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  • 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...
  • Suspected Mastermind Of Paris Attacks Named

    11/16/2015 5:48:37 AM PST · by Strategy · 37 replies
    Sky News ^ | November 16, 2015
    The suspected mastermind of the Paris attacks has been named as Belgian Abdelhamid Abaaoud by French officials. It has been reported that Abaaoud, 27, had links to thwarted attacks on a Paris-bound high-speed train when two US soldiers overpowered a heavily-armed gunman and a separate attack on a church. He also had links to two suspects killed in a counter-terrorism raid in Verviers, Belgium, in January. He is thought to be from the suburb of Molenbeek in Brussels, which was home to other members of the militant Islamist cell that carried out the attacks. Abaaoud, who also uses the name...
  • France Announces Train Attack was 'Terrorist'

    08/25/2015 3:56:08 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 39 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/8/15 | Ari Yashar
    Ayoub El Khazzani, the 25-year-old gunman from Morocco who opened fire on a train in France last week, intended to murder everyone on the train as part of a Muslim terrorist attack before being stopped by citizens, revealed French Prosecutor Francois Molins on Tuesday. El Khazzani, who lived in Spain where he was flagged as a potential jihadist by intelligence services that alerted France about him before the attack, was armed for a massacre, Molins said. He was toting an AKM assault rifle replete with 270 rounds of ammo, a Luger M80 automatic pistol packed with a full clip, a...
  • FBI: Drone-like toy planes in bomb plot

    04/08/2014 8:42:48 AM PDT · by csvset · 15 replies
    CT Post ^ | April 7, 2014 | Michael P. Mayko
    BRIDGEPORT -- A Moroccan national who allegedly plotted to turn a radio-controlled model airplane into a drone-like flying bomb and crash it into a school and a Connecticut federal building was arrested Monday by FBI agents. Wires and tools were found in the High Ridge Drive apartment where El Mehdi Semlali Fahti, 27, had been living since January with an individual he met while incarcerated in Virginia, according to the FBI. It was not known if any explosives were found. Fahti told an undercover agent in five recorded conversations that he studied the bomb attack operation for months, and had...
  • 'Either You Convert to Islam, Or You Will Be Beheaded'

    09/09/2013 9:33:18 AM PDT · by george76 · 69 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 9 Sep 2013
    The village of Maaloula has been taken over by Syrian rebels associated with al Qaeda, who have stormed the Christian center and offered local Christians a choice: conversion or death. .. The village is located just 25 miles from Damascus, and sites within the village are dedicated as United Nations world heritage sites. Residents still speak Aramaic, the language of Jesus. The rebels who took over the city are associated with the al Nusra Front, an al Qaeda-associated Islamist group. Villagers reported foreign dialects ranging from Tunisian to Libyan, from Moroccan to Chechen.
  • Illegal Alien Faces 30 Years After Admitting Capitol Bomb Plot

    06/23/2012 5:34:05 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Friday, 22 Jun 2012 03:32 PM | (Via Reuters)
    A Moroccan man pleaded guilty on Friday to attempting to bomb the U.S. Capitol building in Washington in February, 2012, and could face up to 30 years in prison. Amine El Khalifi, 29, an illegal immigrant living in Alexandria, Va., struck an agreement with prosecutors under which he pleaded guilty in U.S. federal court in Virginia. He was charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction against property owned and used by the United States, intending to detonate a bomb and to shoot people. "I plead guilty," he said, standing before Judge James Cacher for the U.S. District...
  • Moroccan protesters chant 'death to Obama'

    09/12/2012 7:13:20 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 85 replies
    Press TV ^ | Wed Sep 12, 2012 8:25PM GMT | none stated
    Following protests in Cairo and Libya Tuesday, where a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans were murdered, hundreds of Muslims gathered outside the U.S. consulate in Morocco's largest city Casablanca to protest an anti-Muslim film that reportedly disrespects the prophet Mohammad, according to an AFP report. As many as 400 protesters crowded along the consulate walls and chanted anti-U.S. statements, including "Death to Obama!" At the time of this report, there had been no reports of violence and the protests were being monitored by a heavy police presence
  • Moroccan girl commits suicide after being forced to marry her rapist

