Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Don't believe all you read - Disinformation in the War on Terror.

When it comes to disinformation, one Willard Payne, wins this years award for irresponsible journalism. In an opinion piece on the website he makes an ludicrous and unfounded attack on the Moroccan government and suggests that they are in collusion with Tehran in training suicide bombers. There is more of his nonsense, but here is an example:

AKI reports the Iraqi daily al-Zaman has revealed that two suicide bombers who blew themselves up recently in Baquba, Iraq, north of Baghdad, were Moroccan and had been trained in a recruitment center in the northern Moroccan city of Tetouan near the Strait of Gibraltar. This is of course being done with the full cooperation of Rabat working completely with Tehran. They are using the war in Iraq to inspire the suicide mentality, in the name of martyrdom, as one of the weapons in the Jihad. The same awareness that motivated the 19 who carried out the 9-11 attack on New York and the Pentagon in Washington.

The article ends up with the bold statement "Only Rabat and Tehran have any idea how many other recruiting centers there are in Morocco."

Maybe Willard needs some basic comprehension lessons. If he had bothered to read the original report he would have seen that Rabat is actively investigating the story. Here is the real story.

A recruitment centre for young Moroccan extremists to be sent as suicide bombers to Iraq has been operating in the northern Moroccan city of Tetouan, the Iraqi daily al-Zaman reported on Wednesday. In a front page article, the paper says the CIA has sent agents to Rabat to further investigate the allegations. The probe began after the discovery of two youngsters, originally from Tetouan, who blew themselves up last week in Baquba, north of Baghdad. Investigators discovered that in the same neighbourhood, another seven young people had left for Iraq.

The US secret services have also sent a memo to their colleagues in Rabat regarding a plan hatched by the late leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

The plan provided for the birth of a Moroccan cell of al-Qaeda with the task of recruiting extremists in the countries of Sub Saharan Africa to send to Iraq.

The Salafite Group for Preaching anad Combat - an Algerian terror formation - is also reported to be involved in the plant. The GSPC is said to have organised training camps in Algeria, the first stop for aspiring terrorists and suicide bombers who are seeking to reach Iraq.

Willard needs to take a long cold shower and then check out how rigorously Rabat has prosecuted the rounding up of extreme Islamists in Morocco. Instead of attacking the Moroccan government he should perhaps congratulate them for doing more than a lot of other countries.



abdoukamel said...


je vais parler en français , car je suis nul en anglais.
je découvre la ville de fes via ton blog .
un ami des USA m'en a parler .

Anonymous said...

just thanx for this post.


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