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George.
09-09-2007, 08:39 AM
I remember a long and heated discussion in this bilge back when the CIA bombed a village in Pakistan, allegedly because that was an effective way to kill terrorists.

Now the truth comes out, and once again, the right-wing hardliners turn out to have been either lying or deluded:



After nightfall on Jan. 13, 2006, an unmanned Predator aircraft guided by the CIA fired missiles at two houses in the northwestern Pakistani village of Damadola, a few miles from the Afghan border.
The target was a dinner celebrating the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha. CIA officials had received intelligence that Ayman al-Zawahiri (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/world/specials/terror/zawahiri.html#profile), al-Qaeda's deputy leader, had been invited to attend.
The missiles destroyed the houses and killed more than a dozen people. Zawahiri was not among them, but Pakistani officials soon said the fatalities included several other high-ranking al-Qaeda leaders.
Musharraf identified one of the dead as Midhat Mursi al-Sayid Umar (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/world/specials/terror/omar.html#profile), an Egyptian who had overseen al-Qaeda's research into chemical weapons and carried a $5 million U.S. government bounty on his head.
Musharraf and other Pakistani officials said those buried in the rubble also included Abu Obaidah al-Masri (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/world/specials/terror/masri.html#profile), the Egyptian chief of the al-Qaeda military wing that plots attacks in the West; Khalid Habib (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/world/specials/terror/habib.html#profile), a field commander for al-Qaeda in Afghanistan; and Zawahiri's son-in-law, Abdul Rahman al-Maghribi.
U.S. and Pakistani officials now say that none of those al-Qaeda leaders perished in the strike and that only local villagers were killed. The $5 million reward for Umar's capture remains on offer.


Perhaps the CIA should be allowed to fire missiles from the air into the suburbs of US cities. I bet they would hit an islamic radical or a drug kingpin, on occasion. :mad:

George.
09-09-2007, 08:47 AM
Asad Durrani, a retired chief of Pakistan's powerful spy agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence bureau, said it would take more than military intervention to capture al-Qaeda leaders.
Durrani said U.S. bombing campaigns along the Afghan-Pakistani border had thoroughly alienated civilians who otherwise might help root out al-Qaeda commanders. "The first instinct you Americans have is military power -- dropping bombs," he said. "This was absolutely 100 percent guaranteed not to succeed, and it's continued that way for the past six years."
He said it would take a concentrated, methodical approach to find bin Laden and his deputies, relying on human intelligence and simple detective work.
"If they are there, sit back, be patient," Durrani advised. "The good hunter hunts on foot."


I used to think Americans were good hunters...

Tylerdurden
09-09-2007, 08:52 AM
I used to think Americans were good hunters...

Real Americans are, those guys are corporatist shills, not Americans.

John of Phoenix
09-09-2007, 09:06 AM
Durrani said U.S. bombing campaigns along the Afghan-Pakistani border had thoroughly alienated civilians who otherwise might help root out al-Qaeda commanders. "The first instinct you Americans have is military power -- dropping bombs," he said. "This was absolutely 100 percent guaranteed not to succeed, and it's continued that way for the past six years."

He said it would take a concentrated, methodical approach to find bin Laden and his deputies, relying on human intelligence and simple detective work.

Which has been the position of the "anti-war crowd" all along.

Phillip Allen
09-09-2007, 09:08 AM
I sure would love for us to catch that bastard...alive!

Tylerdurden
09-09-2007, 09:16 AM
I sure would love for us to catch that bastard...alive!

Gonna be tough seeing as he has been dead a while.

Phillip Allen
09-09-2007, 09:18 AM
seems a large possibility...(sigh)

maybe we could drag the carcas around a bit

Syed
09-09-2007, 09:25 AM
Foot hunters are not doing well either.(A news item from a local news paper of September 01, 2007). The situation is same till today.

PESHAWAR - The political administration of South Waziristan Agency Friday held the Mahsud tribe responsible for abducting more than 100 stranded personnel after they could not reach their destination despite passage of one whole day and initiated action against the tribesmen.
On late Thursday night the authorities had claimed that the missing personnel had been found. It may be mentioned here that more than 100 personnel of the security forces boarding 15 vehicles mysteriously disappeared in Moomi Karama area of Laddha sub-division in South Waziristan Agency on Thursday.
According to the eyewitnesses and officials, the disappeared personnel of the security forces were deployed to protect a convoy, which was heading from Wana to Ladha Military Camp.
Besides more than 100 personnel of the security forces, 4 high ranking military officers and 5 junior commissioned officers are included amongst the abducted officers.
As part of punitive action the administration blocked all roads and routes in Mahsud tribe dominated areas and arrested more that 80 tribesmen and impounded several vehicles under Frontier Crimes Regulations (FCR) clauses pertained to Territorial Responsibilities.
The officials said that action against the Mahsud tribe would continue till recovery of the abducted personnel. The officials are also engaged in political means for recovery of the hostages.
The tribesmen informed that with initiating of action, almost trade and business activities came to a halt in the region.
The authorities likely to go for similar action against Mahsud tribesmen in Tank and Dera Ismael Khan districts in coming couple of days.
The political administration has also sent a jirga comprising elders of Mahsud tribe to Laddha area to find out ways and means for early and safe recovery of the abducted personnel. Jamiat Ulema Islam (F) leader Senator Maulana Saleh Shah didnít join the jirga so far as he along with Political Agent of South Waziristan Agency couldnít reach at Tank. The helicopter with Senator Saleh Shah and Political Agent on board has reportedly been made an emergency landing at Kohat due to rough weather.