September 2nd, 2010
08:19 AM ET

$5 million reward for Pakistani Taliban leaders

Hakimullah Mehsud, a key leader of the Pakistani Taliban, has been charged for his alleged involvement in the killings of seven U.S. citizens at an American military base in Afghanistan in 2009, the U.S. Justice Department announced this week.

A $5 million reward is being offered for information leading to the capture of Mehsud and another top Pakistani Taliban leader, Wali Ur Rehman, U.S. officials announced.

A complaint listed two criminal charges against Mehsud.

"We support any lawful means to hold this terrorist accountable for what he's done," CIA spokesman George Little said Wednesday. "The announcement today is part of that."

A U.S. official said the criminal charges are meant to deal with Hakimullah if he's captured, and added, "He can face justice in other ways, too. That hasn't changed." The "in other ways" comment was a backhanded reference to CIA Predator missile strikes in Pakistan, which have killed a number of suspected al Qaeda terrorists and other extremists.

The group - which was declared a terrorist organization by the United States - is believed to be responsible for terrorist acts, including the December 30, 2009, suicide attack on a CIA base in Afghanistan and the attempted Times Square bombing earlier this year.

A criminal complaint unsealed Wednesday details the U.S. government's case against Mehsud.

All the victims were killed by a suicide bomber, a Jordanian national named Humam Khalil Abu Mulal al-Balawi, at a U.S. base near Khost, Afghanistan.

The attack killed five CIA officers, two private military contractors working for the CIA, and a member of Jordanian intelligence. Also killed was the base chief, Jennifer Matthews, a 45-year-old mother of three.

U.S. officials believe Mehsud was working with al-Balawi in planning the attack as well as planning the failed bombing attack in Times Square in May.

The counts against Mehsud include conspiracy to murder a United States national while outside the United States and conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction against a national of the United States while outside the United States.

Mehsud is believed to be the commander of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, which a U.S. official described as a "Taliban-inspired alliance of Pakistan-based Sunni tribal militants." The group claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing as well as the failed attempt to bomb New York's Times Square.

FBI Investigators are piecing together their case based on interviews with survivors of the Afghan attack and details gleaned by combing through personal items left behind by the victims. It is believed that al-Balawi was working with Jordanian intelligence as a double agent, offering information to Jordanian and U.S. intelligence officials on the aftermath of drone attacks while garnering enough support and trust to carry out the suicide attack.

Witnesses told investigators that Al-Balawi was welcomed on the base in December before he exited the right side of the vehicle, reached under his clothing and detonated the device he had strapped to his body.

After the attack, a previously recorded video was released of Mehsud and al-Balawi together talking about the attack.

The U.S. government listed the Pakistani Taliban as a foreign terrorist organization, indicating its intent on going after terrorists one way or another.

"We have no higher priority than bringing to justice terrorists who kill Americans serving and working abroad," said U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen, Jr. in a news release. "We will continue to use every tool at our disposal to seek justice for the victims of this heinous arrack."

Complaints generally list the address of the accused. In this case, the accused's address reads "Federally Administered Tribal Area of Pakistan." And therein lies a problem.

Serving an arrest warrant against a suspected terrorist living in the tribal areas will be difficult. But the United States has added a financial incentive by offering the $5 million reward for information leading to the capture of Mehsud and Ur Rehman, another leader of the group.

CNN's Pam Benson contributed to this story.


Filed under: Pakistan • Taliban
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  1. Pointer Men's Basketball

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    October 30, 2010 at 2:01 am | Report abuse |
  2. Sam

    As a Muslim, it's really very sad to see so much hatred towards each other. Hatred breeds hatred. Life is a gift and killing each other does not benefit anyone race or religion. I for one believe as a Muslim to have our voices heard to stop the extremists that have hijacked the true Islam for their political agenda and hatred towards other faiths.

