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  • London - 7/7 Jury Fails To Reach Verdict

    08/01/2008 9:02:19 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 10 replies · 186+ views
    Sky News ^ | August 1, 2008
    Excerpt - A jury trying three men accused of helping the 7/7 London bombers plan their attack has failed to reach verdicts. Waheed Ali, Sadeer Saleem and Mohammed Shakil visited the London Eye, the Natural History Museum and the London Aquarium while allegedly pinpointing potential targets during the trip seven months before the 2005 atrocity. The trio, from Beeston, Leeds, stood trial charged with conspiring with the four bombers and others unknown to cause explosions between November 17, 2004, and July 8, 2005. But following the three month trial at Kingston Crown Court, a jury of eight women and four...
  • Muslim groups infiltrated by 7/7 bombers had huge govt grants

    09/08/2006 3:44:17 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 13 replies · 511+ views
    The Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 8th September 2006
    Government grants totalling hundreds of thousands of pounds were handed out to Muslim organisations infiltrated by the July 7 suicide bombers. Huge chunks of taxpayers' money were given to four Leeds-based institutions that were the haunts of ring-leader Mohammed Sidique Khan and Shehzad Tanweer. Grants ranging from a few hundred pounds to £200,000 were made in Beeston, the bombers' home territory where three of the four 7/7 bombers lived. The money came from funds intended to regenerate the area but suspicions persist that some of the cash may have been diverted to recruit and train the home-grown terrorists who killed...
  • Some of 24 Terror Suspects Had Ties to 2005 London Bombings

    08/12/2006 9:49:55 AM PDT · by gopwinsin04 · 4 replies · 607+ views
    US News & World Report ^ | August 16, 2006 Issue | Kevin Whitelaw & Chitra Ragavan
    By Chitra Ragavan Posted 8/10/06 Related Links Airline stocks drop on news of bomb plot More from Nation & World Terrorism suspects plotting to blow up American planes headed from the United Kingdom to the United States were planning to smuggle hydrogen peroxide-based liquid/slurry explosives in modified sports drink bottles, U.S. News has learned. The suspects had figured out a way to modify the bottoms of the factory-sealed bottles and fill them with the explosives that were similar to those used in other recent attacks in London, and at least nine planes were targets, the official said. So far, British...
  • Tip Followed '05 Attacks on London Transit

    08/11/2006 10:11:50 AM PDT · by LM_Guy · 24 replies · 711+ views
    It all began with a tip: In the aftermath of the July 7, 2005, suicide bombings on London's transit system, British authorities received a call from a worried member of the Muslim community, reporting general suspicions about an acquaintance. From that vague but vital piece of information, according to a senior European intelligence official, British authorities opened the investigation into what they said turned out to be a well-coordinated and long-planned plot to bomb multiple transatlantic flights heading toward the United States -- an assault designed to rival the scope and lethality of the Sept. 11, 2001, hijackings. By late...
  • The Lessons of London [Mark Steyn]

    07/07/2006 8:53:17 AM PDT · by TChris · 17 replies · 1,480+ views
    Steyn Online ^ | 7/8/2005 | Mark Steyn
    The lessons of LondonOn this first anniversary of the July 7th Tube and bus bombings, I'll be re-posting all weekend long some of my commentary on the slaughter and its lessons for Britain and the rest of us. This is what I wrote an hour or so after the bombs for The Daily Telegraph the following morning - July 8th 2005: One way of measuring any terrorist attack is to look at whether the killers accomplished everything they set out to. On September 11th 2001, al-Qa’eda set out to hijack four planes and succeeded in seizing every one. Had the...
  • Remembering 07/07 London bombing, no it was not because of the Iraq-action...

    07/06/2006 5:35:11 PM PDT · by PRePublic · 3 replies · 368+ views
    Sydney Morning Herald London Bombing Survivor, One Year Later ABC News -North was on the Piccadilly Line of the London Tube, traveling from Kings Cross station to Russell Square. ... Rachel is an advertising director in London. ... London bombing survivors demand public inquiry Scotsman London bombing victims remembered Barnet Times, UK - will be held in the Memorial Garden of Hendon Park at 8am tomorrow, to remember the nine Barnet residents killed in last year's July 7 London bombings The event ... LONDON BOMBING ANNIVERSARY: The city people who will never forget ... Peterborough Evening Telegraph, UK -...
  • So you think 7/7 has brought Britain and America together? Think again

