Al Qaeda flag over the Benghazi Courthouse after the kinetic action by the president
Our government has told us that the war on terror is over. The death of Osama bin Laden and the damage done to Al Qaeda have eliminated any possibility of future attacks. Here is the announcement by the Department of State last week:
“The war on terror is over.”
“Now that we have killed most of al Qaida,” the source said, “now that people have come to see legitimate means of expression, people who once might have gone into al Qaida see an opportunity for a legitimate Islamism.”
In fact, this news has emboldened the president to make this a campaign issue as the first anniversary of bin Laden’s death approaches on Wednesday, May 2. But the consequences of the president’s narcissism are impacting the Middle East as Al Qaeda seizes control of the rebel factions in Iraq and Syria. It seems like just yesterday that a peace accord was signed between Syria’s president Assad and the US endorsed Muslim Brotherhood rebels. Are the rebels in Syria actually part of the Muslim Brotherhood which has the blessing of this administration in its efforts to establish a new Muslim Caliphate? Or is the Muslim Brotherhood a front for Al Qaeda as we saw in Libya? And who is the president a front for? One thing is certain, he is an affront to our nation’s future.
The war in the Middle East is ramping up quickly: let’s hope that America chooses wisely.
Around the first anniversary of the death of al Qaeda’s iconic leader Osama bin Laden at the hands of US special forces, the jihadist movement is making an operational comback in the Arab world and Africa. The suicide bombings hitting Damascus and Idlib in the last 24 hours were the work of Al Qaeda in Iraq – AQI, whose operatives have been pouring into Syria in the last two weeks, DEBKAfile’s counter-terror sources report.
Washington has not asked Iraqi premier Nouri al-Maliki to stem the outward flow, realizing he is glad to see the backs of the terrorists and waving them across the border into Syria. Our sources report from Western agencies fighting al Qaeda that several thousand operatives have arrived in Syria to fight the Assad regime, most entering the country from the north. They come fully armed with quantities of explosives. Among them are hundreds of Saudis, Egyptians, Lebanese, Palestinians, Iraqis and Sudanese.
They quickly join up with the hundreds of al Qaeda fighters from Libya present at Free Syrian Army-FSA training camps in southeast Turkey. There, they are instructed in the geography of Syrian government, army and security forces locations, led across the border and transported to their targeted locations by special guides.
Monday, April 30, the day after Norwegian Maj. Gen. Robert Hood took command of a painfully inadequate force of UN UN truce supervisors, al Qaeda let loose with a spate of bombings in Damascus and the northeastern flashpoint town of Idlib. I
In the capital, they bombed the Syrian central bank with RPG grenades, ambushed a police patrol in the town center and blew up a bomb car against a Syrian military convoy driving through the Qudsiya district. Two days earlier, a suicide bomber blew himself up at the Zain al-Abideen mosque of Damascus, killing at least 9 worshippers.
These attacks were followed later Monday with three bomb blasts in Idlib at security and intelligence centers in the town, killing some 20 people, most of them security personnel. One command center was destroyed and hundreds were injured by the force of the blasts.
The Syrian ruler Bashar Assad keeps on complaining that his regime is under assault by terrorists and many of the fatalities reported are members of his army and police. But his own brutal methods against dissidents have deafened the West to these complaints and the world addresses its demands to halt the violence to him and him alone.