igloo Posted January 10 Report Share Posted January 10 If the U.S. and the coalition are going to hit the Taliban and Al Qaeda hard, and raise the possibility of finding bin Laden, then they are going to have to go into this area......plain and simple....I understand the sensitivities and ramifications of going into these tribal lands, especially for Pakistan and Musharaf, but doing it half-ass is not the answer either...The assassination attempts on Musharaf would hopefully give him and his loyalists the understanding and will that they have to go into these areas, and the play they have called now is only giving strength, coordination, and resolve to the Taliban and AL Qaeda....Time to deal with this once and for all....Taliban blamed for army killingsBy Ahmed Rashid in Lahore(Filed: 10/01/2004) Suspected Taliban and al-Qa'eda gunmen killed at least four Pakistani soldiers when they attacked an army base with rockets in the lawless border region near Afghanistan.The attack early yesterday came a day after the Pakistani army launched a campaign in the remote tribal district and underlines growing unrest in the remote mountainous areas where Islamic militants, perhaps including Osama bin Laden, have found refuge.Local officials told reporters that at least four soldiers were killed and three were wounded after militants fired the rockets at the army camp near Wana in the South Waziristan tribal agency.Pakistan's military spokesman, Major General Shaukat Sultan, said that "the attackers fired a couple of rockets at the camp near Wana", but declined to give a precise figure on the casualties. Witnesses said firing went on for at least 45 minutes.The rugged mountainous region is known to be a haven for al-Qa'eda and Taliban militants who have been launching attacks on American and Afghan troops based across the border.There has been a spate of recent unconfirmed reports that Osama bin Laden may also be hiding in south Waziristan, where tribesmen are deeply anti-American and oppose Pakistan's support to the US forces in Afghanistan.On Thursday, after intelligence reports that Pakistani tribesmen were giving sanctuary to foreign terrorists, the army launched an operation in the same region but failed to find anyone.Troops, backed by helicopter gunships, destroyed two houses belonging to local tribesmen as punishment for hiding the foreign militants.US Special Forces are known to be operating in the border region alongside the Pakistanis but officially Islamabad denies this.Earlier this week Zalmay Khalilzad, the US Ambassador in Kabul who is presently in Washington, said that Pakistan must do more to contain Taliban elements operating along the border. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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