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December 20, 2010

British Islamic Army hit hard by drones

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December 20, 2010

LAHORE: The Pakistan-based Islamic Army of Great Britain (IAGB) has suffered another major setback with the killing of two more key white commanders, both British nationals, in a US drone attack in North Waziristan on December 10.
The operational chief of the al-Qaeda-linked British Army had earlier been killed in a drone strike in the same area on October 4, 2010. Well-informed sources in the Pakistani security agencies have confirmed that the December 10 drone strikes had killed two Britons in Khadar Khel town of Miramshah in North Waziristan who have been identified as Stephen and Smith.
The white commanders, who were known in the militant circles with their pseudonyms of Abu Bakar (Stephen) and Abu Mansoor (Smith), were travelling in a car with two other local militants when the American drone targeted them.
Even though the car was completely destroyed and little remained of the bodies, local militants were quick to take out from the burnt car the mutilated corpses for burial. Stephen alias Abu Bakar, 47, has been identified as a senior al-Qaeda operative who was imparting terror training to a group of white Jihadis from Great Britain in North Waziristan for carrying out terrorist activities in Europe and America. Smith alias Abu Mansoor, 28, has been identified as the right hand man of Stephen in the Islamic Army of Great Britain.
While the deaths of the Britons have not yet been confirmed by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) which actually runs the deadly drone programme, it is not for the first time that reports of Muslim converts from Europe fighting for al-Qaeda and Taliban in the Pak-Afghan area have emerged. On October 4, 2010, Abdul Jabbar, a British terror suspect, was killed in a drone attack in North Waziristan. Later identified as the chief operational commander of the Islamic Army of Great Britain, he was a British citizen, came from Jhelum district of Punjab, and had a British wife. Abdul Jabbar had earlier survived a drone strike

on September 8, 2010, targeting a militant training camp being run by Hafiz Gul Bahadur, a Pakistani Taliban commander allied with the Haqqani militant network. Jabbar was reportedly tasked by the Waziristan-based al-Qaeda leadership to plan the Mumbai-style fidayeen attacks against targets in the Great Britain, Germany and France.
Besides Abdul Jabbar, two German nationals were also killed in the October 4 US drone attack. They were usually known in the militant circles of North Waziristan with their Islamic names of Imran and Shahab. According to the intelligence information, the British authorities have shared with their Pakistani counterparts, Jabbar, Imran and Shahab had been making phone calls to London and Germany to their contacts in a bid to set off the terror plot by finding accomplices in Europe. In their conversations, the British and German jehadis used to talk about facilitators and logistics they needed in Europe to execute their terror attacks.
However, Jabbar’s younger brother, who is a key leader in the Islamic Army of Great Britain, and two other most wanted German jehadis were lucky enough to have survived the October drone hit. The white Germans — 27-year-old Mouneer Chouka alias Abu Adam and 25-year-old Yaseen Chouka alias Abu Ibrahim are real brothers. Coming from Bonn, both lead a group of 100-plus German militants who had travelled to the border areas of Pakistan in recent years, raising the latest security alert in Europe.
The information about the presence and activities of the Chouka brothers in North Waziristan as well as the hatching of a Mumbai-like terror plot for Europe actually came from none other than an arrested German jehadi of Afghanistan, Rami Mackenzie alias Ahmed Siddiqi. The 36-year-old was part of an 11-member jehadi cell which was to take part in the European terror plot, but was arrested in the Afghan capital, Kabul, in the beginning of July 2010. He is reported to have told his American interrogators that the European terror plot was approved by none other than Osama bin Laden who had also provided some funding. Currently being held at the US military airbase at Bagram, Siddiqi further told his interrogators that small teams of militants were to model their missions in European countries on the pattern of Mumbai attacks by first seizing and then killing hostages. The unearthing of the terror plot soon led to an unprecedented surge in the drone strikes in North Waziristan, primarily to target the hideouts of the Islamic Army of Great Britain, thus killing its top leadership.
Top security officials from the UK have informed their Pakistani counterparts in recent months that many of the planned terror attacks in Britain in the past had been linked directly or indirectly to Pakistan, starting with the 7/7 suicide bombings of London’s busy transport network in 2005. The attacks, which killed 52 people, were conducted by four British nationals of the Pakistani origin. The UK officials have further informed that the September 1, 2005 video message of one of the four bombers, Mohammad Sidique Khan, was recorded in Waziristan area during the latter’s November 2004 visit to Pakistan. Through the video broadcast, showing pictures of Dr Ayman al-Zawahiri and the bomber, al-Qaeda had claimed responsibility for the July 7, 2005 London attacks. “Until we feel secure, you will be our targets and until you stop the bombing, gassing, imprisonment and torture of my people we will not stop this fight,” said Sidique Khan in the video tape.
The recent killings in Waziristan of the white Jihadis from Britain have confirmed the fears of the British agencies that the al-Qaeda network based in Pakistan now poses the greatest terror threat to the security of UK. They believe the threat includes both terrorist attacks and financial and ideological networks that support and inspire such attacks. According to a study conducted by the British home department, three quarters of the most serious terrorism cases investigated since the 7/7 London attacks have links to al-Qaeda in Pakistan. Similarly, of the 90 individuals convicted or punished in Britain for their involvement in terror plots between Sept 2001-Sept 2009, 64 were affiliated with al-Qaeda and 27 were trained either in Pakistan or in Afghanistan — more than in any other country across the world. These figures clearly show that al-Qaeda now seeks to employ white men with Western nationalities to successfully strike in the heart of the West. Therefore, the Western agencies believe that dismantling of well-entrenched al-Qaeda network in the Waziristan area is a must to protect the West.

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