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  • Ex-CIA Officer Facing Imprisonment Says Hillary Clinton Is Partially to Blame

    06/13/2016 2:21:06 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 13 replies
    Vice News ^ | 13 June 2016 | Katie Engelhart and Jason Leopold
    A former CIA counterterrorism officer who is set to be extradited to Italy where she faces a four-year prison sentence in connection with the rendition of a suspected terrorist that took place in Milan in 2003 said Hillary Clinton is partially to blame for her ordeal. Sabrina De Sousa, two-dozen other CIA officers, and an Air Force colonel were convicted in absentia in 2009 in Italy on kidnapping and other charges in connection with the abduction of Osama Mustapha Hassan Nasr, better known as Abu Omar, a radical Egyptian cleric whose fiery anti-American speeches in the immediate aftermath of 9/11...
  • Tyler Drumheller, CIA officer who exposed U.S. reliance on discredited Iraq source ‘Curveball,’

    08/08/2015 9:40:38 PM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    WaPo ^ | 8/6/15 | Greg Miller
    Tyler S. Drumheller, a high-level CIA officer who publicly battled agency leaders over one of the most outlandish claims in the U.S. case for war with Iraq, died Aug. 2 at a hospital in Fairfax County. He was 63. The cause was complications from pancreatic cancer, said his wife, Linda Drumheller. Mr. Drumheller held posts in Africa and Europe over a 26-year career during which the CIA’s focus shifted from the Cold War to terrorist threats. He rose to prominent positions at CIA headquarters, serving as chief of the European division at a time when the agency was abducting al-Qaeda...
  • Leading US Bank Closes Vatican Bank’s Account

    03/19/2012 7:20:56 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 32 replies
    JP Morgan Chase, one of America’s leading banks, has closed down an account held by the Vatican bank at its Italian branch office in Milan. Neither the American bank nor the Vatican bank (formally known as the Institute for Religious Works, or IOR) offered any public comment on the move. But officials at JP Morgan Chase acknowledged that the IOR account was closed because of concerns about the possible use of the Vatican bank for money-laundering.
  • Italy: Court Upholds Convictions of Americans in Kidnapping Case (CIA Agents)

    12/16/2010 6:19:25 PM PST · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 21 replies
    The New York Times ^ | December 15, 2010 | ELISABETTA POVOLEDO
    An appellate court in Milan upheld on Wednesday the conviction of 23 Americans charged with kidnapping an Egyptian cleric in 2003 and ordered even harsher sentences. All but one of the Americans are Central Intelligence Agency operatives.
  • IHH's Deep, Longstanding Terror Ties

    06/10/2010 3:22:46 AM PDT · by Cindy · 24 replies · 138+ views
    IPT News June 9, 2010 SNIPPET: "The Turkish-based charity that helped drive last week's deadly confrontation with Israeli commandos has deep ties to Hamas and other terrorist groups. The Hamas ties are not in question. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and IHH officials simply do not acknowledge that Hamas is a terrorist group." SNIPPET: "U.S. officials have expressed concern over the fact that "IHH representatives have met with senior Hamas officials in Turkey, Syria, and Gaza over the past three years," but IHH is not a designated terrorist organization in the United States. It's fair to ask, why not?"...
  • New York City-Based 'charity' Eyed in Terror Money Probe

    02/26/2004 3:18:50 PM PST · by nuconvert · 329+ views
    AP ^ | 2-26-04
    New York City-Based 'charity' Eyed in Terror Money Probe Feb. 26, 2004 By Tom Hays / Associated Press Writer NEW YORK (AP) - When Sheik Abdullah Satar visited mosques in Brooklyn and Manhattan in the waning days of 1999, the FBI was watching. An outspoken cleric and political figure in Yemen, Satar was put under 24-hour surveillance amid fears about possible terrorist attacks on New Year's Eve. The sheik was never arrested or charged with a crime. But five years later, his name has resurfaced in an investigation of the Brooklyn branch of an obscure charity - its address a...
  • At Trial, U.S. Traces Roots of Terror Network to Brooklyn

