Three Tajik/IMU Suspects In Khujand Interior Ministry Bombing

In Russia, on suspicion of the explosion of the building OCD in Khujand detained three citizens of Tajikistan

Law enforcement authorities of the Russian Federation on suspicion of involvement in an explosion in the building of OCD in Khujand detained three citizens of Tajikistan. About it on the joint board of Ministry of Internal Affairs of Tajikistan and Russia on the eve of Dushanbe, Interior Minister Abdulrahim Kahhar RT.

In turn, Russian Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev confirmed Tajik colleagues, noting that the prosecution has not charged the detainees, and the question of extradition, so far, not worth it.

Recall, 3 September this year in the courtyard of OCD regional Interior Ministry in Khujand was a terrorist act, which killed three police officers, more than 20 injured.

Previously, the Office of the State Committee of National Security in Sogd reported that on September 3 resident of Khujand Akmal Karimov, while driving the car GAZ-24, filled with explosives drove into the yard OCD, and then put in place an explosive device.

It was further noted that a terror attack Akmal Karimov, assisted by his brother Firdavs Karimov and other persons who are activists of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan. ” In fact the explosion was a criminal case under Article 179 (terrorism) and 104 (murder) of the Criminal Code.

In October this year, law enforcement agencies Sughd on suspicion of involvement in the terrorist attack on the building of the Office for combating organized crime, was detained a group of 14 people.
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Source – Avesta.Tj

IMU–Veteran Destabilization Machine Opening Doors for American Intervention

[The professional soldiers of the IMU are the perfect instruments for the destabilization of all of the governments within its reach.  Its terrorist exploits have provided many, if not most, of the stories of attacks that have been attributed since 2001 to the mythical “al-Qaeda.”  It is only natural that its foot soldiers serve as the vanguard of the American military destabilization of Central Asia.  The world is slowly waking-up to the fact of America’s historical use of paramilitary/guerrilla/terrorist groups to gain control of troubled, poor nations.  Look at the thirty year history of American paramilitary destabilization of Afghanistan, or across the seas to Colombia/Central America, where paramilitary guerrilla forces have tormented the region for the same period of time.  American “low-level conflicts” are the bane of mankind.  The world must bring them to an end.]

IMU returned to Central Asia

A decade after its debut on the terrorist scene in the Pamirs, as the most aggressive groups in Central Asia, the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) has undergone a transformation in the hundreds of kilometers to the southeast, in the mountains of Pakistani-troubled region of Waziristan.

IMU is no longer a small group of fighters, concentrated on the overthrow of the Uzbek regime, and change its Islamic state. Today it has a much broader and more ambitious goals, and emphasizes its rebirth attacks, which indicate their presence in South and Central Asia.

In recent years, militants belonging to the IMU directly or its branches were related to a deadly explosion in Tajikistan and violence in the eastern Rasht Valley country. His name was also in connection with the terrorist plot, which were aimed at Europe. Experts say that the security forces faced with the elements of the IMU during the sweeps in southern Kyrgyzstan this month, and they see signs that the group is gaining momentum in Central Asia and creates a new safe haven in northern Afghanistan.
Few could have predicted this turn of the century.

From the ashes

After retiring from Central Asia to Afghanistan to join Taliban in their final effort against the Northern Alliance commander Ahmad Shah Masood in 2000, almost all of IMU fighters were killed in the fight against the slave of U.S. forces in November 2001. From there, they have sought refuge across the border in the north-west Pakistan.

IMU is initially adhered to a relatively low profile in his new seekers, even when thousands of recruits from Central Asia began to strengthen an alliance with militant organizations such as al-Qaida, Pakistani Taliban and other Pakistani jihadi groups.

Shabkadara bombing in February 2008, agricultural area near Peshawar, the provincial capital of Khyber Pahtunkva made it clear that the IMU is once again became a force to be reckoned with.

Their goal is a secular Pashtun politician Afrasiab Khattak, survived the attack. But the 25 people who gathered to hear him were killed.

