The US security night-vision device is not available in market: photo courtesy HuffingtonPost
The night vision device used by three terrorists who stormed a police station in Dinanagar in Punjab on Monday is the same as the one used by the United States security personnel, reported a national daily two days later.
“Sources said the sophisticated device is not available in the open market,” added the daily.
former Punjab DGP KPS Gill believes the attack took place under the "umbrella of ISIS."
"This is visiting card of Isis," Gill warned.
The Gurdaspur attack, the worst in Punjab in a decade, left 10 killed including three militants in a 12-hour gun battle.
The involvement of United States with militants for nearly half-a-century is a well-established fact.
A former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) director and secretary of defense Robert Gates confirmed in his “Memoirs of a Secretary at War” that the US backed the jihadis in the 1970s.
Indeed, the US started backing al-Qaeda’s forerunners even before the Soviets invaded Afghanistan. Zbigniew Brzezinski, National Security Adviser under Carter administration in 1977-83, told Le Nouvel Observateur in a 1998 interview: “According to the official version of the history, CIA aid to the mujahideens began during 1980, that is to say, after the Soviet Army invaded Afghanistan on December 24, 1979…(but) it was July 3, 1979 that President Carter signed the first directive for secret aid…”
The task to do so locally fell upon Saudi Arabia, together with other conservative Arab monarchies. It helped Saudi Arabia to hoist jihadis as they fought for legitimacy as guardians of Islam against the claims of Shia Iran.
The global jihad thus began. American universities produced books for Afghan kids that raved about jihad and killing of communists. Even today, in book bazaars of Rawalpindi and Peshawar, one could find textbooks produced as part of a series. It was prompted by a $50 million USAID grant to the University of Nebraska in the 1980s. Years after the books were first printed, the Talibans borrowed for its use in madrasas—a sign for its ideological certitude.
The Washington Post reported in 2002:
“The United States spent millions of dollars to supply Afghan schoolchildren with textbooks filled with violent images and militant Islamic teachings ….
The primers, which were filled with talk of jihad and featured drawings of guns, bullets, soldiers and mines, have served since then as the Afghan school system’s core curriculum. Even the Taliban used the American-produced books ….”
Afghan jihad soon took wings in the Balkans and Chechnya, among others. There is a photo in Ronald Reagan archives, widely available on internet, where he is shown entertaining jihadi leaders on the White House lawns.
The chief of US consulate visa section in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, between 1987-89, J. Michael Springmann says the CIA insisted the visas be issued to Afghanis so they could travel to the US to be trained in terrorism and then flown back to Afghanistan to fight the Soviets.
Springmann has no doubt that the basis of “war on terror” was a hideous deal involving the CIA and the State Department. “The international terrorists,” he writes “the United States recruited for wars in Afghanistan and Bosnia, 30-odd years ago are still involved in the fighting elsewhere today. Bosnia wasn’t the only place those saddle tramps and gunslingers were employed. The visas the State Department issued to them then are now tied to the current administration’s continuing war in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria. The fanatics I saw get travel papers during my time in Jeddah are either directly involved in or trained those directly involved in fighting US forces today.”
According to author Erik Margolis, prior to 9/11, US intelligence was giving aid and supporting both the Taliban and al-Qaeda. Margolis claims that “the CIA was planning to use Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaeda to stir up Muslim Uighurs against Chinese rule; and Taliban against Russia’s Central Asian allies.”
Nick Turse’s new book “Tomorrow’s Battlefield: US Proxy Wars and Secret Ops in Africa” lays out bare Pentagon’s plan to wreak war on the entire continent.