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November 05, 2007

Al Qaeda "Propaganda" Man "Surrenders," Just As Reuters Receives A Huge Shipment of Sneer Quotes

Seriously, what is up with the quotes around "propaganda"? Or "surrenders"?

Al-Qaeda propaganda man 'surrenders'

AN al-Qaeda affiliated "propaganda" man in charge of supplying Al Jazeera with videos and online documentation has surrendered, saying he regreted what he had been doing, Algerian daily Liberte said today.

The daily, quoting unnamed security sources, said Abu Abderahmane had used the internet to communicate with the Qatar-based channel, as well as sending it videos, and CDs either directly to Doha or its Morocco branch.

"I felt guilty, and I regret what I was doing," Abu Abderahmane was quoted as saying by unnamed security sources in Algiers.

Abderahmane's Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb group grew out of the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC) in January after winning approval from Osama bin Laden to rename itself an al-Qaeda affiliate.

Since then the Islamists have launched a wave of deadly attacks targeting Algerian security and Western interests.

Analysts say the use of suicide bombers, more lethal bomb-making technology, fund-raising from criminal rackets and a sophisticated web-based publicity machine have helped the rebels stay active.

Notice there are no sneer-quotes around "rebels." I guess they really are just "rebels," and not, say, terrorists blowing people to hell.

The Deciders.

They're even using punctuation to help Al Qaeda now.

Reuters -- a "news" organization you can "trust."

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