India-Pakistan: Death Before Dishonor in the Earthquake Zone

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December 6, 2005: Islamic terrorist violence continues in Indian Kashmir, although the number of terrorists crossing from Pakistani Kashmir has declined somewhat. This is apparently because of the damage done to the terrorist training camps in the earthquake zone.

December 2, 2005: Under pressure from Islamic conservative politicians, Pakistan agreed to get NATO troops, performing relief work in the earthquake zone, within 90 days. There are about a thousand NATO troops involved in the relief operations. The Islamic conservatives find this very embarrassing, with all those infidel (non-Moslem) soldiers in a Moslem country. Many conservative clerics are preaching that it is better to suffer and die from privation, than to tolerate infidel soldiers in your neighborhood. Thousands of people in the earthquake zone face death, as the brutal Winter weather has closed in. The NATO troops have the most helicopters and other high tech gear to get aid to people who need it most. European governments are trying to get civilian specialists into the area, to replace the departing troops.

December 1, 2005: In the North Waziristan tribal area of northern Pakistan, an explosion killed top al Qaeda leader Qaed Salim Sinan al Harethi. This Egyptian born terrorist was believed behind two assassination attempts against Pakistani president Musharraf. Pakistan declared that Harethi died when a bomb he was assembling went off. But people in the are displayed missile fragments, including data plates that said "AGM-114." That's a Hellfire missile, normally fired from CIA Predator UAVs known to operate in the area. The Pakistani government does not like to admit it allows the CIA to fly armed UAVs freely around Pakistan, but it does. The U.S. is not sure that Harethi was killed, but Pakistan insists it has the proof. Pakistan may be wrong.

 

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