September 5th, 2011
12:20 PM ET

Al Qaeda suffers another blow with arrest of senior operational figure

Analysis by CNN's Paul Cruickshank and Tim Lister

If Younis al-Mauretani has been arrested in Pakistan, it is another significant blow against the operational ambitions of al Qaeda. Counter-terrorism analysts say he had become a key planner for the group in recent years - and he appears to have had direct contact with Osama bin Laden.

Like many in al Qaeda, al-Mauritania adopted his country of origin as his last name. He was from the sparsely populated desert state of Mauritania in north-west Africa. Al Qaeda has recruited extensively from Mauritania and neighboring countries, where al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb now has a foothold.

Al-Mauretani's stature within al Qaeda appears to have grown in the last two years. According to European intelligence officials, he was involved in planning attacks in Europe in the fall of 2010. Fears that such attacks would materialize led the U.S. State Department to issue a travel alert in October 2010. The alert said that "current information suggests that al Qaeda and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks." It added that some European governments were warning of "heightened threat conditions."

German intelligence especially was anxious about the possibility of attacks on soft targets, such as shopping centers and hotels. "The threat is being taken very seriously - an attempt at an attack is considered likely," one German official told CNN in October last year.

Al-Mauretani is thought to have taken charge of a group of German jihadists from Hamburg who had arrived in Pakistan's frontier territories in March 2010, according to German intelligence officials. To al Qaeda, such individuals were highly valuable: they had legitimate travel documents and homes in Europe. They could be trained and then sent back to carry out terrorist attacks. The same applied to Najibullah Zazi, a U.S. resident of Afghan descent. who received bomb-making training in Waziristan before returning to the United States. He confessed to planning a suicide bombing on the New York subway.

But one of that German group, Ahmed Sidiqi, was detained while visiting Kabul in July 2010 and handed over to U.S. forces. According to European counter-terrorism sources, Sidiqi began to divulge details of the plot in Europe while being questioned at Bagram airbase. The sources said Sidiqi had claimed that four other members of the group were involved in an al Qaeda conspiracy to attack European countries. European officials said Sidiqi soon told interrogators that while in the tribal areas of Pakistan he met with al-Mauretani.

Another of the German group, Rami Makanesi, was arrested in Pakistan last year and sent back to Germany, where he faces trial. According to the German magazine der Spiegel, Makanesi told interrogators more about the groups' meetings with al-Mauretani in the spring of 2010.

He said a man arrived in a Toyota SUV who called himself Mohammed Younis al-Mauretani. He was slim and had dark eyes, a sharp chin and curly brown hair and knew the entire Koran by heart, according to Makenesi's account.

Makanesi told al-Mauretani that he could raise money for al Qaida in Germany. "Perfect. That's exactly what I would like," al-Mauretani allegedly replied.

According to Der Spiegel, al-Mauretani told the Germans that he had reached out to Osama bin Laden through Atiyah abd al Rahman, al Qaeda's commander in Waziristan, requesting that al Qaeda establish a cell in Germany.

Unconfirmed reports say that documents uncovered from the Abbottabad compound where Osama bin Laden was killed included evidence of direct contacts between the al Qaeda leader and al-Mauretani about the European conspiracy. Notably, the Pakistani announcement Monday of al-Mauretani's arrest said that he was "tasked personally by Osama Bin Ladan to focus on hitting targets of economical importance in United States of America, Europe and Australia."

It is possible that information from Sidiqi - and/or documents found in the bin Laden compound - provided clues in the hunt for al-Mauretani. Der Spiegel reported earlier this year that Sidiqi's information helped German intelligence break up another plot led by a 29-year old Moroccan national, Abdeladim el-Kebir. El-Kebir was arrested in April with two other men and accused of planning a bomb attack against civilians in Germany.

El-Kebir had also left Germany in early 2010 and trained in an al Qaeda camp, according to German sources. They said el-Kebir had been instructed to carry out a bombing by a senior al Qaeda member. Unconfirmed reports say letters from al-Mauretani were found in el-Kebir's apartment in Dusseldorf, but German counter-terrorism sources quoted by Der Spiegel say el-Kebir had also met Atiyah abd al Rahman.

