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The United States has not invaded Afghanistan out of fun, but out of compulsion. It intends to govern the entire world by gaining control over all resources. Whereas, it is compulsion of the Afghans that they have never permitted aliens to stay peacefully in their territory. History is evidence of that. It has to be seen how long the United States will stay here. The problem with the United States is that it has captured Afghanistan but is now finding it difficult to remain because the Afghans are not permitting it to do so.
The agents of the US are also not happy with the US. They have developed a hatred against the United States and abuse Washington. Another problem is that it would be a most difficult job for the Americans to withdraw from Afghanistan. I feel that if the United States withdraws, that we would greatly suffer because we have handed over all our facilities to the Americans. If the United States withdraws, we would have no friend in our neighborhood because our friendship with the United States has annoyed all our neighbors. Not only the Afghan and the Iranian Governments but the Chinese Government as well is suspicious of us. India is already our enemy. Irrespective of how much flexibility we show, it [Afghanistan] would not cease hating us. Our interest in Afghanistan is for a patriotic Afghan Government to be formed in Kabul which should understand the compulsion and problems of Pakistan. Then, we would be able to escape.
[Description of Source: Karachi Ummat in Urdu -- Sensationalist, pro-Usama bin Laden Urdu daily. Harshly critical of the US and of India. Circulation of 20,000.]
AFP: More on Pakistani Forces Find Unmanned 'Drone' Aircraft in Al-Qa'ida Raid
JPP20050913000166 Hong Kong AFP in English 1317 GMT 13 Sep 05
[By Zahid Noor]

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Sept 13 (AFP) - Pakistani forces recovered an unmanned drone aircraft and a major weapons cache in a raid on a suspected Al-Qaeda hideout in the tribal areas near Afghanistan, a top commander said Tuesday.

Militants used the Chinese-made vehicle to spy on security forces in the rugged area, where Pakistani soldiers have been battling Islamic militants for more than a year, Lieutenant General Safdar Hussain told reporters.
The find, believed to be the first of its kind in Pakistan, came on the same day as President Pervez Musharraf unveiled plans to build a fence along part of the border with Afghanistan to curb the movement of militants.
Twenty-one people were arrested in Monday's raid on a compound and religious school near Miranshah, capital of the North Waziristan tribal zone, added Hussain. The buildings are owned by relatives of a former Taliban minister.
"The terrorists used the RPV (remotely-piloted vehicle) to check the position of security forces and attack them," the general said, adding that the drone was capable of carrying weapons.
A military officer from the army's Signal Corps said the vehicle had a sophisticated, wide-angle camera to take pictures of targets on the ground, while Hussain said they had seized a CD which pinpointed Pakistani troops.
Security forces also found a "suicide jacket" and Jordanian, Afghan and Pakistani passports along with Al-Qaeda training material from the compound, Hussain said.
Additionally they uncovered a cache of weapons including 17 machine guns, 29 rockets, 51 grenades, eight improvised bombs and 10 landmines, he added.
Pakistan's network of Islamic schools, or madrassas, came under international scrutiny because one of the July 7 London suicide bombers attended one.
"This madrassa (religious school) was an Al-Qaeda and Taliban stronghold and operational centre which we have secured now," General Hussain said.
The commander whose relatives own the building, Jalaluddin Haqqani, was a former anti-Soviet fighter who later served as the Taliban's minister for frontier regions. He is still on the run.
Some of the detained suspects were "important" and there were also a number of foreigners, Hussain said, without disclosing their nationalities.
"The busting of this stronghold has broken the back of Al-Qaeda in the tribal area," he added.
Last week key US ally Pakistan said it was sending 9,500 more troops to the border before the Afghan elections, bringing the total to 80,000.
Around 250 Pakistani soldiers and many more alleged militants died last year in a crackdown on insurgents who fled to the area from Afghanistan in late 2001 and early 2002, after US-led forces toppled the Taliban regime.
However Kabul says the militants have used new bases on the Pakistan side of the border to launch a campaign of violence in the run-up to Afghan parliamentary polls on September 18.

