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Global War On Terror Update: March 10, 2006
Europe - Dutch jail terror group
11:29 AM EDT | Posted By Oskar van Rijswijk
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The first ruling within the new Dutch anti-terror law: “Anyone who preaches hate and violence lays the basis for committing crimes directed at instilling fear among the people and destroying Dutch democracy.” Source: BBC

Global War On Terror Update: November 08, 2005
Australia - Australia Foils Terror Attack
04:32 AM EDT | Posted By Dan Spencer
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The BBC reports Australian police arrested 16 people in Sydney and Melbourne preventing a “potentially catastrophic attack.”

Chemicals, weapons, and computers were seized in raids on 23 houses in Sydney and Melbourne Tuesday, following a 16-month investigation.

“I'm satisfied that we have disrupted what I would regard as the final stages of a large-scale terrorist attack, or the launch of a terrorist attack:”

Prosecutor Richard Maidment told the court the men had formed a terrorist group to kill “innocent men and women in Australia”.

He claims they received military-style training in rural Australia and had discussions about bomb-making.

[. . .]

“The members of the Sydney group have been gathering chemicals of a kind that were used in the London Underground bombings,” Mr Maidment said, adding that Abu Bakr was the ringleader of both the Melbourne and Sydney groups.

From California Yankee.

Global War On Terror Update: October 10, 2005
Osama bin Laden - Quake Hits Area Where Osama Hides
09:16 AM EDT | Posted By Dan Spencer
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The Associated Press reminds us yesterday's tragic earthquake struck where the world's most wanted terrorist avoids justice, but maybe not mother nature's wrath:

No evidence suggests that the deadly earthquake that rocked Pakistan on Saturday injured or killed the world's top terror leader, Osama bin Laden.

The quake shook the border region of Afghanistan and Pakistan, where bin Laden is believed to be hiding. However, authorities at this point have no information indicating he's been injured or killed, said a U.S. official who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the information's sensitivity.

From California Yankee.

Global War On Terror Update: October 06, 2005
Homeland Threats - Reports of NYC Subway Threat
05:16 PM EDT | Posted By Billy Beck
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At this hour, CNN, MSNBC, and FNC are reporting that there will be an alert briefing by the New York City Police and Mayor addressing “unspecified threats for NYC subways”. The briefing scheduled to air at 5:30pm EDT.

Newsday (via Drudge)

(Reuters)

Global War On Terror Update: September 12, 2005
Palestinians - Monday Winds of War: Sept 12/05
05:18 AM EDT | Posted By Winds of Change.NET
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Welcome! Our goal at Winds of Change.NET is to give you one power-packed briefing of insights, news and trends from the global War on Terror that leaves you stimulated, informed, and occasionally amused every Monday & Thursday. Monday's Winds of War briefings are given by Security Watchtower.

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Other topics today include: Hezbollah still refuses to disarm; Iran's involvement in Iraq; al Qaeda in Saudi Arabia; Kudistan trail; Congressional hearings on Iran; Jordanian militants sentenced; 9/11 heroes honored; BRAC report; Islamic law in Ontario; Padilla detention; Liberia elections; Egypt elections; Georgian revolution; militants killed in Pakistan; U.S.-Britain labelled terrorists; Fast food bombings in Karachi; Conflict in Taiwan straights; Anti-terror measures in Australia; ties between London bombers & al Qaeda; Italy allows phone taps; suicide operations and more.


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Global War On Terror Update: September 01, 2005
Breaking News - 45 Years for Conspiring to Supporting and Funding al Qaeda and Hamas
01:32 PM EDT | Posted By Dan Spencer
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Reuters reports a Yemeni man was sentenced to 45 years in prison and fined $750,000 on Thursday for conspiring to support and fund al Qaeda and Hamas:

Mohammed Mohsen Yahya Zayed, 32, was convicted by a federal jury on March 10 of conspiring to provide material support and resources to al Qaeda and to Hamas.

[. . .]

His colleague Sheikh Mohammed Ali Hassan al-Moayad, 56, was sentenced in July to 75 years and fined $1.25 million in the same case. For each of five counts, al-Moayad received 15-year sentences, each to be served consecutively.

Prosecutor Kelly Moore said during the five-week trial that al-Moayad had ties to al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and had bragged about having “taught him about Islamic law.”

The sheikh was arrested in Germany in 2003 after telling a federal agent posing as an American businessman he would help him funnel money to militants, prosecutors said. The sheikh and Zayed, who prosecutors said worked in tandem, were later extradited to the United States.

Zayed's plea for leniency fell on deaf ears. As he handed down the sentence, Judge Sterling Johnson said:

Everyone all over the world should condemn terrorists and terrorist organizations.

Global War On Terror Update: August 31, 2005
Homeland Threats - Four Charged With Plotting Terror Attacks In L.A
11:12 PM EDT | Posted By Dan Spencer
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Reuters reports that the imprisoned founder of a radical Islamic group and three followers were indicted on Wednesday for plotting attacks on Los Angeles-area military facilities and synagogues, the Israeli consulate and El Al airlines.

The four men had purchased firearms with silencers, investigated making bombs and were ready to carry out attacks when two of them were caught robbing a gas station to fund the operation, U.S. Attorney Debra Yang told a news conference in Los Angeles.

“The evidence in this case indicates that the conspirators were on the verge of launching their attack,” she said, adding that the arrest had exposed “a chilling plot based on one man's interpretation of Islam.”

From California Yankee.

Global War On Terror Update: August 29, 2005
Europe - Fatwa Bans Suicide Bombings
02:20 PM EDT | Posted By Dan Spencer
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Agence France-Presse reports that a prominent London-based militant Islamic scholar has issued a fatwa banning suicide operations:

“To my mind, these operations are closer to suicide than to martyrdom-seeking, and they are taboo and not permissible” for a number of reasons, wrote Syrian-born Abdul Menem Mustafa Halimeh, alias Abu Baseer al-Tartussi, on his website.

The Saudi-owned pan-Arab daily Asharq Al-Awsat, which reported Tartussi's fatwa on Saturday, described him as a top ideologue for Islamist militants and said his edict had provoked angry reactions on Islamist websites, with some accusing him of letting down Al-Qaeda followers.

Tartussi cited several reasons for banning suicide operations including:

Suicide violates dozens of (Islamic) religious texts; and

Suicide bombings often “wrongfully killing innocent and sacred souls, be they Muslim or otherwise.”

From California Yankee.

Global War On Terror Update: August 22, 2005
Afganistan - Winds of War: Aug 22/05
11:22 PM EDT | Posted By Winds of Change.NET
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Welcome! Our goal at Winds of Change.NET is to give you one power-packed briefing of insights, news and trends from the global War on Terror that leaves you stimulated, informed, and occasionally amused every Monday & Thursday.

Today's Winds of War briefing is brought to you by evariste of Discarded Lies.

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  • JK: Meanwhile, here's some good news from Afghnistan. No, not Chrenkoff - but worthy. Just one of the good folks we're working with to keep these briefings going after Arthur Chrenkoff retires.

