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  • Movie for a Sunday afternoon: "The Cheap Detective"(1978)

    04/27/2014 11:36:09 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 13 replies
    You Tube ^ | 1978 | Neil Simon
  • Spain links Syrian cabal to Sept. 11 plot--Prosecutors follow the money trail

    10/19/2003 4:03:02 PM PDT · by SJackson · 22 replies · 228+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | October 19, 2003 | John Crewdson, Drew Crosby
    By John Crewdson, Tribune senior correspondent. Reporting and research assistance was provided by Drew Crosby in Madrid MADRID -- The most sweeping criminal indictment to arise thus far from the Sept. 11 attacks reflects a quiet but dramatic change in understanding by investigators here and across Europe of the terrorist organization known as Al Qaeda, and the international Islamic radical-terrorist network of which, they now agree, it is merely a part. As laid out in the indictment, the defendants' alleged activities--from arranging travel and providing introductions to procuring false documents and, especially, moving money--provide the first detailed look at one...
  • The Game of Thrones in North Africa

    01/18/2013 1:14:36 PM PST · by Eurotwit · 14 replies
    World Affairs Journal ^ | 13 January 2013 | Michael J. Totten
    It feels strange visiting a country like Morocco and listening to people extol the virtues of a political system my country waged a revolution against. Morocco has a king, and he’s a real one too, not some kind of a figurehead. But I went there, I listened, and after almost ten years of visiting Middle Eastern countries wracked by tyranny, terrorism, botched revolutions, and wars, I was perhaps a bit more willing to hear what they had to say than I might have been a decade ago. A monarchy is a tough sell for Americans. The founders of our country...
  • Khan made trips to Niger, Sudan

    02/23/2004 8:27:58 PM PST · by piasa · 14 replies · 1,072+ views
    The Times of India ^ | SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2004 | CHIDANAND RAJGHATTA
    WASHINGTON: The famous African explorer Dr David Livingstone might have been impressed, even if the agenda was suspect. Pakistan’s disgraced nuclear proliferator-hero Abdul Qadeer Khan traversed the breadth of Africa in his hey day as a nuclear salesman , going to as romantic a getaway as Casablanca in Morocco and as remote an outpost as Timbuktu in Mali.   US officials might dearly like to get hold of Khan’s travel agent, or simply his itinerary, since he seems to have pretty much charted his own course during his profligate proliferating days. According to accounts now surfacing in the Pakistani media,...
  • 'A Q Khan (Pakistani nuke scientist) visited Timbuktu for uranium'

    02/17/2004 6:03:16 PM PST · by AM2000 · 6 replies · 902+ views
    rediff.com ^ | February 17, 2004 19:12 IST | Shyam Bhatia in London
    The London accountant who accompanied Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan to Timbuktu on three occasions in 1998, 1999 and 2000 says the 'father' of the Pakistani bomb witnessed the digging of a well, toured an ancient Islamic library and enjoyed the views of the desert. A remote outpost in the middle of the West African desert, Timbuktu usually attracts explorers associated in the popular mind with the adventures of the comic character Tin Tin. And Pakistani dissidents told rediff.com the reason for Khan's visit to Timbuktu, part of landlocked West African state of Mali, was to prospect for uranium. They say...
  • Alabama Men Arrested on Terrorism Charges

    12/11/2012 6:39:50 PM PST · by Cindy · 10 replies
    NOTE The following text is a quote: Alabama Men Arrested on Terrorism Charges U.S. Attorney’s Office December 11, 2012 Southern District of Alabama MOBILE, AL—U.S. Attorney Kenyen R. Brown of the Southern District of Alabama and Stephen E. Richardson, Special Agent in Charge of the Mobile Division of the FBI, announced that Mohammad Abdul Rahman Abukhdair, 25, and Randy Wilson, also known as Rasheed Wilson, 25, both U.S. citizens living in Mobile, were arrested today on terrorism charges filed in the Southern District of Alabama. A criminal complaint signed on December 10, 2012, charges Abukhdair and Wilson with conspiring to...
  • Sarah Palin: My Endorsement "Doesn't Amount To A Hill Of Beans"

