Tuesday, December 16, 2008

CONFLICT & TERROR 12/16 BRIEFS & LOTS MORE

LeT denies its involvement in Mumbai attack
Posted on Monday, December 15, 2008 at 9:25am
Monday denied British Prime Minister Gordon Brown's charge that it was responsible for the Mumbai terrorattack and said the lone terrorist captured alive was not a member of its outfit. Full Story

Arrest made in Oregon bank bombing
Posted on Monday, December 15, 2008 at 9:27am
An arrest was made Sunday evening in the bombing of an Oregon bank that killed two police officers and critically injured the police chief in the town of Woodburn, authorities said. "The arrest was the result of an intensive round-the-clock investigation by an interagency task force comprised of federal, state, county, and city public safety agencies," said Marion County Sheriff Russ Isham. Full Story

Athens hit by new protest rallies
Posted on Monday, December 15, 2008 at 9:28am
Hundreds of people are staging fresh protest rallies in Athens, after days of rioting sparked by the killing of a teenager by police in Greece. They gathered near the capital's police headquarters and the main court, where some of the protesters arrested last week were to appear before magistrates. Full Story

Peru seizes 3 tons of cocaine mixed with guano
Posted on Monday, December 15, 2008 at 1:18pm
Irish minister held at gunpointPosted on Monday, December 15, 2008 at 1:46pmAn Irish government minister has been held hostage at gunpoint during an armed robbery, police say. Minister for European Affairs Dick Roche, 61, was among a number of people seized at a hotel and golf resort near the eastern town of Bray. Full Story

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ICE cautions holiday shoppers of telemarketing fraud and other schemes
December 15, 2008 - 4:17PM
The holiday season is marked with many joyous celebrations, but it is also marked by scammers looking for their next would-be victim.


http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2008/12/16/world/AP-EU-France-Explosives-Defused.html?_r=1&partner=rss&emc=rss
Paris Police Find Explosives at Store


PARIS (AP) -- Police acting on a warning Tuesday found a bundle of dynamite inside a Paris department store at the height of the Christmas season, and a group demanding that France withdraw from Afghanistan claimed responsibility.


Bomb hoax not a hoax

Why would a seasoned trooper, a bomb tech, take a suspected explosive device into a bank? It’s not only stupid, it goes against procedure.

Hakim is indeed a Muslim name, one of the 99 names of Allah. Used in the Middle East and in Indonesia.

An undated photograph provided by the Oregon State Police shows Senior Trooper William Hakim of the Oregon State Police. Hakim, 51, was one of two people killed Friday afternoon, Dec. 12, 2008, in a bomb explosion at a bank in Oregon.

“Lt. Sheila Lorance of the Marion County Sheriff's Office, the lead agency in the case, did not have an explanation Sunday for why the officers took the bomb into the bank.”

“Hakim” means "wise or intelligent" in English. In fact, an Islamic doctor and physician were traditionally referred to as a Hakim. The name is also conferred upon a boy especially in Islamic culture. The word has an Arabic origin.

It is pronounced as hah-KEEM. Hakim is one of the 99 names of Allah. Another popular variant of the name Hakim is "Hakeem." The retired, eminent basketball player Hakeem Olajuwon is one of the famous personalities bearing this respected name. Of late the popularity of this traditional name has dwindled as a first name in favor of other modern names. However the surname "Hakim" continues to hold its forte as one of the dominant surnames in the Muslim tradition.”

Ore. bank blast kills police officer, bomb expert

WOODBURN, Ore. (AP) -- A bomb explosion at a bank killed both a police officer and a state bomb disposal technician, and state police do not have any suspects, officials said Saturday.

"That person is dangerous and needs to be found as soon as possible," said Oregon State Police Lt. Gregg Hastings.

The explosion occurred Friday afternoon at a West Coast Bank branch office in the agricultural town of Woodburn, which is nearly 30 miles south of Portland.

Police went to check on a telephoned bomb threat received by a Wells Fargo branch bank in the center of town and found a suspicious device, but that device was determined to be harmless. But police said the investigation there led them to the nearby West Coast office where the bomb was found.

