In the frontier provinces of Pakistan, another American strike targeted al Qaeda operatives. This time it appears that a major member of the network was taken out. Abdullah Azam Al-Saudi was a major liason between the terrorist group and the Taliban.
In addition, the United States has reportedly gained permission to continue its missile strikes in Pakistan:
But the Washington Post newspaper reported early this week that the US and Pakistani governments had reached a tacit agreement on Predator strikes on Pakistani territory, under which Islamabad allows them while continuing to complain about them and Washington never acknowledges them.
The American government has stepped up its missile raids in Pakistan, with increasing success. On the one hand, this shows greater American intelligence efforts, but also shows Pakistan’s inability to take care of the Islamist problems in its own nation.