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And the Countdown Begins

It is March 10, as I imagine it has been all day, but what I mean to say is that for a select group of people this marks the beginning of the waiting period for the next issue of Sada al-Malahim (The Echo of Battles), which should be released some time in the next week or two.

I know there are a number of people who are eager to say what AQAP has to say – this should be the organization’s first issue under the new name and the third name since January 2008. Will al-‘Awfi’s surrender/capture be covered, what of the alleged truce, can we expect more poetry from Abu Ghrayb al-Taizzi? These and many other questions should all be answered soon and hopefully events of the past few weeks will be placed in their proper context and I’ll be able to sleep again at night.

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