Police wouldn't discuss a possible motive for the bombing. Hastings said he didn't know of any grudges against the West Coast Bank, a statement echoed by West Coast Bank President and CEO Robert Sznewajs.

"We're not aware of anything," Sznewajs said.

Woodburn police Capt. Tom Tennant and state Senior Trooper William Hakim, both 51, died at the scene. Tennant was a 28-year veteran of the Woodburn police department, and Hakim, a bomb technician, had been with the force for 11 years.

Woodburn police Chief Scott Russell, 46, was injured and in stable but critical condition at a Portland hospital. He has been with the police department for 20 years.

State police said the inside of the bank was extensively damaged, and a female employee was treated at a hospital and released. Another bank employee was uninjured.

Hastings declined to describe the bomb in detail but indicated it was powerful.

A bank employee found the bomb in bushes outside the bank, and it exploded after officers took it inside.

Hastings said he did not know why the officers took the bomb inside.
Police sealed the area around the bank, and it remained closed Saturday. "There's no indication of further devices," Hastings said.

Federal authorities said Saturday they were offering a $35,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case.
Woodburn has a population of about 21,000


Meet Britain's new army of young eco warriors

While governments talk of climate change, a growing band of young, committed environmentalists is emerging in the UK. The storming of Stansted was just the beginning
Tracy McVeigh
The Observer, Sunday 14 December 2008
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2008/dec/14/environmental-activists-climate-change
They are young, smart, organised, committed and, if they are allowed to have their way, they would like to save the world. No longer is an environmentalist a geeky elderly man in socks and sandals or a dreadlocked traveller in a rainbow jumper. Britain's new vanguard of eco-warriors are predominantly in their twenties, they are articulate and knowledgeable and techno-aware.


Doomsday: U.S. report warns of 'strategic shock' leading to massive unrest
http://www.worldtribune.com/worldtribune/WTARC/2008/ss_military0790_12_15.asp
WASHINGTON — The United States could be sleep-walking into its next crisis, a military report said. The report by the U.S. Army War College's Strategic Institute, said that a defense community paralyzed by conventional thinking could be unprepared to help the United States cope with a series of unexpected crises that would rival the Al Qaida strikes in 2001, termed a "strategic shock."

The report cited the prospect of the collapse of a nuclear state leading to massive unrest in the United States.


http://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htintel/articles/20081216.aspx
Israel And Iran Scramble In The ShadowsDecember 16, 2008: Israeli intelligence organization Mossad has failedin its campaign to sabotage Iran's nuclear weapons program. So far.Six years ago, Mossad said it would stop the Iranian efforts to buildnukes.

Mossad admitted that it had devoted a substantial portion ofits resources to that effort since then. This included establishingcompanies that appeared to be willing to supply Iran with essentialequipment they needed. This had some success in slipping speciallymodified gear into Iranian nuclear weapons facilities.


Group raids Saudi airline's office in Tehran

http://archive.gulfnews.com/region/Iran/10266890.html

Tehran: Iran's state-run newspaper says a militant group has attacked the office of Saudi Arabia's state-owned airline in Tehran over a Saudi-backed peace initiative with Israel.Iran newspaper says the group - identified as Ikhwan Al Radwan, or Brothers of Heaven in Arabic - attacked the Saudi Airlines office with several Molotov cocktails on Wednesday, causing minor damage to the building. Saturday's newspaper report quotes a statement by the group saying the reason for the attack was Saudi Arabia's support for an Arab peace initiative.

The initiative offers Israel normal relations with all Arab countries if it withdraws from lands occupied in 1967 during Arab-Israeli war.


http://news.yahoo.com/s/mcclatchy/20081215/wl_mcclatchy/3124049
Bush shoe incident catches Secret Service flatfooted
By Greg Gordon and Adam Ashton

Although the Secret Service put everyone who attended President George W. Bush's Baghdad news conference through several layers of security Sunday, the agency appeared to be caught off guard when an Iraqi journalist hurled his shoes at the president.


http://www.analyst-network.com/article.php?art_id=2652
The present Analyst-Network website has as a main aim to inform a specialized and enlightened audience of the "undercover" nature of events within the global security & intelligence sector.

In this case, an alternative point of view is going to be presented which derives from a careful analysis and observation of the riots in Greece and reliable information streaming from the domestic security circles.

