Sunday, April 04, 2004

Letter warns Spain to leave Iraq, Afghanistan from Arab Times

This article is a good round up of some terrorist activities around the world. Here are a few but the whole article is well worth a read.

CAIRO (Agencies): Spain's embassy in Cairo has received a letter demanding Madrid pull its troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan by the end of this month or Spanish targets will be attacked, diplomatic sources here said Saturday. Madrid newspapers said Abu-Hafs al-Masri/al-Qaeda Brigades sent the letter, threatening Spanish interests in North Africa and the eastern Mediterranean if it did not evacuate its "crusader forces" from Iraq and Afghanistan by April 28.

Why by April 28 th? Because the coalition hands over power at the end of May.

Some good news for Spain though.

Because the bag was dry and the ground was wet, authorities believe it was placed at the scene Friday. A 443-foot-long cable attached to a detonator looked new. The arrest in France of three ETA leaders has thrown the Basque separatist guerrilla group's leadership into disarray, Spain said on Saturday. Felix Alberto Lopez de la Calle, alias "Mobutu" and believed to be ETA's military mastermind, was arrested in southwestern France on Friday together with Maria Mercedes Chivite Berango, also suspected of a senior role in the group.

Felix Ignacio Esparza Luri, accused of being ETA's top logistics organizer, was also arrested in France on Friday and police seized an ETA explosives cache in a separate raid. "Yesterday ETA suffered one of the hardest blows of recent times because of the importance of the three members of its leadership who have been detained," Interior Minister Acebes told a news conference. An Interior Ministry statement said ETA's "logistical and operative leadership" had been dismantled.

and in Italy

Italian police carried out nationwide raids Friday in which 161 people were detained, most of them Moroccans, on suspicion of links with Islamic extremist groups

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