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New Revelation Shows Bin Laden Link to Pakistani Intelligence

2:31 PM, Jun 24, 2011 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
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Today's New York Times has a blockbuster story about how the cellphone of Bin Laden's courier, which was seized in the raid that killed the terrorist mastermind, contained "contacts to a militant group that is a longtime asset of Pakistan’s intelligence agency." That group is Harakat ul Mujahedin or HUM.

Over at Long War Journal, WEEKLY STANDARD contributor Thomas Joscelyn has a lot more about the links between al Qaed and HUM:

Leaked threat assessments authored by Joint Task Force Guantanamo (JTF-GTMO) contain additional revelations about the relationship between HUM and al Qaeda.

One memo, dated May 28, 2004, summarizes the available intelligence on Mohammed Ilyas, a Pakistani who was then held at Guantanamo. JTF-GTMO had previously recommended that Ilyas be transferred or released, but based on newer information revised its recommendation, advising that Ilyas "be transferred to the control of another country for continued detention."

Ilyas admitted that he was a member of Jamaat Tablighi (JT), an extremist missionary organization that is often used by al Qaeda terrorists as cover for their operations.

Another Guantanamo detainee, who was identified as an al Qaeda trainee, told US interrogators that he heard Ilyas issue a fatwa calling on JT members "to go to Afghanistan to fight."

A second of Ilyas' fellow inmates identified him "as one of the recruiters and leaders at the Mansehra Jihad Training Camp located at Mansehra, Pakistan." That camp, according to JTF-GTMO's analysis, "is controlled by the Harakat-ul-Mujahedin al-Alami (HUMA) organization." HUMA is an offshoot of HUM, but according to multiple press accounts remains in close contact with its mother organization.

The extent of the connection between Bin Laden and Pakistani intelligence could go a long way toward defining the U.S.'s future relationship with Pakistan. Joscelyn has much more at the link. Read the whole thing.

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