Wednesday, June 15, 2011

15-Jun-11: The war against the terrorists requires that you choose the side you support

Click to view the Council on Foreign
Relations Crisis Guide: Pakistan
And the Pakistanis, it's increasingly clear, have made their choices.
Pakistan Arrests C.I.A. Informants Who Aided Bin Laden Raid
New York Times - Tuesday 14th June 2011: Pakistan’s top military spy agency has arrested some of the Pakistani informants who fed information to the Central Intelligence Agency in the months leading up to the raid that led to the death of Osama bin Laden, according to American officials.
Pakistan’s detention of five C.I.A. informants, including a Pakistani Army major who officials said copied the license plates of cars visiting Bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, in the weeks before the raid, is the latest evidence of the fractured relationship between the United States and Pakistan. It comes at a time when the Obama administration is seeking Pakistan’s support in brokering an endgame in the war in neighboring Afghanistan.
The fate of the C.I.A. informants arrested in Pakistan is unclear, but American officials said that the C.I.A. director, Leon E. Panetta, raised the issue when he travelled to Islamabad last week to meet with Pakistani military and intelligence officers.
 Also from Pakistan today:
A lot learnt, a lot to learn about Pakistan and terror
Indian Express - Posted: Wed Jun 15 2011, 03:06 hrs:  Confessed American terrorist and Pakistani spy David Coleman Headley delivered explosive revelations about how [Pakistani] ISI officers funded, supported and directed the 2008 Mumbai attacks along with the Lashkar-e-Toiba. Because of his mix of front-line experience and high-level contacts, Headley’s testimony was a seminar in how terrorists communicate in code, do surveillance on targets and assemble plots while spies oversee the operations from the shadows like puppeteers. The case also showed how a growing number of serving and former Pakistani military officers have put their lethal talents at the service of Lashkar, al-Qaeda and other groups.
ISI stands for the Directorate for Inter-Services Intelligence, more commonly known as Inter-Services Intelligence. It's Pakistan's premier intelligence agency. David Headley is actually Daood Sayed Gilani, a Pakistani American from Chicago who was among the planners of the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks (in which the Jewish Chabad House was a principal target) and other terrorist activity. Wikipedia says he changed his Islamic name to a Christian name to hide his Pakistani-Muslim identity to make travel to India easier. 
To learn more, there's useful - and deeply worrying - background on Pakistan's terrorist connections at the website of the Council on Foreign Relations

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