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    Saturday, April 26, 2008

    Leave Taliban alone, Afghan president

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    Leave Taliban alone, Afghan president tells West

    Karzai says US and British troops are undermining his authority and stopping insurgents from laying down their arms

    This article appeared in the Observer on Sunday April 27 2008 on p35 of the World news section. It was last updated at 00:00 on April 27 2008.

    Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president, has called on British and American troops to stop arresting Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan, saying that their operations undermined his government's authority and were counter-productive.

    Well Gee I just don't know what to say? I just didn't expect him to defect to the Taliban.

    The stinging attack, made in an interview with the New York Times published yesterday, is the latest in a series of rows between Western governments with troops in Afghanistan and the elected leader of the country. Western diplomats expressed surprise at the Afghan leader's criticism and the Foreign Office played down the row yesterday.

    'We fully support the Afghan government and continue to work with it, President Karzai and the international community in the interests of the Afghan people and the long-term peace and stability of Afghanistan,' said a spokesman.

    Karzai is facing re-election next year and may be hoping to bolster flagging support with a populist stance.

    Is he playing for the Taliban vote? Is that a viable electorate?

    However, in recent months relations have deteriorated seriously, with Western officials openly doubting the ability of the Afghan president, who was heavily backed by the US and the UK in 2001 after the fall of the Taliban regime, to manage rampant corruption and combat drug trafficking in the war-wracked southwest Asian state.

    Karzai said he wanted American forces to stop arresting suspected Taliban members and their supporters, saying that fear of arrest and their past mistreatment were discouraging them from coming forward to lay down their arms.

    Yes arrest offends their little beheading sensibilities.

    'It has to happen,' he said. 'We have to make sure that when a Talib comes to Afghanistan ... he is safe from arrest by the coalition.'

    'We have to make sure that when a Talib comes to Afghanistan ... he is safe from arrest by the coalition.' isn't that what they are doing in Paki?

    So the Taliban will be safe from arrest in Afghan and Paki.

    Both Afghan and Paki have taken a wild wolf into the house and hope they can train it before it eats them.

    Karzai is the closest thing they have to a wolf trainer, born Pushtun, speaks Pushtun, Dari, Urdu,English and French.

    Briefly supported the Taliban in 2000 before they went extreme fundamentalism then he turned against them.

    His father, Abdul Ahad Karzai was killed by the Taliban in Quetta.

    I want to give him the benefit of doubt but would like to know the Goal.

    Does he know where this road leads. G

    Efforts at winning over Taliban fighters or sympathisers are mired in confusion: Nato allies in Afghanistan are divided over the exact nature of the amnesty or 'reconciliation programme' for insurgents. British policy, despite official insistence that 'there are no negotiations with the Taliban', is to weaken the radical Islamic movement by splitting off foot soldiers tempted by money or misled by tribal chiefs, religious leaders and ideologues from a 'hardcore' of leaders.

    'We fully support efforts to bring disaffected Afghans into society's mainstream, providing they renounce violence and accept Afghanistan's constitution,' said the Foreign Office spokesman. 'We have always said there is no military solution in Afghanistan - a fully comprehensive approach is needed ... and that will involve reconciliation of those Taliban prepared to integrate into the new Afghanistan.'

    However, Washington is more sceptical of such efforts, and has been fiercely critical of some British tactics aimed at winning over key Taliban commanders in the past, as has Karzai himself.

    Karzai also attacked the number of civilian deaths inflicted by the coalition. Although levels of 'collateral damage' inflicted by Nato operations have dropped substantially, deaths still continue. Two women and two children were killed recently in an air raid by Nato troops on a suspected Taliban position after a firefight. Up to 9,000 civilians have died since 2001.

    'I want an end to civilian casualties,' the Afghan president said in the interview. 'And as much as one may argue it's difficult, I don't accept that argument.'

    Relations between Karzai and London were strained last month by the Afghan premier's rejection of Lord Paddy Ashdown, the favoured candidate to take up a post as 'aid tsar' in Kabul with a brief to coordinate the international aid flowing into the country. Karzai blocked the appointment amid negative local press coverage, a historic popular distrust of the British and advisers' fears of a potential crackdown on corruption.

    With casualties and costs mounting and little obvious progress, Western governments are looking increasingly for an exit from Afghanistan, where 94 British servicemen have been killed since 2001. 'Nato now wants a way out which is not failure,' said Mike Williams, of London's Royal United Services Institute. 'They need to redefine the situation which will allow them to leave without failing.'

    A key problem for policymakers is 'battle fatigue' among Western populations. 'We are going to get bored of the war long before the Taliban are,' said one Nato official


    Karzai will loose the election, the average Afghan knows the Taliban for what it is, Karzai just removed himself from office, who is next in line?

    What in hell is Karzai thinking?
    The Taliban will come in and just lay down their arms if they feel no threat/power?
    I don't understand his Taliban Paradigm.
    Taliban will cut Karzai throat first chance they get.
    DAY after I posted about Taliban willing to cut his throat,
    Taliban attacked him.
    Video: Karzai Escapes Unharmed After Taliban Attack

    USA could accept the Taliban in Afghan and Paki if they
    killed off al Qaeda, otherwise with a nuclear issue in the offing
    USA will have no alternative that to go back to war in Paki and Afghan
    to take out al Qaeda.

    al Qaeda cannot have a safe haven any where in the world to launch attacks against the rest of the world.

    The shape of this paradigm is a no brainer, the diplomats must see this.
    Safe haven is a non starter.

    al Qaeda's silence on these TALIBAN negotiations is DEAFENING.

    USA force will continue to be applied against al Qaeda and the Taliban
    unless the Taliban gives up al Qaeda.
    Biny doesn't trust the Taliban, when he was in trouble in Tora Bora he split his forces, separating the Taliban off from himself.

    al Qaeda's developing new Survival Paradigm.

    al Qaeda continues to experience heavy losses and fears USA Military and are allowing the negotiations with their tacit silence/approval.
    al Qaeda is concerned with survival, huge losses in Iraq and Afghan and
    Paki, loss of key cadre.

