Al-Qaeda, the Taliban and Afghanistan

Al-Qaïda, the Taliban and Afghanistan


A year after the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, a CIA drone cut to pieces using “rotating blade” missiles Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri while on his balcony in Kabul.

al-Zawahiri succeeded Osama bin Laden in 2011 after he was executed by US special forces. No one will receive the $25 million reward the FBI was offering for his head. This was also the case for bin Laden. Both cases are believed to be the result of electronic intelligence, not informants.

In August 2019 US media reported that Hamza bin Laden, the son of the founder of Al-Qaeda had been killed by a US airstrike in “the Afghanistan/Pakistan region”. No other details were ever released about the circumstances of her execution or whether it was confirmed by a DNA sample. Curious, isn't it? The Americans were offering a reward of ' only  1 million dollars for information on Hamza who was destined to take over from his father.

5 M$ for a guy from Rosemont

In April 2022, the FBI renewed its $5 million offer for the head of a Montrealer linked to the September 11, 2001, attack. » to show what he might now look like.

According to the 9/11 Commission, Jdey was to be part of the team that destroyed the World Trade Center. The designer of the attack, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, revealed to the CIA under torture that it was instead decided that Jdey would fly a plane in a second wave of attacks. 

In November 2001, the Americans found a video of Jdey in Afghanistan in which he pledged to die as a martyr for Islam. After training in Afghanistan, he returned to Montreal where he lived in Rosemont. He was one of the immigrants who became disaster Canadians just before the 1995 referendum, when Ottawa was desperate for No votes.

A fellow student of Abderraouf Jdey at university described him to me, when he met him, as a nice guy, not religious at all who liked to have a beer. The young North African became radicalized here in contact with Montreal fundamentalists.

Abderraouf Jdey frequented the mosque on rue Hutchison like Ahmed Ressam the man who was to carry out “the millennium attack”. against Los Angeles airport. He was arrested as he crossed the US border north of Seattle, with explosives in his car. 

Welcome back to the jihadists

Now eclipsed by the equally exhausted Islamic State (Daesh), Al-Qaeda is only a shadow of its former self. A collection of scattered groups with little or no coordination trumpeting each other in the wake of the iconic organization.

The fact that al-Zawahiri has settled with his family in central Kabul could indicate that the Taliban want, once again, to make Afghanistan the hub of global jihadism. alt=”Al-Qaïda, the Taliban and Afghanistan” />