August 7, 2004

OSAMA HAS TO HAVE SOME FRENCH BLOOD:

Arrests Damage al-Qaida Network (PAUL HAVEN, 8/07/04, Associated Press)

The trail began with a hunt for the people who ambushed a Pakistani commander as his motorcade tried to cross Karachi's Clifton Bridge in June. It led to a torrent of intelligence and ended with dozens of arrests in Pakistan and Britain and a terror warning in the United States.

Along the way, investigators passed through Karachi's teeming streets, to the dusty tribal village of Shakai along the Pakistan-Afghan border, to seemingly placid suburban London, to the world's financial headquarters in New York and to Washington, D.C.

The arrests of several senior al-Qaida figures in Pakistan and Britain in the weeks that followed — including a key operative in London and a man on the FBI's most-wanted list for the U.S. Embassy bombings in East Africa — are a striking example of intrepid police and intelligence work, international cooperation and simple good luck.

The breaks have dealt a significant blow to Osama bin Laden's network, eliminated a tribal transit point for his men and drawn the strongest link yet between al-Qaida's international plans and attacks on senior politicians here, including President Gen. Pervez Musharraf and the prime minister-designate, Pakistani police and intelligence officials told The Associated Press.


The only way things could get any worse for al Qaeda is if they were to pull off another successful attack here, which would give whoever wins the election the green light to irradiate Western Pakistan, topple Assad, kill Arafat, topple Iran's mullahs, depose Castro and take out Kim Jong-il.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 7, 2004 10:04 AM
Comments

Keep dreaming.

Posted by: BJW at August 7, 2004 7:38 PM
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