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29 February 2004
NEWSFLASHNews, Views, & Analysis Governments, Lobbies, & the Corporate Media Don't Want You To Know
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U.S. TROOPS TO INVADE PAKISTANI "TRIBAL AREAS"
Mid-East Realities - MER - www.MiddleEast.Org - Washington - 29 Feb 2004:
Technically of course it won't be an invasion. General President Pervez Musharraf is giving his 'OK' -- though in reality it is a kind of submission to political torture coupled with who knows what kinds of further rewards to Musharraf and his tight-knit circle of military and intelligence people in Pakistan. To what degree this new development may further destabilize Pakistan, even bringing about the end of the Musharraf military regime, is debateable of course. But Pakistan has never before faced such a situation and the 'intervention' of large numbers of uniform U.S. troops -- on top of the plain clothes special forces and CIA agents already operating in the country -- is sure to bring about counter-reactions of various kinds. This is now a sui generis historical situation for the Muslim country of Pakistan. Meanwhile, it appears the Bush Administration is so desperate to capture or kill Bin-Laden soon in order to enhance its electoral chances in November, it is willing to take this major risk with this crucial country and with General Musharraf personally.
U.S. TROOKS TO HUNT BIN-LADEN IN PAKISTAN
The United States has struck a deal with Pakistan to allow U.S. troops to hunt for al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden this spring in an area of Pakistan where he is believed to be operating, the New Yorker magazine reported on Sunday.
Thousands of U.S. troops will be deployed in a tribal area of northwest Pakistan in return for Washington's support of President Pervez Musharraf's pardon of the Pakistani scientist who this month admitted leaking nuclear arms secrets to Iran, Libya and North Korea, investigative reporter Seymour Hersh wrote in the issue that goes on sale on Monday.
Full disclosure of Pakistani scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan's activities would have exposed him as "the worst nuclear-arms proliferator in the world," an intelligence official is quoted as saying.
"It's a quid pro quo," according to a former senior intelligence official. "We're going to get our troops inside Pakistan in return for not forcing Musharraf to deal with Khan."
Musharraf has also offered other help in the hunt for bin Laden, accused of masterminding the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, according to the article.
"Musharraf told us, 'We've got guys inside. The people who provide fresh fruits and vegetables and herd the goats' for bin Laden and his al Qaeda followers," the intelligence official added.
The spring offensive could slow the tempo of U.S. operations in Iraq, the magazine said.
"It's going to be a full-court press," one Pentagon planner was quoted as saying. The article added that some of the most highly skilled U.S. Special Forces units would be shifted from Iraq to Pakistan.Special Forces personnel have been briefed on their new assignments and in some cases have been given "warning orders" -- the stage before being sent into combat, according to a military adviser. Reuters - New York - 29 February .
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