AL Qaeda Franchises Available

Remind me again why the COW invaded Iraq?

About 18 months ago I wrote:

There may just come a point (a tipping point) where we wake up one day and realise that we have been fighting the wrong war all along, and it has been a war that terror groups such as al qaeda have wanted us to fight.  By that stage, their forces and support bases around the globe may have grown considerably as well as their access to financial resources to fund their operations anywhere and anytime they please.
We fear they will gain access to oil in Iraq to fund their activities, but Afghanistan offers them a more potent source of funding through illegal poppies that can be harvested, turned into heroin and shipped all over the western world and sold on our streets (just another potent weapon that can be used against the Western world and all the while making a healthy profit)

And only now, after how long in Afghanistan? NATO have finally figured out where the Taliban and Al qaeda’s funding is coming from.

NATO has agreed to officially take part for the first time in the fight against Afghanistan’s opium trade to try to cut off drug funds from Taliban insurgents, an alliance diplomat recently confirmed.

You could say that the seriousness of this conflict has increased significantly and quite possibly way beyond NATO’s ability to even remain in the country, let alone achieve any real progress  .

And as for ASIO’s assessment on the ‘war on terror’:

AL-QAEDA remains firmly committed to mass terrorist attacks and has been able to adapt, rebuild and reinvent itself, according to ASIO’s latest assessment.

ASIO says violent jihadism remains the principal terrorist threat faced by Australia, with Islamic extremist networks around the world continuing to attract a new generation of followers, The Australian reports.

South Asia, particularly Pakistan, is now a top security concern for ASIO as the al-Qaeda leadership is now operating from the country’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas and Waziristan.

“Stability in South Asia is vital to the global security outlook,” a senior ASIO official told the annual Security in Government conference .

“The prospect of further deterioration in the situation has significant and far-reaching national security implications.

Around the globe, terrorist attacks this year have killed more than 1600 people and injured almost 3000.

“Given the fluid and decentralised nature of the global jihad, we remain as concerned by the dynamic formation and splintering going on within extremist networks and cells, as by the activities of al-Qaeda,” ASIO says.

“These networks, whose members may or may not have concrete links with al-Qaeda, or other like-minded groups, all broadly identify with the violent jihadist mission.”

ASIO says that, beyond its base in Pakistan, al-Qaeda continues to establish and maintain links with several so-called “franchises” across the Middle East, the Gulf region as well as parts of Africa.

“Al-Qaeda also continues doggedly to pursue its propaganda campaign – including increasing numbers of messages in the languages of target audiences,”

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2 Responses

  1. I read this eons ago. The previous fundamentalist Muslim government as crook as it was viz human rights, as in a female child not being allowed to learn to read had one good point, no drugs allowed. It has been suggested that just maybe the thing about Afghanistan was to do with Westerners trying to get their hands on what had previously been the main cash-crop ie opium.

    I always think of that 60’s movie 55 Days at Peking starring Charlton Heston (an American interpretation of the Boxer Rebellion). The real reason for the war was that the US wanted to pay the Chinese of the working class their wages in opium. Opium previously had not been a drug of the masses before the Americans arrived.

    Could Afghanistan be history repeating itself?

  2. It’s interesting that you hint at government involvement. I recently watched a documentary on ‘America’s Drug Wars’ and it was claimed that the quality and quantity of drugs worldwide has seen significant increases since the 70’s.

    The CIA have been consistently implicated in iits trade simply because it’s viewed as a valuable resource with a large and lucrative export market for many third world countries .

    As far as Afghanistan is concerned America are simply turning a blind eye. America’s Blind Eye – Afghanistan
    http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=aKt-N4QBZ3E&feature=related

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