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The Nuclear Bible: Pakistan & Terrorism

Intro: Pakistan, whether they know it or not, has been linked to almost every single major terror attack against the West over the last 20
years. The Pakistani Government, its ISI, Osama bin Laden, and alleged terrorists groups within Pakistan have plotted, financed, executed,
numerous attacks. Unfortunately, given the trajectory of alleged terror attacks from Pakistan involving WMD‘s, a nuclear climax may be
just around corner. A brief analysis of the following terror attacks show that Pakistan is set up to take the fall for a nuclear terrorist act,
despite the fact that the majority of the terror attacks they are accused of were funded and directed by Western intelligence agencies such as
Mossad, the CIA, the FBI, MI5, and MI6.

Pakistan Is The # 1 Scapegoat For Nuclear Terror

Date: Terror Incidents Involving Pakistan


02/26/1993 First World Trade Center Bombing in New York, USA
12/11/1994 12/11 Bombing of Philippine Airlines Flight 434
01/ 1995 Bojinka Plot Discovered
08/07/1998 1998 United States Embassy Bombings in Africa
10/12/2000 U.S.S. Cole Bombing in Yemen
09/11 2001 9/11 Terror Attacks in NYC & Washington D. C., USA
12/ 22/2001 Shoe Bombing of Flight 63
03/11/2004 3/11 Terror Bombings in Madrid, Spain
07/07/2005 7/7 Terror Attacks on London, England
07/11/2006 7/11/26 Mumbai train Bombings
12/27/2007 Assassination of Pakistani President Benazir Bhutto in Pakistan
11/26/2008 26/11 Terror Attacks in Mumbai (Bombay), India
03/03/2009 Sri Lankan Cricket Team Terror Attack in Pakistan
12/25/2009 Christmas Day Bomber
12/30/2009 CIA Terror Attack at Camo Chapman in Afghanistan
05/01/2010 New York City Times Square Bombing, USA
07/11/2010 7/11 World Cup Bombing in Uganda, Africa
02/06/2011 26/11 Super Bowl Attack, Arlington, Texas, USA?

Complete list of the terror attacks in Pakistan since 9/11:


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_terrorist_incidents_in_Pakistan_since_2001

Source: Wikipedia
Title/Headline: Pakistan And State Terrorism

Abstract: Many consider that Pakistan has been playing both sides in the US "War on Terror". Ahmed Rashid, a noted Pakistani
journalist, has accused Pakistan's ISI of providing help to the Taliban. Author Ted Galen Carpenter echoed that statement, stating that
Pakistan "...assisted rebel forces in Kashmir even though those groups have committed terrorist acts against civilians" Author
Gordon Thomas stated that whilst aiding in the capture of al-Qaeda members, Pakistan "still sponsored terrorist groups in the disputed
state of Kashmir, funding, training and arming them in their war on attrition against India." Journalist Stephen Schwartz notes that
several militant and criminal groups are "backed by senior officers in the Pakistani army, the country's ISI intelligence establishment and
other armed bodies of the state." According to one author, Daniel Byman, "Pakistan is probably today's most active sponsor of
terrorism." The Inter-Services Intelligence has often been accused of playing a role in major terrorist attacks across the world including
the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States, terrorism in Kashmir, Mumbai Train Bombings, London Bombings, Indian
Parliament Attack, Varnasi bombings, Hyderabad bombings and Mumbai terror attacks. The ISI is also accused of supporting Taliban
forces and recruiting and training mujahideen to fight in Afghanistan and Kashmir. Based on communication intercepts US intelligence
agencies concluded Pakistan's ISI was behind the attack on the Indian embassy in Kabul on July 7, 2008, a charge that the
governments of India and Afghanistan had laid previously. Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who has constantly reiterated
allegations that militants operating training camps in Pakistan have used it as a launch platform to attack targets in Afghanistan,
urged western military allies to target extremist hideouts in neighbouring Pakistan. When the United States, during the Clinton
administration, targeted al-Qaida camps in Afghanistan with cruise missiles, Slate reported that two officers of the ISI were killed.
Pakistan is accused of sheltering and training the Taliban in operations "which include soliciting funding for the Taliban,
bankrolling Taliban operations, providing diplomatic support as the Taliban's virtual emissaries abroad, arranging training for
Taliban fighters, recruiting skilled and unskilled manpower to serve in Taliban armies, planning and directing offensives,
providing and facilitating shipments of ammunition and fuel, and on several occasions apparently directly providing combat
support," as reported by Human Rights Watch (Wikipedia, 2010).

Date: December 11, 1994


Source: Wikipedia
Title/Headline: Philippine Airlines Flight 434

Abstract: On December 11, 1994, Philippine Airlines Flight 434 (PAL434, PR434) was the route designator of a flight from Ninoy
Aquino International Airport, Metro Manila, Philippines, to New Tokyo International Airport (now Narita International Airport), Narita
near Tokyo, Japan, with one stop at Mactan-Cebu International Airport, Cebu. The Boeing 747-283B was on the route from Cebu to
Tokyo, when a bomb, planted by Pakistani terrorist Ramzi Yousef, exploded, killing one passenger. Luckily, the captain of the flight,
an experienced veteran pilot, landed the aircraft, saving the plane and all the passengers and crew (Wikipedia, 2010).

Date: January 1995


Source: Wikipedia
Title/Headline: Bojinka Plot

Abstract: The Bojinka plot was a planned large-scale terrorist attack by Ramzi Yousef and Khalid Shaikh Mohammed to blow up
twelve airliners and their approximately 4,000 passengers as they flew from Asia to the United States. The term can also refer to a
combination of plots by Yousef and Mohammed to take place in January 1995, including a plot to assassinate Pope John Paul II and
crash a plane into the CIA headquarters in Fairfax County, Virginia, as well as the airline bombing plot. Despite careful planning and
the skill of Ramzi Yousef, the Bojinka plot was disrupted after a chemical fire drew Filipino police (PNP) attention on January 6 and
January 7, 1995. One person was killed in the course of the plot — a passenger seated near a nitroglycerin bomb on Philippine Airlines
Flight 434. Some lessons learned by the organisers of this plot were apparently used by the planners of the September 11 attacks. The
money handed down to the plotters originated from Al-Qaeda, the international Islamic jihadi organization then based in Sudan. He left
Manila for several days, but was met by Islamist emissaries upon his return to Metro Manila. They asked him to attack United States
President Bill Clinton, who was due to arrive in the Philippines on November 12, 1994 as part of a five-day tour of Asia. Yousef
thought of several ways to kill the president, including placing nuclear bombs on Clinton's motorcade route, firing a Stinger missile
at Air Force One or the presidential limousine, launching theater ballistic missiles at Manila and or killing him with phosgene, a
chemical weapon, which all of the plots are unlikely to happen to say the least wishful thinking. He abandoned the idea, as it would be
too difficult to kill the President. However, he incorporated his plan to kill the Pope into the Bojinka plot. Yousef's project was discovered
on four floppy disks and an off-white Toshiba laptop inside his apartment, two weeks before the plot would have been implemented.
Several encrypted files on the hard drive contained flight schedules, calculations of detonation times, and other items. The first string of
text in one of the files states, "All people who support the U.S. government are our targets in our future plans and that is because all
those people are responsible for their government's actions and they support the U.S. foreign policy and are satisfied with it. We
will hit all U.S. nuclear targets. If the U.S. government keeps supporting Israel, then we will continue to carry out operations inside
and outside the United States to include..." and the text ends (Wikipedia, 2010).

U.S. Embassy in Tanzania

Date: August 7, 1998


Source: Wikipedia
Title/Headline: 1998 United States Embassy Bombings

Abstract: The 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings occurred on August 7, 1998. Hundreds of people were killed in simultaneous truck bomb
explosions at the United States embassies in the major East African cities of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Nairobi, Kenya. The attacks,
linked to local members of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad brought Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri to the attention of the US public
for the first time, and resulted in the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation placing bin Laden on its Ten Most Wanted list. According to
Wikipedia, 8 of the 21 1998 Embassy Bombing suspects have intimate relations to Pakistan

 Osama Bin Laden: Allegedly hiding in Pakistan


 Ayman al Zawahiri: Thought to be in Pakistan
 Ahmed Mohammed Hamed Ali: In Pakistan prior to 1998 bombings
 Sheikh Ahmed Salim Swedan: Killed in Pakistan in 2009
 Muhsin Musa Matwalli Atwah, Killed in Pakistan in 2006
 Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah: Generally thought to be in Afghanistan or Pakistan
 Fahid Mohammed Ally Msalam: Killed in Pakistan in 2009
 Mustafa Mohamed Fadhil: Allegedly captured in Pakistan in 2004 (Wikipedia, 2010).

Mohamed Atta
Date: September 30, 2001
Source: Washington Post, ABC News
Title/Headline: Text: Joint Chiefs Chairman On ABC's 'This Week'

Abstract: Federal authorities have told ABC News they've now tracked more than $100,000 from banks in Pakistan to two banks in
Florida to accounts held by suspected 9/11 hijack ringleader Mohamed Atta. Time magazine is reporting that some of that money
came in the days just before the attack and can be traced directly to people connected to Osama bin Laden (Washington Post, 2001).

Date: October 6, 2001


Source: CNN
Title/Headline: Suspected Hijack Bankroller Freed By India In '99

Abstract: A senior level U.S. government source told CNN in October 2001 that U.S. investigators believed Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh
(Ahmed Umar Syed Sheikh), a long time [Pakistani] ISI asset, using the alias Mustafa Muhammad Ahmad, sent more than $100,000 from
Pakistan to Mohammed Atta, the suspected hijack ringleader of the September 11, 2001 attacks (CNN, 2001).

Date: December 22, 2001


Source: BBC
Title/Headline: Richard Reid (Shoe Bomber)

Abstract: Richard Colvin Reid (born August 12, 1973) commonly known as the shoe bomber, is a self-admitted member of al-
Qaeda who pled guilty in 2002 in U.S. federal court to eight criminal counts of terrorism stemming from his attempt to destroy a
commercial aircraft in-flight by detonating explosives hidden in his shoes. He is currently serving a life sentence without parole in a
super maximum security prison in the United States. His crime led to the new requirement of American airline passengers having to
remove their shoes for inspection before boarding a flight or entering an airline terminal. He spent 1999 and 2000 in Pakistan and
trained at a terrorist camp in Afghanistan, according to several informants. He may also have attended an anti-American religious
training center in Lahore, Pakistan as a follower of Mubarak Ali Gilani. During this time he met Saajid Badat. After his return Reid
set about obtaining duplicate passports from British government consulates abroad. Reid next resided at numerous places in Europe,
communicating via an address in Peshawar, Pakistan, a city known for its Al Qaeda connections. In July 2001, Reid flew to Israel,
passing through the El Al Airline's very tight security network, in what was possibly a test of his ability to pass through airport
security screening anywhere. He then moved to Amsterdam, living there from August 2001 through November 2001, working as a
dishwasher. Reid and Badat returned to Pakistan in November 2001, and reportedly traveled overland to Afghanistan. They were given
"shoe bombs", casual footwear adapted to be covertly smuggled onto aircraft before being used to destroy them. Later forensic analysis of
both bombs showed that they contained the same plastic explosive and that the respective lengths of detonator cord had come from
the same batch: indeed, the cut mark on Badat's cord matches exactly that on Reid's. The pair returned separately to Great Britain
in early December 2001. Reid went to Belgium for 10 days before catching a train to Paris on December 16. On December 21, 2001, Reid
attempted to board a flight from Paris, France to Miami, Florida, but his boarding was delayed because his disheveled physical
appearance aroused the suspicions of the airline passenger screeners. Reid also did not answer all of their questions, and had not
checked any luggage for the transatlantic flight. Additional screening by the French National Police resulted in Reid's being re-issued a
ticket for a flight on the following day. He returned to the Paris airport on December 22, 2001, and he boarded American Airlines
Flight 63 from Paris to Miami, wearing his special shoes packed with plastic explosives in their hollowed-out bottoms (BBC, 2001).

Date: March 4, 2003


Source: BBC
Title/Headline: US Says 9/11 Financier Caught

Abstract: On September 11th, 2001, the deadliest acts of terrorism on U.S. soil destroyed the World Trade Center, heavily damaged the
Pentagon and left thousands of Americans dead. A man captured with an alleged Al Qaeda mastermind in Pakistan helped to fund the
9/11 hijackers, US officials said. A man captured with an alleged al-Qaeda mastermind in Pakistan helped to fund the 11
September hijackers, US officials say. US media reports name the man as Mustafa Ahmed al-Hawsawi and say he could be another
important catch. Mr Hawsawi was arrested in the same pre-dawn raid by US and Pakistani forces which netted Khalid Sheikh
Mohammed and Abdul Qadus. Sheikh Mohammed - said to be a senior al-Qaeda leader - has been flown out of Pakistan, probably
to be interrogated at a US detention facility at Bagram air base in Afghanistan. US President George W Bush broke a public silence
on the Rawalpindi arrests on Tuesday, saying the action "struck a serious blow" against Osama Bin Laden's network. While Sheikh
Mohammed and Mr Qadus were named soon after they were captured, the third man was not identified beyond the fact that he was of
Middle Eastern origin. But US media have now quoted US intelligence officials as saying he is Mr Hawsawi. The Saudi-born Mr Hawsawi,
34, has been listed as a "supporting conspirator" for Zacarias Moussaoui, the alleged "20th hijacker" who was set to take part in the attacks
on New York and Washington.

In the charges against Mr Moussaoui, US officials allege that Mr Hawsawi:

 Opened bank account for Fayez Ahmed, who was one of the hijackers who flew the second plane into the World Trade Center
 Deposited money for the hijackers' use ‗
 Received refunds from hijackers including alleged ringleader Mohammad Atta in the days before the attacks
 Fled the United Arab Emirates for Pakistan on 11 September, 2001, the day of the attacks

Officials hope that the capture of Mr Hawsawi and Sheikh Mohammed, accused of planning the 11 September attacks, will help
them in their investigation as well as provide information on the whereabouts of Bin Laden and any sleeper cells in the US (BBC,
2003).

U.S.S. Cole Waleed bin Attash/Tawfiq Attash

Date: April 30, 2003


Source: Fox News
Title/Headline: Pakistan Nabs USS Cole Suspects, Five Others

Abstract: U.S. officials hailed as a "big catch" Wednesday the arrest of a man accused of masterminding the bombing of the USS
Cole and playing a leading role in the Sept. 11 terror attacks. Pakistani authorities captured Waleed bin Attash, also known as
Tawfiq Attash or just Khallad, who coordinated the activities of at least two of the hijackers who crashed into the Pentagon during
the Sept. 11 attacks, U.S. counterterrorism officials said. He is also one of two figures described as plotting the bombing of the U.S.
Navy destroyer on Oct. 12, 2000 in Yemen. Khallad was arrested along with five other Al Qaeda suspects Tuesday during raids in
the southern Pakistani city of Karachi. Pakistani and U.S. officials announced his capture Wednesday. President Bush described Khallad
as "one of the top Al Qaeda operatives" -- saying he ranked just below Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the captured No. 3 figure in the terror
network. Khallad is often described as one-legged but actually is missing his right foot. "He's a killer," Bush said of Khallad. "He is one
less person that people who love freedom have to worry about. ... It was a major, significant find." U.S. counterterrorism officials
described Khallad as among the top 10 Al Qaeda figures who remained at-large. "This is a big catch," said Brig. Javed Iqbal Cheema,
the head of Pakistan's counterterrorism unit. "I think he is very important." American and Pakistani officials said Khallad, a Yemeni
who also held Saudi citizenship, was active in plotting new terrorism. He will be interrogated by officials from both countries. "With these
arrests a major terrorist attack has been averted in Pakistan," said the country's interior minister, Saleh Faisal Hayyat. In the Cole
attack, two homicide bombers rammed an explosives-laden boat into the Cole in the Yemeni port of Aden, ripping a gaping hole in
the ship's hull and killing 17 sailors. The other alleged Cole mastermind, Al Qaeda's Persian Gulf operations chief Abd al-Rahim al-
Nashiri, was captured in November in the United Arab Emirates. Two other alleged lower-ranking organizers of the attack recently escaped
from a Yemeni prison. They were not believed to be among the six captured this week. Khallad had also planned an attack on another
Navy destroyer in Aden in early January 2000. That attack failed when the bomb boat sank under the weight of the explosives. U.S.
counterterrorism officials further described Khallad as the intermediary between alleged Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh
Mohammed and hijackers Khalid al-Mihdhar and Nawaf al-Hazmi. Mohammed was captured in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, in March.
In January 2000, Khallad met with the two eventual Sept. 11 hijackers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Fox News, 2010).

Date: February 6, 2004


Source: FBI
Title/Headline: The Long Arm Of The Law

Abstract: Ramzi Yousef, mastermind of the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center and other plots, was located and arrested in
Islamabad, Pakistan. According to the FBI, Yousef, who was born in Kuwait of Pakistani decent, was immediately flown back to New
York City, escorted by an FBI arrest team, and arraigned on charges relating to the World Trade Center bombing. Several months later,
Yousef was charged in the "Manila Air" bombing case. In January 1998, he was sentenced to serve 240 years, plus another life
sentence, in an American jail for his crimes. Ultimately, a sighting on a street in Pakistan was linked to bits of evidence in dozens of
other cities and countries. Pakistani police identified and arrested Yousef, then arranged for FBI Agents to take custody and leave
the country with the prisoner (FBI, 2004).

Date: March 11, 2004


Source: Wikipedia
Title/Headline: 3/11 Madrid Terror Attacks

Abstract: The Madrid train bombings consisted of a series of coordinated bombings against the Cercanías (commuter train) system of
Madrid, Spain on the morning of 11 March 2004 (three days before Spain's general elections), killing 191 people and wounding 1,800. The
official investigation by the Spanish Judiciary determined the attacks were directed by an al-Qaeda-inspired terrorist cell although no direct
al-Qaeda participation has been established. Spanish miners who did not carry out the attacks but who sold the explosives to the terrorists
were also arrested. On Saturday, 13 March [2004], when three Moroccans and two Pakistani muslims were arrested for the attacks,
it was confirmed that the attacks came from an Islamic group. Only one of the five persons (the Moroccan Jamal Zougam) detained that
day was finally prosecuted (Wikipedia, 2010).

Date: July 7, 2005


Source: Wikipedia
Title/Headline: 7 July 2005 London Bombings

Abstract: The 7 July 2005 London bombings (often referred to as 7/7) were a series of coordinated suicide attacks upon London's
public transport system during the morning rush hour. On that morning, four al-Qaeda associated militants detonated four bombs,
three on London Underground trains in quick succession, a fourth bomb exploding an hour later on a double-decker bus in
Tavistock Square. Fifty-two people in addition to the four bombers were killed in the attacks and around 700 were injured. The
explosions were caused by homemade, organic peroxide-based devices packed into rucksacks. The bombers were motivated by the
teachings of Osama bin Laden, opposition to British support of Saudi Arabia, and anger over Britain's involvement in the Iraq War. In
October 2010, an independent Coroner's Inquest into the bombings began. The Right Honourable Lady Justice Hallett D.B.E. has been
appointed to hear the Inquest which will report in 2011.

Mohammad Sidique Khan: Khan of Pakistani descent, detonated his bomb just after leaving Edgware Road and was heading for
Paddington, at 8:50 a.m. He lived in Beeston, Leeds with his wife and young child, where he worked as a learning mentor at a Primary
School. His blast killed 7 people, including himself.

Shehzad Tanweer: Tanweer of Pakistani descent, detonated his bomb travelling between Liverpool Street and Aldgate, at 8:50 a.m. He
lived in Leeds with his mother and father working in a fish-and-chip shop. His blast killed 8 people, including himself.

Germaine Lindsay: Jamaican-born Lindsay, detonated his bomb travelling between King's Cross St. Pancras and Russell Square, at 8:50
a.m. He lived in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire with his pregnant wife and young son. His blast killed 27 people, including himself.

Hasib Hussain: Hussain of Pakistani descent, detonated his bomb at Tavistock Square, at 9:47 a.m. He lived in Leeds with his brother and
sister-in-law. His blast killed 14 people, including himself (Wikipedia, 2010).

Please Google the free video Ripple Effect for a comprehensive look at 7/7…
Date: July 11, 2006
Source: Wikipedia
Title/Headline: 11 July 2006 Mumbai Train Bombings

Abstract: The 11 July 2006 Mumbai train bombings were a series of seven bomb blasts that took place over a period of 11 minutes
on the Suburban Railway in Mumbai , capital city of the Indian state of Maharashtra and the nation's financial capital. The bombs were
set off in pressure cookers on trains plying on the western line of the Suburban Railway network. 209 people lost their lives and
over 700 were injured. According to Mumbai Police, the bombings were carried out by Lashkar-e-Toiba and Students Islamic
Movement of India (SIMI) (Wikipedia, 2010).

Date: December 28, 2007


Source: Prison Planet
Title/Headline: Benazir Bhutto Said Osama Bin Laden Was Dead

Abstract: President of Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto asserted to David Frost that Osama bin Laden had been murdered by Omar
Sheikh, whom was once described as "no ordinary terrorist but a man who has connections that reach high into Pakistan's military
and intelligence elite and into the innermost circles" (Prison Planet, 2007).

Only days after the bin Laden is dead comment, the assassination and murder of Bhutto rocked Pakistan. It is widely suspected
that the CIA or Blackwater was responsible for the hit.

Date: May 2008


Source: Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution, Daniel L. Byman
Title/Headline: The Changing Nature Of State Sponsorship Of Terrorism

Abstract: The U.S. approach toward state sponsorship of terrorism rests on a flawed understanding of the problem and an even
more flawed policy response. The U.S. Department of State‘s current formal list of state sponsors includes Cuba, Iran, North Korea,
Sudan, and Syria. But Cuba and North Korea have done almost nothing in this area in recent years, and Sudan has changed its ways enough
that elsewhere the Bush administration credits Sudan as a ―strong partner in the War on Terror.‖ Of those on the list, only Syria and Iran
remain problems, and in both cases their involvement in traditional international terrorism is down considerably from their peaks in the
1980s. What seems like a brilliant policy success, however, is really an artifact of bad list management, because much of the
problem of state sponsorship today involves countries that are not on the list at all. Pakistan has long aided a range of terrorist
groups fighting against India in Kashmir and is a major sponsor of Taliban forces fighting the U.S.-backed government in
Afghanistan. Hugo Chavez‘s government in Venezuela is a major supporter of the FARC. And several other governments, such as those in
Iraq, Yemen and the Palestinian territories, create problems by deliberately looking the other way when their citizens back terrorist groups.
These new state sponsors are actually more dangerous to the United States and its interests than the remaining traditional state
sponsors, because some of them are tied to Sunni jihadist groups such as al-Qa‗ida— currently the greatest terrorist threat facing
the United States. The nightmare of a terrorist group acquiring nuclear weapons is far more likely to involve Pakistan than it is Iran
or North Korea. The new state sponsors can also be harder to deal with than the old ones, not least because they often have a more
complicated relationship with terrorists. In many cases, the government in question does not actively train or arm the terrorist group,
but rather lets it act with relative impunity— an approach that, in practice, allows the government to claim ignorance or
incapacity. Thus it can be hard to distinguish between Yemen‘s willful inaction and cases like Jordan, where terrorist cells also operate but
do so despite a fierce regime counterterrorism campaign. Many of the new sponsors are also U.S. allies. And some cooperate, albeit
fitfully, with the U.S. war on terrorism even as they surreptitiously allow terrorists to operate from their soil. Because of this complexity,
the answer to the problem does not lie only in updating the State Department‘s state sponsorship list to reflect current
relationships—swapping out Cuba for Venezuela, say, or replacing North Korea with Pakistan. The very concept of a binary list,
with countries either on it or off, is flawed and often does more harm to U.S. interests than good. Once a country is listed it is hard to
remove even if it does not support terrorism (as Sudan has found out), and the list provides little incentive for partial or incomplete
counterterrorism cooperation (which is all several countries are realistically likely to give). So what Washington should really do is adopt a
new approach that recognizes the complex nature of state sponsorship today.
The first step should be to forge an international consensus on a broad definition of what constitutes state sponsorship—a
definition that encompasses not only errors of commission, such as arming and training groups, but also errors of omission, such as
unwillingness to stop terrorist fundraising and recruitment.

Introduction: State support remains one of the deadliest and most important aspects of terrorism. However, the identity and nature of state
sponsors of terrorism has changed considerably in recent years. As a result, the United States must modify its efforts to fight this deadly
scourge. The U.S. Department of State identifies the following countries as state sponsors of terrorism: Cuba, Iran, North Korea,
Sudan, and Syria. Notably, Libya was removed from the state sponsors list after having been on the list since its inception. This list,
however, misstates and understates the problem. The most important omission is Pakistan, which has long supported a range of
terrorist groups fighting against India in Kashmir and is a major sponsor of Taliban forces fighting the U.S.-backed government in
Afghanistan. Further complicating this picture are the issues of passive sponsors and quasi-independent parts of governments that may act
without authorization from senior leaders. In Saudi Arabia, for example, parts of the clerical establishment raise money for anti-Shi‘i and
anti- U.S. Sunni radicals in Iraq even as the Saudi Arabian government fights against similar groups within the kingdom. In Iraq, areas of
the country are a haven for terrorist groups due to a lack of government capacity, while in Iraqi Kurdistan, the Partiya Karkerên Kurdistan
(Kurdistan Workers‘ Party), the terrorist group which fights Turkey, operates with at least the toleration, if not the approval, of the Kurdish
authorities.4 Yemen has cracked down on terrorists opposing its government there but is more tolerant when these groups operate abroad.
Some observers contend that in some countries key state agencies often operate without the full approval of their governments. Such
passive and quasi-independent sponsors are arguably more dangerous to the United States than are traditional sponsors because
some of them are tied to jihadist groups such as al-Qa‗ida, which are currently the greatest terrorist threat to the United States. In
addition, the U.S. toolkit for such sponsors is less robust than it is for traditional sponsors like Iran and Syria. Coercing such rogue regimes
is difficult, but analysts and policymakers have considered these issues for years, while the intellectual arsenal for confronting passive
sponsors has not been well developed. Given the direct al-Qa‗ida danger, it is not surprising that the United States has embarked on
a major campaign against state sponsored terrorism as part of the overall ―global war on terrorism.‖

Pakistan: Pakistan is perhaps the world‘s most active sponsor of terrorist groups—sponsorship that includes aiding groups that
pose a direct threat to the United States. In its support, Pakistan spans the range of categories listed in the preceding section:
actively backing some groups, maintaining contacts with others, turning a blind eye to yet more groups, and in some cases lacking
the capacity to shut down radicalism it opposes. In addition, support for terrorism in Pakistan is a broadbased activity, involving an array
of government and non-state actors. Islamabad has long worked with many different groups linked to jihadists in its fight to wrest
Kashmir from India. In this fight, Pakistan worked with groups such as Lashkar-e Tayyaba (LeT), Jaish-e Muhammad and
Harakat ul-Mujahedin to train jihadists to fight in Kashmir. Many of these groups were temporarily banned or forced to change
their names in response to U.S. pressure after 9/11. Nonetheless, they or their successors remain active with Pakistani government
support. Pakistan played an instrumental role in the creation and advancement of the Taliban in the 1990s, with the Pakistani
Army and the ISI working closely with the Taliban at all levels. In addition, support for fighters in Afghanistan was one of the main
reasons for the creation of LeT, and this was done with the assistance of Osama bin Laden himself. In response to extremely heavy U.S.
pressure, Pakistani President Pervez Musharaff supposedly cut ties to the Taliban after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The Karzai
government of Afghanistan claims that the Pakistani Army and ISI still back the Taliban: a charge that the Taliban and Pakistan
deny. Yet this denial rings false.

Several observations support the view that Pakistan is a major backer of the Taliban and other groups fighting the Karzai
government:

 Before 9/11, Pakistan‘s ties to the Taliban were extensive and well-documented;
 The Taliban‘s leadership today is based in Pashtun areas of Pakistan. Similarly the forces of Hizb-e Islami led by Gulbuddin
Hekmatyar, who in 2006 declared that he would fight under al-Qa‗ida‘s banner, have a significant presence in several areas in
Pakistan;
 NATO commanders report that Pakistan‘s efforts to police its border with Afghanistan are at best half-hearted;
 Pakistan‘s official bans on radical groups linked to the Taliban such as LeT were not followed up with serious enforcement. LeT,
for example, still runs a massive charity, hundreds of schools, and has hundreds of offices in the country;
 Pakistani recruits are often found in the ranks of the Taliban and other groups; and
 Attacks are often planned from and organized in Pakistan.

One hub for radical and terrorist activity is the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), which became a major haven for the
Taliban after they fell from power in 2001. In addition to the Taliban, other militant groups like Hizb-e Islami and foreign jihadists
with ties to al-Qa‗ida operate out of FATA. Pakistan‘s support for groups like the Taliban is done in part by non-state actors
affiliated with the government. For example, the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islami of Fazlur Rehman (JUI-F), a political and religious group that
calls for religious government and endorses many militant Islamist positions, has a locus of power in both Baluchistan and the Northwest
Frontier Province using its official position to advance and openly back the Taliban. JUI-F and the Taliban both share an ideology that
draws upon the traditions of Deobandism. In addition to non-state actors like JUI-F, al-Qa‗ida also has ties to other religious
leaders, smuggling organizations, and individuals in the security services. The Pakistani government directly and indirectly
supports these associations. It works with JUI-F against its secular Baluchi and Pashtun opponents (many of whom are tribal
leaders or nationalist figures), and JUI-F‘s activities in support of the jihadist movement in general are both tolerated and at times
exploited. Allowing the JUI-F to do the ―dirty work‖ of supporting the Taliban and other groups helps the government ensure strong
relations with a key political ally and gives the government a degree of deniability. One cost of this ―outsourcing‖ of terrorism to
nonstate actors is that these actors have their own agendas that differ considerably from those of the Pakistani government.
Groups like the JUI-F, for example, also have extensive ties to an array of jihadists who in addition to fighting in Afghanistan and
Kashmir, are also engaged in various struggles throughout the Muslim world. Individuals linked to the JUI-F provide training,
networking, financing, and other services for various jihadists writ large, even though many of these jihadists also violently oppose
the government of Pakistan. Indeed, Musharraf has suffered at least seven assassination attempts, several of which nearly succeeded.
Moreover, manyn jihadist activities in Pakistan, particularly jihadist sectarian killings and attacks of army forces, go directly against the
Musharraf government‘s strategic interest and domestic power base. An even trickier question is the degree to which the ISI and parts
of the military are backing the Taliban and various jihadist groups in defiance of their own government‘s wishes. The ISI is
reported to channel resources to various Islamist groups, tip them off about government counterterrorism actions, and look the
other way as they recruit and raise money. Indian officials also claim that the ISI has played a major role in attacks such as the
July 2006 bombing in Mumbai. Such support is particularly complex, as support forthe Taliban and groups fighting in Kashmir appears to
be official Pakistani policy, while support for the core group of jihadists around bin Laden that comprise the heart of al-Qa‗ida does not. Is
the ISI acting on behalf of the Pakistani government or in defiance of it? Former U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan William Milam
claims that the ISI is firmly under Musharaff ‘s control. Other officials echo this point, noting that painting the ISI as a ―rogue‖
agency helps the Musharaff government maintain Western goodwill even as it backs anti-Western causes. In addition, Musharraf
replaced several leaders of the ISI in the years after 9/11, putting loyalists into the most senior ranks. The reality becomes murkier at
lower levels, as some officials are undoubtedly sympathetic to the jihadists. A less immediate but potentially greater long-term
concern, is the various schools, both religious and state in particular, that breed anti-U.S. extremism. Despite repeated Pakistani
promises to control madrassahs and turn them away from jihadist groups, their number has grown since 9/11, and many schools
have not registered with the government. Some of the schools openly encourage recruits to join jihadist organizations, but the greater
problem is that they breed sectarianism. Many have curricula that harshly criticize Shi‘i, Sufi, and other, more moderate Sunni
(including non-violent salafi) interpretations of Islam. In addition to teaching their students messages of hate, they also have
newspapers, websites, and other forms of dissemination that seek to indoctrinate a broader audience. Unfortunately, the vast
majority of U.S. attention has focused on religious schools, while much of the public education system is free to preach hostility to
the United States. Indeed, one recent study finds that only one percent of fulltime student enrollments are in religious schools. The
motivations for Pakistan‘s support are mixed; strategic ambition, domestic politics, and incapacity all play a role. Traditionally
Pakistan backed groups in Afghanistan for strategic reasons (many of them rather far-fetched). These range from concern about
Afghan irredentism to a desire for strategic depth in the event of a conventional military conflict against India. For many years,
support for terrorist and insurgent movements proved effective in stoking militancy in Kashmir, preventing the region from being
incorporated into India and tying down large numbers of Indian forces. Today in Afghanistan, backing the Taliban also gives Islamabad
tremendous leverage over a neighbor whose politics are often tied to that of Pakistan. A further motivation for Musharraf and successor
governments is political survival. The Musharraf administration, bereft of support from the traditional secular political parties,
has reached out to Islamist parties. These parties back terrorists and other radical forces in Kashmir and the Taliban in
Afghanistan. The Taliban and many jihadist-oriented parties are supported by significant large segments of the Pakistani
population, as are many groups fighting in Kashmir. Moreover, anything that smacks of cooperation with Washington is
unpopular. Thus even the ascendant secular parties will be hesitant to engage in a crackdown. Incapacity is also a genuine concern. FATA,
for example, has always had loose administration. In FATA, militants have killed hundreds of military and security service personnel as
well as civilian government officials. Militants have also inflicted heavy losses on the army in other parts of Pakistan. As a result,
parts of the army suffer poor morale, and discipline is breaking down. The Pakistani government‘s outsourcing of support for
terrorism has over time enabled various domestic Islamist groups to become stronger politically. For example, the Musharraf ‘s
government‘s support for a major JUI-F role in the Baluchistan government has enabled JUI-F to channel provincial government resources
to radical madrassahs that the group runs. Increasingly, JUI-F is a major player in Baluchistan with the result being that the Pakistani
central government treats it more as partner than proxy. On a societal level, Pakistan‘s support for various radical groups has
increased the ―Talibanization‖ of Pakistan. The dozens of small foreign jihadist groups, as well as the large cadre of Taliban, have
cross-fertilized with various Islamist groups in Pakistan producing a dangerous mix of organization, political ambition, and
violence. Militants in Pakistan openly raise money and issue propaganda in support of jihadist causes. In parts of FATA and North
and South Waziristan, Talibanstyle social policies such as banning music and closing barbershops are common. Sectarianism in Pakistan
has also grown, with Sunni militants targeting an array of Shi‘i elites as well as Sunnis who do not fully embrace their cause. U.S. pressure
in the immediate aftermath of 9/11 led the Pakistani government to focus on uprooting al Qa‗ida-linked individuals, but little cooperation
occurred on the Taliban. At times the Musharraf government will arrest Taliban members, but only under great pressure and only
lower-level members. In recent years, arrests of senior al-Qa‗ida figures have dried up even as most observers believe the
organization has reconstituted its core in parts of Pakistan.

Conclusion: As the above review suggests, a large and growing problem for the United States is passive sponsorship of terrorism.
Only recently have U.S. officials begun to focus on this problem. The lack of attention is far more profound overseas. Even in many
Western countries, efforts focus almost entirely on issues of overt support, even though passive sponsorship can often be far more
important to a group‘s success. This is particularly so for the jihadist movement, which today does not enjoy any direct overt
sponsorship but relies heavily on toleration or even complicity from several governments. Preventive action is vital. Setting standards
early can stop groups from getting a toehold into different societies, reducing their influence and making governments both more capable—
and more willing—to halt their activities. Effective policy can limit the scope and frequency of state sponsorship—but it will not stop
the problem completely. States have many reasons to back terrorists, and the United States can affect their calculations, but some
will disregard U.S. pressure while others will develop even more devious ways of avoiding it (Byman, 2008).
Date: November 13, 2008
Source: The Atlantic Council, James Joyner
Title/Headline: Every Major Terrorist Threat Has Ties To Pakistan

Abstract: CIA Director Michael Hayden told the Atlantic Council this afternoon that al Qaeda's safe haven in Pakistan's
ungoverned tribal areas have provided a "sanctuary" that has "allowed it to recover some capacity lost when expelled from
Afghanistan" nearly seven years ago. It has developed a "close, co-dependent relationship with Pashtun extremist and separatist groups"
through very careful exploitation of cultural norms, respect for tribal leaders and, increasingly, intermarriage. "Let me be very clear,"
Hayden said, "Today, virtually every major terrorist threat that my agency is aware of has threads back to the tribal areas." He
stressed, however, that this is a complex situation. While the problem looks easy from thousands of miles away, it's extremely difficult up
close because of the tribal issues. Hayden believes the Pakistani government has been extraordinarily helpful in responding to this
challenge. Their plan, which they started to implement in 2006, to slowly expand their reach over the FATA would have been wise
and far-reaching were it not for the extreme urgency of the threat. Further, we've killed and captured more top al Qaeda
operatives with the support of the Pakistani security forces than anywhere else in the world. What remains unclear, however, is what
the end game is. Al Qaeda was chased out of Yemen in the 1990s only to reconstitute in Afghanistan. It was run out of Afghanistan in
2001, only to disperse, setting up a rump headquarters in Pakistan and declare Iraq the "central front" of its effort. Hayden today declared
that al Qaeda in Iraq was "on the verge of strategic defeat" but that we're now facing the inevitable "bleed out problem," with its
forces deploying elsewhere. Where, then, does it stop? Or is this simply a case, to use an analogy that Hayden employed in a
different part of his talk, a case of "perpetual penalty kicks?" Hayden closed his appearance by noting, quite simply, that the
intelligence business is very hard. Questions to which the answers are known with a high degree of confidence don't even get to his
level. Instead, he has to deal with things "somewhere between a mystery and an enigma." Graded on a curve, the intelligence
community is doing quite well. Unfortunately, graded on an absolute scale, it "always fails." Perhaps the answer to the question
comes from another observation that Hayden made later in his remarks. After outlining progress that has been made against al Qaeda
and its allies on various regional fronts, including Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, and the Philippines, he observed that the key battle was on
the "ideological front," which he termed "the deep fight." He believes that the last year has provided "clear and mounting evidence"
that we're winning here because "authentic voices" -- respected Muslim leaders -- are speaking out against the "un-Islamic"
barbarity of al Qaeda. The upshot of this is that it "can only subsist beyond the reach of civilization and the rule of law." Presumably,
then, we will win this battle by gradually eliminating such places. Needless to say, we have a long way to go (Joyner, 2008).

Date: November 26, 2008


Source: The New York Times
Title/Headline: 2008 Mumbai Attacks

Abstract: The 2008 Mumbai attacks (often referred to as November 26th or 26/11) were more than 10 coordinated shooting and
bombing attacks across Mumbai, India's largest city, by Islamic terrorists from Pakistan. The attacks, which drew widespread
global condemnation, began on 26 November 2008 and lasted until 29 November, killing at least 175 people and wounding at least
308. Eight of the attacks occurred in South Mumbai: at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, the Oberoi Trident, the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower,
Leopold Cafe, Cama Hospital (a women and children's hospital), Nariman House, the Metro Cinema, and a lane behind the Times of India
building and St. Xavier's College. There was also an explosion at Mazagaon, in Mumbai's port area, and in a taxi at Vile Parle. By the early
morning of 28 November, all sites except for the Taj hotel had been secured by Mumbai Police and security forces. An action by India's
National Security Guards (NSG) on 29 November (the action is officially named Operation Black Tornado) resulted in the death of
the last remaining attackers at the Taj hotel, ending all fighting in the attacks. Ajmal Kasab, the only attacker who was captured
alive, disclosed that the attackers were members of Lashkar-e-Taiba, the Pakistan-based militant organisation, considered a
terrorist organisation by India, Pakistan, the United States, the United Kingdom, and the United Nations, among others. The
Indian government said that the attackers came from Pakistan, and their controllers were in Pakistan. On 7 January 2009, after
more than a month of denying the nationality of the attackers, Pakistan's Information Minister Sherry Rehman officially accepted Ajmal
Kasab's nationality as Pakistani. On 12 February 2009, Pakistan's Interior Minister Rehman Malik, in a televised news briefing,
confirmed that parts of the attack had been planned in Pakistan and said that six people, including the alleged mastermind, were
being held in connection with the attacks. A trial court on 6 May 2010 sentenced Ajmal Kasab to death on five counts (Wikipedia,
2010).

