July 18, 2005


Bombers 'met chief plotter' in Karachi: As police discover more details of the bombers' movement in Pakistan, Muslims in Britain are to be told they must root out extremism (Daniel McGrory and Zahid Hussain in Islamabad, 7/19/05, Times of London)

STARING confidently ahead as he arrives in Pakistan for what is believed to be a rendezvous with the mastermind who plotted the London attacks, one of the bombers, Mohammad Sidique Khan, hands his British passport to immigration officials.

Behind him in the queue of arrivals at Karachi airport is Shehzad Tanweer, 22, who told his family he was heading for a religious school. [...]

Pakistani authorities have told The Times they know the identity of the British-born mastermind whom the British authorities are desperately trying to track down. “We believe this is where they could have met their mentor,” one Pakistani security source said. “They did not appear to go to where they told their families they were heading, and they have no obvious connection to Karachi, which was the centre of previous al-Qaeda operations.” [...]

One of the militants arrested by Pakistani police in connection with the London attacks is a suspected bomb-making expert for an outlawed terrorist group. Qari Usman, who has been linked to the plot to assassinate Pervez Musharraf, the Pakistani President, in 2003, is alleged to be part of the banned Jaish-e-Mohammad group. Some of its members were in contact with some of the British bombers this year. Mr Musharraf condemned the London bombings as “UnIslamic” and admitted some religious schools had terrorist links.

Hard to reconcile the notion that 7/07 was caused by the Iraq War with the attempts on Musharraf.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 18, 2005 10:51 PM

I think they stated Afghanistan and Iraq as the reason ... not just Iraq. In other words they want us to just be fair and take whatever they dish out with token responses ... like the world wide leftists prefer ... and Clinton excercised. You see, it's OK to kill infidels and kafirs; just another religious obligation.

Posted by: Genecis at July 19, 2005 9:37 AM

They don't need excuses to kill. They use what ever falls to hand. but we knew that.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at July 19, 2005 5:28 PM