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  • Al Qaeda in Iraq, Al Nusrah Front ( Syria) emerge as rebranded single entity

    04/10/2013 6:05:19 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies
    The Long War Journal ^ | April 9, 2013 | Thomas Joscelyn
    Image that accompanied Abu Bakr al Baghdadi's audiotape announcing the creation of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. The flag was originally al Qaeda in Iraq's banner, but has been adopted by other al Qaeda affiliated and associated groups. Image from the SITE Intelligence Group. The emir of al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI), Abu Bakr al Baghdadi (also known as Abu Dua), has announced a new brand for his organization's efforts: the "Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant." The new name replaces all previous brands used by al Qaeda's affiliates in Iraq and Syria, including the...
  • PICTURE PROOF: The Saddam-Al Qaeda Connections

    09/13/2006 6:44:00 AM PDT · by areafiftyone · 13 replies · 1,348+ views
    Picture Proof: The Saddam-Al Qaeda Connections The following information did not make it into the Senate Intelligence Committee's report released last Friday, that claimed Saddam's government "did not have a relationship, harbor or turn a blind eye toward" al-Qaida operative Abu Musab al-Zarqawi or his associates. What do you suppose the committee had to say about these documents? Captured Iraqi Document ISGC-2004-019920 Page 6From blogger The Dread Pundit Bluto: ISGZ-2004-0199202002 Iraqi Intelligence Correspondence concerning the presence of al-Qaida Members in Iraq. Correspondence between IRS members on a suspicion, later confirmed, of the presence of an Al-Qaeda terrorist group. Moreover,...
  • Treasury Designates MIRA for Support to Al Qaida (Clinton confidante was a major Al Qaida financier)

    07/14/2005 9:08:51 PM PDT · by kaehurowing · 8 replies · 915+ views
    Treasury Department Press Release ^ | July 14, 2005 | U.S. Treasury Department
    July 14, 2005 JS-2632 Treasury Designates MIRA for Support to Al Qaida ******In 2003, MIRA and Faqih received approximately $1 million in funding through Abdulrahman Alamoudi. According to information available to the U.S. Government, the September 2003 arrest of Alamoudi was a severe blow to al Qaida, as Alamoudi had a close relationship with al Qaida and had raised money for al Qaida in the United States. In a 2004 plea agreement, Alamoudi admitted to his role in an assassination plot targeting the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia and is currently serving a 23 year sentence.******
  • Military Officers Attempted a Coup in Iraq

    08/06/2006 11:10:15 PM PDT · by jmc1969 · 36 replies · 2,377+ views
    New York Sun ^ | August 7 2006 | ELI LAKE
    The government of Iraq is secretly holding a Baathist cabal of military officers it claims attempted a coup against Prime Minister al-Maliki. The plotters were rounded up July 5 with the help of American military authorities after the Iraqi government's security warning center sent word to Mr. Maliki, who was in Kuwait on his first official visit as head of state, two highly placed Iraqi sources said. The prime minister quickly canceled a scheduled trip to Amman, Jordan, and returned to Baghdad to attend to the matter. At the time, Mr. Maliki's staff told reporters that the prime minister was...
  • Israeli-made targeting pod used to kill al Zarqawi!!

    06/19/2006 4:02:38 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 30 replies · 1,708+ views
    Globes Online,Israel ^ | 18 Jun 06 10:37 | Amnon Barzilai
    Israeli-made targeting pod used to kill al Zarqawi Rafael’s Litening system marks the target, guides the ordinance with lasers, and evaluates damage. Amnon Barzilai 18 Jun 06 10:37 Abu Musab al Zarqawi, al-Qaida’s top terrorist in Iraq, was killed with help of Israeli target acquisition technology fitted onto a US Air Force F-16. Rafael Armament Development Authority Ltd. supplies Litening advanced airborne infrared targeting and navigation pod to Northrop Grumman (NYSE:NOC), which installs them on combat jets under a cooperation agreement. The Israel Air Force also uses the Litening. According to a report by senior US Air Force officers, al...
  • Know Our enemy

