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  • Dutch Detainee Linked to Terror

    11/07/2002 3:10:52 PM PST · by knighthawk · 15 replies · 333+ views
    AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch police have arrested a Muslim man suspected of preparing a suicide attack, officials said Thursday. The prosecutor's office said only that the 22-year-old man is a Muslim of Moroccan ancestry, but did not release his name. He recorded a farewell message to his family on an audio cassette and was "presumably recruited and prepared to be sent out to die in international 'jihad,' or armed struggle against 'enemies of Islam,'" according to a statement by prosecutors. A second man was detained but later released, it said. The two were picked up in the southern city...
  • Terror-cell suspect visited Dutch city often

    09/22/2002 7:27:47 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 9 replies · 218+ views
    Sun Spot Net ^ | September 22 2002
    EINDHOVEN, The Netherlands - A member of the Hamburg terrorist cell that planned the Sept. 11 terror attacks visited this southern Dutch town a number of times before the attacks, said German and Dutch authorities. The Dutch secret service also confirmed yesterday that German authorities were investigating the trail of money that flowed through here from Saudi Arabia to finance possible terrorism operations. A spokesman in the German federal prosecutor's office declined to comment, and it is not clear whether a link has been established between the suspected Hamburg cell member, Mounir el-Motassadeq, who is on trial in Germany, and...
  • U.S. diplomat and longtime Pakistan expert is under federal investigation (Robin L. Raphel Again)

    11/07/2014 5:04:24 AM PST · by csvset · 27 replies
    WP ^ | November 6 2014 | Anne Gearan and Adam Goldman
    A veteran State Department diplomat and longtime Pakistan expert is under federal investigation as part of a counterintelligence probe and has had her security clearances withdrawn, according to U.S. officials. The FBI searched the Northwest Washington home of Robin L. Raphel last month, and her State Department office was also examined and sealed, officials said. Raphel, a fixture in Washington’s diplomatic and think-tank circles, was placed on administrative leave last month, and her contract with the State Department was allowed to expire this week. Two U.S. officials described the investigation as a counterintelligence matter, which typically involves allegations of spying...
  • Terrorists had a friend in Clinton White House called Robin

    09/28/2001 4:18:10 PM PDT · by knak · 165 replies · 3,286+ views
    Our Political Bureau NEW DELHI MANY functionaries of the United States State Department, who handled South Asia under the Clinton Administration, may have to face embarrassment when the Bush regime gets down to locating the factors that made it easier for terrorists to carry out the September 11 carnage. These functionaries, it is reliably learnt, ignored the warnings about the activities and intentions of the terrorist groups operating out of Afghanistan and Pakistan. One of such reports had come from Michael Sheehan, the head of counter-terrorism wing of the State Department. Sheehan’s report also listed the measures that the ...

    09/08/2006 2:49:46 AM PDT · by Mia T · 68 replies · 3,356+ views
    AP, ^ | 9.8.06 | Mia T
    'The Path to 9/11'CLINTON FAILURE TO ORDER 'PURE KILL' CUT CHANCES OF GETTING BIN LADEN IN HALF 8(WHICH TIPPING HIM OFF QUICKLY REDUCED TO ZERO) 9 'WHY THE CLINTONS FAILED "TO CAPTURE OR KILL THE TALLEST MAN IN AFGHANISTAN"(DID THEY REALLY WANT TO TAKE HIM OUT ANYWAY?) Part Two:   by Mia t, 9.8.06     9/11 Commission: Clinton Refused to Let CIA Kill Bin Laden Announcing some of its preliminary findings on Wednesday, the 9/11 Commission has confirmed that President Clinton ordered the CIA to take Osama bin Laden alive or not at all - a directive that...
  • The Long Arm Of Pakistan

    07/01/2008 2:01:28 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies · 136+ views
    The Times of India ^ | 2 Jul 2008, 0050 hrs IST, | Haroun Mir
    KABUL: The latest terrorist attack on a prison in Kandahar was not the work of the Taliban alone. In fact, all significant terrorist attacks during the last several months in Afghanistan have the imprint of Al-Qaida both in the planning and execution. Afghanistan president Hamid Karzai's harsh reaction against Pakistan, by threatening to send Afghan troops into Pakistani soil to fight Al-Qaida and the Taliban in their safe houses, shows the frustration of the Afghan leadership against Pakistan's latest peace agreements with the Taliban. The US military in Afghanistan is convinced of Pakistan's duplicity and cannot ignore the threat coming...
  • Belgian Export: Suicide Bombers

