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  • 'A Q Khan (Pakistani nuke scientist) visited Timbuktu for uranium'

    02/17/2004 6:03:16 PM PST · by AM2000 · 6 replies · 902+ views ^ | 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 the reason for Khan's visit to Timbuktu, part of landlocked West African state of Mali, was to prospect for uranium. They say...
  • Ressam gets 22 years for millennium bomb plot

    12/03/2008 3:16:11 PM PST · by jazusamo · 15 replies · 504+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | December 3, 2008 | Mike Carter
    Ahmed Ressam was resentenced this morning to 22 years in federal prison for conspiring to bomb the Los Angeles International Airport despite telling a judge that he recanted everything he has told the federal government about terrorist activities. Federal prosecutors had urged U.S. District Judge John Coughenour to send Ressam to prison for life — a sentence Ressam said he would accept now that he had cleared his conscience about his cooperation, which ended in 2003. Prosecutors pointed out that Ressam's defiance has cost two high-profile terrorism prosecutions so far, and that Ressam has actively tried to help the cases...
  • Immigration powers used to hold al-Qaeda kingpin in jail

    10/20/2006 1:16:03 AM PDT · by Mrs Ivan · 1 replies · 380+ views
    The Times ^ | October 20, 2006 | Sean O’Neill
    BRITAIN has resorted to detaining as an illegal immigrant a man regarded as one of al-Qaeda’s most dangerous terrorists. Abu Doha, whose various aliases include “The Doctor”, has been in Belmarsh highsecurity jail for almost six years facing extradition to the United States on charges of running a jihad training camp in Afghanistan and plotting to blow up Los Angeles airport. But the US has been forced to drop the case against him after an informer refused to give evidence. A British judge described the extremist network created by Abu Doha as “one of the most significant groups of terrorists...
  • Leader of al-Queda in Morocco surrenders to authorities

    08/01/2007 7:19:38 AM PDT · by harwood · 8 replies · 745+ views
    .."surrendered after disagreements with other leaders in the organization."
  • Maghreb al Qaeda deputy killed in Algeria

    10/09/2007 1:13:26 PM PDT · by RDTF · 6 replies · 467+ views
    Reuters ^ | October 9 ,2007 | Not specified
    ALGIERS (Reuters) - The deputy chief of al Qaeda's North Africa wing, believed to be the group's operational leader, was killed along with two other rebels in a gun battle with Algerian troops, local newspapers said on Tuesday. Hareg Zoheir, also known as Sofiane Abu Fasila, was said to be the second-in-command of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and suspected of being behind planning most of the suicide bombings in Algeria in the recent months. He was shot dead on Sunday at a check point in the eastern region of Tzizi Ouzou, the country's leading dailies reported. "Sofiane is...
  • Mastermind terrorist reportedly killed in Algeria

    08/02/2007 12:41:27 PM PDT · by RDTF · 11 replies · 553+ views
    CNN.Com ^ | August 2, 2007 | Reuters
    ALGIERS, Algeria (Reuters) -- Algerian security forces have killed the mastermind of suicide bombings including a triple attack in Algiers in April that claimed 33 lives, a government-run newspaper reported on Thursday. Rachid Sid Ali, a military adviser to the al Qaeda Organization in the Islamic Maghreb, was killed on July 30 in the troubled Kabylie region east of Algiers, El Moudjahid said. He was killed along with his aide Haroun El Achaachi "thanks to the help of the local population of Iboudranene" village near Kabylie's main town of Tizi Ouzou, the daily added, citing a security source. Attacks plotted...
  • Spain arrests three al Qaeda suspects

    06/26/2007 2:07:46 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 6 replies · 225+ views
    Swissinfo ^ | June 26 2007 | Reuters
    MADRID (Reuters) - Spanish police on Tuesday arrested three Moroccans suspected of having links to al Qaeda and recruiting people to send to training camps in Africa. Police said in a statement they had detained Mohamed Laksir, 23, Moulay Lahoucine Miftah Idrissi, 27, and Mohamed Akazim, 32, in Barcelona under international warrants lodged by Moroccan authorities, who want them extradited. The Spanish police said the men were linked to al Qaeda Organisation in the Islamic Maghreb, previously known as the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC). Police said they were suspected of recruiting people and indoctrinating them with radical...
  • Nine killed in pre-election violence in Algeria

    05/13/2007 5:36:33 AM PDT · by Valin · 2 replies · 320+ views
    APF ^ | 5/12/07
    Seven Islamic extremists and two members of Algeria's security forces have been killed in the violent run-up to parliamentary elections, newspapers reported Saturday. Three armed Islamists and one soldier were killed Thursday when fighting broke out during a military operation in the Tizi Ouzou region of Kabylie, 110 kilometres (70 miles) east of Algiers, the Liberte newspaper said. Another three extremists were killed on the same day in another military sweep, in Saida, 430 kilometres southwest of the capital, it added, as Algerians looked forward to the May 17 legislative polls. All six Islamists were said to be members of...

