|Six Islamists Admit British Far-Right Terror Plot|
|[An Nahar] Six Islamic admitted on Tuesday planning to attack a far-right rally in England with guns, swords and a nail bomb, in a plot that only failed because they turned up late.|
Jewel Uddin, Omar Mohammed Khan, Mohammed Hasseen, Anzal Hussain, Mohammed Saud and Zohaib Ahmed admitted preparing an act of terrorism last year.
The court in London heard that their plan to attack the far-right English Defence League (EDL) only failed because the rally in Dewsbury, northern England, finished earlier than expected.
Police only uncovered the plot thanks to a routine traffic stop.
"This will attract significant custody, there is no doubt about that," judge Nicholas Hilliard told the men, whose sentencing was scheduled for June 6.
Police and security services were not aware of the planned attack on June 30, although Uddin was under surveillance in connection with another jihadist plot.
Ahmed was also on bail at the time for possession of terrorist documents.
The court heard that all of the men except Hasseen traveled to the rally in the West Yorkshire town armed with two shotguns, swords, knives, a nail bomb containing 458 pieces of shrapnel, and a partially assembled pipe bomb.
Police estimated there were up to 750 EDL supporters at the rally, as well as dozens of officers and passers-by.
But when the jihadists arrived in Dewsbury, they found that the protest had dispersed two hours earlier.
The plot was only uncovered because a traffic officer stopped Uddin and Khan on a motorway as they returned to their hometown of Birmingham in central England.
The officer found that their car was uninsured, so it was impounded and staff at the pound later discovered the arsenal.
There were also 10 copies of a note addressed to Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister , describing them as "enemies of Allah".
Addressing the EDL directly, the letter said: "We have heard and seen you openly insulting the final messenger of Allah... you should know that for every action there is a reaction.
"Today is a day of retaliation (especially) for your blasphemy of Allah and his messenger Muhammad. We love death more than you love life."
CDs of speeches by the American-born Al-Qaeda preacher , who was killed by a drone strike in Yemen in September 2011, were also found in the car.
The court heard that Uddin had already come to the authorities' attention because of his minor involvement in another Islamist plot, collecting "charitable" donations on the street for a group of who planned to detonate a string of rucksack bombs.
Irfan Naseer, 31, Irfan Khalid and Ashik Ali, both 28, were for the Al-Qaeda-backed plot last Friday.
|11 British Islamists Jailed for al-Qaida Bomb Plot|
|[An Nahar] Eleven British s were on Friday for planning what a court heard was an al-Qaeda-backed plot to carry out a string of bombings that they hoped would rival 9/11 and the 2005 London attacks.|
The conspiracy involved at least six of the plotters traveling to Pakistain for terror training, with the eventual aim of setting off eight rucksack bombs in crowded areas and possibly other timed devices.
Ringleader Irfan Naseer received a life sentence, his right-hand man Irfan Khalid was for 18 years and co-conspirator Ashik Ali was for 15 years by a judge at Woolwich Crown Court in southeast London.
Eight other members of the cell which was based in Birmingham, central England, were also sentenced on Friday.
"Your plot had the blessing of al-Qaeda and you intended to further the aims of Al-Qaeda," Judge Richard Henriques said as he sentenced the men.
"The only barrier between (Naseer's) team and mass murder was the intervention of the authorities."
The terror cell was heavily influenced by the teachings of American-born al-Qaeda preacher , who was killed by a drone strike in Yemen in September 2011, police said.
Prosecutors said that the attacks planned by the men would have been the deadliest since the July 7, 2005 London bombings, in which 52 people were killed by three Islamist s on subway trains and a fourth bomber on a bus.
Khalid meanwhile boasted that the attack would be "another 9/11", referring to the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States, the trial heard.
The plot was also the most significant terror plan uncovered in since the 2006 plot to blow up transatlantic airliners using bombs in drinks bottles, police said.
The judge said the attacks may have been intended to target Birmingham, although police said the planned location was not clear.
|Terror plot: Leaders jailed for Birmingham bomb plan|
|[BBC] Leaders of a Birmingham terror cell that planned an attack to rival the 7 July and 9/11 atrocities have been jailed.|
Irfan Naseer, 31, was sentenced to life with a minimum of 18 years, Irfan Khalid, 28, was given 18 years and Ashik Ali was sentenced to 15 years.
