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  • Europe court backs extradition to US of mentally ill Briton
    Europe court backs extradition to US of mentally ill Briton Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    The European Court of Human Rights on Thursday backed the extradition of a mentally ill British man accused of setting up a jihadist training camp in the United States. More »

  • Ruling due on 'Hamza conspirator'
    Ruling due on 'Hamza conspirator' Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    A terror suspect accused of conspiring with hook-handed extremist Abu Hamza will learn today if British authorities breached his human rights by extraditing him to the United States. More »

  • Accused bin Laden spokesman faces U.S. trial on terror charges
    Accused bin Laden spokesman faces U.S. trial on terror charges Tue, Jan 20, 2015

    By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - The man whom U.S. authorities accuse of helping Osama bin Laden disseminate calls for Muslims to wage war on Americans went on trial on Tuesday on terror charges related to the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 people. Khalid al-Fawwaz, a 52-year-old Saudi national, faces up to life in prison if convicted on five counts, including conspiracy to kill U.S. nationals. More »

  • Death Threats Received At London Mosque
    Death Threats Received At London Mosque Sat, Jan 17, 2015

    A north London mosque has received death threats and Islamophobic hate mail following last week's Paris attacks. Mohammed Kozar, the general secretary at Finsbury Park Mosque, told Sky News that despite many messages of support, there has been a spike in abuse. More »

  • Insight - French attacks inquiry centres on prison 'sorcerer' Begha … Fri, Jan 16, 2015

    By Alexandria Sage and Chine Labbé PARIS (Reuters) - The French investigation into last week's Paris shootings is exploring the possible role of Djamel Beghal, an Islamist suspected of first bringing the gunmen together and putting them on the path from impressionable youths to cold-blooded killers. "Beghal is the crux of the case," said a source close to the inquiry, which on Tuesday ordered searches in the cell in the high-security prison in the western city of Rennes where he is now serving time for an unrelated conviction. "He is a sorcerer, a seducer," Louis Caprioli, deputy head of France's DST anti-terrorist intelligence unit from 1998 to 2004, told Reuters on Wednesday of a man whose own journey to radicalisation passed through London's Finsbury Park mosque during spells living in Britain in the late-1990s. Barely a week after attacks on the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish deli, French authorities are scrutinising security, intelligence and penal structures to see how the three days of violence could possibly have been averted, Prime Minister Manuel Valls and other officials have said. More »

  • France Attackers: What We Know So Far
    France Attackers: What We Know So Far Sat, Jan 10, 2015

    Three of the group were killed by SWAT teams and the remaining suspect is now the most wanted woman in France. More »

  • Islamic cleric gets life in plot to kidnap tourists in Yemen
    Islamic cleric gets life in plot to kidnap tourists in Yemen Sat, Jan 10, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — An Egyptian-born cleric who turned a London mosque into a training ground for extremist Islamists was sent to prison for life on Friday by a judge who cited his lack of remorse for "barbaric" acts that included aiding kidnappers who killed four tourists in Yemen in 1998 and sending two men to the United States to open a terrorist training camp in Oregon. More »

  • Abu Hamza jailed for life in U.S
    Abu Hamza jailed for life in U.S Sat, Jan 10, 2015

    Radical cleric Abu Hamza has been sentenced to life in prison for a string of terrorism offences by a judge in New York. More »

  • 'Evil' Cleric Abu Hamza Sentenced To Life
    'Evil' Cleric Abu Hamza Sentenced To Life Fri, Jan 9, 2015

    A New York judge has told radical preacher Abu Hamza he is "evil" as she sentenced him to life in prison for supporting terrorist organisations. More »

  • London cleric Abu Hamza sentenced to life in U.S. prison
    London cleric Abu Hamza sentenced to life in U.S. prison Fri, Jan 9, 2015

    By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - The radical London cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri was sentenced to life in a U.S. prison on Friday for his conviction on terrorism-related charges, including his role in the 1998 kidnapping of Western tourists in Yemen that left four hostages dead. U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest in Manhattan imposed the sentence on the one-eyed, handless Abu Hamza, whom jurors found guilty last May of providing a satellite phone and advice to the kidnappers. ... More »

  • 'Evil' British preacher Abu Hamza jailed for life in US
    'Evil' British preacher Abu Hamza jailed for life in US Fri, Jan 9, 2015

    A US judge on Friday sentenced British hate preacher Abu Hamza to life behind bars for the deadly kidnapping of Western tourists in Yemen and terrorism, calling him "evil" and his crimes "barbaric." More »

  • Abu Hamza receives life sentence in US
    Abu Hamza receives life sentence in US Fri, Jan 9, 2015

    Egyptian-born imam was convicted last year for a range of terrorism offences. More »

  • Abu Hamza to be sentenced in U.S
    Abu Hamza to be sentenced in U.S Fri, Jan 9, 2015

