Even though Pakistan is one of the most cooperative of US allies in the War on Terror, it may house some of the most deadly terrorists still on the
loose. While Bin Laden is thought to be hiding out in Pakistan many other terrorist cell leaders may also be there. The country has vast and differing
landscapes and it is hard to track down and find would-be terrorists there.
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) - Vital information gleaned from the arrests of a senior al-Qaida terrorist and a militant computer expert highlights the
progress Pakistan is making in the fight against terrorism. But it also illustrates that this Islamic nation remains a refuge for Osama bin Laden's
group, where the most wanted men in the world can hide out for years.
``We know that al-Qaida is here. They have their sleeper cells in Pakistan, and we are trying to eliminate them,'' Interior Minister Faisal Saleh
Hayyat told The Associated Press.
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While the Bush administration keeps friendly ties with Pakistan, (one of the Pakistani officials was even in DC on the day of 9/11/2001) there is
still a lot of work to be done in the region. There were many reports from Afghanistan that convoys of men, some thought to be some of Bin Laden's
top aides or even Bin Laden himself, left the country over into Pakistan when the US invaded.
The Bush administration has made it clear that it will not support countries that harbor terrorists, and while Pakistan is trying to make strides it
still has problems. On diplomatic levels many Pakistanis are sympathetic to US causes, but many individual soldiers are willing to turn their heads
and let terrorists go.
The terror alert level being raised in recent days is even speculated to be because of information from a captured Pakistani.
The article from the Guardian says "Officials also are getting a wealth of information from a militant computer and communications expert arrested
in an earlier raid in July. The man would send messages using code words to al-Qaida suspects, a Pakistani intelligence official told the AP on
condition of anonymity."
A US counter-terrorism official said that Sunday's warning was mostly due to the information recovered from Pakistan's capture of an Al-Qaeda
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