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The Base

You know what’s kind of interesting? Osama bin Laden’s OFAC file. It has the many aliases of al Qaeda (also found in the document linked here):

AL-JIHAD
EGYPTIAN AL-JIHAD
EGYPTIAN ISLAMIC JIHAD
INTERNATIONAL FRONT FOR FIGHTING JEWS AND CRUSADES
ISLAMIC ARMY
ISLAMIC ARMY FOR THE LIBERATION OF HOLY SITES
ISLAMIC SALVATION FOUNDATION
NEW JIHAD
“THE BASE”
THE GROUP FOR THE PRESERVATION OF THE HOLY SITES
THE ISLAMIC ARMY FOR THE LIBERATION OF THE HOLY PLACES
THE JIHAD GROUP
THE WORLD ISLAMIC FRONT FOR JIHAD AGAINST JEWS AND CRUSADERS
USAMA BIN LADEN NETWORK
USAMA BIN LADEN ORGANIZATION

My personal favorite is “The Base.” “The Jihad Group” sounds sort of distinguished, even. “New Jihad” is a nice name for an online magazine.

Categories: Foreign Policy, Silliness
  1. rob
    July 27, 2006 at 7:46 pm | #1

    Isn’t “the base” just a literal translation of al-Qaeda, or have I been bullshitted?

  2. July 27, 2006 at 8:27 pm | #2

    It indeed does appear to mean that. That would explain it, then. Not sure what good it does us to have that as a company name we should avoid doing business with.

  3. July 28, 2006 at 8:57 am | #3

    “The Jihad Group” sounds like a high-priced consulting group with an office on the top floor of some gleaming tower in a major metropolitan area—the kind with jade marble and glass everywhere.

    I can just see Osama in an Armani suit, yelling at an intern to get him his Starbucks now goddammit, or he’ll wage a holy war on his ass.

  4. July 29, 2006 at 12:03 am | #4

    All your World Islamic Front for Jihad Against Jews and Crusaders are belong to us.

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