Al-Qaida studies PIRA tactics to target Britain

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  1. sorry PTP its that religion again

    Officials say group sees July 7 attacks as 'just the beginning' of UK campaign

    Britain has become the main target for a resurgent al-Qaida, which has successfully regrouped and now presents a greater threat than ever before, according to counter-terrorist officials. They have revised their views about the strength of the network abroad, and the methods terrorists are able to use in the UK.

    Intelligence chiefs with access to the most comprehensive and up to date information have told the Guardian that al-Qaida has substantially recovered its organisation in Pakistan, despite a four-year military campaign to seek out and kill its leaders. In that time, the organisation has become much more coherent, with a strong core and a regular supply of volunteers.

    The structure of individual al-Qaida-inspired groups is much more like the old Provisional IRA cells, with self-contained units comprising a lead organiser/planner, a quartermaster in charge of weapons and explosives acquisition and training, and several volunteers.

    Many suspects appear to be aware they are under surveillance and have taken to having important conversations outside - in parks and other public spaces - similar to the tactics used by PIRA leaders during the Troubles.

    Intelligence experts fear the UK is a target as never before, with extremists intent on carrying out a huge spectacular, on the scale of the US atrocities in 2001.

    "They viewed 7/7 as just the beginning," said one senior source. "Al-Qaida sees the UK as a massive opportunity to cause loss of life and embarrassment to the authorities." A second source agreed: "Britain is sitting at the receiving end of an al-Qaida campaign."

    Britain is an easier target, they have concluded, because of its traditional links with Pakistan which is visited by tens of thousands of people each year.

    Potential new recruits are carefully selected and targeted - mainly Muslim men in their late teens and early 20s - with recruiters often shunning the more obvious recruiting grounds of mosques and Islamic bookshops.

    "It's all about building up these recruits to consider themselves as Muslim 'patriots' and encouraging them to make the leap and ask themselves 'This is how the west treats Muslims, what are we going to do about it?'" said one source.

    The next stage often involves technical instruction in bomb-making, and during this phase, the recruiters do their best to engender a sense of brotherhood and bonding, sometimes putting recruits through bizarre initiation rites, such as staying out all night in remote areas in bad weather to prove their macho credentials and that they will not let their comrades down.

    They say there is a frightening number of young men willing to step up and replace those who have been arrested or gone to ground.

    "It's like the old game of Space Invaders," said one senior counter-terrorism source. "When you clear one screen of potential attackers, another simply appears to take its place."

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  2. PIRA tactics always included an escape plan for the perpetrators of whatever they were planning. Suicide bombers don't do that.

    Obviously that's what makes them more difficult to approach/apprehend. We are entering an era for which we are unprepared, and our necessarily cumbersome legal system is finding it hard to cope.

    Personally I think we should give our security forces some leeway in these initial stages. They're acting in the interests of our well-being after all.
  3. That is quite obvious...a dead PIRA bomber as a good Catholic is a sin. An Islamic suicide bomber is a "hero" - so lets face it, we have a clear example of the merits and differences between our cultures but what a wierd topic to prove that on??
  4. Nehustan

    Nehustan On ROPs

    [align=center]Well as its a rumour service maybe tell them the gates into Midian are located near Stonehenge and on the Rock...[/align]

  5. But Tone, Dear Leader, said that Britians Iraq policy had not been responsible for Islamic attacks in UK.
    He did Onest.