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U.S. accuses Russia in supplying weapons to al-Qaida and Taliban

August 25, 2010 Comments off

The following article is reprinted with permission from Kavkaz Center, Caucasus Emirate (mujahideen) news agency.

U.S. accuses Russia in supplying weapons to al-Qaida and Taliban
©  Kavkaz Center
August 25, 2010  13:51  Emirate Time

American and other Western media are closely following the case of a major international terrorist Victor Bout, who is preparing to be sent to an American prison.

Bout is not a private person, but an envoy of Russia in the secret supply of weapons to the world from the arsenals of the Russian army.

While Bout has not been charged in the official indictment, designed for Thai justice, in the secret arms supply to al-Qaida and Taliban, literally all, without exception, Western press writes that Bout supplied weapons to militias, not only in Colombia, and local wars in Africa, but also to Al-Qaeda and the Taliban, whom the U.S. is at war with.

In any case, Bout will be forced to open his mouth when he will be in the hands of Americans and it is still unknown what Moscow’s secrets he could reveal.

The German state news agency DPA, for example, reports from Moscow:

“The U.S. voiced its pleasure after the Thai court extradition ruling, with Washington regarding Bout as one of the world’s biggest arms traders. Among other crimes, he is suspected of trying to sell anti-aircraft missiles to FARC rebels in Colombia and to have supplied the Taliban in Afghanistan and al-Qaeda with arms.”

BBC English service:  “Media reports in the Middle East claim Bout was a gun-runner for al-Qaeda and the Taliban.”

Agence France-Presse:  “Among the charges of Washington against Bout is that he sold weapons to groups that are part of Al-Qaeda.”

Der Spiegel:  “He was also to supply the radical Islamist Taliban in Afghanistan and the terrorist network al-Qaida.”

Gawker Daily:  “Bout is also accused of selling weapons to Al Qaeda and the Taliban.”

The Daily Mirror:  “Viktor Bout, 43, accused of supplying al-Qaeda and the Taliban with weapons, faces life in jail.”

The ADN (Spain):  “British and American intelligence services believe that Bout supplied weapons and negotiated with the Taliban. According to the FBI, the defendant supplied weapons to al-Qaida, which attacked U.S. on Sept. 11, 2001.”

Channel 4 (U.K.):  “Bout is a man who sold arms to al-Qaida.”

RTT News (U.S.):  “U.S. officials accused him of supplying arms to al-Qaeda and Taliban.”

Meanwhile, it is possible that Moscow is preparing an attack on a police escort during the delivery of Bout from to an American plane. The possible operation by the terrorist gang of FSB Russia in Bangkok is facilitated by the fact that they absolutely do not need Bout alive.

The RIA News reports in a title:  “It is impossible to bring back Bout from Thailand legitimately.”

Department of Monitoring
Kavkaz Center

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GORDON DUFF: False Flag Nuke Attack On U.S. Justified … “King Torah”

August 2, 2010 Comments off

The following column is reprinted with permission from Gordon Duff, staff writer and Senior Editor at Veterans Today.

False Flag Nuke Attack On U.S. Justified… “King Torah”
©  Gordon Duff
Source:  Veterans Today
August 2, 2010

Israel To Use Iranian And Pakistani Dupes In Dirty Nuke Ploy

This week, the last piece fell into place. The National Research Council, part of the National Academy of Science, heavy on politics and light on science, announced that America was no longer able to track nukes threatening our shores. Their report titled Nuclear Forensics: A Capability at Risk, released last week, outlines the details of a secret study requested by the Departments of Homeland Security, Defense and Energy, specifically the National Nuclear Security Administration. The gist of the story is easy, if a nuke goes off in America, dirty nuke in Times Square, one in a container at a port, anywhere, America won’t be able to tell who made it. Not a word of the report is true.  It is wild speculation and disinformation written in broad language with no hard science, written for a reason.

A powerful group within the United States, one with influence over the press and the ability to derail an investigation as was done with 9/11, has been “tasked” with laying the groundwork for a terrorist attack on America, one using nuclear material. This report, unneeded, and highly inaccurate was printed in the New York Times to provide “cover.”  It isn’t just this report, the pieces are falling together around the world. The Wiki-Leaks story, pre-staging Pakistan’s ISI as a terrorist organization, a story built out of almost no information but fleshed out with massive speculation by “operatives” in the press is part of the process.

The Defense Authorization Act of 2006 allows, “in case of a terrorist attack” for the president to declare marshal law, disband congress and rule by executive decree. With the suspension of habeas corpus by the Military Commissions act, also in 2006, America as we know it officially comes to an end the second a weapon of mass destruction in used. Only then will America learn who has been pulling the strings all along, who is scripting Wolf Blitzer and Glen Beck.

British Prime Minister David Cameron’s attacks on Pakistan, made from New Delhi last week, seen by most as a serious political blunder, are part of the narrative. We will get to more background on a younger David Cameron later.

Another piece of the puzzle involved a federal task force, Defense, Energy, FBI, descending on a warehouse in Greenfield, Indiana under the guise of a “records search.” This “Waco style” assault on a facility storing furniture for college dorm rooms was much more than it seemed. No case, criminal or civil, provided any underlying reason for the search.

Further, the bizarre tale of rumored missing nukes, illegally transported on a B-52 from Minot AFB to Barksdale AFB in Louisiana, a major Defense Department scandal, is meant to create, not only fear and doubt, but “plausible deniability” if a weapon is exploded inside the U.S.  These, however, are not, by far, the only missing nuclear weapons America has to fear as we will get into later.

Two recent attacks, the “Times Square Fizzler” and the Detroit “Crotch Bomber” were both amateurish affairs except for a couple of things. Both perpetrators had strong ties to Israeli organizations, one actually employed by an Israeli-American financial firm, the other the son of Israel’s primary partner in their defense industry complex in Nigeria.  None of this was reported or investigated once discovered. It was shoved under the rug immediately. When cursory investigations of both suspects showed travel histories only possible with significant help from an intelligence agency, both stories disappeared from the news entirely. It is like everyone involved vanished from the face of the earth like the second person arrested in Detroit or the “well dressed Indian” who aided the “Crotch Bomber” onto the plane in Amsterdam.

Legal Justification For Attacks On Gentiles

Conservative interpretations of Jewish law, currently being used to justify resettlement of Palestinians and even total removal of all non-Jews from greater Palestine and adjacent areas have long been used to justify acts such as the attack on the USS Liberty, bombings of U.S. facilities in Egypt and, less openly, “false flag” terror attacks attributed to Muslims but performed by Israeli security forces. Rabbi Yitzhak Shapira and Rabbi Yosef Elitzur, seen as the ethical conscience behind the Netanyahu government have taken the following position as reported by Jonathan Cook:

“In the 230-page book, Shapira and his co-author, Rabbi Yosef Elitzur (The King’s Torah)  argue that Jewish law permits the killing of non-Jews in a wide variety of circumstances. They write that Jews have the right to kill Gentiles in any situation in which “a non-Jew’s presence endangers Jewish lives” even if the Gentile is “not at all guilty for the situation that has been created”.

