Friday, February 01, 2008

Pakistan air strike bodies buried, Qaeda death not confirmed: army


Schultz
Hogan's Heroes
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Now this is shock and awe. At least they seem to be honest about it now. Mistakes should be corrected.

But why do they immediately make claims about al-Qaeda leaders killed if they don't know for sure? Is it a chain of command problem? And, if so, how far up the chain does it go before someone say, "Ya, know. We aren't sure Abu Laith al-Libi was in there or not".
The bodies from a missile strike that killed several militants have been buried and it was impossible to confirm or refute if a top Al-Qaeda operative was among them, the army said Friday.

An Islamist website reported Thursday that Al-Qaeda commander Abu Laith al-Libi was killed in Pakistan, and a Western official said there were "very strong indications" that he had been slain.

The report came after a suspected US missile raid in the Pakistani tribal region of North Waziristan on Monday night which security officials said had killed seven Arab militants and six Central Asians.

"Our position is that who fired, who ordered, who removed the bodies etc is not known to us," chief Pakistani military spokesman Major General Athar Abbas told AFP.

"We cannot negate nor confirm because the moment it happened, they removed the bodies and buried them. So, how would anybody confirm who got killed?" Abbas added, without elaborating on who buried the bodies.

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Pakistani forces never officially confirm US strikes on their territory, saying foreign forces are not permitted to operate on Pakistani soil because it would infringe national sovereignty.

I love that last paragraph. ...foreign forces are not permitted to operate on Pakistani soil because it would infringe national sovereignty. So Pakistan just looks the other way. "I know nothing &mdash Schultz"

Something is fishy about this, but we'll never know. One good thing is the US military wasn't making the claim.

Via AFP.

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