    11/30/2005 3:36:37 PM PST · by DanielKronlid · 5 replies · 809+ views
    The Brussels Journal ^ | Wed, 2005-11-30 22:37 | Paul Belien
    On 9 November, a 38-year old Belgian named Muriel, blew herself to pieces in Baghdad near a group of Iraqi policemen, killing five other people. The woman had converted to Islam after marrying a Belgian of Moroccon origin. Her husband was shot down by American troops. The American authorities informed the Belgian authorities of the woman’s identity a few weeks ago, but Brussels kept it secret. Yesterday evening the Franco-Luxemburgian network RTL announced the news. Last night, the Belgian police arrested 14 people. Nine of them are Belgians, mostly of foreign origin, three are Moroccans and two are Tunisians. They...
  • "Are there any men left in Washington, or are they all cowards!?" (Vanity)

    01/28/2009 9:26:53 AM PST · by Pyro7480 · 22 replies · 635+ views
    myself | 1/28/2009 | myself
    Are there any men left in Washington, or are they all cowards!?-Ahmad Shah Massoud, in "The Path to 9/11" Excuse me for this very short vanity, but I need to vent. After I found that only two Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee opposed the nomination of that gun-grabbing nut, Eric Holder, I thought of this above line. Are we going to have to put up with the GOP cowtowing to President Obama for the next 2-4 years!? I'm fed up with these politicians who supposedly represent us. It's time to show all these weak politicans the door, and replace...
  • Followup: Belgium's Top Internet Jihadi Arrested (Again)

    12/11/2008 7:02:53 PM PST · by Cindy · 25 replies · 692+ views
    THE JAWA REPORT - blog ^ | December 11, 2008 | Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D
    Follow up to my earlier post about 14 Belgians arrested for being al Qaeda members. It turns out one of them is Malika El-Aroud, who has been arrested in the past for running an al Qaeda support website. If you speak French and hang around the eHadis, you'd probably recognize her from her frequent appearances at the minbar-sos forum.
  • Remembering, 6 years after his death: Massoud's Letter To The People Of America

    09/09/2007 10:07:14 AM PDT · by Andy from Beaverton · 16 replies · 775+ views
    Afghanistan Online ^ | 1998 | Ahmad Shah Massoud
    Massoud's Letter To The People Of America Date: 1998 A Message to the People of the United States of America I send this message to you today on behalf of the freedom and peace-loving people of Afghanistan, the Mujahedeen freedom fighters who resisted and defeated Soviet communism, the men and women who are still resisting oppression and foreign hegemony and, in the name of more than one and a half million Afghan martyrs who sacrificed their lives to uphold some of the same values and ideals shared by most Americans and Afghans alike. This is a crucial and unique moment...
  • Man suspected of links to Massood's assassins arrest

    11/19/2003 10:32:44 AM PST · by ds03 · 4 replies · 254+ views
    Highmark Funds ^ | 11/19/03 | AP
    PARIS, Nov 19, 2003 (AP WorldStream via COMTEX) -- Counter-terrorism agents this week arrested a man suspected of links to the assassins of anti-Taliban military commander Ahmed Shah Massood, France's interior minister said Wednesday. The suspect, not identified by name, was arrested Monday, Nicolas Sarkozy told lawmakers during a question and answer session. Sarkozy said the suspect "was in liaison with the assassins of Commander Massood," the western-backed head of the northern alliance opposed to the Taliban. Massood was slain on Sept. 9, 2001 in northern Afghanistan, two days before the terror attacks in the United States, by two men...
  • Belgium Keeps Suspect in Masood Killing Behind Bars

    10/16/2002 3:43:58 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 2 replies · 274+ views
    Tehran Times ^ | October 16 2002
    BRUSSELS -- A Belgian court extended Tuesday the detention of a 35-year-old Moroccan accused in connection with the killing last year of the Afghan anti-Taleban commander Ahmad Shah Masood, officials said. The suspect, whose identity has not been officially revealed, was arrested on October 8 in Antwerp and has been charged with complicity in the September 2001 killing of the Afghan opposition leader, a spokesman as said. The Brussels court extended his detention warrant by a month pending an investigation into an operation to provide false passports, AFP quoted prosecution spokesman Jos Colpin as saying. Belgian press reports have named...
  • The Lion Prowls in Afghanistan

