I reported yesterday on the audio statement released by Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, the emir of Al Qaeda in Iraq. Later yesterday one of al-Baghdadi’s associates, Saber Fadhi Hussien, was arrested in Italy in connection with a plot to attack American military installations in Iraq. According to AKI:
Terrorism: Iraq suspect arrested in northern Italy
Venice, 1 Oct. (AKI) — Italian police have arrested an Iraqi man on suspicion of plotting a terrorist attack on US military bases in Iraq. Saber Fadhi Hussien, was detained near Venice last Friday during an early morning raid, Carabinieri paramilitary police said.
Hussien, a former member of late Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein’s disbanded Baath Party, is allegedly the head of an al-Qaeda cell. He was arrested at the airport as he was boarding a plane bound for Damascus, via the Romanian capital, Bucharest.
The cell was allegedly planning attacks using suicide bombers, anti-tank weapons and ultra-light helicopters, according to investigators. They said Hussien was intending to travel to Syria and meet a contact for al-Qaeda in Iraq.
Police said he had been in touch with aides of the group’s founder, the late Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, killed last year in Iraq by a US airstrike.
The ultra-light helicopters can fly low enough to avoid radar and could transport up to 250 kilogrammes of explosives. It is believed to be the first time terrorist groups in Iraq have considered using light aircraft to overcome the tight security surrounding international forces in the country.
Ultra-light helicopters — this is either innovative and cunning, or grandiose and insane. How likely is it that terrorist groups could successfully manage to use such tactics? Maybe they’re more sophisticated than we give them credit for.
This next excerpt ties in with al-Baghdadi’s complaints about the “traitors” and “apostates” in Iraq:
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Hussien was also alleged to be planning a strike against a Sunni tribe in western al-Anbar province because it has turned against al-Qaeda in Iraq.
These were the guys that Al Qaeda used to be able to count on, but now they’ve switched to the stronger horse.
Here’s a reminder that the deadliest terrorists are being nurtured in the heart of Europe, and have been for a long time:
Venice prosecutors have been probing Hussien since the end of 2006. He has an elegant apartment in the centre of Padua, where he and his family ran a pizza and kebab shop. He has lived in Italy for 25 years.
Prosecutors said Hussien had been providing logistical support for an al-Qaeda cell in Iraq for some time, sending around 4,200 euros a month to Iraq for the purchase of weapons and to recruit suicide bombers.
Europe is thoroughly infested with Islamic radicals, many of them citizens of their host countries. They rely on social welfare programs for their support, gain the protection of a justice system which bends over backwards to accommodate them, pose as asylum-seekers, and use the useful idiots of the leftist NGOs and activist organizations to obtain aid and sustenance.
It’s insane and suicidal, and it can’t go on like this.
Hat tip: insubria.