/ mullahs / missing /
The completely forgotten leader of the Taliban, formerly wanted dead or alive, and a significant target of the Afghan invasion, Mullah Omar, is staging a comeback, in an aging rockstar kinda way, teaming up with Al Qaeda's No2 Al-Zawahri, coming soon to some quaint Afghan mountaintop:
Taliban fighters, modelling their tactics on the Iraqi insurgency, are regrouping and intensifying their fight against the Afghanistan government and US-led military coalition, amid reports that their spiritual leader, Mullah Omar, together with al-Qaeda number two, Ayman al-Zawhari, have started directing battle operations. Sightings of Omar and al-Zawhari in the city of Zabul in southern Afghanistan, were confirmed to Adnkronos International (AKI) by sources in Kandahar...
The AQ's leading performer was rumoured dead recently (again), apparently incorrectly... Thus the mystery of how a man who is supposed to need dialysis treatment manages to survive between remote mountain tops and hidden caves, remains unsolved. Apparently the CIA is revealed as wanting to do a Zarqawi on Bin Laden, leading me to believe that this decapitation business is part of the zeitgeist.
Speaking of Zarqawi, that mythical beast has resurfaced, as the "US military released a letter yesterday it believes was addressed to terror mastermind Abu Musab al-Zarqawi from an underling contending that incompetence of leaders in his Al Qaeda in Iraq network is hurting morale.
The letter's authenticity could not be independently confirmed, but it was the latest in a series of assertions by US-led forces of progress against the insurgency..."
This quite opportunely-timed news item, should be correlated with the report of that shining star of the Kim Il Sung School of Power Worshipping Media, the Fox News Network, which reveals that the US Occupation forces have now got Zarqawi's laptop as well (Fox is trying to put the Onion out of business, it seems).