Thursday, January 17, 2008

AQ Tag Team urge Lal Masjid grudge match jihad

Here they go again.

Two al-Qaeda leaders in the north of Pakistan have called on their supporters to wage a new Jihad against security forces and seize control of Islamabad.

In a graphic video sent to Adnkronos International (AKI), Takfiri militants Qadri Tahir Yaldeshivand Abdul Khaliq Haqqani called for urgent action against the armed forces to avenge the Lal Masjid (Red Mosque) operation in 2007.

"Jihad is compulsory in Pakistan as it is compulsory in Afghanistan," Tahir said in the video message. Sitting on a chair reading notes from a laptop computer flanked by a black flag, Tahir talked about the need for strict Sharia law in Pakistan.

"Pakistan came into being on the name of Islam, therefore Islam should be enforced in the country," he said in the video.

The video was released to AKI amid conflicting reports about whether tribal militants had abandoned a fort at Saklatoi, in South Waziristan after killing at least seven soldiers. Another 15 men were still missing late Wednesday.

Tahir Yaldeshiv is the chief of the Uzbekistan Islamic movement and the chief of Uzbek militants in North Waziristan. His closest aide and disciple, Baitullah Mehsud (Bhutto's killer) was said to have been behind the fort attack.

This new al-Qaeda move is likely to thwart Pakistan’s efforts for reconciliation with the Taliban in Waziristan. There is speculation that the head of Taliban Shura in North Waziristan, Hafiz Gul Bahadur, secretly signed a peace agreement with Islamabad on Monday early this week.