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  • Source: Terror cells activated in France

    01/10/2015 1:19:32 PM PST · by Kaslin · 112 replies
    CNN ^ | January 10, 2015 | Ray Sanchez, Laura Smith-Spark and Hakim Almasmari
    (CNN)French law enforcement officers have been told to erase their social media presence and to carry their weapons at all times because terror sleeper cells have been activated over the last 24 hours in the country, a French police source who attended a briefing Saturday told CNN Terror Analyst Samuel Laurent. Ahmedy Coulibaly, a suspect killed Friday during a deadly Kosher market hostage siege, had made several phone calls about targeting police officers in France. The alert came as the lone remaining suspect wanted in connection with a terrorism spree -- Hayat Boumeddiene -- entered Turkey on January 2,...
  • France to deploy soldiers after spate of attacks

    12/23/2014 6:02:33 AM PST · by Nextrush · 14 replies
    BBC News ^ | 12/23/2014 | BBC
    France is to step up police and military patrols in areas frequented by the public following recent attacks, Prime Minister Manuel Valls has said. He said up to 300 soliders would be deployed around the country to boost security over the Christmas period. The attacks, seemingly unrelated, in Nantes, Dijon and Tours have left more than 20 people injured. In the latest incident, 10 people were hurt when a van was driven into a Christmas market in Nantes on Monday. In Dijon on Sunday, driver shouting "God is great" in Arabic ploughed into pedestrians into pedestrians, injuring 13 people. On...
  • Dozens injured after man shouting 'Allahu Akbar' ploughs van into Christmas market

    12/23/2014 1:25:11 AM PST · by Cronos · 18 replies
    Daily Mirror ^ | 22.Dec.2014 | Peter Allen
    Dozens of people were injured tonight when a man ploughed his white van into a Christmas market crowd while screaming ‘Allahu Akbar’, Five people were left seriously hurt when the vehicle drove into the pedestrianised Place Royale area of Nantes in France. Within seconds of running down as many people as he could, the driver stabbed himself nine times. It is the third incident of its kind in as many days in the country which have been linked to Islamic terrorism. The man, who is said to be aged 44 but otherwise unidentified, was tonight under armed guard in the...
  • French soldier stabbed while on patrol near Paris (Muslim attacker - IM: "Let's be prudent now...")

    05/25/2013 2:17:23 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 56 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sat May 25, 2013
    A French soldier patrolling a business neighborhood west of Paris was stabbed in the neck and injured on Saturday by a man who fled the scene and is being sought by police, President Francois Hollande said. The 23-year-old was patrolling in uniform with two other soldiers as part of France's Vigipirate anti-terror surveillance plan when he was approached from behind around 6 p.m. and attacked with a knife or a box-cutter. A police union spokesman said surveillance footage of the attacker showed him as tall and bearded, aged about 35, possibly of North African origin and wearing a white Arab-style...
  • 1,500 people evacuated from Eiffel Tower(short title)

    03/30/2013 8:32:46 PM PDT · by occamrzr06 · 22 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 03/30/2013 | Peter Allen
    The Eiffel Tower was evacuated tonight following a telephoned terrorist bomb warning. Some 1,500 people, including tourists and staff, were escorted out of France's most famous landmark shortly after 7.30pm. It follows threats from Al-Qaeda pledging 'revenge' for the French intervention in the African state of Mali to fight Islamic terrorists. Read more:
  • Participants in Islamist Forums Discuss Proposal for Terrorist Attack in Paris

    01/18/2008 12:38:42 PM PST · by pabianice · 17 replies · 62+ views
    MEMRI ^ | 1/08 | Al-Murabit Al-Muwahhid
    On January 4, 2008, the Islamist forum Al-Ekhlas ( ), hosted by NOC4Hosts Inc. in Florida, USA), posted a message by a participant calling himself Al-Murabit Al-Muwahhid ("The Monotheistic Jihad Fighter"), discussing the possible benefit of a terrorist attack in Paris. The writer speculated that such an attack would bring about the collapse of the French economy, and serve as a warning to other European countries "which are collaborating in the war against the Muslim countries." He added that the attack would also break the "security siege" on the Muslim population of France, and would enable the establishment of terrorist...
  • Terrorists 'in plot to blow up Eiffel Tower'

