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Al-Qaida Magazine Calls for Car Bombs in US Read Latest.


Al-Qaida sounds a call for its terrorist followers to strike the United States and other Western nations with car bombs — and even suggests times and targets — in the Spring issue of its magazine, Inspire.

The magazine manifesto suggests U.S. targets such as Washington, D.C., New York, northern Virginia, Chicago, and Los Angeles, as well as locations in Great Britain, France and “other crusader countries.”

The article suggests terrorists aim for places that are heavily populated: sporting events, election campaigns, and festivals.

Christmas and New Year’s are suggested as good times for attack. In Europe, the article suggests attacking the Bastille Military Day Parade in Paris and soccer stadiums in England “when huge crowds leave the stadium and celebrate around the entrances and [the English Football Association’s] FA Cup matches.”

“The important thing is that you target people and not buildings,” the article says.

Washington and New York have “symbolic importance,” the article says, because D.C. is the seat of the federal government and New York is the former capital and currently the country’s financial, cultural, transportation, and manufacturing center.

Northern Virginia is suggested because “almost all the military bases are based in this state, apart from the Air Force which is based in Chicago.” The area also is home to many government agencies, the Department of Defense and CIA and “attracts a load of tourists,” the magazine said.

Chicago is the second-largest financial center in the United States and is a major transportation hub. Los Angeles is the second-largest city and is home to Hollywood. Celebrities often visit restaurants in the area on weekends, the article says.

A letter from the editor in the front of the magazine reads in part:

“The American government was unable to protect its citizens from pressure cooker bombs in backpacks, I wonder if they are ready to stop car bombs!

“Therefore, as our responsibility to the Muslim Ummah in general and Muslims living in America in particular, Inspire Magazine humbly presents to you a simple improvised home recipe of Shahzad’s car bomb.

“And the good news is … you can prepare it in the kitchen of your mom too.”

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By Greg Richter

9-11 Investigators Never Learned About FBI, CIA al-Qaida Mole.


al-Qaida operatives in Bosnia killed an FBI mole who met with Osama bin Laden and provided intelligence on al-Qaida after suspecting he was with the CIA, but the man’s death came several years before the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorism attacks and the FBI did not report the informant’s existence to investigators.

The dead informant, was a Los Angeles-based “driver and confidante” of “Blind Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman, the cleric in prison for masterminding the first attempt on the World Trade Center in 1993, NBC News reported Thursday.

Because the mole died at least six years before the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Congressional investigators or the 9/11 Commission never learned about the Sudanese man.

NBC reported the news of the mole’s death one day after it reported the man’s existence, saying the informant had been been recruited by the FBI years ago and had even met with bin Laden a full eight years prior to the Sept. 11 attacks.

The mole revealed a great deal of information to the FBI, including revealing a plan that helped stop a bin Laden plan to destroy a Masonic lodge in Los Angeles in the mid-1990s, according to courtroom testimony by Ed Curran, who was the assistant special agent in charge of the FBI’s L.A. office then.

Sources told NBC the informant was recruited in 1993 after learning he was a known associate of the Blind Sheikh, who had been an FBI target since 1990 when follower El Sayyid Nosair, shot and killed radical Rabbi Meir Kahane in a Manhattan hotel.

The Sheikh moved to Los Angeles, where the future mole lived and became his driver.

The Immigration and Naturalization Service tipped off the FBI about the driver, and the federal agency learned that he was on a terrorism watch list. INS tried to deport him, and his status as a potential terrorist made it difficult to move him. Jordan took him and put him jail for three months, and eventually, the driver ended up in Yemen, where the FBI recruited him.

The first World Trade Center attack also occurred at about time, when a truck filled with explosives detonated in an underground garage on Feb. 26, 1993.

FBI agent Bassem Youssef, the bureau’s highest-ranking Arabic speaker, approached the informant as a friend, saying he could reunite the man with his family in California.After several meetings with Youssef and other agents, he agreed to provide information and started talking about al Qaeda.

The man also provided about a dozen U.S. and Canadian passports, with the original photos being replaced with those of al-Qaida operatives.

The driver also met with bin Laden, who one Justice Department official said “was not that hard to get to” because he was not yet famous.

After the Blind Sheikh was arrested in 1993, the informant continued working with the FBI, but in 1994, a woman working for the CIA was able to convince him to work with the CIA.

The CIA sent him to Bosnia in 1994 or 1995, but the FBI didn’t know its informant was working for the other agency or why he disappeared.

