Atiyah Abd al-Rahman was alleged to be second in command prior to his death on August 22, The group was estimated to consist of 20—30 people. One such member is thought to have been Sayed Tayib al-Madani. Al-Zawahiri replaced Saif al-Adelwho had served as interim commander.
I said it was an inside job all the way and that the reported number of escapees,would go up. Right on both counts, according to a BBC followup story. The Taliban says of their men got out, and of those were high-ranking officers.
That was pretty obvious. Just like they did after Little Big Horn: It was pure cowardice that kept me from saying that sooner. A good lesson for me in not listening to the majority. That reader was absolutely right.
All I can say is that what I wrote yesterday still seems true to me. What I wrote back inpraising Al Qaeda for going all out and sneering at the IRA for pulling its punches, was stupid.
The only thing I can say in defense of that article is that I had the facts right; I just read them wrong. Al Qaeda played all out, spent all its assets in a few years.
I wanted more action, that was all. I saw what an easy target the London transport system made for a few amateur Al Qaeda recruits and just thought that since the IRA had several long-term sleeper teams in place in London, they could have wreaked a million times more havoc.
The first job of a guerrilla force is to continue to exist. You could do it like those Fight Club rules: The second rule of guerrilla strategy is: The third rule of guerrilla strategy is: Do a small, noisy attack on a symbolic target, avoiding civilian casualties, every few weeks to remind your home folks you still exist.
Even the Basques, the most absurd boutique guerrilla army around, have managed to last a long time. This is where being an old Civil War nerd got in my way. In the US Civil War, which was my training war, the North finally won when Grant realized that if the Federal armies applied all their strength against the enemy on all fronts at once, the weight of industrial power and bigger population would have to prevail.
Guerrilla armies always represent the weaker, the smaller, the defeated side. Not necessarily smaller in population but in money, cohesion, power-projection. They win, not by battlefield victory, but by something like metal fatigue. They sag on their opponents like a fat heavyweight, they wear him out, they absorb his punches.
The guerrilla has to opt out of protecting territory. Or the people who live in it. That was tried with the IRA many times. But it worked way, way better than I could have imagined. The Loyalist hit teams, I realize now, were a classic SAS attempt to turn the whole Ulster fight into a tribal war, so the British could come off as the impartial referees trying to keep the savages from tearing each other apart.
I mean, imagine your cousin just got hacked to death in some gaudy way by these Shankill Butcher guys and you know exactly who did it. Which they did; the IRA always had great intelligence on the streets of Belfast, they knew exactly who was doing these killings.
They always wanted to shift the violence away from Northern Ireland and to the financial center of London. It was fucking brilliant, and I was too dumb to get it. And they used their operatives carefully, never spending their lives until they could get maximum effect. In one of their men rented a room at the Grand Hotel in Brighton, where the Conservative Party was scheduled to have its yearly meeting.
He put the bomb under the flooring, paid his bill and left. A month later the long-delay timer went off while Thatcher and all her allies were sound asleep in their rooms.AP Human Geography Ch.
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Federal government car bomb By Timothy McVeigh Hole in the Murrah Bldg. Al Qaeda. Founded by Osama Bin Laden Osama used his several million dollar inheritance to fund Al-Qaeda Osama moved to Afghanistan in the 's. The Sirat Rasul Allah was written by Ibn Ishaq in A.D. He died in A.D. It was edited and abridged by Abd al-Malik ibn Hisham in A.D.
and translated by Alfred Guillaume under the title, The Life of Muhammad in by Oxford Press. Abd al-Malik ibn Hisham's "Life of Muhammad. A former U.S. Army sergeant who trained Osama bin Laden's bodyguards and helped plan the bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Kenya was a U.S.
government informant during much of his terrorist. Apr 05, · and this is a now famous (infamous) response from well know US writer: Woody Hochswender. Did My Car Join Al Qaeda? February 16, By WOODY HOCHSWENDER. Before I confess how wrong I was about a big issue, I’ll give myself a little pat on the head for being right about a much smaller deal, the Afghan jailbreak I talked about two days ago.
Feb 16, · The well-publicized notion that S.U.V.'s are actually unsafe, based on their propensity to roll over, does not take into account personal responsibility.