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'Top Level' Al-Qa'eda Suspect (Held) In Paris
The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6-19-2004 | Henry Samuel

Posted on 06/18/2004 6:00:42 PM PDT by blam

'Top level' al-Qa'eda suspect in Paris

By Henry Samuel in Paris
(Filed: 19/06/2004)

French anti-terrorism magistrates are questioning an al-Qa'eda suspect described as one of the "highest level terrorist suspects to be caught in years".

Said Arif, who experts believe to be a lieutenant of Iraq's most wanted terrorist leader, Abu Musab Zarqawi, was flown from Syria to Paris on Thursday night and placed under investigation in relation to a series of planned terrorist strikes in Paris.

A spokesman for the French interior ministry described Arif as "highly mobile, with all the terrorist techniques taught in Afghanistan". He said France had been looking for him for "many months".

Arif's lawyer said his client had been in jail in Syria for around a year before being extradited, but intimated that any incriminating statements during that time had been made under extreme duress.

"The declarations he made during that year in detention are to be treated with caution," said Felix de Belloy.

According to a judicial source, Arif is "close" to Zarqawi, al-Qa'eda's toxin and chemical poisons specialist suspected of masterminding some of Iraq's bloodiest suicide attacks.

He was also wanted in connection with the so-called Chechen network, "a group suspected of having trained in Georgia to fight the Russians in Chechnya before plotting several terrorist strikes in France and elsewhere in Europe".

Born in Algeria in 1965, Arif deserted the army before joining terrorist training camps in Afghanistan.

Investigators have also cited him as being in "close relation" with a Frankfurt-based group whose planned bomb attack of a market in Strasbourg in December 2000 was prevented at the last minute.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: alqaeda; alqaedafrance; arif; captured; jihadineurope; level; paris; saidarif; suspect; top

1 posted on 06/18/2004 6:00:45 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam

Great catch!


2 posted on 06/18/2004 6:05:56 PM PDT by Peach (The Clintons pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: blam
French anti-terrorism magistrates are questioning an al-Qa'eda suspect described as one of the "highest level terrorist suspects to be caught in years".

Let me guess. Knowing the french this means that his brother's wife's friend bumped into some one who might or might not have swept the house where Zarqawi shoeshine boy used to live.

Considering how concerned about terrorism the french are that would be about the level of competence and trust I have in their alleged work.

3 posted on 06/18/2004 6:07:33 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Latine loqui coactus sum)
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To: blam

French terms of surrender are being drawn up now.


4 posted on 06/18/2004 6:11:35 PM PDT by Dr Snide (vis pacem, para bellum - Prepare for war if you want peace)
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To: blam
I think this might be the same guy...?

France Gets Hands on Algerian Terror Suspect

5 posted on 06/18/2004 6:12:59 PM PDT by b4its2late
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear

I was wondering what they were holding him with? Cordon bleu or whine?

(If the French are, indeed, doing something right, I will apologize for my doubt.)


6 posted on 06/18/2004 6:13:10 PM PDT by bannie (Liberal Media: The Most Dangerous Enemies to America and Freedom)
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To: blam
An important kill in Saudi Arabia
An important kill in Pakistan.
An important capture in France.

Things may finally be starting to unravel for bin Laden.

So9

7 posted on 06/18/2004 6:15:04 PM PDT by Servant of the 9 (We are the Hegemon. We can do anything we damned well please.)
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To: b4its2late
"I think this might be the same guy...?"

Yup. Looks like the same guy.

8 posted on 06/18/2004 6:19:42 PM PDT by blam
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To: Servant of the 9

He wasn't captured in france...he was extradited by the Syrians. Hmmm....who has been putting pressure on boy Assad? Hint...it wasn't the french.


9 posted on 06/18/2004 6:23:47 PM PDT by blanknoone (Gigolos for John Kerry...it has a certain ring to it.)
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To: blam

"placed under investigation in relation to a series of planned terrorist strikes in Paris."

How is this possible. The French love the terrorist. They were helping Saddam, they stayed out of Iraq. Maybe the terrorist don't care. Note to Spain, watch your back. They well be back just as soon as they want to extort something else from you.


10 posted on 06/18/2004 6:28:21 PM PDT by MPJackal (Waiting for the big one and some nice beach front property in Nevada.)
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To: Servant of the 9
Things may finally be starting to unravel for bin Laden.

IMHO, Tora Bora unravelled bin Laden literally. It's just now that we are starting to pick up the pieces......

11 posted on 06/18/2004 6:29:45 PM PDT by b4its2late (John Kerry changes positions more often than a Nevada prostitute!!!)
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To: blam

And what do the Frenchy-Frenchmen find so offensive about this particular fellow? Did he walk out of a Jerry Lewis movie, or something?


12 posted on 06/18/2004 6:31:39 PM PDT by DJ Frisat
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To: Servant of the 9

As long as Western politicians fail to recognize the true enemy (Mohammedanism and Mohammedans), he has us right where he wants us.