Other Topics Today Include:
Turkey holding Zarqawi confederate?; AQ chief in Saudi killed (yes, again); Putin flirts with Jordan; US permanent troop presence in Iraq details; US teams up with 4 countries against MS-13; NYPD & its Middle Eastern employees; ACLU whining; Arab Bank fined; two states of emergency along the border with Mexico; US shopping mall security learns from the Israelis; US mediates release of hundreds of POWs in Morocco; Mugabe tottering; how Binnie got da Bomb; 27 terrorist training camps in Pak sez India; JI US embassy truck-bomb plot thwarted; UK wrings hands as terrorists broadcast demoralizing messages inciting the death of its soldiers in Iraq-from their UK facilities!; IRA doings; UK appoints fox to guard hens; secret spilled; Bakri and Little Bakri still in the news and mucho mucho more…

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Global War On Terror Update: August 19, 2005
Breaking News - Missile Fired At US Navy Ship In Jordan
09:01 AM EDT | Posted By Dan Spencer
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The BBC reports a missile was fired at the USS Ashland docked in the Jordanian port of Aqaba:

“I can confirm that a rocket flew over the bow of USS Ashland and the rocket impacted in the roof of a warehouse. No sailors or marines were injured,” said Commander Breslau, of the US Fifth Fleet.

[. . .]

The USS Ashland and its sister amphibious ship, the USS Kearsarge, have been docked in Aqaba, Jordan's only sea port, for the past 10 days, witnesses said.

Both ships are reported to have left the port in response to the attack.

According to Bloomberg, second rocket landed at the airport in the neighboring Israeli city of Eilat at about 8:45 a.m. local time, partly exploding and causing unspecified damage.

From California Yankee.

- Sept. 11 Suspect Gets Seven Years
08:16 AM EDT | Posted By Dan Spencer
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A German Court today found Mounir el-Motassadeq guilty of membership of the Hamburg terror cell that took part in the 9/11 attacks and sentenced him to seven years. El-Motassadeq was accused of providing logistical help to the Hamburg al Qaeda cell that included 9/11 hijackers Mohamed Atta, Marwan al-Shehhi and Ziad Jarrah, but was acquitted of being accessory to the September 11 attacks.

Bloombergreports that the U.S. denied the Hamburg court's request to hear testimony from Ramzi Binalshibh, an alleged mastermind of the attacks, who is held by the U.S. at an undisclosed location after his capture in Pakistan in 2002. The U.S. only sent a summary of minutes from his interrogations that indicate El-Motassadeq may not have known about the attacks.

According to CNN, the U.S. Justice Department faxed the German court summaries of the interrogation of two key detainees: Ramzi Binalshibh and Khalid Shaikh Mohammed:

Binalshibh, believed to be the Hamburg cell's contact with al Qaeda, said “the only members of the Hamburg cell were himself, Atta, al-Shehhi and Jarrah,” according to the summary. He also said, “the activities of the Hamburg group were not known to el-Motassadeq.”

The group was “well known by a number of Arab students,” but “Binalshibh said that the people in question had no knowledge and were not participants in any facet of the operative plans of September 11.”

Mohammed is believed to have masterminded the 9/11 plot, and Ould Slahi, a Mauritanian man, is suspected to have been an al Qaeda contact in Germany.

According to the summary, the Justice Department had “doubts” about some of the testimony, but the summary did not elaborate.

Binalshibh also said that while el-Motassadeq had transferred money on behalf of one of the plotters, he did not know for what purpose. Mohammed told interrogators that Binalshibh had not told el-Motassadeq of the details for security reasons.

Binalshibh gave interrogators a list of more than a dozen names of people who he said had no knowledge of and did not take part in any aspect of the 9/11 plan. The list included Zacarias Moussaoui, a suspect being held in the United States.

From California Yankee.

Global War On Terror Update: August 17, 2005
Homeland Security - Able Danger
09:56 PM EDT | Posted By Pilgrim
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First article by New York Times.

The New York Times reports the anonymous source for the Able Danger story is Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer.

Northeast Intelligence Network looks at whether or not DOD attorneys had legal authority to stop the dissemination of the information uncovered by Able Danger.
[Caveat: some good research and more than a handful of personal opinion given as analysis]

This is going to get a lot more interesting before it goes away.

Global War On Terror Update: August 09, 2005
Afganistan - Good News From Afghanistan: 9 August 2005
06:46 AM EDT | Posted By Winds of Change.NET
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Note: Also available from “The Opinion Journal” and Chrenkoff. To James Taranto, Joe Katzman, and all of you who support the series, as always, many thanks.

Recently, a group of talented young Afghans found themselves abroad as great ambassadors for their country – for both good and bad reasons:

Four young Afghan students did more than merely stun their competitors when they came away with some of the top prizes at an international mathematics competition held recently in Almaty, Kazakhstan. They also changed how students from 22 other countries perceive Afghanistan.

Ahmad Mustafa Naseri and Mustafa Naseri, both 17 (and unrelated), students at the Turkish-run Afghan-Turk School in Kabul, won gold medals while Omid Sadiqyar and Mohammad Rafi Firoz, also 17 and students at a similar school in the northern Shiberghan province, were awarded silver medals following a day-long algebra competition in May.

Ahmad Mustafa said that while he was proud of his gold medal, he was saddened to discover that students from other countries thought of Afghanistan only as the home of terrorism, drugs production and internecine conflict.

“One competitor from Australia told me, ‘I was very surprised that Afghans were taking part in this competition – we always hear that Afghanistan is a major drug producer and a country for terrorists who are always fighting one another,’ ” said Ahmad Mustafa.

But now, Ahmad Mustafa said, the Australian promised to return home and talk of the talented and brave Afghans he had met.

The Australian student is not alone – the negative image of Afghanistan is quite widespread, as the latest Harris Poll shows:

While the U.S. public has been paying a fair amount of attention to the situation in Iraq, they have not been paying as much attention to Afghanistan. However, when asked specifically about the situation in Afghanistan, U.S. adults, on the whole, feel quite negative about the prospects for success.

Sadly, there simply aren't enough gifted math students in Afghanistan to send abroad to unmake the negative image of their country being perpetrated by the Western media. Focusing almost exclusively on drugs and violence might make for exciting news, but it does great disservice both to the people of Afghanistan, who already have to work under great disadvantages to turn around one of the most impoverished nations on earth, but also to the international public, on whose strong support the Afghans are relying to rebuild their country.

Below, the past four weeks’ worth of stories from the other Afghanistan.

Global War On Terror Update: August 08, 2005
Homeland Security - Monday Winds of War: Aug 8/05
07:06 AM EDT | Posted By Winds of Change.NET
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Welcome! Our goal at Winds of Change.NET is to give you one power-packed briefing of insights, news and trends from the global War on Terror that leaves you stimulated, informed, and occasionally amused every Monday & Thursday.

Today's Winds of War briefing is brought to you by evariste of Discarded Lies.

