The Islamic State’s Amaq News Agency claims that the attack in Barcelona, Spain today was carried out by the group’s “soldiers.” The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a string of operations in which terrorists drove a van or truck into a crowd.
A former Guantanamo detainee named Hamed Abderrahaman Ahmed was arrested on Feb. 23 in Ceuta, a Spanish enclave in North Africa, for allegedly running a jihadist recruiting cell for the Islamic State. Spanish authorities also claim that he and others were willing to carry out a terrorist attack on Spanish soil. According to a leaked Joint Task Force Guantanamo threat assessment, Ahmed traveled through Iran to Afghanistan to receive training in al Qaeda’s camps in 2001.
Spain arrests four in swoop of suspected militant cell in north Africa
Charlie Hebdo suspect ‘mentored’ by Abu Hamza disciple
Authorities raised the security threat level to three on a scale of four after suspicious packages were delivered to the offices of several Spanish media organizations. Offices were evacuated and the packages were examined before workers were allowed back into the buildings. The US is seeking to station an elite Marine group permanently at an […]
Madrid’s Atocha train station reopens after false bomb alert
During raids in Barcelona, Ceuta, Melilla, and the Moroccan municipality of Castillejos, Spanish and Moroccan police arrested seven people, including four women and a minor, suspected of links to an lslamic State recruitment network that sent women to Iraq and Syria. Two of the female suspects were allegedly about to join the Islamic State. Authorities […]
A High Court prosecution of 15 members of an Islamic State recruiting group in Madrid revealed that it was headed by former Guantanamo detainee Lahcen Ikassrien, who used Madrid’s largest mosque as a recruitment center. The group, which called itself the Al Andalus Brigade, also operated a jihadist training camp on property it owned in […]