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  • 4 Cleared in Madrid Train Bombing

    07/17/2008 11:33:10 AM PDT · by MaestroLC · 5 replies · 152+ views
    The New York Times ^ | July 18, 2008 | by DALE FUCHS
    MADRID — A Spanish court absolved four men and upheld the acquittal of a fifth on Thursday in the convoluted legal proceedings relating to the 2004 Madrid commuter train bombings that killed 191 people in the deadliest attack by Islamic militants on European soil. The rulings followed appeals of some of 21 convictions by a lower court after a five-month trial that ended in October. Seven other people were acquitted at that time. Most dramatically, the court on Thursday upheld the acquittal of one of the bombing’s accused masterminds, Rabei Osman, an Egyptian, who was found guilty in 2006 in...
  • Four Madrid bomb convicts cleared

    07/17/2008 9:44:28 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 208+ views
    BBC News ^ | 7/17/08 | BBC
    Spain's Supreme Court has overturned the conviction of four people found guilty of involvement in the Madrid train bombings in 2004. The four were among 21 people convicted last year over the attacks, which killed 191 people. The court also upheld the acquittal of an Egyptian suspected of masterminding the attacks, because he had already been convicted of the offence in Italy. However it convicted and jailed one of those originally found not guilty. The Spanish man, who was sentenced to four years in prison, had earlier been cleared of helping to supply the explosives used in the Madrid attacks....
  • (Buttering Islamofascism) American School Books Redefine 'Jihad' to Exclude Violence

    06/25/2008 1:01:49 PM PDT · by Righting · 17 replies · 281+ views
    newsbuster ^ | June 8, 2008
    American School Books Redefine 'Jihad' to Exclude Violence -- Where is Media? By Warner Todd Huston | June 8, 2008 - 21:49 ET In yet another example of why the west could be too weak to fight the sort of global terrorism that takes the form of Islamofascism, a textbook monitoring group is charging that American textbooks have been cleansed of mentioning the violence inherent in the Islamic "Jihad." Now, our children will not be taught what "Jihad" truly means, nor that it has been used as an excuse to kill their fellow citizens because our schools have sanitized Islam...
  • Terrorists' fingers in ballot box

    04/10/2008 11:41:51 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 6 replies · 122+ views
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | April 10, 2008 | Editorial
    Many in America want the Iraq war to end now and believe if we "leave Iraq to the Iraqis," the Islamic extremists will leave us alone. That position recklessly ignores how America's decade-long refusal to deal more decisively with Islamic terrorism led to 9/11 and all that followed, and how every time America flinches in the face of Islamic aggression, the terrorists see it as a weakness to be exploited. In this environment, Gen. David Petraeus must have expected he would be criticized for recommending the suspension of further U.S. troop withdrawals in the face of the recent flare-up of...
  • Mixed verdicts issued in Madrid terror trial

    10/31/2007 5:18:29 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 2 replies · 120+ views
    AP on ^ | October 31, 2007
    A Spanish judge on Wednesday found 21 people guilty of involvement in Islamist bombings of Madrid trains on March 11, 2004, which killed 191 people. Seven of the accused were acquitted of any involvement in the bombings including Rabei Osman Sayed Ahmed, known as "Mohamed the Egyptian." He is in prison in Italy after being convicted of belonging to an international terrorist group. Moroccan Jamal Zougam was sentenced to a total of more than 40,000 years in prison, although under Spanish law he can only serve a maximum of 40 years. Spaniard Emilio Suarez Trashorras, found guilty of supplying explosives,...
  • To be a "good" Muslim - 'ISLAMOPEDIA' [Revised, Sep. 2007]

    09/10/2007 10:30:19 AM PDT · by Posting · 4 replies · 1,181+ views
    To be a "good" Muslim References -  'Palestinian' child abuse -  Evil 'Joy' -  'Blessing' Hitler -  Mourning the wicked -  Australia - Muslim land -  Jihad on all Buddhists -  Spain - Muslim land -  Europe - Muslim land -  Arabs DON'T care about 'Palestinians' -  72 virgins - Loyalty -  'Pallywood' -  (use of) Ambulances for terror -  (use of) Women for terror -  Human Shields -  Middle east background -  September 11 terror plot on London -  Myth on: 'Terrorists are desperate' -  Beheadings -  Ilan Halimi [an example of monsterous wild prolonged torture motivated by hate only] -  Muslims attacking Jews in France -  Ahmadinejad ' Islamic Hitler' -  Cutting -  'Honor killing' -  Jews & Christians as "Apes & Pigs"? - ...
  • Islamists' Excuses to commit Crimes against Humanity all over the world

