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Al-Qaeda returns. The new face of terror
The Economist ^ | Sept 28, 2013 | The Economist Staff

Posted on 09/29/2013 7:01:02 AM PDT by Innovative

The West thought it was winning the battle against jihadist terrorism. It should think again.

A FEW months ago Barack Obama declared that al-Qaeda was “on the path to defeat”. Its surviving members, he said, were more concerned for their own safety than with plotting attacks on the West.

Yet the inconvenient truth is that, in the past 18 months, despite the relentless pummelling it has received and the defeats it has suffered, al-Qaeda and its jihadist allies have staged an extraordinary comeback. The terrorist network now holds sway over more territory and is recruiting more fighters than at any time in its 25-year history (see article). Mr Obama must reconsider.

...Meanwhile al-Qaeda’s core, anticipating the withdrawal of Western troops from Afghanistan after 2014, is already moving back into the country’s wild east.

How much should Western complacency be blamed for this stunning revival? Quite a bit. Mr Obama was too eager to cut and run from Iraq. He is at risk of repeating the mistake in Afghanistan. ...

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


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: alqaeda; islamicimperialism; missionaccomplished; obama; obamaforeignpolicy; obamalegacy; obamaswars; spikethefootball; terrorattacks; terrorism; threatmatrix; waronterror; wot
What "relentless pummeling" -- one of Obama's first acts as president was to forbid even the use of the words "war on terror" and declared that the war was over.
1 posted on 09/29/2013 7:01:02 AM PDT by Innovative
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To: MestaMachine

Threat Matrix ping


2 posted on 09/29/2013 7:02:13 AM PDT by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: Innovative
Mr Obama must reconsider.

Not likely...a god-man like Obama never considers himself on the wrong side of an issue ?

How is that possible...Obama is never wrong...

3 posted on 09/29/2013 7:06:11 AM PDT by Popman (Liberal wars are about killing people for humanitarian reasons...)
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To: Innovative

GM Dead, Al-Qaeda Alive.


4 posted on 09/29/2013 7:06:40 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Innovative
"The West thought it was winning the battle against jihadist terrorism"

Really?

Maybe the Muzzie in chief hoped it was so after expressing his deep and abiding 5th column faith.

5 posted on 09/29/2013 7:06:46 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Innovative
Obama did tell us he was going to create a "civilian national security force".

He just didn't rell us it would be Al Qaeda.


6 posted on 09/29/2013 7:11:14 AM PDT by Iron Munro (When a killer screams 'Allahu Akbar' you don't need to be mystified about a motive.)
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To: dfwgator

Al quida never died.


7 posted on 09/29/2013 7:11:28 AM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie

Certainly not what the Rats were saying during their Second Coronation of Obozo.


8 posted on 09/29/2013 7:12:55 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Innovative
The West thought it was winning the battle against jihadist terrorism.

No, democrats believed they were winning the battle against jihadists. Conservatives knew better. Dems are strange - they also believe in global warming... and other assorted oddities...

9 posted on 09/29/2013 7:13:01 AM PDT by GOPJ ( Politicians who fear the people seek to disarm them. - - Bill St. Clair)
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To: Innovative
For all the West’s supposedly huge soft power, it has been feeble in its efforts to win over moderate Muslims in the most important battle of all, that of ideas.

What "soft power"? What "moderate Muslims"? What "ideas"?

What a bunch of balderdash.

10 posted on 09/29/2013 7:13:12 AM PDT by PGalt
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To: Innovative

Anyone who even pretends to believe Obama’s lies has a screw loose.

“Al Qaeda is dead! The Great Obama has dealt with it!”

“Al Qaeda is a grave threat! Only the Great Obama can deal with it!”

“Al Qaeda is really very nice! Only the Great Obama can make a deal with it!”

It shifts from one to another, depending on Obama’s current mood and his propaganda needs. Nothing to do with the truth OR the needs of our country.


11 posted on 09/29/2013 7:13:47 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Innovative

Only a fool or an obamabot could believe that we were winning. I don’t think either of those categories reside here at FR.


12 posted on 09/29/2013 7:15:28 AM PDT by certrtwngnut (')
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie
"Al quida never died."

You got that right. ZERO said they were. That doesn't make it SO. The 43% believe everything out of his lying mouth.
Now we have Al Shabob. First it was Al Capone. . . . .

