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  • US Drone Crashes in NW Pakistan: Official

    02/25/2012 10:01:20 AM PST · by kristinn · 14 replies
    AFP ^ | Saturday, February 25, 2012
    MIRANSHAH, Pakistan — A US drone crashed in northwest Pakistan's tribal district near the Afghan border late Saturday, officials said. The unmanned aircraft came down in the mountainous Machikhel area about 30 kilometres (20 miles) east of Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan region, which is frequently targeted by drone strikes against Taliban and Al-Qaeda militants, military and security officials said. "A US drone crashed, apparently due to some technical fault," a military official in the northwestern city of Peshawar told AFP. Security officials in the region confirmed the crash saying it fell in the mountains. The crash site...
  • Pak Blockade may Rocket Afghan Pullout Costs

    02/23/2012 3:58:02 PM PST · by U-238 · 20 replies
    Military.com ^ | 2/23/2012 | Michael Hoffman
    If Pakistani leaders don’t open the military supply lines to Afghanistan in time for the U.S. military to withdraw in earnest, the cost of the pullout could grow four or even five times, a top Army commander said here Wednesday. As of Wednesday, the Pakistani supply routes for American forces into Afghanistan had been closed for 89 days. With no resumption in sight for normal supply lines, Army leaders are coming to grips with the startling reality the U.S. military might not have access to Pakistan’s ports to haul out the massive infrastructure it has built up in Afghanistan. The...
  • Pakistan receives US surveillance aircraft

    02/21/2012 1:59:38 PM PST · by James C. Bennett · 22 replies
    The Times of India ^ | February 21, 2012 | The Times of India
    ISLAMABAD: The Pakistani navy took delivery Tuesday of two state-of-the-art, US-made surveillance aircraft nine months after Islamist militants destroyed two similar planes, officials said. Pakistan said the P3C aircraft, modified with the latest avionics, are designed to improve surveillance in the North Arabian sea, one of the world's most important shipping routes deeply troubled by Somali piracy. "The two aircraft have been delivered to the Pakistan navy. These aircraft have been provided under the foreign military funding programme," a spokesman for the US embassy in Islamabad, told AFP. Relations between Pakistan and the United States were severely damaged last year...
  • Iranian ships reach Syria, China warns of civil war

    02/20/2012 6:12:59 AM PST · by nuconvert · 46 replies · 1+ views
    China accused Western countries of stirring civil war in Syria and two Iranian warships docked at a Syrian naval base, underscoring rising international tensions over the near year-long crisis. -excerpt- "Hama is cut off from the outside world. There are no landlines, no mobile phone network and no internet. House to house arrests take place daily and sometimes repeatedly in the same neighborhoods," an opposition statement said.
  • The Pakistan problem isn’t just the government. It’s the people

    02/18/2012 12:24:45 PM PST · by canuck_conservative · 7 replies
    National Post.com ^ | Saturday, February 18, 2012 | Jonathan Kay
    Earlier this year, the BBC disclosed a secret NATO report, based on 27,000 interrogations with captured Taliban and al-Qaeda detainees, concluding that jihadis operating in Afghanistan continue to receive support and instruction from Pakistani military handlers. One interrogated al-Qaeda detainee quoted in the report declared: “Pakistan knows everything. They control everything. I can’t [expletive] on a tree in Kunar without them watching.”.... Most ordinary Pakistanis loathe America — indeed, not only America, but the whole of the non-Muslim world — and are only too happy to support jihad against the NATO forces next door in Afghanistan. Pakistani support for the...
  • [Pakistani Intelligence] ISI employed architect for Osama bin Laden compound: Report

    02/18/2012 10:39:21 AM PST · by James C. Bennett · 1 replies
    The Times of India ^ | February 18, 2012 | The Times of India
    WASHINGTON: An architect regularly employed by the ISI worked on the compound in which Osama bin Laden sheltered for years in Abbottabad and the slain al-Qaida chief communicated regularly with LeT from his hideout, a media report said today. Though the original property records for the compound near the elite Pakistan Military Academy have disappeared, the architect who worked on the structure was regularly employed by the ISI, Washington Post columnist David Ignatius quoted an intelligence source as saying. The architect reportedly was told that a "highly placed VIP" was coming to the compound, Ignatius wrote in a column posted...
  • Balochistan self-determination resolution tabled in US Congress, Pakistan angry

    02/18/2012 9:42:48 AM PST · by James C. Bennett · 6 replies
    The Times of India ^ | February 18, 2012 | The Times of India
    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's top leadership reacted angrily today to a resolution introduced in the US Congress seeking the right to self-determination for Baloch people, with prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani describing the move as an attack on the country's sovereignty. Gilani condemned the resolution moved in the US House of Representatives by Congressman Dana Rohrabacher yesterday. Talking to reporters on the sidelines of a function in Karachi Port, he said: "We condemn it as it is against our sovereignty". In a statement, foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar took strong exception to the resolution on Balochistan, which has witnessed a spike in...
  • Thanks" Obama for endangering the world with TWO Nuclear Islamic bombs: Pakistan and Iran