    07/06/2007 4:41:51 PM PDT · by Posting · 16 replies · 529+ views
    Islamists' Criminal Excuses to commit crimes against humanity all over the world Rice Urges World to Stop Making Excuses for Terrorists, "When are we going to stop making excuses for the terrorists and saying that somebody ... Read more on this subject in related Hot Topics: War on Terrorism ...   The Star - News - 'Stop making excuses for Muslim criminals', 'Stop making excuses for Muslim criminals' ... The impression is that they are making excuses for terrorism and that's wrong. "Terrorism is a terrible thing ..." jihad's excuses for its mass-murders are not even worth a hearing. ... said...
  • Madrid bombings trial nears end

    07/02/2007 8:37:45 AM PDT · by Valin · 1 replies · 228+ views
    BBC ^ | 7/2/07
    The trial of 28 defendants accused of organising the Madrid bombings of 11 March 2004 has entered its final day. Defence lawyers are making closing arguments on behalf of their clients, all of whom have pleaded not guilty. The defendants, who are alleged to be linked to al-Qaeda, are accused of killing 191 people and wounding 1,841, in attacks on four commuter trains. Some of the accused could face up to 40 years in jail when verdicts are handed down in October. The panel of judges is expected to begin deliberations once the defence lawyers have finished speaking. The eight...
  • Madrid Bombing Suspect Had NYC Sketch

    03/02/2005 12:41:41 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 380+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | March 02, 2005 at 12:34:38 PST | DANIEL WOOLLS ASSOCIATED PRESS
    MADRID, Spain (AP) - 0302DV-Grand-Central A sketch of New York's Grand Central Terminal was found a year ago in the home of a suspect in the Madrid train bombings, Spanish and U.S. officials said Wednesday. The sketch and data were on a computer disk seized about two weeks after the March 11 train bombings in Madrid that killed 191 people last year, the newspaper El Mundo said. In New York, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the FBI had informed the Police Department about the existence of the data on the computer and the city responded by tightening security at transit centers....
  • (Madrid Bombing) Widow attends massacre trial wearing Mohammed cartoon

    03/27/2007 12:16:28 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 44 replies · 2,174+ views ^ | 26 March 2007 | Expatica
    Widow attends massacre trial wearing Mohammed cartoon 26 March 2007 MADRID ? The widow of a man killed in the Madrid bombings attended the trial of Islamic radicals with a cartoon of the prophet Mohammed with a bomb on her T-shirt. The judge in charge of trial on Monday asked security guards to check the woman?s T-shirt and ordered the cameras to halt live transmissions. Initially, he thought the woman could been a relative of one of the 29 accused and thought she might have put some kind of message on her T-shirt. The T-shirt was a copy of the...
  • BBC: The legacy of the Madrid bombings ~ a look at the significance of the terror attack for Europe.

    02/14/2007 9:08:14 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies · 451+ views
    BBC ^ | Wednesday, 14 February 2007, 09:17 GMT | Gordon Corera
    The legacy of the Madrid bombings The Madrid attacks fuelled the idea of a 'home-grown' threat Twenty-nine suspects, mostly Moroccans, are to go on trial on Thursday over the March 2004 Madrid train bombings. The BBC's security correspondent Gordon Corera looks at the significance of the terror attack for Europe.The explosions, which wreaked carnage on four Madrid trains, left a lasting legacy for Spain, Europe and our wider understanding of the terrorist threat. The attacks made clear that Western Europe was not immune from the threat of international jihadist terrorism. After the strike against the US after 9/11, the...
  • Almost all you need to know about Arab Muslim - 'Religion of peace', To be a "good" Muslim

    01/03/2007 3:00:38 PM PST · by Posting · 2 replies · 1,117+ views
    To be a "good" Muslim References 'Palestinian' child abuse -  Evil 'Joy' -  Australia - Muslim land -  Spain - Muslim land -  Europe - Muslim land -  Arabs DON'T care about 'Palestinians' -  Loyalty -  'Pallywood' -  (use of) Ambulances for terror -  (use of) Women for terror -  Human Shields -  Middle east background -  September 11 terror plot on London -  Myth on: 'Terrorists are desperate' -  Jews & Christians as "Apes & Pigs"? -  Non Muslims as "Cows" -  Early history -  Early terrorism -  Muslims & WW2 -  World domination & Caliphate -  'Palestinians' in Lebanon -  Jordan - Black September -  Syrian Crimes -  Lobbies -  Excuses -  Global conflicts Respond violently to anyone that says, writes, draws that...
  • Help!!