The book sanctions the killing of non-Jewish children and babies: “There is justification for killing babies if it is clear that they will grow up to harm us, and in such a situation they may be harmed deliberately, and not only during combat with adults.”

The rabbis suggest that harming the children of non-Jewish leaders is justified if it is likely to bring pressure to bear on them to change policy. The authors also advocate committing “cruel deeds to create the proper balance of terror” and treating all members of an “enemy nation” as targets for retaliation, even if they are not directly participating in hostile activities.” (false flag terrorism)

This rationale allows deadly force to be used against Christians if their deaths advance the cause of Israeli security even if only through economic profit. Thus, if an attack such as 9/11 were to lead to America fighting wars against enemies of Israel or if, as in Afghanistan, Israeli companies were to profit from weapons or narcotics sales, any deaths of gentiles, no matter how innocent, would be justified by Jewish law as stated in the Torah.

Were an attack on the United States to bring that country to war against Iran, even if that attack were perpetrated by Israelis, it would be legal according to Israeli law, the same law being relied upon for justice in the attack on the Mavi Marmara.

More often however, attacks on Israel itself are believed to have been staged, not only to instill the population with fear and rage but to continue the “holocaust” tradition of Jewish victimhood as a justification for policies that have led to 62 vetoes in the United Nations by the U.S., vetoes against sanctions imposed against Israel for violations of international law.

We expect increased attacks on Israel, quickly tied to Hezbollah and Iran, attacks that will either involve no casualties or the deaths of either foreign workers or Russian emigres. This pattern has been used repeatedly, such as the March 18 “attack” killing a lone Thai ”guest” worker timed to coincide with the visit of the European Union’s high commissioner for security, Catherine Ashton, a critic of Israel’s apartheid policy in Gaza. 

On a side note, 400 children of “guest workers” are being expelled from Israel this week. Eventually all will be expelled, guilty of destroying “the Jewish character” through lack of “racial purity.” 

When the U.S. and Israel released Sharam Amiri, alleged Iranian nuclear scientist, we learned one thing. There is an inventory of Muslims, perhaps arrested, perhaps kidnapped, maybe lured into custody, rendition, imprisonment or “cold storage,” whatever you want to call it.  Each one has an elaborate “legend” built around them, describing them as a “lone gunman” or “terrorist mastermind.” This is the group that will supply the names and photographs we will see after the next terror attack.

As Wayne Madsen described to us this week, this was the process the CIA and Mossad used to create Osama bin Laden from nothing. The organization we know of as Al Qaeda is, in itself, a false creation, an invention initially to serve as terrorists when we needed them and as enemies when we needed them too:

“Press clips gathered by the CIA and discovered in the National Archives’ stored CIA files point to an agency keenly interested in any leaks about the highly-classified CIA-Mossad program to establish Osama Bin Laden and the most radical elements of the Afghan Mujahidin as the primary leaders of the anti-Soviet rebels in the 1980s.

WMR [Wayne Madsen Report] has pored through the CIA files and a complicated picture emerges of America’s and Israel’s top intelligence agencies, in cahoots with Saudi Arabia, establishing financial links and carve out intelligence programs to provide manpower and financial support to Bin Laden and his allies in Afghanistan. It was these very elements that later created the so-called “Al Qaeda,” which the late British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook described as nothing more than a “database” of CIA front organizations, financial supporters, and field operatives. However, one component omitted by Cook in the Al Qaeda construct is the Israeli participation.”

A pattern of evidence is emerging that “cold storage” dupes and CIA/Mossad nurtured organizations may have had a hand in, not only the Mumbai attacks but the London and Madrid bombings as well. Additional trails are leading to attacks on American troops inside Iraq and Afghanistan and against security forces inside Pakistan, particularly against Pakistan’s ISI, primary target of press stories on the recent Wiki-Leak.

America And The “Tory Nukes”

There are two reasons to attack America’s “forensic capabilities” when it comes to nuclear weapons. A leak the press chose not to cover, one bringing Israel under scrutiny for egregious violations of international treaties on Nuclear Proliferation, treaties Israel has never signed, were brought to the surface recently. Back on September 22 1979, Israel and South Africa tested a nuclear device, an 18.2 kiloton bomb. This test in a remote area of the Indian Ocean was detected by America’s VELA satellite system and confirmed by acoustic sensors. A forensic signature of this weapon was developed, not only through optics but through particle emissions. When an identical weapon was detonated by North Korea on May 25, 2009, a question was raised. How did a nuclear weapon built by Armscor, an Israel company operating in South Africa, end up in North Korea?

This is the story of the “Tory nukes,” nuclear weapons purchased by Margaret Thatcher in 1991 from South Africa under a secret authorization describing the weapons as “cylinders.”  Those involved in putting these bombs into special containers, transporting them to Durban and then off to a container storage facility in Oman from which they disappeared. When the weapons containers which had laid unguarded for months were forwarded to the United States for dis-assembly in accordance with treaty requirements, only concrete blocks were found. The disappearance has been directly tied to two arms traders who ran illegal trafficking for Israel and South Africa during the Iran-Iraq War.

Israel says Saddam stole the weapons. As late as 2003, Tony Blair used this “tale” to back what Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg calls “the illegal invasion of Iraq.” Blair had financial incentives to back the invasion, several million of them, as secret letters leaked to the press but never printed have shown.

Prime Minister David Cameron, Dr. David Kelly and Armscor

Back in 1990, a very young David Cameron, later to become Prime Minister David Cameron, was offered a free trip to South Africa, paid for by Israeli owned Armscor, a nuclear weapons manufacturer. Cameron was supposedly working with Dr. David Kelly investigating weapons of mass destruction in South Africa.  In fact something much different was going on. On January 16, 2005, Tim Shipman, Defense Editor of the Sunday Express released the following story, one never reported in U.S. papers. Today, Dr. David Kelly is dead, clearly murdered because of what he knew and David Cameron is in India carefully reading from a script written in Tel Aviv. This is the 2005 story from the Express:

 ”Dr. David Kelly, the weapons expert who died in mysterious circumstances after the Iraq war, may have been about to reveal alarming details concerning missing nuclear weapons. Sources familiar with Dr Kelly’s work with South Africa’s security services say he also knew damaging details of how nuclear weapons decommissioned by South Africa were lost in the Middle East in 1991…

Informed experts who have contacted the Sunday Express claim the missing nuclear weapons found their way to Iraq. The claims raise new questions about the extent of Dr Kelly’s knowledge of British security secrets, which some insiders believe may have contributed to his death. Some believe he may have been silenced to prevent him revealing more secrets to the media. The South African weapons allegedly went missing in Oman on their way to be decommissioned in the U.S. and may have then been smuggled to Iraq. A source claimed: “Dr Kelly knew about the South African nukes because he worked for research facilities there.

