Officials: Al Qaeda claims responsibility for Bhutto killing

This may be an interesting day.  DHS says this information is still unconfirmed. 

WASHINGTON (CNN) — The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security issued a bulletin Thursday citing an alleged claim of responsibility by al Qaeda for former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto’s assassination, a DHS official told CNN.But such a claim has not appeared on radical Islamist Web sites that regularly post such messages from al Qaeda and other militant groups.

The source of the claim was apparently Italian news agency, Adnkronos International (AKI), which said that al Qaeda Afghanistan commander and spokesman Mustafa Abu Al-Yazid had telephoned the agency to make the claim.

"We terminated the most precious American asset which vowed to defeat [the] mujahadeen," AKI quoted Al-Yazid as saying.

I honestly don’t know how to peg Musharraf, but the quote above supposedly from Al-Yazid seems to make Musharraf sound like a partner with Al Qaeda (which I’ve seen a few others speculate as well).  Regardless, this event and this announcement will create political chaos,  both here and abroad, and that’s Al Qaeda’s goal.  If they could convince us that they have control of 10 Downing, we’d be shutting down travel to the UK overnight.  I hope we can get enough sense to work on acquiring facts before we act… decisions made by public opinion and supposition are going to destroy us.

Hat tip to memeorandum.  You will probably see continuing commentary there, as well as BitsBlog and Little Green Footballs.

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