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  • Dozens dead as Qaeda militants in Syria seize rebel base (US Taxpayer Funded Moderate Beheaders )

    02/28/2015 5:33:48 AM PST · by csvset · 11 replies
    France24 ^ | 28 February 2015 | AFP
    <p>Al-Qaeda's Syria affiliate on Saturday drove US-backed rebels out of a strategic northern military base in fierce fighting that left dozens dead, a monitor said.</p> <p>At least 29 fighters from the Western-armed Hazm movement were killed along with six Al-Nusra Front jihadists, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.</p>
  • Ringleader behind al Qaeda attack that killed US amb was Gitmo Detainee handed over to Libya by USA

    09/19/2012 6:18:30 PM PDT · by Fred · 50 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 091912 | Daily Mail
    Sufyan Ben Qumu was classified as a 'medium to high' national security risk before his release from American custody Qumu reportedly was Osama bin Laden's driver and worked for the al-Qaeda founder's company in Sudan Libyans promised to keep him behind bars, but he was released in 2010 Qumu was a former Libyan army tank driver and became a leader of the rebels during the uprising A former al-Qaeda terrorist released from Guantanamo Bay is believed to be the leader of the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans, including the US Ambassador, it was...
  • San Antonio break-in sparks FBI involvement: police [ Moroccans ]

    10/19/2011 11:33:55 AM PDT · by NoLibZone · 30 replies · 1+ views ^ | Oct 19 2011 | Reuters
    Five foreign men were arrested during a courthouse break-in early on Wednesday and police said they found photographs of public buildings, water systems and malls from various U.S. cities in their van. The men, at least three of whom were in their 20s, will be questioned by a joint terrorism task force including the FBI and immigration authorities, officials said. Bexar County spokeswoman Laura Jesse said three men were found inside the 120-year-old Bexar County Courthouse, a landmark in downtown San Antonio and two in a large recreational vehicle parked in front of the building. She said all five were...
  • Iraqis Arrest 10 Terrorism Suspects

    06/21/2010 9:25:58 AM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies
    WASHINGTON, June 21, 2010 – Iraqi security forces arrested 10 terrorism suspects in recent operations in Iraq with U.S. advisors, military officials reported. In southern Baghdad yesterday, Iraqi forces searched with U.S. advisors for a suspected al-Qaida in Iraq leader who is believed to be involved in high-profile vehicle-borne bomb attacks and to have ties to the terror group’s senior leadership. They arrested two suspected criminal associates of the wanted man. Also yesterday, Iraqi forces working with U.S. advisors in eastern Mosul arrested a suspected al-Qaida in Iraq member with ties to the group’s senior leadership, along with two suspected...
  • Breaking: Adam Gadahn (the American Jihadist) Arrested In Pakistan

    03/07/2010 11:00:44 AM PST · by Shellybenoit · 23 replies · 110+ views
    The Lid/Various ^ | 3/7/2010 | The Lid
    Today was a big day for Adam Gadahn known in terror-land Azzam the American. Gadahn is an American-born senior operative, cultural interpreter, spokesman and media adviser for al-Qaeda, and is believed to be a close associate of Osama bin Laden. This morning al-Qaeda's media arm released the latest propaganda video made by Gadahn (seen in the picture above) and later in the day it was announced that the American Traitor was arrested by the government of Pakistan. (I am not sure what he is doing in the photo but it looks like he is auditioning for a role in Fiddler...
  • Police Arrest al-Qaida Suspects in Northern Iraq

    12/01/2009 5:38:07 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 220+ views
    BAGHDAD, Dec. 1, 2009 – Iraqi police arrested 11 suspected members of the al-Qaida in Iraq terrorist group today during two joint security operations in northern Iraq. Near As Sadiyah, northeast of Baghdad, Iraqi police and U.S. advisors searched several buildings for an alleged al-Qaida in Iraq member believed to have ties to senior leadership. Based on preliminary questioning and evidence discovered on the premises, police identified and arrested the al-Qaida in Iraq member and six suspected criminal accomplices without incident. During a separate security operation conducted near Ad Duluiyah, northwest of Baghdad, Iraqi police arrested a suspected al-Qaida in...
  • Iraqi Police Arrest 15 with Alleged Al Qaida Ties