    September 8, 2010 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Your Dreamin

    Actually we are over there not only for the oil, We are also there to offset the Israeli/Arab conflict by subverting power and sentiment away from this regional conflict thereby reinforcing stability. I'm sure that we also have a number of lesser goals of consequence , but not worth mentioning because they are secondary. I'm sure that our #1 purpose isn't to bring peace and understanding to the people of Afganistan, Or to liberate them from an oppressive regime. We are way more self serving than that. Our true goal is most likely to establish a forward base to deter Iranian ambition and defend shipping lanes in the event of a crisis. You people are so funny. You make me laugh. Its all about you.

    September 8, 2010 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Smith in Oregon

    5 Million bounty, what a joke. It would cost 1/2 that much just to bribe the powers that be in Pakistan to even get within arms length of that individual who would be surrounded by heavily armed guards. Meanwhile American taxpayers are forced to pay Billions to track such individuals down and merely monitor their activities. Those collecting such a bounty would then likely be hunted by various Islamic militants during their remaining lifespan in various acts of revenge upon them and their families. Raise the bounty so something like 50-100 Million dollars, something meaningful and significant enough to later provide security and protection to the individual that is successful. A 5 Million reward is a insult in regards to the push back that would undoubtedly result if tried and especially if successful.

    September 7, 2010 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. dindy Sri lanka

    Think of the human lives this planet is loosing. Then the children who are starving and getting Isolated because of human killing other humans. So many religions in this planet. yet every one hate each other....? without wasting time to argue about each ones religion ...help every human being in their need the way you all can and listen to each other and help to restore peace on our planet . No matter which God we worship ..we have only this planet to do it . when fighting every day...no one can practice any religion or worship any god.(what ever the name we all call )with all our fighting ..and arguments... criticism...Satan is benefiting from it.Not any of us who are being created in God"s image.
    Lets live ..without hating each other and lets wish for one thing ...that is peace and blessings Not hate and curses.

    September 7, 2010 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  6. dindy Sri lanka

    If the Canadian people has not found news about their soldiers in the war zone, it is not right. Not fair. They too are worried about their Soldiers. If it is the true CNN should pay more consideration about this matter.

    September 7, 2010 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  7. Future me

    The day we ween ourselves off of foreign oil can't come soon enough.

    September 7, 2010 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
    • woodie

      Indeed this is the root cause. These backwards countries that suddenly become oil-rich are not prepared for the world stage. Our dependence on oil caused this problem. Even Johnson, Nixon and Carter acknowledged that back in the 60s, 70s and 80s. We seem to be slow on the uptake.

      September 9, 2010 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bill McGowan

    You can't catch what you can't see. How about posting a photograph of this guy.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:22 am | Report abuse |
  9. amust

    guys/gals: leave Koran/Quran to its place. do not bring that in to this political debate. Quran has nothing to do with the violence, if you read Quran and understand its real meaning, you will cry and repent. if a Muslim goes by doing what media is spreading means that Muslim did not understand what Quran is saying....so please do not blame Quran. Quran means something to read over and over again...it is the word of ALLAH.

    September 7, 2010 at 1:13 am | Report abuse |
  10. CanUfixit

    Everyone should get rid of their own personal filth and the world would be a better place to live in, everything starts at home first, then school, then society. We need to ask ourselves, are our thoughts, teachings, words, and actions for the betterment and good of society and the world as a whole. If not, you're with the wrong group. Pride, hatred,lies, or greed may have led some astray to destructive religious views. Ultimately good will prevail over evil, if you are a terrorist, you are not for the betterment of society or world peace, you will be stopped....even if it costs the world 5 million to do it.

    September 7, 2010 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
  11. CanUfixit

    There's always a rotten apple in every religious barrel, be it Christian, Hindu, Moslem and all other religions. All religions should be against world terrorism and world destruction, and common hatred towards each other. It's intolerable when countries use you and terrororize you, whoever does these things need to STOP.

