December 14, 2005 |
Oussama Kassir, a Lebanese-born Swedish man, has been charged with taking part in a 1999 plot to establish a terrorist training camp in rural Oregon, federal authorities said Tuesday. The camp was never set up. Kassir, 39, was arrested Sunday in Prague, Czech Republic, where he was being detained as U.S. officials sought his extradition.
January 6, 2006 |
A British man accused of playing a role in a 1999 plan to establish a terrorist training camp in Bly, Ore., may be extradited to the United States, a judge ruled Thursday. Magistrate's Court Judge Timothy Workman rejected arguments raised by attorneys for Haroon Rashid Aswat that the U.S. might declare the suspect an "enemy combatant" and send him to its prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to face a military tribunal. Aswat's lawyers said they would immediately appeal the ruling to the High Court.
August 8, 2005 |
Zambia extradited a suspected Islamic militant to Britain on Sunday, and he was immediately arrested on a U.S. warrant accusing him of conspiring to organize a training camp in Oregon to prepare fighters for Afghanistan, police said. Haroon Rashid Aswat, a British citizen of Indian descent, was arrested as British prosecutors said they would consider treason charges against any Islamic extremist who expresses support for terrorism. The U.S.
August 9, 2005 |
Four top suspects in the attempted attacks on the London transit system July 21, including a previously unidentified man linked to a knapsack bomb found in a park, pleaded not guilty Monday in an appearance at a high-security court. Also in court was an alleged Al Qaeda operative extradited a day earlier from Zambia, where he had been questioned by British counter-terrorism agents about the July 7 bombings. Those attacks killed 52 people and the four bombers.
July 22, 2005 |
Under pressure to deliver on promises to root out Islamic militants, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf sought in a speech Thursday to shift some of the blame to Britain and the United States. In an address televised nationwide, Musharraf said Pakistan faced "a very critical situation" amid allegations of its link to the July 7 bombings in London. But, he added, those attacks showed that Britain must confront problems within its own borders.
July 22, 2005 |
Would-be bombers targeted three Underground trains and a red double-decker bus Thursday in a coordinated attack seemingly designed to mirror blasts two weeks ago that killed 56 people. The attacks unnerved Londoners, but caused no serious casualties and little damage. Witnesses said bombs concealed in backpacks made loud popping sounds and emitted a strong acrid smell but failed to fully detonate. In the panic and confusion that ensued, all four attackers fled.