    11/30/2009 3:39:45 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 278+ views
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 30, 2009 – Iraqi police and U.S. advisors apprehended 15 suspects with alleged ties to al Qaida in Iraq during operations in there in the past few days, military officials said. Iraqi police arrested four suspected members of al Qaida cells today in two joint security operations near Baghdad and Kirkuk, military officials said. In a joint security operation in Karmah, west of Baghdad, police apprehended an alleged associate of a car-bomb cell believed responsible for attacks targeting government buildings and civilians in the Iraqi capital. Police also arrested a suspected accomplice. During a separate operation in a...
  • Soldiers Capture ‘High-value’ Terror Suspect in Baghdad

    07/14/2009 4:27:39 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 450+ views
    BAGHDAD, July 14, 2009 – U.S. forces apprehended a wanted man suspected of being the leader of a bomb-making cell during a July 12 civil affairs mission west of Baghdad. Civil affairs officers from C Troop, 150th Armored Reconnaissance Squadron, went to the man’s house July 12 to pay for damages to his front door caused during a previous attempt to capture the known criminal. The man attempted to flee through a field behind his house, but surrendered to pursuing C Troop soldiers, who transferred him to Iraqi army custody. The suspected criminal admitted he is a member of an...
  • The War Is Over: Federal courts have just surrendered in the war against radical Islam

    03/10/2009 4:20:57 AM PDT · by Sergeant Tim · 33 replies · 1,632+ views
    National Review Online ^ | March 10, 2009 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Last Friday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit dealt a crushing blow to national defense. The three-judge panel’s ruling in al Odah v. United States has gotten scarce media attention. Perhaps that’s understandable: It’s a mind-numbing technical dispute over “discovery” in litigation, vying for attention against the socializing of our economy and the consequent collapse of the stock market. But the discovery in question is the most vital kind, namely, that of classified national-defense information. What is in dispute is how much sensitive intelligence we must share with enemies bent on annihilating Americans ... It is one...
  • Coalition Forces Detain Nine Suspects in Iraq

    08/25/2008 4:49:17 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 114+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 25, 2008 – Coalition forces in Iraq detained nine suspected terrorists, including five wanted men, during operations around the country targeting al-Qaida leaders yesterday and today, military officials reported. Using information from a July 9 operation, coalition forces today captured a man assessed to be a senior terrorist liaison in Abu Ghraib. The man is suspected of facilitating the movement of senior terrorist leaders in Baghdad and was detained with one additional suspect. In Mosul, coalition forces detained two suspected terrorists today, one of whom is a wanted man allegedly associated with several al-Qaida in Iraq leaders...
  • Hot Pursuit Into Pakistan?

    07/11/2008 6:09:28 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies · 88+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 11, 2008
    War On Terror: As Washington moves an aircraft carrier off Pakistan's coast, U.S. commandos are reportedly poised to launch raids against terror targets inside Pakistan. It's about time.It appears hawks within the Pentagon and CIA have won a long-running policy battle with risk-averse officials in the administration and diplomats at the State Department. The result is a more aggressive, go-it-alone policy in response to Pakistan's failure to disrupt terrorist training camps and cross-border attacks against our troops and the Afghan government. Politics and diplomacy had not produced the desired results, and they've had ample opportunity to work. For nearly seven...
  • Largest Terrorist Forum Admits Al Qaeda Defeat in Iraq

    07/06/2008 2:01:05 PM PDT · by jveritas · 59 replies · 814+ views
    July 6 2008 | jveritas
    We have won the war on terror in the Iraqi theater and there is no doubt about it. Not only that the events on the grounds absolutely prove our victory over Al Qaeda but now even Al Qaeda media is admitting defeat in Iraq. In a recent thread posted on Al Ekhlaas, the largest Al Qaeda forum on the internet, the author of the thread who is also a very prominent member of the terrorist forum admitted that Al Qaeda main battlefield against the US has now moved from Iraq to Afghanistan. In his thread “Qanas Al Jazeera” said that...
  • Mohammed, Two Other Defendants Reject U.S. Military Counsel

