Aug 13 2006

UK Al Qaeda Leader Nabbed, Iraq Connection Established

It seems one of those arrested in the UK Airline Terror Plot was Al Qaeda’s top man in the UK:

SECURITY sources believe that a man arrested in last week’s anti- terror raids in Britain is Al-Qaeda’s leader in this country.

Home Office officials say that one of those arrested is suspected not only of masterminding the foiled plot to bring down up to nine transatlantic airliners, but also of involvement in other planned atrocities over the past few years.

This would be an enormous intelligence coupe if true. This person would have information on financing methods which might avoid detection and the same with communication methods. This person will have knowledge on active cells and those who support terrorism from a safe distance (feeling concerned Mr. Galloway?). This person will also have contacts up the chain and probably to his peers in other EU nations. So this would be a very important victory above and beyond stopping this attack. It could stop many possible attacks. So much for US and UK policies being a failure in dealing with Al Qaeda. And yes, the war in Iraq is very much central to the greater war on terror:

The Al-Qaeda leader — who cannot be named for legal reasons— acts as a suspected hub in a network of extremist groups. These include Kashmiri and north African groups based in this country. He is linked to a second suspect also in Britain who has “played a major role in facilitating support for the Iraq jihad”.

A third associate is an Iraqi who came to Britain in 2004 and worked on providing support for British extremists who wanted to travel to Iraq to fight the “holy war”.

MI5 said he acquired weapons in preparation for an unspecified attack in Britain. He was detained in January last year pending deportation to Iraq.

What will be the next lame-Lamont excuse we hear from the left? Captain Ed Morrissey has more on this brealinf news.

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5 Responses to “UK Al Qaeda Leader Nabbed, Iraq Connection Established”

  1. BREAKING: "Britain's Al-Qaeda leader seized"…

    From The Times Online:sources believe that a man arrested in last week’s anti- terror raids in Britain is Al-Qaeda’s leader in this country. Home Office officials say that one of those arrested is suspected not only of masterminding…

  2. rocketsbrain says:

    AJ

    I followed your links. I’m interested in the Iraq links too. Didn’t see the connection unless my eyes are decieving me in your post.

    Ray Robison also has noted a connection between the recent operation in Great Britain and the Saddam Regime’s connection with terror networks.

    See this post at RBT:

    This was just emailed to RBT from Ray Robison on a new post at his blog. Ray is a FoxNews contributor who is the lead person on Fox’s translation project on the Saddam Regime Docs – Saddam Dossier.

    [...]

    *****

    The trail of the Sky Bombers
    By Ray Robison

    Allah at Hot Air links to a Brian Ross piece at ABC’s The Blotter with a most likely name for the high ranking al Qaeda terrorist ring-leader picked up in Pakistan.

    There were several arrests also made in Pakistan today in connection with the case, but the suspected ringleader remains at large. Pakistani officials say this 29-year old al Qaeda commander, Matiur Rehman, was known to be planning a terror spectacular to mark the fifth anniversary of the 9/ll attacks. The London plot may well have been it.

    I did a little research on this because it intersects with the IIS agents notebook Sammi translated for our Fox News column, The Saddam Dossier.

    [...]

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    or

    http://www.rocketsbrain.com/posts/1155496536.shtml

  3. rocketsbrain says:

    AJ

    Sorry if this is a duplicate post but don’t know if previous attempt actually failed.

    I too am interested in the possible Iraqi connection to those arrested in Great Britain. I followed your links but I guess my eyes are failing me as I didn’t see the connect.

    BTW Ray Robison [FOXNEWS - Saddam Dossier] has also noticed a possible connection that I linked to on my site.

    RBT

    *****

    The trail of the Sky Bombers
    By Ray Robison

    Allah at Hot Air links to a Brian Ross piece at ABC’s The Blotter with a most likely name for the high ranking al Qaeda terrorist ring-leader picked up in Pakistan.

    There were several arrests also made in Pakistan today in connection with the case, but the suspected ringleader remains at large. Pakistani officials say this 29-year old al Qaeda commander, Matiur Rehman, was known to be planning a terror spectacular to mark the fifth anniversary of the 9/ll attacks. The London plot may well have been it.

    I did a little research on this because it intersects with the IIS agents notebook Sammi translated for our Fox News column, The Saddam Dossier.

    [...]

    Read More

  4. AJStrata says:

    Rocketsbrain,

    Your post had the minimum number of links to go into the mediation queue. All the text is taken from the first link at the top. Scroll down for the Iraq stuff.

  5. Arrestato il capo di Al Qaeda in Gran Bretagna?…

    I servizi di sicurezza britannici sono convinti che uno dei presunti terroristi arrestati pochi giorni fa sia il leader di Al Qaeda nel Regno Unito. L’uomo, la cui identità non è stata ancora svelata, sarebbe l’organizzatore di alcuni dei più sang…