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The Guardian on Rashid Rauf

Posted in counterterrorism, court decisions, terrorist attacks with tags , , , on September 8, 2009 by admin

Terror suspect ‘was not prosecuted because of torture in Pakistan’ | UK news | guardian.co.uk

Plans to prosecute a terrorism suspect who is said to have played a key role in the airline bombing plot were abandoned because of the severe torture he suffered after being detained in Pakistan, according to intelligence sources who have spoken to Human Rights Watch.

In a report on Britain’s involvement in torture in Pakistan ‑ due to be published by the New York-based organisation later this month ‑ intelligence officials from Pakistan and the UK are quoted as saying Rashid Rauf could not be extradited and put on trial because of the extent of the mistreatment he had suffered.

The Pakistani officials are quoted as saying that their British counterparts were fully aware of what was happening to Rauf after he was detained in August 2006, while a former senior British intelligence officer is quoted as saying they were not.

The conviction of three men who attempted to blow up at least seven transatlantic airliners and murder more than 1,500 people has thrown up new questions about Rauf, who was born in Pakistan in January 1981 but was raised in Birmingham.

So, just considering he effectively was subjected to terrible torture (and if it’s true that he was subjected to electric shock indeed he was). But the problem to be prosecuted now is that it seems he was killed in Pakistan, after fleeing from West Midlands police while praying alone in a mosque before escaping. Afterwards, it was announced he was killed by a drone in north Waziristan.

If this guy really fled in this manner, being one of the main suspects of the plot to explode planes, leaving him alone praying there, was s truly stupid error. But that’s because we know the result. Imagine that police would have entered with him to control him while he was praying. I am sure the policemen would have been called everything from Islamophobes to racists.

What I really can’t understand yet, is why Pakistan is considered an “ally”. They are now claiming that fighting the taliban is “too difficult”, so they are not going to fight the new cruel (and effective) Taliban chief, Hakimullah Mehsud, because they “are worried” about him. But they engage with suspects brutally. This contradiction can’t be explained only or mainly by just US influence. My opinion is that the Taliban are allies against India specially because of Kashmir, while this guy from AQ can be threatening Pakistan, because of AQ’s stated goal related to Paki nukes.

Pakistan arrests 12 AQ-linked foreigners

Posted in arrested terrorists with tags , , on September 8, 2009 by admin

Three are Swedes, 7 Turkes, 1 Iranian and another 1 Russian:

Police in Dera Ghazi Khan have arrested 12 Al-Qaeda-linked foreigners from the vicinity of inter-provincial Tirrimin checkpost on Indus Highway, bordering NWFP on Friday.
These foreigners including seven Turks, three Swedes, one each Iranian and Russian were arrested when they illegally crossed the border. They did not have valid documents and were going to Waziristan.

Pakistani Taliban kill 4 boys, wound 6

Posted in terrorist attacks with tags , , on September 8, 2009 by admin

The boys were Shiite while the Talibans are Sunni.

The students were going to school in Atmankhel town of Orakzai district when the militants opened fire, killing four boys and wounding six others, local administration official Asmatullah Khan told AFP.

“It appears to be a sectarian attack as the slain students belonged to the minority Shiite sect of Islam,” he said. “The attackers were Taliban.”

Residents said the dead students were all younger than 16, but were not able to give the exact ages of the victims.

It’s just another attack of their ongoing campaign against schools, in which they have burned buildings, while their Afghan colleges have also thrown acid in girls’ faces.

Taliban killed, 15 arrested in Pakistan

Posted in counterterrorism with tags , , , on September 7, 2009 by admin

A local Taliban commander was killed on Saturday as seven others – including a 12-year-old would-be suicide bomber – surrendered and six were arrested in Swat. The ISPR said the young bomber surrendered along with his father – who is a schoolteacher – in Kuzshaur.

Related:
Taliban Expands Grip Over Northern Afghanistan. “since last year, the Taliban have pressed ahead to try to reclaim their former northern fiefdoms — a setback for U.S.-led forces already struggling to contain an increasingly fierce insurgency in the south.
“There are certainly some areas, including Kunduz, where the insurgency has been strengthening,” said U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Greg Smith, head of public affairs for U.S. and NATO troops
.”

