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Al Qaeda is on the run… and, um, doing conference calls

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Have you been wondering why we’re closing all those embassies in the Middle East, even after President Barack Obama crept through Bin Laden’s bedroom window with a knife in his teeth and ended terrorism forever? Me too.

Eli Lake and Josh Rogin at the Daily Beast report:

The crucial intercept that prompted the U.S. government to close embassies in 22 countries was a conference call between al Qaeda’s senior leaders and representatives of several of the group’s affiliates throughout the region.

The intercept provided the U.S. intelligence community with a rare glimpse into how al Qaeda’s leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, manages a global organization that includes affiliates in Africa, the Middle East, and southwest and southeast Asia.

Several news outlets reported Monday on an intercepted communication last week between Zawahiri and Nasser al-Wuhayshi, the leader of al Qaeda’s affiliate based in Yemen. But The Daily Beast has learned that the discussion between the two al Qaeda leaders happened in a conference call that included the leaders or representatives of the top leadership of al Qaeda and its affiliates calling in from different locations, according to three U.S. officials familiar with the intelligence. All told, said one U.S. intelligence official, more than 20 al Qaeda operatives were on the call…

Also during the meeting, the various al Qaeda leaders discussed in vague terms plans for a pending attack and mentioned that a team or teams were already in place for such an attack. For some leading members of Congress, the revelation that al Qaeda’s leadership in Pakistan is actively managing and directing the operations of several affiliates directly refutes the Obama administration’s repeated assertion that the leadership of the core of the group has been decimated by American drone strikes and special operations forces while the affiliate groups have been strengthened.

Yeah, facts have a way of messing up the Obama administration’s claims, don’t they? I say we just ignore them until they go away. Facts, that is.

Here’s a quick pick-me up, America:

Whew! Whenever I get nervous about what’s going on, I just listen to ol’ Joe and suddenly everything’s alright. Nothing to worry about, folks.

Okay, taxpayers, get back to work. This sort of excellence and transparency in government isn’t just going to fund itself, you know.

Update: Speaking of terrorism, which no longer exists, the Justice Department has charged Ahmed Kattalah with orchestrating the Benghazi attack. So that only took 11 months of him taunting us. And they’re doing it after he was interviewed by CNN, of all places. Yeah, the ball is really rolling now…


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Jim Treacher