Sunday, September 25, 2011
Haqqani Clan in Afghanistan Secretly Runs a Network Of Front Companies Throughout Pakistan Selling Stolen Cars And Supplying The Taliban Toyota Calvary.
NY TIMES WASHINGTON — They are the Sopranos of the Afghanistan war, a ruthless crime family that built an empire out of kidnapping, extortion, smuggling, even trucking. They have trafficked in precious gems, stolen cars, stolen lumber and demanded protection money from businesses building roads and schools with American reconstruction funds.
Today, American intelligence and military officials call the crime clan known as the Haqqani network — led by a wizened militant named Jalaluddin Haqqani who has allied himself over the years with the C.I.A., Saudi Arabia’s spy service and Osama bin Laden — the most deadly insurgent group in Afghanistan.
The Haqqanis are Afghan members of the Zadran tribe, but it is in the town of Miram Shah in Pakistan’s tribal areas where they have set up a ministate with courts, tax offices and radical madrasa schools producing a ready supply of fighters. They secretly run a network of front companies throughout Pakistan selling cars (STOLEN) and real estate, and have been tied to at least two factories churning out the ammonium nitrate used to build roadside bombs in Afghanistan.
American intelligence officials believe that a steady flow of money from wealthy people in the gulf states helps sustain the Haqqanis, and that they further line their pockets with extortion and smuggling operations throughout eastern Afghanistan, focused in the provinces of Khost, Paktia and Paktika. But the group is not just a two-bit mafia enriching itself with shakedown schemes. It is an organized militia using high-profile terrorist attacks on hotels, embassies and other targets to advance its agenda to become a power broker in a future political settlement. And, sometimes, the agenda of its patrons from Pakistan’s spy service, the ISI. MORE FROM THIS SOURCE...
PESHAWAR: Car-theft racket highly organized in Frontier. Afghanistan, lucrative markets for these cars exist also in the Provincially Administrated Tribal Area (Pata), owing to non-extension of the Custom Act there. Thus the stolen vehicles are driven to Pata, where they ply on the roads marked as non-custom paid (NCP), from where they can easily be shifted to Afghanistan.
Informed sources said that the people do not have any problem in shifting the stolen vehicles to Afghanistan, because of the long border. Sources said that car-lifting had become the most profitable business after narco-trade the world over.
STOLEN VEHICLES BOLSTER TALIBAN IN AFGHANISTAN AND PAKISTAN WILL STIFLE SURGE, SMUGGLED TOYOTA PICK UP TRUCKS THE BACKBONE OF THE TALIBAN CAVALRY AND THE FBI HAS KNOWN SINCE 2001.
Mobility is a major factor in guerrilla warfare and Taliban fighters often operate as a 'pick-up truck cavalry' force in adapted four-wheel drive vehicles such as the Toyota Hi-Lux. Nicknamed 'Ahu' (the deer), these trucks are renowned for their sturdy design and reliability, and offer good manoeuvrability across harsh terrain.
They can carry about a dozen guerrillas armed with heavy machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades, who fight either from the back of the moving truck, or dismount and adopt ground positions. Colonel Langton told the BBC: "The Toyota is not just a mainstay, they exist in large quantities across the country. They're a vehicle of convenience - they don't have to ride horses, camels or walk. And they go anywhere." Toyota does not have a sales or distribution channel in Afghanistan, and does not export vehicles to that country, TALIBAN TOYOTA TRUCK CAVALRY.
How the warriors of Islam came by their vehicles works like this: Corrupt importers in Pakistan order vehicles by the hundreds, mostly from distributors in Dubai or Kuwait, and register them for transit to Afghanistan. In practice, the vehicles "fall off the back" of transporters along the way, in provinces of Pakistan adjacent to the border. There, free of duty and tax, they are sold at a fraction of the official price.
In the case of the vehicles used by the Taliban and Al Qaeda, the purchasers of first record - or no record, since most of the vehicles have no registration papers - are often the madrassahs, or religious schools.
Bill Warner Private Investigator Sarasota Fl at www.wbipi.com