    03/14/2012 11:13:44 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 40 replies · 1+ views
    A 16-year-old Moroccan girl has committed suicide after a judge ordered her to marry her rapist, according to Moroccan media reports.
  • Man planning to bomb US Capitol arrested in sting operation

    02/17/2012 3:41:04 PM PST · by Nachum · 27 replies
    msnbc, nbc ^ | 2/17/12 | staff
    Washington - The FBI and Capitol police arrested a man Friday who thought he was going to carry out a bombing attack on the U.S. Capitol but was in fact dealing with FBI undercover operatives for the past few months, federal officials told NBC News. The man, Amine el Khalifi, 29, who is from Morocco, was arrested about noon ET Friday near the Capitol after he received what he thought was a firearm and a vest containing explosives from people he thought were supporters of al-Qaida, sources told NBC News. In fact, the vest had inert material that wasn't hazardous,
  • Al-Qaida Still Planning Attacks in Germany

    12/14/2011 5:04:05 AM PST · by Cindy · 9 replies - SPIEGEL Online International ^ | 12/13/2011 | By Holger Stark [Translated from the German by Josh Ward]
    PHOTO CAPTION - SNIPPET: "Officials believe that more members of the so-called Düsseldorf cell may still be at large." SNIPPET: "Halil S. is a man who knows his way around computers. When he went online..." SNIPPET: "German security officials allege that the 27-year-old is the fourth member of the so-called "Düsselfdorf Cell." The group is believed to be the al-Qaida cell currently active in Germany and tasked with carrying out a major attack in Europe. Three other members of the cell, Moroccan Abdeladim el-K. and two accomplices, were arrested in late April and are being held in custody. Authorities believe...
  • San Antonio break-in sparks FBI involvement: police [ Moroccans ]

    10/19/2011 11:33:55 AM PDT · by NoLibZone · 30 replies · 1+ views ^ | Oct 19 2011 | Reuters
    Five foreign men were arrested during a courthouse break-in early on Wednesday and police said they found photographs of public buildings, water systems and malls from various U.S. cities in their van. The men, at least three of whom were in their 20s, will be questioned by a joint terrorism task force including the FBI and immigration authorities, officials said. Bexar County spokeswoman Laura Jesse said three men were found inside the 120-year-old Bexar County Courthouse, a landmark in downtown San Antonio and two in a large recreational vehicle parked in front of the building. She said all five were...
  • The Gitmo Guard Who Converted to Islam

    03/26/2009 2:57:42 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 70 replies · 2,170+ views
    Newsweek ^ | March 21, 2009 | Dan Ephron
    Army specialist Terry Holdbrooks had been a guard at Guantánamo for about six months the night he had his life-altering conversation with detainee 590, a Moroccan also known as "the General." This was early 2004, about halfway through Holdbrooks's stint at Guantánamo with the 463rd Military Police Company. Until then, he'd spent most of his day shifts just doing his duty. He'd escort prisoners to interrogations or walk up and down the cellblock making sure they weren't passing notes. But the midnight shifts were slow. "The only thing you really had to do was mop the center floor," he says....
  • Car Plows Into Group of Cyclists in Italy, 8 Dead (Driving While High On Pot)

    12/05/2010 7:51:17 AM PST · by Dallas59 · 44 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 12/4/2010 | Yahoo News
    ROME – A speeding car plowed head-on into a group of cyclists in southern Italy on Sunday morning, killing eight of them, officials said. The driver had been smoking marijuana, police said. Bent, mangled bikes were strewn about the scene, and the sheet-draped corpses dotted the two-lane road near Lamezia Terme, in the Calabrian "toe" of boot-shaped Italy where the accident occurred. In addition to the eight cyclists killed, four people were injured, said Gianluca Gioia, a spokesman for ANAS, the agency that runs Italy's state roads and highways. Police confirmed the toll.
  • "Mom, I'm In Jail"