    06/13/2006 11:46:51 AM PDT · by Oshkalaboomboom · 17 replies · 688+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 6/13/06 | Herman Cain
    The death in Iraq of Muslim terrorist leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, and the recent arrest of 17 Muslim would-be terrorists in Canada, reminds us that the war on terrorism is global and it will be fought forever. Too many people do not understand the origins and motivations of our enemy – Muslim terrorists. This lack of understanding causes some politicians to make stupid and anti-American statements that the liberal media lap up and highlight dozens of times. The media hardly mentioned the important developments in Iraq that coincided with al-Zarqawi’s death – namely, that Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has...
  • Michael Berg And The Twisted Values Of Greens And Pacifists (Blathering Leftist Idiots Alert)

    06/12/2006 10:26:39 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 48 replies · 1,467+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 06/13/06 | Dennis Prager
    Apparently, being the parent of a child murdered by a Muslim terrorist gives one moral credibility. There is no other way to explain the vast attention paid to the ideas of Michael Berg, father of Nick Berg, the American who was slaughtered by the Islamic sadist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. That is also the only explanation for the all the attention Cindy Sheehan has received. It is not because of the intellectual and moral depth of her worldview. But the attention paid to Michael Berg has been very helpful in enabling many more people to understand the thinking and values of...
  • Eight Marines Languish In Brig, While Haditha Investigation Proceeds

    06/12/2006 10:06:23 AM PDT · by Daniel T. Zanoza · 6 replies · 420+ views
    Republicans For Fair Media ^ | June 11, 2006 | Daniel T. Zanoza
    The killing of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi has brought a temporary halt to the media feeding frenzy regarding the alleged murder of Iraqi civilians in Haditha, Iraq and a possible cover-up of the incident by high-ranking military officials. Al-Zarqawi's death has dominated the news coming out of Iraq in recent days, but the press is sure to re-focus its attention on those Marines accused of massacring 24 men, women and children. The Haditha incident reportedly began when a Marine was blown in half by a roadside Improvised Explosive Device (IED). It has been alleged irate Marines then went on a murderous...
  • The Short, Violent Life of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi

    06/09/2006 8:28:59 PM PDT · by tbird5 · 41 replies · 1,304+ views
    The Atlantic Monthly ^ | July/August 2006 | Mary Anne Weaver
    On a cold and blustery evening in December 1989, Huthaifa Azzam, the teenage son of the legendary Jordanian-Palestinian mujahideen leader Sheikh Abdullah Azzam, went to the airport in Peshawar, Pakistan, to welcome a group of young men. All were new recruits, largely from Jordan, and they had come to fight in a fratricidal civil war in neighboring Afghanistan—an outgrowth of the CIA-financed jihad of the 1980s against the Soviet occupation there. The men were scruffy, Huthaifa mused as he greeted them, and seemed hardly in battle-ready form. Some had just been released from prison; others were professors and sheikhs. None...
  • Some See Hints of Disharmony in Qaeda Tapes

    04/30/2006 9:24:35 PM PDT · by neverdem · 13 replies · 700+ views
    NY Times ^ | May 1, 2006 | DAVID JOHNSTON and MARK MAZZETTI
    WASHINGTON, April 30 — The broadcasts last week by three of the world's best-known terrorist leaders shared at least one common goal, American intelligence officials say. They sought to embarrass the West by showing that the terrorists were still able to communicate with their followers, despite the intensive efforts to capture or kill them and the $25 million bounty that is on each of their heads. But the officials interviewed on Sunday also said that the messages of the three men — Osama bin Laden, Ayman al-Zawahiri and Abu Musab al-Zarqawi — show the differing motives and political interests of...
  • Zawahiri (al Qaeda #2) videotape surfaces

    04/12/2006 8:14:42 PM PDT · by callmejoe · 393 replies · 6,013+ views
    AP ^ | 4/12/06
    Al-Qaida Figure Backs Iraqi Insurgents Top al-Qaida Figure Ayman Al-Zawahri Urges Support for Iraqi Insurgents in Video The Associated Press (snipped) CAIRO, Egypt - No. 2 al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri praised insurgents in Iraq, particularly Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, and called on all Muslims to support them in a video posted Thursday on the Internet. The video was dated with an Islamic month corresponding to November 2005 and al-Zawahri mentions an Oct. 23 earthquake that hit Pakistan and Afghanistan. But it appeared to be the first time the 28-minute video has been made public. It was not clear why the video...
  • Qaeda eyed chemical hit on U.S. base in Spain

