We Got Somebody Big in Pakistan

I saw this article on the Fox News web site and found these opening paragraphs rather interesting.

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan — Intelligence officials suspect a top militant leader may have been killed in an alleged U.S. missile strike because the Taliban are unusually angry about the attack.

Amid reports of the death toll rising to 24, informants and agents in the field said members of the Taliban seem particularly incensed by the latest strike.

The fury is a sign that a senior Taliban leader may have been killed, though that has yet to be confirmed, the officials said Sunday.

The insurgents were using harsh language against locals, calling them “saleable commodities” — a reference to people serving as government spies, according to the sources.

Two local residents said Taliban fighters had warned people not to discuss the strike with anyone including the media or try inspecting the rubble at the site. The residents asked not to be named for fear of Taliban retaliation.

Now why would the Taliban be angry and threaten the locals if the talked, or even came near the bubble of the strike area? I guess we will have to look at where the trike occurred for some clues. The town in North Waziristan, the town of Mir Ali is at the farthest point away from Afghanistan. However, according to [The Long War Journal] (http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2008/10/usconductstwo_stri.php) it is the home base of operations of Abu Kasha. Then the question has to be asked who this guy is? Again according to The Long War Journal: Abu Kasha: An American intelligence source tells us Abu Kasha is the key link between al Qaeda’s Shura Majlis (main Shura or consultive body) and the Taliban. Kasha is an Iraqi Arab who is runs his group from Mir Ali. He has two local commanders, Imanullah and Haq Nawaz Dawar who administer local offices. Kasha has a working relationship and close communication with Uzbek groups.

This guy is head of the area that houses the main al Qaeda main deliberative body, or Shura. If the main Shura is there, who would be possibly members of it? The mind can run wild with the possibilities, but speculating won’t help.

The simple reaction by these people by threatening the locals to keep silent, and their visible anger is speaking volumes. I would also add that Pakistan had been very angry with us over our strikes across the border, but after the Marriott truck bomb, they are not so angry anymore. In this case especially.

How did the Pakistan military respond to questions about this attack?

Pakistan army spokesman Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas said initial reports indicated that 20 or more people were killed. He said there was “speculation” that many were foreign militants, but cautioned the army was still awaiting a detailed report.

I don’t see any anger there at all. An interesting change of tone.

What is the US Intelligence people say about this? Nothing!

The U.S. rarely acknowledges such attacks; and 1st Lt. Nathan Perry, a spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan, said he had “no information to give” about the reported missile strikes. He did not deny U.S. involvement.

However, we may have to keep our eyes and ears open on this one. We seem to have struck a nerve, and it will be sometime before we find out how big of a nerve.