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    Tuesday, March 11, 2008

    Taliban Stupid

    Al-Qaida Lashes Out At Taliban For Straying From Global Jihad

    (RTTNews) - Supporters of al-Qaida have lashed out at Afghanistan's Taliban extremist group for straying away from their avowed goal of global jihad by trying to mend fences with the West and sympathizing with Shi'ite Iran.

    In an unprecedented flood of criticism of Afghanistan's Taliban unleashed on the Web, al-Qaida supporters accused the Taliban of straying from the path of global jihad after its leader Mullah Omar issued a statement saying he seeks good relations with the world and even sympathizes with Shi'ite Iran.

    In February, the Taliban, once seen by extremists as the model of an Islamic state, announced it wanted to maintain good and "legitimate" relations with neighboring countries.

    The militants were again outraged when the Taliban movement expressed solidarity with Iran, condemning the latest round of sanctions imposed on Tehran by the U.N. Security Council over its controversial nuclear program.

    The Sunni militants of the al-Qaida and other extremist movements view the Shi'ite Islamic state of Iran as anathema.

    "This is the worst statement I have ever read ... the disaster of defending the Iranian regime is on par with the Crusaders in Afghanistan and Iraq," wrote poster Miskeen, one of the more influential writers on an al-Qaida linked Web site.\ACQRTT200803102246RTTRADERUSEQUITY_1600.htm&selected=9999&selecteddisplaysymbol=9999&StoryTargetFrame=_top&mkt=WORLD&chk=unchecked&lang=&link=&headlinereturnpage=


    Taliban in Pakistan: bin Laden 'not an enemy'

    Mon Mar 10, 1:56 AM ET

    KHAR, Pakistan (AFP) - A pro-Taliban leader in Pakistan's tribal area on Sunday said that Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden and fugitive Taliban militant leader Mullah Omar were "not enemies of Pakistan."

    Addressing a rally near Khar, the main town of Bajaur tribal district bordering Afghanistan, Maulana Faqir Mohammad said that US President George W. Bush was the "biggest enemy" of Pakistan.

    "America is the biggest terrorist in the world and the current war in Pakistan had been imposed as a consequence of American policy," Mohammad, who is also a Muslim cleric, said.

    "As compared to Pakistani rulers, Osama bin Laden and Mullah Omar are the biggest well-wishers of Pakistan. They are not enemies of Pakistan," the cleric said.;_ylt=A0WTcWnEztRHySgALwhvaA8F


    So al qaeda is angry with Taliban in Paki,
    for not fighting in Afghan.
    And Taliban in Paki says al Qadea in Paki not bad.
    To make up for not fighting in Afghan Taliban says
    al Qaeda ok in Paki and BM is trying to work out
    a peace agreement with the Paki military.
    Guess they want to include al Qaeda as protected in Paki.



    Next wave of terrorists could destroy jihadist movement: expert
    Ian MacLeod, Ottawa Citizen
    Published: Monday, March 10, 2008

    Al-Qaeda as we know it is dead, replaced by a leaderless generation of ever-younger homegrown jihadists whose venomous beliefs could poison the movement from within, says a leading al-Qaeda scholar.

    Marc Sageman, a medical doctor and Central Intelligence Agency officer turned forensic psychiatrist and noted al-Qaeda researcher, rejects conventional thinking that "al-Qaeda Central" - Osama bin Laden and an estimated 200 high command and hard-core followers holed up in northwest Pakistan - is resurgent.

    "Those days are long over, but the social movement they inspired is as strong and dangerous as ever," he writes in the current issue of Foreign Policy, encapsulating his new book, Leaderless Jihad: Terror Networks in the Twenty-First Century..........

    "The individuals we should fear most haven't been trained in terrorist camps, and they don't answer to Osama bin Laden or Ayman al-Zawahri. They often do not even adhere to the most austere and dogmatic tenets of radical Islam.

    "They are young people seeking thrills and a sense of significance and belonging in their lives. And their lack of structure and organizing principles makes them even more terrifying and volatile than their terrorist forebears."

    The ease with which they are able to translate their frustrations into acts of terrorism, often on the back of professed solidarity with terrorists halfway around the world whom they have never met, is especially frightening, he writes.

    "They seek to belong to a movement larger than themselves, and their violent actions and plans are hatched locally, with advice from others on the web. Their mode of communication also suggests that they will increasingly evade detection. Without links to known terrorists, this new generation is more difficult to discover through traditional intelligence gathering. Of course, their lack of training and experience could limit their effectiveness. But that's cold comfort for their victims."................

    "Feeling marginalized is, of course, no simple springboard to violence. Many people feel they don't belong, but don't aspire to wage violent jihad. What transforms a very small number to become terrorists is mobilization by networks."

    Former face-to-face groups that once acted as an echo chamber, amplifying grievances, intensifying bonds to each other, have been largely replaced by forums of online radicalization, "which promote the image of the terrorist hero, link users to the online social movement, give them guidance, and instruct them in tactics. These forums, virtual marketplaces for extremist ideas, have become the 'invisible hand' that organizes terrorist activities worldwide.

    "The true leader of this violent social movement is the collective discourse on half a dozen influential forums. They are transforming the terrorist movement, attracting ever younger members and now women, who can participate in the discussions."

    Because al-Qaeda Central cannot impose discipline on these anonymous third-wave wannabes, "each disconnected network acts according to its own understanding and capability, but their collective actions do not amount to any unified long-term goal or strategy. These separate groups cannot coalesce into a physical movement, leaving them condemned to remain leaderless, an online aspiration."

    That makes them difficult to detect, but also offers "a tantalizing strategy for those who wish to defeat these dangerous individuals: The very seeds of the movement's demise are within the movement itself."

    Terrorist acts must be stripped of glory and reduced to common criminality; terrorists who are arrested or killed must not be placed in the limelight; terrorism convictions must be exploited by the authorities, he says.

    "There is no glory in being taken to prison in handcuffs. No jihadi website publishes such pictures. Arrested terrorists fade into oblivion; martyrs live on in popular memory."

    "This is very much a battle for young Muslims' hearts and minds," especially with the advent of the Internet. The web is "where young Muslims share their hopes, dreams, and grievances. That offers an opportunity to encourage voices that reject violence. Only then will the leaderless jihad expire, poisoned by its own toxic message."



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