War & Conflicts

9/11: Al Qaeda mark anniversary with Ayman al-Zawahiri and Osama Bin Laden video

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By Wil Longbottom

Last updated at 5:30 PM on 13th September 2011

Al Qaeda has marked the 10th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks with an hour-long video released on jihadist websites, an intelligence monitoring service has revealed.

U.S.-based Site Monitoring Services said the video featured an audio speech by the new leader, Egyptian Ayman al-Zawahiri, as well as previously unreleased footage of former leader Osama bin Laden.

The 62-minute video, called The Dawn of Imminent Victory, was posted on jihadist forums yesterday. Zawahiri is shown in a still photo.

Rallying call: Ayman al-Zawahiri, the new leader of Al Qaeda, is seen in a still from a video timed to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks

Rallying call: Ayman al-Zawahiri, the new leader of Al Qaeda, is seen in a still from a video timed to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks

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Intelligence: Leave No One Behind

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September 13, 2011: Over the last four months, Pakistan has arrested several Pakistanis who aided the U.S. in finding Osama bin Laden, and has banned others from leaving the country. American intelligence officials want to get many of these helpful Pakistanis out of Pakistan, both to safeguard and reward them. This is crucial for future intelligence operations. If a country can demonstrate that it takes care of those who help, more will be willing to step forward. Otherwise, local help will be hard to find. Meanwhile, Pakistan continues to deny, at least publically, that it knew Osama bin Laden was hiding out in a military town (Abbottabad), surrounded by retired generals and less than a kilometer from the national military academy. Read the rest of this entry »

Libya: The Great Escape

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September 6, 2011: Kaddafi loyalists still hold two towns (Bani Walid, population 50,000, and Sirte, population 100,000) near the coast. The rebels have given Kaddafi loyalists until September 10th to surrender. The rebels are hoping that their supporters in these towns can persuade the rebels to give up, or simply change into civilian clothes and flee. The rebels only have names and pictures of a few hundred key Kaddafi supporters, thus most Kaddafi men can just change clothes and make a run for it. The black African mercenaries from the south are having a harder time of it. Rebels have been arresting most black Africans, even though most of them are illegal migrants or legal foreign workers in Libya. Black Africans caught with weapons are usually killed. Even though the rebels still have NATO air power, going into these Kaddafi held towns will still get a lot of rebels killed. With the rebels in control of most of the country, there’s reluctance among the rebel fighters to be the last one to die. Read the rest of this entry »

Libyan, Tuareg convoy heads for Niger capital

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NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Armed loyalists of Moammar Gadhafi crossed in several convoys from Libya into neighboring Niger and the toppled Libyanleader’s own security chief was at the head of one of the columns Tuesday as it rolled into Niamey, the capital, officials said.Customs official Harouna Ide told The Associated Press that Mansour Dao, Gadhafi’s security chief, was at the head of the first convoy. He said other Libyan convoys were south of Agadez in central Niger, a desert country bordering Libya and where Gadhafi has the support of many Tuareg tribal fighters. Read the rest of this entry »