Saturday, September 11, 2010

Another progress report: anonymous, unverifiable

MIR ALI, Pakistan — A suspected U.S. missile strike early Sunday killed at least four associates of a warlord who is fighting Western troops in Afghanistan, intelligence officials said.
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The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.
A steady series of suspected U.S. missile attacks have happened in North Waziristan, a lawless region home to al-Qaida leaders plotting attacks in the West....


'Attention! Your attention, please! A newsflash has this moment arrived from the Malabar front. Our forces in South India have won a glorious victory. I am authorized to say that the action we are now reporting may well bring the war within measurable distance of its end. Here is the newsflash -'

from 1984 by George Orwell