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This story appeared more than a year prior to 2005’s London transport bombings:

Four young British Muslims in their twenties – a social worker, an IT specialist, a security guard and a financial adviser – occupy a table at a fast-food chicken restaurant in Luton. Perched on their plastic chairs, wolfing down their dinner, they seem just ordinary young men. Yet out of their mouths pour heated words of revolution.

“As far as I’m concerned, when they bomb London, the bigger the better,” says Abdul Haq, the social worker. “I know it’s going to happen because Sheikh bin Laden said so. Like Bali, like Turkey, like Madrid – I pray for it, I look forward to the day.”

Those “homegrown terrorist” attacks of July 7 weren’t quite as much of a surprise as many thought. And now we have this:

British police said last night they had arrested 16 men in two separate anti-terrorism operations just three weeks after uncovering a suspected plot to bring down US-bound airliners over the Atlantic.

Fourteen of the men were held in London in an operation that a police source said focused on suspected “training, recruitment and encouraging others to take part in terrorist activity”.

Twelve suspects were arrested at or near a Chinese restaurant. Osama fans enjoy eating out. Meanwhile, in Morocco:

The Moroccan police have arrested 56 suspected members of a terrorist network as part of a monthlong antiterror sweep, the country’s official news agency reported on Thursday.

The suspects, associated with a Muslim group calling itself Ansar al-Mahdi, are accused of plotting terrorist attacks in the North African kingdom, the official MAP news agency said. Moroccan officials could not be reached for comment on Friday.

The group was planning to “announce a holy war in the mountains of North Morocco, attack sensitive targets, foreign interests and well-known Moroccans because they represent the state or for moral reasons,” the news agency quoted the interior minister, Chakib Benmoussa, as saying.

If only Morocco hadn’t joined the invasion of Iraq. Then the nation would be safe. Just like Germany.

UPDATE. Peter Clarke, head of Metropolitan Police anti-terror efforts:

What we’ve learned since 9/11 is that the threat is not something that’s simply coming from overseas into the United Kingdom. What we’ve learned, and what we’ve seen all too graphically and all too murderously, is that we have a threat which is being generated here within the United Kingdom.

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(Via Instapundit)

Posted by Tim B. on 09/02/2006 at 01:24 PM
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