    06/05/2008 4:32:14 PM PDT · by SandRat · 12 replies · 76+ views
    U.S. NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba, June 5, 2008 – Three of five defendants accused of involvement in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on America rejected court-appointed legal counsel early on during their arraignment here today. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Walid Muhammad Salih Mubarak bin Attash and Ramzi bin al-Shibh told military commission judge Marine Col. Ralph H. Kohlmann that they don’t want U.S. military lawyers to represent them at trial. Ali Abdul Aziz Ali and Mustafa Ahmed Adam al-Hawsawi also are slated to be told today of the nature of the charges against them, which include terrorism, conspiracy, hijacking and...
  • Sailors Uphold Guard Mission at Guantanamo

    02/15/2008 4:02:11 PM PST · by SandRat · 7 replies · 146+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Petty Officer 3rd Class William Weinert, USN
    GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba, Feb. 15, 2008 – When people think of Guantanamo Bay, often what comes to mind are camps filled with detainees and Army guards. However, another group of troops shares the detention mission of providing safe, humane care and custody with strict professionalism and high motivation. These are the guards of the Navy Expeditionary Guard Battalion. A Navy Expeditionary Guard Battalion guard checks security inside Joint Task Force Guantanamo’s Camp Delta, Feb. 14, 2008. Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class William Weinert, USN   (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The Navy unit here is relatively new....
  • Al Qaeda seen planning attack on U.S.

    02/06/2008 11:29:38 AM PST · by STARWISE · 119 replies · 208+ views
    WashTimes ^ | 2-6-08 | Sara A. Carter
    Senior al Qaeda leaders have diverted operatives from Iraq across the globe and are increasing preparations to strike the United States, senior intelligence officials told the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence yesterday. They said the terrorists had plans to attack the White House as recently as 2006. "Al Qaeda is improving the last key aspect of its ability to attack the U.S. — the identification, training and positioning of operatives for an attack in the homeland," said Michael McConnell, director of national intelligence, which oversees all 16 U.S. intelligence agencies. "While increased security measures at home and abroad have caused...
  • Coalition targets al-Qaeda in Iraq networks; five killed, 16 detained

    01/23/2008 1:54:24 PM PST · by mdittmar · 6 replies · 176+ views
    BAGHDAD, Iraq – Forces killed five terrorists and detained 16 suspects Tuesday and today during operations targeting al-Qaeda networks in central and northern Iraq. Coalition forces conducted an operation east of Samarra near the Hamrin Mountains Tuesday targeting an alleged al-Qaeda in Iraq member involved in terrorist media and propaganda operations. The targeted individual is reportedly associated with numerous al-Qaeda in Iraq senior leaders, as well as a suspect detained Monday for his involvement in the terrorist networks in Tarmiyah and Baghdad (see MNF-I press release A080121a, “Coalition significantly disrupts al-Qaeda networks: two killed; 18 detained,” dated Jan. 21, 2008).During...
  • Reconciliation in Iraq: Don't Hold Your Breath

    01/17/2008 6:44:18 PM PST · by Retain Mike · 5 replies · 223+ views
    U.S. Naval Institue Proceedings ^ | January 2008 | Colonel Norvell B. DeAtkine, U.S. Army (Retired)
    Reconciliation in Iraq: Don't Hold Your Breath By Colonel Norvell B. DeAtkine, U.S. Army (Retired) The war-torn nation is a victim of its tortured history. The word "reconciliation" has become a synonym for success in Iraq. It was enshrined as the centerpiece of the 18 benchmarks imposed on the Iraqi government by domestic American political pressures, presumably to have some measure of success or failure in an unpopular conflict. The concept as enunciated in the troop surge was that the calming of Baghdad would give the Iraqi politicians time to work out the differences between the various sectarian demands. The...
  • Why we are in Iraq

    01/04/2008 4:23:33 PM PST · by SandRat · 15 replies · 135+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Col. Charles J. Westgate III
    1/4/2008 - SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFPN) -- We all had many different reasons for joining the military, but since Sept. 11, I know we all joined or re-enlisted knowing that we are at war with the terrorists. But, why are we still fighting in Iraq and putting our lives in jeopardy? To shed some light on this question, I want to provide some of my personal thoughts and avoid the politics of the issue. I will not debate whether Saddam had weapons of mass destruction at the beginning of the Operation Iraqi Freedom, nor will I argue whether Saddam killed innocent...
  • First signs of hope appear in Iraq