Top Topics

Other Topics Today Include:
Ahmadinejad gets snubbed, snubs back; Egyptian torture; AIPAC lobbyists charged; Revolution ain't coming to Iran; FBI's translation backlog swells; unwelcome customs laxity; Mauritania coup; Jaish e Mo to hijack jet; India to fence off Banglia; Aus. to join UK, France in terror-preacher eviction measures; Chechnya jihad on Wahhabis; Aus. and Canada want to sell uranium to China; 7 in 10 Guantanamites to be repatriated; Binnie large and in charge sez old pal; the Saudis Knew! and much more…

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Global War On Terror Update: July 29, 2005
London Terror Attacks - Major raid on in London
08:16 AM EDT | Posted By Andrew Ian Dodge
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Sky is reporting a major raid: including stun grenades and at least one controlled explosion in uber-trendy Notting Hill off Tavistock road. It is believed they have arrested someone who may be one of the bombers.

“It is half a mile or so from where a bomb was left on Thursday last week and discovered later by a member of the public.”

The Army are said to be involved as well.

Global War On Terror Update: July 28, 2005
Breaking News - North American Muslims Issue Fatwa Against Terrorism
03:05 PM EDT | Posted By Dan Spencer
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The Associated Press reports that North American Muslims issued a fatwa against terrorism:

In the fatwa, the 18-member Fiqh Council of North America wrote that people who commit terrorism in the name of Islam were “criminals, not 'martyrs':”

“There is no justification in Islam for extremism or terrorism,” the scholars wrote. “Targeting civilians' life and property through suicide bombings or any other method of attack is haram - or forbidden.”

According to the Associated Press, the fatwa did not specifically address suicide bombings in a war, but the scholars barred Muslims from helping anyone “involved in any act of terrorism or violence.” The council also declared that Muslims were obligated to help law enforcement officials protect civilians:

“It is the civic and religious duty of Muslims to cooperate with law enforcement authorities,” according to the Fiqh Council. The term “fiqh” refers to Islamic legal issues and understanding the faith's religious law.

[. . .]

“We pray for the defeat of extremism and terrorism,” the scholars wrote. “We pray for the safety and security of our country, the United States, and its people. We pray for the safety and security of all inhabitants of our planet.”

UPDATE: The text of the fatwa is posted here:

From California Yankee.

Egypt - Thursday Winds of War: July 28/05
03:05 AM EDT | Posted By Winds of Change.NET
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Welcome! Our goal at Winds of Change.NET is to give you one power-packed briefing of insights, news and trends from the global War on Terror that leaves you stimulated, informed, and occasionally amused every Monday & Thursday. In addition, we also have our in-depth Iraq Report today.

Today's Winds of War briefing is brought to you by Colt of Eurabian Times and USMC_Vet of The Word Unheard.

Top Topics

  • Egyptian authorities were tipped off to an impending attack at Sharm al-Sheikh, but tightened security around casinos rather than hotels. A passionate exchange involving an Egyptian parliament minister, Hamadein Sabahi, on an Egyptian television network is stunning. The minister praises al Qaida 'when it kills Americans…Any kidnapping and slaughtering of an Amerinca in Iraq is good.' His counterpart condemns al-Qaeda and bin Laden…because they do not lend material support to Islamic Jihad and Hamas in Palestine and Tel Aviv is still standing.
    These are among the leaders of Egypt, the country to whom Israel is going to turn over security along the Philadelphi Route along the Gaza-Egyptian border in October.
  • The British bombers who failed in their attack attempts on 7/21 were seen by neighbors returning to their apartment to rearm themselves for another attack. While British intelligence and police search their land for terrorists, Kofi Annon hopes old Irish nuns receive equal scrutiny.

Other Topics Today Include:
Iran resuming enrichment, no matter what, now; The Rise of the IRGC; Algerian diplomats killed in Iraq; Army Force Structure revised; Mullah Omar calls for Jihadist unity as Arab Afghans name an Egyptian as head; Syria in the crosshairs; Has al Qaeda infiltrated the CIA and FBI?; School for suicide bombers discovered in northern Italy and much, much more.

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Global War On Terror Update: July 26, 2005
al Qaeda - Special Analysis: Degrees of Decentralization
12:02 PM EDT | Posted By Winds of Change.NET
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[by counter-terror analyst Dan Darling]

Dan Nexon, who is among other things an assistant professor at Georgetown, asked some very interesting questions as to whether or not there is an organized terror network. As an advocate of this position, I feel inclined to answer them and hope that others will agree.

Dan writes in the comments of this thread:

Dan may be right, or he may be wrong. But conclusive evidence either way? We lack that - at least in the public domain - in spades.

Ah, but do we? I don't think so and neither does Michael Scheuer, the man who once headed up the CIA's bin Laden unit. Regardless of one's opinion of his views on other issues, I think that we can definitely agree that Scheuer is in a position to know on these topics and one of the reasons he wrote Through Our Enemies' Eyes was to demonstrate to other CIA analysts the value of open-source information in intelligence analysis. Like its successor Imperial Hubris, Through Our Enemies' Eyes definitely supports the idea that there is an organized terror network, as does Richard Clarke's Against All Enemies if one desires another insider account. Other statements and court documents issued by European anti-terrorism judges as Baltasar Garzon and Jean-Louis Bruguiere likewise support this opinion. Newsweek even took the administration to task for assuming otherwise in an August 2004 article entitled “Like Clockwork” that includes the following statement:

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Homeland Security - Monday Winds of War: July 25/05
11:56 AM EDT | Posted By Winds of Change.NET
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Welcome! Our goal at Winds of Change.NET is to give you one power-packed briefing of insights, news and trends from the global War on Terror that leaves you stimulated, informed, and occasionally amused every Monday & Thursday.

Today's Winds of War briefing is brought to you by evariste of Discarded Lies.

Top Topics

Other Topics Today Include:
Italy to stay in Iraq a spell; Palestinian civil war; PDB to merge with daily terror threat report; nuclear terrorism response simulation; Kenya arrests five; Clinton prods on Mugabe; Pak nuke worries; Euro arrest warrant made toothless; UK to act on imams; Zawahiri a KGB agent and more…

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Global War On Terror Update: July 23, 2005
Spain - Blasts in Spanish City
12:22 PM EDT | Posted By Michele Catalano
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An explosion shook the northwest Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela on Saturday, leaving glass shards scattered across a central plaza and prompting police to cordon off the area, a witness told CNN.

Officials in Santiago de Compostela, the political capital of Spain's northwest region of Galicia, and at the Interior Ministry in Madrid, had no immediate comment.

Some Spanish news reports said there were no injuries and that one person had been detained, but officials could not immediately confirm those details to CNN.

An employee at the two-star Husa Universal Hotel, located on the Plaza de Galicia, said, “I heard the bomb. The police have blocked off the area.”

Read more..

London Terror Attacks - Man Shot in Subway Not Connected to 7/21
12:19 PM EDT | Posted By Michele Catalano
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Just a breaking headline for now:

London police say man shot dead at subway station Friday “not connected” to Thursday's attempted bombings.

Details soon.

Update:


The man shot dead by police in south London yesterday is not connected to attempted terror attacks on the capital, Scotland Yard said today.

“For somebody to lose their life in such circumstances is a tragedy and one that the Metropolitan Police Service regrets,” said a spokesman.

The fatal shooting happened in Stockwell at 10am yesterday when armed plain clothes police officers shot a man as he tried to board a train at the underground station.

