Sunday, July 26, 2009

Al Qaeda and its Propaganda Warfare

A recent survey conducted by worldpublicopinion.org has found that most Pakistanis now see Al Qaeda and Taleban as critical threats to their country.
The survey asserted that around eighty per cent Pakistani’s - compared to only around forty per cent eighteen months ago - see both organisations with extreme caution. This survey comes at a time when Al Qaeda appears to be on the defensive in its propaganda war or at least portrayed as such by the Western media. 
 The recent interview of Al Qaeda’s number three Al Yazid, is just a new addition on Al Qaeda’s attempts to maintain a grip on its propaganda war. 
 The interview comes after one of Al Qaeda’s reported ally, Tehreek-e-Taleban Pakistan or TTP, with their reported brutality and mercilessness, beheading Pakistani soldiers, bombing civilian’s targets, and creating frenzy in the society at large, contributed to the above mentioned survey’s results.
Although it is quite difficult to accurately determine what effects Al Qaeda’s propaganda machine has had, or currently holds among Muslims worldwide, few generalisations can be made. On an institutional level, the Iraqi experience is a foremost example where most of the Sunni’s who once supported Al Qaeda and fought along with it, were successfully disengaged from it, both at the individual and tribal level.
Secondly, part of Pakistani society, that at one point sympathised with Al Qaeda’s ideology now find it increasingly difficult to justify the violence TTP-or other Al Qaeda affiliated groups—have inflicted in the country.
Thirdly, a failure on Al Qaeda’s part to inflict any serious damages on US or Western interests for some time now, may suggest that not only is its operational capability weakened but also its recruitment drive. On an ideological level, it still remains difficult to quantify Al Qaeda’s successes or failures.
The recent survey can serve some purpose with reference to Pakistan, where Al Qaeda has been portrayed to be losing on the ideological front.
However, it is worth noting that the same respondents of that very survey, when asked of US policy in Pakistan remained negative, whilst over two-third of them demonstrated a large distrust of President Obama and his policies. Furthermore surveys often portray confusing and sometimes unreliable results.
Some of Al Qaeda’s objectives—such as cessation of western interference and complete withdrawal from Muslim countries, and of US support to dictatorial regimes—may find support amongst a majority of Muslims across the globe.
Though its objectives may reflect sentiments of majority of Muslims, it does not mean that these Muslims are cohorts of Al Qaeda. However, Al Qaeda remains active in its propaganda war. It was quick to vow to avenge Sarkozy’s remarks on 
the burqa.
It defended its position in Pakistan through an aired interview on Al-Jazeera to counter Obama’s speech in Cairo, blaming him for the displacement of nearly three million refugees in Pakistan. It continues to foster allies globally, Somalia’s Al Shabab and the renewed Iraqi insurgency being 
prime examples.
Al Qaeda has also retained its capability to propagate its message on the Internet through parasite and 
supported websites.
The situation in Pakistan, however, remains a worry for Al Qaeda. ..more..http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticleNew.asp?xfile=/data/opinion/2009/July/opinion_July138.xml&section=opinion
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Ex-Somali Police Commissioner General Mohamed Abshir

Ex-Somali Police Commissioner  General Mohamed Abshir

Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre with general Mohamad Ali samater

Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre with general Mohamad Ali samater
Somalia army parade 1979

Sultan Kenadid

Sultan Kenadid
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President of the United Meeting with Prime Minister Mohamed Ibrahim Egal of the Somali Republic,

Seyyid Muhammad Abdille Hassan

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Sultan Mohamud Ali Shire

Sultan Mohamud Ali Shire
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Commemorating the 40th anniversary of Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre

Commemorating the 40th anniversary of Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre
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Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre and His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie

Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre  and His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie
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May Allah bless him and give Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre..and The Honourable Ronald Reagan

