Just in time for tonight’s Presidential debate on foreign policy, Al-Shabaab, a Somali group which reportedly merged with al Qaeda in early 2012 has issued series of apparently threatening tweets on its Twitter account.
The posts were directed at the British government and referenced the “extradition and trial of Sheikh Abu Hamza Al-Misri.” Al-Misri is a one-armed cleric who will soon be extradited from the U.S. to Great Britain. He will face charges connected to a hostage incident that occurred in Yemen in 1998 as well as charges related to fomenting jihad abroad and attempting to create a jihadi training camp in Oregon in 2001.
After referencing Al-Misri’s pending extradition, Al-Shabaab tweeted the following declarations:
In the wake of Osama bin Laden’s death yesterday in Pakistan, there are lingering questions about what remains of his Al Qaeda network, and whether the terrorist group maintains sufficient strength to retaliate against the United States.
The Observer spoke with a few national security and terrorism experts, who posited that while remaining Al Qaeda Read More
The great military strategist Carl Von Clausewitz declared it “the supreme … act of judgment that the statesmen and commander have to make is to establish … the kind of war on which they are embarking; neither mistaking it nor trying to turn it into something which is alien to its nature.” By contrast, President Read More
ISTANBUL, July 29—Two nights after devastating terrorist bombs exploded on its popular pedestrian shopping block, the neighborhood of Gungoren swarmed with people: old and young men repaired the shattered windows of a clothing shop under the blank, watchful eyes of naked mannequins; women in head scarves shared ice cream next to women in sundresses; shop Read More
Two fresh takes on YouTube in today’s New York Times.
On the op-ed page, Daniel Kimmage files a piece from Baku, Azerbaijan, titled "Fight Terror With YouTube" about how Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda aren’t keeping up in the Web 2.0 world.
As Mr Kimmage writes:
Statements by Mr. bin Laden and Read More
John McCain is in London to meet with Gordon Brown on Iraq (and hold a fund-raiser). Talking to reporters outside 10 Downing Street, he said he appreciates the contribution of British troops to the war and “that the British public opinion has been frustrated.”
“Having just come from Iraq,” he continues, “I can Read More
THE AL QAEDA READER
Edited and translated by Raymond Ibrahim
Doubleday, 318 pages, $26
This volume, a collection of essays and broadcasts by Ayman Zawahiri and Osama bin Laden, does the Al Qaeda leaders no favors. Whatever their capacities as terrorists, Dr. Zawahiri tends toward the wordy and Mr. bin Laden is Read More
“When there is a gap between one’s real and one’s declared aims, one turns as it were instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish spurting out ink.”
Last week, the ink spurted vigorously from the usual tentacles of conservative alarm after a memo leaked out of the House Armed Services Read More
John McCain’s speech today at the Virginia Military Institute left no doubt about his belief that American needs to persist and prevail in Iraq, and that the Democratic candidates’ “reckless” withdrawal plans would make for an unacceptable and catastrophic defeat.
“Our defeat in Iraq would constitute a defeat in the war against terror and extremism Read More
In metro reporting, it’s important to get someone’s occupation and location of residence right. Today, The Times Alan Feuer goes to great lengths not to let the reader down. The piece begins:
A Bronx martial arts instructor from the Bronx pleaded guilty today to a charge of “conspiring to provide material support or Read More