    02/11/2004 9:51:46 PM PST · by NYC GOP Chick · 21 replies · 413+ views
    New York Slimes ^ | 2.12.2004 | William Glaberson
    prominent Yemeni sheik came to Brooklyn in 1999, raised money at mosques that was ostensibly for charity and then went to Italy, where he met with a top operative of Al Qaeda, according to federal prosecutors in Brooklyn.The sheik, Abdullah Satar, then made a speech in Italy calling upon people to join the jihad and denounced the United States for pursuing a terrorism suspect "to curry favor with the Jewish population and to project hatred upon Muslims,'' according to testimony of an F.B.I. agent at a trial of a New Jersey man in Federal District Court in Brooklyn that...
  • ITALY: MAGISTRATES QUESTION LEFTIST TERROR SUSPECTS, TOP DAILY RECEIVES THREAT

    02/13/2007 7:59:43 AM PST · by Valin · 251+ views
    AKI ^ | 1/13/07
    Milan, 13 Feb. (AKI) - Magistrates in Milan on Tuesday started questioning 15 alleged members of the leftist Red Brigades terror group a day after police arrested them on charges of planning attacks against the Milan home of conservative opposition leader and media mogul Silvio Berlusconi, his Mediaset group, the Sky group, right-wing daily Libero, Italy's main oil company ENI and jurist Pietro Ichino, a government consultant on labour reform. Meanwhile, on Tuesday morning Italy's largest circulation daily Corriere della Sera received threats in a phone call placed by alleged members of the terror group in response to the arrests....
  • Italy: Plot to blow up Milan Cathedral

    12/04/2008 1:04:23 PM PST · by Frankusa · 63 replies · 7,835+ views
    Two Moroccans arrested in Italy yesterday wanted to blow up the Milan Cathedral on Christmas. They hoped an attack during the busy holiday would cost dozens of lives. This according to tapped phone calls, reports La Repubblica. The two belonged to an Islamic terror cell which had been followed by the Italian police already for months... Rachid Ilhami (31) and Abdelkader Ghafir (43) were arrested in Giussano, a city 25km away from Milan. The detectives gathered from tapped phone calls and confiscated computer files that the two also prepared attacks on a supermarket and a police bureau. They are arrested...
  • Terror Suspects `Targeting Italy`

    12/02/2008 1:09:43 PM PST · by knighthawk · 37 replies · 2,224+ views
    Life In Italy ^ | December 02 2008 | ANSA
    (ANSA) - Milan, December 2 - Two Moroccans arrested on Tuesday were planning terrorist attacks on targets in northern Italy after failing to make the ``necessary contacts`` to be sent abroad as jihad fighters, police said. Rachid Ilhami, 31, and Gafir Abdelkader, 42, are alleged to have been planning attacks on an immigration office and a police barracks in Milan as well as police stations, a supermarket and a night club carpark in smaller towns in the Lombardy region. Milan anti-terrorist unit chief Bruno Megale stressed that the pair were not ``an organic part of any organisation`` despite wiretapped conversations...
  • Italy makes al Qaeda link arrest

    08/03/2002 3:07:36 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 4 replies · 228+ views
    Swiss Info ^ | Augustus 03 2002 | Reuters
    ROME (Reuters) - Italian police have arrested a man suspected of having links to arms trafficking and Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network for travelling on a false passport, according to a police spokesman. Police acting on a tip-off, arrested Sanjivan Ruprah, 36, in the northern town of Cremona, outside Milan, on Friday. He was travelling on a false Belgian passport, the spokesman said on Saturday. "Sanjivan Ruprah is an internationally known figure," he said. "He is known as an international trafficker of arms and diamonds and has already been arrested in Belgium, from where he was released on bail."...
  • After Madrid, Terror Leader’s ‘Balkan Map’ Worries Italy

    03/28/2004 11:40:18 AM PST · by Destro · 11 replies · 337+ views
    balkanalysis.com ^ | 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...
  • I was tortured in cell after kidnap by CIA, says Muslim cleric

