An al-Qaida “Pakistan-based attack planner” has been arrested in Afghanistan according to media reports June 2, 2011.
The man is being described as a former associate of Osama bin Laden, and was suspected to have been with the al-Qaida leader in 2001, although the International Security Assistance Force is declining to publicly identify him.
Two of the attack planner’s “associates” were also arrested in the raid that took place on Wednesday in the province of Balkh, according to ISAF. more >>
The U.S. mission that killed Osama bin Laden could be considered an “act of war,” said former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, during an interview aired Thursday night.
“Certainly no country has a right to intrude into any other country,” Musharraf, who was pressured to resign in 2008, told CNN’s Piers Morgan. “If technically or legally you see it, it’s an act of war.”
Al-Qaida head Osama bin Laden was assassinated on May 2 by a team of U.S. Navy SEALs in Abbottabad, about 30 miles northeast of Pakistan’s capital Islamabad. No Pakistani government officials were informed of the raid ahead of time. more >>
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Friday that there is no evidence that top leaders in the Pakistani government knew where al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden was hiding.
Clinton's surprise visit to Islamabad came amid high tensions between the U.S. and Pakistan following the discovery of bin Laden close to the city's capital. It is the first high-level visit to Pakistan since the U.S. killing of bin Laden.
She said U.S. and Pakistani relations have "reached a turning point" but said there was more work to be done in the fight against terrorist group al-Qaida. more >>
A CIA forensics team received approval to search the former hide-out of Osama bin Laden after Pakistani officials allowed the visit in an apparent move to reduce tensions with Washington. The scheduled search of bin Laden's compound was confirmed by a U.S. official at the Pentagon on Thursday.
“The team will gather up any additional information that can be found," a U.S. official told CNN.
About a month prior, Navy SEAL operatives gathered substantial intelligence assets in the raid on bin Laden's compound near Pakistan's premier military academy. During the raid, the al-Qaida leader , who claimed responsibility for the 9/11 attacks, was shot dead. more >>
Troops recaptured a Pakistani naval airbase on Monday after a 16-hour battle with as few as six Taliban gunmen who had launched their brazen attack to avenge the killing of al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden.
The assault casts fresh doubt on the Pakistani military's ability to protect its bases following a raid on the army headquarters in the city of Rawalpindi in 2009 and is a further embarrassment following the surprise raid by U.S. special forces on the al-Qaida leader's hideout north of Islamabad on May 2.
Interior Minister Rehman Malik said just six militants were believed involved in the attack on the PNS Mehran base in Karachi late on Sunday, destroying or damaging two aircraft and laying siege to a main building in one of the most heavily guarded bases in the nuclear-armed country. However, sources in the intelligence agencies claimed that seven terrorists had surrendered to the commandoes and they were taken to an undisclosed location on board an aircraft. more >>
President Obama offered a “waterless cloud” to the Middle East Thursday when he laid out plans of how the United States would approach diplomacy with Arab nations undergoing political change, said a Christian scholar.
The U.S. president spoke about supporting protesters who sought freedom from authoritarian rulers, but omitted to explain the source of America’s freedom and democracy, observed Vishal Mangalwadi, a philosopher and author of The Book That Made Your World: How the Bible Created the Soul of Western Civilization.
“Secular intelligentsia in America, personified in President Obama, does not understand America’s own secret [to freedom] and therefore is not able to help the Arab states when they really need help and are looking for help,” said Mangalwadi, described as “India’s foremost Christian intellectual” by Christianity Today, to The Christian Post following Obama’s Arab Spring speech. more >>