He had emerged from a nearby house that was under surveillance because of a suspected link to Thursday’s attempted bomb attacks on three Tube trains and a bus.

The man, whose name has not yet been released, was then followed by surveillance officers.

He is thought to have caught a bus to Stockwell Tube station where he was challenged by officers, who told him to stop.

The man, who is believed to be of South American appearance, then bolted down an escalator, according to witnesses.

He apparently tried to get on a train before he was, according to witnesses, shot five times in the head by an officer with an automatic pistol.

More at Sky

Homeland Threats - Guantanamo GI's Blast Visiting Home State Democrats
11:57 AM EDT | Posted By Zoe Brain
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From the Washington Times :

Soldiers from Massachusetts and Hawaii who work at the U.S. military detention facility at U.S. Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, gave visiting home-state senators a piece of their mind last week.
Sens. Edward M. Kennedy, Massachusetts Democrat, and Daniel K. Akaka, Hawaii Democrat, met with several soldiers during a visit led by Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. John W. Warner, Virginia Republican.
Pentagon officials said soldiers criticized the harsh comments made recently by Senate Democrats.
Sen. Richard J. Durbin of Illinois, the Senate's No. 2 Democrat, last month invoked widespread military outrage when he compared Guantanamo to the prison labor systems used by communist tyrant Josef Stalin, Cambodia's Pol Pot and Adolf Hitler.
“They got stiff reactions from those home-state soldiers,” one official told us. “The troops down there expressed their disdain for that kind of commentary, especially comparisons to the gulag.”
A spokesman for Mr. Kennedy had no comment. A spokeswoman for Mr. Akaka confirmed that the senator met with soldiers from Hawaii but did not recall receiving any complaints during the meeting.
Both senators made no mention of the incident in press statements after the visit.
Egypt - Islamic Militants Claim Responsibility for Egypt Attacks
04:59 AM EDT | Posted By Michele Catalano
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AP:

A group citing ties to al-Qaida claimed responsibility for the bombings that killed at least 62 people Saturday at the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.

The group, calling itself the Abdullah Azzam Brigades in Syria and Egypt, made the claim in a statement posted on an Islamic Web site.

It said its “holy warriors targeted the Ghazala Gardens hotel and the Old Market in Sharm el-Sheikh.''

The authenticity of the statement could not be immediately verified.

Egypt - Mulitple Car Bombs At Egyptian Resort ;, At Least 80 Dead (Updated 7:20am EST)
04:58 AM EDT | Posted By Michele Catalano
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Breaking: 7:10 pm - 7/22

Reuters:

An explosion shook the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh on Saturday, starting a fire and sending a cloud of smoke up over the town, a resident said.

The explosion, audible more than one km (half a mile) away, appeared to take place in a market area which includes shops popular with tourists, said the resident, who asked not to be named.

Will update.

update:

The first explosion, shortly after one a.m., was audible more than one km (half a mile) away, he said. It started a fire and smoke billowed over the town.

About 15 minutes later, two explosions were audible from the direction of Naama Bay, about six km (four miles) away, he said. Naama Bay has dozens of luxury hotels popular with divers and holidaymakers from Europe.

This source says three killed in five blasts.

Update: MSNBC is saying car bombs

AP

At least two large explosions rocked the Red Sea tourist resort of Sharm el-Sheik on the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula late Friday, and a hotel was heavily damaged, witnesses said.

The explosions could be felt miles from the site and smoke was seen rising from the area, witnesses said. There was no immediate word on casualties.

One blast hit the Ghazala Gardens hotel, a four-star resort on the main tourist strip in the Naama Bay area of Sharm el-Sheik, witnesses said. A second blast was heard in the Old Market, another Sharm neighborhood.

“The hotel was completely burned down, destroyed,'' said Amal Mustafa, 28, an Egyptian who was visiting with her family and who drove by the Ghazala Gardens.

Reuters reports that there were four car bombs.

A third person, Ahmed Fawzi, an Egyptian lawyer visiting Naama Bay on business, told Reuters that one of the explosions ripped the door of his office off its hinges.

When he went outside to find out what happened, bystanders said four cars had exploded in the car park of the Moevenpick Hotel. President Hosni Mubarak has a holiday villa in the adjacent Golf Hotel

At least 20 dead

100 wounded, at least

Fox says 25 dead

Map of area

Ghazala Gardens

Sources say rescue forces are having trouble reaching the bomb scenes.

Update: Death toll at 30.

Fox is reporting SEVEN blasts.

Reports that death toll is near 40.

Al Jazeera says 27 Egyptian soldiers are missing in the wake of the blast.

More updates (5am):

More details about the bombings:

At least four car bombs were used in the attack, said a security official in the operations control room in Cairo monitoring the crisis. One went off in the driveway of the Ghazala Gardens hotel, a 176-room four-star resort on the main strip of hotels in Naama Bay, said the governor of South Sinai province, Mustafa Afif………..Another car bomb exploded in the Old Market, an area a few miles away, killing 17 people — believed to be Egyptians — sitting at a outdoor coffee shop, the control room official said. Three minibuses were set ablaze. It was not clear if they were carrying passengers, the official said.

Another blast went off near the Movenpick Hotel, said a receptionist there who declined to identify himself.

More details:

In the most devastating attack, a bomber rammed his car into Ghazala Gardens Hotel, according to an eyewitness.

“A suicide car bomber forced the barrier at the entrance of the hotel. A member of the security staff tried to stop him but he sped towards the reception and there was a huge explosion,” an unnamed hotel employee told AFP news agency.

Parts of the front walls of the hotel collapsed, trapping people under the rubble.

A few hundred metres away, a bomb went off in a car park near the Moevenpick Hotel and popular nightlife spots, causing widespread damage and casualties.

In the Old Market area blast, about four kilometres (2.5 miles) away, 17 people - believed to be Egyptian workers - were killed as they gathered at a street cafe, rescue officials said.

7:22 am:

Death toll has been raised to 83.

: Eight foreigners were among at least 83 people killed in multiple bombings in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh on Saturday, Egyptian police said.

Two Britons, two Italians, one Ukrainian, one Russian, one Dutch citizen and one Israeli of Arab descent died, the sources told AFP.

Egyptians were believed to have taken the brunt of the blasts with medics putting the overall death toll at 83.

Police said 30 bodies still had to be identified.

London Terror Attacks - Second Arrest Made in 7/21 Attacks
04:56 AM EDT | Posted By Michele Catalano
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FOX

British police have made a second arrest in connection to an attempted bomb attack on London's transit systems.

The suspect was apprehended in Stockwell, the south London neighborhood where another suspect was detained Friday and another man was fatally shot by police in a subway station, Scotland Yard said.

Global War On Terror Update: July 22, 2005
London Terror Attacks - Man Arrested in Bomb Probe
02:44 PM EDT | Posted By Michele Catalano
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A man has been arrested in connection with Thursday's attempted bomb attacks on London's transport system, police say.

Scotland Yard said Friday's arrest took place at an address in Stockwell, south London, as “part of the investigation into the incidents of July 21.”

Police would not comment on whether the man was one of four shown in CCTV pictures of suspects released Friday

.

