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  • 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...
  • 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>
  • Terrorist Cells Find Foothold in Balkans

    12/11/2005 11:06:07 AM PST · by kronos77 · 28 replies · 629+ views
    Washington Post ^ | December 1, 2005 | Rade Maroevic and Daniel Williams
    In particular, Islamic radicals are looking to create cells of so-called white al Qaeda, non-Arab members who can evade racial profiling used by police forces to watch for potential terrorists. "They want to look European to carry out operations in Europe," said a Western intelligence agent in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia and Montenegro, adjacent to Bosnia. "It's yet another evolution in the tools used by terrorists." ... n addition, Serbian police accidentally came across a key suspect in the March 2004 bombings of Madrid commuter trains while he was traveling through the country by train. He arrived in the...
  • Syria releases the 7/7 'mastermind’

    02/05/2012 10:19:12 PM PST · by george76 · 7 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 04 Feb 2012 | Jason Lewis
    terrorist mastermind behind the July 7 London bombings is reported to have been freed from a Syrian jail by President Bashar Assad's regime. Abu Musab al-Suri had been held in Syria for six years after being captured by the CIA in 2005 and transported to the country of his birth under its controversial extraordinary rendition programme. But he is now said to have been released as a warning to the US and Britain about the consequences of turning their backs on President al-Assad’s regime as it tries to contain the uprising in the country. Al-Suri, also known as Mustafa Setmariam...
  • Germany: Witness Tells Court He Overheard 9/11 Plotting

    10/27/2004 9:51:26 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 3 replies · 354+ views
    Arab News ^ | October 27 2004 | AFP
    HAMBURG/MADRID, 27 October 2004 — A witness at the retrial of a Moroccan charged with involvement in the Sept.11, 2001 attacks in the United States said yesterday he heard him discussing the plans and had alerted German police and intelligence services. The court in Hamburg in northern Germany heard the testimony of the man, a 42-year-old restaurant owner, over the objections of the defendant, Mounir El-Motassadeq. In February 2003 Motassadeq became the first and only person to be found guilty in connection with the Sept. 11 plane bombings in New York and Washington. He was given a 15-year-prison term for...
  • After Madrid, Terror Leader’s ‘Balkan Map’ Worries Italy

    03/28/2004 11:40:18 AM PST · by Destro · 11 replies · 337+ views ^ | Sunday, March 28 @ 13:20:00 EST | CDeliso
    After Madrid, Terror Leader’s ‘Balkan Map’ Worries Italy Posted on Sunday, March 28 @ 13:20:00 EST by CDeliso Italian authorities are concerned about a possible link between the Madrid bombers, Al Qaeda and Bosnia, reports Croatia’s Slobodna Dalmacija newspaper. According to their investigation, mujahedin who participated in the Bosnian civil wars were imported from an al Qaeda training camp near Zenica to help with the bombings in Madrid, and other attacks possibly being planned for the future. “Their road was from Zenica through Split to Ancona,” says the paper, citing Italian authorities who point to the Balkan map found in...
  • Islamic State’s Plans/Justifications: “DABIQ” Magazine & Its Strategic Outlook

    02/14/2015 7:56:21 PM PST · by Reverend Saltine · 6 replies ^ | 2/14/2015 | Adina Kutnicki
    ...Al-Muhallab said, “You must use deception in war, for it is more effective than reinforcements.” Some methods of deception include: a. Planting spies. b. Reconnaissance. c. Feigning an intent to attack an area other than the actual target, for when the Prophet (sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) wanted to attack one area, he would give his army the impression they were going to attack another. “If a man’s chest is too narrow to hold his own secret, then the chest of the one with whom he stores the secret is even narrower” [Poetry]. And be on guard against your enemy at...
  • Libyan Rebel Commander: I Was on the Mavi Marmara

    12/28/2011 3:27:23 PM PST · by bayouranger · 10 replies · 1+ views ^ | 12-28-11 | John Rosenthal
    According to the Spanish daily ABC, a Libyan rebel commander who played a key role in overthrowing the rule of Muammar Qaddafi previously participated in the May 2010 attempt to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza aboard the Turkish-owned vessel the Mavi Marmara. The operation famously culminated in a deadly clash between Israel Defense Force commandos and “activists” armed with iron rods and knives aboard the ship. The paper’s source for the story is the rebel leader himself: Mahdi al-Harati, the commander of the so-called Tripoli Brigades, which are widely credited with having played a decisive role in the rebel...
  • Germany’s Imam Mamoun Darkazanli: Al-Qaeda's Alleged Financier and Logistician

