Authorities in Lebanon issued arrest warrants for 10 suspected Al Qaeda terrorists who were rounded up earlier. Story at USA Today.
Al Absi audio tape released, story at Ashar Alawsat. This looks familiar:
It is noticeable that Al Absi’s emergence on the internet, just like Osama Bin Laden, Ayman Zawahiri, [Abu Musab al] Zarqawi and others before them materialised after an unexplained absence. It is as if the demise of these figures as human beings is connected to their transformation into distant voices and faces that threaten and terrorize and appear suddenly in an incomprehensible manner; however it has become a phenomenon that is being repeated on a daily basis within our media.
In his latest audio message it appears that Shaker Al Absi, who is not known for mastering the Jihadist discourse since he was originally an outsider to this experience, has received some kind of training on how to deliver speeches without which the image of “the jihadist” would be incomplete. The audio message entitled “A warning and a Horn” mentioned that the recording was prepared by the media department of Fatah Al Islam in the same way that the specialized Sahab media entity is based on Al Qaeda’s tapes.
Like the other Jihadi leaders, after sending a bunch of idiots to their deaths he ran away to become a disembodied voice, pretending that it’s victory.
It should be no surprise to anyone, but it turns out that the AQ headquarters for North America is in Toronto Canada. Story at Canada Free Press. Pinning it down further I would wager that most North American AQ leaders are in Mississauga.