London: At least 35 terrorists incarcerated at Guantanamo Bay were sent to fight against the West after being indoctrinated by “extremist preachers” in mosques, particularly the one at Finsbury Park in Britain, according to documents leaked by WikiLeaks.
The documents, written by senior US military commanders at Guantanamo Bay, illustrate how, for two decades, Britain effectively became a crucible of terrorism, with dozens of extremists, home-grown and from abroad, radicalised here.
They also described the Finsbury Park Mosque in London as “haven” for extremists.
‘The Daily Telegraph’ reported that Abu Qatada and Abu Hamza, two preachers who lived off state benefits after claiming asylum in the UK, are identified by US authorities as the key recruiters responsible for sending dozens of extremists from throughout the world to Pakistan and Afghanistan via London mosques.
US intelligence officials concluded the mosque served as “an attack planning and propaganda production base”.
Extremist preachers radicalised the men at London mosques, showing them videos of atrocities committed against Muslims in Bosnia and Chechnya.
According to one document, Finsbury Park mosque was “a key transit facility for the movement of North African and other extremists in London to and from al Qaeda training camps in Afghanistan”.
They were flown to Pakistan and Afghanistan at the terrorist group’s expense, put up in special guest houses and sent to the training camps.
They were introduced to senior al Qaeda figures including Bin Laden and taught to fight and make bombs. Wives were arranged for some terrorists and their families received generous payments.
According to the report, the files will raise questions over why the Government and security services failed to take action sooner to tackle the capital’s reputation as a staging post for terrorism, which became so established that the city was termed “Londonistan”.
The documents show that at least 35 detainees at Guantanamo had passed through Britain before being sent to fight against Allied forces in Afghanistan.
This is thought to be more than from any other Western nation. The Government has paid millions of pounds in compensation and benefits to people regarded as highly dangerous by the US authorities. Agencies