    05/03/2005 4:28:13 AM PDT · by jmc1969 · 7 replies · 619+ views
    swissinfo.org ^ | May 3, 2005 | Reuters
    MADRID (Reuters) - An al Qaeda cell based in France planned a chemical attack on a U.S. naval base in Rota, Spain, newspaper ABC reported on Tuesday. Algerian Said Arif, extradited to France from Syria last year, has admitted his cell was plotting a chemical attack on the southern Spanish base controlled by the United States since 1953, the Spanish daily reported. The paper said Arif was considered a lieutenant of Jordanian Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, al Qaeda's leader in Iraq. Zarqawi himself was accused of planning a chemical attack last year in his native Jordan, which authorities thwarted. Arif was...
  • Two key al-Qaida militants missing

    01/18/2006 10:03:44 PM PST · by jmc1969 · 43 replies · 1,999+ views
    NY Newsday ^ | January 18 2006 | JAMES RUPERT
    Two al-Qaida militants reported missing and suspected killed in Friday's U.S. missile attack in Pakistan are key regional commanders along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, Afghan and Pakistani analysts said. Marwan As-Suri, believed to be in his 30s, is a Syrian who recently had been appointed to head al-Qaida operations in part of the Pakistani areas bordering Kunar, the Afghan said. According to the Afghan source, another important al-Qaida invitee to the dinner was Abdul Hadi Al-Iraqi, who reportedly has served as a liaison between al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden and the al-Qaida-backed guerrilla leader in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
  • ITALY: ALGERIAN SUSPECTS ALLEGEDLY PLANNED TO KILL 10,000

    11/18/2005 12:13:48 PM PST · by aculeus · 15 replies · 2,298+ views
    adnkronosInternational ^ | November 18, 2005 | AKI
    Brescia and Naples, 18 Nov. (AKI) - The three Algerians detained on Tuesday in the Italian cities of Brescia and Naples were planning a massive terror attack - "on a ship as big as the Titanic, packed with explosives" - that aimed to kill "at least 10,000 people", as well as an attack on "Italian citizens and interests" in Tunisia, according phone conversations between the three men, which Italian anti-terror police say they intercepted after al-Qaeda's deadly 7 July attacks on London and on the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheikh. In their tapped phone conversations, Yamine Bouhrama, Mohamed...
  • Local Insurgents Tell of Clashes With Al Qaeda's Forces in Iraq

    01/12/2006 3:24:30 PM PST · by lancer · 15 replies · 1,039+ views
    New York Times ^ | 1/12/06 | SABRINA TAVERNISE and DEXTER FILKINS
    BAGHDAD, Iraq, Jan. 11 - The story told by the two Iraqi guerrillas cut to the heart of the war that Iraqi and American officials now believe is raging inside the Iraqi insurgency. In October, the two insurgents said in interviews, a group of local fighters from the Islamic Army gathered for an open-air meeting on a street corner in Taji, a city north of Baghdad. Across from the Iraqis stood the men from Al Qaeda, mostly Arabs from outside Iraq. Some of them wore suicide belts. The men from the Islamic Army accused the Qaeda fighters of murdering their...
  • Daniel Pearl and the body of evidence

    01/07/2006 10:16:01 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 4 replies · 1,088+ views
    Hindustan Times ^ | January 7, 2006 | B Raman
    Every year, as we enter a New Year, my mind goes back to Daniel Pearl, the Mumbai-based American correspondent of Wall Street Journal, who met with a brutal end to his young life during a visit to Karachi in January 2002 to enquire, inter alia, into the suspected Pakistani links of international jihadi terrorists. In his keenness to find out the truth, Pearl fell into a treacherous trap laid by a mixed group of Pakistani terrorists belonging to different organisations and orchestrated by Omar Sheikh, a British resident of Pakistani origin, who had participated in the so-called jihad against the...
  • Senate Adopts "Exit Strategy From Reality (Mark Steyn On The Deliberative Corpse Alert)

    11/20/2005 4:00:38 AM PST · by goldstategop · 55 replies · 2,049+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 11/20/05 | Mark Steyn
    A busy time in the U.S. Senate, the "world's greatest deliberative body." Judging from the 2006 conference report, the Senate subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education -- Chairman Arlen Specter (R), ranking member Tom Harkin (D) -- has been deliberating especially hard: "Sec. 221. (a) The Headquarters and Emergency Operations Center Building (Building 21) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is hereby renamed as the Arlen Specter Headquarters and Emergency Operations Center. (b) The Global Communications Center Building (Building 19) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is hereby renamed as the Thomas R....
  • Bruce Willis Offers Million Dollar Bounty for Osama or Zarqawi (2005)

    11/11/2005 11:07:22 PM PST · by jmc1969 · 119 replies · 6,823+ views
    National Ledger ^ | November 12 2005 | CK Rairden
    A report to be published Saturday says that Demi Moore's ex will pony up a million cash to any civilian who turns in the terrorist scum. Bruce Willis is such a die-hard patriot that he's offering $1 million to any civilian who turns in terror kingpins Osama bin Laden, Ayman al-Zawahiri or Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. The hairless Hollywood he-man announced his bounty offer on MSNBC's "Rita Cosby: Live and Direct" this week. Willis also revealed he was in talks to make a movie about the Deuce Four, the soldiers whose heroic exploits have been chronicled by embedded blogger Michael Yon....
  • AL-Qaida Operative Nailed: Syrian Had Inside Knowledge of 9/11 and London Bombings

    08/24/2005 7:17:10 AM PDT · by jmc1969 · 13 replies · 1,901+ views
    Spiegel Online ^ | Holger Stark
    Two weeks ago, Turkish police arrested an Islamist with ties to many upper tier al-Qaida members. The man not only tried to get asylum in Germany, but claims to have known about the London bombings beforehand and to have helped the 9/11 pilots. The Turkish interrogators in Istanbul's high-security prison wanted to be polite; they wanted to show respect for Islam. They offered their prisoner, an Islamist named Luai Sakra, 31, a chance to pray during a pause in questioning. They'd done the same thing with earlier suspects. The move was supposed to establish trust. But this prisoner reacted a...
  • Al-Zarqawi clashes with mentor over suicide attacks

    07/12/2005 1:24:44 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 24 replies · 1,217+ views
    Sydney Morning Hearld ^ | July 12, 2005 | Reuters
    Iraq's al-Qaeda leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi reproached his spiritual mentor for criticising suicide attacks in Iraq, saying this only weakened the jihad, according to an internet statement attributed to him on Monday. Issam Baraqi, better known as Sheik Abu Mohammad al-Maqdisi, last week told Al-Jazeera television that random suicide bombings in Iraq were not valid and that it was wrong to "declare Shiites infidels or make them equal to Jews or Christians". Al Qaeda Organisation for Holy War in Iraq, led by Zarqawi, has carried out some of the deadliest attacks against US forces, the Iraqi Government and forces and...
  • 'The Sheikh of the Slaughterers'

    07/08/2005 10:11:43 AM PDT · by STD · 347+ views
    MEMRI ^ | 7/1/05 | Dr. Nimrod Raphaeli
    On the Michael Savage Show my last article about the "Moderate" cleric's speech in front of the home team was featured. This article is just as explosive. All muslims are our sworn enemy. It's long past the time for us to take out the trash! 'The Sheikh of the Slaughterers': Abu Mus'ab Al-Zarqawi and the Al-Qa'ida Connection By: Dr. Nimrod Raphaeli* Introduction Shortly after the occupation of Iraq in April 2003, Abu Mus'ab Al-Zarqawi emerged as a leading terrorist in that country. While a number of terrorist organizations are operating in Iraq besides the insurgency movement led by Saddam's former...
  • Al-Qaida in Iraq threatens to kill Egyptian diplomat

    07/06/2005 8:36:17 AM PDT · by indcons · 26 replies · 1,619+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | July 6, 2005 | Mariam Fam
    BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Kidnappers of Egypt's top diplomat in Iraq threatened to kill him because Egypt has allied with "Jews and Christians," according to a statement posted today on an al-Qaida-linked Web site. Al-Qaida's religious court decided to hand over Ihab al-Sherif to its fighters "to carry out the punishment of apostasy against him," said the statement on the site associated with al-Qaida in Iraq. Under Islam, apostasy, or changing religion, is punishable by death. The statement was ominous because al-Qaida in Iraq, led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, has been responsible for beheading several foreign hostages, including American Nicholas Berg....
  • War of the Worlds

    07/01/2005 4:59:08 PM PDT · by sactodan · 25 replies · 559+ views
    Sacto Dan Blog ^ | July 1, 2005 | Sacto Dan
    If you want a real thrill this Independence Day weekend, see War of the Worlds by Steven Spielberg, starring Tom Cruise. The movie is suspenseful and the special effects are fantastic. Because this movie contains wanton killing of innocent civilians and destruction of property, I could not help but think that this is what it would look like if Islamic terrorists had access to numerous weapons of mass destruction. As if to read my mind, Steven Spielberg slips in a comment by a character ''occupation never works'', so we don't forget that the parallels to the War on Terror are...
  • Chemical expert testifies in Jordan trial (Zarqawi's attempted use of Chemical Weapons)

    06/22/2005 9:55:24 PM PDT · by jmc1969 · 21 replies · 1,591+ views
    AP ^ | Jun. 22, 2005 | Jamal Halaby
    AMMAN, Jordan - Islamic militants planned to detonate an explosion that would have sent a cloud of toxic chemicals across Jordan, causing death, blindness and sickness, a chemical expert testified in a military court Wednesday. Col. Najeh al-Azam was giving evidence in the trial of 13 men who are alleged to have planned what would have been the world's first chemical attack by the al-Qaida terror group. The accused include al-Qaida's leader in Iraq, Abu-Musab Al-Zarqawi, and three other fugitives who are being tried in absentia. Jordanian security services foiled the plot in April last year. Jordanian officials say that...
  • Injured Zarqawi has fled Iraq, UK newspaper says (Maybe Iran)

    05/28/2005 3:37:40 PM PDT · by Deetes · 32 replies · 1,513+ views
    Reuters ^ | 28 May 2005 21:29:50 GMT | Reuters
    LONDON, May 28 (Reuters) - Al Qaeda's leader in Iraq Abu Musab al-Zarqawi had fled the country after being seriously injured in a U.S. missile attack, a British newspaper reported on Sunday, quoting a senior commander of the Iraqi insurgency. Al-Zarqawi has shrapnel lodged in his chest and may have been moved to Iran, The Sunday Times newspaper reported, adding his supporters may try to move him on to another country for an operation. The paper quoted an unnamed insurgency commander as saying the Jordanian-born militant was wounded three weeks ago when a U.S. missile hit his convoy near the...
  • Reaping What It Sowed

    05/03/2005 11:42:49 PM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies · 521+ views
    NY Times ^ | May 4, 2005 | THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN
    OP-ED COLUMNIST In the last few weeks not only has Iraq been destabilized by days with multiple suicide bombers, but Egypt and Saudi Arabia have also witnessed similar attacks by jihadist fanatics. How do you get so many people to commit suicide on demand, day after day? What's going on? In part the Arab-Muslim world is reaping something it sowed. Way too many Arab intellectuals and religious and political leaders were ready to extol suicide bombing when it was directed against Israelis. Now they are seeing how this weapon of nihilism - once sanctified and glorified - can be used...
  • Bin Laden guard may be Moussaoui witness

    12/02/2004 11:35:29 AM PST · by knighthawk · 5 replies · 425+ views
    AP Wire | December 02 2004 | JOACHIM SONDERMANN/AP
    DUESSELDORF, Germany -- A Jordanian man who claims he was Osama bin Laden's bodyguard was questioned by U.S. officials who are considering having him testify at the Virginia trial of terror suspect Zacarias Moussaoui, the man's attorney said Thursday. Shadi Abdellah, 28, sentenced last November to four years in prison for helping plan terror attacks in Germany, was granted early release last month after serving more than half the time, including in pretrial custody. While in prison, he served as a government witness in several trials, including that of his alleged co-plotters in the German cell of the Tawhid and...
  • Careless talk costs lives on Baghdad streets

    01/29/2005 11:31:32 AM PST · by ijcr · 26 replies · 1,294+ views
    Sydney Morning Herald ^ | January 29, 2005 | Paul McGeough
    Ahmed Resain has his back to the door, so he does not see the gunman alight from a car outside his rudimentary Al Pasha hairdressing salon, in Baghdad's dusty Al-Salam quarter. The assailant strides deliberately into the shop and coldly turns to face Ahmed. He presses a pistol to the stunned barber's lower lip, carefully angling the weapon to ensure that the bullet exits through his left jaw. Ahmed, 37, is still standing - but three shots to his legs as the gunman makes his getaway drop him to the floor in a pool of his own blood. His survival...
  • Prosecutor charge 16 men with plotting terror attacks against U.S., Israeli embassies in Jordan

