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US homes in on militants in Pakistan
Asia Times Online ^ | Jan 30, 2008 | Syed Saleem Shahzad

Posted on 01/30/2008 11:06:04 PM PST by gandalftb

KARACHI - Another piece of the United States' regional jigsaw is in place with the completion of a military base in Afghanistan's Kunar province, just three kilometers from Bajaur Agency in Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas.

Pakistani intelligence has confirmed that the base, on a mountain top in Ghakhi Pass overlooking Pakistan, is now operational.

The new US base is expected to serve as the center of clandestine special forces' operations in the border region.

A senior Pakistani security official explained, "American special forces have carried out clandestine operations in the past, and Pakistan was not informed. The Taliban and al-Qaeda also did not realize what was happening with the quick-as-a-wink hit-and-run operations in the tribal areas.

"However, with the new Kunar base, American special forces will carry out extended operations, which means a limited war against Taliban and al-Qaeda assets in the tribal areas. These clandestine operations can be done with or without Pakistan's consent."

US intelligence spotted bin Laden's deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri, twice in Bajaur Agency and attacked the area with Predator drones. Taliban sources tell that Zawahiri had been moving in the area for more than 30 hours before he was spotted and targeted. Apparently, he was to meet with bin Laden.

The militants, linked to a particular branch of al-Qaeda called the Tafkiris, are preparing for an Iraq-style guerrilla battle against Pakistan. The Tafkiris include Tahir Yuldashev, leader of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, Sheikh Essa, Pakistani Baitullah Mehsud and some factions of banned Pakistani militant organizations.

(Excerpt) Read more at atimes.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: alqaeda; pakistan; taliban
Cheney visited Pakistan in early 2007, and discussed the formation of a joint, US-Pakistani special-forces unit that would target AQC and its leadership in Pakistan.

Afghan based Spec/Ops were granted permission to pursue terrorists into Pakistan over three years ago, so the rules of engagement will not require any change before we enact these enhanced counterterrorism efforts.

I'm convinced bin Laden is in Nouristan, Afghanistan, just to the north. Zawahiri is in Bajaur , just to the east. This gives us a close-in, all weather, 12 month, surveillance, weapons and tactical platform. With spring coming, there will be movement in the Waqan corridor from the Caucuses that we can now interdict. Hope the recent missile strike is a sign of more to come.

1 posted on 01/30/2008 11:06:07 PM PST by gandalftb
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To: gandalftb

Looks like turkey huntin’ comes early this year.

Good luck men.

BTW, those who have been reeming Mushareff might want to think about what we’re about to do in conjunction with his military.


2 posted on 01/30/2008 11:14:29 PM PST by DoughtyOne (PARTY WANTED: Full Time, Proven Cons exp a must. Refs going bk 20 yrs. Amnesty sptrs need not apply.)
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To: DoughtyOne
“The new US base is expected to serve as the center of clandestine special forces’ operations in the border region.”

Well, I am glad the base is now open and will be the center for “clandestine” special ops. And I am so glad that our enemies cannot read English./s

3 posted on 01/30/2008 11:20:20 PM PST by Chgogal (When you vote Democrat, you vote Al Qaeda! Ari Emanuel, Rahm's brother was agent to Moore's F9/11.)
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To: Chgogal

I, for one agree on that point. It disturbes me how our folks blab everything to the press. On the other hand, I’m sure folks in the region are quite familiar with the goings on there.


4 posted on 01/30/2008 11:26:35 PM PST by DoughtyOne (PARTY WANTED: Full Time, Proven Cons exp a must. Refs going bk 20 yrs. Amnesty sptrs need not apply.)
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To: Chgogal
The Talibs have attacked the base while under construction. Kind of an in-your-face move they can't do anything about.

We're training their Frontier Constabulary, this gives us much more access to al Qaeda. The Uzbeks use the Waqan corridor like the Ho Chi Minh trail, this base puts us right in the middle of the theater.

5 posted on 01/30/2008 11:27:30 PM PST by gandalftb (Ruthless action may be only clarity...quickly, awake (Capt. Willard, Apocalypse Now))
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To: gandalftb
"MILLLLLLLLLLLLITANTS"!!!!???????????

I swear the MSM SUCKS!

6 posted on 01/30/2008 11:27:38 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo (Enough has been said already. The 2008 GOP RINO takeover is complete. It is what it is.)
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To: gandalftb; DoughtyOne
I like it that we are right there on top of our enemies and able to keep our eyes on their prize. I just wish we would speak softly. My guess is we want to attract a lot of flies, but I just don’t like blabbing. Bad luck, tempting fate.......etc. etc.
7 posted on 01/30/2008 11:35:52 PM PST by Chgogal (When you vote Democrat, you vote Al Qaeda! Ari Emanuel, Rahm's brother was agent to Moore's F9/11.)
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To: Chgogal

Me either. Let them wonder what we are up to. No need to put it in print for heaven’s sake.