    11/09/2006 11:22:53 PM PST · by MadIvan · 43 replies · 1,121+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | November 10, 2006 | Malcolm Moore
    A Muslim cleric has claimed to have been tortured with electric shocks, left in a cell where rats crawled on him and threatened with rape after he was allegedly kidnapped from a Milan street by CIA agents three years ago.The claims of Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr, also known as Abu Omar, appeared in an affidavit provided to Milan prosecutors investigating his alleged abduction in February 2003, the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera reported yesterday. Prosecutors say that the cleric, who was formerly suspected of links to terrorism, was driven to the Aviano military air base and flown via Germany to...
  • Suspected terrorist arrested in Switzerland

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

    02/12/2004 3:50:47 PM PST · by swarthyguy · 2 replies · 627+ views
    KC,COM ^ | JOHN MARZULLI NYDAilyNews
    NEW YORK - (KRT) - A prominent Yemeni cleric is suspected of raising money for terrorists at a Muslim charity and several mosques in Brooklyn, it was disclosed yesterday. An FBI agent pulled back the veil on a secret investigation of Sheikh Abdullah Satar at the trial of an associate who is charged with lying about the cleric's activities. The agent, Brian Murphy, said in Brooklyn Federal Court that Satar was under surveillance during a fund-raising swing through Brooklyn in early 2000. At the time, the feds were conducting an investigation into the financing of terrorist groups. After Satar -...
  • 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...
  • ITALY: ALGERIAN SUSPECTS ALLEGEDLY PLANNED TO KILL 10,000

    11/18/2005 12:13:48 PM PST · by aculeus · 15 replies · 2,298+ views
    adnkronosInternational ^ | November 18, 2005 | AKI
    Brescia and Naples, 18 Nov. (AKI) - The three Algerians detained on Tuesday in the Italian cities of Brescia and Naples were planning a massive terror attack - "on a ship as big as the Titanic, packed with explosives" - that aimed to kill "at least 10,000 people", as well as an attack on "Italian citizens and interests" in Tunisia, according phone conversations between the three men, which Italian anti-terror police say they intercepted after al-Qaeda's deadly 7 July attacks on London and on the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheikh. In their tapped phone conversations, Yamine Bouhrama, Mohamed...
  • Plans to 'top' 9/11 strikes (Algerians in Italy planned multiple U.S. strikes)

    12/23/2005 11:26:15 AM PST · by Stoat · 13 replies · 1,038+ views
    News 24 (South Africa) ^ | December 22, 2005
    Plans to 'top' 9/11 strikes 23/12/2005 20:13  - (SA)   Related Articles Pullout 'will lead to attacks' US at risk for more attacks US had 'bomber' in their hands Why is Osama so quiet?    Rome - Three Algerians arrested in an anti-terrorist operation in southern Italy are suspected of being linked to a planned new series of attacks in the United States, interior minister Giuseppe Pisanu said Friday. The attacks would have targeted ships, stadiums or railway stations in a bid to outdo the September 11 2001 strikes by al-Qaeda in New York and Washington which killed about 2 700 people, Pisanu...
  • Reports: Police Arrest 142 People in Security Sweep Around Milan

    07/09/2005 7:56:46 AM PDT · by phoenix_004 · 21 replies · 731+ views
    AP ^ | Jul 9, 2005
    ROME (AP) - Police arrested 142 people in a two-day anti-terrorism security sweep around Milan prompted by the London bombings, the ANSA news agency reported Saturday. Some 2,000 carabinieri paramilitary police fanned out across the Lombardy region, stepping up patrols around train stations, subways and other sensitive sites, ANSA said, quoting the regional commander of the carabinieri, Gen. Antonio Girone. Girone said the operation was focusing around Milan as "a possible primary objective of any possible terrorist action," ANSA said. Calls placed to Girone's office weren't immediately returned Saturday. Of those arrested, 83 were immigrants and authorities issued 52 deportation...
  • Italy (Local Prosecutor) Probes Possible CIA Role in Abduction (of Islamist)

