September 5, 2008

BECAUSE SOMEONE HAS TO KILL THEM AND YOU AREN'T:

5 ‘foreigners’ killed in ‘US strike’ (Dawn, 9/05/08)

Five foreigners were killed in a missile attack by a suspected unmanned US plane in the Momadkhel village of North Waziristan on Thursday.


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Afghanistan's war has a new battlefield (Syed Saleem Shahzad, 9/06/08, Asia Times)

Contacts in Pakistan's strategic quarters told Asia Times Online that more cross-border attacks were likely as Pakistani intelligence was sharing information with the US on militant activities.

The idea of NATO or US forces stationed in Afghanistan staging raids into Pakistan was conceived in 2007 to eliminate top Taliban and al-Qaeda leaders and their safe sanctuaries. (See US homes in on militants in Pakistan Asia Times Online, January 30, 2008.)

With Pakistan's Zardari expected to be chosen as president on Saturday, and with the US presidential election campaign ripe for a dramatic turn in the "war on terror", Pakistan is poised to become an international battlefield.

Key to this is "Iron Man" Zardari, leader of the Pakistan People's Party (PPP), the dominant party in the ruling coalition in Islamabad.

Although he is presently holed up in the premier's residence for fear of his safety from militant attacks, he has the security apparatus largely in check to force it to abandon its reservations about the "war on terror". Once president, he will be supreme commander of the armed forces and head of the National Security Council.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 5, 2008 6:25 AM
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