New al-Qaeda chief to be next 'enemy No 1'

2011-05-04 10:02

Washington - While it is not yet certain who will replace Osama bin Laden to lead al-Qaeda, CIA Director Leon Panetta said on Tuesday that whoever take his place will becomes America's new public enemy number one.

Bin Laden's deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri, is expected in some circles to take over, but it is not clear how soon that will happen and he may be more concerned for his own public safety after US special operations took out the al-Qaeda chief in a daring raid.

"He's moving up very fast on the list," Panetta told CBS television's Evening News with Katie Couric in referring to Zawahiri.

Panetta said that until a new al-Qaeda leader is formally anointed, the United States expects to take advantage of the situation.

"We think that'll give us some opportunities to be able to continue to attack them in the confusion and debate that they're going to go through as to who ultimately replaces bin Laden," he said.

"But I can assure you, whoever takes his place, he will be number one on our list."

Complicated relationship

Bin Laden's hideout in a large compound in the garrison town of Abbottabad, just north of Islamabad, has led to widespread speculation that the former al-Qaeda leader's whereabouts had been known to the Pakistani government.

But Panetta said the US government does not have any intelligence indicating that "Pakistan was... aware that bin Laden was there, or that this compound was a place where he was hiding."

Noting that the compound was close to an elite military academy and that bin Laden had been living there about five years, Panetta nonetheless pressed Islamabad to provide more answers.

"I just think they need to respond to the questions about why they did not know that that kind of compound existed," he said.

Asked whether Pakistan should be declared a terrorist state, Panetta acknowledged that the US-Pakistani relationship is a "very complicated and difficult" one, but warned the ties should not be severed.

"Look, we are virtually conducting a war in their country going after al-Qaeda," he said. "And at the same time, we're trying to get their help in trying to be able to confront terrorism in that part of the world.

"And they have given us some help, and they have given us some co-operation."

  • The Wonderer - 2011-05-04 10:12

    Now that the US has captured Osama, I'm sure the US will use info gathered from him & we'll see more oparations carried out against key Al Qaeda positions.

      Felix - 2011-05-04 10:18

      You do know the difference between capture and a bullet to the head don't you?

      Graham - 2011-05-04 10:28

      D-E-A-D. The political risk is to high for the US. Were it to arise that they were hiding OBL in a deep dark room, water-boarding and electrocuting the hell out of him, they would be in a whole world of poo. There is no way they would run that risk. He's dead. Promise.

      Graham - 2011-05-04 10:30

      Sorry - "too high"

      drowninja - 2011-05-04 18:12

      Well wife & daughtere still lives. The 19 people in the compound surely were not let go free! No one knows what happened, maybe they do not even need additional intel. If they can find the chief then no one can do better than that coz they know they can be had easily but were let go of as bait to contact him.

      drowninja - 2011-05-04 18:13

      They even know that he leaved there for 5 years. See? If you read the CIA head "Pakistan provided 'some' help". Tells me there is a big one going on there, really.

  • CPII - 2011-05-04 10:29

    The Terminator said: "It's in your nature to kill one another". John Conner replied "Is there any hope for us?"

      slg - 2011-05-04 12:35

      It's a movie!

  • Born To Fish - 2011-05-04 10:46

    And it is going to take you ten years to find him in plain sight! That war economy must keep on rolling, rolling..... rolling......

      slg - 2011-05-04 12:36

      You know nothing about this Born to Fish. It's obvious from your statement here.

  • Khalib - 2011-05-04 10:50

    If the US is looking for another target can't we nominate a few?

      Jelly - 2011-05-04 11:28

      Malema???? Pretty please Mr Obama???

      drowninja - 2011-05-04 18:15

      Well, Arabs have already done that. I just wonder what of the Queda helping Rebels in Libya

  • ? - 2011-05-04 10:57

    They stormed his residence,then most probably tried to capture him,but then bin Laden committed suicide,and now theyre telling the world,that THEY shot him,thats of course assuming he didnt die years ago already If i was in bin Laden's shoes,i would also shoot myself,instead of being captured. Americans and Israelis are such liars

