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Turkey Police Arrest Five on Al Qaeda Link
Reuters via Yahoo! News ^ | Friday November 2 11:19 AM ET | Reuters

Posted on 11/02/2001 7:53:08 AM PST by Pericles

Friday November 2 11:19 AM ET

Turkey Police Arrest Five on Al Qaeda Link

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish police have detained five suspected Islamic militants attempting to travel to Afghanistan to join the Islamic al Qaeda network, a police spokesman said on Friday.

Saudi-born dissident Osama bin Laden heads al Qaeda and Washington holds both responsible for the September 11 attacks on U.S. landmarks that killed at least 4,800 people.

``The five were arrested last week. They confessed they had attempted to go to Afghanistan obeying al Qaeda's call for Jihad (holy war) against the United States,'' a police spokesman told Reuters.

Turkey, NATO's only mainly Muslim member, said on Thursday it would send a special 90-man military unit to Afghanistan to train anti-Taliban opposition forces. It has allowed the United States to use its air bases and air space since October 7.

The five Turkish citizens were captured in the southeastern city of Gaziantep, where they had returned after failing to cross into Afghanistan through neighboring Iran, he said.

A police statement said the suspects, along with eight others, were under investigation for forming an Islamic militant group called Selefiler (Predecessors) in Gaziantep. Neither the statement nor the spokesman elaborated further.

Overwhelmingly Muslim but officially secular Turkey maintains a crackdown on all types of Islamic movements. The country's most powerful armed Islamic group is Hizbullah, which the authorities hold responsible for killing at least 150 people.

Turkey's Hizbullah is not thought to have links with a Lebanese group with the same name.


TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
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It's about time. Turkey has been a major transportation hub for Al Qaeda and other Jihadists for a while now.

Bin Laden In Turkey Twice

Turkey's Islamist press fumes at US for 'crusade' against Islam

1 posted on 11/02/2001 7:53:09 AM PST by Pericles
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To: Pericles
BTTT
2 posted on 11/02/2001 7:56:16 AM PST by b4its2late
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To: Pericles
Q: Who's the only Democratic Islamic nation on the planet?
A: Turkey

Q: Who's side are they on ?
A: USA

3 posted on 11/02/2001 7:58:26 AM PST by ChadGore
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To: Pericles
Midnight Express time boys. ;-)
4 posted on 11/02/2001 7:59:16 AM PST by 12B
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To: Pericles
Go, TURKS!!!!!
5 posted on 11/02/2001 7:59:46 AM PST by MadEagle
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To: Pericles
These guys wanted to be soldiers. Turkey should let them go there so we can bomb them to Paradise.
6 posted on 11/02/2001 8:02:45 AM PST by Dog Gone
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To: 12B
Note "they have confessed"

We are holding and protecting the civil rights of how many of these guys refusing to talk? Maybe we should bring in some Turkish or Israeli interrogators as "visiting lecturers."

7 posted on 11/02/2001 8:06:10 AM PST by justabig
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To: Pericles
Al Qaeda's Balkan Links

Furthermore, as revealed in the February 2001 East Africa bombing trial testimony of Jamal al Fadl -- an al Qaeda operative in charge of weapons development in Sudan -- uranium used in "dirty bombs" that release lethal radioactive material, had been tested in 1994 by members of the Sudan-based Islamic National Front in the town of Hilat Koko, in Turkish-held northern Cyprus.

8 posted on 11/02/2001 8:06:50 AM PST by Pericles
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To: b4its2late; ChadGore; 12B; MadEagle; Dog Gone; justabig
Read also link 8.

ChadGore (great name bytheway) all I said was "It's about time. Turkey has been a major transportation hub for Al Qaeda and other Jihadists for a while now" as my links show.

9 posted on 11/02/2001 8:10:16 AM PST by Pericles
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To: 12B
Yep, but before the Midnight Express let the Turks question these goat humpers of OBL for a few days. Then let the Turks try them and sentence them. Then it's time for the worse Midnight Express experience yet!

What we should do with all of the goat humpers arrested here and staying silent is a simple thing!

Tell them that they have one hour to start singing or we will send them on C5A's over to Turkey for questioning, trial and imprisonment and the Midnight Express fun will begin for these goat humpers!

They would start singing in about 60 seconds if a Turk was standing there when they are told what their options are!

