Can You Explain Al-Qaeda?

May the fourth be with you!  Today is Star Wars Day….go figure.

Remember back to 9/11…..all the deaths and destruction was the result of one organization and only one….Al-Qaeda.

Osama became the world’s most wanted fugitive and resources were spent hand over fist to find him and eliminate him….Hell we even went to war to get the SOB that attacked the US on 9/11.

After 15 years of war and drone strikes killing more people than the attacks on 9/11…we are still NO closer to eliminating this group from the face of the earth….we did however eliminate the head of the snake but the snake still lives.

They have moved into Iraq, Libya, Yemen and Syria……and all those locations we are dropping ordinance on them like a summer rain…..that is all over but in Syria……

Say what?  Why would the US give AQ Syria a break from the battering?

There is an easy answer….AQ Syria is on our side in our battles with ISIS, the scourge of the Middle East…..

Now we see the extraordinary situation where the US government admits that the militia groups Jaish al-Islam and Ahrar al-Sham are fighting alongside and are “intermingled with” al-Qaeda’s Nusra Front, but resoundingly rejects the Russian request to therefore classify these two groups terrorist.

In fact, not only does fighting alongside and “intermingling with” al-Qaeda not get a group classified “terrorist,” the US government is actually asking Russia and the Syrian government to stop shooting at such groups!

So the State Department is urging the Syrians and Russians to stop bombing Aleppo because Jaish al-Islam and Ahrar al-Sham are operating there, even though it also admits that the groups are “intermingling” with al-Qaeda’s Nusra Front.

Do you find this unusual?

You should not….think back….Noriega, Saddam, etc….those bastards were once friends with the US and the CIA but found themselves on the wrong end of the politics of DC…..

Now the question is…..Is AQ still a terrorists organization?  Or do they get a deferment but only in Syria?  What will happen when ISIS is NO longer a threat?  Will AQ once again be on the “bad boys” list?

I wrote a op-ed for my friends at Ace News Room about how confusing the conflict in Syria has become……

I thought at the very beginning of the civil war in Syria that the situation was confusing…..we had 34+ factions fighting the Syrians, the US, ISIS, each other and God knows what else.  And t…

Source: Syria: Just How Confusing Can One Conflict Be?

Now this turn of events……do you get the feeling that these jokers have NO idea what they are doing in Syria?

While you were worried about all those refugees our country is in bed with the same organization that caused the attacks on 9/11……

Is anyone listening?

Does anyone know what SNAFU means?

 

War in Yemen: Al-Qaeda is Stronger Than Ever

Does anyone think about al-Qaeda anymore?

You remember them….the USS Cole, 9/11 and all that stuff…..ring any bells?

Of course not…..there is another “bad boy” on the corner and all our interests and focus has been on them and let AQ slide for the time being….

Last year Saudi Arabia in their paranoid state decided that the Houthis (a shia sect) was becoming too powerful and dangerously close to the Sacred Sites of Islam.  Well what to do if you are Saudi?  Start a war and make your point….after all you have a protector ion your back pocket….the US.

The Saudis have always had a hard on for Yemen….why?  (you guessed it….a historical perspective)……..

Back in the day Mecca in Saudi Arabia,a trading center , was in competition with Sana’a in Yemen….well things got hot when the king of Yemen, Abraha al-             Ashramm attacked Mecca….well the war did not go well for Yemen and their army was defeated….all this in the year 560CE…..to this day the Saudis are still pissed about the war even though they won.

Now back to the present……for over a year the Saudis have been attacking by air Yemen and causing a huge humanitarian crisis for the civilians…..but in all the time the war has been going on…..which was started to protect SA from the “bad guys”……..but all this conflict has done nothing to control the Houthis and has had another aspect that was unforeseen……AQ HAS GROWN STRONGER!

One unintended consequence of the war in Yemen: Al Qaeda now runs its own mini-state, flush with funds from raiding the local central bank and levying taxes.

…….Al Qaeda fighters there have abolished taxes for local residents, operate speedboats manned by RPG-wielding fighters who impose fees on ship traffic, and make propaganda videos in which they boast about paving local roads and stocking hospitals.

