Another blow for those who think our struggle is against a group called Al-Qaeda, and that if we neutralize Al-Qaeda, everything will be all right. Europe — and America in the years to come — will have to get used to the concept of home-grown mujahedin. From AP, with thanks to Nicolei:
MADRID, Spain – A two-year probe into the Madrid train bombings concludes the Islamic terrorists who carried out the blasts were homegrown radicals acting on their own rather than at the behest of Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaida network, two senior intelligence officials said.
Spain still remains home to a web of radical Algerian, Moroccan and Syrian groups bent on carrying out attacks “” and aiding the insurgency against U.S. troops in Iraq “” a Spanish intelligence chief and a Western official intimately involved in counterterrorism measures in Spain told The Associated Press.
The intelligence chief said there were no phone calls between the Madrid bombers and al-Qaida and no money transfers. The Western official said the plotters had links to other Islamic radicals in Western Europe, but the plan was hatched and organized in Spain. “This was not an al-Qaida operation,” he said. “It was homegrown.”