Bush Approved Secret Attacks Against Al Qaeda, Others in Syria, Pakistan: New York Times

Since 2004, the Pentagon has used broad, secret authority to carry out about 12 attacks against al Qaeda and other militants in Syria, Pakistan and elsewhere, The New York Times reported on its website.
   
Quoting what it said were more than six unnamed military and intelligence officials and senior Bush administration policy makers, the newspaper said the military operations were authorized by a classified order signed by former Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld with the approval of President George Bush.

Donald Rumsfeld
Donald Rumsfeld

From TVNZ, New Zealand

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http://tvnz.co.nz/view/page/411366/2299407
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By Eric Schmitt and Mark Mazzetti 
The New York Times

The United States military since 2004 has used broad, secret authority to carry out nearly a dozen previously undisclosed attacks against Al Qaeda and other militants in Syria, Pakistan and elsewhere, according to senior American officials.
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These military raids, typically carried out by Special Operations forces, were authorized by a classified order that Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld signed in the spring of 2004 with the approval of President Bush, the officials said. The secret order gave the military new authority to attack the Qaeda terrorist network anywhere in the world, and a more sweeping mandate to conduct operations in countries not at war with the United States.

In 2006, for example, a Navy Seal team raided a suspected militants’ compound in the Bajaur region of Pakistan, according to a former top official of the Central Intelligence Agency. Officials watched the entire mission — captured by the video camera of a remotely piloted Predator aircraft — in real time in the C.I.A.’s Counterterrorist Center at the agency’s headquarters in Virginia 7,000 miles away.


U.S. Navy SEAL Insignia

Some of the military missions have been conducted in close coordination with the C.I.A., according to senior American officials, who said that in others, like the Special Operations raid in Syria on Oct. 26 of this year, the military commandos acted in support of C.I.A.-directed operations.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/10/washington/
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One Response to “Bush Approved Secret Attacks Against Al Qaeda, Others in Syria, Pakistan: New York Times”

  1. Vigilante Says:

    Secret Ops not a good idea? Assuming good intelligence, admittedly a big assumption, it would seem to be a lot wiser than military occupation of remote and foreign lands, a la the French foreign legion. It’s totally different, also, from running concentration camps, rendition, and torture. Seems to me.

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