Islamic State and Pakistan Connections

Can Daish flourish in Pakistan?
Or does Pakistan just doesn’t offer the public sympathy it needs?

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), also widely known as Daish, is finally in Pakistan. Can it strike roots here and undertake the type of activities it is conducting in Iraq and Syria? What has led a group of TTP commanders to renounce Fazlullah and declare allegiance to Abu Bakar al-Baghdadi? Read more of this post

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Al-Baghdadi, the caliph, and Pakistan

Who will bell the cat?

The ISIS, which broke all records of brutality set by previous militant organisations, has decided to call the areas under its control the “Islamic State”. It has also anointed its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as caliph for the entire Muslim world. Once the Islamic State has stabilised itself in the swathes of the Syrian and Iraqi territory, it will seek the allegiance of all Muslim states, organisations and leaders for the new caliph. In the primitive days the custom was to send a messenger carrying the Holy Koran in one hand and a sword in the other and the ruler was asked to choose one of the two. In the modern world the same message can be sent even more effectively. The ISIS has been aptly described as a social media powerhouse. Read more of this post

Neue Taliban-Führung

Am 7. November wurde Maulana Fazlullah zum neuen Führer der pakistanischen Taliban-Organisation TTP bestimmt. Fazlullah ist einer der radikalsten Taliban-Kommandanten, deshalb ist zu hoffen, daß die Versuche der pakistanischen Regierung, Gespräche mit den Terroristen zu suchen, ergebnislos bleiben. Read more of this post

Profile: Moeed Abdul Salam

Moeed Abdul Salam, a little-known American terror propagandist, was killed in Pakistan during the course of a raid on his apartment by Pakistani troops less than two months after Anwar Al-Awlaki and Samir Khan were killed in a U.S. drone strike in Yemen. Al-Awlaki and Khan, both American citizens, sought to radicalize and recruit westerners online. Read more of this post

High-ranking Haqqani commander reported killed

ISLAMABAD — A top commander of the Haqqani network, a group responsible for numerous deadly attacks on Western and Afghan forces in Afghanistan, was killed in a U.S. drone strike in the North Waziristan region of Pakistan last week, according to Afghanistan’s main intelligence service. Read more of this post

Changing the Face of the War one high-value Target at a Time

WASHINGTON — The death of Osama bin Laden, the top name on the U.S. military’s high-value target list, dealt a serious blow to enemy fighters in Afghanistan, Pakistan and elsewhere. But it’s the systematic elimination of other names on that “capture or kill” list that many are now crediting with turning the region’s terrorists and insurgents into a younger, less experienced and less fanatical group. Read more of this post

U.S. Kills bin Laden in Intelligence-driven Operation

An intelligence-driven U.S. operation in Pakistan killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden yesterday, President Barack Obama announced in a nationally televised address from the White House late last night.
“Today, at my direction, the United States launched a targeted operation against that compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan,” Obama said. “A small team of Americans carried out the operation with extraordinary courage and capability.
“No Americans were harmed,” he continued. “They took care to avoid civilian casualties. After a firefight, they killed Osama bin Laden and took custody of his body.” Read more of this post