    12/01/2011 9:53:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 106 replies · 1+ views
    RealClearPolitics ^ | December 1, 2011
    (VIDEO AT LINK) When asked if she has a candidate she would like to endorse in the 2012 GOP field, Fmr. Gov. Sarah Palin (R-Alaska) said she hasn't made up her mind as of now, and that it wouldn't matter. Palin said her endorsement would amount to a "hill of a beans." "I think today, my personal endorsement, probably doesn't amount to a hill of beans today, at this point in the race," Palin said on FOX News' "Hannity" program. Palin said later in the race perhaps her endorsement may have more weight, but admitted at this moment it doesn't...
  • Morocco: State Breaks Up Terrorist Cell - Police Department

    10/03/2011 12:57:43 AM PDT · by Cindy · 2 replies
    SNIPPET: "Rabat — Morocco's security forces have broken up a five-member terrorist cell that used to operate in the cities of Salé (near Rabat) and Casablanca, National Police Department said on Saturday in a statement. The statement added that the dismantled cell includes a member linked to the former emir of al Qaeda network in northern Iraq. The cell, which pledged allegiance to Ayman Al-Zawahiri, used Internet to forge close ties with al Qaida, especially in Syria, Iraq, Turkey, Yemen and Somalia, it said." SNIPPET: "To carry out their plans, the members of the cell contacted, via Internet, experts in...
  • Shocked, shocked that there is gambling in Casablanca

    05/02/2011 5:47:38 AM PDT · by nkronos · 4 replies
    Kronosphere ^ | 05/08/11 | Nicholas Kronos
    Former Pakistan strong man Perez Musharraf is astounded that a fortress compound could be constructed in his country 800 yards from Pakistan’s major military academy to provide protection for Osama Bin Laden without the government’s knowledge. He is likewise aghast that the United States did not trust Pakistan’s intelligence to cooperate in the raid on this compound, as “we are fighting the same enemy.” Lastly, he is bamboozled, saddened, and chagrined that the US violated Pakistan’s sovereignty, which he would not have allowed, were he in any position to stop it. In other news, enhanced CGI will allow casting the...
  • Man Blows Himself Up in Internet Cafe (Pardoned Terrorist Suspect)

    03/12/2007 4:43:30 PM PDT · by SmithL · 49 replies · 1,260+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 3/12/7 | JOHN THORNE
    CASABLANCA, Morocco (AP) -- A man with explosives hidden on his body blew himself up in an Internet cafe after the owners prevented him from looking at terror Web sites, the Interior Ministry said Monday. The man was killed and four people were injured in the Sunday night blast in a Casablanca slum, said ministry spokesman Abderrahman Achour. One of the wounded was the dead man's companion, who was hospitalized with burns and a throat injury. Both men were carrying explosives. But officials believe the cybercafe may not have been their target and that the explosion was an accident, Mokhtar...
  • Planning The Next Wave

    08/17/2010 3:07:15 PM PDT · by Cindy · 11 replies · 1+ views
    INVESTIGATIVE PROJECT.org - For The Record - The IPT Blog ^ | by IPT News • Aug 17, 2010 at 12:56 pm | n/a
    NOTE: THIS IS THE NEW FLOTILLA/CONVOY/"HUMANITARIAN AID"/"HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVISTS" THREAD. SNIPPET: "While the debate over mosque development in New York continues to dominate the news cycle, opposing sides in the Israeli blockade on Gaza are gearing up for a new round of confrontations that could take place as soon as next month. Although the list of items restricted from entering Gaza has been dramatically reduced, George Galloway, the ex-British MP who runs the group Viva Palestina, promises a new land convoy leaving from London, Casablanca and Doha September 18. Galloway has made it clear his mission has more to do...
  • Video, Quote, and Word of the Day

    09/12/2009 6:28:18 PM PDT · by fiscon1 · 2 replies · 235+ views
    The Provocateur ^ | 09/12/2009 | Mike Volpe
    Casablanca, Play it Sam...
  • Threat Matrix: October 2008

