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Pakistani Linked to Militant Group Says he Helped NY Bomber, Washington Post Reports

pakistan-mapBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — A Pakistani man linked to a militant group in his country has told authorities he acted as an accomplice to the failed New York car bomber Faisal Shahzad, the Washington Post is reporting.

The Post reported that the man, arrested by Pakistani authorities, has provided an “independent stream” of evidence implicating the Pakistani Taliban. American investigators have had direct access to him, the paper reported.

The news comes one day after authorities raided homes and businesses in three Northeast states, and arrested three people suspected of providing funding to Shahzad. Authorities have said it is unclear whether they knew what Shahzad was up to.

The Post also reported that Pakistani security officials in Islamabad have said they have yet to find concrete evidence to link Shahzad to militant activity in Pakistan, or for that matter, that he trained with the Taliban.

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First Person Ever Extradited From UK to U.S. on Terrorism Charges Pleads Guilty to Supporting al Qaeda

pakistan-mapBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A Pakistani born man raised in New York, who became the first person to ever be extradited from the United Kingdom on terrorism charges, pleaded guilty Tuesday in New York to providing material support to al Qaeda.

Syed Hashmi aka “Fahad” admitted providing air fare to help someone deliver protective gear like raincoats and sleeping bags to South Waziristan, Pakistan, authorities said.

The equipment was to be used by al Qaeda members fighting U.S. trooops in Afghanistan, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Hashmi, 30, was arrested on June 6, 2006, at Heathrow Airport in the United Kingdom, before he was to board a flight to Pakistan, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. He has been in custody for nearly four years.

Sentencing is set for June 7. He has agreed to serve 15 years in prison.

Justice Department Agrees Not to Seek Death Penalty Against Chicago Man in Mumbai Killings

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department has agreed not to seek the death penalty for a Chicago man as part of his guilty plea in connection with the the Mumbai, India attacks in 2008, the Chicago U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

David Coleman Headley, 49, a U.S. citizen of Pakistani descent, pleaded guilty Thursday in Chicago and admitted scouting targets in preparation for the Mumbai attack that killed about 170 people. Six were Americans.

Headley admitted attending training camps in Pakistan operated by a terrorist organization Lashkar e Tayyiba and he traveled to India five times before the bombings to conduct surveillance. (Read Plea Agreement)

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5 D.C. Area Men Held in Pakistan Claim FBI and Pakistani Police Tortured Them

pakistan-mapBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The allegation came on a tissue.

The Associated Press is reporting that the five  Washington, D.C. area men suspected of terrorism, who are being held in Pakistan, scribbled allegations on a tissue that they were subjected to electric shocks and other torture by the FBI and Pakistani police.

The AP reported that the men tossed the tissue to reporters while they were headed to a court hearing in Pakistan, where the judge delayed formally charging them.

“Since our arrest, the U.S. FBI and Pakistani police have tortured us,” read the message, according to AP. “They are trying to set us up. We are innocent. They are trying to keep us away from public, media and families and lawyers. Help us.”

The U.S. Embassy denied the allegations, and the Pakistani authorities have previously denied those accusations, the AP reported.

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U.S. Missile Strike in Pakistan Kills One of FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists

Jamal Saeed Abdul Rahim/ fbi photo

Jamal Saeed Abdul Rahim/ fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

One of the FBI’s most wanted terrorists, who had a $5 million bounty on his head, was killed on Jan. 9 by a A U.S. missile strike in Pakistan, the Associated Press reported.

Attributing the information to three Pakistani intelligence officials, the AP reported that the strike killed Jamal Saeed Abdul Rahim, a suspect in a deadly 1986 Pan American plane hijacking.

“The death would be the latest victory for the CIA-led missile campaign against militant targets in Pakistan’s insurgent-riddled tribal belt bordering Afghanistan, a campaign that has recently escalated,” the AP reported.

The FBI website said: “Jamal Saeed Abdul Rahim was indicted in the District of Columbia for his alleged role in the September 5, 1986, hijacking of Pan American World Airways Flight 73 during a stop in Karachi, Pakistan. The attack resulted in the murder of 20 passengers and crew, including two American citizens, and the attempted murder of 379 passengers and crew, including 89 American citizens.”

The site listed his citizenship as “Palestinian and possibly Lebanese”.

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Weekend Stories of Interest

Will Pakistan Arrests in Suspected Terrorist Case Improve FBI-U.S. Muslim Relations?

mosqueBy Allan Lengel
For Sphere.com (An AOL News Site)

WASHINGTON — The arrest of five D.C.-area Muslim young men in Pakistan this week may be a step toward improving the rocky relationship between the American Islamic community and the FBI.

The five men, ages 19 to 25, reportedly tried to join radical jihadists and fight Americans in Afghanistan. They left behind a “farewell” video.

Wednesday, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) announced it had assisted the bureau in that Pakistan case after the men’s parents expressed concerns about their children’s whereabouts and activities. CAIR said the parents and members of the Muslim community came to the organization, which contacted the FBI. The young men, who were arrested by Pakistani authorities, have not been charged, but the matter is under FBI investigation.

“I think obviously it’s not a secret there’s been a strained relationship between the American Muslim community and the FBI for a number of reasons including agent provocateurs, mosque surveillance, border profiling and all kinds of things,” Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for CAIR, said on Thursday.

“We hope this case can be a springboard to better relations with the FBI and the American Muslim community.”

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Arrests of Americans Shows Long Arm of Terror

There’s no question there is a terrorism problem in this region. The real question is: Is the U.S. efforts really going to be enough to address the problem?

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By Griff Witte
Washington Post Staff Writer
KABUL –– The arrest in Pakistan of five Americans who authorities say may have been on their way to terrorist training camps highlights the growing internationalism of Pakistani militant groups — both in their aims and their appeal.

The men, who had not been charged as of Thursday night but were being questioned by the FBI, have been connected by Pakistani police to at least two armed Pakistani groups, Jaish-i-Muhammad and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi. Both groups have traditionally had local aims but in recent years have increasingly been linked to al-Qaeda, an organization with global reach and aspirations.

Indeed, police officials suggested that the five Americans arrested Tuesday may have been headed to North Waziristan, the rugged tribal land that has become al-Qaeda’s home base. The region is used as a training ground for fighters and as a staging area for attacks against U.S. troops in neighboring Afghanistan.

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American Gave al-Qaeda Info on N.Y. Commuter Trains

The war on terrorism has not been an easy task. But it’s only made more difficult when Americans like Vinas  help out major terrorist organizations.

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By Sebastian Rotella and Josh Meyer
Tribune Newspapers
WASHINGTON — An American from New York’s Long Island who was captured while fighting as an al-Qaida militant in Pakistan has pleaded guilty to charges of conspiring to commit murder outside the United States and is cooperating with authorities, according to a federal indictment and interviews with U.S. and European officials.

Bryant Neal Vinas, 26, is one of a handful of Americans known to have made the trek to al-Qaida’s secret Pakistani compounds, and his cooperation is opening a rare window into the world of Western militants in the network’s hide-outs, anti-terrorism officials said.

Vinas has admitted to meeting al-Qaida operations chiefs and giving them information for a potential attack on New York commuter trains, conversations that resulted in an alert in November, said the officials, who requested anonymity because the case is ongoing.

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