February 20, 2014
Taliban Murders 23 POWs, Pakistan Retaliates w/ Air Strikes
I'd say it's on in Pakistan, but we all know it isn't. Pakistan is so messed up -- with one faction of the government supporting the Taliban, while other factions of the government oppose the Taliban; but just the "bad" Taliban, and not the "good" Taliban -- that we'll probably read similar news every few months for the next 100 years.
The only real long-term solution here is the end of Pakistan as a nation-state. It's neither a nation or a state, but really a failed idea the being "Muslim" constituted a separate national identity than being "Indian". The sooner that country ceases to exist the sooner the world can move on to better things.
Pakistani fighter jets pounded Taliban hideouts in the country’s northwestern tribal regions in overnight raids into Thursday, and security officials said at least 35 people suspected of being militants, including several foreign fighters, had been killed....Wow, who could have foreseen that peace talks with the Taliban wouldn't work?
The overnight raids, which started Wednesday night and lasted an hour, were directed at villages in the Mir Ali district of North Waziristan, according to the security official. Those killed included both Pakistani and Uzbek fighters, the official said. However, the claim could not be independently verified.
On Sunday, a Taliban faction said it had killed 23 paramilitary soldiers in captivity, dealing a sharp blow to the already faltering peace talks between the government and militants. The paramilitary soldiers, belonging to the Frontier Corps, had been in captivity since 2010.
February 03, 2014
Taliban Suspected in Grenade Attack on Movie Theater
No claims of responsibility but the local Taliban thought there were too many exposed elbows being shown at the local den of vice. You know, the movie theater:
At least four people were killed and 31 wounded late Sunday when unidentified attackers hurled two grenades at a cinema in northwest Pakistan, police and medics said.Thanks to Rantburg who explains why this particular area of Pakistan gets a lot of these types of attacks.
The attack on the Picture House cinema in Peshawar, the region's main city, took place as some 90 people were watching a late night show of the film 'Ziddi Pakhtun' (Stubborn Pushtun), police said.
"At least four people have been killed and 31 injured. Attackers hurled two grenades and fled the scene," Faisal Mukhtar, a senior police official, told Agence France Presse.
A stampede following the blasts was responsible for many of the injuries, Mukhtar added.
November 21, 2013
Top Taliban Leader Killed in ... Seminary
Imagine that, a terrorist hiding out in an Islamic seminary. The other takeaway from this is that the seminary was located in village in one of the "settled areas" -- meaning it was under government control and not the "tribes":
A suspected U.S. drone targeted an Islamic seminary early Thursday in northwest Pakistan, killing six people in an attack likely to inflame tensions over the CIA drone campaign.A good day.
According to local officials, three missiles were fired into a madrassa in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province about 5 a.m. local time, a rare strike outside of Pakistan’s tribal areas...
Local intelligence officials identified two of the dead as Maulvi Ahmad Jan and Maulvi Hameedullah, who they said were close associates of Sirajuddin Haqqani, a leader of the Haqqani network.
I'll be gone most of the rest of the week and Howie is at Hedonism II for their yearly meet up of old wrinkly gay white guys. Vinnie might be there, too. I dunno. So posting might be light until DMartyr wakes up from her hangover and makes the walk of shame back home.
November 16, 2013
Kazakh ID'd as Suicide Bomber in Pakistan
There's something about reaping what you sow that the Pakistanis just don't get. They think they can export jihad without facing the consequences at home. They're wrong:
Kazakhstani online video watchers identified another Kazakhstani appearing in a video to promote terrorists' idea of "jihad", Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL)'s Kazakh service reported November 14.And he blew himself up on Valentine's Day. How sweet!
The video, which appeared on Facebook November 13 and runs more than five minutes, shows a young man wielding a Kalashnikov and driving. He speaks in Kazakh. At the end of the video, Russian-language text says that the man committed a car suicide bombing in Pakistan February 14.
November 13, 2013
More Taliban Killed in Pakistan's Major Cities
If the Pakistani people were honest with themselves, they'd realize that they had been in a civil war for years:
At least three suspected Taliban militants have been killed along with a member of the Pakistani security forces in a shootout in the southern city of Karachi, officials say.Remember, this is Karachi not Waziristan.
The shootings began when members of the Pakistan Rangers paramilitary force carried out a raid in the city's Gulshan-i-Buner area.
In a separate raid, several militants were arrested and weapons confiscated.
The Taliban is growing in strength in Karachi, a city plagued by violence.
November 11, 2013
In lieu of drones, I'll take a drive by shooting of Haqqani chief
I love the smell of
drone strikes drive by shootings in the morning:
Nasiruddin Haqqani, a son of the Afghan warlord Jalaluddin Haqqani and the group’s chief fund-raiser, was shot dead by a gunman riding a motorbike outside a bread store on Sunday night, the militants said.I have no problems with drone strikes. In a world of less than optimal choices sometimes the best option isn't the most desirable one because not all options are feasible.
In telephone interviews from Peshawar and the tribal belt, two Haqqani network commanders confirmed that Nasiruddin, who was designated by the United States as a “global terrorist” in 2010, had been killed.
If we could arrest these guys we wouldn't need to drone them.
But if we can find a way to get back to good old fashioned assassinations in the streets, I'm all for that too. You won't hear any one complaining about collateral damage here.
