Associated Press reports Al Qaida roaring back in Iraq. Is Al Qaida more or less of a threat than it was four years ago.
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.
I blame Obama, at least Bush made countries and peoples think twice before BSing us
BTW Bush sucks too
Since we're donating weapons to them, I'd say more of a threat.
"Al-Qaeda is on the run." -Obama, 2011
Well then there you have it.
More of a threat because America has gotten so lax about terrorism. We must think another 9/11 couldn't happen...
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
More now that Obama is funding Al Qaeda.
Yeah, it's a line item in the budget.
Let me guess, they all used to be at Gitmo.
More dangerous: they're learning all the time.
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.
You think 100 guys are fighting civil wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Algeria, Somalia, the Philippines and Egypt?
How about you do some research.
I've been face to face with more than 100 of them. Lol
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
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.
According to a recent CNN article. There are over 3000 trained al Qaeda fighters in Iraq alone.
You do realize that Al Qaeda is an international confederation of militant Sunni jihadist fighters, right?
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?
It's from the AP. Not sure where they got the number but I don't distrust it.
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?
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.
Troop movements? Lol
What does an AQ member look like? Every other Arab guy in the whole world.
Nice profile pic, but obvious never in the military.
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.
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.
Show me what you have on this subject.
Dude, 150 AQ operatives were broken out of an Iraqi prison a couple of months ago, and that AQ almost took over Mali.
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?
3 years ago!?
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.
@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?
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...
Minimizing AQ's influence. The new regime is not nearly as effective.
They broke more than 2,000 guys out of prison alone last year.
Threat to whom?
Exactly. Threat to the Shii-dominated Iraqi govt, which is closely tied to Iran (and supporting the Syrian govt in its civil war).
I am sure somehow, somewhere this is all Obama's fault. AMIRIGHT guys?
And Bush's. We shouldn't have strived to take on world Islamic terrorists in the first place.
You do know that being the big guy in the office means you get blamed for stuff, right?
Whether or not it is justified? Yes I guess you have a point there. Comes with the job.
But it goes back to the days when we overthrew the democratic government of Iran and installed the shah.
I thought AQ was decimated and "on the run".
I didn't know that Al Qaeda had a strong presence in Iraq to begin with.
Because you believed the media that Iraq was a fake war etc? Perhaps?
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...
Arabia is one of the things that pissed off Bin Laden in the first place.
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.
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.
Then let the Middle East eat itself in whatever bloodshed it chooses. I don't care.
I am glad to see that we are apprehending instead of droning more terrorist leaders in order to gain information about future attacks.
I'm scared to translate this... SOHNSA could be watching!
It's also a colloquialism for the toilet. Not too scary now, eh?
I google translated it and got the base, and clicked on the do you mean word and came up Qaeda
That's because Al Qaeda directly translates to the base.
Since we were correcting spelling I thought I'd do it completely right ;)