The economic empire was described by more than a dozen diplomats, Yemeni security officials, tribal leaders and residents of Mukalla. Its emergence is the most striking unintended consequence of the Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen. The campaign, backed by the United States, has helped Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) to become stronger than at any time since it first emerged almost 20 years ago.

Source: How Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen has made al Qaeda stronger and richer

Now that AQ is on the back burner….how will this effect their operations against the West?

The all consuming hatred of ISIS has made it possible for AQ to once again arise from the ashes left by ISIS.

If the US is playing chess then they are in serious jeopardy.

Cunctis Vigilis!

Afghanistan: War Without End

Does anyone out there remember Afghanistan?

It was that war of yesteryear that we focused all of our patriotic zeal toward……but now?  Not so much…..remember now?

My granddaughter was born after the US invaded Afghanistan….she is going on 13 and she has never known a time when the US was not at war…..though she probably does not know of it because the media and the government does not want a repeat of the 60’s and 70’s protests…….

In 2001 after the 9/11 attacks we invaded Afghanistan in search for the mastermind of the attacks…..Osama…..with the help of a few of our allies and the Northern Alliance we went in and kicked the Taleban and AQ in the stomach…..the only blotch on our achievements was that the military and others allowed the most wanted man escape across the mountains into Pakistan……

So for over 15 years we have been in a running battle with AQ, the Taleban and whoever else wants to join the fray….you would think with the might of the US military would have worn down the Taleban to a few isolated pockets, right?

You would be mistaken…….

15 years into the US occupation of Afghanistan, the nation is a less occupied than ever, as a new report to Congress warns that the Taliban’s military gains have left it in control of a bigger chunk of the country than at any time since the 2001 US invasion.

The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), the author of the quarterly report, cited tens of billions of dollars in waste and a general lack of security, warning the situation in Afghanistan is worsening by most metrics.

Pentagon officials have been warning for awhile that the situation on the ground is deteriorating, but the SIGAR report offered more specifics and a stark metric, territory hold, by which to measure just how badly things are getting.

What is the end game for Afghanistan?

Pentagon officials have recently talked of the 2017 pullout date as though it’s all but abandoned already, suggesting the US would remain in the nation for “generations” to come. Nicholson may be overseeing the transition to that permanent occupation.

I think that the last paragraph says it all……

Anyone think that maybe a new plan would be advisable?  This pre-World War Two thinking is getting this fight nowhere…..15 years and we are NO better situated than we were when we invaded….

Time for a massive re-think………America does not need a war without end.

 

“……Keep Your Enemies Closer”

It may be that insanity has struck our foreign policy mavens yet again…..if you recall back in the 80’s the US teamed up with the mujaheddin in Afghanistan to defeat the Russians and their invasion…..within the ranks of the mujaheddin was a little known group called Al-Qaeda…..and we know how that worked out for the country….don’t we?

The reason I bring up this bit of recent history is that “stupidity” is about to strike again……..

The United States is teaming up with Al Qaeda, again……….I have been seeing hints that there could be a major move in our policies in the Middle East….especially Syria and Iraq….is it possible that we could be making a deadly mistake yet again?

Source: [Letter from Washington] | A Special Relationship, by Andrew Cockburn | Harper’s Magazine

What was it that Einstein said about insanity?

ISIS: Who Got Da Funk?

Sorry had to get a shout out to Parlement Funkadelic…..ah the good old days!

My readers know that I have a healthy curiosity about the Middle East and I do a lot of writing on the subject…….I have been a bit distracted by the games politicians are playing in the run up to the 2016 election……..but I need to do what I do…..

Meanwhile back in the Middle East and points East…….Al-Qaeda that bunch of heathens that caused the 9/11 attack……but first let’s step back to the 1980’s, Afghanistan…….the Russians have overrun the country and we Americans are funding the opposition, people like the Northern Alliance and…..you guessed it   Al-Qaeda.  That is right Irene we of the United States of America are partially responsible for the rise of AQ worldwide…..all in the name of fighting the Russians.  Was the price worth it?