    10/04/2006 6:10:55 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 23 replies · 773+ views
    Mens News Daily ^ | 10/04/06 | Slater Bakhtavar
    “What I want to say is that he was never an extremist, neither in his private nor political life. He believed that a modern moderate Islam could work in Afghanistan. He said that the extreme left or right failed in Afghanistan, since both had neglected the needs of the people. Therefore, we could not govern Afghanistan like any traditional Muslim country.” -Ahmad Wali Massoud regarding Ahmed Massoud Shah of the Northern Alliance. In 1996, funded financially and backed morally by their allies in Pakistan, the Taliban (”Students of Islamic Knowledge Movement”) emerged as the prominent force in Afghanistan after the...
  • Biography: Ahmad Shah Massoud

    09/11/2006 10:39:32 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 50 replies · 3,423+ views ^ | September 12, 2006 | Farzana
    Ahmed Shah Masood (c. 1953–September 9, 2001) (variant transliterations include Ahmad, Massoud, etc.) was a Kabul University engineering student turned Afghan military leader who played a leading role in driving the Soviet army out of Afghanistan, earning him the nickname Lion of Panjshir. Various transliterations include: Ahmad / Ahmed / Akhmad / Achmad, Shah / Schah / Chah, Massoud / Massud / Massood / Mas’ud. Ahmad Shah Massoud was born 10.06.1332 (01.09.1953)[2] in Jangalak[3]/ Panjsher[5]as son of police commander Dost Mohammad Khan. At the age of five, he started grammar school at Bazarak and stayed there until second grade....
  • Live Thread of The Path to 911 (Part I) [8- 10:30 pm Eastern - ABC]

    09/10/2006 9:16:53 AM PDT · by mware · 3,509 replies · 123,627+ views
    Freepers evertwhere ^ | 09/10/06 | mware
    <p>I didn't hear if anyone was planning for a live thread of the film tonight. Just in case anyone wants to start early. Some in Australia already have seen part 1.</p>
  • Ex-Taliban chief details Massood killing

    09/09/2006 10:20:39 PM PDT · by John Carey · 41 replies · 1,160+ views
    Yahoo News (AP) ^ | September 10, 2006 | MATTHEW PENNINGTON,
    The beat-up video camera was delivered to Afghanistan in a box, and picked up by two clean-shaven Arabs posing as journalists. They met with Osama bin Laden before leaving on their mission — to kill mujahedeen hero Ahmad Shah Massood. Five years after the Taliban opponent was slain by a bomb hidden in the camera, a former Taliban official on Saturday described how al-Qaida staged the killing — two days before the Sept. 11 attack on America — hoping to strike a fatal blow to the pro-U.S. Northern Alliance. Waheed Mozhdah, director of the then-Taliban Foreign Ministry's Middle East and...
  • Terror suspect linked to Afghan assassination(, Ahmed Shah Massood.)

    10/27/2003 3:01:06 PM PST · by Dog · 23 replies · 416+ views
    The Age ^ | October 28, 2003 | NA
    Terror suspect linked to Afghan assassination October 28, 2003 - 9:11AM A Frenchman under investigation in Australia and France for possible terrorist activities was also suspected of links to the assassination of an Afghan leader, authorities said. Willie Virgile Brigitte, 35, is in custody in a Paris area jail where he is being held on suspicion of association with a terror group, French police and justice officials said. Investigations are under way in France and Australia into Brigitte's alleged links to the al-Qaeda terror network, French officials said today. A judicial official said that Brigitte was also suspected of running...
  • A Secret Hunt Unravels in Afghanistan (Ghost Wars : The CIA and Osama bin Laden, 1997-1999)

    02/21/2004 3:36:25 PM PST · by Pokey78 · 11 replies · 296+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 02/22/04 | Steve Coll
    Mission to Capture or Kill al Qaeda Leader Frustrated by Near Misses, Political Disputes First of two articles.The seeds of the CIA's first formal plan to capture or kill Osama bin Laden were contained in another urgent manhunt -- for Mir Aimal Kasi, the Pakistani migrant who murdered two CIA employees while spraying rounds from an assault rifle at cars idling before the entrance to the CIA's Langley headquarters in 1993. For several years after the shooting, Kasi remained a fugitive in the border areas straddling Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran. From its Langley offices, the CIA's Counterterrorist Center asked the...
  • France deports convicted (islamist) Tunisian

