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The head U.S. Intelligence is come out in public that al-qaeda
leaders have found a safe h d to break al-qae.On the border between
pakistan and aftaerful symbol al-qaeda.
>> They are cultivating stronger operational connections and
relationships that radiate outward prosecute their lhis es middle
east, north africa, and europe.
>> Pakistanov disagrees. It says that al-qaeda has been crush. We
don't see much tw presen of al in pakistan and al-qaeda elsewhere
because we feel that we have taken very strong action against al-qaeda
and we have actually helped the international community just to this
organization, scpand this network. Both are right.Th kills and
arrested repecluding key figures hiding in cities. Then for the
first time in pakistan's history he says that the army into the
lawless tribal areas to widen the hunt.
>> Pakistan's mountainous border is 1,400 miles long and
extremely difficult to patrol.Y local tribes with a historylpght
warsin afghanistan. They gave refuge to al-qaeda and taliban
fugitives and they fought the army
>> They sent their army. They firstly there were too many
casualties there were about 700 people soldiers who were killed, and
that had a very bad both in the armys sthe population. At the same
time the pop population and it was a counter counterproductive
>> Because of this failure the army backed off from the tribal
>> It signed a peace agreement with pro taliban tribes must not.
Now they are the dominant force and as parts of the resurgence al-qaeda
has made a come back.
>> People here are not so sure that al-qaeda is making a comeback
as a full-fledged movement. There is a growing number of pro al-qaeda
fighters there. And they're involved in the insurgency across the
>> Well it's the largely autonomous tribal areas with afghanistan
that are perhaps the most concern. Joining me in the studio.
Afghanistan's ambassador. Thanks very much for coming in. Were you
surprised by neglect pawn tee had to say
>> Not really. It is nato sources from un and many others
>> But the pakistani government in order to deal with this
problem suggested recently that the border areas should be mined and
your government objected to that.
>> Why do you do that
>> Of course, because the border is not where the problem lies.
The problem is through the century. There are places where the
terrorists are being trained and sent to afghanistan. End if we have
the most secure border but if the terrorists continue to be trained
this is not going to help. The solution of mining the borders is
essential to the terrorists. Are you saying there are no al-qaeda
remnants in pakistan as
>> There may be.
>> We need to see the cooperation of pakistan to close down the
centre of idealogical, financial and military support for extremists
for taliban and al-qaeda.
>> Whatever problem pakistanis problems they have becomes your
problem as well
>> More importantly also we continue to be a victim of the
taliban operations in afghanistan.
>> But in you've got the taliban resurgence. The future don't
>> We have a commitment of the international communitnaeatant
role in afghanistan. There's a nato foreign minister conference
coming up next week so at the same time and also the capability of
the afghan security institution is gradually increased. It is
aghtime. It will be challenging. We would like to ask our friend in
pakistan. We look for fact and taliban training for afghanistan, and
lot of afghans will lose their life. And we deal with this issue
>> Your government is pakistan isn't doing enough.
>> We're not saying that it's not a blame game. It doesn't
helpment wef toef a constructive engagement. We have to say that
yes, it is a problem.
>> The way that the international community is seeing it right
now. We have to walk with pakistan. We are asking our international
community to help pakistan close down the centres of training.
>> Thank you very much for joining us here.
>> A rare double veto to the security council against a U.S.
Resolution involving burma
>> Standing up to the credit sis the tony blair has raw sounding
justification of british military action overseas during his time in
office. One of the series of rouzing speeches before he steps down,
the british prime minister acknowledged that his foreign policy has
been controversial. But he said for britain to retreat in the face
of terrorism would be a kawcatastrophy.
>> Tony blair arriving at the devon port dockyard a major speech
in his pocket and major question for the nation. What kind of
military power do we want to be?
>> The prime minister was in no doubt british troops would be war
fighters as well as peace keepers. In militant islam that face a
opponent there could be no backing up
>> Yet to raw at that time in the face of this threat would be a
catastrophy so from the perspective of our armed forces, how do we
define this new situation?
>> The battle will be long. It has taken a generation for this
global movement for the enemy to grow. It will all probability take
a generation to defeat.
>> During his visit he made clear the public had to be prepared
for long campaign. He took on us that armed forces relegated to
peacekeeping. That was in his view exercising soft power. Britain
had to be ready to use the hard power of fighting.
>> There are two nations similar to ours today. There are those
who war fighting and peacekeeping, and then there are those who have
effectively except in the most exceptional circumstances retreated
to the peacekeeping task alone.
>> Bris undoes both. We should stay that way.