If al-Mauretani has indeed been captured, it is another significant blow to al Qaeda's ability to export terrorism from Pakistan's tribal territories. Besides the death of Osama bin Laden, other senior figures in the organization who have been killed in recent months include Ilyas Kashmiri, who also had plans for attacks in Europe and had a long history of successful terror attacks in India. Kashmiri had boasted that Europe would suffer similar attacks to the one in Mumbai that killed nearly 200 people.

And last month, Atiyah abd al Rahman - the link between Osama bin Laden and Mauretani - was reported killed in a drone strike. Rahman was one of the handlers of Bryant Neal Vinas, a U.S. citizen who plotted to bomb the Long Island Rail Road in 2008, and had become one of al Qaeda's senior strategists.

In the space of four months, al Qaeda has lost not just its leader, but three of its most effective commanders.

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  5. Ro Ta

    How Retarded Is It To Hate These Countries, When You Can't Even Spell Without Spell Checker, Type With More Than 2 Or Three Digits And Take 10 Minutes To Complete One Line Sentences? Further, You Can't Complete The National Anthem, Name More Than 15 Presidents Or Name 10 Countries Heads Of State Without Reverting To Google.
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    Did Bin Laden Have Pakistani Help? Undoubtedly. Does That Make Pakistan Our Enemy?
    Recently Here In America An FBI Most Wanted Fugitive (2 Plus Decades) Was Captured. It Is Fact, That This Informant Also Had Help From FBI Personnel Throughout the Years. Does That Make The FBI Itself Bad? (Well OK, Maybe But You See What The Point Is?)
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    Try (STRESS) Not To Be Too Ignorant.

    September 8, 2011 at 12:48 am | Reply
  6. solnishka

    Just nuke pak and the menace will be over once and for all ..............

    September 7, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Reply
  7. NPO

    Is anyone...capable of 'Analytical Thinking' and putting a 'Puzzle together......'

    Or does eveyone just 'YACK' up the PR Handout from May 1, 2011?


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    September 6, 2011 at 11:28 pm | Reply
  8. sdf

    Al queda is doing alot of blowing lately

    September 6, 2011 at 10:30 pm | Reply
    • ndongo

      asking the pakistan goverment to investigate anything in pakistan is just like asking a killer or a thief to investigate his own crime. are you kidding me?

      September 8, 2011 at 2:00 am | Reply
  9. Charles Queen

    Ok,so if the Pakistani's really did get ahold of the 3 al-quiada gy's then produce them so we know they really did then do whatever it is they plan on doing with them and be done with it.Pakistan put thelselves in the awkward position when we found that bin-laden had been living there in a milllion dolar compound a couple of blocks down the road from Pakistans most important military academy,that and trying to say that absolutely nobody in their government and their ISI had absolutly no idea that he had been living there for a few years,oh ya I keft out anybody in the upper echelons of their military also saying duhhh,we didn';t know he was there.I msyelf find that totaly hard to believe no matter what they say,especially when it comes to the worlds most wanted guy hanging out in their country.If their reallt sure that nobody in the upper reahes of the government,military and ISI keep saying we didn't know then i think the Pakistani government needs to initiate a very thurough and coplete investigation with some mebers of our people present and go from there

    September 6, 2011 at 9:15 pm | Reply
    • ratee

      Well When USA let them escape from Afghanistan in 2001 was USA also involved in helping Al-Qaida?

      September 6, 2011 at 10:35 pm | Reply
  10. Ehsan

    This is exactly th eproblem we Americans have:


    September 6, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Reply
    • ratee

      Are you out of your mind. Hope you read this article carefully before writing without thinking. What has Pakistan done wrong in arresting these terrorists?

      September 6, 2011 at 9:58 pm | Reply
  11. Ehsan

    Why is this a significant blow to Al-Qaida???????????? Dont understand....

