October 21, 2012

Report: Jordan Foils Major Al Qaeda 'Linked' Terror Plot, 11 Perps Arrested
US Embassy in Amman, Jordan Among The Targets

No translation yet for names of the four above

Mohammad Rae'd Moustafa Khatir, Abdullah Khaleel Mohammad Handam and Abd Alrahman Sabri Abd Alrahman Alhyari

Ahmad Mohammad Abd Alhadi Abu Taha, Mahmoud Younes Ibrahim Mana'a, Ala'a Aldin Mohammad Ragheb Derbas and Fawzi Abd Aljabar Housain Housain


Via Jordan News Agency

Amman, Oct. 21 (Petra) -- The General Intelligence Department has foiled a major terrorist plot while in the planning and preliminary stages. The plot by a group of 11 terrorists associated with the ideology of Al Qaeda, was designed to target and carry out attacks against vital targets in Jordan including shopping centers, residential areas, diplomats and foreign nationals.

The objective of the plot, labeled as 9/11 (2) in reference to the Amman hotel bombings of 2005, was to cause chaos and anarchy and spread fear among the population, setting the stage for further operations to follow. The group had intended to take advantage of what they believed was the Intelligence "preoccupation" with other files, to carry out their plans.

The terrorist group made comprehensive preparations to carry out their crimes against selected targets. They performed surveillance and casing of these potential targets and laid plans for execution using explosives, booby-trapped cars as well as submachine guns and mortars.

The group, under constant surveillance at every stage by GID, experimented with explosives after procuring basic material and consulting with senior explosives' experts from Al Qaeda in Iraq through terrorist websites.

Their objective was to create a highly destructive explosive that would cause the highest number of casualties and extensive physical damage. They had planned to bring TNT explosives and mortar shells from Syria, exploiting the ongoing crisis there.

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Update: The 11 mujahidiots entered Jordan from Syria:
Information Minister Samih Maayatah told a news conference, meanwhile, that the 11 suspects had entered Jordan from neighbouring Syria.

"The prisoners came across the border from Syria and were caught red-handed," he said, adding that authorities seized weapons and maps showing the locations of the sites they planned to attack.,

The best part?
"They will face two charges: conspiracy to carry out terrorist acts and possession of explosives," said the source who declined to be named. The charges carry the death penalty.
Update: Per WaPo, the 11 are Jordanian nationals

Update: The US Embassy in Amman among the targets the terrorists wanted to hit. Gee, what did Obama say? alQaeda on the run?

[WaPo]A Western official briefed on details of the plot confirmed that the U.S. Embassy in Amman was among the targets

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