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West Point Terror Center Confirms Al Qaeda in Libya

August 6, 2012 by  
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by Tony Cartalucci- land destroyer

The 2007 CTC Report

West Point CTC Confirms LIFG Terrorists Leading Libyan Rebellion – then apologizes for them.
The 2007 West Point Combating Terrorism Center (CTC) report [1] examining the demographics of foreign fighters caught in Iraq fighting US troops has been cited by alarmed analysts as proof that the current NATO-backed rebellion in Libya is literally handing an entire nation over to Al Qaeda linked terrorists, namely those of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) listed by both the US State Department and UK Home Office as a foreign terrorist organization.
The report indicated that by far, the eastern region of Libya, in particular the cities of Darnah and Benghazi now serving as the epicenter of the NATO-backed rebellion, provided more fighters per capita to combat US troops in Iraq than any other nation, including Saudi Arabia. In the report, it is noted that most of these Libyan fighters were members of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) who were involved in an increasingly cooperative relationship with Al Qaeda. This relationship culminated in November 3, 2007, when the CTC report claims that LIFG officially joined Al Qaeda. The report than goes on to elaborately depict just how close together LIFG has been working with Al Qaeda, including the mention of LIFG member Abu Yahya, who is noted as second only to Ayman al-Zawahiri within Al Qaeda – al-Zawahiri at the time was Al Qaeda’s #2 under “Osama Bin Laden.”
The report says of the Libyan fighters’ hometowns of Darnah and Benghazi, that they have both been long associated with Islamic militancy and that the LIFG in particular claimed to have Afghan veterans within their ranks. LIFG’s “Emir” Abu Layth would reference LIFG’s role in uprisings against Qaddafi’s government during his address in November inaugurating his organization’s official inclusion within Al Qaeda:
“It is with the grace of God that we were hoisting the banner of jihad against this apostate regime under the leadership of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, which sacrificed the elite of its sons and commanders in combating this regime whose blood was spilled on the mountains of Darnah, the streets of Benghazi, the outskirts of Tripoli, the desert of Sabha, and the sands of the beach.”
The April 2011 CTC Report
Someone, somewhere within the CTC at West Point decided to do damage control as their previous report served as fodder to directly undermine NATO’s mission in Libya. Countering, contradicting, or outright apologizing for, almost point-for-point, the 2007 report, Alison Pargeter wrote, “Are Islamist Extremists Fighting Among LIbya’s Rebels?” The hamhanded effort begins by downplaying concerns over “stark warnings” regarding the West’s support for opposition forces that included militants that fought Americans in Iraq. It cites Muammar Qaddafi himself as being the greatest purveyor of this fear which it promptly discards as “clearly propaganda efforts aimed at scaring not only the international community, but also those in western Libya about what might come next if Qadhafi is overthrown.” Now, Qaddafi’s words in hindsight seem more like prophecy than propaganda as wholesale genocide is conducted across Libya, and notorious Al Qaeda leaders begin declaring themselves “brigade commanders” of entire cities.
The report goes on to concede that indeed there is some merit behind these concerns and goes over a quick review of evidence presented in the earlier 2007 CTC report. The report also notes that, “on an individual basis, it is a certainty that some former LIFG members are fighting with the rebels. One former LIFG fighter, Khalid al-Tagdi, was killed on March 2 in Brega while fighting against regime forces. Similarly, in mid-April, another senior LIFG military commander, Abdelmonem Mukhtar, known as Ourwa, was killed after he was ambushed by Qadhafi forces on the road between Ajdabiya and Brega. Mukhtar had been imprisoned in Iran until the end of 2010 and returned to Libya when the uprisings began where he was made commander of the 160-strong Omar al-Mukhtar rebel battalion.”
Definitively, LIFG fighters are involved in the rebellion, though the CTC is attempting to downplay their role. Furthermore, the CTC attempts to portray the LIFG’s role in fighting US forces in Iraq as merely “going to fight against an occupying force in a Muslim land,” and “is very different from supporting Bin Ladin’s global ambitions or even taking up arms against one’s own government.” Quite clearly, this directly and entirely contradicts the conclusions of the 2007 CTC report which depicted LIFG as having a long collaborative relationship with Al Qaeda before being fully incorporated into the organization in 2007.
