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Threat Matrix: Daily Terror Threat - Thread Thirty-Four

Posted on 01/30/2006 11:59:00 PM PST by nwctwx

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Washington - Ayman al-Zawahiri's ability to produce a video-taped message soon after escaping a US air strike suggests he is in close touch with al-Qaeda's propaganda arm, a US counter-terrorism official said on Monday.

The official noted that al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden used audiotape to communicate his own latest message earlier this month, while Zawahiri was able to quickly disseminate a videotape of himself.

"That would suggest that bin Laden is in a more isolated location," said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

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1 posted on 01/30/2006 11:59:07 PM PST by nwctwx
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2 posted on 01/30/2006 11:59:33 PM PST by nwctwx (Everything I need to know, I learned on the Threat Matrix)
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To: All; JustPiper; tubavil; thecabal; Revel; Kinetic; Donna Lee Nardo; Honestly; ExSoldier; HipShot; ..

ping to thread #34

3 posted on 01/31/2006 12:00:42 AM PST by nwctwx (Everything I need to know, I learned on the Threat Matrix)
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4 posted on 01/31/2006 12:01:06 AM PST by Cindy
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To: nw_arizona_granny; cibco; LikeLight; Chaos; wolf24; hummingbird; buckalfa; Aggie Mama; crabbie; ...

ping to thread #34

5 posted on 01/31/2006 12:01:35 AM PST by nwctwx (Everything I need to know, I learned on the Threat Matrix)
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6 posted on 01/31/2006 12:01:46 AM PST by Cindy
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ON THE NET... "MOST WANTED TERRORISTS" (View Posters. Read More...) - War On Terrorism: "SEEKING INFORMATION" (View Posters. Read More...) "TEXT: 'BIN LADEN TAPE'" (Note: Full text of the message) (Last Updated January 19, 2006) (Read More...)



"" (View Photo.) (Read More...) - News - Afghanistan ("Source: Al-Jazeera"): "ZAWAHIRI SAYS HE ESCAPED US RAID" (January 30, 2006)

REWARDS FOR "WANTED: ABU MUS'AB AL-ZARQAWI Up to $25 Million Reward" (Click Here;View Photos.) - INTERPOL MEDIA RELEASE: Lyon, France - "INTERPOL ISSUES RED NOTICE FOR AL QAEDA'S ABU MUSAB AL-ZARQAWI" (December 28, 2005) (Read More...) - "WANTED": "MUSTAFA SETMARIAM NASAR (Mustafa Sitmaryan Nassar") (Note: "Aliases: Abu Musab al-Suri, Umar Abd al-Hakim") (View Photos; Read More...) - MOST WANTED TERRORISTS - WANTED POSTER: "IMAD FAYEZ MUGNIYAH" aka "Hajj" (VIEW POSTER; Read More.)

"" (VIEW PHOTO. Click Here.) "A MOST-WANTED TERRORIST IS SPOTTED IN SYRIA" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "One of the American government's most wanted terrorists visited Syria late last week with Iran's President Ahmadinejad, according to a former Reagan administration national security official and Iran watchers on Capitol Hill.")(January 25, 2006) (Read More...) (NOTE: This url may expire.)
"" (Note: re Mugniyah) (Read More...) "SYRIA" (Read More...) - Seeking Information: "ADNAN G. EL SHUKRIJUMAH" (ALIASES: "Adnan G. El Shukri Jumah; Abu Arif; Ja'far Al-Tayar; Jaffar Al-Tayyar; Jafar Tayar; Jaafar Al-Tayyar") (VIEW POSTER. Click Here.) - Focus: "ADAN GULSHAIR EL SHUKRIJUMAH" (Read More...)

"" "Seeking Information - Adam Yahiye Gadahn" (Read More...)

7 posted on 01/31/2006 12:02:54 AM PST by Cindy
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"Terrorists at the Gates--Did we invite them over?"
National Review ^ | 1-30-06 | Michael I. Krauss & Peter J. Pham

Posted on 01/30/2006 6:34:25 PM PST by SJackson

8 posted on 01/31/2006 12:03:48 AM PST by Cindy
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To: All; Cindy

I’m hoping to get around to redoing much of the layout of TM still…

I would like to make it less bulky up front. I was planning on doing that for TM 35, so I will probably start slowly picking it apart till we get there.

Headed to D.C. on Wednesday morning! I may be away from the computer for a time following that, I am not positive how quickly I will have internet access there. There will also be lots of exploring to do… first time living in a big city, let alone such an interesting one.

Much thanks and appreciation to everyone who continues to contribute to the threads; it’s amazing how much knowledge a relatively small group of dedicated people can bring to the table.

9 posted on 01/31/2006 12:05:14 AM PST by nwctwx (Everything I need to know, I learned on the Threat Matrix)
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Geopolitical Diary: Video Message From Al-Zawahiri
January 31, 2006 05 41 GMT

The al Qaeda leadership issued yet another communiqué on Monday, Jan. 30 -- this one obviously a recent recording -- featuring Ayman al-Zawahiri, who discusses the Jan. 13 Predator strike in Damadola, Pakistan, that is believed to have been an attempt on his life by U.S. forces. It is the fifth recording that al Qaeda has released in January alone.

