British brigade of Islamists join Al-Qaeda in Iraq

mora

War Hero
#1
The Sunday Times June 04, 2006


British brigade of Islamists join Al-Qaeda foreign legion in Iraq
David Leppard

UP TO 150 Islamic radicals have travelled from Britain to Iraq to join up with a “British brigade” that has been established by Al-Qaeda leaders to fight coalition forces.

Senior security sources say leaders of the Iraqi insurgency have set up a “foreign legion” composed entirely of westerners to fight alongside the insurgents in the war against British and American forces. Some are preparing to carry out suicide attacks while others have received basic combat training for attacks on western troops The so-called “British brigade” is said to be operating under the direct command of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of Al-Qaeda in Iraq. Members of the unit are thought to be in the Sunni triangle, a combat zone and Al-Qaeda hotbed west of Baghdad.

The flow of young Muslim men from western Europe to Iraq has increased dramatically in the past two years. The “pipeline” of suspected terrorists is being fuelled by growing resentment about American and British policy and scandals such as the mistreatment of inmates at the Abu Ghraib prison.

A senior security source, confirming that between 120 and 150 Britons had travelled to Iraq, said there was concern that the flow was increasing: “The really worrying thing is that this has become a movement that people believe in. It’s not simply a matter of them joining a terrorist organisation.”

The latest demonstration of the trend came 10 days ago when anti-terrorist police arrested eight men in a series of raids in Manchester, London and Merseyside.

Police said publicly that the men were being held on suspicion of encouraging and financing Al-Qaeda’s terrorist operations abroad. But privately Whitehall officials said they believed that there may have been links to the training and recruitment of volunteers for suicide missions in Iraq.

Earlier this year Charles Clarke, the former home secretary, imposed a control order on an unnamed terror suspect who had been prevented from boarding a plane at Manchester airport.

Security sources say dozens of cases have been unearthed in recent months where suspected would-be suicide bombers have been stopped at British airports while they were en route to join the insurgency.

One said: “Greater Manchester police frequently interdict individuals whom they believe are going to Iraq and other locations in order to carry out suicide attacks. Conventional charges, such as passport irregularities, are used to prevent them leaving the country. But this leaves police with the problem of returning potential suicide bombers to the Manchester community.”

Zarqawi has boasted on his website about the British recruits who have joined his “foreign legion”. One Zarqawi video, with English subtitles, issued last month, shows scenes of excited young recruits in Iraq. The message is “They are fighting; you should be too”.

The International Institute for Strategic Studies estimates that one in 10 of the 20,000 insurgents in Iraq was foreign-born.

However, Christopher Langton, editor of the institute’s study The Military Balance 2006, said he did not know how many of the estimated 2,000 foreigners were British.

Last month Pierre de Bousquet de Florian, head of the DST, the French domestic security service, said that about 15 young French people remained in and around Iraq. At least nine had been killed.

Muriel Degauque, 38, a white Belgian convert to Islam, blew herself up in an attack on an Iraqi police patrol in the town of Baquba, north of Baghdad, last November.

Wail al-Dhaleai, a Yemeni asylum seeker living in Sheffield, died when he drove a car filled with explosives into a US army patrol in November 2003.

The extent of the problem in this country began to emerge only last year when Idris Bazis, 41, a French-Algerian who lived in Manchester, blew himself up in a suicide attack on American troops.

An investigation by Greater Manchester police soon uncovered an extensive network for would-be “holy warriors” in Britain. A senior police source said that some went to Pakistan while others went to Middle Eastern countries, such as Syria, before being smuggled over the border.

The Ministry of Defence said it was aware of the matter but could not discuss it because it was an “intelligence issue”.

“It is too complicated to go into estimating numbers for this type of thing,” it said.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/newspaper/0,,176-2209957,00.html
 
#2
Have you joined them?



Which one's you mora???
 
#3
I'd rather they went over to Iraq and died in a sunni vs shia, shia vs sunni, al queda vs anyone and actually go up against armed personel than be involved against attacks on civilians in this country.

However, they're still all cnuts
 

mora

War Hero
#4
merkator said:
Have you joined them?


Which one's you mora???
Israeli Air Force

 
#5
"British Brigade" Thes cnuts aren't and do not deserve the title "British" They are ignorant, third world, mediaeval tw@t scum. I hope they get shot to fcuk!
 
#7
Canny team Howay The Lads! If they come back to this country they should be prosectuted for treason. Or given to the yanks at guantanamo.
 
#8
Can anyone remember the case of those 'British' muslims who went to Yemen with the intention of bombing the British Embassy compound and the main Anglican church?

