Monday, March 14, 2005


al Qaeda Decapitated?

I like to remain guardedly optimistic when I read stories like this, but there is no doubt this is good news, and that means you won't see it in the SAEN. From Sunday's Washington Times, intelligence agents in Pakistan and Afghanistan say that Al Qaeda has been dismantled:
They say a relentless military crackdown, the arrests last summer of several men allegedly involved in plans to launch attacks on U.S. financial institutions, and the killing in September of a top Pakistani al-Qaida suspect wanted in a number of attacks - including the 2002 killing of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl and two failed assassination attempts against President Gen. Pervez Musharraf - have effectively decapitated al-Qaida.

Because of the secretive and underground nature of cells that operate throughout the world, it cannot be known for certain what effect the damage done to al-Qaida in its home territory has had on operations elsewhere.

And President Musharraf had this to say:
"We have broken their communication system. We have destroyed their sanctuaries," the president told reporters. "They are not in a position to move in vehicles. They are unable to contact their people. They are on the run."

Good news indeed.
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