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UK prime target of Al Qaeda as young Muslims organise youth groups and training camps in Pakistan and UK

October 19, 2006

Religous tensions increase as Al Qaeda makes Britain top target http://www.christiantoday.com/article/religious.tensions.increase.as.alqaeda.makes.britain.top.target/8051.htm Britain has been made Al-Qaeda's top target, terrorism officials have reported. The BBC has been told that the terrorist network is now operating a cell structure in the UK, similar to that of the IRA group previously.

Particularly harrowing is that the network operating in the UK sees the 7 July bombings as just the beginning.

Religious Tensions Increase as Al-Qaeda Makes Britain Top Target Enlarge this picture Enlarge this picture An armed police officer stands guard outside the Houses of Parliament in London.
(AFP/File/Jim Watson)According to reports, each terrorist cell has a leader, a quartermaster dealing with weapons, and volunteers. Each cell works on separate, different plots, with masterminds controlling several different cells. In addition, the sources have explicitly explained that terrorist training is taking place in the UK and Pakistan.

Security officials are now concerned the group is targeting universities and the British community, and are now "less worried" about mosques, the report reveals.

According to the Guardian newspaper, recruits are put through a "psychologically compelling" indoctrination of weekend and evening briefings. It commences with Islamic religious lectures, but moves gradually to more radical teachings and political discussions about the position of Islam in relation to the Western world.

BBC Security Correspondent Gordon Corera has said that a general view was that Britain was particularly vulnerable because "it may be easier for al-Qaeda to strike the UK than other targets".

"There is hard evidence behind it, rather than just theories. That's based partly on what they are seeing, in terms of the types of activity, and partly based on the coincidence, that al-Qaeda's leadership is based in the tribal areas of Pakistan where there are links to the UK and flows of people going back and forwards. It makes it easier to make the UK a target than the other countries it might wish to target," Corera said.

He continued, "The leadership of al-Qaeda does appear to have been re-grouping and to be more coherent and organised than had been thought in recent years. The view is it clearly was an organised group before 9/11, but the campaign in Afghanistan disrupted that leadership very heavily.

"But in recent years, particularly in the tribal areas between Pakistan and Afghanistan, the al-Qaeda leadership has been able to re-group and re-organise itself. In doing so it's able to open up channels of communication, contact, recruitment and planning around the world, and operate those in a more coherent fashion than maybe we were seeing three years' ago."

The announcement will be sure to stir further tensions and unrest between faith communities, who are already debating a number of heated faith-related issues, and how a person's faith affects those around them.

In the past week a British Airways check-in worker was suspended for refusing to hide her cross under her uniform, due to fears it would offend customers. In addition, a Muslim teacher at a Church of England school was suspended for refusing to remove her veil, after children and teachers complained of not being able to understand her as it covered her face.


The World Assembly of Muslim Youth is a Saudi funded group tied to Al Qaeda which operates in the UK with youth and student camps.


WAMY UK is a non-governmental youth and student organization affiliated with the United Nations. It supports those involved in young Muslims' personal and social development and works to enable them to fulfill their potential in the British society. Through its various projects, WAMY provides support structures to encourage the positive engagement and integration of the youth in their social environment. It also aims to help assist towards diffusing social tensions, and protect Muslim youth from extremism and such trends that result in social instability.

Our Aims -

WAMY UK aims to achieve the following:

  • Preserve the identity of Muslim youth and help overcome the problems they face in modern society.
  • Educate and train them in order for them to become active and positive citizens in their countries.
  • Introduce Islam to non-Muslims in its purest form as a comprehensive system and way of life.
  • Establish a relationship of dialogue, understanding and appreciation between Muslim organizations and the western societies.
  • Provide assistance to Muslim and non-Muslim organizations to fulfil these goals through training and cooperation.

Our Means -

  • Hold regional and local Muslim youth and student camps.
  • Help establish Muslim scout groups where possible in collaboration with the British Scout Association.
  • Organize conferences, symposia, workshops and research circles to address youth and students issues.
  • Publish books, brochures, reports and exhibition material that best introduce Islam to non-Muslims in its holistic vision, and best educated the Muslim youth about their role in the British society.
  • Organize exchange visits, Hajj & Umra trips.
  • Provide training and support to Muslim youth organizations in order to help them better fulfil their objectives.

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