    September 7, 2010 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
  12. Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

    Don't You think that They deserve to have rights as much as those in the United States??? It is because of People like You that Us Americans are losing more of Our rights every day!!! We have to all learn to respect the difference of each other... That is the only way We will get PEACE in the World!!! Learn to live with each others even with Our difference... That is the only way We can get rid of all the Hate in the World!!!

    September 6, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  13. US Soldier

    I wonder how many of these posts come from people who have actually been to Afghanistan. You are welcome to join us over here and see the reality up close and firsthand.

    September 6, 2010 at 6:07 am | Report abuse |
    • dindy Sri lanka

      Reply to US soldier, I am truly sorry if this comments hurt you . I have lived with war for so long and after all many who fight against evil acts of terrorists anywhere in this planet is a friend of mine no matter which nationality they are. .Although I am not in a condition to be in where you are right now ..I try to support true heroes like you (Men and women who try to save the people from suicide bombers) this way.

      September 7, 2010 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  14. Rigel54

    Amen, til that region is cleared up this won't be finished.

    September 6, 2010 at 1:33 am | Report abuse |
  15. Chip H

    Mil.Gov will have bankrupted America by 2012. Actually, we're already bankrupt, by 2014, 100% of Fed income taxes
    will go SOLELY to MERCENARIES, the USURY DEBT RESTRUCTURING on their then $20 TRILLION in deficits, and bloated
    $5 TRILLION A YEAR Mil.Gov welfare tax drones, not one penny for SS & MC (!), health and human services, education, roads, and thankfully, NA$A will have to go kick rocks, it's not ever gonna see its TEN TRILLION MARS MISSION fantasy!

    Again, neither the Taliban nor the Afghan people had ANYTHING TO DO WITH 9/11, and bin Laden is dead long time.

    September 5, 2010 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rigel54

      Chip H, you are psychotic, wrong, and wrong. You are making up nonsensical figures. I know you think that's OK, but it's not. I know you think a fictional rant means as much as truth, but it doesn't. The wars cost a lot. Iraq cost trillions. Drones are cheap. Afghanistan is relatively cheap so far. Drones work great. I know you hate that. I don't like the use of private (mercenary) contractors. It's in decline, but excessive. It is not a major part of the budget, though certainly in the billions.

      September 6, 2010 at 1:40 am | Report abuse |
  16. Proud Hindu from Al Hind

    @Yakoobi, Get out of our land which is called sapth sindhu, you deserve to be kicked out. Go to Arabia they know how to treat you like mohajirs in Darfur.

    September 5, 2010 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Saudi_R_Evil

    Yes, it is a sin to name call other religions, but it is ok to murder anyone from another religion according to Islam. You Muslims insult yourselves everyday in the news.

    September 5, 2010 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Saudi_R_Evil

    It is not filthy to call Islam names. It has to be a religion first and it is not a religion. Islam is a cult. You can not leave Islam and become a Christian, Muslims will kill you if you leave. That is a cult just like Jones Town and others. All terrorist are Muslims and they all say the same garbage, "Allah is Great." Its not the talban or whatever tribe, they are all Muslims committing murder around the world. Filthy is men treating women like goats like Muslims do. Filthy is men beating and stoning innocent women like Muslims do. Filthy is Muslims decapitating French Children in Libya and lining the streets with the childrends heads. That is Islam. More people around the world suffer and die because of Islam than any other religion. Muhammend murdered people, Jesus did not kill anyone. Airport security is up around the world because of Muslims and no other religion. That is Muslims insulting themselves everyday in the news. I spit on Mecca, which finger did they save from Muhammend?

    September 5, 2010 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • marc

      Who is this illiterate idiot anyways??

      September 7, 2010 at 4:25 am | Report abuse |
  19. Saudi_R_Evil

    King Abdulla of Saudi Arabia, you are a liar and murderer of innocent people. Stop funding the terrorists you evil man. I spit on your Mecca and I use the Quran for toilet paper. Islam is evil made from a butcher of innocent children. Jesus never killed no one, Muhamment your false Phrophet murdered thousands.