The judge said Naseer wanted to turn part of Birmingham into a "little war zone".
Eight other members of the terror cell will be sentenced later.
The group had planned to set off up to eight bombs in rucksacks, using timers to detonate the charges.
Detectives believe the terror plot is the most significant to be uncovered since the 2006 conspiracy to blow up transatlantic airliners using bombs disguised as soft drinks.
Mr Justice Henriques told Naseer during sentencing: "Your plot had the blessing of al-Qaeda and you intended to further the aims of al-Qaeda."
In February, the three men were found guilty of 12 counts of preparing for acts of terrorism.
They were arrested in September 2011, amid fears an attack was imminent.
Naseer and Khalid had received training from al-Qaeda contacts in Pakistan and had recorded martyrdom videos there before returning to the UK.
Having recruited others, the group posed as legitimate charity workers on the streets of Birmingham and collected thousands of pounds from unsuspecting members of the public.
Naseer played a key role in sending four other Birmingham men to Pakistan to receive training.
They and four other members of the group pleaded guilty to preparing for acts of terrorism and are due to be sentenced later on Friday.
|Birmingham terror cell: Pakistan terror training fuelled rivalries over 'armchair extremism'|
|[Independent] The two Irfans spoke of how they cowered for hours in 45 Celsius heat to avoid being attacked by drone missiles in a graphic description of life in terror camps in the lawless tribal areas of Pakistain.|
The heavyweight Naseer said that he resorted to eating berries as he hid beneath a tree while hearing drones overhead as the recruits prepared to set off explosives in a valley, a 40-minute drive from the 'classroom' where they were taught terror skills.
The pair were forced to stay there for more than four hours, according to the account by Naseer, picked up on secret recording devices rigged up by the authorities.
"Was so dry, so dry I was... I was forcing spit to come up so I could swallow it again yeah, I was about to die of dehydration yeah, for two days after that my peshab (urine) was orange colour almost," he told his colleagues. He recalled thinking: "If I have to stay here for another hour I will pray that I get hit by a drone."
The ability to train recruits has been hampered because of the threat of drone strikes in the mountainous region of , said Raffaello Pantucci, a senior research fellow at the Royal United Services Institute. "I think the conclusion for the security services is that the pressure in Waziristan is working," he said.
The difficulty of the training meant that the pair feigned illness and were expelled after hiding in a room watching jihadi videos during one of the two men's trips to Pakistain.
After their return to , they later sent four young men to the same camp but the project was undermined when one of them phoned home to his family within hours of arriving.
Rivals at a backstreet gym, used by Birmingham s, were furious that inexperienced young men had been sent and feared that it would lead to police attention.
The court has heard that a man due to stand trial over this terror plot and a second man dubbed "the terrorists' favourite bookseller" -- Ahmed Faraz -- both had financial interests in the gym.
Faraz ran the former Maktabah Islamic bookshop in Birmingham, distributing terrorist books and DVDs that ended up in the hands of including the leader of the 7/7 s. He was last year but was cleared on appeal of some of the charges and is free.
Bugged messages suggested that Mr Faraz passed Irfan Naseer's name to the family of one of the men who travelled to Pakistain, who were desperately trying to get him back.
Naseer subsequently received a death threat from the member of the family, according to transcripts of the bugged conversations. The dispute was painted as between "armchair" jihadists and a group who had actually sent people abroad for training.
During bugged conversations, Irfan Naseer said: "I asked big people about Maktabah guys. You know what they go to me? They go, all right they're doing these books and stuff, but why they do nothing physical? They said it."
The family of one of the men sent abroad, Shahid Khan, recruited a community leader to take them to several mosques to try to find associates who could tell them where he was, The Independent has learned.
One of the plotters' associates refused to say where Khan was until he was threatened with the police, said Nazir Shah, a local campaigner whose family helped with the search. The friend responded by saying he would call them in 24 hours.
A day later, the family received a call to say that he was in Pakistain. "One of the uncles had a relative there who was a policeman. He told him: 'Wherever they are, get them out'," said Mr Shah.