    02/17/2012 3:10:31 PM PST · by Milagros · 13 replies
    "Thanks" Obama for endangering the world with TWO Nuclear bombs: Pakistan and Iran Today's photo-up of the three: Pakistani leader, Afghani leader and Iran's Ahmadinejad tells a lot. Obama has managed to spoil all the good relationship Bush has forged with Karzai. Naturally, Pakistan's nuclear bomb is more endangered as it turns more towards radical-Islamism. Pakistan's president vows to continue with Iran pipeline deal despite US sanctions warnings Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/pakistans-president-vows-to-continue-with-iran-pipeline-deal-despite-us-sanctions-warnings/2012/02/17/gIQA2IgcJR_story.html Pakistan's president vows to continue with Iran pipeline deal despite US sanctions warnings http://www.dawn.com/2012/02/17/zardari-vows-to-progress-with-iran-pipeline-deal.html
  • Regional peace in focus as Iranian, Afghan leaders reach Islamabad

    02/16/2012 6:31:23 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    Gulf News ^ | Friday, February 17, 2012 | Mohsin Ali
    Islamabad: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived here yesterday for a two-day visit to attend the Pakistan-Iran-Afghanistan summit aimed at enhancing cooperation for peace and security in the region. Earlier in the day, Afghan President Hamid Karzai flew into the Pakistani capital. President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani welcomed the visiting heads of state at the President House. Karzai and Gilani held a meeting during which they discussed the regional situation and bilateral ties and ongoing efforts for restoring peace in conflict-hit Afghanistan, officials said. President Zardari was to host a banquet for the Iranian and Afghan...
  • Eight ‘foreigners’ killed in second N.Waziristan drone strike

    02/16/2012 5:38:32 AM PST · by csvset · 4 replies
    Dawn ^ | 16 Feb 2012 | Wire
    MIRANSHAH: Two US drone strikes struck suspected militants in Pakistan’s tribal badlands on Thursday, killing at least 13 fighters in North Waziristan near the Afghan border, officials said. The aircraft fired missiles hours apart on separate targets in what is considered the premier bastion of Taliban and al Qaeda in Pakistan as the government in Islamabad welcomed the Afghan and Iranian leaders for a summit. Five militants were killed in the first attack that destroyed a compound in Spalga town near Miranshah and at least eight died in the second attack on a vehicle near the town of Mir Ali,...
  • Brother of `rape` victim silenced outside court [Pakistan]

    02/10/2012 8:05:27 PM PST · by BlackVeil · 7 replies
    The Dawn ^ | 10 Dec 2011 | By Nasir Iqbal Khattak
    KARAK, Dec 9: Unidentified gunmen shot dead a young man as he came out of a court in Takht Nusrati after the proceedings of the alleged gang rape of his sister in Karak on Friday. Alamzeb Khattak, 24, had steadfastly supported his sister`s fight for justice in the face of threats and unrelenting pressure from the accused who include three policemen. His cold-blooded murder in the precinct of a court prompted the provincial home department order “a thorough and transparent probe into any security lapse” ... Police had arrested the four accused in the rape case, including inspector Peer Mohsin...
  • Shame covers sleaze [Pakistan]

    02/10/2012 7:55:15 PM PST · by BlackVeil · 5 replies
    The Dawn ^ | 11 Feb 2012 | Munawar Azeem
    ISLAMABAD: Sex scandals have rocked the International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) in recent months, with several faculty and staff members accused of preying upon the vulnerable female students or juniors. Many connected with the university admit that “seedy affairs had been going on in the holy precincts” for some time. But they did not speak on record. Acting president Sahabzada Sajidur Rehman of the university, however, confirmed that recently a professor and a librarian left the university after allegations of rape emerged against them. “We did not approach the police to investigate the allegations as it would have brought bad...
  • US drone strike kills 10 ‘Haqqani’ militants in Waziristan

    02/08/2012 4:41:55 AM PST · by csvset · 6 replies
    Dawn ^ | 8 feb 2012 | Wire
    MIRAMSHAH: A US drone attack targeting a militant compound killed 10 insurgents in a troubled Pakistani tribal region on Wednesday, security officials said. Moreover, a BBC Urdu report quoted local authorities as saying that those killed in the strike were militants from the Haqqani network. Two missiles hit the compound located in Tappi, 10 kilometres southeast of Miramshah, the main town in volatile North Waziristan near the Afghan border, a military official in Peshawar said. “The attack triggered fire in the compound and 10 militants were killed,” the official told AFP on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised...
  • Al-Suri's Doctrines for Decentralized Jihadi Training - Part 1

