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Al Qaida To Bush-Doomsday Or Hell!

Ayman al-Zawahri, number two man in al-Qaida, released a new tape yesterday in which he sneeringly told President Bush that his options were not very pleasant and most probably there would be war in Iraq to hand over to the next American leader. “The truth is that if Bush keeps all his forces in Iraq until doomsday and until they enter hell, they will only see crisis and defeat by the wll of God. “Their alternative is “if the Americans leave they will lose everything. And if they stay, they will bleed to death.” It is apparent al-Qaida leaders have ben keen observers of recent testimony by General Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker before Congress.

Al Zawahri commented: “Bush declared that he will grant Petraeus all the time he needs, a ridiculous show to cover up the failure in Iraq and to allow Bush to evade the decison to withdraw the forces, which is an admission of the failure of the crusader invasion of Iraq by passing the problem on to the next president.” In an interesting aside, the al-Qaida leader mocked militant Shiite cleric al-Sadr for seeking a cease fire and termed him “the laughingstock of the world”.

There is nothing unusual in the tape, it reflects the continuing belief of al-Qaida they are embarked in a long-term fight to drive out the Americans. It is but another symptom of the need for American to organize political of forces in Iraq to combat terrorism.

Carnage Continues In Iraq

President Bush and General Petraeus insist the surge has worked and violence is being reduced in Iraq. Although figures for violence did decrease in the past few months, figures since January of this year reveal an ever increasing rise in the level of suicide bombings. Yesterday, a suicide bomber struck a funeral in northern Iraq killing at least 42 people and wounding dozens. The funeral was for two slain brothers who are working with the local Awakening Council, a group of Sunni Muslim tribesmen who are cooperating with the Americans. The blast was the deadliest since March 6th when a bombing in central Baghdad killed 68. US officials believe al-Qaida militants have moved north after being pushed out of Baghdad and the western province of Anbar.

Part of the dilemma in Iraq is an inability to gain cooperation among the vrious factions which results in Shiite militants fighting Sunni militants and vice versa. The Bush administration, despite rhetoric to the contrary, continues relying most importantly on a military solution when a diplomatic one stands a better chance of creating stability in Iraq.

Are Foreign Militants Leaving Iraq?

There is increasing evidence a growing number of foreign fighters are leving Iraq due to serious weakening of al-Qida forces by current military campaigns in the country. Most came to Iraq due to being encouraged to participate in a jihad against western invaders who were attempting to destroy a Muslim society. It is estimated foreign militants constitute about 10% of Al-Qaida’s strength but they may make up to 90% of suicide bombers. Acording to General Keller, a chief intelligence officer in Iraq, “We’re just starting to see more fissures in the morale and leadership of al-Qaida.” The Algerian government recently said they had reports from family members that about 20 Algerians in al-Qaida wanted out of Iraq.

Most of the foreign militants come from young men who were seeking to make their mark in life by doing something heroic. Some became disenchanted upon arrival in Iraq because instead of killing Americans they were asked to kill fellow Muslims. However, many experts warn against becoming too optimistic because most Muslim militant groups are not vertical organizations in which taking out the top leader leads to a collapse. They are resilient and other men will work their way into leadership roles.

These indications point up more vividly the importance of emphasizing economic, political and ideological weapons to combat the militants. They are seeking new avenues for success and the emergence of strong ideological leaders could more probably attract their attention.

Top Blair Aide Urges Negotiation With Al Qaida

Jonathan Powell, who served as chief of staff for former Prime Ministr Tony Blair, now argues, “There’s nothing to say to al-Qaida and they’ve got nothing to say to us at the moment, but at some stage you’re going to have to come to a political solution as well as a security solution. And that means you need the ability to talk.” He admitted at this point it is unclear who exactly might be the person or group within al-Qaida that might even enter into discussions, but at some point, talks must begin.

In a wide ranging review of the Blair administration, Powell expressed the view Labor did not govern boldly enough because it feared losing power. However, the British government did initiate secret tlks with IRA leaders in Ireland that set the stage for the final peace agreements. Powell raises a central issue about the process of eventually ending the current state of unrest in the Middle East. Perhaps, one might begin by dealing with the Iranian government which provides extensive aid to militant groups.

US Somalia Missile Strike-3 Cows, 1 Calf, 1 Shack

A U.S. missile attack on a terrorist allegedly hiding out in the Somalia town of Dobley did considerable damage by killing 3 cows, 1 calf, destroyed a shack and injured six cviilians. The “al-Qaida terrorist,” who was believed to be Saleh Ali Nabhan, escaped unharmed. This was the fourth American attack on Somalia soil since the Bush administration encouraged and supported an Ethiopian invasion of the country in order to destroy its Islamic government, the former Islamic Courts(UIC) which briefly had taken over and restored some semblance of order in the chaos known as Somalia. The Christian Ethiopians are now dealing with hostile Islamic insurgents as popular opinion appears to be against outside forces in their nation.

One can only wonder if President Bush has a plan for dealing with terrorism. He invaded Iraq and created a dozen new terrorist groups in that nation. He encourages a Christian lead Ethiopian invasion of a Muslim nation and apparently believes it will not result in some sort of rebellion against outside forces. Each passing day reveals further evidence the “fight for democracy” would be more accurately entitled, “the fight to support terrorism.”

