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Homegrown Terrorists New Source of Worry

Thursday, 30 Sep 2010 08:42 AM


The detention in Afghanistan of a German citizen of Afghan descent - reportedly a source of information about potential terrorist plots against targets in Europe and possibly the United States - has renewed focus on a stream of Europeans who have traveled to Pakistan in recent years for training at militant camps, The Washington Post reports.

Just as American officials have been sounding an alarm about the radicalization of U.S. citizens involved in plots against the homeland, European Union officials have warned that a new generation of Western citizens, including whole families, have traveled to Pakistan and that some appear determined to return home to carry out terrorist attacks.

"A not insignificant number of radicalized E.U. nationals and residents are traveling to conflict areas or attending terrorist training camps and returning to Europe," said Gilles de Kerchove, the E.U.'s counterterrorism coordinator, in a report to be released Friday.

In part to disrupt possible plots against Europe, the CIA this month escalated its drone campaign in the North and South Waziristan regions of Pakistan, where many of the expatriate militants are thought to be based. U.S. officials declined to discuss whether information provided by Ahmed Siddiqui, the German in custody at the U.S. air base at Bagram, has heightened concern about attacks.


Read the entire story at washingtonpost.com


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