For obvious reasons, matters concerning operational or intelligence procedures will not be mentioned or commented.


http://www.indianexpress.com/story_print.php?storyid=398716
Islamabad : Pakistani authorities and residents of Ajmal Amir Iman's village have apparently launched efforts to cover up their links with the lone gunman arrested for the Mumbai terror attacks, days after his father admitted that the young man as shown by the media was his son.
Pakistani security and intelligence agencies have deployed a large number of personnel in plainclothes at Faridkot in Okara district of Punjab province, from where Ajmal hails, with journalists visiting the area having to face angry protests.

http://www.indianexpress.com/story_print.php?storyid=399005
New Delhi : Investigation into the Mumbai terror attack have moved a step forward with intelligence agencies confirming that the Pakistani “handlers” whom the terrorists telephoned several times during the siege in the Taj Mahal Hotel and Nariman House were indeed top operatives of the Lashkar-e-Toiba Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi and Yusuf Muzammil.


Lord's Resistance Army uses truce to rearm and spread fear in Uganda
Once seen as a ragtag brigade, the guerrilla force that claims divine leadership is organised and ready to renew fighting

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/africa/article5348890.ece#cid=OTC-RSS&attr=797093
For eight days Raymond Kpiolebeyo was marched at gunpoint through the Congolese jungle, not knowing whether he would live or die. At night he slept with eight other prisoners, pinned under a plastic sheet weighted down with bags and stones to prevent escape. Their sweat condensed on the sheeting, inches above their faces, before dripping back and turning their plastic prison into a stinking, choking sauna.
He was a prisoner of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), a band of pitiless commanders and their brutalised child soldiers. “They told us that if one of us tried to escape we would all be shot,” said Raymond, 28, a teacher from Doruma, close to the border with southern Sudan.

He had been captured by a raiding party looking for porters, sex slaves and soldiers to continue the LRA's 20-year struggle to overthrow the Ugandan Government.



Charges: Men Planned To Fly Model Bomb-ladened Airplane Into Base

Two men from the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Isawiyah were indicted yesterday for planning to fly an explosive-packed model airplane into an army base near their home.

The indictment, issued by the Jerusalem District Court against Iyad Abid, 20, and Abdullah Abid, 21, states that they tried out the model airplane over the base, where it crashed.

The indictment also states that the pair were planning to slam a tractor into an army jeep and abduct the soldiers in the jeep along with their weapons, to bargain for the release of members of Iyad Abid’s family who are serving life sentences in Israel.


http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=3&art_id=nw20081215153230729C186018

Warships bound for CubaDecember 15 2008By Nick ColemanMoscow - Russia said on Monday it was sending a group of warships to Soviet-era ally Cuba in its latest defiant naval move around US waters, part of a drive to revive old Cold War ties with Latin America.


http://www.rediff.com//news/2008/dec/15mumterror-attacks-showed-pakistan-broke-its-promise.htm
Former US Secretary of State General (Retd) Colin Powell has said that in the wake of the Mumbai terror attacks, Pakistan can no longer afford "to wink and nod" and pretend there are no terrorist groups operating within its borders that are a threat to the stability of the region.



Gates asks ... asks? ... terrorists to stop supporting terror?

That will work!

http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1228728175766&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

Gates asks Middle East nations to help fight spread of terror!


http://www.kuna.net.kw/NewsAgenciesPublicSite/ArticleDetails.aspx?id=1959814&Language=en

ISAF soldiers killed in Afghanistan Military and Security

Three soldiers of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) were killed in a roadside bomb explosion in southern Afghanistan, the military said on Sunday.Paying tribute to the fallen soldiers, ISAF spokesperson Brig. Gen. Richard Blanchette said they died fighting for the better future of the people of Afghanistan.The spokesperson did not disclose nationalities of the soldiers and exact location of the blast.


Tribute to terrorists NEVER works.

"If Mr. Hupper was sentenced to three and a half years in federal prison for providing Hamas terrorists with only $20,000, how much time Mr. Barak will serve in jail for delivering 100 million shekels to Hamas terrorists?