    01/11/2008 1:09:44 PM PST · by camerakid400 · 38 replies · 236+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | January 11, 2008 | Ian Sparks
    A plot by Islamic terrorists to blow up the Eiffel Tower has been uncovered. A scrambled short-wave radio conversation exposing the planned attack on the world's most visited monument was picked up by Portuguese air traffic controllers and passed on to French spy chiefs. The 1,060ft high tower has more than six million visitors a year - an average of more than 16,000 a day. A successful strike on the 7,500 ton iron tower, which was looked down on Paris since 1889, would be a French 9/11 and could cost thousands of lives. The threat was uncovered in a "vague...
  • al Qaeda calls for attacks in Paris; overthrow of Sarkozy

    01/06/2008 9:30:41 AM PST · by harwood · 43 replies · 152+ views
    .."the processes can be divided into two categories, one material aimed at the most popular sites and most important economically, (Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, etc.) and the second directed against important figures [of] Paris, led by the mayor of Paris."
  • France: Europe's Counterterrorist Powerhouse (Surrender Monkeys No More!)

    11/03/2007 8:56:07 AM PDT · by LS · 37 replies · 112+ views
    American Enterprise Institute ^ | 11/3/07 | Gary J. Schmitt, Reuel Marc Gerecht
    LONG: These are excerpts By Gary J. Schmitt, Reuel Marc Gerecht Posted: Thursday, November 1, 2007 EUROPEAN OUTLOOK,AEI Online, November 1, 2007 (snip) Two waves of terrorist attacks, the first in the mid-1980s and the second in the mid-1990s, have made France acutely aware of both state-supported Middle Eastern terrorism and freelance but organized Islamic extremists. The attacks in 1985 and 1986 were probably Iranian-inspired, carried out as payback for France's military and financial support of Saddam Hussein. The attacks in the 1990s, however, in part an outgrowth of the Algerian civil war, clearly revealed to French security officials that...
  • France, US security chiefs see eye-to-eye

    09/21/2007 11:49:47 AM PDT · by Republicain · 4 replies · 93+ views
    AFP ^ | 09/21/2007
    PARIS (AFP) — France and the United States share a common view on the security threats facing the two countries, the interior minister said Friday after meeting FBI director Robert Mueller. "We share the same analysis, based on the fact that today there is truly no border between internal security and external security," said Interior Minister Michele Alliot-Marie. Mueller, the head of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation, also met with Justice Minister Rachida Dati and officials from the new domestic intelligence agency during his two-day visit to Paris. He said the decision announced last week to merge the DST...
  • France on Al-Qaeda alert after Algeria attack

    09/21/2007 11:41:39 AM PDT · by Republicain · 8 replies · 184+ views
    AFP ^ | 09/21/2007
    ALGIERS - Al-Qaeda's branch in North Africa claimed responsibility Friday for a suicide bombing in Algeria that wounded two French people and one Italian, hours after it had threatened French targets in the region. According to Dubai-based Al-Arabiya news channel, the group claimed to have "killed three foreigners", although Algerian security sources said only that the three were injured alongside six Algerians, five of them police. The attack near Lakhdaria, about 75 kilometers (50 miles) southeast of Algiers, where the group has claimed previous strikes, came just hours after Al-Qaeda called for an offensive against French targets. France said it...
  • French Pro-US Festival Canceled After 'Al Qaeda' Threats

    05/20/2007 3:36:53 PM PDT · by Hadean · 14 replies · 905+ views
    A festival in France dedicated to American music and culture (I know, I was surprised too) has been called off, after organizers received threats “mentioning Al Qaeda.” A Paris festival celebrating US music and culture has been called off following a series of anti-American threats, organisers said on Sunday. Called “Three Days in America”, the festival featuring country and gospel concerts, line-dancing, sales of US paraphernalia and a tribute to Elvis Presley was to take place from May 26 to 28 in Saint Cloud, southwest of Paris. Organisers issued a statement saying they were forced to postpone the event following...
  • Terrorists Seen Turning to Campuses for Skills

