Military history repeating itself; Vietnam revisited.

Military history repeating itself; Vietnam revisited.

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McChrystal’s (ball folly and) Myth.
by Jeff Huber at Antiwar.com
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There is no such thing a “victory” in the kinds of wars we’re fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. The best one can hope for in these types of conflicts – counterinsurgency efforts in far-flung corners of the globe with fuzzy objectives and vague necessity – is to not be seen as having “lost.” For that to happen, unfortunately, you have to stick around for so long and fade away so gradually that, by the time you leave, nobody notices you’re gone.
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(1. The American military is in Afghanistan because of Afghan Opium/Heroin worth about $50 –$80 billion a year once it is sold in the streets of Europe and North America transported by American military planes…..”Opium wars” redux.The American taxpayer pays for the operation in Afghanistan, and fights these wars, whilst a few criminals in the Pentagon and civilians allied to them profit from the operation. In such a scenario obviously most people trying to justify such costly operations would be groping around with cock and bull BS excuses to be in Afghanistan……including the likes of McChrystal, which for rational Americans would not make sense.
2. Iraq was about the Israeli desire for historical revenge for the Jewish peoples enslavement by the Assyrians, and the elimination of a regional rival with potential nuclear programs, and WMD programs generally. Iraq by 1990 had 1.1 million men under arms, 6000 tanks, 4,000 artillery pieces, 550 jets and extensive WMD programs as a result of the Iran/Iraq war…..but Israel was scared/shitting in the pants about this Iraqi might and wanted it neutralised via America.
There are some indications that Saddam was an American installed agent, indicated by the fact that he sought American “permission” to invade Kuwait in 1990, amongst other information, which the American ambassador gave informally.)

The neoconservative apparatus that got us into Iraq for reasons we still haven’t decided on threatens to keep us in Afghanistan indefinitely for reasons yet to be determined. Everything we’re doing in Central and Southwest Asia supposedly has something to do with eradicating al-Qaeda, yet there is

no sign of al-Qaeda in Afghanistan. The argument for persisting in Afghanistan says that we have to make sure al-Qaeda doesn’t go back there, yet as former CIA officer Philip Giraldi recently noted, credible assessments suggest that “Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaeda has likely been reduced to a core group of eight to ten terrorists who are on the run more often than not.”

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(al-Qaeda as an “organisation” with a coherent structure and a clear doctrine does not exist in the Vietcong sense, ANC sense, or Hizbollah sense, never did, but is an elaborate hologram to justify American military operations in certain countries. 12,000 mostly Arabs were trained by the Americans/Israelis/ Pakistanis during the 1980’s and into the 1990’s, initially fighting the Soviets in Afghanistan in a “Jehad”. Of these approximately 7,000 went back to their own countries settling down into civilian life, getting married etc….doing the 9—5….or causing problems for those Muslim countries…..Algeria, Yemen, Indonesia……and so on.
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Of the remaining 5,000 in Afghanistan, courtesy of Iran/America were covertly shipped to the Balkans in the 1990’s to fight “infidels” in Bosnia and Kosovo, and act as the Taliban’s shock troops to consolidate the country .
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It is these 5,000 men who were labelled as “al-Qaeda” from 2000/2001, but nearly all of them fought the Soviets in Afghanistan, and then in Bosnia, Kosovo NOT as al-Qaeda, and NOT linked to Osama Bin Laden, taking orders from him…….and NOT involved in any terrorist ops targetting Western assets or civilians. These men if they have been guided by anyone it is the ISI, which operates under the direction of American/Israeli intelligence.
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Thus it is more exact and correct to say that “al-Qaeda” is Western/Israeli intelligence assisted critically by the ISI. Of these 5,000, many are now dead, a few captured and the rest either in Iran, Pakistan or have returned to their countries of origin.
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9/11 2001 was a joint Israel/Israeli-American agents operation to justify the current open ended wars, and blamed on “al-Qaeda”.
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SO, Osama was never the leader of these 5,000 men….used extensively by the USA in various theaters, and trained by America/Israel. Osama Bin Laden never sat down with all of them in Afghanistan, and said “lets attack America, so that the American’s can occupy several Muslim countries for Israel”…….Osama until he died in December 2001 in Pakistan was an American agent, performing their guided theater, surrounded as always by a dozen followers and no more)
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For the sake of keeping fewer than a dozen evildoers out of Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal and his legion of supporters in the Pentagon, Congress, and the media insist we need to bring increase U.S. troop levels to over 100,000, and the overall coalition force level to a half-million, the number of troops we had on the ground at one point in Vietnam.
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(unless we are looking at a buildup invasion force against Pakistan in the future……..and more war)
The half-million figure comes from the counterinsurgency field manual (FM 3-24, Counterinsurgency [.pdf]), which calls for 20 to 25 counterinsurgent forces per every 1,000 locals, and Afghanistan contain a tad over 28 million locals. Your cat can do the math from there. What your cat can’t tell you is the thought process behind the conclusion that it makes sense to pit a half-million persons under arms against a force of eight or ten persons who aren’t in the vicinity of where you plan to place your half-million armed people.
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(If you love war and think YOU are the center of the world, attacking wedding parties, attacking civilians, strutting around in uniform, feeling self important, giving media presentations to the world, heroin, opium……..bloated Pentagon security budgets which are untraceable in the trillions……..then of course any obvious cock and bull will be offered)

