December 22, 2009

THERE IS NO PAKISTAN:

US forces mounted secret Pakistan raids in hunt for al-Qaida: Former Nato officer reveals secret night operations in border region which America kept quiet (Declan Walsh, 12/21/09, guardian.co.uk)

American special forces have conducted multiple clandestine raids into Pakistan's tribal areas as part of a secret war in the border region where Washington is pressing to expand its drone assassination programme.

A former Nato officer said the incursions, only one of which has been previously reported, occurred between 2003 and 2008, involved helicopter-borne elite soldiers stealing across the border at night, and were never declared to the Pakistani government.

"The Pakistanis were kept entirely in the dark about it. It was one of those things we wouldn't confirm officially with them," said the source, who had detailed knowledge of the operations.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 22, 2009 7:17 PM
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