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.

See also:
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

Do You Believe In Iranian Magic?

It looks like Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is on his way out as Iran’s president. You know you’re in real trouble when they start arresting your staff for witchcraft.

Ahmadinejad allies charged with sorcery

Close allies of Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, have been accused of using supernatural powers to further his policies amid an increasingly bitter power struggle between him and the country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Several people said to be close to the president and his chief of staff, Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, have been arrested in recent days and charged with being “magicians” and invoking djinns (spirits).

Ayandeh, an Iranian news website, described one of the arrested men, Abbas Ghaffari, as “a man with special skills in metaphysics and connections with the unknown worlds”.

See also:
Ahmadinejad Staffers Accused of Sorcery
Ahmadinejad’s Advisers Jailed for Practicing Witchcraft
Close aide to Ahmadinejad arrested
Ahmadinejad supporters arrested
In Iran, do they burn witches too?
Internal strife emerges as Tehran looks westward
Trouble at the top
Ahmadinejad in the Crosshairs
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to resign as Iranian president?
Breaking: Ahmadinejad to resign

The bizarre arrests seem to have something to do with the production and distribution of the Iranian end times documentary The Coming. Is Ahmadinejad being sacked for his fervent belief that the return of the 12th Imam is near? Will his ouster be a positive development for the West’s relations with Iran? Who knows?

/although, as long as Iran’s theocracy is still in power, I doubt it