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Speculations rife on India’s position in aiding US on Zawahiri’s location in Kabul

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Speculations rife on India’s role in aiding US on Zawahiri’s location in Kabul

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ISLAMABAD: Slain Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Ladens successor Ayman Al Zawahiri was assassinated in “an over-the-horizon operation” involving a “secret weapon” by the US in downtown Kabul on July 31, greater than 11 years after the phobia teams founding chief was killed in a US Navy SEALs operation in Abbottabad, a media report mentioned.

Speculation abounds on how the US may need discovered and killed Zawahiri.

According to the report in The Express Tribune, the focused compound is only a few minutes’ drive from the Indian Embassy in Kabul the place technical employees is at present primarily based.

Interestingly, Zawahiri’s second final video message was about Muskan Khan, a burqa-clad Indian Muslim lady who dared a bunch of younger saffronites and shouted “Allah-O-Akbar” in entrance of them in Karnataka state in February 2022, The Express Tribune reported.

Eighty-two per cent of officers of Afghanistan’s former spy company, the National Directorate of Security (NDS), have been allowed by the IEA to work in numerous ministries as a result of an absence of technically certified assets of their ranks.

They might have been a supply of data for the Indian Embassy as a result of the NDS and RAW labored hand in hand throughout Ghani’s rule.

There is a risk that the Indians may need acquired the knowledge from NDS and shared it with the Americans, The Express Tribune reported.

There are questions round which airbase was used to launch the MQ9 drone. Pakistan has denied any position within the strike. Military spokesperson Maj Gen Babar Iftikhar categorically said that there was “no question of Pakistani soil being used for this purpose”.

The Foreign Office went a step additional to even rule out using Pakistan’s airspace.

A US media report claimed that the pilot-less plane was presumably launched from Ganci airbase, the US transit facility at Manas in northern Kyrgyzstan.

ALSO READ | US drone strike on Zawahiri raises questions over Pakistan’s potential position

There had been additionally media experiences of some US air exercise in Farkhor in Tajikistan, close to the border with northern Afghanistan, 15 to twenty days in the past. Other than that, Ayani airbase, in Tajikistan operated by US’s Quad associate India, and the CIA-operated Okay-2 Base in Uzbekistan is also doubtlessly used to hold out such a strike, The Express Tribune reported.

The neighbourhood the place the Zawahiri lived, positioned simply 1.5 kilometres away from the Afghan Presidential Palace, is off-limits to most individuals, which guidelines out an outdoor sneak peek at Zawahiri’s safehouse.

Since the US has zero on-ground presence in Afghanistan after their pullout a 12 months in the past, rumours swirl that it may need been an inside job. America’s former point-man for the area Zalmay Khalilzad has hinted that the US could have been tipped off by the Taliban as a result of an inside energy wrestle between the Haqqani Network and the Kandahari Group, The Express Tribune reported.

Michael Barak, a researcher on the Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT), does not rule out the chance that the Kandahari Group may need shared intelligence with the US as a result of they understand the Haqqanis’ alliance with Al Qaeda as a risk to their efforts to stabilise Afghanistan.

Mullah Yaqoob, the Taliban Defence Minister who represents the Kandahari Group, is claimed to be attempting to carve out a bigger house for himself. He has additionally tried to develop into related to Doha, Qatar. He embarked upon an unannounced go to to Qatar within the final week of July in an unprecedented transfer.

Mullah Yaqoob reportedly met with some US officers in Doha. Speculations are rife that he may need leaked info on Zawahiri as a tradeoff for the discharge of Afghanistan’s $3.5 billion funds seized by the US, The Express Tribune reported.

Moreover, since he leads the Kandahari Group, he may need completed so to extend his credibility with the US and in addition to neutralise the rival Haqqanis.

Al Qaeda is a shadow of its former self and therefore Zawahiri was just about of no worth to the Taliban; due to this fact he might have simply been given up in a quid professional quo.

A professional-Taliban channel on Telegram, ‘Anfal Afghan Agency’, claimed the Islamic State-Khorasan (IS-Okay), in collaboration with Iran, may need helped the CIA monitor down Zawahiri.

Sharing what it referred to as “exclusive details”, the channel claimed that IS-K’s chief Shahab al Muhajir despatched a “contaminated” letter of allegiance to Zawahiri that exposed his location to the Americans, The Express Tribune reported.