    This is not the first time that Pakiland puts an Al-Qaida member in a jail with no locks on the back-door in order to get millions of our tax $$$...

    September 6, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Reply
    • ratee

      At least they are doing the work for what they are being paid for!!

      US forces have spent $ 2 trillion and have hardly ever arrested any Al-Qaida terrorist if you remember USA itself let these terrorists let them run to Pakistan when they attacked Afghanistan in 2001!!

      September 6, 2011 at 10:04 pm | Reply
  12. Ehsan

    This is NOt another blow to Al-Qaida but another Trick played aginst US putting an Al-Qaida member in a jail that has huge locks on the front door and not lock on the back-door.

    Sorry Pakiland... still no aid money for you!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 6, 2011 at 8:04 pm | Reply
    • ratee

      No need to become a prophet of doom and negativity.

      Pakistan is the one country that arrested and handed over most Al_Qaida terrorists to USA then any other country in the world. Please Google this fact and then write again anything you write at least you will know some facts as well!!

      September 6, 2011 at 10:08 pm | Reply
      • Earnan

        Pakistan is also the country that let the leader of al Qaeda hide in plain sight, mere yards from the front gates to the Pakistani military academy.

        Pakistan is the country that created al Qaeda, routing arms and money intended for the anti-Soviet resistance into the hands of only those mujahideen who were fanatic Wahabi Muslims.

        September 7, 2011 at 1:33 am |
  13. markjuliansmith

    "..another significant blow against the operational ambitions of al Qaeda." What a joke since the seventh century we have had Islamic Terror under whatever name.

    Blow against what? In terms of time and time to come it is a mere ripple in a sea of Islamic Terror generated by Islamic Foundation Text informing each new Muslim generation of hatred against Other.

    Foundation Text=Ethics=Ideas=Motivation=Action For and Against Other – Otherphobia –

    Change the Foundation Text or Change Nothing the Terror continues under another name as it has since the seventh century.

    Time for the Secular to once again step in and direct the Religious to change Foundation religious text which is creating terror – it is that simple – the Foundation text is the cause – change it.

    September 6, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Reply
    • ratee

      Al-Qaida has nothing to do with religion, terrorist can use any religion. Look at what happened in Austria.

      Whatever propaganda USA did in Bush's time will not save USA from its economic evils by its elite because this is just to divert attention from USA's own economic problems that are far more serious and are coming back to haunt USA again and again.

      September 6, 2011 at 10:15 pm | Reply
      • Earnan

        Only an exceptionally dim-witted Dhimmi would make the preposterous claim that al Qaeda has nothing to do with religion.

        Al Qaeda has everything to do with religion. With one religion in particular: Islam.

        September 7, 2011 at 1:34 am |
    • markjuliansmith

      Look at what happened in Austria – Yes lets look at Australia

      "Abdul Benbrika and other terrorists wanted to kill but can't be prosecuted" Keith Moor From: Herald Sun September 21, 2011 12:43PM

      "RADICAL Muslim cleric Abdul Benbrika has escaped trial over his plot to bomb Australia and he could walk free from jail in only six years."

      You may notice "Muslim Cleric" Underline the Muslim and the Cleric. Now which part of the phrase is not associated with a Religion? Also Terrorism has to be based on a Dogma please point to the Dogma which supports this Terrorism if it is not Islam?

      September 20, 2011 at 11:01 pm | Reply
  14. canada

    never trust a muslim

    September 6, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Reply
    • ratee

      What a Racist you are!! Religion has nothing to do with your personal behavior.

      September 6, 2011 at 10:10 pm | Reply
      • Earnan


        What does Islam have to do with "race"? Absolutely nothing.

        Islam is a political cult. It has spread itself-in EVERY place it has spread-by killing and oppressing those who reject its bizarre ideology.

        "ratee" is a fine example of a "dhimmi'; it thinks if it bows its head and pays its jizya and doesn't offend the Muslims, then it might be permitted to live a life of "peace."

