Al-Qaeda responsible for Spanish forest fires, according to Russian secret service

LAST UPDATED: 5 Oct, 2012 @ 17:16
Al-Qaeda responsible for Spanish forest fires, according to Russian secret service

By James Bryce

Al-Qaeda are responsible for a string of devastating forest fires across Spain in recent months, according to the Russian Secret Service.

The terror group has adopted the tactic as part of a low-cost strategy aimed at the West to ‘bleed the enemy to death’ with ‘a thousand cuts’.

It comes after more than 12,000 hectares were destroyed across Andalucia this summer, while regions including Valencia and Tenerife have also been badly affected.

“One should note that setting fires to forests in the countries of the European Union is a new tendency in Al-Qaeda’s strategy of a ‘thousand cuts’,” said Director of the Federal Security Service Alexander Bortnikov.

He added that the acts of arson were a means for the group to inflict ‘significant economic and moral damage without serious preliminary preparations, technical equipment or significant expenses’.

Last month 4,000 people, including hundreds of expats, were evacuated from their homes on the Costa del Sol as fires destroyed around 8,000 hectares and killed a German man.

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  1. Well, Fred2, I’ve been thinking along the same lines for some time and why not? Same goes for Greece and of course Russia itself last year(?).
    Trouble is there is no way of catching the culprits, there’s probably ten thousand Al-Qaeda supporters among immigrants throughout Europe.
    I just hope our water supplies are well protected.