Sunday, October 05, 2008

Taliban mighty miffed about latest missile attack.

We heard about this missile strike the day before yesterday...and now we have this news today.

Taliban mad over alleged U.S. strike. And not only are they mad - they're unusually mad. (I think that's meant as "mad" in the angry sense, not "mad' in the nuts sense. Although both would probably apply in this instance.)

The Taliban are unusually angry about the latest suspected U.S. missile strike in Pakistan, a sign a top militant may have died in the attack, officials and residents said Sunday amid reports the death toll rose by two to 24.


The insurgents were moving aggressively in the area while using harsh language against locals, including calling them "saleable commodities" — a reference to people serving as government spies, the officials said.

Two local residents said Taliban fighters had warned people not to discuss the strike, including with the media, or to try inspecting the rubble at the site. The residents asked not to be named for fear of Taliban retaliation.

Gulf News is claiming that 'Arabs' got killed in this attack.

Hmm. Interestingly enough, the Pakistan Daily Times says that 'no Al qaeda were killed in attack'. But two of the bodies (er - make that body parts) were taken away and HIDDEN - not buried in the local cemetery with the rest of the Arabs.

'Two intelligence officials, citing reports from field agents and informants, told AP that eight Arabs and 14 Taliban died in the attack.

The Taliban included a Haqqani commander who had invited the others to dinner, they said. The commander, his father and two young sons were among the dead Taliban, the officials said.

Six of the Arabs were buried in the village on Saturday morning, while militants took the other two bodies to an undisclosed location, they said.'

Could this mean we got a big fish with this one? I'm still hoping there's a chance.

Please note: The fact that the our missiles are targeting
the Haqqanis is good enough news for me.

The repeated US air strikes in Pakistan’s restive tribal regions are mainly directed at ‘Haqqani network’, the militant group led by one of the most influential Taliban commanders, Jalaluddin Haqqani, and his son Siraj Haqqani.

The officials said that Haqqani network was considered by the United States as the most dangerous group of militants fighting against the Nato-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan and its dismantling was vital for success in the war-torn country.

Jalaluddin and his son Siraj are blamed for close ties with Osama bin Laden and both Taliban commanders are the most wanted men in Afghanistan for their alleged involvement in deadly attacks and for recruiting and training terrorists for suicide bombings.

“Most of those killed in Friday’s strikes at the houses of two brothers, Daud Jan and Abdur Rehman, in Muhammad Khel village were foreign fighters. Not only those foreign fighters had links with Haqqani network but also Daud and Rehman were the important commanders of Haqqanis’ organisation,” said a senior official here Saturday requesting anonymity.

Adios, MF'ers.