EGYPTIAN fighters are increasingly aiding extremists in the badlands of Pakistans border with Afghanistan, providing training, financing and weapons, said a top Pakistani military commander. In an exclusive interview with The Washington Examiner, 11th Corps Commander Lt-Gen Muhammad Masood Aslam said fighters from Algeria and the Sudan are also joining the Taliban. Aslam led two campaigns against the Taliban in Swat Valley and South Waziristan. Evidence discovered during the battles shows their involvement, he said. Although the common fighters are from the local areas, we were able to obtain evidence that they are increasingly being trained by outside factions, Aslam added. Al-Qaeda is providing the ideological incentive, and they are receiving considerable financial support from the drug trade and donors in the Middle East. However, in the field of communications and explosives, the Egyptians are the experts in this area. Aslam said evidence of Algerian and Sudanese expertise in weapons training has also been discovered. Aslam, who lost his only son when militants attacked a mosque in Rawalpindi in December, also warned that a major operation in North Waziristan is very much a possibility if the tribesmen in the region dont start asserting their authority on the militants. He said Washington has aided the Pakistani military with weapons, including artillery, helicopters and other equipment, but more is still needed and his military 'is stretched thin. Aslam, who meets frequently with top US commanders, said that Al-Qaedas ideological base provides a 'nexus for other militant groups 'terrorising Pakistan and the rest of the world, and provides a link that allows them to aid each other in training and financing. The Pakistani military will continue to hold South Waziristan for the next 18 months, he said.