Skip to comments.Report: Al-Qaeda No. 2 Visited Bulgaria
Posted on 03/21/2004 12:19:43 PM PST by Destro
Report: Al-Qaeda No. 2 Visited Bulgaria
Politics: 20 March 2004, Saturday.
Al Qaeda's second in command, Ayman al-Zawahiri, travelled to Bulgaria among other countries on Islamic Jihad business and under an assumed name, Birmingham Post-Herald claims.
According to the article Zawahiri visited Switzerland, Bosnia, Bulgaria and Dagestan, a Russian province and even made surreptitious fund-raising swings through Texas, California and New York in the 1990s.
In 1998, Zawahiri and bin Laden officially aligned, and al-Qaeda was born.
In a separate development Ayman al-Zawahiri biographer, Pakistani journalist Hamid Mir, announced that Zawahiri, visited New Zealand and Australia in 1996 to recruit militants.
In those days, in early 1996, he was on a mission to organise his network all over the world, Mir said.
The claims come as Pakistani officials said the previous day they might have cornered al-Zawahiri in a remote area near the Afghan border after two days of intense fighting.
On Saturday Pakistan's military arrested more than 100 suspects in a five-day assault on militants holed up in mud fortresses along the border where al-Qaeda No. 2 Ayman al Zawahri is believed trapped.
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Bush did fail in one thing - he failed to clean house of Clinton hold overs who perpetuated Clintonian policies - like those found in the Balkans. If Bush loses that will be his undoing. Why did Bush continue Clinton policies toward Iraq, al-Qaeda, Balkans?? It is understandable to maintain the status quo whenyou first take office but to not fire ANYONE over 9/11? Over the fiasco in Kosovo? And to wait till those you could have fired to leave office and call you a fool? Sorry Bush - as a CEO and grad from Yale Business school you should have known that CEO's can and do fire people all the time.
Bulgaria has a huge "dissafected" Turko-Muslim population by the way:
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told The Associated Press that intelligence reports on the meeting in Sofia, the Bulgarian capital, prompted a special government session Thursday night to discuss threats against the U.S. Embassy and embassies of European countries. He did not name the countries. At the Sofia meeting, members of al-Qaida decided that "in Sarajevo something will happen to Americans similar to New York last September," said the official. He did not say when the al-Qaida meeting was held or who attended.
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