U.S. fears imminent terror attack on Americans in Germany; Update: Ansar al-Sunna?

posted at 3:05 pm on May 9, 2007 by Allahpundit

Including/especially American military personnel. The G8 summit is being hosted in Germany next month and the cops already have their hands full with expected left-wing terrorism, so jihadis might be trying to capitalize on their distraction, and of course on the extra media attention and symbolic value that would come with an attack during a local gathering of western world leaders.

Sounds serious:

U.S. and German officials fear terrorists are in the final planning stages of an attack on U.S. military personnel or tourists in Germany.

Law enforcement officials tell the Blotter on ABCNews.com that U.S. air marshals have been diverted to provide expanded protection of flights between Germany and the United States.

“The information behind the threat is very real,” a senior U.S. official told ABC News…

Security at all U.S. military and diplomatic facilities has been increased in the last month, following reports that suspected terrorists had conducted surveillance of the Patch Barracks facility.

No one quoted in the piece explicitly identifies the threat as coming from Muslims, but the German Interior Minister strongly implies it and the background provided by the Blotter suggests they’re reasonably sure. Memory-freshening exit question: The London bombings happened on July 7, 2005. When and where was the G8 summit hosted that year?

Update: See-Dubya points me to this Deutsche Welle article from a few weeks ago identifying a threat to U.S. interests in Germany from Ansar al-Sunna, one of the most notoriously vicious jihadist groups in Iraq.


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take away the Germans tanks, they can’t invade france or poland any more

Defector01 on May 9, 2007 at 3:09 PM

I have to wonder if officials are starting to issue a standard “imminent threat” memo for all high profile conferences/events as a means to spook any undetected operations.

Lefties would label it “fear mongering” but I would label it “prudent”.

natesnake on May 9, 2007 at 3:25 PM

Funny how these anticipated attacks never materialize – kinda like shining a light on a cockroach.

RedWinged Blackbird on May 9, 2007 at 3:27 PM

I’d say it’s more likely that a composite of all current “chatter” provides a suggestion of where a threat is more imminent. Of course focusing on major global events is prudent, but alarmism doesn’t play, so I doubt anyone is intentionally “fear mongering”.

Freelancer on May 9, 2007 at 3:30 PM

Funny how these anticipated attacks never materialize – kinda like shining a light on a cockroach.

RedWinged Blackbird on May 9, 2007 at 3:27 PM

Yes, and sadly that’s one thing that can be used by both sides of the argument.

Liberal – “See, there was nothing to worry about.”
Conservative – “We spoiled their plans and prevented an attack”

The only real way to prove the liberals wrong would be to allow an attack to happen where we suspected one might be in planning.

Freelancer on May 9, 2007 at 3:32 PM

The G8 summit is being hosted in Germany next month…

That’s a target almost too juicy to resist. Hope the security folks have their ducks in a row. Between the lefties and the jihadies, there are too many crazies to watch out for.

Heh. Maybe I should rethink my business trip to Munich in early June.

BacaDog on May 9, 2007 at 3:33 PM

I doubt anyone is intentionally “fear mongering”.

I agree. But:

kinda like shining a light on a cockroach.

is still plausible just in case some intel was missed.

natesnake on May 9, 2007 at 3:35 PM

The only real way to prove the liberals wrong would be to allow an attack to happen where we suspected one might be in planning.

Freelancer on May 9, 2007 at 3:32 PM

And then it’s….
Liberal – “Why didn’t you connect the dots?!?!!”

lan astaslem on May 9, 2007 at 3:36 PM

Liberal – “See, there was nothing to worry about.”
Conservative – “We spoiled their plans and prevented an attack”

The middle ground would be to arrest some people, a la Fort Dix.
Of course, the liberals would still “question the timing”.

SouthernDem on May 9, 2007 at 3:41 PM

Liberal – “Why didn’t you connect the dots?!?!!”

There lies the problem: damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

natesnake on May 9, 2007 at 3:41 PM

WE will have to live like this until we gather the fortitude in the West to deal with this issue in a decisive manner.They will not stop.

bbz123 on May 9, 2007 at 3:43 PM

Ad this threat from Hezbollah

http://us.f314.mail.yahoo.com/ym/ShowLetter?MsgId=6264_50523280_491987_670_5971_0_648588_12202_3570848290&Idx=0&YY=18705&y5beta=yes&y5beta=yes&inc=25&order=down&sort=date&pos=0&view=a&head=b&box=Sent

Pablo Gato and Robert Windrem

NBC News
Updated: 9:29 a.m. ET May 9, 2007
CIUDAD DEL ESTE, Paraguay – The Iranian-backed Hezbollah militia has taken root in South America, fostering a well-financed force of Islamist radicals boiling with hatred for the United States and ready to die to prove it, according to militia members, U.S. officials and police agencies across the continent.