    09/02/2010 2:55:14 AM PDT · by Cindy · 10 replies ^ | September 1, 2010 | n/a
    01 September 2010 "MOM, I'M IN JAIL." SNIPPET: "The administrator of the Ansar al-Mujahideen forum (Arabic), Faical Errai, has been arrested in Spain."
  • AL QAEDA SUPPORTER PLEADS GUILTY... ["Khalid Ouazzani, 32, of Kansas City"]

    05/19/2010 5:12:05 PM PDT · by Cindy · 11 replies · 645+ views
    Note: The following text is a quote: Al Qaeda Supporter Pleads Guilty to Supporting Terrorist Organization Kansas City Man Also Admits to Bank Fraud, Overseas Money Laundering KANSAS CITY, MO—Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that a Kansas City, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to his role in a conspiracy to provide material support to the terrorist organization al Qaeda. He also pleaded guilty to bank fraud and money laundering. “National security is the highest priority of the Department of Justice,” Phillips said. “I applaud the diligent work of our...
  • Investigators say arsonist may be mentally disturbed

    05/18/2010 5:03:39 PM PDT · by Cindy · 19 replies · 480+ views - News ^ | Updated May 17, 2010, 8:24 pm | JIM BERGAMO/KVUE News
    Note: Video included. SNIPPET: "New information tonight about the man who confessed to setting fire to a Southeast Austin hotel. Arson investigators here say the man is a Moroccan National who went to school at St. Edward's in the 90's and who hasn't lived in the United States in eight years. His motive for setting the fire remains a mystery tonight. Flames and billowing black smoke poured out of the America's Best Value Inn Sunday. A day later, hotel guests relived the harrowing moments as they escaped the fire." SNIPPET: "Investigators say 33-year-old Mohamed Lahlou, who checked into the hotel...

    05/15/2010 4:12:00 AM PDT · by Cindy · 14 replies · 548+ views ^ | Fri May 14, 2010 10:03pm IST | n/a
    SNIPPET: "ROME (Reuters) - Two Moroccan students deported from Italy last month were suspected of plotting to assassinate Pope Benedict, an Interior Ministry source said on Friday. Mohamed Hlal, 26, and Ahmed Errahmouni, 22, students at the University for Foreigners in the central Italian city of Perugia, had been under surveillance by anti-terrorist police for months before they were expelled on April 29." SNIPPET: "Six other foreign students, suspected of contacts with militant Islamic groups, are still under investigation." SNIPPET: "The magazine said police discovered a map of Turin at Errahmouni's house annotated with numbers and circles, ahead of a...
  • Top Ten Jihadi Forums 11 April 2010

    04/11/2010 2:51:21 PM PDT · by Cindy · 27 replies · 787+ views ^ | 11 April 2010 | n/a
    SNIPPET: "The following Top Ten list is ordered according relative importance, both to the jihadis and to those who monitor their online activities, with preference given to sites which consistently offer up content that is unique to the particular site and community of users."
  • Pro-Terror Cartoons Put Artist On Trial

    03/28/2010 4:54:36 PM PDT · by Cindy · 6 replies · 447+ views
    (AP) via ^ | Last Updated: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 | 10:40 AM ET | n/a
    SNIPPET: "Since 2006 Lopez Royo has also posted more than 1,500 entries in a restricted-access web forum in which he praised al-Qaeda and Abu Musab al-Zarqawi..." SNIPPET: "The Moroccan, Fath Allah Sadaq, is charged with using Lopez Royo's drawings to accompany Islamic terror attack videos he posted on the internet."
  • ( Dutch ) Municipality Pays Moroccans in Exchange for Peace

    02/18/2010 8:46:41 AM PST · by george76 · 11 replies · 443+ views
    NIS news ^ | 17/02/10 -
    Gouda local council has given criminal Moroccan teenagers money to stop causing trouble. "We wanted to prevent matters from escalating further," said the council yesterday. Some dozens of young Moroccans waylaid and robbed passers-by in December. They were 'bought off' by the municipality to keep them off the street around New Year's Eve. They received a combined 2,250 euros, shoved into an envelope... Gouda has confirmed that it paid the troublemakers. .. the money was handed over in cash...
  • Headley used women as cover in India