10 posted on 11/02/2001 8:11:25 AM PST by Grampa Dave
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To: Pericles
Time will tell if the Turks can withstand their own fundamentalist Islamic presure to truly assist the war effort. Judging from their past behavior, I am not convinced that they will.
11 posted on 11/02/2001 8:25:22 AM PST by eleni121
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To: Pericles
You know I have a suggestion. Let's see what ya'll think. Take these "suspects" (they can do this sort of thing in Turkey I'm sure) put them under for a while and implant a tracking device in their body somewhere (micro size of course - you choose the location). When they've come to from some (ahem) interrogation procedures, turn them loose and trackt them like tagged game.

When these "suspects" have reached their destination in with the Taliban troops send them a gift wrapped smart bomb for the whole group.

Yeah, yeah, i know...been watching too many spy movies.

12 posted on 11/02/2001 8:26:30 AM PST by el_texicano
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To: eleni121
Turkey currently has 3 identities. The one they show world (Western oriented) The one they show themselves (Police state) and the one they hide from each other (Islamists).
13 posted on 11/02/2001 8:31:39 AM PST by Pericles
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To: justabig; harpseal; Travis McGee; Victoria Delsoul; Spirit Of Truth; Manny Festo...

Turkish police have detained five suspected Islamic militants attempting to travel to Afghanistan to join the Islamic al Qaeda network, a police spokesman said on Friday.

``The five were arrested last week. They confessed they had attempted to go to Afghanistan obeying al Qaeda's call for Jihad (holy war) against the United States,'' a police spokesman told Reuters.

We need to send all of the al Qaeda suspects here to Turkey for forceful debriefing.


14 posted on 11/02/2001 8:48:49 AM PST by Sabertooth
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To: MadEagle
I'm glad you didn't say 'go turkeys' lol
15 posted on 11/02/2001 8:52:37 AM PST by dglang
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To: Pericles
"Saudi-born dissident Osama bin Laden "

I just can't get past this description. Reuters is despicable.

16 posted on 11/02/2001 8:52:58 AM PST by walden
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To: Sabertooth
If you want to have a really good war, you have to invite the Turks.
17 posted on 11/02/2001 9:53:32 AM PST by ikanakattara
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To: el_texicano
...and implant a tracking device in their body somewhere (then) turn them loose and track them like tagged game.

One modification: don't turn them loose, let them "escape." You know, handcuffs not on quite tight enough, a midnight transfer to a different prison, a van door not shut all the way, guards apparently drunk... I think a prisoner who thinks he has escaped will head for the area he thinks is safest... and likely, where he feels safe is somewhere we want to know about. See, I watch spy movies too!

18 posted on 11/02/2001 9:56:43 AM PST by Anamensis
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To: dglang
I'm glad you didn't say 'go turkeys' lol

Nah...I only say that on Thanksgiving. : )

And by the way, I did chuckle at "Turkey Police" instead of "Turkish. "

19 posted on 11/02/2001 10:03:46 AM PST by MadEagle
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To: Sabertooth
Good news!
20 posted on 11/02/2001 10:08:28 AM PST by Victoria Delsoul
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To: Pericles
Turkey currently has 3 identities. The one they show world (Western oriented) The one they show themselves (Police state) and the one they hide from each other (Islamists).

Thank you for your unbiased informative analysis.
One learns so much on Free Republic.

21 posted on 11/02/2001 10:10:09 AM PST by Nogbad
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To: walden
I just noticed that. Reuters does not use terrorist as a description, right?
22 posted on 11/02/2001 10:27:41 AM PST by Pericles
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To: Nogbad
Listen I did not say that to slam the Turkish people, but to deny that Turkey has problems is false and a bad thing to do. If you disagree please lets discuss the issue. You can see I attached no % to each identity, and the "good" identity may in fact be the most widely held one.
23 posted on 11/02/2001 10:32:36 AM PST by Pericles
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To: Pericles
Aww. Let them go. Just shave bull-eyes on their heads first and take away their turbans!
24 posted on 11/02/2001 10:37:47 AM PST by ZULU
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To: Pericles
No. I read so much news that I have to work very hard to not allow their choice of language to infect mine. I'm sticking to using "terrorist" and "mass-murderer" in my language. To refer to the perpetrators of the September 11 attacks I use the term "terrorist hijackers"-- "hijackers" alone doesn't seem to me to convey the whole truth. Of course, CNN is still referring to them as "suspected hijackers." I keep wondering, when is CNN going to stop "suspecting" them and be sure?
25 posted on 11/02/2001 10:42:09 AM PST by walden
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To: walden
I was in NYC on 9/11 and saw everything from my office window. I felt no fear but anger. A sold wall of anger. The fact that many of these terrorists were allowed easy access into this country does not help me releave that anger. I want them dead and I want all who knew of them dead. If someone even shook Osama and his peoples hands, dead.
26 posted on 11/02/2001 11:17:07 AM PST by Pericles
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To: Pericles
I have always considered myself a fairly even-tempered, cheerful and optimistic person, and I can tell you I never could have imagined the magnitude and intensity of my rage over the attacks. I never would have thought I was capable of that. So, I know what you mean.
27 posted on 11/02/2001 11:27:21 AM PST by walden
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To: Pericles
Listen I did not say that to slam the Turkish people, but to deny that Turkey has problems is false and a bad thing to do..
Oh, I get it. You are not a Turk hater. And you haven't been feverishly working to not only discredit our nation but to incite hatred. You are an antagonist Pericles.
28 posted on 11/02/2001 1:26:38 PM PST by a_Turk
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To: a_Turk
I guess all those Turkish Islamist parties winning Turkish election after election forcing the army to jump in and ban them is my invention. The mayor of Istanbul is an Islamist that wants to do away with secular Turkey or are you saying that's my invention too?

