4 December 2009: A day after president Barack Obama announced that US troops would leave Afghanistan within eighteen months, his defence secretary, Robert Gates, made an interesting, if not entirely startling, testimony to the House Armed Services Committee. He said to the effect that the Al-Qaeda was using the Pakistani Taliban and the Lashkar-e-Toiba to destabilize Pakistan, the first directly and the second indirectly by its terrorism against India to provoke an Indo-Pak war. Gates also said that the Al-Qaeda was providing targeting information to the LeT in its terror campaign against India. How much of this is known and is the US reaching the right conclusions? Much of this is known, but the US nevertheless may not be reaching the right conclusions.