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Gayle in MD
05-07-2011, 07:37 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/07/bin-laden-directed-al-qaeda-new-information_n_858906.html

<span style='font-size: 14pt'>Bin Laden Directed Al Qaeda Figures, Source Suggests </span>


<span style='font-size: 14pt'>WASHINGTON -- The wealth of information pulled from Osama bin Laden's compound has reinforced the belief that he played a strong role in planning and directing attacks by al-Qaida and its affiliates in Yemen and Somalia, senior U.S. officials said Friday.</span>

And the data further demonstrates to the U.S. that top al-Qaida commanders and other key insurgents are scattered throughout Pakistan, not just in the rugged border areas, and are being supported and given sanctuary by Pakistanis, a senior defense official said.

U.S. counterterrorism officials have debated how big a role bin Laden and core al-Qaida leaders were playing in the attacks launched by affiliated terror groups, particularly al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, which is based in Yemen, and al-Shabab in Somalia.

<span style='font-size: 17pt'>Information gathered in the compound, officials said, strengthened beliefs that bin Laden was a lot more involved in directing al-Qaida personnel and operations than sometimes thought over the last decade. And it suggests bin Laden was "giving strategic direction" to al-Qaida affiliates in Somalia and Yemen, the defense official said.</span>

<span style='font-size: 17pt'>Bin Laden's first priority, the official said, was his own security. But the data shows that he was far more active in providing guidance and telling affiliated groups in Yemen and Somalia what they should or should not be doing.</span>


The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive material.



Their comments underscore U.S. resolve to pursue terror leaders in Pakistan, particularly during this critical period in the Afghanistan war, as President Barack Obama moves to fulfill his promise to begin withdrawing troops this July.

Already the Afghan Taliban has warned that bin Laden's death will only boost morale of insurgents battling the U.S. and its NATO allies. Al-Qaida itself vowed revenge, confirming bin Laden's death for the first time but saying that Americans' "happiness will turn to sadness."

For its part, the U.S. has already launched at least one drone strike into Pakistan in the days since bin Laden was killed, and there is no suggestion those will be curtailed at all.

The strikes are largely carried out by CIA drones, and the expectation is that they will continue in the coming days as U.S. military and intelligence officials try to take quick advantage of the data they swept up in the raid before insurgents have a chance to change plans or locations.

The American public, meanwhile, will get a peek at bin Laden's life inside the secret compound in Abbottabad on Saturday, according to U.S. officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because the data has not yet been released.

New, unreleased bin Laden propaganda tapes as well as footage of him moving about the compound are expected to be made public, officials said. Still cloaked in secrecy, however, are photographs of the dead terror leader, who was shot once in the head and once in the chest by the Navy SEAL team that swept into the compound in the dark, early morning hours Monday local time.

Officials say they have already learned a lot from bin Laden's cache of computers and data, but they would not confirm reports that it yielded clues to the whereabouts of al-Qaida deputy Ayman al-Zawahri.

Al-Zawahri is a leading candidate to take bin Laden's place as the leader of the terror group.

Officials say the handwritten notes and computer material are being scoured for intelligence that could help track down new targets.
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pooltchr
05-07-2011, 07:58 AM
Hey woofie! Just in case you missed it on tv again...


Steve

LWW
05-07-2011, 08:07 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Gayle in MD</div><div class="ubbcode-body"><span style='font-size: 14pt'>Bin Laden Directed Al Qaeda Figures, Source Suggests </span></div></div>

<span style='font-size: 20pt'>OHHHH</span> <span style='font-size: 23pt'>MY</span> <span style='font-size: 26pt'>GAWWWWD!!!!</span>

<span style='font-size: 14pt'>WHO WOULD HAVE GUESSED THAT?</span>

eg8r
05-07-2011, 06:46 PM
All the more reason to be happy he is no longer a danger to us.

eg8r

wolfdancer
05-08-2011, 09:38 AM
I get all my important political and current events, news updates
from you and lww; the two most widely read and looked up to for guidance on the site?????...I gather from your own statements.

pooltchr
05-08-2011, 09:43 AM
You really need to learn to think for yourself.

Steve

wolfdancer
05-08-2011, 10:13 AM
according to you and lww, I don't have the smarts, to think for myself; which is why I am then spoon fed the news.

pooltchr
05-08-2011, 11:01 AM
You can learn, if you really want to.

Steve

wolfdancer
05-08-2011, 11:23 AM
I'll abstain from any and all lessons from you, on politics, current news, or whatever. While you may not understand why your comments on the news aren't met with huge acclaim here (but maybe so on the other site?)....I find it very understandable.

pooltchr
05-08-2011, 11:48 AM
There is hope for you woofie....but the first step is admitting you need help.

Steve

wolfdancer
05-08-2011, 01:42 PM
I have helped a few others get started on a 12 step program, attending both NA, and AA meetings. Went for awhile on my own, but I decided after many, many meetings that I didn't need the stuff,(alcohol) I just occasionally abused it; and drank a little to excess. I had 8 yrs without a drink, but now I keep alcohol in the house, and might have a drink or two at the most, 3 times a week.
I have lately been attending meetings in support of a friend. I think it to be a huge, and positive step for anyone to admit publicly to others, and silently to God, as they know Him, that they need help..... your banal commentary, notwithstanding
I did not know there was a 12 step program to help one overcome an addiction to their own political beliefs.....

LWW
05-08-2011, 04:12 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: wolfdancer</div><div class="ubbcode-body">I have helped a few others get started on a 12 step program, attending both <span style='font-size: 14pt'>NA</span>, and AA meetings. </div></div>

That must be NITS ANONYMOUS.

wolfdancer
05-08-2011, 04:50 PM
it's narcotics anonymous...but after your series of posts lately, knocking others post.....nit does come to mind...

LWW
05-09-2011, 02:41 AM
So you and aitch are both drug addicts?

Gayle in MD
05-09-2011, 11:47 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: eg8r</div><div class="ubbcode-body">All the more reason to be happy he is no longer a danger to us.

eg8r </div></div>

Absolutely Ed.

Gone for good! I say, BRAVO!