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Pakistan al-Qaeda chief killed by US drone

2012-02-09 10:29

Islamabad - US missiles on Thursday killed al-Qaeda's chief in Pakistan, one of the Americans' main targets in the volatile country who was wanted for attacks that killed scores of people, officials said.

Badr Mansoor, who reputedly sent fighters to Afghanistan and ran a training camp in North Waziristan, was killed in a pre-dawn drone strike near the Afghan border, Pakistani officials and a member of his group said.

"He died in the missile attacks overnight in Miranshah. His death is a major blow to al-Qaeda's abilities to strike in Pakistan," a senior Pakistani official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

His death was confirmed by one of his loyalists.

"Badr Mansoor was killed in the missile attack," a militant among his group confirmed by telephone.

Intelligence officials in North Waziristan said Mansoor had been killed, but other Pakistani officials were divided.

"We're not sure. We cannot give confirmation just like that," one of them said on condition of anonymity.

Four militants were reported killed in the pre-dawn drone strike, which targeted a compound in Miranshah, the main town of North Waziristan.

Comments
  • Boer - 2012-02-09 10:34

    Brilliant news. Thank God for America. Wipe the terrorists out. Boer vanaf Arizona. LEKKER.

      Johan - 2012-02-09 11:05

      Sorry, but I don't share your favorable views of America. And many others don't either, judging from America's large number of enemies. Nie so lekker.

      rbczovczov - 2012-02-09 11:54

      Well done Yankees for ridding the world of terrorists one drone attack at a time. Al-Qaeda kills people indiscriminately all over the world and they deserve everything they get.

      Johan - 2012-02-09 12:07

      rbczovczov, be careful what you wish for. What one side calls a terrorist, the other side calls a hero. The ANC were also once called terrorists. If South Africa had any oil, who knows, Nelson Mandela might have been killed by the Yanks years ago.

      Johan - 2012-02-09 12:54

      Oh, and one more thing rbczovczov. You say "Al-Qaeda kills people indiscriminately". What a joke. What about the more than 100000 innocent civilians killed indiscriminately by Americans in Iraq? And for what? So called "weapons of mass destruction" that did not exist? No, it was for their oil. Bastards!

      lindz.kok - 2012-02-09 13:08

      john why dont you move there and suport there cause from there, why dont all that support theyre cause move there and leave us in peace. i dont like the yanks but good on them!

      Andre - 2012-02-09 13:28

      Johan are you saying that you side with the terrorists then, or is it just that you weren't thinking when you penned your statement?

      Johan - 2012-02-09 13:36

      Andre, I am anti America, not pro Al Qaeda. As an atheist I am not even going to tell you what I think of these never ending Christian-Jewish-Muslim wars. But the brutality of the Americans and total disrespect for the lives of non-Americans has to stop. I have zero sympathy for them being the target of terrorists. They brought that onto themselves.

      Fidel - 2012-02-09 14:34

      @Johan I am convinced that people like Andre lack the intelligence or ability to disburse the mental energy needed to grasp and process shadings of grey or even variation in colour when it comes to ideas, thoughts and opinions. Instead of processing all things from all angles then tuning the workings of the mind to get the precise setting, they simply choose to flick a switch on or off (thumbs up or down). It is a simplisitic binary choice, echoed off by Bush, 'you're either with us or with them'. Osama Bin Laden had a similar world view!

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-02-09 15:18

      Funny how a extremely radical fraction of the world population causes so much choas and the sympathisers come out when people try to stop it. Its either a group (Al-queada) or a person (President/leader) who stand between peace and conflict. @Johan - "he [Saddam] murdered as many as a million of his people, many with poison gas. He tortured, maimed and imprisoned countless more. His unprovoked invasion of Iran is estimated to have left another million people dead. His seizure of Kuwait threw the Middle East into crisis. More insidious, arguably, was the psychological damage he inflicted on his own land. Hussein created a nation of informants — friends on friends, circles within circles — making an entire population complicit in his rule". Others have estimated 800,000 deaths caused by Saddam not counting the Iran-Iraq war. Estimates as to the number of Iraqis executed by Saddam's regime vary from 300-500,000 to over 600,000 estimates as to the number of Kurds he massacred vary from 70,000 to 300,000, and estimates as to the number killed in the put-down of the 1991 rebellion vary from 60,000 to 200,000.Estimates for the number of dead in the Iran-Iraq war range upwards from 300,000 . Saddam was not a nice guy , he was a true genocidal ,imperialist and meglamanic. He had every oppertunity to let inspectors in but he thumbed his nose at the world . Any suspician of a WMD in his possession would warrant action.Its called making the tough choices.

      Johan - 2012-02-09 15:44

      Ninja, two wrongs does not make a right. Besides, it never was about Huisein. That was just a lot of BS they made up when they could not find a single WMD. So don't try to turn this around. Why are the USA not "helping" any of the other countries with problems? Because they don't have oil. So no, the USA cares only about themselves, and will happily kill to get what they want.

