Al Qaeda feeling the heat: Holbrooke

Last Updated: Monday, January 25, 2010 - 23:33

Washington: Al Qaeda has started feeling
the heat as a result of the intensification of American
efforts against it in the Af-Pak region, a top Obama
Administration official said on Monday.

"The intensification of our efforts against al Qaeda
and its allies in Western Pakistan and on the Afghanistan-
Pakistan border is continual. And they are feeling the heat,"
Richard Holbrooke, Special US Representative for Pakistan and
Afghanistan, told a news channel in an interview.

"They can always try to blow up a plane or do one of
these terrorist attacks, but they don`t affect our
determination and they only highlight the reason we`re there,"
Holbrooke said.

Holbrooke said he believes that Bin Laden is in the
Af-Pak border. "I think he`s on the Afghanistan-Pakistan
border," he said.

To a question on Pakistan, Holbrooke said Islamabad
has a finite number of resources against a very elusive enemy
in some of the toughest terrain on Earth.

He said he is pleased and impressed by the efforts of
the Pakistani Army.

"Can they do more? Well, that`s up to them. I`m not
going to publicly berate them; because I know what a
tremendous strain and pressure they`re under. And I think we
should be cognizant of that effect," he said.

"We have got a long way to go. Pakistan needs our help
not just because of the militants and al Qaeda because also
because of the situation in the rest of the country," he said.

PTI



First Published: Monday, January 25, 2010 - 23:33

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