Well, it was never much of a secret that Binnie does what he does best under the protection of the Pakistani secret service somewhere in Waziristan. But one captured Taliban ‘spokesman’ confirms that Mullah Omar is alive and well in Quetta. Question is: What stops US from bombing Quetta?
Taliban Leader Is Hiding and Being Protected in Pakistan, Says Spokesman
January 17, 2007
Maddy Sauer and Gretchen Peters Report:
Fugitive Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar is alive and well and living in Pakistan under the protection of the Pakistan intelligence agency, according to the captured spokesman for the Taliban, Mohammad Hanif.
Hanif was captured in Afghanistan yesterday, and today the Afghan government released video footage of him in which he claims to know the location of Omar.
“He is living in Quetta,” says Hanif, “and the ISI [Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence Agency] is protecting him.”
An update to the Abu Sayyaf kill:
MANILA (Reuters) – The Philippines said on Wednesday that troops had killed the top planner of the country’s most deadly Islamic militant group in a clash at a rebel jungle camp in the southwest.
Abu Sulaiman, one of the top five leaders of the Abu Sayyaf militant group and who is believed to have links with al Qaeda, was killed in a gunbattle on Tuesday on the island of Jolo, military chief Gen. Hermogenes Esperon told reporters.
“We are confident that with the death of Sulaiman, who is actually the number one planner, most of the activities of the Abu Sayyaf will continue to go down,” Esperon said.