    08/08/2006 12:48:37 AM PDT · by Republicain · 3 replies · 376+ views
    BBC News ^ | 08/08/2006
    France has deported a Tunisian man to his homeland despite protests that he could face torture there. Adel Tebourski, 42, was put on an Air France flight back to Tunisia on Monday, officials said. Tebourski had served a jail sentence in France after being convicted of helping the killers of Afghan resistance leader Ahmed Shah Masood in 2001. The French authorities described Tebourski as a serious threat to national security. French campaigners have said he could be tortured in Tunisia, and the UN torture committee last month called on Paris to suspend his deportation, the French news agency AFP reports....
  • Afgan vp Convoy Attacked

    10/06/2004 2:36:22 AM PDT · by prisoner6 · 9 replies · 1,085+ views
    KDKA Radio Pittsburgh | 10/06/04 | NA
    Breaking on KDKA radio Pittsburgh...Afghanistan President Karzai's VP pick survives assasination attempt...convoy Kabul(?) other details..searching Google now...
  • Hero's burial for loyal Afghan who saved his president

    09/09/2002 8:05:48 PM PDT · by kinghorse · 2 replies · 410+ views
    Sydney Morning Herald ^ | 9/9/02 | Jim Brooks
    With the turquoise dome of the shrine to the 18th-century father of the Afghan nation rising in the background, Muhammad Akbar paused, leaned on his pick and said that he had never before been asked to dig a grave in the sacred soil of this compound. The grave was for Azimullah Muhammad, an 18-year-old who a week ago was an unknown seller of plastic water jugs from a dimly lit stall deep inside Kandahar's main bazaar. Now he is Afghanistan's newest hero, to be buried alongside mujahideen heroes of the guerilla war against the Soviet Union. On Friday, television viewers...
  • Ahmad Shah Massood (1953- September 9, 2001)

    09/09/2004 11:51:32 AM PDT · by Shermy · 8 replies · 1,736+ views ^ | September 9, 2004 | Sunil Sainis/Laxman Bahroo
    War brutalizes man, every afghan bears living testimony to this. If the landscape of Afghanistan bears the craters of the endless war, the political and military leadership in Afghanistan also carries war's indelible scars. It is important never to lose sight of this. Ahmed Shah Mas'ud was born to an army family in 1953 in the Panjshir Valley north of the Afghan capital Kabul. His father was a colonel in the Afghan Army and enrolled his son at Kabul's Lycee Istiqlal High School. Upon graduation Mas'ud joined Kabul's Polytechnic Institute. In 1973 King Zahir Shah was deposed and exiled by...
  • Karzai Trying to Regain Political Backing

    08/10/2004 3:01:59 PM PDT · by OESY · 1 replies · 316+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 10, 2004 | CARLOTTA GALL
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 7 - Two months before Afghanistan holds its first election for president, preparations have an air of democratic bustle. Nearly nine million eligible Afghans have registered to vote so far, several million more than expected, despite efforts by the Taliban to disrupt the process. NATO has agreed to provide extra forces to help the 18,000 American troops who are maintaining security. The incumbent, President Hamid Karzai, and 22 opponents have registered for the race and are starting to hold rounds of news conferences and rallies. Despite the trappings of democracy, the real decision about who will be...
  • Solving the Problem of Kurds is Too Complex for Most Iraqis

    06/23/2004 6:03:36 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 6 replies · 234+ views
    GulfNews ^ | June 23 2004 | AmirTaheri
    Solving the Problem of Kurds is Too Complex for Most Iraqis Gulf News Amir Taheri June 23, 2004 With the end of the 14-months period of occupation, Iraq is likely to be faced, once again, with some of the problems it has had ever since it was put on the map as a nation-state in 1921. The most complex of these concerns the Kurds whose leaders are playing a game of bluff and counter bluff in the hope of exacting maximum advantage in a period of uncertainty. Both Massoud Barzani and Jalal Talabani, the two most prominent leaders of the...
  • Afghanistan - Opposition's military chief Ahmed Shah Massood injured in bomb explosion

