Wednesday, August 16, 2006

UK Terror Plot Planned Through Al-Qaeda has a report that could end the UK terror plot Al-Qaeda connection debate:

A newspaper in Pakistan on Wednesday, quoting intelligence sources, said al-Qaeda's No. 3 man was the brain behind the foiled attempt to blow up trans-Atlantic flights bound for the U.S. last week.

The Pakistani publication Dawn quoting a source said,"It is not Osama bin Laden and it's not Aiman Al Zawahiri, but someone close to the rank of Abu Faraj Al-Libbi. It is an al-Qaida connection... "

He said al-Qaida was established in London thru Rashid Rauf, who was arrested by the Pakistani authorities who eventually confessed of the plan.

The source said those involved in the bombings of the airplanes were still in the planning stage.

"There were not in the execution stage," the source adds.

Rauf arrived in London in 1981, when he was a one-year old. He returned to Pakistan in 2002 where he established his connection with the terror group.

Rauf was arrested by Pakistani security agency along with six other suspected terrorists. The confessions obtained from the suspects were relayed to British authorities which resulted to the thwarting of the terror plan, the source adds.

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