    04/13/2006 9:04:12 AM PDT · by jmc1969 · 23 replies · 1,311+ views
    LA Times ^ | April 13 2006 | Sebastian Rotella
    The cellphone's trail led from bloodstained Fallouja to the engineering school here, a modern campus where researchers in white coats stroll past labs and the breeze rustles through trees in courtyards dotted with pine cones. Two years ago French investigators, aided by U.S. intelligence, detected calls from Iraq to a central figure in a suspected extremist cell in Montpellier. French intelligence officials say the calls came from a militant leader in Fallouja involved in the grisly killing of four American military contractors by a mob on March 31, 2004, an incident that became an icon of the savage conflict in...
  • Paris raid nets arms haul

    12/16/2005 5:00:06 PM PST · by tgambill · 18 replies · 366+ views
    The Guardian ^ | December 16, 2005 | Jon Henley in Paris
    French police said yesterday they had found explosives, detonators and guns stashed in a suburban Paris garage in swoops this week that have netted 28 suspected Islamist militants, apparently with links to al-Qaida in Iraq. Interior minister Nicolas Sarkozy said that questioning suspects detained on Monday had led to arms seizure in Clichy-sous-Bois, outer Paris, on Wednesday. "A certain number of terrorists, in order to finance their activities, are involved in organised crime," Mr Sarkozy said, appearing to confirm earlier reports that the gang raised cash through armed robberies rather than carrying out terrorist attacks. Among arms found were a...
  • Paris Raid Nets Arms Haul (Al-Qaida)

    12/16/2005 7:53:24 AM PST · by blam · 34 replies · 822+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 12-16-2005 | Jon Henley
    Paris raid nets arms haul Jon Henley in Paris Friday December 16, 2005 The Guardian (UK) French police said yesterday they had found explosives, detonators and guns stashed in a suburban Paris garage in swoops this week that have netted 28 suspected Islamist militants, apparently with links to al-Qaida in Iraq. Interior minister Nicolas Sarkozy said that questioning suspects detained on Monday had led to arms seizure in Clichy-sous-Bois, outer Paris, on Wednesday. "A certain number of terrorists, in order to finance their activities, are involved in organised crime," Mr Sarkozy said, appearing to confirm earlier reports that the gang...
  • Al Qaida acquires Russian surface-to-air missiles

    11/13/2005 5:50:48 PM PST · by Tigen · 43 replies · 2,104+ views
    WORLD TRIBUNE ^ | Friday, November 11, 2005 | WORLD TRIBUNE
    LONDON — Western intelligence sources said Al Qaida-aligned cells have procured the SA-18 anti-aircraft missile from the former Soviet Union. The sources said the missiles were smuggled into Turkey and acquired by Al Qaida-aligned cells in the Middle East."These are serious missiles and represents a step up in Al Qaida capability," an intelligence source said. On Oct. 28, the French daily Le Figaro reported that Al Qaida-aligned cells have obtained SA-18s for attacks against French airliners. The daily said the cells acquired the missiles in 2002 from the so-called Chechen mafia.
  • French Suspects Plotted Attacks ~~ On Subways, an airport and an intelligence agency's headquarters

    09/27/2005 12:46:37 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies · 390+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | September 27, 2005 at 10:27:21 PDT | JAMEY KEATEN ASSOCIATED PRESS
    PARIS (AP) - Authorities fear that a suspected Islamic terror cell broken up in France was plotting attacks on the Paris subway, an airport and an intelligence agency's headquarters, newspapers said Tuesday. Police arrested nine people Monday, including an Islamic militant previously convicted on terrorism charges and freed from prison two years ago, officials said. Le Figaro and Le Parisien newspapers said the alleged cell's suspected targets included the Metro, a Paris airport and the Paris headquarters of the Directorate for Territorial Surveillance, or DST, a police intelligence and counterterrorism agency. The reports did not identify the airport. Le Figaro...
  • Young French jihadists trained in camps with the Kashmir terrorists

    08/09/2005 9:24:14 AM PDT · by Srirangan · 8 replies · 388+ views
    Young European islamists accomodated in Pakistan by terrorist organizations before returning, duly embrigadés, on the Old Continent. The course of three of the London terrorists of July 7 will not have surprised the magistrates of the pole Parisian antiterrorist. Since 2002, their investigations established that at least three French, Hassan el-Cheguer, Hakim Mokhfi and Willy Brigitte, passed by the camps of Lashkar-e-Taiba (Let), been dependent on Al-Qaida. Three members of terrorist networks condemned in France had been dispatched towards the Indian sub-continent Challenged on June 15, 2002, Hassan el-Cheguer and Hakim Mokhfi, 31 years, were put in examination in the...
  • French Government: CRACKDOWN ON RADICALS