    Intel is on their tails, they know who is tracking them and their time is limited. Its a matter of time before their hide aways are visited by a rain of hellfire rockets.

    al Qaeda is looking for a way out, breathing space, some R&R.
    Top al Qaeda cadre have been in a very Black covert security operation for six years, and its getting heavy and they are short money, men and suicide bombers, and webmasters. And Biny is in terminal stages of his disease.

    Olde Zee's load is too heavy and showed signs of desperation in his last
    town hall meeting, with weak arguments that run counter to the Koran
    and logic and reason. al Qaeda's killing of Moslems women children blowing up mosques and market places has roused Allah's anger.
    Watch what happens.


    Update: Is the Taliban evolving a new paradigm?

    Negotiate PEACE with Afghan and Paki so the Taliban and al Qaeda have a safe base of operations, in these states to conduct terrorism?

    WE quit suicide bombings in your countrys and WE don't get arrested, and get immunity for past acts. And a free hand to operate outside your borders.



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    Friday, April 25, 2008

    Half-Million IIS Servers Hit in Cyber Attack


    Half-Million IIS Servers Hit in Cyber Attack
    April 25, 2008
    By Andy Patrizio

    A massive cyberattack is targeting vulnerable Internet Information Server-based Web pages by redirecting visitors to the site toward one hosting malicious code, and it's growing rapidly.

    When Panda Security first noted the infestation, it put the number of infected IIS servers at 282,000. Not even a day later and security firm F-Secure wrote its own blog entry, putting the infestation at over 500,000.

    The worst part of it all is that these infestations are not in seamy Web sites, they are taking place in legitimate Web pages. An IFRAME (define) redirects the user to another page, where identity-stealing malware is downloaded onto their computer. So even users who think they are staying clean are not safe.

    "In the old days, you used to think if you went to the dark side of the Internet you had a chance of being infected. Now you don't need to go to the bad neighborhoods to get attacked. You can be walking down the good side of the Internet and be infected," said Ryan Sherstobitoff, chief corporate evangelist at Panda Security.

    The vulnerability in IIS, developed by Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT), allows hackers to inject SQL code to manipulate legitimate Web pages. This code adds an IFRAME to redirect the user to a malicious Website that scans their computer for vulnerabilities and then downloads and installs malware that can get passed the user's defenses.

    The problem only affects IIS, not Apache or other Web servers. Microsoft reportedly knows of the issue, said Sherstobitoff. The company has not responded to a query on when a fix can be expected as of press time.

    Sherstobitoff said the U.S. is being hardest hit, with government and public utility sites particularly popular. "They love anything that brings in victims," he said.

    Panda and F-Secure both identified a malicious piece of code being hidden in Web pages that does the redirect. Site admins should look for this hidden in their Web pages:
    >scCript src=http://www.nihaorr1.XXXcom/1.js<< href="">"


    some people have noticed. Securing the server, updating all of the patches and proper configuration should help protect it until Microsoft comes out with a fix of its own, said Sherstobitoff.

    This article was first published on


    Be sure you are using "Google's block list"
    Some search pages have as many as 14,
    This blog had one for 15 min.?

    It will get worse if not this time NEXT TIME.

    What is ahead?

    Cyber Pearl Harbor.

    All the exercises the FEDs have and not one plans for
    the INTERNET GOING DOWN. days, weeks, months.
    The world could get its ASS kicked in months if the wrong people get together.
    Read cyber Pearl Harbor above.
    Its do able.


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    Growing Pains For Al-Qaeda

    (Political Animal) GROWING PAINS FOR AL-QAEDA....Following up on recent reports suggesting that al-Qaeda, once a state-of-the-art user of the internet,

    al Qaeda has never been "State of the Art" some of their media productions were good. But they have never been state of the art more like What is left for us, can't use phones ( at one time ) so where can they go now, ...Internet...But recently even their media capability has been degraded by deaths and arrests.G

    is finding it difficult to adapt to the growth of interactive Web technology, the LA Times today summarizes the discontent that's growing in AQ's ranks:

    A litany of complaints target Osama bin Laden's network and its affiliates for their actions in Iraq and North Africa, emphasis on suicide bombings instead of political action and tepid support for, or outright antagonism toward, militant groups pressing the Palestinian cause.

    The criticism apparently has grown serious enough that Al Qaeda's chief strategist, Ayman Zawahiri, felt compelled to solicit online questions. He responded in an audio message released this month. For more than 90 minutes, Bin Laden's second-in-command tried to defuse the anger.

    ....Such rifts have been emerging for several years, but they have become increasingly contentious lately, in cyberspace and on the streets of some Arab countries. In addition to Zawahiri, Al Qaeda leaders, including Bin Laden himself, have gone on a public relations offensive. In October, Bin Laden asked followers for forgiveness for the deaths of civilians in Iraq.

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    Images Of Bombed Syrian Nuclear Reactor Released.

    Images Of Bombed Syrian Nuclear Reactor Released.


    UN Probes US Syria Reactor Claim.

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    Thursday, April 24, 2008

    Taliban BAIT

    Estes Turbo Thruster,

    Looks like a toy, it is, and could carry a lipstick vid cam, range 500 to 700 feet.
    Would be great tool to draw fire, flying low over tree line, above hills, locate enemy.
    $40 each.

    Video soon.

    Went to a party last week end on a farm.
    Great time and there were a group of 20 + yr olds
    that had a remote batt. powered Jet.
    ( 20 min.recharge time )
    The Plane had large intake vents on both sides,
    a large propeller in the middle of the plane, inside and smaller
    exhaust vent, hense the ID of jet.
    It flew for 10 or 15 min, at 40 to 75 feet,
    they could fly higher but didn't.

    They flew it out 500 to 700 feet away over tree lines
    and over fence rows. ( It could fly further )

    This wasn' the fly and crash toys of my
    childhood but hand thrown
    And they flew it for 25 or 30 huge ovals or fig.eights.
    And were able tocontrol it to the extent they could fly
    it 5 feet over my head, no crashes.

