France Detains ‘top’ Al Qaeda Suspect

This will be done before the end of the year,” Fabius said. Fabius said the resolution was expected around December. SECURITY WOES France currently has about 400 troops in Bangui, protecting the airport and French interests. Fabius did not say how many troops will be added, but sources have told Reuters the numbers could be increased to about 700-750. Fabius said the dissolution of Seleka, a grouping of five northern rebel movements, must be real and concrete. “We cannot have armed bands roaming the country,” Fabius told a news conference in the riverside capital. “We will not let you down.” The French minister and EU’s aid chief, who were greeted by crowds in Bangui, some holding banners urging France to not to abandon the former colony, met transitional leader Michel Djotodia and Prime Minister Nicolas Tiangaye. Djotodia, who was formally sworn in as the transitional president in August, has an 18-month deadline, set by central African heads of state, to organize elections. He has said he will not run in the election. A senior Central African Republic military official said the country was counting on France because the regional peacekeeping force was not visible on the ground and the population was losing faith in them. “What we need is more French troops with a clear mandate,” the official said, requesting not to be identified. However, while the leaders work out how to secure the country enough to hold an election, the situation on the ground continues to get worse, with malnutrition and tuberculosis taking hold and a lack of resources to help patients in need. “We need a massive plan on health and education, but most important, something must be done about insecurity. Outside the capital it is a cancer,” a surgeon at the only pediatric hospital in Bangui – protected by French troops to stop looting – told the delegation. The EU’s Georgieva said the crisis in Central African Republic was unique because it had hit the entire population.

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Naamen Meziche has also been linked with the terrorist cell that planned the 9/11 attacks. (text) France on Saturday place Naamen Meziche , the French national accused of links to al Qaeda , under formal investigation for “associating with wrongdoers with a view to committing terrorist acts” — a step short of pressing formal charges. Meziche was deported from Pakistan on Tuesday, and was arrested upon arrival on French soil. A Frenchman of Algerian origin who also holds an Algerian passport, Meziche was arrested in southwestern Pakistan in May 2012 along with three other suspected French jihadists, who were expelled to France separately in April. France’s jihadists French jihadists captured in Mali, defence minister says Those three other French nationals face similar charges under the same section of French law that gives authorities broad powers to detain and prosecute a suspect for intending to carry out terrorist acts or contacting organisations suspected of terrorism. At the time of his arrest, French intelligence sources described Meziche as an important al Qaeda leader linked to the so-called Hamburg cell that planned the 9/11 attacks. Pakistani sources said the Frenchman, aged around 43, had links to Younis al-Mauritani, a suspected al Qaeda chief who is believed to have been personally charged by Osama bin Laden to plan attacks in Europe and the US. Meziches deportation and arrest after more than 16 months in detention in Pakistan has sparked hopes that more details of the jihadist trail from Europe to the Afghanistan-Pakistan region will be revealed. Meziche is probably the terrorist who is most familiar with the recruitment channels used by al Qaeda to bring young jihadists to its training camps and thats why the French were so keen to get hold of him, Roland Jacquard, head of the Paris-based International Terrorism Observatory, told FRANCE 24. (FRANCE24 with wires)

So how has Nasri gone from zero to hero in the space of 12 months? Deschamps: “I knew before tonight that Samir Nasri is a very, very good player. He confirmed that tonight.” Nasri could become a key player. Jerome Pugmire (@jeromepugmire) October 11, 2013 Firstly, his Manchester City form has been steadily improving since he managed to arrest an alarming slide in the wake of the Euro 2012 controversy. As reported by TF1 ( h/t ESPN FC ), Nasri was banned from three international matches after arguing with journalists at Euro 2012. Following a strong finish to last season despite his struggles under Roberto Mancini, the arrival of new coach Manuel Pellegrini has reinvigorated the Frenchman. The Chilean even told The Telegraph recently how impressed he has been by a resurgent Nasri, particularly following his key role in the 4-1 demolition of biter rivals Manchester United. So far this season he has two goals and two assists in seven appearances to his name ( stats via premierleague.com ), and he appears well placed to add to that over the course of the campaign. Michael Regan/Getty Images Following Fridays win over Australia, Nasris impressive early-season form is also translating onto the international stage with France now. The former Olympique de Marseille man looked hungry, motivated and full of purpose in the French capital. Despite it only being a friendly, his impressive showing, which included providing an assist for Olivier Girouds second goal, looks like it will ensure that he starts Tuesdays clash with Finland. Deschamps has looked undecided on his strongest XI for Les Bleus since he took the job, but Nasris impressive form will make it difficult to drop him heading into the World Cup qualification playoffs. Mathieu Valbuena and Franck Ribery have so far been the creative hubs in team. However, Ribery has not been the same player that we see at club level for FC Bayern Munchen until recently, and Valbuena struggles to impose himself on a regular basis because of his build.

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We will not let you down. The French minister and EU’s aid chief, who were greeted by crowds in Bangui, some holding banners urging France to not to abandon the former colony, met transitional leader Michel Djotodia and Prime Minister Nicolas Tiangaye. Djotodia, who was formally sworn in as the transitional president in August, has an 18-month deadline, set by central African heads of state, to organise elections. He has said he will not run in the election. A senior Central African Republic military official said the country was counting on France because the regional peacekeeping force was not visible on the ground and the population was losing faith in them. What we need is more French troops with a clear mandate, the official said, requesting not to be identified. However, while the leaders work out how to secure the country enough to hold an election, the situation on the ground continues to get worse, with malnutrition and tuberculosis taking hold and a lack of resources to help patients in need. We need a massive plan on health and education, but most important, something must be done about insecurity. Outside the capital it is a cancer, a surgeon at the only paediatric hospital in Bangui – protected by French troops to stop looting – told the delegation. The EU’s Georgieva said the crisis in Central African Republic was unique because it had hit the entire population. The priority is security, security, security. Unless there is a rapid increase in peacekeeping forces to reverse this looting, it will be very hard to get sufficient help to people, she said. – Reuters Privacy Policy Copyright 1999 – 2012 Independent Online, a division of Independent Newspapers (Pty) Limited. The copyright in the literary and artistic works contained in this online news publication and its other related and connected websites, as well as in the published editions of group newspapers, their supplements and any other content or material, belongs exclusively to Independent Newspapers (Pty) Limited unless otherwise stated.