Youssef started asking al-Qaida sources what had happened to the man, and learned that operatives in Bosnia killed him because they suspected he was working for the CIA.

The mole’s existence was actually first revealed in 2010, when Youssef sued the FBI, claiming discrimination and accusing the agency of passing him over for promotion.

Former FBI agent Ed Curran, in testimony during the discrimination trial, revealed Youssef developed the mole, reported The Washington Times during the trial.

“It was the only source I know in the bureau where we had a source right in al-Qaida, directly involved,” Curran testified, noting the mole was “tight, close” with al-Qaida leadership.

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By Sandy Fitzgerald

2013 Marked a Comeback for al-Qaida.


Image: 2013 Marked a Comeback for al-QaidaAl-Qaida claimed responsibility for a Dec. 5 attack on the Yemeni defense ministry that killed 52 people, saying the complex hosted U.S. personnel behind drone strikes against its militants.

By Lisa Barron

As controversy continues to swirl around the New York Times’ report claiming al-Qaida was not behind the Benghazi attacks, there is plenty of evidence to suggest the terrorist organization and its affiliates were responsible for some of the deadliest violence of 2013.

The resurgence of the group founded by Osama bin Laden was so pronounced that the Obama administration stepped back from its assertions that his death spelled the end of it, saying instead that only the core leadership in Pakistan had been contained, reports Politico Magazine

The year started with a jihadist retaliation for France’s military intervention in northern Mali, an operation that led to the death of at least 39 foreign hostages at Algeria’s In Amenas gas complex, notes the publication.

The following day, Jan. 17, a series of explosions on buses in predominantly Shiite areas of Iraq killed 19 people and injured more than 100.

Al-Qaida in Iraq has in fact accelerated the pace of its attacks since the pullout of U.S. troops at the end of 2011, culminating in a surge of violence in mid-2013 that has led to roughly 800 civilian deaths a month, according to the Council on Foreign Relations.

At the same time, the group has spread into neighboring Syria, where it calls itself the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria, fighting against both the regime of President Bashar al-Assad and other opposition factions, according to the council.

And a report published this month by the International Center for the Study of Radicalism indicates there are up to 11,000 foreign fighters from 74 nations involved in the Syrian conflict.

“The concern is that the al-Qaida networks of the future are being created in this jihadist melting pot,” Paul Cruickshank, a terrorism analyst who has specialized in studying al-Qaida, told CNN.

Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, headquartered in Yemen, is thriving as well, reports the network, which said it has learned about recent intercepts of messages between senior operatives in that country.

“There are multiple indications that al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula is plotting attacks both within Yemen, against U.S. and Western structures, and overseas,” Seth Jones, an analyst at Rand Corp., told CNN.

The al-Qaida faction in Somalia, al-Shabab, also had a prolific year, most notably carrying out a bloody assault in September on Nairobi’s Westgate Mall that killed 67 and injured at least 175.

Al-Qaida’s future capabilities have been helped in part by a series of jailbreaks in three different countries, the most significant one taking place on July 21 at Iraq’s notorious Abu Ghraib prison that freed about 500 jihadist prisoners, reports Politico magazine.

A week later, prison riots and an outside attack freed more than 1,100 inmates from Benghazi’s Kuafiya prison, while some 250 prisoners escaped during a jailbreak in Pakistan on July 30.

As for the implications for Americans, the leaders of both the House and Senate intelligence panels maintained earlier this month that the country is not as safe as it was a year ago.

Speaking on CNN’s “State of the Nation,” Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein said, “I think terror is up worldwide, the statistics indicate that, the fatalities are way up.

“The numbers are way up. There are new bombs, very big bombs, trucks being reinforced for those bombs. There are more groups than ever and there’s huge malevolence out there.”

Asked whether he thought so as well, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, said, “Oh, I absolutely agree that we’re not safer today for the same very reasons.”

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Rep. Grimm: New York Times Wrong, Benghazi Attacks Were Terrorism.


Image: Rep. Grimm: New York Times Wrong, Benghazi Attacks Were Terrorism

By Greg Richter

Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y.,  is among the lawmakers who don’t buy a New York Times report over the weekend that the attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, was a spontaneous act fueled by anger over an anti-Muslim YouTube video.

The former Marine and FBI agent says the attack that left U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans dead was without a doubt a military operation, and anyone with a military background could recognize it as such.

