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As ISIS Shrinks, Al Qaeda Expands

Photo by thierry ehrmann | CC BY 2.0 Al-Qaeda is creating its most powerful stronghold ever in north-west Syria at a time when world attention...

How US Policy Helps Al Qaeda in Yemen

Exclusive: President Trump – like President Obama – is working at cross purposes in supposedly fighting Al Qaeda in Yemen...

Media Mourn End of CIA Killing Syrians and Strengthening Al Qaeda

The US government has finally announced an end to its years-long program to arm and train Syrian rebels. The initiative, one of the CIA’s...

Media Mourn End of CIA Killing Syrians and Strengthening Al Qaeda

The US government has finally announced an end to its years-long program to arm and train Syrian rebels. The initiative, one of the CIA’s...

How and Why U.S. Honors and Aids Al Qaeda

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at The Saker This will present a typical example in which the U.S. promotes Al Qaeda and other jihadists, and then...
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Video: Whistleblower Christoph Meili: Swiss banks stole from Nazi victims, now fund Al Qaeda...

Former UBS security guard Christoph Meili on UBS & Eidgenössische Bank theft, fraud and terror financing http://www.radio4all.net/index.php/program/92093 ... Via Youtube

Did Al Qaeda Fool the White House Again?

Exclusive: Despite evidence that Al Qaeda and its allies have staged fake chemical attacks in Syria before, Official Washington asserts...

Advocate of Saddam/Al Qaeda Conspiracy Will Save Us From Fake News

The New York Times promotes an unlikely champion of the cause of truth. The New York Times‘ Jim Rutenberg (3/26/17), alarmed by right-wing websites with...

Al Qaeda Funded by Royal Sauds, U.S. Gov’t. Documents

Eric Zuesse, supplemented from original post at strategic-culture.org The chief source of funds to Al Qaeda and other jihadist groups is Saudi Arabia’s royal family. Documentation...

In Syria, Western Media Cheer Al Qaeda

This Daily Beast headline (8/8/16) was an unusually direct acknowledgement of Al Qaeda’s role in Aleppo. The Syrian government—a dictatorship known for imprisoning, torturing and...

Official U.S. Gov’t. Documentation that Saudi Gov’t. Funds Al Qaeda

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org As Liz Goodwin and Michael Isikoff noted on 11 October 2016 regarding a recent wikileak:  The Clinton email states: "We need to use our diplomatic...

U.S. Ponders Whether to Go to War with Russia to Salvage Al Qaeda in...

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org Sources that will be provided here, document the historical narrative now occurring toward all-out war between the U.S. and...

Pentagon Paid for Fake ‘Al Qaeda’ Videos

Bell Pottinger’s work in Iraq was a huge media operation which cost over a hundred million dollars a year on average. A document unearthed...

Al Qaeda’s Ties to US-Backed Syrian Rebels

Exclusive: The U.S. is demanding the grounding of Syria’s air force but is resisting Russian demands that U.S.-armed rebels separate from Al Qaeda, a...

U.S. Caves to Russia on Syria — Won’t Continue Protecting Al Qaeda

Eric Zuesse On Friday, September 9th, America’s Secretary of State John Kerry, and Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, came to an agreement on Syria, for...

U.S. Gov’t. Says It’s No Longer Against Al Qaeda

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org "We're not focused on the former al-Nusra Front . We're focused on Daesh . And that's what we're fighting...

Al Qaeda’s Name Game in Syria

Washington’s neocon-dominated foreign policy establishment has long seen Al Qaeda’s Nusra Front as a strategic ally in Syria – and now...

Al Qaeda to jihadis: ‘Target white Americans, avoid minorities, because US mislabels attacks as...

Al Qaeda of the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has published a guide urging jihadis to carry out more ‘lone wolf’ operations in the...

Russia Accuses Obama of Supporting Al Qaeda in Syria

Eric Zuesse On May 4th, Russia’s Sputnik news agency headlined "Lavrov: US Tried to Include Al-Nusra Front Positions in 'Silent’ Period”, and reported that Russia’s Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, speaking in Moscow about the lengthy negotiations...

Reporting (or Not) the Ties Between US-Armed Syrian Rebels and Al Qaeda’s Affiliate

A crucial problem in news media coverage of the Syrian civil war has been how to characterize the relationship between the so-called “moderate” opposition...

How US Helps Al Qaeda in Yemen

Exclusive: The Obama administration, eager to assuage Saudi Arabia’s anger over the Iran nuclear deal and the failure to achieve “regime change” in Syria,...

Risking Nuclear War for Al Qaeda?

Exclusive: The risk that the multi-sided Syrian war could spark World War III continues as Turkey, Saudi Arabia and U.S. neocons seek an invasion that could kill Russian...
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Video: US handed illegal visas to future Al Qaeda terrorists – Ex-visa officer

America's anti-Soviet efforts in Afghanistan sparked the formation of Al-Qaeda. Something acknowledged by senior officials in Washington back in 2012. Via Youtube

Ex-CIA director claims Daesh support growing faster than Al Qaeda’s did

Groups allying themselves with Islamic State are breeding faster than Al Qaeda affiliates ever did, a former CIA boss told Congress following the latest...

Imprisoned Al Qaeda Fighters Freed by U.S. Allies to Rejoin Fight Against Assad

Eric Zuesse Some of the world’s top Al Qaeda operatives were freed from a Lebanese prison on Tuesday December 1st, to rejoin the U.S.-led war...
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Video: US admits ‘moderate’ Syrian rebels joined Al Qaeda affiliate

The US State Department has admitted that some of the so-called moderate rebels in Syria have been successfully recruited by the al-Nusra Front, an...

Should US Ally with Al Qaeda in Syria?

Exclusive: The new U.S. “group think” is that Russian President Putin broke his promise to attack only the Islamic State when his warplanes hit...

How US Allies Aid Al Qaeda in Syria

Exclusive: The dirty secret about the Obama administration’s “regime change” strategy in Syria is that it amounts to a de facto alliance with Al...

Neocons Urge Embrace of Al Qaeda

Exclusive: The latest neocon gambit is to build support for “regime change” in Syria by downplaying the evils of Al Qaeda, rebranding it as some sort of...

The US Government’s Not-So-Secret Support for Al Qaeda and ISIS

The DIA document was too big an anti-Obama scoop for Fox News not to cover at all. Yet they still managed to give the...

Revealed: NSA Labeled Al Jazeera Journalist a Member of Al Qaeda

Al Jazeera Islamabad bureau chief Ahmad Muaffaq Zaidan put on watch list after years of reporting on terror groups The U.S. government labeled Al Jazeera...

How the U.S. Is Allied with ISIS & Al Qaeda

Eric Zuesse The United States is allied with Sunni Moslem aristocracies (and therefore with Sunni-headed nations), against Shia Moslem aristocracies (and therefore also against Shia-headed...

Al Qaeda’s Bookkeeper Spills the Beans

Eric Zuesse Zacarias Moussaoui was the bookkeeper for Al Qaeda, but the U.S. intelligence services have been keeping this fact secret as much as they...

Meanwhile, Whatever Happened To Al Qaeda?

Bernie Suarez RINF Alternative News Watching world events lately one cannot help but to wonder, whatever happened to the war in Afghanistan? Are U.S. soldiers...

CIA Pilot Bombshell!! Confirms Obama’s Gun Running Program To Al Qaeda

By Susan Duclos



 A very interesting interview over at InfoWars, which can be heard in part in the video below, with a former CIA gun runner, William Robert “Tosh” Plumlee, which confirmed that before the Benghazi attack which killed four Americans, including Ambassador John Stevens, the Ambassador had expresed concern over the illegal arms reaching Islamic radicals. Plumlee talks about the lack of information provided to the mother of one of an information officer killed that fateful day:

“I began to wonder ‘why won’t they tell her anything?’” He asked. “Then a contact of mine in the Middle East, a high-ranking NATO official, mentioned to me that he had reports that the ambassador [J. Christopher Stevens] had been complaining about the dispatches and cables that he had got from the State Department about the weapons being received and [Islamic] radicals armed, including Stinger missiles.”

According to Plumlee, Steven was ordered to stand down after he asked the State Dept. what he should do about the American arm shipments to al-Qaeda. 

“The ambassador and his people had written a series of field reports and cable dispatches advising our State Department that the rebel factions had been armed with U.S. weapons,” he said. “Now my contention is this: if that is the case, why is that classified as a national security matter?”

Was Stevens and the other three Americans killed because of what they knew and expressed concern about? Is that why  the White House deliberately had officials providing false information to the public over the attack directly following it, which the latest Benghazi bombshell recently revealed? Is this also why the military was told to stand down and were not allowed to go in to save Ambassador Stevens and the others?





Cross posted at Before It's News


Libya: Ex-US base now headquarters of Al Qaeda-linked forces

Gabriel Black  RINF Alternative News Al Qaeda fighters are now operating out of a base set up by US Special Forces near the Libyan capital of...

Al Qaeda: Friend or Foe? The US Cannot Have It Both Ways

Joachim Hagopian RINF Alternative News The US government needs to be confronted with the untenable position of maintaining al Qaeda as America’s enemy while for decades...

Israel Support to Al Qaeda Rebels: New Free Syrian Army (FSA) Commander Trained in...

The new commander of the anti-Damascus militancy group, the Free Syrian Army (FSA), Abdul-Ilah al-Bashir has been trained in Israel, media reports said. Al-Bashir had...

Terrorism: Al Qaeda from Islington(UK) – and Africa

*cross-posted from Assoluta Tranquillita*

Remember how MIC keeps telling us that the terrorists are 'on the run' and that the Global War on Terror is over?   Well, apparently, he either was not telling us the whole truth, or he really 'doesn't know' what's going on in the world today.  Read on, and YOU decide:

From Islington Gazette (Yes, London, UK):

Terrorism spotlight falls on Islington as brothers become Al-Qaeda poster boys

Rory Brigstock-Barron Thursday, January 30, 2014

 Akram Sebah (left) and brother Mohamed - picture of the two which was sent out on social media, declaring them Martyrs

The terrorism spotlight fell on Holloway this week as three people in their 20s were linked to al-Qaeda in Syria.

Propaganda images were ­released on social media of brothers Akram, 24, and Mohamed ­Sebah, 28, who grew up in Cornwallis Square, and are believed to have died in battle in the war-torn country in September.

The two were pictured together smiling and brandishing guns in camouflage gear and were hailed “martyrs” and “young British ­lions” in messages sent out to ­encourage other recruits to follow in their footsteps.

Neighbours believed they had died in a car accident in America.

The news followed the court ­appearance of Naval Masaad, 26, of Centurian Close, who is alleged to have tried to smuggle £16,500 in her knickers to terrorists, also in Syria.

She and her suspected accomplice Amal El-Wahabi, 27, of Rucklidge Avenue, Willesden, are thought to be the first British women to be charged with terror offences over the conflict....

Yes, there is much more here.

From Homeland Security NewsWire about the (what should be) alarming rise of terrorism in Africa:

 Report: 60 percent increase in terrorism in “arc of instability” across North Africa, Sahel

31 January 2014

A new study on North Africa and the Sahel reports that terrorist attacks in the region “increased an alarming 60 percent” in 2013, to the highest annual level over the past twelve years. “An expanding array of al-Qaeda-affiliated and like-minded extremist groups” escalated their violent attacks across an “‘arc of instability’ from the Atlantic to the Red Sea.” These extremist groups include several al-Qaeda-affiliated and like-minded extremist formations and their associates, such as Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), Boko Haram, Ansaru, Ansar Dine, Ansar Al-Sharia, the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO), al-Mourabitoun, the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MLNA), Al-Shabaab, and militant recruits from the Polisario-run refugee camps and other displaced persons.

The study, Terrorism in North Africa and the Sahel in 2013, reports that Libya, Algeria, Mali, and Tunisia suffered the highest rate of attacks in the region, which has seen terrorism rise more than 600 percent since the 9/11 attacks.

The study, authored by Yonah Alexander, director of the Inter-University Center on Terrorism Studies (IUCTS) , is the IUCTS’s fifth annual report on terrorism in the Maghreb and Sahel region. It was released last Friday at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. at the 16th annual event on International Cooperation in Combatting Terrorism: Review of 2013 and Outlook for 2014, hosted by the IUCTS/Potomac Institute for Policy Studies.

The stakes are too high for America to disengage from the Maghreb and the Sahel,” Alexander underscored in the report, adding that “America’s vital interests in the region and those of our friends and allies are under assault by extremists and radicals who are doing us harm and want to inflict more damage.”...

It is my absolute belief  that... The stakes are too high..." for ANY of us to disengage from the global threat of terrorism.  What happens 'over there' DOES affect us all 'over here' and should concern us all.

Read the rest of this article here.

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The Al Qaeda Switchboard: Did CIA Obstruction Enable 9/11 Attacks?

Donn Marten  RINF Alternative News The arguments being presented by the defenders of the NSA Stasi's metadata harvesting efforts, in particular by federal judge William Pauley...

Syrian rebels kill Belgian commander linked to al Qaeda

reuters.comJanuary 15, 2014 A Belgian commander of al Qaeda-linked forces in Syria was killed in fierce...

Al Qaeda Syria unit executes dozens of rival Islamists

Infowars.comJanuary 14, 2014 Al Qaeda Syria unit executes dozens of rival Islamists: activists http://t.co/auL6XwIZ97 – Reuters Top...

Al Qaeda group in Lebanon vows to strike at Iran

cbsnews.comJanuary 14, 2014 An al Qaeda-linked group that has carried out attacks across the Middle East...

CNN All But Ignores Own Scoop That Al Qaeda ‘Appears to Control’ More Arab...

Matt HadroNewsbustersJanuary 13, 2014 On January 7, CNN's national security analyst Peter Bergen wrote on CNN.com...

Americans Who Fought in Fallujah Watch al Qaeda Make Comeback

RUSSELL GOLDMANabcnews.go.comJanuary 10, 2014 The crack of gunfire shattered the quiet following afternoon prayers...

Terrorism as an Instrument of Imperial Conquest. From Afghanistan to Syria, America Supports Al...

“At last the world knows America as the savior of the world!” — President Woodrow Wilson, Paris Peace Conference, 1919 The horrors reported each day...

Al Qaeda controls more territory than ever in Middle East

Peter Bergencnn.comJanuary 9, 2014 From around Aleppo in western Syria to small areas of Falluja in...

State Dept Won’t Say If Benghazi Attacker Had Ties To Al Qaeda

trunews.comJanuary 9, 2014 State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki was unable to tell reporters how the Obama...

Al Qaeda is fighting to regain control of Anbar province in Iraq

Infowars.comJanuary 7, 2014 Fueled by Syria's war, al Qaeda is fighting to regain control of Anbar...

Terrorism with a “Human Face”: Rebranding the Public Image of Syria’s Al Qaeda Brigades

Western corporate media, its Oil and Gas counterparts (GCC), and the various acolytes and paid-propagandists in the “tailored analysis” industry, are once again attempting...

Al Qaeda’s expense report, Penny Lane terror threats and other global ‘designs’

“Eighties, I have to push, I have to struggle - Eighties, get out of my way, I’m not for sale no more — Eighties, let’s kamikaze...

Fuelled by Syria war, al Qaeda bursts back to life in Iraq

Suadad al-SalhyReutersJanuary 6, 2014 Al Qaeda gunmen seeking to form a radical Islamic state out of...

Syria’s Rebels’ Fight With Al Qaeda Group Spreads

RYAN LUCAShuffingtonpost.comJanuary 6, 2013 Syrian rebels surrounded a compound held by al-Qaida-linked fighters and freed at...

US Occupation of Iraq is the Cause of Sectarian Strife and Al Qaeda Attacks

The former United Nations humanitarian coordinator in Iraq says that recent crises in some Iraqi cities have resulted from the US occupation of the...

Peter King: NSA Should Monitor Congress in Case They’re ‘Talking to an Al Qaeda...

Noah Rothmanmediaite.com January 5th, 2014 Appearing on Fox News Channel on Sunday, Rep. Peter King...

Saudi Arms Shipments to Al Qaeda Rebels Waiting behind Iraq’s Borders with Syria

Tens of vehicles carrying arms shipments from Saudi Arabia failed to cross the Iraqi border into Syria due to the Iraqi army's ongoing operations...

Iraq’s Army And Tribes Are Battling Al Qaeda Right Now For The Future Of...

Suadad al-Salhybusinessinsider.comJanuary 3, 2013 Sunni Muslim tribesmen backed by Iraqi troops fought al Qaeda-linked militants for...