"http://thebulletin.us/articles/2008/12/12/news/world/doc49416c1182f1a107511450.txt

Israel Responds To Attacks With Cash To Hamas
Citizen's Police Complaint Filed Against Israeli Official
Published: Friday, December 12, 2008David Bedein, Middle East CorrespondentJerusalem — Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni convened a special meeting of the Israel security cabinet yesterday morning to discuss the continuing Qassam rocket and mortar fire from Gaza. Israel has witnessed 100 Qassam rockets fired at Sderot and the Western Negev over the past 10 days.


In Colombia, they call him Captain Nemo
http://www.latimes.com/news/la-fg-captainnemo14-2008dec14,0,2761616.story?track=ntothtml
Reporting from Tumaco, Colombia -- Squat, bull-necked and sullen-looking, Enrique Portocarrero hardly seems a dashing character out of a Jules Verne science fiction novel.But law enforcement officers here have dubbed him "Captain Nemo," after the dark genius of "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea."

They say the 45-year-old has designed and built as many as 20 fiberglass submarines, strange vessels with the look of sea creatures, for drug traffickers to haul cocaine from this area of southern Colombia to Central America and Mexico.



Of course it is criminal...AND there oughta be a law against it.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/crime/article5342766.ece
‘Nothing criminal about trying to establish an Islamic state’

He has come a long way from a village in Tunisia to becoming a respected adviser to Scotland Yard chiefs and the CEO of a British television channel who rubbed shoulders with ministers. But who is the real Mohamed Ali Harrath and what drives him?

Tunisian judicial sources say that he joined the Islamic Tendency Movement, now called Ennahdha, in the 1980s. In 1986, he created the Tunisian Islamic Front, which he describes as “a non-violent political party founded . . . to oppose the one-party state in Tunisia and to seek change through peaceful means”.


Khawaja: Muslim terror promoters penetrating security agencies?
Muslim terror promoters penetrating Canadian security agencies?
We tend to focus on creeping sharia in the U.S. but Canada is not exempt from the grand jihad as this article from earlier this year indicates. With porous borders and chatter of a North American Union we should hope Canada is taking the threat seriously.



http://www.kuna.net.kw/NewsAgenciesPublicSite/ArticleDetails.aspx?id=1959963&Language=en

Green Zone comes under missile attack during Bush''s visit

A rocket attack targeted the Green Zone, downtown Baghdad, Sunday evening while visiting U.S. President George W. Bush was holding talks with Iraqi leaders.Loud explosion of a Katyusha missile was heard at 7:30 pm. (local time) as Bush was set to sign the U.S.-Iraqi Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA), a security official said.No reports about the possible casualties or of damage resulting from the attack were available so far and the U.S. Army and embassy have yet to comment on it.



http://www.rediff.com///news/2008/dec/15mumterror-urdu-poem-keeps-terrorists-going.htm
A few excerpts from the poem:

Jihad jari rahega ta qayamat, Jihad hargiz naheen rukega ( Jihad will continue till the day of judgment and will not stop).

Jihad farman hai khuda ka, Jihad rasta hai Mustafa ka ( Jihad is the path and order of God)Zameen se fitno ka sar hamesha, Jihad hi se qualam huwa hai ( Jihad has cut of evil from this earth)

Jihad hi se zaban milti, Hai aan milti hai bekason ko (Jihad alone gives voice)
Jihad jhooti khudaion ko, ulat kar be abroo karega ( Jihad will make false God become naked)Jihad se ijtniab hi ne, ghulamion ko janam diya hai ( Avoiding jihad has made us slaves)

Jihad dushman zaleel hoker, Athaah pasti mein ja girega ( enemies of Jihad will sink and will be dishonoured)



http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/World/Pakistan/Taliban_kidnaps_seven_in_Afghanistan_one_dead/articleshow/3836898.cms

Taliban kidnaps seven in Afghanistan, one dead

Armed Taliban militants abducted six musicians and an election worker in eastern Afghanistan, one of whom was later found dead, a local official said. The body of one musician was found today, one day after the group was kidnapped in Paktika province, provincial spokesman Hameedullah Jowak said.



http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/12/12/africa/profile.php

A Saudi's luxurious plight in terror's shadow

Yassin Kadi welcomes a visitor into the sun-drenched living room of his compound in this bustling commercial capital of Saudi Arabia. Expecting to be photographed, he has chosen to appear in Western dress - brown shirt, slacks and blue suede shoes.

