Al Qaeda in Iraq Caught Plotting Nerve Gas Attack in the United States

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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Well that withdrawal from Iraq worked out well. Now Al Qaeda is on the path to defeat and can never threaten us again. Obama said so.

But in the real world, Iraqi authorities busted an Al Qaeda cell plotting to carry out a chemical weapons attack using drones. This is really bad news as it combines WMDs and technological sophistication.

Authorities in Iraq say they have uncovered an al-Qaeda plot to use chemical weapons, as well as to smuggle them to Europe and North America.

Defence ministry spokesman Mohammed al-Askari said five men had been arrested after military intelligence monitored their activities for three months.

Three workshops for manufacturing the chemical agents, including sarin and mustard gas, were uncovered, he added.

Remote-controlled toy planes were also seized at the workshops. Mr Askari said they were to have been used to release the chemical agents over the target from a “safe” distance of 1.5km (1 mile)

Troublingly, Turkey busted an Al-Nusra Front cell (Al Qaeda in Syria) that also had  stockpiles of chemical weapons.

On May 30, the Turkish media reported that 12 individuals from the al Qaeda-linked Al Nusrah Front had been captured in antiterror operations in Adana, along with a total of two kilos (4,5 lb) of sarin gas. Five of the 12 suspects were later released; the interrogation of the other seven is ongoing.

While Adana mayor Hüseyin Avni Cos denied that the suspects were captured with sarin gas and warned against labeling them as part of any terror organization, the Turkish mainstream dailies Sabah and Milliyet are reporting today that the suspects were in fact members of the al Qaeda-linked Al Nusrah Front and were captured with sarin gas.

Turkish authorities are denying the nerve gas part of the story, which they have every reason to do as the Islamist regime is deep in bed with Syrian Sunni terrorists.

The Iraqi claim alone might have been written off as propaganda from a Shiite regime, but the addition of the Turkish story tells us we’re dealing with a much bigger problem.

It would appear that Al Qaeda elements in three countries have gotten their hands on chemical weapons out of Syria. The weapons are probably in the pipeline now.

Iraq credited foreign intelligence agencies with alerting them to the problem. That probably means the United States. It’s about the only country that could coordinate busts with Iraq and Turkey. Iraq is obviously jumping on the propaganda opportunities. Turkey, just as obviously, is lying about it. But it’s hard to believe that busting two cells takes all the WMDs out of Al Qaeda’s hands.

We may be headed for a much bigger problem. Yet the eagerness of Al Qaeda in Iraq and Syria to focus on using chemical weapons to kill Shiites may buy us some time.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    It's so nice to know that the Libyan oil revenues funding Al Qaida are being spent so carefully.
    It's not like the borrowed money Obama wastes here at home.
    (sarcasm)

    They hate us, and they'd kill Obama in a heart beat, yet he works to make them more powerful at every turn.

    • truebearing

      Don't be so sure they'd kill Obama. They can recognize a Muslim enabler when they see one. They can spot a traitor a mile away, too. They see Obama as an ally….and he most definitely is.

      • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

        He's clearly a step in their direction.
        But never underestimate their drive for killing each other.
        It's just that every single muslim extremist doesn't think any other muslim extremist is muslim enough.

      • gee59

        The majority of Muslims still hate him and have said so repeatedly especially in countries like Egypt

      • pagegl

        Considering the drone attacks against terrorists in Afghanistan and Yemen, I doubt if any Islamist would have a second's about not taking out Obama.

  • Indioviejo

    The Islamic imperialist war against the West continues in spite of our leaders lies. It is only a matter of time to the next attack with WMD. Until our strategy changes to a punitive and offensive war on Islam, the Muslims will continue to win on all fronts.

  • Arlie

    What kind of time have we bought? Time to live peacefully with a future? or the time to live in terror and jihad with the prospect of living under sharia? Will there ever be peace (peace of mind) again? With radical, hateful madness scourging the planet and the people with the power to stop it complicit in it's evil…what is there to do?
    These are very dangerous times. I pray for the Peace of Jerusalem…
    http://www.victoriajackson.com/8993/no-such-thing-as-a-d...

  • truebearing

    And one of the ironies of this threat is that the sarin may be some of Saddam's WMD's that were hid in Syria.

    Meanwhile, Obama has personally seen to it that Muslims are being given insanely disproportionate power in influencing our law enforcement/anti-terror policies. The door to Pandora's Box is being held open by Obama's minions of evil and the terrible consequences for America, Israel, and Europe are not if, but when.

    • Cat K

      Yes and I can still hear the Leftists yowling about Bush and "no WMD's"
      But they will shout any combination of words, without insight, facts or memory. They have no discernible conscience. The noise is meant to block out truth and reason for the rest of us. I dream that someday we can shut down their media lie machines.

  • pinnie99

    WELL WE NEED A STRONG "SET" OF LAWYERS TO TAKE DOWN THIS INSIPED GROUP OF MARXISTS IN THE WH. WHO IS IT GONNA BE?… WHO OUT THERE ,RIGHT NOW, IS GOING TO TAKE THEM ON? WHERE IS THE OUTRAGE AGAINST BO AN THIS MOB OF CRIMINAL MINDS? 4 1/2 YRS OF THIS IS GETTING OLD . FT. HOOD,& BENGHAZI HAS LEFT US ALL WONDERING, HOW DEEP AND FAR THIER BARBARIC MIND SET WILL GO? THE OATHS THEY TOOK ARE PROBABLY STILL BEING USED AS A DRINKING GAME….I DONT KNOW ABOUT YOU OUT THERE BUT IM TIRED OF WATCHING THEM CROSS EVERY CONSTITUTIONAL LAW……INVADING R PERSONAL LIVES,LIBERTY AND PURSUITS OF ANYTHING AMERICAN.

    • Looking4Sanity

      Who do you think owns the lawyers and the courts in this country? The "People"?! Ha ha ha. I don't think you fully appreciate your position.

  • Brujo Blanco

    I recall when we went into Iraq the left kept saying that there were no such weapons in Iraq and al Quada was not in Iraq.

    • Jake-a-runi

      Ah, yes. Well, we seemed to have remedied that deficiency. The neo-cons just knew they could accomplish big things in Iraq. So, ready, fire, aim, they did. Like it much?

      • pagegl

        Or, we could have left Saddam alone and let him continue to defy the UN sanctions until he would have been able to resume the production of sarin and other agents his regime used. Given that he was drifting toward an alliance with al Qaeda prior to the war, it is not unimaginable that he would have been very glad to let them have some of those agents for whatever use they desired.

        No matter what happened, this situation probably would have occurred.

  • pagegl

    Given the openness of our southern border, it probably would no problem for Islamists to smuggle several pounds of sarin into the country. An RC model plane with a system to release a package of sarin while flying over Times Square or any other urban area with a high human volume could possibly produce more deaths than 9/11.