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  • Islamist Militants 'Steal' 11 Commercial Planes In Libya, Sparking Terror Attack Fears

    09/04/2014 6:37:45 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 126 replies
    Huffington Post UK ^ | Sept. 3, 2014
    -excerpt- Al Jazeera reported that the planes are now being held by a group called the Masked Men Brigade who plan to use them in terror attacks. Moroccan military expert Abderrahmane Mekkaoui told Al Jazeera there is "credible intelligence" that the Masked Men Brigade "is plotting to use the planes in attacks on the Maghreb state' on the 9/11 anniversary." A commander for the Libyan Dawn group said earlier this week his forces had entered and been in control of the US Embassy compound in Libya's capital since last week

    04/29/2013 3:29:17 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 60 replies
    Greta Wire ^ | 04.29.13 | James Rosen
    At least four career officials at the State Department and the Central Intelligence Agency have retained lawyers, or are in the process of doing so, as they prepare to provide sensitive information about the Benghazi attacks to Congress, Fox News has learned. Victoria Toensing, a former Justice Department official and Republican counsel to the Senate intelligence committee, is now representing one of the State Department employees. She told Fox News her client and some of the others, who consider themselves whistleblowers, have been threatened by unnamed Obama administration officials.

    04/29/2013 6:26:39 PM PDT · by crosslink · 315 replies
    The blaze ^ | 4-29-2013 | Jason Howerton
    The U.S. government had the ability to “react and respond” to the Benghazi terrorist attack and could have had forces on the ground before the second wave of the assault began, a special operator with knowledge of the response told Fox News in an exclusive interview. Due to the explosive nature of his allegations, the special ops member asked to remain anonymous. “I know for a fact that C 110 the UComm CIF was doing a training exercise, not in the region of northern Africa, but in Europe. And they had the ability to react and respond,” he told Fox...
  • Sr. WH Official on Libya: Obama 'straining' truth; "Huge gamble" may benefit al Qaeda

    03/21/2011 12:55:43 PM PDT · by kristinn · 26 replies
    Monday, March 21, 2011 | Kristinn
    Well, that didn't take long. A "senior Obama administration official" is breaking ranks to call out his boss in Time magazine about Libya.In an article published online Sunday night, Time writer Massimo Calabresi buries the lede by holding the bombshell quotes until the fourth paragraph, preferring to write about himself the first three.The quotes have the official all but calling Obama a liar over his stated reasons for going to war in Libya. The article also has the official saying Obama is knowingly taking a "huge gamble" because al Qaeda has cells in Libya that could benefit from the the...
  • The secret war behind Benghazi (lot's of good info)

    02/10/2013 2:14:36 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 100 replies ^ | 2/10/2013 | KYLE SMITH
    Obama gave his chief counterterrorism advisor, John Brennan, who is now the nominee to be the next leader of the CIA, a blank check. Brennan could do just about whatever he needed to do in North Africa and the Mideast, contend Murphy and Webb. Brennan chose to conduct a dangerous classified war without looping in Stevens, who paid with his life for his ignorance, according to the book. The Joint Special Operations Command, which Brennan controls, is a collection of special forces outside of the regular military command originally formed as a hostage-rescue team. But in the middle of last...
  • Prime minister: France at war with al Qaeda

    07/27/2010 11:37:32 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 8 replies · 2+ views
    Washington Times/AP ^ | 27 July 2010
    PARIS (AP) -- France is "at war" with al Qaeda and will step up efforts to fight the terrorist group's North African offshoot after it executed a French hostage in the Sahara, Prime Minister Francois Fillon said Tuesday. Mr. Fillon acknowledged that the group may have killed 78-year-old hostage Michel Germaneau before -- not after -- a failed last-ditch raid to try to free him. Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb said in an audio message broadcast Sunday that it had killed Mr. Germaneau in retaliation for a raid last week by Mauritanian and French forces that killed at least...
  • U.S. Charges 3 (West Africans) in Drug Case With Helping Al Qaeda

    12/18/2009 9:50:12 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 3 replies · 318+ views
    New York Times ^ | December 18, 2009 | William K. Rashbaum
    Federal prosecutors in Manhattan unsealed narcotics and terrorism charges on Friday against three West Africans they identified as associates of Al Qaeda and a related terrorist group. While the United States Drug Enforcement Administration has long maintained that Al Qaeda has been involved in drug trafficking, officials at the agency said the case represented the first time such charges had been brought against people linked with the group. The three men — identified as Oumar Issa, Harouna Touré and Idriss Abelrahman — were arrested on Wednesday in Ghana and flown to the United States on Thursday night, law enforcement officials...
  • Ukraine detains three suspected Islamic militants

    10/30/2009 3:08:54 PM PDT · by Cindy · 4 replies · 378+ views ^ | Mon Oct 26, 2009 4:00pm EDT | n/a
    SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine, Oct 26 (Reuters) - SNIPPET: "Yuri Lutsenko said the men, Ukrainian citizens from the southern Crimean peninsula, were suspected of belonging to al-Takfir wal-Hijra, which originated in Egypt and is linked with activities in North Africa. Lutsenko said explosive materials, detonators, a Kalashnikov rifle and cartridges, firearms instruction manuals, and propaganda material propagating extreme Islam were found in seven places. Pamphlets also linked the men to Hizb-ut-Tahrir, a group that has said it wants to establish a global Islamic caliphate by peaceful means and is well known in Central Asia. "A network of the extreme Islamic movement al-Takfir...
  • Leader of al-Queda in Morocco surrenders to authorities

    08/01/2007 7:19:38 AM PDT · by harwood · 8 replies · 745+ views
    .."surrendered after disagreements with other leaders in the organization."
  • Mastermind terrorist reportedly killed in Algeria

    08/02/2007 12:41:27 PM PDT · by RDTF · 11 replies · 553+ views
    CNN.Com ^ | August 2, 2007 | Reuters
    ALGIERS, Algeria (Reuters) -- Algerian security forces have killed the mastermind of suicide bombings including a triple attack in Algiers in April that claimed 33 lives, a government-run newspaper reported on Thursday. Rachid Sid Ali, a military adviser to the al Qaeda Organization in the Islamic Maghreb, was killed on July 30 in the troubled Kabylie region east of Algiers, El Moudjahid said. He was killed along with his aide Haroun El Achaachi "thanks to the help of the local population of Iboudranene" village near Kabylie's main town of Tizi Ouzou, the daily added, citing a security source. Attacks plotted...
  • Maghreb al Qaeda deputy killed in Algeria

    10/09/2007 1:13:26 PM PDT · by RDTF · 6 replies · 467+ views
    Reuters ^ | October 9 ,2007 | Not specified
    ALGIERS (Reuters) - The deputy chief of al Qaeda's North Africa wing, believed to be the group's operational leader, was killed along with two other rebels in a gun battle with Algerian troops, local newspapers said on Tuesday. Hareg Zoheir, also known as Sofiane Abu Fasila, was said to be the second-in-command of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and suspected of being behind planning most of the suicide bombings in Algeria in the recent months. He was shot dead on Sunday at a check point in the eastern region of Tzizi Ouzou, the country's leading dailies reported. "Sofiane is...
  • Terrorist Foothold in N. Africa 'Extremely Low Possibility,' Rumsfeld Says

    02/13/2006 4:55:45 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 256+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Feb 13, 2006 | John D. Banusiewicz
    IFRANE, Morocco, Feb. 13, 2006 – Thanks to the way Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco manage their internal affairs, it's "an extremely low possibility" that al Qaeda or a similar terror organization can establish a foothold in those North African nations, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said here today. Rumsfeld spoke with reporters on the final stop of a three-day relationship-building swing through the three nations in North Africa in which he sought to strengthen their military relationships with the United States while encouraging their leaders to continue raising their voices in favor of moderation and against extremism and terrorism in...
  • In Italy, Al Qaeda Turns to Organized Crime for Protection (Terrorists smuggled into Europe)

    10/21/2005 6:11:35 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 7 replies · 743+ views
    New America Media ^ | Oct. 21, 2005 | Paolo Pontoniere
    Editor's Note: Italian media report that Al Qaeda is moving operatives through Italy on their way to North Africa and Europe with the help of a Naples-based criminal network similar to the Mafia. Italian investigators say Osama Bin Laden's Al Qaeda organization is moving deep into the Mediterranean peninsula's underworld of organized crime. Italian media recently revealed that hundreds of Al Qaeda operatives coming from North Africa are being sent to Northern Europe though a maze of safe houses belonging to the Neapolitan Camorra, a Naples-based criminal network akin to the Mafia. The internationally connected Camorra organization specializes in drug...
  • Inside the neo-con Pentagon (Ted Kennedy's Wacko Foreign Policy Expert)

