Osama bin Laden appoints new commander to spearhead war on West

LOL  Do “they” still think we’ll “buy” this?  We know who the real terrorists are…

Osama bin Laden has appointed a new commander to spearhead al-Qaeda‘s offensive of operations against the West.

By Praveen Swami, Diplomatic Editor 10:00PM GMT 10 Nov 2010

Known to western intelligence services by the alias Saif al-Adel, or “Sword of the Just”, al-Qaeda’s new chief of international operations is believed to have conceived of the wave of strikes that set off terror alerts across Europe recently, as well as last week’s mid-air parcel-bomb plot.

US and Pakistani sources have told The Daily Telegraph that al-Adel is running several similar operations as part of a war of attrition intended to persuade Western public opinion that the war against terror is unwinnable. This would clear the road for al-Qaeda to capture power in fragile states such as Somalia and Yemen.

“His strategy”, said Syed Saleem Shahzad, a Pakistani expert on al-Qaeda, “is to stage multiple small terror operations, using the resources of affiliates and allies wherever possible.”

A US counter-terrorism official said the idea was for “small-but-often attacks” that would hurt the West more than a “one-off terror spectacular”.

In 2005, al-Adel authored an al-Qaeda planning document that holds clues to his thinking. The document said that Islamist movements failed because their “actions were mostly random”. It called for al-Qaeda to focus on “the greater objective, which is the establishment of a state”. The new attrition strategy marks the triumph of a minority faction within al-Qaeda who had opposed the 9/11 attacks, arguing that the inevitable US retaliation against Afghanistan would cost the jihadist movement its only secure base.

In 2002, jihadist internet forums carried a letter purported to have been written by al-Adel, criticising bin Laden’s leadership. Little was heard of al-Adel, who was held by Iran with a group of al-Qaeda fugitives, for several years thereafter. The fugitives were housed in villas along Iran’s Caspian coast and in Lazivan, north-west of Tehran. Al-Adel lived there with his five children and wife Wafa, who is the daughter of Mustafa Hamid, another top al-Qaeda figure.

But in April this year, he was released from Iranian custody along with Saad bin Laden, Osama bin Laden’s son, and top al-Qaeda operatives Suleiman al-Gaith and Mahfouz al-Walid.

Iran swapped the terrorists for Heshmatollah Attarzadeh, a Pakistan-based diplomat kidnapped by al-Qaeda last year.

Little is known about the shadowy al-Adel, who is also known by the names Muhammad al-Makkawi and Ibrahim al-Madani. Born in Egypt, al-Adel is said to have served as a colonel in its Special Forces. He was, however, arrested in 1987 along with several jihadists.

Egyptian prosecutors claimed that al-Adel’s plans included crashing an aircraft into the Egypt’s parliament, or driving a bomb-laden truck into the building – both tactics al-Qaeda later used to devastating effect.

Later, documents filed by US prosecutors show, al-Adel worked as an instructor at al-Qaeda camps in Afghanistan and Somalia, and participated in several attacks. In 2000, Austrian investigators found he played a key role in a plot to assassinate Joseph “Diamond Joe” Hicks – a mining magnate who is also a leading member of a religious Jewish group.

Article:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/8123261/Osama-bin-Laden-appoints-new-commander-to-spearhead-war-on-West.html

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4 Responses to “Osama bin Laden appoints new commander to spearhead war on West”

  1. – “LOL Do “they” still think we’ll “buy” this? We know who the real terrorists are…”

    – Hmmm… well, Grace, I think you’re wrong on that one. “They” not only think it, but they KNOW it. The American citizens are evidently so indoctrinated with the dogmas of monotheistic religions, that rational thinking has been eradicated generations ago. You only have to go back to the euphoric election of “their” new puppet, Obama, to have ample proof to back me up on that.
    – Hence I’m afraid that you grossly overestimate your fellow average citizen. Jon Doe doesn’t know who the real terrorists are… he still believes in Santa… and in Osama bin Laden… and in “change-yes we can”
    – ‘Cause were it not so, Grace, would there be any parents willing to send their kids out to Iran, Afghanistan and other areas where “they” are executing their atrocities in the name of the supernatural being referred to on “their” fiat money?

    – Remember Tom Paxton’s “I believe, I do”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?gl=US&v=vTNDDNuNB50 🙂 And also “Lyndon Johnson told the Nation”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ft36GQMmvXs&NR=1

    • I think you’re wrong. Although we’re still far from a majority of people realizing the truth, each and every day, more and more people ARE waking up. And you don’t need a majority to make a difference… 😉

      • I noticed that you removed my comment to which you have responded, so here is a reposting, presuming that it was removed by accident. 😉
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        – “LOL Do “they” still think we’ll “buy” this? We know who the real terrorists are…”

        – Hmmm… well, Grace, I think you’re wrong on that one. “They” not only think it, but they KNOW it. The American citizens are evidently so indoctrinated with the dogmas of monotheistic religions, that rational thinking has been eradicated generations ago. You only have to go back to the euphoric election of “their” new puppet, Obama, to have ample proof to back me up on that.
        – Hence I’m afraid that you grossly overestimate your fellow average citizen. Jon Doe doesn’t know who the real terrorists are… he still believes in Santa… and in Osama bin Laden… and in “change-yes we can”
        – ‘Cause were it not so, Grace, would there be any parents willing to send their kids out to Iran, Afghanistan and other areas where “they” are executing their atrocities in the name of the supernatural being referred to on “their” fiat money?
        – Remember Tom Paxton’s “I believe, I do”:http://www.youtube.com/watch?gl=US&v=vTNDDNuNB50 And also “Lyndon Johnson told the Nation”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ft36GQMmvXs&NR=1
        Unquote

        Then to your response:
        – I do not understand which way you think I’m wrong here, Grace, since you in your response agree with me on the fact that the vast majority still believe in the Osama bin Laden crap.
        Do yo disagree with me on the reason why the majority still walk around with their eyes and ears wide shut? If so, what other reason than indoctrination do yo see as the reason?
        -And when you say, -“… you don’t need a majority to make a difference… “, could you clarify to me what kind of difference a minority can achieve in this matter?

      • I didn’t remove any comments.
        Where I come from (Montreal), most people DON’t believe the crap about Osama Bin Laden. They may not be aware of the total picture, but they do sense that Osama is just a scapegoat. Most people here DO question 9/11 and the REAL reason for the war. It’s my guess that it ‘s the same in the States. However, fear is what holds them back from truly investigating to the end. No one, and I mean no one, I’ve talked about this ( 9/11), thinks it’s crazy that the US government (ie, those who actually run it, as u and I know it’s not the President or Senate), might be responsible. But they are “indoctrinated” with fear, and so feel somewhat powerless. But it’s changing.
        Why I say we don’t need the majority? Let me explain it this way: people like u and I are drops in a body of water. We create only little waves. But add on a few more “drops” like us, and those waves can become big enough to move a log floating on the water. So it doesn’t require the whole river to move that log… and that’s truly how I see things.

        Trust me, things are changing little by little, and the momentum is building…

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