    09/09/2001 12:34:59 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 24 replies · 7,101+ views
    Associated Press | September 9, 2001 | KATHY GANNON
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Opposition leader and former defense chief Ahmed Shah Massood was injured and his close aide was killed Sunday in an explosion in northern Afghanistan, said Hajji Kahar, an opposition spokesman. Two men from Algeria posing as journalists apparently hid the explosive device in their camera, Kahar told The Associated Press in a satellite telephone interview from Khodja Bahauddin in northern Takhar province, where the explosion occurred. It's not clear whether the two men with the camera were killed. It's believed they were suicide bombers. "There was a lot of noise and smoke," said Kahar. Massood ...
  • Flawed Ally Was Hunt's Best Hope (Bin Laden hunt in Afghanistan during Clinton)

    02/22/2004 10:45:41 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 4 replies · 190+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Feb. 23, 2004 | Steve Coll
    By 1999, Massoud was seen by some at the Pentagon and inside the Clinton Cabinet as a spent force commanding bands of thugs. An inner circle of the Cabinet with access to the most closely guarded secrets was sharply divided over whether the United States should deepen its partnership with him. Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Henry H. "Hugh" Shelton -- reflecting the views of professional analysts in their departments -- argued that Massoud's alliance was tainted and in decline. But at the CIA, especially inside the Counterterrorist Center, career...
  • How much did Afghan leader know? - Massoud knew bin Laden was planning 9/11 attack?

    11/07/2003 1:51:12 AM PST · by Sabertooth · 5 replies · 187+ views
    CNN ^ | November 6th
    <p>CNN's Mike Boettcher says Afghan leader Ahmed Shah Massoud may have known about al Qaeda's plans for 9/11.</p> <p>Follow the news that matters to you. Create your own alert to be notified on topics you're interested in.</p> <p>Massoud, leader of the Northern Alliance, the Taliban's main opposition, was killed September 9, 2001, by a bomb inside a video camera during an interview at his headquarters with two Tunisian al Qaeda operatives posing as journalists.</p>
  • Sebastian Junger on Afghanistan’s Slain Rebel Leader Ahmad Shah Massoud

    09/08/2003 7:46:16 PM PDT · by Shermy · 24 replies · 517+ views
    National Geographic ^ | October 2001
    The Perfect Storm author spent a month with anti-Taliban warrior Ahmad Shah Massoud in 2000. Now he offers his reaction to the recent murder of the Northern Alliance leader—and the subsequent attacks on the U.S. In November 2000 [National Geographic] Adventure sent contributing editor Sebastian Junger and photojournalist Reza (see photo gallery) to profile Afghan resistance leader Ahmad Shah Massoud. The resulting article (read an excerpt) appeared in our March/April 2001 issue and has just been reprinted in Fire, a collection of Junger’s journalistic work. ________________________________________________________ On September 9, 2001, suicide bombers killed Massoud. Two days later the U.S. was...
  • Egyptian accused of plotting to kill Afghan northern alliance leader freed, re-arrested

    05/16/2002 11:32:00 PM PDT · by Prodigal Son · 2 replies · 278+ views
    New Jersey Online (AP) ^ | May 16, 2002 | JILL LAWLESS
    <p>LONDON (AP) -- An Egyptian man accused of conspiring to assassinate an Afghan northern alliance leader was freed Thursday after a terrorist charge against him was dismissed -- but was immediately re-arrested on an extradition warrant from the United States.</p>
  • Computer in Kabul holds chilling memos: PC used by al-Qaida leaders reveals 4 years of terrorism

    12/31/2001 5:42:48 AM PST · by truthandlife · 103 replies · 2,315+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 12/31/01 | Alan Cullison and Andrew Higgins
    Last May, someone sat down at an IBM desktop here and typed out a polite letter to a bitter foe of al-Qaida, the anti-Taliban leader Ahmed Shah Massoud. The writer tapped at the computer for 97 minutes, according to its internal record, then printed out the fruit of his labor: a request for an interview with Massoud, to be conducted by “one of our best journalists, Mr. Karim Touzani.” ON SEPT. 9, two men posing as journalists, one carrying a passport in the name of Karim Touzani, detonated a hidden bomb as they interviewed Massoud. The legendary Afghan commander was ...
  • Postal Worker's Letter Tied To Slaying of Afghan Leader

    05/12/2002 10:46:28 PM PDT · by LarryLied · 26 replies · 2,448+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 5/13/02 | Steve Fainaru and Brooke A. Masters
    NEW YORK -- Authorities believe a U.S. postal employee in custody here helped draft a letter of introduction that may have been used by two men who posed as journalists to assassinate a leading opposition figure in Afghanistan last fall, according to a U.S. official familiar with the case.Click here for full Washington Post article