All options with strikes in Pakistan open to combat al Qaeda: US

No option has been ruled out as far as combating al Qaeda is concerned, according to Frances Townsend, homeland security adviser. She told CNN that all options were open and even a military strike against al Qaeda in Pakistan is not ruled out.

All options with strikes in Pakistan open to combat al Qaeda: US
No option has been ruled out as far as combating al Qaeda is concerned, according to Frances Townsend, homeland security adviser. She told CNN that all options were open and even a military strike against al Qaeda in Pakistan is not ruled out.

"Job No. 1 is protecting the American people," Townsend said. "We use all our instruments of national power to be effective." She was reacting to angry comments by Pakistani foreign minister, Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri, who said on CNN's "Late Edition" that any US strikes in Pakistan would be counter productive.

Kasuri was in a belligerent mood and warned that the US could be hampered in Pakistan. He added that the Pakistan Army was best suited to tracking Osama bin Laden and his band of followers believed to be hiding in the mountainous regions bordering Afghanistan and Pakistan.

"Pakistan's commitment cannot be doubted by anybody," Kasuri stressed. "Let the United States provide us with actionable intelligence, and you will find that Pakistan will never be lacking." The foreign minister said that Pakistan was in no position to afford collateral damage and its troops had already taken hundreds of casualties.

"People in Pakistan get very upset when, despite all the sacrifices that Pakistan has been making, you have the sort of questions that are sometimes asked by the American media," Kasuri added.

Meanwhile US President George W. Bush has expressed concern over the growing strength of al Qaeda in his Saturday radio address. Bush said recent reports of al Qaeda's activities in Pakistan were "one of the most troubling."

Güncelleme Tarihi: 24 Temmuz 2007, 11:05
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