Skip to comments.Ground offensive begins in Pakistan al-Qaida haven (South Waziristan Stronghold Stompdown begins)
Posted on 10/17/2009 9:32:38 AM PDT by NormsRevenge
DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan More than 30,000 Pakistani soldiers launched a ground offensive against al-Qaida and the Taliban's main stronghold along the Afghan border Saturday, officials said, in the country's toughest test yet against a strengthening insurgency.
The United States has long pushed the government to carry out an assault in South Waziristan, and it comes after two weeks of militant attacks that have killed more than 175 people across the nuclear-armed country. That has ramped up pressure on the army to act.
Pakistan has fought three unsuccessful campaigns since 2001 in the region, which is the nerve-center for Pakistani insurgents fighting the U.S.-backed government. It is also a major base for foreign militants to plan attacks on American and NATO forces in Afghanistan and on targets in the West.
After months of aerial bombing, troops moved into the region Saturday from several directions, heading to the insurgent bases of Ladha and Makeen among other targets, intelligence and military officials said on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the topic or because they were not allowed to brief the media.
They said the operation was expected to last around two months.
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Major rat nest cleaning in progress.
No Gitmo No MO'
That is and has been the stronghold...Is Pakistan finally wising up??
Map locating Pakistan's tribal belt and South Waziristan where Pakistani troops backed by warplanes have launched a major operation against the Taliban, sparking deadly clashes with heavily-armed fighters, officials have said. (AFP Grahphics)
Pakistan finally wising up??
170 Pakis blew up last week.
I sure hope so.
VIDEO: A wave of Islamist militant attacks has left more than 160 people dead.
The attacks show the militant threat to the nuclear-armed nation is far from quashed.(AFPTV)
a good reference site for more info on actions, background, happenings etc
The Long War Journal
Analysis: What lies ahead in Waziristan
By Bill Roggio October 17, 2009 1:06 AM
The puppies of war.
A pack of dogs follow US Army soldiers as they patrol through a village near Combat Outpost Herrera in Paktia province, Afghanistan. The soldiers are deployed with Apache Troop, 1st Squadron, 40th Cavalry Regiment. US Army photo by Staff Sergeant Andrew Smith. Read more: http://www.longwarjournal.org/photos/2009/10/dog_paktia.php#ixzz0UDGG4IQi
The puppies always know who the good guys are!
“South Waziristan Stronghold Stompdown begins”
Haven’t I seen that before?
Bookmark for later ping
Yes. 2007 .. It was a short-lived affair, this promises to be more intense.
North Waziristan will still be hanging out there like a sore thumb. This whole area is infested. Swat, Dir, Buner,, it will take time,, but at least the Pakis are taking hits to deliver blows.
good news indeed. Should make for an interesting winter.
I can see an AQ in a cave on a laptop over there lurking here and going...
AAYYYY.. Abdul! Get the goats and iPod. We’re out of here.
Not sure how thorough the job will be, coming at the edge of winter, then its time to let the mountain troops in.. Ours!
of course, that assumes we have a president that sees opportunities and takes advantage when it really counts and not just go do photo ops at former disaster sites like NO and fundraise in SanFRan.