    07/06/2006 2:59:24 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 63 replies · 1,719+ views
    The Times (U.K.) ^ | 07/07/06 | Gerard Baker
    IT’S PROBABLY just as well no US tennis players made it beyond the quarter-finals at Wimbledon this year because it’s evidently going to be an uncomfortable summer for Americans in London. Despite the best diplomatic efforts of Condoleezza Rice, who, even as rogue-state crises proliferate, continues to dispense charm and elegance in equal measure, the US seems to be sinking steadily deeper in British public esteem. Listening in to Prime Minister’s Questions from across the Atlantic this week, I noticed a common theme. There was outrage that three British bankers are facing extradition to the US; alarm that the safety...
  • SOME BRITISH MUSLIMS BELIEVE LONDON BOMBERS CAUSE WAS JUST

    07/05/2006 3:53:09 AM PDT · by voice of india · 20 replies · 552+ views
    Some British Muslims believe London bombers cause was just: poll London, July 5. (PTI): A "significant minority" of British Muslims believe that while the transit bombings last year were wrong, their perpetrators were motivated by a "just cause", according to a poll. The Populus survey for The Times and ITV News has found that sixteen per cent of British Muslims, equivalent to more than 150,000 adults, believe that while the attacks were wrong, the cause was right. Also, more than one in ten British Muslims think that the men who carried out the London bombings of 7/7 should be regarded...
  • British agents trace 7/7 terror links to smalltown America [Falls Church, VA]

    06/20/2006 5:59:11 AM PDT · by angkor · 89 replies · 3,526+ views
    Times Online [UK] ^ | June 20, 2006 | Daniel McGrory
    By Daniel McGrory No 10 rejects calls for inquiry into bombings as evidence emerges of extremists’ role in global terror network BRITISH agents are operating in the United States to trace links with Islamic extremists from England who recruit Muslims to fight for terrorist groups abroad. The British-led investigation has played a part in identifying a number of US-based terrorists and helped the authorities in Washington to break up an al-Qaeda cell operating in Falls Church, Virginia. The agents are particularly keen to discover if the visitors included Mohammad Sidique Khan, leader of the July 7 suicide bombers, who is...
  • Report into London bombings cites Al-Qaeda link

    05/11/2006 11:35:15 AM PDT · by Enchante · 11 replies · 357+ views
    Yahoo News (from AFP) ^ | 5/11/06 | Deborah Haynes
    LONDON (AFP) - Two of the suicide bombers behind last year's deadly London transport attacks likely had contacts with Al-Qaeda, but British security lacked resources to stop the atrocity, an official report has concluded. The report, by an influential parliamentary committee, cleared intelligence services of any culpable failings in preventing the four bombers carrying out Britain's worst terror attack, which killed them and 52 other people. In the first full account of the events before and after the July 7 blasts, the document said Mohammad Sidique Khan, 30, and Shehzad Tanweer, 22 -- two of the bombers -- had appeared...
  • July 7 London Bombings 'Not Linked to al-Qaida'

    04/10/2006 12:15:12 PM PDT · by Coastal · 8 replies · 539+ views
    The National Ledger (UPI) ^ | 4-10-06 | Hannah K. Strange
    LONDON, (UPI) -- The bombers who carried out the July 7 attacks on London were not aided by al-Qaida but acquired the expertise they needed from the internet, according to a leaked report by the British government. The report's conclusions paint a disturbing picture of the ease with which individuals can plan and execute relatively simple yet deadly attacks, and highlights the difficulties faced by the security services in preventing such acts. The leak of the government's official account of the bombings led to renewed calls for an independent inquiry Sunday night.
  • No al-Qaeda link to London bombs: report

    04/08/2006 8:22:15 PM PDT · by singledot777 · 16 replies · 592+ views
    sydney morning herald ^ | 4-9-06 | sydney morning herald
    A government inquiry into London's terrorist attack on July 7 last year will say there was no direct support from al-Qaeda, even though two of the bombers had visited Pakistan, The Observer newspaper reports.
  • British imam praises London Tube bombers

