Militants in Pakistan have carried out what officials have called a “public execution” of two Afghans before thousands of cheering supporters.
The pair was alleged to have helped an American missile strike that killed 14 people in a border village last month. Correspondents say that the brazen nature of the killings – one man was decapitated and another shot – show the Taliban’s growing power. The deaths took place in the Bajaur tribal agency near the Afghan border.
American spies? That sounds like they cover their failures with innocent but then what more to expect from religious freaks?
The head of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has said al-Qaeda is essentially defeated in Iraq and Saudi Arabia, and on the defensive elsewhere.
Michael Hayden’s remarks, which correspondents describe as strikingly upbeat, come less than a year after the CIA warned of a resurgent al-Qaeda. He told the Washington Post that US counter-terrorism successes extended to the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.
Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden is thought to be hiding out in the area. “On balance, we are doing pretty well,” said the CIA director. “Near strategic defeat of al-Qaeda in Iraq. Near strategic defeat of al-Qaeda in Saudi Arabia. Significant setbacks for al-Qaeda globally.”
Strange retreat because Bin Laden is still alive organizing and acting and Taliban returning strong as ever in Afghanistan! Perhaps the head of the CIA should tell us what fiction films is he watching!
A top Taleban commander in Pakistan has ordered his followers to stop all attacks in the country.
Baitullah Mehsud is the man the Pakistani authorities say ordered the killing of Benazir Bhutto. Pamphlets containing his order appeared in tribal areas along the Afghan border. Mehsud said anyone found violating the order would be punished.
Pakistan’s new government has said it will deal with Islamic militancy through dialogue and development. On Monday night the authorities set free Maulana Sufi Mohammad, the founder of an outlawed Islamist group that has fought in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
He was released under an agreement to renounce violence and help restore peace in the north-west valley of Swat. The release has been welcomed by Pakistani Taleban.
What’s next? Bin Laden apologizing for the 9-11!
Pakistan‘s ambassador to Afghanistan, who went missing in February, has appeared in a video saying he is being held by Taleban militants.
Armed men surrounded Tariq Azizuddin in the footage, shown on Dubai-based al-Arabiya television. He urged the Pakistani government to meet their demands. It is the first public statement by the envoy since he disappeared in the border area between the two countries, on his way to the Afghan capital Kabul.
In comments translated into Arabic by the channel, Mr. Azizuddin said he, along with his driver and his bodyguard, had been kidnapped by “mujahedeen from the Taleban”. He added that they were being held “in comfortable conditions” and “looked after”. “We have no problems, but I suffer health problems such as high blood pressure and heart pains,” he said.
Remember that Pakistan was the place they found sanctuary and often support including from the national security forces! That reminds the story with the scorpion and the turtle …it is their nature!