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FBI discovers AQ plot in Denver

Posted in arrested terrorists, counterterrorism, ideology, society, terrorist attacks with tags , , , , , , , , on September 16, 2009 by admin

 

The FBI thinks it has uncovered a cross-state terror cell with Al-Qaeda links in Denver. Arrests were made in the case in New York. Apparently the suspect drove cross-country to Queens, New York with documents and bomb making plans. He allegedly met with some nefarious characters in New York. The FBI citing wiretaps, decided it was time to move in on the suspects.

Najibullah Zazi, 24, known as ‘Naji’ in his mosque, hails from eastern Afghanistan and is currently residing in Aurora. Apparently he remains under surveilance by FBI operatives, though he maintains his innocence. Fellow mosque members say that Zazi was apolitical and a devout Muslim.

The FBI and Department of Homeland Security this week issued tips to ‘authorities’ nationwide for indicators of homemade bomb-makers using Hydorgen Peroxide-based explosives and warning them to be on the look-out for foul odors, people with chemical burns, and industrial sized fans. The warning coincided with the arrests and seizures in New York.

FBI says al-Qaeda cell in Denver

The accused, Zazi, has denied having something to do with AQ. Anyway, FBI has announced he was arrested when he allegedly was going to meet some more terrorists freedom fighters.

Experts consider that NYC underground is still very vulnerable to terrorist attacks.

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Chávez also wants a nuclear program

Posted in counterterrorism, foreign policy with tags , , , , on September 16, 2009 by admin

Of course, he insists it’s a peaceful nuclear program, the same that Iran says, country with which Chávez signed recently an agreement to begin a “peaceful nuclear program”. But at the same time, he adds that he has bought several “little rockets from Russia”. It’s very doubtful those rockets were bought for “peaceful purposes” too…

Al Qaeda fugitive reported killed in Somalia (U)

Posted in counterterrorism with tags , , , , on September 16, 2009 by admin

Fears of an increasing AQ presence in the country grow:

U.S. Special Operations forces aboard helicopters attacked a convoy said to contain a top Al Qaeda fugitive. U.S. and Somali officials confirmed Tuesday that the man was killed, and Islamist insurgents vowed to seek revenge.
Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan, a Kenyan citizen, was wanted for questioning in connection with the car bombing of a beach resort in Kenya and the near-simultaneous attempt to shoot down an Israeli airliner in 2002. Ten Kenyans and three Israelis were killed in the blast at the hotel. The missiles missed the airliner.

SOMALIA: Al Qaeda fugitive reported killed — chicagotribune.com

Al Shabab has already announced they will avenge this killing.

Anyway, has this something to do with the plot to kill Hillary Clinton? It’s probable, although there is no official communication US state or from any US agency.

Related: AQ leader’s death a blow to Somali group, FOX News. One more primary U.S. target, Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, is still believed to be in the country, with a $5 million bounty on his head. Mohammed was indicted for the 1998 bombings and has been on the FBI’s list of most wanted terrorists since its inception. Mohammed has repeatedly eluded authorities’ efforts to kill or capture him and is reported to be Al Qaeda’s leading figure in east Africa.

(U) Commando raid in Somalia is latest in covert operations across the Globe, LWJ.

What was Mr Blair’s role in Megrahi’s release?

Posted in arrested terrorists, counterterrorism, foreign policy with tags , , , , , , on September 15, 2009 by admin

The Independent had an article some days ago about this that is interesting reading:

MPs are set to demand the minutes of an extraordinary cloak-and-dagger summit in London between British, American and Libyan spies held three days before Mr Blair announced that Colonel Muammar Gaddafi was surrendering his weapons of mass destruction programme.

At the time of the secret meeting in December 2003 at the private Travellers Club in Pall Mall, London – for decades the favourite haunt of spies – Libyan officials were pressing for negotiations on the status of Megrahi, who was nearly three years into his life sentence at a Scottish jail.

 Was Mehgrahi’s release mentioned on that particular meeting? Perhaps 2003 seems somewhat far away but it would help us to understand the actual role of the three parties here.

Before:
Lybian Govt paid doctors to secure Megrahi’s release
Who really freed Megrahi?
UK Ministers release letters about Lockerbie deal.
Lockerbie bomber on show at Gadhafi’s 40th anniversary celebrations.
Lybia’s Gadhaffi: the forgotten story of his links to terror.
Brown denies deal for Megrahi.
Jack Straw’s letter on Megrahi’s release
Scotland denies any oil deal in Mehgrahi case.
US offered money to stop Mehgrahi’s release.
Lockerbie bomber’s release: an oil deal.
On Lockerbie bomber’s release: an oil deal?
Gadhaffi’s son asks why so angry about Lockerbie bomber’s release.
More details on Lockerbie bomber’s health asked.
Victims from Lockerbie bomber against Gadhafi’s visit to NJ.

