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Germany on high Terror Alert

Officials fear attack on troops in Afghanistan, or on home territory

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BERLIN – Germany has increased its security measures in recent days, officials said Friday, amid intelligence reports suggesting increased threat of attacks against the country’s nationals in Afghanistan — or even suicide bombings in Germany itself.

Among the reasons for concern was the arrest in Pakistan of three German Islamic radicals, believed to be part of a group of 10 people trained to carry out suicide bombings, a top law enforcement official said.

Joerg Ziercke, head of the Federal Crime Office, Germany’s equivalent to the FBI, gave few details of the arrests. The suspects were young Germans who had converted to Islam and been radicalized, he said.

Ziercke cited an apparent video of a Taliban graduation ceremony for recruits — broadcast by U.S. ABC News on Thursday — that contained threats against not just the U.S., Britain and Canada but also Germany. He said that was “a new quality of threat” and said border controls had been tightened.

German officials compared the current intelligence situation to that before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in the United States, citing a “mosaic” of clues and previous attacks. Germany has some 3,000 troops and several reconnaissance jets as part of the international security force in Afghanistan.

Like ‘early summer of 2001’
German troops are stationed in the north, a relatively stable region, though three German soldiers were killed in a market bombing May 19 in Kunduz.

“There are indications that terrorist structures in the region of Afghanistan and Pakistan have gained strength and are capable of acting,” Christian-Guenter Sachs, an Interior Ministry spokesman, said at a news conference. “We have information that persons from Europe, from Germany, are involved in these structures.”

Sachs said the situation is reminiscent “of the early summer of 2001.”

“There are increasing pieces of information, from our own services, from friendly services, indications from the Pakistan-Afghanistan region which permit conclusions that the danger level, as I have also laid out, is high for German interests,” he said. “There is also a dangerous dimension, for example from suicide attackers, in the direction of Germany.”

Security authorities are “at an increased state of vigilance,” he said, declining to provide details of the actual measures.

German officials cited an attack Saturday on a convoy outside Kabul that included vehicles from the German Embassy, in which no one was hurt.

They also pointed to the bombing of a police academy bus in Kabul Sunday that killed at least 35 people — the same day the European Union took over a police training mission from Germany.

Atta lived in Germany
Three of the suicide pilots in the Sept. 11 attacks, including ringleader Mohamed Atta, lived and studied in Germany.

But Germany, which did not send troops to Iraq, has largely been spared terrorist attacks itself — although its involvement in the attempt to stabilize Afghanistan against Islamic insurgents has led to fears it may be targeted.

Interior Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said that suicide attacks in Germany are “unfortunately … possible,” but added that recent threat information was “nothing qualitatively new.”

In July 2006 two gas bombs were placed on commuter trains but did not explode in an attempt security officials said was motivated by anger over cartoons portraying the Prophet Muhammad in a Danish newspaper. Several suspects are on trial in Lebanon, and a Lebanese man has been charged in Germany.

German officials have said they have increased security around U.S. military bases in Germany, and the U.S. Embassy has advised citizens to exercise added caution.

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About Ian Bach

Independent Online Terrorist Hunter I teach people how to hunt down and shut down the Bad guys web sites. I also teach about the various countries and cultures. Like most cases it is a small group of bsd eggs that in this case call themselves Muslims but in actual fact they are more like how KKK call themselves ",True Christisians". But in both cases / groups they preach a perverted and twisted view a religion. In the case of ISIS, all Qaeda, al Nusra, and the rest of the terrorists who claim to be true Muslims most of these groups follow the Wahhabi teachings. They are almost all Sunni and their goal is global domination. Yet they must be very bad at math and history. Since most Muslims prefer a separation of church and state and also mist are against Shari's Law. Esp the twisted and overly exaggerated form of Sharia Law that the Wahhabi and other bad guys use. I have studied terrorism, insurgencies, and the best tried and proven methods that work to fight terrorism. My Blogs have many links and articles that can show you who are the best and most knowledgeable people in the fields or counterinsurgency and counter terrorism. When I find great practitioner's I always listen to them to find out who they learned from and who they respect and admire. Thus I am always learning new stuff from the best and most successful in their fields of knoeledge. I strive to be an open and ethical source of information, I have met many awesome, kind, caring, and loving wonderful people many who I am close friends with now from Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Turkey, Iran, and many from S.E. Asia which also has a high percent of their populations that are Muslim.We must always strive to be aware people are not any one particular religion via that's what they chose to be, instead most people are a particular religion because that's what their parents and/or county is. I was raised Catholic but because I became Interested in magic ,(illusion - smoke n mirrors) and science which lead me to study many religions, and I would call myself an atheist. Yet sometimes when I lose my keys ZI find myself praying "Hail Marys" and a few "Our Fathers" which most always aides me in finding my keys. My belief is that if I just frantically look around for my krys, good luck it takes me for ever. But by saying these prayers it is like s sort of meditation and my mind becomes more calm, which is why it helps my find my keys.