13 posted on 09/29/2013 7:16:12 AM PDT by DeaconRed (Are you as sick as I am of this lying administration? Doing anything they want. Constitution ignored)
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To: certrtwngnut

“Only a fool or an obamabot “

Aren’t you being a bit redundant? ;)


14 posted on 09/29/2013 7:17:52 AM PDT by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: ScaniaBoy; annieokie; penelopesire; maggief; Protect the Bill of Rights; thouworm; SE Mom; ...
al qaeda never left. It has been very busy and very successfully setting up shop in the four corners of the earth. obama gave the world smoke and mirrors in place of accomplishment because he never intended to 'decimate' al qaeda from the jump.

This is a Threat Matrix list documenting threats within and without. Anyone wanting on or off please advise.


15 posted on 09/29/2013 7:24:14 AM PDT by MestaMachine (My caps work, You gotta earn them.)
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To: Innovative

Thank you for the ping. I appreciate it.


16 posted on 09/29/2013 7:26:03 AM PDT by MestaMachine (My caps work, You gotta earn them.)
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To: Innovative

AQ awards ceremony: “And Id like to thank Barrak Hussein Obama, Sens John McCain and Lindsey Graham for making this all possible..........”


17 posted on 09/29/2013 7:26:39 AM PDT by rrrod (at home in Medellin Colombia)
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To: Iron Munro

He’s quickly establishing them in the military and as heads of every government agency. We’ve been taken over but know it yet.


18 posted on 09/29/2013 7:38:36 AM PDT by bgill (This reply was mined before it was posted.)
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To: dfwgator

I’m with the tin foil crew that doesn’t believe the Bin Laden Raid story...new article by Seymour Hirsch in the Guardian. ha.


19 posted on 09/29/2013 7:39:41 AM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie
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To: DeaconRed

LOL!

Doubts now being discussed by the Left about the Bin Laden Raid.hee.hee.


20 posted on 09/29/2013 7:40:40 AM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie
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To: Iron Munro

I wonder - if conservative patriots re-name themselves “Al-Qaeda”, will Obama have the DHS troops stand down, and make sure lots of modern weaponry is funneled to us?


21 posted on 09/29/2013 7:43:02 AM PDT by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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To: Innovative

Terror trivia: Al Qaeda’s new tactic to spare Muslims in attacks

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/09/29/terror-trivia-al-qaeda-new-tactice-to-spare-muslims-in-attacks/

... the assailants began a high-stakes game of 20 Questions to separate Muslims from those they consider infidels.

In an email exchange this week with The Associated Press, it made its intentions clear: “The Mujahideen carried out a meticulous vetting process at the mall and have taken every possible precaution to separate the Muslims from the Kuffar before carrying out their attack.” However, even at Westgate, al-Shabab still killed Muslims, who were among the more than 60 civilians gunned down inside.


22 posted on 09/29/2013 8:04:08 AM PDT by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: MestaMachine
obama gave the world smoke and mirrors in place of accomplishment because he never intended to 'decimate' al qaeda from the jump.

Odinga did worse than that. He declared a hudna on behalf of his Islamic boyfriends.

23 posted on 09/29/2013 8:05:22 AM PDT by Old Sarge (Opinions are like orgasms: only mine count, and I couldn't care less if you have one...)
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To: dagogo redux

You might have something there...

Obama negotiates with Iran run by Islamic hardliner and proven sponsor of terrorism, but refuses to negotiate with Republicans.


24 posted on 09/29/2013 8:07:35 AM PDT by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: Innovative
Al Qaeda was used by the US/NATO to attack the Russians in the 80's, the Serbian's in the 90's, Libya in 2011, and Syria today.

Al Qaeda is and has always been the sword of the New World Order.

25 posted on 09/29/2013 8:11:49 AM PDT by Count of Monte Fisto (The foundation of modern society is the denial of reality.)
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To: Innovative

Almost the moment after this PROPHETIC and historical ADDRESS TO CONGRESS on 9/20/2001......the drumbeat began, not against the radicals but against our president, George W. Bush. The hatred was rancid from the left and they did not stop until he was destroyed. The last paragraph is chilling and a must read....IT APPEARS WE HAVE LOST OUR WAY!

“They want to overthrow existing governments in many Muslim countries, such as Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan. They want to drive Israel out of the Middle East. They want to drive Christians and Jews out of vast regions of Asia and Africa.