The latest CTC report now denies that LIFG ever joined Al Qaeda, citing the London coddled terrorist Noman Benotman, a chief proponent of the current rebel uprising, who claims “we refused right from the beginning to be absorbed into this group because that would make us lose our ability to move freely and independently in Libya.” Despite the less than credible assurances from Benotman, neither he, nor this more recent CTC report can explain why the LIFG “Emir,” Abu Layth al‐Libi, was acting as Al Qaeda’s #3 after al-Zawahiri and “Bin Laden.”
Also worth noting, the CTC report states that many of LIFG’s most hardcore terrorists were still in (as of April 2011 and recently released from) Abu Salim prison in Tripoli – not “political prisoners” as the media is now portraying them. These unrepentant terrorists are now once again run loose throughout Libya, with their former commander al-Hasadi holding large sections of the capital, Tripoli.
In both the 2007 and 2011 CTC report, LIFG is mentioned as working closely with Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) [2], a notorious terrorist organization in Algeria who is once again taking up arms and carrying out attacks ahead of a second US-backed attempt at destabilizing the large North African nation. Algeria has recently sealed its borders with Libya in an attempt to stem the flow of seized weapons being trafficked into the nation by Libyan rebels. The Libyan rebels have also accused the Algerian government of trying to smuggle weapons into Libya to bolster Libyan government troops. With the CTC reports providing us a proper context, we see that indeed NATO has literally breathed new life into Al Qaeda’s North African affiliates, all listed by both the US, UK as well as nations around the world as terrorists organizations, while Algeria and Libya, both under siege by the West are in fact the only governments truly trying to end Al Qaeda’s operations in the region.
The Bottom Line
More recently, a torrent of evidence has been revealed exposing just how completely the rebel movement is run by LIFG members, with LIFG’s Abdulhakim al-Hasidi now the defacto rebel representative in Tripoli and the atrocities synonymous with Al Qaeda’s method of operation becoming ubiquitous across Libya. The CTC had gone out on a limb in April of this year to apologize and downplay the role of these notorious, internationally scorned terrorists and it has now implicated itself as part of what can be considered the greatest betrayal in American history.
There are literally hundreds of thousands of US soldiers, sailors, Marines, and airmen who were separated from their families for years, faced deadly adversity, injury, mental anguish and even death, because they were told they needed to confront the threat that was international terrorism. Now the very same men they sacrificed so much to fight against, are being apologized for and propped up as the new leaders of an entire nation. This is not just being done by politicians or corporate interests, but also by organizations affiliated with the US military itself.
What’s more is that US pilots, special forces, sailors, and Marines are being called upon now to help depose Qaddafi – a man genuinely dedicated to ending LIFG’s and thus Al Qaeda’s reign of terror in Northern Africa. And as LIFG is still listed as an foreign terrorist organization by the US State Department, it is clear that US Congressmen supporting NATO’s intervention in Libya, including John McCain [3], Lindsey Graham, and Joseph Lieberman, along with Obama’s presidential cabinet, especially Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, are all guilty of knowingly providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization in violation of USC § 2339A & USC § 2339B. This is an egregious betrayal against both the United States as a nation, and America’s armed forces who have been thoroughly made fools of by a government reveling in their duplicity.
It should be mentioned, that George Bush’s cadre of Neo-Conservatives have played a central role in engineering and gathering support for this current intervention in Libya, and that this isn’t exclusively “Obama’s War.” In fact, a letter written to House Republicans in June of 2011, implored undecided Republicans to pledge full support for NATO’s intervention in Libya and in fact discard the UNSC resolution, as it was holding America “hostage” in achieving the intervention’s real goal, not protecting civilians, but rather deposing Qaddafi from power. The signatories included Elliott Abrams, Gary Bauer, Max Boot, Frederick Kagan, Karl Rove, Ellen Bork, Robert Kagan, Liz Cheney, William Kristol, Dan Senor, Jamie Fly, Clifford May, Paul Wolfowitz, and James Woolsey as signatories, and all key Neo-Conservatives that helped engineer Bush’s 8 years of “War on Terror,” and still clearly driving it to this very day.
[1] A full break-down of the 2007 West Point CTC report can be found on Tarpley.net here.
[2] AQIM is listed as number 37 on the US State Department’s list of foreign terrorist organizations. This organization will be used in an analogous fashion to begin unrest in Algeria, just as LIFG has been used to destabilize Libya.
[3] John McCain would claim, while in Benghazi, Libya, “I have met with these brave fighters, and they are not Al-Qaeda. To the contrary: They are Libyan patriots who want to liberate their nation.” From his official press release. From “Warmonger McCain in Benghazi” April 22, 2011

