Another terror suspect with strong ties to Al-Qaeda was released on bail in Britain, after serving more than seven years in jail. The suspect was identified only as "U'' due to a court order that prevents him from being publicly named. However, it is our assessment that "U" is most likely the Algerian terrorist Amar Makhlulif AKA Abu Doha.
Abu Doha was arrested at Heathrow in February 2001 while attempting to travel to Saudi Arabia on a forged passport. He had been accused of taking part in a number of terror plots, including a foiled plan to bomb Los Angeles International Airport in 1999 ("the Millennium plot"), a 2000 planned terror attack in Strasbourg, France, and a plot to bomb the American embassy in Rome.
During his time in Algeria, he became a member of the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC). He first arrived in Britain in the mid 1990s, and became a key recruiter sending activists to Al-Qaeda's "Khalden" training camp in Afghanistan, while allegedly spending some time at the camp himself. Later on, he associated himself to the Finsbury Park Mosque in London, a breeding ground for Islamic radicals.
According to our assessment, Abu Doha might have been a member of Al-Qaeda's secret "Dawa apparatus" which operates around the world and was among the platforms used for recruiting new members to Al-Qaeda and sending them to train in Afghanistan. It seems that in parallel to his logistical activity, Abu Doha also tried to initiate some operational activity ("the Millennium plot") and manage it without any support from Al-Qaeda's main operational entity – the special operations unit.
Since his arrest in 2001, the British authorities tried to deport Abu Doha to Algeria, but the courts did not find enough ground for that, leading to the latest ruling of his release.
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