November 20, 2008

YOU'RE NEVER A STEP AHEAD OF HELLFIRE:

The US strikes deeper in Pakistan (Syed Saleem Shahzad , 11/21/08, Asia Times)

"The al-Qaeda leadership (shura) has apparently now installed itself in Jani Khel village in the Bannu district of North-West Frontier Province (NWFP)."
Taliban a step ahead of US assault (Asia Times Online, August 11, 2007)

KARACHI - Wednesday's missile attack by an unmanned United States Predator drone on the Pakistani village of Jani Khel marks a significant development in the battle against militants.

On the one hand, it is the first such attack to take place outside of the semi-autonomous tribal areas, that is, in territory directly ruled by Islamabad. Previous US strikes have focused on North

Waziristan and South Waziristan, where at least 20 missile attacks and a cross-border commando raid have killed scores of people since September.

But on the other hand, the strike also signifies that there is now a genuine alliance between the Pakistani military and US forces against the common foe of al-Qaeda and the Taliban. Previously, under former president General Pervez Musharraf, this relationship was blurred by pockets of latent sympathy on the side of the Pakistanis for the militants.


The big change that the UR wants to bring to the WoT is more of the same, no?

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 20, 2008 8:41 AM
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