    12/05/2009 1:09:34 AM PST · by Cindy · 3 replies · 663+ views ^ | December 04, 2009 15:31 IST | n/a
    Thanks to a special freepmailer for pointing to this link. # SNIPPET: “”We are trying to ascertain whether the Moroccan was one of the women who could have helped guide the Mumbai terrorists during the attacks. Our investigations show that this woman had visited Mumbai on two occasions and met Headley during his stay here,” said an IB source.” SNIPPET: “Indian investigators say that Headley was not a womaniser but used women as a perfect cover for his operations. The IB says that this is contrary to the image Headley portrayed during his interrogation by the FBI. He came across...
  • FBI raid at meat processor believed tied to immigration irregularities [UPDATE:TERROR PLOT -ARRESTS]

    10/21/2009 12:39:00 AM PDT · by Cindy · 162 replies · 5,266+ views
    CHICAGO ^ | October 20, 2009 | Tribune staff report
    SNIPPET: "Search at Grundy County plant called part of ongoing probe" SNIPPET: "But a source said the owner of the plant, which processes lamb and goat, was taken into custody at his home in Chicago. Documents and records were taken from the plant and from a Chicago travel agency on West Devon Avenue, also owned by the same person, the source said."
  • Muslim mother who hid terrorist manual in burka 'was willing to blow up herself and her children'

    11/02/2009 2:56:07 PM PST · by knighthawk · 15 replies · 821+ views
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 02 2009 | David Williams
    mother-of-six who today admitted hiding an explosives manual in her burka wrote a note suggesting she was willing to blow up herself and her children, a police source said. Houria Chahed Chentouf, 41, from Manchester, was sentenced to two years in prison for the terror-related offence but walked free from court after serving her time on remand. Officers found the chilling note written by Moroccan-born Chentouf at her home in Holland.
  • Italy: Moroccan man accused of 'honour killing'

    09/17/2009 2:07:57 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 4 replies · 589+ views
    Adnkronos ^ | September 16 2009
    Rome, 16 Sept. (AKI) - A Moroccan man is facing murder charges after allegedly stabbing his 18-year-old daughter to death for falling in love with an older man in a small northern Italian town. Sanaa Dafani was stabbed in the throat while she was sitting in a car with her 31-year-old boyfriend in Montereale Valcellina, northwest of Trieste, late Tuesday. Her father, El Ketawi Dafani was later detained by police and interrogated overnight. Some Italian news reports said he had made some admissions about being present at the scene of the alleged crime but had also contradicted himself in relation...
  • Man Held for Trying to Blow Up Belgian Synagogue

    06/13/2003 8:56:22 AM PDT · by sarcasm · 8 replies · 262+ views
    Reuters ^ | June 13, 2003
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Belgian police on Friday arrested a man suspected of trying to blow up a synagogue in what could be the latest in a string of anti-Jewish attacks across Europe linked to violence in the Middle East.Jules Mathieu, a spokesman for the public prosecutor's office, said the man was suspected of having placed five gas bottles in a car and torching it in front of the synagogue in a densely populated area of the southern town of Charleroi.There was no explosion and the blaze was rapidly put out by firefighters based nearby.Several synagogues and Jewish buildings in European...
  • Germany threatened in 'al-Queda' video

    01/17/2009 11:24:31 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 6 replies · 712+ views
    The Times ^ | 1/18/2008
    Germany has been threatened with attacks for its presence in Afghanistan in a video released yesterday by the US centre for surveillance of Islamist sites (SITE). In the 30 minute Video message, a man calling himself Abu Talha Al-Alamani and presumed to be a member of al Queda says the Germans are "gullible and naive" if they thought they could "escape unscathed when they are the third occupation force in Afghanistan." The man, whose face is hidden by a black turban in the video, adds: "Letting me blow myself up in the name of Allah has been my wish since...
  • Top Policeman Spied for Moroccan Secret Service (training immigrant youngsters as airport workers)

