September 28, 2008

IT NEVER CEASES TO AMAZE...:

Battle of Bajaur a crucial test for Pakistan (AFP, 9/28/08)

A massive battle with Islamist militants in a remote Pakistani tribal region is proving to be pivotal to the country's fight against Al-Qaeda and the Taliban, officials say.

The six-week army operation in the remote region of Bajaur on the Afghan border is suspected to have sparked furious extremists into bombing the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad just over a week ago, they say.

While Waziristan has captured most of the headlines about Pakistan's tribal belt in recent years, the military says Bajaur is where it faces the stiffest resistance since joining the US-led "war on terror" in 2001. [...]

"This is at the centre," said Major General Tariq Khan, head of the paramilitary Frontier Corps force, which is leading the fighting.

The operation should be completed in another month and a half, Khan told reporters, but added: "If we do not take any action it will become an independent agency spreading out terror in all directions."


...how incompetent the foe is. Everyone--but them--realizes that they're rather easy to kill; the hard part is getting reluctant local governments to wage the war. But when the Qaedists bomb those governments it forces them to fight. Were one a conspiracy theorist and silly enough to believe the CIA effective the notion that extremist bombings were a Western plot would make sense.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 28, 2008 6:58 AM
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