That’s because your cat’s thought process isn’t as short-circuited as the cognitive quagmire going on in the minds of McChrystal and the people backing him.

The short version of this loopy logic equation goes like this: you put McChrystal in charge and he’s asking for what an official doctrine manual says he should ask for, so you have to give it to him. This skips over a trail of false assumptions that, lined up end to end, would span the Khyber Pass.

The requirement for a half-million to ten superiority ratio should have been laughed out of the discussion the moment it was mentioned. The counterinsurgency manual’s dictum that we must “convince the people of the government’s legitimacy” contains two dismal flaws in the context of Afghanistan (and Iraq as well). There is no convincing the Afghan people of the legitimacy of the Hamad Karzai government or any other government we replace it with.
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(He has been in power approaching 8 years with nothing to recommend him, his brother is the biggest narco dealer in the country after the American military, and his deputy is a notorious criminal war lord……..which ALL Afghans know about, guarded by American security overtly……….and we talk about “convincing” the Afghans of the legitimacy of their leader? Ordinary Afghans live in Afghanistan, they know the real score. A pentagon manual isn’t going to teach them otherwise)

The biggest flaw in the pro-McChrystal plan argument is that the counterinsurgency manual reflects tried-and-true tactics and strategy. There has never been such a thing as a triumphant counterinsurgency conflict. These types of wars have all been indecisive and draining quagmires; the sorts of conflicts that Sun Tzu warned us about over two thousand years ago when he said “No nation ever profited from a long war.”

Yet it is that the military-industrial-congressional complex has adopted the “long war” concept, a gem of tank thinkery straight out of Orwell designed to keep America on a permanent wartime economy and in an endless state of fear and loathing of enemies vaguely defined and overly demonized.

Lacking a peer military adversary since the end of the Cold War, the American war mafia, headed by Bill Kristol’s Israeli-centric neoconservative cabal, casts about desperately for a “new Pearl Harbor” to justify its existence. The 9/11 attacks gave them the “catalyst” they needed to justify the invasions in Iraq and Afghanistan. It remains to be seen if we’ll be able to pull out of the flat spin they have flown us into.
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(We can add AIPAC, Israel, the American Jewish media……….I suppose this goes as far as posible in implicating Israel for 9/11…………”A Clean Break” document 1996, PNAC 2000)

