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Report: Al-Qaida ‘Legion of Doom’ conference call sparked terror scare

The closing of U.S. diplomatic posts in 19 countries across the Middle East and Africa was based on CIA interception of an al-Qaida conference call so massive it was compared to a meeting of the “Legion of Doom” by an intelligence official, according to an anonymously-sourced article in The Daily Beast.

The article reported that more than 20 al-Qaida representatives from affiliates around the world took part in the conference call, with less well-known groups from Nigeria, Uzbekistan and the Sinai Peninsula participating as well.

The recent U.S. terror warning was supposedly based on a promotion that occurred during the conference call in which al-Qaida’s leader Ayman Zawahiri promoted Nasser al Wuhaysi, the head of its Yemen affiliate, to a “general manager” of sorts. This gave him effective control of al-Qaida’s many franchises — a key reason in the State Department’s decision to close embassies across the region.

“All you need to do is look at that list of places we shut down to get a sense of who was on the phone call,” an unnamed intelligence official told The Daily Beast.

During the conference, the al-Qaida representatives also reportedly discussed an upcoming attack in vague terms, mentioning that teams were already in place.

The meeting showed al-Qaida’s global network is being run directly from its Pakistani headquarters, sparking controversy in Congress as some question President Obama’s repeated statements that al-Qaida’s leadership has been devastated in recent years.

“This may punch a sizable hole in the theory that al-Qaida is on the run,” Sen. John McCain said. “There was a gross underestimation by this administration of al-Qaida’s overall ability to replenish itself.”

 

But considering how oddly corporate the leaks make al-Qaida seem, the Daily Beast’s article has its doubters:

 

Including some who say if the article is true it would harm national security immensely:

 

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