        September 7, 2011 at 1:37 am |
    • Brahim9

      let's see if you visit a Muslim doctor ,laywer , teacher, and so on...

      September 6, 2011 at 10:15 pm | Reply
  15. Aeons

    They have to get these guys. It gives the Al-Qaeda guys being propped up in Libya a chance to establish themselves as the true capital of the new Caliphate.

    Wouldn't want any of these other guys giving serious competition to the new Al-Qaeda empire NATO is establishing in Libya.

    I'd like to blame the USA, or Obama for this one....but sorry guys, Europe and Canada are leading this mission.

    We want to give the Al-Qaeda rebels their own resource rich capital on the gate of the Suez tradeway. It'll help them take over their neighbours in Africa. We'll also straighten up the problem in Mogadishu and the greater Somalia that Al-Qaeda helped cause there before we hand it back to them.

    That'll give Al-Qaeda a resource capital at the top of the Horn of Africa, and a capital at the bottom of the Horn of Africa. Nice pincer to close the gap from there.

    Nothing like giving terrorists who hate you an oil barony to lubricate their plans, all on the Canadian and European citizens tax dollar.

    I'm so proud.

    September 6, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Reply
  16. bob

    This is retarded... the USA has been funding Al Qaeda in Lybia all this time...

    September 6, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Reply
    • Butchie67

      Hey Bob, what are you basing that outburst on? The CIA has no doubt helped the Gadhafi in exchange for face time with possible terrorist. But not Al Qaeda.

      We ask and indeed the Constitution of the USA requires that the government protect us from the rest of the world. One of the tools to do that it the CIA. And make no mistake the CIA has made many, many blunders and we only know about a fraction of them. We rarely hear of the things that they got right; that’s the nature of an intelligence apparatus. The CIA is staffed with human beings that come with all the human frailties that each of us possess. Therefore the CIA’s employees are a reflection of the population of the USA just as our elected officials are. But with all the problems that plague the CIA it is a most necessary entity.

      General Douglas MacArthur gave a speech at the annual reunion of his Rainbow Division (First WW) in Washington on July 14, 1935. In that speech he said, “Dionysius, the ancient thinker, twenty centuries ago uttered these words: ‘It is a law of nature, common to all mankind, which time shall neither annul nor destroy, that those that have greater strength and power shall bear rule over those who have less.’ Unpleasant as this may be to hear, disagreeable as they may be to contemplate the history of the world bears ample testimony to their truth and wisdom.”

      All the people of the USA may choose peace, all the people of the USA may choose to “get a group hug and go unto the world with a smile” but the WORLD will still be what Gen. MacArthur describe. If anyone has a better plan for keeping the USA safe that can replace the CIA and our standing military then for god’s sake make it happen. Until that day we must rely on the imperfect tools we have!

      September 6, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Reply
      • Jeff

        You do realize we funded and trained Osama Bin Laden back in the days when Afghanistan and Russia were having their war.

        September 6, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
      • johnrcarroll

        OK, you have a point. Like this one:

        "Throughout the world ... its agents, client states and satellites are on
        the defensive – on the moral defensive, the intellectual defensive, and the
        political and economic defensive. Freedom movements arise and assert
        themselves. They're doing so on almost every continent populated by man – in
        the hills of Afghanistan, in Angola, in Kampuchea, in Central America ...
        [They are] freedom fighters."

        Ronald Reagan.

        Those "freedom fighters" in the Afghan hills were the mujahedeen faction run
        by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, famous for throwing acid in the faces of women who
        refused to wear the veil.

        September 6, 2011 at 7:04 pm |
    • sara

      me thinks
      you are the retard

      September 6, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Reply
  17. jamison

    The killing of Bin Laden provided a wealth of information that is being used. Of course you will never hear from the GOP about the good that was done.

    September 6, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Reply
  18. Johnnyboy

    If Pakistan Captured him, guaranteed he will somehow 'escape' as P
    akistan is not serious about helping to fight Al Qaeda; its all for show.

    September 6, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Reply
    • ratee

      With 35,000 Pakistan killed so far why they should not be serious fighting the terrorists?