It is an outfit that Kadi, a multimillionaire businessman with investments and charities that span the globe, rarely wears these days.



Bravo!
http://mypetjawa.mu.nu/archives/195408.php

Seattle Jihad Barber Killed in Somalia fighting for al Qaeda

Alls well that ends well, eh? Ruben Shumpert (aka, "Amir Abdul Muhaimin") has been identified as the American killed in Somalia a few months back. Crocodile tears. Big fat crocodile tears.
Back in April of 2007 the FBI raided a Somalian grocery store in Seattle looking for Shumpert. Too late, Shumpert was gone. Already on his way to Somalia to fight for al Qaeda's local branch, the al Shabaab Youth Mujahideen Movement.



http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/01/21/AR2008012101961.html?wprss=rss_world%2Fnorthamerica

ID Rules To Change For Canada CrossingsDHS Defies Congress By Going Forward Now

Defying Congress, the Department of Homeland Security is pushing to tighten identification requirements at U.S. land borders starting Jan. 31, when it no longer will allow Americans or Canadians to enter the country by presenting a driver's license or declaring their citizenship.

The change is expected to worsen travel delays and backups along the U.S.-Canada border, which recorded 72 million crossings in 2007. The U.S.-Mexico border is even busier, with 226 million crossings, but non-citizens already need extra documentation to enter the United States there.



http://www.politicalislam.com/blog/how-can-we-make-the-dog-bark/
How Can We Make the Dog Bark? In a Sherlock Holmes story, Silver Blaze, the clue to the crime was that "the dog did nothing." The dog in question was a farm dog that would have barked had a stranger approached.In the same way we have guard dogs that are supposed to warn us of danger: our government, intellectuals and the media. But we are finding out that our dogs never bark if the intruder is Islamic violence.



http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/75627/Taliban-s-12-child-bombers-chain-of-terror-that-brought-child-killers

TALIBAN'S 12 CHILD BOMBERS - 'CHAIN OF TERROR' THAT BROUGHT CHILD KILLERS



http://wwwwbipicomlink.blogspot.com/2008/12/florida-used-car-dealers-arrested.html


FLORIDA USED CAR DEALERS ARRESTED, SERGIY ZHELEZNYAK IN SARASOTA AND ALI HASSAN HAMMOUD IN MIAMI, STOLEN CARS TO RUSSIA AND MIDDLE EAST, VIN SWITCHING

VIN Switching: The Ultimate Alias for Auto Theft.

Sarasota used car dealer Sergiy Zheleznyak had obtained 36 phony car titles for nonexistant vehicles, late model vehicles such as six 2009 Mercedes Benz sedans, two 2008 BMW's, and an assortment of 2008 and 2009 Honda Accords, Accra's and Toyota's.

Sergiy Zheleznyak runs MS Auto a small used car/body shop in North Port Fl, there is no possible way he could have actually paid cash for almost $1 Million in late model luxury vehicles.

Sergiy Zheleznyak was obtaining the phony titles on the non-existant vehicles from the Sarasota County Tag office for his associate Alexksandr Mikhaylov in New York City. "Auto Body Repairs and Painting" MS Auto is also listed as body shop repairs and painting in local phone listings.



http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/crime/article5342734.ece

Unanswered questions about a ‘man of peace’ on Interpol list
The TV chief denies all links to terrorism but will not discuss his first five years in Britain

The Islam Channel founded and run by Mohamed Ali Harrath, who is wanted by Interpol, is watched by 59 per cent of Britain’s 1.6 million Muslims, according to government research disclosed to The Times.

As a senior executive of a television channel in Britain – it has offices in the City of London and studios in the West End – Mr Harrath has potential influence over an important section of the community. He insists that he is a man of peace, but questions remain about his past because he and the political movement that he founded have attracted attention from the authorities in several countries.


UK takes first steps towards Islamic finance rules
Hedge Funds Review Magazine, UK

The UK government has launched a consultation on Islamic finance. The government hopes the joint Treasury-Financial Services Authority consultation on proposals for a legal framework for the regulation of alternative finance investment bonds, including sukuk, will support the growth of Islamic finance in the UK and to increase its position as a leading global centre in this market.

