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  • Terror plot targeting Eiffel Tower, Louvre foiled, French police say

    07/10/2014 8:15:46 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 10 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 7/9/14 | Fox News
    French authorities say they foiled an Islamic terrorist plot reportedly targeting the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and a nuclear power plant last year. The revelation comes as the country unveiled new anti-terror rules which included a proposal to ban terror suspects from leaving the country if it is thought they intend to fight abroad, The Telegraph reported. French authorities revealed they arrested a 29-year-old Algerian butcher living in southern France June 2013, after they found coded messages between him and a high-ranking Al Qaeda member discussing how “to conduct jihad in the place you are currently,” according to Le Parisien....
  • Algerian troops find huge arms cache on Libyan border ('an arsenal of war')

    10/24/2013 4:41:51 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 10/24/13 | Lamine Chikhi - Reuters
    ALGIERS (Reuters) - Algerian troops have discovered a huge cache of weapons near the border with Libya, including surface-to-air missiles, rockets and landmines, an Algerian security source said on Thursday. "It is an arsenal of war," the Algerian source, who asked not to be named, told Reuters. Algeria and Libya's other neighbors are worried about a dangerous spillover from growing turmoil in that country as Tripoli's fragile central government struggles to contain militias and Islamist militants operating in its lawless southern desert. The source said the weapons found in Illizi in southern Algeria likely belonged to militants. They included 100...
  • Ex terror-suspect arrested in Denmark (Gitmo Grad)

    08/16/2007 3:58:47 PM PDT · by csvset · 10 replies · 402+ views
    Yahoo ^ | Aug 16, 2007 | JAN M. OLSEN
    COPENHAGEN, Denmark—A former Guantanamo detainee has been arrested in Denmark on suspicion of withdrawing $18,900 from other people's accounts using stolen debit cards and PIN codes, police said Thursday. Slimane Hadj Abderrahmane, a Danish citizen, was released from the Guantanamo Bay detention center in 2004 after nearly two years in captivity. Abderrahmane, 34, was arrested Wednesday and ordered held in jail for two weeks on preliminary fraud and theft charges, police said. He is suspected of stealing three debit cards—two corporate cards and one personal—and the corresponding PIN codes. Police did not say how he stole them. They said Abderrahmane,...
  • Hostages escape Sahara siege - report Live (Algeria: Dozens reported killed in raid)

    01/17/2013 5:28:09 AM PST · by kristinn · 51 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thursday, January 17, 2013 | Andrew Binet
    BREAKING: 34 HOSTAGES AND 15 KIDNAPPERS KILLED BY AIR STRIKES BY ALGERIAN ARMY - ANI NEWS AGENCY SNIP (Previous) UPDATE - Twenty-five hostages escape Algeria siege - source ALGIERS - Twenty-five foreign hostages, including two Japanese, escaped from the siege of a gas plant deep in the Algerian desert on Thursday, an Algerian security source said.
  • Ressam gets 22 years for millennium bomb plot

    12/03/2008 3:16:11 PM PST · by jazusamo · 15 replies · 504+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | December 3, 2008 | Mike Carter
    Ahmed Ressam was resentenced this morning to 22 years in federal prison for conspiring to bomb the Los Angeles International Airport despite telling a judge that he recanted everything he has told the federal government about terrorist activities. Federal prosecutors had urged U.S. District Judge John Coughenour to send Ressam to prison for life — a sentence Ressam said he would accept now that he had cleared his conscience about his cooperation, which ended in 2003. Prosecutors pointed out that Ressam's defiance has cost two high-profile terrorism prosecutions so far, and that Ressam has actively tried to help the cases...
  • Jihadis Online: A Few Thoughts

    07/24/2012 3:24:56 AM PDT · by Cindy · 45 replies
    Society For Internet Research ^ | JULY 5, 2011 | S.O.F.I.R.
    SNIPPET: "I. When considering the matter of jihadis online, remember that most of what we think we know is based on analyses of the comments made by an handful of vocal activists. The vast majority of jihadis online, be they on forums or social networking sites[i], say nothing. Skillful translations and insightful analyses by definition tell us little about this potentially lethal yet silent majority."
  • Suicide bomber in central Stockholm

