Fortunately, there’s only one so far (unlike the doctors). But if they had five, the fifth could be a propagandist, and insist to a Western audience that proper brushing and flossing is a form of jihad. An update on this story. “Al Qaeda’s Dentist,” by Allison Barrie for Fox News:
London dentist Sohail Qureshi told the police he was just off to celebrate the Muslim festival of Eid with his family in Pakistan”¦
But instead of dental floss and fluoride, Qureshi, 30, tried to board a plane at Heathrow Airport with $18,000 in cash, a night vision scope, two metal batons, terror handbooks, extremist material, military information on CDs and medical supplies.
Security services didn’t buy Qureshi’s vacation story and ended his trip before
it could start.
Describing his “vacation” in an e-mail, Qureshi wrote, “Pray that I kill many, brother. Revenge, revenge, revenge.” On an extremist Web forum, he added, “I am not
going for good as far as I know, it is only a 14- to 20-day operation, if it’s in Pak, Afg or Waz.”
The Islamic extremist was in fact on his way to fight for the Taliban against American and British troops.
In court, he boasted he had been sent to the U.K. by Al Qaeda for terrorist fundraising. He posted a farewell letter anonymously on an Islamist website bragging about raising thousands of pounds from sympathizers in the U.K. for the cause because “bullets
… The concern was raised that Samina Malik, the so-called “Lyrical Terrorist,” was a perfectly placed terror insider at one of the world’s largest airports. She wrote poems about beheadings, poison bullets and martyrdom, posting them to “attract men.” As it turns out, Qureshi may have been one of her suitors.
Police had the dentist under surveillance when he contacted Malik to ask about
security at the airport. Recent testimony revealed that the dangerous duo was in e-mail contact.
Just before his arrest, Qureshi asked Malik, “What is the system like at work? Is the checking still very harsh or have things calmed down a bit?”
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