Pak. Army Slowly Building New “Pakistani Taliban” Cover Story

[If Army informers are correct, that a new TTP leadership is about to be chosen, then it is because Kayani and the other generals have chosen one for the terrorist outfit.  Hakeemullah has always been a bloodthirsty criminal leader, but, up until now, he has been the kind of madman that the Generals needed to be in charge of their little paramilitary army of  “irregular forces” after the killing of Baitullah Mehsud.  If they are now trying to reorient the group towards Afghanistan today, it is at the Pentagon’s direction.  We never intended to leave Afghanistan and the Taliban have provided the convenient excuse for never leaving.  

America’s formula for manufacturing “simulated wars” (terrorist wars, instigated using “surrogate forces”) is rising to new prominence in the new American world order, with the fall of Libya and the siege of Syria.  The South Waziristan Mehsud terrorist faction (commanded now by Hakeemullah, after Baitullah had built it up into a criminal/terrorist enterprise, using the services of the original Uzbek terrorists that he had inherited from cousin Abdullah Mehsud), is the US/Pak surrogate force which was assembled by the CIA, to wage war in FATA.  

Using their spies to take charge of the Mehsud terrorist faction, the CIA has been able to takeover the entire Pakistani Taliban current without either Mullah Omar or the Pak Army catching-on in the beginning.   This enabled the American spy agency to deny them the use of the formidable force which they  had been carefully building-up from the surrogate forces of Nek Mohammed in Wana.   The killing of  Nek Mohammed in the first American assassination by Predator drones set into motion the American plot to take control of the militant army that they had been allowed to come together in Wana, from the remnants of the IMU and Taliban who had been airlifted to FATA in the Kunduz airlift.”   This subverting of Pakistan’s TTP plans was done without informing the ISI of American intentions.  

The Western-controlled Mehsuds, led by Abdullah and Baitullah, until their assassinations (Abdullah by Pakistan, Baitullah, killed accidentally by US drones due to ISI subterfuge,) united the Waziristan militants into an organized Pakistani Taliban army.  This was done through Pak Army cooperation and peace treaties with Baitullah and Nek, until Baitullah was bought, or turned, by the CIA, at which point, his army of “miscreants” became a major thorn in Kayani’s side.  Through superior treachery and deception, Pakistani spies then managed to plant “location-tracking SIMs” on  Baitullah, which painted him with an electronic signature, that guided the drones to him, an electronic signature for a different Predator target.  Thinking that the controllers in Nevada had the correct designated terrorist in their sights, the CIA ordered the killing of their primary undercover terrorist asset in Pakistan.  

Less than two weeks later, the agency took revenge upon the man suspected of pulling-off the tracking-chip “switcheroo,” Mullah Nazir, in a commando assault in Wana, which took the lives of 17 Nazir fighters (SEE:  Did US Special Forces Kill Mullah Nazir?).  The recent attempt to murder Maulvi Nazir again in Wana was timed to coincide with this latest alleged upcoming change of commanders for the Pakistani Taliban (SEE: Pakistan Using Wazir Tribe of Mullah Nazir to Set-Up Next Psyop  ;  The CIA/ISI Soap Opera In South Waziristan).]  

A new Pakistani Taliban chief emerging?

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Under Hakimullah Mehsud, the organisation formed complex alliances with other militant groups spread across Pakistan.—AFP Photo

WANA: The Pakistani Taliban, one of the world’s most feared militant groups, are preparing for a leadership change that could mean less violence against the state but more attacks against US-led forces in Afghanistan, Pakistani military sources said.

Hakimullah Mehsud, a ruthless commander who has led the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) for the last three years, has lost operational control of the movement and the trust of his fighters, said a senior Pakistan army official based in the South Waziristan tribal region, the group’s stronghold.

The organisation’s more moderate deputy leader, Wali-ur-Rehman, 40, is poised to succeed Mehsud, whose extreme violence has alienated enough of his fighters to significantly weaken him, the military sources told Reuters.

“Rehman is fast emerging as a consensus candidate to formally replace Hakimullah,” said the army official, who declined to be identified because of the sensitivity of the matter. “Now we may see the brutal commander replaced by a more pragmatic one for whom reconciliation with the Pakistani government has become a priority.”

