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#67380 - 01 Jan 08 13:44 News from the (War) Front
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Al-Qaeda aims at Pakistan's heart- Excerpt
By Syed Saleem Shahzad
<http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/JA01Df01.html>

KARACHI - As the shockwaves continue to reverberate across Pakistan following the assassination of former premier Benazir Bhutto on December 27, and political parties declare their intention to contest national elections scheduled for January 8, the threat to the country's political system remains as dire as ever.

Following the killing of Bhutto - considered by her al-Qaeda killers to be an "American asset" - al-Qaeda can be expected to launch more suicide attackers on those considered a part of the United States plan to establish a broad coalition government comprising secular and liberal elements that would change the political and social dynamics of the country and the region.

At stake is the very soul of the country and how it should be governed.

On the one side are US-backed President Pervez Musharraf and political parties such as Bhutto's Pakistan People's Party (now headed by her 19-year-old son Bilawal) and Nawaz Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League.

Against them are al-Qaeda ideologues such as Egyptian scholar Sheikh Essa, who are determined to stamp their vision on the country and its neighbor, Afghanistan.

Prior to 2003, the entire al-Qaeda camp in the North Waziristan and South Waziristan tribal areas of Pakistan was convinced that its battle should be fought in Afghanistan against the foreign troops there, and not in Pakistan against its Muslim army.

That stance was changed by Sheikh Essa [FW - an Egyptian Islamist] , who had taken up residence in the town of Mir Ali in North Waziristan, where his sermons raised armies of takfiris (those who consider all non-practicing Muslims to be infidels). He was convinced that unless Pakistan became the Taliban's (and al-Qaeda's) strategic depth, the war in Afghanistan could not be won.

Meanwhile, rioting in the wake of Bhutto's death eased on Sunday after destruction that killed at least 44 people and caused tens of millions of dollars in damage. Since the angry mobs could not get at the shadowy figures of al-Qaeda, they vented their frustration by attacking the offices of the former ruling Pakistan Muslim League and its loyalists.
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Syed Saleem Shahzad is Asia Times Online's Pakistan Bureau Chief. He can be reached at saleem_shahzad2002

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#67394 - 01 Jan 08 19:05 Re: News from the (War) Front [Re: flingwing]
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And?
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#67396 - 01 Jan 08 19:48 Re: News from the (War) Front [Re: Dilli]
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FYI only

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#67397 - 01 Jan 08 19:53 Re: News from the (War) Front [Re: flingwing]
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OIC

I think I saw this on "The News"....

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#67401 - 01 Jan 08 20:28 Re: News from the (War) Front [Re: Dilli]
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OIC = Office of the Insurance Commissioner or Organization of The Islamic Conference? confused

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#67402 - 01 Jan 08 20:29 Re: News from the (War) Front [Re: Dilli]
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And?


Well he can now copy and paste as well as post links.
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#67403 - 01 Jan 08 20:34 Re: News from the (War) Front [Re: Capt. Mainwaring]
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Well he can now copy and paste as well as post links.

I say, your "Well" needs a comma after it. Keep at though, she'll come right grin

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#67405 - 01 Jan 08 21:17 Re: News from the (War) Front [Re: flingwing]
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Quoting: Capt. Mainwaring
Well he can now copy and paste as well as post links.

I say, your "Well" needs a comma after it. Keep at though, she'll come right grin


Fortunately I have a productive existance rather than copying and pasting and generally being a twat.

Let me try one of those emoticons...

:fuck off:

Nope, doesn't work.
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I also made a vegetarian version,with tempe and tofu chunks for myself and others.Get over it.
Kosong.Wolo.Setunggal.Setunggal.Setunggal.Kosong.Pitu.Setunggal.Kosong.Wolo=Tempik

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