Tuesday, September 24, 2002
Bringing Al Gore up-to-date on the war on terror: Citizen Gore said in his speech yesterday that President Bush was wrong to press for a war in Iraq when the war on terrorism is left unfinished.
Many people who support a war on Iraq, however, are convinced that toppling Saddam Hussein is part of that same war on terror. But even for those who don't accept that argument, we've made excellent progress on the war, as recounted by Donald Sensing over at One Hand Clapping.
- Osama bin Laden, driven into the Afghan mountains, hasn't been heard from since December. Possibly (I say probably) he is dead.
- Senior al Qaeda official Abu Zubaydah, chief of al Qaeda's military operations, captured in March, is in US custody, being grilled like a Fourth of July hot dog.
- Senior al Qaeda terrorist Abu Anas Al-Liby, who plotted the American embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania which killed 224 people. Reported arrested in Sudan, but the US government is mum due to sensitive relationship with Sudan, which once harbored bin Laden.
- Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi, a high-ranking al Qaeda paramilitary trainer and particularly close associate of Abu Zubaydah, apprehended and handed over to U.S. authorities by Pakistani forces in January.
- The Taliban's former ambassador to Pakistan, Abdul Salam Zaeef, turned over to US custody by Pakistan.
- 273 members of al Qaeda or of the deposed Taliban regime that sheltered them, in custody, with the number rising daily, and that back in January.
- Five senior al Qaeda members killed by US forces, bin Laden aides Muhammad Salah, Assadullah and Tariq Anwar al-Sayyid Ahmad, the group's operational coordinator Abu Saleh al-Yemeni and trainer Abu Ubaida. Two others, Abdul Aziz and Abu Faisal, were captured in mid-December.
And the list just keeps on going. Along with a thorough dissection of Gore's speech. Check it out.