Sunday, September 21, 2008

Pakistan, On Ground Updates

Pakistan: On Ground Updates
Pakistani Government Blames al Qaeda for Deadly Blast outside Marriott Hotel in Islamabad
, September 21, 2008

* reports... The Pakistani Government is blaming al Qaeda operatives for a deadly blast outside the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad... Dramatic footage of Saturday night's attack broadcast on Pakistan television shows the carnage could have been far worse... The attacker failed to get through a secondary barrier when he crashed his explosives laden truck into the hotel's security gates...
Read the rest at link below...
Pakistan blames al Qaeda for bombing
* The website has this take on the news and it starts off like this... The message from Saturday's gruesome suicide bombing of the Marriott in Islamabad was clear: Pervez Musharraf is no longer around to use his martial law and other tactics against terrorists; Asif Ali Zardari is in power, and al-Qaida and the Taliban are telling him to change course now...
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Death Toll Climbs in Pakistan Marriott Bombing
* reports... The scale of the attack bore tell-tale signs of al-Qaeda network, which is closely linked with the Pakistani Taliban waging a bloody insurgency in the country, US intelligence officials were quoted as saying a day after the massive truck bombing shook the heart of Islamabad...
Read the full report at link below...
Al Qaeda suspected of Pak's Marriott bombing; 60 dead

. Above Map Courtesy of CENTCOM
Marriott Hotel, Islamabad, Pakistan

CCTV Film Footage of Bombing Released
News Video posted on YouTube by Pakistani Politics
(From U.S. Department of State)
Press Statement
Sean McCormack
Washington, DC
Saturday, September 20, 2008

Terrorist Attack in Islamabad, Pakistan

We condemn the heinous attack on the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad that has left more than 40 dead and many more injured. We extend our deepest sympathy and condolences to the Pakistani people, and we are ready to assist in any way possible during this difficult time.
This barbaric attack comes during the month of Ramadan, only underscoring that those responsible have no respect for the principles of their faith. This strike to the heart of the Pakistani capital leaves no doubt as to the intentions of these extremist elements. Their goal is to create mayhem and weaken the institutions of government so that they may operate unfettered while spreading their intolerance. The United States will continue to stand with the Pakistani people and their democratically-elected government as it confronts this scourge.
Among those killed was at least one American citizen; several others have been injured. We are in the process of notifying next of kin and offering our condolences and assistance at this time.

The next front in the War on Terror is NOT going to be Afghanistan. It’s going to be Pakistan. And give it a year or so of heavy fighting, with lots of people killed in the process... and you can bet your last dollar that the Dems will find a way to TRY to turn tail and Cut and RUN on this part of the war also.
We can not afford one single day of an Obama-Biden Presidency. NOT ONE!
We need experience in the White House...
Not an Anti-War... Anti- American like Obama!!!


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