Paying Homage to Bin Laden, Pakistani Mosque Re-emerges as Bastion of Militancy
A suicide assault team hit an Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate headquarters in Sukkur, while a suicide bomber detonated outside a police station in the town.
The Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan has sent experts in warfare and information technology to Syria to establish a base, aid in joint operations, and monitor the fighting there.
The 313 Brigade shares the same name as an al Qaeda military formation that is based in Pakistan.
Badr Mansoor led just one Pakistani “company,” and has been reported to have more than 2,000 fighters under his command. For the last three years, the US government has maintained that al Qaeda has only 300 to 400 operatives in Pakistan and that the network is on the verge of defeat.
Ustad Ahmad Farooq, al Qaeda’s spokesman for Pakistan, mentions Ilyas Kashmiri with Baitullah Mehsud, Ibn Amin, and Badr Mansour, who were all killed in drone strikes. “May Allah have mercy on all of them,” Farooq said.
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Ilyas Kashmiri is thought to have planned yesterday’s attack on the Crime Investigation Department headquarters in a highly secured area of Karachi. Several members of the assault team escaped during the battle.
Mohammed Usman was a key member of Brigade 313 and helped unite al Qaeda with several Pakistani jihadist groups.
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