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So what do you think, North Americans, and Europeans among us? [Jun. 20th, 2007|07:12 am]
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http://blogs.abcnews.com/theblotter/2007/06/exclusive_suici.html

Exclusive: Suicide Bomb Teams Sent to U.S., Europe
June 18, 2007 4:45 PM

Brian Ross Reports:

Large teams of newly trained suicide bombers are being sent to the United States and Europe, according to evidence contained on a new videotape obtained by the Blotter on ABCNews.com.

Teams assigned to carry out attacks in the United States, Canada, Great Britain and Germany were introduced at an al Qaeda/Taliban training camp graduation ceremony held June 9.

A Pakistani journalist was invited to attend and take pictures as some 300 recruits, including boys as young as 12, were supposedly sent off on their suicide missions.

Photos: Inside an al Qaeda/Taliban 'Graduation'
The tape shows Taliban military commander Mansoor Dadullah, whose brother was killed by the U.S. last month, introducing and congratulating each team as they stood.

"These Americans, Canadians, British and Germans come here to Afghanistan from faraway places," Dadullah says on the tape. "Why shouldn't we go after them?"

The leader of the team assigned to attack Great Britain spoke in English.

"So let me say something about why we are going, along with my team, for a suicide attack in Britain," he said. "Whether my colleagues, companions and Muslim brothers die today or tonight, every drop of our blood will invigorate the Muslim (unintelligible)."

Video: Watch the Taliban's 'Graduation' Ceremony
U.S. intelligence officials described the event as another example of "an aggressive and sophisticated propaganda campaign."

Others take it very seriously.

"It doesn't take too many who are willing to actually do it and be able to slip through the net and get into the United States or England and cause a lot of damage," said ABC News consultant Richard Clarke, the former White House counterterrorism official.


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Are we under attack?

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[User Picture]From: kroker
2007-06-20 12:31 pm (UTC)
When i went to school in he 80s we were dead afraid of the RAF bombing and kidnapping our school, embassy or similar.

In the 90s we were dead afraid of the IRA bombing the tube, street or whatever.

Then there's always been the risk of going to Spain in case ETA decided to blow up a car, train or suchlikes.

On holiday in Egypt in 2000 we had armed military escort driving from the red sea to cairo, in case some lunatics decided to target tourist buses.

maybe it's just new for the US that anyone would want to harm imperialists.
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[User Picture]From: pete23
2007-06-20 12:40 pm (UTC)
oh! hello. i like your icon. can i be your friend?
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[User Picture]From: kroker
2007-06-20 12:44 pm (UTC)
sure! i'll buy you a coffee if you pay for it.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-06-21 12:47 am (UTC)
lol! You two crack me up. :)
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-06-21 12:51 am (UTC)
Speaking of icons, what is the green light?
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-06-21 12:41 am (UTC)
lol. No, I don't think it's new. I just think it's better publicised these days, but usually to strike fear into the Americna people for the governments purposes. It's the fact that the government is downplaying it that has me concerned.
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[User Picture]From: pete23
2007-06-20 12:40 pm (UTC)
statistically i'm far more likely to be killed by a non-terrorist. last figures i can find suggest 150-300 murders per year in london, vs the 50 that islamic terrorists have managed so far...

yawn.
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[User Picture]From: kroker
2007-06-20 12:46 pm (UTC)
the actual point of terrorism isn't killing people - it's creating terror. The financial losses are much higher than the cost in lives.
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[User Picture]From: pete23
2007-06-20 12:54 pm (UTC)
well, yeah. my duty is therefore to shrug, yawn and get on with the rest of my life, i'd say.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-06-21 12:48 am (UTC)
*nod* I see that.
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[User Picture]From: pete23
2007-06-20 12:55 pm (UTC)
oh, and to consume. repeatedly.

CONSUME! CONSUME! keep the economy fires burning!
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-06-21 12:49 am (UTC)
Speaking of consuming... *shops for shoes online*
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-06-21 12:56 am (UTC)
Very true.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-06-21 12:50 am (UTC)
*nod* Definitely. That is certianly true.
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[User Picture]From: medium_density
2007-06-20 03:38 pm (UTC)
Why would they speak in English unless they knew or intended that information to be leaked to the British, American, and European public? We are being attacked, but not on the scale this would have us believe-this is part of the attack, creating fear that it is worse than it is. There are suicide attacks and suicide attack attempts, but not on this scale. This video is part of their propaganda, trying to scare us into thinking its worse tha it is. Just my opinion, I'm English and I think this is making things seem worse than they are, and I think its a deliberate attempt to scare us.
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[User Picture]From: zibacco
2007-06-20 05:28 pm (UTC)
I have to agree. Its definitely seems like propaganda. At the same time, its kind of suprising that they haven't carried out an attack like that. It would be all too easy. The hardest part would be getting into the country.

Personally I worry about what we (I'm American) might do in response. We've been all too eager over here to throw away basic rights and even the rule of law in the "war on terror". If a jihadist takes out a mall in Iowa we might start talking about internment camps, and that's after the wave of vigilanty activity.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-06-20 08:46 pm (UTC)
Btw, thanks for the article, love. I'll respond to all thsi when I'm nto at work anymore, but you rock.
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[User Picture]From: zibacco
2007-06-20 09:51 pm (UTC)
No worries. I stole it from somebody else ;)

At some point I should probably come up with some original content or something, but that just seems like a big hassle.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-06-21 02:02 am (UTC)
LOL.

It's worked for me, not using original content. ;)

We just peice it together in an original way's all.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-06-21 01:45 am (UTC)
I worry about both of these things. It's not hard to find extremists in any country and far too easy to turn people to your needs, and I think there's a storm coming... A storm from all possible sides, and I can't find my umbrella.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-06-21 12:57 am (UTC)
That's how I feel about it too. *nod*

It's all about the fear.

Not that different from the Bush administration, really.
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[User Picture]From: marguerlucy
2007-06-20 08:27 pm (UTC)
I'm surprised US Intelligence is downplaying it, rather than using it to hype their agenda.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-06-21 01:49 am (UTC)
I KNOW! That's the thing that really freaks me out, about it.

If they're downplaying it there's gotta be some truth to it.
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[User Picture]From: luludi
2007-06-20 08:49 pm (UTC)
So the al Qaeda/Taliban have graduation ceremonies? With diplomas, caps and gowns? Do they have senior proms too?

I don't know, it's hard to second guess what they are doing. They followed through on some threats before, but in other cases they did not. I think their intention is partly to confuse and intimidate people. But you can't discount the possibility that they may strike again in a major way.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-06-21 03:06 pm (UTC)
Weird.

LJ ate my response. I responded to this yesterday. lol. So it goes.

Anywho, I agree with you.

There's too much that has happened to disregard this, but I think it's mainly a fear inspiring exercise, but likely there will be some deaths because of it. Makes me sad.
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[User Picture]From: feindseligkeit
2007-06-21 08:24 am (UTC)
Wow, that makes me feel safe considering I live in one of the bigger, more important, German cities. At least when I live in Alaska we aren't usually the ones that feel a bigger threat.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-06-21 02:56 pm (UTC)
*hugs*
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[User Picture]From: feindseligkeit
2007-06-21 03:32 pm (UTC)
=)
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