    01/10/2005 9:40:11 AM PST · by weegee · 1 replies · 455+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 9, 2005, 10:46PM | By SHAFIKA MATTAR
    AMMAN, Jordan -- Jordan charged 16 Islamic militants on Sunday with plotting terror attacks, including strikes against the U.S. and Israeli embassies in Amman. The suspected cell members were detained between August and September, but details about the allegations against them, surfaced only after they were charged at the office of Jordan's military prosecutor. One of the suspects remains at large. The men, led by 50-year-old Jordanian Abed al-Tahawi, were charged with conspiring to carry out the attacks and illegal possession of automatic weapons, a court official said. A military prosecutor accused the defendants of plotting attacks against the U.S....
  • Web Site: Zarqawi Pledges Allegiance to Bin Laden

    10/17/2004 11:04:39 AM PDT · by TexKat · 59 replies · 2,625+ views
    Reuters ^ | 10/17/04
    DUBAI (Reuters) - A group led by Jordanian militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi has pledged allegiance to Osama bin Laden and said it was in contact with al Qaeda over operations in Iraq, according to an Internet statement posted Sunday. "We announce that the Tawhid and Jihad Group, its prince and soldiers, have pledged allegiance to the sheikh of the mujahideen Osama bin Laden," said the statement, dated Sunday and posted on several Web sites often used by militants. Washington says Zarqawi is al Qaeda's link to Iraq but the statement was the first by the group to announce its allegiance...
  • Ask Kerry one question: What would Zarqawi be doing if he weren't in Iraq?

    10/15/2004 4:25:03 PM PDT · by The Loan Arranger · 8 replies · 437+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | October 12, 2004 | Dennis Prager
    The most frequently offered argument of Sen. John Kerry and other anti-war Democrats to support their charge that the invasion of Iraq was a mistake is that Iraq has become a den of terrorists. This claim is true. But it completely undermines the Democrats' charge that invading Iraq was a mistake. They say this: There are far more terrorists in Iraq since the invasion, and, therefore, the invasion was a mistake. Yet, in order to believe that the greater number of terrorists in Iraq means the invasion was a mistake, you have to believe one or both of the following...
  • U.S.: Baghdad Blasts Kill Four Americans

    10/14/2004 9:29:16 AM PDT · by TexKat · 6 replies · 435+ views
    AP | 10/14/04 | BARRY SCHWEID
    WASHINGTON - Four Americans killed in bombings in the Green Zone in Baghdad on Thursday were all employees of the private U.S. security firm DynCorp, a U.S. official said Thursday. Two State Department officials were injured, neither critically, along with another employee of the company, the official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity. The firm, Dyncorp, helps provide security primarily in areas where Americans work in the Iraqi capital. A spokesman for Computer Services Corp., the parent company, had no immediate comment. The fact that insurgents were able to penetrate Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone that contained U.S. and...
  • Text from Abu Mus’ab al-Zarqawi Letter

    10/11/2004 3:51:34 PM PDT · by focusandclarity · 12 replies · 644+ views
    Global Security.org/by way of Coalition Provisional Authority ^ | February 4, 2004 | Abu Mus'ab al-Zarqawi
    Text from Abu Mus’ab al-Zarqawi Letter to Osama bin Laden In the name of God... ...I send you an account that is appropriate to [your] position and that removes the veil and lifts the curtain from the good and bad [that are] hidden in the arena of Iraq. As you know, God favored the [Islamic] nation with jihad on His behalf in the land of Mesopotamia. It is known to you that the arena here is not like the rest. It has positive elements not found in others, and it also has negative elements not found in others. Among the...
  • al-Zarqawi, Is He or Isn't He, al-Qaeda? According to NYTimes, Only He Knows For Sure.

    10/10/2004 8:31:36 PM PDT · by focusandclarity · 29 replies · 2,272+ views
    The New York Times, ^ | October 10, 2004 | Don Van Natta Jr.
    HEART OF DARKNESS Who Is Abu Musab al-Zarqawi? By DON VAN NATTA Jr. LONDON — From a safe house in Falluja last January, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi wrote a rambling, 17-page letter to Osama bin Laden. The letter asked Mr. bin Laden to send Al Qaeda operatives to Iraq to help Mr. Zarqawi continue the guerrilla war against the American occupiers and their allies. In the letter, Mr. Zarqawi, a 38-year-old Jordanian, had a weary, desperate tone that contradicts the nearly mythic invulnerability ascribed to him by President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, who have described him as one of...
  • Exclusive: Saddam Possessed WMD, Had Extensive Terror Ties

