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” JÃ¶rg 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 …