NATO copter crashes: A helicopter from the NATO-led coalition crashed Saturday in a mountainous area of eastern Afghanistan where fighting has intensified, killing one foreign service member, NATO said. A Taliban spokesman told the Associated Press that insurgents shot down the helicopter with a rocket, but NATO did not confirm the helicopter was shot down.
"the president of Chad Idriss Deby Itno told the African weekly ‘Jeune Afrique’ that AL-QAEDA’S offshoot in North Africa has snatched surface-to-air missiles from an arsenal in Libya during the civil strife there."
U.S. intelligence sources tell NPR they have been tracking a former Libyan detainee named Abu Sufian Qumu.
He was picked up in Pakistan and arrived in Guantanamo in early 2002. The Libyan government asked for him back in 2007. Guantanamo officials who investigated Qumu at that time thought he posed a future risk to the U.S. and its allies. But four years ago, the U.S. released him to the Libyan government anyway.
U.S. intelligence officials now believe Qumu is helping train anti-government forces in Benghazi, Libya. It is unclear whether he is a leader of the rebels or simply joining in the anti-Gadhafi movement. What is certain, is that his secret Guantanamo file shows an association with al-Qaida that stretches back decades.
It says he trained at two al-Qaida camps, joined Taliban forces to fight both the Soviets and the Northern Alliance in Afghanistan, and moved to Sudan with other al-Qaida members where he drove trucks for one of Osama bin Laden's companies. The documents say he was forced to leave Sudan sometime in 1997. From there he went directly to the tribal regions of Pakistan where he allegedly received additional training with al-Qaida.
U.S. intelligence reports in the file say his name appeared on a hard drive that listed al-Qaida employees and their monthly wages. That's significant because most al-Qaida's ranks tend to be volunteers - people on the payroll are considered more than just lowly foot soldiers.
Now that Qumu has turned up in Libya, U.S. intelligence is trying to figure out if he still has those al-Qaida connections.
Members of Congress are wondering the same thing. During Congressional hearings earlier this month Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.), asked Admiral James Stavridis about the presence of al-Qaida among the rebel forces.
"The intelligence that I'm receiving at this point makes me feel that the leadership that I'm seeing are responsible men and women who are struggling against Col. Gaddafi," the admiral said, adding. "We have seen flickers in the intelligence of potential al-Qaida, Hezbollah. We've seen different things. But at this point, I don't have detail sufficient to say that there's a significant al-Qaida presence or any other terrorist presence in and among these folks."
Intelligence officials tell NPR they don't doubt that the rebel forces are focused on defeating Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi. What worries them is what might come next. Will the rebels push for shariah law in Libya or allow al-Qaida to train there? Or would Qumu, if he becomes a leader among the anti-Gadhafi forces, be part of a contingent that permits terrorists to hide out amid the chaos of Libya's civil war?
With such close links to al-Qaida, there is some question as to how Qumu managed to get out of Guantanamo. Those familiar with the detainee release process said that by the end of 2003, diplomacy and politics began to play a larger role in transfer decisions.
In Qumu's case, U.S. officials tell NPR that Gadhafi had asked for Qumu's release almost four years ago. Gadhafi, and in particular his son Seif al-Islam, were trying to convince Islamists in Libya that the government intended to reconcile with them in good faith. Qumu was part of that effort. He transferred to Libya in October 2007 and he was released last summer.
Can the Taliban kill their way into Blackmailing Pakistan?
The drone attacks against the Taliban have been successful
beyond all expiations, they are having fits of paranoia over
them, they are also killing Taliban morale, and most mid-level
cadre, killing recruitment, and KILLING THE TALIBAN.
The Taliban have made stopping the drone attacks its
number one priority. And are willing to take on the
Paki Military on and kill off Government Representatives
if they can't stop the drone attacks.
Even killing top ISI people.
Just how serious is the Taliban about
stopping this scourge of the Taliban?
VIEW FROM PAKISTAN: An interior ministry report states that a secret meeting of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Masjlis e Shura, recently held in South Waziristan was attended by the leaders of the Haqqani group, the Al Haq Brigade, the Fidayi Force, the Allah Dad group, the Lashkar-e-Islam, the Jaish-e-Islam, and the Mujahid Khalid group. The militant leaders had gathered to decide how to respond in the event of a Pakistan Army attack on North Waziristan.
The meeting was more akin to the board of directors meeting of a large corporation, with a presentation of cash flows, a review of past operations and perceived threats in the coming year as well as a strategic plan for 2011.
Another interior ministry report revealed that the TTP has created four terrorist groups, collectively known as the Lashkar e Kharaji, under the command of the TTP’s South Waziristan commander, Qari Muhammad Idrees, also known as Ilyas. The groups are likely to target United Nations offices in Islamabad, Saudi diplomats, and vehicles of law enforcement agencies.
The report adds that Qari Dadullah has been assigned the task of targeting government training institutions in Lahore that are frequented by senior officials.