    Radical cleric Abu Hamza will be sentenced for a string of terrorism offences when he appears before a New York judge later today. More »

  • London imam Abu Hamza to be sentenced for U.S. terrorism conviction Fri, Jan 9, 2015

    By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - For years, the radical imam Abu Hamza al-Masri delivered incendiary sermons at a London mosque, using words that U.S. and UK authorities say helped inspire a generation of militants, including British would-be shoe bomber Richard Reid. On Friday, he will have one final chance to convince a U.S. judge that he should not spend the rest of his life in prison, eight months after a federal jury in New York convicted him of terrorism charges. Abu Hamza, 56, is scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court in Manhattan at 10 a.m. (3.00 p.m. BST) to be sentenced. ... More »

  • Abu Hamza Due To Be Sentenced In New York
    Abu Hamza Due To Be Sentenced In New York Fri, Jan 9, 2015

    The radical preacher Abu Hamza will be sentenced in New York later after being found guilty of supporting terrorist organisations. More »

  • Hamza Too Disabled For Jail, Lawyers Claim
    Hamza Too Disabled For Jail, Lawyers Claim Sat, Jan 3, 2015

    London hate preacher Abu Hamza should be sent to a prison hospital because he is too disabled to spend life at a high-security US jail for terror offences, lawyers have claimed. More »

  • NY defense lawyers seek leniency for London cleric
    NY defense lawyers seek leniency for London cleric Fri, Jan 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — An Islamic cleric convicted of terrorism charges should be sent to a prison medical facility because of severe disabilities instead of spending life in prison at a high-security federal prison in Colorado, according to his lawyers. More »

  • U.S. seeks life in prison for London imam convicted on terror charges
    U.S. seeks life in prison for London imam convicted on terror charges Fri, Jan 2, 2015

    By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors on Friday urged a federal judge to sentence London imam Abu Hamza al-Masri to life in prison following his conviction on terrorism charges. In a court filing ahead of his Jan. 9 sentencing, prosecutors said Abu Hamza should be held accountable for his role as a "global terrorist leader who orchestrated plots around the world to further his deadly mission." "The seriousness of this defendant's offences and the need for just punishment and deterrence cannot be overstated," prosecutors under Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara wrote. ... More »

  • Syria's southern rebels take step towards unity
    Syria's southern rebels take step towards unity Thu, Dec 11, 2014

    By Tom Perry and Suleiman Al-Khalidi BEIRUT/AMMAN (Reuters) - Rebels in southern Syria say they have taken a step towards unity that may attract more support from their Western and Arab backers, forging a joint defence pact to help shield them from government forces and Islamic State. The south is the last major stronghold of the mainstream opposition to President Bashar al-Assad following the expansion of Islamic State in the east and north and gains by the al Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front in the northwest. ... More »

  • Egypt group claims responsibility for attack Fri, Nov 14, 2014

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's main terror group on Friday claimed responsibility under the name of the Islamic State for an assault against the army last month which killed 31 in the northern Sinai Peninsula. More »

  • Syria rebels in south emerge as West's last hope as moderates crushed e …
    Syria rebels in south emerge as West's last hope as moderates crushed e … Thu, Nov 13, 2014

    By Tom Perry BEIRUT (Reuters) - With moderate rebels facing defeat by al Qaeda in Syria's north, groups holding a corner of the south are seeking a higher profile and more help, as the last Western-backed forces holding out against both President Bashar al-Assad and the jihadists. The southern rebels, described by Western officials as the best organised of the mainstream opposition, say they are the last hope for a revolution hijacked by jihadists. In recent days they have laid out a transition plan for a Syria without Assad, taking on a political role that in the past they left to others. ... More »

  • Special Report - The fighters of Iraq who answer to Iran
    Special Report - The fighters of Iraq who answer to Iran Wed, Nov 12, 2014

    By Babak Dehghanpisheh BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Among the thousands of militia fighters who flocked to northern Iraq to battle militant group Islamic State over the summer was Qais al-Khazali. Like the fighters, Khazali wore green camouflage. But he also sported a shoulder-strapped pistol and sunglasses and was flanked by armed bodyguards. When he was not on the battlefield, the 40-year-old Iraqi donned the robes and white turban of a cleric. Khazali is the head of a militia called Asaib Ahl al-Haq that is backed by Iran. ... More »

  • Mentally ill Briton extradited to U.S. over alleged plan for militant camp Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    By Joseph Ax and Stephen Addison NEW YORK/LONDON (Reuters) - A mentally ill Briton pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to U.S. terrorism charges that he conspired with notorious London imam Abu Hamza al-Masri to set up a jihadist training camp in Oregon in 1999. Haroon Aswat, 40, was arraigned in federal court in New York on four counts, including conspiracy to provide support to al Qaeda and providing such support, after his extradition from Britain earlier in the day. ... More »