These terrorists kill not merely to end lives, but to disrupt and end a way of life. With every atrocity, they hope that America grows fearful, retreating from the world and forsaking our friends. They stand against us, because we stand in their way.

We are not deceived by their pretenses to piety. We have seen their kind before. They are the heirs of all the murderous ideologies of the 20th century. By sacrificing human life to serve their radical visions — by abandoning every value except the will to power — they follow in the path of fascism, and Nazism, and totalitarianism. And they will follow that path all the way, to where it ends: in history’s unmarked grave of discarded lies.

Americans are asking: How will we fight and win this war? We will direct every resource at our command — every means of diplomacy, every tool of intelligence, every instrument of law enforcement, every financial influence, and every necessary weapon of war — to the disruption and to the defeat of the global terror network.

This war will not be like the war against Iraq a decade ago, with a decisive liberation of territory and a swift conclusion. It will not look like the air war above Kosovo two years ago, where no ground troops were used and not a single American was lost in combat.

Our response involves far more than instant retaliation and isolated strikes. Americans should not expect one battle, but a lengthy campaign, unlike any other we have ever seen. It may include dramatic strikes, visible on TV, and covert operations, secret even in success. We will starve terrorists of funding, turn them one against another, drive them from place to place, until there is no refuge or no rest. And we will pursue nations that provide aid or safe haven to terrorism. Every nation, in every region, now has a decision to make. Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists. From this day forward, any nation that continues to harbor or support terrorism will be regarded by the United States as a hostile regime.”


26 posted on 09/29/2013 8:46:48 AM PDT by Toespi
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To: Innovative

Al-Quaeda is stronger than ever.

Obama lied, innocents died!


27 posted on 09/29/2013 9:03:39 AM PDT by canuck_conservative
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To: Innovative

Returns hell1 Al Qaeda never left. They just moved into the White House.


28 posted on 09/29/2013 9:31:45 AM PDT by sport
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To: sport

Half the country thought it would be a good idea, less than a decade after 9/11, to elect a man named Barrack Hussein Obama. Now the Muslim Brotherhood, aka Al Qaeda, has unprecedented access to all levels of government.


29 posted on 09/29/2013 10:13:25 AM PDT by Boris99
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To: Boris99
I wasn't in that half, neither was I in 2012. In fact, I pitted my wisdom against the wisdom of a majority of voters both in 2008 and 2012 and was severely chastised by them.

The lesson I learned from that was that me and the majority of voters in this Country have nothing in common. I have no friends that are Liberal. I have no friends that voted for Obama. I have no friends that are parasites or traitors. I have no self hating White friends. Nor do I wish to have any.

30 posted on 09/29/2013 10:22:08 AM PDT by sport
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To: MestaMachine

They increase in numbers by producing in the bedrooms. The Western world, especially Eurabia and U.S. will be eliminated by promoting abortions in the millions!!!


31 posted on 09/29/2013 11:14:42 AM PDT by danamco (-)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Thanks Innovative.
Obama was too eager to cut and run from Iraq. He is at risk of repeating the mistake in Afghanistan.

32 posted on 09/29/2013 2:33:54 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: Innovative

Obama is terror, al Qaeda are his allies and he is selling them arms.


33 posted on 09/29/2013 10:36:08 PM PDT by WilliamRobert (Ted Cruz is my senator)
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To: Innovative
To the Economist: NO, al-Qaeda has not returned because it never left. The smart people like Barack Hussein Obama (mmm-mmm-mmm) and the Euroweenies declared victory where none existed. The appeasers of Western Civilization need to get their minds right and do it quickly. Al-Qaeda (and all the other Muslim terrorists) are after only one thing: putting all us nonbelievers under the yoke of Sharia Law. To do this they must kill, convert, or enslave all who oppose them. The Holy Koran commands them to do so.

The problem is the Left has made an unholy alliance with Islam. Both the Left and Islam want to destroy Western Civilization, but the Left thinks it can subvert Islam. Silly fools; if Islam wins the fight, you Lefties will be the first to die or be enslaved or be converted. I know you Lefties scoff at this but you haven't read the Koran. either.

34 posted on 09/30/2013 4:32:09 AM PDT by MasterGunner01
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To: MestaMachine
al qaeda never left

Amen, Mesta, Amen!

35 posted on 09/30/2013 7:36:33 AM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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