Top terrorist Abu Musab al Zarqawi has called for attacks to be carried out in Germany against Jewish institutions and a disco, a report said Wednesday citing telephone calls intercepted by intelligence services, news wires reported Thursday.
And Iraqi insurgents from Fallujah are in intense negotiations with the country's interim government to hand over control of the city to Iraqi troops, according to representatives of both sides.
THE WAR ON TERROR
Zarqawi Said To Have Targeted Germany
Top terrorist Abu Musab al Zarqawi has called for attacks to be carried out in Germany against Jewish institutions and a disco, a report said Wednesday citing telephone calls intercepted by intelligence services. (Expatica)
Central America Terror Reports Downplayed
No evidence exists to back reports that al Qaeda terrorists are in Central America, the chief of the regional office for the international police agency Interpol said Wednesday. (AP)
Pakistani Sectarian Attacks May Be Backlash To Al Qaeda Crackdown
A fresh explosion of sectarian violence in Pakistan is a fight-back by hardcore Islamic militants —many trained by Al-Qaeda —as security forces capture and kill more of their leaders, investigators and analysts said. (Channel News Asia)
Al Qaeda Bomb Plot Trial Begins
Ten alleged members of an al Qaeda cell, including a man believed to be a senior lieutenant of Osama bin Laden and a suspect being held in a British jail, went on trial in France yesterday accused of plotting a bomb attack on Strasbourg's Christmas market. (The Guardian)
U.S. Grand Jury Indicts a Briton, Charging He Supported Terrorists
Babar Ahmad, a British citizen arrested in London last summer at the request of the United States government, which charged that he ran an Internet site that supported terrorist causes, also arranged for the purchase of gas masks, camouflage suits, night-vision goggles and other possible terrorist tools, according to a grand jury indictment released on Wednesday. (NY Times)
After Convictions, the Undoing of a U.S. Terror Prosecution
Publicly, federal prosecutors declared in the summer of 2002 that they had thwarted a "sleeper operational combat cell" based in a dilapidated apartment here. (NY Times)
Prison Without Trial 'Justified'
Jailing suspected terrorists without trial is an "appropriate response" to the post-11 September terrorist threat, the House of Lords has heard. (BBC)
Fallujah Group Comes to Table
Iraqi insurgents from Fallujah are in intense negotiations with the country's interim government to hand over control of the city to Iraqi troops, according to representatives of both sides, in hopes of averting a bloody military battle for the city of 300,000 that has become a haven for foreign guerrillas and a symbol of the limits of Baghdad's authority. (Washington Post)
U.S. Raises Security Alert in Green Zone
U.S. raises security alert in green zone, 20 said detained in foiled bombing. (AP)
Report Says Iraq Misused U.N. Oil Plan
In a detailed examination of the United Nations oil-for-food program for Iraq, the top American arms inspector described in a report released Wednesday how Saddam Hussein created a web of front companies and used shadowy deals with foreign governments, corporations and officials to amass $11 billion in illicit revenue in the decade before the American-led invasion last year. (NY Times)