According to The Long War Journal’s Jane Novak, the US Embassy in Yemen was attacked today by a militant group carrying machine guns, RPG’s, and setting off a series of explosions.  The terrorist force was repelled after blowing killing 16 people, and attempting to breach the US compound.  After a fierce gun battle, the militants were repelled.  No US citizens were killed, though many Yemeni security officers were killed or wounded in the fight.

A group calling itself Yemeni Islamic Jihad took credit for today’s attack. The group last month claimed responsbility for a July suicide car bombing at a police station in Hadramout killed one policeman and injured 18. The police station had been previously bombed with no injuries. Yemeni Islamic Jihad also threatened a future attack in the capital.

This is not the first attack or attempted attack on a US embassy or consulate this year.  In July, the US consulate in Ankara, Turkey was attacked leaving several dead. Luckily both attacks proved to be failures, unlike some of the major suicide bombings we’ve seen in India and Afghanistan recently.

Those bombings have largely been attributed to terrorist groups, though India has suggested that Pakistani intelligence services could be responsible.

“Militants are getting support from across the border and it is a fact,” Defense Minister A.K. Antony told reporters in New Delhi, responding to a question about possible Pakistani involvement in the blasts. “It is a matter of serious concern.”

Indeed a number of sources in India, Afghanistan and the US intelligence community seem to indicate that blasts in Afghanistan and India could both be the work of Pakistani’s ISI. This would seem to fly in the face of the notion that Pakistan has long been our aid in the war on terror.  However, the unwillingness of the Pakistani Government to clamp down on the semi-autonomous tribal FATA region, now the stronghold of the Taliban, and the remnants of Osama bin Laden’s inner circle, including the tall man himself, along with the new reports of possible ISI involvement in these bombings, would indicate that Pakistan is quite the opposite of our ally.

Pakistan has also threatened to attack US troops should they enter Pakistani territory in pursuit of Taliban or al-Qaida forces.  The irony, of course, is that Pakistan is willing to fire on US troops while it is unwilling to do the same against Taliban fighters, who, it would seem, should represent an alien, invading force as well.

In fact, the only way that the Pakistani government could not identify the Taliban as an invading force is if they considered the Taliban a native part of Pakistan. This, too, would make sense, since the Taliban did indeed originate in Pakistan.  Of course, even if the Taliban were a Pakistani organization, their attacks on Afghanistan would certainly justify Pakistani intervention.  If Pakistan were truly our ally, they would have long ago destroyed the Taliban, regardless of what has been said about the tribal region that houses them.

The fact of the matter is, the Pakistani government views the Taliban as an asset–at least, some branch of the splintered government does.  The Taliban generally does not strike against Pakistan, but devote all their energy to causing chaos and instability in Afghanistan–and more importantly, against US troops there.  Recent reports indicate that the ISI has had involvement even in the abduction of foreign aid workers in Afghanistan, further linking the Pakistani Government with the insurgent efforts there.

Christopher Hitchens describes Pakistan as “our deadliest enemy.”  And this does, indeed, appear to be true.  “This is a fantastically unacceptable state of affairs, which needs to be given its right name of state-sponsored terrorism,” Hitchens writes.

It may become much more than a fight against state-sponsored terror.  The conflict in Afghanistan is far from over.  It may only just be beginning.

~read more from E.D. Kain at NeoConstant

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