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Al Qaeda Entering Yemen

Five years ago, President Bush and his close associate, Dick Cheney, promised the American people there was need to invade Iraq in order to strike a blow against terrorism. During the ensuing five years, al-Qaeda emerged in Pakistan, in North Africa, in Iraq, and now in Yemen. A Saudi citizen, Naif Mohammad Al-Qahtani, has been identified as the leader of a new terrorist group, “the “Al-Qaeda Network in the South of the Arabaian Peninsula.” The group is allegedly receiving financial support for Syrian sources who support the group’s work to destabilize Yemen and Saudi Arabia. In a message titled, “Come to Yemen,” the group urged any Al-Qadea supporters living in Saudi Arabia to hop across the border to Yemen and join the fight to overthrow the government.

The alleged immediate object of the new terror group is wiping out the tourist trade in order to damage the Yemen economy. The fall out from Bush failures in Iraq continue rippling through the Middle East

Al-Qadea In Algeria Launches Bombing Attacks

A devastating bomb attack east of Algiers killed 43 people including young members of a Police Academy and wounded dozens. Algeria has increasingly witnessed escalation in the scale of al-Qaeda violence in the nation since announcement of a new al-Qaeda presence in the country. In recent months the mountainous region east of Algiers has seen numerous attacks by the North African wing of the terrorist organization which seeks to establish a fundamentalist Islamic government. A few days ago, a suicide car bombing killed six civilians in Zemmouri. Algerian army sources believe the bombings were in retaliation for an Army ambush which resulted in the death of 12 rebels.

After years of violence in Algeria which resulted in the death of over 150,000 people, the situation quieted down until the recent revelation al-Qaeda has established a new organization in North Africa to further its militant aims. In one sense, the failed policies of George Bush in the Middle East have resulted in a ripple effect as militants who flocked to Iraq to fight Americans are now heading west to fight in Algeria. The legacy of the Iraq war lives on even though there has been a reduction in death within that nation. George Bush has done more to recruit terrorists than any person in history.

Pakistan’s Leaders Attempt To Create Unity Government

Pakistan is a nation caught in the turmoil of conflict and disunion, not merely within its own territory, but on its border with Afghanistan. Its leaders have only recently assumed office only to be confronted with a president who is vastly unpopular, but still retains enormous power. The United States continually denounces inaction on the part of Pakistan as the root cause of terrorist success in Afghanistan. The ruling coalition which challenged President Musharraf has broken apart as the economy heads down and there are still conflicts with India. Leaders of Pakistan came together yesterday in an effort to resolve internal conflicts so the nation could proceed with addressing its major issues of peace, economic development, and restoration of democracy.

Sharif Nawaz, head of the Pakistan Muslim League-N sent his brother to represent him at the meeting with Prime Minister Gilani, and Asif Ali Zardari, who co-chairs the Pakistan People’s Party. Gilani emphasized there was need to decide how to handle the volatile northwest region which is the center of terrorist activity and the cause of American unhappiness. The Americans want military action, but the initial focus of the coalition has been on diplomacy in dealing with tribal chieftains in the region as well as trying to talk the Taliban into ending its activities.

A major source of concern to the PML-N is their desire to force President Musharraf from office and restore to power the judges he deposed. The PPP prefers dealing with economic issues and resolving problems with the Taliban and al-Qaeda. Unless, Pakistan moves as a united government, there is scant hope any issues can be resolved in the forseeable future.

First Hand Report Of Shooting At US Embassy

Cinar Kiper, a reporter with the Turkish Daily News, raced to the scene of the shooting at the US embassy, arriving about a half hour after the encounter which resulted in the death of three Turkish policemen and three assailants. Kiper was struck by the “sense of grim normalcy” and the lack of shock on the part of anyone who was standing outside the embassy. “Despite the disappointment of the mass media, the mood was more calm than confused.” Eye witnesses told him they saw the attackers move on the police and believed they were firing pistols and at least one had a shotgun. On eye witness said three bearded men lay next to the police and about four other policemen were lying on the ground with wounds. Most of the crowd was still waiting on line to enter the embassy for their visas and were blocked from leaving by the crowd of police vehicles.

Ambassador Wilson of the United States did not believe the shooting had any connection with the recent round up of members of the Ergenekon organization which was planning a coup to overthrow the Muslim led government of Turkey. The Ergenekon plan was creating confusion in order to portray the nation as on the brink of disaster. It will be interesting as further information emerges whether the attack came from Ergenekon or whether it was connected to al-Qaeda.

Musharraf Gave US Permission To Strike At Osama

It has always been unclear as to the extent of freedom enjoyed by American armed forces while dealing with issues within the border of Pakistan. A story in the Washington Times reveals President Musharraf years ago granted permission to the American military to launch predator attacks on Osama bin Laden in case they ever found the elusive target anywhere in tribal areas of Pakistan. Musharraf granted this exception to US forces so they do not have to seek permission from Islamabad prior to launching an attack on the al-Qaeda leader. All they have to do is load up and send the predator soaring into the sky.

The administration of George Bush has always placed emphasis of “getting Osama bin Laden” as though killing him will somehow lead to the end of al-Qaeda. This focus on an individual rather than on which conditions create the emergence of supporters of al-Qaeda had been a damaging mistake on the part of Bush. Al-Qaeda is a movement, it is not a person.

What Is Bush Doing In Iran?

