Saturday, November 22, 2008

Another Islamist extremist leader killed in Pakistan

The Globe and Mail reports that Rashid Rauf, an alleged Islamist extremist with al-Qaeda links, was killed in northwest Pakistan earlier today by what is believed to be a missile strike from a U.S. drone aircraft.

Rauf is suspected to be the British ringleader of a group that plotted to use liquid explosives to blow up trans-Atlantic airliners. He was among five victims of the missile attack, which targeted a house near the North Waziristan town of Mir Ali.

Villages around Mir Ali have been targeted before. The area is believed by intelligence sources to be a hive of Taliban and al-Qaeda activity.

“There have been at least 20 strikes in the last three months, reflecting U.S. impatience over militants from Pakistan fueling the Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan and fears that al-Qaeda fighters in northwest Pakistan could plan attacks in the West.” – Globe and Mail (Nov. 22)

The deadly plot, of which Rauf was suspected of being a part, was uncovered in 2006 with the help of Pakistani intelligence. It reportedly had the potential to kill on the scale of the 9/11 al-Qaeda attacks and resulted in the tightening up of controls on carry-on luggage by air passengers worldwide.

These now quite frequent missile attacks on targets in Pakistani territory by U.S. forces seem to have become a major tactic in the Global War on Terror. And, judging from official Pakistani reaction, they are a growing source of diplomatic tension between Pakistan and the United States. At least, that is the official line.smleaf

1 comment:

  1. The incredible thing is that some in England's parliament are concerned about the legality of this action, or the "execution of a British citizen.".

    No, seriously, I'm not kidding. Read the article here.

    Truly, England is totally lost. There is no hope for that nation.