Syria asks UN Security Council to Prosecute Turkey for Supporting Al Qaeda Terrorists

Damascus has officially asked the UN Security Council to prosecute Turkey and all countries that support the militants operating in Syria. In a letter to...

Issa says Benghazi attack was al Qaeda-led

Infowars.comDecember 30, 2013 Darrell Issa stands by claim Benghazi attack was al Qaeda-led http://t.co/vdEYENURDA pic.twitter.com/keG1ArVK0o – Washington...

California man admits to terrorism, plans to train Al Qaeda in Pakistan

Ari Bloomekatzlatimes.comDecember 27, 2013 A 24-year-old Orange Coungy man pleaded guilty Friday to federal terrorism charges...

Iraq to U.S.: Send in the drones, Hellfire missiles to destroy al Qaeda

Douglas Ernstwashingtontimes.comDecember 27, 2013 The Iraqi government wants drones – American drones. Iraq has requested 10...

Al Qaeda Is Very Sorry for Attacking Yemeni Hospital

gawker.comDecember 23, 2013 Al Qaeda can't stop apologizing. Five weeks after an affiliate of the terror...

Head of a human-rights org also a financier for al Qaeda

creepingsharia.wordpress.comDecember 23, 2013 The U.S. government this week said the head of a human-rights organization working...

Syria Atrocities: The US Directly Supports the Al Qaeda Terrorists

There can be no peace as long as the Western military alliance supports the terrorists Disclaimer: The contents of this article are of sole...

Al Qaeda Slaughters Civilians in Adra: US-NATO have “Blood on their Hands

Share VideoMembers of jihadist group Al-Nusra Front take part in a parade calling for the establishment of an Islamic state in Syria, at the...

Al Qaeda Terrorism in Syria is a “Weapon of Mass Destruction”: UN Security Council...

On November 27, 2013, at a United Nations Security Council Stakeout, the Syrian Ambassador displayed a file of 258 letters addressed to the Security...

Washington’s New Islamic Front: Expanded U.S. Support to Al Qaeda Rebels in Syria

From the outset, the Western military alliance has (covertly) supported the terrorists with a view to destabilizing Syria as a nation state. Lest we forget,...

Washington’s Al Qaeda doesn’t exist and never did

Thomas Mullen For twelve years, the Bush and Obama Administrations have promoted a narrative about the War on Terror. It has changed slightly in superficial...

Washington’s Al Qaeda doesn’t exist and never did

Thomas MullenThe Washington TimesDecember 11, 2013 For twelve years, the Bush and Obama administrations have promoted a narrative about the War on Terror. It has...

Bishop: “Christians should take up arms in Syria” against Foreign Supported Al Qaeda Militants

Speaking to the Iraqi newspaper Az-Zaman, Bishop Luca al-Khoury said “we have many young men who are asking us , and there are those...

Al Qaeda branch claims attack in Yemen

ReutersDecember 6, 2013 An al Qaeda-linked group has claimed responsibility for Thursday's attack on Yemen's defence ministry that killed at least 52 people, the country's...

Terrorism in Syria: Turkey Deports More Than One Thousand European Al Qaeda Affiliated Mercenaries

Turkey has sent a report to European countries saying that it has deported 1,100 European citizens who came to Turkey to join al-Qaeda-linked groups...

Israel Supplies Weapons to Al Qaeda Mercenaries in Syria: Government Forces Seize Israeli-made Arms

The Syrian army says it has confiscated Israeli-made weapons in its latest operations against foreign-backed militants. A military source told the Syrian news agency SANA...

Al Qaeda Taking over in Syria

Michael Yonbreitbart.comDecember 2, 2013 The Syrian rebel Kawa Khalil told me the recent story of the Holy Cross church. Before the war, the church doubled as...

Al Qaeda-linked group claims foothold in West Bank

cbsnews.comDecember 6,. 2013 An al Qaeda-linked group said three militants killed in the West Bank by Israeli forces last week were its members, and that...

Syria Video Allegedly Shows Execution Of Rebels By Al Qaeda Linked Group

huffingtonpost.comNovember 29, 2013 Al Qaeda-linked militants have executed the commander of a rival rebel faction and six of his men, an amateur video of the...

U.S. Intel Eyes New Threat: al Qaeda in Lebanon

David Kennerforeignpolicy.comNovember 22, 2013 Lebanon celebrated the 70th anniversary of its independence today with a parade of marching soldiers, sword-wielding cavalrymen, and camouflage green tanks...

Al Qaeda ‘Refugees’ in America on Welfare

atlasshrugs2000.typepad.comNovember 21, 2013 Yesterday I published reports of al Qaeda war gaming in Kentucky and handling heavy weapons. And the US let these terrorists into...

FBI Video Shows Al Qaeda in Kentucky Handling Heavy Weapons

James Gordon MeekABC NewsNovember 20, 2013 An al Qaeda-linked terrorist, who was resettled in the U.S. as an Iraq War refugee after allegedly killing American...

Canada’s Harper Government Supports Covert Mercenary War on Syria, Funds Al Qaeda Affiliated Rebels

As expected, Prime Minister Harper wholly endorsed President Obama's call to punish the Syrian government for its alleged use of chemical weapons on August...

Fox News guest claims al Qaeda could’ve run Obamacare better than the president

redalertpolitics.com November 12, 2013 The implementation of Obamacare has been so bad, according to a recent guest on Fox News, that the terrorist organization al Qaeda...

Gunmen kill senior leader of Al Qaeda-linked militant group fighting U.S. troops in Afghanistan

Associated PressNovember 11, 2013 Gunmen on the outskirts of Islamabad shot dead a senior leader of one of the most feared Al Qaeda-linked militant groups...

Israeli Bombers over Syria: Al Qaeda’s Air Force

Introduction Israel has committed repeated acts of war against countries that opposed its Zionist policies of colonization and annexation of Palestinian territory in East Jerusalem...

Drone strikes kill 5 al Qaeda suspects in Yemen

Associated PressNovember 8, 2013 Drone strikes in southern Yemen killed five suspected al Qaeda militants, the country's interior ministry said Friday, as fighting between rebels...

Al Qaeda in Syria Supported by Uncle Sam: US, Allies to Blame for Chemical...

An analyst says the United States and its allies in the region are to blame for having helped militants in Syria to launch the...

Iraqi leader blames regional unrest for revival of al Qaeda in Iraq

David AlexanderReutersNovember 1, 2013 Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said on Thursday he was seeking U.S. help to counter a resurgent al Qaeda in his...

Al Qaeda’s Corridor Through Syria

On Tuesday night, suicide bombers and gunmen attacked Iraqi checkpoints along Highway 11, which runs from Baghdad to Syria via Ramadi. They bombed the...

Al Qaeda’s Corridor Through Syria

On Tuesday night, suicide bombers and gunmen attacked Iraqi checkpoints along Highway 11, which runs from Baghdad to Syria via Ramadi. They bombed the...

“Global War on Terrorism”: Who are the Terrorists? John McCain Openly Supports Al Qaeda...

This is beginning to become a regular occurrence, and McCain has the arrogance to say he'll run for another term as Senator in...

Sen. Sanders: ‘Global Warming a Far More Serious Problem Than Al Qaeda’

In a newly published interview, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) blasts the "unfettered capitalism" that has collapsed the middle class, and the corporate power fueling climate change, which poses a "far more serious problem than Al Qaeda."

Sanders speaking about the government shutdown's impacts. (Photo: AFGE/cc/flickr) Speaking with economics writer Jonathan Tasini for the interview with Playboy, the 72-year-old Independent senator said that "one of the untold stories of our time is the collapse of the American middle class." It's due, in part, to "the decline of trade unions," which means that workers "have less power to negotiate contracts and less political clout."

It's a system that has brought immense inequality, he says.

"We are in the midst of intense class warfare, where the wealthiest people and the largest corporations are at war with the middle class and working families of this country, and it is obvious the big-money interests are winning that war."

It's a "hypercapitalist society," where there are even efforts to "privatize water, for God’s sake," and the function of the current health care system is "to make as much money out of it as possible," he told Tasini.

When Tasini told Sanders, "You make the U.S. sound like a banana republic in which a handful of families control all the economic and political power," Sanders responded simply, "Yes, it is. In more technical economic terms I would call it an oligarchy."

It's a system that has put corporate interests above people—and the planet.

"You have the entire scientific community saying we have to be very aggressive in cutting greenhouse gas emissions," Sanders told Playboy. "Yet you’re seeing the heads of coal companies and oil companies willing to sacrifice the well-being of the entire planet for their short-term profits. And these folks are funding phony organizations to try to create doubt about the reality of global warming."

It's "incomprehensible," he said, that "[b]ig business is willing to destroy the planet for short-term profits."

"And because of their power over the political process, you hear a deafening silence in the U.S. Congress and in other bodies around the world about the severity of the problem. Global warming is a far more serious problem than Al Qaeda."

As for any hopes Sanders supporters have that the senator will make a bid for the White House, he told Tasini, "I am at least 99 percent sure I won’t."

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Syria’s Chemical Weapons: Western Military Alliance and Israel continue to Support Al Qaeda Affiliated...

Amply documented the Al Nusrah rebels are in possession of chemical weapons. In an unusual twist, An August 9, 2013 UPI report intimates that...

US Troops Capture Wanted al Qaeda Leader in Libya

Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai. (Photo: FBI / Wikipedia)Washington - U.S. special forces in Libya on Saturday captured a senior al Qaida leader who'd been sought...

US-backed Syrian opposition forces reject political leaders, align with Al Qaeda

Free Syrian Army forces have issued a joint statement with Al Qaeda-linked groups rejecting the political leadership of the Syrian National Coalition. Copyright: World...

SATIRE: In a Gesture of Goodwill, Al Qaeda Unveils a Two-Tiered Terror Campaign Involving...

In what is being widely hailed as a diplomatic breakthrough in the two-tier, CIA-funded My Terrorist, My Friend Campaign (sort of), al Qaeda has...

Al Qaeda-Linked Syria Group Enjoying USAID? You’ve Got to See This to Believe It

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West Attempts Syria Cover Up — Claims “Twitter Donations” Behind Rise of Al Qaeda

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The Strategic Role of 9/11: Al Qaeda and the Pentagon’s Global Military Offensive

Most people in the world remember the September 11, 2001 attacks very clearly. It was a day when the world changed for the worse,...

“Washington’s Inquisition”: U.S., Sponsored Al Qaeda Terrorists Committing Atrocities against Syrian Christians

Until recently, Syria was a safe-haven for Christians. The New York Times notes: As secular leaders from the secretive Alawite sect, the Assad dynasty largely preserved...

“Washington’s Inquisition”: U.S., Sponsored Al Qaeda Terrorists Committing Atrocities against Syrian Christians

Until recently, Syria was a safe-haven for Christians. The New York Times notes: As secular leaders from the secretive Alawite sect, the Assad dynasty largely preserved...

Classified U.S. Military Document: Al Qaeda Rebels in Syria DO Have Chemical Weapons

We've extensively documented that the Syrian rebels do have access to chemical weapons. It turns out that a classified U.S. military document says the same...

More than a Decade After 9/11, Globalists Openly Embrace Al Qaeda

In case you didn't get the memo — Al-Qaeda, the group supposedly responsible for 9/11, is now our ally in Syria Infowars.com When Infowars made the...

Saudi Arabia sent 1239 death row inmates to fight with Al Qaeda in Syria...

Wow, the war on Syria just jumped the shark. Copyright: Blacklisted News

Saudi Arabia sent 1239 death row inmates to fight with Al Qaeda in Syria...

Wow, the war on Syria just jumped the shark. Copyright: Blacklisted News

Senator John McCain, Foreign Relations “Adviser” to Al Qaeda Death Squads in Syria

While the mainstream media admonishes John McCain for playing a poker game on his cell phone during the Senate Council on Foreign Relations Hearings...

The US-Al Qaeda alliance in Syria and the fraud of the war on terror

  6 September 2013 ...

2 Congress Members: We Shouldn’t Be “Al Qaeda’s Air Force”

Washington’s BlogSeptember 5, 2013 Politico notes: “We certainly don’t have a dog in the fight,” Cruz said,...

What Happened to the “Global War on Terrorism”? The U.S. is “Fighting for...

Americans have been repeatedly told that Al Qaeda under the helm of the late Osama bin Laden was responsible for the 9/11 attacks. Formulated in...

U.S.-NATO Should Not Be “Al Qaeda’s Air Force”

Kerry’s Claim that Syrian Rebels Are Not Associated with Al Qaeda Has Been Thoroughly Debunked Politico notes: “We certainly don’t have a dog in the fight,”...

Ted Cruz: U.S. not ‘Al Qaeda’s air force’

Tal KopanPoliticoSeptember 4, 2013 Sen. Ted Cruz called President Barack Obama’s efforts to authorize military intervention...

Obama’s Syria Endgame: New Al Qaeda “Recruits” Dispatched to Syria

This may be the biggest story you have ever read and may ever live to witness. It is straight out of a Robert Ludlum...

CIA Trained Al Qaeda Cell To Enter Syria

US sanctioned 50 man group to sneak over border into Syria with arms Steve Watson The New York Times reports that...

CIA finds 1 in 5 flagged job applicants come from Hamas, Hezbollah, al Qaeda

Cheryl K. ChumleyThe Washington TimesSeptember 2, 2013 An estimated one-fifth of a subset of all applicants...

U.S. Travel Warning: Al Qaeda-Affiliated Syrian Rebels Have Claimed Nearly 600 Attacks

Terence P. JeffreyCNS NewsSeptember 2, 2013 While President Barack Obama is now asking Congress to authorize...

Egypt: Al Qaeda and Muslim Brotherhood Mobs Burn Christian Coptic Churches

What is unfolding in Egypt is sectarian warfare supported covertly by the US. (GREd) Egypt’s Coptic Christian minority has become a favorite target for Muslim...

US Drones on Yemen: 'al Qaeda's Public Relations Officer'

As the U.S. continues to bombard Yemen with drones this weekend, one Yemeni activist says that for ordinary people of Yemen, there is very...

US Drones on Yemen: ‘al Qaeda’s Public Relations Officer’

As the U.S. continues to bombard Yemen with drones this weekend, one Yemeni activist says that for ordinary people of Yemen, there is very little difference between what al-Qaeda and the U.S. are doing to the country.

Drone strike in Yemen kills 4 suspected Al Qaeda militants

Ken DilanianL.A. TimesAugust 7, 2013 A suspected U.S. drone strike in Yemen killed four alleged Al...

US special forces on alert overseas to strike any potential Al Qaeda targets

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France confirms death of top al Qaeda commander Abou Zeid

Published time: March 23, 2013 19:07
This image released on December 25, 2012 by Sahara Media, shows one of the leaders of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), Abdelhamid Abou Zeid in an undisclosed place. (AFP Photo/Sahara Media)

France has finally confirmed that al Qaeda’s top commander in North Africa, Abdelhamid Abou Zeid, was killed last month during the country’s military operation in northern Mali.

The announcement ends weeks of speculations over the fate of the head of one of the most hardline al Qaeda brigades in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).

French president, Francois Hollande, has said that he “confirms with certainty” the death of Abou Zeid, who was killed in Mali’s Adrar des Ifoghas (mountains) at the end of February.

Hollande noted in his statement that “the end of one of the main leaders of AQIM is a milestone in the fight against terrorism in the Sahel (the zone of transition between the Sahara desert and the Sudanese Savannas)”.

The first reports of Abou Zeid’s death appeared on TV in his native Algeria back in February and were later confirmed by Chad’s president, Idriss Deby.

Deby said that the high-ranked Islamist was killed by Chadian troops, who are part of the French-led international contingent in Mali.

But France was in no hurry to confirm the news, with Paris only commenting that Abou Zeid may “probably” be dead.

According to an unnamed source speaking to Reuters, French authorities were waiting for the results of a DNA test before making an official statement.

Abou Zeid, who has earned millions for al Qaeda through the kidnapping of Western citizens, was behind the execution of British tourist, Edwin Dyer in 2009 and French aid worker Michel Germaneau in 2010.

His group is also believed to be responsible for the abduction of five French nuclear and construction workers in northern Niger in 2010.

Abou Zeid was a member of the FIS (Islamic Salvation Front), which started a bloody civil war in Algerian in the early 1990s after being denied victory in the election.

He later joined the GSPC (Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat) where he served under another notorious AQIM leader, Mokhtar Belmokthar, before becoming a commander himself.

