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Benazir Bhutto Critically Injured At Rally [Update: Bhutto has died]
Sky News ^ | Dec.27,2007

Posted on 12/27/2007 5:12:06 AM PST by COUNTrecount

Opposition leader Benazir Bhutto has been critically injured after a suspected suicide attack at a political rally in Pakistan.

It was believed to be a suicide attackShe is undergoing emergency surgery at a nearby hospital, Sky News sources say.

The explosion went off just after Ms Bhutto left the rally in Rawalpindi, minutes after her speech to thousands of people.


TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: alqaeda; alqueda; asassination; assassinationplot; bhutto; dajjal; dhimocracy; gwot; islam; islamicjihad; jihad; martyrdom; pakistan; powerhungry; reckless; rop; taliban; trop; wot
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To: SE Mom

Bhutto supporters are now releasing statements blaming Musharraf for the assassination.


401 posted on 12/27/2007 7:11:58 AM PST by commish (Freedom tastes sweetest to those who have fought to protect it.)
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To: mware

I was thinking the same thing


402 posted on 12/27/2007 7:12:38 AM PST by redfish53
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To: ShandaLear

you’re not undecided or you wouldn’t be attempting to hijack this thread


403 posted on 12/27/2007 7:13:08 AM PST by RDTF
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To: Doogle
...if he was behind it, he'll ride it out...if AQ was behind it with his blessing, he's booking his flight soon

AQ has tried to assassinate Musharraf multiple times including twice in 11 days. The idea that he is part of this is nonsense

404 posted on 12/27/2007 7:13:25 AM PST by kabar
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To: kabar

....time will tell


405 posted on 12/27/2007 7:14:28 AM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: AmericanInTokyo

‘tis True, American, but fact is, I do not think this will end here.


406 posted on 12/27/2007 7:14:37 AM PST by Braak (The US Military, the real arms inspectors!)
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To: COUNTrecount

Crap. I liked her; she had spunk.


407 posted on 12/27/2007 7:14:52 AM PST by DaveLoneRanger (May your days be merry and bright, and may all your Christmases be white.)
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To: commish

Of course, they are trying to leverage her death as a way to seize power.


408 posted on 12/27/2007 7:15:01 AM PST by kabar
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To: mware
Yes Fox already commented that Huck did not mention the events in Pakistan during his rally.

Huck once mentioned that he had never known that there were issues between Cuba and the U.S.

Huck is pretty clueless when it comes to foreign affairs and the name "Benazir Bhutto" probably had no more meaning to him than the name "Betty Brown".

409 posted on 12/27/2007 7:15:15 AM PST by Polybius
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To: RDTF

It is all tied together in one way or another, and this is a free place to ponder those thoughts.. Right?


410 posted on 12/27/2007 7:15:16 AM PST by JFC
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To: ZULU
Hmmmmm...my...how "convenient"! Note bold face below. This dispatch appeared just three hours before she got it from the AK-47s:

ISLAMABAD: Security agencies in the Pakistani capital have been put on high alert following an intelligence report that terrorists may strike in the city and target top politicians and religious leaders. A senior officer said police and the city administration had been warned by the Interior Ministry that suicide attacks could take place in Islamabad. According to the Interior Ministry's letter, terrorists could target high-profile politicians and religious leaders. Security had been tightened in and around the capital and the high alert would stay in force till the January 8 general election, the officer told Dawn newspaper. Three wings of the paramilitary Pakistan Rangers, personnel from the "Elite Force" of Punjab Constabulary and city police have been deployed at sensitive places in Islamabad to avert any attack. A senior police officer said security has been provided to top politicians, including Pakistan People's Party (PPP) chairperson and former premier Banazir Bhutto, and religious leaders who faced threats. They have been provided with police motorcades for moving around the city and police forces have been deployed at their homes. The administration and police have reviewed security arrangements in the city and started restructuring police pickets. Law enforcement personnel have also started checking hotels, inns and bus stands. "We have been keeping a strict vigil on suspicious people staying in hotels and inns and moving around bust stops," an officer said. Intelligence agencies have been asked to keep an eye on suspicious people and send reports to the city administration. The federal government has also directed all provinces and the Islamabad capital territory to step up security around 10 Shia individuals and political leaders following intelligence reports that Taliban commander Baitullah Mehsud had placed them on his hit list. Sources said the hit list prepared by Mehsud, who was recently named chief of newly formed Tehrik Taliban-e-Pakistan, contained the names of 10 individuals. The Tehrik Taliban-e-Pakistan, which comprises Pakistani Taliban groups from different parts of the country's restive northwestern tribal areas, recently claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on an army convoy in Swat that killed nine persons. The sources also said militants from the Dara Adam Khel area had been given the task of targeting persons on the hit list.