[Description of Source: Hong Kong AFP in English -- Hong Kong service of the independent French press agency Agence France-Presse]

Pakistan: Additional 5,000 Troops Deployed Along Pakistan, Afghanistan Border
SAP20050914000043 Islamabad The News (Internet Version-WWW) in English 14 Sep 05
[Report by Behroz Khan: "5,000 more troops sent to Pak-Afghan border; Toy-like plane being used for spying by militants; political Moharer held; MNA, religious leader accused of ties with suspects"]

PESHAWAR: Corps Commander Peshawar Lt-Gen Safdar Hussain on Tuesday [13 September] ordered deployment of 5,000 additional troops along the Pak-Afghan border to ensure holding of peaceful parliamentary elections in Afghanistan.

"I am sending about 5,000 more troops to the tribal area to seal the Pak-Afghan border. This will be in addition to the existing 75,000 troops deployed along the border," said the commander while briefing newsmen here on the seizure of weapons and ammunition and arrest of local and foreign nationals during raids and search operations in North Waziristan Agency.
Lt-Gen Safdar said 21 suspected terrorists have been arrested in Miranshah and Mir Ali areas of North Waziristan since September 10, adding that the search operations were continuing and all the terrorists and miscreants would be taken to task.
A tiny toy-like small plane equal to the size of a large kite was also on display, which the commander said was being used for spying purposes by the terrorists to locate Army deployment in the region.
The Army officers helping the corps commander regarding the sophisticated communication system even claimed that the plane could carry missiles to hit targets. "There are some important persons among the arrested suspects," he said but did not elaborate.
The corps commander did not agree with a questioner suggesting that Pakistan would erect a fence along the 2,500-kilometre long and porous Pak-Afghan border saying it was mainly the concern of Afghanistan. "Infiltration is the concern of Afghanistan and not ours. We have deployed our troops along the border and would ensure peace and security on our part," he said.
He said a political Moharer was among the arrested suspects and investigations were being held to fix the responsibility in case he is involved in helping the militants and terrorists in any way.
The general said two important people — Maulana Nek Zaman MNA [Member of National Assembly] and Maulana Sadiq Noor from North Waziristan Agency — were among the suspects, who have been accused of having close links with terrorists. "We will proceed against them in accordance with law if they are found involved in helping terrorists," Gen Safdar said and added that a close relative of Maulana Nek Zaman has been arrested in connection with terrorist acts.
A huge quantity of weapons and ammunition recovered from hideouts and houses during the search operation was also put on display, which included the latest communication system, jacket of a suicide bomber, mortar shells and different kinds of weapons including heavy and light machineguns.
"Abdullah Mahsud has opened an office in Makeen area of South Waziristan to recruit fighters for creating law and order problem in the region. These offices are not for Jihad but creating disturbances," replied the commander when his attention was drawn towards reports that different militant groups have opened offices in Wana, headquarters of South Waziristan and other parts of the troubled agency.
He said Abdullah Mahsud was enjoying the company of unwanted elements and criminals adding that his troops were hunting him and only time was the factor to take this criminal to task.
He again hailed Baitullah Mahsud, another tribal commander from the agency who signed a peace agreement with the government saying, "Baitullah Mahsud is a soldier of peace". Gen Safdar said a handout recovered from the arrested suspects revealed that Maulana Sadiq Noor was asking for help and donations from the tribesmen for Jihad and said the arrested persons gave the information that they belonged to Noor's group.
He also said that Abdullah Mahsud and his deputy, Sanaullah, were paying money to poor people for planting Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), adding that the money to Mahsud's groups was making its way through Afghanistan.
"Zakhim Khan Mahsud and Sadiq Noor are paying up Rs 10,000 to people in reward for planting one IED," he said.
The general said that huge quantity of weapons and ammunition was recovered from the a Madrassa owned by former Taliban minister, Commander Jalaluddin Haqqani in Dandi Darpakhel area of North Waziristan and said that the base of al-Qaeda and other terrorists has been completely destroyed. He said it was a big achievement of the army, made possible with the active support of the local religious elders, tribal chieftains and the administration.
AFP adds: A military officer from the Army's Signal Corps while giving details of the Chinese-made drone held seized from tribal militants said the vehicle had a sophisticated, wide-angle camera to take pictures of targets on the ground.
Security forces also found Jordanian, Afghan and Pakistani passports along with al-Qaeda training material including audio and video CDs about the anti-Soviet jihad in Afghanistan, motivational songs in Arabic and a number of maps, mostly in Russian. The weapons cache included 17 machineguns, 29 rockets, 51 grenades, eight improvised bombs and 10 landmines.

