EU plot, German jihadis and the Waziristan connection
By Ali K Chishti
On March 4, 2009, three men and two women boarded an airplane from Hamburg that was to take them to Qatar and then to Peshawar.
The five Islamists wanted to leave Germany and live in a remote and lawless part of Pakistan near the Afghan border at Waziristan. Shahab D of Iranian descent, who had fled with his parents after the Iran-Iraq war to Germany, was one of the Islamists. In 2008, Shahab married his girlfriend, a 23-year-old dental physician, whose father is a West African Muslim and mother a German. The couple turned to a strict interpretation of the holy Quran and began to exit Germany to live in a real Islamic country, Daily Times was told.
In March 2009, it was finally the time. Shahab’s wife lied to her parents that they wanted to make a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia. In reality, the goal was to join a training camp of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan in Waziristan. Part of that Islamist group, on the trip that left for Pakistan in March 2009 from Germany, was a German-Afghan named Ahmad Wali, whose wife and brother Sulayman S were already being monitored by German and Pakistani intelligence agencies because of their links to a member of the infamous Hamburg Cell, Mounir el Mostassadeq, who also worked at the Hamburg airport.
Daily Times could now confirm that Ahmad Wali and his comrades reached the terrorist training camp of IMU based in Waziristan in March 2009. Interestingly, Shahab joined the camp a couple of months later where he also changed his name from Shahab to Abu Askar, who is seen in one of the videos originating from Waziristan where he is said to have explained, “We have left Germany and all comfort to live in a real Islamic country.”
Interesting, Ahmad Wali did not join the IMU, but somehow decided to go to Kabul where he was caught by US soldiers and is being interrogated at a US base in Bagram. What Wali told interrogators is that al Qaeda had planned a series of attacks across Europe, similar to the attacks on Mumbai in November 2009, where small squads of armed Islamists would have attacked soft targets in major European cities and also taken hostages.
Wali also told the interrogators that he had also met, in early summer, a top al Qaeda member of North African origin, Sheikh Younis al-Mauritania, who had a message from none other than the al Qaeda chief, Osama Bin Laden, to carry out the attacks where al Qaeda would also have provided the necessary funding for the planned terrorist activity.
Daily Times could also confirm that Pakistani intelligence, which had been passed the vital information, had been working in close coordination with other intelligence agencies to hunt down the network of the European Islamists in Pakistan. A senior Interior Ministry source told Daily Times, “If such an attack would have been launched and Pakistan would have been the launching pad of it, then God knows what would have been the repercussions. We are working 24 hours.”
Of the eight German nationals and two Britons identified by investigative agencies, Daily Times could confirm that one of the British-Pakistani brothers, Drohnangriffe has been reportedly killed.
Daily Times was the first publication to report the news based on information provided by the Hamburg terrorists held at Bagram base that Ilyas Kashmiri of al Qaeda’s 313 Brigade is also planning to attack the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, being held from October 3 to 14.
Wali also told the US interrogators that he had fought in Afghanistan against US troops and Afghan soldiers. There he also met another Hamburg Islamist – Said Bahaji. Bahaji is one of the supporters of the Hamburg 9/11-Zelle. In Lower Saxony, Haselünne, the son of a Moroccan and a German, he had studied at the Technical University, Harburg, Hamburg, where he met the later suicide pilot, Muhammad Atta. Like the Hamburg terrorist cell also reversed Bahaji in the Al-Quds Mosque in St George district.
Shortly before the attacks in New York and Washington on September 4, 2001, Said Bahaji fled to Pakistan. German security authorities intercepted the emails that Bahaji sent to his wife in Germany in recent years. Senior investigative officials told Daily Times that Bahaji’s passport had been found in South Waziristan after the capture of an important al Qaeda and TTP stronghold. Bahaji is also said to have travelled to Karachi twice.
This European group of jihad supporters honoured the German brethren, who had managed in recent years to travel to the terrorist camps of Waziristan, and report regularly in propaganda videos for the world. They provided them shelter, finances and trained them in explosives and according to one intelligence officer, “sent people back to Europe to join numerous sleeper cells”.
According to authorities with information, up to eight other Islamists from the Hanseatic city are in North Waziristan. A Western intelligence source told Daily Times, “North Waziristan is where now al Qaeda resides. It is a safe haven for French, American, German, British jihadis who want to blow us up. Hence, more drone attacks. We just can’t afford to give them working space.”
Daily Times has also learned that two Germans of Chechen and Kazakh descent, Alexander J and Michael Wiks, were deported from Pakistan after their arrival back to Germany.
The Hamburg travel group based in North Waziristan met regularly in the Masjid Taiba and planned to move to a real Islamic country for the holy war. The driving force was Rami M, a Syrian-born German, who’s considered a leader of the Islamists in Hamburg and now in North Waziristan.
Pakistani intelligence took Rami in June when he tried to flee from Waziristan to the German embassy in Islamabad to travel and probably carry out a terrorist activity in Europe. Since August 26, he has been in a jail in Germany.
Security officials in Pakistan told Daily Times, “Will get to the bottom of the cell”, which clearly seems to be working from North Waziristan. A Western diplomat told Daily Times, “Expect more drone attacks.”