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    ‘Raid on Rauf sign of sharper US intelligence' and Pakistani cooperation

    This is yet another sign that FATA will soon be an unwelcoming place for the anti-Pakistan and anti-West elements.

    JI and JUI-F are making all the noise. But it looks like they are getting plots and selling the GPS coordinates of "wanted militants".


    ‘Raid on Rauf sign of sharper US intelligence’

    Daily Times - Leading News Resource of Pakistan

    * Protesters want government to sever ties with Washington

    ISLAMABAD: A US missile strike that killed a British citizen linked to a jetliner bomb plot points to sharper American intelligence in Pakistan’s borderlands, but is unlikely to lessen anger over the raid and others like it, analysts say.

    Protesters on Sunday urged Islamabad to sever ties with the United States over the strike – highlighting the risks for Washington as it seeks to eliminate Taliban along the Afghan border, yet also support Pakistan’s democratically-elected government. Pakistani intelligence officials say British citizen Rashid Rauf and a Saudi Taliban named Abu Zubair Al Masri were among five people killed in Saturday’s raid in North Waziristan.

    There was no independent confirmation of Rauf’s death from either the US or Britain, which had been seeking his extradition before he escaped from Pakistani custody in December 2007. Pakistani officials discussing the case insisted on anonymity because of the sensitivities of US operations on the country’s soil. Washington has unleashed at least 20 suspected missile attacks on Taliban targets close to the Afghan border since mid-August, a dramatic increase that reflects its frustration with Pakistan’s own efforts.

    Islamabad insists it has no knowledge of the raids, which it says undermine the country’s sovereignty, undercut its anti-terror campaign and make it harder to justify its alliance with Washington. But many analysts speculate it has cut a secret deal with the US, though Islamabad continues to publicly criticise the strikes. “It is next to impossible for the government to acknowledge working with the Americans, even if it is in the country’s interests,” said Samina Ahmed, the South Asia project director for the International Crisis Group.

    Successful raids: Samina and other analysts said the raids appeared to be getting more successful in targeting foreign, typically Middle Eastern, militants. “There are American informants who are doing a far better job than they once did,” she said. Osama Bin Laden and other top Al Qaeda and Taliban leaders are believed to be hiding in Wazirstan or neighbouring regions, possibly planning more attacks on the West.

    Fighters blamed for carrying out and planning attacks on Western forces in Afghanistan also use the rugged region as a staging post, military officials say. Without directly admitting to being behind the raids, US officials have said recently that several high-ranking Al Qaeda operatives had been killed in the border region in recent months. Rauf was perhaps one of the most significant yet. Britain was seeking his return ostensibly as a suspect in the 2002 killing of his uncle there, but Rauf had allegedly been in contact with a group in Britain planning to smuggle liquid explosives onto trans-Atlantic flights and also with a suspected Al Qaeda mastermind of the plot in Afghanistan. The plot’s revelation in August 2006 prompted a major security alert at airports worldwide and increased restrictions on carryon items. A London jury convicted three men in the case in September. The US raids are deeply unpopular among many ordinary Pakistanis, many of whom are already angry with their leader’s support for the US-led war in Afghanistan. About 100 people in Multan demonstrated against the strike, chanting “Down with America” and burning an effigy of US President George W Bush.“The government should take concrete measures to protect the country’s sovereignty instead of just paying lip service,” said one demonstrator, Arif Fasihullah.

    Talat Masood, a retired military general and political analyst, said America’s interests would be better served if it shared intelligence with Pakistan and allowed it to act. But US officials have suggested that elements of Pakistan’s intelligence and military – which supported the Taliban’s rise to power in Afghanistan – may be sympathetic to the extremists. “There is a lack of trust here, but the danger is that the government is looking helpless, while anti-American sentiment is growing with each incoming missile,” said Masood. “Ultimately, you need the support of the people in fighting this war.” ap

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    considerings raufs past and the allegations on him (case thrown out by pak courts) the only thing which it proved was the presence of 'alqaeda' (to those who believe it exists)

    it just makes it harder for pakistan to deny the need for action in the area

    its a set up

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      #3
      I strongly doubt that the person was actually Rashid Rauf. But the wife of his has demanded the dead body to be handed over to the family. So I'm waiting if they give the body and the family recognizes it.
      Pakistani officials are already notorious to make claims that prove wrong later.
      Attitude is more important than facts.
      "Life is 10% what happens to us..and 90% of how we react to it"

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        #4
        There we go! Rashid Rauf's lawyer claims that he's alive.


        1 - Number One Newspaper of Pakistan - Daily Jang- Jang Group
        Attitude is more important than facts.
        "Life is 10% what happens to us..and 90% of how we react to it"

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          Re: ‘Raid on Rauf sign of sharper US intelligence' and Pakistani cooperation

          I think we may not like Americans attacking FATA, but we have to admit that those drone attacks are doing good job & that is the reason why suicide attacks have gone down.
          All people are equal, but some are more equal than others. We call these "corporations."

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            Re: ‘Raid on Rauf sign of sharper US intelligence' and Pakistani cooperation

            ^^
            Soon After this so-called killing, BBC was saying the Killing of Rauf was not confirmed by any independent source, niether the body has been produced.

            So, can we say it a "Nice" Job.. or it is just killing innocents, naming them terrorist and to show the world that every other house in Pakistan is secret hideout of terrorists.
            For Religion, we'll fight, kill & die but will never follow it, where's the fun in that!

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              #7
              Re: ‘Raid on Rauf sign of sharper US intelligence' and Pakistani cooperation

              ^^ in FATA that is sadly true

              who else has killed over 3,000 Pakistanis in waves of suicide bombings since July 2007

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                #8
                Originally posted by Shamraz Khan View Post
                I think we may not like Americans attacking FATA, but we have to admit that those drone attacks are doing good job & that is the reason why suicide attacks have gone down.
                Not really, drone attacks have been going on for some time, we should not discount the recent government efforts as well as proPakistan tribals who have been ousting Taliban from their areas.
                saaray Pakistan ka ek hi naara: ehtasab ehtasab!

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                  #9
                  Re: ‘Raid on Rauf sign of sharper US intelligence' and Pakistani cooperation

                  Seriously, Ive lost count of how many times we have claimed flaan flaan died (with anti-obl giving a das topp salute) and the next day we hear about that gentlemen getting married or enjoying a cup of kahva.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Data View Post
                    Seriously, Ive lost count of how many times we have claimed flaan flaan died (with anti-obl giving a das topp salute) and the next day we hear about that gentlemen getting married or enjoying a cup of kahva.
                    Intel is hard business, if it was easy everyone would be doing it. The point is to keep the terrorists on the run.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by ehtasab View Post
                      Not really, drone attacks have been going on for some time, we should not discount the recent government efforts as well as proPakistan tribals who have been ousting Taliban from their areas.
                      Its pretty well know & even GoP admits it that lots of the recruiters and the bomb makers have been take out by the American drones.
                      All people are equal, but some are more equal than others. We call these "corporations."

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