Posts tagged ‘Al-Qaeda’

May 17, 2011

“Mummy, I want to be a Navy SEAL” – after Bin Laden’s execution SEAL mania grips the USA

[Health and Fitness Contributor, John Jezic]

Huffington Post: SEAL-mania is gripping American 6-pack wannabees and is the hottest craze since the Bondesque and superfit SEALs despatched a startled Osama Bin Ladin to a watery grave recently.

For a predominantly obese US population, this is good news.

The video says it all.

May 11, 2011

Son of Bin Laden, Hamza the ‘Crown Prince of Terror’ beckons good fortune for President Obama’s 2012 re-election bid

[US Politics & WOT Analyst, Jenni Kymi]

Next year will be a good year for America’s new superhero – President Barack Obama.

Having by all accounts despatched the elusive Osama bin Laden to a watery grave and now with a Bin Laden, Part II panning out in the shape of news that Mr. Laden’s youngest son and closest confidante, Hamza (aka ‘Crown Prince of Terror’), may have escaped capture at the Abbottabad incident is good news indeed for the president.

That is because, Mr. Obama will be presented with the opportunity, as 2012 looms, to show the American people true resolve in bringing total closure to the Al Queada menace by tracking down and nutralizing Hamza and the remaining Al Queada network, now presumably in Pakistan. In addition, why not a ‘war on terror‘ kind-of -thing with Pakistan? After all they seem to have kept Bin Laden secretly in their bosom for more than 10 years whilst he was being watched by US officials with the assistance of Pakistani intelligence, or the Pakistani government, or both of them (Sounds strange?  Well that’s how the facts are emerging). All that certainly wouldn’t go amiss as it would fit in very well with the innate conservatism of Americans when the USA is at war – never get rid of the incumbent president as it sounds like defeat. Worked for George W Bush with Iraq and by gum, it will work for Mr. Obama.

May 7, 2011

Update 7th May 2011 – killings in Syria, Afghanistan, Nigeria and Bin Laden’s plans to attack the USA

[Military Analyst Contributor, Sam Trowell]

Afghanistan

Kandahar, Afghanistan is a hotbed of fighting between militants and government supporters. They have attacked the governor’s office, the country’s spy agency (AIA) and a police station. Around 22 people have been killed in the attacks which have included at least six suicide blasts. The Taliban have claimed responsibility.

Nigeria

Attackers burn many houses in the village of Bauchi state, Nigeria killing at least 16 people who are believed to have been Christians. As Bauchi belongs to Nigeria’s region which separates the Muslim north and the Christian south, it is an area of much tension between the two sides involving power struggles.

Syria

Reports on the Syria people protests situation are claiming that troops and tanks are moving into the Syrian city of Baniyas which has been the hub of anti-government protests. More than 800 protestors have been executed by the Syrian government since the demonstrations started two months ago.

Bin Laden

US Officials studying material taken from Bin Laden’s apartment are confirming that after 10 years of no attacks upon the USA, he had been planning to put the American railway system under 911-type attacks imminently and it is feared that if he had not been killed in Abbottabad, the USA and the world would have been in the greatest danger.

After further study of the Bin Laden materials, the US Officials plan to debrief their administration and the world on the other attacks that had been planned by Bin Laden. In the meantime, various blogs purposting to be Jihadist, or from the leadership of Al’ Qaeda, are confirming Bin Laden’s death which, according to the US Officials are more or less conclusive that he was killed in the daring raid by unnamed Navy SEALs at his private quarters near the Pakistani military training college and the Pakistani security services headquarters in Abbottabad.

May 7, 2011

UK Muslims angry over death of Bin Laden

[Joan Tollings, Politics Contributor]

UK MailOnline: The US Embassy  in London was in uproar yesterday as hundreds of  Muslim activists surrounded the buildings in theatrical mourning of the Al’ Qaeda leader’s death. Placards and slogans like ‘Islam will dominate the world’ were abound and direct terrorist attack threats to the US were voiced.

The central figure in the mass protest action was a scandalous priest Anjem Choudary, a former (now dismissed) UK solicitor and a fierce supporter of the Islamic movement in the United Kingdom, who has publicly announced his approval of the September 11 attacks and July 7 London bombings.

The capital is on full alert now, as protestors’ are threatening that it is only a matter of time’ before a new terrorist attack takes place and that the ‘West is the enemy’.

May 4, 2011

Bin Laden death photos

by, John Dweitke,  USA News Contributor

The report of Bin Laden‘s execution, according to the multitude of conflicting accounts of how this happened, is descending into the category of fairytale stories according to an increasing number of Americans and worldwide observers.  Why was his body buried so quickly, why are there so many conflicting accounts about the incident from those who participated in it, why no photos, why the quickest burial ever  known to a person of  Bin Laden’s notoriety and why was the hard evidence buried so irretrievably at sea? All these questions are contributing to Internet’s biggest sensation for all time.0

Hopefully, when the Obama administration decides to release consistent accounts of the events and reliable photos to back them up, the controversy will subside. In the meantime, it seems to be continuing at full force and at an alarming rate. So much so that the significance of the event could be lowered to that of one of the greatest perceived fictions of all time if the Obama administration does not react soon and credibly.