    05/11/2007 6:58:32 AM PDT · by Valin · 3 replies · 385+ views
    AKI ^ | 5/10/07
    Algiers, 10 May (AKI) - In a major anti-terror police operation, the Algerian army has surrounded an area on the outskirts of Tizi Ouzou, in Kabylia, 100 km from Algiers to hunt down al-Qaeda militants allegedly hiding in the area, the local al-Watan paper reported Thursday. The operation reportedly kicked off Wednesday morning and is being carried out with ground troops and helicopters. Security around public buildings was also boosted over fears that would-be suicide bombers are preparing to strike. Local terror experts fear militants are preparing to strike in Tizi Ouzou in retaliation for the death of Samir Saioud,...
  • Morocco breaks up al Qaeda recruiting gang

    05/06/2007 7:19:49 PM PDT · by Valin · 7 replies · 253+ views
    Reuters ^ | 5/6/07
    RABAT (Reuters) - Moroccan security forces broke up a network helping to recruit fighters for al Qaeda's North African branch and arrested around 20 people overnight in several towns across the country, a government official said on Sunday. The gang was involved in sending volunteers to training camps run by the Algerian-based al Qaeda Organisation in the Islamic Maghreb, formerly known as the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC), the official said, confirming an earlier report by state news agency MAP. "The operation ... allowed the arrest of around 20 people in several towns across the kingdom," MAP said....
  • CSIS: terror cell busted Bomb expert among four Algerians in Toronto

    11/04/2005 5:11:52 PM PST · by Candor7 · 2 replies · 402+ views
    The National Post (Canada) ^ | 3rd Nov. 05 | Stewart Bell
    TORONTO - Canadian counter- terrorism investigators have dismantled a suspected terrorist cell in Toronto whose members included an al-Qaeda-trained explosives expert, the National Post has learned. The cell consisted of four Algerian refugee claimants who had lived in Canada for as long as six years and were alleged members of a radical Islamic terror faction called the Salafist Group for Call and Combat. The central figure of the Toronto-area cell was a former al-Qaeda training camp instructor who studied bomb-making at Osama bin Laden's Al Farooq and Khaldun training camps in eastern Afghanistan. The group was watched by intelligence officers...
  • [Spanish] Socialist leader met with March 11 terrorist in jail

    03/24/2005 4:57:26 AM PST · by Reader of news · 10 replies · 871+ views
    Fernando Huarte Santamaría, a leader of the Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE) in the northern city of Gijón, Asturias, contacted Algerian terrorist Benesmail Abdelkrim in the Villabona prison in 2001. Huarte even got Abdelkrim a furlough to go to the dentist and paid his bill; the two last met in October 2004. A few days later, the police arrested Abdelkrim and found the address of a well-known ETA terrorist in his pocket. Abdelkrim served time with two other notorious prisoners, Spaniard Antonio Toro Castro and Moroccan Rafá Zouhier, two police informants accused in the March 11, 2004 bombings. In April 1997...
  • 'You have to kill in the name of Allah until you are killed'

    01/26/2002 4:55:18 PM PST · by Pokey78 · 26 replies · 657+ views
    The Observer (U.K.) ^ | 01/27/2002 | Jason Burke
    An underground film showing the slaughter of Algerian soldiers is being used as a recruitment tool for British Islamic radicals The trail runs from a wet corner of a west London street to the dusty mountains of eastern Algeria, from a garage on the Thames to the Mediterranean, from a mosque off north London's Seven Sisters Road to Osama bin Laden's training camps in Afghanistan. In one direction the trail is a conduit for volunteers and money - both heading for Islamist rebels fighting a brutal war against Algeria's government. In the other direction flow political refugees, communiqués boasting of ...
  • Suicide bombs hit U.S. center in Morocco (Can you say Global Jihad, children?)