    10/06/2008 7:27:37 PM PDT · by nwctwx · 756 replies · 17,403+ views
    FBI Warns of Potential Terror Attacks The FBI and Department of Homeland Security today issued an analytical "note" to U.S. law-enforcement officials cautioning that al-Qaida terrorists have in the past expressed interest in attacking public buildings using a dozen suicide bombers each carrying 20 kilograms of explosives. Authors with the U.S. Office of Intelligence and Analysis added that they have "no credible or specific information that terrorists are planning operations against public buildings in the United States." The FBI and DHS analysts said they were releasing the note because "it is important for local authorities and building owners and...
  • Nine terrorists escape from Casablanca jail

    04/07/2008 1:51:27 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 9 replies · 139+ views
    Radio Netherlands ^ | April 07 2008
    Casablanca - Nine convicted terrorists have escaped from a Moroccan jail through a tunnel they dug out under their cells. The nine fundamentalists were sentenced to long terms of imprisonment for their involvement in suicide attacks in Casablanca five years ago. Forty-five people, including 12 suicide bombers, were killed in Morocco's deadliest bombings ever. The Moroccan authorities have launched a large-scale manhunt for the nine convicts.
  • Madonna wants to remake Casablanca

    03/29/2008 9:28:58 PM PDT · by RayChuang88 · 35 replies · 572+ views
    The Daily Mail online ^ | March 29, 2008 | Caroline Graham
    It is one of the greatest films of Hollywood's golden era, a triple Oscar-winning classic with electrifyingly charismatic stars and a script bursting with memorable lines. But now Madonna has stunned the movie industry with plans to remake Casablanca – and this time set it in Iraq. The singer, whose previous film career has been littered with critical and commercial turkeys, is also planning to take the lead role of Ilsa Lund, which originally made a star of Ingrid Bergman.
  • Up to 10 years sought for Casablanca bombers in Paris court

    06/22/2007 10:30:36 AM PDT · by Republicain · 4 replies · 243+ views
    PARIS, June 19, 2007 (AFP) - French prosecutors on Tuesday sought sentences of up to 10 years in jail for eight men accused of helping the perpetrators of bomb attacks in Morocco in 2003 that left 45 dead. The eight men -- a Turkish national and seven Moroccans or French nationals of Moroccan origin -- went on trial on June 4 on charges of criminal conspiracy in relation with a terrorist undertaking. Prosecutors argued that the eight were members of a cell with ties to the Moroccan Islamic Combatant Group (GICM), which is believed to be linked to Al-Qaeda. Alleged...
  • Police arrest Casablanca militant leader

    04/14/2007 10:08:39 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 4 replies · 233+ views
    Radio Netherlands ^ | April 14 2007
    Moroccan police say they have arrested the leader of a militant cell suspected of responsibility for Tuesday's deadly explosions in Casablanca and another a month ago. The suspect has not been named. The man was arrested in a raid on the outskirts of Casablanca. Police also discovered a hiding place being used to make explosives. Police say all the members of the group have now been identified and are still at large. Earlier today, two suicide bombers blew themselves up in attacks targeting United States diplomatic offices in Casablanca. Last Tuesday, three suicide bombers killed themselves in Casablanca when police...
  • Casablanca - Two bombers attack U.S. targets in Morocco

    04/14/2007 4:31:39 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 13 replies · 395+ views
    Reuters (excerpt) ^ | April 14, 2007
    Excerpt - CASABLANCA, Morocco, April 14 (Reuters) - Two suicide bombers killed themselves in an attack on U.S. diplomatic offices in Morocco's commercial hub Casablanca on Saturday, the scene of three suicide blasts four days ago, witnesses said. "Only the two bombers were killed," a police source said of the mid-morning attack in the port city. Witnesses said the first blast happened about six metres (yards) from the U.S. cultural centre and the second went off about 60 metres away from the nearby U.S. consulate. Police cordoned off the area and were hunting for a third man seen running from...
  • Bombers Blow Themselves Up (Casablanca)

