Al-Qaida Plans for the Future
Remember this post next time someone tells you that there was no connection between Iraq and Al-Qaida… Al-Qaida doesn’t have a problem admitting it.
Happy Birthday “Jihad Unspun” on 3 great years of reporting the jihad for Al-Qaida!
“Jihad Unspun”, sporting a new look for their three year website anniversary, lays out the 20 year Al-Qaida strategic working plan.
The Al-Qaida Strategy To The Year 2020 has surfaced and gives a clear indication that the events that are transpiring today were preplanned, not a reaction to the American agenda, but by Al-Qaida strategists with the specific goal to open up a broad based Jihad front. Indeed, the tail is wagging the dog.
– Jihad Unspun
The following excerpts were taken from the “Jihad Unspun” terrorist website from Canada. “Jihad Unspun” has been notorious for spreading conflicting information on the War in Iraq and the actions of the terrorists who kill innocent Iraqis and those helping to bring peace and prosperity to the region. “Jihad Unspun” is also well known for exagerating the “progress” of the jihadists fighting the Coalition Forces in Iraq. What follows in this post here are excerpts I have taken from the new plan of jihad, “The new Battlefronts of Al-Qaida”:
The first step in its long-term strategy, which was to involve the United States in a regional conflict, was just a prelude to widening the struggle to other regions and Al-Qaida had developed strategic plans for the steps to be taken in the aftermath.
It appears also that the existence of a “strategic kitchen”, or planning group for the organization, touted by some experts on Al-Qaida and Jihad is true. The strategic kitchen is believed to be the ultimate source of Al-Qaida’s thinking and military philosophy. Some knowledgeable sources assert that the ‘kitchen’ operates at higher levels than even Osama bin Laden and Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri. For reasons known only to only to themselves, the “Shadow Leaders” in the organization have successfully leaked information now circulating in certain Arab capitals as well as in the offices of American decision makers, including the existence of a plan named “The Al-Qaida Strategy Up To The Year 2020” which is being adhered to meticulously.
According to Al-Qaida media experts, the announcement made by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi to join Al-Qaida and the subsequent acceptance by Osama bin Laden was not by accident but rather a deliberate move.
Some analysts have concluded that all communiqués are written, edited, reviewed and leaked by an Egyptian by the name of Muhammad Mekkawi, a former war strategies expert in the Egyptian army. Mekkawi has been credited with introducing Bin Laden and al-Zawahiri in the mid 1990’s and is shrouded in mystery. He does not appear to play a direct role in the group’s leadership and his location is unknown, leading some people to suggest that perhaps he is in fact al-Zawahiri himself, or even Bin Laden. However, some experts believe that Mekkawi is a genuine third person superior to both Dr. al-Zawahiri and Sheikh Osama bin Laden. They further believe that he is the brains behind Al-Qaida’s long term strategic plan that was put in motion September 11, 2001 and that extends to the year 2020.
According to the Mekkawi strategy, the timing of the September 11th attack was carefully chosen by Al-Qaida based on the following two criteria:
* The recognition that during the final months of the Clinton Administration, Al-Qaida had was considered a global enemy of America and had become the focus of American hostility.
* The time had come for Al-Qaida to initiate a long-term strategy of Jihad to rid the Islamic nation and Muslims of oppression of all sorts, ultimately including Israel.
Another goal in having the United States send its troops into Asia and the Arabian Peninsula was to goad a second “Giant Elephant” into wakefulness; that elephant being the Islamic Nation as a whole.
Zarqawi’s duties in Iraq were carefully circumscribed. According to viewers of the only known televised account of Zarqawi’s life, he was ambitious to the point of accusing even Bin Laden of being too moderate. The expert opinion is that Bin Laden capitalized on Zarqawi’s stance and carried out a clever psychological game with Zarqawi to meet his own objectives. Bin Laden convinced him that the decisive battle was near and would be fought as Zarqawi wished. Bin Laden also provided him with one of Al-Qaida’s top experts in the field of evasion, an Egyptian young man who was brought to Afghanistan by Dr. Ayman Zawahiri and was ordered to head for Iraq, via Iran, with some of Zwahiri’s aids, most of whom are Jordanians.
Saddam Hussein’s government feigned acceptance of Zarqawi’s offer and allowed him some freedom of action in Baghdad in return for his promise (to help protest him from the Americans). This was a ruse; they agreed to let Zarqawi and his group operate freely in Iraq with the purpose of leading them to trust the Iraqi Security Services and relax their guard. In this way, it was supposed the Zarqawi group could be easily captured and possibly be used as bargaining chips with the Americans. This plan was recommended by the Egyptians who further suggested that Baghdad might be seen to join the supporters of the American ‘war on terror’ by giving Zarqawi to the Americans or killing him and destroying his group that may garner some goodwill with the Americans to avoid the planned invasion of Iraq.
It was reported that Zarqawi obtained large sums of money from senior Baath members on the eve of the fall of Baghdad. With the help of a Kurd, an Egyptian, and two Jordanian aids, Zarqawi was able to create the foundation for a Jihad organization in the Land of the Two Rivers. In this, Zarqawi was driven by his ambitions; ambitions which Bin Laden knew how to direct. The central command of the Al-Qaida organization has allowed Zarqawi to become the unchallenged leader of Al-Qaida in Iraq where his trained and able fighters are now concentrated. The Zarqawi group was able to cooperate well with other resistance Baathist groups and gain the sympathy of the Iraqi public. The group was also able to get their hands on sizable amount of cash that was left behind by Saddam Hussein and his top lieutenants.
The question now becomes what is the nature of the remaining pages of their strategy?
There is no easy answer to this question but the patterns and style of the mysterious Mekkawi offers some good clues. The picture that emerges from his pronouncements suggests a disciplined operation aimed at expanding operations in the area, capitalizing on the Iranian and Shia involvement, and opening a regional war with the Americans to counter their global attacks on Islam and Muslims. This regional war will create a ‘Jihad Triangle of Horror’ to smack the Americans right in the face. This triangle of horror starts in Afghanistan, runs through Iran and South Iraq to connect with South Turkey, South Lebanon and Syria.
By converting Al-Qaida to a set of guiding principles and away from atypical organizational structures that are well known to security forces and with individual units able to operate without direct instructions, the global scope of Al-Qaida’s impact has been greatly facilitated. The decision to have field and local commanders operate independently has proved very important. Their autonomy in planning, choice of targets and tactics has creat
ed a very flexible system that has become highly successful in lands fertile for Jihad, such as Iraq.
According to Al-Qaida’s theoretical strategies, Iran cannot sit on the fence indefinitely with respect to Jihad against America. Iran is itself a strategic and tactical military target for the Americans, and sooner or later there must be a confrontation between the two. Al-Qaida leaders believe that the American administration has set the following five objectives as preconditions for their military confrontation against Iran (with of course the spurious Iranian nuclear threat as casus belli):
* Ending the Palestinian uprising (Intifada)
* Extinguishing all Iranian influence on the Mujahideen groups in Palestine. The level of Iranian influence varies from group to group. It is very strong in the Islamic Jihad Movement, much less so in Hamas, and limited to an isolated wing of the Fatah Movement. They are currently trying to put this objective into effect, but see a direct military confrontation between the Mujahideen and the Palestinian authority as a necessity for its completion.
* Withdrawing Syrian troops from Lebanon and making sure the election in Iraq is successful. This objective is crucial and must precede the next objective.
* Bringing Hezbollah in Lebanon under control.
Securing all of the oil fields throughout the Gulf area, and all waterways which are possible routes of invasion that must be guarded against reciprocal Iranian attacks in advance of an American military campaign against Iraq.
According to an Al-Qaida think-tank, this last objective will require enormous financial and personnel resources, in addition to the already extensive military presence that is being supported. And this, say Al-Qaida leaders, will surely send the American military budget into bankruptcy.