The Times of London runs a leaked intel report from MI5, which says Al-Qaeda’s hurting and needs a big score. So the chatter says they’re looking to “shake the throne of Rome”. Which I would take to be a threat against the Vatican, but I’m not a spy, and the spooky types say it’s the West in general and Britain in particular–since that’s where the chatter goes, and some other AQI sources are mentioning it. They refer to “Hiroshima and Nagasaki”, but those are probably descriptions of a big conventional explosion rather than admission of a nuclear capability. As for timing, they’re thought to be planning for the change of the Blair government.

But here’s an interesting nugget, one that will have Michael Ledeen jumping up and down and shouting “I told ya so!”: the planners are supposed to be Al Qaeda in Iraq’s Kurdish network…working in Iran.

The report, produced earlier this month and seen by The Sunday Times, appears to provide evidence that Al-Qaeda is active in Iran and has ambitions far beyond the improvised attacks it has been waging against British and American soldiers in Iraq.

There is no evidence of a formal relationship between Al-Qaeda, a Sunni group, and the Shi’ite regime of President Mah-moud Ahmadinejad, but experts suggest that Iran’s leaders may be turning a blind eye to the terrorist organisation’s activities.

Other countries where Americans, in particular, need to be watching their six in the very near future include Germany, Algeria, and the Philippines. Let’s be careful out there.