Extremists plotted attacks across Europe, Spanish paper says

By CNN Bureau Chief Al Goodman 

MADRID, Spain (CNN) -- Suspected Islamic extremists arrested last week in Barcelona were planning al Qaeda-style attacks in Spain, Germany, France, Britain and Portugal, according to an informant who "infiltrated" the group, Spain's El Pais newspaper reports.

Detainees Plotted Bombing in Spain, Judge Says

By VICTORIA BURNETT

MADRID — Ten men arrested in Barcelona on Saturday on suspicion of planning a suicide attack on the city’s public transportation system had intended to carry out the bombing last weekend, a Spanish judge said Wednesday in court documents ordering the men to remain in jail.

Al-Qaeda threatens attack on Brown

AU NEWS From correspondents in Dubai

AL-Qaeda in Britain has threatened suicide attacks on Prime Minister Gordon Brown and predecessor Tony Blair unless London withdraws its troops from Iraq and Afghanistan,

The message was posted in English to an al-Qaeda-affiliated online forum by "Umar Rabie al-Khalaila", US-based monitoring service the SITE Intelligence Group said.

'Islamic cell was planning suicide attack in Barcelona'

MADRID: An Islamic militant cell broken up over the weekend in Barcelona was planning a suicide attack targeting the city's public transport network, a Spanish judge said on Wednesday as he ordered 10 suspects jailed pending further investigation and freed two others.

Iraq deputy prime minister's 'Blackburn mosque jibe'
FLASHBACK: Dr Barham Salih, third left, visited Blackburn as a guest of Jack Straw MP in 2005
FLASHBACK: Dr Barham Salih, third left, visited Blackburn as a guest of Jack Straw MP in 2005

Blackburn Citizin 

THE Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq has claimed mosques in Blackburn are more extreme than in his home country, according to an MP.

Canadian Al-Qaeda member gets life sentence in embassy bomb plots

AFP

 
 
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Mohammed Mansour Jabarah, second from right (courtroom drawing)
  
 

 

NEW YORK - A high-level Al-Qaeda associate was sentenced by a New York court Friday to life in prison for plotting to bomb US embassies in Manila and Singapore, in a case shrouded in secrecy since his arrest in 2002.

Spanish police arrest 14 in anti-terror raids

 (AFP)         

MADRID - Spanish police have smashed a suspected Islamist terror cell, arresting 14 people and recovering bomb-making equipment in overnight raids in Barcelona, the interior minister said on Saturday.

British Muslim computer geek, son of diplomat, revealed as al Qaeda's top cyber terrorist

Daily Mail 

A computer nerd from Shepherd's Bush, West London, became al Qaeda's top internet agent, it can be revealed today.

 

Younes Tsouli, 23, an IT student at a London college, used his top-floor flat in W12 to help Islamist extremists wage a propaganda war against the West.

Islamic Charity Charged with Terrorist Financing; Former U.S. Congressman Indicted for Money Laundering

Department of Justice  

KANSAS CITY -- A federal grand jury in the Western District of Missouri has returned a superseding indictment that charges the Islamic American Relief Agency (IARA) and several of its former officers with eight new counts of engaging in prohibited financial transactions for the benefit of U.S.-designated terrorist Gulbuddin Hekmatyar.

Times Online

Muslim Britain is becoming one big no-go area

A bishop caused uproar last week by exposing ghettos of Islamist extremism. But Muslims everywhere are cutting themselves off from society in other, equally dangerous ways

Shiraz Maher

Perhaps it had to be someone like Michael Nazir-Ali, the first Asian bishop in the Church of England, who would break with convention and finally point out the elephant in the room.

Fears of terror attack in Germany

 CNN  

Lebanese authorities have warned of terrorist attacks being planned on targets within Germany, prompting the Justice Ministry in Berlin to increase its security measures, authorities said Saturday.

TheBostonChannel.com

3 Men Convicted In Muslim Charity Probe

Prosecutors: Care International Was Pro-Jihad

BOSTON -- Three former leaders of an Islamic charity were convicted Friday of duping the U.S. government into getting tax-exempt status by hiding the group's pro-jihad activities.

Terror plot to blow up Eiffel Tower uncovered

 Daily Mail 

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 Kenyan jihad

Melanie Philips The Spectator

While I was away, reading about the appalling atrocities in Kenya in which churches were torched and dozens of Christians burned to death, I wondered whether any mainstream media would get the point. They didn’t. As far as I could see, the violence was universally ascribed to ‘tribal conflict’. But this isn’t the first time churches in Kenya have been torched, as you can read here (date unknown):

Honor Killing in Texas

Amina Said, 18, and her sister Sarah, 17, smile happily in one widely circulating photo, and Amina is wearing what looks like a sweatshirt bearing the name “AMERICAN.” But their fate may have been the herald of a new, disquieting feature of the American landscape: honor killing. Amina and Sarah were shot dead in Irving, Texas, on New Year’s Day. Police are searching for their father, Yaser Abdel Said, on a warrant for capital murder.

Think about it...The Muslim Brotherhood congratulates Christians on Christmas !!!

Liberal Blog 

The Muslim Brotherhood has issued a very nice statement this year to congratulate Christians on the occasion of Christmas. Unlike previous years the letter is very clear and strong in its words. It is written and sent by Mahdi Akef and the entire Executive Council of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Malaysia refusing to issue new visas for foreign non-Muslim clerics

AFP   

KUALA LUMPUR - NON-MUSLIM religious groups said on Tuesday that Malaysia is refusing to issue new visas for foreign priests, in the latest eruption of ethnic discord in the multicultural nation.

The dentist terrorist: British Muslim who planned to murder UK troops jailed 

 Daily Mail 

When he was stopped at Heathrow, dentist Sohail Qureshi claimed he was flying to Pakistan to celebrate the Muslim festival of Eid with his family.

 The haul of weapons, cash and terror handbooks he was carrying however told a much more sinister story.An Islamic extremist, the 30-year-old was in fact on his way to fight for the Taliban against British troops.

Lady MP under fire in headscarf row

Daily News 

KUWAIT: A Kuwaiti Islamist MP presented a request yesterday to question the Gulf state's only woman minister, a liberal who has been under hardline fire for refusing to wear a head scarf.

Nouriya Al Subeeh had stirred the anger of Islamist MPs when she took the oath in parliament in April without wearing a head cover in line with strict Muslim laws. Since then she has been under scrutiny by Islamist MPs and could be dismissed if the grilling leads to a parliamentary no-confidence motion against her.

Prison systems breeding radical Islam 

United Press 

RABAT, Morocco, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- Preferential treatment for detained militants in Moroccan prisons highlights the influence the various jihadi movements have over authorities.

Monday's New York Times cited the case of Ahmed Rafiki, known as the father of Moroccan jihadists, whose lush private gardens, radios and visits by his two wives in prison showcase the balancing act between counter-terrorism efforts and the influence of Islamic militants.


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