6 comments on “Germany on high Terror Alert

  1. DELETE FRANCE
    June 28, 2007

    This makes sense, because I am sure Putin wants the U.S. Troops out of Germany and since Al Qaeda is a shadow terrorist group for the Russians….WHY NOT?

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  2. Soldier's wife
    June 28, 2007

    All I can say is here we go again. Maybe people will start to realize that no country is safe from terrorists. No country can afford to drop its guard against these people. I just hate that it takes something like that to get other’s attention.

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  3. Ian Bach
    June 28, 2007

    The Taliban warned Germany 2 months ago they would attack if they didn’t leave afghanistan. I think what is happening is there is more traffic intercepptions of comunications and also capture Taliban who freely give vague information. Only the top leaders know the tagets and methods till the days before normally. before 911 we had increased communication intercept for a couple months before 911 and it was twice as much the week before.

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  4. Ian Bach
    June 28, 2007

    Ahmed Shah Massoud found out info from Taliban that he caught. Even Julie Sirrs (goto my dot com http://www.ianbach.com/ahmed-shah-massoud/ it’s in one of the five good articles about Massoud) to read interviews with the best Afghan Tactician in centuries, known as the Lion of Panjshir. Julie Sirrs interview is especially interesting. She worked for Defense Intelligence and she talked with the Taliban who openly and freely gave information about Taliban goals, as well as the one to strike America in 2000. Germany has a lot of Terrorists cells I would say a dozen easy that’s about 36 or more. England has maybe half a dozen. America has???

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  5. Anonymous
    June 28, 2007

    this terrorism thing is the new reality that begun on sept 11th for us and we are forever changed. the terrror thread will be here indefinatly , i think. we can never let our gaurd down and maby we can limit damage, but we wont be able to stop all.

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  6. Ian Bach
    June 29, 2007

    London police foil major terror plot

    LONDON – Police thwarted a devastating terrorist plot on Friday, discovering two Mercedes loaded with nails packed around canisters of propane and gasoline set to detonate and kill possibly hundreds in London’s crowded theater and nightclub district.

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    The plot, coming only two days after Gordon Brown took over as prime minister, raised the specter of the attacks in July 2005 when the London Underground and an iconic double-decker bus were targeted by a group of homegrown terrorists who killed 52 people.

    As police searched for car bombs and terrorists in the city of 7.5 million, roads were closed and police sirens echoed. Authorities stepped up security across Britain, from central London streets to the Wimbledon tennis tournament.

    But Londoners — with long experience in dealing with bombs and terrorism — were not in hiding and the West End was bustling again by nightfall Friday.

    “I know you can’t live your life being scared,” Natalie Huntley, 28, a tourist from Adelaide, Australia, said outside St. Paul’s Cathedral even as police investigated another suspicious vehicle parked on nearby Fleet Street. “You’ve just got to keep going, don’t you?”

    Authorities said the bombs in both cars were similar and that each Mercedes had been abandoned in the same area near Piccadilly Circus. Had they exploded, at least hundreds of people would have been killed.

    The discovery of the car bombs before they exploded was a bonus for police, who checked for fingerprints and DNA clues, as well as other trace evidence. They also had the benefit of footage from closed-circuit TV cameras, hoping the surveillance network that covers much of central London will help them track down the driver of the Mercedes.