    They had this plane for four days.
    And trained themselves on it from written instructions.

    Controls consisted of two buttons, right and left,
    and power, more less, to control height.

    It is a remarkable piece of aviation engineering at $40 sorry

    They did hve some crashes in the begining and repaired it
    with tape, it had been at one time in a dozen Styrofoam pieces
    after a crash, and they just taped it back together and it flew.

    This technology is off the shelf at Wal marts and cost $30

    Now I know the military would be more comfortable
    paying $10,000 each.

    But the technology is there for every combat squad
    In the world to have several drones with lipstick cameras
    to hunt Taliban in wood rows.

    Now it is susceptible to shotgun fire.

    But at $30 a pop and being recyclable.
    Thats a cheap price for tatget acquisition $30.
    It flys low enough to know exactly where the fire
    is coming from.
    These are cheap enough to be used as bait, to draw fire
    and find targets.

    The Plane is about 24 inches wide and 24 inches long.

    A company could have 16 of these flying perimeters and FOP.

    Each squad could carry 3 or more and have eyes in it sky
    anytime they want, any where for squad level force protection.


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    Reaching our demographic.
    Getting the word out.




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    Taliban Peace, or Faint?

    Location of Dera Ismail Khan District (highlighted in red) within the North West Frontier Province of Pakistan.Image via WikipediaTaliban Peace, or Faint?

    Mehsud orders Taliban not to attack Pak forces

    * Ghani confirms talks underway with Mehsud

    LAHORE: Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Baitullah Mehsud has ordered his militants not to attack Pakistani security forces henceforth and warned that anyone violating his orders would be punished publicly, Geo News reported on Wednesday.

    According to the channel, Mehsud's announcement, advertised in distributed pamphlets, directed the Taliban to stop offensives in Waziristan, Tank, Gomal and Dera Ismail Khan.

    The pamphlets read that the Taliban should stop provocative activities against the government in an effort to bring peace.

    "Those failing to abide by the orders will be hanged upside down in bazaars," the statement warned.

    Ghani: NWFP Governor Owais Ghani on Wednesday confirmed talks were underway with Mehsud.

    "We are moving on all fronts and making progress," the governor told Daily Times, responding to a question on whether the government was also negotiating a peace agreement with Baitullah Mehsud, the prime suspect in the murder of Pakistan People's Party chairwoman Benazir Bhutto. NWFP Chief Minister Ameer Haider Hoti said he was receiving "satisfactory feedback" from Malakand region after the freeing of Maulana Sufi Muhammad. It was a milestone towards eradicating violence and terrorism, he said while talking to reporters on Wednesday. daily times monitor


    Pakistan is negotiating a new peace agreement with Baitullah Mehsud

    Draft peace agreement is similar to 2006 Waziristan Accord

    The latest peace agreement reads much like the failed 2006 Waziristan Accord, an agreement hailed as the solution to militancy in Pakistan’s tribal areas. The 2006 South Waziristan Accord required the Taliban to eject foreign terrorists and deny them sanctuary and to halt attacks against the government and military. The Taliban were also prevented from establishing a parallel government.

    But the Taliban established the Islamic Emirate of Waziristan and subsequently violated each of the Accord’s conditions. The Taliban immediately began assassinating their rivals under the guise of calling them "US spies." The Taliban established a parallel government complete with sharia courts, taxation, recruiting offices, and its own police forces. The Taliban attacked government forces and captured entire units. Within one year, the Taliban and the government were fighting pitched battles.

    The Taliban expanded its power base into Tank and Dera Ismail Khan and threatened Peshawar. Al Qaeda remained in the region and built 29 training cams in North and South Waziristan. Numerous terror plots against the West were traced back to camps in Waziristan.

    A summary of the draft peace agreement, according to Dawn

    • The Taliban will expel "foreign militants" within one month

    • The Taliban will ensure that terrorist activities will not occur inside Pakistan

    • The Taliban will not allow their lands to be used for anti-state activities

    • The Taliban will not target the government or security forces

    • The Taliban will not damage equipment or property belonging to the government and the military

    • The Taliban will not kidnap military or government officials

    • The Taliban will not attack foreign or local workers participating in aid projects

    • The Frontier Corps will maintain access to roadways

    • The Taliban will not create a shadow government or institutions

    • The Taliban will not interfere with development and humanitarian projects

    • The political administration will verify any violations of the agreement

    • Problems will be resolved through the local political administration

    • The government maintains the right to act if the agreement is violated

    • Both sides will exchange hostages and prisoners after the agreement is signed

    • The Pakistani Army will be withdrawn from the region.
    See The Fall of Northwestern Pakistan: An Online History for more information on the rise of al Qaeda and the Taliban in Pakistan and the peace agreements signed between the government and the Taliban.



    Isn't there a definition of insanity ; something about doing the same thing over and over
    expecting a different outcome, as a symptom of insanity?
    The new Paki Government hasn't felt enough pain yet to see they must negotiate from a position of POWER, Taliban will just play them for Suckers, building their infrastructure
    and recruiting, watch they will demand and get a huge amount of UDS, for some BS.

    Proof: "The Taliban will expel "foreign militants" within one month"

    Prima facia evidence the Taliban does NOT intend to abide by this agreement.
    It also presents a time line for their renewed attacks, ONE MONTH.
    They will just hide the Foreign Militants, out of site, al Qaeda will not allow
    Foreign Militants to be expeled, they would loose control.

    What would indicate they are serious, battles between the Taliban and al Qudea.
    The Taliban are not to that point yet.
    They ae moving in that direction, refusing orders from Omar in Afghan .
    Taliban still have not figured out that the FOX has convinced the dogs to'
    die for them.
    Taliban are still in an re-education, self education phase regarding al Qaeda.