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-02-09 16:51

      @Johan - What countries are they not 'helping' ? Look the US by any means is not perfect and have made huge mistakes but the outright BS of some Anti-Americanism is crazy? Even the oil motive theory is bollucks , OPEC controls the oil flow from the middle east and its only Saudi Arabia who actually produces more than the United States itself . http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_oil_production

      Johan - 2012-02-09 17:13

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oil_reserves Look at the section "Estimated reserves by country". Guess who is running out of oil in 10 years... Anyway, I am tired of talking about the Americans. They make me sick.

      Fidel - 2012-02-09 17:36

      America is not perfect is an understatement. Since the Second World War, that bastion of Democracy, has bombed, invaded and destroyed dozens of countries and killed millions of civilians, yet they are supposedly the 'good' guys and the people they have so wantonly slaughtered are the 'evil' ones. I'll leave it to someone else to point out the number of times America has invaded other nations, colluded in the assassination or overthrow of other countries' leaders, including democratically elected leaders, and consistently supported a regime which has possibly the very worst human rights record of any democratic nation in the modern world? Calling American imperial history anything like not being perfect is hilarious, and would certainly mark you out as a child in grown-up company. Just a head's-up.

      Fred - 2012-02-17 17:47

      Johan, or whatever your real name is, get your facts right buddy. The US has not killed "more than 100,000 innocent civilians" in Iraq. What a stupid thing to think and say.

  • yolie.Landa - 2012-02-09 10:35

    *whisltes* tjovitjo

      yolie.Landa - 2012-02-09 10:41

      SA would not have had the balls to kill this person since "everyone has a right to live" Some ppl need to leave and not live

      Fidel - 2012-02-09 12:12

      Americans love killing, no country or nation can match them for their appetite for killing.

      Fred - 2012-02-17 17:47

      In Fidel's world, yes. In the real world, no.

  • Bryan - 2012-02-09 10:37

    Boom.... Another one bites the dust!!!

      Punky Vincent Pont-Puteh Mahadulula - 2012-02-09 10:48

      Let the race began!!!!

      Fidel - 2012-02-09 10:56

      And because of "collateral" damage, a hundred more are born!

      lindz.kok - 2012-02-09 13:10

      fidel move to iran why dont you... you can back your favorate terrorist there without opposition!

      Fidel - 2012-02-09 13:48

      If it's all right for NATO/US to kill civilians in a particular area, is it also all right for the civilians to fight back? Or are they supposed to just wait to be killed, content in the knowledge that their and their families' deaths will be for the greater good? I like german investment in manufacturing over the past 30 years, perhaps I should bugger off to Frankfurt? Silky little argument!

      lindz.kok - 2012-02-09 15:24

      fidel and how do you juctifie the predominantly muslem nations that plant bombs in foreight countries (including germany and many other western countries) simply because those countries doesnt share theyre paticular belief system? like in australia and while i was in holland last. if they do not wish to adhere to that particular countries laws and way of doing things they must leave because they then forfeit theyre right of being there. you sound very pro islam that is my reason for making my statement.

      Fidel - 2012-02-09 15:33

      The simple fact escaping people like you is that Muslims have asked westerners, like all other non-westerners to live their countries and politics alone. But because of the inherent coloniali mindset of westerners, they feel that they have a god given right to interfere in other countries'businesses. There would be no need for muslims to bomb western capitals if your western leaders left them alone and stopped providing diplomatic cover for Israel's injustices towards the Palestinians on intl forums. An ethical foreign policy in a world governed by self interest is an oxymoron.

      lindz.kok - 2012-02-09 16:25

      the answer is simple then fidel distance yourself from the west by leaving, problym solved. i am a zionist and i am well aware of palestine injustice's towards isreal this is not a one sided afair my man. either way we will see the end of this soon enough, isreal and the west and islamic countries along with russia and china... not sure witch way s.a. will fal with the anc ties with china.

      Fidel - 2012-02-09 17:27

      Can someone please parse this into English, my head aches.

      Fred - 2012-02-17 17:48

      parse? Hahahaha!

  • allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-02-09 10:43

    Seems to be a success for both the States and Pakistan , lets hope these victories edge that country in a stable direction (and we can have have some cricket games there again)

  • Alan - 2012-02-09 10:49

    Oh Blast!

  • Johan - 2012-02-09 10:50

    The troubles that the Americans get, is what they deserve. What are they doing in Afganistan? What were they doing in Korea and Vietnam? They have been waging war nonstop ever since WWII.

      Fidel - 2012-02-09 10:58

      Warmongers,dropping democracy loving bombs and missiles. Empire and conquest!

      Mouldy - 2012-02-09 11:01

      Killing the bad guys, what else? Make yourself a poster, put it on two broomsticks and go and protest in front of the US embassy in Pretoria. If it wasn't for the USA you would have typed your post in German.

      stuart.steedman - 2012-02-09 11:03

      There is no such thing as a just war. That being said, your comment indicates your lack of current and past knowledge of USA's foreign policy.

      Deon - 2012-02-09 11:13

      Syria need some help too, but China and Russia are stopping any help.

      Fidel - 2012-02-09 13:50

      @Mouldy Wrong, it is the Red Army that saved Europe and the world from the 1000 year Third Reich.