German general fully support airstrike

Posted in counterterrorism, foreign policy with tags , , , , , , , on September 10, 2009 by admin

German general backs officer in Afghan airstrike

Germany’s top military commander in Afghanistan said Wednesday he stood “fully behind” the German commander who called in a U.S. airstrike on fuel trucks hijacked by Taliban that killed civilians as well as insurgents.

Brig. Gen. Joerg Vollmer insisted in a phone interview with The Associated Press that Germany’s relations remain good with its NATO allies, including the United States, even after the U.S. military criticized the German officer who requested the attack in northern Kunduz province.

An Afghan official appointed by President Hamid Karzai to examine Friday’s attack said his best estimate of the death toll was 82, including at least 45 armed militants. (Problem here: how to discover who are terrorists and who are civilians, when no terrorist wears an identification?).

The top NATO and U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, has pledged a full investigation.

…Insurgents have stepped up attacks in Kunduz, a province dominated by Pashtuns — the largest Afghan ethnic group from which the Taliban garner their support and recruits. Some analysts say that insurgents have been able to operate with relative freedom because of the German military’s policy to make the security of its own troops its top priority.

Vollmer hinted that operations like Friday’s airstrike — the first German-led action in seven years to cause significant militant deaths — could become more frequent in future.

Vollmer blamed the tense security situation in Kunduz on the lack of Afghan police, the influx of former refugees returning from Pakistan and Iran, and efforts by militant groups to protect lucrative smuggling and extortion rackets from government interference.

To send more troops or not to send them: that is the Afghan question

Posted in counterterrorism, foreign policy with tags , , , , , , on September 9, 2009 by admin

That is the central question the NYT wants to answer in this article:

In deploying 68,000 American troops there by year’s end, President Obama has called Afghanistan “a war of necessity” to prevent the Taliban from recreating for Al Qaeda the sanctuary that the terrorist group had in the 1990s.
….In interviews, most counterterrorism experts said they believed the troops were needed to drive out Taliban fighters from territory they have steadily reclaimed in recent years. But critics on both the right and the left say that if the real goal is to prevent terrorist attacks on the United States, there may be alternatives to a large ground force in Afghanistan. They say Al Qaeda can be held at bay using intensive intelligence, Predator drones, cruise missiles, raids by Special Operations commandos, and even payments to warlords to deny haven to Al Qaeda.
…But most specialists on counterterrorism and counterinsurgency, both inside and outside the government, say the threat of terrorism cannot be confronted from a comfortable distance, such as by airstrikes or proxy forces alone. While it may take years to transform Afghanistan into a place that is hostile to Al Qaeda, they say, it may be the only way to keep the United States safe in the long term. Many agree with the classified strategy for a troop buildup that Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the top commander in Afghanistan, has presented to Mr. Obama and the Joint Chiefs of Staff in recent days. 

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The Guardian on Rashid Rauf

Posted in counterterrorism, court decisions, terrorist attacks with tags , , , on September 8, 2009 by admin

Terror suspect ‘was not prosecuted because of torture in Pakistan’ | UK news | guardian.co.uk

Plans to prosecute a terrorism suspect who is said to have played a key role in the airline bombing plot were abandoned because of the severe torture he suffered after being detained in Pakistan, according to intelligence sources who have spoken to Human Rights Watch.

In a report on Britain’s involvement in torture in Pakistan ‑ due to be published by the New York-based organisation later this month ‑ intelligence officials from Pakistan and the UK are quoted as saying Rashid Rauf could not be extradited and put on trial because of the extent of the mistreatment he had suffered.

The Pakistani officials are quoted as saying that their British counterparts were fully aware of what was happening to Rauf after he was detained in August 2006, while a former senior British intelligence officer is quoted as saying they were not.

The conviction of three men who attempted to blow up at least seven transatlantic airliners and murder more than 1,500 people has thrown up new questions about Rauf, who was born in Pakistan in January 1981 but was raised in Birmingham.

So, just considering he effectively was subjected to terrible torture (and if it’s true that he was subjected to electric shock indeed he was). But the problem to be prosecuted now is that it seems he was killed in Pakistan, after fleeing from West Midlands police while praying alone in a mosque before escaping. Afterwards, it was announced he was killed by a drone in north Waziristan.

If this guy really fled in this manner, being one of the main suspects of the plot to explode planes, leaving him alone praying there, was s truly stupid error. But that’s because we know the result. Imagine that police would have entered with him to control him while he was praying. I am sure the policemen would have been called everything from Islamophobes to racists.

What I really can’t understand yet, is why Pakistan is considered an “ally”. They are now claiming that fighting the taliban is “too difficult”, so they are not going to fight the new cruel (and effective) Taliban chief, Hakimullah Mehsud, because they “are worried” about him. But they engage with suspects brutally. This contradiction can’t be explained only or mainly by just US influence. My opinion is that the Taliban are allies against India specially because of Kashmir, while this guy from AQ can be threatening Pakistan, because of AQ’s stated goal related to Paki nukes.