    12/28/2007 3:29:13 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 221+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/28/07 | Robert H. Reid - ap
    BAGHDAD - Former Sunni insurgents are signing up to fight al-Qaida, Shiite militias have toned down attacks, commerce is reviving and monthly casualty counts are falling. But the failure of Iraq's leaders to strike power-sharing deals raises questions whether the progress can survive after America begins sending its troops home next year. Nearly a year after the U.S. gambled by pouring troops into Iraq's capital, there is finally cause for hope that the worst of the Iraq war may have passed, even if the endgame takes longer than Americans and Iraqis want. The political rivalries between Sunnis and Shiites that...
  • The Taliban Unveil Their Own Stealth Bomber

    12/26/2007 10:02:09 AM PST · by SandRat · 23 replies · 450+ views
    Written by CJTF-82 Operations    Wednesday, 26 December 2007 The United States Air Force unveiled their F117 Nighthawk over the skies of Iraq in 1991; it has since been joined by the B2 Spirit. Both aircraft use stealth technology intended to aid its penetration role in order to survive extremely dense anti-aircraft defenses otherwise considered impenetrable by combat aircraft. The Taliban unveiled their own “Stealth Bomber” yesterday in Jalalabad, Nangarhar as a 50 year old woman was apprehended at a security checkpoint wearing a suicide vest. Evading radar isn’t an issue for the technology eschewing Taliban, Police and security...
  • More Trainers in Pipeline for Afghan Security Forces

    10/19/2007 4:21:48 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 54+ views
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 19, 2007 – The number of internationally supplied trainers for Afghanistan’s soldiers and police is slated to quadruple, as the number and capabilities of those security forces continues to grow, a senior U.S. military officer told Pentagon reporters here yesterday. Afghan Defense Minister Gen. Abdul Rahim Wardak speaks during a Pentagon news conference on the ongoing security and training operations in Afghanistan, Oct. 18, 2007. Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Molly A. Burgess, USN  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Plans are to augment the 22 training teams already operating across Afghanistan with another 80 teams,...
  • Website says bin Laden planning new message

    07/01/2006 7:23:13 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 17 replies · 513+ views (Canada) ^ | Updated Sat. Jul. 1 2006 9:06 AM ET | News Staff
    A new audio message purportedly belonging to Osama bin Laden praises Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and claims the recently slain leader of al Qaeda in Iraq was under orders to target attacks against Iraqis who support the U.S. forces. Bin Laden also vowed further attacks against the U.S. and demanded al-Zarqawi's body be returned to his family.
  • Debunking the myth of al Qaeda

    06/28/2006 8:01:17 PM PDT · by ikez78 · 34 replies · 1,103+ views
    NEWSWEEK ^ | Micheal Hirsh
    June 28, 2006 - The capture of Ibn Al-Shaykhal-Libi was said to be one of the first big breakthroughs in the war against Al Qaeda. It was also the start of the post-9/11 mythologizing of the terror group. According to the official history of the Bush administration, al-Libi (a nom de guerre meaning "the Libyan")
  • US braced for Haditha effect

    06/20/2006 9:19:26 PM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 85 replies · 2,286+ views
    BBC ^ | June 20, 2006 | John Simpson
    The lawyer for one of the marines accused of the massacre has told the BBC that criminal charges will probably be brought soon. And we have found that the marines were operating under some very disturbing conditions. The accusation is that after a US marine lance corporal died in a roadside bombing in Haditha last November, his fellow marines went on a killing spree. Twenty-four people died in the attack, including seven women and three children. A 12-year-old girl who survived says the Americans killed them indiscriminately. The marines said they had came under fire from the houses where the...
  • The Hidden General Stan McChrystal runs 'black ops.' Don't pass it on

    06/19/2006 1:46:19 PM PDT · by RDTF · 42 replies · 19,745+ views
    Newsweek ^ | June 26, 2006 | Michael Hirsh and John Barry
    June 26, 2006 issue - No one would have mentioned his name at all if President George W. Bush hadn't singled him out in public. Lt. Gen. Stanley McChrystal, West Point '76, is not someone the Army likes to talk about. He isn't even listed in the directory at Fort Bragg, N.C., his home base. That's not because McChrystal has done anything wrong—quite the contrary, he's one of the Army's rising stars—but because he runs the most secretive force in the U.S. military. That is the Joint Special Operations Command, the snake-eating, slit-their-throats "black ops" guys who captured Saddam Hussein...
  • Does The Chairman Of Hammurabi Write Poetry? -- Major Haditha Source