[Description of Source: Islamabad The News in English -- Widely read, influential English daily, member of the Jang publishing group. Neutral editorial policy, good coverage of domestic and international issues. Circulation estimated at 55,000.]

AFP: Pakistan Recovers Truckloads of Arms From 'Biggest' Al-Qa'ida Base: General

JPP20050915000071 Hong Kong AFP in English 0722 GMT 15 Sep 05
["Pakistan Busts Tribal Region's Biggest Al-Qaeda Base" -- AFP headline]

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Sept 15 (AFP) - Pakistan has busted the biggest Al-Qaeda [Al-Qa'ida] base in the tribal zone of North Waziristan and recovered 15 truckloads of arms and ammunition in a swoop that will cut violence in neighbouring Afghanistan before key elections, a general said Thursday.

The militant den was in a madrassa, or Islamic school, and a nearby compound owned by the son of a former minister of the hardline Taliban regime that ruled Afghanistan until late 2001, Lieutenant General Safdar Hussain told reporters.
He said the owner, Sirajuddin Haqqani, whom he described as a senior Al-Qaeda insurgent, managed to escape from a nearby hideout which was also raided.
"The raid on the Haqqani madrassa and compound is still going on but we can say we have busted the biggest Al-Qaeda terrorist den in North Waziristan," Hussain, who commands troops in northwestern Pakistan, told reporters in the city of Peshawar.
The general first gave details about the raid, during which 21 militants were arrested, on Tuesday but this was first time he revealed the scale of the suspected hideout.
"We have recovered 15 truckloads of ammunition and weapons from there and arms and ammunition are still being recovered," he said.
He said 11 of those arrested were foreigners.
The operation would help to reduce bloodshed blamed on Taliban militants in the run up to Afghanistan's parliamentary elections on Sunday, the general said. Militants are suspected of crossing from Pakistan into Afghanistan to launch attacks.
"Naturally it will reduce violence in Afghanistan," he said. "We also busted a communications centre which was used to coordinate operations in Afghanistan."
Hussain said the border between the countries had been completely sealed and 763 guard posts had been established to prevent militants moving from Pakistan to Afghanistan.
On the day of the elections, Pakistan would conduct "extensive air surveillance with helicopters", he said.
However Afghanistan had only set up 120 posts on the border, he said. "They need to do more to stop infiltration," he said.
Pakistan pushed tens of thousands of troops into the tribal regions early last year to crack down on Al-Qaeda and Taliban militants who fled there after the hardline Islamic Taliban regime was ousted by US-led forces in 2001.
Last week Pakistan said it was sending 9,500 more troops to the border before Afghanistan's elections, bringing the total to 80,000.
Hussain said Pakistani forces had killed 353 militants in the tribal areas since March 2004, including 175 foreigners such as Uzbeks, Tajiks, Turkmens, Chechens and a few Arabs.
Nearly 270 Pakistani troops have also died and more than 670 have been wounded, some losing limbs.
Haqqani's father, Jalaluddin Haqqani, was a former anti-Soviet fighter who later served as the Taliban's minister for frontier regions. He has not been found since the Taliban fled.
Hussain said an official who tipped off Sirajuddin Haqqani and allowed him to escape had been arrested.

[Description of Source: Hong Kong AFP in English -- Hong Kong service of the independent French press agency Agence France-Presse]

