Get ‘Em While They’re Young

How evil and sick is this?

Al-Qaeda plans cartoon to fight the West

Fundamentalists in Yemen have drawn up cartoon sequences for a film designed to inspire children to take up acts of terrorism.

The drawings feature armed raids and assassinations, as well as terrorists at prayer.

The cartoons do not depict Osama bin Laden, the al-Qaeda founder or the current leader Ayman al-Zawahiri.

But there was strong criticism of the cartoons on internet forums for jihadists. Users complained they made the scarf-wearing fighters look too “scary” for children.

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Militants plan al Qaeda cartoon for kids, monitors say
Al-Qaeda plans cartoon recruiting film
Car Bomb Cartoon: al-Qaida, the Animated Series
Jihadists Are Afraid Terrorism Will Scare Away Children

So let me get this straight, it’s okay to use cartoons to recruit children to be terrorists, as long as the cartoons aren’t too scary.

/thes al Qaeda asshole vermin give scum a bad name

Number One, Hopefully With A Bullet

Meet the new boss, hopefully soon to be as same as the old boss, dead.

Egyptian Saif al-Adel now acting leader of al Qaeda, ex-militant says

An Egyptian who was once a Special Forces officer has been chosen “caretaker” leader of al Qaeda in the wake of Osama bin Laden’s death, according to a source with detailed knowledge of the group’s inner workings.

Al Qaeda’s interim leader is Saif al-Adel, who has long played a prominent role in the group, according to Noman Benotman. Benotman has known the al Qaeda leadership for more than two decades. He was once a leader of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), a militant organization that used to be aligned with al Qaeda, but in recent years renounced al Qaeda’s ideology.

Benotman told CNN that based on his personal communications with militants and discussions on jihadist forums, al-Adel, also known as Muhamad Ibrahim Makkawi, had been chosen interim chief of al Qaeda because the global jihadist community had grown restive in recent days about the lack of a formal announcement of a successor to bin Laden.

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Al Qaeda picks Egyptian Saif al-Adel as interim leader
Expert: Caretaker leader takes over al-Qaida
Al Qaeda Reportedly Picks Interim Operational Leader
Al-Qaeda’s Alleged New Leader: Who Is Saif al-Adel?
Osama bin Laden killed: Saif al-Adel acting as al-Qaeda’s ‘caretaker leader’
Report: Al Qaeda names Intermin Leader
New temporary al-Qaeda boss appointed – Saif al-Adel
Saif al-Adel named new al-Qaida leader: Report
Former bin Laden Associate Says al-Qaida Has Chosen Interim Leader
Egyptian Saif al-Adel named new al-Qa’ida leader
Report: Egyptian national named ‘interim’ al-Qaida chief
His name means ‘Sword of Justice’ and he opposed 9/11… meet the new Osama Bin Laden
Report: Al Qaeda Picks an Interim President
Saif al-Adel

Obama’s so enamored with his bad old self for killing bin Laden, let’s see if he can really earn his week long victory lap and kill this new al Qaeda freak.

/oh, and by the way, Obama still hasn’t scratched Ayman al-Zawahiri or Anwar al-Awlaki off his terrorist to do list

He’s Fallen And Let’s Hope He Can’t Get up

The Obama Administration is claiming to have killed another top level terrorist. Hopefully, unlike the last terrorist leader they claimed to have killed, this one will stay dead.

May he continue to rest in pieces.

U.S. believes it has killed al Qaeda’s No. 3 man

The U.S. government believes it has killed al Qaeda’s chief operating officer, an Egyptian named Mustafa Abu al-Yazid who is also known Sheikh Sa’id al-Masri and also Sheikh Said.

A U.S. counterterrorism official in a position to know said the al Qaeda leader served as a conduit between al Qaeda’s top two leaders — Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri — and the organization’s various affiliates around the world. Sheik Said was indirectly in contact with Najibullah Zazi, the Afghan immigrant and airport shuttle driver who was arrested and charged last year for plotting to detonate explosives in New York, according to an Associated Press story from October.

