Several media outlets are reporting that Ayman al-Zawahiri, al-Qaeda’s number-two man and Osama bin Laden’s chief deputy, may have been among the 17 counted dead in an airstrike on a remote Pakistani village Friday. However, reports from worldwide news sources are conflicting and confusing, even disagreeing as to the number of people killed. I’m not expecting them to get much on this right. There are even rumors of it being a CIA strike, in which case no, the Department of Defense wouldn’t exactly be lying if they said “we don’t know what you’re talking about.” Pakistan is playing dumb, but it’s only a matter of time before the New York Times starts a ruckus about “secret military airstrikes in another country’s sovereign airspace” or something.
Al Jazeera calls it a “US strike” and yet admits that the “US Defence Department denied having conducted operations in the area.” Even though they had originally reported 18 dead, they claimed later that “some witnesses told Al Jazeera about 30 people were killed.” Of course, it’s not like Al Jazeera has a credibility problem or anything. I mean, they even have an ex-Marine working for them. Yes, I said ex-Marine.
Other news agencies from around the world are also reporting it as an American airstrike, citing “unnamed American intelligence officials.” CBS News, as well as local affiliates like KHON, have reported American involvment. The AP has circulated several reports, and foreign news services like China View have picked it up, in turn citing American news sources.
While most reports are stating their information came from the American media or unnamed intelligence sources, FOX News has revealed the source of the claim of U.S. involvement to be “Sahibzada Haroon ur Rashid, a local lawmaker from a hard-line Islamic party…” Meanwhile, Lt. Mike Cody, spokesman for the U.S. military, said he wasn’t aware of the attack. Maybe because the U.S. military didn’t do it. Of course, that doesn’t mean no American agency did it.
My opinion? Maybe the CIA did something. So what? Maybe the U.S. military did it. Maybe little green men did it. Who knows? Who cares? Not me, especially if they actually got the SOB Zawahiri. I do hope there’s enough of him left to identify beyond a shadow of a doubt, however. I’m growing tired of these people with 9 lives.
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