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London Terror Attacks - Armed Police Searching House in London/ 4 Suspectes ID'd [Updated}
10:45 AM EDT | Posted By Michele Catalano
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SKY

Detectives investigating the attempted bombings in London are searching a house in north west London near Paddington.

Armed police are carrying out an operation at a house in the Harrow Road area of West Kilburn, Scotland Yard has confirmed.

Sky's Correspondent Graham Leach, who is at the scene, said there is a “formidable” police presence.

He added that two women and a teenage boy have reportedly been searched by police.

The operation is reportedly centred on a Thai restaurant.

Also:

CNN:

Fatal shooting in subway station linked to ongoing anti-terror probe, London police say. Images released of four men wanted in connection with failed bombings.

[..]

Four suspects in Thursday's attempted bombings of three London train stations and a double-decker bus have been identified through closed circuit television footage, a police source with knowledge of the investigation said.

CCTV images of the four suspects were later shown.

One commuter Teri Godly described how she had stood next to the man the British media described as a suspected suicide bomber before police charged in and shot him several times.

“A tall Asian guy, shaved head, slight beard, with a rucksack got in front of me,” she told Sky News television.

More as we get it…

More on the search:

A witness earlier said heavily armed police had descended on part of Harrow Road in west London, shouting at people to stay off the streets.

“There's what looks like a bomb disposal-type vehicle, armoured, and there's several armed officers around it,” Houst Monfaradi told BBC television, adding there was a huge police presence in the area.

“About half hour an ago, police ran up my road telling everyone to get inside their houses. Anyone who even pops their head out, they scream at them: 'get inside your house'.”

Looks like there is an incident in Canary Wharf. Picture and story here.

Here's one suspect:

CNN has the four photos on the front page.

London Terror Attacks - Al Qaeda Linked Group Claims Responsibility for 7/21 Attacks
07:24 AM EDT | Posted By Michele Catalano
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A statement posted Friday on an Islamic website in the name of an al-Qaeda-linked group claimed responsibility for latest blasts targeting London's transport system.

The group, Abu Hafs al Masri Brigade, also claimed responsibility for the July 7 bombings which killed 52 people and four suicide bombers.

The statement's authenticity could not be immediately verified.

“Our strikes in the depths of the capital of the British infidels our only a message to other European governments that we will not relent and sit idle before the infidel soldiers will leave the land of the two rivers,” said the statement.

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London Terror Attacks - Police Kill Suspected Suicide Bomber in London Station [Updated 11:00am EST]
06:11 AM EDT | Posted By Michele Catalano
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Just a breaking headline, link in a minute.

From BBC:


A man has been shot at Stockwell Tube station by armed police officers, police confirm.

Passengers were evacuated from a Tube train on the Northern Line station in south London after the incident.

Passenger Mark Whitby told BBC News he had seen an Asian man shot five times by “plain-clothes police officers”.

Services on the Victoria and Northern lines have been suspended following a request by the police, London Underground said.

Fox is reporting the suspect is dead, but they have no link yet, just a headline.

Also in regards, to the Asian description: 'Asian' in the UK sense means exclusively somebody from the Indian subcontinent, i.e. Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Sri Lankan.

SKY:

Alarmed onlookers said they saw police, some in plain clothes, chasing a man before opening fire.

Reports said the suspect was pushed to the ground and shot five times at close range.

Passenger Briony Coetsee said: “We were on the tube and then we suddenly heard someone say 'get out, get out' and then we heard gunshots.”

Air and road ambulance crews have been sent to the scene and unconfirmed reports suggest the man was involved in Thursday's assault on the capital.

I guess five shots at close range would confirm that he's dead.

CNN:

Witness Mark Whitby told the BBC Friday that an Asian man was shot five times at close range after he had jumped on a train at Stockwell station — close to the Oval, one of four sites targeted by suspected bombers on Thursday — was a suspected suicide bomber.

Whitby said the train was standing in the station with its doors open when the Asian man ran on, pursued by three plainclothes officers.

I'd venture to say that by “suspected suicide bomber,” they mean one of the suspects from yesterday. It's not likely they're going to shoot a guy loaded with explosives in the tube station.

Update:

Sky:

Chris Wells, a 28-year-old company manager, said he was travelling on the Victoria Line towards Vauxhall when he left the train at Stockwell.

He saw about 20 police officers, some of them armed, rushing into the station before a man jumped over the barriers with police giving chase.

He said: “There were at least 20 officers and they were carrying big black guns.

“The next thing I saw was this guy jump over the barriers and the police officers were chasing after him and everyone was just shouting 'get out, get out'.”

Also breaking:

A group linked to al Qaeda has claimed responsibility for the latest London bombings, as forensic teams examine the rucksack bombs found on a bus and in Tube trains.

The group, Abu Hafs al Masri Brigade, also claimed responsibility for the explosions on July 7.

The statement's authenticity could not be immediately verified and some doubt has been cast on the group's previous claims.

There had been rumors of a mosque being surrounded - looks like a false alarm and the incident is over.

And now my sources say that the suspect was a wearing a large, heavy coat - perhaps to conceal explosives - and that he was shot in the head.

The police are giving a briefing soon. We'll find out. Maybe.

Two clarifications:


Sky News Crime Correspondent Martin Brunt said: “The officer or officers involved in this clearly felt this suspect was about to detonate a bomb.”

And: An earlier bomb threat targeting a mosque in east London has been given the all-clear by police.

Update 7:20:

This is such an odd story - eyewitness accounts differ from official accounts right now, plus there are tons of swirling rumors - black bags, smoke, bomb threats, etc. that it will be a while before it all clears up.

11:30

Dead man has been confirmed as suspected Oval St. (would-be) bomber.

Global War On Terror Update: July 21, 2005
London Terror Attacks - More Attacks in London[Updated 2:35pm EST]
11:29 AM EDT | Posted By Michele Catalano
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8:26 am: Just breaking, trying to get some info.

Sky News:

There have been unconfirmed reports of an apparently minor explosion on the London Underground.

A series of incidents have been reported near Warren Street, Oval and Shepherd's Bush stations on the London Underground.

Fox is reporting that a building have been evactuated and smoke is coming from undeground.

BBC:

The whole of the Northern Line has been suspended, along with the Victoria Line and the Hammersmith and City. One hospital has begun its emergency plan.

A spokesman for London Underground said the nature of the incidents was unknown.

There are no reports of any casualties.

One hospital, near Warren St station, has started its emergency procedure.

Sky again:


Train passenger Ivan McCracken told Sky News he spoke to an Italian man who witnessed an explosion.

“He told me he had seen a man carrying a rucksack which suddenly exploded. It was a minor explosion but enough to blow open his rucksack. Everyone rushed from the carriage. People evacuated very quickly. There was no panic.

“I didn't see anyone injured but there was shock and fright.

“There was a smell of smoke.”

“The man who was holding the rucksack looked extremely dismayed.

Police have cordoned off the streets around Warren Street station. They said a suspect package had been reported on a Victoria Line train.

FOX tv is reporting that Scotland Yard said there was an “incident” on a bus - Hackney Road bus.

BBC has confirmed the bus incident.

BBC now reporting detonators only, no explosions.

People have been talking about shooting, but sources believe they mistook the sounds of the detonators for gunshots.