The four men were swiftly tracked down to a terror camp and three were sent home within three days, according to court documents. The fourth, Mr Khan, was kept virtually imprisoned by his family until he was sent back several months later.
|UK Court Finds 3 Guilty In 'Spectacular' Plot|
|[Times of Israel] face life in prison for plan to carry out 'another 9/11′; watchdog decries 'disturbing example of would-be anti-Semitic terrorism'|
Three men were found guilty Thursday of planning a "spectacular bombing campaign" in the UK, including an attack on a synagogue.
Irfan Naseer, 31, Irfan Khalid, 27, and Ashik Ali, 27, wanted to carry out "another 9/11" by using eight s armed with guns and explosives-filled rucksacks to target "crowded places" in their native city of Birmingham, Woolwich Crown Court found.
The trio had not decided on a specific target, but in conversations secretly recorded by police, Naseer said that even if the group could not make a bomb, it could "get guns, yeah, from the black geezers, Africans, and charge in some like synagogue or charge in different places."
Naseer also helped send four other men to Pakistain for training, and recruited two others for his own plot. All six have already pleaded guilty to related terrorism charges.
In addition to 12 counts of preparing acts of terrorism between December 2010 and September 2011, Naseer, Khalid and Ali were convicted of raising money for terrorism and recruiting others for a terror act.
The Community Security Trust, a charity that monitors anti-Semitism and provides security for the Jewish community in , welcomed the guilty verdict, but said the plot "is yet another disturbing example of would-be anti-Semitic terrorism here in . This is the third recent case in which have contemplated British Jews amongst other UK targets, the others being an al-Qaeda plot of 2011 and the Stock Exchange plot of 2010.
"Worse still, it follows last year's Khans case, in which a married couple solely targeted the Jewish community of North Manchester."
"In , terrorism threatens all of society. We are all at equal risk when using public places, such as transport hubs or famous buildings, but these cases demonstrate that British Jews face an additional level of threat, due to the sheer number of who regard Jews as amongst the priority targets for their actions."
Sentencing will take place in April or May. The judge, Mr. Justice Henriques, has already warned the men they face life in prison.
|UK trial reveals new al Qaeda strategy|
|The trial of three Birmingham men convicted Thursday of plotting to launch a "catastrophic" suicide bombing attack in the United Kingdom revealed that al Qaeda has developed a new strategy to target the West.|
The new strategy involves a teacher-training approach in which a select few Western operatives are taught bombmaking and other aspects of terrorist tradecraft in the tribal areas of Pakistan and are then instructed to return back to the West to "spread the knowledge" to a larger body of Islamist extremists keen on launching attacks.
The new approach is a response to the growing toll of drone strikes which have made travel to the tribal areas increasingly perilous for Western recruits and significantly diminished al Qaeda's ability to orchestrate terrorist plots from the region.
The trial revealed that terrorist groups in Pakistan are actively dissuading Western militants from making the trip.
Two of those convicted Thursday -- Irfan Naseer and Irfan Khalid -- received 40 days of terrorist training in the tribal areas of Pakistan in the spring of 2011, mostly inside houses in the valleys of Waziristan.
In conversations bugged by British police, the plotters described being handled by al Qaeda operatives and having attended a training camp run by Harakat al Mujahideen, a Pakistani terrorist group closely affiliated with al Qaeda.
The recordings revealed that like other Western militants before them, they were provided detailed instruction in the tricky and potentially hazardous methods to make bombs out of substances readily available in the West, and practiced detonating them. Their instructors included Arabs and Pakistanis.
They also were taught how to put poisons in face creams.
And their teachers emphasized they should put nails inside their bombs, to act as razor-sharp shrapnel.