    04/14/2007 9:59:17 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 30 replies · 971+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/14/07 | John Thorne - ap
    RABAT, Morocco - Two brothers strapped with explosives blew themselves up near an American cultural center in Casablanca Saturday, and police arrested another three suspects — including one wearing an explosives belt — hours later, an official said. The attacks came just days after three suspected militants blew themselves up as they were cornered by police in Casablanca, and al-Qaida claimed suicide car bombings in neighboring Algeria that killed 33 people. The attacks have stoked new fears of Islamic terrorism in North Africa — especially in Morocco, long known for its stability. The Moroccan and Algerian governments have not addressed...
  • Sahara Dispute Limits Terror Fight

    04/14/2007 7:29:54 AM PDT · by Valin · 195+ views
    Townhall ^ | 4/13/07
    With its endless expanse of desolate sands, the Western Sahara might not seem worth fighting over. But the thinly populated, Italy-sized region on Africa's northwest coast is at the heart of a three-decade-long dispute that, U.S. officials and analysts say, inhibits the fight against terrorism across North Africa. Any doubts about the seriousness of the terrorist problem in the region were undercut by attacks in Morocco, on Tuesday and Saturday, and Algeria, on Wednesday. In the latest attack, two suicide bombers blew themselves up in Casablanca near an American cultural center. The incidents followed expressions of interest by al-Qaida in...
  • Analysis: Algeria could provide springboard for European terror

    04/11/2007 2:11:57 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 3 replies · 273+ views
    Times Online ^ | April 11 2007 | Sean O'Neill
    On September 11 last year, the fifth anniversary of 9/11, Ayman al Zawahiri, al-Qaeda’s second-in-command, announced a formal merger with one of the most violent groups to have emerged from Algeria’s bloody civil war. The announcement came within days of the expiry of the Algerian government’s six-month amnesty for militants and sparked an upsurge in terrorist activity by the GSPC (Salafist Group for Call and Combat). The union was further cemented in January when the GSPC declared that it would be known in future as the al-Qaeda Organisation in the Islamic Maghreb. The targets for the resurgent group’s bombers in...
  • Clashes in Algeria, 9 soldiers, 4 rebels dead

    04/09/2007 5:57:02 AM PDT · by Valin · 1 replies · 167+ views
    ALGIERS, April 9 (Reuters) - Nine soldiers and at least four Islamist rebels were killed in clashes between Algerian government troops and militants seeking to set up an Islamic state, newspapers reported on Monday. It was the largest reported single casualty toll among government forces since Islamist guerrillas killed at least seven troops in November 2006 in the Bouira region east of the capital Algiers. Liberte and El Watan said that in Saturday afternoon's incident five soldiers were also wounded when militants ambushed an army foot patrol in the southwestern province of Ain Defla, 150 km (93 miles) from Algiers....
  • Al-Qaeda and Algeria's GSPC: Part of a Much Bigger Picture (analysis)

    04/07/2007 7:12:37 AM PDT · by Valin · 305+ views ^ | 4/6/07 | Michael Scheuer
    The decision of the leaders of Algeria's Salafist Group for Call and Combat (GSPC) to pledge allegiance to Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda has been well-covered. The GSPC's proven combat capabilities, willingness to send fighters to Afghanistan, Iraq and other Islamist insurgencies, widespread presence in Western European cities, connections and working relationships to criminal enterprises in Europe and its status as a potential al-Qaeda-related threat to Western oil and natural gas supplies emanating from Algeria are all positive benefits for al-Qaeda [1]. Beyond these tactical and strategic—at least regarding energy supplies—advantages, the GSPC's decision to join al-Qaeda is, from the...
  • Algeria busts North African al Qaeda arms ring

    02/24/2007 8:22:33 AM PST · by Valin · 1 replies · 220+ views
    ALGIERS (Reuters) - Algerian police have dismantled a network suspected of funnelling weapons to an al Qaeda branch in North Africa, a newspaper said on Saturday. The busted ring included French, Tunisian and Algerian nationals and was believed to supply the Al Qaeda Organisation of Islamic Maghreb, the daily Liberte said, citing unnamed sources. A French national, two Tunisians and 24 Algerians were in custody in the eastern town of Constantine after they were arrested by police following a search operation there. Police raided a safe house in Constantine, 430 km (268 miles) from Algiers, on February11 and seized 165...
  • Georgain Hidden Camera (like Scare Tactics but using “fake” terrorists)

