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Saturday, December 10, 2011

Pakistan being destabilized from within and without - prelude to all out war!

December 8, 2011 – ISLAMABAD – Pakistani nuclear weapons are in danger of being seized by militant elements who are likely to have insinuated themselves into the nation’s armed forces, Agence France-Presse quoted U.S. Republican presidential candidate New Gingrich as saying on Wednesday. “My guess is that they have well over 100 nuclear weapons and that the Pakistani military is so penetrated by extremist elements you have no idea if one morning they are going to lose three or four of them,” the former speaker of the House of Representatives said in an interview with CNN. The security of Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal has received increased public attention in recent months due to continued instability in the South Asian state and a series of security incidents that reflected poorly on the professionalism of the military there. Additionally, the army has taken to transporting warheads around the country in civilian-style vans on congested roadways, according to a recent National Journal/Atlantic magazine investigation. Gingrich, presently a front-runner for the GOP presidential nomination, also questioned Islamabad’s insistence that it was unaware al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden hid for years in a city not far from the Pakistani capital. U.S. Navy SEALs killed the terrorist chief in a secret May raid. “The Pakistani military was capable of protecting bin Laden for six years” in his Abbottabad hiding spot, Gingrich asserted. -GSN 
NATO tankers attacked: Militants armed with rocket-propelled grenades and automatic weapons attacked and destroyed at least 22 oil tankers parked in Pakistan, carrying fuel for NATO troops in Afghanistan, a senior Pakistani police official told CNN. At least seven militants on motorcycles took part in Thursday night’s attack, said police official Hamid Shakeel. All seven escaped the scene, he said. The attack took place at a terminal just outside of Quetta, the capital of Balochistan province, where the trucks had been parked since November 26, Shakeel said. On November 26, the Pakistani government shut down both NATO supply routes through Pakistan to Afghanistan in protest of a NATO airstrike that had killed 24 Pakistani soldiers earlier in the day. -CNN  excerpt

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