I will say it again. Good job by the Turkish police in stopping these Jihadists. It's about time. Turkey has been a major transportation hub for Al Qaeda and other Jihadists for a while now. I hope this new policy by Turkey lasts. I am not syaing everyone in Turkey's leaderhip was somewhat linked to Al Qaeda somehow, but damn many were (damn many Americans too i.e. Clinton's people, some neo-cons). Just like I hope 9/11 flushes out the snakes from America I also hope it does it for Turkey.

29 posted on 11/02/2001 2:01:49 PM PST by Pericles
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To: Pericles
I guess all those Turkish Islamist parties winning Turkish election after election forcing the army to jump in and ban them is my invention.
Sure. They never won an election, but snuck in when one of the major parties needed a handy coalition partner to form a majority government. Now they're just ignored.

The mayor of Istanbul is an Islamist that wants to do away with secular Turkey or are you saying that's my invention too?
Anybody in Turkey who states that they want to do away with secular Turkey is promptly dealt with.
30 posted on 11/02/2001 2:27:06 PM PST by a_Turk
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To: a_Turk
Maybe this article will calm you people down

Mosques and Modernity
31 posted on 11/02/2001 2:35:23 PM PST by a_Turk
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To: a_Turk
"Maybe this article will calm you people down"

This person and many other like myself will "calm down" concerning Turks when Turks and their government finally admit to the genocide they commited against Christian peoples living in Asia Minor 1000 years before Turks appeared on the scene. Until then, Turks will always be suspect.

32 posted on 11/02/2001 2:48:53 PM PST by eleni121
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To: eleni121
when Turks and their government finally admit to .....
That's a lot to ask from me. You can read more on www.ataa.org.
33 posted on 11/02/2001 2:56:45 PM PST by a_Turk
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To: eleni121
As Colin Powell said recently, it's a new world since September 11, and we will judge our relationship with with contries in the future based on where they stand now. Turkey has chosen wisely.

And I'll bet the Turks make the Al Qaeda scumbags talk!

34 posted on 11/02/2001 3:09:56 PM PST by Hugin
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To: Hugin
I am with you. They are our allies in this war because Al-Qaeda is a threat to this version of Turkey as well. I do hope they made those scum talk and I hope they can make other scum talk inside Turkey to explain why Bin Laden was in Turkey twice a few years ago.

Our prisoners do not seem to be very co-operative Indictment Made in 9/11 Hijack Case ``Martyrs of Bosnia''

35 posted on 11/02/2001 4:57:43 PM PST by Pericles
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To: a_Turk
of course and you prove my point. If no problem existed there would be no need to "deal" with the Islamists in such a way. You seem to equate saying Turkey has a problem to Turkey is a problem. It is not the same thing, Kardassy.
36 posted on 11/02/2001 5:00:58 PM PST by Pericles
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To: justabig
Isn't a country's embassy just like its own land? Aren't we in a coalition? Isn't Turkey part of NATO?

Ashcroft simply sends the 1,000+ detainees over to the Turkish embassy, for detention interviews, with another coalition member. No big publicity. This move could save thousands of lives.

37 posted on 11/02/2001 5:32:43 PM PST by truth_seeker
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To: truth_seeker
I like it.
38 posted on 11/02/2001 6:10:22 PM PST by justabig
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