    02/11/2007 11:44:23 PM PST · by Steve Van Doorn · 356+ views ^ | February, 11 2007 |
  • Al-Qaeda 'in plot to attack France'

    02/10/2007 10:57:02 PM PST · by fishhound · 60 replies · 2,154+ views
    Sydney Morning Herald ^ | February 11 2007 | na
    FRENCH intelligence has produced a dossier alleging that al-Qaeda plans an attack on the country during forthcoming presidential elections. The Arabic-language al-Hayat daily newspaper has reported there were "several indications of a plot to copy the Spanish scenario in France", a reference to the explosions that rocked Madrid in March 2004. The London-based daily quoted mainly "messages posted on internet sites close to al-Qaeda carrying threats against France, accompanied by pictures from the campaigns for the presidential elections", which are slated for April and May. The newspaper said the eight-page intelligence report took three months to prepare and included contributions...
  • Morocco jails Islamists for Qaeda ties, attack plans

    02/02/2007 12:34:43 PM PST · by mdittmar · 3 replies · 277+ views
    reuters ^ | Feb. 2,2007 | reuters
    A Moroccan court on Friday jailed eight Islamists for up to 10 years for plotting attacks and belonging to the al Qaeda network, court officials and lawyers said. The court in Sale, a twin city to Rabat, convicted Ben Moujane Mohamed for "belonging to al Qaeda and preparing terrorist attacks". Mohamed, who was captured in 2002 by the U.S. military in Afghanistan and jailed at Guantanamo Bay prison, was handed over to Morocco early last year. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Friday, Sale court officials and lawyers said. The court, in a separate case, condemned six...
  • Leader of Algerian Group Vows Obedience to bin Laden in New Video

    01/10/2007 3:23:52 PM PST · by TexKat · 16 replies · 579+ views
    ABC ^ | January 10, 2007 | Hoda Osman
    The leader of an Algerian terrorist group hinted in a new video posted on the Internet that his group would follow al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden's instructions if asked to fight outside of Algeria. "Place us wherever you want. You will find us to be obedient," says Abu Musaab Abdul Wadud in the 22-minute video entitled "We Are Coming." The Algerian Salafist Group for Call and Combat (GSPC) joined al Qaeda in 2006 and pledged allegiance to bin Laden, as announced in a video by al Zawahri and later confirmed by the group itself. "Our brothers will be a...
  • Al-Qaida Affiliate Claims Algeria Attack

    12/12/2006 10:28:20 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 3 replies · 294+ views
    Al-Qaida affiliate claims Algeria attack ALGIERS, Algeria, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- The recent attack on foreigners in Algeria signaled renewed activities of Muslim extremist groups believed to be linked to al-Qaida network. The notorious Salafi Group for Daawa (call) and Fighting, one of Algeria's armed groups resisting a peace pact for national reconciliation, Tuesday claimed responsibility for an attack two days ago on a bus carrying foreign employees of an American company in which two were killed and eight injured. The group said in a statement signed by its "information committee" and carried on its internet Web site that a...
  • Algeria’s al-Qaida Franchise

    11/20/2006 6:21:35 AM PST · by Valin · 3 replies · 293+ views
    Middle-East-Online ^ | 11/20/06 | Mathieu Guidère
    There is an alarming development in Northern Africa in the growth of radical Islamic groups - as indicated by a new and official alliance between al-Qaida and the Algerian Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC), warns Mathieu Guidère. __________________________________________ Al-Qaida’s number two, Ayman al-Zawahiri, used the fifth anniversary of the 11 September attacks on the United States to announce on video that the Algerian Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC) had officially joined al-Qaida. He had a message for France (despite its government’s refusal to follow the United States into Iraq as part of the war on terror:...
  • Moroccan source: Terrorist cell reveals plans for establishing Al-Qaeda in North African countries

    12/08/2005 7:32:07 AM PST · by Valin · 1 replies · 266+ views
    Asharq Al-Awsat ^ | 12/8/05 | Ahmad Al-Arqam
    Asharq Al-Awsat, Rabat - Investigations carried out by the Moroccan security services after the arrest of a terrorist cell that was made up of 17 members have uncovered the cell's terrorist plans. These plans included restructuring the Al-Qaeda organization in Saudi Arabia following the Saudi security forces' success in finding and arresting a number of its activists. The cell also planned to have the extremist Algerian Salafist Group for Call and Combat (GSPC) rejoin Osama Bin Ladin's organization and set up an Al-Qaeda branch in the Maghreb countries (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia) as a base for attacks to be launched on...
  • Algerian rebels kill eight soldiers-newspapers