Date: December 3, 2008


Source: Thaindian News
Title/Headline: Next Terrorist Attack Against US Will Originate From Pakistan

Abstract: A top U.S. Congressional panel described Pakistan as ―the intersection of nuclear weapons and terrorism,‖ the next
terror attack on America is likely to originate in its ally‘s tribal areas. While observing that Pakistan is a U.S. ally, the commission
on weapon of mass destruction (WMD) and terrorism said ―the next terrorist attack against the United States is likely to originate
from within the Federally Administered Tribal Areas‖ in Pakistan. The U.S. says the tribal areas in northwest Pakistan, where the
government exerts little control, are a haven for militants from both Pakistan and neighboring Afghanistan. It warned that there is a threat
of nuclear terrorism, both because more countries are developing nuclear weapons and because some existing nuclear powers are
expanding their arsenals. ―Terrorist organizations are intent on acquiring nuclear weapons,‖ said the report. It cited testimony
before the commission from former Senator Sam Nunn, who said that the ―risk of a nuclear weapon being used today is growing,
not receding.‖ The commission was created in line with a recommendation from the 9/11 Commission on the September 11th, 2001,
terrorist attacks on the US. But terrorists are likely to use a weapon of mass destruction somewhere in the world in the next five years,
former Senator Bob Graham, chairman of the commission stated to CNN (Thaindian, 2008).

Date: December 12, 2008


Source: Prison Planet
Title/Headline: Alex Jones Interviews Lt. Gen. Hamid Gul [Excerpt]

Abstract:

Alex Jones: Well, ladies & gentlemen, out of the gates, we have Gen. Hamid Gul, and of course he was the head of
Pakistani intelligence ISI back in the 1980‘s, he went on CNN on Sunday night on one of their international
programs and talked about the fact that he believed 9/11 was an inside job, and that the Mumbai attacks,
formerly Bombay, were also an inside job. As you know, we have detailed that that was a False Flag attack,
carried out by western intelligence, clearly, in India, as a pretext to start World War III between the two
nations. There were also calls, the Pakistani government said were officially made, confirmed with the phone records, from the Indian
Foreign Ministry, saying ―we are going to attack you‖, attempting to trick the Pakistanis
into launching some type of attack, and that almost happened. So, for the next thirty minutes I‘m very honored to be
joined by Gen. Hamid Gul, and General, joining us from Pakistan, thank you so much for coming on with us today.

Hamid Gul: Well, at the moment, we have to look at this human — great human tragedy that took place in Bombay. I sympathize with
India; they‘ve been rocked very badly. And their response was a bit nervous. They want to go to war with Pakistan if Pakistan
does not behave or does not hand over whoever they want from us. They have given a list of people. But I think that there has
been a long record of the Indians accusing Pakistan whenever something like this happens, and in the past they have turned out to be
every time wrong. Of course Pakistan is willing to cooperate. And I think that is a very good position that President Zardari has
taken, that ―you provide the evidence and we will try them out; we will arrest them we will put them to trial, and you can come
and watch, see, and let the international cameras come and see. And there shall be a transparent, open trial, and if that does
not satisfy you, then what else will?‖ So, this is the situation where we stand today: there is an ominous tack from India, and
America seems to be partly patting them on the back, and asking Pakistan to do whatever India is demanding. Now this is an unfair
position, because India is not like America. America demanded from Pakistan back in — after 9/11 to cooperate and hand over
anybody that Pakistan could lay their hands on. Seven hundred or so people were caught in Pakistan, they were sent to
Guantanamo Bay, to Baghram and to Kandahar jail. And nothing came out — Khalid Sheikh Mohammad was the only one who
was tried in that case: all others have been let off. So, to get innocent people like that, just because you accuse them, and you
don‘t even provide the evidence, you pick them up and shove them in jails, this is not on [misses ]. I think that this belittles the
values that particularly democracies uphold, and they talk so much about. And so I think that my son-in-law putted it good
enough, and today Pakistan backed down on some of the defunct organizations — in fact these were banned in the year 2002,
immediately after 9/11, but there could be some maverick elements among them who would still — I won‘t rule out, could carry out
uhhh [bumper music begins in background]— in — uh, on their own or in conjunction with some other forces [―partic‖??] that kind
of atrocities. But we have to wait and see, how it goes.

Alex Jones: Reading from Wikipedia, ―General Hamid Gul, served as director general of Pakistan‘s Inter Service Intelligence, ISI,
during ‗87-‗89, mainly in the time when Benazir Bhutto was Prime Minister of Pakistan. He was instrumental in the anti-
Soviet support of the mujahideen in the Afghan War, ‘79 to ‗89, a pivotal time during the Cold War, and the estab — ― and it
goes on. And we have him on line with us. We of course yesterday played the CNN, uh, TV interview that he did. This is live, and is
not edited. Going back to him in Pakistan we‘ve tried three different lines, this is the best one we have, we apologize our audio is not
very loud to him, not very audible, and his back to us is very, very broken up. But we nevertheless have him joining us, we‘re very
thankful. Uh, sir, continuing, on the CNN program, at least what they edited you to say, you talked about 9/11, the evidence
being that nine eleven was an inside job, and the attacks in Bombay, now Mumbai, of a few weeks ago, that the evidence was, it
was an inside job. Can you go over the evidence that you believe that these were False Flag events, sir, and why these False
Flag events are being staged.

Hamid Gul: Are you talking about 9/11?

Alex Jones: Yes, sir.

Hamid Gul: Well, I have my own reasons, you know, Rod Nordland was the CNN reporter here, I think he was based in Islamabad at that
time, and he came to me immediately after 9/11, and his version that, uh, that I put out, it was given to the Newsweek, and
unfortunately it was blocked, but it appeared on the internet, on the website of the Newsweek. And you can see it, I think it is dated
16th or 17th of September, 2001. [Note: the article is Prejudice In Pakistan: Why Is Islamabad Reluctant To Pressure Neighboring
Afghanistan Into Turning Over Osama Bin Laden?, by Rod Nordland, dated 9/14/2001].

And in that I had said the same thing, and I still maintain that that‘s my position. I have [―seven‖??] reasons for it:
A. That 9/11 took place on the American soil, not a single person has been caught inside America, even though for doing
such a job I think a huge amount of logistic support is required in the area where such operation is carried out.

B. Secondly, the air traffic control, when they saw the four aircraft were changing direction — going from east coast to west
coast where they were headed, they started traveling in different directions. And it is quite amazing that for a very long
period of time the air traffic control did not report this, nor did the US Air Force act in time. If,, one were to calculate from
the first flight, when it took off from Logan, till the first aircraft, and the solitary aircraft that took off was an F16 that took
off from Langley, which is CIA headquarters, instead of one of the operational bases. So many of them are available in that
area. And then a single aircraft never takes off, because we have been told that whenever the aircraft scramble they
scramble in twos. And the time that it took was enormous. It took a hundred and twelve [112] minutes! A hundred
twelve minutes is a very long time in which to react. Was the US Air Force sleeping? And if it was sleeping, which heads
will roll?

C. Second [NB: his third point] it was a huge intelligence failure, and no heads have been rolled, nobody has been taken to task,
not a single person has resigned for this.

D. Thirdly, the air traffic control should have been rehashed, they should have been turned inside out, but nothing of the sort
happened.

E. And finally, how come this is a coincidence that all transponders did not work, and it is not possible — and the direction is
changed and it is not noticed?

F. Secondly, the US Air Force has the ability, because in the past whenever a plane has been hijacked, the record is that
within seven minutes the US aircraft has been on the wing of the hijacked aircraft. In this case it — uh, it did not
happen. The US alert system is so high, and it is so sophisticated, that if a missile were to take off from Moscow, and were
to head toward New York, it takes about eighty minutes. And the US Air Force, and the missile systems, is supposed to
intercept it within nine minutes — that means only Atlantic: around the Pacific it must stop that missile from coming in. The
system is in place, but it didn‘t work, and nobody tried to question this.

G. Lastly, no inquiry has so far been held formally into the incident, and the whole world has been turned upside down,
so many people have been killed, the American economy is going into a meltdown, and everything is gone wrong with
the world, and yet no formal inquiry has been ordered by the US government. So I really don‘t know. There are so
many questions which hang in the balance.

H. And then to top it all, they say that [Obama Hamodu??(Hani Hanjour)] took the training by light aircraft in the army for six
months, he could have maneuvered a jumbo 745 — uh, 757 from a height where it was traveling — that height was 9,000,
and it came within seconds to a height of 1000, and then went straight into its target. Now this is not possible for a person
who has been trained on a light aircraft to be able to do this.

Alex Jones: Yes, sir.

Hamid Gul: And there is no mention of the second aircraft, and so there are a number of things which remain unanswered.

Alex Jones: Yes, sir.

Hamid Gul: Whenever the journalists come, and visit me here, and I ask them these questions, that ―why haven‘t you taken the
answers about this?‖, and they say that ―Patriotic Act comes in the way‖, and we are not supposed to ask that question‖.

Alex Jones: General — we are talking to General Hamid Gul, the former head of Pakistani ISI, during the key period of fighting the
Russians, he was also, before he was the head of ISI, one of the chiefs according to our media, running operations against the
Russians. And of course working with the United States closely, as well as the Saudi Arabians, and the British. Y‘know, if that‘s
incorrect, correct me. Uh, General Gul, what are the motives? We have the PNAC, with Dick Cheney saying we need a Pearl
Harbor event, we have 44,000 US troops massing in Tajikistan and Uzbekistan in the days before 9/11, we have Bush on
September 10, Newsweek reported ordering the launch of attacks the next week, we have, of course, the buildings being blown
up with explosives, and all of the witnesses to that, now the government admits that Building 7 did fall in freefall, was not hit
by a plane — specifically, sir, motives. Why would the Military Industrial Complex controlling the United States, why would they
stage a 9/11 attack?

Hamid Gul: They had to keep the Chinese off from getting into the Middle East, they had to lay their hands on the energy tap of
the world, which presently lies in the Middle East, but in future it will be in Central Asia, and so Afghanistan is the gateway to
Central Asia, and finally to suppress any resistance, particularly which could threaten the state of Israel. Now that is where
they, instead of pursuing the American objectives, they started pursuing the Israeli objectives, and that is where they went
wrong. You have to pick out a single aim, that is the first principle of war, and I don‘t know why the generals and the politicians of
America, they could be so naïve and so ignorant, that they started mixing aims, and they went into this war, without a buildup, without
particular preparation, and without the American support behind them. Because if they had gone to war, and asked for the support of
the American people, they would never given them their support. So they had to create a pretext, and this was the pretext that they
created.

Alex Jones: Well, General —

Hamid Gul: And for that it will have to disengage externally.

Alex Jones: General — as you know, in the last three months, before Obama was even elected, he said Pakistan and Afghanistan would be
his main focus. The strikes inside Pakistan — it‘s clear that his change means what Zbigniew Brzezinski wants, shifting — uh,
what the RAND Corporation has said they want, shifting the war out of the Middle East into Central Asia. So I believe the
change is gonna be these provocations. Look at the NeoCons, with Israeli and NATO-backed forces launching the sneak
attack on the Russian held South Ossetia on 8/8/8. So it appears they are trying to launch a major — uh, larger than a theater
war, as the RAND Corporation said a month ago, they want a major new war.

Hamid Gul: Yes, indeed you‘re right, because this is an old theory, [weet ul josaperry??] theory, first put out by MacKinder and then by
Mahan, who was an admiral in the US Navy, that this is the rimland, you‘ve got to first control the rimland in Asia before you can
strike in the heartland of Asia. So this heartland/rimland thing, I think it tricked into the story —

Alex Jones: So that‘s why they need proxies like India to destabilize the region for the encirclement of Russia, and of course China,
blocking those pipelines. Now, sir, in the time we‘ve got left, you worked with the United States and Saudi Arabia, with Israel, or at
least Pakistan did, fighting the Russian invasion. Uh, of course, if these reports are incorrect, correct me, but you were one of the
main commanders helping the mujahideen. You were the head of Pakistani intelligence right at the time you had the victory against
the Russians. It is reported here that al-Qaeda was founded by the new Secretary of Defense Gates and Zbigniew Brzezinski,
uh, or, or that they were the Wahabist fighting corps, and that they are now being used to try to bring down the Pakistani
government and to try to stage attacks inside India. So can you speak with your particular expertise to that, and then, also the
fact that they are now trying to list you as a terrorist, and then thirdly, did you ever meet Osama bin Laden? Is Osama bin
Laden dead many years ago of kidney failure, as Benazir Bhutto said?

Hamid Gul: Well, uh, I was actually in charge of operations against the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, and the Americans were
providing the logistic support, and the Saudis were sharing one half of the budget for this war. And it was a cheap war because in all
— there was uh ten years that we were fighting the Russians, we spent not more than five billion dollars out of the American
exchequers. So it was a very cheap war for the Americans to have defeated the Russians and rid the whole of the West of this Red
Menace that they used to call. So, at that time, Osama bin Laden and his, uh colleagues, they were admired and romanticised by
the CIA operators. I had never met him then. I had nothing to do with him, because I was only busy training the
Afghans. We had to win a war, we had a task on our hands, it was a very big task, and we were so occupied with the training
only the Afghans. No other nation was trained by the ISI. I can vouch on that. Not a single person, not even a Pakistani was
trained by them. Osama bin Laden was — you know, I — had never met him, but to the — these people used to come and talk
glowingly about him. I met Osama bin Laden after my retirement from the army, in 1993 December in Khartoum, and then
again in year, uh, 1994 November when I was went — I was there invited by a Hassan bin-Turabi to an international
conference, and during that conference, Osama invited us to a banquet. And it was all in an open place, and, uh, where there
were many other people present. I, uh, he struck me as a pretty normal human being, not the bloodthirsty animal that he is being
presented by the CIA now. At that time no conversation between him and me took place. I don‘t know whether he‘s living or
dead. But so far Ayman — Ayman al-Zawahiri has been given — eh, representing him in various interviews of Osama that have been
put out. So one doesn‘t really know. But the last interview, which was a voice interview, in that the CIA and the other US intelligence
agencies authenticated that it was Osama‘s voice. So one doesn‘t really know whether he is living or dead.

Alex Jones: Well, sir —

Hamid Gul: But even if he is not living, he is a symbol. Al-Qaeda is a franchise. Whoever created that, and for whatever reason
they created, I think it wasn‘t there until 1996 when he was lodged in Khartoum. Later on he was —

Alex Jones: General —

Hamid Gul: — invited by [later Afghan President] Burhanuddin Rabbani, who is now part of the Northern Alliance in Kabul, and he
came over and he set up his headquarters in a place called Tora Bora near Jalalabad. But, uhhh, that‘s where one started hearing of
al-Qaeda and the activities

Alex Jones: Yes.

Hamid Gul: Of Osama bin-Laden.

Alex Jones: General, I need to — in the time left here because we‘ve only got a few minutes left with you here — uh, maybe five minutes
and then we‘re going to break and I don‘t want to keep you any longer — we can perhaps have you back in the future. Specifically,
though, we know his CIA control name was Tim Osman, we know he was the bagman for a lot of the Saudi money and the
Israeli money going in, I know that was compartmentalized and separate from Pakistani intelligence, from what I‘ve read
from different perspectives and US intelligence. So — so I believe you. My whole point here is — is that al-Qaeda — al-CIAda
didn‘t carry out the attacks of 9/11 as you yourself have said. His first interview said that he didn‘t do it. Then they produced
these computer-morphed videos and fake audios that have been checked. And the Intel Center, headed up by Rumsfeld‘s former
lieutenant, the private group was caught putting the same video layer in with the original video. So it‘s been proven that they‘re
creating these fake videos.

Hamid Gul: There is no doubt about it, that this video which was put out in November by George Bush and — and said this was
Osama bin-Laden and was high cheekboned like the mongoloid features, he wasn‘t as tall as Osama bin-Laden was. And one
could clearly make out that this was doctored, and had been created on purpose to justify the attack on Afghanistan. I think there are
many things which are going wrong are being done on the behest of the government by the CIA which are not correct. The CIA used
to be good when they were working with us. But I don‘t know what happened thereafter. I think it was overarching ambition.

Alex Jones: General: as you know, in the time we have left, they have over four hundred nukes, they have total dominance, no one
could attack them with nukes, they have the anti-missile defense systems. I believe it‘s a red herring that they want to start
World War III, uh, for their ―safety‖. It‘s World War III that will destroy Israel.

Hamid Gul: Yes, indeed, and I think this 2006 September experience, I think, if it is any indicator for them, when they —

Alex Jones: Hezbollah —

Hamid Gul: — went into southern Lebanon and they got such a buffeting at the hands of — of Hezbollah, I think they‘ll not do
something like that, because it would mean annihilation of Israel. And in any case Palestinian question is a very thorny question, and I
do not know why the US administration is not addressing it differently —

Alex Jones: All right General, we‘re almost out of time, two final questions, and I‘m gonna let you go, and you can — any websites, any
books, any materials you‘d like to point people at to see your side of the story, we‘d love to see it. Two questions, let me give ‗em
both to you and then answer them, please: #1 — why are they trying to, now, list you as a terrorist, (A), when they admittedly
worked with you (B) why do they always betray people like Saddam who they worked with and set up. So (A) why are they
trying to set you up, and (B) do you see the West staging more terror?

Hamid Gul: Yes, of — I think they are simply afraid of me because I worked with them, I understand them, I can measure them up and I
talk loudly about it, I mak — mince no words, I pil — pull no punches, and they are afraid that I preempt whatever scheming they
do. And I am — loud-voiced, there is no doubt about it. And I speak the truth, they are trying to frame me, there is no truth in
it. If they had anything about me when I applied for a renewal of my VISA to America why did they not give it to
me? Because if they have something, they are looking around for terrorists, while this terrorist wants to come over and visit
America, nab me, interrogate me, take me to bar, take me to court, do whatever you like. It only shows that they have a mala
fide. As far as Saddam is concerned, it is a habit, it is a very bad habit. They cultivate friends who become, like Pervez Musharraf,
dictators, and then they make use of them, and then they turn upon them and then infect [?] the nation because of their policies. And,
what was the last part of your question?

Alex Jones: Ge — hold on, General — uh, General, hold on one moment because we‘ve only got a few minutes left. John, skip this
network break. For stations: I‘m skipping, ‗cause I‘me gonna let him go in three minutes. I don‘t want to hold him any longer, but
I‘m skipping this break, because this is too newsworthy. Yes sir, I‘d like you to answer that question, uh, about what do you think,
knowing them, working with the globalists, the New World Order, in the past, when it was still America, before we were totally
dominated, what do you think their next moves are probably — uh, most probable, (A). And then, finally, the attacks against the
government in Pakistan, uh, using Muslim fronts. Does that appear to be the West trying to destabilize your government? They keep
trying to kill the government, they killed Bhutto, they keep bombing government buildings, they keep bombing hotels, it appears the
West is using false mujahideen to try to overthrow Pakistan.

Hamid Gul: No, Benazir was not killed by any of the terrorists. She was removed by the Americans, because she had violated her
agreement, because they wanted to keep Pervez Musharraf there, and he slapped another [mustel???] on Pakistan. So she had
become rebellious, and such a person, who is a popular leader of a third world country, the head of the largest political party,
a woman whom they could not attack as fundamentalist because she was so westernized, therefore it was very important for them
to remove her, because they have a mischievous plan which they want to put through. So, they have installed instead Mr. Zardari,
whom they can blackmail very easily, but they have allowed him to keep the powers of a dictator. And in fact he‘s the one who‘s
calling all the shots in Pakistan, so as Pakistan is already completely destabilized politically. Our po — um, uh be — judicial
institution simply does not exist, because the judicial crisis recently dethroned Chief Justice of Pakistan —

Alex Jones: Yes — who is staging the terror attacks, because they‘re clearly aimed at the government, or is that the government staging
them as a pretext to crack down —

Hamid Gul: No, no, no — this is because it — [Lombostit???] was attacked, and I think that George Bush addressed his nation on
radio immediately after that, said ―this was part of our plan in War Against Terrorism‖, because Pakistan army and Inter
Services Intelligence were not fully cooperating, and because they did not consider it was their war, therefore they created this
situation, where the terrorists out of sheer revenge — this is called Pakhtunwali. This is a tradition which has nothing to do with
Islam. It is the Afghans holding to this tradition long before they became Muslim, and they are still carrying it on. When you take
action against an Afghan, kill his daughter or his wife or his sister, he will take revenge no doubt what happens. He does not behave
like a Muslim, or any other entity. So this was a thing which was created. And of course Pakistan is now in a very difficult
position. We only have a military which can control the institutions. And we have an ISI, but the Americans are almost every
day attacking the ISI and attacking the military, saying this is not under the control of the political parties.

Alex Jones: Sir —

Hamid Gul: Political powers.

Alex Jones: Sir — General —

Hamid Gul: But what is political power, when Parliament is sinecure? It does not work, it has no authority at all.

Alex Jones: General, going back to 9/11, Pakistani papers, BBC reported, New York Times reported, $100,000 was reportedly
wired by Gen. Mahmood Ahmed, the head of Pakistani intelligence to the lead hijacker, who we know was a US government
decoy, trained at US bases, that‘s Newsweek, AP, Reuters. General Mahmood Ahmed, do you believe he was really controlled
by the CIA, did he wire $100,000 to Mohammed Atta?

Hamid Gul: Not at all. Mahmood is a friend of mine. I met him very recently in Lahore, and he categorically denies this. I think
this is all disinformation, which has been adopted as a very sophisticated intelligence art.

Alex Jones: So, just to be clear, we‘re gonna let you go, we‘re very thankful and respectful of your time, uh, you believe that the
bombings and shootings and terror attacks that we‘ve seen in the last few months in Pakistan are because the Predator drones
and helicopters are killing weddings — you always notice it‘s a wedding — that‘s meant to stir up the people there, because it
kills whole families, it‘s a huge insult, and then of course they blow up NATO cars, of course they then attack the
government. Is that what you‘re saying?

Hamid Gul: It is retaliatory, and they will retaliate. I can tell you that Afghanistan nation is a fact that over 5,000 years, nobody has
won against them, and I think that Americans cannot win, unless American intention is to stir up a Third World War at this point I
think there‘s no point in staying in Afghanistan. You should negotiate with the opposition. This is a national resistance now. It is no
longer Taleban. Specific, it is the Afghan nation. I approve of their position. They are resisting ferociously.

Alex Jones: General, how long can the Mayor of Kabul stay in power, and isn‘t this really just about the West controlling the
opium?

Hamid Gul: Well, he‘s the puppet of Kabul, and he will not stay very long. I can assure you that, eh, he‘s already started showing signs
of nervousness. He wants to reach out to the Taleban, but Taleban won‘t — eh, even throw a crumb at him. I can assure you the
Taleban, or, any other resistance fighters, they will have nothing to do with —

Alex Jones: Well, Reuters is reporting, as you know, every major city is now encircled, and only a few cities are controlled by the US
force.

Hamid Gul: I — I have no idea, but I think the Right is started coming out, like Robert Kagan‘s article in the Washington Post on
December 2nd, it, eh, echoes what is the [CFR] World At Risk Report. Uh, it is similar. They are focusing on Pakistan,
because Pakistan‘s nuclear capability is undigestible by State of Israel, and by India, therefore there is —

Alex Jones: All right —

Hamid Gul: every possibility that Pakistan becomes a target.

Alex Jones: In closing — in closing, and this is it, and we appreciate all your time — this hour‘s over, two minutes, sir, I know you can‘t
predict the future, but do you see them staging a nuke attack? Do you see them staging more terror attacks? Do you see India sneak
attacking? Uh, do you see a more radical government coming in after the staged events? What do you see happening, bad case
scenario?

Hamid Gul: No, Indians are not so stupid. I think they are seeing thru the game, and these far Leftist parties, that is the Left
Front, they are called, the Communist party of India, are very strong. India is slowly turning t‘the world of its own
problems. The Shine India, Shining India, Feel-good India, this is all make believe. I can tell you that this is a propaganda hype. I
can tell you that India is in a miserable state. Their economy is dwindling. And four hundred millions are living on less that one
dollar a day. And this is beginning to have an effect because last year alone 108,000 farmers in India committed suicide. And
this will not go on. Out of 608 districts in India, 231 are already in turmoil, and mostly under the control of Maoists and the
Bhakti-lite.

Alex Jones: So they are collapsing?

Hamid Gul: Yes. So India itself has lots of problems of their own (Prison Planet, 2008).

Date: January 18, 2009


Source: Thaindian News
Title/Headline: Efforts On To Cut-Off ISI- Terror Group Link By US: Boucher

Abstract: The Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) of Pakistan has links with the terrorist oufits based in the country, and the US is
making an allout effort to ensure that these links are cut-off completely, US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia
Richard Boucher has said. Severing the link of the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) from Pakistan-based terrorist groups is a work in
progress and the United States will make sure that it is done effectively, The Daily Times quoted Boucher, as saying. Boucher said that
it is evident that the terror groups involved in the 26/11 Mumbai attack were operating from the Pakistani soil, and his country
wanted to eliminate this menace (Thaindian News, 2009).

Date: March 3, 2009


Source: BBC
Title/Headline: Gunmen Shoot Sri Lanka Cricketers

Abstract: Gunmen have attacked a bus carrying the Sri Lankan cricket team on its way to play in the Pakistani city of Lahore. At
least six policemen escorting the team bus were killed, along with a driver, and seven cricketers and an assistant coach were
injured. Pakistani officials said about 12 gunmen were involved and grenades and rocket launchers have been recovered. Officials said the
incident bore similarities to deadly attacks in Mumbai in India. The Mumbai attacks were blamed on Pakistan-based Islamic militants.
Pakistani cricket was already suffering from serious security concerns. The Pakistani politician Imran Khan, a former captain of the
country's cricket team, said the Sri Lankan visitors had been given inadequate protection. "This was one of the worst security failures in
Pakistan," he said. "The Pakistan government guaranteed the Sri Lankan cricket team that they would provide them security." None of the
attackers was killed or apprehended at the scene. Grenades and rocket launchers were found there, police said, and a manhunt is under
way. But a Pakistani minister, Sardar Nabil Ahmed Gabol, reportedly told privately owned Geo TV that evidence suggested the
attackers came across the border from India. He said the assault came in reaction to the Mumbai attacks, and was a "declaration of
open war on Pakistan by India" (BBC, 2009).

Date: March 6, 2009


Source: BBC
Title/Headline: Pakistan Facing 'Mortal Threat'

Abstract: Mr Miliband told the BBC that politicians must unite to face a "very grave situation" that was worsening. He was
speaking as Pakistan continued to probe this week's attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore. Pakistani police have released
sketches of four of some 14 gunmen suspected of involvement in the ambush that left six policemen and a driver dead. Mr Miliband told
BBC Radio's Today programme that Pakistan's internal instability was "a grave situation and... it has got worse". He pointed to the
fallout between President Asif Ali Zardari and former PM Nawaz Sharif, who was last week banned from elected office by the Supreme
Court. Mr Miliband urged politicians to unite, saying: "I think that the degree of political disunity that exists at the moment is only
contributing to the problem." He added that country's economic decline in the global credit crunch was also a major factor. Mr Miliband
said it was not known who carried out the Lahore attack but he said that the Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group had "deep roots in the
Punjab". He urged the central and local governments to take action against groups he described as "front organisations" for
Lashkar-e-Taiba. Police in Pakistan are still working on an interim report into the Lahore attack. Police chief of Punjab province, Khaled
Farooq, told AFP news agency "a little more time is required to complete the investigation" but that it would be finished in the next 24
hours. Provincial governor Salman Taseer said on Thursday that "we have identified the people who did the operation". There has
been much speculation in the media since, with some reports pointing the finger at Lashkar-e-Taiba and others at al-Qaeda and the
Taleban. Dozens of people have been held for questioning. A spokesman for Lashkar-e-Taiba, Abdullah Ghaznavi, told AFP the
reports of his group's involvement were "false, incorrect and baseless". Pakistan's interior ministry chief Rehman Malik increased
speculation by saying he could "not rule out [the involvement of a] foreign hand in the incident". The head of Interpol, Ronald Noble,
has arrived in Islamabad but his talks with Mr Malik were scheduled to be about November's Mumbai attacks. Indian Foreign Minister
Pranab Mukherjee on Friday said the Lahore attack showed "the [Pakistan] government's lack of will or capability in tackling this menace".
The Pakistani government has come under fire for the security it provided for the Sri Lankan team. Umpires travelling in a bus
behind the cricketers have said they were left unguarded. English match referee Chris Broad said they were "sitting ducks". Two
in the bus were Australian and Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said on Friday: "I am sufficiently concerned about what has been said by the
Australians that we need an explanation, and we intend to get one." Pakistan's cricket circles have reacted angrily to the security
complaints. Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ijaz Butt accused Mr Broad of "fabrication". On Friday, former cricket star Javed Miandad
said the International Cricket Council should ban Mr Broad for life. The Commissioner of Lahore, Khusro Pervez, has also defended the
police response to the attack. But he did admit that there were "certain security lapses which are very vivid and very clear". "The gunmen
were meant to be combated by backup police support, which didn't arrive," he said, "and the vehicles used for escorting the Sri
Lankan convoy were not adequate." The attacks are expected to have massive ramifications for the cricket world, with the ICC
considering whether Pakistan can co-host World Cup matches in 2011 (BBC, 2009).

Date: May 20, 2009


Source: New York Times, Sewell Chan
Title/Headline: 4 Arrested in New York Terror Plot

Abstract: Federal and New York City authorities arrested four men on charges of plotting to bomb two synagogues in the
Riverdale section of the Bronx and to use antiaircraft missiles to shoot down planes at a military base in Newburgh, N.Y., 60 miles
north of New York City. The charges, which include conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction in the United States and conspiracy
to acquire and use antiaircraft missiles, represent some of the most significant allegations of domestic terrorism in some time. The four
defendants — whom federal authorities identified as James Cromitie, David Williams, Onta Williams and Laguerre Payen, all of
Newburgh, in Orange County — are to appear in Federal District Court in White Plains, in Westchester County, on Thursday
morning. Three of the suspects are American citizens, and one suspect is of Haitian descent, according to the office of Gov. David A.
Paterson. Mr. Cromitie, who is described as the lead defendant, is said to have told an F.B.I. informer that he had ties with Jaish-e-
Muhammad, a jihadist group based in Pakistan. None of the defendants actually obtained weapons of mass destruction, according to
the authorities. The men were, however, given an antiaircraft missile system that was incapable of being fired, as well as homemade
bombs containing inert plastic explosives, as part of the undercover investigation, the authorities said (Chan, 2009).

Date: June 9, 2009


Source: New York Times, Ismail Khan, Salman Masood
Title/Headline: Militants Strike Hotel In Pakistan, Killing 11

Abstract: Militants opened fire on security guards and rushed a small truck packed with explosives through the gates of a five-star
hotel in this northwestern city on Tuesday, detonating the payload in the parking lot and killing at least 11 people and wounding 55,
Pakistani officials said. The blast, powerful enough to leave a crater 6 feet deep and 15 feet wide, collapsed the western wing of the
hotel, the Pearl Continental, one of the few in the city that cater to Western visitors. The attack followed threats on May 27 by Taliban
leaders, who warned Pakistanis that they were preparing ―major attacks‖ in large cities in retaliation for the military‘s ongoing campaign
against the insurgents in parts of Pakistan‘s North-West Frontier Province. It was by far the largest — using an estimated 1,000 pounds
of explosives, making it the most spectacular against a Western target in Pakistan since the bombing of the Marriott Hotel in the
capital, Islamabad, last September, which left more than 50 dead. ―We are the front line,‖ said Farahnaz Ispahani, the media advisor to
President Asif Ali Zardari. ―This is really a fight for our way of life. This is a fight for Pakistan‖ (Kahn & Masood, 2009).

Date: October 10, 2009


Source: The Telegraph
Title/Headline: Pakistan: Terrorist Attack Kills Six Soldiers In Rawalpindi

Abstract: Six soldiers died when gunmen wearing army uniforms attacked Pakistan's army headquarters on Saturday, as tensions
rose ahead of an expected army offensive against a Taliban stronghold. Four of the attackers were confirmed killed but two more who
were holed up inside the heavily fortified complex were still fighting seven hours later, as helicopters with snipers on board prowled the
skies of Rawalpindi hunting for attackers who may have escaped. The daring assault, a few miles from the capital, was the third
significant terrorist attack in Pakistan this a week. It seemed intended to show that the Taliban can still strike at the very heart of
Pakistan's security apparatus despite recent military operations against their forces and the killing of Taliban leader Baitullah
Mehsud in a drone attack in August. The attackers may have been trying to kill army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, who was
inside the complex on Saturday, although it was not clear whether he was there during the attack. Military statements said he attended
meetings there and at the president's office in nearby Islamabad during the day. The attack began shortly before noon when the gunmen,
dressed in camouflage military uniforms and wielding assault rifles and grenades, drove in a white van up to the army compound
and tried to force their way inside, army spokesman Major General Athar Abbas said. The assailants shot at the guards at one
checkpoint, killing some of them, and then jumped out of the van and ran toward a second checkpoint, he said. Abbas said the
guards were probably confused by the attackers' uniforms. The heavily armed attackers then took up positions throughout the area,
hurling grenades and firing sporadically at security forces. After a 45-minute gunfight, four of the attackers were killed, said Maj Gen
Abbas. But more than an hour later, gunshots again rang out from the compound. Mr Abbas confirmed that two more gunmen had
eluded security forces and slipped into the headquarters compound in Rawalpindi. The city is filled with security checkpoints and police
roadblocks. On Saturday evening, Abbas said the two men remained holed up in a room and were surrounded. "We are trying to finish it
at earliest, clear the area of terrorists and restore complete control," he told Dunya TV. Abbas said six troops were killed and five
wounded, one critically. Those killed including a brigadier and a lieutenant colonel, according to a military official, who spoke on
condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media. Pakistani media said the Taliban claimed responsibility for
the attack, and Rehman Malik, the interior minister, said the ongoing assaults strengthened the government's resolve to launch the
offensive. "We have been left no other option except to go ahead to face them," he told Dawn television (Telegraph, 2009).

Date: December 11, 2009


Source: The Times, Jeremy Page, Zahid Hussain
Title/Headline: Five American Muslims Arrested In Pakistan On Suspicion Of „Jihad‟

Abstract: Five American Muslims were arrested in Pakistan on suspicion of ‗Jihad.‘ The United States was confronting the renewed
specter of violent Islamic extremism among its own citizens last night after the arrest of five young American Muslims in Pakistan on
suspicion of trying to join militant groups in its lawless tribal areas. ―We watched them for one and a half days and then arrested them,‖
Usman Anwar, the chief of police in Sargodha, told reporters. ―We seized laptops and other things from their possession. Later we came to
know that they have come here with the intention of jihad.‖ A senior security official told The Times that interrogation of the suspects and
information on their computers showed that they had contacts with local Al Qaeda operatives. He said they had met representatives
of Jamat-ud-Dawa, a banned militant group, and of JeM, which has links to Al Qaeda and is blamed for the murder in 2002 of Daniel
Pearl, a Wall Street Journal reporter. ―They were asking to be recruited, trained and sent on jihad,‖ he said. The case is the latest in a
series this year that has raised fears that American Muslim citizens and residents are being radicalized and recruited by militant groups on
US soil and could be used to strike targets there. ―Home-based terrorism is here,‖ declared Janet Napolitano, the US Secretary of
Homeland Security, The five men‘s arrest coincided with the first appearance in a Chicago court of David Headley, an American citizen
of Pakistani origin accused of plotting terrorist attacks in Denmark and India. It came just a month after Nidal Hasan, a major in the
US Army of Palestinian origin with links to an extremist Muslim cleric, shot dead 13 comrades at Fort Hood military base in Texas. In
2009, US authorities charged a group of men with helping to recruit at least 20 young American Somalis to go back to Somalia to
fight with the al-Shabaab militant group. That followed the arrest in September of Najibullah Zazi, an Afghan citizen with US
residency, on suspicion of plotting to attack the New York subway and receiving training from Al Qaeda in Pakistan (Page &
Hussain, 2009).

Date: January 10, 2010


Source: ABC News, Deb Reichmann
Title/Headline: Video Links Pakistan Taliban To Deadly CIA Bombing

Abstract: A Jordanian suicide bomber killed seven CIA employees in the worst attack in U.S. intelligence agency's history. In a video
released a few days later, the suspect sits cross-legged on the floor next to the new chief of the Pakistani Taliban, confirming the group
was behind the brazen attack in eastern Afghanistan. The suicide attack inside the CIA base — which the bomber said was meant to avenge
the death of the former Pakistani Taliban leader in a CIA missile strike — could prompt the U.S. to further pressure the government of
Pakistan to crack down on militants who operate on both sides of the Afghan-Pakistani border. U.S. missile strikes against targets on the
Pakistan side already are on the rise. Seven CIA employees and a Jordanian intelligence officer were killed Dec. 30 when the suicide
bomber detonated his cache of explosives at Camp Chapman, a tightly secured CIA base in Khost province, a dangerous region southeast
of the Afghan capital Kabul. The CIA had cultivated the bomber — a Jordanian doctor identified as Humam Khalil Abu-Mulal al-
Balawi — in hopes of obtaining information about Al Qaeda's second in command, Ayman al-Zawahri. Al-Balawi turned out to be a
double-agent — perhaps even a triple-agent. In the 1 1/2 minute video, the bomber said he attacked the CIA to avenge the death of
Baitullah Mehsud, the longtime leader of the Pakistani Taliban who was killed in August."This jihadi attack will be the first revenge
operation against the Americans and their drone teams outside the Pakistan border," the bomber said on the video. Al-Balawi — wearing an
Afghan hat and camouflaged jacket — said the Pakistani Taliban, now under the leadership of its new chief Hakimullah Mehsud, would
fight till victory. "We will never forget the blood of our emir Baitullah Mehsud," said al-Balawi. "We will always demand revenge for
him inside America and outside." A senior militant with the Pakistani Taliban told AP the suicide bomber received training from Qari
Hussain, a leading commander of the Pakistani Taliban believed to have run suicide bombing camps. The militant, who spoke on condition
of anonymity because of security reasons, said Al Qaeda and the Haqqani network, a highly independent Afghan Taliban faction, also
were involved. Hussain's Lashkar-e-Janghvi group, a violent anti-Shiite Muslim organization, is believed to provide a reservoir of suicide
bombers and has been linked to some of the more spectacular bombings in Pakistan and the death of former Pakistani Prime
Minister Benazir Bhutto. Arsala Rahmani — a former minister in the Taliban government that was toppled in the U.S.-led invasion of
Afghanistan following the September 11th terrorist attacks – said the Pakistani and Afghan Taliban and Al Qaeda often work in unison
against Western forces."Most of the time, the Afghan Taliban, Pakistani Taliban and Al Qaeda ... they are fighting together," said
Rahmani. The release of the al-Balawi footage gives the U.S. proof that Pakistani elements are involved in attacks on its security apparatus
in Afghanistan, observers said (Reichmann, 2010).

Date: January 10, 2010


Source: CNN
Title/Headline: CIA 'Suicide Bomber' Vows Revenge In New Video

Abstract: IntelCenter also pointed out al-Balawi appears in the video next to TTP leader Hakimullah Mehsud, and that it was TTP that
released the video. "The TTP and Al Qaeda have a close relationship, and in all likelihood Al Qaeda was involved at some level in the
operation," IntelCenter said in an analysis of the video. "However, the release of the video with TTP Emir Hakimullah Mehsud firmly
places the attack under the TTP banner" (CNN, 2010).

Date: January 15, 2010


Source: Fox News, Associated Press
Title/Headline: Pakistan Officials: U.S. Kills Militant on FBI Most-Wanted List

Abstract: U.S. missile strike in Pakistan killed one of the FBI's most-wanted terrorists, a man suspected in a deadly 1986 plane
hijacking with a $5 million bounty on his head. The intelligence officials said a January 9th missile strike in the Pakistan‘s North
Waziristan tribal region killed Jamal Saeed Abdul Rahim. The FBI's Web site lists him as a Palestinian with possible Lebanese
citizenship. The Pakistani officials called him an Al Qaeda member, but the FBI site says he was a member of the Abu Nidal
Palestinian terrorist group and is wanted for his alleged role in the Sept. 5, 1986, hijacking of Pan American World Airways Flight 73
during a stop in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi. According to the FBI, the hijackers demanded that 1,500 prisoners in Cyprus and
Israel be released and that they be flown out of Pakistan. At one point, the hijackers shot and threw hand grenades at passengers and
crew in one part of the plane. Some 20 people, including two Americans, died during the hijacking. Rahim had been tried and convicted
by Pakistan, but he and three suspected accomplices were apparently released in January 2008. Pakistani government officials
criticize the missile strikes and say the United States is violating their country's sovereignty, but there is little doubt Islamabad agrees to at
least some of the attacks and provides targeting information for them (Fox News, 2010).

