An update on the “Al-Qaeda Pipeline” and the establishment in European countries of forward operating bases for jihadist attacks around the world. “Intelligence Officials: Dozens of Europeans Have Trained in Terror Camps in Pakistan,” by Pierre Thomas and Jack Date for ABC News, June 20:
Dozens of white Europeans have trained in terrorist camps in Pakistan’s tribal regions in recent months, U.S. intelligence sources tell ABC News, in what officials fear may be the beginnings of a new breed of al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorism.
Government officials suspect the terrorists, recruited in Europe, have been dispatched to plan attacks against Europe and possibly the United States. The alleged terrorists hail from Britain, the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Romania and Estonia, sources said.
There is growing evidence that some European recruits may have already gone operational. Two of the suspects arrested in a September 2007 plot to kill American soldiers in Germany were native Germans, and U.S. officials say they are investigating whether they were trained in Pakistan.
An April 2008 report from Europol also noted that an increasing number of European nationals attended training in Pakistan “and were later involved in, or suspected of, terrorist offences in the EU.”
An increasing number misunderstanding their religion, we’re told.