CBS exclusive: Al Qaeda planning holiday attacks in Europe

posted at 5:47 pm on November 10, 2006 by Allahpundit

InstaGlenn’s been having fun today knocking the “terrorism is overblown” meme. Here’s one more arrow in the quiver:

Intelligence agencies have been warned that al Qaeda may be planning to attack air and rail travel in Europe in actions that may occur during the busy holiday travel season, CBS News has learned exclusively for a report to air on tonight’s CBS Evening News.

In separate interviews with Arab and other intelligence sources, CBS News has been told that the warnings come from interrogations of al Qaeda suspects who recently left Afghanistan and Pakistan.

“One suspect said plans for repeating the Heathrow attempt (a reference to the failed ‘liquid bomb’ plot interrupted in August) were all prepared. It is now a matter of taking action,” said one Arab official who asked not to be named because he is not authorized to speak to the media. “Al Qaeda’s strategy appears to be raising the pressure in Europe.”

Who’s going to carry out the operations? Good question:

In a move that has been puzzling intelligence agencies, al Qaeda has been withdrawing well-trained Arab fighters from the mountains and battlefields of Afghanistan.

In detailed interviews with Arab diplomats, intelligence sources and Pakistani and western officials, Arab members have been leaving Afghanistan for the past six months while handing over its militant activities in Afghanistan to that country’s resurgent Taliban movement…

“We believe that today the Arabs are much more useful to bin Laden if they are deployed in their home countries, particularly in the Middle East, to target Western assets, Western interests. Because of that we have seen a shift in al Qaeda thinking and al Qaeda strategy in encouraging members to leave Afghanistan and Pakistan,” says Gunaratna.

They have intel that Iran’s Revolutionary Guards are helping some AQ members enter Iraq.

The Saudis have also caught jihadis sneaking back into the Kingdom over the past few months — and, to their surprise, found them to be in a state of disarray. What does it mean? UPI has a theory.

Say, how come this news didn’t break before the election? Josh “I question the timing” Marshall knows what he’s talking about, doesn’t he?


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Must be election time.

Wade on November 10, 2006 at 5:58 PM

Wait! The election is over. The Dems won. There’s supposed to be peace and harmony in the world. What went wrong?

TheBigOldDog on November 10, 2006 at 6:02 PM

Pelosi Lied! Terrorists Hide!

Wait…

E L Frederick on November 10, 2006 at 6:03 PM

But I thought they would stop attacking after Bush was defeated? Europe certainly thought so. :oP

DannoJyd on November 10, 2006 at 6:03 PM

Al Qaeda has the Europeans surrounded in their Mini Coopers.

Savage on November 10, 2006 at 6:06 PM

A.Q. Representative: “Don’t worry, Eurodhimmis, a.Q. will ONLY attack those who AGREE with Bush’s War on Terrorism. All pacifists will be spared. See? All you have to do is be AGAINST Bush’s aggressive war and everything will be alright. Trussssst usssssss.”

Tony737 on November 10, 2006 at 6:17 PM

The article says “the warnings come from interrogations of al Qaeda suspects . . .” So no problem — the progressives have assured us that interrogation never produces reliable intel.

quiggs on November 10, 2006 at 6:18 PM

I…can’t….help…it!!!
I question the timing!
I just wonder how sore CBS’s ass is from sitting on this story till after the election.

liberrocky on November 10, 2006 at 6:22 PM

Pretty compelling argument that Bin Laden is really dead at the UPI link.

When the head of Al Queda in Iraq starts to sound like Bill Maher (“Bush is the most stupid president…”), you’ve got to wonder if there’s really anyone at the top of the command structure.
Democrats lied. Nancy’s hair died!
BWAHAHAHAHA! I love it!

Jen the Neocon on November 10, 2006 at 6:29 PM

Just when you thought peace had broken out all over the world now that President Bush has been marginalized.

lots of dumb bunnies around these days……

quax1 on November 10, 2006 at 6:55 PM

This just in from CBSPORK RINDS PREFERRED STOCKING STUFFER OF MUSLIN BASHERS.

seejanemom on November 10, 2006 at 7:28 PM

I’m shocked, SHOCKED that the Islamokazis are going to attack Europe. They have, after all, rolled over and displayed their necks like any good submissive dog.

That’s our future under Clinton, Reid, Pelosi, et al.

steveegg on November 10, 2006 at 7:40 PM

That UPI story is interesting.

Perhaps Saudi Arabia should help build and train Iraq’s intelligence services.

CliffHanger on November 10, 2006 at 10:07 PM

The article says “the warnings come from interrogations of al Qaeda suspects . . .” So no problem — the progressives have assured us that interrogation never produces reliable intel.

quiggs on November 10, 2006 at 6:18 PM

You know, at first I thought this whole “losing elections” bit was a very bad thing. But I realize now that I was wrong. As AP has noted, the view is pretty sweet from over here.

Now we get to snipe from a whole new perspective, and the Dhimmicrats are looking remarkably defenseless already…

Jaibones on November 10, 2006 at 10:49 PM

PS Wasn’t that Ashley/Wesley Clark’s professional soldier view of the interrogation scandal? “Just Bad Intelligence”?

Jaibones on November 10, 2006 at 10:51 PM

Recommended reading for Hotair … um … Hot Heads? Air Heads?

“The West’s Last Chance”

Tony737 on November 10, 2006 at 11:10 PM