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US asks Pakistan to target al Qaeda chief Zawahiri

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  1. MyRaven

    MyRaven 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    America's new Defence Secretary Leon Panetta has asked Pakistan to target al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri who is now believed to be living in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of the country.

    In his interaction with reporters travelling with him to Afghanistan, his first overseas trip as the Defence Secretary, Panetta said Pakistan has been told in clear terms to act against the top al-Qaeda leaders.

    "One of the last things I did as director of the CIA was to sit down with my counterparts in Pakistan and make clear to them that there are a set of targets that we have, and the more that they can help us go after those targets, the more we will have the ability to achieve our goals in Pakistan in defeating al Qaeda," he said in response to a question.

    Zawahiri, the 59-year-old Egyptian surgeon-turned-jihadist ideologue, was last month appointed the new chief of al-Qaeda to succeed the group's slain leader Osama bin Laden.

    "We think that Zawahiri is one of those that still resides in the FATA and he's one of those that we would like to see the Pakistanis target, along with our capabilities as well," he said.

    "We have to continue to emphasize with the Pakistanis that in the end it's in their interest to be able to go after these targets as well. In the discussions I've had with them, I have to say that they're giving us cooperation in going after some of these targets. We've got to continue to push them to do that. That's key," Panetta emphasized.


    US asks Pakistan to target al Qaeda chief Zawahiri - Indian Express
     
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    Mr.Ryu Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    What's the point we known they wouldn't

    Even after all this drama on OSAMA they tell they need Pak to act
     
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    JanjaWeed Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    & Pakistan asks US to share al-Zawahiri intel.

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan asked the United States on Sunday to share “actionable intelligence” about Al-Qaeda’s new chief Ayman al-Zawahiri and other high value targets.

    The request from the military came after US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said before his arrival in Kabul on Saturday Washington wanted to see Pakistan go after al-Zawahiri, who is thought to be in the northwestern tribal areas.

    “We expect the US intelligence establishment to share available information and actionable intelligence regarding al-Zawahari,” the military said in a statement in Islamabad.

    It added that sharing information about al-Zawahiri and other high value targets would “enable the Pakistan army to carry out targeted operations”.

    “The Pakistan army is already carrying out intense operations against Al-Qaeda and its affiliates, who are a threat to security of our country and people,” the statement said, adding that terrorist leaders were already being hunted.

    Former CIA chief Panetta, who replaced Robert Gates as defence chief on July 1, also pushed Pakistan to do more to help in the fight against Al-Qaeda, amid dismal relations between the US and its uneasy ally in the war on terror.

    He said since the May night raid by US forces in Pakistan that killed Osama bin Laden, 10-20 key Al-Qaeda targets had been identified between Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and north Africa.

    He added that al-Zawahiri was one those “we would like to see the Pakistanis target”.

    US-led coalition forces have been fighting a Taliban-led insurgency in Afghanistan since their invasion in late 2001 in the wake of the September 11 attacks orchestrated by bin Laden.

    US President Barack Obama has announced that 10,000 US forces will leave Afghanistan this year and another 23,000 by the end of September in 2012, ahead of a full withdrawal of foreign forces in 2014.


    Pakistan asks US to share al-Zawahiri intel | Pakistan | DAWN.COM
     
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