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Al Qaeda Conference Call Intercepted by U.S. Officials Sparked Alerts
The Daily Beast ^ | Wednesday, August 7, 2013 | Eli Lake and Josh Rogin

Posted on 08/07/2013 5:58:39 AM PDT by kristinn

The crucial intercept that prompted the U.S. government to close embassies in 22 countries was a conference call between al Qaeda’s senior leaders and representatives of several of the group’s affiliates throughout the region.

The intercept provided the U.S. intelligence community with a rare glimpse into how al Qaeda’s leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, manages a global organization that includes affiliates in Africa, the Middle East, and southwest and southeast Asia.

Several news outlets reported Monday on an intercepted communication last week between Zawahiri and Nasser al-Wuhayshi, the leader of al Qaeda’s affiliate based in Yemen. But The Daily Beast has learned that the discussion between the two al Qaeda leaders happened in a conference call that included the leaders or representatives of the top leadership of al Qaeda and its affiliates calling in from different locations, according to three U.S. officials familiar with the intelligence. All told, said one U.S. intelligence official, more than 20 al Qaeda operatives were on the call.

To be sure, the CIA had been tracking the threat posed by Wuhayshi for months. An earlier communication between Zawahiri and Wuhayshi delivered through a courier was picked up last month, according to three U.S. intelligence officials. But the conference call provided a new sense of urgency for the U.S. government, the sources said.

Al Qaeda members included representatives or leaders from Nigeria’s Boko Haram, the Pakistani Taliban, al Qaeda in Iraq, al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, and more obscure al Qaeda affiliates such as the Uzbekistan branch. Also on the call were representatives of aspiring al Qaeda affiliates such as al Qaeda in the Sinai Peninsula, according to a U.S. intelligence official. The presence of aspiring al Qaeda affiliates operating in the Sinai was one reason the State Department closed the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv,

(Excerpt) Read more at thedailybeast.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: alqaeda; aqap; bokoharem; obama
Al Qaeda's on the run. Obama's on the Tonight Show...
1 posted on 08/07/2013 5:58:40 AM PDT by kristinn
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To: kristinn

Never let a crisis go to waste.


2 posted on 08/07/2013 6:01:14 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: kristinn

my friend Baghdad Bob says this
story is very believable.


3 posted on 08/07/2013 6:03:19 AM PDT by RockyTx
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To: kristinn
Conference call between al Qaeda’s senior leaders...

Total BS...

4 posted on 08/07/2013 6:03:31 AM PDT by Doofer
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To: kristinn

Al Quaeda conference call? Did someone have a powerpoint presentation? Were some of the participants IM’ing each other on the side (”can you believe this crap?”)? Were minutes sent out afterwards? I call BS.


5 posted on 08/07/2013 6:04:15 AM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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...a conference call between al Qaeda’s senior leaders and representatives of several of the group’s affiliates...

The call probably originated from The White House.

6 posted on 08/07/2013 6:06:25 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: RockyTx; kristinn

Your friend Baghdad Bob really thinks they had a conference call?


7 posted on 08/07/2013 6:06:35 AM PDT by Doofer
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To: 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten

Did they use Gotomeeting?


8 posted on 08/07/2013 6:07:11 AM PDT by Perdogg (Cruz-Paul 2016)
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To: kristinn

Sorry, ain’t believin’ any Obamash*t any mo.

Actually, never did.

Obama is slimel.

As is his entire staff.


9 posted on 08/07/2013 6:07:13 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: kristinn

I read this and I think it’s BS. Just made up out of thin air.

I do support the closing and suggest we pull out of every middle eastern country except for whatever number of people it takes to ship every drop of Iraqi oil here. Take 20% of the profits and distribute it to everyone thst fought in Iraq and Afganistan. Develop our own resources and let all these middle eastern countries fight each other.

I’d make it clear that in the event of any attack in the US or any of our embassies that Mecca would be destroyed.

Enough fiddling with these idiots.


10 posted on 08/07/2013 6:07:41 AM PDT by isthisnickcool (NO MORE IRS!)
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I just can't stop laughing over the concept of a conference call of 20 LEADERS of alqueda!!

Does Obama think we're that dumb??

11 posted on 08/07/2013 6:07:46 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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Please enter your conference code after the beep. All lines will be placed on mute when the conference starts. Use * 6 to unmute your line. If you a hear a drone closing in on your location; enter *Ohcrap.


13 posted on 08/07/2013 6:08:24 AM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Just wanted to say I hope you great NSA folks are enjoying my posts here.)
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My second laugh of the day....and it’s still early.


14 posted on 08/07/2013 6:08:34 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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