Sunday, 17 September 2006

Bigger than 9/11

Adnan el ShukrijumahThis is the kind of attack Al-Qaeda is threatening against the US, warning all American Muslims to flee New York and Washington. The announcements come from Abu Dawood, the newly appointed commander of the al Qaeda forces in Afghanistan, and were obtained by journalist Hamid Mir.

The attacks are to be led by Adnan el Shukrijumah, known as "the Pilot," seen at right.

AT the same time, they are announcing major offensives against NATO forces in Afghanistan during the month of Ramadan.

Unfortunately, al-Qaeda has a tendency of following through on threats.

Read the entire interview.

[Update] 7:12 PM

According to Wikipedia, the Canada Free Press who first published this interview, is not the most reliable of sources. On the other hand, the Wikipedia article itself seems somewhat confused, labelling CFP a far right publication and shortly thereafter talking about how it has frequently supported Liberal and NDP candidates, which would be anathema to any far right organization.

Ultimately what matters most here is the authenticity of the actual interview. This should become clear over the next few days or weeks. I certainly would not mind discovering the whole thing was a hoax. If it isn't, I wouldn't mind discovering that North American intelligence services were privy to the whole plot and will use this announcement as a trigger to move in. And for those who would be tempted to leap to conclusions, drawing attention to this is not the same thing as quaking in fear, any more than telling someone there's a car coming is ceding to panic. In this case, checking out the validity of these announcements is a prudent, not a fearful thing to do.

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