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Pentagon: US Troops to Leave Afghanistan by End of August
"Confirmed Friday. They expect all US troops except for a few 100 will be out of Afghanistan by the end of August, weeks ahead of their September 11th goal. Military members who are there are concerned even with some 650 troops remaining to protect the embassy and Kabul airport. General Miller worries about civil war and worse, he said. Al Qaeda is still in Afghanistan and the threat to the US remains A B
US Hands Bagram Airfield to Afghans After Nearly 20 Years
"After nearly twenty years the U. S. military has left Bagram airfield the epicenter of its war to oust the Taliban and hunt down the al Qaeda perpetrators over the nine eleven terrorist attacks on America two U. S. officials say the airfield is now in its entirety in the hands of the Afghan national security and defense force well one adds the top American commander in Afghanistan general Austin Miller has said Bob Graham still retains all the capabilities on authorities to protect the forces that remain a district administrator says the American departure was done overnight without any coordination with local officials and as a result dozens of local beaches stormed through the unprotected gates before Afghan forces regained control I'm Charles de Ledesma
AG Merrick Garland Saying What Vladimir Putin Wants Him to Say
"To an unclassified summary of the March intelligence assessment, the two most lethal elements of the domestic violence extremist threat. Are racially or ethnically motivated, violent extremists and militia violent extremists. In the FBI's view, the top domestic violent extremist threat comes from racially or ethnically motivated, violent extremists, specifically those who advocated for the superiority of the white race. That's the top domestic threat. White supremacists. Is it a threat? Absolutely. That's the top threat. Not Chinese propaganda and infiltrating our universities. Not homegrown terrorists with Al Qaeda or radical of Islamism. Ideology is not to that. Now that's not the top threat. The top threat is a mass outbreak of white supremacist groups around the nation. Do you have any evidence? Actually back that up? You don't find it odd the same thing. Putin wants him to say he's saying because Putin himself has recognized that their street chaos in the United States because of inflamed racial divisions, done primarily by American liberals. Demands of murderous strongman. He's giving lectures on how is this Is this real? Lectures on street safety in the United States. Is this a bad joke?
Biden Knowingly Lying and Putting Americans at Risk of International Terrorism
"Huge, huge field. Because having been a former federal agent myself when the president says something, it becomes a national priority. At national priority determines the allocation of resource is so if you happen to be an FBI agent in some counterterrorism section, and you air quotes mistakenly believed that we should be investigating Al Qaeda and Isis, Isis, and now you've been told that you should subordinate that investigation. Two investigations of white supremacist you can't seem to find then you're gonna waste a whole lot of time hardship, while Isis and Al Qaeda are laughing all the way to their next terror attack. This isn't some throwaway line to garner a few extra votes. Ladies and gentlemen, this is the President. United States knowingly lying about the level of threat. Listen, are there white supremacist groups like that could be a threat to the United States? Yes. Is that threat Greater than Al Qaeda and Isis having been a federal agent for 12 years on Lee, if you're a Nimbus, ill. There is no chance that those threats are commensurate one another zero. Why is he saying it? Well, because he's a leftist. Then they lie, but even lying left this usually have to manipulate some statistics to get to where they want to go. They always do that.
Biden Divides Rather Than Unites With Racist Comments
"The other day and said something that is really disturbing because if it's true, the country has a very serious problem. Let me just play the cut because it speaks for itself and then explain to you how number one. It's a lie. It is or at minimum, a grotesque exaggeration. And secondly, it's clearly designed To set a country right now. With serious racial divisions going on because of the Democrats, abuse of identity politics to set the country on fire. There's no other reason to say this. Here's Biden at this Tulsa, this commemoration of the Tulsa master it Discussed things staying on her history. But look at what he did there. Check this out. The joint session of Congress, according the intelligence community, terrorism from white supremacy is the most lethal threat. The homeland today. Not Isis, not al Qaida, white supremacists. Wait, What? So just to be clear. The President, United States appears very confused. And not suggested, but set out right? That in our hierarchy of threats to the homeland to the citizens of the United States, the taxpayers the good citizens of this country that the most dangerous threat to the country right now is not Isis or Al Qaeda. But that threat is a white premises groups or there's a white supremacist around every corner. I mean, what? What? Well, what? What kind of weird odd suggestion is Is that
The Commission That Wanted To Use Our Intelligence Agencies.
"Vote. Finally, some Republicans showed some guts and didn't get bullied into this January six commission. What do you need? A commission for? Everybody knows what happened. There's one like 400 FBI investigations or something going on like the FBI has got nothing better to do Remember their list. The targets it appears right now is like Rudy Giuliani, John Solomon. People who showed up at the rally and in somewhere like six or 10 is like Al Qaeda, Isis in China or something like that. Commission wanted to use intelligence. You wait. Process this for a minute. What about diet? Don't want to rumble through this. This is important. This commission. Wanted to use our intelligence agencies. You know, CIA? This this May. There's a lot of him D A. And I say whatever it may be wanted to use our intelligence agencies. To investigate. Things that happened on the mall. It including the overwhelming majority of people, I would assume who showed up there and did nothing other than exercise their first Amendment right to assemble. Uh, no. That is a big fat juicy
MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Questions CDC's Walensky About Decision to Lift Mask Restrictions
"Rachel maddow asking cdc director. Dr will linski. How sure are you play. Clip how are you because this feels like a really big change. We're sure there's an extraordinary amount of evidence now that demonstrates the vaccines are working in the real world on these vaccines are working. The way they worked in the clinical trials importantly there's also new data. I'm just even in the last two weeks demonstrates these vaccines are working in In against the variants that we have circulating here in the united states. All so motto. Skeptical are you sure. You sure sure you'd hundred percent picky. Promise sure well this basically broke. Rachel maddow out and one of the more humorous segments that you'll ever see on the news and i assure sure you guys weren't watching it so we got the clip here just in case. You're curious play clip. Eighty of rachel maddow. Saying i'm i'm going to have to rewire my mind here. Just for this just to get used to the new normal here play club. Eighty part of that is that i feel like i'm going to have to rewire myself. So that when. I see somebody out in the world who not wearing a mask. I don't instantly think you are a threat or you are selfish. Are you worry. Cova denier and you definitely haven't been vaccinated. I mean we're going to have to rewire the way that we look at each other with these with this changing guidance. We're going to now have changing norms and we got to give each other space to have feelings about that as we go through. What's going to be a big change. That's going to create a lot of visceral a lot of visceral reaction in a lot of us just in our day to day lives. Big day big change.
U.S. Sends More Firepower to Middle East
"It is a truism of foreign military adventures that getting one troupe. Getting one's troops out rather can be at least as big a challenge as sending them in. The united states has deployed additional aircraft to afghanistan to protect its troops as they packed their kit prior to the anticipated departure later this year nearly twenty years after their first predescessors arrived that the us withdrawal will be popular with. Americans is in little doubt but there are political risks for president. Joe biden as well. Especially if a taliban resurgence this look less like withdrawal than a surrender on joined with more on this bite lukens former. Us diplomat now senior partner with cigna global advisors Lou how worried should the joe biden administration be about the next few months. Obviously what they're keen to avoid is people dredging up all that archive footage of people fleeing saigon by helicopter andrew. Yeah so i mean the irony. Is that in in an effort to withdraw. Our troops were sending more troops in in the short term to secure the the The removal of equipment and the withdrawal of troops but joe biden is definitely determined. Have all the. Us troops almost all us troops out by september eleventh. The real danger. I mean there's two. There's two dangerous here. One is at afghanistan just descends into prolific political turmoil and chaos and the other is at it reemerges as a base for terror attacks on the united states. I think the first scenario. Political chaos in afghanistan. Americans won't care that much about that. There are those within the political and diplomatic establishment. Who will care deeply. But the average american won't care that much. Afghanistan is just too far removed but if the al qaeda and taliban are able to re form the country as a terror basing site An effect terror attacks on american soil. From there that will will will send a strong message to joe biden. That you've got to do something maybe go back in there.