    11/16/2006 1:02:54 PM PST · by patriotfury · 44 replies · 603+ views
    Unknown | Unknown | Unknown
    As I am new here, I hope I get this right. This is a long shot, but I am writing a paper for one of my terrorism classes (DO THIS EVENING!), covering the Madrid Bombing, and have been unsuccessfully searching for what I remember being "declaration's of war," or "resumption of war" to retake Europe found in unexploded backpacks. I remember explicitly reading about something to this effect, but cannot find this information anywhere. Can anyone out there point me in the right direction? Thanks either way.
  • Religion of peace in action, desperate to prove the Pope's wrong/right...

    09/22/2006 7:16:39 AM PDT · by PRePublic · 8 replies · 1,002+ views
    The Guardian of Islamic Extremism ................................................................................................... Churches Firebombed By Members Of The "Religion of Peace" ...................................................................................................If Islam is the religion of peace, it should act like it The Free Lance-Star, VA - Sep 21, 2006... My next complaint is the lame argument that says something along the lines of "Islam (the religion of peace) doesn't promote violence; remember Christians are ......................................................................................................Death threats from the 'religion of peace'
  • JIHAD on the CHURCH, Muslims want Pontiff out

    09/22/2006 2:02:14 AM PDT · by PRePublic · 41 replies · 2,428+ views
    CalSun ^ | Sep; 22; 2006
    Muslims want Pontiff out Clerics, scholars call for Benedict removal after controversial Islam remarks by AP LAHORE, Pakistan -- About 1,000 Muslim clerics and religious scholars meeting yesterday in eastern Pakistan demanded the removal of Pope Benedict for making what they called "insulting remarks" against Islam.
  • Somalia: Islam is Official Religion, Conversion is Banned

    09/21/2006 12:16:45 PM PDT · by PRePublic · 20 replies · 4,336+ views
    AllAfrica ^ | Sep, 21, 2006
    Somalia is officially an Islamic state and conversion is prohibited. The country has a population of approximately 8.3 million, nearly all of them Sunni Muslims. There is a small, extremely low-profile Christian community. According to the International Religious Freedom Report 2006 issued by the US State Department last Friday, proselytizing for any religion except Islam is prohibited in Puntland and Somaliland and effectively blocked by informal social consensus elsewhere in the country. Somalia has had no government since the fall of Siad Barre in 1991. The Union of Islamic Courts (UIC), which grew out of individual courts' efforts to establish...
  • Religion of "peace": If you call me a killer one more time, I'm gonna kill ya

    09/21/2006 10:40:49 AM PDT · by PRePublic · 4 replies · 911+ views
    If you call me a killer one more time, I'm gonna kill ya September 20, 2006 If you call me a killer one more time, I'm gonna killa ya. `Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." Those are the words Pope Benedict uttered that has caused quite a stir. Those words were originally uttered in the 14th century by the Byzantine Emporor Manuel II. Now, contrary to the replies from Muslim fanatics, Byzantine was...
  • No quarter in dealing with terrorists (With Islamofascists)

    09/21/2006 12:32:40 AM PDT · by PRePublic · 5 replies · 603+ views
    NewsJournalOnline ^ | Sep, 21, 2006 | KARL WEINBERG
    No quarter in dealing with terrorists By KARL WEINBERG COMMUNITY VOICE On the subject of how to treat terrorists once caught in our fight against Islamofascists, the mainstream media would have us believe that we are torturing the captives by using sleep deprivation, loud rock'n' roll music, female interrogators and such. Many Americans, including me, do not believe this is torture at all. Instead, we believe that much harsher treatment should be used to get information from these terrorists. While the U.S. Supreme Court, Sens. John McCain and Lindsay Graham have said these terrorists are covered under Common Article three...
  • Religion of Peace Dying to Kill Again

    09/20/2006 11:10:16 AM PDT · by PRePublic · 8 replies · 1,048+ views
    CFP ^ | Monday, September 18, 2006 | J.B. Williams
    Muslims, Islam, Pope Benedict Religion of Peace Dying to Kill Again Al Qaeda terror commander hints at big attack on N.Y., Washington... The new al-Qaeda field commander recently interviewed in Afghanistan, is calling for Muslims to leave the U.S. -- particularly Washington and New York -- in anticipation of a major terror attack to rival Sept. 11, says the Canada Free Press story. Like most peace loving free people of the western world, I'd like very much to believe that Islam is indeed a peaceful religion seeking a peaceful coexistence with all peaceful peoples of the world. It's just hard...
  • Searching For Moderate Muslims (keep searchin'...)

