By Bruce Riedel
Pakistan and the USA were locked in a dangerous include for many years. Successive American presidents from either events have pursued slim temporary pursuits within the South Asian country, and lots of of the ensuing guidelines proved counterproductive within the long-term, contributing to political instability and a radicalized public. This historical past has helped set the degree for the worldwide jihad confronting a lot of the area at the present time. In lethal include, Bruce Riedel explores the forces at the back of those advancements, explaining how and why the historical past of Pakistan-U.S. family members has spread out because it has. He explains what the USA can do now to fix the wear and tear and the way it might probably keep away from making related errors in facing extremist forces in Pakistan and past. Riedel is one in every of the United States s top-rated experts on U.S. protection, South Asia, and terrorism, and he helped to craft President Obama s 2009 speech bearing on the Pakistan-Afghanistan borderlands because the most deadly sector of the area. He follows up the quest for al Qaeda, his influential 2008 research of the fear community s ideology and management, with a sober, authoritative, and infrequently alarming examine the heritage, value, and present function of Pakistan, epicenter of the worldwide jihad flow, starting with the background of U.S.-Pakistan family members because the partitioning of the subcontinent in 1947. the connection among Pakistan and the USA is an interesting but muddled tale, meandering via classes of friendship and enmity, symbiosis and mistrust: it s no ask yourself that folks in either international locations are harassed. lethal embody explains how the us, on a number of events, truly helped the foes of democracy in Pakistan and aided within the improvement of the very enemies it really is now battling within the area. The booklet seeks to resolve this paradox, revealing and studying the tortuous course of family among very varied international locations, which stay, in lots of methods, caught with one another.
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He first approached the Jamaat-i-Islam Party, with which he and the army had long-standing ties. indd 25 11/29/10 9:28 AM 26â•‡ /â•‡ zia ’ s jihad a Muslim state in India and had no sympathy for the secular Jinnah and his independence movement. Later the party was an enthusiastic ally of the army in the war against Bengali freedom in 1971, which helped solidify its ties with army jihadists like Zia. In early 1980 Zia met secretly with Maulana Abdul Bari, a Jamaat leader and veteran jihadist who had fought in Operation Gibraltar in 1965, and proposed that the party begin preparations for jihad in Kashmir.
31 Charlie had even planned to get married in Pakistan and persuaded Zia to hold an elaborate ceremony for the event in the Khyber Pass, with lancers and cavalry in attendance. Guests were to come from around the world, even from Israel. 32 Wilson, the CIA, and the other Americans involved in the Afghan operation had no contact with another contingent of Zia’s jihad: the volunteers flocking to Pakistan to help the mujahedin. The agency paid only limited attention to them—most were not fighters.
1 One issue not seriously discussed in the NIE but gaining the attention of the ranks of analysts and operators watching Afghanistan was the start of what would become a growing number of Arabs and other Muslims who were flocking to Pakistan to join the war effort. Militants from around the Islamic world—from Syria, Iraq, Algeria, and elsewhere— were migrating to Pakistan, mainly to Peshawar, to help the mujahedin fight in the “holy war” against Soviet forces. According to Robert Gates, then Casey’s deputy director for intelligence and the man responsible for all intelligence analysis, Most fought with the Islamic fundamentalist Muj groups, particularly that headed by Abdul Rasul Sayyaf.
Deadly Embrace: Pakistan, America, and the Future of Global Jihad by Bruce Riedel