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 Terror Tuesday: Impact on South Asia -- Al Qaeda-Profile
Al Qaeda, or ‘The Base’, was formed in 1988 by Osama bin Laden and his associate Mohammed Atef to bring together Arabs who fought in Afghanistan against the Soviet invasion.
Al Qaeda is vehemently anti-Western, with the United States of America perceived as an enemy of Islam.
Al Qaeda terror cells are reported to remain inactive for long periods of time engaging only in fundraising and propagation activities. /satporgtp/usa/Al_Queda.htm   (1133 words)

 Andrew C. McCarthy on 9/11 Commission & Iraq & al Qaeda on National Review Online
Al Qaeda also forged alliances with the National Islamic Front in the Sudan and with the government of Iran and its associated terrorist group Hezballah for the purpose of working together against their perceived common enemies in the West, particularly the United States.
Al-Fadl told agents that when al Qaeda was headquartered in the Sudan in the early-to-mid-1990s, he understood an agreement to have been struck under which the jihadists would put aside their antipathy for Saddam and explore ways of working together with Iraq, particularly regarding weapons production.
Al Qaeda's time is fully devoted to conducting terrorist attacks and planning terrorist attacks. /mccarthy/mccarthy200406170840.asp   (2610 words)

 FrontPage :: Symposium: Diagnosing Al Qaeda by Jamie Glazov
The pre- 9-11 al Qaeda was chaired by Osama bin Laden, and comprised a consultative council, separate divisions devoted to specific functional areas--training, operations, education, etc. -- a global network of paid operatives, centralized training, an extensive recruiting network, and a large population of trained veterans.
Al Qaeda maintained relations with and offered training and other forms of assistance to members of like-minded groups, although these groups have kept their own organizational structures.
The abortive efforts of an al Qaeda affiliated group of amateur terrorists to use the poison ricin, which were revealed in the arrests of a group of Algerians and others in London in January 2003, are fundamentally disquieting. /Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=9416   (7352 words)

 Terrorism - In the Spotlight: Al Qaeda (The Base)
For instance, al Qaeda is believed to be currently operating under the same infrastructure and leadership command in the Mirim Shah area of northern Pakistan that it used in Afghanistan.
Al Qaeda (Arabic for "the Base") became synonymous with international terrorism after being identified as responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks against the United States.
While al Qaeda has tended to be highly selective in its recruitment, allowing only the most capable and committed operatives to become fully-fledged members, its call to jihad is an order to all Muslims. /terrorism/alqaeda-pr.cfm   (1412 words)

 Al-Qaeda - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
According to statements broadcast by al-Qaeda on the Internet and on satellite TV channels, the ultimate goal of al-Qaeda is to re-establish the Caliphate across the Islamic world, by working with allied Islamic extremist groups to overthrow secular or Western-supported regimes.
Speaking in 2001 he said: "The name 'al Qaeda' was established a long time ago by mere chance.
Al-Qaeda's name can also be transliterated as al-Qaida, al-Qa'ida, el-Qaida, or al Qaeda. /wiki/Al-Qaeda   (6037 words)

 Al Qaida - SourceWatch
Al Qaedaism will continue to attract supporters in the years to come--whether Osama bin Laden is around to lead them or not."
If we can better define what al Qaeda is, we may better understand the threat it poses at a critical moment.
Bergen concludes that there is evidence "that al Qaeda has successfully turned itself from an organization into a mass movement -- one that has been energized by the war in Iraq." /index.php?title=Al_Qaeda   (1283 words)

 Al Qaeda seeks tie to local gangs - The Washington Times: Nation/Politics - September 28, 2004
A top al Qaeda lieutenant has met with leaders of a violent Salvadoran criminal gang with roots in Mexico and the United States — including a stronghold in the Washington area — in an effort by the terrorist network to seek help infiltrating the U.S.-Mexico border, law enforcement authorities said.
Authorities said al Qaeda terrorists hope to take advantage of a lack of detention space within the Department of Homeland Security that has forced immigration officials to release non-Mexican illegal aliens back into the United States, rather than return them to their home countries.
A former southern Florida resident and pilot thought to have helped plan the September 11 attacks, El Shukrijumah was among seven suspected al Qaeda operatives identified in May by Attorney General John Ashcroft as being involved in plans to strike new targets in the United States. /national/20040928-123346-3928r.htm   (729 words)