So, whether this was a "internal dispute" or whether we paid some Haqqani foe to ice this guy, I really could care less. No, I take that back: I hope it was the latter.
The only other thing to take away from the article is that the deceased Haqqani was killed on the outskirts of Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan:
The fact that Mr. Haqqani was killed on the edge of the Pakistani capital was a major embarrassment to the Pakistani government, underscoring long-held accusations that the Haqqani network operates with ease inside the country, and not just inside the tribal belt.Educated Pakistanis have long been in denial about the true nature of the failed experiment called Pakistan. It's not just tribal areas rife with extremism, but the state's foundational theory that Indian Muslims need their own country because ... Islam!
“Another Abottabad? Massive Embarrassment,” Talat Hussain, a senior television journalist, said on Twitter, referring to the embarrassment caused by the American commando assault that killed Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, near Islamabad, in May 2011.
I don't see how they circle the square of calling the Islamists in FATAs extremists while insisting that there is nothing extreme about calling your country "The Islamic Republic of Pakistan".
November 08, 2013
"Ally" in War on Taliban Ban Book by Girl Attacked by Taliban
Apparently Malala is an Islamophobe:
Malala Yousufzai’s recent book ‘I am Malala’ will be banned completely due to its ‘controversial’ contents in all private schools across the country, Pakistan Today has learnt.I'm not 100% sure, but I think they're using the Britishism "private school" to mean what we would call "public schools". So, blame imperialism for the confusion.
“Our academics have thoroughly studied her (Malala’s) book and have concluded that reading that book will only confuse our children. Malala’s defence of Salmaan Rushdie in the name of freedom of expression, not writing Peace Be Upon Him after the name of prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and criticising the Quranic injunctions about the status of women in testifying as witnesses are only a few things which will challenge the ideological foundations of our next generation,” Kashif said while talking to Pakistan Today.
Thanks to Laura
Hakeemullah Mehsud Every Dog Has His Day
y virtue of how he died, Hakeemullah Mehsud has been declared a martyr, at least by the populist media and vocal sections of the political class. According to Maulana Fazlur Rehman, even a dog will be declared a martyr if he is killed by the Americans. One is not surprised by this statement as this is the thinking behind the almost-hero status of the likes of Ajmal Kasab and the Difa-e-Pakistan bestowing the title of the ‘daughter of the nation’ on Dr Afia Siddqui. Both killed innocent people but have been declared heroes by Muslims who believe that any anti-western action, however violent, is justified to restore the wounded pride of Muslims.Its not really any surprise that Maulana Rehman would try to extort a little $$$ from America, with a most likely empty promise. But I liked the author's spunk when describing Mehsud as a dog.
Listening to Maulana Rehman’s statement, I was hoping some of the media personnel would remind him and the audience of WikiLeaks. Lest we forget, WikiLeaks cables informed us that the very same ‘anti-American’ Maulana, who in his infinite scholarly wisdom would declare a dog killed by the Americans a ‘shaheed’ (martyr), had informed the then US Ambassador to Pakistan Anne Patterson that should the Americans ‘support’ him politically he would extend ‘all cooperation’ to them.
The next dog to be declared a martyr is probably Tehrik-i-Taliban's new leader Mullah Fazlullah who incidentally was behind the attempted murder of Malala Yousafzai. Malala's book is to be banned in Pakistani schools because, you know, Islam.
October 29, 2013
Group Behind Mumbai Massacre Openly Raising Money in Pakistan
In keeping with today's theme: why Pakistan needs to be nuked:
Pakistan’s government appears to have relaxed its enforcement of a 5-year-old United Nations ban on the Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist organization, which incurred the sanctions because of its militants’ alleged involvement in the November 2008 rampage in Mumbai, India, that killed 166 people.The gist is that Pakistan only cracked down on the terrorist organization so long as the cease-fire with India held. Now that the border dispute has become hot again, Pakistan willlook the other way since the terror group generally targets India.
Two of Lashkar’s front organizations openly raised money this week as the Muslim festival of Eid al Adha got underway. No authorities made any effort to stop them – not a surprise, perhaps, because the groups have been known to work with the government when natural disaster strikes....
Lashkar’s black-and-white striped flag was clearly displayed on banners flying just 200 yards outside the residential suburb of Korang Town. Emblazoned across the banners were the addresses and phone numbers of mosques affiliated with Lashkar’s Jama’at-ud-Da’wah proselytizing sister organization. The U.N. banned the Jama’at, too, after the Mumbai attacks, and Pakistan took similar action that same day, Dec. 11, 2008.
The banners advertised a timely service: animals for sacrifice at a price much lower than one would find in local livestock markets. Goats, Pakistan’s favorite source of meat, were available for 13,000 rupees – about $124 – about half the market price.
Which, in my book, makes the Pakistani government itself responsible for mass murders like what happened in Mumbai, in 2008. As a refresher, recall that Lashkar-e-Taiba militants killed 156 innocents and wounded over 500 more.
