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Old 05-04-2004, 08:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Turkish NATO bomb plot exposed.

BUSH BOMB PLOT

By ANDY SOLTIS


http://www.nypost.com/news/worldnews/23733.htm


May 4, 2004 -- A terrorist bomb plot to kill President Bush was thwarted yesterday when Turkish police nabbed 25 members of an al Qaeda-linked cell who planned to assassinate world leaders in Istanbul next month - then flee to Iraq.

Investigators yesterday announced that they seized 16 of the men in the Turkish town of Bursa last Thursday, along with guns, explosives, forged ID documents, bomb-making booklets - and 4,000 CDs featuring training instructions from Osama bin Laden.

Turkish TV said three of the suspects had been planning for as long as a year to blow themselves up with a bomb that would also kill Bush and other Western leaders.

The plot had reached a very advanced stage and terrorists had begun testing explosives, The Times of London reported.

Bush, British Prime Minister Tony Blair and dozens of other world leaders are scheduled to attend a NATO summit in Istanbul on June 27-28.

The historic meeting will be the first since NATO expanded to 26 member states.



The 16 suspects, all Turkish nationals, are members of Ansar al-Islam, a terrorist group based in northern Iraq, said Bursa province Governor Oguz Kagan Koksal.

The group, tied to al Qaeda, is believed responsible for twin homicide bombings in Irbil, Iraq, that killed 109 people in February.

Koksal said the terrorists planned to flee into Iraq to join the anti-U.S. terrorists after their "sensational" attack in Turkey.

Koksal told a press conference that the cell's "organization has been neutralized," and NATO officials said they planned to go ahead with the meeting.

Koksal said the cell members had been under surveillance for a year and had been spotted as they planned to attack a synagogue in Bursa, 160 miles south of Istanbul, and rob a bank to finance their planned attack.

Yesterday, nine of the 16 were brought before a special Turkish court that handles terrorism cases and were charged with "membership in an illegal organization."

They face up to 10 years in jail on that charge. It's not clear if the other seven who were detained will face charges.

Nine additional suspects, seized in separate raid in Istanbul last week, were released after it was determined they were not members of Ansar al-Islam.

Koksal said the suspects were "in the middle of an attack plan." He gave no details of their capture.

Equipment and bombmaking instructions were seized from suspects' homes, as were forged identity documents and CDs that served as training manuals, The Los Angeles Times reported.

Guns and videotapes showing bin Laden training militants at a camp in Afghanistan were also found.

Turkish TV aired videotape of the group's leader, Alpaslan Toprak, grinning as he was being led away by police.

Turkish police have been on high alert because the summit would be an ideal terrorist target - and because 69 suspects charged in al Qaeda bomb attacks that killed 60 people at a bank, two synagogues and the British Consulate go on trial this month.

With Post Wire Services
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Old 05-04-2004, 11:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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What was the point of this? I mean, congrats for them and all, but...

Please add some commentary when you post an article, so that it's a discussion.
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Old 05-05-2004, 04:44 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Old 05-05-2004, 05:43 AM   #4 (permalink)
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What's the point of your post? It won't lead to any discussion. If you have something to say about my posting style send me a PM.
Simply posting an article isn't acceptable here at TFP. You're supposed to throw in some commentary to go along with it. Something like, "Glad to see anti-terror efforts are working." Or "There certainly seems to be a link between Iraq and terrorism, possibly even a link between Al Qaeda and Iraq" or whatever other thoughts you had on the subject. The idea is that this is supposed to be a discussion board not just a news posting board.
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Old 05-05-2004, 05:59 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Simply posting an article isn't acceptable here at TFP. You're supposed to throw in some commentary to go along with it. Something like, "Glad to see anti-terror efforts are working." Or "There certainly seems to be a link between Iraq and terrorism, possibly even a link between Al Qaeda and Iraq" or whatever other thoughts you had on the subject. The idea is that this is supposed to be a discussion board not just a news posting board.
Very well put.
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Old 05-05-2004, 07:16 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Simply posting an article isn't acceptable here at TFP. You're supposed to throw in some commentary to go along with it. Something like, "Glad to see anti-terror efforts are working." Or "There certainly seems to be a link between Iraq and terrorism, possibly even a link between Al Qaeda and Iraq" or whatever other thoughts you had on the subject. The idea is that this is supposed to be a discussion board not just a news posting board.
Our members beat me to it.

Yes, we encourage discussion which requires some type of initial position/comment (just like a debate society )
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Old 05-05-2004, 11:36 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I'll add some commentary here:

As much as i dislike bush, i am 10000000% grateful that these people were stopped. It gives me hope that this whole war on terror will actually bring about something good in the future.

That, and i would really hate to see what would happen without several western leaders.
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Old 05-05-2004, 11:55 AM   #8 (permalink)
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President Dick Cheney?

*shudder*
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Old 05-05-2004, 01:38 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Simply posting an article isn't acceptable here at TFP. You're supposed to throw in some commentary to go along with it. Something like, "Glad to see anti-terror efforts are working." Or "There certainly seems to be a link between Iraq and terrorism, possibly even a link between Al Qaeda and Iraq" or whatever other thoughts you had on the subject. The idea is that this is supposed to be a discussion board not just a news posting board.

Thanks for the explanation. It makes a lot more sense the analog's post did. I'll keep that in mind while posting in the future, although I think being happy about an article like this is pretty much implied.
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Old 05-06-2004, 04:57 AM   #10 (permalink)
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although I think being happy about an article like this is pretty much implied.
No problem. I agree with you to some extent. There have been some posts without commentary (this one included) that I found very interesting and can see why adding commentary might not have sprung to mind. In fact, in some cases I wish commentary hadn't been offered since an article left me feeling good or satisfied and the commentary that went along with it ruined the moment. But since the rules require commentary I generally offer it.
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Old 05-07-2004, 12:14 PM   #11 (permalink)
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President Dick Cheney?

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Scary thought
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Old 05-07-2004, 01:04 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I was actually thinking about this yesterday.. like how many assassination attempts have been stopped against GWB.

He's not exactly the most loved man in the world, so you'd think that there's people constantly trying to kill him.
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