Some Names of Al Qaeda Terrorists Plotting Hot Summer for America
US Attorney General John Ashcroft and FBI Direct Robert Mueller promise a news conference Wednesday afternoon, May 26, to elaborate on reports that al Qaeda terrorists are present in the United States preparing for a large-scale attack this summer. Americans will be asked to watch out for several suspected al Qaeda operatives, some of whom will be named. Of special concern is the possibility that these terrorists may possess and use a chemical, biological or radiological weapon.
Most but not all the high profile targets are inside America or American. The first may be the new WWII Memorial dedication in Washington this coming Saturday, May 29, followed by President George W. Bush’s trip to Rome next week to attend the NATO summit in Istanbul, the G-8 summit at Georgia’s Sea Island next month, the Democratic Convention in Boston in July, the Republican National convention in New York City in August, or the Olympic Games opening in Athens on August 13.
The November presidential election must also be considered a target after the Madrid rail bombing toppled Spanish government. Law enforcement agencies have also been urged to be vigilant for bombers in shopping malls and on American national rail, subway and bus lines. Al Qaeda strikes are not excluded in the main cities of Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Israel.
The intelligence does not specify a time, place or method of attack but is nonetheless disturbing and ties in with persistent chatter.
debkafile‘s counter-terror sources reveal that US counter-terrorist authorities are focusing on tracking down two key suspects: a 32-year old Pakistani woman called Aafaya Siddiqui, doctor of neurology who attended a university in the Boston area, and Adnan G. Al Shukrijmah, an al Qaeda activist known to have spent time in Florida.
Our sources add that American and foreign counter-terror and intelligence agencies are also hunting for Midaat Mursi, known as Abu Khabab, prominent member of al Qaeda’s operational partner, the Egyptian Jihad Islami, who is considered the organization’s top expert on radiological bombs. Mursi heads a number of terrorist rings who have been instructed to infiltrate the United States through Canada for a dirty bomb attack. They may have made the crossing already.
The price on the head of Musab Zarqawi, Osama bin Laden’s top operative in Iraq, may be raised from $10m to $25m after he was identified as the terrorist who beheaded Nicholas Berg. All his nets are the subject of intensive search, some composed of Saudis and Chechens trained for chemical or biological attacks and buried somewhere in Europe for some time. Efforts are also underway to locate underground terrorist cells of al Qaeda’s Far Eastern ally, Jemaa al Islamiyah, which are thought to be on their way to seize a merchant freighter or supertanker for use as a massive seaborne bomb vessel.
Several sleeper cells are also known to have infiltrated the United States in ship’s containers in 2003 and early this year. Some of these containers were spotted at important US ports with signs of occupation by men with weapons and explosives who were never caught. They may have been decoys to distract attention from landings of large parties of armed terrorists on American shores, whom intelligence sources believe headed undetected for safe houses inland to await orders to strike.
These are others are some of the unidentified enemies that Ashcroft and Mueller will ask Americans to watch out for this summer.