A CIA drone plane attacked the Damadola village in Pakistan to eliminate Ayman Al Zawahiri, Al Qaeda’s second in command. Al Zawahiri is a legitimate target ,but instead, 18 people died and 14 of them, at least, were Pakistani civilians. The reports affirm the other four were members of Al Qaeda. However, the Prime Minister of Pakistan has denied the death of an important member of that organization in the attack.
Did General Pervez Musharraf know about these attacks? If he did, why does the Pakistani state deny the information? The Pakistani Information Minister affirms that the government was not warned but senators Evan Bayh and Trent Lott of the Senate Intelligence Committee certify that the Pakistani responsible ones did know about the operation. But, in view of the popular rage, Pakistani authorities have protested in an official way. The latest demonstrations had been minimized by Musharraf but, this time the Pakistani media intervened so that the United States understood that their policy was weakening the Pakistani power.
Why would the United States launch an attack without warning Pakistan? Because they had to act quickly when they thought they knew where Al Zawahiri was or because they believed that Pakistani authorities were weak and really wanted to kill or capture Bin Laden and Al Zawahiri. If this is the case, then it would be better for Pakistan to improve its competence.

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Air strikes expose an uneven alliance”, by Husain Haqqani, Gulf News, January 25, 2006.