Fears? WTF: why fears? Â What do we have to fear from a dead headbanger? Â If he was a jihadi then he was no longer an Aussie. He joined the army of Muhammad and he believed in “killing and being killed” in the name of Allah. Â (Koran 9:11.1) Â Good riddance to him and to all those who follow in his footsteps.
The Asia Times online identified the man as Saifullah and said he was a white jihadi commander.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has confirmed that it is investigating the report in the Pakistan media, but a spokeswoman toldÂ The AustralianÂ yesterday no evidence had emerged so far to suggest that the man was Australian.
Other sources said it was unlikely that he was Australian.
Pakistani journalist Amir Mir said the man was one of five militants killed in a drone strike in the North Waziristan tribal agency of Pakistan.
Mir said the killing had given credence to earlier reports by Western intelligence agencies that the Pakistan-based al-Qa’ida network was recruiting Muslim converts from the West to widen the pool of potential terrorists beyond traditional Asian and Middle Eastern radicals so that they could foil racial profiling used by security agencies to carry out terrorist attacks in the West.
The reports said the white jihadi was killed by two missiles fired by the drone at around 11pm on July 5 in the Mir Ali area of North Waziristan.
They said Saifullah had once served as a key aide to Osama bin Laden and had also worked closely with al-Qa’ida’s chief military strategist, Ilyas Kashmiri, who was said to have been killed in a drone attack on June 3.
The reports said Saifullah was 50 and a middle-ranking al-Qa’ida leader and little else was known about him.
The Mir Ali area, where Saifullah was killed, was in the sphere of influence of Abu Kasha al-Iraqi, an al-Qa’ida leader who served as a key link to the Taliban and supported the external operations network of al-Qa’ida, now led by Ayman al-Zawahiri, the reports said.
Pakistani Taliban leader Hafiz Gul Bahadar and the Haqqani network led by Jalaluddin Haqqani’s elder son, Sirajuddin Haqqani, also operate in Mir Ali, a known hub for al-Qa’ida’s military and external operational councils.
Mir claimed an increasing number of Westerners had travelled to the Pakistani tribal areas in recent years to join al-Qa’ida and said they were believed to include Americans, Britons, Germans, French and Australians.
He said the al-Qa’ida-trained white jihadis had formed their own contingents in North Waziristan and were fighting alongside militants on the Pakistan-Afghan border.
“The white jihadis living in North Waziristan wear local clothes and travel in small groups in vehicles or on motorcycles, flaunting weapons including assault rifles, rocket launchers and rocket-propelled grenades,” Mir said.
“Recruits bearing Western citizenship are prized by the al-Qa’ida leadership, mainly because of their nationalities and English-speaking abilities. More and more Muslim converts from the West are therefore being chosen by international jihadis as recruits to strike in the heart of the West.”
Andrew BoltÂ â€“ Thursday, July 21, 11 (05:57 am)
COMMONWEALTH prosecutors want to seize the proceeds of David Hicks’s book salesÂ in a move that will test the validity of his conviction by a US military commission and could deprive the confessed terror supporter of tens of thousands of dollars in earnings.
The Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions yesterday served Hicks with a notice of application for an order to restrain funds derived from the sale of Hicks’s memoirs Guantanamo: My Journey, which has sold 30,000 copies… The CDPP’s decision ends a long-running game of chicken involving Hicks, publisher Random House and commonwealth authorities, whom many assumed would not seek to recoup Hicks’s earnings for fear the military commission would not be recognised.