“I was a little bit underwhelmed,’’ said Doug Rohde, 46, as he left her a rally in a fire station in Denison. “The message was very generic — and no questions.’’
Here is a translation of the transcript of the alleged telephone conversation from senior al-Qa’eda leader Baitullah Mehsud to another militant said to have been intercepted after the assassination. Maulvi Sahib (MS): Asalaam Aleikum (Peace be with you) Baitullah Mehsud (BM): Waleikum Asalam (And also with you) MS: Chief, how are you? BM: I am fine. MS: Congratulations, I just got back during the night. BM: Congratulations to you, were they our men? MS: Yes they were ours. BM: Who were they? MS: There was Saeed, there was Bilal from Badar and Ikramullah. BM: The three of them did it? MS: Ikramullah and Bilal did it. BM: Then congratulations. MS: Where are you? I want to meet you. BM: I am at Makeen (town in South Waziristan tribal region), come over, I am at Anwar Shah’s house. MS: OK, I’ll come. BM: Don’t inform their house for the time being. MS: OK. BM: It was a tremendous effort. They were really brave boys who killed her. MS: Mashallah (Thank God). When I come I will give you all the details. BM: I will wait for you. Congratulations, once again congratulations. MS: Congratulations to you. BM: Anything I can do for you? MS: Thank you very much. BM: Asalaam Aleikum. MS: Waaleikum Asalaam.