November 19, 2004


Al-Qaida kept off balance, U.S. commander says (ROBERT BURNS, November 19, 2004, Chicago Sun-Times)

Pakistan's military has been so effective in pressuring al-Qaida leaders hiding in the tribal region of western Pakistan that Osama bin Laden and his top deputies no longer are able to direct terrorist operations, a senior American commander said Thursday.

''They are living in the remotest areas of the world without any communications -- other than courier -- with the outside world or their people and unable to orchestrate or provide command and control over a terrorist network,'' said Lt. Gen. Lance Smith, deputy commander of Central Command.

''They are basically on the run and unable to really conduct operations except, in the very long term, provide vision and guidance as Osama bin Laden does when he provides one of those tapes,'' he added, alluding to a bin Laden videotape released three weeks ago.

Pakistan arrests key Al-Qaeda operative (New Straits Times, 11/19/04)
Pakistani security forces have arrested a key Al-Qaeda operative wanted in connection with attacks on Christian targets and a failed bid to kill President Pervez Musharraf, an official said.

"He is a prized catch and was a main link between foreign Al-Qaeda operatives and local jihadi (Islamic militant) groups."

Nazir headed a group of 24 militants and masterminded the March 2002 attack on a Church in Islamabad's high security diplomatic enclave in which five people including a US diplomat's wife and stepdaughter were killed.

He was also involved in the August 5, 2002 attack on the Murree Christian School, northeast of Islamabad, in which six Pakistani guards were killed, and August 9 attack on the Christian Hospital chapel in Taxila, west of Islamabad. Four Pakistani nurses and one of the attackers were killed, while 26 people were wounded in Taxila attack.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 19, 2004 10:42 AM

--''They are living in the remotest areas of the world without any communications ---

Yet OBL is aliveish, where'd they get the medical equip?

Posted by: Sandy P at November 19, 2004 11:12 AM

From the A.Q. Khan network, where else? The swap meet for the third world.

Posted by: jim hamlen at November 19, 2004 2:08 PM

Bin Laden is not in Pakistan. He's in one of the palaces of the Saudi 'royal' family all over the world. We will never arrest him let alone kill him because we don't want to offend the Saudi barbarians.

Posted by: Bart at November 19, 2004 5:18 PM

He died in Tora Bora.

Posted by: oj at November 19, 2004 5:21 PM