As soon as the Yemeni security services intercepted them they were making out that they were as British as getting glassed in a chain pub on Saturday night.

Piss taking cnuts.
 
#9
I cannot possibly comment on the grounds that my reply could be construed as incitement to religious hatred and could result in a 7 year prison sentence. Which is 7 years more than they will get despite being treasonous Islamic terrorist scum who deserve a spot of 9mm re-education therapy... Still, it warms the cockles of my heart to see our fellow "citizens" celebrating the rich cultural diversity of UK as far afield as Iraq!

As for Moras pic, I've never wanted to be a helicopter so much in my life!!!
 

mora

War Hero
#10
#12
I doubt many of these volunteers will ever again see the green fields of Britain. I suppose they might prove to be a problem in Basra should these folks appear in UK battle dress.
 
#14
Brigade of Islamists? Oh no, it's happening again, must grip imagination, flight of fancy cleared for take-off....the scene, Camel Guards Parade, Bradford. The impressively bearded (and turbanned) six feet of military precision hitches up his dish-dash, rams his pace stick into his armpit and (sandals flapping) marches across the parade ground. Slamming in his foot and nearly loosing a sandal in the process, he comes to a magnificent halt in front of the commanding mullah. "Peace be upon you, Garrison Sergeant Major" "And upon you sah...Brigade of Islamists ready for your inspection..sah!"

The Bradford GSM falls in behind the mullah who proceeds to traipse along the lines of young muslim males. "Third man rear rank Mr Al Khomeini, dirty slippers, pantaloons slap-dash..." "Very good sir, take his name Sergeant Khan". Inspection complete, the mullah returns to the centre of the parade and turning to the GSM orders "Stand at Ease". The dress rehearsal for the Trooping of the Suicide Vest has begun auspiciously.

Suddenly a subaltern faints. "GSM, I believe Mr Al Kalid missed breakfast this morning." "Yes sah..but we all did, it's Ramadan sir!"
 
#15
Cuddles said:
Brigade of Islamists? Oh no, it's happening again, must grip imagination, flight of fancy cleared for take-off....the scene, Camel Guards Parade, Bradford. The impressively bearded (and turbanned) six feet of military precision hitches up his dish-dash, rams his pace stick into his armpit and (sandals flapping) marches across the parade ground. Slamming in his foot and nearly loosing a sandal in the process, he comes to a magnificent halt in front of the commanding mullah. "Peace be upon you, Garrison Sergeant Major" "And upon you sah...Brigade of Islamists ready for your inspection..sah!"

The Bradford GSM falls in behind the mullah who proceeds to traipse along the lines of young muslim males. "Third man rear rank Mr Al Khomeini, dirty slippers, pantaloons slap-dash..." "Very good sir, take his name Sergeant Khan". Inspection complete, the mullah returns to the centre of the parade and turning to the GSM orders "Stand at Ease". The dress rehearsal for the Trooping of the Suicide Vest has begun auspiciously.

Suddenly a subaltern faints. "GSM, I believe Mr Al Kalid missed breakfast this morning." "Yes sah..but we all did, it's Ramadan sir!"
Is there a DVD of this stunnig sounding event and from what Airport does the plane leave to take them all to a freedom loving muslim country of their choice and can they take Martin McGuinness and Jerry Adams with them.and one ,more request can I wave them off with some rotten tomatoes
 
#16
"Suddenly a subaltern faints. "GSM, I believe Mr Al Kalid missed breakfast this morning." "Yes sah..but we all did, it's Ramadan sir!"

If the Southern Baptist have it wrong and the camel jockies have it right, you're going to have it bad when you shuffle of this mortal coil!

It almost makes up for the Razr, Mr Cuddles!
 
#17
Enjoyed that little dit - think I was there at RMAS when Mr Khalid did faint.......mind you, that was down to lack of spine!
 
#19
Warrior_Poet said:
I say we cut out the middle man and operate a shoot to kill policy in UK mainland.... its the way forward.



Sir Ian Blair would say "We're already doing that, and have been since well before the innocent Brazilian was killed" - in fact I think he's already made a statement to that effect.
 
#20
BergenBob said:
"Suddenly a subaltern faints. "GSM, I believe Mr Al Kalid missed breakfast this morning." "Yes sah..but we all did, it's Ramadan sir!"

If the Southern Baptist have it wrong and the camel jockies have it right, you're going to have it bad when you shuffle of this mortal coil!

It almost makes up for the Razr, Mr Cuddles!
The Southern Baptists do have it wrong but me and the Pope, we keep mates...so I am safe and sound!
 

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