Al Qaeda in Pakistan continue to attack US

The top al Qaeda leadership based in Pakistan continues to plan attacks against the United States and its allies, the Pentagon said in a report.

Last Updated: Feb 09, 2011, 11:13 AM IST

Washington: The top al Qaeda leadership
based in Pakistan continues to plan attacks against the United
States and its allies, the Pentagon said in a report on Wednesday.

"Afghanistan is where al Qaeda, given sanctuary by
the Taliban, planned the attacks that murdered more than 3,000
innocent people on 11 September 2001. Al Qaeda senior
leadership remains in Pakistan and intends to continue to
attack the United States, allies, and our partners," the
Pentagon said in its report titled `The National Military
Strategy (NMS) of the United States of America 2011`.

The Nation`s strategic objective is to disrupt,
dismantle, and defeat al Qaeda and its affiliates in
Afghanistan and Pakistan and prevent their return to either
country, the report said.

"Success requires the Joint Force to closely work
with NATO, our coalition partners, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.

We will continue to erode Taliban influence, work with the
Afghan government to facilitate reintegration and
reconciliation of former insurgents, continue to strengthen
the capacity of Afghan security forces, and enable Pakistan to
ultimately defeat al Qaeda and its extremist allies," it said.
The Pentagon said the threat of violent extremism is
not limited to South Central Asia.

Groups such as al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, Al
qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, al-Shabaab, Lashkar-e-Tayyiba,
and others emanate from Somalia, Yemen, and elsewhere around
the globe.

"Terrorists` abilities to remotely plan and
coordinate attacks is growing, sometimes facilitated by global
illicit trafficking routes, extending their operational reach
while rendering targeting of their sanctuaries more
difficult," it said.

"Undeterred by the complexity of terrorist networks
and in concert with our Allies and partners, we will be
prepared to find, capture, or kill violent extremists wherever
they reside when they threaten interests and citizens of
America and our allies," said the report.

PTI