    07/22/2005 5:29:31 AM PDT · by Barney59 · 21 replies · 492+ views ^ | 7/22/2005 | Sky News Pool
    CRACKDOWN ON RADICALS The French government is to crackdown on suspected Islamic radicals by putting them under tighter surveillance in the aftermath of the latest bombing attempts in London. Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy said action will be taken immediately to secure the safety of the French people. Mr Sarkozy has pledged to expel Muslim leaders who preach hatred and strip them of their French citizenship. He said: "We have decided it's necessary to improve our means of video surveillance, speed up everything we know about telephone use and data storage and take broad action on the tracking of radical elements."...
  • Al-Queda trying to recruit French to fight in Iraq against American led coalition forces

    05/12/2005 10:24:30 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 19 replies · 754+ views
    India Daily ^ | May 11, 2005 | Sonia Chopra
    In France a man was arrested trying to recruit volunteers who would like to go to Iraq to fight against the American led coalition. According to bizarre media report, a 34-year-old Algerian Islamist was arrested May 9 in the suburbs of Paris, French security sources say. He was giving forged identification cards to volunteers so they could join jihadists fighting U.S. forces in Iraq. The sources add that he does not appear to be connected to other French jihadists networks, such as the one in Paris'' 19th district that got broken up in January 2005 and another one that was...

    04/05/2005 4:56:49 PM PDT · by joan · 50 replies · 905+ views
    PARIS, April 4 (AFP) - A haul of some 100 kilograms (220 pounds) of Semtex explosives seized at the weekend by French police in the northern town of Hazebrouck came from Bosnia and was destined for the criminal underground, justice officials said Monday. Five people were detained after the Czech-made explosives, along with a stock of detonators, were found on Saturday concealed in a lorry containing metal parts bound for a company in the area. Three were arrested at the scene and two others -- the suspected purchasers of the Semtex -- were detained later in Paris. The ring-leader was...
  • Daily Terrorist Round-up Stories - March 16, 2005 (6 Terrorists Convicted in France)

    03/16/2005 2:09:30 PM PST · by Straight Vermonter · 3 replies · 297+ views
    Six in France are guilty in plot to bomb U.S. Embassy Excerpted By Sebastian Rotella Los Angeles Times PARIS - A French court convicted six Islamic militants Tuesday of conspiring to bomb the U.S. Embassy here, culminating a lengthy and labyrinthine case involving a European terror network linked to key al-Qaida members. The three-judge panel sentenced the French Algerian ringleader of the Paris-based cell, Djamel Beghal, to the maximum penalty of 10 years in prison for terrorist conspiracy. His lieutenant, computer expert Kamel Daoudi, received a nine-year sentence. Two suspects were sentenced to six-year terms and the others received three...
  • Islamists Arrested in Paris Planned France Attacks (other news: Paris out of white flags!)

    01/30/2005 8:51:06 PM PST · by jb6 · 11 replies · 558+ views
    Reuters ^ | Fri Jan 28, 2:48 PM ET | Thierry Leveque
    PARIS (Reuters) - Suspected Islamists arrested by secret service agents in Paris this week were plotting terrorist attacks on French and foreign targets in the country, the Paris public prosecutor's office said on Friday. Anti-terrorism magistrates are to prosecute three of the 11 people detained in a series of swoops in a northern district of the French capital on Monday and Tuesday, the prosecutor's office said in a statement. The others have been released or will be shortly. "This network is suspected of drawing up plans for attacks in France against French and foreign interests," said the prosecutor's office in...
  • Trial for Alleged al-Qaida Members Begins in France

    10/06/2004 10:32:33 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 2 replies · 212+ views
    Voice of America ^ | October 06 2004 | Lisa Bryant
    Ten people suspected of plotting a terrorist attack on the eastern French city of Strasbourg are on trial in Paris. The suspects are believed to have ties with the al-Qaida terrorist network. The 10 men are accused of planning a terrorist attack on the cathedral and Christmas market of Strasbourg, France, four years ago. The plot was uncovered just days before the attack was to have been carried out, in December 2000. The defendants are all of Algerian or French Algerian descent. Prosecutors accuse one of them, 37-year-old Mohammed Bensakria, of being a lieutenant of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden....
  • Five held in French 9/11 inquiry