    11/04/2006 6:56:12 AM PST · by Valin · 2 replies · 211+ views
    Reuters ^ | 11/4/06
    ALGIERS, (Reuters) - Algerian rebels shot dead eight soldiers in an ambush in the heaviest reported government losses for seven months in the north African country's lingering political violence, newspapers reported on Saturday. The papers Liberte, El Watan and El Khabar said the eight, including an officer, were ambushed in wooded mountains while on a patrol in the Ain Defla region 120 km (75 miles) southwest of Algiers on Thursday. It was the largest reported single loss of state personnel to politically-motivated fighting since Islamist guerrillas killed 13 customs agents in the desert south in April. Liberte and Khabar said...
  • Algeria truck bombs kill two, show rebel defiance

    10/30/2006 5:59:42 AM PST · by Valin · 1 replies · 93+ views
    ALGIERS, (Reuters) - Two people were killed and 17 wounded when Algerian Islamist rebels set off truck bombs outside two police stations east of Algiers in their most elaborate attack in years, witnesses said on Monday. The simultaneous overnight blasts in Reghaia town 30 km (20 miles) east of the capital and the eastern Algiers suburb of Dergana were the first against police stations in Africa's second largest country for more than five years. There was no immediate claim of responsibility but experts, residents and security sources blamed the main rebel group, the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC),...
  • Morocco holds 14 over suspected al Qaeda links

    10/28/2006 6:05:48 AM PDT · by Valin · 1 replies · 172+ views
    Reuters ^ | 10/27/06
    RABAT, Oct 27 (Reuters) - Moroccan authorities are holding 14 people suspected of belonging to a regional radical Islamist group linked to al-Qaeda, government officials said on Friday. The 14 suspects had planned to carry out an unspecified "terrorist plot" on Morocco, with the help of al Qeada-linked foreign fighters who would travel from the Sahel-Sahara region, they said. Morocco, a staunch U.S. ally in the global fight on terror, has been on alert since 2003 when suicide bombings killed 45 people in Casablanca, the country's commercial capital. It has arrested more than 3,000 people since then and broken up...
  • Al Qaeda Tries To Learn From Defeat (Why they will NOT win)

    10/23/2006 8:39:30 AM PDT · by Valin · 8 replies · 918+ views
    October 23, 2006: Islamic radicals are still trying to figure out what they did wrong in Algeria. There, in 1992, the generals and old revolutionaries (who had led the fight against French colonialism three decades earlier), refused to respect a democratic vote, that gave Islamic political parties control of the government. Islamic radicals then led a decade long terror campaign that left over 100,000 people dead (mostly civilians, slaughtered by terrorists for not supporting the cause). Over 20,000 Islamic radicals died as well. The Islamic radicals lost. There are still about a thousand of them in Algeria, but they spend...
  • Suspected terrorist arrested in Switzerland

    10/04/2006 9:20:01 AM PDT · by Valin · 1 replies · 320+ views
    Swissinfo ^ | 10/4/06
    Swiss police have arrested a man whom they suspect of belonging to an Algerian Islamic fundamentalist cell that financed terrorist attacks in Algeria. The Swiss Justice Office confirmed on Monday that a man detained last week on charges of counterfeiting documents was now ready to be extradited to Italy. Italian authorities, working in cooperation with the Swiss, said the Milan: based cell had raised at least ?1.62 million (SFr2.57 million). The Italians issued international arrest warrants for three suspects and charged two others already in prison for separate crimes. An Italian police statement on Monday said the cell "financed and...
  • Italy police 'break terror cell'

    10/02/2006 11:08:00 AM PDT · by Republicain · 1 replies · 326+ views
    BBC News ^ | 10/02/2006
    Italian police say they have uncovered an Islamist group believed to be providing support for suspected militants in Algeria. A police spokesman said six people had been arrested or were being served with arrest warrants. Most of the arrests were executed around Milan, in northern Italy. One suspect was found in Switzerland. Police say they believe the group was giving financial and logistical support to Islamic terrorist groups. Italian police spokesman Lt Col Domenico Grimaldi told a news conference that the group was part of a wider network operating across much of Europe, and was connected to al Qaeda. The...