Also, any reports of nailbombs - and there have been several - have been denied.

From a reader in the comments:

Email from a friend in Shepherd's Bush,

“I had just got on the train at Sheperds Bush (H&C Line) when it all kicked off there.

Didn't here a bang, people were calm, aussie bloke said “fuck this, more explosives!” and pegged it.

Out of the station and a woman told me a guy in the last carriage was laid on his back, that his backpack had exploded and everyone had come into her carriage crying…”

Ok, now Reuters is reporting that the nail bomb story is true.

Update: No casualties on bus, which seems to have been evacauated before the “incident,” and one injury at Warren Street.

This is looking very much like a planned bombing that didn't quite go off.

Guardian

A British Transport Police spokesman said: “One person has received an injury at Warren Street. “We cannot confirm what the injury is, how it was received or who serious it is. We are still waiting for more information.”

FOX:

Simon Marks, president and chief correspondent for Feature Story News, was reporting from the Warren Street Underground station for FOX News. He said the area was cordoned off as dozens of fire trucks and emergency vehicles were arriving.

“I think this looks like much more than a false alarm at this point,” Marks told FOX News.

From Rich, in the comments:

Queens college hospital is being sealed of by armed police, the injured person may be one of the would be bombers.

Update 9:20

SKY:

Sky News Foreign Affairs editor Tim Marshall said: “There is a bus parked there which is empty and there is nobody anywhere near it. This does indicate that police think the bus is still dangerous.”

Sky News Online's Rob Cole is at Shepherd's Bush. He said: “The whole of Shepherd's Bush Green is sealed off. About 400 metres on both sides of the Tube station is affected.”

Network Rail say all mainline train services are running from London stations.

Reports of HazMat teams on the site now.

Just got a report that CNN is reporting one person dead - will check on that.

Here's that nail bomb confirm by Reuters.

Update: the death seems to be a rumor but there is one definite injured person. Also, FOX tv reporting that a chase of a suspect and arrest has ensued….will look for link on that.

9:45:

London police have confirmed four explosions.(via Fox headline)

From TCP contributor Andrew:


The police are saying its not a “major incident” yet…it seems its become “major” now. UCL Hospital has been cordoned off by police. Mobile network has been cut off and tube network is shut down. Bombs seem to be smaller than last time but they are not sure what is going on. People are being told to stay where we are.

Update 10:00

Reports that this has been upgraded to a MAJOR incident.

BBC confirms reports of armed men entering University College Hospital.

All signs point to the injured person being one of the terrorists.

A Flckr photoset from Warren St. today

Blair speaking in a few moments…

Reports of an arrest being made…

Incident map

Pictures here

From Fox:


Police in chemical protection suits were seen preparing to enter the Warren Street station. Sky News reported that police said no chemical agents were involved in the explosions.

There was also an incident at 10 Downing Street, where British Prime Minister Tony Blair's offices are located. Two police officers trained their guns on a man before leading him off the premises; his shirt was unbuttoned in the front.

11:00

SKY: An internal memo to staff at the hospital has warned them to be on the lookout for a black male, possibly of Asian origin, about 6ft 2ins tall, wearing a blue top with wires protruding from the rear of the top.

Blair Speaks:


“We can't minimizes incidents such as this … we know why these things are done — they're done to scare people, to frighten, to make them anxious and worried,” British Prime Minister Tony Blair said during a press conference with Australian Prime Minister John Howard, who was in London for a meeting with his British counterpart.

Blair added that he has spoken with Metropolitan police ommissioner and that, “his hope is that things can now get back to normal again as quickly as possible.”

“I think we've just got to react calmly and continue with our business as much as possible as normal,” the prime minister added.

Blair also thanked Howard for Australia's support in the War on Terrorism (search), particularly after the July 7 bombings in the United Kingdom, which took the life of one Australian.

“This scourge of terrorism is one that we all face together,” Blair said.

“Terrorism is the enemy of all free people,” added Howard.

Lots of speculation on this being the work of copy cat bombers. Guardian:


One thing is clear about this afternoon's events: the bombers and bomb makers were very different from the suicide bombers whose attacks exactly two weeks ago killed more than 50 people.

First indications suggested those responsible for today’s attacks were “amateurs” and their bombs were crude. There is a report for example, that one of the devices was a nail bomb.

[…]

But so many questions remain. Were they copy-cat bombers? Were the targets chosen in the form of the four points of the compass - north, south, east, west, like the July 7 bombs were supposed to be?

11:37

FOX reporting that the explosives are the same type used in the July 7th attacks.

No trace of chemical agents

BBC reporter's log

What happened on the Number 26 Bus

In regards the the “Asian” description of the suspect, please read this comment.

Continue reading "More Attacks in London[Updated 2:35pm EST]"

London Terror Attacks - LIve Blogging Tony Blair
10:43 AM EDT | Posted By Alan
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Listening to this live via BBC. These are as near to quotes as I can manage:

  • Can't minimize incidents like this
  • We know whey they're done … to scare people.
  • Fortunately, in this instance, there appear to have been no casualties.
  • We've go to react calmly.
  • I will go back to the schedule of meetings I had.

[Ed: Now he goes into thanking the Aussie Prime minister for his visit, etc. No idea if he knows police just arrested a man near Downing Street]

London Terror Attacks - Liveblogging The BBC
10:40 AM EDT | Posted By Alan
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I'm listening to the BBC on my sat radio here in the office. I'll post their updates here as they come; apologies for typos.

  • Three stations evacuated and three lines shut down: Oval, Warren Street, Shepherds Bush
  • So far, no reports of casualties
  • Smoking coming from at least one of the stations
  • Also an incident on a bus in East London: There was a “bang” and windows on the top level of the bus were blown out
  • Reports that the explosions came from “detonators, not bombs”
  • 9:06 am est — BBC now reports one person injured at Warren Street
  • 9:07 am est — Correspondent at Warren Street says passers-by were making claims of smoke and a “bang.” Area being sealed off by police now. No ambulances.
  • 9:07 am est — Correspondent at Shepherds Bush says area is being cordoned off
  • 9:11 am est — Bus official: Incident was on the #26 bus in Hackney. Again, top windows blown out.
  • 9:12 am est – Fire brigade spokesman says smoke was seen coming from Warren Street station
  • 9:12 am est – DID HE GET AWAY? Eyewitness at Oval: Like a loud balloon pop; something on the floor looked like it had exploded; a man ran - ran right by me - with others screaming to “stop him”; he left a bag on the train.
  • 9:16 am est - London hospital near the incidents has NOT been asked to prepare for unusual casualties.
  • 9:17 am est – Eyewitness at Warren Street live on the phone with BBC: People said a bag had exploded that people in that carriage had seen, but they were not hurt. The train then pulled into the station and everyone got off the train.
  • 9:27 am est – Correspondent at Warren Street: Police cordon is up. Situation still confused. No sense of immediate panic. Ambulances on stand-by. Police are asking the cordon to move further back.
  • 9:33 am est – BBC reports London Police Chief has confirmed there had been four explosions, but that they were very small ones. Cordon at Shepherds Bush also being moved back.
  • 9:41 am est - Reports at Oval (I think … typing fast here0 of eyewitness seeing a “small, black rucksack that had been split open” with a white material coming out.

