While it is safe to say that Al-Qaeda is far from defeated and still can create havoc in almost any part of the world, they are not as feared as they had been, perhaps, months or years ago. Their numbers are decreasing and their leadership no longer parades around like they own the world itself. The top officials seem to spend a great amount of their time hiding deep in the caves of Afghanistan and barely seem to see the light of day because of the fear they have of being discovered and targeted. Their claim to fame was to be fighting for the Muslim world but now that many Muslims have come to learn that they kill more of their own than anyone else, this claim has now been debunked. Now even their top secret plots are no longer safe.
“Western intelligence agencies have uncovered an Al-Qaeda plot to launch attacks in Britain, France and Germany by extremists based in Pakistan, security sources and media reports said Wednesday.” “The threat is very real,” a European-based security official told AFP, after British and US media reported that militants were planning simultaneous strikes in London and major cities in France and Germany.” “The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed that France and Britain had been targeted in the threat, which first came to light last month.” “US intelligence services identified the threat from various sources, including the questioning of suspects from the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, which had been confirmed by information from other countries, the source added.” “The BBC described the threat as “one of the most serious Al-Qaeda attack plans in recent years” and said it was inspired by the terror group’s fugitive leadership in Pakistan’s tribal areas.” “The United States was also a possible target in the reported plot and President Barack Obama had been briefed about the threat, ABC said.” “Sky News said a recent surge in US drone attacks in Pakistan’s border areas was aimed at eliminating the plot’s leaders, and had killed some of them.” “At least 21 US drone strikes have targeted Al-Qaeda and its affiliates in the tribal zone in September — the highest number in any single month — and the latest on Tuesday killed Al-Qaeda’s operational chief in the region.” “The investigation into the plot is reportedly ongoing, but the BBC said no imminent arrests were expected in Britain.” “French officials said Wednesday they had no new information on a specific threat of a Mumbai-style attack, but last week government sources said US intelligence had warned of jihadi cells moving back to Europe from Pakistan. “(Ritchie, Alice, 9/29/2010, AFP, Al-Qaeda terror plot targeting Europe uncovered, Retrieved from email@example.com).
What this also tells me is their attempts at retaliation are for those countries with a pretty good number of troops making up the NATO forces. Their attempts to “drive out the infidels” have failed and they would be even more stretched if there were more countries involved in the effort to disband and defeat them. The best part of this entire war is the unprecedented sharing of information between these nations which allows them to discover and end these plots. For those other nations who are just sitting on the sideline, I offer this. The NATO forces are your defense against this extremism and if they were to decide to stop their pursuit and sit on the sidelines, your country would not be safe as well. One of the major lessons learned about extremist is that they are never content with any victory; they are compelled to continue until they feel complete. They are not complete until they control everything and everyone, so what makes those sitting on the sideline feel that they are safe? There is only one world and it deserves the best of all people. The Muslim community is not Al-Qaeda or terrorist, there are good people who wish only to live in peace and control their own destiny and that of their countries not the world. All of us, this entire earth, need to do all that we can to ensure that “the meek does inherit the earth”.