As well as the consultation, the government also published a paper, "The development of Islamic finance in the UK".



http://roadsassy.com/2008/12/05/muslims-in-prison-an-army-in-waiting/

Muslims in Prison: An Army in Waiting?
Australian Muzzie Ran Drug Ring from Jail Cell
A convicted murderer allegedly made about 460 calls a day on a smuggled mobile phone as he coordinated a $250,000-a-week drug trafficking syndicate from his maximum security jail cell.
Bassam Hamzy, 29, who is serving a 21-year sentence for murdering a man outside a Sydney nightclub, allegedly made more than 19,000 calls from inside Lithgow prison, west of Sydney, between May 1 and June 11 this year.

Most of the calls were made in Arabic, to a syndicate of 12 close friends and family members who allegedly shifted $1.5 million worth of cocaine and ice from NSW to Victoria in six weeks.



http://memri.org/bin/latestnews.cgi?ID=IA47908

Calls in Iran to Topple Egyptian, Saudi Regimes

Iran's attacks and accusations against Egypt and Saudi Arabia have recently intensified. In early December, Iran's leading conservative government dailies Kayhan and Jomhouri-ye Eslami accused the Egyptian and Saudi regimes of treason, and called on their peoples to topple their regimes.

Kayhan editor Hossein Shariatmadari, who is close to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, praised Khaled Islambouli, the assassin of the late Egyptian president Anwar Al-Sadat, and called to follow his example. At the same time, student demonstrations were held in Tehran, during which protesters called for killing Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and threw firebombs at the Egyptian interest office.



The inauguration will make a big, fat, dumb, open target...10 million people?

Indications and Warnings of Imminent Islamic Terrorism
By Sean Osborne, Associate Director

For much of the fall season of 2008 all of us the the Northeast Intelligence Network, and those of you who follow our reports, probably could not help but notice a rather significant increase in the postings coming from jihadist website forums which were seized upon as potential Indications and Warnings (IW) precursors to Islamic terrorist strikes. Just as quickly as those jihadi posts popped up like a crocus in early spring... they stopped cold with a finality and suddenness that was also a cause of significant concern.

Not only did the posts cease in this manner, but the primary jihadi websites themselves began disappearing or going offline. Some believe, as I do, that this was due to inter-Islamic fratricide, a cyber war between the Shi'a and Sunni jihadists. We at NEIN were assured by those "in the know" that the United States governments counter-terrorist efforts were not the cause of this.



http://justifythis.blogspot.com/2006/05/pervert-prophet_12.html
Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever




http://ibloga.blogspot.com/2008/12/google-admits-censorship_14.html

Google cranks up the Consensus Engine

Google this week admitted that its staff will pick and choose what appears in its search results. It's a historic statement - and nobody has yet grasped its significance.

THEY PICK AND CHOOSE?

Not so very long ago, Google disclaimed responsibility for its search results by explaining that these were chosen by a computer algorithm. The disclaimer lives on at Google News, where we are assured that:

Pamela comments: Now that Hussein is in the White House, Google (a chief fundraiser and potential member of O's administration) wants to control the news on their man.I never saw this kind of news suppression under Bush. You could say anything, BushChimpHitler, and get away with it. Entering the dark age ....


I'm shocked...shocked! To see Muslims behaving as Muslims....

Pak scientists offered Osama nukes before 9/11: BookDecember 14, 2008 21:56 ISTLast Updated: December 14, 2008 21:59 IST
http://www.rediff.com/news/2008/dec/14pak-scientists-offered-osama-bin-laden-nukes-before-september-eleven-attack.htm

Barely a month before the 9/11 terror attacks, two Pakistani nuclear scientists, said to be close to disgraced Abdul Qadeer Khan, met up with al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and offered to supply him with atomic weapons, according to a newly released book.

Chaudiri Abdul Majeed and Sultan Bashiruddin Mahmood, who held a series of senior posts in Pakistani nuke programme, went to Taliban [Images] headquarters in Kandahar in mid-August 2001 and spent three days with bin Laden who was keen on acquiring weapons of mass destruction, the book says.

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