      September 6, 2011 at 10:38 pm | Reply
      • Earnan

        Muslims have never minded killing other Muslims, so long as it advances Islam.

        Well into the six-figure bodycount in Algeria alone, and the Islamists are still looking for more kaffirs to murder.

        September 7, 2011 at 1:40 am |
  19. Paul

    someone suggested terrorists are like cockroaches ... I tend do agree, now answer this: how many of you really managed to kill all the cockroaches in your house without having to gas your own house?
    My point being: yes capture and kill as many as you can, especially get to the central nest ... we did that with Bin Laden ... a few more leaders in the Al Qaeda and we are done. However, if you don't stop feeding the cockroaches, they will come back .. you all know that.
    What about stopping exploiting people and countries whose resources are needed to a few among us to keep them on power (you know, we buy the oil that keep Bush and GOP rich and powerful .. and keep the extremists well fed in Middle East ... ) . When will we stop feeding them here as well as abroad? Wither so or nothing will ever change and we will get less and less freedom.
    Of course, ... coincidentally ... the more we feed them, the more they are, the more our politicians will have excuses to use fear and stay in power (am talking about tea baggers and GOP here)

    This will never end until we the people grow up and stop being as gullible as some love us to be.
    I have little reason to believe this will happen anytime soon ... especially not as long as ignorance is considered the way to go (see Palin Bachmann and similar idiots)

    September 6, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Reply
    • victim of democrat hypocrisy

      OK, duma$$, then LET US DRILL HERE so we're not so dependent upon foreign oil. Oh, but your bleeding heart liberal buddies won't like that because a polar bear might get covered in oil.

      September 6, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Reply
      • Kevin the K in SEA

        "victim of democrat hypocrisy
        OK, duma$$, then LET US DRILL HERE so we're not so dependent upon foreign oil. Oh, but your bleeding heart liberal buddies won't like that because a polar bear might get covered in oil."

        NO Duma$$ you don't understand oil markets. Because we buy oil on a GLOBAL market, drilling (or not drilling) here makes NO DIFFERENCE to our "dependence on foreign oil". It is not just an environmental issue – we need to move towards getting off of our addiction to oil and stop the greatest transfer of wealth in the history of the world (from the West to the Middle East) to protect the future of our country

        September 6, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
  20. Dr.BakroChod

    How many cockroaches in kitchen should be killed before you declare victory?

    September 6, 2011 at 9:13 am | Reply
    • Greg

      That is not a reasonable criteria for victory – because any individual is replaceable. Instead, one needs to continue a process of attrition, with victory occurring when the group becomes irrelevant.

      September 6, 2011 at 10:36 am | Reply
    • Thor

      All of them.

      September 6, 2011 at 10:49 am | Reply
    • Thor

      The real question to be answered: When is it that one considers terrorism to be a weapon of mass destruction?

      September 6, 2011 at 10:54 am | Reply
  21. Dr.BakroChod

    Islam is religion of peace, is smoke screen. Political slogan to get Muslim vote.

    September 6, 2011 at 9:07 am | Reply
    • newsreel

      LOL. True. Islam is a religion of peace, and if you don't agree, you will be beheaded.

      September 6, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Reply
    • Brahim9

      Please remove Dr from your name it s humiliating for this word.

      September 6, 2011 at 10:18 pm | Reply
    • ratee

      And in the west Islamaphobia is part of strategy to win votes....hope you understand this as well?

      September 6, 2011 at 10:19 pm | Reply
    • SoulCatcher

      Only the dead have seen the end of war.

      September 7, 2011 at 12:42 am | Reply
  22. Marco

    Younis al-Mauritania likes little boys.

    September 6, 2011 at 8:51 am | Reply
  23. Dr.BakroChod

    Hillary, did you read this ? Then, what are you waiting for ? Write $ Billion aid check for Pakistan. Praise Pakistan. Declare Pakistan is tested and trusted ally on war on terror.