    06/18/2006 10:54:57 PM PDT · by Sam Hill · 51 replies · 1,596+ views
    Sweetness & Light ^ | June 19, 2006 | N/A
    Followers of the Haditha news will recognize the name Abdul-Rahman Al-Mashhadani as the "Chairman" of the newly formed Hammurabi Organization for Human Rights and Democracy Monitoring.("Budding journalist" Thaer al-Hadithi, 43, is Hammurabi's founder and only other member. He serves as its "Secretary-General.")Online references to this humanitarian Al-Mashhadani are few and far between. Though he was mentioned as a poll watcher in October and then again in December of 2005.Photos of al-Mashhadani seem to be non-existent, except for this one of his worthy hands. Abdul-Rahman al-Mashhadani, head of the Hammurabi Organization for Human Rights and Democracy Monitoring, points out locations of...
  • Pentagon Report: Detainee Treatment Wrong But Not Illegal

    06/17/2006 7:42:35 AM PDT · by MNJohnnie · 8 replies · 374+ views
    Fox News ^ | Saturday, June 17, 2006 | Associated Press via Fox News
    WASHINGTON — Murky procedures, lack of oversight and inadequate resources led to mistakes in the way U.S. troops treated Iraq and Afghanistan detainees. But two Pentagon reports, released publicly for the first time, found no widespread mistreatment or illegal actions by the military. A human rights group called the reports released Friday a whitewash that ignored countless documented accounts of detainee abuse. One report detailed several incidents involving U.S. special operations forces in 2003-04. It said interrogators fed some Iraqi detainees only bread and water for up to 17 days, used unapproved interrogation practices such as sleep deprivation and loud...
  • House Republican War Crimes

    06/15/2006 11:06:15 AM PDT · by rface · 13 replies · 339+ views
    peace journalism ^ | Thursday 15 June 2006 | William Rivers Pitt
    The Republicans in the House know what is happening, and know how bad things are. By framing this important debate in such simplistic, venal terms, they are absolutely guaranteeing more of the same. And that, friends, is a war crime, and you can watch it happen today on television......... There is going to be a debate today on the floor of the House of Representatives regarding Iraq. Is it within the realm of possibility to categorize a debate on the floor of the House as a war crime? Is that too much of a stretch? Leveling a war crime accusation...
  • Text of al-Zarqawi Safe-House Document

    06/15/2006 6:09:32 AM PDT · by standingfirm · 56 replies · 1,827+ views
    APNews ^ | 6/15/06 | AP
    Text of a document discovered in terror leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's hideout. The document was provided in English by Iraqi National Security Adviser Mouwafak al-Rubaie: --- The situation and conditions of the resistance in Iraq have reached a point that requires a review of the events and of the work being done inside Iraq. Such a study is needed in order to show the best means to accomplish the required goals, especially that the forces of the National Guard have succeeded in forming an enormous shield protecting the American forces and have reduced substantially the losses that were solely suffered...
  • Terrorists target civilians in Iraq

    06/10/2006 6:58:00 AM PDT · by MNJohnnie · 19 replies · 528+ views ^ | 10 June 2006 | By Nada S. Mussallam
    ABU DHABI — The US troops in Iraq do not carry out target killing of civilians in the war-torn country, Hoshyar Zebari, Iraqi Foreign Minister, has asserted. ‘The US forces do not kill civilians. Yes, civilians got killed in Haditha and other places but it is the terrorists who target civilians in Iraq,” said Zebari, to a question posed by Khaleej Times on measures adopted by his government to protect civilians. Zebari was taking part in the first pan-Arab Broadcast Forum held in Abu Dhabi recently. “More than 40 to 50 Iraqis are killed daily at markets, places of worship...
  • U.N. Procurement Scandal: Ties to Saddam and Al Qaeda

    10/22/2005 7:05:33 AM PDT · by MNJohnnie · 16 replies · 905+ views
    Fox News ^ | Friday, October 21, 2005 | By Claudia Rosett and George Russell
    NEW YORK — The scandal engulfing the United Nations Procurement Department (search) now appears to be bottomless. It also shows signs of growing more sinister, especially where it involves a mysterious private company called IHC Services (search), which did big business with the procurement department until it was removed from U.N. rosters in June. New details of how dark the scandal could prove to be have emerged from the private sale of IHC on June 3, 2005, just as the procurement scandal was about to break. It now appears that while doing business with the U.N., IHC had links both...
  • China gets ready to fight back