Date: January 16, 2010


Source: The Times Of India
Title/Headline: India Faces Threat Of Another 26/11, Likely To Act Militarily: US Think Tank

Abstract: The threat of another Mumbai-type attack is undeniable; numerous Pakistan-based groups remain motivated and able to
strike Indian targets," said Daniel Markey of the prestigious Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in his latest paper 'Terrorism
and Indo-Pakistani Escalation.' Many of these Pakistan-based terror groups have incentives to act as spoilers, whether to disrupt efforts
to improve Indo-Pak ties or to distract Islamabad from counter-terror crackdown at home, said Markey, a known South Asia expert. "Thus
the immediate risk of terrorism may actually increase if New Delhi and Islamabad make progress on resolving their differences or
if Pakistan-based terrorists are effectively backed into a corner," he said in his 11-page contingency planning memorandum of the
CFR. While traditionally Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed are the two terror groups that have proven themselves
the most capable and motivated to carry out attacks in India, this time Al Qaeda could don the mantle, he said. "Al Qaeda has historically
focused its efforts outside India, but if the group's leadership feels threatened in the Pakistan/Afghanistan border areas, it might
direct and assist regional proxies to attack India as a way to ignite a distracting Indo-Pakistani confrontation." He said the more
clearly a terrorist attack can be identified as having originated in Pakistan, the more likely India is to retaliate militarily. Should
multiple attacks occur in quick succession, the cumulative effect would further diminish India's inclination for restraint, he said. Markey
said the more egregious the terrorist attack and the more India's leadership is convinced that members of the Pakistani state sponsored it,
the more it will be treated as an act of war. "Under these conditions, New Delhi would consider a wider range of options, including, for
instance, a large ground-force mobilization of the sort India conducted in 2001-2002 in the wake of the terrorist attack on the Indian
parliament or a naval blockade." "Unless the initial terrorist attack is nuclear -- which is implausible for now because Pakistani
terrorists do not appear to have access to nuclear materials or the capacity to utilize them -- India would refrain from using its
nuclear weapons in retaliation," Markey said (The Times of India, 2010).

Date: January 21, 2010


Source: Bloomberg News, Viola Geinger
Title/Headline: Gates In Pakistan To Discuss New Strikes On Taliban

Abstract: Gates said yesterday in New Delhi that Islamists working under ―the umbrella of al-Qaeda‖ want to destabilize the entire
South Asian region by provoking a conflict between India and Pakistan. That law requires a cutoff of aid if Pakistan fails to provide
civilian control of its military, cooperate with the U.S. on counter-terrorism, protect its nuclear arsenal and enforce international
nuclear non-proliferation rules. Those conditions triggered accusations from opposition politicians and Pakistan‘s military of interference
in the country‘s internal affairs. Such conditions on U.S. aid evoke bitter memories in Pakistan of the 1990s, when the so-called Pressler
amendment forced a halt to most U.S. aid because of evidence that Pakistan was developing nuclear weapons. The cutoff in U.S. military
aid hampered American efforts to influence Pakistan‘s powerful armed forces, and led many Pakistani leaders to call the U.S. an unreliable
ally. Al-Qaeda leaders are believed to have holed up in ungoverned tribal areas along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border since the
U.S. toppled the group‘s Taliban protectors in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks. Obama last year ordered 30,000 more U.S. troops to
Afghanistan to battle the Taliban insurgency. The U.S. is trying to balance its rapidly expanding ties with India, the world‘s largest
democracy and the fastest- growing economy after China, even as the Obama administration strengthens links with Pakistan (Geinger,
2010).

Date: January 21, 2010


Source: Fox News, Associated Press
Title/Headline: Pakistani Army: No New Offensive For 6-12 Months

Abstract: The Pakistani army said Thursday during a visit by U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates that it can't launch any new
offensives against militants for six months to a year to give it time to stabilize existing gains. The announcement likely comes as a
disappointment to the U.S., which has pushed Pakistan to expand its military operations to target militants staging cross-border attacks
against coalition troops in Afghanistan. Washington believes such action is critical to success in Afghanistan as it prepares to send an
additional 30,000 troops to the country this year. But the comments by army spokesman Gen. Athar Abbas clearly indicate Pakistan will
not be pressured in the near-term to expand its fight beyond militants waging war against the Pakistani state. Whether it can be
convinced in the long-term is still an open question. "We are not talking years," Abbas told reporters traveling with Gates. "Six
months to a year" would be needed before Pakistan could stabilize existing gains and expand any operations, he said. The Pakistani
army launched a major ground offensive against the Pakistani Taliban's main stronghold near the Afghan border in mid-October, triggering
a wave of retaliatory violence across the country that has killed more than 600 people. Gates said Thursday that he wouldn't directly
press Pakistan to expand its military campaign but would instead ask his hosts what their plans are. He also said his talks with
Pakistan's military and civilian leaders were intended to explain the U.S. war strategy in Afghanistan. The defense secretary told
reporters traveling with him to Islamabad from India that he would reassure Pakistan that the United States is "in this for the long haul."
But President Barack Obama's comments in December that the U.S. would begin to withdraw its forces from Afghanistan in mid-2011
have raised questions among many Pakistani officials about Washington's commitment. Analysts say such concerns only reinforce the
Pakistani government's reluctance to target the Afghan Taliban as requested by the U.S. Pakistan has deep historical ties with the
group, and many analysts believe some officials within the government and the military see the militants as an important proxy
once coalition troops leave Afghanistan. Gates cautioned Pakistan against trying to distinguish between the different militant groups in an
essay published Thursday in The News, an English-language Pakistani newspaper. "It is important to remember that the Pakistani
Taliban operates in collusion with both the Taliban in Afghanistan and Al Qaeda, so it is impossible to separate these groups,"
Gates wrote. "Only by pressuring all of these groups on both sides of the border will Afghanistan and Pakistan be able to rid
themselves of this scourge for good -- to destroy those who promote the use of terror here and abroad," Gates said. On of the goals
of his trip, he said, is "a broader strategic dialogue -- on the link between Afghanistan's stability and Pakistan's; stability in the broader
region; the threat of extremism in Asia; efforts to reduce illicit drugs and their damaging global impact; and the importance of maritime
security and cooperation.‖ Gates' first meeting Thursday is with Defense Minister Ahmed Mukhtar. He also has separate meetings
scheduled with Prime Minister Yousaf Reza Gilani and President Asif Ali Zardari (Fox News, 2010).

Date: January 22, 2010


Source: The Washington Examiner, Anne Gearan
Title/Headline: Pakistani Army Says No New Offensive for 6-12 Months

Abstract: U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Friday he was deeply impressed with Pakistan's military offensive against militants
within its borders and said he will leave it to that country's leadership to decide whether or when to expand the fight. "The Pakistani
leadership will make its own decisions" about when or whether they are going to do something. "That's just fine with me," Gates
said during an interview with Pakistani and U.S. journalists near the close of his two-day visit to the Pakistani capital. Gates said he likens
the U.S. and Pakistani discussions about the fight against militants on Pakistan's western border to an automobile. He said Pakistan was
driving "and that's the way it should be." Asked whether the U.S. was winning in the long battle against al-Qaida terrorism, Gates
said the United States has made progress but hasn't won yet. He said al-Qaida and what he calls a syndicate of affiliated groups are
less capable of large-scale, coordinated attacks than they once were and in many cases their leadership has been killed or captured.
That said, he called extremism a cancer that has metastasized from al-Qaida's home base along the Pakistan-Afghan border. The U.S. has
been pressing Pakistan to take more aggressive action against militants, but Pakistan's army said Thursday it cannot expand its
current offensive for at least six months. Remarks from the Army's chief spokesman during Gates' visit did not rule out the offensive the
United States would like to see against militants who target U.S. forces in Afghanistan from hideouts in Pakistan. The Obama
administration has taken a softer tone with Pakistan in recent months, praising the country's unprecedented assault on militants inside its
borders and dropping public appeals for Pakistan to focus on the militants along its western border. "We are not talking years," Maj.
Gen. Athar Abbas told reporters traveling with Gates. "Six months to a year" would be needed before Pakistan could consolidate
the gains it has made against militants in other parts of the country and then consider going further, he said. "By a lot of hard work
we brought public support on board," for campaigns last year in the Swat Valley and South Waziristan, he said. U.S. officials appeared to
accept Pakistan's rationale that it has limited military resources and cannot risk getting ahead of the public's acceptance for a campaign that
involves killing fellow Muslims. "We have to do this in a way that is comfortable for them, and at a pace that they can accommodate
and is tolerable for them," Gates said ahead of meetings with Pakistani civilian and military leaders. A Filipino militant wanted by the
United States is believed to have been killed in an American drone strike close to the Afghan border earlier this month, Pakistani
intelligence officials said Thursday. If confirmed, the death of Abdul Basit Usman would represent another success for the U.S. covert
missile program on targets in Pakistan. There have been an unprecedented number of attacks this month following a deadly Dec. 30
militant attack on a CIA base in Afghanistan. U.S. officials do not often talk about the missile strikes or their targets, but they have
in the past confirmed the deaths of several mid- and high-level al-Qaida and Taliban fighters. Most of the missiles are fired from
unmanned drone aircraft launched from Afghanistan. Gates was asked about the drone program during an interview with local Express TV.
"I'm not going to discuss operations but I will say this: These unmanned aerial vehicles have been extremely useful to us, both in
Iraq and in Afghanistan," he said. Gates said he is expanding the program by buying more of the aircraft. He also said the United States
was considering ways to share intelligence with the Pakistani military, including possibly giving it U.S.-made drones for intelligence
and reconnaissance purposes. U.S. officials said Gates was referring to a proposed deal for 12 unarmed Shadow aircraft. The
officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive military cooperation. In meetings Thursday with Pakistani President Asif Ali
Zardari, the country's army chief and others, Gates called the antiterror operations a success so far, "and he acknowledged to all of them
that we realize that has come with a great deal of sacrifice for the military," Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell said following the
sessions. "We are not trying to prescribe a timeline by which they must do things," Morrell said. The Pakistani army launched a
major ground offensive against the Pakistani Taliban's main stronghold near the Afghan border in mid-October, triggering a wave
of retaliatory violence across the country that has killed more than 600 people. Washington believes Pakistani pressure on militants
staging cross-border attacks against coalition troops in Afghanistan is critical to success in Afghanistan as it sends an additional 30,000
troops to the country this year (Gearan, 2010).

Date: January 22, 2010


Source: ABC News, Associated Press, Ravi Nessaman
Title/Headline: India Issues Terrorism Alert Over Hijack Plot

Abstract: Airline passengers across India went through extra security screenings Friday and sky marshals were placed on flights as
the government put its airports on high alert amid reports that al-Qaida-linked militants planned to hijack a plane. A hijacking,
especially one launched by Pakistan-based militants, would send tensions soaring between the two nuclear-armed rivals and be a huge
distraction for U.S. efforts to crush the Taliban and al-Qaida along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. On a visit to India this week, U.S.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates warned that a syndicate of terror groups was hoping to foment a new war between India and Pakistan.
India has largely been free of terror attacks since 10 heavily armed militants affiliated with a Pakistan-based militant group
rampaged through the commercial capital Mumbai for three days in November 2008, killing 166 people. India issued a terror alert at
all its airports Thursday after the government received warnings about a possible attack, aviation spokeswoman Moushumi Chakravarty
said. A report in The Indian Express newspaper, which Chakravarty confirmed, said intelligence officials had uncovered a plot by
militants linked to al-Qaida and the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba group to hijack an Air India or Indian Airlines flight
destined for an unspecified South Asian country. U.K. Bansal, a top home ministry official, said security was tightened at all airports
and passengers were being subjected to more intense security screenings. Sky marshals were also being deployed on some flights and
the government was asking neighboring countries to step up security on India-bound flights as well, the home ministry said in a
statement. The alert was expected to continue over the weekend. Indian media said the hijack threat was uncovered during the
interrogation of Amjad Khwaja, a militant leader belonging to Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami, an extremist group involved in numerous terrorist
attacks in India. Khwaja was arrested in the southern Indian city of Chennai last week and was being questioned by Indian police
(Nessaman, 2010).

Date: January 23, 2010


Source: New York Times, Elisabeth Bumiller
Title/Headline: Gates Sees Fallout From Troubled Ties With Pakistan

Abstract: Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, returned home from a trip from Pakistan where he basically lumped all knows terrorist
organizations together and stated that ―Al Qaeda, the Taliban in Afghanistan, Tariki Taliban in Pakistan, Lashkar-e-Taiba, the Haqqani
network — this is a syndicate of terrorists that work together,‖ he said. ―And when one succeeds they all benefit, and they share ideas, they
share planning. They don‘t operationally coordinate their activities, as best I can tell. But they are in very close contact. They take
inspiration from one another, they take ideas from one another.‖ His final message delivered, he relaxed on the 14-hour trip home by
watching ―Seven Days in May,‖ the cold war-era film about an attempted military coup in the United States (Bumiller, 2010).

Date: January 24, 2010


Source: Fox News
Title/Headline: Bin Laden Claims Responsibility For Christmas Day Bomb Attempt

Abstract: Usama bin Laden claimed responsibility for the failed attempt to bomb a Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas day,
releasing a new audio message Sunday threatening more attacks on the United States. A senior U.S. intelligence official in
Washington called the latest message "curious," commenting that the tape is uncharacteristically brief it and shows efforts by bin Laden to
attach himself to Palestine's cause. The official also said there is no evidence that bin Laden had any involvement on the Christmas
Day attack — or even knew about it beforehand — but that perhaps the leader hopes to attach himself with a "successful"
operation by Al Qaeda. The message suggests the Al Qaeda leader wants to appear in direct command of the terrorist group's
many affiliates around the world at a time when some analysts have suggested he is mostly a figurehead. In the minute-long
recording carried by Al-Jazeera Arabic news channel, bin Laden addressed President Obama saying the Christmas attack was meant to send
a message similar to that of the Sept. 11 attacks. "The message delivered to you through the plane of the heroic warrior Umar Farouk
Abdulmutallab was a confirmation of the previous messages sent by the heroes of the Sept. 11," he said. "America will never dream of
security unless we will have it in reality in Palestine," he added. "God willing, our raids on you will continue as long as your
support for the Israelis continues." White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said the tape has yet to be authenticated, but wouldn't
offer an opinion on whether bin Laden had any role in the Christmas Day bombing "I think everybody in this world understands that
this is somebody that has to pop up in our lives over an audio tape because he's nothing but a cowardly, murderous thug and a
terrorist that will someday, hopefully soon, be brought to justice," Gibbs told "Fox News Sunday." On Christmas Day, Nigerian
Abdulmutallab attempted to blow up his Northwest Airlines flight as it approached Detroit Metro Airport. But the explosive powder he was
hiding in his underwear failed to detonate. He told federal agents shortly afterward that he had been trained and given the explosives
by Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, an Al Qaeda affiliate in Yemen. The U.S. intelligence official said the Yemen-based group is
linked with the central Al Qaeda group that bin Laden heads and recent intelligence indicates there are ongoing contacts between
Al Qaeda in Yemen and Pakistan. He spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the information. Bin Laden's
message, coming long after AQAP gave its own claim of responsibility, appears to be an effort on his part to stay relevant, said Rohan
Gunaratna, author of "Inside Al Qaeda: Global Network of Terror." "The training and the definition of the attack was by the local
leaders of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, so in many ways you can say bin Laden is exploiting for his benefit this particular
attack," he said. "Bin Laden still wants to claim leadership for the global jihad movement." Of all the various offshoots and branches of Al
Qaeda around the world, Gunaratna said the group in Yemen is one of the closest to bin Laden since it is made up of bodyguards and
associates of the organization's top ideologues. Yemen is bin Laden's ancestral homeland. "Today the operational relationship has
somewhat suffered, but the ideological relationship is very strong and that is why bin Laden claimed this attack," Gunaratna said.
Two of the group's top members were former detainees released in November 2007 from the U.S. military prison Guantanamo Bay. Since
the Christmas Day attempt, the Yemeni government, at the U.S.'s urging has stepped up its attacks on the group's hideouts in the rugged
country's remote hinterland. Analysts have long debated how much control bin Laden, who is believed to be somewhere in
Afghanistan-Pakistan border region, really has over the various organizations using his group's name. The Yemen-based group,
however, has closer ties than most to bin Laden and his key lieutenants, many having once been their bodyguards. There was no way to
confirm the voice on the audio message was actually that of bin Laden, but it resembled previous recordings attributed to him. In the past
year, bin Laden's messages have concentrated heavily on the situation of the Palestinians in attempt to rally support from Muslims around
the world. Some analysts say bin Laden is focusing on the close U.S.-Israeli relationship because he is worried about Obama's popularity
across the Middle East with his promises to withdraw from Iraq and because his father was a Muslim from the African nation of Kenya.
The plight of the Palestinians, especially in the blockaded Gaza Strip where 1,400 were killed in an Israeli offensive a year ago,
angers many in the Arab world. "The Palestinian conflict was never part of the Al Qaeda original mandate, but Usama is clearly
exploiting it," Gunaratna said. Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Andy David dismissed the latest Al Qaeda message and its attempt to
link Israel with attacks on the U.S. "This is nothing new. He has said this before," he said. "Terrorists always look for absurd excuses
for their despicable deeds." The last public message from bin Laden appears to have been on Sept. 26, when he demanded that
European countries pull their troops out of Afghanistan. The order came in an audiotape that also warned of "retaliation" against
nations that are allied with the United States in fighting the war (Fox News, 2010).

Date: January 25, 2010


Source: The Sunday Times, Rhys Blakely
Title/Headline: Terror Group Lashkar-e-Taiba „Planning Paraglider Attacks‟ In India

Abstract: Indian intelligence officials suspect that the terrorist group behind the 2008 Mumbai attacks is planning another
audacious strike on the country — this time from the air, using suicide bombers flying paragliders. U. K. Bansal, an Indian Home
Ministry official, told reporters that the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba faction was thought to have acquired a number of the
gliding parachutes. ―We have intelligence reports that LeT has purchased 50 paragliding kits from Europe with an intention to
launch attacks on India,‖ he said. No other details were given, but security levels have been hiked across the country ahead of
tomorrow‘s Republic Day celebrations, one of India‘s biggest holidays. If accurate, the intelligence would mark a radical new tactic.
Experts said the potential threat posed by jihadist paragliders would have to be considered seriously as LeT — which murdered 166 people
in Mumbai in a sophisticated commando-style raid — has already proven itself highly innovative. ―The Mumbai attack [where ten LeT
gunmen sailed to Mumbai from Karachi, murdering the crew of a fishing boat en route], was the group‘s first act of sea-borne
terrorism,‖ said B. Raman, a former counter-terrorism chief in the Indian foreign intelligence service, the Research and Analysis Wing. ―It
would be natural for them to plan another spectacular attack from the air. The warning has to be taken seriously.‖ Paragliders usually do
not have an engine but can — in skilled hands and in the right conditions — cover large distances. The world record for flying a
paraglider is more than 460km (285 miles). However, they usually need to be launched from a high point, or towed by a boat or
car, which could limit their effectiveness. The latest alert came after the US Defence Secretary Robert Gates warned last Wednesday
that a syndicate of terrorist groups could trigger a war between Pakistan and India through a ―provocative act‖. Relations between
India and Pakistan, nuclear armed neighbours which have gone to war three times, deteriorated sharply in the wake of the Mumbai attacks.
LeT has been active since the early 1990s and is said to have been created with the help of Pakistan‘s powerful spy agency, the Directorate
of Inter-Service Intelligence. It was founded to try and free Kashmir from Indian control, and came to specialise in the type of suicidal raid
that shocked the world over a 60-hour period when Mumbai was attacked in November 2008. The organisation was banned in Pakistan
in 2002. Indian officials also warned last week that a terrorist group — possibly LeT or al-Qaida — was poised to hijack an Indian
passenger plane. On Friday, an Indian Home Ministry official confirmed that security had been tightened at all airports. Officials said that
sky marshals would be deployed on flights around the region. Indian officials have feared the possibility of an air attack for some time.
Eight days after the Mumbai attacks, the Defence Ministry ordered the nation‘s armed forces to be on guard against ―terror
strikes from the air‖. At that time, the India Bureau for Civil Aviation is thought to have been given warning of plans to capture
one or more planes at Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore or Chennai airports, the country‘s main transport hubs. Officials said that credible
intelligence indicated a plan to attack a major population centre using an airliner in an assault that would resemble those made on New
York in 2001. There were also fears that one of India‘s nuclear facilities could be targeted. The last time an Indian passenger plane
was targeted was Christmas Eve 1999, when an Indian Airlines flight was hijacked by Pakistani nationals as it flew from
Kathmandu to Delhi. That plane landed in Afghanistan, where the hostages were released in exchange for three Islamist extremists
(Blakely, 2010).

Date: February 3, 2010


Source: Fox News, Associated Press
Title/Headline: Pakistani Scientist Convicted Of Trying To Kill Americans

Abstract: A U.S.-trained Pakistani scientist was convicted of charges that she tried to kill Americans while detained in Afghanistan in
2008, shouting with a raised arm as jurors left the courtroom: "This is a verdict coming from Israel, not America." A jury deliberated three
days in federal court in Manhattan before finding Aafia Siddiqui guilty in the third week of her attempted murder trial, which she often
interrupted with rambling courtroom outbursts. Siddiqui, 37, was convicted of two counts of attempted murder, though the crime was
not found by the jury to be premeditated. She was also convicted of armed assault, using and carrying a firearm, and assault of U.S. officers
and employees. Before her arrest, U.S. authorities had called Siddiqui an Al Qaeda sympathizer. She was never charged with terrorism,
but prosecutors called her a grave threat who was carrying bomb-making instructions and a list of New York City landmarks
including the Statue of Liberty when she was captured. The defendant — a spindly neuroscience specialist who trained at the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Brandeis University — "is no shrinking violet," Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher La Vigne
said in closing arguments. "She does what she wants when she wants it," he said. "These charges are no joke. People almost died."
Testifying in her own defense, Siddiqui claimed she had been tortured and held in a "secret prison" before her detention. Charges
that she attacked U.S. personnel who wanted to interrogate her were "crazy," she said. "It's just ridiculous" (Fox News, 2010).

Date: February 4, 2010


Source: Fox News, Associated Press
Title/Headline: U.S. Believes Pakistani Taliban Leader Is Dead

Abstract: The Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud was allegedly killed in a U.S. airstrike. Neither Pakistan nor the U.S. has
officially confirmed the death of Mehsud, who commands an Al Qaeda-allied movement that is blamed for scores of suicide bombings and
is suspected in a deadly attack on a CIA base in Afghanistan late last year. The statement came after days of posturing by Pakistani
Taliban officials, who first said they would prove their leader was alive and well, then reversed course and said they saw no need to
prove it. The attack by a U.S. drone came after Mehsud appeared in a video alongside the Jordanian suicide bomber who Baitullah
Mehsud's death gave leadership of the Pakistani Taliban to his deputy, Hakimullah Mehsud, a 28-year-old with a reputation as a
particularly ruthless militant. He has taken responsibility for a wave of brazen strikes inside Pakistan, including the bombing of the
Pearl Continental hotel in the northwestern city of Peshawar last June and the attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore
earlier that year (Fox News, 2010).

Date: February 17, 2010


Source: The Telegraph, Ben Farmer
Title/Headline: Geography Professor Claims To Have Found Osama Bin Laden

Abstract: A Californian geography professor has used techniques for hunting endangered species to pinpoint three houses in
Pakistan where Osama bin Laden could be hiding. Using patterns of how animal species spread, the world's most wanted terrorist
can be tracked down to a town in the tribal region of North West Pakistan it is claimed. By factoring in his need for security,
electricity, high ceilings to accommodate his 6ft 4in frame and spare rooms for his bodyguards, the search can be further narrowed to three
walled compounds. According to a team led by Thomas Gillespie, at the University of California in Los Angeles, bin Laden's location is
"one of the most important political questions of our time" (Farmer, 2010).

Date: March 4, 2010


Source: Fox News, Associated Press
Title/Headline: Key Taliban Political Mastermind Arrested In Pakistan

Abstract: Pakistan security forces arrested a suspected Taliban mastermind on Thursday, Fox News has learned. Mohtasim Agha
Jan is thought to be a chief Taliban political strategist in Karachi. "He is a close aide of spiritual leader Mullah Omar and ranked
number seven on the post 9/11 watch list," a U.S. intelligence official told Fox News. His arrest may be due in part to the CIA's
interrogation of suspected terrorist Abdul Ghani Baradar, who was arrested in early February. After the arrest of Ghani Baradar, Mohtasim
Agha Jan's name surfaced in discussions about who might replace the Afghan Taliban's No. 2. He is a former Taliban finance minister who
is reported to have family links to Taliban leader Mullah Omar. As a government official, he had the power to control the flow of money
and appoint deputy ministers. He was born in the late 1960s in Kandahar city. The arrests have been hailed by U.S. officials and many
analysts as a major blow to the Taliban in Afghanistan, though they caution that the group has rebounded from the death or
detention of previous leaders. Opinion is divided on whether the crackdown signals that the country's powerful intelligence forces are
adopting a harder line against the militants. The United States has long demanded Pakistan take action against the group, which
critics say have long enjoyed relative sanctuary in Pakistan. Some experts say the arrests may be aimed at removing moderates
within the Taliban who were considering taking part in possible reconciliation talks with the Afghan government. Earlier, Interior
Minister Rehman Malik said he had no information on the arrest of Mohtasim. Afghan Taliban spokesman Qari Yousef Ahmadi denied he
had been arrested. There had been speculation that Mohtasim was in the running to replace Baradar, who was reportedly arrested in a joint
raid with American intelligence officials. Born in the late 60s, Mohtasim was considered close to Taliban leader Mullah Omar. He was not
known to be among the most hardline group within the Taliban. Earlier Thursday, dozens of militants attacked a security checkpoint in the
northwest close to the Afghan border, sparking a gunbattle that left 30 insurgents and one soldier dead, officials said. The battle occurred
overnight in the Chamarkand area of the Mohmand tribal region, said government and military officials, speaking on condition of
anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media. Chamarkand borders the Bajur tribal region, where the army said
Tuesday it had finally defeated Taliban and Al Qaeda militants after more than a year and a half of fighting. Washington has
praised Pakistan for its recent military operations but wants the government to do even more to target militants using its territory
to stage cross-border attacks against U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan (Fox News, 2010).

Date: March 7, 2010


Source: NY Daily News, Helen Kennedy
Title/Headline: American Al Qaeda Terrorist Adam Gadahn Arrested, Pakistan Claims

Abstract: Pakistani officials claimed Sunday they nabbed Adam Gadahn, the treasonous Californian Al Qaeda leader who has long
been on Washington's most wanted list. But high-level U.S. officials said they could not verify the report - and there were growing
indications it could be a mixup. President Obama did not mention what would be a welcome blow against terrorist mastermind Osama
Bin Laden when he made a statement to reporters about the Iraqi election yesterday. He ignored a shouted question about Gadahn. "We are
checking with Pakistani authorities to confirm one way or the other," said FBI spokesman William Carter. A Pakistani official told
Agence France-Presse that "we thought it could have beena big catch, but it appeared it's not Gadahn." The confusing swirl of
reports began in Karachi, where The Associated Press and several news outlets quoted Pakistani officials announcing the arrest of Bin
Laden's American mouthpiece. An English-language paper ran a photo of a man said to be Gadahn being taken away with a bag on
his head. Later reports suggested the arrested man might not be Gadahn but a Taliban commander with a similar name. Gadahn,
31, is the first American to be charged with treason since World War II. If convicted, he would face the death penalty. Stories about
Gadahn's arrest came just hours after he appeared in a new Internet video urging American Muslims to go on shooting sprees like Maj.
Nidal Malik Hasan's at Fort Hood, Tex., last year. Gadahn's arrest would be the latest in a series of successes in the new partnership
between Pakistan's once-balky intelligence services and the CIA. Known in Al Qaeda videos as "Azzam the American" or Azzam
al-Amereeki, Gadahn was born in Oregon to a Jewish family. His hippie father converted to Christianity before his son was born,
changing the family name from Pearlman to Gadahn, after an Old Testament warrior. Adam Gadhan was home-schooled in Southern
California on a goat farm without running water. Once an avid fan of Death Metal music, he converted to Islam at 17 and moved to
Pakistan in 1998 at 20. Intelligence officials say he joined up with Al Qaeda after 9/11 and attended terrorist training camps in
Afghanistan. By 2004, he was a senior Al Qaeda operative and became Bin Laden's top propagandist, appearing in numerous
Internet videos calling for the destruction of America. In a 2008 video he tore up his U.S. passport on camera and urged Americans
to launch domestic terrorist attacks. He is believed to report directly to Bin Laden's right-hand man, Ayman al-Zawahiri. Gadahn
was branded a traitor in 2006 by a federal grand jury in Santa Ana, Calif. He would be tried in a federal court, like California native
John Walker Lindh and ex-Chicago gang member Jose Padilla (Kennedy, 2010).

Date: March 7, 2010


Source: ABC News, Martha Raddatz, Nick Schifrin
Title/Headline: Pakistan Arrests American Al Qaeda Member, Identity Not Confirmed

Abstract: A Taliban leader who goes by the name Abu Yahya, just like American-turned-al Qaeda spokesman Adam Gadahn, was
picked up in Karachi in recent days, but that person is not Gadahn, a senior Pakistani government official told ABC News. Reports
of the capture of an American-born al-Qaeda member by Pakistani authorities gave rise to speculation over whether it was Gadahn, the 31-
year-old California-born Muslim convert who has been wanted since 2004. The official told ABC News the leader who was arrested
was possibly Abu Yahya Mujahdeen al-Adam, said to be another American member of al Qaeda, but the Pakistanis have yet to
make that identification positive, the official said. Dawn, an English-language newspaper, reports that Abu Yahya Mujahdeen al-
Adam is an Egyptian-born U.S. citizen from Pennsylvania who helps command foreign militants fighting in Afghanistan and
coordinates activities from Dubai. The newspaper reports he is a close aide of Osama bin Laden and one of the "main financiers" of al
Qaeda, and that he was arrested with the help of U.S. intelligence, and has been transported to Islamabad for interrogation. Pakistani
intelligence officials told ABC News that Karachi, the sprawling port city far from the Afghan border where Yahya was picked up,
is where many other recent arrests have been made. In the last six weeks, at least a half dozen senior Taliban commanders have
been arrested, including the Afghan Taliban's military commander, two Afghan Taliban shadow governors and the son-in-law of
Taliban chief Mullah Omar. The word of an arrest of an American in Pakistan came just hours after the release of the lastest video of
Gadahn, in which he praised Nidal Hasan, the U.S. Army major accused in the Fort Hood massacre last November."The Mujahid brother
Nidal Hasan is a pioneer, a trailblazer and a role-model who has opened a door, lit a path and shown the way forward for every Muslim
who finds himself among the unbelievers," Gadahn said in the video. Gadahn grew up in southern California and converted to Islam.
Officials say radical elements at an Orange County mosque convinced Gadahn to move to Pakistan. He has been there since 1998,
attending al Qaeda training camp and becoming a leading voice for al Qaeda -- praising the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and today urging
Muslims to launch more attacks against the United States. You shouldn't make the mistake of thinking that military bases are the only
high-value targets in America and the West. On the contrary, there are countless other strategic places, institutions and
installations which, by striking, the Muslim can do major damage to the crusader West," Gadahn said in the video. Gadahn was
charged with treason in 2006. He could face the death penalty if captured (Raddatz & Schifrin, 2010).

Date: March 10, 2010


Source: Thaindian News
Title/Headline: Pakistani Men Discussing Girls Were Planning Terror Attack

Abstract: Two Pakistani men apparently discussing girls online were really planning a massive Al Qaeda terror attack on Britain,
a senior British intelligence officer has testified in court. The officer gave his testimony to the Special Immigration Appeals
Commission as part of a deportation hearing following the arrest of five Pakistani men in anti-terror raids in Manchester and
Liverpool in April last year. Three of the men have been deported to Pakistan and are appealing to be allowed to return to Britain.
The two others are fighting their deportation order - apparently backed by Pakistani government ministers. The officer, identified
only as ZR, told the court Tuesday the five men planned to stage an attack between April 15 and 20 last year - just days after their arrest -
in a plot that would inflict ―mass casualties‖. He told the hearing that that the alleged plot ringleader Abid Naseer exchanged coded
emails with an Al Qaeda operative called Sohaib, using girls‘ names in order to conceal their identities. ―On the face of it the emails
are designed to look, without knowledge of the surrounding context, they‘re designed to look like correspondence between two
people about girls,‖ he said, according to the Daily Mail. ―I don‘t assess this to be two young men simply talking about girls. I think it‘s
two people discussing attack planning on behalf of Al Qaeda,‖ he added. Police say Naseer and Ahmed Faraz Khan were part of a
major plot and constitute a risk to security, but that it did not have enough evidence to charge them with criminal offences.
Naseer‘s lawyer Jeol Bannathan told ZR: ―You know, don‘t you, that in Pakistan in public, senior figures in the Pakistani government have
been saying ‗these boys are innocent, they should be allowed to carry on with their studies‘.‖ ZR replied: ―The claims that these
individuals are not involved in terrorism are wrong.‖ The British intelligence officer compared the alleged plot to the July 7, 2005
attacks in London and a trans-Atlantic airline bomb plot of 2006, but refused to reveal details of the similarities in open court.
―The overarching similar fashion was that they were all planning a terrorist attack in the UK under the direction of Al Qaeda and
these were aiming for mass casualties.‖ He added: ―I‘m comfortable that there are similarities between those plots and I‘m comfortable to
talk about that in closed session.‖ MI5, the British spy agency, claims that Naseer and Sohaib used names of girlfriends to refer to
different explosive materials needed for homemade bombs. They also mentioned a wedding, which was in fact the alleged attack,
the security service says (Thaindian News, 2010).
Date: April 12, 2010
Source: Fox News
Title/Headline: Details Emerge In Al Qaeda Plot On NYC Subway System

Abstract: A fourth suspect in the alleged plot to blow up New York City subways has reportedly revealed shocking details about the plan
involving Najibullah Zazi, MyFoxNY.com reported. The Queens native and two high school friends were planning to detonate
explosives attached to their bodies at Grand Central and Times Square stations during rush hour, according to the Associated Press.
The AP reports that the fourth suspect was arrested in Pakistan and is likely to be extradited to Brooklyn. The group had supposedly picked
September 14, 15 or 16 as the attack date. In February, Zazi pleaded guilty in U.S. federal court to a plot to blow up New York's subway
system last year and to links with al Qaeda. Zazi pleaded guilty to three charges: conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction,
conspiracy to commit murder in a foreign country, and providing material support to the al Qaeda extremist network. He told the
federal court in Brooklyn that he had planned to blow up New York targets including the underground train system and that he wanted to
"conduct mortal operations in the subway line." Zazi, 24, said he was ready to "sacrifice myself" in order "to draw the attention to
what the United States is doing in Afghanistan." He faces maximum sentences of life in prison for the first two charges and 15 years for
the third. However, his plea appears to be part of a bargain in which he could receive a more lenient sentence in return for cooperating with
investigators. Zazi was arrested September 20 in Denver, where he worked as an airport shuttle bus driver. Prosecutors say he carried
bomb-making instructions in a laptop and had been shopping for large quantities of chemicals found in beauty products that could
have been the ingredients for explosives. They also say he received explosives training in Peshawar, Pakistan, a hotbed of al Qaeda
activity. According to prosecutors, Zazi went to New York to prepare the alleged bombing campaign, using weapons of "mass
destruction," but left after receiving a tip-off that he was being watched by federal agents (Fox News, 2010).

Date: April 23, 2010


Source: New York Times, William K. Rashbaum, Karen Zraick
Headline/Title: Government Says Al Qaeda Ordered N.Y. Plot

Abstract: The failed plot to bomb three New York City subway lines during the morning rush last September was hatched in 2008
by two senior Qaeda leaders in the tribal areas of Pakistan, where they met personally with three would-be suicide attackers from
Queens to urge them to carry out a strike, federal authorities said Friday. Last October, in the weeks after one of the three men,
Najibullah Zazi, was arrested, the attorney general, Eric H. Holder Jr., said that the plot represented one of the most serious
threats to the United States since 9/11. A federal prosecutor, speaking in United States District Court in Brooklyn on Friday, disclosed
what he said was the role of the two senior Qaeda leaders for the first time and identified them as Saleh al-Somali, the group‘s head
of external operations, and Rashid Rauf, a key operative. Both were reported killed by drone attacks in Pakistan. The prosecutor,
Jeffrey H. Knox, the assistant United States attorney overseeing the case against the three men from Queens, made the disclosure during a
court proceeding in which one of the two other men, Zarein Ahmedzay, 25, an Afghan immigrant, pleaded guilty to the bomb plot and
other crimes. Mr. Zazi, who moved to Denver from Queens early last year and worked as an airport shuttle bus driver, had pleaded guilty to
the same crimes. During his guilty plea, Mr. Ahmedzay, a short, bearded man, quoted from the Koran before describing his role in the
bomb plot. Then, appearing at ease, he suggested that a Zionist conspiracy represents a greater threat to the United States than Al Qaeda.
―And I believe that the real enemies of this country are the ones destroying this country from within,‖ he said. ―And I believe these
are the special group, the Zionist Jews, I believe, who want a permanent shadow government within the government of the United
States of America.‖ The judge interrupted him. The three men traveled to Pakistan in August 2008 and had planned to cross the border
into Afghanistan to join the Taliban and kill American soldiers in order to overthrow what he called the ―corrupt and imposter Karzai
government‖ and ―establish the perfect justice of Allah,‖ Mr. Ahmedzay said during his guilty plea. They eventually met a Qaeda figure
in Peshawar, then traveled to Waziristan for training. There, they met with Mr. Rauf and Mr. al-Somali, although they did not
learn their true identities, the Justice Department said. A news release issued in Washington by the Justice Department about the guilty
plea did not say why the disclosure about the Qaeda leaders was made on Friday. Spokesmen for the agency and for the office of the
Brooklyn United States attorney, Benton J. Campbell, which is prosecuting the case, declined to comment. Mr. Ahmedzay told the judge
that the meeting with the Qaeda leaders occurred shortly after he and his two friends from Queens arrived at the group‘s compound. ―We
told these two individuals that we wanted to wage jihad in Afghanistan, but they said that we would be more useful to them and to
the jihad if we returned to New York and conducted operations there,‖ he said, adding in response to a question from the judge that the
three young men understood the Qaeda leaders to be referring to suicide bombings. Mr. Ahmedzay said he and his friends told the men that
they needed time to decide. ―We discussed the matter amongst ourselves and we agreed to go forward with the plan,‖ he said. ―I
personally believed that conducting an operation in the United States would be the best way to end the wars.‖ He said the leaders
wanted his input because of his familiarity with New York City. ―They said the most important thing was to hit well-known structures
and to maximize the number of casualties,‖ he said. But he said that he himself had selected the subways as their target, rather
than a large structure like a building, because of the amount of explosives that Mr. Zazi, who was the only one of the three to
undergo explosives training in Waziristan, believed he could make. All three men, he said, agreed to the plan. Mr. Ahmedzay said that
at one point later he had doubts about going forward with the bombing, but resolved to carry it out. The three men were charged with
conspiring to use weapons of mass destruction, and to commit murder in a foreign country, and giving support to Al Qaeda. Mr.
Zazi has been cooperating with prosecutors. Mr. Ahmedzay‘s lawyer, Michael Marinaccio, would not discuss whether his client was
cooperating with the authorities. The plea by Mr. Ahmedzay leaves Adis Medunjanin, 25, as the only remaining defendant in the case
facing trial (Rashbaum & Zraick, 2010).
Date: April 24, 2010
Source: Indo-Asian News Service, Hindustan Times
Title/Headline: New York Subway Bombing Plot Was Hatched In Pakistan

Abstract: The failed plot to bomb three New York City subways in September 2009 was hatched by two senior Al-Qaeda leaders in
the tribal areas of Pakistan, prosecutors said as another accused pleaded guilty. New details about the aborted terror mission of three
would-be suicide attackers as Zarein Ahmedzay, a Queens taxi driver, admitted his role in the plot during a hearing in federal court in
Brooklyn on Friday. Ahmedzay joins Najibullah Zazi of Denver, who earlier pleaded guilty to participating in the alleged subway plot. The
action leaves a single defendant, Adis Medunjanin, to stand trial on a five-count indictment. All three face up to life in prison. According
to federal prosecutors, the three men travelled to Pakistan in August 2008 and met with twoleaders, Saleh Al-Somali, head of
international operations for Al Qaeda, and Rashid Rauf, described as a key Al-Qaeda operative. The three Americans told the Al-
Qaeda officials they wanted to fight in Afghanistan, but the leaders suggested they would be more useful to Al-Qaeda if they
returned to New York to carry out suicide attacks, prosecutors said. According to US officials, the men agreed to carry out the
attacks. They said the Al-Qaeda leaders encouraged the men to strike well-known structures in New York City and to maximise the
number of casualties. During the proceeding, Ahmedzay, a short, bearded man wearing a blue prison smock with a long -sleeved white
T-shirt beneath it and blue prison pants, quoted from the Koran before describing his role in the bomb plot, the New York Times
reported. Then, appearing at ease, he began an angry rant, suggesting that a Zionist conspiracy represents a greater threat to the
United States than Al-Qaeda does. The judge eventually interrupted him. Moments before, Ahmedzaytried tried to say what had
motivated him and his co-defendants, but US Magistrate Judge Steven M Gold cut him off, saying, "It doesn't matter." "The facts
disclosed today add chilling details to what we know was a deadly plot hatched by Al -Qaeda leaders overseas to kill scores of
Americans in the New York City subway system," said Attorney General Eric Holder in a statement in Washington. "Ahmedzay's
plea makes clear that he betrayed his adopted country and its people by providing support to Al -Qaeda and planning to bring
deadly violence to New York," said FBI Director Robert Mueller (Hindustan Times, 2010).