The greatest fallacy in the counterinsurgency doctrine is the notion that we can partner with the host nation to establish order and security. As U.S. Army Col. Timothy Reese recently observed, our years of effort at establishing a competent and reliable government and security apparatus in Iraq have come to naught. The “ineffectiveness and corruption” of Iraq’s government, he wrote in a recent memorandum, “is the stuff of legend.” Of Iraq’s security forces, he wrote, “corruption among officers is widespread.”
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(No honest Iraqi would work with the American/Israeli occupation force after what has transpired in Iraq under their control……1.2 million dead civilians and 4.5 million refugees….so you hire thiefs, murders, liars and pimps………..the only problem with hiring thiefs, liars, murderers and pimps to do your work it is that they are not very good at running countries for some strange reason, and $ billions disappear, and you ask why? Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan)

Laziness is “endemic,” Reese said, and “Lack of initiative is legion.” These and other compelling reasons are why Reese recommended that it’s time to “declare victory” in Iraq and go home.
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(Reese sounds like a racist fucker………….between 1757–1947, the British starved to death around 30 million “surplus” Indians who were deemed “lazy”, including many Aryans amongst them……….the problem is not the natives, but the occupation by alien entities who don’t have the best of intentions for the hosts they occupy, and the use of local thiefs, liars, murderers and pimps of these colonial countries under foreign occupation.
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Iraq is the “Cradle of Civilisation”……….the base of human civilisation from where humanity gets its basics of existence……….and then remarkably again under Muslim rule it became the center of Arab civilisation. Before the invasion of 2003, Iraq had the highest literacy rate in the Middle East, and universal free health care……with 70% of the population living in cities, despite having psycho Saddam as its leader…………”lazyiness” doesn’t come into the equation; the ONLY problem is the American occupation of a Muslim country, and the presence of many Israeli security advisors in the country)

To think we can do better than this in Afghanistan is the epitome of delusion. Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, which we backed in a
long war against Iran during the 1980s, was a real country with a real army and real institutions and infrastructure. Afghanistan has always been a fourth-world wasteland. When it comes to Afghanistan, our counterinsurgency manual amounts to little more than a ream of latrine linen.

The only reason we’re still playing political patty-cake about what to do in Afghanistan – or anywhere else in that part of the world – is to determine who gets the blame for “losing.” A popular adage of war says it’s the losers who determine when they’re over. So, the logic goes, as long as we don’t quit, we can’t lose. Hence the “long war.”

It’s all about seeing who gets the blame for failing to do the impossible.

Preparing for the Real Pandemic

Preparing for the Real Pandemic

Kevin D. Annett, M.A., M.Div. – Hidden from History September 20, 2009

Last week, many of the aboriginal people in the remote west coast village of Ahousaht were innoculated with the tamiflu vaccine. Today, over a hundred of them are sick, and the sickness is spreading.

In the same week, body bags were sent to similarly remote native reserves in northern Manitoba that have also received the tamiflu vaccine.

On the face of things, it appears that flu vaccinations are causing a sickness that is being deliberately aimed at aboriginal people across Canada, and this sickness will be fatal: a fact acknowledged by the Canadian government by their “routine” sending of body bags to these Indian villages.

Before you express your shock and denial at the idea that people are being racially targeted and killed, remember that murdering Indians with vaccinations is not a new or abnormal thing in Canada. Indeed, it’s how we Europeans “won the land”, and it’s one of the ways we keep it.

In 1862, Anglican church missionaries Rev. John Sheepshanks and Robert Brown inoculated interior Salish Indians in B.C. with a live smallpox virus that wiped out entire native communities within a month, just prior to the settlement of this native land by gold prospectors associated with these missionaries and government officials.

In 1909, Dr. Peter Bryce of the Indian Affairs department in Ottawa claimed that Catholic and Protestant churches were deliberately exposing native children tosmallpox and tuberculosis in residential schools across Canada, and letting them die untreated. Thousands of children died as a result. (Globe and Mail, April 24, 2007)

In 1932, B.C. provincial police attempted to lay charges against Catholic missionaries who had sent smallpox-laden Indian children back among their families along the Fraser river near Mission, BC. The RCMP intervened and protected the church, even though whole villages were wiped out as a result of the church’s actions.

