Home-Grown Cell Implicated in Plot
Stannard, Matthew B.
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Many of the early details of the alleged terror plot that unraveled in London Thursday echoed warnings that terrorism experts have repeated for the last five years: Al Qaeda and like-minded groups remain dangerous, are determined to exceed the devastation wrought in the Sept. 11 attacks and retain a near-obsession on using airplanes, one way or another, as weapons. All of those predictions appeared to have been borne out by Thursday's events, with one significant exception. The fact that such a massive, seemingly sophisticated terror scheme was apparently laid by a homegrown group of British citizens traveling on legal passports rather than by hard-core foreign jihadists infilrating Western countries.