AQ is notoriously known in its sympathy to target airports and airplanes. Except for its most famous attack on the World Trade Center on September 11th, 2001, the organization has continuously attempted to target aviation, throughout the years.
AQ currently attempts to reposition itself as the world’s leading terror organization and builds its support and connections.
Unlike ISIS, AQ is based on sleeper cells who receive orders from leaders and act accordingly.
AQ is spread across the world. AQIM is the organization’s branch in the Islamic Maghreb, which aims to overthrow the Algerian government and institute an Islamic State. AQAP is the organization’s branch in the Arab Peninsula, also known as Ansar Al-Sharia in Yemen and active in Yemen and Saudi Arabia. It is also present in Syria, Somalia, Libya, Egypt, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India. It also exists in Russia, however to a lesser extent.
In December 2018, the UK Security Minister warned that AQ now attempts to attack airports and aircraft across Europe and that the organization has developed technology to use during those attacks.
Gatwick Airport Drone Attack
Gatwick Airport, also referred London Gatwick (LGW), is a major international airport located near Crawley in West Sussex, almost 50 km south of Central London. It is the second busiest airport in the UK and the eighth busiest in Europe.
Flights at Gatwick airport were grounded for more than 36 hours since Wednesday, December 19th, as drones were spotted close to the runway. About 1000 flights were either canceled or diverted as the airport was forced to shut the runway due to the drones’ disruption.
On Friday evening (December 21st) a British couple that was arrested and then released without charge after an investigation.
It is important to note that since 2010, more than 160 drone threats on airports occurred across the UK. This incident, however, is unique since it is the first intentional attempt to paralyze the airport’s traffic and activity, rather than attacking aircraft.
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