As the President has informed us time and time again, al Qaeda is “on the run.” There is nothing to fear since this group which amounts to little than a bowling league, in the eyes of the White House, has decided to call it quits. Never mind the terrorist activity that continues around the globe and in our own backyard. Despite the President’s declaration that al Qaeda disbanded because it couldn’t offer members quality health insurance, it seems that a lengthy, recently shot video shows the terrorist group holding a fairly large gathering in the country of Yemen.
Report from CNN:
A new video shows what looks like the largest and most dangerous gathering of al Qaeda in years. And the CIA and the Pentagon either didn’t know about it or couldn’t get a drone there in time to strike.
U.S. officials won’t comment on that, but every frame of the video is now being analyzed by the United States.
In the middle of the clip, the man known as al Qaeda’s crown prince, Nasir al-Wuhayshi, appears brazenly out in the open, greeting followers in Yemen. Al-Wuhayshi, the No. 2 leader of al Qaeda globally and the head of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, has said he wants to attack the United States. But in the video, he looks unconcerned that he could be hit by an American drone.
The video started appearing on jihadist websites recently, drawing the attention of U.S. officials and global terrorism experts. U.S. officials say they believe it’s authentic.
Yes, greetings from al Qaeda here in the lovely mountains of Yemen. On the schedule today, Yusef will be demonstrating the latest in suicide vest tech and Mohammad will give a workshop on car bombing basics. Also, the shoulder-fired missile skeet shoot competition has been moved from three o’clock to four-thirty.
Our own intelligence community apparently did not receive an invitation and was completely unaware of the gathering until this video surfaced on some jihadist websites. Meanwhile, Russia is rolling tanks on Ukraine, the Middle East continues burning and al Qaeda is so brazen that it feels perfectly safe holding outdoor meetings. I know I’m feeling a little safer ever day.