William Katz:  Urgent Agenda






NEW AL QAEDA THREAT – AT 9:03 A.M. ET:  John Kerry will have his hands full when he's sworn in as secretary of state tomorrow.  From The Washington Times:

A jihadist website posted a new threat by al Qaeda this week that promises to conduct “shocking” attacks on the United States and the West.

The posting appeared on the Ansar al Mujahidin network Sunday and carried the headline, “Map of al Qaeda and its future strikes.”

The message, in Arabic, asks: “Where will the next strike by al Qaeda be?” A translation was obtained by Inside the Ring.

“The answer for it, in short: The coming strikes by al Qaeda, with God’s Might, will be in the heart of the land of nonbelief, America, and in France, Denmark, other countries in Europe, in the countries that helped and are helping France, and in other places that shall be named by al Qaeda at other times,” the threat states.

The attacks will be “strong, serious, alarming, earth-shattering, shocking and terrifying.”

Under a section of the post on the method of the attacks, the unidentified writer said the strikes would be “group and lone-wolf operations, in addition to the use of booby-trapped vehicles.”

“All operations will be recorded and published in due time,” the message said. “Let France be prepared, and let the helpers of France be prepared, for it is going to be a long war of attrition.”

The reference to France appears linked to the group’s plans for retaliation against the French-led military strikes in northern Mali in operations to oust al Qaeda terrorists from the North African country.

The Ansar al-Mujahidin network is a well-known jihadist forum that in the past has published reliably accurate propaganda messages from al Qaeda and its affiliates.

COMMENT:  We'd be wise to take this seriously.  Al Qaeda, contrary to the line fed us by the Obamans, is expanding its operations, not contracting them.  This is occurring at a time when we're cutting our defenses. 

We've been lucky to avoid another 9-11.  We may not be lucky forever.  In recent months we've seen an attack on Americans in Benghazi, the seizure of an oil facility in Algeria, and Al Qaeda military activity in Bali.  Al Qaeda looks at America and sees a nation in retreat, and in debt.  They're encouraged.

January 31, 2013