    September 5, 2010 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Saudi_R_Evil

    Its easy to find Bin Ladin, Set a bounty on the Saudi Royal Family that has been funding the terrorists. That is why the price of gold is high, they use gold which is untracable. The saudi not only speak the language, they stink the same too.

    September 5, 2010 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Saudi_R_Evil

    Islam is like the Nazi Party running unabated. If we do not speakup about the evils of Islamic cult, it will slowly devower our freedoms. Stop the evil Islam now. Burn the Quran on Sept. 11. In the meantime it makes great toilet paper.

    September 5, 2010 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  22. Saudi_R_Evil

    The Mosque of NY will be used to store Nuclear material from Iran. Arm yourselves before its too late. North Korea will make the first strike to start WWIII, followed by Iran hitting Isreal while the Navy Fleet is distracted to the Korean waters. If Islam is a religion so is the Nazi Party and the KKK. Wake up Americans.

    September 5, 2010 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  23. Saudi_R_Evil

    Islam is the most shameful and evil cult of the whole world. I say we bomb Mecca now.

    September 5, 2010 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  24. Saudi_R_Evil

    This incident just goes to prove that Muslims insult themselves everyday. The world is full of stories of Muslims committing such evil. And don't blame specific tribes or terrorist for, because they all say the same garbage, "Allah is Great." That proves that they are all Muslims. Islam is nothing but and evil cult, made up by men to control women like goats. The pajamas, the turban and the bag over a women's head is so yesterday. And Muhammend was nothing more than a killer and thief.

    September 5, 2010 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  25. FredG

    The war in Iraq started off with the right thought about irradicating terrorism after 911, but it quickly and quietly turned into the big money maker for Dick Chaney and George Bush senior. You only have to seach the internet for information on Dresser Industries merging with Haliburton and the weath that's been aquired and the escalation of war becomes evident. And for the Canadian posters, your right, the Americans (I am one) are genersally self centered individuals as is their biased media. Bring your men and women home, because the arab nations and muslems will still be fighting and killing each other long into the comming centuries, killing and enslaving their women under the guise of doing God's work. An absolute lie, the real God preachs truth, forgivness and love, not hate and murder.

    September 5, 2010 at 5:37 am | Report abuse |
  26. just a dumb US taxpayer

    If people read the news just in the last year they can read that all terrorists are muslim even those born and raised in the USA and in the UK and France or Germany
    read the news and the Muslim /Arab "sounding" names involved

    September 4, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • amust

      what is difference b/w terrorist, murderers, killer, serial killers, bomber, drones pilots, pilot using bomber/jets,etc; soldiers using guns/mortarts/RPGs,etc.... they all terrorize the opponents and eventually kills them. they all kill a large majority of innocent in the name of collateral damage....they all have to answer to GOD for thier actions ,no matter how justified their action are with articulate statements or revegeful vendetta.

      September 7, 2010 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
    • K-Man

      hindu(illegal) hindu(filthy) hindu(slave) hindu(ignorant) and on and on he goes.... give it a rest. There is no justification for you to be using the word Hindu for so many different meaning other than to slander a religion and people you have an agenda with.

      September 7, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  27. heterohighelf

    maybe you should try smoking pot instead of bashing potheads. maybe it will help you out since you seem to hate everyone who is not a muslim

    September 4, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  28. army-overtherenow

    as to the original post from april, I am a soldier over here right now, and know that the u.s. soldiers in no way think lowly of the canadians. I personally believe that the news doesn't mention the canadians much because they don't have that large of a presence over here. There are only a few countries that I must say I trust, and the ones I talk to, and the Canadians are definitely on that very short list. It is a shame that Canada doesn't get the recognition it deserves as being one of the truest allies of the U.S. but hopefully in the end you get the props you guys deserve.

    September 4, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  29. mohammed

    I wish I was a bounty hunter!!!!!

    September 4, 2010 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  30. bangash

    After 9/11 incident and subsequent US invasion of Afghanistan, First it was Osama and Aiman Alzawahiri, then came Mullah Umar, followed by Baithullah Mehsud and now Hakimullah Mehsud and Wali Rahman, against whom USA offering head money in millions. Billions are being spent in war against the followers of these wanted ones. IN last nine years you asses, is America really on the way to finish the job and for which they have killed and continue to kill in thousands, in collateral damages, in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Is this the real use of Dollars or it has any real use in USA, on the welfare of American citizens?. Kindly comment on this, with open mind, and realistic approach.

    September 4, 2010 at 5:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave in Michigan

      You want the killing to stop? I do too. Here's what you need to do- forcibly eradicate all known terrorist supporters from your society. Purge your society from those that seek to cause harm to others. You make that happen, and we'll make stop the warring. I'm as liberal and as pacifist as they come- but I'm 100% in favor of escalating the intensity of the war by carpet bombing entire cities and villages until the population realizes that the only way the pain can be brought to an end is to completely renounce the Taliban and Al-Qaeda. We've played by limited-engagement rules, and tried to limit collateral damage for far too long. There is NO WAY to win the "hearts and minds" of Afghanistan or Pakistan (which is NOT an ally of the west, and never will be). You can't win the hearts and minds of a population that is diametrically opposed to your point of view, and sees you as invaders. WE MUST TREAT THE ENTIRE COUNTRY AS A HOSTILE NATION AND ACT ACCORDINGLY, I'm thinking scorched-earth: Dresden, Germany, World War II. Firebombing until the back of the nation nation and population is broken into submission; or they realize that THEY can stop the pain by eliminating the cause of it- the Taliban and Al-Qaeda.

      September 4, 2010 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
      • bangash

        I twice responded but probably CNN intentionally block my reply to conceal the truth but has left Yakubi free to curse any one as he is helpful in defamation of Muslims by diverting every one towards Hindus, hiding real culprits behind our three decades long sufferings.

        September 5, 2010 at 3:06 am | Report abuse |
      • Daniel-2

        Dave,I find your comment quite nauseating just to say the least.No wonder the right-wing thugs in Washington are so happy.With the majority of people thinking like you do,they can't lose.How disgusting!!!

        September 6, 2010 at 4:46 am | Report abuse |
      • amust

        hi Dave:

        i doubt that you can force a submissive mind by carpet bombing someone. you can bomb/nuke someone, but you cannot change someones mind.

        September 7, 2010 at 1:28 am | Report abuse |
      • SEB2010

        Are you ok with bombing children and wonmen who are not terrorists. you are a waste of space. You many the good people of America look like heartless people.

        September 10, 2010 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
      • bangash

        Dave, probably you have got contract in this war game, for your close association with the MIC. You have already bombed and continue bombing even today. This is ninth(9th) year of your merciless bombing on Afghan and Pakistan soil and in return what you are getting. For us now war is not a problem as we are now used to these deaths and destruction which the people like you have imposed on us for the last three decades. Now it is your turn and now you will taste and reap what you have sown in our soil for expansion of your world Empire.

        September 16, 2010 at 4:32 am | Report abuse |
  31. Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

    We are all GODS Children!!! So why can't we all get along with each other??? The problem is greed!!!

    September 4, 2010 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
  32. USMC Forever

    You sound like a Tea Partier Braveheart,the way you talk about private parts.We all know how full of hate they are along with their tiny,dirty minds!

    September 3, 2010 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  33. just a dumb US taxpayer

    No 5 million reward just offer the terrorists a green card and they will come out of their rat holes to come to the USA

    September 2, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Ahmad

    When an anmerica dies in any country in the world, you will see all the channles breaking news. But since 2001 and 2003 millions of Iraqi and Afghani are dying and suffring from the war thats going on over there, but I have seen any channle to broadcase one muslim dead toady. I dont what America wants from those countries? they went to Iraq bacause of nuclear which was nothing, now they are in Afghanistan to find terrorist I am sure oneday a channle would broadcast might say, actually according to report from ... terrorists are not in Afghanistan it`s time to start attack in another country...

