Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Are we even surprised?

They aren't happy about the U.S. killing their brethren.
US: No Apology for Pakistan Bombing

Washington, Jan 17: The Government of President George W. Bush refused Tuesday to show regret in view of the consequences of the bombing of a Pakistani village by a US plane Friday that killed 18 innocent people.

"You know our previous comments on issues of this nature," White House spokesman Scott McClellan said evasively, as he replied to a question from a journalist on Washington's stand on the bombing.

The attack was allegedly aimed at Al Qaida's number two leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri.

However, the operation left 18 innocent civilians killed and Pakistan authorities say al-Zawahiri was not there.

According to reports, a CIA Predator plane entered Pakistani air space without permission Friday, shattering the village of Damadola with rockets.

Islamabad officials said the CIA mistakenly bombed the area, as Al Qaida's second-in-command was not in the village.

The action triggered a protest by thousands of marching Pakistanis, who burned US flags and demanded a US pullout from Afghanistan.

In the port city of Karachi, about 10,000 people took part in the protest which spread to other cities including Islamabad, Lahore, Multan and Peshawar.

Pakistan's Foreign Ministry summoned US Ambassador Ryan Crocker to formally report on the incident.

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