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Sympathy for Al Qaeda Surges in Pakistan

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Posted on Jan 23, 2006
Pakistani religious students chant anti-U.S. slogans during a protest Sunday, Jan. 22, in Karachi, Pakistan
Shakil Adil / AP

Pakistani religious students chant anti-U.S. slogans during a protest Sunday, Jan. 22, in Karachi, Pakistan, held to condemn the Jan. 13 U.S. airstrike on the village of Damadola, near the border, which killed 13 civilians and possibly several top Al Qaeda operatives. Thousands of angry Pakistanis protested,  chanting “Long live Osama bin Laden!” as anti-American rallies in the country entered their second week.

AP: DAMADOLA, Pakistan - Sympathy for al-Qaida has surged after a U.S. airstrike devastated this remote mountain hamlet in a region sometimes as hostile toward the Pakistani government as it is to the United States.

A week after the attack, villagers insist no members of the terror network were anywhere near the border village when it was hit. But thousands of protesters flooded a nearby town chanting, “Long Live Osama bin Laden!” | story

The really scary thing: Look at how young some of the protesters are.

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