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    Saturday, April 23, 2011

    NATO HELO downed Speculation.

    NATO copter crashes: A helicopter from the NATO-led coalition crashed Saturday in a mountainous area of eastern Afghanistan where fighting has intensified, killing one foreign service member, NATO said. A Taliban spokesman told the Associated Press that insurgents shot down the helicopter with a rocket, but NATO did not confirm the helicopter was shot down.

    A rocket, Libya Mil has rockets.
    Al Qaeda got Libyan weapons:
    Algerian paper L'Expression said on Saturday referring to a source from the Algerian security forces.

    "the president of Chad Idriss Deby Itno told the African weekly ‘Jeune Afrique’ that AL-QAEDA’S offshoot in North Africa has snatched surface-to-air missiles from an arsenal in Libya during the civil strife there."

    Could have got to Afghan by sea or air.
    If it was a rocket, they have more,
    but it could have been a RPG net.

    There have many intercepts of illegal weapons shipping
    by Iran.

    If it was a Libyan rocket then the Iran regime needs to be bitch
    slapped hard.

    Hat tip:


    UPDATE: 04.25.11 01:36 EST AM

    The Return of Qumu
    U.S. intelligence sources tell NPR they have been tracking a former Libyan detainee named Abu Sufian Qumu.
    He was picked up in Pakistan and arrived in Guantanamo in early 2002. The Libyan government asked for him back in 2007. Guantanamo officials who investigated Qumu at that time thought he posed a future risk to the U.S. and its allies. But four years ago, the U.S. released him to the Libyan government anyway.
    U.S. intelligence officials now believe Qumu is helping train anti-government forces in Benghazi, Libya. It is unclear whether he is a leader of the rebels or simply joining in the anti-Gadhafi movement. What is certain, is that his secret Guantanamo file shows an association with al-Qaida that stretches back decades.
    It says he trained at two al-Qaida camps, joined Taliban forces to fight both the Soviets and the Northern Alliance in Afghanistan, and moved to Sudan with other al-Qaida members where he drove trucks for one of Osama bin Laden's companies. The documents say he was forced to leave Sudan sometime in 1997. From there he went directly to the tribal regions of Pakistan where he allegedly received additional training with al-Qaida.
    U.S. intelligence reports in the file say his name appeared on a hard drive that listed al-Qaida employees and their monthly wages. That's significant because most al-Qaida's ranks tend to be volunteers - people on the payroll are considered more than just lowly foot soldiers.
    Now that Qumu has turned up in Libya, U.S. intelligence is trying to figure out if he still has those al-Qaida connections.
    Members of Congress are wondering the same thing. During Congressional hearings earlier this month Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.), asked Admiral James Stavridis about the presence of al-Qaida among the rebel forces.
    "The intelligence that I'm receiving at this point makes me feel that the leadership that I'm seeing are responsible men and women who are struggling against Col. Gaddafi," the admiral said, adding. "We have seen flickers in the intelligence of potential al-Qaida, Hezbollah. We've seen different things. But at this point, I don't have detail sufficient to say that there's a significant al-Qaida presence or any other terrorist presence in and among these folks."
    Intelligence officials tell NPR they don't doubt that the rebel forces are focused on defeating Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi. What worries them is what might come next. Will the rebels push for shariah law in Libya or allow al-Qaida to train there? Or would Qumu, if he becomes a leader among the anti-Gadhafi forces, be part of a contingent that permits terrorists to hide out amid the chaos of Libya's civil war?
    With such close links to al-Qaida, there is some question as to how Qumu managed to get out of Guantanamo. Those familiar with the detainee release process said that by the end of 2003, diplomacy and politics began to play a larger role in transfer decisions.
    In Qumu's case, U.S. officials tell NPR that Gadhafi had asked for Qumu's release almost four years ago. Gadhafi, and in particular his son Seif al-Islam, were trying to convince Islamists in Libya that the government intended to reconcile with them in good faith. Qumu was part of that effort. He transferred to Libya in October 2007 and he was released last summer.
    The Taliban claim that their militants have shot down several aircraft and NATO choppers in different parts of Afghanistan over the past few months.



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