Gates expresses concern over terror syndicate in Af-Pak
The US on Tuesday said the syndicate of terrorist organizations in Afghanistan and Pakistan was a serious concern for the Obama administration; besides the increasing radicalization of US nationals.
Washington: The US on Tuesday said the syndicate
of terrorist organizations in Afghanistan and Pakistan was a
serious concern for the Obama administration; besides the
increasing radicalization of US nationals who indulged in
missions against the country`s interest.
"Al Qaeda, the Taliban in Pakistan, the Taliban in
Afghanistan, the Haqqani network, there are five or six of
these groups that are working together. And a success for one
is a success for all," Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said.
"They`re looking at destabilizing the whole region and
overthrowing not only the Afghan government, but the Pakistani
government and so on. And so this problem has become more
complex as these groups have gotten closer and cooperated
operationally in a way that we hadn`t really seen, I think, in
a significant way before 2007, 2006," Gates said in an
inetrview on CNN.
The Secretary of Defense also expressed concern over
radicalization of individuals holding US passport as reflected
in the last one year.
"You`re seeing individuals who have been radicalized and
who hold American citizenship who have been willing to
undertake these missions against us. And it`s pretty clear
that people like Awlaki in Yemen and others see any kind of an
attack inside the United States, even if it`s a small scale
attack, compared, say, to the World Trade Center, the Towers,
who see that as a success for them," he said.
"So that makes the challenge for the FBI and the
intelligence agencies and the Department of Justice and local
police that much tougher. Because you may not have a big,
complex plot involving a lot of people that might be easier to
detect," Gates said.
However, the Defense Secretary said Pakistan has now more
incentive to go after these terrorists now that these groups
are attacking them.
"So the Pakistanis have sent a number of brigades to the
western part of the country and frankly, 18 months ago, I
wouldn`t have believed that they would be active in South
Waziristan and Swat and these other places," he said.