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Poland broke EU human rights laws with CIA rendition

The European Court of Human Rights has found that Poland violated the EU Convention on Human Rights by allowing the CIA to detain two al-Qaeda suspects on Polish territory.

The case was brought by two Saudi-born men who said they were flown in secret to a CIA-run jail in a Polish forest and subjected to treatment that amounted to torture.

Polish officials have denied the existence of the CIA jail. The US has acknowledged that it kept al-Qaeda suspects in facilities outside the US, but has not said where.

The EU court ruled that Poland violated articles around the prohibition of torture, the right to liberty and the right to an effective investigation of their allegations.

Poland has been ordered to pay the men 230,000 euros.


Iraqi city of Fallujah 'falls to al-Qaeda fighters'

The centre of the Iraqi city of Fallujah has fallen to al-Qaeda-linked fighters, according to the head of police in the country's Anbar province.

Hadi Razeij told the al-Arabiya news channel: "The walla of the city are in the hands of the police force, but the people of Fallujah are the prisoners of ISIL [Islamic State in Iraq and Levant]."

The Reuters news agency also reported that Iraqi troops lost control of the strategic city of after intense fighting with al-Qaeda militants and local Sunni tribesmen in recent days.

Al-Qaeda suspect al-Libi to appear in court tomorrow

An alleged senior al-Qaeda figure who has been transferred to the United States after interrogation on a US Navy ship is expected to appear in court in New York on Tuesday.

Libyan Nazih al-Ragye, also known as Anas al-Libi, was handed over to US civilian officials over the weekend and is in the New York area, US Attorney Preet Bharara said in a statement.

Anas Al Libi was transferred to law enforcement custody this weekend and was brought directly to the Southern District of New York where he has been under indictment for more than a decade.

The government expects that he will be presented before a judicial officer tomorrow.

– Preet Bharara

Al-Qaeda suspect al-Libi arrives in US to face charges

Anas al-Libi is said to have arrived in America to face terrorism charges.

Top al-Qaeda suspect Anas al-Libi has arrived in the US to face charges, a US official told Reuters.

He was captured by US forces in a raid in the Libyan city of Tripoli on October 5th and is accused of plotting to bomb US, British, French and Israeli targets in Nairobi as well as helping to mastermind 1998 attacks on US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.

Ex-Libyan rebels 'seized PM' over al-Qaeda capture

A group of former Libyan rebels said it seized Prime Minister Ali Zeidan from a hotel because of his government's role in the US capture of a top al-Qaeda suspect in Tripoli.

His arrest comes after the statement by John Kerry about the capture of Abu Anas al-Libi, after he said the Libyan government was aware of the operation.

– Operations Room of Libya's Revolutionaries spokesman


Profile: Al-Qaeda leader Anas al-Libi

Anas al Libi, whose real name is Nazih Abdul-Hamed Nabih al-Ruqai'I, has reportedly been captured by US forces in a raid in the Libyan city of Tripoli.

  • Born in Tripoli, probably in 1964
  • Accused of plotting to bomb US, British, French and Israeli targets in Nairobi
  • Accused of helping to mastermind 1998 attacks on US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania
  • Reputed to be al-Qaeda's computer expert
  • Has lived in the UK, where he has political asylum
  • Indicted by a court in New York

Source: FBI, NBC News

Report: US captures al-Qaeda leader in Libya

A senior al-Qaeda leader has been captured near the Libyan city of Tripoli in an operation apparently unrelated to the raid in Somalia, NBC News reports.

FBI Wanted notice for Anas al Libi Credit:

Anas al Libi, whose real name is Nazih Abdul-Hamed Nabih al-Ruqai'I, has been wanted by the US for more than a decade and has a $5 million reward on his head.

He also is believed to be behind the attacks on US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998, which killed 12 Americans and more than 220 Kenyans, NBC News reports.

Three US strikes in Yemen kill 12 al-Qaeda suspects

Three US drone strikes killed a total of 12 suspect al-Qaeda militants in Yemen today, a military official in the country said.

The attacks contribute to a total of eight in under two weeks.

Yemen is on high alert after authorities said they thwarted an al-Qaeda plot to target foreign embassies in the country.

US and UK embassy staff were withdrawn early this week.

US extends closure of mid-east embassies

The US will extend the closures of several embassies and consulates in the Middle East in response to fears of an al-Qaeda attack, a spokeswoman for the US State Department has said.

Posts in Abu Dhabi, Amman, Cairo, Riyadh, Dhahran, Jeddah, Doha, Dubai, Kuwait, Manama, Muscat, Sanaa, Tripoli, Antanarivo, Bujumbura, Djibouti, Khartoum, Kigali, and Port Louis are instructed to close for normal operations through Saturday.

"This is not an indication of a new threat stream, merely an indication of our commitment to exercise caution," said Jen Psaki.

The decision comes after top national security advisers met at the White House yesterday to discuss a potential al-Qaeda threat from the Arabian Peninsula.

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