Sunday, March 23, 2014

Visiting the UK: dos and (mostly) donts

The latest missive from the Al Qaeda black guards. AQ is enlisting the services of British Jihadis (who are presently engaged in the fighting in Syria) to target the Queen when they return home. Also football matches (at the final whistle). And the Savoy hotel. And Epsom....

It should be considered a minor blessing that the directions are so crystal clear. Now you know what to do in order to protect yourself while visiting the UK- always leave a football match by half-time, dont stay in the Savoy, avoid Cheltenham and Epsom etc etc.

Britain's most important citizen - the Queen, the country's most important sporting events - Wimbledon, English Premiere League matches and horse race at Cheltenham and the country's most revered hotel - The Savoy in London are now the target of jihadis returning to UK from Syria.

al-Qaida has urged "lone wolf" jihadists returning from Syria to carry out bomb attacks at sporting events in Britain specially those attended by the Queen. Wimbledon fortnight and FA Cup matches are right on top the hit list as al-Qaida calls for "maximum carnage".

The terror group recommends that such operations be carried out either by a "martyrdom bomber" or with explosives linked to a timer or a remote device.

An English-language publication, produced by al-Qaida outlines a list of possible targets in Britain, America and France. Britain and France's seaside towns to be the home of thousands of tourists as summer months inch closer will also be prime targets, according to Britain's intelligence agencies.

al-Qaida asks the jihadis "Hit two birds with one stone; both the English and the French. In the beginning of summer we have Cheltenham, and at the end of summer we have Epsom, whereby horse races are attended by thousands from around the kingdom including the Queen".

The author, named as al-Qaida Chef, adds "You have soccer stadiums, especially during Premier League and FA Cup matches. They have worldwide live media coverage. The best time is after the final whistle, when huge crowds leave the stadium and celebrate around the entrances".

The magazine, published on March 14, encourages readers to build their own car bomb - which it provides instructions of how to do - and detonate it outside the hotel.

Britain's home minister Theresa May has removed the citizenship of 37 people since May 2010 for joining terror forces in Syria. In 2013, the home minister has revoked the British citizenship of 20 people.

Britain's foreign minister William Hague recently told parliament that Syria is now the "number one destination for jihadists anywhere in the world" including "70 to 100 individuals connected with the United Kingdom". "The conflict is creating opportunities for extremist groups," Hague said.  
Nearly 600 Europeans have gone to Syria since early 2011, representing 7-11% of the foreign fighters there in total.