Another secret meeting of groups working under the name of the Al Toheed group was reportedly held in Charsaddah, at the house of a local militant, Hafiz Naseerullah Maavia, alias Master Jee. The group decided to conduct suicide bombings against shrines in Multan and Lahore, especially the shrines of Shah Rukn-e-Alam and Bahauddin Zakaria.
The leaders of the Fidayi (Suicide Bombers) Force of the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi met in Nowshera at the house of Ahmedullah, alias Rahman Bhai. They reportedly decided to target police
officers’ residences throughout the country. Qari Zafar, alias Bahader Khan, was assigned the
task of bombing the Iranian Embassy in Islamabad.
The Paki Army and the ISI are concerned about
what happens when the US leaves Afghan?
Will Pakistan be left to fight the Taliban
all by themselves?
Its very hard and dangerous to fight the Taliban
in their mountain sanctuaries in N Waziristan.
But the Drones attack with impunity and without danger. US is giving Pakistan 85 drones to do the job.
And with ISI intelligence they can target even Taliban top leadership, bringing the Taliban under the control of Pakistan. End the suicide bombings, and raids into Afghan.
Even kill the Taliban coming from Afghan into Paki. Shortly the Paki military will have the power to pull the plug on the insurgency, kill off the Taliban.
BUT DO THEY HAVE THE GUTS, THE INTESTINAL FORTITUDE?
The Paki Army still fears India, even though they are a nuclear power several times over. But because of Paki's history they lack the confidence to deal with India, and retain the Taliban as weak proxys. Paki suffers from an unreasonable fear of India. And feels a need to hide behind the Taliban and other terrorist. Not unlike a little boy bullied as a child, now a grown man afraid to stand up to the old bully.
Will the Paki Government weed out the Taliban supporters like: @AQpk Ahmed Quraishi PakNationalists.com Who spread propaganda and hatred.
Will Pakistan step up to the world stage like a world power or continue as a fearful second rate player? Supporting terrorism.
WikiLeaks reveals: ‘US classified ISI as terror affiliate ’http://t.co/hGcSVaz Heard that before? G
US is giving Pakistan 85 drones, but does the Military and ISI have guts to dominate the Taliban? Take control for the Government?
The power and decision is NOW in the hands of the Paki Military and ISI, but are they Men, or little boys?
We have been exploring an Infowar paradigm.
Testing our hypothesis, methods and operating
Thus far they have exceeded our expectations,
operations have been exceptional and remarkable.
Opsec and sitrep prohibits our mentioning them.
The paradigm is complicated and involved.
Its based on our Social Change engine SCE.
Both use the ESORE metric.
We measure the Environment at both ends to extract
Combining the SCE with Infowar has yielded remarkable
The operations require an intimate knowledge of targets,
and their enemies and supporters.
And we have the capability to develop that knowledge. Intel Unit of IATT
What is our mission at IATT?
They did center around 4 paradigms.
#1) Info War getting the Truth out.
#2) Collecting and Reporting actionable Intel
#3) Policy change.
#4) Limited defensive cyber warfare.
We have been changing, re-inventing
ourselves every couple of years.
So again we changed our paradigm.
We wanted to influence policy.
We saw things we thought could be fixed.
And at least an obligation to put them
"out there" for others consideration.
And we change again, focus on changing the
An extension of these concepts is
It completes the strategy concept.
And its more tricky to deploy.
Both sides operate in a deception
mode form time to time,
and we don't want to pick up
a deception paradigm and push
that to fruition.
We expect the Infowar weapon to be ready for deployment
with in two months. We continue testing in a non-GWOT arena.
And measuring results.
This is a very new and powerful weapon and will
be deployed in a careful method and tracked and measured.
We are still working on the metrics.
And also the criteria to green light an operation.
Currently this seems to be the most powerful
weapon we have at our disposal.
And will be phased in, in small steps, and tested
every step of the way.
GOP gives Billionaire Wall St Bankers $700 billion in tax cuts.
Michigan GOP Governor Snyder declares illegal Martial law, US first coup d'etat,of elected Gov by #GOPhttp://j.mp/dOzpRn They seize control of a duly elected local government. And remove voters choices.
Michigan Police covertly Search Cell Phones During Traffic Stops, IPhone,Android
No notice, no due process, no reasonable cause. http://bit.ly/f2bpfO Michigan State Police are violating Fourth Amendment rights when using high-tech mobile forensic devices to suck out cell phone data in under two minutes. Warrant-less search. #GOP Governor Snyder rips up Constitution.
Iphone tracks every where you go. ( And Googles Android ) iPhone tracks wherever you go and saves it in a secret file
It feels like a practice run for a POLICE STATE. OR AM I JUST PARANOID?
Why is the GOP doing this? Are the Republicans up to something?
"Fascism should more appropriately be called corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power." ~Mussolini
The Constitution isn't supposed to be OPTIONAL. THIS IS JUST GETTING NUTZ.