The TTP, known as the Pakistani Taliban, was set up as an umbrella group of militants in 2007.

Its main aim is to topple the US-backed government in Pakistan and impose its austere brand of Islam across the country of 185 million people, although it has also carried out attacks in neighbouring Afghanistan.

The militants intensified their battle against the Pakistani state after an army raid on Islamabad’s Red Mosque in 2007, which had been seized by allies of the group.

Mehsud, believed to be in his mid-30s, took over the Pakistani Taliban in August 2009. He rose to prominence in 2010 when US prosecutors charged him with involvement in an attack that killed seven CIA employees at a US base in Afghanistan.

His profile was raised further when he appeared in a farewell video with the Jordanian suicide bomber who killed the employees.

Reuters interviewed several senior Pakistan military officials as well as tribal elders and locals during a three-day trip with the army in South Waziristan last week, getting rare access to an area that has been a virtual no-go zone for journalists since an army offensive was launched in October 2009.

Three senior military officials said informers in the Pakistani Taliban told them Mehsud was no longer steering the group.

Pakistani Taliban commanders did not respond to repeated requests for comment on the possible leadership change.

US officials said that while Rehman was Mehsud’s natural successor, they cautioned about expecting an imminent transition. Mehsud’s standing in the Pakistani Taliban might have weakened, but he still had followers, they said.

Washington has offered a reward of $5 million for information leading to the capture of either Mehsud or Rehman.

One Pakistan military official, who has served in South Waziristan for more than two years, said his Pakistani Taliban contacts first alerted him to Mehsud’s waning power six months ago, when constant pressure from the Pakistan military, US drone strikes and poor health had hurt his ability to lead.

“Representing the moderate point of view, there is a probability that under Rehman, TTP will dial down its fight against the Pakistani state, unlike Hakimullah who believes in wanton destruction here,” said the military official based in the South Waziristani capital of Wana.

The official said this might lead to more attacks across the border in Afghanistan because Rehman has been pushing for the group’s fighters to turn their guns on Western forces.

Other factions within the Pakistani Taliban such as the Nazir group in South Waziristan and the Hafiz Gul Bahadur faction in North Waziristan have struck peace deals with the Pakistani military while focusing attacks on Western and Afghan forces in Afghanistan.

A change in the Pakistan Taliban’s focus would complicate Western efforts to stabilise Afghanistan before most Nato troops leave by the end of 2014, said Riaz Mohammad Khan, a Pakistani diplomat who has held several posts dealing with Afghanistan.

The United States is already fighting the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani network, which is based along the unruly frontier between Afghanistan and Pakistan and which is perhaps Washington’s deadliest foe in Afghanistan.

The last thing US-led Nato troops need is a new, formidable enemy in the approach to 2014.

Such a shift in emphasis, however, could reduce the number of suicide bombings that have plagued Pakistan in recent years, scaring off investment needed to prop up an economy that has barely managed to grow since 2007.

At each other’s throats

The Pakistani Taliban, who are close to al Qaeda, remain resilient despite a series of military offensives. They took part in a number of high-profile operations, including an attack on army headquarters in 2009, assaults on military bases, and the attempted assassination of Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousufzai in October, who had campaigned for girls’ education.

The Pakistani Taliban were also blamed for the 2008 bombing of the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad which killed more than 50 people.

Under Mehsud, the organisation formed complex alliances with other militant groups spread across Pakistan.

But it has long been strained by internal rivalries over strategy. Mehsud has pushed the war with the Pakistani state, while others such as Rehman want the battle to be against US and allied forces in Afghanistan.

“Rehman has even held secret negotiations with the Pakistani government in the past but Hakimullah always stood in his way, wanting to carry on fighting the Pakistani military,” a second Wana-based military official said.

The two were at each other’s throats earlier this year and hostilities were close to open warfare, Taliban sources said.

“Differences within the ranks have only gotten worse, not better, rendering the TTP a much weaker force today than a few years ago,” the second military official said.

A source close to the Taliban told Reuters there had been months of internal talks on the Pakistani Taliban’s decreasing support among locals and fighters in tribal areas where the group has assassinated many pro-government elders.

“The Taliban know they are fighting a public relations war, and under someone like Hakimullah, they will only lose it,” added the source who declined to be identified because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

It isn’t clear whether Mehsud will hand over the leadership to Rehman without a fight.