>> Tony blair has been shy going to war. Two years after he came
to power the prime minister sent british force to kosovo to top
ethnic cleansing. A year later they were sent to sierra leon. And in
2003 a large british force invaded iraq to find weapons of mass
destruction. He pledged there would have to be a increase in
spending not in the short run but for the long-term
>> We can't sustain the level that operations we've had s for the
in if you nut future. We've already seen that we've been working
beyond the planning assumptions of the ministry of defense had for
the last 1 years.
>> Tony blair of cis making speeches knowing he has mont l the
occup 11 is likely to be to number 10. What the prime minister was
trying to do today was to insure that britain in the futu his words
doesn't slide quietly
e graciously into becoming a soft power.
>> Three somali war lord's have to dis-army their militias and
join a new national army. They followed a meeting between the
president and war loreds. And for and for with government troops.
The violence left at least 6 dead and 10 wounds. Spanish police have
arrested the former argentine peron during her 20 month rule in
1970s. Deposed leader was arrested at her home in madrid where he's
egg psychological evaluation since 1981. Spanish police acted on a
international arrest warrant. Ms. Peron is accused of having links
to right wing death squads which abducted and killed left wing
>> China is a gender im balas to social instability that the
country would have 30 million more men of mayor knowledgeable age
than women by 202020. China 119 boys born for 100 girls in imbalance
of those grown since introduced one child policy more than 25 years
ago to curb population growth. And still to come on this programme
condoleezza rice heads to the middle east.
>> And all the business news from new york.
>> Thanks very much matt. Well apple ends the week on the soe a
record finish for the dow once again. The numbers are just ahead.
Well it started the week by launching that iphone but the company be
ipod maybe be feeling a less euphoric now. Federal investigators
whether accounting problems at apple is criminal behaviour. The
company has cleared all executives of any wrongdoing including the
chief skew oif steve jobs, and congress has voted for a new bill to
force the government to negotiate the america pourl full
pharmaceutical companies. The democrats is only way to lower the
cost of prescription drug prices for america's medicare patients.
President bush's republican party are against the proposal it has
rattled pharmaceutical industry, and 2006 because a record setting
year for the video game industry in america. Software and hardware
and computer rose by 19%. But all the systems sold well too partly
because of a scars tee of the new products. And now let's talk about
an all company fair share of troubles. Bp lord brown was stand down
at the end of july more than a year ahead of the sce. 58-year-old
was due to be remain in thaurge until the end of he replaced by tony
haywood. Over catalogue of problems at the oil giant including the
deaths in a fire. As the dow the nasdaq dow finishing the record
leveled. For the european markets they having a good finish to the
>> Our main headline. Pakistan hits back over claims that
al-qaeda is highing in these hills. Tony blair he wants britain to
be a war fighter as well as a peacekeeper.
>> China and russia have cast a double vo tea to the united
nations to block a U.S. Res resolution criticizing to release all
political prisoners speed up progress towards democracy and stop
attacks against ethnic minorities. China's um ambassador and russia
am abouts der said that the security council was not the proper
place to did you say burma because it doesn't pose a threat to
international peace and security.
>> Our correspondent laura trau very well 81. What is are they up
>> Well, china traditionally doesn't like anything on the
security council which is to do with its neighbour. Burma is one of
those, and russia also is a company which supports which I thank you
and not wanting thing on the agenda on the security council which
they don't belong there. That's what's happening in the burma is
basically internal repression and it doesn't pose a clear and
present danger to the international community. That they say is a
threshold for action by the security council. Now human rights are
being busily that china and russia sell arms to the burmese
government. That's the reason for that.
The 15 countries security council supported this move to censure
the burmese south africal opposed this move, and cata and congo did
too. It doesn't match that new access to the security council where
independent countries are lining up with china and russia against
the traditional america and european influence. Was this resolution
attached to any teeth or resolution.
>> It doesn't have sanctions. It's the burmese government doesn't
release all political prisoners will be they'll be sanctions fwen
the burmese government. It was by security council terms pretty
gentle. It was just saying that burmese government should release
political prisoner. It should allow political parties to operate. It
didn't have consequences exactly. It was the first security council
voted on burma. The U.S. Has been trying for a long time to get on
the agenda. China and russia they don't believe this is a matter for
the council to consider. The americans because it destabilizes the
region that makes it a threat to a piece and security. That's
something that the council should be considering. Is this the
beginning of a new china russia double act?
>> Well, that double veto since 1970s and china is very reluctant
to use the veto. It's only used it a handful since 1960. What it
does show you that the china is growing asirtive diplomatically to
match its economic boom and there's a new dynamic with new members
south africa and indonesia who're prepared to challenge the
traditional european and american action says. Still to beak um
mania hit the united states or the british soccer star find it hard
to make it big in la. Hard to believe. Now far left greek militants
appear to have resumed it's activity. It's claiming for rocket
attack on the U.S. Embassy innette uns. From mal
>> Greek police are describing this is an act of terrorism that a
rocket was fired at the embassy from street level. The device
penetrated the building close to the united states emblem and
exploded on the third floor in the vicinity of the office of the
ambassador charles rooes. Mr. He thought that the incident was very
>> As you know the embassy was hit by some attack from outside.