    10/04/2004 7:14:43 AM PDT · by Quilla · 289 replies · 22,034+ views
    CNSNews ^ | October 4, 2004 | Scott Wheeler
    Iraqi intelligence documents, confiscated by U.S. forces and obtained by CNSNews.com , show numerous efforts by Saddam Hussein's regime to work with some of the world's most notorious terror organizations, including al Qaeda, to target Americans. They demonstrate that Saddam's government possessed mustard gas and anthrax, both considered weapons of mass destruction, in the summer of 2000, during the period in which United Nations weapons inspectors were not present in Iraq. And the papers show that Iraq trained dozens of terrorists inside its borders. One of the Iraqi memos contains an order from Saddam for his intelligence service to support...
  • Video shows beheading of American in Iraq

    08/07/2004 4:59:15 AM PDT · by Former Military Chick · 28 replies · 2,218+ views
    (AP) ^ | 8/7/2004 7:25 AM
    CAIRO (AP) — New video aired Saturday purportedly shows a San Francisco man being depacitated moments after he urges the United States to end its occupation of Iraq. The man on the tape identified himself as what sounds like Benjamin Vanderford, from San Francisco. He sat on a chair in a dark room, his hands behind his back, trembling and rocking back and forth. There was no way to immediately determine the authenticity of the tape and the U.S. military in Iraq and the U.S. Embassy said they were unaware of the video and had no immediate comment. There was...
  • Zarqawi's Journey: From Dropout to Prisoner to Insurgent Leader

    07/12/2004 11:14:36 PM PDT · by neverdem · 9 replies · 554+ views
    NY Times ^ | July 13, 2004 | JEFFREY GETTLEMAN
    A PROFILE IN TERROR AMMAN, Jordan, July 10 - Ten years ago, fellow inmates remember, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi emerged as the tough-guy captain of his cellblock. In the brutish dynamic of prison life, that meant doling out chores. "He'd say, 'You bring the food; you clean the floor,' " recalled Khalid Abu Doma, who was jailed with Mr. Zarqawi for plotting against the Jordanian government. "He didn't have great ideas. But people listened to him because they feared him." According to American officials, Mr. Zarqawi has come a long way from his bullying cellblock days and is now the biggest...
  • Video Chronicles Terror Network in Iraq

    07/05/2004 12:54:51 PM PDT · by TexKat · 12 replies · 731+ views
    AP ^ | 7/5/04 | TAREK EL-TABLAWY
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - The camera shows the suicide bomber warmly embracing a group of masked men. There are kisses on the cheek and a shot of him in the cab of a truck — his fingers resting on what appears to be a detonator. He reads a statement, telling his wife and his companions: "I sacrifice myself for my religion." Then, as a camera films cars passing quietly across a bridge, an explosion sends up a massive ball of fire. The scene, purportedly of the suicide bomber's mission, is one of several on a video given to Time magazine correspondent...
  • U.S. Charges Man Who Shipped Comms Equipment to Afghanistan

    06/25/2004 4:43:47 PM PDT · by Indy Pendance · 24 replies · 594+ views
    AP ^ | 6-25-04 | Larry Margasak
    WASHINGTON (AP) - A Lebanese man who says he attended an al-Qaida training camp was charged Friday with lying to federal authorities about shipments of communications equipment seized by the U.S. military in Afghanistan. Mohamad Kamal Elzahabi, 41, was charged in a U.S. District Court in Minnesota, one of several places he's lived in the United States. A federal judge in New York, where Elzahabi has been held since his arrest in May, held a hearing for Elzahabi and ordered him transferred to Minneapolis to face two counts of making false statements to federal investigators. A criminal complaint by FBI...
  • Turning Shame Into Outrage

    05/13/2004 9:18:08 PM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies · 170+ views
    LA Times ^ | May 13, 2004 | Charles Paul Freund
    Charles Paul Freund is a senior editor at Reason magazine. It's a tough call whether Abu Musab al-Zarqawi — the Jordanian militant who is reportedly responsible for the videotaped butchery of Nicholas Berg — is more stupid than he is brutal, or whether he is a bigger monster than he is a fool. Zarqawi's own nauseating videotape makes the case for his indescribable brutality and may have inadvertently delivered his enemy from its own demoralization. Americans were feeling so shamed, dishonored and demoralized by the repulsive images of prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib that even many prominent war supporters were...
  • Jordan Airs Confessions of Al-Qaida Suspects Who Allegedly Planned Bomb and Poison Gas (Nerve Gas)

