Al Qaeda Gets Its Wish
Yousafzai, Sami, Moreau, Ron, Newsweek
Byline: Sami Yousafzai and Ron Moreau
Al Qaeda is achieving a long-time dream: to assemble a force of trained jihadis who hold Western passports. A Pakistani intelligence source, requesting anonymity to talk about sensitive matters, says a particular concern is the growing number of "white-skinned Germans" who have attended terrorist-training camps in the tribal areas and can pass unnoticed in the West. Amid recent revelations of Al Qaeda's plans for coordinated, Mumbai-style attacks across Europe, a German police spokeswoman said recently that at least 70 people have traveled from that country to the tribal regions for training; four Germans were among a group of nine or 10 people killed last week by a U.S. drone strike on a jihadist hideout in North Waziristan.
Jihadi commanders are said to be furious about the breach of security rules that resulted in so many deaths. The 16-year-old Qaeda trainee profiled in NEWSWEEK's Sept. 13 cover story says no more than two or three jihadis at a time are supposed to be together in one location--not nearly a dozen. The subcommander who guided the Germans to the house survived the attack, and he's been interrogated about the blunder by his superiors, says the Qaeda trainee. …