    Short term the Taliban will go on the offensive in about a month, till the new Government feels enough pain and humiliation and deaths, then they will attack the Taliban in earnest, and everything will again be in the same position as last year, under the old Government.
    More suicide bombers, more Paki Military leaders dead, and more civil unrest.

    When the Taliban are near surrender, and fighting al Qaeda: then one can negotiate with them.
    But the EXPECTATION MUST BE they will not stick to any agreement.

    Question is what the Government will do during the truce to improve security.





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    Tuesday, April 22, 2008

    Taliban UPdate

    Taliban in Herat.Image via Wikipedia
    Pakistan Dawn
    , Pakistan
    - Apr 21, 2008
    - 11 hours ago
    ... April 21: An accountability court on Monday ordered confiscation of movable and immovable property of Taliban commander Baitullah Mehsud and his four ...

    The Post
    , Pakistan
    - Apr 20, 2008
    - Apr 20, 2008
    Meanwhile, Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Amir Baitullah Mehsud has warned government against initiation of fresh attacks on security forces and government ...

    Pakistan Dawn
    , Pakistan
    - Apr 20, 2008
    - Apr 20, 2008
    By Our Correspondent TANK, April 19: Supporters of militant commander Baitullah Mehsud publicly executed on Saturday three people, including an Afghan ...



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    Taliban suckers Paki Gov.

    Taliban have become the FAT CAT in Paki.

    Pakistan Taliban vows to fight on

    Pakistani Taliban welcome release of militant chief: spokesman - AFP

    Pakistan frees head of terrorist organisation

    Paki just doesn't learn. They keep turning them loose.G

    Pakistan Releases over 2,500 Taliban, al Qaeda

    Pakistan follows the truce to the letter and releases thousands of Taliban and al Qaeda members captured since 2001


    Maulana Sufi Mohammad, head of the Tehrik-e-Nifaz-e- Shariat-e-Mohammed, freed from Pakistani prison.

    The Pakistani government is living up to its commitments on the "Waziristan Accord," and has emptied the prisons of Taliban and al Qaeda who have been captured since the fall of 2001. The "Waziristan Accord" calls for the Pakistani government to "release prisoners held in military action and would not arrest them again," and that is exactly what is happening.

    The Daily Telegraph discloses that Pakistan has released over 2,500 Taliban and al Qaeda, although an American military intelligence source estimates the number is higher. The Pakistani military has in the past put the number of al Qaeda and Taliban captured at around 500-700.

    The Daily Telegraph then tracks down some of those released. The resultant interviews give the impression those released were somehow incorrectly identified as jihadis. A "young Tajik who entered Pakistan last year to study... at a madrassa in Peshawar... was shot in the side by Pakistani police as he tried to escape when the madrassa was raided." A "37-year-old Algerian... worked in the honey business when he was arrested last year." Al-Qaeda was deeply involved in the "honey business" and use this and other industries to mask their terror financing. A "Bangladeshi who has an American degree in engineering, admitted helping the Taliban against US-led forces in Afghanistan five years ago" was released to the al-Khidmat Foundation. The Daily Telegraph fails to recognize the al-Khidmat Foundation is in fact the Makhtab al-Khidmat, or the MAK, which was founded by Abdullah Azzam and Osama bin Laden in the 1980s and was used to funnel men and material into Afghanistan. The MAK is on the U.S. Department of State Terrorist Exclusion List.

    But beyond the three low level operatives interviewed are a host of senior and mid level al Qaeda and Taliban operatives. A sample of those released included the following individuals, including the killers of journalist Daniel Pearl:

    Ghulam Mustafa: "He was once close to Osama bin Laden, has intimate knowledge of al Qaeda's logistics and financing and its nexus with the military in Pakistan."

    Maulana Sufi Mohammad: "Maulana Sufi Mohammad was Faqir Mohammed's first jihadi mentor who introduced him to militancy in Afghanistan in 1993. Sufi Mohammad was one of the active leaders of Jamat-e-Islami (JI) in the 1980s. He was the principal of the JI madrassa in Tamaergra, a town in the northwestern part of NWFP. He was an instinctive hardliner and in due course developed differences with JI and left them in 1992 to form Tehrik-e-Nifaz-e-Shariat-e-Mohammed [TNSM]." Sufi Mohammad organized Pakistanis to fight jihad in Afghanistan and along with the TNSM fought in Kunduz November of 2001.

    Mohammad Khaled: A brigade leader who led the Taliban in against U.S. forces in Afghanistan. ""It is a difficult time for Islam and Muslims. We are in a test. Everybody should be ready to pass the test - and to sacrifice our lives," said Mohammad Khaled.

    Fazl-e-Raziq: A senior aide to Osama bin Laden, and "an ethnic Pakhtoon resident of Swabi district of the North West Frontier Province."

    Khairullah Kherkhawa: The former Taliban governor of Herat.

    Khalid Khawaja: "Khalid Khawaja is a retired squadron leader of the Pakistan Air Force who was an official in Pakistan’s intelligence agency, the ISI, in the mid 1980s. After he wrote a critical letter to General Zia ul-Haq, who ruled Pakistan from 1977 till 1988, in which he labeled Zia as hypocrite, he was removed from the ISI and forced to retire from the airforce. He then went straight to Afghanistan in 1987 and fought against the Soviets along side with Osama Bin Laden, developing a relationship of firm friendship and trust. Khalid Khawaja’s name resurfaced when US reporter Daniel Pearl was abducted and subsequently killed. Pearl had come to Pakistan and met Khalid Khawaja in order to investigate the jihadi network of revered sufi, Syed Mubarak Ali Gailani."

    Mansour Hasnain: A member of the group that kidnapped and murdered Danny Pearl. He also was "a militant of the Harkat-al-Mujahedin group, is one of those who hijacked an Indian Airlines jet in December 1999 and forced New Delhi to release three militants -- including Omar and Azhar."

    Mohammad Hashim Qadeer: "Suspected of being one of [Daniel] Pearl’s actual killers, was arrested in August 2005 and has notable al-Qaida links" and "ties with the banned extremist groups Harkat-ul-Mujahedeen and Jaish-e-Muhammad."

