Thursday, November 20, 2003

Did they, or didn't they?

Is Al-Qaeda trying to appear as though it is behind every attack, even though it's not?

Al Qaeda foot soldiers seem to be everywhere. They are now claiming responsibility for the Saturday bombing in Saudi Arabia. They say they are flocking into Iraq to fight the US "occupation." They claim they were behind the massive power failure in the northeast quadrant of the US this past summer. Some may even have penetrated Camp Delta at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, which houses Taliban and Al Qaeda prisoners.

Are they really capable of pulling off all these deeds? Or is it just what they'd like everyone to believe?

Several experts and government officials say it may be part of a concerted strategy of deception and denial.

After years of watching Al Qaeda's operations, they say one of the group's signatures is to be enigmatic - sowing enough uncertainty that it looks as if they're behind every misdeed - thus keeping their pursuers off balance.


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