      ? - 2011-05-04 12:48

      @slg, Theres no such thing as unstoppable.People around the world and even in the USA as well,are against zionism,even thousands of jews are against zionism,and with one third of the american population believing that 911 was an american act,more people will come to realise who was really behind these 911 attacks. Add that to Russia,China and Germany,then its easy to say that zionism will run its time and then be destroyed,because Jesus will unite christian russia and christian germany and together,with decent law abiding jews, we will DEFEAT you and your zionist buddies. You can count on that

      ganjaman - 2011-05-04 12:57

      Good one d*ckhead! Did he shoot himself in the body before he shot himself in the head or after he shot himself in the head? Whatcha smokin' to dream up this conspiracy trash? Use the Web to educate yourself as to what is going on in the world, like an intelligent person and you will realise that what you posted is bigoted, uninformed, delusional, pathetic bullshite. And further putting yourself in the shoes a cowardly mass murdered who was terminated by US SEAL operatives as he grovelled behind a woman without a gun in his hand probably "explains" your knee-jerk,irrational, racist and hate-filled comment about "Americans and Israelis". Imagine now, please that you are obl about to be captured and leave us hoping that you will now please shoot yourself or send us your gps co-ordinates and we will get the USA to "airmail" you something to do the job for you, in case you chicken-out like obl did!

      ? - 2011-05-04 13:05

      @ganjaman, The americans said he has a huge head wound above his eyes,if someone commits suicide,they shoot themselves IN THE HEAD. Its painful for the americans to acknowledge this because they want the world to THINK they killed him. Someone like bin Laden would always be surrounded by guards and with his own weapons,common sense.

      Turbo - 2011-05-04 17:08

      bin laden was too much of a coward to commit suicide!

      drowninja - 2011-05-04 18:18

      @blank. Who gets credit if you score an own goal? Does it not always happen when you are underpreasure from opponents, more so in this case? PLEASE STOP SCORIN OWN GOALS!

      slg - 2011-05-04 19:24

      No-name, as has been said to you over and over again by many people here, you are being delusional. It's unreal, a fantasy. Plus, as has also been mentioned, you're doing more harm to the Palestinian people with your own radical views than good. The more you oppose the existence of Israel, the more they suffer. We are all best advised to create a positive solution for both the Israelis and the Palestinians. There is a lot of land in the Middle East. With more democratic leadership in the Middle East that these wonderful waves of change are bringing, a peaceful positive resolution will be more possible. But we need to be clear and real, not live in a negative, destructive fantasy.

  • MactheKnife - 2011-05-04 11:00

    The Americans are really panic stricken, prisoners in their own country. Do they know how many American lives were lost just to capture one Bin Laden. How many more Americans soldiers will die before the next one is captured.

      ? - 2011-05-04 11:04

      I agree with you,but i hope they spend billions more and lose more lives so that americans can revolt against this zionist american government.

      Cire - 2011-05-04 11:30

      @. You really are a mindless anti semitic racist

      The All Seeing Eye - 2011-05-04 11:50

      Wow you are coward sell out today so you don't have to pay and your children pay triple the price

      slg - 2011-05-04 12:43

      You know nothing about this mactheknife and you keep bad company, with delusional people on the fringes of humanity.

  • Yasr - 2011-05-04 11:07

    You guys make me smile

  • BinLaden - 2011-05-04 11:44

    Yeah ,bubble-gum chewing cowards..the USA have a history of shooting unarmed combatants...

      The All Seeing Eye - 2011-05-04 11:51

      Please stay dead we like it that way

      Jelly - 2011-05-04 13:03

      Chuck Norris on his way to take you out yet again:-) Stay dead!!!

      Achmed - 2011-05-04 14:00

      "witness protection" in the usa can make anybody disappear, including doctored photos.

      Turbo - 2011-05-04 17:12

      i wouldnt want the navy seals hunting me! you may have blind faith to bin laden, but this is a man that lived a life of luxury, while his "brain-dead" followers died around him. follow him and die too. the US may be lots of things, but remember one thing ... they always get their man!

      slg - 2011-05-08 20:48

      Achmed, that's Al-Quaeda you're talking about brother. The US and freer world, while not perfect, are governed by the rule of law, also not perfect and too punishing, but more progressive than what is found in the ridiculously corrupt, oppressive and non-Islamic groupings of tribal men dominating villages, women and societies in the Middle East.

  • n s - 2011-05-04 11:46

    LOL any idea where you can submit your CV?

  • Jakob - 2011-05-04 19:18

    give me TNT , AK and 911 passports and ill be ur next enemy.. only catch is, ull never catch me, and b4 u do, ull die...

  • Areufukinser - 2011-05-05 08:52

    Its me! find me you dumb f%#king Americans

      ebdg3000 - 2011-05-05 12:11

      They found Osama deeep in Pakistan, very hostile territory for any Yank - if I was you I'd be verrry careful about what you post...

      slg - 2011-05-08 20:50

      Clearly you're not being the sharpest tool in the shed right now. You shouldn't present much of a problem.

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