Of the twenty-five who were arrested, fourteen were released without charges; the remaining eleven are now on trial. Eight of them are charged with conspiracy to murder, three with lesser offenses. The trial is expected to last six to eight months.
Six of the eight charged with conspiracy to murder made martyrdom videos, excerpts of which were shown to the jury last week. Everyone says these martyrdom videos are "chilling", but nobody says why. And the actual contents are reported almost nowhere.
The fullest excerpts available were reported by The Scotsman and are reproduced here along with photos courtesy of The Telegraph:
Abdulla Ahmed AliAli is pegged as one of the ringleaders.
YOU show more care and concern for animals than you do for the Muslim ummah [the Islamic nation]…
Thanks to God I swear by Allah, I have the desire since the age of 15/16 to participate in jihad in the path of Allah.
I had the desire since then to punish the kuffar [non-believers] for the evil they are doing.
I had the desire since then for jannah [paradise] for the Koran. I want to go to my prophet and his companions.
Leave us alone. Stop meddling in our affairs and we will leave you alone.
Otherwise expect floods of martyr operations against you and we will take our revenge and anger, ripping amongst your people and scattering the people and your body parts and your people's body parts responsible for these wars and oppression decorating the streets.
ALL Muslims take heed – remove yourself from the grasp of the kuffar [non-believer] before you are counted as one of them.
Do not be content with your council houses and businesses and western lifestyle…
All Muslims feel the need to dust your feet in the training camps of jihad where men are made.
Cease debate and enter the battlefields seeking paradise. Mujahideen, for years I've desired to meet you, to walk the paths you've walked, to sacrifice what you have sacrificed. Now Allah has honoured me with an invitation to his kingdom.
Obviously after this beautiful operation they will accuse us brothers of all sorts of things and most of the things they will accuse us of is killing for the sake of killing, hating freedom, hating the west, being fed up with our lives.
Arafat Waheed Khan
WE WILL rain upon you such a terror and destruction that you will never feel peace and security. There will be floods of martyrdom operations and bombs falling through your lands. There will be daily torment in this world and a greater torment awaiting in the hereafter. Now I'd like to address the bootlickers who stand shoulder to shoulder with Kuffar in condemning these beautiful operations and the Mujahedeen.
In particular, I'd like to address the scholars to whom Allah has given knowledge which they concealed and play with to please the Kuffar, to save themselves from their disapproval.
What a miserable deal. Pleasing the Kuffar all while just pleasing Allah. Fearing them instead of fearing Allah.
I would like to thank Allah for giving me this opportunity to bless me with this Shahada [martyrdom]. I ask Allah to forgive me for all my sins, to accept me as a martyr. I ask Allah to help the Mujahedeen everywhere in every way.
THIS is revenge for the actions of the USA in the Muslim lands and their accomplices such as the British and the Jews.
This is a warning to the non-believers that if they do not leave our lands there are many more like us and many more like me ready to strike until the law of Allah is established on this earth.
Know that without doubt your dead are in the hellfire whilst the Muslims who died due to your attacks will be in paradise …
You are just sitting there, you are still funding the Army, you have not put down your leader, you have not pressured them enough.
Most of them are too busy watching Home And Away and EastEnders, complaining about the World Cup, drinking your alcohol, to care about anything.
That is all you seem to care about – and I know because I have come from that.
I HAVE been educated to a high standard and, had it not been Allah had blessed me with this mission, I could have lived a life of ease; but instead chose to fight for the sake of Allah's Deen [his religion or way].
All of you so-called moderate Muslims, there's only one way to solve this crisis. The problems will not be solved by campaigning, big conferences, peaceful negotiations with the disbelievers.
The only solution to this current situation of the Muslims is by fighting Jihad for the sake of Allah until the enemy is fully subdued and expelled from our lands.
America and England have no cause for complaint for they are the ones who invaded and built bases in the land of the Muslims.
I have not been brainwashed.
I have been educated to a high standard. I am old enough to make my own decisions.
PEOPLE keep on saying, you know, that we keep on targeting innocent civilians, yeah.Two of those charged with conspiracy to murder did not make martyrdom videos.
We're not targeting innocent civilians. We're targeting economic and military targets.
They're the battle grounds of today, so whoever steps in these trenches, they, yeah, you haven't got us to blame.
You've got to blame yourself and collateral damage is going to be inevitable and people are going to die besides, you know, it's work at a price.