    02/11/2006 6:04:22 PM PST · by Pikamax · 15 replies · 838+ views
    Times Online ^ | 02/12/06 | Times Online
    British imam praises London Tube bombers A LEADING imam in the mosque where the July 7 bombers worshipped has hailed their terrorist attack on London as a “good” act in a secretly taped conversation with an undercover reporter. Hamid Ali, spiritual leader of the mosque in West Yorkshire, said it had forced people to take notice when peaceful meetings and conferences had no impact. He also praised the bombers as the “children” of Abdullah al-Faisal, a firebrand Muslim cleric, who was convicted of inciting murder and racial hatred in 2003. Ali revealed that the leader of the London suicide bombers...
  • British intelligence 'in the dark' on London bombings: Times

    01/28/2006 7:34:08 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 474+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 1/28/06 | AFP
    LONDON (AFP) - British security services have admitted they know almost nothing about why the London bomings happened or if Al-Qaeda was involved, according to a leaked intelligence report in The Sunday Times. The MI5 internal security service has owned up to "significant gaps" in its knowledge about the July 7, 2005 attacks, the secret report for Prime Minister Tony Blair and senior ministers revealed, the British weekly newspaper said. According to the report, MI5 said: "We know little about what three of the bombers did in Pakistan, when attack planning began, how and when the attackers were recruited, the...
  • What 7/7 bomber left: A fortune

    01/07/2006 7:07:21 PM PST · by wouldntbprudent · 30 replies · 1,000+ views
    INdian Express ^ | Jan 7, 2006 | Robina Dam
    LONDON, JANUARY 7: All of 22 years and a staggering inheritance of £121,000. That is the mystery UK authorities are figuring out over Shehzad Tanweer, one of the suicide bombers who carried out the London attack on July 7, 2005. Tanweer, of Pakistani origin, lived and worked in an impoverished suburb of Leeds in the Midlands has left behind the fortune, and, no will. The sum is all the more staggering given his humble family origins and that his income came from his job in a basic fish-and-chip shop. Tanweer was among the group of suicide bombers who travelled down...
  • London bombs cost just hundreds

    01/02/2006 8:24:15 PM PST · by DenverCossack · 41 replies · 746+ views
    An investigation by the BBC World Service into the cost of the London bombings last July has revealed that they cost no more than several hundred pounds to carry out. As soon as Scotland Yard established the identities of the four men responsible for the London bombings on 7 July, they began investigating the financing of the attacks. Officers now believe that Mohammad Sidique Khan, who worked as a teaching assistant, was the principal backer of the attacks and that he gave money to the other men to buy some of the materials. The attacks by four suicide bombers on...
  • London bombing rescue workers honoured

    12/31/2005 5:53:18 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 11 replies · 458+ views
    This year's Queen's honours list in Britain includes the rescue workers who braved the devastation after the London bombings in July But there were also awards for people involved in happier events. The emergency services, medical staff and transport workers are all honoured today after the terrible bomb attacks of July 7. Twenty-three awards in all for those who helped the injured, or coordinated the rescue operation. In sport there is an OBE for the England cricket captain Michael Vaughan after the Ashes triumph. The rest of the team become MBEs. There are knighthoods for the singer Tom Jones and...
  • Mayor: Terrorists tried to attack London

    12/26/2005 7:50:20 PM PST · by Liberfighter · 11 replies · 797+ views
    AP ^ | 12-26-2005 | The Associated Press
    LONDON (AP) -- Terrorists tried to attack London eight times between the Sept. 11 attacks in the United States and last July 7, when suicide bombers killed dozens on the city's transport system, London's mayor said Monday. Ken Livingstone said there had been two attempted attacks since July 7, including a failed attack on the transport network on July 21. Livingstone did not provide details of the attempted attacks, but said those who threaten London comprise small groups of disaffected people who are fairly disorganized.
  • Terror attacks of 7/7 have changed British way of life

    12/26/2005 2:10:32 PM PST · by ncountylee · 11 replies · 554+ views
    DPA via khaleejtimes ^ | 26 December 2005
    LONDON - The terror attacks on London on July 7 have changed Britain — and the British way of life. The Houses of Parliament, Scotland Yard and a number of City landmarks have been surrounded by rings of concrete and steel and, once more, station platforms are bare of litter bins. Armed police patrol the streets and suspicious glances penetrate the veneer of traditional multi-ethnic tolerance. Memories of the series of suicide attacks on tube trains and a bus on July 7 flash back with every trip down the tube escalators, and every journey on a traditionally red bus. The...
  • Queen: A Year of Tragedy (Queen Elizabeth's Christmas Day speech)