October 23, 2013
Pakistani Prime Minister Sharif Arrives in US to Collect One Billion Dollar Jizya
Even before Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif meets President Barack Obama at the White House on Wednesday, his visit to Washington as the leader of an increasingly democratic Pakistan already was remarkable for one major reason: not a single member of Pakistan’s military was in his delegation.He brought along the issue of drone strikes with which to extract the Infidel Tax
In no uncertain terms, however, Sharif touched on “a major irritant” in U.S.-Pakistani relations: “the matter of drone strikes, which have deeply disturbed and agitated our people.”If we give even one red cent to Pakistan we are the biggest fools on the planet. I mean besides bin-Laden living in downtown Abbottabad, Pakistan is at best duplicitous in regards to Afghanistan and the Taliban. Any shortfall in aid to Pakistan must be made up by their sponsor Saudi Arabia, who is miffed at us for not winning the Jihadist war in Syria for them.
He said the U.S. strikes not only violated Pakistan’s territorial integrity but also were detrimental to his country’s own efforts to combat terrorism.
Sending money to Pakistan not only finances our enemies there, but frees up other terrorist sponsors to send more aid to al-Nusra and al-Qaeda operating in Syria, Libya, Somalia, Tunisia, Algeria, need I name more?
You'd think our government would catch on eventually to this game. But expecting politicians to think is a bit much.
Any extorted Jizya disguised as aid to Pakistan is a Lose, Lose for the United States and a Win Win for Islamist and Jihadi terrorist groups. The cost will far outweigh any benefit we get. We think we're buying something with it, but really we're just paying the Jizya already due.
It makes us appear weak, inferior and primed for the next extortion.
Just Don't do it. Don't give or lend Pakistan ONE. RED. CENT. NOT. ONE.
October 17, 2013
Pakistanis Surprised Peace Talks w/ Taliban Not Working Out
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me thousands of times, shame on me:
A political assassination at celebrations for Eid al-Adha has further eroded hopes of peace talks with the Taliban in Pakistan.Our betters in Washington and Geneva keep telling us there is no military solution in Afghanistan and Pakistan. That only a political solution will work.
The Law Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Israrullah Gandapur, became the latest member of Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party to be killed by militants, when a suicide bomber struck as Mr Gandapur was greeting constituents at his house to mark the Islamic holiday.
Nine people, including Mr Gandapur, died in the attack near Dera Ismail Khan and at least 30 were injured.
Talking with the Taliban. Yeah, that'll work.
Perhaps these career diplomats should spend some time watching Conan, The Destroyer.
October 11, 2013
Pakistiani Muslims Pretty Sure the Jews Resurrected Malala Yousafzai Zombie and Now Control Her Every Movement
Because, you know, those pesky Jews can even teach Zombies to write books and they're certain Allah wanted her dead.
For many of her compatriots, Malala Yousafzai is a stooge of the United States and a CIA agent, a symbol of the West’s evils and a global conspiracy to bring down her native Pakistan.You know what's most embarrassing for Pakistani Muslims, the fact that they're too stupid to realize how embarrassing actually stating this aloud really is.
She has won the European Union’s prestigious human rights award and was one of the favorites to win the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, but in her native Swat valley, friends and neighbors reacted with a mixture of resentment, fear and jealousy.
“Malala is spoiling Pakistan’s name around the world,” said Mohammad Rizwan, a shop owner in her hometown of Mingora. “We didn’t need Malala to come and tell us how important education is.”
But then again maybe Pakistan's real goal is to be the stupidest people on the planet, I don't know.
Update: Iran PressTV takes down Malala is a Polish Caucasian article and its been scrubbed from the both Google and Yahoo cache, Pakistan wins!
October 02, 2013
Good News! Pakistan Releases Mullah Baradar
He was only second in command when al-Qaeda, using his country as a base of operations, murdered 2,977 of our countrymen.
Pakistan on Saturday released former Taliban second-in-command Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, a man Afghanistan believes could help tempt moderate Taliban leaders to the negotiating table and bring peace after more than a decade of war.But on the flip side, we do have drones.
Mullah Baradar at his capture
The Foreign Ministry announced late on Friday Baradar – one of the founders of the Taliban insurgency - would be released a day later, and on Saturday, Pakistani television reported Baradar had been set free. There was no official confirmation of his whereabouts. "The Afghan government welcomes Pakistan's decision to release Mullah Baradar," said Aimal Faizi, a spokesman for Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
"This release has occurred because of the Afghan government's consistent pressure requesting that Mullah Baradar be set free," he said. Baradar is at the heart of Afghan efforts to kick-start a stalled peace process as US- led troops prepare to pull out at the end of next year and anxiety grows over the country's security. Baradar was once a close friend of the reclusive Taliban leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar, who gave him his nom de guerre, "Baradar" or "brother".
It's been one week since Pakistan released top Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Ghani, better known as Mullah Baradar, but nobody -- including Baradar's own family -- seem to know his whereabouts.Have they looked in Abbottabad? Just, you know, sayin'.
"We have come to know only through media that he has been released by Pakistani security agencies," one of Baradar's Karachi-based relatives, preferring not to be named, told the Anadolu Agency. "But we don't know where he is."
Breaking: Top Taliban Military Chief Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar Captured.
Imperial Good News: Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar Captured.
Secret Joint Raid Captures Taliban’s Top Commander.
Pakistani Army Confirms Capture of Mullah Baradar.
