Saturday, March 01, 2008

Jihad In Ireland?

Hot Air has the story of three Afghan men being arrested in the Republic of Ireland.

Three Afghan men remain in Garda custody in Co Kerry on suspicion of terrorist activity.

It follows a raid on a hostel in Tralee last night, during which suspected bomb parts were found.

They question why Ireland would be subject to attack. Apart from the US use of Shannon airport it's hard to see- the Irish military detachment to Afghanistan, for instance, is only 7 strong. It's not the first time, though, that Islamic terrorists have been caught on the Emerald Isle.

An Algerian with suspected links to al-Qaida was today jailed for six years for downloading instructions on how to blow up an aircraft with a bomb.

The 27-year-old man, sentenced at Belfast crown court, was found guilty of possessing and collecting information connected with terrorism.

The IRA and their ilk have long links with terrorists in the Middle East of course but its hard to see that they would knowingly allow Islamists to operate over here; unless the target was one they agreed with. I can't see it happening myself but something to bear in mind.

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