In 1969, native children who escaped from the Nanaimo Indian Hospital on Vancouver Island described being inoculated with shots that caused many of them to die “with bloated up bodies and scabs all over”, to quote one survivor.

Knowing this history, it’s not surprising when Indians on isolated Canadian reserves start sickening and dying en masse from sudden illnesses, after receiving flu shots. After all, it’s still the law in Canada, under the apartheid Indian Act, that no on-reserve Indian can refuse medical treatments or experimentation. So it’s small wonder that these reserves are the places being targeted first to be injected with untested, unsafe and potentially lethal flu vaccines.

As an entire race of involuntary test subjects, Indians in Canada are a weather vane for what will befall all of us, and very soon. For the very techniques and weapons of genocide perfected against aboriginal people are now being deployed against “mainstream” Canadians.

Under Bill C-6, which is about to pass third reading in Parliament and become the law, no Canadian will be allowed to refuse innoculations for the swine flu, despite the fact that it is relatively benign and mild, and has killed only people who are already immune-compromised. Indeed, it is astounding that such coercion and dictatorial laws are being employed to deal with what the chief Canadian Health Officer has called a “mild seasonal flu”.

Clearly, another agenda is at work; but the time to ascertain and challenge that agenda has all but run out. This coming month, forced innoculations and imprisonment of those who refuse them may be a reality across Canada. And for what reason? Clearly, not for public health, considering the sickness and death caused by previousswine flu vaccines.

I believe that the real pandemic is about to be unleashed through the very vaccines being pushed by governments and pharmaceutical giants like Novartis and Glaxo Smith Kline. The shots will be the cause, not the cure, of the pandemic. Of course, those in power can disprove this by simply being the first people to take the swine flu shot: an event about as likely as these companies forgoing the multi-billion dollar profits they will reap from the mass vaccinations.

It’s indeed ironic that, very soon, many “white” Canadians may be suffering the same fate that aboriginal people have for centuries. Perhaps it’s fitting. For if we are indeed being targeted for extermination, or at the least martial law and dictatorship, we finally can have the chance to shed our complicity in the genocide of other people, and get on the right side of humanity – simply by having to fight the system that is causing mass murder.

Rev. Kevin D. Annett

260 Kennedy St.

Nanaimo, BC Canada V9R 2H8

250-753-3345

Source: www.hiddenfromhistory.org/RecentUpdatesampArticles/Sept202009PreparingfortheRealPandemic/tabid/107/Default.aspx

The US viper

The US viper

NOT for the first time, the US, through its ambassador, and the Pakistan military have differing perspectives. While the COAS, General Kayani has categorically ruled out US strikes in Balochistan, the US Ambassador has had the temerity to hold forth on what are internal matters of Pakistan and hint at possible US action in Balochistan. It is interesting to note the confusion that prevails in Patterson’s imperialist mind. On the one hand, she admits that the US has little solid intelligence on Quetta, with no human or predator intelligence. Yet, on the other, the US is convinced that Quetta is the stronghold of Mullah Omar and his Taliban – the so-called “Quetta Shura”. Now where did they get such strong and authentic intelligence on this count, given their own admission? After all, the Pakistan military spokesperson, Maj-General Abbas has declared that there are no Taliban in Quetta and the military’s intelligence would surely be more viable. But the US, it would seem, prefers to doubt the Pakistan army – such is the level of mistrust between the Pakistan military and its supposed ally, the US. Instead, the US believes its ill-informed media and some Pakistani commentators whose livelihood depends on saying and writing what the US wants to hear – statements that state the Taliban are in Quetta and are getting their logistical supplies and weapons from there, regardless of the veracity of such a claim.