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Al Qaeda, The CIA and Media Propaganda directed Against Syria

August 4, 2012 by  
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by Devon DB
Global Research, August 3, 2012

The ‘objective’ news network PBS has been (and still is) engaging in the media propaganda war against the Syrian government, from perpetuating the myth about Syrian Migs attacking rebel fighters to calling the Syrian rebels “underdogs,” the Public Broadcasting Service is perpetuating the disinformation campaign surrounding the events in Syria.
On July 25th, PBS Newshour host Judy Woodruff interviewed Youssef Amrani, Morroco’s minister delegate for foreign affairs. In the interview, Woodruff bought up the topic of diplomacy, specifically within the framework of the UN Security Council, with Amrani stating that he wanted more sanctions and the like on the Assad regime. When Amrani stated that he thought the UN “should work with the opposition” to find a solution to the crisis, Woodruff responded by saying;

Well, that brings me to the question. One of the reasons the U.S. and other countries have been reluctant to get involved, to support the opposition is because they don’t know what a successor government is going to look like. We just saw in that report al-Qaida starting to show up among the opposition. (emphasis added)

Such statements are utter and outright fabrications! The US and other countries have been quite involved in supporting the opposition and Al Qaeda is not “starting to show up” in the opposition as Woodruff would like viewers to think, but rather have been there for quite some time.
In regards to the US supporting the Syrian rebels, this was
first acknowledged in December 2011 on the site The American Conservative where former CIA analyst Philip Giraldi wrote an article in which he stated that “the CIA and U.S. Spec Ops are providing communications equipment and intelligence to assist the rebel cause, enabling the fighters to avoid concentrations of Syrian soldiers.” Most recently, it was reported on August 1st that President Obama “has signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for rebels seeking to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government.”
The US government has known that Al Qaeda has been among the Syrian rebels as in February 2012, Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper
stated that “Members of Al Qaeda have infiltrated Syrian opposition groups.”
Thus, the US government has been supporting the rebels since late last year and has been working with Al Qaeda (albeit indirectly) to topple the Syrian government, yet PBS seems to be concerned only with spouting lies.
In the same interview, when Woodruff asked Amrani “How can you be sure that the next government won’t be as repressive as this government?,” Amrani replied by saying “Listen, we had some experiences in Libya, in Tunisia, in the Maghreb, that were successful.”

It is quite interesting that he cites Libya as a “success” as that nation, after being overrun by US-NATO backed fighters, has been plagued by violence in recent months. It makes one wonder what the ambassador thinks “success” actually means.
In an
interview on July 26th, Judy Woodruff interviewed Kelly McEvers, a journalist from National Public Radio, after she had “just completed a weeklong reporting trip to northwestern Syria, near the Turkish border, where she visited a number of towns currently under rebel control. In the interview, McEvers was asked about the Syrian rebels. After her description of them, Woodruff stated the the rebels were outgunned to which McEvers responded

Exactly. They are so outgunned right now. They’re basically operating with rifles and rocket-propelled grenades and homemade bombs.

That’s another key component to their sort of arsenal right now. That’s how they deal with regime tanks.

But when you talk about a fully equipped army with tanks, artillery, mortars, helicopters, and now we have seen jets being employed in this fight by the regime’s army, you can see that the rebels are definitely the underdogs here. (emphasis added)

This myth that the Syrian rebels are outgunned is but another fabrication. It was reported on August 2nd that the Syrian rebels were using a captured tank in the battle for Aleppo. This is not the first time this has happened as in February, the International Business Times presented a video on Youtube which showed the rebels using a tank against the Syrian military. The use of fighters jets is also a myth that is based on a single tweet from BBC correspondent Ian Pannell. The magazine The Aviationist did a report on the alleged incident of Syrian air force MiGs attacking the rebels and found that the plane in question was an L-39 “a combat trainer” which “could be used for reconnaissance purposes.” Yet, even if the Syrian regime was using fighter jets on the rebels, the rebels most likely wouldn’t have a problem as they now have surface to air missiles. Despite this evidence, McEvers still feels the need to state that the rebels “are definitely the underdogs.”
Thus, the propaganda campaign of demonizing the Assad regime and praising the US-NATO backed rebels continues with the help of such ‘reliable’ and ‘centrist’ sources as PBS. The psyop against the public continues as the imperialists push ever closer to intervention in Syria.

