Germans bust Al Qaeda plots targeting Americans in Germany

Posted by: ST on September 5, 2007 at 3:42 pm

Via the NYT:

FRANKFURT, Sept. 5 — The German police have arrested three Islamic militants suspected of planning large-scale terrorist attacks against several sites frequented by Americans, including discos, bars, airports, and military installations.

Those arrested — two German citizens and a Turkish resident of Germany — were in advanced stages of plotting bomb attacks that could have been deadlier than the terrorist strikes that killed dozens in London and Madrid, police and security officials said Wednesday. At least five lesser figures were still being pursued, they said.

“They were planning massive attacks” the German federal prosecutor, Monika Harms, said at a news conference Wednesday, outlining an intense six-month investigation. She said the suspects had amassed large amounts of hydrogen peroxide, the main chemical used to manufacture the explosives used in the suicide bombings in London in July 2005.

Information that surfaced from the investigation, which included monitoring phone calls and tracking suspects movements, led the authorities to conclude that among the targets under consideration, were the Ramstein air base, a key transportation hub for the American military, and Frankfurt International Airport.

Ms. Harms said the two German suspects were converts to Islam who had trained in terrorist camps in Pakistan. She said he three suspects had military-grade detonators and some 1,500 pounds of hydrogen peroxide, which they had hidden and were preparing to move by van when they were arrested in a out-of-the-way village in southern Germany on Tuesday afternoon.

The hydrogen peroxide, when mixed with other chemicals, could produce a bomb with a force equivalent to 1,200 pounds of TNT, officials said.

“This would have enabled them to make bombs with more explosive power than the ones used in the London and Madrid bombings” Jörg Ziercke, head of the German Federal Crime Office, said.

The article goes on to note that Americans in Germany have been a target of Al Qaeda for years now, thanks to Germany’s involvement in Afghanistan. Hmm. I guess that means that we’ll hear renewed calls for us to cut and run from Afghanistan, as well as Iraq, eh? I mean, after all, the US and the UK governments respectively were blamed for the 7/7/05 attacks in London, with the usual suspects screaming that if we hadn’t been in Afghanistan and Iraq, the peaceful Islamic extremists would have left them alone.

On a related note, Gates of Vienna reports that another terror plot has been thwarted, this time in Denmark.

While Democrats play games with the war on terror here at home, the global war on terror rages on …

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7 Responses to “Germans bust Al Qaeda plots targeting Americans in Germany”


  1. Steve Skubinna says:

    Okay, five bucks to the first confirmed sighting of “I question the timing…”

    Bonus points for spotting “Rove’s fingerprints.”

  2. Tango says:

    Nothing to see here; move along. Just some misguided youths. Not really bombs – just “fireworks.” b-)

  3. Lorica says:

    Steve I do question the timing of this, but not due to Rove’s involvement. I question AQ’s involvement. I think it is possible that these guys are a diversion so the real terrorists have a better chance at an attack if we are not diligent. This has been a reoccuring thought to me this whole day. I am not convinced that we should breathe easy until after the month of September is over. These individuals want to harm us, and they love to tie attacks together to demoralize, which if you are a dyed in the wool Dem would take a ballon pop to demoralize ya. I understand what you are saying tho. I am surprised that we have not heard cries from Nancy Pelosi about Rove and all the same blah blah blah over and over again. – Lorica

  4. It doesn’t even make the beginning of a sense: “Americans in Germany have been a target of Al Qaeda for years now, thanks to Germany’s involvement in Afghanistan”

    If that was indeed the case, I’d rather suspect AQ would blow-up, say, Germans? (just from the top of my head.)

    After all, when AQ claimed they had Spain to blame for her involvement in Iraq (and that little Al-Andalus real estate disagreement), they saw to blow-up Spaniards (and every non-Spaniard unlucky enough to find himself on the train). Same goes for the Brits in London.

    Now when one looks at the fact that the Madrid attack was in the works way before Spain had anything to do with Iraq, it’s more than time for Europe to wake up and realize that whoever‘s involvement wherever is nothing but one among AQ’s many professed grievance to trigger the “white man’s guilt” and so weaken the West’s resolve to defend itself.

    A wise strategy when it comes to Europe. I mean, it works…

  5. Drewsmom says:

    Good work from the Germans and we say thank you.
    Too bad the nutroots still don’t get it or do they care.

  6. Leslie says:

    Well at least the Times made this their lead story in the print edition today instead of burying it inside as they did the last time one of these rings were broken up, on the grounds (as the editors would tell the public editor, Mr. Hoyt) that the plot hadn’t succeeded.

    Anyhow: Excellent work by the Germans. They even managed to infiltrate the hydrogen peroxide and replace it with a less harmful substance.

    Who cares whether they were al-Qaeda this or al-Qaeda that or al-Qaeda all around the town. They were terrorists.

    That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!