Terrorism

Government pledge to tackle campus extremists

By Marcus Dysch, July 1, 2010

The government has pledged to reassess its Prevent counter-terrorism strategy to investigate whether it has done enough to challenge extremists.

Universities Minister David Willetts admitted there might still be cases where extreme speakers have fostered hatred or violence.

Millions of pounds have already been spent on the project in an attempt to prevent Muslim radicalisation.

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NY synagogue bomb plot 'a setup'

By Paul Berger, June 24, 2010

Four Muslim converts accused of plotting to blow up New York synagogues and shoot down US military planes could be freed in a matter of weeks.

The trial of the men, from Newburgh, New York, stalled last week after prosecutors released a report by a federal agent saying that the men never posed a threat.

Judge Colleen McMahon berated prosecutors for not releasing the information earlier and ordered federal lawyers to scour records for similar documents, a process prosecutors say could take months.

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Early parole review for El Al bomber

June 14, 2010

High Court judges have said they will review whether a terrorist jailed for 45 years for trying to blow up an Israeli plane could be released early.

Nezar Hindawi was jailed in 1986 after he was convicted of attempting to blow up a Tel Aviv-bound El Al airliner, carrying almost 400 people. He was found to have planted a bomb in his pregnant fiancee's hand luggage as she was about to board the flight.

The conditions of his sentence meant that he has been eligible for early release on licence since 2001, but only if the courts assessed that he was not a danger to the public.

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Israeli policeman killed near Hebron

By Jennifer Lipman, June 14, 2010

An Israeli policeman has been killed by a Palestinian near Hebron.

Command Sergeant Major Yehoshua (Shuki) Sofer, 39, died in hospital after Palestinians opened fire near a West Bank settlement on Monday morning.

Two others were injured during the attack and are being treated in a Jerusalem hospital for chest and stomach wounds.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said it was “definitely” a terrorist attack; however, IDF officials also said they thought it was individually planned rather than being directed by a larger terror cell.

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Clinton: We support Israel against Syria, Iran

By Jessica Elgot, April 30, 2010

The US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, has restated the US’s firm commitment to Israel’s security and has warned Iran and Syria against supplying weapons to Gaza and Hizbollah.

In a speech to the American Jewish Committee, Mrs Clinton underlined her commitment to peace in the region, and condemned the transfer of weapons from Syria to terrorists in Gaza and to Hizbollah in Lebanon.

Israel is becoming increasingly concerned over the possible transfer of Scud missiles to Hizbollah, which would allow terrorists to hit Israeli targets more easily.

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7/7 victim's family waited four days for death confirmation

April 29, 2010

The family of Miriam Hyman, who died in the 7/7 terror attack, was forced to wait four days to be officially told of her death, even though identification documents were found on her body.

In the High Court this week, lawyers acting for the Hyman family and that of Israeli Anat Rosenberg, who was also killed by the Tavistock Square bus bomb in July 2005, urged the coroner to resume the inquests and investigate whether the security services failed to act upon information known about the bombers before the attack.

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Two rockets fired at Eilat, hit Jordan

By Jessica Elgot, April 22, 2010

Two rockets have been fired towards Eilat by Egyptian terrorists, but landed at the Jordanian side of the border.

A terrorist group, believed to have links with al-Qaeda, have claimed responsibility for the attack which caused damage to a factory in an Jordainiain industrial estate at around 5am.

The Katyusha rockets, aimed at Israel, are believed to have been fired from Egypt’s Sinai peninsula.

No injuries have so far been reported from the rockets. One landed close to the city of Aqaba and one hit offshore in the Red Sea.

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Terror cells 'rife' in Sinai

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 15, 2010

Israel’s Anti-Terrorism Bureau warned all Israeli tourists to leave Sinai in Egypt as soon as possible on Tuesday, due to a serious terror threat.

Defence officials said that the Egyptian security forces were making a “serious attempt” to clamp down on the terror cells in Sinai but that a number of terror groups were operating in the peninsular almost at will.

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Israeli citizens' urgent warning to leave Sinai

By Jessica Elgot, April 13, 2010

In an unprecedented move, Israel has urged its citizens to leave Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula immediately, warning of an imminent terrorist attack.

The Prime Minister’s Office issued the urgent warning, claiming that there is “concrete evidence of an expected terrorist attempt to kidnap Israelis in Sinai".

Israeli civilians currently in Sinai may be at high risk of kidnap, although the kidnappers’ target is likely to be an Israeli soldier.

Palestinian militants have kidnapped three soldiers from Israel. One of them, Gilad Shalit, has been held hostage since 2006.

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Palestinian killed in Gaza border clash

By Jessica Elgot, April 13, 2010

At least one Palestinian terrorist, who attempted to plant a bomb at the Gaza border fence, has been killed by the Israeli army.

The IDF and Palestinian sources have confirmed the attack happened on the Kissufim border with Gaza.

The IDF said that a group of Palestinians had attempted to breach the border and a Givati strike force fired and shelled at the group. Military helicopters were also used to target the men.

The dead man is a member of the al-Quds Brigade, the military section of Islamic Jihad, the terrorist group confirmed.

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