    12/26/2005 1:11:56 PM PST · by churchillbuff · 39 replies · 1,215+ views
    Sky TV ^ | Dec 25 05 | Sky TV
    The Queen has used her Christmas Day speech to reflect upon a year of tragedy that she said had "brought loss and suffering to so many people". Her annual message came at the end of a year which was dominated by natural disasters and acts of terrorism. She said: "This Christmas my thoughts are especially with those everywhere who are grieving the loss of loved ones during what for so many has been such a terrible year." She first focused on the Asian tsunami that killed hundreds of thousands of people when it struck on Boxing Day last year. She...
  • Spies warned of Tube attack (London Bombing)

    12/18/2005 12:50:23 PM PST · by wagglebee · 7 replies · 508+ views
    London Times ^ | 12/18/05 | David Leppard
    SPYMASTERS warned Tony Blair before the July 7 suicide bombings that Al-Qaeda was planning a “high priority” attack specifically aimed at the London Tube. A leaked four-page report by the Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC), which oversees all spying, is the first definitive evidence that the intelligence services expected terrorists to strike at the Underground. The disclosure will fuel critics’ suspicions that Blair decided to rule out a public inquiry into the bombings last week because it could expose intelligence failings at the highest level. The document, marked Top Secret and signed off by the heads of MI5, MI6 and GCHQ,...
  • London Bombs: Police could face criminal charges.

    12/09/2005 6:54:11 AM PST · by vimto · 12 replies · 398+ views
    London bombs De Menezes police could face criminal charges By Sam Knight and PA News The anti-terrorism officers who shot dead Jean Charles de Menezes on a Tube train at Stockwell Station in July could face criminal charges, the inquiry into the shooting said today. Nick Hardwick, the chairman of the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), which is investigating the killing of Mr de Menezes said it was "likely" that the commission's report would be handed to the Crown Prosecution Service, which would decide whether to prosecute the officers. Mr de Menezes, a Brazilian electrician, was shot seven times in...
  • Livingstone chooses Muslims over gays

    12/04/2005 10:34:49 AM PST · by Pikamax · 8 replies · 568+ views
    Yale Daily News ^ | 12/04/05 | JAMES KIRCHICK
    This month's riots in the immigrant ghettos outside Paris are only the latest manifestation of a continent in decline. Expressly, Europe has abandoned its culture. Thus, it has lost the means by which to assimilate Muslims who have shown no inclination to emulate those who seek American citizenship and accept the pluralistic values our country represents. Not surprisingly, many in Britain have trumpeted the French contretemps with more than a bit of schadenfreude, and it is tempting for this Anglophile to join the fray. But to ignore the fatal faults in one's friends is the antithesis of amity. Let there...
  • No charges for tube death [UK]

    11/26/2005 6:43:39 PM PST · by ncountylee · 11 replies · 463+ views
    THE police officers who shot and killed a Brazilian man on the London Underground in the mistaken belief that he was a terrorist bomber are expected to escape prosecution. Quoting "sources close to the inquiry", the Sunday Times said senior Metropolitan Police officers and government officials are sure that prosecutors will accept the defence put forward by the two armed officers. Jean Charles de Menezes, 27, was shot and killed at Stockwell station in south London on July 22, a day after a failed attempt to repeat the July 7 suicide bombings in the British capital which left 56 dead....
  • Left-wingers lining up against mass immigration? (UK)

    11/25/2005 1:35:39 AM PST · by XHogPilot · 5 replies · 868+ views
    Times Online (UK) ^ | November 22, 2005 | David Aaronovitch
    Left-wingers lining up against mass immigration? Is this 2005 or 1905? David Aaronovitch THESE ARE THE strangest of times. Liberal interventionists lie down with neoconservatives, hardline Marxists make awkward love to religious fundamentalists, the Tory best hope is a Blairite and Ariel Sharon founds his own centre party. It reminds me of those TV home video shows, full of cheeky mice playing with tolerant cats. This is what globalisation really does, it changes the arguments. As on immigration, for example. Most of us are familiar with the traditional anti-immigration case, which — for or against — has dominated discussion of...
  • MAYOR (of London) LAUNCHES ISLAM AWARENESS WEEK

