Europe: Al Qaeda's next target?

Will Europe see more Madrid and Istanbul style attacks? Many analysts are saying that Europe is at greater risk than the US.

Ursula Mueller, a German diplomat with terror expertise, said that European-based terrorists were under pressure; terror operations have been averted in London, Paris and Madrid. “But they continue to focus on catastrophic attacks,” she said.

“There are indications,” Mueller said, “that Europe is at greater risk for terrorist attack than is the U.S.” – particularly U.S. allies with troops in Iraq, but also Germany, which has 2,200 troops in Afghanistan.

“The situation may become much more precarious,” said Greg Mascolo, Der Spiegel’s Washington bureau chief and author of “Inside 9-11.”

“Europe’s threat is growing from the inside,” Mascolo said.