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Journalist murdered for exposing links between Al Qaeda & Pakistani Navy
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Journalist murdered for exposing links between Al Qaeda & Pakistani Navy
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The Last Interview of Syed Saleem Shahzad

Days before his brutal murder, journalist Syed Saleem Shahzad gave TRNN an interview titled: Splits in Pakistan's Military Over New Agreement to Cooperate with US

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PmTM6gyHx...r_embedded

Article reporting links between Al Qaeda & Pakistan Navy - May 24
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/ME24Df02.html

Pakistan's military under al-Qaeda attack
By Syed Saleem Shahzad

ISLAMABAD - The brazen al-Qaeda-linked attack on the Pakistan navy's Mehran air base in the southern port city of Karachi on Sunday night marks the violent beginning of an internal ideological struggle between Islamist elements in the Pakistani armed forces and their secular and liberal top brass.

More than 10 heavily armed militants attacked the base from three sides, blowing up several sensitive aircraft including a United States-manufactured surveillance plane. At least 20 security personnel are known to have been killed and as of late Monday morning the militants were still holding hostages in the facility.

The attack has been claimed by the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (Pakistan Taliban), but Asia Times Online contacts are adamant that the operation was orchestrated by al-Qaeda to avenge the killing of Osama bin Laden this month by US Special Forces and carried out by 313 Brigade - the operational arm of al-Qaeda that is headed by Ilyas Kashmiri.

The attack began at about 10.30pm on Sunday night when the militants, carrying guns, rocket-propelled grenades and hand grenades, stormed the base. They blew up guard rooms before heading for a hanger, where they targeted P-3 Orion aircraft with rockets, recently supplied by the US to Pakistan, on which some American officials were working.

The first move against the militants was made on Sunday night by Sindh police and Rangers, but they were immediately repulsed. Then navy commandos entered on early Monday morning, but they took at least 12 casualties. Later, the Special Services Group of the army was deployed and it has also received some casualties.

According to eye witnesses reports, the militants acted in a calm and relaxed way, firing at intervals. They appeared to have complete knowledge of the base and frequently changed their position. Very much like the Mumbai attack, the militants were well-equipped with arms, ammunition, food and drink.

"It was shown several months ago that the Pakistan navy is vulnerable to Islamists when a marine commando unit official was arrested," the security official said. "He was a member of the Mehsud tribe from South Waziristan [tribal area] and was completely indoctrinated by militants. Naval Intelligence never shared the information with the ISI [Inter-Services Intelligence] or any other security agency that during interrogation he confessed that militants planned to attack installations during the visit of a foreign delegation. Now, they [intelligence] realize how the organization [navy] is riddled and vulnerable to the influence of militant organizations," the official said.

This is the third attack on a naval installation in the past 30 days - two were launched before Bin Laden's assassination.

"The Pakistan navy constituted a high-level inquiry committee after their bases were targeted last month," a senior security official told Asia Times Online on the condition of anonymity. "The teams arrived to Karachi last month and asked for our input. They were wondering why militants were targeting the navy as they were not involved in any anti-terror operations. We told them that the navy's own staff were hand-in-glove in those two attacks," the official said.
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Reporter who exposed Pak Navy link with al-Qaida killed
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/arti...675108.cms

ISLAMABAD: Prominent journalist Syed Saleem Shahzad , who went missing in the Pakistani capital over the weekend, was found dead in Punjab province today with his body bearing marks of torture, police said.

Two days before he went missing, Shahzad had written an article in which he contended that Al Qaida attacked a naval airbase in Karachi after failed talks with the navy to release some arrested naval personnel who had terror links.

Shahzad, the author of "Inside Al Qaida and Taliban: Beyond Bin Laden and 9/11," had alleged the attack was mainly in response to an internal clampdown on Al Qaida affiliates within the Pakistan Navy.

He was reported missing on Sunday evening shortly after he left his home in Islamabad for a television station to record a programme.

Police said Shahzad's body bore marks of torture. An autopsy report stated that there were marks of torture on Shahzad's torso and face, Geo News channel reported. The channel beamed a black and white photo of the journalist's face with visible injuries.

An Islamabad Police spokesman too confirmed that Shahzad's body had been found in a canal.