    12/11/2010 1:50:06 PM PST · by La Lydia · 79 replies · 1+ views
    Stockholm News ^ | December 10, 2010
    First exploded a car at the busy shopping street Drottninggatan in central Stockholm. Then came another explosion some distance away and one man died. According to news agency TT, the man had blown himself to death. There was a bag on the ground filled with nails, according to newspaper Expressen. Alarm calls poured in to the Emergency Services from concerned residents about the explosions in central Stockholm on Saturday afternoon. But the initial info from the police was extremely unclear. First there was talk of two cars that exploded, later it proved to be just one... At Bryggargatan a man...
  • LNG tanker stowaways may have terror tie

    04/29/2004 4:41:52 AM PDT · by bitt · 6 replies · 394+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 4/29/04 | Jon Chesto
    The government for the first time yesterday said illegal immigrants on Algerian-flagged LNG tankers in Boston ``may have had indirect associations'' with the so-called millennium plot to blow up the Los Angeles airport.
  • Alleged terrorist missing after being deported

    03/04/2003 2:30:14 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 4 replies · 199+ views
    Canada Press ^ | March 4, 2003 | BRIAN DALY
    MONTREAL (CP) - The family of accused terrorist collaborator Mourad Ikhlef said Monday they fear for his life after he went missing following his deportation to Algeria. Ikhlef, who was flown to Algiers from Montreal on Friday, had claimed he might be killed if he were sent back to his North African homeland. An official with the federal Immigration Department, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed Ikhlef's deportation on Monday, adding the department didn't know his whereabouts. "I don't know what the situation is," said the official. "I'm not even going to speculate why he hasn't shown." Ikhlef's brother,...
  • Kamikaze Small Plane Pilot Hits Tampa's Tallest Building

    01/05/2002 11:00:54 PM PST · by stuck_in_new_orleans · 66 replies · 719+ views
    A fifteen-year-old student pilot apparently trying to recreate the 9/11 kamikaze attack on the World Trade Center slammed a stolen Cessna 172 private airplane Saturday into Tampa, Florida's Bank of America building, the city's tallest structure. Charles J. Bishop, a 15-year-old flight student from Great Britain, stole the small aircraft from Albert Whitted Municipal Airport in nearby St. Petersburg at about 5 p.m., law enforcement sources said. Bishop was killed as the Cessna carrying 56 gallons of fuel slammed into the Bank of America tower, leaving the tail section of the plane dangling precariously from its side. The fuel did ...
  • Five Arrested in Spain for Funding Terrorism

    10/03/2011 12:37:47 AM PDT · by Cindy · 2 replies
    SNIPPET: "They are believed to have supported "terrorist groups that operate in the Algerian area of the Maghreb, specifically al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb" (AQIM), a Spanish ministry statement claimed. The group, aged 36 to 49, is also suspected of linking up with Islamist support groups in Italy, France, and Switzerland."
  • US citizen held in Spain for funding al-Qaida

    09/30/2010 4:07:00 AM PDT · by Cindy · 9 replies
    THE TIMES OF INDIA ^ | IANS, Sep 30, 2010, 10.57am IST | n/a
    SNIPPET: "BARCELONA: A US citizen was arrested in this Spanish city for sending money to al-Qaida's North African branch, police said. Mohamed Omar Debhi, who is of Algerian descent, is accused of sending more than 60,000 euros to the al-Qaida Organisation in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), which is based in Algeria. Debhi, 43, was arrested in the Esplugues de Llobregat district, where he is a resident. He also faces charges of possessing a false ID and defrauding Spanish social security services. He is alleged to have sent money via a bank transaction to a fugitive Algerian militant named by police...
  • Second American female convert to Islam arrested in plot to kill Motoonist

    03/12/2010 10:55:30 PM PST · by Cindy · 41 replies · 2,005+ views
    SNIPPET: “..."For the Love of Islam: A Second American Woman Is Arrested in Cartoonist Case,” by Vanessa O’Connell, Stephanie Simon and Evan Perez in the Wall Street Journal, March 13..." Last Easter, Jamie Paulin-Ramirez, a 31-year-old mom with a $30,000-a-year job as a medical assistant, announced to her family that she had converted to Islam. A few months later, she began posting to Facebook forums whose headings included “STOP caLLing MUSLIMS TERRORISTS!”” SNIPPET: “On Sept. 11, she suddenly left Leadville, Colo., a small town in the Rocky Mountains, for Denver, then for New York, to meet and marry a Muslim...
  • Pennsylvania Woman Charged With Recruiting Violent Jihadist Fighters

