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Drone strike kills key militant planning European attacks

The Local · 6 Oct 2010, 09:02

Published: 06 Oct 2010 09:02 GMT+02:00

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The BBC reported on Tuesday that Abdul Jabbar, a British citizen living in Pakistan, was being prepared to lead a new al-Qaida splinter group tasked with launching commando-style raids on high-profile targets in Germany, Britain and France.

The news is the latest twist on recent reports that militants, including many German nationals, were plotting from the border region of Afghanistan and Pakistan to launch attacks in Europe, modelled on the 2008 Mumbai siege in which more than 160 people were killed.

Berlin’s luxury Hotel Adlon, near the Brandenburg Gate, and Alexanderplatz have been named in some reports as targets in the recent plot. The intelligence is partly based on information received during interrogation from Ahmad Sidiqi, a German national from Hamburg who travelled last year to Afghanistan to train in jihadist camps.

The intelligence prompted a rare Europe-wide travel alert from the US, though German authorities have played down the danger, with Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière even going so far as to warn against “alarmist” alerts. Britain, Japan and Sweden followed the US in issuing alerts.

The BBC, citing a senior security source overseas, reported that Jabbar was to lead a new group called the Islamic Army of Great Britain. He was killed last month in part of a wave of recent US drone strikes in the tribal border area.

Intelligence agencies monitored a meeting of 300 militants three months ago in North Waziristan, part of Pakistan's tribal areas, attended by Jabbar and members of the Taliban and al-Qaida, said the BBC.

At this gathering, Jabbar was put forward as leader of the new group. Intelligence from the meeting led to the drone attack on September 8 which killed Jabbar and three others, said the BBC.

The United States does not as a rule confirm drone attacks, but its military and the Central Intelligence Agency operating in Afghanistan are the only forces that deploy the pilotless aircraft in the region.

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North Waziristan is a reputed hideout for foreign and homegrown militants linked to the Taliban and al-Qaida, and is reported to be the operational epicentre of the latest plot.

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Your comments about this article

12:06 October 6, 2010 by delvek
I dont care who you are, if this doesnt give you a then your simply not alive!

Hey man nice shot!
12:07 October 6, 2010 by freechoice
so do we get terrorist strikes or not?
12:18 October 6, 2010 by delvek
censored :(
14:01 October 6, 2010 by dankworth
Ya see, told ya - Fox news is all trash.
15:26 October 6, 2010 by freechoice
what about the local? who insists on printing Fox news?

what a beautiful day today! i should be outside instead!
08:31 October 7, 2010 by delvek
Whats wrong with Fox News, I watch it as well as other news channels, they all have a tilt one way or another, every single channel does. Its an intelligent persons job to sift through the tilt and take home the story.

Fox News last I heard was the #1 viewed new station in the world with the highest rated shows, someone likes them, no?
22:15 October 8, 2010 by DrGideonPolya
This bit of Anglo-American propaganda is based on "The BBC, citing a senior security source overseas."

What is indubitable is that the the cowardly and genocidal US is still using Predator robot drones to bomb Pakistan at a time when 24 million Pakistanis have been rendered homeless in one of the World's biggest ever flood disasters - real US state terrorism as compared to "hypothetical plots" reported by " a senior security source overseas".

Just as 65 years on there is no place to hide for Nazi war criminals, so there should be no place to hide from International Law for any US Alliance war criminals involved in the ongoing Afghan Genocide (on this 9th anniversary of the US-led invasion, post-invasion violent deaths total 1 million, post-invasion avoidable deaths from war criminally US-imposed deprivation total 3.5 million, post-invasion under-5 year old infant deaths total 2.4 million, refugees total 3-4 million plus a further 2.5 million Pahstun refugees generated in NW Pakistan - an Afghan Genocide according to Article 2 of the UN Genocide Convention, another genocide in which Germany is complicit and indeed comparable in scale to the WW2 Jewish Holocaust that killed 5-6 million Jews).
00:14 October 9, 2010 by Prufrock2010
For your convenience, Dr Polya, I am reiterating what I stated on a related thread in reference to your post above. Please forgive the redundancy, but it is warranted.

Your incessant anti-American rants, with your unsupported "death toll" figures to bolster your hyperbolic claims of American "state terrorism" and "genocide," are so over-the-top as to discredit any legitimate criticism that you might advance regarding the conduct of the US and other western nations. Many Americans, including me, are critical of American military policy since the beginning of the Vietnam war, but your incendiary rhetoric serves no purpose other than to stoke hatred. The US has its faults, to be sure, but it also has its virtues. It would be helpful to try to put things in perspective.
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