    Mohammad Bashir: Another Pakistani complicit in the murder of Daniel Pearl.

    Aamni Ahmad, Hala Ahmad and Nooran Abdu: Facilitators/couriers, and wives of al Qaeda members. "Pakistani authorities arrested 23 Arabs, including two children, suspected of links to Osama bin Laden, officials said Wednesday. All of them sneaked into the country from Afghanistan in recent weeks. The suspects include three women, identified as Aamni Ahmad, Hala Ahmad and Nooran Abdu, who are believed to be relatives of bin Laden. An interior ministry official who spoke on condition of anonymity said the arrests were made in Pakistan's southwestern Baluchistan province, which borders Afghanistan."

    Gul Ahmed Shami & Hamid Noor: Al-Qaeda foot soldiers who fought in Afghanistan. "I want to be the next Osama bin Laden," said Shami in 2001. "Allah is with us. The Americans have technology but they don't have the courage to face death, which we do. I will be there until my death if need be. I know I probably won't come back," said Hamid.

    These “miscreants” and “foreigners” are said to be streaming back to al Qaeda's new safe haven of the Islamic Emirate of Waziristan, and reconstituting al Qaeda's organization.

    As the Pakistani government lives up to their end of the “Waziristan Accord,” the Taliban and al Qaeda have broken it repeatedly. Anti-Taliban clerics and tribal leaders have been shot and beheaded in Waziristan. A government official was also kidnapped in Waziristan, and a reporter was murdered in Dera Ismail Khan. The Taliban flaunts the terms of the truce and expends into neighboring agencies, and the Pakistani government continues to look the other way.



    Tuesday, April 22, 2008

    Govt won't be blackmailed by militants, says Gillani

    * 'Parliament will strip Musharraf of his power to dissolve govt'

    Daily Times Monitor

    LAHORE: The government will neither be "blackmailed" by militants nor will it listen to their "unrealistic" demands, Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gillani has said. "We won't listen to their demands that are totally unrealistic. If they want us to hand over [jailed] terrorists as a [precondition] for talks, that will not happen," Gillani said in an interview with Newsweek, published on its website on Monday. Gillani said there would be no talks with militants "until our preconditions are met". "They should [put down] their arms first. Not only [Baitullah] Mehsud but also other [armed] tribes who are not militants," he added. He also ruled out any unilateral US military strikes into Pakistan, saying that they [the United States] have to have prior permission. Power: The premier also hinted that parliament would strip President Pervez Musharraf of his power to dissolve the government and would soon restore the judges sacked by Musharraf last year. "The 1973 Constitution of Pakistan is the only document that is acceptable to the people of Pakistan … amendments [which gave Musharraf extraordinary powers to dismiss the government] were made afterward. So we don't accept these amendments. We believe in balance of power between the parliament and the president," he said. Gillani said the resolution to restore the sacked judges "maybe" tabled in parliament this week. He said his priority would be to try to establish law and order in the country. "My priority would be to control the law-and-order situation in the country, so we have to discourage this extremism and terrorism," Gillani said. He said Pakistan wanted a three-pronged strategy to combat terrorism – improving people's well-being and giving them employment, overhauling the education system [without the] old madrassas, where the students are being groomed for the Taliban, and improving health and communication facilities. Gillani said he was confident he could work with Chief of Army Staff Gen Ashfaq Kayani, whom he praised as a good, highly professional soldier.




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    Al-Zawahiri also denied a conspiracy theory

    Map of Iranian Dynasties around 1000ADImage via Wikipedia

    Al-Zawahiri also denied a conspiracy theory that Israel carried out the September 11, 2001, attacks on the U.S., and he blamed Iran and Shiite Hezbollah for spreading the idea to discredit the Sunni al Qaeda's achievement.

    Al-Zawahiri accused Hezbollah's al-Manar television of starting the rumor.

    "The purpose of this lie is clear -- (to suggest) that there are no heroes among the Sunnis who can hurt America as no else did in history. Iranian media snapped up this lie and repeated it," he said.

    "Iran's aim here is also clear -- to cover up its involvement with America in invading the homes of Muslims in Afghanistan and Iraq," he added.

    Iran cooperated with the United States in the 2001 U.S. assault on Afghanistan that toppled the Taliban, an al Qaeda ally.

    The comments reflected al-Zawahiri's increasing criticism of Iran, which al-Zawahiri has accused in recent messages of seeking to extend its power in the Middle East, particularly in Iraq and through its Hezbollah allies in Lebanon. Until recent months, he had not often mentioned the Islamic republic.

    Al Qaeda has previously claimed responsibility for the 9/11 attacks



    Over the past year, Zawahiri and other senior al-Qa'ida figures have been
    waging a vigorous propaganda campaign against the Palestinian organization
    HAMAS. Although Jihadists unanimously denounce Israel they continue to
    disagree over whether HAMAS should be considered a legitimate Islamic
    movement. For Zawahiri, HAMAS' embrace of nationalism, democracy, and its
    legacy in the Muslim Brotherhood--arguably the three things al-Qa'ida hates
    most--delegitimizes the group.



    Even al Qaeda sees the Enemy.
    al Qaeda is impotent in dealing with this superior force in Iran, Qods spanks al Qaeda again and again. Qods continue to trick and deceive al Qaeda with Black operations .



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    Paki Student Unions?

    This was recently forwarded to me by friends in Pakistan. G

    Restoration of Students’ Unions

    Before discussing the Students’ Unions in Educational Institutions, I would like to ask all the Political Parties to conduct Elections through secret ballots in their own parties from the village level to that of the country. Then pick those elected persons for the nomination to the Union, Town, Tehsil, District, Provincial and National levels posts. A person who is elected person of a Political Party in a village should be a candidate for the post of a Nazim in the local Government elections.

