But I though al Qaeda was on the run? Obama tells us that every day.
Rifai Ahmed Taha Musa, one of Egypt’s most notorious al Qaeda-linked terrorists, attended the U.S. embassy protest in Cairo on September 11. Musa was just one of several al Qaeda-affiliated jihadists who was present at the rally, imploring followers to punish those who produced the anti-Islam film Innocence of Muslims.
Musa’s al Qaeda ties were publicly recognized by the U.S. government as early as 1998. He was included as a signatory on al Qaeda’s infamous February 1998 fatwa justifying terrorist attacks against American civilians. Musa would later disavow any involvement in the fatwa, but his al Qaeda ties are well established.
In September 2000, for example, Al Jazeera aired video of Musa sitting between Osama bin Laden and Ayman al Zawahiri. Musa was at the time a senior Gamaaa Islamiyya (IG) leader. The three called for Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, aka the “Blind Sheikh,” to be freed from an American prison. Rahman, the IG’s longtime spiritual leader, was convicted for his role in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and follow-on plots against the New York City landmarks.
The blind sheik, the one Obama reportedly will be freeing.
Musa was not the only al Qaeda-linked jihadist to attend the U.S. embassy protest in Cairo and call on followers to exact retribution for the anti-Islam film.
Mohammed al Zawahiri, the brother of al Qaeda’s emir Ayman al Zawahiri, admittedly helped stage the protest. He has said that he called upon members of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad (EIJ), a designated terrorist organization that merged with al Qaeda, to protest.
But don’t forget, this was all spontaneous or something.