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Hel'n
09-09-2004, 08:43 PM
Declan Walsh in Kandahar
Friday September 10, 2004

The Guardian

Ayman al- Zawahiri, second in command of al-Qaida, said last night that the US faced defeat in Iraq and Afghanistan.
In a videotape broadcast by the Arab satellite television station al-Jazeera, he said: "The Americans in both countries are between two fires. If they continue they bleed to death and if they withdraw they lose everything."

He added: "Southern and eastern Afghanistan have completely become an open field for the mujahideen. The Americans are hiding in their trenches and refuse to come out to face the mujahideen, as the mujahideen shell them, fire on them and cut roads off around them. Their defence is only to bomb by air."

Mr Zawahiri was last heard in March, when al-Jazeera broadcast an audio tape in which he called on Pakistanis to overthrow their government.

Yesterday's broadcast was made within hours of a Pakistani military attack on a suspected al-Qaida training camp near the Afghan border, reportedly killing at least 50 militants and an unknown number of civilians.

Fighter jets and helicopter gunships attacked the camp near Dila Khula in the restive South Waziristan tribal area, destroying two mud-walled buildings and sending up plumes of smoke. A Pakistani military spokesman, Major General Shaukat Sultan, said most of the 50 militants killed were foreigners, mainly Uzbeks, Chechens and Arabs, and that they had proved links with al-Qaida.

"I don't think they put up a fight. They were taken by surprise," he said.

Details of the attack were difficult to confirm, since foreign and most local media are forbidden from entering South Waziristan.

Although military personnel described the bombing as "surgical", villagers suggested that up to 90 people, many of them civilians, may have died.

One local resident, Ajab Nur, told Reuters news agency that 40 Taliban fighters and other Islamist militants in the camp were killed in the initial strike.

Minutes later dozens of villagers who rushed to the scene were killed by a second wave of bombs, he said.

Another resident told Associated Press that dust and smoke could be seen rising from three other villages hit in the attack.

Gen Sultan said the army had been monitoring the camp, which he said included an explosives training facility.

Asked to comment on civilian casualties, he said: "They were all militants, and if there were any locals they would have to be part of those militants."

http://www.guardian.co.uk/print/0,3858,5012562-103595,00.html

alanm
09-09-2004, 10:43 PM
Asked to comment on civilian casualties, he said: "They were all militants, and if there were any locals they would have to be part of those militants."

Yep.

KCWolfman
09-09-2004, 10:56 PM
Minutes later dozens of villagers who rushed to the scene were killed by a second wave of bombs, he said.

Gee, Ibrahim Alwayiza, I wonder what that huge fire and multiple explosions might be? Let's go look closer and find out.

Loki
09-09-2004, 11:20 PM
He added: "Southern and eastern Afghanistan have completely become an open field for the mujahideen. The Americans are hiding in their trenches and refuse to come out to face the mujahideen, as the mujahideen shell them, fire on them and cut roads off around them. Their defense is only to bomb by air."


helicopter envy.