July 24, 2007

U.S. says Bin Laden in Pakistan

AL-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden is alive and sheltering in lawless parts of Pakistan on the border with Afghanistan, US intelligence Chief Mike McConnell said yesterday. Asked about bin Laden, the US director of national intelligence told NBC television: "My personal view is that he's alive. I believe he is in the tribal region of Pakistan.''

A new report by the US intelligence community last week said al-Qaeda had regrouped in its Pakistani "safe haven'' and was determined to inflict mass casualties through new attacks on the United States.

President Bush said yesterday that he was troubled by a US intelligence report that Al Qaeda has become entrenched in a safe haven in Pakistan's tribal region near Afghanistan but offered support for Pakistan's embattled president, saying he believes Pervez Musharraf is committed to fighting Al Qaeda and Taliban militants.

Meanwhile Pakistan hit back U.S. critics of its fight against terrorism, insisting its army was best suited to hunt for Osama bin Laden and other al Qaeda militants Washington believes enjoy safe haven in Pakistani tribal areas near Afghanistan.

Appearing on CNN's "Late Edition," an angry Foreign Minister Khursheed Mehmood Kasuri criticized talk of U.S. forces attacking al Qaeda on Pakistani territory, warning that any incursion would alienate opinion in the predominantly Muslim U.S. ally against terrorism.

"We are committed to controlling terrorism, and people in Pakistan get very upset when despite all the sacrifices that Pakistan has been making you get all these criticisms" in the press, he said in an interview from Lahore, Pakistan.

"What I don't like is the tone that I am now hearing and that I am now reading in the American media," said Kasuri.

Earlier Washington sparked a sharp exchange with Pakistani leaders by asserting that it would consider using force on Pakistani soil. US intelligence Chief Mike McConnell said on Sunday his country would "use all instruments at disposal" to act against al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

Links:
Bin Laden hiding in Pakistan, say US intelligence , Pakistan rejects Bin Laden raid

4 comments:

Incognito said...

And yet, there are others who are convinced that he is dead.

Regardless his terrorist buddies are still going strong. So, either way it probably doesn't make one iota of difference. sadly.

American Interests said...

There is little question, you are right, he would have lots of buddies. But I tell you what, how much is that bounty on his head? 25 million or did they recently double it? Want to join us, we'll go find the critter and share the spoils...Thanks for visiting again incognito

WomanHonorThyself said...

hi there !..ah its because Clinton didnt take him out in Sudan when he had the chance!!!..great blog..Keep up the good fight!

American Interests said...

Thanks for coming by womanhthyself, appreciate your comments. Look forward to visiting your site again soon. Incidently I noticed a few of your readers are still linking to your older blog - you'll have to give them a reminder. Kindest regards.