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German police have recovered a pipe bomb, an assault rifle and chemicals that can be used to make explosives after two suspects were detained in an overnight anti-terror raid near Frankfurt, prosecutors said.
A state interior minister said the arrests foiled a possible terrorist attack and the two suspects were linked to Islamic extremists, the Dpa news agency reported.
The raid in the town of Oberursel came after security officials learned that three liters (nearly a gallon) of hydrogen peroxide had been purchased at a hardware store by someone using a false name, authorities said.
“This hydrogen peroxide triggered an alert,” Frankfurt’s deputy chief prosecutor Stefan Rojczyk told The Associated Press. “Police figured out who had bought it and it was decided to act fast.”
In addition to the hydrogen peroxide, pipe bomb and assault rifle, 100 rounds of ammunition were also recovered.
Hesse state interior minister Peter Beuth identified the two suspects as a married couple, saying in state parliament that authorities foiled a possible terrorist attack with the raid, dpa reported. He added the two were believed to have links to the extreme Islamic Salafist movement.
Authorities identified the man as a 35-year-old German with Turkish roots, and the woman as a 34-year-old Turkish citizen, dpa reported.
Heavily-armed police wearing masks were involved in the overnight raid, and forensic officers in white suits entered the property and later carted out evidence during daylight hours on Thursday.
Hydrogen peroxide has been used by extremists to build improvised explosive devices in the past, including by the “shoe bomber” Richard Reid, who tried to detonate a bomb in his shoe during a trans-Atlantic flight
“Three liters is completely unusual,” said Rojczyk. “You can use it to clear algae from your pond, but you can also use it to build bombs.”
Rojczyk said a man and a woman were detained in the raid, but said he couldn’t confirm that the two had links to Islamic extremism.
“He is a chemistry student,” Rojczyk said. “We are of course still trying to determine what was going on. We have the devices, we have the owners of these devices, but now we need to find out what was planned. Everything is being evaluated and this may take some time.”
A senior female Isis figure who reportedly helped recruit women to join the extremist group in areas under its self-declared caliphate has been exposed as a student from Seattle, who may have been living in the city up until March this year.
The person behind the influential @_UmmWaqqas Twitter account has been revealed by Channel 4 as a woman in her 20s who lived and studied in the US.
Her Twitter account had a following of over 8,000 before it was suspended and shows that British recruits, such as Aqsa Mahmood, and other women from Europe were in contact with her in the days running up their departure. Mahmood goes by the name of ‘Umm Layth’ online and tweets from the @_UmmWaqqas account included: “Legit I talk to @ummlayth everyday” and “Umm Layth has more BALLS than most men & more heart/iman to have left her home for Allah’s sake.”
She is also reportedly listed as a contact for recruits in a travel document explaining the best methods for reaching territories held by Isis in Syria.
The investigation found her Twitter account was accessed by someone in Seattle as recently as March, but her friends insist that she has since moved away. One told Channel 4 she may have relocated to Saudi Arabia, while another suggested she could be living in Denver, Colorado.
Some of her more extreme tweets justified the brutal killing of a Jordanian pilot and other atrocities committed by the group, including one that read: “I now get why they caged the man & then poured concrete on him… Whenever the muslims are bombed in their homes they have nowhere to run.”
However, her social media accounts also presented a passion for American football, the Super Bowl, eating takeout food with her friends and going to the gym, while photographs of her day-to-day life were found to show locations in and around Seattle.
In another tweet, Umm Waqqas said she was studying journalism at university before switching to teaching, declaring: “I no longer want to be a journalist (considering the bias news agencies etc) I know [sic] want to be a TEACHER!”
Channel 4 said she refused to answer allegations about her activities and whereabouts when they approached her on social media. She now appears to have stripped her Facebook account down and changed the name of it.
Libyan protesters have shut down an eastern gas field and threaten to close the western Wafa oil and gas field, which would stop gas exports to Italy, a spokesman for state oil firm NOC said.
The closure will worsen widespread power cuts and might shut down one of the last revenue generators for the central bank as major oilfields have already stopped working.
The eastern Irda gas field had shut down and a second gas field called Sahel might follow in the next two days, said Mohamed El Harari, a spokesman for NOC. Both fields have a combined gas production of 150 million cubic feet a day.
He said protesters had blocked the headquarters of state firm Sirte Oil Co at the eastern Brega port, demanding jobs.
“They demand 2,000 jobs though previously we already hired 20,000,” he said. “This will impact electricity production in eastern and central regions.”
A different set of protesters have threatened to seize the western Wafa oil and gas field, Harari said.
The protesters, members of a state oil security force, demanded NOC create 150 new jobs for the El Feel oilfield to be reopened, he said. The guards had closed the El Feel field late last week.
Both fields are run by NOC and Italy’s ENI.
Harari said a closure of Wafa would halt gas exports to Italy, while the shut down of eastern fields would have a big impact on power supply.
The state electricity firm had warned this week that power cuts will worsen. Tripoli and other major cities suffer outages lasting 10 hours or longer.
Armed factions often occupy oil facilities to demand jobs, exploiting a security vacuum and weak authorities as two governments fight for control of Libya.
Oilfields are guarded by a state force made up of former anti-Gaddafi rebels who were appointed in an effort to integrate them into regular forces. They often demand relatives or friends be added to the payroll, complaining they do not benefit from the country’s oil wealth.