    02/25/2005 10:12:26 AM PST · by Pyro7480 · 11 replies · 1,016+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | 2/25/2005 | John Crewdson
    Italy probes possible CIA role in abduction By John Crewdson (Chicago) Tribune senior correspondent An Italian prosecutor investigating the apparent kidnapping of a suspected Islamic militant in the streets of Milan served military authorities this week with a demand for records of flights into and out of a joint U.S.-Italian air base in northern Italy. Italian newspapers have reported that the prosecutor, Armando Spataro, is investigating the possible role of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency in the disappearance of Osama Nasr Mostafa Hassan, better known as Abu Omar, a popular figure in Milan's Islamic community who vanished Feb. 17, 2003....
  • Italy orders arrest of CIA agents over Imams abduction

    06/24/2005 7:22:28 PM PDT · by JustTheTruth · 9 replies · 523+ views
    Al Jazeera on-line edition (English) ^ | 6/24/2005 10:45:00 PM GMT | Al Jazeera
    Italy orders arrest of CIA agents over Imams abduction 6/24/2005 10:45:00 PM GMT Italian authorities ordered the arrest of 13 CIA agents accused of kidnapping a Muslim leader Italian authorities ordered the arrest of 13 agents of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) accused of kidnapping a Muslim leader in northern Italy, an Italian newspaper reported on Friday. The arrest warrants were issued by Italian Judge Chiara Nobili at the request of the anti-terrorist division of the state prosecutor's office, the Corriere della Sera said. The 13 agents are suspected of kidnapping Osama Mustafa Hassan, also known as Abu Omar,...
  • Italy Probing U.S. Kidnapping Spy Role

    03/03/2005 10:37:24 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies · 408+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | March 03, 2005 at 22:26:04 PST | ANGELA DOLAND ASSOCIATED PRESS
    ROME (AP) - An Italian prosecutor is investigating whether U.S. agents played a role in the alleged abduction from Milan of a suspected Islamic militant, according to news reports. The 41-year-old imam, identified as Abu Omar, disappeared in the northern Italian city in February 2003. Milan Prosecutor Armando Spataro is looking at whether he was seized in a CIA operation and flown to Egypt for interrogation, the Corriere della Sera and other newspapers have reported. Last week, the prosecutor visited a joint U.S.-Italian air base in Aviano to find documents on air and vehicle traffic that might shed light on...
  • The secret war against al-Qaeda

    02/10/2004 10:44:12 AM PST · by knighthawk · 6 replies · 376+ views
    BBC News Online ^ | Februari 10 2004 | Peter Taylor
    Intelligence agencies have had some success in tracking suspected al-Qaeda operatives. But the organisation is changing to continue its fight against the West. The West has never encountered an enemy like al-Qaeda before. The problem for the world's intelligence agencies is that it is not a unified organisation with an identifiable structure, like the IRA, but an amalgam of groups around the world whose members embrace Osama bin Laden's ideology of global jihad, or holy war. These Jihadi warriors share the belief that they have an obligation to fight the oppressors of their Muslim brothers, from Palestinians in the Middle...
  • Dutch national involved with weaponsprogram Iraq (delivering chemicals to produce musterdgas)

    02/08/2003 6:27:49 AM PST · by knighthawk · 19 replies · 878+ views
    Nu.nl ^ | Februari 08 2003
    According to security services, a Dutch chemist is suspected to have been involved with the banned weapons program of Saddam Hussein. It is the 60 year old Frans van A. from Den Helder. This was reported by the newspaper 'De Telegraaf' on Saturday. Van A. is probebly hiding in Baghdad, heavily guarded by the Iraqi Republican Guards. He has been under surveillance by the Dutch security service AIVD for several years. According to the AIVD, it is an 'unique situation', because Van A. is one of the few foreigners that has intensive contacts to the regime of Saddam Hussein. Also...
  • Dutch to prosecute man for allegedly supplying Saddam Hussein with lethal chemicals [Halabja]

    12/07/2004 4:20:15 AM PST · by OXENinFLA · 36 replies · 2,560+ views
    Boston.com ^ | 12-07-04 | Toby Sterling
    AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) Prosecutors said on Tuesday they will charge a Dutch chemicals dealer as an accomplice to genocide for supplying Saddam Hussein with lethal chemicals used in the 1988 chemical attack on a Kurdish town that killed an estimated 5,000 civilians. Wim de Bruin of the national prosecutor's office said the suspect, who was arrested in Amsterdam on Monday, will face charges ''for violating the laws of war and involvement in genocide.'' Prosecutors said Frans van Anraat, a 62-year-old chemicals dealer, had been a suspect since 1989, when he was arrested in Milan, Italy, at the request of the...
  • U.S.: Zarqawi May Be Behind Iraq Attacks