AFP: Rockets Fired at Pakistan Army Camp Near Afghanistan Border
JPP20050919054001 Hong Kong AFP in English 0646 GMT 19 Sep 05
MIRANSHAH, Pakistan, Sept 19 (AFP) - Two rockets have been fired at a Pakistan army camp near the Afghanistan border in the same area where troops last week raided a suspected Al-Qaeda [Al-Qa'ida] compound, an official said Monday.
The rockets, fired from over the border Sunday, caused no casualties because they landed in a plant nursery near the camp in North Waziristan province, the administration official said.
"Two rockets landed and exploded in a nursery close to the army camp Sunday night but caused no casualties," the official, in the border town of Miranshah, told AFP on condition of anonymity.
Troops returned fire towards the border, he said.
It was not immediately clear who fired the missiles. Similar attacks have been blamed on militants suspected of links with Taliban and Al-Qaeda remnants who sneaked into the area in late 2001 after the US-led invasion on Afghanistan.
Pakistan strengthened its deployment of troops in the border region by thousands of soldiers before elections in Afghanistan on Sunday, to prevent militants crossing over to disrupt the vote.
Just kilometres away from the rocket attack, troops continued to surround a compound that they raided last week, busting what the military called the biggest Al-Qaeda base in North Waziristan and recovering huge caches of weapons.
The compound, which includes a residence and a madrassa, was said to be owned by Sirajuddin Haqqani, a senior Al-Qaeda insurgent. His father, Jalaluddin Haqqani, was a minister in the Taliban government before it fell in the US-led campaign.
Sirajuddin Haqqani fled before the raid, apparently after being tipped off.

[Description of Source: Hong Kong AFP in English -- Hong Kong service of the independent French press agency Agence France-Presse]

Nephew of famous Afghan Taleban commander arrested in Pakistan
SAP20051001950003 AVT KhyberTV in Pashto 1600 GMT 29 Sep 05

Nephew of famous Afghan Taleban commander arrested in Pakistan

Pakistan's AVT Khyber TV news report in Pashto 1600 gmt 29 Sep 05 [Processed by IC]

The nephew of the former Taleban commander Mawlawi Jalaloddin Haqqani has been arrested during a military operation against foreign terrorists in Miranshah city of north Wazirestan. One soldier was killed and six others were injured in this operation.

The Pakistani army launched a military operation, using helicopters and artillery, in Khattai village of Hamzori region this morning [29 September]. During this operation, Ahmad, the son of Khalilorrahman and nephew of the former Afghan minister of border affairs and important Taleban commander, Jalaloddin Haqqani, was arrested after a short clash with suspected militants.

Ahmad was on the most-wanted list issued by the Pakistani government. Military operations are still under way in the region.


Pakistan: Forty Militants, 5 Army men Killed in Fresh Clashes in Waziristan

SAP20050930027001 Lahore Daily Times (Internet Version-WWW) in English 30 Sep 05
[Report by Iqbal Khattak: "40 militants killed in North Waziristan; Military uses Cobra helicopters to attack militants; Army loses five soldiers in operation; Haqqani?s nephew arrested"]
PESHAWAR: As many as forty militants and five soldiers were reportedly killed in fresh clashes between security forces and miscreants in Khatey Kali area, 60 kilometres west of North Waziristan Agency's headquarters Miranshah on Thursday [ 29 September].
The firing between the two sides continued till the evening as security forces cordoned off the entire area and suspected militants trapped in the mountainous region were trying hard to break the siege.
Maj Gen Shaukat Sultan, the Inter-Services Public Relations director general, told Daily Times that security forces had cordoned off the Khatey Kali area after suspected militants attacked paramilitary personnel and soldiers. He said they had arrested former Taliban commander Maulvi Jalaluddin Haqqani's nephew Ahmed on terrorism charges. He added that Ahmed was involved in terrorism activities and his arrest was a major breakthrough.
Two weeks ago, security forces raided Haqqani's madrassa in Miranshah and seized a huge cache of weapons, including a drone and arrested more than a dozen suspected militants. In Thursday's operation, the military used Cobra helicopters to pound militants. Gen Shaukat said he had no reports of casualties on either side but tribal sources put the number of casualties at around 40 on the militants' side.
"There are casualties on both sides. But what we have heard, which is not confirmed by the security agencies, is that 40 militants and around five soldiers were killed in the daylong exchange of fire," residents in Miranshah told Daily Times by phone.
They said that bodies were lying on the ground and neither side could retrieve them due to heavy fire. A jirga (tribal court), however, was negotiating temporary ceasefire to let both sides retrieve the bodies. Gen Shaukat acknowledged that the jirga was meeting. "We prefer the militants surrender peacefully and also to ensure that women and children are allowed to leave the cordoned area. We take extra care of non-combatants," the military spokesman said. However, he stopped short of confirming that the jirga was negotiating the ceasefire to help both sides retrieve the bodies. "The cordon of the area is still on and the operation continues," he said.
It is the first time that the militants engaged the security forces in North Waziristan as most of the recent operations met no significant resistance.
Meanwhile, a revenue officer's bodyguard was killed and six army personnel were injured during a fire exchange between soldiers and militants in the Hamzoni area of North Waziristan, NNI reported. According to details, the assailants opened fire on army personnel when they tried to surround the Jaton Khati village. Mir Jush was killed during the army helicopters' bombing on the village.

