Sunday, November 9, 2008

Bin Laden Planning to Outdo 9/11 Attacks

OSAMA bin Laden is planning an attack against the United States that will "outdo by far" September 11, an Arab newspaper in London has reported.

And according to a former senior Yemeni al-Qaeda operative, the terrorist organization has entered a "positive phase", reinforcing specific training camps around the world that will lead the next "wave of action" against the West.

The warning, on the front page of an Arabic newspaper published in London, Al-Quds Al-Arabi - and widely reported in the major Italian papers - quotes a person described as being "very close to al-Qaeda" in Yemen.

The paper is edited by Abdel al-Bari Atwan, who is said to be the last journalist to interview Osama bin Laden in 1996. According to the report, bin Laden is himself closely following preparations for an attack against the US and aims to "change the face of world politics and economics". The operative is quoted as saying that "this will be shown by the fact that we now control a major part of the south of Somalia".

The ex-operative says he remains in contact with current chiefs of the organization in Yemen and that only six months ago bin Laden had sent a message to all jihad cells in the Arab world which asked them not to interact with their governments or local political parties and to deny any request for mediation or formal talks.

The source also said that during the next few days the terrorist organization may send a sign of its violent intentions.

The warning has emerged at the same time as publication of a report leaked to The Telegraph newspaper which reveals that a document drawn up by the intelligence branch of the Ministry of Defense says that thousands of extremists are active in the UK.

The document says the operatives are predominantly UK-born and aged between 18 and 30. Many are believed to have been trained in overseas terrorist camps.

Security officials, The Telegraph reports, are convinced al-Qaeda cells will attempt another "spectacular" inside the UK with major transport centers, such as airports and train stations, the most likely targets. Other targets include the Houses of Parliament, Whitehall and Buckingham and St James' palaces, with the threat level described as "severe".

By Paola Totaro for The Age

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Updated: I have never seen so many hits on my site as this weekend (17k+ and 24k+) when I reported that "Jihadists Call On Muslims to Attack" and this story. The only other time that I had thousands of visitors (6k+) was when I wrote "Allah Willing, the American Empire Will Collapse". One could conclude that there are many just waiting for the word. I hope I'm wrong. - c


PuterPrsn said...

Perhaps you should let Homeland Security know of the upswing on hits?

Buffoon said...

I agree with Puter.....

covertress said...

The thousands of hits I reported are primarily coming through another site I maintain that links to covertress blog.

Seems those who are so interested in "muslim attack stories" are actually watching precious metals real-time quotes and visiting my stories as an aside.

Still, has a usual viewer base of 300-700 daily.

Beyond the fact that my Arabic language visitor count is up 400%, what could I tell HS?

I'm sure HS is aware of any traffic increases, as they monitor terrorist web sites better than I do.

Anonymous said...

Never assume that someone or group knows - let them know.

The significant item here is that you are getting the click via the gold site. Before all attacks the terrorists like to sell off their holdings so as to not take a financial hit. That fact alone tells me this is and has never been a Jhiad. For if it were then they would not care about money.