September 29th, 2010
10:27 AM ET

Official: Captured German citizen details terror plot in Europe

A man captured in Afghanistan has tipped off investigators to a potential "Mumbai-style" terror plot in Europe, a German counterterror source said Wednesday.

Investigators believe Osama bin Laden signed off on a European attack plan, a separate law-enforcement source said.

The potential plot is one reason for a dramatic increase in the number of missile strikes by unmanned drones against terrorist targets in Pakistan, according to a U.S. official.

The number of suspected U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan jumped to 20 this month - more than in any previous month and twice the monthly average, according to a CNN estimate based on information from Pakistani officials.

A federal law enforcement official in the United States, meanwhile, said "the volume seems to be turned up" on the threat information coming out of Europe.

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  1. Ahuizotl

    Yikes. This is sobering. What's going to happen? The terrorists are still out there, we need to protect our European allies from such a tragic attack on their civilians. America helps her friends.

    September 29, 2010 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  2. Nightflyer

    The other reason for the Drone strikes is the fine intel by the special activities division of the CIA/ SOF along with CIA trained afghan SF..The high value targets we've captured have been spilling the beans and actually helping us to prevent further attacks. The target captured in Germany is proof of that. Like or not..We're winning and have been. I say keep up the good work, til,l we capture or kill OBL.

    September 29, 2010 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  3. DenverGrl

    You know, Pakistani citizens really hate these drone attacks. I understand why the are necessary, but they really don't like us or their leaders much over there right now.

    September 29, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  4. michael

    i think that this whole thing as gone to far he should just tell them what he know in not send him to war to fight aginst the one he want us to fight

    September 29, 2010 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
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    I'm a liberal and I cannot for the life of me figure out why the Obama administration is burning books. This is really disgusting.

    September 29, 2010 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |