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Posted on Dec 3, 2009
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Pakistan’s Yousaf Raza Gilani: “I don’t think Osama bin Laden is in Pakistan.”

Days after British PM Gordon Brown chastised the Pakistani government for failing to capture Osama bin Laden, Pakistan’s prime minister, Yousaf Raza Gilani, claimed that he has yet to see any “credible or actionable intelligence” on bin Laden’s whereabouts. —JCL

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The Pakistani prime minister, Yousaf Raza Gilani, today claimed that Osama bin Laden was not in Pakistan – just days after Gordon Brown criticised the Islamabad government for not doing enough to capture the al-Qaida leader.

Bin Laden is widely believed to be sheltering in the north of Pakistan – a belief reiterated by the CIA director, Leon Panetta, over the summer – and on Sunday Brown criticised the Islamabad government for not doing more to track him down.

But quizzed by British journalists at a joint press conference with the UK prime minister in London as to why the al-Qaida leader remained at large, Gilani said the Pakistani administration had not been provided with any “credible or actionable intelligence” as to his whereabouts.

“I don’t think Osama bin Laden is in Pakistan,” he said.

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By PatrickHenry, December 3, 2009 at 5:02 pm Link to this comment

Maybe we are fighting for Israel.
Maybe we are fighting for military industrialists.
Maybe we are fighting to keep potential U.S. revolutionaries on the other side of the world.
Maybe we are fighting to keep people distracted from the real cause of 9/11.
Maybe we are fighting to scare other countries into towing our line however false it is.

Whatever we are fighting for is bullshit and we need to stop and bring our troops home from around the world.

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By Davo, December 3, 2009 at 3:32 pm Link to this comment
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OBL is dead. has been for years.

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By gerard, December 3, 2009 at 1:07 pm Link to this comment

How about this?  Maybe we are fighting for oil?
Maybe we are fighting for a gas line?
Maybe we are fighting to get Bin Laden?
Maybe we are fighting to stop the Taliban?
Maybe we are fighting for the rights of women?
Maybe we are fighting against “terrorism”?
Maybe we are fighting against Islamic fundamentalism??
Maybe we are fighitng against Arabs?
Maybe we are fighting for “freedom”?
Maybe we are fighting for money?
Maybe we are fighting for “security”
Maybe we are fighting for revenge.?
Maybe we are fighting because there are no jobs?
Maybe we are fighting in order to prove something to somebody? Or to get away from home, see the world?
Maybe we are fighting because we “just feel like we should.”
Maybe ..... confusion of goals and reasons enlists more people for more differett reasons?  And confuses more people, which prevents them getting together to protest?

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