      Fred - 2012-02-17 17:49

      Umm, Johan, they're in Afghanistan because Al-Quaeda was using that as a base to launch attacks on the US that killed thousands of civilians. Heard of 9/11?

  • Donald - 2012-02-09 10:59

    You live by the sword you die by the sword.

      Eric - 2012-02-09 11:17

      As Alqaeda find out every day!

  • Doug - 2012-02-09 11:07

    Brilliant, please send one of those drones to HARARE

      Johan - 2012-02-09 12:10

      Don't be silly, there is no oil in Zim.

      Fred - 2012-02-17 17:52

      Ah, the oil idea, touted by simpletons.

  • Saamprater - 2012-02-09 11:10

    How can we order a drone?

      Johan - 2012-02-09 12:12

      Google is your friend: "DIY drones"

  • Eric - 2012-02-09 11:17

    Well done America!

  • Scouter - 2012-02-09 11:32

    I suppose one good thing to come out of all these foreign interventions and adventures is that the average American has woken up to the fact that there is actually a world beyond the shores of the 'Land of the Free'. This must have come as quite a shock to many of them over the past few decades.

      Eric - 2012-02-09 15:43

      I'm sure there are also quite a few South Africans who are pretty hazy about anywhere beyond the shores of the republic. And Englishmen, and Saudi Arabians, and Chinese, and Indians, etc. Silly little comment!

  • thinga - 2012-02-09 11:49

    Now I see that America has applied for it in the 911, they can't rest their butts off! All they know is massacre! When it comes again, they'll be crying foul

      Fred - 2012-02-17 17:53

      Open both eyes, maybe you'll see what is really happening.

  • Stephen - 2012-02-09 11:52

    Call 1-800-order-a-drone Got a dictator in your neighbourhood? Call 1-800-order-a-drone and DUCK!

  • Derek - 2012-02-09 12:30

    So it's OK for the US to kill anyone anywhere in the world that they suspect is a "terrorist"?

      Johan - 2012-02-09 12:38

      An 18 year old with a joystick becomes judge, jury and executioner. A dog in America has more rights than people in other countries.

      Fidel - 2012-02-09 12:56

      It's time the drone operators were exposed individually like any other criminal. These are subhuman freaks who make nazi concentration camp executioners appear normal by comparison. Think about it. People in America killing people all over the world from the safety of an armchair in California.

      Eric - 2012-02-09 15:46

      Nope - only known terrorists who are responsible for many murders. Cramps their style for future atrocities and I'm pretty ok with that everytime I get on a plane, for example. Have a good day.

      Fred - 2012-02-17 17:54

      They act on real intelligence. They don't always get it right, but almost all the time they do.

  • thinga - 2012-02-09 12:31

    Americans think life revolves around America, there are lives in other countries too, families in other countries. You have nothing else to do except you want to drop your bombs and kill innocent civilians in other countries. How did Laden miss that Pentagon thing which houses weaponry?

      Mouldy - 2012-02-09 12:43

      Oh dear

      Fred - 2012-02-17 17:55

      I suggest you get an education about what is really happening in the world, and grow up. You have a childish view of what is happening.

  • Fidel - 2012-02-09 12:51

    Drone attacks are collective punishment. That is not only immoral but illegal according to international law. But cowboys and Indians mentality is still very much alive. Terror weapons used to fight an undeclared war; so not a war on terrorism, but a war OF terrorism. When it comes to Pakistan, the US government seems totally oblivious to the moral consequences of its actions. Even Obama's kids love these drones.

      Eric - 2012-02-09 15:48

      Nonsense. It was a precisely targeted attack that killed four militants. Much neater than any of the bombs these sleazeballs would have planted if they had been allowed to fester.

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-02-09 16:54

      Human/child bombs are morally superior

      Fidel - 2012-02-09 17:24

      Eric, read up on the number of civilians killed in Afghanistan and Pakistan as a result of drone attacks, peasants being killed in their fields and weddings, wiping out whole families. Or these barberic acts don't matter because those being killed are a different colour to their executors. @Ninja Isn't yours and your leaders worldview to claims to have a superior moral standpoint to "the terrorists"?

      Eric - 2012-02-10 12:33

      @Fidel. Silly comment re race - won't bite that one. You are the lad who appears to think that the Russian empire saved Europe in WWII. How exactly? The war started with Poland invaded by a vicious dictatorship and ended with half of Europe enslaved by a vicious dictatorship. I'll agree that Russia won the war but it did not liberate Europe. You seem to be rather confused. There would be less 'collateral' damage, if the terrorists you seem to admire didn't hide amongst ordinary people.

      Fred - 2012-02-17 17:56

      Undeclared war? Yes, of course in your world Al-Quaeda has not declared war on the freer world.

  • Silvana - 2012-02-09 16:00

    Unfortunately, for every 1 killed there are scores to take his place, and usually worse than their predecessor because they need to prove themselves.

      Fred - 2012-02-17 17:56

      No, Al-Quaeda is being decimated by these drone attacks.

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