Report: Spain still a main target for Al Qaeda
An intelligence report states Spain continues to be targeted by the terrorist group.20 October 2008
MADRID -- An intelligence report obtained by El Pais shows that national security agencies remain on maximum alert for possible terrorist attacks, and that Spain continues to be a main target for Al Qaeda.
The report also states that the Islamist terrorist group considers Spain a major recruiting base, which it uses to find candidates to send to conflict zones in Iraq and Afghanistan.
"Al Qaeda still has its global jihad in mind, and in its exchanges with Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat, it tells them to be quick about completing their local objectives, and reminds them that their real goal is to cross into Al Andalus [the name given Moorish-ruled Spain between the 8th and 15th centuries]," reads the report.
Intelligence services also underscored recent police raids against Islamist cells that train future terrorists, including last week's Operation Amat, which yielded 12 arrests.
"As far as our country is concerned, counterterrorist activity carried out by security and law enforcement agencies following the March 11, 2004 attacks shows that Spain continues to be a target for the Al Qaeda network and its allies, as well as a source of human resources," the document ends.
[El Pais / Jose Manuel Romero / Expatica]