Over the last year intelligence sources in both Britain and America have told journalists they believe that whatever Doomsday arsenal Saddam Hussein had accumulated before the second Gulf War was smuggled into Syria before the Spring 2003 invasion.

Last month the Sunday Express revealed that MI5 investigators looking for details of Dr Kelly’s involvement with the South African government, seized his laptop computers after he died. The coroner charged with investigating the Government scientist’s death has said he will not reopen the case.”

While British and American troops stormed across Iraq in 2003, searching for these missing nukes, defense experts now fear they had been in Israeli hands all along, a secret Dr. David Kelly was no longer willing to keep, one that led to his death. The missing containers may easily have been transferred to the Netherlands, Nigeria or even the United States, perhaps even Indiana or Toledo as is now rumored. British police have raided the homes of many involved in the missing weapons, seizing computers, personal papers and “frightening the hell out of people.”  Some of those terrorized are scheduled witnesses for the Iraq War inquiry.

Only American Dead Can Pre-Stage The Iran Attack

This summer, Turkey and Brazil negotiated a deal with Iran to remove any nuclear fuel that could be used for weapons development. It was exactly what everyone had been asking for. President Obama ignored it and pushed for sanctions demanded by Israel. Russia cancelled the sale of an S300 air defense system to Iran and voted to back sanctions against its ally, Iran also. The relationship between Tel Aviv and the Russian oligarchs, seen so clearly during the Jonathan Pollard spy scandal, had reappeared for the public again though no news organization picked any of this up.

With secret Israeli bases, believed used for transit of narcotics from Afghanistan, ringing Iran, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and other nations in the region, and U.S. supplies and munitions in place or being delivered through Black Sea ports, only American public opinion is holding up an attack on Iran, despite the fact that Iran’s president Ahmadinejad has requested an immediate conference with President Obama to “settle outstanding issues.”

Upstaging 9/11

Even though Iran is isolated, even from its Islamic neighbors, it has a substantial defensive capability. Iran can quickly destroy all gulf region oil production facilities and close off shipping to that region, an act likely to collapse all Western economies in days. Militarily, however, Iran is unable to defend itself against the vast technological superiority of the United States.  However, after a decade of wars with Iraq remaining, not only unstable but increasingly so, and the United States facing defeat in Afghanistan, the American people are unlikely to want to begin a new conflict, especially with an adversary much more powerful than either Iraq and Afghanistan and Israel as the only ally, a country the United States has no mutual defense treaty with and no ability to sustain conflict beyond its own immediate borders for more than 48 hours.

Earlier this year, Israeli military historian Dr. Martin Karfeld announced Israel’s “King Torah” policy toward the “gentile nations:”

“We have hundreds of nuclear warheads and missiles that can reach different targets in the heart of the European continent, including beyond the borders of Rome, the Italian capital… most European capitals would become preferred targets for the Israeli air force.”

The legal justification for a nuclear attack is in place, part of Israeli law.  The will to do so is there if such an attack can be pulled off and few doubt Israel’s ability who have seen the power of the Israeli lobby in Washington and have spoken of their control of the press, such as with the recent media castration of director Oliver Stone.

The tools are in place. Israel is believed to possess two Hiroshima sized nuclear weapons. The third weapon was exploded by North Korea with the media blackout leaving Israel as the only possible source for this weapon.

The ground is prepared, America is now stripped of “forensic” ability to track nuclear explosions, so the cover story tells us. Israel still threatens the world with the missing nukes, weapons reason tells us they control. Any container in any port, any truck, any warehouse could hide these weapons, anywhere in the United States. 

When it happens, the vast majority of Americans will find the trail left, Pakistanis, Iranians, all as planned. They will immediately call for the destruction of the Islamic world as is intended by Israel. The internet will be shut down, Congress sent home and anyone mentioning that only Israel profits and that only Israel could have done it will be imprisoned, as intended.

They learned from 9/11. Too many questions were asked. They won’t make the same mistake again.
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Gordon Duff is a U.S. Marine Vietnam veteran, grunt and 100% disabled vet. He has been a U.N. Diplomat, defense contractor and is a widely published expert on military and defense issues. He is active in the financial industry and is a specialist on global trade. Gordon Duff acts as political and economic advisor to a number of governments in Africa and the Middle East. He is Senior Editor at Veterans Today.

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GORDON DUFF: Dazed And Confused: Why Young Jews Are Joining Al Qaeda

June 29, 2010 Comments off

The following column is reprinted with permission from Gordon Duff, staff writer and Senior Editor at Veterans Today.

Dazed And Confused: Why Young Jews Are Joining Al Qaeda
©  Gordon Duff
Source:  Veterans Today
June 29, 2010

When video was released showing the two top Al Qaeda spokesmen, taking the place of Osama bin Laden, were American born Jews, the news was quickly removed from the press. Bin Laden’s messages had been much less threatening and confrontational, always condemning what he called “Zionists” for actions against the Christians and Arabs of Palestine and the American government for its support of Israel but never threatened the people of Israel or the U.S. with violence or terrorism. This is not true of the young Jews who have joined Al Qaeda:

Click for Video:  YouTube – Veterans Today

With the announcement by Leon Panetta that no more than 100 Al Qaeda supporters are currently in South Asia, a number many military leaders place as low as 6, and Al Qaeda groups in other countries communicating only through websites tied to Jewish organizations, some based in the United States, this paradigm shift from Arab Islamic born terrorists to Jewish born converts to Islam is surprising, especially as the converts are, by far, the most threatening and violent of any terrorists the United States has yet faced.

Intelligence sources indicate that this movement may involve more than a few regions and more than one or two individuals. Reports have been received that many of the Communist led PKK terrorists, currently attacking Turkey from safe havens along the Iraqi border have been tied to Israel since the 1960s and a number of their members are still actively following the Judean practices though part of Islamic terrorist groups actively at war against a country, until recently, closely allied to Israel, one of Israel’s several Islamic allies.

Chechen fighters active, not only against Russia but long inside Pakistan and Afghanistan, are said to be supported by Israel but many may be themselves Jews by birth, converts to Islam. These represent the groups most active against the United States and NATO activities to stabilize Afghanistan. Many of these units of “foreign fighters,” not only aren’t entirely Muslim but are known to include significant numbers of Kashmiri Hindus, involved in a 60 year dispute with Pakistan. These groups cross between Afghanistan and Pakistan continually, rumored to receive logistical and financial support from non-regional intelligence services who have become involved in the massive heroin trade as a way of rewarding operatives and funding “rogue” covert operations such as those described recently by Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren when speaking of Israel’s unfortunate intelligence attack on the United States or the “accidental” killing or wounding of 208 American military personnel during the Six Day War.