    01/30/2007 9:28:53 AM PST · by Valin · 9 replies · 418+ views
    Jamestown.org ^ | 1/18/07 | Brynjar Lia
    The evolution toward smaller, more autonomous and decentralized organizational structures has been identified as a key trend in jihadi terrorism during the past few years [1]. Confronting amorphous structures and networks, which lack clearly identifiable organizational linkages and command structures and in which self-radicalization and self-recruitment are key elements, is a formidable challenge for security services [2]. The jihadi decentralization trend is clearly a result of counter-terrorism successes. These "defeats" have been scrutinized and digested in the writings of key jihadi theoreticians during the past few years. New roadmaps and operational concepts are being explored as the jihadis search for...
  • From US private school student to al-Qaida agent

    02/05/2012 6:06:17 PM PST · by Cindy · 20 replies
    (AP) via SFGATE.com ^ | Wednesday, January 18, 2012 11:59 PST | GENE JOHNSON and CHRIS BRUMMITT, Associated Press
    SNIPPET: "Moeed Abdul Salam didn't descend into radical Islam for lack of other options. He grew up in a well-off Texas household, attended a pricey boarding school and graduated from one of the state's most respected universities." SNIPPET: "It is not clear to what extent Salam's family knew of his radicalism, but on his Facebook page the month before he died, he posted an image of Anwar al-Awalki, the American al-Qaida leader who was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Yemen, beside a burning American flag." SNIPPET: "The family, originally from Pakistan, immigrated to the U.S. decades ago."
  • Israeli Attack Will Prompt Pakistani Response

    02/05/2012 1:58:38 PM PST · by edpc · 57 replies
    YNet News ^ | 5 Feb 2012 | Dudi Cohen and AP
    Is the world counting down to "D-Day"? After US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta estimated that Israel would attack Iran by June, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned government officials against "Iran chatter," A European diplomat based in Pakistan said that if Israel attacks, Islamabad will have no choice but to support any Iranian retaliation. The diplomat's statement raised the specter of putting a nuclear-armed Pakistan at odds with Israel, which is widely believed to have its own significant nuclear arsenal.
  • U.S. 'Disgusted' With China, Russia Veto on Syria Resolution

    02/04/2012 2:39:01 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 40 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 4/2/12 | David Lev
    In a move that was decried by the U.S., France, and Arab countries, Russia and China on Saturday vetoed a U.S.-backed proposal at the UN Security Council to condemn Syrian leader Bashar al-Assed for violence against Syrian citizens. The resolution that had demanded that Assad resign was backed by the Arab League, and the League on Saturday night called on Arab countries to shut down their embassies and consulates in Syria, and remove Syrian ambassadors from their countries. U.S. Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice said that Washington was "disgusted" by the vetoes. The vetoes followed a particularly bloody night...
  • American-Inspired Pakistani Fashion Hits the Dusty Streets Islamabad

    02/01/2012 10:50:58 PM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 10 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | February 02, 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    Ah, the religion of peace Note: the (totally broke) US has given Pakistan  (who hate us and hid Bin Laden) BILLIONS in aid ...
  • Pakistan is helping Afghan Taliban, says Nato report (ISI in cahoots with Taliban)

    01/31/2012 8:36:08 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 2+ views
    BBC News ^ | 1/31/12 | BBC
    The Taliban in Afghanistan are being directly assisted by Pakistani security services, according to a secret Nato report seen by the BBC. The leaked report, derived from thousands of interrogations, claims the Taliban remain defiant and have wide support among the Afghan people. It alleges that Pakistan knows the locations of senior Taliban leaders. A BBC correspondent says the report is painful reading for international forces and the Afghan government. Pakistan has strenuously denied any links with the Taliban on previous occasions. "We have long been concerned about ties between elements of the ISI and some extremist networks," said US...
  • Panetta concerned about doctor who helped in bin Laden raid

    01/28/2012 10:47:59 AM PST · by ColdOne · 26 replies
    cnn.com ^ | 1/28/12 | CNN Wire Staff
    Washington (CNN) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is acknowledging publicly the key role a Pakistani doctor who assisted the United States ahead of the strike on Osama bin Laden's compound last May that killed the terrorism mastermind. The doctor who provided key information ought to be released, Panetta told CBS's "60 Minutes" in a segment set to air Sunday. "I'm very concerned about what the Pakistanis did with this individual," Panetta told CBS. "This was an individual who in fact helped provide intelligence that was very helpful with regards to this operation. And he was not in any way...