US condemns killing of Pakistani reporter
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/46058060-8c2e-...z1O1fVfr5y

The US has condemned the killing of a Pakistani journalist who a human rights group said had reported threats from intelligence officers over his coverage of alleged links between the military and Islamic militants.

Hillary Clinton, secretary of state, said, “The US strongly condemns the abduction and killing of reporter Syed Saleem Shahzad. His work reporting on terrorism and intelligence issues in Pakistan brought to light the troubles extremism poses to Pakistan’s stability.”

Mr Shahzad, a 40-year-old reporter for the Hong Kong-based online Asia Times and Italian news agency Adnkronos International, was found dead on Monday after he went missing for two days.

His bruised body was found in Mandi Bahauddin, south of Islamabad.

New York-based Human Rights Watch said the journalist had received repeated threats from Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) or other Pakistani intelligence agencies, following earlier stories about military links to extremist groups.

I.A. Rehman of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, an independent watchdog, said: “What this case tells us is that the security [intelligence] agencies may have gone wild.

“These agencies cannot tolerate criticism. There must be a thorough investigation by the government.”

One of his recent reports on an attack on a Pakistani naval base in May in which ten people were killed, suggested that some naval officials had suspected links with al-Qaeda.
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I guess this story just confirms what everyone already suspects about pakistans ability to deal with terrorism internally.
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there are no "links" between Al Qaeda and the ISI

In fact Al Qaeda is simply an arm of the ISI
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Bump
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LoP Guest  Wrote: (06-01-2011 03:04 PM)
I guess this story just confirms what everyone already suspects about pakistans ability to deal with terrorism internally.


Only if you believe that terrorism and the government aren't synonymous.
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I guess this story just confirms what everyone already suspects that this was a US operation. chuckle
The US is loosing influence in Pakistan and blew up our plane to keep it from falling into enemy hands. Then they killed the journalist.
Journalists get killed every day and you never hear of Hitlery saying she condemns it.
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Bump

This journalist had reported on other sensitive stories including the Mumbai attack.
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Thanks for video AE. Cheers

A Human Rights Watch researcher on Twitter released an email that Shahzad had forwarded him Oct. 18, 2010. The human-rights organization had instructions to release it if Shahzad disappeared.

Shahzad told Human Rights Watch he had been summoned to the ISI’s headquarters on Oct. 17, 2010, a day after he published another controversial story. He met with two ISI officials: Rear Admiral Adnan Nawaz and Commodore Khalid Pervaiz.

Pervaiz has just been appointed head of the naval base in Karachi that was just attacked, Time reported.

Shahzad’s October story for Asia Times Online alleged Pakistan had released the Afghan Taliban commander Mullah Baradar from custody.

Baradar was Mullah Omar’s deputy and Shahzad reported he’d been freed to negotiate with the Pakistan army.

The Oct. 18 email, purportedly from the ISI to Shahzad, was labelled “For future reference.”

“I must give you a favour,” the ISI officer wrote to Shahzad. “We have recently arrested a terrorist and recovered a lot of data, diaries and other material during the interrogation. The terrorist had a list with him. If I find your name in the list, I will certainly let you know.”
http://www.thestar.com/news/world/articl...gency?bn=1
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Video talks about Abbotabad.

Damned

ETA: Pakistani raids in Abbotabad going back years. High ranking Al Qaeda arrested in town in January.
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I really hope the plan to secure their nuclear arsenal is sound. It's the most dangerous powder keg IMO on the planet.

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entropy  Wrote: (06-01-2011 07:00 PM)
I really hope the plan to secure their nuclear arsenal is sound. It's the most dangerous powder keg IMO on the planet.

The recent attack at the Naval base was IMHO a probe to determine that very security you talk about.
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Sure, you need big boats to haul that much heroin.
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An interview with Ilyas Kashmiri by Late Syed Saleem Shahzad http://www.defence.pk/forums/pakistans-war/112112-interview-ilyas-kashmiri-late-syed-saleem-shahzad.html

Reports: Ilyas Kashmiri killed in US drone strike in Pakistan
http://lunaticoutpost.com/Topic-High-ran...one-attack
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Both these men are now dead and within a few days of each other.

There's a lot of intrigue going on here.
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