Khattak, who is today a senator and leader of the Awami National Party (ANP), said that the government investigation revealed that the attack was a suicide bomber IMU.Provincial government, which is under the leadership of ANP, later fought and captured many Central Asian militants in the Swat valley during the years of military operations in 2009, providing further evidence of the expansion of its role in Central Asia and Pakistan.

Khattak said that the IMU and its splinter groups, have deep ties to al-Qaeda and a large part of its foot soldiers who fought in the Federal Tribal Areas (FATA), the band Pashtun areas along Pakistan’s western border with Afghanistan.
“Despite the fact that the leadership of al-Qaeda is made up of Arabs, personnel representatives of the IMU is the Central Asian countries. They include ethnic Uzbeks, Chechens and Muslims from the southern regions of Russia”, – said Khattak. “It’s not that, in their series [some number] of people who live here a long time. They attract new recruits [Central Asia]. Hence, they get back to northern Afghanistan, and from there take the attack in Central Asia” .

This will mean that the IMU is returned to its roots, though not in its original form.

New look

In their ranks IMU no longer has any of its founders. This summer, the group acknowledged the death of one of its founders, Tahir Yuldash, a year after he died from injuries sustained when struck with a U.S. drone in South Waziristan. Usmon Odile was declared the new leader of the IMU, though there is no real confirmation of his identity.

Pakistani journalist and writer Ahmed Rashid said that the IMU can no longer be considered as one group, she gave birth to other groups with more aggressive and far-reaching plans.

“Some things seem to have occurred. First of all, they split,” – says Rashid. “There are several Central Asian groups, who seem to have formed due to the split the IMU, is the Islamic Jihad Union, [and] The Central Asian Taliban. We do not know exactly how these fragments were formed, but, probably due to Al-Qaeda for the sake of maintaining control over these groups. ”

IMU or any of its affiliates were involved in a number of recent attacks, both at home and abroad.
Islamic Jihad Union (IJU), was charged in the attacks in Uzbekistan in May 2009 and appeared in the titles of publications around the world this fall, after Western intelligence agencies discovered that they were planning attacks in Europe in Mumbai style. More than 10 of its decision makers were subsequently killed in collision with an unmanned aircraft in North Waziristan. BWI is considered more radical branch of the IMU, which draws recruits from a thriving Turkish community in Germany and the Turkic peoples. Casters observers have suggested that they were motivated by pan-Turkic goals.

In September, a convoy of government troops was attacked in the eastern part of Tajikistan, killing 23 soldiers. Tajik authorities have been accused of attacking militants with ties to the IMU. In the same month, the first in the history of Tajikistan attack involving a suicide bomber, two suicide car bomber struck, killing one policeman and wounding 30 in an attack on a police station in the northern city of Khujand. Jamaat Ansarulla, a previously unknown group, which is now the Tajik authorities say a radical offshoot of the IMU, claimed responsibility for the attack.

During the operation to contain the threat of militants on its soil this year, Tajik authorities have stated that they had destroyed dozens of IMU militants, who were walking across the border from northern Afghanistan. In Afghanistan itself, a growing number of attacks have been attributed to the IMU.
Analyst on behalf of Rashid, who is a pioneer in the study of the IMU, said that even during the development of the group and its offshoots, their brand of defense of the Islamic Revolution supported by some Central Asian community.

Rashid notes that in May 2005 during the Andijan massacre, in which Uzbek troops opened fire on protesting against the government, there were conditions for a set of people in the IMU and the jihadist movement as a whole. The deaths of hundreds if not thousands, of civilians in the largest city in the Ferghana Valley, which stands at the intersection of Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, has caused shock throughout the region. Then Rasheed says of the IMU, “was a great number of Central Asians who fled and went to join him” in the Pakistani tribal areas. ”

There, he says, “they fought for a lot of different people – Pakistani Taliban, Afghan Taliban, the Haqqani group. They have taken part in internal fighting in the tribal areas in Pakistan.”

This, he adds, “gave them a lot of experience.”

