For decades the country has permitted a number of jihadist groups to openly operate under its aegis. A map highlights the more prominent groups openly operating inside Pakistan.
Bill Roggio testifies before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade, as well as the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific. The hearing is titled, “Pakistan: Friend or Foe in the Fight Against Terrorism?”
A letter to Atiyah by “Ahmad,” who likely is Ustad Ahmad Farooq, shows how al Qaeda attempts to manipulate the media. Also, al Qaeda in Pakistan based its media operations from Wana, South Waziristan, which is home to a Taliban group supported by the Pakistani state.
Pakistan claimed it killed Adnan Shukrijumah in a raid in South Waziristan. Shukrijumah, who was wanted by the US, was al Qaeda’s operations chief for North America.
Reports surfaced that an al Qaeda commander known as “Adil” was killed in the eighth recorded drone strike in Pakistan this year.
The US has not launched a drone strike in South Waziristan since mid-April 2013.
The Pakistani government has blocked The Long War Journal website from being accessed inside Pakistan. The censorship began sometime in July 2012, and continues to this day.
The Pakistani terror group has carried out suicide and IED attacks in response to drone strikes that have killed the emirs of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan and the Mullah Nazir Group, as well as a top Haqqani Network leader and members of the Turkistan Islamic Party.
Bahawal Khan, the leader of the Mullah Nazir Group who is considered to be part of the “good Taliban” by Pakistani officials, continues to support al Qaeda, runs training camps, and conducts operations in Afghanistan.
Spokesman Ihsanullah Ihsan said that Waliur Rehman was indeed killed yesterday in a drone strike in North Waziristan. Rehman was wanted by the US for involvement in terror plots, including the failed Times Square bombing.
After sheltering and supporting al Qaeda for nearly a decade, the South Waziristan-based Mullah Nazir Group and one it its deputy leaders, Commander Malang, have finally been added to the State Department’s terrorism list.