Jihad all around the world, just take a peek at some of our recent posts. What country hasn’t been infested?
A trial for nine terror suspects accused of having ties to al Qaeda opened in a Belgian court Monday, with the main defendant suspected of nearly launching a terror attack just hours before a 2008 European Union summit in Brussels.
That defendant, Malika el Aroud, and her husband, Moez Garsallaoui, are charged with heading a terrorist cell linked to al Qaeda and running a Web site that glorified suicide bombings and urged young Muslims to sacrifice themselves in jihad, or holy war.
The couple has long enjoyed a notorious reputation among European counterterrorism services. El Aroud’s previous husband, Abdessattar Dahmane, had assassinated Ahmed Shah Massoud, the head of the anti-Taliban Northern Alliance, in a suicide bombing ordered by Osama bin Laden two days before the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.
Garsallaoui, who has yet to be captured, and Zrioul, who has fled on bail, will be tried in absentia.
In June 2008, Garsallaoui wrote an e-mail to his wife, intercepted by U.S. counterterrorism agencies, in which he claimed to have killed several Americans in Afghanistan, according to Belgian legal documents.
el Aroud was an avid user of the Internet to recruit budding jihadists. Read it all via Trial starts in Belgium for suspected al Qaeda cell – CNN.com.