Britain’s Suicide Bombers

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British security officials suspected that Abdulmutallab had been initially recruited by al-Qaeda operatives in London before leaving to train in Yemen with al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), a claim echoed in 2010 by Yemen’s Deputy Prime Minister Rashad Al Alimi.

In addition to Abdulmutallab, other former British student suicide bombers include Omar Sheikh, who beheaded Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in 2002; Omar Khan Sharif, who carried out a suicide bomb attack on a bar in Tel Aviv in 2003; and Abdullah Ahmed Ali, the leader of a failed liquid suicide bomb plot to blow up 10 trans-Atlantic flights in 2006.

Most recently, Iraq-born and Swedish citizen Taimour Abdulwahab al-Abdaly, who had spent the last decade studying at London’s University of Luton, blew himself up and injured two others in Stockholm in December 2010.

However, not all British-based Islamist terrorists take the educational route to become suicide bombers. Rajib Karim, a Bangladesh-born British resident, was a British Airways employee who was convicted in February 2011 for conspiring with AQAP’s recently killed propagandist and strategist, Anwar al-Awlaki, to commit a suicide terror attack on the scale of 9/11.

To carry out the plan, Karim, a former fundraiser for the al-Qaeda linked terror organization Jamaat-ul Mujahideen Bangladesh, joined British Airways as a software engineer specifically to provide al-Awlaki critical information on British Airway’s computer and security systems. Then, in an effort to achieve his own martyrdom by blowing up an airliner, Karim applied for training as a British Airway’s cabin crew member shortly before he was arrested in February 2010.

Sadly, the problem of British-based Muslim terrorism isn’t going away any time soon. As one intelligence official said, “This is a generational problem we are facing.” That generational problem, unfortunately, also includes large numbers of British Muslims going overseas to receive terrorist training.

According to a 2010 report by the Centre for Social Cohesion, it estimated that since 9/11 over 4,000 British Muslims have attended terrorist training camps in Pakistan and Afghanistan. In addition to the Afghan-Pak connection, Somalia has also surfaced as a new terrorist training locale. British authorities say increasing numbers of Britons of both Somali and Pakistani origin have embarked on “jihad tourism” to Somalia to attend terrorist training camps run by Somalia’s al-Qaeda linked al-Shabaab.

The net effect of all these activities has been to turn Britain into what a former British terrorism official called “a hub for the development of terrorists.” Unfortunately, with 200 potential suicide bombers now roaming freely throughout Britain, that hub just grew far more dangerous.

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  • Flipside

    Unfortunately, sadly, unhappily, this will not lead to a police state fast enough for you.

  • oldtimer

    They have allowed Sharia law zones, what do they expect?

  • redheadedtxn

    Heads up America! They're here too.

  • logdon

    We always hear of this or that, usually some bold politician or others standing up against shariah or Islamists,as being a 'recruitment sergeant for terror'.

    How about applying this grey beard sagacity to the polar opposite?

    If more terrorist attacks ensue, spreading not a few mere words but actual death, mayhem and misery what are we meant to do?

    When the Luftwaffe dropped it's first bombs on London, Churchill immediately ordered a retaliatory raid on Berlin. The message was clear. Whatever you do we'll do back and that 'doing back' escalated into massive thousand bomber raids and the destruction of many German cities.

    I'm not advocating Brievik style nihilistic violence or even suggesting it will come about, but I can tell you, our patience is wearing pretty thin.

    Talk to the man in the street about the burgeoning Islamic influence and the first thing they say is 'we can't speak our minds anymore'. Then looking around, they more often than not, do.

    They are not racists, far from it but they do object to the wholesale sell out which passes for modern multicultural politics.

    If and when another attack comes the anger will ramp up and rather than the extravagant pampering of volatile Muslims our leaders would be well advised to take stock.

    A combination of events is coalescing and the one time comfort blanket of displacement via consumerism is vanishing.

    Anger is not a one way street and the establishment needs to get a grip on this sooner than later.

  • RiverFred

    Join Act For, watch the DVD Iranium the movie and spread the word on this documentary film (nuclear Iran-death to America) and vote that Muslim loving socialist President out in 2012.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    In a report to the British government, intelligence leaders from both of Britain’s security intelligence services, MI6 and MI5, cite the 200 would-be suicide bombers as part of the more than 2,000 British-based Muslim terrorists who are currently engaged in terror activities in the United Kingdom.

    I hate to rain on MI6 and MI5's incompetent parade, but terrorism is a manifestation of Western civilization only, as Muslims never ever become terrorists and perpetrate terrorism for Western causes. Instead, Muslims fight jihad in the cause of Allah against non-Muslim unbelievers to make Islam supreme, as jihad is a manifestation of Islamic civilization only.

