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Hostage takings for prisoner release in Europe
Yassin Musharbash reports that Noman Benotman has come forward with some significant information in relation to the Euro Plots.
the plan consists of storming buildings in Germany, France and Britain at the same time and holding the people inside hostage with the aim of forcing the release of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind behind 9/11 who is now sitting in jail in the United States awaiting trial for the attacks.
I’m not sure that AQ could convince others to participate on the grounds of releasing KSM, but there are other compelling reasons others might cooperate.
Chief among these is the opportunity to target NATO countries, particularly since getting at the US is more difficult. Anger at the upswing of drone attacks which have taken out key members of several groups could also be a driving factor in forging greater cooperation.
And while the objective of such an attack might be ostensibly to release KSM, it would put inordinate pressure on the military coalition in Afghanistan, and also plans for withdrawal.
In short there are numerous reasons why such an attack is plausible and it would meet a number of AQ’s strategic objectives.