    04/10/2007 4:08:43 PM PDT · by blam · 11 replies · 448+ views
    News Au.com ^ | 4-10-2007
    Bombers blow themselves upFrom correspondents in Casablanca April 11, 2007 07:45amDeadly raid ... police look for evidence on the body of one of the bombers / AFP Three men blow themselves up to avoid capture Fourth gunned down after brandishing sabre Police and civilians killed and hurt in blasts THREE bombing suspects have blown themselves up after a police raid on a house in a Casablanca slum in which a fourth man was shot dead. The carnage began when police launched a dawn operation in the el Fida district of the Moroccan city looking for suspects involved in a bomb...
  • 3/11: Interview with the Jihadist

    03/21/2007 3:53:41 PM PDT · by J Aguilar · 1 replies · 668+ views
    EL MUNDO newspaper ^ | 25th May 2005 | Ali Lmrabet
    Know your enemy and know yourself and you can fight a hundred battles without disaster.Sun Tzu Wednesday, May 25th 2005 “The Moroccan Services Had Information about 3/11”ALI LMRABET. Special for EL MUNDO. KENITRA (MOROCCO) – From the Central Prison in Kenitra, the Moroccan Islamist Jihadist Salahedin Benyaich, also known as ‘Abu Mughen’ or ‘The One-Eyed’, has conceded an interview to EL MUNDO to tell his truth on 3/11, 9/11 and the Casablanca attacks. One of the masterminds of this massacre, he was sentenced to 18 years in prison for belonging to the Moroccan Islamic Combatant Group (GICM). He has fought...
  • BBC: Bomber wounds three in Casablanca

    03/12/2007 12:02:15 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 14 replies · 812+ views
    BBC ^ | Monday, 12 March 2007, 05:47 GMT | BBC staff
    Bomber wounds three in Casablanca A suicide bomber has wounded three people in an internet cafe in the Moroccan city of Casablanca.The attack, which took place on Sunday evening in the Sidi Moumen district of the city, left the bomber dead. The blast happened after the man began a dispute with the cafe's owner, who refused him access to jihadist sites. Another man, with the bomber at the time of the blast, fled after the explosion but has now been arrested by police, reports say. "The man used to come to view jihadist websites and the dispute was prompted...
  • Extremist Islam may be rising in Morocco

    09/29/2006 12:33:42 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 711+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/29/06 | John Thorne - ap
    RABAT, Morocco - Little would seem to connect a soldier, a shopkeeper, airline pilots' wives and a woman known for helping people in need. But all have been named as suspects in a purported Islamic terrorist plot, suggesting extremism may be leaping Morocco's class divides. In all, Moroccan authorities arrested 56 people last month for allegedly being part of a network that was planning attacks on military and tourist sites in hopes of bringing down the government of this North African monarchy. Since the Sept. 11 attacks in the United States and suicide bombings two years later that killed 33...
  • Ultra-Radical Muslims Draw Scrutiny

    11/20/2004 12:46:55 PM PST · by TexKat · 6 replies · 1,085+ views
    AP ^ | 11/20/04 | BRIAN MURPHY
    An ultra-radical Islamic ideology mixing zealot-like devotion and holy war creed is drawing more scrutiny in anti-terrorist probes from the Middle East to Europe — with increasing indications that its base on the fringes of Islamic extremism could be widening. In existence since the 1960s, al-Takfir wa al-Hijra has offered intellectual inspiration to al-Qaida and other militant groups. But authorities now worry about followers becoming more aggressive with recruitment and retaliation against perceived foes of Islam, such as Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh. Officials in the Netherlands say the Dutch-Moroccan suspect — accused of killing Van Gogh on a busy...
  • Jacko is shocko at his associate's gay porno

    07/07/2006 10:20:54 AM PDT · by Triggerhippie · 9 replies · 1,240+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | July 7, 2006 | MICHELLE CARUSO
    Jacko is shocko at his associate's gay porno BY MICHELLE CARUSO DAILY NEWS WEST COAST BUREAU CHIEF SANTA MONICA, Calif. - A wide-eyed Michael Jackson testified he "was shocked" when he saw a video of his ex-associate actively directing a gay porn film, according to videotaped deposition shown in court yesterday. The no-show singer's ghostly image was projected on a 4-foot-by-4-foot screen in the trial of a $1.5 million breach-ofcontact suit filed by his former video producer Marc Schaffel in Santa Monica Superior Court. In the sworn testimony, which was taped in London's Dorchester Hotel on Sept. 23, 2005, and...
  • Breaking news: Explosions reported in Casablanca-Morocco Says at Least 20 Dead in Car Bombs Attacks

