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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

 Yemeni at Guantanamo says he's al-Qaida member
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba — A Yemeni poet accused of crafting al-Qaida propaganda admitted Thursday to a U.S. military commission that he is a member of Osama bin Laden's terror network, and he argued to be allowed to represent himself.
The Pentagon has accused al Bahlul of being a "key al-Qaida propagandist who produced videos glorifying the murder of Americans to recruit, inspire and motivate other al-Qaida members" to attack the United States and other countries.
Al Bahlul — appearing with head shaved, tan pants and a gray polo shirt — started to speak about his relationship to the Sept. 11 terror attacks but was cut off by the presiding officer, Army Col. Peter E. Brownback. /news/content/news/0804/26alqaida.html

 al Qaeda
After the Soviet withdrawal, al Qaeda was quiescent for a couple of years, quietly building a financial and operation infrastructure while bin Laden returned to his native Saudi Arabia as a war hero.
Osama bin Laden is the primary founder of al Qaeda (which means "The Base" in Arabic), and he continues to be the organization's leader and driving force.
Until March 2003, al Qaeda's third-in-command was thought to be Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, a tactical mastermind connected to nearly every major al Qaeda attack in the last decade, including the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. /library/history/terrorist-organizations/al-qaeda

From January 5, to January 8, 2000, Al-Qaida held the 2000 Al Qaeda Summit in a condominium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Al-Qaida is believed to have conducted the bombings in August 1998 of the US embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, killing more than 300 people and injuring more than 5,000 others.
According to the United States Department of State, Al Qaida has operated in the following countries. /encyclopedia/a/al/al_qaida.html

 Al Qaida - SourceWatch
Al Qaida is the 21st century's first addition to any list of well-known secret organizations.
Marc Sageman asserts that Al Qaida has Egyptian origins, Egyptian ideologies, and Egyptian leaders.
"Al Queda itself does not exist, except in the fevered imaginations of neo-cons and Likudniks, some of whom, I suspect, also know it is a myth, but find it extremely useful as a bogeyman to spook the public and the politicians to acquiesce in otherwise unacceptable policy initiatives at home and abroad. /index.php?title=Al_Qaeda - Tapes shed new light on bin Laden's network - August 19, 2002
Coalition intelligence sources who have examined the tape obtained by CNN of the dying dogs said this appears to be an al Qaeda experiment with lethal chemicals at the remote Darunta camp in Afghanistan.
Al Qaeda documents examined by CNN last fall showed formulas for sarin, a deadly chemical agent.
In the months since September 11, U.S. officials have repeatedly said publicly that al Qaeda was believed to be seeking weapons of mass destruction, including chemical weapons. /2002/US/08/18/terror.tape.main

 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

 Jamaat al-Tawhid wa'l-Jihad / Unity and Jihad Group
It is waging a campaign against the Jordanian monarchy, which it rejects as "un-Islamic." Based on a militant interpretation of Islam, the Al Tawhid movement promotes and supports the "jihad" of all fellow-believers worldwide; in particular, the "fight against non-believers and crusaders" led by Usama bin Laden and al-Qaida.
The German government has established that ZARQAWI is the operational leader of Al Tawhid, an organization with close personal and organizational links to the al-Qaida network.
Four days before the U.S. presidential election al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden has threatened new attacks on the United States. /military/world/para/zarqawi.htm

 Al Qaida Commander Anticipates 'Huge' Attack Soon
Al-Hijazi said that Al Qaida instructed its members not to confront the governments of Islamic countries and clarified that Americans are the main target of the organization, wherever they may be, in order to cause their disintegration and collapse, even if it takes a long time.
He further stated that the attack will be carried out in a way that will "amaze the world and turn Al Qaida into [an organization that] horrifies the world until the law of Allah is implemented, actually implemented, and not just in words, on His land...
Regarding Al Qaida detainees, Al-Hijazi said: "We follow their situation closely... /general44/attack.htm

 Wired News: How Al-Qaida Site Was Hijacked
Al Neda contained editorials by major al-Qaida leaders, some of them explicit calls for action and justification of terrorist activities.
At that point, Messner put up a copy of the original al-Qaida website on his new domain, with one subtle difference.
For five days, visitors believed was still the real al-Qaida site. /news/print/0,1294,54455,00.html Books: Inside Al Qaeda
Al Qaeda's emir-general, Osama bin Muhammad bin Laden, was born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on July 30, 1957.
Inside Al Qaeda Global network of Terror was one of the most compelling books about Al Qaeda and the new threat of terrorism that I have ever read.
Here's another blurb from the cover flap: "[Gunaratna reveals] how the arrest of Zacarias Moussaoui forced Al Qaeda to move forward on the September 11 attacks." This implies that the date was moved up, as others have speculated; but again, there's no hard evidence. /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0231126921?v=glance