    09/16/2008 1:28:08 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 2 replies · 193+ views
    NIS News ^ | September 16
    THE HAGUE, 17/09/08 - A policeman in the Rotterdam police corps has been unmasked as a spy for the Moroccan intelligence service. He led a project that was training immigrant youngsters as airport workers. TV current affairs programme NOVA discovered that the man of Moroccan origin had already been sacked last spring. Although the police confirmed that the man was dismissed for "serious dereliction of duty," the Public Prosecutor's Office (OM) decided not to prosecute him. The case has been hushed up by criminal investigation authorities and politicians, according to NOVA. The officer, Re Lemhaouli, had a leading post. He...
  • Belgium investigates Moroccan terror suspect

    03/04/2008 2:50:31 PM PST · by knighthawk · 4 replies · 140+ views
    Radio Netherlands ^ | March 04 2008
    Rabat - Belgian police officers are in Morocco to investigate a suspect who has confessed to murdering six prominent figures in Belgium in the 1980s. Abdelkader Belliraj, a Moroccan national, was arrested in Morocco last month together with dozens of other suspects regarded as the leading members of al-Qaeda in Morocco. His victims in Belgium are thought to include a cleric at the Great Mosque in Brussels and a leading member of the Jewish community. He also worked since 2000 as an informer for the Belgian secret service and possibly the CIA. Since Rabat never extradites Moroccan nationals, it is...
  • Danish Police Thwart Plot Over Muhammad Cartoons

    02/12/2008 10:34:16 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies · 453+ views
    CBS 4 Denver ^ | February 12, 2008
    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) ― Danish police said Tuesday they have arrested three people suspected of plotting to kill one of the 12 cartoonists behind the Prophet Muhammad drawings that sparked a deadly uproar in the Muslim world two years ago. Two Tunisians and a Dane of Moroccan origin were arrested in pre-dawn raids in western Denmark, the police intelligence agency said. The Dane was suspected of violating Danish terror laws but likely would be released after questioning as the investigation continues, said Jakob Scharf, the head of the PET intelligence service. The two Tunisians would be expelled from Denmark, he...
  • Nine days in Slotervaart Immigrant youths turn to violence in Amsterdam

    10/20/2007 3:32:41 PM PDT · by Baladas · 35 replies · 500+ views
    Radio Netherlands Worldwide ^ | 19-10-2007 | Georg Schreuder Hes
    It has been an unusually violent week for Amsterdam's western Slotervaart district. Cars were torched and youths clashed with police on several consecutive nights after a 22-year-old ethnic Moroccan was shot dead at a police station. He was killed by a policewoman he had just stabbed a number of times. The riots that followed reminded Amsterdam's Chief Commissioner Bernard Welten of a major nightmare for Western European cities: violence on a Parisian scale. Every major town in the Netherlands has its share of so-called problem youths, the type of violent adolescents who gang up to terrorise the neighbourhood. Many of...
  • Rioting continues in western Amsterdam ( Youths )

    10/19/2007 7:21:18 PM PDT · by george76 · 96 replies · 273+ views
    Europe World News ^ | 19 Oct 2007 | DPA
    Unidentified young people set another car on fire in the night from Thursday to Friday during the fourth consecutive night of riots in Amsterdam's Slotervaart neighbourhood... The unrest began after two violent incidents ... Both times young Moroccan Dutch were involved. In the latest incident on October 14, 22-year-old Bilal Bajaka attacked two police officers at a police station with a knife. One of them pulled her gun and shot her attacker, who died on the spot. Amsterdam police chief Bernard Welten said the problems in Slotervaart were caused by a "core group of no more than 35 youths aged...
  • Moroccan U.N. unit accused of sex abuse

