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Peaceful Muslims Foiled in Attack


'New Al Qaeda plot to blow up planes on September 11' smashed
Last updated at 15:23pm on 5th September 2007

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Police have smashed a suspected al Qaeda terror cell plotting to bomb civilian and military jets by Islamists nursing a "profound hatred of US citizens".

The force of the planned explosions would have been worse than the train bombings in Madrid and the Tube and bus attacks in London on 7 July, 2005, according to German security sources. Those attacks killed 191 and 52 people respectively.

Three men aged 22, 28 and 29 have been arrested in Germany days before they planned to strike, and bomb-making equipment and explosives have been seized.

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One suspect was taken away by helicopter in handcuffs

Another of the suspects is led away in handcuffs. Click to enlarge


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Federal prosecutor Monika Harms said the three suspects had bought 700kg (1,500lbs) of hydrogen peroxide to make massive bombs. She said: "We have prevented what we believe would have been the worst terror attacks ever on German soil".

She declined to name specific targets but said the suspects had an eye on institutions and establishments frequented by Americans in Germany, including discos, pubs and airports.

Citing unnamed security sources in Berlin, the broadcaster Suedwestfunk said Frankfurt International Airport and US Ramstein Air Base were among targets.

Joerg Ziercke, the head of Germany's federal crime office, said the men had a "profound hatred of US citizens".

German security sources have reportedly said the men belonged to the Islamic Jihad, an Egyptain terrorist group that merged with al Qaeda in 2001.

Confiscated canisters labeled as hydrogen peroxide are displayed during this morning's press conference in Germany
Wolfgang Bosbach, an MP with Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats, said the plot may have been timed to coincide with the anniversary of the 2001 atrocities in the US.

Franz Josef Jung, the defence minister, said: "The attacks were planned for the near future. They presented a real threat to life."

The suspects are believed to have been planning simultaneous attacks on aircraft sitting on the ground. Security services had been watching them for six months until yesterday, when the investigators spontaneously made the arrests after the men were observed moving chemicals from one storage location to another.

As is customary in Germany, the suspects have only been identified by their first names and last initials. Daniel S comes from the Saarland, Fritz G from Ulm in Bavaria and Adem Y from Turkey, although there are reports that he holds a Pakistani passport. The two Germans are 22 and 28, while Adem Y is 29.

The men were arrested yesterday as two dozen raids took place across Germany. They are believed to have been detained in the Frankfurt area.

One of those held, Fritz G, put up a fight when police raided the men's house in the Frankfurt area. He escaped through a bathroom window and managed to reach an outer cordon of officers about 300 metres away before being aprehended. He was able to snatch a gun, which went off, from a policeman. No one was hurt.

A German network reported that shots had been fired when police raided a house in a town in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

The Germans are converts to Islam. At least one of the men is reported to have received terrorist training overseas.

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Frankfurt Airport. Reports suggest the terror plot targeted civilian and military planes at the airport

The US military base at Ramstein was also believed to have been targeted

The German intelligence service is said to have learned of the plot through emails.

The suspects are reported to have confessed. Security services are trawling their contacts to make sure there are no back-up teams.

Ramstein serves as America's main logistical base to service the war in Iraq. Germany has ground troops in Afghanistan.

"There are clear indications that at a minimum Ramstein and the Frankfurt airport were possible targets and that they would not have waited long to strike," leading conservative politician Wolfgang Bosbach told German television station N24, adding the attacks could have been timed to coincide with the anniversary of September 11.

The terror attack that authorities believe was foiled in Germany may have been timed to coincide with the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York
Police believe that the men wanted to experiment in the coming days and weeks with the chemicals and possibly start building a bomb. They were, however, far away from making a bomb that could be detonated.

A "bomb factory" is said to have been found in the village of Oberschledorn in the Sauerland. Locals said undercover police had been watching the house from a caravan.

Captain Jeff Gradeck, a spokesman for the US European Command (EUCOM) in Stuttgart, said: "We don't have any information yet that US facilities were targeted."

There was no comment from Frankfurt airport, one of Europe's busiest. The Ramstein base in the nearby state of Rhineland-Palatinate, 130 km (80 miles) southwest of the airport, is one of the most important US air bases overseas.

The arrests come a day after Danish police conducted raids and took eight young Muslims into custody whom they suspect of plotting a bomb attack and having links with al Qaeda. Although there are similarities between the two plots, no direct link has yet been established.

