al Qaeda, Taliban Winning.
How Does a Terrorist Group Get "Ties" to Al-Qaida?
News organizations, passing on information from government sources, often refer to "ties" between al-Qaida and groups other than the official affiliates. Some of those might be harboring al-Qaida-trained operatives (although, with the closure of most training camps in Afghanistan, those are a vanishing breed), or they could have gotten financial, strategic, or technical help from al-Qaida in support of a locally grown plot. There are also like-minded terrorists who self-identify as al-Qaida affiliates despite having no contacts inside the group. Finally, investigators might assume the al-Qaida link on the basis of nothing more than a similarity in tactics. (Any group that plans simultaneous suicide attacks against Western targets will probably get the "ties to al-Qaida" claim, even without evidence of consultation or coordination.)
Training camp closures, dried-up financial networks, and a loss of prestige on the Muslim street seem to be undermining al-Qaida's appeal as a franchiser. Earlier this month, the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group became the first affiliate organization to depledge, ending its two-year membership in the network. In 2006, al-Qaida in Iraq changed its name to the Islamic State of Iraq, in part to de-emphasize its international ties and attract local recruits.
Taliban loosing control of the Mujahadeen.
They issued a rule book for the Taliban cadre
which is being ignored. Suicide bombings
against civilians continue.
And the Taliban media out put
is way down, as their webmasters
are arrested or killed.
And sites taken down. Jawa report.