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Amid Policy Disputes, Al Qaeda Grows in Pakistan

Discussion in 'Political Debate & Discussion' started by KenH, Jun 30, 2008.

  1. KenH

    KenH Active Member

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    "The story of how Al Qaeda, whose name is Arabic for “the base,” has gained a new haven is in part a story of American accommodation to President Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan, whose advisers played down the terrorist threat. It is also a story of how the White House shifted its sights, beginning in 2002, from counterterrorism efforts in Afghanistan and Pakistan to preparations for the war in Iraq.

    Just as it had on the day before 9/11, Al Qaeda now has a band of terrorist camps from which to plan and train for attacks against Western targets, including the United States. Officials say the new camps are smaller than the ones the group used prior to 2001. However, despite dozens of American missile strikes in Pakistan since 2002, one retired C.I.A. officer estimated that the makeshift training compounds now have as many as 2,000 local and foreign militants, up from several hundred three years ago."

    - rest at www.nytimes.com/2008/06/30/washington/30tribal.html?_r=2&hp=&adxnnl=1&oref=slogin&adxnnlx=1214839096-JnD8YGy3vUcGZRv3fGyjSw&pagewanted=print
     
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    poncho Well-Known Member

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    "the base" is the shortened version of...Q eidat ilmu'ti'aat' or "database" as in CIA database of "freedom fighters".

    "The database of Islamic fighters that was collected by the program (jihadi program) was labeled n Arabic, 'Q eidat ilmu'ti'aat', which is the exact translation of the English word database. But the Arabs commonly used the short word 'Al Qaida" which is the Arabic word for 'base.'"

    Source...

    Pakistanis seethed with anger at the US for abandoning them in the mess we had made; they were only doing what America had demanded of them.

    "Many in the ISI loathe the United States. They view America as an unreliable and duplicitous ally, being especially resentful of the 1990 sanctions, which came one year after the Soviets pulled out of Afghanistan. Furthermore, the ISI is dominated by Pashtuns, the same tribe that is the Taliban's base of support across the border in Afghanistan. Partly because of its family, clan, and business ties to the Taliban, the ISI, even more than Pakistani society in general, has become increasingly enamored of radical Islam in recent years." [Slate, 10/9/2001]...

    On October 12, 1999 the ISI installed the government of Pervez Musharref, in a coup d'etat, removing Nawaz Sharif out of fear that he might give-in to American pressure and stop supporting the Taliban.

    Global Research...

    Aren't interventions lovely?
     
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