    01/30/2004 6:28:30 PM PST · by Leroy S. Mort · 198+ views
    AP ^ | Jan. 30, 2004
    WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. officials say they have mounting evidence to suggest al-Qaida operative Abu Musab Zarqawi has had a hand in multiple attacks in Iraq, including those on a mosque in Najaf, the U.N. headquarters in Baghdad and Italy's paramilitary police station in Nasiriyah. Another al-Qaida member, Hassan Ghul, was arrested this month while entering northern Iraq and is believed to have met with Zarqawi to plan attacks against U.S. and coalition forces, said a U.S. official, speaking on the condition of anonymity.Now in U.S. custody, Ghul is believed to be cooperating with interrogators. He known as a facilitator...
  • Italian police arrest six in crackdown on Islamist cell

    06/25/2003 12:40:00 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 262+ views
    Yahoo News - AFP ^ | Tuesday June 24, 10:53 PM | AFP
    Tuesday June 24, 22:53 PM Italian police arrest six in crackdown on Islamist cell Italy's financial police launched a major swoop on an Islamist group said to have ties to the al-Qaeda network, raiding dozens of sites around Milan and arresting six for allegedly financing and abetting a terrorist organisation.In an operation unleashed at dawn, 170 officers searched around 40 sites including a mosque in the northern region of Lombardy, police said Tuesday.Five Tunisians and an imam, or religious leader, of Moroccan origin were arrested. A seventh Tunisian was also sought but is probably already imprisoned in Tunisia, police added.They...
  • Italy nabs eight new al Qaida suspects

    07/13/2002 12:05:59 PM PDT · by PJeffQ · 5 replies · 555+ views
    UPI ^ | 6/13/02 | Eric J. Lyman
    Italy nabs eight new al Qaida suspects By Eric J. Lyman From the International Desk Published 7/13/2002 10:34 AM ROME, July 13 (UPI) -- Italian police said Saturday they had arrested eight men suspected of providing logistical support for Osama bin Laden's al Qaida terrorist network, as local authorities tightened security in Rome, Florence and Venice amid reports of possible additional attacks. The suspects -- all but one of whom are North African Muslims -- were apprehended Thursday after a sting operation in Milan. A ninth suspect eluded police and is being sought. In a statement released Saturday, police said...
  • Italian Police Arrest 28 Pakistanis, Find Explosives, Forged Documents, Maps

    01/31/2003 10:48:24 AM PST · by Stultis · 40 replies · 973+ views
    AP via ABC News ^ | 31 January 2003
    The Associated Press NAPLES, Italy Jan. 31 — Police arrested 28 Pakistanis found in possession of explosives, hundreds of forged documents and maps of the Naples area with "sensitive targets" circled, authorities said Friday.In a statement, police said they had uncovered an "al-Qaida terrorist cell," but gave no further details on the Pakistanis' alleged involvement with al-Qaida or any other international terrorist group.A police official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said late Friday officers "might have gotten ahead of themselves" in announcing an al-Qaida link in the headline of their news release.The official also dismissed Italian news reports that the...
  • US terror plot to ‘wipe out a neighbourhood’

    06/12/2004 4:29:09 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 62 replies · 460+ views
    The Sunday Times ^ | June 13, 2004 | John Follain
    A MAN linked to Al-Qaeda and believed to have helped to mastermind the Madrid train bombings was overheard last month describing a plot for a woman to carry out a chemical or germ attack in America that he said would “wipe out an entire neighbourhood”. The Italian warrant for the arrest of Rabei Osman Sayed Ahmed, 32, an Egyptian seized in a suburb of Milan last week, details transcripts of bugged conversations and telephone calls in which he not only boasted of his involvement in the Spanish attack of March 11 but also spoke of future plans. The Spanish government...
  • 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>
  • Police pounce on 'al-Qaeda cell' [But Press Leaks Hurt]

