Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Battle of Britain Looming? 

Hopefully it doesn't turn into a long, hot summer over there:
In fresh interrogations carried out by Pakistani intelligence after the London bomb blasts, Nazir admitted having met Shehzad Tanweer in 2004. Osama has further claimed that Shehzad stayed with him at the Jumia for religious and spiritual inspiration from its head Qari Ahlullah Raheemi. When questioned, Nazir estimated that over 300 British Muslims of Pakistani origin have been to Pakistan since the 9/11 terror attacks, received training at Jaish-e-Mohammad and Harkatul Mujahideen camps and signed up with al-Qaeda for suicide missions.

That conflicts with a June report that all was clear:
LONDON, July 18 - Less than a month before the London bombings, Britain's top intelligence and law enforcement officials concluded that "at present there is not a group with both the current intent and the capability to attack the U.K.," according to a confidential terror threat assessment report.

The previously undisclosed report was sent to British government agencies, foreign governments and corporations in mid-June, about three weeks before a team of four British suicide bombers mounted their July 7 attack on London's public transportation system.

It sounds like the British had a lot of wishful thinking that they were secure, and not a target of the Islamic terrorists. To think that all was clear from any attack surprises me. I've recently read that some extreme members of the Provisional IRA wanted to explode some bombs in London (Or elsewhere in England), as a reminder to Tony Blair that they're still a force to worry about (the article also stated that the IRA decided to rob the Northern Bank instead.). If that is true, how could the Brits think that all was clear? Hmm...there was an election recently.


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