Sunday, March 27, 2011

Osama Bin Laden On The Move?

From the Asia Times (hat tip to Weasel Zippers):

ISLAMABAD - After a prolonged lull, the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has launched a series of covert operations in the rugged Hindu Kush mountains of Pakistan and Afghanistan following strong tip-offs that al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has been criss-crossing the area in the past few weeks for high-profile meetings in militant redoubts.


Officials are said to be "stunned" by the visibility of Bin Laden's movements, and their frequency, in a matter of a few weeks in the outlawed terrain of Pakistan and Afghanistan, the most unprecedented reports about him since he evaded the US in the Tora Bora mountains in Afghanistan in 2001.

The development has fueled speculation in intelligence circles that al-Qaeda could be planning another major attack along the lines of the September 11, 2001, assault on New York and Washington, and the July 2007 foiled bomb attack in London.

However, extensive investigations by Asia Times Online, including exchanges within al-Qaeda's camps, point in another direction: given the nature of Bin Laden's meetings, this appears to be the beginning of a new era for a broader struggle in which al-Qaeda, through its Laskhar al-Zil (Shadow Army), will try to capitalize on the Arab revolts and the Palestinian struggle and also revitalize and redefine its role in Afghanistan....
More at the above link.


Anonymous said...

AoW, a comment over at WeaselZippers by one using the nic "Realwest" dug up the following:

"Well, completely aside from the fact that I believe that bin Laden was in fact killed in Tora Bora (HEY – before that campaign you couldn’t keep his mug off of video tapes; since then only audio tapes “verified” by the CIA. Lord Help US).

However the major tip off about this story is that it’s from the Asia Times and was written by:
Syed Saleem Shahzad is Asia Times Online’s Pakistan Bureau Chief and AUTHOR OF AN UPCOMING BOOK Inside al-Qaeda and the Taliban, beyond 9/11 published by Pluto Press, UK. He can be reached at"


Always On Watch said...

Thanks for the info.

Although I didn't have all the info you left, I did put a question mark in the title of this post.

Pastorius said...