In January 2012, an Algerian court tried Abou Zeid in absentia, finding him guilty of belonging to an international terrorist group and sentencing him to life in prison.

France launched its military operation in Mali on January 11 to push back militants linked to Abou Zeid and other extremist groups, who had imposed harsh Islamic rule in northern Mali.

Dead French Photographer was State Department-Funded — Embedded in Syria With Al Qaeda

 Further indication of the depraved nature of the West’s campaign against Syria, and the depraved nature of its institutions, methods, and faux-NGOs, vindicating a growing trend of ejecting Western “journalists” and NGO’s from an ever increasing number of nations, it is revealed that a French photographer recently killed in Syria was embedded with terrorist militants in Idlib, northern Syria, and was working on behalf of the US State Department’s National Endowment for Democracy (NED) funded “Reporters Without Borders.”

The UK Daily Mail revealed in their article, “French photographer killed by flying shrapnel in Syria as rebels launch fresh offensive on police academy in Aleppo,” that:

A French photographer has been killed by flying shrapnel in Syria while covering operations of an armed opposition group.

The French government said today Olivier Voisin had been working for Reporters Without Borders near the northwestern city of Idlib.

Idlib, Syria, along with much of northern Syria is admittedly overrun by Al Qaeda. In fact, a recent  Washington Post article stated that northern Syria was so overrun with Al Qaeda, that Western nations along with its Arab partners have decided to ship weapons in from Daraa in southern Syria. Of course, Daraa too is a long-time hotbed for extremist activity, including Al Qaeda, years before the so-called “uprising” even began.

The Post article titled, “In Syria, new influx of weapons to rebels tilts the battle against Assad,” admits:

A surge of rebel advances in Syria is being fueled at least in part by an influx of heavy weaponry in a renewed effort by outside powers to arm moderates in the Free Syrian Army, according to Arab and rebel officials.

The new armaments, including anti-tank weapons and recoilless rifles, have been sent across the Jordanian border into the province of Daraa in recent weeks to counter the growing influence of Islamist extremist groups in the north of Syria by boosting more moderate groups fighting in the south, the officials say.

Despite the rampant extremism in the north, French photographer Olivier Voisin found himself amongst these very militants in the midst of what we are told are waves of “rebel gains.” Apparently these “gains” are being made at high costs.

Voisin’s organization, Reporters Without Borders, is a notorious faux-NGO that plays a pivotal role globally, undermining nations targeted by Western corporate-financier interests, working in tandem with US State Department-backed proxies in Iran, China, Russia, Sudan, and everywhere else Wall Street and London seek to plant their flag. In 2008, Reporters Without Borders received cash from the State Department-funded National Endowment for Democracy (NED) whose board of directors is a who’s who of warmongering Neo-Conservatives and corporate special interests.

While these corporate-financier interests constitute the antithesis of “human rights,” “human freedom,” and “democracy,” these very principles are used to leverage advantages and invoke public sympathy and support for subversion and regime change in targeted nations.

Reporters Without Borders also received cash from the Sigrid Rausing Trust, the Overbrook Foundation, and the US State Department’s Washington DC-based “Center for a Free Cuba.” It should be noted that the Sigrid Rausing Trust also provides funding for the International Crisis Group (ICG) (along with BP, Chevron, Shell, Deutsche Bank Group, and Morgan Stanley) who in part helped blueprint and cheerlead the violence that ultimately claimed Voisin’s life. In fact, the ICG includes amongst its board of directors, Kofi Annan who helped buy time for NATO militants to rearm and redeploy with a disingenuous “peace plan.”

And as Syria’s government and people fight against Al Qaeda militants coddled, armed, and funded  by NATO, admittedly based in Turkey side-by-side US-provided Patriot missile batteries, CIA agents, as well as French and British special forces, the Western corporate-media seems only able to condemn Voisin’s death along with unconfirmed, most likely fabricated accounts made by militants that Syria is firing “Scud missiles” into Aleppo. This, while confirmed, deadly car bombings bearing all of Al Qaeda’s hallmarks killed scores of civilians in Damascus, and was promptly excused, dismissed, and buried by the West. In fact, the US is blocking a UN resolution that would condemn the most recent Al Qaeda bombing in Damascus which claimed over 50 lives including school children.

The runaway depravity of the West, its governments, institutions, media, and faux-NGO’s are permanently disfiguring any potential concept of “international law” and has left the people of the West with a floundering legitimacy that will inevitably impact all other aspects of their life, not merely foreign policy. Criminal foreign policy is just one of many symptoms of a corrupt, corporate-financier dominated ruling oligarchy that has hijacked the institutions, charters, and social contracts that bind together a functional society. The solution is to boycott and ultimately replace these corporate-financier monopolies, by creating and cultivating local institutions that directly serve the interests of the people.

The Al Qaeda Most Americans Know Is Basically a Myth at This Point

The world recently got a good taste of how al Qaeda operatives have a lot in common these days with cubicle-dwelling bureaucrats.

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When I left Vegas last week, Mali was still the center of the world. I got home today, after taking a few wrong turns, and Mali is well on its way back to nowhere. Google News only listed 23 stories tagged “Mali” last week, and they were all about a supposedly secret Al Qaeda communique found in Timbuktu after the Jihadis bugged out.

This is just a phase, like your parents told themselves when you were 12. It’s the phase where the war reporters lag behind the war, and don’t get into town until the fighting is over (not that there was much fighting in Mali in the first place) after the French have tidied up after their airstrikes. Now, when the big fuss is over, Timbuktu and Gao are crawling with reporters who just can’t find much to talk about—because there never really was much to talk about in these teeny desert outposts, not even when the Jihadis were in charge. So Associated Press  is screaming to anybody who’ll listen that its reporters found a vital secret document while snuffling through the trash in Timbuktu:

”TIMBUKTU, Mali - (AP) -- In their hurry to flee last month, al-Qaida fighters left behind a crucial document: Tucked under a pile of papers and trash is a confidential letter, spelling out the terror network's strategy for conquering northern Mali and reflecting internal discord over how to rule the region.”

That’s a pretty cool lead sentence, like the start of a good spy novel, until you realize every key word should have an asterisk after it, leading to a footnote that says, “Look, we needed a big story here—you know how much it costs to get to this stinking hellhole? So give us a break.”

So let’s break it down, phrase by phrase.

First, “Al Qaeda”. Every time you read that name, you should spit and shrug like a peasant turning down a horse with a hernia. It’s a scam. First of all, who says there is such a thing in the first place? Al Qaeda is an organization that makes no sense in traditional guerrilla terms. You don’t hold guerrilla jamborees, guerrilla mixers—you compartmentalize and only let members who are already blown meet with other movements. The whole idea of Al Qaeda as a jihadi ecumenical lovefest is so stupid that  almost two years ago, I said we should be asking whether there even is such a thing as Al Qaeda.

There wasn’t anything like a “terror network” operating in Mali, even when the northern half of the country was marked with those diagonal red lines meaning “under Islamist control” a few months ago. Al Qaeda is as dead as bin Laden, and it died—if it ever really existed—years before the Old Man himself was shot up while watching Jeopardy reruns in Abbotabad.

There are plenty of Islamists, from one or another of the hardline traditions—Salafist, Wahhabi, Deobandi—but they don’t report to any central Al Qaeda Board of Directors. It’s always local, much more local than the news services want to tell you. In Mali, there was a simple physics problem, a surplus of energy in the Maghrib, the rim of North Africa. Some of that energy spun back south, across the Sahara, into places like Mali.

Normally, if you’ll recall your HS Physics, “Nature abhors a vacuum,” but Nature is normally willing to tolerate one in Mali. It was just that for a while, after the Islamists lost the Algerian Civil War and Qaddafi was blasted out of Libya, there was so much excess weaponry and such a huge surplus of unemployed freelance jihadis up there, a lot of them Tuaregs nursing the old ambition to have their own ridiculous landlocked chunk of Sahara, that something was bound to pop in Mali.

Al Qaeda: The Database.

Al Qaeda: The Database.

Shortly before his untimely death, former British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook told the House of Commons that “Al Qaeda” is not really a terrorist group but a database of international mujaheddin and arms smugglers used by the CIA and Saudis to funnel guerrillas, arms, and money into Soviet-occupied Afghanistan. Courtesy of World Affairs, a journal based in New Delhi, WMR can bring you an important excerpt from an Apr.-Jun. 2004 article by Pierre-Henry Bunel, a former agent for French military intelligence.

“I first heard about Al-Qaida while I was attending the Command and Staff course in Jordan. I was a French officer at that time and the French Armed Forces had close contacts and cooperation with Jordan . . .

“Two of my Jordanian colleagues were experts in computers. They were air defense officers. Using computer science slang, they introduced a series of jokes about students’ punishment.

“For example, when one of us was late at the bus stop to leave the Staff College, the two officers used to tell us: ‘You’ll be noted in ‘Q eidat il-Maaloomaat’ which meant ‘You’ll be logged in the information database.’ Meaning ‘You will receive a warning . . .’ If the case was more severe, they would used to talk about ‘Q eidat i-Taaleemaat.’ Meaning ‘the decision database.’ It meant ‘you will be punished.’ For the worst cases they used to speak of logging in ‘Al Qaida.’

“In the early 1980s the Islamic Bank for Development, which is located in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, like the Permanent Secretariat of the Islamic Conference Organization, bought a new computerized system to cope with its accounting and communication requirements. At the time the system was more sophisticated than necessary for their actual needs.

“It was decided to use a part of the system’s memory to host the Islamic Conference’s database. It was possible for the countries attending to access the database by telephone: an Intranet, in modern language. The governments of the member-countries as well as some of their embassies in the world were connected to that network.

“[According to a Pakistani major] the database was divided into two parts, the information file where the participants in the meetings could pick up and send information they needed, and the decision file where the decisions made during the previous sessions were recorded and stored. In Arabic, the files were called, ‘Q eidat il-Maaloomaat’ and ‘Q eidat i-Taaleemaat.’ Those two files were kept in one file called in Arabic ‘Q eidat ilmu’ti’aat’ which is the exact translation of the English word database. But the Arabs commonly used the short word Al Qaida which is the Arabic word for “base.” The military air base of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia is called ‘q eidat ‘riyadh al ‘askariya.’ Q eida means “a base” and “Al Qaida” means “the base.”

“In the mid-1980s, Al Qaida was a database located in computer and dedicated to the communications of the Islamic Conference’s secretariat.

“In the early 1990s, I was a military intelligence officer in the Headquarters of the French Rapid Action Force. Because of my skills in Arabic my job was also to translate a lot of faxes and letters seized or intercepted by our intelligence services . . . We often got intercepted material sent by Islamic networks operating from the UK or from Belgium.

“These documents contained directions sent to Islamic armed groups in Algeria or in France. The messages quoted the sources of statements to be exploited in the redaction of the tracts or leaflets, or to be introduced in video or tapes to be sent to the media. The most commonly quoted sources were the United Nations, the non-aligned countries, the UNHCR and . . . Al Qaida.

“Al Qaida remained the data base of the Islamic Conference. Not all member countries of the Islamic Conference are ‘rogue states’ and many Islamic groups could pick up information from the databases. It was but natural for Osama Bin Laden to be connected to this network. He is a member of an important family in the banking and business world.

“Because of the presence of ‘rogue states,’ it became easy for terrorist groups to use the email of the database. Hence, the email of Al Qaida was used, with some interface system, providing secrecy, for the families of the mujaheddin to keep links with their children undergoing training in Afghanistan, or in Libya or in the Beqaa valley, Lebanon. Or in action anywhere in the battlefields where the extremists sponsored by all the ‘rogue states’ used to fight. And the ‘rogue states’ included Saudi Arabia. When Osama bin Laden was an American agent in Afghanistan, the Al Qaida Intranet was a good communication system through coded or covert messages.

Meet “Al Qaeda”

“Al Qaida was neither a terrorist group nor Osama bin Laden’s personal property . . . The terrorist actions in Turkey in 2003 were carried out by Turks and the motives were local and not international, unified, or joint. These crimes put the Turkish government in a difficult position vis-a-vis the British and the Israelis. But the attacks certainly intended to ‘punish’ Prime Minister Erdogan for being a ‘toot tepid’ Islamic politician.

” . . . In the Third World the general opinion is that the countries using weapons of mass destruction for economic purposes in the service of imperialism are in fact ‘rogue states,” specially the US and other NATO countries.

” Some Islamic economic lobbies are conducting a war against the ‘liberal” economic lobbies. They use local terrorist groups claiming to act on behalf of Al Qaida. On the other hand, national armies invade independent countries under the aegis of the UN Security Council and carry out pre-emptive wars. And the real sponsors of these wars are not governments but the lobbies concealed behind them.

“The truth is, there is no Islamic army or terrorist group called Al Qaida. And any informed intelligence officer knows this. But there is a propaganda campaign to make the public believe in the presence of an identified entity representing the ‘devil’ only in order to drive the ‘TV watcher’ to accept a unified international leadership for a war against terrorism. The country behind this propaganda is the US and the lobbyists for the US war on terrorism are only interested in making money.”

In yet another example of what happens to those who challenge the system, in December 2001, Maj. Pierre-Henri Bunel was convicted by a secret French military court of passing classified documents that identified potential NATO bombing targets in Serbia to a Serbian agent during the Kosovo war in 1998. Bunel’s case was transferred from a civilian court to keep the details of the case classified. Bunel’s character witnesses and psychologists notwithstanding, the system “got him” for telling the truth about Al Qaeda and who has actually been behind the terrorist attacks commonly blamed on that group.

It is noteworthy that that Yugoslav government, the government with whom Bunel was asserted by the French government to have shared information, claimed that Albanian and Bosnian guerrillas in the Balkans were being backed by elements of “Al Qaeda.” We now know that these guerrillas were being backed by money provided by the Bosnian Defense Fund, an entity established as a special fund at Bush-influenced Riggs Bank and directed by Richard Perle and Douglas Feith.

French officer Maj. Pierre-Henri Bunel, who knew the truth about “Al Qaeda” — Another target of the neo-cons.

Al Qaeda: The Database

Al Qaeda: The Database.

Shortly before his untimely death, former British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook told the House of Commons that “Al Qaeda” is not really a terrorist group but a database of international mujaheddin and arms smugglers used by the CIA and Saudis to funnel guerrillas, arms, and money into Soviet-occupied Afghanistan. Courtesy of World Affairs, a journal based in New Delhi, WMR can bring you an important excerpt from an Apr.-Jun. 2004 article by Pierre-Henry Bunel, a former agent for French military intelligence.

“I first heard about Al-Qaida while I was attending the Command and Staff course in Jordan. I was a French officer at that time and the French Armed Forces had close contacts and cooperation with Jordan . . .

“Two of my Jordanian colleagues were experts in computers. They were air defense officers. Using computer science slang, they introduced a series of jokes about students’ punishment.

“For example, when one of us was late at the bus stop to leave the Staff College, the two officers used to tell us: ‘You’ll be noted in ‘Q eidat il-Maaloomaat’ which meant ‘You’ll be logged in the information database.’ Meaning ‘You will receive a warning . . .’ If the case was more severe, they would used to talk about ‘Q eidat i-Taaleemaat.’ Meaning ‘the decision database.’ It meant ‘you will be punished.’ For the worst cases they used to speak of logging in ‘Al Qaida.’

“In the early 1980s the Islamic Bank for Development, which is located in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, like the Permanent Secretariat of the Islamic Conference Organization, bought a new computerized system to cope with its accounting and communication requirements. At the time the system was more sophisticated than necessary for their actual needs.

“It was decided to use a part of the system’s memory to host the Islamic Conference’s database. It was possible for the countries attending to access the database by telephone: an Intranet, in modern language. The governments of the member-countries as well as some of their embassies in the world were connected to that network.

“[According to a Pakistani major] the database was divided into two parts, the information file where the participants in the meetings could pick up and send information they needed, and the decision file where the decisions made during the previous sessions were recorded and stored. In Arabic, the files were called, ‘Q eidat il-Maaloomaat’ and ‘Q eidat i-Taaleemaat.’ Those two files were kept in one file called in Arabic ‘Q eidat ilmu’ti’aat’ which is the exact translation of the English word database. But the Arabs commonly used the short word Al Qaida which is the Arabic word for “base.” The military air base of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia is called ‘q eidat ‘riyadh al ‘askariya.’ Q eida means “a base” and “Al Qaida” means “the base.”

