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Al Qaeda: Further expanding operations?
Posted by: McQ on Friday, December 30, 2005

From CNN:
In what may be a sign that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's terror group is expanding its operations, Al Qaeda in Iraq has posted a statement claiming responsibility for firing missiles from Lebanon into northern Israel earlier this week.

The statement, posted Thursday on Web sites used previously by al Qaeda in Iraq, cannot be independently verified by CNN.

The three rockets were fired late Tuesday from Lebanon into the Israeli town of Kiryat Shimona. The attack resulted in minor damage and no casualties.

However, the Al Qaeda in Iraq statement called the attack a success.
In September we noted a story which claimed the following concerning the Israeli's unilateral abandoment of Gaza:
Now that Israel is gone, Gaza's descent into Taliban-like rule is only expected to accelerate, aided by the reported introduction of Al Qaeda operatives into the area earlier this month.
While I recognize the story from CNN reports the rockets to have been fired from Lebanon, the presence of Al Qaeda operatives, introduced into the area after the withdrawl, is a likely source of problem. And of course, they're also responsible for the bombings in Jordan (as well as a rocket attack on 2 US ships in August).

They have absolutely no desire or priority for peace in the region. They only desire the death of as many Israelis as they can cause. There is no 'road map' for them but that of death and destruction. Allowing them free access to an area which makes a large part of Israel more vulnerable to their strikes remains, in my mind, a remarkably bad strategy and one for which Israel may pay dearly in terms of terror strikes of the type which just happened from Lebanon.

My guess is, and I'll put this in the 2006 predictions, is that sometime in 2006, the IDF will again find itself in Gaza cleaning out nests of both Hamas and Al Qaeda.

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Previous Comments to this Post 

I never bought into the idea that Middle Eastern anti-Isreali, terrorist "organizations" were distinct. Hezbullah is Fatah is Al Qaida. Their members, nation-benefactors, advocacies and tactics have always overlapped, and they have never respected national borders before.

So the "expansion" of AQ into Gaza looks more like an unmasking of existing operations to me.

Could it be the shell-game is up?
Written By: Steve
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Agreement with Steve.

And this to my mind casts new light on the label of terrorist been warned by Saddam given his involvement in paying terrorists in the west bank.
Written By: Bithead
I think saying that Zarqawi is expanding may not be correct. Only time will tell, but I suspect he’s hedging his bets by expanding into other countries. He’s not getting anywhere is Iraq. He may also see on day where AQ will be serious contrained and reduced.

I guess I’m saying Zarqawi may not be expanding as much as getting out of the situation of putting all his eggs in one basket.
Written By: John
URL: http://

The truth will out... I figured that you would hang yourself, given enough time.

Written By: Bithead
The truth will out... I figured that you would hang yourself, given enough time.

He hung himself the first time he ever showed up here. He’s an anti-semite, plain and simple (and I mean that in more ways than one).
Written By: McQ
He hung himself the first time he ever showed up here. He’s an anti-semite, plain and simple (and I mean that in more ways than one).
Yes, so I’ve noticed.
When of straying too far afield on this thread I noticed where on a different thread he’s essentially calling for the destruction of Israel blaming Israel’s existence for radical Islam.

I’ve made the point in my own spaces previously that anyone making such a claim clearly hasn’t learned the lessons of Neville Chamberlain, and therefore cannot be taken seriously under any circumstances.


I guess I’m saying Zarqawi may not be expanding as much as getting out of the situation of putting all his eggs in one basket.
I’m with you on this one. Although, I think that would word it this way:

He’s simply going after the easier targets, given Iraq hasn’t worked out all that well for him....this can only be considered expansion if you consider spreading one pat of butter over four slices of bread "expansion". The gig is up and he knows it.

Shorter version: this isn’t "expansion" it’s "scattering".

Written By: Bithead
I think you’re making a big assumption.

That al Queda wasn’t already in Lebanon before Syria extricated themselves from there.

I would bet that terrorists travel semi-freely between most Middle Eastern countries. Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Eqypt, Saudi Arabia...

Lot’s of unprotected borders.

Another possibility is that this is a sign that getting into Iraq is getting harder, or getting results in Iraq is getting harder.

Time will tell.
Written By: Keith, Indy
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Book Adams:

After 57 bloody years the Jews have still not convinced the Palistinians to surrender Palistine and nobody else wants them as neighbors either.

Nobody mentions that Israel has many illegal nuclear weapons itself while it points the accusing finger at Iran. By what Zionist logic can Israel have them and Iran not? Both or neither is only fair.

Anybody who buys into the holocaust guilt story must then logically also agree that Westphalia is a much more suitable location for a Zionist state.