“This was a methodical, military attack. This was not some group of individuals that was upset,” Grimm said Monday on CNN’s “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.”“These were trained individuals. This was a military op.”

The attackers were weaponized, trained, and methodical, Grimm told CNN. If a YouTube video had gotten ordinary citizens upset, they might have thrown Molotov cocktails or rocks, he said. Someone might have even had a firearm or an AK-47, he said, but there would not have been the same amount of weaponry as the attackers had.

The Times story also concluded that al-Qaida, the terrorist group responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in the United States, was not involved in the Benghazi attack, which occurred on Sept. 11, 2012, the 11th anniversary.

“The New York Times is wrong,” Grimm said. “And I would not say that’s a Republican point of view. For me, this is apolitical.”

Both Republicans and Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee who have been briefed on Benghazi have “tangible evidence, empirical data” that show the attacks had al-Qaida ties, he said.

“If al-Qaida is funding an offshoot, an affiliate, to carry out a terrorist act, then they’re a terror proxy for al-Qaida” even if they call themselves by another name, Grimm said.

Al-Qaida, he said, has “morphed” since the 9/11 attacks and now funds other groups that can act in its stead. He said he has seen secret intelligence documents that tie al-Qaida to the attacks, even if somewhat tenuously, but said he cannot divulge publicly what those documents say.

Grimm said the Times report may spur further investigation, especially because the United States should get to the bottom of how security was handled in Benghazi. Unless such threats are recognized, he said, the lives of innocent Americans are placed at risk and the country appears weaker in the eyes of terrorists.

He said the United States was right to offer security help to Russia in light of two  bombings linked to the coming Winter Olympics in Sochi.

But the United States could lack authority on the world stage, he said, unless it can honestly discuss its own security breaches in places such as Benghazi.

“For Russia to be able to rely on us and to work with us, there has to be an underlying understanding that we come to the table openly and honestly about security,” he said.

Still, the United States should not have second thoughts about attending the games, Grimm said.

“When we stop doing things like the Olympics, then they’ve won. We can’t allow that to happen,” Grimm told CNN. “We can’t live in a state of terror or panic. But you do have to take the appropriate precautions.”

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Rep. King: Russia Bombings Show ‘How Dangerous Islamic Terrorists Are’.


The deadly bombings in Russia over the past two days should be a wakeup call to “how evil Islamic terrorists can be” and is deeply troubling for the upcoming Winter Olympics, U.S. Rep. Peter King of New York says.

“This shows again how dangerous Islamic terrorists are … It was a brutal attack and it show just how devastating they can be,” King told “The Steve Malzberg Show” on Newsmax TV.

“With all the security that Russia has … if they could attack there you can imagine what they can do here. This is really should be a wakeup call to all of us about how deadly, how diabolical, and how evil Islamic terrorists can be and are.”

King, chairman of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Counterintelligence and Terrorism, said Olympic officials must be vigilant in providing security.

“I don’t want to be scaring people, but anytime you have active terrorists, you have to be concerned,” he said.

“Even with all that security [the Russians are] capable of … it’s very difficult to stop these attacks unless you are constantly, constantly monitoring.”

On Monday, a suicide bomb killed at least 14 people in the southern Russian city of Volgograd, just a day after an explosion at Volgograd’s main train station killed 17 people and wounded at least 35.

Russian authorities have declared both bombings to be terrorist attacks.

King says the attacks should be a reminder to those who believe that “al-Qaida is dead or al-Qaida and its affiliates don’t have the power they once had.

“They are very lethal and in many ways more dangerous than they were before Sept. 11th.”

King criticized the New York Times report that contends local militias and not al-Qaeda were responsible for the attack that left four Americans dead, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, in Benghazi.

“This story is totally misleading untrue. First of all, the headline saying al-Qaida as not involved — Ansar al-Sharia, [one of the local groups] is affiliate with al-Qaida,” he said.

Al-Qaida realizes how strong we have become. We had weakened them. So they’ve metastasized, they’ve morphed, and the real threat comes from these affiliated groups …”

“To say that that is not al-Qaida … then all of our people are in trouble because they’re the groups we should be looking at.”

He believes the story was concocted to help Democrats in the 2016 presidential race, particularly Hillary Clinton, the former Secretary of State who has been under fire for her handling of Benghazi.

“[They want to] issue away from Republicans no matter who the Democratic nominee is. Whether or not it’s Hillary Clinton or not, they want this issue taken away and it’s part of a systematic effort here,” he said.