    08/28/2010 12:52:03 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 7 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 8/27/2010 | Derek Henry Flood
    Police in Hamburg shut down the notorious al-Quds mosque, renamed the Taiba mosque in 2008, led by German-Syrian national and voluntary imam Mamoun Darkazanli. Darkazanli (a.k.a. Abu Ilyas al-Suri) has been a suspected al-Qaeda operative, primarily as a financier and logistician, in the European Union for close to two decades. Long active in al-Qaeda circles, Darkazanli first surfaced on the radar of Western intelligence agencies when he purportedly helped procure a cargo ship named “Jennifer” for Osama bin Laden as early as 1993 (Hamburger Abendblatt, October 16, 2004). Germany’s Bundeskriminalamt (BKA- Federal Criminal Police Office) admitted that it had been...
  • New U.N. Scheme: Alliance of Civilizations (Rosett)

    11/22/2005 8:18:40 PM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 9 replies · 785+ views
    Fox News ^ | November 22, 2005 | Claudia Rosett and George Russell
    NEW YORK — After the epic disaster of , one might imagine the United Nations would tread carefully before launching any new and controversial efforts. Hardly.Still reeling from scandals on many fronts, the U.N. has launched another questionable initiative, called the , which is due to hold its first meeting this weekend in Spain. The program has been widely touted by U.N. Secretary-General as a bridge across cultural and religious divides, but it involves a daisy-chain of dubious associations that casts serious doubt both on the project itself and on the U.N.’s ability to cut loose from the scandals of the past...
  • X/11: The Usual Suspects, Respawned

    04/25/2008 9:30:44 AM PDT · by J Aguilar · 6 replies · 334+ views
    Libertad Digital ^ | 14 April 2008 | Luis del Pino
    Because of them, telephone taping was carried out a year before the massacre.Two of the Moroccoan Islamist Fugitives Were the Key to Investigate Jamal Zougham Before 3/11.LD (Luis del Pino) The surprising flight of nine Islamists from a Moroccan prison last week has taken an unexpected turn, when it was discovered that two of them, the Chatbi brothers, were allegedly linked to the top sentenced for 3/11, Jamal Zougham, and his stepbrother Mohamed Chaoui, arrested like Zougham on March 13th, but released a few weeks after the Madrid attacks. Although that relation between Zougham and the Chatbi brothers was finally...
  • 3/11: <i>The Reasonable Thing Would Be to Begin the Investigations Again From Zero</i>

    03/28/2010 9:03:16 AM PDT · by J Aguilar · 1 replies · 278+ views
    Libertad Digital ^ | December 2009 - Mars 2010 | Luis del Pino / Olivia Moya / Gabriel Morris
    Manzano’s own witness does not back him.The samples from the 3/11 attack were not eliminated; they were moved to the "TEDAX laboratory" The Courts of Plaza de Castilla [provincial courts, not the heavily politizied National High Court] have welcomed this Tuesday the renewal of the cause against the former head of the TEDAX and his subordinate, the chemical expert of the unit. Although the TEDAX [officer] that coordinated the tasks of collection of rest of explosive was proposed by the defense, he contradicted his superior. OLIVIA MOYA Court number 43 from Madrid admitted a complaint filed by the Association for...
  • Crowd Gathers In Protest In Front Of Church

    07/14/2009 11:39:03 AM PDT · by steve-b · 27 replies · 1,215+ views
    Gainesville Sun ^ | 7/8/09 | Lise Fisher
    Residents carried their own signs Wednesday evening calling for "peace not hate" in response to a northwest Gainesville church that recently posted a sign with an anti-Islamic message. At least 80 people gathered on both sides of Northwest 37th Street in front of the Dove World Outreach Center for a prayer vigil organized after the church recently erected a sign proclaiming "Islam is of the devil." Participants held up their signs and listened to words from Eve MacMaster, pastor of the Emmanuel Mennonite Church, and Saeed R. Kahn, president of the Muslim Association of North Central Florida. The group maintained...
  • Amsterdam: Terrorist attacks foiled - seven arrested