    07/21/2007 12:28:47 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 12 replies · 490+ views
    Swissinfo ^ | July 21 2007 | Evelyn Leopold/Reuters
    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Moroccan U.N. peacekeepers in Ivory Coast are alleged to have sexually abused girls as young as 13 over a three-year period as units rotated through the West African country, U.N. officials said. The United Nations said on Saturday it had suspended the Moroccan contingent from its peacekeeping mission in Ivory Coast during an investigation. The entire battalion of 734 soldiers had already been confined to barracks. Two U.N. officials identified the peacekeepers as Moroccans and one said entire contingents had been involved with the young girls passed from unit after unit, resulting in the birth of...
  • Moroccan-born Dane sentenced to prison for promoting terrorism (ROP alert)

    04/11/2007 4:01:08 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 5 replies · 325+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | April 11 2007 | The Associated Press
    COPENHAGEN, Denmark: A Moroccan-born Dane was found guilty Wednesday of promoting terrorism by calling for a holy war against the West on digital video recordings that were distributed across Europe. The Copenhagen City Court sentenced Said Mansour, 47, to three years and six months in prison. Mansour became the first person convicted under a 2002 anti-terrorism law that forbids instigation of terrorism or offering advice to terrorists.
  • German court gives Moroccan max for 9/11 (Mounir el Motassadeq)

    01/08/2007 12:23:06 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 641+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/8/07 | Simone Utler - ap
    HAMBURG, Germany - A Moroccan convicted as an accessory to murder in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks was sentenced Monday to the maximum 15 years in prison, minutes after telling the son of a woman killed that day "my future is ruined." A federal appeals court convicted Mounir el Motassadeq, a friend of three of the suicide pilots, in November of knowingly helping the hijackers and sent the case to a state court in Hamburg for sentencing. Just before Monday's verdict, the 32-year-old defendant spoke with an American whose mother died on board one of the planes that crashed into...
  • Aircraft Carrier Hosts Moroccan Dignitaries [USS Enterprise (CVN 65)]

    05/15/2006 4:46:32 PM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies · 548+ views ^ | Journalist 2nd Class (SW) Jason Thompson
    MEDITERRANEAN SEA– The U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) hosted a special delegation of Moroccan dignitaries, high-ranking military officers and reporters to the ship Friday, May 12. Moroccan speaker of parliament, Abdulwahed Radi, was among the visitors to tour the massive ship, observe flight operations and experience daily life at sea. The distinguished visitors also met with the Commander of the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group Rear Adm. Ray Spicer and toured Big E's navigation bridge, flight deck control tower, hangar bay and foc'sle. Capt. Larry Rice, Commanding Officer of Enterprise, said the visit was part of U.S. efforts...
  • Suspect in Dutch filmmaker's murder makes dramatic court room confession - (would "do it again..!")

    07/12/2005 3:30:38 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 7 replies · 480+ views
    YAHOO SINGAPORE NEWS.COM ^ | JULY 12, 2005 | Staff Writer
    The man accused of killing Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh confessed to a Dutch court that he acted out of his religious beliefs, saying he would do "exactly the same" if he were ever set free. "I take complete responsibility for my actions. I acted purely in the name of my religion," 27-year-old Dutch-Moroccan national Mohammed Bouyeri told the court in Amsterdam on the final day of his trial. Prosecutor Frits van Straelen demanded a life sentence for Bouyeri for killing Van Gogh on an Amsterdam street on November 2, 2004. He recalled the particular brutality of the murder in...
  • Suspected Van Gogh killer "had help"

    04/13/2005 12:25:23 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 15 replies · 566+ views
    Swissinfo ^ | April 13 2005
    AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A Dutch-Moroccan charged with the murder of a filmmaker critical of Islam probably had accomplices, prosecutors said on Wednesday, as the man appeared in public for the first time since his arrest last November. Mohammed Bouyeri, 27, injured in a gun battle with police, was on crutches. His only remarks were to reject allegations his brother triedto help him smuggle a document out of jail. Theo van Gogh, a descendant of the brother of 19th century Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh, was gunned down as he cycled to work inAmsterdam on November 2. He begged for mercy...
  • Belgium to extradite Madrid bomb suspect

