Terrorist website taken down

A website hosted out of a server in Minnesota was taken down last week after authorities discovered it showed users how to attack US military bases.

According to reports, the website Ekhlass.cc was operating for months on a server in Rochester, Minnesota and was registered to an address in Van Nuys, California. A whois search Monday provided no registration information for the domain.

Yigal Carmon, president of the Middle East Media Research Institute, a group that monitors terrorist websites, says that the site communicated messages from one of the most active groups on the Internet trying to recruit terrorists in the US. The website reportedly showed diagrams and prompted discussions on how to attack US military bases on US soil and offered tips on where to put explosives and where to target on certain buildings.

Carmon says the most recent discussions prior to being taken down included instructions on how to attack military bases located both in the mountains and desert, like Fort Irwin in California. The discussion also coincided with terrorist plans to blow up America's air force base in Ramstein, Germany last week, just days before the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. That plot was exposed and German police have made three arrests.

MEMRI says that just because the website is down, doesn't mean Ekhlass is gone from the Internet.

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