    03/12/2009 2:44:20 PM PDT · by dutchiepat · 88 replies · 8,947+ views ^ | March 12th 2009 |
    Terrorist attacks foiled - seven arrested Thursday 12 March 2009 Six men and one woman have been arrested on suspicion of preparing to carry out terrorist attacks on shops in Amsterdam Zuidoost on Thursday. One of those arrested is a family member of a man connected to the Madrid bombing five years ago, said Amsterdam police chief Bernard Welten at a press confernce on Thursday evening. The arrests have reduced the threat of attacks but a risk remains, said Welten. All of those detained by the police are Dutch with a Moroccan background and are aged between 19 and 64...
  • 3/11: Three Years On: the Eighth Suicide Gives Testimony before the Court

    03/11/2007 11:54:31 AM PDT · by J Aguilar · 5 replies · 952+ views
    Libertad Digital ^ | 8 March 2007 | Libertad Digital (transl. J Aguilar)
    He also reveals that The Tunisian talked to UCIE agents.Cartagena Identifies the Police Officer that Asked Him to Go into the Leganés Apartment in the Morning of April 3rd.The testimony as protected witness, asked by the State Attorney Olga Sánchez, of the Police informer nicknamed Cartagena has left a lot of question that might change drastically the trial. Some details had been already revealed by EL MUNDO, as the pressure from the Police to avoid mentioning ETA. According to his testimony, The Tunisian was also linked to UCIE Police Officers. Asked by the Accusation Attorney, he gave names: “Enrique, Rubio,...
  • 3/11: From Mistake to Mistake

    12/14/2007 10:44:31 AM PST · by J Aguilar · 3 replies · 296+ views
    Libertad Digital ^ | 27 November 2007 | Luis del Pino (transl. & cmmts. J Aguilar)
    From Luis del Pino's blog: Assessment of the Sentence (IX): Dragging the Mistakes The court that has judged the 3/11 case has made the second public writ of clarification of the sentence, where answers to diverse questions related to the compensations to the victims are provided, some allegations to the defence attorneys are responded and... certain aspects denounced by the independent media are corrected. For example, the court could not help rectifying the part of the sentence in which it was affirmed, as Libertad Digital had denounced, that the suicides of Leganés had said goodbye to their families through a...
  • Al Qaeda leader 'in secret CIA jail'

    10/15/2006 5:34:14 AM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 46 replies · 2,215+ views ^ | 15 October 2006
    A SUSPECTED al Qaeda leader, accused of being involved in September 11 and planning the 2004 Madrid train bombings, has been imprisoned in a secret US jail for the past year, Spain's El Pais newspaper reported today. Mustafa Setmarian, 48, a Syrian with Spanish citizenship, was captured in Pakistan in October 2005 and is held in a prison operated by the US Central Intelligence Agency, Pakistani and European security service officials told El Pais. A spokesman for the US embassy in Spain declined to comment on the report. Setmarian's 2005 capture was reported in May of this year after the...
  • Behind the Dutch terror threat

    07/22/2004 10:27:51 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 1 replies · 357+ views
    Radio Netherlands ^ | July 22 2004
    A chance arrest in the city of Rotterdam and tapped telephone conversations were both key factors behind the move to the heightened terrorist alert that has been in place in the Netherlands since 9 July. On Wednesday, the Dutch Public Prosecution Service and Ministry of Internal Affairs announced that a 17-year-old Dutch Muslim youth had been arrested on 30 June on suspicion of involvement in a raid on a supermarket. A subsequent search of his home allegedly led to the discovery of a number of items which, while they had nothing to do with "ordinary" crime, could be connected with...
  • Alleged Dutch Terror Network Case Starts

