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Eight arrested in major terror operation

From The Telegraph:

Eight people have been arrested under the Terrorism Act after a series of early morning raids in Birmingham.

The Home Office said the raids were part of a "major" nationwide operation, and security sources said an imminent terror attack had been thwarted.

The target was believed to be an individual, as opposed to an area or group of people, according to security sources.

If true, this would be a major departure from previous al-Qa'eda attacks in the West, which have been characterised by co-ordinated explosions aimed at causing high numbers of casualties.

Mohammed certainly assassinated individuals, so this is less of a departure than is implied. Increasingly "al-Qa'eda" is being used as a catch-all term meaning "Muslim". I'd rather they said "Muslim" or "Jihadist", but since everybody knows what they mean, perhaps it doesn't matter.

A Home Office spokesman said: "This operation is a reminder of the real and serious nature of the terrorist threat we face."

Vijay Jakkula, who lives on Poplar Road, in Sparkhill, south east Birmingham, where one of the police raids took place, said the area was predominantly Muslim.

"There are quite a few mosques around here but it is a friendly area," he said.

Today’s arrests come after police detained a total of five people in anti-terror raids in Manchester and Halifax, West Yorkshire, last week.