    09/15/2004 9:26:41 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 3 replies · 236+ views
    BBC News Online ^ | September 15 2004
    Five suspected Islamic militants have been arrested in eastern France as part of an inquiry into the 11 September 2001 attacks, police sources say. The five are thought to be linked to a Moroccan man with alleged ties to the al-Qaeda network. They were arrested late on Tuesday in the Alsace towns of Selestat and Colmar as part of an investigation conducted by two anti-terrorist judges. They were taken to counter-terrorism headquarters in Paris on Wednesday. The raids took place on the orders of anti-terror investigative judges Jean-Louis Bruguiere and Jean-Francois Richard. The men can be held for up to...
  • France's sink estates are breeding ground for young terrorists

    08/06/2004 1:37:20 AM PDT · by MadIvan · 14 replies · 622+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | August 6, 2004 | Colin Randall
    Behind the heavy wooden door of her 10th-floor flat, Amel Benchellali agrees that her mother, her father and her three brothers are in prison on suspicion of involvement in terrorism. But Miss Benchellali, 26, claims they are innocent. Even her brother Menad, who admits that he travelled to Georgia, vainly hoping to join Chechen Muslims fighting the Russians, has committed no crime in her eyes. "I don't know why they have picked on my family," she said. "I don't believe Menad was planning to do anything outside Chechnya. But even if he had done something wrong, that would be no...
  • Web of Jihad Draws In an Immigrant Family in France

    07/31/2004 5:55:32 AM PDT · by sarcasm · 15 replies · 581+ views
    The New York Times ^ | July 31, 2004 | CRAIG S. SMITH
    hen Chellali Benchellali moved to France 41 years ago his path seemed clear enough. Escaping the misery of his native Algeria, he hoped to get a job, marry, raise a family and blend into the French melting pot.He got part way there. But for the last six months Mr. Benchellali has been in a high-security French prison along with his wife and two of his sons, all accused of helping to plot a chemical attack in the style of Al Qaeda in Europe. A third son has just been released from the American detention center at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, one...
  • 'Top Level' Al-Qa'eda Suspect (Held) In Paris

    06/18/2004 6:00:42 PM PDT · by blam · 29 replies · 209+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6-19-2004 | Henry Samuel
    'Top level' al-Qa'eda suspect in Paris By Henry Samuel in Paris (Filed: 19/06/2004) French anti-terrorism magistrates are questioning an al-Qa'eda suspect described as one of the "highest level terrorist suspects to be caught in years". Said Arif, who experts believe to be a lieutenant of Iraq's most wanted terrorist leader, Abu Musab Zarqawi, was flown from Syria to Paris on Thursday night and placed under investigation in relation to a series of planned terrorist strikes in Paris. A spokesman for the French interior ministry described Arif as "highly mobile, with all the terrorist techniques taught in Afghanistan". He said France...
  • France: 2 men suspected of terror ties detained

    05/15/2004 6:44:36 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 4 replies · 170+ views
    AP Wire | May 15 2004 | VERENA VON DERSCHAU/AP
    PARIS -- Counterintelligence agents have arrested two Algerians suspected of ties to a dismantled network accused of planning a chemical attack, judicial officials said. The men, whose names were not disclosed, were placed under investigation - one step short of being charged, the officials said Friday. They were arrested on Monday in the Paris region. The arrests stemmed from a French investigation into a network that allegedly was preparing attacks with toxic gas against Russian interests in France, officials have said. One of the two was described as an important member of the cell who made frequent trips to Spain....
  • France Examines Islamic Threat Demanding Repeal of Veil Law

    03/17/2004 10:34:27 AM PST · by kattracks · 74 replies · 378+ views ^ | 3/17/04 | Eva Cahen
    ( - Less than a week after the Madrid train bombings, France has received a letter from an unknown Islamic group threatening violent strikes unless the government withdraws a recently passed law banning Muslim headscarves in schools. The threat, from a group calling itself the "Servants of Allah, the Powerful and Wise One," was received Tuesday by two major French daily newspapers, Le Parisien and Le Monde . Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin, to whom the letter was addressed, made the threat public in the evening. He said his government was taking the threat seriously but asked people not to panic....
  • France gets Islamist threat