    September 6, 2011 at 8:50 am | Reply
  24. jb2817

    2 in the turban. Next

    September 6, 2011 at 7:21 am | Reply
  25. Soundoff?

    Why are comments on for select articles and not others ?

    September 6, 2011 at 6:37 am | Reply
  26. battergrl

    I'm matter what they will always want to kill us. The killing of them is NEVER gonna make any difference.

    September 6, 2011 at 12:34 am | Reply
    • Dr.BakroChod

      This is a paper killing, not a real one. Just imaginary. High on something Afghani stuff. But you do not get scarred.

      September 6, 2011 at 8:56 am | Reply
    • caw

      Those who allow fear to control their lives have already lost their lives to the enemy.

      September 6, 2011 at 10:00 am | Reply
    • Greg

      I suggest you start by determining what your chances actually are for dying in a terrorist attack, versus, for example, being killed in a traffic accident, by a heart attack, cancer or struck by lightning, a meteor, etc. Then worry about the most probable methods of death first.

      As Al Qaeda leadership is eliminated, the organization becomes less effective. Al Qaeda can not do the equivalent (at least not to a degree which would be effective), which is to eliminate our political and military leadership. As long as we keep the pressure on them, they will suffer more degradation than us. That is what I consider to be a path to victory.

      September 6, 2011 at 10:50 am | Reply
      • haleysuicide

        your idea is great. 100% support.

        September 8, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
    • Barry G.

      I think we all share your concern, but there’s no sense in worrying about things beyond our control.

      The famous economist, John Maynard Keynes, once said: In the long run, we’re all dead.

      There certainly is wisdom in what Keynes said.

      Ernest Hemingway once wrote a short story, "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber". In this story the main character was paralyzed by fear of death, and it was only when he was able to overcome and throw off the shackles of fear, that he was able to live.

      As I recall he overcame his fear in the last seconds of his life, but at least he lived for a moment, rather than merely existing in fear.

      The key is to find a way to live, without fear. It may help to take a more active approach to life, as Francis Macomber did, when he decided to overcome his fear of death.

      You may find encouragement in a poem written by William Cullen Bryant, Thanatosis. In his poem, he took a bold (if not stoic) view of life, and death and dying. He says why go through life timidly and approach the grave with helpless fear. Go boldly into life! (Incidentally Bryant was a devout Christian, which helps explain how he could face life and death with such confidence and courage.)

      Personally I take comfort in knowing that there’s nothing in this life (including evil, death and the grave) that I can’t handle with the help of Christ.

      As Jesus said to those who trusted him, "Do not be afriad!"

      September 6, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Reply
    • Ehsan

      dont be scarred baby.. I am here for u

      September 6, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Reply
  27. Blessed Geek

    AlQaeda may be insignificant henceforth, but its aftermath and aftershocks are.

    Do not take it for granted or lay ourselves back. Do not let any sand slip thro the cracks.

    More than ever, we need to mend fences with Muslims.

    September 5, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Reply
    • LoveAmerica

      Remember 9/11. Remember the country which sourced the perpetrators of 9/11 massacre – Pakistan based terrorists.
      Many writers have stated that we need not get involved with Pakistan. However we cannot afford not to. Pakistan is the bastion of terrorist cells that is a constant source of threat not only to the US but to the rest of the civilized world. We cannot and must not let Pakistan be on its own, until we feel safe. We must however stop giving them any further aids as bribes. We must force ourselves in and take control of the lawless areas under terrorist rule. Moves such as helping the freedom movement in Baluchistan will help us immensely. It will open up our access to Afghanistan from the Arabian Sea and allow us to control the terrorists on both sides of the border.

      September 6, 2011 at 5:58 am | Reply
      • Dr.BakroChod

        I agree. Pakistan is responsible for 911 terrorists. They got off too easy, just by saying, we are with you, America. (Forget what happened)

        September 6, 2011 at 9:02 am |
      • ratee

        Perhaps you need to read some history. Al-Qaida was let to slip out of Afghanistan by USA in 2001 because USA sent her major forces to Iraq.

