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Germany sends 4 to prison in New Year's plot

Terror network in Europe seen. He is a charismatic Islamist firebrand, the accused architect of a suspected international terror network ranging across Europe and North America. His minions were trained at a camp in Afghanistan in the use of light and heavy weapons, explosives, poisons, and sabotage. He helped graduates of the camp choose their terrorist targets, while providing them with safe houses, forged documents and financial support. Authorities say he was the brains behind foiled attacks on New Years’ revelers in Strasbourg, France, the U.S. Embassy in Rome, and Los Angeles International Airport, among other targets. Amar Makhlolif, known to his followers as Abu Doha, is not Osama bin Laden. But as police and intelligence agents search for the Al Qaeda chieftain, investigators in Europe are struggling to round up the terrorist network they believe Doha established before his arrest 18 months ago. Abu Doha was an unseen presence in a Frankfurt courtroom Monday, when four Algerians received prison sentences for conspiring to bomb New Year’s revelers outside a French cathedral two years ago. Prosecutors say the planned attack, thwarted by police, was encouraged and funded, at least in part, by Doha. Full Story

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