It seems that some of the jihad doctors were Cambridge men. By Peter Wilson in The Australian (thanks to PRCS):
A CLIQUE of friends in Cambridge has emerged as the key to the network of Arab and Indian doctors linked to the failed car bombs in London and Glasgow.
British police — who had been trying to understand how the young medical workers arrested in England, Scotland and Australia came together in a suspected terror cell — have made a major breakthrough by confirming the Cambridge connection.
Four of the suspects, including the two men who rammed a car into a Glasgow airport terminal last Saturday, spent time working or studying in the university town, where some of them socialised and prayed with members of the radical group Hizb ut-Tahir.
Bilal Abdulla, 27, the passenger in the Glasgow car, fellow doctor Mohammed Asha, 26, and his wife, Dana (Marwah), worked together at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge in 2005.
Kafeel Ahmed, the driver of the airport car, who is close to death with major burns, studied as an engineer at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge at that time and is believed to have made the group’s bombs….
Hizb ut-Tahir, banned in some Muslim countries but active in Britain and Australia, advocates an international caliphate, or Islamic government, to run countries with a majority Muslim population under sharia law.
A spokesman for Hizb ut-Tahir in Britain last night denied that the medical workers arrested over the attacks had been members.
But Hizb ut-Tahir member Shiraz Maher told the BBC’s Newsnight program the men seized in Glasgow shared the group’s beliefs and associated with followers in Cambridge.
Other ex-members of Hizb ut-Tahir have accused it of grooming supporters as terrorists.
One disaffected member in Britain, Ed Husain, told The Weekend Australian that Hizb ut-Tahir withheld formal membership from some associates so it could deny they were members if they had legal problems.
British Opposition Leader David Cameron urged the Brown Government to ban Hizb ut-Tahir, saying it “was poisoning the minds of young people and has said that Jews should be killed wherever they are found”.
Mr Maher said that during his time in Hizb ut-Tahir in Cambridge he had been a friend of Abdulla and Kafeel Ahmed.
The men “held views which were largely supportive of the killing of American and British troops in Iraq”, he said.
They wanted a caliphate set up to rule the world, including countries without majority Muslim populations, he said.
Abdulla Ahmed had kept videos of al-Qa’ida members beheading hostages and would celebrate news of coalition troops killed in Iraq, he said.
Police had been trying to work out the connections between the three Indians, two Jordanians (Dr Asha and his wife), one Iraqi-Briton and two unnamed men from another Arab country, who between them lived in four different cities.
That link appears to be the time several of them spent in Cambridge, where Kim Philby, Donald MacLean and Guy Burgess were recruited as Soviet spies in the 1930s.
There might be another, ideological/religious connection, but I know that many authorities don’t want to hear anything about that.
Dr Asha was arrested last week with his wife. Dr Abdulla is a British citizen of Iraqi descent who did his medical training in Baghdad and has been described by friends and former teachers there as a radical Islamist. He most recently worked at a hospital in Glasgow where two unnamed Arabs have been arrested….
That’s refreshing. Usually friends and neighbors describe a jihad suspect as the sweetest, gentlest guy in the world, wouldn’t hurt a fly, and, why, they’re shocked — shocked! — by these allegations against such a decent fellow.