September 13, 2013
Our Ally Pakistan Also Finds Compulsion in Religion
And you thought needing to register and have identification to vote was a tall requirement, I mean its not like actual, count these jellybeans voter suppression, but the libs think its unpossible.
They should try being a Ahmadi Muslim in Pakistan:
Regardless of their religious beliefs, Ahmadis have the right to lead private lives, being citizens of this state, which if seen logically, is granted to them by the very constitution that takes away their right to practice religion freelyIn Pakistan religious persecution of the Ahmadi is not just a practice, its celebrated.
evel occurred when right before the May 2013 election, separate voter lists were released for them. This led to the disassociation of the Ahmadiya community from the general election. They were of the view that being citizens of Pakistan, they have the right to vote like every other Pakistani irrespective of his/her religious beliefs. If there are no separate voter lists for other minorities residing in Pakistan then there should not be any separate voter list for Ahmadis. However, this reservation was never addressed by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). The hatred against Ahmadis is so deeply rooted in our society that even representatives of the government and its institutions avoid taking sides with Ahmadis.
Just a few days ago, on September 8, 2013, an anniversary was celebrated all over Pakistan. This anniversary marked 39 years of the passing of the Second Amendment that pronounced Ahmadis as non-Muslims. Some of the most shameless and hate-filled statements were released by many a prominent religious leader of Pakistan on this day. Some called for the social and economic boycott of Ahmadis, some branded their activities as suspicious and called for serious action against them.
August 29, 2013
Dr. Who Helped CIA Find bin Laden Sentence Overturned
The good news: The doctor who helped the CIA confirm the location of the bin Laden compound had his sentence overturned today by a Pakistani court.
The bad news: they're going to retry him:
A Pakistani judicial official on Thursday overturned the conviction of a Pakistani doctor who helped the C.I.A. while it was searching for Osama bin Laden, and ordered a retrial....I don't know why we're putting up with this crap. I'd much rather Obama bomb Pakistan over this than Syria over something that's none of our business.
ruled that the tribal court judge who convicted Dr. Shakil Afridi, exceeded his authority when he sentenced him to 33 years in prison in May 2012....
Although Dr. Afridi was convicted on charges of aiding a banned Islamist group, the conviction was seen as a proxy for Pakistani accusations that he had helped the C.I.A. trace Bin Laden, the leader of Al Qaeda, to a house in Abbottabad, in northwestern Pakistan.
And no, I'm not serious. I don't really want to bomb Pakistan either. But, yeah, I kinda do, too.
August 21, 2013
A SCHOOL in Pakistan Trains al Qaeda? That's Unpossible!
Every few months a skirmish between Pakistani and Indian border troops flares up. One is happening as I write this:
A Pakistani military official accused Indian troops of "unprovoked" shelling starting at 11:15 p.m. local time Tuesday night in Shakma sector in Pakistan-held Kashmir, across the border from Kargil on the Indian side. An army captain was killed and another soldier was seriously wounded. Pakistani troops responded to the shelling, and the exchange of fire continued for three hours, the official said.Every time I hear about these little border skirmishes, I say to myself, Self, I really hope this turns into all out war and the Pakistanis suffer. I mean, really suffer.
An Indian army officer said Indian troops in Kargil only responded after Pakistani soldiers fired upon their positions using mortars and automatic weapons. The officials both spoke on condition of anonymity in line with military policy.
And then I read stuff like this, and my fantasy escalates to India nuking Pakistan:
The United States has placed unprecedented sanctions on an Islamic school in northwest Pakistan for allegedly training and financing fighters from Al Qaeda and other militant groups.In response the school denied the charge, claiming they only taught their students religion.
The sanctions against Jamia Taleem-Ul-Quran-Wal-Hadith Madrassa, also known as the Ganj Madrassa, in the city of Peshawar were the first to target an Islamic school, the U.S. Department of the Treasury said in a statement Tuesday.
Which doesn't sound like much of a denial given the tenants of their particular brand of Islam, does it?
August 20, 2013
Feel Good Story of the Day: Soulless Ginger Kicked Right Square in the Nuts
New Delhi: Despite tight security, Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist Abdul Karim Tunda was slapped by a man in the Patiala House court premises in Delhi this afternoon as he was being led by cops into a courtroom.OK, so he wasn't kicked right square in the nuts, he was slapped in the face.
The 70-year-old bomb-maker was reportedly assaulted by a member of a fringe outfit called the Hindu Sena. The two attackers have been detained by the Delhi Police.
Don't kill my dreams.
August 19, 2013
Cornhole Watch: Abdul Karim Tunda
The Indian Government this week arrested Abdul Karim Tunda. A top bomb maker for Lashkar-e-Taiba, because he's a Souless Ginger.
Abdul Karim Tunda, the Delhi-born, one-handed extremist who was in the list of top 20 terrorists wanted by India and was allegedly involved in around 40 bombings in the country, was arrested near the India-Nepal border, Delhi Police said Saturday.Shockingly he was carrying a passport issued by our good friend Pakistan.
An aide of fugitive don Dawood Ibrahim and an operative of Lashkar-e-Taiba who was also wanted for suspected involvement in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts, he was arrested Friday around 3 p.m. in Uttarakhand's Banbasa area close to the Nepal border when he was trying to enter India.
