Bungled Europe Bombings Linked to Iraq Al-Qaeda

First attack by Iraqi group outside Mideast
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 14, 2007 3:09 AM CST
Forensic officers watch as the burnt out jeep which was rammed by two men into the main entrance of Glasgow International Airport on Saturday is removed from the scene Sunday, July 1, 2007. Investigators...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Terrorist plotters behind bungled bombings in London and Glasgow six months ago have been linked to an al-Qaeda group in Iraq. The bombings are the first attacks attempted by the group Al-Qaeda in Mesopotamia outside the Mideast, reports the New York Times. The plotters drove a vehicle packed with gas cannisters into a Glasgow airport terminal, causing only a fire. Explosives in two cars parked outside a London nightclub failed to detonate.

A British-born doctor raised in Iraq, who survived the airport attack, is awaiting trial. Investigators believe he was the link between other plotters and the al-Qaeda group. The attacks failed because the men clearly had little bomb expertise, according to officials. “Technical expertise is different from operational sophistication,” said a terrorism expert.