Naseer, a pharmacy major and the plot's alleged ringleader, was heard recalling how one of their trainers had said the July 7, 2005, London bombers had missed an opportunity to kill more people by failing to put nails in their devices.
|Three British Muslims found guilty of plotting 'another 7/7' with team of eight suicide bombers|
|o Irfan Naseer, 31, Irfan Khalid, 27, and Ashik Ali, 27, wanted 'to rival 9/11'|
o Ringleaders spent years travelling to Pakistan for 'terror training'
o Al-Qaeda backed group made videos to play after they blew themselves up
o Terror cell raised funds by posing as bogus charity workers in street
o Plotted 'spectacular campaign' from grotty Birmingham headquarters
o But bugs planted in their safe house and car recorded their deadly plot
o Police then found explosives in Midlands when plan was at advanced stage
|3 British men convicted in terrorist bomb plot|
|Three young British Muslims were convicted Thursday of plotting terrorist bomb attacks that prosecutors said were intended to be bigger than the 2005 London transit bombings.|
A London jury found 27-year-old Irfan Khalid, 31-year-old Irfan Naseer and Ashik Ali, 27, guilty of being central figures in the foiled plot to explode knapsack bombs in crowded areas - attacks potentially deadlier than the July 2005 attacks on Underground trains and a bus which killed 52 commuters.
Prosecutors said the men, fired up by the sermons of a US.-born al-Qaida preacher, hoped to cause carnage on a mass scale. Their plot was undone by mishaps with money and logistics, and ended in a police counterterrorism swoop in 2011.
Prosecutors said targets and other details had not been finalized when the men were arrested.
The three had pleaded not guilty to charges of preparing for terrorism
But the jury at Woolwich Crown court agreed with prosecutors that the trio were the senior members of a home-grown terror cell inspired by the anti-Western sermons of U.S.-born Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who was killed in Yemen in September 2011.
The suspects convicted Thursday were among 12 people arrested in September 2011 in counter-terrorism raids in Birmingham, central England.
Several other suspects have pleaded guilty to offenses related to the plot.
|British terror gang talked of killing 1,000 with poisoned hand cream|
|A British terror gang discussed killing one thousand people by mixing hand cream with poison and smearing it on the door handles of cars and homes. Irfan Naseer, the alleged ringleader, said the victims would start dying within five minutes of coming in to contact with it while going to work in the morning. |
The group also talked about getting weapons from the "black geezers" and storming in to a synagogue and other places, the court heard.
The al-Qaeda inspired gang, from Birmingham, is accused of planning to use eight s to detonate backpacks packed with explosives in crowded places to cause "mass death" and carnage on British streets.
Naseer, Irfan Khalid, and Ashik Ali, all unemployed from Birmingham, are said to be the "senior members" and were among twelve and charged last year.
The trio deny between them twelve terror charges including plotting a bombing campaign, recruiting others for terrorism and terrorism fund-raising.
Conversations between them and others were secretly recorded by the police. In one Naseer, also known as Chubbs, talks about other methods of killing people he was taught about while allegedly undergoing terror training in Pakistain.
He said, "Make it and put it inside like, you know like Vaseline or cream like that, like Nivea cream and put it on people's cars. You know like the door handles on a whole, imagine putting it on whole like area innit overnight and when they come in the morning to work they start touching the, they open the door and then five minutes they die man, all of them start dying and that, kill about 1,000 people."
Naseer added, "Even if we can't make a bomb, get guns yeah from the black geezers, Africans and charge in some like synagogue or charge in different places."
Earlier, the jury heard that Naseer justified attacking non-believers because they have "sex like donkeys", orgies and did drugs. He said, "They wanna you know have sex like donkeys on the street, they wanna club, act like animals and why shouldn't we terrorise them, tell me that?"
Naseer also explained how just a one kilogram bomb could kill 25 people and injure up to 60 people if it was packed with nails and steel nuts. He said that al-Qaeda wanted jihadis to "do Europe" and discussed the prospect of a second string of suicide bombers after his group's attack.
Brian Altman QC, prosecuting, told the jury that had the plot been permitted to run its course it "would have culminated in death and injury on a massive scale".
The jury also heard how Ali's estranged wife had allegedly offered to be a "fourth lion" or "lioness" in reference to the spoof film, Four Lions.Touching details of the converstation at the link.Kabal is accused of knowing about her husband's activities and is due to stand trial next year.