    Conversely, Westerners unless they convert to Islam, never perpetrate terrorism in the cause of Allah against non-Muslim unbelievers to make Islam supreme, and if they do convert to Islam then subsequently perpetrate violence in the cause of Allah, as Richard Reid the shoe bomber attempted, then it is not terrorism but jihad instead.

    I know it sounds like semantics, but it is very important to understand the nuances and differences between terrorism – a Western manifestation only – and jihad – an Islamic manifestation only – as terrorism is always violent as its name implies, while jihad, on the other hand, can be both violent and non-violent, and the non-violent varieties of jihad relative to the violent varieties of jihad takes place astronomically far more prevalently, yet is totally unacknowledged and unopposed today in the West because violent jihad is always conflated as being terrorism.

    Furthermore, instead of just 2000 terrorists as identified by MI6 and MI5, which is utterly absurd to say the least, every Muslim immigrant living in the UK today as a fifth column is either a violent jihadists or non-violent jihadists, and the few that are not jihadists, are not Muslims at all but instead blasphemous apostates that per the dictates of Islam should be executed.

    In fact, this article demonstrates why it is so important to thoroughly understand the very real existential threat that Islam represents to the West, relative to adhering to fantasy based political correct multicultural myths. Indeed, the fact that MI6 and MI5 are transfixed only on 2000 Muslims that it claims are actively involved in terrorism, indicates how ill equipped and enormously incompetent MI6 and MI5 actually are with respect to the enormity of the problem.

    For Reid, his journey of Islamic radicalization was nurtured in the mosques of London.

    I hate to rain on this writer's naive PC multicultural parade once again but the notion that there is a specific process whereby presumed so-called “moderate Muslims” somehow become miraculously morphed into radical and violent Muslims is itself an unhinged political correct multicultural myth.

    Yet, as one British security expert said, these schools “have got to realize that you don’t get suicide bombers unless they have first been radicalized.”

    With all due respect, that so-called British security expert isn't a security expert at all. Instead, he is a buffoon blinded by political correct multiculturalism. Again, all Muslim immigrants living in Britain today as a fifth column are either violent or non-violent jihadists, and the few that are not jihadists, are not Muslims at all but instead blasphemous apostates that per the dictates of Islam should be executed.

    For example, Nigerian-born “Underwear Bomber” Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab​, who recently pled guilty to a failed suicide airline bombing in Detroit in 2009, is believed to have been inspired to martyrdom during his time studying at University College London, where he was president of the school’s Islamic Society.

    I'm sorry but shutting down British universities will hardly be sufficient to cure the problem. Only one thing will work and that is outlawing Islam in the West and banning and reversing mass Muslim immigration with all of its excess baggage ASAP, as Muslims never ever migrate to the West or anywhere else for that matter to assimilate and integrate, but instead to eventually subjugate and dominate in order to make Islam supreme via demographic conquest.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Shut down the British pubs and in 24 hours there won't be a Muslim anywhere
    in the Isles but quite a few swimming the channel to France and Sarkozy's
    loving embrace………………………………………………………………..William

  • Observer

    Fool. Support multicultural policies and the importation of muslims and this will be the logical outcome. Or even worse.
    Most muslim majority countries are run by either the islamists or by the the Military. Do you wonder why? Because the military is the only force in a muslim majority country that can compete with the Islamists, which are known to employ assassins, millitias and paramilitary forces. Even if muslims are not the majority, their presense often results in the military running the muslim majority provinces, like in Russia, India, China, the Philipines, the Balkan muslim enclaves of Kosovo and Bosnia, Northern Cyprus, etc.

    Not only that, but multiculturalism is against the interests of those promoting it. Multicultural societies do not vote along class lines, as the monocultural people often do: they tend to vote along tribal lines. Look at South Africa, Northern Ireland, Iraq, Bosnia, Belgium and Lebanon and ask yourself – where are their multicultural centre-Left socialist parties? Everybody is voting for ethnic or religious parties.

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  • Ken

    Don't listen to Flipside. He just wants a government to tell him/her how to live his/her life and to nanny him for the rest of his life. Him being hypocritical about this ever increasing danger is just his/her nature.

  • Flipside

    So obtuse.

  • mrbean

    Tell me Flippy, did you ride to school on the little yellow bus when you were a kid. You post like you are one of the… errr… hmmmm…. intellectually challenged… as I guess the use of the term retarded is not stylish nowadays.

  • Flipside

    No. I was not a Yeshiva student.