There can be no justification for such a senseless act of violence.
>> Good news there is no injuries, no one was hurt. Minimal
>> Three hours after the blast the left wing group calling it the
revolutionary struggle called a newspaper to claim responsibility.
Revolutionary struggle has cared aeed several bomb attacks in
innette uns since the demise of november 17th a left wing group that
terrorized greece for 25 years that dismantled in time for the 24
olympics. And for that to determine if there was a lapse in
security. Islamic involved in a firefight with police had blueprints
of foreign emby the way sees, and documents of foreign aun vous.
Police killed 15 suspects and made 12 arrests and they seized some
explosives. They said that the radical islamists who fill traded
>> News just in a 15-year-old missing since 2002 has been found
in a suburban part of st. Louis. For the 13-year-old missing boy
since the beginning of the week a 41-year-old has not has been
charged with first degree kidnapping.
>> Amid heavy credit sis many president bush's strategy for iraq
secretary of state rice is on her way to iraq. If she was taken
aback from the strength of criticism to new plan
>> I think it's a difficult time as the everybody knows that the
stakes are high and the situation is in iraq is unacceptable and so
passions are running high and people are concerned. I do think it's
important to note that the only real alternative on the table is a
the president's alternative. So i understand skepticism. I certainly
understand that people wonder why we why it hasn't worked until now.
President has given us a way forward
>> How convinced that it will work?
>> It's a difficult situation in iraq. But the president's plan
first of all, very much puts iraqis at the centre of responsibility
for dealing with what their most argent problem. And that is that
the population has lost confidence, that the government of iraq can
and will defend them in an even handed fashion or the fabric of the
society is going to continue to tear, and that will make it
difficult then to have the kind of political reconciliation they're
working on at the centre. So the presidenveel on responsibility for
the kind teni they don't yet have the capability to clear these
neighborhoods of the extremists and then hold and build. So the
augmentation of american forces would be to help the iraqis do that.
If the plan works if the iraqis live up to their commitments, it
will work, and we'll have very different circumstances in iraq
>> That the concern is that this is an escalation not because of
just you're sending more troops to iraq because essentially you
decided to confront both syria and iran, and ignore the advice of
james baker. We decided we're not going to let them continue to
engage in activities that are endangering our soldiers
>> But the situation
>> No no that's called good policy. I don't think there's a
government in the world that would sit by and let the iranians in
particular run networks inside iraq that are building explosive
devices of a very high quality that are being used to kill our
soldier. That's not escalation. That's just good policy. The
president made very clear that's un absencing subpoena tubl.
>> It is an escalation. You're sending a battle group. You used
raided an office iranian office in northern iraq. The president has
said he's going to go over networks search and destroy. That sounds
like an escalation.
>> Let's call it reaction to iranian policies that escalated some
time ago the attacks to our forces the nature of those attacks and
thely thal ats let's call it a reaction to iranian activities that
are un akbsencing subpoena sep tubl.
>> End in the united states where multimillmultimillion contracts
are commonplace. His contract has attracted global attention.
>> David beckham is leave his european team for the los angeles
>> I am fired up. I don't live in la. I may move there just for
>> Do you know who these people are.
>> I don't know how football out here.
>> You don't play soccer out here
>> I think it's great. I am a soccer fan. They're moving from uk
to los angeles.
>> They are.
>> That's bad.
>> Schaeffers a spice girl. She's a star soccer player. Already
they're larger than life. They just have to be themselves and that's
>> The mega bucks move to tinseltown isn't about the money
>> I'm not saying me coming over to the states is going to make
soccer the biggest sporlt in america that's going to be very
difficult to achieve. I've nevertheless that would happen. There are
major sports in the U.S. Like baseball and basketball like american
football, it's hard sometimes to compete with some of those when
they've been around and they've got the history they have. I think
soccer has a huge huge potential. I wouldn't be doing this if I
didn't believe in this project. If i didn't believe that i could
make a difference and take soccer to a different level then i
wouldn't be doing this and i wouldn't be signing the contract for
five years. This is something I believe in and I'm honoured to be
ambassador of the mls and honoured to be part of galaxy. Hopefully
this would create something that with all never seen before by
taking it to a different level.
>> I think he's own $2,000 for programme just on-air. This is bbc
world news I'm matt fry in washington.
>> I'm alistair yates in london. <
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