    September 2, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      They were dieing by higher numbers before We got into the Country!!! We are fighting to make life better for them there...

      September 4, 2010 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        At least learn how to spell,Clown! It's dying,not dieing!!!

        September 5, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  35. truth

    $5 million dollars? dead man cant spend money. Even if he can, whats the point when your family will be dead. At any point necessary to kill or capture taliban= killing as many civilians as necessary. Shame

    September 2, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette,IN

      Well stated,truth.Thank you.

      September 2, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  36. RSAT4

    Are Americans looks batter than any nations in the eyes of Lord. I am saying this because if one American dies, there will be a lot of noise unlike when 5000 middle east poeple die its like nothing. Tell me where is this going.

    September 2, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette,IN

      I can tell you now that this is not going anywhere good.This is not the way true Christians feel.To a true Christian every life has equal value.

      September 2, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        Right that is why the Prisons are full of them!!! Because They are loving People too right??? Especially the Priest the Molest the Children!!!

        September 4, 2010 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
  37. Joe

    I don't know if the people who might turn these guys in understand the concept of money. Offer them 1000 camels or something that's of use in their society. Or perhaps offer them US citizenship.

    September 2, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Dan in Lafayette,IN

    these Insane murderers!

    September 2, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette,IN

      I wish that you wouldn't use my name.It makes me look bad.

      September 2, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • BUBBA--ALABAMA STYLE!!!

      Right,Dan.That describes the C.I.A. to a tea! Thank you.

      September 5, 2010 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Dan in Lafayette,IN

    J you are a good man and live by faith and God is happy with men and women of the Muslim faith that speak out in this manner. More people of your faith should not only speak out, but also stand up an army to fight these murders who defile Islam!

    September 2, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Salman

      Dan, to your suggestion that Muslims should fight these terrorist, the answer is they are. Pakistan armed forces (army + air force) has been fighting a full scale war for last couple of years. We have lost over 3000 soldiers and 700 intelligence officers (ISI) so far. The war will continue till these enemies of Islam and Pakistan are wiped out, as they are threat to our existence and portrays an evil image of Islam. We are making progress and we will succeed.

      September 3, 2010 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  40. Tiger

    If muslims had been peaceful and progressive, they would have given atleast a billion dollars to Pakistan flood victims. What you see instead is trickle of donations from other muslims countries to Pakistan.
    Infact, non-muslim countries have given 5 times than the muslim countries.

    September 2, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chip H

      And as UN Ambassador to Afghanistan Galbraith pointed out before he got sacked for pointing it out, 85% of all our humanitarian aid donations, private and government alike, get round-tripped right back to the NGO foreign nationals, and their banking cronies in the West. That means the West's REAL donations were LESS than Muslim countries, all our aid donations were stolen by the phoney 501 (c) 3s, like the 3,000 NGO companies living it up in the Kabul Green Zone, and the 854,000 TS/SCI 'Top Secret' Mil.Gov drones who feed off that round-tripped humanitarian aid money.

      September 5, 2010 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Popeye

      Look at how much countries donated in terms of dollars to help Pakistan's flood victims and you will see The richest middle eastern country, Saudi Arabia, donated the second to the last amount of money. Countries much poor than Saudi Arabia donated at least twice as much. That, is how the Sunnis feel about Sunnis that don't live in Saudi Arabia.

      September 10, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Tiger

    Sooner than later, muslims will realize there is nothing called non-believers. Non-believers is the entire basis of Quran.
    Laden was following teacchings of Imam (qutb) which lead to his intolerance. Saudi Arabia is the most intolerant society in the world, where women have no freedom, and there are no local people of other religions, therefore, Saudi are totally devoid of any understanding of others.
    Now, they are using that oil money to export hatred.
    Muslims who claim to be peaceful, forget that their peace comes from living in a modernized society and its values rather than quran teachings.

