A senior Lashkar-e-Tayiba commander has been captured along with other militants in an operation by United States-led security forces in Afghanistan, the latest in a string of arrests of the members of the Pakistan-based terror group in the neighbouring country. The LeT commander was arrested with a "number of other insurgents" during an operation by Afghan and coalition security forces in Andar district of Ghazni province, the International Security Assistance Force said in a statement. The ... Rediff.com, 1 month ago
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At this day-long National Security Studies Program conference, the experts listed below assessed the durability, vulnerability, and threat posed by Al Qaeda and its affiliates, ten years after 9/11. Panel III: Al Qaeda Affiliates in South Asia On ...World News Network, 1 month ago
Noting that Pakistan's Prime Minister-elect Nawaz Sharif appears to be sincere in his effort to improve relationship with India, a former top American diplomat has said he might not be able to do much unless he brings on board the powerful military. Responding to reporters' questions on the positive vibes coming from Lahore on improving India-Pak ties, the former US Ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter Wednesday said the key to it's the relationship Sharif develops with the military. "I think ...Rediff.com, 1 week ago
'When one speaks to Indian intelligence officials, they will tell you "We have a better understanding of Pakistani groups than we have of our own indigenous networks".' Aziz Haniffa reports from Washington, DC. One of the foremost experts on the Lashkar-e-Tayiba believes that post-2014 -- once US and NATO troops withdraw from Afghanistan -- the Lashkar and other Pakistan-based terror groups could revive their terrorism against India. Stephen Tankel, author of Storming the World Stage: The ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
Renowned terror expert and author Stephen Tankel believes Indian intelligence agencies know more about Pak-based terror groups than it knows about indigenous Indian Mujahiddin. Also, LeT and other outfits might revive their terrorism against India post-2014. Aziz Haniffa reports. American terrorism expert Stephen Tankel, who did extensive field research in India last year, has found that Indian intelligence knows more about Pakistani terror groups than it knows about its own indigenous militant ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
A resolution of the outstanding Kashmir issue would make Pakistan a "more normal state" and reduce its preoccupation with India, according to a former CIA officer who was one of the architects of President Barack Obama's Af-Pak policy in his first term. In his latest book Avoiding Armageddon: America, India, and Pakistan to the Brink and Back, Bruce Riedel said that by eliminating Pakistan's desire to wage asymmetric warfare against India, it would also discourage Pakistan from making alliances ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
India is likely to press for access to Tahawwur Hussain Rana, and wife and two girlfriends of Mumbai attack terrorist David Headley during Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde's visit to the United States next week. Government sources said though India got access to Headley, who carried out a recce of the 26/11 targets for the Pakistan-based terror outfit Lashkar-e-Tayiba, the United States has not given any opportunity to question Pakistani-Canadian Rana, Headley's US-based wife Shazia, his ...Rediff.com, 1 week ago
A woman, who witnessed the horrific Boston bombings, was reminded of the deadly 2008 attacks in Mumbai, a city she was visiting when Pakistani terrorists went on a rampage killing 166 people. Stephanie Douglas, had come to cheer her friend Linda Claire Willits at the Boston Marathon when two bombs exploded, killing three people and injuring over 140 on Monday. The two blasts occurred within seconds on a sidewalk along the 42-kilometre route of the marathon, where thousands of people had lined ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
As the country prepares to pull out of Afghanistan next year, a United States military report in New York has warned that some of the Pakistan-based militant groups like the Lashkar-e-Tayiba, backed by "elements" in Pakistani security establishments, will "reorient to and invest more broadly in the conflict in Kashmir" post the 2014 American drawdown. The report noted that because of the US troops presence in Afghanistan post 2001, the conflict there has functioned as an opportunity, and also ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
In an indication of the "positive trajectory" of the bilateral ties, the United States has issued a waiver, second in six months, for sale of major defence equipment to Pakistan citing national security interest. The waiver issued quietly by the then Deputy Secretary of States Thomas Nides on February 15 and posted on the US state department website a week later on February 22 would pave the way for some major defence equipment sales to Pakistan. "The department issued the waiver because we ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
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