ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish authorities have broken up the Istanbul cell behind last month’s truck bombings and have confirmed its links to Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda network, the city’s governor said on Friday. . . .

“The suicide attacks were carried out by elements trying to organize for al Qaeda in Turkey,” governor Muammer Guler told a news conference in Istanbul, held to announce progress in the investigation.

“We can comfortably say that we have broken up the organization’s Istanbul activities,” he said.

It’s not over yet, but so far 2003 is looking like another bad year for Al Qaeda.