        So why are you blaming Pakistan, in fact Pakistan has suffered maximum casualties because of this American carelessness of letting the terrorists escape in an unmanned area.

        September 6, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
      • aziz ahmed

        PAKISTAN is a great country, all shit is due to america everywhere they are doing stupid things and even americans know little what is going on in different countries..
        but pakistan is cleaning it still if someone blame pakistan than they should know that what is reality.. these are armies made to fight USSR, but unfortunately american handled them so bad that they went against america. now we are killing them so they don't do anything against america.. so pakistan is great .. pakistani are so proud to be friends and sacrificing for them.... it the great thing which can only be done by a brave nation like pakistan....

        September 9, 2011 at 10:42 am |
    • victim of democrat hypocrisy

      The onus is upon the muslim world who gives tacit approval of terrorism with their silence to mend fences with US for allowing its members to commit these crimes in the name of their religion.

      September 6, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Reply
      • ratee

        Can you name an Islamic country that has given its approval of terrorism based on religion?

        September 6, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
    • Earnan

      We need to stop pretending that we can ever make Muslims love us. Or even make them tolerate non-Muslims-ever notice that every where there are Muslims, there are innocent people being murdered by Muslims who claim they're being "oppressed" because the non-Muslims won't subject themselves to Islamic law?

      We need to make them fear us.

      September 7, 2011 at 1:43 am | Reply
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    September 5, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Reply
  29. us1776

    al-Qaeda is irrelevant now.

    Arab youth are not embracing terrorism. They are embracing peaceful protest and only use violence as a measure of last resort such as in Libya. And even now in Libya the rebels are trying to end their ouster of Gadhafi by peaceful means through negotiations.

    The al-Qaeda doctrine of terrorism is dead. al-Qaeda did not even manage to change a single government on its list of enemies after 20 years of trying.

    al-Qaeda = R.I.P.


    September 5, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Reply
    • Jack

      I believe your comments are very dangerous. We and the rest of the free world cannot let our guard down. I have been involved in security for a number of years and the last thing one should do is assume that an enemy has been defeated. al-Queda is not a group it is a movement. Have they been damamged, yes, without question. Have they been defeated? No. Not until there is a mind change within the ME youth relative to extremism will they be defeated.

      September 6, 2011 at 8:21 am | Reply
      • ratee

        When you kill civilians by drone attacks and killing civilians by black water you do not help building good relations with the muslims in those countries!!!

        September 6, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
  30. Derone Brown Jr

    Buzz, u are a TRIP! lmao

    September 5, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Reply
  31. Nyxxie

    Big woop. We can take out all their number one and number two guys and there will always be another derp waiting to take their place.

    September 5, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Reply
    • Tom Hartman

      Well the trash can gets full and has to be emptied. Just because they will be more trash doesn't mean we should stop emptying the bin.

      September 6, 2011 at 10:37 pm | Reply
  32. Buzz

    Grandfather used to tell us stories about the middle east. Said that the people there were strange to say the least.
    I will try to relate some of them as best as my failing memory can.

    Grandfather said these people were goat herders, mostly, though some had camels (yes, tall goats). He said these people smelled really bad. One time he told us that he and another fellow tried to give a few of them baths in large wash tubs. They screamed and carried on like they were being killed. After they got the men out of the tubs, grandfather found out that the tribesmen thought that indeed they were being drowned. Grandma told us it took the ladies a week of washing the tub to get the smell out of it.

    September 5, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Reply
    • Buzz

      Grandmother also told of some of her "Ladies". Seems grandmother wanted her girls to wear bloomers, so that they would not be advertising when they bent over. Yes, grandfather noticed, or so grandmother said. The girls took to the bloomers fine, but when they had to go, they would get a funny look on their face, and when the bloomers were full, they would go back to playing as if nothing had happened. Grandmother said it took some time to get the girls to pull the bloomers down before they went, but it seems that they went on the bloomers. Did not phase them one bit, pulled the bloomers up and went back to playing. Grandmother noted that it did not seem to make a bit of difference, their bloomers were clean or full, they smelled the same!

