Monday, June 2, 2008

Al Qaeda on Offensive Defensive

In yet another case, the Bush administration's verbage is different from stories on the ground. Consider CIA Chief Michael Hayden's recent remarks in a Washington Post interview.

The Al-Qaeda has been essentially defeated in Iraq and Saudi Arabia and is on the defensive throughout most of the rest of the world, the CIA claimed.

The upbeat assessment comes less than a year after U.S. intelligence reported that the Al-Qaeda had rebuilt its strength around the world and was well-placed to launch fresh attacks.

A quick Google search on al Qaeda produced the following headlines:

June 2, 2008 reported on an Islamabad car bomb that targeted the Danish Embassy. A car bomb outside Denmark's embassy in Pakistan killed at least nine people, less than two months after al-Qaeda's deputy leader called for attacks on Danish targets. Danish security officials believe al Qaeda or an al Qaeda linked group is behind the attack. (Such a group claimed credit according to news reports on June 4, 2008)

May 31, 2008 Reuters reported on a mortar attack in Yemen. An al Qaeda-linked group claimed responsibility on Saturday for a mortar attack on a refinery in Yemen, which officials said did not cause any damage, according to an Internet statement. Three blasts were heard on Friday at the refinery in the southern port city of Aden, officials said.

Al Qaeda's partner in Afghanistan is The Taliban. NATO forces currently fight the Taliban terror threat in that country. News revealed:

June 2, 2008 Reuters reported from an interview with Afghan President Hamid Karzai. International forces in Afghanistan have mismanaged the fight against the Taliban, leading to a rise in violence, and now risk losing people's goodwill, President Hamid Karzai told an Indian news channel. Karzai has often criticised the Western conduct of the war in Afghanistan, saying civilian casualties must stop.