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December 13, 2004

Attack bigger than 9/11 planned

Topics: International News

According to The Daily Tagesspiegel in Berlin, via Expatica:

Iraq-based al-Qaeda terrorist Abu Mussab al- Zarkawi is planning a terror strike of greater magnitude than the 11 September 2001 attacks in New York and Washington, according to a German newspaper report published on Monday.

The daily Tagesspiegel in Berlin quotes a follower of al-Zarkawi as saying the Jordanian radical, who is believed to be behind many of the kidnappings and attacks in Iraq, had told him there would be "a really big event" soon.

Zarqawi(Click image to enlarge)
According to the follower, named as Fathala F., al-Zarkawi had told him the attack would be bigger than the 11 September attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.

Tagesspiegel said it interviewed Fathala F., who is being held by US forces in Iraq, during a six-hour meeting last Thursday.

Fathala F., a Kurdish member of the Iraqi terror group Ansar al- Sunna, said he had met al-Zarkawi in Falluja before US forces moved into the rebel stronghold last month.

The report said Fathala F. has been offered a special witness deal by US authorities in return for information. It said security authorities believe his account of the meeting with al- Zarkawi to be genuine.

In a CBS News (Ugh!) report on September 23, 04 there were strong warnings that Zarqawi could "take the war to the West."

(CBS) Abu Musab al Zarqawi continues to wage his war in Iraq. It's the number one destination for holy warriors, many of whom now come from the West.

"Those terrorists will, sooner or later, mount operations both in Europe and in the United States," says CBS terrorism consultant Rohan Gunaratna.

Police and intelligence agencies say Zarqawi's now powerful network extends from Iraq to Syria, Turkey, Chechnya and Europe, smuggling people through porous borders, using fake documents. As CBS News Correspondent Sheila MacVicar reports, it's a network that experts say will undoubtedly spread to the U.S.

 A bug planted by Italian police in a Milan mosque in 2001 caught al Zarqawi operative explaining how the network is expanding: "We need foreigners. We have Albanians, Swiss, English. The important thing is that they are very cultured."

Rusty at MyPetJawa has also posted on this topic and points to the Fallujah Chemical lab(with story link) as possibly being related to the Zarqawi threat to the West.

Robert Spencer Jihad Watch also posts on the story.

Posted by Hyscience at December 13, 2004 9:32 PM

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