Slain Al Qaeda Leader Planned to Attack Jewish Targets
Canada’s Torstar News Service claims that it has obtained exclusive access to a “cache of intelligence” found on the body of slain Al Qaeda terrorist Fazul Abdullah Mohammed. Mohammed was killed by Somalian forces in June of 2011, as he tried to drive a truck through a roadblock, but little information was released about the intelligence found on his person until now.
The evidence, says Torstar, is “chilling” both because of its tone and “the level of terror” it describes. One document, says Torstar National Security Reporter Michelle Shepard reads, “Our objectives are to strike London with low-cost operations that would cause a heavy blow amongst the hierarchy and Jewish communities.”
Another speaks of making sure attacks are “backed with a carefully planned media campaign” designed to “clear doubts among Muslims” and to inspire young Muslims to copy.
On other pages, says Shepard, the author outlines specific plans to attack the Stamford Hill and Golders Green neighborhoods in London, which, the author claims, are areas in which “tens of thousands of Jews” are “crammed in a small area.” The terrorists, says Shephard planned to attack Jewish targets during Hanukkah.
Other targets outlined by the documents include the prestigious Eton school and hotels frequented by officials and diplomats.
According to The Australian, Fazul Abdullah Mohammed was “near the top” of the FBI’s most wanted list. There was, say Australian reporters, a $5 million bounty on the former Al Quaeda Leader’s head. Mohammed was accused of masterminding the 1998 embassy bombings that left 224 people, including 12 Americans dead.
Andrew Quinn and James Macharia of Reuters report that US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hailed Mohammed’s death as “a significant blow to Al Qaeda, its extremist allies, and its operations in East Africa.” She further said that the death was “a just end for a terrorist who brought so much death and pain to so many innocents in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam and elsewhere.”
Although Mohammed has been dead for over a year, Shepard reports that officials are still worried his plans may have been passed on to other Al Qaeda affiliates. It may be for that reason that they waited for more than a year before making any of the details of the intelligence they recovered public.
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