Al Qaeda communication system broken

AP via Fox News:

President Gen. Pervez Musharraf (search) said Thursday that Pakistani forces have destroyed Al Qaeda-linked (search) militants' sanctuaries and communication systems along the Afghan border, but still have no clue as to Usama bin Laden's (search) whereabouts.

Musharraf told reporters that Pakistan — a key ally in the U.S.-led war on terrorism since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States — had captured 700 terror suspects in cities, and "eliminated" hundreds of them in tribal regions on the border.

"We have broken their communication system. We have destroyed their sanctuaries," Musharraf said of militants fighting in the lawless South Waziristan (search) region.

"Now some of them are hiding in mountains. They are not in a position to move in vehicles and go to Lahore or Karachi," he said, referring to two major cities. "They are unable to contact their people. ... They are on the run, we will keep chasing them and we have to eliminate them."

"I'm not saying we have achieved a 100 percent success, but this is definitely a success in the war against terrorism," he added.

I think last year's take down of the computer link used to communicate with outside cells was significant. Since that time al Qeada operations have been sporadic at best. The cells in Saudia Arabia appear to have shot their wad. Their prince in Iraq is on the run and has apparently finds himself on the outs with his Baathist allies. Zarqawi does not even have time to chop any heads. The war is not over, but the enemy continues to lose its ability to fight. It may still attract a few members to its death cult, the people in the middle east are voting against al Qaeda and the death cult.


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