The European security agency, Europol, is sounding the alarm as more and more Europeans are turning up at Al-Qaeda training camps near the border of Pakistan and Afghanistan. Italian Corierre della Serra reports that newcomers, eager to join the Islamist terrorist organisation, come from the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Denmark, Romania, Estonia and the U.S.
Al-Qaeda recruiters operate in many European countries. They are looking for troubled youths, who are dissatisfied with their lives and have a high level of anti-American feelings.
Recruiters supply them with extremist literature and persuade them to join the terrorists, which a lot of the young men do.
The Europeans in Al-Qaeda are controlled by Zalaludin Hakkani, one of the most dangerous Taliban leaders, who was a U.S. ally during the Afghan war in the 1980s.
At the camps future militants learn the methods of counter-intelligence and how to make bombs using everyday objects.
They are then sent on missions in their home countries of elsewhere in the Middle East.
Zalaludin Hakkani is actively using ‘Emirs with blue eyes’, as Al-Qaeda calls its European recruits. Recent incidents include a suicide bombing at a U.S. military post this March carried out by a 28-year-old Turk, who was born and brought up in Germany.
Two more terrorists were caught by German police just a couple of days before the execution of their plans. Another German appeared in an
interview, in which he admitted his connection to Al-Qaeda and threatened to organise terrorist attacks against his own country.
Al-Qaeda is especially interested in European recruits because they don't need visas and fake documents to go to EU countries and attract less suspicion from the police.
Source: Russia Today