Does it trump the power of some of the city?

Retired Lt. Gen. Masood Aslam, who was commander of the IX Corps and Pakistani military operations conducted in Islamabad in the fight against terrorism in the north-west, agrees. He said that some Central Asians, are also in demand by various militant groups. ”

For Islamabad, the presence of fighters from Central Asia on its territory is a major irritant in its relations with Central Asian states. These States, whose markets are considered important for economic growth of Pakistan, fear that militants might struggle to extend their territory.

Regimes of Central Asia in the past have stood the raids IMU and other groups of jihadists. But nobody wants to face an enemy that has gained considerable combat experience.
“Whether it’s Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan – the press secretary of President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari Fartulla Babar, talk about the issue of the prevailing military threat in its relations with Islamabad.”

Babar said that Islamabad is doing everything possible to eliminate the threat, but his hands are tied by complex borders and the rapid growth of criminal and economic systems in the region.
“The most important things that need to be considered are the control over the movement of militants and control over their finances,” – said Babar. “What’s finances them? We believe that the drug trade is the source of their funding. Thus, we believe that drug trafficking should be stopped and should be improved management of border control to the militants were isolated and were not able to move freely.”

Rashid said that the weakness of the states themselves, which increases the threat of the IMU and its offshoots.
“We have seen Tajikistan faces enormous poverty, the collapse of the public sector and mass migration,” – says Rashid. “Kyrgyzstan is under tremendous political upheaval. And Uzbekistan remains highly repressive, and there is no confidence in the future of these countries. They are very fragile, very vulnerable.”

Abubakar Siddyk,
RFERL,
December 8, 2010,
Translation –

Source – Zpress.kg

Top Balochistan minister alleges extrajudicial killings

Top Balochistan minister alleges extrajudicial killings

By Ahmed Raza and Riaz SohailBBC Urdu, Islamabad and Karachi

Rebels in Balochistan (file pic)
The mineral-rich province of Balochistan is in the grip of a 10-year insurgency

Pakistan’s security agencies are involved in extrajudicial killings in Balochistan, the province’s chief minister says.

Sardar Aslam Raisani told the BBC some of the political killings were “definitely” by security agencies.

Human rights organisations say kidnappings and murders of political dissidents are at an all-time high in the province.

Balochistan has been at the centre of a decade-long insurgency.

Pakistan’s security agencies have long denied extrajudicial killings.

Mr Raisani, an influential tribal leader, is a member of the country’s ruling Pakistan People’s Party, but anti-government feeling runs high among voters in Balochistan.

Summary executions?

“Some of the abductions and killings are definitely carried out by security agencies,” Mr Raisani told the BBC in an exclusive interview in Islamabad.


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The chief minister’s casual acceptance that the military is disappearing and possibly killing citizens is appalling”

Ali Dayan HasanHuman Rights Watch

 

He also stressed that some of the deaths were the responsibility of tribesmen who have been fighting for greater political autonomy.

“They [insurgents and security agents] have been targeting each others’ activists,” he said.

Human rights campaigners said they were astounded by the chief minister’s candour.

Ali Dayan Hasan, of Human Rights Watch, told the BBC: “The chief minister’s casual acceptance that the military is disappearing and possibly killing citizens is preposterous and appalling.

“He should be seeking to hold military intelligence agencies accountable rather than appearing to give them sanction for a policy of disappearances and summary execution.”

Besides being the largest of Pakistan’s four provinces in terms of area, Balochistan is also rich in minerals.

But many of its people feel they have been systematically discriminated against by the federal government.

The province saw its first major rebellion in the 1970s, when at least 10,000 people are estimated to have died.

Rebellion erupted again in 2000, when some of the insurgent leaders returned from exile in Afghanistan.

‘Mutilated bodies’

It reached its peak in 2006, when Pakistani army troops killed veteran Baloch politician and tribal leader Nawab Akbar Bugti.

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Since then a crackdown has continued on insurgents across the province.