Devon DB is a 20 year old independent writer and researcher. He is studying political science at Fairleigh Dickinson University. He can be contacted at devondb[at]mail[dot]com.

Al Qaeda Is Not “Benefitting From” the Syrian Uprising … It is CAUSING It

July 31, 2012 by  
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washingtons blog:

No, Terrorists Are Not Just Showing Up to “Exploit” the Chaos

The mainstream media admits that Al Qaeda is fighting against the Syrian government.

The Syrian opposition is largely comprised of Al Qaeda terrorists.  See this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this and this.

However, the pro-war media says that Al Qaeda is simply capitalizing on the chaos created by the civil war between the people and the government.

But the top U.S. intelligence official has said that the terrorist bombings in Syria are the work of Al Qaeda:

Bombing attacks in Damascus and Aleppo since December “had all the earmarks of an al-Qaeda-like attack,” James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, told the Senate Armed Services Committee.

“And so we believe al-Qaeda in Iraq is extending its reach into Syria,” he said.

His comments confirmed earlier reports that US officials suspected al-Qaeda’s hand in the bombings and follows a recent video message from al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in which he endorses the uprising against Assad’s rule.

The intelligence chief also notes that Al Qaeda’s top leader endorses jihad against the Syrian government:

His comments confirmed earlier reports that US officials suspected al-Qaeda’s hand in the bombings and follows a recent video message from al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in which he endorses the uprising against Assad’s rule.

And see this.

In fact, terrorists have been responsible for much of the violence inside Syria for many months.

For example, according to the large German newspaper FAZ, those massacred in Hama were on the same side as Syrian leader Assad.

Outside monitors have confirmed that the situation on the ground is much different than it is being portrayed in the Western media.

read more:http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2012/07/al-qaeda-is-not-benefitting-from-the-syrian-uprising-it-is-causing-it.html

Osama bin Laden’s last words: Al Qaeda terror chief’s final writings to be published online today

May 3, 2012 by  
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dailymail:

The world will soon be able to read the last written words of Osama bin Laden – as he struggled to command the attention of his far-flung terror network.

A selection of documents seized in last year’s raid on his Pakistan house, where he was killed, will be posted online at 2pm GMT (9am ET) today by the U.S. Army’s Combating Terrorism Centre at the U.S. Military Academy.

The correspondence shows a leader revered but sometimes ignored by field commanders, who dismissed him as out of touch even as he urged them to keep attacking U.S. targets.

Some details from the ‘treasure trove’ have already emerged.

White House counter-terrorism chief John Brennan said this week that bin Laden’s own words confirm that America is safer with him gone.

Brennan says bin Laden wrote of his worries that his leaders were being killed so quickly the group would not survive.

The publication of the documents comes the day after the first anniversary of bin Laden’s death.

It also comes the day after U.S. President Barack Obama revealed he felt a ‘deep-seated satisfaction’ when he saw a photo of the dead terror chief’s body for the first time.

He said the sight of the bullet ridden corpse made him think of the families of those who died on 9/11 – but denied that he did a high five in his mind.

He made the disclosure in an interview with NBC’s Brian Williams, in which key White House players speak in depth about the day the operation took place.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2138851/Osama-bin-Ladens-words-Al-Qaeda-terror-chiefs-final-writings-published-online.html#ixzz1trMlvY7H

Terrorist Plots, Hatched by the F.B.I

May 3, 2012 by  
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NYT:

THE United States has been narrowly saved from lethal terrorist plots in recent years — or so it has seemed. A would-be suicide bomber was intercepted on his way to the Capitol; a scheme to bomb synagogues and shoot Stinger missiles at military aircraft was developed by men in Newburgh, N.Y.; and a fanciful idea to fly explosive-laden model planes into the Pentagon and the Capitol was hatched in Massachusetts.

Clay Rodery

 

But all these dramas were facilitated by the F.B.I., whose undercover agents and informers posed as terrorists offering a dummy missile, fake C-4 explosives, a disarmed suicide vest and rudimentary training. Suspects naïvely played their parts until they were arrested.