      September 5, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Reply
      • Buzz

        Another time, Grandfather told us about trying to get the men to wear a breechcloth. He said that it was impossible. He would show one of the men how to wrap it to get it to stay in place. This did not work as the men wanted to wrap the breechcloth around their heads. Pictures I see of them nowadays shows that they still prefer to wrap the breechcloth around their head.

        September 5, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
    • Buzz

      Stories of grandfathers regiment quickly proved that the tribal men liked loud noises and explosions. When they fired their canon or an Enfield, the men would go crazy, shouting and dancing. Grandfather said one of the men in the regiment showed a tribesman how to shoot the Enfield. He loaded it with a paper wad so as to not waste shot. The tribesman held it up, pulled the trigger as shown and when the Enfield discharged, the tribesman run around in circles shouting. Some of the others in the regiment thought that they would have some fun and loaded their guns with wadding. They showed other tribesmen how to fire the weapon. Soon the tribesmen were no longer firing into the air, but at each other. The wadding stung, but the tribesmen did not seem to mind the pain. It was great sport for the regiment.

      September 5, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Reply
      • Buzz

        Grandfather liked telling my sister and I stories of his times in the middle east. This one had to do with the tribesmen grabbing a goat by the tail and giving it a quick shot. Everyone laughed and the goat was handed to another tribesman, which repeated the process. Grandfather tried to explain that doing so was very unhealthy. One of the tribesmen dragged the goat over to grandfather thinking perhaps he felt that he was being left out of the fun.

        September 5, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
      • Art vandolaye

        My grandfather likes to drink Binladen Martinis. I asked what is in it. He said: 2 shots and a splash.

        September 5, 2011 at 10:04 pm |
    • ukt87

      Well with stories like these a child is destined to negatively stereotype them.

      September 5, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Reply
      • Earnan

        Islam's pride in its blood-soaked history is all the "stereotyping" we need to know.

        September 7, 2011 at 1:45 am |
  33. George

    Looks like that treasure trove found in Osama's hovel is paying off again.

    September 5, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Reply
  34. roselyn athora

    Thank God for the arrest if it is true.

    September 5, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Reply
    • Thor

      Which god?

      September 6, 2011 at 10:51 am | Reply
  35. autotoxic111

    He said she said... I mean really people.. we know the #CIA has been in #Libya since '04 and we know part of the rebels are Al-Qaeda.. the same rebels we fund and give weapons to and then turn around and blame for terror attacks.. #Fst and Furious timesX 10

    September 5, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Reply
  36. Congratulations

    Hang em high

    September 5, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Reply
  37. Some1


    September 5, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Reply
  38. BJJSchecter

    Blow 1000000000, but, there still there.

    September 5, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Reply
    • nad

      As long as islam is spreading hate and intolerance to others and even killing thousands of al Qaeda members that's makes no difference ..

      September 5, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Reply
      • yoursavior

        as long as the Christian Taliban spread the word of "u r either with us or u r against us" there will always be peace and luv

        September 6, 2011 at 9:32 am |
    • TC Fuldagap

      We spent many hundreds times that $$$ amount on American education, and yet you can't distinguish between "there" (a locational designation) and "they're" (meaning 'they are'). Seems we've failed everywhere.
      NOTE: There is also another synonym, "their" (meaning 'belonging to them') Now..go apply for your GED.

      September 5, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Reply
      • tmg

        that's not what a "synonym" must mean "homophone"

        September 5, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
      • HA!!

        HAHA! TC got schooled !

        tmg just kicked your soapbox out from underneath you and kicked you to the grammer policing curb.

        Seriously, did you not know what he meant or did you just feel the need to get on your pedistal and try to put someone down... while making yourself look like a fool at the same time.

        September 6, 2011 at 9:04 am |
      • Yakobi.

        "Seems we've failed everywhere."
        That was an incomplete sentence.

        September 6, 2011 at 1:25 pm |

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