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Friday, May 19, 2006

"The new power behind Osama's Throne"



Focusing only on bin Laden or even al Qaeda is counterproductive as Islamists come in all shapes, colors, and represent a movement rather than a nationality.

An old, familiar group has re-emerged to take up the slack and fill the vacuum left an absent bin Laden and a disintegrating al Qaeda. The truth is, Islamism is only an extreme form from the fount: Islam.

PAKISTAN-AFGHANISTAN border - Whether he is viewed as a living legend for jihadis or as a reviled terrorist, the mere mention of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden's name provokes strong reactions, and is an invaluable tool in the propaganda war between the two sides.

On the ground, though, at least in the rugged Hindu Kush mountains that span Pakistan and Afghanistan, the reality is that bin Laden, while remaining a source of inspiration in the anti-West struggle, is acknowledged as no longer being in command of al-Qaeda's operations.

In that role, he has been superseded by Taliban leader Mullah Omar, according to investigations and interviews conducted by PAKISTAN-AFGHANISTAN border - Whether he is viewed as a living legend for jihadis or as a reviled terrorist, the mere mention of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden's name provokes strong reactions, and is an invaluable tool in the propaganda war between the two sides.

On the ground, though, at least in the rugged Hindu Kush mountains that span Pakistan and Afghanistan, the reality is that bin Laden, while remaining a source of inspiration in the anti-West struggle, is acknowledged as no longer being in command of al-Qaeda's operations.

In that role, he has been superseded by Taliban leader Mullah Omar, according to investigations and interviews conducted by in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"It would be absolutely wrong to say that al-Qaeda has evaporated into the air," a man from the Pakistani tribal areas of Waziristan told Asia Times Online. "The organization is very much active on the ground, but the sharp edges of circumstance have modified it into a new shape and it is now part of mainstream jihadi activity. The ultimate goal of the [jihadi] organization is to launch jihad from Khorasan [Afghanistan] to Jerusalem."


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The players in this instance are Mullah Omar and the Taleban in Afghanistan. Within the Jihad movement the names and faces are interchangeable. Regardless of location, the motive is the same: the complete destruction of non-Muslims and eventual Islamic triumphalism. And here's an operational strategy.

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