The most recent evidence of this generation of “Dazed and Confused” Jewish youth may be the Al Qaeda operations in Yemen in support of the Nigerian born “Crotch Bomber” attack in Detroit. Intelligence units in Yemen seized laptop computers from the Al Qaeda operatives who trained and supplied Abdul Mohammad. The computers showed a long trail of emails to Israel. Though there is a strong desire to blame the Mossad for this operation, these emails are as likely to have been simple family communication with relatives in Israel and not direction from Mossad terrorist leaders planning “false flag” attacks.

Similarly, when the terrorist Abdul Mohammad was aided through airports in Ghana, Nigeria and the Netherlands without a passport or visa, eventually landing in Detroit, despite testimony of “Indian looking” individuals assisting with customs and even filming the attack on the plane, airport security personnel are, for the most part, either Israelis or employees of Israeli companies. Were some of these part of this rebellious group of “rogues” that Ambassador Oren has been warning the world about, young Jews choosing violence to side against their own country and its allies?

With Israeli companies controlling airport and port security and most of the worlds highest traffic facilities, evidence of this movement of Jewish youth toward the most extreme forms of Islam may, in the end, represent the source of our next major terrorist attack. As to the reasons, why these children of good families, well educated, and otherwise subjected to none of the factors normally attributed to the growth of extremist movements, would become terrorists, we have been unable to discover.

With thousands of Israelis working in high security positions in as many as 80 nations around the world, this new threat, potentially opening ports to weapons of mass destruction or airports and even nuclear facilities to terrorist attacks by Al Qaeda suicide bombers, is a frightening new element in war against the ever growing number of global terrorist threats.
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Gordon Duff is a U.S. Marine Vietnam veteran, grunt and 100% disabled vet. He has been a U.N. Diplomat, defense contractor and is a widely published expert on military and defense issues. He is active in the financial industry and is a specialist on global trade. Gordon Duff acts as political and economic advisor to a number of governments in Africa and the Middle East. He is Senior Editor at Veterans Today.

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Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (Part 3/3)

March 26, 2010 Comments off

The following report is reprinted with permission from Yemen Times.

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula  (Part 3/3)
©  Abdel Ilah Haidar Shae’e
Extracts from a paper delivered at the Afif Cultural Foundation
Source:  Yemen Times
Publication date:  March 25, 2010

Part 1
Part 2

continued…
After Yemen and Saudi Arabia’s success in eliminating Al-Qaeda as a local organization in 2003 and 2006, this organization is now back with cross-border operations reaching the U.S., and Yemen as its new base for its regional leadership.

The last operation by Omar Farouk who tried to attack Detroit Airport has changed the concept of global security. This attack, adopted by Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, redrew security systems in the west and the world, and moved Al-Qaeda in Yemen to the forefront of world news and the major future threats to the world.

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula announced its standpoint based on the battle with the U.S. and the West and applies a rule announced by Osama Bin Laden in 2004. In a speech addressed to Al-Zarqawi he stated, “The fight should be focused on the Americans, and if the others avoid aggression then the fighting should not involve them, and for those who cooperate with Americans, then hit them no matter who they are.”

Al-Qaeda’s ideology towards both Muslim and secular factions is strict and radical, however, Al-Qaeda defers between Sunni Muslims and categorizes them based on how the system perceives and deals with them. Sunni Muslims are categorized into three different groups, the first are those followers of U.S. and the West and those are warned and advised by the system. The second group are the followers of the system that works according to the U.S. and the West and this group is accused of hypocrisy and should be punished by the system. Finally, the third group doesn’t follow the West and yet doesn’t declare loyalty to Al-Qaeda. The System asks this group to challenge the situation and reveal its standpoints.

Then there are the type of Muslims which Western and American studies call the ‘new Muslims’, those who believe in peace and democracy, those who accept to live in harmony with the U.S. and the West, building strong allies with nationalism and secularism forces and with other religious currents such as the Shiites. The place where those kinds of Muslims exist is a place Al-Qaeda finds hard to access and activate. Al-Qaeda is more deeply rooted and has a wider spread in places where “Islam is simpler and more of a Bedouin primitive nature.” In there, Al-Qaeda’s ideology finds an accessible pathway.

This is regarding the Sunni factions. As for the Shiites, Al-Qaeda believes that those are no longer Zaidis and they have turned into opposition Shiites, similar to those found in Iraq and although Al-Qaeda haven’t yet entered into direct armed combat with them, they keep warning of their danger to Yemen. Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula considers the war in Sa’ada between the Shiites and the regime as a malicious seedling planted by the regime, causing misery for the Yemeni people. Al-Qaeda also believes that the Shiites sect have territorial goals in Yemen and is regionally supported by Iran. This is based on an audio recording issued by the Epics Foundation, recited by Mohammad Al-Rashed, one of the security ‘wanted’ on the Saudi list.

Al-Qaeda perceives the secular and nationalistic parties as victims of misguided theories; it calls on them to repent and draws their attention to the fight against Western imperialism and the U.S. and that Al-Qaeda is the only one who’s leading all these battles. It is unfortunate for Al-Qaeda that the groupings and the different parties in the countries do not form an alliance of any kind with them. The southern rebellion considers Al-Qaeda an extremist organization and fights against it, along with the U.S. and the West, to purge the south from it and see it as important to cooperate on an international level to remove such a system.

The opposition political parties consider Al-Qaeda a creation by the regime and a political card used to extend their time in charge. It is used as an escape from the different Yemeni crises. The Houthis believe that Al- Qaeda is a terrorist movement, collaborating with the regime in its war against them in Sa’ada. Ali Salem Al-Abyadh declares that he doesn’t mind getting support from Iran. Tareq Al-Fadhli, one of the field leaders, praises Abdel Malik Al-Houthi who reciprocates by praising him as well in the same statement where he denies any connection with Al-Qaeda, describing it as a terrorist movement. Al-Houthi also welcomes the National Salvation Document issued by the grouping of the joint committee, and he agrees on all of its terms that cover most of the just demands and requirements.

Regional and international overlaps

NATO’s strategic vision for Yemen, penned by the U.S. leadership, is consistent with that of Al-Qaeda. The west considers Yemen as the safe ally for NATO, who has the vital role in securing energy sources in the region as well as the trade routes and military fleets. Al-Qaeda, on the other hand, considers Yemen the land of providence and the starting point of its army, which has defeated the coalition in its most important battles nowadays.

The spread of Al-Qaeda in rich locations is a direct threat to the best interests of the U.S. and the West. Al-Qaeda exists in the northern and southern areas, in Marib, Shabwa and Hadramout, and in the southern and western coastal areas, in Abyan, Aden and Al- Hodeida, areas of which straits and shipping lanes are considered the most important international ones. This explains why Al-Qaeda is a direct threat for the sources of wealth invested there by the U.S. and West companies on land and a threat for the passage of different trade lines and military fleets through the sea. This is also why the West is so worried about Al-Qaeda’s presence in the Arabian Peninsula and is ready to go through a decisive battle with Al-Qaeda in Yemen, since it is located near the concentration of forces, its interests in the Gulf states and safe seaways.

