"One al-Qaida's top commanders in Afghanistan and a key liaison with Taliban, Abu Laith al-Libi, was killed according to a Web site used by militant groups. . . The attack that killed al-Libi appeared to have taken place in Pakistan. . . Pakistani intelligence officials and local residents said that a missile hit a compound in a village about 2.5 miles outside Mir Ali in North Waziristan late Monday or early Tuesday, destroying the facility."
. . . Government and military said they did not know who fired the missile."
Gosh, what a surprise! Every time one of these guys winds up buying it at the business end of a missile, the Pakistani government either, knows nothing, or claims they did it. Like in the case of Nek Mohammed in 2004. Nek was another one of these Taliban types in South Waziristan who suckered Musharraf into a "peace" deal, along with demanding a hufty sum to seal the deal, and then alomst immediatly reneged. Nek was killed by a US Hellfire missile fired from a predator drone in 2004. [Frontline] Here's the way the news story ran:
"Pakistani forces killed a renegade tribal leader allied with suspected al-Qaida militants in a helicopter assault on a mud-brick fortress near the Afghan border, the army spokesman said Friday. Nek Mohammed was tracked down by tracing an intercepted satellite phone call, a senior security official told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. Six others were killed with Mohammed in the missile strike late Thursday."
Musharraf in an interview on Frontline insisted the Pakistanis carried out the attack.
"It's a very well-coordinated operation in that, yes, we have access now to the UAVs [unmanned aerial vehicles], and it is on our demand that we fly and survey areas. There is total cooperation on that. Now, when it comes to attacking a target, it is with the UAVs; it is with our helicopters; it is with our [assets] here all coordinated."
When journalist Hayat Ullah Khan made the mistake of taking a picture of the remnants of the missile, showing that the missile was Made in the USA, Musharraf had him disapeared, never to be seen again.
Hopefully, no unlucky journalist brings out any proof that this was wasn''t just another Pakistani mission.