Date: April 25, 2010


Source: Telegraph, Duncan Gardham
Title/Headline: British Al-Qaeda Commander Planned July 7-Style Attack On New York Subway

Abstract: Rashid Rauf, who also planned the transatlantic airlines plot, allegedly told three Americans to attack targets in the
United States. His role in the plot emerged as a man pleaded guilty to the plot which was cracked by the FBI last September after a tip off
from British intelligence. It would have been the biggest attack on US soil since September 11, according to the US Attorney
General, Eric Holder. Rauf's role in the New York plot emerged as Zarein Ahmedzay, a 25-year-old former New York taxi driver,
pleaded guilty to charges including conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction. It is claimed they had bought the ingredients to
make similar explosives as those used in the July 7 2005 bombings which killed 52 people on three tube trains and a bus in London. In
court Ahmedzay said he travelled to Pakistan with two other former school friends from Queen's, New York, Najibullah Zazi and
Adis Medunjanin in the summer of 2008. At the camp in the lawless region of North Waziristan, Ahmedzay said the three men
offered to join the Taliban and fight US forces in Afghanistan, but were told they would be "more useful if we returned to New
York City... to conduct operations." Asked by the judge what kind of operations, he said: "Suicide-bombing operations." The al-Qaeda
commanders were identified as Rauf and a man called Saleh al-Somali by the Assistant US Attorney, Jeffrey Knox, as well as an
unidentified third man. Rauf, who is originally from Birmingham, fled Britain after the murder of his uncle in 2002 and has been connected
to almost every significant terrorist plot in Britain since, including July 7, the failed attacks of July 21 and the plot to blow up airliners over
the Atlantic. He was also behind an alleged plan to attack shopping centres in Manchester last Easter. Intelligence agencies believe
he died in an attack by a Predator unmanned drone in November 2008. Zazi, an Afghan-born airport shuttlebus driver from Colorado,
admitted earlier this year that he tested bomb-making materials at an apartment in a Denver suburb before travelling by car to New York to
attack the subway system. Medunjanin, who is of Bonsian origin, plans to plead not guilty and a fourth man is in custody in Pakistan
(Gardham, 2010).

Date: April 27, 2010


Source: New York Times, Mark Mazzetti
Title/Headline: U.S. Begins Inquiry On Spy Network In Pakistan

Abstract: Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has opened an inquiry into whether a top Defense Department official violated
Pentagon rules by setting up a network of private contractors to gather intelligence in Pakistan and Afghanistan. A Pentagon
spokesman said Tuesday that Mr. Gates was also demanding greater oversight over the millions of dollars the Defense Department spent
annually to carry out ―information operations,‖ to ensure that such missions did not ―stray off course‖ into secret intelligence collection. At
the center of the Pentagon inquiry is Michael D. Furlong, a civilian official working for the Air Force who last year used a web of
private contractors to clandestinely gather intelligence in Pakistan and Afghanistan. According to current and former government
officials, some of that information was turned over to Special Operations troops to help fight militants. Some American officials think that
Mr. Furlong may have financed the secret network by improperly diverting money from an overt program to gather information about the
tribal structures and political dynamics in Afghanistan. The Pentagon‘s inspector general is already conducting a criminal
investigation into the matter. One focus of that investigation is whether Mr. Furlong engaged in contract fraud by channeling
contracts to International Media Ventures, a media technology firm that American officials say Mr. Furlong used in the
intelligence-gathering effort. But even if no laws were broken, officials said, the inquiry announced on Tuesday will more clearly
define the Pentagon‘s boundaries in intelligence operations, and determine whether Mr. Furlong‘s outsourcing of intelligence
collection violated Pentagon rules. The inquiry will be led by Mr. Gates‘s senior aide in charge of intelligence oversight. Geoff Morrell,
the Pentagon press secretary, said that a Pentagon team set up to do a quick study of Defense Department information operations — the
area of warfare where information is used to achieve military ends — had found that the programs were well managed and had unearthed
no evidence of operations similar to the one set up by Mr. Furlong. ―There do not seem to be any other alleged rogue information
operations under way,‖ he said (Mazzetti, 2010).

Date: April 28, 2010


Source: Guardian, Declan Walsh
Title/Headline: Pakistan Taliban Chief Hakimullah Mehsud Is Alive, Says Spy Agency

Abstract: The Taliban leader in Pakistan, Hakimullah Mehsud, survived an American drone strike in January and is alive and well,
a senior official with Pakistan's Inter Services Intelligence agency told the Guardian today. Mehsud was reported to have died in a
CIA drone strike in South Waziristan in January but, although Pakistan's interior minister claimed he had been killed, the death was never
confirmed by either US or Pakistani intelligence. Today the senior intelligence official said he had seen video footage of the missile attack
on Mehsud but other intelligence had since confirmed the insurgent leader survived. He declined to elaborate further."He is alive," said
the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. "He had some wounds but he is basically OK."Mehsud's apparent survival will
be a blow to the CIA, which intensified efforts to kill the flamboyant young Taliban leader early this year after he appeared in a
video alongside an al-Qaida operative who killed seven American spies at a base in southern Afghanistan in late December. The failed
attack on Mehsud came at the start of an unprecedented onslaught by CIA-controlled unmanned aircraft in the tribal belt. The CIA has
carried out 38 attacks so far this year, the official said, compared with 49 in the whole of 2009. "The US government is under pressure
because it is unable to achieve much in Afghanistan. This is one way of hitting their al-Qaida enemies, as they define them," the
official said. Drone strikes are deeply unpopular in Pakistan because of civilian casualties. The New America Foundation recently
reported that between January 2009 and March 2010 the drones killed 690 alleged insurgents and 181 innocent villagers. CIA
figures put the civilian tally for the same period at 20. The Pakistani official estimated the civilian toll was "between the two figures" but
insisted that targeting had improved. "For the Americans, this is an effective way of doing things from a distance with little collateral
damage. I give full credit to the CIA for this." The Washington Post reported this week that the CIA has started using more compact
drones and smaller missiles in an effort to reduce civilian casualties. The intelligence official denied reports that the Taliban deputy leader,
Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, had been captured in Karachi last January "by accident". US intelligence pinpointed Baradar in a housing
estate in a well-to-do part of Karachi, he said, but the raid to capture him was entirely Pakistani. "There was no American around," he said.
Baradar was being jointly interrogated by CIA and ISI agents and had yielded useful information, he said. For example, he claimed to have
last met the Taliban leader in Afghanistan, Mullah Muhammad Omar, two years ago. He also rejected claims that Pakistan had captured
Baradar to scupper nascent Afghan peace talks, saying that Baradar had disdained President Hamid Karzai as "not even a real Pashtun". In
March, Kai Eide, the UN's former special representative to Afghanistan said he believed Pakistan wanted to prevent talks between the UN,
the Afghan government and the Taliban, to retain control of the process. The senior official said the ISI would be "very, very willing" to
play a role in negotiations with the Taliban, but only if called upon by both the Afghan and US governments. For now, he said,
Pakistan's spies are "sitting on the sidelines, watching". "There are a number of different efforts and nobody knows what anyone else is
doing. It's a very fragmented effort." He added that "if it's meant to confuse the Taliban, it's working". One stumbling block, he said, was
the clashing policies of Britain and the US. "The British are more amenable to negotiations and talking," he said. "The Americans are
attempting to create conditions where the Taliban will be forced to come to the table. In my opinion they will never achieve that."
A western diplomat in Islamabad said British officials were more inclined to talks than their US couterparts, but said policy had
not been fixed in either country because "otherwise things would be happening". The ISI official denied his agency retains close
ties with Jalaluddin Haqqani, an al-Qaida-linked warlord whom America blames for recent mayhem in Afghanistan, including a
suicide attack on the Indian embassy. He admitted the agency had once been close to Haqqani but insisted that recent US allegations came
from people who "lived in the past". He regretted that Pakistan had broken its links with the warlord because "otherwise, resolution of the
problems in Afghanistan today would be so much easier for all of us". The ISI was heavily criticised in a recent United Nations report
into the death of Benazir Bhutto in December 2007. The official described the report as a "sub-standard work with a clear agenda".
He said: "In the report, statements are made and inferences drawn on condition of anonymity and hearsay. Who in God's name
does that?" Hakimullah Mehsud's apparent survival represents a second miraculous escape in the career of a youthful, ruthless militant
leader. The Pakistani government previously reported that the flamboyant tribesman, thought to be about 30 years old, was killed during a
leadership struggle last August. Despite his remarkable good fortune, however, Hakimullah's days as a Taliban leader may be numbered.
According to a senior ISI official, his Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan organisation has been weakened by a sweeping army assault on its
South Waziristan stronghold. Mehsud's leadership has been challenged by other figures, too, including his rival Wali-ur-Rehman.
"He may not be in the leadership position," the intelligence official said. "His rise was accidental. He was mister nobody, people
found it difficult to accept him." Mehsud rose to militant fame on the back of his ambition and showy cruelty. He sprang to prominence
in 2007 with the humiliating kidnapping of over 200 Pakistani soldiers in South Waziristan. A year later, he led dozens of ambushes on
Nato supply convoys as they passed through the Khyber Pass; in one instance he invited reporters to film him at the wheel of a looted
American Humvee. Hakimullah became Taliban leader in August after a CIA drone killed the Tehrik-i-Taliban founder, Baitullah Mehsud.
He also became known for cruelty. In Orakzai tribal agency, which was under his sway, Taliban fighters preyed on minority Sikhs and
carried out bloody sectarian attacks on Shias. Whatever Mehsud's fate, the Taliban remain a potent force. Yesterday, a suicide bomber
rammed his car into a checkpoint on the outskirts of Peshawar, killing five policemen. In North Waziristan, a clash at a checkpoint
left four militants dead and injured one soldier (Walsh, 2010).
Date: May 2, 2010
Source: The Long War Journal, Bill Roggio
Title/Headline: Pakistani Taliban Claim Credit For Failed NYC Times Square Car Bombing

Abstract: A top Pakistani Taliban commander took credit for yesterday's failed car bomb attack in New York City.Qari Hussain
Mehsud, the top bomb maker for the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, said he takes "fully responsibility for the recent attack
in the USA." Qari Hussain made the claim on an audiotape accompanied by images that was released on a YouTube website that calls
itself the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan News Channel. The tape has yet to be verified, but US intelligence officials contacted by The
Long War Journal believe it is legitimate. The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan News Channel on YouTube was created on April 30.
Officials believe it was created to announce the Times Square attack, and Qari Hussain‘s statement was pre-recorded. All indications are
the tape is legitimate. YouTube has pulled the video and shut down the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan News Channel since this article
was published. "This attack is a revenge for the great & valuable martyred leaders of mujahideen," Qari Hussain said. He listed
Baitullah Mehsud, the former leader of the Pakistani Taliban who was killed in a Predator strike in August 2009, and Abu Omar al
Baghdadi, the former leader of al Qaeda Islamic State of Iraq who was killed by Iraqi forces in mid-April. And although he was not
mentioned, an image of Abu Ayyub al Masri, the leader of al Qaeda in Iraq, was also displayed in the images accompanying the
audiotape. Qari Hussain also said the failed attack was "revenge for the Global American interference & terrorism in Muslim
countries, especially in Pakistan for Lal Masjid operation," a reference to the July 2008 Pakistani military assault on Islamists
holed up in the Red Mosque in Islamabad, as well as Predator strikes in Pakistan's tribal areas and the arrest and detention of
Pakistani scientist Aifa Siddique. Qari Hussain warned NATO that it must denounce the US and apologize for "the massacres in Iraq,
Yemen, Afghanistan, and Pakistani tribal areas otherwise be prepared for the worst destruction and devastation in their regions." At the
opening of the tape, the failed car bomb was described as a "jaw-breaking blow to Satan USA," however Mayor Michael
Bloomberg described the device, which failed to detonate, as ―amateurish.‖ The car bomb was discovered Saturday evening after a
street vendor spotted smoke coming from a Nissan Pathfinder SUV and alerted police. The bomb squad was dispatched to the scene and
discovered a crude bomb made of ―three canisters of propane like those used for barbecue grills, two five-gallon cans of gasoline,
consumer-grade fireworks … and two clocks with batteries,‖ The New York Times reported. Police currently do not have a suspect. The
license plate is not registered to the Nissan, and the vehicle identification number has been removed. Police are also looking at
video from surrounding stores to see if they can determine anything about the identity of the bomber (Roggio, 2010).

Date: May 3, 2010


Source: Fox News
Title/Headline: American Who Recently Visited Pakistan Eyed In Times Square Bomb Plot

Abstract: Federal authorities have identified a person of interest in Saturday night's Times Square bomb attempt -- a naturalized
American citizen who was in Pakistan for several months and returned to the United States recently, investigative sources told Fox
News. The latest developments seem to support investigators' suspicions that there was a foreign connection behind the failed car bomb
attempt in New York City, senior Obama administration officials told Fox News, shedding light on the growing body of evidence. Sources
say that evidence includes international phone calls made by the person of interest, who has not been identified publicly. The
Associated Press identified the person as a man of Pakistani descent, citing unnamed law enforcement sources (Fox News, 2010)

Date: May 4, 2010


Source: Fox News
Title/Headline: Times Square Car Bomb Suspect Faces Terrorism Charges After Admitting To Plot

Abstract: Pakistani-born U.S. citizen Faisal Shahzad has admitted trying to set off a car bomb in busy Times Square and will face
terrorism and mass destruction charges, Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday. Holder said in a press conference that Shahzad has
been charged with an act of terrorism and attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction in the May 1 bomb plot. Holder said Shahzad,
who has provided "valuable information" to investigators, attempted to carry out a "lethal terrorist attack" aimed at "murdering
Americans in one of the busiest places in our country." Deputy FBI director John Pistole said Shahzad was placed on the No Fly list just
hours before he was arrested Monday -- a key step in preventing him from fleeing the country on a flight to Dubai, he said. Homeland
Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Customs and Border Protection officials at the airport ordered that the flight be stopped before
takeoff. Napolitano said they were able to arrest Shahzad on the plane and turned him over to the FBI -- though she declined to say how he
was able to board the flight if he was on the No Fly list. Authorities tracked down Shahzad using the vehicle identification number on the
Nissan Pathfinder that failed to detonate. They linked that number to a recent sale in Connecticut, Holder said. Holder said he could
not confirm reports that between four and eight people have been taken into custody for questioning in Pakistan in connection with
the bombing attempt. CBS News reported earlier Monday that Pakistani authorities apprehended suspects connected to the terrorist plot
during raids Monday night and Tuesday morning in different locations. Some of them may be related to Shahzad, according to the
network. Pakistani intelligence officials also told Fox News on Tuesday that a man was arrested in Karachi for his connection to the
bomb plot. The reported capture comes after Shahzad was arrested as he came minutes away from fleeing the U.S. when his Dubai-bound
flight was returned to its gate at New York's Kennedy Airport and U.S. officials escorted him from the plane, along with two other men.
Federal investigators at Shahzad's home have removed a fireworks box among other evidence at the property in Bridgeport, Conn. The box
is labeled "Silver Salutes." The fireworks are similar to the M88s authorities say were found among containers of gasoline and
other materials left in an SUV meant to explode in Times Square. Shahzad is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday to face charges
that he tried to set off a massive fireball and kill Americans after parking his car on a street lined with restaurants and Broadway
theaters, federal authorities said. The U.S. attorney's office in Manhattan was handling the case against Shahzad, 30, but has not yet
made the charges against him public. FBI agents searched the home at a known address for Shahzad in Bridgeport, Conn., early Tuesday,
said agent Kimberly Mertz, who wouldn't answer questions about the search. Authorities removed filled plastic bags from the house
overnight in a mixed-race, working-class neighborhood of multi-family homes in Connecticut's largest city. A bomb squad came and
went without entering as local police and FBI agents gathered in the cordoned-off street. In all, three passengers were removed from
Emirates Airline Flight EK202 late Monday night as Shahzad was taken into custody by FBI agents and New York Police Department
detectives. But Shahzad told investigators he acted alone and denied any ties to radical groups in his native Pakistan, a U.S. law
enforcement official familiar with the investigation told Reuters. Though Holder said Tuesday that Shahzad was identified by customs
agents and taken into custody before boarding his flight, a representative for Emirates Airlines confirmed to Fox News that Flight 202 "was
called back by the local authorities prior to departure," and that the three passengers who were removed had already boarded the plane.
"Full security procedures were activated including the deplaning of all passengers and a thorough screening of the aircraft,
passengers, and baggage," the airline representative told Fox News. "Emirates is cooperating with the local authorities." The plane
was delayed about seven hours and took off for Dubai at approximately 6:30 a.m. ET. Shahzad is a naturalized U.S. citizen and had
recently returned from a five-month trip to Pakistan, where he had a wife, according to law enforcement officials who spoke to The
Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the investigation into the failed car bombing. Law enforcement
officials say Shahzad became a U.S. citizen in April 2009 and passed all the criminal and national security background checks required for
citizenship. The officials familiar with the inquiry say investigators plan to go through his citizenship application line by line to see if he
lied about anything. He became a citizen in Hartford, Conn. Shahzad was being held in New York overnight and couldn't be contacted. A
phone number at a listed address for Shahzad in Shelton, Conn., wasn't in service. Law enforcement officials say Shahzad bought the
SUV, a 1993 Nissan Pathfinder, from a Connecticut man about three weeks ago and paid cash. The officials spoke to the AP on
condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the case. The vehicle identification number had been removed from the
Pathfinder's dashboard, but it was stamped on the engine, and investigators used it to find the owner of record, who told them he had sold
the vehicle to a stranger. As the SUV buyer came into focus, investigators backed off other leads, although Holder said U.S. authorities
"will not rest until we have brought everyone responsible to justice," suggesting additional suspects are being sought. The SUV was
parked on Saturday night on a busy midtown Manhattan street near a theater showing "The Lion King." The explosive device
inside it had cheap-looking alarm clocks connected to a 16-ounce can filled with fireworks, which were apparently intended to
detonate gas cans and set propane tanks afire in a chain reaction "to cause mayhem, to create casualties," police Commissioner
Raymond Kelly said. A metal rifle cabinet placed in the SUV's cargo area was packed with fertilizer, but NYPD bomb experts believe it
was not a type volatile enough to explode like the ammonium nitrate grade fertilizer used in previous terrorist bombings. Police said the
SUV bomb could have produced "a significant fireball" and sprayed shrapnel with enough force to kill pedestrians and knock out
windows. A vendor alerted a police officer to the parked SUV, which was smoking. Times Square, clogged with tourists on a warm
evening, was shut down for 10 hours. A bomb squad dismantled the explosive device, and no one was hurt. But Holder said
Americans should remain vigilant. "It's clear," he said, "that the intent behind this terrorist act was to kill Americans." In Pakistan, Interior
Minister Rehman Malik said authorities had not been formally asked for help in the probe. "When the request comes, we will cooperate
with the U.S. government," he told the AP. The Pakistani Taliban appeared to claim responsibility in videos that surfaced after the
weekend scare, monitoring groups said, but police had no evidence to support the claims. More than a dozen people with American
citizenship or residency, like Shahzad, have been accused in the past two years of supporting or carrying out terrorism attempts on
U.S. soil, cases that illustrate the threat of violent extremism from within the U.S. Among them are Army Maj. Nidal Hasan, a U.S.-born
Army psychiatrist of Palestinian descent, charged with fatally shooting 13 people last year at Fort Hood, Texas; Najibullah Zazi, a Denver-
area airport shuttle driver who pleaded guilty in February in a plot to bomb New York subways; and a Pennsylvania woman who
authorities say became radicalized online as "Jihad Jane" and plotted to kill a Swedish artist whose work offended Muslims (Fox News,
2010).

Date: May 6, 2010


Source: LA Times, Alex Rodriguez
Title/Headline: Link Emerges Between Times Square Bomb Attempt And Pakistani Militant Group

Abstract: Link emerges between Times Square bomb attempt and Pakistani militant group A member of the Al Qaeda-allied
Pakistani militant group Jaish-e-Muhammad is being held by authorities in Pakistan. That man spent time with Faisal Shahzad, the
person charged in the failed bomb plot, although sources say that does not mean Jaish-e-Muhammad engineered the plot. One of the men
arrested in Pakistan this week in connection with the failed attempt to bomb Times Square is a member of Jaish-e-Muhammad, an
Al Qaeda-allied Pakistani militant group, intelligence sources in the city of Karachi said Wednesday. The revelation marks the first
indication that a specific Pakistani militant group has been associated with the case of Faisal Shahzad, the 30-year-old Pakistani American
charged in the failed bomb plot. But it does not necessarily mean that the organization engineered the plot or directed the suspect. The
intelligence sources requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media on the case. The man arrested Tuesday
in Karachi, Sheik Mohammed Rehan, allegedly drove with Shahzad from Karachi to Peshawar on July 7, 2009, in a pickup truck,
authorities said. They returned to Karachi July 22. It is not known why they went to Peshawar and whether they met with anyone
there. Peshawar is a large, mostly Pashtun city perched on the edge of Pakistan's tribal areas, where Al Qaeda, the Pakistani
Taliban and other militant groups maintain strongholds. It is also where Shahzad's father and other relatives live. Jaish-e-Muhammad
emerged in the mid-1990s as a militant organization primarily focused on overthrowing Indian forces in the Indian-administered portion of
Kashmir. Most of the violent attacks linked to the group have occurred in Kashmir, the disputed region claimed by India and Pakistan.
Over the years, though, the group has expanded its reach and has trained thousands of young men to fight U.S. and NATO forces battling
the Taliban in Afghanistan. It was also linked to the 2002 kidnapping and murder of Wall Street Journal correspondent Daniel Pearl in
Karachi. Based principally in Punjab province, the heartland of Pakistan, the group has been designated as a terrorist organization by the
U.S. government and was banned by Pakistan in 2002. But experts believe Jaish-e-Muhammad still benefits from links with Pakistan's
powerful government intelligence community. Some experts believe Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence agency facilitated the
group's formation. Authorities said they have not linked Jaish-e-Muhammad or any other militant group to two other men
arrested Tuesday in Karachi in connection with the case. Pakistani officials have not explained why those men — Tauseef Ahmed, a
cousin of Shahzad's, and Ahmed's father-in-law — were detained. Pakistani authorities are continuing to investigate any potential link
Shahzad might have with the Pakistani Taliban, the militant group based in the tribal areas that has beset the country with waves of suicide
bombings and other terrorist attacks over the last two years (Rodriguez, 2010).

Date: May 6, 2010


Source: TIME, Bobby Ghosh
Title/Headline: Beyond Times Square: The Threat From Pakistan

Abstract: Not long ago, a bomb attack on New York City's Times Square would have had intelligence officials and terrorism experts
checking off the usual suspects among the sources of terrorist plots against the U.S. — Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Iraq. But these days,
says a top counterterrorism official, "when I hear of a terrorist plot, I can count back from 10, and before I get to zero, someone
will bring up the P word." That's P for Pakistan. Over the past couple of years, more plots against U.S. targets have emanated
from or had a strong connection to Pakistan than any other country. Says the counterterrorism official, who was briefed on the hunt
for the Times Square bomber but is not authorized to speak with the media: "It was totally predictable that the smoking Pathfinder would
lead to someone with Pakistan in his past." Nor would it come as a surprise if it were revealed that Faisal Shahzad, who has claimed
to investigators that he was working alone, was in fact linked to an ever lengthening list of extremist groups operating in Pakistan's
northern wilds. These groups, whose attacks had long been confined to the Indian subcontinent, are now emerging as a deadly threat to the
U.S. and its allies. As the core of al-Qaeda, led by Osama bin Laden, wilts under the constant pounding from the CIA's Predator
drone campaign, Pakistani groups are mounting operations deep into the West. Such groups as Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP)
and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) have not yet notched major successes against U.S. targets to match Hizballah's bombings in 1980s
Lebanon or al-Qaeda's destruction of two U.S. embassies in Africa in 1998. But they have lately mounted operations of great audacity
and sophistication. LeT has been operating in Europe for at least a decade, initially raising funds from the large Pakistani diaspora in
countries like Britain and France and later recruiting volunteers for the jihad against Western forces. At least one of the plotters of the
2005 London subway bombings was an LeT trainee, and British investigators believe the group has been connected to other plots in
the U.K. The TTP, which claimed credit for Shahzad's failed bombing, was behind the suicide bombing that killed seven CIA
agents in Afghanistan late last year. And in 2008, in the most spectacular attack by a Pakistani-based group on Western targets, LeT
bombed and shot up a railway station, a hospital, two five-star hotels and a Jewish center in Mumbai, killing more than 160 people,
including six Americans. Afterward, Indian authorities scanning a computer belonging to one of the Mumbai plotters found a list of 320
targets worldwide; only 20 were Indian. Now, security officials fear, Pakistani jihadis are spreading their operations across the
Atlantic, recruiting U.S. citizens to their cause just as Britons were recruited a decade ago. If that assessment proves accurate, the
Times Square bomb plot could be the first of more to come.

An Evolving Threat: What are the wellsprings of Pakistani radicalism? In the 1980s, many fervently Islamic groups were set up in
Pakistan to fight the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. After the Soviet withdrawal in 1989, however, these groups and their spin-
offs did not lay down their arms but instead turned their attention to Pakistan's old enemy, India. Encouraged by Pakistani civilian,
military and intelligence authorities, LeT, Jaish-e-Mohammed and others refashioned themselves as freedom fighters in the cause of
Kashmir, the Himalayan territory claimed by both India and Pakistan. Pakistani officials regarded the jihadis as a proxy in their
conflict with India, and Islamabad provided groups like LeT with land, funding and even military training, though it was
understood that they could not attack targets in Pakistan or get involved in any operations against the U.S., Pakistan's ally. Though
there was some low-key cooperation between the Pakistani groups and al-Qaeda, it didn't merit much attention from Washington. After the
attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, however, the Bush Administration began to look more closely into bin Laden's alliances. Washington pressured
the Pakistani government of General Pervez Musharraf to crack down on LeT, Jaish and others, which by then were on the State
Department's list of proscribed terrorist organizations. But the government in Islamabad allowed the groups to continue operations —
in December 2001, LeT attacked the Indian Parliament in an audacious move that nearly brought the two countries to war — with
only cosmetic changes to their names. LeT, for instance, merged with its charitable foundation, the Jamaat-ud-Dawah. Gradually, the
Pakistani groups began to broaden their targets beyond the Indian enemy. LeT propaganda, for instance, began to focus on links, real and
imagined, between India, Israel and the U.S. By the mid-2000s, the group's leader, a former Islamic-studies professor named Hafiz
Muhammed Saeed, began to call for a jihad against the West using language similar to those of the fatwas issued by bin Laden and other al-
Qaeda leaders. LeT fighters began to venture out of their comfort zone, joining the fighting in Iraq. At the same time, a new group
of radicals, the TTP, had begun to emerge along Pakistan's border with Afghanistan. While LeT, Jaish and other older groups were
dominated by Pakistan's majority Punjabi ethnic group, the TTP was overwhelmingly Pashtun, the dominant ethnic group in Afghanistan.
And the TTP never had any qualms about challenging the Pakistani state as well as NATO troops in Afghanistan. In 2007 its leader,
Baitullah Mehsud, ordered the assassination of Benazir Bhutto and attacks on military targets; he also unleashed a wave of suicide
bombings in Pakistani cities. While Pakistani authorities have continued to take a somewhat tolerant view of the Punjabi groups,
their attitude toward the TTP is another matter. The army began to crack down on the group in 2008, and in the summer of 2009,
a CIA drone took out Baitullah Mehsud. His successor, Hakimullah Mehsud, was thought to have been killed in another drone
strike in January, but he re-emerged last week to claim responsibility for the Times Square attack.
Militants In Our Midst: How plausible is that? U.S. officials were initially dismissive of the TTP's claims but began to reconsider once it
emerged that Shahzad had been trained in bombmaking at a camp in Waziristan, which is Mehsud's stronghold. There is no doubt that the
TTP and other Pakistani groups are now recruiting among Americans. Last October, the FBI arrested a Pakistani American, David
Coleman Headley, and a Pakistani Canadian associate, for plotting to attack the Copenhagen offices of a Danish newspaper that
had published cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. More shockingly, the FBI said that Headley had been involved in the Mumbai
attacks too (he had scoped out the hotels and the Jewish center for LeT) and was planning to bomb the U.S., British and Indian embassies
in Dhaka, Bangladesh, before local authorities discovered the plot. In March, Headley pleaded guilty to all charges; he is now waiting
to be sentenced. The Headley revelations alarmed the Obama Administration's security team. In January, Daniel Benjamin, the State
Department's top counterterrorism official, said in a speech to the Cato Institute in Washington that "very few things worry me as much as
the strength and ambition of LeT." The next month, Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair told the Senate Select Committee
on Intelligence that LeT was "becoming more of a direct threat ... placing Western targets in Europe in its sights." The TTP is
certainly doing so. In 2008, it plotted to bomb the public-transport network in Barcelona, though the operation was busted before it
got much beyond the planning phase. If Shahzad was indeed acting on Mehsud's instructions, then the TTP has come closer to
successfully executing a large-scale operation on American soil than any group has since Sept. 11, 2001.

Exporting Jihad: It's fair to say that many analysts remain skeptical of the ability of a group like the TTP to operate outside
Pakistan and Afghanistan. Mehsud lacks the kinds of networks cultivated by the Punjabi groups among Pakistanis living in the West. The
TTP's fighters also tend to be poor, unsophisticated peasants from the mountains, ill equipped for foreign assignments. Besides, Mehsud
and his fighters now find themselves under attack from the air (the CIA drones) as well as on the ground (the Pakistani military) and may
not have the freedom to think big. They're much more likely to seek U.S. targets close at hand: in April, the TTP attacked the U.S.
consulate in the Pakistani city of Peshawar. But the TTP is working on ways to export terrorism. The group's training camps in
Waziristan are a magnet for Western jihadis, including U.S. citizens. Once trained, some return home and become executors of the
TTP's global ambitions. It's likely that the camps attended by both Najibullah Zazi, who confessed to planning attacks on the New York
subway system last year, and Shahzad, the alleged Times Square bomber, were run by the TTP. Others will no doubt follow in their
footsteps. Ashley Tellis, a South Asia expert at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, says there's no reason to doubt Mehsud's
determination to mount attacks in the U.S. "His group has taken very big hits from the drone campaign," he says. "He's looking for
payback. We have to watch the TTP very carefully." LeT has the same intent but much greater capabilities. It has larger
international networks and access to more sophisticated urban and educated recruits — people like Headley, who can move freely
in American society. Its foreign operations tend to be better planned, often in collaboration with other groups, like al-Qaeda and
Jaish. Perhaps LeT's greatest strength is the patronage it continues to receive from the Pakistani military and intelligence services. And it
enjoys genuine popularity in large parts of the country, where it offers social services that the government cannot provide. After the
devastating 2005 earthquake in Pakistani-controlled Kashmir, LeT volunteers were often the first to arrive on the scene and
provide valuable assistance. Like Hizballah in Lebanon, LeT and other Punjabi jihadist groups wield a combination of military
and political power that makes them practically untouchable. How can the Pakistani groups be combatted? Bruce Riedel, a
counterterrorism expert at the Brookings Institution in Washington, says the Administration's best bet is to launch a "global
takedown" of Pakistani jihadi cells outside Pakistan, especially in Britain, the U.S. and the Middle East. "These external bases are
the most threatening to us, much more than their operations in Pakistan," he says. As British authorities — who have had more
experience with this challenge than those in the U.S. — know very well, such a takedown involves long, hard work by a host of law-
enforcement agencies. And while the good guys are increasing their capabilities and understanding of the threats facing them, so are the
bad guys. The Times Square bomb plot didn't go as planned. But as Riedel says, "We can't rely on them to be bad bombmakers
forever" (Ghosh, 2010).

Date: May 6, 2010


Source: Newsweek, Sami Yousafzai, Ron Moreau
Title/Headline: Pakistan Taliban Source: Times Square Bombing Attempt Was 'Revenge Against America'

Abstract: A top Afghan Taliban planner and organizer tells NEWSWEEK he wasn't surprised by the attempted car bombing in
Times Square. "We were expecting this," says the source, who operates on both sides of the porous Afghanistan-Pakistan border. He
says the Pakistani Taliban—formally known as the Tehrik-e-Taliban—was hellbent on revenge after the Predator drone attack that killed its
leader, Baitullah Mehsud, last August and the more recent strikes that nearly killed Baitullah's successor, Hakimullah Mehsud, this January.
"They were desperately looking for revenge against America inside America," says the source, who declined to be identified by name
for security reasons. Hakimullah went deep underground immediately after the Hellfire missile attack in January, disappearing so
completely that even his fellow militants thought he was dead. According to the senior Afghan source, he vanished not only for his own
safety but also because he wanted to come back with a bang: "Hakimullah wanted to announce his return with a successful bombing in
America." And sure enough, the same weekend Faisal Shahzad parked his potentially lethal SUV on Times Square, Hakimullah
suddenly reappeared in an Internet video, announcing he was "alive and healthy." Shortly afterward a second video surfaced showing
a still picture of Hakimullah standing next to a map of the U.S. marked with red symbols denoting explosions, over an audio track saying:
"Good news will be heard within some days or weeks ... The time is very near when our fedayeen [fighters] will attack the
American states in the major cities." The day after the attack, a scratchy Internet audio recording was issued in the name of Hakimullah's
deputy, suicide- and car-bombing expert Qari Hussain, taking "full responsibility for the recent attack in the U.S.A." A Pakistani Taliban
spokesman quickly disowned the recording. Whether or not the recording was genuine, U.S. officials say suspicion is building that
Shahzad had ties to Tehrik-e-Taliban—a connection that's also denied by the same spokesman. The Afghan source says he's not sure.
"We have been hearing that the Tehrik-e-Taliban were expecting two or three attacks in America soon," the Afghan Taliban source
says. "Shahzad may have been one of them." He says he has heard that one or two of the bombers have already recorded farewell
"martyrdom videos" at Hakimullah's side. Nevertheless, the source admits he hadn't heard Shahzad's name mentioned in conversations
about the bombers. Nor does he believe Shahzad could have spent much time in the Pakistani Taliban's stronghold. "He couldn't have had
full-scale training in one of their camps, because his bomb was so ineffective," he says. "He must have just passed through quickly." The
Afghan says he worries about U.S. retaliation for the Times Square attack. "The Afghan Taliban and many tribal elders thought they
shouldn't claim responsibility, because it will only bring more American attacks on our areas," he says. "But Hakimullah doesn't
care. He just wants to strike out‖ (Yousafzai & Moreau, 2010).

Date: May 6, 2010


Source: ABC News, Richard Esposito, Chris Vlasto, Chris Cuomo
Title/Headline: Shahzad Had Contact With Awlaki, Taliban Chief, And Mumbai Massacre Mastermind

Abstract: Accused Times Square Bomber Faisal Shahzad linked up with the Pakistani Taliban through the internet, ABC News
has been told by law enforcement and intelligence sources close to the investigation. Once the Taliban identified him as more valuable
in the U.S. than in Pakistan, they trained him to return to execute his bomb attack. But according to these sources, Shahzad also had a web
of jihadist contacts that included big names tied to terror attacks in the U.S. and abroad, including the figure who has emerged as a
central figure in many recent domestic terror attempts - radical American-born Muslim cleric Anwar Awlaki. Besides Awlaki,
sources say Shahzad was also linked to a key figure in the Pakistani Taliban, its Emir Beitullah Mehsud, who was killed in a drone
missile strike in 2009. The Mehsuds had been family friends of Shahzad, who is the son of a former high-ranking Pakistani military
officer. Sources told ABC News that Shahzad was childhood friends with one of the alleged masterminds of the Mumbai massacre of 2008,
in which more than 170 people died. Shahzad is also said to be linked to a man named Muhammed Rehan, whom Pakistani authorities
reportedly have in custody. Sources said Rehan helped Shahzad travel to Peshawar and then to Waziristan and made introductions to the
Taliban. According to a person briefed on the FBI interrogation, Shahzad has told federal agents that he was angry at the CIA
missile strikes carried out in Pakistan and suffered a personal crisis in his life. He has reportedly said he carried out the attempted
bombing because he was under duress and that he feared for his family's safety if he didn't fulfill the mission. Shahzad has
admitted to receiving bomb-making training and to loading a car with explosives and driving it into Times Square, say U.S.
authorities, and is providing valuable information that is helping officials round up possible accomplices. Seven men have been arrested in
Pakistan in connection with the failed car bombing, including two in Karachi and five in Punjab Province. Shahzad's faither-in-law has also
been detained, and Shahzad's father, wife and children may be in protective custody. Shahzad, whose father was a high-ranking officer in
the Pakistani Air Force, moved to the United States in 1998 (Esposito, Vlasto, & Cuomo, 2010).

Date: May 7, 2010


Source: NDTV News, Carlotta Gall, Sabrina Tavernise
Title/Headline: Pakistani Taliban Are Said To Expand Alliances

Abstract: The Pakistani Taliban, which American investigators suspect were behind the attempt to bomb Times Square, have in
recent years combined forces with Al-Qaida and other groups, threatening to extend their reach and ambitions, Western diplomats,
intelligence officials and experts say. Since the group's formation in 2007, the main mission of the Pakistani Taliban has been to
maintain their hold on territory in Pakistan's tribal areas to train fighters for jihad against American and NATO forces in
Afghanistan and, increasingly, to strike at the Pakistani state as the military pushes into these havens. Pakistan's military
offensives and intensifying American drone strikes have degraded their capabilities. But the Pakistani Taliban have sustained
themselves through alliances with any number of other militant groups, splinter cells, foot soldiers and guns-for-hire in the areas under their
control. Those groups have "morphed," a Western diplomat said in a recent interview. Their common agenda, training and resource
sharing have made it increasingly difficult to distinguish one from another. The alliances have also added to their skills and tactics
and list of shared targets. "They trade bomb makers and people around," a senior United States intelligence official said Thursday
in an interview. "It's becoming this witches' brew." The senior intelligence official said that in recent years the overall ability and
lethality of these groups had dropped, but that the threat to individual countries like the United States had increased somewhat because the
groups cooperated against a range of targets. Not least among the groups is Al-Qaida, which is exerting growing influence over the
others. The Pakistani Taliban increasingly serve as its fig leaf, some experts said. "The Taliban is the local partner of Al-Qaida in
Pakistan," said Amir Rana, the director of the Pakistan Institute for Peace Studies, who has tracked militant networks for years.
"It has no capacity for an international agenda on its own‖ (Gall & Tavernise, 2010).

