Sunday, August 4, 2013

INTERPOL Alert Warns Of Al Qaeda's Jailbreaks

Thomas Joscelyn at the Weekly Standard offers a piece on INTERPOL's alert regarding al Qaeda prison breaks.

INTERPOL issued a “global security alert advising increased vigilance for terrorist activity” on Saturday. While the U.S. government has warned of al Qaeda’s terrorist plotting against embassies and consulates, ordering 22 diplomatic facilities closed over the weekend, INTERPOL is alarmed by al Qaeda’s role in several large-scale jailbreaks.

The alert was issued after “a series of prison escapes across nine INTERPOL member countries in the past month alone, including in Iraq, Libya and Pakistan.” INTERPOL highlighted the “suspected Al Qaeda involvement in several of the breakouts,” which “led to the escape of hundreds of terrorists and other criminals.”
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), an al Qaeda affiliate, claimed responsibility for an assault on two Iraqi prisons in late July. According to the Washington Post, “U.S. officials put the number of escapees at between 500 and 600, including a significant number of al Qaeda operatives.”
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