    02/07/2005 7:56:00 AM PST · by knighthawk · 4 replies · 327+ views
    AP Wire | February 07 2005 | TOBY STERLING/AP
    ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) - Prosecutors opened their case Monday against 12 men accused of belonging to a terror network suspected in the murder of filmmaker Theo van Gogh and plots to attack prominent Dutch politicians. The defendants, mostly young Muslims of North African ancestry, were arrested within days of Van Gogh's death on Nov. 2 - a killing that shocked the nation and triggered retaliatory attacks on Islamic sites. Van Gogh, a distant relative of painter Vincent Van Gogh, was shot and stabbed on a busy Amsterdam street. The killer cut his throat and, in a note pinned to the...
  • Brigitte was sent for terror act: report

    03/21/2004 4:39:01 PM PST · by Piefloater · 3 replies · 322+ views
    AAP/ ^ | 22 Mar 2004
    Suspected terrorist Willie Brigitte was reportedly sent to Australia to help a local terror group prepare a terrorist act "of great size". Brigitte, 35, who was deported last October and is in French custody, was a link figure in the world terrorist network who had connections with the organisers of the September 11 terrorist attacks and the March 11 Madrid train blasts, Sydney's The Daily Telegraph reported. It said his potential targets included the Lucas Heights nuclear reactor and the Australian army's administrative compound at Victoria Barracks, both in Sydney, and the Perth headquarters of Australia's SAS regiment. French authorities...
  • Death of Baldoni

    08/31/2004 4:34:50 PM PDT · by bubman · 6 replies · 499+ views
    Ottawa Citizen ^ | August 28, 2004 | David Warren
    One is moved by a quotation from the late Enzo Baldoni, the Italian freelance journalist and Red Cross volunteer who was murdered on video by the Jihadis in Iraq this week. "Some people think I am some sort of Rambo who loves strong emotions and watching people die. I am miles away from that. I am a convinced pacifist, and for that reason I am curious to understand what makes normal people brandish guns." Poor Baldoni, who survived previous adventures in East Timor and Colombia, had stopped appearing in the Milan weekly, Diario, and started appearing on Al Jazeera, as...
  • Terror Suspects Arrested at Nuclear Power Station [Spain]

    12/17/2004 10:11:01 AM PST · by LurkedLongEnough · 14 replies · 805+ views
    Overseas Security Advisory Council ^ | December 16, 2004 | Expatica
    Two men suspected of Islamic terrorist links arrested this week in Spain were arrested near a nuclear-powered electricity-generating plant, authorities said. Officials in the central region of Guadalajara said on 30 September that a police patrol stopped and briefly questioned Moroccan Mohamed El Ouazzani and Moroccan-born Khalid Zeimi Pardo close to the Zorita nuclear power plant. The men were asked for their papers at the time, and after it was confirmed that they were in the country legally and had no criminal records, were let go. Ouazzani and Zeimi Pardo were among five men arrested Tuesday in three Spanish cities...
  • THE MAYFIELD CASE(the stuff that breaks legends)

    01/15/2006 6:47:20 PM PST · by crazyhorse691 · 3 replies · 874+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | January 15, 2006 | David Reinhard
    Once upon a time, in the peaceable, multicultural kingdom of Portland there was a man named Brandon Mayfield. He was arrested and jailed briefly for an awful crime he didn't commit. Why? Because he was a Muslim in George Bush's America, and the president's minions had a really scary new law called the Patriot Act. This law allowed them to arrest and put in jail a totally innocent Muslim for the simple crime of being a Muslim in George Bush's America. And the people in the peaceable, multicultural kingdom of Portland were sore afraid. So goes the Mayfield legend, but...
  • 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...
  • [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...
  • Muslim group takes responsibility for 9-11: 'We are so sorry'

    09/10/2004 3:21:36 PM PDT · by Spacetrucker · 37 replies · 697+ views
    World | 9/10/04 | unknown
    Friday, September 10, 2004 We Are So Sorry for 9-11 This September 11 marks the third unforgettable anniversary of the worst mass murder in American history. After September 11, many in the Muslim world chose denial and hallucination rather than face up to the sad fact that Muslims perpetrated the 9-11 terrorist acts and that we have an enormous problem with extremism and support for terrorism. Many Muslims, including religious leaders, and “intellectuals” blamed 9-11 on a Jewish conspiracy and went as far as fabricating a tale that 4000 Jews did not show up for work in the World Trade...
  • Fears of Terror Attack at Conventions Drive New Plans