    10/02/2006 7:21:45 AM PDT · by Valin · 1 replies · 197+ views
    AKI ^ | 10/2/06
    Milan, 2 Oct. (AKI) - Italian police on Monday issued six arrest warrants - three of which were served - and announced they had dismantled a terrorist cell suspected of having financed two terror attacks near Algiers last year in which 20 people died. The group, made up mainly of Algerians, was allegedly close to the Salafite Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC), which has recently sworn allegiance to al-Qaeda, and to the Armed Islamic Group (GIA). One of the suspected militants is Mejri Afif, a Tunisian, who was arrested in Switzerland while Ahmed Nacer and El Heit Ali were...
  • Several dozen Algerian terrorists in French territory

    09/14/2006 10:20:32 AM PDT · by Republicain · 4 replies · 210+ views
    Le Figaro ^ | 09/14/2006 | Jean Chichizola
    The French services believe that several cells of activists have formed in France. "In 2002, the networks of the GSPC [Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat] in France and Europe were moribund and the group was in great difficulty in Algeria," a judge comments. "Three years later, it is still weak in its own country but is regaining strength in Europe." If a precise estimate is difficult to make, the Algerian terrorists could still count on the support of several dozen individuals in France. In its latest note, the Antiterrorist Coordination Unit (Uclat) speaks of "some 40 cells created owing...
  • Al-Qaeda 'issues France threat'

    09/14/2006 4:40:20 AM PDT · by rightgrafix · 73 replies · 1,860+ views
    bbc ^ | Thursday, 14 September 2006, 11:23 GMT 12:23 UK
    Al-Qaeda's deputy leader has claimed that a radical Algerian Islamist group had joined al-Qaeda and is being urged to punish France, it has emerged. Ayman al-Zawahiri appeared a video on a website on the fifth anniversary of the 11 September attacks. In the tape, he issued a warning of new attacks targeting Israel and the Gulf. Although France's government opposed the US-led war in Iraq, French officials believe the country is still a target for Islamist militants. In the video, Zawahiri says: "Osama Bin Laden has told me to announce to Muslims that the GSPC [the Salafist Group for Preaching...
  • Synagogue was terror target (Norway)

    09/11/2006 4:51:48 AM PDT · by Kurt_Hectic · 1 replies · 246+ views ^ | 11 Sep 2006, 13:30 | Aftenposten English Web Desk
    Norway's largest synagogue received an ominous warning last November that it would be one of two targets of terrorist attacks in Oslo. The threats came in conjunction with the arrests in Italy of several members of an alleged terror group. "I can confirm that we received information that an attack was planned against the synagogue," Anne Sender of The Mosaic Religious Community in Norway (Det Mosaiske Trossamfund, DMT) told newspaper VG on Monday. Sender said the threats were so credible and alarming that they were taken "very seriously," and the synagogue's security went on high alert. She wouldn't say who...
  • Italian police arrest 4 on terror charges

    07/21/2006 2:28:16 AM PDT · by Republicain · 5 replies · 471+ views
    AP ^ | 07/21/2006
    ROME - Four Algerians were arrested Friday on terrorism charges in northern Italy, a police official said. ADVERTISEMENT The suspects were affiliated with the Salafist Group for Call and Combat, an Algerian group said to have links to al-Qaida, said an official with the Carabinieri paramilitary police in the northern city of Padua. He asked that his name not be used because he was not allowed to talk to the media. The four were allegedly in charge of financing and recruiting new militants as well as acquiring false documents, including identity documents and work permits for immigrants, the official said....
  • Algeria: 19 Militants Killed In Police Operation

    06/26/2006 6:36:34 PM PDT · by RDTF · 4 replies · 229+ views
    ADNKI ^ | June 26, 2006 | AKI
    Algiers, 26 June (AKI) - Algerian police killed 19 Islamic militants who rejected a government amnesty aimed at ending years of conflict following a civil war in the 1990s, reports said on Monday. Police reportedly raided on Sunday bases of the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC), which has sworn allegiance to al-Qaeda, in the eastern province of Annaba. The operation followed an upsurge in attacks by Islamic fundamentalists this month which killed 31 people. Unlike some other Islamic militant groups, the GSPC has refused to give up the armed struggle in exchange for an amnesty offered by president...
  • France arrests a "very moderate" imam for terrorism financing

