Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

9/3/2014 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (

Fears of a massive terror attack next week have North African states on high alert.

Rumors are circulating amongst intelligence officials that a massive terrorist attack may happen in commemoration of the September 11 attacks on the United States. While an attack within the USA is possible, many are concerned that targets in North Africa and Saudi Arabia are most at risk following the news that perhaps a dozen airliners have gone missing in Libya.

Nearly a dozen Libyan airliners are missing, stoking fears of a fresh 9/11-style attack.

Nearly a dozen Libyan airliners are missing, stoking fears of a fresh 9/11-style attack.


By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (

9/3/2014 (2 years ago)

Published in Africa

Keywords: Libya, jets, airliners, missing, terror, attack, alert

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Al Qaeda-linked rebels have taken control of large parts of Libyan territory including the city of Tripoli and the airport there. In late August, Al Jazeera reported on the disappearance of 11 passenger and cargo planes from the region. Those aircraft, it is feared, could be used in suicide attacks across North Africa and even as far away as the United States.

The threat is so serious that Egypt has conducted strikes against the terrorist group, Libyan Dawn, which is allied with Al Qaeda. The goal has been to reduce their ability to threaten Egypt. A second terrorist group, Ansar al Sharia controls Benghazi. That group claims to have surface-to-air missiles and other military hardware, some of which could be used to shoot down a civilian airliner.

Give what you can to support persecuted Christians.

Military forces in the region are also on high alert including forces from Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco. Nobody knows where these airliners have gone. Could they be hidden in hangers, were they flown to other regions? And how do you lose nearly a dozen such aircraft? Are they simply miscounted or has an official been misquoted? The uncertainty has officials fearing the worst.

As most Americans witnessed on September 11, 2001, a commercial jetliner can become as destructive as a cruise missile, and can be smartly guided by a suicide pilot. And there appears to be no shortage of fanatics willing to die for the cause, and it is only a question of flight training for those chosen to carry out such attacks.

It is reasonable to suspect that if these airliners are in terrorist hands and they have the pilots willing to die in them, then attacks could range as far away as Saudi Arabia. With few air defenses the massive refineries would make easy targets in the desert, both by day and night. A single crash into one refinery would disrupt world fuel supplies for an extended period of time, making for a powerful attention-getting attack with long-term repercussions.

Another possibility would be using the aircraft to strike civilian targets such as high-rise buildings in the region. Cairo could be a target, as well as other major cities as far away as Lagos, Nigeria.

Cities across the Mediterranean, such as Rome could also be viable targets.

Less likely would be a strike on American cities simply because the planes would be low on fuel by the time they completed the trans-Atlantic flight. Such an attack would be less devastating because the aircraft would impact mostly with kinetic energy and less explosive power and less fuel to burn in the conflagration. The 9/11 attacks showed that buildings, which are mostly hollow, honeycomb-like structures, can survive kinetic impacts, but cannot withstand the prolonged temperatures of an aviation-fuel-induced fire which can soften metal support structures and cause a collapse.

The United States also has military radar peering into the skies above the Atlantic, which would allow them to intercept any rogue aircraft approaching the American coast.

Al Qaeda and its affiliates have always made a dedicated effort to strike somewhere in commemoration of the 9/11 attacks in the United States. While Americans remember the trauma and the victims and commemorate the day with somber ceremonies, there are those who celebrate the day as a joyous holiday.

These people seek to destroy you and the United States. They hate you for your religion, among other things. They despise you because you are different. Their beliefs will not permit them to peacefully coexist with you, instead they see you as an existential threat and have dedicated their lives to converting you to their way of belief, or to killing you.

This is not a joke and these people are not exaggerating. As hundreds of thousands of Christians have learned in Iraq and Syria, these people mean what they are saying. It is time to take them seriously and prepare for life in a new world because they're not going away and they're not going to stop.


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'

Copyright 2016 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for SEPTEMBER 2016
Centrality of the Human Person: That each may contribute to the common good and to the building of a society that places the human person at the center.
Evangelization: Mission to Evangelize: That by participating in the Sacraments and meditating on Scripture, Christians may become more aware of their mission to evangelize.


