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calendar   Saturday - December 23, 2006

Reuters Doesn’t Trust Anyone

Reuters news agency is a waste of time. First they hire Arab photographers who photoshop the war in Lebanon and now they offer us this “fair and balanced, unbiased coverage” from Afghanistan ....

U.S. Kills Top Taliban Leader
KABUL (Reuters) - Sat Dec 23, 2006 9:59am ET163

U.S. forces said on Saturday they had killed the Taliban’s military chief in southern Afghanistan, who had close links to Osama bin Laden and was heir to the rebel leadership. Akhtar Mohammad Osmani was the most senior leader killed yet and was targeted in a region where the insurgency is at its bloodiest, a military spokesman said. The Taliban denied he was dead.

Osmani and two other guerillas were killed in an air strike on their car on an isolated desert road on Tuesday, spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition force, Colonel Tom Collins, said in Kabul. “Mullah Osmani is the highest ranking Taliban leader that we’ve ever killed,” he said. “His death is very significant and will hit the Taliban’s operations.”

The Taliban said Osmani, anointed by the group’s leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar, as his heir in 2001, was alive. “We strongly deny this. He is not present in the area where American forces are claiming to have killed him,” commander Mullah Hayat Khan told Reuters by telephone. “The American and NATO forces from time to time make such false claims. It’s just propaganda against the Taliban.”

Then Reuters gives us the punchline ....

Neither the U.S. or Taliban comments could be independently verified.


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 12/23/2006 at 08:43 PM   
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