December 9, 2007

IT'S LIKE SHOOTING FISH IN A BARREL, BUT...:

Pakistani general touts gains in valley (Associated Press, December 9, 2007)

The Pakistani army has driven Islamic militants from all the towns in a scenic northern valley and killed 290 of the followers of a pro-Taliban cleric who has called for a holy war against the government, a general said Saturday.

The militants, followers of firebrand preacher Maulana Qazi Fazlullah, had taken control of at least eight towns in the Swat valley since July, scattering outgunned police and erecting "Taliban station" signs at former police stations. [...]

During a tour of the area, Maj. Gen. Nasser Janjua said that since launching an offensive last month, his 20,000-strong force had managed to retake all the towns seized by the militants.

"We have bottled them upward and we want to take a good toll of them," Janjua said at an army base in Mingora, the region's main town.


...one has to prefer dead fish to live.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 9, 2007 9:48 AM
Comments

If intially ceding the valley to the Taliban was not an intentional trap, it was a credible facsimile.

Posted by: ghostcat at December 9, 2007 2:31 PM
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