February 12, 2006


Pakistan says terror suspect, leader's relative killed (RIAZ KHAN, 2/12/06, Chicago Sun-Times)

A U.S. missile strike on a Pakistani village last month killed a relative of al-Qaida's No. 2 leader and a terror suspect wanted by America, Pakistan's leader said Saturday, breaking weeks of silence about the identities of the men.

The nighttime attack -- which also killed a dozen residents, including women and children -- outraged Pakistanis, who complained it violated the nation's sovereignty.

Until now, President Pervez Musharraf had only said ''foreigners'' died in the Jan. 13 strike in the northwestern town of Bajur, near the Afghan border. He provided more details Saturday while visiting northwestern Pakistan, although he did not identify those who were killed.

''Five foreigners were killed in the U.S. attack in Bajur,'' Musharraf told tribal elders in the city of Charsada. ''One of them was a close relative of Ayman al-Zawahri, and the other man was wanted by the U.S. and had a $5 million reward on his head.''

As we know from their public statements, the Democrats wouldn't have taken them out.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 12, 2006 4:30 PM
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