    05/16/2003 4:30:10 PM PDT · by Normal4me · 174 replies · 475+ views
    http://www.foxnews.com/ ^ | 5/16/2003 | Foxnews
    <p>RABAT (Reuters) - At least 20 people were killed in four bomb attacks -- three of them car bombs -- in Morocco's commercial capital Casablanca on Friday night, the official MAP news agency said.</p> <p>The car bomb attacks targeted the Belgian consulate, a Jewish community center and the Hotel Safir, located in the old heart of the city center.</p>
  • Tehran's Terror Master

    05/26/2005 6:04:02 AM PDT · by Mr.Clark · 37 replies · 2,275+ views
    Front Page Mag ^ | 5/26/2005 | Patrick Devenny
    Early on the morning of March 16th, 1984, William Buckley left for work at the American embassy in Beirut, Lebanon. Officially, Mr. Buckley, a decorated veteran of the Special Forces, served as the political officer at the embassy. In reality, however, Mr. Buckley was the embassy’s CIA station chief. On his way to the compound, Buckley’s car was stopped by a group of masked men, who forced him from his car at gunpoint. His assailants would later be identified as terrorists from the group Islamic Jihad, which served as an alias for the real perpetrators, Hezbollah. The circumstances surrounding the...
  • Acts of Quiet Courage (Schindler of Brazil, World War II)

    04/10/2005 8:04:21 PM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies · 738+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 11, 2005 | BOB HERBERT
    OP-ED COLUMNIST Felix Rohatyn knew that he and a handful of relatives had been lucky to get out of Nazi-occupied France in the early-1940's, when he was 12 years old. But there were details about the harrowing escape that have only recently come to light. Mr. Rohatyn, now 76, is the financier who helped save New York City from bankruptcy in the 1970's and later served as ambassador to France during the Clinton administration. His family was Jewish, and originally from Poland. In the fall of 1940 the dark night of the Holocaust was spreading across France with terrifying speed....
  • A High-Risk Nuclear Stakeout(Pakistani nuke transfers to Libya)

    02/27/2005 8:22:55 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies · 802+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 27/2/05 | Douglas Frantz
    A High-Risk Nuclear Stakeout The U.S. took too long to act, some experts say, letting a Pakistani scientist sell illicit technology well after it knew of his operation. By Douglas Frantz, Times Staff Writer WASHINGTON — Nuclear warhead plans that Pakistani scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan sold to Libya were more complete and detailed than previously disclosed, raising new concerns about the cost of Washington's watch-and-wait policy before Khan and his global black market were shut down last year. Two Western nuclear weapons specialists who have examined the top-secret designs say the hundreds of pages of engineering drawings and handwritten notes...
  • Merry Christmas, Michael Curtiz

    12/24/2004 9:46:19 PM PST · by JennysCool · 4 replies · 256+ views
    Source apparently not welcome at FR ^ | 12/24/2004 | Hollywood
    Michael Curtiz (December 24, 1886 - April 10, 1962) was a film director, whose films include The Adventures of Robin Hood, Casablanca, and White Christmas.
  • Keeping Score at the Movies

    12/23/2004 4:04:46 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 5 replies · 347+ views
    MENS NEWS DAILY.COM ^ | DECEMBER 23, 2004 | BURT PRELUTSKY
    Some time ago, in my eternal quest to set the record straight, I suggested that the true hero of the motion picture industry wasn’t Thomas Edison or D.W. Griffith, not Chaplin or Keaton, not Jack Warner or Louis B. Mayer, but the anonymous fellow who first came up with the notion of putting salt on popcorn, thus turning packing material into a concession stand bonanza that costs more per-pound than lox and caviar put together. But there are others who, more often than not, get overlooked while far too much praise is lavished on actors and directors. I refer to...
  • PLEASE! STOP POSTING SAME MESSAGE ON ALL BOARDS!

