Terrorists Receiving Training, Direction from Pak: Hillary

Following arrests of US nationals – like David Coleman Headley – as terror suspects, US Secretary for State Hillary Clinton has said that terrorists receive much of their training and direction from Pakistan and the border area with Afghanistan.

“We know that much of the training and the direction for terrorists comes from Pakistan and the border area with Afghanistan,” Clinton told reporters at the Foggy Bottom headquarters of the State Department.

In a response to a question about several cases of home grown terrorists in the country, Clinton said that it has always been a concern.

“We know we’ve got to work more closely with both Afghanistan and Pakistan to try to root out the infrastructure of terrorism that continues to recruit and train people who are willing to do what is alleged with Zazi, David Headley, and others in the recent cases that have come to light,” Clinton said.

The FBI had last month arrested Headley, a US national and suspected Lashkar operative, for plotting terror strikes in Denmark and India.

“One of the reasons why President Obama made the decision which he announced last week with respect to our strategy going forward is because we continue to see a syndicate of terrorism that Al-Qaida is, in effect, the head of that is not only an aspirational or ideological head, but providing funding and training and equipping and operational direction to a number of terrorist groups,” Clinton said.

“And therefore, we will remain very vigilant at home,” she said.

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