“In the mid-1980s, Al Qaida was a database located in computer and dedicated to the communications of the Islamic Conference’s secretariat.

“In the early 1990s, I was a military intelligence officer in the Headquarters of the French Rapid Action Force. Because of my skills in Arabic my job was also to translate a lot of faxes and letters seized or intercepted by our intelligence services . . . We often got intercepted material sent by Islamic networks operating from the UK or from Belgium.

“These documents contained directions sent to Islamic armed groups in Algeria or in France. The messages quoted the sources of statements to be exploited in the redaction of the tracts or leaflets, or to be introduced in video or tapes to be sent to the media. The most commonly quoted sources were the United Nations, the non-aligned countries, the UNHCR and . . . Al Qaida.

“Al Qaida remained the data base of the Islamic Conference. Not all member countries of the Islamic Conference are ‘rogue states’ and many Islamic groups could pick up information from the databases. It was but natural for Osama Bin Laden to be connected to this network. He is a member of an important family in the banking and business world.

“Because of the presence of ‘rogue states,’ it became easy for terrorist groups to use the email of the database. Hence, the email of Al Qaida was used, with some interface system, providing secrecy, for the families of the mujaheddin to keep links with their children undergoing training in Afghanistan, or in Libya or in the Beqaa valley, Lebanon. Or in action anywhere in the battlefields where the extremists sponsored by all the ‘rogue states’ used to fight. And the ‘rogue states’ included Saudi Arabia. When Osama bin Laden was an American agent in Afghanistan, the Al Qaida Intranet was a good communication system through coded or covert messages.

Meet “Al Qaeda”

“Al Qaida was neither a terrorist group nor Osama bin Laden’s personal property . . . The terrorist actions in Turkey in 2003 were carried out by Turks and the motives were local and not international, unified, or joint. These crimes put the Turkish government in a difficult position vis-a-vis the British and the Israelis. But the attacks certainly intended to ‘punish’ Prime Minister Erdogan for being a ‘toot tepid’ Islamic politician.

” . . . In the Third World the general opinion is that the countries using weapons of mass destruction for economic purposes in the service of imperialism are in fact ‘rogue states,” specially the US and other NATO countries.

” Some Islamic economic lobbies are conducting a war against the ‘liberal” economic lobbies. They use local terrorist groups claiming to act on behalf of Al Qaida. On the other hand, national armies invade independent countries under the aegis of the UN Security Council and carry out pre-emptive wars. And the real sponsors of these wars are not governments but the lobbies concealed behind them.

“The truth is, there is no Islamic army or terrorist group called Al Qaida. And any informed intelligence officer knows this. But there is a propaganda campaign to make the public believe in the presence of an identified entity representing the ‘devil’ only in order to drive the ‘TV watcher’ to accept a unified international leadership for a war against terrorism. The country behind this propaganda is the US and the lobbyists for the US war on terrorism are only interested in making money.”

In yet another example of what happens to those who challenge the system, in December 2001, Maj. Pierre-Henri Bunel was convicted by a secret French military court of passing classified documents that identified potential NATO bombing targets in Serbia to a Serbian agent during the Kosovo war in 1998. Bunel’s case was transferred from a civilian court to keep the details of the case classified. Bunel’s character witnesses and psychologists notwithstanding, the system “got him” for telling the truth about Al Qaeda and who has actually been behind the terrorist attacks commonly blamed on that group.

It is noteworthy that that Yugoslav government, the government with whom Bunel was asserted by the French government to have shared information, claimed that Albanian and Bosnian guerrillas in the Balkans were being backed by elements of “Al Qaeda.” We now know that these guerrillas were being backed by money provided by the Bosnian Defense Fund, an entity established as a special fund at Bush-influenced Riggs Bank and directed by Richard Perle and Douglas Feith.

French officer Maj. Pierre-Henri Bunel, who knew the truth about “Al Qaeda” — Another target of the neo-cons.

War Crimes and the Global War on Terrorism: US Arms Al Qaeda in Syria,...

America's Delusional Democracy. Don’t Mute Newt

AFP has reported that a recent NATO airstrike in Afghanistan has killed over 10 civilians in an all-too-familiar headline glossed over by the Western media in an exercise of both depravity and hypocrisy. RT’s article, “NATO airstrike kills 10 Afghan civilians, mostly women and children – officials,” notes in particular that up to 11,864 civilians were killed in Afghanistan between 2007 and 2011, and that civilian deaths before 2007 were not even tracked by the UN.

Such facts reveal alarming hypocrisy as the UN keeps almost daily, inflated tallies of civilian deaths elsewhere, in particular, in nations like Libya and Syria where Western interests have been heavily involved in regime change and in dire need of manipulating public perception worldwide. The United Nations had in fact pieced together a dubious report crafted from “witness accounts” compiled not in Syria, or even beyond its borders in a refugee camp, but instead, in Geneva by “witnesses” supplied by the so-called Syrian “opposition.”

Worse yet, that UN report was co-authored by Karen Koning AbuZayd, a director of the US Washington-based corporate think-tank, Middle East Policy Council. Its board of directors includes Exxon men, CIA agents, representatives of the Saudi Binladin Group (Osama Bin Laden’s family business), former ambassadors to Kuwait, Oman, and Qatar, US military and government representatives, and even the president of the US-Qatar Business Council, which includes amongst its membership, Al Jazeera, Chevron, Exxon, munitions manufacturer Raytheon (who supplied the opening salvos during NATO’s operations against Libya), and Boeing.

In other words, the very underwriters of the armed militancy that is consuming Syria are sitting along side the head of the UN commission producing reports portraying the Syrian government as guilty of “war crimes and crimes against humanity.

The hypocrisy does not end there. The pretense the US and NATO have used for over a decade to occupy, subjugate and slaughter the people of Afghanistan – in a conflict increasingly creeping over both Afghanistan’s borders with Pakistan and Iran – is supposedly to fight “terrorism.” Western interests have been allowed to fight this “war on terrorism” with impunity, and even without UN monitoring for years, while Syria was immediately condemned for fighting against Al Qaeda terrorists overtly flooding into their nation with NATO assistance.

Indeed, as NATO claims to fight terrorism in Afghanistan, it has already handed over the North African nation of Libya to Al Qaeda terrorists, specifically the the US State Department, United Nations, and the UK Home Office (page 5, .pdf)-listed terrorist organization, the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG). The US in particular oversaw the rise of the Al Qaeda terror-emirate Benghazi, even having a US ambassador slain there by the very terrorists it had armed, funded, trained, provided air support for, and thrust into power.

These same terrorists have been documented extensively as spearheading the invasion of northern Syria via NATO-member Turkey, with NATO cash and weapons in cooperation with Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

The glaring hypocrisy of so-called “international law” and “international institutions” is on full display. Nations like Russia, China, Iran, India, Pakistan, Indonesia, Brazil, and many others should give serious thought to peeling away from the United Nations, the compromised International Criminal Court, and other corrupt, Western-serving institutions that will, and in many cases already are, being turned against them, their interests, and national sovereignty.

For the people of the world, we must realize that these institutions were created for and by big-business special interests, and the legitimacy they are portrayed as having is a mere illusion created by the corporate media. We must begin identifying these special interests, boycotting and replacing them permanently at a local level. If it is peace we want, it is clear that the UN, NATO, and all institutions in between, sow only death and destruction amidst a myriad of hypocrisy, double standards, and immeasurable corruption, and we must move into the future without them.

Memo Cites Legal Basis for Killing US Citizens in Al Qaeda

Washington - Obama administration lawyers have asserted that it would be lawful to kill a United States citizen if “an informed, high-level official” of the government decided that the target was a ranking figure in Al Qaeda who posed “an imminent threat of violent attack against the United States” and if his capture was not feasible, according to a 16-page document made public on Monday.

The unsigned and undated Justice Department “white paper,” obtained by NBC News, is the most detailed analysis yet to come into public view regarding the Obama legal team’s views about the lawfulness of killing, without a trial, an American citizen who executive branch officials decide is an operational leader of Al Qaeda or one of its allies.

The paper is not the classified memorandum in which the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel signed off on the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, a radical Muslim cleric who was born in New Mexico and who died in an American drone strike in Yemen in September 2011. But its legal analysis — citing a national right to self-defense as well as the laws of war — closely tracks the rationale in that document, as described to The New York Times in October 2011 by people who had read it.

The memo appears to be a briefing paper that was derived from the real legal memorandum in late 2011 and provided to some members of Congress. It does not discuss any specific target and emphasizes that it does not go into the specific thresholds of evidence that are deemed sufficient.

It adopts an elastic definition of an “imminent” threat, saying it is not necessary for a specific attack to be in process when a target is found if the target is generally engaged in terrorist activities aimed at the United States. And it asserts that courts should not play a role in reviewing or restraining such decisions.

The white paper states that “judicial enforcement of such orders would require the court to supervise inherently predictive judgments by the president and his national security advisers as to when and how to use force against a member of an enemy force against which Congress has authorized the use of force.”

It also fills in many blanks in a series of speeches by members of the Obama legal team about the use of force in targeted killings, including remarks by Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. at Northwestern’s law school in March. He asserted that the Constitution’s guarantee of “due process” before the government takes a life does not necessarily mean “judicial process” in national security situations, but offered little specific legal analysis.

Hina Shamsi, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s National Security Project, called the paper “a profoundly disturbing document,” and said: “It’s hard to believe that it was produced in a democracy built on a system of checks and balances. It summarizes in cold legal terms a stunning overreach of executive authority — the claimed power to declare Americans a threat and kill them far from a recognized battlefield and without any judicial involvement.”

The release of the white paper comes as President Obama’s counterterrorism adviser and nominee as C.I.A. director, John O. Brennan, awaits a confirmation hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday. Pressure has been growing on the administration to make the secret legal documents public, or at least to provide the Intelligence Committees with more of them.

On Tuesday, eight Democratic and three Republican senators, including some Intelligence Committee members, wrote to Mr. Obama asking for the legal opinions authorizing the killing of Americans. The letter followed one sent by Senator Ron Wyden, Democrat of Oregon, a member of the Intelligence Committee who has long sought access to the legal opinions.

The senators wrote that they needed the legal opinions to judge “whether the president’s power to deliberately kill American citizens is subject to appropriate limitations and safeguards.

From the Algerian Terror to Al Qaeda Meets Mali: The West’s Hidden Agenda

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When it comes to unfamiliar, far-off places, we trust our mainstream media to tell us what is going on with interminable conflicts raging through much of the world, and why—and most media trust Western governments’ explanations.

Thus, we learn that France (with the United States in the wings) intervened in the bloody upheavals besetting the West African country of Mali in order to help the government battle a threat as ubiquitous and expected as the old Red Menace: Al Qaeda.

But, as is usually true, things are not so simple. In fact, coming to grips with the searing civil war and foreign crisis du jour requires wading through multiple layers of tangled relationships—which threaten to turn the conflict into a yet another protracted, foreign-assisted internecine conflict.

A French soldier explains to Vietnamese (er, Malian) children why he thinks he is in their country

Amid cinematic gun battles claiming the lives of dozens of Western hostages at a gas field in neighboring Algeria, the world may be finally waking up to the complexity of the Malian crisis. Yet many of those who have studied the region in depth saw it coming. “This has for a very long time been an accident waiting to happen,” says Professor David Anderson, an expert of African politics at St Cross College, the University of Oxford.

And no wonder. Because, as always seems to be the case, these benighted and barren provinces sit atop some rather spectacular wealth.

But we are getting ahead of ourselves.

West Side Story

The current conflict long predates (and ultimately will transcend) the recent-vintage Al Qaeda and all of its amorphous and poorly-defined franchise operations.

For decades now, the Tuaregs—a native Berber tribe whose members are spread across the vast expanse of the Sahara desert—have launched periodic rebellions to gain independence from Mali, Niger, Algeria and other countries in the region, whose territories incorporate lands the Tuaregs claim as their own.

The current crisis may be said to have its roots in another Western intervention, when France, the United States and allies—notably including Islamists with Al Qaeda ties—invaded Mali’s northern neighbor, Libya, under pretenses of protecting a domestic uprising and vanquished the quasi-socialist leader there, Muammar Qaddafi, who had, among other things angered Western financial and business interests. (For more on that poorly understood story, see WhoWhatWhy’s reports, here and here.)

Malian Tuaregs, reinforced by a large contingent of their well-trained and heavily armed non-AlQaedite brethren—who had escaped from Libya after their benefactor, Qaddafi, was routed in 2011–captured the entire northern part of the country early last year.

On April 6, 2012, the Tuaregs in the north declared independence for their territory—which is larger than the state of Texas. By early June, however, clashes had broken out between the secular Tuareg movement (its main representative being the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawa, or MNLA) and Islamists, some of whom are allied with an AQ variant that calls itself Al Qaeda in the Maghreb. The MNLA was pushed out of the main cities, and the Islamists took over the fight against the government.

But wait: things are still more complicated.

Each side consists of many different factions, and many splinter groups add to the complexity. According to some reports, for example, the attack on the Algerian gas field, which ostensibly took place in revenge for the French intervention in Mali, was in fact part of a power struggle between two large Islamist factions, led by Mokhtar Belmokhtar and Abelmalek Droukdel. The Islamist banner is considered by some nothing more than a “legitimate” overlay on a sprawling criminal network that ran kidnap, protection and tobacco smuggling rackets. This mano-a-mano spills over both sides of the border.

More Arcana, Then the Proverbial Pot ‘o Gold

In any case, the president of Mali, Amadou Toumani Toure, was deposed in March 2012 by the Malian military—ostensibly as a result of his incompetent response to the Tuareg rebellion—an act that seems to have rent a dense web of local and regional relationships. To add a hint of tantalizing but obscure spice, several independent sources suggest that it was actually Toure, with regional and Western acquiescence, who had invited the radical Islamists to use the north as a base.

Consider, for example, the following report from the ground by May Ying Welsh, al-Jazeera’s correspondent:

Al-Qaeda has based itself in northern Mali for 10 years, as part of an alleged secret agreement with Amadou Toumani Toure (ATT), the president of Mali who was deposed in a military coup in March 2012 as northern cities were falling to Tuareg rebels…. While ATT relied increasingly on ethnic militias and special units to crush Tuareg insurgency, the Malian army was starved and demoralised, its hungry soldiers forced to sell their weapons to eat, to watch AQIM parade before their barracks, and planes filled with cocaine landing near their bases. The system was rotten. Could they be blamed for overthrowing it?

Here’s the good news: the explanation for this behavior is simple.

If the Tuaregs in Mali’s north were to achieve independence, this would destabilize all neighboring countries that harbor significant Berber populations. The desert areas inhabited by the nomadic tribes, moreover, contain some of the largest concentrations of valuable natural resources in the world—including gold, uranium, oil, gas, and various industrial metals. Mali alone is the third largest producer of gold in Africa—despite being also one of the poorest countries in the world. According to the United Nations Human Development Index, it ranks 175th of 187 countries, and the standard of living there is considerably below the average for sub-Saharan Africa.

Unlike the Tuaregs, most of the radical Islamists have little interest in independence—they fight largely for the establishment of sharia (Islamic law). For the most part, they are also ruthless against their rivals but avid trading partners—whether in the trade of hostages and cocaine (as has been the case in the region for the last several years) or in natural resources. Despite being a target of the post-9/11 War on Terror, they are often quietly preferred by members of the international community to the more secular local nomads.

It is a delicate balance. Neither the regional countries nor France can allow the Islamists to become too powerful, for fear that they would turn into a destabilizing factor themselves. Their push to take over southern Mali proved to be the last straw, leading to the current intervention.

According to Professor Anderson,

French concerns about wider regional stability are genuine, as are the worries of the Algerian government – who are a major target of some within Al Qaeda. France is the Western power with the strongest geo-political interests and financial investment here. The French have bases in Chad, to give but one example, and fear that instability in Algeria brings it too close to home. [Also they have] 6000 French citizens in Bamako [Mali] alone, [as well as significant] mining interests.

A “French Afghanistan”?

However, the situation could easily spin out of control and become a West African quagmire for France and the neighboring countries which are participating in the UN-sanctioned intervention. The Islamists have threatened to turn Mali into a “French Afghanistan,” and this appears to be more than an empty threat. Mali is almost twice the size of Afghanistan, and with its desert and mountainous terrain in the north, somewhat resembles its Asian counterpart. Central authority was never very well established in that part of the country, if at all.