French Reporter Kidnapped by Jihadi Rebels in Northern Mali
"The video has been released showing a French journalist saying that he has been kidnapped by an al Qaida linked group in northern Mali the head of the Africa desk for Reporters Without Borders all know full game confirmed that journalist alleviate to what had been kidnapped on April the eighth while working a money's no the city of cal we have a reason to to to believe and the worst and I unfortunately and there is a fair chance is set to he was indeed kidnapped by December Hungary do Paul confirms in the video that he was kidnapped by the al Qaeda linked group Jay and I am for okay has appeal to French and Malian authorities to help police him well calling on the authorities to do everything they can the French foreign ministry confirmed his disappearance saying they're in touch with his family and Maddie and authorities I'm Karen Thomas
Idriss Déby, President of Chad, Dies After Clashes With Rebels
"Chad's President, Idriss Deby, has died of his injuries following clashes with rebels in the north of the country at the weekend. The baby sees Catherine be a room GAH has the story. President Idriss Deby had to pull out of an election victory celebration on Monday. His campaign director said he was visiting soldiers battling rebels to the north of the capital. The front for Change and Concord in Chad began his campaign on election Day by attacking a border post with Libya. The vote earlier this month was heavily contested on the main opposition candidates had pulled out, citing attacks by state forces. President Debbie has been criticized for his human rights record, but Is seen as a key security ally by France and other countries in the region in the battle against Boko, Haram and other groups linked to Al Qaeda and the Islamic state.
Biden Says He Will Bring U.S. Troops Home From Afghanistan
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Cheney: Afghanistan Withdrawal is a 'Huge Propaganda Victory' for Terrorists
"Out against President Jo. Biden's plan to pull U. S forces out of Afghanistan by September. 11th. Liz Cheney chairs the House GOP conference Now I'm not sure why the White House has selected that date. I can tell you that that is a huge victory. Huge propaganda victory for the Taliban for Al Qaeda. The notion that on the day that they attacked us, we're gonna mark that anniversary by withdrawing our forces. Congresswoman Cheney says any withdrawals that isn't conditions based puts American security at risk. President Biden will say we can't continue the cycle of extending the U. S president's hoping to create ideal conditions for withdrawal. President Biden's announcement is set for two p.m. Wall Street time from the White House. Bloomberg Radio will carry it live. The Coast Guard is continuing an
Biden to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan by September 11.
"I'm anthony davis president. Joe biden plans to withdraw the remaining two. And a half thousand. Us troops from afghanistan by september eleven. Twenty years to the day off to the al qaeda attacks that triggered america's longest war. Us officials said yesterday disclosure of the plan came on the same day that the us intelligence community released a gloomy outlook for afghanistan. Forecasting low chances of a peace deal this year and warning that its government would struggle to hold the taliban insurgency at bay if the us led coalition withdraws support. Biden's decision. would miss say may first deadline for withdrawal agreed to with the taliban by his predecessor. Donald trump the insurgents had threatened to resume hostilities against foreign troops. If that deadline was missed but biden would still be setting near-term withdrawal date potentially allaying taliban concerns a senior biden. Administration officials said. The pull outs would begin before may first and could be complete well. Before the september eleven deadline significantly it would not be subject to further conditions including security all human rights. Us secretary of state anthony blinken and s. defense secretary. Lloyd austin are expected to discuss the decision with nato allies in brussels. Today biden's decision suggests he has concluded that the us military presence will no longer be decisive. Achieving a lasting peace in afghanistan a core pentagon assumption. That has long underpinned. American troop deployments joe biden's administration has told congress is proceeding with more than twenty three billion dollars in weapons sales to the united arab emirates including
Several Dead as Suicide Bombing Targets Somali Regional Governor
"In Somalia A suicide bomber detonated his explosives outside a cafe today, leaving at least four people dead, several others injured. Authorities say the attacker was targeting the Bay Region Governor Alley Ward here who was outside the cafe. Governor escaped on harmed but at least two of his bodyguards were injured. The Al Qaeda linked group Al Shabaab claimed responsibility through a report they published on their website and radio station. Meanwhile, another explosion went off in the hurry would district of Mogadishu today, killing at least one person, Ah government soldier and wounding a bystander. It's not known whether the two explosions are related. No one has yet claimed responsibility for the bombing in
The U.S. Is On Track To Miss May 1 Deadline To Pull All Troops Out Of Afghanistan
"A deal with the Taliban last year. The Taliban were supposed to cut ties with groups like Al Qaeda, stop attacking U. S troops and engage in dialogue with the Afghan government. In return the U. S promised to pull out troops all troops by May 1st of this year now President Biden is suggesting the U. S may not meet that deadline. I'm in the process of making that decision now and still win. They'll leave. The fact is that It was not a very Solemnly negotiated deal. President Biden speaking there yesterday on ABC. Well to understand
Has the Taliban won?
"Any war is easier to get into then get out of but history has repeatedly demonstrated that there are few quogue myers quite so glutinous as afghanistan. There are american veterans of afghanistan who have waived their children off to serve on the same battlefield. Two thousand and twenty one marks twenty years. Since the united states led an invasion of afghanistan to destroy al-qaeda perpetrators of nine eleven and roused the taliban the islamist government which hubbard them a peace process largely conducted in doha has been underway a while but the process has brought little piece. Last november was afghanistan's worst month for civilian casualties in more than a decade for me. Us president donald trump promised nevertheless to bring the troops home. The lost two and a half thousand american soldiers would leave. He insisted by this coming. May the first. Interestingly the new administration of president joe biden has not retracted this deadline. It is leaning hard on afghanistan's government and the far from vanquished taliban to agree a settlement. But he's there seeriously any settlement that the taliban can be kept to foreign troops. Leave is america preparing to settle for a defeat. They can hope to sell as draw. And where would that leave the people who live there. This is the foreign desk this in a way. An impossible decision very difficult choice for biden. The impulse in one sense is to use this deadline to put a line over the afghan conflict. But the reality is that the role of the taliban and the presence of the taliban in the country is a serious issue. This concerns here that the country would slide into civil war. Killing of women civil society members journalist all done to terrorize the people. Silencing the voices of reason it's a technique to show that the gains of the past twenty years not important. These targeted killings means that people are terrified to go out in the morning. they say without exaggeration. Kiss your loved ones goodbye. Because you're not sure you're gonna come home at the end of the day. Not a day goes by without oblast in some major city in afghanistan. So they want this to work.
