Militant hit squad spreads terror in Afghanistan

They're made up of the fiercest fighters in the Taliban, al-Qaeda, and the Haqqani network. They were formed in 2009 to combat the increase in drone strikes that was killing off their leaders - largely because tips to the CIA on the whereabouts of the terrorists were increasing. They're called the the Khurasan and their methods of identifying tipsters and executing them have spread terror throughout Pakistan and Afghanistan: Made up mostly of Arabs and Uzbeks, the Khurasan, named after a province of an old Islamic empire, are a shadowy group of several hundred men who operate in North Waziristan, where Washington believes Haqqani network leaders are based. CIA pilots, who remotely operate the drones, could step up their pursuit of the Haqqani network leaders after an attack on the U.S. mission in Kabul last month. That would likely prompt the Khurasan to become more ruthless, after capturing about 120 people they've accused of being spies since 2009. When suspected collaborators are...(Read Full Post)