In some dialects.. Al Qaeda mean Toilet. Isn’t that what YOU would name your crusading terror org?
In the horrifying aftermath of a spectacular terrorist attack, a bearded jihadist appears on a grainy video message to claim credit on behalf of … “The Rescue and Revitalization of the Nation Group”? According to a letter seized at Osama bin Laden’s Abbottabad compound one year ago and made public Thursday, that was one of the possible options if his al-Qaida network changed its name.
The Combating Terrorism Center at West Point, which published the letter among 17 documents seized in the May 2011 raid, said the author of the letter was unclear. But President Barack Obama’s top counterterrorism adviser at the White House, John Brennan, said in a speech Monday that it was bin Laden himself who pondered a name change away from al-Qaida, the Arabic term for “The Base.”
“This name reduces the feeling of Muslims that we belong to them, and allows the enemies to claim deceptively that they are not at war with Islam and Muslims, but they are at war with the organization of al- Qa‟ida, which is an outside entity from the teachings of Islam and this is what was raised repeatedly in the past as indicated by Obama, that our war is not on Islam or on the Muslim people but rather our war is on the al-Qa‟ida organization, so if the word al-Qa‟ida was derived from or had strong ties to the word Islam or Muslims; or if it had the name Islamic party, it would be difficult for Obama to say that,” the letter’s author writes.
“It is clear from the past also that they (the enemies) have largely stopped using the phrase ‘the war on terror’ in the context of not wanting to provoke Muslims, because they felt that saying the war on terror could appear to most people to be a war on Islam, especially after they unjustly spilled the blood of innocent Muslims in Iraq and Afghanistan,” the author says.
The writer then proposes a few alternative names:- Monotheism and Jihad Group
- Monotheism and Defending Islam Group
- Restoration of the Caliphate Group
- Support of Islam and al-Aqsa Group
- Muslim Unity Group
- Jihad Organization for Unification and Rescue of the Nation
- Jihad Organization to Liberate al-Aqsa and Unify the Nation
- Islamic Nation Unification Party
- Al-Aqsa Liberation Group
- Rescue and Revitalization of the Nation Group
Tweedle D and Tweedle Dumber – President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, Feb. 21, 2012. (Susan Walsh/AP)
Osama bin Laden aimed to assassinate President Barack Obama but directed fellow al-Qaida fighters to leave Vice President Joe Biden alone, describing him as “totally unprepared” to take over and predicting a “crisis” in America if that happened, according to a newly declassified letter from the terrorist mastermind.
In the missive, part of a trove of documents seized by Navy SEALs in the raid that killed bin Laden one year ago, bin Laden asks for an update on a plan to kill Obama or Gen. David Petraeus either in Pakistan or at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. (Obama made a televised speech from Bagram during his surprise visit to the war-torn country this week.)
Bin Laden detailed how he ordered one loyal follower to “prepare two groups—one in Pakistan and the other in the Bagram area of Afghanistan—with the mission of anticipating and spotting the visits of Obama or Petraeus to Afghanistan or Pakistan to target the aircraft of either one of them.”
“They are not to target visits by US Vice President Biden, Secretary of Defense Gates, Joint Chiefs of Staff (Chairman) Mullen, or the Special Envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan Holbrook (sic). The groups will remain on the lookout for Obama or Petraeus,” the Saudi-born extremist wrote.
“The reason for concentrating on them is that Obama is the head of infidelity and killing him automatically will make Biden take over the presidency for the remainder of the term, as it is the norm over there. Biden is totally unprepared for that post, which will lead the US into a crisis. As for Petraeus, he is the man of the hour in this last year of the war, and killing him would alter the war’s path. So please ask brother Ilyas to send to me the steps he has taken into that work,” bin Laden continued.
The Combating Terrorism Center at West Point published a report analyzing the documents—as well as the documents themselves, in the original Arabic and in English translations—on its official website. In a note accompanying the letter, labeled “SOCOM-2012-0000019,” the center’s analysts described it as “a long letter authored by Usama bin Ladin after the death of Sheikh Sa’id (Mustafa Abu’l-Yazid) in late May 2010 and it is addressed to “Shaykh Mahmud” (`Atiyya) who he designates as Sa’id’s successor.”
The 17 declassified documents include letters or draft letters, running 175 pages in Arabic and 197 in English. The CTC notes that getting a full picture of bin Laden’s plans, or of al-Qaida’s relationships, strategies and operations, is impossible to do from such a limited sample. The documents, carefully declassified by the Obama administration, reenforce some of the president’s key messages, notably that al-Qaida has been struggling as American and allied forces kill key operatives, and as Muslims criticize the group for killing co-religionists.