Major news outlets and Twitter is abuzz with news that Osama bin Laden is dead, and the US has his body…
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People wearing a certain model of Casio watch from the 1980s were seized by American forces in Afghanistan on suspicion of being terrorists, because the watches were used as timers by Al-Qaeda.http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/wikileaks/8471907/WikiLeaks-Guantanamo-Bay-terrorist-secrets-revealed.html
Pear-shaped and Pete Tong:
Members of United States-allied Awakening Councils have quit or been dismissed from their positions in significant numbers in recent months, prey to an intensive recruitment campaign by the Sunni insurgency, according to government officials, current and former members of the Awakening and insurgents.
Although there are no firm figures, security and political officials say hundreds of the well-disciplined fighters — many of whom have gained extensive knowledge about the American military — appear to have rejoined Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia. Beyond that, officials say that even many of the Awakening fighters still on the Iraqi government payroll, possibly thousands of them, covertly aid the insurgency.
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Clashes between militants and Mauritanian troops on the Mali border:
A dozen militants are said to have been killed in the fighting in Raz-el-Ma, 250km (155 miles) west of Timbuktu.
Mauritania has also sent combat aircraft into the battle, security sources said.
France has denied the raid is connected to the kidnapping in Niger of seven foreigners earlier this week.
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Pay anyone enough money and you’ll get anyone to blow something up for you (or: all governments will use the terror threat to their advantage at some point or another):
A series of deadly attacks last month in once secure areas, including the southern cities of Kut and Basra, caught the Iraqi authorities by surprise and, they say, indicate that al Qa’eda has made contacts with Shiite groups willing to carry out strikes in the region.
The cooperation, driven by a mixture of money, fear and a mutual hatred of Iran, represents a stark reversal. Since the formation of al Qa’eda in the late 1990s, the radical Sunni Muslim group and its affiliates have regularly targeted Shiites, whom they consider heretics. That hostility continued following the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 and the factional fighting that broke out soon thereafter.
There are signs, however, that this longstanding acrimony has given way to the desire of al Qa’eda sympathisers to penetrate Iraq’s Shiite-dominated southern provinces. To that end, they have found willing Shiite allies, according to regional officials.
Not quite as sensational as the stuff that has been leaked to Wikileaks, or even that eye-opening I think, but the National Security Archives website at The George Washington University has obtained some documents related to the run up and aftermath of the US-led invasion of Afghanistan. The documents show that the Bush administration had ‘absolutely no inclination’ to negotiate with the Taliban over the terrorist attacks on 11 September 2001. Pakistan, notably a senior ISI official, disagreed with the US with this view claiming ‘real victory’ would only come ‘through talks’ and it would be better if the US allowed the Afghans to apprehend Osama bin Laden.
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A country, blighted by poverty, political strife and a weak corrupt government, being bombed by US drones which target ‘terrorists’ but killed civilians. ‘An army’ of young men ready take up arms for some global cause. Sound familiar?
The Guardian spent two months in the country, travelling to the tribal regions of Abyan and Shabwa, where al-Qaida has set up shop and where suspected US drone attacks have killed scores of civilians and few insurgents. Speaking to jihadis, security officials and tribesmen, it became clear how a combination of government alliances, bribes, broken promises and bungled crackdowns has allowed Islamists to flourish and led to the emergence of the country as a regional hub for al-Qaida.
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‘Al-Qaida in Yemen’:
The market at Jaar, a small city in Abyan province in southern Yemen, is on a filthy, dusty road strewn with garbage, plastic bottles, cans and rotten food. Plastic bags fly on the hot wind and feral dogs sniff around the vegetable stalls. Minibuses and donkey carts jostle for space on the crowded street.
Standing in the middle of the chaos is one of the jihadi gunmen for whom the town has become famous. Thin, short, with a well-groomed beard and shoulder-length hair, he is dressed in the Afghan style: shalwar kameez, camouflage vest and an old Kalashnikov. He is either a bandit imposing a protection racket on the merchants or a rebel protecting them from the corrupt regime – and most probably a bit of both.
Note the following quote:
“I agree with George Bush in one thing,” he said, pulling at his beard. “He gave us a really accurate wisdom: you are either with us or against us, you are either with Islam or with the crusaders. I tell the Muslim clerics in the whole world you are either with the flag of the mujahideen and God is great or you are with the flag of the cross … there is no other option.”
‘Al-Qaeda tirade against Turkey’:
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