Meanwhile, Pakistan wants to dictate the terms of a war it won’t fight.
We’re simply supposed to join Pakistan in their game of Russian roulette, as one official described it, while Islamabad’s actions serve to protect what has become the country’s number one export: jihadists.
“Britons training in Pakistan for UK terror attacks,” by Rob Crilly, Duncan Gardham, and Ben Farmer for the Telegraph, September 29:
The young Muslims, who all hold British passports, are said to have travelled into the lawless tribal areas of Pakistan to join training camps run by al-Qaeda and their associated militant groups.
Well, they’re not lawless: the conflicts there are driven by the intention of imposing Sharia. The central government has simply looked the other way.
They are being trained to use firearms as well as explosives so that they can launch random shooting sprees in the UK, Western intelligence sources said.
“We believe there are 15 to 20 Britons in the camps,” said an intelligence source in Islamabad, speaking on condition of anonymity.
“The disclosure comes after the CIA launched drone strikes on Pakistan training camps in North and South Waziristan in an attempt to disrupt an al-Qaeda plot to launch an attack targeting Britain, France and Germany.
“The plans would have seen terrorists sent on to the streets, probably of the capital cities, to shoot random passersby before heading in to landmark buildings. Intelligence sources said that the attacks would have been coordinated for maximum impact and may have been aimed at financial institutions. However, the terror cells had not yet travelled to Europe and the targets were still unclear.
“A missile from one US unmanned drone killed several Britons in a training camp in Pakistan, sources said, and the security services are now trying to trace their links back to the UK.
“MI5 is thought to be uncomfortable that an ongoing operation has become public while they were still building up a picture of the terrorists’ support network.
–This is an ongoing operation with a constantly changing dynamic,” one security source said. “There are local, national and international links, including Pakistan.”
“Intelligence agencies in Britain and the US were in the early stages of establishing the full details of the plot but MI5 had traced it from Pakistan back to Britain, sources told The Daily Telegraph.
“A US intelligence source said the threat was “credible, but not specific” and could have included other European countries such as Spain and Italy, or even the US.
“Some of the intelligence is understood to have originated with the capture of a German national in Kabul, Afghanistan in July. Ahmed Sidiqi, 36, is said to have talked of training with explosives and weapons and of plans to launch attacks in Germany and Europe.
“Sidiqi attended the Masjid Taiba mosque, formerly known as the Al-Quds mosque, in Hamburg, which was also attended by the leaders of the September 11 attacks.
“German security sources said there were “increasing rumblings” about potential attacks and they were aware of intelligence pointing to al-Qaeda attacks in Europe and the United States….