    06/21/2006 7:02:45 PM PDT · by lancer · 2 replies · 343+ views
    Counterterrorism blog ^ | June 21, 2006 | Olivier Guitta
    In fact Dahou Meskine along with sixteen other people were arrested on Monday and Tuesday for allegedly financing Islamic terrorism. The most probable organization that benefited from this money is the Algerian terrorist group GSPC. In fact, investigators found out that hundreds of thousands of Euros were funneled through some organizations and corporations owned by Meskine and his son to dubious NGOs. Nonetheles one of the persons in charge of the investigation acknowledged today to the daily Liberation that it will be tough to prove that this was done solely to finance terrorism. But what's even more troubling is the...
  • Algeria rebels kill five including mayor

    03/25/2006 5:52:30 PM PST · by Valin · 8 replies · 285+ views
    Reuters ^ | 3/25/06
    ALGIERS (Reuters) - Algerian militants killed five civilians, including a mayor, stepping up attacks days after the start of an amnesty for rebels aimed at ending more than a decade of strife, residents and newspapers said on Saturday. Suspected members of al Qaeda-linked group the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC) shot dead mayor Brahim Jellab outside his house on Friday night in Boumerdes province, 50 km (30 miles) east of the capital Algiers, residents said. GSPC is the only armed group operating in Boumerdes and the neighbouring province of Tizi Ouzou, Interior Minister Noureddine Zerhouni said last week....
  • Analysis: GSPC regroups in Italy

    02/19/2006 9:05:11 AM PST · by Valin · 1 replies · 387+ views
    UPI ^ | 2/18/06 | JASON MOTLAGH
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- Al-Qaida's biggest ally in Africa is faltering in its efforts to transform the Sahara into an Afghanistan-style terror haven. But a critical mass of operatives has emerged in Italy, with ample resources and a broad shadow network primed to strike civilians across Europe. Three Algerian members of the Salafist Group for Call and Combat, an Algeria-based terror group cited on the U.S. State Department's list of foreign terror organizations, were arrested last December by authorities in southern Italy and charged with planning attacks on civilians, according to Interior Minister Giuseppe Pisanu. More than $22 million...
  • The Butcher with the Terror Ties - The evidence mounts. (Newsweek reports on Atta in Prague, 2001)

    01/13/2006 9:11:24 AM PST · by neverdem · 83 replies · 7,860+ views
    NRO ^ | January 13, 2006 | Deroy Murdock
    E-mail Author Author Archive Send to a Friend Version January 13, 2006, 8:11 a.m. The Butcher with the Terror Ties The evidence mounts. Drip, drip, drip. Drop by drop, isolated news stories and emerging documents are eroding the popular myth that Saddam Hussein had no connections to Islamofascist terrorists. These revelations undermine war critics’ efforts to whitewash Baghdad’s ancien regime — such as when Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid declared: “There was [sic] no terrorists in Iraq.” Likewise, Sen. Carl Levin (D., Mich.) describes a “nonexistent relationship between al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein.” Reid, Levin, and others who dismiss...
  • Major Terror Plot Against US Ignored By US Media

    01/13/2006 12:31:08 AM PST · by tgambill · 23 replies · 2,630+ views
    The mainstream U.S. media outlets have failed to report a major terrorist plot against the U.S. - because it would tend to support President Bush's use of NSA domestic surveillance, according to media watchdog groups. News of a planned attack masterminded by three Algerians operating out of Italy was widely reported outside the U.S., but went virtually unreported in the American media. Italian authorities recently announced that they had used wiretaps to uncover the conspiracy to conduct a series of major attacks inside the U.S. Italian Interior Minister Giuseppe Pisanu said the planned attacks would have targeted stadiums, ships and...
  • Plans to 'top' 9/11 strikes (Algerians in Italy planned multiple U.S. strikes)

    12/23/2005 11:26:15 AM PST · by Stoat · 13 replies · 1,038+ views
    News 24 (South Africa) ^ | December 22, 2005
    Plans to 'top' 9/11 strikes 23/12/2005 20:13  - (SA)   Related Articles Pullout 'will lead to attacks' US at risk for more attacks US had 'bomber' in their hands Why is Osama so quiet?    Rome - Three Algerians arrested in an anti-terrorist operation in southern Italy are suspected of being linked to a planned new series of attacks in the United States, interior minister Giuseppe Pisanu said Friday. The attacks would have targeted ships, stadiums or railway stations in a bid to outdo the September 11 2001 strikes by al-Qaeda in New York and Washington which killed about 2 700 people, Pisanu...
  • Saddam's Terror Training Camps (Huge! Stephen Hayes new piece)