    03/05/2005 4:24:13 PM PST · by razoroccam · 35 replies · 866+ views
    India Times Network ^ | March 5 | Percy Fernandez
    PERCY FERNANDEZ INDIATIMES NEWS NETWORK[ SATURDAY, MARCH 05, 2005 05:15:51 PM ] NEW DELHI: In the wake of the reports that 1000 Chinese separatists have been trained by Al-Qaeda, the Chinese government has launched a war on terror by establishing the world's largest centre for counter-terrorism. With this, China has joined the roll-of-honour alongside the US in its fight against the war on global terror. The counter-terrorism headquarters will be located in Beijing. The campaign comes in the wake of counter-terrorism drive initiated by China for the last two years in fighting the Uighur separatism in the Xinjiang province of...
  • Arabs predominate in Beslan attack - Basayev hostage raid - FSB - Russian Attack funded by al Qaeda

    09/03/2004 2:30:37 PM PDT · by tallhappy · 41 replies · 2,472+ views
    UPI; TASS | 9-3-04 | no by lines
    United Press International September 3, 2004 Friday 13:23 PM Eastern Time LENGTH: 136 words HEADLINE: Arabs predominate in Beslan attack DATELINE: BESLAN, Russia, Sept. 3 (UPI) BODY: The terrorists who killed more than 150 people and injured at least 456 in a southern Russian school include 10 Arabs, Itar-Tass reported Friday. Aslambek Aslakhanov, an adviser to President Vladimir Putin, said the gunmen were of different nationalities, but 10 of them were from Arab countries and one was from an African nation. They are suspected of gaining entrance into Beslan with a truck hijacked in the Mozdok region of North Ossetia...
  • Four Million Lives are at Stake

    08/29/2004 11:43:56 AM PDT · by jocon307 · 21 replies · 942+ views
    National Review Online ^ | August 27, 2004 | Paul Marshall
    When our political talk seems to be about every war except the one we are in, it is important to be reminded that we really are now at war, against a brutal enemy, and millions of lives are at stake. One salutary reminder comes in Alan Cullison's illuminating article, "Inside Al-Qaeda's Hard Drive," in the current issue of The Atlantic. Cullison details the contents of an al Qaeda computer left behind when its owners fled Kabul in the face of advancing American and Northern Alliance forces.... [S]ome of the information on the computer is deeply chilling — for example, the...
  • Italy Arrests Suspected Madrid Bombing Mastermind

    06/08/2004 7:50:05 AM PDT · by beebuster2000 · 10 replies · 144+ views
    reuters ^ | Tue Jun 8, 2004 | Emilio Parodi and Clara Ferreira-Marques
    MILAN, Italy (Reuters) - Italy arrested an Egyptian man considered to be a mastermind of the Madrid train bombings in the first Europe-wide swoop on Islamic militants linked to the March attack, judicial sources said Tuesday. "Mohamed the Egyptian" was seized after a three-month probe by Italy's anti-terrorist unit and Italian intelligence and he was thought to be the head of a Moroccan radical Islamist cell, Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera said Italian Interior Minister Giuseppe Pisanu said militants had been planning more attacks as police swooped as part of an operation across Europe. He said the swoop was aimed...

    04/26/2004 11:16:43 AM PDT · by areafiftyone · 153 replies · 613+ views
    Sky News ^ | 4/26/04
    Jordan has foiled a chemical attack, linked to al Qaeda, involving trucks loaded with 20 tons of explosives that could have killed 80,000 people, according to security officials. More to follow...
  • Madrid Policeman's Body Burned (Surely TROP™ wouldn't do something so depraved… would they?)