Iraq Sunni Councils Under The Gun From Iraq Govt.

There is increasing evidence the Sunni “Awakening Councils’ in Iraq, which are supported by US money, are feeling pressure from members of the Iraq Shiite government that may eventually result in an outbreak of violence between the oppposing groups. Sunni tribal leaders who oppose al-Qaida claim they are becoming the target of Shiite militias as well as their al-Qaida foes. There is no doubt the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki opposed the formation of the Awakening Councils and is dneying them financial support or recognition. According to Thamer al-Tamimi, one of the Council’s top leaders, the Sunni militia groups are under threat due to the upsurge in volence directed at their leaders and offices. Several recent al-Qaida car bombings were directed at these leaders.

There are moments when discussing Bush policies in Iraq when one can only wonder if anyone is in charge of the process. General Petraeus has led an American military effort to bring peace to Baghdad, but there are still many areas in Iraq where the level of violence is still high. From day one of the Iraq war there has been a failure to develop an overall long term plan for peace in the country.

A vivid example of the confusion surrounding Iraq policy is the recent agreement between Baghdad’s Mayor Saber al-Aisawia and the Iranian government for assistance in upgrading the level of municipal services. On one hand, Bush threatens Iran, on the other hand, the Iraqi government works with it. Is anyone in charge?

Terrorist Went To Wash Hands And Walked Away!

The govenment of Singapore apologized for allowing an alleged Islamic terror leader to simplyvanish from a jail. Authorities said Mas Selamat Kastari, who once allegedly plotted to hjack a plane and crash it into Sinagapore’s international airport, slipped away from a detention center. Mas Selamat is supposedly commander of the al-Qaida linked Jemaah Islamiyah’s Singapore branch. Minister of Home Affairs Wong Kan Seng said Mas Selamat escaped after being taken to a room where he was to meet members of his family. He asked permission to go to the toilet and apparently opened a window in the washroom and just walked away.

Security breaches are virtually nhead of in Singapore, small nd densely populated little island whose sophisticated intelligence system keeps close tabs on its inhabitants as well as anyone else. Hundreds of security forces have been deployed all over the island to find the missing man. Ironically, the departed fugitive walks with a limp so somewhere in Singpore there is limping man hobbling along trying to find a way out of the island.

Al-Qaida Growing Stronger Says US Inteligence

Michael McConnell, Director of National Intelligence, told Congress al-Qaida has reconstituted its leadership over the past two years and regained the “core operational capabilities” needed to launch attacks within the United States. He regards al-Qida as still the number one threat to the security of this nation. “Al-Qaida is improving the last key aspect of its ability to attack the U.S. The identification, training and positioning of operatives for an attack on the homeland.” McConnell noted his agency has identified a growing influx of recruits from the Western world in tribal areas of the northwest area of Pakistan. A continuing problem is the safe haven affored al-Qaida in these regions.

McConnell emphasized that several key al-Qaida leaders had been killed in the past year, but their deaths have not impaired the ability of its organization to conduct terrorist activities. The current situation is a vivid reminder of Bush blunders in not pursuing al-Qaida and the Taliban in 2001-2002 when the opportunity was ripe to wipe out those organizations. The president got side tracked into diverting resources to an ill-fated invasion of Iraq which has been disaster. One can only wonder if al-Qaida would still be an operational force today if Bush had pursued another course of action?

British Intelligence Claims Al-Qaeda Training Child Terrorists

The head of Britain’s M15 agency, Jonathan Evans, claimed al-Qaeda was educating Muslim children in England to engage in terrorist acts. He said the number of people in England identified as having terrorist links had risen from 1600 to 200. “Terrorist attacks we have seen against the UK are not simply random plots by disparate and fragmented groups” but are the result of planning by al-Qaeda. He went on to warn, “As I speak, terrorists methodically and intentionally targeting young people and children in this country.” He pointed out the police are encountering adolescent children engaged in terrorism.

Al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups undoubtedly recruit young people, but the real question is why are they successful in such efforts? A major factor is failure within England to provide education and job opportunities for disaffected young people. The United States has done an excellent job of integrating Muslim immigrants and providing economic and social opportunities for them to achieve their desires. Surely, this is the best weapon against al-Qaeda?

Petraeus: Good News And Continuing News

Geneal Petraeus indicated there had been significant progress in reducing the al-Qaida presence in certain areas of Baghdad. Although there has been a reduction in violence, Petraeus indicated, al-Qaida remained a “very dangerous and very lethal enemy.” There were car bombings in Baghdad and ten tribal leaders, who had arrived in Baghdad for meetings regarding their efforts to cooperate with the US and the Iraq government, were kidnapped and most probably will meet with harm from al-Qaida. General Petraeus also noted in several provinces of Iraq although the violence has declined, there is an atmosphere in which a “focus on crime and on extortion has been ongoing.”

A major issue connected with the “surge” is how long will American forces remain in Baghdad and elsewhere in Iraq. A possibility for the reduction in violence may stem from al-Aqida remaining quiet in order to wait out the American departure before resuming their attacks.