July 16, 2007


A fight to the death on Pakistan's border (Syed Saleem Shahzad, 7/17/07, Asia Times)

large US base is under construction on a mountaintop at Ghakhi Pass on the Pakistan-Afghanistan (Bajaur) border.

Militants believe this is in preparation for an operation inside Pakistan to clamp down on them as well as to renew the hunt for bin Laden and his associates. As a result, the militants have attacked the new base in an attempt to delay its construction.

"This is a matter of life and death for the mujahideen. We will shed our blood, but we will never let this base be completed," Dr Ismail told Asia Times Online while standing at the grave of his son, who was killed a few weeks ago by US forces while attacking the base.

The tall and well-built Ismail is the leader of the TNSM and a main source of inspiration for the jihadis in Bajaur. "My son sacrificed his life against American designs to build this base over our heads. I shall never allow them to complete it, I will fight till my last.

"Martyrdom for the cause of jihad is actually an open invitation to all Muslims to join forces with the mujahideen. The fresh faces of the mujahideen after martyrdom, the aroma from their flesh and blood, are living miracles and prompt youths of the area to join forces with the mujahideen to defeat the Western coalition in Afghanistan," Ismail said.

Whoever dreamt up that base is a genius.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 16, 2007 4:26 PM

They should name it 'Firebase Bug-zapper'.

Posted by: lebeaux at July 16, 2007 5:33 PM

What is this guy a doctor of?

Posted by: ratbert at July 16, 2007 6:10 PM

The French used the same strategy at Dien Bien Phu. However, they underestimated the Viet Minh's logistical capacity by 300%. Just goes to show, gotta get the numbers right.

Posted by: Bob Hawkins at July 16, 2007 6:59 PM

It really is the perfect war: they want to die, and we. . ..

Posted by: Lou Gots at July 16, 2007 9:27 PM

"72 Virgins! This way >>>>>"

I'm sure some Marines have put up signs like this.

If not, they should.

They should also start rumors about the Shi'a coming over the mountains from the West.

Posted by: ratbert at July 16, 2007 10:48 PM

"The tall and well-built Ismail".....
Sombody crushing much?

Posted by: TBinSTL [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 16, 2007 11:41 PM

Base Flypaper, aka

Base Virgin Express

Posted by: ic at July 17, 2007 1:31 AM

I believe it was von Molkte who advised taking defensive positions of "such an offensive nature that the enemy feels compelled to attack us in them."

Posted by: Brandon at July 17, 2007 11:10 AM

Brandon: A fine example of the tactical defensive becoming the operational offensive. We think of Jackson's comment on Longstreets's position at Fredericksburg the the effect that. . ."some people have all the luck: no one will ever come to attack me in such a place."

Posted by: Lou Gots at July 17, 2007 5:46 PM