Al-Qaeda ‘Rebuilding’ in Pakistan

It is about time the administration is honest with us about Pakistan…

From the BBC:

The head of US spying operations says the leaders of al-Qaeda have found a secure hideout in Pakistan from where they are rebuilding their strength.

National Intelligence Director John Negroponte said al-Qaeda was strengthening its ties across the Middle East, North Africa and Europe.

Afghanistan has welcomed the comments. President Hamid Karzai’s chief-of-staff, Jawed Ludin, told the BBC that Afghanistan had long maintained that the Islamic militants operated from within Pakistan, and that Mr Negroponte’s statement was refreshing in its honesty.

Mr Negroponte told a Senate committee that al-Qaeda was still the militant organisation that “poses the greatest threat to US interests”.

“They are cultivating stronger operational connections and relationships that radiate outward from their leaders’ secure hideout in Pakistan to affiliates throughout the Middle East, North Africa and Europe,” he said.

“We have captured or killed numerous senior al-Qaeda operatives, but al-Qaeda’s core elements are resilient. They continue to plot attacks against our homeland and other targets with the objective of inflicting mass casualties,” Mr Negroponte added.

“Pakistan is our partner in the war on terror and has captured several al-Qaeda leaders. However, it is also a major source of Islamic extremism,” Mr Negroponte said in written testimony submitted to the Senate committee.

The head of the US Defence Intelligence Agency, Lt-Gen Michael Maples, said Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan remained a haven for al-Qaeda and other militants.

The tribal areas on the border are thought to be where al-Qaeda leader Bin Laden and his deputy Zawahiri could be hiding.

Pakistan and Afghanistan share a 1,400-mile (2,250km) mountainous border which is extremely difficult to patrol.

Taleban and al-Qaeda fighters are thought to be operating on both sides.

Recently, Pakistan reiterated its intention to fence and mine sections of the troubled border.

Kabul particularly opposes the idea of mining stretches of the frontier, saying it will endanger civilian lives.

I know that Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf is in a tough position, but it is time to end this once and for all, no more politics. They need to help us destroy these whackjobs once and for all, for the sake of the world.

They also need to close down the schools that teach Islamic radicalism to their children. There is no sence killing the terrorists of today while training a whole new generation of Islamic terrorists.

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