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Afghanistan
Al Qaeda importing Chechens, Saudis, and Yemenis to Afghanistan
2003-10-22
A "new species" of well-trained terrorist has infiltrated Afghanistan’s capital, posing an increasing threat to the already shaky security situation in the country, the head of an international peacekeeping force said.

How is that different from the old one?

According to intelligence reports, the militants come from Saudi Arabia, Yemen or the Russian republic of Chechnya, Lt. Gen. Goetz Gliemeroth, commander of the 5,000-strong NATO-led International Security Assistance Force in Kabul, said on Tuesday.

The usual suspects, from the looks of things, though there aren’t any Pakistanis for local flavor or Algerians for ruthlessness.

He said many already have been caught or killed in operations along the rugged, mountainous border region between Pakistan and Afghanistan, where Osama bin Laden and other al-Qaida operatives are believed to be hiding.

"Apart from, if I may say so, the typical terrorist, we’ve got a new species," Gliemeroth said at a regular briefing. They are "excellently trained and ... they also have improved technique at hand."

There were reputed to have been al-Qaeda camps set up in Sudan and Georgia right after the Riyadh bombings, plus whatever MILF can churn out in Mindanao and the Kashmiri Killers in Azad Kashmir. Though given the aftermath of the Battle of Zabul, I would say that they still have a long ways to go. The addition of more Yemenis to the mix could be another effect of recent merger between them and al-Qaeda.

Yemen and Saudi Arabia have conducted anti-terrorist raids following repeated calls by the United States to do more to curb Islamic militancy after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in America.

With varying degrees of willingness and success ...

Gliemeroth said it was unclear if the terrorists were working in tandem with a particular group.

"Whether al-Qaida or special envoys from (renegade warlord) Gulbuddin Hekmatyar or representatives of al-Qaida, I guess it’s a mixture," he said. "Against suicide bombs, there is no waterproof protection."

The German general said their intention was to bring the international terrorist campaign to Afghanistan. "Apart from doing harm to the integrity of the country ... they will try to infiltrate Kabul because it is the capital."

They might been behind the bus bomb earlier this summer then. I wonder if al-Qaeda plans on taking another shot at Karzai?

Gliemeroth refused to say what countermeasures had been taken against the terrorists or how many had infiltrated the Afghan capital. "If there are only 15, the damage could be tremendous."
Posted by:Dan Darling

#4  If these fools had better sources than Al Jizzmo and the local iman, they might remember all the jihadis who went there last year and the year before and start wondering what became of them. Instead, they have probably been assured that B-52s and SF operators will hightail it back to the States at the very sight of Holy Warriors waving AKs.

As I've said before, every jihadi rat-bastard who faces our guns in Afghanistan is one less to blow up a bus in Israel, an apartment building in Russia, or a McDonald's in California.
Fresh meat for the grinder.
Posted by: Atomic Conspiracy   2003-10-22 7:51:01 PM  

#3  Hey, as a US taxpayer, I demand that we be reimbursed by the Russians for the Chetchens that we kill. Keep the scalps and lets negotiate.
Posted by: Super Hose   2003-10-22 6:33:54 PM  

#2  The honeypot is working.
Posted by: CrazyFool   2003-10-22 5:35:54 PM  

#1  Surprise meter reads 0.000000000000000000
Posted by: Spot   2003-10-22 5:30:23 PM  

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