Inside ‘next 9/11’ terror plot when spooks tried to let jihadis board planes

Police wanted to 'allow' jihadis to bring their bombs onto a plane as part of their plan to foil Britain's 'worst-ever' terror attack, according to a former CIA agent.

The 2006 'jet bombs' plot saw a group of 18 would-be terrorists plan to use carry-on liquid explosives hidden in bottles to blow up seven planes flying to the United States – resulting in a potential massacre that could have had a bigger death toll than 9/11.

And now claims have emerged that officials at Scotland Yard wanted to "play to the very edge” with their investigation to avoid ruining the case in a 'high-risk' strategy, according to The Sun.

The strategy saw British anti-terror cops come into conflict with American intelligence, who wanted them to move quicker.

An angry official from the White House reportedly said: “I don’t give a s**t if it blows the case.”

Former CIA counterterrorism analyst Aki Peritz made the shock revelations in his new book 'Disruption', which saw him talk to spies, White House staff and government officials about the deadly plot.

The book describes how Birmingham-born mastermind Rashid Rauf wanted to inject bottles with explosive liquid to sneak them onto airlines without detection.

Mr Peritz told The Sun: “Had it been carried out, it would have been catastrophic.

“One very senior CIA official I talked to said they probably could have pulled it off if they had done it in 2002, 2003 or 2004.

“Even if Rauf had done this instead of 7/7 they probably would have gotten away with it because nobody was watching these guys at that time."

Al-Qaeda affiliated Rauf evaded justice when he sensationally escaped from Pakistani custody in 2007, and was reported to have died in a US drone strike in 2008.

However, Mr Peritz now says most agents at CIA believe he survived to plot further attacks.

His mysterious escape reportedly led to a breakdown in trust with the Pakistani government, leading the US to take the fatal assault on Osama Bin Laden there in 2011 without informing them first.

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