    03/09/2010 12:56:58 PM PST · by Doogle · 152 replies · 3,304+ views
    FOX NEWS ^ | 030910 | FOX NEWS
    A Pennsylvania woman known to authorities as "Jihad Jane" was charged with conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists, conspiracy to kill in a foreign country, making false statements to a government official and attempted identity theft. The indictment, unsealed Monday, charges that Colleen R. LaRose, and five unindicted co-conspirators recruited men on the Internet to wage violent jihad in South Asia and Europe, and recruited women on the Internet who had passports and the ability to travel to and around Europe in support of violent jihad.
  • ALGERIAN HACKER BUSTED...

    01/10/2010 3:48:46 PM PST · by Cindy · 9 replies · 620+ views
    INTERNET-HAGANAH.com ^ | Posted on 10 January 2010 @ 18:57 | n/a
    10 January 2010 SNIPPET: "I'm sure the suspect, known only by his initials of Y.S., was familiar with, and a regular user of, Tor. And yet he didn't get away with it. Can you imagine?"
  • Hadron Collider physicist Adlene Hicheur charged with terrorism

    10/12/2009 9:52:25 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 68 replies · 4,963+ views
    The Times ^ | 10/13/2009 | Charles Bremner and Adam Sage in Paris
    A French physicist with the European atomic research centre near Geneva was charged with terrorism offences by a Paris judge last night after investigators said that he offered to work with the North African branch of al-Qaeda. Adlène Hicheur, 32, who is of Algerian origin, was arrested last week with his younger brother after intelligence agents intercepted his alleged internet contacts with al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. The physicist, who works at the giant atomic collider at CERN (European Organisation for Nuclear Research), which straddles Swiss and French territory, told the Islamic group that he was interested in committing an...
  • Guantanamo detainee set to start new life in France

    05/09/2009 3:14:40 PM PDT · by Cindy · 6 replies · 688+ views
    SNIPPET: “WASHINGTON: The family of an Algerian national held at the US prison camp in Guantanamo for seven years is delighted he is due to arrive in France next week to start a new life. Lakhdar Boumediene, 42, would be the first non-French citizen from Guantanamo to be taken in by France since President Barack Obama pledged to shut down the prison camp when he took office in January. “I cannot hide the fact I am really happy. Soon, he is going to be freed,” his wife Abassia Bouadjimi told AFP Wednesday from Algeria. “He really is keen to be...
  • Video: More than 10.000 women in Algeria police force

    03/20/2009 7:06:18 PM PDT · by Cindy · 12 replies · 690+ views
    MiddleEastNews via YouTube.com ^ | March 20, 2009 | n/a
    Algeria, The north African nation already has more than 10, 000 women police officers and is swelling the ranks even more. Another 177 women officers have just graduated to a force where they make up almost eight per cent, the largest female police contingent in the Arab world. Category: Pets & Animals
  • Al Qaeda hit by Black Death fear as medieval plague kills 40 terrorists at training camp

    01/19/2009 7:07:22 AM PST · by Sammy67 · 199 replies · 5,565+ views
    DailyMail ^ | 1/19/09 | DailyMailReporter
    Al Qaeda terrorists have been left fearing the Black Death plague after it wiped out at least 40 insurgents at an Algerian training camp, it was reported today. The horror disease, which killed 25 million people in medieval Europe, is understood to have been found in a militant’s body dumped at a roadside. Terror group AQLIM (al Qaeda in the Land of the Islamic Maghreb) was forced to turn its shelter in the Yakouren forests into mass graves and flee, it has been claimed. Now al Qaeda chiefs are said to fear the plague has been passed into other cells...
  • The Obama effect and why François becomes Mohammed

    11/11/2008 1:22:48 PM PST · by americanophile · 3 replies · 238+ views
    Times Online ^ | Novemner 9, 2008 | Charles Bremner
    In Sarcelles, a northern suburb, I walked through a crowd of black children yesterday who were arguing about which of them was "le plus Obama" -- the most like Obama. As it has done all over Europe, the election of a US president called Barack Hussein has given a lift to minorities who feel marooned outside the mainstream. This weekend, the imminent arrival in the White House of someone with an African Muslim name has prompted a new campaign for racial integration, supported by Carla Bruni, President Sarkozy's wife. Yazid Zabeg, an Algerian-born millionaire and the JDD Sunday newspaper have...
  • ( ROP ) Neighbour 'carried head on bus'

    10/21/2008 11:02:59 AM PDT · by george76 · 35 replies · 1,020+ views
    BBC ^ | 20 October 2008
    A man accused of killing his neighbour carried the dead man's head on a bus before dumping it in a canal... The court heard Mohammed Boudjenane, 46, from Kilburn, north London, hit Lakhdar Ouyahia, 43, on the head with an object believed to be a claw hammer. Earlier he allegedly raped a woman at his flat and beat her after abducting her as she made her way to church. Mr Boudjenane told police he had been planning to kill the woman but released her when she agreed to marry him. "She was very fortunate to escape with her life," ......
  • Algerian army kills 16 al Qaeda militants

    08/04/2007 8:01:36 AM PDT · by Valin · 25 replies · 422+ views
    Reuters ^ | 8/4/07
    ALGIERS, (Reuters) - The Algerian army, stepping up a counter-offensive after attacks by al Qaeda's north Africa wing, has killed around 16 of the group's fighters in the past three days, newspapers reported on Saturday. At least 13 members of the al Qaeda Organisation in the Islamic Maghreb were killed near borders with Tunisia in Tebessa province, some 634 km (396 miles) east of the capital Algiers, independent dailies Liberte and El Khabar said. The army was acting on information provided by a captured rebel, the papers cited security sources as saying. In a separate operation, the military killed three...
  • Algerian army offensive kills 'Islamists' (between eight and 11 Islamist militants)

    07/21/2007 3:30:54 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 227+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 7/21/07 | AFP
    ALGIERS (AFP) - A week-long offensive by Algerian special forces in a mountainous area east of Algiers has killed between eight and 11 Islamist militants, security sources said on Saturday. The soldiers, who include paratroopers, are tracking a group of around 100 militants in the Akfadou mountains, 160 kilometres (100 miles) east of Algiers in the Kabylie region, the sources said. The inhospitable area has also been bombarded heavily by artillery and by aircraft, residents told AFP. The operation follows a raid last week on an army barracks in the Yakouren forest in the same region and a suicide bomb...
  • (snip), and now the Terrorist traffic warden (UK)

    07/07/2007 3:04:39 PM PDT · by fanfan · 7 replies · 615+ views
    The Daily Mail UK ^ | 7th July 2007 | IAN GALLAGHER and RHODRI PHILLIPS
    NHS doctors accused of bomb plots, Al Qaeda fanatics working for the police, and now the Terrorist traffic warden A terrorist jailed for his involvement in a bomb attack on the Paris Metro - which killed eight people and wounded 80 - has been working as a traffic warden in England. Mustapha Boutarfa, 32, was arrested by Scotland Yard's anti-terrorist squad in 1996 and extradited from Britain to France two years later. He stood trial for his auxiliary role in the 1995 attack on the St Michel station by a notorious Islamic militant group and was given a two-year...
  • Terrorist ten are set free (Great Britain's Human Rights Act blamed for release of terrorists)

    03/11/2005 11:20:37 AM PST · by Stoat · 13 replies · 612+ views
    The Sun (U.K.) ^ | March 11, 2005 | GEORGE PASCOE-WATSON
    Terrorist ten are set free Danger ... Abu Qatada         By GEORGE PASCOE-WATSON Deputy Political EditorTHE Human Rights Act was blamed last night for the release of ten “highly dangerous” terror suspects. Abu Qatada — Osama Bin Laden’s top European lieutenant — will be freed with the others by tonight. Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair warned that the men’s release was “a grave threat” to national security. But Home Secretary Charles Clarke is powerless to keep them caged — thanks to the Human Rights Act. Law Lords ruled last year that Britain’s detention of terror...
  • UK police arrest man in suicide bomb plan: report

