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swjboucher October 14th, 2013 7:56pm

Associated Press reports Al Qaida roaring back in Iraq. Is Al Qaida more or less of a threat than it was four years ago.

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msa116 Pennsylvania
10/15/13 10:59 pm

Al Qaida is not a centralized organization like many Americans believe it to be. After 9/11 we needed a face to target our anger at and the media gave us Al Quidoa. But the framed them as a hierarchy org with Bin Laden controlling the many units.

makem Chinese Xinjiang Camp
10/15/13 10:33 am

I blame Obama, at least Bush made countries and peoples think twice before BSing us

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makem Chinese Xinjiang Camp
10/15/13 10:33 am

BTW Bush sucks too

kut17
10/14/13 6:40 pm

Since we're donating weapons to them, I'd say more of a threat.

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Jack14 Massachusetts
10/14/13 5:48 pm

"Al-Qaeda is on the run." -Obama, 2011

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swjboucher Just Run
10/14/13 5:57 pm

Well then there you have it.

rickvee Living the dream
10/14/13 4:36 pm

More of a threat because America has gotten so lax about terrorism. We must think another 9/11 couldn't happen...

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kspells TheOtherOtherside
10/14/13 4:15 pm

Al Qaida made a comeback when Petraeus resigned.He was the only person on the planet who knew everything.i think he resigned as an F U ,you deal with it,for spying on him. He dropped the ball on Benghazi for T&A but he was Po-Ed about it going public

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mstt
10/14/13 4:03 pm

Delusional Democrats!

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cowboy Hosanna
10/14/13 3:34 pm

More now that Obama is funding Al Qaeda.

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suppressedID no Trump is best Trump
10/15/13 6:09 am

Yeah, it's a line item in the budget.
:-/

SugarShaq
10/14/13 2:51 pm

Let me guess, they all used to be at Gitmo.

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MadCow former trumper
10/14/13 2:03 pm

More dangerous: they're learning all the time.

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BadUsername
10/14/13 1:53 pm

I hope they realize that there are less than 100 active al Qaeda members. I bet a lot of you didn't know that due to the mainstream media.

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ScrewU Gone
10/14/13 1:58 pm

You think 100 guys are fighting civil wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Algeria, Somalia, the Philippines and Egypt?

Try again.

BadUsername
10/14/13 2:18 pm

How about you do some research.

ScrewU Gone
10/14/13 2:20 pm

I've been face to face with more than 100 of them. Lol

BadUsername
10/14/13 2:25 pm

In 2010 Intel Officials estimated there were less than 500, that was before Osama was killed and they somewhat "disbanded". There is a difference between terrorists and Al Qaeda

BadUsername
10/14/13 2:26 pm

There are other groups in the Middle East fighting our troops but I can assure you there are much less al Qaeda member than what the media has you believe.

swjboucher Just Run
10/14/13 2:42 pm

According to a recent CNN article. There are over 3000 trained al Qaeda fighters in Iraq alone.

MisterE Conservistan
10/14/13 2:49 pm

You do realize that Al Qaeda is an international confederation of militant Sunni jihadist fighters, right?

Rosebud Ohio
10/14/13 3:16 pm

I'd love to know how they got that number. What'd they do, send out a survey asking if the respondent was an active member of a terrorist organization?

swjboucher Just Run
10/14/13 3:21 pm

Rosebud
It's from the AP. Not sure where they got the number but I don't distrust it.

Rosebud Ohio
10/14/13 3:25 pm

I don't think a secretive terrorist organization is something you can count the members of. They probably don't even know how many of them there are, how could anyone else accurately guess?

swjboucher Just Run
10/14/13 3:29 pm

Rosebud
By tracking troop movement. Using military intelligence and recon missions. In the end it will be a guess but the military is pretty good at doing this and they have been doing it a long time.

ScrewU Gone
10/14/13 4:55 pm

Troop movements? Lol

What does an AQ member look like? Every other Arab guy in the whole world.

swjboucher Just Run
10/14/13 5:29 pm

ScrewU
Nice profile pic, but obvious never in the military.

BadUsername
10/14/13 5:38 pm

You do realize that all mainstream news corps have been caught lying on multiple occasions. And workers have been fired for trying to uncover the truth. They tell you what they want you to hear, nothing more.

BadUsername
10/14/13 5:39 pm

They purposely mislead you to see things from their point of view, that's why you need to do your own research on all topics you see on tv because chances are what you're seeing is only half of the truth.

swjboucher Just Run
10/14/13 5:40 pm

Bad.
Show me what you have on this subject.

