Washington : US President George Bush expressed confidence that the United States could take out Al Qaeda leaders hiding in Pakistan if there is “actionable intelligence” pointing to their location.
Bush said the US was in “constant communications” with the Pakistani government and that it was in both countries’ interest to defeat Al Qaeda operatives who have sought refuge in remote areas of Pakistan near Afghanistan.
“I’m confident, with real, actionable intelligence, we will get the job done,” Bush said after meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai at the Camp David presidential retreat outside Washington.
The ability of the Taliban and Al Qaeda to hide in the tribal areas of Pakistan has been a source of tension between Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf and Karzai and will be a topic when the two leaders meet Thursday.
“Our enemy is still there, defeated but still hiding in the mountains,” Karzai said. “And our duty is to complete the job, to get them out of their hideouts in the mountains and to bring justice to the people of Afghanistan.”