The five men suspected of trying to explode bombs in London on July 21 were motivated by anger over the Iraq war, not by religion, one of the men has reportedly told Italian judges following his arrest in Rome on Friday.
Osman Hussain, 27, is also reported to have denied the group was linked to the July 7 bombers but said it saw those atrocities as a “signal” to stage its own attacks. Italian reports said Hussain was an Ethiopian-born Briton who had changed his name from Hamdi Isaac. They said the group devised the plan in a basement gym in Notting Hill, near where two of the men were arrested on Friday.
“Rather than praying, we had discussions about work, politics, the war in Iraq,” he said in comments leaked to La Repubblica and an Italian news agency.
The men, all immigrants to Britain from East African states, watched films – “especially those in which you saw women and children killed and exterminated by the English and American soldiers, or widows, mothers and daughters who were crying”.
Hussain, who appeared before Italian magistrates on Saturday for an initial extradition hearing, denied the failed bombers wanted to kill anyone but themselves “as a show” and “to spread terror”. He also denied any connection to al-Qaeda, although “we knew that they existed. We had access to their platforms through the internet but nothing direct.”…
Hardly surprising that post-Iraq War attacks just may involve at least some degree of response to the Iraq War, is it? Despite assertions to the contrary emanating from Canberra, London or Washington.
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