Slowly but surely information is being revealed concerning the ineptness of the Bush administration in conducting wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Recent reports in The New York Times and the New Yorker indicate confusion and disorganization regarding America’s role in Afghanistan and Iran. In 2001, the United States drove Osama bin Laden from Afghanistan and by failing to crush and capture his forces due to a desire for action in Iraq, he was allowed to escape. Since then Osama has built up a large al-Qaeda force which most probably includes at least 2,000 fighters from foreign lands. The lack of any coherent plan to deal with Osama bin Laden enables his troops to destabilize areas of Pakistan and transform the northwest region of that nation into an al-Qaeda stronghold.

The problem is being compounded by American operations inside Iran. A secret memo was uncovered which indicates A Special Operations Force is currently operating inside Iran and its goal is to destabilize the religious leadership of that country. What happens if an American soldier is captured during one of these operations and placed on trial? Will the United States bomb Iran?

The 700 page official history of the United States army pinpoints earlier Bush mistakes ranging from failing to provide sufficient forces for the invasion of Iraq to the ridiculous proclamation on an aircraft carrier that Mission Accomplished when it had yet to begin. Where does John McCain stand on these current issues involving Iran?

Al-Qaeda Calls For Jihad Against Arab Leaders

Al Zwahari, the top deputy of Osma bin Laden not only lashed out against Israel and the United States, but pinpointed leaders of Arab nations for their failure to do anything about the situation in Gaza where an Israel blockade continues without any sign of an early end. he called for a jihad carried by the sons of the Muslim world who would do something to end the Gaza siege. Al Zwahari also blamed leaders of the wealthy Arab nations who refuse to take action to resolve the Israel – Palestinian conflict. The al-Qaeda leader termed President Mubarak of Egypt as a “criminal traitor” who has the capability but will not take action to end the siege of Gaza.

In one sense, the tirade is nothing new from an al-Qaeda leader, but there are signs the terrorist group will direct part of its engergies to disrupt Arab nations that have hung on the periphery of the Israel-Palestinian conflict. Perhaps, this is evidence of a new thrust that increasingly will focus on disrupting oil wealthy nations.

Bush Lied Says Senate Report

A new United States Senate report issued by committee chairman Senator John Rockefeller blasted the Bush administration for lying to the American people in the spring of 2003. It emphasizes how Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld “undertook a relentless public campaign in the aftermath of the (9/11) atacks to use the war against al-Qaeda as a justification for overthrowing Saddam Hussein, representing to the American pepople that the two had an operational partnership and posed a single indistinguishable threat that was fundamentaly misleading and led the nation into war on false pretenses.”

There is nothing new in the report that has not previously been reported on numerous other occasions. Naturally, the White House has issued its normal response about the president being misled by faulty intelligence and he was simply a leader who was betrayed by his staff. As the years pass it is easy to allow reality to disappear into a maze of lies and and words. The bottom line is in March, 2003, a UN group was investigting charges of WMD and told President Bush they had yet to find any evidence such weapons actually existed. Bush insisted America had to act immediately or something terrible would happen. Any Middle Eastern expert knew there was no connection between Saddam Hussein and al-Qaeda which was an enemy of the existing Iraq government.

Yes, there was faulty intelligence, but there was also accurate intelligence. Yes, Saddam Hussein was a brutal dictator, but he hated al-Qaeda or any other terrorist group because he would never allow any outside force to gain power that might challenge his own.

British Appeal Court Blocks Deportation Of Terrorist

A British Appeal Court halted the deportation of Abu Qatada who is accused of beng the “spiritual ambassador to Europe” of al-Qaeda. Although, Jordan promised the British government it would not torture the man, the Court refused to accept that guarantee. Judges also blocked the deportation of two Libyan men due to fear of torture and denial of fair trials. Human Rights Watch claimed the decision was a blow aimed at the government’s plans to deport individuals to nations which ordnarily use torture in order to extract confessions. “These cases,” said Julia Hall, “show that the British government should stop trying to deport people to countries whose justice systems are deeply tainted by torture and other abuses.”

Hopefully, the fight to end terrorism in the world can proceed without nations feeling compelled to use the tactics of terrorists. Demcracy must stand apart from the evils of men by behaving in such a manner as to demonstrate the importance of fair trials as the best weapon to combat those who oppose the democratic process.

Israel Denies Tension With Syria-al Qaeda Urges It

President Shimon Peres made clear “we have no intention at all of attacking Syria–Israel is not looking to go to war, and I hear that Syria says the same.” he blamed medida sources of attempting to c reate a crisis out of nothing by making inaccurate reports of Syrian forces moving up to the Israel border in preparation for conflict. Deputy Prime Minister Him Ramon derided effforts by Syria to engage in dialogue for peace. He insisted his “government is always looking to negotiate with Syria,” but “that government is stuck deep in the evil axis of connections with Hizbullah.” Of course, engaging in discussions might possibly reduce tension and move Syria into a different axis relationship.

Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri pledged on Wednesday his group would atack israel and Jews throughout the world. “We promise our Muslim brothers that we will do the best we can to harm Jews in Israel and the world over with Allah’s help and according to his command.” He claimed his organiztion will take the fight to Jerusalem once American forces leave Iraq. The al-Qaeda leadeer also expressed anger at the UN for creating Israel and termed the organization an “enemy of Islam.” Mr. Zawahri also blasted the corrupt governments of Saudi Arabia and Egypt and predicted they would be vanquished.

There is no question al-Qaeda is an equal opportunity hater which may imply they will never cease operations because there is always some state which doesn’t agree with its standards for performance.