When an Oregon college student, Mohamed Osman Mohamud, thought of using a car bomb to attack a festive Christmas-tree lighting ceremony in Portland, the F.B.I. provided a van loaded with six 55-gallon drums of “inert material,” harmless blasting caps, a detonator cord and a gallon of diesel fuel to make the van smell flammable. An undercover F.B.I. agent even did the driving, with Mr. Mohamud in the passenger seat. To trigger the bomb the student punched a number into a cellphone and got no boom, only a bust.

This is legal, but is it legitimate? Without the F.B.I., would the culprits commit violence on their own? Is cultivating potential terrorists the best use of the manpower designed to find the real ones? Judging by their official answers, the F.B.I. and the Justice Department are sure of themselves — too sure, perhaps.

Carefully orchestrated sting operations usually hold up in court. Defendants invariably claim entrapment and almost always lose, because the law requires that they show no predisposition to commit the crime, even when induced by government agents. To underscore their predisposition, many suspects are “warned about the seriousness of their plots and given opportunities to back out,” said Dean Boyd, a Justice Department spokesman. But not always, recorded conversations show. Sometimes they are coaxed to continue.

Undercover operations, long practiced by the F.B.I., have become a mainstay of counterterrorism, and they have changed in response to the post-9/11 focus on prevention. “Prior to 9/11 it would be very unusual for the F.B.I. to present a crime opportunity that wasn’t in the scope of the activities that a person was already involved in,” said Mike German of the American Civil Liberties Union, a lawyer and former F.B.I. agent who infiltrated white supremacist groups. An alleged drug dealer would be set up to sell drugs to an undercover agent, an arms trafficker to sell weapons. That still happens routinely, but less so in counterterrorism, and for good reason.

“There isn’t a business of terrorism in the United States, thank God,” a former federal prosecutor, David Raskin, explained.

“You’re not going to be able to go to a street corner and find somebody who’s already blown something up,” he said. Therefore, the usual goal is not “to find somebody who’s already engaged in terrorism but find somebody who would jump at the opportunity if a real terrorist showed up in town.”

And that’s the gray area. Who is susceptible? Anyone who plays along with the agents, apparently. Once the snare is set, law enforcement sees no choice. “Ignoring such threats is not an option,” Mr. Boyd argued, “given the possibility that the suspect could act alone at any time or find someone else willing to help him.”

Typically, the stings initially target suspects for pure speech — comments to an informer outside a mosque, angry postings on Web sites, e-mails with radicals overseas — then woo them into relationships with informers, who are often convicted felons working in exchange for leniency, or with F.B.I. agents posing as members of Al Qaeda or other groups.

Some targets have previous involvement in more than idle talk: for example, Waad Ramadan Alwan, an Iraqi in Kentucky, whose fingerprints were found on an unexploded roadside bomb near Bayji, Iraq, and Raja Khan of Chicago, who had sent funds to an Al Qaeda leader in Pakistan.

Bin Laden had disdain for al Qaeda affiliates: documents

May 3, 2012 by  
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REUTERS:

 Osama bin Laden showed disdain for al Qaeda affiliates and fretted about his organization’s image, according to documents seized from his hideout in Pakistanand released publicly on Thursday.

The Combating Terrorism Center, a privately funded research center at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, posted on its website 17 declassified documents seized during the raid on bin Laden’s house in Abbottabad in which he was killed by U.S. commandos a year ago. (http:www.ctc.usma.edu)

Bin Laden “was not, as many thought, the puppet master pulling the strings that set in motion jihadi groups around the world,” an analysis by the center said. Bin Laden “was burdened by what he saw as their incompetence.”

The al Qaeda leader, who was behind the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, “was unimpressed by the recent trend of American populist jihad,” the study said.

He appeared to have a low opinion of Anwar al-Awlaki, an American-born English-speaking militant preacher accused of instigating several violent al Qaeda attacks from Yemen who was killed in a U.S. drone strike last year.

The 17 documents are electronic letters or draft letters totaling 175 pages in the original Arabic, dating from September 2006 to April 2011. They do not all specify who wrote or received them.

Several of the documents contain signoffs which U.S. experts assessed to have been used by Bin Laden himself, including variations of the names “Zamaray” and “Abu ‘Abdallah.” Bin Laden wrote about sending messages via either thumb drives or telephone memory cards – the same Arabic word is used for both.

“Bin Laden was bothered by the incompetence of al Qaeda’s affiliates, such as their failure to win public support, their ill-advised media campaigns, and their poorly planned operations that led to the unnecessary deaths of thousands of Muslims,” said Lieutenant Colonel Liam Collins, director of the Combating Terrorism Center and one of the report’s authors.

“Perhaps the most compelling revelation from the documents is that bin Laden was frustrated with regional jihadi groups,” he told Reuters. “He appeared to struggle to exercise control over the actions of the affiliates, as well as their public statements.”

WEEK BEFORE DEATH

In a letter dated April 26, 2011, a week before his death, bin Laden wrote about the “Arab Spring” revolutions that ousted leaders in the Middle East. He mentioned the need for “inciting the people who have not revolted yet, and encouraging them to get against the rulers and the methods.”

Afghanistan was also on his mind: he wrote that “Jihad (Islamic holy war) in Afghanistan is a duty.” But he also expressed concern about “operations that the brothers in Yemen are intending to conduct using poison,” that there should be study of potential political and media reaction against the “mujahidin and their image in the eyes of the public.”

The week before he was killed in a secret operation by U.S. Navy SEALS, bin Laden offered instructions on how to handle French hostages held by “brothers in the Islamic Maghreb.” He said that if they had to be killed, this should be done after events in Libya. But he suggested it would be better to exchange a woman hostage, and at a minimum keep the most important male hostage until French elections.

He wrote that a British officer captured by “our brothers in Somalia” should be exchanged for “our prisoners with them, or with their allies.”

Bin Laden also worried that children of militants who lived in cities were “one of the most important security issues” and said it was important to control them by not leaving the house except for medical care and to teach them the local language so they would blend in.

AFFILIATE DISDAIN

A main conclusion of the West Point analysis is that bin Laden regarded many of al Qaeda’s affiliated groups, including the ones feared by the West, with dismay bordering on contempt.

U.S. and European intelligence officials have said Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, which operates from Yemen, has emerged as the most dangerous affiliate.

But seized correspondence shows that bin Laden worried about AQAP and urged its leadership to focus on attacking the United States rather than the Yemeni government or security forces.

The confiscated material also shows that the actions of another affiliate, Al Qaeda in Iraq were of great concern to bin Laden, especially its ruthless attacks on Shi’ite civilians following the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

One of al Qaeda’s main English-language spokesmen, American-born Adam Gadahn, even suggested that the core al Qaeda group led by bin Laden should disassociate itself from Al Qaeda in Iraq. At one point Gadahn compared the brutality of the Iraqi al Qaeda affiliate to that of President George W. Bush, the president who invaded Iraq in 2003 to depose Saddam Hussein.

Bin Laden also apparently wanted to keep al Qaeda’s Somalia-based affiliate, Al Shabaab, at arm’s length, because he was concerned about its poor organization, management and brutality, the study said.

Bin Laden’s relationship with the TTP, one of the main Pakistan-based Taliban groups, was so strained that the group almost came into “direct and public confrontation” with al Qaeda’s central leadership over its indiscriminate attacks on Muslim civilians, the study said.

Videotapes and audiotapes from bin Laden were broadcast sporadically during the decade that he was in hiding. In a letter dated August 27, 2010, the al Qaeda leader gave detailed instructions about how to get the message out. He wanted it timed for the upcoming September 11 anniversary.

Al Qaeda in Iraq warns of looming war with Shiites

February 25, 2012 by  
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BAGHDAD –  A  spokesman for Al  Qaeda in Iraq  said Friday that a Sunni Muslim war against Shiites in Iraq is inevitable and  threatened relentless waves of attacks like the one a day earlier that killed at  least 55 people.

The statement by Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, spokesman  for the Al Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq, tap into fears in Iraq and abroad  about the country’s future stability and the government’s ability to protect its  citizens following the withdrawal of the last U.S. troops in December.

Despite deadly assaults against the Shiite-led  government’s security forces and Shiite pilgrims, there has been no indication  that Iraq is returning to the sectarian bloodshed of 2006 and 2007 that pushed  the nation to the brink of civil war. But Iraqis are increasingly frustrated  with the government’s failure to prevent attacks that continue to kill scores of  Iraqis every month.

In the latest attack, a series of bombings and  shootings across the country on Thursday killed 55 and wounded more than 225. Al  Qaeda in Iraq claimed responsibility for the attacks.

In a 33-minute audio statement posted on an  extremist website, al-Adnani warned of an impending “stage of real confrontation  and war against the despicable (Shiites).”

