Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Big Trouble in Little Waziristan

Bill Roggio has been well out ahead of most of the mainstream media on developments in the mountainous border region shared by Afghanistan and Pakistan.

On the Pakistan side, this includes North and South Waziristan . On the Afghanistan side, it includes such garden spots as Tora Bora, which is where the U.S. had Osama bin Laden cornered, but . . . Well, you know the story.

Anyhow, as noted in the previous post, Daniel Pearl's Forgotten War, recent news from the region is very bad.

Roggio reports today at his The Third Rail blog:
"The Pakistani government continues to lose control over the tribal regions bordering Afghanistan. The Taliban and al-Qaeda have attacked a Pakistani military convoy with a suicide car bomb near Mir Ali in North Waziristan. Four Pakistani soldiers and a woman were killed and twenty soldiers were wounded after the suicide bomber rammed the military convoy at the Khajori checkpoint, just east of Mir Ali, a Taliban stronghold."
More here.

And this from Barnett Rubin, Director of Studies at New York University's Center on International Cooperation, at The Blotter:
"Basically, it appears that the Taliban have achieved their objective from this agreement, which was always to get a truce with the army of Pakistan so that they could have a free hand to consolidate their rear in North Waziristan so that they could escalate their attacks in Afghanistan, and they have succeeded."
More here.

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