â€œOn November 13, a hectic day when Kabul fell to the Northern Alliance and there were celebrations in the streets of the city, a U.S. missile obliterated Al-Jazeeraâ€™s office,â€� Suskind wrote in the book, which was released yesterday. â€œInside the CIA and White House there was satisfaction that a message had been sent to Al-Jazeera.â€�
Questioned yesterday by CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer, Suskind said: â€œMy sources are clear that that was done on purpose, precisely to send a message to Al-Jazeera, and essentially a message was sent. ...There was great anger at Al-Jazeera at this point.â€� Suskind said U.S. officials considered Al-Jazeera a mouthpiece for al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
Asked who made the decision to target the station, Suskind told Blitzer that because of â€œsourcing issuesâ€� he couldnâ€™t say. â€œYou donâ€™t put everything you know in a book like this. But Iâ€™ll tell you emphatically it was a deliberate act by the U.S.â€� CNN reported last night that Pentagon officials speaking on background denied that the attack was intentional and said it was the first that they had heard about it.
Al-Jazeera Kabul Correspondent then, Tayseer 3allouni, managed to escape unharmed, only to come under US attack again, as an airstrike targeted the channel's Baghdad Bureau on 8 April 2003, killing 3allouni's Jordanian colleague, Tareq Ayoub.
3allouni is currently incarcerated in Spain on terror charges, following an unjust trial, condemned by several rights watchdogs.