Britisk etterretning har fanget opp planer om et angrep, som springer ut av den kurdiske delen av Al Qaida i Irak, som har forgreninger til Iran.
Den kurdiske delen av Al Qaida bringer tanken hen på Ansar al-Islam, mullah Krekars gruppe, som har hatt kontakter i Iran.
The report was compiled by the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC) – based at MI5’s London headquarters – and provides a quarterly review of the international terror threat to Britain. It draws a distinction between Osama Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda’s core leadership, who are thought to be hiding on the Afghan-Pakistan border, and affiliated organisations elsewhere.
The document states: «While networks linked to AQ [Al-Qaeda] Core pose the greatest threat to the UK, the intelligence during this quarter has highlighted the potential threat from other areas, particularly AQI [Al-Qaeda in Iraq].»
The report continues: «Recent reporting has described AQI’s Kurdish network in Iran planning what we believe may be a large-scale attack against a western target.
«A member of this network is reportedly involved in an operation which he believes requires AQ Core authorisation. He claims the operation will be on ‘a par with Hiroshima and Naga-saki’ and will ‘shake the Roman throne’. We assess that this operation is most likely to be a large-scale, mass casualty attack against the West.»
Dette er billedlig tale. Al Qaida rår ikke over ressurser av Hiroshima-størrelsen.