    03/16/2004 2:39:20 PM PST · by kattracks · 60 replies · 139+ views
    Reuters | 3/16/04 | Gerard Bon
    PARIS (Reuters) - France has received threats of a possible attack against French interests from an Islamist group apparently named after a Chechen guerrilla killed in a Moscow hostage-taking in 2002, the Interior Ministry says. The letter, sent to several newspapers on Tuesday, threatened "to plunge France into terror and remorse and spill blood outside its frontiers", Jacques Esperandieu, deputy editor of the daily Le Parisien which received a copy, quoted it as saying. The ministry confirmed earlier Justice Ministry reports that the threat, which it said was sent "on behalf of the servants of Allah, the powerful and wise",...
  • Paris prosecutor opens investigation into Islamic group that allegedly threatened France

    03/16/2004 9:34:25 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies · 129+ views
    <p>PARIS (AP) -- French officials are investigating threats against France by radical Islamic group, the Justice Ministry said Tuesday.</p> <p>The group identified itself as the "Servants of Allah the Powerful and Wise," the ministry said. It was unclear whether the group is known to French authorities. There was no initial indication of ties of Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida organization.</p>

    03/16/2004 9:31:56 AM PST · by areafiftyone · 209 replies · 912+ views
    Sky News ^ | 3/16/04
    France has received a new terror threat by an Islamist group and is taking it "very seriously", according to Reuters. More follows... Also From Reuters: PARIS, March 16 (Reuters) - An Islamist group has threatened to stage attacks in France, a Justice Ministry spokeswoman told Reuters on Tuesday. The warning spoke of possible attacks within France and against foreign interests, she said. No further information was immediately available.
  • The Paris bombing of 2009

    02/08/2004 4:59:33 PM PST · by Eurotwit · 45 replies · 275+ views
    The Age ^ | Feb 9th 2004 | Timothy Garton Ash.
    The lessons of 2002 to 2004 must never be forgotten, warns Timothy Garton Ash. At last, we have the inquiry we need: a full, independent inquiry into the Paris bombing of 2009. As we all know, in that appalling attack a large area between the Boulevard du Montparnasse and the River Seine was devastated by a small nuclear bomb, detonated by suicide bombers linked to the Algerian-based Islamic Armed Group (GIA). Some 60,000 people were killed. The supremely cultured heart of one of the most beautiful cities in the world was reduced to smouldering ruins. None of us will ever...
  • French spy chief: al-Qaida not destroyed

    01/23/2004 4:59:19 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 13 replies · 407+ views
    <p>PARIS (AP) — The al-Qaida network has been severely destabilized but not destroyed by the war on terror and still represents a "very motivated and very dangerous" threat, the head of France's domestic intelligence agency said Friday.</p> <p>At the same time, French intelligence has over the past 18 months monitored "a surge in strength" by terror cells that have no organizational links with al-Qaida but which "exist all over Europe," Pierre de Bousquet de Florian said in an interview with The Associated Press.</p>
  • TERROR HAVEN: Radicalism flourishes in French town

    01/19/2004 12:30:40 AM PST · by kattracks · 4 replies · 189+ views
    Union Leader ^ | 1/19/04 | ELAINE GANLEY , AP
    VENISSIEUX, France (AP) - Clean and green, this well-kept Lyon suburb has for three years running won the national competition for "Flowered Cities of France." But Venissieux also has a macabre claim to fame. Long plagued by urban violence, it is emerging as a breeding ground for Islamic radicals, some implicated in an alleged terrorist network that authorities say was preparing a chemical attack against Russian targets. Six residents of Venissieux were arrested Jan. 6 in connection with the planned 2002-2003 New Year's celebrations attack, including a local imam, or prayer leader, Chellali Benchellali, his wife and son. Another...
  • Muslim Radicalism Flowers in French Town

