Monday, October 30, 2006

American's Take Out al-Qaeda Group (Updated)

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The American military bombed a mosque in the tribal north killing roughly twenty Taliban and/or al-Qaeda (originally reported as the Pakistani's):

Just two days after Faqir Mohammed held a tribal meeting in Bajaur to express support for the Taliban and al-Qaeda, and vowed to fight the West, the Pakistani government conducted a major strike against a madrassa being used as a terror training camp. Up to 80 were killed in what appears to be a helicopter assault on the camp in the Bajaur town of Chenagai. Pakistan's The News reports “the operation involved army helicopter gunships and precision weapons.”

“We had information about the presence of 70 to 80 miscreants who were engaging in militant training in a madrassa in Khar," said Pakistani spokesman Major General Shaukat Sultan. "The compound has been destroyed.” The term “miscreant” is often used to describe 'foreigners,' or al-Qaeda. Dawn reports “The bodies of 20 people wrapped in sheets were laid out at funeral prayers nearby after the attack.” News reports are beginning to claim children were killed in the attack, which is possible as the Taliban has been know to place civilians in military sites to create such a situation. Madrassa are also used to indoctrinate youths into the Taliban's radical ideology. An American intelligence source tells us that this was but one of "22 known camps in the Federally Administered Tribal Agencies."

Musharraf is in a tough position and this attack is going to make things tough for him. He's at the point that he's got to hit al-Qaeda when he can because they're going to come after him again.

Update: According to ABC, it was not the Pakistani's but a US Predator drone and the target was Ayman al-Zawahiri. I hope we got the bastard:

Between two and five senior al Qaeda militants were killed in the attack, including the mastermind of the airliners plot in the U.K., according to Pakistani intelligence sources.

No word yet on whether or not Zawahiri was killed in the raid, but one Pakistani intelligence source did express doubt that Zawahiri would have been staying in a madrassa, which is an obvious target for strikes against militants. That source, however, did express confidence that Pakistani intelligence is closing in on Zawahiri's location.

Update 2: The BBC is still saying it was helicopters. They are reporting 70-80 dead.

Note: Post edited as new info became available.

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