Counter-Terrorism: Major Jail Break Foiled In France


June 6, 2010: French police arrested fourteen people for planning to break an Islamic terrorist (Smain Ait Ali Belkacem) out of prison. Belkacem was sentenced to life in prison in 2002, for carrying out the bombing of a Paris subway station in 1995 (which wounded 30 people.) Belkacem, an Algerian, was something of a hero to Islamic radicals, who have long talked about freeing him.

At the same time, French police also arrested twelve Islamic radicals and charged them with recruiting local Moslems to fight in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Such operations are common throughout Europe, and are even found in North America. These groups also raise money for Islamic terror groups, either through criminal scams, or by soliciting donations for Islamic charities.





Help Keep Us From Drying Up

We need your help! Our subscription base has slowly been dwindling.

Each month we count on your contributions. You can support us in the following ways:

  1. Make sure you spread the word about us. Two ways to do that are to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. We’ll send the news to your email box, and you don’t have to come to the site unless you want to read columns or see photos.
  3. You can contribute to the health of StrategyPage.
Subscribe   Contribute   Close