They’re all heretics and apostates anyway, right? So bomb ’em…
Reuters reports and al-Arabiya repeats:
The suicide bomber who carried out an attack on the Danish embassy in Islamabad last month came from the Muslim holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia, an al-Qaeda leader said in a rare interview with a Pakistani news channel.
Geo News aired the interview late on Monday with veteran al-Qaeda member Mustafa Abu al-Yazid, in which he elaborated on the June 2 attack that killed six people, all of them Pakistanis.
As the article notes, al-Yazid is the third in command of al Q in Afghanistan. He’s the fifth person to occupy the spot since his predecessors have either been captured or killed, but this guy’s professional career dates way back in the recent history of jihad:
Mustafa Ahmed Muhammad Uthman Abu al-Yazid…often shortened to Mustafa Abu al-Yazid and also known as Sheikh Saeed, is an Egyptian Islamic militant and the current al-Qaeda commander of operations in Afghanistan.
Al-Yazid was imprisoned for three years in Egypt because of involvement in the assassination of Egyptian President Anwar El Sadat in 1981. During this time or shortly after he joined Egyptian Islamic Jihad, and in 1988 went to Afghanistan where he played a role in founding al-Qaeda.
Al-Yazid has two wives and several sons and daughters, including one married to the son of Sheikh Omar Abd al-Rahman.
On December 27 al-Yazid is said to have claimed responsibility for the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, telling Adnkronos International that “We terminated the most precious American asset which vowed to defeat [the] mujahideen.” The article further claims that al-Yazid stated that al-Qaeda second-in-command Ayman al-Zawahiri ordered the killing in October 2007. The Asia Times Online also reported that it had received a claim of responsibility from al-Yazid by telephone.
[The wiki on Yazid has the sources for the citations mentioned]
Yazid defended the tactic of using suicide attacks and was unapologetic about the fact that the attack on the embassy killed Pakistanis, including one security guard on the gate and two policemen.
Al-Qaeda justifies killing fellow Muslims by deeming them to have become heretics, excommunicated from the Islamic community because of their loss of faith.
Al Q has an excuse for everything, backed up and approved by the imams in Afghanistan.
The most interesting aspect to this story was the suggestion left by a commenter:
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“Moslem Montasir” says:
The bombing of embassies will lead us to nowhere, we gain nothing at all, the embassy will not close because of one bomb, it will not close even after 10 bombs, they will build a better one and naturally a harder to blow on the same site. You want Jihad, learn Danish, travel to Denmark and teach Danish people about Islam, we suffer in the process, it is ok, that’s a better Jihad than blowing up buildings, believe me.
This guy obviously knows the CAIR rules of engagement.
Hat tip: The ever-entertaining and enlightening TB