[Ed: Wonder if these folks forgot to synchronize watches …]

  • 9:42 am est - News conference by London Police Chief: Londoners can help by staying where they are and giving the transport system a break.
  • 9:55 am est - Correspondent at Warren Street: Two officials going into Warren Street station in “full protective equipment” [Ed - Unclear if these were Hazmat or not, but they were described as “Michelin Men”]; since then, the journalists have been moved back from about 100 meters to 300-400 meters away.
  • 9:56 am est - Correspondent at Oval: Press being moved back to 300+ meters there as well. [Ed: Seems all the cordons are being moved substantially back] Another report of a suspicous man running from the scene.
  • 10:36 am est - A man has been arrested by armed police in Whitehall outside the Ministry of Defense.
  • 10:51 am est - London police: No evidence of any chem or bio. Conventional event only.
London Terror Attacks - BREAKING: Man Arrested In Whitehall
10:37 AM EDT | Posted By Alan
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Listening to BBC radio live: Armed police rushed out of police cars toward a man who was standing outside the Ministry of Defense at Whitehall, not far from Downing Street. He has been arrested. This has just happened in the past few moments. Man appears to have been Asian or Middle-Eastern.

- Four Explosions Confirmed On Tubes and A Bus
10:12 AM EDT | Posted By Dan Spencer
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MSNBC Reports London's police chief Ian Blair told reporters there were four explosions or attempted explosions. The explosions were reported at three subway stations and a bus:

Police announced they were sending emergency teams to the Warren Street, Shepherds Bush and Oval stations after reports at lunch time of unspecified incidents. One witness told Sky TV that another subway passenger told him a backpack exploded at the Warren Street station and there were reports of smoke.

Sky TV, quoting a police source, said the reported explosions were detonators rather than bombs themselves. However, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair later referred to the explosions as bombs smaller than those used on July 7.

Prime Minister Tony Blair canceled his afternoon appointments as the developments unfolded.

The BBC is now reporting that Police chief Sir Ian Blair appealed to Londoners to stay where they were and said the transport system was effectively being shut down:

One person was injured at Warren Street. There were reports the injured person may have been holding a rucksack containing the detonator.

[. . .]

Police said armed officers had been deployed to University College Hospital after an incident.

The whole of the Northern Line has been suspended, along with the Victoria Line and the Hammersmith and City line.

[. . .]

A number of other stations were closed including Westminster tube station, Waterloo tube station and King's Cross Thameslink. There were also reports that St Paul's tube and Oxford Circus tube station were closed.

Tony Blair cancelled events in the afternoon and will be attending a meeting of the Cobra committee along with Foreign Secretary Jack Straw.

UK - Updates from London
09:40 AM EDT | Posted By Andrew Ian Dodge
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There are reports of 4 more attacks in London. Three tube attacks and one incident on a bus. A nail bomb was used in one incident. No reports of injurty, and the locations: a bus in Hackney and tubes stations at Shepherd's Bush, Warren Street, and Oval. One injury at Warren Street; it looks as if the detonator wwent off and not the bomb. Was another suicide bombing that went wrong. My reporter on the ground near Shepherd's Bush says lot of emergency activity around the station. Warren Street was a nail bomb attack.

Oval attack seems to have been a failed attack with popping of detonators but not explosion. Someone was seen running from the scene. Bus in Hackney has bomb on it. People in chemical suits are now being seen going into Warren Street tube. Attempted suicide bombings at Oval was done by a man standing next to a woman with a baby; the man was scene running away being chased.

The police are saying it's not a “major incident”, yet…it seems it's become “a serious incident” now. UCL Hospital has been cordoned off by police. Mobile network has been cut off and tube network is shut down. Bombs seem to be smaller than last time, but they are not sure what is going on. People are being told to stay where we are.

An arrest has been made by armed police in UCL hospital. UCL was in lock-down. Man was seen running down Tottenham Court being chased by armed police. Police had asked staff at the hospital to look for a bearded Asian man with a ruck-sack with wires coming out of it. He has been described as “on the loose”; now it seems there are 3 or 4 men on the loose. They are being sought, naturally.

The Hammersmith & City line was the one affected in Shepherd's Bush. No confimation of explosion at Shepherd's bus however they are searching the area. Bakerloo and Piccadilly have been shut down as well.

Update: A man has been taken away by armed police (with weapons out) at the gates of Downing Street.

Update II: Tabitha + bandmates/friends of the band are all well and accounted for. Much to my relief.

Update III: US Embassy has been closed.

Update IV: Police Commissioner: Attacks were “pretty close to co-ordinated.”

Update V: Bus bomb was identical to device that blew up bus two weeks ago. A device was found on bus in Hackney.

Update VI: Suspect back-pack has closed St Albans station.

Update: A serious incident is going at UCL hospital with SO13 and significant armed response units. UCL is under lock-down and surrounded.

Global War On Terror Update: July 18, 2005
Afganistan - Monday Winds of War: July 18/05
06:23 AM EDT | Posted By Winds of Change.NET
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Welcome! Our goal at Winds of Change.NET is to give you one power-packed briefing of insights, news and trends from the global War on Terror that leaves you stimulated, informed, and occasionally amused every Monday & Thursday. In addition, we also have our in-depth Iraq Report today.

Today's Winds of War briefing is brought to you by Bill Roggio and evariste of Discarded Lies.

Top Topics

  • DHS Secretary Chertoff announced plans to centralize intelligence and terror analysis, prioritize bioterrorism, and improve WMD detection systems for public transportation. The chain of command is being shaken up extensively as well. Controversially, a split-up of FEMA, the federal emergency management, preparedness and disaster response agency, is also in the cards. The department's Emergency Preparedness Directorate may be dismantled.
  • Australia is stepping up with 150 SAS special forces troops for the Afghanistan mission in the Global War on Terror. This is up from its current troop deployment level of one (there was previously a larger contingent, later withdrawn). It may also send a 200-person provincial reconstruction team later. More.

Other Topics Today Include:
US wags finger at Iran; Iran thumbs nose at US; new bunker-busters to be tested soon; Israel could be destroyed by two nukes; targeted assassinations to resume; Syria blockading Lebanon; Chavez training 2 million; VA life sentence; Canadian sleeper cell; border, ferry worries; Colombia paramilitary disarmament plan; threat to NJ hospitals; cyanide plotter competent for trial; Lodi deportations; gas station robber/convert to Islam had target list of military, Jewish facilities in US; LRA rebels killed by Ugandans; Russia inflaming Ivory Coast situation; Norks come back to 6-way yak; Thai headchoppers headstrong; copious London bombing developments coverage; Italian sweep; Ireland home to a Qaeda cell; anarchists create entropy; Saudi wallets wide open for the terrorists; DIY splodeydopery; FBI whingeing discredited and much, much more…

Read the Rest…

Global War On Terror Update: July 15, 2005
London Terror Attacks - Possible Bomb Mastermind Arrested in Cairo [updated]
08:24 AM EDT | Posted By Michele Catalano
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Scotland Yard has confirmed reports that a man has been arrested in Egypt in connection with the London terror bombs hunt.