“Word is spreading in extremist circles of the death of Sheikh Sa’id al-Masri, widely viewed as the number three figure in al Qaeda,” a U.S. counterterrorism official said. “We have strong reason to believe that’s true, and that al-Masri was killed recently in Pakistan’s tribal areas. In terms of counterterrorism, this would be a big victory. “Al-Masri was the group’s chief operating officer, with a hand in everything from finances to operational planning. He was also the organization’s prime conduit to Bin Ladin and Zawahiri. He was key to al Qaeda’s command and control,” the official said

Bill Roggio, the editor of the Long War Journal, reported Monday night that al-Yazid was killed in a drone strike from May 21 that at the time was believed to kill 10 militants.

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Drone strike reportedly killed Al Qaeda No. 3 Mustafa Abu al-Yazid
Daily brief: drone reportedly kills Qaeda no. 3
Third-Ranking al-Qaida Leader Killed in Pakistan
Al-Qaeda No.3 Yazid killed
AP source: US thinks No. 3 al-Qaida official dead
Al-Qa’ida’s No 3 Sheik Said al-Masri killed in drone strike
US strike reportedly kills top Al Qaeda leader
No. 3 al-Qaeda commander killed during military surge in Afghanistan
Islamic site: Al-Qaida’s third in command killed
Strike Is Said to Kill a Top Qaeda Leader
Al-Qaida’s No. 3, Sheikh Al-Masri, Reportedly Killed
Al Qaeda No. 3 believed killed
US officials say AL Qaeda number 3 dead in Pakistan tribal region
Senior al-Qaeda leader Mustafa Abu al-Yazid Killed in a missile strike
Pakistani intelligence officials say U.S. missile strike killed al-Yazid
Qaeda says top leader Yazid dead: monitors

So, it seems that Sa’id al-Masri was practically Osama bin Laden’s personal assistant, his right hand man, as close as close can be.

/if we can find and kill al-Masri, why can’t we find and kill bin Laden?

All Your Al Qaeda Caves Are Belong To Us

Pakistan Seizes Insurgent Stronghold on Afghan Border

Pakistani forces have seized a key al Qaeda and Taliban stronghold along the border with Afghanistan that once served as a hideout for Ayman al Zawahiri, second-in-command to Osama bin Laden.

The capture of Damadola, a district in the Bajaur tribal region, is a major success in Pakistan’s counterinsurgency campaign. The area had long been dominated by insurgents operating on both sides of the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.

Pakistani forces seized the scenic district late last month, after several days of fierce fighting that Pakistan said left more than 75 foreign and local militants dead. Pakistan’s military took reporters to the site, which is surrounded by snow-capped mountains less than five kilometers from the Afghan border, for the first time Tuesday.

“It was the main hub of militancy where al Qaeda operatives had moved freely,” said Maj. Gen. Tariq Khan, the regional commander.

A complex of caves and fortified compounds made it more difficult for the Pakistani forces to dislodge the insurgents.

“They had occupied the ridges. There were 156 caves designed as a defensive complex,” said Gen. Khan, who is head of the Frontier Corps responsible for Pakistan’s counterinsurgency campaign in the region.

Gen. Khan said his forces have cleared the area to the Afghan border and that the campaign against the insurgents there was in its final stage. He said the development would help the U.S.-led troops fighting the insurgents across the border.

Tribesmen in the area have formed militias to defend their villages and have vowed to to back the military in fighting the militants. “We will not let the Taliban to return to our villages,” said Sultan Khan, a local farmer.

The Pakistani army first mounted an operation in Bajaur in August 2008 and claimed victory in February 2009, but violence resumed when the army’s focus switched to Pakistani Taliban fighters in the northwestern valley of Swat and the border region of South Waziristan.

It took almost 18 months for the military to fully dislodge the insurgents. But the army’s hold remains tentative, with top insurgent commanders escaping to surrounding areas. Damadola is a strategically important region that offers access to Afghanistan, Pakistan’s northern district of Chitral, the main highway to China and to Swat.

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Pakistan’s Army takes control of al-Qaeda cave network on Afghan border
Al Qaeda’s Pakistan Lair Captured
Pakistan seizes Taliban and Al Qaeda cave network
Pakistan ‘takes over’ Taliban base
Offensive gives Pakistani government control of Taliban cave, tunnel complex
Pakistan finds secret al-Qaeda and Taliban underground cave complex
Large Network Of 156 Taliban Caves Found In Pakistan
Taliban network of 156 caves discovered in Pakistan mountains
Taliban stronghold in Bajaur falls, Pak forces plan Khyber offensive
Army takes control of Bajaur Agency
Forces regain control of Bajaur
Troops seize Damadola for first time
Pakistan takes key al-Qaida stronghold
Troops secure Bajaur
Security forces declare final victory in Bajaur

Way to go Pakistan for capturing a key piece of al Qaeda and Taliban real estate!

