Europe’s biggest terrorist threat is Morocco — seething with as many as 1,000 al-Qaida adherents capable of suicide attacks and skilled at slipping through the continent’s southern gateway, Spain’s leading anti-terrorism judge testified Thursday. The impoverished kingdom just a short ferry ride across the Strait of Gibraltar has about 100 al-Qaida-linked cells that raise money by dealing hashish, fencing luxury cars and smuggling people into Spain, Judge Baltasar Garzon told lawmakers investigating the Madrid train bombings. Most of the 17 suspects jailed in the March 11 bombings, which killed 190 people, are Moroccan. “They use every means and mechanism, and their activity can even be initially perceived as ordinary delinquency,” Garzon said of the cells. “In my opinion it is the gravest problem Europe faces today with this kind of terrorism.” Garzon said his figures came from police and intelligence data. Full Story
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