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Italy Arrests Egyptians for U.S. War Cemetery Plot
Reuters ^ | 19-05-02

Posted on 10/05/2002 6:31:05 AM PDT by veronica

ROME (Reuters) - Italian police said Saturday they had arrested three Egyptian fishermen suspected of plotting to attack a cemetery of American war dead south of Rome.

Explosives and maps highlighting the Nettuno American Cemetery and Memorial in the town of Anzio were seized in an apartment in Italy belonging to one of the men, a police official said.

"They were preparing a symbolic attack against the American cemetery," the official said, adding police suspected the men were tied to Islamic terrorism.

The Egyptians, aged 30 to 45, were arrested Friday but have not been formally charged. Police said they had been living in Italy and had legal working papers.

Italian media quoted the men as denying the allegations, one saying they had used the explosives for fishing.

Two of the Egyptians were arrested in their apartments and the third was seized on a fishing boat, police said. Police also found a map of Rome's international Fiumicino airport and maps highlighting some McDonald's restaurants.

The American Cemetery in Anzio was completed in 1956, and more than 7,000 U.S. soldiers killed during World War II are buried there. It has been visited by former U.S. presidents George Bush and Bill Clinton.

U.S. authorities have indicated that a mosque and Islamic center in Milan might be the financial hub of the European operation of al Qaeda, blamed for the September 11 attacks on the United States last year.

Italy has made more than 40 arrests on anti-terrorism grounds over the last 12 months, but prosecutors have had only mixed success in winning convictions against suspected al Qaeda members.

Four Tunisians suspected of being al Qaeda members were jailed earlier this year for five years in Italy's first conviction of terrorist suspects since September 11.

A group of Moroccans who had been arrested on suspicion of plotting to poison Rome's water network with a potentially lethal chemical compound were later freed.


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1 posted on 10/05/2002 6:31:05 AM PDT by veronica
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To: veronica
The brave Moslems who have specialized in the murder of women and children, are now going after dead people. Curse be upon the Islamic rats.
2 posted on 10/05/2002 6:37:44 AM PDT by imperator007
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To: imperator007
They are going to kill dead people?
3 posted on 10/05/2002 6:46:09 AM PDT by bluecollarman
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To: bluecollarman
Police also found a map of Rome's international Fiumicino airport and maps highlighting some McDonald's restaurants.

Maybe they were just interested in doing a PETA-like protest at the Mickey D's.

4 posted on 10/05/2002 6:48:37 AM PDT by Catspaw
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To: Catspaw
Militant Islam needs to be eradicated.
5 posted on 10/05/2002 6:52:34 AM PDT by tomahawk
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To: Snow Bunny
too weird for words.
6 posted on 10/05/2002 6:53:15 AM PDT by piasa
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To: veronica

More brave, Usama-suckers.

7 posted on 10/05/2002 6:54:21 AM PDT by Howie
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To: bluecollarman
Dead people don't shoot back. Brave Moslem soldiers are running scared even of women and children.
8 posted on 10/05/2002 6:55:37 AM PDT by imperator007
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9 posted on 10/05/2002 6:55:55 AM PDT by Mo1
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To: tomahawk
A guy from my state (Wisconsin) was killed when the Rome airport was attacked years ago by Palestinians--I think it was Abu Nidal. It may be that they were thinking about a repeat performance.
10 posted on 10/05/2002 6:58:06 AM PDT by Catspaw
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To: imperator007
"...The brave Moslems who have specialized in the murder of women and children, are now going after dead people. Curse be upon the Islamic rats..."

The continued existence of the obscenity called 'islam' on this planet in unacceptable. But their fellow travelers in our midst have, so far, presented an obstacle to their destruction.

Fortunately, the stupidity of the moslem is such that they will almost certainly provide sufficient outrage at some point to open a window of opportunity for those disposed to liquidate them to do so on a grand scale.

Incidents like this one are helpful toward that end.

11 posted on 10/05/2002 7:02:04 AM PDT by DWSUWF
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To: veronica
A cemetary plot, eh? (Or is that a plot plot?)
12 posted on 10/05/2002 7:02:34 AM PDT by bvw
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To: imperator007
Stout fellows. Who can doubt their honor and integrity. I must say they are courageous. Religion of peace indeed.
13 posted on 10/05/2002 7:08:04 AM PDT by Adrastus
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To: veronica
Re: Desecration of U.S. serviceman's graves.

This article both saddened and angered me. These scumbags are capable of anything.

To Italy: We have some 8x7 foot cells ready for these idiots at Gitmo where they can observe some U.S. servicemen (and women) close up.

14 posted on 10/05/2002 7:10:49 AM PDT by DoctorMichael
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To: veronica
Every time you think they cannot get any lower, they manage to com up with something as low as this.
15 posted on 10/05/2002 7:10:53 AM PDT by knighthawk
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To: veronica
Bump for later
16 posted on 10/05/2002 7:22:55 AM PDT by Coop
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To: veronica
I once had a friend in the Army who converted to Islam. He was a great guy, but after conversion his ideas on the role of "a man" and "a woman" became difficult to understand. He only seemed happy while studing the Koran with his "brothers".

I am not a pyschologist and do not play one on TV, but if you are only happy around men who are required to have the same thinking, then Islam seems to be a great place for "men to love men"

I guess the violence which seems to be associated with this cult is a result of "men" confused about how to express their new found "brotherhood".

Maybe they should move the Taliban to SF so they can stop killing innocent women and children.

17 posted on 10/05/2002 7:24:20 AM PDT by highpockets
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To: veronica
They are incredibly stupid. Nothing like ensuring your own destruction is there?
18 posted on 10/05/2002 7:27:49 AM PDT by smoking camels
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To: veronica
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19 posted on 10/05/2002 7:41:05 AM PDT by ffrancone
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To: veronica; DoctorMichael; knighthawk
The map circling various MacDonalds restaurants in the area is much more concerning.

I've got to hand it to the Italians, they are really on the ball. My impression of them as an effective ally has skyrocketed over the last year.

20 posted on 10/05/2002 7:43:37 AM PDT by Ranger
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To: veronica
ban islam
21 posted on 10/05/2002 7:45:33 AM PDT by Bill Davis FR
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To: imperator007
Dead people don't shoot back. Brave Moslem soldiers are running scared even of women and children.

Attacking dead people would normally incur little risk to the attackers, but there are two complicating factors at work here: first, the dead people are former American warriors; and second, the attackers are worthless Islamaniacs. Based upon related military precedent (such as Operations Desert Storm and Enduring Freedom, the various Arab-Israeli wars, etc.), it is entirely possible that the belligerents might suffer a shocking, sudden defeat, attended by heavy casualties, furious waving of surrender flags, and great wailing and gnashing of teeth. Wouldn't Allah be so proud?

22 posted on 10/05/2002 7:46:56 AM PDT by MarineDad
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To: imperator007
Yup -- cowardly in the extreme. Desecration of a cemetary -- that's about as low as it gets.
23 posted on 10/05/2002 7:48:52 AM PDT by Freedom4US
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To: veronica
And we thought that they were to cowardly to attack soldiers instead of innocent civilians
24 posted on 10/05/2002 8:06:59 AM PDT by Colorado Doug
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To: Ranger
Ranger, the Italians had better sharpen their Muslim-Wrangling skills and fast. They are absolutely being over-run with illegal Muslim immigrants from Albania, Africa, and the Middle East. Add to this a huge glut of Chinese illegals, and a mob of illegal newcomers from the former Soviet Union and Yugoslavia. If the Italians don't shape up their immigration control services, in 5 years, they'll have to order in pizza from Philly!

With a coastline to defend that's about as long as ours, (immigrant) smuggling is very hard to stop. The only people that this alarming trend is helping, is Beretta. (Stock Tip)who are selling heat to the paesani who desperately need protection from an especially Albanian-led crime wave that is huge.

This is a very dangerous situation, potentially worse than any other European nation. When it goes political, it ain't gonna be pretty.

25 posted on 10/05/2002 8:37:17 AM PDT by Kenny Bunk
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To: Howie
BTTT.
26 posted on 10/05/2002 10:24:26 AM PDT by veronica
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To: imperator007
The brave Moslems who have specialized in the murder of women and children, are now going after dead people. Curse be upon the Islamic rats.

Welcome to the real world of Islam! Glad people are finally waking up! Islamists have been desecrating Christian graves in the Balkans for ages!

27 posted on 10/05/2002 11:38:39 AM PDT by F-117A
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To: veronica
Well...at the very least....the French saved themselves on this one. Had it been them, we would have pics of them surrendering to a headstone.
28 posted on 10/05/2002 11:43:27 AM PDT by Focault's Pendulum
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To: Freedom4US
Desecration of a cemetary -- that's about as low as it gets.

I agree and this article infuriated me. Yet it's hard to even define what is lowest these days. 9-11 was the lowest. Turning planes full of innocent humans into missiles with which to murder other innocent humans. Decapitating Danny Pearl and making a "training video" out of it. That was the lowest too. You will find that vandalizing Jewish grave sites is a favorite activity of neo-Nazis and Jew haters. More lowest. The list goes on and on.

29 posted on 10/05/2002 1:10:34 PM PDT by veronica
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To: smoking camels
They are incredibly stupid. Nothing like ensuring your own destruction is there?

To me that sounds too optmistic. Islam, by appeal or force, has rapidly spread to a billion people. It is now growing fast mainly by violence and murder.

30 posted on 10/05/2002 2:14:12 PM PDT by mikeIII
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To: imperator007
Wow! Their hate is so deep seated they are attacking dead people! Amazing!
31 posted on 10/05/2002 5:05:10 PM PDT by CyberAnt
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To: piasa
Hi my friend , you are so right, it is too weird for words. Thanks for the ping.
32 posted on 10/05/2002 6:28:03 PM PDT by Snow Bunny
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To: veronica; piasa; SAMWolf; Kathy in Alaska; LindaSOG; Victoria Delsoul; MistyCA; AntiJen; ...
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33 posted on 10/05/2002 6:29:56 PM PDT by Snow Bunny
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To: Snow Bunny; veronica
Two of the Egyptians were arrested in their apartments and the third was seized on a fishing boat, police said. Police also found a map of Rome's international Fiumicino airport and maps highlighting some McDonald's restaurants.

So I wonder what makes them suspect an attack on dead folks instead of these McDonald's stores? Do they think that they wouldn't attack McDonald's for fear that the terrorists' good buddy bill clintoon might be in one of them?

34 posted on 10/06/2002 5:55:07 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP
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To: veronica
Italian media quoted the men as denying the allegations, one saying they had used the explosives for fishing.

Are explosives commonly used in fishing?

35 posted on 10/06/2002 6:01:18 AM PDT by ET(end tyranny)
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To: CyberAnt
Their hate is so deep seated they are attacking dead people! Amazing!

As long as its American, they don't care. With higher security at airports, embassies and other US interests, it was probably all they could think of that was AMERICAN. just a guess.

36 posted on 10/06/2002 6:04:49 AM PDT by ET(end tyranny)
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