Tuesday, February 19, 2008

So, what's our policy for ops inside Pakistan?

Looks like it's one of my favorites, you know the one, sometimes it's easier to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission. From Pat Dollard - New U.S. Policy Is To Launch Pakistan Attacks Without Permission
  • In the predawn hours of Jan. 29, a CIA Predator aircraft flew in a slow arc above the Pakistani town of Mir Ali. The drone’s operator, relying on information secretly passed to the CIA by local informants, clicked a computer mouse and sent the first of two Hellfire missiles hurtling toward a cluster of mud-brick buildings a few miles from the town center.

    The missiles killed Abu Laith al-Libi, a senior al-Qaeda commander and a man who had repeatedly eluded the CIA’s dragnet. It was the first successful strike against al-Qaeda’s core leadership in two years, and it involved, U.S. officials say, an unusual degree of autonomy by the CIA inside Pakistan.

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