Suit blames Saudi Arabia for attack at Florida military base
"A new lawsuit stemming from the deadly shooting attack at a Florida naval base in twenty nineteen alleges Saudi Arabian officials knew the gunmen had been radicalized but failed to stop him victims families and survivors of the twenty nineteen shooting attack at Naval Air Station Pensacola are suing the Saudi kingdom saying the deaths of three sailors could have been prevented they allege Saudi Air Force officer Muhammad Saeed al some runny had communicated with al Qaeda operatives before the attack their lawsuit alleges the gunman told fellow Saudi trainees at a dinner party he planned to carry out the shooting the next day none of them reported it now some runny died in the attack then president trump vowed to victims would get help from the Saudi kingdom but the lawsuit alleges that never happened Jackie Quinn Washington
Iran Demands U.S. Lift Sanctions Before It Reenters Nuclear Deal
"Iran has set a deadline off Sunday for the United States to lift the sanctions imposed by President Trump after he pulled us out of the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement. But Biden administration has indicated that although it is prepared to ease the measures, it'll only do so if Iran first returns to compliance with the nuclear deal. Over the past five years, Iran has resumed enrichment on development activities and alleged violation off the nuclear agreement. Head of the UN's nuclear watchdog, has arrived in Tehran today to find out more so both U. S and Iran of staked out their position ahead of Sunday's deadline. The Biden administration is also agreed to return to nuclear talks with Iran, with its European allies, raising the prospect of the U. S. Rejoining The 2015 agreement, however, is the new secretary of state, Antony Blinken told the BBC's yelled at her Quim. There were conditions attached to any future U. S engagement with Iran. We have a policy in recent years of so called maximum pressure on Iran that has not produced results. In fact, The problem has gotten worse around is now much closer to being able to produce on short order enough fissile material for a nuclear weapon that so called breakout time had been pushed past one year. By the nuclear agreement. It's now down, based on published reports to just a few months and meanwhile, Iran has been not standing down but acting up in the region with various destabilizing actions, attacks on our own forces in Iraq and elsewhere on our partners. And so the problem has gotten worse. Not better. U S Secretary of State Antony Blinken and earlier I spoke to Professor Mohammad Marandi of the University of Tehran and former nuclear talks advisor Firstly is Iran in any way, please, to see a change of president. In the United States. I don't think anyone in Iran Mrs Trump, but I don't think that anyone really has any expectations of by them. We already see that Biden and his administration is pursuing the same policies of maximum pressure. And instead of being apologetic for what the United States has done to Iran, he has expectations from Iran. The Americans left agreement, but it's the Iranians that he expects to comply by the agreement instead of the United States, making up for the harm that it's carried out against ordinary Iranians. Or, for example, the United States has murdered a senior Iranian general who led the fighting against Isis and Al Qaeda and the region. Yet the United States is speaks of its concern about Iranian behavior, So it's a sort of extraordinary situation where Trump leaves. But the legacy of Trump is still there in many ways, But with all due respect, you're not getting Maura of the same with the Biden administration, for instance, it has already dropped to push for more sanctions at the United Nations crafted by President Trump, and it's also removed restrictions. On Iranian diplomats a credit to the United Nations in New York. Maybe these are small things, but they're indicative off a different approach. Do you not think No, I think they're zero the movement of Iranian diplomats in New York. It's just a very small irritant. It has no impact on life for ordinary Iranians and the withdrawal of the U. S letter to the U. N. Security Council makes no difference either because the U. N did not accept Trump's claims that those sanctions were back in place because the United States left the P five plus one. They didn't have the authority to write that letter. What is important for Iran is that the United States has not abided by his obligations and neither have the Europeans, whereas it was the Iranians that remained within the framework of the P five plus one and committed itself to its obligation and on Lee after a long period of time that Iran decrease its commitments because the other side was not abiding by any of their commitments. So you would acknowledge that, as of now Iran is in non compliance with the 2015 nuclear agreement. I mean, it's resumed enrichment and development activities. No, it's the other side that has been in noncompliance for years and within the framework of the deal. I think it's article 36. The Iranians have the right to when the other side is not carrying out its obligations. It has the right to decrease its own commitments to its obligations so the Iranians are on Lee risk. Implicating but with great delay. In fact, many in Iran are saying, Why did you wait all these years? You should have stopped applying Iranian commitments to the JCP away when the Americans stopped, But the Iranians who waited because the Europeans promised to do something about it, and they didn't and then gradually, Iranians like decrease its commitments. But Iran has never left the deal. And Iran has always said if the United States returns to its commitments will reciprocate. But so far the United States has done nothing. I mean, you set this deadline for the United States to lift those sanctions against Iran. What's around going to do when that passes and you don't get what you want? Well when the Americans do not remove the sanctions, That means that the United States will continue the maximum pressure campaign, which means the United States will not abiding by any of its commitment within the framework of the nuclear deal, and therefore Iran will end the remaining commitments that it is carrying out with it. The framework of the nuclear deal. In other words, if the United States implements the deal, we implement the deal, but for now on, we're not going to implement part of the deal. When the Americans are implementing none of the deal. The Iranian law that was passed gave Biden a month and a half. He could have just used his pen and reversed Trump's presidential decrees, but he did not make that choice. If he chooses to make that choice that the Iranians will reciprocate, But the Americans cannot expect any changes to the deal. There will be no change is the side that can make demands is Iran, not the United States. Iran was hurt by American maximum pressure campaign as it was committed to the
"al qaeda" Discussed on The Lawfare Podcast
"The strength is different but a couple of things on the phillies out one. They are mostly about their country in region so the north african affiliate tends to focus on north africa and this has implications for us interests in north africa. But it's not the same as a direct threat to the us homeland but we do see some of these affiliates reaching out beyond their area of operation so we see al-qaeda's branch in the arabian peninsula based in yemen that had ties to several attacks in europe. we twee nineteen on individual that the release was inspired but had some degree of connection to the yemen branch. A saudi trainee who was at a military base in florida. Who killed several americans there so we do see the affiliates doing some attacks the important obligation no is the scale and scope of these far less than many people would feared years ago. So i think if you go back to some of the very dire predictions in the early two thousands Where people are saying. We're going to see lots of spectacular attacks buzzy steady pace. That didn't happen. So we do see occasional attacks. We do see some degree of inspiration. We see figures that who's propaganda matters but all that said the organization is far weaker than it was fifteen years ago. I want to suggest that the organization maven be significantly weaker than it was five years ago. So al qaeda in the arabian peninsula was the most active affiliate and exporting terrorist activity. But that seems to have been largely a result of anwar al awlaki and this one particularly energetic bombmaker and the group of people around him and you know the other affiliates with the solitary exception of isis which of is now sort of competitive franchise are not really in the business of as you point out. They're not really in the business of terrorism beyond the shores of their local conflicts. And so i guess my question is at this stage is it really. Are these really meaningfully. Al qaeda affiliates anymore or is this more like you know we used to have an international. You know the international socialist movements and they were all kind of part of one giant international movement. They were local affiliates. Now you just have kind of left parties all over the world right on there. They don't have any great meaningful connections with one another. You know we used to have al-qaeda core and it's affiliates and now you just kind of have a bunch of like local like fundamentalist terrorist organizations. Are they even meaningfully. Al qaeda in a more in any serious sense this tension has been there for a while if you go back to some of the documents that. Us forces captured when they killed bin laden in abbad in twenty eleven. A lot of the back and forth in time is about these affiliates that they never listened that we're trying to get them to do different kinds of targeting but they don't pay attention to us. There is constant complaining so what we did see though is a couple shifts that that mattered but not as much as al qaeda. The core would have liked so one was that the groups became more regional so they tended to in the past be very focused on one particular country so the al qaeda in the maghreb was. We talked about it really being about algeria right but it becomes much more about north africa going after targets in a wide range of countries there And we see this pattern again and again we're group shift from local to at least a bit more regional. I'm they also tend to be a bit more international in their targeting in their region. So they begin to go after. A u n facilities or us embassies more than they would have in the past so there are chefs and then as you say the big exception or unusual one to all this is the branch and part of this is a lucky you have. Arguably the most effective english language propagandist in the jihadists world is for a long time based on the yemen until the us kills them and So he is someone who is inspiring people and even today you'll still see attacks in the west happened where this person wealth listened to our lucky sermons that he someone whose words endure beyond beyond the grave but we also even after his death. We did see made any arabian peninsula at least high individuals who are active in the united states in europe. So it didn't go away with a lucky but a lucky himself. was an exceptionally dangerous individual because of his power to persuade all right so in the united states. We have a presidential transition. That is not yet going on but will be going on soon. If al-qaeda has really lost both its number one and number two it needs to have a transition as well and so to all the people out there who are who wanna get their resumes in front of you know the transition team for al-qaeda coups gonna be choosing the new. I'm on al-zawawi hurry you know. What's the structure like for the creation of a a new leadership. When bin laden was killed. It was kind of obvious that zoa hurry takes over. Who takes over. Now if he is in fact dead and perhaps most importantly who do people send their resumes too in the al qaeda transitioned him so this is a great question and i like how you it. I don't know who's going to take over. And even before the killing of three. I wouldn't know because to me. This leadership is scattered and there are different factions. And it's really an open question of who who could do this. Al qaeda itself is very bureaucracy organization and actually mean that as a compliment. It's an organization that had lots of committees and invested mary seriously in institutional development. They have leadership committees who will determine who the mirrors and in addition. I would be surprised if they didn't have a succession plan. can't have been surprise that i the surprise to me is actually. That's why we lived as long as he did. Not that he died. So the idea of Having someone in waiting is quite plausible to me but you raise a key question right. Which is who is this person going to be and this person may have some credibility in that. They have a lot of veterans of different jihad. So they're likely to find someone who is respected as a fighter off. But will this person have the stature. I think bin laden is unrealistic but even out some lesser like so artery. And that's unlikely and because this movement is already regionalized because it's spread among so many different countries the big question of what if prairie should be. They'll be different. People who have not buying for leadership themselves will at least be asking themselves. How much do. I need to pay attention to this new guy in here. Us counter-terrorism becomes very important for any leader to consolidate his position. They're going to need to communicate they're going to need to be rallying people to their side. They're going to need to be ensuring that resources can flow to the extent that they have resources antica nita mixture. They can assert authority but all that requires meeting people talking on the phone. All these things are exceptionally dangerous when there are drones flying overhead and people are hunting you so there is a possibility that choose a leader and that leader may be killed quickly or that leader will be unable to consolidate power because they can't communicate effectively so while. Al-qaeda has deteriorated. There is this counterpoint organization that has.