He got the moniker Tunda - Hindi for without a hand - after his left hand got severed in an accident while he was preparing a bomb in 1985 in Mumbai.
"He was carrying a Pakistani passport number AC 4413161 issued Jan 23 in the name of Abdul Quddus," Special Commissioner of Police S.N. Srivastava told media persons.
August 07, 2013
The Department of State has designated the Commander Nazir Group leader, Bahawal Khan as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) under Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, which targets terrorists and those providing support to terrorists or acts of terrorism. As a result of the designation, all property subject to U.S. jurisdiction in which Khan has any interest is blocked and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in any transactions with Khan.You know what to do.
In January of 2013, Bahawal Khan was appointed as the new leader of the Commander Nazir Group (CNG). Since 2006, CNG has run training camps, dispatched suicide bombers, provided safe haven for al-Qaida fighters, and conducted cross-border operations in Afghanistan against the United States and its allies. In addition to its attacks against international forces in Afghanistan, CNG is also responsible for assassinations and intimidation operations against civilians in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Hat Tip: Long War Journal.
August 02, 2013
Country Known for False Accusations to Charge Man Known to Kill Political Opponents
I can't help but always fall back into my default position which is that since corruption is so rampant in countries like Pakistan that it's equally believable that Musharraf being framed as it is that he actually did it.
So, flip a coin. Heads Musharraf is guilty, tails the ISI made the whole thing up:
Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf will be charged next week with the alleged murder of ex-Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, his lawyer said, the latest turn in a political drama that has unfolded since his return from exile in March....Thanks to Newman.
Ahmed Raza Kasuri, Mr. Musharraf's lawyer, said the pending cases against Mr. Musharraf were "false, fabricated and fictitious."
July 29, 2013
Awesome: Taliban Free 36 ~ 300 Prisoners in Raid
Why is the figure somewhere between 36 and 300? Local officials claim "dozens" while the Taliban claim "300". So, given that both sides are completely full of sh*t let's just split the difference and go with, I dunno, 150 or so?
Up to 40 armed men disguised as police officers have launched a major attack on a prison holding hundreds of militants in the Pakistani city of Dera Ismail Khan.And as a reminder, that's the second prison break in a week in which a lot of bad guys have been freed. Al Qaeda pulled the same stunt seven days ago in Iraq. And why wouldn't the Taliban follow suit? It seems to be a winning strategy.
A series of explosions shook the complex before the attackers fired rocket propelled grenades and machine gun rounds at guards, according to district police chief Sohail Khalid....
Pakistani Taliban spokesman Shahidullah Shahid said 100 gunmen and seven suicide bombers had been sent to the prison to free the group's leaders.
He claimed they had freed around 300 prisoners, but that could not immediately be verified.
Mushtaq Jadoon, the town's civil commissioner, said dozens of prisoners had escaped
July 27, 2013
Report: Pakistan Wants to Trade Dr. Who Helped Get bin Laden for Women in Prison Connected to al Qaeda
So, Pakistan claims they oppose al Qaeda but then wants to trade the doctor who allegedly helped the CIA find bin Laden for a woman with known al Qaeda sympathies?
To be fair, people in Pakistan are stupid. They think Aafia Siddiqui is innocent. So, in their minds, they would be trading a "traitor" for an innocent woman.
But since you can't cure stupid, what're you going to do?
Pakistan is preparing a proposal to swap the doctor who helped the CIA pinpoint Usama bin Laden for a notorious female neuroscientist and suspected Al Qaeda operative being held at a federal prison in Texas, FoxNews.com has learned.Actually, the report goes on to suggest that any swap would be contingent upon Pakistan acknowledging that Siddiqui is a terrorist, and that Afridi is a "traitor".
The exchange would involve Dr. Shakil Afridi, the pro-America doctor whose vaccination ruse helped establish the terror kingpin’s presence in an Abbottabad compound prior to the Navy SEAL raid that killed him, and Dr. Aafia Siddiqui. Siddiqui is a U.S.-trained neurosurgeon who left Massachusetts after 9/11 and resurfaced in Afghanistan where she was arrested for trying to kill U.S. soldiers.
Khalid Sheikh Muhammed told U.S. authorities Siddiqui was an Al Qaeda courier and operative.
In theory, this would be fine since Afridi would be freed upon his arrival in the US while Siddiqui would be sent to prison. I imagine Pakistani prisons are pretty bad.
However, I'd give it 50/50 odds that Siddiqui would be pardoned and never see the inside of a jail. Instead, she'd be a hero to millions of Pakistanis, write a book about US "torture", make the Western European leftist speech tour circuit, until one day being assassinated. Which, come to think of it, may not be the worst outcome in the world.
July 25, 2013
Conflicted: Taliban Attack Pakistani ISI
When they're all bad guys, who do you root for? The lesser of two evils.
Okay, but between Pakistan's ISI and the Taliban, does any one have a clear idea which is the lesser of the two evils?
Taliban militants claimed responsibility on Thursday for an attack on a regional office of Pakistan’s main spy agency that left at least nine people dead and again highlighted the militants’ ability to strike sensitive targets....The funny part here? Two factions of the Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. One of them in retaliation for a US drone strike.
A suicide bomber blew up a vehicle outside the ISI compound, and was followed by three gunmen who attacked security forces and police officers inside. All three were killed in the course of a firefight that lasted roughly half an hour.
