June 9, 2009

BUT WAIT...:

Taliban Cornered in NW Pakistan by Angry Locals (AP, 6/09/09)

A group of Taliban fighters under siege by hundreds of angry tribesmen tried to sneak to another village in northwest Pakistan, only to find themselves cornered there too, an official said Tuesday.

A citizens' militia that sprang up over the weekend to avenge a deadly suicide bombing at a mosque in Upper Dir district appeared unwilling to stop pursuing the Islamist fighters, underscoring the rising anti-Taliban sentiment in Pakistan.

The growing pressure on militants who have held sway in parts of Pakistan's northwest comes as the army bears down on their one-time stronghold in the Swat Valley region. Talk has also turned to the possibility of another operation against al-Qaeda and Taliban fighters in the nearby tribal belt along the country's border with Afghanistan, something U.S. officials privately say they would like to see.


...weren't our continual drone attacks on the jihadis supposed to turn the local populations against us, not them?

MORE:
Pakistan 'to target Waziristan' (BBC, 6/09/09)

A curfew has been imposed in an area bordering the Taliban stronghold of Waziristan ahead of a military operation there, officials say. [...]

Waziristan is controlled by Taliban militants and is said to be where al-Qaeda leaders have found safe haven.

The tribal region has been described by US officials as "the most dangerous place on earth".

It is said to harbour some of the world's most wanted men including al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and his deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 9, 2009 7:07 AM
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