    A person who wishes to be a candidate for the post of MPA or MNA should have come through the election inside the party in the related Constituency of MPA or MNA. The nominated person of a party should be the elected person of that party which is not the case at present. People in the party like one person and the party high ups impose on them another person which results in the defeat of that person at the hands of his own political workers and thus bring disgrace to the party. No electoral colleges be constituted which has resulted the present problems both in the elections and in the Legislations.

    Political parties should undertake the responsibility of educating and training their workers and stake-holders in the habit of governance. For each tier of the system of the Government, the nominated persons should have knowledge and skill for avoiding unnecessary dependence on the permanent Government officials. When the political parties engage the young but talented and qualified person in the political affairs, it will provide the nation with a farsighted dynamic leadership to the country and to the young generation an opportunity for the use of their talent and energy. I put the responsibility of raising the youths to the various assemblies and giving them key posts for service on the political parties. At present, the parties have left the job of elections to those persons who have huge wealth instead of bright brains.

    The role of the political parties should be active with young generation after their reception of Degrees from the Colleges and Universities, not before.

    I shall narrate a story from my village. Once, a man belonging to the Khudai Khitmatgar movement of Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan, stood in the Mosque on the day of “Eid-ul-Azha” and started to deliver a political speech before those who had gathered for Eid Congregational Prayer. His own son, who is still alive and is a well-known intellectual, requested his father to stop the speech and let the people to perform their prayer and asked his father to gather the people on another day for delivering to them a speech. The people had many jobs to perform after the prayer.

    The above incident of my village which my elders had told me many years ago came to my mind at the time when I heard the Prime Minister announcing restoration of Students’ Unions in the Educational Institutions.

    People send their children to the Educational Institutions for learning and spend huge amounts of money for that purpose the institution stands for.

    I want the Prime Minister’s sympathy with the students when they come out of the Educational Institutions with big Degrees in their hands wandering in search of employment for sustaining not only their lives but also for their enfeebled and tired parents who had sent their children to the Educational Institutions with the hope that their children would fulfil their desires of acquiring fruitful knowledge and would be appointed on the posts according to their acquired Degrees.

    Let the vast majority of parents and students should decide whether they wish to revive those conditions which prevailed some 40 years ago in the Educational Institutions of the Country?

    Acquisition of knowledge should be the priority number one of the student. Political activities should have tertiary status for a student especially like one reading in the Medical College or Engineering College etc.

    At least 6 years of his life at college and University should pass in complete isolation and complete devotion to the cause for which he gets admission in the institution.

    Those who want to play the game of democracy should be absolutely free from every restraint but outside the Educational Institutions.

    They should motivate qualified persons to join their folds. They should nominate these qualified youngsters to the posts from the Union Councils up to the National Assembly and even the Ministers, Chief Ministers, Prime Minister and President.

    The nomination of a Candidate for any post should not be subservient to the will of one person or a few persons in the Political Party but the majority of a party should decide the suitability of a Candidate through periodical elections inside the party.

    At present, every political party considers a voter just a tool for bringing their wealthy leaders into power and once they get power then they discuss such matters which are not the matters of the majority of the people of Pakistan like discussing restoration of Judges instead of finding ways and means for providing Atta to the starving people or to provide them Atta on cheap prices, attendance on graves instead of considering measures for the minimization of Energy crisis and restoration of students’ unions instead of finding jobs for the hordes of highly qualified jobless persons. Pakistan Television Peshawar Studio had telecasted some years ago a Pashuto drama serial written by Mr. Noorul Bashar Naveed named “Awaz” which had beautifully, honestly, skilfully and patriotically portrayed the situations in the University Campuses when such Campuses are intervened by such politicians who have no other goal except to increase their power and grandeur at the cost of sacrificing the innocent young generation in the guise of giving them their rights.

    The PTV has recently re-telecasted its first episode after the announcement of the Prime Minister’s for the revival of the Students’ Unions. The serial is worthy to be watched in light of the P.M’s announcement.


    Manzoor Ahmad

    B.Sc; L.L.B (Pesh) M.A. Political Science.

    Dated: Wednesday, 16 April 2008.

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    Al-Qaida's internal chaos unveiled
    Memo shows network beset by numerous feuds

    LONDON — Mohammed Atef was furious.

    The al-Qaida leader had learned that a subordinate had broken the rules repeatedly. So he did his duty as the feared military chief of a global terror network: He fired off a nasty memo.

    In two pages mixing flowery religious terms with itemized complaints, the Egyptian boss accused the militant of misappropriating cash, a car, sick leave, research papers and an air conditioner during "an austerity situation" for the network. He demanded a detailed letter of explanation.

    "I was very upset by what you did," Atef wrote. "I obtained 75,000 rupees for you and your family's trip to Egypt. I learned that you did not submit the voucher to the accountant, and that you made reservations for 40,000 rupees and kept the remainder claiming you have a right to do so. ... Also with respect to the air conditioning unit ... furniture used by brothers in al-Qaida is not considered private property. ... I would like to remind you and myself of the punishment for any violation."

    The memo by Atef, who later died in the U.S.-led assault on Osama bin Laden's Afghan refuge in 2001, is among recently declassified documents that reveal a little-known side of the network. Although al-Qaida has endured because of a loose and flexible structure, its internal culture nonetheless has been surprisingly bureaucratic and fractious, investigators and experts say.


    The documents were captured in Afghanistan and Iraq and date from the early 1990s to the present. They depict an organization obsessed with paperwork and penny-pinching and afflicted with a propensity for feuds.

    "The picture of internal strife that emerges from the documents highlights not only al-Qaida's past failures but also — and more importantly — it offers insight into its present weaknesses," concludes a study of the documents issued in September by the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point. "Al-Qaida today is beset by challenges that surfaced in leadership disputes at the beginning of the organization's history."

    In the years after 2001, anti-terror officials worked to understand a foe that defied a Western mind-set. In contrast to state-sponsored extremist groups, al-Qaida was a decentralized alliance of networks. Recruits in Afghanistan had access to bin Laden and other bosses. Operatives were often given great autonomy.