More Africa

Prayer works! Boko Haram releases 21 of the kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls Watch

Image of Twenty-one Chibok schoolgirls were released from Boko Haram.


Over 200 Chibok schoolgirls were kidnapped by Nigerian terror group Boko Haram. Now, two years later, some have been returned. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - With help from negotiations brokered by the Red Cross and Swiss government, Boko Haram has agreed to ... continue reading

Jesuit priest takes bullets to face in violent protest Watch

Image of The Jesuit priest was shot at close range in the face (TimesLive/YouTube).


Violence broke out between authorities and protesting students when the South African government proposed an 8 percent increase of already barely affordable tuition. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - For over two decades, South Africa has been struggling to stop the ... continue reading

Did you know the ROSARY is defeating Boko Haram! Watch

Image of The Rosary is our greatest weapon against all terror. Let us pray!

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

What is the most powerful weapon deployed against Boko Haram? Is it a smart bomb or a stealth drone? No. It turns out, the most feared weapon against Boko haram is the Rosary. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - Among all the weapons deployed by mankind, one of the ... continue reading

Boko Haram Islamist Jihadists Kill Eight more Christians in their War Against Christianity in Nigeria Watch

Image of Boko Haram soldiers hovering over innocents whom they slaughterd in the name of their

By Deacon Keith Fournier

These Islamic terrorists claim that when they die during their evil acts, they are martyrs. Nothing could be further from the truth. They are simply dead terrorists. They have either taken their own lives - an intrinsically evil act - or died in the commission ... continue reading

Don't forget about the people of Nigeria! Boko Haram continues to kill Christians Watch

Image of Boko Haram is the enemy of all civilization.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

With all the attention focused on the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, it can be easy to forget that our Catholic and other Christian brothers and sisters in Nigeria also face deadly Islamic extremism on a daily basis. Militant Islam is on the march around the globe ... continue reading

Egyptian Prostitutes lure migrants into selling their organs Watch

Image of Illegal migrants are coerced to sell their organs in exchange for money or sex.


Financially desperate undocumented African migrants in Cairo have turned to selling their organs to pimps and Egypt's underground organ trade. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - <a ... continue reading

'We do not understand why this is happening to us': Christians tied up in Congo ... you won't believe what happens next! Watch

Image of At least 36 Christians have been brutally slaughtered in the Congo (Reuters).


The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has seen a dramatic rise in Christian persecution, leaving at least 36 Christians hacked to death. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to the Catholic Herald, the North Kivu region of the DRC experienced its deadliest ... continue reading

A nation of murderers: Church is powerless to stop drug killings in Philippines Watch

Image of Drug dealers are now targets of civilians and the police under President Duarte.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Vigilantes in the Philippines are tearing the country apart by killing suspected drug dealers at whim. The Church has spoken out against these killings, which show no signs of stopping. The killings are a response to that country's president calling for mass ... continue reading

Sterile husband attacks wife with machete as punishment for not conceiving Watch

Image of Her husband was frustrated when she did not become pregnant so he chopped off her hands with a machete.


Jackline Mwende and her husband Stephen Ngila were married seven years but were unable to conceive, leading Stephen to lash out by attacking his wife with a machete. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to Daily Nation, Jackline met and married Stephen within ... continue reading

'I thank God in everything I do': Teen living in plastic bowl refuses to give up hope Watch

Image of Teen lives in bucket (Sani Maikatanga/Barcroft Image).


Rahma Haruna is a 19-year-old girl who has lived the majority of her life in a plastic bowl. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to Daily Mail, the teen was born with an unknown condition, leaving her without limbs, constant pain and the body of a 6-month-old ... continue reading

All Africa News


Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Sirach 35:12-14, 16-18
12 for the Lord is a judge who is utterly impartial.13 He ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 34:2-3, 17-18, 19, 23
2 I will praise Yahweh from my heart; let the humble hear and ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 18:9-14
9 He spoke the following parable to some people who prided themselves on ... Read More

Reading 2, Second Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18
6 As for me, my life is already being poured away as a libation, and the ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for October 23rd, 2016 Image

St. John of Capistrano
October 23: St. John was born at Capistrano, Italy in 1385, ... Read More