What makes matters worse is the strange silence of Pakistan’s political government and leadership. Although the prevailing situation demands they support the military’s claims and insist there can be no US attacks on Quetta, they have chosen instead to maintain a silence that speaks volumes about covert deals and dubious intents. That is unfortunate for Pakistan because after the latest statements coming from Ambassador Patterson, it does not serve Pakistan’s interests to have her remain in Islamabad. She has declared openly that Pakistan had made clear that its priorities were different from those of the Americans. She has also asserted that “there are people who do not threaten Pakistan but who are extremely important to us.” Not only has she chosen to publicly challenge whether Pakistan really controls its territory – that, according to her, being a worry for the US – she has cast aspersions on the Pakistani leadership and nation as well. As she declared imperially, “You cannot tolerate vipers in your bosom without getting bitten.” It is time the Pakistani authorities understood clearly who the viper in our bosom is who keeps biting us at every turn. And this viper needs to be thrown out of Pakistan – according to diplomatic procedures of course – which would be the clearest message we could send to the US that there are certain red lines no diplomat or foreign government representative can cross.

Why Would Washington Bring Pakistan and Iran Together, At This Time?

Iranian foreign minister visits Pakistan

Embassy in Washington
WASHINGTON: Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki made a rare visit to Washington on Wednesday to visit Iran’s interests section at the Pakistani embassy, a US official said.

Mottaki’s visit, which was authorized by Washington, is highly unusual as the two countries have not held diplomatic ties for three decades and efforts by President Barack Obama’s administration to engage with Iran.

But Philip Crowley, the State Department’s assistant secretary of state for public affairs, played down any suggestion that the US decision to grant Mottaki’s request amounted to a gesture to Iran by the new administration.

“He wanted to visit the Iranian interests section at the Pakistani embassy and we granted that request,” Crowley told reporters. “I wouldn’t read too much into this. It was a straightforward request, and we granted it,” Crowley said. Crowley added US government officials had no plans to meet Mottaki during his visit to Washington.

Attack Quetta, Supply Convoys Stop.

‘Drone attacks to make Nato supply line insecure’

By Muhammad Ejaz Khan

QUETTA: Rejecting reports about the presence of Taliban in the provincial metropolis, Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Muhammad Aslam Raisani has said the US would not commit the mistake of conducting drone attacks in Balochistan, as it would not only harm the US interests in the province but also disrupt the supply line for Nato forces to Afghanistan.

If the US conducted drone attacks in Balochistan, then its backlash would make the supply line highly insecure in the province, the chief minister said while talking to newsmen here on Wednesday.

Reports about the presence of Taliban in the city or its suburbs are baseless and just a rumour, he added. He said he had never heard about the Quetta Shura and even the Taliban spokesman had also contradicted the news about the presence of Taliban supreme commander Mullah Muhammad Omar in Quetta. “We would not allow anybody to use the soil of Balochistan against anyone,” he said.

Raisani said if the US conducted drone attacks in Balochistan, then it would generate a variety of problems for America as the US supply line to Kandahar goes through Balochistan. He said he held meetings with the Pashtun and Baloch tribal elders and was reassured that the Taliban would not be allowed to establish sanctuary in Balochistan, as strict vigilance is being maintained round-the-clock on all the border areas of the province.

Taliban film shows leader is dead

Still from the video showing the body of Baitullah Mehsud

The video shows Baitullah Mehsud lying amid virtual silence

The Taliban in Pakistan have released a video confirming that their former leader Baitullah Mehsud is dead.

A video received by the BBC shows the body of the former head of Pakistan’s largest Taliban group lying in a room. It is not clear where it was taken.

Mr Mehsud was killed on 6 August in the tribal region of South Waziristan in a missile attack by a suspected US drone.

The video came as officials said at least six people had been killed in a fresh drone attack in North Waziristan.

The strike near the town of Mir Ali was the third such attack in the past 24 hours against militant targets near the Afghan border, intelligence officials said.

Two missile attacks on Tuesday, one in South Waziristan and one in North Waziristan, left at least 12 suspected militants dead.

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US and Pakistani officials were quick to claim Mr Mehsud’s death, but it took nearly three weeks for the Taliban to admit he had been hurt in the attack and had later died.

