Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Eiffel Tower evacuated after bomb alert, French government increased security after threats from al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM)

BBC NEWS...The alarm was raised after an anonymous call to the company which manages the famous landmark, officials said.

A police cordon has been thrown around the tower and about 1,000 people have been moved to the banks of the nearby River Seine, French media reported
The French government increased security at certain sites between 2 August and 15 September, in part because of threats from al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, French TV channel TF1 reported.

Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) or L'Organisation Al-Qaïda au Maghreb Islamique, Abdelmalek Droukdal, FORTH FROM THE LEFT IN THE PHOTO ABOVE, also known as Abu Musab Abdul Wadoud, is the current chief of the group.
University-educated as a science student and well known for his bomb-making abilities, he has led the group since 2004, when its previous leader, Nabil Sahraoui, was killed in a firefight with Algerian forces.  AQIM has funneled North African insurgents to Iraq to fight as suicide bombers, foot soldiers, and mid-level commanders, although counting foreign fighters is difficult.
Smuggling stolen cars and petty crimes are a lucrative source of income for AQIM and Abdelmalek Droukdal, his photo above . The porous, unpoliced borders of the Sahara region make smuggling vehicles, cigarettes, drugs, and arms particularly easy.
Europe-based cells provide funds to AQIM through drug dealing, counterfeiting money, and other illegal activities, French and Italian police forces reported to Europol in 2008. The ransom paid as a result of the 2003 kidnapping provided a significant windfall for the group.

To continue its tradition of self-financing, AQIM operatives may be turning more to kidnapping as a source of income. The group reportedly requested five million pounds for the ransom of two Austrian tourists in 2008.
SEE 3 African Men, Oumar Issa, Idriss Abdel Rahman and Harouna Toure Flown to U.S. For Trial Linked To Al Qaeda In The Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) Algeria And Shipments of Cocaine From Africa to Europe Funded by Amer el-Azizi And The “Andalusian Clan”The alleged plot involved shipment of cocaine from Africa to Europe, with al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb helping facilitate the trafficking.

The suspects are identified as Oumar Issa, Idriss Abdelrahman and Harouna Toure. Authorities said the apparent ties between the suspected African terror group members and the cocaine traffickers appear to represent an increasingly global effort to use the drug trade to support terrorism.

Bill Warner Private Investigator, SEX, CRIME, CHEATERS & TERRORISM