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The Pakistani Connection von Craigie, Stuart (eBook)

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 31.07.2016
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The Pakistani Connection

What began with the hunt for Osama Bin Laden as a reaction to the 9/11 attack in 2001, led to something far more horrifying. Al Qaeda and their Taliban allies managed to raid a Pakistani nuclear plant and steal some atom bombs. These eventually ended under the control of the leader of the Islamic State. MI6 had its hand in this through one of its special undercover nonofficial agents, an ex-SAS soldier of Pakistan origin. He had penetrated the Al Qaeda hierarchy. A very dangerous and risky game developed with the aim of completely destroying both Al Qaeda and the IS. Could the MI6 director Mike Sanders, together with the CIA prevent the unimaginable consequences as things got out-of-control?


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    Seitenzahl: 396
    Erscheinungsdatum: 31.07.2016
    Sprache: Englisch
    ISBN: 9781483574547
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The Pakistani Connection

Chapter 1 Tora Bora As darkness approached two British SAS soldiers and their mujahidin guide they called Ali climbed a mountain slope to an advantage point overlooking the Tora Bora caves. It was the 16th of December and they were part of the allied Special Force called Delta, sent to accompany the Afghani tribal militia. The latter had agreed to lead the attack against the Al-Qaeda forces holed up there. The main purpose of the operation was to capture Bin Laden and other Al Qaeda leaders. Laden with their heavy backpacks, the progress of the three was slow as they trudged up the rocky path. Once in a while one of the soldiers stumbled dislodging a rock or stone, which rolled down the slope. The sound could be heard for miles, which was not unusual; the sound of clatter could be heard all over the slopes as others approached their positions before the attack. This would begin with a massive aerial bombardment in the early hours of the morning. Consequently, these positions were not too close to the caves. One could also hear the occasional sound of an automatic weapon, presumably from a nervous AlQaeda fighter responding to sounds of movement around him. One of the SAS soldiers was John Sebastian, a tall handsome man with dark complexion and jet black hair. Suitably attired he could pass as a local. The other, Naeem Fiazudin, was born in Swat Valley, near the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) tribal region of Pakistan. In contrast to the other, he had muddy coloured fair hair and green eyes, not unusual in Swat. Rumour has it some of the people in Swat were supposed to of originated from Greeks serving in Alexander the Great's army. He was medium build and when wearing western clothes could pass as the Englishman, which he was. His father was the brother of a tribal leader and with the help of the family clan emigrated to Nottingham in England with his father and mother. Naeem Fiazudin was five at the time and he was encouraged to take his education seriously. After grammar school and university, he joined the British army, where he met John Sebastian. They both turned out to be soldiers of exceptional ability and endurance and were both recruited by the SAS. When they reached their vantage point, it was dark and they could only make out the silhouettes of the White Mountains. The Tora Bora caves faced north and were on the slopes of a gorge through these mountains. Their position was some fifty meters higher and to the West of these caves. As the three settled down for the night, John Sebastian turned to his companion and said: 'Let's try out our night vision binoculars and see what is going on down there'. 'You've got it', agreed Naeem Fiazudin and they both began to carefully survey the slopes. Apart from the occasional gun fire, it was quiet. The light flashes from the Arab guns were magnified many times by the Gen 2 binoculars. One could even see the tracers along the bullet paths. 'Look, some are like sitting ducks around their camp fires', said Naeem Fiazudin 'Let them enjoy the night. Things will be very different for them in the morning'. 'We have to sit it out in the cold up here and it will get worst by morning'. 'We'll be OK. Our combat gear and smocks will keep us warm and Ali here is used to the cold. Look, he is already asleep'. 'By the way, didn't your ancestors come from this part of the world? You should be able to bear the cold'. 'I expect my ancestors sat around camp fires. Can you make out Bin Laden or any other of the leaders we are looking for?' 'It is difficult at this range to make out anyone in particular, but we should be able to make out Bin Laden. He has distinctive features, for one his height. Maybe we'll get lucky'. They continued their observation for some hours. About two in the morning, John Sebastian nudged

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