 Al Qaeda's Fantasy Ideology - Policy Review, No. 114
For it is likely that in al Qaeda’s collective fantasy there may exist the notion of an ultimate terror act, a magic bullet capable of bringing down the United States at a single stroke — and, paradoxically, nothing comes closer to fulfilling this magical role than the detonation of a very unmagical nuclear device.
But this fact gave to the event — in terms of al Qaeda’s fantasy ideology — an even greater poignancy: Precisely because it had not been part of the original calculation, it was therefore to be understood as a manifestation of divine intervention.
The targets were chosen by al Qaeda not through military calculation — in contrast, for example, to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor — but entirely because they stood as symbols of American power universally recognized by the Arab street. /AUG02/harris.html   (7058 words)

 Al Qaeda (
They want the Al Qaeda the dickens out of their country.” Afghan warlords were stealing food aid, making famine relief in some areas difficult, and there were reports that some warlords were using their influence with American forces to arrange air strikes against rivals, which could account for several questionable attacks.
The FBI warned that Al Qaeda might be planning a “spectacular” attack; the Bush Administration was annoyed at the FBI for releasing the warning, and Senator Bob Graham attacked the administration for ignoring Al Qaeda in its obsession with invading Iraq.
Hundreds of Al Qaeda fighters made their last stand in Tora Bora, Afghanistan; Osama bin Laden was not found, however, and there were reports that he had escaped to Pakistan. /AlQaeda.html   (3494 words)

 Al Qaeda Without Al Qaeda
Al Qaeda was always feared for the loose relationship the many small Islamic terrorist groups, spread all over the planet, had with each other.
Al Qaeda sort of evolved in Pakistan, where Arab money (mostly from Saudi Arabia), American weapons and Pakistani permission and organization, came together to form a support base for the “jihad” (holy war) against the Godless Soviet communists in Afghanistan.
From the beginning, al Qaeda provided the Taliban with technical support, and gunmen who were more ruthless and deadly than your average Afghan warrior. /dls/articles/2004101822.asp   (1002 words)

 Al Qaeda's profile: slimmer but menacing
The story of Al Qaeda's multiple No. 3s is a story of how far the US has come in infiltrating and subduing Osama bin Laden's worldwide terror network in the two years since 9/11 - but also of the huge tasks that remain.
These four men are part of the US success story in the war on terror: They're among the two-thirds of Al Qaeda leadership that US officials say have been captured or killed as a result of one of the most concerted worldwide dragnets in US history - and intelligence garnered from some of those detained.
"Al Qaeda had a much deeper bench than we'd imagined before 9/11, and it clearly had a corporate succession plan," says Bruce Hoffman, an expert on terror at the RAND Corp. in Washington. /2003/0909/p03s01-usfp.html   (1593 words)

 Al Qaeda's Bio Weapons - CBS News
Al Qaeda was studying nuclear weapons and contacted Pakistani scientists to discuss nuclear weapons, it notes.
The intelligence community was surprised by al Qaeda's advances in a virulent strain in the disease, identified by the commission only as "Agent X" to prevent al Qaeda from knowing what the U.S. government has learned.
U.S. assessments of al Qaeda's other efforts to acquire a weapon of mass destruction did not change substantially after U.S. and Afghan forces removed the Taliban from power after the Sept. 11 attacks, the report says. /stories/2005/03/31/terror/main684449.shtml   (651 words)

 Inside Al Qaeda; Global Network of Terror; Rohan Gunaratna
The definitive work on Al Qaeda, this book is based on five years of research, including extensive interviews with its members; field research in Al Qaeda-supported conflict zones in Central, South and Southeast Asia and the Middle East; and monitoring Al Qaeda infiltration of diaspora and migrant communities in North America and Europe.
Finally, to destroy Al Qaeda, Gunaratna shows there needs to be a multipronged, multiagency, and multidimensional response by the international community.
This book sheds light on Al Qaeda's financial infrastructure and how they train combat soldiers and vanguard fighters for multiple guerrilla, terrorist and semi-conventional campaigns in the Middle East, Asia, Africa, the Caucuses, and the Balkans. /cu/cup/catalog/data/023112/0231126921.HTM   (757 words)

 Al Qaeda's Growing Sanctuary (
Al Qaeda demonstrated its adaptability in the aftermath of the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in East Africa.
The ties of former Liberian president Charles Taylor to al Qaeda have been corroborated by the FBI and the U.N.-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone, which is charged with investigating crimes against humanity in that nation's brutal civil war.
Al Qaeda operatives plugged into the same network, bridging the divide between Shiite and Sunni Muslims. /wp-dyn/articles/A48221-2004Jul13.html   (818 words)

 frontline: hunting bin laden: who is bin laden?: al qaeda PBS
"Al Qaeda also forged alliances with the National Islamic Front in Sudan and with representatives of the government of Iran, and its associated terrorist group Hezballah, for the purpose of working together against their perceived common enemies in the West, particularly the United States."
Defendants bin Laden, Atef, Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, and Odeh, together with other members of Al Qaeda "detonated an explosive device that damaged and destroyed the United States Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, and...
* Al Qaeda had ties to other "terrorist organizations that operated under its umbrella," including: the al Jihad group based in Egypt, the Islamic Group, formerly led by Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman, and other jihad groups in other countries. /wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/binladen/who/alqaeda.html   (534 words)

