AP: Al Qaeda Fires Operative for Not Filing His TPS Reports; Operative Starts Competing Terror Organization

With a hat tip to @NickConfessore, this Associated Press story could serve as the synopsis for the script to “Office Space II: Peter Gibbons Goes Rogue”:

After years of trying to discipline him, the leaders of al-Qaida’s North African branch sent one final letter to their most difficult employee. In page after scathing page, they described how he didn’t answer his phone when they called, failed to turn in his expense reports, ignored meetings and refused time and again to carry out orders.

Most of all, they claimed he had failed to carry out a single spectacular operation, despite the resources at his disposal.

The employee, international terrorist Moktar Belmoktar, responded the way talented employees with bruised egos have in corporations the world over: He quit and formed his own competing group. And within months, he carried out two lethal operations that killed 101 people in all: one of the largest hostage-takings in history at a BP-operated gas plant in Algeria in January, and simultaneous bombings at a military base and a French uranium mine in Niger just last week.

To top it off, according to an AQ business manager, Belmoktar stole printer cartridges and continued to write ransom demands on Al Qaeda letterhead even after being let go by the company.

Here’s just one example of the kind of thing Belmoktar was expected to put up with while working for his previous employer:

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“I’m also gonna need you to go ahead and terrorize on Sunday, too… mm-kay? Thanks.”

Author: Doug Powers

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