"al qaeda" Discussed on The Lawfare Podcast
"Apparently has vacancy once again. I'll ida's number. Two has reportedly been killed in iran by israeli forces acting on us intelligence. In addition there are some rumors about al qaeda's number one. I'm also why hurry also passing into the hereafter. These are sketchy. But we're gonna talk about it joining us in. The virtual jungle studio is law fares foreign policy editor brookings scholar and georgetown professor daniel byman counter-terrorism ordinary and al qaeda watcher. We're going to go over the reports the gossip and the rumors standby it's gonna be fun. It's the law fair podcast november seventeenth job openings and al qaeda all right dan first of all. I want to start by noting that when we turn al-qaeda as a respite from the news you know something's wrong. It is remarkable to actually have a smile on your face when you're reading news about al qaeda and then when you're reading about the united states to get horribly depressed but that is the mental space. I'm in right. I mean you know this feels like law fair comfort food. We're talking about operations. Covert operations in the middle east. That have killed al qaeda senior management. So let's start with what we know. Who is the gentleman who was killed in iran. And what do we know about the operation. So the report is that phosphine has been killed and he is someone who goes way back. He joined the anti-soviet afghan jihad in the nineteen eighties. he was a founding member of al-qaeda. When it was a tiny organization he went with your organization into sudan when the organization has spent several years in exile there and he was part of the leadership council. He managed operations in africa. He managed training because you managed operations in africa. He is held responsible for the nine hundred. Ninety eight embassy bombings. And so he's someone who is starkly was incredibly important figure after al-qaeda was rousted from afghanistan after nine eleven He fled to iran and the belief is he's been there ever since and so there are questions or at least i have questions about how active an operational role. He's been playing in recent years but having said that he historically was a very important figure and import in terms of killing americans. Not just al qaeda. It seems as if he was killed by a hit team directed by israel. The your times had a good in quite detailed report on this. That was Operating from a motorcycle they drove by when he was in a car and fired several shots and killed him and that this was done at the behest of the united states. I don't have any of my own information to corroborate this but it certainly seems possible given that israel has shown a remarkable ability to operate in iran and did a similar campaign against where we think they did a similar campaign against ronnie nuclear scientists. And that this is an individual. The united states has to go after for quite some time but the us has been hesitant to go operate in iran directly. So this all makes sense but again how much information is available beyond the new york times is unclear to me one aspect of it. That doesn't make sense to me. Is the idea of the israelis operating at the us behest in iran against what is really more of us target than in israeli target. So the israelis have to my knowledge operated against al qaeda in to some degree southern syria when it's appropriate when you know when it's convenient for them to do so but they have not been a big part of the anti al qaeda coalition per se. An in fact at times. Have you know cooperated with elements of the syrian resistance that are probably al qaeda linked and when they have operated in iran which they have quite aggressively. It's generally a been about their own nuclear targets the iranian nuclear program which they are very serious about and it's also been directed at at a hezbollah related targets. Can you think of any precedent for basically the israelis out what's essentially a us operation so there are a couple of things to add to your points out one is that because upham how i must re was heading africa operations he was probably responsible for the two thousand two attacks in kenya that killed thirteen canyons but also Three israeli tourists there has been linked to israel with this particular guys. well is with al-qaeda. But that said you're right. This is much more of a. Us target in general. The qaeda has been a us operation with israel playing a very limited role simply because al-qaeda hasn't been much of a message. Israel israel has bigger problems with groups like hamas and so its own priorities are elsewhere But you mentioned syria. And that's a good example. Where israel invested pretty heavily in developing operational capacity and intelligence capacity far from its border in order to go after and both in mitering sense but also in the target says to go after isis and al qaeda figures and that was very much to show its value to the united states. There is extensive. Us intelligence cooperation with israel on a range of issues including counterterrorism and israel. Very much wants to show that it is a good partner. It gets a lot of this relationship and it's important for israel's equities with ron inequities in the region so israel developed its abilities impart for its own interests but also in part to be able to do favors for the united states that would show its value and israel has done the same thing in the past few wanna go way back to the cold war we instances where israeli operatives gained valuable information on the soviet union on soviet military technology. That in some cases were import israel but were tremendously important to us intelligence at the time all right. Let's talk a little bit more about al-massari the name al-massari or the the moniker al-massari means the egyptian. I assume this is a guy who was part of the the egyptian islamic jihad substrate. That actually really ran al qaeda underneath the saudi figure at its top. Is that right. So he was part of the egyptian mafia. If you will. And what makes egyptians interesting unusual is that some of them are figures like i'm into himself who headed his own group. Who very much had an organization while others are individuals who flitted between different groups and were part of a broader movement. If you will and unlike so artery really was involved in fighting the soviets so he was someone who had certainly. Yoga was very much part of the egyptian movements but at the same time was also very much. Part of what. Al-qaeda was trying to do which was much more air national global than the regime focused in the early nineteen ninety s late nineteen eighties. So he's kind of a natural bridge figure between these and we see a number of these folks who showed up in al-qaeda's leadership at the time now because many of these people have been killed. I we've seen a transition leadership. Where the egyptian mafias not ill as important as it was twenty years ago but he's a vestige of that time in history so i started the podcast with a joke about this being the most dangerous job in the world and to be precise i suppose the the most dangerous job in the world was the number three and alcaide for a long time because you had bin laden yet soiree and then there were the string of numbers three that the us would claim to have killed or captured right. And you know a lot of them. Were you know you'd read these news stories while us kills al qaeda's number three and you kind of say again and it would be somebody that you've never heard of and for me. This was an another example of that. Right we kill the number two and al qaeda. And i'd never heard of the guy before and i guess my question is. Are these really a string of really important counterterrorism operations and kills or. Is this a situation where you get somebody and then you kind of leak to the new york times. Hey somebody really important. We got somebody or is this like a systematic wiping out over time of their operational management. I see it as a systematic campaign. This was someone who was tremendously important. So if we were having this this discussion in the aftermath of nine eleven you know he would certainly be near the top of the list of people. The united states wanted to go after. I'm always a bit skeptical when reports talk about al-qaeda's number two in part just because this individual was in iran. He was kind of frozen out from a lot of what was going on in al-qaeda to me his direct operational in leadership role is questionable are was questionable So should probably discuss this shinzo artery. Actually be dead with this guy have taken. The helm from iran is to me really a question mark but that said he clearly was a senior leader whether he was number two or put on farther..
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"Bush and his inner circle of advisers. Fran Townsend said that they had to untangle the web of small elements that made up always network with with all kinds of Iraq. Frankly what we what. We said we needed to do when we saw them. Having the mental was to step back and say okay what has given them this momentum clearly they had these individual cells clearly they were able to share bombing expertise clearly removing moving some money and then component pieces to explosives and so you begin to break it down you say okay. I have to look at each of the discrete elements How is he moving money. How are they communicating. Where are they getting the component pieces for what are each of the components and what would you need to put it together and I'm going to target each discrete discreet tiny little element if I can begin to pull little elements away. Suddenly the whole thing falls of its own weight and that's exactly what happened. The president encouraged the entire community military intelligence all of it to look at how they could support each other in pulling discreet little elements away to be creative live to find the technology that it was going to require and the intelligence it was gonNA require and that's exactly what the military and the intelligence community did you come and I and the days where you have where the momentum you feel like the momentum hasn't been with you you start with your thought is really so much so so simple all its let nothing blow up today. Let me get through today with nothing blowing up and I can if I can string two and three and four days together I can then switch switch the momentum. I mean you really you start. When momentum is not with you and you're frustrated with very modest goals. Let us get through this day and figure out how to make that two tim days. Al-Zour Cowie seemed to have the power to strike it will and yet somehow he remained completely hidden when you really didn't know what he was doing in Iraq back in. We didn't know like diddy lives there to have kids there. Where was he moving What was his support network. I think what most counterterrorism officials I will tell you as you go through periods where you feel beleaguered right you go through periods where you have your making very limited progress and you're trying to understand why that that is why does he seem to have momentum behind him and you're trying to figure out what can. I do to change that dynamic but anybody who's been in this fight will tell you that's what that's what happens you go through these periods and you've got to push through and you've got to understand what is it. That's giving him the momentum and how do you take that away from him. He was so well hidden that no one had a recent photo of him. Let alone any idea where he might be. He didn't use a mobile phone for fear. It would be tracked. He only met with a select group of trusted advisers visors whose whereabouts were also on known finding Al-Zour cowie would prove difficult but not impossible over a period of analysis this they had picked up on a few predictable elements of zircon ways movements. We knew that we had a spiritual adviser. We knew that he was going to visit him. We identified a car hard that he was going to take to get there and so as you got each of those little elements you understood that it was absolutely inevitable that would be successful is just just a matter of being patient because eventually he would. We had enough intelligence and enough of a network that eventually he was. GonNa make a mistake us an opportunity and that's exactly what happened through the combined efforts of interrogators under tremendous amount of pressure to deliver results quickly every day we were reminded minded how important it was to find an killer capture. Obama suttles Kylie because use the key to winning the war and that pressure was reinforced for a variety of leaders leaders continuously on us and task force black. The momentum had shifted the the rates of his network. We're getting faster and closer to him so you had the sense. We're we're going to get there. You had you had an increasing confidence that we were getting closer that we putting the squeeze on and and that the military was ultimately going to be successful. Al-Zour Cowie's final days are upon him. That's next time on covert. Covert is an audio boom in world meteorites co-production hosted by me Jaime Rennell. It's produced by audio booms. Ben Hostile Rachel Jacobs is Casey Georgie and Karen Bevan and by Pascal Hughes for World Media Rights we had additional production help from world meteorites by Gerald's Abankwa David mcnabb mcnabb is the series creative director and the executive producers for audio boom are Brendan Regan and Stewart last if you haven't already don't forget to follow us on spotify fi or subscribe on apple podcasts Stitcher or wherever you find your favorite shows you can also find us on instagram at covert podcast and and if you've got some time give us a review..