 Iraq War Helped Boost Al Qaeda
Prevented from attacking Western countries, Al Qaeda- linked groups are turning their attention on "soft" targets in countries where they have some popular support, and where security is weak, such as Saudi Arabia and Morocco.
Al Qaeda was always a loose collection of local terrorist groups.
Garfield believes Al Qaeda continues to plan "something big" in the way of an attack in Europe or North America. /headlines03/0520-02.htm   (828 words)

 U.S. says Iran harbors al Qaeda 'associate' - The Washington Times: Nation/Politics
Defense and intelligence officials said the senior al Qaeda members the secretary has mentioned include at least two hiding in Iran &; including Sayf al-Adl, who is believed to be the official in charge of al Qaeda's military operations and has been linked to the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in East Africa.
That link was a key element in the U.S. case that Saddam Hussein's Iraq was tied to al Qaeda and other terrorist groups, a stance repeated yesterday by President Bush in response to a New York Times report that said two al Qaeda captives had said the group did not cooperate with Saddam.
A top al Qaeda associate in Iraq has fled to neighboring Iran, where he and several senior al Qaeda leaders apparently remain under the protection of the Iranian government, U.S. intelligence officials say. /national/20030610-125659-6237r.htm   (1050 words)

 Al Qaeda's Pre-Election Plot - Newsweek National News -
"We are in the midst of Al Qaeda efforts to attack the U.S. on a scale as big or larger than 9/11," says John Brennan, chief of the Terrorist Threat Integration Center, the interagency operation that consolidates threat information (and produces the Putter).
High-level Qaeda operatives had been traveling from around the world to the outlaw wilds along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, apparently to meet and plan, NEWSWEEK has learned.
For several months, the U.S. government had been picking up reports from its spies, electronic intercepts and "liaison services" (friendly intelligence services) of a Qaeda plot to strike the American homeland before the November election. /id/5636197/site/newsweek   (991 words)

 Profile of Abu Musab Zarqawi
Hoffman says Zarqawi's relationship with al Qaeda is "like a businessman with a good idea coming to a venture capitalist." U.S. intelligence reports have also tied Zarqawi to al Tawhid ("Unity of God"), a shadowy group of global reach whose goals align with al Qaeda's and that reportedly has plotted attacks in Jordan and Germany.
Zarqawi heads Jund al-Shams, an Islamic extremist group and al Qaeda affiliate which operated primarily in Syria and Jordan, but is now believed to have moved to the Ansar al-Islam enclave in the Kurdish region of northern Iraq where he helped establish a new poison and explosive training camp.
In mid-2001 he visited Kandahar and was given $35,000 by al Qaeda along with a promise of more if he organized attacks against Israel, according to a 2003 U.S. Treasury report, which cited summaries of interrogations of al Qaeda leaders. /2004/abu_Musab_Zarqawi.htm   (5260 words)

 ABC News: U.S. Strike Killed Al Qaeda Bomb Maker
He is described by authorities as the man who ran al Qaeda's infamous Derunta training camp in Afghanistan, where he used dogs and other animals as subjects for experiments with poison and chemicals.
Pakistani officials also said that Khalid Habib, the al Qaeda operations chief for Pakistan and Afghanistan, and Abdul Rehman al Magrabi, a senior operations commander for al Qaeda, were killed in the Damadola attack.
Midhat Mursi, 52, also known as Abu Khabab al-Masri, was identified by Pakistani authorities as one of four known major al Qaeda leaders present at an apparent terror summit in the village of Damadola early last Friday morning. /WNT/Investigation/story?id=1517986   (483 words)

 Al Qaeda Links
Al Qaeda hunt in Iraq is hit and miss American forces have to rely on sketchy sources
The reference to the Iraqi intelligence working with a "small team from the Al Qaeda organization" is "too explicit," he says.
The often sited claims of links between Saddam Hussein’s Iraq and Osama Bin Laden’s Al Qaeda were not only ideologically absurd but the global intelligence community believed the claims were ridiculous as well. /html/al_qaeda_links.html   (3135 words)

 al-Qa'ida (The Base) / World Islamic Front for Jihad Against Jews and Crusaders / Usama bin Laden
Summary of Jose Padilla's Activities with Al Qaeda, as released by the Department of Justice, 1 June 2004.
Al Qaeda Training Manual, excerpts in translation, released by the US Department of Justice, December 6, 2001
Pentagon Background Briefing on Al Qaeda Terrorist Network, February 19, 2002. /irp/world/para/ladin.htm   (1335 words) - U.N.: Al Qaeda sanctions failing - Dec. 2, 2003
Among the measures passed by the council are resolutions requiring countries to identify al Qaeda-linked organizations and individuals, impose travel restrictions, freeze bank accounts and prevent their access to arms.
Munoz said a particular concern was that many charities were still being abused by groups connected to al Qaeda or the former Taliban regime in Afghanistan.
The report, released Monday, was compiled by a special Security Council committee established to monitor international sanctions against al Qaeda. /2003/US/12/02/un.alqaeda   (480 words)

