CIA Cash Helped Fund Al Qaeda

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The Afghan government handed over one million American dollars to Al Qaeda to help pay the ransom for the release of one of its diplomats.

The New York Times reported Saturday that the Afghan government made the ransom payment, totaling $5 million in 2010 for the release of Abdul Khaliq Farahi, who had been kidnapped in 2008. Farahi was serving as Afghanistan’s ambassador to Pakistan at the time of his capture by Al Qaeda and had close personal ties to then-President Hamid Karzai.

The Afghan government used $1 million from a secret fund, bankrolled by the CIA with monthly cash deliveries to the presidential palace in Kabul. Other countries, including Pakistan and Iran, provided the remaining $4 million.

The payment of American cash for Farahi came to light due to the cache of computers and documents seized by Navy SEALs during the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden in 2011. Within the treasure trove of information was correspondence between Bin Laden and Atiyah Abd al-Rahman, a high ranking Al Qaeda leader.

Rahman wrote Bin Laden that, “God blessed us with a good amount of money this month.” He wrote also that he intended to use it to buy more arms and other operational needs, and to support the families of those being held in Afghanistan.

Bin Laden wrote back to be careful with the American money. “There is a possibility — not a very strong one — that the Americans are aware of the money delivery” and might use aerial surveillance to track it. He also encouraged Rahman to exchange the money at banks at least twice to get it to the desired currency. “The reason for doing that is to be on the safe side in case harmful substances or radiation is put on paper money,” Bin Laden wrote.

The correspondence between Rahman and Bin Laden became declassified when offered as evidence in the trial of Al Qaeda operative Abid Naseer, who was convicted this month in a Brooklyn court of supporting terrorism. Rahman was killed in a drone strike in 2011.

Payments to the Afghan government of between a few hundred thousand to over $1 million per month continued to be dropped off at the presidential palace until Karzai left office last September. He used the cash to help fund the vast patronage that kept him in power.

An Afghan official said the American CIA cash flow has slowed, but continues to trickle in.

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ISIS Eyes Nuclear-armed Pakistan

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Pakistan’s use of Islamic militancy as an instrument of its foreign policy, including knowingly playing host to Osama bin Laden, may now pose a looming threat to its own national security.

According to Pakistani sources, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is gaining strength in Pakistan. Altaf Hussain, the founder and leader of Muttahida Quami Movement, a Pakistani political party representing the Urdu-speaking community, said the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and Al-Qaeda are merging with ISIS and may challenge Pakistan’s integrity and stability.

Six prominent members of the Pakistan Taliban have turned their allegiance away from Afghan Taliban spiritual leader Mullah Omar to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Five regional Taliban commanders also affirmed their support for al-Baghdadi, who, in June, declared himself the Caliph of the Muslim world and ordered all Muslims to pledge their allegiance to him. Al-Baghdadi’s success has been largely attributed to his ability to consolidate disparate militant factions into a single fighting force.

The October 23, 2014 killing of eight Shia Muslims in the southwestern city of Quetta suggests that ISIS may be having an influence on indigenous Sunni militants in Pakistan. Abdul Khaliq Hazara, leader of the Shia Hazara Muslim community, said: “There are indications of ISIS seeking to expand its presence in Baluchistan. I suppose ISIS are [sic] looking to build up a support base here along the border with Iran, to add pressure on Iran from its eastern border [along Pakistan].”

Pakistan remains a central node in global terrorism. For forty years, Pakistan has been backing Islamic extremist groups as part of its expansionist foreign policy in Afghanistan and Central Asia and its efforts to maintain equilibrium with India. As early as the 1950s, Pakistan began inserting Islamists associated with a Pakistan-based Jamaat-e-Islami into Afghanistan.

Strategically, Pakistan may present the greatest threat to Afghan independence and the success of American policy in the region. Pakistan views Afghanistan as a client state, a security buffer against what they consider potential Indian encirclement and as a springboard to extend their own influence into the resource-rich area of Central Asia. In 1974, then Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto set up a cell within Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate (ISI) to begin managing dissident Islamists in Afghanistan. Pakistani President Zia ul-Haq (1977-1988) told one of his generals: “Afghanistan must be made to boil at the right temperature.”

After the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan in 1989, Pakistan backed Pashtun Islamist Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, who struggled with his main rival (Ahmad Shah Massoud, an ethnic Tajik from the Panjshir Valley of Afghanistan, later assassinated by al-Qaeda two days before the 9/11 attacks.)

