Pakistan helping Taliban in Afghan strikes: NYT

Washington: The Taliban’s widening campaign in southern Afghanistan is made possible in part by direct support from operatives in Pakistan’s military intelligence agency, according to the New York Times.

This was so “despite Pakistani government promises to sever ties to militant groups fighting in Afghanistan, according to American government officials”, the influential US daily said.

The support consists of money, military supplies and strategic planning guidance to Islamic Taliban commanders who are gearing up to confront the international force in Afghanistan that will soon include some 17,000 American reinforcements.

Support for the Islamic terror group Taliban, as well as other Islamic militant groups, is coordinated by operatives inside the shadowy S Wing of Pakistan’s spy service, the Directorate for Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), the Times said citing unnamed officials.

There is even evidence that ISI operatives meet regularly with Islamic Taliban commanders to discuss whether to intensify or scale back violence before the Afghan elections, it said.

The Times said details of the ISI’s continuing ties to militant groups were described by a half-dozen American, Pakistani and other security officials during recent interviews in Washington and Islamabad.

The American officials were cited as saying proof of the ties between the Taliban and Pakistani spies came from electronic surveillance and trusted informants.

The Pakistani officials interviewed said they had firsthand knowledge of the connections, though they denied that the ties were strengthening the insurgency, the Times said.

American officials have complained for more than a year about the ISI’s support to groups like the Taliban.

“But the new details reveal that the Pakistani spy agency is aiding a broader array of militant networks with more diverse types of support than was previously known – even months after Pakistani officials said that the days of the ISI’ s playing a ‘double game’ had ended,” the Times said.

The Big question though remains why Obama administration is agreeing to give away more tax payers billions to a terrorist nation like Pakistan with out any strong strings, while people in America can’t even afford their own health care.

Class dismissed in Swat Valley

What Strict Islam or Sharia can do to the culture and education of a place is so evident from this video, very touching indeed. Class dismissed in Swat Valley Pakistan is a documentary profiling an 11-year-old Pakistani girl on the last day before the Taliban close down her school.  This is exactly what Hardcore Muslims with the support of Pakistani Army wanted to do in neighboring Kashmir valley, India. Indian Army has successfully been resisting this for the last 20 years. Europe and America should be aware of this; Sharia starts from small seemingly non harmful activity like a head scarf for girls and ladies to slowly transgress to extremes like this. Let us not take our democracies, which our fathers and forefathers gifted us, for granted and be complacent.

Italy: Muslims are the main terrorist threat

Rome, 10 March (AKI) – The Italian government investigated 216 terror threats against Italy last year, concluding that Islamist cells were the “primary threat to the public interest, both inside Italy and abroad,” according to a report released on Tuesday.

The extent of the terror threat was revealed in an anti-terrorism report presented to the department of information security.

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Al-Qaeda’s leadership “is still playing a central role” in international terrorism, the report said, adding that investigators were giving priority to probes of jihadist plots.

In Italy, Islamist terror cells were “fluid and scattered”, tending to coalesce around “charismatic individuals,” the report stated.

Prisons are an increasingly important jihadist recruiting ground, where convicted Islamist terrorists are indoctrinating young detainees, the report said.

It said the northern region of Lombardy is one of the main strongholds of Islamist radicalism, “where elements already known to the police are being joined by new recruits and gradually replaced.”

Another hotspot is the southern Campania region surrounding Naples. “Here, foreign extremists are finding synergies with North African counterfeiters,” said the report.

Other sensitive areas include the northern Piemonte, Veneto and Emilia-Romagna regions and the central Tuscany region, the report noted.

“The threat to Italy has become a rapidly changing and unpredictable one,” it said.

The report stressed the importance of the Internet to Islamist terrorists in Italy and elsewhere.

“The Internet has become a primary reference point and source of inspiration for so-called lone terrorists seeking to wage jihad,” the report said.

The “multinational” nature of jihadist cells and networks, the increasing number of “home-grown” militants, and the importance of the Internet for radicalizing, recruiting and training, characterize Islamist terrorism throughout Europe, the report concluded.

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