Aug 13 2006
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 weekâ€™s anti- terror raids in Britain is Al-Qaedaâ€™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 â€” who cannot be named for legal reasonsâ€” 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 â€œplayed a major role in facilitating support for the Iraq jihadâ€.
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 â€œholy warâ€.
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.