Yemen is currently part of a regional wave allied with the West to counter Al-Qaeda in the area. Al-Qaeda replies back with a similar wave of the Somali youth movement that has announced its willingness to send fighters across the sea which will make Yemen an open and a central battle field between the International Jihad Movement on one side and the international coalition for fighting the so called ‘terror’. According to the thoughts of Al-Qaeda, expected callings will be announced by the International Qaeda Leadership, to recruit in Yemen, taking advantage of the West’s call for convening an international conference to fight so-called terrorism in Yemen.

The Jihadists Somali Youth Movement comes from an ideological religious standpoint of the International Jihadists Movement, which is supporting their ‘brothers’ and the willingness of enrolling in the Yemeni Army, which Somali youth considers one of the best. This, however, doesn’t mean that Yemen needs more fighters. They have many well trained military men, some of which have been sent out to Somalia, such as Abu Asem Al-Tabooki from Bihan, in the governorate of Shabwa, southern Yemen. Abu Asem was on the list of the 23 most wanted who escaped from the Sanani prison in February 2006, together with some other Al- Qaeda leaders. Al-Tabooki was killed in an air raid on an Al-Qaeda camp in Somalia in late 2007.

Al-Qaeda presumes that Saudi Arabia’s role is a major one. The military officer of Al- Qaeda says: Deputy Minister of the Interior, Prince Mohammad Bin Nayef, manages the Yemeni Ministry of the Interior and that his authority there is wider than that in the ministry of his father. Al-Qaeda has announced that a spy network of Prince Mohammad Bin Nayef in the southern and eastern areas was detected and that one of its rules is to follow Al-Qaeda members and locate their positions. In February 2009, Saudi Arabia announced a list of the 85 wanted. The Yemenis on the list include: “Amir Al-Qaeda” Al-Wahaishi, and military officer Al-Reemi. Saudi Arabia has declared its support for Yemen in its war against terror and King Abdullah has said that the security of Yemen is the security of the Saudi kingdom and the whole region.

Al-Qaeda has failed several times in several breakthrough attempts in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; the first attempt was aborted after the announcement of the integration of the two groups discovered a cell in March 2009, by the Saudi Yemeni border in Najran. The cell was made up of 11 people, all of whom were arrested. A stockpile of weapons was also discovered there. The second attempt was when Yousef Al-Shahri and Raed Al-Harbi tried to penetrate the Jazan area on October 13, 2009. Both of them were killed because they too were on the wanted list.

Despite Al-Qaeda’s success in penetrating the security system during the assassination attempt of Prince Mohammad Bin Nayef in late August 2009, the Yemeni Saudi cooperation grew by the establishment of a media centre in October 2009, to make a stand against Al-Qaeda’s media in the Arabian Peninsula. This came after the latter issued a number of films about the Saudi Royal Family. Saudi Arabia has recently supported the British Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s invitation for an international conference, in order to address what he described as the next global threat from Yemen.

Future prospects

The future of Yemen is outlined by various armed factions which are: the southern movement, the Shiite armed movement, the Houthis and the Sunni armed movement, Al-Qaeda along with international and regional interferences, a political crisis between the ruling system different parts: the authority and the opposition, and also the poor economy of the country that is rendered unable to deliver its different promises. All the international interference, with their wars on Al-Qaeda, depend on the fact that all those who are not with us are against us. Consequently, this polarizes the Yemeni community’s attitudes towards the U.S. and the West, or towards Al-Qaeda.

In its battle against Al-Qaeda, the West doesn’t depend on the government authorities and securities; alternatively, it employs factions, civic organizations and tribal leaders in an effort to dismantle the public incubator for Al-Qaeda.

The tribal system in Yemen is prepared to go through modifying its plans and councils similar to what has happened in Iraq, but only if Al-Qaeda becomes as powerful in Yemen as it is right now in Iraq, and if the U.S. and its Western allies and locals are not able to defeat it.

The war with Al-Qaeda has started and will, in its own way, take on broader and deeper perspectives, where all politically peaceful sections of the community plus the tribal and governmental bodies will have no choice but to become involved.

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Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (Part 2/3)

March 25, 2010 Comments off

The following report is reprinted with permission from Yemen Times.

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula  (Part 2/3)
©  Abdel Ilah Haidar Shae’e
Extracts from a paper delivered at the Afif Cultural Foundation
Source:  Yemen Times
Publication date:  March 22, 2010

Part 1
Part 3  (Final)

continued…
The ideology of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the local branch of the international organization envisions an Islamic state through dismantling current systems operating in the Arabian Peninsula.

Al-Qaeda’s aim is to establish an army from Yemen, as one of four, whose job is to manage the “epic battle in the Middle East” that gives its name to the media foundation of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, called the Epics Foundation.

Research into the different strategies of international jihadi operations methodology (the main one being Al-Qaeda), illustrates the fact that Al-Qaeda builds its vision based more on an ideological religious standpoint than on other political or realistic ones. These criteria bring us closer to understanding Al-Qaeda both on a local and international level.
This ideology prompts fighting more than other propaganda or political goals, as is clear in the case of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. This is based on a special interpretation by them for the current situation, describing it as an occupation. Fighting is prioritized due to the perceived humiliation of the Islamic nation in the different areas in the world. In order to understand this fundamental vision of Al-Qaeda, we should study its unilateral explanations of the old scripts and explanations, some of which date back more than 1,000 years.

At the same time however, Al-Qaeda is modern, creative, and innovative in all its military and intelligence tools and techniques. The latest innovation in penetration techniques led to a major change in security systems, when Omar Farouk Abdulmutalab tried to blow up a North West plane over Detroit Airport. In his speech aimed at Yemen, Osama Bin Laden focuses on calling the Yemeni tribes with their names “You the courageous of Hashed and Modhej and Bakeel, come and support your brothers. The war is on fire now.” For years, Bin Laden has been asserting that the forces from Yemen are coming.

The tribe, religion, system, political and financial crises are all major factors that have helped Al-Qaeda and supported its work for the past four years. This was strengthened after the operatives escaped from prison in February 2006. Al-Qaeda exists both in the city and among tribes, but the arrests and operations statistics show Sana’a and its surrounding areas as the headquarters for most of Al-Qaeda’s operations. The economic and political situation in Yemen is playing a vital role in supporting the expansion of Al Qaeda both as an organization and an ideology. Moreover, the influence of these local factors is much greater than those of external causes, such as Palestine. The issue of Palestine, on the other hand, is commonly used by Al-Qaeda in motivational speeches as an external factor existing in the surrounding countries. Once again, the supporting environment in Yemen was suitable for a new start for Al-Qaeda.