Five other people, including at least one civilian official with the intelligence agency, and three security force personnel also died in the attack.
July 08, 2013
Report: 26 People in bin Laden Compound
Bin Laden Wore "Cowboy Hat"
Al Jazeera has published a leaked report from the Pakistani "Abbottabad Commission" tasked with looking into how Osama bin Laden had been able to escape detection in Pakistan for so long and how the US was able to commit an "act of war" that "lasted three hours" without any Pakistani response.
The document is well over 300 pages, and I'm looking through it now. My initial observation about it is that most of the report deals with the US raid on the bin Laden compound and the Pakistani military's lack of response. This suggests Pakistan is more worried about an alleged violation of its sovereignty than how the world's most wanted man lived for six years just a few hundred yards from a major military academy.
I have read the scant parts recounted by the wives of the various players on the movements and day to day activities of the bin Ladens and al-Kuwaitis (the brothers guarding bin Laden). And, to be honest, there's just not much there.
According to the wives, the bin Ladens led a pretty austere and lonely existence. Osama's extended family, consisting of 16 people, lived in the main house and one side of the compound. The al-Kuwaiti's and their families -- 10 in all -- lived in another part of the compound.
According to one of the al Kuwait wives, the bin Ladens lived in total segregation and isolation. How isolated? She claims that that in all the time she lived there they had virtually no contact. The men would get together and talk often, but the women and children were completely separate and never spoke to one another.
That's the level of paranoia bin Laden and his family lived with. His children and wives never left the compound -- bad enough. But they were also not allowed to play with or even see the other children living in the compound.
Sucks to be them.
But apparently Osama's reclusiveness paid off, didn't it? To live six years in barbed wire topped compound with 26 people in it and not to set off a blips of curiosity on the radar screens of the authorities is a bit hard to swallow. Even for the commission, which suggests that local authorities were either complicit in hiding Osama or seriously negligent.
Which goes a long way in explaining why the commission's report was hidden from public view until it was leaked.
When a Pakistani commission suspects that at least some in Pakistan must have known where Osama bin Laden was hiding, then that does not bode well for your country. Not good PR, you see.
Like I said, I haven't read the entire report yet as much of it is devoted to the failure of Pakistan to respond to the US raid.
But, again, that doesn't bode well either, does it? When a country is more worried about its sovereignty being violated than the fact that it hid the world's most wanted terrorist for years and years, then we have a problem.
There's more in the report for those of you interested where Osama went after Tora Bora (first to South Waziristan, then to Bajaur, then to Swat, then finally to Obbattabad in 2005) and the people he hung out with. For instance, he met with Khalid Sheikh Mohammad only a month before KSH was captured, prompting him to move again.
The only other thing of interest I've read so far is that bin Laden wore a "cowboy hat" when outside so he couldn't be detected from above.
Bin Laden in a cowboy hat? John Wayne is rolling over in his grave right now.
So, go read it. If you find anything else interesting let me know.
June 22, 2013
Muslims in Pakistan Murder 14 School Kids for Being the Wrong Kind of Muslims
Just another sunny day in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan:
At least 14 people were killed and 28 injured in an attack on a Shiite religious school in northwestern Pakistan on Friday, police officials said, while Taliban militants claimed responsibility for killing a provincial lawmaker and his son in the southern port city of Karachi.
In the northwest, three attackers, including a suicide bomber, tried to storm the school in Peshawar, the provincial capital of restive Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, just before Friday prayers. A police guard tried to stop them in a brief exchange of gunfire and wounded the suicide bomber, said Liaqut Hussain, the Peshawar police chief. The injured bomber, however, managed to get inside the compound and detonate his explosives.
May 31, 2013
Pakistan's Terror Group (LeT) Upper Income Recruits
From the "let's pump more money into Pakistan to help the poor little ole impoverished from joining Lashkar-e-Tayyiba" files:
[MoneyJihad]Far from being impoverished orphans, the young men recruited by Pakistani terrorist organization Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) tend to be among “the best and brightest” of Pakistani society, according to a study released last month by the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point based on biographies of 917 LeT members.h/t meankitteh1
The findings severely undercut British Prime Minister David Cameroon’s position that Western development aid to Pakistan improves education and reduces poverty which in turn prevents extremism.
The foreign aid is not preventing terrorist recruitment, some of the aid is stolen by Pakistani elites, and some of the aid is given to terrorist groups through Pakistan’s ISI spy service. There is no longer any justifiable reason to continue transferring taxpayer money from the West to Pakistan.
May 21, 2013
Pakistan: Mosque Loudspeakers Blare Call To Kill Cross Worshipers
Bronco Bama is unavailable for comment because this is about Christians.
A Muslim political candidate suspected of murdering a Christian has instigated calls from mosque loudspeakers for attacks on Christians, whom he blames for his May 11 election loss.We riot, we scream, we burn down Christian homes and we kill Christians~The ROPMA
Tensions were high in Punjab Province’s Okara district after provincial assembly seat candidate Mehr Abdul Sattar, sought by police in connection with a 2008 murder, on May 13 arranged for mosque calls for violence against Christian villages.