    11/28/2003 12:12:37 PM PST · by aculeus · 15 replies · 252+ views
    BBC NEWS ^ | 2003/11/28 | Unsigned
    Police in Italy and Germany have arrested three North Africans suspected of recruiting suicide bombers for attacks linked to al-Qaeda in Iraq. "We have managed to break up a mujahideen recruiting centre," Italy's interior minister announced. The ring's suspected leader, an Algerian known as "the Sheikh", was picked up in Hamburg early on Friday. A Moroccan and a Tunisian were detained in Milan late on Thursday but two other suspects managed to elude capture. The Italian authorities say the police sweep was jeopardised when news of the operation leaked to the media. An Iraqi male suspect and a Tunisian female...
  • Cryptic Al Qaeda Tapes Hinted at Attacks

    05/29/2002 10:46:33 PM PDT · by kattracks · 1 replies · 541+ views
    New York Times ^ | 5/30/02 | JOHN TAGLIABUE
    ARIS, May 29 — Italian and German investigators have disclosed fresh information suggesting that hints of an attack involving aircraft and the United States were more widespread among European law enforcement agencies before Sept. 11 than previously suspected.The disclosures come after weeks in which the Bush administration and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which announced a shake-up today, have come under sharp criticism that they did not pay sufficient heed to signs of Al Qaeda plots in the United States that may have alerted them to the Sept. 11 attacks.A Central Intelligence Agency spokesman said today that before Sept....
  • Italian investigators say they found Syrian connection in Iraq-based terror group

    04/16/2003 10:04:36 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 20 replies · 265+ views
    AP via NOLA.com ^ | 4/16/03 11:53 AM | VICTOR L. SIMPSON
    <p>MILAN, Italy (AP) -- Italian anti-terrorism investigators say they found a Syrian connection with an Iraqi-based Islamic extremist group suspected of shuttling recruits and money between Europe and the Middle East.</p> <p>The investigation, which led to the arrests of six people in northern Italy two weeks ago, comes as scrutiny of Syria's alleged ties to terrorism has increased. The probe is headed by prosecutor Stefano Dambruoso, who has won key convictions against al-Qaida suspects arrested in Italy.</p>
  • Terrorists' Twin Tower Images, Secret Porn Messages

    05/08/2003 9:52:03 AM PDT · by areafiftyone · 51 replies · 7,698+ views
    ABC News ^ | 5/8/03
    ROME, May 8 — Investigators analyzing computers seized from an Italian mosque say they have uncovered images of the twin towers that were downloaded just days before the 9/11 attacks, as well as a trove of pornographic photos they believe were used to conceal coded messages. On Sept. 4, 2001, according to investigators, pictures of the World Trade Center were saved as temporary files on one of the computers at the Via Quaranta mosque in Milan — the mosque frequented by Abdelkader Mahmoud Es Sayed, also known as Abu Saleh, an Egyptian currently on trial in absentia in Milan on...
  • Italy: Judge Indicts Three North Africans (connected to al-Qaeda)

    07/18/2002 2:29:25 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 3 replies · 331+ views
    Europe Daily ^ | July 18 2002 | AP
    MILAN, Italy (AP) — An Italian judge indicted three North African men Thursday on charges of arms possession and supplying forged documents to Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network, a lawyer for one of the defendants said. Nabil Benattia of Tunisia, Yassine Chekkouri of Morocco and Abdelhalim Hafed Remadna of Algeria, were arrested in Milan in November in connection with an investigation of the city's mosque and Islamic cultural center. U.S. authorities have described the center as the main al-Qaida station house in Europe. Benattia's lawyer, Antonio Nebuloni, said all three suspects were indicted Thursday on charges of criminal association, possession...
  • Italy Probes Possible al-Qaida Link

    07/29/2002 4:26:29 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 6 replies · 485+ views
    Europe Daily ^ | July 29 2002 | AP
    ROME (AP) — Italian police are trying to learn if a document-forging operation in Turin served as a logistical base for al-Qaida, authorities said Monday. The document center, an apartment in a Turin neighborhood populated by many illegal immigrants, was raided in December, said Luciano Nigro, a Turin police precinct chief, and investigation into its operations have been going on since. On Monday, La Stampa, a Turin daily, reported that police believe the place furnished documents for recruits for al-Qaida, Osama bin Laden's terrorist network. ``I don't have proof,'' Nigro told The Associated Press, but ``we are investigating.'' Nigro said...
  • DIALING DAMASCUS: Is Syria harboring Ansar al-Islam?