MisterE Conservistan
10/14/13 5:42 pm

Dude, 150 AQ operatives were broken out of an Iraqi prison a couple of months ago, and that AQ almost took over Mali.

BadUsername
10/14/13 6:03 pm

Jun 27, 2010 CIA director Leon Panetta "there are at most 50-100 Al Qaeda left in Afghanistan" and your telling me they're more powerful now than they were when Osama was still alive?

swjboucher Just Run
10/14/13 6:11 pm

Bad
3 years ago!?

MisterE Conservistan
10/14/13 6:12 pm

That's the great thing about being a stateless army. You can just pack up and leave when someone with big guns comes to town. There international leadership is definitely in disarray, but they are still thriving in certain locales.

BadUsername
10/14/13 6:17 pm

@swj read the last part of my last comment. What I'm saying is if they were stronger then why would they have so many more active members now?

MisterE Conservistan
10/14/13 6:27 pm

He was referring to Iraq, not Afghanistan. Like I said, AQ is more like a confederation, so targeting international leadership and specific locations doesn't do as much damage as you would think. In Iraq, Saddam Hussein's regime did a decent job...

MisterE Conservistan
10/14/13 6:28 pm

Minimizing AQ's influence. The new regime is not nearly as effective.

ScrewU Gone
10/15/13 6:46 am

They broke more than 2,000 guys out of prison alone last year.

RJ1969 SoCal
10/14/13 1:25 pm

Threat to whom?

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ScrewU Gone
10/14/13 1:54 pm

Exactly. Threat to the Shii-dominated Iraqi govt, which is closely tied to Iran (and supporting the Syrian govt in its civil war).

DrReid Ever present.
10/14/13 1:22 pm

I am sure somehow, somewhere this is all Obama's fault. AMIRIGHT guys?

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TempName14 Everywhere but nowhere
10/14/13 1:29 pm

And Bush's. We shouldn't have strived to take on world Islamic terrorists in the first place.

TempName14 Everywhere but nowhere
10/14/13 1:30 pm

You do know that being the big guy in the office means you get blamed for stuff, right?

DrReid Ever present.
10/14/13 1:33 pm

Whether or not it is justified? Yes I guess you have a point there. Comes with the job.

DrReid Ever present.
10/14/13 1:34 pm

But it goes back to the days when we overthrew the democratic government of Iran and installed the shah.

chickencookie It really is
10/14/13 1:15 pm

I thought AQ was decimated and "on the run".

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MisterE Conservistan
10/14/13 1:09 pm

I didn't know that Al Qaeda had a strong presence in Iraq to begin with.

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SugarShaq
10/14/13 2:53 pm

Because you believed the media that Iraq was a fake war etc? Perhaps?

MisterE Conservistan
10/14/13 2:59 pm

Hussein's regime was Shia. Al Qaeda is a Sunni organization. Those guys hate each other almost as much as they hate the Jews. We went there so we could eliminate the threat that was keeping our troops in Saudi Arabia. The US' occupation of Saudi...

MisterE Conservistan
10/14/13 3:00 pm

Arabia is one of the things that pissed off Bin Laden in the first place.

MomRunner own the beer run
10/14/13 1:07 pm

I think they have weakened in their worldwide presence, but the ones that remain are the ones with nothing to lose and perhaps the most dangerous because of it.

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TempName14 Everywhere but nowhere
10/14/13 1:00 pm

They're a cancer. We can't kill all of them. We just need to have very strict and monitored visa access from those countries and we'll do better. Close the porous borders and don't let 19 hijackers come in on student visas that don't go to school.

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TempName14 Everywhere but nowhere
10/14/13 1:01 pm

Then let the Middle East eat itself in whatever bloodshed it chooses. I don't care.

swjboucher Just Run
10/14/13 1:49 pm

I am glad to see that we are apprehending instead of droning more terrorist leaders in order to gain information about future attacks.

ScrewU Gone
10/14/13 1:51 pm

ال قاعدة

MJSeals Legal Eagle soon
10/14/13 1:54 pm

I'm scared to translate this... SOHNSA could be watching!

ScrewU Gone
10/14/13 2:21 pm

It's also a colloquialism for the toilet. Not too scary now, eh?

MJSeals Legal Eagle soon
10/14/13 2:23 pm

I google translated it and got the base, and clicked on the do you mean word and came up Qaeda

MisterE Conservistan
10/14/13 2:51 pm

That's because Al Qaeda directly translates to the base.

ScrewU Gone
10/14/13 3:13 pm

Since we were correcting spelling I thought I'd do it completely right ;)