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September 17th, 2010

Pope waving 5 arrested over plot against Pope

LONDON, UK – Counter-terror police arrested 5 men this morning over a plot to attack Pope Benedict XVI during his ongoing state visit to the United Kingdom.

  • The men were arrested at a rubbish dump in central London less than a mile from Hyde Park, where Pope intends to hold a prayer vigil tomorrow evening.
  • No shots fired during arrests by Scotland Yard Counter Terrorism Command.
  • Identities of 5 suspects not confirmed, but none are British citizens and at least some of the men are believed to be Algerian.
  • Visit of Pope has been highly controversial, with critical media coverage ahead of his visit and protests by secularists, gay rights and women’s activists; Pope has also drawn criticism for remarks equating atheism with Nazism, and an advisor’s gaffe calling the UK a ‘third world country.’

Analysts available for comment:

HENRY WILKINSON is Associate Director at Janusian Intelligence. He is specialist on terrorism, asymmetric warfare, and intelligence, and frequently comments on the threat of Al Qaeda and Islamist extremism.
Location: London, UK
Languages: English

JEREMY BINNIE is in-house analyst for Jane’s Terrorism and Insurgency Centre. He is an expert on security issues and unconventioanl warfare, with a particular focus on the international terrorist threat posed by radical Islamist groups. See full bio…
Location: London, UK
Language: English

WILL HARTLEY is the editor of Jane’s Terrorism and Insurgency Centre (JTIC), based in Washington, DC. He leads a team responsible for collecting and analysing terrorism and insurgency related open source intelligence, producing country briefings, case study and major terrorist incident reports. See full bio…
Location: Washington, D.C., USA
Language: English

ROBIN NIBLETT is the director of Chatham House (the Royal Institute of International Affairs) the UK’s leading foreign policy thinktank. He is based in London. Chatham House was founded in 1920 and provides independent analysis of current developments in international affairs. He previously served as executive vice president of the Center for Strategic and Intelligence Studies, Washington D.C. See full bio…
Location: London, UK
Languages: English, French

GILLES KEPEL is Professor and Chair, Middle East and Mediterranean Studies, at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po). He is a contributor to the Financial Times, Le Monde, La Repubblica, El Pais, Al Hayat, and a number of Arabic language and international newspapers. Some of his recent publications include: Beyond Terror and Martyrdom: The War for Muslim Minds, Jihad: the Trail of Political Islam and Bad Moon Rising: a Chronicle of the Middle East Today. See full bio…
Location: Paris, France
Languages: English, French

REV. EAMONN CONWAY is President of the European Society for Catholic Theology. He is a Roman Catholic priest and Head of Theology at Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick. He regularly comments for the print and broadcast media. See full bio…
Location: Limerick, Ireland
Languages: English, German

REV. THOMAS REESE is a senior fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University where he focuses on religion and public policy. From 1998 to 2005, he was editor of America, the national Catholic weekly magazine. He is author of a trilogy of books examining the internal politics of the Catholic Church, including Inside the Vatican: The Politics and Organization of the Catholic Church. He is a regular contributor to The Washington Post On Faith blog. See full bio…
Location: Washington DC, USA
Languages: English

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