From its Western base in a remote region divided by the borders of Paraguay, Brazil and Argentina known as the Tri-border, or the Triple Frontier, Hezbollah has mined the frustrations of many Muslims among about 25,000 Arab residents whose families immigrated mainly from Lebanon in two waves, after the 1948 Arab-Israeli war and after the 1985 Lebanese civil war.

An investigation by Telemundo and NBC News has uncovered details of an extensive smuggling network run by Hezbollah, a Shiite Muslim group founded in Lebanon in 1982 that the United States has labeled an international terrorist organization. The operation funnels large sums of money to militia leaders in the Middle East and finances training camps, propaganda operations and bomb attacks in South America, according to U.S. and South American officials.

On their Web page, local Hezbollah militants in
Venezuela call their fight against the United States a
“holy war” and post photographs of would-be suicide
terrorists with masks and bombs. There are also Web
sites for Hezbollah in Chile, El Salvador, Argentina
and most other Latin American countries.

“The Paraguayan justice [ministry] and the national
police have found propaganda materials for Hezbollah”
across the hemisphere, said Augusto Anibal Lima of
Paraguay’s Tri-border Police.

“In [the] United States, there are many Arabs — in
Canada, too,” said Meri, the Hezbollah member who
spoke with Telemundo. “If one bomb [strikes] Iran, one
bomb, [Bush] will see the world burning.

“… If an order arrives, all the Arabs that are here,
in other parts in the world, all will go to take
bombs, bombs for everybody if he bombs Iran.”

Pablo Gato is a correspondent for Telemundo. Robert
Windrem is an investigative producer for NBC News.

William Amos on May 9, 2007 at 3:47 PM

I’ll be travelling to Germany for a week next month. I look forward to the airport security. NOT

peski on May 9, 2007 at 3:51 PM

The only way everyone could be happy is if the GOP had an operative inside the Dem Party get elected to President.

Because everyone here knows that as long as there is a “D” beside there name, they can do no wrong.

natesnake on May 9, 2007 at 3:55 PM

I’ll be travelling to Germany for a week next month. I look forward to the airport security. NOT
peski on May 9, 2007 at 3:51 PM

Heh. How could it get any worse? When I was in Frankfurt, a friend of mine was forced to take every single item out of his carry-on bag and was frisked.

They’ve pretty thorough there. I can’t imagine what they’d be like on high alert.

Slublog on May 9, 2007 at 3:57 PM

I’m USAF in Germany.

Yep. And Yep.

That’s all.

Black Adam on May 9, 2007 at 4:00 PM

and was frisked

RED HOT GERMAN ON AMERICAN ACTION!!!

natesnake on May 9, 2007 at 4:05 PM

Law enforcement officials tell the Blotter on ABCNews.com that U.S. air marshals have been diverted to provide expanded protection of flights between Germany and the United State

Thanks for letting them know flights elsewhere will be less well protected ABC News. We really appreciated it.

TheBigOldDog on May 9, 2007 at 4:09 PM

I predict there will be no major terrorist attacks on the US until after the 08 election. I’m sure they recognize that another major 9-11 type attack on the US will galvanize even ardent lefties and push us conservatives over the top with militant jingoism. They got a Democrat controlled congress by laying low. They will continue to be patient assuming it looks good for them to get a Democrat in the White House. If it looks like the Republican candidate is going to win, they may throw caution to the wind and act sooner but my guess is they wait.

RobertCSampson on May 9, 2007 at 5:21 PM

TheBigOldDog on May 9, 2007 at 4:09 PM

God forbid something goes down on a domestic flight after these air marshalls are diverted.

Scenario A:

Administration fails to increase air marshall protection on overseas flights and terrorists take over plane: Bush’s fault, should have paid attention to threat data.

Scenario B:

Administration increases air marshalls and domestic flight suffers terrorist calamity: Bush’s fault, shouldn’t have over-extended our security people to foregn flights.

Dem Talking Points, no? I bet they’re already in place.

fogw on May 9, 2007 at 5:27 PM

They got a Democrat controlled congress by laying low. They will continue to be patient assuming it looks good for them to get a Democrat in the White House.
RobertCSampson on May 9, 2007 at 5:21 PM

Terrorist strategy is no picnic either. Like our debate in the retaliation thread, how do you not make things worse for your side? They have the same problem. They want to hit us, but in reality, we can hit much harder if we want to. They are smart enough to realize you don’t swat a bee hive with a twig. Especially when a more vulnerable insect may be coming along soon.

Buck Turgidson on May 9, 2007 at 11:41 PM