    04/13/2003 5:24:55 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 7 replies · 227+ views
    TIME Europe ^ | April 13, 2003
    Terror Calls From Syria Are Milan-based Islamic terror cell keeping in contact? U.S. officials who argue that Syria is a haven for Islamist terrorism have a new piece of evidence on their side. Beginning last January and continuing through the first week of the war, Mullah Abderrazzak - a Tunisian member of the Ansar al-Islam terrorist group - made satellite telephone calls from Syria to Milan-based Islamic terrorists, according to court papers filed in Milan. Abderrazzak wanted the terrorists to leave Europe and join the jihad against U.S. and British troops in Iraq, an Italian antiterror investigator tells TIME,...
  • Al-Qaeda suspect arrested in Italy

    04/11/2003 9:58:40 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 26 replies · 394+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | April 11 2003
    ITALIAN police have arrested a Moroccan accused of links to a top al-Qaeda operative seized in Pakistan by the FBI last year, prosecutors in Milan said late today. Milan magistrate Guido Salvini said Mohamed Daki, 38, with an address in the northern city of Reggio Emilia, was arrested on Sunday. According to the charge sheet, Daki had contacts with Ramzi Binalshibh, an alleged lieutenant of Osama bin Laden credited with planning the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. Binalshibh was arrested in Pakistan on the anniversary of the attacks and brought to the United States to stand trial....
  • 4 arrests for terrorism in Italy

    10/13/2002 2:31:27 PM PDT · by csvset · 9 replies · 467+ views
    Straits Times ^ | 10/10/02
    Italian cell part of wider European terror web Its contacts, however, extended to Iran, Malaysia and Afghanistan. Their aim - hit American targets PARIS - A suspected terrorist cell broken up recently in Italy is believed to be part of a wider European network with contacts in Iran, Malaysia and Afghanistan that is suspected of plotting attacks on American targets. Five North Africans were arrested on Thursday and Friday in Milan, Naples, San Remo and the island of Malta. A sixth is at large and a seventh, the alleged leader, is in a British jail. Italian authorities said their activities...
  • Italy Arrests Egyptians for U.S. War Cemetery Plot

    10/05/2002 6:31:05 AM PDT · by veronica · 35 replies · 527+ views
    Reuters ^ | 19-05-02
    ROME (Reuters) - Italian police said Saturday they had arrested three Egyptian fishermen suspected of plotting to attack a cemetery of American war dead south of Rome. Explosives and maps highlighting the Nettuno American Cemetery and Memorial in the town of Anzio were seized in an apartment in Italy belonging to one of the men, a police official said. "They were preparing a symbolic attack against the American cemetery," the official said, adding police suspected the men were tied to Islamic terrorism. The Egyptians, aged 30 to 45, were arrested Friday but have not been formally charged. Police said they...
  • Milan cell linked to al-Qaida operatives

    06/30/2002 1:14:33 AM PDT · by sarcasm · 1 replies · 275+ views
    Chicago Tribune via Seattle Times ^ | June 30, 2002 | John Crewdson and Tom Hundley
    MILAN, Italy — Italian anti-terrorism investigators, poring over hundreds of hours of surreptitiously recorded conversations among members of Europe's most important al-Qaida outpost, say they are convinced a cell in Milan supplied false passports and other bogus documents to al-Qaida operatives who may have succeeded in entering the United States. The absence of any apparent contact between the Milan al-Qaida operation and the Sept. 11 hijackers, who spawned their deadly plot in Hamburg, Germany, could mean that other potential al-Qaida terrorists managed to take up residence in the United States before Sept. 11 and may still be there awaiting a...