Posted: 20 Feb 2012 09:12 AM PST
Four developments this week make it clear that we are in the midst of an Iranian terror offensive that began in the fall. First, there were three Iranian-orchestrated attacks on Israeli diplomats in India, Georgia and Thailand. And then came a chilling headline: “Fears Iran Helping Al-Qaida for ‘Spectacular’ Attack.”
The astonishingly small reaction to that news story shows just how far we’ve come since 9/11. You would have been called overly cynical if, in October 2001, you said that in February 2012, there’d be almost no reaction to a news story about two of our worst enemies working together for a “spectacular” attack on the West, one of which is close to having nuclear weapons. Yet, that sorry state of mind is exactly where we find ourselves.
An intelligence source unequivocally told the British press, “We do know that an operation is under way.” Verifying the source claim is an intelligence memo that discusses Iran’s “improvement of operational and intelligence ties with the al-Qaeda leadership in Pakistan in recent months.” This includes training in explosives. Ayman al-Zawahiri is reportedly working on an operation involving simultaneous terror attacks and British intelligence believes that Europe is the most likely target.
- Fears Iran Is Helping Al Qaeda Plot Atrocity (news.sky.com)
- Target Britain: Iran and al-Qaeda link up with UK in their sights (mirror.co.uk)
- Iran and al Qaeda – Possible Allies? (thedailybeast.com)
- Sky News: Iran and al-Qaeda cooperating on terror attacks (disclose.tv)
- Report: New leader of al Qaeda network in Iran named (longwarjournal.org)
- Intel report cites strides, threats (news.blogs.cnn.com)
- New al-Qaida video suggests Somalia alliance (openchannel.msnbc.msn.com)
- Intelligence Reports Suggest Iran And Al Qaeda Are Teaming Up To Attack The West (businessinsider.com)
- Al-Qaida leader Zawahiri urges Muslim support for Syrian uprising (guardian.co.uk)