    01/18/2004 11:06:02 AM PST · by Indy Pendance · 3 replies · 94+ views
    AP ^ | 1-18-04 | ELAINE GANLEY
    VENISSIEUX, France - Clean and green, this well-kept Lyon suburb has for three years running won the national competition for "Flowered Cities of France." But Venissieux also has a macabre claim to fame. Long plagued by urban violence, it is emerging as a breeding ground for Islamic radicals, some implicated in an alleged terrorist network that authorities say was preparing a chemical attack against Russian targets. Six residents of Venissieux were arrested Jan. 6 in connection with the planned 2002-2003 New Year's celebrations attack, including a local imam, or prayer leader, Chellali Benchellali, his wife and son. Another son was...
  • Al-Qaida Terror Plot Foiled, Say French Police

    01/11/2004 7:16:35 PM PST · by blam · 26 replies · 315+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 1-12-2004 | Jon Henley
    Al-Qaida terror plot foiled, say French police Jon Henley in Paris Monday January 12, 2004 The Guardian (UK) The French police are convinced that their country has escaped a planned chemical or biological attack by an Islamist cell linked to al-Qaida. An interior ministry official said evidence from Islamist militants arrested in the Lyon area last week made it "very plain" that an attack with the deadly botulism or ricin toxins was being actively prepared. The eight suspects arrested on Tuesday were mainly relatives of Menad Benchellali, the son of a radical imam in the Lyon suburb of Venisseux, who...
  • Terror cells regroup - and now their target is Europe

    01/10/2004 6:35:53 PM PST · by Pikamax · 33 replies · 1,038+ views
    Observer ^ | 01/11/04 | Antony Barnett, Jason Burke and Zoe Smith
    Terror cells regroup - and now their target is Europe Secret intelligence papers from across the continent reveal a growing danger from a widening network of fanatics - and this is a struggle the West cannot lose Antony Barnett, Jason Burke and Zoe Smith Sunday January 11, 2004 The Observer They had been watching him for months, aware that his pop star good looks concealed a secret life as one of Europe's new terrorist kingpins. Finally, on a cold winter dawn, the police moved in. Abderrazak Mahdjoub did not resist as armed German officers surrounded his Hamburg home and led...
  • France: No Link to Passenger, al-Qaida

    01/08/2004 12:04:10 PM PST · by kennedy · 11 replies · 143+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | January 8, 2004 | JOHN LEICESTER
    PARIS - French investigators have found no evidence that a passenger who did not show up for a trans-Atlantic flight might be an Afghan-trained al-Qaida sympathizer armed with a bomb, police said Thursday. ABC News reported this week that European authorities were searching for a man with alleged al-Qaida links who failed to board a Paris-to-Los Angeles flight on Christmas Eve — one of six Air France flights canceled amid security fears. ABC reported that the passenger had a French passport, was believed to have undergone training in Afghanistan (news - web sites) and was feared to have a small...
  • Terrorism in France: Al Qaeda may have downed airliner in retaliation

    01/07/2004 10:18:48 PM PST · by quidnunc · 31 replies · 300+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | January 8, 2004 | Walid Phares
    When President Jacques Chirac delivered his televised speech about the hijab (female Muslim scarf) in France, I believed there would be an immediate Jihad against France.I anticipated a wide array of jihadist offensives against Paris. My primary analytical reason was the strategic importance of the scarf to Islamic fundamentalists worldwide. According to religious radicals, the long scarf — which is supposed to cover the hair, and in some cases, the faces of Muslim women — is not just a tradition, but a religious duty called fard dinee. Per fundamentalist clerics, women have to cover. And by way of extension, those...

    01/07/2004 12:46:53 AM PST · by kattracks · 9 replies · 154+ views
    New York Post ^ | 1/07/04 | NILES LATHEM & BILL SANDERSON
    <p>January 7, 2004 -- Police in England and Europe are seeking al Qaeda terrorists planning to bomb trans-Atlantic jets departing Paris and London, security sources said yesterday.</p> <p>Two al Qaeda terrorists with American passports and non-Arab physical appearances are believed to be planning assaults on trans-Atlantic flights from London, a U.S. official told The Post.</p>
  • Report: Islamic militants ran 7 recruitment camps in France

    12/10/2003 8:05:30 AM PST · by yonif · 3 replies · 157+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Dec. 10, 2003 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Islamic radicals held training camps for potential recruits across France through 2002, Le Parisien newspaper reported Wednesday, adding that French investigators believe they have successfully dismantled the network running the camps. Recruits were sent to seven sites - including one in the Normandy city of Dieppe, one in the southeastern Alps, and a site in the Fontainebleau forest outside Paris - for rugged, outdoor exercises and religious and political indoctrination, the daily said. The purpose of the sites was to take untested candidates and determine whether they were fit for jihad in battle zones like Afghanistan and Chechnya, the newspaper...
  • Islamists trained in rural France