    09/20/2006 12:46:11 AM PDT · by PRePublic · 454+ views
    GOPUSA ^ | September 20, 2006 | David Keene
    Searching For Moderate MuslimsBy David Keene September 20, 2006 The Islamic world, along with the politically correct world, is in a snit because Pope Benedict had the bad judgment in an academic forum to quote a Byzantine emperor's criticism of Islam's justification of forced conversion during his time. Islamic spokesmen reacted quickly, asserting that theirs is a religion of peace, condemning the Pope and blaming him as their followers began a new round of torching Christian churches around the world and killing those who attend them. I am agnostic on the question of whether Islam is at its heart peaceful...
  • First the Danes, now the Pope? Excuse the few honest guys for saying what most Non Muslims think!

    09/18/2006 9:01:17 AM PDT · by PRePublic · 2 replies · 483+ views
    First it was the Danes, now the Pope? Well, excuse the few honest guys for saying what most Non Muslims think! Voice of AmericaPope 'deeply sorry' at backlash on comments Globe and Mail - 7 hours agoWASHINGTON — Pope Benedict XVI says he's "deeply sorry" for unleashing a violent backlash across the Islamic world, insisting he never meant to endorse an obscure medieval text that characterized the Prophet Mohammed as evil and inhuman. ... Iraq al-Qaida says pope, West are doomed Houston ChroniclePope 'deeply sorry' for offending Muslims NorthJersey.comMonsters and - Ďđŕâî Âűáîđŕ - Seattle Times - New York...
  • Gazans warn pope to accept Islam (oh behold the "peace" of Islam, especially the "Palestinian" type)

    09/18/2006 10:04:52 AM PDT · by PRePublic · 28 replies · 970+ views
    JPost ^ | Sep, 18, 2006
    Gazans warn pope to accept IslamJerusalem Post, Israel Citing the words of the Prophet Muhammad, Muslim religious leaders in the Gaza Strip on Sunday warned Pope Benedict XVI that he must "accept" Islam if he wanted to live in peace. The warning, the first of its kind, came as many Christians in the West Bank expressed anger over a spate of attacks on churches in protest against remarks made by the pope about the Muslims and the Prophet Muhammad. Is it good for the West? The pope is a hardliner Two more churches in the West Bank were targeted on...
  • A collection of 9/11 tributes

    09/11/2006 4:12:54 AM PDT · by PRePublic · 2 replies · 973+ views
    A collection of 9/11 tributes I’ll add to the list below, and if you have any you’d like to add to this (or any other sort of tribute/remembrance), please do so here. Either leave a comment with the link, or link to this post and send a trackback. 9/11: The 5th Year Anniversary Tribute Blood of Heroes September 11th, Uncensored From Brain Terminal: Crystal Morning: September 11th, 2001 From William Teach: 9/11 Plus 5 From Crusader: WTC Tribute More from YouTube: 911 tribute September 11th - Five Years Later: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 September 11th - Flash...
  • Top 10 Reasons Islam Might Not Be a Religion of Peace

    A passenger revolt occurred on a Malaga-Manchester flight. Vacationing Brits refused to fly with two Arabic-speaking men. This came in the wake of arrests of 21 British-born Muslims who were plotting to blow up as many as 11 trans-Atlantic flights. A spokesman for Britain’s opposition Tory party said the passengers panicked into “behaving irrationally.” Fancy that, not wanting to fly with members of a faith whose adherents keep trying to blow things up. Oh, how irrational! Within days of this incident, a Lebanese student was arrested for trying to plant bombs on German trains. In India, meanwhile, a group with...
  • Top 10 Reasons Islam Might Not Be a Religion of Peace