“This story is meaningless and baseless and by putting that headline on it – I’m disappointed in how much the media went along with it, by the way.”

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By Bill Hoffmann

King: Terror Group Ansar al-Shariah ‘New Face of al-Qaida’.


The terror group Ansar al-Shariah, suspected of carrying out the 2012 attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya, is the “new face of al-Qaida,” Rep. Peter King asserted Monday.

“The fact is, this is the new face of al-Qaida. We have to face up to that. That is what a number of us have been saying for several years now,” King, the former chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, told Fox News.

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The New York Republican agreed with the Obama administration that the core al-Qaida group founded by Osama bin Laden has been “weakened,” but insisted that it has “metastasized” and “morphed” into “more of a threat” than when the United States was attacked on September 11, 2001.

He added that if the U.S. State Department does not recognize al-Shariah or certain other terrorist groups as affiliates at al-Qaida, “then that is a very, very real policy issue that has to be discussed.”

King made the comments in response to a New York Times report over the weekend claiming the Benghazi attack was not carried out by a al-Qaida-affiliated terrorist group, but was prompted in part by an American-made anti-Muslim video, as initially claimed by the White House. The Times report put the blame for the attack directly on extremist militia leaders in Libya who had helped to overthrow dictator Muammar Gaddafi with the aid of both the U.S. and NATO.

King, like many other Republicans who have blasted the Times report since its release on Saturday, also suggested the article could serve to “defuse” what many believe could be a Republican issue against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton if she decides to run for president in 2016.

Republicans blame Clinton for failing to beef up security at the Benghazi compound, despite repeated warnings to the State Department that it was vulnerable to attack.

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By Wanda Carruthers

New Reports Cast More Doubt on NYT Benghazi Story.


Image: New Reports Cast More Doubt on NYT Benghazi Story

By Drew MacKenzie

A new report has blasted The New York Times story that claims there’s no evidence to prove that al-Qaida took part in the deadly attacks in Benghazi.

The controversial Times article published Saturday claims that al-Qaida or any other international terrorist organization played no role in the attacks on the U.S. diplomatic compound that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.

Now The Daily Beast’s Eli Lake reports that “evidence has emerged in the last year that does show the participation of militias and fighters with known ties to al-Qaida.”

Republican Rep. Mike Rogers and Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff, who are both members of the House intelligence committee, have condemned the Times report, saying that intelligence reports have shown al-Qaida was to blame for the assault.

The Times focused its claim on an interview with militia leader Ahmed Abu Khattala, who admitted he was one of the attackers but denies he has any connection to al-Qaida.

But The Daily Beast points out that Abu Khattala was “by no means” the only person who was involved in the September 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound and CIA annex in Benghazi.

Lake contends that some of the fighters are thought to be from a terror group called the Jamal Network, which is led by Mohammed al-Jamal, a former top lieutenant to Ayman al-Zawahiri, the current leader of al- Qaida.

The Wall Street Journal was the first to report the participation of the Jamal Network in the Benghazi attacks. In October, the network was designated by the State Department as a terror group with ties to al-Qaida.

Although the Times had previously reported that the network had taken part in the attacks, the controversial new report by the liberal-leaning newspaper fails to even mention the Jamal Network.

The Daily Beast also pointed to its own earlier investigation on the attacks, stating that the Times downplayed its report that an intercepted phone conversation from one of the attackers boasted about the firefight to a person connected to all the al-Qaida affiliates in northern Africa.

The Times claimed the al-Qaida official seemed shocked by the attack during the phone conversation, as though he had no previous knowledge of the assault, says The Daily Beast.

Of one thing, there is no doubt — a local jihadist militia group called Ansar al-Sharia, formed earlier that year in the north African country, definitely took part in the attack.

But the Times report maintains that the group had no known ties to al-Qaida and draws a distinct difference between the Benghazi branch of Ansar al-Sharia and the Dernaa branch of the group that was led by a former Guantanamo detainee Sufian Ben Qhumu.

A Pentagon profile on al-Qaida in Libya in August 2012, just one month before the Benghazi attacks, found that Ansar al-Sharia had “increasingly embodied al-Qaida’s presence in Libya, as indicated by its active social-media propaganda, extremist discourse, and hatred of the West, especially the United States.”

Also in October, Tunisia’s Prime Minister Ali Larayedh told Reuters that “there is a relation between leaders of Ansar al-Sharia, al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb and Ansar al-Sharia in Libya.”

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