There is no specific information but due to an email that was intercepted on September 11, 2007,that raised the possibility of an attack on Paris’ sewage system. The newspaper said the author of the e-mail was unknown but that it was addressed to Salah Gasmi, a leading member of al-Qaeda in Islamic North Africa.
The CIA as well as their counterparts often share intelligence no matter if it is specific or not because of the heightened concerns about the threat of radical Islamic terrorism.
In Washington, a counterterrorism official said there was ongoing and “very deep concern” about the potential threat from members of an extremist Islamist cell who escaped arrest in Germany after the highly publicized September arrests there of three senior leaders of the Islamic Jihad Union.
German authorities foiled the trio’s alleged plot to attack US and other targets in Germany, but up to 10 others believed to be involved in the organization escaped a subsequent manhunt, the Washington official said. At least one is considered extremely dangerous and is now believed to be in Britain, the official said on condition of anonymity because the subject involves intelligence matters.
Al-Qaeda in Islamic North Africa is the new name of a Salafist group involved in an ongoing Islamic insurgency in Algeria that now pledges allegiance to Osama bin Laden’s network.
The group has claimed responsibility for a string of recent attacks in Algeria. The No. 2 al-Qaeda official, Ayman al-Zawahri, has called for attacks against French and Spanish interests in that region.
One can only hope that by being on alert and with the recent disorganization the latest attacks have shown, in Denmark, Germany, Turkey and London, that any new attempts will be just as unsuccessful.