Tuesday, February 19, 2008


Abu Laith al-Libi

Dell L. Dailey
The airstrike that killed the al-Qaida commander was carried out entirely by the U.S. agency without any approval from the Pakistani government. Officials said they often get their best results from such operations, where they act alone based on information from well-paid informants ("all it takes is bags of cash," said one official). After the successful strike against Libi, officials expect support for autonomous operations will grow in Washington, and, if there's a struggle for power after the elections it could mean Pakistan's leaders would be too worried about other matters to interfere. here

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