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?
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has said Iran‘s nuclear programme must be stopped by “all possible means”.
Speaking during a visit to Washington, he said Tehran must be made to see it would suffer devastating repercussions if it pursued atomic weapons. The US and others have accused Iran of building nuclear arms capability. Tehran says its programme is peaceful.
Mr. Olmert’s US visit comes as he faces pressure at home over corruption allegations, which he denies. “The Iranian threat must be stopped by all possible means,” Mr. Olmert said in his speech before the American Israel Public Affairs Committee – a lobby group.
“The international community has a duty and responsibility to clarify to Iran, through drastic measures, that the repercussions of their continued pursuit of nuclear weapons will be devastating,” he added.
Is it just me or this is a déjà vu? Didn’t they say the same things about Iraq? Where all these led with Iraq is …known, what remains is to see where they are going to lead Iran!
Australia, one of the first countries to commit troops to the war in Iraq five years ago, has ended its operations there.
Australian troops are due to begin returning home in a few days in line with a promise by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd who swept to power in November. He said the Iraq deployment was making Australia more of a terrorist target.
The Australians had deployed more than 500 troops in Iraq, helping to train some 33,000 Iraqi soldiers. About 300 Australians will remain inside Iraq on logistical and air surveillance duties. No Australian soldiers were killed in combat in Iraq though several were wounded.
Not that 500 men staying is making a lot of difference but them leaving it will make!
Washington has pinpointed the frontier areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan as the most pressing central point in which to win the war on terror.
Michael Chertoff, the US secretary for homeland security, said that successes against al-Qaeda should not lead to a weakening of resolve. He warned that militants in Pakistan were training recruits who could mix inconspicuously in Western society.
He questioned whether Pakistan’s rulers had the right strategy to respond. Mr. Chertoff said the US had succeeded in pushing back al-Qaeda in Iraq and argued that Muslims in Iraq were now reacting against indiscriminate militant violence. But he warned that: “If we lose our resolution, we could find ourselves actually losing ground.”
Perhaps they should start thinking if Musharraf is an ally or a foe!
It looks like breaking news in many ways, Abu Obaida al-Masri, and the militant chief believed to be a senior planner of al-Qaeda‘s attacks in Afghanistan, has died, US intelligence sources say.
They said they believed Masri – linked to suicide bombers who killed 52 people in attacks on London’s transport system in 2005 – died of “natural causes”. “The sense is that he is dead,” a US official said.
The unnamed official described Masri, an Egyptian, as “a major operational figure” within al-Qaeda’s hierarchy.
In the world these people live ‘natural causes’ is definitely out of question so let’s see which …company will take responsibility!!!
Pakistan‘s new Prime Minister, Yusuf Raza Gillani, has told parliament in Islamabad that his top priority will be the fight against terrorism.
Setting out plans for the first 100 days of his coalition government, he told MPs that “terrorism and extremism” were the country’s “greatest problems”. The National Assembly endorsed him without a vote of confidence.
Mr. Gillani is a member of the Pakistan People’s Party, whose leader Benazir Bhutto was assassinated in December. He was sworn in as prime minister on Tuesday at the head of a coalition between the PPP and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N). The parties’ success in the 18 February general election was seen as a blow to President Pervez Musharraf.
That’s what we were missing, another …Pakistani fighter against terror!!!