    01/07/2006 4:43:10 PM PST · by infoguy · 42 replies · 1,587+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 16 January 2006 | Stephen Hayes
    Saddam's Terror Training Camps What the documents captured from the former Iraqi regime reveal--and why they should all be made public. by Stephen F. Hayes 01/16/2006, Volume 011, Issue 17 THE FORMER IRAQI REGIME OF Saddam Hussein trained thousands of radical Islamic terrorists from the region at camps in Iraq over the four years immediately preceding the U.S. invasion, according to documents and photographs recovered by the U.S. military in postwar Iraq. The existence and character of these documents has been confirmed to THE WEEKLY STANDARD by eleven U.S. government officials. The secret training took place primarily at three camps--in...
  • Algerian Militants Give Themselves Up

    01/03/2006 6:28:19 AM PST · by Valin · 1 replies · 99+ views
    Asharq Al-Awsat ^ | 1/3/05 | Boualam Ghamrassa / Mohammed al Shayadhimi
    Asharq Al-Awsat- Three high-ranking militants in the Salafi Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC) surrendered to the Algerian security services. The militants “handed themselves in the last few days along with large amounts of weapons and money”, informed sources told Asharq al Awsat. Abu Bilal al Albani, responsible for the group’s external relations, Abu Omar Abdul Bir, who head of the media wing and a third man whose identity was not revealed but who hails from Qasr al Bukhari, south of the capital , surrendered on 26 December 2005 in al Mediya, south of Algiers. The men vowed to encourage...
  • The Mutating Threat

    12/24/2005 9:20:02 AM PST · by Hunden · 8 replies · 529+ views
    US News and World Report ^ | 26 December 2005 | Kevin Whitelaw
    Why U.S. officials worry about a group you've never heard of These days, there are few clear victories in the battle against terrorism. Instead, the effort is increasingly coming down to a series of arrests like the ones in Spain in early December. Police captured seven Algerians accused of stealing luxury goods from vacation homes along Spain's southern coast. Authorities say that the gang had infiltrated the high-end real-estate market to pick up tips on which homes to target. The real significance, however, is that the suspects were allegedly funneling the proceeds to other Algerian militants for attacks in Afghanistan and perhaps in...
  • Spain Arrests 16 Al Qaeda Suspects

    12/20/2005 6:22:10 AM PST · by Coop · 25 replies · 619+ views
    LA Times/Reuters ^ | 12/20/05 | Unknown
    MADRID — Spanish police arrested 16 people Monday who are suspected of recruiting Al Qaeda fighters to send to Iraq, officials said. The group's alleged leader, a 25-year-old Iraqi known as Abu Sufian, had access to Al Qaeda's leader in Iraq, Abu Musab Zarqawi, and probably sent his recruits on suicide missions, the Interior Ministry said. The 16, of several nationalities, sent volunteers to Iraq "to wage jihad as members of the Al Qaeda network," Spanish Interior Minister Jose Antonio Alonso told a news conference. He said the group had two fighters ready to send to Iraq at the time...
  • Spain Arrests 15 on Terror Charges

    12/19/2005 10:26:39 AM PST · by Lorianne · 4 replies · 306+ views
    SF Gate/ AP ^ | Harold Heckle
    Spanish police arrested 15 people Monday on suspicion of recruiting and indoctrinating fighters for Iraq's insurgency, officials said. The cell was in close contact with al-Qaida members in Iraq and had two people ready to be sent there to wage "holy war," Interior Minister Jose Antonio Alonso told a news conference. The arrests stemmed from a probe that began in January and the cell sent "several" people to fight in Iraq, the minister said without giving a precise figure. More than 100 police officers staged raids that led to the arrests in the regions of Catalonia and Andalusia as well...

    11/19/2001 12:31:37 AM PST · by kattracks · 6 replies · 174+ views
    New York Post ^ | 11/19/01 | WILLIAM NEUMAN
    <p>November 19, 2001 -- An al Qaeda cell in Spain helped carry out the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States, a Spanish judge said yesterday.</p> <p>High Court Judge Baltasar Garzon ordered eight alleged members of the cell to remain in jail while an investigation continues, charging they "were directly linked to the preparation and carrying out of the attacks perpetrated by ‘suicide pilots.' "</p>