Renewed Al-Qaeda strength on the Pakistan-Afghan border is wooing European militants to train in Pakistan, the Los Angeles Times reports. Fighters who are wary of Iraq—where they may have to strap on a bomb on short notice—can enjoy being groomed for missions in Pakistan. “Pakistan worries me more than Iraq,” says a Belgian official, because militants “have time to be trained as operatives.”
Officials uncovered the Euro-Pakistan trail while probing last month’s foiled bomb plots in Germany and Denmark. Extremists hail from all over Europe, though, including Britain—where Al-Qaeda-trained natives killed 52 in 2005. Their easy passage through Iran en route to Pakistan has convinced anti-terrorist agents that Tehran is supporting the fighters.