And what do the police do? Persecute innocent non-Muslims such as Paul Gait and his wife Elaine Kirk, who were detained for 36 hours without charge over the Gatwick Airport chaos — before admitting “there may never have been a drone attack.” As the real culprit remains at large four days after the attacks, police have been criticized for their “appalling investigation.”
Al Qaeda, ISIS, Hamas, Hezballah, al Shabaab, Boko Hara, CAIR, ISNA — it’s all of a piece. It’s all the same thing: war in the cause of Islam.
Resurgent Al-Qaeda plan new series of spectacular attacks against airliners and airports including drone strikes and suicide passengers, says security minister
- Security Minister Ben Wallace said Al-Qaeda are planning attacks on airports
- He also discussed ‘insider threat’ of terrorists working undercover in airports
- Wallace likened Isis to the latest ‘boyband’ but said Al-Qaeda were dormant
By Leigh Mcmanus For Mailonline, 23 December 2018:
The terrorist group behind the world trade centre attacks in New York in 2001 are plotting a series of deadly new attacks that are ‘keeping ministers awake at night’.
Security Minister Ben Wallace said that Al-Qaeda are planning the attacks on airports and airliners, and even plan to use explosive-packed drones to take down targets in a bid to become the world’s most feared terrorist organisation once more.
Wallace had met with airport officials a week ago to discuss the matter just days before a rogue drone brought Gatwick Airport to a standstill.
Security Minister Ben Wallace said that Al-Qaeda are planning the new attacks on airports
Speaking to the Sunday Times, Wallace also discussed the ‘insider threat’ of terrorists working undercover in our airports.
‘The aviation threat is real. Aviation is still a blue riband event for these terrorists. Al-Qaeda are resurgent. They have reorganised. They are pushing more and more plots towards Europe and have become familiar with new methods and still aspire to aviation attacks,’ he said.
The Minister added that a joint Home Office and Department for Transport programme had pumped £25m into researching the defence of such threats.
The decline of Isis will also open up avenues for Osama bin Laden’s brainchild to stake a claim at being the world’s main terrorist organisation.
Wallace likened Isis to the latest ‘boyband’ but added that the ‘dormant’ Al Qaeda were always plotting in the background, and that a large aviation attack would be its calling card.
Al-Qaeda, founded by Osama bin Laden (left) , started the global ‘war on terror’ after the 9/11 attacks (right) on the World Trade Centre in New York in September 2001
The organisation, founded during the Soviet intervention in Afghanistan in 1988 has camps in the aforementioned as well as Pakistan, Iraq and Sudan.
It started the ‘global war on terror’ but largely faded as Isis began its ascendancy, attracting global attention and funds.
The organisation and its affiliates are now active in Syria, Afghanistan, Yemen, Libya and other countries across the Middle East.
Wallace, who served in the army in Northern Ireland, said improvements in airport security meant terrorists were less likely to smuggle explosive through terminal security systems but: ‘They have explored other ways of getting bombs on planes.’
This December 2009 file photo released by the U.S. Marshal’s Service shows Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab and Richard Reid, the British citizen accused of trying to blow up an aircraft with explosives in his shoes in 2002 (left) and Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab a Nigerian man charged with trying to blow up an international flight near Detroit on Christmas 2009, both had Al-Qaeda training
‘If you can’t get in the front door, you’re going to try to get in the back door,’ he said.
‘In 2019 we should be alert to al-Qaeda. They are re-energising some previous links and support and their ambition towards aviation is real. We saw in Australia that terrorists do what works and they don’t give up,’ he warned, referencing a failed aviation terrorism attempt in 2017.
Wallace said that while 13 Islamist terror plots have been thwarted in Britain since March 2017, new leaders are ‘stepping up’ and inspiring others to execute a ‘reunion tour’ of attacks on the west.
There have been a series of terror attempts in the west since 9/11, with Isis claiming a bulk of them in recent years.
Critics have slammed US President Donald Trump for his decision to withdraw his troops from Syria, claiming it offers a platform for the organisation to build, despite Trump declaring victory over them.
The UK found out about his decision only when he tweeted it on Wednesday and UK intelligence bosses are worried his decision will offer Isis a safe haven.
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