September 29th, 2010
10:43 AM ET

Official: German citizen of Afghan descent source of info in 'Mumbai-style' terror plot

German citizen of Afghan descent was the source of much of the information on a potential "Mumbai-style" terror plot in Europe, a German counterterrorism official said Wednesday.

The man, Ahmed Sidiqi, was detained in Kabul in July and transferred to U.S. custody where he has "revealed details about the terror plot," said the official, who did not want to be named because he is not authorized to talk to the media.

The man and several other Germans traveled from Hamburg to the Afghan-Pakistan border area in 2009, where he joined the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, an extremist group allied with al Qaeda, German intelligence officials said.

Sidiqi, once captured, "started to talk a lot," and detailed a "Mumbai-style" attack in Europe, the German official said.

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  1. al

    Well, the comments on this page are almost as disturbing in their hatefulness as the rantings we hear on the news.

    Personally, I don't trust the official estimates of the war in Afghanistan – the US is in a terrible spot, propping up the Karzai regime's corruption and brutality. We're spending billions and spilling our own and Afghani blood – to what end? Securing the Karzai drug cartel, while he sells us out to the Taliban?

    On the other hand, if we abandon Afghanistan – as we did in 1989 and 2003 – we leave a pit of violence and despair, which may well haunt us all in the future – particularly if Pakistan drifts out of control.

    I honestly don't know the answer – but you guys trading religious insults and turd insults is just icing on the damned cake.

    September 30, 2010 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. MoJo

    As for your comment that "seditious hippies" are the type who favor withdrawl, keep in mind that lots of those folks were against the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan behind a corrupt administration from the get-go. Had we thought more like them, trillions of dollars and countless lives would've been saved.

    September 29, 2010 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      Good post,MoJo.Thank you.

      September 29, 2010 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette,IN

      And what then do nothing to al Qaeda or the Taliban who allowed them to train and plan the 9/11 attacks? Afghanistan would be the beading ground for terrorists instead we know are picking them off gradually in North Waziristan and Afghanistan! We need to stay until they are no longer a threat to anyone!

      September 29, 2010 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. MoJo

    Hey Larry. If you believe the 9/11 Comission Report, you haven't done your homework.

    September 29, 2010 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jay

    Our government is very good at lying to us lemmings. Look at all the crap stories that came out of Iraq regarding our
    so-called heroes (many of who, by the way, suffered friendly fire.) There were enough lies about Vietnam to choke a horse. Even now there are some who say that we won that war. Guess again.

    September 29, 2010 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      It's idiots like this that believe everything they read on the internet, that the CIA sells cocaine in L.A., that TWA flight 800 was downed by a U.S. Navy missile, that 9/11 was an inside job. It's too bad we give these morons the right to vote.

      September 29, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        What's too bad Ernie Beatty, is that they let you blog all that right-wing nonsense of yours under my name making me look like a fool.Some of what you rant against like 9/11 being an inside job just might ring true and the C.I.A. did far more damage worldwide than we even know about.

        September 29, 2010 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jerry

    I have a feeling that this whole thing is nothing but a grandiose hoax,trying to scare us into supporting their stupid war.I just wonder how many times in the past that our own government lied to us about Vietnam,Watergate among other things.Even the former Sec.of Defense Robert McNamara admitted recently that the Gulf of Tonkin Incident never happened.It's happened before and it'll happen again.

    September 29, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      Jerry,you definately have a point there.Your comment is one of the most sensible ones I've seen yet.Thank you.

      September 29, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        Two peas in a pod. The points you fools have are under your tinfoil hats!

        September 29, 2010 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      Another lie from those who want us to lose the war on terror. The defeatists will be the death of us all.

      September 29, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |