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July 6, 2007

Fight’em Over There

Filed under: Terrorist Threats & Attacks — by Jonah Czerwinski on July 6, 2007

Eight people are under arrest for the attempted car bombings in London’s West End on June 29, 2007, and the bizarre attack on Glasgow Airport’s main terminal building the following day.  All of them worked for the UKs National Health Services.  Hippocrates is spinning in his grave. 

The names of the suspects:

·        Dr. Mohammed Asha and his wife Marwah Dana Asha (Jordan)

·        Dr. Bilal Abdulla (Iraqi, but British born)

·        Dr. Sabeel Ahmed and his brother Dr Kafeel Ahmed (both from India)

·        Dr. Mohammed Haneef was arrested by Australian authorities on July 2 and is the cousin of the Ahmed brothers.

·        Two unnamed medical students are also under arrest.  

Exclusive Analysis reports in an analysis today that up to four of the suspects were previously known to British intelligence services.   

I referred to these incidents in another post as evidence of an evolving adversary.  While that does oversimplify things a bit, we are seeing new characteristics in these cases.  EA identifies three main findings that support the point:

·        The social and familial ties of the suspects were likely invaluable for increasing mutual trust and avoiding detection.

·        The connections to Iraq are likely to have played an inspirational role rather than a technical one.

·        This case indicates groups are increasingly learning from the mistakes and attack styles from one another; this case in particular will inform future terrorists plotting attacks in the UK. 

Sound familiar?  It’s the stuff academics and others have said for a few years would be the likely result of the current tempo and style of the war on terror.  As we continue to fight them there rather than fight them here, ahem, its worth noting some of the more interesting work on domestic radicalization, which was published by the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University and by the DHS’s own Homeland Security Advisory Council.

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