Libya’s oil production has fallen to less than 500,000 bpd due to the closure of El Feel, depriving it of revenue. Output was as high as 1.6 million bpd before an uprising toppled Gaddafi in 2011. (Reporting by Feras Bosalum and Ayman al-Warfalli; Writing by Ulf Laessing; Editing by Elaine Hardcastle and William Hardy)
Jordan and Italy, on Wednesday, inked a deal to cement military cooperation between the two countries in areas of training, armament manufacturing and exchange of expertise among others.
The agreement was signed by Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff, the King’s Adviser for Military Affairs, Gen. Mashal al-Zabin, and Italy’s Defense Minister, Roberta Pinotti.
Pinotti hailed Jordan’s efforts to bring about stability and security in the conflict-riddled Middle East. She also commended the Jordan’s Armed Forces’ professionalism when addressing terrorist organizations.
Al-Zabin hailed Jordanian-Italian ties and thanked the Italian government for its supportive stances to Jordan.
General Denis Mercier, Chief of Staff of the French air force, yesterday suggested that the next president of France will make a decision on future involvement in his country’s mission in Iraq. The election for the successor of Francois Hollande is not until 2017.
“The next president will decide if we have to stay or not, but we know we will stay for a long time, and thanks to that we prevent terrorism from going to other countries. This is a presidential decision. So the next end state will be the next presidential decision,” he said. “But I believe we will remain there and keep fighting terrorism there, because if we do not do that, for sure, in a few months terrorism will be in Paris.”
France has 12 jets committed to air strike missions as part of the international coalition. Mercier told a press conference that these jets are vital to ensuring that combined Iraqi security forces are able to take ground back from Islamic State (IS).
“At the present time the main aim, which is a success, is to be sure that Iraqi forces on the ground have freedom of action. Without air power, it is not possible. So for that, we have to maintain a permanent threat to IS, to be sure that the Iraqi forces will have freedom of movement.”
Mercier is soon to leave his post in France to become Supreme Allied Commander Transformation at NATO.
Another German arms delivery, totaling 70 tons of weaponry, arrived on Saturday afternoon at Erbil airport, the website of the German army announced.
The transport Antonov AN-124 plane delivered the weapons last Saturday, stopping first in Baghdad before heading to Erbil.
The shipment includes weapons for training of the Peshmerga forces, delivered by the German army, MILAN rocket launchers and Panzerfaust 3. Moreover, Germany delivered three ambulances, two Dingo 1 transport vehicles, and vehicle spare parts. There was also additional aid equipment and tools on board.
The equipment was delivered on the basis that the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) does not pass the arms and equipment to third parties, and only uses it for the intended purposes.
The German government does not want the weapons to end up in the hands of other groups, like the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). The PKK has asked for more military support from Western countries and to remove their organization from the European terrorist list.
Germany has been delivering weapons, ammunition and equipment to the Peshmerga since September 2014. So far, 20 flights providing the Peshmerga forces with 1,500 tons of material have arrived in Erbil.
The German army also trains the Iraqi and Kurdish security forces in Iraq. On April 26, the Kurdistan Training Coordination Centre (KTCC) launched the next training course for 500 Peshmerga soldiers. The KTCC includes military trainers from Italy, Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Germany, and other European countries.
Around 40 U.S. Special Forces members have arrived in Turkey to join their Turkish colleagues in training Syrian rebel groups to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), sources have told Hürriyet.
The U.S. soldiers have moved to the Hirfanlı gendarmerie base in the Central Anatolian province of Kırşehir, where they will start the training in 10 days, the sources said.
Turkmens are said to be the most prominent group among those to be trained and Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (MİT) is currently selecting the rebels to join the program. The process of picking the rebels will be completed soon, according to sources.
The rebels will be trained in Turkey in groups of 400.
The start of the program was initially scheduled for the end of last year, before it was postponed to February, but the talks between the Turkish and U.S. officials continued until recently.
A U.S.-led program will start in May, Turkish Defense Minister İsmet Yılmaz was quoted as saying by the state-run Anadolu Agency on March 31.
Details on the training have been scant up to now.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on March 27 that the program had been delayed by Washington, but described the delay as “minor” and said that “everything is on track” in technical and political terms.
U.S. President Barack Obama spoke with Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan on March 26 about pressing issues in the Middle East, the White House had stated at the time.
Obama and Erdoğan discussed their cooperation fighting ISIL militants and “common efforts to bring security and stability to Iraq and Syria,” the White House statement said.
“The two leaders reviewed the train-and-equip program for vetted members of the moderate Syrian opposition. They discussed efforts to deepen cooperation to stem the flow of foreign fighters,” it added.
A broader picture of the training of Syrian rebels includes a program in Jordan that has already started. Some 2,000 Syrian rebels will be trained as part of the program in Jordan, with the total number increasing to 5,000 when branches in Saudi Arabia and Qatar are included.
France will create a center for the reintegration of young French citizens who return from conflict zones such as Syria by the end of 2015, provided they are not subject to prosecution, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said.
Owing to initiatives aimed at preventing young Frenchmen from joining jihadists, about 1,900 cases have been registered, of which a quarter are for minors and over 40 percent for young girls, Valls stated.
“Within the framework of the action plan to combat radicalization, 2,500 officials from various departments across the territory have already been trained,” Valls stressed.
Hundred Macedonian citizens are fighting in Iraq and Syria on the side of the extremists, Nova Makedonija daily announced, relying on data from the Macedonian security forces.
15 of them were killed so far. There are about 30 Serbian people who fight currently in Iraq and Syria.
The newspaper stated that yesterday in Belgrade was held a forum of the interior ministers entitled “Preventing radicalization and counter-terrorism in the Balkan region.”
Participants at the meeting argued that terrorism is a global threat, and regional cooperation is needed to prevent the recruitment of jihadists.