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January 18, 2003

A long-time friend, having recently moved to Holland for a university teaching post, tells me that there is an amazing contempt for America in the peaceful little democracy where girls and dope are so easy to obtain. Looks like more is blooming than just tulipsAl-Qaida in wooden shoes?
Holland reportedly one of network's strongholds in Europe

Al-Qaida is investing heavily in recruiting Muslims in Europe, reports Geostrategy-Direct, the online intelligence newsletter.

Western intelligence sources say al-Qaida has been targeting Muslim communities in several European Union states. The focus is on pressing the children of Muslim immigrants to provide a range of support services.

One of al-Qaida's largest strongholds is in the Netherlands, which could become the launching pad for al-Qaida attacks throughout Europe.

A report by Dutch AIVD intelligence service found that al-Qaida is already rooted in the country's large Muslim community. Al-Qaida has recruited young Muslims in prisons, mosques and cafes throughout the Netherlands, the report by the domestic intelligence agency stated.

Targets of interest are believed to be Britain, France, Israel and the United States. The report did not rule out al-Qaida attacks in the Netherlands, with a Muslim community that numbers 850,000 out of a general population of 16 million.