    08/31/2006 2:51:01 AM PDT · by PRePublic · 53 replies · 2,704+ views
    Chron Watch ^ | Thursday, August 31, 2006
    Top 10 Reasons Islam Might Not Be a Religion of Peace Written by Don Feder Thursday, August 31, 2006 A passenger revolt occurred on a Malaga-Manchester flight.  Vacationing Brits refused to fly with two Arabic-speaking men.  This came in the wake of arrests of 21 British-born Muslims who were plotting to blow up as many as 11 trans-Atlantic flights. A spokesman for Britain’s opposition Tory party said the passengers panicked into “behaving irrationally.”  Fancy that, not wanting to fly with members of a faith whose adherents keep trying to blow things up.  Oh, how irrational! Within days of this incident, a Lebanese student...
  • More on ISLAMOFASCISM, the term

    08/31/2006 2:22:30 AM PDT · by PRePublic · 3 replies · 1,438+ views
    Islamofascism the term (article by WSJ)Islamofascism's 1936What Is 'Islamofascism'?Yes, the problem is 'Islamic fascism'Islamic Fascism the Enemy, Not Terror, Says Santorum -- 07/21/2006Oriana Fallaci and the War Against IslamofascismThe Meaning of 'Islamofascism'Michael Ledeen on Fascism & War on TerrorIslamic Fascism The only proper response to Islamofascism is total warThe Devilfish of Islamofascism Neo-Nazi becomes fanatical Muslim (24/5/2006)Lebanon, Islamofascism and democracyRogmios on IslamofascismIslamo-Nazis, The Historical Collaboration of Nazis with Muslims/Arabs
  • Europe’s Two Culture Wars

    05/14/2006 4:03:29 AM PDT · by RWR8189 · 51 replies · 1,712+ views
    Commentary Magazine ^ | May 14, 2006 | George Weigel
    At the height of the morning commute on March 11, 2004, ten bombs exploded in and around four train stations in Madrid. Almost 200 Spaniards were killed, and some 2,000 wounded. The next day, Spain seemed to be standing firm against terror, with demonstrators around the country wielding signs denouncing the “murderers” and “assassins.” Yet things did not hold. Seventy-two hours after the bombs had strewn arms, legs, heads, and other body parts over three train stations and a marshaling yard, the Spanish government of José María Aznar, a staunch ally of the United States and Great Britain in Iraq,...
  • The Meaning of 'Islamofascism'

    05/30/2006 12:11:16 PM PDT · by PRePublic · 26 replies · 1,255+ views
    NYSun ^ | May 24, 2006 | STEVEN STALINSKY
    The Meaning of 'Islamofascism' The MEMRI Report By STEVEN STALINSKY May 24, 2006 Since the war on terrorism began many new Arabic and Islamic terms including "Fatwa" and "Jihad" have been introduced to Western vernacular. To the displeasure of some Islamists other terms such as "homicide bomber" and "Islamofascism" have also been introduced. An article titled "How the Right Played the Fascism Card Against Islam" on the Web site of the Council on American-Islamic Relations is highly critical of using the term "Islamofascism":
  • Islamofascism, the broader, deeper & wider reality - How radical Islam makes you into a fascist!

    06/17/2006 10:56:58 PM PDT · by NeoOldCon · 1 replies · 1,471+ views
    How [radical] Islam makes one into a fascist, whether you are Arab, black, etc. The broader view of the deep & wide reality of Islamofascism What do the Arab Muslim massacre in NYC WTC, The Pakistani Muslim bombing in London, the Arab Muslim bombing in Madrid, an Indonesian attack on Australians in Bali, an Arab Muslim racist attack on an ordinary Jew in Paris, Arabs' onslaught in the genocide campaign in Sudan, WW2's Bosnian Muslims attacking Christian Serbs, Jordanian Arab murderer: Zarqawi that seperated (Nazi style) between Shiite & Sunni kids on a bus, Arab slave masters in Mauritania, a...
  • [Islamic Jihad propagnada] Desperate, desperate to be evil!

    06/14/2006 11:25:29 AM PDT · by PRePublic · 1 replies · 282+ views
    Desperate, desperate to be evil! When I first heard that the Islamists that carried out the 9/11 massacre were desperate, I wanted to find out what it means, does IT refer to the huge sums of money Al Qaida has fed their families, to the sex with dhimmis before the act, or their private, relatively, normal material conditions. When I heard about propagandists whining hypocritically about "desperate" Arab Muslim 'Palestinian' genocide bombers' "plight", I was very curious if it refers to the various cases of those having a relative normal and even established life or to those radical clerics, that...
  • Why Most Arab Muslims are GUILTY!

    05/22/2006 2:48:53 PM PDT · by FoxyFacts · 8 replies · 552+ views
    - Most Muslims have "theories" about 9/11 Islamists' massacre. - 99.99% of Muslims that "denounce" [if at all] Islamic terror massacres on non Muslims, imply the word "but". - Most Arabs are so racist, most Muslims are so intolerant, they just can't bring themselves to be grateful to the US for rescuing Iraqi Arab men, women & children from the butcher & torturer of Baghdad: Saddam Hussein. - There was not one shred of gratitude from any known Muslim leader or group for US & Europe's rescuing of Bosnian Muslims in the 1990's. But on the contrary! - There was...
  • Al Qaeda, Madrid bombs not linked: Spanish probe [Silly us!]

    03/12/2006 3:31:33 PM PST · by johnny7 · 24 replies · 794+ views
    AP ^ | Mar. 12, 2006 | --
    MADRID, Spain — A two-year investigation into the Madrid train bombings concludes the terrorists who carried out the blasts were homegrown radicals acting on their own rather than at the behest of Osama bin Laden's Al Qaeda network, two senior intelligence officials said.Spain still remains home to a web of radical Algerian, Moroccan and Syrian groups bent on carrying out attacks — and aiding the insurgency against U.S. troops in Iraq — the Spanish intelligence chief and a western official intimately involved in counterterrorism measures in Spain told The Associated Press.
  • FORUM: Islamist state in Europe

    01/01/2006 4:40:33 PM PST · by Doctor13 · 17 replies · 1,062+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 1 January 2006 | Stella L. Jatras
    COMMENTARY Jeffrey T. Kuhner's Commentary column asked about the prospect for an "Islamist state in Europe" (The Washington Times, Dec. 18). It is not a question of "if," but of "when." We need only look at what is happening in Europe. Today there are more practicing Muslims than practicing Anglicans in England. In one demonstration in front of British Parliament, signs were carried reading, "Islam, our religion today, your religion tomorrow." France is a basket case, plagued with riots between Muslim youths and the government. Young non-Muslims girls there are accosted on the streets for not covering their hair. 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...
  • Jazeera condemns conviction of reporter in Spain

    09/26/2005 9:10:36 AM PDT · by Mount Athos · 2 replies · 383+ views
    Reuters ^ | 26 Sep 2005
    Arab satellite broadcaster Al Jazeera denounced the sentencing of its correspondent in Spain on Monday to seven years in jail on terrorism charges. Tayseer Alouni, 50, was found guilty by Spain's High Court of collaborating with a terrorist group but acquitted of being a member of al Qaeda. He was among 18 people sentenced at the trial, the biggest of suspected Islamist militants in Europe. "This is a black day for the Spanish judiciary which has deviated from all the norms of international justice," Al Jazeera news editor Ahmed al-Sheikh told the station. "It is a verdict that is based...
  • Serbia hands over Madrid suspect

    09/25/2005 8:54:05 PM PDT · by Banat · 12 replies · 854+ views
    CNN ^ | September 25, 2005 | By CNN Madrid Bureau Chief Al Goodman
    <p>MADRID, Spain (CNN) -- Serbia on Sunday extradited to Spain a Moroccan man who is prime suspect in the Madrid train bombings last year that killed 191 people, the Spanish Interior Ministry said in a statement.</p> <p>The suspect, Abdelmajid Bouchar, 22, arrived at a military airport near Madrid in the custody of four Spanish officers assigned to Interpol, the international police agency.</p>
  • Serbia to extradite Madrid bomb suspect to Spain

    09/22/2005 5:26:10 PM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 567+ views
    Reuters ^ | 22 Sep 2005
    BELGRADE, Sept 22 (Reuters) - Serbia has signed the extradition papers of a key suspect in the Madrid train bombings and will be transferring him to Spain shortly, a government official said on Thursday. Abdelmajid Bouchar, a 22-year-old Moroccan, was detained on June 23 on a train travelling to Belgrade and held for a breach of immigration law. Serbian officials confirmed his identity in mid-August after checks with Interpol and Spanish police. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the extradition date would not be made public for security reasons. "A statement will not be issued before he arrives...
  • Spanish bomb suspect arrested in Belgrade