    04/26/2004 2:16:04 PM PDT · by Anti-Bubba182 · 51 replies · 520+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 26, 2004 | Jamal Halaby
    AMMAN, Jordan (AP) - Al-Qaida plotted bombings and poison gas attacks against the U.S. Embassy and other targets in Jordan, two conspirators said in a confession aired Monday on Jordanian state television. Azmi al-Jayousi, identified as the head of the Jordanian cell of al-Qaida, appeared Monday in a 20-minute taped program and described meeting Jordanian militant Abu-Musab al-Zarqawi in neighboring Iraq to plan the foiled plot. A commentator said the plotters wanted to kill "80,000" Jordanians and had targeted the prime minister's office, intelligence headquarters and the U.S. Embassy. Another Jordanian suspect, car mechanic Hussein Sharif Hussein, was shown saying...
  • Foiled Al Qaeda Attackers Caught Red-Handed with WMDs

    04/17/2004 3:38:17 PM PDT · by musical_airman · 73 replies · 735+ views
    NewsMax.com ^ | 4/17/04 | News Max
    Saturday, Apr. 17, 2004 11:23 AM EDT Foiled Al Qaeda Attackers Caught Red-Handed with WMDs Two members of an al Qaeda cell connected to top terror master Abu Musab al-Zarqawi have been caught in Jordan with chemical weapons and poisonous gas for a planned attack that Jordanian officials say would have killed up to 20,000 people. The officials told the London-based newspaper al-Hayat on Friday that the al Qaeda plotters planned to launch a WMD attack against a Jordanian Military Intelligence installation, the US embassy in Amman and a government building in the country. According to the Israeli newspaper Maariv,...
  • King Abdullah: Al Qaeda WMDs Came From Syria

    04/17/2004 5:25:31 PM PDT · by JeffersonRepublic.com · 20 replies · 216+ views
    Newsmax ^ | 04/17/2004 | Carl Limbacher
    Jordan's King Abdullah revealed on Saturday that vehicles reportedly containing chemical weapons and poison gas that were part of a deadly al Qaeda bomb plot came from Syria, the country named by U.S. weapons inspector David Kay last year as a likely repository for Iraq's weapons of mass destruction. "It was a major, major operation. It would have decapitated the government," King Abdullah told the San Francisco Chronicle. Jordanian officials estimated that the death count could have been as high as 20,000 - seven times greater than the Sept. 11 attacks. Abdullah said that trucks containing 17.5 tons of explosives...
  • Fallujah bloodbath casts shadow on handover plan (al Qaeda #3, former bin Laden bodyguard, in Iraq?)

    02/14/2004 5:21:10 PM PST · by saquin · 3 replies · 117+ views
    The Sunday Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2/15/04 | Inigo Gilmore
    Scores of masked gunmen went on an audacious daylight rampage through the flashpoint Iraqi town of Fallujah yesterday morning, launching twin attacks on a police station and civil defence compound that left at least 23 people dead and 35 wounded. At least 14 of the dead were lightly-armed police officers, recently recruited to the force, who could offer little resistance to the heavily-armed gunmen, suspected of being foreign fighters. About 70 raiders shouting "God is great" fired rocket-propelled grenades, mortars and machineguns at policemen, throwing grenades as they cleared the police station room by room and released at least 20...
  • AL QAEDA 'PLANS NEW WAR'

    02/09/2004 6:04:19 PM PST · by gdyniawitawa · 4 replies · 163+ views
    Sky News ^ | Last Updated: 21:03 UK, Monday February 09, 2004
    AL QAEDA 'PLANS NEW WAR' Al Qaeda wants to provoke a religious war in Iraq to further destabilise the country, according to a seized document. The leaders of the terror group plan to drag the Shi'ite majority into a conflict with the minority Sunnis, to radicalise the Sunni clan. Once pushed towards the extremists, the Sunnis - the religion affiliated with Saddam Hussein - could be persuaded to take up arms against occupying US and British troops. The 17-page document urging "sectarian war" is believed to have been written by al Qaeda operative Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a Jordanian. In it,...