 Middle East Newsline - Area News - Updated Daily
The Al Qaida agents, the sources said, have resettled in such countries as Iran, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Yemen.
U.S. intelligence sources said Saudi princes are believed to be funding the flight of Al Qaida agents from Afghanistan to the Persian Gulf and Middle East.
They said the princes have paid millions of dollars for the escape of hundreds of Al Qaida and Taliban members from Afghanistan through Iran and to the Persian Gulf. /stories/2002/march/03_21_2.html

On 29 October 2004, four days before the U.S. presidential election, al-Qaida leader Usama bin Laden has threatened new attacks on the United States.
Usama bin Laden'd 29 October 2004 video broadcast on the Arab TV network Al Jazeera made no mention of Zarqawi, suggesting that the report a few days earlier that Zarqawi and Bin Laden had joined forces were in error.
He appeared in a video broadcast on the Arab TV network Al Jazeera claiming responsibility for the 2001 terrorist attacks in New York. /military/world/para/al-qaida.htm

 GN Online: Yemen will not hand over Al Qaida suspects, says Saleh
Addressing the concluding session of the annual meeting of his party, Saleh said he had asked tribal chiefs to persuade Al Qaida suspects, believed to be hiding in some governorates, to surrender and provide all the information they have.
Saleh said several members of Al Qaida and Jihad organisation are simply deceived.
Yemeni forces have been searching for Al Qaida suspects in three governorates east of the country since December. /Articles/news.asp?ArticleID=61606

As a result of this invasion the al-Qaida, training camps were destroyed and much of the existing operating structure of al-Qaida was disrupted.
On July 27, 2004, it was discovered that al-Qaida militants illegally obtained a large number South African passports, which South African authorities believe came from crime syndicates operating with the passport office.
In 1999, Egyptian Islamic Jihad officially merged with Al Qaida, and Al Zawahiri became Bin Laden's right-hand man. /wiki/en/al/AlQaida.htm

 Debunk the myth of Al Qaeda
The US must be careful about its use of the term "Al Qaeda." Meaning "the base" in Arabic, it originally referred to an Afghan operational base for the mujahideen during the Soviet occupation in the '80s.
By allowing Al Qaeda to become the top brand name of international terrorism, Washington has packaged the "enemy" into something with a structure, a leader, and a main area of operation.
Several recent attacks have been claimed by or attributed to the terrorist network, including an assault on a Jewish synagogue in Tunisia, multiple explosions in Yemen last month (including one at the US Embassy compound), attacks in the Philippines, and a fire in the Milan metro. /2002/0523/p11s02-coop.html

 Dems connected Iraq, al-Qaida - The Daily Texan - Opinion
The bulk of Gore's address attacked the Bush administration for continuing to insist that Saddam Hussein's regime had ties to al-Qaida.
"Al Qaeda reached an understanding with the government of Iraq that al Qaeda would not work against that government, and that on particular projects, specifically including weapons development, al Qaeda would work cooperatively with the government of Iraq."
This section of the indictment was based on intelligence the Clinton administration had gathered about a pharmaceutical plant at El Shifa in Sudan. /news/2004/07/05/Opinion/Dems-Connected.Iraq.AlQaida-691466.shtml

 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."
* "Al Qaeda had a command and control structure which included a majlis al shura (or consultation council) which discussed and approved major undertakings, including terrorist operations." Both Atef and bin Laden sat on this council.
* 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

 Federal Bureau of Investigation - Press Room - Congressional Testimony
Another defendant, Mohamed Sadeek Odeh, in whose residence was found a sketch of the area where the bomb was to be placed, admitted he was a member of Al-Qaeda and identified the other principal participants in the bombing as Al-Qaeda members.
On August 7, 1998, the bombings of the embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, occurred roughly simultaneously.
The group grew out of the "mekhtab al khidemat" (the Services Office) organization which maintained offices in various parts of the world, including Afghanistan, Pakistan and the United States. /congress/congress01/caruso121801.htm

 Open Directory - Society: Issues: Terrorism: Terrorist Organizations: Al-Qaida
Al Qaida and Osama bin Laden- Limited information.
This is his story and the story of how, while he worked at the FBI, he was thwarted by those who should have been his allies.
Frontline: The Man Who Knew - When the Twin Towers fell on Sept. 11, 2001, among the thousands killed was the one man who may have known more about Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda than any other person in America: John O'Neill. /Society/Issues/Terrorism/Terrorist_Organizations/Al-Qaida

