Our military as “Al-Qaeda’s Air Force”

Quote of the week:

“We should be focused on defending the United States of America. That’s why young men and women sign up to join the military, not to, as you know, serve as Al Qaeda’s air force.”

Ted Cruz, Senator (R, Texas)

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Al Qaeda is up to something

The United States has closed virtually all of its embassies in the Middle East and has issued strong warnings to Americans in that region and in Northern Africa that a terrorist attack may be coming soon.  This is reportedly based not just on the usual “chatter” but on eavesdropping on senior Al Qaeda operatives.  (So aren’t you glad we have the NSA?) [Read more...]

Al-Qaeda works on its image

Al-Qaeda has an image problem.  So to improve its PR in its campaign to take over Syria, the terrorist organization has started holding church-social type events, including picnics for families, tug-of-war games, and ice cream eating contests.  Al-Qaeda is circulating videos of these family-friendly activities, replacing the old videos of public executions. [Read more...]

How to dodge a drone

Al-Qaeda is circulating a list of 22 techniques to thwart drone attacks–ones experts say are effective–showing how terrorists keep adapting to efforts to counter them.  I give the list after the jump. [Read more...]

Al-Qaeda 2.0

Al-Qaeda is back.  And, according to David Ignatius, the new version is going to be even harder to battle, particularly since our former Arab allies in the war on terrorism have now been taken over by Islamists.  He uses the metaphor of a metastasizing cancer:

The Obama administration is working with its allies to frame a strategy to combat what might be called “al-Qaeda 2.0” — an evolving, morphing terrorist threat that lacks a coherent center but is causing growing trouble in chaotic, poorly governed areas such as Libya, Yemen, Syria and Mali.

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Al-Qaeda is back in vogue

Islamic terrorism and al-Qaeda in particular seemed to be in the doldrums, what with military defeats and drone attacks.  But now that an al-Qaeda franchise took over that natural gas installation in Algeria–at last count, 38 hostages killed, including 3 Americans–its stock is reportedly soaring in the radical Islamic world and more young people are getting excited about terrorism again.  So reports Joby Warrick in the Washington Post:

A week of violence in Algeria and Mali has transformed al-Qaeda’s North Africa branch into a cause celebre for militant Islamists around the globe, boosting recruitment and fundraising for the jihadists and spurring fears of further terrorist attacks in the region and beyond. [Read more...]