    01/10/2004 6:25:10 PM PST · by aculeus · 15 replies · 145+ views
    British police arrested a man before Christmas who was suspected of preparing himself for a suicide bombing and who had links to Al Qaeda, British newspaper The Sunday Times said. The paper, which did not give a source, said the man in his late twenties was arrested after leaving notes to his family saying he planned to "martyr" himself. The paper said he was an Algerian asylum seeker. The man had also shaved off all his body hair, a religious act often observed by would-be suicide bombers so that they are "clean" before entering heaven, the newspaper said. "I hope...
  • Hot for martyrdom ( Dr. Tawfik Hamid on Islam )

    11/12/2006 7:13:38 PM PST · by george76 · 21 replies · 1,521+ views
    National Post ^ | November 03, 2006 | Michael Coren,
    Dr. Tawfik Hamid doesn't tell people where he lives. Not the street, not the city, not even the country. It's safer that way. It's only the letters of testimony from some of the highest intelligence officers in the Western world that enable him to move freely. This medical doctor, author and activist once was a member of Egypt's Al-Gama'a al-Islamiyya (Arabic for "the Islamic Group"), a banned terrorist organization. He was trained under Ayman al-Zawahiri, the bearded jihadi who appears in Bin Laden's videos, telling the world that Islamic violence will stop only once we all become Muslims. He's a...
  • Sarkozy Embarrassed As Algerian Thief Is Arrested

    08/30/2006 6:12:27 PM PDT · by blam · 294+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8-31-2006 | Colin Randall
    Sarkozy embarrassed as Algerian thief is arrested By Colin Randall in Paris (Filed: 31/08/2006) An Algerian thief saved from deportation by France's interior minister, Nicolas Sarkozy, made a spectacular return to crime. Police opened fire after a stolen BMW driven by Cherif Bouchelaleg sped towards a checkpoint protecting the prime minister, Dominique de Villepin, at Sallanches, near the borders with Switzerland and Italy. The incident — in which Bouchelaleg, 36, was arrested after jumping from the car and trying to escape on foot — embarrassed Mr Sarkozy, a presidential hopeful who has made much of exerting control over France's borders....
  • CSIS: terror cell busted Bomb expert among four Algerians in Toronto

    11/04/2005 5:11:52 PM PST · by Candor7 · 2 replies · 402+ views
    The National Post (Canada) ^ | 3rd Nov. 05 | Stewart Bell
    TORONTO - Canadian counter- terrorism investigators have dismantled a suspected terrorist cell in Toronto whose members included an al-Qaeda-trained explosives expert, the National Post has learned. The cell consisted of four Algerian refugee claimants who had lived in Canada for as long as six years and were alleged members of a radical Islamic terror faction called the Salafist Group for Call and Combat. The central figure of the Toronto-area cell was a former al-Qaeda training camp instructor who studied bomb-making at Osama bin Laden's Al Farooq and Khaldun training camps in eastern Afghanistan. The group was watched by intelligence officers...
  • AP Interview: Algerian insurgents active

    06/18/2005 11:27:26 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 323+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 6/18/05 | Todd Pitman- AP
    DAKAR, Senegal (AP) - Al-Qaida-linked Algerian insurgents are becoming more active in Africa's remote, ungoverned deserts, and increased cooperation among African nations will be key to averting future terror attacks, a top U.S. general said Saturday. U.S. Maj. Gen. Thomas Csrnko said the No. 1 threat to the region was Algeria's Salafist Group for Call and Combat, an al-Qaida affiliated movement that loaded fighters onto a dozen trucks earlier this month and attacked an isolated Mauritanian army outpost near the Algerian and Mali borders. The surprise assault left 15 Mauritanian soldiers and nine Salafists dead. The attack was a clear...
  • Algerian man gets prison for al-Qaida lies

    06/17/2005 6:45:55 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 303+ views
    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - An Algerian man who pretended he had information about a supposed al-Qaida plot to bomb five U.S. cities was sentenced Friday to a year in prison. Ahmed Allali, 37, was convicted on three counts of making false statements. He had pleaded guilty earlier this year. Allali was convicted for telling federal investigators he knew members of the al-Qaida terrorist network and had lived overseas with them in the late 1990s. He also told them an al-Qaida cell was planning to detonate bombs in five major U.S. cities in early 2005. Late last year, Allali acknowledged he knew...
  • Terrorist ‘aided abduction plot’

