May 10, 2005


Al-Qaida turf battles aid counterterror efforts: Rivalry may have helped in arrest of bin Laden associate (The Associated Press, May 10, 2005)

American and Pakistani intelligence agents are exploiting a growing rift between Arab members of al-Qaida and their Central Asian allies, a fissure that’s tearing at the network of Islamic extremists as militants compete for scarce hideouts, weapons and financial resources, counterterrorism officials say.

The rivalry may have contributed to the arrest last week of one of Osama bin Laden’s top lieutenants, a Libyan described as al-Qaida’s No. 3 and known to have had differences with Uzbeks. Captured Uzbek, Chechen and Tajik suspects have been giving up information about the movements of Arab al-Qaida militants in recent months, four Pakistani intelligence agents told The Associated Press, leading to a series of successful raids and arrests.

“When push comes to shove, the Uzbeks are going to stick together, and the Arabs are going to stick together,” said Kenneth Katzman, a terrorism expert with the Congressional Research Service in Washington.

Folk always overestimate the adhesive force of religion, especially those who hate religion.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 10, 2005 4:24 PM

"Al-Libbi used Pakistanis, not Central Asians, to carry out the December 2003 attacks on Musharraf a sign of who he trusted, authorities said. And al-Libbi sent a Pakistani suicide bomber, they said, to try to kill the prime minister in 2004"

Heh.Heh.. Jealous that they weren't used as suicide bombers. No one will accuse these people of being rocket scientists.

They may be divided on tactics, but what do you think unites them?

Posted by: h-man at May 10, 2005 5:25 PM
« GOOD IDEA, BAD TARGETING (via Tom Corcoran): | Main | REDEEMING FDR (via ef brown): »