Fri, Jun 09, 2006
"Operation Badr" Would Also Include Storming Of Parliament
It may have looked a lot like 9/11.
That's the word from Canadian anti-terror authorities who this week
arrested 17 suspects in connection with a plot that apparently
included the use of an airplane as a sort of guided weapon.
Sound familiar? CBS News reports one of the suspects, 19-year
old Amin Durrani, even enrolled in flight training at Centennial
College -- but pulled out shortly afterwards so as "not to draw
attention to himself."
The group planned their attacks and trained in paramilitary
fashion at an improvised camp north of Toronto.
The possible threat scenarios were listed in an eight-page
synopsis of the case against the dozen adults and five juveniles
written by prosecutors. Canadian prosecutors allege suspects Fahim
Ahmad, 21, and Zakaria Amara, 20, were the ringleaders, who quoted
Al-Qaeda's statements advising followers to seek out "big targets"
in the US and Canada.
According to the synapsis, some of the suspects in the terror
plot -- called "Operation Badr" -- also talked of storming the
Canadian parliament, taking hostages in exchange for the freeing of
Muslim prisoners, and the withdrawal of Canadian troops from
As far as the plot to use an aircraft as a weapon, the synopsis
doesn't specify what type of plane was being considered, nor does
it say exactly what role it would have played in the attack.
One thing, however, is clear from the synopsis: in spite of the
tremendous precautions being taken worldwide to protect commercial
aviation from terrorists... al Qaeda and its sympathizers still
consider aircraft as potential targets... and potential
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