The current economic situation in Yemen imposes extreme poverty. This is clearly reflected in the psychological side of the Yemeni who barely cares nor worries about the pattern of his life. This is an important personality character Al-Qaeda tries to exploit. So all the current conditions support Al-Qaeda in this because they are mainly interested in recruiting youngsters who care little whether they live or die, a fact that is instilled in Bedouin and Tribal cultures, where murder and killing is relatively high due to the absence of real authority. The American-Yemeni operations coordinated in Shabwa, Abyan and Arhab, revealed the fact that authorities cannot operate effectively in these locations fearing local opposition, especially after the bombing of these areas with U.S. missiles. Locals will strongly challenge these authorities and refuse their military or security support.

A few months prior to that mission, there were several incursions into government centres. The opposition speeches, which focused on attacking and questioning the system, helped Al-Qaeda. This has created a general set of circumstances that caters for Al-Qaeda’s main requirement, which is the importance of bringing the regime down regardless of the techniques utilized.

In its local slogans, Al-Qaeda has a sacred and a simple message; “Take the infidels out of the Arabian Peninsula” and “twelve thousand fighters are coming out from Abyan Aden”, and “Yemen is the land of Warriors”. This is a fact that most Muslims can not deny. Yemen is also a solid ground for the ideological speeches of Al-Qaeda and they have achieved a suitable link with public audiences in the strategies and general characteristics of The Al-Qaeda Plan.

The political crises and the disintegration between the authority and the opposition has been a perfect opportunity for Al-Qaeda to recruit and train. Moreover, Sa’ada’s war has drawn the entire country’s attention away from what is going on in the southern and eastern governorates, whilst Al-Qaeda has managed to establish a regional centre in Yemen.

Both Al-Qaeda and the tribe share the fact that they rule themselves and are not entirely subjective to a central authority; the authority of which Al-Qaeda doesn’t believe in and therefore seeks to destroy. Having built a solid ground for itself due to the current situation, Al-Qaeda has managed to cross all borders to regional oceans then the international locations. In doing so, it has also been able to move from the national standpoint to an international one after the merge that took place early in 2009. The Saudi Saeed Al Shahri, Abu Sofian Al Azdi Al Shahri – 35 years old, was assigned the task, along with other Saudi names that started joining Al-Qaeda in late 2007. Two other major players are Abu Homam Al Qahtani – 24 years old and Abdullah Hasan Osairi, a 23 year old who executed the assassination attempt of the deputy Minister of Interior, Prince Mohammad Bin Nayef, in August 2008.

Although Al-Qaeda is both local and regional, the international aspects of it came from multiple angles namely: the conflict areas and the Al-Qaeda aim that the enemy will never feel peaceful, and the fact that Al-Qaeda is adopting different international concerns such as Palestine, Afghanistan and Iraq. Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula builds its conflict based on a “fundamental” principle which is the reciprocity approach; if we’re insecure, we’ll make you insecure as well, hence the international and cross border operations.

Al-Qaeda’s invention of a ‘weapon’ that seems impossible to reveal by electronic devices, has enabled Al-Qaeda to export these operations internationally, knowing full well that it has the technique to do just that. Al-Qaeda’s Ameer Nasser Al Wohaishi says: Muslims do not have to worry about making bombs, its ingredients are available in your mothers’ kitchens and as it can be easily made, security devices will not be able to reveal it. So go and hit the airports and capitals of those countries that fight Muslims, terrify them and make them feel insecure.

Historical stages

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has gone through four historical stages; the first was building a base, the initial foundation, in Afghanistan. The main aim was to recruit fighters from the geographic areas of Yemen, Saudi Arabia and other Arabian Peninsula countries. This stage lasted from the mid eighties until the early nineties. The most prominent features of this stage were: mobilizing as many youngsters as possible for the training camps in Afghanistan and, emphasizing the fact that the battle will not stop with the Soviets’ departure from the country because they would immediately start preparing for a more international battle.

The second stage is one of discovery; it is when Al-Qaeda started looking for the best places in the world from which it can manage the conflict. Somalia was the first chosen field for Al-Qaeda outside Afghanistan, after the Soviet Union fell apart. This stage marked Yemeni and Saudi youth battling against the U.S. in Somalia and Al-Qaeda’s ideological operations spread through to the Al Riyadh operation in July 1996, targeting the headquarters for U.S. forces, an operation that was only blessed by Osama Bin Laden and not adopted. This stage lasted from the early nineties until the launch of the international front against Jews and Crusaders in February 1998. During this time fighters were sent out and several assassination groups were formed from a number of the Yemeni Socialist Party leaders. Al-Qaeda infiltrated independent groups in the war of ’94 that led to the defeat of the Socialist Party, a party Bin Laden considered a more dangerous opponent than the regime of President Ali Abdullah Saleh. The speech at that stage was circling the Arabian Peninsula, especially Saudi Arabia and Yemen, and called the American existence in Saudi Arabia as an occupation of the sacred locations and the two mosques, ranking it as the second occupation after the Palestinian one.

Simultaneously, different operations were taking place outside the geographical borders in Somalia, Tanzania and Nairobi, with the exception of some limited undertakings in Yemen. Al-Qaeda has focused on sending weapons from the Yemeni market to Saudi Arabia, taking advantage of the conflict at that time, between the two regimes.

Al-Qaeda’s ideology in the Arabian Peninsula became very clear during the operation in Al Maraqshah Mountains, an area in Abyan, southern Yemen. It took place in December 1998 when the Islamic Abyan Aden army announced the kidnapping of Western tourists. The issue later developed into clashes with the local security forces, the death of four English men and the arrest of the Islamic Abyan Aden army founder, Abu Al Hassan Zayn Al Abideen Al Muhdar, a nobleman from Shabwa in southern Yemen. The Yemeni authorities executed him in 1999. The most eminent feature of that stage was assigning local leadership for international goals for Al-Qaeda, Abu Ali Al Harethi – 40 years old, killed by a CIA plane in early November 2002. Another feature was hitting the USS Cole, an operation through which Al-Qaeda was able to attract fresh local recruits for their next stage.

The third stage was building the first organizational structure for Al-Qaeda in the area. This happened in parallel with the American invasion of Iraq in 2003. The most important features of this stage were the establishment of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula as a local structural organization with known leadership. Although this organization was known as Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, not one attempt was recorded outside the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, except for the financial and military support for the Iraqi front, along with media support provided by Al-Qaeda. The characteristics of this stage and the most prominent results are the intellectual activity and scientific research. These were published by leaders and scientists who supported and enriched the ideological library of Al-Qaeda with readings and interpretation for Islam in accordance with contemporary requirements. After distribution, those scientists and leaders were jailed by the Saudi Authorities. That stage caused internal separation and a split, for the first time, inside the intellectual foundations both religious and secular. The secular religious debate made it into the public domain in Saudi Arabia. Intellectual and media foundations started attacking the religious and the Fatwa foundations in the kingdom, abusing the symbols of religious mindset.