Hundreds of Baloch people have disappeared in what human rights organisations say are state-sponsored abductions.

The rebel leaders have repeatedly refused to talk to the government, despite several offers.

Some of these overtures have been from the president and prime minister.

The insurgents claim the army is really in charge and has double standards when it comes to Balochistan.

“So many people have been killed in Karachi, but is the army carrying out an operation there?” asked Ataullah Mengal, chief of the Balochistan National Party [BNP] and former chief minister of the province.

“In Balochistan, however, it’s the army and ISI [intelligence service] who are completely in control. They detain people in broad daylight.

“Later their mutilated bodies are found in ditches with the words ‘this is an Eid [Muslim festival marking end of Ramadan] gift for Balochistan’ carved on their chests.”

Mr Mengal is said to be close to the rebels; his own son was held without charge for several months by security forces.

The opposition leader and other rebel leaders say the army has spilt too much blood for them to return.

He says they will settle for nothing less than independence from Pakistan.

Raisani Attack Followed Press Criticism of ISI for Supporting Taliban and Target Killings

[It is deadly business for any Pakistani to publicly do what Raisani had just done.  Further reprisals will solidify his local support, uniting Balochistan, perhaps exposing international plans for provincial destabilization and war.] 

Convoy of Balochistan’s CM attacked, different Organisations claim responsibility

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Occupied Balochistan – Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Khan Raisani narrowly escaped a suicide attack on Tuesday at Zarghoon Road in Quetta. 

The alleged suicide bomber was killed and 11 people, including five policemen, sustained serious injuries in the blast. Investigating teams say it has become complicated to conclude who was behind the attack as more than one organisations claimed responsibility for the attack on CM’s convoy.

According to details, Raisani was on his way to the Balochistan Assembly when an alleged suicide bomber targeted his convoy near Sariab railway crossing. The huge blast rocked the whole locality and damaged several vehicles which were part of the CM’s fleet. Luckily, Raisani’s vehicle remained safe. “The CM’s vehicle was bullet-proof; therefore, the bomb splinters could not damage it,” a senior police official told the media men, adding that the body parts of the alleged suicide bomber spread in the area after the blast.

“It was a suicide attack,” IG Balochistan Police Muhammad Iqbal alleged while talking to reporters in Balochistan.

“About three to four kg explosive material was used in the suicide hit,” CCPO Quetta Abid Notakani said.

DIG Investigation Wazir Khan said a team from Islamabad would arrive in the provincial capital to investigate the incident. On the other hand, the IGP Balochistan has constituted four teams to investigate the matter.

The injured security personnel are identified as Khurshid Akbar, Muhammad Younus, Abdul Qadoos, Asadullah, and Muhammad Iqbal while civilians include Waheed, Zaibur Rehman, Israr Ahmed, Ali Asghar and Mushtaq. They were first moved to the Civil Hospital and later to the CMH Quetta for further treatment.The hospital sources say the condition of two security men is serious.

Talking to newsman after the blast, Raisani said he was the main target of the attack and knew who the mastermind was. He said they wanted to push Balochistan towards a civil war but the government would frustrate their evil designs, adding that involvement of foreign hand could not be ruled out.

“A similar attack was carried out on Governor Nawab Zulfiqar Magsi a few days ago and now they targeted me,” he said, adding that they would sit with the tribal people and moderate political leaders to discuss the future course of action.

The chief minister said the attackers should keep in mind that the Baloch Nawabs and the tribal chieftains could chase them and that the government and the tribal chieftains were neither weak nor helpless.

Responding to a question, Raisani expressed his inability to state whether it was a suicide or planted bomb attack but said investigation would unearth the facts. Later, he also visited the CMH Hospital to inquire about the health of injured persons and directed to ensure best treatment to them.

Meanwhile, a spokesman of defunct Lashkar-e-Jhangvi Al-Almi, Abdullah Jhangvi, telephoned Quetta Press Club and accepted the responsibility for the suicide attack. BBC Urdu reported that Tahreek-e-Taliban Pakistan also accepted responsibility for the attack on Mr Raisani’s motorcade.

