November 19, 2004


ZIMBABWE: 'NEW ALQAEDA HUB' (Zim Daily, 11/19/04)

Zimbabwe has become al-Qaeda’s newest hub amid reports that the embattled country has now become a sanctuary harboring militant Islamist groups and a territorial medium to smuggle people, arms, material and contraband, Zimdaily exclusively reveals today.

Zimbabwe, which borders South Africa to the south, Mozambique to the East and lies close to the neighboring territory of Angola to the west has been offering an attractive operational theater on account of its modern and largely western character.

An intelligence document leaked to Zimdaily and authorerd by Andrew Holt, an independent, US-based terrorism and security agent states that Zimbabwe had become a major hub for al-Qaeda through the relaxed entry requirements into South Africa from Zimbabwe. The existence of major road transportation networks connecting the two countries and the lack of concerted border controls, even at major crossings such as Beitbridge, was clearly a feature that attracted militant groups into the country, the top US security agent said.

The explosive report, reproduced last week with permission of the Jamestown Foundation said Zimbabwe was convenient for the militant groups because it bordered Mozambique and Angola, two countries that represent significant sources of weaponry as a result of stocks left over from former civil wars and the failure of internationally mediated disarmament programs.

There's nothing not to like about regime changing Zimbabwe.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 19, 2004 5:17 PM

As long as we can hire some mercenaries to do it.

Getting bogged down in a jungle war against elusive opponents with unlimited access to small arms seems rather foolish when North Korea and Syria are still in business.

Posted by: Michael Herdegen at November 19, 2004 7:17 PM

Since we can get all the strategic minerals we need from Russia, why should we lose any American lives and treasure to defend the racist Communists of South Africa?

Posted by: Bart at November 19, 2004 7:38 PM


You really see Mugabe going to the jungle?

Posted by: oj at November 19, 2004 9:40 PM

Zimbabwe is about a 50-100 bomb problem, in all likelihood.

Posted by: jim hamlen at November 19, 2004 10:11 PM

I'm with Jim.

Mugabe is few JDAMs away from toppling. The man's in his 70s, so just the sound of an explosion in close proximity is likely to do him in.

Posted by: H.D. Miller at November 19, 2004 10:41 PM

If all you want to do is create anarchy and chaos, then I agree, it can be easily done.

That won't stop al Qaeda from thriving, if in fact they're there.

Posted by: Michael Herdegen at November 20, 2004 2:18 AM

No, just tell all the Africans that breathing the same air as an Arab will shrivel up their members.

Posted by: jim hamlen at November 20, 2004 12:09 PM

Violence against Arabs is quite commonplace in West Africa, where the Arabs have been involved in ripping off the locals since the colonials left.

Posted by: Bart at November 20, 2004 6:55 PM