The fourth stage is the current one; it is the difficult stage where Al-Qaeda is conducting a major war with international forces. Al-Qaeda says that this is an attrition battle against the U.S. in Yemen, Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia. At the early stages Osama Bin Laden is the one who guided the rhetoric; addressing the scientists as ‘the noble ones’ and the army as ‘our brothers’, May Allah protect them. However, during later stages the tone took on a different level. All those parties stayed out of Al-Qaeda’s military operations targets until the new launching stage when the speech came in line with the operations. They started focusing on local factors, assassinating local security leaders such as the recent attempt on the life of Prince Mohammad Bin Nayef. During Al-Qaeda’s existence in Saudi Arabia, the narrative was mainly confined to advising the scientists, whereas in Yemen it came up to the level of accusing them of treachery and working for the best interest, called the Zionist Crusader Campaign through those in charge, meaning the Al Saud, the governors of Riyadh. Al-Qaeda then started advising those called “the Religious men of the awakening” such as Dr. Safr Al Hawali and Dr. Salman Al Awdah. These are currently being accused and attacked.

Al Qaeda’s modern history started on the third of February 2006, a date that was marked by digging an underground tunnel below the political security jail in Sana’a. The tunnel was 45 meters long and 5 meters deep, took 55 days of work and 23 workers, who were fugitives. The U.S. publicized the names of 13 of them as wanted and dangerous members of Al-Qaeda.

After the success of some of the most prominent leaders of Al-Qaeda in escaping prison, Bin Laden sent out a clear message in July of the same year, addressing the Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh as “the traitor who obeys the U.S.”. This was a clear message for those who escaped safely to work on taking him down. It was the beginning of a war against Ali Abdulla Saleh, since before this time, all the past speeches only mentioned Saudi leaders. In the current stage, started in 2006, Al-Qaeda recorded 4 assassination attempts on security leaders, three of which succeeded. The Mohammad Bin Nayef assassination attempt failed despite the fact that Al-Qaeda managed to penetrate his security. There were also 3 attacks on the U.S. Embassy and South Korean Tourists and their investigators, but those operations failed to achieve the intended results.

Finally, for the first time, Al-Qaeda undertook their first operation from Yemen targeting the U.S., an action executed by the 23 year old Nigerian, Omar Farouq Abdel Mottaleb. He managed to travel through six international airports armed with a bomb that he tried to detonate over Detroit Airport in the U.S. Omar is now facing six charges, one of which is using a weapon of mass destruction.

In its present stage, Al-Qaeda is prioritizing its media and promotional aspects. 2008 has witnessed the birth of the Epics Foundation. They have issued four promotional films, a bi-monthly magazine and religious studies. The foundation has also been marketing their data and keeping track of Al-Qaeda’s activities, covering them locally as a result of media and press accessibility in Yemen. This is something Al-Qaeda lacked during its earlier stages in different parts of the world.

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Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (Part 1/3)

March 25, 2010 Comments off

The following report is reprinted with permission from Yemen Times.

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula  (Part 1/3)
©  Abdel Ilah Haidar Shae’e
Extracts from a paper delivered at the Afif Cultural Foundation
Source:  Yemen Times
Publication date:  March 20, 2010

Part 2
Part 3  (Final)

continued…
After Yemen and Saudi Arabia’s success in eliminating Al-Qaeda as a local organization in 2003 and 2006, this organization is now back with cross-border operations reaching the U.S., and Yemen as its new base for its regional leadership.

The last operation by Omar Farouk who tried to attack Detroit Airport has changed the concept of global security. This attack, adopted by Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, redrew security systems in the west and the world, and moved Al-Qaeda in Yemen to the forefront of world news and the major future threats to the world.

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula was first founded by Osama Bin Laden when he sent out a message in the mid nineties last century headlined with “expel the infidels out of the Arabian Peninsula”.

The message was addressed to scholars, the National Guard, and the armed forces in Saudi Arabia. In this message, the first message which publicly declares Al-Qaeda’s existence in the Arabian Peninsula, America was named as the enemy and Saudi Arabia was described as occupied by foreign forces. Osama Bin Laden compared Mecca and Medina to the Aqsa Mosque in Palestine and said that Saudi Arabia was under a crusader Zionist occupation.

This paper tries to provide a simplified perspective on the organization that has succeeded to appear on an international level, even after the Saudi authority managed to eliminate its different parts and structure and after the Yemeni authorities also managed to control its different units, arrest and kill major founders. Today after years of quiet, Al-Qaeda is back in both countries, as the strongest and most active base in the world.

Reality of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula

There are two types of Al-Qaeda operating nationally and internationally. The first type is the leadership that has vital connections with the command center in Afghanistan. This type has an organizational structure and a strict decision making hierarchy.

The second operational type is the ideological system that is internationally known as the jihad movement that rejects every aspect of the western life and the supreme control of international organizations. This system seeks to reestablish the Islamic caliphate according to the hadith by the Prophet Mohammad, and jihad would be the tool for it.

The ideological system is broader than the leadership where separate entities sometimes are established as in the case of Al-Basha’ir, a cell that was established and organized in Saudi Arabia in 2006 after the security authorities of Saudi Arabia managed to eliminate the first organization and its different concepts.

Another separate entity that has emerged from the original organization is the “soldiers of Yemen” that was established mid-2007 in Yemen and another organization in another emirate headed by another “amir” or leader at the same time and place.

Al-Basha’ir merged with Al-Qaeda a few months after their establishment after issuing an announcement that had an echo greater than its actual field operations. On the other hand, the “soldiers of Yemen” was ended when its leaders were killed in Tarim, Hadramout, in August 2008. One of its feature operations was killing Spanish and Belgium tourists and attacking residential complexes in Sana’a belonging to American oil companies.

The current status of the organization became officially known as Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula in January 2009 after Ayman Al-Dhawahiri, the second man in the organization, blessed the emirate of Nasser Al-Wahaishi, also known as Abu Baseer, describing him as the Prince of the Mujahedeen. The merge was considered by Al-Dhawahiri as a jihadist awakening in the Arabian Peninsula and was blessed by Mustafa Abu El Yazeed from the Major Commandos in Afghanistan in July 2009.

Definitions

There are many definitions for Al-Qaeda, some descriptive concluded from its role and some substantive. Studies from the U.S. and different policy research centers connect Al-Qaeda with terrorism and consider them the same. The definitions state that terrorism existed before Al-Qaeda and that Al-Qaeda follows its methodology. All those studies define terrorism deliberate violence with political motivations.

The Strategic Studies and Research Foundation of the U.S. Defense Ministry defines the functional aspect of Al-Qaeda, dividing Muslims into four types: the fundamentalists, the traditionalists, the modernists and the secularists. The foundation considers Al-Qaeda as a fundamental movement refusing all western and democratic values, a movement that fights the West and the United States in specific and seeks to apply fascist kind of Islam.

