US to keep up attacks on Al-Qaeda in Pakistan: Panetta
NEW DELHI -Agence France-Presse
Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta delivers a speech on Indo-US Defense Relations at the Institute for Defense Studies and Analysis in New Delhi, India, June 6, 2012. REUTERS/Jim Watson/PoolPentagon chief Leon Panetta said Wednesday that the US would continue to attack Al-Qaeda in Pakistan following the killing of the group's number two Abu Yahya al-Libi.
"We have made it very clear that we are going to continue to defend ourselves," Secretary of Defence Panetta said when asked about drone strikes in Pakistan during a trip to India.
He said the sovereignty of the United States was also at stake because the militants who planned the September 11 attacks were in Pakistan's tribal areas.
"The leadership of those who were involved in planning this attack are located in Pakistan, in the FATA," he said.