    03/23/2005 2:55:40 PM PST · by knighthawk · 1 replies · 205+ views
    The Australian ^ | March 23 2005
    A BELGIAN court cleared the way today for a suspected Islamist militant to be sent to Spain where he is wanted for alleged involvement in the Madrid train bombings that killed 191 people last year. The Supreme Court of Appeals rejected a final appeal by Moroccan-born Youssef Belhadj against his extradition to Spain, where he is suspected of being al-Qaeda's spokesman who claimed responsibility for the bombings in a videotape, a spokeswoman for the federal public prosecutor's office said. Belhadj could be extradited any time in the next 10 days, but the spokeswoman said it would probably not take that...
  • Man held in connection with Madrid bombing

    02/03/2005 9:54:33 AM PST · by knighthawk · 1 replies · 169+ views
    AP Wire | February 03 2005 | Associated Press
    MADRID, Spain -- Spanish police have arrested a Moroccan in connection with the March 11 train bombings in Madrid, authorities said on Wednesday. Rachid Bendouda was arrested in the Madrid neighborhood of Lavapies, the officials said. Militants saying they acted on behalf of al-Qaida have claimed responsibility for the train bombings, which killed 191 people and wounded more than 1,500. Bendouda is believed to have had links with fellow countryman Abdennabi Kounjaa, one of seven suspects who blew themselves up when police raided an apartment in the Madrid district of Leganes on April 3 in search of train bombing suspects....
  • Woman arrested after killing bag snatcher

    01/18/2005 10:57:03 AM PST · by knighthawk · 75 replies · 2,265+ views
    Expatica ^ | January 18 2005
    AMSTERDAM — Police in the east of Amsterdam detained a 43-year-old female motorist on Monday night after she killed a thief who stole her bag. The 19-year-old victim was riding on a moped with a friend when they stopped beside the woman's car and opened the door to steal her bag. The thieves then tried to escape, but the woman reversed her car to cut them off, colliding with the scooter. After the collision, the car continued moving due to an "unknown" cause and the 19-year-old was wedged in between the car and a tree. He died at the scene....
  • Madrid attacks: Moroccan charged with 191 murders

    12/23/2004 10:00:13 AM PST · by knighthawk · 8 replies · 317+ views
    Arabic News ^ | December 22 2004
    A Spanish judge ordered on Tuesday night that Moroccan national, Hassan El Haski, arrested last Friday in the Canary Islands, be put under provisional detention for suspicion of participating in last March's terrorist attacks in Madrid. Hassan El Haski, was charged with 191 counts of murder and at least 1,000 counts of attempted murder. Juan del Olmo, an attorney in charge of investigating the attacks, that left 191 people dead, suspects the Moroccan of being "one of the most important leaders" of the Moroccan banned Islamic combatant group and that he plotted and took an effective part in these operations....

    08/16/2002 7:39:49 AM PDT · by Merchant Seaman · 735 replies · 30,137+ views
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  • Spain detains Moroccan in connection with terror inquiry

    11/24/2004 2:40:26 PM PST · by knighthawk · 3 replies · 230+ views
    Arabic News ^ | November 24 2004
    Spain has arrested Monday in Barcelona a Moroccan who has been wanted for several weeks since the European country launched the second phase of its anti-terror "Nova" operation, police source said. Ben Abdellah, 36, is suspected of being member of the "Martyrs for Morocco" group, led by Algerian Mohamed Achraf detained in Switzerland and whom Spain wants extradited. Spain has so far arrested 32 persons as part of the Nova operation that has enabled to dismantle a cell alleged to have plotted to carry out terrorist attacks against symbolic sites in Madrid. According to Spanish anti-terror judge Baltasar Garzon, the...
  • One more held in Van Gogh killing

