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Saturday, July 9, 2011

PUBLISHED POSTHUMOUSLY: "Inside Al-Qaeda and the Taliban: Beyond Bin Laden and 9/11"!

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A Story to Kill For?
Journalist Saleem Shahzad’s posthumously released book
has some explosive disclosures.

By Khaled Ahmed | From the July 8‚ 2011‚ issue

Rizwan Tabassum / AFP

Syed Saleem Shahzad was killed days before his book, Inside Al-Qaeda and the Taliban: Beyond Bin Laden and 9/11 (Pluto Press, 2011), hit Pakistan. It is possible that those who killed him knew about its contents, or simply reacted to his May 27 article for the Web-only Asia Times Online which claimed penetration of Al Qaeda into the Pakistan military. Since the book is based on his many years of reporting on terrorism, his killers might have guessed what was coming next.
The book is a bombshell. It is based on Shahzad’s intimate contacts within the network of terrorists aligned with Al Qaeda and seeks to prove that terror associated with the Taliban is nothing but Al Qaeda acting through its minions. It makes no bones about Lashkar-e-Taiba, Pakistan’s “asset” against India, as an offshoot: “In 1988 Abu Abdur Rahman Sareehi, a Saudi and one of [Osama] bin Laden’s deputies, had founded an organization in the Afghan Kunar Valley to recruit Pakistanis from the Bajaur Agency … to fight the Soviets. Sareehi was the brother-in-law of Zakiur Rahman Lakhvi, who is now the commander in chief of [Taiba] and the main suspect for the Mumbai attack on November 26, 2008.”
Taiba, it goes on, “was born in Kunar Valley … as a branch of Sareehi’s setup whose foundation was laid by bin Laden.” It is not just a bold statement without proof. Much else follows, including a wrinkle in the relationship between Taiba and its patron. Abu Zubayda, the first Al Qaeda man caught in 2002 and consigned to jail in the U.S., was in Faisalabad—the city where all Wahabi and Ahl-e-Hadith parties are headquartered, and which was named after a Saudi king after he made his seed money for Pakistan’s zakat funds conditional upon assistance to these pro-Saudi elements.


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