[Description of Source: Lahore Daily Times in English -- Independent, moderate daily, run by veteran journalist Najam Sethi, published by the Friday Times group. Catering to the middle class, with an estimated circulation of 2000.]

AFP: Two More Killed in Pakistan Tribal Area Offensive
JPP20050930054008 Hong Kong AFP in English 1053 GMT 30 Sep 05
MIRANSHAH, Pakistan, Sept 30 (AFP) - A soldier and a policeman died in fresh clashes between suspected militants and Pakistani forces backed by gunship helicopters in a tribal region on the Afghan border, officials said Friday.
Pakistani troops have been battling Al-Qaeda-linked [Al-Qa'ida] rebels in the lawless area since late 2003. Around 250 soldiers and hundreds of insurgents have died during that time.
Gunbattles erupted Thursday after tribesmen opened fire on a military convoy travelling towards Khatey Killay, an area near Miranshah, the main town in rugged North Waziristan, killing the soldier, residents and officials said.
The troops had been heading towards a madrassa, or religious school run by the nephew of Jalaluddin Haqqani, a fugitive commander from Afghanistan's ousted Taliban regime, where insurgents were suspected to be hiding.
A tribal policeman was also shot dead on Thursday by militants during the operation to surround the madrassa, a security official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
The Taliban commander's nephew was later arrested, the security official said.
Pakistani military helicopters pounded more suspected rebel hideouts in nearby hills early Friday as the firefights continued overnight, officials said.
Earlier this month Pakistan said it had raided the largest Al-Qaeda hideout in North Waziristan and recovered a huge hoard of weapons from another religious school compound owned by a Taliban sympathiser.
Pakistan has pushed thousands of troops into the tribal areas to hunt Al-Qaeda and Taliban militants who crossed the border after Afghanistan's hardline Taliban Islamic regime fell in late 2001.

[Description of Source: Hong Kong AFP in English -- Hong Kong service of the independent French press agency Agence France-Presse]

Pakistani TV program on Tribesmen Resisting Army Operation in North Waziristan
FEA20051123013672 - OSC Feature - 0948 GMT 23 Nov 05

Karachi Geo TV in Urdu at 1700 GMT on 22 November carries regularly scheduled "Capital Talk" program hosted by noted Pakistani journalist Hamid Mir. Program is based on Hamid Mir's visit to North Waziristan where Pakistan security forces have launched a major operation to locate foreign terrorists and their local supporters. Mir says: "following the US missile attacks on Usama Bin Ladin's camps in Afghanistan's Khowst province in 1998, injured Al-Qa'ida fighters were brought to North Waziristan, which, thus, became the center of attention of international media. After 9/11, the efforts began to get rid of local and foreign militants from North Waziristan." Mir says some time ago Pakistan's Army launched a "very big operation aimed at preventing illegal movement across the Pakistan-Afghan border and to vacate the area of foreign militants." Mir says " however, a few weeks ago suddenly the local resistance intensified against the Pakistan Army."

Mir says to know the situation in North Waziristan he tried to enter Shawa sub-district with the entry pass obtained from the local political agent, but security forces at the Shawa check post asked him to go back. Mir says after persuasions, security forces agreed to provide him security and let him go to Mir Ali town. Mir says, however, local authorities stopped him at the outskirts of Mir Ali forcing him to obtain "private security" at a nearby village. Mir says he saw "rocket attack" at a camp of Pakistan's Frontier Constabulary and the exchange of fire. Video shows Mir ducking behind a vehicle as exchange of gunfire is heard in background. Mir says he came to know that the tension has risen in the area following the killing of a local youth by security forces. Mir says he was surprised to see that the tribesmen preparing for a new attack against security forces at the village. Mir says two tribal youths were killed by security forces at Isha check post located between Mir Ali and Miranshah. Video shows Mir besides the dead bodies of tribal youths. Mir says the local people claimed that both were innocent.

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