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U.S. suspects Taliban leader behind Bhutto plot

Posted in Uncategorized by Patrick Truax on December 28, 2007

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (CNN — U.S. officials suspect a Taliban leader may be behind the plot to assassinate former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, a senior official said Friday.

The official identified Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud as a leading suspect, saying there’s “good information that leads us to believe he is the guy responsible.”

Earlier Friday, the Pakistani Interior Ministry said it had “intelligence intercepts” indicating Mehsud was behind the opposition leader’s death the day before in Rawalpindi.

“As you all know, Benazir Bhutto had been on the hit list of terrorists ever since she had come to Pakistan,” said the Interior Ministry spokesman, Brig. Javed Iqbal Cheema. “She was on the hit list of al Qaeda.”

Cheema said the Pakistani government intercepted a phone call Friday in which Mehsud “congratulated his people for carrying out this cowardly act.”
Cheema said his government had “irrefutable evidence” that al Qaeda was “systematically targeting our state institutions in order to destabilize the country.”

In the phone intercept that Pakistani officials released Friday, Mehsud is apparently speaking in the Pashto language to another militant, whom he called Maulavi Sahib, or religious leader. The following is from the transcript:

Mehsud: Congratulations to you. Were they ours?

Maulavi Sahib: Yes, it was us.

Mehsud: Who was there?

Maulavi Sahib: Saeed was there, second there was Bilal from Badar and Ikramullah.

Mehsud: All three of them did it?

Maulavi Sahib: Ikramullah and Bilal did it.

Mehsud: Then congratulations.

Maulavi Sahib: Where are you? I want to meet.

Mehsud: I am in Makeen [town in the southern part Waziristan]. Come over. I am at Anwar Shah’s house.

Later in the conversation, Mehsud said, “Fantastic job. Very brave boys, the ones who killed her.”

*Snort* Brave Boys dont resort to terrorism, loser!

CNN has it here…


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  1. Patrick Truax said, on December 28, 2007 at 8:27 pm

    Me thinks things are about to gethot in Pakistan, Waziristan, and Afghanistan..

  2. Patrick Truax said, on December 29, 2007 at 1:23 am

    Pretty convenient. Im just sayin’..

  3. roryb said, on December 29, 2007 at 3:52 pm

    al queada wants to destabalize the pakistani govt, and I dont blame them. But will our “ally” Musharaf, allow a wing of B-52’s to rearrange Waziristan? Idoubt it. He is in with them. Our “ally”

  4. Patrick Truax said, on December 29, 2007 at 10:39 pm

    Just like our “friends” the Saudis..

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