posted on Apr, 16 2013 @ 05:54 PM
While it shouldn't be news to anyone that terrorists would target sporting events or any crowded area, a.k.a soft targets; it should be known that
Al-Suri, a Syrian-born jihadist whose proper name is Mustafa Setmariam Nasar wrote the following in the May 2012 edition of Inspire
, an online
Al Qaeda magazine:
“the goal of the operations of the Resistance and the Individual Terrorism Jihad is to inflict as many human and material losses as possible
upon the interests of America and her allies, and to make them feel that the Resistance has transformed into a phenomenon of popular uprising against
article goes on to say of
His article on “the most important enemy targets” appeared in the ninth edition of Inspire, an AQAP publication which terrorism experts say
has played an important role in cultivating and inciting English-speaking jihadists to plot attacks against Western targets.
Al-Suri, who holds joint Syrian and Spanish citizenship, is wanted by Spain for alleged involvement in the 2004 Madrid train bombings that killed
191 people, and is the subject of an Interpol red notice.
Any short list of terrorist groups dedicated to carrying out attacks against U.S. targets would include AQAP, the al-Qaeda affiliate active in
Yemen and Saudi Arabia.
It claimed responsibility for the failed attempt by Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab to bomb a Detroit-bound aircraft on Christmas Day 2009; and for
an attempt in Oct. 2010 to mail parcel bombs to the U.S., succeeding in getting them commercial cargo planes bound for the U.S. before they were
Yesterday I wasn't sure if anyone would claim responsibility of the Boston Marathon bombings, but now, even if they remain silent on the matter, AQAP
should be at the top of the list.
It would not surprise me if we don't see another bombing for a few months or more. These terrorist cells take their time to scout targets and it
will probably be another open-area event, as it is very difficult to bring in oversized bags into sports arenas.
There was a strong police presence and military presence at the Boston Marathon, yet two planted bombs were detonated. It's quite disturbing. When
I reviewed the videos of the explosions, one can see the officers inside
the restricted area of the marathon -- on the street with the runners.
They obviously need to rethink the positioning of the officers at future events. We don't need dozens of officers staring at the event
participants, they should be casing the joint as the perpetrators would. They should be on the move looking for suspicious persons and/or
packages/bags.... the participants are NOT SUSPICIOUS. This seems obvious! Do we need more security at certain events? -- Well, if they don't
update event-security procedures, then we probably do so some can stare at the event and others can look for suspicious activity but in reality we
just need the security operations to get back to the drawing board.
For anyone that has attended an event at a sports arena, you'll see during the entire game and at timeouts (at basketball games) the security staff
is facing the crowd. Their eyes are on the fans looking for trouble, as they should be. If nothing else, we have to learn