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Wikileaks: Pakistan army officials 'knew of Bin Laden house'

28 February 2012 Last updated at 05:24 ET

Wikileaks: Pakistan army officials 'knew of Bin Laden house'
Osama Bin Laden Osama Bin Laden lived in a heavily fortified compound in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad

Mid-ranking Pakistani army officials may have known that Osama Bin Laden had a safe house in Pakistan, leaked material appears to indicate. The claim was made in e-mails allegedly from US-based security think tank Stratfor, which were published by the whistleblowing website Wikileaks.

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An email from a senior Stratfor employee to colleagues is quoted as saying: "Mid to senior level ISI and Pak Mil with one retired Pak Mil General that had knowledge of the OBL arrangements and safe house." The message goes on to say that the names and specific ranks of these generals were unknown to him, but adds that he believes US intelligence had that information.

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"Having had our property stolen, we will not be victimised twice by submitting to questioning about them," Stratfor said in a statement on the publication of the emails by Wikileaks.

The next questions are: how long has US intelligence had that information, and why has the Pakistani military been keeping UBL under house arrest, and who else knew about this? How does Stratfor know this level of detail? Want to bet the corporate media doesn't even ask?

This is essentially a sectarian war between Sunni Arabs and the Shi'ia Syrian regime.

A group of Salaafist (Sunni) clerics just declared a fatwa against the minority Shi'ia (Allawite) leadership of the Ba'ath Party regime in Damascus. First, here's the report (from a Sunni paper) and then look at the nice folks we're allied with:

107 of the most well-known Muslim scholars from various countries, representing various Islamic groups and organizations have signed the statement (calling for jihad in Syria) which was issued on Tuesday 7th February 2012 / 15th Rabi' al-Awwal 1434. They include Dr. Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the President of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, Dr. Ali Gomaa, the Grand Mufti of Egypt, and Shaikh Rached Al-Ghannouchi of Tunisia.

Shaikh Dr. Haitham al-Haddad also joins these scholars in signing this declaration as well as calling on the scholars of the United Kingdom to join the signatories. (Those interested in signing the declaration should contact MRDF via e-mail and we will add their names.)

The scholars call on Muslims and free people all over the world to support the Free Syrian Army and at the same time call on the Free Syrian Army to be disciplined in order not to stray from its mission to protect the Syrian people - they should steer clear of harming innocent people and carrying out revenge attacks.

The scholars also announced their support for any sincere effort to curtail the bloodshed in Syria and to protect the Syrian people from a prolonged civil war which could destroy the country. Such support, they said, is a fundamental Islamic requirement. They said that they supported the holding of free elections which would express the will of the people.


Al-Qaradawi has also described Shi'ites as heretics ("mubtadi'oun". Fellow member of International union of Muslim Scholars, Mohammad Salim Al-Awa criticized Qaradawi for promoting divisions among Muslims. In response, the Iranian Press Agency has described Qaradawi as "a spokesman for “international Freemasonry and rabbis".

Qaradawi accused what he called "heretical" Shias of "invading" Sunni countries.

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Al-Qaradawi has long had a prominent role within the intellectual leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood, an Egyptian political organization, but twice (in 1976 ...

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Ali Gomaa, who as the grand mufti (chief Islamic jurist) in Cairo is the senior Sunni Muslim figure in Egypt, was one of the Common Word signatories.

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She was right - projected $1.8T to return to 7% unemployment, and they

managed a stim of $.8T, about 40 percent of the required funding, the drop from 9.1 percent to 8.3 percent got us about a third of the way there.

There are a lot of assumptions there, such as what is the base-line "full employment" figure. If we apply Okun's Law*, unemployment drops one percent for every two percent GDP growth that is sustained for a year. By the same parameter, the natural unemployment rate (due to structural unemployment, not cyclical swings) during the period leading up to the 2008 crash was in the range of about six to seven percent. In the 1950's, that was about four percent, and that illustrates how much the American economy has slowed.

I recall Obama saying early on that unemployment would remain elevated over previous levels. He was right. It looks like the "new normal" is now up to 8% unemployment.
Google: "full employment six percent"
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Al-Zawahri calls on AQ and Jihadists to join the Syrian Sunni uprising

Okay folks, it's now official - we're allies (again) with Al-Qaeda in yet another religious war in the Mideast/Persian Gulf.


Al Qaeda leader backs Syrian revolt against Assad

By Martina Fuchs

DUBAI | Sun Feb 12, 2012 2:05am EST

DUBAI (Reuters) - Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri, in a video recording posted on the Internet on Sunday, urged Syrians not to rely on the West or Arab governments in their uprising to topple President Bashar al-Assad. In the eight-minute video, entitled "Onwards, Lions of Syria" and posted on an Islamist website, the Egyptian-born Zawahri also urged Muslims in Turkey, Iraq, Lebanon and Jordan to come to the aid of Syrian rebels confronting Assad's forces.

"Wounded Syria still bleeds day after day, while the butcher, son of the butcher Bashar bin Hafiz (Hafez al-Assad), is not deterred to stop," Zawahri, wearing his white turban and seated against a green curtain, said.

"But the resistance of our people in Syria despite all the pain, sacrifice and bloodshed escalates and grows," he added.

Zawahri took command of al Qaeda after Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. special forces in a raid in Pakistan last May.

Also, yesterday, came news that the fighting in Syria between Sunnis and Shi'ia has spilled over into neighboring Lebanon. See,

The Saudis and their allies of convenience in the region are again pushing the U.S. into yet another round of an ongoing and expanding religious war against Shi'ia Iran and its regional allies.

Holy wars aren't something that most Americans understand very well. This isn't just about pro-democracy demonstrators versus bad dictators. Scratch the surface, and one sees the uprising against Assad is rooted in ancient religious difference and clan-based blood vendettas that go back centuries.


The ruling Syrian Ba'ath Party is predominantly Alawite, a Shi'ia sect, and the civil war continues the "long campaign of terror" by the Sunnis in the 1970s and 1980s against the Assad regime. That bloody revolt, which ended in the 1982 massacre of Sunni rebels in the city of Hama, had its origins in centuries of religious clashes and the many years the Shi'ia minority were a persecuted minority in Syria until a 1964 coup brought the Ba'ath Party, led by the Assad family, into power. See,

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That's the context most of the western media and the pro-regime change propagandists aren't giving the public. Most coverage is entirely one-sided and fails to provide any historical context that might explain why the Syrians are killing each other. The escalating civil war in Syria is essentially part of an expanding regional religious war, and the west is being pushed into the middle of it by powerful, wealthy interests and a massive propaganda blitz. Enemy of my enemy . . . this stuff goes back millenia, and we're being played into taking sides, yet again.


I hope you didn't really mean, "death rate in Syria . . . not really a big problem."

The "raining sarcasm" icon often seems too blunt a tool. We need a smiley more suitable for irony.

Maybe a gallows humor toon. Maybe several.

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