Robert D. Kaplan, the noted foreign affairs analyst and correspondent, described in a recent Stratfor article his experiences in the region some years ago:

Here the Malian state did not exist. …These aren’t countries so much as city-states—Nouakchott, Bamako, Niamey, Ndjamena—with armies that try to keep some order in the far-flung, far less populated reaches. State armies never have ruled this desert; rather, they have maintained for much of the time a stable cease-fire with the Tuaregs there (often through integration of key Tuareg fighters into local military bases).

The mixture of rugged terrain, a vast expanse populated sparsely with nomadic tribes, and the presence of numerous militias with diverging agendas suggests that the war will be long, brutal and asymmetric.

Thus, when at the start of the operation the French government said that the military was going into Mali merely for several weeks, a colleague who specializes in Russia giggled. “This is exactly what the Russians said before they invaded Afghanistan,” he said. Mere days later, French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian announced that his country would continue to be involved in the conflict for “as long as necessary.”

And it all is redolent of foreign adventures past. According to a new report from a French-based human rights group, the “good guys,” i.e. the Malian army, may be carrying out summary executions and brutal abuses of civilians accused—often with no basis—of helping the rebels.

More recently, the MNLA—arguably the only indigenous force capable of taking on the Islamists—suggested through one of its leaders that it was willing to cooperate with the Western intervention forces.

It remains to be seen if a deal can be reached. It seems highly unlikely that the Malian government—or any of the international actors involved—would concede the MNLA’s demand for independence. On the other hand, the secular Tuaregs are reportedly afraid that, as has happened in the past, they will be the main victims of a war against Islamist terror. Given that both sides are under pressure, some sort of a compromise involving an increased autonomy in northern Mali may be possible.

By most accounts, a purely military solution imposed by foreign forces cannot hold. If the intervention forces hope to achieve their goal of stabilizing the country, they would need to negotiate with the Tuaregs and to address the deeper underlying issues. Unfortunately, so far there are few signs of that happening. And the deeper underlying issues do not play well with short-attentioned international audiences.

Oh, wait. Did we mention that there’s gold—and all kinds of amazing stuff, under the ground? Actually, when it comes to that subject, even a dauntingly complex stew like Afghanistan can seem very simple indeed.

From the Algerian Terror to Al Qaeda Meets Mali: West’s Hidden Agenda and One...

When it comes to unfamiliar, far-off places, we trust our mainstream media to tell us what is going on with interminable conflicts raging through much of the world, and why—and most media trust Western governments’ explanations.”(Photo: AFP)

Thus, we learn that France (with the United States in the wings) intervened in the bloody upheavals besetting the West African country of Mali in order to help the government battle a threat as ubiquitous and expected as the old Red Menace: Al Qaeda.

But, as is usually true, things are not so simple. In fact, coming to grips with the searing civil war and foreign crisis du jour requires wading through multiple layers of tangled relationships—which threaten to turn the conflict into a yet another protracted, foreign-assisted internecine conflict.

Amid cinematic gun battles claiming the lives of dozens of Western hostages at a gas field in neighboring Algeria, the world may be finally waking up to the complexity of the Malian crisis. Yet many of those who have studied the region in depth saw it coming. “This has for a very long time been an accident waiting to happen,” says Professor David Anderson, an expert of African politics at St Cross College, the University of Oxford.

And no wonder. Because, as always seems to be the case, these benighted and barren provinces sit atop some rather spectacular wealth.

But we are getting ahead of ourselves.

West Side Story

The current conflict long predates (and ultimately will transcend) the recent-vintage Al Qaeda and all of its amorphous and poorly-defined franchise operations.

For decades now, the Tuaregs—a native Berber tribe whose members are spread across the vast expanse of the Sahara desert—have launched periodic rebellions to gain independence from Mali, Niger, Algeria and other countries in the region, whose territories incorporate lands the Tuaregs claim as their own.

The current crisis may be said to have its roots in another Western intervention, when France, the United States and allies—notably including Islamists with Al Qaeda ties—invaded Mali’s northern neighbor, Libya, under pretenses of protecting a domestic uprising and vanquished the quasi-socialist leader there, Muammar Qaddafi, who had, among other things angered Western financial and business interests. (For more on that poorly understood story, see WhoWhatWhy’s reports, here and here.)

Malian Tuaregs, reinforced by a large contingent of their well-trained and heavily armed non-AlQaedite brethren—who had escaped from Libya after their benefactor, Qaddafi, was routed in 2011–captured the entire northern part of the country early last year.

On April 6, 2012, the Tuaregs in the north declared independence for their territory—which is larger than the state of Texas. By early June, however, clashes had broken out between the secular Tuareg movement (its main representative being the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawa, or MNLA) and Islamists, some of whom are allied with an AQ variant that calls itself Al Qaeda in the Maghreb. The MNLA was pushed out of the main cities, and the Islamists took over the fight against the government.

But wait: things are still more complicated.

Each side consists of many different factions, and many splinter groups add to the complexity. According to some reports, for example, the attack on the Algerian gas field, which ostensibly took place in revenge for the French intervention in Mali, was in fact part of a power struggle between two large Islamist factions, led by Mokhtar Belmokhtar and Abelmalek Droukdel. The Islamist banner is considered by some nothing more than a “legitimate” overlay on a sprawling criminal network that ran kidnap, protection and tobacco smuggling rackets. This mano-a-mano spills over both sides of the border.

More Arcana, Then the Proverbial Pot ‘o Gold

In any case, the president of Mali, Amadou Toumani Toure, was deposed in March 2012 by the Malian military—ostensibly as a result of his incompetent response to the Tuareg rebellion—an act that seems to have rent a dense web of local and regional relationships. To add a hint of tantalizing but obscure spice, several independent sources suggest that it was actually Toure, with regional and Western acquiescence, who had invited the radical Islamists to use the north as a base.

Consider, for example, the following report from the ground by May Ying Welsh, al-Jazeera’s correspondent:

Al-Qaeda has based itself in northern Mali for 10 years, as part of an alleged secret agreement with Amadou Toumani Toure (ATT), the president of Mali who was deposed in a military coup in March 2012 as northern cities were falling to Tuareg rebels…. While ATT relied increasingly on ethnic militias and special units to crush Tuareg insurgency, the Malian army was starved and demoralised, its hungry soldiers forced to sell their weapons to eat, to watch AQIM parade before their barracks, and planes filled with cocaine landing near their bases. The system was rotten. Could they be blamed for overthrowing it?

Here’s the good news: the explanation for this behavior is simple.

If the Tuaregs in Mali’s north were to achieve independence, this would destabilize all neighboring countries that harbor significant Berber populations. The desert areas inhabited by the nomadic tribes, moreover, contain some of the largest concentrations of valuable natural resources in the world—including gold, uranium, oil, gas, and various industrial metals. Mali alone is the third largest producer of gold in Africa—despite being also one of the poorest countries in the world. According to the United Nations Human Development Index, it ranks 175th of 187 countries, and the standard of living there is considerably below the average for sub-Saharan Africa.

Unlike the Tuaregs, most of the radical Islamists have little interest in independence—they fight largely for the establishment of sharia (Islamic law). For the most part, they are also ruthless against their rivals but avid trading partners—whether in the trade of hostages and cocaine (as has been the case in the region for the last several years) or in natural resources. Despite being a target of the post-9/11 War on Terror, they are often quietly preferred by members of the international community to the more secular local nomads.

It is a delicate balance. Neither the regional countries nor France can allow the Islamists to become too powerful, for fear that they would turn into a destabilizing factor themselves. Their push to take over southern Mali proved to be the last straw, leading to the current intervention.

According to Professor Anderson,

French concerns about wider regional stability are genuine, as are the worries of the Algerian government – who are a major target of some within Al Qaeda. France is the Western power with the strongest geo-political interests and financial investment here. Tthe French have bases in Chad, to give but one example, and fear that instability in Algeria brings it too close to home. [Also they have] 6000 French citizens in Bamako [Mali] alone, [as well as significant] mining interests.

A “French Afghanistan”?

However, the situation could easily spin out of control and become a West African quagmire for France and the neighboring countries which are participating in the UN-sanctioned intervention. The Islamists have threatened to turn Mali into a “French Afghanistan,” and this appears to be more than an empty threat. Mali is almost twice the size of Afghanistan, and with its desert and mountainous terrain in the north, somewhat resembles its Asian counterpart. Central authority was never very well established in that part of the country, if at all.

Robert D. Kaplan, the noted foreign affairs analyst and correspondent, described in a recent Stratfor article his experiences in the region some years ago:

Here the Malian state did not exist. …These aren’t countries so much as city-states—Nouakchott, Bamako, Niamey, Ndjamena—with armies that try to keep some order in the far-flung, far less populated reaches. State armies never have ruled this desert; rather, they have maintained for much of the time a stable cease-fire with the Tuaregs there (often through integration of key Tuareg fighters into local military bases).

The mixture of rugged terrain, a vast expanse populated sparsely with nomadic tribes, and the presence of numerous militias with diverging agendas suggests that the war will be long, brutal and asymmetric.

Thus, when at the start of the operation the French government said that the military was going into Mali merely for several weeks, a colleague who specializes in Russia giggled. “This is exactly what the Russians said before they invaded Afghanistan,” he said. Mere days later, French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian announced that his country would continue to be involved in the conflict for “as long as necessary.”

And it all is redolent of foreign adventures past. According to a new report from a French-based human rights group, the “good guys,” i.e. the Malian army, may be carrying out summary executions and brutal abuses of civilians accused—often with no basis—of helping the rebels.

More recently, the MNLA—arguably the only indigenous force capable of taking on the Islamists—suggested through one of its leaders that it was willing to cooperate with the Western intervention forces.

It remains to be seen if a deal can be reached. It seems highly unlikely that the Malian government—or any of the international actors involved—would concede the MNLA’s demand for independence. On the other hand, the secular Tuaregs are reportedly afraid that, as has happened in the past, they will be the main victims of a war against Islamist terror. Given that both sides are under pressure, some sort of a compromise involving an increased autonomy in northern Mali may be possible.

By most accounts, a purely military solution imposed by foreign forces cannot hold. If the intervention forces hope to achieve their goal of stabilizing the country, they would need to negotiate with the Tuaregs and to address the deeper underlying issues. Unfortunately, so far there are few signs of that happening. And the deeper underlying issues do not play well with short-attentioned international audiences.

Oh, wait. Did we mention that there’s gold—and all kinds of amazing stuff, under the ground? Actually, when it comes to that subject, even a dauntingly complex stew like Afghanistan can seem very simple indeed.

© 2012 WhoWhatWhy.com

Victor Kotsev is an independent journalist and political analyst focusing on the Middle East. Follow him on Twitter: @vkotsev

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb: Who’s Who? Who is Behind the Terrorists?

Who is behind the terrorist group which attacked the BP -Statoil-Sonatrach In Amenas Gas Field located on the Libyan border in south eastern Algeria?  (see map below)

The operation was coordinated by Mokhtar Belmokhtar, leader of the Al Qaeda affiliated Islamist al-Mulathameen (Masked) Brigade, or “Those who Sign with Blood.” 

Belmokhtar‘ organization has been involved in the drug trade, smuggling as well kidnapping operations of foreigners in North Africa.  While his whereabouts are known, French intelligence has dubbed Belmokhtar “the uncatchable”.

Belmokhtar took responsibility on behalf of Al Qaeda for the kidnapping of 41 Western hostages including 7 Americans at the BP In Mena gas field complex.

Belmokthar, however, was not directly involved in the actual attack. The field commander of the operation was Abdul Rahman al-Nigeri, a veteran jihadist fighter from Niger, who joined Algeria’s Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC) in 2005. (Albawaba,  January 17, 2012)

The In Amenas kidnapping operation was carried out five days after the conduct of air strikes by France directed against Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) militants in northern Mali.

French special forces and Malian troops regained control of Diabaly and Konna, two small towns North of Mopti.  The town of Diabaly had apparently been taken over a few days earlier by fighters led by one of the leading AQIM commanders Abdelhamid Abou Zeid.

While the terrorist attack and kidnapping directed against the In Mena Gas plant was described as an act of revenge, it was not in any way improvised, Confirmed by analysts, the operation  had in all likelihood been planned well in advance:

“European and U.S. officials say the raid was almost certainly too elaborate to have been planned in so short a time, although the French campaign could have been one trigger for fighters to launch an assault they had already prepared.”

According to recent reports (January 20, 2012) there are some 80 casualties, including hostages and jihadist fighters. There were several hundred workers at the gas plant, most of whom were Algerian. “Of those rescued, only 107 out of 792 workers were foreign”, according to the Algerian Ministry of Interior. 

The British and French governments laid the blame on the jihadists. News reports confirm, however, that a large number of the deaths of both the hostages and the Islamic fighters was the result of the bombing raids led by Algerian forces.

“The deaths were incurred when Algerian forces bombed the compound, leading to the deaths of 23 hostages and 32 militants.”

Negotiations with the captors, which could have saved lives, had not been seriously contemplated by either the Algerian or Western governments. The militants had demanded an end to France’s attacks in northern Mali in return for the safety of the hostages. Al Qaeda leader Belmokhtar had stated:

“We are ready to negotiate with the West and the Algerian government provided they stop their bombing of Mali’s Muslims”

Within the ranks of the jihadists were mercenaries from a number of Muslim countries including Libya (yet to be confirmed) as well as fighters from Western countries.

 The Al Qaeda Organization in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIQ). Who’s Who’s? 

There are a number of affiliated groups which are actively involved in northern Mali: Al-Qaeda Organization in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) led by Abdelmalek Droukdel, “the emir of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb”, Ansar Ed-Dine led by Iyad Ag Ghaly, and the Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa (MUJWA). (The Armed Islamic Group, or Groupe islamique armé (GIA) which was prominent in the 1990s is largely defunct. Its members have joined AQIM).

The National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad  (MNLA) is a Tuareg secular nationalist and independence movement.

In September 2006, the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC) joined forces with Al Qaeda. The GSPC was founded byHassan Hattab a former GIA commander.

In January 2007,  the group officially changed its name to the “Al-Qaeda Organization in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). Also in early 2007, the newly formed AQIM established a close relationship to the Libya Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG).

The commanders of the GSPC had been inspired by the religious teaching of Salafism in Saudi Arabia, which historically played an important role in the training of the Mujahideen in Afghanistan.

The history of AQIM jihadist commanders is of significance in addressing the broader issue: Who is behind the various Al Qaeda affiliated factions? Who is supporting the terrorists? What political and economic interests are being served?

The Washington based Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) traces back the origins of AQIM to the Soviet Afghan war:

Most of AQIM’s major leaders are believed to have trained in Afghanistan during the 1979-1989 war against the Soviets as part of a group of North African volunteers known as “Afghan Arabs” that returned to the region and radicalized Islamist movements in the years that followed. The group is divided into “katibas” or briga+des, which are clustered into different and often independent cells.

The group’s top leader, or emir, since 2004 has been  Abdelmalek Droukdel, also known as Abou Mossab Abdelwadoud, a trained engineer and explosives expert who has fought in Afghanistan and has roots with the GIA in Algeria. It is under Droukdel’s leadership that AQIM declared France as its main target. One of the “most violent and radical” AQIM leaders is Abdelhamid Abou Zeid, according to counterterrorism experts. Abou Zied is linked to several kidnappings and executions of Europeans in the region. (CFR, http://www.cfr.org/north-africa/al-qaeda-islamic-maghreb-aqim/p12717

What the CFR report fails to mention is that the Islamic jihad in Afghanistan was a CIA initiative, initially launched in 1979 during the Carter administration. It was actively supported by president Ronald Reagan throughout the 1980s.

In 1979 the largest covert operation in the history of the CIA was launched in Afghanistan.  Wahabi missionaries from Saudi Arabia set up the Coranic schools (madrassahs) in Pakistan and Afghanistan. The Islamic textbooks used in the madrassahs were printed and published in Nebraska.

Covert funding was channeled to the Mujahideen with the support of the CIA:

“With the active encouragement of the CIA and Pakistan’s ISI, who wanted to turn the Afghan Jihad into a global war waged by all Muslim states against the Soviet Union, some 35,000 Muslim radicals from 40 Islamic countries joined Afghanistan’s fight between 1982 and 1992. Tens of thousands more came to study in Pakistani madrasahs. Eventually, more than 100,000 foreign Muslim radicals were directly influenced by the Afghan jihad.” (Ahmed Rashid, “The Taliban: Exporting Extremism”, Foreign Affairs, November-December 1999).