    Grousing, nagging

    But the egalitarian veneer coexisted with the bureaucratic mentality of the chiefs, mostly Egyptians with experience in the military and highly structured extremist groups.

    "They may have imposed the blindingly obdurate nature of Egyptian bureaucracy," said a senior British anti-terror official who asked to remain anonymous for security reasons. "You see that in the retirement packages they offered, the lists of members in Iraq, the insecure attitude about their membership, the rifts among leaders and factions."

    Like newly arrived fighters in Iraq today, recruits in the 1990s filled out applications that were kept in meticulous rosters.

    The shaggy, battle-scarred holy warriors of Afghanistan were micromanagers.

    They documented logistical details — one memo accounts for a mislaid Kalashnikov rifle and 125 rounds of ammunition. They groused and nagged about money.

    In a letter from the late 1990s, a militant wished Atef "Peace and God's mercy and blessings" and "praise to the Lord and salvation to his prophet."

    Then he got down to business: "I have not received my salary in three months and I am six months behind in paying my rent. ... You also told me to remind you, and this is a reminder."

    Mustafa Ahmed Al Yahzid, an Egyptian trained as an accountant, ran the network's finance committee between 1995 and 2007, said Rohan Gunaratna, author of Inside Al Qaeda.

    "He is known as being a very stringent administrator, who keeps tight control of al-Qaida's finances," Gunaratna said.

    Chaotic commander

    Committees and titles proliferated. And for years, schisms pitted bin Laden's inner circle against factions who saw him as a chaotic commander prone to military miscalculation.

    They also faulted him and his deputies for disdain toward non-Arabs, a persistent flash point of conflict, according to the West Point study.

    Dissent was loud. Two influential Syrians scolded bin Laden "like a disobedient child" in an e-mail in 1999, the study says. They urged him to end tensions with Mullah Omar, the Taliban chief.

    "I think our brother (bin Laden) has caught the disease of screens, flashes, fans and applause," the Syrians wrote. "You should apologize for any inconvenience or pressure you have caused."

    The documents also suggest a vexing struggle to retain operational control in recent years.

    Iraq is the best example. The rise of al-Qaida in Iraq under Abu Musab al-Zarqawi attracted new fighters and funds. But the fiery Jordanian had kept his distance even when he ran his own Afghan training camp.

    As he gained the spotlight in Iraq, he feuded with the core leadership in Pakistan, who worried that his onslaught of bombings and beheadings would backfire.

    Weakened al-Qaida

    Their efforts to rein in al-Zarqawi are documented by a letter from a Libyan chief known only as Atiyah. U.S. troops found the 13-page letter in the safe house where an airstrike killed al-Zarqawi in 2006.

    Atiyah sounds like a sage veteran alternately chiding and praising a rookie hothead as he urges al-Zarqawi to mend fences with bin Laden and refrain from indiscriminate violence.

    "My dear brother, today you are a man of the public," Atiyah wrote from Pakistan on July 9, 2005. "Your actions, decisions and behavior result in gains and losses that are not yours alone, but rather they are for Islam."

    As predicted, al-Zarqawi's rampage had weakened al-Qaida in Iraq by the time he died. In the aftermath, the leadership in Pakistan lost a chief who was captured en route to Iraq on a mission to take charge there.

    Atiyah's advice describing the fall of Algerian Islamic movements a decade ago remains relevant, experts said.

    "They destroyed themselves with their own hands," Atiyah wrote to al-Zarqawi. "Their enemy did not defeat them, but rather they defeated themselves."


    Widows of men killed by Qaeda tell horror stories
    Published: Saturday, 19 April, 2008, 08:54 AM Doha Time

    Widows walk home after receiving food parcels from the Iraqi Red Crescent in Adwaniyah yesterday
    ADWANIYAH, Iraq: They arrived one by one to take a seat beneath the palms, all dressed in black and grieving, all fighting poverty, all with the same story to tell: “Al Qaeda killed my husband.” By the time all had arrived, about 100 widows were seated on white plastic chairs on the grounds of the town council headquarters in Adwaniyah, about 25km south of Baghdad.
    Until about three months ago, these Sunni farmlands had been held in an extraordinarily vicious grip by Al Qaeda.
    Taking advantage of the Friday holiday, town councillor Zeytoon Hussein Murad had organised with the Iraqi Red Crescent to deliver food parcels to tide the women and their families over.
    “We want to help you as much as we can,” Murad, dressed in long green flowing dress with light brown headscarf, told the women, some young, some old, some holding toddlers on their laps.
    “This is a start. We will do more. We want you to know that you are part of our family and we will take care of you,” said the 55-year-old councillor.
    One elderly woman got to her feet and thanked Murad over and over. “You are sent by God to help us, we thank you, we thank God,” she said.
    The women all had horror stories to tell.
    “Al Qaeda kidnapped my husband. He was a policeman,” said Sanaa Noori, 30, from beneath her black veil.
    “We were having dinner in our home on November 6, 2006. They arrived armed and wearing masks. They kicked down the doors. They went straight for my husband, Abed. They demanded his weapon, his uniform and his car. They took him away. My children couldn’t stop crying,” said Noori.
    “The next day we found his body in a palm grove.”
    She is surviving on her husband’s pension but it is not enough to meet the needs of her three children aged four, seven and 10.
    “My children still cry for their father. Al Qaeda did a terrible thing to us.”
    Rabab Husin Rashed, 32, lost her husband about a year ago, when their third child was just one month old.
    “We were outside in the garden when two cars pulled up. One car had four men inside, the other one five. They were all wearing masks. They were all carrying weapons,” she said.
    “They ordered my husband into the car and they drove away. The next day we found my husband’s body outside in the street. They had cut his head off.”
    Her husband, Saed Abud Kiefa, had been a farm labourer and she had stayed at home looking after the three small children, now aged one, five and six.
    “I have now had to become a farm labourer to survive,” said Rashed, in her 30s but looking 10 years older. “My sister looks after my children when I go to work in the fields.”
    The violence in November and December last year was so intense that most of the 2,000 population fled the area.
    Murad was loath to leave.
    “I went away for exactly one day but came back again,” the mother of five children said. “I believed those who stayed behind needed me — especially the women and children — so I returned immediately.”
    The jihadists were finally pushed out in about February after their three-year rampage of terror when US “surge” troops arrived and used their superior firepower—including aerial bombings to put them to flight.
    As soon as the area had been secured and the last of the jihadists had fled, Murad set about trying to persuade people to return. “About 95% have now come back,” she said.
    She quickly set about doing a survey.
    “More than 100 women lost their husbands. At least 350 children lost their fathers or their mothers. About 50 children lost both parents and are orphans, staying with elderly grandparents.”
    Her aim is to use vacant land in the area to start a communal farm where the widows can work to help their families survive, and to build an orphanage so children don’t end up on the streets. - AFP



