WASHINGTON -- President Bush secretly approved U.S. military raids inside Pakistan against alleged terrorist targets, according to a former intelligence official with recent access to the Bush administration's debate about how to fight al-Qaida and the Taliban inside the lawless tribal border area.Quote has been trimmed
The official spoke on condition of anonymity to describe the classified order.
The official told The Associated Press that Bush signed the order over the summer. It gives new authority to U.S. special operations forces to target suspected terrorists in the dangerous area along the Afghanistan border.
In addition to the presidential approval for special operations missions, conventional ground troops have new authority to pursue militants across the Afghan border. The "rules of engagement" have been loosened, allowing troops to conduct border attacks without being fired on first if they witness attacks coming from the region. That would include artillery, rockets and mortar fire from the Pakistan side of the border.
The Pakistani government is not told about the targets in advance because of concerns that the Pakistani intelligence service and military are infiltrated by al-Qaida and Taliban supporters, the former official...
Pakistan PM backs army chief's rebuke to U.S.
Pakistan's prime minister on Thursday backed a harsh rebuke of the U.S. by the Muslim nation's military chief, a sign of a strain in relations seven years after the Sept. 11 attacks forged the two countries' anti-terror alliance.Quote has been trimmed
Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, the powerful but media-shy army leader, said nearly a week after a deadly American-led ground assault in Pakistani territory that Pakistan would defend its sovereignty and that there was no deal to allow foreign forces to operate inside its borders.
He said unilateral actions risked undermining joint efforts to battle Islamic extremism.
"Reckless actions" that kill civilians "only help the militants and further fuel the militancy in the area," he said.
"The sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country will be defended at all cost and no external force is allowed to conduct operations inside Pakistan," he said in the Wednesday statement.
Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, in comments reported Thursday by state media and confirmed by his office, said Kayani's words reflected government opinion and policy.
Now that he resigned to avoid an impeachment (nice timing) and the new government is in power, the money isn't flowing to the Taliban, so the Taliban have been stepping up their attacks inside Pakistan, against the people of Pakistan, because now the military is finally cracking down on them as they should.
This screwed up Bush's plans, so now he's getting US troops to cross the border and cause even more sh*t before he leaves office.
Bush seemed ok with the Taliban attacking from Pakistan in the past and never pulled this stunt..... now suddenly he's done this.
Tell me something..... if the new Pakistan government was funding the Taliban or helping them out..... then why are they suddenly stepping up attacks on Pakistan, as well as Afghanistan, while when Mushbrains, who did nothing at all, had no real problems with the Taliban..... all the while the Taliban increased in size and continually had more and more recruits?
Bush makes me so fk'n sick..... the only justice I can see for all the suffering caused by him, is for someone to drop him from a Helicopter somewhere in a strong Muslim community, and let them have their way with him.