 Case Closed
Former IIS deputy director Faruq Hijazi and senior al Qaeda leader [Ayman al] Zawahiri were at the meeting--the first of several between 1992 and 1995 in Sudan.
The defector said Iraq sought al Qaeda influence through its connections with Afghanistan, to facilitate the transshipment of proscribed weapons and equipment to Iraq.
Some of it is new information obtained in custodial interviews with high-level al Qaeda terrorists and Iraqi officials, and some of it is more than a decade old. /Content/Public/Articles/000/000/003/378fmxyz.asp   (642 words)

 'Chilling' Al Qaeda Memo Obtained - CBS News
As outlined by Zawahiri in the letter, al Qaeda's battle plan calls for driving the Americans out of Iraq, establishing an Islamic regime in as much of the country as possible and then extending the holy war to other Arab countries, including Egypt, Lebanon and Syria.
In the letter, Zawahiri complains to Zarqawi that some of his violent tactics are hurting public support for al Qaeda's cause, particularly the videotaped beheadings of hostages.
The letter is 6,300 words long and a senior official calls it the clearest and most comprehensive exposition of al Qaeda's objectives and strategy the United States has ever seen. /stories/2005/10/06/eveningnews/main924484.shtml   (459 words) Al-Qaeda: The True Story of Radical Islam: Books
If al Qaeda existed in this form Burke gives the impression this would have been in the mid to late 90's (when maybe the potential seriousness of the issue of radical Islam wasn't understood enough in the west) when Afghanistan was home to Bin Laden and other 'al Qaeda leaders' and their terrorist training camps.
It is obviously convenient for the western media to talk about al Qaeda as if it is an organisation run in a centralist way, but certainly since the US invasion of Afghanistan and the scaling up of the international anti-terrorist efforts the al Qaeda network has been heavily damaged.
Burke does an excellent job of allowing the reader to see that 'al Qaeda' is certainly not just a group of radical Islamists run by Osama Bin Laden, as often portrayed in the west. /exec/obidos/ASIN/0141019123   (988 words)

 Winds of Change.NET: al Qaeda Attacks: A Flash Presentation
Each of al Qaeda's targets were purposefully selected and carefully timed to inflict mass casualties as well as to provide the maximum media exposure.
The purpose of the presentation is to graphically demonstrate al Qaeda’s ability to conduct mass casualty assaults on a global scale.
That was Al Qaeda, to protect their bases in Afghanistan, which they thought would be safer if the resistance leader was dead. /archives/007162.php   (7543 words)

 Category:Al-Qaeda - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
List of al Qaeda terrorist suspects still at large
This page was last modified 13:54, 22 March 2006. /wiki/Category:Al-Qaeda   (139 words)

 'Al-Qaeda' is a Manufactured Intelligence Front
A very common and widespread use of the word “Al-Qaeda&; in different Arab countries in the public language is for the toilet bowl.
Those who founded the glorious "International of Islamic Terror, Al-Qaeda, probably knew too little about common use of Arabic language to know that by using this name for their organization, they risked becoming the laughing stock of everybody who speaks the Arabic "public" language.
Lest we forget it, the potty used by small children is called "Ma Qa'adia" or "Little Qaeda". /articles/june2004/062504manufacturedfront.htm   (1624 words)

 Saddam's al Qaeda Connection
Chimed in Jane Harman, the ranking Democrat on the House Select Committee on Intelligence, as reported in the National Journal, "The evidence on the al Qaeda links was sketchy." Jay Rockefeller, the ranking Democrat on the Senate side of that committee, agrees.
And through interrogations of high-ranking Iraqi officials, documents from the regime, and further interrogation of al Qaeda detainees, a clearer picture of the links between Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein is emerging.
The CIA has confirmed, in interviews with detainees and informants it finds highly credible, that al Qaeda's Number 2, Ayman al-Zawahiri, met with Iraqi intelligence in Baghdad in 1992 and 1998. /Content/Public/Articles/000/000/003/033jgqyi.asp   (627 words)

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