    Military issues al-Qaeda bomb warning

    From correspondents in Iraq

    April 21, 2008 02:41am

    Article from: Reuters

    A GROUP of al-Qaeda bombers have slipped into Baghdad to carry out a wave of car bombs and suicide attacks, the US military said.

    The unusual warning came after a spate of deadly bombings this week struck areas in northern Iraq, where al-Qaeda Sunni Arab militants are known to be active.

    "Information collected by coalition forces states that numerous AQI (al-Qaeda in Iraq) terrorists have entered the Baghdad area with the purpose of carrying out vehicle-borne improvised-explosive devices or suicide vest attacks in the Karkh district of central Baghdad," the US military said in a statement.

    The statement said the public should be vigilant and warned specifically of intelligence that a stolen ambulance could be used as a car bomb.

    More than 100 people were killed in bomb attacks in northern Iraq this week.




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    al Qaeda recruiting sociopath, psychopaths

    Al-Qaeda offers 'head of American' as gift to Bush:
    20 April 2008 | 05:02 | FOCUS News Agency
    Dubai. A leader of Al-Qaeda in Iraq has announced a one-month campaign in which the group will "offer the head of an American" as a gift to US President George W. Bush, according to an audiotape made public on Saturday, AFP reported.
    Abu Hamza al-Muhajir, better known as Abu Ayyub al-Masri, made the announcement in a speech entitled, "The Paths to Victory," monitored by the SITE Intelligence Group.
    In the speech to Islamist forums, he said mujahedeen, or holy warriors, would "offer the head of an American as a gift to the deceitful Bush, in any manner (they) see fit."
    The campaign, to be called "Attack of Righteousness," was announced in "celebration" of Bush announcing that 4,000 Americans had died in the war in Iraq.
    Masri is regarded by US commanders as the real leader of Al-Qaeda in Iraq although the jihadist group constantly claims it is led by an Iraqi, Abu Omar al-Baghdadi.


    al Qaeda recruiting sociopath, psychopaths

    Imagine - if you can - not having a conscience, none at all, no feelings of guilt or remorse no matter what you do, no limiting sense of concern for the well-being of strangers, friends, or even family members. Imagine no struggles with shame, not a single one in your whole life, no matter what kind of selfish, lazy, harmful, or immoral action you had taken.

    And pretend that the concept of responsibility is unknown to you, except as a burden others seem to accept without question, like gullible fools.

    Now add to this strange fantasy the ability to conceal from other people that your psychological makeup is radically different from theirs. Since everyone simply assumes that conscience is universal among human beings, hiding the fact that you are conscience-free is nearly effortless.

    You are not held back from any of your desires by guilt or shame, and you are never confronted by others for your cold-bloodedness. The ice water in your veins is so bizarre, so completely outside of their personal experience, that they seldom even guess at your condition.

    In other words, you are completely free of internal restraints, and your unhampered liberty to do just as you please, with no pangs of conscience, is conveniently invisible to the world.

    You can do anything at all, and still your strange advantage over the majority of people, who are kept in line by their consciences will most likely remain undiscovered.

    How will you live your life?

    What will you do with your huge and secret advantage, and with the corresponding handicap of other people (conscience)?

    The answer will depend largely on just what your desires happen to be, because people are not all the same. Even the profoundly unscrupulous are not all the same. Some people - whether they have a conscience or not - favor the ease of inertia, while others are filled with dreams and wild ambitions. Some human beings are brilliant and talented, some are dull-witted, and most, conscience or not, are somewhere in between. There are violent people and nonviolent ones, individuals who are motivated by blood lust and those who have no such appetites. [...]

    Provided you are not forcibly stopped, you can do anything at all.

    If you are born at the right time, with some access to family fortune, and you have a special talent for whipping up other people's hatred and sense of deprivation, you can arrange to kill large numbers of unsuspecting people. With enough money, you can accomplish this from far away, and you can sit back safely and watch in satisfaction. [...]

    Crazy and frightening - and real, in about 4 percent of the population....


    al Qaeda has recruited women, children, retarded mentally handicapped, even tricked
    the people into suicide bombing. Now they are recruiting sociopaths, psychopaths to perform inhuman acts in the name of Allah.

    Those who believe, fight in the Cause of Allâh, and those who disbelieve, fight in the cause of the (false moujadeem), Tâghût (Satan). So fight you against the friends of Shaitân (Satan). Ever feeble indeed is the plot of Shaitân (Satan the false Moujahedeen ). ] al-Nissa:76.

    Allah said : (Allah has promised, to those among you who believe and work righteous deeds, that He will, of a surety, grant them in the land, inheritance (of power), as He granted it to those before them; that He will establish in authority their religion -the one which He has chosen for them; and that He will change (their state), after the fear in which they (lived), to one of security and peace: 'They will worship Me (alone) and not associate aught with Me. 'If any do reject Faith after this, they are rebellious and wicked.) 55,AlNOOR.

    Allah said: "The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger, and strive with might and main for mischief through the land is: execution, or crucifixion, or the cutting off of hands and feet from opposite sides, or exile from the land: that is their disgrace in this world, and a heavy punishment is theirs in the Hereafter." 33:Al-Maeda .



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