You know, I wanted to do this myself. For many years, you know, I dreamt of doing this, but I didn't have no chance of doing this. I didn't have any means.
Thank God Allah has accepted my duas [prayers], and provided a means to do this. You know, I only wish I could do this again, you know come back and do this again, and just do it again and again until people come to their senses and realise, you know, don't mess with the Muslims.
Both are considered -- along with Abdulla Ahmed Ali -- the "ringleaders".
Assad SarwarAssad Sarwar didn't make a martyrdom video himself, according to the prosecution, because he didn't intend to die. He was allegedly getting ready to send seven martyrs and thousands of infidels to their deaths, but Sarwar wasn't ready for martyrdom yet. He had further plans.
The Scotsman again:
Prosecutor Peter Wright QC said one key figure obtained detailed information about other possible targets.In addition to the alleged plot against transatlantic airliners, there were allegedly also other targets, as AFP reported:
He said Assad Sarwar was too important to give up his life in the wave of mid-air suicide attacks.
Mr Wright said: "The horizon in respect of Mr Sarwar's terrorist ambition was, we say, limitless."
Wright said a computer memory stick found at Sarwar's home suggested the gang had assessed other targets, including London's Canary Wharf tower -- the tallest in Britain -- a gas pipeline and a number of power stations.
Mohammed GulzarThe eighth defendant on charges of conspiracy to murder is also pegged as one of the ringleaders, according to The Guardian, which reported:
[Wright] described Ali, Sarwar and Mohammed Gulzar as the main men behind the plot.The Sunday Express has more:
Mr Wright said Abdulla Ahmed Ali from Walthamstow, Assad Sarwar and Mohammed Gulzar were the main men behind the murderous plot.About that flat: David Byers reported in The Times:
Mr Wright told the court police had watched several members of the gang for many months.
He said: “From what had been observed in the days and months prior to the arrests it was realised that these men, together with others, were engaged in some sort of terrorist plot.”
The court heard how Ali and Gulzar were watched by police as they met frequently at a flat in Forest Road, Walthamstow, to make final preparations.
The “bomb factory” allegedly used by the eight-strong terrorist gang to develop liquid explosives, with the intention of blowing up transatlantic airliners, was described in court [April 4].
The flat in Forest Road, Walthamstow, East London, was bought by Abdulla Ali, the self-declared leader of the gang, for £141,191.63 in cash on July 20, 2006, the prosecution said...
TargetsThe Sunday Express account continues:
Police recovered a computer memory stick belonging to Ali which contained detailed information about flights and airport security, the jury was told.The Guardian and others have named the seven highlighted flights:
“The memory stick contained details in respect of flight timetables, baggage information, security advice in respect of restricted items and other information about Heathrow airport,” said Mr Wright.
The jury was shown files on the memory stick giving details of flights from Heathrow to cities in North America including Boston, Denver, Chicago, Miami, New York and Montreal.
The information included the airline, terminal at Heathrow, departure times, arrival times, flight numbers, aircraft type and number of stops, the court heard.
The information on the memory stick focused only on one-way flights from Heathrow. These were all commercial airliners with passenger capacities of almost 300 people per plane.
“Collectively the flights were each of them non-stop transatlantic journeys to north American destinations,” said Mr Wright.
Of the flights on the memory stick, seven had been highlighted, the jury was told. They were on three airlines - Air Canada, United Airlines and American Airlines.
1415 United Airlines Flight 931 to San FranciscoThe Toronto and Montreal connections are new and have aroused some interest in the Canadian media.
1500 Air Canada Flight 849 to Toronto
1515 Air Canada Flight 865 to Montreal
1540 United Airlines Flight 959 to Chicago
1620 United Airlines Flight 925 to Washington
1635 American Airlines Flight 139 to New York
1650 American Airlines Flight 91 to Chicago
The CBC reported:
John O'Connor, a former commander with Scotland Yard's anti-terrorism unit, told CBC News Thursday that it's not surprising that Canadian flights were among the targets.~~~
"It might seem difficult for Canadians to understand, but when you're looking at Canada and America, one tends to on this side of the Atlantic combine them as one, and I'm sure that's what the terrorists do," he said from London.
"They see them as very close cousins, and they wouldn't discriminate them against one or the other…. As far as the insurgents are concerned, any Western country which is an ally of the United States is going to be seen as a legitimate target."
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