Counterterrorism Officials Concerned Over Increasingly Vocal Militant Islamic Groups

April 24, 2004

Source: The New York Times

On April 24, 2004 The New York Times reported, "The call to jihad is rising in the streets of Europe, and is being answered, counterterrorism officials say...On working-class streets of old industrial towns like Crawley, Luton, Birmingham and Manchester, and in the Arab enclaves of Germany, France, Switzerland and other parts of Europe, intelligence officials say a fervor for militancy is intensifying and becoming more open. In Hamburg, Dr. Mustafa Yoldas, the director of the Council of Islamic Communities, saw a correlation to the discord in Iraq. 'This is a very dangerous situation at the moment,' Dr. Yoldas said. 'My impression is that Muslims have become more and more angry against the United States.' Hundreds of young Muslim men are answering the call of militant groups affiliated or aligned with Al Qaeda, intelligence and counterterrorism officials in the region say. Even more worrying, said a senior counterterrorism official, is that the level of 'chatter' — communications among people suspected of terrorism and their supporters — has markedly increased since Mr. bin Laden's warning to Europe this month. The spike in chatter has given rise to acute worries that planning for another strike in Europe is advanced."