    04/19/2004 10:03:21 AM PDT · by quidnunc · 44 replies · 216+ views
    CNN ^ | April 19, 2004 | Al Goodman
    Madrid, Spain – The body of a Spanish police officer who was killed in a raid on suspected Islamic terrorists was removed from its tomb Sunday night, dragged across a cemetery, doused with gasoline and burned, a Spanish police official told CNN. Police do not know who committed the crime, and an investigation is under way. Francisco Javier Torronteras, a special operations police officer, died April 3 during a police raid in a Madrid suburb where police believed suspects behind the March 11 Madrid train bombings were hiding. The suspected terrorists set off a bomb during the raid and seven...
  • Blame Spain for the Next Terror Attack

    03/15/2004 12:24:20 PM PST · by Nasty McPhilthy · 15 replies · 191+ views
    OpinionEditorials.Com ^ | 3/15/04 | Barbara J. Stock
    March 15, 2004 Blame Spain for the Next Terror Attack Barbara J. Stock When the next bomb goes off--perhaps this time in Poland--the families of the dead should blame the people in Spain who voted to run from terrorists and cower before them instead of standing strong against them. Sound cruel? Perhaps, but it is the sad truth. The majority of Spaniards decided to follow the illogical path of blaming their President for the attack in Madrid instead of the people who actually carried out mass murder. In doing so, they handed the butchers a victory. Terrorism and murder have...
  • Turkey Bombings Reflect New-Look Al-Qaeda

    11/20/2003 4:06:40 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies · 127+ views
    TIME ^ | 11-20-03 | By TONY KARON
    A more diffuse, locally based movement is waging jihad against Western influence in the heart of the Muslim world [snip] The paradox of al-Qaeda in the two years since 9/11 has been that while the efforts of U.S. and allied intelligence agencies have battered its core transnational networks, al-Qaeda as a movement or an idea — as distinct from a narrow clandestine organizational network — has actually grown. Analysts believe the international intelligence and security cooperation has severely impeded al-Qaeda's ability to conduct highly sophisticated transnational terror operations such as the attacks in New York and Washington, but that Bin...
  • Islamic chaplain is charged as spy

    09/20/2003 1:41:55 AM PDT · by kattracks · 421 replies · 3,552+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 9/20/03 | Rowan Scarborough
    <p>An Army Islamic chaplain, who counseled al Qaeda prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, naval base, has been charged with espionage, aiding the enemy and spying, The Washington Times has learned.</p> <p>Capt. James J. Yee, a 1990 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., was arrested earlier this month by the FBI in Jacksonville, Fla., as he arrived on a military charter flight from Guantanamo, according to a law-enforcement source.</p>
  • U.S. troops search for chemical, biological weapons Iraqi camp source of ricin found in London

    03/31/2003 12:45:15 AM PST · by Kay Soze · 2 replies · 467+ views
    CNN ^ | 3-31-03 | CNN
    <p>NORTHERN IRAQ (CNN) --U.S. forces have begun combing a bombed site in northern Iraq in search of chemical and biological weapons after airstrikes hit the facility this weekend, the top U.S. general said Sunday.</p> <p>The complex is believed to be where the lethal poison ricin was produced for an alleged plot to attack London, England, that has since been foiled, said Gen. Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.</p>
  • Arafat Accuses Bin Laden of Exploiting Palestinians

    12/14/2002 10:04:02 PM PST · by Kay Soze · 15 replies · 184+ views
    Reuters ^ | December 14, 2002 | Rueters
    Arafat Accuses Bin Laden of Exploiting Palestinians BACK UP OF WHAT I PUT IN AL QEDA FILE Reuters Saturday, December 14, 2002; 7:56 PM LONDON (Reuters) - Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat has ordered al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden to stop exploiting the Palestinian cause to further his own interests. In an interview with Britain's Sunday Times newspaper, Arafat said he believed bin Laden and his al Qaeda network were using the Palestinian campaign for independence to gain support in the Islamic world. "Why is bin Laden talking about Palestine now? ...He never helped us. He was working in another,...
  • Two freed in Kenya attack probe

    11/30/2002 10:57:18 AM PST · by Kay Soze · 2 replies · 213+ views
    <p>MOMBASA, Kenya --Kenyan authorities have released a Western couple who were being questioned in connection with the bombing of a resort hotel in Mombasa.</p> <p>Alicia Kalhammer, an American citizen, and her Spanish husband, Jose Tena, were released on Saturday after nearly two days in police custody.</p>
  • Abu Qatada, whose stature in Europe rivals that of Osama bin Laden, is arrested