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), using Pakistan’s military Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), played a key role in training the Mujahideen. In turn, the CIA-sponsored guerrilla training was integrated with the teachings of Islam:

In March 1985, President Reagan signed National Security Decision Directive 166,…[which] authorize[d] stepped-up covert military aid to the Mujahideen, and it made clear that the secret Afghan war had a new goal: to defeat Soviet troops in Afghanistan through covert action and encourage a Soviet withdrawal. The new covert U.S. assistance began with a dramatic increase in arms supplies — a steady rise to 65,000 tons annually by 1987… as well as a “ceaseless stream” of CIA and Pentagon specialists who traveled to the secret headquarters of Pakistan’s ISI on the main road near Rawalpindi, Pakistan. There the CIA specialists met with Pakistani intelligence officers to help plan operations for the Afghan rebels.” (Steve Coll, Washington Post, July 19, 1992)

Mokhtar Belmokhtar, mastermind behind the terrorist attack on the In Mena gas plant, founding member of AQIM was trained and recruited by the CIA in Afghanistan.Belmokhtar  had been enlisted at age 19 as a Mujahideen to fight within the ranks of Al Qaeda in Afghanistan, at a time when the CIA and its Pakistani affiliate the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) were actively supporting the jihadists in both recruitment and training.Mokhtar Belmokhtar fought in the Afghan “civil war”.  He returned to Algeria in 1993 and joined the GSPC.  Belmokhtar’s history and involvement in Afghanistan suggests that he was a US sponsored “intelligence asset”.

The Role of America’s Allies, Saudi Arabia and Qatar

Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) from the outset in 2007 had established a close relationship to the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), whose leaders had also been trained and recruited in Afghanistan bu the CIA. The LIFG is supported covertly by the CIA and Britain’s MI6.

The LIFG  was directly supported by NATO during the 2011 war on Libya, “providing weapons, training, special forces and even aircraft to support them in the overthrow of Libya’s government.” ( http://www.globalresearch.ca/geopolitical-reordering-and-dirty-tricks-us-covert-support-to-al-qaeda-in-northern-mali-france-comes-to-the-rescue/5318614. British SAS Special Forces had been brought into Libya prior to onset of the insurrection, acting as mlitary advisers to the LIFG.

More recently, reports confirm that AQIM has received weapons from the Libya Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG). LIFG mercenaries have integrated AQIM brigades. According to commander Mokhtar Belmokhtar who coordinated the In Mena operation:

“We have been one of the main beneficiaries of the revolutions in the Arab world. As for our benefiting from the (Libyan) weapons, this is a natural thing in these kinds of circumstances.” http://www.hanford.gov/c.cfm/oci/ci_terrorist.cfm?dossier=174

The BP In Amenas plant is located directly on the Libyan border. One suspects that there was a contingent of Libya Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) combatants involved in the operation.

AQIM also has ties to the Al Nusra Front in Syria which is supported covertly by Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb is indelibly tied into a Western intelligence agenda. It is described  as ” one of the region’s wealthiest, best-armed militant groups”, financed covertly by Saui Arabia and Qatar.

France’s  Canard enchaîné revealed (June 2012) that Qatar (a staunch ally of the United States) has been funding various terrorist entities in Mali including the Salafist Ansar Ed-Dine:

Both the Tuareg rebels of the MNLA (independence and laity), Ansar Eddine, AQIM (Al Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb) and Mujao (Jihad in West Africa) were assisted with dollars from Qatar, according to one report  (The Examiner)

The satirical French paper Canard Enchaîné reported [June 2012] that Qatar has allegedly been funding armed groups in northern Mali made their way into Algerian and west African outlets.

Suspicions that Ansar Ed-Dine, the main pro-shari’ah armed group in the region, has been receiving funding from Qatar has circulated in Mali for several months.

Reports (as yet unconfirmed) that a ‘Qatari’ aircraft landed at Gao, full of weapons, money and drugs, for example, emerged near the beginning of the conflict.

The original report cites a French military intelligence report as indicating that Qatar has provided financial support to all three of the main armed groups in northern Mali: Iyad Ag Ghali’s Ansar Ed-Dine, al-Qa’ida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and the Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa (MUJWA).

The amount of funding given to each of the groups is not mentioned but it mentions repeated reports from the French DGSE to the Defense Ministry have mentioned Qatar’s support for ‘terrorism’ in northern Mali. (emphasis added)

The role of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb as an intelligence asset must be carefully assessed. The Islamic insurgency creates conditions which favor the political destabilization of Mali as a nation state. What geopolitical interests have been served?

 Concluding Remarks: “The American Sudan”

In a bitter irony, the kidnapping operation in Southern Algeria and the tragedy resulting from the Algerian led military “rescue” operation provide a humanitarian justification for Western military intervention led by US Africom.  The latter not only pertains to Mali and Algeria. It could also include the broader region extending  across the Sahelian belt, from Mauritania to the borders of Sudan.

This process of escalation is part of US military and strategic road-map, a followup to the US-NATO 2011 war on Libya.

It is a project of neo-colonial conquest by the US over a vast area.

While France is the former colonial power, intervening on behalf of Washington, the end-game is to eventually exclude France from the Maghreb and sub-Saharan Africa. This displacement of France as a colonial power has been ongoing since the war of Indochina.

While the US is prepared in the short-run to share the spoils of war with France, Washington’s ultimate objective is to redraw the map of the African continent, and eventually, to transform francophone Africa into an American sphere of influence.

What is at stake is a vast territory which during the colonial period included French West Africa and French Equatorial Africa. Mali during the French period was referred to as the French Sudan.

Ironically, this process of weakening and eventually excluding France from francophone Africa has been carried out with the tacit endorsement of  both (former) president Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande, both of whom are serving US interests to the detriment of the French Republic.

The militarization of the African continent is part of the mandate of US Africom. The longer term goal is to exert geopolitical control over of a vast area, which historically has been within the French sphere of influence.  This area is an El Dorado of  oil, natural gas, gold, uranium and strategic minerals.

The colonial redivision of Africa decided at the 1885-86 Berlin Conference (right). For the maps of French colonial Africa, see below.

Hostage Crisis in Northern Africa: Is al Qaeda Involved?

For 20 years, Mali was considered a model of democracy in Africa. Then, in March of 2012, junior officers, dissatisfied with the government’s way handling of a rebellion by Tuareg tribes, staged a coup d’état. Mali’s 20-year-old democracy fell and Tuareg rebels and Islamists took over the northern part of the country, an area as big as France. An alliance of jihadist groups, including Ansar Dine, the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa and al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) imposed the rule of Islamic law on northern Mali — reports have emerged of people stoned to death for public displays of affection — and retook Timbuktu, vowing to destroy its storied mausoleums.

The Malian government have been indecisive about receiving international aid to fight the jihadists. Then, on January 10, jihadists made a sudden advance into the southern part of Mali and seized the central village of Konna. Last week, French President Francois Hollande sent in 2,500 ground troops and launched an air attack.

By January 12, French troops had retaken Konna. But the intervention of the French — who fought against the jihadist Tukulor Empire in the 19th century — has set off a new crisis, the taking of more than 40 hostages, including citizens of Japan, Norway, the U.K. and the U.S., from an oil facility in Algeria on Wednesday.  Initial reports said that a Briton and an Algerian had been killed in an ambush on a bus bringing workers to an airport. The media have since said that 34 hostages and 14 kidnappers have been killed, though there has not yet been official confirmation of any deaths, says the BBC.

The gas field is operated jointly by BP, Algerian state oil company Sonatrach and Norwegian firm Statoil.

Northern Mali: Now “the largest al Qaeda-controlled space in the world”

According to Algerian Interior Minister Daho Ould Kablia, the kidnappers are Algerian and under the command of Mokhtar Belmokhtar, who was a senior commander of AQIM until last year. A statement said to be from the kidnappers calls for an end to the French military intervention in neighboring Mali.

Peter Chilson writes in an article entitled “Al Qaeda Country: Why Mali Matters” in Foreign Policy:

If Mali feels somewhat far away or less than important, consider this: Northern Mali is currently the largest al Qaeda-controlled space in the world, an area a little larger than France itself. U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has warned that Mali could become a “permanent haven for terrorists and organized criminal networks.” In December, Gen. Carter F. Ham, commander of the U.S. Africa Command, warned that al Qaeda was using northern Mali as a training center and base for recruiting across Africa, the Middle East, and Europe. Jihadists operating in northern Mali have been linked to Boko Haram, the violent Islamist group based in northern Nigeria, and to Ansar al-Sharia, a group in Libya which has been linked to the attack on the U.S. consulate at Benghazi that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.

The French government has said that the Malian government requested its help after the jihadist incursion on January 10. But behind this is a “less selfless reason,” says Chilson, a “fear that a growing al Qaeda presence in West Africa will make France itself more vulnerable to terrorist attack.” France has said it will remain in Mali until it is stable again; Chilson says that will not be any time soon:

Taking back Mali’s northern cities, such as Timbuktu, Gao, and Kidal, may be the easiest task. Mali’s vast northern desert is a hard place to live, not to mention wage war. For eight months a year, the daytime temperature exceeds 120 degrees Fahrenheit in a vast and unpopulated land that is easy to hide in, especially for the jihadist forces who know the territory well. Any army, no matter how large and well equipped, will have a tough time driving them out.

The jihadists — who Chilson describes as well-trained, well-funded from ransom from kidnappings and armed with weapons captured from the Malian army last spring and Libya —  have counteracted and taken another village in Segou province that is some 300 miles away from the Malian capital, Bamako.

The recent rush of events in Mali and Algeria has revealed that U.S. officials have “only an impressionistic understanding of the militant groups that have established a safe haven in Mali” and are “divided about whether some of these groups even pose a threat” to the U.S., says the New York Times. Asked if AQIM poses an “imminent threat,” Gen. Carter F. Ham, the top American commander in Africa, responded “probably not,” though Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has said he sees the group as a more serious threat.  As Gen. Ham points out, Malie and the entire region are “tough to penetrate.”

Troops from the Algerian army are currently surrounding the facility where the hostages are being held. At least four hostages have been freed but there have also been a number of victims.

The Geopolitical Reordering of Africa: US Covert Support to Al Qaeda in Northern Mali,...

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A deluge of articles have been quickly put into circulation defending France’s military intervention in the African nation of Mali. TIME’s article, “The Crisis in Mali: Will French Intervention Stop the Islamist Advance?” decides that old tricks are the best tricks, and elects the tiresome “War on Terror” narrative.TIME claims the intervention seeks to stop “Islamist” terrorists from overrunning both Africa and all of Europe. Specifically, the article states:

“…there is a (probably well-founded) fear in France that a radical Islamist Mali threatens France most of all, since most of the Islamists are French speakers and many have relatives in France. (Intelligence sources in Paris have told TIME that they’ve identified aspiring jihadis leaving France for northern Mali to train and fight.) Al-Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), one of the three groups that make up the Malian Islamist alliance and which provides much of the leadership, has also designated France — the representative of Western power in the region — as a prime target for attack.”

What TIME elects not to tell readers is that Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) is closely allied to the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG whom France intervened on behalf of during NATO’s 2011 proxy-invasion of Libya – providing weapons, training, special forces and even aircraft to support them in the overthrow of Libya’s government.

As far back as August of 2011, Bruce Riedel out of the corporate-financier funded think-tank, the Brookings Institution, wrote “Algeria will be next to fall,” where he gleefully predicted success in Libya would embolden radical elements in Algeria, in particular AQIM. Between extremist violence and the prospect of French airstrikes, Riedel hoped to see the fall of the Algerian government. Ironically Riedel noted:

Algeria has expressed particular concern that the unrest in Libya could lead to the development of a major safe haven and sanctuary for al-Qaeda and other extremist jihadis.

And thanks to NATO, that is exactly what Libya has become – a Western sponsored sanctuary for Al-Qaeda. AQIM’s headway in northern Mali and now French involvement will see the conflict inevitably spill over into Algeria. It should be noted that Riedel is a co-author of “Which Path to Persia?” which openly conspires to arm yet another US State Department-listed terrorist organization (list as #28), the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) to wreak havoc across Iran and help collapse the government there – illustrating a pattern of using clearly terroristic organizations, even those listed as so by the US State Department, to carry out US foreign policy.Geopolitical analyst Pepe Escobar noted a more direct connection between LIFG and AQIM in an Asia Times piece titled, “How al-Qaeda got to rule in Tripoli:”

“Crucially, still in 2007, then al-Qaeda’s number two, Zawahiri, officially announced the merger between the LIFG and al-Qaeda in the Islamic Mahgreb (AQIM). So, for all practical purposes, since then, LIFG/AQIM have been one and the same – and Belhaj was/is its emir. “

“Belhaj,” referring to Hakim Abdul Belhaj, leader of LIFG in Libya, led with NATO support, arms, funding, and diplomatic recognition, the overthrowing of Muammar Qaddafi and has now plunged the nation into unending racist and tribal, genocidal infighting. This intervention has also seen the rebellion’s epicenter of Benghazi peeling off from Tripoli as a semi-autonomous “Terror-Emirate.” Belhaj’s latest campaign has shifted to Syria where he was admittedly on the Turkish-Syrian border pledging weapons, money, and fighters to the so-called “Free Syrian Army,” again, under the auspices of NATO support.

Image: NATO’s intervention in Libya has resurrected listed-terrorist organization and Al Qaeda affiliate, LIFG. It had previously fought in Iraq and Afghanistan, and now has fighters, cash and weapons, all courtesy of NATO, spreading as far west as Mali, and as far east as Syria. The feared “global Caliphate” Neo-Cons have been scaring Western children with for a decade is now taking shape via US-Saudi, Israeli, and Qatari machinations, not “Islam.” In fact, real Muslims have paid the highest price in fighting this real “war against Western-funded terrorism.”

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LIFG, which with French arms, cash, and diplomatic support, is now invading northern Syria on behalf of NATO’s attempted regime change there, officially merged with Al Qaeda in 2007 according to the US Army’s West Point Combating Terrorism Center (CTC). According to the CTC, AQIM and LIFG share not only ideological goals, but strategic and even tactical objectives. The weapons LIFG received most certainly made their way into the hands of AQIM on their way through the porous borders of the Sahara Desert and into northern Mali.

In fact, ABC News reported in their article, “Al Qaeda Terror Group: We ‘Benefit From’ Libyan Weapons,” that:

A leading member of an al Qaeda-affiliated terror group indicated the organization may have acquired some of the thousands of powerful weapons that went missing in the chaos of the Libyan uprising, stoking long-held fears of Western officials.”We have been one of the main beneficiaries of the revolutions in the Arab world,” Mokhtar Belmokhtar, a leader of the north Africa-based al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb [AQIM], told the Mauritanian news agency ANI Wednesday. “As for our benefiting from the [Libyan] weapons, this is a natural thing in these kinds of circumstances.”

It is no coincidence that as the Libyan conflict was drawing to a conclusion, conflict erupted in northern Mali. It is part of a premeditated geopolitical reordering that began with toppling Libya, and since then, using it as a springboard for invading other targeted nations, including Mali, Algeria, and Syria with heavily armed, NATO-funded and aided terrorists.

French involvement may drive AQIM and its affiliates out of northern Mali, but they are almost sure to end up in Algeria, most likely by design.

Algeria was able to balk subversion during the early phases of the US-engineered “Arab Spring” in 2011, but it surely has not escaped the attention of the West who is in the midst of transforming a region stretching from Africa to Beijing and Moscow’s doorsteps – and in a fit of geopolitical schizophrenia – using terrorists both as a casus belli to invade and as an inexhaustible mercenary force to do it.

Prosecutors to Present “Evidence” that Al Qaeda including Osama bin Laden “Benefited” from Bradley...

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Accused US Army whistleblower Bradley Manning was subjected to illegal pretrial punishment, a military judge ruled January 8, but announced that any potential sentence would be reduced by only 112 days.

The anti-democratic ruling came during the latest pretrial motion hearing for the 25-year-old Army private at Fort Meade, Maryland. Manning faces a possible life sentence on 22 charges for allegedly leaking hundreds of thousands of classified military and government documents.

On Wednesday afternoon, government prosecutors said they planned to present evidence that Al Qaeda members, including Osama bin Laden, directly benefited from the publication of materials Manning is charged with leaking.