 CNS - Al-Qaida Profile
Allegedly second in command behind bin Laden, Atef is a member of al-Qaida's majlis al shura and is the group's chief of military operations.
U.S. prosecutors have also stated that al-Qaida members received training in bomb-making from Hizballah (Hezbollah), an Iranian-backed Shi'i Islamic group, although such cooperation is very unlikely, due to the extreme anti-Shi'i ideology propagated by Osama bin Laden and his supporters.[6]
Name: Al-Qaida, Al-Qa'idah, al Qaeda, or "the Base" /research/wtc01/alqaida.htm

 Student's Web site hacked by al-Qaida
Messner, the self-proclaimed originator of the "housewife-next-door" genre of Internet porn, left the content of the al Neda Web site as it was under al-Qaida once he owned it, and tracked the traffic that passed by, mostly from Saudi Arabia, until the word got out that the site was no longer under al-Qaida control.
"The Center for Islamic Research and Studies" page used to have a permanent location at, (al Neda is Arabic for "the Call") until the page was registered by Jon Messner, an American pornographer who re-registered the domain name when it expired.
Although Messner contacted the FBI, by the time they got back to him his ruse had been discovered. /news/2003/04/Mess0906.html

 WorldNetDaily: Al-Qaida link to school massacre?
The terrorism roadmap, written by Abdel Aziz Al Moqrin, leader of al-Qaida's Saudi Arabian cell who was killed in June, provides a detailed and simplified "Kidnapping for Dummies" guide.
In addition, as WND reportedly exclusively, the Beslan operation closely followed the terror roadmap laid out in issue 10 of Al Battar, al-Qaida's online training manual.
In fact, analysts say Islamists with international goals infiltrated the Chechen movement between 1994 and 1996. /news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=40316

 al-Qa'ida (The Base) / World Islamic Front for Jihad Against Jews and Crusaders / Usama bin Laden
"Usama Bin Laden and Al Qaida, the terrorist network which he heads, planned and carried out the atrocities on 11 September 2001."
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 /irp/world/para/ladin.htm

 FSB Director Says Al Qaida Network Exposed in Russia - NEWS - MOSNEWS.COM
He named the main Al Qaida operation man in the region, Abu Hafs, who succeeded another warlord, Hattab, who was earlier killed by federal troops.
He added that another Al Qaida member, Abu Muskhab, had been detained and was giving “very valuable evidence”.
“There are about 10 Al Qaida members in the Russian North Caucasus. /news/2004/12/15/russqaida.shtml

 WorldNetDaily: `Al-Qaida has nukes`
His book, "Al Qaeda: Brotherhood of Terror," also says this deal was one of at least three in the last decade in which al-Qaida purchased small nuclear weapons or weapons-grade nuclear uranium.
Paul Williams, an FBI consultant on international terrorism said then bin Laden& al-Qaida terrorist network purchased 20 suitcase nuclear weapons from former KGB agents in 1998 for $30 million.
Williams says bin Laden& search for nuclear weapons began in 1988 when he hired a team of five nuclear scientists from Turkmenistan. /news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=37013

 The phony (Mossad) Al Qaeda Cell in Palestine
Mossad agents arrested by the PA for attempting to set up phony 'al Qaeda' cells in the Gaza Strip.
Is 'Al Qaeda' the modern incarnation of 'Emmanuel Goldstein'?
The phony (Mossad) Al Qaeda Cell in Palestine /fakealqaeda.html :: Columns :: Linking Al-Qaida to D.C. sniper attacks by Jonah Goldberg
Moreover, these attacks haven't been random; al-Qaida has claimed credit for these crimes.
Statements in the forms of letters, audiotapes, videotapes and intercepted communications, some allegedly from Ayman al Zawahiri, Mullah Omar and Osama bin Laden, have explicitly detailed what amounts to a new fall offensive against the United States and its allies.
If you look at the timeline for these attacks and statements, beginning in late September, the D.C. sniper fits perfectly into the flow. /columnists/jonahgoldberg/jg20021016.shtml

Al Wahdah Al Wahdah ( Unity) is one of the 26 Sudan.
Gharb Bahr al Ghazal Gharb Bahr al Ghazal is one of the 26 Sudan.
Shamal Bahr al Ghazal Shamal Bahr al Ghazal is one of the 26 Sudan. /topics/al.html

 Al-Qaida's Engame?
The World Islamic Front is composed of Osama bin Laden& Al-Qaida, Al Jihad, the Islamic Group, Jamaat ul Ulema e Pakistan, the Moslem Brotherhood, components of the ‘black’ (operational) network from the defunct Bank of Credit and Commerce Inc. (BCCI), and elements of Abu Nidal’s terrorist organization
It is critical to understand, and not to underestimate, the ‘network of networks&; that is the World Islamic Front, of which Al-Qaida is the most well-known component:
The stated purpose, supported by their operations, is to remove the U.S. from Saudi Arabia, the Middle East, and if possible, the world arena /alqaida-game.htm

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