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Pakistani Military Bombs
Militant Hide-Outs

New York Times, by Ismail Khan

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Posted By:earlybird, 6/15/2014 3:43:40 PM

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — The Pakistani military on Sunday announced that it had launched a “comprehensive operation” against foreign and local militants hiding in the tribal region near the border with Afghanistan. In a prelude to the announced offensive, Pakistani fighter jets pounded suspected militant hide-outs in Pakistan’s tribal belt early Sunday, killing at least 50 fighters, many of them foreigners. Military officials called those attacks a reprisal for the militants’ assault on the Karachi airport one week ago. In the days after the Karachi assault, military officials had hinted that plans were underway for a major operation in the northwestern tribal belt,

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This is a very interesting article. Be sure to read the part about the relationship between the Haqqani (who held Bergdahl) and Pakistani intelligence. The complexity of the relationship between the various groups. Worth the time it takes to be better informed on things that are very foreign to us.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: earlybird, 6/15/2014 3:51:14 PM     (No. 9887089)

From an article posted today on Bergdahl (a Must Read):

The armed Taliban fighters who captured Bowe Bergdahl in southeastern Afghanistan on June 30, 2009, quickly handed him to a far more dangerous group that shuttled him between hide-outs in Pakistan´s rugged tribal belt for the next five years.

For much of that time, CIA drones trolled the skies overhead, searching for signs of the missing U.S. soldier. Until late last year, the drones fired missiles that killed hundreds of fighters and at least one senior leader of the militant group, known as the Haqqani network.

A five-month halt in the CIA drone strikes this year coincided with intensifying efforts to get Bergdahl out. His return on May 31 has freed the CIA to resume the attacks, and on Wednesday and Thursday, drones hit targets in the tribal area known as North Waziristan, where the Haqqani group is based, killing 16 militants.


http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-bowe-bergdahls-captors-20140614,0,5470620.story

North Waziristan - the so-called "tribal belt" of Pakistan - is the area where these bombings took place today.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: cromrock, 6/15/2014 5:34:39 PM     (No. 9887176)

Sometimes when you let the neighbor kids play with matches in your backyard the house catches on fire. And such a lovely neighborhood it is.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 6/15/2014 7:26:12 PM     (No. 9887242)

It´s hard to know if they wiped out the militants or just anyone who happened to be in the area where the bombs fell. Nevertheless, it sounds like another round of retaliation is on tap.

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