US drone

Hundreds have been killed in drone attacks in the past year

It is not clear why they have decided to release the video of their former leader now. They announced his death and named a successor, Hakimullah Mehsud, in late August.

The BBC’s Syed Shoaib Hasan in Islamabad says the video shows Baitullah Mehsud lying on a flat surface in a room, amid virtual silence.

His entire body is covered in a white funeral shroud, so it is difficult to tell how his body was injured in the attack.

There are no marks on his face, except for a few scratches near his nose.

A man is shown in the video crouching near the body clearly stricken with grief.

The video, which lasts nearly two minutes, has little audio. Two sentences are spoken.

A voice, apparently that of the video maker, says: “If there was a leader, there would have been some preparations.”

Later, the same voice says: “May Allah destroy these cruel people who do not use rifles and Allah knows what else, to kill us.”

Pakistan’s government publicly condemns drone attacks, arguing that they fuel anti-American feeling, but many observers say Islamabad secretly endorses the tactic.

Hundreds of militants and civilians have been killed in dozens of such attacks in the past year.

Pakistan discovers ‘village’ of white German al-Qaeda insurgents

Pakistan discovers ‘village’ of white German al-Qaeda insurgents

Investigators have discovered a “Jihadi village” of white German al-Qaeda insurgents, including Muslim converts, in Pakistan’s tribal areas close to the Afghan border.

By Dean Nelson in New Delhi and Allan Hall in Berlin
Published: 11:44AM BST 25 Sep 2009

Pakistan discovers 'village' of white German al-Qaeda insurgents

Taliban fighter in al-Qaeda video grab Photo: AFP/GETTY IMAGES

The village, in Taliban-controlled Waziristan, is run by the notorious al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, which plots raids on Nato forces in Afghanistan.

A recruitment video presents life in the village as a desirable lifestyle choice with schools, hospitals, pharmacies and day care centres, all at a safe distance from the front.

In the video, the presenter, “Abu Adam”, the public face of the group in Germany, points his finger and asks: “Doesn’t it appeal to you? We warmly invite you to join us!”

According to German foreign ministry officials a growing number of German families, many of North African descent, have taken up the offer and travelled to Waziristan where supporters say converts make up some of the insurgents’ most dedicated fighters.

The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, which has a foothold in several German cities, has capitalised on growing concern over the rising profile of German forces in Afghanistan. Their role has become increasingly controversial in Germany in recent weeks after dozens of civilians were killed in an air strike ordered by German officers.

Last night a foreign ministry spokesman told The Daily Telegraph they were now negotiating with Pakistani authorities for the release of six Germans, including “Adrian M”, a white Muslim convert, his Eritrean wife and their four year old daughter, who were arrested as they were making their way to the “German village”. They are particularly concerned about the welfare of the child.

They are being held in custody in Peshawar after their arrest in May shortly when they crossed the border from Iran. They are understood to have left Germany in March this year.

The spokesman said negotiations were “under way” with Pakistani authorities “concerning a group of German citizens” and that it had been aware that the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan had been recruiting in Germany “since the beginning of the year”.

Their recruitment drive has been led by “Abu Adam”, a 24-year-old German believed to be of Turkish or North African descent who was raised with fellow Jihadi, Abu Ibrahim, in the smart Bonn suburb of Kessenich.

Adam, whose real name is Mounir Chouka, received weapons training from the German army as part of his national service, and later spent three years training at the Federal Office of Statistics where colleagues described him as a “nice boy”.

He left in 2007, telling colleagues he was joining a trading firm in Saudi Arabia, but is believed to have joined a terrorist training camp in Yemen.

In another recruitment video released earlier this year he urged supporters to: “Die the death of honour.”

Khalid Khawaja, a former Pakistan intelligence officer, who describes himself as a friend of Osama bin Laden, said he was aware of a German contingent and that there were a number of Swedish converts too who had arrived in Pakistan “for Jihad”.

“The Europeans are there [in Waziristan]. The most dedicated people there are from Europe. They will do anything for Islam. They are not there because their fathers are Muslim, but by choice,” he said.