There is little credibility to a threat statement issued by a group which claims to have links to al Qaeda, said the German government today. Two Arab newspapers reported Friday that "Abu Hafs Al Masri Brigades" had sent them a statement threatening attacks in Europe. The same group had claimed credit for various things in the past, including the power failures in the U.S. and the U.K and the March 11th Madrid train bombings.
And, the U.S. is urging its citizens in Bahrain to consider leaving because of "credible" information about extremists planning attacks against U.S. and Western targets in the country. The Gulf country is home to the U.S. Navy Fifth Fleet.
Plus, the Pentagon might release some Guantanamo Bay detainees that are not believed to pose a security threat without first giving them access to civilian courts, a spokesperson said Thursday.
THE WAR ON TERROR
Germany Germany: No Credibility to 'Al Qaeda' Statement The German government says it does not consider particularly credible a reported threat from an al Qaeda-linked group to renew attacks on Europe. This is a sinister organization which has already laid claim to many things, including power failures in America. That means that these statements should be taken with great caution and are probably not particularly credible," an Interior Ministry spokesman told a regular government news conference on Friday. (Reuters)
Analysts' View-Militant Statement on Attacks in Europe A group claiming links to al Qaeda threatened on Friday to renew attacks on Europe once a three-month "truce offer" from Osama bin Laden expires in mid-July. Following are reactions from intelligence sources and analysts. (Reuters)
Bahrain Americans Should Consider Leaving Bahrain, U.S. Says Americans should consider leaving the Persian Gulf island state of Bahrain because of heightened concerns about possible attacks on the U.S. presence there, the State Department said in warnings issued in Washington and to residents. (Bloomberg)
Guantanamo Pentagon Might Release Some Detainees Pentagon says it might release some Guantanamo detainees before they get court review. (AP)
Saudi Arabia Man Killed In Shootout Wasn't Rashoud Riyadh Deputy Governor Prince Sattam yesterday denied security forces killed top al Qaeda ideologue Abdullah Al Rashoud but said the extremist killed in a shootout on Wednesday was "even more dangerous." (Arab News)
Two Terrorists Shot Dead Security forces killed two terror suspects and wounded one in another shootout with militants here yesterday. (Arab News)
Afghanistan U.S., Afghan troops kill 5 Taliban fighters U.S. and Afghan troops battled rebels in a mountainous Taliban stronghold, killing five and capturing seven, officials said today. (AP)
Spain Madrid School Used By British On Bombers' List Cell planned two more train attacks and targeted a Jewish recreation center, say Spanish police. (The Guardian)
Honduras Saudi-Born Terror Suspect Sighted At Honduras Internet Café A Saudi-born terror suspect sought by U.S. officials was spotted earlier this year at an internet cafe in Honduras before he fled the country, Honduran Security Minister Oscar Alvarez told The Associated Press. (AP)
U.S. U.S. Bars 6 Ships As Anti-Terror Law Takes Hold The United States denied entry to six foreign-flagged ships on Thursday as tough new global laws to protect shipping from terrorist attacks took effect with little overall disruption to global trade. (Reuters)