Friday, November 10, 2006

The Struggle for Control of the Taliban

The struggle for control of the Taliban and Taliban-sympathizers within Pakistan continues.

While the Americans were closely following election results a devastating blast in a Pakistan military instillation killed more than 40 soldiers, the deadliest attack yet on the Pakistan Army by someone collected to the Islamist militants.

The reason for the attack appears to be retaliation for the October 30 attack on seminary in Bajaur tribal area in which 85 people died. The attack was said to be launched by Pakistani forces against suspected militants in the country's tribal region where, it was said, suicide bombers were being trained for attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Although denied by Pakistan officials, many people in the region believed the attack could not have been possible without American
or NATO involvement. It generated large demonstration in parts of Pakistan, especially in Bajaur and other tribal areas.

Pakistan's Troublesome Borders
Published: November 9, 2006 (Newsweek International)

Musharraf has tried both hard and soft tactics to stamp out radicalism along Pakistan's border. Neither has worked.

Suicide Attack on Army Base: search on for bomber's aide
Published: November 9, 2006 (Dawn)

At least 40 soldiers were killed and 20 others wounded when a suicide bomber struck a military base in Dargai, 100kms north of here, on Wednesday morning, officials said.

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