Mohammed Jibril, the Prince of Jihad, received training from JI terrorists in Pakistan

Posted in arrested terrorists with tags , , , , on September 7, 2009 by admin

Jibril received military training from JI activists: Police | The Jakarta Post

National Police Chief Gen. Bambang Hendarso Danuri revealed that Mohamad Jibril had received military training in Pakistan, which followed the suspected terrorist’s lawyers and relatives’ repeated denial of his past whereabouts and activities,

“Jibril received military training from several Jemaah Islamiyah activists for about a year, from 1999- 2000,” Bambang said Thursday during a hearing at the House of Representatives.

“The training was conducted in Pakistan while he was studying there.”

Mohamad Jibril alias Mohamad Rizky Ardhan alias Muhammad Jibriel Abdul Rahman was arrested two weeks ago as he had allegedly played an important role in fund-raising for terrorist group led by Malaysian Noordin M. Top.

Before:
“Prince of Jihad” Mohammed Jibril, arrested.

Taliban’s funding: extortion, ransom and “business license”

Posted in funding with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 1, 2009 by admin

Not only drugs then:

The Taliban are acting like a broad network of criminal gangs that enables them to utilize different sources of income,” says Ahmad Nader Nadery of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission…

.Jan, 72, with closely cropped hair, a thick white beard and a string of amber prayer beads, claims he was targeted in retaliation for not paying off the Taliban, even though the provincial governor and district governor say he did. Not that Jan would have refused — he says the Taliban never asked. “If the Taliban had asked for $100,000, I would have gladly paid them,” says Jan. “This equipment was worth $230,000.” What probably happened, says Abdul Wahid Omerkhil, district governor of Char Dara, where the attack took place, is that Jan paid off the wrong people. “It usually happens like that. You pay one group and you don’t pay the other, and they will burn you.”

…The arrival of Mullah Salam, the Taliban governor, coincided with the return of a local man, Shirin Agha, who had fled to Pakistan after he got into a gunfight at a wedding. While the commanders work independently, they share common tactics, demanding usher, kidnapping for ransom and taking cuts of construction projects. Sitting in the dilapidated foyer of his mansion, Mohammed Omer, the provincial governor of Kunduz, marvels at the scale of the two Taliban leaders’ rackets. By his estimate, Salam and Agha amassed at least $100,000 in a month through kidnappings for ransom and protection payments from contractors, who in turn had been paid by international donors.

…It’s not just the big foreign-aid projects that get hit. Local businesses are victims too. In Kandahar, says a businessman who asked for anonymity out of fear of Taliban retribution, even the smallest shops pay a “business license” to the Taliban.

…That analysis is confirmed by Sargon Heinrich, a Kabul-based U.S. businessman in construction and service industries. Heinrich says some 16% of his gross revenue goes to “facilitation fees,” mostly to protect shipments of valuable equipment coming from the border. “That is all revenue that will ultimately be shared by the Taliban.” As an American, Heinrich is troubled by the implication that he may be funding the insurgency. “All of this could be seen as material support for enemy forces,” he muses.

…Hanif Atmar, Afghanistan’s Minister of the Interior, says increased financing, particularly through extortion, is emboldening the enemy and admits that part of the fault lies with his government. “Yes, I blame [contractors and construction companies] for the fact that they are paying these insurgents, but at the same time, I sympathize with them because they are not doing it out of their own accord but because they are forced to. It is our responsibility as the government of Afghanistan and the international community to provide a secure environment for them to work. And so far, we have not been able to do so.”

Before:
Karzai’s links with Afghan Drug Warlords.

Pakistany Army accused of carrying out extra-judicial killings of Taliban militants

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on August 31, 2009 by admin

The bodies of 30 suspected militants have been found in Pakistan’s Swat valley, local people say.The bodies all have gunshot wounds and local residents say they are believed to be of militants from Bajnot and other areas near the town of Mingora.

Corpses began appearing several weeks ago and more than 150 have been found in the region over the past month.

Security forces deny carrying out extra-judicial killings as part of their anti-Taliban offensive.

Related:
Pakistan Army kills 45 Taliban: Border Reopens.