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The Emergence of a Second Al-Qaeda

The horrible nightmare of 9/11’s al-Qaeda attack never seems to be leaving the dreams of American citizens. The consequent decision of declaring a global war on terrorism promised a peaceful world with no vacant place for the terrorist operatives. Now, nearly after six years after the world has unanimously approved the decisive combat against terrorism and it is legally put into practice in many countries, certain terrorist groups, especially those on the world’s terror lists, are jeopardizing people’s security where the chaos is at zenith under the pretext of war against terrorism. Furthermore, not only we see no instances of a terrorist group being uprooted but we hear news of the new ones emerging.

Jeffrey Steinberg in a recently published article in mathaba.net discloses efforts made to create a new terrorist network that some U.S. intelligence officials brand as "al-Qaeda II". The danger of the network appears to be much greater than that of the Bin Laden’s since it is designed to be a source of promoting sectarian conflicts as well as accomplishing warmongering ambitions of people like Cheney. As Mr. Steinberg reveals:

Saudi Arabia, through Prince Bandar bin Sultan, Cheney’s chief ally and the purported national security advisor to King Abdullah, has been pouring money and weapons into Sunni tribes in western Iraq, who have now emerged as what some U.S. intelligence officials brand "al-Qaeda II." These Iraqi Wahabi networks, distinct from the bin Laden/Zawaheri "al-Qaeda in Iraq" apparatus of largely foreign fighters, have emerged in recent months as a significant element within the overall insurgency. According to these sources, "al-Qaeda II" is part of Cheney’s scheme—designed in London by the likes of Dr. Bernard Lewis—to promote a permanent Sunni versus Shi’ite conflict in the region.

Evidences indicate that MKO might be part of this new network since the group is receiving financial aids from the sponsors of the network. Of course, the group’s mission is to carry operations inside Iran:

This Cheney-Bandar effort, the sources warn, is one of the driving factors, provoking Iran, and fuelling the prospects of a near-term explosion. Earlier in July 2007, an emissary of Prince Bandar delivered $750,000 to the Mujahideen-e Khalq (MEK), an Iranian exile group that formerly worked for Saddam Hussein, and which is on the U.S. State Department’s international terrorist organizations (ITO) list, for having assassinated American military officers in Iran. The MEK is actively engaged in sabotage and assassination operations inside Iran—with the enthusiastic support of Washington neo-cons, typified by Daniel Pipes, who recently attended the MEK gathering outside of Paris where the Bandar money was delivered.

Cheney’s warmongering stance and his efforts to sponsor terrorist groups, even if the main purpose is to wage war on Iran, is a plan that backfires, as did the al-Qaeda. There are also good news that the “U.S. Department of Justice is already investigating Prince Bandar for his role in the BAE Systems scandal, involving the $100 billion offshore covert operations fund”. As the assets are kept in Bandar’s bank accounts in the United States, and according to adopted counter-terrorist laws it is banned to provide financial aid to blacklisted terrorist groups, the responsibility of monitoring the implementation of law is a crucial measure, something that does not escape Mr. Steinberg attention: “One question that Justice Department investigators should take up is whether some of those funds are now going to the MEK to fuel Dick Cheney’s Iran war schemes”.

Mailed by Lira Arshia, Mojahedin.ws, July 30, 2007

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