al-Zawahiri, Usama bin Laden’s
top Lieutenant, formed the
Egyptian terrorist group al Jihad,
whose tenets embraced the Takfir
wal Hijra ideology. The Takfir
doctrine justifies not only the
incomprehensibly brutal torture
and murder of ‘infidels’ but
also of Muslims who do not adhere
to the Takfir doctrines. It is in
actuality an Islamic fascism.
Azzam Tamimi, director of the
Institute of Islamic Political
thought in London says of
Zawahiri, "His ideas negate
the existence of common ground
with others". He also states
“Zawahiri is al Qai'da’s
ideologue now.” Zawahiri is
considered by some intelligence
analysts as the dominant influence
which steered bin Laden and al Qaeda
towards the adoption
of the Takfir ideology.
Readers of Beyond Coincidence
will discover that al Zawahiri was
not alone in his absolute
dedication towards and immersion
within the Takfir
Over the past 15 years the extreme Islamist movement known as Al-Takfir wa al-Hijra (excommunication and exile) has gradually built up its presence in Europe. Western security agencies are now actively responding to the threat posed by the al-Qaeda Takfiri presence.
The concept of a non-state terrorist group is somewhat of an oxymoron. All of the major Middle East based terrorist groups have been operating out of the US since the late seventies and early nineties. Virtually all of them have received funding from Saudi Arabia, Iran, Lybia, Syria and from princes of the governing Saud family.
The number of terrorist operatives currently in the US is likely somewhere between 5000 and 10000. Keep in mind thet when you are talking about al-Qaeda, you are speaking of an umbrella name for an amalgamation of terrorists that fought with Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan, together with a number of formerly independent terrorist groups.
They still maintain a degree of independence while being allied with al-Qaeda. A terrorist action by al-Qaeda might be carried out by members of Hamas, Gamma al-Islamiya or Hezbollah. Members of the Iranian military intelligence may take a direct part (they have before) in attempted terrorist attacks within the US.
However, it is important to understand that because of the enourmous amount of money disbursed to Al-Qaeda by Saudi Arabia, and its wealthy oil benefactors (the House of Saud), in addition to the hundreds of millions al-Qaeda draws from international narcotics smuggling (heroin and cocaine), al-Qaeda has the funds, the expertise and the discipline to be the single greatest threat to US Homeland Security.
Democracy is a terrible system, worse than all the others other than those that have been tried.
Osama bin Laden's latest message to Americans threatened
suicide attacks against U.S. citizens in and outside the United
"We will fight you as long as we have weapons in our
hands," he said to Americans.
The message to Iraqis and Arab Muslims worldwide called the
U.S.-led effort in Iraq "a Christian war" and issued a
statement urging Muslims to launch jihad operations against the
United States and allies helping it.
He also called on Muslims to fight those who support democratic
solutions to conflicts.
"There are many voices going loud and clear in Iraq -- as
before in Egypt, Palestine, Yemen and others -- calling for
peaceful, democratic solutions in dealing with infidel
governments." "We have to warn against the danger
of this methodology. This is against the Sharia (Islamic law) of
And I assure you, the members of al-Qaeda are not called fanatics for nothing. They will never stop until their goal is reached, which is the annihilation of Western civilization.
Oddly enough, they actually believe that they can accomplish this. That is the frightening aspect of this war against terrorism. They have five year plans, twenty five year plans , and on up to fifty-year plans. As a case in point, Hamas leaders have stated that their fifty-year plan is the complete annihilation of Israel. The question to ask is whether Americans have the capacity to focus over that period of time on such a dangerous long-term threat to our existence, for a threat against Israel is a threat against all of humanity.
Condolezza Rice on Diplomacy
"Now is the time for our diplomacy to put our alliance to work in the service of great goals and great opportunities that stand before us."
"Diplomacy can work in this case if there is unity of purpose and unity of message to the Iranians that the international community expects them to live up to their obligations."
Derailing Iran's nuclear programme
Fears that the US and its allies - particularly Israel - may launch air and special operations attacks against Iran's suspected nuclear facilities are growing. Although this has been fuelled, in part, by recent allegations by veteran journalist Seymour Hersh published in the New Yorker that suggested the US has sent special undercover operations teams into Iran to locate possible nuclear weapons sites, JID has been warning since July 2004 that plans for a possible military solution have been drawn up (see JID 16 July 2004).
[Jane's Intelligence Digest - first posted to http://jid.janes.com - 2 February 2005]
Abu Musab al Zarqawi, the man singled out by President Bush as a link between the terrorist group One God and Holy War, and Iraq, helped train the people now suspected of planning chemical and biological attacks in France and the United Kingdom, according to European intelligence and judicial sources.
The other is Abu Khabab whose voice has been identified by intelligence sources as the man on a videotape showing al Qaeda operatives performing chemical weapons experiments on dogs.
President Bush mentioned Zarqawi as a "very senior al Qaeda leader who received medical treatment in Baghdad, and who has been associated with planning for chemical and biological attacks."
Secretary of State Colin Powell singled out Zarqawi as the connection between al Qaeda and Iraq during his speech to the United Nations Security Council.
Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is a known associate of al-Qai'da, and his terrorist activities against Americans and Iraqis demonstrates that the Bush administration was accurate in depicting an al-Qai'da presence there.
Unfortunately Iraqis would rather believe that Americans are responsible for these acts of terrorism that that these are acts by their own countrymen and members of al-Qaeda.
President Bush said "More than three-quarters of Al Qaeda's key members and associates have been brought to justice."
Should we prosecute authors of terrorist Web sites, even if that means giving up some of our first amandment rights?
Al-Qaeda is betting that Americans care more about their first amendment rights than they do about their own lives and the lives of their children.
Arsalam Iftikhar, legal director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations would like you to think that prosecution of terrorist Web site owners would only serve to tarnish America's image globally. However, are we to just let terrorists worldwide to publish their terror plans against American soldiers in Iraq, and Americans on US soil? Should it be legal to publish instructions on the Internet on rigging roadside bombs, or cellphone detonators?
The number of murders attributable to Saddam Hussein is between 1 million and 1.5 million, according to columnist Hazem Saghiya of the London Arabic-language daily Al-Hayat.