    08/17/2005 7:40:42 PM PDT · by zagor-te-nej · 23 replies · 525+ views
    B92 ^ | Aug 17, 2005 | zagor-te-nej
    Spanish bomb suspect arrested in Belgrade | 17:43 August 17 | B92 Abdelmajid Bouchar BELGRADE -- Wednesday – A suspect in the terrorist attacks in Madrid in March of last year has been arrested in Belgrade. Moroccan national Abdelmajid Bouchar was arrested for breaches of immigration laws last night during routine checks of travellers on a train. He was held in custody in the Belgrade suburb of Padinska Skela, where an Interpol fingerprint check revealed that he was wanted in connection with the Madrid bombing, B92 learnt. The arrest has been confirmed by the Spanish Interior Ministry and Interior Minister...
  • Madrid Bombing Suspect Caught in Serbia

    08/17/2005 8:58:23 AM PDT · by Vestica · 86 replies · 2,872+ views
    CNN ^ | 17, August, 2005 | From CNN Madrid Bureau Chief Al Goodman
    MADRID, Spain (CNN) -- A Madrid train bombing suspect wanted on an international warrant since last year has been arrested in Serbia where he was carrying forged Iraqi documents, Spain's Interior Ministry said Wednesday. The suspect, Moroccan-born Abdelmajid Bouchar, 22, fled from a Madrid suburban apartment three weeks after the March 11, 2004 train bombings, as police closed in to make arrests there. Seven train bombing suspects blew themselves up during the raid. An international warrant was issued for Bouchar but the trail ran cold until his recent arrest in Belgrade for violating Serbian immigration regulations, the Interior Ministry said...
  • The nutty logic that says Spain provoked Islamist terrorism.

    07/27/2005 2:50:04 PM PDT · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 14 replies · 531+ views
    Slate ^ | 3/15/05 | Christopher Hitchens
    I can remember when I was a bit of an ETA fan myself. It was in 1973*, when a group of Basque militants assassinated Adm. Carrero Blanco. The admiral was a stone-faced secret police chief, personally groomed to be the successor to the decrepit Francisco Franco. His car blew up, killing only him and his chauffeur with a carefully planted charge, and not only was the world well rid of another fascist, but, more important, the whole scheme of extending Franco's rule was vaporized in the same instant. The dictator had to turn instead to Crown Prince Juan Carlos, who...
  • Terrorist involved in Madrid and 9/11 bombings released by German court

    07/18/2005 8:54:46 AM PDT · by Stultis · 99 replies · 4,089+ views
    Terrorist involved in Madrid and 9/11 bombings released by German court July 18, 2005 German-Syrian Mamoun Darkazanli Germany says terror arrest illegalMIM: If the Germans don't want to hand over one of their citizens, why don't they start proceedings to strip him of his citizenship instead of releasing him to continue his terrorist activity with the use of a German passport?, Germany -- Germany's high court has ordered the release of a Syrian-born German man whom Spain wanted extradited in connection with the 2003 Madrid bombings.The Federal Constitutional Court ruled Monday it would be illegal to extradite Mamoun Darkazanli, a...
  • Mastermind of Madrid is key figure (London Bombing)

    07/09/2005 6:02:43 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 10 replies · 790+ views
    Times of London ^ | 7/10/05 | Nick Fielding and Gareth Walsh
    THE terrorist believed to have organised last year’s Madrid train attacks is emerging as a figure in the hunt for the London bombers. Spanish security sources are said to have warned four months ago that Mustafa Setmariam Nasar, a 47-year-old Syrian, had identified Britain as a likely target. Coded commands from the Syrian, thought to have included threats to other European countries including Britain, were found in a flat raided after the Madrid bombings in March 2004. Spanish investigators said Nasar, now believed to be in Iraq, had set up a “sleeper” cell of terrorists in Britain. But they believed...
  • Madrid massacre report to accuse Aznar of deception

    06/07/2005 11:48:18 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies · 388+ views
    Expatica ^ | 7 June 2005
    MADRID — Spain's governing Socialists, in a report to be presented in Congress tomorrow, claim their conservative predecessors manipulated information after the Madrid train bombings for political gain. That is among the conclusions of Socialist deputies who served on the parliamentary inquiry created to probe the causes and consequence of the attacks, which took place under the premiership of centre-right Jose Maria Aznar of the Popular Party. The more-than-400-page document will be formally presented on Wednesday in the lower house of Parliament. Besides criticism of the former government, the top Socialist on the investigative commission told EFE that the report...
  • Madrid bombing 'manager' in court~~A man arrested in Berkshire was the "manager" of a terror group

