Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Suspected US drone kills 3 militants in Pakistan: Why now? It speaks for itself

Suspected US drone kills 3 militants in Pakistan: Unmanned U.S. aircraft fired missiles into a home in a tribal region of western Pakistan on Wednesday, killing at least three militants, local intelligence officials said, in an attack that ended a lengthy pause in drone strikes that have become the mainstay of U.S. efforts to quash militants fueling violence across the border in Afghanistan.

The Obama administration contends that drone strikes have helped weaken the central leadership of al Qaeda and put associated militant groups on the defensive. For whatever reason, the latest lethal drone strike appears to demonstrate that if there was any kind of moratorium on such attacks, it has now been lifted.
Pakistan admit it or not obviously is seeing the error in her ways.

US ends longest lull in drone strikes over Pakistan. Why now?: The US insists it believed the position of stopping them was held by militants, who use the border region as a staging ground for attacks on NATO troops in Afghanistan. A logistics operative with the Haqqani terrorist group, which uses sanctuaries in Pakistan to carry out attacks on allied troops in Afghanistan, said militants could still hear drones flying surveillance missions, day and night. “There are still drones, but there is no fear anymore,” he said in a telephone interview. The logistics operative said fighters now felt safer to roam more freely

That feeling of safety is over and the Haqqani's and other so called terrorists better watch out because they are not safe. All those over flights they heard were observing only and can now act on what they saw.

A nearly two-month lull in American drone strikes in Pakistan has helped embolden Al Qaeda and several Pakistani militant factions to regroup, increase attacks against Pakistani security forces and threaten intensified strikes against allied forces in Afghanistan, American and Pakistani officials say.

The Central Intelligence Agency, hoping to avoid making matters worse while Pakistan completes a wide-ranging review of its security relationship with the United States, has not conducted a drone strike since mid-November. Diplomats and intelligence analysts say the pause in C.I.A. missile strikes — the longest in Pakistan in more than three years — is offering for now greater freedom of movement to an insurgency that had been splintered by in-fighting and battered by American drone attacks in recent months.

Bomb kills 35 in Pakistan tribal area: Pakistan's deadliest terror attack in months had killed 35 people and injured 69 others in the Taliban-affected north-west. The remote controlled bomb was detonated in a busy market place.

The troubled Khyber tribal region serves as the main supply route for NATO forces in Afghanistan and is a stronghold of the Taliban in Pakistan and al-Qaeda affiliated fighters and other armed groups opposed to the government. Obviously Pakistan has taken note. In the past militants used US supply trucks as the excuse for attacks in the Kyber pass. With the US gone and the attacks continuing it is obvious militant attacks continued only Pakistan has become the target as they should have expected.

15 Kidnapped Pakistani Soldiers Executed by the Taliban in a Retaliatory Gesture: The executions followed the death of a high-ranking Taliban commander on Sunday and came just days after local news media reported that several factions of the Taliban had vowed not to attack the Pakistani military.

Army officials in Pakistan say militants have killed 10 paramilitary troops they had been holding hostage since last month. Military official Naeem Khan said the bodies of the Frontier Corps soldiers were recovered on January 6 in the Orakzai region near the Afghan border. Khan said the 10 men were seized last month in a raid on a security base in Orakzai. Last week, militants killed 15 soldiers they had been holding in North Waziristan, near the border with Afghanistan.

As they have from the beginning Pakistan officially objected to the operations against suspected al Qaeda and Taliban militants along its border with Afghanistan, saying they violate its sovereignty to satisfy their citizens. At the same time Islamabad has pushed Washington to provide it with the drones to allow it to carry out its own attacks on Taliban insurgents, a move that could ease widespread anti-American sentiment in Pakistan.

Under Obama from the beginning The United States has stepped up its attacks with the pilot less drone aircraft attacks in Pakistan even more so since a double agent blew himself up at a U.S. base in Afghanistan on December 30, killing seven CIA agents. The so called weak President on terror has drastically increased the use of like it or not what has become an important tool in the so called war on terror.

Are we at war or not? I am not going to say the US should be able to put boots on the ground wherever she wants in this still just beginning so called war on terror but it must be realized and acknowledged that like it or not the US is a prime target if not the main target and is the prime face in the so called war on terror.

We have been saying from the beginning that this is a new kind of war, a war like no other. We the entire world better make believe they realize that and act accordingly. Our future depends on it. Everyone who reads my reports knows I did not trust Bush and Cheney an iota. They made me question everything we have done in the past.

That said, consider the source! I would hope that Obama has no designs of dominating the sovereignty of Pakistan, or anywhere else we have to go to prosecute this so called war on terror. Muslim countries do not want our boots on the ground so they have to allow openly or clandestinely our use of drones in this the first war of the 21st century!

The uses of Drone’s are a necessary evil. They are our equalizer as IED’s are the militant’s necessary evil and equalizer in the new battlefront! The draw back in IED’s or drones is civilian casualties. Civilians always pay the price!

That said, civilian casualties are hard to verify as the so called enemy inflates the numbers to win the media war for hearts and minds with wild allegations as we are not allowed to put boots on the ground in Pakistan.

Therefore civilian casualties are Pakistan’s fault as all sides agree we can not relent and we must all increase our efforts and do what we can to ensure our success and our successful future!

Pakistan admit it or not obviously is seeing the error in her ways. Allowing the drones or at least feigning anger at the attacks is a necessary evil to Pakistan's very existence at this stage of the game. It has become totally obvious To Pakistan I hope that we need each other. If we are not in the picture the militants will have the freedom and luxury to turn on them and they will. Pakistan better be very concerned because they are in a lose lose situation and when all is said and done they and there nukes are the militants targets.

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma

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