June 29, 2008

YOU HAVE TO WAIT FOR THE "SIMON SAYS, TAKE PESHAWAR":

Pakistan claims control of warlord's former stronghold: Paramilitary forces take positions they had fled months ago in a district that had been used as a staging ground for raids into Peshawar. (Laura King, 6/29/08, Los Angeles Times)

The government moved on Saturday against Bagh and another insurgent leader after armed, bearded militants began staging brazen patrols in Peshawar, a city of more than 3 million people. The insurgents also menaced people in outlying districts of the city, seeking to impose a Taliban-style social code and carrying out a series of abductions.

Bagh's men had also taken control of roads providing access to the famed Khyber Pass, one of the main supply routes for NATO troops across the border in Afghanistan, and had been attacking military convoys. Authorities said Sunday those routes had been re-secured.

The military operation marked an apparent policy change on the part of the Pakistani government, which until now has sought to reach truces with local Taliban commanders. But the government left open the door for the resumption of such talks, even as it warned Bagh's men and other insurgents to stay away.


From our perspective, it's better that they take cities--makes it easier to find and kill them.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 29, 2008 9:29 AM
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