    06/03/2005 9:07:39 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 198+ views
    BBC ^ | Friday, 3 June, 2005, 15:01 GMT 16:01 UK | staff
    Last Updated: Friday, 3 June, 2005, 15:01 GMT 16:01 UK Madrid bombing 'manager' in court An extradition decision is expected on 14 June A man arrested in Berkshire was the "manager" of a terror group whose members included some of the Madrid train bombers, a court has heard.Moutaz Almallah Dabas, 39, is accused of running a safe house in the Spanish capital where extreme Islamist recruits were trained before being sent abroad. Details of the charges were read out at his extradition hearing at Bow Street Magistrates' Court, in London. Mr Dabas was living in Slough with his family when...
  • Spain arrests 3 more suspects in train bombings

    05/24/2005 2:50:03 PM PDT · by Bald Eagle777 · 1 replies · 251+ views
    Reuters ^ | May 24, 2005 | Reuters
    MADRID (Reuters) - Spanish police have arrested three Moroccan men on suspicion of providing arms and financing for the Madrid train bombing attacks that killed 191 people, police said on Tuesday......
  • Spain’s “Terrorgate”? ("El Mundo" newspaper voices some 'explosive' theories)

    05/18/2005 7:43:21 PM PDT · by jocon307 · 16 replies · 1,132+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 05/18/2005 | Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.
    It has long been understood that the Spanish socialists shamelessly exploited the March 11, 2004, terrorist attacks in Madrid’s train station for political advantage. They did so with palpable disregard for a frightening fact: The far-reaching geostrategic repercussions of that incident...gave those seeking similar results elsewhere every incentive to engage in violence against other democracies’ electoral processes. But what if the perpetrators were neither Islamofacists, as the winning socialists immediately asserted, nor the Basque terrorist organization known as ETA, as the government of José Maria Aznar initially (and fatally) assumed? On May 16, the Madrid daily El Mundo published a...
  • Spain Indicts 13 al-Qaida Suspects

    05/18/2005 1:03:13 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 1 replies · 209+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | May 18, 2005 at 12:48:21 PDT | MAR ROMAN ASSOCIATED PRESS
    MADRID, Spain (AP) - A Spanish judge indicted 13 suspected Islamic extremists Wednesday on charges of belonging to al-Qaida and said some of them probably took part in last year's train bombings in Madrid. The indictment said the suspects, mostly Moroccans, had formed two terror cells in 2002 - one in Morocco and one in Madrid - and concluded that after Spain sent peacekeeping troops to Iraq that year, the country was "an enemy of Islam and therefore it was necessary to stage an attack" in Spain. The 13 men were arrested in raids starting last October after police claimed...
  • Spain’s “Terrorgate”? Investigating 3/11.

    05/18/2005 10:48:25 AM PDT · by .cnI redruM · 32 replies · 2,322+ views
    NRO ^ | May 18, 2005, 12:46 p.m. | Frank J. Gaffney
    It has long been understood that the Spanish socialists shamelessly exploited the March 11, 2004, terrorist attacks in Madrid’s train station for political advantage. They did so with palpable disregard for a frightening fact: The far-reaching geostrategic repercussions of that incident — which vaporized the ruling conservative party’s electoral lead just days before the polling — gave those seeking similar results elsewhere every incentive to engage in violence against other democracies’ electoral processes. But what if the perpetrators were neither Islamofacists, as the winning socialists immediately asserted, nor the Basque terrorist organization known as ETA, as the government of José...
  • ABC News showed false images of March 11 bombing (2004)

    05/17/2005 2:01:40 PM PDT · by hipaatwo · 15 replies · 775+ views
    Spain Herald The American TV network ABC's news division showed a false image of the backpack that did not explode on March 11, 2004, according to reporter Fernando Múgica in the Spanish daily El Mundo. According to Múgica, at a Madrid police station "the officers wanted to help the ABC reporters, but when the camera crew came, they didn't have the backpack that had contained the bomb there, so one of the officers showed them a similar backpack which was the property of another officer." Said Mugica, "I don't know whether the network knew this or simply accepted that the...