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Five hundred miles to the west of Baghdad or Al-Zour Cowie was was born in one thousand nine hundred sixty six author of insurgent Iraq. I'll ZERKALO WE IN THE NEW GENERATION Loretta Napoleonic other cow is a working class individual. It does not belong to an elitist family in that is very very different from the majority of the lead there some of the Jihadist Movement and arcade them his his background is he was a criminal. You know he spent time in Jordanian prison for sexual assault salt he was a drug dealer. He was a petty criminal Jordan. Well there is a there's a narrative which you find in the lives of of quite a lot the people who got involved without Kaieda and I suppose you could say that there's a period in their lives which you might call the sinful years crazy years as I mean you saw it with some of the nine eleven hijackers that there was a period of their life when they've been drinking heavily and doing lots of things which clearly Islam would consider very very very Harare unplayed Zaccaria was one of those people I mean accounts differ as to whether he was actually hard boozing villa in his hometown now it's certainly true that he was involved in some forms of crime and that he probably had some kind of a piff unie some kind of moments when he realized that he he's life was going the wrong way and the Islam was the answer for him and of course many of those people who had kind of experience often in jail became the most militant jihadist because they felt they had redeemed their lives and discovered purpose in one thousand nine hundred nine. All ZACCARIA traveled to Afghanistan to become a freedom MM fighter against the Soviet occupation it was there he met his mentor and Inspiration Osama bin Laden at the beginning of two thousand finally finally Auxerre car. We met Osama bin Laden. It was a very interesting meeting with the leader of al-Qaeda a very very powerful man in Afghanistan. Also cow was a novelty. It was the leader of this small group of individuals who did not even have a name that did not not have base and the reason why are the Cowie met is because he was looking for a sponsor he was looking for money. He wanted to set up a little camp where he could look after his followers. Osama bin Laden offer Cowie to become part of Al.. Okay dumb former White House counterterrorism adviser Fran Townsend Sir Kelly really came to at least my attention I think many in the counterterrorism community me during the millennium the ninety nine to two thousand period there had been a series of raids in Jordan and there was a threat in inside Jordan there was tremendous cooperation between the FBI the CIA and our Jordanian counterparts during in fact we deployed a number of FBI agents. It's over to Jordan to work with the CIA and the Jordanians and during the course of that investigation it became clear the leader of the cell was an individual by the name of Zarcal. We we knew he was an important terrorists figure. We knew he was an important operational leader. I don't think anyone at that point in time. Imagine you you know more than a decade later we would be chasing him inside. Iraq where he would become an even more influential figure in Al Qaeda in the wake of September eleventh much of the Al Qaeda leadership went into hiding in the tribal belt between Afghanistan and Pakistan the United States had begun its invasion of Afghanistan Afghanistan Zorka we and other al-Qaeda fighters meanwhile had crossed over to Iran and then into the northern Iraq region known as Kurdistan now now that move is very much the beginning of the making with made because the Americans were informed of the existence of outsor- Cowie at the end of two thousand and one by the Kurdish secret service the Kurdish secret service alerted Americans the odds are Cowan was the link between between Al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein it was clear as we were in Iraq the increasing importance of czar calloway inside al-Qaeda circles he had come up during the course of the war in Afghanistan people understood his importance as an operational leader and he was clearly trusted by bin Laden Auden and Al Qaeda senior leadership and so when he was deployed if you will from the federal administrative tribal aries into Iraq we understood as the the American counterterrorism community that this was a significant event this was he was well liked by soldiers and al Qaeda. He was well respected by leadership. He was incredibly capable he was experienced and so he had that unique combination of skills that would allow him to be a real force on for al Qaeda against US inside Iraq in two thousand three the US and other coalition forces entered Iraq and the Saddam Hussein regime quickly collapsed but it created a major power vacuum houser Collie who was hiding in the shadows kick started a campaign of violence. He stirred up the hatred between Iraq's two main religious groups the majority Shia Muslims and the minority Sunnis he then created a militant group with the aim of killing as many many Shias as possible and sparking a brutal cycle of violence across the nation and it was drawing the attention of the United States especially Secretary Three of State Colin Powell on the fifth of February two thousand and three calling power when to Security Council and in front of the words presented also Cowie as link between Qaidam and Saddam Hussein nobody at art of Our cowie before that day I mean everybody in the community of terrorists expert and never heard his name interestingly pressingly enough from that moment onwards also cowie became the men masterminded immaturity of the terrorist various attack which had taken place after nine eleven also Conway's group was named by intelligence officials al Qaeda in Iraq or for short short a Q. I when you look at Al.. Qaeda's mission in Iraq is our couch mission. We mistakenly look at these organizations as terrorist groups. This is too narrow. These are revolutionary organizations that want to spread an idea they can return to what they call a caliphate of fourteen centuries old old concept that there's a pure way to live according to the Koran Prophet Muhammad targets included bombing the offices of the United Nations and the Red Cross regular attacks tax on the basis of US military coalition forces but in an effort to maximize casualties the terrorist group shifted its attention to targeting public markets. It's police stations mosques and with it media coverage and in the eyes of our Collie this was attention on his movement and an important recruitment Krugman tool former interrogator and author of how to break a terrorist Matthew Alexander. There's a large influx of foreign fighters into Iraq after the Abu Abu Ghraib scandal which was essentially al-Qaeda's number one recruiting tool for convincing young Muslims from all across from everywhere from North Africa all across the Middle East to come to Iraq and fight in what they termed Jihad in these foreign fighters were extremely potent because they were the ones who made most of the suicide bombers so they're the ones that essentially we're also the most brutal I think the largely the ax you see like beheadings happen because of these foreign fighters and not so much because of Iraqis Al-Zour collie orchestrated numerous suicide bombings a devastating series of attacks in March two thousand four killed close to two hundred people at she a holy sites czar Cowie was is at the top of the target list inside Iraq one because of the bloodshed he was causing and not just of Iraqis. I mean this. This terrorist leader became a primary source of injuries and killings of our own soldiers and coalition forces and so absolutely he became prominent on the scope of the president in terms of briefings and targets then on May eleventh.