    04/18/2004 7:01:13 PM PDT · by Spotsy · 26 replies · 310+ views
    The Toronto Star ^ | Apr. 18, 2004 | KAREN KWIATKOWSKI
    Inside the neo-con PentagonOfficer reveals how Bush appointees suppressed facts and twisted truth to drive America to war with Iraq . In July of last year, after just over 20 years of service, I retired as a lieutenant-colonel in the U.S. Air Force. My career started in 1978 with the smooth seduction of a full four-year ROTC scholarship. It ended with 10 months of duty in a strange new country, observing up close and personal a process of decision-making for war not sanctioned by the Constitution. ~snip~ The education I would receive there was intense, fascinating and frightening. While the...
  • Princeton University Joins the Wahabi Club - (Seeking new "fellow" for pro-PlO "research!")

    01/06/2005 3:41:53 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 191+ views
    The Institute for the Transregional Study of the Contemporary Middle East, North Africa, and Central | JANUARY 6, 2005 | STAFF
    The Institute for the Transregional Study of the Contemporary Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia at Princeton University Announces Its Theme for 2005-2006 and Invites Applications for a Research Fellowship 2005-2006 Theme: "Society under Occupation: Contemporary Palestinian Politics, Culture and Identity" Israel's occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip has now persisted for over thirty-seven years, during which time the number of Israeli settlers in the occupied territories has grown to hundreds of thousands and Israeli control over the territories has been strengthened by the use of checkpoints, by-pass roads, military engagement and, most recently, the construction of...
  • Fitzgerald-Reponse to Vatican Claim "Terror War Responsible for Christianphobia" -(FACTS!)

    12/06/2004 6:57:02 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 173+ views
    Column from Bahrain Times: the War on terror blamed for ‘Christianphobia:’ Jihad Watch posted it and you can refer to: Hugh Fitzgerald's reply below: Twenty Points for Archibishop Lajolo: 1) If "the war on terrorism is seen linked to Western political strategy" and that this is responsible for "Christianphobia," then what explains the attacks on Hindus in Bangladesh in Kashimir? Or on Buddhists in Thailand, and the Bamiyan Buddhas -- the people and the artifacts -- in southern Thailand? Is this because Hindu (and Sikh) and Buddhist villages and artifacts have also been linked "to Western political strategy"? And...

    11/26/2003 8:40:09 PM PST · by Mossad1967 · 31 replies · 267+ views
    MENL ^ | 11/27/03
    LONDON [MENL] -- Al Qaida operatives have been relocating to the southern Sahara Desert in Algeria and have prepared secret bases near the border with Mali. Western intelligence sources said the Al Qaida effort was detected in early 2003 and has been aided by the Salafist Brigade for Combat and Call. They said the Salafist leadership has provided Al Qaida with hideouts and logistics in the mountain region. "The area is ideal for Al Qaida training and command functions," an intelligence source said. "The area is isolated and is located along the border with Mali, where there is no trace...
  • Pakistanis Arrested In Mali

    10/24/2001 6:42:25 AM PDT · by blam · 7 replies · 452+ views
    BBC ^ | 10-24-2001 | John Baxter
    Wednesday, 24 October, 2001, 09:40 GMT 10:40 UK Pakistanis arrested in Mali By Joan Baxter in Bamako Police in Mali have arrested a group of about 20 Pakistani citizens following a meeting called to express solidarity for Osama Bin Laden and the people of Afghanistan. Bin Laden is the chief suspect of the 11 September bombings in the United States. Government sources say the arrests follow a meeting last week between US officials and Malian security forces, in which the Americans expressed concerns about the activities of the Pakistanis in Mali. According to police sources not just in Bamako but ...
  • US sends special forces into north Africa

    03/14/2004 6:59:06 PM PST · by Pokey78 · 22 replies · 266+ views
    The Guardian (U.K.) ^ | 03/15/04 | Giles Tremlett
    Pentagon fears growth of terrorist haven US special forces troops have arrived in several north African countries over recent months amid Pentagon warnings that the region runs the risk of becoming an al-Qaida recruiting ground and a possible back door into Europe. Three days before the Madrid bombing, where the first arrests included three Moroccans detained on Saturday, the deputy commander of the Stuttgart-based US European command - which covers all of Africa except the Horn - warned that al-Qaida had an interest in north Africa. "We have to get ahead of it," General Charles Wald told a group of...