The Taliban declare to have discovered corroborating proof on the website together with the “letter of allegiance” and a flash drive.

ISLAMABAD: Slain Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Ladens successor Ayman Al Zawahiri was assassinated in “an over-the-horizon operation” involving a “secret weapon” by the US in downtown Kabul on July 31, greater than 11 years after the phobia teams founding chief was killed in a US Navy SEALs operation in Abbottabad, a media report mentioned.

Speculation abounds on how the US may need discovered and killed Zawahiri.

According to the report in The Express Tribune, the focused compound is only a few minutes’ drive from the Indian Embassy in Kabul the place technical employees is at present primarily based.

Interestingly, Zawahiri’s second final video message was about Muskan Khan, a burqa-clad Indian Muslim lady who dared a bunch of younger saffronites and shouted “Allah-O-Akbar” in entrance of them in Karnataka state in February 2022, The Express Tribune reported.

Eighty-two per cent of officers of Afghanistan’s former spy company, the National Directorate of Security (NDS), have been allowed by the IEA to work in numerous ministries as a result of an absence of technically certified assets of their ranks.

They might have been a supply of data for the Indian Embassy as a result of the NDS and RAW labored hand in hand throughout Ghani’s rule.

There is a risk that the Indians may need acquired the knowledge from NDS and shared it with the Americans, The Express Tribune reported.

There are questions round which airbase was used to launch the MQ9 drone. Pakistan has denied any position within the strike. Military spokesperson Maj Gen Babar Iftikhar categorically said that there was “no question of Pakistani soil being used for this purpose”.

The Foreign Office went a step additional to even rule out using Pakistan’s airspace.

A US media report claimed that the pilot-less plane was presumably launched from Ganci airbase, the US transit facility at Manas in northern Kyrgyzstan.

ALSO READ | US drone strike on Zawahiri raises questions over Pakistan’s potential position

There had been additionally media experiences of some US air exercise in Farkhor in Tajikistan, close to the border with northern Afghanistan, 15 to twenty days in the past. Other than that, Ayani airbase, in Tajikistan operated by US’s Quad associate India, and the CIA-operated Okay-2 Base in Uzbekistan is also doubtlessly used to hold out such a strike, The Express Tribune reported.

The neighbourhood the place the Zawahiri lived, positioned simply 1.5 kilometres away from the Afghan Presidential Palace, is off-limits to most individuals, which guidelines out an outdoor sneak peek at Zawahiri’s safehouse.

Since the US has zero on-ground presence in Afghanistan after their pullout a 12 months in the past, rumours swirl that it may need been an inside job. America’s former point-man for the area Zalmay Khalilzad has hinted that the US could have been tipped off by the Taliban as a result of an inside energy wrestle between the Haqqani Network and the Kandahari Group, The Express Tribune reported.

Michael Barak, a researcher on the Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT), does not rule out the chance that the Kandahari Group may need shared intelligence with the US as a result of they understand the Haqqanis’ alliance with Al Qaeda as a risk to their efforts to stabilise Afghanistan.

Mullah Yaqoob, the Taliban Defence Minister who represents the Kandahari Group, is claimed to be attempting to carve out a bigger house for himself. He has additionally tried to develop into related to Doha, Qatar. He embarked upon an unannounced go to to Qatar within the final week of July in an unprecedented transfer.

Mullah Yaqoob reportedly met with some US officers in Doha. Speculations are rife that he may need leaked info on Zawahiri as a tradeoff for the discharge of Afghanistan’s $3.5 billion funds seized by the US, The Express Tribune reported.

Moreover, since he leads the Kandahari Group, he may need completed so to extend his credibility with the US and in addition to neutralise the rival Haqqanis.

Al Qaeda is a shadow of its former self and therefore Zawahiri was just about of no worth to the Taliban; due to this fact he might have simply been given up in a quid professional quo.

A professional-Taliban channel on Telegram, ‘Anfal Afghan Agency’, claimed the Islamic State-Khorasan (IS-Okay), in collaboration with Iran, may need helped the CIA monitor down Zawahiri.

Sharing what it referred to as “exclusive details”, the channel claimed that IS-K’s chief Shahab al Muhajir despatched a “contaminated” letter of allegiance to Zawahiri that exposed his location to the Americans, The Express Tribune reported.

The Taliban declare to have discovered corroborating proof on the website together with the “letter of allegiance” and a flash drive.