Pak-trained militants rushing to join Afghanistans pristine jihad

July 21st, 2008 - 12:10 pm ICT by ANI  

London , July 21 (ANI): Western intelligence agencies have reportedly claimed that Afghanistan was fast turning into a safe haven for foreign militants, after the fall of Iraq , as more and more young militants were getting attracted to Afghanistan to take part in a more pristine jihad over there.

Iraq is seen as a defeat. The image of Afghanistan is seen as a more pristine jihad, quoted Brian Glyn Williams, who researches jihadist websites for the Combating Terrorism Centre at the US military academy at West Point , as saying.

He said that jihadist websites across the Middle East had shown a huge increase in the number of epitaphs for foreign fighters killed in Afghanistan in recent months. They have also reflected the despair of many al-Qaeda followers at the reverses the group has suffered in Iraq .

One Kabul-based Western diplomat, who did not want to be named, said: There is a change with an increase in attacks in the east [along the Pakistan border] and more chatter of foreign voices is being detected.

Intelligence officials say that the number of al-Qaeda-linked foreign fighters involved remains small within the overall context of the Taleban insurgency in Afghanistan and Pakistan . However, on a trip to Kabul last week Admiral Michael Mullen, Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters: There are clearly more foreign fighters in the Fata than have been there in the past. What that really speaks to is that’’s a safe haven and it’’s got to be eliminated for all insurgents, not just al-Qaeda. (ANI)

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