8 posted on 01/30/2008 11:38:14 PM PST by DoughtyOne (PARTY WANTED: Full Time, Proven Cons exp a must. Refs going bk 20 yrs. Amnesty sptrs need not apply.)
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To: gandalftb

Shhh!! We’re not in Pakistan! And if we are, it’s a quagmire!

;^)


9 posted on 01/30/2008 11:41:45 PM PST by airborne (The Founding Fathers would be deeply saddened.)
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To: Chgogal

The enemy is never so easily identified or located, as when he’s firing at you...

That sort of focuses attention and demands REACTION....

Perhaps now — a serious killing season will arrive in the outlaw hills and valleys of Pakistan...

Long overdue.


10 posted on 01/31/2008 12:08:06 AM PST by river rat (Semper Fi - You may turn the other cheek, but I prefer to look into my enemy's vacant dead eyes.)
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To: gandalftb

When the militants took over that Pakistani military base a couple of weeks ago, the US should have told the Pakistanis to pull back their troops and let our Air Force level the base! If they want to bunch-up like that let them!


11 posted on 01/31/2008 1:21:31 AM PST by Right Wing Agitator (I Love Keeping Liberals Angry!)
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To: gandalftb
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1961312/posts
12 posted on 01/31/2008 1:49:03 AM PST by ASA Vet (Does anyone know how to search anymore?)
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To: Chgogal

Oh, let the enemies come to attack the base. WE have the airfields and the air power to support them, and THEY’ll be on our side of the border!


13 posted on 01/31/2008 4:39:47 AM PST by GAB-1955 (Kicking and Screaming into the Kingdom of Heaven!)
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To: ASA Vet; gandalftb; Cannoneer No. 4; george76; PGalt; StarCMC; freema; maica
Just in case you missed these posts regarding our “eyes on the Prize” news! This link from ASA Vet’s post is interesting too.
14 posted on 01/31/2008 5:26:05 AM PST by Chgogal (When you vote Democrat, you vote Al Qaeda! Ari Emanuel, Rahm's brother was agent to Moore's F9/11.)
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To: airborne

You know, if there is a real story this election cycle, it is that Iraq, and mostly Afganistan, has completely, clearly, and totally disappeared off every radar except for Kucinich and that town in Vermont. You can always tell when you have won a battle with a liberal...they change the subject.


15 posted on 01/31/2008 5:29:43 AM PST by 50sDad (Liberals: Never Happy, Never Grateful, Never Right.)
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To: gandalftb

Oh, I thought this was a new angle on the Sub-Prime crisis. ;)


16 posted on 01/31/2008 6:11:49 AM PST by Sawdring
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To: Chgogal; ASA Vet

WOOOOHOOOO! (Hadn’t seen) Thanks for the ping, link. GRRRRREAT News!


17 posted on 01/31/2008 6:18:39 AM PST by PGalt
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To: gandalftb

Just in time for Springtime, go boyz get some with the “new Kunar base, American special forces will carry out extended operations, which means a limited war against Taliban and al-Qaeda assets in the tribal areas... clandestine operations can be done with or WITHOUT Pakistan’s consent.”


18 posted on 01/31/2008 6:45:59 AM PST by iopscusa (El Vaquero. (SC Lowcountry Cowboy))
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To: 50sDad

Bump for the truth!


19 posted on 01/31/2008 9:07:36 AM PST by airborne (It's way past time for a revolution!)
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To: voletti; GOPJ; Tigen; AliVeritas; Grimmy; gonzo; DeaconBenjamin; indcons; sukhoi-30mki; ...

Pakistan ۋﮧ۱م

FReepmail if you want on or off

20 posted on 01/31/2008 12:28:55 PM PST by G8 Diplomat (Creatures are divided into 6 kingdoms: Animalia, Plantae, Fungi, Monera, Protista, & Saudi Arabia)
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To: Chgogal
“The new US base is expected to serve as the center of clandestine special forces’ operations in the border region.”

With everyone bitching and compaining about Bush and Rumsfeld and the like, I think items like this show that both men deserve lots of credit for taking it to the enemy and reformulating our global strategy to meet today's challenges. Bases in Afghanistan and Iraq - two things thought impossible by conventional wisdom 10 years ago. Now we are close to most of the nations hotspots.

21 posted on 01/31/2008 12:32:43 PM PST by ilgipper
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To: Chgogal; 1stbn27; 2111USMC; 2nd Bn, 11th Mar; 68 grunt; A.A. Cunningham; ASOC; AirForceBrat23; ...

The article has a few very interesting paragraphs at the end.