411 posted on 12/27/2007 7:15:40 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo ("Dear Conservative, thanks for buying our "But, he CAN'T WIN!!" propaganda. Love, The Lib MSM")
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To: ShandaLear
Yah, Romney’s extensive experience in international affairs as Governor of Massachusetts is what we need in a leader in this environment . . . /sarc
412 posted on 12/27/2007 7:16:48 AM PST by Greg F (Duncan Hunter is a good man.)
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To: commish

Hhmmm...

I think that’s natural- and what they want and hope is true.

Somehow I don’t sense he is directly behind it- she is now a martyr- not something that will bode well for him politically.

Regardless- it does show one thing clearly- no one is really in control in Pakistan.


413 posted on 12/27/2007 7:16:58 AM PST by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: COUNTrecount

It’s time for Musharraf to get off the fence.


414 posted on 12/27/2007 7:17:24 AM PST by Hoodat (Ask Ted Kennedy his views on waterboarding.)
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To: Fishtalk

Woulda been too easy to simply bundle her off and be done with it..no killing her caused more problems than it solved for Musharraf...and Al-Q knew it. BTW, Sharif was in charge during the bulk of the time the Taliban was in charge of Afghanistan. Something tells me one ought to at least have a hard look at him. I think if Al-Q wanted him dead...he would be.


415 posted on 12/27/2007 7:17:42 AM PST by Braak (The US Military, the real arms inspectors!)
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To: RDTF

Because he made a statement about Bhutto’s assasination.


416 posted on 12/27/2007 7:18:00 AM PST by ShandaLear (Extremists always meet each other full circle.)
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To: Braak

that can be said for anyone there


417 posted on 12/27/2007 7:18:36 AM PST by RDTF
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To: ShandaLear

Mushie calling for high government meeting.


418 posted on 12/27/2007 7:18:47 AM PST by mware (Americans in arm chairs doing the work of the media.)
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To: RDTF

LOL, I am not attemoting to highjack this thread. His statement is part of this news cycle. McCain is apparently up next and I am interested to see his reaction as well. Aren’t you?


419 posted on 12/27/2007 7:19:20 AM PST by ShandaLear (Extremists always meet each other full circle.)
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To: ShandaLear

Honestly? I think they should ALL shut up til the actual president has made a statement.


420 posted on 12/27/2007 7:19:21 AM PST by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: Pravious

One of the NBC newsies just talked about “Bush’s so-called War on Terror” as the grisly scenes in Pakistan were being shown.


421 posted on 12/27/2007 7:19:32 AM PST by Rte66
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To: ShandaLear

on another thread


422 posted on 12/27/2007 7:20:13 AM PST by RDTF
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To: SlowBoat407; nw_arizona_granny; Calpernia; callmejoe
Heads up for this being a trigger for a much larger action, especially if AQ was involved in the attack.

Indeed, Slowboat. It's time for added vigilance.

423 posted on 12/27/2007 7:20:35 AM PST by Velveeta (Duncan Hunter, 08' !!! The real conservative.)
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To: SE Mom

thank you!


424 posted on 12/27/2007 7:20:52 AM PST by RDTF
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To: Hoodat

The US should be very careful about its comments on the assassination. We should do nothing that could be perceived as greasing the skids for Musharraf’s removal. Carter pulled the rug out from under the Shah and we got Khomeini.


425 posted on 12/27/2007 7:21:19 AM PST by kabar
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To: kabar; Doogle

At first, I thought he was behind it, but after thinking it over, why would one of his supporters blow himself up? It sounds too much like AQ - hatred of women and desire for chaos.


426 posted on 12/27/2007 7:21:31 AM PST by FreeAtlanta (Search for Folding Project - Join FR Team 36120)
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To: AU72

Oh yes, I remember that now.

Granted, I am not an expert on the ME, but I wonder if, some of you who are more in touch with that part of the world could opine what you think will happen there and elsewhere. Am I correct in that she was in exile in Europe, England perhaps?


427 posted on 12/27/2007 7:21:44 AM PST by alarm rider (Why should I not vote my conscience?)
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To: mware

You said — “Shot in the neck means it was more than one involved.”

No, that’s not what was reported. It was reported that the suicide bomber first shot her twice (one shot in the neck and another in the chest), and then he blew himself up.

So, it was one person doing both things...

Regards,
Star Traveler


428 posted on 12/27/2007 7:21:54 AM PST by Star Traveler
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To: Braak
...killing her caused more problems than it solved for Musharraf....

In one act, Al Qaeda took out the leading democratic candidate (Bhutto) and rendered the leading military candidate (Mushariff) impotent.

429 posted on 12/27/2007 7:21:56 AM PST by Erik Latranyi (The Democratic Party will not exist in a few years....we are watching history unfold before us.)
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To: Rte66

...expect more and dirtier


430 posted on 12/27/2007 7:22:05 AM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: SE Mom

I can’t disagree with that. I think from an organizational standpoint, it’s probably easier for these guys to come out first. I work in PR and it can be a time consuming endeavor to get these statements out.


