The United Kingdom’s Security Minister warned this week that Osama Bin Laden’s al Qaeda terror network was revamping and “returning” to target European airliners and airports, according to the Times of London.
“Al-Qaeda is resurgent and seeking to carry out new terrorist atrocities against airliners and airports, the security minister Ben Wallace warned last night,” writes the Times.
“Wallace said intelligence had revealed that al-Qaeda was developing technology to bring down passenger jets. Whitehall officials say that could include miniaturised bombs. Islamists have also plotted to use drones packed with explosives to blow up key targets,” adds the article.
The warning comes as a major London airport was brought to standstill this week when at least two individuals used numerous drones to effectively stop all flights from arriving and departing.
Officials are vamping up security at airports and other transportation hubs throughout the United Kingdom.
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AL QAEDA RETURNS: Terror Leader Calls for ‘NEW JIHAD’ Against US
Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri resurfaced over the weekend after months of hiding and questions over his health; releasing a five-minute video that called for a new “jihad” against the United States and its western allies.
The video, titled “Tel Aviv is Also a Land of Muslims” slammed the Trump administration for its decision to relocate the US embassy to Jerusalem, saying the Americans were “clear and explicit” in their “modern crusade” against Muslims across the world.
“[Americans] are the first enemy of the Muslims, and swore that it will not dream of security until it is lived in reality in Palestine, and until all the armies of disbelief leave the land of Muhammad,” he added.
Zawahiri took control of the global terror network after US forced killed Osama bin Laden in 2011, choosing to avoid the spotlight after the United States shifted its anti-terror efforts to focus on ISIS in Syria and Iraq.
Despite the warnings, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo believes the Mideast peace process is “decidedly not dead,” telling Fox News “We’re hard at work on it. We hope we can achieve a successful outcome there as well.”
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TERROR TIES: UN Panel Warns of New Threat from Al Qaeda, Bin Laden’s Son
A new report from the United Nations outlined the re-emerging threat from al Qaeda Wednesday, warning the terror network is poised to make a comeback under the leadership of Osama bin Laden’s son.
According to Fox News, the group is now led by Hamza bin Laden and is actively recruiting new members to carry out attacks in Europe and North America.
“Improved leadership and enhanced communication will probably increase the threat over time, as will any rise in the tendency, already visible in some regions, of ISIL supporters to join Al Qaeda,” writes the report.
The news comes just days after bin Laden reportedly married the daughter of Mohammed Atta, the lead hijacker behind the September 11th terrorist attacks.
“The report found that Al Qaeda is still a global network showing resilience, and it is stronger than ISIS in places like Somalia, Yemen and South Asia — and its leadership in Iran has grown more prominent,” writes Fox.
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