Al-Qaeda and the Taliban working together in Pakistan

Al-Qaeda and the Taliban working together in Pakistan

Islamabad : Pakistan | Dec 19, 2012 at 6:43 AM PST
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WEST POINT, NEW YORK - In a recently declassified document, dubbed the "memorandum" by counterterrorism officials, dated December 3, 2010, taken from the Osama Bin Laden compound in Abbottabad establishes that the al-Qaeda and Taliban are working together in Pakistan.

The letter indicated that Mullah Omar is the leader of al-Qaeda fighters in Pakistan, insofar as these same fighters have sworn allegiance to him to carry out jihad.

Another interesting aspect of the letter addressed to the Taliban in Pakistan is the fact that al-Qaeda actually defines itself as an “Islamic Jihadist Organization."

“We want to make it clear to you that we, the al-Qaeda is an Islamist Jihadist organization that is not restricted to a country or race, and that we in Afghanistan swore allegiance to the Emir Mullah Muhammad ((‘Omar’)) who allowed us to carry Jihad.”

In December 2011the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is said to have removed the name of the Afghan Taliban supreme commander Mullah Muhammad Omar from its list of “most wanted terrorists”. The FBI disputes this saying his name was never on the list in the first place, but on a seperate US State Department terrorism list which offers a $10 million dollar bounty for his arrest or capture. If this seems confusing it is. Why Mullah Omar would be on one terrorism list and not the other is very confusing, but has to do with teh fact that the FBI list is for acts of terrorism by suspects committed on the United States, while the other for terrorism acts committed against American's overseas.

Many assume it is part of a "secret negotiation" with the Taliban to in order to end the conflict in Afghanistan.

In the deal, which included the release of some dangerous terrorists from a military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the US is said to have offered the Taliban control over the southern part of Afghanistan, while leaving the north for itself under the control of the American backed Karzai regime. However this was rejected by the Taliban (see article: Mullah Omar no more FBI’s most wanted ).

Why the US government would be in secret negotiations with a known terrorist organization like the Taliban in the first place is, of course, a complete mystery (see: U.S. negotiation efforts with Taliban have failed ).

No one at the White House would really comment on this story maintaining only that "it is the policy of the US government not to negotiate with terrorist organizations"?

The al-Qaeda letter is also interesting because it deals specifically with such issues as kidnapping, extortion, ransom and killing of innocent Muslims (at Mosques), giving us a rare look insight the twisted logic of one of the world's most deadly terrorist organizations.

The full letter is reproduced here so you can read it for yourselves and make your own conclusions about it:

"To the good brother Hakimullah ((Mahsud)), the Emir of Tahrik-e Taliban in Pakistan (TN: TTP - Taliban Movement in Pakistan)


There are certain important issues that we like to bring to your attention:

1: We have several important comments that cover the concept, approach, and behavior of the TTP in Pakistan, which we believe are passive behavior and clear legal and religious mistakes which might result in a negative deviation from the set path of the Jihadists Movement in Pakistan, which also are contrary to the objectives of Jihad and to the efforts exerted by us. Here are some facts to consider:

2: Considering Hakimullah as the sole Emir for everyone to swear allegiance to, whoever oppose him and isn’t a member of the movement is an adulterer, the none differentiation between the Jihad Emirate and the Great Imam post, and neglecting the daily conditions of the Muslims; all of which according to the Shariah (Muslim laws) are a misconception of the real situation, and may cause an inter-Mujahidin fighting.

3: (Of the passive behavior is) killing more people, taking them as shields without basing their action on the Shariah, killing the normal Muslims as a result of martyrdom operations that takes place in the marketplaces, mosques, roads, assembly places, and calling the Muslims apostates.

4: The draft that was written by Hakimullah Mahsud is unacceptable and we don’t approve it because it contains political and Shariah mistakes. We already sent our comments on this draft.

5: We are sending the attached short list on what is acceptable and unacceptable on the subject of kidnapping and receiving money, and we hope that you and the Mujahidin in Pakistan will approve it.

6: We want to make it clear to you that we, the al-Qaeda is an Islamist Jihadist organization that is not restricted to a country or race, and that we in Afghanistan swore allegiance to the Emir Mullah Muhammad ((‘Umar)) who allowed us to carry Jihad. Those that call us as guests do that for political reasons and don’t base this attribute on the Shari’a, and we ask you and all the Mujahidin not to use this attribute.

7: We make it clear to you that the brother Badr ((Mansur)) is one of the soldiers of the Qaidat al-Jihad Organization who swore allegiance to Shaykh Usamah ((Bin Laden)), is with us, under our command, the Emir of a of a company of ours. Badr Mansur and other members of our group are not to be approached to join another organization or to deploy to other locations.

Good manners and group work mandate that such a request be presented to his Tanzim (TN: al-Qaida) Emir and superiors.

8: We stress on the fact that real reform is the duty of all, and to succeed we should look for and correct our mistakes and take the advice of others. We hope that you will take the necessary action to correct your actions and avoid these grave mistakes; otherwise we have to take decisive actions from our end.

We pray to God to grant us success,


Mahmud al-Hasan ((‘Atiyatullah)) and ((Abu Yahya)) al-Libi

27 Dhu al-Hijjah 1431 (3 December 2010)"

(The above document downloaded via the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point website:

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