    04/22/2005 5:53:43 AM PDT · by piasa · 3 replies · 470+ views
    Times Online, of the Sunday Times [UK] ^ | April 21, 2005 | Sophie Kirkham
    A KEY al-Qaeda operative responsible for recruiting the shoe bomber Richard Reid and one of the September 11 hijackers helped to kidnap five British children from their Norwich home and take them to Libya, a court was told yesterday. Djamel Beghal, 39, is serving ten years in a French prison for plotting a suicide attack on the US Embassy in Paris and was described as so dangerous that even other al-Qaeda members thought him beyond the pale. While he was living in Leicester in the late 1990s Beghal, an Algerian, met Azzedin Journazi, from Libya, at a city mosque and...
  • Guantanamo Bosnians cry 'torture'

    04/14/2005 6:33:35 PM PDT · by Destro · 32 replies · 805+ views
    bbc.co.uk ^ | Thursday, 14 April, 2005, 11:30 GMT 12:30 UK | bbc.co.uk
    Last Updated: Thursday, 14 April, 2005, 11:30 GMT 12:30 UK Guantanamo Bosnians cry 'torture' Six Guantanamo Bay detainees are challenging US federal authorities to reveal evidence of abuse at the camp. The six - all of Algerian origin and extradited from Bosnia - are suing the Bush administration as part of their effort to contest their detention. They want the government to release documents which they say would prove that prisoners were tortured. In their legal action, they say one of the six was beaten so badly by jailers that he suffered facial paralysis. The detainee, Mustafa Ait Idir, alleges...
  • Alleged Canadian al-Qaeda 'Sleeper' Agent Set to Testify

    10/25/2004 5:51:29 PM PDT · by NorthOf45 · 3 replies · 509+ views
    CBC ^ | October 25, 2004 | CBC Staff
    Alleged Canadian al-Qaeda 'sleeper' agent set to testify October 25, 2004 OTTAWA - A man accused of being a member of al-Qaeda appeared in an Ottawa federal court Monday to fight deportation to Algeria, where he fears he may be killed. Canadian authorities arrested Mohammed Harkat nearly two years ago on a national security certificate, which allows Ottawa to deport non-Canadian citizens considered a security risk. The Canadian Security Intelligence Service says Abu Zubaydah, a senior al-Qaeda member now in custody, told American authorities he helped train Harkat in Afghanistan. CSIS thinks Harkat was sent to Canada as a "sleeper"...
  • [Spanish] Socialist leader met with March 11 terrorist in jail

    03/24/2005 4:57:26 AM PST · by Reader of news · 10 replies · 871+ views
    Fernando Huarte Santamaría, a leader of the Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE) in the northern city of Gijón, Asturias, contacted Algerian terrorist Benesmail Abdelkrim in the Villabona prison in 2001. Huarte even got Abdelkrim a furlough to go to the dentist and paid his bill; the two last met in October 2004. A few days later, the police arrested Abdelkrim and found the address of a well-known ETA terrorist in his pocket. Abdelkrim served time with two other notorious prisoners, Spaniard Antonio Toro Castro and Moroccan Rafá Zouhier, two police informants accused in the March 11, 2004 bombings. In April 1997...
  • French Claim Prisoner is Full of bin Laden Info

    02/15/2005 7:31:07 PM PST · by Calpernia · 39 replies · 1,165+ views
    AFP via Yahoo, Singapore ^ | Monday February 11, 12:39 AM | NY Transfer News Collective
    Algerian radical spills beans on bin Laden "terror network" An Algerian Islamic radical arrested in France has proved a goldmine for investigators probing Osama bin Laden's militant network in Europe in the wake of the September 11 attacks, magistrates told AFP. French investigators now believe that after key testimonies from a handful of well placed members of bin Laden's al-Qaeda network the exiled Saudi extremist's secret organisation in Europe is unravelling fast. Since his arrest in Paris last Monday 27-year-old Yacine Aknouche has revealed his links with several al-Qaeda suspects including "shoe-bomber" Richard Reid and Zacarias Moussaoui, the alleged "20th...
  • Suspected Algerian terrorist detained in Ukraine

