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Prominent Taliban leader killed in a US drone strike in Pakistan Pakistani officials saying this senior Taliban commander was among nine killed.
In a strike on a house near the border of Afghanistan they say four others were killed in separate drone strike.
Now there are concerns about new tensions between Washington and Islamic law.
Officials saying this Taliban leader had fought American forces in -- in Afghanistan but had a truce with Pakistan's military.
Talk about this with root -- former spokesperson for the last four US ambassadors.
To the UN.
Very tricky stuff here so the Pakistan any.
Tolerates some Taliban.
Others not so much and this was a guy they liked.
Yeah it's important remember that Waziristan.
Is the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan but it's officially in Pakistan.
Pakistani government looks the other way it's ungovernable.
Reporters seldom go there Pakistani officials really can't go there because it's too dangerous so they cut deals with some of these militant leaders to just say.
If you don't attack us will look the other way the problem with this group.
Is that they're attacking US military personnel in inside Afghanistan so we have to defend ourselves.
That's why President Obama has increased drone strikes unmanned drone strikes to just go and and killed these terrorists islamists within this region the Pakistani government.
Publicly doesn't like.
Kind of interesting I mean we just heard candidate Obama from 2008 talking about you know we are not a nation that puts people in prison without a trial and so forth.
But as commander in chief he has used drone strikes to kill some of those same people more than any other president.
Exactly I mean -- that speech is really remarkable when you hear.
His him the president philosophically say he's against rendition and he's against drone strikes that was 2008 candidate as you say.
But he's increase some of these policies certainly we have more drone strikes now than we've ever had.
And it's really a way for the president to be able to say he's dealing with.
The terrorists but he doesn't have any -- complications of putting boots on the ground interest thing that we have enough intelligence in an ungovernable area where you know Americans are not exactly welcome.
To be able to get this -- -- Well as you know we we spent a very long time trying to find Osama bin Laden and others in the region because we don't have enough information the pakistanis.
Again it's ungovernable they don't have enough Intel to share with us and it's too dangerous for us to put.
Too many people on the ground so the Intel is very scattered.
Which goes back to why again we do drone strikes and not have boots on the ground we got this guy but we still can't find Mullah Omar apparently that's right and and once again the pakistanis aren't able to tell us.
Would they refused to tell us and there's no question that they must know.
They must have some sort of intelligence but.
It's too risky for them to share with us that where the onus comes on the United States government the Obama administration should say.
Look EU must share intelligence with us to get the bad guys because I didn't leave the Pakistan -- are telling us.
Better you do it than us because we'll have internal problems.
We should not allow them to play that game we should be able to just say.
You have the responsibility to get him if you don't we will so -- promote public protests from the Pakistani government are not necessarily the same things that they're saying to us in private.
Absolutely not there that privately they're telling us look this is a very I'm -- govern a -- area it's difficult for us better you do it and will just go out publicly.
And pretend like we're against it to calm our public -- record now.
Rick thank you things.
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