431 posted on 12/27/2007 7:22:05 AM PST by ShandaLear (Extremists always meet each other full circle.)
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To: rush; holdonnow

Ok big guys, time to get to work.


432 posted on 12/27/2007 7:22:06 AM PST by Current Occupant (IF YOU ABANDON CONSERVATIVE PRINCIPLES, ARE YOU STILL A CONSERVATIVE?!)
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To: RDTF

Get over yourself.


433 posted on 12/27/2007 7:22:50 AM PST by ShandaLear (Extremists always meet each other full circle.)
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To: FreeAtlanta

It is all about political power and turf.


434 posted on 12/27/2007 7:22:53 AM PST by kabar
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To: commish
Also, notice that Huckster is very quiet, probably trying to find Pakistan on his rand Mcnally pocket atlas.

Ain't that the truth!

FReepers, can you visualize Saint Huckabee as our Commander in Chief at a time like this?

God help us.

sw

435 posted on 12/27/2007 7:23:51 AM PST by spectre (spectre's wife)
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To: Erik Latranyi

You’re right..which means at best, a coup by some generals sick of the shennanigans, or worst, civil war or Iran ‘79.


436 posted on 12/27/2007 7:23:52 AM PST by Braak (The US Military, the real arms inspectors!)
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To: FreeAtlanta

...who’s in charge of the Paki security forces who are loooaded with AQ?


437 posted on 12/27/2007 7:24:10 AM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: ShandaLear

LOL at you


438 posted on 12/27/2007 7:24:29 AM PST by RDTF
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To: kabar

Agreed kabar, Musharraf may not be the best ally, but we dont need to stir a pot that is already boiling over.


439 posted on 12/27/2007 7:24:52 AM PST by mware (Americans in arm chairs doing the work of the media.)
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To: Velveeta

Vehicles are burning in Rawalpindi, clashes are starting in Lahore, as well as other cities. People are taking to the streets, angry. The supporters of Bhutto are blaming the government. There were some explosions heard just now in Rawalpindi. Who knows what is going on. It is tense, and it could spread. Keep watching!!!


440 posted on 12/27/2007 7:25:44 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo ("Dear Conservative, thanks for buying our "But, he CAN'T WIN!!" propaganda. Love, The Lib MSM")
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To: Polybius
I have about had it with Huckleberry Hound.


Does he know anything about international politics?

441 posted on 12/27/2007 7:25:57 AM PST by FreeAtlanta (Search for Folding Project - Join FR Team 36120)
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To: Star Traveler

The very last report on NBC when I was watching said that she was also shot in the head and that the head shot was the one that killed her.

I noticed “head” was also included in the last photo post we had on this thread - “neck, chest and head.”


442 posted on 12/27/2007 7:26:04 AM PST by Rte66
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To: Velveeta

I hope the State Dept gets their non essential people out of there pronto


443 posted on 12/27/2007 7:27:00 AM PST by RDTF
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To: spectre

Somebody is BOUND to have a Southwest Asian map in the Holiday Inn he is staying at today.


444 posted on 12/27/2007 7:27:29 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo ("Dear Conservative, thanks for buying our "But, he CAN'T WIN!!" propaganda. Love, The Lib MSM")
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To: FreeAtlanta

I so agree with you. The man is about as deep as a mud puddle.


445 posted on 12/27/2007 7:27:34 AM PST by ShandaLear (Extremists always meet each other full circle.)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

What news outlet are you following? I just started listening to BBC radio and haven’t heard anything like this yet except that people were attacking the PML-Q HQ in Islamabad. Thanks.


446 posted on 12/27/2007 7:28:46 AM PST by sola_fide
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

You said — “What’s with so many FReepers ready to blame Mushariff?”

Yeah..., armchair political and military analysts... to be sure.. LOL!

And then, you said — “Seems like AQ terrorists, to this poster.”

Most certainly so, especially since al Qaida has claimed responsibility for it. And al Qaida and Mushariff are not friends, at all...

Regards,
Star Traveler


447 posted on 12/27/2007 7:29:10 AM PST by Star Traveler
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Somebody is BOUND to have a Southwest Asian map in the Holiday Inn he is staying at today.

Only if Holiday Inn has a hotel there!

448 posted on 12/27/2007 7:29:14 AM PST by Erik Latranyi (The Democratic Party will not exist in a few years....we are watching history unfold before us.)
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To: RDTF

Interesting- Kucinich statement says this is a very dangerous moment for the world..


449 posted on 12/27/2007 7:29:16 AM PST by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Keep watching!!!

It's an unbelievably dangerous situation. I just hope we've got control of the nukes.

450 posted on 12/27/2007 7:29:39 AM PST by Velveeta (Duncan Hunter, 08' !!! The real conservative.)
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