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US offers $10 million reward for Pakistani terrorist

by The Madeleine Brand Show

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Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, the chief of the militant organization Lashkar-e-Taiba. AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images

The U.S. has placed a $10 million bounty for the capture of Pakistani extremist Hafiz Muhammed Saeed. Saeed is a leader of Lashkar-e-Taiba, the terrorist group responsible for the 2008 attacks on a Mumbai, India hotel that killed more than 160 people.

But Saeed is not too concerned about being captured, in fact he held a press conference in Islamabad yesterday, taunting American officials. "I'd like to ask the U.S. State Department why they offer this bounty to other people. Why don't they give it to me? I can tell them my whereabouts on a daily basis, and be available on my phone and addressing large public rallies daily."

Pakistan says the U.S. must provide concrete evidence of Saeed's involvement in militant attacks before they can act. The dispute has once again put America's fraught relationship with Pakistan into sharp focus. Nearly a year ago, the U.S. killed Osama bin Laden in Abottabad, Pakistan without Pakistani knowledge.

Guest:

Bruce Riedel, is a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and a former CIA officer. He's also the author of Deadly Embrace: Pakistan, America and the Future of the Global Jihad.

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