Al-Qaeda now ‘incapable of 9/11-scale attack’

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Washington – Al-Qaeda‘s core organisation is likely incapable of carrying out another mass-casualty attack on the scale of 11 September 2001, US intelligence and counterterrorism officials said on Friday.
US government experts also believe that the likelihood of an attack using chemical, biological, atomic or radiological weapons over the next year was not high, said Robert Cardillo, deputy director of US National Intelligence.
Cardillo and other US officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, described these assessments on a conference call with journalists billed as an opportunity for government experts to voice their assessments of al-Qaeda’s potency a year after the killing of Osama bin Laden in a US commando raid.
Cardillo said the al-Qaeda “core” organisation that bin Laden created has suffered strategic setbacks due to the outbreak of “Arab Spring” protests and rebellions in Islamic countries, which have not spread great sympathy for al-Qaeda’s hardline and violent brand of Islam.

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Jabha al-Nusra – a New Jihadi Group in Syria

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Announced a couple of days ago, as an important and urgent message without providing further information, users already ‘hoped’ a new jihadi group would be announced. Their hopes are being held up high, as of today Syria ‘officially’ has a jihadi group of its own, with, as it is en vogue for years and years to come, its own media outlet. The media outlet, al-Manarah al-Bayda, something like the white lighthouse, the beacon of light/hope in contrast to Hizbullah’s al-Manarah channel, perhaps, addresses the “people of Sham” for this is a “historic event”

 

We shall what the video reveals, so far the content provided shows the usual rhetoric and ideology that we know of. The focus on Sham (greater Syria) is not really new, but now, since the Arab Spring is increasingly being hijacked Continue reading

Pardoned Moroccan clerics say they were tortured

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 Muslim cleric Hassan al-Kettani speaks at a press conference in Rabat, Morocco Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012. Three conservative sheikhs, recently pardoned by the king after nine years in prison, complained of torture and called for the release of all prisoners of conscience. (AP Photo/Paul Schemm)

By PAUL SCHEMM
Associated Press

RABAT, Morocco (AP) – Three conservative clerics whose arrests nine years ago heralded the beginning of Morocco’s crackdown on Islamists called on Thursday for a new investigation into their country’s worst terrorist attack.

After the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in the U.S., Moroccan authorities began targeting hardline Islamist clerics, especially those believed to be sympathetic to al-Qaida _ a crackdown that broadened after the May 2003 bombings in Casablanca that killed 45.

The three clerics were convicted and sentenced to up to 30 years in prison at the start of 2003 _ before the Casablanca attacks. Their pardoning by the king and release from prison over the weekend on the Prophet Muhammad‘s birthday suggests the government may finally be relaxing a fierce campaign against Islamists characterized by mass arrests.

In a news conference, the clerics said a new probe is needed to find out who was behind the bombings. The results of official investigations were never publicized though several people were convicted for carrying it out. Continue reading