A power struggle could split the group, making it more difficult to recruit young fighters and also disrupt the safe havens in Pakistan used by Afghan militants.

According to accepted practice, a leadership council, or shura, will ultimately decide whether to formally replace Mehsud with Rehman.

Intelligence officials said Mehsud had not commanded any recent operations, including an Aug 16 attack on the Minhas Airbase in Pakistan and a suicide attack on a street market in May that killed 24 people.

Military sources said Rehman planned the April 15 jail break in Bannu in Pakistan that freed 384 prisoners, including an estimated 200 Taliban members and an al Qaeda-linked militant who had attempted to assassinate former president Pervez Musharraf.

Fall from grace

Intelligence officials in the area said Mehsud’s brutality had turned his own subordinates against him, while the more measured Rehman had emerged as the group’s primary military strategist.

“If a leader doesn’t behave like a leader, he loses support. For the longest time now, Hakimullah has done the dirty work while Wali-ur-Rehman is the thinker. Taliban fighters recognise this,” said the first Pakistani military source.

A local elder described Mehsud as “short-tempered and trigger-happy”.

“(Mehsud) used to work 24 hours a day, tirelessly. But he would also put a gun to anyone’s head and kill them for his cause,” said a local shopkeeper who has family members involved in the Pakistan Taliban.

Mehsud gained his reputation fighting with the Afghan Taliban against US and allied forces in Helmand province in Afghanistan. He was later given command of Taliban factions in the Bajaur, Orakzai, Khyber and Kurram regions.

He took over the Pakistani Taliban after a weeks-long succession battle with Rehman following the death of Baitullah Mehsud in a drone strike. The two Mehsuds were not related.

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“IRREGULAR WARFARE”–the US Govt. Document Which Links the Pentagon To Terrorism

IRREGULAR WARFARE

“Irregular Warfare”–Air Force Doctrine Document 2-3

1 August 2007

Unconventional warfare (UW)—

It includes, but is not limited to, guerrilla warfare, subversion,
sabotage, intelligence activities, and unconventional assisted recovery. (JP 1-
02, Department of Defense [DOD] Dictionary of Military and Associated
Terms)

Irregular warfare (IW)—

IW… seeks to
undermine a group, government, or ideology by influencing the population, which
is often the center of gravity.

It includes, but is not limited
to, activities such as insurgency, counterinsurgency (COIN), terrorism, and
counterterrorism.

 

IW ACTIVITIES
Support to Insurgencies
Various US government organizations are postured to recruit, organize,
train, and advise indigenous guerrilla or partisan forces. These operations
usually consist of supplying equipment, training, and advisory assistance to nonstate
actors. They may also involve US direct-action operations supporting specific campaign goals.

Fear of CIA’s “Frankenstein” Complicating Western Schemes for Syria

West prepares to ban Syria’s Islamist rebels on fears of growing influence

Beirut
The Daily Telegraph

 

The United States and other Western countries are preparing to add a Syrian jihadist group to a list of banned terrorist organisations, amid fears that radical Islamists are increasingly dominating the armed opposition. The US state department is planning to add Jabhat al-Nusra, known in English as the Nusra Front, to its list of foreign terrorist groups, according to a Western diplomatic source.

The move comes as America, Britain and their European and Arab allies are compiling a new package of funding for the Syrian opposition, which is likely to be announced at a conference in Morocco next week. But on the ground in Syria, the Nusra Front and other extremist organisations are becoming a dominant force in the fight against president Bashar al-Assad.

Suicide attacks and car bombings — the preferred methods of these groups — are increasingly being used against some of the government’s best-guarded strongholds. These tactics, which have also killed or maimed hundreds of civilians, are slowly shifting the balance of power against the regime. A senior member of the Nusra Front told The Daily Telegraph last week that the group was using suicide bombings and beheadings, while international jihadists — including volunteers from Britain — were fighting in the organisation. The aim was to create an Islamic state, not just in Syria, but across the Arab world.

Yasser al-Sibahi, who is based in Lebanon, controls the flow of arms and foreign fighters to a division of the Nusra Front run by his brother. A gold-framed image of Osama bin Laden is displayed on his laptop. He said that the Nusra Front sympathised with al-Qaeda’s ideology, except for the sectarian hatred of Shia and Alawite Muslims and Christians.

