Sunday, October 18, 2009
South Waziristan the Hub, the Taliban Epicenter under attack by the Government despite Taliban attacks and threats!
Despite threats and numerous recent bombings from the Taliban if this stronghold was attacked by the Pakistani Government we knew the Government of Pakistan was necessarily getting more resolved to go into South Waziristan and clear out the militant hornets nest. It is now underway and thank God the Government has the Lashkar helping them!
I was very impressed watching these people. I just watched the video for the sixth time. I have never seen this kind of a greeting given to the Pakistani army and American reporters. We usually see the brandishing of weapons and zealous firing into the air and enthusiasm coming from the Taliban and other interests trying to take down one Government or another and to kill Americans. I recommend watching this I am not the only one who needs a boost. Volunteer militias push back Taliban
In the north western frontier soldiers were moving in a pincer movement from government areas in Razmak in the north into Makeen; from Wana in the west into Kani Gurram, and from Jandola in the east into Spinkai Raghzai. Reinforced by Pakistani fighter jets and watched over head by US drones ready to strike at available Taliban Al Qaeda militant targets.
The region is inside a ring of government-held towns of Jandola, Razmak and Shakhai, is the homeland of the Mehsud tribe.The death of Baitullah Mehsud I believe is what set all this in motion. You would be wrong to think the militants are on the run but they are under pressure and Pakistan will not relent. Pakistan Moves Troops Into Taliban Stronghold 60 militants killed in Pakistan's tribal area operation
The attack started Friday night and the Taliban backing up threats in some cases is actually bringing the fight to the Government. This is a defining moment. 80,000 of the 1/2 million area residents are on the move as a result of the fighting further complicating the Governments efforts. 28,000 Government troops are taking on some 10 to 15,000 militants many of them from the Mehsud tribe, hardened, desperate to kill and on their own turf.
In this mountainous terrain long avoided by the Pakistani Government at elevations from 7 to 8,000 feet this is going to be a long tough fight! In fact it is being called the mother of all battles and it will be a mother! This is the third attempt by the Pakistani Government having sued for peace and withdraw in the past. They can not fail this time!
It will be a huge setback if they are not successful in fact think about it, it would be catastrophic and short of putting boots on the ground we better be doing what we can behind the scenes to make sure they succeed! I am concerned about Pakistan's nukes falling into militant hands but not like I used to be. Despite a recent increase in bombings on Government buildings specifically targeting where the attack on South Waziristan was being planned I think it will backfire and Pakistan can do this!
I am impressed with Pakistan and her military as I have said many times. I have more trust in Pakistan's ability to deal with the Taliban and other militants than with ours. Good luck and God bless, God bless the Lashkar too they are pivotal in this!