    11/21/2005 4:39:48 PM PST · by dennisw · 51 replies · 961+ views
    pw ^ | RELIGION Islam London, Yesterday, 3:58pm | Rosamond Hutt
    A leading Islamic organisation was today kicking off its nationwide awareness week in the capital in an effort to promote better understanding of the religion and its historical links with Britain. Mayor Ken Livingstone was launching Islam Awareness Week at a ceremony at City Hall with the message "One London". Guest speakers at the ceremony include author and leading historian Professor Nabil Matar and secretary-general of the Muslim Council of Britain Sir Iqbal Sacranie. Shafeeq Sadiq, national co-ordinator of Islam Awareness Week, said: "We need to remember the positive spirit that embraced the nation, and especially the capital, after London...
  • The Tragedy of the UK Terror Bill

    11/11/2005 9:26:15 AM PST · by mojito · 15 replies · 669+ views
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | 11/10/05 | Carol Gould
    It is vitally important for those outside the United Kingdom to understand both the implications and the complexities of the defeat by Tony Blair’s government of the gravely important Anti-Terror Bill in Parliament today. What is crucial for the world to know is that 72 percent of the British public in various polls this week said they wanted the 90 day rule passed. Shockingly, Parliament – including many opposition Conservatives – defied the British people and voted against the Bill at a time when ordinary citizens are fearful of further Jihadist attacks and of a nationwide Intifada akin to the...
  • Two Charged With UK Bombing Plot

    11/04/2005 4:14:43 PM PST · by blam · 5 replies · 317+ views
    Two charged with UK bombing plot (Filed: 04/11/2005) Two men suspected of plotting terroists attacks on Britain have been charged with conspiracy to murder and conspiracy to cause an explosion. One of the men is accused of possessing a video showing how to make a car bomb, while the other allegedly had a recipe for rocket propellants and guidance on causing an explosion. A third man was charged with terrorism fundraising offences. All three, who were arrested under the Terrorism Act earlier this month, were remanded in custody at Bow Street Magistrates' Court. Waseem Mughal, 22, of Railway Street, Chatham,...
  • London - TERROR COPS TRACKED ALL 7/7 BOMBERS

    11/02/2005 10:58:35 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 7 replies · 509+ views
    The Daily Mirror (UK) ^ | November 3, 2005
    ALL four July 7 suicide bombers were tracked by security services a year before they attacked London. But the surveillance operation was ditched after intelligence officers decided there was nothing suspicious about their behaviour, sources said last night. The revelation comes as Tony Blair's plans to create a law against glorifying terrorism were torn apart by rebel MPs.
  • The Suicide Bombers Among Us

    10/30/2005 11:10:44 PM PST · by mal · 15 replies · 831+ views
    City Journal ^ | Autumn 2005 | Theodore Dalrymple
    All terrorists, presumably, know the dangers that they run, accepting them as an occupational hazard; given Man’s psychological makeup—or at least the psychological makeup of certain young men—these dangers may act as an attraction, not a deterrent. But only a few terrorists use their own deaths as an integral means of terrorizing others. They seem to be a breed apart, with whom the rest of humanity can have little or nothing in common. Certainly they sow panic more effectively than other terrorists. Those who leave bombs in public places and then depart, despicable as they are, presumably still have attachments...
  • Further terror attacks 'thwarted'

    11/01/2005 8:19:47 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 9 replies · 598+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 2 November 2005
    BRITISH forces had thwarted attempts to carry out more terror attacks since the July 7 London bombings and a botched bid to repeat them on July 21, the capital's police chief said in remarks published today. "The security service and the Met have prevented other attacks in the last few weeks," Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair said in an article in The Sun newspaper. "The sky is dark. Intelligence exists to suggest that other groups will attempt to attack Britain in the coming months," he said. Sir Ian said it could take weeks or months to understand material that...
  • 7/7 bomber was 'watched in '04'

    10/27/2005 6:32:47 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 1 replies · 311+ views
    The Huddersfield Daily Examiner ^ | 10/26/05 | The Huddersfield Daily Examiner
    SUICIDE bomber Mohammed Sidique Khan was trailed by anti-terrorist forces a year before he carried out his murderous mission, it emerged today. The suspected ringleader of the four London suicide bombers, who was living in Thornhill Lees, featured in a surveillance operation carried out by the intelligence services last year. Khan, 30, was secretly filmed and recorded speaking to a UK-based terrorist suspect, who cannot be named for legal reasons, the BBC claimed - attributing the report to a "well placed source". A joint investigation by BBC Radio 4's File on Four programme and BBC2's Newsnight also suggested that Sidique...
  • London suicide bomber buried in Pakistani village { At " Local Islamic Saint's Shrine " }

