Welcome, Guest! - or
Easy to remember!  »  VinNews.com

London - UK Missile Deployment Amidst Al-Qaida Threat During Olympics

Published on: July 1, 2012 12:05 PM
By: PTI
Change text size Text Size  
Bookmark and Share
FILE - The British Royal Navy's largest ship HMS Ocean sails up the River Thames past the Thames Barrier in London  04 May 2012 escorted by a flotilla of smaller vessels. The Ocean was heading for Greenwich  where it will act as a launch pad for helicopters during a major security exercise in preparation for the Olympic Games, called Olympic Guardian.  EPA/ANDY RAINFILE - The British Royal Navy's largest ship HMS Ocean sails up the River Thames past the Thames Barrier in London 04 May 2012 escorted by a flotilla of smaller vessels. The Ocean was heading for Greenwich where it will act as a launch pad for helicopters during a major security exercise in preparation for the Olympic Games, called Olympic Guardian.  EPA/ANDY RAIN

London - Britain is planning to deploy surface-to-air missiles on six sites in London, amidst reports that al-Qaida is plotting to blow up an American airliner and has trained a Norwegian Muslim convert in an attempt to evade airport security before the Olympics.

Advertisement:

Residents in London areas where the Rapier missiles are proposed to be deployed yesterday staged a protest and signed a petition opposing the move.

The six sites where the missiles are proposed to be deployed include the Lexington Building in Tower Hamlets, Fred Wigg Tower in Waltham Forest, east London, Blackheath Common; Oxleas Wood, Eltham; William Girling Reservoir, Enfield and Barn Hill in Epping Forest.

On the deployment of missiles, the ministry of defence said the safety of the July 27-August 12 Olympic Games was paramount and a “broad range of community engagement” had taken place.

During a major Olympics-focussed security exercise in April, Commander General Sir Nick Parker explained there must be a plan which could deal with “the unlikely but very serious threat” that might exist to the Olympic Park.

He said: “It’s an air threat, really categorised in two ways, the sort of 9/11 threat everyone knows about, and also for the lower, slower type of target which might pop up closer to the Olympic Park, which we would need to intervene.”

Quoting intelligence sources, The Sunday Times reported that al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) had trained a Norwegian convert and is understood to have also selected a target, believed to be a US passenger jet.

The paper said that the plot confirmed fears among US and British intelligence agencies that al-Qaida was seeking to recruit radicalised westerners in an attempt to evade airport security.

The report quoted an unnamed Whitehall official as saying: “There is terrorist plotting going on irrespective of the Olympics. The only thing that connects this to the Olympics is the fact that they are about to happen.”


More of today's headlines

Tehran - Iran's official news agency reports the powerful Revolutionary Guards are planning war games this week, including drills with surface-to-surface... Baltimore, MD - Baltimore residents are bracing for another grueling day in the aftermath of Friday night’s devastating storm, as over 300,000 homes remain without...

 

Total3

Read Comments (3)  —  Post Yours »

1

 Jul 01, 2012 at 12:14 PM Upset Says:

Isn't it funny that the Prime Minister of the UK lectured Israel a short time ago about being over-concerned about Iran and that they should allow sanctions to work. Now England has to install missles in London against a possible attack. Isn't this an over reaction? I am just being sarcastic.

2

 Jul 01, 2012 at 03:08 PM NeveAliza Says:

Reply to #1  
Upset Says:

Isn't it funny that the Prime Minister of the UK lectured Israel a short time ago about being over-concerned about Iran and that they should allow sanctions to work. Now England has to install missles in London against a possible attack. Isn't this an over reaction? I am just being sarcastic.

You're 100% correct. Israel is always blamed for their disproportionate responses against terror. I think one Norwegian Muslim convert versus the Royal Navy's largest ship, the HMS Ocean is a little disproportionate myself.

3

 Jul 02, 2012 at 01:55 AM Avreich1 Says:

Reply to #1  
Upset Says:

Isn't it funny that the Prime Minister of the UK lectured Israel a short time ago about being over-concerned about Iran and that they should allow sanctions to work. Now England has to install missles in London against a possible attack. Isn't this an over reaction? I am just being sarcastic.

How shocked we all were in 1972 when Arab terrorists ("Palestinians" had not yet been invented then) were easily able to invade and to occupy the Israeli athletes' quarters at the Munich Olympic Games in 1972 - and all because the host country had not thought out all the possibilities. Because of that negligence and shortcoming Israel lost nine of its finest men.

The fact that the British have actually thought of the possibility of an aerial attack shows foresight - which is much, much more than can be said for you, Upset #1.

All YOU can do is to sit there, smirking - and telling us how clever you are to be "sarcastic".

How quickly some people forget the not-too distant past. How quickly some people forget the principle of סייג לחוכמה שתיקה

4

Sign-in to post a comment

Scroll Up
Advertisements:

Sell your scrap gold and broken jewelry and earn hard cash sell gold today!