In the last couple of months it seems that AQ and ISIS are not the best of friends even though their ideologies are similar……..

Source: The Battle of Extremists: ISIS Faces Off Against Al-Qaeda and Jaysh Al-Islam

About a month ago I wrote about the friction between AQ and ISIS……there have been incidents of them fighting each other for land and influence.  When that occurred I said then why not use this friction in the fight against ISIS….what is the old saying….”the enemy of my enemy is my friend”…..why not use it to the advantage we need to “degrade and destroy” ISIS.

Oh boy did I catch grief for that post.  There was lots of ranting and rambling about this group or that and the evil they both would bring to the table…..

The problem is that the coalition airstrikes are doing very little to curb the growing strength of ISIS……the Iraqi army is as ineffective as anything I have seen (that is our fault for the damn lame program of de-Bathification of the army)….the only success even if it is limited is that of the Kurds.  The problem there is that politics must be played in arming them with the Iraqi government that has a suspicious streak….all in all the whole strategy is a wash and will remain so as long as the plan remains the same.

It makes me smile to see after all the grief I took that someone sees the benefit of using AQ to fight and eventually destroy ISIS….

Now you want to ask…..who is that masked man, right?

The hero of the Surge in Iraq…Gen. Petraeus….that’s who!

Source: Petraeus: Use Al Qaeda Fighters to Beat ISIS – The Daily Beast

There is validity in his thoughts and thinking outside the box is what is needed if we are to “degrade and destroy” ISIS.  Petraeus should be listened to at this time….we can worry about the results of this fight later…….it may not end well but if ISIS can be “degraded and destroyed” is that not the end game in all this?

Either get serious about ISIS or bow the Hell out!

 

Cut The Head Off The Snake!

Once the Us started its attacks within the borders of Syria we were told that AQ had a super group of terrorists called the “Khorasan Group”…..the Seal Team 6 of AQ……we were told all about their activities and their possible future actions……..

The only problem is in an interview of a commander of al-Nusra, an AQ affiliate in Syria he told the world that there was NO such group within their organization….from, the beginning I wrote that I doubted their existence that this was just a piece of propaganda to build support for the indiscriminate bombing of Syria……

Even though there are few people that believe the existence of “Khorasan” news leaked out yesterday……..

Pentagon officials are claiming that Muhsin al-Fadhli, an al-Qaeda figure who they accuse of being a leader of the “Khorasan” faction, was killed in a US airstrike earlier this month in the Aleppo Province of northern Syria.

US officials have claimed Fadhli was the target of several previous airstrikes against al-Qaeda, and had speculated in the past that he was killed. Al-Qaeda’s Syria faction, Jabhat al-Nusra, has not indicated whether or not the Kuwaiti-borned Fadhli was targeted or killed.

Like so many other “terrorist” leaders we have killed him for the second time……there is no confirmation that the man is dead and definitely NO confirmation of the group called “Khorasan”….but that does not stop the Pentagon from spreading false information….

We will have to wait and see if this person is truly dead or just another ghost in the wind like so many others have been in the past.  But the best part is that the Pentagon continues to push a lie on the American public……..

ISIS Declares Governorate in Russia’s North Caucasus Region | Institute for the Study of War

Remember about 10 years ago when Russia was having a helluva time with the rebels in Chechnya?  It seems these Muslims from the Caucus region of  Southern Europe want their independence and have spent much time blowing things up and being a pain in Russia’s ass…….but for a couple of years now the region has been quiet and calm……of course there is still a simmering hatred but that could soon change thanx to ISIS……….

It seems the ISIS has injected itself into the region and things are about to get a bit more troublesome for Russia and in the end….the rest of the world.

An analysis from the Institute for the Study of War has broken down the problems and the situation quite nicely……….

This may not interest most Americans but it needs to be watched…….eventually it will involve the US and its NATO cover…….

 

ISIS Declares Governorate in Russia’s North Caucasus Region | Institute for the Study of War.