  • UK suspect pleads not guilty to US terror charges Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — A mentally ill British man accused of trying to set up a terrorist training camp in Oregon has pleaded not guilty to four terrorism charges just after arriving in New York from Great Britain, where he had fought extradition for years. More »

  • Mentally ill British suspect pleads not guilty in NY
    Mentally ill British suspect pleads not guilty in NY Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    A mentally ill British man accused of supporting Al-Qaeda and conspiring to set up a terror training camp in the United States pleaded not guilty in a New York courtroom Tuesday. More »

  • Judge urged to accept guilty plea in U.S. embassy bombing case
    Judge urged to accept guilty plea in U.S. embassy bombing case Tue, Sep 30, 2014

    By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors urged a judge to accept a plea deal for an Egyptian man charged in connection with the deadly 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa, pressing for no more than 25 years in prison despite the judge's concern that it might be too lenient. In court papers filed late on Monday in New York federal court, the office of Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said Adel Abdul Bary was less involved in the bombings than other members of the conspiracy. ... More »

  • Adel Abdul Bary Admits Embassy Bombings Role
    Adel Abdul Bary Admits Embassy Bombings Role Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    An Egyptian man has pleaded guilty to charges relating to the 1998 bombings of the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 people. More »

  • Judge concerned over U.S. embassy bombing case guilty plea
    Judge concerned over U.S. embassy bombing case guilty plea Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    By Joseph Ax and Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - An Egyptian man pleaded guilty in New York on Friday to charges stemming from the deadly 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 people. Wiping tears from his eyes and frequently shaking his head, Adel Abdul Bary, 54, pleaded guilty to three counts, including threatening to kill, injure or destroy property by means of an explosive and conspiring to murder U.S. citizens abroad. However, U.S. ... More »

  • Insight - Islamic State's financial independence poses quandary for its …
    Insight - Islamic State's financial independence poses quandary for its … Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    Sometimes they texted, sometimes they called, but the message was always the same: "Give us money." Months before they took control of the Iraqi city of Mosul in June, Islamic State militants were already busy collecting money to finance their campaign of setting up a 7th century-style caliphate. In return, he was given a receipt that says: "Received from Mr. ...., the amount of ...., as support to the Mujahideen." The shop keeper's tale illustrates how Islamic State has long been systematically collecting funds for a land grab that already includes a stretch of northern Iraq and Syria. Another Mosul worker corroborated the account of IS tactics. Learning from their previous incarnation as the Islamic State of Iraq, when they received money from foreign fighters, Islamic State has almost weaned itself off private funds from sympathetic individual donors in the Gulf. More »

  • UK court approves extradition to U.S. of mentally ill Briton Thu, Sep 4, 2014

    Britain can extradite to the United States a mentally ill man alleged to be a lieutenant of Abu Hamza, a London imam convicted of terrorism charges in New York in May, London's High Court ruled on Thursday. The United States alleges that Haroon Aswat, a 39-year-old British citizen, conspired with Hamza, a former London-based cleric, to establish a militant training camp in the state of Oregon in 1999. Aswat's legal team has 24 hours to decide whether to seek leave to appeal to the Supreme Court. More »

  • Terror Suspect To Be Extradited From UK To US
    Terror Suspect To Be Extradited From UK To US Thu, Sep 4, 2014

    British judges have approved the extradition of a mentally ill terrorism suspect to the US. The decision by the High Court means Haroon Aswat can face trial on conspiracy charges in New York. Aswat is wanted for allegedly conspiring with convicted terrorist Abu Hamza to establish a jihadi training camp in Oregon a decade ago. "We are pleased the court has upheld the Home Secretary's decision to extradite Haroon Aswat to the United States," said a Home Office spokesman. More »

  • Terror suspect can be extradited to US, says British court
    Terror suspect can be extradited to US, says British court Thu, Sep 4, 2014

    Judges in London ruled Thursday that a man suspected of conspiring with hardline Islamist cleric Abu Hamza to establish a jihadist training camp in the United States can be deported. More »

  • UK High Court OKs extradition of mentally ill man Thu, Sep 4, 2014

    LONDON (AP) — Britain's High Court cleared the way Thursday for the extradition of a mentally ill terrorism suspect to the United States. More »

  • Defiant Gaza militants vow to rearm amid shaky truce
    Defiant Gaza militants vow to rearm amid shaky truce Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    Thousands of militants paraded in the besieged Gaza Strip Friday, defiantly saying they would rearm as the prospects of a final deal on a long-term Israel-Hamas truce looked shaky. More »

  • Islamic Jihad fighters parade after Gaza war
    Islamic Jihad fighters parade after Gaza war Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    Thousands of Islamic Jihad fighters paraded in Gaza City Friday, in a defiant show of force three days after a ceasefire ending a bloody war between Israel and Gaza militants. More »