    September 2, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  42. AH

    @J I totally agree with you!!

    September 2, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Daniel-2

    Are you that full of hate,Twigi?All this warmongering is starting to get old and corny.There seems to be no end to it!!!

    September 2, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Popeye

      Maybe you are really Rumple Foreskin, so to catch you up a little: Consider that the world know that the Taliban tribes causing the most trouble in Afghanistan are based in Pakistan and operating under a truce with the Pakistan Government.

      September 10, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Daniel-2

    how about that! We have $5M to put on someone's head but we can't do anything for our schools or our health care system.Good going,Obama!!!

    September 2, 2010 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • JC

      That $5M is CIA money. They have deep pockets. I dont blame them for going after them. Kill em all! Let Allah sort them out.

      September 2, 2010 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        JC,what a hateful thing to say! As a Christian I cannot condone what you blog in here.You ought to rid yourself of all that hate.

        September 2, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan in Lafayette,IN

        Are you really JC or just some right-wing nut blogging under his name?

        September 2, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        The CIA and Pakistan is doing a good job of getting The Tarriest Leaders!!!

        September 4, 2010 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        If you're going to keep on usurping my name,at least learn how to spell,will you?It's terrorists,not Tarriests!!!

        September 4, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
      • Rigel54

        I agree. Only kill the right ones. Choose well, aim well, then kill them.

        September 6, 2010 at 1:43 am | Report abuse |
      • Popeye

        Amen Brother; long hair, short hair, what the heck's the difference when their head's blown off.

        September 10, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rick from LA

      That 5 mil will go to purchase new shoulder mounted anti-air missile to shoot down our transport helicopters. Yes we got the guy but his friends got 10 new Missile launchers and enough ammo to shoot down the entire 101st airborne division.

      September 2, 2010 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tim L.

      daniel that is probably the first and last time i will agree with you well said

      September 8, 2010 at 7:36 am | Report abuse |
  45. April McLean

    I have an issue with American news. CNN has not once mentioned Canadians that are dying in Afghanistan. No mention of Canadian boys who fight side by side with Americans and yet, you talk about every other country involved in this war against the Taliban, but no mention of the Canadians. Our news here in Canada always keeps us up to date on the American boys who loose their lives over there. What do you Americans think? I have a feeling you don't think much of Canadians. You should know this: Canadian boys fight side by side with your American boys, and they die side by side. What a terrible injustice to our boys over there giving their lives, but making some more important then others

    September 2, 2010 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Daniel-2

      What Canada needs to do is fullfill it's moral obligations and just pull out of Afghanistan altogether.After all,those boys are not dying for Canada,but for the MIC(military-industrial-complex) in Washington.

      September 2, 2010 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
      • Grimlock

        Good posting,Daniel.Thank you.

        September 2, 2010 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
      • Rob

        It seems odd how quickly people forget the reason why the war in Afghanistan is taking place. It is in response to some terrorist attacks that killed around 3,000 innocent people in 2001. While Canada can of course do what it wants, the war is not a simply money making venture by the "military-industrial complex".

        September 2, 2010 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan in Lafayette,IN

        Of course it is,Rob!!! Wise up,will you?

        September 2, 2010 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        Give me the 5 million I know where Ben Laden is!!! He is at Bush's Ranch...

        September 4, 2010 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
      • Fred

        Would this be the same military that protects your freedom of speech ?

        September 4, 2010 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
      • Chip H

        Especially since, despite Rob's schmeer, neither the Taliban nor the Afghan people HAD ANYTHING TO DO WITH 9/11!!!!

        September 5, 2010 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
      • Tim L.

        Daniel lay off the crack pipe buddy and come back to reality or move to pakistan or afganistan. we the american people do not want people like you in our great country.

        September 8, 2010 at 7:32 am | Report abuse |
    • 11c Infantry

      CNN is not "American."