Date: May 7, 2010


Source: MSNBC News, Associated Press
Title/Headline: Pressure On Pakistan Amid Fresh Terror Links

Abstract: Alleged links between the Times Square plot and extremist networks are adding to perceptions of Pakistan as a global
exporter of terror and increasing pressure on its military to crack down on extremists along the Afghan border. While Saturday's
failed car bombing in New York could complicate improving ties between the United States and Pakistan, Washington's need for
Islamabad's help in ending the war in Afghanistan is likely to limit any long-term fallout. Pakistan has promised to cooperate with
the investigation and has detained at least four people with alleged connections to the sole suspect so far — Faisal Shahzad, a 30-
year-old Pakistani-American who has reportedly told U.S. investigators he had visited Waziristan, a largely militant-controlled
region close to Afghanistan. American officials have been quoted as saying they believe the Pakistani Taliban, which is based in
Waziristan and has hitherto attacked Pakistani targets — not the U.S. homeland — had a role in the plot, either in funding or
motivating and training. Successive failed plots in Europe and the United States since the 9/11 attacks have been traced back to the border
region, many involving first- or second-generation Pakistani or other Muslim immigrants to the West. Shahzad evidently visited Pakistan
and had family and friends here, but many questions remain about the extent of his militant links in the country and whether they — rather
than his experiences in America — were the major factor in his transformation from suburban respectability to alleged terrorist.

Under Pressure: Many experts doubt a significant role for the Pakistani Taliban, noting the amateurish nature of the bomb as well
as the group's past practice of claiming responsibility for attacks in the United States it had nothing to do with. Still, the reported
connections are already proving uncomfortable for Pakistan's military, which has been resisting calls to move forcefully into all parts
of Waziristan because it does not want to antagonize powerful militant groups there that have so far attacked only targets in Afghanistan,
not Pakistani cities. This week, the Pakistani army said it did not believe the Pakistani Taliban played a role and that it was too early to say
whether Shahzad had visited Waziristan. Prior to the botched attack, Obama administration officials had been praising Pakistani army
efforts in the northwest, which have included a comprehensive operation in South Waziristan. They had expressed sympathy with the
army's stated reasons against moving into the north this year, namely a lack of troops and the need to consolidate gains elsewhere. That
may be more difficult to keep up if it turns out the plot was hatched and mastermind from within the region. "This guy failed, but how
many more are tied to Pakistan?" said Kamran Bokhari, an analyst with STRATFOR, a private security think tank in Austin, Texas. "It
puts pressure on Pakistan at a time when they thought things with the Americans were going well."

Border Movement: Also likely to come under fresh scrutiny is Pakistan's reluctance to fully crack down on militant groups based
outside of the northwest. Those detained over the Times Square incident are allegedly activists of Jaish-e-Mohammad, a group that
was created by the Pakistan security agencies to battle Indian-rule in the Kashmir region. It and related organizations continue to
operate fairly openly. Still, the U.S. has been careful not to antagonize Pakistan as it assigns blame for the Times Square plot. The U.S.
recognizes that Pakistan will likely have a major role in negotiating with elements of the Taliban to end the war in Afghanistan and
ensuring stability — and a pro-American government — there when the United States finally withdraws. Shaun Gregory, an expert
on Pakistani security at the University of Bradford in Britain, said he believed this was now the main issue for the Obama administration
and it had accepted it was unlikely to see major movement against Afghan Taliban factions sheltering on the Pakistan side of the border.
"Because of the bigger geostrategic concerns, this kind of thing (the Times Square attempted bombing) is just noise, it is
marginal," he said. "The key pressure is here to get the American troops out of Afghanistan. The hawks (in Washington) will bang
drums, but I can't see that translating into a big offensive in Pakistan" (MSNBC, 2010).

Date: May 9, 2010


Source: CBS News
Title/Headline: Secretary Of State Clinton's Global Mission

Abstract: Scott Pelley spoke with Secretary Clinton at the State Department "With the bomb in Times Square, I wonder what your
message is to the Pakistani government?" Pelley asked. "It's very clear. This is a threat that we share, we have a common enemy. There
is no time to waste in going after that common enemy as hard and fast as we can and we cannot tolerate having people encouraged,
directed, trained and sent from Pakistan to attack us," she replied. "I'm not saying that they're at the highest levels but I believe that
somewhere in this government are people who know where Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda is, where Mullah Omar and the
leadership of the Afghan Taliban is and we expect more cooperation to help us bring to justice, capture or kill, those who attacked
us on 9/11," Clinton said. "But we're not getting that cooperation," Pelley remarked. "Well, we are," Clinton replied. "The question is why
is this administration not pressuring Pakistan to give up Osama bin Laden [or] his deputy Ayman al Zawahiri…," Pelley asked. "I have to
stand up for the efforts the Pakistani government is taking. They have done a very significant move toward going after the terrorists within
their own country," Clinton replied. "Even in light of the Times Square bomber, you are comfortable with the cooperation you are getting
from the Pakistani government?" Pelley asked. "Well, now, I didn't say that. I've said we've gotten more cooperation and it's been a real sea
change in the commitment we've seen from the Pakistani government. We want more; we expect more. We've made it very clear that, if,
heaven forbid, that an attack like this, if we can trace back to Pakistan, were to have been successful, there would be very severe
consequences," Clinton said. Asked what she meant exactly, Clinton said, "I think I'll let that speak for itself." "Developments to come,"
Pelley remarked. "Right," she replied. "Nobody wants to see something tragic happen again. But we know that every single day the
bad guys are out there and they want to come after us," Clinton said. "This is becoming a trend. People used to ask why they hadn't
attacked us in the United States since 9/11. The answer is now, 'They are.' And they're doing it every couple of months. And I
wonder if there's anything about U.S. foreign policy that needs to change in your estimation to put more pressure on these terrorist groups
where they live, like in Pakistan?" Pelley asked. "Well, we are doing that. And we're increasing it. We're expecting more from it. This is
a global threat. We have probably the best police work in the world. But we are also the biggest target. And therefore, we just have
to be better than everybody else," she replied (CBS News, 2010).

Date: May 9, 2010


Source: The Jakarta Post, Associated Press
Title/Headline: White House Says Pakistan Taliban Behind NY Bomb

Abstract: Saying they obtained new evidence, senior White House officials said Sunday that the Pakistani Taliban were behind the failed
Times Square bombing. The attempt marks the first time the group has been able to launch an attack on U.S. soil. And while U.S. officials
have downplayed the threat — citing the bomb's lack of sophistication — the incident in Times Square and Christmas Day airline bomber
indicate growing strength by overseas terrorist groups linked to al-Qaida even as the CIA says their operations are seriously degraded. The
finding also raises new questions about the U.S. relationship with Pakistan, which is widely known to have al-Qaida and other
terrorist groups operating within its borders. Concerning the Pakistani Taliban, Attorney General Eric Holder said: "We know
that they helped facilitate it; we know that they helped direct it. And I suspect that we are going to come up with evidence which
shows that they helped to finance it. They were intimately involved in this plot." John Brennan, the president's homeland security and
counterterrorism adviser, made similar remarks, linking the bomber to the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, or TTP. Neither official said what the
new evidence was. Faisal Shahzad, a U.S. citizen of Pakistani descent, is believed to have spent five months in Pakistan before
returning to the United States in February and preparing his attack. Shahzad has told investigators that he trained in the lawless
tribal areas of Waziristan, where both al-Qaida and the Pakistani Taliban operate. He was arrested aboard an Emirates Airlines jet in
New York just minutes before it was scheduled to take off for Dubai. After the attack, U.S. officials said they were exploring potential
links to terrorist groups overseas but said it was likely that Shahzad was acting alone and that it was an isolated incident. Last week,
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, told NBC News that "at this point I have no information that it's anything other than a one-
off." Gen. David Petraeus told The Associated Press that Shahzad apparently operated as a "lone wolf." Brennan on Sunday rejected
suggestions that that the attempted bombing shows that terrorist groups overseas were gaining strength. "They now are relegated to
trying to do these unsophisticated attacks, showing that they have inept capabilities in training," he said. The link between an
attack on U.S. soil and terrorist groups operating inside Pakistan opens up a new chapter in relations between the two countries
(Flaherty, 2010).

Date: May 12, 2010


Source: New York Times, Nicholas D. Kristof
Title/Headline: Pakistan And Times Sq.

Abstract: ―People with links to Pakistan have been behind a hugely disproportionate share of international terror incidents over
the last two decades: the 1993 and 2001 World Trade Center attacks; Richard Reid‘s failed shoe bombing in 2001; the so-called
Bojinka plot in 1995 to blow up 12 planes simultaneously; the 2005 London train and bus bombings; the 2001 attacks on the Indian
Parliament; and attacks on two luxury hotels and a Jewish center in Mumbai in 2008. So it came as little surprise that the suspect in
the attempted car bombing in Times Square, Faisal Shahzad, is a Pakistani-American. Why does an ostensible ―ally‖ seem to constitute
more of a threat than, say, Iran? Or Lebanon or Syria or Iraq? Or Egypt, birthplace of the Muslim Brotherhood brand of militant Islam? Or
the West Bank and Gaza, where resentment of America‘s Middle East policies is centered?‖ (Kristof, 2010).

Date: May 12, 2010


Source: Veterans Today, Jeff Gates
Title/Headline: Is The “Times Square Terrorist” More Field-Based Warfare?

Abstract: In March 2001, Indonesian Intelligence Chief Arie Kumaat asked American James M. (―Mel‖) Rockefeller to assess the
Taliban‘s destruction of the two ancient Buddhas of Bamyan carved into a sandstone cliff in central Afghanistan 140 miles northwest of
Kabul. Familiar with psychological operations (psy-ops) that involve lengthy pre-staging, Kumaat inquired of Rockefeller in Jakarta why
that incident occurred at that time and place. Kumaat also noted the curious timing of two other operations: (a) A Defense minister in
India had recently been caught in a bribery scandal involving an Israeli company, and (b) that same Israeli firm attempted to bribe
the Malaysian Defense Minister. Six months prior to 911, the motivation for the Bamyan incident was difficult to discern. In
hindsight, we now know that high profile event branded the Taliban globally as Evil Doers. What about the briberies? The
amounts involved were too small, Rockefeller suggested, to constitute real bribes. Rather, both were attempts to change key
personnel though it was not yet clear to what end. Since 911, the reason for the timing of those Israeli operations comes more clearly
into focus. In national security parlance, the dynamiting of the Buddhas ―prepared the mind‖ of a global public for whom the Taliban
remained an obscurity until their extremism was branded by that well timed event. The briberies will be addressed in a subsequent analysis.
Suffice it to say that both involved the pre-staging of ―out-of-theater‖ operations.

By Way of Deception: For those skilled at Information Age warfare, the relevant battlefield is the public‘s shared field of
consciousness. In that intangible realm, the power of association is routinely deployed to create lasting impressions as a means of mental
manipulation. In preparing that ‗field‘ for an emerging narrative, mainstream media depicted the incident at Bamyan as a ―cultural
Holocaust.‖ Akin to the casting of a movie, by September 11, 2001, the intolerant Taliban had already been cast as a credible enemy of
liberal democracies. When the reaction to 911 triggered a global search for a plausible Evil Doer, the narrative quickly became a
morality play with the U.S. pitted against extremists who hate our values. As a nation, we segued seamlessly from a global Cold
War—against those who hate our values to a Global War on Terrorism—against those who hate our values. The violence inflicted
on the peaceful Buddhas of Bamyan also brought Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar onto the battlefield of consciousness—where he
remains. In the unfolding of this storyline, Omar became the oft-featured Epitome of Evil, akin to a Muslim Darth Vader from Star Wars
films. Or Saddam Hussein in the lead-up to war in Iraq.

Best Story Wins: This brief overview of ―field-based warfare‖ brings us to the latest incident in New York again featuring in a
starring role Mullah Omar as leader of the ―Pakistan Taliban.‖ But first a brief review of three recent events. Keep in mind that
when waging game theory warfare, it is not the incident but the reaction that advances the narrative. The cascade of reactions to an
incident is what gains traction for a storyline when manipulating minds in that ―field.‖ See: The first incident was the December 2007
murder of former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. Mark Siegel, her Ashkenazim biographer and lobbyist, assured U.S.
Secretary of State Condi Rice that the return to Pakistan of the corrupt but widely popular Bhutto was ―the only possible way that
we could guarantee stability and keep the presidency of Musharraf intact.‖ Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf had announced that
an end to Israel‘s occupation of Palestine was critical to end the conflicts in Iraq and neighboring Afghanistan. That comment made him a
target of those for whom that occupation has long served a strategic purpose. Bhutto‘s death was blamed on the Pakistan Taliban. The
reaction resulted in the replacement of Musharraf with Asif Ali Zardari, Bhutto‘s notoriously corrupt husband. By our alliance with
Zardari, the U.S. could be cast as extending its corrupting influence in the region. In August 2008, Ashkenazi General David Kezerashvili
returned to Georgia from Tel Aviv to lead an assault on separatists in South Ossetia with the support of Israeli arms and training. That out-
of-theater crisis ignited Cold War tensions between the U.S. and Russia, key members of the Quartet (along with the EU and the UN)
pledged to resolve the Israel-Palestine conflict. Russia was then negotiating an energy agreement with Iran. The incident in Georgia was the
second of three prepare-the-mind events. Third was ―India‘s 911‖ in November 2008 when extremists recruited from the tribal regions of
western Pakistan killed 173 and wounded more than 300 in Mumbai, India‘s financial center. The attack included a hostel run by Chabad
Lubavitch, an ultra-orthodox Jewish sect from New York. In response, Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni announced: ―Our world is
under attack.‖ Livni then argued: ―Israel, India and the rest of the free world are positioned in the forefront of the battle against
terrorists and extremism.‖ By its exclusion, Pakistan was indicted. By standing ―shoulder to shoulder‖ with India (the signature phrase
of former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon), Tel Aviv associated India with Israel‘s victim status. The response to that attack drew Pakistani
troops to its eastern border with India. That reaction left its Western tribal regions less well guarded and thereby plausibly more susceptible
to extremist infiltrators from Afghanistan joining the Pakistan Taliban. By May 2009, Israel had delivered to India its first of three Phalcon
Airborne Warning & Control Systems (AWACS). That arms sale shifted the balance of conventional air power in the region. That military
alliance also confirmed what Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced: ―Our ties with India don‘t have any limitation….‖

Whose Pakistan Taliban?: Now let‘s turn to the latest incident—also attributed to the Pakistan Taliban. Keep in mind that when waging
war on the battlefield of the public‘s shared mind space, the power of association is routinely deployed as a form of weaponry. The ―Times
Square terrorist‖ incident occurred at 6:30 pm on May 1 st. That same day, reports emerged from London that more than 3,000
European Jews, including prominent intellectuals, had signed a petition speaking out against Israeli settlement policies and
warning that systematic support for the Israeli government is dangerous. That statement garnered high praise from those aware of
how peace in the Middle East has long been kept beyond reach by Israeli agent provocateurs. Serial provocations around the
settlements issue have long been a reliable catalyst for well-timed outrage that, in turn, is cited to again defer resolution of a six-decade
conflict. Bernard-Henri Levy, a high-profile French writer, led that European effort. That development appeared quite positive when first
announced. Then Levy began to appear as a commentator on television following the ―Times Square Terrorism‖ as that incident was
portrayed on the cover of Newsweek, a Washington Post magazine. Rather than promote the petition and the urgent need to solve the
settlements issue, instead Levy offered his appraisal of the Times Square incident. He described in depth how he studied what went on
―inside the mind‖ of a Muslim Evil Doer who in 2002 slit the throat and then beheaded an American-Jewish reporter for The Wall
Street Journal. The Levy analysis injected into the ―field‖ the most visually provocative image of the War on Terrorism featuring
the epitome of both violence and extremist intolerance. Levy‘s well-timed on-camera recitation refreshed in the public mindset the
disturbing imagery of a Muslim Evil Doer who brutally murdered and dismembered a young professional with a pregnant wife.
Levy‘s described for the television viewer the mental state of the psychopathic Muslim profiled in his book Who Killed Danny
Pearl? Where did this evil doing occur? In Pakistan.

Is U.S. Foreign Policy Shaped From The Shadows?: As Levy‘s account was injected into the field at the same time as the Time Square
Bomber, the U.N. Security Council then had under review a 15-year old proposal for a treaty that would create a Middle East free of
nuclear weapons. The timing of these developments could be coincidental. Yet consider another possibility. Assume your numbers are few
but your ambitions vast. The confirmed facts point to the manipulation of U.S. foreign policy from the shadows with phony
intelligence that induced the U.S. to invade Iraq in pursuit of a Muslim Evil Doer that had nothing to do with that incident. Is it
possible that this latest incident had a strategic purpose that is not yet clear to the public? If, as the facts suggest, advisers to
President Barack Obama are advancing a pro-Israeli agenda, could the timing of this incident be a means to exert influence from
outside the White House? Could that be because their influence inside the White House has become apparent? The facts suggest that
Obama, as U.S. commander-in-chief, is feeling pressure from the military to change our policy on Israel. Did the timing of these ―out of
theatre‖ events help finesse that issue by refreshing a storyline that calls for the U.S. to lead a Global War on Terrorism? Was this latest
incident timed to provide a rationale with which our policy-makers can preempt Pentagon concerns about the effect of U.S.-Israeli
policy on our troops in the field? How long ago would pro-Israeli White House insiders have known about the pending U.N.
Security Council consideration of a treaty that could force Israel to forfeit its nuclear weapons? When was the Times Square
Terrorist recruited by the ―Pakistan Taliban‖? Is this how a war-making narrative is sustained, using well-timed crises staged in a
nonlinear fashion such that their common origin is diffused in the ―field‖? Could that explain the well-timed murder of Benazir
Bhutto by the ―Pakistan Taliban‖? Could that explain the well-timed destabilizing impact on Pakistan of the recent ―911‖ attack
on Mumbai using operatives recruited and trained in Pakistan? Was this too the ―Pakistan Taliban‖? In a televised May 10 th
interview, General Stanley McChrystal explained that winning the current war in the Middle East requires a ―change in
perception.‖ Is that the purpose of these well-timed crises? Are they meant to refresh our fear of the ―Pakistan Taliban‖? The displacement
of facts with false beliefs induced us to invade Iraq consistent with a narrative that was revitalized by this latest well-timed ―incident.‖ Is
the American public again being manipulated by those skilled at managing perceptions? Is this incident a high profile example of
field-based warfare being waged on America? Are we in the midst of another psy-ops? Is that possible? Could there be a sufficient
critical mass of like-minded operatives in positions of influence capable of inducing enough minds to freely embrace another war that is not
in our interest? Is it possible in the Information Age that psy-ops could operate on such a scale? Is there sufficient collateral support in key
decision-making quarters to again deceive an entire nation in plain sight yet, to date, with legal impunity? Pakistan has long been an ally
of the U.S. So was Iraq. Likewise Iran was an ally in recent history. Where are we to find this purported ―Axis of Evil‖? Does its
source reside in nation-states? Or does this evil reside in the mental state of those skilled at manipulating the minds of others to
wage war on false pretenses?

The People In Between: In an October 2007 speech, Defense Secretary Robert Gates identified ―the people in between‖ as the most
problematic combatant when waging ―unconventional warfare.‖ The facts suggest that such warfare is only ―unconventional‖ for
those targeted. For the aggressor, this form of warfare is standard operating procedure. Those waging war from the shadows imbed their
operatives in that realm ―in between‖ a targeted populace and the facts they require for a system of governance reliant on informed consent.
By displacing facts with false beliefs, mental manipulation can proceed in plain sight. Between a deceived American public and the facts
they required to assess whether to wage war in Iraq were legions of pro-Israeli operatives. Many of those operatives are imbedded
in media, a key in-between domain essential for success in field-based warfare. Thus, for example, the critical agenda-advancing
role played by CNN‘s Wolf Blitzer. He even branded his broadcasting set ―The Situation Room‖ to lend White House-associative
credibility on a network branded as ―the most trusted name in news.‖ Likewise New York Times ―reporter‖ Judith Miller who featured
on its front page the false intelligence provided by Ahmed Chalabi, head of the credible-sounding ―Iraqi National Congress.‖ This Iraqi
expatriate and London-based Iraqi liar served as a reliable and pliable Israeli asset developed over two decades by pro-Israeli operatives,
including Richard Perle who in 2001 became chairman of the U.S. Defense Policy Advisory Board. This form of Information Age
treason could only succeed if hidden in plain sight. Today‘s fast-paced velocity of information ensures that media impressions now
shape political agendas. Thus the importance of ―the people in between‖ in manipulating U.S. foreign policy.

Out-of-Theater Repositioning: Pro-Israelis in the Obama administration could no longer directly shape Middle East policy after
General David Petraeus, head of Central Command, complained to the Joint Chiefs about the adverse impact of the U.S.-Israeli
relationship on U.S. interests in the region. Could that explain the utility of an ―out of theater‖ incident to refresh the narrative?
That may explain the timing of an incident in a high-profile venue (Times Square) featuring a power-of-association component (New York)
that could plausibly be attributed to Pakistan as a source of violent Islamic extremists. The control wielded in Washington by the Israel
lobby remains little known to mainstream Americans. As our representatives in what was meant to be a representative system of
governance, the U.S. Congress now epitomizes ―the people in between.‖ The accountability of Congress to the broader population—or
even to our troops in the field—is now out of the question. Meanwhile those who deceived the U.S. to war in Iraq are working to
induce us to war in Iran—or Pakistan. If the consensus storyline cannot be sustained, the consequences are clear. If the War on
Terrorism loses credibility, the resulting stability will provide Americans with the breathing space required to identify the real
enemy. And to begin rooting out a deeply entrenched treason.

This Can Only End Badly: Meanwhile business-as-usual continues in plain sight. The day after Israel was admitted to the Paris-based
Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu charged that Iran is provoking
Israel to wage war with Syria. When President Shimon Peres denied this week that Israel would go to war with Syria, he meant that Syria is
the likely rationale for the next crisis. When on May 11th he declared in Moscow that nuclear terror is the world‘s greatest threat, rest
assured that game theory war planners in Tel Aviv have in place a plausible plan for blaming such an incident on Iran-backed
Hezbollah. The same day that ―proximity talks‖ began, the Palestinians confirmed that Israel had another settlement underway in East
Jerusalem. The next day, the Israeli minister for public safety announced that Israel will demolish Arab homes in East Jerusalem.
On May 12th (―Jerusalem Day‖), the U.S.-based Conference of Presidents (of Major American Jewish Organizations) took a full-
page ad in The New York Times to proclaim ―Jerusalem in the Heart of the Jewish People.‖ Meanwhile, Netanyahu announced
from Israel, ―We will never divide Jerusalem.‖ When this Likud Party leader calls for peace while insisting on conditions that
make peace impossible, rest assured that more provocations are planned. The latest storyline in search of traction: Syrian-provided
poison-gas missiles pose a threat to Israel from Lebanon-based, Iran-backed Hezbollah. As the war on terrorism is rebranded, it is not yet
clear how the Pakistan Taliban will be worked into the narrative. All we know for certain is that Muslims will remain the Evil Doers in
this storyline. And that Israelis will once again be cast as hapless victims. Anticipating a tactical need to collapse another
government, Israeli politicians are in discussions about an alliance between the Kadima Party and the Labor Party. When the latest
Likud coalition falters, the resulting political instability will inject into the field the requisite ―entropy‖ for Israel to continue on its current
path without a government with whom other nations can negotiate. What is the endgame for those once again defrauding the nation that
befriended this enclave six decades ago and has since defended their interests without question? What happens when Americans understand
the depth and duration of this duplicity? And when the U.S. military confirms the common source of this ongoing treason? What
happens when a long-deceived global public grasps what this entangled alliance has cost them in blood and treasure over the past
62 years? What Next for The People in Between? The most recent Sunday edition of The New York Times is filled not with hopes of a
nuclear-free Middle East but with fears of the future horrors inflicted on Americans by Muslim Evil Doers. That storyline is reinforced
on television by a reminder of the horrors inflicted on Danny Pearl. Meanwhile it‘s made to appear that pro-Israeli moderates are
busily working to restrain extremists in the Likud Party. That too is part of the storyline. The Big Question is this: is anyone still
buying it? Meanwhile the Big Sell continues.

The Sunday New York Times featured page after page marketing fear and insecurity:

 The front page featured a large photo of U.S.-born Islamic cleric Anwar al-Awaki who advised a series of alleged Evil Doers
whose photos were also prominently displayed:
 Nidal Malik Hasan, the Fort Hood shooter.
 Umar Farouck Abdulmutallab, the Christmas Day Bomber.
 Faisal Shahzad, the Times Square Bomber

The featured article consumed two full inside pages. There was no news coverage—none—of the pending U.N. proposal to free the Middle
East of nuclear weapons. The front page of the commentary section in the national paper of record included two major articles. The
first article warned that this enemy ―may mutate and even grow.‖ The second analysis explored ―when to suspend fear.‖ The book
review section featured ―Trials of the Diaspora: A History of Anti-Semitism in England,‖ and ―Heidegger—The Introduction of
Nazism into Philosophy.‖The only mention of the pending U.N. proposal for ridding the Middle East of nuclear weapons appeared
in the lead editorial titled ―Fixing the Treaty.‖ The editors‘ assessment of Israel giving up its nuclear weapons: ―That is not going
to happen any time soon.‖ To successfully wage war in the shared field of consciousness, an enemy must hide in plain sight. Otherwise,
those deceived cannot be induced to believe.There lies the fast-emerging peril for those complicit in this ongoing treason. As the common
source of this duplicity becomes transparent, its operatives are becoming apparent (Gates, 2010).

Date: May 13, 2010


Source: The Washington Examiner, Associated Press, Eva Vergara, Federico Quilodran
Title/Headline: Chile Cops Raid House Of Embassy Detainee's Friend

Abstract: Police found traces of an explosives material on clothes seized at the home of a Pakistani who was detained after the same
substance was detected on documents and a cell phone he carried on a visit this week to the U.S. Embassy, Chile's state television
said Thursday night. National prosecutor Sabas Chahuan said that "I think there is a crime" and that after the investigation into Mohammed
Saifur Rehman Khan is complete authorities "will have concrete results." Khan, 28, is being held for a week under Chile's anti-terrorism
laws while being investigated for alleged explosives violations. He was summoned to the U.S. Embassy on Monday because his U.S.
visa had been revoked, and he was arrested after security equipment detected traces of explosives on his phone and papers. Khan's
public defender, Francisco Geisse, said evidence thus far "doesn't show the existence of a crime." State TV said on the evening news that
crime lab personnel had identified the material as Tetryl, a compound used to increase the explosive power of TNT. Police in white suits
also took away Khan's computer earlier this week. The television report said investigators were looking for five more people known to
Khan for questioning. Police spent hours on Thursday searching the apartment of an Egyptian man who was friendly with Khan. Officers
dressed head-to-toe in white anti-contamination suits carried out a computer, compact discs, an agenda and a cell phone, police
said. The Egyptian man who reportedly befriended Khan at a Santiago mosque was not seen by reporters, and police released no
information about him. Colleagues and acquaintances have described Khan as calm and gentlemanly and say he doesn't fit the popular
image of a terrorist. At Santiago's EuroHotel, where Khan earned about $115 a month in a work-study position, workers were
puzzled by the turn of events, which came just over a week after the failed car-bomb attempt in New York's Times Square that has
been blamed on a Pakistani man. "He was a complete gentleman, very proper, like the gentlemen of old," said Alex Garcia, head of the
hotel's reception and reservations. "Someone who is a hotelier recognizes when another person knows the profession, and Khan knew it. He
had a vocation for service and was very attentive," said Garcia, adding that Khan seemed "tranquil, very correct and educated, speaking
about five languages." Khan came to Chile in January to study Spanish and the hotel industry after staying with his brother, a doctoral
student at Michigan State University, for a month last year, according to the Pakistani Embassy. "We have many questions and few
answers," said Pakistani Ambassador Burhanul Islam, who promised legal and consular support to Khan. In Santiago, Garcia
worked with Khan daily for almost a month and was also his Spanish instructor. Khan said he was born in Pakistan on Aug. 21,
1982, and told of being the son of a retired doctor and from a middle-class family, Garcia said. "I think his father ... must have sent
him money," Garcia said. Mohammed Rumie, secretary-general of Chile's Islamic community and spokesman for the As-Salam mosque,
told The Associated Press that Khan "came every Friday to the mosque, like all Muslims." "He didn't appear a conflictive or problematic
person — quite the opposite, he was very silent, very calm," Rumie said. Asked about reports that Khan belonged to Islam's Salafi
movement, Rumie said he did not know where the reports had come from and that his As-Salam mosque doesn't adhere to such
movements. The Salafi movement preaches an ultraconservative Islam similar to Saudi Arabia's Wahhabi strain, strictly segregating the
sexes and interpreting religious texts literally. Salafis tend to be nonpolitical, but a minority jihadist stream embraces al-Qaida's call
for holy war against the West. The U.S. ambassador to Chile, Paul Simon, said there was no indication that the embassy was the target of
an attack. Khan was detained nine days after Faisal Shahzad, a Pakistan-born U.S. citizen, allegedly tried to set off a bomb-laden SUV in
Times Square after receiving training from the Taliban in Pakistan. But by then, the U.S. had already decided to revoke Khan's visa, State
Department spokesman Mark Toner said. "This issue predates the Times Square incident and we are not aware of a connection
between the two," he said. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said the U.S. government will cooperate fully with the
Chilean investigation of Khan. "There were solid grounds for apprehending him and he will be charged under Chilean laws,"
Crowley said. The Pakistani Embassy said Khan had been called to the U.S. Embassy "to have an interview regarding his
documents, in particular his passport and his academic certifications." Khan "denied the accusations that he possessed explosive
materials and the charges of links to terrorist organizations," the statement said. "The Embassy has not received any details regarding
(criminal) charges or any solid evidence that establishes that Saifur Rehman (Khan) has any link with a terrorist organization or that he has
the intention of committing a terrorist act at the U.S. Embassy in Santiago," the statement added. "He would have to be a very bad
terrorist to enter the embassy with traces of explosive material, knowing that the embassy is a dangerous place where he would face
serious accusations if he were caught," Islam said. Khan briefly spoke to reporters through the window of a police vehicle before he was
taken to the high-security prison where he is being held under Chile's anti-terrorism law. "No, I am not a terrorist. I do not have nothing
to do with bombs. I am a working man," he said in strongly accented English (Vergara, & Quilodran, 2010).

Date: May 13, 2010


Source: New York Times, William K. Rashbaum, Scott Shane
Title/Headline: 3 In Custody May Have Supported Bomb Suspect

Abstract: Three Pakistani men taken into custody during a series of raids across the Northeast as part of the investigation into the
failed Times Square car bombing may have provided money to the man who has admitted carrying out the unsuccessful attack,
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said Thursday. At one of the homes searched on Long Island, Mohammad Iqbal, a limousine
driver in New York City, said seven or eight F.B.I. agents arrived at his two-story red brick home in Shirley at 6 a.m. and stayed until 11:30
a.m. They questioned him about whether he had any knowledge of the Times Square plot. They also asked about an old friend of
his: Mohammad Younus, the target of the search in Centereach. Mr. Younus had lived with him for ―a couple of months‖ during a
fight with his wife four years ago, Mr. Iqbal said. They had become friends when they worked together at a 7-Eleven. He did not
think Mr. Younus was involved with the plot and said he was still confused as to why the agents had come to his house. ―I answered all
their questions,‖ he said, adding that the agents were polite and respectful and did not take anything with them from his home. The searches
in New Jersey were focused on the same man, whose home and business, a printing press sales company, were both searched, according to
one person briefed on the matter. The house that was searched in Watertown is across the street from the local middle school and next door
to a housing development for the elderly on a tree-lined street of mostly two-family homes. Neighbors said about 15 to 20 F.B.I. agents
with guns drawn approached the house between 6:15 and 6:30 a.m. Sirens blared, helicopters circled overhead and agents yelled, ―F.B.I.!
Don‘t move!‖ and ―F.B.I.! Put your hands up!‖ ―When I looked out the window, they all had their guns pointed at the house,‖ said
Barbara Lacerra, who lives across the street. Later, agents wearing raid jackets from Immigration and Customs Enforcement
could be seen leading a handcuffed man to an unmarked car. ―They had him in handcuffs and shackles,‖ Mrs. Lacerra said. ―He
was very calm and had his head down.‖ She said she also saw agents take computers out of the house. Another neighbor, who would not
give his name, said two men ―with connections to Pakistan‖ had lived in the top floor of the house for a few months. The neighbor said he
had seen law enforcement officials conducting surveillance at the house for about a week. The men who live there are auto mechanics, the
neighbor said, and often tinkered with a Honda in a driveway behind the house. The neighbor said one of the men works at a Mobil station
in Brookline — one of the locations of the searches (Rashbaum & Shane, 2010).

Date: May 15, 2010


Source: Fox News, Associated Press
Title/Headline: Prosecution Rests In Trial Of 5 Americans Charged With Planning Terror Attacks in Pakistan

Abstract: The prosecution concluded its case Saturday against five Americans on trial in a Pakistani court facing life sentences
after being charged with planning terrorist attacks in the South Asian country. The men — all Muslims in their late teens or early 20s
from the Washington suburb of Alexandria, Virginia — have pleaded not guilty to five charges. The accused were given a last chance to
respond to the prosecution before the defense presents its side on June 9, prosecutor Nadeem Akram said. In a written statement, the men
said the charges against them were trumped up and police planted discriminating evidence. "We just wanted to go to Afghanistan to help
our Muslim brother on humanitarian grounds," they said. The prosecution presented 19 witnesses and evidence including e-mail
contacts allegedly with the Pakistani Taliban, and receipts of money they allegedly donated to banned militant groups in Pakistan,
Akram said. There was a "strong case" for conviction in the trial being heard by one judge, he said. The case is among several of foreigners
allegedly signing up to join insurgents. U.S. and Pakistan are continuing to investigate the Pakistani-American suspect in the botched
Times Square bombing on May 1. Family members have said Faisal Shahzad never exhibited signs of extremism, raising questions as to
why men who spent much of their lives in the West would seemingly be drawn to militant Islam. The five men were arrested in Pakistan
in December after being reported missing by their families. One had left behind a farewell video showing scenes of war and
casualties and saying Muslims must be defended. Pakistani police have publicly made several accusations against the young men,
claiming the suspects contacted Pakistani-based jihadi groups. They accused the five of using the social networking site Facebook
and video-sharing site YouTube while they were in the U.S. to try to connect with extremist groups in Pakistan. Their lawyer has
said they were heading to Afghanistan and had no plans to stage attacks inside Pakistan. The trial is taking place inside a high-
security prison in the eastern city of Sargodha and media have not been allowed to cover the proceedings. The men have been identified
as Ramy Zamzam of Egyptian descent, Waqar Khan and Umar Farooq of Pakistani descent, and Aman Hassan Yemer and Ahmed
Minni of Ethiopian descent (Fox News, 2010).

Date: May 15, 2010


Source: The Times Of India
Title/Headline: Next Big Terrorist Attack On US Will Be Postmarked 'Pakistan': CIA Analyst

Abstract: A former CIA analyst, who helped President Barack Obama formulate his Pakistan-Afghanistan policy, sees "a very serious
possibility that the next mass casualty terrorist attack on the United States will be postmarked Pakistan." "What we're seeing going
on in Pakistan now is a very dangerous phenomenon," says Bruce Riedel, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution, in an interview with
the Council on Foreign Relations, a Washington think tank. "The ideology of al Qaida, the ideology of global Islamic jihad that all
jihadists should focus on the United States as the ultimate enemy, is gaining ground with groups beyond al Qaida," said Riedel, who
chaired a special interagency committee last year to develop Obama's Af-Pak policy. Obama and previous Bush administrations have been
pressuring Pakistan for years to shut down completely the jihadist Frankenstein that was created over three decades in Pakistan, Riedel
said. But "no Pakistani government has yet been willing to take on the entire network of terrorist groups." US Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton has also raised questions about some in the Pakistani government still retaining links to al Qaida, the Afghan Taliban, the Pakistani
Taliban, Lashkar-e-Taiba and a host of other groups. "We saw this in 2008 in Mumbai, when Lashkar-e-Taiba attacked Mumbai and
attacked American and Israeli targets," Riedel said noting "Those are the targets of al Qaida and the global Islamic jihad."
"We've now seen the Pakistani Taliban try to launch an attack on the United States of America for the first time," he said referring
to the arrest of Pakistani-American Faisal Shahzad in connection to the failed car bombing in New York's Times Square. "This
spreading of the idea of global Islamic jihad is very dangerous and as it gets deeper and deeper into the extremist groups in
Pakistan it means we can expect more attacks like the one we saw at Times Square, and we can expect them to become increasingly
sophisticated and more capable," Riedel said. Clinton has warned of "severe consequences" for Pakistan in the event of a successful
Pakistan-based terrorist attack in the United States. But US options to act against Pakistan are "severely limited," Riedel said arguing
the best option is "to get Pakistan to do more now" in its fight against extremism, he says, by providing more weapons and
technological aid (The Times Of India, 2010).

Date: May 16, 2010


Source: New York Times, Anne Bernard
Title/Headline: Pakistani-Americans And Police Sharing, And Trying To Spread, Trust

Abstract: Last month, a resident of Avon, Conn., received a threatening letter full of religious references. The police chief there, Mark
Rinaldo, wondered whether the letter implied a broader threat from a Muslim militant. He called Dr. Atique A. Mirza, a Pakistani-born
Muslim cardiologist, who studied the letter for cultural, religious and political clues. They concluded that the threat probably
involved a narrow dispute between neighbors. Now that a Pakistani-American man from Connecticut, Faisal Shahzad, stands
accused of trying to detonate a car bomb in Times Square, setting off soul-searching and unease among the state‘s thousands of
residents of Pakistani descent, Mr. Rinaldo and Dr. Mirza are holding up their relationship — built over three years of meetings
and cooperation between Pakistani-Americans and law enforcement — as a model for communities across the state and the nation.
The comfort level is such, said Mr. Rinaldo, that Dr. Mirza ―wouldn‘t be insulted and say, ‗Why are you calling me,‘ ― nor would the chief
doubt Dr. Mirza‘s analysis. ―That‘s the trusting relationship we are looking for,‖ said Dr. Mirza, who has formally assumed the role
of Avon‘s police-community liaison for the Pakistani American Association of Connecticut (Paact), which has similar
representatives in 13 towns and hopes to increase the number to 70. Paact‘s work makes Mr. Shahzad‘s case all the more upsetting to
Dr. M. Saud Anwar, a pulmonologist who founded the group. He has played a role in the investigation, acting as liaison between the
authorities and a Pakistani friend of Mr. Shahzad‘s who feared talking to them. The friend provided e-mail messages that may shed light on
Mr. Shahzad‘s views on violence. But Dr. Anwar wishes the attempt could have been stopped before it began, something he calls possible
in future cases if cooperation between his community and the authorities increases by another ―order of magnitude.‖ ―This is not, God
forbid, to spy on people, but just to live your life the way it is and if you notice something that concerns you, speak up,‖ he said,
speaking to about 100 Connecticut residents of Pakistani descent and representatives of the F.B.I., the State Police and a dozen
police departments who gathered Saturday at the Ramada Inn in Stratford. ―This is someone who lived among us and under the
radar without anybody in the community knowing he was radicalized.‖ Paact moves beyond reminding law enforcement not to
unfairly paint all Muslims as terrorists — though it still strongly takes that position. It also calls on Pakistani-Americans to acknowledge
that people of Pakistani descent have been implicated in high-profile terrorist attacks, to probe the causes and in the process to remind the
public that they want security as much as other Americans do. Dr. Mirza‘s wife, Faryal, an endocrinologist, took a similar approach
when her son was called ―terrorist‖ in school several years ago. She began giving annual diversity classes, in which she offered
Pakistani food and talked about her culture and religion. She also goes out of her way to let patients know she is Pakistani, so they
associate the country with something other than terrorism. Although she could have argued that the burden of explaining culture
should not fall on her, she said, ―We have to be proactive.‖ Now Paact hopes to franchise its approach to other states. On June 19, the
group is holding a national conference in Hartford on radicalization and prevention, featuring the Pakistani ambassador, representatives of
the National Counterterrorism Center, theologians and others. Saturday‘s meeting focused on the narrower question of how it could have
been that people did not seem to remember Mr. Shahzad from a mosque or a dinner party, let alone alert the authorities about him. Dr.
Mirza said it pointed to a need to rethink the atomization of suburban culture: ―Know your neighbors; say hi; help them when they need
you; be attentive.‖ Mr. Shahzad may have isolated himself from mosques and Pakistani organizations, but he must have had some
connections; he was married to a Pakistani-American and lived in Bridgeport, where there is a relatively large Pakistani-American
population, said Jaleel Rahman, a retired real estate agent. ―We have to be more vigilant,‖ Mr. Rahman said. Zaheer Sharaf,
Paact‘s president, said that many Pakistanis were afraid of the police, because they believe that police officers in their original
country are corrupt. Add to that the post-9/11 fear that reporting a suspicion about a Muslim might lead to an overreaction by the
authorities, and it made for a wide gulf between Pakistani-Americans and the police forces that Mr. Rinaldo, the police chief of Avon, said
he was unaware of until he began meeting with Dr. Mirza and others. His reaction: ―Wait a minute. We‘re the good guys. We have to open
up to this community.‖ This month, he said, he was upset to see negative reactions to Pakistani-Americans after Mr. Shahzad‘s
arrest. ―It seems to be one individual, yet a whole community is suffering for the crime,‖ Mr. Rinaldo said. ―It‘s not fair.‖ Mateen
Haider, 56, an engineer from South Windsor, said that Pakistanis, like all immigrants, simply want to fit in, so they are loath to do
anything that could draw attention, including call the police. ―That is no longer enough,‖ he said, telling the meeting: ―Today is a
great day. We have spoken out. We are all united together as citizens, and we will fight this to the end‖ (Barnard, 2010).

