compiled by Cem Ertür
19 March, 2009
US intelligence alerts Turkish police to possible al Qaeda attacks: report
Hürriyet, 19 March 2009
Turkish police have received U.S. intelligence that militants from the extremist al Qaeda network could be plotting attacks on foreign targets in Turkey, the Milliyet newspaper reported Wednesday. […]
Milliyet said a team of 15 militants trained in bomb-making — among them Lebanese, Palestinians, Moroccans and Syrians — were reported to have entered Turkey from neighboring Syria in January or February.
The group, believed to be operating in the central provinces of Konya and Aksaray, could be planning attacks against foreign missions in Turkey, the daily said.
And in a separate development, it said that a suspected militant who had come from Norway was believed to have been tasked with coordinating an attack against U.S. or Israeli aircraft.
According to the information supplied by U.S. intelligence services, senior al Qaeda militants had decided at a recent meeting in Pakistan to focus on attack plans in Turkey and northern Afghanistan.
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