The video seems to have reached the broadcast stage more speedily than other recordings by the leadership. Not only is it only 17 days removed from the air strike in question, but there are obvious references to statements made by Osama bin Laden in an audiotape that was released on Jan. 19 and a response that day by U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, who rejected the apparent offer of a truce and said the United States does not negotiate with terrorists. In sum, the al-Zawahiri video seems to be designed to demonstrate that the air strike, which is believed to have killed four senior al Qaeda operatives, has not damaged the group as a whole. And as is often the case, his comments are made with more than one audience in mind.

The recent date of the recording is indicated when al-Zawahiri refers to both Cheney's rejoinder on the truce offer and statements made by bin Laden: "Your leaders responded to the initiative of Sheikh Osama, may God protect him, by saying they don't negotiate with terrorists and that they are winning the war on terror. I tell them: You liars, greedy war mongers, who is pulling out from Iraq and Afghanistan? Us or you? Whose soldiers are committing suicide because of despair? Us or you?"

In this and other messages, al Qaeda -- which recognizes the likelihood of a drawdown of U.S. forces from Iraq later this year -- is attempting to set the stage to project its own victory. However, this stance seems to be predicated on the assumption that the insurgents -- jihadists as well as Sunni nationalists -- will still be in place after the drawdown, and neither al-Zawahiri nor bin Laden seem to have figured in the likelihood that 40,000 U.S. troops would remain in-country even after the drawdown. That said, the end game in this case is about shaping perceptions -- not necessarily bringing about an actual jihadist victory.

From al Qaeda's viewpoint, the ideal outcome would be a repeat of 1989 Afghanistan: forcing a superpower to pull out of a Muslim country and leaving its weak client regime to defend itself against Islamist forces. The domestic situation in Iraq, however, is nothing like that in Afghanistan 15 years ago, nor is the international configuration. The best the jihadists really can hope for is that they can wreak sufficient havoc in Iraq to create the perception that it was the jihadists' patience and resilience that eventually forced the U.S. occupiers to pull out. If successful, that would boost the jihadists' morale and could improve their standing among a significant cross-section in the Muslim world -- especially at a time when the jihadist movement as a whole appears to be in decline.

Much as bin Laden did in his own recent release, al-Zawahiri touches on the morale of the American public and apparently tries to inflame anti-war sentiment, referring to President George W. Bush as "Butcher of Washington" and "a curse on your own nation." Addressing the American people directly, he adds: "Bush and his gang are shedding your blood and wasting your money in frustrated adventures." He also reminds them that bin Laden "offered you a decent exit from your dilemma," which was rejected by leaders "who are keen to accumulate wealth."

"If the Pentagon calls to tell you that your son is coming home in a coffin, then remember George Bush," he says.

It has become clear by now that the jihadists are powerless to halt the political process in either Afghanistan or Iraq, and al Qaeda recognizes that it would be in no position to take over either state even in the absence of U.S. or coalition forces. Because al Qaeda's calls to jihad resonate with only a small subset within the Muslim world, its best hope is to dig in and outlast the United States.

The battle for al Qaeda is now on the field of public perceptions.

10 posted on 01/31/2006 12:07:40 AM PST by nwctwx (Everything I need to know, I learned on the Threat Matrix)
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You take care of yourself.
I'll pray for you.

Look at extended stay plans --usually the most inexpensive, but still clean.
Mariotts is pretty good.

11 posted on 01/31/2006 12:08:03 AM PST by Cindy
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Jihad propaganda spewed by evil men (Zawahiri, UBL, Zarqawi, etc....)

12 posted on 01/31/2006 12:09:55 AM PST by Cindy
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"Kidnapped U.S. Journalist in New Videotape"
Tuesday, January 31, 2006
CAIRO, Egypt

13 posted on 01/31/2006 12:11:40 AM PST by Cindy
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Thanks Cindy.

I'll actually be staying with a friend who is a lawyer in DC till I get into a job and find my own place to live. He's right near the zoo, has a house, etc. I'm probably going to spend the first week visiting the museums and monuments, it's been a while since I have been there.

14 posted on 01/31/2006 12:13:03 AM PST by nwctwx (Everything I need to know, I learned on the Threat Matrix)
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Thank you, Ian.

Are you in Washington yet?

15 posted on 01/31/2006 12:13:37 AM PST by Rushmore Rocks
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Hey, that's great.
Glad you are staying with a friend.

Watch out for agressive pan handlers.
Don't be walking alone in DC in isolated
areas or at night.

Smiling...but I'm sure you probably know
that already.

16 posted on 01/31/2006 12:14:53 AM PST by Cindy
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Nevermind, post #9 answered my question.

Good luck and God speed.

17 posted on 01/31/2006 12:15:17 AM PST by Rushmore Rocks
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To: Rushmore Rocks

Thanks. :)

18 posted on 01/31/2006 12:17:52 AM PST by nwctwx (Everything I need to know, I learned on the Threat Matrix)
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To: nwctwx; All

19 posted on 01/31/2006 12:23:42 AM PST by Cindy
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THE COUNTERTERRORISM BLOG: "JIHADIS ARE INDEED TARGETING FRENCH PLANES" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Finally, Abu Itya acknowledged that he convinced Al Din to target the US rather than France. But at this point, Al Din did not confirm.") -Posted by Olivier Guitta (January 14, 2006) (Read More...)

20 posted on 01/31/2006 12:24:27 AM PST by Cindy
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