With the recent terror attacks in Britain I have been thinking about the methodology of Al Qaida type groups. As far as I know there are 4 men who carried out the attacks non over the age of 30, the youngest a teenager…And the possibility that there was a 5th, maybe a ranking Al Qaida member sent in to facilitate the bombing. [This is, of course, conjecture]
After Sept. 11 and this past coordinated attack, I can’t help but wonder - are sleeper cells more dangerous than hardened guerilla operatives?
It has been said that some of these cells, have young adults training for a week or so in Pakistan or Afghanistan - under the assumption they are on vacation - then returning home and simply waiting until an order is given to cary out an attack. This is my somewhat jumbled interpretation of what is happening.
I would think sleeper cells would be the ultimate in covert operations for an organization as ubiquitous as Al Qaida.