Stealing real estate from the poor Palistinians is the biggest joke the United Nations ever played upon the world and it is now time for this fun to end. Move ’em to Westphalia...
1) Why has no one ever heard of an Amish Anti-Defamation League?

2) The Jewish Anti-Defamation League website complains of Jews being evicted from many European villages for centuries and in 17 of those countries the people still don’t want them:

3) I personally don’t know any Jews so maybe you can explain why nobody apparently wants them as neighbors.
Maybe McQ himself ought to bone up a bit on the facts relevant to this thread:
We report, you decide.
Written By: McQ
Zionist-tool McQ is advocating that IDF use military power

Prediction is different than advocation.

Written By: Mark A. Flacy
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Keith; Good point. On that basis, it seems to me not unreasonable to assume that this is simply a PR move on thier part.


Do me a major favor; In future, don’t agree with me. On anything.

What I find morons like you agreeing with me, I am logically forced to seriously reconsider my position. Your recent agreement with me in another thread was no exception . Fortunately it did prove to be reminiscent of sir Winston’s comments about stopped clocks, Still, it had me worried for a few minutes.

Can I make this any clearer for you?
Written By: Bithead
Thanks for giving me game, set and match with that one.

From your hero Makow:
This is what the Illuminati fear. In the Protocols of the Elders of Zion (5) the author writes: "There is nothing more dangerous to us than personal initiative; if it has genius behind it, such initiative can do more than can be done by millions of people among whom we have sown discord."
The "Illuminati"?

LOL! That’s just pathetic. Not to mention quoting from the fradulent "Protocols of the Elders of Zion". What a scholar.

You are amazing in your consistent ability to shoot yourself in the foot. A true idiot savant in that regard.
Written By: McQ
Actually I’m attacking his scholarship (or lack thereof) which you are simply too dumb to understand.

Look, you’re an anti-semtic prick and everyone here knows that. As long as you hang out here, I’ll continue to call you what you have proven you are -- a jew hater.

Go play your anti-semetic, conspiricy theory, "Protocals of the Elders of Zion", Illuminati/Bilderburger/CFR crap on some teen blog where you might last more than 5 minutes.
Written By: McQ
The topic: The expansion of the same "organization" that killed so many of my countrymen on 9/11 into Palestinian areas.

Book’s fetish: Jews.

My view is Arial Sharon has drastically altered the strategic gameboard between Isreal and Palestine in a way that favors his "nation-state" in a war with a shifting external entity. Isreal’s withdrawal from Gaza and construction of the fence firmly assert the well-established international rules of engagement between bounded nation states.

These are assertions that Isreal couldn’t have made "cleanly" in international forums as long as she kept her settlers in Gaza. But now, when terrorists fire rockets at Isreali cities from Palestinian areas, Isreal’s responses benefit from the imprimatur of national sovereignty in international forums.

Sharon can take the gloves off now, and terrorism’s global apologists have to explain why he shouldn’t.


Written By: Steve
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Are we so desperate for liberal commenters that we must put up with scum-suckers? I guess we are, since Book has been made welcome. Are there no decent liberals out there who are willing to comment here? Or are we fated to have to live with losers expiating their sins on what they apparently believe is a meaningless (not being in the liberal cocoon) site?
Is Book offering us needed wisdom? Do we need him? Sometimes we need to read what we most dislike reading, in order to grow. Is that the case with his "wisdom"?
Book, I think that you have been ’off the island’ for some time now. Get some help.
Written By: notherbob2
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Are we so desperate for liberal commenters that we must put up with scum-suckers? I guess we are, since Book has been made welcome.

Who’s "we" Bob? And who’s made the anti-semite welcome?
Written By: McQ
Why, McQ, "we" is an all-inclusive term used for all commenters on this magazine, proprietors included. If you think that I meant to state that anyone has made an anti-semite welcome, well, we all know where they are welcome and qando is certainly [in my mind] not one of those places. I certainly welcomed Book with the same warm welcome I offer all liberals.
My intention was to decry the lack of decent liberal comment on qando. Sorry if I raised your hackles.
Written By: notherbob2
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Frankly, for my part, I’d forgotten the guy, and therefore didn’t really recall who I was dealing with in a few other threads. Being active on as many sites as I am, I suppose I can be forgiven for that.

I do need to ask for a clarification; Does ’warm welcome’ include my flamethrower?


Written By: Bithead
I’ll just jump in here to note that if true, this is not exactly a substantiation of the thesis that a reshaped Iraq will be an exporter of freedom in the Arab world, eh?
Written By: Mithras
I guess that depends on which you figure is more likely to cause peace to break out in the region; A functioning and free democracy at the center of it, or Saddam Hussein.

Written By: Bithead

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