Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Pakistan: Want US Intel

so they can pass it on to the Islamist infested ISI, I guess.

The U.S. should provide intelligence to help Pakistan's security forces fight pro- Taliban militants in the tribal regions bordering Afghanistan, Information Minister Sherry Rehman said. Pakistan wants "actionable intelligence and we will act upon it,'' the official Associated Press of Pakistan cited Rehman as saying in New York where she is attending the United Nations General Assembly with President Asif Ali Zardari.


Pakistan's anti-terrorism operations have created tensions with the U.S., which says the government isn't doing enough to combat al-Qaeda and Taliban fighters based on the Pakistani side of the border with Afghanistan. Zardari has made clear Pakistan objects to the U.S. carrying out unilateral military strikes inside Pakistani territory in pursuit of terrorists. Zardari warned in his first speech to Parliament on Sept. 20 that his country won't tolerate the violation of its sovereignty and territory.


The Pentagon has presidential permission to unilaterally strike Taliban and al-Qaeda targets in Pakistan, Defense Secretary Robert Gates told the Senate Armed Services Committee in Washington yesterday.

Gates said it was "certainly'' his view that the UN charter allows a nation the right of self-defense when a foreign government is either unable or unwilling to take care of international terrorist activity inside its borders. "The fact we are operating under a UN charter in Afghanistan certainly strengthens that,'' Gates said.

Drone, baby, drone.