Russia: Al-Qaeda Behind Europe's Forest Fires
And they may soon try it in the US, too
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Oct 5, 2012 3:23 PM CDT
Two birds, center, fly over a burning forest fire in Pedralba, near Valencia, Spain, Monday, Sept. 24, 2012.   (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)

(Newser) – The forest fires that have been raging through the EU lately aren't random catastrophes—they're terrorist attacks. That's what Russian security service chief Alexander Bortnikov told a meeting of security and law enforcement chiefs earlier this week, RIA Novosti reports. The fires, he said, are "one of the new trends in al-Qaeda's 'thousand cuts' strategy," allowing them to inflict lots of damage "without any serious preparation, technical equipment, or financial outlay." He said they'd found terror websites buzzing with advice on waging "forest jihad."

Forest fires have been raging through Europe in recent months, particularly in Spain and Portugal; last week a fire in eastern Spain forced some 2,000 people to evacuate, the Daily Mail reports. And the problem may not be confined to Europe for long; in May, al-Qaeda's online magazine "Inspire" urged people to use the same tactic in the US.

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lahoud
Oct 6, 2012 12:41 PM CDT
Now watch the easily-frightened baggers buy this line of ruskie horseshiite. So dainty, the repubs.
HANKHILL
Oct 6, 2012 11:07 AM CDT
OMG LETS PUT A FATWA ON SMOKIE THE BEAR! ONE BAD DUDE!
Tscare333
Oct 6, 2012 2:34 AM CDT
Let's be serious? Al qaeda attacking our forests? Well,that wouldn't be so smart as it'd back fire on everyone on the planet,hello,G.L.O.B.A.L warming =P We just need to blame our selves for not caring enough,and growing enough!