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  •  Yeah, but even Zawahiri (0+ / 0-)

    doesn't claim he "Orchestrated" this attack, only that he called  - as he has tendency to do - for someone, anyone, to strike back in revenge for the killing of his second-in-command by drone strike.

    •  That's true but don't you think this gives the (0+ / 0-)

      administration a perfect justification to kill him as well?

      I am all for killing Zawahiri if it meets legal standards. I just don't think it does. Here is why:

      None of the United Nations Security Council resolutions on the fight against international terrorism, and in particular al-Qaida (Res. 1267 of 1999 to Res. 1974 of 2011), authorize the carrying out of operations on foreign territory, nor the arrest, and even less the killing, of (suspected) terrorists. These resolutions can, at best, be read, in line with the various Terrorism Conventions, as allowing the extradition or prosecution (aut dedere aut iudicare) of terrorism suspects.
      •  He's already on the hit list... (1+ / 0-)
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        he's al Qeada's current #1, since the death of Bin Laden.

        •  Sadly, we probably cannot either kill or capture (0+ / 0-)

          him anytime soon, thanks to Pakistan:

          There are indicators that some elements of the Pakistani government may be protecting Zawahiri,” says a U.S. intel official who did not want to be named discussing sensitive information. “We have reports that he’s been hanging out in Karachi for brief periods, and we just don’t think he’s going to be doing that without a lot of people knowing about it.”

          At the moment, it would be politically fraught, however, for American special operators and CIA agents to carry out an attack even in the remote tribal areas, much less in a city. Pakistan’s political and military leaders, humiliated and furious that Washington kept them in the dark about the bin Laden raid and other missions, have forbidden the United States from conducting drone strikes in their territory. American forces are respecting Pakistani wishes—for now—in an effort to “lower the temperature,” says one senior administration official. But that forbearance won’t last long. Eventually, American officials tell Newsweek, offensive drone operations will restart, with or without Pakistan’s approval.

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