Militants engaged in fighting against Pakistani army forces increasingly are coming from Afghanistan. After years of complaints from the United States and the Afghan government about failure to fight tribal groups and militants in the northwest, Pakistan now confronts the reality of insurgents receiving support including weapons from sources in Afghanistan. Pakistani military leaders believe they are dealing with militants who were in Afghanistan but have crossed the border to fight in Pakistan. American forces have launched several military strikes into Pakistan which have resulted in both the deaths of militants and civilians. One Pakistani official complained, “heavy weapons are coming(in). The militants are coming… they are crossing into our territory.”
It is easy for the Bush administration to constantly complain about failure on the part of Pakistani armed forces to handle militants, but one must not forget the entire problem was created by Bush when he failed to complete the task of 2001-2002 to crush the Taliban and capture Osama bin Laden.
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Tagged Afghanistan, militants, Pakistan
NATO led forces in Afghanistan launched an attack on militant positions inside Pakistan after receiving hostile fire from those locations. Coalition troops used helicopters and artillery to fire into Pakistan after coming under rocket attack from the Pakistani side of the border. An International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) “received multiple rocket attacks from militants inside Pakistan” said a statement, and they responded with a combination of firing from attack helicopters and shooting artillery into Pakistan.” Claims by Pakistan sources earlier this week about a NATO build up angered local inhabitants who vowed to take up arms against foreigners.
Despite attempts to cooperate between both sides of the border, Afghan leaders have blamed the Pakistani Intelligence Agency for supporting militants who are attacking into their country.
Taiban militants took over the US base which was abandoned after nine American soldiers were killed. As summer approaches, Afghanistan can expect further attacks from the ever increasing more powerful Taliban forces.
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Tagged Afghanistan, militants, NATO, Pakstan
The good news is deaths are declining in Iraq, the bad news is just as those go down, the number of international troops killed in Afghanistan has risen. In fact, June marked the second straight month in which deaths of coalition and US forces exceeded those fighting in Iraq. Defense Secretary Robert Gates blames the death rise in Afghanistan on the Iraq situation, but most experts believe we are witnessing a stronger and more well organized militancy in Afghanistan that is able to gain power due to the ineffectual government of President Karzai. There were 45 deaths of coalition troops in June including 27 Americans and 12 British soldiers. For example, in Ghazni province, a Taliban rocket attack destroyed a Humvee with the loss of three American soldiers.
Mustafa Alani, of the Gulf Research Center, says, “I think possible we’ve reached a new turning point. Insurgents are now more active, more organized and the political environment whether in Pakistan or Afghanistan favors insurgent activities. The bottom line is the lack of a short or long term plan of action on dealing with insurgency in Afghanistan. Is anyone in charge is the terrifying question to pose.
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Tagged Afghanistan, Coalition forces, Iraq, militants
A veteran Turkish diplomat who led his nation’s delegation in discussing possible entry into the Iraq war on the side of the United States believes failure to do so prevented dealing with Kurdish rebels. Ambassador Deniz Boiukasi said Turkey’s parliament in March, 2003, narrowly rejected a government motion to militarily cooperate with the US invasion of Iraq. He points out in a new book that if Turkey had participated in the invasion, their troops would have occupied areas of Kurdistan now under the control of Kurdish rebels. According to Bouikbasi, for some reason the military remained silent during the debate, and, if they had spoken out, Turkey would have joined in the Iraq war and thus gained control over areas of Kurdistan in which Kurdish militants now use as bases of operation.
The former diplomat raises some interesting, “what if” questions, but he does ignore how becoming part of the Iraq war would also have plunged his nation into a conflict that drags on and on and most probably would have led to suicide attacks in Turkish cities.
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Tagged Iraq War, Kurdistan, militants, Turkey