“Burn their homes to the ground … Punish them such that they forget Gojra and Joseph Colony,” blared village mosques in the district, according to Younas Iqbal, chairman of the Anjuman-e-Mazareen Punjab, a peasant movement fighting for land rights.[More...]
April 21, 2013
Splodey Ho™ Kills 4 Outside Of Pakistani Hospital
When children aren't available for the terrorists, females will do
"The woman, in her early 20s, blew up her explosives as she walked to the main entrance of the hospital. Authorities have found the attackers head and legs and are conducting a detailed investigation," said Sarwar, an assistant political agent in the tribal region.Her head here, legs there, defines Splodey Ho's™ - this is her body:
Officials said the bomber apparently targeted security men guarding the hospital.
Hospital officials said four other people were also injured in the bombing.
Agency health officer, Mohd Riaz, said the dead included one security personnel and two civilians, while one of the dead was a hospital worker.
April 05, 2013
Good News: Pakistani Terror Group Recruits Best and Brightest
Take a few million Indians, convince them that being Muslim makes them a different "nationality" than the rest of those around them, found an Islamic Republic, and this is what you get:
Imagine a terrorist group that recruits tens of thousands of young men from the same neighborhoods and social networks as the Pakistani military. A group whose well-educated recruits defy the idea that poverty and ignorance breed extremism. A group whose fighters include relatives of a politician, a senior Army officer and a director of Pakistan's Atomic Energy Commission.The sooner we get out of Afghanistan the sooner we can end the farce that Pakistan is our "ally".
That is the disconcerting reality of Lashkar-e-Taiba, one of the world's most dangerous militant organizations, according to a study released today by the Combating Terrorism Center at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. The report helps explain why Pakistan has resisted international pressure to crack down on Lashkar after it killed 166 people in Mumbai -- six U.S. citizens included -- and came close to sparking conflict between nuclear-armed Pakistan and India.
April 02, 2013
Sandcrawler PSA: Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and You
Read SOFREPS series on the Islamist group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi. As we know of many Pakistian Islamist groups no matter how you spell it, its still says Qaeda al-Jihad.
On January 10, 2013, three bombs exploded in the city of Quetta, Pakistan. The first bomb went off in the early hours in a food market. It killed 12 people and injured 47. The United Baloch Army claimed responsibility. The second and third bombs went off in a one-two punch later in the evening hours. A suicide bomber hit a snooker hall popular with Shias, and ten minutes later, after police and journalists arrived on the scene, another bomb exploded just outside the building. The evening death toll was 96 people, with over 170 injured in the blasts, the majority of victims were Shias. Lashkar-e-Jhangvi claimed responsibility for the latter attacks.Part II of the series is here.
On February 22, the Punjab Police released their ‘Most Wanted Terrorists’ list, naming 109 men. The first surprise – not a single member of Lashkar-e-Taiba [LeT], the terror organization responsible for the brutal massacre in Mumbai in 2008, made the list. 109 slots – no LeT. Topping the updated Pakistan terror list is Lashkar-e-Jhangvi [LeJ], the terror outfit who, according to Interior Minister Malik, is responsible for or tied to 80 percent of terror activities in Pakistan.
On September 20, 2011 a bus full of Pakistani citizens departed Quetta for Taftan, Balochistan on pilgrimage. En route to the Iranian border, the bus was intercepted by gunmen from Lashkar-e-Jhangvi. Kushal Khan, the bus driver, says that 8-10 gunmen in jeeps came in from the opposite direction, blocking the bus. The men were armed with AK-47s and RPGs. Once the bus was stopped, the gunmen boarded the bus and ordered the passengers off the bus.Read the rest.
As firing began, people started running like headless chickens,” Rajab Ali, a survivor, told The Express Tribune, at the District Headquarters Hospital in Quetta. “One of the assailants was filming the incident.”
March 21, 2013
Looks Like Internet Anthropologist Hit a Soft Spot
Reading Gerald's post on Pakistani ISI's involvement in the hiding of Osama bin-Laden seems to have upset Altaf Hussain leader of the Muttahida Quami.
SI did have OBL house under surveillance, as part of ISI General command agreement. OBL wasn't to be directly involved in any terrorist activities.And ISI was watching the comings and goings at OBL's house.The above brought Altaf Hussain out of the woodwork to deflect the report with accusations of, you know, Juice!
The ISI surveillance team noted choppers but didn't report anything till they heard gun fire and reported in and also called the police.
But ISI did go thru channels and produced the only smoking gun, they dispatched two Pak jets to a private residence. Which revealed their knowledge
of who was living there by dispatching the jets.
The pak jets were intercepted by S jets and lit up their HUDs, withwarnings of being lit up by US jets before the US jets were even with in Pak jets radar range.
Your thoughts betray you.
March 19, 2013
Pakistan Arrests Man Tied to Daniel Pearl Kidnapping ... Again
Since this is the second time Qari Abdul Hayee, a Lashkar-e-Jhangvi leader has been arrested, we'll keep our fingers crossed that it sticks this time. The last time he was acquitted and let go. I appears that his arrest has nothing to do with his group's involvement in the Daniel Pearl kidnapping -- the group is thought to have abducted Pearl before turning him over to al Qaeda. No, the group has recently been involved in a number of sectarian murders against Shias and others they consider "apostates".
