Though Obama gave the order to take down Osama bin Laden in May of this year, his jihadists' empire of Al Qaeda (The Base) still exists and threatens the world with the possibility of having atomic weapons. This is because it is a "global militant Sunni Islamist group" that he founded around August 1988 and late 1989 and is organized into a network of Muslims created into a multinational and stateless army. This radical movement calls for global Jihad, and bin Laden's death will not stop them, only possibly halt them for a short period. It is also known as "International Islamic Front for Jihad Against the Crusaders and the Jews." So we really have not only Iran to worry about but this group as well.
Al Qaeda has attacked their targets in many countries. They were responsible for the 1998 US embassy bombings, 9/11/01 on New York's Twin Towers, 2002 Bali bombings. We responded with the War on Terror started with Bush and continued with Obama. Our Secretery of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld had declared that 9/11 was an act of war. The USA has gone into Afghanistan to destroy their bases and overthrow the Taliban who had sheltered Osama bin Laden. Our secret service agencies have not found concrete evidence that bin Laden's al Qaeda was behind 9/11.
This 3rd world war is very different from wars I and II in being defined as world wars. Our enemy uses suicide attacks and coordinated bombings of different targets. Now members of Al Qaeda take a pledge of loyalty to their many leaders who have been trained in one of their camps in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq or Sudan.
Al Qaeda organizers plan for a complete cut from foreign influences in Muslim countries and wish to create a new Islamic caliphate. They believe that the Christian and Jews are conspiring to destroy Islam. To them, killing innocent civilians is religiously justified in jihad. They threaten that "Americans will never enjoy security until our people in Palestine enjoy it." The only reason they include Palestine in their threats is because they are Muslims and Palestinians act as a fly in the ointment in the minds of some people.
They also instigate sectarian violence among their own Muslims. They are at war with the non-Sunni branches of Islam and excommunicate this group of Muslims in what they call "takfir". Their leaders think of liberal Muslims, Shias, Sufis and other sects as heretics and so will attack their mosques and people. There has been the Yazidi comunity bombings, Sadr City bombings, Ashoura Massacre and 2007 Baghdad, Iraq bombings.
Al Qaeda started in 1979 when the Soviets invaded Afghanistan. By 1980 the Palestinian religious figure, Abdullah Azzam was one of the leaders, and they managed to get into 50 countries. In 1988 they had cells in 100 countries including the USA, United Kingdom, Italy, France, Spain, Germany, Albania and Uganda. They connect themselves to other terrorist organization. One way is to train with others, so they have done this with Hezbollah, and Iranian-Lebanese terrorist group mostly stationed in Lebanon.
A warning was found last month in bin Laden's compound when papers were leaked warning that they would set off a nuclear hellstorm if bin Laden were capured or killed. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, a senior al Qaeda leader, has said that they had an atomic bomb hidden in Europe that will be detonated if anything were to happen to bin Laden. They have also uncovered planned chemical and biological attacks planned for London. They found plans of having cyanide in air conditioning units planted in public offices in the USA. Let's hope this is all just baseless threats.
Yemen has been taken over by al Qaeda's branch called Partisans of Sharia (Islamic Law). They seized Zinijibar, the capital of the Abyan Province in Yemen on May 29th. In doing so they displaced the population of the city. The Yemeni forces fought back finding themselves circled by these terrorists. The South Yemen tribes finally banded together and have retaken their Zinijibar.
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zandari have close ties and met together to discuss their cooperation recently. Osama bin Laden was killed in his compound in Abbottabad which was up the street from the military base in Pakistan. Of course Zandari pleaded that he knew nothing about who was living there.
Khamenei told Zandari that the principal enemy of Pakistani people and the unity of the country is the West, headed by the USA. We finally suspendcd Pakistan's military assistance two months after Osama bin Laden's death which was one third of our 2.7 billion dollar defense package
Interestingly, the Bible Code, discovered by mathematician Dr. Eliahu Rips of Jerusalem, has demonstrated codes involving Obama, al Qaeda and possible atomic attacks. It must be remembered that this prophesy is one of many possible roads that can be taken. It did tell that Obama would become President and that he would be in danger of assassination. It even gave the location of where Bin Laden, Al Qaeda's headquarters and where their dangerous weapons might be found.
Like the South Yemeni tribes have shown, Al Qaeda can be beaten. We can't let our guard down even though Bin Laden is no more. This enemy continues to exist.
"Bible Code III Saving the World" by Michael Drosnin