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a new ally against al queda
« on: January 19, 2009, 03:37:24 AM »


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The Sun ^| 1/19/09 | ALEX WEST
ANTI-TERROR bosses last night hailed their latest ally in the war on terror — the BLACK DEATH.  At least 40 al-Qaeda fanatics died horribly after being struck down with the disease that devastated Europe in the Middle Ages.  The killer bug, also known as the plague, swept through insurgents training at a forest camp in Algeria, North Africa. It came to light when security forces found a body by a roadside.  The victim was a terrorist in AQLIM (al-Qaeda in the Land of the Islamic Maghreb), the largest and most powerful al-Qaeda group outside the Middle East.  It trains Muslim fighters to kill British and US troops.  Now al-Qaeda chiefs fear the plague has been passed to other terror cells — or Taliban fighters in Afghanistan.  One security source said: “This is the deadliest weapon yet in the war against terror. Most of the terrorists do not have the basic medical supplies needed to treat the disease.  “It spreads quickly and kills within hours. This will be really worrying al-Qaeda.”  Black Death comes in various forms.  Bubonic Plague is spread by bites from infected rat fleas. Symptoms include boils in the groin, neck and armpits. In Pneumonic Plague, airborn bacteria spread like flu.  It can be in the body for more than a week — highly contagious but not revealing tell-tale symptoms.  The al-Qaeda epidemic began in the cave hideouts of AQLIM in Tizi Ouzou province, 150km east of the capital Algiers. The group, led by wanted terror boss Abdelmalek Droudkal, was forced to turn its shelters in the Yakouren forest into mass graves and flee.  The extremists supporting madman Osama bin Laden went to Bejaia and Jijel provinces — hoping the plague did not go with them.  A source said: “The emirs (leaders) fear surviving terrorists will surrender to escape a horrible death.”  AQLIM boss Droudkal claims to command around 1,000 insurgents. Training camps are also based in Morocco, Tunisia and Nigeria.  AQLIM bombed the UN headquarters in Algiers in 2007, killing 41. Attacks across Algeria last year killed at least 70 people.  In an interview last July, Droudkal boasted his cell was in constant contact with other al-Qaeda “brothers”.

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Re: a new ally against al queda
« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2009, 06:04:38 AM »
This could be their new weapon against us..... Many people, especially those without health care, wait to seek medical care, and thus the transmission rate could reach epidemic proportions rather fast here in the US.  Just one with it on an airplane......
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« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2009, 05:31:35 PM »
"In order to be a leader of men, a man has to receive an education in his own country, among his own people, and to grow up in surroundings steeped with the traditions and psychology of his countrymen.  Not only did Western education not fulfill that condition, but it tended to wean a young man from the traditions and customs of his country."

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Re: a new ally against al queda
« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2009, 02:51:03 AM »
I wonder if this may be related?

Al-Qaida's Threat Is Still With Us
By INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY | Posted Tuesday, January 20, 2009 4:20 PM PT

War On Terror: President Obama steps into office with awesome responsibilities, not least of which is protecting the U.S. from its enemies, foreign and domestic. From Algeria, we get a reminder of how tough that job is.
For those who think the global war on terror is just a bad memory from the Bush administration, you might be surprised to discover it isn't. The threat is real — even more so, given that so many people are convinced it no longer exists.

An overlooked news item out of Algeria puts to rest that notion. The report says that an al-Qaida affiliate there abruptly closed a mountain training base after an experiment with biological weapons went wrong.

A U.S. intelligence official, speaking on condition he not be named, confirmed the accident that led to a shutdown of the training facility in Tizi Ouzou, a province in eastern Algeria.

He said the U.S. intercepted desperate communications between the group and al-Qaida leaders in Pakistan's tribal region earlier this month suggesting that the camp had been quickly abandoned.

A report by the Sun, a British tabloid, said at least 40 operatives belonging to al-Qaida in the Land of the Maghreb (AQLIM), an al-Qaida affiliate in North Africa, were killed in a training accident.

From the sound of it, they were likely killed by a strain of the bubonic plague — the deadly rat-borne bacterial disease that ravaged much of the world in the 13th and 14th century, wiping out fully a third of Europe's population. An airborne version, pneumonic plague, is equally deadly.

The details are horrific. The Algerian victims were said to be afflicted with horrible boils in different parts of their bodies, dying in excruciating pain after just a few hours. It's an awful way to die.

Since AQLIM boasts of 1,000 members in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Nigeria, the loss of 40 terrorists will barely scratch the surface of their membership.

What worries us is that if the "accident" was part of a wider program to create a deadly bioweapon to be used against civilians — possibly in the U.S. or Europe — then we are in serious danger.

For seven years now, Americans have been safe. After 9/11, former President Bush rocked the terrorists on their heels by pursuing them wherever they were.

Osama bin Laden has been reduced to wheezing out badly recorded threats to the U.S. from his hideout in Pakistan's badlands, possibly a cave. Other al-Qaida terrorist affiliates have scattered across the region, living in fear of being given up for a reward.

The U.S. military, at Bush's behest, has put relentless and merciless pressure on the terrorists. U.S. killer drones prowl the skies over terrorist safe havens, looking for targets and, with Hellfire missiles, often finding them.

At least six senior al-Qaida leaders have been killed in just the last six months. As the indispensable Web site Stratfor has noted, Pakistan has become "the al-Qaida version of hell."

This explains in large part why we haven't suffered a second hor-rific terrorist strike since 9/11. But the accident in Algeria likewise suggests that we can never let down our guard.

A bioweapon loosed on a major population center is a terrifying prospect. The last plague outbreak in London in 1665 killed more than 30,000 people in a city much smaller than the one today.

Al-Qaida doesn't lack the will to do this, just the means.

Developing a biological or chemical weapon is "something that al-Qaida still aspires to do," a former National Security Council counterterrorism expert, Roger Cressey, told the Washington Times.

President Obama, to his credit, has vowed to support sending 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan to help win the war against the Taliban on the ground and continue to defeat al-Qaida. But will he continue to fight the broader war against terrorism?

We hope so. If his inaugural address is any indication, he just might. Obama pointedly noted that "our nation is at war against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred" — a clear reference to al-Qaida and the threat it still poses.

While campaigning, Obama called for all troops to be pulled from Iraq by the end of 2008, and for Guantanamo to be shut immediately. Since winning the presidency, he's backtracked on both pledges.

That shows flexibility and wisdom. He'll need both, since the U.S. faces a terrorist threat that will take advantage of our inattention or our weakness to kill as many of us as possible, without remorse.