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Originally posted by Deetermined
The reference of Guantanamo alongside al-Shihri's biography may imply the desire to tie between his death and the new threat. It is possible that intelligence experts in the US intelligence arena identified further code words on the tape that actually serve as activation messages for terrorist cells deployed by the organization around the world.
Originally posted by Deetermined
Al Qaeda released another video in the last couple of weeks...
Originally posted by Deetermined
"Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula confirms group's No. 2, Saeed al-Shihri, killed in U.S. strike in Yemen"
I think you have found proabably the main 'catalyst' for this announced threat. Al Qaeda has a growing presence in Yemen, and as the report you found about the killing of al-Shihri has got to have triggered in their mind, a serious terrorist act.
What really bothers me, is that
Al-Shihri, also known as Abu Sufyan al-Azdi, fought in Afghanistan and spent six years in Guantanamo. He was returned to Saudi Arabia in late 2007 and later fled to Yemen to join the al Qaeda branch there.
....Just bothers me that we had an enemy combatant in our hands, should never been released, we ship him to Saudi Arabia who plays both sides of the game, and easily allows this guy to slip out and head back to an Al-Qaeda affiliate, again which has as its only purpose is to destroy the U.S. and any of its' allies. Just another example of why none of the Guantanamo terrorists should ever be released. They were caught in the act of war crimes as enemy combatants....lock them up forever.
(CNN) -- A State Department travel alert Friday said al Qaeda may launch attacks in the Middle East, North Africa and beyond, as the United States is closing 21 embassies and consulates Sunday as a precaution. "Current information suggests that al Qaeda and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks both in the region and beyond, and that they may focus efforts to conduct attacks in the period between now and the end of August," said the alert, which covers the entire month. It warned that "terrorists may elect to use a variety of means and weapons and target both official and private interests."
Al Qaeda linked to 'credible' acts of terrorism which has caused a WW Travel Alert
edit on 2-8-2013 by ItDepends because: added linkedit on 2-8-2013 by ItDepends because: sentence structure
Saudi Arabia 07/25/2013
Israel, the West Bank and Gaza 06/19/2013
Cote d'Ivoire 05/16/2013
Central African Republic 05/10/2013
Congo, Democratic Republic of the 04/24/2013
Republic of South Sudan 03/29/2013
Korea, Democratic People's Republic of 03/14/2013
El Salvador 01/23/2013
Originally posted by FlyersFan
Originally posted by jhn7537
Yea, I live in Chicago... Which I guess has as big of a target as anyone
KInda Interesting - 6 Vulnerable Potential Terrorist Targets
New York, Chemical Plants (Delaware and Philly!!), Liquid Natural Gas (which means New Jersey!!), any one of the 10,000 Dams in the USA, Bio Labs (like Ft. Detrick).
I'd think Houston TX .. Oil Reserves. Philly is on the river and wide open. So is St. Louis.
New York has the harbor and shipping on the Jersey side. Chicago .. on the water ... easy access.
America is really wide open. But instead of the big cities, I'd think that this article is right.
The terrorists would get more 'bang for their buck' (if you'll excuse me saying so) if they
hit the energy places.
Originally posted by Rocker2013
I think it would be wise for people to pay attention to what is being knocked off of the top news spots. We currently have the ongoing scandal of Beghazi, the CIA seemingly implicated in a coverup, Obama losing all trust, the NSA under attack from people all over the world for their spying... there's a lot that they need a distraction for.
This new "threat" provides a lot of useful things. It gives the NSA the chance to say to the government and the people "look, we are doing something other than just spying on you all", it potentially gives them future excuses to expand their methods, it removes some embarrassing stories from top slots all over the world, and it provides a distraction for any other things that might be coming to light in the coming weeks.
I would expect to see multiple attacks. And am just learning that Sunday the 4th is considered one of the most Holiest days of Islam's religion, and to martyr oneself one that day is considered very noble! Ahemm
For Muslims, the last ten days should be a time to perfect one's fast and avoid anything that may break it. It is a time to give more charity and to settle disputes and forgive one another. It is also a time for soul searching, evaluating one's life, supplicating, and asking forgiveness. This should be done sincerely because if Allah accepts the supplications, the reward is the remission of one's sins.
The last ten days are also known for Itekaf (spiritual retreat). The Prophet (p.b.u.h.) used to perform Itekaf in the mosque during the last ten days of Ramadan, barely sleeping during that time. Itekaf requires a total devotion to Allah; it is a sort of vacation with Him. The time is spent worshiping, performing extra Salah (ritual prayers), reciting Quran, making Thikr (remembrance of Allah) and duaas (supplications). One should leave behind the cares of this world, and even eat and sleep in the mosque. Those who cannot perform Itekaf for ten days, should try to do it for a shorter time, if only for one night or a day or two.
Laylat Al-Qadr also occurs during the last ten days of Ramadan. The Prophet (p.b.u.h.) said, "Any Muslim who stands in Prayer during Laylat Al-Qadr out of faith and sincerity, his previous sins will be forgiven."
State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said she would not “go into any more detail about specific threat information,” or any particular significance attached to the August 4 date. August 4 this year marks the 27th night of Ramadan, which according to most but not all Muslim scholars is Laylat al-Qadr (“night of power” or “night of destiny”), when Muslims believe the first verses of the Qur’an were revealed to Mohammed in the 7th century. The Qur’an describes the night as “better than a thousand months,” and many devout Muslims stay up through the night. - See more at: cnsnews.com...
Originally posted by BO XIAN
reply to post by FlyersFan
Hmmmmmmm Aug 31 . . .
not that far from 9/11 . . .
Is there another repeat performance being set up?