The US has asked its citizens to defer all non-essential travel to Pakistan noting that presence of several foreign and indigenous terrorist groups poses a potential danger to them throughout the country.
Fourteen US citizens have been
charged with attempting to join al-Shabab, a Somali-based
terrorist group linked to al-Qaida, which is battling the
Western-backed Transitional Federal Government in the war-torn
The Obama administration has no count of Americans training overseas with al Qaeda or other terrorist groups, but is gathering information with Pakistan to locate people holding US passports who are receiving terrorist training.
The US is investigating the circumstances into how and why five of its young citizens from Virginia landed up in Pakistan, as these men are accused of being in touch with radicals for taking part in `jihad`.