In hearings that concluded December 11, David Coombs, Manning’s civilian lawyer, had asked the judge, Army Colonel Denise Lind, to dismiss the charges on the grounds that abusive conditions suffered by the young soldier constituted illegal pre-trial punishment. The judge rejected this argument on Tuesday. “The charges are serious in this case and there was no intent to punish,” Lind declared. Brig staff intended to ensure that Manning “did not hurt or kill himself and was present for trial… There is no argument to dismiss the charges.”

Outside of a full dismissal of charges, Manning’s defense team had sought to at least have sentencing reduced by counting each day of his Quantico imprisonment as 10 days served. This Lind also refused, deciding only to grant a one-to-one ratio for select days over the nine-month period, as the government prosecution had offered.

Between July 2010 and April 2011, Manning was held at Quantico Marine brig in Virginia. There he was held in a tiny windowless cell for 23 hours a day. He was denied basic personal effects such as his glasses, bedding or toilet paper. Kept under constant surveillance and forced to wear a “suicide smock” at night, he was awakened for turning away from a bright guard’s light. He was denied exercise in his cell, restrained in shackles, given only 20 minutes of “sunshine call” outside, subjected to forced nudity and bullied by guards.

His treatment was closely managed by Quantico officers, who answered to Lieutenant General George Flynn in the Pentagon. Coombs charged that brig officials, acting at the behest of the Obama administration, held the private in abusive conditions under a pretense of protecting him from self-harm, while disregarding psychiatric recommendations that Manning be treated less severely. Extensive testimony last month from brig psychiatrists, guards, and Manning himself, pointed to political motivations behind the abuse.

Lind rejected the defense argument that the Obama administration and military hierarchy exercised unlawful command influence over Manning’s day-to-day conditions. Flynn, she said, was merely concerned that brig staff took the “high ground” so that Manning would not harm himself. Manning was “not held” in solitary confinement, Lind declared, because due to the constant presence of guards, he was not “alone and without human contact.”

Lind dismissed that the brig’s refusal to grant Manning a visit by Juan Mendez, the UN special rapporteur on torture, Congressman Dennis Kucinich and others, constituted a form of punishment. These were not “official visits,” she stated, and therefore it was permissible for the Quantico staff to deny an unmonitored interaction.

Also on Tuesday, the government prosecutors moved to preclude discussions over Manning’s motive in leaking material, including evidence of war crimes. Prosecutors have asserted that Manning’s motivation—which the defense argues was one of conscience—is irrelevant from intent.

The prosecution introduced a second motion prohibiting courtroom discussion over the question of over-classification of documents on the part of the government. The Obama administration, which has prosecuted a record number of whistleblowers and classified a higher proportion of material than the Bush administration, is seeking to avoid any challenge to government secrecy.

Moreover, any analysis of the material attributed to Manning’s activity that was subsequently published by WikiLeaks may simultaneously draw public attention to the war crimes of the government and undermine the prosecution’s case that the leaks represented “aiding the enemy” by endangering US troops. For these reasons, the government is moving to preemptively disarm the defense of its whistleblower argument, stripping Manning of any legal rights.

Lind is scheduled to rule on these motions during a hearing January 16-17. Manning’s full court martial trial, which was slated for March 6, has been pushed back until June 3. By that time, he will have been held for nearly 1,100 days without being convicted of a crime.

Citing a Civil War-era espionage case Tuesday, Captain Angel Overgaard, a government lawyer, insisted that military courts have recognized that “publishing information in a newspaper” can “indirectly convey information to the enemy,” thereby aiding the latter.

Coombs countered by pointing out that the case in question involved coded information disguised as an advertisement, not providing information openly to the press. “There’s been no case in the entire history of military jurisprudence that dealt with somebody providing information to a legitimate journalistic organization and having them publish it and that involved dealing with the enemy,” Coombs said.

It is worth noting that in the government-cited case, Union Private Henry Vanderwater, found guilty of aiding the enemy by providing a command roster that was published, was sentenced to only three months’ hard labor and dishonorable discharge. Manning, by contrast, has already been imprisoned for three years and may spend the rest of his life behind bars.

Prosecutor Joe Morrow claimed on Wednesday that the government had “digital media found during the UBL [Osama bin Laden] raid” that implicated Manning and WikiLeaks, such as a “letter from UBL to Al Qaeda requesting a member gather information.” A letter in response allegedly included some war logs from Iraq and Afghanistan and State Department cables.

If the prosecution’s argument is upheld, the case will set a precedent for treating WikiLeaks, the media and the Internet as a whole as an extension of the battlefield, in which whistleblowers, journalists and others may be charged with aiding terrorism. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, along with volunteers, contributors, and virtually anyone who accesses the whistleblower organization’s web site, may be targeted for aiding terrorism.

Significantly, Lind questioned the government prosecutors: “If we substituted the New York Times for WikiLeaks, would you still charge Bradley Manning in the way that you have?” Without hesitating, the prosecution said it would.

Underscoring the anti-democratic character of the hearings themselves, no written transcript of the rulings or court proceedings has been issued for public review. Journalists in attendance are forbidden the use of electronic devices in the courtroom and are shuffled in and out by military guards. Expressing frustration over the Army’s restrictions, Firedoglake.com blogger Kevin Gosztola described Tuesday’s hearing as “a completely flagrant abuse of secrecy powers.”

“The judge read a ruling for over one hour and a half and the entire press pool scrambled to keep up with what she was reading,” Gosztola commented. “There were no breaks. She read the entire ruling, which was probably at least fifty pages if not more.”

Given the magnitude of the case, the minimal coverage in the US media is notable. The national evening news programs—including on ABC, CBS, NBC, cable news channels CNN and MSNBC—carried no reports on the case. Very little of substance concerning the courtroom proceedings has reached the American public.

Where Have you Gone, Joe DiMaggio? Americans Side with Al Qaeda Terrorists…

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“France no longer recognizes its children,” lamented Guillaume Roquette in an editorial in the Figaro weekly magazine in Paris. “How can the country of Victor Hugo, secularism and family reunions produce jihadists capable of attacking a kosher grocery store?” 1

I ask: How can the country of Henry David Thoreau, separation of church and state, and family Thanksgiving dinners produce American super-nationalists capable of firing missiles into Muslim family reunions in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen, and Somalia?

Does America recognize its children? Indeed, it honors them. Constantly.

A French state prosecutor stated that “A network of French Islamists behind a grenade attack on a kosher market outside Paris last month also planned to join jihadists fighting in Syria.” 2

We can add these worthies to the many other jihadists coming from all over to fight in Syria for regime change, waving al-Qaeda flags (“There is no god but God”), carrying out suicide attacks, exploding car bombs, and singling out Christians for extermination (for not supporting the overthrow of the secular Syrian government.) These folks are not the first ones you would think of us as allies in a struggle for the proverbial freedom and democracy. Yet America’s children are on the same side, with the same goal of overthrowing Syrian president Bashar Al Assad.

So how do America’s leaders explain and justify this?

“Not everybody who’s participating on the ground in fighting Assad are people who we are comfortable with,” President Obama sad in an interview in December. “There are some who, I think, have adopted an extremist agenda, an anti-U.S. agenda, and we are going to make clear to distinguish between those elements.” 3

In an earlier speech, Secretary of State Clinton acknowledged the scope of the threat from such movements. “A year of democratic transition was never going to drain away reservoirs of radicalism built up through decades of dictatorship,” she said. “As we’ve learned from the beginning, there are extremists who seek to exploit periods of instability and hijack these democratic transitions.” 4

“Extremist” … “radicalism” … No mention of “terrorists” (which is what Assad calls them). No mention of “jihadists” or foreign mercenaries. Or that they were preparing their movement to overthrow the Syrian government well before any government suppression of peaceful protestors in March of 2011, which the Western media consistently cites as the cause of the civil war. As far back as 2007, Seymour Hersh was writing in The New Yorker:

The U.S. has also taken part in clandestine operations aimed at Iran and its ally Syria. A by-product of these activities has been the bolstering of Sunni extremist groups that espouse a militant vision of Islam and are hostile to America and sympathetic to Al Qaeda.

Nor any explanation of what it says about the mission of the Holy Triumvirate (the United States, NATO and the European Union) that they have been supplying these jihadist rebels with funds, arms and training; with intelligence and communication equipment; with diplomatic recognition(!); later we’ll probably find out about even more serious stuff. But President Obama is simply “uncomfortable” with them, because Assad, like Gaddafi of Libya, is a non-Triumvirate Believer, while the Jihadists are the proverbial “enemy of my enemy”. How long before they turn their guns and explosives upon Americans, as they did in Libya?

Seeing is believing, and believing is seeing

Is it easier for a believer to deal with a tragedy like the one in Newtown, Connecticut than it is for an atheist? The human suffering surrounding the ending of life forever for 20 small children and six adults made me choke up again and again with each news report. I didn’t have the comfort that some religious people might have had – that it was “God’s will”, that there must be a “reason” for such profound agony, a good reason, which you would understand if you could receive God’s infinite wisdom, if you could be enlightened enough to see how it fit into God’s Master Plan.

“How could God let this happen?”, asked a Fox News reporter of former Republican governor of Arkansas and presidential candidate, Mike Huckabee. “Well,” replied Huckabee, “you know, it’s an interesting thing. We ask why there is violence in our schools, but we’ve systematically removed God from our schools.

Should we be so surprised that schools would become a place of carnage because we’ve made it a place where we don’t want to talk about eternity, life, what responsibility means, accountability? That we’re not just going to have to be accountable to the police, if they catch us. But one day, we will stand before a Holy God in judgment. If we don’t believe that, then we don’t fear that.”

So the former governor is clearly implying that the tragedy was the lord’s retribution for not believing in, or not fearing, or just ignoring His Master Plan. Believing this may well reduce the grief Huckabee feels about what happened; perhaps even provide him some satisfaction that those who were not “accountable” are being punished. Whether he includes the children in this group, or only their parents, teachers, school officials and Democrats I don’t know.

Local pastor Jim Solomon recounted the story of a girl in the first grade who, by playing dead, was the only one in her room to survive: “She ran out of the school building covered from head to toe with blood and the first thing she said to her mom was, ‘Mommy, I’m OK but all my friends are dead’.” This child was spared, said the pastor, “by God’s grace”. 5

Ah yes, God’s grace. Do I need to ask the obvious question?

It may be relevant to recall that the fellow who slaughtered 87 young people in Norway last year was a fundamentalist Christian.

“With or without religion, good people will do good things and bad people will do bad things. But for good people to do bad things — that takes religion.” – Steven Weinberg, Nobel Prize-winning physicist

“Guns don’t kill people. People kill people.”

How true. And nuclear bombs don’t kill people. Government leaders who decide to use nuclear bombs kill people. So why have any bans on nuclear bombs? Get one for each member of the family; well, for those over 16 at least.

The crazed and the disturbed will always walk amongst us. What we must do is strive to deny them the facile ability to engage in mass murder. Everything else being equal, if the Connecticut killer’s mother didn’t have an arsenal of guns at home, including an assault weapon, the story would probably have been a very different one. Ah, but I hear you asking – on the left and on the right – so you wanna let the government have all the guns and the people nothing to defend themselves with? To which I reply: Do you really think the people could hold their own in an armed battle with the police and the military? Mass suicide.

In the past decade various important rights and freedoms of Americans have been seriously curtailed by the Bush and Obama administrations. Did the 300 million guns in private hands prevent any of this from happening? No. And the rights and the freedoms were taken away much more by pieces of paper than guns.

I’d be in favor of eliminating all guns except for some law enforcement purposes. But if that is not feasible, the goal should be to have as few guns in circulation as possible. Or just ban ammunition, which would be a lot easier and probably even more effective. It would be a good start toward our cherished national goal of becoming a civilized society.

The death of Osama bin Laden. What does it profit a country?

The books and the films are coming out. The subject is a sure winner. The American tracking down and execution of Osama bin Laden in May of 2011. Has there ever been a better example of Good triumphing over Evil? Of Yankee courage and cleverness? “The bin Laden operation was a landmark achievement by our country, by our military, by our Intelligence Community, and by our Agency,” said the acting Director of the CIA, Michael Morell. 6

But even if everything the government has told us about the operation is true … How important was it really? What did it change in Washington’s glorious War on Terror? American taxpayers are not spending a penny less on the bloody spectacle. American soldiers still die in Afghanistan as before. American drones still bring extreme anxiety, death and destruction to children and parents in the Middle East, South Asia, and Africa. Guantánamo still holds numerous damned souls who wonder why they are there as they bang their head against a brick wall.

Anti-American terrorists are still being regularly created as a result of US anti-terrorist operations. (Even the way bin Laden was “buried” increased the hatred.) It’s a mass-production terrorist assembly line working three shifts even if the bin Laden model has been discontinued. If only one in 10,000 of the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims is moved to want to attack the US because of Washington’s repeated outrages against Muslims, the United States will have created a pool of 160,000 Muslims devoted to seeking revenge against Americans.

“Remember when the United States had a drug problem and then we declared a War on Drugs, and now you can’t buy drugs anymore? The War on Terrorism will be just like that,” declared author David Rees in 2008. 7

The fear mongering remains as is; airport security has not gotten any less stupid, embarrassing, or destructive of civil liberties than before, only worse. “Will that be frisked or naked pictures with your airline ticket, sir?” The No-Fly list grows bigger with each passing day, listing people who are too guilty to fly, but too innocent to charge with anything.

Wherever you go — “If you see something, say something!”

People are entrapped as much as ever, charged with some form of terrorism (or “terrorism”), staged and financed by government agents, put away for terribly long periods. The State Department puts a country on its terrorist list, then the FBI persecutes Americans for helping someone in that country, perhaps no more than medical aid.

And surveillance of Americans … the science fiction methods are expanded without end … no escape from Fortress America. Protestors in America are monitored and harassed and recorded as much as before; witness the recent revelations concerning the FBI/Homeland Security/et al and the Occupy Movement. The Patriot Act is still the law of the land, now joined by the National Defense Authorization Act which makes it easier than ever to hold people in indefinite detention, for any reason, or no reason, including American citizens. And now we have the president’s clandestine “kill list”. 8 Could it be any worse if bin Laden were still alive?

Just imagine

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do.
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too …

John Lennon’s “Imagine”.

Sung New Years Eve by a performer at Times Square.

Such subversive talk.

And on worldwide television.

Followed immediately by NBC-TV commentator Carson Daly declaring that we have to honor our brave soldiers.

I’m surprised that he didn’t also mention honoring God.

Toshiba sponsored the giant glass ball which rose up to the top at midnight.

Viewers had the name “Toshiba” flashed in their face a hundred times during the evening in all kinds of ways.

Imagine that John Lennon had called upon us to “Imagine there’s no Toshiba”.

Without Toshiba would there not have been a New Years Eve?

Stuck in 2012 forever?

Imagine.

“Summer, 1969: I sit next to Fidel Castro as he watches on the University of Havana’s color TV the astronauts landing on the moon. At times he asks me to render certain idioms. He watches with fascination. The program had begun with ‘TANG: THE BREAKFAST FOOD PRESENTS … THE MOON LANDING.’

“And without Tang,” Castro asks, “would there have been no moon landing?”

– Saul Landau, author of numerous books and films on Cuba

One way to look at it

Capitalism can be seen in historical evolutionary terms, independent of any moral point of view or judgement. Broadly speaking, the organization of mankind’s societies has evolved from slavery to feudalism to capitalism. And it’s now time for the next step: socialism.

Socialism or communism have always been given just one chance to work, if that much, while capitalism has been given numerous chances to do so following its perennial fiascos. Ralph Nader has observed: “Capitalism will never fail because socialism will always be there to bail it out.”

Capitalism gave rise to some very important innovations, such as mass production and distribution, and many technological advances. But now, and for some time past, the system has caused much more harm than good. It’s eating its young. And our environment. We can take the advances instituted by capitalism for the purpose of profit and use them to create a society based on putting people before profit. Just imagine.

Notes

  1. Washington Post, October 21, 2012
  2. Associated Press, October 11, 2012
  3. Washington Post, December 11, 2012
  4. Washington Post, October 15, 2012
  5. Huffington Post, December 17, 2012
  6. Washington Post, December 22, 2012
  7. In his book Get Your War On
  8. New York Times, May 29, 2012

William Blum is the author of:

  • Killing Hope: US Military and CIA Interventions Since World War 2
  • Rogue State: A Guide to the World’s Only Superpower
  • West-Bloc Dissident: A Cold War Memoir
  • Freeing the World to Death: Essays on the American Empire

Portions of the books can be read, and signed copies purchased, at www.killinghope.org

Previous Anti-Empire Reports can be read at this website.

