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ISLAMABAD - Ten years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks on New York City's twin World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon and the subsequent "war on terror" launched by United Stated-led forces against al-Qaeda, the terrorist group continues to pose a serious threat to the world as it keeps surviving and thriving mainly on the Pakistan-Afghanistan tribal belt.
In these rugged areas it has established an effective jihadi network that increasingly exploits its Pakistani affiliates to carry on the global jihadi agenda of Osama bin Laden, despite his May 2 killing in a United States military raid in Abbottabad in Pakistan.
Since US president George W Bush's declaration of war against global terrorism in September 2001, the US and its allies claim to have killed or captured over 75% of senior al-Qaeda leaders, the latest being Younis al-Mauritania, suspected of directing attacks against the US and Europe, who was arrested on September 5, 2011, during a raid in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan province in Pakistan.
Yet, the frequency of terror attacks worldwide being attributed to the al-Qaeda network has increased, as compared to the pre-9/11 period
Pakistani terrorism experts believe that the current spate of high-intensity attacks, despite Bin Laden's death four months ago, make obvious that al-Qaeda's core elements are still resilient and that the outfit is cultivating stronger operational connections that radiate outward from hideouts in Pakistan to affiliates scattered throughout the Middle East, North Africa and Europe.
Therefore, as things stand, it appears that al-Qaeda not only remains in business in its traditional stronghold in the Waziristan tribal region on the largely lawless Pakistan-Afghanistan tribal belt border, it has also clearly advanced to the urban areas in all the four provinces of Pakistan.
A solid base Al-Qaeda, which means "The Base" in Arabic, was founded in 1988 by Bin Laden with the aim of overthrowing the US-dominated world order.
The general notion that al-Qaeda is getting stronger even after the decade-long "war on terror", can be gauged from the fact that Pakistan, despite being a key US ally during all those years, is undergoing a radical change, moving from the phase of Talibanization of its society to the Pakistanization of al-Qaeda.
Many of the key Pakistani jihadi organizations, which are both anti-American and anti-state, have already joined hands with al-Qaeda to let loose a reign of terror across Pakistan.
The Pakistani intelligence findings on the Mehran attack clearly demonstrate that al-Qaeda and the TTP have teamed up with the Punjabi Taliban in recent years to form a triangular syndicate of militancy,
The three organizations initially came together at the time the US invaded Afghanistan post-9/11,
The death of Bin Laden was unquestionably a major blow to al-Qaeda. Yet, terrorism experts say long before he was killed, al-Qaeda had adapted itself to survive and operate without him, ensuring that the threat his terror network posed lived well beyond his demise.
Therefore, a decade after the US unleashed its much-trumpeted "war on terror", and despite the death of Bin Laden, there is no reason to believe that the terrorist outfit he launched more than two decades ago is anywhere near defeat.
Originally posted by tom1701
You know, not enough pakastanissss are dead yet.....
Lets get a couple of the biggest nukes we got and drop'm now.....if there are none of those evil muslim morons left, then maybe we can stop this terrorism b.s......
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Two more shot dead in Karachi target killings
KARACHI: Two people, including former activist of banned outfit Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan, were shot dead in target killing incidents in different parts of the metropolis on Friday. A former activist of banned SSP was shot dead near Star Gate within the limits of Airport police station. The victim, Mohammad Nadeem, 40, son of Babu Khan, resident of Sector 4, Saudabad, was standing near the Macro Departmental Store near Star Gate when two armed men opened fire on him, resultantly he received two bullet injuries and died on the spot. The culprits fled after swift operation. Police said it was a target-killing incident. Separately, a bullet-riddled body of a man was found from Suparco Road, Mawach Goth in the limits of Maripur police station. The victim was later identified as 34-year-old Tariq, son of Abdul Rasheed, resident of Sector 10, Orangi Town. SHO Nasarullah said the victim’s hands and legs were tied with ropes and he had received two bullets, adding that unidentified culprits threw his body from a car and fled. staff report