    11/27/2003 7:59:36 PM PST · by Destro · 10 replies · 110+ views ^ | Friday November 28, 2003 | Jon Henley
    Islamists trained in rural France Jon Henley in Paris Friday November 28, 2003 The Guardian French Islamist militants, who later spent time in al-Qaida military camps in Pakistan and Afghanistan and went on to became soldiers of the jihad, underwent their first group training exercises in the bucolic surroundings of the forest of Fontainebleau, investigators said yesterday. "We call them the Old Campers," said a police officer working with judge Jean-Louis Bruguière, France's leading anti-terrorist investigating magistrate. "They trained in the forest near Paris, and also in the Alps near Annecy. At least one later died fighting with al-Qaida and...
  • French police seize 158 Iranians in raid on 'terror group'

    06/17/2003 1:31:39 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 37 replies · 183+ views
    The Independent (U.K.) ^ | 06/18/03 | John Lichfield
    Heavily armed French police have rounded up 158 members of an Iranian armed opposition group, the People's Mujahedin,in the most spectacular raids of their kind for more than 30 years. More than 1,000 police officers smashed their way into a large private compound in Auvers-sur-Oise, north-west of Paris, yesterday and arrested, among others, Maryam Rajavi, the public face of the group and wife of the shadowy Mujahedin leader, Massoud Rajavi. The detainees also included Saleh Rajavi, Massoud Rajavi's brother, who is head of the group in France. The Interior Ministry said the suspects were being investigated for "preparing acts of...
  • French raid Iran group, 150 held

    06/17/2003 1:22:21 PM PDT · by Daus · 5 replies · 169+ views
    CNN ^ | 6/17/03 | NA
    <p>Police used explosives to blast down some doors in the raid, sources said.</p> <p>PARIS, France -- More than 150 were held after an anti-terrorism raid in France on the offices of an Iranian opposition group by 1,000 police, officials said. Also seized was $1.3 million in cash.</p>

    04/13/2003 9:18:17 PM PDT · by Mister Magoo · 44 replies · 575+ views
    National Enquirer ^ | April 9, 2003 | National Enquirer
    AL QAEDA TARGETS CANNES! Bin Laden's evil goons take aim at world famous filmfest OSAMA: "The threat's for real," says a security expert. Osama Bin Laden and his evil allies have targeted the star-studded Cannes Film Festival for a blood-drenched act of terrorism. That's the chilling news from intelligence sources, who warn that Al Qaeda plans to take revenge for the war in Iraq with a murderous attack on the famed movie festival in France next month. Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michael Douglas, Meg Ryan, Penelope Cruz and many others could all be at risk if they stick to plans to attend...
  • Paris, London ricin could be related:Al-Qaida cell may have planned chemical attacks

    03/22/2003 12:13:31 AM PST · by sarcasm · 13 replies · 129+ views
    Los Angeles Times via Houston Chronicle ^ | March 21, 2003 | SEBASTIAN ROTELLA
    PARIS -- Police suspect that the traces of the poison ricin discovered in a train station locker here are connected to recent alleged plots by al-Qaida to produce the deadly substance in London and to carry out chemical attacks in Paris, authorities said Friday. The discovery this week of the toxin, which is derived from the castor bean plant and can be used as a biological weapon, was unprecedented in France. It caused concern in a capital that, as a result of the war in Iraq, has gone on heightened alert for possible terrorist attacks. < SNIP > One of...
  • France sees possible terror link to ricin find

    03/21/2003 1:25:56 PM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 9 replies · 127+ views
    Reuters | Friday, March 21, 2003 | By Gerard Bon
    France sees possible terror link to ricin find By Gerard Bon PARIS, March 21 (Reuters) - France said on Friday traces of the deadly toxin ricin found in a Paris railway station could point to a thwarted terror attack by Islamic radicals but said it had no hard proof and urged calm. However Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy said the amount of ricin involved in the actual find was a "non-lethal quantity" and added he had no specific information suggesting an attack had been under preparation. British police sources said they were unaware of a link between the Paris find and...