After the terrorist attacks of September 11, the US enacted a law allowing the government to freeze the assets of any individuals or groups placed on an international terrorism list. One Western diplomatic source confirmed that they were “aware” of the State Department’s move to place the organisation on the terrorist list. The source also said: “Britain is still looking at the options.”

This may complicate the efforts to fund the Syrian opposition. Its allies are hoping to channel their support through the newly created Syrian National Coalition, a body that would send money to trusted contacts inside the country. But in a war that is increasingly chaotic, it may be difficult to stop money and weapons from falling into the wrong hands.

In northern Syria, where much of the territory is now rebel held, the influence of more moderate groups such as the Free Syrian Army is waning by comparison with the radical Islamists, who are often more disciplined and better-equipped. Videos have emerged of Nusra Front fighters capturing a succession of military bases in Deir al-Zour province. Other footage also shows the group’s supporters carrying out mass executions of government loyalists.

“Their ferocity and fighting skills have made the jihadist Al-Nusra Front the dominant force in Aleppo now,” one resident of the city said.

For the moment, Syria’s jihadists are focused on what al-Qaeda call the “near enemy”, namely the secular dictator running their country. Western governments, however, are concerned that their ambitions could widen.

Tanks deployed after fatal Cairo clashes

Egypt crisis: Tanks deployed after fatal Cairo clashes

BBC

Cairo tanks roll in

The BBC’s Jon Leyne: “This would be the first time the army has intervened since the current trouble began”

The Egyptian army has deployed tanks and armoured troop carriers outside the presidential palace in Cairo after clashes between supporters and opponents of President Mohammed Morsi left five dead and hundreds injured.

But, despite their presence, there are reports of a fresh outbreak of stone-throwing between the two sides.

Egypt is seeing growing unrest over a controversial draft constitution.

The government insists that a referendum will go ahead this month.

The BBC’s Jon Leyne in Cairo says the clashes are possibly the most dangerous development in Egypt’s growing political crisis.

Our correspondent says the violence, which opposition leaders accused Mr Morsi’s Islamist Muslim Brotherhood movement of organising, was ominously reminiscent of the tactics used by former President Hosni Mubarak during the revolution.

Supporters of Mr Morsi responded to a call to rally outside the presidential palace, in the suburb of Heliopolis, on Wednesday afternoon.

An opposition protester is helped by police in Cairo (5 Dec 2012)
The Muslim Brotherhood has called on both sides to leave the area outside the presidential palace

The mainly secular opponents of the president were already staging a sit-in protest there, after tens of thousands of them besieged the palace on Tuesday.

Stones and petrol bombs were thrown and there were reports of gunfire as Morsi supporters dismantled some of the tents set up by their opponents.

The Brotherhood later called on all sides to “withdraw at the same time and pledge not to return there given the symbolism of the palace”.

Disorder was also reported in other cities, with Muslim Brotherhood offices attacked in Ismailia and Suez.

‘Loud and clear’

In a joint news conference, Mohamed ElBaradei, Amr Moussa and other leading figures of the opposition National Rescue Front said they held Mr Morsi fully responsible for the violence.

“Our opinion was, and still is, that we are ready for dialogue if the constitutional decree is cancelled … and the referendum on this constitution is postponed,” said Mr ElBaradei.

“The revolution did not happen for this. It happened for freedom, democracy and human dignity.

“Morsi must listen to the people, whose voice is loud and clear. There is no legitimacy in excluding the majority of the people,” he said.

 Vice-President Mahmoud Mekki: “Door open”

Speaking on Wednesday, Vice-President Mahmoud Mekki said the vote on the draft constitution was still scheduled for 15 December, but that the “door for dialogue” remained open, indicating that changes could be made to the document later.

Critics say the draft was rushed through parliament without proper consultation and that it does not do enough to protect political and religious freedoms and the rights of women.

The draft added to the anger generated by Mr Morsi passing a decree in late November which granted him wide-ranging new powers.

Four of Mr Morsi’s advisers resigned on Wednesday in an apparent protest. Three others did so last week and Egypt’s Mena news agency reported a further resignation on Thursday.