The trial continues.
|British terror gang joked about being suicide bombers|
|A terror cell plotting to cause more damage than the 7/7 attacks joked about driving around as suicide bombers "ready to take on England". One of the alleged ringleaders of the British jihadist group made the comments while being secretly recorded in a car with his co-conspirators, a courtroom was told. |
The gang, inspired by al-Qaeda, are accused of planning to use eight suicide bombers to cause "mass death" and carnage on the streets of Britain. The court heard how they even talked about attaching blades to a vehicle and driving into a crowd of people in what was called the "Ultimate Mowing Machine".
The three "senior members of the gang", Irfan Naseer, 31, Irfan Khalid, 27, and Ashik Ali, 27, deny between them a total of 12 terror charges including planning a bombing campaign, recruiting others for terrorism and terrorism fundraising. They were among a total of 12 people arrested by police on various terrorism charges last year.
Naseer and Khalid are accused of twice traveling to Pakistan for terror training and producing martyrdom videos to be shown after their deaths.
The gang is alleged to have planned to use up to eight suicide bombers to detonate rucksacks packed with explosives in crowded places and possibly others on timers. They described turning a Birmingham street into a "little war zone" and wanting "another 9/11".
The court heard how the plot was frustrated because of the euro financial crisis and a decline in the price of gold. It was to be funded by trading £13,500 raised in phony street charity collections in the name of Muslim Aid on financial markets.
But the group's chief fundraiser, Rahin Ahmed, took "terrible losses" in August and September last year after losing £9,000 invested in the foreign exchange market in just four weeks. When confronted he told the gang's alleged ringleader, Naseer, that instability such as the "troubles in Europe" and "gold crashing" had made things "too uncertain". Ahmed has already admitted collecting and investing money for terrorist acts.
Four other men Naweed Ali, 24, Ishaaq Hussain, 20, Khobaib Hussain, 20, and Shahid Khan, 20, have pleaded guilty to going to Pakistan in August last year for terrorist training. Bahader Ali, 29, and another man Mohammed Rizwan, 33 deny terror charges they face and will stand trial next year.
The trial continues.
|Men 'planned mass suicide attack'|
|[BBC] Three Birmingham men have gone on trial accused of planning a bomb campaign prosecutors say may have been bigger than the 7 July London attacks.|
The men are accused of planning a mass suicide bomb campaign that could have led to eight rucksack bombs being used against multiple targets in the UK.
The terror charges relate to the period between December 2010 and September 2011. Mr Naseer, from the Sparkhill area of Birmingham, and Mr Khalid, from the Sparkbrook area, are also accused of preparing for acts of terrorism by receiving training in Pakistain.
The jury were told by prosecutors that the pair had recorded suicide videos in Pakistain that would have been played to the world had their plot been completed.
Opening the prosecution case, Brian Altman QC said the three men had been supported by other plotters from the Birmingham area who had helped them raise money by posing as charity workers. The men had set up a bomb factory and their plans were beginning to advance when they were , Mr Altman said.
He said the men are "jihadists" and "extremists" who were influenced by an al-Qaeda affiliated preacher,
The preacher was killed in a drone strike in Yemen shortly after the arrest of the three men.
Mr Altman said the police "successfully disrupted a plan to commit an act or acts of terrorism on a scale potentially greater than the London bombings in July 2005", which killed 52 people.
"The defendants were proposing to detonate up to eight rucksack bombs in a suicide attack and/or to detonate bombs on timers in crowded areas in order to cause mass deaths and casualties."
And it is alleged that last year they were planning a bombing campaign that one of them described as "another 9/11".
It is alleged that, while in Pakistain, Mr Naseer and Mr Khalid received training in how to use weapons and how to make bombs and poisons. They are also accused of having made suicide videos while they were there.
The men are said to have returned to the UK in July 2011, and it is alleged the group then began trying to make home-made bombs, using a flat in Sparkbrook as their base.
In total, 11 men of
Six other men have already admitted travelling to Pakistain for terror training and raising money for terrorist acts.
Mr Altman said the trio on trial at Woolwich Crown Court were "senior members of a home-grown terror cell".
The group have also been accused of making bogus charity collections in Birmingham. The two causes they gathered money for received only a fraction of the funds they had collected, prosecutors say, while the rest was intended to pay for the planned attack.
He said the defendants spent a lot of time and effort persuading others to join up with their cause in this country.