Germany, which has forces stationed in Afghanistan, has been on high alert for attacks. The country has feared a re-emergence of militant Islamic groups since 2001, when the northern city of Hamburg was used as a base for planning the September 11 attacks.

Earlier this year, federal prosecutors charged a Lebanese man held in detention over an unsuccessful attempt to detonate bombs on two trains in Germany in 2006.

He and another suspect were caught on surveillance cameras wheeling suitcases containing bombs aboard trains at Cologne's main railway station.

Both men left suitcases on the trains, which they planned to detonate later in the day with a timed explosive device. Despite being activated, the bombs failed to go off because of a technical error, the prosecutor's office said.

Here are the sources:

Do we want to post more of these, there are a like, millions.


Legitimate self defense against the imperialist oppressor no doubt.


In the investigators' focus: the Islamic Information Center in Ulm. The Sign means: ISLAM IS PEACE


More? Shit yeah.

On a side note:

The terrorists always say "We will succeed with our plans, Allah willing."

They attribute all of their winnings to Allah. How about their losses, like this one?

Did any of them stop to think that maybe Allah is not willing.


Islam is Peace

Work Makes You Free


You are like the anti-lixy.


Noted this about the three misguided youth:

The three had no steady work and were drawing unemployment benefits while their main occupation was the plot, officials said.

Perhaps they were going to open up some hair salons with all that peroxide.


Or they needed to be really really clean.


And this, ladies and gentlemen, is how terrorism is combated.


This is the key. Hatred, presumably spread via propaganda, makes it easy to find interpretations of Islam that agree with your emotions.

Obviously, people are often able to find ways to justify their feelings and actions.

We are facing a huge propaganda and indoctrination machine... the ongoing war and terrorist strike attempts are examples of propaganda success.

Killing the enemy on the ground does not change the beliefs or the hatred of the general populace or of those involved in recruiting and converting people into jihadists. This is the real battle and I'm not sure we are even fighting it.

We are fighting the symptoms, not the underlying disease.


That's right. The authorities focused the one specific segment of their society that have a consistent proclivity to travel to Pakistan, attend camps, and come back with an unsavory motivation to blow things up. Evidently, some imam read them the wrong pages of the koran during their conversion to islam.

It's noteworthy that EU Justice and Home Affairs Commissioner Franco Frattini said they would push ahead with plans to set up an EU-wide airline passenger data recording system despite privacy concerns. I think that is something along the lines of profiling.

Perhaps their survival instinct is kicking in.


It's probably the same thing as with God: When you succeed, you give Him all the credit. When you don't, it's your own damn fault for being such a fuckup.


true dat.


I agree,but an attempt to fight it without unecessary loss of life is a good start.


They had to do something with all those bombs and fancy weaponry.


Two of them were recent converts to Islam like Richard Ried. One of the trends we are seeing is recent converts are much more likely to take a literal interpretation of the Koran than those whese families have been Muslim for generations.


Lixy, aren't you a recent convert?


You can see why so many of the "misguided" converts get the wrong impression of this beautiful belief structure when you see articles like these:



That's a key aspect. Converts willing to harm innocents (and yes, American troops in a German bar fall into that category!) have evidently not done much research in the Quran and Sunnah. In this case, as is the case with the Talibans and Pakistanis, those guys don't know a word of Arabic and rely totally on their "guru".

The Wahabi exception is worth noting. That's because despite its adherents' command of Arabic, the ideology is totally controlled by a bunch of self-appointed whackjobs who severely reprimand anyone thinking for themselves.

That is why the Saudis are our common enemy. Al-Qaeda, the Talibans, and others are financed by them. It should have been the priority. Sadly, since the regime is buying bonds from the US and letting foreigners plunder the country, everybody's looking the other way. But, I digressed. The point was that someone who doesn't know his/her Quran is a lot more prone to fall into radicalization.



I also happen to have first hand experience with the context in which Muslims get radicalized. Luckily, I also happen to be very good at homework and while some took the easy way which consisted of praying 24/7 and considering Imams to be infallible, I plunged into history books and linguistics to understand the Quran, and honestly, the message is crystal once you read it a few times. Some people will claim to have "read" the Quran when all they do is use the text as incantations.

Anyway, the answer to your question is a resounding yes.