It was six days after the Sept. 11 attacks, and with dark smoke still rising from lower Manhattan, Ali Soufan was face-to-face with the most senior al-Qaeda leader in American custody. Soufan, an FBI counterterrorism agent, was inside a Yemen prison, interrogating a captured al-Qaeda o
perative named Abu Jandal, a former bodyguard and confidante to Osama bin Laden. Abu Jandal was far from intimidated by his American interlocutor. To the contrary, he sought to menace him. You cant stop the mujahedin. We will be victorious, he smugly told Soufan. You want to know why? He c【复式二中二5码共几组 】ontinued with a grin: The hadith says If you see the black banners coming from Khurasan, join that army, even if you have to crawl over ice; no power will be able to stop them. 【苟且偷生打一肖 】 Soufan recognized this Islamic saying immediately, and interrupted【大东方心经A 】 Abu Jandal to complete it: And they will finally reach Baitul Maqdis [Jerusalem], where they will erect their flags, he s【看十九期打一肖 】aid. Related Stories
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es who fight the Syrian regime under the name of al-Nusra 【正版输尽光2020年全资料 】Front, the members of Khorasan reportedly took advantage of the countrys lawlessness exclusively to plot terr【六开彩公司 】orist attacks against the West. (Officials are trying to confirm whether the groups leader, Muhsin al-Fadhli, was killed in Monday nights strik【跑狗论坛绿财神报 】es.) Even as Americans try to understand this new threat, many terrorism analysts are skeptical of the moniker. They question whether Khorasan truly constitutes an independent group, or simply a clique within al-Qaeda.
Get our Politics Newsletter. Sign up to receive the days most important political stories from Washington and beyond. 【彩霸王综合新版资料 】 【二四六白姐最准 直播 】 Thank you! 【118图库九龙图库彩色印刷 】 For your security, we've sent a confirmation email to the address you entered. Click the link to confirm 【一笑一码整天吗 】your subscription and begin receiving our newsletters. If you don't get the confi【2020年买马最准的资料95期 】rmation within 10 minutes, please check your spam folder. Id certainly never heard of this group while working at the agency, says A【家家户户好运来打一生肖 】ki Peritz, a CIA counterterrorism analyst until 2009 and co-auth
or of Find, 【2018 53期三中三开什么生肖 】Fix, Finish. Peritz wonders if the group is meaningfully different from bin Ladens al-Qaeda. If senior members from a companys headquarters go 【神算报124期一点红 】wo【金牌十码直击三码 】rk in a branch office, are they stil
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came from, Robert Ford, who served until this spring as Obamas ambassador to Syria, told al-Jazeera on Wednesday. All I know is that they dont call themselves that. Two U.S. intelligence officials did not respond to requests for com
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