Israel help targeted killings
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|BUSH SEEKS ISRAELI ADVICE ON 'TARGETED KILLINGS'|
Ori Nir, Forward, 2/7/03
WASHINGTON - The Bush administration has been seeking Israel's counsel on
creating a legal justification for the assassination of terrorism suspects,
the Forward has learned. Legal experts from the United States and Israel
have met in recent months to discuss the issue, and are considering
widening the consultation circle to include representatives of America's
closest allies in the war against terrorism.
Israeli sources who are intimately familiar with the talks said that
American representatives were anxious to learn details of the legal work
that Israeli government jurists have done during the last two years to
tackle possible challenges - both domestic and international - to its
policy of "targeted killings" of terrorist suspects…
Last year, Israeli media reported that the American military and Central
Intelligence Agency sought operation expertise from Israel's military on
how to carry out such operations…
According to credible press reports quoting American officials, however,
the Bush administration has resorted to such methods in pursuing terrorism
suspects. Last November, a missile reportedly launched from an unmanned
drone over Yemen killed six suspected members of Osama bin Laden's Al Qaeda
network, including Ali Qaed Senyan al-Harthi, whom the United States has
linked to the attack on the warship USS Cole off Aden in October 2000.
Unnamed American officials confirmed to the press at the time that the CIA
carried out the attack.
Last week, in his State of the Union address, President Bush came close to
confirming the administration's involvement in such operations, saying that
terrorism suspects who were not caught and brought to trial have been
"otherwise dealt with." All told, the president said, "more than 3,000
suspected terrorists have been arrested in many countries, and many others
have met a different fate..."