Were London Terrorists Inspired by U.S. Citizen?

One of the London terrorists allegedly listened to radical Islamist sermons preached in Detroit.

The investigation of the London terrorists has led from the United Kingdom to a hotbed of Islamic radicalism—that is, the city of Detroit. A Muslim cleric has been propagating Islamist extremism over social media. There are witnesses who have named him as an influence on the London terrorists. Will anyone argue that Britain has the right now to send troops to Detroit to “fight terrorism”?

Reuters reports, “Officials probe U.S. cleric’s possible influence on London attackers: sources.

The cleric, Ahmad Musa Jebril, who had been living in the Detroit area for some years, is one of several described by authorities as online propagandists who could have influenced the three attackers, said the officials, speaking on condition of anonymity.

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Jebril was first identified on Sunday as a possible inspiration for the London attacks when the British Broadcasting Corporation ran an interview by its Asian Network with a former friend of one of the attackers, whom he said listened to Jebril’s sermons posted on the internet.

“I have heard some of this stuff, and it’s very radical,” the former friend said.

“I am surprised this stuff is still on YouTube and is easily accessible,” the man said. He said he had phoned a British government anti-terrorism hotline to report what he had heard and seen.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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