TIMELINE-Pakistan, the battleground for bin Laden revenge attacks

May 25  – Pakistan has seen a dramatic increase in the scale and number of militant attacks since Osama bin laden was killed by U.S. forces in a garrison town this month.

On Wednesday, militants drove a car packed with explosives into a police station in the northwestern city of Peshawar, killing at least two people and wounding 20. The police station was razed to the ground.

Here’s a timeline of attacks since the killing of the al Qaeda leader on May 2, which militants have vowed to avenge.

May 13

Two suicide bombers attacked a Frontier Corps training academy in Charsadda, north-west Pakistan, killing 98 people, most of them cadets boarding buses for home. The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility, saying it was to avenge the death of bin laden. Continue reading

Al Qaeda and Taliban begin revenge attacks for Osama Bin Laden.

Two Taliban members have blown themselves up killing 80 people in pakistan, at a paramilitary training centre in first major retaliation for the killing of Osama bin Laden.

The blasts in Pakistan’s north-west came even as the country faces international suspicion that elements within its security forces may have been harbouring bin Laden, who was killed in a raid in Abbottabad, about a three hours’ drive from the scene of the bombing.

“We have done this to avenge the Abbottabad incident,” Ahsanullah Ahsan, a spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban, told the Associated Press in a phone call. He warned that the group was also planning attacks on Americans living inside Pakistan.

At least 80 people were killed, 66 of them recruits, and around 120 people were wounded, said police officer Liaqat Ali Khan.

So the revenge attacks have started and we were expecting this would happen. How far are they prepared to go on this boggles my mind and I can’t help wondering when this will be over and if it will ever be over. How many more innocent people have to die? How many families will have to be ripped apart before anything will ever be gained.? Can anything ever be gained from these terrible inhuman acts?

Looking back over the past 10 years nothing has been gained and nothing has been solved, it’s like life on a carousel. There’s killings, people die and someone swears revenge and it happens all over again. It’s a vicious circle that shows no means of stopping and it’s innocent people that are left to suffer. 

Obama’s refusal to release photographs of Osama Bin Laden

‘WE DON’T TROT THIS STUFF OUT AS TROPHIES’: OBAMA REFUSES TO RELEASE PHOTOGRAPHS OF OSAMA BIN LADEN

In a pre-recorded interview with CBS’s 60 Minutes, President Obama answered questions on why he had chosen not to release graphic images of Osama Bin Laden.

STEVE KROFT: Did you see the pictures?

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Yes.

KROFT: What was your reaction when you saw them?

OBAMA: It was him.

KROFT: Why haven’t you released them?

OBAMA: You know, we discussed this internally. Keep in mind that we are absolutely certain this was him. We’ve done DNA sampling and testing. And so there is no doubt that we killed Osama bin Laden. It is important for us to make sure that very graphic photos of somebody who was shot in the head are not floating around as an incitement to additional violence. As a propaganda tool. You know, that’s not who we are.

You know, we don’t trot out this stuff as trophies. You know, the fact of the matter is this was somebody who was deserving of the justice that he received. And I think– Americans and people around the world are glad that he’s gone. But we don’t need to spike the football. And I think that given the graphic nature of these photos, it would create some national security risk. And I’ve discussed this with Bob Gates and Hillary Clinton and my intelligence teams and they all agree.

KROFT: There are people in Pakistan, for example, who say, “Look, this is all a lie. Obama, this is another American trick. Osama’s not dead.”

OBAMA: You know, the truth is that and we – we’re monitoring worldwide reaction. There’s no doubt that Bin Laden is dead. Certainly there’s no doubt among Al Qaeda members that he is dead. And so we don’t think that a photograph in and of itself is going to make any difference. There are going be some folks who deny it. The fact of the matter is, you will not see Bin Laden walking on this Earth again.

Perhaps Obama is saving the pics for his re-election campaign, they will make great posters 😛

Latest on Bin Laden

Nevine Mabro, a journalist for Britain’s Channel 4 News who produced a video report from outside the gates of Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad on Tuesday, reported on Twitter a few hours ago that Pakistani police had sealed off the neighborhood for a time on Wednesday morning and were “guarding all houses near OBLs compound.”

Lindsey Hilsum, a Channel 4 News correspondent who is also reporting from Abbottabad, wrote on Twitter at about the same time: “I’m told there are police in the houses of Bin Laden’s neighbors this morning. Area blocked but may open up later.”

The video report Ms. Hilsum and Ms. Mabro produced there one day earlier featured interviews with three men from the neighborhood around the home who suggested that it was not accurate to say that the high-walled compound had not drawn any notice at all from the neighbors. One young man even said that the fact that the compound had its own independent supplies of gas and electricity had raised eyebrows locally. He added: “Everyone thought that this house was very strange.”

About two hours ago, Ms. Hilsum posted a new update on Twitter, reporting that the crew had finally been allowed back in to the neighborhood, but noticed a significant change: “At the Bin Laden house again, but all the eyewitnesses are mysteriously absent leaving only police and children.”

She also reported that the absence of visual evidence of Bin Laden’s presence in the compound was fueling speculation in Abbottabad that the raid was an elaborate hoax.

Many outside #binladen house say they don’t believe he was there, this is ‘just a drama’. So will the US release the picture?

http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/05/04/latest-updates-on-the-killing-of-bin-laden/?partner=rss&emc=rss

DEATH OF BIN LADEN: Pakistan under pressure to explain Osama’s location

Why is Pakistan being accused of harbouring such an infamous fugitve? When in other countries they live and plan attacks on them? 9/11 and 7/11 are perfect examples of this.

Also in Pakistan because of customs and culture to have a 10 ft wall around your home and windows to be shielded from prying eyes is quite regular. But the media keep hyping this matter up which I find really annoying. Don’t go on about these walls etc when for this country this is an everyday thing. Yes. security is a concern to all citizens living there and this is perfectly normal!

I am of the opinion “you got your guy, now back of” Anything that happens the focus goes back to a country that is already riddled with political and social issues. It’s one of the poorest 3rd world countries and is riddled with debt. Yet whenever America feels the need, it shifts the focus and blame of their terrorist problems on to them.

If you are one of the richest and smartest countries of this day and age. What you doing in Afghanistan when he was meant to be in Pakistan? You yourselves didn’t know where he was or you would have had him years ago.

And why haven’t you thrown other people out to sea? There are plenty that should have been and deserved to have been. Let me tell you why! Because no one has made shrines to anyone and no one would have made a shrine to him. So the question arises why have you thrown him to sea? (I don’t see this as a burial at all!)

While there is no excuse for what Osama Bin Laden did I truly wonder what Americas motives and thoughts are at times and my thoughts keep coming back to world domination. And I make this statement with the fact we never ever saw any proof of their accusations against Saddam Hussain and why they invaded Iraq. Even the British Prime Minister admitted to that war being a mistake.

The Pakistani President Zardari has been it very clear in his statement.. Such baseless speculation may make exciting cable news, but it doesn’t reflect fact.

“Pakistan had as much reason to despise al Qaida as any nation.The war on terrorism is as much Pakistan’s war as it is America’s.” The leader acknowledged bin Laden’s assassination was not a joint operation between his military and the Americans. But he insisted a decade of co-operation and partnership between the countries led to his elimination “as a continuing threat to the civilised world”.

It’s a shame that even after everything Pakistan has done on its fight against terrorism and supported the americans, they are still treated like terrorists themselves. Especially when this country has had its fare share of terrorism to deal with too.