    01/19/2005 11:41:53 AM PST · by knighthawk · 3 replies · 201+ views
    BBC Monitoring ^ | January 19 2005 | ITAR-TASS
    Lviv, 19 January: An Algerian suspected of terrorism has been detained at the Odessa city administration today. The detainee is a leader and coordinator of a militant Algerian organization, and is wanted by Interpol, an ITAR-TASS correspondent has learnt from the public relations centre of the Odessa Region directorate of the Interior Ministry. The police have not made the detainee's name public, saying only that he is suspected of committing several crimes related to terrorist activities in Algeria and Libya. "The Algerian was posing as an entrant at an Odessa university, trying to obtain refugee status at the same time,"...
  • Spain arrests 'al-Qaeda suspect'

    01/19/2005 10:28:44 AM PST · by knighthawk · 5 replies · 287+ views
    BBC News Online ^ | January 19 2005
    Spanish police have arrested an Algerian man wanted for allegedly providing logistical support for the 11 September 2001 attacks on the US. Tahar Izerouel was detained in the Basque city of Bilbao on Tuesday, police said. He was one of eight people indicted by senior judge Baltasar Garzon on Monday for being part of what he called a Spanish al-Qaeda cell. Six of the others are already in jail - five in Spain and one in the UK. Judge Garzon said the group of eight had provided logistical support, false identity papers and other documents to Ramzi Binalshibh, a suspected...
  • 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....
  • PLEASE! STOP POSTING SAME MESSAGE ON ALL BOARDS!

    08/16/2002 7:39:49 AM PDT · by Merchant Seaman · 715 replies · 30,137+ views
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  • US sees Algerian militants on run

    11/01/2004 9:51:28 AM PST · by knighthawk · 7 replies · 262+ views
    Bahrain Tribune ^ | November 01 2004
    BERLIN: Information from a captured fighter now in Algerian custody may help authorities there mop up the remnants of the country’s leading Islamist militant group, a senior US military official said. Neighbours of the North African nation will also take a close interest in whatever intelligence Algeria can obtain from Amar Saifi, whom it accuses of “numerous terrorist crimes”. Saifi was number two in the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC), which has pledged allegiance to Al Qaeda and is listed by the US as a terrorist organisation. He is also wanted in Germany in connection with the kidnapping...
  • Police trace movements of convicted French terrorist

    10/21/2004 9:57:15 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 1 replies · 257+ views
    The Star ^ | October 21 2004
    KUALA LUMPUR: Convicted French terrorist Lionel Dumont has visited Malaysia no less than six times and police are investigating why. Dumont, who is of Algerian descent, is believed to have used a fake passport to come to Malaysia between 2002 and 2003. He is said to have stayed in several hotels here and rented a house for a few months in a northern state. The 34-year-old militant, who had links with Osama Bin Laden’s al-Qaeda network, was arrested in Germany in December. He first entered Japan from Singapore using a forged French passport bearing the name Tinet Gerald Camille Armand...
  • Leader of Spanish terrorist group sent funds to the Netherlands

    10/20/2004 11:12:30 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 8 replies · 273+ views
    Radio Netherlands ^ | October 20 2004
    The leader of the eight suspected terrorists who were arrested in Spain on Monday night had contact with individuals in a number of countries, including the Netherlands and Belgium. According to the Spanish news agency Europapress, the group's leader, the 30-year-old Algerian Mohammed Achrat, sent funds to various individuals. It is not known why the money was sent. Mr Achrat, who was arrested in Switzerland several days ago at the request of the Spanish authorities, is believed to be a member of the extremist Algerian group GIA.
  • Seventh Madrid bomber identified

    10/17/2004 2:09:05 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 5 replies · 286+ views
    Spanish authorities have identified the body of one of the suspected ringleaders of the Madrid train bombings using his parents' saliva. Algerian man Lamari was one of seven key suspects who blew themselves up in an apartment in order to avoid arrest. Lamari's remains are the last to be identified from the apartment in Leganes. Forensic tests on the saliva of the Algerian's parents have confirmed his identity. Lamari became a prime suspect in the March 11 bombs when his fingerprints were found on a book of Koranic verse at the Leganes apartment. Back in 1997, Lamari was arrested by...
  • Muslim Cleric Deported Again From France

