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  • Turkey: Al Qaeda suspect admits planning attacks on Israeli tourists

    08/11/2005 10:00:12 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 4 replies · 228+ views
    A Turkish court on Thursday charged a Syrian national suspected of plotting to slam speedboats packed with explosives into cruise ships loaded with Israeli tourists, lawyers and police said. According to The AP, defense lawyer Ilhami Sayan said the suspect, identified in the Turkish media as Lu'ai Sakra, was charged with membership in an "illegal organization." He was arrested earlier this month. Police said Sakra was linked to al-Qaeda. "I have no regrets," Sakra shouted to journalists as he was led into the courthouse. "I was going to attack Israeli ships. If they come, my friends will attack them." "I...
  • 5,000 in U.S. suspected of ties to al Qaeda

    07/10/2002 11:39:34 PM PDT · by kattracks · 70 replies · 675+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 7/11/02 | Bill Gertz
    <p>U.S. intelligence agencies are watching several groups of Middle Eastern men thought to be part of an infrastructure of as many as 5,000 al Qaeda terrorists and their supporters in the United States, The Washington Times has learned.</p> <p>Small groups of about a half-dozen men in Seattle, Chicago, Detroit and Atlanta are under surveillance by FBI and other intelligence agencies and are thought to be part of Osama bin Laden's terrorist network, said intelligence officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity.</p>