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Fri Jan 18, 2013, 04:57 PM

Panetta: No question al Qaeda-linked group behind Algeria attack

Source: Politico


Defense Sec. Leon Panetta said that the attack and hostage-taking at a BP facility in Algeria is being carried out by terrorists with links to al Qaeda, something the White House has so far declined to say.

"I don't think there's any question that, based on what we do know, that this was a terrorist act and that the terrorists have affiliation with Al Qaeda," Panetta said in an interview with ABC News's Martha Raddatz.

He said he doesn't know if the attack is related to al Qaeda-related violence in Mali.

"You know, the exact motivations -- again I'm, I'm just not sure of," he told Raddatz. "All I do know is that when you're dealing with, with affiliates of Al Qaeda, that they're terrorists and they will do terrorist acts. And that's what they've done here...

"We've faced this kind of terrorism from Al Qaeda beginning with 9/11. We faced it, we faced it in Pakistan, we faced it in Afghanistan. We've seen it in Somalia, we've seen it in Yemen. And now we're seeing it in Algeria. That's what terrorists do. They have n -- they have total disregard for innocent men and women and children. And it's reflected in what they just did here in Algeria."

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Read more: http://www.politico.com/politico44/2013/01/panetta-no-question-al-qaedalinked-group-behind-algeria-154563.html

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DonViejo Jan 2013 OP
Charles Goya Jan 2013 #1
ck4829 Jan 2013 #2
dipsydoodle Jan 2013 #3
choie Jan 2013 #4
tabasco Jan 2013 #5
dipsydoodle Jan 2013 #6

Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 05:06 PM

1. How are links to Al Qaeda defined by the CIA?

 

Does anyone know? Do the leaders of this group have contact with leaders of Al Qaeda? Do they receive funds from them?

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 05:22 PM

2. Man, I thought invading Iraq and finding those WMDs would have destroyed Al Qaeda by now!

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 05:27 PM

3. I think the link is loose at best.

Broadly speaking Al Qaeda is simply Emmanual Goldstein revisited.

The one thing that the loosely affiliated group have in common is that they believe they are fighting for God and ultimately God cannot lose. As such they have no fear of death - they're not looking to go home to wife and family.

The guy in Algeria is regarded as being a loose cannon.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Reply #3)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 06:12 PM

4. Right, Panetta - it's the Al Qaeda in Algeria franchise...

just like the Al Qaeda in Yemen, Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia and Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula franchises..you, too can own an Al Qaeda franchise!

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Response to dipsydoodle (Reply #3)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 06:21 PM

5. The main Islamist rebel group CALLS ITSELF Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM)

So, no, Che, it's not just some evil CIA propaganda.

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Response to tabasco (Reply #5)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 06:28 PM

6. I can't actually think of anything more curious

than a Islamic group giving itself an English name.

He's no longer part of that group anway - he'd already distanced himself from them.

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