Al-Qaeda In Afghanistan

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Both the Afghan government and the Obama administration believe that they can convince the Taliban to disown al Qaeda despite their intrinsic links. Al Qaeda leaders have been killed in U.S. drone strikes in Afghanistan’s north, and the paramilitary formations that were devastated in 2001 and 2002, such as Brigade 055, have been rebuilt. Still, there are those in the media who think that al Qaeda is not in Afghanistan or at least not involved in the insurgency.

“Ilyas Kashmiri, the military commander who leads Brigade 313, which is al Qaeda’s military organization in Pakistan and is made up of Taliban and allied jihadist groups. Members of Laskhar-e-Jhangvi, Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammed, Jundallah (the Karachi-based, al Qaeda-linked group), and several other Pakistani terror groups are known to have merged with al Qaeda in Pakistan, and the group operates under the name of Brigade 313. This group is interlinked with Pakistan’s Taliban and also recruits senior members of Pakistan’s military and intelligence services, a senior US intelligence official told The Long War Journal.”

‘Senior bin Laden aide killed in recent Predator strike’

‘Waliur Rehman Mehsud says Taliban is tight with al Qaeda, bin Laden alive’

‘Al Qaeda’s paramilitary ‘Shadow Army’ ‘

‘Swat Shadow Army’

‘Lashkar al-Zil’


People who think al Qaeda is not in Afghanistan or at least not involved in the insurgency:

‘We won’t find al-Qaida in Afghanistan’ – M. Hasan, The Guardian (October 2009)

‘Debunking the Myth of Al Qaeda in Afghanistan’ – A. Adolf, (Aug 2010)


Undeniable evidence of al Qaeda in Afghanistan:

‘Death of Yazid ‘major blow to Al-Qaeda:’ US rep’
“Al-Qaeda announced the death of its top leader in Afghanistan and trusted aid to Osama bin Laden”
– AFP (May 2010)

‘Al Qaeda cell leader killed in Afghan north: NATO’ – Reuters (Aug 2010)

‘US Kills Al Qaeda’s Leader for Afghanistan and Pakistan in Predator Strike: Report’ – (Sept 2010)

‘Al-Qaeda Fighters Take Limited Role in Insurgency’ – (Aug 2010)

‘Al Qaeda Maintains an Extensive Network in Afghanistan’ – (July 2010)

‘Drone Strike Kills Afghan Al-Qaida Leader’ – (June 2010)

6 October, 2010


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