    11/07/2004 7:31:23 AM PST · by knighthawk · 3 replies · 262+ views
    Gulf News ^ | November 07 2004
    AMSTERDAM: Police have detained an eighth suspect in the slaying of a Dutch filmmaker, allegedly by a group accused of threatening to kill several Dutch politicians in the name of Islam, prosecutors said yesterday. The 23-year-old suspect, who was not named in a statement issued by Amsterdam prosecutors, was detained on Friday. It was not clear if he was a Dutch citizen, but the statement specified that he was "of Moroccan origin." The suspects' ethnicity has become an issue because the government announced plans to revoke the Dutch citizenship of dual citizens suspected of terrorism. The Dutch government has declared...
  • Eight arrested in investigation of murder of Dutch filmmaker

    11/03/2004 9:31:12 AM PST · by knighthawk · 24 replies · 628+ views
    @Home ^ | November 03 2004 | ANP
    AMSTERDAM (ANP) - Police arrested eight suspects during the last 24 hours in Amsterdam in the investigation of the murder of Theo van Gogh. The arrests were made during five home-searches. The nationalities of the arrested were an Algerian, six Moroccans and one with the Spanish-Moroccan nationality. Police-chief B. Welten told this Wednesday evening during a press-conference. The suspects ages vary from 19 to 27 years. During the investigation police confiscated computers, books and fundanentalistic liturature. Four of the home-searches took place in Amsterdam-West, the other in Amsterdam-North. The police have 75 officers on the case. Also about 100 withnesses...
  • 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...
  • Dutch police hold Madrid suspects

    08/19/2004 8:39:22 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 2 replies · 214+ views
    BBC News Online ^ | August 19 2004
    Police in the Netherlands are questioning a number of people in connection with the Madrid bombings which left 191 people dead on 11 March. Nine people were detained in the southern town of Roosendaal, near the Belgian border on Wednesday. A Spanish interior ministry spokesman said investigators had been sent to the Netherlands to help identify suspects. One man, who is the subject of an international arrest warrant, is among those held, reports suggest. The Dutch and Spanish media have identified him as Mohamed Belhadj, a 24-year-old Moroccan who faces an international arrest warrant issued by the Spanish judge investigating...
  • Witness: Accused 9/11 Helper Knew Hijacker

    08/18/2004 8:15:06 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 1 replies · 409+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | August 18 2004 | DAVID RISING/AP
    HAMBURG, Germany - A Moroccan accused of helping the Sept. 11 suicide hijackers introduced a Sudanese student to a group around alleged lead hijacker Mohammed Atta, a group that raged against the United States "because it defends Israel," the student testified Wednesday. Ahmed Maglad, 30, testified he met defendant Mounir el Motassadeq while living in Hamburg in 1997. Maglad said the Moroccan introduced him to Atta, who he described as "aggressively religious" and always trying to "prove something." "Everybody spoke out against the United States because it defends Israel," Maglad said of the Hamburg group, adding that its members believed...
  • Report: Homeland Security Gets Data on Arab-Americans

    07/30/2004 7:01:15 AM PDT · by B4Ranch · 12 replies · 688+ views ^ | Jul 30, 2004 | Reuters
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Census Bureau has provided population data on Arab-Americans to the Department of Homeland Security, including their ancestry and the cities and postal areas in which they live, The New York Times reported on Friday. While the information sharing is legal, so long as the data do not identify individuals, civil liberties and Arab-American groups called it a breach of public trust and likened it to steps taken against Japanese-Americans in World War II, the newspaper said. One set of data listed cities with more than 1,000 Arab-Americans. The other, more detailed set, provided ZIP...
  • Italian Authorities Break Up Islamic Cell

    05/09/2004 6:27:33 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 310+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | 5/9/04 | Frances C. D'Melio - AP
    ROME - Anti-terrorism police arrested the Algerian cleric of a mosque and four Tunisians Sunday in a crackdown authorities said was aimed at preventing an al-Qaida-linked cell from sending suicide attackers to Iraq (news - web sites). The suspects were seized in pre-dawn raids in three cities in the northern Tuscany region, Genoa's Police Chief Oscar Fiorolli said. Genoa, a northern port city, began the investigations that led to the arrests. The suspects allegedly belonged to a cell of Ansar al-Islam, an organization based in northern Iraq with links to al-Qaida, Fiorolli told the Associated Press in Rome in a...