With the anniversaries of the 9/11/2001 attack as well as the deadly attack on Benghazi fast approaching, intelligence officials in the U.S. and elsewhere are increasingly on the alert. And what’s just been reported by several news outlets could give counter-terrorism experts reason to heighten their alert status.
Islamist militias in Libya — a nation falling into chaos — have reportedly stolen from the airport in Tripoli as many as a dozen large, commercial jetliners that could be used in terror attacks. The Washington Times and the Washington Free Beacon are reporting that western intelligence agencies are warning that 9/11-like attacks could be in the final planning stages.
From the Washington Times:
Intelligence reports of the stolen jetliners were distributed within the U.S. government over the past two weeks and included a warning that one or more of the aircraft could be used in an attack later this month on the date marking the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks against New York and Washington, said U.S. officials familiar with the reports.
The Free Beacon adds:
U.S. intelligence agencies…are attempting to locate all aircraft owned by two Libyan state-owned airline companies, as security in the country continued to deteriorate amid fighting between Islamists and anti-Islamist militias.
Over the Labor Day weekend, Western Journalism posted news about the takeover by Islamist fighters of at least part of the U.S. Embassy compound in Tripoli.
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In March, the Daily Mail reported on intelligence concerns over the missing Malaysian jetliner, MH370 — whether that unsolved mystery could have been a “trial run” for possible future terror attacks from the air. The newspaper spoke with U.S. officials who speculated that the missing jet may have been hijacked and flown to a secret location, awaiting use in a terrorist plot.