Fugitive terrorist Osama bin Laden is planning new attacks against the U.S. that will "outdo by far" the attacks of 9/11, according to a report in a London-based Arabic newspaper.
The paper, Al-Quds Al-Arabi, quotes a former senior Yemeni al-Qaida official saying the terror group is now in a “positive phase,” of staffing and rebuilding training camps around the globe. The action will lead to the next “wave of action” against the U.S., the paper reported.
“This will be shown by the fact that we now control a major part of the south of Somalia," the Yemeni source told the paper.
According to the report, bin Laden is personally involved in the preparations and is looking to "change the face of world politics and economics.”
The paper is edited by Abdel al-Bari Atwan, the last journalist to interview bin Laden in 1996.
The Yemeni operative says he remains in contact with current al-Qaida chiefs. He claims bin Laden sent a message to all jihad cells in the Arab world six months ago urging them not to interact with their governments or local political parties.
More signs of al-Qaida’s violent intentions are expected over the next few days, the paper reported.
The al-Qaida warning comes just one day after The Telegraph newspaper published a leaked government report showing thousands of extremists are active in the U.K. The document says the operatives are mostly native Brits between 18 and 30. Many have been trained in overseas terrorist camps.
Security officials warned that al-Qaida will attempt another "spectacular" in the U.K., likely focused on airports or train stations, The Telegraph reported. Other potential targets include the Houses of Parliament, and Whitehall, Buckingham and St James' palaces.
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