      September 2, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
      • Humble

        Of course it is. It's owned by Time/Warner which is an American company.

        If you want Canadian news, go to a CDN news site.

        September 2, 2010 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Humble

      Canadians spend, on average, 6 hours of every day thinking about the USA. Whereas Americans spend 0 hours of any day thinking and therefor reporting about Canada.

      Also, you do not loose your life, you lose it.

      September 2, 2010 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
      • Brian

        ok...

        September 3, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jeff

        Humble..have you heard about NORAD??? We work side by side with our Candian counterparts. To say that Americans dont think about Canadians, some of us do...

        September 8, 2010 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rick from LA

      Canda's contribution has been noted. Infact a morbid record was achieved by a Canadian Special Forces team in Afghanistan. The longest ever Sniper Kill shot at just over 1800 meters. No american sniper team has ever made that kind of shot. Of course he was using a new class of .50cal round made by the united states, but having a round that can fly that far and putting that round into the head of a moving target at that range is incredible.

      September 2, 2010 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Charles

      Your right April, we should be hearing about the brave young men and women from Canada!!! I live in Texas and I'm not a big fan of the war nor did I know that Canadian troops were in Afganistan. I would like to convey my most humble appreciation for what the Canadian men and women are doing and my most humble condolences for the ones that have lost thier lives. Thank you for your help in bringing this matter to our attention. We love Canada and Canadians!!! Great Friends to have!!!

      September 4, 2010 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • creampuff

      Boy's this, boys that. What about all those boys in the yard? The boys of summer? You don't sound very bright saying that you are "loosing" your boys. Not that I'm a genius. Canada has how many troops in this? In fact who has MORE troops than us over there (outside of the residing country)?

      September 5, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chip H

      April, the 'terrible injustice' was done by your own government in their recent 'Independent Panel on Canada’s Future Role in Afghanistan' which begins in the Introduction, 'we must not leave' and ends in the afterward 'we must not leave', with not ONE Afghan testimony, all well-hyped political flacks, ...because the US deficit death is blowing out $155 BILLION a year in UNDISCLOSED 'emergency (sic) funding' for the EIGHTH YEAR of their 'emergency' and you know a chunk of that $155 BILLION is fattening up Canada's Mil-State beer gut. They won't stop until the last bell rings.

      September 5, 2010 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rigel54

      Americans (on average) are more than a bit myopic, as is their news coverage. We, at this time, (on average) are intellectually shallow and self absorbed. Canada's contribution on an individual basis is brave and determined, on a national basis it is important and valued, on a practical basis it is pretty small. Your standing by us is important, if your commitment is a bit tepid. Most of the non-US forces get the quiet zones, out of fear that their commitment will not survive significant casualties. Count'em up. Include Iraq, and see where we all stand. I'm sure the troops of many nations would like to do more, but are not allowed by their national governments.

      September 6, 2010 at 1:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Rigel54

      Thank you Canadians (I married one), for standing with us. Rob is right. Daniel 2, Dan, and Grimlock are collaborators with men so vile they don't deserve to live. Chip-H is psychotic, his level of delusion exceeds even Glen Beck's. Some of those other folks, sheesh! They make you worry for humanity!

      September 6, 2010 at 2:02 am | Report abuse |
    • tom

      thank you Canada

      September 7, 2010 at 2:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Popeye

      Good Point. Thanks for bringing this up my Northern Brother.

      @ Chip H. The Taliban took over Afghanistan and the country was essentially run by Pakistan Taliban. The Taliban in Afghanistan among other atrocities also gave and still gives Osama bin Laden protection from US forces.

      Wake up, put down the game controller and tune in.

      September 10, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
      • Amrullah Yousafzai, Margalla Hills

        If you're talking about between 1989 and 2001....at that time there was no such thing as a pakistan Taliban or Afgan Taliban. It was just Taliban. The Pakistani taliban movement did not exist until 2007

        September 10, 2010 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |