New letters have been discovered between Ayman al Zawahiri who is currently leading Al Qaida, and the Radical brother mullahs of Lal Masjid.Story here;
AL-QAEDA’S leadership secretly directed the Islamic militants whose armed revolt at the Red Mosque in Islamabad ended last week with more than 100 deaths after it was stormed by the Pakistan army.
According to senior intelligence officials, the troops who finally took control discovered letters from Osama Bin Laden’s deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri. They were written to Abdul Rashid Ghazi and Abdul Aziz, the brothers who ran the mosque and adjacent madrasah.
Government sources said up to 18 foreign fighters including Uzbeks, Egyptians and several Afghans had arrived weeks before the final shootout and set up firing ranges to teach students, including children, how to handle weapons.
That about says it all… another massacre created for recruiting purposes by Al Qaida. This confirms all that I’ve been saying about the Al Qaeda involvment, and about the Saudi/Deoband influence. All those people dead, so Zawahiri could stir the pot. SSG Commander Harroon ul Islam, dead for Pakistan, Abdul Rasheed Ghazi dead for Zawahiri.
Bahrainians are protesting a recent editorial in State-run Iranian media that called for the annexation of Bahrain. Story here.
Over a hundred demonstrators gathered outside the Iranian Embassy here Friday to protest a recent editorial in a conservative Tehran newspaper arguing that Bahrain is part of Iran.
Waving Bahraini flags, the mostly Sunni protesters called for the expulsion of the Iranian ambassador and the closure of the embassy, as police prevented them from reaching the building.
The controversy started with an editorial written Monday by Hossein Shariatmadari, the editor of the hard-line Kayhan newspaper and a close aid to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Shariatmadari wrote that Bahrain was an Iranian province whose people wanted to return to the motherland.
Shiite Iran laid claim to Bahrain, a British protectorate at the time, and other Persian Gulf islands in 1970. But the country voted instead for independence from both Britain and Iran, which it achieved in 1971.
If lives were not at stake, this article from Malaysia Sun would be seriously funny:
Peshawar, July 14 : Militants in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) in North Waziristan have threatened to scrap a peace accord signed with the Pakistan Government in September last year, if the army is not removed from roadside checkpoints by July 15.
“If the government does not order a withdrawal of soldiers from checkpoints on roads linking Miramshah to Bannu, Razmak, Dattakhel and Gulam Khan by July 15, then we would declare the peace accord void and resume guerilla attacks,” Abdullah Farhad, spokesman of militants, said.
“Apart from staging guerrilla attacks, we would ask tribal elders and ulema to stop meeting government functionaries, and anyone violating this decision would be considered as part of the government camp and dealt with accordingly,” he threatened.
The truth is that the Taliban never started honoring the peace accords. If you go here you will find a long series of updates that go back to the beginning of the accords that detail all of the Taliban’s breaks with the accords.
The breaks with the accords range from rocket attacks on FC and Army posts, to suicide bombings, to assassinations, to threats against shops, to crossing the border into Afghanistan to fight. Seriously, if the Taliban break with the accords what would change? Since they never started honoring them, not much.