Date: May 17, 2010


Source: New York Times, Eric Schmitt, Mark Landler
Title/Headline: U.S. To Press Pakistan On Bomb Plot Inquiry

Abstract: The White House is dispatching two senior national security aides to Pakistan this week to press the government there to
intensify efforts to investigate the failed Times Square bomb plot and prevent others like it, administration officials said Monday.
Gen. James L. Jones, the national security adviser, and Leon E. Panetta, the C.I.A. director, left Washington on Monday night, in
the highest-level American visit to Pakistan, the authorities say, since Faisal Shahzad, a naturalized Pakistani immigrant, drove a
crude car bomb into Times Square on May 1. A senior administration official said General Jones would not threaten the
Pakistanis, but would convey the risks to the country‘s relationship with the United States if a deadly terrorist attack originated
there. He plans to prod them to take tougher steps against the Taliban and other insurgent groups, the official said. The American officials
and their Pakistani counterparts are expected to compare information collected by each side on the Times Square case, examine what
vulnerabilities it reveals, and decide what additional military, law enforcement and intelligence-gathering actions need to be taken. ―In
light of the failed Times Square terrorist attack and other terrorist attacks that trace to the border region, we believe that it is time
to redouble our efforts with our allies in Pakistan to close this safe haven and create an environment where we and the Pakistani
people can lead safe and productive lives,‖ Michael A. Hammer, a National Security Council spokesman, said by e-mail Monday night.
While General Jones‘s specific requests were not clear, the senior administration official said he might ask Pakistan‘s military to push
harder into North Waziristan, the main base for the Pakistani Taliban, Al Qaeda and other militant groups. Mr. Shahzad, 30, has told
investigators that he trained in North Waziristan, but Pakistan has said it is still preoccupied trying to hold South Waziristan and
Swat. ―There is creeping frustration,‖ said the administration official, speaking on the condition of anonymity because he was not
authorized to speak publicly. ―Some people are asking, ‗Why are they not going into North Waziristan?‘‖ Among the other possible
American requests, this official said, were more intense surveillance of suspected terrorists and allowing more American military advisers
to operate in Pakistan. The United States is also proposing to open a new consulate in Quetta, in southwestern Pakistan, where the C.I.A.
would likely have a sizable presence. ―Panetta‘s devoted a lot of time and energy to building strong relationships with the Pakistanis,
and it‘s paid off in terms of their cooperation,‖ said another American official, who was not authorized to discuss the trip. The
official said Pakistani investigators ―have done some good work on the Shahzad case, too, and it‘s important for them to have as
fresh a picture as possible of how the United States views the threat from the tribal areas.‖ American intelligence officials have
expressed growing concern about the increasingly intertwined network of Islamic extremist groups operating in and around Pakistan‘s
tribal areas. Soon after the failed attack, Pakistani authorities arrested Muhammad Rehan, who they said had spent time with Mr. Shahzad
during a recent visit to the Pakistani city of Karachi. Mr. Rehan was arrested in Karachi at a mosque known for its links with the militant
group Jaish-e-Muhammad. ―Shahzad was able to connect with people in Pakistan who traveled with him to North Waziristan and
back,‖ said another official who has been briefed on the inquiry. ―How he did that without the Pakistani intelligence service
knowing about it is a worry.‖ The official suggested this indicated that the Pakistani Taliban was working with other Islamic
militant groups to facilitate their training, logistics and operations. ―These guys have been able to subcontract ways around
detection,‖ he said. The administration is treading carefully to avoid a repeat of the negative reaction in Pakistan to Secretary of State
Hillary Rodham Clinton‘s recent warning that there would be ―very severe consequences‖ for Pakistan if there were a terrorist attack
originating from there. Instead, the administration sees the Times Square plot as a reason to push the Pakistanis to do several things
it has long desired. ―Sometimes things like this are an opportunity,‖ the official said (Schmitt & Landler, 2010).

Date: May 18, 2010


Source: Fox News
Title/Headline: Time Square Bomb Suspect Had Multiple Targets, Source Say

Abstract: Alleged Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad had multiple targets in the New York area, and was planning to wreak
havoc in four other locations if his first, botched attack had been successful, a source told MyFoxNY.com Shahzad, who authorities
say left a car bomb in Times Square on May 1, had also hatched plots against other high-profile targets in and around New York
City: Rockefeller Center, Grand Central Terminal, the World Financial Center — just across from Ground Zero — and the
Connecticut-based defense contractor Sikorsky. A source told MyFoxNY that Shahzad picked out the exact date and time to maximize
the effect of the bomb by watching streaming videos online from Times Square. Shahzad determined that the landmark attraction is busiest
on Saturday nights at 6:30 p.m., and planned an alternate date for Saturday, May 8. Shahzad, 30, slowly bought the ingredients for his
makeshift bomb over an extended period of time because his connections in a bomb-making training camp in Pakistan taught him
to avoid raising suspicions, the source said. Shahzad purchased a green Nissan Pathfinder on Craigslist and packed the vehicle with
fertilizer, gasoline, methane and fireworks, authorities say, though the homemade bomb failed to explode. Shahzad also bought a
second vehicle through Craigslist — a black Isuzu rodeo — from a mechanic in Stratford, Conn., who was questioned and cleared by
the FBI, and is not a suspect, the source told MyFoxNY. Sikorsky, the defense contractor allegedly targeted by Shahzad, is headquartered
in Stratford and manufacturers helicopters for the U.S. military. The company also has facilities in Shelton and Bridgeport — the same two
cities where Shahzad has lived (Fox News, 2010).

Date: May 18, 2010


Source: The Guardian, Ian Cobain, Richard Norton-Taylor
Title/Headline: Two Pakistani Students Pose 'Serious Threat' But Can Stay In UK

Abstract: Britain's counter-terrorism strategy was thrown into turmoil today when a judge ruled that two Pakistani students posed a serious
threat to national security but could not be deported because of the risk they would be tortured or killed in their own country. A special
immigration court ruled that Abid Naseer was an al-Qaida operative who remained a serious threat, while his friend Ahmed Faraz
Khan had been radicalised before coming to the UK and was willing to participate in terrorist activity. Neither man was allowed to
see the evidence upon which the court reached its decision, and nor was their solicitor. After they had been publicly identified as
terrorism suspects, the court also ruled that it was not possible for them to be deported to Pakistan, where terrorism suspects face
torture or death. Mr Justice Mitting, chair of the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (Siac), said that in Pakistan "there is a long
and well-documented history of disappearances, illegal detention and of the torture and ill-treatment of those detained, usually to
produce information, a confession or compliance". Theresa May, the home secretary, expressed disappointment at the ruling. She said:
"We are now taking all possible measures to ensure they do not engage in terrorist activity.‖ Home Office ministers and senior
security officials considering the implications of the ruling for Britain's counter-terrorism legislation. Since in law the two men cannot be
jailed without trial, it appears certain they will be subjected to control orders – measures the Liberal Democrats condemned before the
election as a "Kafkaesque" violation of the right to a fair trial. Mitting's decision came after a police and MI5 operation marred by failings
and mishaps that triggered the resignation of the country's most senior counter-terrorism detective and resulted in public criticism of
Greater Manchester police by the government's anti-terrorism legislation watchdog. Human rights groups say the judge's comments about
Pakistani human rights abuses will make uncomfortable reading for senior figures in the last government, which encouraged Islamabad to
detain and interrogate British citizens, using questions drawn up by British intelligence officers and police – a practice lawyers condemned
as complicity in torture. "Siac gave a clear nod to the authorities that if the [Pakistani] Inter-Services Intelligence stops torturing
suspects then it would be possible to deport people to Pakistan. International co-operation has to be based on shared values, not
just shared intelligence," said Shami Chakrabarti, the director of civil rights group Liberty. The ruling also raises questions about the use
of secret evidence. The men's solicitor, Gareth Peirce, condemned the decision as "the worst of all possible worlds", as they had been
branded terrorists on the basis of material they could not see or challenge. "It's no victory, even though the young men have won," Peirce
said. "They have been stigmatised for life and put at risk or even further risk in their own country on the basis of the shocking phenomenon
of secret evidence. It's no way to conduct justice. If people have committed a crime, put them on trial." Naseer and Khan, both 23,
were among 11 men, all but one Pakistani, arrested in April last year amid fears they were planning a bomb attack in Manchester.
They came under suspicion because MI5 believed Naseer, a computing student at John Moores University in Liverpool, had links
with al-Qaida, and that emails he sent, in which he mentioned a nikkah, or Muslim marriage contract, were a signal that an attack
was imminent. "Hi Buddy," one email read. "My mates are well and yes my affair with Nadia is soon turning in to family life. I met with
Nadia family [sic] and we both parties have agreed to conduct the Nikkah after 15th and before 20th of this month." The court accepted,
from evidence heard in secret, that the recipient of the emails was an al-Qaida terrorist,‖ "There is a longterm continuing threat
[to Britain] and this is part of the narrative of that threat," a senior security source said. The arrests were brought forward after the
assistant commissioner, Bob Quick, the head of Scotland Yard's counter-terrorism command, was photographed in Downing Street
clutching clearly visible secret documents revealing details of the investigation.. After being seized at addresses in Manchester, Liverpool
and Clitheroe in Lancashire, the men were held for two weeks then released without charge. The 10 Pakistani nationals were
immediately detained again on national security grounds. After several months in prison, all but Naseer and Khan left the UK
voluntarily, still protesting their innocence, and complaining the arrests had ruined their reputations and damaged their education.
After an inquiry, Lord Carlile, the terrorism legislation watchdog, said that none of the arrests had been made "on a full evidential
foundation", and that "the authorities had no specific information as to where the suspected terrorist event was to occur, nor any precise
knowledge as to its nature". Some of the group had been arrested simply because they were associates of others, he said. But police
were "probably right" to mount a large-scale operation, with gunpoint arrests in public places. A third member of the group,
Shoaib Khan, 31, who appealed against deportation after returning to Pakistan, won his case after the court said he was not a
"knowing party" to Naseer's plans. Tariq ur Rehman, 39, and Abdul Wahab Khan, 27, lost appeals to return to the UK, with the court
ruling they had been knowing participants. If the government were to resort to control orders to restrict the activities of the two men, it
would represent a remarkable volte-face for the Liberal Democrat members of the coalition government: few other counter-terrorism
measures have been so reviled by the party's leadership. Speaking in 2007, for example, Nick Clegg, now deputy prime minister, asked :
"How can it be right to impose what amounts to home detention without giving suspects any evidence for such a measure?" Two years later
Clegg was warning that they represented "a slippery slope" that threatened to lead to further erosions of personal freedom. Last January,
Chris Huhne, right, then the party's home affairs spokesman, fumed: "It is an affront to British justice and the freedom people have
fought and died for to place people under de facto house arrest without even telling them why." Two months later Huhne
condemned the orders as Kafkaesque, a bad dream and a nightmare, that were "a violation of fundamental rights and an
expensive failure to boot‖ (Cobain & Norton-Taylor, 2010).

Date: May 18, 2010


Source: Telegraph, Duncan Gardham, Gordon Rayner
Title/Headline: Arrest Of 'Easter Bombers' Led To International Al-Qaeda Network

Abstract: Over the following weeks and months agents would gather evidence which left no doubt that Muslim fanatics were not
only planning to blow up shopping centres in Manchester, but were also connected to a planned attack on New York‘s transport
network which would have been the worst US atrocity since 9/11. Operation Pathway, as the investigation was codenamed, began in
February last year, when MI5 began looking at a Muslim man in his forties living in the inner-city area of Cheetham Hill,
Manchester. The man was working in a hair products company where he had access to bomb making materials, causing instant
concern. His roommate, Abid Naseer, had arrived in Britain from Pakistan on a student visa two years earlier, exploiting a system
he knew well from working at an office in Pakistan where he handed out advice for John Moores University in Liverpool. Once in
Britain, Naseer, 24, and his co-conspirators dropped out of their courses and began work as a security guard, maintaining their student
status by signing up for bogus courses at the Manchester College of Professional Studies. MI5 noted that Naseer and others spent a lot of
time at the Cyber Net café in Cheetham Hill, and GCHQ began monitoring their emails. Analysts believed the emails were in code and that
Naseer was telling an al-Qaeda contact in Pakistan about the availability of different bomb-making materials, substituting girls‘
names for chemicals. ―I saw a slight glimpse of Huma day before yesterday,‖ he wrote in one, ―but she was very weak and difficult to
convince…Nadia is more gorgeous than Huma at the moment and she is easy to befriend…Nadia is crystal clear girl and it won‘t take long
to relate with her…What do u suggest my friend?‖ The contact in Pakistan replied offering ―any kind of help‖ and adding: ―pay my
salam [greetings] to all students…take care,‖ suggesting that Naseer was not working alone. In another, he wrote: ―You know Gulnaz
and Fozia. WOW man. I would love to get them in my friends list but you know I have been thinking about their abilities. ―Gulnaz sounds
ok but she is found [sic] of money and in order to approach her I must find work to save money.‖ Naseer also referred to a car, saying
―girls mostly like guys with car,‖ leading to suspicions of a car bomb attack, while references to a wedding were thought to refer to
the day of the planned bombings. He added: ―I am trying to include as many as possible in ceremony when it take place.‖ Then on
April 3, Naseer wrote to his contact: ―Hi Buddy…I met with Nadia family and we both parties have agreed to conduct the nikah [wedding]
after 15th and before 20th of this month.‖ Suddenly, it became clear that the men might be just days away from carrying out a
terrorist ―spectacular‖ over the Easter weekend. Assistant Commissioner Bob Quick of the Metropolitan Police and his MI5
counterparts decided the suspects had to be rounded up before it was too late, and they planned a series of simultaneous 2am raids
in Manchester, Liverpool and Lancashire. But when Mr Quick went to Downing Street on April 8, the day before the planned raids, to
brief Gordon Brown and the then Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, he committed the cardinal sin of walking in with the plans clearly visible
to photographers, risking the entire operation. Hundreds of police officers across the north west had to be scrambled to round up the 12
men that afternoon, and all were held within the space of an hour. At Liverpool John Moores University, students used mobile phone
cameras to film the dramatic arrest of one suspect by armed officers outside a library. Other raids were carried out in the Wavertree
area of Liverpool; at the Cyber Net café in Cheetham Hill, Manchester; in Galsworthy Avenue, Manchester, where Naseer was
held, and on the M602 motorway between Manchester and Eccles, where one man was pulled out of a white van. More than 30 miles
from Manchester, in the unlikely setting of a new Homebase store which was due to open for the first time the following day, more than 80
police officers swooped to arrest two men working as security guards. A series of raids on addresses linked to the 12 men were also
carried out, and although no explosives were found, and no charges could be brought, the security services were in no doubt that
they had foiled a major attack on the UK. As part of their raids, police recovered pictures taken of one man outside the Arndale shopping
centre in central Manchester on different days, and including a number of different angles to show the street around the shops and the exits.
MI5 and its foreign intelligence counterpart MI6 then set about tracking down who Naseer had been in contact with in Pakistan.
After identifying the man they believed had been in email contact with Naseer, their inquiries led them to Najibullah Zazi, an Afghan-born
suspect living in Aurora, Colorado, who was working as an airport shuttle driver and who had begun hoarding large quantities of hydrogen
peroxide, a key ingredient for homemade bombs. US investigators concluded he had been planning an attack on New York on the 2009
anniversary of 9/11 and the US Attorney General Eric Holder said Zazi‘s plot was ―One of the most serious in the United States since
September 11, 2001.‖ MI5 believes the al-Qaeda commander behind the plots in Britain and the US was Rashid Rauf, a terrorist
from Birmingham who was also behind the plot to blow up airliners over the Atlantic in 2006. He had risen through the ranks of al-
Qaeda through his involvement as a link-man in the July 7, July 21 and airlines plots. Increasingly starved of western recruits, Rauf came
up with a plan in 2008 to use Pakistani and Afghan-born militants who were to be sent to the West posing as students, sources have told the
Daily Telegraph. Rauf is believed to have been planning a series of attacks on a shopping centre in Manchester, the New York metro
and Long Island Railroad. The first element of the plan was uncovered when an American called Bryant Neal Vinas was detained
in Peshawar in November 2008. Vinas, a Muslim convert of Latin American origin, had been in Pakistan since 2007 where he
admitted receiving training from al-Qaeda, meeting Rashid Rauf and agreeing to become a suicide bomber as part of a plot to blow
up a train on the Long Island Railroad. Around the same time, at the end of 2008, the Americans tracked down Rauf, killing him
with a Predator missile fired from an unmanned drone. But it was only after the arrests of the 12 suspects in Manchester and
Liverpool that the rest of Rauf‘s plan was finally revealed (Gardham & Raynew, 2010).

Date: May 19, 2010


Source: ABC News, Associated Press, Chris Brummitt
Title/Headline: CIA Chief Briefs Pakistan On Times Square Suspect

Abstract: The CIA director briefed senior Pakistani officials Wednesday on the investigation into the failed Times Square car bombing
and praised the country's cooperation, a statement from both sides said. A Pakistani-born American has been arrested on suspicion of
masterminding the May 1 botched bombing and has allegedly told investigators he trained under the Pakistani Taliban in the largely
militant-held region of Waziristan, close to the Afghan border. U.S. officials have praised a series of offensives against the Pakistani
Taliban and allied groups in the border areas over the last two years. But the Times Square incident has added to pressure on the army to
move into North Waziristan, a region it has previously largely left alone. The visit by CIA Director Leon Panetta and U.S. national
security adviser former Gen. James Jones was the first since the failed attack. The two men met with President Asif Ali Zardari on
Wednesday afternoon, said presidential spokesman Farhatullah Babar. They were also scheduled to meet with Pakistan's spy chief and
other officials. "Jones expressed appreciation for the excellent cooperation the United States is receiving from Pakistan," the
statement said. "The talks covered measures that both countries are, and will be, taking to confront the common threat we face
from extremists and prevent such potential attacks from occurring again." Pakistani officials have said very little about the
investigation. Anonymous officials say several people connected to the suspect, Faisal Shahzad, have been picked up, but they gave no
information on what role — if any — they played in the attack. The Pakistani Taliban, which have previously not conducted attacks on
U.S. soil, have been the target of several Pakistani army offensives over the last two years and been battered by scores of American
missile strikes. They are allied to al-Qaida and the Afghan Taliban just across the border. As many as 60 militants and two soldiers
were killed in fighting Wednesday in the Orakzai tribal region, said Samiullah Khan, an administrator in the office of the political agent in
the region. He gave no more information and it was not possible to independently confirm the fighting. Orakzai has seen intense battles
between the army and militants over the last month that have killed several hundred insurgents, officials say. The region is off-limit to
journalists. The army has not moved into the North Waziristan region in part because powerful insurgent commanders there have
generally not attacked targets in Pakistan and the army is unwilling to antagonize them. In recent months, however, fleeing fighters
and commanders from the Pakistani Taliban — which have launched scores of bloody suicide attacks around the country since
2007 — have moved there (Brummitt, 2010).

Date: May 21, 2010


Source: New York Times, Jane Perlez
Title/Headline: Pakistani Major Among 2 New Arrests In Bombing

Abstract: An army officer and a businessman have been detained as part of a widening inquiry into a circle of Pakistanis who had
some knowledge of the activities of the man charged with trying to set off a crude car bomb in Times Square, according to a Western
official and an American intelligence official. The army officer was arrested in Rawalpindi, the garrison city that serves as the
headquarters of the Pakistani Army, the American intelligence official said. He appeared to have been disaffected, and his
involvement with Faisal Shahzad, the Pakistani-American charged with the failed bombing in New York, did not signal the
involvement of the Pakistani Army in the attack, the intelligence official said. The arrest of the officer, who holds the rank of major and
whose name was not disclosed, and of Salman Ashraf Khan, 35, an executive of a catering company that organized functions for the
American Embassy here, suggested the participation of a group of Pakistanis in helping Mr. Shahzad after he returned to Pakistan
from the United States last year to plan the bombing, the officials said. Several other Pakistani men have been arrested in the Islamabad
area in connection with the case, according to a Pakistani intelligence official who did not offer details about the men‘s backgrounds. A
senior Pakistani official said Friday that Mr. Khan and the army major were among several Pakistanis being questioned in
connection with the Times Square case. Investigators were still sorting out exactly what role, if any, each individual played in
helping Mr. Shahzad develop and plan the attack, the official said. The arrest of the army major, which was first reported by The Los
Angeles Times, raised questions of whether the Pakistani Army harbored some officers and soldiers sympathetic to the cause of the
Pakistani Taliban, the militant group that Mr. Shahzad has told American investigators trained him for his bombing attempt. Mr. Shahzad
has said he traveled to North Waziristan, a major base for the Pakistani Taliban, to prepare for the attack. The Pakistani Army has
conducted a series of offensives against the Pakistani Taliban in the past year, and the arrest of an officer for working
surreptitiously against that policy would be considered an embarrassment for the army, which is the country‘s most powerful
institution. The spokesman for the Pakistani Army denied earlier this week that an officer had been detained in the Times Square case. He
said that an officer had been arrested because he had declined to fight, for religious reasons. Pakistani officials have been reluctant
to discuss the Times Square bombing case, and when they have done so they have played down any involvement of the Pakistani
Taliban, choosing instead to depict Mr. Shahzad as a lone operator. The nation‘s premier spy agency, Inter-Services Intelligence, is in
charge of the investigation of the case, Pakistani officials have said. Like Mr. Shahzad, the catering executive, Mr. Khan, attended college
in the United States. He appears to have been part of a loose network of middle-class, educated Pakistani men here in Islamabad, the
capital, who assisted Mr. Shahzad in planning the Times Square attack. The investigation and arrests in Islamabad appeared to
concentrate on this informal network, which is suspected of having helped to recruit Pakistanis living abroad who wanted to return
home to train for terrorist attacks, a Western official said. They appeared to be motivated by a strong belief in jihadist causes and a
hatred of the West, the official said. The network appears to have included Mr. Khan and a close friend, Ahmed Raza Khan, who,
like Mr. Khan, was arrested in Islamabad on May 10, Mr. Khan‘s father, Rana Ashraf Khan, said. Mr. Shahzad is the son of a
retired senior Pakistani Air Force officer, and it appeared that the arrested army major was an acquaintance of Mr. Shahzad‘s
father, according to a British terrorism expert, Sajjan Gohel, who is familiar with the investigation into the Times Square
bombing. The major may have helped Mr. Shahzad get in touch with the Pakistani Taliban and may have helped him travel to North
Waziristan, Mr. Gohel said. Mr. Khan‘s arrest became public on Friday, after the United States Embassy warned American residents in
Pakistan to avoid using his company, Hanif Rajput Caterers, because ―terrorist groups may have established links‖ to it. The
embassy sent an e-mail message with the warning and posted it on the embassy‘s Web site. Mr. Khan disappeared May 10, when he failed
to arrive at the company headquarters after leaving his house in his car, his father, who is the company‘s chief executive, said in an
interview in Islamabad. Mr. Khan graduated from the University of Houston in 2000, having majored in computer science, and then
returned to Pakistan to work in the family‘s catering business, his father said. Since graduating, he had not returned to the United
States and he was married three years ago, his father said. Rana Ashraf Khan described his son as religious, but ―definitely not an
extremist.‖ Asked if his son had negative feelings toward the United States, he said: ―To be honest, yes. But that is common.‖ ―I am
shocked,‖ he said of the accusation that his son was connected to the Times Square bombing, saying that his son had organized 900
catering events in the last six months, some for as many as 2,000 guests. The father said his son and his son‘s wife lived with him in the
family home in Islamabad. Mr. Khan left the home for work at his usual time, about 11 a.m., on May 10, the father said. He never reached
the office, according to the account. About noon, a man turned up outside the family‘s house in Mr. Khan‘s car, parked it and then left in a
waiting taxi, the father said. A dinner for 20 people, booked by a senior American diplomat for Saturday night, was suddenly
canceled Friday by the United States Embassy, said Fahim Khan, the company‘s sales manager. Until several years ago, when
security at the embassy was tightened, the company catered the annual ball for the United States Marines, he said. The notice circulated by
the United States Embassy came two days after the national security adviser, Gen. James L. Jones, and the head of the Central Intelligence
Agency, Leon E. Panetta, arrived in Islamabad to share leads with the Pakistani government on the investigation into the Times Square
case. The elder Mr. Khan, who founded the catering company, said that despite frequent requests, the Pakistani authorities had refused to
disclose his son‘s whereabouts (Perlez, 2010).

Date: May 29, 2010


Source: Fox News
Title/Headline: Terror Plot Prompts U.S. To Weigh Military Option In Pakistan

Abstract: In response to a report that the U.S. military is developing plans for a unilateral attack on the Pakistani Taliban in the
event of a successful terrorist strike in the United States that can be traced to them, a U.S. official said it makes sense to thwart
terrorists "in the most aggressive ways possible." "Jones [National Security Adviser Jim Jones] and Panetta [CIA Director Leon Panetta]
seemed to make a strong impression on the Pakistanis, especially when it came to the TTP links to the Times Square plot," the unidentified
official told Fox News. "The Pakistanis understand that our enemy is their enemy, too." Planning for a retaliatory attack was
spurred by ties between alleged Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad and elements of the Pakistani Taliban, The Washington Post
said in an article posted on its website Friday night, quoting unidentified senior military officials. The military would focus on air and
missile strikes but also could use small teams of U.S. Special Operations troops currently along the border with Afghanistan, the
Post said. Airstrikes could damage the militants' ability to launch new attacks but also might damage U.S.-Pakistani relations. The CIA
already conducts unmanned drone strikes in the country's tribal regions. Officials told the Post that a U.S. military response would be
considered only if a terrorist attacks persuaded President Barack Obama that the CIA campaign is ineffective. A senior U.S. official
told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Pakistan already has been told that it has only weeks to show real progress in a crackdown
against the Taliban. The U.S. has put Pakistan "on a clock" to launch a new intelligence and counterterrorist offensive against the
group, which the White House alleges was behind the Times Square bombing attempt, according to the official. U.S. officials also
have said the U.S. reserves the right to strike in the tribal areas in pursuit of Osama bin Laden and other high-value targets. At the same, the
Obama administration is working to improve ties with Pakistani intelligence officials to head off attacks by militant groups, the
Post reported. Officials quoted by the Post and the AP requested anonymity because of the sensitivity surrounding U.S. military and
intelligence activities in Pakistan (Fox News, 2010).
Date: May 30, 2010
Source: Xinhau News
Title/Headline: Minister: Pakistani Extremist Groups Join Taliban, Al-Qaeda

Abstract: Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik said Sunday that several banned extremist groups have now become part and
parcel of Taliban and al-Qaeda to destabilize the country. Malik said that members of the outlawed extremist groups, Lashkar Jhangvi,
Jaish Muhammad and Sipah-e-Sahaba, received training in northwest Pakistan's Waziristan tribal region and have now formally joined
Taliban and al-Qaeda. "They had been in hiding in southern parts of Punjab and now have surfaced and expanded their terror
network upto Balochistan province," the interior minister told reporters after visiting worship places of the minority sect Ahmadis, which
were attacked by gunmen and suicide bombers on Friday. A spokesman of the Ahmadis, a sect which was declared non- Muslim in
Pakistan in 1974, said that 93 of its members were killed and over 100 others injured in the attacks on two of their worship places in
Lahore, the capital of Punjab province. Punjabi Taliban had claimed responsibility for the massacre and a statement from the media
center of the Pakistani Taliban, Tehrik- e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), in email to media organizations on Saturday praised the Lahore
attackers. The interior minister said that 40 percent of the militants are from southern parts of Punjab who are involved in attacks on Shiite
Muslims and minority Christians and Ahmadis. Malik said he has called a high level meeting in Islamabad next week to chalk out
strategy to eliminate the growing threat to minorities from the banned groups and Taliban, adding that provincial police chiefs and
home secretaries will attend the meeting. He said the government has also planned to introduce in the parliament a "Minority Protection
Bill" to protect religious minorities in Pakistan. The minister said the government has also decided to register around 20,000 religious
seminaries with 17,000 registered so far (Xinhau News, 2010).

Date: June 1, 2010


Source: LA Times, David S. Cloud
Title/Headline: Al Qaeda's No. 3 Believed Killed In Pakistan

Abstract: Reporting from Washington — — Al Qaeda's third-ranking leader — a close associate and relative by marriage to
Osama bin Laden — is believed to have been killed in a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan's tribal region, U.S. officials said. The death of
Sheik Said Masri, an Egyptian who is believed to act as the terrorist network's operational leader, would be the latest blow to Al Qaeda,
which has suffered a steady degradation of its leadership and ability to mount attacks since the U.S. stepped up its campaign of
missile strikes by unmanned aircraft in Pakistan's tribal region. "We have strong reason to believe" that Masri is dead, a U.S.
official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was discussing intelligence information. "He was key to Al Qaeda's command
and control. His death would be a major blow." Masri, also known as Mustafa Abu Yazid, was believed to play a role in most of Al
Qaeda's operations, including its finances and its continuing attempts to mount attacks. He is also thought to have been the key
conduit to Bin Laden and his No. 2, Ayman Zawahiri, both of whom are thought to play a minimal role in the network's day-to-day
activities because of their need to remain in hiding. "Masri was the group's chief operating officer, with a hand in everything from
finances to operational planning," the U.S. official said. Like some other militant leaders, Masri has been erroneously reported dead in
the past. U.S. officials discussed Masri's apparent death Monday after a statement began appearing on extremist websites
announcing that he had been killed in Pakistan. It did not confirm how he was killed but said that his wife, three daughters and others
were killed at the same time, according to the SITE Institute, a private group that monitors militant websites. The statement claimed that
Masri had been training Al Qaeda operatives to carry out future attacks. "What he left behind will, with permission from Allah,
continue to be generous and copious and to produce heroes and raise generations. His death will only be a severe curse by his life
upon the infidels. The response is near." U.S. officials would not discuss the reports that Masri's family members had been killed in
the drone strike. He is thought to have married into Bin Laden's family in the years since the two arrived in Afghanistan (Cloud,
2010).

Date: June 3, 2010


Source: KVOA News
Title/Headline: Pakistani Citizen Caught Crossing Border Into Arizona

Abstract: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials confirm with News4, a Pakistani citizen crossed the border illegally
from Mexico into Arizona on May 20th. ICE says the man was apprehended by Border Patrol on the Tohono O'odham reservation and
turned over to ICE (KVOA News, 2010).

Date: June 10, 2010


Source: Press TV
Title/Headline: 'Pakistan Harboring Mullah Omar'

Abstract: A former senior member of the militant group says Pakistani security forces are harboring the fugitive Taliban leader,
Mullah Omar in Karachi. Mullah Abdul Salam Hanafi told an Afghan news website that Mullah Omar is now in the Pakistani city
of Karachi. Hanafi was the governor of central Uruzgan Province under the Taliban regime. The developments come as the US and its
allies intend to remove Mullah Omar from the black list in a bid to provide a suitable seedbed for holding contacts. Senior officials in the
UK have spread the idea of making peace with the Taliban -- the militant group whose uprooting was ostensibly one of the main objectives
of the 2001 US-led invasion. Omar, the founder of the Taliban, was Afghanistan's de facto head of state from 1996 to 2001. He was
unseated in the 2001 US-led invasion of Afghanistan. However, the US forces have not yet managed to apprehend Omar, or al-
Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden after the elapse of nine years. Hanafi also claimed that the foreign troops and Taliban are engaged in a
complicated game in Afghanistan. He said British troops trained Taliban forces and paid each militant three-hundred dollars per month.
The former official said Taliban members supported by the UK live freely in Helmand province and have never been a target of attacks. He
says British forces told him that they plan to stay in Afghanistan for the next 40 years (Press TV, 2010).

Date: June 13, 2010


Source: New York Times, Carlotta Gall
Title/Headline: Report Says Pakistan Intelligence Agency Exerts Great Sway On Afghan Taliban

Abstract: Pakistan‘s main intelligence agency continues to provide financing, training and sanctuary to Afghan Taliban insurgents
and exerts a far greater influence on Taliban strategy than previously thought, according to a report prepared by the London
School of Economics. Drawing on interviews with Afghan Taliban commanders and former Taliban ministers and officials, the report
suggests that Pakistan‘s premier intelligence service, the Inter-Services Intelligence agency, or ISI, supports the Taliban insurgency as
a matter of official policy to contain the influence in Afghanistan of its rival India. Both serving and retired officials from the
Pakistani intelligence agency are carrying out that policy, the report says. Although many of the specifics of the report could not be
independently verified, the bulk of its conclusions are very much in line with what Afghan officials, and some Western officials, have often
alleged: that Pakistan has maintained its longstanding relationship with the Afghan Taliban to retain its influence in Afghanistan. The
Afghan intelligence chief, Amrullah Saleh, who resigned last week after an insurgent attack on a peace convention in the capital,
Kabul, described Pakistan as his country‘s ―enemy No. 1.‖ Officials in the Afghan government work closely with NATO and American
security officials, and the groups share intelligence. ―This is not a big surprise. This is consistent with 15 years of history,‖ said Bruce
Riedel, a former C.I.A. analyst and now a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. ―Life has not changed. The Taliban and the
ISI have a very intimate relationship.‖ Pakistan has had close relations with the Afghan Taliban since the group‘s formation in 1994, but
Pakistani involvement with the insurgency against the international coalition in Afghanistan since 2001 has been both high-level and
coercive, the author of the report, Matt Waldman, contends. Mr. Waldman is a fellow at Harvard University who worked in
Afghanistan previously for the humanitarian organization Oxfam. ―Without a change in Pakistani behavior, it will be difficult if
not impossible for international forces and the Afghan government to make progress against the insurgency,‖ he wrote. An official
from Inter-Services Intelligence, based in Islamabad, Pakistan, dismissed the report as ―rubbish,‖ and the report does not include any
corroboration from Pakistani officials. ―It‘s not even worth commenting upon,‖ the official said by telephone, speaking on
condition of anonymity in keeping with the policy of his agency. ―It‘s speculative, and degrading.‖ He called the report‘s allegation
that President Asif Ali Zardari met with imprisoned Taliban insurgents and pledged Pakistan‘s continued support ―completely
outrageous.‖ That accusation was second-hand and several analysts said it was unlikely to be true. An American policymaker for the
region said the inclusion of such a charge raised questions about the rest of the report. ―I am skeptical of this sort of sensational
discovery that seems to do better than U.S. intelligence,‖ said the official, who asked not to be named. The report quotes from
interviews with nine insurgent field commanders, who say that ISI operatives sit in on meetings of the Taliban leadership council,
often known as the Quetta shura, which consists of a dozen or so members and meets several times a year in and around the
Pakistani southwestern town of Quetta. Afghan security officials and an adviser to the Afghan government working on persuading
members of the Taliban to reconcile with the government have also said that ISI agents are known to sit in on the Quetta shura meetings as
observers. The ISI also exerts pressure on Taliban commanders, arresting those who step out of line, or threatening arrest if they do
not follow established parameters of Taliban strategy, the report says. That allegation matches statements by Afghan and NATO
officials, who have been working in recent months on ways to persuade Taliban insurgents to reconcile with the Afghan government. They
have said that the threat of arrest or detention of family members by Pakistani intelligence is a major obstacle for insurgents
considering defecting. ―You can believe all of that is happening,‖ one NATO official said in an interview. The report says several Taliban
commanders received training in large madrasa complexes in Pakistan from Pakistani military and ISI agents. The ISI had a role in the
genesis after 2001 of the insurgent group headed by Jalaluddin Haqqani and his sons that has mounted some of the most damaging
attacks in Kabul, according to the report. Among the Taliban commanders interviewed was one senior Haqqani commander of 1,000
fighters who also described the significant influence of the ISI over the group. ―Pakistan appears to be playing a double game of
astonishing magnitude,‖ Mr. Waldman concludes (Gall, 2010).

Date: June 13, 2010


Source: BBC
Title/Headline: Pakistani Agents 'Funding And Training Afghan Taliban'

Abstract: Pakistani intelligence gives funding, training and sanctuary to the Afghan Taliban on a scale much larger than previously
thought, a report says. Taliban field commanders interviewed for the report suggested that ISI intelligence agents even attend Taliban
supreme council meetings. Support for the Afghan Taliban was "official ISI policy", the London School of Economics (LSE) authors
suggest. Pakistan's military denied the claims. A spokesman said the allegations were "rubbish" and part of a malicious campaign against
the country's military and security agencies. The LSE report comes at the end of one of the deadliest weeks for Nato troops in Afghanistan,
with more than 30 soldiers killed. Links between the Taliban and Pakistan's intelligence service have long been suspected, but the
report's author - Harvard analyst Matt Waldman - says there is real evidence of extensive co-operation between the two. "This goes far
beyond just limited, or occasional support," he said. "This is very significant levels of support being provided by the ISI. "We're also
saying this is official policy of that agency, and we're saying that it is very extensive. It is both at an operational level, and at a
strategic level, right at the senior leadership of the Taliban movement." Mr Waldman spoke to nine Taliban field commanders in
Afghanistan earlier this year. Some alleged that ISI agents had even attended meetings of the Taliban's top leadership council, the so-called
Quetta shura. They claim that by backing the insurgents Pakistan's security service is trying to undermine Indian influence in Afghanistan.
"These accounts were corroborated by former Taliban ministers, a Western analyst and a senior UN official based in Kabul, who
said the Taliban largely depend on funding from the ISI and groups in Gulf countries," the report said. With US troops due to begin
leaving next year, Pakistan and other regional players are increasingly seeking ways to assert their influence in Afghanistan, analysts say.
Pakistan has long been accused of using the Taliban to further its foreign policy interests in the country. The ISI first became
involved in funding and training militants in Afghanistan after the Soviet invasion in 1979. Since 2001, however, it has been a key
US ally, receiving billions of dollars in aid in return for helping fight al-Qaeda "Pakistan appears to be playing a double-game of
astonishing magnitude," the report says. But Islamabad says it is working with its international partners in hunting down the Taliban. And
the Taliban's former ambassador to Pakistan, Abdul Salam Zaeef, says there is no proof of a link between the ISI and the Afghan Taliban.
"I have no proof that Pakistan is supporting the Taliban," he told the BBC, "or that the ISI is providing money to them... or other
support to provide weapons." Even so, Pakistan's role in Afghanistan is viewed as critical. Last week Afghan intelligence chief Amrullah
Saleh resigned, saying he had become an obstacle to plans to talk to the Taliban. Mr Saleh told Reuters news agency a day after quitting
that the ISI was "part of the landscape of destruction" in Afghanistan and accused Pakistan of sheltering Taliban leaders in safe houses.
Pakistan has always denied such claims and points to arrests and military offensives against the militants on its side of the border.
Nevertheless, parts of the tribal north-west of Pakistan bordering Afghanistan remain strongholds for the militants. The BBC's
Quentin Sommerville in Kabul says there is a growing understanding that military action alone will not be enough to bring peace in
Afghanistan. "Without a change in Pakistani behaviour it will be difficult if not impossible for international forces and the Afghan
government to make progress against the insurgency," the report concludes.