    The CCTV footage would be compared with license plate recognition software, British anti-terror police chief Peter Clarke said. There are 160 security cameras in the Westminster Council, the district encompassing Piccadilly Circus and the Haymarket area, alone.

    Nobody claimed responsibility for the plot, and government security officials said late Friday that no suspects have been identified.

    But the discovery of the second bomb, about 20 hours after the first, suggested a coordinated and more sophisticated plot than was initially thought — similar to the July 7, 2005 suicide bombings where four bombs exploded within an hour of one another on London’s busy transit system.

    Some analysts said the bombers could be trying to send a message to Britain’s new leader.

    “It’s a way of testing Gordon Brown,” said Bob Ayers, a security expert at the Chatham House think tank. “It’s not too far-fetched to assume it was designed to expedite the decision on withdrawal (from Iraq).”

    After the first bomb was announced, Brown said “we face a serious and continuous security threat in our country.”

    Professor Paul Wilkinson, chairman of the Center for the Study of Terrorism and political violence at St. Andrews University, said a number of factors could have come together to prompt the thwarted attacks.

    “With the change in prime minister this could be the work of al-Qaida,” he said. “They have a track record of trying to influence political change through violent means such as in the Madrid train attacks.

    British authorities and White House press secretary Tony Snow were cautious.

    “Look, it’s terrorism, but we don’t know if there — there’s no definite, there’s no established connection with any organization at this point,” Snow said. U.S. authorities said there was no apparent terror threat to the United States.

    There had been no prior intelligence of planned attacks from the terror organization, a British government official told The Associated Press earlier Friday on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the investigation.

    The July 7 bombers were all Muslims raised in Britain. A government account of the attacks released last year said it was unclear whether others in Britain had radicalized or incited the group, and that it was not known if al-Qaida figures, or others, had assisted in planning the bombing.

    The events unfolded when police were called to Haymarket, south of Piccadilly Circus, after a man fell at the nightclub Tiger Tiger, injuring his head, prompting a call for an ambulance around 1:30 a.m. Friday.

    When crews arrived, they noticed smoke coming from a green Mercedes parked in front of a club, Clarke said.

    Photographs showed a canister bearing the words “patio gas,” indicating it was propane, next to the car. The propane gas is of the type usually used in backyard barbecues and patio heaters. The back door was open with blankets spilling out. The car was removed from the scene after a bomb squad disabled the explosives.

    A bomb squad called to the scene manually disabled the explosives.

    Sky News television reported that a police officer seized a telephone from the car — believed to have been a potential detonator for the explosives — and an American lawmaker briefed on the investigation confirmed that British authorities found a cell phone.

    “They found a cell phone and it was going to be used to detonate the bomb,” said U.S. Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y.

    The bomb in the Mercedes near Piccadilly Circus was powerful enough to have caused “significant injury or loss of life” at a time when hundreds were in the area, Clarke said.

    The announcement of the second bomb came about 20 hours later, after police had closed off a nearby major street along Hyde Park for several hours to investigate a suspicious Mercedes. That car had been towed across town to an impound lot; the attendants there, on the alert after news of the first foiled car bombing, smelled gasoline and alerted authorities.

    The car had been parked on Cockspur Street, which runs between Haymarket and Trafalgar Square. About 2:30 a.m., it was ticketed and then towed an hour later to the impound lot on Park Lane on Hyde Park’s eastern edge, Clarke said.

    The second vehicle “was found to contain very similar materials to those that had been found in the first car,” Clarke said. “There was a considerable amount of fuel and gas canisters. As in the first vehicle, there was also a quantity of nails. This like the first device was potentially viable.”

    The busy Haymarket thoroughfare linking Piccadilly Circus in the heart of London’s theater district and near Trafalgar Square, is packed with restaurants, bars, a cinema complex and West End theaters. It was packed with people at the time.

    It was ladies’ night Thursday at the massive Tiger Tiger nightclub, a stylish three-story venue that at full capacity can pack in 1,770 people and stays open until 3 a.m. It was here that the explosives-laded car was parked closest.

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    Associated Press writers Lindsay Toler, Raphael G. Satter, contributed to this report.

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