However hours later, Ali Sher Haideri, identifying him as the real spokesman of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), refuted the claim made by Abdullah and said the organisation was not involved in the attack. It is important to note that Lashkar-e-Jhangvi Al-Almi is an offshoot of the LeJ and allegedly enjoys close relations with Al-Qaeda. Whereas many analysts believe that Lashkar-e-Jhangvi is the Islamic extremist wing of the Pakistani ISI.

The third claimant is the Baloch Liberation United Front (BLUF), which accepted responsibility for attacking Raisani. The BLUF spokesman, Shyhaq Baloch, while calling from some unidentified location claimed that the BLUF fighters carried out the strike and it was a remote-controlled blast not a suicide attack. He warned if the chief minister Balochistan again talked against Baloch freedom fighters, they would cause him physical harm.

Governor Zulfiqar Magsi expressing similar view as the CM Raisani said it was a well-knitted conspiracy to push Balochistan towards civil war, adding that, “By carrying out such attacks on tribal elders, the attackers can make headlines in newspapers but getting independent through these moves is their misperception,” he added.

He further said that “Both of us (CM Raisani and Governor Magsi) can react but consequently a civil war would start in the province,” he warned. “Those who are talking about independent while on the other hand igniting civil war are committing a big mistake,” he remarked.

To a query, Magsi mentioned he had always said that there was an elected government with a popular mandate; therefore, it should solve all issues amicably with annoyed brothers. However, he said dialogue was not possible with thieves, dacoits, criminal elements and those who were kidnapping the people for ransom. “Criminals should be dealt with an iron hand and it is the responsibility of the state to do so,” he said.

It worth mentioning that Raisani had recently angered the Pakistani notorious Intelligence agencies by openly admitting, interview with BBC, that that they were involved in target killings of Baloch political activists in Balochistan.

Only a day before the assassination attempt on his life Mr. Raisani had also condemned the twin suicide bomb attacks in Mohmand Agency, terming them a barbaric act, which could annoy the Pakistani Taliban as well their supporters in ISI.

Poverty and Defeating Militant Islam

Bombing of Hindu Holy Site Blamed On Indian Mujahideen

[It would be insanity for Pakistan to do this, at this time.  The whole world already wants Pakistan to be brought under international control; why would Pakistan’s elite want to magnify the world’s hatred?  This reeks to high heaven.]

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Govt says Indian Mujahideen bombed Varanasi

IST,REUTERS

NEW DELHI: India said on Wednesday an Islamist group with ties to Pakistani militants was behind a bomb attack in one of its holiest cities, and local media reported two people were questioned over the attack.

Home Secretary Gopal Pillai said traces of explosives were found at the site of Tuesday evening’s blast in Varanasi that killed a two-year old girl and injured 37 worshippers and foreign tourists.

Pillai said it was “too premature” to say if individuals or groups operating from Pakistan were involved in the blast, which he said was set off by the Indian Mujahideen, a local group India says has been trained by militants based in Pakistan, including the hardline Lashkar-e-Taiba.

The group also claimed the attack in an email sent to local media.

“It is a terror attack. The Indian Mujahideen has claimed responsibility,” Pillai, the top bureaucrat in the interior ministry, told Reuters.

“The investigation is focusing on the clues we have, on suspicious characters who stayed in hotels there (Varanasi).”

No one has been arrested or detained, R.P. Singh, a senior police officer said in Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh state where Varanasi is located. But local media said police in Mumbai had questioned two people over the email.

India remains jittery about the threat of militant strikes, especially since the Mumbai attacks in November 2008 which killed 166 people and raised tensions with arch rival Pakistan. New Delhi says Pakistan-based groups aid and train militants to carry out attacks against India, a claim Islamabad rejects.

Investors closely monitor any signs of an escalation in tensions between India and Pakistan, two nuclear-armed rivals who have fought several wars.

