Al Qaeda IS in Iran and Iraq. Quit fooling yourself, lefty!
Posted by cann0nba11 on August 15, 2007
A coworker today made the statement that Al Qaeda is not in Iran or Iraq. Can you guess his political leaning? Let me shine some light on the subject.
A recent NY Sun article outlined several scary facts about Iran and Al Qaeda:
- A June 2007 report by counter-terrorism experts at West Point suggests that, between 2001 and 2005, Iran harbored Al Qaeda’s third-ranking official and director of military operations, and that he could still be operating there today.
- In 2003, Iran offered a swap of the senior leaders in exchange for members of an Iranian opposition group on America’s list of foreign terrorist organizations, the People’s Mujahadin. That deal was scuttled after signal intercepts proved, according to American intelligence officials, that Mr. Adel was in contact with an Al Qaeda cell in Saudi Arabia.
- The link between Iran and Al Qaeda is not new, in some cases. The bipartisan September 11 commission report, for example, concluded: “There is strong evidence that Iran facilitated the transit of Al Qaeda members into and out of Afghanistan before 9/11, and that some of these were future 9/11 hijackers.” According to the commission, a senior Al Qaeda coordinator, Ramzi bin al-Shibh, said eight of the September 11 hijackers went through Iran on their way to and from Afghanistan.
Here are some bullets from a July 24, 2007 White House press release:
- The Al Qaeda terrorists we face in Iraq are part of the same enemy that attacked the United States On 9/11, and they still intend to attack us at home. While there is a debate in Washington about al Qaeda’s role in Iraq, the facts are that al Qaeda in Iraq is an organization founded by foreign terrorists, led largely by foreign terrorists, and loyal to Osama bin Laden.
- The recent capture of Al Qaeda in Iraq’s most senior Iraqi official reveals that the group is led by foreigners who are trying to deceive others into thinking they are Iraqis. On July 4, Coalition forces captured a senior al Qaeda in Iraq leader named Khalid Abdul Fattah Da’ud Mahmoud al-Mashadani, the highest ranking Iraqi in the organization.
- Al Qaeda in Iraq, more than any other group, is behind most of the spectacular, high-casualty attacks seen on TV. Our military estimates that between 80 and 90 percent of suicide attacks in Iraq are carried out by foreign-born al Qaeda terrorists brought into the country for the sole purpose of blowing themselves up and killing innocent Iraq civilians.
And some miscellaneous nuggets:
- The leader of an Al Qaeda umbrella group in Iraq, who was thought to have beeen killed by US forces, has threatened to wage war against Iran unless it stops supporting Shias in Iraq within two months. Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, head of the Islamic State in Iraq, said his Sunni fighters have been preparing to wage a battle against Shia-dominated Iran. (source)
- Recent attacks on Iraqis celebrating a soccer victory are classic terrorist events. Al Qaeda piggybacked off of a rare moment of national unity and grabbed the media headlines by turning a positive story into one of despair. The two suicide bombs sat in parked cars, instead of detonating their bombs remotely. Al Qaeda wanted to put its signature on this attack. Also, al Qaeda in Iraq demonstrated that while its capacity for large strikes may have diminished, it still possesses the ability to attack inside Baghdad. (source)
- April 2007: An Iraqi suspected of being a senior al-Qaida commander has been captured and is now in U.S. custody at Guantanamo, the Pentagon said Friday. Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said the captive is Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi, adding that he was caught as he tried to return to Iraq. U.S. intelligence sources told NBC News that al-Hadi was taken into custody in late 2006 and has provided the CIA with hundreds of leads into al-Qaida operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Whitman said that “Abd al-Hadi was trying to return to his native country, Iraq, to manage al-Qaida’s affairs and possibly focus on operations outside Iraq against Western targets.” He added that the terror suspect also met with al-Qaida members in Iran. (source)
To suggest that Al Qaeda is not in Iran or Iraq is ignorant. Stop listening to liberals blinded by their hatred for the President and their unwillingness to acknowledge the facts and reality of the war we are fighting. Terrorists want to kill us, here and abroad. Wake up lefty.