A US missile attack on a house in the North Waziristan region of Pakistan has reportedly killed Rashid Rauf, a top “al-Qaeda” suspect. The airstrike was by an unmanned Predator, armed with Hellfire missiles and precision-guided bombs. This is the first time the US have targeted a British suspect in the North Waziristan region of the US.
This makes it missile attack number 24 on the “lawless” northwestern Pakistan region since August.
US forces based in Afghanistan have carried out about 24 missile attacks in northwestern Pakistan since August, reflecting American impatience at Islamabad’s efforts to curb militants on its own soil.
British intelligence sources say the reluctance on the part of the Pakistani authorities to clamp down on Kashmiri militant organisations is still enabling al-Qaeda to recruit young British Muslims for attacks on the UK.
Rashid Rauf was the son of a baker from Birmingham. He was arrested in August 2006 in Bhawalpur in connection with the 2006 transatlantic aircraft plot. He was said to be one of the ringleaders of the plot. In December 2006, the anti-terrorism court in Rawalpindi found no evidence that he had been involved in terrorist activities, and his charges were downgraded to forgery and possession of explosives.
Is this the unlawful killing of a British subject by US spooks who care little about “due-diligence” or even the sharing of classified procedures with their British counterparts? Or is this is a clinically precise, and therefore the only, way to kill terrorists in a country which has proven unable and unwilling to deal with known operatives in centres of Islamist activity flourishing under their own noses?
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