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Pakistan's ISI: Militants, not India, are the greatest threat to national security

Pakistan's intelligence agency, the ISI, has concluded that India is no longer the primary threat to the country's security. Displacing New Delhi for the title are Islamist militias operating in Pakistan's North West Frontier Province:

A recent internal assessment of security by the Inter-Services Intelligence, Pakistan's powerful military spy agency, determined that for the first time in 63 years it expects a majority of threats to come from Islamist militants, according to a senior ISI officer.

The assessment, a regular review of national security, allocates a two-thirds likelihood of a major threat to the state coming from militants rather than from India or elsewhere. It is the first time since the two countries gained independence from Britain in 1947 that India hasn't been viewed as the top threat.

In the words of Bruce Hoffman, a terrorism expert at Georgetown University, the report is nothing short of "earth-shattering." To be clear, the ISI's findings aren't yet supported among members of the Pakistani military, or in the higher reaches of government. But keep your eye on this.

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Haaretz notwithstanding, Cordoba House still moving forward

The American media has refrained all day from echoing Haaretz's report that the leaders of the Cordoba Initiative, which is planning to construct an Islamic community center in downtown Manhattan, "will soon back down, agreeing to move to a new site." And for good reason: The Haaretz story only said that its report had been confirmed by "sources in New York," which really only narrows it down to approximately 8 million people.

The official Twitter account of Park51, the developer constructing the center, has now stepped in to deny the story. "Reports by Haaretz are completely false," tweeted @Park51. "We are committed to plans of building Park 51 to serve the community of Lower Manhattan.

Score one for American media. And cross Haaretz off your list of sources for news on this story.

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