    10/27/2005 9:30:05 AM PDT · by Qaz_W · 20 replies · 603+ views
    Reuters ^ | 27 Oct 2005 | Reuters
    LAHORE, Pakistan, Oct 27 (Reuters) - The remains of one of the four suicide bombers blamed for the deadly July 7 attacks in London were quietly buried on Thursday in a Pakistani village of his ancestors, relatives said. The mother of Shehzad Tanweer brought the remains of her son on a flight on Wednesday from London to Lahore, capital of the central province of Punjab, according to an Interior Ministry official. They were then driven to Chhotian Kota village, where the remains were to be buried at a local Islamic saint's shrine. Tanweer was one of three British Muslims of...
  • Terror suspect tracked last year

    THE alleged ringleader of the July 7 London bombers was tracked by intelligence services last year, the BBC reported today. Mohammed Sidique Khan, 30, was secretly filmed and recorded speaking to a British-based terror suspect, a source told the British Broadcasting Corporation. The investigation suggested that he was in contact with activists from Al-Qaeda, Osama bin Laden's global terror network for five years before the blasts which killed 52 commuters and the four bombers themselves. He featured in a surveillance operation by intelligence services, the investigation, aired on radio and television today, said. The terror suspect he was talking to...
  • Car bomb attacks foiled

    10/08/2005 5:04:37 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 25 replies · 1,236+ views
    The Sunday Times ^ | October 09, 2005 | David Leppard
    SCOTLAND YARD has arrested 10 Islamist terror suspects who were thought to be plotting multiple car bombings against targets in Britain in a "follow-up" to the July 7 attacks on London. The 10 men were detained in co-ordinated dawn raids in London, Derby and Wolverhampton yesterday. They are believed to have been part of a terrorist cell led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the notorious chief of Al-Qaeda in Iraq. As well as planning bomb attacks in this country, the suspects may have been preparing to send Islamic extremists from Britain to fight the coalition forces in Iraq, security officials said....
  • My Naive Husband Was Brainwashed At Mosques, Says Bomber's Widow

    09/23/2005 6:20:18 PM PDT · by blam · 35 replies · 1,044+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9-24-2005 | Richard Alleyne
    My naive husband was brainwashed at mosques, says bomber's widow By Richard Alleyne (Filed: 24/09/2005) The widow of one of the July 7 suicide bombers believes that her "innocent and naive" husband was brainwashed into carrying out the attacks by extremists at the mosques where he worshipped. Samantha Lewthwaite, 21, described Jermaine Lindsay as a peace-loving father who was always deeply upset when innocent people suffered in war zones. But she said that just months before the attacks he became distant and moody and would spend days away from the family home after visiting mosques in London, Luton and the...
  • Extradited London bomb suspect due in court on attempted murder charge

    09/23/2005 6:54:46 AM PDT · by Valin · 2 replies · 333+ views
    LONDON, (AFP) - A man who fled to Italy after allegedly trying to set off one of four bombs in a botched attack in London on July 21 was to appear in court in the British capital charged with attempted murder. Hussain Osman, a 27-year-old Briton of Ethiopian origin, landed in London on Thursday aboard a private plane from Rome after losing his two-month legal battle against extradition from Italy. Three alleged co-conspirators -- suspected of trying to repeat the bombings on three London subway trains and a bus that killed 56 people on July 7, including the bombers --...
  • US Offensive Near Syrian Border Nets 200 Foreign Fighters, Evidence on London Strikes

    09/20/2005 4:55:16 PM PDT · by news blogger · 9 replies · 797+ views
    Geostrategy Direct ^ | 9/20/05 | Bill Gertz
    On September 8, US and Iraqi forces arrested 200 suspected insurgents at Al Tafar near the Syrian border. Officials said most of the detainees were foreign fighters from Jordan, Sudan Syria, and Lebanon.
  • Cat "Yusuf Islam" Stevens: British foreign policy a factor in July attacks