    10/26/2002 4:29:16 PM PDT · by Kay Soze · 1 replies · 186+ views
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | October 26 2002 | By Sebastian Rotella and Janet Stobart
    LONDON -- British police have arrested Abu Qatada, a Muslim cleric whose angry sermons and alleged ties to terrorists across Europe and beyond made him one of the most revered and most wanted figures in Al Qaeda, authorities said Friday. "I think it's very significant: He is on the FBI most-wanted list, he's wanted [in] France, Germany, Spain, Italy and Belgium for a variety of terrorist conspiracies," said Andrew Dismore, a parliamentary deputy. "He really is one of the spiders at the very center of the web."
  • S'pore nabs 21 for suspected terror activities - Singapore

    09/16/2002 7:08:50 AM PDT · by RedWhiteBlue · 8 replies · 340+ views
    AS A result of the continuing investigation on the Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) network, the Internal Security Department (ISD) has arrested 21 additional persons suspected of involvement in terrorism-related activities last month. The Home Affairs Ministry on Monday said the suspects, who were arrested under the Internal Security Act (ISA), are all Singapore citizens. Nineteen of those arrested are current or previous JI members, with most belonging to or linked to JI operational cells. Two others are linked to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), a secessionist group in the Philippines. A few have reportedly undergone military training at Al Qaeda...
  • MI6 warned US of Al-Qaeda attacks (Two years prior)

    06/09/2002 12:03:41 PM PDT · by Kay Soze · 10 replies · 319+ views
    The Times UK ^ | June 9,2002 | Nicholas Rufford The Time in UK MI6 warned US of Al-Qaeda attacks Nicholas Rufford MI6 warned the American intelligence services about a plot to hijack aircraft and crash them into buildings two years before the September 11 attacks
  • The Phantom Menace- How Could we stop 9-11 with Liberals around

    05/20/2002 12:33:58 AM PDT · by Kay Soze · 3 replies · 260+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 17, 2002 | JAMES TARANTO
    <p>By all means, let's have an investigation of any intelligence shortcomings that may have helped make the Sept. 11 atrocity possible. But there's something awfully unseemly about the way some Democrats have been strutting about, patting themselves on the back for their 20/20 hindsight.</p>
  • What Went Wrong about intel to prevent 9-11

    05/20/2002 12:07:42 AM PDT · by Kay Soze · 14 replies · 475+ views
    MSNBC and Nesweek ^ | May 27 ,2002 Issue | Michael Hirsh and Michael Isikoff
    What Went WrongThe inside story of the missed signals and intelligence failures that raise a chilling question: did September 11 have to happen? By Michael Hirsh and Michael Isikoff NEWSWEEK May 27 issue — Forget James Bond. Intelligence gathering is more like taking a metal detector to the city dump. SO MUCH COMES IN, rumor, hearsay, disinformation, so little of it more than trash: once in a blue moon an agent-prospector may get lucky. But even then an agent’s warning is likely to be dismissed as what Condoleezza Rice last week called “chatter.” “There’s always TMI—too much information,” says former...

    05/19/2002 4:30:15 PM PDT · by Kay Soze · 6 replies · 380+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 8, 2001 | RICHARD MINITER
    <p>Sudan's Angle How Clinton passed up an opportunity to stop Osama bin Laden.</p> <p>Hours before cruise missiles began raining out of the dark skies of Afghanistan, Osama bin Laden appeared on Al-Jazeera, an Arabic-language television network. America "deserved" the attacks of Sept. 11, he said, and called on all Muslims to rise up and strike back at the free world. "America is full of fear from its north to its south, from its east to its west," he said. "Thank God for that."</p>
  • Threat of US strikes passed to Taliban weeks before NY attack

    05/19/2002 4:04:42 PM PDT · by Kay Soze · 15 replies · 791+ views
    The Guardian UK ^ | September 22, 2001 | Jonathan Steele, Ewen MacAskill, Richard Norton-Taylor and Ed Harriman
    Threat of US strikes passed to Taliban weeks before NY attack Jonathan Steele, Ewen MacAskill, Richard Norton-Taylor and Ed Harriman Guardian Saturday September 22, 2001 Osama bin Laden and the Taliban received threats of possible American military strikes against them two months before the terrorist assaults on New York and Washington, which were allegedly masterminded by the Saudi-born fundamentalist, a Guardian investigation has established. The threats of war unless the Taliban surrendered Osama bin Laden were passed to the regime in Afghanistan by the Pakistani government, senior diplomatic sources revealed yesterday. The Taliban refused to comply but the serious nature...