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Terrorists Hit ISI Building in Pakistan

By William Tucker
Chief Correspondent for In Homeland Security

Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence command in Sukkur, Sindh province came under attack today killing seven and wounding 37. ISI building have come under militant attack in the past, but violence has been relatively rare in Sukkur making this attack rather notable. Thus far police have said that the attackers drove an explosive laden vehicle into a barricade outside the ISI building, while another suicide bomber detonated his vest just outside a police building.

After Hiatus, U.S. Resumes UAV Strikes in Pakistan

By William Tucker

A suspected U.S. UAV strike hit a house in Chashma, a village near Miramshah, Pakistan today killing seven and wounding several others. Reports have emerged that Tehrik-e-Taliban (TTP), also known as the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, deputy chief Waliur Rehman was killed in the strike, however neither the U.S., Pakistan, nor the TTP have confirmed this.

Pakistani Minister Vows Better Counterterror Work with U.S.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pakistan’s foreign minister revealed that her country would soon hold confidential talks with the United States and Afghanistan to improve a three-way counterterrorism relationship beset by misunderstandings, including one over the Pakistan-based Haqqani network that Washington considers the greatest threat to Afghan stability. But she refused to say whether her government was ready to take any action against the militants.

Militants Attack Pakistani Air Base

By William Tucker The BBC is reporting that several militants have launched an attack on the Minhas air base at Kamra using small arms. Reports from other outlets have stated that the militants are wearing military uniforms and are equipped with suicide vests. This information is difficult to verify as the attack is ongoing. Pakistan has reinforced the military presence at the base to fend off the assault.

Al-Qaeda Operative Tied to 9/11 Attacks Captured in Pakistan

By William Tucker An al-Qaeda operative that has been tied to the 9/11 and Mumbai attacks has been captured in by Pakistani Authorities. The operative, Naamen Meziche, has been living in Iran, but was captured in Pakistan shortly after entering the country. Meziche has been involved in several plots and somehow managed to move around Germany although he was known to German authorities.

Al-Qaeda Deputy Abu Yahya al-Libi Killed in Pakistan

By William Tucker Typically I prefer to wait for confirmation from both U.S. and al-Qaeda sources before discussing the reported death of a leader. Although most news outlets reporting on this story are quoting one unnamed individual, word just came from the White House they believe Abu Yahya was killed in a recent U.S. drone strike. The drone strike in question occurred early Monday morning in North Waziristan.

Pervez Musharraf, the Once and Future President of Pakistan?

By William Tucker It has been quite some time that I have addressed Pakistani politics, but with the current intrigue following “Memogate” it might be time to access the situation. In 2007, I called into question the wisdom behind the U.S., and other Western powers, pushing for then President Musharraf to remove his military uniform and rule as a civilian. Shortly thereafter, Benazir Bhutto, and several other Pakistani politicians returned from exile.

Taliban Commander Mehsud Reported Dead – Again

By William Tucker Paksitani intelligence officers are claiming that Pakistani Taliban commander Hakimullah Mehsud was killed in a recent drone strike near Miramshah. Mehsud has been reported dead by the Pakistanis so many times that he should win a prize, but strangely this report is a bit different (For those keeping score at home this is the fourteenth time Mehsud has been reported dead by the author’s count).

Expanding Drone Operations

By William Tucker

In the last few years the U.S. drone war over the tribal areas of Pakistan has had an impact on the multitude of non-state actors in the region. As would be expected, this string of operational successes has garnered the attention of other major U.S military commands and adversaries alike. The U.S. has a distinct advantage in the expanding role of unmanned aircraft – basing rights and a large navy.

Two Al-Qaeda Leaders Reported Killed

By William Tucker

Both of these individuals – Atiyah Abd al-Rahman, al-Qaeda’s second in command, and Nasir al-Wuhaysi of AQAP – have recently been reported as KIA in the press; however confirmation is still pending. It should be noted that both men have previously had their death’s prematurely reported on several occasions. That being said, these reports give us an opportunity to explore these two personalities and their respective roles in the al-Qaeda movement.