    08/16/2002 7:39:49 AM PDT · by Merchant Seaman · 715 replies · 30,137+ views
    Annoyed Reader
    The purpose of FreeRepublic.com's multiple message boards is to limit the topics for each board to particular topics. Posting the same message on all the boards defeats the purpose of multiple-boards for special topics. It is very annoying to see the same message on every bulletin board. PLEASE! DO THE READERS A FAVOR. STOP CROSS-POSTING YOUR MESSAGES!
  • The FReeper Foxhole Revisits Operation Torch - Casablanca (Nov-1942) - October 29th, 2004

    10/28/2004 10:25:45 PM PDT · by snippy_about_it · 125 replies · 3,494+ views
    Lord, Keep our Troops forever in Your care Give them victory over the enemy... Grant them a safe and swift return... Bless those who mourn the lost. . FReepers from the Foxhole join in prayer for all those serving their country at this time. ...................................................................................... ........................................... U.S. Military History, Current Events and Veterans Issues Where Duty, Honor and Countryare acknowledged, affirmed and commemorated. Our Mission: The FReeper Foxhole is dedicated to Veterans of our Nation's military forces and to others who are affected in their relationships with Veterans. In the FReeper Foxhole, Veterans or their family members should feel...
  • Italian Authorities Break Up Islamic Cell

    05/09/2004 6:27:33 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 310+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | 5/9/04 | Frances C. D'Melio - AP
    ROME - Anti-terrorism police arrested the Algerian cleric of a mosque and four Tunisians Sunday in a crackdown authorities said was aimed at preventing an al-Qaida-linked cell from sending suicide attackers to Iraq (news - web sites). The suspects were seized in pre-dawn raids in three cities in the northern Tuscany region, Genoa's Police Chief Oscar Fiorolli said. Genoa, a northern port city, began the investigations that led to the arrests. The suspects allegedly belonged to a cell of Ansar al-Islam, an organization based in northern Iraq with links to al-Qaida, Fiorolli told the Associated Press in Rome in a...
  • Rick's finally opens in Casablanca

    05/09/2004 12:12:10 AM PDT · by gg188 · 12 replies · 181+ views
    The Age.com ^ | May 9, 2004 - 8:05AM
    There's a new gin joint in town, and now everybody comes to Rick's. In homage to the 1942 movie, Casablanca, a former US diplomat spent two years of work and $US1 million ($A1.39 million) dollars in investments to bring Rick's Cafe to Morocco's largest city. The elegant nightclub where Humphrey Bogart pined for Ingrid Bergman was just a set on a Warner Bros. sound stage in California - the film crew never got anywhere near North Africa. The new Rick's has the same warm atmosphere as the Hollywood original. It's a white villa near the port, with palm trees flanking...
  • France - Police arrest suspected terrorists connected to Casablanca attack

    04/04/2004 11:06:17 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 3 replies · 174+ views
    Operation of the DST counters suspects islamists in Paris area (press) A significant operation carried out by the services of against-espionage (DST) is in hand with Aulnay-under-Wood and with Mantes-the-Pretty to stop islamists suspected of having taken part in the attacks of Casablanca on last 16 May which had made 45 died, Monday morning announced radio Europe 1. According to the radio, which quotes investigators, the operation started with 6H00 and is always in hand. It aims at dormant dies and cells within the framework of an investigation opened by Parisian judges, of which judge Jean-Louis Bruguière.
  • Khan's visit to Timbuktu was to prospect for uranium - dissident

    02/23/2004 6:56:39 PM PST · by piasa · 16 replies · 1,816+ views
    Gulf News ^ | February 19, 2004 | Shyam Bhatia
    A London accountant has described how Pakistan's disgraced nuclear hero Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan visited the West African state of Mali on three occasions between 1998 and 2000. Abdul Ma'bood Siddiqui accompanied A.Q. Khan on three mystery trips  between 1998 and 2000. Their final destination was Timbuktu, a remote outpost in the desert that has always been a magnet for explorers and adventurers from around the world. The mystery behind the visits has deepened following recent revelations that Khan is also the owner of a small hotel in the town that he has named after Hendrina, his Dutch-born wife and...
  • Frenchman jailed for life for plotting attacks in Morocco