In 1994, under Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, daughter of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, Pakistan shifted its support from Hekmatyar to the Taliban, who by 1998 had consolidated their power over most of Afghanistan and provided a safe haven for Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda. Without doubt, Pakistan and its intelligence service have more influence over the Taliban than any other country. It provides critical safe haven and sanctuary to the groups’ leadership, advice on military and diplomatic issues, and assistance with fundraising. In 1999, Bhutto’s Minister of Interior, Nasrullah Babar, admitted it quite explicitly, pronouncing, “We created the Taliban.”

Pakistan has been playing a double game with the US appeasement on the outside, whilst covertly funding, arming, and training the Taliban in the hope that after a coalition defeat and withdrawal, they could once again be the dominant power in Afghanistan.

It is important to note that Turkey’s current situation resembles the early years of Pakistan’s sponsorship of the Taliban. ISIS is recruiting militants in Turkey. Failure to clean its own house now could lead Turkey down the path of “Pakistanization,” whereby a resident jihadist infrastructure causes Sunni extremism to ingrain itself deeply within the fabric of society. Like Pakistan, Turkey’s dilemma may be far graver than its leaders realize.

The conclusion is clear. Unless ISIS is defeated now in Syria and Iraq, it will present a far greater threat to US national security as it grows in strength, geographic presence, and access to weapons of mass destruction.

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Shocking: Watch This Toddler Show Just How Terrifying Radical Islam Is In Only 44 Seconds

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In many American schools, if a child points his finger like a gun, or shapes a Pop-Tart into a pistol, or wears an NRA t-shirt, the anti-gun folks will overreact with threats of suspension or worse. However, in Afghanistan, a three-year-old will threaten a cameraman with his very own AK-47 just for filming him. A BBC cameraman was talking to a Taliban toddler at his village outside of Kabul when he asked the boy what he was going to do with the gun. The boy replied,

“I’m going to shoot people, tak-tak-tak.”

The boy asked why the cameraman was taking his picture. The cameraman told him,

“We are taking your picture because you are sitting with a gun.”

The boy responded with, 

“Then watch out, I’ll shoot you. Now my father comes and he’ll beat you up.”

h/t: IJReview

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Watch: What Three Military Officers Of This ‘Islamic Republic’ Just Did On US Soil Raises Red Flags

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EDITOR’S NOTE: NBC News has just reported that the three missing Afghan soldiers have been caught trying to enter Canada from the U.S. More details as they become available.

Three officers from the Afghanistan National Army are missing and unaccounted for after disappearing on a supervised shopping trip in Cape Cod. The three men — a major and two captains — were reportedly part of a group of 15 soldiers and officers from Afghanistan participating in annual joint exercises on Otis Air National Guard Base.

The Washington Post reports that this incident marks the second time this month that a group of Afghan trainees has gone missing in the United States.

This second incident comes just days after two Afghan police officers training with the Drug Enforcement Agency in Quantaco, Va., disappeared while on a tourism day trip to Washington on Sept. 13. The two men…were found on Sept. 18 in Buffalo, N.Y., where authorities believe they were trying to reunite with family.

The mysterious disappearance of foreign fighters here in the U.S. is especially troubling in light of the growing concern about the potential for domestic terrorism. Afghanistan is an Islamic Republic where the Taliban is still fighting to regain control of the country.

Local, state and federal law enforcement agencies are said to be involved in the search for the three missing Afghan military officers, as we learn in the video report above, via Fox News.

 

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MUST-READ: Angry Parents Of Fallen Seal Team Member Just Destroyed Obama In This Gutsy Letter

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Aaron Carson Vaughn, a member of SEAL Team Six, was killed in August, 2011 when a Chinook helicopter carrying 30 American troops was shot down over Afghanistan. Now, Vaughn’s parents, Karen and Billy, have written an open letter to President Obama, condemning the Commander in Chief for his “cowardly lack of leadership” following the death of another American at the hands of terrorists — James Foley, the journalist beheaded by ISIS.

The British newspaper The Daily Mail has printed the letter in which Vaughn’s angry, grieving mother and father call out Obama in no uncertain terms, charging:

“You are not up to this job. You know it. We know it. The world knows it.”

The Vaughns’ letter shows that they were incensed over Obama’s running off to go golfing and yucking it up with friends immediately after the president held a news conference on the beheading of Foley, which was captured on video.

The couple go on to directly ask Mr Obama to resign so that a man or woman ‘of courage and substance’ can take over and address the ‘out-of-control thug fest’ happening in Syria and Iraq, where ISIS is attempting to establish a caliphate.

‘It’s time for you to step down and allow a true leader to restore our honor and protect our sons and daughters…

‘America has always been exceptional. And she will be again. You, Mr President, are a bump in the road,’ they wrote.

With permission of Karen and Billy Vaughn, The Daily Mail has shared the entire open letter to the president.

Vaughn letter

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