The suspect, believed to have had a central role in making the explosive devices, was held near Cairo and was being questioned, the American television company ABC reported.

The network said authorities believed the man had left Britain two weeks before the London explosions on July 7.

The report said authorities were eager to learn whether more than one bomb-maker had been involved and whether more bombs had been made.

He is said to have been detained in a suburb of Cairo following a worldwide search involving the FBI, Interpol and other agencies.


More….

More:

The ABC report from London identified the man as Magdy Elnashar, 33, a U.S.-trained chemist. It cited Egyptian and western intelligence sources as saying he had been captured in a Cairo suburb.

The report said authorities believed the man had left Britain two weeks before the explosions that killed 54 people on July 7.

Here he is:

Apparently, he's a graduate of North Carolina State University.

Looks like he has al-Qaeda ties.

Global War On Terror Update: July 13, 2005
London Terror Attacks - Blair Promises Action On Radical Muslims
09:44 PM EDT | Posted By Dan Spencer
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The Financial Times reports that Prime Minister Tony Blair promised urgent action to exclude or deport radical Muslim clerics who “incite and instigate” acts of terrorism:

He encouraged Britain's religious leaders to stand up to “the poisonous and perverted interpetration of the religion of Islam” shown by the terrorists.

[. . .]

Mr. Blair has already said he wants to enact legislation to allow the prosecution of people caught preparing an act of terrorism. The prime minister on Wednesday said legislation would also be aimed at allowing prosecution of those involved in “incitement and instigation” of such acts.

From California Yankee.

Homeland Threats - Ali al-Timimi Gets Life
12:11 PM EDT | Posted By Dan Spencer
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The Associated Press reports that Ali al-Timimi has been sentenced to life. Al-Timimi, an Islamic scholar, was convicted in April on charges he encouraged followers to join the Taliban and fight U.S. troops.

Ali al-Timimi was convicted in April of soliciting others to levy war against the United States, inducing others to aid the Taliban, and inducing others to use firearms in violation of federal law.

London Terror Attacks - "Home-Grown Terror"
11:49 AM EDT | Posted By Michele Catalano
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Sky:

Detectives are piecing together the lives of Britain's first suicide bombers - four home-grown young men who are believed to have brought carnage to London.

They are also hunting the mastermind behind the attacks that killed 52 people, amid fears there may be more volunteers ready to die for their cause.

Three of the four bombers are believed to be Shehzad Tanweer, 22, of Leeds, Mohammed Sadique Khan, 30, of Dewsbury, and Hasib Hussain, 19, of Leeds.

A fourth man from Yorkshire has been identified by police but not yet named.

He is believed to have been on the train which was devastated near Russell Square Tube station and is thought to be a friend of the other three suspects.

Profile of suspects here

The call that cracked the case:

A TELEPHONE call from a worried mother in Leeds trying to find her missing teenage son led police to unravel the identity of the London suicide bombers.
The call, at 10pm last Thursday, more than 12 hours after the London explosions, was one of thousands the police handled as news of the attack spread.

The woman caller gave the name of her son as Hasib Hussain, who was aged 19.

Locals tell of visits to training camps

“Ordinary” lives of bombs suspects

Bombers' community fears backlash

Sky:

BOMB SUSPECTS 'HAD BEEN ARRESTED'

The Government has denied claims the London bomb suspects were arrested last year.

Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy said Home Secretary Charles Clarke was keen to let the men go free so they could be monitored.

“It seems that part of this team had been subject to partial arrest … in Spring 2004,” Mr Sarkozy told a news conference.

Global War On Terror Update: July 12, 2005
Israel - 3 Killed in Israel Mall Bombing [updated]
12:51 PM EDT | Posted By Michele Catalano
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A bomber blew himself up near a crowded shopping mall in the seaside city of Netanya on Tuesday, killing himself and two others. Police said about 30 people were wounded, two seriously.

Initial reports said the bomb went off just before 7 p.m. at the entrance to the mall. However, Israel radio stations said the bomber struck at a nearby intersection.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack. It was the second such bombing since a truce declaration on Feb. 8. Two weeks into the truce between Israel and the Palestinians, a bomber killed five Israelis in Tel Aviv.

Read more..

Death toll is now three.

London Terror Attacks - Report: Four Bombers Died In Attacks/Arrests Made [updated]
10:35 AM EDT | Posted By Michele Catalano
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SKY

The suspected bomber of the London bus attack has been identified as among the 13 who died, according to police sources.

Sky News crime correspondent Martin Brunt said it was still not clear if the man had been a suicide bomber.

It follows witness reports of a man on the No 30 bus in an agitated state looking into his bag up to 12 times before the blast.

Brunt said police were poised to make a number of arrests in London.

More from FOX:

Authorities used blasts to raid one of several residences in northern England Tuesday as sources said London police identified the bomber of a bus in multiple blasts last week.

Neighbors of one of the five houses being searched told Sky News that a 22-year-old man who lived there with his family went missing last week.

Also Tuesday, FOX was told that a car parked at a train station in Luton, near London, was cordoned off and being investigated in connection with last week's bombings.

More here

Update

As of 11:22EST, FOX is reporting that an arrest has been made. More as we get it.

From SKY

ALL FOUR BOMBERS DIED
All four suspected bombers died during the London terror attacks, according to police sources.

Sky News crime correspondent Martin Brunt said three bombers died on the Tube and one on the No 30 bus.

It was still not clear if the man on the bus had been a suicide bomber.

It follows witness reports of a man on the No 30 bus in an agitated state constantly looking into his bag before the blast in Tavistock Square.

Brunt said police had made a number of arrests in Leeds today in relation to last Thursday's bombings.

They were also poised to make arrests in London, he said.

London Terror Attacks - U.K. Cops Set Off Blast Amid Raids
09:34 AM EDT | Posted By Michele Catalano
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Police set off a controlled explosion Tuesday at a home in northern England hours after they searched five residences elsewhere in the city in the first raids linked to the London terrorist bombing investigation, broadcast reports said.

More…

Lebanon - Blast Wounds Outgoing Lebanese Deputy PM
08:35 AM EDT | Posted By Michele Catalano
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A car bomb hit the motorcade of Lebanon's outgoing deputy prime minister Tuesday, wounding him and killing at least one other person, officials said. A string of bombings has hit Lebanon this year, but this was the first aimed at a pro-Syrian politician.

The blast left one vehicle a charred and twisted wreck and damaged several others in the motorcade of Elias Murr , who is also the outgoing defense minister. Murr, who was slightly wounded, later released an audiotape from the hospital saying his was all right. At least 12 other people, including the Mexican ambassador's wife, were also wounded, officials said.

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London Terror Attacks - Police Raid 5 Residences in North England
06:20 AM EDT | Posted By Michele Catalano
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Anti-terrorist police investigating the London bombings raided five residences in northern England Tuesday morning. No arrests were immediately reported.

News reports said the searches were concentrated on one street in Leeds, 185 miles north of London. Police would confirm only that the activity was in West Yorkshire, the county Leeds is in.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair said the raids were connected to the massive investigation of Thursday's attacks on three subway trains and a bus.

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