    09/19/2003 9:44:21 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 2 replies · 170+ views
    Australian Broadcasting Company ^ | September 19 2003 | AFP
    Frenchman Pierre Robert has received a life prison term for plotting terrorist attacks in Morocco. Rabat's criminal court found him guilty of charges of preparing terrorist acts, possessing weapons and endangering state security. Robert's trial was part of investigations into the May 16 suicide bombings in Casablanca that claimed 45 lives. Robert and his 33 co-defendants were each given the right to a "last word" before the five judges began 12 hours of deliberations earlier on Thursday, local time. Two of his co-accused also received life terms, for the murder of a woman in Tangiers. Only two of the accused...
  • Moroccan militant ‘hid chemical weapons’

    09/10/2003 9:33:47 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 1 replies · 243+ views
    The Daily Star ^ | September 10 2003
    RABAT: An alleged accomplice of Frenchman Pierre Robert, on trial here on charges of leading a Muslim cell involved in suicide bombings in Casablanca, admitted in a court hearing overnight Monday that he received and hid a cache of chemical weapons in the country in the 1980s. Mohammed Neggaoui also told Rabat’s criminal court that he had met Robert three times at the home of another suspect in the northern city of Tangiers. He denied, however that they had discussed terrorist projects in Morocco. Robert and his 33 co-accused are charged with criminal conspiracy, conspiracy to undermine state security, premeditated...
  • Trial opens of Morrocan terror attack suspects

    07/21/2003 12:34:54 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 1 replies · 189+ views
    Radio Netherlands ^ | July 21 2003
    The first trial has begun of people accused of involvement in the terror attacks in Morocco on May 16th this year. Forty-four people lost their lives when various Western and Jewish targets were bombed in the capital, Casablanca. Since then, the Moroccan authorities have detained around 700 people, who are to stand trial in connection with the attacks. At the request of the defence team, the proceedings against the first group of 52 people was adjourned today until the end of the week. The accused are also charged with being members of Salafiyah Jihadia, a group of Muslim fundamentalists which...
  • Moroccan fundamentalists receive death sentence

    07/12/2003 8:26:40 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 5 replies · 232+ views
    Radio Netherlands ^ | July 13 2003
    A court in the Moroccan city of Casablanca has sentenced ten Muslim fundamentalists to death. Eight men received life sentences; several others were sentenced to twenty years. The radical Muslims are members of the Salafia Jihadia, the movement held responsible for the suicide attacks in Casablanca on May 16th, in which 40 people were killed. The convicts were already in custody at the time of these attacks on charges of murder, attempted murder, kidnapping and extortion. Immediately afterwards, the Moroccan authorities said they would crack down hard on all forms of terrorism.
  • Nineteen charged over Casablanca bombings

    06/07/2003 6:39:20 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 4 replies · 144+ views
    Swissinfo ^ | June 07 2003 | Reuters
    RABAT (Reuters) - Moroccan authorities say they have charged another 19 members and sympathisers of an extremist Islamic movement in connection with suicide bombings in Casablanca last month in which 43 people died. Some of the men, all Moroccans, had planned similar attacks on the tourist destinations of Marrakesh, Agadir and Essaouira, in southern Morocco, the official MAP news agency said on Friday. State prosecutor Abdellah Alaoui Belghiti said most of the men, aged between 17 and 40, belonged to an ultra-conservative Islamist movement known as the Salafist Jihad. Some had declared their support for the May 16 attacks on...
  • Six would-be bombers charged

    05/29/2003 9:31:19 AM PDT · by miltonim · 1 replies · 175+ views
    news.com.au ^ | May 30, 2003 | From correspondents in Casablanca, Morocco, Agence France-Presse
    Six would-be bombers charged SIX people were charged today with being "reserves" for the devastating bomb attacks in the Moroccan commercial captal Casablanca in which 43 people, including 12 suicide bombers, were killed. The accused were allegedly among a group of reserve suicide bombers who were ready to commit extremist attacks, the city's prosecutor said. Five people, including three would-be suicide bombers, appeared in the same court on Monday for their roles in the Casablanca attacks, which took place on May 16. The authorities said yesterday that the suspected mastermind of the suicide blasts, identified as Abdelhak, died of heart...
  • Terror's allure in Casablanca slum (Backgrounder on Morocco Bombers)

