The history of al Qa'ida

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Osama's gold
Editorial, Washington Post, Friday 18 October 2002. Al Qaeda's financial network is based on redundancy. A complex network connected to a diversity of money sources has given al Qaeda the resilience to survive successive expulsions from Sudan and Afghanistan. The U.S. Treasury Department must be prepared to move into a new phase of targeting suspect institutions under the Patriot Act.
Shaylergate: British press gagged on reporting MI6's £100,000 bin Laden payoff
By Paul Joseph Watson, 20 October 2002. Court gag orders on UK media to prevent reporting the case of former MI5 officer David Shayler, who has evidence to prove MI6 gave '100,000 to bin Laden and Al-Qaeda, arms to Iraq and had prior knowledge of several terrorist attacks on London in the 1990's.
A chilling inheritance of terror
By Syed Saleem Shahzad, Asia Times, 30 October 2002. After the Taliban and al-Qaeda were routed in Afghanistan at the end of 2001, many fled to Pakistan to regroup and set up new cells. One of these was in Karachi, with Khalid Shaikh Mohammed as its head.
Al-Qaeda: What are they doing?
By Charles Heyman, Editor, Janes World Armies, 12 November 2002. There is a comprehensive Al-Qaeda strategy for a long-term 20-year campaign against the US. Probably the way to force the political change that Al-Qaeda requires is to have an impact upon American business. Al-Quaeda structured as a movement, not a centralized corporation.
Al-Qa'ida outfoxes US forces
By Robert Fisk, Independent (London), 6 December 2002. US forces are finding it almost impossible to crack the al-Qa'ida network because Bin Laden's men have resorted to primitive methods of communication. The al-Qa'ida cells are adaptive and more decentralised, so that arrrest of one can not betray others.
Televantelist's pal Charles Taylor again linked to al Qaeda money laundering, ‘conflict diamonds’
American Atheists, 31 December 2002. Terrorist groups are laundering money with the help of key African leaders involved in the mining of gold, selling off of natural resources and the lucrative trade in “conflict diamonds”. Agents of Osama bin Laden cornered the diamond market, and has found sanctuary with Liberia's Charles Taylor, who in turn was associated with the Clinton Whitehouse, Rev. Jesse Jackson and Pat Robertson.