Bruce Hoffman of Georgetown University, who provided the CIA with terrorism studies, describes Al-Qaeda in the following way: “Al Qaeda may have seventh-century ideas, but they have 21st-century acumen for communications.”

Osama Bin Laden, the head of Al-Qaeda, defines Al-Qaeda in the first statement announce on November 1998 as a global front that fights crusaders and Jews and seeks to apply Allah’s judgment on earth and liberate the vulnerable from injustice.

Abu Mus’ab Al-Zarqawi expanded this definition and said that it is a global front fighting Jews, crusaders and apostates. Al-Zarqawi added the last point as an essential condition to pledge allegiance to Osama Bin Laden as an “amir,” a leader in the organization.

Mustafa Abu El Yazeed says that Al-Qaeda is a group of Muslims who seek to apply Allah’s judgment and rules on earth and mobilize as many people as possible towards achieving this goal.

The former field commander of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula Abdulaziz Al-Muqren defines Al-Qaeda as a jihadist group, and an international development of jihad strategy, a starting point for establishing a brand new Islamic country, and a normal continuation of the historic concept of jihad in which many mistakes of previous Islamic movements are avoided.

The amir of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, Nasser Abdulkareem Al-Wahaishi, also known as Abu Basir, told Al Jazeera in early 2009, that the organization of Al-Qaeda is at the forefront of the Islamic Nation, but don’t fight on behalf of it and that they seek to revive the concept of the Islamic Caliphate and empowering Allah’s religion. He said that they did not fight on behalf of Muslims because this is everyone’s case, but did this for Allah and the vulnerable. He said they had an administrative structure, a deputy, a consultative council, a media department, a legislative committee and a military committee.

Organizational structure

Al-Qaeda has a historical description for the Arabian Peninsula: that is from the right corner of the Kaaba in Mecca to the Arabian Sea crossing the official borders that separate its countries.

The consultative council has the most authority and is headed by Abu Basir and has non-Yemeni members headed by the deputy Amir Sa’eed Al-Shihri, also known as Abu Sufian Al-Azdi Al-Shihri, who was previously arrested and held in Guantanamo.

The organization’s media section includes a television editing unit and a print journalism section that publishes a bimonthly magazine called “Echoes of Epics” and works on marketing promotional works, official statements, research papers and studies issued by the other sections.

The military section has a specialized unit for military manufacturing. This unit creates highly developed military tools such as the bomb that targeted Prince Mohammed Bin Nayef and the one used in the bombing attempt at Detroit Airport on Christmas in December 2009.

The legislative committee held an intellectual forum to discuss the implications of targeting the U.S. Embassy in Sana’a in September 2008. The commission also issued a descriptive study for the current situation in Yemen from a legitimate point of view, the study was called “Revealing the democratic system and breaking the tyranny of Yemen.”

After the assassination attempt of Prince Mohammed Bin Nayef, the legislative committee sent out a message. Some wanted Saudis and Yemeni are members of the committee.

All the structural sections of the organization and its operations are well-known and publically announced but members’ names are confidential. Those high in the command are the “amir,” his deputy, the Military Officer and the Legitimate Officer while keeping the name of the media officer unknown as the other members.

Strategic vision

The writer of this report in early December had the chance to meet most of the leaders of the organization and interviewed its amir who fully described to him the structure, future goals and his relationship with other people outside the organization.

Al-Qaeda is concentrating on the Arabian Peninsula, also is the west and the U.S.

The Arabian Peninsula has become, according to Carter’s concept, within the U.S. national security and the heart of the new empire due to its geographic location, the size of its wealth and rich resources, its religious sacredness as the place where the Angel Gabriel revealed Allah’s messages to Prophet Mohammad and where Islam was first born, and it’s the qibla of all Muslims.

If all foreign existence was banished from the Arabian Peninsula, a major power in international policy would be eliminated and western dominance would vanish from the world, according to Al-Qaeda.

Al-Qaeda perceives the Arabian Peninsula, and as narrated by Abu Basir, amir of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, as an important key for liberating Palestine. He concluded this based on the fact that during the first decades of Islam and, before liberating Jerusalem, Muslims cleansed the Arabian Peninsula from all the infidels.

He also said that NATO and the U.S. campaign in Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia are directed from land and sea military bases within the peninsula, and that the U.S., British and English troops in the Arab Peninsula are nothing but to protect the Jews in Palestine from the mujahedeen forces.

For this reason, from the Al-Qaeda’s leadership’s point of view, Yemen is an important strategic location and an essential pillar for its international program. Yemen, from an ideological perspective, is considered the land of Allah and a land from which, according to the Prophet Mohammad, 12,000 warriors would come to fight in the name of Allah.

Due to the country’s geography of mountains and valleys, deserts and coasts, and due to the nature of its population with its Bedouin and tribal nature are also favorable to the organization. Providing strangers with shelter and protection as well as carrying weapons are all characteristics that match the requirements of Al-Qaeda.

This is what explains the increase of the Yemeni soldiers’ existence at the forefronts of the different battles led by Al-Qaeda in different locations: in Nairobi and Dar Al-Salam in 1998, the attack of the USS Cole in 2000, 9/11, the war fronts of Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia, and Fath Al-Islam in Lebanon in 2007.

After Madrid Bombings in March 2004, Al-Qaeda announced that Yemen would be the third front following Afghanistan and Iraq where NATO forces, led by the U.S., are being depleted.

This is why Al-Qaeda is working internationally on establishing four major armies moving in from the outside to the heart of Palestine: one army force is led from the land of Khorasan (currently known as Pakistan and Afghanistan), the next is from Iraq, the third from Yemen, and the forth is from the Levant as called for by Osama Bin Laden during the war on Gaza in January 2009.

The ideology of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the local branch of the international organization, envisions an Islamic state through dismantling the current systems in the Arabian Peninsula.

Al-Qaeda is to establish an army from Yemen, as one of the four armies to manage the “epic battle in the Middle East” that gives its name to the media foundation of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the Epics Foundation.

Through reading into the different operations of international jihadi operations methodology on top of which is Al-Qaeda, one can only find that Al-Qaeda builds its vision more based on the ideological religious standpoint than on other political or realistic ones. These criteria bring us closer to understanding Al-Qaeda locally and internationally.

This ideology serves fighting more than other propaganda or political goals, as is clear in the case of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

This is based on a special reading by them for the current situation describing it as an occupation. Fighting is prioritized due to the humiliation the Islamic nation in the different areas in the world.

In order to understand the fundamental vision of Al-Qaeda, we should read in the outlines of its unilateral explanations of the old scripts and explanations some of which date back more than 1,000 years.

At the same time however, Al-Qaeda is more modern, creative, and innovative in all the military and intelligence tools and techniques.

The latest innovation in penetration techniques led to a major change in security systems, when Omar Farouk Abdulmutalab tried to blow up a North West plane over Detroit Airport.

Continue to Part 2

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