Friday, October 7, 2005


The U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) has a public web site, with news, photos, and commentary. I've added it to my daily reading list.

As an example (under "What extremists are saying"), here's a translation of a recent posting to the "al-Qa'ida Organization in America" web site:

"Designation of tasks and geographic division for the al-Qa'ida Organizations . . . Orders to destroy a nuclear reactor

I transmit to you what went on between me and brother Abu-Jandal, who is close to the al-Qa'ida leadership. The middleman said that the leadership agreed to the following geographic division:

-- al-Qa'ida Organization in the Middle East, Qa'idat al-Jihad led by Abu-Mus'ab al-Zarqawi
--- al-Qa'ida Organization in Europe, Abu-Hafs al-Masri Brigades Organization led by Abu-Hamam
-- al-Qa'ida Organization in America led by Abu-Azzam al-Amriki [the American]

The tasks are designated as agreed upon, add to that, the fact that al-Qa'ida is adamant on attacking a nuclear reactor in America during the coming days. The task will be designated by the leader Abu-Azzam al-Amriki. Note that the FBI has published several photos of a wanted man under a variety of names. They said that he wanted to blow up a nuclear reactor. The last name published with that picture was Ja'far al-Tayyar. This was two years ago. After that, it was unknown whether that photo was delusive, or whether he was arrested, or killed, since we no longer heard from him or saw pictures of him. According to the information made available, the mission was assigned to the leader Abu-Azzam al-Amriki, may God grant him success. This is the information that we received. We present it to you just as we received it. We bear, with God's help, all [the consequences] that result from this."

The Islamic Renewal Organization is the website of the Saudi dissident group, formerly known as CDLR, based in the United Kingdom and headed by Muhammad al-Mas'ari.”

The photo at right is also from the CENTCOM site, and there is a nice collection of such photography there. As usual, click on the photo for a larger view...

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