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Friday, April 12, 2013

Turkish police: Al-Qaeda planned to blow up Istanbul synagogue, US embassy

Turkish police announced on Thursday that they have arrested 12 people in connection with al-Qaeda plots to destroy a synagogue in Istanbul and the United States embassy in Ankara.
The reports said the police had seized nearly 50 pounds of plastic explosives with detonation systems attached, as well as six laptop computers and other evidence. Twelve people were detained during the operation — two Chechens, two Azeris and eight Turks.
The evidence was gathered during a raid on two terrorist cells, one in Istanbul and one in Corlu, a district of Tekirdag on the Sea of Marmara. Forensic analysis of the computers’ contents and other documents, officials said, revealed preparations for bomb attacks on the embassy, the private Rahmi M. Koc Museum and a synagogue in the Balat district of Istanbul.
Photographs, floor plans and other information were found concerning those targets and the residences and offices of two well-known Turks.
After the police raid, the American Embassy issued a travel warning, but it said at the time that the Turkish National Police had not provided specific threat information about the targets.
The police in Tekirdag said they had been monitoring a man said to belong to Al Qaeda who arrived in the city two years ago, after receiving military training at the terrorist organization’s camps in Afghanistan, according to CNN-Turk. That surveillance led to the February raid, they said.
The American Embassy was the target of a suicide bomb attack in February that killed a Turkish security guard and severely injured a local resident. But that attack was attributed to an extreme left-wing organization, not Islamic militants.
In November 2003, terrorists used car bombs to destroy two Istanbul synagogues, murdering 30 people and injuring 146. The picture at the top is from the Neve Shalom synagogue, which was one of the two destroyed.

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At 3:09 PM, Blogger Empress Trudy said...

Few sane people believe whatever's coming out of the Turkish government anymore. What next? The heroic heroes of Turkey 'rescued' the Jews from certain death? Please.


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