    09/20/2005 2:48:33 PM PDT · by JellyJam · 36 replies · 1,180+ views
    AP ^ | Sept. 20, 2005 | AP
    CARDIFF, Wales - British foreign policy played a role in motivating the July 7 London bombings, the singer formerly known as Cat Stevens said Tuesday. Yusuf Islam, who had a string of pop hits in the 1960s and '70s, said an al-Qaida video claiming responsibility for the attacks and linking them to Britain's role in the Middle East showed foreign policy "was not the only factor but it was a major contributory." "At the same time we have to look at how the teaching of Islam has been distorted," he added. Speaking at the opening of Cardiff University's Centre for...
  • al-Qaida Takes Blame for U.K. Blasts

    09/19/2005 3:22:01 PM PDT · by SmithL · 7 replies · 473+ views
    AP ^ | 9/19/5 | MAGGIE MICHAEL
    CAIRO -- Al-Qaida deputy leader Ayman al-Zawahri said in a statement broadcast Monday that his terror network carried out the July 7 London bombings, marking the group's first direct claim of responsibility for the attacks that killed 52 people. "The blessed London attack was one which al-Qaida was honored to launch against the British Crusader's arrogance and against the American Crusader aggression on the Islamic nation for 100 years," al-Zawahri said in the tape aired on Qatar-based al-Jazeera TV. "In their final testament, the heroic brothers in the London attacks ... provided great lessons to the Islamic nation and Muslims...
  • Radical plan to stop Muslim extremism

    09/17/2005 3:29:14 AM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 29 replies · 1,313+ views
    The Guardian ^ | Saturday September 17, 2005 | Vikram Dodd
    A royal commission to investigate how and why the London bombings happened and a media unit to rebut negative stories about Muslims and counter propaganda from Islamist extremists should be set up, according to proposals to be sent to Tony Blair by government-appointed taskforces on tackling Islamist extremism. The Guardian has obtained details of the plans drawn up by the taskforces, set up after the July bombings. They were asked to come up with ideas to help prevent British Muslims turning to terrorism, and which would also counter a sense of alienation some Muslims feel from British society and institutions....
  • New laws 'will alienate mainstream Muslims'

    09/16/2005 7:34:48 AM PDT · by milestogo · 42 replies · 1,154+ views
    Times Online(UK) ^ | Rajeev Syal
    New laws 'will alienate mainstream Muslims' By Rajeev Syal IN the immediate aftermath of the 7/7 bombings, Britain’s moderate Muslim leaders stood “shoulder to shoulder” with Tony Blair to condemn the attacks. Just two months later, that consensus has broken down. Yesterday, those same leaders accused the Government of alienating moderates and helping extremists to thrive through the anti-terror plans. Ghayasuddin Siddiqui, the leader of the Muslim Parliament, said that he and other mainstream leaders — widely characterised as the acceptable face of British Islam — have been frustrated. “We want to eliminate extremists within our community. But the Government...
  • Al-Qaeda link to London bombings found in Iraq

    09/11/2005 10:12:22 AM PDT · by FairOpinion · 5 replies · 498+ views
    Hindustan Times ^ | Sept. 11, 2005 | PTI
    British intelligence officials in Iraq are questioning an Al-Qaeda operative after information relating to the July 7 London bombings was allegedly found on his computer drive. According to media reports on Sunday, the man, who has not been named, was captured by US forces last month. He is understood to have had a portable computer drive on him that showed "knowledge" of the attacks that killed 52 people. Colonel Robert Brown, Commander of 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division in Mosul, told a reporter in Iraq about the arrest, but refused to discuss the specific nature of the information, The Observer...
  • 'Don't turn away' bomber families

    09/07/2005 1:52:51 PM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies · 559+ views
    BBC ^ | 6 September 2005 | BBC
    Families of the 7 July suicide bombers should be allowed to attend the national memorial service for the victims, according to London's mayor. Ken Livingstone said they should not be turned away from the 1 November mass at St Paul's Cathedral for the 52 victims. The event is billed as a service for those who died and a tribute to police, firefighters and paramedics. Brian Coleman, the Tory deputy chairman of the London Assembly, labelled the idea of bombers' families attending as "political correctness gone mad", adding: "You wouldn't invite a murderer's family to the victim's funeral."
  • Waite calls for bombers' families to attend service [London terrorists]

