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The al Qaeda Blog

Filed under: Blogging Matters,Terrorism — DRJ @ 1:04 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

First there was the blogging Iranian, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Now it’s al Qaeda’s blogger-in-chief, Ayman al Zawahri:

“Expanding its use of the Internet, al Qaeda now is asking that online users submit their questions — even “hostile” ones — to its No. 2 man, Ayman al Zawahri. And like any other blogger, Zawahri says he is prepared to engage. He made the offer on a video posted on a jihadist Web site Sunday touting Britain’s withdrawal from Basra as a success for insurgents there.

The almost two-hour long video features Ayman al Zawahri answering questions in front of book-lined shelves from an off-camera interviewer with intermittent video clips. When the interviewer asked which is the most important field al Qaeda fighters are wrestling with, Zawahri answered, “Iraq is the most important of these fields.” Zawahri describes the state of resistance fighting in Iraq as “excellent.”

At the end of the video, entitled “A Review of Events,” a written message invites individuals, organizations and media outlets to submit questions for Zawahri to answer one month from his video’s release. The message solicits all questions, “whether they be friendly or hostile.”

Shortly after Zawahri’s blog announcement, an al Qaeda website posted a notice of a new video titled Al Nafeer that is defined as “an Arabic word referring to the horn that is blown before war.”

I hope the horn is all sound, signifying nothing. I also hope the blog is useful to al Qaeda’s enemies.


9 Responses to “The al Qaeda Blog”

  1. Sic 4chan on them.

    Techie (ed20d9)

  2. But does he allow critical comments, one wonders?

    Dave (391b76)

  3. Our broadmindness and our adoration of free speech may well bite us in the a$$. Jam the warmongering animals. Blast them off the net. They do not deserve the latitude given them and there “Insights.” How stupid can we be?

    paul from fl (47918a)

  4. I love the Shakespeare reference!

    But he’s probably proscribed by AQ.

    Dan S (d80c9b)

  5. Jam the warmongering animals. Blast them off the net.

    There are occasions where it’s better to let them speak, all the better to track their voice and those who listen. This may be one of those.

    Pablo (99243e)

  6. “But does he allow critical comments, one wonders?”


    Who would be fool enough to be observed entering an Al-Qaeda website in the first place? No one with half a brain is going to risk having their door kicked in at 2:00 in the morning just for the moral satisfaction of calling Ayman Al Zawahiri an asshole…

    Leviticus (9fe18a)

  7. Who are they trying to kid? I mean really! We live in a world today that has almost as many bad guys as we read about in comic books when we were kids…and just as fictitious. They even had the nerve to make up a guy with the last name Baghdadi!! I mean…when do the lies thay we are being fed stop? A recent bombing in Algiers has been “linked” to Al Qaeda, a “terror” group that actually does not exist, nor existed ever! We need to start putting people in office that actually care about this country and not lining up their pockets with blood money, the blood of our young troops that are over seas fighting a fictitious war…looking for an enemy that was made up by the same lying pricks that sent them there in the first place. They keep trying to feed us that Al Qaeda is responsible for all these attacks or that they “may have had something to do with it”, give me a fucking break! Am I the only one that sees through this? I mean, a lot of “maybes” and “could be’s” are being thrown around here. How about concrete evidence that links any one group to any of these attacks? Iran was deemed by Bush’s own intelligence department not dangerous and peaceful, yet he himself still vilifies them…all this to keep up the fear. “Al Qaeda” is nothing more than a broad euphemistic umbrella classification used to group any Middle Eastern fighter under the Sun as an enemy. The most diabolical aspect of this public relations stunt is that it enables the current Administration to label any group it feels necessary to attack to appear to be related to an unprovable organized enemy while at the same time actually increasing its approval ratings by exploiting the basic primal fears of the American public, plain and simple. I have yet to read a confirmation that one group has done any of this. It is all bullshit, all of it. Read the report here and draw your conclusions. People, we are being lied to, we are allowing it, and we are acting like we do not care. This is wrong, START FUCKING CARING ABOUT THIS!! Bush’s lies are getting more and more bold every time his ugly redneck face shows up anywhere. I just hope there is still some common sense left in us to not ever let this happen again…that we as a nation exert our rights to demand the truth be told to us, and to start holding those who we put in office responsible for their actions and demand that they do the fucking job WE paid them to do! I am a Republican, I am proud of it! But this current administration is an embarrasement to us all!

    Joseph (b193e6)

  8. Joseph, so your answer to those who are “lying pricks” is to what? Lie yourself? You’ve told several in that paragraph, such as misrepresenting the recent NIE on Iran’s nuclear program. Your link to some oddball website does not make the Al Queda network just vanish to suit your fantasies.

    SPQR (26be8b)

  9. The al queda group is nothing but a bunch of kitty cats (technical term!), even bin laden is to fricking chicken to poke his face out and become a target…wants others to do his crappy work for him. Grow some balls bin laden, let us take a shot at what you are NOT!

    Grace (e7ec10)

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