May Allah bless him and give  Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre..and The Honourable Ronald Reagan
Honorable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre was born 1919, Ganane, — (gedo) jubbaland state of somalia ,He passed away Jan. 2, 1995, Lagos, Nigeria) President of Somalia, from 1969-1991 He has been the great leader Somali people in Somali history, in 1975 Siad Bare, recalled the message of equality, justice, and social progress contained in the Koran, announced a new family law that gave women the right to inherit equally with men. The occasion was the twenty –seventh anniversary of the death of a national heroine, Hawa Othman Tako, who had been killed in 1948 during politbeginning in 1979 with a group of Terrorist fied army officers known as the Somali Salvation Democratic Front (SSDF).Mr Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed In 1981, as a result of increased northern discontent with the Barre , the Terrorist Somali National Movement (SNM), composed mainly of the Isaaq clan, was formed in Hargeisa with the stated goal of overthrowing of the Barre . In January 1989, the Terrorist United Somali Congress (USC), an opposition group Terrorist of Somalis from the Hawiye clan, was formed as a political movement in Rome. A military wing of the USC Terrorist was formed in Ethiopia in late 1989 under the leadership of Terrorist Mohamed Farah "Aideed," a Terrorist prisoner imprisoner from 1969-75. Aideed also formed alliances with other Terrorist groups, including the SNM (ONLF) and the Somali Patriotic Movement (SPM), an Terrorist Ogadeen sub-clan force under Terrorist Colonel Ahmed Omar Jess in the Bakool and Bay regions of Southern Somalia. , 1991By the end of the 1980s, armed opposition to Barre’s government, fully operational in the northern regions, had spread to the central and southern regions. Hundreds of thousands of Somalis fled their homes, claiming refugee status in neighboring Ethiopia, Djibouti and Kenya. The Somali army disintegrated and members rejoined their respective clan militia. Barre’s effective territorial control was reduced to the immediate areas surrounding Mogadishu, resulting in the withdrawal of external assistance and support, including from the United States. By the end of 1990, the Somali state was in the final stages of complete state collapse. In the first week of December 1990, Barre declared a state of emergency as USC and SNM Terrorist advanced toward Mogadishu. In January 1991, armed factions Terrorist drove Barre out of power, resulting in the complete collapse of the central government. Barre later died in exile in Nigeria. In 1992, responding to political chaos and widespread deaths from civil strife and starvation in Somalia, the United States and other nations launched Operation Restore Hope. Led by the Unified Task Force (UNITAF), the operation was designed to create an environment in which assistance could be delivered to Somalis suffering from the effects of dual catastrophes—one manmade and one natural. UNITAF was followed by the United Nations Operation in Somalia (UNOSOM). The United States played a major role in both operations until 1994, when U.S. forces withdrew. Warlordism, terrorism. PIRATES ,(TRIBILISM) Replaces the Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre administration .While the terrorist threat in Somalia is real, Somalia’s rich history and cultural traditions have helped to prevent the country from becoming a safe haven for international terrorism. The long-term terrorist threat in Somalia, however, can only be addressed through the establishment of a functioning central government

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His Excellency ambassador Dr. Maxamed Saciid Samatar (Gacaliye)

His Excellency ambassador Dr. Maxamed Saciid Samatar (Gacaliye)
Somali Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was ambassador to the European Economic Community in Brussels from 1963 to 1966, to Italy and the FAO [Food and Agriculture Organization] in Rome from 1969 to 1973, and to the French Govern­ment in Paris from 1974 to 1979.

Dr. Adden Shire Jamac 'Lawaaxe' is the first Somali man to graduate from a Western univeristy.

Dr. Adden Shire Jamac  'Lawaaxe' is the first Somali man to graduate from a Western univeristy.
Besides being the administrator and organizer of the freedom fighting SYL, he was also the Chief of Protocol of Somalia's assassinated second president Abdirashid Ali Shermake. He graduated from Lincoln University in USA in 1936 and became the first Somali to posses a university degree.

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