In his news conference, broadcast earlier on state television, Mr Mekki said there was “real political will to pass the current period and respond to the demands of the public”.

But he said there “must be consensus” on the constitution, and that “the door for dialogue is open for those who object to the draft”.

“I am completely confident that if not in the coming hours, in the next few days we will reach a breakthrough in the crisis and consensus,” he said.

Our correspondent says the government has been speaking for some time about the need for dialogue, but has offered few concrete concessions which would end the crisis.

Mr Morsi adopted sweeping new powers in a decree on 22 November, and stripped the judiciary of any power to challenge his decisions.

Mr Morsi, who narrowly won Egypt’s first free presidential election in June, says he will give up his new powers once the new constitution is ratified.

Brotherhood Protesters Take-Up Arms, Becoming the Saudi Enforcers In Egypt

[Egypt’s Brotherhood fanatics are finally showing their true faces.  This breed of Saudi-created Wahhabi enforcers, who like to call themselves “Islamists,” are terrorists by nature.  Their beliefs and ideology are terroristic, leading followers of the nonsense they preach into committing acts of violence, usually upon fellow Muslims.  God, by whatever Name you choose to call Him, has NOT charged any human beings with killing other “infidel” (unbeliever) humans, no matter what some crazy, self-educated “Mullah” tells you.  Islam is a religion of  True Believers and for every believer there is a deceiver, one who tries to lead into misbelief, just like in every other human religion.  Sorting the “wheat from the chaff” is the responsibility of every Believer.   Who among us is worthy to judge another Believer’s error, when we cannot recognize our own errors?  Islam is a religion of Peace.  This is the standard by which Teachers of The Book are to be measured.]

Egypt erupts as Muslim Brotherhood supporters clash with protesters

A wounded protester outside the presidential palace in Cairo after a clash between supporters and opponents of President Morsi. Photograph: Mostafa Elshemy/AP

Head of Egypt’s ambulances confirms three dead in Brotherhood violence

CAIRO: The head of Egypt’s ambulances told ONTV that at least three people they have received have been killed in the ongoing violence as the Muslim Brotherhood launched an attack on anti-President Mohamed Morsi protesters on Wednesday.

The chief said that the three deaths were the result of gunshot wounds.

They were named as Mahmoud Mohamed Ibrahim, Mohamed Khalaf and Mohamed Ahmed.

Those are not the three earlier named by the Revolutionary Socialists Party and other activists.

The two socialist activists murdered were named as Karam Gerges and Mohamed Essam.

Activists shared photos of the two dead men with blood covering their faces and bodies. Al-Tayar Al-Shaabi, the popular current revolutionary movement confirmed the protesters death.

Another protester, Hany Mohamed, was also reported to have been killed, although Bikyamasr.com could not confirm that specific information.

The armed Brotherhood supporters were reported to have used knives, broken glass, Molotov cocktails, rubber bullets and live ammunition to disperse the opposition sit-in that followed a massive protest outside the presidential palace late on Tuesday, calling for Morsi to step down.

The ambulances chief said over 350 people have been injured as Muslim Brotherhood supporters continue to attack Egyptian activists who had been protesting against President Mohamed Morsi.

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1000 Mehsud Refugees Run-Out of Wana

Ahmedzai’s threat: Mehsud IDPs flee SWA

the news pak

 

WANA: The internally displaced persons (IDPs) in South Waziristan belonging to Mehsud tribe have started evacuating the area following a threat by Ahmedzai tribe after a suicide attack on local Taliban leader Mullah Nazir that led to killing of at least 8 people while the warlord sustained minor injuries on November 29, Geo News reported.

According to reports, at least 1000 Mehsud tribesman in Wana, the main town in South Waziristan, and Shakai have left the area within two days following the warning by the Ahmedzai tribe while at least 700 families were still living in the area.

A tribal Jirga also attended by Nazir announced to evacuate the IDPs, who left their areas in the wake of military operation, and warned action against them if they didn’t leaveby December 5.

The Jirga members said that Tehreek-e-Taliban militants took shelter in their area in the disguise of Mehsud IDPs and targeted people and peace Laskhar.

According to the reports, the IDPs have now taken moved to Dera Ismail Khan and Tanak while 700 families were still stranded in South Waziristan.