Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Musharraf - Pakistan's military taking war to al-Qaeda

From The Star, Pakistan forces attack two militant bases:
Assault comes amid increasing U.S. pressure for crackdown in tribal lands on Afghan border Aug 08, 2007 04:30 AM Bashirullah Khan Associated Press MIRAN SHAH, Pakistan–Government forces attacked two militant bases with helicopter gunships and artillery yesterday in some of the army's toughest action in the lawless Afghan border region since militant attacks began surging last month. Maj. Gen. Waheed Arshad said troops targeted a pair of compounds in Daygan, a village about 15 kilometres west of North Waziristan's main town of Miran Shah. Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf, a key ally of the United States in its war on terror, is under rising pressure from Washington to crack down on militants based in the tribal area. He told American Senator Richard Durbin in a meeting yesterday in Karachi that comments by senior U.S. officials and would-be presidential candidates about the possibility of unilateral U.S. strikes within the country were "counterproductive and that Pakistan remained resolved to fight terrorism," the foreign ministry said in a statement. "He emphasized that only Pakistan's security forces, which were fully capable of dealing with any situation, would take counterterrorism action inside Pakistani territory," the ministry said.
I'm with Musharraf. He can deal with the violent Islamic terrorists within Pakistan and along the Afghan border. Now when they cross-over into Afghanistan, then their little "terrorist selves" are OURS! And Obama, that would-be presidential canidate would be "you!" demonstrating gravitas...

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

U.S. politicians should be very careful about what they say. Obama should read Max Hastings history of the Korean War to see what happens with our allies when American pols make ill considered statements about a war.
We don't have the troops to go into the Northwest Territories, and bombing these areas would just inflame Pakistanis further against Musharraf, something he doesn't need.

11:15 AM  
Blogger Steve Harkonnen said...

I'm waiting to see what happens with Waziristan, because that is where bin Laden was last seen.

4:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well musharraf is part of problem not solution.
being a pakistani i know these radicals donot even count a .05% of total population but unfortunately due to US govt continued support for these dictators and short term policies these seems monsters.
solution to root out alqaeda in and around pakistan is democracy..
remember radical ideas floruish in vaccum...Alqaeda if exists and its idelogy cannot be won by mere force....

as for obama.. he still needs some time to grow up...

8:29 PM  
Blogger Beach Girl said...

What great comments. On Obama, we as a nation don't have time for him to grow up at our expense.
Thank you, one and all.

7:14 AM  
Blogger MK said...

I don't believe that there are very few radicals in Pakistan, if Musharraf is cast aside, i'm sure extremists would be voted into power in Pakistan. And letting them have access to nukes is not a good thing, to put it lightly.

9:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

MK: go through history of pakistani elections...what you call extremists got more votes in elections musharraf held then in any previously held elections...
i dont see them getting more than 5% in this election.

5:29 PM  

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