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"Their weapons ammunition night vision goggles and radio equipment these fighters were part of a secret of Unit code-named Task Force black they we're traveling towards a remote farmhouse on the outskirts of Baghdad inside was their target Abu Musab Al's Hikari the mastermind into behind countless bombings kidnappings and beheadings as the leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq as the operation approached the farmhouse to smaller helicopters flanked them they were accompanied by a couple of smaller headquarters lynxes with snipers in them that would orbit over the target and then last in the order if you like this little fly on Mada were a couple of big helicopters with the force that would be used to put what they call a calm around the Alpha the corden being the belt of security so that if anybody jumped out the window made a run for it S- quarters as they call them they edit eh either the people in the helicopters the orbiting snipers or the call would take care of those people the fighters landed stealthily onto the Desert Floor Floor and began closing in on the property to scouts climbed over a small stonewall and crawled towards the farmhouse looking for signs of life and and possible entrance points pinning their backs against the uneven concrete. They peered through a crack in the wall to catch a glimpse inside inside the building walls if you like a protection detail of people for this particular Amir that's at the SAS targeted there were at least two possibly three wearing wearing suicide vests they will hall a dozen sold rifles. There were dozens of hand grenades. These people are heavily armed. They must be protecting being something or someone important but could it be. Abu Musab also Cari finally after years of brutal anarchy in the war-torn country. Could this be his end. Welcome to covert show about the shadowy world of international espionage top secret military operations rations. The entire country was essentially embroiled in a civil war. There is a beheadings every day. They're suicide bombings. There is retaliatory acts of terrorism going on between the city and she answer every day you would wake up and read about murders decapitations types. I'm Jamie Rennell and I'm going to take you inside history's greatest special operations missions to learn about the brave soldiers and operatives who risked their lives to terminate the world's most wanted eliminate terrorist threats and protect countless innocent law. Abu Mussa Balza Cari had been thought to be responsible for years long bloody war in Iraq. Was this evil I think arguably over over the last several years no single person on this planet has had the blood of more innocent men women and children on his hands then Sarkar why and how and why did our colleagues terror begin but as a cow is doing in Iraq is trying to destroy completely the state in order to to rebuild it and from the ashes of this date we will rebuild the new state and this new states will be sort of carbon. Call me of the Caliphate. This is the true story of Task Force Black and the killing of one of Iraq's most vicious terrorist leaders Abu Abu Musab all's Hikari this is assault on al-Qaeda part one the rest of the fighters from task force black joined the scouts at the perimeter wall of the rustic farm building but as they drew near something surprised them mark urban even the author of two thousand eleven's task force black the explosive true story of the special secret forces war in Iraq as the SAS men from B squadron of twenty two s started to move towards the AL for the target. They realized it was not going to be a typical sort of mission. They they thought they could hear sounds inside the building. They approached the building very gingerly and a few of the men walked around a parked car that was under a car park and to to that surprise and satisfaction found that there was a door just wipe behind the call. If all's are Cowie one of the world's most wanted aged terrorists was inside. Why would he leave the door wide open. Would it be so easy to get inside. The unit opted to enter the compound through through the door only to find it was a trap almost as soon as they went through the door. They were hit by a hell of bullets the people inside clearly the news somebody who was coming they were armed and they will wait so they'd. Father's initial volley of bullets hit a couple of the SAS guys the SAS go always withdrew. Obviously they had casualties to treat so they withdrew to a safe distance. The airwaves were alive at moment with reports that there was resistance instance inside the building under they needed to take the appropriate action immediate action deal without resistance immediately for the commander on the spot a number of very difficult questions some of these incidents where heavy resistance was encountered they simply pulled back and dropped a bomb on the building and killed everybody inside for many different raisins the SAS on the ground decided not to do they wanted this person alive for intelligence purposes the longer they withdrew from the action the more opportunity to terrorists. I would have to destroy data that could lead the coalition forces to other Al Qaeda compounds the team again advanced towards the open door. They felt it was is worth trying to fight their way and that's what we did. They went into the building. They started to engage people in the dauntless in the rooms as they went into the building trying to clear Rimbaud task force black ran through the building taking out each al Qaeda operative in their path while al Qaeda fighters sprayed the night air with AK forty eighty seven fire but the al Qaeda cell were no match for the methodical and controlled fighting style of task force black suffered many casualties now. The downstairs was secured but the upstairs still needed to be investigated as one of the SAS fighters entered the stairwell of the farmhouse farmhouse. The top of the stairs above him was dark with no sign of life. He slowly walked up the stairs readying himself for any signs of booby traps. APPs were ambush as he reached the top step on the stairs a figure appeared as one of the SAS men who who was a staff sergeant. A team leader went up the stairs to the upper level. There was a suicide bomber waiting for him at the top of the stairs who detonated his suicide. We saw device. There was an explosion the SAS man was bloom down the stairs. There was a man down but special forces continued up the stairs moving past. Ask the now dead suicide bomber. The rest of the house was cleared. The fighters scan the rooms to their horror. Several women and children were caught up in the blast tragically. There were no survivors among them. The soldier however was still breathing with only slight bruising and Minor Lacerations Association's he would recover meanwhile operatives had captured five male al Qaeda hostages with the House now clear threat task force black started looking for any evidence linking the House with Alexander Cowie and to the teams surprise the sound of footsteps came came from above them grenade hit the ground outside the compound next to the entrance of the property followed by a flurry of machine gun fire there were other people they've been throwing grenades and opening fire at the SAS. They were killed to another man wearing a suicide vest a squirt or as they call it flat the back of the building and hate under a car that was parked behind the building. He was taken out. It's not clear whether it was one of the snipers helicopters talk about a corden forces were around the building the tallest building the Alpha so at the end of a sort of terrifying twenty minutes. There were a whole lot of dead people in this building including one person blowing himself up in an attempt to kill US soldiers. Another who hadn't had a chance is to detonate his best was lying dead under the car. There were spent cases grenades got every one of the date al Qaeda members that the has been stepped across. I've seen a photo of this had a grenade in his hand with the pain removed and clearly steph quite gingerly across him as they tried I to see what else was in the building. The special OPS mission proved to be a success inside the house. We captured five senior ranking members of al-Qaeda. We didn't know at the time they were senior. Ranking we thought or suspected they were because of the way they dress because of their mannerisms but we didn't really know what we had. That's it's the voice of Matthew Alexander senior military interrogator who oversaw the team tasked with finding out who those five men were and more importantly if they could lead him to Abu Musab collie. This was a guy who had murdered thousands of people in fact he murdered many more people than some of Bin Laden ever. Did you could say a colleague could be responsible for upwards of one hundred thousand deaths by starting the civil war in Iraq he wanted to be the leader of all tied in Mesopotamia and he I saw this struggle as part of the larger al-Qaeda struggle for dominance in the Middle East but is really all about him and his the strategy was to start a civil war in Iraq between Sunni and Shia and he believed American forces. 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"Nineteen eighty. So he voted for a communist, and he became head of the CIA director. And we're worried about Russia. John Brennan, if you're if you're using the same standards to start a counterintelligence investigation. At least you have some behavior. He admitted he voted for Gus hall. He's a communist nobody had to sit there and figure out whether Obama traded an American deserter. For five Al Qaeda leaders. You can make a great point that letting those al-qaeda leaders go back and become part of the power base again against the United States is against US national security and should start a counterintelligence investigation. Right. You can make the case in line to the American public about the Iran deal and then put those two together. And then put those two together what nation is a bigger sponsor of international terrorism than Iran, and the reason that you don't and the reason the FBI doesn't do that as we explained earlier, and the reason there wasn't a call for it for the president for Obama was because the president himself gets to decide what is national security, and what is best for the United States. And what is not best that is the sole area where the president. Gets that exclusive of thority from the constitution of the United States. That's why they didn't go after Obama. Trump was different. Right. Bob has been different on.
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"Unfortunately during that last we lost seventeen that day seventeen sailors, but the crew did an incredible job of preening fellowship mates and getting them off the ship in an hour and a half with what you know, what we had. Because basically we had no problem with water. No supplies, the ship was pretty much dead. The water. We had no, no, engines and only one generator was running. When that took place. Did you foresee, you know, first of all what could be coming next, obviously? But then after everything was said and done and you guys had taken care of the situation. Could you foresee, you know, Al Qaeda, very few people have ever heard of Al Qaeda? What was coming Levin months almost to the day? And then where we were headed from that day forward. Not at all as you know, Intel was a real issue in those days. It failed us miserably. It would have been nice to know there was sixty attacks in Yemen alone by all kinds of different organizations. But as you said, you know, we we felt like we were this stepping stone to nine eleven that it emboldened our enemy al-qaeda, which actually used even I didn't sink or we saved you're still use a film clips of our advertisements. They made their own film clips because the guy who was supposed to film it actually fell asleep. Never got the film done of our attack, but still celebrated and used that as a recruiting tool. That's just insane..
