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Igjen og igjen avslører britisk politi forsøk på terror. Torsdag ble en gruppe islamister kjent skyldig i å ha planlagt en massiv terroroperasjon der målet ser ut til å ha vært massedød. Det er det mest alvorlige forsøket politiet har avslørt siden planene om å sprenge en en rekke transatlantiske fly med flytende sprengstoff i 2006.

Politiet frykter at gruppen er starten på en ny bølge selvgående hjemmeavlede terrorister i Storbritannia. Gruppen tok selv kontakt med al-Qaida.

There are fears a second wave of suicide bombers was already being planned by the Birmingham group.
It raises the prospect of a new generation of British extremists with a desire to kill their fellow citizens using al-Qaeda’s expertise for their own ends.
A senior Whitehall source said: “This was a very significant investigation. It shows in a different direction how terrorism is affecting the UK.
“This was the most significant plot since the liquid bomb pot in 2006 and demonstrates the continued threat from self-organised networks.”
Security and intelligence sources were “shocked” at how quickly the men were able to make contact with the “heart of the beast” – the international arm of al-Qaeda in northern Pakistan that has been behind other terror plots, The Daily Telegraph understands.

But the security and intelligence services are concerned how two of them, with no apparent previous links to al-Qaeda, were able to quickly make contact with the terror group’s international arm in northern Pakistan to learn how to make bombs and poisons.

The plot – which The Daily Telegraph can also reveal was personally blessed by al-Qaeda’s number five, Abu Zaid al-Kuwaiti, who was killed in a drone strike last year – was the most serious since plans to blow up transatlantic airliners with liquid bombs in 2006.

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Rettssaken har pågått i fire og en halv måned i Woolwich Crown Court. Fra venstre Irfan Nasser (31), Irfan Khalid (27) og Ashik Ali (27).

Disse tre var lederne for en operasjon som kun hadde til hensikt å påføre britene massedød.

Seks andre har erkjent seg skyldig, og saken til ytterligere tre er ikke kommet opp for retten.

Det er flere urovekkende trekk: Selv om pårørende visste at de hovedtiltalte hadde reist på treningsleir til Pakistan, varslet de ikke myndighetene. Ett vesentlig element i myndighetenes forebyggende arbeid er at omgivelsene skal varsle. Norske myndigheter er inne på de samme tankene. I Norge ønsker man å gjøre det straffbart å dra til slike treningsleire. En slik lov har man allerede i Storbritannia.

Naseer and Khalid were also convicted of travelling to Pakistan for terror training, where they made martyrdom videos to be released by al-Qaeda after they had blown themselves up.
The case calls into question the government’s Prevent strategy to counter the home grown extremist threat. The Theresa May-backed plan relies on Muslim communities to report suspicious behaviour to the authorities. Yet although family members and other Birmingham residents knew they had travelled abroad for training, no alarm was raised.

En av lederne, Naseer, er utdannet farmakolog. Han visste at nedkjølingspakkene man bruker i sport inneholder ammoniumnitrat, og planen var å suge den ut av forpakningene og benytte den til bomber. De kjøpte inn slike forpakninger, men kom til å kjøpe en versjon som ikke har ammoniumnitrat. De ville nok oppdaget feilen, men rakk ikke å gjøre noe med den før politiet slo til. Da politiet avslørte gruppen sommeren 2011, var planleggingen allerede kommet så langt at politiet ikke turde vente. Det gjør bevisføringen vanskelig. Man må bevise hensikt og forberedelse.

Referred to as “Chubbs” or “Big Irfan,” Naseer was the religious leader of the cell and also its bomb-maker.
But he had reached the age of 30 without leaving home and was, by his own barrister’s admission an “overweight, lazy mummy’s boy” who weighed 21 stones.
Anas Zein Al-Abdeen a school friend of Naseer, said he had been the school joker but “he couldn’t adapt to working life. This, I think, is the start of his downfall”.
Trial judge Mr Justice Henriques told the trio that they will all face life in prison when they are sentenced in April or May.
He told Naseer to expect a “a very long minimum term”, adding: “The scale and extent of your ambition was similarly manifest. You were seeking to recruit a team of somewhere between six and eight suicide bombers to carry out a spectacular bombing campaign, one which would create an anniversary along the lines of 7/7 or 9/11.”

Gruppen var en stor fan av Anwar al-Awlaki, som i sine videoer oppfordret til at muslimer på egen hånd organiserer terror. Awlaki ble drept av en amerikansk drone 11. september 2011.

Mange var involvert i planleggingen og noen også som givere: Man spør seg om ikke andre også må ha visst, og hvordan det var mulig å holde en slik plan hemmelig.

Rahin Ahmed, 28, the cell’s chief fundraiser, has already pleaded guilty to fundraising and helping other travel to Pakistan for terror training.
Four other men, Naweed Ali, 24; Ishaaq Hussain, 20; Khobaib Hussain, 20 and Shahid Khan, 20, have pleaded guilty to travelling to Pakistan in August 2011 for terrorist training.
Mujahid Hussain, 21, who was heavily involved in raising money for terrorism, has pleaded guilty to a charge of fundraising.

Gruppen samlet inn penger som offisielt skulle gå til veldedighet. Organisasjonen ble kalt Muslim Aid, og de lyktes samle inn et par millioner kroner, men pengene ble tapt på aksje- og valutaspekulasjon.

På en tape kan man høre gruppen skryte av at de har støtte fra al-Qaidas nummer fem:

in secretly recorded conversations they also boasted the backing of al-Kuwaiti, who was once seen as a possible successor to Ayman al-Zawahiri, the current al-Qaeda leader.
His real name is Khalid Abdurrahman al-Husainan and he was killed, while eating his breakfast, in a drone attack in December.
Khalid was recorded telling others: “Well you know the sheikh we’re on about the Kuwaiti guy, you know about the top five.
“Bro, there is no more proof than him saying it, that, ‘do it.’ He’s the one who’s blessed this whole thing and he’s the one who saying people are doing dawah [praying] for you.”

Man undrer seg over et samfunn som ignorerer slike planer om massedød blant sivile. Gruppen lyktes ikke. De slurvet. Men hensikten og motivasjonen var der, og de var i Pakistan på treningsleir og spilte inn selvmordsvideoer. Et samfunn som tar lett på slike medlemmer som bor midt iblant dem, lurer seg selv.

Detective Inspector Adam Gough, of the West Midlands counter terrorism unit, said: “They were the real deal. They were committed, passionate extremists hell bent on pursuing their intention of killing as many people as they could in coordinated suicide bomb attacks.”

In Naseer’s martyrdom video, he vowed: “Suicide bombers on your streets spilling so much blood that you will remember, you will have nightmares for the rest of your lives.”

 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/terrorism-in-the-uk/9886397/Fears-of-new-generation-of-terrorists-who-found-the-heart-of-the-beast-of-al-Qaeda.html