    07/04/2004 11:48:44 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 5 replies · 467+ views
    NY Times ^ | July 5, 2004 | DAVID JOHNSTON
    WASHINGTON, July 4 — The federal authorities, concerned about a terror attack during this summer's national political conventions, have begun a new effort to identify potential extremists inside the United States, including conducting interviews in communities where terrorists might seek refuge, government officials said. The fears about an incident during the conventions or later in the year have also led state and local officials to impose extraordinary security precautions. Persistent if indistinct intelligence reports, based on electronic intercepts and live sources, indicate that Al Qaeda is determined to strike in the United States some time this year, the officials said...
  • Lawyer says he gave phone taps to U.S. (US Chemical Attack)

    06/09/2004 12:17:16 PM PDT · by kattracks · 58 replies · 2,739+ views
    AP ^ | 6/09/04 | AIDAN LEWIS
    <p>ROME (AP) -- An Italian prosecutor said Wednesday he had provided U.S. authorities with transcripts of phone calls between terror suspects, including one that reportedly refers to a woman ready to carry out a chemical attack in the United States.</p>
  • Report: NATO Was Arrested Militants' Possible Target

    06/09/2004 6:34:36 AM PDT · by TexKat · 2 replies · 275+ views
    Reuters ^ | 6/9/04
    MILAN (Reuters) - A group of suspected Islamic militants arrested in Italy and Belgium may have been planning an attack on NATO headquarters or the European Parliament, Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera said on Wednesday. Quoting Italian investigators, Corriere said a suspected planner of the Madrid bombings in March -- among those arrested on Tuesday -- had intended to travel from Italy to Belgium possibly to take part in an attack on a "symbolic" target. Rabei Osman Sayed Ahmed, known as "Mohamed the Egyptian," was seized on Tuesday with a fellow suspect in Milan, and Belgian police, acting on information...
  • FBI apologizes to lawyer held in Madrid bombings

    05/25/2004 9:52:58 AM PDT · by billorites · 29 replies · 190+ views
    MSNBC ^ | May 25, 2004 | Associated Press
    PORTLAND, Ore. - Offering a rare public apology, the FBI admitted mistakenly linking an American lawyer’s fingerprint to one found near the scene of a terrorist bombing in Spain, a blunder that led to his imprisonment for two weeks. The apology Monday came hours after a judge dismissed the case against Brandon Mayfield, who had been held as a material witness in the Madrid bombings case, which killed 191 people and injured about 2,000 others. Mayfield, a 37-year-old convert to Islam, sharply criticized the government, calling his time behind bars “humiliating” and “embarrassing” and saying he was targeted because of...
  • L.A. Times: Still Biased After All These Years

    04/06/2004 12:57:56 AM PDT · by kattracks · 3 replies · 346+ views ^ | 4/06/04 | Catherine Seipp
    The longstanding leftist orthodoxy of the Los Angeles Times has improved noticably under Editor-in-Chief John Carroll, a respected newsman who moved here from the Baltimore Sun four years ago. Carroll has made a real effort to rein in the paper's liberal bias, at least in straight news stories; earlier this year he wrote a famous (in media circles) in-house memo scolding a reporter for a story about a Texas abortion law; the piece had implied anyone against abortion is obviously nuts. I should note though, that this improvement at the Times was underway even before Carroll's arrival, with the departure...
  • [Islamic] Gunmen order police to pray, then kill 5 of them

    04/04/2004 12:05:10 PM PDT · by Destro · 28 replies · 272+ views ^ | 05.04.2004 | REUTERS, INDEPENDENT
    Gunmen order police to pray, then kill 5 of them 05.04.2004 KARACHI - At least 10 gunmen stormed into a police station in the southern Pakistan city of Karachi last night, killing five policemen and wounding one after demanding that the officers recite Islamic verses. The attackers escaped by car after the attack, about 5km from the international airport. Karachi is Pakistan's largest city and the scene of frequent religious violence. The assault, one of the boldest on Karachi's police in years, comes as tension is running high following a deadly raid by thousands of Pakistani troops on 400 to...
  • We may be witnessing a strange reversal of the 1930s, with Islamo-fascists in place of Euro-fascists

    03/20/2004 6:43:24 PM PST · by saquin · 255 replies · 231+ views
    The Sunday Times (UK) ^ | 3/21/04 | Andrew Sullivan
    March 11, 2004, was easily the greatest victory for terrorism since 9/11 itself. It was a victory not simply because so many innocent people were murdered in cold blood as they went about their business in a free and democratic society. It was also a victory because it succeeded in provoking the one response that terrorists long for and feed on. Faced with mass murder, the Spanish electorate voted to give the jihadis what they were demanding: withdrawal of Spanish troops from Iraq. March 11 was a reprise of September 11. But this time it worked. Instead of rising up...
  • Allies in Terror (AQ + ETA)

    03/18/2004 8:51:54 AM PST · by livius · 9 replies · 150+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 17, 2004 | Amir Taheri
    <p>It may take weeks before the identity of those responsible for the 3/11 bombings in Madrid is established, and by then a new government, led by the Socialists, will be in power in Spain. But one thing is already certain: Europe has not yet taken the full measure of the terrorist threat to its way of life, indeed its existence as a zone of peace and prosperity in an unstable world.</p>
  • Report: Group Claims Truce With Spain

    03/17/2004 6:50:45 PM PST · by El Conservador · 24 replies · 158+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | March 17, 2004 | AP
    CAIRO, Egypt - The Islamic militant group that claimed responsibility for last week's Madrid train bombings has called a truce with Spain to give the new government time to withdraw troops from Iraq (news - web sites), a London-based Arabic-language newspaper said Wednesday. The Al Hayat daily newspaper said it received a statement from the Brigade of Abu Hafs al-Masri, which earlier said it orchestrated the bombings to punish Spain for supporting the U.S.-led war in Iraq. The blasts killed 201 people. But the United States believes the group, which takes its name in memory of al-Qaida's fallen No. 3,...
  • Dean: Bush responsible for deaths in Spain

    03/17/2004 12:00:40 AM PST · by kattracks · 71 replies · 274+ views
    Union Leader ^ | 3/17/04 | NEDRA PICKLER
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Former Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean said Tuesday that President Bush's decision to send troops to Iraq appears to have contributed to the bombing deaths of 201 in Spain. A growing international investigation is focusing on Islamic militants possibly linked to al-Qaida as the culprits in the Madrid train bombings last Thursday. European intelligence agencies are trying to identify a purported al-Qaida operative who claimed in a videotape that the group carried out the bombings to punish Spain for backing of the U.S.-led war in Iraq. The tape was discovered in a trash bin near Madrid's...
  • Spain's Disaster and Kerry's Choice

    03/16/2004 10:57:17 AM PST · by Lando Lincoln · 5 replies · 151+ views
    Townhall ^ | 16 March 2004 | Jay Bryant
    From the standpoint of a political campaign, the Popular Party of Spain made one of the gravest screwups in history, one that spells nothing but trouble for Spain, the United States and the security of the world. They let al-Qaeda decide who will lead their nation. When the news broke on March 11 of the terrorist bombing in Madrid, which killed two hundred people, al-Qaeda immediately claimed responsibility. But throughout the news coverage, doubt surfaced as to whether the Islamic terrorist organization was really behind the attack. "Why don't they think it was al-Qaeda?" my wife asked. "Of course it...
  • The Islamist-ETA terror connection

    03/15/2004 3:23:55 PM PST · by veronica · 3 replies · 157+ views ^ | 3-15-04 | DAVID MCCORMACK AND COLLEEN GILBERT
    The March 11 train bombings in Madrid, resulting in the deaths of nearly 200 rush hour commuters, should come as no surprise to observers of that country's long and bloody fight against terrorism. Although the Spanish government was quick to blame the Basque separatist group Fatherland and Liberty, or ETA, for the deadly attacks, evidence soon emerged to suggest the culprits were Islamist terror groups. The country has, in fact, long served as a haven for such groups and their supporters, who have demonstrated a willingness to work with internal terrorist organizations such as ETA to advance their agenda of...
  • Since Spain has essentially surrendered in the WOT, these questions MUST be asked:

    03/15/2004 5:51:06 AM PST · by Blood of Tyrants · 183 replies · 238+ views
    3/15/04 | Self
    The terrorists have learned an important new lesson: If you bomb a nation teetering on socialism, you can push them over the edge as people seek the promise of safety instead of taking arms against a sea of troubles, and by opposing end them. This begs the following questions: 1. Does this lesson increase the likelyhood that terrorists will attack the United States in the weeks immediately before the election in hopes of pulling another victory over democracy like they did in Spain? 2. If there was a successful terrorist attack in the U.S. a week or so before the...
  • AP Enterprise: Moroccan Suspect in Madrid Bombing Is Tied to Sept. 11 Suspect, Court Document Shows

    03/14/2004 5:15:32 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 8 replies · 73+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 14, 2004 | Andrew Selsky
    MADRID, Spain (AP) - One of the three Moroccans arrested in the Madrid train bombings was a follower of a suspected al-Qaida member jailed in Spain for allegedly helping plan the Sept. 11 attacks in the United States, according to court documents reviewed by The Associated Press. It was the latest suggestion that Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida terrorist group may have been involved in the bombings. A Sept. 17, 2003 indictment calls Jamal Zougam, 30, a "follower" of Imad Yarkas, the alleged leader of Spain's al-Qaida cell who was jailed for allegedly helping plan the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on...
  • Spain Arrests 3 Moroccans, 2 Indians in Bomb Probe

    03/13/2004 5:24:39 PM PST · by swilhelm73 · 9 replies · 114+ views
    Reuters ^ | 3/13/04 | N/A
    MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's Interior Minister Angel Acebes said on Saturday that three Moroccans and two Indians had been arrested in Madrid as part of the investigation into train bombings that killed 200 people three days ago. Also, two Spaniards of Indian origin were giving statements to police, Acebes said at a news conference.
  • Spain arrests five over bombings

    03/13/2004 4:04:19 PM PST · by 1066AD · 4 replies · 128+ views
    BBC ^ | 3/13/2004 | BBC
    Spain arrests five over bombings Spanish authorities have arrested five suspects in connection with the Madrid blasts which killed 200 people. Interior Minister Angel Acebes told a news conference three Moroccans and two Indians were being held. The suspects may have links with extremist Moroccan groups, the minister said, but it was still too early to confirm this. The news comes as protesters held an angry demonstration outside the office of Spain's ruling Popular Party. BBC correspondent Richard Galpin in Madrid says the protesters - mainly anti-war campaigners - feel Spanish leaders were too swift to blame the Basque separatist...
  • It's not just the economy people will be voting on in November

    03/12/2004 6:35:47 PM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 13 replies · 136+ views
    USA Today ^ | 3/12/04 | Richard Benedetto
    <p>Thursday's bloody train bombings in Spain that killed nearly 200 people were a harsh reminder that the world is still at war with terror and that the war will continue as a major issue in this year's presidential election.</p> <p>While most Americans now overwhelmingly say the economy will be more of an influence on their vote than the candidates' stand on national security issues, Election Day is eight months away.</p>
  • European press ask 'Why?'

    03/12/2004 3:42:52 PM PST · by knighthawk · 62 replies · 162+ views
    BBC News Online ^ | March 12 2004
    In the aftermath of the bombings in Madrid, newspapers across Europe on Friday look at what happened the previous day and ask the questions who, and why? The horror and the pity Madrid's El Pais carries accounts by people caught up in the attack. "Those who were able to walk got out and stampeded down the tracks," a 28-year old commuter says. "I stayed to help, to get the wounded out... I held a girl in my arms and we lost her... She died in my arms." "There were wounded and blood everywhere, body parts, and people trapped in the...
  • European intelligence: Al Qaida sleepers planned attack

    03/12/2004 2:22:30 PM PST · by Rutles4Ever · 22 replies · 1,078+ views
    World Tribune ^ | March 12, 2004
    LONDON — Western intelligence sources believe Al Qaida employed insurgents from North Africa for the train bombings in Spain that killed about 200 people. The sources said Spanish and other European intelligence and security agencies believe that sleeper cells established by Al Qaida-aligned groups helped designate the targets and provide logistics and safe haven for operatives who detonated 10 backpack bombs aboard commuter trains in Madrid on Thursday. The cells were established by organizations that stem from Algeria and Morocco and employed local insurgency operatives, including Basque separatists. "These attacks were the result of years of liasion and planning between...