/too bad the previous owners weren’t home at the time

Bad OPSEC

Honey pot bomber and the CIA was Winnie the Pooh. Leon Panetta should resign, he had absolutely no earthly business being appointed as the CIA Director in the first place.

CIA bomber struck just before search

The Jordanian doctor arrived in a red station wagon that came directly from Pakistan and sped through checkpoints at a CIA base in Afghanistan before stopping abruptly at an improvised interrogation center. Outside stood one of the CIA’s top experts on al-Qaeda, ready to greet the doctor and hear him describe a way to kill Ayman al-Zawahiri, the organization’s No. 2 and a man long at the top of U.S. target lists.

The Jordanian exited the car with one hand in his pocket, according to the accounts of several U.S. officials briefed on the incident. An American security guard approached him to conduct a pat-down search and asked him to remove his hand. Instead, the Jordanian triggered a switch.

A sharp “CLMMMP” sound coincided with a brief flash and a small puff of smoke as thousands of steel pellets shredded glass, metal, cement and flesh in every direction.

A moment that CIA officials in Washington and Afghanistan had hoped would lead to a significant breakthrough in the fight against al-Qaeda instead became the most grievous single blow against the agency in the counterterror war.

Virtually everyone within sight of the suicide blast died immediately, including the al-Qaeda expert, who led the CIA team at the base; a 30-year-old analyst; and three other officers. Also killed were two American security guards contracted by the agency, a Jordanian intelligence officer and the car’s driver. At least six others standing in the carport and nearby, including the CIA’s second in command in Afghanistan, were wounded by pellets that had first perforated the vehicle.

Those at the scene on Dec. 30 had been trying to strike a balance between respect for their informant — best demonstrated, in the regional tradition, by direct personal contact — and caution, illustrated by the attentiveness of the security guards, according to CIA officials.

But more than a dozen current and former government officials interviewed for this article said they could not account in full for what they called a breach of operational security at the base in Afghanistan’s Khost province. Advance pat-downs and other precautions are common in an age of suicide bombers, and meetings are kept small and remote. None of these sources would agree to be identified by name, in many cases because of their former or current work as covert operatives.

Several intelligence sources said the principal mistake was in trusting the bona fides of the Jordanian doctor, Humam Khalil Abu-Mulal al-Balawi, who had never previously been invited to the base. The meeting was arranged with help from the Jordanian officer, who was among those waiting at the site for Balawi to arrive and was killed.

“You get somebody who has helped you and is incredibly important for the information he’s going to potentially provide — these are prize possessions,” said a former CIA field officer. “Somebody comes, and it’s like a celebration that they’re coming. It’s good to make them feel welcome. It’s good to make them feel important.”

The man who would prove to be a deadly attacker, the former officer said, “was heralded as a superstar asset. . . . So you get an important visitor coming. So you go out and meet him. . . . Is it bad tradecraft? Of course.”

Ten good guys dead, more wounded, in what pretty much amounts to an own goal.

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Bomber says in video that he shared U.S. secrets
Al-Balawi-A Perfect Double-Cross of Jordanians and CIA!
CIA Bomber in Video With Taliban Leader
How this suicide bomber opened a new front in Al-Qaeda’s war
Wife Says CIA Bomber Saw US as Adversary
Jordan says ‘no proof’ Balawi was CIA suicide bomber
Jordan disputes Khost bomber status
Strike on CIA base tests U.S. assessment of al Qaeda
EXCLUSIVE: CIA Suicide Bomber Photo
Spy links with CIA suicide bomber are problem for Jordan
From Jihadist Blogger to Suicide Bomber
Mehsud’s death sparked CIA attack
Military revising security procedures after attack on CIA
CIA bombing prompts ‘change’ in US security

Take their word for it, they love death more than we love life, they can’t be trusted as allies, period. Their religion trumps our money.

/any “al Qaeda expert” worth their salt should have already known that