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"To seven BBC came up with one quick thing on the Saudi Arabia's situation. Is it possible for us to settle on a pronunciation of this man's, man? I would I would like to call a conference of everyone all media. What are we supposed to call this guy because I? Khashoggi initially heard that one on CNN. Hey, we're supposed to is CNN is the is the name first name in news. Right. I mean, this is the big the big one, right? Then I heard kashogi because show. Kashogi kashogi. Yes, kashogi is the one that. I think is I thought it was like the main. That's what I thought. I thought that we've been hearing that name since the eighties with Adnan kashogi who was a big arms dealer. Yeah. And he was in the he was mentioned in the Iran contra hearings. And so this is a name that's been. It was kashogi that doesn't that's not a determining factor anymore. Like if you call Copenhagen for five hundred years, it just turns the Copenhagen one day. Just everyone start saying copen hawks bullets bullets bullets Kabul. It's guitar. It's qatar. Nope. It's cutter. And then it was gutter for awhile. I remember gutter for awhile. Yeah. I don't know. I don't know how this happens Osama bin Laden, and then it was Osama bin Laden. It was Al Qaeda Al Qaeda, Al Qaeda in it was Q U idea and QA EDA all different spellings. I don't understand it. So I heard Cush Cush Khashoggi initially then kashogi and now on the way in today. I heard a New York Times person Sekou kashogi. Oh, you really Shoji? It's a whole new one in now we're like a week into the story, and there's already three different pronunciations. This guy's name. Can we settle on something? I wanna call him. Bob. I'm fine with that. I mean, what's his first name Jamal? I'm fine. Just let's call them Jamal Jamal was killed at the embassy. We can say it was Jamal. And what does all know, it's Jamal Khashoggi Khashoggi or kashogi. And then whatever the pronunciation is tomorrow. But you're right. We gotta get together on that. Because that drives me out of my mind irritating. Yeah. It is. It is. I I never understood the Usov Ozama thing. How did that happen? Why why did that happen? It's even less. Explicable? Right. The here you have a situation where it's it's the name is spelled the same. But we're pronouncing a different at least you can understand that. Oh, someone went to use some of they changed a letter. They just said, no, it's not a no, it's an it's a you. Now the guy went from mid range pic in kickball to last pick. I. When does this happen changing, the the guy's dead? No one ever said, you know, Oshima's wrong. It's it should be. You saw SABA. No, no, just started people just started using it, very strange. It is very strange and like some of it. I I guess I understand like, for example, here we say the tiny little country that JAMES BOND goes to the casino is Monaco. If you're over there, they call it more nocco. Everyone calls it, Monaco. I've never heard that. I will say here's another one. Here we say Mazda. For the car. If you listen as as a as a Canadian sports celebrity, I do quite often to Toronto Blue Jays games on the radio. They say Masdar, it's Masdar of Toronto. That's really irritating. I wouldn't listen to that. I would say I mean, wouldn't you pissed off? Yes. They'll call us Mazda. We are I've also noticed the Jaguars are being called Jaguar. You are on the commercial on the Jaguar. What if you come up with a name on your own? Maybe you can describe to us. What how how it's pronounced? But what is a word? We already know Jaguars a hundred years. Yeah. Stop it. We it's an animal. Yes. And not just a car. It's an animal to right nobody ever says Jaguar. The Jacksonville Jaguars. No, I think that's see. I think that's Jaguar trying to seem refined. Right. Like, there's something something a little snooty about the way. They pronounced Jaguars like us. That's stupid animal over there. Ripping up my dog. Listen, Jackie water. Would you be dot com? Jaguars over there. Ripping up my turn into my dog terrible. But luckily, I fell my bones on top of it. So everything's gonna be okay. That happens. Three times last week alone for.
"al qaeda" Discussed on Worldly
"Deal with the challenge of rising hostile states. Ultimately, all kind of manage to stabilize the American-led international order without accomplishing any of its specific objectives that itself wanted. It helped other people, but not self right. But I think if the fundamental question that we started out this episode with was has all kind of one, that's a no right. You don't win a war by getting someone else to be successful and you're destroyed. That's that's not the definition of winning any way shape or force. So maybe there's two things right? There's did the nine eleven attacks work. I think. Yes. Did al-qaeda win in the sense of getting what they ultimately wanted? Absolutely not, but you can put it this way like in the middle of war. For example, if you drop bombs on things, you didn't hit exactly what you wanted, but you still took out some tanks and some basis or whatever. Right. You're gonna be fine with that. Tactically speaking, you still have you still did something right, al-qaeda in this case, you know they didn't hit exactly what they wanted in terms of the strategy, but they still did a lot of damn it right to themselves though, but we'll sure I mean the US economy literally in quarter two just had like its strongest growth in four years. So we're not even bleeding economically like, yes, we spent a lot of money on these wars, but we're back to pre recession levels of like US advocated. Actually, there's. There's is pretty compelling case from some scholars that the Iraq war played a significant role in causing the great recession. But before we get into, I'm not thinking about it. For that one of give them credit for not yet not gonna. Give them credit. I'm gonna. I'm gonna, say like credit. Default swaps would housing crisis. Maybe a little more than bin Laden would what's clear about this is that there's still a lot of history left to play out and as the famous potentially apocryphal quote from Deng Xiaoping on the French revolution was asking whether it's a mistake. He said, it's still too early to tell same thing, maybe true about the nine eleven attacks only seventeen years later we're going to break afterwards. We're going to talk about some extremely strange news out of Russia. If you love worldly, you'll love deep dish on global fares. Weekly podcast goes beyond the headlines on critical global issues. Deep dish covers timely world news and important, but under reported stories featuring everything from Obama NATO embassador discussing the implications of the Trump Putin summits to the Armenian. Prime minister calling in real time to speak on the country's revolution, subscribe to dish global affairs today, wherever you get your podcasts, how did the Democrats lose which should have been the easiest election ever? What happened? And where did the Democrats go from here? John Fabra Barack Obama's former chief speechwriter and host of pod, save America and definitely not the director of the adventure movies, tackles those questions and crooked media's new documentary podcast. The wilderness in fifteen part story spans two centuries of American.
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"So that strikes me as very strong case that the attacks worked and Okita one, but Jen, you have a different take that came up before. We were planning the episode. Talk to me while you think they did not win, right. So if you actually look at the point of the attacks, right, we talked about it wasn't just to provoke this mass military tack or to provoke the United States to become release Lama phobic, right? They had explicit stated strategic goals. They were clear on this starting nineteen ninety eight when they declared officially, they issued a letter declaring jihad on America signed by just bin Laden. But why hurry at a whole bunch of other kind of jihad leaders, the issue this ruling saying it is incumbent upon every Muslim to fight against America intil. Specifically the Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem is liberated until the holy mosque in mecca is liberated from their grip and until their armies withdraw from the land of Islam, right? It wasn't. We don't want you to be like meddling and having a strong, you know, deep water navy in China, right? It wasn't saying we want NATO to collapse. We want the US back from the Liberal International order, right? It wasn't saying we want the US economy collapse just for its own sake. It was specifically saying we want the US to stop supporting dictators in Saudi Arabia, which is what they mean and they're talking about controlling mecca. So so they're really explicit that was nineteen ninety eight right? Right after nine eleven couple years after nine eleven over and over. They explicitly say America Americans, if you want this bloodshed to stop, if you want this war to stop, if you want this jihad against you to stop, then get out of these specific Lantz get out of Muslim lands, get out of the Arabian peninsula. Stop supporting our. Staters. They said, hey, why don't you tax Weeden America? Did you ever ask yourself that why we're not attacking Sweden? It's because we're attacking us specifically because you were the ones who are doing this in Muslim lands, you are killing Muslims, you were supporting, you know, all of these dictators now, in some cases they were correct. We were doing that in some cases, they just wildly misread history and said that we're killing Muslims, especially in places where we were literally at war to protect Muslims in some cases. But the point is they had very explicit specific goals and they have not accomplished any of those. Let's drill into that point because as much as Alex, we're just talking about the f. kenniston war being quagmire. That's cost a lot of money in the US losing that were was devastating for all of not only did they not accomplish their goals of toppling various different to cater ships and replacing them with a with a theocracy or even forcing the US to stop backing those countries, which is the first step towards that. They got crushed. Enough ghanistan Osama bin Laden is dead. The organization is far weaker in its home base in the Afghanistan Pakistan region than it was before. Drone strikes have killed, huge numbers of their leaders and personnel. Like it seems like not only did they fail, but the the American reaction succeeded in weakening. I'll Qaeda's organization, right? And we are actually now literally today way more supportive of the government in Saudi Arabia than we have been in decades. Let's focus on that for a second. Why do they hate American support for the Saudis in the election so much because since the nineteen seventies the nineteen eighties, they have literally these groups that all kind of eventually came together to be Al Qaeda have been fighting against the government. So I'm an hurry who is the current leader of al-qaeda who was number two and then Lodden was killed and he took over his job. He has been fighting to topple the government and install an Islamic state essentially as his government for. Basically his entire adult life. He was imprisoned in his twenties. He was tortured. He has been doing this forever. And what happened in specifically Egyptian cases really telling for how it shaped Qaeda's views going forward, especially towards America..
