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July 29, 2008 12:53 AM UTC

Following the Obama Doctrine--US kills key al Qaeda operative in Pakistan

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  • by: Danny the Red (hair)

The latest missile strike, however, underscored the increasing turmoil along that border. The strike, apparently carried out by an unpiloted drone, killed at least six people in a compound in Pakistan’s tribal regions near the Afghan border Monday, including a senior Al Qaeda operative, residents and officials in the area said.

The missile strike was one of several in Pakistan’s lawless tribal areas this year that have been aimed at Al Qaeda members. One Pakistani security official and a resident in the area said the attack might have killed a trainer and weapons expert known as Abu Khabab al-Misri, though there was no confirmation of that. The same expert was reported killed in a similar raid in January 2006.

A spokesman of the National Counterterrorism Center in Washington, Carl Kropf, declined to comment on the missile strike. Another American official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of diplomatic sensitivities of attacking targets in Pakistan, said if that Qaeda expert had been killed in the attack – and officials were still awaiting confirmation – it would deal Al Qaeda a significant blow.

This guy is one of their absolute key specialists in poisons and explosives,” said the official. “He was also a key trainer of people involved in operations inside and outside the tribal areas.”

who’s mocking Obama’s naivate now

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07…

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16 thoughts on “Following the Obama Doctrine–US kills key al Qaeda operative in Pakistan

  1. Exactly what does this have to do with Obama?  Really, I’m actually wondering…not trying to be snarky.  I’m obviously missing something.

    1. http://www.reuters.com/article

      “If we have actionable intelligence about high-value terrorist targets and President Musharraf won’t act, we will,” Obama said.

      Of course McCain lied about what Obama said saying

      Or will we risk the confused leadership of an inexperienced candidate who once suggested invading our ally, Pakistan, and sitting down without pre-conditions or clear purpose with enemies who support terrorists and are intent on destabilizing the world by acquiring nuclear weapons?

      Of course what Obama actually said was

      I understand that President Musharraf has his own challenges. But let me make this clear. There are terrorists holed up in those mountains who murdered 3,000 Americans. They are plotting to strike again. It was a terrible mistake to fail to act when we had a chance to take out an Al Qaeda leadership meeting in 2005. If we have actionable intelligence about high-value terrorist targets and President Musharraf won’t act, we will.

      http://www.time-blog.com/swamp

    2. In a primary far, far away, Obama said he’d go after al Qaeda where it was hiding, in the uncharted backwaters of Pakistan (i.e. Waziristan), and that he’d do it without informing the Pakistani government if he felt it necessary.  He was ridiculed as being politically naive for his comments.

      According to Reuters, this latest attack was done without the knowledge of the Pakistani military, and may have been targeted at an al Qaeda chemist and bomb-maker.

      1. …especially if the ignorance is possessed by the leaders of the country that you are attacking.  Is this something to be encouraged? I’m just wondering over here.

        1. The Pakistani government isn’t in a position to really be our friend when it comes to al Qaeda.  They have little to no authority in Waziristan, so they can’t be of much official use regardless.

          Our choices are limited: let al Qaeda go, overthrow the Pakistani government, declare war on Pakistan, or authorize these covert attacks.  Of the lot, the Bush Administration has apparently come to its senses in agreeing with Obama’s stated preference on the matter: covertly attack al Qaeda.

          By attacking covertly, the Pakistani government has plausible deniability to its more anti-U.S. factions.  They can’t claim we’re attacking them as a nation when the targets are explicitly defined as being al Qaeda, unless they also want to declare their allegiance to bin Laden and his cronies.

    1. Well if people knew, they sure have neglected it.

      Obama has been talking about the centrality of Afghanistan for YEARS.  The neglect by Bush and McCain of Afghanistan is almost criminally negligent considering that is where the killers of 9-11 are and were.

      There is no Iraq passport stamp in Bin Laden’s passport.

      1. …..for how many years exactly, doesn’t matter.  Since 2004 he’s been in the Senate, talking important things.  Thank Goodness we can trust the immigration/custom officials of Iraqi airports to identify the travelings of self-proclaimed terrorists!  Without this we have nothing.  

        1. What you wrote doesn’t make sense so I want to make sure I am not picking on someone with a cognative disability.

          The Key to his opposition to the invasion of Iraq in 2002 was that it was a distraction from fighting our real enemy. al Qaeda.

          I know that even a successful war against Iraq will require a US occupation of undetermined length, at undetermined cost, with undetermined consequences. I know that an invasion of Iraq without a clear rationale and without strong international support will only fan the flames of the Middle East, and encourage the worst, rather than best, impulses of the Arab world, and strengthen the recruitment arm of al-Qaeda.

          I am not opposed to all wars. I’m opposed to dumb wars.

          So for those of us who seek a more just and secure world for our children, let us send a clear message to the president today. You want a fight, President Bush? Let’s finish the fight with Bin Laden and al-Qaeda

          The passport line was a snark to point to the truth: The only al Qaeda in Iraq is the al Qaeda that we brought with us.

          1. …….for I thought you made sense.  Forgive me.  I only wondered (in passsing, mind you, don’t commit me, just yet!) what the passport line was all about.  Now I know not to question such hi-falutin’ conceptions.  I genuflect toward the the “Key,” never to wander.  Let’s finish the fight with Bin Laden and al-Qaeda!

            Vamos!!

  2. .

    but this raises some doubt:

    “This guy is one of their absolute key specialists in poisons and explosives”

    I was a heavy weapons specialist, for sneaky pete’s sake,

    and even I would have qualified as an expert on explosives.  

    Everyone on my 12-man A-Detachment would have.  

    There is no shortage of expertise in these matters,

    in Pakistan or in Ouagadougou.

    That’s sort of characteristic of asymmetric opponents who work in independent cells.  

    If we’re still trying to decapitate something that doesn’t have one single head,

    something that regrows heads faster than lizards regrow tails,

    we’ve got a long, long way to Tipperary.  

    Team 526, Co B, 5/19th SF  

    Colorado Army National Guard

    Pueblo, CO

    1975-77

    .

    1. The military exaggerates the value of targets killed all the time, but the act itself does lend to Obama’s foreign policy. I admire his leadership here, but I do worry about acting militarily within the borders of an ally like Pakistan. BHO needs to make this a distinction between he and McCain.

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