“The war of the Sunnis with the (Shiites) is a  religious war, a holy war of faith,” he said, according to a translation of the  remarks provided by the SITE Intelligence Group, which tracks Islamist extremist  messages. “There is no way out of it and there is no swerving from it.”

His comments played on fears of a new surge in  sectarian violence two months after the American military withdrawal from Iraq.  Attacks are nowhere as frequent as they were during the tit-for-tat sectarian  fighting from 2005 to 2007.

Tensions between Sunni and Shiite Muslims have  lingered for centuries since Islam  split into the two sects after the death of the Prophet Muhammed in 632. In  Iraq, the minority Sunnis have feared being politically sidelined since the  overthrow of Saddam’s Sunni-led regime.

On Friday, an aide to Iraq’s most prominent Shiite  cleric, demanded that the government protect its citizens.

“Is there a glimmer of hope that these explosions  come to an end in Iraq?” Ahmed al-Safi, an aide to Grand Ayatollah Ali  al-Sistani, said during a Friday sermon in the Shiite holy city of Karbala.

“After a few days, when people calm down and forget,  these explosions take place again. We live in the whirl of this unsolved  security problem. How long will the situation last?”

Claiming responsibility for Thursday’s attacks, a  separate Islamic State of Iraq statement said it targeted security forces and  government officials to avenge what it described as executions and torture  of Sunnis in government prisons.

Iraq’s Shiite-led government has executed at least  68 prisoners so far this year, a rate that has alarmed human rights groups.  Additionally, last fall Prime Minister Nouri  al-Maliki, a Shiite, ordered detentions of hundreds of former Saddam  Hussein loyalists, most of whom were believed to be Sunni.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/02/24/al-qaeda-in-iraq-warns-looming-war-with-shiites/#ixzz1nP2DUefB

Guns & Glory in Syria: Al Qaeda, US recipe for disaster

February 18, 2012 by  
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The US spy chief has told the Congress President Bashar Al-Assad is fighting against Al-Qaeda of Iraq. James Clapper is the first top US official to acknowledge US might indirectly support insurgents.

­Since December there have been Bombings in Damascus and Aleppo that “had all the earmarks of an Al-Qaeda like attack,”  Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday.

He added that Syrian opposition groups, fighting against the existing regime of President al-Assad may have been infiltrated by Al-Qaida. “However likely without their knowledge”, he said.

Clapper said the lack of a unified opposition group could leave a power vacuum that extremists could fill if the Syrian government falls, a potential development he called “troubling.”

His comments confirmed earlier reports that US officials suspected Al-Qaeda’s hand in the bombings last week which left dozens dead.

The leader of Al-Qaeda has voiced his support for the Syrian uprising. In an eight-minute video posted on Sunday on a jihadist website, Ayman al-Zawahri called on Muslims in Turkey, Iraq, Lebanon and Jordan to aid the Syrian rebels.

However the US and its allies continue to hold on to a one-sided stance.

On Thursday, the UN General Assembly called on Syrian President Assad to step down.

The anti-Syrian government resolution addressed only one side of the conflict failing to condemn the opposition for their part of the violence as it does condemn the government. Washington and mainstream media insist the Syrian government is fighting against peaceful protesters.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has recently called for “friends of democratic Syria” to unite against the regime. And to convene on February 24th to work out ways to further squeeze the Assad regime and bring Syrian opposition groups inside and outside the country together.

While the White House calls mostly for political and humanitarian support, some of the US politicians propose the direct arming of the opposition.

Republican Senator John McCain has openly called for the supply of guns to Syrian insurgents, urging the White House to take action.

“We should start considering all options, including arming the opposition. The blood-letting has got to stop,” he said following Syria’s withdrawal of its diplomatic mission to Washington.

Given the disclosed information, the US Intelligence Chief was more cautious about the possible actions in the region.

He expected Al-Qaeda’s role, rifts within rebel ranks, and the presence of chemical weapons would “affect any discussion [[about]] coming to some assistance” in support of the opposition.

“Arming the opposition in Syria – it has been happening all the time. Upgrading the armament of the rebels is going to lead to ten times the number of people killed. What these people need to realize that there is a large proportion of the people in Syria, of Syrians basically, who do not want the central government to collapse,” Ammar Waqqaf, a member of the Syrian Social Club, a pro-government group supporting reform, told RT.

Meanwhile, the Syrian opposition hasn’t missed a chance to call for international support, stressing the urgent need for military aid.

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