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Naval Officer: I Didn’t Join to Fight For Al-Qaeda

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Kucinich: Strike on Syria Makes U.S. "Al-Qaeda Air Force"

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(Al-Qaeda Led) Syrian rebels plan raids to exploit Western strikes

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'US fighting in al-Qaeda front in Syria'

The Iranian militaryâ„¢s top brass blames Washington for its siding with al-Qaeda terrorists in Syria, warning of consequences in the event of a possible...

Ron Paul: Why Are We On The Side Of Al-Qaeda In Syria?

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Kucinich: Striking Syria Will Make U.S. Military ‘Al-Qaeda’s Air Force’

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Assad: Syria Is A Sovereign Country Fighting al-Qaeda

Syrian president says that the recent American wars have only destabilized the Middle East and...

US-Qaeda 'alliance’ shaping up in Syria

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‘Arab state behind al-Qaeda jailbreaks’

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George Galloway Says Israel Gave Al-Qaeda Chemical Weapons To Use In Syria

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‘FSA receives orders from al-Qaeda’

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Al-Qaeda attacks Syria town, kills 18

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‘Al-Qaeda, opposition linchpin in Syria’

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'US knows arms in Syria go to al-Qaeda'

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‘Al-Qaeda behind recent Iraq carnage’

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Al-Qaeda may free extremist inmates

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Top al-Qaeda commander slain in Syria

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Britain’s foreign aid has fallen into hands of al-Qaeda, DfiD admits

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CIA warns of crisis as al-Qaeda prepares to pounce

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Austin, Texas, Braces for al-Qaeda Terrorist Attack

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Al-Qaeda replacing Assad is the biggest threat to US security — CIA deputy director

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Al-Qaeda is ‘construct’ of US

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Al-Qaeda replacing Assad: the biggest threat to US security, CIA deputy director says

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Yemen under Assault: Drone Strike Kills 4 “Suspected Al-Qaeda” Members

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Ron Paul: Benghazi was an Arms Deal to Al-Qaeda

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NY Times Admits: Al-Qaeda Terror Threat Used to “Divert Attention” from NSA Uproar

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US preparing strikes on al-Qaeda

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US Special Forces poised to strike against Al-Qaeda following intercepted communiques

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US Govt In Turmoil Over ‘Big New Al-Qaeda Plot’ While Obama Funds Them

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US Government “Protection” of Al-Qaeda Terrorists and the US-Saudi “Black Hole”

For almost two centuries American government, though always imperfect, was also a model for the world of limited government, having evolved a system of...

Chambliss: Al-Qaeda Chatter ‘Very Reminiscent of What We Saw Pre 9/11′

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Rep. Peter King On Terror Alert: Al-Qaeda Stronger Than Ever

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Sen. Graham: Benghazi Represented Al-Qaeda On Steroids

Infowars.comAugust 4, 2013 Talking with CNN’s State of the Union Sunday morning host Candy...

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CIA Moves to Kill Real Benghazi Story: al-Qaeda in Syria Arms Shipment Gone Bad

Kurt NimmoInfowars.comAugust 4, 2013 The CIA is attempting to control the Benghazi story by...

US plot toppled Morsi: Al-Qaeda boss

Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri says the United States colluded with the Egyptian military to topple the democratically-elected government of Mohammed Morsi. "Crusaders and secularists and...

US harbors al-Qaeda agents in Iraq

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US predicts al-Qaeda attacks in August

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U.S. Embassy Threats Linked to al-Qaeda

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Emnassy Threats Linked to al-Qaeda

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Pentagon Has Awarded Contracts To Al-Qaeda In Afghanistan

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Your Tax Dollars at Work in Afghanistan Supporting al-Qaeda

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Al-Qaeda behind Iraq deadly attacks

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Al-Qaeda behind Iraq prison attacks

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President Obama OKs Shipment of Arms to Al-Qaeda in Syria

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Iraqi forces arrest top al-Qaeda cmdr.

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Iraqi forces arrest top al-Qaeda cmdr.

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Baghdad attacks linked to al-Qaeda

The al-Qaeda-inspired Islamic State of Iraq network has once again claimed responsibility for bomb attacks that killed 65 people and injured over 200 others in the capital, Baghdad.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, the terrorist group claimed responsibility for at least 20 bomb explosions and multiple shooting attacks carried out in mainly Shia-populated neighborhoods of Baghdad on March 19.

Al-Qaeda-linked militants often target civilians and Iraqi government officials in an attempt to destabilize the country.

On March 17, the terrorist network also claimed responsibility for the March 14 attack on the Iraqi Justice Ministry in the capital that claimed the lives of nearly 20 people and injured some 30 others.

Al-Qaeda in Iraq is a shadowy group that was once allegedly led by Jordanian militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, who was reportedly killed in June 2006.

According to the US government and military officials, after Zarqawi’s death, the group’s leadership fell to Ayyub al-Masri, who was killed, along with Abu Omar al-Baghdadi -- another leader of the group -- in a joint operation by Iraqi and US troops in Salahuddin Province in April 2010.

Al-Qaeda in Iraq has been blamed for some of the deadliest attacks in the country since the US-led invasion in March 2003.

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Al-Qaeda leader behind Algeria gas plant hostage massacre killed in Mali — Chadian army

Published time: March 03, 2013 00:32

Mokhtar Belmokhtar (AFP Photo / HO / ANI)

A senior commander for al-Qaeda's north African wing has been killed by Chadian soldiers in Mali. Mokhtar Belmokhtar allegedly masterminded the raid on the gas plant in southern Algeria that left 37 hostages dead.

Mokhtar Belmokhtar was killed during an assault on an Islamist rebel base on Saturday, Chad's military have reported.

“The Chadian forces in Mali completely destroyed the main jihadist base in Adrar of the Ifoghas mountains,” an army statement said, adding that the death toll included “several dead terrorists, including their leader Mokhtar Belmokhtar.”

West Africa and Chad sent some 1,000 soldiers to Mali in January to help the French effort to drive Al-Qaeda linked forces out of the northern part of the country, which was seized following a coup in Mali in March last year.

The purported killing of Belmoktar comes a day after Chad's president announced that another senior regional commander of al-Qaeda, Abou Zeid, had been eliminated by French and Chadian forces.

French officials so far have not confirmed the killing of either Abou Zeid or Belmokhtar. On Friday, French president Francois Hollande said that terrorist groups in Mali have taken refuge “in an especially difficult zone” but refused to confirm progress until “the end of the operation” is reached.

Although several diplomats, including a US official, described the earlier report about Abou Zeid death as “very credible,” radical Islamist sources have not yet confirmed the killing of any their senior commanders.

A French university professor and al-Qaeda specialist, Matthieu Guidere, told AFP that the absence of any confirmation from jihadists could mean the reports are not true as they “never try to hide their dead and immediately broadcast their martyrdom.”

Chadian soldiers on a truck leaving Niamey for the Malian border (AFP Photo / Boureima Hama)

The hostage crisis at an In Amenas gas plant in Algeria resulted in the deaths of 37 foreign hostages of eight nationalities and dozens of terrorists.

On 16 January 2013, an al-Qaeda-linked group believed to be led by Mokhtar Belmokhtar captured a total of some 800 workers and kept the foreign hostages at the Tigantourine gas facility, releasing the Algerians.

The Islamist 'Mulathameen Brigade' claimed responsibility for the hostage crisis saying it had conducted the raid in retaliation for France’s engagement in the Mali crisis. The militants allegedly demanded the release of two terrorists held in the US in return for the hostages.

Twenty-nine militants were killed and three captured when Algerian Special Forces stormed the facility after the four-day-long standoff. The hostage takers included nationals from Egypt, Canada, Mali, Niger, Mauritania, and Tunisia, who allegedly crossed into the country from neighboring Libya.

A general view of damage caused by a siege by Islamist militants earlier this month at the Tiguentourine Gas Plant in In Amenas, southeast of Algiers, January 31, 2013 (Reuters / Louafi Larbi)


Al-Qaeda threatens US and Europe, promises another 9/11

A message posted on a jihadist website on Sunday promised that “terrible” attacks will soon strike the US, France, Denmark and other European countries.

“Where will the next strike by Al-Qaeda be?” a message on the Ansar al-Mujahidin network read, followed by: “The house of disbelief: America, France, Denmark and other countries in Europe, and in the countries that helped and help France and other places.”

The message threatened attacks that will be “strong, serious, alarming, earth-shattering and terrible,” which will be carried out both collectively and individually.

The post also singled out France, telling the country to prepare for a “long war of attrition.”

The threats against France may be connected to the French military’s recent operation in Mali against pro-Al-Qaeda militants.

French troops patrol on January 30, 2013 along the Niger river in the northern city of Gao. (AFP Photo / Sia Kambou)
French troops patrol on January 30, 2013 along the Niger river in the northern city of Gao. (AFP Photo / Sia Kambou)

The commentators on the forum praised the message, and said they hoped to “hear the news of these strikes soon.”

The Ansar al-Mujahidin network is a well-known jihadist forum that has previously published messages affiliated with Al-Qaeda and its supporters. In April 2012, the NYPD launched an investigation into a 3-D image posted on the forum that said Al-Qaeda would soon return to New York City.

Al-Qaeda in Africa stronger than suspected — Russian envoy

Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) fighters preparing for war in northern Mali (AFP Photo / Monitoring Service)

Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) fighters preparing for war in northern Mali (AFP Photo / Monitoring Service)

The military contingent of African countries in Northern Mali will be increased, the Russian President’s special envoy to Africa Mikhail Margelov said.

­"The main result of this summit is the decision to enlarge the African military contingent in northern Mali,” Margelov noted. “It has become clear in the course of hostilities that al-Qaeda forces in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) are bigger, better trained and armed than suspected." 

The legislator represented the Russian Federation at the African Union Summit, held in Addis Ababa on January 27-28.

The comments were made in response to the Malian government’s fight against Islamists who have attempted to form a new state based on strict Muslim law in the north.

French President Francois Hollande on January 11 ordered French ground forces to assist the Malian army in their battle against the al-Qaeda fighters. Two weeks later, the combined operation against the rebel forces has succeeded in retaking large parts of northern Mali. 

Analysts admit, however, there has been little resistance on the part of the Islamists, who have largely melted back into the population, waiting of another day to continue their attacks.

The Russian delegation’s meetings with the heads of other African countries focused on the activity of the African-led International Support Mission to Mali and preparations for the BRICS summit, scheduled to take place in Durban in March. 

Russia actively cooperates with the African Union, and at the end of 2012 Russia sent two million dollars to the African Monetary Fund: $700,000 was donated to the negotiating process in Mali, and $1 million was set aside to support the African police in Soamlia.

Robert Bridge, RT

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Eric Zuesse On the basis of reports in Jerusalem Post, Wall Street Journal, and other sources, the Zero Hedge news site not only documents and...

UK plans ‘significant uptick’ in Afghanistan special ops – reports

Published time: 27 Aug, 2017 14:27 Edited time: 27 Aug, 2017 14:28 Hard on the...

The ‘Human Side’ of War Criminals

War criminals and sociopaths often have a “human side” that can obscure how heinous their actions are, as in ex-President...

Trump ‘Presidential’ Again—for Ramping Up War in Afghanistan

Foreign Policy‘s Paul Miller (8/22/17) liked the speech in part because “Trump said ‘win’ and ‘victory’ more times in 15 minutes than President Barack...

Trump calls on May to join Afghan troop surge… but what can cash-strapped Britain...

British troops could once again march into the ‘graveyard of empires’ as US President Donald...

Israel’s Alarm over Syrian Debacle

Exclusive: Meddling by the U.S. and its allies was supposed to topple the Assad regime in Syria and give Israel...

The Saudi-Israeli Alliance

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org Two of the U.S. government’s supposed allies are supposedly not allies of each other but enemies of each other,...

Britain will face radical Islamist threat for decades to come, says ex-MI5 boss

Published time: 11 Aug, 2017 11:53 Former MI5 chief Lord Evans has warned that the...

Britain needs a counter-radicalization program for its politicians, says terrorism expert

A counter-extremism scheme similar to the government’s Prevent program should be introduced to monitor politicians...

How CIA and Allies Trapped Obama in the Syrian Arms Debacle

Last week a Trump administration official decided to inform the news media that the CIA program to arm and train anti-Assad Syrian forces had...

‘Opportunities missed’ to stop radicalization of British brothers killed fighting in Syria – report

Two teenage brothers from Brighton who were killed while fighting in Syria were radicalized under...

No Gitmo for ‘Blackflag’: Suspected terrorist to stand trial in Pennsylvania

Published time: 22 Jul, 2017 01:03 Edited time: 22 Jul, 2017 11:56 An Algerian national accused...

9/11 survivors call on Theresa May to publish ‘suppressed’ Saudi terrorist funding report

Survivors of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack are urging British Prime Minister Theresa May...

US soldier’s widow seeks cash from husband’s alleged killer after Canada ‘paid him $8mn’

Published time: 13 Jul, 2017 11:56 The widow of a slain US soldier is fighting to...

Official Lies From the US Government

APPIP ERROR:nodata[ (0) NO DATA APPIP ERROR:nodata[ (0) NO DATA APPIP ERROR:nodata[ (0) NO DATA The false reality constructed for Americans parallels perfectly the...

Russia to Continue Cooperation with US on De-Escalation Zones in Syria – Lavrov

Russia will continue cooperation with the US on de-escalation zones in southern Syria, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said, adding that although...

Most of Gulf nations’ demands on Qatar unrealistic, but some could be negotiated ‒...

It is unrealistic of Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries, which last month cut ties with...

Royal Saud Family Seek Trump’s Support Against Qatar’s Royal Thani Family

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org It’s now war between the fundamentalist Sunni Sauds who own the world’s most oil-rich nation Saudi Arabia, versus the...

US slams Damascus as chemical weapons monitor says sarin used in April Syria attack,...

The US State Department is scolding the Syrian government, as the OPCW has reportedly determined that...

America illegally at war for a long time now – US Senator Rand Paul

Published time: 21 Jun, 2017 14:53 Edited time: 21 Jun, 2017 15:05 US Senator Rand Paul...

UN Calls for Saudi-Yemen Ceasefire to Stop Cholera and Famine

On June 15, the United Nations Security Council unanimously called for a cease-fire in the conflict between the Saudi-UAE coalition and the Houthi-Saleh forces...

‘Long-haul’ Afghan war to turn into ‘generational struggle’ involving US troops – Petraeus

Americans may stay on Afghan soil for a “long-haul” mission that could evolve into several decades...

Poor counter-terrorism cooperation caused Manchester attack – Libya officials

Published time: 13 Jun, 2017 13:49 The Manchester Arena suicide bombing occurred partly because of...

US Senators fail to block $510mn weapons sale to Saudi Arabia

Published time: 13 Jun, 2017 21:00 Edited time: 13 Jun, 2017 21:00 A bipartisan effort to...

US launches airstrike against al-Shabaab in Somalia using enhanced powers

Published time: 11 Jun, 2017 18:14 Edited time: 11 Jun, 2017 18:15 US and Somali forces...

The Resurrection of Jeremy Corbyn: Truth Can Be an Effective Political Weapon

Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the UK’s Labour Party, has made a remarkable comeback after his political obituary had been written and widely accepted as...

Virginia mosque director quits after imam’s female genital mutilation claim

A senior manager at one of Virginia’s largest mosques has resigned after the senior imam’s comments...

All Islamic Terrorism Is Perpetrated by Fundamentalist Sunnis,

Except Terrorism Against Israel Eric Zuesse My examination of 54 prominent international examples of what U.S. President Donald Trump is presumably referring to when he uses...

Manchester bomber radicalized in Britain, says Libyan counter-terrorism force

Published time: 8 Jun, 2017 12:13 Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi was radicalized in 2015...

‘We Have Revitalized White Supremacist Thinking in the Mainstream’

Janine Jackson interviewed Heidi Beirich about white supremacist violence for the June 2, 2017, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. ...

Shoddy Alt-News ‘Journalism’ Boosts Mainstream ‘Journalism’ (Propaganda)

Eric Zuesse, originally posted in two parts at strategic-culture.org Part One: INTRODUCTION Whereas mainstream ‘journalism’ about international affairs is thoroughly controlled by (and usually owned by) the...

ISIS Says it’s Behind Hostage Siege and Killing in Australia

The Australian authorities are treating an abduction and a killing here in Melbourne on Monday, which ended with the gunman dead, as...