical bomb at a Jordanian Military Intelligence installation. The cell also intended to use poison gas during attacks on the US embassy in Amman and a government building in the country. The officials said that following the interrogation of the cell members, it was revealed they were connected to senior al-Qaeda operative Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, who is high up on the US most wanted list. The terrorists managed to smuggle three cars packed with explosives. In one of the cars, security forces found the chemical charge. The officials were quoted as saying, “The bomb, had it been detonated, could have affected people in a one kilometer radius and cause the deaths of up to 20,000 people, according to estimates”. King of Jordan Abdullah II on Wednesday sent a letter of appreciation to the Kingdom’s security forces who managed to foil the plot. “Thank God, the plans of these criminals were foiled and thousands of souls were saved from a crime this country has never known”.

al-Qaeda mastermind Abu Musab al-Zarqawi . http://www.maarivintl.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=article&articleID=6059

10 posted on 04/18/2004 8:17:38 AM PDT by AmericanMade1776
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To: cripplecreek
Yeah the alphabet media is totally refusing to cover this, I assume because it will confirm what President Bush has said all along.

Terror groups are seeking and most likely already have some WMD capability, but the media cares not it's main agenda is trying to show the President in the worst, slanted and biased way it can manufacture.

IMO the media's refusal to tell the truth in this country is a scary and major problem, fortunately there are some outlets which consider the USA's security above partisan politics.

And Americans are turning off the unethical news organizations in larger and larger numbers, hopefully the screwed up media will understand they won't indefinitely fool the public with their propaganda.
11 posted on 04/18/2004 8:24:15 AM PDT by federal
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To: AmericanMade1776
In his testimony before Congress last year, weapons inspector Kay said U.S. satellite surveillance showed substantial vehicular traffic going from Iraq to Syria just prior to the U.S. attack on March 19, 2003.


12 posted on 04/18/2004 9:11:55 AM PDT by seastay
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To: seastay
I remember that.
13 posted on 04/18/2004 9:14:50 AM PDT by AmericanMade1776
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To: AmericanMade1776
These WMDs came from Iraq after they were shipped to Syria! They ended up in the hands of an al Qaeda terrorist cell who planned to kill over 20,000 innocent prople.

The alphabet press does NOT report this breaking news because they are too busy reporting verbatim "talking points" issued by the Democratic Party.

Thank God there are independent reporters on the Web reporting the real news!

Take a peek at this popular War Issues Forum where a few other Freepers may visit. I'm just sick and tired of nay-sayers trashing President Bush. I need some help fighting the liberal scum that post on this board!

Also, I just discovered that all AP news reports have a forum link below their reports. This morning I saw over 40,000 posts on one AP news report.

14 posted on 04/18/2004 9:18:52 AM PDT by ex-Texan
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To: federal
"IMO the media's refusal to tell the truth in this country is a scary and major problem, fortunately there are some outlets which consider the USA's security above partisan politics."

Yep! That's why it's OUR job (and duty) to get these stories to our friends, neighbors, and "Letters to the Editor". The very organized DNC (Clinton/McAuliffe)have everything under their control on the liberal side; we have to do the same.
15 posted on 04/18/2004 9:55:59 AM PDT by Maria S ("I'll rule this country by executive order if Congress won't adopt my agenda.'' Bill Clinton, 7/4/98)
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To: AmericanMade1776
What kind of chemical damnit!

Frankly, I'm no expert, but it would really take some sort of advanced chemical weapon to kill 20,000 people (when used outside of a confined area). And a lot of the weapon too.

If we're talking 20,000 dead, I doubt if we're talking about some home-made Chlorine or Mustard Gas. We're talking state-made goods.
16 posted on 04/18/2004 1:43:43 PM PDT by victoryatallcosts
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To: victoryatallcosts
Yes, what chemical? The MSM here may be holding off until it can be determined what the chemical is, and whether the 20,000 potential dead is credible based on the properties of that chemical.

It would be foolhardy to go ballistic then find out that the chemical threat was somewhat exaggerated. If the "chemical" is sarin, tabun, mustard, osmium tetrachloride, cobra venom, et al, then it is a big story. If the "chemical" is NaCN, NaCl, or dihydrogen monoxide, then the original sources were going hyperbolic.

So what is the mystery substance they found in the vehicle?
17 posted on 04/19/2004 7:55:47 AM PDT by DBrow
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To: AmericanMade1776
The Media is holding out. for the 20,000 deaths, then they will have a huge news story.

The news story if the attack succeeded
THOUSANDS DEAD IN WMD ATTACK:
Bush Failed to Block Iraq WMDs

Bush is in danger of being impeached as Democrats call for an investigation on Bush's failure to stop the use of Iraq WMDs by AlQueda that killed thousands in Jordan.

London, Washington, and New York have been evacuated as those cities prepare for similar chemical attacks. Millions are fleeing other large cities in the U.S., Europe and other Western democracies as residents fear that their cities are the next targets.

The civilizations and economies of the U.S. and the other Western democracies are in danger of collapsing. Grocery stores and gas stations have run out of product as panicked customers bought out their inventories. Banks and gun stores are closed after runs on them.

John Kerry said that "the WMDs would still be safely sitting in Saddam Hussein's hands if Bush had not taken us to war without an 18th UN resolution. The UN could have handled this. Bush forced Saddam to disperse his WMDs. Now, all Americans will pay the price for not getting him to agree to keep the WMDs in his country. Bush failed again to connect the dots."

When pressed for his solution, Kerry said: "We should get the UN to ask AlQueda not to strike again or else we will get a strong resolution condemning the AlQueda attacks."

18 posted on 04/19/2004 9:22:15 PM PDT by BillF (Fight terrorists in Iraq & elsewhere, instead of waiting for them to come to America!)
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"When pressed for his solution, Kerry said: "We should get the UN to ask AlQueda not to strike again or else we will get a strong resolution condemning the AlQueda attacks."

SOUNDS JUST LIKE SOMETHING JOHN KERRY WOULD SAY.
19 posted on 04/20/2004 5:39:26 AM PDT by AmericanMade1776
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
This is a Democrat "Oh,shit' moment!
20 posted on 04/20/2004 6:27:19 AM PDT by connectthedots
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