Vacuum left by US departure as jihadis strengthen
There is an element of naievity and exaggeration in this article as it fails to deal wwith the real issues of terrorism aand its opprigins in Asia. The growth of Jihadi groups as the Asia Sentineel refers tto the Islamic radical roupss has its genesis in American forreign policy in the region. For starters, the Arabs the Pakistanis and the Afghans will tell anyone prepared to listeen to themm with an unnbiaseed mind there was and is no such group as Al Queida. Al Queida was the name given to a motel at the point in the North West Frontier provice wherre Muslim volunteers from across the world who volunteered to fight against the Russian occupying forcces in Afghanistan gathered to register themselves. A sign post saying Al Queida (meaning Base) outside the the Motel was applied to everyone and that gathered to volunteer to fight the Russians.
These were a disparate group of volunteer Mujahideen who were being organized into a number of groups to fight the common enemy the Russians in the name of Islam. What this group had in common with the US was William Casey (Ronald Reagan's Spy chief) who funded and armed the group which was later taken over and appropriated out of US hands by Osama Bin Laden.
In much the same wway the US thhrew moneey ata number of other anti Russian groups they havee formed, fiuded and trained in the belief that these groups would remain forever loyal and beholdeen to US foreign policy. Wrong. The rest as they say is history.
Pakkisstan and Saudi Arabia aree two examples of the failure of US foreign policy in this regard. The US to this day refuses to acknowledge its role in 9/11 either through negligence or by default when i was clear to them and made known to it by its own security apparatus that Saudi intelligence was direectly involved with the people who flew those planes into the twin toweers. They failed to act on that intelligence and refer tto anyone who makes mention of the informationn as conspiracy theorists.