Al Quaeda claims new attack on US at any time

Al Quaeda claims new attack on US at any time

Speaking of radical Muslims, al Quaeda is warning Muslims to leave America because they will launch another major terrorist attack in the US. Now this could be yet more bluster from al Quaeda. Many of their top leadership have been killed or captured, the rest are on the run, and much of their operational materiel is scarce.

That doesn’t mean they aren’t trying. Our security agencies, including the FBI, CIA, and Homeland Security, have stopped more than a few terrorist attacks in the past five years, more than most of us even realize. Still, we can’t become complacent.

This latest story is very disturbing, if true. Keep in mind that it’s just a story by a Pakistani journalist at this point and that the main aim of terrorists is to invoke terror, which can often be done as effectively with imaginary weapons as with real ones.

Abu Dawood told Hamid Mir, a reporter who has covered al-Qaida and met with Osama bin Laden, the attack is being coordinated by Adnan el-Shukrijumah and suggests it may involve some form of weapon of mass destruction smuggled across the Mexican border.

... As WND has previously reported, el-Shukrijumah is a trained nuclear technician and accomplished pilot who has been singled out by bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri to serve as the field commander for the next terrorist attack on U.S. soil.

The terrorist was last seen in Mexico, where, on Nov. 1, 2004, he allegedly hijacked a Piper PA Pawnee cropduster from Ejido Queretaro near Mexicali to transport a nuclear weapon and nuclear equipment into the U.S., according to Paul Williams, a former FBI consultant and author of “The Dunces of Doomsday.”

My first reaction is that if they really had snuck a WMD into the US, why would they completely reveal their plan? I have a hunch that it’s either bluster or, worse, a diversion. I’m confident that our people are on it.

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  • The name of the terrorist organization, when transliterated into English, does not have a “u” in it.  You must have seen it thousands of times by now—transliterated “Al Qaeda” or “Al Qaida,” but never “Al Quaeda.”  It is even spelled “Al Qaida” in your quotation.  I don’t know how anyone could ever think of inserting a “u” after having seen it without the “u” thousands of times. 

    In our English, “qu,” the “q” gives the “k” sound, and the “u” gives the “w” sound.  (In other words, “qu” = “kw.”)  Therefore, it stands to reason that the terrorist organization’s name cannot have a “qu” in it, because there is no “kw” sound in the name.

  • Your pedantic lecture notwithstanding smirk I have indeed seen it spelled with a “u” and in fact that was official house-style at CWR. Never mind the fact that since I’m not an expert on Arabic, I can quite reasonably see a word spelled a thousand different ways and not recall that it was not spelled a particular way.

    And really is it worth wasting your time and a comment on it?