Pakistani Taliban set up base in Syria, says BBC

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The Pakistani Taliban have visited Syria to set up a base and to assess “the needs of the jihad”, a Taliban official told the BBC.

He said the base was set up with the assistance of ex-Afghan fighters of Middle Eastern origin who had moved to Syria in recent years.

At least 12 experts in warfare and information technology had gone to Syria in the last two months, he said.

Their presence in the country is likely to have a sectarian motive.

Taliban factions feel that Sunni Muslims, who constitute a majority in Syria, are being oppressed by Syria’s predominantly Shia rulers.

Thousands of people have died in the year-long armed conflict in Syria between loyalists of the ruling Baath Party and those who want to overthrow it.

The Pakistani government has not commented on the allegations.

Mohammad Amin, a senior Taliban operative and “co-ordinator of the Syrian base”, told the BBC that the cell to monitor “the jihad” in Syria was set up six months ago.

He said the cell had the approval of militant factions both within and outside of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), an umbrella organisation of militant groups fighting the Pakistani forces.

The cell sends “information and feedback” on the conflict in Syria back to Pakistan, he said. “They were facilitated by our friends in Syria who have previously been fighting in Afghanistan,” Amin said.

Their job is to “assess the needs of the jihad in Syria, and to work out joint operations with our Syrian friends”.

“There are dozens of Pakistani hopefuls in line to join the fighting against the Syrian army, but the advice we are getting at the moment is that there’s already enough manpower in Syria.”

In the past, militant fighters from Pakistan have often gone to fight in Central Asia and the Balkans.

15 COMMENTS

  1. ISI and with the help of Turkey, bringing shame for all pakistani around the world, ISI stop creating such groups which are tarnishing our image abroad.

  2. BBC took 20 years to know that MQM terrorist leader had setup his base camp in London but found base camp of Pakistani Taliban in Syria with in six months.This is called use of super technology they possess.

    • Yes! non-Muslim Taliban should be kicked out from Pakistan and all over the world

  3. Since the birth of Saudi Arabia in hands of England, France and America, they are involved in the spreading Hate, Illiteracy in the world.

    Specially they are responsible to divide Muslim strength as per the Jews plans.

    They are supporting non-Muslim militants like Taliban with Money and Training.

    They are responsible of changing the concepts of real Islam with their foolish ideology

    NOW THE TIME HAS COME TO RESTORE KAABA SHARIF FROM THESE ANTI MUSLIM SAUDIES.

  4. App sub ki comments parhi Bohat afsoos howa aik tarf Islam ka daawa kararhe han or dusri tarf kufr ki tarjumani Afghanistan or tamam duniya me kufr ki bartari ko khak me milane wale ye darwaish sifat log jinhe log taliban ka naam se jante han aiman par qaim hona haq par hona tumhari sanad ka mohtaj nahi he alhumdulillah duniya ka karaooron musalman unki azamt k dil se qail he or jahan tak huzbullah ka talluq he tu uski bhi israel k khilaf fatha Hammas ki wja se howi or Credit hammas ko jata he jo abbhi israel k khilaf sina super he jabke hizbullah ka buzdil commander pata nahi kis bill me jakar chup giya he k bahir ayya hi nahi han muslamano ko qatl karne ki liye sham me hafiz ki darina sifat fauj k sath milkar muslamano ka aqtle aam kararha he
    Kafir kafir shia kafir Hazoor (peace be upon him) ke door se lekar aaj tak munafiqeen ki yahi nisshane rahi he k khud jihad karnahi sakte or mujahideen k khilaf shukok paida karte han

    • tum aqal key andhey ho ulta nazar aata hey majnoon nazar aati hey laila nazar aata hey

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