"al qaeda" Discussed on Worldly
"Welcome to worldly part of the vox media podcast network. It's me that Beecham with Jen Williams and outward. Hi everybody. So this week is you probably know was the seventeenth anniversary of the nine eleven attacks. There's been a ton of coverage and a lot of it's been very good, but we really thought a lot about this one articles in foreign policy that looked back at what's happened since the attacks came to a surprising conclusion, al-qaeda one. When we started talking about it ourselves, we found that we can disagree both with the article and with each other. So we thought that we'd spend the episode laying out the case for both sides of the argument that Al Qaeda got what it wanted out at the attacks and the attacks didn't accomplish their objectives that they didn't work. Now, let's sort of some basic background about this gives a quick refresh on what's going on with and how they were thinking about these attacks. So Al Qaeda when they launched the nine eleven attacks the entire goal and their entire strategy kind of in general was to attack the United States and basically make the cost of US support for dictators and US involvement in general in the Middle East so high that we would eventually decide to pull out and stop supporting these dictators. Right? So they had this strategies the near enemy versus the far enemy. And basically the United States is the far enemy they wanted to attack. Us first because we back all these dictators in the Middle East, they wanna topple those dictators so right and replace them with an Islamic state. Right, exactly. And so you know, Saudi Arabia, Egypt all over the place, and they realize basically over the years, they couldn't really do that while the US was still backing these groups by the US was still backing these governments. So the idea was okay. Well, then we'll convince the United States stop backing these governments, right? So then they'll be less powerful than we can topple these governments and to do that. They decided to carry out the nine eleven attack right and understood nine eleven's role in all of this. You have to understand their strategy for making the cost too high for the United States. So Alex, what was the what was the immediate intent of the attacks? Like? What did they want the United States to do afterwards or want to happen to the United States? Because the goal isn't just kill three thousand people in America will leave, which obviously didn't happen. There was more thought into it than that. Right. Why think one of the grander goals here was to cause almost an internal implosion of the United States to lead us to. Over extend to think too much about terrorism to spend too much money trying to defeat terrorism throughout the world on on causing an internal. They're trying to create a nervous breakdown in the United States. And if you look at what's happened since nine eleven. And this is the argument in these al-qaeda one pieces that vision came to fruition, right, right. I mean, well, let's look at what happened after nine. Eleven, right. First of all, we went into Afghanistan like the the next month knocked-over two thousand one. We fought there. We thought we were just gonna kick out Al Qaeda and the Taliban, and we'll go after bin Laden. And then we didn't think we would stay there too long. And it's been seventeen years since we've been there. We also started a war in Iraq, which was we use nine eleven is a pretext. We are now in multiple countries around the world Amalia Libya Pakistan Yemen just so many western Africa so many places right now to defeat terrorism and this is a massive over extension. I mean, obviously it's just a couple hundred troops elsewhere, but. That takes time and attention and resources away from a whole bunch of other issues we could be working on and just putting it out there when you listen to Donald Trump is he kinda hits on the steam, right? We've just been everywhere for so long. Why haven't we been focusing on the United States mostly and frankly, he's his kind of comes out of the what happened after nine. Eleven, we'll. The Trump point is a good one because it will Strates the more subtle and clever part of the strategy..
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"The soviets it it it led to the rise of al qaeda and what we saw there was afghanistan was basically trash we did not offer a peace dividends to the ahfghani people it led to more chaos civil strife and a e destruction of their society when the iraqi people and the syrian people stood up against isis that led to the defeat of isis are we saying thank you to them as an american people no we are not just the gestures to say thank you for being on the side of america against these forces that definitely take on more muslim lives than any lives altogether they're more muslim flight that suffer at the hands of isis and other violent extremist groups than anyone else do we say thank you to them no instead we tell them there's a travel ban we want to build more walls and we have more antimoslem rhetoric this does not bode well for american international interests and it does not bode well for of american domestic issues um so i i leave with that a very sobering and unfortunate reality that i see uh here in on the horizon salaam marayati is the buslim public affairs council president earlier today check i am can you comment on it in the rhetoric and the policies that we see coming out of the trump administration and the impact that that has on islamist movements in muslimmajority countries and how again that impacts the american muslim community for next week resume sugar mead brookings institution fellow regular and bank your drew were the motion public affairs goes will rubbing me for the.
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"Louie gohmert and i still feel that way i think oh technology is a wonderful thing i think it's helped us out tremendously but nothing will ever replace human intelligence yeah i can't believe how much these idiots are emailing it was isn't read about alqaeda again alqaeda has taken a back seat in the public consciousness to isis al qaeda obviously radicalize his people inspires attacks through their propaganda you know anwara lockie was you know as dangerous as they come on that front but they also they seem to me like they have more of a structure they have an organization there's control as you said earlier the on a dictate the type of attack gets carried out the target sometimes the went in the wear that need for command control gives law enforcement and intel guys like you access points to intervene disrupt plots i've been out of government for a long time and so i don't have access to anything like current information so correct me if i'm wrong but isis seems to have a different approach in their strength comes from their ability to inspire attacks without complex planning or command and control they serve encourage individuals to say use a truck to moe people downs or where you are how does the fbi in in other counterterrorism agencies adapt to that changing nature of the threat like does that undercover component that you were serving in get move over to the cia and the need to to penetrate these networks abroad like what's your take on will first off whether or not you're still plug boom a could produce spot on those a perfect description detail the differences between all caught him isis i would say again i don't i'm sure am i have to give this disclaimer because i'm still on the clock i am not speaking on behalf of the fpr poor move joe seremane told his souza's he'll give you my personal opinion from my twenty two years experience on this job.
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"Thank you so much for being here thanks to the work you did to prevent those attacks and countless other cases that you're probably not allowed to talk about and for doing schupp thanks so much for having me on mute smugglers komet delicate you start your career as a cop working undercover to take down drug dealers it's a gripping intro of you like you know running some house to buy heroin or whatever was a criminal networks in terrorist networks similar enough that this work helped you prepared infiltrate alqaeda down the road or like how did you view your average thug on the street by heroin dealer verses you know someone plotting to kill americans on al qaeda's behalf there were similar in some ways but they're actually wholly different in the principles of for example the criminal network it's always who do you know how do you get introduce sometimes use informants whereas terrorism it's all belt so you ideology red they have disbelief all but this was the way the world is this is the way the release news and if you are a quote unquote white minded brother uh and you can sell that then you will be one of them and be able to infiltrate them hopefully evaluate whatever threat the reds but in the criminal world obviously nobody cares about you audio algiere what you think about whether you lean writer left all they care about is are you a copy not zelda you get the gulf south to the point of whether you're copper not a lot of these operation ended with the group you are wet the house your and getting busted i would imagine that those take down moments when agents come flying in with guns drawn in you know you're with a bunch of people who may or may not be armed would be terrifying you seem to have a good time with it you seem to enjoy a resisting arrest when your friends were the cops who were supposed to be arresting you is that a fair characterization yes it is because once you get to the point where you're swat teams coming in after you you're not alone anymore sudan have some form of actually the terror part is gone.
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"And africa and train with isis and al qaeda they returned to this country he won i was what the fbi i was pushing to arrest anybody who came back to do this training in the middle east entered you can't take the patch court away from them but you can arrest them and you can stop proceedings to take them yet to add sports away problem unfortunately great years these people who went overseas and trained returned and reentered with no and at all by the obama administration and so we've got eight years of eight glue one overseas and training with isis or al qaeda came back to this country day here and the currently the fbi has two thousand open cases of terrace that may consider a danger to this country in addition to that they've actually convicted thirty seven potential terrorists in this country we gotta we eat like you said we've got a real mess in this country those those cases i run all fifty states joe take a minute now and review again how people get in touch with hughes who combat that are for congress his focus there's one group i should just that you'd be involved in at least check out its combat veterans for congress take him in and do that now fleece he added guinea um they can recharge by going to our website w w w cotton debt burns before congress that veterans plural combat veterans for conquers dot org.