May 2, 2011

President Obama executes Bin Laden and orders body to be quickly buried at sea

New York Times:  According to the account of  President Obama in a televised broadcast to the nation on May 1st 2011, Osama Bin Laden is dead.

Mr. Obama said that the reclusive Bin Laden was killed in Abbottabad, Pakistan following a sting operation conducted by CIA and military operatives which had been authorised by him.  Bin Laden is reported to have been shot in the eye and his body quickly buried at sea.

Americans greeted the news with public rejoicing in Times Square at the Ground Zero site and in downtown Washington tooting horns abounded.

Mr. Obama said: “For over two decades, Bin Laden has been Al Qaeda’s leader and symbol….the death of Bin Laden marks the most significant achievement to date in our nation’s effort to defeat Al Qaeda. But his death does not mark the end of our effort. There’s no doubt that Al Qaeda will continue to pursue attacks against us. We must and we will remain vigilant at home and abroad.”

Why his body was disposed off so quickly, bearing in mind the significance of his execution remains a mystery and will be sure to cause more controversy in light of the ‘birther’ and ‘grader’, and ‘Hawaii State authentication’ issues that are facing the president.  It is reported that skeptics of the event are saying that the announcement by the president may be a last ditch ploy to save his plummeting popularity, but Mr. Obama’s supporters are hailing the news as a trump card for the besieged president  facing an election challenge in 2012 which, by  all accounts so far, he will lose.

[US Politics Contributor]

April 24, 2011

President of Yemen caves in, but asks for immunity from punishment

[Aziza Sourris, Middle East News Contributor]

The New York Times: It seems that peoples’ power in Yemen has achieved a final victory as it incumbent embattled president, Ali Abdullah Saleh,  has announced that  he will step  down after 32 years of single leadership in exchange for being granted immunity from prosecution.

However political observers are trying to make out whether the decision was made under the pressure from the public or as a cunning move to lay the responsibility for the political turmoil ‘on the opposition’s shoulders’.

One of the conditions for stepping down requires the opposition party to stop the street demonstrations and join the ruling party of the president so as to form a coalition government. However, the leader of the opposition, Yassin Saeed Noman, said that he could not ‘force protesters from the streets’ and has not agreed join ranks with the party of the president.

The government, in turn, rejected the opposition’s offer to allow Mr. Saleh’s party to rule for a while until he quits the post and then ‘join a power-sharing government’, saying that the US (who is particularly concerned about certain extra- violent Al-Quaeda branches known to be based in the country) and the EU, as well as the Saudi-led Gulf Cooperation Council were behind the offer.

March 18, 2011

US Spy program to be used in Facebook, Twitter and other social media

Guardian reports that the USA‘s military has commissioned the development of software for it to influence users of social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter by using false online identities for the purpose of disseminating pro-American propaganda.

A Californian corporation has been given a $2.76 million contract with United States Central Command (Centcom), an organisations that supervises US armed operations in the Middle East and Central Asia to develop the program.

The software will create the “online persona management service” which will allow the US military to operate multiple identities worldwide.  Whilst the technology is not ‘brand new’ as similar systems are in existence and are widely used by US law enforcement and surveillance agencies, it is the first time that the US government has openly acknowledged the strategy.

For example, the program, Operation Earnest Voice (OEV), had been put in to place as in Iraq as a psychological warfare tool to disrupt al-Qaida‘s operations against coalition forces there. It is now reported to be a $200M program which is being used to thwart jihadists in Pakistan, Afghanistan and the Middle East.

[War on Terror Contributor]

March 10, 2011

Back to square one for the USA as negotiations for a peace/ exit plan start with the Taliban

According to an article in New Yorker Magazine on February 20, the USA has commenced direct talks with with leaders of the Taliban in Afghanistan to explore a peace plan. This has been more or less confirmed by US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.  However, as the US has been at war with the Taliban for almost ten years, it is difficult to see what it has established if on its leaving, it seeks to have a dialogue with the Taliban which it has steadfastly accused of being linked to Al Qaeda.

RT.COM interviewed Shahzoda Shahed, an Islamic lawyer and a member of the National Reconciliation Council in Afghanistan. He is an ‘unassociated’ deputy of Parliament and is considered to be the deputy of Hekmatyar,  a leading rebel leader who refuses to acknowledge the authority of the country’s President  Karzai.

According to him, the Taliban will never acknowledge the current government as they had warred with the Mujahideens and were proud of their successes. They are angry that the Americans destroyed all of their government structures and tried to destroy them but failed and feel that they have regained their spirit and strength and want to rule again. He comments that, essentially, they are independently-minded people and will stick to their beliefs to the very end. For them, losing is not an option. So it seems there are tough times ahead at the negotiation table for Mrs. Clinton and the Obama team.

[Middle East Contributor]