Al-Qaeda Dirty Bomb Plot
The Daily Telegraph reports that a British Al-Qaeda cell tried to buy radioactive materials to make a dirty bomb from the Russian mafia in Belgium. They were foiled by the diligent efforts of British security forces:
The men were under electronic surveillance for two months and were arrested on March 30, 2004. Police seized aluminium powder and 600kg of ammonium nitrate fertiliser, which could be turned into explosives, at a warehouse in Hanwell, West London.
The jury has heard the aim of the seven men — all British citizens — was to exact revenge on the UK for its support of the US in the war on terror. The jury also heard that one of the accused described the Madrid train bombings as “absolutely beautiful”.
Richard Gardner has the details at OTB News.
Suffice it to say, al Qaeda is actively trying to get WMD and is fully committed to using them. My hope is that we’ll always have good luck and great work by intelligence and law enforcement, such as we had in this case. Every instinct and history tell us otherwise.