    05/22/2003 2:41:20 PM PDT · by Stultis · 2 replies · 175+ views
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | 23 May 2003 | Philip Smucker
    from the May 23, 2003 edition - http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/0523/p06s02-wome.html Terror's allure in Casablanca slumThomasville, Morocco, was home to several of last week's radical young suicide bombers.By Philip Smucker | Special to The Christian Science Monitor THOMASVILLE, MOROCCO - One of his best friends noticed the stark changes over the past two years. "He grew a beard and stopped saying hello," says Radaa Abdullah of Mohammed Larossi, who died as a suicide bomber in a massive attack on Casablanca last Friday that killed 41 people. "When he did [greet you], it was only to talk about Afghanistan and those he called great...
  • Britain: Morocco blasts undermine peace process

    05/20/2003 9:08:05 AM PDT · by anotherview · 3 replies · 276+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 20 May 2003 | Douglas Davis
    May. 20, 2003 Britain: Morocco blasts undermine peace process By DOUGLAS DAVIS British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw has suggested that the 12 suicide bombings in Casablanca on Friday which killed 41 people might have been related to Morocco's support for the peace process. "It is not accidental that we have had these terrorist outrages directed at Morocco, one of the most modern and advanced of Arab societies, and also the terrorist outrages in Israel timed to kill Israelis but also to undermine the peace process." Straw's remarks coincided with a visit to London on Tuesday by Moroccan Foreign Minister Mohammed...
  • Jews in Casablanca observed Sabbath, survived attack

    05/18/2003 12:35:06 PM PDT · by Alouette · 20 replies · 251+ views
    World Tribune ^ | May 18, 2003
    CAIRO — The Al Qaida attack on Friday killed 36 people in simultaneous suicide bombings in Casablanca, but missed its primary target of Israeli tourists and the resident Jews in Morocco. Western diplomatic sources said victims of the 10 suicide bombings on late Friday were Moroccans as well as tourists from France, Italy and Spain. The Al Qaida suicide bombers were believed to have been sent on a mission to target Israeli nationals and Moroccan Jews at a Jewish community center, a hotel frequented by Israeli tourists and a restaurant owned by a French Jew who lived in the kingdom....
  • Morocco rounds up bombing suspects

    05/17/2003 10:55:21 PM PDT · by Pro-Bush · 5 replies · 194+ views
    NBC, MSNBC & News Services ^ | 5/18/03 | NBC News’ Carl Rochelle at the Pentagon, Charlene Gubash in Cairo, Andrea Mitchell in Washington and
    CASABLANCA, Morocco, May 18 — Moroccan investigators rounded up and questioned at least 33 suspected Islamic militants Saturday in connection with a series of suicide bombings that killed 41 people, including 13 attackers, in Casablanca, officials said. Authorities are focusing on whether the attackers are linked to a known extremist group that is suspected of ties to the al-Qaida network, a Moroccan official said. The United States said it strongly suspected that al-Qaida had a hand in the blasts, and the White House offered help in the investigation.FIVE GROUPS of attackers — 14 in all — carried out the...
  • The FReeper Foxhole Remembers Operation Torch - Casablanca (Nov-1942) - Apr. 27th, 2003

    04/27/2003 12:00:36 AM PDT · by SAMWolf · 76 replies · 7,847+ views
    Dear Lord, There's a young man far from home, called to serve his nation in time of war; sent to defend our freedom on some distant foreign shore. We pray You keep him safe, we pray You keep him strong, we pray You send him safely home ... for he's been away so long. There's a young woman far from home, serving her nation with pride. Her step is strong, her step is sure, there is courage in every stride. We pray You keep her safe, we pray You keep her strong, we pray You send her safely home...