Manchester Terror Suspects Released

12 Jun 2017

2017/06/12 – Cops release all Manchester concert bombing suspects – CBS News

All the suspects arrested over last month’s Manchester concert bombing have been released without charge, British police said Sunday, acknowledging that detectives were still not sure whether the attacker had accomplices.


Greater Manchester Police said Sunday that all 22 people arrested on suspicion of terrorism offenses had been released without charge.


Suspects arrested under terrorism laws can be held for up to 14 days before they must be charged or released.


Ex-Gitmo Inmate Arrested in France As Part of Recruiting Network

12 Jun 2017

2017/05/30 – Ex-Guantanamo Bay inmate is arrested after being linked to an ISIS recruiting network eight years after he was released from the controversial prison – UK Daily Mail

A former Guantanamo Bay inmate is among six people from an alleged ISIS recruiting network who were detained on Tuesday.

Sabir Mahfouz Lahmar was one of the six suspects arrested in Bordeaux as part of the crackdown, a French judicial source said.

Lahmar was freed from the US detention center in Cuba in 2009 after France agreed to accept him, the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, revealed.

The 48-year-old was one of six Algerians detained in Bosnia in 2001 on suspicion of plotting to bomb the US embassy in Sarajevo.


Czech Republic Refuses Refugees, EU Considers Penalty

12 Jun 2017

2017/06/12 – EU to open case against Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic over migration – Reuters

2017/6/05 – Czechs halt taking migrants from Italy, Greece under EU relocation scheme – Reuters

The Czech Republic will halt taking in migrants under an EU scheme to share asylum seekers who arrived in Greece and Italy, citing security concerns, the government agreed on Monday.

Under a plan agreed in 2015, the European Commission wants EU member states to each admit a quota from a total of 160,000 asylum seekers stuck in the two Mediterranean countries. Most have fled conflicts and poverty in the Middle East and Africa.

But several EU members including the Czech Republic have protested the decision and some have refused to take in any people under the scheme.


“Due to the aggravated security situation and the dysfunctionality of the whole system, the government approved… a proposal to halt this system for the Czech Republic,” Chovanec told a news conference following a cabinet meeting.


Ex-Gitmo Inmate Detained in France

30 May 2017

2017/05/30 – Ex-Gitmo Inmate Among 6 Detained from French Jihadi Network – VOA News

A French judicial source says a former Guantanamo Bay inmate is among six people from an alleged jihadi recruiting network linked to the Islamic State group who have been detained.

The official said Tuesday that the suspects arrested in Bordeaux included Sabir Mahfouz Lahmar, who was freed from the U.S. detention center in Cuba in 2009 after France agreed to accept him.


Iceland Slowly Pulling Itself Apart

26 May 2017

2017/05/26 – Why the constant earthquakes? Iceland is slowly being torn apart – Iceland Magazine

In an average week Iceland’s national monitoring seismic network detects around 500 earthquakes.


The reason for this seismic activity is the location of Iceland on top the Atlantic ridge, the divergent boundary between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates: As the two plates drift in opposite directions Iceland is in effect slowly being split apart.


Trump Sticks It To NATO Members As They Watch

25 May 2017

Say what you want about President Trump… he’s going to lay out what he thinks regardless of who is present. Here he is in a speech, suggesting other NATO members pay their fair share as they watch in the background.


Manchester – 22 Dead, 119 Injured in Suicide Bombing

23 May 2017

2017/05/27 – Manchester suicide bomber used student loan and benefits to fund terror plot – The Telegraph

The Manchester suicide bomber used taxpayer-funded student loans and benefits to bankroll the terror plot, police believe.


Abedi’s finances are a major ‘theme’ of the police inquiry amid growing alarm over the ease with which jihadists are able to manipulate Britain’s welfare and student loans system to secure financing.

One former detective said jihadists were enrolling on university courses to collect the student loans “often with no intention of turning up”.

Abedi was given at least £7,000 from the taxpayer-funded Student Loans Company after beginning a business administration degree at Salford University in October 2015.

It is thought he received a further £7,000 in the 2016 academic year even though by then he had already dropped out of the course.


Abedi, 22, never held down a job, according to neighbours and friends, but was able to travel regularly between the UK and Libya.

This will be included in the running Manchester thread.

2017/05/24 – Manchester Bomber’s Father Says Son Made Regular Visits to Libya – Bloomberg

The father of Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi was detained by unknown security personnel in the Libyan capital Tripoli on Wednesday, according to witnesses at the scene.

Three armed vehicles arrived to take away Ramadan Abedi and another unidentified man.

2017/05/24 – Manchester attack police say they are investigating terror network – The Guardian

After his officers made three further arrests and raided several properties on Wednesday, the chief constable of Greater Manchester police, Ian Hopkins, said: “I think it’s very clear that this is a network we are investigating.”


A neighbour at a property in south Manchester identified one of the men detained as Adel Forjani, in his mid-40s, whose grown-up son was also taken away, he said. Omar al-Faqhuri said the family were from Libya and had lived in the house for 15 years.

2017/05/24 – Lounging on a Libyan beach with his childhood mates, the cannabis-smoking teenager who went on to slaughter 22 people in Manchester Arena attack after being radicalised and ‘receiving secret terror training in Syria’ – UK Daily Mail

But a senior US intelligence official claimed today that members of his own family had warned police that he was ‘dangerous’.

UK border checks were branded a ‘shambles’ after it emerged the suicide bomber had travelled to ISIS strongholds Syria and Libya before being able to come ‘straight through’ to Britain.

2017/05/23 – Neighbours of British-born Manchester suicide bomber tell of his ‘strange behaviour’ in the weeks before deadly attack – UK Daily Mail

The 22-year-old Manchester-born attacker was heard ‘chanting Islamic prayers loudly in the street’ outside his home in the south of the city.

Abedi is the third of four children by Libyan refugees who came to the UK to escape the Gaddafi regime.

2017/05/23 – Manchester bomber identified: Latest in terror investigation – CBS

CBS News confirmed Tuesday that the man who blew himself up the previous night at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, was 23-year-old Salman Abedi, who was known to British authorities prior to the attack.

2017/05/23 – Manchester Ariana Grande Concert Bomber is Yet Another ‘Known Wolf’ Terrorist – PJ Media

As with virtually all Western terror attacks (as I’ve reported many times here at PJ Media — see below), this appears to be yet another case of “Known Wolf” terrorism. The suspected bomber had been known to authorities beforehand.


Back in March, after two “Known Wolf” terror attacks in only five days, I asked here how many more have to die before Western authorities begin to address the issue. The resounding answer has been: many more.

2017/05/23 – BBC Live Feed – BBC

2017/05/23 – AFTER MANCHESTER: IT’S TIME FOR ANGER – Spiked

The terrorist seeks to weaken our resolve, the powers-that-be want to sedate our emotions, retire our anger, reduce us to wet-eyed performers in their post-terror play. It’s a dual assault on the individual and society.

2017/05/23 – ISIS cheers Ariana Grande Manchester concert bombing – Raw Story

2017/05/22 – ISIS claim responsibility for suicide bomb attack that killed 22 including children and parents and injured 119 at Ariana Grande gig in Manchester – UK Daily Mail

2017/05/22 – Trump adviser Sebastian Gorka draws connection between Manchester bombing, murder of British soldier – Washington Examiner