The militant, Qari Abdul Hayee, a leader of the Islamist militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, was arrested by the paramilitary Rangers force on Sunday in Karachi, the city where Mr. Pearl was held hostage and killed.We'll see if this time there's more traction.
“We were after him for the past three weeks. We had information he was in Karachi,” said a senior Rangers official, speaking by phone on the condition of anonymity.
March 02, 2013
Pakistani Terrorists Use Bombs That Resemble Toys To Target Children
NOWSHERA, Pakistan – The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government has decided to educate children about the dangers of toy-like bombs after militants allegedly targeted them recently with bombs disguised as candy, toys and even a string of ball-shaped explosives tied to a cricket bat.Cowards
The February 5 discovery of the string of bombs tied to the cricket bat in Akora Khattak, Nowshera District, reminded educators and parents of the militants' desire to harm children.
"The bombs were in the shape of cricket balls and tied up to the handle of the cricket bat and placed near the school to attract children," Rajab Ali, station house officer, told Central Asia Online then. "But locals informed the police in time, and the bombs were defused."
February 23, 2013
Pakistan Arrests Muslim Leader for Murdering Muslims that Weren't the Right Kind of Muslims
I guess arresting this guy is something. Just arrest another five or six million people and Pakistan might start marking a dent in the extremist population:
Pakistani police arrested Malik Ishaq, the leader of the al Qaeda-linked Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, at his home in Rahim Yar Khan, just one week after his terror group claimed credit for a bombing in Quetta that killed at least 90 people. Ishaq has been accused of direct involvement in numerous terrorist attacks but has never been convicted in a Pakistani court....Much more background here.
Last week, the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi claimed credit for the murder of more than 90 Pakistanis, mostly minority Shia, after detonating nearly one ton of "high-grade" explosives in the capital of Baluchistan province. The Lashkar-e-Jhangvi has claimed credit for numerous terror attacks in Pakistan, and has released videos of executions of captured Shia prisoners.
February 17, 2013
JHUF And "Ansar al-Sharia Pakistan" On Facebook
Global jihadist heart Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.
January 30, 2013
Karachi: Jihadi Work Accident
A bomb went off accidentally when suspected militants were shifting it in the Sohrab Goth neighbourhood of Karachi Wednesday night[...]
At least three suspected militants were killed in the explosion that took place near an unoccupied building at a stone’s throw from Al-Asif Square.
Police blamed the outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan for the blast, saying the three persons killed were suspected militants.
January 22, 2013
Pakistan complains video games are making them look bad:
Two popular video games have been ordered removed from store shelves in Pakistan, after shop owners there complained that the games portray their country as an incubator for terrorism.
January 18, 2013
Ministry Of WTF? Pakistan Says It Will Free All Afghan Taliban Detainees
@switch_d says it best:
#Pakistan says it will free all Afghan #Taliban detainees - with parting gifts of an AK, suicide vest, & map of...?Indeed.
Nothing to see here, move along..
January 10, 2013
'Key Al Qaeda Paramilitary Commander' Droned Recently In Pakistan
The US killed a senior al Qaeda military commander during a recent drone strike in Pakistan's Taliban-controlled tribal agency of North Waziristan.Sweet
Sheikh Yasin Al Kuwaiti, who was killed in a US drone strike on Jan. 8, was a "key al Qaeda paramilitary commander" who was "very high up the food chain," a US intelligence official who tracks the terror group in Pakistan's tribal areas told The Long War Journal. Sheikh Yasin was a top commander and trainer for the Lashkar al Zil, or Shadow Army, al Qaeda's military cadre [for more information on the the Lashkar al Zil, see LWJ report, Al Qaeda's paramilitary 'Shadow Army'].
Sheikh Yasin was also described as a "foreign tactical trainer" by Reuters and "a senior Al Qaeda operative" by Dawn on the day that he was reported killed.
January 03, 2013
"Good" Taliban Leader Killed Despite Pakistani Support --- UPDATE: More info
But then again, F*ck Pakistan -- UTA.
Two U.S. drone strikes on northwest Pakistan killed a senior Taliban commander who fought American forces in Afghanistan but had a truce with the Pakistani military, intelligence officials said Thursday.Although this information is from a Pakistani leak, Pakistani leaks also said they had no clue where Usama bin-Laden was. I hates every iota of a Taliban so even rumors of war perk my ears up a bit.
The commander, Maulvi Nazir, was among nine people killed in a missile strike on a house in the village of Angoor Adda in the South Waziristan tribal region near the border with Afghanistan late Wednesday night.
UPDATE by Rusty: More from Bill Roggio:
Nazir has been an influential Taliban commander and had ties to numerous terrorist groups operating in the region, including al Qaeda, the Pakistani and Afghan Taliban, and the plethora of Pakistani and Central Asia jihadist groups operating in the region. He has openly supported Taliban emir Mullah Omar and al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, and wages jihad in Afghanistan...Pakistan considered him a good Taliban? Well, he wasn't. But he is now.
Pakistan's military and intelligence services consider Nazir and his followers "good Taliban" as they do not openly seek the overthrow of the Pakistani state and only wage jihad in Afghanistan. The government has negotiated several peace deals with Nazir. Yet Nazir continued to provide safe have to top al Qaeda leaders and the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, despite agreeing not to do so.