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Suspected US missile kills 20 in Pakistan

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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – A suspected U.S. missile strike by a drone aircraft flattened a militant hide-out in northwest Pakistan on Saturday, killing 20 local and foreign insurgents, intelligence officials said.

At least 15 militants were also wounded in the attack in the restive South Waziristan tribal region, where Pakistan has launched several military operations against the Taliban, al-Qaida and their local supporters in recent years.

The Taliban surrounded the targeted house and transported the dead and wounded out, said three intelligence officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media

No government or military spokesmen were available for comment.

Pakistan is a key ally of the United States in its fight against terrorism, but it has opposed missile strikes in the country’s tribal regions where Taliban and al-Qaida insurgents are believed to be operating.

The U.S. has launched more than 30 missile attacks in recent months.

Saturday’s attack came days after Pakistani leaders told Richard Holbrooke, an American envoy dispatched by President Barack Obama to the region, that the U.S. attacks should be stopped as they were counterproductive and fueling anti-America sentiment in this Islamic nation.

It also came a day after a militant group holding an American employee of the United Nations warned it would kill him within 72 hours and issued a grainy video of the blindfolded captive saying he was “sick and in trouble.”

SHAHRUL PESHAWAR – Continuous attack on Pakistani land by American Forces will only spark the anger of the people and may jeopardize any effort or attempt to release John Solecki.  Personally, I feel that US is not serious in releasing Solecki.

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Guantanamo detainee ‘was tortured’

 

A Saudi Arabian national held at the US prison facility in Guantanamo Bay was tortured by US military personnel over his alleged involvement in the September 11, 2001 attacks, a senior US official has said.

Mohammed al-Qahtani suffered techniques including sustained isolation, sleep deprivation, nudity and prolonged exposure to cold, Susan Crawford, told the Washington Post newspaper on Wednesday.

Crawford, the Bush administration official in charge of deciding whether to bring detainees to trial, said the torture left al-Qahtani in a “life-threatening condition”.

“This was not any one particular act; this was just a combination of things that had a medical impact on him,” she said.

“It was abusive and uncalled for. And coercive.”

She said she could not recommend he face prosecution as he had been subjected to torture.

‘Dangerous man’

Crawford said a decision on what to do with al-Qahtani was yet to be made as he was still considered “a very dangerous man”.

“What do you do with him now if you don’t charge him and try him? I would be hesitant to say, ‘Let him go’,” she told the paper. 

Both George Bush, the US president, and Dick Cheney, the US vice-president, have rejected allegations that the US tortured suspects being held at the US facility in Guantanamo, Cuba.

There has been widespread controversy over the use of the interrogation technique of “waterboarding”, which simulates drowning, and which the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) admitted in February last year had been used on three detainees at Guantanamo.

A confession made by Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of the September 11 attacks, was reportedly obtained using the method.

‘Restrictive’ policies

Geoff Morrell, a spokesman for the Pentagon, told the Post that it took any allegations of abuse “seriously” but that investigations into their detention operations on detainees, including al-Qahtani, found that the “special” techniques used on him “were lawful”.

Morell said that the Pentagon had adopted “new and more restrictive” policies for interrogation following the reviews.

“Some of the aggressive questioning techniques used on al-Qahtani, although permissible at the time, are no longer allowed in the updated army field manual,” he told the paper.

Qahtani, sometimes alleged to be the so-called “20th hijacker” of the September 11 attacks, was denied entry into the US in August 2001 and captured in Afghanistan in January 2002 before being transported to Guantanamo Bay, the paper said.

War crimes charges against him were dismissed in May last year by Crawford, but military prosecutors said in November that they would seek to refile charges based on subsequent interrogations that did not employ the harsher techniques, the paper said.

About 255 men are still being held in Guantanamo Bay, mostly al-Qaeda and Taliban suspects captured during the US-led invasion of Afghanistan.

Barack Obama, the US president-elect, is expected to issue an executive order to close the facility.

The fate of the detainees remains uncertain until US officials resolve legal and logistical problems, including where those not set for trial could be sent.

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Ramadhan Appeal

Mr. President, United States of America

Do not torture these prisoners. Do not abuse the privileges given to you.

Visit these websites to find more…

http://www.wiolawapress.com/campxray.htm

http://www.campxray.org/

http://geocities.com/torturevictim/cuba.html

http://www.angelfire.com/empire/preshezmuslimah/camp_x.htm

http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/static/in_depth/americas/2002/inside_camp_xray/default.stm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guantanamo_Bay_detainment_camp

http://www.rotten.com/library/crime/prison/camp-x-ray/

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