Date: June 15, 2010


Source: Fox News, Assiciated Press
Title/Headline: U.S. Man Hunting Bin Laden Held In Pakistan

Abstract: An American armed with a pistol and a 40-inch sword was detained in northern Pakistan and told investigators he was
on a solo mission to kill Usama bin Laden, a police officer said Tuesday. The man was identified as 52-year-old Californian
construction worker Gary Brooks Faulkner, said officer Mumtaz Ahmad Khan. He was picked up in a forest in the Chitral region late on
Sunday, he said. "We initially laughed when he told us that he wanted to kill Usama bin Laden," said Khan. But he said when
officers seized the pistol, the sword and night-vision equipment, "our suspicion grew." He was questioned Tuesday by intelligence
officials in Peshawar, the main northwestern city. Faulkner told police he visited Pakistan seven times, and this was his third trip to Chitral.
Police alleged the American intended to travel to the eastern Afghan region of Nuristan, just across the border from Chitral. The area is
among several rumored hiding places for the Al Qaeda leader, who has evaded a massive U.S. effort to capture him since 2001. Bin
Laden is accused of being behind the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States, as well other terrorist acts. Khan said Faulkner was also
carrying a book containing Christian verses and teachings. When asked why he thought he had a chance of tracing bin Laden, Faulkner
replied, "God is with me, and I am confident I will be successful in killing him," said Khan. Faulkner arrived in the Chitrali town of
Bumburate on June 3 and stayed in a hotel there. He was assigned a police guard, as is quite common for foreigners visiting remote parts of
Pakistan. When he checked out without informing police, officers began hunting for him, said Khan. U.S. Embassy spokesman Richard
Snelsire said the mission had received notification from Pakistani officials that an American citizen had been arrested. He said
embassy officials were trying to meet the man and confirm his identity (Fox News, 2010)

Date: June, 21, 2010


Source: Fox News, Associated Press
Title/Headline: American Pleads Guilty To Times Square Terror Plot

Abstract: A Pakistan-born U.S. citizen has pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge accusing him of plotting the failed Times
Square car bombing. He told the judge he wanted to "plead guilty and 100 times more." He also warned that unless the U.S. leaves
Muslim lands, "We will be attacking U.S."Entering pleas one-by-one, he began by pleading guilty to attempted use of weapons of mass
destruction (Fox News, 2010).

Date: June 23, 2010


Source: Fox News, Associated Press
Title/Headline: Bin Laden Hunter On Way Back To U.S

Abstract: An American on a solo mission to hunt down Osama bin Laden is headed back to the United States, ten days after
authorities found him in the woods of northern Pakistan with a pistol, a sword and night-vision equipment. Gary Faulkner, who has
been detained since June 13, left Pakistan early Wednesday and will arrive in Denver later in the day, his brother Scott Faulkner said. Scott
Faulkner said he spoke to his brother briefly Tuesday, and he reported being treated well Pakistan. By the excitement in his brother's voice,
Scott Faulkner said he thinks his brother came close to finding bin Laden. The 50-year-old Gary Faulkner, of Greeley, told officials he was
out to kill the al-Qaida leader. Faulkner was then moved to Islamabad, and his brother told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he
was being released by the Pakistani government without charges. "He said he couldn't wait to return to the good ol' U.S. of A,"
Scott Faulkner said. Gary Faulkner is an out-of-work construction worker who sold his tools to finance six trips on what relatives
have called a Rambo-type mission to kill or capture bin Laden. He grew his hair and beard long to fit in better. Scott Faulkner told
reporters last week that his brother wasn't crazy, just determined to find the man America's military has failed to capture nearly a decade
after the 9/11 attacks in the United States. "Is it out the norm? Yes it is. But is it crazy? No," Scott Faulkner said. "If he wore a uniform
and called himself special ops, would he be crazy?" Another relative told AP on Tuesday he wasn't sure when Faulkner would return to
Denver but that it would be in coming days. The relative said Faulkner, who has kidney problems and needs dialysis, has been treated
well by Pakistani authorities and is in good spirits. A senior State Department official, speaking on condition of anonymity due to
privacy concerns, said the agency hasn't been told of Faulkner's release and that the family would have the best information, but that
Faulker's release was expected soon. Faulkner, two department officials said, refused to sign a waiver allowing the government to
discuss his case publicly. Faulkner left Colorado in May 30. Scott Faulkner, a physician in the northeastern Colorado town of Fort
Morgan, dropped his brother off at the airport and wasn't sure he'd see him again. But he and other relatives have insisted that Gary Faulker
left the U.S. unarmed, had a valid visa for Pakistan and was guilty of no crime while there. Indeed, relatives have said they hope the trip
encourages more people to look for bin Laden. "Now there's going to be hopefully a renewed effort to get this guy -- he's still wanted, and
he's still out there," Scott Faulkner said last week (Fox News, 2010).

Date: June 28, 2010


Source: New York Times, Waqar Gillani, Sabrina Tavernise
Title/Headline: Pakistan Sentences Five Americans In Terror Case

Abstract: A Pakistani court sentenced five American Muslim men who had been arrested in Punjab Province to 10 years of labor
in prison on Thursday for conspiring to carry out terrorist attacks. The case has amplified worries about the radicalization of Muslims
in the United States. The five men, all in their 20s and all from Virginia, are believed by Pakistani and American law enforcement
officials to have traveled to Pakistan in December to join the fight against American forces in Afghanistan. On Thursday, Judge
Mian Anwar Nazir found them guilty and sentenced them to 10 years and fines of $823 for conspiring against the state and 5 years for
helping to finance a militant organization. The sentences will run concurrently. A lawyer for the men, Hassan Katchela, said that his clients
were disappointed by the sentences and that he would appeal the case within a week. ―We are surprised,‖ he told reporters in Sargodha.
―We were not expecting this decision.‖ It was an unusually speedy trial for Pakistan‘s weak criminal justice system, which is rarely
able to keep militants in custody, much less prosecute them. Most hard-core militants are handled by Pakistan‘s military and
intelligence agency, though they are selective, steering clear of groups with links to the state. Those who are convicted are often freed long
before their formal sentence ends. It was not immediately clear why the men had not been deported to the United States, as Pakistani
officials had initially indicated might happen. The men refused to waive their privacy rights with the United States Embassy, a decision
that meant that embassy officials were not allowed to speak on their behalf. The men sometimes passed notes to reporters on their way
from jail to the courtroom and claimed that they had been tortured while in Pakistani custody, a charge denied by police officials. A
spokesman for the United States Embassy in Islamabad, Richard Snelsire, said, ―We respect the decision of the Pakistani courts.‖ But
the families of the men said they would fight. ―We are not going to lose heart,‖ Khalid Farooq, the father of one of the men, Umer
Farooq, said outside the court after the verdict. ―Such a decision is strange in a Muslim country by a Muslim judge for innocent Muslims
accused of baseless charges of terrorism.‖ He added: ―I am a lawyer by profession and I can confidently say that there was nothing in
this case. All documents of the government were fabricated and evidence is fake.‖ The men‘s story follows a recent pattern of attempts
by American Muslims to join militant groups fighting the United States military in countries like Afghanistan. Faisal Shahzad, a
Pakistani who also held American citizenship, pleaded guilty on Monday to trying to set off a bomb in Times Square. Experts say
that the young Americans, often children of integrated Muslim immigrants, are not immune to the calls of jihad by militant organizations,
which play on feelings of frustration and confusion about identity common in young, first- and second-generation men. Rana Bakhtiar, the
deputy prosecutor general of Punjab, the province where the men were tried, said that prosecutors had sought the maximum penalty, 25
years in jail, and that they would appeal to a higher court to have the sentences increased. The men — Ahmed Abdullah Minni, Aman
Hassan Yemer, Waqar Khan, Mr. Farooq and Ramy Zamzam — are believed to have made contact with militant organizations in
Pakistan over the Internet. They say they traveled to Pakistan in December for the wedding of Mr. Farooq, who is of Pakistani origin, but
Pakistani and American investigators contend that the men had come to meet militants. American law enforcement officials have said there
is considerable evidence suggesting that the men had been radicalized and planned violence. Most notably, Mr. Zamzam left behind a
video that appeared to reflect his plans to join the jihad. During the trial, prosecutors presented printouts of e-mail messages the
men had sent to Pakistan, as well as maps they had been carrying and cellphone records. The men first went to the city of
Hyderabad, where they reportedly met men from Jaish-e-Muhammad, a militant group. Prosecutors allege that money changed
hands there, which led to the charge of financing a terrorist organization. The men also traveled to Lahore, where they met with
representatives of Jamaat-ud-Dawa, the charity wing of the banned militant organization Lashkar-e-Taiba, which is believed to have carried
out the 2008 attacks in Mumbai, India. Mr. Bakhtiar, the prosecutor, said Pakistan was committed to fighting militancy. ―No terrorist can
be given relief,‖ he said (Gillani & Tavernise, 2010).

Date: July 5, 2010


Source: Associated Press, Kimberly Dozier
Title/Headline: Al-Qaida Never Weaker, But Never More Of A Threat To U.S. Itself: Analysis

Abstract: U.S. officials boast that al-Qaida has never been weaker, its upper ranks decimated because of the stepped-up drone
attacks in Pakistan and special operations raids in Afghanistan. At the same time, they warn, in seeming contradiction: An even
greater number of well-trained terrorists are setting their sights on the United States. Across the remote tribal lands between
Afghanistan and Pakistan where terror groups hide, U.S. officials say they've seen a fusion of al-Qaida and others targeted by U.S. forces,
including the Haqqani group and the Pakistani Taliban, who formerly focused only on their local areas. Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of
the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the groups have become a "synergy of terrorist groups" with "an expanding desire to kill
Americans." He was speaking last week at the Aspen Institute security forum in Colorado. At the same forum, National Counterterrorism
Center Director Michael Leiter warned that the "troubling alignment" extends all the way to Yemen and Africa. The dispersed network is
making terror plots harder to spot and prevent, he said. The officials are speaking publicly in an effort to convince the American public —
and U.S. ally Pakistan — that the time to hit harder is now, while al-Qaida is weakened. Failure to do that means an even stronger enemy,
they argue. A high-level U.S. counterterrorist delegation is headed to Pakistan this week to try to persuade Pakistan to keep the
pressure on the militant groups that now operate almost as one with al-Qaida. The Pakistani government has denied news reports
that it has reached out to its former ally, the Haqqani tribe, to secure its participation in talks with the Afghan government. U.S. officials
want to make sure that remains the case. The other part of that administration message, that the campaign has diminished the al-
Qaida leadership, is aimed at an American public increasingly weary of the 9-year-old war. In June, at least 60 U.S. troops were
killed in Afghanistan, making it one of the deadliest months of the conflict. Polls now find a majority of Americans no longer think
the Afghanistan war is worth fighting. Purely by the numbers, al-Qaida has been devastated by the past 18 months of drone attacks and
raids, Leiter said. Although Osama bin Laden remains at large, half of al-Qaida's leadership has been killed in the past year, he said. The
organization is down to only 50 to a 100 "card-carrying" members inside Afghanistan and roughly 300 operatives in Pakistan, he
said. Al-Qaida agents in Pakistan are hemmed in, mainly north of Peshawar, as well as North Waziristan, where they have based
themselves with the Haqqani network and the Pakistani Taliban, and a small number in the Quetta area, where the exiled Afghan
Taliban mainly hold sway. These groups have cooperated for years, even pre-dating the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, said New America
Foundation's Peter Bergen, cautioning against describing that as a new development. The Haqqani group fought beside the Afghan
Taliban to help return the Taliban, al-Qaida's former host, to control of Afghanistan. The Pakistani Taliban have sought to
overthrow the central government in Islamabad. Lashkar-e-Taiba, another group that works with al-Qaida, has concentrated on
attacking Indian targets, like the three-day assault on Mumbai in 2008 that killed 170 people. But the difference now, U.S. officials
contend, is that the local groups are sharing manpower, weaponry and ideology with al-Qaida. The Pakistani Taliban have already made an
attempt on the U.S., through Times Square bombing suspect Faisal Shahzad. That attempt followed the pattern of al-Qaida in the
Arabian Peninsula, based in Yemen, which dispatched Nigerian suspect Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab to try to bring down a
Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas Day. U.S. intelligence analysts, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not
authorized to speak publicly, say even though neither the Haqqani network nor Lashkar e-Taiba has been linked to plots aimed at the
mainland U.S., the United States now must assume the groups aspire to strike there, or at the very least help prepare and fund such attacks.
The Haqqanis, estimated by a senior defense official to be between 2,000 and 5,000 strong, have already supported attacks on U.S.
targets within Afghanistan, including an al-Qaida and the Taliban suicide bombing that killed seven CIA operatives in Khost, in
the suicide bombing last December. Don Rassler, of the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point, N.Y., says the group's leader,
Sirajuddin Haqqani, has been careful not to publicly support direct attacks on the United States, despite repeated questioning in online
militant Jihadi forums. "He knows where the red lines are and he's careful not to cross them, so as not to become even more of a
target than he already is," Rassler says. Counterterrorism chief Leiter said monitoring the spread-out terrorist threat is a growing
undertaking. The counterterrorism center receives 8,000-10,000 pieces of counterterrorist information every day, he said. "Within
those reports, there are roughly 10,000 names every day" and "40-plus specific threats and plots," Leiter said, including "bombs that
are going to go off today or tomorrow." He likened it to trying to find "a needle in a pile of needles, covered by a haystack."- Identifying
those needles has resulted in huge blows against al-Qaida, he said. Increasingly, though, the United States and Pakistan must
explain its attacks, which the enemy uses in propaganda to drive Muslim world public opinion against the United States and the
government in Pakistan. The press in Pakistan has claimed that thousands of innocents have been killed by U.S. drone strikes. U.S.
officials say it's nowhere near that total, but they will not provide their own estimates. Leiter said he wouldn't argue "that some of our
actions have not led to some people being radicalized." But he added, "It doesn't mean you don't do it. It means you craft a fuller
strategy to explain why you're doing it." Pakistan's ambassador to the United States, Husain Haqqani, said that al-Qaida, too, has
turned off wide swaths of Arab and Muslim public opinion by killing 10,000 soldiers, diplomats and mostly civilians in 2009 in Pakistan
alone. U.S. officials believe that's partly because their stepped-up drone campaign has forced al-Qaida to work through proxies that
don't always listen to the al-Qaida leadership when it comes to avoiding civilian casualties. The U.S. officials hold out the hope that
the next year of the secret war could provide the critical moment that could lead to the decapitation of al-Qaida's leadership. But,
they contend, if the pressure comes off, al-Qaida could transform itself into an even stronger, more resilient foe — a process they
acknowledge has already begun (Dozier, 2010).

Date: July 7, 2010


Source: Thaindian News
Title/Headline: Pakistani Terror Suspect Held In Britain On US Warrant

Abstract: London, July 7 (DPA) British police Wednesday arrested a Pakistani national wanted for trial on terrorism charges in
the US, Scotland Yard said. Abid Naseer, 24, was among 12 men arrested in connection with a suspected terrorist plot in northern
England last year. But he recently won a court battle to stay in Britain, where a judge ruled that his safety could not be guaranteed
if he was returned to Pakistan. Scotland Yard said Naseer had been arrested ―pursuant to a provisional arrest warrant issued on July 7,
2010, at the request of the US government‖. ―Naseer‘s extradition is sought by the United States government for the purposes of standing
trial,‖ a statement said. A spokesman said Naseer was accused by the US authorities of providing material for a foreign terrorist
organisation, providing support for a terrorist conspiracy and of plotting to use a destructive device (Thaindian News, 2010).

Date: July 14, 2010


Source: The Telegraph, Dean Nelson
Title/Headline: India: Pakistan's ISI Had Direct Control Over Mumbai Attacks

Abstract: India has accused Pakistan's intelligence service of "controlling and coordinating" the 2008 terrorist attacks on Mumbai
from "beginning to the end". India's home secretary said new evidence from a suspected senior terrorist had revealed the Inter-Services
Intelligence agency, one of Pakistan's most powerful state bodies, was behind the attack which left more than 166 people dead. GK Pillai
directly accused Pakistan's ISI of collaborating with the Lashkar e Taiba (LeT) terrorist group to mount the attacks. "The ISI has
had a much more significant role to play (in the Mumbai attacks). It was not just a peripheral role. They were literally controlling
and coordinating it (the attacks) from the beginning till the end," he said. His accusations are the strongest comments made by
Indian officials since the attacks which brought the South Asian nuclear neighbours to the brink of war. India's prime minister
Manmohan Singh said shortly after the attacks that they were of such military precision that they must have had the support of some
Pakistani state agencies. Ten terrorist commandos launched a series of machine gun raids on Mumbai's top hotels, main rail station
and a Jewish charity while holding India's elite special forces at bay for three days. Mr Pilla did not offer any evidence however
and his claims, which came on the eve of summit talks between the two countries' foreign ministers, were dismissed as rhetoric by
diplomats in the region. They said he had underestimated the capability of the which is believed to have carried out the massacre. Mr
Pillai said new details of the ISI's links to LeT founder Hafiz Saeed, had emerged when India's National Investigation Agency interviewed
David Headley, the suspected LeT terrorist arrested last year at Chicago's international airport. Headley is accused of carrying out
reconnaissance missions for the Mumbai attacks. Headley had told Indian investigators that Hafiz Saeed, who is not among the LeT
Mumbai suspects arrested in Pakistan, played a central role in pressing for the attacks to be executed according to a planned schedule. "He
was also not a peripheral player. He knew everything," he said. A retired Pakistan Army major was arrested by the FBI in
December last year in connection with the Mumbai attacks. A colonel from its Signals Corps was also named in Indian court
documents, but so far no serving Pakistani military personnel have been charged. Vikram Sood, former director of India's Research
and Analysis Wing intelligence agency, said the home secretary's claims voiced what most in the country's security circles already knew.
"You don't make these decisions, where the risk is so great the countries could end up fighting a war, at the level of major or
colonel. [Pakistan's officials] keep saying they're helping but they're not. They're involved," he said. Western diplomats in the
region are yet to be persuaded that Islamabad's military or its intelligence agencies played a direct role in the attacks. They believe
Mr Pillai's claims were made to keep Thursday's talks in Islamabad focused on stopping future terrorist attacks on India (Nelson, 2010).

Date: July 19, 2010


Source: Press TV
Title/Headline: Germany Jails Two For Al-Qaeda Links

Abstract: A court in western Germany has sentenced two men to a total of eight and a half years in prison for their alleged ties to a
senior al-Qaeda member. The two men, one with Turkish nationality and the other both Turkish and German, were jailed on Monday,
AFP reported. The men, both 32, merely identified as Omer O and Sermet I, were sentenced to six and two and a half years in prison
respectively by a court in the city of Koblenz. The men were found guilty of working for Aleem N, a German of Pakistani origin who
was also jailed for eight years in July 2009 as an alleged top-player in the al-Qaeda network. According to AFP, they reportedly
obtained money and equipment such as night-vision goggles for Aleem. The court ruled both men as supporters of the aims and methods of
al-Qaeda. An additional ruling accused Omer O. of attending a "terror" camp to undergo weapons training in the Afghan-Pakistan
border region in early 2006. The convictions brought to an end a 61-day trial which heard testimonies from 119 witnesses and nine
experts (Press TV, 2010).

Date: July 20, 2010


Source: Fox News
Title/Headline: Hillary Clinton: 'It Would Be A Mistake' To Walk Away From Pakistan

Abstract:

Greta Van Susteren, Fox News Host: Madam Secretary, nice to see you. And this is our second trip to Pakistan with you.

Hilary Clinton, Secretary of State: It is. Thank you for coming along.

Greta Van Susteren: All right, now, there's no secret we're having horrible economic problems at home. How do you
convince the American people that spending money here in Pakistan is something we want to do?

Hillary Clinton: Well, I think there's three ways to make the case, Greta. Number one, this is where the principal terrorist threat to the
United States emanates from. And we've seen some foiled attacks, thank goodness, in the last several months that have just
demonstrated that. And we have to have a much closer cooperative relationship with Pakistan. We have to prevent
Afghanistan from falling into a failed state that can then be a bigger danger to us. And that costs money. Secondly, if you really
think about how much money it costs us as a society after 9/11, it was an incredible economic hit. And so terrorism on top
of an economic challenge would be devastating for us, and therefore, we have to stay on our toes and try to prevent that
from happening. And thirdly, I think that the long term benefit of having positive relationships in this part of the world is good
for our economy as well. We have an export initiative that President Obama has announced. We want to double exports. We need
to open up markets. How do you open markets? You raise standards of living. You eliminate insecurity so people can buy the
things that the United States produces. So terrorism, economy, greater access to markets, all of that makes sense to me.

Greta Van Susteren: The security issue, it seems Americans really want security. We recently had the incident in Times Square
which originated in this country. But are we getting ahead of the game? Is our money paying off in terms of getting security,
because we've had this recent event, and we see violence all the time in this country?
Hillary Clinton: And the Pakistanis themselves are paying a big price because of it. They've had so many deaths due to bombings
that these terrible terrorist networks impose upon the people of Pakistan. Their military has lost a lot of people in
fighting. This is tough. I'm not going to sit and tell you that it is not. But boy, do I think it would be a mistake to walk away.
We've done that. We've walked away from Pakistan and Afghanistan in the past with all the consequences we are well
aware of.

Greta Van Susteren: So you think if we walked away from this and didn't give them the money today, it would be worse for
us from a security standpoint?

Hillary Clinton: I do. We are building a relationship that did not exist. I said in our last trip that you were with me that we
had a huge trust deficit, because the United States had to be fair, we had helped to create the problem we are now
fighting.

Greta Van Susteren: How?

Hillary Clinton: Because when the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan we had this brilliant idea we were going to come to Pakistan
and create a force of mujahedeen and equip them with stinger missiles and everything else to go after the Soviets inside
Afghanistan. And we were successful. The Soviets left Afghanistan, and then we said great, good-bye, leaving these trained
people, who were fanatical, in Afghanistan and Pakistan, leaving them well-armed, creating a mess, frankly, that at the time we
didn't really recognize, we were just so happy to see the Soviet Union fall and we thought fine we are OK now everything is
going to be so much better. Now you look back. The people we are fighting today, we were supporting in the fight the
soviets.

Greta Van Susteren: Is there some sense of a win for us in the sense that we see all these casualties, we see casualties going up in
Afghanistan. If we had Usama bin Laden, that would inspire the American people to feel much more committed to this
project. Do you believe the Pakistan government knows where Usama bin Laden is?

Hillary Clinton: I think elements in the government do. I've said that before. But I think it is also important for your viewers to
know we have been getting with Pakistani cooperation a lot of the top leadership of Al Qaeda. We haven't gotten bin
Laden or Zawahiri, but we've consistently been able to track and kill a lot of their principal leadership. So there is a story
to be told here. It's not yet what I want it to be, because as having been a senator from New York on 9/11, I want those
guys. I will not be satisfied until we get them. But we've made a lot of progress. And we've created a closer cooperative
relationship between the United States and Pakistan, in going after what are now common enemies.

Greta Van Susteren: Now we have the situation in Uganda. We have al- Shabaab, another terrorist group. It looks like terrorism is
going global again in another area. Are we in any way going to get involved in that?

Hillary Clinton: We have supported what is called the African Union Mission which uses Ugandan troops and troops from
Burundi. In fact the recent why Al-Shabaab went after the people in Kampala is because Uganda has been going after them
inside Somalia, and we have been fully supportive of that. We are not in any way contemplating U.S. forces, but we want to
support Africans fighting for Africa, and we will continue to support those who will take on Al-Shabaab, which is no
longer a threat inside Somalia, but, as you point out, is spreading its tentacles beyond that.

Greta Van Susteren: You said some elements of the Pakistani government know where Usama bin Laden is?

Hillary Clinton: I believe that.

Greta Van Susteren: Why do you believe that?

Hillary Clinton: I think that's because if I put myself into a position of leadership in our own government, and if there were a
terrorist network operating somewhere, even in the most remote place in the United States, some sheriff, some local state
policeman, somebody in our collective government would probably know that there was something suspicious going on.
So that's why I assume somebody, somebody in this government, from top to bottom, does know where bin Laden is. And I'd like
to know too.

Greta Van Susteren: Can't we leverage our money or anything to get that information? He's 6'5, not easy to hide.

Hillary Clinton: We are leveraging it.

Greta Van Susteren: Are we getting closer?


Hillary Clinton: I don't want to put a proximity or timeline on it. As I've said, we have gotten closer because we have been able to kill a
number of their trainers, their operational people, their financiers. We've been able to do that, so in that sense we've gotten closer.
But I won't be satisfied until we get it done.

Greta Van Susteren: Does the Pakistani government say to you, Secretary Clinton, we are going to get him for you?

Hillary Clinton: Top levels of the government say they don't know, to be fair to them. It would similar, again, if somebody walked
into my office and said do you know where bad guy in the Mexican cartel is on our side of the border? I would say I don't
know, but I assume somebody knows. So I think we've got to keep pressure on, which we are doing. But remember, we
inherited a situation with such mistrust between the United States and Pakistan that it takes day-by-day confidence-building. And
we've been doing that. I think we have a lot to show with the strategic dialogue I got started where we've had a lot of American
government officials coming and meeting with their counterparts in Pakistan. It is not to get just a good relationship at the top.
You have to go through the bureaucracy. So to go back to my example about if I said who is it who knows where the
Mexican cartel leader is? Somebody must know. It is somebody in the bowels of the bureaucracy. You have to set a new
tone, you have to set a new sense of direction and authority. And I think that is happening.

Greta Van Susteren: You mentioned Mexico. Last week we were with Secretary Napolitano down at the Texas-Mexico border. I've
traveled with you to Mexico as well. Is there a war going on in Mexico?

Hillary Clinton: Well, there certainly is an armed struggle going on. So far the cartels have not been trying to overthrow the
Mexican government, although they are trying to seize and hold territory for them to operate their drug activities.

Greta Van Susteren: You don't call it a war?

Hillary Clinton: I don't know. I don't want to get into semantics. This is an armed struggle, a conflict against really bad people. These
Mexican cartel leaders are the most ruthless people. You talk about what we're up against with terrorism in Pakistan,
look at these people. They behead their victims, kidnap children, they indiscriminately kill groups of people. They are just
as bad as any terrorist groups. They are in it for money instead of ideology, but what is the difference? They are violent,
vile violators of human rights and human life. So I don't want to call it a war, conflict, struggle, whatever, we have to help the
Mexican government defeat these people and take back control of their country so they are not living in fear of what these cartels
and their leaders will do.

Greta Van Susteren: Right on our border.

Hillary Clinton: Yes, right (Fox News, 2010).

Date: July 21, 2010


Source: Telegraph, Ben Farmer
Title/Headline: Osama Bin Laden 'Hiding In Pakistan', Says Clinton

Abstract: The American Secretary of State said she believed the fugitive head of the al Qaeda terrorist network was at large nearly nine
years after United States forces helped topple his Taliban hosts in neighbouring Afghanistan. Speaking before heading to the Kabul
International conference, she said: "I believe (bin Laden) is here in Pakistan and it would be very helpful if we could take them (al-
Qaeda leaders)." Leon Panetta, head of the CIA, last month said bin Laden remained in "very deep hiding". The American spy service has
maintained bin Laden is alive despite rumours of poor health and a lack of verified sightings or appearances in recent years. Several audio
propaganda messages have been released purporting to be from him. Hamid Karzai, speaking at the conference, said he believed the
Taliban leader and founder Mullah Mohammad Omar was also across the border. He said: "We have known all along that some of the
very, very senior leadership of the Taliban were in Pakistan, this is not news to us." He told the conference the Taliban was "a
vicious common enemy that violates every Islamic and international norm to break our unity of effort" (Farmer, 2010).

Date: September 3, 2010


Source: Telegraph, Rob Crilly
Title/Headline: Pakistan Taliban Threaten Attacks On US And Europe

Abstract: A senior commander in the Pakistan Taliban last night announced it was planning terror strikes against targets in the
US and Europe similar to the Times Square bomb plot. Qari Hussain Mehsud, who commands suicide squads for the Tehrik-e-Taliban
Pakistan (TTP), said he was proud that the US had added his organisation to its international terrorism blacklist on Wednesday. And he
and promised a fresh wave of attacks that would resemble the attempted Times Square bombing earlier this year. Qari Hussain
Mehsud, who commands suicide squads for the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), said he was proud that the US had added his organisation
to its international terrorism blacklist on Wednesday. And he and promised a fresh wave of attacks that would resemble the attempted
Times Square bombing earlier this year (Crilly, 2010).
Date: October 4, 2010
Source: The Guardian, Richard Norton-Taylor, Ian Traynor
Title/Headline: US Drone 'Kills Eight Germans' In Pakistan Amid Terror Plot Fears

Abstract: American missiles fired from an umanned drone killed eight militants of German nationality in northwest Pakistan, a
region known to be a base for training terrorists, it was reported tonight. They were killed when two missiles from a suspected CIA
pilotless aircraft hit a mosque in Mirali in North Waziristan, according to Pakistani intelligence officials. The strikes follow fresh
warnings of terror attacks by the US and UK and reports that an Afghan-born German, Ahmad Sidiqi, said to be one of Germany's most
dangerous "homegrown terrorists", supplied intelligence during interrogation by the US at Bagram jail outside Kabul. According
to German media, Sidiqi, who attended the same mosque in Hamburg as some 9/11 attackers, told the Americans of plans to
launch a series of spectacular attacks in Europe, with Britain and France named as possible targets. British counter-terrorism
officials said there was "credible evidence" that al-Qaida sympathisers were plotting attacks in Europe, but they played down the
significance of warnings issued by the UK and US over the weekend for travellers to France and Germany. Two separate but coinciding
intelligence assessments of possible terror attacks triggered this weekend's travel alarms, senior European sources said today. The
US told European capitals and EU headquarters in Brussels that al-Qaida was preparing co-ordinated strikes in various European
countries. At the same time, French intelligence raised the alarm about attacks allegedly being planned in Europe by AQIM, or al-Qaida in
the Islamic Maghreb, which is now believed in EU capitals to be a graver threat than Osama bin Laden. The US was said to have supplied
the German authorities with "very precise information" on targets, which may explain why US TV networks in recent days have
been naming targets in Berlin very specifically: the Adlon Hotel by the Brandenburg Gate, the gleaming central railway station
opposite the German chancellery, and the soaring TV tower on Alexanderplatz in the very heart of the city. German officials
remained relatively sanguine today about the nature of the threats and the quality of the intelligence. Thomas de Maiziere, the interior
minister, said there was "a high abstract risk" of a terror attack in Germany. British government concerns were heightened recently as
intelligence suggesting such attacks were being plotted was gathered from communications intercepts. GCHQ, the National Security
Agency in the US and other electronic eavesdropping agencies are increasing their activities along the Afghan-Pakistan borders. They have
intercepted a growing number of voices of European citizens or residents, counter-terrorism officials and independent analysts
suggest. Reports of information from the intercepts, indicating attacks on European targets were being plotted, were leaked to the
US media last week. Security assessments from Paris and Washington were received by European capitals a month ago, the sources
said, raising questions as to why the US and British authorities went public with their travel warnings only this weekend. British
officials said Sunday's warning from the state department was not based on any fresh intelligence but was the result of Washington's
concern to get the US and Europeans to speak with one voice. Sweden increased its terror-threat warning on Friday, the day an audio
message was placed on Islamic websites purporting to come from Bin Laden, expressing general concern about the floods in Pakistan.
While European officials are taking the US and British alerts seriously, there is speculation among people familiar with the intelligence
material about the reasons for the timing of the alarms. "The threat was real, obviously, and it's not over," said a European source.
"But why it's been put on the market in this way is a different issue." Various reasons are being suggested: that at a time of
austerity and budget cuts across the west, the terror alert could furnish strong arguments for shoring up intelligence and security
funding; at a time when the EU and Washington are negotiating counter-terrorism measures, the anxiety over renewed terrorism
will reinforce US demands for more intrusive information from the Europeans; and that at a time when European governments
are keen to extract themselves from what they increasingly perceive as a lost military cause in Afghanistan, a terror panic could
strengthen the case for staying (Norton-Taylor & Trayno, 2010).

Date: October 6, 2010


Source: Fox News, Michael Goodwin
Title/Headline: Pay Attention To Pakistan

Abstract: President Obama gets lots of brickbats for failing to keep campaign promises, but it's one he is keeping that now deserves
fresh attention. He is aggressively making good on a 2008 pledge to follow terrorists from Afghanistan into Pakistan and "take them
out." The dramatic increase in drone attacks and hot-pursuit incursions of CIA and special forces into Pakistan aims to eliminate
sanctuaries in ungoverned areas. Battlefield reports indicate the operations are highly successful at killing their targets, with few
civilian casualties. Just this week, as many as eight Germans of Pakistani descent were killed in the border area near Afghanistan.
At least one was linked to the ongoing plot to attack European cities. Yet these operations are hardly cost-free. They are expanding the war
zone into a third Muslim country, and anti-American protests and violence are rising rapidly in Pakistan. With 170 million people, a
nuclear arsenal and a growing insurgency with links to the Afghan Taliban and al Qaeda, Pakistan comprises a highly combustible
mix. The expansion could go wrong in a horrific way, so we must pay closer attention, lest we find America in a full-scale war there
or help cause the collapse of its civilian government. The lack of public interest so far is odd, given how Iraq and Afghanistan dominated
American politics for eight years. But whatever the reasons -- presidential silence, war fatigue, economic obsessions, etc. -- Obama's
Pakistan strategy is AWOL in this year's campaign. Our enemies certainly are paying attention. Attacks on our military supply
convoys in Pakistan are rising, with photos of exploding fuel tankers routine. The convoys are sitting ducks since Pakistan closed
border crossings to protest our entering its territory without permission. Even more worrisome, some U.S. helicopters have been
shot at by the Pakistan army. Voters can't say we weren't warned. Back in August 2007, Obama said, "Let me make this clear.
There are terrorists holed up in those mountains, that murdered 3,000 Americans," and promised to act if Pakistan wouldn't. In his
first debate with John McCain, Obama named Usama bin Laden as a potential target and added, "You have got to deal with Pakistan."
McCain called Obama "naive" and accused him of threatening to "bomb" Pakistan. In fact, starting in 2002, the Bush administration
formed CIA paramilitary forces it called Counterterrorist Pursuit Teams. It used Afghan troops, some trained in the United States, and
Obama has greatly expanded their jurisdiction, along with doubling drone attacks in Pakistan. In his insider book, "Obama's Wars,"
author Bob Woodward says getting control of Pakistan is "a theme of the whole Obama presidency." He writes that Vice President
Joe Biden warned Pakistan's leader about "playing one side against the other" by cracking down on some terror groups while
supporting others. And three weeks after the Times Square bombing attempt, CIA Director Leon Panetta and National Security Director
Jim Jones went to Pakistan to demand a zero-tolerance for terrorists. Panetta carried a chart showing how the Times Square bomber,
Faisal Shahzad, who was sentenced to life in prison yesterday, got training in Pakistan from the same Islamist group that carried
out the 2008 attack in Mumbai. At some point, any president might well have expanded the war as Obama has done. Our generals
believe success in Afghanistan is not possible if Pakistan is a sanctuary where the terrorists can plot and recruit. But the risk of increasing
our footprint there is growing here at home. Shahzad, a Pakistani who said he "didn't mean it" when he swore the oath of US citizenship,
defiantly told a Manhattan courtroom he would not be the last of his kind to attack America. "Brace yourself because the war with the
Muslims has only just begun," he said (Goodwin, 2010).

If a nuclear terror attack occurs, it will assuredly be blamed on Muslims. However, people probably won‘t believe that men in
caves are capable of such nuclear technology, so a few smart Germans scientists will help this narrative out. This storyline was
generated in Tom Clancy‘s 1991 Thriller, The Sum Of All Fears. 20 years later, the Globalists will attempt to link German Nazi‘s
with Muslim Terrorists, two types of people everyone dislikes, in an attempt to further the Holocaust narrative and to demonize
people of the Middle East in an unprecedented fashion. This act must be stopped.

Date: October 7, 2010


Source: The Guardian, Ian Traynor
Title/Headline: Hamburg Mosque Which Links 9/11 To The Badlands Of Pakistan

Abstract: The most infamous mosque in Europe is a drab, nondescript place. Five minutes from Hamburg's main railway station, above a
Vietnamese takeaway and the Olympic Fitness Club, the grimy quarters of the Taiba prayer hall and library occupy mythical status for the
jihadists of Europe. It was here at the mosque formerly called the al-Quds that Mohammed Atta and several of his accomplices
prayed and plotted the global gamechanger that was 9/11. And it was here, until last year, that another group of 11 German
Islamist militants congregated before taking circuitous routes to Pakistan's tribal belt for, it is assumed, terrorist training. Over the
past week Washington and London have been issuing scary warnings of Mumbai-style massacres in Europe about to be perpetrated by
homegrown terrorists operating to a script written in the Hindu Kush. The alarms have refocused attention on the mosque in the north
German port because the intelligence source for the US warnings is one of the 11 acolytes who left Germany for the lawless
Pakistani-Afghan border region of Waziristan last year. And on Monday, when an unmanned CIA Predator struck a farmstead in
the same border area, the news was that eight German militants were killed, reinforcing the alleged link with the Hamburg
Islamists. A senior security service source in the city, though, is playing down the Hamburg connection: "We don't know if the
Taiba people are connected with the [Predator] attack. The IDs of the dead are not known. We would know for sure if any of the
victims were Hamburg people, but we have nothing yet." In Berlin, they are even more sceptical, voicing barely disguised contempt for
what they view as American spin. "What really astonishes me," Thomas de Maizière, the German interior minister, told German radio on
Wednesday, "is that this attack is supposed to have taken place with unmanned drones in an inaccessible region the day before yesterday
and yet the identities are immediately found." Whether the American attack foiled or was connected to German Islamists planning for
a European bombing spree, it is clear that the Hamburg mosque has served as a recruiting ground for violent Islamism since
September 2001. A report by Hamburg's counter-intelligence service in May described the mosque as "the main focus of attraction for the
jihadist scene as in previous years". Ralf Kunz, spokesman for the Hamburg security services, said: "The Taiba mosque has been
drawing people not only from all over Germany, but from all over Europe. It was a place of pilgrimage." The two-storey mosque
building lies empty and abandoned. At 6am on a Monday two months ago – almost nine years after the Twin Towers attack – the
police and special forces moved in, hauled away computers and documents, and closed the place down. The authorities had
repeatedly tried and failed, most recently last spring, to win court approval for the ban. It was the evidence about the 11 who left Hamburg
for Pakistan last year, at least two of whom have joined the terrorists of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, that persuaded the
magistrates. US intelligence deriving from the same group was also the trigger for the recent US warnings and travel advisories. Two of
the 11 are now in custody. Rami Makanesi, a German national of Syrian origin, is being held by German special branch after being
deported from Pakistan this summer. Ahmad Sidiqi, a German national of Afghan origin, is being held by the Americans at
Bagram outside Kabul. Both are believed to be talking to their interrogators, although a transatlantic credibility gap has opened
up over the value of their testimony. Both men were regulars at the Hamburg mosque, with Makanesi the younger and more
influential in militant circles, according to the Germans. Sidiqi left Hamburg with his Indonesian wife and younger brother in
March last year, pitching up in Peshawar and then Mir Ali, the Taliban and al-Qaida stronghold in Waziristan near the site of the
Predator attack. Both men were arrested within weeks of one another in June and July, Sidiqi by the Americans in Kabul,
Makanesi by the Pakistanis while disguised in a full-body burqa, apparently trying to make his way from Waziristan to Islamabad.
According to German accounts, both were fed up with the fight, wanted to return to Germany, and were trying to reach the
German embassies in the Afghan and Pakistani capitals to renew their ID papers. The Berlin media reported yesterday that the
Americans were about to move Sidiqi from Bagram to the US, viewing him as a source of high-grade intelligence. A German diplomat in
Kabul was allowed to see Sidiqi for the first time last weekend, following weeks of pressure on the Americans. The Germans are also
hoping to dispatch a team of spies and interrogators to question him. The evidence supporting the US terrorism alerts is said to have
been gleaned from Sidiqi, who has told the Americans that he met a man claiming to be al-Qaida's new number three, Sheikh
Younis al-Mauretani, last spring and that they discussed a fresh wave of attacks in Britain and France, carried out by European
passport-holders using sophisticated new encrypted software and laptops. The plot was said to have been blessed by Osama bin
Laden. The problem with all of this, the Germans complain, is that there is no real evidence; the American alerts are so vague as to be
meaningless and the detail being leaked in Washington to Rupert Murdoch's Fox News channel and other US networks is all old. "There is
no new security situation in Hamburg," said Kunz. De Maizière was withering in Berlin on Wednesday. He described the risk as
"hypothetical. There are no direct and specific plans for attacks … We would rather work seriously instead of talking about it."
Following the US alerts, Britain has been talking up the risks in France, while Paris has been warning of the danger in the UK. Germany
has been generally dismissive. If, as Washington contends, Europe is at immediate risk, only Sweden has officially raised the level of
terrorism alert. The real German alarm was last year in the run-up to the general election, when al-Qaida issued bloodcurdling threats about
what would happen if Berlin did not pull out of northern Afghanistan. One of the radicals in the video warnings was a German national
from the Hamburg group of 11. The rest of the detail about attacks on Berlin landmarks and tourist attractions, broadcast this week by US
networks, also stems from the same al-Qaida campaign last year. Yet Germany, spared the kind of attacks suffered by London and
Madrid since 9/11, is nonetheless very worried about the Hamburg group and other German nationals travelling in increasing
numbers to Pakistan for training. The security service estimates the number of Muslims in Germany supporting "Islamist aims" at
36,270 last year, the highest figure since the 2001 attacks on America. The assessments also reveal that Hamburg is seen as a magnet in
Germany for Islamist "holy warriors". Of an estimated 200 hard-core "jihadists" in Germany, 45 are in the northern port, according to
national counter-intelligence. "They advocate or support the worldwide armed struggle according to al-Qaida ideology in the form of
propaganda, logistical, financial or other forms of help and see this as a legitimate means in the fight against 'unbelievers'," said the May
counter-intelligence report. Until recently, Mohammed Atta's mosque continued to play a central role: "The [Hamburg] group was formed
in the Taiba mosque … The unifying factor for the radicalisation of the members was certainly the common attendance of this
mosque," said the report. Which raises the question of why the mosque was not closed down earlier or why it was closed down at
all since, riddled with intelligence bugs, it was arguably the most closely watched building in Germany. "Banning the mosque was
not right," said Mustafa Yoldas, a Hamburg GP and head of the Schura, an umbrella organisation of more than 30 mosques in the
city. "Now these people are all over Hamburg in private flats and you need to watch 20 places instead of one." Udo Steinbach, a
national expert on Islam and former head of Hamburg's German Orient Institute, said the threat of Islamist violence in Hamburg was
minimal because of the comprehensive surveillance of suspects. "There was no need for this step. The mosque used to have clear links
to Pakistan, but it was no longer a danger." Kunz agreed that the August closure of the mosque was not a panacea, but it helped.
"These people have not disappeared from the face of the earth," he said. "They've just gone elsewhere" (Traynor, 2010).

