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Al Qaeda recruiting Pakistanis for Jihad: US

Al Qaeda recruiting Pakistanis for Jihad: US

Publication: Sify News
Date: October 11, 2004
URL: http://sify.com/news/international/fullstory.php?id=13587379

US security officials believe that Al Qaeda, which had earlier recruited only Arabs, is now recruiting people from other ethnic groups, including many Pakistanis.

According to the Dawn, the latest Qaeda recruitment drive is aimed at not only bolstering the terrorist network's manpower, but also at preventing various intelligence agencies to monitor their activities more effectively.

The modus operandi too has changed with the organization choosing to operate in small independent groups of 10 or less members, thereby creating an operational command that keeps on working even if there is bust.

Pakistani police officials cite the example of one such group headed by Attaur Rehman and nine of his accomplices charged with carrying out a deadly attack on the Corps Commander Karachi in June.

Although the group named Jundullah receives orders from senior Al Qaeda leaders, it has no direct association with the Al Qaeda or any other group associated with the network. As a result of this, the arrest of Rehman and his accomplices could not lead police to other Al Qaeda cells.

Pakistani officials say that many of the new members are also recruited from other Pakistani and Kashmiri militant groups such as Al-Badr, Harakatul Mujahideen, Jaish-i- Mohammed, and Lashkar-i-Jhangvi.

The report further says that despite not having any direct access to top Al Qaeda leadership, the jihadis, depending on their personal performance, receive as much as 170 to 340 dollars a month.

The paper quoted a senior Karachi police investigator as saying that as a matter of policy, the Al Qaeda leaders rely on trusted contacts and preferably recruit people who have fought alongside Arabs or otherwise have been trained by them.


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