    10/05/2004 10:08:13 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 4 replies · 384+ views
    AP Wire | October 05 2004 | Associated Press
    LYON, France - France on Tuesday expelled an Algerian-born Islamic prayer leader who condoned wife beating, part of a French campaign to punish Muslim clerics preaching violence. Abdelkader Bouziane boarded an Algeria-bound flight from the southeastern city of Lyon, Interior Minister Dominique de Villepin told parliament. "I salute this decision that today allows us to pursue, to expulse foreign citizens who insult or call for violence against women," he said. Bouziane, who was an imam or prayer leader in the Lyon suburb of Venissieux, was first deported to his native Algeria in April on orders from the Interior Ministry. But...
  • Paris will try 6 in bombing plot

    09/20/2004 1:00:12 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 5 replies · 262+ views
    AP Wire | September 20 2004
    PARIS Six men suspected of a role in a foiled 2001 plot to bomb the U.S. Embassy in Paris will stand trial on terrorism-related charges, judicial officials said Monday. The men are charged with ‘‘criminal association with a terrorist enterprise,’’ which carries up to 10 years in prison, the officials said on customary condition of anonymity. Two are also accused of violating French immigration laws. France’s top anti-terrorist judges Jean-Louis Bruguiere and Jean-Francois Ricard have investigated the suspects for nearly three years. The trial could begin in early 2005, the officials said. Among the suspects is French-Algerian Djamel Beghal, an...
  • Algerian bomber tries to save Qaeda-allied group

    09/07/2004 10:37:03 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 2 replies · 272+ views
    Hindustan Times ^ | September 07 2004 | Paul de Bendern/Reuters
    A university student skilled in bomb-making has taken charge of Algeria's largest Islamic rebel movement but the Al-Qaeda-linked group is fighting for its survival as the army pounds its hideouts and members surrender. The Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC), which seeks a purist Islamic state in the Maghreb, made headlines last year with the kidnapping of dozens of European tourists and reportedly secured 5 million euros ($6 million) in ransom money. After more than a decade of holy war or "jihad" resulting in the deaths of more than 150,000 people, according to human rights groups, the GSPC is...
  • Syrian, Algerian arrested over Madrid train bombings

    08/20/2004 1:10:29 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 2 replies · 249+ views
    Australian Broadcasting Company ^ | August 20 2004 | AFP
    A Syrian and an Algerian have been arrested in Spain in connection with the March 11 Madrid train bombings, the Spanish interior ministry said. Detained in the south-east coastal city of Valencia, Safwan Sabagh and Abdelkrim Beghadali, both 41, had been previously arrested in March in connection with the same investigation but released for lack of evidence. The ministry said their fingerprints were found in the apartment in the Madrid suburb of Leganes in which seven people suspected of involvement in the bombings blew themselves up as the police closed in on April 3. Their prints, and well as two...
  • Pakistan arrests Algerian al-Qaeda suspect

    08/19/2004 8:43:03 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 44 replies · 561+ views
    The Times of India ^ | August 19 2004 | Reuters
    PESHAWAR: Police in Pakistan arrested an Algerian suspected of links with al-Qaeda as he was trying to flee a security cordon near his house in the city of Peshawar on Thursday, intelligence officials said. The man, who was not identified, was wounded in the neck when police opened fire on his vehicle, an intelligence official said. "His condition is stable," the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. A man who fled with the Algerian escaped. He was not identified. Pakistan, a key ally in the US-led war on terror, has launched a major crackdown on members of Osama bin...
  • Spain to hold terror suspect indefinitely

    07/03/2004 6:15:12 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 5 replies · 300+ views
    A Spanish judge has ordered an Algerian man be remanded in custody indefinitely as part of investigations into the Madrid bombings in March which killed almost 200 people. Nasreddine Bousbaa was arrested this week and is suspected of being involved in producing fake passports for the suspected perpetrators of the March 11 train bombings. Bousbaa has admitted knowing Jamal Ahmidam, one of the suspected masterminds of the four coordinated attacks on packed commuter trains heading for Madrid, in which 191 people were killed and 1,900 wounded. Ahmidam was one of seven suspects who blew themselves up on April 3 as...