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Politics

Taliban and Al Qaeda Baffled by US Elections

September 29, 2012 by Jesse Schmitt in Politics with 0 Comments

Both Taliban and Al Qaeda are very confused whether they should be working towards the defeat of the present US President, Barack Obama by increasing terrorist activities. These radical groups are not sure if their acts of terror will work in their interest. Various radical groups like AQAP, Al Qaeda in North Waziristan, NeoTaliban from Afghanistan and Tehrik-e-Taliban of Pakistan have all been very closely watching the activities and processes of the ongoing election campaigns in America.

While they still continue to be against the President, they are very confused if stepping up acts of terrorism in regions of Iraq-Syria-Libya and Af-Pak will work in their interest. There is a very high degree of anger against the US President among these organizations.

This anger is certainly not baseless as after coming to the office, President Obama drastically intensified the drone strikes that were directed against Taliban and Al Qaeda in the areas of Waziristan; not to mention the covert operation on May 1st and 2nd 2011 at Abbottabad, which led to the killing of the most wanted, Osama Bin Laden.

The list just starts here as Obama also orchestrated the encounter of Abu Yahya al-Libi who was the leading religious preacher of Al Qaeda and was a religious cleric from Libya. He was killed on 4th June during one of the drone strikes inWaziristan. In September 2011, Obama administered the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, who was originally from Yemeni but was an American citizen. Awlaki was also Amir of Al Qaeda in theArabPeninsula and was killed in one of the drone strikes inYemen.

The latest reason of the growing hatred was US not taking any step against the makers of a film, which was anti-Islamic. This also resulted in a series of demonstrations across different Muslim nations around the world, some of which also turned violent eventually.

Two of the recent messages from Al Qaeda clearly showed the intensity of hatred the radical group has against Obama. A message by Ayman al-Zawahiri, which was in the form of a video clip, was released on 10th Sep 2012. Zawahiri is also the Amir of the terrorist organization. The video described the President as a liar who was only elected so that he could “trick” Muslims through out the world. The video also says that Obama might have done so much against Muslims but he is eventually getting cornered in Afghanistan.

Above all these hatreds, these organizations are most careful right now to not change the minds of anti-Obama voters in US as that could in turn work in Obama’s favor.

About Jesse Schmitt

Jesse Schmitt has been a journalist for almost 10 years.  She started her career at United Press International in Providence, Rhode Island and has worked as a journalist in Washington, DC, Southern California, London and New York. Since 2005, she has written the biweekly ShortCuts column for The New York Times business section. Her personal finance columns received a Best in Business award in 2011 from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.

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