Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Saif al-Adel - Al Qaeda's new interim leader

Saif al-Adel, the newly appointed interim leader of Al Qaeda, and hundreds of Al Qaeda militants, including two of Osama Bin Laden's sons, reportedly fled to Iran after the US invasion of Afghanistan.

Upon arriving in Iran, al-Adel - who helped plan the 1998 bombings of US embassies in Tanzania and Kenya - began to organize groups of fighters to join the insurgents in Afghanistan. With the assistance of various financiers from the U.A.E., Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, he was able rent apartments for al-Qaeda members and their families in Iran.

Addtionally, while living in Iran, Al Adel continued to plot terrorist attacks on various targets, including suicide bombings in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, that killed 25 people [eight Americans died in the attacks]. Under pressure from Saudi Arabia, the Iranians placed Al Adel and a number of Al Qaeda operatives under a quasi "house arrest," where they continued to plot terrorist attacks and pursue their Global Jihad. As one US intelligence official explained: “House arrest is a convenient cover for high-level meetings."

Around March of 2010, under the watchful eye of President Obama, the Iranians released Saif al-Adel and Osama Bin Laden's sons - and others. Al-Adel is believed to have relocated to Pakistan’s tribal region - and the rest is history: Al-Adel is now the new interim leader of Al Qaeda.

Conclusion: Credit must be given where credit is due: The release of al-Adel and the indefinite detention of a number of U.S. citizens in Iran [including the Americans hikers who are languishing in Iranian prisons], can perhaps be attributed to the recent warming of relations between the U.S. and the Iranian regime, fostered by President Obama.


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