November 2, 2006


NATO Behind The Attack On Madrasa? (Syed Saleem Shahzad, 02 November, 2006, Asia Times Online)

The air attack on Monday in which up to 80 suspected militants were killed at a religious school in the Pakistani tribal area of Bajour marks the first successful operation after a tripartite meeting in Kabul on August 24 of representatives of Afghanistan, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and Pakistan. And it won't be the last.

It was agreed at that meeting that NATO forces operating in Afghanistan would be allowed to conduct hot-pursuit operations across the border into Pakistan.

Although Pakistani officials claim that Monday's operation was conducted by the Pakistani military, Asia Times Online contacts in the area are convinced that foreign forces were also involved, including US unmanned Hellfire Predator aircraft. NATO and the US have only acknowledged that they provided intelligence on the possible presence of Taliban and al-Qaeda figures at the madrassa that was attacked, which was known to be pro-Taliban.

After Monday's operation, intelligence sources say that Pakistan will further facilitate NATO in the strategic back yard of Pakistan in an attempt to bolster the struggling NATO forces in Afghanistan in their battle with the Taliban.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 2, 2006 11:08 AM

This is good news, and I hereby retract about 10% of my pessimism.

Posted by: Bruno at November 2, 2006 2:10 PM

Musharref knows about respect, as in, "He should have some respect."

That's how it should be when we come 'round with a few guns.

For you all love the screw-guns,
The screw-guns, they all love you.
When we come 'round with a few guns,
You know what you will do.
Send out your chiefs and surrenders,
It's worse if you fights or you runs.
You can crawl on your knees,
You can climb up the trees,
But you can't get away from the guns.

Posted by: Lou Gots at November 2, 2006 2:36 PM