    09/07/2005 10:40:26 AM PDT · by aculeus · 16 replies · 461+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | September 7, 2005 | By Jonathan Petre, Religion Correspondent
    Terry Waite, who was held hostage by Islamic extremists for four years, stoked controversy over a memorial service for the London bombings yesterday by calling for relatives of the bombers to be invited. The former Archbishop of Canterbury's envoy suggested that close relatives of the four suicide bombers should sit alongside the families of the 52 victims at the special service in St Paul's Cathedral. His comments were echoed by Ken Livingstone, the London Mayor, who said that it would be "offensive" if relatives of the bombers were turned away from the service on Nov 1. Mr Waite, who was...
  • Terrorist Captured in Syrian/Iraq Border Had Plans for London Attack (More Iraq-Terrorist Links)

    09/07/2005 9:42:37 AM PDT · by SirLinksalot · 351+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 9/7/2005 | Pam Hess
    Terrorist had plans for London attacks By Pam Hess UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL ----------------------------------------------------- MOSUL, Iraq -- A terrorist captured near the Syrian border last month had a computer "thumb drive" that contained planning information about the July 7 suicide bombings in London, according to a U.S. military officer. Col. Robert Brown, commander of the 1st Brigade 25th Infantry Division in Mosul, said that the man was captured north of Qaim in western Iraq and that authorities had connected him to the al Qaeda terrorist network. It is the first evidence of a link between the London bombs and terrorists in...
  • Terrorist tied to London Bombing(caught on Syrian border)

    09/07/2005 6:16:53 AM PDT · by Dog · 26 replies · 2,305+ views
    Washtimes ^ | Sept 7 2005
    MOSUL, Iraq -- A terrorist captured near the Syrian border last month had a computer "thumb drive" that contained planning information about the July 7 suicide bombings in London, according to a U.S. military officer. Col. Robert Brown, commander of the 1st Brigade 25th Infantry Division in Mosul, said that the man was captured north of Qaim in western Iraq and that authorities had connected him to the al Qaeda terrorist network. It is the first evidence of a link between the London bombs and terrorists in Iraq, but fits with other evidence of a growing presence in Iraq by...
  • Terrorist had plans for London attacks (Zarqawi linked London bombings)

    09/06/2005 10:28:31 PM PDT · by jmc1969 · 3 replies · 382+ views
    MOSUL, Iraq -- A terrorist captured near the Syrian border last month had a computer "thumb drive" that contained planning information about the July 7 suicide bombings in London, according to a U.S. military officer. Col. Robert Brown, commander of the 1st Brigade 25th Infantry Division in Mosul, said that the man was captured north of Qaim in western Iraq and that authorities had connected him to the al Qaeda terrorist network. It is the first evidence of a link between the London bombs and terrorists in Iraq, but fits with other evidence of a growing presence in Iraq by...
  • Mayor in row over memorial service

    09/06/2005 10:13:29 PM PDT · by Pikamax · 6 replies · 481+ views
    Scotsman ^ | 09/07/05 | ANGUS HOWARTH
    Mayor in row over memorial service ANGUS HOWARTH A ROW broke out yesterday over calls for the families of the 7 July suicide bombers to be invited to a national memorial service for the victims. Ken Livingstone, the mayor of London, said it would be wrong to turn the bombers' parents and relatives away if they wanted to share the grief of Londoners. He was backed by the former hostage Terry Waite and by two Church of England bishops, who said the invitation would send a message of reconciliation to the Muslim community. But furious Whitehall officials in charge of...
  • Outraged Europeans Take Dimmer View of Diversity

    09/05/2005 8:02:13 PM PDT · by Pikamax · 10 replies · 1,011+ views
    LATIMES ^ | 09/05/05 | Jeffrey Fleishman, Ralph Frammolino and Sebastian Rotella
    Outraged Europeans Take Dimmer View of Diversity Attitudes are hardening in many countries amid spectacular violence by Islamic extremists and the perceived failure of integration efforts. By Jeffrey Fleishman, Ralph Frammolino and Sebastian Rotella Times Staff Writers September 5, 2005 LONDON — It was less than genteel, not the kind of thing a Londoner liked to admit, but Matthew Pickard couldn't help himself when drawn into a discussion about the recent bombings on the city's transit system. There is an "undertow," he said, a feeling of resentment toward ethnic communities that had long been welcomed. "My friends, who are all...