Date: October 7, 2010


Source: Fox News
Title/Headline: Pentagon: Elements In Pakistani Intelligence Agency Support Terror

Abstract: The Pentagon acknowledged Thursday that some parts of Pakistan's intelligence agency are cooperating with terrorist
groups as a new report suggests Inter-Service Intelligence agents are working to undermine U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan.
Spokesman Col. Dave Lapan said the Pakistan intelligence service as an organization does not support terrorism, but some
elements within the ISI are providing assistance to terrorists. U.S. officials have raised concerns about whether some members of the
ISI "might be interacting with terrorist organizations in ways that aren't consistent with what the government and military are doing,"
Lapan said. Lapan was responding after a report in The Wall Street Journal that suggested the ISI is pushing the Taliban to keep fighting in
Afghanistan, undermining efforts by the Pentagon to end the war. The Journal quotes an Afghan commander in Kunar province who
said the ISI is still urging and paying Taliban to fight NATO soldiers. Pakistan's top military leadership is working to correct the
problem, Lapan said, but "like any large organization, change is difficult and comes slowly." "The ISI has done a great deal in
fighting terrorism. Some have said they probably have killed more terrorists than any other organization. But we also have some
concerns with the strategic focus of the ISI," Lapan said. Lapan spoke as U.S.-Pakistani relations remain strained over the effort to end
the Taliban's use of Pakistan as a safe haven to launch attacks into Afghanistan. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said
Thursday that President Obama has not spoken to Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari but a Pakistani delegation is due in
Washington later this month as part of a continuing strategic dialogue. Other strains have added to the burden on U.S.-Pakistani
ties recently. On Wednesday, the U.S. apologized for a Sept. 30 attack that killed two Pakistani border guards. Expressing
condolences, the U.S. said the helicopters mistook them for insurgents being pursued across the border from Afghanistan (Fox
News, 2010).

Date: October 8, 2010


Source: The Times Of India
Title/Headline: Red Corner Notice Against Five Pakistanis For 26/11

Abstract: Interpol, at India's behest, has issued Red Corner Notices (RCN) against five people, including a retired and two serving
Pakistani army majors, for their direct role in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks. The RCNs have been issued against HuJI
commander Ilyas Kashmiri, Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist Sajid Majid, serving Pakistani army officers Major Iqbal and Major
Sameer Ali and retired officer Major Abdur Rehman on the basis of non-bailable warrants secured against them by the National
Investigating Agency (NIA) through a Delhi court. The global arrest notice against Kashmiri comes at a time when intelligence agencies
have found inputs about his involvement in other plots against India as well. The names of the five men were disclosed by American
terrorist David Coleman Headley during his interrogation by NIA and the FBI. "Besides the Mumbai terror attack, they were
involved in a series of attacks in India from time to time," the RCNs issued against them said. Though Pakistan has a history of
ignoring the world police body's notices against terrorists, the move may put some pressure on it to deliver on its promises to the
international community. The case of Lashkar founder and JuD chief Hafiz Saeed -- against whom India had secured an RCN in
the wake of 26/11 -- is a blatant example of Pakistan's stand over Interpol and UN Security Council notices against terrorists linked
to al-Qaida. Saeed, despite being put on the list of global terrorists, has not only been moving freely in Pakistan but has also been making
provocative anti-India and anti-America speeches in various public gatherings. Another Lashkar commander and one of the 26/11
masterminds, Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, is the other accused against whom Interpol had issued an RCN in the Mumbai attack case.
All these terrorists along with others, including Zarah Shah, Abu al-Qama and Abu Kahafa, had closely worked with Headley in
executing LeT's plot to attack Mumbai in November 2008 in which 160 people, including six US citizens, were killed. LeT's
operational commander Sajid Majid alias Sajid Mir of Lahore had played a crucial role in planning and executing 26/11. He was also one
of the handlers of Headley who was arrested by FBI at Chicago airport in October last year. HuJI commander Ilyas Kashmiri is also a
member of al-Qaida's deadly 313 Brigade, which is believed to be one of the outfits that trained the 10 Mumbai attackers, including
the arrested Ajmal Kasab. Headley's interrogation and subsequent investigation revealed that serving Pakistan army officers
Major Sameer Ali and Major Iqbal, along with the retired Major Syed Abdur Rehman, had worked with Lashkar to carry out the
26/11 attack (The Times Of India, 2010).

Date: October 9, 2010


Source: Fox News, Associated Press
Title/Headline: Uganda World Cup Blasts: 36 Suspects, 7 Countries

Abstract: Ugandan police investigators are right, the size of the conspiracy behind the twin bombings during July's World Cup finals could
hardly have been bigger. Ugandan police — with help from the FBI and Kenyan police — have arrested 36 people from seven
countries in the wake of blasts that rocked Uganda's capital, killing 76 people. The suspects hail from at least three countries with
known terror links: Somalia, Yemen and Pakistan. At least one suspect said he was recruited and trained by al-Qaida. The Somali
militant group that claimed responsibility for the blast, al-Shabab, has known links with the international terror group. Uganda's director of
military intelligence, James Mugira, has said al-Qaida is at least partly responsible, although authorities believe the planning took place in
Somalia. A day after the blasts, al-Shabab, Somalia's most powerful militant group, said the bombings were retaliation for
Ugandan troops' participation in the African Union peacekeeping mission in Mogadishu. The militant group promised more
attacks, a threat Ugandan officials take seriously. "Uganda cannot say that what happened on July 11th, 2010 cannot happen
again," said army spokesman Felix Kulayigye. "It has happened in countries with better technology and better-facilitated security
organizations than ours. We can only minimize it but cannot stop it." The suspects in custody come from a wide background: businessmen,
university students, and leaders of small mosques. Other suspects come from Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. "The conspiracy is
really very big," said James Okello, a senior police investigator told The Associated Press. "It involves many people who also seem to be
well-funded." Edward Ochom, the head of Uganda's criminal investigations department, said the arrests show Uganda can successfully
hunt down terrorists on its soil. "It was not by mistake that we arrested those people," Ochom said. "Police have sufficient evidence
that all those charged in courts of law with terrorism were somehow involved in the planting of the bombs." Human rights officials,
though, say some of the suspects have nothing to do with the bombings and were taken in because they are people of interest to the
FBI and Kenyan authorities. Lawyer Ladislaus Rwakafuuzi represents eight Kenyans charged in the attacks. He said there is no
evidence against most of his clients. Ugandan authorities "are only interested in interrogating the bombers," Rwakafuuzi said.
"The rest are being interrogated by the FBI and Kenyans." At least 10 human rights organizations in Kenya dispute the arrest of Al-
Amin Kimathi, an activist with the Muslim Human Rights Forum in Nairobi. A U.S. Embassy spokesman in Kenya said previously that no
representative of any U.S. agency was involved in any way in Kimathi's arrest, detention or questioning. Private investigator Luswata Ntusi
said the only reason authorities have been able to locate so many suspects is because a fourth bomb at a third venue — a dance club — did
not go off. The other bombs went off at a restaurant and an outdoor sports facility where people had gathered to watch the game.
One suspect, Haruna Luyima, was supposed to set off a bomb at the dance club but changed his mind at the last minute. Luyima
told a news conference in August that he did so because he didn't want to kill innocent people. Police later found his discarded
mobile phone, a huge lead that helped unravel the plot. "After failing to set off the bomb, Luyima went and told some close
relatives that he had been recruited to plant the bomb by his elder brother Isa Luyima and that he had not blasted his," Ntusi said.
"The relatives are likely to have reported to police and that led to the arrest of many people involved. He made the work of police easy."
Another suspect in custody, Mohamood Mugisha, has said he was given $4,000 by al-Shabab militants to help plan the attacks, including
renting a house in Uganda. Mugisha says he drove the bombs in from Somalia, via Kenya, and he hinted that ethnically Somali police in
Kenya were in on the plot and helped with border crossings. For now, police in Uganda have increased their force's counter-terrorism
training. There are more plain-clothes police on the streets and at government facilities. New bomb-scanning machines have been set up at
shopping malls, bars, hotels and banks. James Kasolo lost a cousin in the July attack. Like many Ugandans, he is worried about a second
bombing, but he also worries that Ugandan authorities may now be moving too close to a security state. "My daily fear is that they might
hit again. I am worried," he said. "But again, these security men are everywhere, and unfortunately they scare me as well‖ (Fox
News, 2010).

Date: October 10, 2010


Source: Reuters, David Alexander, Caren Bohan
Title/Headline: Blunt US Warnings To Pakistan Prompted By Terrorism Fear: Officials Worry About Attack On US Soil By Pakistan
Group

Abstract: Washington's push on Pakistan to get tough on militants on its territory is prompted by worries about an attack on U.S.
soil, a concern the United States will press in talks with Islamabad later this month. A U.S. official last week countered suggestions
that the tougher approach is driven by the need to show progress ahead of the Oct. 22 talks by an Obama administration strategy review of
the war in Afghanistan in December. The failed Times Square bombing in May and the recent terrorism alert for Europe fueled fears of an
attack, prompting the stepped up drone attacks in Pakistan's rugged northwest and pointed U.S. comments pressing Islamabad's to pursue
militants more aggressively. "There is really mounting concern that we are extremely vulnerable to an attack from a group in
Pakistan that could occur," the U.S. official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. Such an attack would trigger a critical change in
ties with Islamabad, the official warned. "(An attack) will change the nature of the relationship, not because necessarily it makes
sense to, but because the congressional outcry and the public outcry will be such that you will have to dramatically do things quite
differently," the official added. Blunt words in Washington about Pakistan's failure to aggressively go after insurgents coincided with a
cross-border incursion by U.S.-led NATO forces that killed two Pakistani frontier guards and wounded several others. The incident ignited
public outrage and prompted officials to close a key border crossing to NATO supply convoys for days. While Pakistanis burned trucks
carrying war goods, U.S. officials publicly apologized to Islamabad for the incursion on one hand while holding their ground on the need
for the Pakistani military to deal aggressively with insurgent groups. "We have a very difficult and complicated situation in Pakistan.
We have worked hard on this relationship. We understand it's important to our security," White House spokesman Robert Gibbs
said last week.

Talks Coming Up: The latest tensions come just ahead of the U.S.-Pakistani Strategic Dialogue later this month, and the Washington talks
would go more smoothly if the strains of the last two weeks were patched up by then. "I think it's going to be critical in the next few
weeks as they prepare for the strategic dialogue between Pakistan and the U.S. ... that they don't have any of these flare-ups,
neither do they have any lingering doubts about each others intentions," said Shuja Nawaz, director of the South Asia Center at the
Atlantic Council, a Washington think tank. That will require a lot of "direct communication," he added, and not dealing with each other via
the media. The administration official agreed that "ratcheting up pressure on Pakistan ... is not the way to get them to do things." "With
Pakistan, as with most countries, the more public and vocal you are, the harder things get," he said. But the United States will
continue to deliver the message that Pakistan needs to do more against insurgent groups, even at the strategic review. "It doesn't
need to be confrontational," the official said. "We will continue with this message," he said. "We have constant communications with the
Pakistanis. They know where we're at." U.S.-Pakistani relations are dogged by suspicion and mistrust. Although it has repeatedly engaged
with Pakistan over the years, the United States has just as frequently cut off aid and disengaged, to punish Islamabad for actions like pursuit
of nuclear weapons or through disinterest. [nN09172943] "It's been like a roller coaster going back nearly 60 years," said Teresita
Schaffer, head of the South Asia program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Afghanistan Time Tables: Some analysts said the most recent flare-up appeared to be driven by the U.S. need to show some
progress ahead of President Barack Obama's December strategy review for the Afghanistan war, which is expected to set the stage
for the start of a U.S. transition out of the country in July 2011. "What seems to be driving all this is the shortening U.S. timetable
for beginning the transition out of Afghanistan and the need to create some military momentum and space," Nawaz said. Unless
Gen. David Petraeus, the top NATO commander in Afghanistan, can show significant movement toward U.S. objectives by July 2011, he
will have difficulty justifying maintaining 100,000 U.S. troops in the country, a congressional aide said on condition of anonymity. A
congressionally mandated White House report sent to Capitol Hill this week assessing the war strategy said Pakistan had failed to move
aggressively against al Qaeda and the Afghan Taliban last spring, in part for political reasons. The Obama administration official denied
any "Machiavellian plan" to put pressure on Islamabad to move more aggressively ahead of the U.S.-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue or
Obama's December strategy review. "The report was due when it was due," the official said, calling it a candid assessment to help
Congress understand the challenges. The remarks highlighted in news accounts were more negative than the overall report,
including classified sections that remain secret, he said. "We were trying to tell Congress that the situation in Pakistan is rather
dire and that we're concerned," the official said. "We're worried that the day after tomorrow, there could be an attack that
originates from Pakistan, from one of these groups, and that things will change dramatically‖ (Reuters, 2010).

Date: October 11, 2010


Source: Fox News, Mike Levine
Title/Headline: New Qaeda Mag Features “Proud” U.S. Traitor

Abstract: The group behind the failed Christmas Day bombing has released the second installment of its new English-language magazine,
Inspire, featuring a North Carolina man who says he is "proud to be a traitor to America." "I am a traitor to America because my
religion requires me to be one," writes 24-year-old Samir Khan, a U.S. citizen now believed to be in Yemen. "We pledge to wage
jihad for the rest of our lives until either we implant Islam all over the world or meet our Lord as bearers of Islam." Khan's piece
strongly criticizes the United States for "kill[ing] millions of Muslims around the world" and "get[ting] away with it wearing a tuxedo." It
also describes how he become a devout Muslim and "could no longer reside in America as a compliant citizen." After the first
edition of Inspire was released in July, U.S. officials told Fox News that Khan was likely a key player behind the magazine, with his old
website and blog's graphics bearing a strong resemblance to the graphics found in the magazine. The latest edition of the magazine, 74
pages long, also features "exclusive" comments by radical cleric Anwar Awlaki on "The Mardin Declaration," a condemnation of
terrorism issued in March by Muslim scholars meeting in the Turkish city of Mardin. In his comments, the U.S.-born Awlaki, who is
now hiding in Yemen and has been tied to the Fort Hood shootings and the failed Christmas Day plot, calls the declaration a "disgrace" and
"not worth the ink and the paper it's written on." The magazine's cover story, meanwhile, relates to operations taking place in Abyan,
a region of Yemen where militants have carried out deadly attacks on Yemen's military forces. Yemen's government has been
struggling to root out Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, the group that trained and equipped Nigerian Umar F.
Abdulmutallab for his bombing attempt over Detroit in December. The latest edition of the magazine was obtained by the Washington-
based Middle East Media Research Institute, which provided a copy of it to Fox News. In July, after the first edition of Inspire magazine
was released, the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Intelligence and Analysis issued a note to local law enforcement across the
country warning them that the magazine "encourages Western readers to conduct attacks in the West and to join the 'jihad.'" The first
edition included articles by Usama bin Laden and Awlaki. What's more, in an article titled "Make a Bomb in the Kitchen of Your
Mom," the magazine provided "step-by-step instructions for constructing a pipe bomb using readily accessible items," according
to the note. In the most recent edition, the magazine suggests Muslims use pickup trucks "as a mowing machine, not to mow grass
but [to] mow down the enemies of Allah." "DHS and the FBI are concerned ... that the sophisticated, colloquial English-language
magazine could appeal to certain Western individuals and inspire them to conduct attacks in the United States in the future," the
DHS note in July said. "As AQAP's first official publication geared towards English-speaking readers, Inspire reflects the group's
interest in reaching a Western audience and is a significant addition to the group's media campaign‖ (Levine, 2010).
Date: October 20, 2010
Source: Daily Times
Title/Headline: Osama Is Not In Pakistan, Says Haqqani

Abstract: Pakistan‘s Ambassador to the US Hussain Haqqani rejected a NATO official‘s claim on Monday that al Qaeda Chief
Osama bin Laden is living comfortably in a house in the northwest of Pakistan, saying there was no basis to it. ―This is speculation
because if he knew it, it would be actionable intelligence and we would act on it,‖ he said on CNN, citing NATO official, who was not
named. ―I mean, we can speculate on certain people in NATO and Afghanistan living it up, but that‘s just speculation. Why should we get
into the speculation?‖ ―The reason why this statement is not made officially and publicly by NATO is because they do not have any
basis to make that statement,‖ ambassador Haqqani added. When asked whether some elements in ISI were protecting the al
Qaeda leader and his deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri, he said, ―If anybody who thinks that Pakistan or any other state, for that matter,
has any interest in protecting Bin Laden, who has brought nothing but mayhem to the world, is smoking something they shouldn‘t
be smoking.‖ When pressed that the statement on Osama Bin Laden was made by a NATO official, the Pakistan envoy said, ―They would
say that so that no one asks them questions about what their own performance is in Afghanistan. But that said, if this would have
been a serious matter, they wouldn‘t be saying it off the record or on background. They would say it publicly,‖ he added. ―Publicly,
the fact remains that all the success that the US has had in apprehending al Qaeda personnel in Pakistan had been with the help of
Pakistan‘s intelligence services, the same ISI that everybody insists on demonising.‖ Responding to another question, Haqqani said
that NATO and US had shared no intelligence with Pakistan about Osama Bin Laden over the past few years (Daily Times, 2010).

Date: November 2, 2010


Source: Fox News, Associated Press
Title/Headline: Pakistan PM Sees No Chance Of Military Coup

Abstract: Pakistan's prime minister on Tuesday rejected calls by opposition politicians for midterm elections and said there was no
chance of the country's powerful army seizing power as it has often done in the past. The government of President Asif Ali Zardari is
unpopular among many Pakistanis and is under pressure from the Supreme Court over corruption allegations. It has been dogged by
speculation and rumors that it is on its way out almost from the day it took office. Zardari, the husband of slain former Prime Minister
Benazir Bhutto, insists he will see out his five-year term until it ends in 2013. His supporters note that his party has a majority in
parliament, meaning there is no constitutional way of ending it early. Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani said in parliament on Tuesday
that the army was "pro-democracy" and would not impose martial law. He said those calling for the dissolution of parliament and fresh
elections were trying to break up the country. The army has seized power from civilian governments several times before in Pakistan's
turbulent history, but many commentators say it does not currently have the appetite to stage a coup. However, it remains a
powerful political force that would have to endorse any move to get rid of Zardari. Zardari is head of the ruling Pakistan Peoples
Party, of which Gilani is also a member. Opposition spokesman Sadiqul Farooq said the government had failed to improve the economy,
restore peace and provide even basic facilities to the people. "The government will not survive. You will see midterm elections soon,"
he predicted. Despite Farooq's remarks, opposition leader Nawaz Sharif has so far avoided directly calling for Zardari to step down or
actively leading a campaign to destabilize the government. Many analyst say Sharif is well positioned to win the next elections but is no
rush to take power, especially given the perilous state of the country. He may prefer to see the government limp along to 2013 and win
those polls, untainted by charges of bringing down an elected government midterm (Fox News, 2010).

Date: November 5, 2010


Source: Fox News, The Wall Street Journal
Title/Headline: Al Qaeda in Pakistan Aids Yemen Terror Plots

Abstract: Usama bin Laden and other Al Qaeda leaders are believed to be providing strategic and philosophical guidance from
Pakistan to Yemen-based Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, the group Washington believes was behind last week's
attempt to ship bombs in packages to the U.S. Increased communication and collaboration between Al Qaeda militants in Yemen
and the group's central leadership have fueled alarm about terrorist plots which U.S. and European officials first detected months
ago and which they believe remain active despite efforts to thwart them. Some officials said the release of a bin Laden audiotape last
week might have been the signal for AQAP to set the package-bomb plot in motion, though others said it was too soon to tell whether there
was a direct connection. Seen as Al Qaeda's most active and ambitious affiliate, AQAP has at times sought the blessing of Mr. bin Laden
on leadership decisions. Direct command-and-control for terror operations is believed to rest chiefly with the local affiliate, officials
said. Officials say their knowledge about suspected ongoing plots in Europe is limited. Security concerns have been heightened further
by a spate of mail-bomb attempts this week that appeared to target European leaders and institutions, and the disclosure that Britain
arrested a member of AQAP earlier this year for allegedly plotting a U.K. attack. U.S. officials have kept in place a broad travel alert
issued on Oct. 3 advising Americans to show vigilance when traveling in Europe. One of the plots of concern, officials say, is a
potential Al Qaeda attack in the U.K., Germany or France modeled after the siege on Mumbai in 2008 that killed over 160 people.
"Nobody thinks last week was the whole enchilada," a senior counterterrorism official said of the cargo-bombing plot. "There are
still things in play." Officials said counterterrorism operations in Pakistan don't appear to have disrupted the multiple plots, in
part because sleeper cells may already be in place in European cities. European authorities have launched an expanded manhunt
for individuals who may be involved (Wall Street Journal, 2010).
Date: November 23, 2010
Source: CNN
Title/Headline: New York Victims Of Mumbai Terror Attack Sue Pakistan

Abstract: Family members of two New Yorkers gunned down during the 2008 Mumbai, India, terror attacks are suing Pakistan's
intelligence agency along with a militant organization they say are responsible for the deaths. Rabbi Gavriel Noach Holtzberg and his
pregnant wife, Rivka, were among the more than 160 people killed during the attacks. During the incident, 10 men stormed buildings
such as the luxury Taj Mahal Palace and Tower, the Oberoi-Trident hotels, a train station and a Jewish cultural center. The only
surviving gunman, Mohammed Ajmal Kasab of Pakistan, was convicted of murder, conspiracy and waging war. The Pakistan-based
militant group Lashkar-e-Tayyiba, which has been blamed for the November 2008 siege, is also named in the suit. Holtzberg's
relatives allege that Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence agency aided the militant group in the attacks. The wrongful death
lawsuit filed last week in federal court in New York says the intelligence agency "provided critical planning, material support,
control and coordination for the attacks." Family members are seeking monetary damages but did not specify an amount. The families'
lawyer, James Kreindler, was part of a successful lawsuit against Libya in connection with the 1988 explosion on Pan Am Flight 103
that killed 259 people over Lockerbie, Scotland, as well as 11 people on the ground (CNN, 2010).

Date: November 23, 2010


Source: The Hindu, Narayan Lakshman
Title/Headline: ISI, LeT Sued In New York For 26/11

Abstract: Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba are being sued by the family of an
American couple and their unborn child who were slain by militants during the Mumbai terror attacks of 2008. The lawsuit, filed in
a federal court in Brooklyn, New York, on Friday afternoon last week, alleges wrongful death on behalf of Rabbi Gavriel Noah Holtzberg
and his wife Rivka, who was pregnant at the time. Both were both gunned down at the Chabad Lubavitch in Mumbai. The Holtzbergs were
killed even as their two-year-old son Moshe survived the attack, after being whisked off to safety by his nanny, Sandra Samuel. Reports
said that the grandfather of Moshe, who now lives in Israel, was one of the plaintiffs. Media reports added that the plaintiffs, including
the relatives of two other victims of the terror attack, alleged that the ISI had aided the 10 men carrying out the commando-style
attacks that left more than 160 people dead. An extract from the lawsuit reportedly said that the ISI had ―provided critical
planning, material support, control and coordination for the attacks.‖ Speaking to The Hindu, James Kreindler, lawyer representing
the plaintiffs, said: ―We have sued both the LeT, the leaders of LeT, the ISI and top ISI people, who have been identified as being
involved in providing support to LeT.‖ He clarified that the government of Pakistan had not been sued. Mr. Kreindler explained
that under the United States' anti-terrorism law, the plaintiffs had the right to sue the defendants in the U.S. Noting that this
lawsuit represented ―nearly all of the U.S. victims,‖ of the attack, Mr. Kreindler said that the civil suit sought compensatory and
punitive damages of over $75,000, the jurisdictional limit for filings in federal courts. Mr. Kreindler said: ―Obviously, Pakistan is
an ally of the U.S. in the war in Afghanistan and our efforts to fight Al-Qaeda... We know, however, that ISI has straddled some
fences and while Pakistan is certainly cooperating with us, the ISI has used [LeT] for its own purposes.‖ While the U.S. and Pakistan
had a ―complicated relationship,‖ the case had been presented in a ―responsible, non-inflammatory and low-key way,‖ and it would also
serve a public function in terms of the fight against terror, he said. Mr. Kreindler is renowned for his success in leading a civil suit
against the government of Libya and its intelligence agencies following the 1988 Lockerbie bombing case, in which a bomb brought
down Pan Am Flight 103 over Scotland, killing 270 people on board (Lakshman, 2010).

Date: December 1, 2010


Source: CNN
Title/Headline: Spain Arrests 7 Suspected Extremists

Abstract: Spanish authorities arrested seven alleged Islamist extremists Wednesday who dealt in providing stolen travel documents
to terrorist groups, the national police said. Police say the seven are linked to al Qaeda. Six suspects were from Pakistan and one
from Nigeria, police said. Investigators arrested three others in Thailand; they are accused of directing the operation in Spain.
According to police, the cell was dedicated to stealing travel documents, mostly passports, and sending them to Thailand, where they would
be falsified and turned over to groups with links to al Qaeda, such as Lashkar-e-Taiba, a militant group based in Pakistan. The documents
also ended up in the hands of the Tamil Tigers, a rebel force in Sri Lanka, police said. Since the March 11, 2004 commuter train
bombings in Madrid that killed 190 and wounded 1800, Spanish police, working with other international police forces, have kept a
close eye on suspected islamic radicals living in or transiting through the country. There have been numerous previous arrests for
alleged support work, like these arrests, involving forged documents (CNN, 2010)

Date: December 5, 2010


Source: BBC
Title/Headline: Pakistan Police Face Arrest Over Benazir Bhutto Murder

Abstract: An anti-terrorism court in Pakistan has ordered the arrest of two senior police officers accused of negligence in the
killing of former PM Benazir Bhutto. She died in a 2007 gun and suicide attack in the city of Rawalpindi. A special prosecutor says
the officers - who include Rawalpindi's ex-police chief - had failed to make proper arrangements and then ordered the crime scene to be
prematurely hosed down. A UN report released in April said the killing could have been prevented. The report - the result of a
United Nations commission of inquiry - accused the Pakistani authorities of severely hampering the investigation and said no
credible inquiry should rule out the possibility of involvement of members of the country's military and security establishment. The
UN report also criticised the Pakistani police's decision to hose down the crime scene, and said its failure to collect and preserve evidence
"inflicted irreparable damage to the investigation". On Sunday an anti-terrorism court issued warrants for the arrest of two senior police
officers, said special prosecutor Chaudhry Zulfikar Ali. "The court has issued warrants and these are non-bailable. They can be
arrested anytime," he told Reuters news agency. "I argued that they were responsible for Bhutto's security and they failed to make
foolproof security arrangements and they ordered the crime scene to be hosed down despite resistance from other officials." He
named the two as Saud Aziz, the former Rawalpindi police chief, and Khurram Shahzad, one of his deputies. They were not
immediately available for comment. The court will resume proceedings next Saturday. Ms Bhutto was killed after an election rally, where
she was campaigning ahead of parliamentary elections, just weeks after returning from exile. A government investigation blamed the then
supreme commander of the Taliban in Pakistan, Baitullah Mehsud. He denied being involved in the assassination and was killed in a
suspected US missile attack in August 2009. Five militants are already facing trial for alleged involvement in Bhutto's murder
(BBC, 2010).

Date: December 24, 2010


Source: CNN, Chris Lawrence
Title/Headline: Son Of Notorious Insurgent Leader Is Arrested

Abstract: A key member of an insurgent network in the Afghan-Pakistani region has been seized recent days, Pakistani military
intelligence sources told CNN on Friday. He is Nasiruddin Haqqani, son of Afghan insurgent leader Jalaluddin Haqqani, whose
notorious group, called the Haqqani Network, operates in Afghanistan and Pakistan and is closely tied to the Taliban. Nasiruddin
Haqqani was detained in recent days while driving from Peshawar to the tribal region of North Waziristan, the sources said. The United
Nations says he is believed to be based out of Miram Shah in North Waziristan, where the network operates. The Pakistani military
intelligence sources asked not to be named because they are not authorized to speak to the media. This arrest comes amid concerns
among U.S. officials that Pakistan has not been aggressively confronting militants operating in the tribal regions. The Haqqani Network
"has been at the forefront of insurgent activity in Afghanistan, responsible for many high-profile attacks," the United Nations says.
Bill Roggio, managing editor of The Long War Journal, a website that tracks terror-related events and trends, calls the top
leadership a "family business." The United Nations says it consists of Jalaluddin Haqqani's three oldest sons, one of whom is Nasiruddin,
who operates as an emissary for the network and spends a lot of time fundraising, the United Nations says. He apparently speaks Arabic
and is a close aide to his father, the United Nations says. His brother, Sirajuddin, is described by the U.S. Treasury Department as the
overall leader of the network and the leader of the Miram Shah Regional Military Shura. The United Nations says the Haqqani Network
is believed to have three main sources of funds: Gulf region donations, drug trafficking, and al Qaeda payments. "In 2004,
(Nasiruddin) Haqqani traveled to Saudi Arabia with a Taliban associate to raise funds for the Taliban. He also provided funds in
2004 to militants in Afghanistan for the purpose of disrupting the Afghan presidential election. "From at least 2005 to 2008, Nasiruddin
Haqqani collected funds for the Haqqani Network through various fundraising trips, including during regular travel to the United
Arab Emirates in 2007 and through a fundraising trip to another Gulf state in 2008," the United Nations said. And late last year,
Nasiruddin Haqqani "received several hundred thousand dollars from al Qaeda-associated individuals in the Arabian Peninsula"
for network activities. Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of the Treasury cited Nasiruddin Haqqani for supporting acts of
terrorism. Sirajuddin Haqqani was designated a supporter of terrorism in 2008. Many observers say the North Waziristan-based group has
backing in the Pakistani military. "Elements within the Pakistani security establishment continue to view the Haqqani Network as a
useful ally and proxy force to represent their interests in Afghanistan. To this end, Haqqani forces have repeatedly targeted Indian
infrastructure and construction projects in Afghanistan," the Institute for the Study of War said in a report this year. "The Pakistani
Army has consistently refused to launch a military operation in North Waziristan despite the presence of al Qaeda senior
leadership," it said. A report published earlier this year by the New America Foundation think tank calls the Pakistani agency of North
Waziristan "the most important springboard for violence in Afghanistan today, much as it has been for decades." And it says the
Haqqani Network is "the most important militant group" in North Waziristan's Miram Shah, where Jalaluddin Haqqani settled in
the mid-1970s after leaving his native Khost province in Afghanistan. "Jalaluddin quickly became the most important mujahedeen
commander in eastern Afghanistan during the 1980s" when Afghan fighters took on the Soviet Union, the report says. North
Waziristan has been a "safe haven" for militants eluding U.S. and Pakistani military actions, it notes. "Shortly after the fall of the
Taliban regime in Afghanistan in late 2001, thousands of Taliban members associated with the regime flooded into North
Waziristan," according to the report, titled "The Battle for Pakistan: North Waziristan." "Many took shelter in (North Waziristan's)
treacherous and heavily forested Shawal Valley, which became a refuge for all sorts of foreign militants, including those from al Qaeda.
Pakistani government forces subsequently targeted other Pakistani safe havens, including South Waziristan. In 2004, a wave of militants
arrived in North Waziristan after being pushed out of South Waziristan's Shakai Valley. More recently, a variety of militants associated
with the Mehsud tribe in South Waziristan is believed to have sought safe haven in North Waziristan." Will the arrest make an impact in
the war against the Taliban? Roggio doubts it. He says the Haqqanis are one of the Pakistani state's premier proxies and puts them
on par with Lashkar-e-Tayyiba, the Pakistan-based group that was blamed for a violent siege on Mumbai in November 2008. He
notes that there has been pressure to appease and deflect pressure from the United States and NATO. "When the heat gets turned up," he
said, Pakistan will make a gesture but "not a real sacrifice" (Lawrence, 2010).

Date: January 09, 2011


Source: Fox News, Associated Press
Title/Headline: Pakistan's Release Of Militant Stirs Questions

Abstract: He is a self-declared warrior against U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan. He allegedly ran terrorist training camps
there when the Taliban was in power. He was suspected of involvement in the attempted assassination of two Pakistani leaders.
And today, Qari Saifullah Akhtar is free. Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah, the top judicial official in Akhtar's native Punjab
province, told The Associated Press he was released from four months of house arrest in early December because authorities finished
questioning him in connection with the October 2007 attempted assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and found
no grounds to charge him. Bhutto was killed in December the same year. However, one U.S. official said Akhtar has extensive ties to
al-Qaida and other terrorist groups and is someone who should not be free to walk around the streets of Pakistan or any other country. The
official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media. Former U.S. intelligence officials and
analysts said Akhtar's release is yet another sign of Pakistan's reluctance or inability to crack down on the most dangerous
terrorist organizations. The leader of Lashkar-e-Taiba, Hafiz Saeed, was freed from custody on more than one occasion and is
currently free. Lashkar-e-Taiba, headquartered in Punjab, is believed to be the mastermind behind the November 2008 Mumbai
attacks that killed 166 people. As part of Pakistan's battle with neighbor India, the military and intelligence helped train and arm militant
groups who fought in the disputed Kashmir region. Many of those groups cut their teeth on guerrilla warfare in the U.S.-backed 1980s
insurgent war against Russian soldiers in Afghanistan. But military and intelligence officials have told The AP their relationship
with such groups was severed after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, which marked a turning point that moved Pakistan into a closer
alliance with the U.S. However there are lingering concerns that some links with militants remain. Pakistani military officials say the
military and intelligence services fighting insurgents in the northwestern tribal regions along the border with Afghanistan are stretched too
thin to open another front against militants in the Punjab. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not allowed to
talk to the media. A number of militant groups active within Pakistan are headquartered in Punjab, where 60 percent of Pakistan's
170 million people live. Religious tensions have been running so high in the province that its governor, Salman Taseer, was
assassinated by one of his own bodyguards last week for criticizing blasphemy laws that impose the death penalty for a variety of
religious offenses, including insulting Islam. The bodyguard has been celebrated as a hero by many in Pakistan. Military officials said
that gathering actionable intelligence in the tribal regions, where some al-Qaida's leaders are believed to be hiding, has been deadly. A
senior intelligence official told the AP Pakistan has lost more than 50 spies killed by militants. "I think it is clear that Akhtar is
going to go back to the front lines of the fight against the United States, which complicates our mission in Afghanistan, and threatens
the stability and security of the region in general," says Charles Bacon a U.S.-based intelligence analyst. Pakistani and U.S. analysts say
Akhtar's release reflects a growing lack of control by the country's security agencies over one-time prodigies who have broken
away and turned their weapons on the state. Mohammed Amir Rana, who runs the Pakistan Institute for Peace Studies, said freeing
Akhtar was a desperate attempt by the security agencies to reunite militant groups whose members have splintered into smaller groups and
in some cases, turned against Pakistan because of its support for the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan and its attacks on the Taliban at home.
Bhutto had named Akhtar as a person she feared might try to kill her. To protest his innocence, Akhtar's lawyer has filed suit
against Bhutto's widower, President Asif Zardari, complaining that Bhutto had referred to his client as her would-be assassin, said
author and defense analyst Ayesha Siddiqa. Bhutto named him as the bombmaker in the October attack on her in her posthumously
released book. "But the real reason is simply that there are elements in the (intelligence) agencies who are sympathetic to these
guys," said Siddiqa, referring to militants. No charges were ever brought against Akhtar over Bhutto or his suspected involvement in an
earlier assassination attempt against former president Gen. Pervez Musharraf, according to Jane's Defense. Akhtar's operational chief Ilyas
Kashmiri had connections with some of the Mumbai conspirators. He was linked to David Coleman Headley, the Pakistani American
in jail in the United States for his involvement in the Mumbai attack. Akhtar, who ran al-Qaida linked training camps in
Afghanistan during the Taliban rule, has also been linked to five American would-be jihadis arrested in 2008 in Pakistan. Akhtar
was also alleged to have masterminded a plot to overthrow her government in 1995, according to Bhutto, but escaped to the United
Arab Emirates. During her tenure she had issued a warrant for his arrest. "It is law that a man being investigated and interrogated
in sensitive and high-profile cases should be under house arrest and strict vigilance by the police," said the Punjab Law Minister
Sanaullah. But once the investigation is done and no charges brought, the suspect must be released, he said. Sanaullah, who has given tacit
support to banned religious groups, dismissed allegations that the Punjab government, which is run by the conservative Pakistan Muslim
League (PML), was afraid to take on militant organizations headquartered in the province. During local elections last year Sanaullah
campaigned with the banned Sunni extremist group, the Sipah-e-Sahabah, a forerunner to the al-Qaida affiliated Lashkar-e-Janghvi
organization, believed to provide the majority of suicide bombers who have attacked Pakistani targets. "The one thing I can offer is that
Pakistan has had trouble holding the leadership of banned terrorist organizations and extremist groups accountable for anything,
either because of perceived legal constraints or concerns about stirring an extremist hornet's nest," said Juan Carlos Zarate, a top
counterterrorism official in the Bush administration (Fox News, 2011).

Conclusion: Pakistan has been accused of almost every single terror attack on the planet, and should a nuclear terror attack occur, they
will be blamed for it as well.