22 posted on 01/31/2008 4:43:49 PM PST by freema (Proud Marine Niece, Daughter, Wife, Friend, Sister, Cousin, Mom and FRiend)
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To: freema
Over the next few years the Taliban, al Qaeda and other radical Islamic groups will be systematically neutralized in Pakistan as well as Afghanistan. Neither government can afford to not allow us to continue to help them rid their countries of these people. The western world has to come to the point where it realizes the GWOT is a long process.
Meanwhile, most likely the Iraqi nation will continue to move ahead in a general right direction and become very stable. The repercussions are being felt across the ME. ME countries are being forced to face the radical Islamic issues of this time. Fundamental concepts GWB has enumerated time in again, will slowly sink into the minds of the Arab and other Muslim dominated states.
Freedom of choice, the right to fair and effective government, etc., shall continue to build. Slowly, the old world's mental makeup will accept the new world's concepts of freedom and equality. But it shall take time.
23 posted on 01/31/2008 5:48:12 PM PST by Marine_Uncle (Duncan Hunter for POTUS)
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To: freema; DoughtyOne; ilgipper; Marine_Uncle; PGalt; StarCMC; Straight Vermonter; river rat; ...
In case you missed this article. It is interesting. Syed Saleem Shahzad of Asia Times interviews Ismail July 17, 2007. Ismail says the following:

“The Bajaur area has been hit twice by Central Intelligence Agency predator drones, one specifically after Zawahiri. However, at a time when al-Qaeda is reactivated and the Taliban’s main focus is to lay siege of Kabul, via adjacent Nooristan province in Afghanistan, aerial surveillance is considered insufficient.

As a result, a large US base is under construction on a mountaintop at Ghakhi Pass on the Pakistan-Afghanistan (Bajaur) border.

Militants believe this is in preparation for an operation inside Pakistan to clamp down on them as well as to renew the hunt for bin Laden and his associates. As a result, the militants have attacked the new base in an attempt to delay its construction.

“This is a matter of life and death for the mujahideen. We will shed our blood, but we will never let this base be completed,” Dr Ismail told Asia Times Online while standing at the grave of his son, who was killed a few weeks ago by US forces while attacking the base.

The tall and well-built Ismail is the leader of the TNSM and a main source of inspiration for the jihadis in Bajaur. “My son sacrificed his life against American designs to build this base over our heads. I shall never allow them to complete it, I will fight till my last.”

This article is very interesting in light of gandalftb’s post.
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/IG17Df03.html

Well, it looks like by just building the base we won a battle! You may want to take a gander. The pictures in the article are supposed to be about 3 clicks from the base.

24 posted on 01/31/2008 6:33:22 PM PST by Chgogal (When you vote Democrat, you vote Al Qaeda! Ari Emanuel, Rahm's brother was agent to Moore's F9/11.)
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To: Chgogal
I have been hunting for this place on Google Earth and not finding it.

Nothing stays a secret in that country. If this "base" was just a one night stand laager the locals would know and gossip about it for weeks. Everybody out there has known about this place for six months.

My Dad was sent to a hill top overlooking Injun Country.

25 posted on 01/31/2008 6:50:59 PM PST by Cannoneer No. 4 (Civilian Irregular Information Defense Group http://cannoneerno4.wordpress.com)
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To: Cannoneer No. 4
I have spent 2 hours doing the same thing! And I have failed. :(

You father was at Nui Ba Den? Amazing! What did he tell you?

26 posted on 01/31/2008 6:58:41 PM PST by Chgogal (When you vote Democrat, you vote Al Qaeda! Ari Emanuel, Rahm's brother was agent to Moore's F9/11.)
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To: Chgogal

This base is indicative we have no plans on retreating from the GWOT in Afghanistan and by default Pakistan. Things are really only starting to heat up.


27 posted on 01/31/2008 7:35:00 PM PST by Marine_Uncle (Duncan Hunter for POTUS)
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To: Chgogal
He was there several times to repair the "communications" equipment, which I suspect was navigational aids for aircraft interdicting the Ho Chi Minh Trail. They got hit a lot up there. Mr. Charles was not a good neighbor.

High ground is always key terrain. With quality optics and long range weapons you can play King of the Mountain over a big area.

28 posted on 01/31/2008 7:38:30 PM PST by Cannoneer No. 4 (Civilian Irregular Information Defense Group http://cannoneerno4.wordpress.com)
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To: Chgogal

Thanks for the link. Interesting article. We are on offense. The 7th century cave-dwellers are struggling with it.


29 posted on 01/31/2008 8:26:17 PM PST by PGalt
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To: Chgogal

Very good. Thanks for the link.

It’s Iraq all over again. Draw them in, mow ‘em down.


30 posted on 01/31/2008 9:29:54 PM PST by DoughtyOne (PARTY WANTED: Full Time, Cons exp a must. Refs 20 yrs. No Amnesty sptrs. 1 vote per 4 yrs negotiable)
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