Syed Saleem Shahzad


Syed Saleem Shahzad, Pakistan Bureau Chief for Asia Times Online, discusses the incorrect report of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed’s death in a 2002 shootout in Pakistan, the two very different Jundullah organizations, how the neo-Taliban has closer links to al-Qaeda than the previous generation, al-Qaeda’s attempt to instigate conflict between India and Pakistan to damage the US war effort in Afghanistan and why the Taliban will never be willing to turn over al-Qaeda members to the US.

MP3 here. (23:51)

Syed Saleem Shahzad is Asia Times Online’s Pakistan Bureau Chief. He is writing an exclusive account of al-Qaeda’s strategy and ideology in an upcoming book 9/11 and beyond: The One Thousand and One Night Tales of Al-Qaeda.

9 thoughts on “Syed Saleem Shahzad”

  1. He mentioned at the beginning that he was in touch with KSM's family. The U.S., as part of its torture of KSM, threatened his son. Does the reporter know where the son is? Is he safe? Or did the U.S. follow thru on its threats?

  2. I thought Taliban was willing to hand over AQ to a third party, which the U.S. rejected. Does he dispute that?

  3. so i guess we have 2 choices, ww3 or israel vs the mujahedeen, i guess they finaly get the wish, an exisistencial threat…..

    best stock up on the popcorn before the rationing…

  4. This guy certainly is supporting the endless war line. Maybe he is right about Taliban/al-Qaeda links, but still, having a "base" in the wastelands of Waziristan is not crucial to al-Qaeda's success, and it never was. Get Western armies out of Muslim countries and the problem would go away by itself.

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