MOSQUE ANNIVERSARY

With hundreds of temples and shrines, Varanasi, on the sacred Ganges river, is the centre of Hinduism. Pilgrims flock to the city for a dip in the river, which they believe will wash away their sins.

The Indian Mujahideen has in the past claimed several attacks, including the 2008 bombings in the tourist city of Jaipur that killed 63 people and a September 2010 gun attack on a tourist bus outside New Delhi’s main mosque.

Local media said the Indian Mujahideen, in the email claiming the attack, said the blast was carried out against a court verdict over a disputed mosque site that gave two-thirds of the land to Hindu groups. The blast came a day after the 18th anniversary of the razing of the mosque by Hindu zealots.

The demolition had led to some of the worst religious riots in India and remains a recruitment pitch for Islamist militants.

U.S. Military Prepares for Economic Collapse

U.S. Military Prepares for Economic Collapse

WRITTEN BY RAVEN CLABOUGH

Skeptics who continue to assert that the economic plight of the United States has been overstated need not look further than the Pentagon to find out just how wrong they are. CNBC has learned that the Pentagon is currently playing out “war games” pertinent to an American economic meltdown.

According to CNBC, “The Pentagon is planning for real economic threats to America.”

CNBC’s Business News analyst Eamon Javers explains:

Ever since the crash of 2008, the Defense Intelligence establishment has really been paying a lot of attention to global markets and how they could serve as a threat to U.S. National security interests. At one upcoming seminar that we’re going to see here next month, they’re going to be taking a look at a lot of the issues … [including] the use of sovereign wealth funds to manipulate markets, currencies; nation state economic collapse, sovereign default, nation state instability; U.S. Allies’ budgets, deficits, national security infrastructures.

Similarly, the Army has launched an operation called “Unified Quest 2011” in which it studies the “implications of ‘large scale economic breakdown’ inside the United States that would force the Army to keep ‘domestic order amid civil unrest.’” The Quest also trains the Army in how to “deal with fragmented global power and drastically lower budgets.”

In October, the United States Marine Corps visited J.P. Morgan to “study markets and the economy.”

Javers concludes:

All different parts of the Pentagon and Defense Intelligence establishment are looking at markets and looking at ways they can present a new kind of threat to the United States. These are the guys whose job it is to think of the worst possible things that could happen.

According to Wired.com, the Army hosts a Unified Quest every year, which entails “the Army’s chief of staff [instructing] talented mid-career and senior officers and senior enlisted (wo)men to evaluate where the service is falling short — and propose remedies.”

However, the 2011 Unified Quest lends truth to assertions that the United States is indeed not witnessing an upward economic recovery, as so many in our federal government have asserted. Soldiers are being trained in evacuation and detainment as a response to rioting, revealing the possibility that the United States military may resort to martial law in order to maintain order.

Unified Quest 2011 also prepares soldiers to act as diplomats in the event that there is a limited availability of diplomats at combat outposts, or on the streets contending with hungry and angry Americans. Wired.com writes, “There’s a strong consensus that negotiations ought to be part of the Army’s toolkit — something backed by a ream of recent doctrinal manuals and various short courses in negotiation at the Army’s many schools.”

Blacklisted News explains that the Pentagon’s war games are just one of many examples that show the direction in which the world is headed. Others include the decentralization of FEMA from a single distribution facility in Washington to 15 regional facilities across the nation. Blacklisted News also claims, “Anecdotal evidence indicates that the U.S. government has been the leading buyer of freeze dried foods for the last couple of years, and private emergency shelter contractors have reported a shortage in equipment and supplies for building personal-sized bunkers.”

Other global powers are apparently preparing for “Doomsday” scenarios. Russia has reportedly been preparing for the development of 5,000 new underground bunkers for the city of Moscow, while the European Union commissioned the building of a “Doomsday Seed Vault” in a mountainside several hundred feet above sea level in 2006.

Additionally, FEMA’s website recommends that American families have emergency preparedness supplies readily available, including food and water, for at least several weeks.

Photo of Pentagon: AP Images