13 posted on 06/18/2004 6:32:53 PM PDT by Guillermo (It's the 99% of Mohammedans that make the other 1% look bad)
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To: bannie
If the French are, indeed, doing something right,

It is possible.

It is also possible the sun will go nova tomorrow.

I consider the sun going nova more probable.

14 posted on 06/18/2004 6:35:19 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Latine loqui coactus sum)
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear

I like your name.


15 posted on 06/18/2004 6:36:01 PM PDT by bannie (Liberal Media: The Most Dangerous Enemies to America and Freedom)
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To: b4its2late
The fact that these terrorists have resorted to beheadings to me means they have lost all organization and funding to carry out anything big. Little do they know that *any* American killed, no matter how many, will only seal there fate even further.
16 posted on 06/18/2004 6:37:54 PM PDT by rintense (Screw justice. I want revenge.)
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To: rintense

Bump


17 posted on 06/18/2004 6:52:05 PM PDT by BenLurkin (We are hoping for the sound of the "Bees")
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To: blam

This is good news but.....I'm getting sick and tired of hearing "top level" & "Top leutinant to....". I want some of the SOB's like Bin Laden (or a carcass) and Al Zaquwari. It always seems one of their minions gets caught but not the big cheese.


18 posted on 06/18/2004 6:56:06 PM PDT by Ragirl (Vote in '04 ! Those who sit on their hands end up with poop on them.)
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To: bannie

Yeah. You think they might put him in Le Gitmo?


19 posted on 06/18/2004 7:06:00 PM PDT by ChinaThreat
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To: All

GOOGLE Search Term: "SAID ARIF"http://www.google.com/search?q=%22Said+Arif%22&hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&filter=0


20 posted on 06/18/2004 9:14:18 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: Dr Snide
Post #4

That's funny!

21 posted on 06/18/2004 9:17:11 PM PDT by The Citizen Soldier ("We will always remember. We will always be proud." Ronald Reagan, June 6, 1984)
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To: rintense

Great tagline.


22 posted on 06/18/2004 9:21:25 PM PDT by Let's Roll (Kerry is a self-confessed unindicted war criminal or ... a traitor to his country in a time of war)
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To: Servant of the 9

An important kill in Saudi Arabia
An important kill in Pakistan.
An important capture in France.

A good day.


23 posted on 06/18/2004 9:32:17 PM PDT by Valin (This was only a test; if this had been a real emergency, you'd be dead.)
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To: Valin; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Dog; Boot Hill; Cap Huff

Good day indeed.


24 posted on 06/19/2004 7:02:50 AM PDT by Coop (Freedom isn't free)
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To: Coop

Whoa! I missed this!

1. This guy.
2. Nek Mohammad (likely predator victim)
3. Moqrin (almost certainly)
4. "Somebody" in Fallujah

This may be a super big turning point.

That is not to forget the real downer in the last 24 which has been the murder of Paul Johnson.


25 posted on 06/19/2004 7:24:49 AM PDT by Cap Huff
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To: Cap Huff

I read the source article, and it seems this evil coward has been in Syrian captivity for around a year. The French just got him extradited. The only other detail I recall is a terrorist-appeasing French official said - and I'm paraphrasing - "He's been subjected to harsh interrogation techniques, so we should take what he says with caution."


26 posted on 06/19/2004 7:29:42 AM PDT by Coop (Freedom isn't free)
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To: Coop

I take it this Felix de Belloy is the guy's lawyer.

This case, the Krekar case, as well as the legalistic shananigans being propangandized about Saddam's status, not to mention the hoopla over Guantanamo, et. al. shows that a major effort needs to be made to educate the educatable on the type of war we're really engaged in, and how the Geneva Convention is being misapplied.


27 posted on 06/19/2004 7:48:42 AM PDT by Cap Huff
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To: Coop

It's real easy (given what's put out by the UNbiased media) to get depressed and start thinking we're losing. We're not, "Failure is not an option!"
One thing I would like to see is more emphasis on is the PR aspect (both here at home and to the world) of who we are fighting and why we are fighting and why you should suppoet us. It's my opinion that this (like the cold war) is a war of ideas.


28 posted on 06/19/2004 8:45:04 AM PDT by Valin (This was only a test; if this had been a real emergency, you'd be dead.)
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To: blam

I believe that we have reached the stage in the War on Terror where a Declaration of War is now required. Although the Congress passes the declaration, for all practical purposes it will not happen unless it is presented to them by the President. Therefore, if you agree that a declaration is needed, please contact President Bush (202-456-1111) and urge him to submit a Declaration of War to Congress.


29 posted on 06/19/2004 8:46:11 AM PDT by Binghamton_native
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To: blam

this is how they will question him.

Do you have any gray poupon?


30 posted on 06/19/2004 8:47:48 AM PDT by Walkingfeather
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